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    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    * Remember how we were supposed to have a new attorney general by now? President Obama blasted the Senate on Friday for the stalled confirmation of his pick for U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch, calling it an “embarrassing” example of the Senate’s “dysfunction.” Speaking at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after […]
  • Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

    Slashdot: Politics
    timothy
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    mpicpp writes The Florida mail carrier accused of landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was charged in federal court Thursday and has been barred from returning to the District of Columbia or flying any aircraft, officials said. Douglas Hughes, 61, was charged with violating aircraft registration requirements, a felony, and violating national defense airspace, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison for the felony and one year in prison for the airspace violation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson also barred Hughes from…
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    Betsy's Page
    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    So what does the first week of Hillary's campaign tell us about her? Charles Krauthammer has some thoughts.This quality of purposeful abstractness makes everything sound and seem contrived. It’s not really her fault. True, she’s got enough genuine inauthenticity to go around — decades of positioning, framing, parsing, dodging — but the perception is compounded by the obvious staginess of the gigantic political apparatus that surrounds her and directs her movements.Why is she running in the first place? Because it’s the next inevitable step in her career path. But that’s not as…
  • US Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal

    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials are urging Greece to reach a deal with its creditors and avoid a catastrophic default that would stagger a world economy still emerging from recession.
  • Clinton health charity defends new donation rule

    CBS News: Politics
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The global philanthropy has another new change to their donor policy
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    The Atlantic

  • Astrology and Public Shaming: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

    The Editors
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chris Lexow/Flickr/The Atlantic Necessarily the News Wesley Morris | Grantland "The [Daily Show] has become a pillar of the American political conversation, irrespective of ratings. The controversy around Trevor Noah threatens to compromise that well-earned legacy." This Public Shaming Is Not Like the Other Jacqui Shine | Buzzfeed "Ronson’s no 4chan troll, but So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed reads very much like a defense of unfairly victimized white men and privileged white women." Susan Miller, Your Internet BFF Devon Maloney | The Verge "Three weeks later—after the expo, mere days…
  • What Dense Breasts Mean for Cancer Risk

    Barbara Feder Ostrov
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Eric Gaillard/Reuters Earlier this year, Caryn Hoadley received an unexpected letter after a routine mammogram. The letter said her mammogram was clean but that she has dense breast tissue, which has been linked to higher rates of breast cancer and could make her mammogram harder to read. “I honestly don’t know what to think about the letter,” said Hoadley, 45, who lives in Alameda, California. “What do I do with that information?” Millions of women like Hoadley may be wondering the same thing. Twenty-one states, including California, have passed laws requiring health facilities to…
  • How Fashion Co-Opted Coachella

    Alexandra Cheney
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lucy Nicholson/Reuters For the past five years, fashion houses, lifestyle brands and beauty companies including H&M, PopSugar, Lacoste and Kiehl's have been flocking to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. There, in the midst of the California desert, they’ve hosted pool parties alongside inflatable white swans, and resplendent brunches on tables decorated with tulle and succulent bouquets of flowers. They’ve created in-hotel lounges with brightly colored, branded throw pillows strewn atop couches, and escape-from-Coachella portrait studios, complete with braid bars and…
  • Chief Juror of the United States

    Russell Berman
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Nati Harnik/AP Imagine you're a lawyer entering the courtroom to select the 12 men and women who will decide the civil case you've been preparing for nearly a year. Sitting in the gallery's second row, squeezed in among dozens of other ordinary Maryland citizens grudgingly or enthusiastically performing their civic duty, is the chief justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr. Would you want him on the jury? That was the question confronting a pair of attorneys last week at the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, Maryland. Roberts was Juror No. 49 in the pool under…
  • Graffiti Busting in Los Angeles

    Chris Heller
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/389498/graffiti-busting-in-los-angeles/
 
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    Daily Kos

  • More insured Americans means more profits for medical industry

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Who could have possibly predicted that a sharp increase in the number of Americans with comprehensive health insurance would result in more paying customers for the medical industry? Outside of anyone in Congress with an "R" after their name and the frothing-mad reality-challenged voter base that inflicted them on the rest of the nation, all it takes to make that simple prediction is the ability to count and do basic arithmetic: Spending on prescription medicines by U.S. patients may rise 41 percent to as much as $480 billion by 2018, according to a new study from researcher IMS Institute for…
  • Actual Senator Rand Paul says he knows a 'secret' that will doom Hillary, but he's not telling

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    For almost two weeks now, presidential candidate Rand Paul has been assuring audiences that something big will be coming out "in the next couple of weeks" to doom the Hillary Clinton campaign. Oh, he knows what it is. But he's not telling, because that would ruin the surprise! "I think there is big news coming on the Clinton Foundation," said Paul. "I think there are things that went on at the Clinton Foundation that are going to shock people. I think they're going to make people question whether she ought to run for president." "Can you tell us what you're talking about?" asked Cameron.
  • Obama in weekly address: 'No greater threat to our planet than climate change'

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is an issue that’s bigger and longer-lasting than my presidency. It's about protecting our God-given natural wonders, and the good jobs that rely on them. It's about shielding our cities and our families from disaster and harm. It's about keeping our kids healthy and safe. This is the only planet we've got. And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect it. President Obama, in an early acknowledgement of Earth Day, focused this morning's weekly address on climate change, in a strong and…
  • This week in science: pinko-world

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dwarf planet planet Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, acquire a pinkish hue as seen by New Horizons' color camera recently. Click image for more on mission and timeline Do you think scientists go into science for the money? Have you often wondered if NASA faked the moon landings and is now running a global conspiracy to trick people into believing global warming? Are you or someone you know willfully ignorant of the difference between day-to-day weather and longer term weather trends? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from Climate Change Denial Disorder.
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Christie under a shadow

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    WaPo: “When I took over as governor of New Jersey, my predecessor, Governor Jon Corzine, had left us a mess — record deficits . . . the highest top tax rates and overall tax burden in America,” the Republican governor said. “People said New Jersey could never be turned around. But we took action.” Christie’s remarks, laced with blunt criticism of President Obama’s record, were reflective of the image that he has spent years cultivating — that of a bipartisan broker dedicated to fixing long-standing fiscal problems once and for all. That image is also one that would serve…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Goebbels' Estate Sues for Diary Royalties

    Doc_Sarvis
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    The estate of Adolf Hitler's propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, is suing a publisher for royalties for the use of extracts from his diaries. A biography of Goebbels published by Random House quotes extensively from Goebbels' diaries, which are copyrighted until the end of this year. Random House initially agreed to pay a fee, but later said it was wrong to pay the estate of a Nazi war criminal. Other publishers have paid royalties to use extracts from the diaries.
  • Christie: I'd Keep Marijuana Illegal

    harry_powell
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Chris Christie would "crack down and not permit" legalized marijuana if elected president, he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday. The pledge from New Jersey's Republican governor, who is openly teasing a bid for the White House, would be a departure from President Barack Obama, who has made clear that while he doesn't support full legalization, the Justice Department won't be getting in the way of the handful of states that have voted to legalize it.
  • 22-Year-Old Kills Self at Capitol to Send Message

    Robson
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Wall Street on Parade: [D]uring the annual Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating springtime in the Nation's Capitol, a 22-year-old man took his own life with a gun on the Capitol grounds with a protest sign taped to his hand. According to the Washington Post, the sign read: "Tax the one percent." The Chicago Tribune reported that "[Leo P.] Thornton's parents filed a missing persons report on the morning of April 11 after he never came home from work on April 10, Lincolnwood Deputy Police Chief John Walsh said." Those are the tragic facts of the incident itself. But there is a broader tragedy:…
  • Navy Develops Unmanned 'Swarming' Drones

    Doc_Sarvis
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    The U.S. Navy is developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, that can be launched from a cannon and "swarm" in a coordinated attack. The drones will be able to fly autonomously and "overwhelm an adversary," the U.S. Office of Naval Research said of its Low-cost UAV Swarming Technology (Locust) program. Wings unfold once the drones are in the air and then they can fly in formation. The US Navy plans to demonstrate the launch of 30 Locust drones in 2016. BBC News reports, "U.S. use of military drones has attracted criticism from human rights groups, who say that despite their highly…
  • Rubiocare Covers 80 Floridians

    Derek_Wildstar
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    In 2008, while Democrats were declaring that the time was right for national health care reform, Marco Rubio, the speaker of the Florida House, had a ready response: Florida should build a market-based system that would help contain the cost of insurance and make it more available. Rubio pushed his no-mandate health insurance exchange, dubbed Florida Health Choices, through the state Legislature that year. "It's about competition, it's about choice, and it's about the marketplace," he told the Palm Beach Post at the time. Florida Health Choices, which finally opened last year, now covers 80…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • There's Wingnuts in Them Thar Hills

    Josh Marshall
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    ICYMI: This gold mine in Oregon is probably going to be the next Bundy Ranch. The militia winguts are already converging. Because of course it is.
  • TPM Talks to Reserve Deputy's Atty

    Josh Marshall
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    EXCLUSIVE: TPM talks to the attorney representing Robert Bates, the Tulsa volunteer Sheriff's reserve deputy charged with shooting Eric Harris.
  • A Barbed Thumbs Down on Medford

    Josh Marshall
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    TPM Reader RT grew up in Medford, Oregon, the spot of today's feature story about a goldmine that may be shaping up as the next Bundy Ranch style stand off between violent whackjobs with Internet-based legal theories and the Bureau of Land Management. From RT ... I grew up in Medford, Oregon, land of the BLM controversy du jour. Read More →
  • A New Birth of Freedom?

    Josh Marshall
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    In the wake of the pizza freedom movement, this New Jersey Deli owner now raising money online from conservative activists after his decision to post a sign celebrating White History Month dried up his business. Pizzas, hoagies, heroes, cakes, it all tastes like freedom.
  • Fascinating

    Josh Marshall
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    I'm not sure that Senators in deep red states are that worried about this. But here Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) explains what he sees as the GOP's biggest fear if Obamacare gets gutted by the Supreme Court. Must read. And potential deadly for GOP senators from blue and purple states. Also, worth noting here that millions of people losing access to health care insurance in itself does not seem to be figuring as a major concern. This exchange is priceless ... JOHNSON: Unfortunately, President Obama's response to an adverse decision — in other words one that actually follows the law — would be…
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    Political Animal

  • The Rand Corporation

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Hey, wait a minute--didn’t Rachel Maddow already disqualify Rand Paul as a serious presidential candidate five years ago? It appears the Beltway has long since forgotten about Paul’s disgusting May 2010 interview with Maddow, during which he made clear his belief in separate and unequal treatment for people of color in the private sector. Back then, I was horrified to see Paul defend his 21-century segregationist views, and was convinced that the man would be a clear and present danger to American democracy if he were elected to the United States Senate. At the time, I was also…
  • Anti-Vax Parents Should Be Wary of the State's Compelling Interest in Their Education

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    If anything proves that stubborn, anti-science recalcitrance isn't just the province of conservatives, it's the debate over vaccination. A coalition of far left and far right libertarians, conspiracy theorists and superstitious extremists have joined forces to upend what was once a settled issue, refusing vaccinations to their children on a large enough scale to imperil public health and weaken herd immunity. After a number of high profile incidences of the return of easily preventable childhood diseases, members of the California legislature had the wisdom to advance a bill eliminating (in…
  • Washed Up

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Didn't Jeb Bush ever hear the saying, "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt?" Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledged on Friday that he’s “concerned” about climate change, but argued that the U.S. has largely addressed carbon emissions through private sector innovation that has led to a natural gas boom. Speaking at the New England Council’s “Politics and Eggs” series in Manchester, New Hampshire, a popular stop for presidential hopefuls, Bush fielded a question about whether his energy…
  • Daylight Video

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Forty-five years ago today, "Let It Be" by the Beatles was America's number-one single.
  • Day's End and Weekend Watch

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Today's 35 comments may be a record for Lunch Buffet. Remind me next time things get slow we can always provide opportunity for people to warn others away from their towns. Here are some remains of the day: * Steve King comes right out and says whole purpose of Obama immigration policies is to import future Democratic voters. Might not be so if you weren't such a repulsive jerk to them, Steve. * Remember Ezzat al-Douri, the Ginger Baathist who eluded capture during the Iraq War? Iraqi forces and Shi'a militia claim he's been killed in Iraq where he was commanding Sunni forces allied to IS. *…
 
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    TIME

  • How Hillary Clinton is Trying to Win Over Liberal Critics  

    Sam Frizell
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    During her first bid for president, Hillary Clinton was attacked for supporting the Iraq War and being too cozy with Wall Street. She flew in a helicopter between events in Iowa and mostly appeared at massive rallies, where her distance from voters was in plain sight. And in June 2008, the nomination went to then-Sen. Barack Obama, a candidate viewed by many Democrats as more liberal and populist. As she began her second campaign for the Democratic nomination, there are signs that Clinton will not let the same mistake happen twice. Rather than beginning with a big speech, Clinton embarked on…
  • President Obama on Loretta Lynch Delay: ‘This is Embarrassing’

    Maya Rhodan
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    President Obama got impatient as he expressed his disappointment with Senate Republicans’ delay of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation. “It’s gone too far,” Obama said during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. “Enough. Enough.” Obama blasted the Senate’s “dysfunction” in failing to confirm Lynch, who is set to become the first black female Attorney General in the nation’s history. A career prosecutor from New York, Lynch has now waited twice as long for her confirmation as the last…
  • Jeb Bush: No Regrets on Terri Schiavo

    ryantbeckwith
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday he had no regrets about fighting to keep Terri Schiavo alive, addressing the mid-2000s controversy on his second trip to New Hampshire this year. “I don’t think I would have changed anything,” he told New Hampshire business leaders at St. Anselm College’s Politics and Eggs breakfast in response to a question about whether he would have handled things differently with the benefit of hindsight. As governor, Bush signed into law a state measure that gave him the authority to intervene to keep Schiavo, who was in a persistent…
  • Morning Must Reads: April 17

    Melissa August
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    Georgia OKs Medical Marijuana Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation legalizing the use of marijuana in Georgia for medical conditions, including epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and sickle-cell anemia Support for Death Penalty Drops Public backing for capital punishment in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest in 40 years, although a small majority of Americans still believe in it O’Malley Calls Out Hillary Clinton Maryland’s former governor had sharp words for Clinton,…
  • White House Calls Delay of Attorney General Confirmation ‘Unconscionable’

    Maya Rhodan
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest spent several minutes of Thursday’s news briefing lamenting the delayed confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, via a scathing critique of an Iowa Senator. Earnest called out veteran Republican Senator Chuck Grassley as “exhibit A in why it is very challenging to work with Congressional Republicans,” citing Grassley’s reversal on when Lynch’s nomination should have been pushed through the Senate. Earnest said the previous seven nominees for the post waited a total 24 days between them to move from the…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • US Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials are urging Greece to reach a deal with its creditors and avoid a catastrophic default that would stagger a world economy still emerging from recession.
  • Cyprus bailout on track after foreclosure law passed

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Cyprus's bailout agenda was back on track Saturday after parliament adopted a controversial and long-delayed foreclosure and insolvency package as demanded by the country’s international lenders. A delay in passing the insolvency framework, seen as a safety net for vulnerable groups against property repossessions, had prompted the opposition to suspend a foreclosures law passed last year. International lenders are now expected back on the island to proceed with the bailout funding process. The International Monetary Fund recently held back 86 million euro ($93 million) in bailout funds…
  • New Hampshire clash of Republican presidential contenders

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Republicans already in the 2016 presidential race or thinking about it have swarmed New Hampshire for an early state showdown that has highlighted the diversity, challenges and size of the emerging field.
  • French general's historic US independence ship sails again

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    A replica of the 18th century ship that took a French general on his voyage to become a hero of the American war of independence was to set sail again Saturday, cheered off by thousands of well-wishers and President Francois Hollande. Big crowds gathered to wish "bon voyage" to the painstakingly recreated tall ship Hermione, leaving from Ile d'Aix, in southwest France, for the east coast of the United States. The French and American flags were raised on the wooden frigate and crew members made last minute preparations for their Atlantic crossing retracing the voyage 235 years…
  • Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change.
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    Political Irony

  • Approval Ratings?

    Iron Knee
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I don’t know where they got their numbers. The approval rating for Congress is now around 18% (although it went below 10% near the end of 2013). And Hillary Clinton’s approval rating is around 50% (although a few polls have put it higher than 67% in the past). Although this meme is still funny. And they seem to be correct in how often she has been named America’s “Most Admired Woman”. Related posts: God’s Approval Rating?
  • Un American

    Iron Knee
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:27 pm
    A very interesting survey from Bloomberg politics turns up results that are rather disturbing. I’ll quote directly from Bloomberg: Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the U.S. should support Israel even when its stances diverge with American interests … Democrats, by roughly the same ratio, say the opposite is true and that the U.S. must pursue its own interests over Israel’s. You read that right. Republicans put Israel’s interests above American interests. Can this possibly be true? Are Republicans really more loyal to a foreign country than to America?
  • Fair and Balanced

    Iron Knee
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © Jen Sorensen I have to admit that I was never a big fan of Bill Clinton, and in 2008 I supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. But I think I actually feel better about Clinton being president now. I saw her speak and answer questions a few months ago, and was more impressed. I think her experience in the Senate and in Obama’s administration made her more relaxed and realistic. Of course it helps that the only alternative will be someone who survives the “stupider than thou” Republican primary. I also think Hillary Clinton has more experience dealing with the…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “After months of negotiations, Iran has finally agreed to reduce its nuclear weapons program. Which was great until Putin showed up and said, ‘Hi, I’m here about Craigslist ad for nukes.'” – Jimmy Fallon “Iran said it will give up trying to make a nuclear weapon. But it got awkward when Iran said, ‘But just for Lent. We’ll start again on Monday.'” – Jimmy Fallon “According to a new survey, almost half of the voters in Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania say that they do not trust Hillary Clinton. Republicans immediately got together and…
  • The Week in Review

    Iron Knee
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Who could have predicted that the week when I went out of town could have produced so much irony in my absence! My only question is, should I go on vacation more often? Related posts: Year in Review – Part Two! 2008 in review! 2014 in Review – Part 1
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Montana Poised To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    WASHINGTON -- Montana is on track to join 28 states and the District of Columbia by expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people. Democrats in both chambers of the majority-GOP Montana state legislature have joined with enough Republicans to advance the legislation. The state Senate sent the measure to Gov. Steve Bullock (D), a Medicaid expansion supporter, on Saturday following a state House of Representatives vote a week before. Proponents of the legislation say it will expand health coverage to as many as 45,000 Montanans. Montana is set to become the second state this year to adopt…
  • What Plan Does Rand Paul Have to Relieve Student Loan Borrowers?

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    This is part of an ongoing series by Credible about how the 2016 presidential candidates would affect student loans and the financing of education for students and borrowers. Last week, Senator Rand Paul demonstrated his concern with college affordability. In response to President Obama’s recent proposal to make community college free, Paul said. “I’ve got a better idea—let’s let college students deduct the cost of their education over their working career!” He wants to allow all tuition and student loan debt to be fully tax deductible, doing away with the…
  • Am I Ready for Hillary?

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    So now it has officially begun, again. Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for President. Let the questions begin. But the questions I'm interested in are not the stupid ones (was she behind a Nazi commie plot to blow up Benghazi?) or the horse racey ones (will Hillary become inauthentic in a more authentic way?). Clinton, for a variety of reasons, receives a lot of stupid animosity for a lot of stupid reasons, and there are chapters of her career that could stand to see a little sunlight. I am not interested in any of that. My question is, will she be good for public education? I think we can…
  • Mike Huckabee Says You Should Wait Until Obama Leaves Office To Join The Military

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) suggested Friday that young Americans planning to join the military should wait until President Barack Obama leaves office to do so because his administration has an "open hostility toward the Christian faith." The possible 2016 presidential contender was asked about a Washington Times report citing "religious freedom advocates" who said that Christians are leaving the military because of a “hostile work environment." Huckabee told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson that the Obama administration “orders its chaplains to put its Bibles away, not to…
  • Is Al Qaeda In Decline?

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. This week, we spoke with Aaron Zelin about the state of Al Qaeda. Since the rise of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, al-Qaeda, the global terrorist network behind the attacks of 9/11 and the U.S. embassy bombing in Nairobi, has experienced fierce competition in the battle for the hearts and minds of radical Islamists. The WorldPost spoke with Aaron Zelin about Al Qaeda's evolution since the rise of the Islamic State group. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • CNN's Chris Cuomo Trashes GOP Talking Points On Repealing Estate Tax

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    From the April 17 edition of CNN's New Day:Related: House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans Ten Facts You Should Know About the Federal Estate Tax Previously: CNN's Tapper Grills Sen. Marco Rubio: On Issue Of Same-Sex Marriage "You're The Candidate Of Yesterday" CNN's Cuomo Challenges Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson Over Claim That Sexuality Is A Choice Watch This CNN Anchor Stop The Spin On The Minimum Wage
  • Washington Examiner 's Paul Bedard Tells Carly Fiorina: "I Never Met A Presidential Candidate With Pink Nail Polish On"

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard told former Hewlett-Packard CEO and possible Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina that he "never met a presidential candidate with pink nail polish on" during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. In response, Fiorina told Bedard, "There's always a first." In an April 16 column about the event, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, who was also in attendance, noted that Bedard's comment "set off murmurs of sexism on my side of the table." Capehart followed up by interviewing Fiorina about the exchange, and reportedly…
  • Tucker Carlson: Hillary Clinton Will Use Sexism As A Weapon To Win In 2016, Just Like Obama Used Racism

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    From the April 17 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:Previously: Daily Caller's Latest Brush With Sexism: Email Calls Spokesperson A "Self-Righteous Bitch," "LabiaFace" Tucker Carlson Laments Being Labeled A Misogynist Because Of "Some Mean Email To This Chick" MSNBC's Chris Hayes: "Odious" Emails Provide "A View Into The World Of Tucker Carlson"
  • Chipotle Week: How Bad Can Campaign Coverage Get?

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Less than one week into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and it's a blurry image from a fast-food restaurant security video that's emerged as the defining media image. After "news" broke that Clinton, en route to Iowa to meet with voters, stopped in at an Ohio Chipotle for lunch and that the order was captured on film, the press corps basically went bonkers, treating it like a Tupac sighting and going all-in with fevered reporting. The New York Times first got hold of the security cam video and reported that Clinton's order "included a Blackberry Izze drink, a soda and a…
  • Fox Contributor Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Incest And Polgyamy

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    From the April 17 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously: Meet Robert Jeffress, Cable News' Friendly, Charming Anti-Gay Extremist Fox News Contributor: Fifty Shades Of Grey And Gay Marriage Are Signs Of The Apocalypse On Fox News Sunday, Tony Perkins Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Incest O'Reilly: Divide Over Indiana's Anti-Gay Law Is A "Cultural Civil War"
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Mount Ararat Is The Witness

    Hamzah Hussain
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    By Ahu Ozyurt, The Hurriyet, Turkey-Destiny works in mysterious ways. April comes with rain showers and a sea of flowers in the east. Under the majestic silhouette of Mount Ararat, this magical land’s people saw destiny manifest itself again. After 100 years, finally we have learned not to give up on each other. And we did not let our brothers die in vain. What happened in Diyadin, Ağrı, over the weekend was deeply troubling. There were very few reports about a clash between the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Even Twitter, which quickly falls…
  • Am I Mexican? American? Or Both?

    Lali Mares
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    “You’re not Mexican enough” is a phrase I have heard one too many times growing up in a predominately white area. Both my parents migrated to the U.S. when they were eighteen and since then have worked extremely hard to give my sisters and me a very comfortable life, yet I have received backlash for it. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but I have heard that the whole point of migrating to the U.S. for many people is to better one’s life and be successful and to live out the “American dream?” America insists that immigrants assimilate into American culture but when we actually do,…
  • Why My Generation Grew Up Thinking It Was Un-Australian To Question ANZAC

    Hamzah Hussain
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
    By Kate Aubusson, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia-History supposedly belongs to the victors, but Australians wear failure very well. It's the underdogs and the muckrakers that are Australian history's first sons. We're a nation of anti-heroes, of outlaws, swagmen and hanged men. Gallipoli is our opus to hard-knocks. The campaign was a catastrophic disaster and a muddy blood bath, but we dusted it off and called it the birth of a nation. It's the historic equivalent of 'she'll be right'. My generation was raised on this kind of Australian history. We grew up thinking a healthy disregard…
  • Argentina acts over Falklands oil

    BBC News - Home
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Argentina begins legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands.
  • South Africa seeks diplomatic support to defeat anti-immigrant unrest

    Reuters: World News
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across the continent on Friday to defeat the "demon" of anti-immigrant violence in which at least four people have been killed over the past fortnight.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #677 | The Effing Economy

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses the verdict of the Aaron Hernandez trial, a Georgia Pharmacist refusing to fill a prescription, the officer who shot Eric Harris turns himself in, and the health benefits of orange soup. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUMThe post #TWIBprime #677 | The Effing Economy appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #676 | Jesus Told Me Nah

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses the verdict of the Aaron Hernandez trial, a Georgia Pharmacist refusing to fill a prescription, the officer who shot Eric Harris turns himself in, and the health benefits of orange soup. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUMThe post #TWIBprime #676 | Jesus Told Me Nah appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #675 | News or Trauma?

    TWiB.FM
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses Wayne LePierre at the NRA’s annual meeting, whether the continuing images of Black death at the hands of police are traumatizing or necessary with MSNBC’s Jamil Smith, and we discuss Coachella with Back2Reality’s Jarrett Hill. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWIBprime #675 | News or Trauma? appeared…
  • #TWIBprime #674 | It Took Six Men

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses Hillary Clinton’s announcement, Drake and Madonna at Coachella, and a Black woman tazed to death in Virginia. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM  The post #TWIBprime #674 | It Took Six Men appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #Sportsball #57: Defining MVP

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The Crew discusses the first week of MLB, the icy divorce between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees, the MVP race between Stephen Curry and James Harden, and dating at the Masters. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil, and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball: FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]   The post #Sportsball #57: Defining MVP appeared first on #TWIBnation.
 
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    Wonkette

  • The Snake Oil Bulletin Sifts Through The Pseudoscientific Dingleberries Of Dr. Mehmet Oz

    Fare la Volpe
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Welcome back, pilgrims! It’s good to see you’ve returned to your old friend the Snake Oil Bulletin, the weekly compendium of the latest horsepuckey to plop itself right here on our beloved interwebs. Now normally we focus on a smattering of stories to whet your woo woo whistle, but this week we’ve decided that special devotion should be reserved for a brave, beleaguered hero, that duke of duplicitous drivel, Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD (Malarkey Dipshit). Dr. Oz has had quite the adventure over the past year, but as you’ll soon see, it takes a lot to keep a poppycock peddler…
  • The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Will Murder The ATF And Its Jackbooted Thugs

    Dan Weber
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Emboldened by last week’s victory for the rights of gun-humpers to be able to ALSO be able to hump bullets, Field Marshall Sarah Palin presses forward. She has offered the Kenyan tyrant Obama clear and simple terms: abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and we will spare you our screeching. And, instead of listening to her, the Kenyan tyrant sits alone in his empty palace, a place that collaborators and the weak-willed still call the White House, and he does NOTHING. Read more on The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Will Murder The ATF And Its…
  • Ted Cruz Loves ‘The Simpsons.’ It’s Not Mutual.

    Doktor Zoom
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    So it seems that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Moose Jaw) fancies himself something of a Simpsons fan, as he told The Federalist’s Ben Domenech in a recent podcast. He even did lines from his two favorite episodes, proving that he can relate not only to country music aficionados, but to rabid animation fans, also too! Read more on Ted Cruz Loves ‘The Simpsons.’ It’s Not Mutual….
  • Star Wars, F*ck Yeah! F*CK YEAH!!!

    Kaili Joy Gray
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Discuss.
  • Who’s Winning The ‘F*ck The Poors’ Trophy This Week? It is Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback!

    Evan Hurst
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Welfare queens of Kansas, we are very sorry, for your worst nightmares have come true. Your governor, Sam Brownback, has signed HB 2256, which, as we reported earlier in April, makes all the changes to welfare everybody wants, but is too shy to ask for. Yes, Kansas, you shan’t have to worry ever again about those on public assistance spending all of their $429 a month on glamorous Caribbean vacations, on your dime, or on getting their palms read at Psychic Isabella’s in Kansas City. (Which exists.) You won’t have to worry about them outdoing you in the sexxxy lingerie…
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    Hot Air

  • Hillary’s hypocrisy on the death tax

    Jazz Shaw
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    I support this tax. I just don't feel like paying it. Earlier this week we took a look at the GOP efforts to repeal the death tax, including some of the political pitfalls involved as well as reasons why it’s still a hill worth fighting on. In a rare moment of taking a position on a policy issue, Hillary Clinton has chimed in on the so […] Read this post »
  • Newsweek: Largest individual donor to Clinton Foundation has trade ties to Iran

    Ed Morrissey
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Culture of corruption. Is another shoe about to drop on the Clinton Foundation, and on Hillary Clinton’s problematic rollout? Newsweek’s Rory Ross reported this morning that the largest individual donor to the Clinton family business has conducted trade with Iran, perhaps in breach of US sanctions. Ukrainian energy mogul Victor Pinchuk has connections to the Clintons that go […] Read this post »
  • Why Broken Windows still works

    Jazz Shaw
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Don't fix it if it ain't broken One of the major claims underpinning current protests and arguments that police officers are “too tough” on criminals – invariably translated into “minorities” without apparent irony – is that the Broken Windows theory of law enforcement is a problem rather than a solution. The concept, originally developed in the early 1980’s, gained national prominence in […] Read this post »
  • Kansas fraternity suspended over sexually vulgar text messages. Seriously.

    Jazz Shaw
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Frat boys will be frat boys Why, oh why must the media fixate on stories where I wind up having to be the bad guy? With another week gone by we have yet another report involving a college fraternity, this time on the campus of Washburn University in Kansas. This one doesn’t involve any sort of gang rape story showing up […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Invitations. Nearly three quarters of Americans say sexual orientation should be protected from discrimination the same way race is, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll… “Gay people and people of color are going through the same fight to be accepted,” said Brandi Jackson, a 31-year-old nursing assistant from Baltimore who is African-American and participated in the […] Read this post »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Tips On How To Deal With The Stock Market

    Randy
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    TIP! To increase your earnings as much as possible, you should take the time to develop a plan for long-term investments. For the best results, keep your expectations realistic. Do you seek returns on your investments that never seem to materialize? Lots of individuals are wanting to make profits in the stock market, but very few people understand what is needed to succeed. If you read the following article, you will learn what you need to know to get the most from your investments. TIP! Stocks are not merely certificates that are bought and sold. If you own a stock, you actually own a small…
  • Getting Information To Make Your Home Business Enterprise A Success

    Randy
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    TIP! If you can’t decide which product you want to promote in your home business, you need to put some thought into which products can be useful in your life. Product selections should be based upon the needs of consumers. Many people look forward to getting out of the office and creating a business of their own. This article has all the information you need to get started with your work from home business. TIP! If you are out of stock in a particular item, be sure to let your clients know about it. Nothing upsets customers more than finding out that the products that they ordered are…
  • How Is Lazy Eye Diagnosed?

    Randy
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Dealing with underlying eye conditions is the most reliable way to deal with quantum vision reviews. When the brain does not completely acknowledge the images it sees from one of your eyes, lazy eye takes place. Since the brain does not get images from the lazy eye in the way that it does from the healthy eye, this is. This leads to vision problems and loss of depth perception. The impacted eye doesn t necessarily look different, though it might roam in various instructions. That s where the term lazy comes from. The condition will usually just affect one eye, however in certain…
  • Maximize Your Hard-Earned Dollars When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    TIP! Search for a spacious home if you already have, or are intending to have children. Pay attention to safety too, especially if the home you are looking at has stairs or a swimming pool. Buying real estate can be intimidating given its complexity, but when you have done your homework and do it well, it is also very rewarding. Don’t be afraid. These tips can help you prevent and avoid this. TIP! If you are thinking about moving, you may want to research the neighborhoods of properties you are interested in online. Whether you’re moving to a large city or a small town, there is a…
  • Prepare Yourself With The Right Kind Of Insurance.

    Randy
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    TIP! Find an overall insurance carrier to handle all of your insurance needs. Very often, if you bundle all your insurance needs and bring them all to one carrier, you are eligible for major discounts. Insurance helps you save money if there’s an accident, illness, or other tragedy. You can use different methods to insure your belongings. You can insure your vehicle, your home, your life and even your pets. When an accident happens, insurance covers a large percentage of the cost. Keep reading to learn about the most common forms of insurance and their advantages. TIP! If you’re a…
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #WEEKEND Saturday will remind you of summer so you won’t mind rain on Sunday: Saturday 80 °F and sunny; Sunday 65 °F and maybe rain;   #NATIONAL The force is strong this week; Presidential doodles; Drake basically lives the same life as us; Gyrocopter > letter to your member of Congress; how […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • We Are Scared for This Woman

    fdc
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    We’re sure of her abilities as a yogi, but we’re not so sure about her mat’s ability to grip a melty snow pile… via Washington Post The post We Are Scared for This Woman appeared first on FamousDC.
  • #Hillvetica

    fdc
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Fun thing or most fun thing from Hillary’s announcement? Hillary Bold. Because, America. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/Y2HRzM4tMn — Rick Wolff (@RickWolff) April 13, 2015 Admittedly, it’s a close second to the Hillary laugh button. The post #Hillvetica appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Tim O’Toole Has Made It

    fdc
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Alright friends – dream big. You could start a company and work on a Presidential campaign in just a short few years. Congratulations to hipster Tim O’Toole and the Poolhouse Digital team for their Rubio work. The post Tim O’Toole Has Made It appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Recent White House Breaches, Ranked

    fdc
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    1. Fence-baby 2. Drunk Drone 3. Crazy dude Photo from the White House Flickr account The post Recent White House Breaches, Ranked appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • China's slowing economy, oil prices and booming housing markets

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:China's economy: Coming down to earth (Briefing)Oil prices: unconventional but normal (Finance)Housing and the election: The right to buy...votes (Britain)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at how politicians manipulate economies before elections, and the latest updates to our 
  • Politics as unusual

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    HERE is how politics is "supposed" to work. Party leaders make a whole bunch of promises (tax cuts/spending increases) before an election, only to discover, when in office, that a closer inspection of the books/global crisis/natural disaster (select the most plausible) prevents them from following through on their plans. Repeat the process often enough and you get voter cynicism.Whose fault is this? We can blame ourselves as voters for believing unfunded promises. In practice, however, a lot of people don't swallow the propaganda. So perhaps an honest politician might have success by saying…
  • A quick in and out

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    BYHOURS, a Spanish hotel-reservation platform that allows customers to rent rooms in three-hour slots, is looking to expand into Britain. Travelmole reports that the website aims to sign up 25 hotels in the country by the end of the month, although so far only six have taken the plunge. Many people, when bringing to mind short-stay hotel rooms, will no doubt picture businessmen with their cinq-à-septs or, perhaps, company a little more transactional than that. Banish such grubby thoughts from your minds; having the option of booking a bedroom for three hours is a great and practical…
  • A recovery begins?

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    AUSTRALIA'S economy had been rocked by the recent collapse in global commodity prices. Falling iron ore and coal prices have hit both the mining industry and government tax revenues particularly hard. This has revealed a weakness in the labour market that, until now, had been covered up by the commodity boom.But the latest set of job figures released today suggests that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. An extra 37,700 jobs were created in March, more than twice what economists had expected. Following on from another robust jobs report in February, the surge in employment has…
  • Ever more from Moore

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    NEWS of the death of Moore’s law has always been greatly exaggerated. People started to pronounce it deceased not long after Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, a chipmaker, published on April 19th 1965 a paper arguing that the number of transistors that can be etched on a given surface area of silicon would double every year. In a later paper he corrected his forecast to every two years, which has come to be stated as his “law”. Regularly proving sceptics wrong, however, the exponential growth kept going (see chart), driving the digital revolution.Yet signs are multiplying that half a…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Volunteers Gather to Care for Glenn Ford, Exonerated Louisiana Man Who Is Now Dying from Cancer

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    In Louisiana, former prosecutor Marty Stroud has met with former death row prisoner Glenn Ford to apologize to him for wrongfully charging him with murder. After 30 years in prison, Ford was released from death row last year after the state admitted new evidence proves he was not the killer. Stroud recently wrote a three-page letter in the Shreveport Times calling on the state to stop refusing to compensate Ford, who now has stage 4 lung cancer. We get an update on Ford’s case from his friend Jackie Sumell.
  • Watch: Art Exhibit Recreates Tiny Cell Where the Late Herman Wallace Spent 42 Years in Solitary

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    We speak with New Orleans-based artist Jackie Sumell about her collaboration with former prisoner and Black Panther, Herman Wallace. As Democracy Now! reported in October of 2013, Wallace died just days after his conviction was overturned and he was released from nearly 42 years in solitary confinement. He was a member of the Angola 3, who was convicted for the 1972 murder of a prison guard, but long maintained his innocence and said they were framed for their political activism. The project Wallace worked on with Sumell began when she asked him, "What sort of house does a man who has…
  • Did NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army in 2012 Kidnapping of Richard Engel?

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    NBC News is at the center of a new controversy, this time focused on its chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Back in 2012 he and five other members of an NBC News team were kidnapped by armed gunmen in Syria. They were held for five days. Just after his release Engel spoke on NBC News and said this about his captors: "This is a government militia. These are people who are loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. They are Shiite." Well, earlier this week, a New York Times investigation prompted Engel to revise his story and reveal he was actually captured by Sunni militants…
  • Test Mutiny: Tens of Thousands of New York Parents Revolt Against Standardized Exams

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    In an act of mass civil disobedience, tens of thousands of parents in New York state had their children boycott the annual English Language Arts exam this week. At some Long Island and upstate school districts, abstention levels reached 80 percent. Protest organizers say at least 155,000 pupils opted out — and that is with only half of school districts tallied so far. The action is seen as a significant challenge to the education agenda of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and to standardized testing nationwide. More than a decade after the passage of No Child Left Behind, educators, parents and…
  • Headlines for April 17, 2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lawmakers Reach Deal to Give Obama TPP Fast-Track AuthorityIraqi Forces Retake Towns Near Oil Refinery from ISILAl-Qaeda Gains Ground in South Yemen; U.N. Envoy ResignsWikiLeaks Publishes Full Database of Hacked Sony EmailsMuslim Migrants Accused of Pushing 12 Christians OverboardObama Signs "Doc Fix" Law to Overhaul Medicare PaymentsWesleyan Students Launch Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In; Harvard Blockade ContinuesGyrocopter Pilot Who Landed on Capitol Lawn Could Face 4 Years in PrisonVatican Ends Takeover of U.S. Nuns Accused of "Radical Feminism"Former IMF Chief Rodrigo…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Have Republicans Given Up In The Fight Against Obamacare?

    Doug Mataconis
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    For five years, the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” to use a word first coined by critics of the plan to reform health care coverage that has now been adopted by those who favor the plan, has been at the center of Republican attacks against the President. Before the ink was even dry on the law in March 2010, Republican politicians and conservative pundits set their sights on the law and used it to help fuel the political movement that vaulted the GOP in to control of the House in November of that year. Once they had control of one chamber of Congress, Republicans engaged in…
  • Is 2016 a 50-50 Proposition?

