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  • A big boost for the Iran deal

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Today, three Democratic Senators came out for the Iran deal: Tim Kaine of Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Barbara Boxer of California. The math now looks increasingly difficult for the deal’s opponents. Kaine and Nelson are both quite significant. They are both genuinely moderate; previously, the only ones who had come out for the […]
  • Is Hillary Happy Running for President?

    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Mark Steyn is absolutely right: Hillary is wooden and dull and Democrats need a romance. They can forgive scandals - whether financial or sexual - as long as they have a crush on their candidate. Look at Bill and Barak. So while the email scandals may energize the Republican base and erode Hillary at the margins, she's doing a pretty good job herself with a campaign that makes Jeb Bush look like as exciting as Trump. And that means that Bernie Sanders may actually achieve critical mass and start to threaten Hillary's campaign. If he hasn't already. Would Hillary debate Sanders? Perhaps not,…
  • Fox News is Killing the GOP

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    A recent article in Salon starts with a headline that says it all: “Sean Hannity is killing the GOP: Fox News & conservative media have the party in a stranglehold“. At one point the Republicans might have thought Fox News was on their side, but one has to wonder what the GOP is thinking now that Hannity is cheerleading for Donald Trump. He even says that the other Republican candidates should learn from Trump. But the problem goes deeper than that. The Salon article points out that despite taking over both chambers of Congress, Republicans really haven’t gotten…
  • Morning Plum: Large majority of Republicans trusts Donald Trump on illegal immigration

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    Why, oh why, does a self-promoting buffoon like Donald Trump continue to lead the GOP field among Republican voters? There’s been a great deal of pundit hand-wringing about this question. David Brooks argues this morning that Trump’s “allure” is rooted in how voters “feel,” i.e., “alienated,” “frustrated,” and “angry.” No doubt that has something to […]
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy's Page
    Betsy Newmark
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    I had a lovely short trip to Washington to visit my daughters. Every time I visit there, I'm struck at how different it is from 40 years ago when my husband and I were undergraduates at George Washington University. One big difference - there were only about two or three places around campus to get something to eat on a student's budget. Now the area there is really hopping. And students can use their dining card to eat at some of the surrounding restaurants. Back then, when we talked about "Freshman fifteen" it was about the weight we lost at school because the food was so awful and the…
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    The Atlantic

  • UnREAL Turned The Bachelor Into Literature

    Megan Garber
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Lifetime “We killed somebody, didn’t we?” Rachel, a producer on the Bacheloresque show Everlasting, asks Quinn, the show’s executive producer, in the final episode of UnREAL’s first season. Quinn is taken aback. “Yeah,” she replies, after a pause. She pauses one more time. “Let’s not do that again.” If you haven’t been watching Lifetime’s dark satire of dating shows and reality TV and pretty much the entire romance industrial complex, I won’t say who was killed, or who the killer “we” may have been. The “we” in question is unclear anyway. And that, actually,…
  • Halt and Catch Fire: A Show on the Edge of Greatness

    David Sims
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    AMC There’s a lot to find impressive in the resurgent second season of AMC’s drama Halt and Catch Fire, but foremost is the show’s confidence. It’s a rare prestige drama that would dare dabble in blatant clichés, but Sunday’s season finale included a big one—the lead character Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) biting her lower lip, sitting on a plane headed to California, and hoping that her love interest and fellow programmer Tom (Mark O’Brien) would take the seat next to her. Halt and Catch Fire is, at its core, a portrait of the volatile computer industry in the 1980s, as well as a…
  • The Best Week of Summer in D.C.

    James Fallows
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    Go Soeda of Japan returning a serve from Darian King of Barbados in Washington (James Fallows) Most professional sports are way better to watch on TV than in person. You don’t have to spend hours getting to and from the (crowded and overpriced) venue. You can do something else when nothing’s happening on the field, You can hit Pause on the TiVo. You can simply get a better view of the action on your home screen than from all except the very most expensive seats. I recognize that the simple fun of spending a warm evening at a baseball stadium is an exception. But its pleasures are only…
  • 9 Reasons to Support the Iran Deal

    Graham Allison
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Gary Cameron / Reuters) Having carefully reviewed the lengthy and complex agreement negotiated by the United States and its international partners with Iran, I have reached the following conclusion: If I were a member of Congress, I would vote yes on the deal. Here are nine reasons why. 1) No one has identified a better feasible alternative. Before negotiations halted its nuclear advance, Iran had marched relentlessly down the field from 10 years away from a bomb to two months from that goal line. In…
  • A New Planned Parenthood Video and More Outrage

    Krishnadev Calamur
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Planned Parenthood’s handling of fetal tissue for research is the subject of a fresh video released Tuesday by an anti-abortion group. In the latest video, the fifth released by Irvine, California-based Center for Medical Progress, an official from Planned Parenthood discusses the procurement and cost of intact fetuses. The video, we should warn you, is graphic. Planned Parenthood calls the videos a “smear campaign.” It says the footage is highly edited, misleading, and takes discussions out of context. The Center for Medical Progress has faced two court orders that block the release of…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Cartoon: Glaciers

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Because a cartoonist must eat: Patreon!
  • Fox News focus group goes hilariously off the rails fighting over Donald Trump

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    To Trump or not to Trump? That's the luxurious gold-plated question. The battle for the black heart and soul of the Republican Party is in full swing as we approach the first primary debates of the Republican presidential shit show, led by sometimes World Wresting Entertainment star Donald Trump. Fox News wanted to tap into the minds of the average Republican voter in New Hampshire, so they pulled together a focus group and brought in Republican consultant Frank Luntz to lead the way. From the minute Donald Trump's name was mentioned, the focus group began to have a complete meltdown,…
  • How to turn your dollar bill into real activism

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Spread the message, help build support to get money out of politics. So I met with Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's fame a few months ago as he was passing through the Bay Area, and we chatted about lots of things over lunch. But chief among them was his latest project, StampStampede.org, an effort to literally stamp cash with political messages to generate support for the overturning of Citizens United. The idea is ingenuous: Ben's organization sells these stamps at cost, and you use them to stamp all your dollar bills before recirculating them into the local economy. Every time that cash…
  • Midday open thread: It's the president's birthday and don't forget to get those booster shots!

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is The tissue-gate scandal: Happy Birthday, President Obama! Here are five funny moments from his presidency. Remember, people, get those booster shots! Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo has been diagnosed with whooping cough, a rare and contagious disease that's officially known as pertussis. [...] Curbelo was vaccinated as a child, his office says, but did not received recommended booster shots as an adult. Many grateful that they will be dead: Humans could soon be having sexual relationships with robots, a top academic has claimed. [...] Dr Driscoll, a leading…
  • Bernie Sanders warns of impending oligarcy, will introduce campaign finance reform legislation

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    In a year when the Koch brothers alone have promised to spend nearly $900 million to buy a government and Super PACs own just about every single Republican candidate for president, Bernie Sanders wants to make campaign finance central to the campaign. In a Thursday floor speech, he outlined legislation he plans to introduce after the August break to create a public financing system. “We are talking about a rapid movement in this country toward oligarchy, toward a government owned and controlled by a handful of extremely wealthy families,” Sanders said. ... Just one family, the billionaire…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Lenny Kravitz Splits Pants at Concert, Flashes Crowd

    rcade
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Rocker Lenny Kravitz split open his leather pants while performing a concert in Sweden Monday, causing the NSFW crotch shot seen 'round the world. It appears the 51-year-old rocker was going commando. "The producer stepped up and said that they had some problems onstage," a fan told Sweden's Expressen newspaper. "A bit later Kravitz came out wearing other trousers. He said 'sorry, I ripped my trousers.'"
  • Dash-Cam Debunks Professor's Racial Profiling Claim

    gracieamazed
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    A college professor who accused a Connecticut state trooper of racial profiling saw her claims fail when audiotape of the stop proved she was lying, police said. According to Fox CT, Minati Roychoudhuri, 32, was driving on a highway on May 9 when she was pulled over in the town of Wethersfield. She was cited for failure to drive in the established lane. A month later, Roychoudhuri sent a letter to the Commissioner of Public Safety claiming that the officer had racially profiled her. "The policeman asked me if I could speak English and if I knew why he had stopped me. I said, "yes" to speaking…
  • Klansman Models FUBU Shoes at Confederate Flag Rally

    reinheitsgebot
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    A white man with a Ku Klux Klan tattoo and hat rallying for the Confederate flag at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park was told that his FUBU shoes were made by black entrepreneurs. "I just wanted to mention, I didn't know if you were aware, I know you came here with the Ku Klux Klan or whatever," George Chidi of Neon Flag began telling the man, only to be interrupted by the man explaining he came to the Saturday rally as a "southern American." "The only thing that I wanted to mention is that the shoes that you're wearing," Chidi continued. "What's the matter with the shoes I'm wearing?" the man…
  • 'Smallest Navy Since 1917' Claim Isn't Seaworthy

    Nixon
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact: Not long after Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced his run for the presidency in June, he appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe -- and harkened back to World War I. "I'm going to rebuild our military," Graham said on June 4, 2015. "We're on a course to have the smallest army since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915." The line about the "smallest Navy" has become a popular talking point among presidential candidates who want to talk about spending more money on the military. But the claim is not really accurate; more important, it doesn't tell you much about the Navy's…
  • Animal Psychic: I've Communicated with Cecil

    sitzkrieg
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Daily Mail: An American animal psychic claims that Cecil the lion has spoken to her and given instructions on how to deal with his death at the hands of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who was hunting illegally. "Let not the actions of these few men defeat us or allow darkness to enter our hearts. If we do then we become one of them. Raise your vibration and allow this energy to move us forward," Cecil said, according to Karen Anderson. "Be strong and speak for all the others who suffer needlessly to satisfy human greed. Bring Light and Love and we will rise above this."
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Kid Gloves?

    Josh Marshall
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Authorities now talking to two men whose car matches the description of the one used in the shooting at a military training facility used in the Jade Helm military exercises.
  • Good Lord

    Josh Marshall
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Unidentified gunmen open fire on military training facility used in Jade Helm military training exercise.
  • Garbage In, Garbage Out

    Josh Marshall
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Christie flips hard on "path to citizenship," says policy he used to support is now "garbage."
  • Crackdown

    Josh Marshall
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    After the death of an Arab toddler in an arson attack, Israel's Shin Bet arrests the leader of a Jewish extremist group terrorizing the West Bank.
  • He's Good At This

    Josh Marshall
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    It's the fine art of clown-car-nonsense. But he's good at it. One of the several reasons he's currently destroying the GOP field. Trump reacts to Gawker cell phone number disclosure by turning it into Trump campaign message hotline.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Don't know why Fox News didn't meet it own deadline for announcing the August 6 debate participants, unless they're waiting for me to finish blogging for the day. Here are some remains of the day: * Jebbie commits another fine gaffe: "I'm not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women's health issues." * HRC quickly tweets Bush: "You are absolutely, unequivocally wrong." * At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman notes how many undecided voters there are in GOP polls despite the 17 choices. * At The Grade, Alexander Russo offers an overview of overviews of online education policy sites. * At…
  • Obama Will Make Some News Thursday, Too

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    As I write this post, political junkies are awaiting the official word on the list of candidates who will appear in Thursday's first official Republican presidential debate. But in an example of questionable timing by Fox News, Thursday is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And since said act was largely vitiated by a conservative majority of SCOTUS in 2013, and congressional Republicans have barely lifted any fingers to restore it, the president's going to do everything possible to force voting rights into the national consciousness that day, and perhaps even into the GOP…
  • Russell Moore's Move Away From Christian Nationalism

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Like a lot of long-time observers of conservative evangelicals, I've been a bit skeptical of the image of Russell Moore--the public affairs spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention who succeeded the Christian Right warhorse Richard Land a couple of years ago--as a new, less politicized, kinder-gentler denominational and trans-denominational figure. Since he hasn't really abandoned or even questioned any of the Christian Right's specific issue stances, Moore seemed, at least to the experienced cynic, like another Rick Warren, changing the tone rather than the substance of Protestant…
  • Trump's Been Acting Presidential on the Teevee for Years

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    I've been embarrassed to ask about it, but Kevin Drum's anticipated my need: To a lot of us, Trump is a celebrity real estate developer who likes to get into petty feuds with fellow celebrities. That doesn't seem very presidential. But that's the old Trump. The modern Trump still gets into petty feuds with fellow celebrities, but he's also the star of Celebrity Apprentice, and that's how a lot of people view him these days. You've seen the show, right? You're not one of those vegan weenie lefties who lives in a bubble of art museums and Audubon meetings, unwilling to sully yourself with…
  • Lunch Buffet

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    Ugh, dreamed about the Voters First Presidential Forum a good part of the night. 'Twas even more boring the third time around. Here are some wide-awake midday news/views treats: * Trump leaps onto the "shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood bandwagon, which will buy him a lot of good will among Christian Right types. * Josh Marshall notes Trump's favorability ratings among Republicans pretty much the same as Jeb's. Whoa! * Jonathan Bernstein examines the seedy motives of the people hyping a Biden presidential run. * At the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf notes that antichoicers…
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    The New Republic

  • Why an Indie Press in Brooklyn Is Publishing the Pope

    Naomi Shavin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In the last year, Melville House has accomplished two lightning-speed publishing projects: in December of 2014, the small press rushed out copies of the Senate Torture Report in just 19 days; today is the release of their edition of the Pope’s encyclical on climate change. By publishing standards,
  • When You'd Rather Watch the Producer Than the Reality Show

    Silpa Kovvali
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The single worst thing a television character can be is bad at his job. We will forgive any number of failings from the fictional men and women we welcome into our homes each week, so long as they are successful at whatever it is they do: We want great ad men, great drug dealers, great mob bosses, a
  • Arguing Against Evil

    Patrick Iber
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran has prompted concerns from conservatives who say its government can’t be trusted to adhere to the negotiated terms. But leftist hawk Paul Berman had a different reaction. He 
  • Attacking Obama's Climate Plan Won't Save America's Dying Coal Industry

    Rebecca Leber
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    For years, Republicans have attacked President Barack Obama for waging a war on coal. In fact, for much of the Environmental Protection Agency’s existence, they’ve offered doomsday p
  • All Work and No Pay

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s say you find yourself at a dinner party with Philip Roth. It could happen. And let’s also say you’ve avoided the major etiquette pitfalls (i.e. liver jokes), but are still wary of saying t
 
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    TIME

  • Fox Sets Republican Debate Roster

    Zeke J Miller
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The final roster for the first Republican presidential debate is set. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich squeaked onstage as the final members of the field of 10, Fox News announced Tuesday afternoon, while former Texas Gov. Rick Perry narrowly missed the cut and will be relegated to an undercard forum. Businessman Donald Trump will hold center stage at the inaugural GOP 2016 debate Thursday in Cleveland, Fox said, flanked by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The network, which established the criteria for invitation, averaged the five most…
  • How Donald Trump’s Wealth Helps Him With Republican Voters

    ryantbeckwith
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Donald Trump chose the right party when he decided to run for the Republican presidential nomination. A CBS News poll released Tuesday showed that registered Republicans are more likely than their Democratic counterparts to back candidates who are spending their own money on a campaign. According to the poll, almost one-third of registered Republican voters said they prefer a candidate who “pays for their campaign by using their own personal wealth,” while only about one-fourth of registered Democratic voters who said the same. There was a similar gap over candidates who seek…
  • Hillary Clinton Criticizes Jeb Bush Remarks on Women’s Health

    ryantbeckwith
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was trying to defuse Democratic criticism of defunding Planned Parenthood Tuesday when he accidentally opened up a new line of attack. During an interview at a conference of Southern Baptists, Bush called for defunding Planned Parenthood, then tried to counter the expected Democratic arguments against it by suggesting the money could be redirected to other community health organizations. But mid-thought, he stopped to muse that the federal government might not need to spend as much as it does. “The argument against this is … it is a war…
  • Kelly Osbourne Causes Outrage After Latino Gaffe On The View

    tanyabasutime
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Social media exploded in outrage after Fashion Police host Kelly Osbourne tried to defend Latinos from presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday morning’s episode of The View, but ended up offending many of them instead. “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” she responded when asked about what she thought about Trump’s controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. The candidate previous said that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, bringing crime,” and that “they’re…
  • Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Face an Evangelical Test

    Elizabeth Dias
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Two days before the first Republican presidential debate, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio face a different popularity test: 13,000 evangelicals in Nashville. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, will interview Bush on stage Tuesday afternoon at the Send North America conference, one of the country’s largest summer church gatherings. Moore will also show a video of an interview he pre-taped with Rubio. Other leading presidential candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were invited to…
 
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  • Dems hit Bush after comments on funding for women's health

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush vowed Tuesday to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood if elected to the White House, but drew immediate fire from Democrats for adding, "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."
  • Netanyahu implores US Jews to oppose Iran deal

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Benjamin Netanyahu personally called on US Jewish groups to thwart a White House-backed Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, while hitting out at "disinformation" over Israel's trenchant stance against it. The agreement would curb Iran's nuclear program in return for international sanctions relief. Netanyahu said that instead of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon it would "pave the way" for Iran to get one, while legitimizing Tehran's leadership.
  • Democratic governors focus on congressional redistricting

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democratic Governors Association is looking to give its members a greater say in drawing congressional boundaries during the 2020 redistricting process.
  • Debate field is set: Trump, Bush in; Santorum, Fiorina out

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Fox News has named the Republican candidates who will take part in Thursday night's debate — the first of the 2016 White House campaign.
  • US likely to intervene in Palestinian terror case

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is moving closer to intervening in a high-stakes civil case over deadly Palestinian terror attacks as officials met Tuesday with victims' families to discuss concerns over a jury verdict worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
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    Political Irony

  • Obama calls Trump

    Iron Knee
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    This is pretty darn funny. Barack Obama calls up Jimmy Fallon Donald Trump to give him advice about the upcoming debates: Does anyone else find it funny that there is no way to parody Trump? The real Trump is a better parody of himself than any fake one. Another good read is “Boy, was I wrong about Donald Trump” by Chris Cillizza. Cillizza wrote a piece June 17 “Why no one should take Donald Trump seriously, in one very simple chart” claiming that statistically, there was no way anyone should pay attention to Trump, even as a semi-serious candidate. After all, at the…
  • We get what we deserve

    Iron Knee
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Bloomberg put together a focus group of twelve Republican and independent voters to find out why Donald Trump is so popular. I’ve gotta wonder what reality these people are living in. Saying “Trump tells the truth”? I’m having trouble finding a single thing on PolitiFact where Trump earned a “true” rating. Related posts: More Change You Deserve The Change You Deserve!
  • Fox News is Killing the GOP

    Iron Knee
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    A recent article in Salon starts with a headline that says it all: “Sean Hannity is killing the GOP: Fox News & conservative media have the party in a stranglehold“. At one point the Republicans might have thought Fox News was on their side, but one has to wonder what the GOP is thinking now that Hannity is cheerleading for Donald Trump. He even says that the other Republican candidates should learn from Trump. But the problem goes deeper than that. The Salon article points out that despite taking over both chambers of Congress, Republicans really haven’t gotten…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:18 pm
    “Donald Trump’s not backing down. Yesterday he said he doesn’t need to be lectured by the other Republican candidates, who he says have no business running for president. Not to be confused with Donald Trump, who ran for president and now has no business.” – Jimmy Fallon “In a speech in South Carolina, Donald Trump responded to criticisms from Senator Lindsey Graham by giving out Graham’s personal cellphone number. Graham knew something was up when he saw he had more than one missed call.” – Jimmy Fallon “At a campaign event today, Donald…
  • Corruption

    Iron Knee
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Techdirt has a stunning article showing how corrupt we have become. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was trying to force Google’s search engine to stop linking to content that MPAA didn’t like. Search engines are supposed to search for websites, but the MPAA wanted the power to make sites they don’t like simply disappear from search engines, as if they didn’t exist. Of course, the websites still would exist (if you know their domain name or IP address), but you couldn’t search for them to find them. Unfortunately for the MPAA (and fortunately for…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • What President Obama Didn't Say to the People of Africa

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    With much fanfare, President Obama addressed the African Union last week in Addis Ababa. His speech highlighted that with Africa's population forecast to "double to some two billion people" there is an urgent need for the continent to "generate millions more jobs than it's doing right now." The importance of this comment cannot be overstated. Sub-Saharan Africa's population is projected to increase from approximately 900 million currently to about 2 billion by 2050, according to UN estimates. Such growth rates are some of the highest the world has ever seen, and yet are occurring in some of…
  • Mission Impossible 2016

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
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  • Jeb Bush Evokes Ghost Of Mitt Romney With Flub About Abortion

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday committed another unforced error by suggesting he wanted to cut funding for women's health services. Addressing 13,000 pastors at the Southern Baptist Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, Bush said he supports cutting federal funds for Planned Parenthood, the largest women's health service provider in the U.S. "The next president should defund Planned Parenthood," said Bush, the former Florida governor, garnering a lengthy round of applause. But Bush mixed his desire to eliminate federal funding for abortions with federal funding…
  • University Of Oregon Settles Lawsuit With Alleged Gang Rape Victim

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The University of Oregon has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a student who claimed she was sexually assaulted last year by three basketball players. The unidentified 18-year-old woman on Tuesday dismissed all claims against the university. Last week, she also dismissed all claims against head basketball coach Dana Altman. According to the settlement, the school will also waive her tuition, housing and student fees for four years. In addition, the school will pursue a policy change requiring all transfer applicants to report any disciplinary…
  • Where Do the 2016 Candidates Stand on Education?

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Thursday's presidential debates will undoubtedly give us a glimpse into the values of the expanding field of candidates running for the highest office in our nation. As we see how the candidates perform under intense pressure, shouldn't we also learn a bit more about where they stand on key issues that will affect education in this country? Here are a few educational issues we'd like to see raised with all candidates in the debates and on the campaign trail. Raising reading proficiency: Today, only about one third (34 percent) of fourth graders in the US are reading at grade level. For…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Trump Adviser Roger Stone Calls Hispanic And Black Commentators "Quota Hires"

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Paid Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, who frequently appears on television as a political pundit, called political commentators Ana Navarro and Roland Martin "quota hires." Stone wrote in a July 28 tweet: Ana Navarro the dumbest person on TV since CNN fired moron @rolandmartin - both quota hires #CNN -- Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) July 28, 2015 He also asked on July 12 whether Navarro is a "quota" hire: So called political analyst Anna Navarro is literally a moron. #quota? #cnn -- Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) July 13, 2015 Martin is an African-American…
  • Joe Scarborough Relies On Deceptively Edited Videos To Attack Elizabeth Warren's Defense Of Planned Parenthood

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    Joe Scarborough relied on debunked, deceptively edited videos to attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren for defending Planned Parenthood as the Senate voted on a bill seeking to defund the women's health organization, undermining the essential health care services Planned Parenthood provides. Elizabeth Warren Defends Planned Parenthood As Senate Votes On Bill To Defund The Women's Health Organization  Sen. Elizabeth Warren Defended Planned Parenthood As Senate Voted To Defund The Organization. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) defended Planned Parenthood August 3 as the Senate…
  • Conservative Media's Fact-Challenged Comparison Between David Petraeus And Hillary Clinton

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    Conservative media are likening Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state to retired Gen. David Petraeus' illegal mishandling of confidential information, claiming a "double standard" because Petraeus was convicted of a  misdemeanor, while Clinton is not under criminal investigation. But that comparison ignores the central fact that Petraeus knowingly handed over classified materials to his biographer, while Clinton followed State Department…
  • Will Fox Moderator Chris Wallace Bring His "Skepticism" Of Trump To The Debate?

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Chris Wallace, one of Fox News' three moderators for its August 6 debate, has repeatedly criticized Donald Trump and expressed "skepticism" about his candidacy. He has criticized Trump's anti-Mexican remarks as unfair, said his anti-John McCain remarks are "pretty tough to defend," and expressed "skepticism" about why someone would vote for Trump when he's an "amateur" who has "never had any experience" in politics.Chris Wallace Will Moderate Fox's August 6 Debate Fox News Is Hosting The First GOP Primary Debate. Fox News stated in a press release that its August…
  • CBS Evening News Reports On Historic Climate Policy Without Mentioning "Climate Change"

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    From the August 3 edition of CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley: PELLEY: For the first time, the federal government will restrict greenhouse gases from power plants. The president announced today that in 15 years plants must cut emissions 32 percent, and 28 percent of the electricity in this country must come from sources such as wind and solar. More than a thousand U.S. power stations fueled by coal will face major changes, and that industry is suing. Because this is an executive action and not a law, a future president…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • The WIP Editor Kate Daniels’ Farewell

    Katharine Daniels
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    In 2006, a handful of enthusiastic editors began a collaboration that would ultimately become The WIP. On our first day online, March 7, 2007, I posted my first editorial outlining our vision for The WIP. I imagined “a news website where women were the experts, the public intellectuals, the writers.” I shared with our new community “I am fascinated by the internet and by its potential ... by humanity and our potential,” and my thoughts on the media as force for social change. I value news because it is a source of education. I concluded, as purveyors of news, knowledge and insight,…
  • The Increasing Burden of Diabetes in China

    cesar chelala
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    China’s economic growth in the last three decades has dramatically transformed the nation’s economic landscape, removing 500 million people from poverty. This progress, however, has been accompanied by an increase in some diseases – such as diabetes – notably associated with increased urbanization and changed lifestyles. Twenty-five years ago, the number of people with diabetes in China was less than one percent. Today, China has more than 114 million people suffering from the disease, the highest number of any country in the world. It is estimated that 11.6 percent of Chinese adults…
  • Four Facts You Might Not Know About Housing Demolitions by Israel

    Caitlin Williams
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Annie Slemrod, IRIN, Switzerland - The small Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has been drawn into the international spotlight this week, as the US, the UK and the EU condemned plans by the Israeli army to demolish it. The US State Department said its destruction would be “harmful and provocative.” So far the Israeli government has shown no sign it will back off, and activists and locals are sleeping in structures in the village in case the bulldozers come. Susiya, which sits in an Israeli army controlled section of the West Bank called Area C, is set…
  • South Sudan army crushed civilians under tanks: HRW

    Al Jazeera English
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Report by rights group accuses government troops of committing war crimes in rebel-held parts of the Unity State.
  • Texas arrest video ‘was not edited’

    BBC News - Home
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Officials in Texas deny editing police dashcam footage showing the arrest of an African-American woman who died three days later in custody.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWiBprime #722 | I’m Tired

    Shane Paul Neil
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses the Samuel DuBose shooting, the public’s empathy in comparison to the death of Cecil the Lion, the extreme fatigue from battling opposition to the #BlackLivesMatter, and the actual killer of DuBose pleading not guilty. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Dara M. Wilson @daramwilson Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #722 | I’m Tired appeared…
  • #TWiBprime #721 | #EarnThisDamnVoteOrLose

    TWiB.FM
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses more stories from #TheEmptyChair, a ridiculous lion assassination, and why we must continue to demand more from those who call themselves “Progressive”. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady EAaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #721 | #EarnThisDamnVoteOrLose appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #720 | #TheEmptyChair

    TWiB.FM
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses the New Yorker’s interview with Bill Cosy’s victims, the #TheEmptyChair hashtag, and the disappointing attacks on rape victims. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Emily Epstein White @emeps Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #720 | #TheEmptyChair appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief

    TWiB.FM
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    #TeamBlackness recaps their time at Netroots Nation, the #BlackLivesMatter action, how Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley’s responses, and how to make the progressive space safer for people of color. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Emily Epstein White @emeps Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM   The post #TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #718 | Assorted Chicanery

    TWiB.FM
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses a judge sending children to jail, Attorney General Lynch being reasonable, Serena Williams being underpaid, and Feedback Thursday. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady and Dara M. Wilson @daramwilson Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #718 | Assorted Chicanery appeared first on #TWIBnation.
 
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    Wonkette

  • Angry Fox Viewers Yell At Each Other, And It Is Hilarious

    Kaili Joy Gray
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    What happens when you take a roomful of Fox viewers and make them talk about Donald Trump? Classy comedic gold, y’all, GOLD! Treat yourself to nearly two minutes of these morons yelling words at each other, like this lady here: Read more on Angry Fox Viewers Yell At Each Other, And It Is Hilarious… The post Angry Fox Viewers Yell At Each Other, And It Is Hilarious appeared first on Wonkette.
  • Happy 54th, President Obama! You’re Still The Kenyan Muslim Infiltrator OF OUR HEARTS!

    Evan Hurst
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    On this day 54 years ago, the long foretold Barack Hussein Obama was born in a remote field in Indokenyamuslimstan, the love child of the Prophet Muhammad and Beyoncé, who is a lot older than she looks. Everybody was so excited! Three wise men came from afar, not bearing gifts, but simply a scroll containing the Illuminati’s plan for how the baby boy would one day infiltrate US America and turn it gay, for Marxism. And then he grew up and the prophecies were fulfilled! Well, most of them anyway. He still has to do the part where he takes away all the guns and declares himself…
  • Horrible Bad Factory Farmers Can’t Put You In Jail For Exposing Them No More!

    Doktor Zoom
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    For all of the whining about Free Speech being destroyed by TV networks that fire bigots or by mean blog moderators who don’t let jerk-babies ruin their comments sections, sometimes governments pass terrible laws that are actual violations of the real First Amendment. So wave your ACLU Pocket Constitution in the air, folks — we’re happy to report that Idaho’s incredibly dumb “Ag Gag” law was found unconstitutional by a federal court Monday. Read more on Horrible Bad Factory Farmers Can’t Put You In Jail For Exposing Them No More!… The post…
  • ‘Priests For Life’ Says We’re Gonna Be All Eated Up By Racist Pervert Sex Dragon Thing

    Doktor Zoom
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    So here’s a nifty explanation of why America is in so much trouble these days: Our Once-Great Nation is under attack by a three-headed sex dragon that is also a racist, according to “Priests For Life,” a radical Catholic anti-abortion group whose top spokeslady is Martin Luther King’s embarrassing niece Alveda King. And the group has this simple graphic, employing a picture swiped from a videogame to explain the unholy trinity of affronts to God’s commandment that we all go and make as many babies as possible, but only in straight Christian marriages, of course.
  • America Loves Ladyparts More Than Guns, Still Hates Republicans

    Kaili Joy Gray
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Whee, girls and boy-girls, it’s time for another dive into the mind of The American Voter. Don your brain condoms, and let’s take a look at what U.S. Americans “think” about stuff and things: Read more on America Loves Ladyparts More Than Guns, Still Hates Republicans… The post America Loves Ladyparts More Than Guns, Still Hates Republicans appeared first on Wonkette.
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    Hot Air

  • Spoiler alert: Jeb Bush’s campaign apparatus is PACked with cash

    Matt Vespa
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Last Friday, political action committees (PACs) had to file their mid-year reports, and Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise PAC is doing quite well. In all, the Wall Street Journal  reports that the super PACs backing 17 presidential candidates for 2016 raised more than $250 million, nearly doubling the $125 million raised by candidates for their respective campaigns. […] Read this post »
  • Breaking: Fox News to announce the 10 participants in Thursday’s first GOP debate; Update: Line-up set

    Allahpundit
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    In. The big reveal is coming soon on FNC, so tune in. Kos’s election analysts lay it on the line: Top 10 per polls =Trump, Jeb, Walker, Carson, Huck, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie & Kasich. If that's not Fox's debate lineup, the fix is in. — Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) August 4, 2015 Yup, that’s what […] Read this post »
  • Important news from Chris Christie: I’ve used birth control, and not just the rhythm method

    Allahpundit
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Rhythm. Ace is right that what Christie allegedly said today about limiting exemptions from antidiscimination laws in gay marriage cases to religious institutions is more important than this silliness, but I don’t want to hammer him for that without a direct transcript and I can’t find one anywhere. If he said what he’s claimed to have […] Read this post »
  • CNN to director of pro-life Planned Parenthood sting: Your critics say you’re violent, you know

    Allahpundit
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    “Do you have any ties to Operation Rescue?” Via Mediaite, skip to 3:00 for the big smear. So, Mr. Daleiden, when did you stop beating your wife? Actually, that’s giving CNN too much credit. Asking this guy if he beats his wife would at least be a specific charge. All Daleiden gets here from Alisyn Camerota to support the claim that he and […] Read this post »
  • Kelly Osbourne to Donald Trump: If you kick out all the Latinos, who’s going to clean your toilet, huh?

    Allahpundit
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Questions. I think I speak for all of us when I say, “Who’s Kelly Osbourne?” The best part of this is an offended Rosie Perez apologizing to Osbourne after being reminded that they should focus on the Common Enemy. Perez clarified the point Collins was trying to make, saying, “There are a lot of Latinos here […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Privacy Advocates To Senate Cyber Security Bill

    Brian Naylor
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The Senate is considering a bill to make it easier for businesses and the government to share data about cyber threats. Proponents say it would enhance security; opponents call it surveillance.» E-Mail This
  • Fox News' Debate Selection Method Is Not Without Critics

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Broadcaster Fox News announces which 10 candidates will be allowed on stage for the first official Republican debate next month. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with politics editor Domenico Montanaro.» E-Mail This
  • Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

    Danielle Kurtzleben
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    The top 10 candidates, as determined by Fox's analysis of polls, will debate Thursday. But even when you average polls together, it's tough to tell the difference between the lower-ranked hopefuls.» E-Mail This
  • The Strangest Presidential Campaign Ever

    Linton Weeks
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    In the annals of American politics, there have been some pretty quirky quests for the White House.» E-Mail This
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., On Why He Supports The Iran Nuclear Deal

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:49 am
    The future of the Iran nuclear deal could hinge on Democrats, who are being pulled in two directions. The Obama administration wants them to back the plan, but Israel and pro-Israel lobbying groups want those lawmakers to oppose the deal. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff is a Jewish Democrat, and the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. He tells Renee Montagne why he recently decided to support the Iran agreement.» E-Mail This
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Great Business Tips For People Starting One At Home

    Randy
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    TIP! It is fun to start a home business, but it’s also quite challenging. You must first find the business niche that you want to pursue. A home business enterprise is appealing but it is also very intimidating. How do you get started? You may also wonder how you will make it all work. There are so many questions that demand answers. Thankfully, this article gives some solid direction as to how to make a work from home business work for you. Don’t forget to deduct part of your Internet connection expense. Some of the cost from this service can be written off when it comes to…
  • Check Out These Fantastic Stock Market Tips!

    Randy
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    TIP! Utilize an intelligent, long-term plan to help you make as much money as you possibly can from the stock market. You will also be more successful if you have realistic expectations, rather than trying to predict things that are unpredictable. Stock market investments can be an rewarding way to help make your monetary future brighter. However, the only way you can be successful at it is if you know what you are doing. This article contains advice and tips that will enable you to take your stock market investing to the next level. Simple, straightforward strategies are best when investing…
  • Real Estate Advice On How To Buy A Home

    Randy
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    Many homeowners worry about whether their property will retain its value over time. These tips are here to guide you. TIP! Consider what the future may hold when you are in the market to buy a home. While you might not have kids currently, for instance, it’s a good idea to check into the local schools near a potential house if you are planning to have children down the road. You need a business partner you can trust, when purchasing an expensive parcel of commercial property. This makes the loan qualification process much easier when you go to purchase the property. This partner can…
  • Get The Most Out Of Any Insurance Plan

    Randy
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    TIP! Buy more than one kind of insurance from the same company to save on all of your premiums. Typically, companies offer discounts if you have more than one type of insurance policy with them. If you’re shopping for insurance, you want correct and easily understood information to help in the decision-making process. There are many people that claim to have the inside scoop on lots of insurance information, but you really need a concise summary of the key points that can help you the fastest. You will probably find useful advice in the below article. TIP! In choosing the best insurance…
  • Solid Solutions To Running A Successful Online Business

    Randy
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    TIP! If your business requires lots of driving, be certain to keep gas and mileage records. Whether your trip is a short 15 minutes or as long as a full day, you can deduct the trip costs fully on your taxes. It is exciting and rewarding to run your own business, but it comes with its own set of challenges. You should know that going in. The tips below, though, can help you get a running start. TIP! It is important to have different phone lines for your business and home use. When running a successful business, you need to have a dedicated line and message that pertains to the business.
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    FamousDC

  • Let the Capital Games Begin

    Paige Gress
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    Give it up for Andy Katz and Rick Klein for going boss mode today, launching their Sweet 16 Republican Presidential Campaign bracket for 2016. The presidential bracketology has been released and is calling for an interesting and exciting upcoming first round of the 2016 Capital Games. Is this the political NCAA? According to Katz and Klein, it most […] The post Let the Capital Games Begin appeared first on FamousDC.
  • John Oliver (basically) Asks: WTF D.C.?