    James Joyner
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Pundits and political scientists agree that, if the 2016 presidential election were today, we’d have a much better idea who would win. A spate of articles assessing the likely outcome of an election that will be held in twenty short months have hit the pike. They’re interesting food for discussion but not much else. Alex Roarty, writing for National Journal (“PREDICTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Think Hillary Clinton is likely to win? Think again.“): Ask around: Washington is pretty certain Hillary Clinton is the favorite to win the White House. Democrats have a natural…
  • Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Tip at Chipotle! Stop the Presses!

    James Joyner
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Finally, The Hill has unearthed a story that makes me care about Hillary Clinton’s lunch choices. Do you tip at fast food restaurants? It’s an ethical dilemma tailor made for HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and thrust into the 2016 spotlight when Hillary Clinton left an Ohio Chipotle without leaving a tip. When to tip can be a difficult decision, but it is especially tricky if you are running for president. Charles Wright, the manager of the Maumee, Ohio, Chipotle, told Bloomberg that Clinton left no change in the tip jar after paying her bill, which came out to…
  • 161 Days Later, The Senate Still Hasn’t Voted On Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

    Doug Mataconis
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    As of today, it has been 161 days since President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, currently the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. Given that the appointment was made just days after the 2014 election and the fact that there were strong substantive objections to cramming a confirmation process into the short lame duck period before the end of the years, consideration of that nomination was delayed until the new Senate, controlled by Republicans, convened in January. At first, it seemed as though the confirmation process…
  • Chris Christie’s Reefer Madness

    Doug Mataconis
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Chris Christie says that if he were President he would “crack down” on marijuana even in states where it has been legalized for either medicinal or recreational purposes: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a potential 2016 contender, said Tuesday that if elected president he would crack down on states that have legalized marijuana. “Absolutely. I will crack down and not permit it,” he said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” when asked whether he would enforce federal drug laws that prohibit marijuana even in states that allow sales. “Marijuana is a gateway…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Brazil’s Ascendant, Hard-Line Right Wants to Imprison 16-Year-Olds

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    m.a.r.c. (CC BY-SA 2.0) The left wing of Brazil’s Legislature has become weak and demoralized, and the “Bullets, Beef and Bible Caucus” is ready to seize power. The Guardian reports: These conservative hardliners – from Brazil’s security forces, agricultural sector and evangelical churches – triumphed in last October’s legislative elections, while President Dilma Rousseff, of the leftwing Workers’ Party (PT), only narrowly won re-election. Over the past few months, the president’s authority has been undermined by a massive corruption scandal, major street protests and the…
  • ‘Left, Right & Center’: Dull Candidates, a Trade Deal and a Gyrocopter

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists label Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush bland and incapable of lighting up a room. Also, the Senate secretly examines a massive trade deal and a protester lands a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Related Entries March 29, 2015 Carly Fiorina Sets Sights on White House, Slams Hillary Clinton (Updated) March 28, 2015 Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz
  • Familiar Fish Find Northern Seas Too Warm for Comfort

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Fish accustomed to shallow northern waters will search in vain for cooler depths as climate change warms the seas where they thrive. Related Entries March 29, 2015 Carly Fiorina Sets Sights on White House, Slams Hillary Clinton (Updated) March 28, 2015 Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz
  • If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

    editor@truthdig.com
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:57 pm
    By Joe Conason You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality—a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades—is suddenly in political vogue. Related Entries March 29, 2015 Carly Fiorina Sets Sights on White House, Slams Hillary Clinton (Updated) March 28, 2015 Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz
  • California and Martian Water

    editor@truthdig.com
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries March 29, 2015 Carly Fiorina Sets Sights on White House, Slams Hillary Clinton (Updated) March 28, 2015 Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz
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    ThinkProgress

  • Surgeon General Deploys Elmo To Encourage Vaccines For Kids

    Nicole Flatow
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot from YouTube Just a few months into his tenure as U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy has launched a campaign to encourage vaccinations, using none other than Sesame Street superstar Elmo. “Those are the shots that help you stay healthy,” Murthy tells Elmo in the short YouTube video. “Don’t worry, Elmo,” Murthy says. “It’s just a little pinch. And it’s safe.” After which Elimo encourages the audience to “Get vaccinated with Elmo!” Watch it: The campaign comes as the numbers of Americans opting out of vaccines…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: Politicians Denying Science Is ‘Beginning Of The End Of An Informed Democracy’

    Ari Phillips
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    CREDIT: National Geographic Channels/Scott Gries What will you be doing on Monday, 4/20, at 11 p.m.? Perhaps watching the premiere of acclaimed astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new show StarTalk. Tyson, who may be best known for hosting the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series in 2014, will now be appearing weekly on the National Geographic Channel in what may be the first late-night science talk show. Along with a trusty cast of comedians and science-minded folks like Bill Nye, Tyson hopes the adaptation of his popular podcast to a broadcast format will make…
  • Court Nixes Houston Anti-LGBT Petition That Included Forged, Invalid Signatures

    Nicole Flatow
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock/Silvio Ligutti The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance passed last May banned discrimination in housing, employment, and city contracts, whether that discrimination is based on race, sex, sexual orientation or other factors. But a campaign to take down the law that honed in on its LGBT protections demonized it as a “bathroom bill” on the claim that allowing transgender individuals to use the women’s restroom would create a dangerous opportunity for sexual predators. The so-called HERO law was on hold in the year since, after opponents submitted a referendum…
  • Woman Cites Religious Freedom Law To Defend Her Right To Feed The Homeless​

    Bryce Covert
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Joan Cheever being ticketed by San Antonio police CREDIT: Flickr/David Davies Joan Cheever of San Antonio has been serving meals to the city’s homeless for 10 years. But last week, police officers handed her a ticket with a potential fine of $2,000. Despite having a food permit for the food truck she cooks out of, which she calls the Chow Train, she was cited for transporting and serving it from a different vehicle. But that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to hand out three-course meals to the homeless. On Friday, she went back to Maverick Park with 50 supporters to hand out…
  • Behind India’s ‘Epidemic’ Of Farmer Suicides

    Beenish Ahmed
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    A woman works in a cotton field near Pandarkawhda, India, Thursday, April 24, 2008. India’s cotton belt, a land of searing temperatures and backbreaking work, has been hit hardest by an epidemic of suicides. Life has never been easy in this swath of central India, but the current generation of farmers say it has become unbearable. With debts larger than their incomes, these steadiest of workers have become gamblers of the highest stakes, betting their land — and their lives — on one more good crop. CREDIT: AP About every 30 minutes, a farmer in India commits suicide. The…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • High-PA

    Luci Westphal
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    In Colorado, known for its 236 breweries and a fast-growing marijuana industry, it was only a matter of time before pot married the state’s signature potable. On the eve of 4/20, two local brewmasters shared a recipe with Slate for a carefully tested and refined tangerine pot-infused IPA, which they have naturally named Tangerine High-PA.
  • Amicus: The Politics of Law

    Dahlia Lithwick
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Listen to Episode 15 of Slate’s Amicus:
  • This Is How to Stand Out on LinkedIn

    Rachel Stewart
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Your picture is professional. Your headline is catchy and succinct. Your résumé is up to date. Your LinkedIn profile is perfect. Or is it? The video above showcases eight quick tips to optimize your profile, increasing the likelihood of getting connected, noticed, and hired.
  • The Warren Buffett Edition

    Cathy O'Neil
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Listen to Episode No. 49 of Slate Money:
  • Stop Vilifying Almonds

    Eric Holthaus
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    This year’s “rainy” season is over, and California is beginning to accept its fate: Business-as-usual farming in the Golden State may soon become a thing of the past. The drought is now so far beyond the bounds of normal it’s become at least temporarily self-sustaining. Extreme heat begets more evaporation, and dry ground heats up more quickly than wet soil. Add in a dash of global warming, and you have a recipe for a megadrought that may last decades. For a state whose decades-long water-fueled bender has made it the most important agricultural producer in the country, one that leads…
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Nebraska Conservatives Take On GOP Governor Over Death Penalty

    Pema Levy
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    A group of conservative legislators in Nebraska are gearing up for what could be a multi-day battle to end the state's death penalty. The fight pits the right-wing anti-death penalty crusaders against their fellow conservatives and the state's Republican governor. Here's the Omaha World-Herald: Nine conservative lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors of a repeal measure the Nebraska Legislature will begin debating Thursday. One of their key platforms: Repealing the death penalty makes good fiscal sense. "If capital punishment were any other program that was so inefficient and so costly to…
  • Billionaire Casino Magnate Sheldon Aldelson's Israeli Paper Is Obsessed With Marco Rubio

    Sam Brodey
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    For years, Republicans who aspire to the presidency have sought the support of Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and GOP mega-donor. Adelson spent $150 million backing Republicans during the 2012 election cycle, and the candidate who secures his support this time around will get a big boost in a crowded GOP field. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who announced his campaign on Monday, already has one billionaire backer—Norman Braman, a Miami car dealer. But Rubio also seems to have impressed Adelson himself. Israel-watchers on Twitter have pointed out that Israel Hayom, the daily…
  • Hillary Clinton to Supreme Court: Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Nationally

    Patrick Caldwell
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Hillary Clinton's now-official presidential campaign has so far opted for gauzy announcement videos and vague feel good promises over much in the way of policy specifics. But on Wednesday, Clinton's team clarified one stance she she will take: same-sex marriage is a constitutional right that should be legal in every state. "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod told The Washington Blade, referring to four cases on gay marriage the…
  • Ted Cruz's Big Money Man Is A Hedge Funder With a $2 Million Train Set

    Molly Redden
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Robert Mercer, a Long Island hedge fund magnate, has made some lavish investments over the years: There's his 203-foot super yacht, called the Sea Owl. There's the $2 million model train set he had custom-built in his mansion—and the lawsuit he filed against the builders, saying they'd overcharged him. And now there's the money he's putting behind Ted Cruz's presidential ambitions. Mercer is the main bankroller of a ring of four super-PACs supporting Cruz for president, the New York Times reported Friday. The PACs have collected $31 million in the four weeks since Cruz launched his…
  • Even Ray Kelly Is Now Convinced Cops Need to Wear Body-Cams

    Inae Oh
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly—who once warned against police officers being equipped with body-cameras—is now coming out in support of the recording technology. Kelly's reversal, he noted on ABC's This Week on Sunday, was prompted by the video in South Carolina that caught police officer Michael Slager fatally shooting Walter Scott. "It has changed my mind," Kelly told host George Stephanopoulos. "Because we have to assume that this officer would not act the way he did if in fact he had a body camera that was recording." Prior to the video's emergence last week, local reports…
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  • Bill O’Reilly’s Racial Grievance Against Charles Blow And Michael Eric Dyson

    News Hound Ellen
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    In Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin Zone, only white men and Christians are oppressed. African Americans just need to suck it up, realize how great they have it and stop complaining! That was the message from O’Reilly’s Talking Points commentary last night. Just as one of our readers warned in a comment, O’Reilly lashed out at New York Times columnist Charles Blow for the sin of criticizing O’Reilly’s white-man grievance. Blow had singled out O’Reilly’s claim, “If you’re a Christian or a white man in the U.S.A., it’s open season on you” along with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre…
  • Lincoln Chafee Won't Win Squat With Talk Like This

    Karoli
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee might be running for the Democratic nomination or maybe he isn't, depending on which way the wind is blowing during any interviews he gives. But the former Republican-turned-Democrat isn't shy about behaving like a middle school gossip, spreading his boy tropes around about Hillary Clinton. Speaking to Alan Colmes Friday, Chafee leaned in and told Colmes' listeners that Hillary Clinton was "cold," and "wanted to be the center of attention." Projecting a little there, perhaps? After all, she has been the center of attention all week, while he's had…
  • Stop Trying To Make John Kasich Happen. He's Not Going To Happen.

    Steve M.
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here comes Kasichmania? CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich is about to launch a national political committee that would allow him to raise money and his profile as he considers a run for president in 2016, sources close to the Republican said Thursday. The effort, first reported on cleveland.com, has been in the works since Kasich's well-received visit last month to New Hampshire, which holds the first primary.... I think a lot of non-conservatives feel this way: Honestly, Kasich is the one potential candidate who I think has a great chance at winning a general. http://t.co/BRb2qlQDtK…
  • Wisconsin Senator Fears Fallout If SCOTUS Kills ACA Subsidies

    Karoli
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My first reaction to Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson's pearl-clutching? When you're owned by the Kochs, you do what the Kochs want you to, consequences be damned. So forgive me if I'm not moved by Johnson's sudden fears that Republicans will be blamed if the Supreme Court guts the ACA subsidies for states without their own exchanges. That's a little like tossing a Molotov cocktail into a crowd and then worrying that you'll get blamed if anyone gets burned. Give me a break. In a radio interview earlier this week, RoJo worried about what would happen if his side wins. JOHNSON: Unfortunately,…
  • Obama Rips Senate Over Loretta Lynch Vote Delay

    Karoli
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    President Obama finally lost patience in public on Friday and ripped the stupid, unprecedented historical delays by the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. President Barack Obama blasted the Senate Friday for stalling on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, the longest wait for a nominee to lead the Justice Department in three decades. "Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote, get her confirmed, let her do her job. This is embarrassing," Obama told reporters during a joint White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Half-measures won’t fix Social Security

    Frank Balsinger
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    The GOP just isn’t trying hard enough Today, Robert Reich had this to say on Facebook: “Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and other Republican hopefuls are already pushing to raise the eligibility age for Social Security to 69 – which their … Continue reading →
  • Dancing

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 17, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    I CAME HERE TO CHEW GUM AND KICK ASS, AND I’M ALL OUT OF oh wait, here’s one more piece of gum Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional … Continue reading →
  • The twisting, capricious nature of “blessings”

    Samuel Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Yesterday was … unsettling. Any time you’re meeting with your physician and the words “brain tumor” come out of her mouth, it’s going to make you sit up a little straighter, even if she’s mostly dismissing it as a possibility. … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 16, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Imagine a prop comic. Now imagine a prop comic with imaginary props. Pretty awful, right? Because I just described a mime. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for … Continue reading →
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  • Immigration Bedevils GOP in Bid for Voters

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    A battle in Texas over college benefits for immigrants highlights the split in the Republican Party, which is trying to reach out to Hispanics.
  • White House Appeals Immigration Order

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    The Obama administration tried to persuade an appeals court to lift a Texas federal judge’s order blocking the president’s immigration action.
  • Our Endless Presidential Campaigns

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Saturday Essay: With some 570 days left until Election Day, the race for president has very much started—to the dismay of many, writes Michael Barone. How the process can be fixed.
  • Obama Tries Tough Sale of Trade Deal to Democrats

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Obama defended his push to strike a major trade deal with 11 Pacific nations as necessary to boost the economy and help working Americans.
  • U.S. Suggests Compromise on Iran Sanctions

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:12 am
    President Obama suggested that Iran could receive significant economic relief immediately after concluding a deal to curb its nuclear program.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • US-Russia War Over Ukraine

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    “Could a U.S. response to Russia’s action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?” This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover article of The National Interest. The answer the authors give, in “Countdown to War: The Coming U.S. Russia Conflict,” is that the odds are shortening on a military collision between the world’s largest nuclear powers. The cockpit of the conflict, should it come, will be Ukraine. What makes the article timely is the report that Canada will be sending 200 soldiers to…
  • Better Than College

    Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The school year is winding down. Those ending their junior year are planning summer trips to college campuses and most seniors are gearing up to head off for college this fall. Over the last few years, much has been written about the cost of this next-step education. In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that the average fees for a 4-year, public state college – which includes tuition, room and board – was $18,943 for the 2014-15 academic year. For a public, out-of-state college, the price escalated to $32,763, and for private college? A whopping $42,419…
  • 10 Amazing Inventions

    No Author
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Dating back thousands of years are numerous examples of ancient technology that leave us awe-struck at the knowledge and wisdom held by people of our past. They were the result of incredible advances in engineering and innovation as new, powerful civilizations emerged and came to dominate the ancient world.  These advances stimulated societies to adopt new ways of living and governance, as well as new ways of understanding their world. However, many ancient inventions were forgotten, lost to the pages of history, only to be re-invented millennia later. Here we feature ten of the best…
  • The Pharma-Feds-Vaccination Threat

    No Author
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this address given on the California Capitol steps in Sacramento Robert Kennedy Jr. provides an inspired and detailed analysis of the extent to which the powerful pharmaceutical cartel has effectively captured the nation’s scientific, regulatory, and law-making processes. Combined with the corporate news media’s dependence on drug advertising, this has put big pharma in a position where it is running roughshod over informed choice and dictating vaccine policies that have little-if-any basis in scientific research yet will greatly contribute to that industry’s already gargantuan…
  • American Tuff Guys

    Jack Perry
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this vast shopping mall we call planet Earth, you will find one of the largest “anchor stores” of the whole complex is good ol’ American State Global Improvement Center. From it’s humble beginning as a small hardware store, it has become the world’s largest purveyor of global remodeling products and services with outlet stores in well over 150 countries. American State has a new product out now; a re-launched line of tools.  Ok, go into the store and you have to pass by the Regime Change Nation Building Materials section. Make a left past the sandbags and…
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    Political Wire

  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    “I’m starting to worry that when Hillary Clinton travels, there’s gonna need to be two planes – one for her and her entourage, and one for her baggage.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by The Hill.
  • Clinton’s Biggest Obstacle May Be Obama

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball: “The two factors that might be most vital to Hillary Clinton’s chances—the identity of the eventual Republican nominee and the standing of President Obama—are elements over which she has little influence. It’s the second factor, Obama’s job approval rating, that is especially critical. And the state and national polling numbers present a contradictory story.” “By our count, so far in 2015 (as of April 13) there have been 52 polls in 21 states that have reported approval and disapproval numbers for Obama. We analyzed those polls…
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    “I would love, for a week, to have a Republican legislature or to be the emperor.” — Gov. Chris Christie, quoted by Politico, while visiting New Hampshire.
  • GOP Candidates Stream Into New Hampshire

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    “In the history of the New Hampshire presidential primary, there have never been so many potential Republican presidential candidates — 21 — much less a campaign in which nearly all of them showed up on the same weekend,” the Boston Globe reports. “The result? One after another Friday, the Republicans tried to differentiate themselves as they moved throughout the state for the unofficial kickoff to the presidential primary.”
  • GOP Abandons Effort to Repeal Obamacare

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    “After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform. Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law’s key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Mike Huckabee Has Launched a 2016 Exploratory Committee. Read These 6 Stories About Him Now.

    Sam Brodey
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    On Friday, Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and former Republican governor of Arkansas, let it slip that he recently formed an exploratory committee in anticipation of a potential presidential bid. He followed up by appearing on Bret Baier's evening Fox News show to announce that... he will soon be announcing whether or not he will run for president. The 59-year-old has hinted for over a year that he might run in 2016 after he sat out the 2012 race and failed to win the nomination in 2008. Since leaving office in 2007, Huckabee has maintained a high profile, hosting a Fox show for several…
  • "I'm a Man in a Dress, and I'm Not Afraid to Show That."

    By Jeremy Lybarger/ Photographs by James Hosking
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    On a Saturday afternoon, Olivia Hart gets dressed in her pay-by-the-week hotel room before heading out to Aunt Charlie's Lounge, one of the last gay bars in San Francisco's tough Tenderloin neighborhood. Fifty-four-year-old Olivia is one of several veteran drag performers profiled in Beautiful by Night, a documentary and photo series by filmmaker and photographer James Hosking. Olivia (a.k.a. Frank) says that drag is both a screen and a way of shedding her skin. "Olivia and I are pretty much one and the same," she says. But, she adds, "my thing is not being a female illusionist where I look…
  • Why the GOP's Attack on Obama's Climate Plan Will Probably Fail

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    This morning, several of the nation's top environmental lawyers gathered at the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, for the first round of arguments in a pair of lawsuits challenging the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's climate plan. One of the suits was brought by coal company Murray Energy, the other by a group of a dozen states (all with Republican governors, and all either large producers or consumers of coal); they both contend that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have the authority to set tough new standards for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
  • The Scary Law That Allowed Pharmacists to Deny This Woman the Drugs She Needed After Her Miscarriage

    Molly Redden
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    When Brittany Cartrett lost her pregnancy in March, her doctor prescribed Misoprostol to help her complete the miscarriage. The drug, which would allow her to avoid a more invasive surgical procedure, is the same one used to induce many abortions. Which is why, Cartrett suspects, two different pharmacies in central Georgia refused to fill her prescription. Cartrett slammed one of those pharmacies, the Walmart in Milledgeville, Georgia, in a Facebook post published last week. When she asked the pharmacist why she wouldn't fill her prescription, Cartrett claims, "She looks at me over her nose…
  • Here's What Green Activists Think About Hillary Clinton

    Ben Adler
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    This article originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Notwithstanding the Washington Post's inevitable jokes about "fedoras, flannel shirts and beards" outside Hillary Clinton's campaign office "in the midst of hipster-cool downtown Brooklyn," there actually is no such thing as "hipster-cool downtown Brooklyn." Downtown Brooklyn is a warren of architecturally undistinguished office buildings and sterile windswept plazas. And so it was on a charmless little patch of sidewalk near the new campaign headquarters that a group of about 20…
 
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    Plum Line

  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:29 am
    All yours.  
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    * Remember how we were supposed to have a new attorney general by now? President Obama blasted the Senate on Friday for the stalled confirmation of his pick for U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch, calling it an “embarrassing” example of the Senate’s “dysfunction.” Speaking at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after […]
  • Why are Republicans trying to repeal the estate tax? It’s their nature.

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    Yesterday, the House voted to repeal the estate tax, apparently in the belief that the American public needed a reminder that the Republican Party is the party of the wealthy. I’ll get to why the arguments they make about this issue are either problematic or just factually wrong (depending on which argument you’re talking about), but […]
  • Morning Plum: Hillary evolves on issues important to the left

    Greg Sargent
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    It is probably too late for any Democrat to mount a credible primary challenge to Hillary Clinton, who appears to have sewn up much of the sort of the hidden elite support and backing from party actors that tends to influence voters’ choice of a nominee. Yet on some issues, at least, Clinton is acting […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    * President Obama’s campaign to turn America socialist continues: President Obama’s high-stakes bid to complete one of the largest free trade pacts in U.S. history – over the objections of most Democrats — moved ahead Thursday when the Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would give his administration vast new powers to close the deal. The […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Iran Deal Parameters Reached

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Last Thursday, the US State Department released a set of parameters that will define the upcoming deal with Iran that will be finalized at the end of June.On first inspection, these parameters appear to be much more favorable to US interests than even I had hoped. If the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) resembles these parameters it will be a huge win for Israel, the USA and anyone else interested in reducing the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Firstly, the parameters make it impossible for Iran to utilize its existing nuclear infrastructure to construct…
  • "Corruption of Blood," and other Constitutional Sins

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

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

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

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

  • Why Ben Carson Chose Detroit

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Three days after May 1, Ben Carson will be giving a speech in Detroit and presumably announcing his run for the presidency. The ex-neurosurgeon and best-selling author is from Detroit, so it makes sense through the prism of storytelling. To return to the city that you grew up in to launch your presidential campaign is hardly surprising on the part of Ben Carson. But there is more than that one suspects in the good doctor's choice of location. For all the wrong reasons, Detroit has been notorious for decades now and in fact, Ben Carson's life, one of struggle and astonishing achievement,…
  • Corpocracy vs Inequality

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    An article in today's WaPo, America's Middle -aged Capitalism, While the article doesn't present any new information one can easily see how corpocracy and one of it's byproducts, inequality, has ramped up excessively.The writer presents the information in a tone that 'business is just doing what is good for business. I agree, that is a fair characterization for some companies. It's also true, that many corporations have a 'rape, pillage and burn' mentality when it comes to 'their' survival/growth. What with Citizens United, foreign campaign donations and the like, gov't plays an outsized…
  • Jeb and Ted Are Nothing Like Sharp Dressed Men

    10 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    In separating out the candidacies of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, the Christian Science Monitor did a quick fashion check on the two. Rand's Ray Bans were mentioned of course, and Cruz was described as "buttoned-down and combative". It's understandable they would parse their images to try and tell the story of 2 adversaries who were recently close allies in the Senate. But the far more interesting question is: has anyone compared Jeb Bush's look to Ted Cruz's? Comfortable but expensive clothes that are about people who work and get things done and care little for fashion trends. In fact, in a…
  • Rand Paul's Proposal for the Beast

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    There is no true flat tax rate in Rand Paul's proposal, which was apparently taken off his website but is ready to be relaunched at some point. But there is a sort-of-flat-tax proposal with a sort-of-progressive component mixed in. A true flat tax rate implies a marginal tax rate of zero. That means the rate you pay does not rise as your income rises. Like a sales tax, which is usually denounced by progressives as unfair to low income earners, and praised by old-fashioned conservatives as virtuously diverting money from consumption to production. Which sounds a little Soviet or Chinese in an…
  • What Bob Could Learn From Jeb

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    Senator Menendez speaks Spanish because of his Cuban parents. Jeb Bush speaks Spanish because he sought the language out, in Mexico and in Venezuela, with his wife and family, and among many of his former Florida constituents. One could argue that Jeb speaks Spanish better than Bob does. Perhaps Jeb should help Bob out over how to handle influential donors, and how to differentiate between what's legal and what isn't. Whether they do it in Spanish or in English is up to them. Bob could then understand, thanks to Jeb, that you promise access, and you give access, before you get into political…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • A Culture of Possibilities

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

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

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

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

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

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    credit: bearingarms.com I’ve always been fascinated by swords. I couldn’t get enough of “Zorro” as a child, and that inevitably led me to studying European fencing, and eventually, Japanese fencing and sword drawing (Kendo and Iaido). In fact, I was the co-founder and first vice president of the Wyoming division of the United States Fencing Association. I have a middling large collection of replica swords from all eras, and use them in teaching the Aurthurian legends. The kids really enjoy being able to handle and wield the swords—under carefully controlled circumstances—and they…
  • The Walter Scott Case, Update 2: Tempest In A Teapot?

    Mike McDaniel
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In the first article of this series—The Walter Scott Case: Initial Impressions—  I expressed concern over how quickly Officer Slager was not only fired, but arrested and charged with murder. I have seen nothing since to alleviate that concern. All investigators understand that it is extraordinarily unwise to rush to make arrests in most cases. If any case is being assigned to an investigator, the opportunity to make an on-the-spot arrest has already passed, and unless the suspect is so dangerous it is necessary to immediately arrest them to protect the public, diligence and patience,…
  • Get Me A Bigger Projectile

    Mike McDaniel
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    photos credit: nydailynews In February of 2015 a Marana, Arizona police officer ran into a man with his patrol car. Excessive force, as the man’s attorney claims, or a reasonable alternative to firearms? The NY Daily News has the story: A former NYPD officer who calls himself Robocop used his police cruiser to ram a rifle-toting suspect on a one-man crime spree, dramatic Arizona police video released Tuesday shows. Marana Police officer Michael Rapiejko was hailed a hero by his chief after the department released the dramatic footage Tuesday highlighting the Feb. 19 incident.
  • Obama And Cuba: The “I” Has It

    Mike McDaniel
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    credit: blogs.reuters.com In unilaterally making nice with Cuba. President Obama has often, an dismissively said “the Cold War is over.” And so it is, however, American policy has never been based on the existence of the Cold War, but on America’s national interests. Of course, Mr. Obama reflexively speaks of such things as they affect him. Consider these excerpts from his December 17, 2015 policy speech on Cuba at the White House:  Good afternoon.  Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. In the most significant changes in our policy…
  • Obsolescence

    Mike McDaniel
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    This is a Casio W-98W digital watch. It costs from $15.00 to $22.00 dollars depending on where it is purchased. It tells the time–in 12 hour or 24-hour modes, the day and the date, and among other things, serves as a stopwatch, and an alarm clock. In other words, it is an inexpensive and entirely functional example of the contemporary digital watchmaker’s art. In many ways, I am a man of simple tastes. I do not need–or want–an enormous, flashy, heavy and expensive “chronometer” or “timepiece” on my left wrist. A cheap, easy to read, light weight and functional…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    So what does the first week of Hillary's campaign tell us about her? Charles Krauthammer has some thoughts.This quality of purposeful abstractness makes everything sound and seem contrived. It’s not really her fault. True, she’s got enough genuine inauthenticity to go around — decades of positioning, framing, parsing, dodging — but the perception is compounded by the obvious staginess of the gigantic political apparatus that surrounds her and directs her movements.Why is she running in the first place? Because it’s the next inevitable step in her career path. But that’s not as…
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    Betsy Newmark
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Just more one example of how, in the Clintons' minds, they are above the rules that limit ordinary politicians. The board of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has decided to continue accepting donations from foreign governments, primarily from six countries, even though Hillary Clinton is running for president, a summary of the new policy to be released Thursday shows.The rules would permit donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the U.K.—countries that support or have supported Clinton Foundation programs on health, poverty and climate change,…
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    Betsy Newmark
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Hillary Clinton, multi-millionaire and recipient of millions from Wall Street, is attacking CEO pay. Yeah, that sort of populism is totally believable. And when she attacks hedge-fund managers, is she also attacking her daughter Chelsea who, with no experience at all, joined a hedge fund that was a big contributor to Democratic Party campaigns? Or what about Chelsea's husband Marc Mezvinsky who founded and managed a hedge fund that lost millions by betting on Greece's economic recovery? Betting on Greece's economy - who knew that would be a bad idea? Are those the sorts of…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    Marc Thiessen explains how President Obama is applying the lessons of Jonathan Gruber to his foreign policy.Well it seems, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” once again — this time to foreign policy.The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of . . . understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies.That is precisely what Obama is doing when it comes to Iran and…
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    Betsy Newmark
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    So Hillary has announced that she will deign to run to be our national leader. What a shocker. I prefer the announcement that SNL did for her. All those liberal comedians who just couldn't figure out how do satirize Barack Obama now seem ready to return to the heyday of comedy that was the Clinton White House.Just in case you've lost track, the NY Post provides a handy primer of Hillary clinton scandals.Noemie Emery objects to the idea that Hillary is a feminist role model.But if a role model is actually what's desired, then Clinton is not that candidate. The message a Hillary presidency…
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  • Physicians Want Dr. Oz Removed from Columbia University Board Over His Bad Medical Advice

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    On Friday, TVs “Dr. Oz,” Doctor Mehmet Oz, was once again forced to defend himself this time after a group of physicians at Columbia University demanded he be removed from the board over what they claim is his pushing of bad science and unsound medical advice. Oz responded after the group of Doctors forwarded a letter to the university asking the school to dismiss the TV doc from its board. The letter charges that Oz is a “fake and a charlatan.” The letter continues saying, “Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine.”…
  • Thrill-Kill Punk Convicted, Gets Life Without Parole

    David Robertson
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    “Luna has been found guilty of First-Degree Murder after Australian baseball player, Christopher Lane, was shot and killed as he jogged in Duncan in August 2013.” -Newson6.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • OPEN THREAD: ESPN’s Britt McHenry Rips Counter Attendant Apart in Meanest Way Possible

    Warner Todd Huston
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Consider this an open thread. But first… ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is in the news for having a few very unkind words to say to the attendant of a towing company who just happened to be recording the exchange (naturally). McHenry visited the Advanced Towing company in Arlington, Virginia to get her car back after it was towed from a no parking spot and how she berated the attendant on a personal level was very mean spirited. Since the video went viral, ESPN gave her a one-week suspension from work. McHenry also apologized for her actions. In an intense and
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    17 Apr 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.
  • Few Conservatives on ‘Hollywood Reporter’s’ 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media List

    Warner Todd Huston
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Hollywood Report has issued its list of the most powerful members of the New York media scene and at number one is Fox News boss Roger Ailes. This story is from last week, but I think some of the quotes are interesting so… The newly released 2015 “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list actually includes 53 people as some of the slots were filled by several candidates at once. Not many members of the conservative media appear on the list, and some, like actor Stephen Colbert, seem a dubious choice. But at number one is the biggest
 
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  • Sophisticated Republican national security policy

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Sophisticated Republican national security policyby digbyThis is what passes for Republican national security policy these days:I'll just let Olivia Nuzzi explain: The biggest threat that he can wrap his head around is a reptile—native to America!—that mostly feeds on small rodents and birds.“When you’re dealing with Islamic Jihad ... you’re dealing with a rattlesnake.” — former Arkansas governor Mike HuckabeeBut this is not necessarily Huckabee’s fault—and he’s not alone.Running a state does not require one to regularly contemplate war or diplomacy in the way that serving…
  • Cool vs Cold

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Cool vs Coldby digbyWho knew Lincoln Chafee was such a putz?COLMES: Do you have any relationship with Hillary Clinton? Do you know her at all?CHAFEE: We served together in the Senate and we served on the Environment and Public Works Committee together. I worked on a couple of bills with her.COLMES: What’s your impression?CHAFEE: She’s as everyone said a policy wonk, she can be cold.COLMES: Cold personally? Not a warm fuzzy human being?CHAFEE: Yeah, when we worked on some of these issues, she likes to be the center of attention.Here's a little game: substitute the word "serious" for cold…
  • We have met the enemy and he is You by @BloggersRUs

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We have met the enemy and he is Youby Tom Sullivan "How many isolated incidents equal a pattern?" radio host Tavis Smiley asked Bill O'Reilly this week as the two debated police misconduct and mass incarceration. From mass surveillance to mass incarceration, it appears that government of the people, etc. is increasingly prone to viewing itself as government against the people. The Guardian reported Friday that the Missouri National Guard had to caution its people against referring to Ferguson protesters as "enemy forces": A briefing for commanders included details of the troops’…
  • This calls for a big helping of Alaska word salad

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This calls for a big helping of Alaska word saladby digbyJeb, Jeb, Jeb. Remember, you're supposed to be the smart one in the family:"Jeb Bush, defending his efforts to keep alive Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman, when he was governor of Florida, suggested on Friday that patients on Medicare should be required to sign advance directives dictating their care if they become incapacitated. A similar proposal by President Obama -- that doctors should be paid to advise patients on end-of-life decisions -- became a political firestorm in 2009, when Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and…
  • The outrageous cost of our love for guns

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The outrageous cost of our love for gunsby digbyI wrote a little post over at Salon about the gun lobby making it impossible to gather date on gun deaths a couple of weeks ago.  I wish I'd had this latest deep dive into the cost of gun violence from Mother Jones to draw on.  It's epic and it's shocking:Jennifer Longdon was one of at least 750,000 Americans injured by gunshots over the last decade, and she was lucky not to be one of the more than 320,000 killed. Each year more than 11,000 people are murdered with a firearm, and more than 20,000 others commit suicide using one.
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  • What's It All About Then

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    The "actually speaking the truth" version of a gaffe.Yet collecting educational data is important for the future of education and can help define the the character of a town, said Nicole Brisbane, state director at Democrats for Education Reform."Schools are one of the biggest differentiators of value in the suburbs," she said. "How valuable will a house be in Scarsdale when it isn't clear that Scarsdale schools are doing any better than the rest of Westchester or even the state? Opting out of tests only robs parents of that crucial data.And I thought it was all about the children? Nope. Real…
  • Saturday, Saturday

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Weird late night out meant sleeping in for the first time in a long time (relatively speaking, not exactly an early riser by normal standards). Has a Republican said anything horrible today? What is Florida Man getting himself into?
  • Time for Brunch

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    From EchidneThe point of this bill, Brownback tells us, is to get people to go to work!  I haven't checked if Kansas funds daycare for single mothers on welfare so that they can go to work in one of the minimum wage jobs many of them would end up with.  But whatever.  At least they can't get tattoos and massages while taking cruises.Ratf--ker.
  • Overnight

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    One of those weird nights in the urban hellhole. Kinda After Hoursish.
  • Friday night

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Watching all the Eurovision videos as one does.
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  • Missouri Republican State Senators Sure Don’t Like Sunshine

    Peterr
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Back in January, the Missouri House Committee on Telecommunications held a hearing. Four republican legislators were present for the hearing, although they didn’t have any bills before them awaiting action, but they held a hearing nonetheless, with five telecommunications lobbyists there to offer their thoughts on the issues that the committee might be interested in. The hearing was held not at the capitol, but over dinner at the Jefferson City Country Club, and the lobbyists picked up the tab. [Yes, the Missouri Legislature has some of the weakest ethics and lobbying rules in the…
  • The Roundup

    Brandon Jordan
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    We end on a soothe note with Italy. International Politics Overall - Black Lives Matter even throughout Africa, a continent ravaged by imperialism, violence and exploitation - The United Nations called for $275 million from members to help those living in Yemen Middle East - Gareth Porter: “The ‘Possible Military Dimensions’ Bomb That Could Blow Up the Iran Deal” - Officials in Yemen say Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula captured key weapons depot - A new survey in Israel found surprising results such as more than one in four Israelis deciding to vote the day of…
  • Saturday Art: Thomas Eakins

    Ruth Calvo
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
      The Banjo Player by Thomas Eakins In the early 20th century, Thomas Eakins took the course of realism and produced a body of work that represents the life of that era in the U.S.    He was an educator and painter who drew subjects from everyday life in his large body of productive work. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history.[3][4] For the length of his professional career, from the early 1870s until his health began to fail some 40 years later, Eakins worked exactingly from life, choosing as his subject the people of his hometown…
  • Late Night FDL: Basket Case

    CTuttle
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Green Day – Basket Case Ahead of Green Day’s HoF induction this weekend in Cleveland… Green Day played a club show at Cleveland’s House Of Blues ahead of their induction into the 2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the city on Saturday. The band delivered a marathon 3-hour show that included a reunion of their pre-Green Day group Sweet Children with original drummer John Kiffmeyer. Green Day’s first US show in 2 years ran the gamut from the Sweet Children days through to 2012’s album trilogy, “Uno”, “Dos” and “Tre.” The set also included a guest appearance…
  • The Murderers of Kiev

    CTuttle
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Late last night I’d quipped; “Tell me Nuland’s minions aren’t hard at work…” in sharing this LA Times report, Third pro-Russia activist found dead in Ukraine capital this week. Today, b @ Moon of Alabama posted this eye-opener… Ukraine: “Both Sides Touched” By NATO Related Murder Of The Other Side The Washington Post’s Michael Birnbaum invented a new funny way to equalized victims and perpetrators of serious crimes: MOSCOW — A pro-Russian Ukrainian journalist was gunned down in Kiev on Thursday, authorities said, a day after a Ukrainian…
 
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  • ISIS Claims Credit for Attack at U.S. Consulate in Erbil

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    On Twitter, ISIS is claiming credit for the car bomb attack today outside the U.S. embassy in Erbil. They say it was done by fighters in their Kirkuk division. According to McClatchy: A Kurdish security official told McClatchy that three... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I'm still busy with work stuff. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jury Picked for James Holmes in Aurora Theatre Shooting Case

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    After 3 months and 9,000 candidates, the jury has been picked for James Holmes in the Aurora Shooting case. Interestingly, there are two members who have direct ties to the Columbine shootings in 1999. Juror No. 737, fled the building safely,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Victim's Family Asks Govt to Let Tsarnaev Have Life Sentence