    Sarah Gunion
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    When Brits start defending D.C. and the city’s ironic lack of rights and representation though it is the most powerful space in the country- the outcome is bloody brilliant. In the wake of Jon Stewart’s departure, his British mentee, John Oliver takes on the role of comedically discussing America’s dynamic issues. The post John Oliver (basically) Asks: WTF D.C.? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Paige Gress
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #HALLOFFAME FamousDC launches: DC Intern Hall of Fame! Do you have the absolute best intern in Washington DC? Show your rockstar intern some love by nominating them for the DC Intern Hall of Fame. All you need to do is to email your submission to sarah@famousdc.com. Please include: name of Intern, company/ boss, […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • 20 Totally Free Things to do in DC

    Paige Gress
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Photo By: Michael Tompsett   #1: See one of the largest selections of portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. #2: Hit the books at the Library of Congress. #3: Rise sky high for the best view of DC at the Washington Monument. #4: Take in the unique works of art at The Phillips Collection Tuesday […] The post 20 Totally Free Things to do in DC appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sh*t DC Says

    Sarah Gunion
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    We pulled this from the vault because it’s too good not to repost. It can also be enjoyed as a drinking game- take a shot every time you’ve said one of these things. Be prepared to get sh*t-faced. The post Sh*t DC Says appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • LIBOR prison blues

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    A TRADER is sentenced to 14 years in prison for rate-rigging, armoured cars enter the luxury goods market and the British government sells down its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland
  • The people's QE and central bank independence

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    ENTHUSIASM for political outsiders is not confined to Donald Trump, Greece's Syriza or France's Marine Le Pen. In Britain, a formerly obscure leftwinger named Jeremy Corbyn seems on course to be Labour leader and thus potentially the next prime minister. There is plenty to be said about his foreign policy views, such as withdrawal from NATO; read this profile in Labour's in-house magazine, the New Statesman, for the details. But the enthusiasm for Mr Corbyn seems driven by his economic policies, notably his opposition to austerity. His maths look shaky as has been pointed out by Jolyon…
  • Puerto Rico doesn’t have the money

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    WHEN Alejandro García Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, announced on June 29th that its $72 billion public debt was unsustainable, he warned that the only alternative to a comprehensive restructuring “would be the unilateral and unplanned non-payment of obligations”. It would be a drastic step for the autonomous American territory, which the United States regards as a commonwealth. Mr García Padilla was presumably hoping to intimidate Puerto Rico’s recalcitrant creditors into accepting their inevitable losses, thus averting disaster. Just a month later, the worst-case scenario has…
  • BA's big bluff on a third runway at Heathrow

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    GULLIVER had to do a double take on Friday after reading that Willie Walsh, the chief executive of IAG, the group that owns British Airways, now opposes expanding Heathrow Airport in London. "We did not ask for it and we do not want it," he said of the hub's proposed third runway (see map), which was endorsed by the Airports Commission this summer. Funny that, given that Mr Walsh last year told the Independent: "The case was already being made before I joined BA in 2005, but a lot of my time [as chief executive of the airline] was spent arguing for a third runway." Then there was the speech…
  • Is mining as bad as asset-stripping?

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We received the following response from Professor Paul Stevens of Chatham House, a think-tank, about a recent article in The EconomistOn January 10th 2015, The Economist published an article entitled "African economic growth: The twilight of the resource curse?" The article argued that the economic outlook for many African countries looks promising despite falling commodity prices. This, it was claimed, reflected growing economic diversification by these countries away from dependence on commodities, and lessons learned about the power of good governance. It was argued that, "with better…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Are Journalists & Activists Safe Anywhere in Mexico? Protests Erupt over Killing of 5 in Mexico City

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    In Mexico City, thousands of protesters are continuing to denounce the murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa. Espinosa, who worked for the leading newsmagazine Proceso, was killed by gunmen alongside human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women in an apartment in Mexico City Friday. Both Espinosa and Vera had been working in the southern state of Veracruz, which has seen increasingly deadly violence against journalists and activists. According to human rights groups, Espinosa’s murder signals a new level of violence against Mexican journalists, as he may be the first to be…
  • Naomi Klein on Visiting the Vatican & the Radical Economic Message Behind Papal Climate Encyclical

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Following the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, a major conference on climate change was held at the Vatican. Speakers included our guest, Naomi Klein, author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.” We speak to Klein about her trip to the Vatican and the importance of the pope’s message – not only on climate change, but the global economy.
  • Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader, When Will He Act Like One?

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth’s hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. Under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition, new power plants will be required to be far cleaner, which could effectively prevent any new coal plants from opening. But does the plan go far enough? We speak to Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism…
  • Headlines for August 4, 2015

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Obama Unveils Plan to Cut Power Plant EmissionsYemen: Brigade of UAE Ground Troops Arrive to Fight HouthisReport: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Killed 459 Iraqi & Syrian CiviliansRepublicans Jockey in Town Hall as Frontrunner Trump Refuses to ShowPolling Orgs. Protest Fox News' Plan to Pick Top 10 for First DebateRepublican Push to Defund Planned Parenthood Fails in SenateLouisiana: Gov. Cuts Medicaid Contract with Planned ParenthoodIdaho: Judge Overturns "Ag Gag" Law, Citing Free Speech RightsColorado Movie Theater Shooter James Holmes Could Face Death PenaltyOhio Coroner: Bottle in…
  • "The Look of Silence": Will New Film Force U.S. to Acknowledge Role in 1965 Indonesian Genocide?

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:13 am
    October 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the 1965 genocide in Indonesia that left over one million people dead. Human rights groups are circulating petitions calling for the U.S. government to acknowledge its role in the genocide and to release CIA, military and other governmental records related to the mass killings. The United States provided the Indonesian army with financial, military and intelligence support at the time of the mass killings. Today we look at the pursuit of one Indonesian man confronting his brother’s killers. In 1965, Adi Rukun’s older brother…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Donald Trump’s Substance Free Campaign For President

    Doug Mataconis
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Over at Reason, Peter Suderman makes this observation about Donald Trump’s campaign and the people who support him: What Trump offers is a fantasy of governance without negotiation, of economic success without policy detail, of a president who does not particularly feel the need to act presidential. It’s a fantasy of politics without politics, for people who just don’t want to think about it too much. In this view, the fact that Trump has clearly put so little thought into it himself makes him seem sensible and relatable. All of which is to say that the mindlessness and…
  • The Bonsai Tree That Survived A Nuclear Blast

    Doug Mataconis
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    A bonsai tree that is believed to be at least 390 years old survived the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago this week: Moses Weisberg was walking his bicycle through the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington when he stopped at a mushroom-shaped tree. The first thing he noticed was the thickness of the trunk, estimated at almost a foot and a half in diameter. And then there was the abundance of spindly leaves, a healthy head of hair for a botanical relic 390 years old. But it was only when he learned the full history of the tree, a Japanese white pine donated in 1976,…
  • Donald Trump Solidifies His Lead In Final Pre-Debate Polls

    Doug Mataconis
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    What are likely to be the final polls released before Fox News announces who it will be inviting to Thursday’s debate and who will get stuck with an invitation to what is being called the “Kid’s Table” confirm what we’ve been seeing for the past two weeks, Donald Trump in the lead and Rick Perry’s effort to get himself into the main debate has most likely failed. First up, there’s the new poll from Fox News that puts Trump nine points ahead of his nearest rival and only two candidates in double digits: Businessman Donald Trump continues to gain ground…
  • Lindsey Graham Promoted Twice As Absentee Reservist

    James Joyner
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:20 am
    Lindsey Graham recently retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service. His missed most of the last twenty. WaPo (“Sen. Graham moved up in Air Force Reserve ranks despite light duties“): Of all the candidates vying to become the nation’s next commander in chief, none has spent as much time in the military as Sen. Lindsey O. Graham. The South Carolina Republican retired from the Air Force this summer after a 33-year career, including two decades as a reservist while serving in Congress. But a detailed examination of Graham’s military record…
  • Harper Calls Canadian Elections For October 19th

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Over the weekend, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper started the process that will lead to national elections in October: OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada called federal elections on Sunday, hoping to extend his Conservative Party’s decade-long hold on power despite questions about its ethics and a struggling economy. By law, Mr. Harper had to hold a vote in October. But he broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer during what is a holiday weekend in most of the country. The move appeared designed to give…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: The FOX, CNN Interviews

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire, as well as clips from other news shows on which he appeared (usually to that show’s chagrin). Related Entries August 4, 2015 VIDEO: Jon Stewart: Top Republicans Flock to California for a Chance to ‘Gobble Some Koch’ July 29, 2015 VIDEO: Jon Stewart Won’t Let an Ethiopian Anthropologist ‘Jump In on the Trump Action’
  • VIDEO: Larry Wilmore: Jim Gilmore Has a Bigger Chance of Winning ‘The Hunger Games’ Than Presidency

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    On Monday’s “Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore took a gander at the latest and least-known GOP candidates in anticipation of Thursday’s Republican debate. Related Entries August 4, 2015 VIDEO: Jon Stewart: Top Republicans Flock to California for a Chance to ‘Gobble Some Koch’ July 29, 2015 VIDEO: Jon Stewart Won’t Let an Ethiopian Anthropologist ‘Jump In on the Trump Action’
  • The Man Who Survived Hiroshima: ‘I Had Entered a Living Hell on Earth’

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
        Sunao Tsuboi, above, was 20 when the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on his city. (Shizuo Kambayashi / AP) “There were people crying out for help, calling after members of their family,” Sunao Tsuboi said of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which he survived when he was a college student. “I saw a schoolgirl with her eye hanging out of its socket. People looked like ghosts, bleeding and trying to walk before collapsing.” From The Guardian: It is not as if Sunao Tsuboi needs another reminder of his violent encounter, as a 20-year-old university student, with…
  • Why Hillary Clinton’s Brand of Zionism Should Keep Her From Winning the Election

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Hillary Clinton’s “scary credentials” with regards to the Middle East may make it “impossible” for many to vote for her in the upcoming presidential election; the McMansion is back and bigger than ever; meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders gives his take on why the Greek crisis should matter to Americans. These discoveries and more below. Red Lines Versus the Lesser of Two Evils Hillary Clinton’s brand of craven Zionism makes voting for her impossible in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. How the Daycare Child Abuse Hysteria of the 1980s Became a Witch Hunt TV…
  • Democrats Block Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood’s Funding as Group Faces One of Its Biggest Crises

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    (dogra / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Planned Parenthood and its allies are now defending its practices, which have helped to dramatically reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions in the United States, after the group’s fetal tissue program has come under fire. Undercover videos about the tissue transfers have given conservatives a handy excuse to try and “purge” the nonprofit organization’s federal funding. From The New York Times: As president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards tries to keep perspective while the group faces one of its biggest political crises. After all,…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Samsung Creates $86 Million Fund For Workers Who Develop Cancer And Preventive Safety Measures

    Lauren C. Williams
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Mobile device titan Samsung will set aside $86 million to support workers who develop cancer and other diseases from working at the company’s chip and display factories. In a statement to Reuters, which first reported the story, Samsung said it would make payments to sick plant workers, contractors, and their families. The money will also fund research and improve worker safety. Two hundred Samsung employees have become ill since the 1990s after working at the company’s South Korean factories. At least 70 of whom died from lymphoma, leukemia and other diseases caused by extended…
  • Jeb Bush Isn’t Sure If We Should Spend Half A Billion On ‘Women’s Health Issues’

    Kay Steiger
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said at the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if the government should be spending half a billion dollars on “women’s health issues.” “The next president should defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The argument against this is, well women’s health issues, you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues. You could take dollar for dollar, although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues, but…
  • Anti-Choice Activist To Face Jury For Threatening Abortion Provider

    Katelyn Harrop
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Prominent anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard will stand trial for the contents of a 2011 letter which threatened the life of Kansas doctor, Mila Means, who was planning to offer abortion procedures. “Thousands of people are already looking into your background, not just in Wichita, but from all over the U.S.,” read Dillard’s letter to Means. “They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live. You will be checking under your car because everyday-because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under…
  • Catholic Schoolteacher Fired For Being A Lesbian Fights For Her Job

    Jack Jenkins
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    In June, Margie Winters was fired from her job as director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania for being public about her same-sex marriage. “What it was like inside, was like a death,” Winters told a local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. But Winters and a band of supporters are refusing to let that be the end of her story, or her teaching career. On Monday afternoon, the former schoolteacher and 50 of her supporters marched to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Center City offices to deliver a petition demanding her reinstatement. She attempted to…
  • The Criminalization Of Being A Kid: Officer Allegedly Shackles Elementary Student For Minor Infraction

    Sam P.K. Collins
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    A federal lawsuit out of Kentucky has placed law enforcement in the spotlight once again, raising concerns about overzealous disciplinary policies carried out against special-needs students when they commit minor infractions. The lawsuit — filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Children’s Law Center and law firm Dinsmore & Shohl — alleges that Kevin Sumner, a deputy sheriff and school resources officer in Kenton, Kentucky, violently restrained a boy and girl during three separate incidents last fall, shackling their arms behind their back each time. Both…
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  • Hillary Wants to Tell You About Her Mom

    Seth Stevenson
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The Spot: We see Hillary Clinton addressing us, in close-up, interspersed with old black-and-white photos of her now-deceased mother, Dorothy. After recounting the details of her mother’s grim childhood—“abandoned by her parents at age 8, sent from Chicago to L.A. to live with grandparents who didn’t want her”—Clinton explains that she’s running for president so that she can help people like her mom. “I think about all the Dorothys all over America,” she says, as the scene switches to a shot of Clinton shaking the hand of a small, smiling girl. The closing image is a photo…
  • “And Not Just the Rhythm Method, OK?”

    Phoebe Gavin
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    During a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire this morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took his “I tell the truth” mantra further than attendees had bargained for.  "I'm a Catholic, but I've used birth control,” he said.” And not just the rhythm method, OK?"
  • Passing the Buck

    Josephine Wolff
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    When one of my credit cards expired this summer, my bank sent me a replacement with a microchip. This wasn’t my first credit card with a chip—in fact, credit card companies have long been heralding 2015 as the year when all of the old magnetic stripe cards for U.S. cardholders will be replaced with high-tech EMV-compatible cards. (EMV stands for the first three companies that developed the technical standard for chip cards: Europay, MasterCard, and Visa.) This was supposed to be the year when the United States was finally going to catch up to Europe and Australia, which transitioned to…
  • The “Olympics, Here?” Bonus Segment

    Josh Levin
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Last week, the U.S. Olympic committee and city of Boston announced that its bid for the 2024 games was dead. But it seems like no one really wants the Olympics here in the states … or do they? In this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment for Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh, Mike, and June discuss about whether they’ll be disappointed if the Olympics aren’t held on American soil soon. Also—what is the price of hosting the games, anyways? Listen to find out more.
  • How to Save the Lions

    Luke Hunter
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The horrific killing of the magnificent, black-maned lion Cecil by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe highlights the little-known plight of his species. Lion populations are in free fall, and we are losing this iconic species in most of its range. Only two centuries ago, hundreds of thousands of lions inhabited Africa. Today there are perhaps 20,000 of the big cats, living in 8 percent of their former range.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Jeb Bush: "I'm Not Sure We Need Half a Billion Dollars" for Women’s Health

    Becca Andrews
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    When he was governor of Florida, Jeb Bush vetoed state funding for Planned Parenthood. He thinks the next president should do the same—at the federal level. That's what Bush said Tuesday at the Send North America conference, one of America's largest evangelical gatherings. He wasn't done talking about women's health care, though: You could take dollar for dollar—although I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars—for women's health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine community health organizations that exist to provide quality care…
  • Trump Adds a Touch of Class to the Anti-Planned Parenthood Mob

    Becca Andrews
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    In a radio interview yesterday with conservative host Hugh Hewitt, Donald Trump took the unusual step of agreeing with other Republican presidential candidates. He said that it would be better for the federal government to shut down than to continue funding Planned Parenthood. "The only way to get rid of Planned Parenthood money for selling off baby parts is to shut the government down in September. Would you support that?" Hewitt asked. Trump replied, "Well I can tell you this. I would." In the late '90s, Trump said he supported keeping late-term abortions legal, but since first considering…
  • Donald Trump's Top Iowa Staffer Made This Amazing Infomercial for Bedazzler

    Tim Murphy
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    With the first Republican presidential debate two days away, Donald Trump is leading his nearest competitor in the national polls by as much as 12 points. In Iowa, the Real Clear Politics poll average puts him in second behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but in the most recent poll of the race, Trump took a commanding 30.9 percent of the vote in a 16-candidate field. As GQ's Drew Magary notes, Trump's comments about Mexicans, China, and many of his opponents have fueled his rise in the state. So what kind of crack campaign operation does Trump have in the first-in-the-nation caucus state?
  • Donald Trump Was Totally Right to Skip the Big Candidate Forum in New Hampshire

    Tim Murphy
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
    So this is what it looks like when Donald Trump stays home. The businessman and board game magnate, who is currently leading the Republican presidential field by a mile, skipped the first full candidate forum of the 2016 presidential race on Monday in New Hampshire. His official reason: the host newspaper, New Hampshire's Union-Leader, had already signaled that it wasn't interested in endorsing his campaign. But maybe he had an inkling of what we know for certain now—14 candidates racing against the clock to recite canned talking points makes for a total snoozefest. The moderator, Jack…
  • State Department Officials Overruled Their Own Human Trafficking Experts

    Samantha Michaels
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The State Department inflated the grades of diplomatically sensitive countries in its yearly assessment of human trafficking around the globe, according to an investigation published by Reuters on Monday. A negative ranking in the department's annual "Trafficking in Persons Report" can shame offending nations, and even lead to sanctions. And while it isn't unusual for the rankings to be reviewed by officials outside the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons—the State Department unit home to analysts who investigate countries' trafficking records—Reuters suggests…
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  • Jeb Bush: 'Not Sure We Need Half A Billion Dollars For Women's Health Issues'

    John Amato
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio were the only GOP presidential candidates to speak at the Evangelical Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission today and after being asked about the Planned Parenthood videos, Jeb remarked that the next president should defund Planned Parenthood. He bragged about defunding PP when he was governor in Florida, but went much farther when he said he's not sure we need a half a billion dollars to properly fund women's health issues. This is misogynistic claptrap that panders to the religious right. "I'm not sure we need half a…
  • House Aide Arrested For Carrying Unregistered, Loaded Gun

    Karoli
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Peter James Boby, a staffer for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), was arrested by Capitol Hill police after he was found with a loaded, unregistered gun in his car. Peter James Boby, a staffer for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), was arrested after authorities found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in his vehicle during a routine security screening, a police spokeswoman confirmed. Boby was arrested outside the Cannon House Office Building around 2 p.m. He is charged with carrying a pistol without a license, carrying an unregistered firearm and carrying unregister ammunition. Nice one. Of course, I'm sure…
  • Reports: Shots Fired On Soldiers At Camp Shelby

    Karoli
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    It looks like there are more wingnuts out and paranoid about the Jade Helm exercises today. Even after the North Carolina arrests, shots were fired on Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. No one was injured, but the shooters are still at large. WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS WDAM: Authorities are searching for two suspects who allegedly fired shots at a group of soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Perry County deputies have confirmed that shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. on a group of soldiers training in the area. Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale…
  • CNN Confronts Man Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Over His Link To Anti-abortion Violence

    David
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, who was behind the recent deceptively edited anti-Planned Parenthood videos, insisted to CNN host Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday that he was not personally a violent person even though his organization was tied to violent extremists. "Critics of your organization say that you're not journalists as you purport to be on your website, but rather you're violent extremists," Camerota noted. "They say that you are operating under the guise of investigative reporting, but really you're trying to shut down all Planned Parenthoods and women's access to…
  • The Media Won't Even Allow Hillary Clinton To Be A Real Grandmother

    John Amato
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    The outpouring of hatred being spewed at Hillary Clinton by the conservative press is not surprising, but when that same hatred also extends far into the beltway media, then there is a real problem. Ron Fournier, a VIllager in high standing, defended the journalistic crime the NY Times perpetrated on Hillary Clinton and those pesky emails with the zeal of a true believer. [clmediameta nid=110349] FOURNIER: What - what bothered me about Hillary Clinton last week was another attack she took. Actually a much more effective and disingenuous one against "The New York Times." "The New York Times"…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for August 4, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    So, now Obama claims to be 54. Did you know last year he claimed to be 53? Typical Obama. GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT, BARRY. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 3, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    I just bought a tablet because what I really needed was a second device to pick up and immediately forget why I picked it up. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich … Continue reading →
  • Hidden in drops of water

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
  • Go Set a Watchman: Historically Important – Literarily, Not So Much…

    Jim Booth
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Go Set a Watchman, to use a tired description, is what it is: a sixty year-old first novel that its author, with guidance from a thoughtful editor, revised into a beloved classic of American literature. I wrote about Harper Lee’s … Continue reading →
  • Mike Huckabee is tired of your constitutional bullshit

    Frank Balsinger
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Forget Jade Helm and America’s invasion of America under Obama, this is how you do it This just in: Mike Huckabee: As president I wouldn’t rule out using federal troops and the FBI to stop abortions Appearing at a Pizza … Continue reading →
 
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    Power Line

  • Climate: The (Flabby) Arms of Krupp

    Steven Hayward
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    (Steven Hayward) The Wall Street Journal editorial page this morning suggests that individual states should simply refuse to cooperate with Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” finalized on Monday. But across the page from their feisty editorial is an op-ed article singing a “hosanna we’re saved!” hymn about the wonderfulness of the climate plan from Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund. There are a large number of snarky online comments on why the Journal would print such drivel in its otherwise sensible pages, but I think the critics are looking at this wrong. The worst…
  • Richard Schweiker, RIP

    Steven Hayward
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    (Steven Hayward) I neglected to note yesterday the passing of another significant figure, former Pennsylvania Senator and HHS Secretary Richard Schweiker. He became a person of special prominence in 1976 when Ronald Reagan announced he’d pick Schweiker—who had a reputation as a very liberal Republican—if he (Reagan) wrested the nomination away from Gerald Ford. Many conservatives were appalled, but when Schweiker became HHS Secretary in 1981, he turned out to be a true-blue (the color we used in those days before we started using red) conservative, and stalwart Reaganite. Reagan had…
  • The Immigration Onslaught Continues

    John Hinderaker
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    (John Hinderaker) We are in the midst of the biggest influx of immigrants in our country’s history. In the next ten years, under current law, the federal government will issue 10 million green cards–more than the combined populations of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. This chart is courtesy of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration: Subcommittee staff explains the significance of green cards, the large majority of which will go to low-skill workers: Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants…
  • Robert Conquest, RIP

    Steven Hayward
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    (Steven Hayward) Sad news this hour of the passing of the great historian Robert Conquest, at the age of 98. Conquest surely deserves to be counted among the top five most important historians of Communism and the Soviet Union in our time. His book The Great Terror, about the Soviet purges and deliberate famine policy of the 1930s, made it impossible for anyone to deny the essential character of Stalin’s regime. But leftists tried anyway. As the Wall Street Journal explains in its new story: Mr. Conquest’s master work, “The Great Terror,” was the first detailed account of the…
  • Speaking of the Iran deal (12) [updated with video]

    Scott Johnson
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    (Scott Johnson) Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke via live webcast this afternoon about our deal with Iran. I understand that the recorded video will be available later this afternoon. If it is embeddable I will post it here. Please check back later. The webcast was sponsored by and addressed to supporters of the Jewish Federations of North America. Thousands tuned in. The show got on the road 30 minutes later than scheduled. I found the webcast glitchy. I listened in via cellphone whenever the webcast paused. I deleted the previous version of this post embedding the live webcast because it was…
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    Salon.com

  • This will haunt Jeb Bush: GOP candidate says we spend too much on “women’s health issues”

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Jeb Bush asserted Tuesday that the U.S. government spends too much on "women's health issues," quickly backtracking following a political firestorm and claiming he "misspoke."Speaking before the Southern Baptist Convention today in Nashville, Tennessee, the Republican presidential candidate boasted that as governor of Florida, he defunded Planned Parenthood. Bush vowed to defund the women's health organization federally as president.When asked about the Republicans' most recent efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Bush dismissed the notion of a "war on women," to argue, "I'm not sure we…
  • Kelly Osbourne’s Donald Trump fail: Fighting his racism with her own harmful stereotypes

    STimberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Well, the Donald Trump Award for insensitive statements about race just went to … someone assailing Donald Trump. Or specifically, to Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of Ozzy and reality TV mainstay, who was referring to Trump’s nasty comments about Latinos coming to America to rape and pillage.Osbourne was on “The View,” where Whoopi Goldberg mentioned Trump’s steadiness in the polls; Rosie Perez, Michelle Collins, and Raven-Symone batted the idea around a little bit. Osbourne made a good point with, "In what way does he think that people are going to vote for him after he's just…
  • Joe Biden finally breaks his silence on 2016 speculation

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The New York Times set off a fresh round of speculation over the weekend that Joe Biden may enter the 2016 presidential contest, first with a Maureen Dowd column reporting that Biden "has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire," and then with an article from the paper's Amy Chozick essentially corroborating Dowd's reporting.Much of the political chattering class has been consumed by will-he-or-won't-he talk in the days since, and on Tuesday, Biden finally broke his silence on the matter.At the end of a meeting with…
  • “Every story another tweaker told me while we were getting high”: A guide to the end of summer’s hottest books

    Erin Keane
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    For August, I posed a series of questions – with, as always, a few verbal restrictions – to six authors with new books: Kathleen Alcott ("Infinite Home," novel, out today) Dean Bakopolous ("Summerlong," novel, out now), Jennine Capó Crucet ("Make Your Home Among Strangers," novel, out today), Eileen G’Sell ("Portait of My Ex with Giant Burrito," poetry), Bucky Sinister (Black Hole, novel, Aug. 11), and Jonathan Weisman ("No. 4 Imperial Lane," novel, out today).Without summarizing it in any way, what would you say your book is about?G'SELL: Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, and Nicki Minaj…
  • Here’s your GOP debate lineup: Final roster set for Thursday night’s showdown

    Luke Brinker
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Fox News' poll window for the top 10 candidates to qualify for Thursday night's first GOP presidential primary debate closed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, so we now know which candidates will make the cut and face off at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.In averages of the most recent public polls, the top 10 candidates are as follows:1. Donald Trump2. Jeb Bush3. Scott Walker4. Mike Huckabee5. Ben Carson6. Ted Cruz7. Marco Rubio8. Rand Paul9. Chris Christie10. John KasichContinue Reading...
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  • Capital Journal: Five Ideas Worth Debating on the GOP Stage

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Thursday’s Republican presidential debate has been about Donald Trump and who will qualify for it, but Gerald F. Seib writes that candidates have put out several ideas that are worthy of discussion.
  • Donald Trump Leads GOP Field, New Poll Finds

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Donald Trump has jumped to the front of Republicans’ 2016 presidential candidate field, holding that position even after a spate of incendiary comments, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.
  • Unhappy Voters Shake Up Presidential Race

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    An unhappy and unsettled electorate is giving a lift to antiestablishment candidates and changing the dynamics of the 2016 presidential contest for both parties, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
  • Obama Unveils Rule to Cut Carbon Emissions From Power Plants

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    President Obama’s aggressive plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants launched what will be a monthslong push that the administration hopes culminates in a global climate accord this year.
  • Amy Schumer Pushes Gun Control

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Amy Schumer appears alongside Sen. Charles Schumer—the comedian’s second-cousin, once removed—at his Manhattan office to argue for a variety of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Was the NSA Tracking the 911 Hijackers?

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    New revelations about the National Security Agency’s ability to track phone calls in pre-9/11 America are raising the specter of a massive government cover-up. One that could have been used to hide intelligence failures, and fuel arguments for mass domestic spying. In 2000, Khalid al-Mihdhar was living in San Diego. One year later, he would go on to be one of the five hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 77, steered into the Pentagon on September 11. But in the months leading up to that horrifying day, al-Mihdhar made a number of phone calls to Yemen from his California…
  • Equality Nonsense

    Walter E. Williams
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A particular act or policy might not have a discriminatory intent, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. If it has a disproportionately negative impact on so-called protected classes, it is said to have a disparate impact and risks being prohibited by law. The uninformed assumption made by judges, lawyers and academics is that but for the fact of racial and sex discrimination, we all would be distributed across occupations, educational backgrounds and other socio-economic characteristics according to our percentages in the population. Such a vision is absolute nonsense. There is no…
  • Corn in Your Tank

    Eric Peters
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If something’s desirable it ought not to be necessary to force people to buy it. Chipotle, for instance, doesn’t need to spend millions in de facto bribes (“campaign contributions”) to wheedle Congress into passing burrito subsidies. Nor are you forced to eat at Chipotle if burritos and bowls are not your thing. The market has voted – freely, without being prodded or pushed – that Chipotle is a good place to eat and so people go there willingly, part with their money gladly. Why doesn’t the same standard apply  to “renewable” fuels, specifically – ethanol and biodiesel?
  • 1,1 Million Drug Prisoners in the US

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Of the 2.2 million Americans in prison right now, about half are there for drug-related offenses. It’s a tricky number to determine because felonies such as murder, assault, burglary, arson, robbery, and even kidnapping can still be linked to the drug war. The Bureau of Justice Statistics claims, “Between 2001 and 2013, more than half of prisoners serving sentences of more than a year in federal facilities were convicted of drug offenses.” There are no prominent right-wing politicians today condoning legalization, but can we at least start with pot? Making teenagers play videogames for…
  • The Plot To Destroy Nixon

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In his new biography “Being Nixon: A Man Divided,” Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, “was not paranoid; the press and the ‘Georgetown set’ really were out to get him.” Carl Bernstein’s review found Thomas’ book deficient in its failure to chronicle the “endemic criminality” of the Nixon presidency. Yet, recent revelations suggest that “endemic criminality” is a phrase that might well be applied to the newsroom of The Washington Post when Bob Woodward and Bernstein worked there. Consider. In…
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    Political Wire

  • Rick Perry Bumped from GOP Debate

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “Setting the stage for the first formal debate of the 2016 presidential primary season, Fox News announced the final lineup for its GOP debate Thursday in Cleveland–denying former Texas Gov. Rick Perry a slot on the main prime-time stage,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Fox gave a boost to the late-starting campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the flagging candidacy of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by giving them both a place in the debate, which the network limited to 10 of the 17 announced candidates based on national poll rankings.”
  • Trump Calls for Government Shutdown Over Abortion

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Donald Trump said he believes Republicans should shut down the government rather than fund a “disgraceful” Planned Parenthood, CNN reports. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there will be no more government shutdowns: “Through negotiation, we have divided government. Different parties control the Congress and the White House. And at some point, we’ll negotiate the way forward.”
  • Bonus Trump Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:18 pm
    “I think I’m going to win – this will surprise you – I’m going to win Hispanics, and I think I’m going to win the African-American vote. Because I create jobs and they want jobs.” — Donald Trump, interviewed on Morning Joe.
  • Christie Shares Too Much Information

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    “Chris Christie uses birth control  — and not the rhythm method,” the Washington Post reports. “That’s the cringe-worthy revelation the New Jersey governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate made at a town hall Tuesday morning.”
  • Trump Changes Voicemail Into an Ad

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Donald Trump has turned the tables on Gawker. After the online site published of Donald Trump’s cellphone numbers, the GOP presidential candidate changed his voicemail, ABC News reports. The new recording: “Hi, this is Donald Trump and I’m running for the presidency of the United States of America. With your help and support, together we can make America truly great again! Visit me at twitter @realDonaldTrump and check out my campaign website at www.donaldtrump.com Hope to see you on the campaign trail, we’re going to do it!”
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Why Is It So Hard for Wrongfully Convicted Women to Get Justice?

    Molly Redden
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Kristine Bunch spent 16 years in prison before a court overturned her conviction for killing her son. Photograph by Narayan Mahon In the early morning hours of June 30, 1995, a fire sparked to life in Kristine Bunch's mobile home. It fanned out across the floor and climbed up the walls, then formed an impassable barrier across the middle of the trailer. Bunch, 21, snapped awake in the living room. Her three-year-old son, Tony, shrieked for her on the other side of the flames. Bunch staggered outside and howled for a neighbor. She bashed Tony's window with a tricycle. As the flames lashed 30…
  • Here's Donald Trump's Cellphone Number

    Miles E. Johnson
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Two weeks after publicly releasing a Republican presidential rival's cellphone number, Donald Trump got his comeuppance on Monday. Gawker’s Sam Biddle published Trump’s phone number in a story, responding to Trump's public reading of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s phone number during a campaign speech in South Carolina on July 21. Biddle argued that the release of Graham’s number was important to maintaining open and direct channels of communication between voters and candidates, and felt that Trump should be held to a similar standard. But before you pull out your own…
  • Planned Parenthood Survives Congressional Assault—For Now

    Becca Andrews
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:19 pm
    A Republican effort to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding came up short in the Senate Monday, with a Democratic filibuster leaving the bill from Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seven votes shy of the 60 needed for passage. But the failure of the measure, which aimed to take awaymore than $500 million in federal funding from the organization, is likely just a prelude to a fiercer debate to come. Republican presidential candidates such as Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are threatening another government shutdown if federal money for the reproductive…
  • "Lawless and Radical": What the 2016 Candidates Think of Obama's New Climate Change Plan

    Miles E. Johnson
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    President Barack Obama just unveiled the final version of rules that crack down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants—the most significant contributor to global warming in the United States. "Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore," Obama said in a video released on Sunday. But not everyone agrees. Here's what some of the leading 2016 presidential candidates think of Obama's Clean Power Plan: Marco Rubio On Sunday, at an event hosted by the Koch Brothers, the Florida senator slammed the plan. "So if there's some billionaire somewhere who is a…
  • This Video Shows a Police Officer Handcuffing an 8-Year-Old Boy With a Mental Disorder

    Jaeah Lee
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    A Kentucky police officer has been named in a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleging that he illegally handcuffed and restrained two elementary school students with disabilities. According to the lawsuit, Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer assigned to the Covington Independent Public Schools district, used handcuffs last fall to restrain an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, placing the cuffs on their biceps behind their backs. Sumner allegedly did so after the students failed to comply with directions given by school authorities. Both students had…
 
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    Raw Story

  • World War II pilot who invented modern respirator dies at 94

    Agence France-Presse
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Forrest Bird, an American aviator who helped save countless lives by inventing the first modern ventilator, has died at the age of 94. Bird passed away at his home in Sagle, Idaho on Sunday, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) said in a statement. “Dr Bird was truly a pioneer ...
  • Santorum, Perry and Jindal miss the cut for Fox News Republican candidate debate

    Reuters
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Fox News on Tuesday announced the 10 candidates who will participate in the first prime-time Republican U.S. presidential debate this week, including Ohio Governor John Kasich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, but former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum missed th...
  • Police scour Calif. desert for survivalist who allegedly killed dentist

    Reuters
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Police were searching remote deserts and foothills in Central California on Tuesday for a unidentified fugitive with survivalist skills wanted in a brazen crime spree that a includes a kidnapping and the murder of a retired dentist. The man, last seen wearing military-style clothing, was being sough...
  • Federal panel calls for more selective autism screenings for children

    Newsweek
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent, government-funded panel of volunteer physicians, released a draft recommendation statement and report this week suggesting that there is insufficient evidence to support screening all children for autism, particularly those who do not...
  • Florida woman kidnaps daughter to stop her from getting vaccines and learning about black history

    Arturo Garcia
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A 23-year-old Florida woman was arrested on Monday after allegedly stealing her 3-year-old daughter to prevent her from learning about black history at school and receiving vaccinations, the Broward County Sun-Sentinel reported. Authorities took Megan Elizabeth Everett into custody after being alert...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Labour leadership vote: Harriet Harman asks MPs to vet new party members

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Move follows concerns that votes for Jeremy Corbyn from trade unionists as well as bogus rightwing applicants could undermine integrity of party ballotHarriet Harman is so concerned that the Labour leadership contest may be infiltrated by entryists on the left and the right that she has written to every Labour MP with the names of people in their constituency who have signed up as party members or registered as supporters since the election.The interim Labour leader wants the MPs to report any of the new members or registered supporters who are members of other parties or are known…
  • Labour must 'end the madness' over Jeremy Corbyn, says Alan Johnson

    Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Former home secretary urges members to back Yvette Cooper because she can unite the party to win powerThe Labour party should “end the madness” of a growing surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn and elect Yvette Cooper on the grounds that she has “the intellect, the experience and the inner steel” to succeed as leader, Alan Johnson has said.Amid growing nerves among senior party figures that Corbyn is building up an apparently unstoppable momentum, Johnson described the veteran leftwinger as “cheerfully disloyal” and praised Cooper as the unity candidate. Continue reading...
  • Iraq inquiry: Cameron to demand Chilcot names a publication date

    Patrick Wintour Political editor
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The prime minister, who is losing patience with report delays, will tell Sir John Chilcot he must set out a timetable for its completionAn impatient David Cameron will demand Sir John Chilcot names the date by which his report into the British invasion of Iraq will be ready for publication.The prime minister is expected to tell Chilcot he wants to see the report as soon as possible. “Right now I want a timetable,” he told journalists. Continue reading...
  • Ted Heath child abuse claims being investigated by five police forces

    Jamie Grierson
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Detectives in Wiltshire, London, Jersey, Kent and Hampshire now known to be examining claims that former Tory leader was a paedophile Related: Ted Heath allegations: another public figure, yet more public unease The child abuse controversy surrounding Sir Edward Heath grew on Tuesday as it emerged that at least five police forces were running investigations into the late former prime minister. Continue reading...
  • Brian Adcock on the RBS sell-off – cartoon

    Brian Adcock
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    * There’s an important anniversary coming up Thursday, and President Obama is going to make the most of it: President Obama will call for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act on its 50th anniversary Thursday, the White House said. Obama will hold a teleconference to commemorate the landmark legislation and call for its renewal, […]
  • A big boost for the Iran deal

    Greg Sargent
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Today, three Democratic Senators came out for the Iran deal: Tim Kaine of Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Barbara Boxer of California. The math now looks increasingly difficult for the deal’s opponents. Kaine and Nelson are both quite significant. They are both genuinely moderate; previously, the only ones who had come out for the […]
  • Why the war over Planned Parenthood will hurt the GOP in 2016

    Paul Waldman
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Last night Republicans in the Senate failed to overcome a filibuster and pass a bill that would end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. As the Post’s Mike DeBonis reported, “Defunding Planned Parenthood is now a centerpiece of the Republican agenda going into the summer congressional recess, and some hard-liners have said they are willing […]
  • Morning Plum: Large majority of Republicans trusts Donald Trump on illegal immigration

    Greg Sargent
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    Why, oh why, does a self-promoting buffoon like Donald Trump continue to lead the GOP field among Republican voters? There’s been a great deal of pundit hand-wringing about this question. David Brooks argues this morning that Trump’s “allure” is rooted in how voters “feel,” i.e., “alienated,” “frustrated,” and “angry.” No doubt that has something to […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    * New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan takes a harsh view of the Times’s screw-up on the Hillary Clinton email controversy, concluding that complaints about the paper’s coverage of Clinton in general are legitimate: I agree with this sentiment from a reader, Evan Hannay, who is troubled by some of the Clinton coverage: “Hillary deserves […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Final Deal with Iran Announced

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

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

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

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

    9 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    When I see things like these conspiracy theories get taken seriously, I worry for this country. The Framers founded the Republic on the notion that people could rationally manage their own affairs, that we wouldn't need "gently" born aristocrats to manage the great unwashed masses. We've come along way, but there's always going to be somebody who wants to mess things up.When it comes to conspiracy theories, I dislike them all. Wasn't always that way. between about the age of 8 and 13, I was a big believer in things like UFOs, government conspiracies, and all those other things I'd lump under…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Is Hillary Happy Running for President?