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    The family of Martin Richards, the youngest victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, has written a public request asking the Government to withdraw its request for the death penalty. "We understand all too well the heinousness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Satisfying End to "Justified"

    Jeralyn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    "Justified" with Timothy Olyphant ended its six year run on FX last night. I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it yet -- I'll just say it was very good. No ambiguous nonsense like the bizarre end to the Sopranos. We... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • NJDSC posts State Conference Schedule

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has released a schedule for their upcoming state conference May 14-16, 2015 at Harrah's in Atlantic City. Purchase tickets here ($90 early registration). Limited hotel rooms available - book here. I'll post it below the schedule below the fold:   Annual Democratic State Conference THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 6:30-8:00pm   Welcome Reception 9:30-11:00pm NJDSC Black Caucus Reception FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 8:30-10:00am  NJDSC Breakfast honoring Women of the New Jersey Legislature 10:15-11:30am Panel: Faith, Spirituality, Mindfulness and Politics…
  • Pension funding and weak economy lead to the 9th credit agency down-rating

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday Moody's Investors Services downgraded New Jersey's General Obligation bonds to A2 from A1. Other bonds have also been lowered one notch. Moody's says, "The outlook is negative."  This action represents the 9th time credit agencies have lowered our bond ratings. The impact is to increase the cost of borrowing  and make potential purchasers leery of investing in New Jersey. In addition to General Obligation bonds, other bonds lowered one notch and affected by the negative outlook include Building Authority, Economic Development Authority, Education Facilities, Transportation…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, April 17, 2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Fiscal conservatives in GOP 2016 primary states, take note: New Jersey's credit rating cut a record 9th time as Moody's cites pension shortfall. "Presidential" Perfect. Christie. GIF. Captured by Ledger's Brian Donohue. Ledger editorial: Christie campaign based on swagger & chutzpah.   Can't help himself: Christie argues about pensions with teacher's husband at Bergen County town hall. New Jersey officials are launching a formal investigation - a forensic audit - of skyrocketing taxpayer fees paid to Wall Street firms by Gov. Christie's administration. As Christie has called for cuts to…
  • Trenton Earned Sick Leave Gets its Day in Court

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Update: After three hours of argument, Judge Jacobson threw out the lawsuit, saying it had no merit. Last week, I posted a diary about a press conference and rally in support of Trenton's Earned Sick Leave bill. Voters approved that bill overwhelmingly last November, but business interests are attacking it. Today, those interests presented their case to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson. A group of a few dozen supporters rallied outside the Mercer County Courthouse in Trenton. Here are some highlights. There was a representative of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association…
  • Joe Ferriero found guilty again

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Joe Ferriero, former Bergen County Democratic Chair, was found guilty today of racketeering, wire fraud and bribery-related charges. He was acquitted in Newark Federal Court on two other counts - conspiracy to promote bribery and mail fraud. He has been credited with engineering the resurgence of his party in Bergen County. However, in 2008 he was indicted in federal court on eight mail fraud counts. He was found guilty on three counts and sentenced to prison. In 2010 he was released when a judge vacated the decision. He was indicted again in 2013 and has just been found guilty. Sentencing…
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  • Financial Reform's Effect on Shadow Banking

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    An undated photo of the General Electric sign, atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in New York. GE recently decided to sell off most of its financial services unit. (Photo: Brian Harkin for The New York Times)There are two big lessons from General Electric's announcement that the company is planning to get out of the finance business. First, the much maligned Dodd-Frank financial reform law is doing some real good. Second, Republicans have been talking nonsense on the subject. (OK, maybe the second isn't really news, but it's important to understand just what kind of nonsense Republicans have been…
  • Jeb Bush's Elephant in the Room: Role in "Bush v. Gore" Recount

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Little noticed among Jeb Bush's recently released emails, published on jebemails.com, is this one (Dec. 6, 2000) offering thanks to his brother's future Supreme Court Chief Justice Appointee, John Roberts, for legal advice during the election. "Thank you for your time today. I really appreciate your input on my role in this unique and historic situation," he wrote. If Bush wants to run for the presidency in 2016, he should answer questions about his involvement, and the media should fact-check and obtain the truth. Jeb Bush may have a problem in the primaries with his family name because of…
  • "A Corporate Trojan Horse": Critics Decry Secretive TPP Deal as a Threat to Democracy

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Senate Finance Committee leaders Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a "fast-track" trade promotion authority bill as early as this week that would give the president authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and then present it to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, with no amendments allowed. On Wednesday, more than 1,000 labor union members rallied on Capitol Hill to call on Democrats to oppose "fast-track" authority. We speak with two people closely following the proposed legislation: Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's…
  • Investigations of California Group Homes Marked by Delays and Uncertainty

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A ProPublica examination has found that the California Department of Social Services fails to swiftly or conclusively investigate hundreds of claims of misconduct and other problems in group homes that house the state's most troubled children. ProPublica reviewed more than 450 complaint investigations undertaken by the agency between 2009 and 2014 from roughly 50 Level 14 group homes, the residential facilities for California's most acutely disturbed children. More than half the investigations produced "inconclusive" findings, meaning that no determination of facts was reached in cases that…
  • Grayson on Money and Politics: "If We Do Nothing, We Can Kiss This Country Goodbye"

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A day after a mailman from Florida landed a tiny personal aircraft called a gyrocopter on the lawn of the US Capitol in a protest to demand campaign finance reform, we speak to Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida about money and politics. Grayson also reveals that he will "probably" run for US Senate in 2016 for Marco Rubio's seat, who has joined the race for the Republican presidential nomination. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Congressman Grayson, I assume you heard the story of the gyrocopter that landed on the White House lawn [Capitol…
 
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  • Does inequality make us more conservative? Maybe, but so does liberal policy enactment

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    Thomas Edsall cites disturbing research indicating that as inequality has grown in the U.S. over the last forty years, Americans' support for policies that redistribute wealth has shrunk. Specifically, more recently, support for universal healthcare has declined over the period in which the ACA was debated, passed and enacted:The erosion of the belief in health care as a government-protected right is perhaps the most dramatic reflection of these trends. In 2006, by a margin of more than two to one, 69-28, those surveyed by Gallup said that the federal government should guarantee health care…
  • Obamacare customers "stick with" healthcare.gov

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Enrollment in private health plans on healthcare.gov seems to have been very sticky.  For the 37 states using healthcare.gov, the renewal rate for those who were enrolled in plans just prior to the start of open season for 2015 was over 90%..Last week, Avalere Health published a study of renewal rates that found an average of 79% renewals among existing enrollees in private plans (so-called Qualified Health Plans, or QHPs) on healthcare.gov and 65% on the state exchanges. But Avalere tracked attrition from the end of the first open season, in April 2015, until the end of the second one,…
  • Why did Healthcare.gov outdraw the state exchanges in 2015?

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Avalere Health has found, in a study of 2015 ACA private plan enrollment data, that healthcare.gov outperformed state exchanges on two measures: retention of 2014 enrollees and enrollment of new customers.To explain the lower retention in states that ran their own exchanges, Avalere floats the possibility* that those states (all but one of which expanded Medicaid) may have had more churn into Medicaid than states using healthcare.gov (where over 70% of enrollees were in states that refused the Medicaid expansion). I'll cite some evidence below that many states that expanded Medicaid did not…
  • An Israeli moderate's breathtaking sense of entitlement

    Andrew Sprung
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    As the Netanyahu cabinet unites in full-voiced opposition to the framework agreement with Iran and gears up to pull its strings in the U.S. Congress, the relative sobriety of former head of Israeli military intelligence Amos Yadlin, who would have been defense minister if Zionist Camp had won the March 17 election, offers a sharp contrast.  Yadlin, a major general who was one of the pilots who bombed the Iraqi reactor in 1981, allows that compared to realistic alternatives, the framework is "not a bad agreement,"  Acknowledging in an interview with Al-Monitor's Ben Caspit  that…
  • Why do more people say the ACA has harmed than helped them?

    Andrew Sprung
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    One ongoing frustration for ACA supporters in public opinion polling is the fact that the number of people say that the ACA has directly harmed them and their families consistently outstrips the number who say it has directly helped them.Now that the ACA is directly subsidizing health insurance for about 20 million people, that particular perception has narrowed but not closed. Here's a graph from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which polls on this question regularly:Since last May, the gap has narrowed from 24-14 to 22-19. But it's still there, and the question is where the perception (and/or…
 
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  • Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

    timothy
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    mpicpp writes The Florida mail carrier accused of landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was charged in federal court Thursday and has been barred from returning to the District of Columbia or flying any aircraft, officials said. Douglas Hughes, 61, was charged with violating aircraft registration requirements, a felony, and violating national defense airspace, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison for the felony and one year in prison for the airspace violation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson also barred Hughes from…
  • 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

    Soulskill
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    An anonymous reader writes: There has been a lot of interest in the activities of the Church of Scientology recently, especially since the release of Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear. A petition against tax-exempt status for Scientology has been started on the U.S. White House petition website. If it receives more than 100,000 signatures, it will qualify for an official White House response. Even Slashdot has had its own run-ins with Scientology in the past — one of many internet sites to face legal threats from the Church. Has the time come for Scientology go "clear?"Read more of…
  • Turkish Hackers Target Vatican Website After Pope's Genocide Comment

    timothy
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    An anonymous reader writes Turkish hackers have brought down the official Vatican City website, following Pope Francis' statement in which he referred to mass killings of Armenians by Turks as 'genocide'. According to reports, the website www.vatican.va was first taken offline on Monday evening with a Turkish hacker, named @THTHerakles, announcing that he would continue to target the website should an official apology not be issued from the Vatican City. The hacker said that the Pope's comments were "unacceptable" for a respected religious figurehead. "Taking sides and calling what happened…
  • Bolivia Demands Assange Apologize For Deliberately False Leaks To the US

    timothy
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Rei writes In 2013, during Edward Snowden's brief and chaotic search for asylum that ultimately landed him in Russia, the US faced criticism for handing information to various European nations that Bolivian president Evo Morales was smuggling him out of Russia, leading to the grounding of his flight. In a new twist, in the documentary Terminal F about this time period, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange admitted that he was the one who deliberately leaked the fake information to the US government. Bolivia has been none too pleased with this news and is now demanding that Assange apologize for…
  • Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

    Soulskill
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Major Blud writes: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" today that would end regulations that allow terrestrial radio stations to avoid paying royalties to artists and labels. Currently, AM/FM radio stations aren't required to pay royalties to publishers and songwriters. The proposed measure requires stations that earn less than $1 million a year in revenue to pay $500 annually. For nonprofit public, college and other non-commercial broadcasters, the fee would be $100 per year. Religious and talk stations would be exempt from…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Barking Blondes: Doggy Day Care

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    The latest research by the RSPCA reveals that a staggering 85% of Britain’s dogs are suffering from being left alone. The charity is now campaigning to make owners aware of the natural ‘pack’ instincts in their dog.
  • Scottish Book Trust: An interview with Anthony Horowitz

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    2015 marks the 15th anniversary of Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling Alex Rider series, which have sold over 16 million copies in English and are widely credited with redefining the spy genre. There are many special events and activities planned to celebrate the anniversary, including all ten Alex Rider novels being published in new editions on April 2nd and a special competition in partnership with Blue Peter and MI5 to find three CBBC Intelligence Officers. Young fans can also get involved from the comfort of their desks when a special free Authors Live event with Anthony is streamed live…
  • Modi asks Hollande for French jets “quickly” to boost depleted Indian Air Force

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Narendra Modi has taken India’s defence industry by surprise with a totally unexpected decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jet aircraft, probably costing around $4.5bn, from Dassault Aviation in a deal that is being negotiated directly between the Indian and French governments. Modi is on an official visit to France. He said after holding talks with [...]
  • From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    A few months ago I received some music that was attributed to a shadowy character named T.B. Arthur. Apparently the music, which was raw, acidic, techno with an odd almost unorthodox feel to it, had been lying around for years without a release (thought there is some scepticism around this story). Reissued via Hard Wax in Berlin, the tracks had allegedly been held on to by a friend of TB’s and is finally seeing the light of day almost two decades after it was made. I tracked down the friend of TB and spoke to him about TB, the music and old time Chicago…
  • The Reluctant Vegetarian: Spicy Bean Stew with Courgette and Watercress Salad

    9 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    This is a simple and easy way to freshen up a hearty stew. Here I’ve done away with the side salad and served the stew with the salad on top. The earthiness of the bean stew goes perfectly with the crispness of ribbons of courgette and hot, peppery chilli plus it saves on the washing up! This filling dish is perfect for a cold Spring lunchtime and is packed full of protein and iron.
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  • Geoffrey A. Manne and R. Ben Sperry: How to Break the Internet

    Reason.com
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    As political slogans go, the phrase net neutrality has been enormously effective, riling up the chattering classes and forcing a sea change in the government's decades-old hands-off approach to regulating the Internet. But as an organizing principle for the Internet, the concept is dangerously misguided. That is especially true of the particular form of net neutrality regulation proposed in February by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler. Net neutrality backers traffic in fear. Pushing a suite of suggested interventions, they warn of rapacious cable operators who seek…
  • How to Break the Internet

    Geoffrey A. Manne
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    "Net neutrality" sounds like a good idea. It isn't. As political slogans go, the phrase net neutrality has been enormously effective, riling up the chattering classes and forcing a sea change in the government's decades-old hands-off approach to regulating the Internet. But as an organizing principle for the Internet, the concept is dangerously misguided. That is especially true of the particular form of net neutrality regulation proposed in February by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler. Net neutrality backers traffic in fear. Pushing a suite of suggested…
  • VID: NASA Says Mars One Ain’t Going Nowhere Without Their Help

    Alexis Garcia
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Mars One—the Danish non-profit with the goal of sending humans on a one-way trip to Mars—made waves earlier this year when 100 finalists were selected from a pool of 200,000 candidates.  Since the announcement, the program has been plagued with criticism over it’s financing and proposed timeline. One astrophysicist that made the final cut went so far as to say that the whole thing was a giant scam to get money and sponsorships.  This week, NASA added to the growing skepticism of the project when it’s chief administrator Charles Bolden told a House Committee hearing that…
  • Baylen Linnekin Blasts Yet Another Legal Crackdown on Sharing Food With the Needy

    Reason.com
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The food chef Joan Cheever serves every Tuesday evening, part of charitable work she's done for the past decade, was prepared in a commercial kitchen. Food handlers were licensed. The food truck in San Antonio, Texas, from which she serves was permitted. But with no special permit for giving food away to people who can't afford to buy it, Cheever faces a ridiculous (and steep) fine. The San Antonio ticket is only the latest such example of crackdowns on those who share food with those in need. Shockingly, it's not even the most ridiculous recent example. Last year, 90-year-old chef Arnold…
  • Another Infuriating Crackdown on Sharing Food With the Homeless

    Baylen Linnekin
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    "Do good Samaritans get tickets in San Antonio?" asked chef Joan Cheever last week. "Yes," replied Mike Marrota, the police officer to whom Cheever had directed the question. Marrota, who was joined on the scene by a trio of fellow bike cops, then handed the good Samaritan a ticket. For $2,000. Cheever's alleged offense? Sharing restaurant-quality food with the homeless and less fortunate "without a permit." As Cheever explained to Marrota, according to a Texas Public Radio account of the exchange, the food she serves every Tuesday evening, part of charitable work she's done for the past…
 
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  • Faculty Join Fast Food in the Fight for $15

    Justin Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Faculty Forward USC Adjunct faculty march for better pay and working conditions at the University of Southern California on April 15, 2015.  As yesterday’s Fight for $15 protests wound to a close across the country, it’s become clear that this movement is not a fleeting effort—it’s here to stay. The focal point has primarily been on the most visible low-wage workers: fast food and retail workers whose pay perpetually hovers around minimum wage. And their employers seem to be taking a small, yet encouraging, step in the right direction as both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart recently…
  • Calls From Home

    Elaine Teng
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    (AP Photo/David Goldman) In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, an unreclaimed strip mine just across the state line from Kentucky's Harlan County stands in Virginia as seen from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain in Lynch, Ky.  Amelia Kirby was driving in a particularly beautiful part of her home county in the late 1990s when she noticed the construction. She thought it was yet another strip mine, taking off the tops of mountains to extract the coal beneath. But instead, it was the beginnings of a prison. Amelia’s double-take was indicative of a general shift in central Appalachia, an area roughly…
  • The Fight for LGBT Equality is Not Over

    Peter Montgomery
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Sometimes you hate to be proven right. In an article in The American Prospect’s recent winter issue, I wrote that while marriage equality enjoyed some significant victories in 2014, Republicans would likely use their electoral successes that November to push back hard. Under the guise of “religious…
  • Playing Offense on Reproductive Rights

    Nathalie Baptiste
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in New Orleans.  Ever since the Roe v. Wade decisionin 1973, abortion foes and anti-choice activists have been working to roll back progress made in the fight for reproductive justice. Both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections were decidedly Republican victories, and with those electoral wins came an onslaught of legislation designed to strip women of their constitutionally protected right to an abortion. MissouriKansas…
  • The Sensible, Risky Option

    Gershom Gorenberg
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader) In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with a group of religious performers in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015.  "There are only bad options. It's about finding the best one." "You don't have a better bad idea than this?" "This is the best bad idea we have, sir." That snippet of dialogue is from the film Argo, set just after the Iranian revolution in 1979. It's the scene in which CIA Director Stansfield Turner is listening to the…
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  • Faculty Join Fast Food in the Fight for $15

    Justin Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Faculty Forward USC Adjunct faculty march for better pay and working conditions at the University of Southern California on April 15, 2015.  As yesterday’s Fight for $15 protests wound to a close across the country, it’s become clear that this movement is not a fleeting effort—it’s here to stay. The focal point has primarily been on the most visible low-wage workers: fast food and retail workers whose pay perpetually hovers around minimum wage. And their employers seem to be taking a small, yet encouraging, step in the right direction as both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart recently…
  • Calls From Home

    Elaine Teng
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    (AP Photo/David Goldman) In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, an unreclaimed strip mine just across the state line from Kentucky's Harlan County stands in Virginia as seen from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain in Lynch, Ky.  Amelia Kirby was driving in a particularly beautiful part of her home county in the late 1990s when she noticed the construction. She thought it was yet another strip mine, taking off the tops of mountains to extract the coal beneath. But instead, it was the beginnings of a prison. Amelia’s double-take was indicative of a general shift in central Appalachia, an area roughly…
  • The Fight for LGBT Equality is Not Over

    Peter Montgomery
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Sometimes you hate to be proven right. In an article in The American Prospect’s recent winter issue, I wrote that while marriage equality enjoyed some significant victories in 2014, Republicans would likely use their electoral successes that November to push back hard. Under the guise of “religious…
  • Playing Offense on Reproductive Rights

    Nathalie Baptiste
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in New Orleans.  Ever since the Roe v. Wade decisionin 1973, abortion foes and anti-choice activists have been working to roll back progress made in the fight for reproductive justice. Both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections were decidedly Republican victories, and with those electoral wins came an onslaught of legislation designed to strip women of their constitutionally protected right to an abortion. MissouriKansas…
  • The Sensible, Risky Option

    Gershom Gorenberg
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader) In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with a group of religious performers in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015.  "There are only bad options. It's about finding the best one." "You don't have a better bad idea than this?" "This is the best bad idea we have, sir." That snippet of dialogue is from the film Argo, set just after the Iranian revolution in 1979. It's the scene in which CIA Director Stansfield Turner is listening to the…
 
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  • Gwyneth Paltrow bought on food stamps what only rich people buy

    Max Ehrenfreund
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    Gwyneth Paltrow didn't last long on food stamps. The actress announced last week she would attempt to feed herself for a week on just $29, a little less than the typical person in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has to spend on food. Paltrow gave up after just four days. People on food stamps can't give in, of course. Any extra money that they spend on food is money they're not spending on something else, whether that's an old bill or a bus fare. From the beginning, Paltrow had the freedom to go back to the grocery store. Yet the real reason that Paltrow's experiment felt…
  • Millennials are not who you think they are

    Emily Badger
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    For the last five years, Zipcar has been conducting an annual study of the preferences of Millennials whose shifting ideas about ownership are supposed to be driving the rise of concepts like car-sharing. The survey has found that Millennials are more interested in alternative forms of transportation, that they often find car ownership a pain, that they'd more likely give up their cars than their smartphones. If any of this sounds familiar to you and you were born, in fact, before 1980, Zipcar's survey this year homes in on a point that's likely closer to the truth: These attitudes…
  • This glorious Sizzler’s commercial from 1991 says a lot about food in America

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
      A 1991 promo for Sizzler, the casual sit-down restaurant of yesteryear, recently surfaced on Reddit. And it's hilarious, as commenters on the thread have duly noted. "Human smiles are not meant to be this wide," one user wrote. "Can we option this for a full 22 minute series?" another quipped. The nearly five-minute clip is an amalgam of cheesy music, dated fashion trends, and strange up-close shots of overly pleased customers. Even Sizzler seems to agree. The chain shared a meme from the promo on its Twitter account: #Sizzler #90s #TBT #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/EevHED4sFB…
  • 8 fascinating images explain California’s dangerous drought

    Ana Swanson
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    California has entered its fourth year of a historic drought, and residents and businesses are desperately trying to slash their water use to meet new mandatory restrictions. Here are eight fascinating graphics that explain some of the forces behind the epic drought. 1. California is one of the most-drought stricken regions of the U.S. This map, also from Brookings' Hamilton Project, shows how the drought was concentrated in the southwest, including large swathes of California, in July 2014. 2. Things have gotten worse since then. The map below shows that much of central California,…
  • How Uber surge pricing really works

    Nicholas Diakopoulos
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach At the core of Uber’s wild success and market valuation of over $41 billion is its data and algorithmically fueled approach to matching supply and demand for cars. It’s classic economics, supposedly: “Prices go up to encourage more drivers to go online. The increase in price is proportionate to demand,” says the official Uber video explaining their surge pricing system. It’s an easy line to buy into, but is Uber’s surge pricing algorithm really doing what they claim? Do surge prices really get more cars on the road? My analysis suggests that rather than…
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  • Fiorina: Government 'destroying more businesses' than it's creating

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
     Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on Saturday said America was losing more businesses than it could launch because of suffocating economic regulations. “The heroes of the American economy are small businesses and family-owned...
  • Sunday shows preview: 2016 battle lines

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
     Sunday morning’s news shows will feature a new level of clarity in 2016 battle lines after a week in which key White House candidates entered the fray on each side. Lawmakers will debate the merits of presidential contenders across all...
  • ISIS-linked militants claim responsibility for deadly Afghan bombing

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
     Militants linked with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Afghanistan on Saturday that killed 33 civilians and wounded more than 100 people, according to multiple reports.  If...
  • GOP senator invokes Holocaust to slam Iran deal

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
     Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) invoked the Holocaust to express concern about Iran as the Obama administration pushes to secure a deal over its nuclear program.  “Stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons is the greatest challenge to...
  • Obama to mark Earth Day with climate change speech at Everglades

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
     President Obama is celebrating Earth Day this year with a visit to the Everglades, where he will argue that climate change threatens the U.S. economy.  Obama will travel to the nation's largest subtropical wilderness in southern...
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  • Preview on same-sex marriage — Part IV, Supporting the state bans

    Lyle Denniston
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:06 pm
    This is the final post in a four-part series on the written arguments that have been filed in the same-sex marriage cases at the Supreme Court.  This post covers the briefs filed by individuals and organizations supporting the states’ authority to control the definition of marriage, and, in particular, to prohibit same-sex marriage.  The first three articles in this series covered the briefs filed by the challengers, by the four states defending their bans, and by the amici supporting the challengers, including the federal government. Taken as a whole, the sixty-six legal briefs…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Moody v. Tatum 14-1020Issue: Whether there is a Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process right to avoid a prolonged pretrial detention caused by a police officer's failure to disclose evidence that is “strongly indicative of innocence”; or, where there has been no trial and conviction, and thus no violation under Brady v. Maryland, whether pretrial deprivations of liberty are governed by the Fourth Amendment.  
  • Argument preview: The tricky mens rea requirements for federal narcotics cases

    Rory Little
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    The question for the Court in McFadden v. United States, scheduled for oral argument next Tuesday, is not whether the court of appeals below got it wrong – even the government concedes that it did. No, the question for the Court on Tuesday is, instead, what is the right answer.   And the mind-bending intricacies of mens rea doctrine raised by the case are likely to lead the Court into nuanced and difficult-to-understand questions – and ultimately to division. (Recall the mens rea arguments and divided opinions in Rosemond v. United States last Term.) The mens rea required for a federal…
  • (Re-)Argument preview: Is possession of a sawed-off shotgun a “violent felony”? The government is not going down without a fight

    Rory Little
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    For Monday morning’s re-argument in Johnson v. United States, the Justices have posed their own Question Presented: “Whether the residual clause in the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, 18 U. S. C. §924(e)(2)(B)(ii), is unconstitutionally vague.” When the Supreme Court directs the parties to answer such a question after struggling with a case for two months (it heard the first set of oral arguments in November and ordered re-argument in January), many would say that the handwriting is on the wall. However, the federal government’s supplemental brief presents as strong a case…
  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Court-related coverage and commentary continue to focus on the oral arguments eleven days from now in the challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  At the Constitutional Accountability Center’s Text and History Blog, David Gans addresses (and disputes) the idea that “conservatives have been bullied” in the same-sex marriage cases, while in the Boston Globe Lisa Keen discusses the amicus brief filed in the case by Massachusetts.  At Constitutional Law Prof Blog, Ruthann Robson summarizes all of the amicus briefs filed in the case.  Briefly: WTOP has additional coverage of the…
 
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  • ForAmerica: "American families work hard to earn $4,250 a month. Obama is spending $18,972 a month on each illegal immigrant child."

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Meme compares spending on undocumented immigrants with typical U.S. family income Is President Barack Obama lavishing almost five times as much money on undocumented immigrant children than the typical household earns in a month? A meme making the rounds on social media says that’s the case. The meme, forwarded to us by a reader, was created by ForAmerica, a conservative group founded by longtime activist L. Brent Bozell III. The meme says: "American families work hard to earn $4,250 a month. Obama is spending $18,972 a month on each illegal…
  • Hillary Clinton: Says "all my grandparents" immigrated to America.

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | In Iowa, Hillary Clinton claims 'all my grandparents' came to the U.S. from foreign countries Hillary Clinton this week became the latest example of a politician flubbing her family’s ancestry while making the case for her presidency. Clinton was speaking at a business roundtable inside an Iowa produce store when she related her personal family heritage to the struggles of undocumented immigrants trying to work in the United States. "I think if we were to just go around this room, there are a lot of immigrant stories," Clinton said, according to…
  • Jeb Bush: "We are in the sixth year of recovery, and median income is below what it was at the start of the recovery."

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Jeb Bush correct that median income has fallen in U.S. since end of recession Jeb Bush is making economic opportunity a major theme of his not-yet-official presidential campaign. One of his main gripes with the economy is that income isn’t going up. "If we grew at a far faster rate, the middle would no longer be as squeezed as they are," Bush said. "We are in the sixth year of recovery, and median income is below what it was at the start of the recovery." Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, made the remarks during a recent…
  • Rick Santorum: Says Howard Zinn, "an anti-American Marxist," wrote "the most popular textbook that's taught in our high schools in America."

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Is book by Howard Zinn the 'most popular' high-school history textbook? A debate over high school history books doesn’t seem like the most obvious point to bring up during a speech to members of the National Rifle Association. But potential presidential candidate Rick Santorum did just that during the group’s annual convention last week. In addition to touching on gun rights issues in his speech, Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, criticized teachers for assigning works by the late Howard Zinn, including A People’s…
  • People for the American Way: Says Marco Rubio "voted to deport" young people known as Dreamers.

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Did Marco Rubio vote to deport Dreamers? On the day Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced his presidential campaign, opponents came out with an ad attacking his record. People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, released a Spanish-language radio ad that calls Rubio "just another Republican with a dangerous plan" and claims he supports tax cuts for the wealthy and cutting Medicare funding. The ad is set to run in Denver and Miami, Rubio’s hometown. The ad also pits Rubio against "Dreamers" -- young people who arrived in…
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  • Your All in One Lovey Update Post

    John Cole +0
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    First things first- thank goodness spring is here. Popped out of bed at 6:30, the air was crisp, the sky is blue, and the sun is out and I feel like ten bucks. Here are some pics of Lovey, and I just chatted with Geg6 and she is going to come by and comment on how things are going and I will then move the commentary to the main post. I really, really miss that little girl. She has such a distinct energy, and really brings a swagger and some electricity to the environment. Steve, Lily, and Rosie are all laid back animals, and Thurston has really calmed down a lot since she left. She is just a…
  • Stop Asking Maggie Gallagher to Be Your Gay Wedding Matron of Honor!

    Betty Cracker
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    For some reason, National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher’s not at all weird or arcane explanation of why she won’t attend your diabolical gay nuptials (because Satan!) reminds me of The Onion’s timeless classic, “Why Do All These Homosexuals Keep Sucking My Cock?” I’m not really sure why Gallagher’s screed reminds me of The Onion piece. Maybe it’s Gallagher’s tired-of-it-all tone, as if she and her fellow butt-hurt champions of “religious liberty” are just soooo fucking weary of explaining to you people over and over why they…
  • Late Night Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    And then there were four. My sister came and picked up Ginger and took her to another foster home. Ginger had a few personality issues that we’ll leave undisclosed, but suffice it to say, I had spent the last month and a half trying to get rid of her and not to someone I liked or knew. We’ll just leave it at that. So now we are down to a very manageable brood of Lily, Rosie, Steve, and Thurston. When you really think about it, that’s really only about 1 1/2 animals I really have to take care of, because Lily is just an angel and requires nothing but love, and Steve basically…
  • Food-Related Read: “Private Eyes in the Grocery Aisles”

    Anne Laurie
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    No Recipe Exchange this week, so I’ll share a (basically reassuring) NYTimes article on the current standards for the food we buy: … Civilian shoppers see food when they go to the market. Mr. Samadpour, the chief executive of IEH Laboratories (short for Institute for Environmental Health), sees mystery, if not downright fraud. On this visit, he is shopping for goods he can test at his labs to demonstrate to a reporter that what you see on market shelves may not be what you get. While he’s out of the office, he receives a call and dispatches a team on a more pressing expedition:…
  • On the Road All Day

    John Cole +0
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Spent some time on the road running around doing errands, and it was a beautiful day, so listened to some old cd’s I had in the car, one of which was the Who. I get a laugh every time I listen to Squeezebox, in particular because you hear all these people bitching about the music these days, when Squeezebox is the dirtiest song I think I’ve ever heard. Also spent a good time listening and singing along to Frampton Comes Alive because fuck you I’m old. While I was driving, I just observed so much general assholery that I began to wonder if anyone pays attention to what they…
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  • There Is No Liberal Fox News. Thank God.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Liberal Fox News, On Earth 2 Imagine that on an alternate earth somewhere in another dimension, the Democratic Party has lost the majority of the presidential vote in three out of the last four elections. After a two-term Republican president, the party stands ready to adjust to the times and re-capture the White House. Now imagine that the Fox News Channel on this alternate earth is the same as our Fox News, but liberal. Though nominally an ally of the Democratic Party, Earth-2’s Fox is most interested in attracting liberal eyeballs. And the way to do that is to be as liberal as…
  • Shut The Hell Up About What Hillary Clinton Is Wearing

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    The media is obsessed with getting into the weeds of what Hillary Clinton is wearing. Why? Because she is a woman. There is no other reason for it. Hillary Clinton has been First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of The United States, a United States Senator and Secretary of State. She’s written five books, which is five more than most of us. The least important thing about Hillary Clinton is whether she’s wearing a dress or pantsuit, letting her hair down or going with an up-do. What matters about Clinton is her ideas for taking America forward, whether she can execute on those ideas,…
  • The Road We’ve Traveled: Economy Edition

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    For perspective, here are the last 6 jobs reports for 2008. December 2008: -696,000 November 2008: -765,000 October 2008: -476,000 September 2008: -452,000 August 2008: -259,000 July 2008: -210,000 That negative trend continued until March of 2010 when the jobs number went back into positive territory. It dipped and came back up a few more times after that until October of 2010. From that date until April of 2015, the private sector has added jobs. 61 straight months of job growth, a record in U.S. history. There are all sorts of problems that still exist in our labor market: not enough…
  • Beware The Bored Press

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee. Jeb Bush has a good shot at winning the Republican nomination. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination is more likely though not inevitable to win the next presidential election. All three of these statements are rooted in polling, historical trends and common sense. They are not written in stone, but they’re just the most likely outcomes. And they are boring. The political press in America hates boring. They hate boring as if it were poison. So each electoral cycle, the press looks for something — anything — that seems…
  • Twilight Of The Bigots, Behold Their Death Rattle

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Mike Pence It isn’t cool or acceptable in America to be a bigot. It has been a long, hard-fought battle to get to this place in the second decade of the 21st century. For much of this country’s history, not only was bigotry acceptable but it was praised, valued and cherished. The inherent supremacy of white male landowners was just accepted gospel, even as the founding documents declared that we were all “equal.” People fought to enshrine this ideal almost from the start, but for most of the struggle they were ignored, suppressed or murdered. But, eventually, cracks began to form…
 
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  • ‘Love hormone’ helps pet bonding

    Guest Voice
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    The “love hormone” that secures the bond between a woman and her newborn baby is also involved in bonding between dogs and their owners, scientists have found. Researchers in Japan have found that oxytocin, the hormone released into the bloodstream by women after childbirth and babies during breast-feeding, also increases in dogs and their owners after… graphic via shutterstock.com The post ‘Love hormone’ helps pet bonding appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Chris Christie Has Gone to Pot (Guest Voice)

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune Chris Christie Has Gone to Pot By Dick Polman Amidst all the early GOP presidential jockeying, let’s check on our Jersey boy Chris Christie. Looks like the tough-love guv surfaced this week on a radio show and ranted about reefer madness. “Right now, we’ve got the states of Colorado and Washington (defying) federal law by allowing people to sell dope legally,” said host Hugh Hewitt, whose show is a required pit stop for Republican aspirants. “If you’re president of the United States, are you going to enforce the…
  • Cartoon: Bill and Hillary

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Patrick Chappatte, Le Temps, Switzerland See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Cartoon: Bill and Hillary appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Jeb’s ambition? Be like W. …only more so.

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Lots more war along with more strong-arming — what this Republican candidate calls “American leadership.” If Jeb Bush is elected president, the United States won’t be on speaking terms with Cuba and will partner more closely with Israel. He’ll tighten sanctions on Iran and urge NATO to deploy more troops in Eastern Europe to counter Vladimir Putin. And he’ll order the U.S. military to root out “barbarians” and “evildoers” around the globe. Far from running from or playing down the views once expressed by his brother George W. Bush, Jeb Bush is embracing them…
  • How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Raised Money For GOP

    Guest Voice
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    After the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010, Hollywood bigwigs, often stereotyped as liberals, adapted. In order to build clout with the new Congress to help ensure favorable legislation, the entertainment industry started moving its money to Republicans. The Wall Street Journal chronicled this major shift last year. Now, emails from executives at… The post How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Raised Money For GOP appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • The reasons for sneezin’ this allergy season

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Winter seems to have finally broken. Temperatures are becoming milder, the sun’s coming out and some plants are starting to bloom. However, the blooms are associated with allergic symptoms in those who are susceptible. While spring may be enjoyable for many, it can be much less so for allergy sufferers. So, given that some of our readers are likely bracing themselves for allergy season, here’s are a few things to know about allergies and their treatments, along with some of their rarer manifestations. Why are allergies even a thing? Why do some people have allergies? Are they…
  • No, Ted Cruz, the 2nd Amendment doesn’t protect your right to rebellion

    Jon Green
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday, TalkingPointsMemo reported that Texas Senator Ted Cruz sent an email to supporters urging them to send him money to make him president so that he could, as president, protect their right to violently overthrow the president. As the email read: The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution isn’t for just protecting hunting rights, and it’s not only to safeguard your right to target practice. It is a Constitutional right to protect your children, your family, your home, our lives, and to serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny — for the protection of…
  • In Ecuador, Chevron found contamination — and comedy — in soil they testified was clean

    Ariana Chomitz
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    In my last post, I wrote on the side of large corporations, encouraging forgiveness for well-intentioned but tone-deaf actions on the part of social good. That’s because Starbucks is a bastion of justice and equality when compared to deeply polluting, institutionalized evil as embodied in Chevron’s dealings in Ecuador. This is not new news, but rather a recently resurfaced hydra head of the ages-long lawsuit of Chevron versus the Ecuadorian plaintiffs as represented by the Amazon Defense Coalition. This story, beginning in 1993, features Texaco-turned-Chevron drilling in…
  • Tennessee house, boldly standing up for persecuted Christians, votes to make Bible official state book

    Jon Green
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve been paying attention recently, you know that white and Christian in America is tough. You can’t have your creation myths taught in public schools anymore. Well, you can, but you have to call them something else to work around the whole “First Amendment” business. People pay attention to that now. You don’t get to say what kind of birth control your employees can and can’t use. Well, you can, but only if you pinky swear that you really really believe, for serious, that you’d be sent directly to Hell if you didn’t. You can’t…
  • Hillary’s financiers completely unfazed by her campaign trail populism

    Jon Green
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hillary Clinton has been waxing populist lately. In the video that officially launched her campaign, she made clear that, “The deck is still staked in favor of those at the top,” and on Tuesday she said she’d support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and said that she “fully supports” President Obama’s proposal for free community college. Her barnstorming trip in Iowa has been marked by olive branches to the left on economic inequality, which is likely to be a central theme in her campaign for the White House. On Tuesday, for…
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    The American Prospect

  • Faculty Join Fast Food in the Fight for $15

    Justin Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Faculty Forward USC Adjunct faculty march for better pay and working conditions at the University of Southern California on April 15, 2015.  As yesterday’s Fight for $15 protests wound to a close across the country, it’s become clear that this movement is not a fleeting effort—it’s here to stay. The focal point has primarily been on the most visible low-wage workers: fast food and retail workers whose pay perpetually hovers around minimum wage. And their employers seem to be taking a small, yet encouraging, step in the right direction as both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart recently…
  • Calls From Home

    Elaine Teng
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    (AP Photo/David Goldman) In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, an unreclaimed strip mine just across the state line from Kentucky's Harlan County stands in Virginia as seen from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain in Lynch, Ky.  Amelia Kirby was driving in a particularly beautiful part of her home county in the late 1990s when she noticed the construction. She thought it was yet another strip mine, taking off the tops of mountains to extract the coal beneath. But instead, it was the beginnings of a prison. Amelia’s double-take was indicative of a general shift in central Appalachia, an area roughly…
  • The Fight for LGBT Equality is Not Over

    Peter Montgomery
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Sometimes you hate to be proven right. In an article in The American Prospect’s recent winter issue, I wrote that while marriage equality enjoyed some significant victories in 2014, Republicans would likely use their electoral successes that November to push back hard. Under the guise of “religious…
  • Playing Offense on Reproductive Rights

    Nathalie Baptiste
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in New Orleans.  Ever since the Roe v. Wade decisionin 1973, abortion foes and anti-choice activists have been working to roll back progress made in the fight for reproductive justice. Both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections were decidedly Republican victories, and with those electoral wins came an onslaught of legislation designed to strip women of their constitutionally protected right to an abortion. MissouriKansas…
  • The Sensible, Risky Option

    Gershom Gorenberg
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader) In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with a group of religious performers in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015.  "There are only bad options. It's about finding the best one." "You don't have a better bad idea than this?" "This is the best bad idea we have, sir." That snippet of dialogue is from the film Argo, set just after the Iranian revolution in 1979. It's the scene in which CIA Director Stansfield Turner is listening to the…
 
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  • What Color is the Sky in Joel Fox's Fantasy World?

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    by Steve Smith There's been a lot of attention lately on California's turnaround. As it turns out, that nonsense about all our jobs moving to Texas was a just Texas-sized whopper. Last year California created about 500,000 jobs to lead the nation in job growth, outpacing the conservative darling Texas. Basically, the corporate narrative about California has gone up in smoke. In the last several years, California has done a litany of things that the corporate crowd claims kill jobs. We raised the minimum wage. We raised taxes on the rich with Prop 30 to better fund schools and public safety.
  • New website reveals billionaire's campaign to dismantle retirement security

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

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

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

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

  • David Cameron on Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP When I met not long ago with David Cameron, the prime minister of Great Britain, I knew that he had repeatedly and publicly professed concern about the safety of his country’s Jewish citizens, but I did not know that he was thinking deeply about the nature of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism—in a similar manner to Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, who is Europe’s leader in combating anti-Zionism and Judeophobia. (You can read more about Valls and his opposition to anti-Zionism here.) In my conversation with Cameron, parts of which appeared in my April cover…
  • Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Tom Cotton strikes me as the most interesting Senate freshman for any number of reasons, not least of which is his uncanny ability to draw attention to himself, most notably when he convinced 46 of his Republican colleagues to sign an open letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. In the letter, Cotton, the extremely junior senator from Arkansas—he's the youngest member of the Senate, at 37—and his co-signers warned Khamenei that Congress might use its power to overturn or, at the very least, modify whatever agreement the Iranian regime eventually chooses…
  • Bibi's Secret Weapon, If He Chooses to Use It

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset in January 2014 (Ariel Schalit/AP) The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent part of his weekend appearing on American news shows, denouncing the framework nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. "I'm not trying to kill any deal. I'm trying to kill a bad deal," Netanyahu told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. Netanyahu will most likely fail in his attempt to kill the deal, assuming Iran can bring itself to sign off on its still-undecided requirements (right now, the deal is much more…
  • On Iran, the Least-Worst Option

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Switzerland (Brendan Smialowski//Reuters) Three years ago, President Obama, in a discussion about the threat of a nuclear Iran, bluntly rejected a policy of containment. It would be dangerous, he suggested, to believe that the United States could contain Iran in the same way it contained a nuclear Soviet Union. In an interview with me, and then in a speech before AIPAC, he argued that a nuclear-armed Iran would represent an acute threat to Israel, as well as a “profound” national-security threat to the United…
  • Should They Stay or Should They Go? On Europe's Jews

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

  • Perry Woos Vets in New Hampshire

    Michael Warren
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Windham, N.H.Rick Perry knows how to make small talk. The former Texas governor’s gift of gab was on display at a country store and gas station in southern New Hampshire Friday, where Perry spent an hour shaking hands, trading stories, and talking policy. The shop’s proprietor told Perry his brother had been an Army Ranger during the Vietnam War. “He’s probably been in the back of a C-130,” said Perry, who flew the transport plane for the Air Force in the 1970’s. The former Ranger found his way through the crowd, and Perry struck up a conversation about their service. “There was…
  • Pity They Can’t Both Lose

    Geoffrey Norman
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    That was Henry Kissinger’s famous sally about the war between Iran and Iraq, back in the 80s.  Now, the big rivals in that part of the world are not actually nations, in the conventional sense.  They are, rather, movements with aspirations to more than just physical territory. They are out to conquer the the Muslim world. As Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Bridget Moreng write at Politico, both al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) are on the offensive and What we are likely to see now is a titanic war of ideology and tactics between two vicious, radical groups that together probably…
  • Jeff Sessions’s Strong Stance on Immigration

    Jeffrey H. Anderson
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    If there is anything that liberals and Big Business can seemingly agree upon, it’s that we don’t need an approach to immigration that benefits Main Street.  It remains to be seen whether anyone running for president will seize this opening and buck the liberal-corporate consensus, but in the meantime Sen. Jeff Sessions has been ably holding down the fort against Democrats and Republicans alike.  As his partial reward, he just received the wrath of the New York Times editorial board. Sessions had written an op-ed last week for the Washington Post, and the Times editorial took exception…
  • Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security

    John McCormack
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform. Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington, D.C. this morning, Huckabee strongly criticized New Jersey governor Chris Christie's proposal to reform Social Security and said he would not sign Paul Ryan's Medicare reform into law if he were president.  "I don't know why Republicans want to insult Americans by pretending they don't understand what their Social Security program and Medicare…
  • HHS Announces $201 Million for Obamacare Navigators

    Jeryl Bier
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    The system of federal and state "exchanges" or "marketplaces" that offer health insurance through the Affordable Care Act lean heavily on "navigators" to guide consumers in their choices. Organizations such as community health centers, legal aid societies, social service groups, church groups and even Planned Parenthood chapters have received grants in the past to serve in this capacity. Now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $201 million in grants to be made available for navigators over the next three years. Until now, grants…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • 3 Ways of Thinking About Fresno (and Why You Should Care)

    James Fallows
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    City of murals (James and Deborah Fallows) I'll confess that as of a year ago, I had not given much thought to Fresno. When I was growing up in Southern California, I was aware mainly of LA, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Newport Beach. In the reporting years since then most of my attention was on the stretch of California from San Jose all the way northward to the Embarcadero. I was aware of the Central Valley mainly as the place where the food came from, and as the setting for American Graffiti. As my wife Deb and I have chronicled over the past few weeks, after three visits, Fresno has…
  • Today's Aviation News: The Good and the Weird

    James Fallows
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Where it all began: Wilbur Wright just after landing a glider in 1901 (Library of Congress) 1) Good News: Kestrel and Eclipse Two of the protagonists of my 2001 book Free Flight were Alan Klapmeier, who with his brother Dale founded what is now the most successful small-airplane company in the world, Cirrus Aircraft (formerly Cirrus Design) of Duluth, Minnesota; and Vern Raburn and the other figures behind the Eclipse aircraft company of Albuquerque, NM. Alan Klapmeier (Kestrel Aircraft)Since then the Klapmeier brothers have gone their separate ways; and Cirrus, while still based in Duluth,…
  • From Xizhou to Eastport to Ajo: Big Dreams in Small Towns

    James Fallows
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    Looking toward the former Curley School in Ajo, Arizona, site of the brand-new Sonoran Desert Conference Center ( Stuart Siegel ) Xizhou. Nearly six years ago I wrote an article in the magazine called “Village Dreamers.” It was about an American couple, with two young-teen children, who had spent many years in China and had decided to devote their time, their savings, and much of their future to the long-shot dream of rehabilitating a town in the remote, Himalayan-foothills reaches of China's southwestern Yunnan province. Their little town, Xizhou, had once been home to prosperous…
  • Everyone Loves the Atlas Shrugged Guy

    James Fallows
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    John Galt, in silhouette, in Atlas Shrugged movie ( YouTube ) We'll be back to real American news shortly. For now, a loop-closing exercise on the Atlas Shrugged Guy, and the beginning of another 18-month moratorium in this space on his thoughts and activities. Some time next fall, as we enter the last stages of the next presidential campaign, we may look in on him again. Here's what you need to know before this final-for-now installment: During the 2012 Obama-Romney race, one reader wrote frequently and with mounting passion about the threat to America's future an Obama re-election would…
  • 'What Was It Like Before Electricity, Daddy?'

    James Fallows
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    The Processor Technology SOL-20, or the original dream machine (Michael Holley/Wikimedia) Back in 1982, The Atlantic published what I believe was the first article in a non-tech magazine about the implications of the then-dawning personal computer age. As it happened, the article was by me, and it concerned the way a single machine was changing my life. The machine in question was the one you see above: the Processor Technology SOL-20, by most reckonings the very first personal computer. The walnut siding on my model is still fairly lustrous, thanks to my taking it out of the basement for…
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    The American Scene

  • Caesaropapism is Our Greatest Strength

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

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

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

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

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Starting in the 2012 cycle and in a much more serious way in the 2014 cycle, the Republicans decided that they could square the circle of their conscience clause position on sexual ethics with Democratic #waronwomen attacks through pitching over-the-counter oral contraception. Somewhat surprisingly, the left was not especially enthusiastic about this. The way I’ve been thinking about this is that both liberals and conservatives are addressing hassle. The emerging right-wing position is that the state requiring you to get a doctor’s scrip is unacceptable hassle and some nontrivial number…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Pension Reform -- The Wisdom of Crowds Weekend Open Thread

    SuperUser
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    by wj One of the on-going problems for numerous governments, from Chicago to Greece, is that they have made big pension commitments without setting aside sufficient funds to meet them. (As distinct from those, like Social Security, which were basically designed to pay-as-you-go.) Pensions are funded based two parameters: demographic data on how long people will live and some assumptions on what returns they can get on their money over time. If the rates of return are wildly optimistic (as they so often have been, because it reduces current costs), the money won't be there. The Economist…
  • Objective standards of literary merit: the Hugos, the Puppies, Sturgeon's Law

    SuperUser
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    by Doctor Science One of the things the Sad Puppies said an awful lot last year was that they just wanted the works they'd nominated for Hugos to be read and judged "on their merits". In many ways the most surprising thing for me about last year's Puppy nominees was that none of their horses was fit to race. None had what I think of as baseline qualifications for an award for literary (including science fictional) merit. What I still don't understand is *why*: why a group of people who wanted me to judge works "on their merits" would nominate things without significant merit. And, especially,…
  • Gyrocoptic Terror from the Skies!

    Ugh
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    by Ugh As I'm sure you've all heard, a Florida ManTM landed a gyrocopter on the Capitol Grounds yesterday, resulting in a lock down on Capitol Hill for a time.  This of course has now led to usual discussion of "how-could-this-happen-and-who-fell-down-on-the-job-and-what-are-we-going-to-do-going-forward-OMG-OMG-OMG!!!"  (technical term). At a certain level I find this event amusing, although I recognize that it has caused a lot of unnecessary trauma, stress, endangerment, and delay (e.g., my wife was in a cab heading to meetings at the Capitol at the time and was not…
  • The Contracting Universe

    SuperUser
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:24 pm
    by Doctor Science So, how do you pick people to do your home renovations? Right now we've got: a) a general contractor, picked by the "has done projects for one of our best friends" method. b) an electrician and generator-installer, picked by the "recced by another close friend" method. c) a well-digger and water-system-installer, picked by the "recced by realtor, then returned calls in a competent manner" method. Now I'm trying to find a kitchen designer. I picked three who are nearby, have kitchen-designer accreditation, have pictures on their websites of things I like. Only one of them has…
  • can we talk about this...?

    russell
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    by russell The "this" in the headline is "guns". The back home in Indiana thread petered out into (somehow, once again) a discussion of guns.  The topic is obviously of interest to a lot of people, and equally obviously seems to be one of the hardest things to talk about. I thought I would try a front-page on the topic, to see if we could actually have a useful conversation.  I don't know if we can, or not.  It's an experiment. I want to start by remembering a comment from JanieM, one of my favorite long-time, now-gone ObWi regulars: How can I make it safe for…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Developing Social Audit and Citizen Monitoring Practices in South Africa

    Ryan Flynn
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    This article was written by Keren Ben-Zeev, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa. The South African government spends almost half of its budget each year on education, health, and welfare services. A further 20 percent of the budget goes to the provision of housing, water, electricity and sanitation. By some measures, though not all, these levels of expenditure compare favorably to similar economies and should be sufficient to provide quality public services to the majority of the population. Despite these significant investments, however, public education and healthcare are both in…
  • The Post-2015 Agenda: Good Progress but Room for Improvement

    Ryan Flynn
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    This article was written by Claire Schouten and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership. Source: Flickr/Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are now more or less finalized. However, two big questions remain: How will the SDGs be paid for? And how should progress towards their achievement be measured? In the last few weeks, two draft documents speaking to each of these questions have been published. On the first, the United Nations General Assembly released a “zero draft” of the Financing for Development Outcome Document. On the second,…
  • Myanmar Needs Better Governance, Not Just a Stronger Government

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

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

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

  • Tennessee House approves bill to make Bible official state book | Reuters

    Par4TheCourse
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    (Reuters) - Tennessee state legislators on Wednesday advanced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, a measure the state attorney general said would be unconstitutional and Republican Governor Bill Haslam has called disrespectful. By Tim Ghianni
  • 2016 General Election may mean the End to the Sexual Reconstruction Epoch

    Dr. Sherman N. Miller
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    As the 2016 US Presidential race starts to take shape, I have been tumbling various scenarios in my mind at attempting to see how right-wing Republicans plan to exploit their 2014 Congressional gains to take The White House in a close race. My gut says that the Tea Party darling  …
  • Tell Democratic leaders: Endorse the Warren Wall Street reform agenda | CREDO Action

    dorisjudeporter
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    " Senator Elizabeth Warren just laid out a Wall Street reform agenda that every single Democrat should get behind. In a major speech this week, Senator Warren hammered regulators who have gone soft on Wall Street by providing slaps on the wrist instead of jail time for cheating …
  • Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold

    SuperSaiyan
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over. GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdow …
  • Should anyone even post in King Dave's discussions anymore?

    Wade, Tampa Florida, Troll killer
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Here are the reasons I think we should boycott King Dave.  He hides his extreme hatred of Muslims behind a facade of being an athiest and not connected to any party.  He seems to be unable to reply to any dissent without violating the CoH. He lashed out at me in my own  …
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    FactCheck.org

  • FlackCheck Video: Rand Paul Announcement

    FactCheck.org
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the second major Republican candidate to declare that he will run for president. Paul made the announcement April 7. This “Campaign Watch” video from FactCheck.org’s sister website, FlackCheck.org, covers some claims made by Paul that we fact-checked before and after he made his announcement.
  • Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule

    Dave Levitan
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins: Santorum falsely claimed that the EPA’s cost-benefit analysis assumed hundreds of thousands of pregnant women eat six pounds of fish caught in lakes per week, potentially exposing their unborn children to high levels of mercury. Actually, the EPA assumption was far lower, about 0.1 pounds per week on average. He also misstated the effects of mercury on IQ levels. He said the EPA calculates that the children of…
  • FactChecking Marco Rubio

    Robert Farley
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined what promises to be a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. Rubio informed his top donors of his decision on April 13, with a formal announcement planned for that evening in Miami. We present here a sampling of some past claims from Rubio that we have reviewed on our site: In a Feb. 27 speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Rubio made a pitch for reforming legal immigration, claiming “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” That’s…
  • FactChecking Hillary Clinton

    Lori Robertson
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Hillary Clinton has made it official: She will run for president in the 2016 race. Here’s a look back at some of the claims from Clinton that we’ve fact-checked over the years. In March, Clinton brushed aside calls for her to turn over all her emails she sent as secretary of state — including personal emails — to an independent third party for review. Her office claimed government employees are granted privacy for personal emails, including on .gov accounts. But that’s not what State Department guidelines say. Instead they stipulate that there is “no…
  • FlackCheck Video: Ted Cruz Announcement

    D'Angelo Gore
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in an address at Liberty University on March 23, became the first person to officially declare himself a candidate for president in 2016. This “Campaign Watch” video from FactCheck.org’s sister website, FlackCheck.org, reviews several claims we fact-checked from Cruz’s announcement speech.
 
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Mugs

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    No surprise here, but email list open rates are down; the real reason campaigns want to send you a free bumper sticker; Hillary Clinton wasn't alone in dodging inquiries from the House Oversight Committee about private email accounts; organizing opt-outs from high-stakes testing on Facebook; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Edges

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Let the White House know what you think about the new homepage; why Democrats need a competitive primary to maintain their edge in political tech; California Highway Patrol reminded to not talk about how they track political protesters on social media; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Anomalies

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Rallying uncommitted voters under a centrist umbrella; a defense of aggregation for a positive-sum Internet; UK says no to ban on killer robots; and much, much more.
  • First POST: In It To Win It

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Hillary Clinton's updated Twitter bio; lots of election data-porn, if you're into that kind of thing; the debate over digital keys and backdoors; protests by hologram; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Ladies Who Launch

    10 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Ladies who launch; how an amateur aircraft buff took down a corrupt Mexican government official; Russia and China's efforts to control the Internet; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Rice and beans

    DCblogger
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    Body:  Cannonfire has an excellent post on eating on food stamps. I agree with him, it was nice that Gwennyth Paltrow at least tried to imagine what it would be like to live on food stamps. It is nice to see rich people with an agenda that goes beyond more tax breaks for me, so kudos to Paltrow for at least trying. However, I disagree with his solution.
  • Should Bernie Run

    DCblogger
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Body:  Andrew Torre
  • I think I get Marx's basic idea about capitalism

    athena1
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    Body:  I'm watching Yanis Varoufakis' interview with Joseph Stiglitz here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY3Qxm6BoUI#t=541 I know Yanis is probably a Marxist. I've read Marx, but I've never understood why he was so sure capitalism would devour itself. But watching this, I'm pretty sure the problem is that if one profits, another is indebted. And that's the deal with the Eurozone now.
  • Why we can't have nice things

    DCblogger
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Body:  You are what you vote for. If you vote for horrible people like Chris Chistie, Andrew Cuomo, or Rahm Emanuel you get horrible government. Seriously, all of these characters wracked up horrible records, that should have gotten them bounced out by a landslide, instead they have been reelected. Even if the competing candidates may not have been FDR, that is no excuse. All of these crooks should have sunk like lead. We just have to elect better people, that is all there is to it.
  • The Ghost of Chamberlain

    ek hornbeck
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    Body:  Of course the proximate issue is whether the prospective deal with Iran is 'another Munich'. Now I'll leave aside some minor contemporary details like the fact that as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Iran is perfectly within its rights to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes in any way they see fit, and that Ayatollah Khameini "has also issued a fatwa saying the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons is forbidden under Islam.", and that Pakistan (Sunni) is a non-participant that openly has nuclear weapons and Israel (another non-participant)…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Spanish protesters create inventive way to bypass restrictive new “gag” laws with first-ever hologram protest

    Latina Lista
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Spanish protesters create inventive way to bypass restrictive new “gag” laws with first-ever hologram protest by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Spain is no stranger to its citizens protesting. With massive protests happening in the country on a more regular basis since the fall of its economy several years ago and the ongoing threat of Catalan seceding from the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish government must have had enough. Otherwise, they…
  • Court affirms ruling that Maricopa deputies used race in traffic stops

    Latina Lista
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Court affirms ruling that Maricopa deputies used race in traffic stops by Latina Lista By Jessica Boehm Cronkite News WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that racial discrimination by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies extended to all traffic stops – not just those performed during “immigration sweeps.” The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also affirmed much of a district…
  • Students from Lima international school create special English classes

    Latina Lista
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Students from Lima international school create special English classes by Latina Lista By Karen Wong Peru This Week With the abundance of English skills that runs in Colegio Roosevelt, it was time to share it with the rest of the community by opening an English program called Habla Roosevelt. There are several international schools in Lima, with students who speak English at a high level. In fact, some are accepted to many of the best schools around the world.
  • Discussing Race Helps Black, Latino Boys, Study Says

    Latina Lista
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Discussing Race Helps Black, Latino Boys, Study Says by Latina Lista By Natalie Gross Latino Ed Beat “I don’t see color” isn’t always a good approach to addressing race — at least according to a report released this week by the Center for Collaborative Education and the Annenberg Institute that evaluates the reasons for low academic performance among black and Latino males in Boston Public Schools. While in some cases, black and Latino males are…
  • Crowdfunder: Syndicated Latino cartoonist to teach craft to students of Pine Ridge Reservation

    Latina Lista
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Syndicated Latino cartoonist to teach craft to students of Pine Ridge Reservation by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Lalo Alcaraz’s Trip to Pine Ridge On May 1-2, 2015, nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz will travel to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, along with, “Without Reservations” cartoonist Ricardo Caté, to conduct a cartooning workshop for almost 60 Native American students from the American Horse…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Peering Through the Haze

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    An annual study of young people’s smoking habits gives us reasons for optimism, not alarm.
  • The French Republic Resolute

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    If France loses the battle for its values and diverse population, none of humanity will be spared.
  • When Cultures Shift

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We have experienced a major shift in moral culture. But it happened in the 1940s, not the 1960s.
  • That Old-Time Economics

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The United States and Europe are on different paths to recovery from the 2008 financial crisis. Bad new ideas have perpetuated depression in Europe.
  • Woe of White Men, Again?

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Faux oppression makes a mockery of real oppression. We don’t need Wayne LaPierre and Bill O’Reilly complaining about more power going to people who don’t look like them.
 
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    Gawker

  • Ferguson Residents to Vote in First Election Since Michael Brown's Death

    Jason Parham
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Since making national headlines last summer—after police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown—Ferguson will hold its first election Tuesday: three city council seats are up for grabs. Read more...
  • Are Mark Udall and Other Endangered Democrats Liberals, or Not?

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    In the leadup to today's votepocalypse , I've been pretty harsh to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a terrible campaigner who's blown a pretty sure thing in his limp, cynical reelection campaign . But one reader wrote to me with a counterpoint——one strong enough that it's worth publishing here.Read more...
  • Lil Jon Flew Cross-Country to Vote After Not Receiving Absentee Ballot

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a nod to his "Turn Out For What" Rock the Vote campaign, rapper Lil Jon complained this morning on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that he was forced to board an early flight from L.A. to Georgia to vote in person in today's election after he never received a requested absentee ballot.Read more...
  • The Gawker Voter's Exhaustive Guide to the 2014 Midterm Elections

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Voting sucks. Off-year voting sucks the worst. Like Valentine's, Election Day 2014 seems less a heartfelt chance to express preferences than a mandate to give one's limited purchasing options a whiff of will and legitimacy. You can be forgiven for apathy. But you still must make some choices. Here's some info to help.Read more...
  • Rand Paul Is Running for President in the Most Obnoxious Way Possible

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Libertarians are having a moment or something, and there is much excitement over the possibility of a presidential run by a bizarrely coiffed amateur ophthalmologist and civil-rights opponent. How could he be more obnoxious? By staking his candidacy on Silicon Valley brogrammers.Read more...
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The Armenian genocide a hundred years later. Justin Marozzi reviews Ronald Suny and Thomas de Waal’s books on the Hayots ts’eghaspanut’yun. Our bad friends, the Saudis. Kelley Vlahos reports on U.S. support for the Saudi war and our “ill-fitting alliance” with Riyadh. Saudi claims on Yemen face skepticism. Bloomberg Business reports on Saudi exaggerations about Iran’s role in Yemen. What Iran conceded in the negotiations. Richard Nephew reviews what Iran agreed to give up. Obama’s Cuba critics are wrong. Ted Galen Carpenter explains why attacks on the…
  • The Absurdity of U.S. Support for the War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    As Kelley Vlahos mentioned in her article this morning, John McCain and other Iran hawks have tried to make hay out of the fact that the Saudis organized their attack on Yemen without consulting the U.S. They say this is proof that the Saudis have lost confidence in U.S. support. Military officers dismiss this criticism: A senior commander at Central Command (CENTCOM), speaking on condition of anonymity, scoffed at that argument. “The reason the Saudis didn’t inform us of their plans,” he said, “is because they knew we would have told them exactly what we think — that it was a bad…
  • U.S. Backing for the Disastrous War on Yemen Continues

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    The good news is that some U.S. officials are reportedly worried about the Saudi-led war’s awful consequences, but that doesn’t seem to have caused anyone to question continued U.S. support for the operation: Concerned about reports of hundreds of civilian casualties, Obama administration officials are increasingly uneasy about the U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led air war against rebel militias in Yemen, opening a potential rift between Washington and its ally in Riyadh. The article quotes one official who privately describes the Saudis’ war as a “disaster,” but…
  • Jeb Bush Embraces George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Jeb Bush’s foreign policy is just as bad as one would expect: If Jeb Bush is elected president, the United States won’t be on speaking terms with Cuba and will partner more closely with Israel. He’ll tighten sanctions on Iran and urge NATO to deploy more troops in Eastern Europe to counter Vladimir Putin. And he’ll order the U.S. military to root out “barbarians” and “evildoers” around the globe. That certainly doesn’t come as a shock, but it should put to rest any lingering doubts about the kind of foreign policy George W. Bush’s brother supports. Despite the…
  • Walker’s Wisconsin Woes

    Daniel Larison
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    As Scott Walker has risen in Republican primary polling, his approval ratings in Wisconsin have been going in the opposite direction: A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Gov. Scott Walker’s job approval rating has fallen to 41 percent, with 56 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin saying they disapprove of how he is handling his job as governor. Much of the recent decline seems to have been driven by the unpopularity of Walker’s budget proposals. For example, his proposal to slash $300 million from the state university system is opposed by 70%. If Walker interpreted his…
 
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    TIME

  • How Hillary Clinton is Trying to Win Over Liberal Critics  

    Sam Frizell
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    During her first bid for president, Hillary Clinton was attacked for supporting the Iraq War and being too cozy with Wall Street. She flew in a helicopter between events in Iowa and mostly appeared at massive rallies, where her distance from voters was in plain sight. And in June 2008, the nomination went to then-Sen. Barack Obama, a candidate viewed by many Democrats as more liberal and populist. As she began her second campaign for the Democratic nomination, there are signs that Clinton will not let the same mistake happen twice. Rather than beginning with a big speech, Clinton embarked on…
  • President Obama on Loretta Lynch Delay: ‘This is Embarrassing’

    Maya Rhodan
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    President Obama got impatient as he expressed his disappointment with Senate Republicans’ delay of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation. “It’s gone too far,” Obama said during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. “Enough. Enough.” Obama blasted the Senate’s “dysfunction” in failing to confirm Lynch, who is set to become the first black female Attorney General in the nation’s history. A career prosecutor from New York, Lynch has now waited twice as long for her confirmation as the last…
  • Jeb Bush: No Regrets on Terri Schiavo

    ryantbeckwith
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday he had no regrets about fighting to keep Terri Schiavo alive, addressing the mid-2000s controversy on his second trip to New Hampshire this year. “I don’t think I would have changed anything,” he told New Hampshire business leaders at St. Anselm College’s Politics and Eggs breakfast in response to a question about whether he would have handled things differently with the benefit of hindsight. As governor, Bush signed into law a state measure that gave him the authority to intervene to keep Schiavo, who was in a persistent…
  • Morning Must Reads: April 17

    Melissa August
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    Georgia OKs Medical Marijuana Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation legalizing the use of marijuana in Georgia for medical conditions, including epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and sickle-cell anemia Support for Death Penalty Drops Public backing for capital punishment in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest in 40 years, although a small majority of Americans still believe in it O’Malley Calls Out Hillary Clinton Maryland’s former governor had sharp words for Clinton,…
  • White House Calls Delay of Attorney General Confirmation ‘Unconscionable’

    Maya Rhodan
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest spent several minutes of Thursday’s news briefing lamenting the delayed confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, via a scathing critique of an Iowa Senator. Earnest called out veteran Republican Senator Chuck Grassley as “exhibit A in why it is very challenging to work with Congressional Republicans,” citing Grassley’s reversal on when Lynch’s nomination should have been pushed through the Senate. Earnest said the previous seven nominees for the post waited a total 24 days between them to move from the…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Religious Liberty under Attack

    David Brody
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    This week on The Brody File, we're in Indiana, a state where religious liberty is severely under attack after the big controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. We talk with a Christian business owner and one of the state leaders who was behind Indiana's initial law on the matter.
  • Video: Carly Fiorina Says Hillary Won't Be Able to Play 'Woman Card' If She's GOP Nominee

    David Brody
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, soon-to-be GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tells me that Hillary Clinton won't be able to play the 'gender card' if Fiorina is her opponent. "Hillary Clinton will play that card unless she faces me in a general election. Hillary Clinton is banking so much on saying to the American people, 'I'm going to be the first woman president' or 'Republicans are waging a war on women' or playing the gender card in some way. If she faces me she can't do any of that," Fiorina said. "She'll have to talk about her policies." "So I'm not…
  • This Just In: Rubio Heads To Iowa Church To Court Evangelicals

    David Brody
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Senator Marco Rubio is heading into “Evangelical Iowa territory.”  April 25th at Point of Grace Church in Waukee Iowa. The Brody File will be there. See below from the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition: Senator Marco Rubio will join Governor Rick Perry, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Scott Walker, and Senator Rick Santorum as speakers at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Spring Kick-Off.  Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition (IFFC) stated about the new line up, “We are thrilled that Sen.
  • Brody file Analysis On Hillary Clinton Presidential Run

    David Brody
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Watch my analysis on Hillary Clinton's presidential run
  • Christian Business Owners Under Attack In Indiana

    David Brody
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Watch my 700 Club story from Indiana called: A Scary Reality for Indiana's Christian Businesses
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Another feather in the cap of big-time college sports

    Michael O'Hare
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    When the next college sports scandal breaks…shouldn’t be too long now…remember that the corruption of the higher education enterprise by the money sports, MBB and FB, is redeemed because those athletic scholarships are a path for poor kids, especially poor kids of color, to get a college education. Three Duke basketball players (so far) are off to the NBA as freshmen.  Most of a single academic year, physically present on the actual Duke campus, shuttling from practice to training to practice, is pretty much the same thing as a Duke degree, right?
  • Abe Lincoln

    Michael O'Hare
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Wednesday was the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death.  It’s hard to spend too much time reflecting on Lincoln; I use the first thing he ever published, comparing two infrastructure projects in a local election campaign, as an example of policy analysis avant la lettre, and he just gets better and better from there. Even David Brooks says he becomes a better man spending quiet time in the Lincoln Memorial.  The second inaugural is one of great works of public discourse; terse, just, humane.  I think French’s portrait nails it: brilliant, menschlich, determined; open…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: D.O.A.

    Keith Humphreys
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Last week, I recommended The Turning Point, starring Edmond O’Brien and featuring Neville Brand in a small part as a vicious killer. For a change of pace, this week I recommend a film starring Edmond O’Brien, featuring Neville Brand in a somewhat larger part as a vicious killer: 1950′s D.O.A. D.O.A. has one of best opening premises in the history of film noir. A man stumbles down an impossibly long, shadowy hallway at the police station, followed by a tracking camera. Upon meeting the officer in charge of homicide investigation, he announces that he wants to report a murder:…
  • Liberalism doesn’t just displace arbitrary power. It reduces it.

    Andrew Sabl
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Paul Krugman in a recent post argues that opposition to the welfare state is rooted in attachment to “traditional hierarchy”: Both social insurance and civil rights are solvents that dissolve some of the restraints that hold people in place, be they unhappy workers or unhappy spouses. And that’s part of why people like me support them. Samuel Goldman in the American Conservative responds with a charge of hypocrisy. While he admits to favoring traditional hierarchies, he claims that liberals like Krugman support meritocratic, technocratic hierarchies of their own: The…
  • Free-range kids

    Michael O'Hare
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    My late colleague Bob Leone used to teach that good managers don’t try to avoid risk, because it’s impossible: they try to choose the right risks.  Parents are violating this rule left and right, and clueless, nitwit, busybody bureaucrats in Montgomery County (not to mention other parents who call the cops instead of just asking a loose kid if he’s OK)  are acting out really anti-kid behavior, choosing the wrong risk trying to have none. I grew up in New York City, 30th and 3rd in Manhattan; at the time, not a snotzy address.  I went to grade school a mile and a half away…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • The Phony Estate Tax Farm Confiscation Ploy

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Dave Swenson Senator John Thune, from my home state of South Dakota, has a degree in business and an MBA.  He knows little of tax math, incidence, or outcomes from what I can tell. Like many mouthpieces on many topics, he doesn't let facts get in the way of a heartfelt story, though.  And the best story the GOP has spun over the last decade or so is the tale of woe and intrigue associated with the dreaded federal estate tax, which they've disingenuously rebranded as the "death tax." Thune co-sponsored the just-passed House bill to eliminate the federal estate tax and at that time…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday returns: Dutchman's breeches

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:50 pm
    After a somewhat late start, many spring wildflowers are blooming now in central Iowa. If you walk in a wooded area over the next few days, you may see Virginia bluebells, spring beauty, toothwort, rue anemone, Dogtooth violets (also called trout lilies), or today's featured native plant, Dutchman's breeches. Thanks to the distinctive shape of the flowers, Dutchman's breeches are among the easiest spring wildflowers to identify. The arrival of spring also heralds the return of Harlan Ratcliff's Central Iowa Butterfly Forecast, updated every two weeks at the Poweshiek Skipper site. This post…
  • Grassley, Ernst vote for Medicare reimbursement deal

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Changes to entitlement programs rarely attract strong bipartisan support, but on Tuesday the U.S. Senate approved a bill to change how Medicare sets reimbursement rates for doctors by 92 votes to 8 (roll call). All of the no votes came from Republicans, but Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both supported the bill. Follow me after the jump for background and details. As Bleeding Heartland discussed here, the main goal of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 was to end the "doc fix" habit in Congress. Since Congress adopted an ill-advised "sustainable growth rate"…
  • Tom Vilsack future plans speculation thread

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack plans to move back to Iowa after President Barack Obama's term ends, according to Radio Iowa's summary of his remarks on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program. Vilsack has served in Obama's cabinet from the beginning and said he's not interested in continuing to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture if Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016. He wants to move back to Iowa and might teach at a university, but he doesn't want to become the University of Iowa's next president. O.Kay Henderson reports that Vilsack is open to running for…
  • Excessive demands for personal attention hurt the Iowa caucuses

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    Hillary Clinton embarked on a road trip to Iowa immediately after making her campaign official on Sunday. She has several small-scale events scheduled for today and tomorrow in Monticello (Jones County) and Norwalk (Warren County), a sign she is committed to winning over Iowa caucus-goers. Most politically engaged Iowans look forward to seeing presidential candidates in person during caucus season. We like to hear first-hand where the contenders stand on issues that matter to us. As a group, we are generally willing to give all contenders serious consideration before making up our minds.
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    Booman Tribune

  • Head Like a Hole

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Look at how at least one candidate thinks you need to act in order to become the most powerful man in the world. [Marco] Rubio has had an active week since his big announcement. In the last few days, he called for a more aggressive stance toward Russia, noted he would attend a same-sex wedding despite his opposition to gay marriage, and mocked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s trip to Chipotle. Sometimes things are so stupid that it brings a song to mind. Discuss
  • Republicans and Reality

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Do you feel sorry for the Republicans? Their effort to repeal Obamacare has failed and most of them are moving on: “Only 18% of Americans want to go back to the system we had before because they do not want to go back to some of the problems we had,” Whit Ayres, a veteran Republican pollster who works for presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, said at a recent breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Smart Republicans in this area get that,” he added. Whit Ayres also spent some time at that breakfast explaining reality to the attendees about gay…
  • Casual Observation

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    I wonder if Jon Stewart just might un-retire if Rafael Cruz becomes the First Big Daddy of the Ted Cruz administration. I'm sure the temptation would be hard to resist. Discuss
  • Winter Still Hanging In

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Check out this ice sculpture left by a Jeep in Wyoming after recent blizzard like conditions which have closed sections of the interstate highway system. We had 60's today in western New York state. Thank the Flying Spaghetti monster for that. Have a great weekend all. Discuss
  • Tell Us Something We Don't Know, Linc

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    For those of us who are going through the process of trying to reconcile ourselves to the "inevitability" of a Clinton family takeover of the Democratic Party, it seems that Lincoln Chafee wants to make the process as painful as possible by refusing to let us forget why we put all our sweat and tears into Obama's campaign eight years ago. Chafee, a former Republican and former senator, announced he was forming an exploratory committee last week. Chafee's been differentiating himself from fellow Democratic primary contenders by taking sharp jabs at Clinton, willing to be more critical than…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Secretive #TPP Trade Deal is a Threat to Democracy + Bernie Sanders: No Fast Track for the TPP

    dandelionsalad
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Dandelion Salad democracynow on Apr 16, 2015 democracynow – Senate Finance Committee leaders Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a “fast-track” trade promotion authority bill as early as this week that would give the president authority … Continue reading →
  • Can the Working Class Still Change the World? by Kyle Brown

    dandelionsalad
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Dandelion Salad by Kyle Brown socialistworker.org April 14, 2015 IN HIS famous speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” Martin Luther King Jr. quoted the then-president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, Walter Reuther, saying, “Power is the ability … Continue reading →
  • W-Z: Watered Stock to Zero-Sum by Michael Hudson

    dandelionsalad
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com April 12, 2015 Parts W-Z in the Insider’s Economic Dictionary. War: Economically, the major cause of national debt and inflation, and often of postwar deflations. Politically, war serves as an excuse to centralize … Continue reading →
  • The Stimulator: Solidarity Means Tabarnak! Quebec Students Strike Against Capitalism

    dandelionsalad
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Dandelion Salad stimulator on Apr 11, 2015 This week we look at the student led mobilizations that have rocked the streets of Montreal and Quebec City. From large scale marches, to occupations of university buildings to direct actions, the spring … Continue reading →
  • Jump Out of the Pot! Capitalism Can’t Be Fixed From the Inside by William T. Hathaway

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    9 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    by William T. Hathaway Writer, Dandelion Salad Germany April 9, 2015 “I’m getting hot,” croaked the frog as he floated in a pot of water from which steam was beginning to rise. “Me too,” croaked the other frog as she … Continue reading →
 
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  • Getting into Bed with The Great Satan

    Roberto
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
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  • Secrets of the Foreign Devils

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

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

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

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

  • Where's the Real Drought Solution?