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Mark Steyn is absolutely right: Hillary is wooden and dull and Democrats need a romance. They can forgive scandals - whether financial or sexual - as long as they have a crush on their candidate. Look at Bill and Barak. So while the email scandals may energize the Republican base and erode Hillary at the margins, she's doing a pretty good job herself with a campaign that makes Jeb Bush look like as exciting as Trump. And that means that Bernie Sanders may actually achieve critical mass and start to threaten Hillary's campaign. If he hasn't already. Would Hillary debate Sanders? Perhaps not,…
  • The Spotlight Is on Majority Leader McConnell

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Since Harry Reid began filling up the amendment tree on a regular basis - a procedural tactic that converts the Senate Majority leader into the near-absolute gate keeper of amendments and thus debate in the upper chamber - the Senate has been transformed from a forum for open debate to a less democratic institution with emphasis on party discipline. The Senators' two traditional freedoms: unlimited debate, and unlimited opportunity to offer amendments, are now carefully controlled by the majority leader. Now, because current majority leader McConnell has recently engaged in similar tactics,…
  • Bring Back Kasich's Root-Canal Fiscal Policy

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Does anyone remember when Kasich - House Budget Committee Chairman at that time - threatened to eliminate the Commerce Department back in the 90's? Live on TV? In the heat of the budget battles that the new crop of GOP House members had with Clinton's White House, Kasich suggested the nation could get by fine without the services of the Commerce Department. Right next to him was Pete Domenici, at that point already one of the longest serving senators from New Mexico. And Domenici tried to rein in the - then - feisty young fellow Republican before some serious budget cuts actually did away…
  • You want to ban this flag?

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    They lost, sure, ban it. Then you must accept the consequences. He lost. NO MORE MONUMENTS FOR YOU! He went to war against the U.S. Government. He killed many Americans. He resisted Government tyranny. He lost! His monument must GO! Mexico went to war with this country! They lost! We Won! It's flag must never fly in this country, either! BAN IT! BOYCOTT products from Mexico! Japan brutally attacked the U.S. They starved many soldiers protecting our homeland. It's fanatical, suicidal tactics terrorized this country for 5 long years! BAN all products that have "MADE IN JAPAN" on them. The same…
  • Thanks to the Iran Deal, the Middle East Is Now M.a.D.

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Israel's nuclear ambiguity is no longer a sustainable policy, thanks to the Iran deal. The so-called "bomb in the basement" needs to be brought above ground, both metaphorically and literally, and Iran has to know the consequences of any action it may take at some point in the future against the state of Israel. That's where Israel, it's leaders, and it's people now find themselves thanks to the Obama administration and it's partners in the recently announced deal to ease sanctions and provide some sort of control over Iran's nuclear program. The Middle East is now entering a period of…
 
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    Salon.com

  • This will haunt Jeb Bush: GOP candidate says we spend too much on “women’s health issues”

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Jeb Bush asserted Tuesday that the U.S. government spends too much on "women's health issues," quickly backtracking following a political firestorm and claiming he "misspoke."Speaking before the Southern Baptist Convention today in Nashville, Tennessee, the Republican presidential candidate boasted that as governor of Florida, he defunded Planned Parenthood. Bush vowed to defund the women's health organization federally as president.When asked about the Republicans' most recent efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Bush dismissed the notion of a "war on women," to argue, "I'm not sure we…
  • Kelly Osbourne’s Donald Trump fail: Fighting his racism with her own harmful stereotypes

    STimberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Well, the Donald Trump Award for insensitive statements about race just went to … someone assailing Donald Trump. Or specifically, to Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of Ozzy and reality TV mainstay, who was referring to Trump’s nasty comments about Latinos coming to America to rape and pillage.Osbourne was on “The View,” where Whoopi Goldberg mentioned Trump’s steadiness in the polls; Rosie Perez, Michelle Collins, and Raven-Symone batted the idea around a little bit. Osbourne made a good point with, "In what way does he think that people are going to vote for him after he's just…
  • Joe Biden finally breaks his silence on 2016 speculation

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The New York Times set off a fresh round of speculation over the weekend that Joe Biden may enter the 2016 presidential contest, first with a Maureen Dowd column reporting that Biden "has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire," and then with an article from the paper's Amy Chozick essentially corroborating Dowd's reporting.Much of the political chattering class has been consumed by will-he-or-won't-he talk in the days since, and on Tuesday, Biden finally broke his silence on the matter.At the end of a meeting with…
  • “Every story another tweaker told me while we were getting high”: A guide to the end of summer’s hottest books

    Erin Keane
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    For August, I posed a series of questions – with, as always, a few verbal restrictions – to six authors with new books: Kathleen Alcott ("Infinite Home," novel, out today) Dean Bakopolous ("Summerlong," novel, out now), Jennine Capó Crucet ("Make Your Home Among Strangers," novel, out today), Eileen G’Sell ("Portait of My Ex with Giant Burrito," poetry), Bucky Sinister (Black Hole, novel, Aug. 11), and Jonathan Weisman ("No. 4 Imperial Lane," novel, out today).Without summarizing it in any way, what would you say your book is about?G'SELL: Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, and Nicki Minaj…
  • Here’s your GOP debate lineup: Final roster set for Thursday night’s showdown

    Luke Brinker
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Fox News' poll window for the top 10 candidates to qualify for Thursday night's first GOP presidential primary debate closed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, so we now know which candidates will make the cut and face off at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.In averages of the most recent public polls, the top 10 candidates are as follows:1. Donald Trump2. Jeb Bush3. Scott Walker4. Mike Huckabee5. Ben Carson6. Ted Cruz7. Marco Rubio8. Rand Paul9. Chris Christie10. John KasichContinue Reading...
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Better, Faster, Stronger

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

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

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

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

  • Why an Indie Press in Brooklyn Is Publishing the Pope

    Naomi Shavin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In the last year, Melville House has accomplished two lightning-speed publishing projects: in December of 2014, the small press rushed out copies of the Senate Torture Report in just 19 days; today is the release of their edition of the Pope’s encyclical on climate change. By publishing standards,
  • When You'd Rather Watch the Producer Than the Reality Show

    Silpa Kovvali
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The single worst thing a television character can be is bad at his job. We will forgive any number of failings from the fictional men and women we welcome into our homes each week, so long as they are successful at whatever it is they do: We want great ad men, great drug dealers, great mob bosses, a
  • Arguing Against Evil

    Patrick Iber
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran has prompted concerns from conservatives who say its government can’t be trusted to adhere to the negotiated terms. But leftist hawk Paul Berman had a different reaction. He 
  • Attacking Obama's Climate Plan Won't Save America's Dying Coal Industry

    Rebecca Leber
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    For years, Republicans have attacked President Barack Obama for waging a war on coal. In fact, for much of the Environmental Protection Agency’s existence, they’ve offered doomsday p
  • All Work and No Pay

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s say you find yourself at a dinner party with Philip Roth. It could happen. And let’s also say you’ve avoided the major etiquette pitfalls (i.e. liver jokes), but are still wary of saying t
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Brian Adcock on the RBS sell-off – cartoon

    Brian Adcock
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Continue reading...
  • Black American lives are being erased. The victors still rewrite history | Lindy West

    Lindy West
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The policeman who killed Michael Brown gets more sympathetic coverage than the dead teenager did, and let’s not even get started on Cecil the lionThis past weekend, a massive photograph of Cecil the lion (the beloved animal whose illegal death at the hands of a dweeby American dentist inspired a global outpouring of grief) was projected on to the Empire State Building. The installation was part of a campaign to raise awareness about endangered animals – usually a fairly benign and uncontroversial cause (yes, alive lions good, dead lions bad) – that struck a sour, nearly satirical…
  • The Guardian view on Canada’s elections: is the Stephen Harper era over?| Editorial

    Editorial
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    The October elections offer Canada a chance to return to the country’s best traditionsIt is the second biggest country in the world, yet sometimes it seems almost invisible. Often ignored by its powerful neighbour, regarded with only distant affection by the two European countries from which its settlers came, and taken for granted by many nations who should be more grateful than they are for its help and mediation in the past, Canada ploughs a lonely furrow. Now it is heading toward an election that will determine whether it will continue along the predictable rightward course set by…
  • Assisted dying is not the answer to old age. It could be the best time of our lives | John Harris

    John Harris
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    Gill Pharoah preferred to die rather than grow old. But I don’t share this vision of ageing“I have looked after people who are old, on and off, all my life. I have always said, ‘I am not getting old. I do not think old age is fun.’ I know that I have gone just over the hill now. It is not going to start getting better.”Gill Pharaoh, a 75-year-old former palliative care nurse, said those words to the Sunday Times not long before she left her home in north London for Switzerland. Anyone who has paid even fleeting attention to the news over the past few days will know what happened…
  • The Guardian view on the RBS sell-off: the price is not right | Editorial

    Editorial
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    George Osborne is giving too much priority to his political ambitions and not enough to getting a good deal for the taxpayerIt is a chancellor of the exchequer’s inescapable job to balance the political and the economic. Throughout his career at the Treasury, George Osborne has often prioritised the former over the latter. Now he has done so again – starting the sell-off of the taxpayers’ stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland earlier, and at a lower price, than market conditions would suggest is wise.It is seven years since Labour bailed out RBS with a £45bn injection of cash,…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Changing Of The Guard

    Mike McDaniel
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    Col. Paul tibbettscredit: wikipedia On August 6, 1945, Col. Paul Tibbetts flew the Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber named for his mother on a raid over Hiroshima, Japan. The Enola Gay dropped “Little Boy,” a uranium bomb, in the first use of a nuclear bomb in combat. Enola Gay Seventy year later, Brig. General Paul W. Tibbetts IV earned a historic milestone of his own. From Fox News:  Brig. Gen. Tibbetts (R) A grandson and namesake of the man who piloted the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II took over leadership Friday of the United States’ aging…
  • Chattanooga: The New First Responders 4

    Mike McDaniel
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    credit: newstimeafrica.com The Scenario: Saturday, 1110, the local shopping mall. You and your wife are walking along the wide, main concourse of the single story mall when suddenly, you hear popping sounds. Most people aren’t reacting immediately; they don’t associate those sounds with danger, not quite yet. But you recognize them as gunfire, more specifically, pistol fire and rifle fire. Then you see them; two young men. They’re wearing Islamic clothing, with tactical vests. Bearded, dark-skinned, they are about 25 yards away, and approaching from the opposite side of the wide, open…
  • Sticking With The Truth

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: ufhealth.org Mitch Pearlstein, President of the American Experiment, recently wrote an interesting article upon which I’d like to briefly comment. As you read, keep this question in the back of your mind: who is responsible for a given person’s education? Another year of tepid-to-lousy Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results in which key players, once again, have studiously steered clear from saying and asking what cries to be said and asked, with two omissions above others. Pearlstein is obviously of the belief that state mandated high-stakes tests are useful in telling us…
  • Rejuvenation

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Kim Brooks’ fiction has appeared in Five Chapters, Glimmer Train, One Story, Epoch, and other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches writing at Story Studio Chicago, and is at work on a novel. credit: alqalamuae.com Ms. Brooks also bills herself at Salon.com as a teacher of college English, and from her description of what she teaches, I suspect that means freshman composition, something I have also done. As another year of school approaches with ludicrous speed, I thought it worthwhile to comment on Brooks’ concerns. She begins by speaking about her…
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 16: Delivering The Goods

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    credit: baltimoresun.com The Freddie Gray case (the archive is available here), like the Trayvon Martin case, is turning out to be another black hole for prosecutorial competence and ethical behavior. In reporting about and analyzing such cases, I strive to provide perspective that can’t be found elsewhere, based largely on my police experience. In that pursuit, I do my best to explain the “between the lines” motivations and actions of all involved, hopefully so that readers can learn what is actually happening. Usually, this is best accomplished by explaining what one would expect to…
 
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Marc A. Thiessen reminds us of another Clinton pal who had a problem with classified information.It is against the law to remove classified information from government facilities and retain it after you have left office and have no official reason to possess it.Just ask Sandy Berger.In 2003, Bill Clinton’s former national security adviser was caught removing five classified documents from a secure reading room at the National Archives, as he prepared to testify before the 9/11 commission.A Justice Department investigation ensued and in 2005 Berger reached a plea agreement in which he was…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    I had a lovely short trip to Washington to visit my daughters. Every time I visit there, I'm struck at how different it is from 40 years ago when my husband and I were undergraduates at George Washington University. One big difference - there were only about two or three places around campus to get something to eat on a student's budget. Now the area there is really hopping. And students can use their dining card to eat at some of the surrounding restaurants. Back then, when we talked about "Freshman fifteen" it was about the weight we lost at school because the food was so awful and the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    The new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History course is out and, of course, College Board submitted it to Newsweek before teachers. We have to wait our copy in the mail. One thing they've done is cut down on the learning objectives from 50 to 19. That's good, because it was ridiculous before. And they've responded to conservative critics by adding more on the Founding and American exceptionalism.The new framework significantly pares down last year’s framework, simplifying and condensing the course’s Thematic Learning Objectives from 50 to 19, according to an official at the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Myron Magnet writes about what has happened to New York City under Mayor de Blasio as he describes a couple of random attacks on tourists.A few more incidents like this will stop tourists from coming to Gotham and choke off a rich growth industry, as top cop Bill Bratton recognizes. So while Mayor Bill de Blasio blathers about raising taxes on “the rich” to fight his chimera of inequality (which some days seems like his version of Kryptonite), his heavy anti-cop rhetoric, and the ongoing efforts of his city council allies to decriminalize quality-of-life offenses like fare-beating and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Steven Groves of Heritage explains what John Kerry doesn't understand about what a treaty is and what the role of the Senate is.At a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked why the administration did not submit the Iran nuclear agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent as an Article II treaty.Kerry responded that the agreement wasn’t treated as a treaty “because you can’t pass a treaty anymore.”So, since getting 2/3 of the Senate is difficult and needs consensus, the solution is just to ignore the Constitution. It's no…
 
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    Wizbang

  • “Women Betrayed” Rally

    David Robertson
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    “I support the rights of women, but I don’t think that means we should be required to secure our liberation from the blood of our children.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • What’s it going to take?

    Rick
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    We all lead busy lives… we all have different passions… we all see the world through our own filtration systems and perspectives and so it makes sense that in many respects, our priorities will be different, our order of things important distinct and dissimilar. Despite those differences however, there ought to be some things that rise to the top of what we as humans deem to be significant and meaningful and one would think that one of those significant and meaningful things, despite our diversity in passions and perspectives, is in fact not a thing at all. We call them
  • More Trouble for Democrat Congressman Chaka Fattah

    David Robertson
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    “The House Ethics Committee is opening an investigation into whether Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) violated House rules related to the alleged bribery and money laundering charges for which he was indicted.” – TheHill.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . To learn about the depth of the corruption centered on Fattah, read the Philadelphia Inquirer story
  • While the Dentist Hides, the ‘Italian Huntress’ Flaunts Her Exotic Animal Hunting Prowess.. and more!

    Michael Becker
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    There is one big game hunter who is working to stand out from the crowd, and that is Sabrina Corgatelli, the "Italian Huntress."
  • Bobby Jindal: “Sanctuary City Mayors Should be Arrested”

    Michael Becker
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Bobby Jindal one-upped Donald Trump on Monday. Trump is making his moves on illegal immigration, Jindal came out against sanctuary cities ...
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    Hullabaloo

  • Notes from a confederate rally

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Notes from a confederate rallyby digbyThey actually are lost causes:They wore their history—in particular, their intergenerational defeat and ongoing public humiliation—on their faces. Fuck those absurdly wealthy and culturally hostile scalawags at the Southern Poverty Law Center — here was the true Southern poverty, the generations of want and suffering and being scapegoated and trying to scratch out an existence in a conquered land where their conquerors seek to scratch them out of existence.One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War ended, here was a perpetually maligned…
  • Life Lessons

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Life Lessonsby digbyThese, on the other hand, are persons:
  • Lindsey Graham and Clinton sexytime

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Lindsey Graham and Clinton sexytimeby digbyWhile discussing threats to the United States at a candidate forum in New Hampshire, Graham said that Hillary Clinton is "the last person in the world you want to send into the arena with the Russians.""As to the Clintons, I’ve been dealing with this crowd for twenty years. I’m fluent in Clinton-speak," he continued before pivoting to an attack on the Clintons' integrity."When Bill says, ‘I didn't have sex with that woman,’ he did," Graham said. "When she tells us, 'Trust me, you’ve got all the emails you need,' we haven't even scratched…
  • Today's CW translated

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today's CW by digbyHere's "First Read" with what you need to interpret every establishment journalist's lazy talking points for the day:From the new NBC/WSJ poll we released last night: Almost everyone is in lousy shape. Hillary Clinton's fav/unfav numbers dropped from 44%-40% (+4) in June to 37%-48% (-11) now -- which gives her a worse popularity rating than President Obama has ever had during his presidency. Jeb Bush's fav/unfav rating, at 26%-40% (-14) is even worse -- and it's worse than Mitt Romney ever had at any point in the 2012 race. And Donald Trump, who leads the GOP horserace, is…
  • About Joe and that coffee guy

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    About Joe and that coffee guyby digbyI wrote about that Modo Column for Salon today. I started off, however, with a little trip down memory lane to 2008 when the "bipartisan" wankers held a little confab to anoint Michael Bloomberg as our savior:In every open primary season there comes a moment when the political establishment gets panicky and rumors start to fly that it’s time to shake up the race and bring in someone to save the day. It doesn’t matter if there’s any particular reason to do it; it could be some churning in the polls or a sense that the candidates are straying too far…
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  • Because We're A Shitty Little City

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:33 pm
    A "real" "important" city wouldn't be subject to this shit.Was looking forward to the DNC because this shit shouldn't be necessary. Now realize they'll impose it anyway.
  • Happy, Happy Time

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Seems Walker has a problem managing his personal finances. Still, I guess it tells us he's not grifting to enrich himself. Yet.
  • Who is the Baddest of the Bad

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    And who gets the Benjamins.WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s top intelligence, counterterrorism and law enforcement officials are divided over which terrorist group poses the biggest threat to the American homeland, the Islamic State or Al Qaeda and its affiliates....This is not an academic argument. It will influence how the government allocates billions of dollars in counterterrorism funds, and how it assigns thousands of federal agents, intelligence analysts and troops to combat a multipronged threat that senior officials say is changing rapidly.
  • This Is Not Going To Be A Positive Development For Society

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    A dystopian future awaits. Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans.
  • Morning Thread

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:09 am
 
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  • The Last Late Late Night FDL: When The Music’s Over

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

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

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

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

    Lawrence Hudetz
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Since this will be my last post on FDL, and at the encouragement of folks on Ruth’s Saturday Art, I decided I would run it. The photo shown is a pivotal image, and has been my splash screen on my Desktop since 2008 or 09. It is there because the look evolved while I was listening to an opera aria: “Marietta’s Song” from an opera called “The dead City” by Eric Korngold. Now Korngold is mostly known for his music accompanying Errol Flynn sagas, and others as well. I discovered it quite by accident, and was listening to it while I was working on this image. I…
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  • Tuesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 1991 and the Racial Justice Act

    Jeralyn
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Continuing from the last post on the battle between Joe Biden and Pres. H.W. Bush, with each claiming to be tougher on Crime: There was one voice of reason at the hearing: Sen. Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio. Here's what he said about why the Racial... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Joe Biden 's One Man Crime Band

    Jeralyn
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Joe Biden, the "Band of One" needs watching. Last night I was reading a speech he gave on the Senate Floor in 1991, in which he claimed Pres. Bush wasn't tough enough on crime and his crime bill was tougher than Bush's. The cite is 137 Cong... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Joe Biden's Plans Have Long Roots

    Jeralyn
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    The latest news about Joe Biden considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is hardly a surprise. Joe Biden has always considered running for President in 2016. A year and a half ago, in February, 2014, he told ABC he couldn't... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • El Chapo's Lawyers Obtain Suspension of Arrest Order for Extradition

    Jeralyn
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A court in Mexico has granted a request filed by El Chapo's lawyers to suspend the order of detention for purposes of extradition entered Wednesday. (Use google translate). The request for a writ of amparo against the detention order was filed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Polls. Damn Polls.

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    With the first presidential primary six months away and the election more than 14 months away we are besieged by polls. There appears to be little doubt that Governor Christie will be included in Thursday's Fox debate open to the top-ten poll-ranked candidates. The aggregator of polls, Real Clear Politics, Politico, and Huffington Post today all rank him at 9th place. Fox's poll yesterday ranks him tied at 8th place. The fact that Christie's PAC recently paid Fox $741,000 for national campaign ads can only help his chances. Patrick Murray, Director of the Monmouth University Poll, raises…
  • News Roundup and Open Thread for Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    Christie for President Our absentee governor's PAC channels his mentor, George Dubya Bush, by releasing their first television ad - based on fear. Like the thousands of people stuck in Bridgegate traffic, Christie is "nowhere close to where he wants to be" in his presidential quest. Fox "News" will announce today whether or not Christie will participate in the Clown Car Debate. Even if he's in, he'll occupy one of the outer spots on stage, with Donald Trump front and center. Seven in ten New Jersey voters say Christie would not make a good president (Eagleton), and Donald Trump significantly…
  • Re: Unsigned bills

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Dear Governor Christie, I regret interrupting your busy out of state schedule, but the Office of Legislative Services informed me today there are 116 bills on your desk for which you have taken no action. Most are important and sensible and some require immediate attention. The legislature sent you a package of five bills, including the PILOT Plan, in late June to aid Atlantic City. Time is running out for AC and for you to take action. As another example, in late June you received a bill that would take away guns from domestic violence offenders and revoke their purchaser identification…
  • News Roundup And Open Thread For Monday August 3rd

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    A Tale of Two Reactions Governor Christie went to Monmouth Park where he was booed mercilessly -- twice -- at the Haskell yesterday by fans apparently telling it like it is.On the opposite end of reactions, just under 61K people were in attendance to cheer on Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah. Punch Them In The Face Nothing makes you sound Presidential quite like telling people you want to punch the teachers union in the face.Following his punch them in the face comment, the NJEA called on Christie to resign. Presidential Candidates Using The Bank Of Monmouth County So far 4 Presidential…
  • News Roundup and Open Thread for Sunday, August 2, 2015

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20): who has served in the legislature since 1983 says he will not run again for state senate, but with sufficient support he will campaign to become governor. An articulate, out-spoken senator who has led on many social and economic issues and currently has advocated strongly against the Exxon settlement, serves as chair of the Senate Economic Growth Committee and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Christie PAC Revenue: America Leads which recently reported $11 million in contributions got $2 million from Steve Cohen and his wife. Cohen recently pled guilty to…
 
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  • Donald Trump: Hero of the Republican Base

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Donald Trump, a Republican presidential hopeful, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on July 18. (Photo: Joshua Lott for the New York Times) Last month we were told that our pass-the-popcorn moment - I mean, our long national nightmare - was finally over: Presidential candidate Donald Trump would implode now that he had dared to question Republican Senator John McCain's heroism. But lo and behold, he's still hanging on to front-runner status for the Republican nomination. How is that possible? The short answer is that the inside-the-Beltway crowd - not for the first time -…
  • Naomi Klein on Visiting the Vatican and the Radical Economic Message Behind Papal Climate Encyclical

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Following the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, a major conference on climate change was held at the Vatican. Speakers included our guest, Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. We speak to Klein about her trip to the Vatican and the importance of the pope's message - not only on climate change, but the global economy. TRANSCRIPT: AMY GOODMAN: Our guest is Naomi Klein, journalist, best-selling author. Her most recent book is This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, out today in paperback. A documentary film directed by…
  • Are Journalists and Activists Safe Anywhere in Mexico? Protests Erupt Over Killing of Five in Mexico City

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In Mexico City, thousands of protesters are continuing to denounce the murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa. Espinosa, who worked for the leading newsmagazine Proceso, was killed by gunmen alongside human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women in an apartment in Mexico City Friday. Both Espinosa and Vera had been working in the southern state of Veracruz, which has seen increasingly deadly violence against journalists and activists. According to human rights groups, Espinosa's murder signals a new level of violence against Mexican journalists, as he may be the first to be…
  • "Concealed Carry" Magazine and a Plea to Reason

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Screengrab from the subscription page for Concealed Carry magazine. (Images: usconcealedcarry.net)It's sitting here on my desk, just to the left of my hand, in the shade of the potted plant, resplendent in the shine of daylight coming through the window, right there, real as raindrops ... but there is a part of my brain that simply won't accept the fact of its existence even as I pick it up and turn the pages. I guess I should explain. I took a run down to the store yesterday to grab some milk and other basic necessities. As I drove the dirt road, lightly dazzled by the dollops of sunlight…
  • Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader; When Will He Act Like One?

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth's hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. Under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition, new power plants will be required to be far cleaner, which could effectively prevent any new coal plants from opening. But does the plan go far enough? We speak to Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the…
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  • Underinsured and deep in debt: which cracks did this family fall through?

    Andrew Sprung
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    USA Today has a story today, by Jayne O'Donnell, highlighting the plight of (under)insured Americans who face crippling out-of-pocket healthcare costs. The lead example raises a couple of question marks about exactly how this family fell through various cracks:Christian and Jaycee Garcia of Silver Spring, Md., have been hard hit by medical bills, even with their out-of-pocket maximum of $6,350 a year for each family member. Their 20-month-old son, CJ, was born with the rare genetic disorder Eagle Barrett Syndrome and severe scoliosis. He will have his 13th surgery in August, with two more to…
  • Rejoice, Uticans! A shower of silver shall rain upon you in 2016.

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I'm afraid I have to retract the gist of this post, which comes mainly near the end.  Looking at the spread between the silver-plan prices posted by the different insurers, it escaped me that a given insurer could put up the cheapest and second cheapest silver plan in a given area -- so the difference between insurers' average silver prices, as reported by the state, is not the spread between benchmark and cheapest silver. The posted averages do not reveal the benchmark. I apologize to anyone who absorbed the misinformation.P.S. I discovered the error when I went to check…
  • New York's ACA exchange publishes takeup rates for Cost Sharing Reduction

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    NY State of Health, the state's ACA health insurance marketplace, released detailed enrollment data today (hat tip to who else but Charles Gaba?). With regard to my own little preoccupation -- the degree to which those private plan buyers eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies access the benefit by buying silver plans -- New York is (as far as I know) the first state to do the basic math for me:The majority of QHP consumers who completed the enrollment process and were eligible for APTC with cost-sharing reductions chose Silver plans in which they can use costsharing reductions.
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion enrollment jumps; have newly Medicaid-eligible 2014 private plan enrollees jumped with it?

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Pennsylvania's somewhat rocky Medicaid expansion, for which enrollment began on December 1 and coverage on January 1, seems now to be firing on all burners. The state's Department of Human Services reported last week that enrollment is up to 439,000, more than two thirds of the state's target of 605,000.The expansion began slowly. After Pennsylvania declined to expand in 2014, then-Governor Tom Corbett negotiated with HHS to create the kind of "private option" expansion popular with Republican governors. The "Healthy Pennsylvania" plans that were hastily constructed in fall 2014 had different…
  • Some sidelights on Covered California's modest rate increases for 2016

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Covered California, the state's ACA health insurance exchange, is boasting today with some justice that the state held 2016 rates down to an average weighted increase of 4%. Other talking points: the average (unweighted) increase of the cheapest silver plan in each region went up just 1.5%, and the average consumer can save 4.5% if she switches to the cheapest plan in the same metal tier.That last point is somewhat...selective: the apples-to-apples question is what will happen to current holders of the cheapest plan in each metal tier if they switch to 2016's cheapest plan.  On the other…
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  • Brian Adcock on the RBS sell-off – cartoon

    Brian Adcock
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
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  • Black American lives are being erased. The victors still rewrite history | Lindy West

    Lindy West
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The policeman who killed Michael Brown gets more sympathetic coverage than the dead teenager did, and let’s not even get started on Cecil the lionThis past weekend, a massive photograph of Cecil the lion (the beloved animal whose illegal death at the hands of a dweeby American dentist inspired a global outpouring of grief) was projected on to the Empire State Building. The installation was part of a campaign to raise awareness about endangered animals – usually a fairly benign and uncontroversial cause (yes, alive lions good, dead lions bad) – that struck a sour, nearly satirical…
  • The Guardian view on Canada’s elections: is the Stephen Harper era over?| Editorial

    Editorial
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    The October elections offer Canada a chance to return to the country’s best traditionsIt is the second biggest country in the world, yet sometimes it seems almost invisible. Often ignored by its powerful neighbour, regarded with only distant affection by the two European countries from which its settlers came, and taken for granted by many nations who should be more grateful than they are for its help and mediation in the past, Canada ploughs a lonely furrow. Now it is heading toward an election that will determine whether it will continue along the predictable rightward course set by…
  • Assisted dying is not the answer to old age. It could be the best time of our lives | John Harris

    John Harris
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    Gill Pharoah preferred to die rather than grow old. But I don’t share this vision of ageing“I have looked after people who are old, on and off, all my life. I have always said, ‘I am not getting old. I do not think old age is fun.’ I know that I have gone just over the hill now. It is not going to start getting better.”Gill Pharaoh, a 75-year-old former palliative care nurse, said those words to the Sunday Times not long before she left her home in north London for Switzerland. Anyone who has paid even fleeting attention to the news over the past few days will know what happened…
  • The Guardian view on the RBS sell-off: the price is not right | Editorial

    Editorial
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    George Osborne is giving too much priority to his political ambitions and not enough to getting a good deal for the taxpayerIt is a chancellor of the exchequer’s inescapable job to balance the political and the economic. Throughout his career at the Treasury, George Osborne has often prioritised the former over the latter. Now he has done so again – starting the sell-off of the taxpayers’ stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland earlier, and at a lower price, than market conditions would suggest is wise.It is seven years since Labour bailed out RBS with a £45bn injection of cash,…
 
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  • California to drop appeal of court ruling allowing felons to vote

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will drop its challenge to a court ruling allowing thousands of newly released felons to vote, an official said on Tuesday, the latest example of the success of a criminal justice reform movement that is gaining steam among Democrats as well as some Republicans.
  • Kasich, Christie make the cut for prime-time Republican debate: Fox News

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:18 pm
    (Reuters) - Fox News on Tuesday announced the 10 candidates who will participate in the first prime-time Republican U.S. presidential debate this week, including Ohio Governor John Kasich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, but former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum missed the cut.
  • House to vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to reject the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran when lawmakers return to Washington in September, party leaders said on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with the White House.
  • Senate takes up cybersecurity bill this week

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will consider a cybersecurity bill this week that would make it easier for corporations share Americans' personal information with each other or the government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.
  • Israel's Netanyahu asks U.S. Jews to oppose Iran nuclear deal

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war.
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  • Microsoft Taps PBS To Advance Its National Talent Strategy With 'Code Trip'

    timothy
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    theodp writes: You don't have to be Mitt Romney to question PBS's announcement that it will air the Microsoft-funded 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark will send students across the U.S. for a "transformative journey into computer science." Of the partnership, Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner said, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the…
  • Clinton Promises 500 Million New Solar Panels

    Soulskill
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Hillary Clinton, widely regarded as most likely to win the Democrat nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has unveiled her campaign climate plan. Speaking at Iowa State University, Clinton said she would set up tax incentives for renewable energy to drive further adoption. She also set a goal of installing half a billion new solar panels within her first term, if elected. Her plan would cost roughly $60 billion over 10 years, and she intends to pay for it by cutting tax breaks to the oil and gas industry. According to The Guardian, "Clinton has…
  • EU May Become a Single Digital Market of 500 Million People

    timothy
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    RockDoctor writes: The Guardian is reporting that the EU is becoming increasingly vociferous in its opposition to "geo-blocking" — the practice of making media services available in some areas but not in others: "European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channel of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU." That adds up to a block of nearly 500 million first-world media consumers. They don't necessarily all speak the same language, but English is probably the most commonly understood single language. And the important thing for American media companies to…
  • The Science and Politics Behind Colony Collapse Disorder; Is the Crisis Over?

    samzenpus
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:33 pm
    iONiUM writes: An article at the Globe and Mail claims that there is no longer any Honeybee crises, and that the deaths of the Honeybees previously was a one-off, or possibly non-cyclical occurrence (caused by neonics or nature — the debate is still out). The data used is that from Stats Canada which claims "the number of honeybee colonies is at a record high [in Canada]." Globally, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization says that "worldwide bee populations have rebounded to a record high." The story reports: "I have great news for honey lovers everywhere. The Canadian honeybee…
  • IT Workers Training Their Foreign Replacements 'Troubling,' Says White House

    Soulskill
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    dcblogs writes: A top White House official told House lawmakers this week that the replacement of U.S. workers by H-1B visa holders is 'troubling' and not supposed to happen. That answer came in response to a question from U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that referenced Disney workers who had to train their temporary visa holding replacements (the layoffs were later canceled. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said if H-1B workers are being used to replace U.S. workers, then "it's a very serious failing of the H-1B program." But Johnson also told…
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  • Her Outdoors: August is here

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Last weekend I put down my Japanese razor hoe and went to judge other people’s plots in the finals of Britain’s Best Allotment. The results will be revealed during National Allotment Week next week, so I can’t say too much here, apart from thanking the lovely people who invited me and my fellow judges onto [...]
  • Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighbouring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, for the two countries to swap [...]
  • Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    In my last post I wrote about picking the last of the peas and broad beans from the central bed and removing the spent plants. Normally I would cut the plants down to the ground and leave the root systems in place because legumes, particularly the broad beans, develop nodules on the roots of mature [...]
  • Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    There have been big cuts in poor areas and lighter cuts in well-off districts. If there was localised dissatisfaction at the impact of these cuts on services a national poll would not necessarily pick it up.
  • Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Until a few weeks ago, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was regarded as one of India’s most successful and responsible chief ministers. During the ten years that he has held that post in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, he has transformed its agriculture, cared for the poor and for minority groups such as Muslims, and displayed [...]
 
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  • Here Are the 10 Republican Presidential Candidates Who Will Compete in the First GOP Debate

    Peter Suderman
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    On Thursday night, Fox News will host the first GOP primary debate, featuring 10 of the 17 candidates running for the Republican party’s presidential nomination. The remaining candidates will compete in a second-tier debate at 5 p.m. Fox News announced earlier this summer that the 10 candidates allowed into the main event would be the top 10 as judged by an average most recent high-quality national polls, meaning that Internet-based polls and state-based surveys won’t count. What this has meant is that up until today, it’s not been entirely clear which candidates would make the cut for…
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog Split, Robert Conquest Dies, Which Republicans Made the Cut? P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog have split, proving that love is an empty, meaningless concept. Bert and Ernie are still together, though. The new normal! Al-Qaida or ISIS: Who's worse? India's crackdown on porn has come to a premature end, har har. Famed anti-communist historian Robert Conquest has died. The Fox News Republican debate lineup is set and unlikely to change, according to FiveThirtyEight. Ozy ran an interesting profile of Marginal Revolution blogger Alex Tabarrok. (Also, what is Ozy?) New at Reason Marijuana Taxes and Restrictions Recreate Prohibition by the Back Door As…
  • Why the Obama Administration’s Latest Gambit to Keep Health Insurance Rates Down Won’t Work

    Peter Suderman
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Obamacare’s regulations have helped drive up the cost of health insurance sold through the law’s exchanges. Now the Obama administration is, predictably, pushing states regulators to keep health insurance premiums down. Big rate hikes are looming all over. As The New York Times reported last month, health insurers “around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected.” The Times now reports that the Obama administration is "trying to persuade states to cut back big…
  • Clean Power Plan's Dubious Math

    Ronald Bailey
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule implementing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) aims to cut by 2030 the emissions of carbon dioxide from electric power generation in the United States 32 percent of what was emitted in 2005. Electric power generation produces about 30 percent of America’s carbon dioxide emissions. So just how much carbon dioxide is the President talking about? According to the EPA’s regulatory impact analysis of the new rule, electric power generators emitted 2,683 million short tons of carbon dioxide in 2005. The Energy Information…
  • The Mindlessness of Donald Trump—and What It Reveals About the GOP

    Peter Suderman
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    The most striking thing about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is how mindless it is. There is no plan behind it, no grand strategy or driving ideological goal, no political mission statement to speak of. The campaign seems to consist almost entirely of Trump—now leading the GOP field by a solid 10 point margin—roaming from microphone to microphone saying whatever ridiculous thing comes to his mind at the moment. He is calculating only in the sense that he gravitates toward attention-grabbing overstatement. Trump, who is fond of calling enemies morons, dummies, and lightweights, is…
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  • Trump Hits a Nerve

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

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

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

    Randy Toman
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place?  The question with its answer has history to look to. Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”  The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”. Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a…
  • Is Reason Enough?