    Deacon Blues
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    I’ve been very busy of late without a chance to stay up on events. Nonetheless, let me throw out two short items for discussion over the weekend. Hillary and the GOP Pack It truly helps Hillary to have the likes of Chris Christie and Scott Walker attacking her for foreign policy and other failures. Both of these GOP governors have done so much damage to their states, in lackluster job growth, bad fiscal policies, terrible cronyism, attacks on education and the safety net, and their own whoring to the Koch’s and other GOP oligarchs that any attacks by them can be swiftly rebutted with the…
  • A Good Iran Deal The GOP Will Try and Kill

    Deacon Blues
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I’ve expressed my previous misgivings about the impending nuclear deal with Iran, given the news earlier in the week that Iran was insisting at the 11th hour to hold onto their spent nuclear fuel rather than ship it out to Russia. Now that the broad outlines of the actual deal were revealed yesterday, let me say it is better than what was (mis)reported in the days and weeks leading up the announcement. Yes, there will still be weeks of tough final negotiations ahead over the implementing details behind each major element of the agreement. And yes, either the Iranian hardliners or GOP “War…
  • Hillary Still Clobbers GOP Rivals

    Deacon Blues
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Yes, she's taken a pounding over her stupid and ill-advised decision to "go private" on her business emails while at Foggy Bottom. Yes, her favorable ratings and her "honesty" ratings have understandably taken a hit as a result. Yet even after a bad two months of media coverage from inside the Beltway, what does it tell you about Hillary's chances in 2016 when after all this she still clobbers potential GOP rivals by double digits? The latest national, large-sample poll by the Washington Post/ABC News shows that although Hillary may be less popular and seen as less trustworthy than she was…
  • Indiana GOP Retreats, Leaving Jeb Exposed

    Deacon Blues
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Indiana’s legislative leaders released their revised religious freedom law today, which reportedly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and precludes a defense from civil actions arising from such alleged discrimination. The legislative leaders’ assertions that they meant this all along only underlines that the original bill fully supported by them and signed by the sad-sack Mike Pence didn’t have such protections to begin with, intentionally so. And yet Jeb Bush went all in and endorsed the original bill and Pence’s actions, and now wants to scurry back behind…
  • Jeb Endorses Anti-Gay Discrimination

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

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    31 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Americans Watch India's Times Now For The First Time He just called him dumbo!” Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Get at me Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music Inc. GET MORE... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 917447 15365 ratings Time: 02:46 More in Entertainment
  • Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition From time to time, we give celebrities a chance to read some of the mean things people tweet about them. We extended that same offer to our Commander in Chief, who happily agreed. This is an... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 23380987 165383 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Comedy
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler

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    11 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler Here are 10 surprising facts about the former German dictator, Adolf Hitler! Subscribe to Plethron's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/plethrons Visit our site: http://TopTrending.com... From: Top Trending Views: 2422429 28226 ratings Time: 03:13 More in Education
  • 22 Photos That Will Give You Some Peace

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    27 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    22 Photos That Will Give You Some Peace Take a deep breath and relax. Check out Buzzfeed's new Cute Or Not app! http://bit.ly/1LDoO7H Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Prunes... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 1293778 29027 ratings Time: 01:41 More in Entertainment
  • Civilians Guess Military Phrases

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    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Civilians Guess Military Phrases These poor civvies don't stand a chance with these military terms. Check out Buzzfeed's new Cute Or Not app! http://bit.ly/1LDoO7H Check out more awesome BuzzFeedYellow videos! http://bit.ly/YT... From: BuzzFeedYellow Views: 765310 14800 ratings Time: 04:58 More in Entertainment
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    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
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    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Ex-IMF president Rodrigo Rato arrested on criminal charges

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    “I am not a crook” Spain, unlike the US, is getting serious about arresting bankster criminals. Rodrigo Rato, former vice-president of Spain, former president of the IMF, and former president of Bankia, has been indicted on serious criminal charges including tax fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement. His real crime apparently was stealing from the central government, and that is just not forgivable for the 1%. Fleecing the people is quite permissible if you are an autocrat, but stealing from the government and central banks is not. When Rato was arrested, hordes of media were…
  • Emergency drought barrier coming for Sacramento Delta

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    California will install a drought barrier in the Sacramento Delta to prevent salt water intrusion from the S.F. Bay into the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. In normal water years there is enough water flowing in the rivers to prevent intrusion. However, the current drought is so severe enough that, for the first time ever, these emergency measures are needed. Water from these rivers is sent to the Central Valley and Southern California and is crucial for the entire state. They can not be allowed to become even slightly saline. The combination of virtually no snowpack and diminished…
  • US alarmed Iran supports allies in Yemen just like US does

    Bob Morris
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The Hill has a marvelously deceptive Newspeak article about the conflict in Yemen, chock-a-block with thinly disguised Pentagon propaganda pretending to be news. The US, you see, is Deeply Concerned about Iran sending warships to Yemen to supply and protect their allies, the Houthi rebels, and worse, isn’t even pretending hiding their actions. Unnamed sources in the Ministry of Propaganda are actually using the word “brazen” to describe Iran’s actions, somehow forgetting the US is supporting and arming Saudi Arabia in bombing Yemen (something which is apparently not…
  • Virgin River Gorge. Spectacular scenery, low water

    Bob Morris
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:18 am
    The Virgin River Gorge is on I-15 on a sliver of Arizona in between Utah and Nevada. It is spectacular. The river is quite low. In a normal year, where my brother-in-law is standing would be under water in April and fording it would be difficult if not impossible. The cliffs are quite amazing, especially the layers of sediment. Cholla flower Datura, a hallucinogen  
  • San Diego desalination plant opening in November

    Bob Morris
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    The Carlsbad Desalination Project will be the biggest desal plant in the western hemisphere when it open in November in San Diego. While the price of desalination is dropping, it is still quite expensive and is problematic in two ways. 1) The salt is dumped back into the ocean, adversely affecting marine life. 2) Desal requires large amounts of electricity, which mostly comes from non-renewable sources now, increasing carbon emissions. Also electricity generation often requires substantial amounts of water for cooling. Thus, water is used to generated energy which is used to desalinate water.
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • About ISIS and the Middle East

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    A Google search on, “what caused the rise of ISIS,” produced 1.5 million hits on April 8, 2015.  Lots of information, opinion, and political propaganda.  Books and articles abound. During what may turn out to be the runup to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war where Syria and ISIS have been the catalysts, this post provides salient […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 2

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Demographics & the Situation of the Main Players Country-Population-Sect Total estimated Muslim population in the Middle East: 410 million (all country figures below are rounded up).  It is estimated there are 1.5 bil Muslims around the world. Over the 40 Muslim-dominated countries in the world: 85% are Sunni. Egypt: 88 mil; 53% Sunni Iran: 79 […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 3

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Of Sunni – Shia Overview The two main things occurring now in the Middle East are, 1) a boiling Sunni v. Shiite (Saudi Arabia v. Iran) situation presently focused in Syria; and 2) expanding aggression by ISIS, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi Arabia v. Iran situation, if not checked somehow, will lead […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 4

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Middle East Foundations Understanding the ISIS situation must begin with understanding Middle East foundations. Geographically, the region lies in between Africa and Asia. The “Levant” refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey. While there are differences in this regard among Middle East countries, the majority religion is Islam and the […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 5

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    What Caused ISIS The underlying reason there is an ISIS today is the Saudi Arabia (Sunni)-Iran (Shiite) cold war. The conflict is often portrayed as being based only on religion.  In reality it is more about power and the ability of each country to exert influence over the region. That said, one cannot escape the […]
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  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Spring 2015

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Spring 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:Preparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Big Data NetworksAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Closing the Web App Data Security Gap: Dynamic Data Masking for Web ApplicationsSecurity Technologies for Mobile and…
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This paper discusses several factors relating to the legality of e-signatures in various applications, and among different industries, with their associated regulatory environments. It also explores the benefits of adopting a reputable e-signature solution.Download this white paper to learn more about how the laws around e-signatures enable business transformation.Request Free!
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    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS provides fortnightly updates on finance, government action, and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new business models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods for monitoring/control and big data.Next-Gen Manufacturing & Agriculture: including QC management, tested cloud/SAAS solutions, SLA business models, manufacturing and communications standards, precision agriculture, data structure & ERP integration, and more.Industry Events: latest projects, acquisitions, regulations, and more.At no…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

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

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

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below was originally published Sept. 30, 2009. I share it again today with only minor modifications. I share it again today with only minor modifications and the addition of some new graphics as I continue my six years of coverage on this earthshaking event that changed the lives of so many in Oklahoma, the state where I was born and raised. “Someday, somewhere, somebody is going to have the guts to release that stuff,” said David P. Schippers, speaking to me by phone from his office in downtown Chicago Tuesday afternoon. Click image above to read other…
  • FLASHBACK: Best-Selling Author, Investigative Journalist Breaks Silence About OKC Bombing Videotapes

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below was originally published as a three-part series Sept. 28-30, 2009. I share it again today, in one piece, with only minor modifications and the addition of some new graphics as I continue my six years of coverage on this earthshaking event that changed the lives of so many in Oklahoma, the state where I was born and raised. Click image above to read other OKC Bombing-related articles. In an editor’s note Sept. 27, 2009, I informed my readers I had attempted to contact Jayna Davis for her take on a breaking news story related to the bombing of the Alfred P.
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Logo Perfect for Mockery

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    On my Facebook page this morning, I shared a design that makes fun of Hillary Rodham Clinton by using her just-released 2016 presidential campaign logo. Though the design above doesn’t fit in with the other designs I shared, which highlight what I’ve dubbed the “Hillary’s Dirty Dozen Scandals,” I still like it. Maybe someone will put it — or them — on t-shirts. For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved…
  • Comprehensive Election Reform Needed ASAP

    admin
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Click on image above to learn more about the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. Now that Republicans have working majorities in both houses of Congress, the American people can once again enjoy the benefits of the constitutional republic that the Founders designed for us. Right? Well,…
  • Thief Nets Sweetheart Deal from Local Judge

    admin
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:36 am
    Today, I came across an article about Kevin James Guerra, a former St. Charles County (Mo.) Ambulance District board member who recently pleaded guilty to taking more than $500,000 from a private urgent care center. Apart from being pleased the 44-year-old was caught, I’m appalled by the sentence given to him by Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham:  120 days shock time, five years probation, and  repayment of $150,000. Kevin James Guerra To understand why Guerra’s punishment — if you can call it that — troubles me, one needs only compare it to that given other individuals…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • Geoffrey A. Manne and R. Ben Sperry: How to Break the Internet

    Reason.com
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    As political slogans go, the phrase net neutrality has been enormously effective, riling up the chattering classes and forcing a sea change in the government's decades-old hands-off approach to regulating the Internet. But as an organizing principle for the Internet, the concept is dangerously misguided. That is especially true of the particular form of net neutrality regulation proposed in February by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler. Net neutrality backers traffic in fear. Pushing a suite of suggested interventions, they warn of rapacious cable operators who seek…
  • VID: NASA Says Mars One Ain’t Going Nowhere Without Their Help

    Alexis Garcia
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Mars One—the Danish non-profit with the goal of sending humans on a one-way trip to Mars—made waves earlier this year when 100 finalists were selected from a pool of 200,000 candidates.  Since the announcement, the program has been plagued with criticism over it’s financing and proposed timeline. One astrophysicist that made the final cut went so far as to say that the whole thing was a giant scam to get money and sponsorships.  This week, NASA added to the growing skepticism of the project when it’s chief administrator Charles Bolden told a House Committee hearing that…
  • Baylen Linnekin Blasts Yet Another Legal Crackdown on Sharing Food With the Needy

    Reason.com
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The food chef Joan Cheever serves every Tuesday evening, part of charitable work she's done for the past decade, was prepared in a commercial kitchen. Food handlers were licensed. The food truck in San Antonio, Texas, from which she serves was permitted. But with no special permit for giving food away to people who can't afford to buy it, Cheever faces a ridiculous (and steep) fine. The San Antonio ticket is only the latest such example of crackdowns on those who share food with those in need. Shockingly, it's not even the most ridiculous recent example. Last year, 90-year-old chef Arnold…
  • Who Is This Mike Huckabee Guy, and Is He Running for President?

    Jesse Walker
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Mike Huckabee didn't confirm tonight that he's running for president, but he told us when he'd let us know. Interviewed by Fox News' Bret Baier, the Republican said he'd make a formal announcement in Hope, Arkansas, on May 5. Huckabee, who served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, last ran for president in 2008. Here's what you need to know about him: 1. He's a very religious man. That's no surprise—the Republican primaries overflow with religion—but for Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, it's an especially important part of his identity. This is a man who once refused to…
  • Huckabee in 2016? Ack!, Democrats Rumble Over Free Trade, Standardized Testing Revolt: P.M. Links

    J.D. Tuccille
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Mike Huckabee plans to announce his presidential intentions this evening. Heh heh heh. This should be fun. It's Democrat vs. Democrat as civil war breaks out between those who see escape from the economic doldrums in loosened trade restrictions and those who just want to seal the borders. President Obama is most upset that Loretta Lynch hasn't been approved as attorney general. Yeah, it's petty, but that might be reason enough to keep this going. Iran proposed a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where it backs one of the warring factions, at the United Nations. It's the Middle East, so don't…
 
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  • Rubio’s familiar fountain of youth

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    In all of rock-and-roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable lines came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by the Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in “My Generation.” I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s role model? Bush 41.

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    It’s Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush, who will take former president George H. W. Bush as her role model. Her road to victory was blazed by Jeb’s dad in 1988. It would help a great deal, of course, if events also flowed her way, as they did for Bush 41. In 1988, gross domestic product grew by 4.2 percent. There’s nothing like rapid growth to incline voters toward keeping the same crowd in power. Relations with the Soviet Union were warming. That helped Bush Sr., too.Read full article >>
  • Why we miss the unpolarizing Pat Moynihan

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party.Read full article >>
  • How to read the Iran debate

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate. Those engaged in the argument sometimes pretend to more knowledge than they have, tossing out a raft of numbers — readily available courtesy of your favorite newspaper — on centrifuges, enrichment and the like. Others are somewhat more candid in acknowledging that their view is shaped by what they thought before a single fact was…
  • Don’t wreck religious liberty’s brand

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    DURHAM, N.C.We are all obsessed with our brands these days, and no one more so than states competing fiercely for jobs and businesses. Some of them are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their image. As controversy engulfed Indiana over its religious-liberty law that would give legal recourse to those who discriminate against gay men and lesbians, leaders of North Carolina, which has one of the most conservative state governments in the country, were getting cold feet about passing a comparable statute. Read full article >>
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-17-2015

    Ramona
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side he never shows. (M. Twain) — A side that is being controlled by alien forces. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-17-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-16-2015

    Ramona
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    If this were a logical world, men would ride side saddle. (R. Brown) — And women would run the military! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-16-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-15-2015

    Ramona
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    To be fully alive, completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. (P. Chodron) — And land flat on your ass! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-15-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-14-2015

    Ramona
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Never be bored and you will never be boring. (E. Roosevelt) — Show interest and you will suddenly be interesting to others. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-14-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-13-2015

    Ramona
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Don't just live the length of your life, but the width of it as well. (D. Ackerman) — Plus the depth, breadth, and volume! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-13-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Populist 'Capture' of Democratic Party Overstated?

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    I'm not sure if Dana Milbank got caught up in the frenzy of a spirited rally or if he got it right in his WaPo column "The Populist Capture of the Democratic Party." Headline writers often overstate the content of the copy that follows. Yet, Milbank's report on the pending "Trans-Pacific Partnership" trade agreement almost matches the dramatic announcement in the title: A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol midday Wednesday to join hundreds of steelworkers, union faithful and environmentalists in denouncing President Obama's…
  • Fundamentals Looking Better for Democrats

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It's pretty well-established that one of the "fundamentals" that damaged Democrats in 2014 was a big lag between improving economic indicators and public perceptions of how the economy was performing. Well, now the perceptions are catching up, and I discussed the implications today at Washington Monthly: This new finding from Bloomberg Politics' polling (as reported by Margaret Talev) is a pretty big deal, assuming it holds up as a trend: Americans are becoming more optimistic about the country's economic prospects by several different measures. President Barack Obama's handling of the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    Thomas B. Edsall reports in his column at The New York Times that public attitudes about the redistribution of wealth have taken a conservative turn in a number of recent surveys. While some may argue that this indicates Dems should moderate their policies in a conservative direction, it could also be taken as a challenge to better educate the public about proposals to spur a more equitable distribution of wealth. Political consultant Matt L. Barron explains at The Hill why Democrats should pay more attention to rural voters. The good news for Hillary Clinton at this juncture, according to…
  • Two-Term "Curse" For Democrats in '16 Not At All Clear

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Something you hear regularly going into this cycle is that Democrats could suffer from "fatigue" or even a "curse" in association with the fact that they have held the White House for two consecutive terms. This makes me a little crazy, because (a) this is a very small data set from which to draw any predictive conclusions, and (b) the data we do have are often examined uncritically. So with some help from academic circles, I examined this myth at Washington Monthly: To the extent that we are going to keep hearing that Democrats are handicapped in 2016 by "fatigue" with being the party…
  • Sargent: Help for Americans Facing Change a Key Point of Clinton Strategy

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hillary Clinton has been getting rave reviews for her campaign launch video. Among the more interesting takes on Clinton's launch, Greg Sargent offers this perceptive analysis: Hillary Clinton's video announcement of her presidential run features Americans who are entering transitional periods in their lives -- an expecting mother, a pair of immigrant brothers starting a business, a man changing to a new skilled blue-collar job, a woman running for president (Clinton herself). They discuss the future with a mix of trepidation and self-conscious hopefulness. This includes Clinton; by…
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  • The Least We Can Do For Syria

    Lakhdar Brahimi
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    In a conflict as bitter, protracted, and complex as the war in Syria, it is all too easy to become overwhelmed by despair. And yet, however grim or upsetting the situation becomes, people around the world, rather than tuning out the war, should pressure their governments to protect and shelter Syria's refugees.
  • What the West Owes Ukraine

    Anders Åslund
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Ukraine may not be grabbing as many headlines now as it did a year ago, but the crisis there is far from over. Ultimately, what Ukraine needs is to escape the old Soviet order – and, for that, it needs significantly more Western help than it is getting.
  • ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Business Strategy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week, the National Petroleum Council’s Arctic Committee, chaired by the CEO of ExxonMobil, released a report calling on the US government to proceed with Arctic drilling for oil and gas, without mentioning climate change. This is just the latest reminder of the threat that ExxonMobil’s business model poses to the world.
  • The Debt Dilemma

    Adair Turner, et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    The victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece’s February election has placed debt back at the center of debates about economic growth and stability. But Greece is hardly the only country that is struggling to repay its existing debt, much less dampen borrowing – and the risks are mounting.
  • Can Trade Agreements Stop Currency Manipulation?

    Kemal Derviş
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is impossible to deny that trade and exchange rates are closely linked. But trade negotiations are not the right forum for discussing the causes and consequences of current-account imbalances and reaching agreements on macroeconomic-policy coordination; that is what the IMF and the G-20 are for.
 
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  • African-Americans Targeted for Arrest by Grand Rapids Police Using “No Trespass Letters”

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The second largest city in Michigan has come under criticism and legal action for targeting blacks for arrest using “No Trespass Letters.”   The letters authorize police in Grand Rapids to arrest anyone who trespasses on commercial property owned by someone who has signed the legal document, usually at the request of police. Fifty-nine percent of those stopped between 2011 and 2013 by police under the policy were black, although African-Americans make up only 20% of Grand Rapids’ population. “Perhaps even more telling,” Jason Williamson wrote at Salon,…
  • Kansas Passes Restrictive Welfare Law Seen as Mean-Spirited, Punitive

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Kansas has gone ahead with its new welfare reform law that puts petty restrictions on recipients’ ability to get their assistance and how they can spend it.   The many provisions of HB 2258 (pdf) include a long list of ways welfare recipients cannot spend their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). These include such questionable provisions as telling benefit recipients in land-locked Kansas that they can’t take cruises. They’re also forbidden from spending TANF money at movie theaters, swimming pools and massage parlors. That there’s no evidence that…
  • Private Prison Industry Spends Millions Lobbying Congress to Maintain Immigrant “Bed Mandate” Quotas

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    The private prison industry spends millions to persuade Congress to keep in place a quota system that keeps as many as 34,000 immigrants locked up, many in for-profit detention centers.   A report from the Grassroots Leadership says private prison corporations that contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent almost $17 million over six years to lobby Congress to maintain the volume of immigrants in detention centers. The largest private prison company, Corrections Corporation of America, spent $10.5 million on lobbying “on issues related to immigrant detention and…
  • Two North Carolina Judges Resigned rather than Perform Same-Sex Marriages; Now they’re Suing

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Two North Carolina judges who resigned rather than perform same-sex marriages want their old jobs back—and still want to be allowed to decline performing weddings they say are at odds with their religious beliefs.   Gilbert Breedlove and Thomas Holland say that after more than two decades on the job, they resigned “under duress” when the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) put out an advisory last year that stated “Magistrates should begin immediately conducting marriages of all couples presenting a marriage license issued by the Register of…
  • Did You Hear about the Man who Committed Suicide in Front of U.S. Capitol Carrying “Tax the one percent” Sign?

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    An Illinois man who killed himself in front of the U.S. Capitol on April 11 was holding a sign that read “Tax the one percent,” according to bystanders.   Leo Thornton, 22, of Lincolnwood, Illinois, had the sign and a brown carry-on bag with him when he shot himself. He had gone missing the day before. His parents told the Chicago Tribune that Thornton had Asperger’s Syndrome.   The building was locked down for a time after the incident, but most visitors later in the day didn’t know what had occurred earlier. “I’m not going to worry about it…
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  • Why is Rep. Kyrsten Sinema voting to repeal the estate tax?

    AZ BlueMeanie
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    I warned you earlier in the week about the GOP’s Gimmicks-R-Us Shoppe during tax week. Steve Benen reports, GOP passes massive tax break for millionaires, billionaires: In recent months, high-profile Republicans, sounding quite a bit like class warriors, have complained … Continue reading →
  • Hillary Clinton supports the Move to Amend movement

    AZ BlueMeanie
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Earlier this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at the first official event of her presidential campaign, spelled out the ideas that she said will be at the heart of her campaign. In Iowa, Hillary Clinton lays out big … Continue reading →
  • It’s game on! Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio contempt of court hearing next week

    AZ BlueMeanie
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    It’s game on! Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio is having a bad week, and its going to get worse next week he goes on trial for contempt of court. We may finally be seeing the beginning of the end of the … Continue reading →
  • Spring Cyclovia on April 19

    Carolyn Classen
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    It’s that time again to head downtown for Cyclovia’s downtown route to South Tucson. See latest  map above. So leave that car or truck behind, and get on your bike, trike, scooter, skates, skateboard, unicycle or just walk/hike/push or pull … Continue reading →
  • Il Duce roadtrip down the highway to hell

    AZ BlueMeanie
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Our governor, Il Duce, is taking a road trip around Arizona in his “Opportunity Express” RV to tout his first 100 days in office. Seriously? An RV? Call your buddy John McCain. I’m sure his “straight talk express” bus is … Continue reading →
 
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  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Cullen
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS HEAD TRAUMA IN HAIGHT STREET FIGHT OVER MARIJUANA A man allegedly fighting with another man over marijuana in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood on Thursday evening is suffering serious head trauma after he was knocked out by a punch to the face and subsequently hit his head on the ground, police said. An employee at Haight Street Tobacco, located at 1827 Haight St. said the fight happened on the sidewalk just outside the store. Police said the victim and the suspect, both described as men in their mid 20s to early 30s, were in a fight over the…
  • Police Brutality Protesters Storm Oakland City Hall, SF Supervisor’s Meeting

    Andrew Cullen
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    BCN- Police brutality protesters have been marching through Oakland this afternoon, taking over Oakland City Hall, entering a Laney College cafeteria, and briefly blocking an on-ramp to Interstate Highway 880. About 200 demonstrators gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza starting at about 1 p.m. behind a banner adorned with the faces of black and Hispanic people killed by police over the last several years. Speakers linked the police shootings to the larger criminal justice system, which they said is racially biased, imprisoning black and Hispanic people at far higher rates than white people.
  • STATE BILL COULD BAN ANTI-ABORTION CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS FROM DISSEMINATING MISLEADING ADVERTISING

    Andrew Cullen
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    BCN- A new California bill introduced this week aims to stop crisis pregnancy centers from giving out false information to patients seeking abortions. Assembly Bill 775, the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, introduced by Assembly members David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, strives to ensure that women are empowered to make fully informed decisions and are not misled while trying to exercise their right to choose. In 2012, an ordinance in San Francisco banned misleading advertising at anti-abortion, or pro-life, pregnancy…
  • Monday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    OCCUPANT OF DEBRIS-FILLED HOME WHERE BODY WAS DISCOVERED MOVED TO SUPPORTIVE CARE LIVING San Francisco police said a woman who was living in an Inner Richmond house with the body of a deceased female for an unknown amount of time is now in a supportive care living environment and that her dog is being looked after by San Francisco Animal Care and Control. San Francisco firefighters equipped with oxygen masks recovered the female body from the debris-filled home at 152 Fourth Ave. between Lake and California streets on April 4, four days after an investigation into the property began.
  • Friday Midday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    SF: JURY CONVICTS MAN WHO STRUCK FIREFIGHTER WITH CAR, SERIOUSLY INJURING HIM IN 2011 A San Francisco jury convicted a man Wednesday of intentionally striking a Cal Fire firefighter with a car in San Francisco’s Richmond District in 2011 sending the victim into an almost four-year coma. The defendant, Eduardo Chaparro-Esquivel, who was 22 at the time of the collision, was found guilty Wednesday of striking Albert Bartal, then 29, with a Mazda CX-7 early on Nov. 24, 2011 near Geary Boulevard and Ninth Avenue after an altercation at a Jack in the Box two blocks away just minutes before.
 
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  • What Local Candidates Can Learn From Botched Presidential Launches

    Online Candidate
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    As the United States presidential election race gears up, several candidates have already stumbled out of the gate. If you are a local candidate running for office, you can learn a thing or two from these presidential candidate gaffes. Ted Cruz Hopes You Can Type The Right Address In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced […]
  • 5 Reasons Why Voters Don’t Trust Your Online Campaign

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

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

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

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    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Coming up with campaign slogan isn't too hard. The real work comes when it's time to come up with a political platform to attract voters. We can help!
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  • UVA Hoax - Rape Hoax- Feminists - Have They Declared a War on Men?

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    Just when you think you've heard the whole story....there's more... *The following content deals with sensitive material*Jackie Coakley is the sole source of Rolling Stone Magazine's recently retracted "gang rape" article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Her name has been outed by several other sources all over the internet and after reading the context of this story and watching interviews given by the three friends that are referenced in the original I have no qualms about publishing her name.Read more »
  • Rolling Stone's- Jackie and Her Gang Rape

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    **This article contains sensitive material. Please be advised.**"A Rape On Campus" an article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely was recently retracted by Rolling Stone magazine. Everyone is issuing an apology and of course that's all fine and dandy but the damage is done. A victim crying rape and then later discovering the allegation is false is not something the accused can bounce back from immediately.Read more »
  • So What Did Knox See In That Bathroom of Hers?

    5 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    This video has been posted in defense of Knox, suggesting that since the blood was minimal it would not be unusual or odd for her to think anything about taking a shower.Knox wrote an email to her friends and family about what occurred in Italy on Sunday November 4th, just days after the murder. In the email she states the following concerning the blood in the bathroom:Read more »
  • Amanda Knox - Raffaele Sollecito Flow Chart

    3 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    ***Revised*** When reality and facts are too much to deal with, this chart can help explain away the guilt! You too can be a Know-fam supporter. It's easy to do. No education or research is necessary! In fact the best supporters out there lack both!Now that the trial has finally ended, it will be even easier for you to solidify the fantasy of innocence. However there are still those "haters" out there that will want to challenge you with facts and reason. They will want to point out the absurdity of the latest verdict. Armed with this flow chart, you can continue to fool yourself and…
  • Knox and Sollecito - Not Guilty?

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Yes, you read that correct. I am still a bit shell shocked over this recent decision by Italy's highest court. In addition no re-trial was ordered. It seems that as far as the murder is concerned these two have been given the permission to walk away free and clear. This is it. This is their final verdict.It took me quite some time to write this as the verdict was announced Friday and here it is Wednesday the following week. We will have to wait even longer for the reasoning from the court. According to sources I have read this means an additional 45 days.While I do not agree with this final…
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  • About that Conservative jobs miracle...

    Jonathan Portes
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:17 am
    The Conservatives want welfare reform to be a success story. But the real picture is more mixed. The SWP and their ilk are closer to the truth than David Cameron would wish. Photo:Getty It has been clear for some time that the Conservatives’ plans to achieve a budget surplus in the next  Parliament – regarded with considerable scepticism by most informed observers, from theIMF to the vast majority of leading UK macroeconomists – was dependent on large cuts to spending on working age social security benefits, only a small fraction of which the Conservatives were willing to specify in…
  • How Labour could call the SNP's bluff in a hung parliament

    George Eaton
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech.  Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon take part in the 'BBC Challengers' Election Debate' at Central Hall Westminster. Photograph: Getty Images. Ed Miliband's response to Nicola Sturgeon's appeal for Labour and the SNP to form an anti-Tory alliance ("It's a no, I'm afraid") has been presented by some as a rejection of any possible deal. But his preceding words make it clear that he was again only ruling out a formal coalition between the two parties: "I have fought the…
  • Don't know who to vote for? Then learn who to vote against

    Laurie Penny
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    Not voting isn't passive, but it only works if politicians care what you think. To be counted, you have to step into the ballot box - if only to register your disgust. Votes being counted in Scotland last year. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images This isn’t going to be a guilt trip. There’s a set of standard arguments you’re supposed to make to persuade people to vote when there’s nothing to vote for. I could tell you that it’s your civic duty. I could tell you that if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. I could remind you that generations of men and women gave their lives and…
  • #thisdoesntmeanyes: how a new campaign is tackling the myth of consent, once and for all

    Stephanie Boland
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    An overheard conversation in a bar prompted four friends to start their own anti-rape campaign. Now, they're asking women everywhere to join in and declare that their clothing doesn't mean consent. Photo: courtesy #thisdoesntmeanyes. As press releases go, the one for #thisdoesntmeanyes starts strong. “There’s a myth that surrounds women, a myth that embroils them: women who dress or behave suggestively, women who are playful or act provocatively, women who flirt or openly discuss sex – they’re asking for it.” Anti-rape campaigners have been chanting “yes means yes” (and “no…
  • Restart the rescue: the most important policy you've never heard of

    Stephen Bush
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    400 people drowned this week in the Mediterranean. Here's what can be done about it. The luckier ones. Photo: Getty Unnoticed and unremarked upon by the election campaign, 400 people drowned in the Mediterranean last week. They were fleeing, from Libya, from the Middle East, from Egypt, from Syria, trying to reach Europe by crossing the sea. The journey is treacherous; most of the refugees aren’t seamen, most of the boats are rubber dinghies.  Why is it happening? The crossings aren’t new, but the death toll is. Until November of 2014, the Italian fleet carried out search and rescue…
 
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  • The PD is taking jobs away from the people of The Marches and of Campania #Indesit

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    1350 redundancies and the closure of the Indesit factories in Albacina and Caserta! The M5S is protecting the citizens of The Marches and of Campania - the citizens that have already lost their jobs or who are about to lose their jobs because of the PD’s disastrous economic policy. The Jobs Act has removed all workers’ rights. Italian companies are being sold off to foreigners. Production is being transferred to more “competitive” countries, and Italian families are being left in the lurch. The government and the regional authorities of The Marches and of Campania have allowed…
  • #PaitaRitirati! Paita under investigation for the flooding in Liguria

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    article by Alice Salvatore, M5S candidate for the position of president in Liguria “Flooding is something serious. Ms Paita is currently the cabinet member of the region of Liguria with responsibility for civil protection. Is she intending to withdraw her candidacy given that she is under investigation for not having raised the alarm when she should have done so? Or is she intending to continue to receive 14,500 Euro a month for NOT doing her job and for allowing citizens to die in the street, like an inept and irresponsible president as she surely would be? Paita, withdraw! Her candidacy…
  • The M5S is applying direct democracy in the EU

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    “It’s an historic event. Direct democracy has arrived in the European Parliament. For the first time in its history, simple citizens are transformed into legislators: the amendments that they put forward via a portal called LEX, have been discussed, voted on and then unanimously approved by the Environment Committee. Thanks to the 5 Star MoVement, the European Parliament has transformed itself into a place of discussion and proposals - a place open to everyone. The spokesperson, Piernicola Pedicini, was the person responsible for preparing the report called "on safer healthcare in Europe:…
  • Bracco-balda show #Expo

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    The location that is the symbol of Expo 2015 is the Italian Pavilion together with the Tree of Life (that according to the organizers is meant to rival the Eiffel Tower built in 1889 for the World Fair in Paris - completed in 2 years, 2 months and 5 days. It’s the symbol of Expo 2015 but still, after 6 years we don’t know what state the Italian Pavilion will be in on 1 May, the opening day. ...). The Italian Pavilion was entrusted to Diana Bracco, president of Expo 2015 Spa and general commissioner for the Italy Pavilion - managed autonomously and not under the direct supervision of…
  • Passaparola - Greece, the Euro's greatest "success", - by Constantin Xekalos

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    New Twitter Gallery Greece is a social disaster zone. 3 million people are without guaranteed healthcare, 600,000 children are living under the breadline and more than half of them are unable to meet their daily nutritional needs. 90% of families living in the poorer areas rely on food banks and feeding schemes for survival, and unemployment is approaching 30%, with youth unemployment approaching 60%. These are not just numbers, they are real people. In order to show their faces and tell their stories, writer and documentary film maker from Crete and now living in Florence, Constantin…
 
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  • You Ought to Have a Look: “Sustainability” Not Sustainable

    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger, Patrick J. Michaels
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger. While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. This week, as Pope Francis announced the Vatican will host a climate change summit later this month focusing on “sustainable development,” the conventional wisdom of “sustainability” came…
  • How the Fed Ended Up Fueling a Subprime Boom

    George Selgin
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Plenty of writers have claimed that the Federal Reserve fueled last decade’s subprime boom by holding interest rates too low for too long after the dot-com crash. But hardly anyone has tried to explain why the Fed did so. Yours truly has taken a stab at it, together with my former student (and now eminent Market Monetarist) David Beckworth and my former University of Georgia colleague (and current Özyeğin University faculty member) Berrak Bahadir. Here is our just-published article in the Journal of Policy Modeling. Our argument, in brief, is that the Fed blew it by not treating the…
  • "Charity Is in Its Nature Essentially Civilizing": In Defense of Herbert Spencer

    Trevor Burrus
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Ian Millhiser has responded to both my defense of Herbert Spencer and one from Reason’s Damon Root. Unwavering in his belief that Spencer was a monster, Millhiser has doubled down on his claim that Spencer advanced a kind of “genocidal libertarianism.” Millhiser has rightly retreated, however, from boldly claiming, without evidence, that Rand Paul is a fan of Herbert Spencer. I thank him for his response, and I offer a few more thoughts on Spencer here. First, it’s clear that Millhiser is an active and vehement opponent of libertarianism. He seems to believe–although I don’t want…
  • Big Governments Are Vastly More Dangerous to the Citizenry than Big Corporations

    Jim Harper
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    It’s hard to prove or disprove statements of broad social sweep, but we do know one thing: Nicholas Nassim Taleb will not defend his assertion that big corporations are “vastly more dangerous” than big governments. With notable frequency, people assume that I’m a reader of Taleb’s books. Evidently my thinking and his align in important ways. It’s made me mildly interested in reading him, though time constraints (or time mismanagement) have not yet allowed it. My minor affinity with Taleb caused me to focus just a little more than I otherwise would have on a tweet of his the other…
  • Public Opinion Data Finds the “Missing” Libertarians and Communitarians in America

    Emily Ekins
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    In light of “libertarianish” Sen. Rand Paul’s recently announced candidacy for president, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman veered into public opinion to make a bold claim that most Americans are either liberal or conservative and little else. He explains that in theory there could be more than simply liberals and conservatives. For instance, if political attitudes were structured along multiple dimensions like along economics and social issues, that would produce at least four different ideological groups: Liberals (economically and socially liberal) Conservatives (economically and…
 
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  • On Jesus’ Burial: 9 Reasons the Gospels Are Credible

    sirrahc
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “It appears unfounded to doubt the fact of Jesus’ honorable burial — even historically considered.”  — Wolfgang Trilling, distinguished NT scholar and German redaction critic Burial As a modern-day Westerner, when I think of burial of a person’s remains, I picture them usually in a coffin/casket, which is lowered into a large rectangular hole, which […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 4 of 4: Swoon Theory and Substitutionary Atonement

    sirrahc
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    “Except for the romantic few who think that Jesus did not die on the cross but woke up in the tomb and ran off to India with Mary Magdalene, most scholars accept the uniform testimony of the Gospels that Jesus died.”  — Raymond E. Brown, distinguished (though somewhat controversial) Catholic scholar and emeritus professor of […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 3 of 4: Crucifixion

    sirrahc
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    In the first entry in this series of posts, we looked at a few (but not all) early, non-Christian references to the death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as well as variations of one popular theory that claims Jesus of Nazareth did not die on a Roman cross. In the second entry, we examined the […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 2 of 4: Beatings and Flogging

    sirrahc
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Physical Exhaustion & Trauma Anguish in the Olive Grove: To examine the physical exhaustion and trauma that Jesus experienced during His final hours, we must begin in Gethsemane. It was there that He knelt in fervent prayer, knowing that His imminent suffering and death were fast approaching. The Bible says that He was distressed and […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 1 of 4: Imposter Theory and Secular Evidence

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

  • Yemen: Seeds of Conflict, Ground of Transition

    HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    The deeper context of Yemen’s conflicts must be grasped if a humane solution is to be found, says HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan. During the many crises that have engulfed the Arab region from the occupation of Iraq in 2003 to the latest upheaval in Yemen,  a consistent theme of my analysis has been to […] The post Yemen: Seeds of Conflict, Ground of Transition appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The World This Week: Hola Amigo, Let’s Do Business

    Atul Singh
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    As Cuba and the US bury the hatchet, friends, both old and new, are doing business with each other. The ink has barely turned dry on the Iran nuclear deal, but Russia has declared that it will be supplying S-300 missile systems to Tehran. The delivery of S-300s was cancelled in 2010 after the United […] The post The World This Week: Hola Amigo, Let’s Do Business appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • What Do Fairy Tales Teach Our Children?

    Maria Khwaja Bazi
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    When we debate the healthiness of fairy tales and Disney movies, are we missing the point about what our children really need? A few years ago, the parents of a little girl in my class underwent an unpleasant divorce. I thought the child was handling it relatively well until I read her poem assignment for […] The post What Do Fairy Tales Teach Our Children? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The UK Lags Far Behind on Drug Policy

    Jennifer Macfarlane
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Will the United Kingdom follow the US example and reform its cannabis laws? Despite the worldwide trend in recent years calling for the liberalization of cannabis laws, the United Kingdom has maintained its hostile attitude toward reform of its domestic drug policy, and it has demonstrated few real signs of progress compared to the United […] The post The UK Lags Far Behind on Drug Policy appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Conversationalist Guide to the Modern Middle East

    Landon Shroder
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Landon Shroder provides a lowdown on the modern Middle East. The Middle East has exploded into an elaborate vortex of aerial campaigns, proxy wars and shifting alliances. Unless you are an expert on international affairs, it is almost impossible to get a balanced opinion on what is happening throughout the region — especially with the […] The post The Conversationalist Guide to the Modern Middle East appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • Ai nevoie de un AUDIT SEO?

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Auditul SEO stabileste exact modul in care se pot imbunatati performantelor site-ului tau.Ce presupune un audit SEO?Serviciul de auditare SEO propus de Oseom Media vizeaza atat aspectele SEO on-page, cat si cele off-page.In urma acestui audit SEO, veti primi un raport complex ce detaliaza toate aspectele analizate, impreuna cu recomandari punctuale de imbunatatire, astfel:- o analiza a codului din punct de vedere al indexarii, vitezei de incarcare a site-ului, meta-taguri, recomandari punctuale privind structura navigatiei si arhitectura informatiei.- sfaturi generale privind optimizarea…
  • MyProjekts – reteaua sociala care te ajuta sa iti indeplinesti proiectele personale

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    MyProjekts este o retea sociala care are scopul de a-i ajuta pe oameni sa realizeze proiecte nascute din pasiuni sau hobby-uri.Myprojekts este o platforma sociala care uneste oameni si branduri cu interese comune si le ofera uneltele necesare pentru a-si realiza proiectele din online in offline.Platforma se afla in stadiul de beta, urmand sa fie stabilite si ultimele detalii. Va fi promovata atat in Romania, cat si in Statele Unite, Marea Britanie si Franta, dezvoltatorii proiectului dorind sa atraga cat mai multi oameni cu idei sau in cautare de idei. Platforma functioneaza si ca sursa de…
  • Pe ce se bazeaza procurorii

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    Procurorii sint oameni numiti, nu alesi. Un om numit (politic sau nu) nu are legitimitatea omului ales. Azi poate fi procuror, miine nimic. De aceea surprinde asaltul procurorilor asupra clasei politice. Asupra celor care i-au numit. E ceva nearticulat, incontra naturii, motivat, poate, doar de vreo ingerinta oculta, din afara. E drept ca nici politicienii nu sint usi de biserica, dar de aici si pin a-i aresta pe baza unor denunturi si interceptari, dupa zece ani de la comiterea faptelor, e , cel putin, suspect. Seamana cu o resuscitare a practicilor de altadata. Nimic nu justifica tacerea…
  • Remedii si idei de tratamente interesante sunt de gasit in produse naturiste online

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

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

    FactCheck.org
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the second major Republican candidate to declare that he will run for president. Paul made the announcement April 7. This “Campaign Watch” video from FactCheck.org’s sister website, FlackCheck.org, covers some claims made by Paul that we fact-checked before and after he made his announcement.
  • Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule

    Dave Levitan
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins: Santorum falsely claimed that the EPA’s cost-benefit analysis assumed hundreds of thousands of pregnant women eat six pounds of fish caught in lakes per week, potentially exposing their unborn children to high levels of mercury. Actually, the EPA assumption was far lower, about 0.1 pounds per week on average. He also misstated the effects of mercury on IQ levels. He said the EPA calculates that the children of…
  • FactChecking Marco Rubio

    Robert Farley
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined what promises to be a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. Rubio informed his top donors of his decision on April 13, with a formal announcement planned for that evening in Miami. We present here a sampling of some past claims from Rubio that we have reviewed on our site: In a Feb. 27 speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Rubio made a pitch for reforming legal immigration, claiming “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” That’s…
  • FactChecking Hillary Clinton

    Lori Robertson
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Hillary Clinton has made it official: She will run for president in the 2016 race. Here’s a look back at some of the claims from Clinton that we’ve fact-checked over the years. In March, Clinton brushed aside calls for her to turn over all her emails she sent as secretary of state — including personal emails — to an independent third party for review. Her office claimed government employees are granted privacy for personal emails, including on .gov accounts. But that’s not what State Department guidelines say. Instead they stipulate that there is “no…
  • FlackCheck Video: Ted Cruz Announcement

    D'Angelo Gore
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in an address at Liberty University on March 23, became the first person to officially declare himself a candidate for president in 2016. This “Campaign Watch” video from FactCheck.org’s sister website, FlackCheck.org, reviews several claims we fact-checked from Cruz’s announcement speech.
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  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Popularity Plummets

    Sasha Melendez-Goldman
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Popularity Plummets Religious Freedom Restoration Act Destroys Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Popularity Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Popularity Plumets Politics Has Been Optimized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continues to receive backlash from enacting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act also known as RFRA.  However, this time it’s personal.  According to a recent poll conducted by, Bellwether Research, Pence’s approval in Indiana has dramatically declined.  A direct result from the nationwide uproar over the RFRA, a bill which allowed businesses to adhere to…
  • CNN Medical Correspondent Says 'Legalize Medical Marijuana' (Video)

    Michael Allen
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:04 pm
    CNN Medical Correspondent Says 'Legalize Medical Marijuana' (Video) CNN Medical Correspondent Says 'Legalize Medical Marijuana' (Video) Health Politics TV CNNSanjayGupta Has Been Optimized After decades of denial, the U.S. government admitted earlier this month that medical marijuana was found to kill certain cancer cells in conjunction with radiation in animal studies. A 2014 study in the UK found that cannabis could shrink an aggressive type of brain cancer, noted one of the medical researchers in an op-ed for The Conversation. Now, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr.
  • Rep. Trent Franks: Obama Allowing 'Jihad To Put Their Finger On The Nuclear Button' (Video)

    Michael Allen
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Rep. Trent Franks: Obama Allowing 'Jihad To Put Their Finger On The Nuclear Button' (Video) Rep. Trent Franks: Obama Allowing 'Jihad To Put Their Finger On The Nuclear Button' (Video) Politics World TrentFranks Has Been Optimized Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona claimed yesterday that President Obama was allowing Israel to be threatened by Iran and their future nuclear weapon. Franks made his comments on the Family Research Council's (FRC) radio program "Washington Watch," which was hosted by FRC president Tony Perkins (video below), noted RightWingWatch.org. Franks…
  • Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Bans Cruises for Welfare Recipients in Sweeping Crackdown

    Corinne Gaston
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Bans Cruises for Welfare Recipients in Sweeping Crackdown Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Bans Cruises for Welfare Recipients in Sweeping Crackdown Economy Headlines Politics Kansas, Welfare, Gov. Sam Brownback, HOPE Act, food stamps, poverty, TANF, temporary assistance for needy families, politics, legislation Has Been Optimized Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation on Thursday banning welfare recipients from spending their public assistance money on cruises, tattoo parlors, lingerie stores, movie theaters and a long list of other businesses. House Bill…
  • New Bill Seeks To Ban Former Lawmakers From Becoming Lobbyists

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    New Bill Seeks To Ban Former Lawmakers From Becoming Lobbyists New Bill Seeks To Ban Former Lawmakers From Becoming Lobbyists Has Been Optimized Freshman Republican Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa introduced a bill this week that would ban former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists for life. Currently former members of Congress are not allowed to lobby for one or two years after they leave office for a “cooling off period,” but Blum’s legislation, also known as the No Golden Parachutes for Public Service Act, would make the ban permanent.  Lobbyists can often make huge amounts of…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: The Art of the Comeback

    Josh Bowen
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    A few names… Donald Trump, Magic Johnson, Britney Spears, Apple, Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey, Jr. and George Foreman. What do they have in common? All wealthy? Successful? Dedicated to their craft? Yes but they all have had to make a comeback. In a variety of ways they had to dust the dirt off and come back stronger than ever. Were they burnt out a some point? Of course, but they kept plugging away. The came back from adversity and made the most of their 24 hours they are allotted everyday. Ok. Let’s put this in our terms. We are talking fitness, nutrition and lifestyle. We are…
  • Liz Roach: Bourbon Classic, Round 2

    Liz Roach
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When “pixie dust” is a featured part of a dish, you know you’re in for an amazing taste experience.  Sprinkled atop smoked oysters, the magical ingredient conjured up an award for “Best Classic Small Plate” for Chef Levon Wallace at this year’s Bourbon Classic event.  Chef Wallace (formerly of Proof on Main in Louisville, Kentucky) has now moved to Nashville, Tennessee to work for Cochon Butcher, but the memory of his and other bournon-tinged creations lives on. Set at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, this year’s Classic again…
  • Lauren Mayer: Rand Paul Isn’t Sexist (He’s A Jerk To Everyone)

    Lauren Mayer
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Senator Paul’s presidential campaign got off to a rocky start last week, with his constant issues with the media (and reminding everyone of the episode several weeks ago where he patronizingly ‘shushhed’ a female journalist).  He may not have been quite so patronizing to male reporters, but at least he managed to prove that his obnoxious behavior wasn’t limited to women. I’m far more offended by his actual policies than his behavior – for a supposedly libertarian renegade, he hews quite closely to the far-right agenda of trampling on reproductive choice,…
  • Josh Bowen: Food Prep 101

    Josh Bowen
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    “You either prepare to succeed or prepare to fail…there is no in-between.” You have great intentions. You want to eat better. You want fitness results. But you didn’t bring any food to work today. So you go out with the rest of the crew and eat Mexican. Is this you? I am prepared to take you through a course of food preparation. But first lets digress on why you would prepare your food: 1. Selection- I find that clients that prepared their meals ahead of time select better foods. Clients that do not prepare meals, tend to select whatever is available. Selecting whatever is available…
  • Josh Bowen: 10 Rules for Fitness Success

    Josh Bowen
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    I want to tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. You’re probably thinking I’m Jack Nicholson in the A Few Good Men. No, I’m just JB and I have to tell you truth, the cold hard facts. Nutrition will always stand in your way from being a success or a failure in your fitness journey. It is the rule, science backed, and JB approved. You CANNOT out exercise your diet. So, why do people overeat and make bad nutritional decisions? Well planning and preparation are everything and those that do not plan, fail. It is that simple. You must plan your meals ahead of time…
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Ander Crenshaw Showcases Support for Cutting Taxes

    Kevin Derby
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government which oversees the IRS, showcased his tax fighting on Thursday as he voted for the “State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015” and voted to end the estate tax. The “State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015” would ensure a permanent deduction of local and state sales taxes would be included in federal taxes. Crenshaw insisted Florida taxpayers would benefit from it.read more
  • Alan Grayson: 'Probably Yes' to a Senate Bid in 2016

    Kevin Derby
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., drew closer to announcing a bid for the U.S. Senate this week. On Thursday, Grayson appeared on “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman and was asked about whether he would run for the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. With Rubio launching a presidential bid earlier this week, he is not expected to run for a second term.read more
  • Americans Are Less Interested in Becoming Teachers

    Allison Nielsen
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Even though most Americans have a great deal of respect for the teaching profession, the majority of them say they wouldn't want to get into the teaching field themselves, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.Only 25 percent of American adults consider teaching a desirable profession to go into despite 67 percent of Americans saying being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in the country.Fifty-seven percent of Americans don't see teaching as an attractive profession, while 18 percent are undecided. read more
  • Rick Scott Plans to Sue Feds so Florida Keeps LIP Funds

    Kevin Derby
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Gov. Rick Scott rose in politics by opposing President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law and he continued his opposition to it on Thursday, announcing that he was going to sue to ensure the state received Low Income Pool (LIP) funds to Florida even as he and the Florida House continue to fight against Medicaid expansion.read more
  • Concealed Weapons Applications Now Taken by Marion County Tax Collector

    Kevin Derby
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    On Thursday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced that North Central Florida residents can go to the Marion County tax collector’s office to apply for a concealed weapon license. Marion County Tax Collector George Albright joined his counterparts in Lee, Pinellas, Highlands, Okaloosa, Indian River and Nassau counties in agreeing to let concealed weapons applications go from his office to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Before this, the nearest place to apply for a concealed weapons permit was in Jacksonville.read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • New Hampshire Dud: Scott Walker Speech Bumped To A Smaller Room Due To A Wedding

    Jason Easley
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    In less than a month, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has gone from the hot Republican presidential candidate to seeing a wedding bump his New Hampshire speech to a smaller room. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Turns The Tables On GOP By Invoking God and The Children In Climate Change Fight

    Jason Easley
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    President Obama turned their own argument against Republicans by suggesting that we must act against climate change to protect the nation's God-given natural wonders, and our children from disaster and harm. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rand Paul Is Trying To Fool The Left Into Thinking That He Is Their Friend

    Rmuse
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    The same people that apparently hate the libertarian Koch brothers are looking on Rand Paul as a decent human being; a monumental error one expects moronic Republicans to make, but not anyone on the left. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Revolution is Not Over, My Friends

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    Conservatives have for a long time controlled the discourse on freedom and liberty, but these are liberal ideals, and we must take them back [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bernie Sanders Urges Hillary Clinton To Join The Fight And Defeat The TPP

    Jason Easley
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a strong message to Hillary Clinton that she should stand with Democrats and liberals against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Où son mes filles ? Noyées ?

    Michel
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    In August 1989, at dawn, Syrian gunners tried to sink a vessel that used to shuttle people between the port of Jounieh and port of Larnaca in Cuprus. They fired dozens of rockets into the sea. Two Lebanese sisters, aged 17 months and 3 years, drowned when a boat ferrying 16 passengers out to the hovercraft capsized in the waves churned up by the barrage. The following is a french article published by Lebanese french newspaper L’orient Le Jour, written by the mother of the two girls. R.I.P Maya & Rouba Azar. Mon souvenir le plus marquant de la guerre civile en une dizaine de phrases…
  • Where were you on April 13, 1975?

    Michel
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Many tweeted the past 2 days about April 13, 1975. Others wrote on their Facebook pages and blogs. Many of them where too young to remember that day or were born after it. Those who remember it, will never forget it. The events of April 13, 1975 are engraved in the memory of those who lived in Ain al-Remmeneh at that time. I remember where I was on that day. I lived few meters from where the spot that started the Lebanese civil started. It was Sunday and I was home. I heard few shots. I gathered outside our building with the young guys of our streets. Soon we found out that a car passed in…
  • The Flower Seller

    Michel
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Flower Seller paintings was painted in 1941 and depicts a young woman kneeling with a very large bundle of calalilies. In Lebanon we have different flower sellers. Ours are young kids who are forced to sell flowers on the streets. Our flower sellers are not something you look at and enjoy. Our flower sellers are a real tragedy. The tragedy of displacement, poverty, social destruction, child abusing, child prostitution …. The latest victim is Fatima, the flower seller in Saida. Fatima was 11 years old when she passed away. She died in a car accident. Fatima was forced to leave her…
  • The Battle of Zahle 1981 – 2015

    Michel
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    I still remember the day when Zahle battle began. I was a young man spending the summer with my family in what will become in the future as a major Ski resort. I was in Oyoun el Siman. It is up there where I met young men rushing to the fronts, battling the snow, cold weather and Syrian soldiers.   It is up there where I saw the dead and the injured from a Syrian helicopter attack. It is up there, where I met the group of an artillery unit (above the Avalanche), who kept bounding the Syrian troops surrounding Zahle. It is up there, where I met young men in Hotel Mzar, that was turned to…
  • THE LEBANESE CITIZENSHIP PETITION: 1 minute that might change lives

    Michel
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Lets go guys. Lebanese who are outside Lebanon … lets all sign this petition. “If you are of Lebanese descent, and you believe that ALL people of Lebanese descent all over the world should be able to register their marriages and children in Lebanon because it is their BIRTH RIGHT; if you WANT to register in Lebanon because you care, because it is your right, please sign this petition and share it with all your friends and relatives! Thank you!” — Neemat Frem. Link to sign petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/lebanese  
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • The Left Is Basically Still Figuring It Out, One Week Into Hillary Clinton's Campaign

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The progressives don’t really know what they’re doing, but they’re doing a lot of it. Charlie Neibergall / Getty Howard Dean desperately needed to make his train. But before he could leave a gathering of high-profile New York City progressives Friday, he had to stop and repeatedly sell them on Hillary Clinton. "I think Elizabeth [Warren] is absolutely right and I think Hillary agrees with Elizabeth. She just doesn't use the same rhetoric," the former Vermont governor told one wary progressive woman among the mob looking for photos. He had just stepped off the stage,…
  • Rick Perry Invites Conservative Journalists To Off-The-Record Happy Hour

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    The former Texas governor summons Washington’s right-leaning opinion-makers ahead of a likely 2016 campaign announcement. Darren McCollester / Getty Rick Perry's aides are quietly inviting conservative journalists to an off-the-record happy hour in Washington next week — an event that some invitees believe will serve as prelude to the former Texas governor's presidential campaign announcement. Emails from the Perry camp — one of which was passed along to BuzzFeed News — instruct recipients that they must RSVP to learn the exact location of the April 21…
  • No Clear Indications About Ruling On Immigration Actions Case At Arguments

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The three judges gave no indication of their eventual ruling in the challenge over last year’s immigration executive actions as the Obama administration and state officials square off. Demonstrators outside the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Gerald Herbert / AP NEW ORLEANS — The Obama administration and a coalition of 26 states squared off in a federal appeals court Friday over the White House's controversial deportation deferment policy. Although the hearing was ostensibly focused on whether the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals should lift a federal district court judge's hold…
  • Steve King: Obama "Importing...Illegal Aliens" To Create "Massive Electorate" For Democrats Like Civil Rights Act

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    “…it creates this massive electorate that will likely vote in large numbers for Barack Obama and his party, just like African Americans have done so after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act… “ w.soundcloud.com Republican Rep. Steve King says President Obama's executive action on immigration was done to create an entire class of voters for the Democratic Party. King, an immigration-hardliner from Iowa, says Obama's move is reminiscent of African-Americans voting for Democrats in large numbers following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. "To put it…
  • This Is How The Republican Party Plans To Gain Ground With Latino Voters

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    A substantial increase in budget, double the staff focused on Latino outreach, and a blueprint based off big 2014 wins in Florida and Colorado. But will starting earlier than ever in Latino communities be enough to fix its damaged brand with them? Brennan Linsley / AP Maria del Carmen Weese, a retired volunteer with the Colorado Republican Party, was skeptical. It was June 2014 and she was getting ready to hear the Republican National Committee (RNC) blueprint for reaching Latino voters in the state in the midterm elections. She had seen this before, of course, the word outreach being thrown…
 
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • V&V Q&A – “Religion in the Oval Office”

    Gary S. Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Editor’s note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews the chair of the history department at Grove City College and fellow for faith and the presidency with The Center for Vision & Values—Dr. Gary Scott Smith—on his brand-new book, “Religion in the Oval Office” (Oxford University Press, 2015). Dr. Paul Kengor: Dr. Smith, though it has a different title, this book, “Religion in the Oval…
  • Great Expectations?

    Gary L. Welton
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    “If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain.” -Solzhenitsyn from “Cancer Ward” Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that my children will be above average, better than their peers. I am not speaking of academic ability. We are drowning in evidence of academic strengths and weaknesses, based on required standardized testing. Instead, I am thinking of positive youth development, sometimes referred to as character…
  • Five Elections that Mattered for Conservatism

    Samuel G. Casolari
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In 1970, a young conservative who once played professional football and served as an aid to California governor Ronald Reagan was elected in an upstate New York congressional district. He was a different kind of Republican from New York. Neither the heir  to inherited wealth nor a seat on Wall Street, Jack Kemp, a football great for the Buffalo Bills, represented the hopes and aspirations of blue-collar, middle-class, hard-working Buffalo area constituents. He was also an idea man with cheerful energy and a winning personality. In today’s Washington of government shutdowns and funding…
  • A Golden Anniversary of Bad Decisions

    Earl H. Tilford
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    “A Great nation cannot wage a little war.” –Duke of Wellington to Parliament, 1838 In September 1964, shortly after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to conduct military operations against North Vietnam, the administration tasked the departments of defense and state for military options. The recent stalemate in Korea warned against future ground wars in Asia. Additionally, as November elections neared Johnson promised “no wider war” in Vietnam. Johnson instead focused on restructuring America into the “Great Society.”…
  • Grove City College: A Rarity in Higher Education

    John A. Sparks
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    In 1965, Russell Kirk, a man of letters and conservative commentator, wrote an essay entitled “The Rarity of the God Fearing Man.” He lamented the fact that we as creatures generally no longer take our Creator-God seriously enough to have a proper reverential fear of Him. He observed that sadly, God-fearing men were a diminishing and “scattered remnant” including—and perhaps especially—in higher education. Kirk knew Grove City College well, having come to the Western Pennsylvania school beginning in 1960 on numerous speaking engagements. Were he alive today, Dr. Kirk would be…
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    Politic365

  • Photos: Black Leaders Return to McConnell’s Office on Loretta Lynch

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Yesterday, a group of Black female faith and political leaders returned to the door of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to push for Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. It was their second visit. The group included Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation President Melanie Campbell, and Dr. E. Faye Williams among several others. The leaders started the day on the House side of the U.S. Capitol at a press conference where they were joined by Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
  • Reps. Cummings, Thompson Voice Concerns on Gap in Capitol Security

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on House Oversight, and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the most senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, spoke to reporters at length about an incident yesterday in which a Florida mailman, Doug Hughes, flew a gyrocopter on to the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol yesterday. Hughes reportedly flew undetected from an airport in Gettysburg, Va.  As they relayed conversations they had with the Secret Service and other authorities since the incident, both Cummings and Thompson indicated to reporters that the Capitol is no safer…
  • NCLR: Helping to Build Resilient Latino Youth

    Charlyn Stanberry
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Immigration, poverty, education, discrimination, disengagement are all issues affecting Latino youth today and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is leading the charge for an open dialogue on these issues. NCLR is the Nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization founded in 1968. Recently, Dr. Particia Foxen, the Deputy Director of Research of NCLR released their newest report entitled “Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words.” The new report not only focuses on the stories of young, second-generation American Latinos struggling to cope with daily obstacles but…
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn To Young People: Keep Your Cameras on the Police

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Keep the cameras on the cops.  In the wake of the shooting death of 50 year-old Walter Scott at the hands of a North Charleston Police Officer, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) offered some advice to young people on MSNBC yesterday. “I’ve advised young people, keep your cellphones tuned up, keep the battery charged and don’t hesitate to turn them on when you see things happening that’s unbecoming or you think may cross the line,” said Rep. Clyburn as he spoke to Andrea Mitchell. “I think that we are going to have to do more of this, because I think that’s what…
  • Chart: Ferguson Election Vote Totals

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Chart: Ferguson Election Vote Totals
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • 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! ]]
  • Obama is incapable of addressing radical Islam

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We are at war with radical Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The prototypical America hater: James Carroll

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Boston Globe columnist and noted novelist James Carroll told Salon Magazine that, “The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does and that boils... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The once renown economist Jonathan Gruber has become something of a pariah since numerous videos became public showing Gruber bragging how he and his cohorts deceived the “stupid”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

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

  • Iran Deal Reached with Congress

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    A framework agreement was reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran two weeks ago regarding their nuclear program. Immediately after the agreement was announced all eyes turned to the US Congress and what role they would play in approving or rejecting the deal. The administration warned that any effort by Congress to scuttle a broad agreement would be met with a presidential veto. But a deal was reached this week, with broad bipartisan support, that would allow Congress to play a role in the negotiations but still allow the administration the space and time they need to reach a final…
  • How Far Can Marco Rubio Go?

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Marco Rubio has declared himself a candidate for president in 2016. He has been labeled a rising star in Republican politics since his arrival in the US Senate in 2010. What are his chances in the 2016 presidential election? Did his participation in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” group on immigration reform irrevocably harm his chances with the conservative base of his party? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • How Do You Beat Hillary Clinton?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Hillary Clinton has announced her intention to run for president of the United States in 2016. Shortly after her declaration most republican 2016 hopefuls released statements on why she is wrong for America. What is the republican game plan for Hillary Clinton? Will talk about past scandals dominate the GOP message? In today’s episode we discuss why concentrating on Hillary Clinton’s message for the future may be the best way to go for the GOP. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Hillary Clinton Declares for President

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Hillary Clinton declared herself a candidate for president in 2016 yesterday through the release of a short campaign video as well as announcements on social media. She declared that “everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” In this episode we discuss the announcement, how it differed from her announcement in 2008 and the reaction from GOP contenders now that she has made it official. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Will Obama and Castro Meet?

    Mike Dakkak
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    President Obama is flying to Panama this weekend to take part in the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of western hemisphere nations that takes place every 3 years. For the first time in the history of the summit Cuba will be a participant. The US recently established relations with the Caribbean nation after a 50-year estrangement. What are the issues surrounding a possible meeting between the two leaders at the summit and what are the positions of other countries in the region on the diplomatic thaw between the US and Cuba? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
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    US Daily Review

  • Insights on Canada’s Business Families

    usdr
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    By CMG Partners, Special for USDR They generate hundreds of billions in revenue, pay billions in taxes, and provide over one-and-a-half million private sector jobs, more than the entire population of  Saskatchewan. Canada’s leading business families make a huge but often overlooked contribution to Canada’s economy, according to a report released today by the Toronto-based consultancy Creaghan McConnell Group (CMG). Canada’s Business Families: Building a Brighter Future describes how the leading Canadian business families have built and sustained mammoth homegrown…
  • A Surprising “Little” Weather Hazard that Costs Billions

    usdr
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    By State Farm, Special for USDR Following a long winter, most people are excited to get outside and enjoy the warm temperatures that accompany the spring season. In an ironic twist, the warm temperature brings an increased risk of ice balls falling from the sky in the form of hail. Damage to homes and cars as a result of hail cost State Farm policyholders more than $2.4 billion in 2014. Hail is one of the most frequent causes of property damage. While hail storms most frequently impact the Great Plains and Midwest, every state in the nation issusceptible. The Top 10 States for State Farm…
  • The Best Women Colleges of 2015

    usdr
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    By College Choice, Special for USDR College Choice (www.collegechoice.net), a leading college search resource, has published its first annual ranking of the best U.S. women’s colleges. The ranking can be viewed at  http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-womens-colleges/. All accredited women’s colleges in the United States were considered for the ranking, which is unique in being based exclusively on the factors actual college students said were most important to their college decision. According to the largest annual poll of entering college freshman put out by the Higher…
  • US Island Growth in Recent Years

    usdr
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    By The Census Bureau, Special for USDR Among U.S. Island Areas, only the U.S. Virgin Islands had a higher median age than the U.S. mainland at 39.2 years in 2010. A new report, Recent Population Trends for the U.S. Island Areas: 2000 to 2010, examines demographic trends, such as median age, for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. American Samoa’s median age of 22.4 years was nearly 17 years younger than the Virgin Islands and about 15 years younger than the U.S. median age of 37.2 years. Additionally, Guam and the…
  • Orlando Breaks New Record

    usdr
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    By Visit Orlando, Special for USDR. Visit Orlando, the destination’s official tourism association, today announced that more than 62 million people visited Orlando in 2014. The announcement marks a new all-time record for the U.S. travel industry, solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation. Visitation grew five percent from 2013 as visitors from around the world came to experience all that is new across the ever-expanding destination. “This historic milestone is the latest testament to Orlando’s leadership in tourism,” said…
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    American Patriot

  • Guest Voice: SARTRE Commentary: IRS Scandal – No Indictment for Lerner

    The American Patriot
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Disclaimer: The following is a guest commentary from a Paleoconservative website “Breaking All the rules.” The comments and opinions expressed in this piece are not necessarily those of the owner of this blog. It is presented for your reading pleasure.   —— (Via BATR.Org) “This is wrong and a great example of why so many Americans distrust their government.” Rep. Jim Jordan IRS Scandal – No Indictment for Lerner That notorious time of the year is upon us again; the income tax deadline. It is an affected date because the tax system tells it is so.
  • New Feature: SARTRE Commentary

    The American Patriot
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    My friends, I usually have a policy around here, of not publishing other people’s works on my blog. However, I am about to break that policy. (It is my blog, I can do that you know…) I am going to start a new feature around here, called SARTRE commentary. SARTRE commentary is produced by a Paleoconservative website called Breaking All the Rules. It is harsh, it is controversial; and it is, in this bloggers opinion, very good. Enjoy it.  
  • 9 Years Later

    The American Patriot
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    It was December 30, 2007 that I wrote this posting: This Blog will be for the discussion of Politics and News. With Any luck, it will be successful. via The start of something new… | Political Byline. That above was the first entry on my new blog political byline; after my first one, The Populist was hacked, either by hackers in some foreign country or by neocons, who were pissed at me over something I had written.  Either way, I lost of years worth of work; due to some crappy hosting that I was really not even paying for. The hosting company folded, for what that is really worth. 2006 and…
  • Video: Rand Paul Greatness: “Ask Democrats if it’s okay to kill a seven-pound baby in the womb”

    The American Patriot
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    This is awesomeness defined: A very Reagan-like answer. (Via hotair.com)
  • Video: Why I am supporting Rand Paul for President in 2016

    The American Patriot
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    As it says in my previous posting, I am supporting Rand Paul in 2016. The following video explains that decision:
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • March Top 50: Tournament Madness and Spring Promotions

    Drew Katz
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Image from: Top 50 / Shutterstock Go.com One website on the top 50 list that had a solid month-over-month growth (MoM) of 7.8% was go.com (#17) with unique visitor (UV) count of around 50.4 million. Over the past two years, March has consistently produced the largest amount of UVs for go.com. This website contains many popular subdomains like abcnews.go.com, Disney.go.com, and most importantly (during March at least), espn.go.com. With the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament, unique visitor traffic to espn.go.com saw MoM growth of around 24%, translating into 30.6 million unique…
  • Search Marketers: Take the Guesswork Out of Keyword Research

    Sarah Friedman
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Image from: Keywords / Shutterstock In the digital marketplace, the ability to conduct strong keyword research is crucial. Acting on that research can help optimize search strategy, increase audience visibility and ultimately boost brand awareness. However, seeing as most research is now done online, there is an abundance of keyword searches being conducted all the time. For marketers, this means that the competition for the most impactful keywords is fiercer than ever. So where do you begin? It’s important to first discover which keywords matter to your ideal audience, and the keywords…
  • Destination: Vacation Rentals

    Drew Katz
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Image from: For Rent / Shutterstock Last summer a group of friends and I rented a cabin in Upstate New York for the perfect trip. I was spearheading the expedition, and I found that planning this perfect trip was time consuming to say the least. I logged numerous hours of searching on my laptop to find the best spot, but I can easily say that having such a vast digital library of vacation rental resources made the process possible. Given my experience and the contact happiness I get from thinking about the cabin trip, I decided to look into the Vacation Rentals category on Compete PRO. Where…
  • Search Share: JackThreads

    Drew Katz
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Image from: JackThreads / Shutterstock For this Search Share feature piece we will analyze search marketing data for JackThreads.com. In a previous analysis and blog post of the online men’s retailer, we found that the website was very successful in attracting, retaining, and getting its visitors to interact over the past few months. Now we will do another deep dive into the site’s digital presence with search share analysis, which is particularly important for a company that only operates on the digital platform. The Process We will take the top 100 search referrals, which are the…
  • March Data is Now Live – March Madness, Apartments.com, and More

    Eric Keating
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Image from: Basketball on Court / Shutterstock March data is now live and available in Compete PRO! Diving right into our Monthly Fast Movers, it’s clear that March Madness was the star of the month in terms of online performance. Traffic to NCAA.com increased by a whopping 1147% month over month (MoM). March 2015 was their best traffic month by far in the last two years, with unique visitors over 40% higher in March 2015 than March 2014. The traffic patterns are clearly driven by the college basketball tournament, which is evident in Compete PRO search referral data. Nearly 29% of all…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Lexington & Concord (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ After reviewing eyewitness accounts of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress summarized events in an address to the citizens of Great Britain: “By the clearest depositions… it will appear, that, on the night preceding the 19th of April… a body of the king’s troops, under command of colonel Smith, were secretly landed at Cambridge, with an apparent design to take or destroy the military and other stores, provided for the defense of this colony… at Concord[.]   …the town of Lexington… was…
  • The Midnight Ride (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ The “Mechanics“ was the first patriot intelligence network.  Paul Revere, a member of this spy ring, rode to Lexington with William Dawes (who was sent by a different route) to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movement.  Here is Revere’s account: “… I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics [skilled workers], who formed ourselves into a Committee for the purpose of watching the Movements of the British Soldiers…  We held our meetings at the Green-Dragon Tavern… we frequently took Turns, two and two, to…
  • Swan Song

    Terrell AronSpeer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The dietary requirement of swans does not include herring, yet I intend to expose a few red ones in this article.  First, l commend my fellow Tea Party 911 writers.  This is a nearly thankless task and a constant struggle to extend our reach beyond the choir to which we usually wind up preaching.  My readers already embrace the conservative philosophy and Founders’ viewpoint which is the bedrock of my writing.  My readers also tend to be informed on the issues of the day.  Therefore there is little I write about which they do not already know or cannot figure out on their own.
  • ISIS Ad Campaign Calls For Homegrown Terror

    Editorial Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:32 pm
    ~ by Julie on Politics ~ The newest product from the sick and twisted minds of ISIS is an ad campaign to encourage radical Islamists in the West to launch more attacks like the one on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. ISIS released a series of videos last week featuring jihadists calling on their supporters in the West to rise up. In one of the videos, the jihadist says: “Don’t give up and particularly don’t lower your weapons, don’t surrender – kill. Today, it’s our darwa – kill them.” Although the videos are in French, they also have English subtitles and are targeted toward…
  • Give Me Liberty! (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Lord Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, had allowed the Virginia Militia act to lapse.  Should Virginia raise a new Militia?  Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention: “… This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.  We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…  Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?  … For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Cartoon Of The Day: Clinton and Bush Dynasties

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Clinton and Bush Dynastiesby Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.comCartoon of the day: Clinton and Bush Dynasties @HillaryClinton @JebBush pic.twitter.com/fkaQB4Ajdg— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) April 15, 2015
  • Egypt: Life Sentence For Those Digging or Using Smuggling Tunnels To Gaza

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Cairo - People who dig and use cross-border tunnels in Egypt could face a maximum penalty of life in jail, state news agency MENA said on Sunday, citing amendments to the penal code targeting activity in the frontier area near the Gaza Strip.Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. There were several militant attacks in the Sinai on Sunday.The amendments to the penal code were passed by presidential decree, MENA…
  • Israeli Paper: Israel Needs To Find the Right Time To Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    “Israel is on its own on Iran and has to find the right time to stop its nuclear program kinetically,” Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Sunday.“The issue is political will,” said Inbar, arguing that we got to this point “because the US administration does not have the will to act against Iranian nuclear aspirations.”“US-Israel relations are on a collision course because of [President Barack] Obama’s policy on Iran and during this difficult period Israel needs to minimize…
  • Four Years After Gadhafi, Libya Is a Failed State

    11 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled the former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the North Africa country has plunged into chaotic unrest.The failure of last year’s election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or “Libya Dawn” – a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias – rejected the election’s outcome and seized control of Tripoli. The internationally recognized government relocated to Tobruk, situated in eastern Libya along the Mediterranean coast near the Egyptian border, while Libya Dawn set up…
  • Six Things You Didn’t Know the U.S. and its Allies Did to Iran

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!” I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying.But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us — things we’ve done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets…
 
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Top Gear fans are idiots

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Yes, you, and you, and you there sending death threats to the producer, Oisin Tymon, as well as the BBC director general Tony Hall and his wife. How else could one explain the threats made to those people?
  • Impulse TV

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    A certain frenzied logic takes over five days before the Super Bowl: I presently have a 37" television screen. A 37" screen just will not do. Therefore, I need a bigger TV.
  • Why we don't need religion

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    For many years religion has been seen as a bastion of hope for many people of faith. My experience is quite the opposite. Growing up I never really believed that there was a god, I wanted to, but I didn't.
  • Have You Served Your Technology Today?

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    I am one of technology's lackeys, as are you. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not we all squander great swaths of life jumping at the commands of inanimate objects.
  • Mamie the Plow-Horse

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:47 pm
    The following is the actual script - including stage direction in parentheses and italics - of a speech written for Ernest P. Blufous VI, President and CEO of Blufous International, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and direct marketers of aluminum siding, vacation rentals and burial insurance.
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    BizPac Review

  • Marco Rubio swings at Common Core: If I was president I could cut Department of Education

    Carmine Sabia
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio made waves on his first official day on the 2016 campaign trail, tearing into the Common Core education standards and saying he would consider dumping the Department of Education if he is elected president. Rubio told Manchester Community College students Friday that he is “very cautious about the federal government’s role in establishing curriculum standards.” Outrage! Judge hammers white victims of armed home invasion for racism, lets criminal go free. “If I was president of the United States, I would not have a Department of Education, perhaps at all,” Rubio…
  • Outraged vet in trouble for taking on free speech; she couldn’t bear to see flag trampled on

    Steve Berman
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Free-speech rights ran headlong into a veteran’s love of country when she took the protesters’ American flag because they were trampling on it. Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart approached a group of protesters who were walking on Old Glory at Valdosta State University in south Georgia, the Valdosta Daily Times reported Friday. Manhart told the newspaper she was not planning to take the flag at first. “I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it,” she said. “I was just going over…
  • Ben Affleck had PBS censor his family tree to hide slave owner ancestor, leaked email reveals

    Carmine Sabia
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    Leaked PBS emails have foiled outspoken liberal actor Ben Affleck’s attempts to cover up his slave owner ancestry. When he appeared on an episode of the PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” Affleck learned that a member of his bloodline owned slaves, and he asked to have that part of the scene scrubbed. Hacked emails published by WikiLeaks showed the program’s host, Henry Louis Gates Jr., asked Sony executive Michael Lynton on July 22, 2014, what to do about the situation, the New York Daily News reported. “For the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about…
  • ‘Power up the jet, boys!’ Obama to recognize Earth Day immersed in hypocricy

    Tom Tillison
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    With Earth Day quickly approaching, President Obama is eager to warn the nation about the perils of climate change. And what better way to send a message about clean air than to jump on Air Force One and blaze a carbon trail from Washington, D.C., to the Florida Everglades? “Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure, and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry, at risk,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly address, according to The Hill. “Climate change can no longer be denied or ignored. The world is looking to the United States, to us, to lead. And…
  • Appeals court hears arguments on Obama’s executive actions granting amnesty to immigrants

    Michael Dorstewitz
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    Efforts to stop President Obama’s executive actions against deporting illegal immigrants are now in the hands of three appellate judges in New Orleans. Source: news.yahoo.com The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges — one appointed by a Democrat and two appointed by Republicans – heard lively oral arguments in the case Friday, according to The Associated Press. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas, is being led by Texas and lists Florida and 24 other states as petitioners. The AP reported: U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas,…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Leo Tolstoy “Robbers and Governments”

    Kleier
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    “Robbers and Governments” from Leo Tolstoy. 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.” The robber generally plundered the rich, the governments generally plunder the poor  and protest those rich who assist in their crimes. The robber doing his work risked his life, while the governments risk nothing, but base their whole activity on lies and deception. The robber did not compel anyone to join his band, the…
  • 18 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am

    Kleier
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    We just wanted to re-post that we have provided the inaugural paper for our “New Work” section here at Sparking The Left: a brief primer on social movement theory from a sociological perspective. Social movement theory is an important topic, and all those engaged in activism stand to learn a great deal from it. There is a vibrant academic community rigorously analyzing social movements and much is still to be learned. Yet, this is only a primer that will get you thinking about social movements and the dynamics present within and inside of the milieu around them. It is an academic…
  • New Work: A Social Movement Theory Primer

    Kleier
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Today I am providing the inaugural paper for our “New Work” section here at Sparking The Left: a brief primer on social movement theory from a sociological perspective. Social movement theory is an important topic, and all those engaged in activism stand to learn a great deal from it. There is a vibrant academic community rigorously analyzing social movements and much is still to be learned. Yet, this is only a primer that will get you thinking about social movements and the dynamics present within and inside of the milieu around them. It is an academic paper with cited sources…
  • New STL Feature: In-Depth Works

    Kleier
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Here at Sparking The Left we are proud to announce that we are unveiling a new feature on the STL blog. We will begin today to publish more in-depth works as a supplement to our usual posts to provide our readers with better analyses in an effort to fan the flames of action. We begin this new feature for many subjects often necessitate more than a short-length post to cover properly. And according to our statistics, our longer posts gain more attention than our short posts. So we will be filling a need. In terms of these new works, some will be academic and some will not. Many submissions…
  • Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Said ‘Death to America’. So, What?