    Randy Toman
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    I have attempted to look at this thing called “Reason” and the reasoning process.  Why do conservatives not come together with a sound force in that “Right-ness”?  Herman Dooyeweerd  in his book  “In The Twilight of Western Thought”  gives us this insight with this quote. “If all philosophical currents that pretend to choose their starting points in theoretical reason alone, had indeed , no deeper presuppositions, it should be possible to settle every philosophical argument between them in a purely theoretical way.  But the factual situation is quite different.  A debate…
 
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  • The German Menace

    Robert Kuttner
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Rex Features via AP Images Alexis Tsipras and Angela Merkel European Union Emergency Summit, EU Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2015.  This story originally appeared at The Huffington Post. At the end of World War II, a bloody horror that cost 80 million lives worldwide, American leaders were determined that Germany must never again rise to massacre its neighbors. So the Allies created a plan to strip Germany of its industrial might and turn it into a "pastoral" economy with a GDP well below its level of 1938. In addition, the reparations from the previous damage created by…
  • How to Live Happily with Robots

    Jeffrey Sachs
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    (Photo: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi) The Robot Will See You Now: (And she never goes on break.) Customeres at the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo watch an android receptionist, who greets customers as they walk in the store. This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Machines do indeed eliminate jobs. And on the whole, we should be grateful. In the biblical telling, humanity was condemned to hard labor following the expulsion from Eden: “By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread.” Yet machines have offered us some respite, easing…
  • The Inclusive Strength of #BlackLivesMatter

    Amanda Teuscher
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    (Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Attendees to the Movement for Black Lives Convening that took place in Cleveland July 24-26 gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference. An estimated 1,200 organizers and activists participated in the meeting. It would be tempting to say the timing was surreal, if it didn’t happen so often. Less than an hour after the close of last weekend’s conference of Black Lives Matter activists, attendees were pepper-sprayed by a Cleveland transit police officer while they were protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)…
  • Why the Koch Brothers Are Heroes In Their Own Minds

    Paul Waldman
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, December 10, 2012.  When Charles E. Wilson appeared before a Senate committee in January 1953 as President Eisenhower's nominee to become Secretary of Defense, he was asked whether his large holdings of stock in General Motors, where he had been president and chief executive, might cause some conflict of interest. "I cannot conceive of one," he replied, "because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The…
  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
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  • The German Menace

    Robert Kuttner
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Rex Features via AP Images Alexis Tsipras and Angela Merkel European Union Emergency Summit, EU Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2015.  This story originally appeared at The Huffington Post. At the end of World War II, a bloody horror that cost 80 million lives worldwide, American leaders were determined that Germany must never again rise to massacre its neighbors. So the Allies created a plan to strip Germany of its industrial might and turn it into a "pastoral" economy with a GDP well below its level of 1938. In addition, the reparations from the previous damage created by…
  • How to Live Happily with Robots

    Jeffrey Sachs
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    (Photo: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi) The Robot Will See You Now: (And she never goes on break.) Customeres at the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo watch an android receptionist, who greets customers as they walk in the store. This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Machines do indeed eliminate jobs. And on the whole, we should be grateful. In the biblical telling, humanity was condemned to hard labor following the expulsion from Eden: “By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread.” Yet machines have offered us some respite, easing…
  • The Inclusive Strength of #BlackLivesMatter

    Amanda Teuscher
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    (Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Attendees to the Movement for Black Lives Convening that took place in Cleveland July 24-26 gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference. An estimated 1,200 organizers and activists participated in the meeting. It would be tempting to say the timing was surreal, if it didn’t happen so often. Less than an hour after the close of last weekend’s conference of Black Lives Matter activists, attendees were pepper-sprayed by a Cleveland transit police officer while they were protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)…
  • Why the Koch Brothers Are Heroes In Their Own Minds

    Paul Waldman
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, December 10, 2012.  When Charles E. Wilson appeared before a Senate committee in January 1953 as President Eisenhower's nominee to become Secretary of Defense, he was asked whether his large holdings of stock in General Motors, where he had been president and chief executive, might cause some conflict of interest. "I cannot conceive of one," he replied, "because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The…
  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
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  • Antiabortion group posts another video attacking Planned Parenthood

    Carolyn Johnson
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    A day after a vote to defund Planned Parenthood failed in the Senate, an antiabortion group continued its attack on the organization, releasing the fifth video showing footage of fetal organs being examined in a laboratory and a leader of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast discussing providing them to a company. The video attack, which has been decried as unethical and intentionally misleading by Planned Parenthood, has rallied conservative opposition to Planned Parenthood, though a bill to defund the organization failed a procedural hurdle and President Obama has said he would veto it. But the…
  • Lawns are a soul-crushing timesuck and most of us would be better off without them

    Christopher Ingraham
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    You see an immaculate lawn. I see hours of sweaty soul-crushing labor. (Adam Kerfoot-Roberts / Flickr) A recent essay by an Ohio woman who refuses to mow her lawn has struck a nerve. 1,300 people have weighed in with a comment on Sarah Baker's tale of flaunting a neighborhood mowing ordinance in the face of a $1,000 fine. As Baker notes in her essay, lawns are a big part of contemporary American life. There are somewhere around 40 million acres of lawn in the lower 48, according to a 2005 NASA estimate derived from satellite imaging. "Turf grasses, occupying 1.9% of the surface of the…
  • Why it’s now cheaper to produce some goods in the South than in China

    Ana Swanson
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Brenda Sabb inspects a U.S. flag at Valley Forge's manufacturing facility in Lane, S.C., in June. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) Before World War II, red-brick textile mills that processed cotton and wove it into cloth were all over the southern United States, dotting the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama. But in the last 50 years, automation, free trade agreements and competition from countries like China whittled down the historic industry until it was almost gone. Now some textile jobs are coming back, but on much different terms. As the New York Times reported Sunday, some Chinese…
  • One of Republicans’ top ideas could actually do the opposite of what they want

    Max Ehrenfreund
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    The candidates who will share the stage at this week's GOP primary debate are likely to agree on at least one thing: Congress should focus on securing the border with Mexico, not debating the legal status of this country's 11 million undocumented immigrants. “The first thing is to secure our borders,” Donald Trump said recently when asked about the unauthorized population. “After that, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about it.” It's a common view among members of his party, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a rival for the presidential nod. Yet some economists and…
  • The definitive ranking of the best and worst months of the year

    Christopher Ingraham
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Dog days of summer (Don DeBold / Flickr) It's telling that Congress typically only does one sensible thing in a given year, and they do it in August: they take the entire month off. FDR's vice president John Nance Garner famously proclaimed "no good legislation ever comes out of Washington after June." The reason? Washington, and much of the rest of the country, turns into a fetid disgusting humid swamp some time after the 4th of July. In 1959, Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) argued that summer congressional overwork led to "confused thinking, harmful emotions, destructive tempers,…
 
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  • Two undocumented immigrants appointed to city commissions

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
     The outcry was loud Monday night as it was revealed that two undocumented immigrants are being appointed to serve on city commissions in Huntington Park, Calif.Dave Bryan reports.
  • Ethics panel opens probe into indicted House Dem

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    The House Ethics Committee is opening an investigation into whether Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) violated House rules related to the alleged bribery and money laundering charges for which he was indicted.In a Monday evening announcement, the House...
  • Jury refuses to rule out death penalty for Aurora movie shooter

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A local jury in Colorado took its final step Monday toward potentially sentencing James Holmes to the death penalty for the 2012 shooting at a Denver-area movie theater.Jurors said Monday that attorneys for James Holmes had not presented a strong...
  • Gawker publishes Trump phone number

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Media outlet Gawker has published what it says is businessman and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s cellphone number.Gawker published the New York City phone number Monday “[i]n the spirit of open and fair political debate”...
  • Jimmy Carter has mass removed from liver

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Former President Jimmy Carter underwent a procedure Monday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to remove a "mass" from his liver, according to his nonprofit center.The operation to remove the mass, which was described as small, "proceeded...
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  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Walter Dellinger (Part one)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    “In many ways, if you want to know what moves the Court to decide cases, listen to oral argument, which is much more like the Supreme Court’s Id. Opinions are like the Supreme Court’s Super Ego.” Walter Dellinger is the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University and a Partner in the Washington, DC, office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he is a member of the Appellate Practice Group. Dellinger advised President William J. Clinton on constitutional issues in 1993 and then served in the Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General and head of…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    Briefly: Jeremy Jacobs of Greenwire reports that “[a]t least one change U.S. EPA made to its Clean Power Plan before finalizing it was clearly aimed at a specific audience: the Supreme Court’s nine justices.” In an op-ed for The Washington Post, David Kravitz argues that “[w]e would do ourselves a favor by giving [Justice Antonin] Scalia’s clever, but pointless and ultimately harmful, zingers the attention they deserve: none.” Writing for this blog, Andrew Hamm reports on a recent speaking appearance by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Ginsburg noted, among other things, that the…
  • Round-up of recent news

    Andrew Hamm
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Although the Court is in recess, coverage of and commentary on the recently ended Term continue.  Sullivan & Cromwell LLP reviewed the Court’s business cases, providing “concise summaries of key cases in the commercial sphere” for the Term.  For Bloomberg BNA, Kimberly Robinson reports on Jay Wexler’s tracking of how many laughs each Justice garnered with his or her jokes this past Term.  And in a post at The WLF Legal Pulse, Mark Chenoweth argues that “the fact that free enterprise did not fare well this term had comparatively little to do with the decisions the Supreme…
  • Justice Ginsburg discusses the just-ended Term

    Andrew Hamm
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    On Wednesday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke with one of her former clerks, Neil S. Siegel, before Duke Law alumni and participants in Duke’s DC Summer Institute on Law and Policy, which Siegel directs. Ginsburg offered general comments the law and her career, as well as specific insights into several key cases from the recently concluded Term. Before getting into the cases, the conversation opened light-heartedly with a question from Siegel about Scalia/Ginsburg, a new opera about the two Justices.  After simply answering that no, she and Justice Antonin Scalia had not yet seen the…
  • Symposium: Evenwel v. Abbott and the Constitution’s big data problem

    Nathaniel Persily
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford University Law School. (For a more developed version of the argument presented here, please see Nathaniel Persily, The Law of the Census: How to Count, What to Count, Whom to Count, and Where to Count Them, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 755, 775-81 (2011).) The plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott deserve credit for highlighting an unappreciated feature of our system of representation and exposing a gap in the jurisprudence of one person, one vote. Their constitutional argument, however, is academic, at best, and at worst, dangerous…
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  • Hillary Clinton: "The stock market does better when you have a Democratic president in the White House."

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Hillary Clinton says the stock market has done better under Democratic presidents Does the stock market boom under Democratic presidents? Hillary Clinton said so during a town hall in Nashua, N.H., on July 28, 2015. "You know the evidence is pretty clear that under Democratic presidents, going a ways back, people do better," Clinton said, at around 5:30 in this video. "And not only working people, middle class people. Even the stock market does better when you have a Democratic president in the White House." We wondered: Is it true…
  • Facebook posts: Say President George W. Bush " ‘borrowed’ $1.37 trillion of Social Security surplus revenue to pay for his tax cuts for the rich and his war in Iraq and never paid it back."

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Did George W. Bush 'borrow' from Social Security to fund the war in Iraq and tax cuts? Evoke George W. Bush, his income tax cuts and the war in Iraq, and you’re sure to arouse some liberal ire. Suggest that Bush financed those projects by plundering Social Security’s retirement coffers, and you’ve got yourself a popular meme. "Next time a Republican tells you that ‘Social Security is broke,’ remind them that Pres. Bush ‘borrowed’ $1.37 trillion of Social Security surplus revenue to pay for his tax cuts…
  • Martin O'Malley: "97 percent of the work that Planned Parenthood does is about mammograms and preventative health."

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | 97% of Planned Parenthood's work is mammograms, preventive care, O'Malley says The vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s work goes toward mammograms and preventive care, said former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Since an anti-abortion group released videos Planned Parenthood officials talking about aborted fetal parts, Republicans have pushed to take away federal funding from the women’s health organization. Democratic presidential candidates, on the other hand, are showing their support, if subdued. O’Malley said he hadn’t…
  • Rick Perry: Says Donald Trump is for a single-payer health care system.

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Is Donald Trump still 'for single-payer' health care? For all his success firing up the GOP base, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump may be a Republican in name only when it comes to health care, says former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry -- at 11th place in the polls and currently just shy of making it into the first Republican debate Aug. 6 -- has been trading jabs with Trump for weeks. Trump mocked Perry’s glasses in July, and Perry responded by calling Trump "a cancer on conservatism" and challenging him to a…
  • Donald Trump: Under President Barack Obama, income levels and unemployment numbers "are worse now than just about ever" for African-Americans.

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump: Black income, unemployment 'worse now than just about ever' Just days before the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, billionaire real-estate developer and current polling leader Donald Trump  criticized President Barack Obama’s record on ABC’s This Week. At one point, Trump zeroed in on Obama’s status as the country’s first black president, arguing that he had failed his black constituents. The topic came up when ABC’s Jonathan Karl referred to a tweet by Trump that said, "Sadly,…
 
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  • Open Thread: “He Doesn’t Play By A Set of Rules”

    Anne Laurie
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    That time Chuck Todd thought Trump needed his stamp of approval. pic.twitter.com/7Vd7BANdtB — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) August 4, 2015 Chuck Todd on Trump: "It's not fair to what is the strongest Republican party presidential field in 36 years." pic.twitter.com/iT8jGDxSba — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) August 4, 2015 Trump's debate hat, revealed. pic.twitter.com/K9IVEaWDRk — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) August 4, 2015 Why can't Trump be sane like the rest of the party that wants to take away essential women's health services because of a YouTube…
  • Senator Warren Breaks It Down for the Neanderthals

    John Cole
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    What she said: We need the equivalent of Nancy Smash for her. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • So bring your good times and your laughter too

    DougJ
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Who’s up for a meet-up on Thursday in DC? I’m looking for a place to meet near the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station. I was thinking late enough that we can catch some of the Republican debate. Share
  • Kinder, gentler machine gun hand

    DougJ
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    That Ted Cruz machine gun bacon clip richly deserves an embedded video not just a link to an article about it. Fuck yeah! OTOH, I don’t think Cruz quite pulls it off. He’s more dweeby Ivy league grad than rock n’ roll cowboy. I’m still hoping someone goes the full Putin and airs his pecs a little. Share
  • #VotersFirst (Against the Wall): Last Night in New Hampshire

    Anne Laurie
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    There's a chill in the Maine air tonight. I assume it's wafting over from New Hampshire. #VotersFirst — Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) August 4, 2015 This #VotersFirst forum has served a very important purpose: reminding me that I need to buy whiskey before Thursday. — Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) August 4, 2015 New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die Trying” state, proudly makes its living off parasitism — mostly of neighboring states, but the quadrennial Running of the Candidates is the jewel in its pinchbeck crown. The Tea Party shtkickers in Iowa and Roger…
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  • Trump DOMINATES Bloomberg Poll Ahead Of GOP Debate

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    Donald Trump Donald Trump continues his domination of national Republican presidential polling. Trump has 21% support in Bloomberg’s new poll, more than double the 10% backing Jeb Bush. Scott Walker only musters 8% in the poll. This poll ensures that as the frontrunner, Trump will be seated at center stage on Thursday night for Fox News’ presidential debate. Every single national poll for the last month has shown Trump with a strong lead, even after the media and conservatives insisted he would suffer for smearing John McCain’s war record. The GOP created Trump and now…
  • Investigators Probe Fire At Planned Parenthood Site

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    Investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at the site of Planned Parenthood construction site in Louisiana. A car was parked inside the site and was found in flames. Melissa Flournoy, director of Planned Parenthood Louisiana, believes the fire was deliberately set. The facility will be the first Planned Parenthood affiliate in Louisiana which will provide abortion services. Abortion providers have been killed and harassed by activists opposed to legal abortion. Some of those extremists are behind the recent video attacks on Planned Parenthood. Senate Republicans attempted to defund…
  • Does Planned Parenthood Sell Human Body Parts?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    The community health organization Planned Parenthood has been accused by anti-abortion activists of selling human body parts. This is not true. Planned Parenthood does not sell human body parts. They do donate – with consent – fetal tissue for medical research. Where Is This Story Coming From? The Center for Medical Progress, a right wing group with ties to extremists who have bombed and harassed abortion clinics, released a series of videos that at first glance appear to show representatives of Planned Parenthood selling human body parts. In fact, every single one of the videos…
  • Kim Richards Arrested For Shoplifting At Target

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Kim Richards Kim Richards, one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has been arrested for shoplifting at a Target store. Richards, 50, was reportedly booked at 7:30 PM on Sunday August 2 after being apprehended at a Target store in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Her alleged haul was for various items worth over $600. She was arrested earlier in the year after a drunken scene at the Beverly Hills hotel. As a child, Richards appeared in Disney’s Witch Mountain series of films, and other movies as a child actres. Richards was let go from Real Housewives in June. The…
  • WATCH: “Adios Motherfuckers!” Jon Stewart’s Amazing Final Week Takedown Of Fox News

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Jon Stewart built his brand on deflating Fox News, and in his last week as host of The Daily Show, he kept the tradition going. Responding to Fox whining that he’s supposedly in the pocked of President Obama, Stewart once again uses Fox’s own words to make a case against the right wing propaganda network. Stewart, still enjoying dismantling the network that backed Bush long past his expiration date, lets his rivals know: “Adios, motherfuckers.” The post WATCH: “Adios Motherfuckers!” Jon Stewart’s Amazing Final Week Takedown Of Fox News appeared first…
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  • Lawns

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    What most people don’t realize is that lawns were originally a status symbol.  Having a lawn meant you affluent enough that you didn’t have to use every square inch of your real estate to grow food.  Lawns have become a big part of both the urban and suburban landscape.  But few really like the maintenance they require. A recent essay by an Ohio woman who refuses to mow her lawn has struck a nerve. Thirteen hundred people have weighed in with a comment on Sarah Baker’s tale of flouting a neighborhood mowing ordinance in the face of a $1,000 fine. As Baker notes in her…
  • A Beloved TV Character Grossly Misunderstood

    David Robertson
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Master Sergeant Hans Schultz of the old TV show “Hogan’s Heroes” is many things, but a Nazi isn’t one of them. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . In one of his previous posts, this writer uses a mash-up image that combines an image of Sgt. Schultz with an image of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In response to the image, one TMV reader responded, “Well you certainly put Ms.
  • “Women Betrayed” Rally

    David Robertson
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “I support the rights of women, but I don’t think that means we should be required to secure our liberation from the blood of our children.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The above-quoted statement was made by a female participant in the “Women Betrayed” rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on July 28, 2015. It was one of 65 such rallies that took place across America on that day. A Catholic News Service report about the D.C. rally begins as follows: Hundreds of women – along with scores of men –…
  • Liberty Enlightening The World

    Patricia Smith
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    She arrived in New York harbor 130 years on June 17, 1885. A gift from the citizens of France to the citizens of the United States. She came in pieces and had to be assembled. She was named “Liberty Enlightening the World” by her creator, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. At her dedication ceremony on October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland said, “We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home.” Yes, Liberty had made her home here in the United States just twenty years after the end of a civil war that nearly destroyed our country. Just twenty years after the…
  • Buses or Boxcars? Trump’s Scary Deportation Plan (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Nazi SS troops load Jews into boxcars at Marseille, France, in January 1943. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Buses or Boxcars? Trump’s Scary Deportation Plan by Chris Jennewein Weeks of over-the-top comments from Presidential hopeful Donald Trump have numbed us to what may be his most outrageous—and truly scary—remark. In an interview with CNN last week, he said America should deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants then let the “good ones” back in, but without an opportunity for citizenship. “We got to move ’em out, we’re going to move ’em back in if they’re really good…
 
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  • 73,000 felons to have their voting rights restored as California drops appeal

    Jon Green
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The State of California has dropped an appeal of a court ruling that restored voting rights to 73,000 felons. From Reuters: The announcement by Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, effectively extends voting rights to 73,000 former prisoners who had been released to the supervision of local probation departments under a program to reduce crowding in the state’s massive prison system. “If we are serious about slowing the revolving door at our jails and prisons, and serious about reducing recidivism, we need to engage – not shun – former-offenders,”…
  • Soldiers fired upon at Jade Helm training facility in Mississippi

    Jon Green
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Mississippi authorities are looking for two men who reportedly fired on soldiers at a training site associated with the Jade Helm 15 training exercises. From TalkingPointsMemo: U.S. Special Forces Command designated Camp Shelby as one of the sites where a multi-state military training exercise, “Jade Helm 15“, was expected to take place, according to The Army Times… …officers are searching for a two-door, red Ford Ranger with “broken arrow” written across the top. Authorities say they are looking for two white males who allegedly fired from the vehicle and…
  • Symbols in American progressivism

    Skye Winspur
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    At one corner of Madison, Wisconsin’s Capitol Square, a statue of a Civil War soldier defines the place where two sidewalks meet. Facing east, the sculpture of Hans Christian Heg has watched thousands of frozen and gently summery sunrises over Lake Monona. In a recent act of guerrilla art, or just informal civic education, someone chalked the words I didn’t die at Chickamauga so teachers could lose their pensions at the base of Colonel Heg’s pedestal. This is exactly the sort of thing American progressives need to do more often — reclaim their history and harness the…
  • Martin O’Malley calls for constitutional amendment guaranteeing affirmative right to vote

    Jon Green
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    Martin O’Malley will call for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote in a campaign appearance today in South Carolina, CNN reports. While the Fifteenth Amendment guarantees that the right to vote shall not be abridged on the basis of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” this is seen as being a defensive right to vote as opposed to an affirmative one. O’Malley’s amendment, in line with a proposal from Congressmen Mark Pocan and Keith Ellison, would establish the right to vote for all American citizens of legal age, going beyond…
  • Chris Christie is a bad Catholic

    Jon Green
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Chris Christie revealed in a campaign stop earlier this morning that he is a bad Catholic. Speaking to a small crowd at a diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, Christie cited his use of birth control, “and not just the rhythm method,” as an example of his willingness to break from orthodox positions that his church — and his party — holds. Said Christie, quoted by the Huffington Post: Does that make me an awful Catholic because I believed and practiced that function during part of my life? I don’t think so. But you know what? I’m only going to find out when it is my…
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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Washington DC Statehood

    mintbbb (/politics/member/mintbbb)
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    YT: Washington DC experiences taxation without representation. It's also missing from rhyming state songs. John Oliver and a group of singing children fix one of these problems.
  • Bernie Sanders Talks to Vox

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In a wide-ranging discussion, Bernie Sanders discusses his views on socialism, single payer, open borders, Zionism, and more with Vox Editor-in-chief Ezra Klein. 0:00 – Socialism 3:20 – Universal health care 5:50 – Global poverty & open borders 9:29 – Unions 11:31 – Grassroots organizing 16:04 – Race 17:56 – Oligarchy and campaign finance 21:14 – Foreign policy 23:10 – Iran 25:12 – Rwanda 26:04 – Zionism & Israel 27:24 – Climate change 31:33 – China 34:04 – Greece 35:24 – Universal basic income
  • Graham 1, Trump Nil

    bareboards2 (/politics/member/bareboards2)
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    Trump gave Graham's personal cell phone number to the public. Graham's response.
  • american empire:an act of collective madness-trailer

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    An expansive and provocative documentary covering the Federal Reserve, U.S. foreign policy, corporate collusion and destructive agriculture, weaving together interviews with top thinkers to deliver an urgent yet hopeful message.
  • 6Months in Jail For Disagreeing With Feminists on on Twitter

    bobknight33 (/politics/member/bobknight33)
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Published on Jul 15, 2015 Man Faces 6 Months in Jail For Disagreeing With Feminists on Twitter A Canadian man faces 6 months in jail for disagreeing with feminists on Twitter, a case that one journalist warns "could have enormous fallout for free speech."
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  • The German Menace

    Robert Kuttner
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Rex Features via AP Images Alexis Tsipras and Angela Merkel European Union Emergency Summit, EU Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2015.  This story originally appeared at The Huffington Post. At the end of World War II, a bloody horror that cost 80 million lives worldwide, American leaders were determined that Germany must never again rise to massacre its neighbors. So the Allies created a plan to strip Germany of its industrial might and turn it into a "pastoral" economy with a GDP well below its level of 1938. In addition, the reparations from the previous damage created by…
  • How to Live Happily with Robots

    Jeffrey Sachs
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    (Photo: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi) The Robot Will See You Now: (And she never goes on break.) Customeres at the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo watch an android receptionist, who greets customers as they walk in the store. This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Machines do indeed eliminate jobs. And on the whole, we should be grateful. In the biblical telling, humanity was condemned to hard labor following the expulsion from Eden: “By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread.” Yet machines have offered us some respite, easing…
  • The Inclusive Strength of #BlackLivesMatter

    Amanda Teuscher
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    (Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Attendees to the Movement for Black Lives Convening that took place in Cleveland July 24-26 gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference. An estimated 1,200 organizers and activists participated in the meeting. It would be tempting to say the timing was surreal, if it didn’t happen so often. Less than an hour after the close of last weekend’s conference of Black Lives Matter activists, attendees were pepper-sprayed by a Cleveland transit police officer while they were protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)…
  • Why the Koch Brothers Are Heroes In Their Own Minds

    Paul Waldman
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, December 10, 2012.  When Charles E. Wilson appeared before a Senate committee in January 1953 as President Eisenhower's nominee to become Secretary of Defense, he was asked whether his large holdings of stock in General Motors, where he had been president and chief executive, might cause some conflict of interest. "I cannot conceive of one," he replied, "because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The…
  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
 
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  • Progressives Didn't Cause the San Francisco Housing Crisis

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you know that San Francisco is facing an affordable housing crisis. This crisis is not new. It's been around for at least 40 years, and the city has faced a housing shortage for at least 70 years. The question that many are asking is not only "how do we fix this?" but, in order to jockey for position in how to answer it, they're also asking "whose fault is this crisis?" Too often, the SF housing crisis is used to attack progressives from the right, in the service of free market solutions - even though, as the historical evidence makes clear, this…
  • Gov. Brown quickly signs Vaccines Bill

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Bill eliminates most non-medical exemptions by Brian Leubitz While SB277 may have drawn a lot of attention and vocal minorities to the Capitol (and anywhere else legislators congregated). But after the recent passage of the legislation, Governor Brown wasted no time in signing the bill yesterday. SB 277 requires all children entering day care, kindergarten or 7th grade to be vaccinated, although the legislature included a specific exemption if a child's physician concludes that immunization is not recommended for reasons including family medical history. ... Sen. Pan, speaking on KPCC's…
  • Justice Kennedy Pens 5-4 Decision for Marriage Equality

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Decision makes marriage equality the law of the land across the nation. by Brian Leubitz You can find many words on the marriage decision plastered all over the interwebs. But I wanted to point out the closing of Justice Kennedy's decision in the 5-4 Obergefell decision. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.
  • Budget Deal Reached?

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Legislature passed bill yesterday with $750mil over Gov.'s budget by Brian Leubitz Yesterday, the Legislature passed a budget as was required by the Constitution (and 2010's Prop 25) to keep their paychecks coming. Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno acknowledged there's no deal yet with Gov. Brown but says he'd challenge anyone who calls this spending plan a "sham." "This budget, fiscally responsible, pays down more debt - faster; puts more money in our rainy day fund; puts more money into public education; and begins - if minimally - to reinvest in the needs of the people of the state of…
  • Legislative Recap on Health: #Health4All; Out-of-Pocket Costs; Medi-Cal, Etc.

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Senate and Assembly adjourned Thursday, one day ahead of the June 5th deadline to pass all bills out of the first legislative chamber. The good news is that most key bills of interest to health care consumers have passed out of the house of origin, while one bill, opposed by public health groups, was defeated. Bills moving forward deal with limits and protections against unfair out-of-pocket costs; efforts at improving Medi-Cal; and most notably a significant expansion of access to coverage for all regardless of immigration status. These bills now head to the second half of the…
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  • An Iran-Deal Skeptic Becomes a Supporter

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Charles Dharapak / Associated Press Earlier this year, California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told me he had serious doubts about Iran’s intentions as it pursued a nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers. He also said he was somewhat worried about the scale of possible American concessions during the talks. Schiff, who I described in a post at the time as a “moderate’s moderate,” suggested to me that he wanted to see President Obama achieve an important foreign-policy success, but as a Jew, he wanted to make sure…
  • Is There a Viable Alternative to the Iran Deal?

    Peter Beinart
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters How to make sense of the nuclear deal with Iran? Is it a necessary compromise that’s preferable to the alternatives and potentially beneficial for the Middle East? A feeble and indefensible sop to Iranian leaders bent on further destabilizing the region? A practically satisfying but morally troubling gamble, born of bad options? The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, David Frum, and Jeffrey Goldberg debate the new agreement—and the swift and fierce reaction to it. Peter Beinart: David and Jeff, the thing that strikes me most about the reaction to the Iran deal is that…
  • Israeli Opposition Leader: Iran Deal Will Bring Chaos to the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    A billboard featuring Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Baz Ratner / Reuters) Last December, when I interviewed the leader of Israel’s left-leaning Labor Party, Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum, he said, in reference to nuclear negotiations with Iran: “I trust the Obama administration to get a good deal.” In a telephone call with me late last night, Herzog’s message was very different. The deal just finalized in Vienna, he said, “will unleash a lion from the cage, it will have a direct…
  • The Single Most Important Question to Ask About the Iran Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this.” – President Barack Obama, May 21, 2015 The theocratic regime that rules Iran—a regime that is a committed and proficient sponsor of terrorism, according to John Kerry’s State Departmentwill be more powerful tomorrow than it is today, thanks to the agreement it has just negotiated with the Obama administration, America’s European allies, and two U.S. adversaries as well. This sad conclusion is unavoidable. The lifting of crippling…
  • A Former Israeli Ambassador Takes Aim at Obama—and American Jewry

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Benjamin Myers / Reuters In a recent post, I suggested that the intervention of two men, the former U.S. national security advisor Tom Donilon and the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, might help improve the dysfunctional relationship between the Obama administration and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the time I wrote this, both men had reputations as people who were concerned about preserving the extraordinarily complicated, and extraordinarily close, U.S.-Israel relationship, and both had spent a good deal of time calming the…
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  • No Sanctuary for Sanctuary Cities

    Robert Ehrlich
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Sometimes, those of us left in the common sense majority ask how things could go so wrong – how consensually accepted notions of justice could be scuttled so quickly—how respect for the rule of law could have fallen so low—that a major American city would find it acceptable to provide safe passage to an illegal alien who had been deported on five previous occasions.  Such is the reality check presented in the matter of thirty-two-year-old Kate Steinle, the mother of two brutally gunned down by one Francisco Sanchez, a Mexican citizen living freely on the streets because of San…
  • A First Look At the GOP Field in New Hampshire

    Michael Warren
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Goffstown, N.H.It was a fast two hours Monday evening at St. Anselm College at the Voters First Forum, where 14 of the Republican candidates for president joined each other (except for 3 U.S. senators, who spoke remotely from Washington) to answer questions. The forum skirted the Republican National Committee’s debate rules by having the candidates take the stage individually, in two rounds. With short and strictly-enforced time limits for each candidate, the event moved quickly and, at times, chaotically. While not on stage, the candidates sat in the front row of the auditorium, watching…
  • Trump: I'd Have Carl Icahn Deal With China

    Daniel Halper
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    If Donald Trump becomes president of the United States, Carl Icahn may be his ambassador or chief negotiator to China. Trump made the revelation in an interview this morning on MSNBC: "We have to negotiate great trade deals. I would get the best guys," said Trump. "Carl Icahn is a friend of mine. I'd say, 'Carl, congratulations, handle China.' I'd get other guys like Carl. I'd say, 'Good luck, here's Japan.' Believe me, we will do so well."
  • Democrats Who Blocked Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Admit They Haven't Watched Undercover Videos

    John McCormack
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Senate Democrats blocked a bill on Monday night to defund Planned Parenthood without having watched the undercover videos documenting the organization's involvment in harvesting aborted baby organs and selling them to biotech companies. "I have not seen them," Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire told me after the vote. "I'm sorry, what's your name?" asked Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii in response to a simple yes-or-no question. "Can you call my comms director?"  "I have not seen them, no," Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania told me…
  • Carly: We Need a Nominee 'Who Is Going to Throw Every Punch'

    Daniel Halper
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The election is a "fight," Carly Fiorina said at the candidate forum tonight in New Hampshire. And she's ready to duke it out with "Hillary Clinton or whoever their nominee turns out to be." "In order to beat Hillary Clinton or whoever their nominee turns out to be, we have to have a nominee on our side who is going to throw every punch," said Fiorina. "Because this is a fight, it's a fight for the future of this nation, it's a fight for the character of this nation. And unfortunately, we know that sometimes right questions do not get asked in…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • The Best Week of Summer in D.C.

    James Fallows
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    Go Soeda of Japan returning a serve from Darian King last night in Washington (James Fallows) Most professional sports are way better to watch on TV than in person. You don’t have to spend hours getting to and from the (crowded and overpriced) venue. You can do something else when nothing’s happening on the field, You can hit Pause on the TiVo. You can simply get a better view of the action on your home screen than from all except the very most expensive seats. I recognize that the simple fun of spending a warm evening at a baseball stadium is an exception. But its pleasures are only…
  • Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: Some Thoughts From the Military Side

    James Fallows
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Aerial view of the Naval War College in Newport, RI ( US Naval War College ) I am storing a batch of recent incoming emails in the digital counterpart of a cooling-off tank. The messages have arrived in response to the items I ran last month on the tragic episode in which an Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed into a civilian Cessna 150 single-engine propeller plane near Charleston, South Carolina. The Air Force pilot ejected to safety; the two people on the Cessna both died. The previous items are: Why Would an F-16 and a Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?Why an F-16 Hit a CessnaCivilian…
  • A Summer Dispatch From the United States of Beer

    James Fallows
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Beer in foreground; in background, bamboo (James Fallows) Back in the Golden Age of Blogging, running from maybe a dozen years ago to maybe the past two or three years, personal sites often consisted of informal, incremental personal chronicles. Andrew Sullivan captured this spirit of this form, at its prime, in his 2008 Atlantic story “Why I Blog.” There’s less of that now, and the rise of social media is the main explanation. No one has time to follow items other than what someone else points out on Facebook or Twitter. Those items are more likely to be circulated if they offer a…
  • An Innovative Library in Oregon, and Other Reports From the Road

    James Fallows
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Ever wonder how the bison got its hump? Wonder no more. Explanation of this creature, shown at the American Prairie Reserve in Montana, coming up soon. (James Fallows / The Atlantic) Over the past three months my wife Deb and I have been doing a lot of traveling, interviewing, and reporting for our American Futures series, for a set of posts that we haven’t published yet but will roll out in coming weeks. We’ve been (briefly) in Chico, California; then for an extended period in the Bend/Prineville/Redmond area of central Oregon; then along the Columbia River and Snake River gorges toward…
  • What an F-16 Pilot Sees—and Misses

    James Fallows
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    Cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, shown in a ground trainer. ( Wikimedia ) For background discussion of the tragedy early this month, when an Air Force F-16 hit a civilian Cessna 150 at low altitude near Charleston, South Carolina, please see: “Why Would an F-16 and a Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?”, “Why an F-16 Hit a Cessna,” “Civilian and Military Aviation Styles,” and “Can the ‘Right Stuff’ Become the Wrong Stuff?” For now I intend to wrap this discussion up, until the National Transportation Safety Board or other authorities offer additional facts or news,…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • But we couldn't possibly prosecute anyone

    Ugh
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    by Ugh Because, gosh, there just isn't any evidence.  We're looking forward, not back.   Ex-CIA boss admits to BBC Panorama that it tortured The CIA tortured terror suspects in its programme of "enhanced interrogation", the agency's former executive director, Buzzy Krongard, has admitted to the BBC's Panorama programme. I asked Buzzy Krongard, the CIA's former executive director, if he thought waterboarding and painful stress positions were torture: "Well, let's put it this way, it is meant to make him as uncomfortable as possible. So I assume…
  • Breaking Bad and Smallville: Tragedy as a TV genre

    SuperUser
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    by Doctor Science I never saw Breaking Bad -- it's really not my kind of thing, too morally dark and too realistic (no dragons, no spaceships) -- but I could hardly avoid being aware of it. This was especially the case as it built to the finale in September 2013. The reaction to the "Breaking Bad" finale on my social media sites (Tumblr, Livejournal/Dreamwidth, Facebook), both while it was airing and immediately afterward, was: "I'm weeping for the characters. What a great, satisfying ending." As I saw viewers' reactions, it was clear to me: "Breaking Bad" is tragedy in the classical sense.
  • It's getting better all the time?

    liberal japonicus
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    by liberal japonicus A strange title, considering all the crap that is coming down, but this, from an interview with Nancy Lieberman, who is being hired as the second female NBA assistant coach, had me thinking about that: You’ve been an instructor at Grgurich’s camp in the past. You had the Texas Legends job. You visited with Mike Tomlin. What are some of the other things you have done to prepare yourself for this job? I can give you the list of coaches I’ve called. Alvin Gentry let me come in with thePhoenix Suns before I started to coach (the Legends). Vinny Del Negro let me…
  • BRICS and SCO and AIIB! Oh my!

    liberal japonicus
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    by liberal japonicus Another article that flirts with the tl:dr boundary, but it was pretty interesting to me. Sadly, I'm not getting to Bishkek this year, but the SCO mentioned took place when I was there 2 years ago, and it certainly seems plausible. I give you the first graf: Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: From now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of…
  • Bottom of the Barrel, Scraping the

    Ugh
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    by Ugh Just when you thought it was safe to go take a peek at the GOP Primary Presidential candidates after Trump's, uh, comments about immigrants, we have former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) saying this about his Commander-in-Chief/Leader of the Free WorldTM: He would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. Golly.   Also, too, Trump's spokespersonthingie ("special counsel at The Trump Organization") saying that "And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse."  By definition. So, I ask you,…
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    International Budget Partnership

  • Reflections on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

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

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

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

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

    Deidre
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report. Since 2006 IBP has published the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the only independent, regular, and comparative assessment of budget transparency and participation worldwide. Over the years, users of the OBS — including civil society, donors, and the private sector — have asked us to update it more frequently. However, producing the full Open Budget Survey in less than the current two year schedule would be challenging, given the investment of time and resources required to conduct such comprehensive research. That said, IBP recognizes…
 
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  • We Are Not In Listening Mode.