    Paul Phillips
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    As the peaceful negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran happily make their way to a resolution, many opponents of the current deal (or any deal with Iran) raise irrelevant alarm bells over some of the rhetoric that emanates from the Iranian leadership.  A recent example was Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s agreement with a crowd chanting “Death to America” during one of his public appearances and the ensuing backlash from Western opponents over the situation.  While it may not be the most pleasing thing to hear, it should be taken for what it is in the grand scheme of things:…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • The Anti-Big Labor Trend the Media Is Missing

    James Sherk
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Last month Wisconsin made national headlines by becoming the 25th right-to-work state. But there’s another equally significant development in workers’ rights that has largely escaped media attention: the rapid flowering of local right-to-work laws in Kentucky. As of December 1, 2014, no local governments anywhere in the U.S. prohibited forced union dues. Now a dozen Kentucky counties do so. If the courts uphold these laws’ validity, it could mean historic advances for worker freedom. Right-to-work’s prospects appeared bleak in Kentucky after the midterm elections. A majority of the…
  • How Innovative is Your State? This Scorecard Tells You.

    Kate Scanlon
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Is your state a leader in innovation? The Consumer Electronics Association, a technology trade association, released its first Innovation Scorecard this week, ranking each state on its “innovation performance.” Consumer Electronics Association evaluated all 50 states and Washington, D.C. on criteria such as “right-to-work laws, policies that support new business models, tax friendliness, Internet speed, and size of the tech workforce.” The ten “innovation champions” – the states that earned the highest rankings – are Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina,…
  • Why Is China Building Artificial Islands?

    Peter Brookes
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Check this: In a brazen move, the People’s Republic of China is now building “islands” in the South China Sea to bolster its position against several other East Asian countries—and the United States. Yes, I said “building.” China is actually dredging sand and piling it up on existing reefs to create new islands that, according to Beijing, will have both civilian and—more troubling—military purposes. According to analysts, China has started work on some seven artificial islands—so far. Obviously, land reclamation is common, but it’s usually adjacent to a country’s…
  • Why Obama Cozying Up to Castro’s Cuba Will Backfire

    Peter Brookes
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    With the “historic” clasp of hands in Panama City, Panama last week with Raul Castro, President Obama took the next fateful step toward normalizing relations with the Western Hemisphere’s most repressive regime. Seemingly desperate to move beyond a series of foreign policy flubs such as Iraq, Russia and Libya, cozying up to Castro’s Cuba—now officially removed from the U.S. terrorism list—still boggles the mind. The idea that engagement is going to change Cuba is folly. While we as Americans should have no issue with the Cuban people, who are victims of their government’s…
  • Who Are the Biggest Foreign Buyers Benefiting from Export-Import Bank Loans?

    Melissa Quinn
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Supporters of the Export-Import Bank often argue the agency supports small businesses and allows such firms to compete in the global market. However, a new analysis of the bank’s transactions found those benefiting the most on the buyer side are large foreign corporations. Veronique de Rugy, senior fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, and Diane Katz, research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, released a joint analysis this week exploring Ex-Im’s top foreign buyers. “[T]he subsidies lavished on these foreign firms actually undercut American companies and workers that…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Mike Huckabee: Don’t Join The Military Until Obama Leaves Office

    Anomaly
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee displays exactly what a traitor/seditionist is.                     In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson, Huck claimed the Obama administration has “an open hostility toward the Christian faith,” and urged prospective military recruits not to enlist until Obama’s term [...]
  • Sarah Palin’s Crazy Time Rant: ‘I Was In Our Bus Wrapped In The Constitution!’

    Anomaly
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    Half-term Governor of Alaska is better than Hillary Clinton, says Sarah Palin. In probably her most desperate plea for attention, she explains that her bus was wrapped in the Constitution and reporters were all up in that, chasing her down.                             In [...]
  • Texas Veterinarian Fired After Bragging On Facebook About Killing A Cat With A Bow And Arrow

    Anomaly
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    A Texas veterinarian lost her job after posting a picture on and bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow.                                       Kristin Lindsey works for the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham. Raw Story reports: [...]
  • GOP Ill Sen. Mark Kirk: ‘We Drive Faster’ Through Black Neighborhoods

    Anomaly
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk claims he won’t talk about race anymore after his controversial comments last week in which he said that “we drive faster” through black communities.                         During an interview with the Peoria Journal-Star, Kirk was asked about his thoughts on encouraging [...]
  • Dumb Guy Donald Trump: ‘Hillary Clinton Can’t Satisfy Her Husband’

    Anomaly
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Republicans are going after Hillary Clinton the wrong way.                             Talking Points Memo reports: Real estate mogul Donald Trump might want to check whatever reflex makes him compulsively retweet his supporters’ #Trump2016 messages. The potential presidential hopeful on Thursday shared a fan’s [...]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Modi’s Toronto remarks aimed at assuring industries: Fadnavis

    Niti PTI Bot
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Mumbai, Apr 18 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today sought to clarify Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Toronto in which he has blamed the erstwhile government for leaving a “mess” behind, saying the statement was meant only to assure industries of “hassle-free” environment in the country. “Firstly, he (Modi) never said that mess happened in Congress’ regime. What he was trying to convey was that industries will be free from hassles that they had once faced. “It was also essential for him (Modi) to say this because…
  • Yemen evacuation: Bangladeshi Diplomat thanks India for evacuating its nationals

    Niti PTI Bot
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
      Kochi, Apr 18 (PTI) With more than 300 Bangladesh nationals safely evacuated from war-torn Yemen and brought here on board two passenger ships today, a senior diplomat of the neighbouring country thanked India for the timely help.   "We are grateful to India's effort to bring our nationals safely from the conflict-hit Yemen," Shah Ahmed Shafi told reporters here.   A total of 337 Bangladesh nationals were among the 475 people including 65 Yemenese of Indian Origin who arrived from Djibouti onboard the two passenger ships sent…
  • Hemant Soren elected as Working President of JMM

    Niti PTI Bot
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
      Jamshedpur, Apr 18 (PTI) Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was today elected unanimously as the Working President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) after Sibu Soren was re-elected as party President for the eighth consecutive term.   The decision was taken on the concluding day of the three-day 10th central convention of the party here.   The party has amended its constitution and created the post of Working President, Suprio Bhattacharyya, General Secretary of JMM said.   Referring to the amendment to the constitution to…
  • BJP criticises AAP govt over guest teachers’ issues

    Niti PTI Bot
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) Accusing the Delhi government of “running away” and adopting “unsympathetic approach” towards issues concerning guest teachers at public schools, BJP today said it will take up the matter before Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung soon seeking his attention. “We condemn the government’s unsympathetic approach towards rightful demands of guest teachers who have been agitating for last two years seeking regularisation of their services. Until the other day, regularisation of government jobs was crux of Arvind Kejriwal’s politics. But…
  • J&K Govt committed to address grievances of Kashmiri migrants

    Niti PTI Bot
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
      Jammu, Apr 18 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir government today said that it was committed to provide relief and other basic facilities to the Kashmiri migrants and address their grievances.   While chairing a meeting of his department to discuss the issues of Kashmiri migrants, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, Basharat Bukhari said, "The Government is committed to address the grievances of Kashmiri migrants related to relief and other basic facilities".   The Minister held discussions regarding relief, healthcare, water…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps staff to monitor their infrastructure. This solution may […] The post Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    While it is possible to deploy a highly available Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment without configuration management tools like Puppet, doing so significantly increases the risk of error and downtime. AWS provides many tools for managing the configuration and deployment of your AWS resources, such as CloudFormation and ElasticBeanstalk, but these tools only cover the […] The post AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Logicworks is honored to be one of a few Premier level AWS partners in the world. After 20 years focusing on complex managed hosting, we invested early in developing our AWS practice, including an extensive team of DevOps and AWS-certified cloud engineers.  As a result of our expertise in both traditional IT and AWS, Logicworks […] The post Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    As more healthcare organizations and software applications move to the cloud, each must discover the right use of resources, networking features, and security protections to protect ePHI and address HIPAA compliant hosting requirements. However, the HIPAA Security Rule is not specific about the exact set of best practices and tools to protect data at rest; […] The post How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    The vast majority of healthcare organizations are migrating some IT infrastructure to the cloud in 2015. Unfortunately, the risk of bungling the transition has never been greater: A new round of HIPAA audits are on their way, the healthcare market is more fiercely competitive than ever, and IT departments are feeling pressure to capture smarter […] The post Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Fri, April 17

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Indiana bill banning powdered alcohol sent to Pence – 953MNC.com A proposal to ban powdered alcohol in Indiana is heading to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
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  • Friday, April 17 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
      We are losing our society by not keeping score in little league sports Kids being kicked out of school over not getting vaccines Britt ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday, April 17 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
      Bill to ban powdered alcohol goes to Gov. Pence’s desk Republicans and Democrats conspire to raise gas and diesel taxes   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Just Fine With Stabbing 9 Month Old Fetus In Back Of The Head

    Casey Hendrickson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    It doesn’t matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice … nine months of development is a human baby, and there is literally no other way ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Liberal Fix Radio

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

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

    Liberal Fix
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features, John Sheirer, friend of the show, and author of Tales of a Real American Liberal. Keith and Naomi will join John in discussing the hot political topics of today. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with HIV/AIDS Dr. Susan Ball

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

    Liberal Fix
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the fallout from Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing the state's anti-gay law. They will also discuss Harry Reid retiring, and other important news from the week. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Latest ‘ISIS Camp in Mexico’ Story is Completely FAKE

    21wire
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    J.R. Smith21st Century WireThere’s good money to be made in fake news.Earlier this week on April 14th, a nameless ‘news story’ appeared on the “Corruption Chronicles Blog” section of the website Judicial Watch, which claimed “ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm.” The website claims that ‘an ISIS base’ exists approximately 8 miles from the US-Texas border in an area known as ‘Anapra’ just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.(IMAGE: Judicial Watch Blog)Upon closer inspection,…
  • Gerald Celente: ‘America Is Turning Into a Fascist State’

    21wire
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    21st Century Wire says…The signs are everywhere. America is falling over the edge.Trends Research Journal founder and political and financial pundit Gerald Celente talkswith radio broadcaster Jeff Rense about the steady decline of American society, from a free and independent-minded and creative-driven society, over to a self-indulgent, nihilistic and predatory nation.“It’s a takeover. It’s a plantation economy. The plantations are the corporations you work for.”READ MORE FASCISM NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Fascist Files-
  • Music With A Message: The Prime Artist – ‘Melt Us’

    21wire
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:16 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Who said that intelligent hip-hop was dead?With his cryptic lyrics and Makers Mark voice, The Prime Artist (aka Russell Jordan) continues his path as a truly authentic new rap artist and poet on the international recording scene, and his latest video release entitled, ‘Melt Us’, goes much further than most artists are willing to go in terms of depth, and also facing-up to the sobering issues which are currently confronting humanity, including a highly globalized and corporatized, conflict-driven and poverty-ridden society. But there is hope…After…
  • Synthetic Cannabinoid ‘Spice’, NOT Ebola, Killed Ft. Hood Soldier

    21wire
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:39 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Another American Ebola hoax story was finally put to rest this week. As 21WIRE said during last year’s Ebola media scare – there was no ‘Ebola pandemic’ in the US in 2014. Still, that did not stop the fear merchants from going wild again, this time with the unfortunate death of Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed. Back in January 2015, the fear-loving factions in both the lunatic mainstream and neo-tabloid alternative media pounced on the Sneed story in the hope that it just might be that big American Ebola outbreak they had been obsessing with…
  • Debt 101: Japan Overtakes China as Largest US Creditor

    21wire
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Who Owns The Most U.S. Debt?Mike Patton from Forbes explains, “To satisfy the U.S. government’s need for revenue, Washington collects taxes and fees. What happens if this isn’t enough? What happens if the federal government needs more? That is the subject of this article in which we’ll reveal who owns the most U.S. debt and how much of it is owned by foreign nations. We’ll begin by explaining, in simple terms, how the debt market functions.”“An individual takes on debt when they finance a new car, house, etc. The U.S. government does so…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Ridiculous Sponsored Awards At The Star Awards

    guanyinmiao
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The first show of the 2015 Star Awards – which “affirms and recognises the contributions” of artistes and production members – happens this Sunday, and at the event two of the three sponsored awards will include the “BottomSlim Gorgeous Legs Award” and the “Tokyo Bust Express Sexy Babe Award”. Unlike the other competitive categories which are (at least) contingent upon the acting abilities of a performer or the skills of a crew member, as well as the critical acclaim garnered, these two awards are just lazy attempts to appease its sponsors. In addition, individuals who vote…
  • An Education System Which Embraces Risk

    guanyinmiao
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Two insightful pieces in TODAY - the first on the need for the Singapore education system to embrace risk and the second on making examinations in the country more flexible - present constructive calls for change, but comfort with the status quo implies knee-jerk resistance to these perspectives. Oftentimes when there are similar proposals, proponents point to a history of success purportedly undergirded by meritocracy (even if this political philosophy has been threatened by growing inequality), arguing against these recommendations with evidence of high scores at the Programme for…
  • To Move Beyond CMIO, Dismantle Government Structures

    guanyinmiao
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Few would disagree with criticisms that the traditional racial categories of “Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Other (CMIO)” oversimplifies the diversity within each domain and is increasingly incompatible with the ubiquity of inter-racial, inter-ethnicity unions, but beyond calls for Singaporeans to abandon “stereotyped presumptions and expectations [so as to] treat people as individuals and not categories” per se government structures should be dismantled if we were to move beyond the antiquated CMIO model. Continue reading →
  • Advertisers Must Understand Social Media

    guanyinmiao
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As industry players “proactively craft guidelines on appropriate conduct when engaging social media influencers” (ST, Apr. 2), and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is still investigating whether regulation concerning competition, consumer protection, and advertising practices were breached by telco Singtel and social media agency Gushcloud, advertisers and consumers should strengthen their comprehension of how the Internet works. The recent controversies have also encouraged more to be sceptical of online content. Continue reading →
  • Greater Clarity Over Higher University Fees

    guanyinmiao
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    With persistent inflationary concerns and other cost pressures, this ritual of universities increasing tuition fees appears reasonable at first glance (ST, Apr. 4). Yet the dissatisfaction of undergraduates often stems from the poor communication of announcements, and the corresponding lack of clarity. Even with generous government subsidies college remains an expensive undertaking, so administrations should entertain demands for further substantiation. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Iran Deal Reached with Congress

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    A framework agreement was reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran two weeks ago regarding their nuclear program. Immediately after the agreement was announced all eyes turned to the US Congress and what role they would play in approving or rejecting the deal. The administration warned that any effort by Congress to scuttle a broad agreement would be met with a presidential veto. But a deal was reached this week, with broad bipartisan support, that would allow Congress to play a role in the negotiations but still allow the administration the space and time they need to reach a final…
  • How Far Can Marco Rubio Go?

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Marco Rubio has declared himself a candidate for president in 2016. He has been labeled a rising star in Republican politics since his arrival in the US Senate in 2010. What are his chances in the 2016 presidential election? Did his participation in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” group on immigration reform irrevocably harm his chances with the conservative base of his party? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • How Do You Beat Hillary Clinton?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Hillary Clinton has announced her intention to run for president of the United States in 2016. Shortly after her declaration most republican 2016 hopefuls released statements on why she is wrong for America. What is the republican game plan for Hillary Clinton? Will talk about past scandals dominate the GOP message? In today’s episode we discuss why concentrating on Hillary Clinton’s message for the future may be the best way to go for the GOP. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Hillary Clinton Declares for President

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Hillary Clinton declared herself a candidate for president in 2016 yesterday through the release of a short campaign video as well as announcements on social media. She declared that “everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” In this episode we discuss the announcement, how it differed from her announcement in 2008 and the reaction from GOP contenders now that she has made it official. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Will Obama and Castro Meet?

    Mike Dakkak
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    President Obama is flying to Panama this weekend to take part in the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of western hemisphere nations that takes place every 3 years. For the first time in the history of the summit Cuba will be a participant. The US recently established relations with the Caribbean nation after a 50-year estrangement. What are the issues surrounding a possible meeting between the two leaders at the summit and what are the positions of other countries in the region on the diplomatic thaw between the US and Cuba? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • 70+ is now Middle Age, Radio Headline Awards

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Out Loud News, Comment… and Occasional Outbursts. Brought to you by ClosetsbyDesign.com. This is Malcolm Out Loud. Here are my weekly radio awards right from the headlines of the week. The Life is Beautiful AWARD goes to...  The Mad as Hell AWARD goes to... The David vs Goliath AWARD goes to...  The Whistleblower AWARD goes to... The Anger Management AWARD goes to...  The Traitor AWARD goes to...  The PR Move of the Year AWARD goes to... Get Involved. Get Loud America!
  • I Like BIG Government

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    I have to come clean. I need to confess. I like BIG government. In fact I believe our founders liked BIG government as well. Listen in... It’s time to get Out Loud America. This is Malcolm Out Loud. I’ve been reporting across our great nation about the dangers of not protecting our borders, our water supply, our electrical grid, our dams, our nuclear facilities, our food supply, our ports – not protecting the future of America.
  • We Salute The Boston Marathon & More, Radio Awards

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    What seemed like just another day in a beautiful American city - was instantly transformed into a life changing experience for hundreds of innocent people! The 'AWARD of Courage' goes to... the families and friends of the Boston Marathon. Just as the Iranian nuclear agreement appears to be falling apart - that's if it ever was together in the first place - a tweet is sent around the world mocking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using a cartoon bomb. The 'Juvenile AWARD' goes to... the White House. Have you heard about the white cop who shot the white man? How about the black cop who…
  • NYC Is Targeted Again & More, Radio Awards

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    They called Osama bin Laden their hero and said they were "citizens of the Islamic State." Two New York women were arrested on charges they plotted - a Boston Marathon-type attack - to wage violent jihad by building homemade bombs to detonate in NYC. The 'Keeping America Safe AWARD' goes to... the FBI and Law Enforcement Officials. With a focus on terrorism and chants this past week of “Death to America” and repeated promises to “wipe Israel off the map” make it the #1 news story in the world. Some are calling it the deal of the century, others have it pegged as the deal with the…
  • Cruz For President? & More, Radio Awards

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Running for President of the United States requires great sacrifice... along with ample love and attention from the media elite. The 'Warm Embrace' AWARD goes to... Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Having “sex parties” with hookers in Colombia isn't just for the Secret Service. Another government agency wants in! The 'Too Much Free Time' AWARD goes to... Drug Enforcement Agents. If you tell people what they want to hear enough times - chances are they begin to believe it - right? The 'Campaign Rhetoric' AWARD goes to... Hillary Rodham Clinton. Don't look now but gas prices are on the rise again -…
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    Citizens News

  • More Great Reasons to go $20 Trillion in Debt

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Written by GayPatriot In San Francisco, not only are the public schools serving free breakfasts to all the kiddos, (Parental responsibilities? Who needs them? The State is Mother, The State is Father), but they are also serving them in the classroom, so the little snowflakes don’t have to deal with the “social drama” of the […]The post More Great Reasons to go $20 Trillion in Debt appeared first on Citizens News.
  • 4 Reasons China Can Fight a Modern War

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD Shashoujian!! According to China, there are four reasons why her military can win a modern war: 1)      Equipment. China knows it plays second fiddle to the United States in military technology, but in the Asia-Pacific region, PLA hardware is quickly matching that of Japan, China’s biggest military opposition. “Although some might claim […]The post 4 Reasons China Can Fight a Modern War appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Wknd Box Office: True Story, Unfriended, Monkey Kingdom

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    Written by Debbie Schlussel By Debbie Schlussel Sorry that I’ve been away for the past few days, but I’ve been very sick. I think I had the flu or a fever or something like that, coupled with the worst cold ever and a horribly sore throat. I could not swallow or eat, and it’s been […]The post Wknd Box Office: True Story, Unfriended, Monkey Kingdom appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The TSA taught Disney World employees to spot terrorists through yawning and throat-clearing

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, H. Lorren Au Jr., FILE) Disney World, where dreams come true and TSA-trained employees are watching your every yawn and fidget and marking you down as a possible terrorist. The Intercept reports that the TSA trained security teams at SeaWorld, Disney World and Busch Gardens in their absurd “Screening of […]The post The TSA taught Disney World employees to spot terrorists through yawning and throat-clearing appeared first on Citizens News.
  • From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Written by Mises Institute Books Big GovernmentWorld HistoryNovember 18, 2014Political TheoryHans-Hermann Hoppe From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy In this tour de force essay, Hans-Hermann Hoppe turns the standard account of historical governmental progress on its head. Read moreThe post From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • How come Sen Mike Duffy is charged with ACCEPTING a bribe yet no one in the PMO was charged with MAKING a bribe??

    leftdog
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    ... just sayin'
  • "We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)

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

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

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

    leftdog
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    ... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to extract Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!!So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Tax Collectors Now Take Pets

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    Every April is hard, because it’s the month when you find out just how much you didn’t build your measly income.
  • Just Sayin’: Check the Name of the Cruise Before You Select It

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    A cruise can be a wonderful thing.
  • Travel Trend: Vacation Nudes

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Ready for a new travel trend? If you thought selfie-sticks were obnoxious, you might want to have the whole bottle of Aleve: Extra Strength nearby.
  • Back in a Big Way: Haute Holocaust Couture

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    For today, we’ll skip over the runway’s overwhelming welcoming of the new Auschwein diet (mostly cotton balls and the occasional snifter of Zyklon B) and the latest bit of anti-Semitic fetish wear to have slithered out of John Galliano, to instead focus on fashion’s overall push to channel concentration camp chic.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Crazy B-day Khamenei

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    While President Obama boohoos to Castro and other despots that criticism on his illustrious Iranian nuke package, “Needs to stop,” let’s look at just how deserving the Ayatollah really is of this early birthday gift from the American people.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Security Council Resolution on War in Yemen not Conducive to Peace

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    I.P.O. Information Service, Moscow / Vienna, April 17, 2015RE/25453c-isPresident of International Progress Organization addresses expert meeting at Peoples' Friendship University of RussiaIn a televised speech earlier today, Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), told a seminar on the theory of international conflicts in Moscow that Security Council resolution 2216, adopted on 14 April 2015, has further exacerbated the conflict in Yemen. Instead of imposing an inclusive arms embargo on all warring parties, the Council chose to ban the sale and…
  • Global Protest over TTIP ahead of Fresh Talks in New York

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    By Chris Harris, Euronews, April 16, 2015Activists will take to the streets on Saturday (April 18) in what is expected to be one of the biggest protests against the EU-US trade deal.A huge alliance of groups have come together to organise a global day of action (#A18DoA) against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
  • Democracy and Solidarity, not Austerity and the Troika! For a Radical Change in Europe

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    A Speech by Hans-Jürgen Urban, Executive board member of the German trade union IG Metall, for a rally of the DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, Confederation of German Trade Unions) as part of the Blockupy protests, March 18, 2015It is quite obvious that Greece is being made an example of. Those who dare escape from the prison of austerity will be hunted down.Read the SpeechSource: http://www.hans-juergen-urban.de/
  • For Europe, a Relationship with Russia is of Vital Importance

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    An Interview with Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization, Russia Direct, April 14, 2015The big problem is whether the U.S. will mentally be prepared at some stage to accept that it has to share power with other centers of power. Will the U.S. be ready to accept that structures of power, for instance in Europe, will develop independently of its influence?
  • The New Multilateral Financial Architecture

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    By Akshay Mathur, Gateway House, April 1, 2015The announcement that major European powers will join the AIIB as founding members means the bank is now clearly accepted as a tangible game changer in the multilateral financial architecture. The formidable intentions of AIIB and the new transnational corridors project are both a challenge and an opportunity for India.
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Digital Advocacy Webinar Series

    Campaign Workshop
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Campaign Workshop Launches Digital Advocacy Webinar Series Sponsored by EveryAction We are happy to announce that we are launching The Digital Advocacy Webinar Series sponsored by EveryAction. This four part webinar series will cover advocacy topics ranging from digital ad buying, developing a winning advocacy strategy, and goal setting for digital advertising campaigns. The first webinar in the series will be on content marketing for advocacy campaigns. These webinars will take place from April – June 2015, with the first on April 21, 2015 at 1pm EST. Each webinar will also be…
  • Don’t Let Proofing Errors Derail Your Direct Mail

    Michele Hermanson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Using the best practices to make sure your Direct mail is accurate. Printing errors can turn your message into a crisis overnight. Whether it is a mailing of your company holiday card or official ballots in an election, it is imperative to implement the best protocols and practices to ensure that your direct mail job gets into mailboxes without a hitch. This election saw several high profile printing errors that probably could have been prevented with better planning and proofing—one example was a ballot printing problem in Arizona that cost the state tens of thousands of dollars. With…
  • The “Why are you running for office” question

    Joe Fuld
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Why are you running for office? For some, “why are you running for office “is an easy question to answer because you feel innately passionate about your political pursuit. For others, they may have a murkier answer. But knowing why you are running for office and what you want to do when you get there is critical to being a successful candidate. And having a canned answer to the question is not good enough. Ted Kennedy’s famous non-answer to the why he was running for office in his 1980 presidential campaign is a historical lesson about not having your heart in the race. …
  • What is paid canvassing and do I want some?

    Margo Scott Dunn
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Spoiler: You PROBABLY want paid canvassing This may come as a shock to many people, but not every political campaign has people lining up to volunteer like Pres. Barack Obama’s. In fact, that is the rare exception, and for many campaigns, getting more than a handful of volunteers is a miracle. We know that high-quality, face-to-face voter contact is the best tool in our arsenal for both persuasion and turn out, but not every campaign has the footprint to cover a robust field operation using volunteers or campaign staff alone. In fact, many won’t. That’s where paid canvassing comes in.
  • Harnessing the Power of Negative Keywords

    Ben Holse
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Negative Keywords Can Help Prevent A Whole Lot of Confusion Do you know what a negative keywords are? As anyone who has ever used Google can attest, what comes up in your search is not always relevant to what you were actually looking for. Negative keywords are very specific words or phrases that you want to block from your target keyword list in an ad campaign to ensure that your ads will not be shown around those specific words. These words often share grammatical similarities to keywords you would like to target, but have a vastly different meaning.  For instance, a few months ago I was…
 
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • South-East Europe On The Edge Of Civilization: Media (il)literacy – Essay

    Sabahudin Hadžialić
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    Create problems and then offer solutions We continue with the analyzing of Media (il)literacy within South-East Europe having in mind that having illiterate (media kind of) people within the area is blessing for the politicians. “I know, it is true, it was reported in the media“, people usually say in reference to the content of […] The post South-East Europe On The Edge Of Civilization: Media (il)literacy – Essay appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Kosovo Opposition Parties Plan Anti-Government Protest

    Balkan Insight
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    By Una Hajdari Kosovo opposition parties announced a protest in Pristina on Saturday against what they call the “hijacking of the government” by the ruling parties, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). They called on all “unsatisfied citizens, farmers, students and all of those who are unemployed” to […] The post Kosovo Opposition Parties Plan Anti-Government Protest appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Yemen, Pakistan And Arab Monarchies: Widening Gulf? – Analysis

    Institute of South Asia Studies
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    By Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury* Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia might have miscalculated when it went into Yemen, not with boots on the ground but with bombs from the air, to try and deter the advance of the Shiite Houthi rebels. Riyadh and its Gulf allies, somewhat grandiosely called their intervention ‘Operation Decisive Storm’, obviously borrowing the jargon […] The post Yemen, Pakistan And Arab Monarchies: Widening Gulf? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Net Neutrality: A Threat To PM Modi’s Vision? – Analysis

    Observer Research Foundation
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    By Sanjeev Ahluwalia* Netizen-citizens who participate in public debate from the comfort of their broadband enabled “home” space are a furiously engaged and vocal lot in India. 800,000 of them voiced their support for the nebulous concept of “net neutrality” in an outpouring of outraged emotion, similar to the 2011 Arab Spring which put paid […] The post Net Neutrality: A Threat To PM Modi’s Vision? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Global Soccer’s Backslapping, Backstabbing Backroom Deal-Making Politics – Analysis

    James M. Dorsey
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Presidential elections and tournament hosting in the world of soccer appear to be seldom won on the merits of a candidate or bidder’s proposition. Instead, the outcome of polls and bids are frequently the result of backslapping, backstabbing backroom politicking between global soccer managers and political leaders. World soccer is about to get another taste […] The post Global Soccer’s Backslapping, Backstabbing Backroom Deal-Making Politics – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Selena, We Will Always Love You

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

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

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

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

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

  • Egyptian court okays deportation of gay foreigners

    Michael K. Lavers
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    An Egyptian court this week ruled the country’s government can deport foreigners suspected of being gay. (Photo by Mbiama via Wikimedia Commons) An Egyptian court this week ruled that authorities can deport gay foreigners and ban them from entering the country. Egypt’s Administrative Court on April 14 ruled the Egyptian Interior Ministry can expel what El-Watan, an online newspaper, described as “homosexual aliens” from the country. The decision said the government can also prevent them from returning to Egypt. The court issued its ruling in the case of a Libyan man who appealed…
  • Lawyers argue for gay nuptials in final Supreme Court briefs

    Chris Johnson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Lawyers made the case for same-sex marriage in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)In the last set of briefs filed before the Supreme Court in the marriage cases, attorneys for same-sex couples on Friday responded to states defending prohibitions on gay nuptials. In four separate reply briefs filed on Friday, attorneys respond state attorneys for Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, who last month made the case in filings on why the Supreme Court should uphold bans on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and bans on recognition of…
  • Walker faces calls to boycott summit over Log Cabin disinvite

    Chris Johnson
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is facing calls to boycott a summit over its disinvite of Log Cabin Republicans. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is facing calls to boycott an upcoming conservative summit in Colorado over its decision to disinvite a local chapter of Log Cabin Republicans to the event. The Western Conservative Summit, an annual gathering of high-profile conservatives, disinvited Colorado Log Cabin Republicans from setting up a table at the Denver event, which this year is set to take place June 26 to 28 at the Colorado…
  • New antibody suppresses HIV for 28 days

    Staff reports
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Researchers say their goal is a once-a-year shot for HIV prevention. LONDON — A new lab-made antibody can suppress HIV for up to 28 days after only a single dose, researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have found, according to a Gay Star News article. Their work was published in the journal Nature on April 8 and was the first time that a new generation of HIV antibodies had been tested in humans, the article said. “We conclude that, as a single agent, 3BNC117 is safe and effective in reducing HIV-1 viraemia, and that immunotherapy should be explored as a new modality for…
  • ‘Ex-gay’ gathering in Bermuda cancelled

    Staff reports
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Rainbow Alliance said that so-called ‘ex-gay’ groups promote ‘hurtful, exploitative, alienating and other ideas about the LGBTQ community that are harmful for impressionable children, teenagers and young adults who are indoctrined from a young age to believe that LGBTQ identities are dangerous.’ BERMUDA — An “ex-gay” group that hosted an event in Bermuda aimed at “saving” homosexuals has been forced to cancel an upcoming convention in London after a public outcry, the Royal Gazette, a Bermuda daily newspaper, reports. The Coming Out Ministries, hosted by…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • New Study: Why Zebras REALLY Have Stripes

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Why do zebras have stripes?” is more than just the lead-in to a corny punchline – it’s a question that’s perplexed us, well, probably since the first human ever laid eyes on one of these fascinating cousins to the horse (and did you know that each zebra’s stripe pattern is as unique as a fingerprint?). Even zoologists have long been stymied. And while we don’t have a definitive answer quite yet, we do have a very probable cause for these black-and-white striations, coming from new study by researchers at UCLA. The research team wanted to know if environmental factors were…
  • Watch: The Myth of the American Dream, Explained with Legos

    Lady Freethinker
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    What’s your chance of striking it rich in America? Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves will tell you — using Legos. Colorful toys aside, the message here is pretty grim. If you’re born poor – particularly if you aren’t White – the American dream is probably out of grasp. “We have a big problem,” says Reeves, ” and we need big solutions.” Agreed. The post Watch: The Myth of the American Dream, Explained with Legos appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Activism Worked! An Anti-Whistleblower Bill, Defeated

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

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

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like an ag-gag bill on steroids, this sweeping new censorship bill is music to the ears of the execs at Walmart, Tyson Foods and other corporations cited for abuse to workers, animals or both. Quietly passing the first two readings in the state House, Arkansas HB 1774 is now in committee and open to public comment before a recommendation and vote take place. The bill would make it illegal to record any “oral communication” between people with a working relationship unless all parties give consent. So whether your boss calls you “sweet ass” or tells you to get to work…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio

    Harry Enten
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign, which officially kicks off Monday, has so far attracted paltry support from Republican voters, according to polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as nationally. He’s down near Chris Christie! Yet, when we talk about him in the FiveThirtyEight office, we usually put Rubio in the top tier, in front of everyone except Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, the two candidates at the top of the polls.Why? Rubio is both electable and conservative, and in optimal proportions. He’s in a position to satisfy the GOP establishment, tea party-aligned voters…
  • Clinton Begins The 2016 Campaign, And It’s A Toss-up

    Nate Silver
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    There’s already plenty of bad punditry regarding the chances of Hillary Clinton — who officially announced her candidacy on Sunday — to become the 45th president. You can find Democrats boasting about their “blue wall” in the Electoral College and how hard this will make it for any Republican to win. Or Republicans warning that the Democratic Party rarely wins three elections in a row.Most of this analysis is flimsy. So is the commentary about the ups-and-downs in early swing state polls. And when you see some pundit declaring a minor misstep to be a “game changer,” find…
  • The Hillary Clinton Steamroller Rumbles To Life

    Harry Enten
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Let’s do something a little unusual. Instead of going through all the reasons that Hillary Clinton is so likely to win the Democratic nomination (and she is) and then tucking a caveat-laden paragraph at the bottom of this article, let’s start with one big caveat:Presidential elections aren’t baseball. They take place just once every four years, so we don’t have thousands of at-bats to analyze. Clinton, who will reportedly officially announce her campaign Sunday, could lose the primary. Perhaps there’s some scandal we’re unaware of. Perhaps she’ll have…
  • Why The SNP Is Poised To Win In Scotland

    John Curtice
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    At first glance, it undoubtedly seems very odd.Last September, the Scottish National Party (SNP) invited people in Scotland to vote to leave the United Kingdom and become an independent country. The proposition was clearly rejected, with just over 55 percent voting against and fewer than 45 percent in favor.Yet far from heralding a period of nationalist anguish and introspection, little more than six months later, the SNP is looking forward to the prospect of winning an electoral landslide in the U.K. general election scheduled for May 7. According to the latest polls, the party could win as…
  • The Billionaire Baron Who Has Transformed How We Understand The U.K. Election

    Carl Bialik
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    A conservative British tycoon and aristocrat is not the typical profile of a man of the people. But Lord Michael Ashcroft has done more than anyone else to find out who the people want to represent them in Parliament. In the lead-up to next month’s big national election in the U.K., Ashcroft has surveyed people in more than 100 electoral districts about who they’ll vote for and why. That may not sound radical, but in British polling, it is. Even more radical: Ashcroft isn’t doing it to bolster his own campaign (he just resigned from his unelected office) or because someone is…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • Lehrbuch “Strukturgleichungsmodelle” erscheint bald

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Lehrbuch Strukturgleichungsmodelle Mein seit langem geplantes Lehrbuch “Strukturgleichungsmodelle” erscheint demnächst bei Springer VS. Viele politikwissenschaftliche Beispiele illustrieren die Anwendung gängiger Modelle auf Daten aus dem ESS und dem Allbus. Gezeigt wird jeweils, wie sich die Modellschätzung in Stata, MPlus und Lisrel realisieren läßt. Zu allen Beispielen ist die vollständige und kommentierte Syntax für alle drei Programme enthalten. Ich danke Sabrina Mayer, Benjamin Sack, Jasmin Fitzpatrick, Daniela Herrmann, Daniel Weber und Dagmar McCaslin für…
  • Linkfest: Comics, Views on Immigrants & HIV, Consolation for Rejectniks

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Math Joke, anyone? Answer to “Immigrants are a burden on the welfare state” by voting intention in the 2015 General Election Things to remember when your manuscript is rejected Self-referential comic: Self-Description Majority of Germans now support a Grexit. (52% compared to 41% in Feb) (Pro tip: Opinion bounced back again) Ukip parliamentary candidate forced to apologise after attacking HIV-positive Lib Dem over ‘costly’ NHS treatment The post Linkfest: Comics, Views on Immigrants & HIV, Consolation for Rejectniks appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on…
  • Interview with Handelsblatt Global on Gauweiler’s Resignation

    Kai Arzheimer
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Peter Gauweiler’s resignation created quite a stir, but in this interview with Handelsblatt Global, I argue that it does not matter for Europe or the government. May or may not be pay-walled, so I reflect on some of these points on the blog, too. Photo by blu-news.org The post Interview with Handelsblatt Global on Gauweiler’s Resignation appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Gauweiler’s Resignation Does Not Matter for Merkel or the Euro

    Kai Arzheimer
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    For an hour or so, even the international press was mildly excited – “resignation of one of Merkel’s senior Christian Democrats from government over Greek bailout” or something along those lines. They got it wrong. Gauweiler is a member of the CSU (not Merkel’s party), and he held no government office. He had a long political career centred around right-wing policies and controversy. He has voted time and again the bailouts, and has made various attempts to stop them via the Federal Constitutional Court. In other words, he rebelled, and he sued his own government. In return, he…
  • Five More Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    Trouble telling your economist from your sociologist colleagues? Look no further: Economics/sociology phrase book The Gamification of graduate lives: PHD comic: ‘Level Up.’ Hamburg election: AfD enters first parliament in West Germany, CDU at record low The German constitution gets its own float at Mainz carnival. Tags mark sections on religious freedom & free speech. The last temptation of math teachers: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal The post Five More Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-17, Friday

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, April 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, footage out of California shows armed National Guard troops patrolling residential streets and practicing traffic control. Helicopters and tanks “scare” residents in Texas ahead of the Jade Helm military exercises, and American protesters are referred to as “enemy forces” and “aversaries” in National Guard documents. The authors of Confessions of a DC Madam, Henry Vinson and Nick Bryant, join today's show. Also Keith Johnson, the man behind footage of the National Guard training to take on political…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-16, Thursday

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, April 16 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we take a look at our aerial footage of the U.S./Mexico border after Infowars reporters Joe Biggs and Josh Owens flew in a Cessna to investigate the reported ISIS bases near El Paso, Texas. Former State Dept. insider Michael Springmann explains how the CIA backed and trained al-Qaeda fighters by giving them illegal U.S. visas to travel freely around the world. We also look into how the military is labeling patriot groups and the militia 'domestic terrorists,' how Attorney General Eric Holder's gun ban list targets veterans and how…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-15, Wednesday

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, April 15, federal tax day broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, we look into reports of two ISIS camps on the U.S. border and terrorists entering the country with the help of Mexican drug cartels. Infowars reporter Joe Biggs reports from the border. We also cover the mysterious closing of Walmart stores, the CPS grabbing so-called “free range” children, more insane and perverse behavior by the frontline police state agency the TSA, a noted communist tutoring Obama on racism, and other important and breaking stories. On today’s transmission, we talk with Lucas Jewell, the…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-14, Tuesday

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, April 14 edition of the Alex Jones Show, the national guard's dirty bomb drill featured role players pretending to be 'angry right wingers.' And why did police snatch two kids off the sidewalk while they walked home from the park? Also, the Pentagon is warning soldiersto hide their online personal after ISIS threats, and the Hillary campaign is set to spend a historically-high $2.5 billion. On today's show, Alex talks with author, holistic health advocate and doctor of Naturopathic medicine Peter Glidden, discussing how the 21st century American Medical System is similar to…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-13, Monday

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, April 13 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton, such as the fact that she vowed to protect Americans from the 1% - all while being funded by the 1%! Rand Paul also questioned Hillary's sincerity on women's rights because the Clintons likely accepted donations from countries with terrible human rights records. And let's not forget that Hillary supports Monsanto! We also take your calls throughout today's show, but if you can't call into the show due to work or other obligations, feel free to tweet your questions to @RealAlexJones or by…
 
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  • Why Oklahoma is using nitrogen gas as a backup to lethal injections

    German Lopez
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    The future of executions in Oklahoma may not be lethal injections, but rather a gas that asphyxiates prisoners to death. On Friday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin authorized the use of nitrogen hypoxia as a backup for the death penalty if its primary method of executions, lethal injection, is ruled unconstitutional or becomes unavailable due to a drug shortage. The gas will be applied through a mask or medical-grade oxygen tent, according to the Atlantic's Jack Shuler. It's expected the gas will kill a prisoner within minutes. The state isn't the first to resort to grim execution…
  • Farmers have a horrifyingly high suicide rate. These people are trying to change that.