    Soph0571
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    We do not care what you want.  We do not want to listen to you, we expect you to listen to us.  We are cocky.  We just won an election and we can do want we want.  It does not matter what you think, we were the winners.  I am paraphrasing and it was said  …
  • Obama Calls Donald Trump with Debate Advice - YouTube

    KEEPING IT REAL!
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    HILARIOUS! ROTFLMAO, check out the video. :)
  • AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal

    Meloney
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), the educational wing of hardline right-wing pro-Israel lobbying organization the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is taking all but three freshmen US lawmakers on a tour of Israel, in hopes of turning them agains …
  • Tomgram: Christian Appy, America's Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 Years Later | TomDispatch

    icecld2
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    "Despite the recent nuclear agreement that will stop a country without nuclear weapons from building them, this planet is still loaded with a world-ending arsenal that is constantly being expanded, updated, and modernized. Call us lucky, but don’t call us particularly thoug …
  • Obama urges Dems to watch GOP debate | TheHill

    dslsca
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    “Tune in, listen carefully to what the Republican candidates for president say, and then hold them accountable for trying to undo all of the hard work we've done to move this country forward,” the president wrote in an email blasted out by the Democratic National Comm …
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  • FactChecking the GOP Candidate Forum

    Lori Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3. Among them: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he cut the state budget by 26 percent, but that drop is due to a decline in federal funds. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he was “leading Hillary Clinton in five states won by President Obama.” His numbers are within the margin of error in all five states. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said workers’ wages “have flatlined for 20 years,” when the average real earnings for rank-and-file workers is up…
  • Sanders Overstates Unemployment Rate

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes from a think tank report on underemployment — which includes not just the unemployed, but also part-time workers who want full time work. The Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made youth unemployment a key part of his populist campaign, frequently citing statistics from a June report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. In a recent Vox interview, Sanders referred to the EPI report…
  • Wisconsin’s Trumped Up Deficit

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Donald Trump says that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion budget deficit. It doesn’t. Actually, the state finished its most recent two-year budget cycle with a small surplus. And the new cycle that began July 1 is covered by a bill providing for another balanced budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law. It’s true that state fiscal officials had earlier projected that revenues would fall about $2.2 billion short of what agencies were requesting for the new cycle. But agencies don’t always get what they want. The current budget cuts $250 million from the University of Wisconsin…
  • Mistaken Tax Facts

    Brooks Jackson
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    In a TV ad attacking GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the League of Conservation Voters claims the average Wisconsin family pays $7,500 a year in federal income tax. Not so. For the family pictured in the ad with the income specified by the league, the tax would be $724. Dragging Anchor We offer this as an example of how political groups sometimes lose their anchor in reality as they strain for partisan effect. The league could have made a respectable argument by citing accurate information. But instead, the very first words in this ad are wildly inaccurate and based on a gross…
  • Huckabee’s Hot Air on Volcanoes

    Dave Levitan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined. In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo News (beginning at the 5:14 mark), the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate said he thinks “the climate’s been changing over the entire history of the earth.” Couric asked him if he believes that…
 
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  • Ft Sumter under attack

    DCblogger
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Body:  2 Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site In Mississippi This is only going to get worse.
  • Elizabeth Báthory lives

    DCblogger
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Body:  Via Atrios, The Guardian: Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people? A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. This will not end well.
  • In the garden: Sunflower!

    lambert
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Body:  I noticed the first sunflower bloomed late yesterday evening, so here it is. There are others coming along. This year, the deer didn't eat them!
  • Sunday Train: The New Gulf Wind, NOLA to Orlando

    BruceMcF
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Body:  In this September's Trains magazine, Bob Johnston looks at the history and current state of play of the eastern section of the Sunset Limited route, running from New Orleans through to, most of the time, Orlando Florida. This is a live topic since both houses have passed Amtrak funding bills, which are currently awaiting reconciliation, and both include language setting up a group to study re-establishing intercity rail service on the Gulf Coast. This also ties into three issues previously examined on the Sunday Train. The Orlando terminus offers the possibility of connecting rail…
  • Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?

    libbyliberal
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    Body:  I remarked to a coworker the other day about the tragic death of Sandra Bland. She agreed but hastened to add, “That is why I try to stay away from watching the news as much as possible.” Before I had time to re-raise my jaw, she launched into an analysis of an impending work project, clearly closing the door to further discussion.
 
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  • Happy Hour: Steve Lacy – Alone Together …

    Boohunney
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
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  • The power of vulnerability

    susie
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    I used to be good at this vulnerability thing. But a couple of bad relationships and many financial struggles later, I know I’ve shut down emotionally. So this is what I struggle with now, and I thought some of you might relate as well. Bookmark It
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    4 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
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  • NY attorney general to investigate woman’s death in jail

    susie
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    A New York woman’s mysterious death in custody last week will be investigated by the state attorney general’s office, marking the first use of a new state law that expands independent oversight of deaths involving police, officials said Monday. Raynette Turner, 42, a mother of eight, was found dead in a cell at Mount Vernon police… Bookmark It
  • And speaking of Joe Biden

    susie
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Yeah, not so much. Also, this. Bookmark It
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  • New poll shows Latino voters think the Pope is #1

    Latina Lista
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New poll shows Latino voters think the Pope is #1 by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Donald Trump must be confusing himself with Pope Francis when it comes to poll numbers. A new nationwide poll of religious or faith affiliated likely 2016 voters, released by a coalition of labor unions and faith organizations, finds that 51 percent of Latinos have "very favorable" views, while 71 percent have "overall favorable" views, of Pope Francis and his messages of…
  • Why do we need Latinas in politics?

    Latina Lista
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Why do we need Latinas in politics? by Latina Lista LatinasRepresent Watch footage from a recent event in Miami and hear from Latinas across the political spectrum on why your voice matters. Share your #LatinasRepresent story with us on Twitter and Facebook
  • Five Latinos shaping the city of Houston

    Latina Lista
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Five Latinos shaping the city of Houston by Latina Lista By Lisette Garcia The Venture EGMN reporter Lizette Garcia sets out to find the top five Hispanic leaders everyone in the Space City should know. Whether they’re helping young students land their dream job or helping citizens better themselves, these distinct individuals have been recognized as exceptional beings who are contributing to their community. Discover who are the Five Latinos shaping the city of…
  • Crowdfunder: Helping longtime advocate for racial justice realize her dream

    Latina Lista
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Helping longtime advocate for racial justice realize her dream by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Keshia Thomas: Keshia's H.E.A.R.T In 1996 Keshia Thomas was attending a protest against the Ku Klux Klan, a white male with an ‘SS tattoo’ and wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt found himself in the midst of the protesters. The man was knocked down and beaten, Keshia shielded the man and stopped the attack. Photographs of her amazing act of…
  • Peru’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History opens its doors in ‘Museums Online” website

    Latina Lista
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Peru’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History opens its doors in ‘Museums Online” website by Latina Lista LatinaLista — If visiting Peru's National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History (MNHAAP) has been on your bucket list, you may be able to check that off sooner than you thought. The MNHAAP opened its virtual doors to cyber-museum goers in May when they joined the Peruvian national Museums Online website, joining…
 
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  • This will haunt Jeb Bush: GOP candidate says we spend too much on “women’s health issues”

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Jeb Bush asserted Tuesday that the U.S. government spends too much on "women's health issues," quickly backtracking following a political firestorm and claiming he "misspoke."Speaking before the Southern Baptist Convention today in Nashville, Tennessee, the Republican presidential candidate boasted that as governor of Florida, he defunded Planned Parenthood. Bush vowed to defund the women's health organization federally as president.When asked about the Republicans' most recent efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Bush dismissed the notion of a "war on women," to argue, "I'm not sure we…
  • Kelly Osbourne’s Donald Trump fail: Fighting his racism with her own harmful stereotypes

    STimberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Well, the Donald Trump Award for insensitive statements about race just went to … someone assailing Donald Trump. Or specifically, to Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of Ozzy and reality TV mainstay, who was referring to Trump’s nasty comments about Latinos coming to America to rape and pillage.Osbourne was on “The View,” where Whoopi Goldberg mentioned Trump’s steadiness in the polls; Rosie Perez, Michelle Collins, and Raven-Symone batted the idea around a little bit. Osbourne made a good point with, "In what way does he think that people are going to vote for him after he's just…
  • Joe Biden finally breaks his silence on 2016 speculation

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The New York Times set off a fresh round of speculation over the weekend that Joe Biden may enter the 2016 presidential contest, first with a Maureen Dowd column reporting that Biden "has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire," and then with an article from the paper's Amy Chozick essentially corroborating Dowd's reporting.Much of the political chattering class has been consumed by will-he-or-won't-he talk in the days since, and on Tuesday, Biden finally broke his silence on the matter.At the end of a meeting with…
  • “Every story another tweaker told me while we were getting high”: A guide to the end of summer’s hottest books

    Erin Keane
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    For August, I posed a series of questions – with, as always, a few verbal restrictions – to six authors with new books: Kathleen Alcott ("Infinite Home," novel, out today) Dean Bakopolous ("Summerlong," novel, out now), Jennine Capó Crucet ("Make Your Home Among Strangers," novel, out today), Eileen G’Sell ("Portait of My Ex with Giant Burrito," poetry), Bucky Sinister (Black Hole, novel, Aug. 11), and Jonathan Weisman ("No. 4 Imperial Lane," novel, out today).Without summarizing it in any way, what would you say your book is about?G'SELL: Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, and Nicki Minaj…
  • Here’s your GOP debate lineup: Final roster set for Thursday night’s showdown

    Luke Brinker
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Fox News' poll window for the top 10 candidates to qualify for Thursday night's first GOP presidential primary debate closed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, so we now know which candidates will make the cut and face off at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.In averages of the most recent public polls, the top 10 candidates are as follows:1. Donald Trump2. Jeb Bush3. Scott Walker4. Mike Huckabee5. Ben Carson6. Ted Cruz7. Marco Rubio8. Rand Paul9. Chris Christie10. John KasichContinue Reading...
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  • Iran Isn’t Going to Be the Regional Hegemon

    Daniel Larison
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    Justin Logan thoroughly refutes hawkish alarmist claims about impending Iranian regional hegemony as a result of the nuclear deal: Iran is a weak regional power that regularly defies U.S. prerogatives and complicates U.S. defense plans for the Middle East. It engages in terrorism and other initiatives that kill and destroy, but fail to produce control over its neighbors. Iran would be similar in any likely version of the future. Far from being a regional hegemon or dominating the Middle East, Iran is a nuisance [bold mine-DL]. Great powers, to say nothing of the self-styled “home of the…
  • The “Freedom Agenda” and the Cynicism of Hard-liners

    Daniel Larison
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Elliott Abrams offers up a risible defense of Bush’s “freedom agenda”: For Obama and this effort to make History, the Egyptian or Iranian or Cuban people are an obstacle, not the object of the endeavor. That’s the key difference with how Bush saw foreign policy. The Freedom Agenda was ultimately about people, not countries or rulers, and the goal was to empower them. While this may make for good partisan point-scoring, Abrams’ description of the “freedom agenda” has little to do with how the “freedom agenda” worked in practice. In Iraq, the…
  • Entangling and Enabling Alliances

    Daniel Larison
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Dan Drezner comments on the findings of Michael Beckley’s study of the effect of entangling alliances on U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts: Now saying that there’s a robust finding “except for Vietnam” leads one to think that this is a pretty big exception. That said, Beckley’s findings suggest that if the United States is over-committing resources abroad, it’s not because of alliance dynamics. I agree that the U.S. isn’t always drawn into foreign conflicts because of its allies and clients, but it’s fair to say that there have been multiple occasions since…
  • The Nuclear Deal and “Iranian Imperialism”

    Daniel Larison
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Michael Gerson makes a typical hawkish criticism of the deal with Iran: This agreement will fund Iranian imperialism — while creating disincentives for the United States to confront it. This is one of the more disingenuous and misleading complaints against the nuclear deal. Iran hawks pretend as if there were a simple choice between depriving Iran of extra resources and going ahead with the nuclear deal. The reality is that Iran would soon gain access to additional funds one way or the other. The question is whether Iran will agree to limit its nuclear program or not. In the absence of an…
  • Obama’s Many Abuses of the 2001 AUMF

    Daniel Larison
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Micah Zenko marvels at the Obama administration’s absurd legal reasoning behind its decision to use force to defend U.S.-backed Syrian rebels against their attackers: WH claims 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda covers airstrikes against anyone attacking DOD-trained rebels that are fighting ISIS. #dizzying — Micah Zenko (@MicahZenko) August 3, 2015 As we approach the first anniversary of the start of the illegal war on ISIS, the fact that the administration continues to abuse and distort the 2001 AUMF shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. If they can get away with using this…
 
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  • Fox Sets Republican Debate Roster

    Zeke J Miller
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The final roster for the first Republican presidential debate is set. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich squeaked onstage as the final members of the field of 10, Fox News announced Tuesday afternoon, while former Texas Gov. Rick Perry narrowly missed the cut and will be relegated to an undercard forum. Businessman Donald Trump will hold center stage at the inaugural GOP 2016 debate Thursday in Cleveland, Fox said, flanked by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The network, which established the criteria for invitation, averaged the five most…
  • How Donald Trump’s Wealth Helps Him With Republican Voters

    ryantbeckwith
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Donald Trump chose the right party when he decided to run for the Republican presidential nomination. A CBS News poll released Tuesday showed that registered Republicans are more likely than their Democratic counterparts to back candidates who are spending their own money on a campaign. According to the poll, almost one-third of registered Republican voters said they prefer a candidate who “pays for their campaign by using their own personal wealth,” while only about one-fourth of registered Democratic voters who said the same. There was a similar gap over candidates who seek…
  • Hillary Clinton Criticizes Jeb Bush Remarks on Women’s Health

    ryantbeckwith
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was trying to defuse Democratic criticism of defunding Planned Parenthood Tuesday when he accidentally opened up a new line of attack. During an interview at a conference of Southern Baptists, Bush called for defunding Planned Parenthood, then tried to counter the expected Democratic arguments against it by suggesting the money could be redirected to other community health organizations. But mid-thought, he stopped to muse that the federal government might not need to spend as much as it does. “The argument against this is … it is a war…
  • Kelly Osbourne Causes Outrage After Latino Gaffe On The View

    tanyabasutime
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Social media exploded in outrage after Fashion Police host Kelly Osbourne tried to defend Latinos from presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday morning’s episode of The View, but ended up offending many of them instead. “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” she responded when asked about what she thought about Trump’s controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. The candidate previous said that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, bringing crime,” and that “they’re…
  • Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Face an Evangelical Test

    Elizabeth Dias
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Two days before the first Republican presidential debate, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio face a different popularity test: 13,000 evangelicals in Nashville. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, will interview Bush on stage Tuesday afternoon at the Send North America conference, one of the country’s largest summer church gatherings. Moore will also show a video of an interview he pre-taped with Rubio. Other leading presidential candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were invited to…
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  • Pro-Family Leader Releases Marriage Report Card

    David Brody
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    The respected and widely acclaimed pro-family leader Maggie Gallagher is out with her report card on how the presidential candidates handled the gay marriage decision by the Supreme Court. You can check it out at "The Pulse 2016." The winners? Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz. Everybody else didn’t get a sticker. Read the report card here. Below is how Gallagher came up with her criteria for presidential grades. By the way: don’t dismiss what Gallagher has to say. If you want a pulse on the pro-family movement, Maggie Gallagher usually has her finger right on it.
  • Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Defies Party: Will Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

    David Brody
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    Senator Joe Manchin has bucked the Democrat Party on the abortion issue. He’s voting to defund Planned Parenthood when the vote comes up Monday night. His statement below. “Like many West Virginians, I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion. Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those funds should be sent to other health care providers,…
  • Rand Paul: Time for Media to Get Serious with Donald Trump

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul tells The Brody File that the media will eventually correct themselves after giving Donald Trump plenty of attention in the presidential race. “I think eventually the media will come back to covering some of the issues of the day and if people want to complain that it’s not serious and we are not having a serious debate, then the media needs to be out there asking serious questions and talking about serious issues," he said. "I think the debates will help to focus that.” Watch the answer below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE
  • Cecil The Lion vs. Cecile The Planned Parenthood President

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    It’s Cecil vs. Cecile. Cecil, the African lion vs Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. Surely these horrifying undercover videos of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies would receive more media coverage than a famed lion right? Yea, right. The lion wins and isn't Cecile Richards jumping for joy? Read below from the Media Research Center. The headline of the article is titled: Nets Covered Cecil the Lion More in 1 Day Than Abortion Videos in 2 Weeks America’s anchors have spoken: the shooting of one lion vastly outweighs the…
  • And Then There Were Four....

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    And then there were four…. Yet another undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies. Watch below. You would think the bill to defund Planned Parenthood coming up for a vote in the Senate this Monday would have the support of EVERY Senate Republican. Not so. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk will vote no. Why you ask? Here is Kirk’s explanation: “I do not plan to cut access to basic health care and contraception for women, the majority of whom have no other resources.” Here’s the problem with that theory: the bill in front…
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  • Sometimes, All You Can Do is Apologize

    Keith Humphreys
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    I had a friend in high school who played with me on a community league softball team. One evening the team we were scheduled to play didn’t show up. A lot of our dads were there, so I suggested with enthusiasm that since we had the field to ourselves, we could play a fathers’ and sons’ game of softball. My friend said to me “My dad is not going to play softball”. “Why?” I joked, “Does he have a wooden leg or something?”. With suddenly red-rimmed eyes, my friend said softly “Yes”. What are the odds? I was so sorry and I said I…
  • My response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the world and Me

    Harold Pollack
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Atlantic allowed me to write a short response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the world and Me. I’m not qualified to evaluate the book’s literary merit, let alone to engage celebrity-gossip regarding Coates’ rank in the pantheon of African-American public intellectuals. I read this book for my own reasons, as one of many researchers who study interventions to reduce youth violence. So much of Between the world and me underscores the necessity and the inherent limitations of our efforts. I make two points. First I note the sad strategic dilemma in which urban youth…
  • Pub Quiz: Political Quotes

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Some Sunday afternoon fun for political mavens. Below are ten quotes and an alphabetic list of the political figures who said them. Match the quote to the quoted. Answers after the jump. Please post your scores and any comments (including if I misattributed anything — very possible with quotes). 1. The people have spoken…the bastards 2. I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived 3. Something is wrong with America. I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about or if they’re thinking at all. 4. Take criticism seriously, but not…
  • Peace March, North Lawndale Chicago, Illinois

    Harold Pollack
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pretty awesome pic See if you can spot Joakim Noah   Cool tee-shirt   The original Sears Tower in Homan Square
  • The Iron Bank

    James Wimberley
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    The European Central Bank is failing abjectly in [update: what should be] its core mission to protect the common currency through shared prosperity as well as price stability. It no longer deserves its name and logo. So here are my proposals for a new name and logo. The new logo: And new name: There is a fine episode in The Game of Thrones where Stannis and Davos travel to the Iron Bank of Braavos and are forced to sit on low benches at the end of a huge and intimidating hall apparently designed by Albert Speer. They beg for a loan, in vain. The ambience would be familiar to Tsipras and…
 
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  • What the Clean Power Plan will mean for Iowa

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of its Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, the "first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants." The final rule differs from the EPA's original proposal last June in several respects. An EPA fact sheet spells out the key changes to the Iowa targets: The goals are much closer together than at proposal. Compared to proposal, the highest (least stringent) goals got tighter, and the lowest (most stringent) goals got looser. o Iowa's 2030 goal is 1,283 pounds per megawatt-hour. That's…
  • Filibuster blocks Joni Ernst's bill to defund Planned Parenthood (updated)

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:58 pm
    U.S. Senator Joni Ernst's bill seeking to end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to reach the 60-vote threshold today to pass a cloture motion for proceeding to debate. Background and details on today's vote are after the jump, along with the full text of the legislation and some Iowa political reaction to the Planned Parenthood funding controversy. UPDATE: Added more comments from Senator Chuck Grassley. The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman is spearheading an inquiry into Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue donation practices. Whereas Ernst would end all federal funding for…
  • Where are they now? Mariannette Miller-Meeks edition

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    GOP county leaders in the second Congressional district elected Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks to the Republican Party of Iowa's State Central Committee on August 1, the Iowa GOP announced in a press release. An Army veteran and ophthalmologist, Miller-Meeks was the Republican challenger to Representative Dave Loebsack in IA-02 three times: in 2008, 2010, and 2014. She also served as director of the Iowa Department of Public Health in Governor Terry Branstad's administration from January 2011 to January 2014, when she stepped down in preparation for her third Congressional campaign. She…
  • Weekend open thread: Implausible Hillary Clinton narratives edition

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? Ten days after the New York Times published a train wreck of an exclusive about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, the fallout continues. Kurt Eichenwald walked through many factual errors and "fundamentally deceptive" frames in the report about a "criminal referral" that never existed. The Times' Public Editor Margaret Sullivan dug into how a story "fraught with inaccuracies" ended up on the front page. Matt Purdy, the "top-ranking editor involved with the story," told Sullivan, "We got it wrong because our very good sources had it…
  • One pro-choice Democratic woman's question for EMILY's List

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon was the first Congressional candidate endorsed this cycle by the influential political action committee EMILY's List. The PAC's mission is straightforward: "We elect pro-choice Democratic women to office." EMILY's List did not get involved in the 2014 primary to represent Iowa's first district, in which three of the five candidates were pro-choice women. But the PAC's leaders have signaled they will fight to help Vernon win the IA-01 nomination in 2016. As in the last election cycle, Vernon's main competition for the right to face Republican Rod…
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  • This will haunt Jeb Bush: GOP candidate says we spend too much on “women’s health issues”

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Jeb Bush asserted Tuesday that the U.S. government spends too much on "women's health issues," quickly backtracking following a political firestorm and claiming he "misspoke."Speaking before the Southern Baptist Convention today in Nashville, Tennessee, the Republican presidential candidate boasted that as governor of Florida, he defunded Planned Parenthood. Bush vowed to defund the women's health organization federally as president.When asked about the Republicans' most recent efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Bush dismissed the notion of a "war on women," to argue, "I'm not sure we…
  • Kelly Osbourne’s Donald Trump fail: Fighting his racism with her own harmful stereotypes

    STimberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Well, the Donald Trump Award for insensitive statements about race just went to … someone assailing Donald Trump. Or specifically, to Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of Ozzy and reality TV mainstay, who was referring to Trump’s nasty comments about Latinos coming to America to rape and pillage.Osbourne was on “The View,” where Whoopi Goldberg mentioned Trump’s steadiness in the polls; Rosie Perez, Michelle Collins, and Raven-Symone batted the idea around a little bit. Osbourne made a good point with, "In what way does he think that people are going to vote for him after he's just…
  • Joe Biden finally breaks his silence on 2016 speculation

    sophia_t
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The New York Times set off a fresh round of speculation over the weekend that Joe Biden may enter the 2016 presidential contest, first with a Maureen Dowd column reporting that Biden "has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire," and then with an article from the paper's Amy Chozick essentially corroborating Dowd's reporting.Much of the political chattering class has been consumed by will-he-or-won't-he talk in the days since, and on Tuesday, Biden finally broke his silence on the matter.At the end of a meeting with…
  • “Every story another tweaker told me while we were getting high”: A guide to the end of summer’s hottest books

    Erin Keane
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    For August, I posed a series of questions – with, as always, a few verbal restrictions – to six authors with new books: Kathleen Alcott ("Infinite Home," novel, out today) Dean Bakopolous ("Summerlong," novel, out now), Jennine Capó Crucet ("Make Your Home Among Strangers," novel, out today), Eileen G’Sell ("Portait of My Ex with Giant Burrito," poetry), Bucky Sinister (Black Hole, novel, Aug. 11), and Jonathan Weisman ("No. 4 Imperial Lane," novel, out today).Without summarizing it in any way, what would you say your book is about?G'SELL: Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, and Nicki Minaj…
  • Here’s your GOP debate lineup: Final roster set for Thursday night’s showdown

    Luke Brinker
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Fox News' poll window for the top 10 candidates to qualify for Thursday night's first GOP presidential primary debate closed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, so we now know which candidates will make the cut and face off at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.In averages of the most recent public polls, the top 10 candidates are as follows:1. Donald Trump2. Jeb Bush3. Scott Walker4. Mike Huckabee5. Ben Carson6. Ted Cruz7. Marco Rubio8. Rand Paul9. Chris Christie10. John KasichContinue Reading...
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  • Quit Punching Yourself in the Face

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Donald Trump is dead-last among all voters in net popularity and dead-first in poll after poll of just Republican voters. Meanwhile, the most popular thing in the news right now is Planned Parenthood, with a 45%-30% rating, but Planned Parenthood is what the Republicans have decided to attack. So, as you might expect, the only thing they tested that is more unpopular than the Republican Party is their leading candidate, the loud-mouthed womanizing blowhard real estate developer from Manhattan. And, yet, people who actually know him well enough…
  • Let's Get This Party Nomination Started

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Well, we can begin to talk about who will make the cut and who will not for entry into the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland on Thursday. With the NBC/WSJ poll coming in and showing mostly bad news for politicians across the board, there are still some who are getting ready to breath a sigh of relief. It looks like Chris Christie and John Kasich will avoid disaster and a seat at the kiddie table. On the other hand, first degree felony-indicted Rick Perry should probably wrap up his second “Oops” try at this. Here’s the expected cut, and I’ll have some…
  • Open Thread

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
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  • Jeb Bush's Message: Tough Luck, Suckers

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Do you think there is too much money in politics? Tough luck. “You are officially certified as the $120 million man,” Politico’s Mike Allen said to Bush during an on-stage interview at a summit of GOP mega-donors. “What’s the question?” Bush deadpanned. “How much is too much?” Allen pressed. By now, hopefully, you are familiar with the fact that Jeb Bush pretended not to be running for president for a good long while for no other reason than that it allowed him to raise money for his Super PAC. This is called a violation of the spirit of the law, and lawyers can always help…
  • Casual Observation

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This is roughly what happened with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina when he recently tried to criticize Donald Trump. An East Texas man was hospitalized early Thursday morning after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted back at his head, KLTV reported. The army should forget about buying body armor for our troops and just have them carry an armadillo into battle. Discuss
 
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Why Not Joe Biden?

    Deacon Blues
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:40 pm
    I have no doubt that Joe Biden will run for president, because I’m certain he and Beau talked about it on Beau’s death bed. Whatever fundraising or organizational disadvantages he has compared to Hillary will matter little. Just as Bush 41 ran as Reagan’s third term in 1988, Biden will run as Obama’s third term, but have the benefit of doing so without Hillary's baggage. And make no mistake; Biden will have a shot at pulling it off. Yes, he is an endearing gaffe machine, but in an age where Donald Trump can insult millions of people and still be deemed a credible presidential…
  • Hillary Needs to Hit Jeb Harder

    Deacon Blues
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Yes, Hillary preemptively kneecapped Jeb Bush today in a speech before the National Urban League, before Bush himself took the stage to give his whitewashed speech. And yes, Jeb's boys were seething afterward. Good. But until Hillary reminds black audiences that it was Jeb who signed "Stand Your Ground" into law, ushering in a slew of white vigilante scum like George Zimmerman, and reminds black voters that Jeb and Katherine Harris aggressively purged black voters from the rolls to help elect his brother back in 2000, then she's just pussy-footing with him.
  • What Email Scandal?

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Several short items of note: The Email Scandal That Wasn’t Commenter Ten Bears somehow dismissively labeled my concerns about anti-Hillary bias by the New York Times as a mea culpa. Please note the Times’ Public Editor yesterday castigated the NYT for bad work in that story. Bernie’s Poll Numbers As we’ve been asking and demanding for weeks now, it’s about time Bernie Sanders be treated as a legitimate presidential contender, and be included in national head-to-head polls. Finally, CNN is the first media outlet to report the results of such head-to-head matchups, yet they did their…
  • The New York Times Reveals Its Bias Once Again

    Deacon Blues
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Now that we are on Day Two of the alleged Clinton classified information scandal, let's peel the onion back a bit before any more hot air comes out. In its breathless, headline-grabbing story Friday, the lead paragraph in the New York Times' story stated: Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems. Then buried down in Paragraph 7 is this: The two…
  • One Stupid Decision May Knock Her Out

    Deacon Blues
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    I suspect that with developments like this, Joe Biden is quietly preparing to run for president.
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  • Links for 2015-08-03 [del.icio.us]

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Jack London Square Oakland Bus Ad Without Blacks - YouTube So it's come to this: an ad for a Jack London Square organization on the side of an AC Transit Bus that was totally devoid of black people. It's a bad sign that some don't want us in Oakland. That needs to change. Oakland has a rich black history that must not be forgotten or ignored as well as a hea Jack London Square Oakland Bus Ad Without Blacks Jack London Square Oakland Bus Ad Without Blacks - Video So it's come to this: an ad for a Jack London Square organization on the side of an AC Transit Bus that was totally devoid of black…
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    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    BART, ACTransit, SamTrans Make Oakland - SF Bus Bridge - YouTube To cope with the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge Shut Down, BART, ACTransit, and SamTrans have teamed up to make a "bus bridge" from Oakland to San Francisco and back. Here's a look. Art & Soul Festival Oakland Pretty Cool Time Downtown - YouTube The Art & Soul Festival Oakland Pretty Cool time in Oakland. Lots of good food and fun too, especially for kids. Right at Oakland City Hall! BART, ACTransit, SamTrans Make Oakland - SF Bus Bridge BART, ACTransit, SamTrans Make Oakland - SF Bus Bridge - Video To cope with the SF-Oakland Bay…
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    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Art & Soul Festival Oakland 2015 Entry - YouTube Entering the Art & Soul Festival Oakland on Saturday August 1st 2015. Mayor Schaaf's Booth At Art & Soul Festival Oakland - YouTube I stopped by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's booth at the Art & Soul Festival and met two of her booth representatives! Ellie Rossi On The Ropes At Art & Soul Festival Oakland - YouTube If you like Cirque du Soleil watch Ellie Rossi on the ropes at Art & Soul Festival Oakland! "Anybody Can Paint" At Art & Soul Festival Oakland - YouTube This wall is set up to encourage people to paint while…
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    1 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Flash flood watch issued for Las Vegas Valley - Las Vegas Sun Flash flood watch issued for Las Vegas ValleyLas Vegas SunThe National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Las Vegas Valley until 9 p.m. today, as thunderstorms could develop in the mountains and make their way to the lower elevations. The chance of rain today is 40 to 45 percent, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Expect Baby Girl Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Expect Baby Girl - Video Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Expect Baby Girl Congratulations to Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife…
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    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    On United Airlines SFO To LA For Meetings - YouTube I am on United Airlines Airbus A320 for flight from San Francisco to LA for meetings. On Way To YouTube Creator Space LA - YouTube I am on the way to YouTube Creator Space LA! Arrived At YouTube Creator Space LA - YouTube I have arrived at YouTube Creator Space LA. Checking Out YouTube Creator Space LA - YouTube Have a look at the fantastic YouTube Creator Space LA! On Way To YouTube Creator Space LA On Way To YouTube Creator Space LA - Video I am on the way to YouTube Creator Space LA! via IFTTT http://youtu.be/bz4obLyvrgY Arrived At…
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Salton Sea geothermal plan now appears doomed

    Bob Morris
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Photo by warriorwoman531 The Salton Sea, a large inland salt water lake in a baking Southern California desert is dying. Ambitious plans to build geothermal plants there would have revitalized the area and provided money to clean up the lake, which is a major bird migratory area.. However, a bill to fund geothermal there died in the legislature last fall. No new bills have been introduced. Proponents say they need $3.15 billion to stop the coming environmental disaster. It’s difficult to see where that money will come from. A dry Salton Sea would also emit dangerous dust that could lead…
  • US orders airstrikes against Syria if our pathetic 50 person “army” threatened

    Bob Morris
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    The Pentagon has labored mightily to train Syrians to fight Assad. The result is a bizarre little 50 person contingent, which just had its leader kidnapped by al-Nusra. Rather than admit the obvious, which is the U.S. hasn’t a clue what is happening in Syria and attempts to intervene invariably backfire, Obama is now huffing and puffing, saying any Syria attempts to threaten this wee little ragtag army will be met by airstrikes. This would be comical except Pentagon attempts to intervene make things worse for the U.S. because, wait for it, the locals don’t like being bombed. The…
  • Flooding alfalfa fields to recharge aquifers

    Bob Morris
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo by TepeyacFarm When the rains return to California and the Southwest, and they will, a promising way to recharge aquifers is by deliberately flooding alfalfa fields, as well as fallow fields. Deliberately recharging groundwater allows aquifers to be managed more like surface reservoirs, and has the potential to increase the state’s water storage capacity by millions of acre-feet. During periods like the current drought, there’s little or no extra water available for groundwater recharge. But in wet years, it may be possible to devote substantial volumes to replenishing…
  • Parowan UT Half Marathon

    Bob Morris
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s 7 AM in Utah and the Parowan Half Marathon just started. This will be my fourth time running it. Don’t be fooled by the sylvan scene in the photo with the level road. The course starts at 8,200 feet elevation and goes down a steep canyon road for 13.1 miles ending in Parowan at 6,000 ft elevation. The scenery is spectacular much of the way, with big red cliffs on both sides. Woo-hoo!
  • Robotics and AI are taking over, not necessarily a good thing

    Bob Morris
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    What could possibly go wrong with autonomous killer robots? Robots do many useful things. However, they are replacing jobs once held by carbon-based lifeforms. This may be one reason the employment rate isn’t recovering. The standard argument here is those displaced people will find new jobs created by new technology. However, jobs making robots just aren’t going to be that plentiful. This trend emerged during the most recent recession (February 2008 – February 2010) and isn’t stopping any time soon. According to data from the Associated Press on the labor market during the…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Last Post on Trump Before the Debate

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

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

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

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

    indianaoracle
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    As mentioned in a previous post, “The Illegal Immigrant Sham”, July 9, 2015,   Democrats are using illegal immigration to import their own voting bloc because they are consistently unable get a majority of American citizens to vote for them in national elections. In conjunction, they are actively attempting to rollback state voter ID laws in […]
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  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Protect Your Organization from Cyber Attacks with New Technology: Device FingerprintingWhy You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big DataThe Cost of Doing NothingRP Data Technical Case Study: Converting Real Estate Property Data into Actionable InformationRequest Free!
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:50 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…
  • Data Gov Event Programme

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the UK Government’s first ever Chief Data Officer taking the lead, it's clear that data driven transformation is the path to radically improved processes and services across the Public Sector.For local governments, Big Data insight has already proved to have a huge impact across diverse projects and smart city applications. In the UK, Harrow Council have already announced savings of over £4m using Big Data mapping information to streamline waste collection and grounds maintenance.The government’s digital revolution is now turning from focusing on individual online…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    26 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • Integrating Compliance with Business Strategy

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

  • American Cat Confirmed as Cecil the Lion’s Distant Cousin!

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Although I rarely discuss family matters of any kind on this site, I decided to make an exception today after receiving confirmation over the weekend that one of my cats is a distant relative of the late Cecil the Lion who died last month in Zimbabwe. Though distant cousins, Cecil the Lion and Butters the House cat bear uncanny resemblance. Seven-year-old Butters the House Cat (a.k.a., “Butters, my office assistant”) is, according to Miz Lize Terre Blanche, Zimbabwe’s High Chancellor of Feline Affairs, the 215th cousin of Cecil the Lion. Cecil the Lion is, according to media…
  • Paul Hollrah Analyzes Upcoming GOP Presidential Debates

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:59 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 and retired corporate government relations executive 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. Editorial cartoon courtesy David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com. The Republican National Committee plans to conduct at least nine debates in the 2015-16 presidential primary season, the first of which will be…
  • Off-The-Radar Presidential Candidates Placed in Spotlight

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    As of today, more than 500 candidates — many more than the nation’s major news outlets are telling you about in articles like this one and this one — have filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork necessary to run for president of the United States. Included among them are some very colorful characters as well as several top names who are not eligible to serve. Below, I offer a glimpse of some of those male and female candidates from across the political spectrum who have, for the most part, remained off the radar of most Americans. Click on image above to see the…
  • Joe Biden Misses Opportunity for Another ‘Big F—in Deal’

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:05 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 and retired corporate government relations executive 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. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com On Friday evening, the Fox News Channel interrupted regular programming for a short newsbreak. In one of the news briefs, the Fox reporter announced that Barack Obama had arrived in…
  • Military Injustice: Remembering Michael Behenna’s Story

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Though I lost many of the dozens of articles I wrote about a Soldier from my home state of Oklahoma and the tragic situation that consumed his life (See paragraph six of this piece for details about the losses), I managed to save the article below which I share again, only slightly modified since being published three years ago today. Please read and share. Then-1st Lt. Michael Behenna I’m on the road right now, but when I came across some terrible news this afternoon that I simply had to share:  The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the appeal of Michael C.
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  • Ignoring The Christian Persecution

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

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

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

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

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

  • Here Are the 10 Republican Presidential Candidates Who Will Compete in the First GOP Debate

    Peter Suderman
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    On Thursday night, Fox News will host the first GOP primary debate, featuring 10 of the 17 candidates running for the Republican party’s presidential nomination. The remaining candidates will compete in a second-tier debate at 5 p.m. Fox News announced earlier this summer that the 10 candidates allowed into the main event would be the top 10 as judged by an average most recent high-quality national polls, meaning that Internet-based polls and state-based surveys won’t count. What this has meant is that up until today, it’s not been entirely clear which candidates would make the cut for…
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog Split, Robert Conquest Dies, Which Republicans Made the Cut? P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog have split, proving that love is an empty, meaningless concept. Bert and Ernie are still together, though. The new normal! Al-Qaida or ISIS: Who's worse? India's crackdown on porn has come to a premature end, har har. Famed anti-communist historian Robert Conquest has died. The Fox News Republican debate lineup is set and unlikely to change, according to FiveThirtyEight. Ozy ran an interesting profile of Marginal Revolution blogger Alex Tabarrok. (Also, what is Ozy?) New at Reason Marijuana Taxes and Restrictions Recreate Prohibition by the Back Door As…
  • Why the Obama Administration’s Latest Gambit to Keep Health Insurance Rates Down Won’t Work

    Peter Suderman
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Obamacare’s regulations have helped drive up the cost of health insurance sold through the law’s exchanges. Now the Obama administration is, predictably, pushing states regulators to keep health insurance premiums down. Big rate hikes are looming all over. As The New York Times reported last month, health insurers “around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected.” The Times now reports that the Obama administration is "trying to persuade states to cut back big…
  • Clean Power Plan's Dubious Math

    Ronald Bailey
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule implementing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) aims to cut by 2030 the emissions of carbon dioxide from electric power generation in the United States 32 percent of what was emitted in 2005. Electric power generation produces about 30 percent of America’s carbon dioxide emissions. So just how much carbon dioxide is the President talking about? According to the EPA’s regulatory impact analysis of the new rule, electric power generators emitted 2,683 million short tons of carbon dioxide in 2005. The Energy Information…
  • The Mindlessness of Donald Trump—and What It Reveals About the GOP

    Peter Suderman
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    The most striking thing about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is how mindless it is. There is no plan behind it, no grand strategy or driving ideological goal, no political mission statement to speak of. The campaign seems to consist almost entirely of Trump—now leading the GOP field by a solid 10 point margin—roaming from microphone to microphone saying whatever ridiculous thing comes to his mind at the moment. He is calculating only in the sense that he gravitates toward attention-grabbing overstatement. Trump, who is fond of calling enemies morons, dummies, and lightweights, is…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Do You Love Your Husband?