    Madeleine Thomas
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Originally published on Grist Mona Lee Brock went into the office early that morning, as she always did, when she received a panicked phone call. The telephones in the crisis center were lighting up all over the place, as was common. This particular call was from a farmer’s wife. A day prior, the farmer had spoken to Brock and agreed not to hurt himself, but now his wife couldn’t find him. And she was afraid. Brock asked where the farmer kept his .410 shotgun. It was the height of the ’80s farm crisis, one of the greatest economic turmoils since the Great Depression. Drought and…
  • Survey: Most Americans agree death penalty may kill innocent people — but still support it

    German Lopez
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most supporters of the death penalty agree with one of the major arguments against it, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey of 1,500 US adults, conducted in March, found nearly two-thirds of Americans who favor the death penalty agree there's a risk it will kill innocent people — one of the major reasons some Americans oppose capital punishment. Nearly half of death penalty supporters also said it doesn't deter crime. But nearly six in 10 said minorities aren't more likely to be sentenced to death, when, in reality, they are executed at higher rates. So why…
  • One anecdote that shows why a Lindsey Graham presidential campaign would be fascinating

    Andrew Prokop
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced in January that he'd explore a presidential run, basically everyone was skeptical. His chances of winning are seemingly nil; some even wondered if the main purpose of his effort would be to troll Rand Paul. It's now become clear, though, that while the GOP field will be filled with compelling characters, Graham may be one of the most fun and interesting to watch. Because on issues where he differs with the conservative base, he doesn't pander or dodge. He makes his case, at great length, and tries to win over the people who disagree with him. This is…
  • Why Hillary Clinton's foundation problem isn't going away

    Jonathan Allen
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Clinton Foundation is destined to be at the center of the fight for the presidency in 2016. The Clintons' advocates see it as an expression of everything they like about the former — and perhaps future — first couple: their lifelong dedication to public service, their tireless work on behalf of the poor and dispossessed, and their standing as global icons who would walk into the White House with deep, personal relationships with world leaders. "The foundation needs to continue to exist because it provides a valuable service to third-world countries," said Rep. G. K. Butterfield…
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  • US-Russia War Over Ukraine

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    “Could a U.S. response to Russia’s action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?” This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover article of The National Interest. The answer the authors give, in “Countdown to War: The Coming U.S. Russia Conflict,” is that the odds are shortening on a military collision between the world’s largest nuclear powers. The cockpit of the conflict, should it come, will be Ukraine. What makes the article timely is the report that Canada will be sending 200 soldiers to…
  • Better Than College

    Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The school year is winding down. Those ending their junior year are planning summer trips to college campuses and most seniors are gearing up to head off for college this fall. Over the last few years, much has been written about the cost of this next-step education. In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that the average fees for a 4-year, public state college – which includes tuition, room and board – was $18,943 for the 2014-15 academic year. For a public, out-of-state college, the price escalated to $32,763, and for private college? A whopping $42,419…
  • 10 Amazing Inventions

    No Author
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Dating back thousands of years are numerous examples of ancient technology that leave us awe-struck at the knowledge and wisdom held by people of our past. They were the result of incredible advances in engineering and innovation as new, powerful civilizations emerged and came to dominate the ancient world.  These advances stimulated societies to adopt new ways of living and governance, as well as new ways of understanding their world. However, many ancient inventions were forgotten, lost to the pages of history, only to be re-invented millennia later. Here we feature ten of the best…
  • The Pharma-Feds-Vaccination Threat

    No Author
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this address given on the California Capitol steps in Sacramento Robert Kennedy Jr. provides an inspired and detailed analysis of the extent to which the powerful pharmaceutical cartel has effectively captured the nation’s scientific, regulatory, and law-making processes. Combined with the corporate news media’s dependence on drug advertising, this has put big pharma in a position where it is running roughshod over informed choice and dictating vaccine policies that have little-if-any basis in scientific research yet will greatly contribute to that industry’s already gargantuan…
  • American Tuff Guys

    Jack Perry
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this vast shopping mall we call planet Earth, you will find one of the largest “anchor stores” of the whole complex is good ol’ American State Global Improvement Center. From it’s humble beginning as a small hardware store, it has become the world’s largest purveyor of global remodeling products and services with outlet stores in well over 150 countries. American State has a new product out now; a re-launched line of tools.  Ok, go into the store and you have to pass by the Regime Change Nation Building Materials section. Make a left past the sandbags and…
 
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  • Validity and Soundness

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
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  • Five Reasons to Prefer a Basic Income to a Welfare State

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    In the above discussion on Same Seder’s The Majority Report He asks Karl Widerquist about why we should prefer a basic income to the welfare state if it is likely that even with a basic income we would likely need to keep many social programs like social security and medicaid in place. I thought it was a […]
  • Intro to Philosophy Videos

    gaurarader
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    I’ve been working on some videos, which will ultimately be part of a full online course that I’ll use for the classes I teach and will just be available for those interested online (www.philosophyintrocourse.com) . Eventually they will also be accompanied by a text book that I’ve been working on. I’ve got the manuscript for an […]
  • Sitting All Day is Killing You and What You Should Do About It

    gaurarader
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Check out my latest post on Medium.com
  • A Response to Paul DeGrauwe’s “A Universal Basic Income is not Affordable”

    gaurarader
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Here’s a link to recent article on medium.com.     to receive notification of new posts via email and here about the latest updates on my book projects and other supercool awesome stuff.
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    Pension360

  • Pension Pulse: Diving Into CAAT’s 2014 Returns

    Leo Kolivakis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Pension Plan announced an 11.5% net return  for the year ended December 31, 2014, which increased the Plan’s net assets to $8 billion from $7.1 billion in the previous year with a going-concern funding reserve of $773 million: The CAAT Pension Plan today announced a 11.5% rate of return net of investment management fees of 77 basis points for the year ended December 31, 2014.The Plan’s net…
  • Video: CalPERS Plays Waiting Game With Vacant Land in Downtown Sacramento

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Pension360 has previously covered the undeveloped lot, owned by CalPERS, that sits at Third and Capitol in downtown Sacramento. It’s the site of a former failure — a condo development that went underwater — but could it also be the site of a future success? In the video above, CBS further examines the unoccupied land: What are CalPERS’ plans? How long will the fund wait to develop the piece of land that has become a fairly hot property in recent years? Watch the video for more. Video credit: CBS Photo credit: sea turtle via Flickr CC License
  • NYC Comptroller: “We’re Worried About Coal” In Pension Portfolio

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer – who serves as custodian and investment advisor to the boards of the city’s pension funds – said on Thursday that he is “worried about coal” in the pension funds’ investment portfolios. But Stringer maintained that engagement was the best way to enact change while maintaining his fiduciary duty to retirees. From Yahoo Finance: “My job first and foremost is to be a fiduciary. So I look at these issues in terms of creating long term value to the 700,000 retirees I protect, managing this pension fund,” [Stringer] says. “Our public…
  • Moody’s Slaps New Jersey With 9th Consecutive Credit Downgrade

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Moody’s on Thursday downgraded New Jersey’s credit rating by one notch, which marks the ninth time since 2010 a major rating agency has taken such an action. Pension costs were cited as a factor behind the decision; but in the report, Moody’s makes it clear that New Jersey only hurt itself by slashing its pension contribution in 2014 and 2015 — the action helped Christie balance the budget in the short-term, but will exacerbate the state’s structural imbalance going forward. From the Asbury Park Press: Moody’s said it downgraded New Jersey’s bond rating because the state’s…
  • Some Experts Question Long-Term Implications of Rauner’s Pension Proposal

    Ted Ballantine
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Democratic lawmakers and pension experts in Illinois this week are raising concerns about the long-term implications of Gov. Rauner’s pension reform proposal. Some experts say that the proposal would eventually reduce benefits so steeply that the consequences could push unwanted expenses on the state and pensioners alike. From the Chicago Tribune: Under Rauner’s proposal, veteran employees would be allowed to keep all retirement benefits they have earned up to the end of June. After that, everyone would be moved into the Tier 2 plan, with the exception of workers who opt to transfer…
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  • Your message for April 24th

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The Honorable Barack H. Obama April 17, 2015 President United States of America Dear Mr. President: The people of Turkey, as well as the Turkish Americans in the United States, will be closely following the statement you will be making on April 24th this year, pertaining to the tragic losses of Ottoman Armenian civilians during World War I. We hope and expect that your statement would show equal sensitivity, recognizing also the tragic losses of Turkish and other Muslim subjects of the Empire during the war, and promoting the cause of reconciliation. Recognising the sufferings of a particular…
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    17 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    dear George missy here need help with sheriffs department wont pull on court order of approval of congressal court order judge merritt jr approved and served no from sherriffas department trouble here need in 324 palm lane like yesterday been in motel for a year under catholic church contract need to go home, people in it home invaders and the registry is some one else cant get any thig fixed til pullout please send help love missy 3525154927 no minuets right now but still on love missy
  • Closed Congress 100% Approval to Pay Vietnam Vets Caregivers - Diverted to Iraq Vets ONLY!

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    Dear President Obama, The V.A. Admin. Vocational Rehab office out of Sunrise, Fl., approached us to help John Kerry. He needed to use me and the handicapped Vietnam Veteran I am a caregiver for as THE example to present before a closed Congress. We were to prove the difficulties and lengths caregivers of Vietnam Vets have had to go through with no compensation. WE give up careers, health care, income, privacy, and a lot of sleep to care for family, loved ones, and friends. The Closed Congress voted 100%, to provide $22,000 a year and health care via the V.A. to Vietnam Vet caregivers,…
  • missy and peace treaty with us and vatican

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    dear pope missy is having trouble with her house and with the catholic church contract under Melissa joy cody wont let me in house court order served judge merritt jr religus property and housing for my family 324 palm lane. peace treaty not being onered government dosnt care don't even have a dog missy has no where to live nothing to live, wants to come home to Vatican, contact queen please don't have minutes on phone 352 515 4927, church wont help much bishiop Robert lynch owner nice but cant do much right now no house acsses. home invation false recoreding,my congressal court order is not…
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Respected Chinese Journalist Gets Seven Years Jail

    James Burke
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Gao Yu is a rare type of journalist in China. She braved working outside of what’s considered mainstream media in China (that being state-controlled), and suffered for her work on more than one occasion. Along with other prominent intellectuals, Gao spent 15 months in jail following the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. She spent a further five-and-a-half years in jail during in the 1990s for sending party documents, including a speech by then-Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin, to a Hong Kong newspaper, reports the BBC. On Friday, the highly respected 71-year-old was given a 7-year…
  • Would You Defy the U.S. Government to Run a Race in North Korea?

    Ben Maloney
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    About 100 U.S. citizens defied a travel warning issued by the State Department and visited North Korea earlier this month to run a marathon celebrating the birthday of the regime’s founder Kim Il-sung. The Americans who went to Pyongyang were thankful for their experience to engage with North Koreans who have lived under a totalitarian system for over 70 years. The U.S. citizens who participated in the half marathon live in Beijing and around Asia. Nicholas Bonner is co-founder of the Beijing-based company Koryo Tours, which brought in 300 foreign runners to the event. This is only the…
  • Once Gen Y Starts Spending, Interest Rates Will Fly High

    Hermann Rohr
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Fed uses inflation and employment statistics as key components in its interest rate policy. Demographics, specifically for Gen Y, or millennials, suggests that interest levels will probably stay the same for now, as Gen Y is struggling to spend. Here’s why. Baby Boomer-driven inflation losing drive Inflation was largely driven by the Baby Boomer generation between 1969 and 2007; the 10-year Treasury yield averaged 5.1% from 1928-2013. As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, many are pondering whether they should continue working or retire. (Image: graphicstock.com) As Baby…
  • Even Chinese Tourists Can’t Tolerate the Communists in Taiwan

    Jane Tseng
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Members of the communist group in Taiwan claiming to be the Concentric Patriotism Alliance appeared outside Taipei 101 again on April 13, creating a public disturbance. Apparently now not only Taiwanese are tired of these people, but even tourists from China find them intolerable. A YouTube user captured footage of a tourist from China talking to the communists: “Many of us from Mainland China don’t want to see the way you are now. You’re acting like the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.” “I can’t believe such thing would happen in Taiwan. You…
  • Why Is Turkey Upset Over the Pope’s Armenian Genocide Speech?

    James Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sparking outrage from Turkish officialdom, Pope Francis described the World War I-era massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottomans as the “first genocide of the 20th century.” Pope Francis commemorates at the Vatican the 100th anniversary of the modern era’s first genocide against the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks during WWI. (Screenshot/YouTube) Turkish officials are upset also because the pope urged the international community to recognize the killings for what they were. “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging…
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    The National Memo

  • California’s Measles Outbreak Is Over, But Vaccine Fight Continues

    Rong-Gong Lin II and Patrick McGreevy
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    By Rong-Gong Lin II and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — California officials on Friday declared the end of the Disneyland measles outbreak, but the political battle over immunization that it sparked continues to rage on. In announcing that the health scare had passed, state medical authorities warned that California remains at high risk of another outbreak because immunization levels in some communities remain so low. The state epidemiologist, Dr. Gil Chavez, said immunization rates in some schools are at 50 percent or lower, creating an ideal environment for the…
  • In New Hampshire, Christie Inches Closer To Saying He’ll Run For President

    Melissa Hayes
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    By Melissa Hayes, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (TNS) LONDONDERRY, N.H. — He didn’t walk out from behind a large blue curtain to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen. He didn’t recite his “rules” for a town hall meeting. When it came time for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to remove his suit coat, he handed it to an aide, forgoing the signature toss. And in a tightly packed room where aides couldn’t always reach the people asking questions, Christie did something he seldom, if ever, has done in New Jersey. He offered his own microphone. The differences in…
  • Parents Of Child Killed In Boston Bombings Ask To Drop Death Sentence

    AFP
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    New York (AFP) — The parents of an eight-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon attacks have asked prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in a letter published Friday. Bill and Denise Richard said instead they want to see Tsarnaev, 21, sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. A jury unanimously convicted Tsarnaev of carrying out the worst attack in the United States since the 9/11 hijackings and is set to deliver his sentence Tuesday. The Muslim immigrant of Chechen descent, who became a US citizen in 2012, faces…
  • Experts Doubt Oklahoma Deputy’s Claim He Confused Pistol With Stun Gun

    James Queally
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    By James Queally, Los Angeles Times (TNS) The Tulsa, Okla., volunteer deputy involved in the shooting death of an unarmed man earlier this month demonstrated how he confused his pistol with a stun gun during an interview on the “Today” show Friday morning, but law enforcement experts are skeptical about his explanation. Robert Charles Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive, showed NBC’s Matt Lauer during the interview where he normally carried his stun gun and handgun. Asked to recreate his fatal clash with Eric Courtney Harris, 44, Bates said he kept his handgun in a hip…
  • If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

    Joe Conason
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality — a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades — is suddenly in political vogue. And you can be sure things have gotten very, very bad when Republicans — who usually insist that inequality is natural, inevitable, even beneficial — suddenly claim they’re worried about it, too. As the 2016 contenders officially declare their intentions, all of them seem aware that voters want to restore a vestige of fairness to the American economy. Regardless of personal ideology or…
 
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Programmed

    Ken W. Simpson
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    The mind aged around twenty-three is purportedly free and qualified to choose a fulfilling career by successfully applying for a job as a wage earner to commute and predictably marry arrange a loan for a home routinely raise a family responsibly, respectably patriotically every dogmatic, manipulated day.Filed under: Articles
  • The Morning Sting

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:24 pm
    One dull summer Sunday morning I went swimming in the bay on my back out to sea gazing at shredded clouds like cotton wool broken by jagged rents peeping through of white, brilliant sunlight. I passed a yellow buoy bumped into something lumpy just beneath the surface changed course and began swimming back to shore […]
  • Contented Breezes

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    A glorious summer dawning over the awakening bay serene blue wavelets rolling, foaming a canoe slides by speeding launches head out to sea the sky peers down through wispy clouds wafted by a caressing breeze a tanned lady strides resolutely by her long dark hair flying behind a determined face preceded by a Labrador regally […]
  • An Autumn Interlude

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Basking in the afternoon sun glittering through a gap between languid clouds drifting in a solemn sky above some neglected pelargoniums flowering somehow bordered by a patch of grass where Turtle Doves industriously flutter peck then begin to fade as my eyelids droop losing focus until revived by the coolness of a passing breeze.Filed under: Articles
  • Impossibilities

    Neil Flesch
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Impossibilities Somewhere in this world there is a vast plain where there is a small oval stone. Under this stone settled on a sand floor and boulders was born the impossibility of a small, colorful flower. Within the limits of this great desolate plain there is a great desert that surrounds it. An old breed […]
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    Political Wire

  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    “I’m starting to worry that when Hillary Clinton travels, there’s gonna need to be two planes – one for her and her entourage, and one for her baggage.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by The Hill.
  • Clinton’s Biggest Obstacle May Be Obama

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball: “The two factors that might be most vital to Hillary Clinton’s chances—the identity of the eventual Republican nominee and the standing of President Obama—are elements over which she has little influence. It’s the second factor, Obama’s job approval rating, that is especially critical. And the state and national polling numbers present a contradictory story.” “By our count, so far in 2015 (as of April 13) there have been 52 polls in 21 states that have reported approval and disapproval numbers for Obama. We analyzed those polls…
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    “I would love, for a week, to have a Republican legislature or to be the emperor.” — Gov. Chris Christie, quoted by Politico, while visiting New Hampshire.
  • GOP Candidates Stream Into New Hampshire

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    “In the history of the New Hampshire presidential primary, there have never been so many potential Republican presidential candidates — 21 — much less a campaign in which nearly all of them showed up on the same weekend,” the Boston Globe reports. “The result? One after another Friday, the Republicans tried to differentiate themselves as they moved throughout the state for the unofficial kickoff to the presidential primary.”
  • GOP Abandons Effort to Repeal Obamacare

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    “After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform. Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law’s key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government…
 
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    OpedSpace

  • OpedSpace Needs YOU!

    OpedSpace
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    “10 Ways The Media Is Letting You Down… Number 7 Will Blow Your Mind!” Don’t you hate yourself when you click on those headlines? Soundbites and listicles are taking over media, dumbing down complex issues like inequality, foreign policy, climate change and immigration. We can’t afford to be wrong on these issues and we need your help to change that by contributing to our Indiegogo Campaign.  CONTRIBUTE NOW We want to build the premier media company for our generation. We have spent the last few months building an incredible community of the most talented young…
  • What are you “Committing to Start” After Graduation?

    Wyatt Smith, US
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    As the spring semester nears a close, many of us approaching graduation are thinking about how our time at school will impact our lives moving forward. As an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, my classmates and I aspire to our institution’s challenge to be “leaders who make a difference in the world,” a goal easily lost in the tumult of post-graduation life, especially as we experience new careers, unfamiliar cities, and the busyness accompanying reentry into professional life. With this in mind, a group of classmates and I have spent the last several weeks working to launch…
  • How a Scandal in Petrobras Threatens to Bring Down Brazil’s President

    Igor Medina de Souza, Brazil
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Last month’s protests in the main cities of Brazil brought 2 million opponents of Dilma Rousseff’s administration to the streets. The profile of the demonstrators ranged from former constituencies of the ruling party, proponents of President Rousseff’s impeachment and even a few radicals that demanded military intervention. They combined an anti-corruption mood with broader discontent over the deterioration of the political situation and economy of the country. Mrs. Rousseff (Worker’s Party) was reelected last year with 51.6% of the votes in the second round against Aécio Neves…
  • Is Egypt the One Bright Spot in the Middle East?

    Patrick Elyas, Egypt
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Last month, the long-anticipated Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) wrapped up in the resort city of Sharm el Sheikh with announcements of $38.2 billion in committed investments, part of a total of $92 billion in signed agreements and MoUs. The most ambitious new project announced at the conference, which is intended to become an annual event, was the creation of an entirely new capital city in Egypt to be located between Cairo and the Suez Canal. The Capital City Project is a $45-billion, 7-year effort to create a city for 5 million people east of Cairo. While the project has its…
  • Greece: Syriza is Playing With Political Fire

    Agamemnon Koutsogiorgas, Greece
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    With Greece expected to run out of funds by April 9th, the clock is ticking for a new financing agreement that will prevent a default and a potential “Grexit.” The negotiations this far have demonstrated the unwillingness of Germany and the rest of Greece’s creditors to provide liquidity without a strong commitment by the Greek government to continue economic reforms and servicing its debt obligations. Despite an agreement to rename the “Troika” the ”Brussels Group,” the distance between the two sides remains significant. Expenditure cuts in wages and pensions and a continuation…
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  • Rampur : Valmiki Conversion Drama to Save Houses

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    RAMPUR: More than 800 Valmikis Pretend “Converting to Islam” to save their illegal houses from demolition thinking government will spare them if they belong to minority.They said they have no option but to change their faith, they choose Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary to embrace Islam. Panic had gripped the Valmiki families here after civic authorities allegedly painted red marks on their houses a few days ago. According to them, demolition of their houses would pave the way for building a shopping mall which is said to have the backing of UP minister and Rampur…
  • Amit Shah : 0+0=0 On Lalu And Nitish Allaince

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    14 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Patna: BJP will form the next government in Bihar, said party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday while launching his party’s campaign for the assembly polls scheduled for later this year.”BJP is going to form the next government in Bihar. It is clear from the upbeat large gatherings of party booth level workers here,” Shah said in his short speech in Hindi after formally sounding the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll bugle in the state. “Zero plus zero is nothing. Nitish and Lalu by joining hands would have no impact on BJP’s goal to form the next government in…
  • Save the Internet

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The internet’s success in fostering innovation, access to knowledge and freedom of speech is in large part due to the principle of net neutrality — the idea that internet service providers give their customers equal access to all lawful websites and services on the internet, without giving priority to any website over another. Due to intense lobbying by telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to allow them to block apps and websites to extort more money from consumers and businesses — an extreme violation of net…
  • GHMC Elections

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad high court on Monday gave a week’s time to the state government to come out with a revised schedule.Refusing to give time till December, 2015, as sought by Telangana authorities for conducting the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, The bench, comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Sanjay Kumar, issued the order while hearing a plea by M Padmanabha Reddy of the Forum for Good Governance who challenged the state’s decision to postpone the elections even though the Constitution allows for no such provision. The…
  • Greenpeace Foreign Funds to India Blocked

    admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
    NEW DELHI: Greenpeace’s registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act or FCRA has been suspended. Sources said it has been asked to explain why that penalty should not be made permanent. Seven of its bank accounts have been frozen with the government alleging that the organization deliberately under-reported foreign contributions and used them in part to fund legal cases. The government has barred Greenpeace India from receiving foreign funds, alleging that it has “prejudicially affected the economic interest of the state”. An internal report of the Home…
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    Time To Change

  • Perihal Manusia Mahu Menjadi Tuhan

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Isnin lepas, giliran saya menjadi pembentang untuk aktiviti perkumpulan kami di UKM. Ya, saban minggu kami bertemu dan berdiskusi tentang buku. Kami bergerak secara tertutup, cuma sesekali menjemput pembentang luar. Jika pernah terserempak dengan status Facebook dari akaun yang bernama +‘Tidak Selain Buku’ Book Café, itulah kami.Dijadikan cerita, kami memilih untuk lari sebentar dari buku. Kami memilih untuk membentangkan dan membahaskan sebuah video pendek, syarahan tentang konsep manusia sekarang sudah pun bertukar menjadi Tuhan. Saya si tukang bentangnya. Tajuk video itu, We Are The…
  • Perihal Seni dan Sejarah

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Sepagi ini, saya berborak dengan seorang pelukis sepenuh masa. Kami berborak tentang seni dan buku. Nampaknya, benarlah kata Noam Chomsky bahawa pascamodenisme ini banyak meruntuhkan, berbanding membina. Dalam seni itu sendiri, buta pada sejarah menyebabkan penggiat seni zaman pasca-moden mengambil aliran seni abstrak secara membabi buta, buta sejarah dan buta seni.Jadinya, seni menjadi seolah-olah perbincangan eksklusif orang-orang seni, bahawa seni hanya orang seni yang faham. Tiada lagi sorotan realiti, renungan-renungan sosial masyarakat. Bahan seni menjadi kayu ukur kekayaan borjuis dan…
  • Si Anak Yatim

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Bahawa engkau bertuah, wahai adik. Engkau diuji sebegitu, engkau tahu dan kenal erti bersyukur. Sedang aku yang tidak begitu, aku jahil erti syukur. Aku seronok dalam nikmat begini. Maka engkau beruntung wahai adik. Engkau beruntung sekali.Hidup ini palsu. Tiada apa yang boleh dibanggakan pada kehidupan yang serba palsu begini. Mengapa aku kata ianya palsu, wahai adikku? Kerna, segala kerja buat di sini, segala harta yang melimpah ruah, segala wang yang bertaburan memenuhi poket, segala rasa bangga dan pujian ramai – langsung tiada nilai selepas nyawa berpisah dari badan.Wahai adik, engkau…
  • Kepada Tok Guru

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Almarhum Tuan Guru Nik Aziz 1931-2015Aku tahu lewat berita sedih ini, Tok Guru. Maafkan aku. Aku demam teruk, sesudah Jumaat barulah ketahuan akan pemergian mu, yang pergi itu adalah untuk selama-lamanya. Aku cuma mampu mengirim sepucuk doa, menulis dan menangis, memusing kembali kuliah-kuliah Tok Guru. Tok Guru, sehingga ke sudah, tuhan tak izinkan aku bertemu dengan sosok mu, bersua muka dan mendengar celoteh nasihat mu dari dekat. Aku ini bukanlah produk jemaah yang baik, aku masih belajar dan belajar dan sebenarnya, pandangan Tok Guru lah yang banyak memandu aku dalam politik.Dulu, aku…
  • Selamat Tinggal, Putrajaya!

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Minggu ini, adalah minggu terakhir saya di Putrajaya. Juga coretan ini yang terakhir di tulis di Putrajaya, pada hari terakhir. Saya akan tinggalkan bandar masa depan ini setelah hampir 4 tahun menikmati sipu-sipu tiupan anginnya, kedinginan lorong-lorong pejalan kaki di pagi Ahad, pedih tercucuk kemuncup kala ke As-Syakirin Presint 14.Minggu ini juga, saya sibuk berkemas barang. Mengisi berjilid-jilid buku dalam kotak-kotak kosong, mencuci rumah yang bakal ditinggalkan, melipat baju-baju berkedut usang yang saya miliki dalam beg galas, mencicip seberapa boleh kenangan di sini, sebelum…
 
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    The Political Insider

  • Multiple Sources Say Obama Administration Knew This About Bergdahl BEFORE the Trade

    Rusty Weiss
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    A new report published by Catherine Herridge of Fox News indicates that four of Bowe Bergdahl’s former platoon mates told the President’s top military adviser that the man who would eventually be exchanged for five top-ranking terrorist commanders, walked off base and deserted his brothers-in-arms back in 2009. Worse, according to those same individuals, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs at the time admitted that “Yes, we know all the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl walking away from the OP (outpost).” The report makes the administration’s decision to…
  • Did Hillary Clinton Just Earn a $200 Fine In Iowa?

    Rusty Weiss
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    And she would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling reporters. Video provided by KETV 7 appears to show Hillary Clinton’s ‘Sccoby Doo’ van parked in a handicapped parking space as she tours Iowa amongst the commoners. RNC Communications Director, Raj Shah, made an announcement on Twitter. Woman of the people!! @HillaryClinton Scooby Doo Van parks in handicap spot http://t.co/XU046XZnKn — rajshah84 (@RajShah84) April 16, 2015 Here is video footage of Clinton leaving what is described as a “private meeting.” The handicap sign can be…
  • SHOCK: Village Council Won’t Approve Veterans Monument – Because It Features This ONE THING!

    Alexa Coombs
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    You won’t believe why one Michigan town says a battlefield cross monument isn’t an “appropriate” focal point for a park’s Veterans Memorial: A veterans group wants to complete the Veterans Memorial in Milford’s Central Park with a fallen soldier monument, but the Village Council isn’t sure the piece — which features a pair of boots and a helmet atop an M-16 rife — is an appropriate focal point for the park. Bear Hall, founder and chairman of the local Friends of American Veterans (FAV), approached the council earlier this month hoping for approval…
  • FAIL: Sharpton Can’t Even Get a Hunger Strike Right

    Rachel Mullen
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Al Sharpton is not happy that the Senate hasn’t approved Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General. The vote is being held up due to Democrats filibustering a sex trafficking bill. Sharpton’s National Action Network is holding a hunger strike. But, it is not a typical hunger strike. Rather than deprive themselves of food until their goal is reached, participants will only refrain from eating one day at a time. A press release from the group states that the delay in Lynch’s confirmation is hurting families like those of Walter Scott who was killed by a South Carolina police…
  • UH-OH! MSNBC Host in Hot Water This Tax Season! Find out Why She’s on Their List!

    Alexa Coombs
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Looks like leftist MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry is in hot water with the IRS! Harris-Perry and her husband owe $70,000 in back taxes, reports Politico: The IRS filed a tax lien on the Perrys on April 6 for the outstanding debt, which is from 2013. In an email to the Winston-Salem Journal, Harris-Perry said she was unaware of the tax lien but knew about the debt and that she and her husband had paid $21,721 toward the total owed. She said personal crises had caused them to pay off the debt slower than expected. “We were aware that we would continue to need to work to pay off the 2013…
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    The Outraged American

  • 'Shameless': Indiana Gov. Defends Controversial Religious Freedom Law

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continued Sunday to try to counteract the deluge of criticism against a controversial law aimed at protecting people's religious freedoms, saying it wasn't intended to make it easier for them to discriminate against same-sex couples. Pence said the backlash was fed by "shameless rhetoric" and "a tremendous amount of misinformation and... 'Shameless': Indiana Gov. Defends Controversial Religious Freedom Law
  • Hundreds Rally Against Indiana Law, Say It's Discriminatory

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading "no hate in our state," gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against a new state law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation, as... Hundreds Rally Against Indiana Law, Say It's Discriminatory
  • Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, to retire

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he won't seek reelection in 2016, a surprise move that's certain to open a fierce battle for his seat as well as a fight to lead the Democratic party in the chamber. The fifth-term Nevada Democrat had denied retirement rumors for months, which grew louder after he suffered serious injuries in an exercising accident on New Year's Day. He said in a... Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, to retire
  • Bergdahl charged with desertion, faces Article 32

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, officials announced Wednesday. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a captive under the Taliban before he was freed in a May 31 prisoner swap, will face an Article 32 preliminary hearing, said Col. Daniel... Bergdahl charged with desertion, faces Article 32
  • Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it is recalling 212,911 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 because a spring that controls the interior door handle may... Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues
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    The Grapevine

  • What the SNP could do for an incoming Labour government

    Scott Hutchings
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Scott Hutchings argues that the SNP should be welcomed, not feared, for their possibility in helping Labour produce a new line of progressive politics. In recent weeks we’ve heard a lot of the brimstone and fire about the threat that the SNP pose to the future of the UK, but what would actually be the impact of the SNP supporting and influencing a minority Labour government? Would it really be so bad, as bad as the doom mongers maintain? I’m going to put myself out on a limb here and argue that actually we have nothing to fear from the SNP. On the contrary the SNP could prove itself…
  • Insurgency in Southern Thailand

    Nick Flintoff
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Nick Flintoff details the cultural and religious conflicts afflicting the Thai government and people. Shortly after returning itself to power via a coup last year, Thailand’s military government vowed to bring peace to the country’s restive southern region within twelve months.  Today the prospect of peace seems further away than ever, with regular reports of attacks against the security forces and civilians followed by retaliation from the authorities.  It is a conflict which has claimed the lives of more than 5000 people to date, with a death toll that is rising by the week. …
  • Voter Uninterest and the Close of Parliament

    Finian O Mahony
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    Finian O’ Mahony argues there is a close link between our falling interest in politics and the growing digitalisation of our lives. Parliament ends and election season begins. At the closing of parliament one can hear the collective groan of a disinterested nation casting a shadow over the clowns of the closed circus. This week a Poll by Yougov shows that only 48% of the electorate have committed themselves to voting in this election.  Such low figures do not surprise: the nation is barely interested in the work of our rulers and legislators. Compare the post war elections of 1983 when…
  • The poor direction of Conservative strategy

    Will Fremont-Barnes
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    Will Fremont-Barnes argues that, in order to succeed, the Conservative Party must do more than smearing their opponents and focusing on the contentious issue of economics In his book ‘In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government’, Matthew D’Ancona tells the story of a seething Boris Johnson during the 2010 general election campaign, exclaiming to anyone willing to listen that “they’re not giving people a reason to vote Tory”. The Mayor of London was right. Presented with the electoral equivalent of an open goal, David Cameron spooned the ball high over the bar,…
  • A Coalition of Convenience – Why Anti-Tory Sentiment Will Dominate the Forming of the Next Government

    Adam Fletcher
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Adam Fletcher mulls over the  outcome of the election and any possible coalition. History is littered with unlikely partnerships. Whether it be the Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939 that brought together the extreme right and the far left; or the unlikely coalition of partners that now tackle ISIS in the Middle East; or even a Tory-Lib Dem coalition that has endured for five years, political circumstances have often thrown together unusual marriages of convenience. The 2015 British General Election will undoubtedly witness such a coalition of interests emerge once again. Due to the unpredictability…
 
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • South Africa Violence: Police Arrest More Than 30 Amid Anti-Foreigner Violence

    Janet Shan
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    South Africa Violence: Police Arrests More Than 30 Amid Anti-Foreigner Violence South Africa Violence Police have arrested more than 30 people amid xenophobic violence rocking Johannesburg, the country’s commercial hub. Police made the arrests after small groups attacked shops around Johannesburg. Rubber bullets were used to disperse looters in Alexandria, which is north of Johannesburg. Six people were killed in anti-foreigner attacks in the port city of Durban, with the violence quickly spreading to others parts of the country. The violence has forced thousands of foreigners to flee…
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin Now Wants to Work With U.S.

    Janet Shan
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Now Wants to Work With the U.S. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia) Vladimir Putin now wants to work with U.S. because of common agenda Russian President Vladimir Putin now says he wants to work with the U.S. That comes two days after he blasted the U.S. of trying to dominate world affairs. I guess those sanctions are really hurting the Russian economy. During an interview on the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin said, “We have disagreements on several issues on the international agenda. But at the same time there is something that unites us, that forces us to…
  • Marco Rubio State Health Plan, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People

    Janet Shan
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Marco Rubio State Health Reform, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey) Only 80 signed up for Rubiocare since 2008 Marco Rubio’s signature state healthcare legislation (Rubiocare) only signed up 80 people since it went live in 2008. Um, not 80,000 — 80. That’s opposed to the 1.6 million in Florida alone who signed up for Obamacare, which he wants to repeal. “It’s about competition, it’s about choice, and it’s about the marketplace,” he told The Palm Beach Post at the time. Florida Health Choices, which finally opened last year, now covers…
  • 1-Year-Old Malaja Brain Dead After Drive-By Shooting in Kent WA

    Joy Blake
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    1-Year-Old Malaja Brain Dead After Drive-By Shooting in Kent WA (Photo Credit: KIRO 7 Video Screengrab) Kent WA drive-by shooting TRAGEDY:  One-year-old Malaja is brain dead following a drive-by shooting in Kent, Wash., Thursday evening, KIRO 7 reports. Police said the shooting stemmed from a road-rage incident when a silver car driven by Malaja’s family and a black sedan turned on Lake Fenwick Road South at the same time. “There was some sort of exchange, and the next thing we know is the individuals in the black vehicle exchanged gunfire (at the) silver vehicle,” said a police…
  • Missouri National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters “Enemy Forces”

    Janet Shan
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Missouri National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters “Enemy Forces” Ferguson protesters called “enemy forces.” CNN:  “As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as “enemy forces” and “adversaries” to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN. ” “.. The National Guard’s language, contained in internal mission briefings obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, is…
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    The Mandarin

  • Protected: How to innovate like a start-up – lessons for the public sector

    Tom Burton
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: How to innovate like a start-up – lessons for the public sector appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • ‘Governments need to invest more in contract management’

    David Donaldson
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Finding an appropriate balance between efficacy and accountability in procurement is a challenge faced by many public servants. The Mandarin spoke to the experts about harnessing innovation while avoiding legal and political risk. The post ‘Governments need to invest more in contract management’ appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • ‘The incentives are wrong’, mental health report reveals

    David Donaldson
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Australia's mental health system is "poorly planned and badly integrated", a damning report reveals. A greater focus on prevention would save money and improve lives. The post ‘The incentives are wrong’, mental health report reveals appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Catch-up: executive movements, police want actors, agency awards

    Harley Dennett
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Round up of public sector bits: more executive movements; AFP want role players for their mission scenarios; Finance hands out agency awards for risk management; and more from blogs around the public sector and research space. The post Catch-up: executive movements, police want actors, agency awards appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Tom Burton: Why Dr Karl did Treasury a big favour

    Tom Burton
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Dr Karl went rogue this week, upsetting Treasury's first big foray into digital engagement, but injecting some much needed real opinion into the Challenge of Change campaign. Is this an engagement lesson that departments can learn from? The post Tom Burton: Why Dr Karl did Treasury a big favour appeared first on The Mandarin.
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door

    Jim Sharpe
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    The post Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. Hillary Clinton is trying to make everyone believe she is the average Joe, errr Jane. Let’s be honest: if you are running for President, you aren’t normal. Please stop pretending! The post Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point - On-Air. Online. On Point.
  • Would You Let The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? The Obamas Did

    Jim Sharpe
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The post Would You Let The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? The Obamas Did appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? Malia Obama is 16 years old – and driving! It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. But this bad dream may be way worse because the Obamas let the Secret Service teach her to drive. The same Secret Service whose agents have been caught up in scandal after scandal after scandal… The post Would You Let The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? The Obamas Did appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point - On-Air. Online. On…
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