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

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

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or pull punches – ISIS is straight up a scourge in the Middle East. It needs to be eliminated. They are barbaric and have no respect for human life, even the lives of their own people. They are like rabid dogs, and there is only one way to deal with such an animal – you put it down.Source : Wikimedia.org - NearEast.pngObama, Congress, and the rest of the civilized world are currently debating what the best course of action is. Is it bombing? Is it troops on the ground? Or, is it a combination of both? Considering that our military has been fighting non-stop in…
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Planned Parenthood's Pathetic 3 Percent Lie

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    Rich Lowry, New York PostThe nationÂ’s premier provider of abortions doesnÂ’t want to be known for providing abortions. Planned Parenthood, embroiled in a scandal over secret videos capturing its cavalier dismemberment of unborn babies and sale of their body parts, insists that abortion is only 3 percent of what it does.
  • Koch & Lomax: An Unlikely Partnership

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Matea Gold, Washington PostLast month, billionaire industrialist and conservative donor Charles Koch was meeting in his Wichita office with Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, when the conversation turned to the recent church massacre in Charleston, S.C.
  • Hillary Clinton Loses Ground With Women

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    Peter Nicholas, Wall St. Jrnl
  • Stewart Anything But an 'Honest Newsman'

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Bre Payton, The FederalistRolling Stone, which thought Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was the perfect dreamy cover model, thinks Obama muppet Jon Stewart is America’s last “honest newsman.” In an almost weepy goodbye to the comic-turned-apparatchik, writer Rob Sheffield says Stewart was America’s patron saint of political moderates.
  • Jon Stewart Wielded Huge Influence

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Dean Obeidallah, The Daily BeastJon Stewart has been heralded by the media in recent weeks as everything from a “genius” to the Walter Cronkite of our generation to even a “messiah” who “changed the world.” But as we approach the end of his 16-year run as host of The Daily Show this Thursday, I must dissent from all these hosannas and tell you there’s one thing Stewart was very wrong about.
 
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    The New Republic

  • Why an Indie Press in Brooklyn Is Publishing the Pope

    Naomi Shavin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In the last year, Melville House has accomplished two lightning-speed publishing projects: in December of 2014, the small press rushed out copies of the Senate Torture Report in just 19 days; today is the release of their edition of the Pope’s encyclical on climate change. By publishing standards,
  • When You'd Rather Watch the Producer Than the Reality Show

    Silpa Kovvali
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The single worst thing a television character can be is bad at his job. We will forgive any number of failings from the fictional men and women we welcome into our homes each week, so long as they are successful at whatever it is they do: We want great ad men, great drug dealers, great mob bosses, a
  • Arguing Against Evil

    Patrick Iber
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran has prompted concerns from conservatives who say its government can’t be trusted to adhere to the negotiated terms. But leftist hawk Paul Berman had a different reaction. He 
  • Attacking Obama's Climate Plan Won't Save America's Dying Coal Industry

    Rebecca Leber
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    For years, Republicans have attacked President Barack Obama for waging a war on coal. In fact, for much of the Environmental Protection Agency’s existence, they’ve offered doomsday p
  • All Work and No Pay

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s say you find yourself at a dinner party with Philip Roth. It could happen. And let’s also say you’ve avoided the major etiquette pitfalls (i.e. liver jokes), but are still wary of saying t
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Only losers out-Trump Trump

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    The Fox News debate this week ought to be an occasion for the Republican Party’s presidential candidates to put new and innovative ideas on display. At the center of the discussion should be Friday’s report about the historically anemic wage growth during this year’s second quarter. Read full article >>
  • The GOP is one heck of a dysfunctional family

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can’t even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John Boehner from the speakership.Read full article >>
  • Americans are polarized but ambivalent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.Read full article >>
  • Trump has the GOP establishment’s number

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.When Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number on Tuesday at an event in the South Carolina senator’s home state, he did it to show he wasn’t backing down after his outlandish attacks on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) status as a war hero. But he was also making clear to the Republicans assailing him that he really does have their number.Read full article >>
  • Walker, Kasich and the GOP’s Midwest bracket

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.Both won reelection in 2014. The one from the state with more electoral votes won with 64 percent of the vote with wide appeal to Democrats and independents. The one from the smaller state got just 52 percent of the vote after a divisive campaign.Read full article >>
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-4-2015

    Ramona
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition. (T. Leary) — Come on ladies, we can certainly do better than that! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-4-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. (H. Keller) — Don’t let the earthbound clip your wings! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is no trap so deadly as the one you set for yourself. (R. Chandler) — No one knows your weaknesses as well as you. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015

    Ramona
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Man never gets too old to be stupid in some new way. (H. Prochnow) — Sapiens and their infinite capacity for dumbassedness! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015

    Ramona
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s easier to fight for one’s principles than live up to them. (A. Stevenson) — Harder to be a example than a mouthpiece! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Dems Unveil War on Gerrymandering...at Last

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    From Jonathan Martin's New York Times article, "Democrats Unveil a Plan to Fight Gerrymandering": The Democratic Governors Association is creating a fund dedicated to winning races in states where governors have some control over congressional redistricting, the party's first step in a long-range campaign to make control of the House more competitive. Billed as "Unrig the Map," the effort will target 18 of the 35 states in which governors play a role in redistricting, and where new congressional maps could allow Democrats to win House seats that are now drawn in a way to favor Republicans.
  • Political Strategy Notes

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    Following what HuffPo's political commentaors Michael McAuliffe and Christine Conetta call "The GOP's Epic Month Of Dysfunction," Michael Tomasky puts the Republicans' current situation in perspective with his Daily Beast post "The GOP: Still the Party of Stupid," which calls the current GOP pack of presidential wannabes "an astonishingly weak field." Tomasky notes the GOP field's "hostility to actual ideas that might stand a chance of addressing the country's actual problems," and adds, "The Democratic Party has its problems, but at least Democrats are talking about middle-class wage…
  • NYT grossly libels Hillary Clinton on front page, runs inadequate corrections on back pages and then tells Clinton campaign: "we don't plan to comment further." Perhaps they should change their corporate slogan to "all the smears that fit the print."

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:02 am
    The New York Times screwed up badly on July 22nd, when 'the newspaper of record' ran a disastrously-flawed story saying that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been targeted by criminal referrals from two inspectors general relating to her e-mail usage during her tenure as Secretary of State. The Times report included some astounding errors, and the newspaper's clumsy walkback compounded the mess exponentially. Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri responded with a devastating letter to executive editor Dean Banquet. The Eric Wemple blog at The…
  • Clinton's Wide Net Strategy to Win Labor Support

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Those who follow the role of American labor unions in politics will find "Hillary Clinton's multi-step strategy to woo labor: Before winning over AFL-CIO, she hopes to gain backing of individual unions" by Brian Mahoney and Gabriel Debenedetti of interest. Writing in Politico, the authors explain: ...The Democratic front-runner's machine is turning its attention to individual leaders one by one, looking to methodically win over unions as she faces off against an insurgent Bernie Sanders -- a longtime union ally whose fiery rallies have riled up rank-and-file labor members across the country.
  • Let's Debate Mass Deportations

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:19 pm
    One of the frustrating things about the immigration debate is that many conservatives have gotten into the habit of complaining about any solution to the problem of 11 million undocumented people that involves citizenship or even legalization. But when it comes to an alternative the Right typically changes the subject to "securing the border," which does nothing about the 11 million already here. Mitt Romney articulated the implicit position of many Republicans in 2012--"self-deportation"--favoring harassment of suspected undocumented people and immigrants generally until they choose to go…
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  • Rapprochements with Rogue States

    Yoon Young-kwan
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    In his State of the Union address to the US Congress in 2002, President George W. Bush famously described Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an “axis of evil.” In the years since, however, America has not treated each in the same way – and the differences are highly instructive.
  • Why Greece Declined a Euro Holiday

    Daniel Gros
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    The rationale for the euro, as many critics have noted, was always more political than economic. But Greece's sudden about-face on austerity suggests that, contrary to popular belief, countries’ political attachment to Europe via the euro remains very strong.
  • China’s Malfunctioning Financial Regulation

    Zhang Jun
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    The tumult in China's equity market appears to have come to an end. But considerable uncertainty remains, not only about what caused the recent plunge in the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, but also about what the episode will mean for China’s financial-reform efforts.
  • A Defeat for International Tax Cooperation

    José Antonio Ocampo
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    At the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa last month, efforts to strengthen international tax cooperation came to an abrupt halt. But, despite developed countries' resistance, calls to reform the international tax system are not likely to go away.
  • A New Deal for Debt Overhangs?

    Kenneth Rogoff
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The IMF’s acknowledgement that Greece’s debt is unsustainable could prove to be a watershed moment for the global financial system. Clearly, heterodox policies to deal with high debt burdens need to be taken more seriously, even in some advanced countries.
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  • FDA Issues its First-Ever Cybersecurity Alert

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    In what may be a first for the agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a cybersecurity alert to hospitals using computer-controlled pumps to administer drugs to patients. The FDA warned that the Symbiq Infusion System, manufactured by Hospira, contains vulnerabilities in its software that could allow a hacker to adjust the dosage of a drug.   The vulnerabilities were first detected by cybersecurity researcher Billy Rios, and later confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team.   The FDA says…
  • So Far in the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Half of Donation Dollars have come from just 400 Families

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Nearly $400 million has poured into campaign accounts for the 2016 presidential election, with about half of this total contributed by fewer than 400 families.   The New York Times called this “concentration of political donors” “unprecedented in the modern era.”   Most of the $388 million in contributions has been funneled into super PACs, some of which have collected tens of millions of dollars from a small number of donors in just a matter of days. Republicans have been especially good at hauling in huge sums from rich contributors through super PACs.
  • Supreme Court’s Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Doesn’t Apply to Indian Reservations

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    While millions celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, some of those living Indian reservations did not join the party. Tribes representing nearly a million American Indians have laws prohibiting or not recognizing gay marriages on their reservations and Supreme Court rulings don’t apply there.   Of the 566 tribes in the United States, only about a dozen recognize same sex marriage, according to Fronteras.   Those that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying include the nation’s two largest tribes: the Cherokee and the Navajo. The…
  • For the First Time, Two Women Advance to Final Stage of Army Ranger Training

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Two female officers could soon become the first women to graduate from the U.S. Army’s grueling Ranger School.   The two women, whose names were not published, recently finished the Mountain Phase of the training, which consisted of 20 days of climbing, hiking, rappelling and patrolling through the mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia, mostly on little sleep and with little food.   They will join 125 male soldiers for the final stage of the Ranger School: the Swamp Phase at Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida’s panhandle. There, they will…
  • Chinese Companies Find Cheap Labor in the U.S. South

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Economic growth in China has caused wages there to rise and make manufacturing more expensive, causing Chinese companies to look for less expensive locations to set up shop. One of them, of all places, is the United States.   Textile companies have started to relocate to states in the South where labor is cheap by American standards.   “The reasons for Keer coming here? Incentives, land, the environment, the workers,” Zhu Shanqing, the Keer Group chairman, said on a recent trip to the United States, according to The New York Times. Keer opened a cotton mill earlier this…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • FAUX News announces The Hunger Games GOP Debate lineup

    AZ BlueMeanie
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:33 pm
    It turns out that no one actually makes a clown car big enough to hold 17 clowns, not even Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. (h/t DonkeyHotey). Who knew? Sadly, we live in a country where FAUX News, the … Continue reading →
  • Upset about fetal tissue donation? Stop funding for birth control, obviously!

    Donna Gratehouse
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com The GOP majority in the Senate held a vote to defund Planned Parenthood on Monday morning, with conservatives taking to the floor, one after another, to engage in lugubrious, sanctimonious theatrics about the “selling” of fetal tissue. … Continue reading →
  • August Schedule for Cinema La Placita

    Carolyn Classen
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    The August 2015 schedule is as follows (from Erika O’Dowd, founder of Cinema La Placita).  Don’t miss the August 20 movie –  “A Kiss Before Dying”, filmed in Tucson, starring Robert Wagner. August 6 The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947) NR … Continue reading →
  • Progressives: On Climate Change, Time to Look in the Mirror

    Bob Lord
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Okay, we’re never going to get the Steves of the world to get it on climate change. When Miami is underwater, they’ll be explaining to us how absurd it is to think New York is next, because, after all, one … Continue reading →
  • Saletan: The GOP is ‘utterly unprepared to govern’

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:07 pm
    William Saletan at Slate attended last week’s congressional hearings on the P5+1 world powers nuclear agreement with Iran so that you didn’t have to. He came away with this revelation: “The Iran hearings have shown how the Republican Party can … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Be a Republican’s Nightmare

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    Airbnb Says Guest Suspected of Stealing $35K of Valuables From Residence Taken Into Custody A Richmond woman suspected of stealing $35,000 from a home she rented in San Francisco through the online lodging website Airbnb, has been booted off the homesharing website and taken into custody by law enforcement, according to Airbnb officials. “Law enforcement have notified us that the suspect is now in custody, and we hope they will be brought to justice,” Airbnb spokesman Jakob Kerr said in a statement Monday. San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza, however, said Monday…
  • Monday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    Hillsborough Business Owner Indicted For Tax Fraud A Hillsborough business owner appeared in a San Francisco federal court on tax fraud charges Friday after allegedly concealing a bank account from his accountant and filing false tax returns between 2008 and 2010, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Brian Peter Stallings was the president of a painting business known as Stallings Painting, Inc. from 2008 to 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney. From 2008 to 2010 Stallings maintained two bank accounts where he made business-related deposits, but he only disclosed one of…
  • BART Riders: Prepare for Weekend Transbay Closure

    Andrew Cullen
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    If you are planning on crossing The Bay this weekend, bad news: BART will not be an option. After some months of warning, BART will close the Transbay Tube this weekend in order to conduct major track maintenance. Service will be halted from West Oakland Station to the Embarcadero station in San Francisco and vice versa all day this Saturday and Sunday. West Oakland BART will also be completely closed during that time, according to BART officials. Closures will be in effect from the end of service on Friday, and Monday service is scheduled to resume as usual. While transportation will be…
  • Friday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    BART TRANSBAY CLOSURE TO AFFECT 80,000 WEEKEND RIDERS Plans to head across the bay this weekend? Unfortunately, Saturday and Sunday commuters will have to count BART out as a transit option. BART will be halting service from its West Oakland Station to the Embarcadero station in San Francisco and vice versa all day this Saturday and Sunday for critical track maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. The West Oakland BART will also be completely closed during that time, according to BART officials. Closures will be in effect from the end of service on Friday, and Monday service is scheduled to…
  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Jail Inmate Dies In Apparent Suicide An inmate in the San Francisco County Jail died Tuesday evening in an apparent suicide, Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday. Sheriff’s Department officials identified the inmate Wednesday afternoon as Alberto Carlos Petrolino. Petrolino is 50 years old and does not have a listed city of residence, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office. Petrolino’s family has been notified and an investigation by San Francisco police, the Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and the San Francisco…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Will Your Social Networking Past Hurt Your Political Future?

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

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

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

    Online Candidate
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Whether running for federal, state or even local office, starting a political campaign is no small undertaking. A political campaign committee must be created, hiring a campaign staff, putting together a campaign budget and crafting the right message and strategy to win. As online has emerged as a pillar of successful campaigning, here are some […]
  • What’s Your Big Question?

    Online Candidate
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We get a lot of questions from clients looking to get their campaigns started online. Some are experienced with working online while others are brand new to the idea. While we provide articles and resources to help navigate the world of online campaigning, there’s always something new to cover. We want to put together a […]
 
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  • Will Self endorses Christian Wolmar to be Labour's candidate for Mayor of London

    Stephen Bush
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    Will Self, the respected novelist and NS contributor, has backed Christian Wolmar's bid for the London mayoralty. Christian Wolmar is standing as a candidate in Labour's mayoral race. Photo: Getty Images Will Self has endorsed Christian Wolmar's bid for Labour's mayoral nomination in an open letter to the New Statesman.  The respected author, whose 2012 work, Umbrella, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, praises the transport expert, who Self has known for "over thirty years". He describes Wolmar as "one of the foremost experts on London’s transport infrastructure – if not the…
  • Dark forces in Putin’s Russia, high farce in the Lords and Labour’s martinet patrician

    George Walden
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Imagine a coked-up Harriet (no, I can’t either) shutting down the leadership contest in exasperation and appointing herself leader. A load of hot air: Heathrow and the House of Lords are in the news for similar reasons. Photo: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images My week began with the launch of The Oligarch, a thriller of which you may or may not hear more. Among the friends present were Jung Chang and Stephen Vizinczey, authors who have sold millions – Stephen with his modern classic In Praise of Older Women. Never mind. My book is longer than his and the women in it are younger. And if it…
  • Police investigate child sex abuse allegations made against former Prime Minister Edward Heath

    New Statesman
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into how the police handled allegations made in the Nineties about the former Prime Minister. Former PM Ted Heath, pictured in 1990. Photo: Getty UPDATE 4/8/15, 16:36   Former Prime Minister Edward Heath (who died in 2005) is being investigated by four police forces (the Met, Kent, Jersey, and Wiltshire) as part of their inquiries into allegations of historical child abuse. This is part of an inquiry into claims of abuse by high-profile establishment figures.   Sky News reports that Heath has been accused of raping a 12-year-old…
  • Labour has an opportunity to start a different type of politics in London

    Deborah Mattinson
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Labour has an opportunity to showcase a different type of politics by nominating Tessa Jowell and taking back City Hall, says Deborah Mattinson.  Tessa Jowell addresses Labour party conference. Photo:Getty Images ITN's Cathy Newman, writing last week, is right in much of her analysis of Jeremy Corbyn's appeal. Labour members and supporters, worn down by defeat, are sick to death of politics as usual. She's also right that there is a real opportunity for women candidates to personify the change that so many yearn for. But I challenge her view that this opportunity is being missed. As the…
  • Forced marriage in the UK? It's a bigger problem than you think

    Emily Dyer
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    To solve the problem, people must first acknowledge it, says Emily Dyer. A shadow falls over a British street. Photo: Getty Images Last month, seven British survivors of ‘honour’ abuse and forced marriage spoke out in public about their experiences. They explained how it felt to be abused by those closest to them – their family and community members – in the name of ‘honour’. This marked the UK’s first ever Day of Memory for victims of ‘honour’ killings. The survivors spoke about how their families’ rules, or ‘honour’ codes, forbade them from doing things that many of…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • #Freccero on the RAI Board of Directors

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    “Today the Broadcasting Watchdog has to elect 7 of the 9 members of the RAI Board of Directors. The procedures for the renewal of the Board are set out in the “Gasparri law”, that very same law that saw thousands of citizens out on the streets in 2008 on V-Day 2 - calling for that law to be overturned. The moment of the election of the new top brass comes after a sequence of events that demonstrate the total collapse of the approach taken by the government and by the majority coalition, and what’s worse, the fact that they have absolutely no true plan for the RAI. They’re only…
  • Passaparola - The Cuddle Farm, by Guido Gerletti

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    New Twitter Gallery The Blog met up with Guido Gerletti and Bianca Tagliabue at the ”Fattoria delle Coccole” (literally: “The Cuddle Farm”) and the “Alpeggio delle Coccole” (literally: “The Cuddle Pasture”). Here the animals are not exploited for their milk and their meat, instead they are loved and cuddled! Two incredible, stupendous projects that are a part of Guido Gerletti’s big dream called Ingaia. "Life is a gift. For a long time now, we humans have behaved like sleepwalkers, taking advantage of all the gifts that nature has given us. But now the time has come for us…
  • The plan to destroy the National Health Service

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    from Saluteinternazionale, by Gavino Maciocco A vast and complex game is being played out in relation to the health service and this has little to do with the health of the citizens (well - no - - it has a lot of relevance to the people’s health given the unpleasant outcomes that are likely to result. It’s a game that is connected with the third sector reform, already approved by the Lower House, and underneath it sees the colossal interests of intermediation in the world of finance and insurance at a national and international level. All this has to go on in silence, far away from…
  • Live: Inauguration of 5 Star Track #Trazzeraora

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    AT 11:30 WE ARE INAUGURATING THE FIRST ROAD BUILT USING THE MONEY FROM THE REDUCED SALARIES OF THE M5S SPOKESPERSONS: FOLLOW THE LIVE BROADCASTS ON LA COSA Our “bulldozers” have just finished the road. It was built in Sicily to join the island back together again after the umpteenth collapse of a bit of motorway. We financed it. It was the M5S deputies of the Sicilian Regional Council that put up the money - 300,000 euro - by cutting their own salaries. To build it, we entrusted the work to Sicilian companies. We promised that it would be finished by the end of July. Well here we are…
  • The 5 Star green lane that mends Sicily #TrazzEraOra

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The inauguration takes place tomorrow, 31 July starting at 11.30 in Caltavuturo. Luigi Di Maio will be with us too! Bring friends, relatives, and misbelievers!” “It’s well known that the problem in Sicily is “traffic“. That’s been especially true for the last 4 months after a pillar supporting the Palermo - Catania motorway gave way and thus literally split the island into two. Straight away (well it’s a way of speaking) the government was to be seen in action. Minister Delrio went to inspect the scene and promised that in three months they would have resolved the problem and…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • U.S. Taxpayers Still Subsidizing Bloated Welfare States

    Christopher A. Preble
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Last month, the British government announced plans to spend two percent of GDP on defense through 2020, meeting the NATO mandated level. This comes after months of nudging from the Obama administration that feared “if Britain doesn’t spend 2 percent on defense, then no one in Europe will.” The reasoning is bizarre given that few nations were meeting this spending threshold to begin with. As I wrote in June: In 2014, only Greece, Estonia, the U.S. and the U.K. spent as much as 2 percent of GDP on defense. Excepting NATO member Iceland, which is exempted from the spending mandates, the 23…
  • Regulation, Competition, and “Antibiotic-free” Chicken

    Peter Van Doren
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
    In an effort to distinguish itself from competitors, poultry producer Purdue recently ran advertisements touting its “no antibiotics ever” line of chicken products. This is not just another corporate ad campaign; the story goes deeper than that, as the New York Times recently reported. At issue is the definition of what makes poultry “antibiotic free.” Poultry companies like Purdue and its main competitors, Tyson and Foster Farms, have long used antibiotics important to humans in the raising of chickens. Many scientists have advocated a ban on routine (non-disease) use of antibiotics…
  • Set Judicial Terms to Balance Accountability and Independence

    Doug Bandow
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The judiciary has been described as the least dangerous branch.  But that isn’t true.  The Supreme Court has become a continuing constitutional convention, in which just five votes often turns the Constitution inside out. The latest Supreme Court term was seen as a shift to the left. These decisions set off a flurry of promises from Republican Party presidential candidates to confront the judiciary. For instance, Jeb Bush said he would only appoint judges “with a proven record of judicial restraint.” Alas, previous presidents claiming to do the same chose Anthony Kennedy, David…
  • Revisiting Kasich's Record on Spending

    Nicole Kaeding
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Yesterday, Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich appeared on Fox News. During his interview with host Chris Wallace, Kasich was asked about his “D” in our 2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors. Here is a transcript of the exchange: WALLACE: Unemployment down from 9.1 percent to 5.2 percent. And the top income tax rate has been lowered from 6.2 percent to 4.9 percent. But the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, gave you a “D” on its government’s [sic] report card just last year, noting the budget grew 13.6 percent in 2014 and that over your time…
  • Federal Subsidies Miss Target

    Chris Edwards
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Wall Street Journal today discusses how the growth in federal subsidies for college has contributed to the growth in college costs for students. Cato scholars have been arguing for years that rising grants and loans are not so much helping students, but causing bloat in college administration costs, including wages, benefits, and excess building construction. It is a similar story in other policy areas. Federal subsidies cause unintended effects that undermine the stated purpose of interventions, and often end up lining the pockets of people not targeted. Farm subsidy advocates want you…
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    A View from the Right

  • Science, Politics, Public Perception, and Wasted Money

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

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

    sirrahc
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    “And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to […]
  • Sustainer of the Universe

    sirrahc
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I published “The Right to Refuse Service” a day earlier than usual this week, so I decided to do a “bonus” post today. Besides, I hadn’t done anything science apologetic-y in a while. This is an excerpt from The God Abduction: How Scientific Discovery Strengthens the Case for a Creator by Ron Londen, writer, photographer, […]
  • The Right to Refuse Service

    sirrahc
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” – signs posted on restaurants nationwide I’m sure you have all heard about the “Sweet Cakes” case, in which Aaron and Melissa Klein were recently ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to a lesbian couple because they refused to […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Can Jeremy Corbyn Revolutionize British Politics?

    Duncan Thomas
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Jeremy Corbyn deserves support, but the left must recognize the Labour Party for what it is and instead build an autonomous social movement. In 1997, I was only 9 years old. I didn’t know much about British politics—for some reason, I was convinced that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been a Blue Peter presenter […] The post Can Jeremy Corbyn Revolutionize British Politics? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Democratic Platform: Bernie and Hillary

    Veena Trehan
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Much work lies ahead for US presidential candidates to define American values and identify credible policies. Any presidential candidate faces broad challenges in illuminating the harsh injustices of America and endorsing specific policies to fix them. Yet this is precisely what our leaders must do to create a nation of justice and opportunity. We live in […] The post The Democratic Platform: Bernie and Hillary appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Europe Should Look Beyond Ukraine’s Short-Term Gas Supply

    Nathan Dabrowski
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The European Union looks to strengthen Ukraine’s energy security, but Brussels forgets to put its house in order first. On July 15, when the European Commission’s Maros Sefcovic met with representatives of ENGIE, OMV and Europe’s other gas companies, all eyes were on Ukraine. The meeting to discuss the country’s gas supplies and storage capacities comes on […] The post Europe Should Look Beyond Ukraine’s Short-Term Gas Supply appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • El Salvador’s Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

    Michael Avender
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    As Latin American women continue to struggle for autonomy over their bodies, freeing the “Las 17” is critical. “We are here to speak for them, to call for their release. When there is an injustice, silence is complicity,” said Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch and a decades-long advocate for human […] The post El Salvador’s Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose

    Fair Observer
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    In Russia, Putin’s image is carefully crafted to make him appear both loveable and powerful. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a big fan of the photo op. Here he is cuddling a tiger, feeding a fawn, riding a horse shirtless, uncovering ancient artifacts beneath the Black Sea waves, guiding birds on their migration patterns. While […] The post Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Produse cosmetice de la Wella

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

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:10 am
    Surasurile sunt o povara voluptuoasa pentru cel ce le imparte si pentru cel ce le primeste. O inima atinsa de delicatete greu poate supravietui unui suras duios. Tot asa, sunt priviri dupa care nu te mai poti hotari pentru nimic. Un fulg ratacitor prin aer este o imagine de zadarnicie mai sfasietoare si mai simbolica decat un cadavru. Tot asa, un parfum neobisnuit ne face mai tristi decat un cimitir, precum o indigestie — mai ganditori decat un filozof. si mai mult decat catedralele, nu ne face mai religiosi mana unui cersetor ce ne arata drumul de urmat intr-un oras mare si-n care ne-am…
  • Ulei obtinut prin presare la rece sau ulei rafinat?

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Ce tip de ulei de susan este mai bun? Atunci cand cumparam un anumit tip de ulei nu prea ne gandim la modalitatea de procesare si tindem sa credem ca toate uleiurile sunt la fel. Gresit. Uleiurile obtinute prin presare la rece sunt mult mai santoase, au substante nutritive si pot fi folosite si in alimentatie, in terapii de tot felul si in cosmetica. Uleiurile rafinate sunt mult mai periculoase decat cele obtinute prin presare la rece pentru ca se folosesc tehnici chimice si substante sintetice. De regula, intalnim pe piata o gama mult mai mare de uleiuri rafinate si destul de putine…
  • Reciclare

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    Cei doi oameni, un barbat si o femeie, betivi notorii, au casa langa un tomberon in care arunca resturile, gunoaiele, oamenii de la blocuri. Dimineata, inainte de rasaritul Soarelui, cind nimeni nu misca in zona (nici macar oamenii strazii!) cei doi rascolesc tomberonul de-a fir a par, recuperind coji de piine, fragmente alimentare si diverse lucruri. Femeia pune cojile de piine intr-o galeata, adauga apa, un pachetel de drojdie, apoi framinta totul pina obtine o pasta similara cu aluatul. Cuptorul, in care introduce tava cu acest continut, este incins cu lemne gasite tot la gunoi. Dupa o…
  • Denimul, un material care se poate asorta usor

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    Haina il face pe om, spune o vorba din popor. Modul in care alegi sa te imbraci si felul in care iti asortezi hainele poate spune multe despre cat de mult tii la tine si la imaginea pe care si-o pot face ceilalti despre tine. Cand e vorba de un barbat, hainele sunt cu atat mai importante cu cat garderoba sa nu e asa de bogata ca in cazul doamnelor, evenimentele la care participa fiind diferite, drept pentru care se preteaza si tinute in trend cu nota definita de acestea.Stilul casual pe care il adopta majoritatea barbatilor, in afara momentului cand merg la o intalnire foarte importanta, pare…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • FactChecking the GOP Candidate Forum

    Lori Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3. Among them: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he cut the state budget by 26 percent, but that drop is due to a decline in federal funds. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he was “leading Hillary Clinton in five states won by President Obama.” His numbers are within the margin of error in all five states. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said workers’ wages “have flatlined for 20 years,” when the average real earnings for rank-and-file workers is up…
  • Sanders Overstates Unemployment Rate

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes from a think tank report on underemployment — which includes not just the unemployed, but also part-time workers who want full time work. The Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made youth unemployment a key part of his populist campaign, frequently citing statistics from a June report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. In a recent Vox interview, Sanders referred to the EPI report…
  • Wisconsin’s Trumped Up Deficit

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Donald Trump says that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion budget deficit. It doesn’t. Actually, the state finished its most recent two-year budget cycle with a small surplus. And the new cycle that began July 1 is covered by a bill providing for another balanced budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law. It’s true that state fiscal officials had earlier projected that revenues would fall about $2.2 billion short of what agencies were requesting for the new cycle. But agencies don’t always get what they want. The current budget cuts $250 million from the University of Wisconsin…
  • Mistaken Tax Facts

    Brooks Jackson
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    In a TV ad attacking GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the League of Conservation Voters claims the average Wisconsin family pays $7,500 a year in federal income tax. Not so. For the family pictured in the ad with the income specified by the league, the tax would be $724. Dragging Anchor We offer this as an example of how political groups sometimes lose their anchor in reality as they strain for partisan effect. The league could have made a respectable argument by citing accurate information. But instead, the very first words in this ad are wildly inaccurate and based on a gross…
  • Huckabee’s Hot Air on Volcanoes

    Dave Levitan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined. In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo News (beginning at the 5:14 mark), the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate said he thinks “the climate’s been changing over the entire history of the earth.” Couric asked him if he believes that…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Eli Mitchell: Harvard Football Doesn’t Stop

    RP Nation
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Harvard’s football players have been challenged for over 100 years to balance not only academic excellence, but excellence on the field as well. Even during the summer, over 40 players stay in Cambridge to work out and either attend summer school or work a full-time job. “There’s something special about the history of playing for Harvard football, it’s one of the first college football teams to ever exist, to think about the guys to come before you, who put in the same kind of hard work and dedication,” said senior defensive back Sean Ahern. “It’s nice to see the rewards…
  • Josh Bowen: How to Really Read a Food Label

    Josh Bowen
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    A couple of years ago it became crystal clear to me. A concept that I had taken for granted for so many years as a trainer. It was not until I sat down at my parents’ dinner table, with the intention to discuss nutritional habits and my mother (who has been a nurse for like 90 years) drops a bomb on me. “I have no idea what the labels that are on the back of foods, no clue what it means.” WHAT! “You don’t know how to read a food label?” “You are a nurse!” Now before all the nurses out there decide to bomb my house, I am in no way saying that nurses lack knowledge in any way.
  • Josh Bowen: Death by Stress

    Josh Bowen
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Stress kills, and here are the statistics from the American Institute of Stress: Stress increases the risk of: Heart disease 40% Heart attack 25% Stroke 50% Also… 44% of overstressed people overeat and 44% lose sleep every night. Extreme stress events (i.e. divorce, jobs loss) reduces grey matter in regions tied to emotional and psychological functions leading future psychiatric problems. And finally…stress causes up to 60% of all human diseases. Wow. Our stress is killing our bodies. So lets look at the main culprit in our physiology that is causes havoc on our bodies, cortisol.
  • Eli Mitchell: Patrick Towles – the Key to Kentucky’s Success

    RP Nation
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Throughout the year, Mark Stoops has been adamant that the quarterback competition is still ongoing. The competition features redshirt freshman Drew Barker and redshirt junior Patrick Towles. Throughout UK’s fifteen spring practices both quarterbacks took reps with the first and second teams. Coach Stoops has admitted that Towles has the advantage over Barker but would still not name him the starting quarterback. If Stoops wants to see improvement in SEC play, he needs to name Patrick Towles the starting quarterback. Patrick Towles comes from legendary Highlands High School where he started…
  • Josh Bowen: Your Stubborn Shoulders

    Josh Bowen
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    My blogs/newsletters/fit tips/whatever you want to call it, are usually meant to educate and inform and not concentrate highly on the technicalities. It is difficult to show form and function of movements in an email and have them received on a great level. However, today I thought we would try it and see how it turns out. So here we go. This week I shot a video on proper shoulder warm-up. My friend and chiropractor Dr. Tim Rogers has been working with my left shoulder for months now to get it to behave. We have put these distinct shoulder warm-ups into my workouts to ensure my shoulder…
 
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    All Stories

  • Florida GOP Congressional Reps Want to Ban Import of Lionfish

    Kevin Derby
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: August 4, 2015 - 4:30pmOn Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., showcased a legislative proposal to ban the import of  lionfish which are invading Florida waters.  Noting lionfish can decimate the native sportfish population -- eating up to 40 juvenile natives a day -- and lay 2 million eggs and have no predators in the Western Hemisphere, Clawson called for banning the import of all 11 species of lionfish in his bill.  
  • Validation Process for Florida Standards Assessment Trucks Into Final Month

    Allison Nielsen
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    By: Allison NielsenDate: August 4, 2015 - 2:15pmThe validation for Florida’s new and controversial Florida Standards Assessment test is still chugging right along.
  • Special Session Throws Off RPOF Sunshine Summit, Rescheduled for November

    Allison Nielsen
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    The special sessions dominating the Florida Legislature this year have thrown a wrench into the Republican Party of Florida's original plan to hold a presidential summit in Orlando during the month of October. The event, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 23-24, has now been rescheduled to Nov. 12-13 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. The rescheduling comes after the announcement that the Florida Legislature will meet in Tallahassee for a special legislative session from Oct. 19-Nov. 6 to hammer out the redrawing of Senate districts. 
  • Rick Scott Set to be a GOP Kingmaker Come 2016

    Kevin Derby
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: August 4, 2015 - 1:15pmGov. Rick Scott tipped a few of his cards on Tuesday as the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates gets ready for their first debate on Thursday. Scott didn’t offer an endorsement on Tuesday but he did offer some insights on who he might eventually back. 
  • Dick Cheney to Speak at RPOF Dinner Event

    Kevin Derby
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    The crowded field of Republican presidential candidates and Vice President Dick Cheney will be headed to Orlando in November as the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) gets ready for next year’s presidential election. 
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  • Florida GOP Congressional Reps Want to Ban Import of Lionfish

    Kevin Derby
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: August 4, 2015 - 4:30pmOn Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., showcased a legislative proposal to ban the import of  lionfish which are invading Florida waters.  Noting lionfish can decimate the native sportfish population -- eating up to 40 juvenile natives a day -- and lay 2 million eggs and have no predators in the Western Hemisphere, Clawson called for banning the import of all 11 species of lionfish in his bill.  
  • Validation Process for Florida Standards Assessment Trucks Into Final Month

    Allison Nielsen
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    By: Allison NielsenDate: August 4, 2015 - 2:15pmThe validation for Florida’s new and controversial Florida Standards Assessment test is still chugging right along.
  • Special Session Throws Off RPOF Sunshine Summit, Rescheduled for November

    Allison Nielsen
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    The special sessions dominating the Florida Legislature this year have thrown a wrench into the Republican Party of Florida's original plan to hold a presidential summit in Orlando during the month of October. The event, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 23-24, has now been rescheduled to Nov. 12-13 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. The rescheduling comes after the announcement that the Florida Legislature will meet in Tallahassee for a special legislative session from Oct. 19-Nov. 6 to hammer out the redrawing of Senate districts. 
  • Rick Scott Set to be a GOP Kingmaker Come 2016

    Kevin Derby
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: August 4, 2015 - 1:15pmGov. Rick Scott tipped a few of his cards on Tuesday as the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates gets ready for their first debate on Thursday. Scott didn’t offer an endorsement on Tuesday but he did offer some insights on who he might eventually back. 
  • Dick Cheney to Speak at RPOF Dinner Event

    Kevin Derby
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    The crowded field of Republican presidential candidates and Vice President Dick Cheney will be headed to Orlando in November as the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) gets ready for next year’s presidential election. 
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Ambassador Tom Fletcher’s Farewell Letter to Lebanon

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

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

    Michel
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Five minutes after your birth, they will decide your name, your nationality, your religion and your sect. You will spent your entire life stupidly defending things that your never chose.
  • Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction

    Michel
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Travel section on CNN website, there is a photo article by Jacopo Prisco, published on July 1, 2015 . You can figure out what’s about from its title: “Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction”. Picture # 11: Old Buildings of Beirut: “As if decades of civil war and bombardments weren’t enough, the remaining old buildings of Beirut are now under threat by property developers who are looking to create new luxury blocks on real estate currently occupied by traditional structures. Many have been hastily deemed unfit for living,…
  • No respect ….

    Michel
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Couple of days ago, I attended a dinner fund-raising for my friend Faycal El-Khoury who is running on the Liberal party ticket in the region of Laval-Les Iles in the next Canadian elections. Faycal is originally from Lebanon. He settled in Canada in 1976. Faycal graduated from Concordia University as civil engineer. He led a great career in Canada and abroad. My friend Faycal is a soft-spoken man, who enjoys laughing and serving the community. I was amazed of the turn-out of the fund-raising. It was a melting pot: Quebecers, major key players in the Liberal party, Lebanese from all sects,…
 
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    Washington Wire

  • Poll Analysis: Has Donald Trump Peaked — Or Not?

    Randy Yeip
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Amid controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants and GOP Sen. John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds Donald Trump atop the Republican presidential field. But has the frontrunner hit his peak?
  • How the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Likely to Play Out in Congress

    Jim Manley
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Jim Manley: As we saw recently with the trade bill, it's a bad idea to bet against a president when he really wants something. The final outcome here is not in doubt.
  • Joe Biden Jokes About Presidential Run

    Tim Hanrahan
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Amid recent speculation that Vice President Joe Biden might be tempted to get into the presidential race, White House spokesman Josh Earnest faced questions Tuesday about what Mr. Biden was discussing at his regular lunch with President Barack Obama.
  • Obama to Democrats: Watch the GOP Debate, Please

    Natalie Andrews
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    The top Republican presidential candidates will debate for the first time on Thursday, and the Democratic Party wants you to watch.
  • Donald Trump’s Gift to the GOP? Tempting Joe Biden to Run in 2016.

    Juleanna Glover
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Juleanna Glover: If Mr. Biden runs, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination will become almost as much of a food fight as the Republican primary contest has been.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Here Are The 10 Candidates Who Will Be In The First GOP Debate

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Fox News on Tuesday released the list of the 10 candidates who will participate in the first Republican debate on Thursday in Cleveland. Here’s who made the cut. Donald Trump Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images Jeb Bush He was the governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Kayana Szymczak / Getty Images Scott Walker He is the current governor of Wisconsin. Scott Olson / Getty Images Mike Huckabee He was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, and hosted a show on Fox News from 2008 to January of this year. Scott Olson / Getty Images View Entire List ›
  • Ted Cruz Anti-Iran Deal Site Accidentally Links To Big Photo Of Ass Instead Of Senator's Twitter Account

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY ROCKIN’ EVERYWHERE The site urges you to contact your senator to tell them to vote against the Iran nuclear agreement: Via stoptheirandeal.com If you click a link for Washington Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell it goes to a Twitter account called "@CantwellPress." Stop The Iran Deal Ted Cruz site This is NOT Sen. Maria Cantwell. This is a large photo of an ass in a thong. Via Twitter: @CantwellPress View Entire List ›
  • The Twilight Zone: How The GOP Candidates Left Out Of The Big Debate Are Prepping For Theirs

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Jim Cole / AP WASHINGTON — Hours before the first official Republican debate begins on Thursday in Cleveland, the several other candidates who didn't make the big debate will take the stage hoping to rescue their slim poll numbers.These candidates are not preparing, according to their campaigns. They are prepared."She plays solitaire on her phone when we have down time," said Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for Carly Fiorina. "Does that count?"The Bobby Jindal campaign likewise responded with a certain level of disdain for its fellow undercard debaters."Unlike other candidates,…
  • Oklahoma Senator: White House Values Cecil The Lion's Life More Than Unborn Child's

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    “That child is more important than Cecil the lion. That child is more important than Shamu the whale at SeaWorld.” Drew Angerer / Getty Images Sen. James Lankford, the Republican from Oklahoma who co-authored the bill to defund Planned Parenthood, says the Obama administration cares more about Cecil the lion than they do unborn children. "It is remarkable to see that they see the value of a lion in Zimbabwe more than they would see a human child that's an American," noted Lankford on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins on Monday when asked about the Obama administration. "And…
  • Rep. Steve Israel: I'm Still "Extremely Skeptical” Of Iran Deal Having Read All Of It

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    “Nothing that I have seen, read, or heard has alleviated any of the skepticism that I had initially.” Win McNamee / Getty Images Democratic Rep. Steve Israel from New York said Tuesday that he is still "extremely skeptical" of the nuclear deal with Iran — even after attending three classified briefings and reading "every single word" of the agreement. "I'm still extremely skeptical," Israel said Tuesday on L.I. in The AM. "Look this is going to be one of the most important, profound foreign policy, national security decisions we make and I want to make sure that we get…
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • Reaganism 101 Seminar at the Reagan Ranch Center

    Paul G. Kengor
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Reaganism 101 Seminar at the Reagan Ranch Center   This breakthrough seminar is taught by Dr. Paul Kengor of Grove City College. Dr. Kengor is the professor you wish you had on your own campus! He is one of the country’s foremost Reagan scholars and frequent speaker at Young America’s Foundation events. His recent book, 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, will be the backbone of the Reaganism 101 course. The seminar will answer questions such as: What is a Reagan Conservative? What does “peace through strength” mean in the context of a 21st century foreign…
  • You Can Trust Scientific Research Reports (We Think; We Hope)

    Gary L. Welton
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    A recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, has fabricated data for another journal article. Science magazine has retracted the article, due to “the misrepresentation of survey incentives, the false sponsorship statement, and Mr. LaCour’s inability to produce original data.” Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a long string of integrity issues in research publications. The scary reality, though, is not the articles that have been found to be questionable, but the possibility of many other fabricated articles that have…
  • Is Obama to Blame for Weak Economic Growth?

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. A political science colleague sent me an article documenting President Obama’s dismal economic record, and he asked me for added details and perspective. Here goes: True, economic growth under Obama has been sluggish, fitful, faltering, historically weak, etc. However, if you look at the charts in the article—especially the second and third—you can see that U.S. economic growth has been trending downward for several decades. Conclusion: Our economic woes did not begin with Barack Obama. However, he has done nothing to reverse…
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Raisins: Court Invalidates Antiquated Raisin Grab

    John A. Sparks
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    Laura and Marvin Horne are raisin farmers. Early one morning in 2002, a truck appeared at their business and the drivers demanded a whopping 47 percent of their raisin crop. The truck was sent by the federal government and those demanding Horne’s raisin crop claimed to be operating under a “marketing order” first put in place in 1937 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s effort to shore up agricultural prices. Amazingly, this antiquated scheme lasted for over 65 years—well past the agricultural crisis of the Great Depression. By 2002, the Hornes had endured enough of these…
  • “The Righteous Mind” – Understanding Conservatives and Liberals

    R.B.A. Di Muccio
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has cracked the code on why it’s so hard for liberals and conservatives to find common ground. That’s a big deal. But an even more important benefit of his book, “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” is its value in helping conservatives understand liberals, and vice versa. Haidt’s book and the body of work it encompasses are all that’s good and noble about true social science. In seeking to understand the roots of moral reasoning, it integrates a huge swathe of disciplines, is meticulously empirical, and…
 
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    Politic365

  • EACH Woman Act a Game-changer for Latinas

    Guest Contributor
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    By Kimberly Inez McGuire As a Latina, it’s easy to be cynical about politics these days. Whether we are talking about the failure of Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform or the unprecedented assaults on reproductive healthcare, across the country, Latinas are bombarded with conservative political attacks on our health and rights. Despite all the attempts to bring us down, Latinas also have power, as a certain blowhard businessman has recently found out. And we are using that power to reclaim our rights and mobilize our communities. In fact, just a few weeks ago Latinas played…
  • The New Rules of Campaigns: 2015 Art of Political Campaigning Conference

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Campaigns & Elections Magazine holds several annual events that you’d be crazy to miss if you’re a political operative.  The first is a conference called The Art of Political Campaigning.  The second is Campaign Tech.  Campaign Tech West is coming up again on September 25th in Denver.  In April 2015 there was a Campaign Tech East Conference in Washington.  There is also a Campaign and Marketing Summit coming up at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on November 13. In the age of digital technology and super PACS almost everything has changed for political…
  • Denise Rolark Barnes, New NNPA Chair: Black Press Critical to America & The World

    Kristal High
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Whether the focus is income inequality, unemployment and educational disparities, one-dimensional portrayals of minorities on film and television, or the over-policing and criminalization of Black bodies, the crises facing Black America are not new. But in 2015, as mainstream media increasingly covers the disparities our communities face, the role of the Black Press is more important now than ever before. “We serve as the voice for the black community; we speak truth to power, we influence legislation and I think when folks see that we’re still an integral part of our community because of…
  • Gifts From LaDavia: Hillary Clinton Mows Down Jeb at the Urban League

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Why couldn’t Jeb Bush say the words “racism” or “discrimination” at one of the blackest conventions of the year — the National Urban League’s National Convention? As to be all too careful to tip-toe through the tulips of not pissing off bigots — Jeb just couldn’t bring himself to do it.  What voting block he’s afraid of losing by saying “racism” is anyone’s guess.  I suspect that block is voting R anyway.  That being viewed as someone who cares about the concerns of Black Americans is soooo calculated and tricky…
  • On Dems Who Say They’re Against Mandatory Minimums But Keep Voting For Them

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    So what have we long known — based on studied facts and data — about mandatory minimums?  That they are, 1. Racially applied, 2. Waste tax money, 3. Drive over-incarceration.  These facts are well established.  And now we’ve got the Koch Brothers and the NAACP agreeing to justice reforms.  But for too many Democratic lawmakers, the “it” thing right now when it comes to criminal justice reform, is to do interviews and fly around the country saying you’re against mandatory minimums while repeating — without details — that you favor much needed…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Obama strikes deal with Iran but U.S. and Israel lose

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

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

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

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It used to be that our colleges and universities were places of learning; today these schools are bastions of left-wing political indoctrination. Just one day after announcing that it would not allow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

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

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The US and its coalition partners finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program last week. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for provisions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international community’s re-alignment…
  • Super-Duper PAC’s

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    In the 2010 Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court decided that campaign contributions were a form of free speech and that corporations and labor unions were allowed to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates of their choosing. A separate court decision two months later allowed for the creation of “independentexpenditure-only” groups which have become commonly known as Super PAC’s. Super PAC’s raised about $700 million in the 2014 election cycle, a staggering sum for an off-year election. More staggering yet is the sum some people estimate is going to be raised in the…
  • Our New Partner Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    In the 1950’s US and British Intelligence agencies overthrew the democratically-elected government in Iran and replaced it with the government of the Shah of Iran. The Shah’s government, one of the most corrupt and oppressive in recent memory, was overthrown in the late 1970’s by a religious revolution. The revolution culminated in the hostage-taking of US Embassy personal for 444 days. The US and Iran have been estranged since. There are intense negotiations going on between the US and Iran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Delays notwithstanding, an agreement seems more…
  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Washington Tapping Taxpayers at Near-Record Levels

    usdr
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    By USDR U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee made the following comment on a new Joint Economic Committee staff analysis of federal revenues. “If ever there was proof that ‘Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem’, this is it. The federal government is gorging on the earnings of hardworking taxpayers, and yet President Obama and congressional Democrats demand more. Washington has all the money it needs, just not all the money it wants – it needs to learn the difference.” During the twelve…
  • 2015 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market List Released by CEO Connection

    usdr
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By CEO Connection, Special for USDR The inaugural list of the 2015 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market has been announced by CEO Connection, the only membership organization exclusively for mid-market CEOs.  This list recognizes the top 25 women in the U.S. based on their ability to influence change, innovation, and standards for excellence in companies with annual sales between $100 million and $3 billion. List of Top 25 Most Influential Women in the Mid-Market (in alphabetic order): Andrea Ayers, Convergys Corporation Tory Burch, Tory Burch Sandy Cochran, Cracker Barrel Old…
  • Week of Aug 4 – 10

    sparkhurst
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor,USDR. Looking at the news and opinion out of London eachday. 8-4-15 Osborne should reward public sector workers with a cash bounty for finding savings The Chancellor’s appeal to the public sector to contribute ideas for the Spending Review is a good one – but let’s beef it up abit. Barack Obama’s green plans could cripple America’s economy The economic costs of the President’s ill-conceived climate change drive will dwarf anybenefits The discreet charm of the Labour bourgeoisie In the early 1960s a satirical combo called the Chad…
  • The Race for Intelligent Life in the Universe

    usdr
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:17 am
    By Breakthrough Initiatives, Special for USDR Yuri Milner was joined at The Royal Society today by Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees, Frank Drake, Geoff Marcy, Pete Worden and Ann Druyan to announce the unprecedented $100 million global Breakthrough Initiatives to reinvigorate the search for life in the universe. The first of two initiatives announced today, Breakthrough Listen, will be the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth. The second, Breakthrough Message, will fund an international competition to generate…
  • After Significant Improvement, Is Michigan Going to Commit Economic Suicide?

    usdr
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 pm
    By Michigan Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to a ballot question committee announcing a petition drive to more than double Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT) from six percent to 11 percent. “2015 is a non-election year. At a time when Democrats and Republicans and business and labor should be working together in the legislative process to fix the roads, it’s sad to see a union and a so-called “progressive” group politicize the debate over…
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    American Patriot »

  • Open Message to Todd Starnes: You’re wrong about Harry Vincent

    The American Patriot
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
    First off this is what I am referring to here: Video: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com The Story via Starnes site: All it took was 140 characters for Texas Christian University to suspend a conservative student who posted a series of social networking posts that insulted the Islamic State, the Baltimore rioters and Mexicans. TCU banned Harry Vincent from most campus activities, ordered him to perform 60 hours of community service and attend a diversity training class. The 19-year-old, who is a member of the College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom, said he was told…
  • Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake calls it a day

    The American Patriot
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This is a surprise. Via FireDogLake: As many of you know, Firedoglake has been on hiatus for eight months while I recovered from hip replacement surgery. During that time I’ve been contemplating what the next chapter should be for the website. After some personal reflection, I have decided to pass the torch on to Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, who will launch their own media organization called Shadowproof that will build on the success of FDL. […….] The dogs and I have really loved being a part of the FDL community for over a decade, and are so very thankful for all of…
  • If you came looking for the #cuckservative posting

    The American Patriot
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    I pulled it. Family issues, that I cannot discuss. Sorry.
  • Yeeeessh………..again?

    The American Patriot
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This is starting to become a regular thing. Another “lone wolf” has howled and his name was John Russell Houser. The stories: Medium:Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of Hitler, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies Associated Press: The Latest: TV host says theater gunman advocated violence David Weigel / Washington Post: TV hosts remember alleged Lafayette gunman as anti-tax, anti-feminist ‘gadfly’ Saeed Ahmed / CNN: Gunman kills 2, then himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater *sigh* I just do not understand it, I really do not. Look, I am as ardent of a gun…
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder lands well

    The American Patriot
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Well, who says being a progressive or should I say in this man’s case; a corporatist, Internationalist Democrat does not pay well? I will let a well-known populist explain, take it away Jim Hightower: A snippet of Hightower on the subject, But please, go read the rest: Novelist Thomas Wolfe famously wrote: “You can’t go home again.” But Eric Holder has proven him wrong. Holder, who was President Obama’s Attorney General until stepping down earlier this year, recently returned to his old home place – Covington & Burling. Where’s that? Well, it’s…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Automotive Ad Campaigns to Remember

    Olivia Spector
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Image from: Cars / Shutterstock Auto industry advertising always manages to grab my full attention. Whether an ad includes catchy music, a celebrity appearance, or great visuals, automotive commercials featuring the latest vehicle models always stand out in my mind. While there have been many great auto ad campaigns, I have three favorites so far in 2015. I was curious to see where changes in consumer behavior were shown within Compete PRO to present a possibility that other consumer enjoyed the ads as much as I did. Using data from Compete PRO, I was able to see digital trends which…
  • June Top 50: Movies and Media Make Their Mark

    Brian Murphy
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Image from: Movies / Shutterstock Get Out Your Popcorn: Everyone loves a good movie – especially when it includes a trip to the theater with cushy seats and an overwhelming amount of popcorn! Let’s dig in: For the month of June, IMDB.com (24) grew 15% month over month (MoM) in Unique Visitors. With several major movie releases, I don’t think the growth comes as a surprise to anyone. Films like Jurassic World, Ted 2, Entourage, Insidious, and others had fans running to their nearest theaters, but not before some quick research into the films. The hype around Jurassic World was big…
  • Domino’s Dominates The Social Game

    Brian Murphy
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Image from: Pizza / Shutterstock In today’s digital environment, we crave convenience, simplicity, ease of purchase (and pizza, of course). Brands are challenged to provide a convenient experience and ultimately simplify the path to purchase for consumers. Demonstrating the importance of an easy purchase process, pizza delivery powerhouse Dominos.com saw a large spike in Unique Visitors for the month of June: +14% over May, and +37% YoY (year over year). That increase may stem from a recent social media campaign which has made the Domino’s ordering process nearly effortless. Take a look…
  • Amazon Prime Day Grabs Consumer Attention

    Katie Hrdy
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Image from: Ecommerce / Shutterstock Was Amazon Prime Day successful? As we mentioned last week, many products sold out but there was still a largely negative reaction on social media, leaving some confusion as to whether or not the promotion was a success. As is often the case, the answer depends on how success is defined. One measure is to look at how many people Amazon reached and how well it captured consumer attention. Looking at how many people visit Amazon as a percentage of all US users online in a given day (reach) and how much time was spent on Amazon as a percentage of all the time…
  • Will Amazon Prime Day Be Seen As A Success?

    Aaron Peterson
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    Image from: Ecommerce / Shutterstock Is Amazon Prime Day going to be deemed a success? That might depend on your perspective, given that many products sold, but consumer outcry on social media has been mostly negative. Jason Caine, VP, Client Services-CPG/Retail spoke with Bloomberg Radio on “Prime Day” and provided a perspective based on what Millward Brown Digital has seen from years of tracking Amazon’s activity via our Compete Clickstream data. https://blog.compete.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/0715-Poonam-Goyal-and-Jason-Caine.mp3 Check out the recording, and share your thoughts…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • Washington: Commander and Friend (1758)

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

    Editorial Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    ~by James Still~ In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, "doo-cane"].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and the chief told the story of the “great” battle at Fort Duquesne: “I…
  • Ted Cruz for President Fundraiser June 30th

    Editorial Staff
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    You are invited to the Ted Cruz end of quarter Final Fundraising Bash on June 30th, 2015! Venue is Warehouse Live at 813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003. The main event kicks off for VIPs at 6:30 p.m. and General Admission starts at 7:30 p.m. Where: WAREHOUSE LIVE 813 St Emanuel St Houston, TX 77003 Dinner and refreshments served. Printable PDF Invitation RSVP to lreichert@tedcruz.org
  • Washington: Commander in Chief (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:15 pm
    ~ By James Still ~ By the summer of 1775, it was increasingly clear the Colonies needed an army and General.  Was there anyone who could both unite the Colonies and command an army?  John Adams suggested Washington: “… I had no hesitation to declare that I had but one Gentleman in my Mind for that important command… a Gentleman whose Skill and Experience as an Officer, whose independent fortune, great Talents and excellent universal Character, would command the Approbation of all America, and unite the cordial Exertions of all the Colonies better than any other Person in…
  • Texas Legislature Running Out the Clock? #txlege

    Editorial Staff
    21 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    For Immediate Release – May 21, 2015 As grassroots conservative leaders from across the Lone Star State, we hear the clock ticking down on the 84th Legislative Session, tolling a death knell for many important bills that should pass. If these liberty-advancing, government restraining bills die, once again, we will get excuses rather than results. If leadership expects to get high marks from us on this legislative session, they have a lot of heavy lifting to do. Frankly, we don’t care how hard or how long they have to work to get the job done, either.Too many evenings, Fridays, and…
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    The Nationsmith

  • Arctic Central to Russian Grand Strategy

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

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

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

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    7 Oct 2013 | 11:39 am
    The political ostriches on the Hill need to get their heads out of their holes and resolve their playground antics maturely. I’d even wager to say our Federal Government looks to be run by King Joffery – both viciously and stupidly. WARNING – Political gut-check here and in essay form: House Republicans need to understand their mathematics, it’s impossible to repeal Obamacare or defund it with a Democratic President and Senate. Instead of fighting political battles of the past every year look for ways they can match or relate with Obama on domestic policy. It’s…
  • “The Shutdown” or “Retards in the Legislature”

    P. Voelp
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:06 am
    I am not a fan of Obamacare. It’s not its much-vaunted permanency problems, nor the hesitant start-up the initiative has been going through. It’s something else. Jesus, it’s like every week since they passed the damn bill into law there has been some weighty challenge to it. There’s no doubt it’s been pushed this way, that way, up and down, left and right, “blather blather blather” (to take a quote from Ted Cruz). But that’s not it. I don’t care for it because it seeks to penalize people who don’t have healthcare. It destroys a…
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    BizPac Review

  • 2 men sought after shots fired on soldiers at US Joint Forces military camp

    Joe Saunders
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Two men opened fire on soldiers in training at a sprawling military camp in Mississippi Tuesday, igniting a widespread search but causing no injuries. According to WDAM, the incident occurred shortly after noon, when shots were fired on soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg. After the shooting, authorities were searching for a red pickup truck with the words “Broken Arrow” on the windshield, WDAM reported. A vehicle that appeared to match that description was found in Perry County, one of the three counties the huge camp sits on, but turned out not to…
  • Holy Trump card! BRILLIANT plan involves Trump squashing Planned Parenthood

    Joe Saunders
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    A conservative California attorney and retired Army colonel veteran who moonlights as an online columnist has posted an idea for Republican front-runner Donald Trump that could shake up Thursday’s Republican debate in Cleveland. And could have the baby butchers of Planned Parenthood shaking in their blood-spattered boots. Trump needs to put his money where his mouth is, commentator Kurt Schlichter wrote: Here’s what he needs to say: “In the last few weeks, we’ve seen videos that show Planned Parenthood for what it really is, a butcher shop pretending to help women. And then…
  • Brainwashed CNN host asks Planned Parenthood video maker if he’s a ‘violent extremists’

    Joe Saunders
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The mainstream media’s defense of the butchers of Planned Parenthood hit a new low Tuesday, when a CNN interviewer asked the man behind the undercover videos exposing the group if he is a “violent extremist.” “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota’s interview with David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress initially focused on Monday night’s failure in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood and the money Daleiden’s videos clearly show Planned Parenthood raking in from the sale of aborted fetuses. But midway through, she veered right into the abortion…
  • Kelly Osbourne’s comment on ‘The View’ sends shockwaves: With no Latinos, who will clean toilets?

    Joe Saunders
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Kelly Osbourne probably thought she was raising a liberal point. Instead she raised a stink — and the libs were letting her have it. The British-born boor — who missed out on inheriting the talent from either side of her parentage — tried to contribute her thoughts on America’s illegal immigration problem on “The View” Tuesday, and ended up causing a firestorm all her own when she implied the only thing Hispanic workers are good for is cleaning America’s commodes. “If you kick every Latino out of this country,” she asked, “then who is going to be…
  • Trump to Republicans: Don’t be afraid to shut down government over Planned Parenthood

    Carmine Sabia
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Republicans can’t be afraid of shutting down the government if it means defunding Planned Parenthood. That was the message presidential contender Donald Trump brought to radio conservative host Hugh Hewitt’s show Tuesday. And it’s the tactic Republicans should have been using against Obamacare in 2013, Cruz said. “If the Republicans stuck together you could’ve done it with Obamacare also but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there, like Ted Cruz,” he said. “If they stuck together they would’ve won that battle,” Trump…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • What Obama Says, What the Right Hears

    Paul Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
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    Kleier
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    If anyone here is living in the Kentuckiana area (Louisville and the surrounding area), here is something your interested in. Some friends and I will be meeting at Shelby Park in Old Louisville at 1:30pm, Sunday, for a General Assembly of the new Louisville Socialists​ political group. Come for a great discussion of some new ideas for collective action. You can RSVP at Meetup.com and become a new member. Hope to see you there!
  • Social Protest Lit.: Carlos Marighella, Brazilian Guerrilla Fight

    Kleier
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A short excerpt from the “Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla” by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella, died 1950. 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.” It is necessary to turn crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mao Tse-Tung

    Kleier
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A writing by  Mao Tse-Tung, the late Chairman of Chinese Communist Politburo. 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 revolt of the peasants in the countryside disturbed the sweet dreams of the gentry. When news about the countryside reached the cities, the gentry there immediately burst into an uproar. When I first arrived in Changsa, I met people from various circles and picked up a good deal of street…
  • McKinney PD Should Award Commendation Medals, Just Not to Their Officers

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    As the situation in McKinney continues to play out over the disgusting and disgraceful assault on a minor by former officer Eric Casebolt, I couldn’t help but notice there was an act of bravery seen in the now viral video.  No, it wasn’t Casebolt and he clearly was not in danger of losing his life, as one recently removed principal suggested.  It was a reflexive reaction of courage.  It just wasn’t performed by any of the people in uniform. The country has watched the number of incidents of police brutality continue to mount across the country as cellphone and security…
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    The Daily Signal

  • Bobby Jindal Demands Planned Parenthood Be ‘Honest’ on Sale of Body Parts

    Ken McIntyre
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Louisiana’s governor and top health officer this afternoon demanded that Planned Parenthood’s affiliate in their state explain discrepancies in what its officials say about harvesting body parts from aborted babies. “It is time for Planned Parenthood to stop misleading the state in our investigation,” @BobbyJindal says. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast must “reconcile” its claim to the state agency— that it does not donate or sell organs and other body parts—with what its research chief says in a new hidden-camera video about obtaining the best specimens to get a higher price,…
  • How Lawmakers Can Beat Planned Parenthood’s Stalling Tactics

    Hans von Spakovsky
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    On Monday, federal district court Judge William Orrick ordered the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) not to publish undercover video taken at the National Abortion Federation’s (NAF) annual meetings in 2014 and 2015. CMP has released five undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s program of selling aborted babies’ body parts—and they promise that more videos are on the way. But it may require lawmakers to get involved to allow the public to see the videos, based on the unfolding court battle. NAF is a professional association of abortion providers who are dedicated to making…
  • What Krauthammer Has Wrong About When Human Life Begins

    Genevieve Wood
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I like Charles Krauthammer. But he made some disturbing statements Monday when talking about the Planned Parenthood scandal and reactions to it. “There is a difference between a fetus and a born adult or child human being,” Krauthammer said on “The O’Reilly Factor” when explaining why those defending Planned Parenthood’s actions thought the way they did. “I think,” he added, “there is an honest division of opinion in the country between people who believe as you do [referring to O’Reilly] that life and personhood begins at conception and others who believe it’s a…
  • Should Unions Give to Planned Parenthood Without Members’ Permission? This Bill Would Ban That.

    James Sherk
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Unions claim they’re for the little guy. They talk about big businesses putting corporate interests ahead of the average Joe. But unions have become quite big themselves. They often put their institutional interests ahead of workers. Last year for example several major unions gave over $400,000 to Planned Parenthood and its political action fund. They did not get their members’ permission before donating their dues to such a controversial organization. But that’s not unions’ only abuse. Unions often care more about adding dues-paying members than whether workers actually want union…
  • Free Health Exams Offered to Special Olympics Athletes at Summer Games

    Leah Jessen
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Last week, 6,500 athletes from 165 nations traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the 2015 Special Olympic World Summer Games. “These Games change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Games Organizing Committee, said in a statement. Not as widely known is the fact that many of the Special Olympics athletes do not have access to pristine healthcare. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program, officially organized in 1997 to promote public health and serve…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Two Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site In Mississippi

    Anomaly
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    A sheriff in Mississippi says authorities are searching for two male suspects who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a Jade Helm military training site.                       Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith told WDAM-TV that the shots were fired just after noon Tuesday. […]
  • Audio: Alabama Cop Secretly Recorded Plotting To Kill A Black Man Keeps His Job

    Anomaly
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    An Alabama police officer proposed murdering a black resident and creating false evidence to suggest the killing was in self-defense, however, Alexander City police chief Willie Robinson defended the cop saying, “He was just talking. He didn’t really mean that.”                       Officer Troy Middlebrooks maintains […]
  • Three N.C. Men Arrested For Building Bombs Out Of Fear Of A Jade Helm Military Takeover

    Anomaly
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    The FBI raided a home and business, arresting three men on Saturday in Gaston County, North Carolina, who were in the process of building bombs due to their fear of a Jade Helm military takeover which they believed would implement martial law.                     According to the […]
  • Authorities Investigating Car Fire At Louisiana Planned Parenthood

    Anomaly
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating a car fire Saturday at a construction site for a new Planned Parenthood clinic on South Claiborne Avenue — a site which has been inundated with protests over the highly edited videos released by a radical group.                       […]
  • Gawker Publishes Donald Trump’s Cellphone Number

    Anomaly
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Gawker just d0xed Donald Trump weeks after the Republican presidential candidate publicly shared Sen. Lindsey Graham’s own personal cellphone number.                           What goes around comes around. Gawker reports: Since Trump, in his considered political judgment, has decided that opening up a direct, personal […]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Rajapaksa fears undoing of his work in ending LTTE’s campaign

    Niti PTI Bot
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) of working to undo his legacy by working hand in glove with the main Tamil minority party TNA. "I do not know what agreements have been worked out between the two parties. I fear if the country would see separation as a result," he told an election rally here. The former president is running for a seat in the parliament in the election scheduled for August 17.  Rajapaksa is making an attempt to retain his…
  • Puducherry – Equipments in planetarium develop technical snag

    Niti PTI Bot
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Puducherry, Aug 3 (PTI) The three month old first ever planetarium in Puducherry has developed some technical faults and show has been suspended until further orders. Director of Department of Science Technology and Environment of Puducherry government M Dwarakanath said in a release today that planetarium equipments had developed faults and had been taken up for maintenance and repair works. The planetarium was inaugurated on May 4 by the Union Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma. The planetarium and a science centre had been set up at a cost of Rs 5.5…
  • Madhya Pradesh builds ultra modern silos to store 4-lakh MT grain

    Niti PTI Bot
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Madhya Pradesh is building steel silos to minimise the storage loss of food grains and till now six ultra modern granaries have been built with a total capacity of four lakh metric tonnes. Steel silos have been built at Bhopal, Indore, Sehore, Dewas, Ujjain and Vidisha, while construction is in final stage in Satna, Harda and Hoshangabad. "So far, 4 lakh MT silo storage capacity has been created," a government spokesperson said here today. Foodgrains can be stored safely for three years in these silos. Also, no gunny bags are required as the…
  • Taj Mahal vulnerable to pollution: Government

    Niti PTI Bot
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) The government has not carried out any specific study to identify monuments across the country with regards to their vulnerability to climate change and air pollution, the Lok Sabha was informed today. It has, however, identified world heritage icon Taj Mahal in Agra as a monument which needs to be protected from air pollution, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said. "Taj Mahal in Agra has been identified as a monument which needs to be protected from air pollution. No nationwide exercise has been undertaken to identify…
  • Haven’t got Rs 5 lakh promised by Kejriwal: Meenakshi’s family

    Niti PTI Bot
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The family of 19-year-old Meenakshi, who was brutally murdered in Anand Prabat area last month, today said they have not yet received compensation of Rs 5 lakh as announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while visiting their residence. "We have not so far received a cheaque of Rs 5 lakh which CM Arvind Kejriwal announced when he came to our house after our daughter's murder," Usha, Meenakshi's mother, told reporters here. Usha and her husband Rajkumar, who today attended the proceeding of the Special Session of Delhi Assembly on…
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS)

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    “Most industries compete on value. U.S. healthcare does not. But that is about to change.” -Tom Main and Adrian Slywotzky, The Volume-to-Value Revolution . Traditional health IT is failing — and this is good news.  Ten years ago, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems were heralded as the great cost-saving revolution in healthcare IT. By most […] The post Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS) appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry

    Gathering Clouds
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 revolutionized the concept of technology infrastructure. AWS Marketplace is marching along the same path to transform the way software is sold and deployed. As Amazon consistently pushes out innovative products on AWS, the enterprise software world sees the AWS Marketplace as a thriving environment for their […] The post Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise

    Gathering Clouds
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise. While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security […] The post Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT. While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, […] The post Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last 9 months. “The infrastructure […] The post Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
      Colorado spending $50 million to subsidize housing for artists Cool kids end up being losers according to a new study who apparently didn’t know ... The post Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 3 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
      CEO who paid everyone at least $70k is in financial trouble after only 3 months Paychecks are growing at slowest pace in over 30 ... The post Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 2 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
      Goshen may get money for Native Americans to change mascot New allegations against former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle Lawyer for guide in Cecil the ... The post Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 1 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Mon, Aug. 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Goshen officials take inventory of Redskins references ahead of mascot retirement – Elkhart Truth That is how they came up with the estimate that it ... The post Show Prep: Mon, Aug. 3 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, July 31

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Malaysian Officials: Part Number CONFIRMS Debris From Boeing 777 Was Flight MH370 – The Gateway Pundit “From the part number, it is confirmed that it ... The post Show Prep: Fri, July 31 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with guest Allan Johnson

    Liberal Fix
    7 Aug 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 Radio with Guest Eve Spangler

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

    Liberal Fix
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Chino Valley Unified School District (CA) President Irene Hernandez-Blair. We discuss local politics and the need for school board officials to value inclusivity and to put children first. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Ira Chaleff

    Liberal Fix
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Ira Chaleff’s Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong: Torture at Abu Ghraib. Corporate fraud. Falsified records at Veterans Administration hospitals. Teachers pressured to feed test answers to students. These scandals could have been prevented if, early on, people had said ‘no’ to their higher-ups. In his timely book, Chaleff—one of Leadership Excellence magazine’s “100 Best Minds on Leadership”—uses dozens of vivid examples of historical events and everyday situations, and offers advice on judging whether intelligent disobedience…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Duane Burghard

    Liberal Fix
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our guest is Duane Burghard. Duane is a former U.S. Navy Officer and two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri. He was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Missouri's 9th Congressional District in 2006.  Duane has started over 15 businesses and is a self-proclaimed "recovering serial entrepreneur". He is an effective and entertaining writer and public speaker. Duane's written essays can be read at duaneburghard.blogspot.com. He is also the author of GOPTO, his first novel. He currently lives with his family in Tucson, Arizona. In this episode, Duane…
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    21st Century Wire

  • NATO’s FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY: Gaddafi’s Son Tortured By Libya’s ‘Courts’

    Stuart Hooper
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    21st Century Wire says…Here is the amalgamation of NATO’s campaign to bring freedom and democracy to Libya.Watch a video of this report here:A video has emerged apparently showing the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi, being tortured.The video was released by Arabic Clear News and shows Saadi and other inmates being abused by a group of men.Saadi is blindfolded in a chair and made to listen to other prisoners being tortured and beaten nearby. Then, he has his feet beaten while strapped into a device.Saadi sits among his captors. (Photo Credit: Clear News)His…
  • Lafayette Shooting: Echoes of Theatrical Mass-Killings & Emergency Drills

    Shawn Helton
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Shawn Helton21st Century WireAnother day, another ‘mass-shooter’ or so media would have you believe these days…There’s been a series of apparent mass-shooting attacks cascading across the country as of late and the most recent high-profile incident is said to have taken place in Lafayette, Louisiana. But what really happened?‘Mass Hysteria’ –  Police during a local press conference following a shooting in Lafayette. (Photo nola)According to officials, the incident took place at the Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette the identity of the apparent…
  • War By Deception: Obama Reboots Old ‘No Fly Zone’ Scam, Bombing For Regime Change in Syria

    21wire
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:35 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Get ready for Libya 2.0. Looks like the Pentagon will be getting its illegal regime change war in Syria after all…Finally this week, President Barack Obama appears to have sprung his own trap for the next big war, now promising to intervene the Syrian Civil War if, “if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups.” You can translate that into a fait accompli for war.(Image Source: Salem News)This latest deceptive militarist scam is buttressed by lies like, “the newly trained [moderate rebel] force has committed to fighting…
  • FLASHPOINT: Palestinian Youths Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

    21wire
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    21st Century Wire says…As 21WIRE reported last week, Israel’s IDF just happened to stage a massive “drill” just before Jewish settlers carried out a savage arson attack which burned a Palestinian child alive. Other Palestinian youths were also shot and killed in Gaza and the West Bank. Now hostilities have spread to the frontline – at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.Could this be a provocateur action by Israel’s hard right to stir up the native Palestinians – as a pretext for another brutal IDF ‘human cull’ like we witnessed last summer? As…
  • SUSPICIOUS: Bin Laden Plane With Top Guidance System, Crashes Under Perfect Conditions

    Stuart Hooper
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Catastrophic accident or foul-play? You decide.Watch a video of this report here:The Saudi-registered Embraer Phenom 300 private jet carrying Osama bin Laden’s stepmother, half-sister and her husband crashed into a number of vehicles parked at a car auction site adjacent to Blackbusche Airport in Surrey, England killing all on board.The jet was a regular visitor to the airport, coming to-and-fro a number of times in recent months. It was also fitted with a highly sophisticated, ‘fly-by-wire’ flight guidance system, which is synonymous with…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Culture Of Pragmatism Fuels Risk Aversion

    guanyinmiao
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    A more realistic outlook is needed. A young, pragmatic generation of Singaporeans may make logical decisions based on a risk-return trade-off, but these higher returns do not necessarily take the form of generous benefits or remuneration. To compensate for the risk of working in a smaller company or within a disruptive industry, many wish to be nudged out of their comfort zones, and to benefit from exposure, mentorship, or growth. Although employers should empathise that in a country where the cost of living - and raising a family - is high, the occasional focus on monetary gains also stems…
  • Visit Berlin

    guanyinmiao
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the German city of Berlin? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
  • Throwback: My First And Last Marathon

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Did my first and last marathon in December last year, right before our annual Model United Nations conference. Was quite the experience. Continue reading →
  • Reach Employees – Not Just Employers – To Boost SkillsFuture

    guanyinmiao
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet, absent in this discourse is the role of the employee, who - to a large extent - determines the success of the SkillsFuture initiative. If the workers are not convinced of the importance of the initiative, and as a consequence use the credits or sign up for activities because they are obligatory, then any undertakings, however ambitious, will come to naught. Continue reading →
  • Inevitable Disruption Of Department Stores

    guanyinmiao
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    While the department stores in Singapore are eager to keep up with its rivals on the Internet, the advent of these disruptive technologies may be the preface to an inevitable elimination of these big players in the long run. "Retail experts believe department store chains should differentiate themselves from online competitors" (ST, Jul. 18), but the inherent business advantages held by the latter - for instance, of convenience, the absence of lease challenges (especially in geographically constrains Singapore) and perhaps the low inventories necessary) - might be too hard to overcome.
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

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

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The US and its coalition partners finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program last week. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for provisions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international community’s re-alignment…
  • Super-Duper PAC’s

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    In the 2010 Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court decided that campaign contributions were a form of free speech and that corporations and labor unions were allowed to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates of their choosing. A separate court decision two months later allowed for the creation of “independentexpenditure-only” groups which have become commonly known as Super PAC’s. Super PAC’s raised about $700 million in the 2014 election cycle, a staggering sum for an off-year election. More staggering yet is the sum some people estimate is going to be raised in the…
  • Our New Partner Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    In the 1950’s US and British Intelligence agencies overthrew the democratically-elected government in Iran and replaced it with the government of the Shah of Iran. The Shah’s government, one of the most corrupt and oppressive in recent memory, was overthrown in the late 1970’s by a religious revolution. The revolution culminated in the hostage-taking of US Embassy personal for 444 days. The US and Iran have been estranged since. There are intense negotiations going on between the US and Iran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Delays notwithstanding, an agreement seems more…
  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • Discovery of Earth 2.0 - Weekly News Awards

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    They were calling it 'Prime Day’… Consumers were using other descriptive words to explain it! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Mountains of Trash’ AWARD goes to… The ’Olive Branch’ AWARD goes to… The AWARD of ‘Determination & Courage’ goes to… The ’No Comment' AWARD goes to… The ‘Failed Grace’ AWARD goes to… The ’Pay-Back Humanitarian' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Get Loud America!
  • Grande Not So Grand - Weekly News Awards

    11 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Are military cuts weakening America? Licking donuts to flying balloons! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Superiority & Contempt’ AWARD goes to… The ’Dismantling of American Leadership’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Blame Game' AWARD goes to… The ‘Wreaking Havoc on Commerce’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Flag of Consequences' AWARD goes to… The ’Flying High Trip of a Lifetime' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Out Loud America!
 
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Trump Is Ron Paul’s Real Successor

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

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

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

    Joël Valenzuela
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I …
  • The 5,000-Life Question

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the …
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    Citizens News

  • Kelly Osbourne: ‘If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet?’

    Liberty Bell
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics Image via Screenshot Kelly Osbourne attempted to shame Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump Tuesday, but ended up sounding more like her former Fashion Police co-star Giuliana Rancic. During a conversation on The View about Donald Trump, Rosie Perez interjected some poll numbers that most Latinos in the country find the billionaire’s comments […]The post Kelly Osbourne: ‘If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet?’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part II – Terrorism

    Liberty Bell
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Secretary Kerry presides over meeting of anti-ISIS coalition members at NATO Headquarters in Belgium. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State I went into this year’s Aspen Security Forum with the opinion that an effective terrorism strategy should not just […]The post GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part II – Terrorism appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Guardian view on Canada’s elections: is the Stephen Harper era over?| Editorial

    Liberty Bell
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
    Written by World news | The Guardian The October elections offer Canada a chance to return to the country’s best traditions It is the second biggest country in the world, yet sometimes it seems almost invisible. Often ignored by its powerful neighbour, regarded with only distant affection by the two European countries from which its […]The post The Guardian view on Canada’s elections: is the Stephen Harper era over?| Editorial appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The “Freedom Agenda” and the Cynicism of Hard-liners

    Liberty Bell
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Written by The American Conservative Elliott Abrams offers up a risible defense of Bush’s “freedom agenda”: For Obama and this effort to make History, the Egyptian or Iranian or Cuban people are an obstacle, not the object of the endeavor. That’s the key difference with how Bush saw foreign policy. The Freedom Agenda was ultimately […]The post The “Freedom Agenda” and the Cynicism of Hard-liners appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Yanis Varoufakis as a media star, by Alberto Mingardi

    Liberty Bell
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    Written by EconLog I suspect that one of the most enduring legacies of the Greek crisis may be the making of Yanis Varoufakis into a global opinion leader. It is a curious phenomenon. Varoufakis was the leading Greek negotiator in a round of talks with the European Union that can euphemistically be considered not a […]The post Yanis Varoufakis as a media star, by Alberto Mingardi appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • The Liberal Exec for Gaspesie-Iles de la Madeleine have resigned, quit the Liberal Party and joined the NDP

    leftdog
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    "Port-Daniel) Eight members of the executive of the Liberal Association for the riding of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine resign to join the New Democratic Party in protest against what they call "a lack of transparency and democracy. " Le Soleil / Google Translate(English language Media have not picked this up yet ...)
  • Facing His Own Disaster .. Harper Calls Alberta's 71 Day Old NDP Government A 'Disaster'

    leftdog
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton Published Monday, August 3, 2015 5:17PM MDT Last Updated Monday, August 3, 2015 6:19PM MDT A day after a federal election was announced Stephen Harper had some strong comments about Alberta’s NDP government.“The first action is they’re unable to present a budget, they’ve risen the taxes –  it’s a disaster, it’s a disaster, honestly, it’s been rejected by the populations,” he said in a French-language speech in Montreal.A political science expert said it was simply Harper’s attempt to attack the federal NDP.“The win of the NDP in Alberta has…
  • Stephen Harper 'Gaming The System' Says Former Chief Of Elections Canada

    leftdog
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The former head of Elections Canada says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is "gaming the system" with an early election call and the result is parties with less money are politically disadvantaged."What it does is completely distort everything we've ever fought for, everything we've established as rules," Jean-Pierre Kingsley said in an interview on CBC Radio's The House."What should be happening right now is very simple — the prime minister should not call the election. He should wait for the 37 days to count towards the 19th of October, political parties should stop…
  • Stephen Harper Makes A Mockery Of Our Democracy - Tell Your Grandma !!!

    leftdog
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is nothing nice about Stephen Harper.  I am sure his mom still speaks well of him, but for the rest of us he is a vile, sneaky, conniving little weasel of a man. His arrogance and petty vindictiveness is stunning in scope. He has achieved the office of Prime Minister of Canada while in possession of utter disgust for most of his fellow Canadians. He does not deserve re-election because he has not served Canadians in any way that has improved the nation and the lives of its citizens during his watch.And yet your own mother or father, perhaps your grandma or grandpa are going to cast…
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research PROVES 'Trickle Down Reaganomics' Do NOT Work !!!

    leftdog
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
     The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released detailed research that proves a pillar of right wing economic theory DOES NOT WORK !!! Huffington Post"The International Monetary Fund just blew a big hole through trickle-down economics. You’ve probably heard of trickle-down economics: It gained popularity in the 1970s and was a major part of the pro-business “Reaganomics” agenda of the 1980s. The theory is simple enough: If you concentrate capital (money) at the top of the economic ladder (among the wealthy and corporations), that money will be more productive than it would…
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • August’s Book: Tao Te Chi or The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying Fuck About You

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    Determined to be uplifting with this month’s PD Book Club pick, our staff eventually came down to a tie between Lao Tzu’s millenniums old Tao Teh Chi and Johnny Truant’s The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying Fuck About You. Sure, admittedly one sounds a heck of a lot more positive than the other, but being libertarians, we opted to give you guys the choice.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Jumpin’ Joe Jumping into 2016

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    So, you might be thinking, “Alright, it is Day 1 of a more positive PD and they’re doing an article on Joe Biden running in 2016? What is uplifting about that?”
  • Genius Idea: San Francisco Tackles Public Urination

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    San Francisco might be onto something when it comes to public urination. It’s not just the Tenderloin that carries a waft of homeless and/or strung out eau de toilette, but now San Francisco’s Public Works Department is all over the stench.
  • July Recap: Looking for an Optimistic August

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    July, like June, didn’t do much for fighting our collective apathy. What can we say? Statists stated. Nothing new there.
  • Fall Fashion 2015: German Modesty

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Sounding like something stitched together by the writers of Allo’ Allo’ Martin Thalhammer, the Head Teacher of Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium in Pocking, Germany issued a decree that due to the sensibilities of the Syrian refugees in their area, all female students should take extra care to not appear provocative in their school wear.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Economics vs. the Economy

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By William Rees, Great Transition Initiative, June 2015Economic theories, though social constructions, can reflect reality to varying degrees. In the face of dire environmental challenges, adopting a realistic theory is key to the survival of global civilization. The neoliberal emphasis on limitless growth and monetary flows, a relic of nineteenth century thinking, abstracts away from biological conditions. By contrast, ecological economics—as distinct from environmental economics, which remains wedded to the neoliberal growth paradigm—understands the economy as a subsystem of the…
  • Security Council Resolution, Building Block for Lifting of Sanctions

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    An interview with Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, published at Iranian Diplomacy on July 23, 2015Based on the statement made by Dr. Zarif, “For the first time, the Security Council has recognized the enrichment program of a developing country”. Peaceful use of nuclear energy by Iran is also mentioned in the draft of the proposed resolution. Through this resolution, Iran’s enrichment is no longer considered as an activity which threatens international peace and security and could not be used to impose sanctions against Iran.The adoption of the…
  • The BRICS Grouping Launches Its New Development Bank

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    By Oliver Stuenkel, Post-Western World, July 25, 2015Less than a month after the signing ceremony of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing, another global financial institution was launched 1200 kilometers further South. Based in Shanghai, China's financial hub, the New Development Bank's creation marks a remarkable step in the history of the BRICS grouping. After being a mere investment category between 2001 and 2007 and an informal platform between 2008 and 2014, the launch of the NDB is the beginning of a new era for an unlikely grouping that has been…
  • Crises and Discord Undermining European Project

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    By Nat Parry, Essential Opinion, July 22, 2015The near collapse of the Greek economy and the harsh austerity package forced on Athens by the European Union has led to increasing commentary in recent weeks on what the developments might mean for the “European project” – the one-time seemingly inevitable drive on the European continent for an “ever closer union” based on principles of economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity among EU member states.
  • 10 Life Lessons We Learned from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
    The Times of India, July 27, 2015Former President of India and eminent scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday. Kalam collapsed during a speech at IIM Shillong.Here are some of Kalam’s inspirational sayings through which he will be remembered forever…“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”“My message, especially to young people is to have…
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    thecampaignworkshop.com

  • Are You Ready to Run Release

    ben
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    Are You Ready? We are very pleased to announce the release of our latest e-book, Are You Ready to Run? This e-book is designed to help potential first-time candidates walk through the questions and considerations involved in making a decision to launch a campaign. This is our third book and covers topics such as “questions you should ask yourself before running,” “organizing your campaign team,” and “creating a campaign plan.”
  • Campaign Website: How to Rank in Google Searches

    ngpvanadmin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Using SEO to Boost Your Campaign Website So, you’ve put together a flashy new campaign website. You’ve written all of the content and made it live. But a couple days later, you discover that your campaign website still isn’t showing up in Google searches, or it’s so far down in the results that it barely registers on the first page. How could this be? Well, making it to the top of Google searches can be a tricky business and there’s no set formula that works for every campaign. We do have a few tips to help you get your website to show up in Google searches.
  • What USPS Mail Form is Right for You?

    ngpvanadmin
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What Mail Form Do You Need to Get Your Direct Mail Out? The USPS can be confusing on many levels. One area where mail lingo gets confusing for people in direct mail is in dealing with the USPS mail forms.
  • My Employee is Leaving—What Now?

    ngpvanadmin
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    How to Act With Class and Style When an Employee Is Leaving When an employee is leaving your business, as the proprietor, there is an instinct to feel rejected and think “I must have done something to make them leave."  When people leave my business, I have these thoughts as well. An employee moving on is never easy, but having good employees ultimately means opportunities will come knocking. With that said, here are a few tips I have used over the years when an employee is about to leave.
  • Campaign Job Descriptions

    ngpvanadmin
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before you start your campaign for office, be sure to hire the right people for the job. But even before that, it’s important you know the campaign job descriptions for all of your staff. Below, you’ll find a complete list of campaign job descriptions that you might find in a race of moderate size.
 
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Curbing China’s Growing Narcotics Market – OpEd

    Dan Steinbock
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Drug syndicates are struggling to create a foothold in China. It’s time to fight back. If you like to take long walks in Shanghai, this may have been the first summer when you detected something new in the air: the scent of marijuana. It is a sad experience that leaves one apprehensive. The metropolises of … Continue reading Curbing China’s Growing Narcotics Market – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Innovation Another Key Factor To Development – OpEd

    Jorge Emilio Sierra Montoya
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    As the name implies, innovation means doing something new, novel if you will, that goes beyond what is known so far and allows, in practice, to improve the production processes especially in corporations through the use, for example, new technologies. I consider useful to reiterate in a brief summary what innovation is, a term that … Continue reading Innovation Another Key Factor To Development – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Yemen Conflict And Arab Uprising: Regional Fissures And Repercussions – Analysis

    James M. Dorsey
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    Saudi Arabia’s four-month old bombing campaign against Houthi rebel forces in Yemen has had mixed results beyond devastation in the region’s poorest country. The insertion of Saudi-trained Yemeni ground forces that support exiled president Abd Rabbah Mansour Hadi led last month to the capture of the port city of Aden from the rebels. The Yemen … Continue reading Yemen Conflict And Arab Uprising: Regional Fissures And Repercussions – Analysis To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • China Tightens Its Two-Systems Approach For Hong Kong – Analysis

    YaleGlobal Online
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    Protests, China’s tightening grip, uncertainty put Hong Kong’s status as global financial center at risk. By Michael C. Davis* As the world looks on in horror at China locking up hundreds of human rights lawyers, tightening censorship over its internet, and scolding academics for use of Western materials, Hong Kong lingers in a struggle with … Continue reading China Tightens Its Two-Systems Approach For Hong Kong – Analysis To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Toward The Oil-Dollar-Fed Rollercoaster Ride – OpEd

    Dan Steinbock
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    The fluctuations of the oil prices, the Fed’s policy rate and the U.S. dollar are intertwined. In fall 2015/spring 2016, the Fed’s impending rate hikes will cause substantial turbulence in emerging markets. Until recently, oil prices were recovering. However, after rallying earlier in the year, oil plunged nearly 20 percent in July (and briefly fell … Continue reading Toward The Oil-Dollar-Fed Rollercoaster Ride – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • President Obama in Kenya

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

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

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

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

    Barack loves Michelle
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an emotional commencement address to the graduating class of King College Prep High School in Chicago’s South Side. Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year old young lady who was shot dead in 2013 was also a student at King College Prep High School, she would have been a graduating senior this year. The school won a contest promoting student applications for financial aid and according to reports all 177 of the schools graduating seniors have been accepted to college. See the full video of First Lady’s speech below. MRS. OBAMA: Wow! (Applause.)…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • GOP hopefuls silent on RNC anti-gay resolutions

    Chris Johnson
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Republican presidential candidates are silent on proposed anti-gay resolutions before the RNC. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key and Lee Whitman) Ahead of an expected vote on anti-gay resolutions during the Republican National Committee summer meeting this week, GOP presidential hopefuls are universally silent on the measures. The Washington Blade contacted each of the campaigns of the 2016 hopefuls, but not single one in the days since the Blade first reported on the measures last week responded to a request for comment on whether the candidates would repudiate them. (The campaign…
  • Santorum compares marriage ruling to slavery

    Chris Johnson
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Rick Santorum compared the marriage ruling to slavery. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum rewrote history — and possibly an unconstitutional way of managing the U.S. government on Monday — comparing the U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage to another ruling 160 years ago upholding slavery in the United States. The perennial candidate and former two-term U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, who has a notoriously anti-gay reputation, made the remarks during the “Voters First Forum” in New Hampshire for GOP presidential…
  • State Department mum on travel ban against Gambian officials

    Michael K. Lavers
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh owns a $3.5 million mansion in Potomac, Md. (Photo courtesy IISD/Earth Negotiations Bulletin; courtesy Creative Commons)A State Department official on Tuesday declined to say whether the U.S. will issue a travel ban against Gambian officials responsible for human rights abuses in their country. The official in a statement to the Washington Blade cited a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that requires visa records to remain confidential. The official said there are “a number of provisions of U.S. law that deny entry to human rights abusers and…
  • ‘Stonewall’ trailer released

    Staff reports
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    Jonny Beauchamp and Vladimir Alexis in ‘Stonewall.’ (Photo by Philippe Bosse) Roadside Attractions will release “Stonewall,” a drama about a fictional young man who experiences the 1969 riots, on Sept. 25. In the film, Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parents’ home and feels to New York. He soon finds a safe haven at Stonewall Inn, the mafia-run club that was the site of the historic rights in 1969 that found the gay rights movement surging to the forefront. “Stonewall” is…
  • 12 arrested in gay cruising area near Rehoboth Beach

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Twelve men were arrested near the Wolfe Neck parking lot on a trail near Rehoboth Beach. Undercover police officers arrested 12 men in July on public lewdness related charges in a section of a Delaware state park outside Rehoboth Beach that’s known as a gay male cruising area. According to a July 28 announcement by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the men range in age from 49 to 82. They were charged with an assortment of criminal violations, including offensive touching, criminal solicitation, lewdness, indecent exposure and loitering to engage in or…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Video: Lego-Style Houses May be The Answer to Disaster Aid

    Nina
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Rubble, made into liquid concrete, made into Lego-style blocks? Brilliant. This video from the Mobile Factory shows just how smart disaster aid can be. Whether it’s a war zone or a hurricane-ravaged shore, building new homes is a cinch with this system. The group is in Haiti now, but look for them soon around the world. The post Video: Lego-Style Houses May be The Answer to Disaster Aid appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Zimbabwe Government to US: Hand Over Walter Palmer

    Newsedge
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Press Association The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a “foreign poacher” who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, the country’s environment minister Oppah Muchinguri has said. In Harare’s first official comments since Cecil’s killing grabbed world headlines this week, Ms Muchinguri said the process to have 55- year-old Walter Palmer extradited from the US had already started. Ms Muchinguri, a senior member of President Mugabe’s ruling ZANU- PF party, described Cecil – well-known to tourists…
  • Cake is the New Arena for Political Debate in America

    Newsedge
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Associated Press It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with a specific design or for a particular event, baker makes it, everyone’s happy. But sometimes customers and bakers have clashed over what goes on the cake, or whether to make it at all. An Oregon bakery was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. A baker in Colorado earned a customer’s ire because she refused to write anti-gay messages on his cake. A Louisiana man posted a video to the Internet lambasting a local Wal-Mart for not making a cake with a…
  • After Cecil, Walter Palmer Wanted to Kill an Elephant

    Nina
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    The more we learn about the bloodthirsty dentist Walter Palmer, the less there is to like. According to The Telegraph, Cecil was just one in a string of exotic animal shootings. Next on Palmer’s agenda? An elephant. But thankfully for these gentle animals, he couldn’t find one large enough to fit his ego. Palmer reportedly asked his guide, professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, to find him an elephant that had tusks weighing at least 63 pounds each. That’s a “very large elephant,” Bronkhorst said. But Bronkhorst couldn’t find an elephant of that…
  • Watch: A Baby Elephant Meets a Flock of Swallows, and Wants to Fly, Too

    Nina
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Here’s your daily dose of adorable. In this video, a baby elephant is surrounded by a flock of low-flying swallows, and seems to want to join in the aerial fun. Maybe if he flaps his ears hard enough… The post Watch: A Baby Elephant Meets a Flock of Swallows, and Wants to Fly, Too appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Should Prison Sentences Be Based On Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet?

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Interactive graphics by Matthew Conlen, Reuben Fischer-Baum and Andy RossbackThis story was produced in collaboration with The Marshall Project.Criminal sentencing has long been based on the present crime and, sometimes, the defendant’s past criminal record. In Pennsylvania, judges could soon consider a new dimension: the future.Pennsylvania is on the verge of becoming one of the first states in the country to base criminal sentences not only on what crimes people have been convicted of, but also on whether they are deemed likely to commit additional crimes. As early as next year, judges…
  • Joe Biden’s Schrödinger’s Cat Campaign

    Nate Silver
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Pundits — bored with the prospect of a Hillary Clinton coronation — have conjectured for months that Joe Biden might run for president, but the vice president has remained on the sidelines. So you’d be right to indulge some skepticism toward the latest round of speculation about Biden running.But let’s consider Biden’s position from our outsider’s view. Does it make sense for Biden to enter the race? Not so much for Biden himself, but does it make sense for the Democratic Party to have Biden run? That’s the relevant question from the “The Party Decides” paradigm,…
  • There’s No Perfect Way To Sort The Candidates For A Primary Debate

    Harry Enten
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    At this point in past presidential primary campaigns — about six months before any voting is scheduled — it was easy to mostly ignore early polls. This year is different, because the Fox News debate this Thursday is using national polls to sift a top 10 from the 17-strong GOP field.That’s led to some outcry. Some candidates are upset the network isn’t using state polls, and some political analysts (including yours truly) have argued that national polls aren’t necessarily the best barometer of the primary’s eventual outcome; there’s also, for example, the endorsement…
  • Urban Resurgence Is A Double-Edged Sword For Democrats

    David Wasserman
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    For the first time in the post-World War II era, cities are growing at about the same rate as their suburbs, which for decades grew at a much faster clip. That’s good news for Democrats (especially Hillary Clinton) nationally: Their party’s recent Electoral College victories have been fueled by huge vote margins in urban cores.But presidential success may come at the expense of Democratic candidates at the congressional and state legislative levels: The increased clustering of Democratic votes in central cities has diminished the party’s fortunes in the large swath of…
  • How The NYPD Abused Citizens In The Name Of Data, And How One Cop Exposed It

    FiveThirtyEight
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Exposing police misconduct can be risky, even for a cop.“Crime By The Numbers,” a short documentary directed by Don Argott for FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ Signals series, tells the story of Adrian Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft, as a New York Police Department officer, blew the whistle on the NYPD’s abuse and misuse of CompStat, a system to track crime trends in New York City.But in trying to fix the injustices of New York’s policing system, Schoolcraft experienced that injustice personally.
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • The Assets of Lucke’s New Alfa Party

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Athos fotografias A mere two weeks after being sacked as the AfD’s supreme leader, Bernd Lucke is back as presumably undisputed chair of the new “Alfa” (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch ~ Alliance for Progress and a New Beginning) party. Apparently, he already envisions a resounding success in the 2017 election and a possible role for Alfa/himself in a new centre right coalition. Taking a more short-term view, what are Alfa’s assets? During the first week after the Essen conference, about 10 per cent of the AfD’s 22,000 members have left the party. Let’s assume that…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    BBC News: Varoufakis ‘taped confidential EU meeting’ Interesting, but a wee bit pricey: “France and Fascism” monograph RT @BarnabyEdwards: Mum… Dad… I can’t keep it secret any longer: I’m Chinese. The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Public Radio International has an interesting segment on Greek migrants living in Germany. I’m quoted on German public opinion towards Greece & Greeks. The post Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Aljazeera America did some digging and found support for Syriza amongst members of Germany’s LEFT party. I provide some perspective on the LEFT, and on Germany.   Photo by Abode of Chaos The post Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • What the Upcoming AfD Conference is About

    Kai Arzheimer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In my recent article on the Alternative für Deutschland party, I stress the fact that the AfD is built on an alliance of assorted right-wingers. With no upcoming election campaigns in sight, things have come to a head over the last months, and the various factions have set up Photo by pilot_micha within the party. The fault lines run mostly along the lines of state-level parties, with the Eastern parties and Hesse taking the most clearly xenophobic/immigration sceptic positions, Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein subscribing to Lucke’s “liberal” line, and the very large NRW…
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    Conservative Read

  • Five Myths About Capital Gains Taxes

    chris
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Stephen Moore,  The late, great Jack Kemp, an architect of the Reagan tax cuts, used to say, “Without capital, capitalism is just another ism.” Capital is the plants, the machinery,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Six Reasons Congress Should Reject the Iran Nuclear Deal

    chris
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Ivan Sheehan,  Editor’s Note: This piece was coauthored by Emeritus Prof. Raymond Tanter. The announcement of a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • KING DAVID: Killed A Lion And God Didn’t Rebuke Him

    chris
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    by Doug Giles, But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued [it]... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ebola vaccine has shown to be 100% successful in trials conducted in Guinea.

    chris
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    A remarkable trial of a new Vaccine Using a groundbreaking new tactic, experts were able to develop and test a vaccine in just 12 months – a process that normally takes 10 years. “This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Former Felons Deserve Second Amendment Rights, Too

    chris
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    Lucy Steigerwald,  People shouldn’t be punished extra simply for owning a gun. What matters is how they use the gun. On July 16, Mohammed Abdulazeez killed five people at a Tennessee... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-04, Tuesday

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, August 4 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, Democrats admit never watching the gruesome Planned Parenthood videos, despite voting against defunding the organization, as a fifth damning exposé emerges. And new Snowden revelations uncover the long rumored ECHELON surveillance system, a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications. On today's show, intelligence expert Doug Hagmann discusses the latest Planned Parenthood decision, the fallout over the Iran nuclear deal and the ongoing battle against ISIS. We'll also check in with Alex Jones and…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-03, Monday

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, August 3 edition of the Alex Jones Show the Infowars team continues its coverage from Europe. We also cover the ongoing Planned Parenthood scandal, Hillary Supporters calling for a repeal of the cornerstone of American liberty, the Bill of Rights, and a range of other important issues, including Joe Biden and the 2016 presidential race, Obama’s plan to cover illegals with government mandated healthcare, the emerging EMP threat, the addition of Windows 10 to the surveillance grid and more.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-02, Sunday

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, August 2 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we examine the ongoing situation with Planned Parenthood, including a judge's decision to block the release of more undercover videos, and the move to defund the organization. Then, Alex will break down the slow erosion in Europe and discuss the passing of wrestling legend and American patriot Rowdy Roddy Piper.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-31, Friday

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, July 31 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into a study confirming what we've been telling you for years: cell phones can cause cancer. The meta-study reveals that holding a phone up to your head for several minutes a day can drastically increase the risk of brain tumors. We'll also discuss the numerous gruesome ways a baby is aborted with knives, chemicals and forceps. Alex also reports live from Spain to reveal just how totalitarian the country is, and how it can happen here in the U.S. You don't want to miss today's show.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-30, Thursday

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, July 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the ongoing war against American culture as the University of New Hampshire attempts to encourage censorious codes of political correctness on campus and activist journalists responsible for exposing the tissue and organ harvesting activity of Planned Parenthood announce they have nine more videos ready to release. We also cover an MTV documentary encouraging white guilt, the failure of immigration laws to protect Americans, a move by the United Nations to clamp down on private schools, and a sick “contest” by Los Angeles…
 
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    Vox - All

  • Community is probably over. At least it went out on an incredibly high note.

    Todd VanDerWerff
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    There are but a few truths held sacred by TV fans. The Simpsons has gone downhill, but those first seven (or eight) seasons were something else. The Wire's final season was fine, but paled in comparison to what came before. Community's first three seasons are unmatched by its later efforts in terms of sheer creative spirit and comedic force. And now that the show has probably ended its run, thanks to the fact that its actors are too expensive to afford on a cheap TV budget anymore, that opinion seems likely to solidify. But that opinion is wrong. Rating 4.5 See, with season six, the…
  • Jeb Bush makes gaffe on women's health funding, quickly walks it back

    Andrew Prokop
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    During an appearance at a Southern Baptist Convention event in Nashville on Tuesday, Jeb Bush made an offhand remark that he wasn't sure that "we need half a billion dollars" in government funding "for women's health issues." However, not long afterward, his team released a statement saying he "misspoke, as there are countless community health centers, rural clinics, and other women's health organizations that need to be fully funded." Related The Planned Parenthood controversy over aborted fetus body parts, explained Bush's remark came in the context of his support for defunding…
  • Fox News just announced who qualified for the first GOP debate

    Andrew Prokop
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The 10 lucky Republican presidential candidates who will make it onstage for Thursday's debate were announced by Fox News Tuesday evening. Chris Christie and John Kasich have just made the cut — and Rick Perry has narrowly missed it. Meanwhile, poll leader Donald Trump will be center stage. Here's how the candidates will be positioned: Fox News Though Fox had been somewhat opaque about what its methods would be, the results tracked what most analysts expected based on recent polls (and what I had initially written last week). Trump, Jeb Bush, and Scott Walker…
  • Famed historian Robert Conquest has died. The best story about him is fake.

    Zack Beauchamp
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The celebrated British historian Robert Conquest died on Tuesday at the age of 98. He was best known for his work on Stalinism, particularly Stalin's crimes against his own citizens. It's a wonderfully ironic twist, then, that the best story about Conquest is made up. Conquest's 1968 book, The Great Terror, was the first to clearly and comprehensively document Stalin's mass, intentional murder of Soviet citizens during the purges of the late 1930s. "Conquest described how one day in 1937 Stalin and Molotov personally approved 3,167 death sentences, and then went to watch a…
  • The most Googled Republican candidate in every state, mapped

    Margarita Noriega
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Google data from June and July reveals the utter dominance of wealthy nativist Donald Trump over every other GOP presidential candidate, at least for searches: This interactive map by Google News Lab collected anonymous search data in more than 10,000 US cities; the areas in gray represent where there was not enough data to merit displaying. The most-searched candidate (who is also a Donald Trump) is represented by an individual color, divided among thousands of US counties. Google did something like this with UK elections data, but this is the first map of its kind about US…
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    LewRockwell

  • Was the NSA Tracking the 911 Hijackers?

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    New revelations about the National Security Agency’s ability to track phone calls in pre-9/11 America are raising the specter of a massive government cover-up. One that could have been used to hide intelligence failures, and fuel arguments for mass domestic spying. In 2000, Khalid al-Mihdhar was living in San Diego. One year later, he would go on to be one of the five hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 77, steered into the Pentagon on September 11. But in the months leading up to that horrifying day, al-Mihdhar made a number of phone calls to Yemen from his California…
  • Equality Nonsense

    Walter E. Williams
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A particular act or policy might not have a discriminatory intent, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. If it has a disproportionately negative impact on so-called protected classes, it is said to have a disparate impact and risks being prohibited by law. The uninformed assumption made by judges, lawyers and academics is that but for the fact of racial and sex discrimination, we all would be distributed across occupations, educational backgrounds and other socio-economic characteristics according to our percentages in the population. Such a vision is absolute nonsense. There is no…
  • Corn in Your Tank

    Eric Peters
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If something’s desirable it ought not to be necessary to force people to buy it. Chipotle, for instance, doesn’t need to spend millions in de facto bribes (“campaign contributions”) to wheedle Congress into passing burrito subsidies. Nor are you forced to eat at Chipotle if burritos and bowls are not your thing. The market has voted – freely, without being prodded or pushed – that Chipotle is a good place to eat and so people go there willingly, part with their money gladly. Why doesn’t the same standard apply  to “renewable” fuels, specifically – ethanol and biodiesel?
  • 1,1 Million Drug Prisoners in the US

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Of the 2.2 million Americans in prison right now, about half are there for drug-related offenses. It’s a tricky number to determine because felonies such as murder, assault, burglary, arson, robbery, and even kidnapping can still be linked to the drug war. The Bureau of Justice Statistics claims, “Between 2001 and 2013, more than half of prisoners serving sentences of more than a year in federal facilities were convicted of drug offenses.” There are no prominent right-wing politicians today condoning legalization, but can we at least start with pot? Making teenagers play videogames for…
  • The Plot To Destroy Nixon

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In his new biography “Being Nixon: A Man Divided,” Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, “was not paranoid; the press and the ‘Georgetown set’ really were out to get him.” Carl Bernstein’s review found Thomas’ book deficient in its failure to chronicle the “endemic criminality” of the Nixon presidency. Yet, recent revelations suggest that “endemic criminality” is a phrase that might well be applied to the newsroom of The Washington Post when Bob Woodward and Bernstein worked there. Consider. In…
 
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    Pension360

  • Double Jeopardy for Pension Plan Sponsors Selling Businesses: Have You Provided Spinoff Notices?

    Carol Buckmann
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    Carol Buckmann is an attorney who has practiced in the employee benefits field for over 30 years. This post was originally published at Pensions & Benefits Law. There are many benefits issues that must be dealt with when businesses are sold, including the potential involvement of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”)    See, e.g,  my prior blog post.  Not all of these issues are resolved at the time of sale. It is becoming increasingly common for plan sponsors who have sold businesses to hear from former participants who were spun off to a buyer’s plan, but who…
  • CalPERS Readies Fee Disclosure; Carried Interest Expected to “Be In the Billions”

    Ted Ballantine
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last month, CalPERS began asking its general partners for data on profit-sharing fees – called carried interest – dating back to 1998. Pension funds keep tabs on management fees, but don’t typically disclose (or even track) carried interest, so observers are waiting intently for this disclosure. CalPERS is now readying the release of the carried interest figure, and this week fund CIO Wylie A. Tollette said the number is expected to “be in the billions”. From the LA Times: Wylie A. Tollette, CalPERS’ chief operating investment officer, said CalPERS plans to disclose the grand…
  • Chart: Most Workers Way Behind Schedule on Retirement Planning, Saving

    Ted Ballantine
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) released its annual Retirement Confidence survey recently, and the survey revealed an important reality: most workers are behind schedule on planning and saving for retirement, and very few workers are ahead of schedule. Check out the chart above. Overall, 64 percent of workers said they were “a little” or “a lot” behind schedule. Meanwhile, a mere 11 percent said they were ahead of schedule. The scary part? That number is actually higher than in years past, when 5 to 8 percent of workers said they were ahead of schedule.
  • Kansas Pension Bonds Rated By Moody’s

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Kansas will likely issue $1 billion in pension bonds in the coming months, and Moody’s this weekend assigned those bonds an Aa3 rating, with a stable outlook. In a bid to improve funding levels of the state’s major pension system, the proceeds from the bonds will go straight into the portfolio of the Kansas Public Employees’ Retirement System. Pension360 recently covered how at least some officials were wary of the bond plan. More on the Moody’s rating from KSHB: Moody’s Investors Service this week assigned a rating of Aa3 to the bonds, which the state hopes to sell next month.
  • Teacher Experience Varies: An Example from Maryland

    Kirsten Schmitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Years of service is one of the most important variables in determining pension benefits. But as the following analysis by Kirsten Schmitz shows, experience levels vary dramatically between schools, even in the same state — and that has implications for schools trying to grapple with pension costs. This article was originally published on TeacherPensions.org By Kirsten Schmitz Teacher experience levels can vary dramatically state-to-state, but experience levels vary even more within states. To show what this looks like, I’ve analyzed a dataset from the state of Maryland showing how…
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    Message President

  • Happy Birthday

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Hello, Mr. President Happy Birthday! My family and I wish you all the best on your birthday! My name is Miwan A. Suseyi and I turn 13 today. I am so happy that my birthday is on the same day as yours. My dream is to visit the White House one day. It is an honor for me to send you birthday wishes. I hope you have a wonderful day and fulfilling years ahead of you. Miwan Suseyi 1900 NE 48TH ST B 202 Renton,WA 98056 (425)425-4881
  • It's a Great Day!

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Mr. President. Peace and Blessings to you and yours.
  • Happy Birthday

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Happy Birthday to you and my son, Reid (8-4-86), former Hill staffer (Moore KS & Halverson IL), former CDT staffer in DC, former classmate of Josh Earnest at the Barstow School and currently a 3L at U.KS School of Law. Looking forward to more good work from both of you! Sincerely, Nancy Day
  • HELP!!! The island of SAIPAN is desperate for aid

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    Dear President Obama I am appealing to you for immediate help for the people on the Island of Saipan. It was struck by a storm and is in a terrible state. MY son Donald Gueniot is a resident there and was able to reach me calling for help. I am a volunteer with the American Red Cross in the New Orleans Chapter , Bayou Region. The International Red Cross in Saipan seem to be out of service as I told him to check there. Please I beg you to send help for our fellow Americans. I just don't know how to help other than to appeal to you. These folks are desperate need of food,water, tents, just…
  • help

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    welcome president OBAMA , MY NAME ( MAGDY MOHAMED ) I AM EGYPTION GUY MY AGE 24 YEARS OLD AND WANT YOUR HELP MR PRESIDENT , I WANT LIVE IN USA AND START THE FUTURE THERE BECAUSE I LOVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA . CAN YOU HELP ME MR PRESIDENT TO LIVE IN USA ? . THANK YOU .
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Wow, CEO Dan Price Raised His Staff’s Wages to $70,000! How’s He Doing Now?

    James Burke
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    You may have heard three months ago how Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments, raised his staff’s minimum wage to $70,000 annually. To help pay for the raise, he took a 90 percent cut to his own one million dollar salary. It garnered the 31-year-old and his Seattle credit card processing company plenty of public attention. See a report on that below: So why did he do it? “Income inequality has been racing in the wrong direction,” Price said, according to The New York Times. “I want to fight for the idea that if someone is intelligent, hard-working, and does a good…
  • Former British Prime Minister Subject of Child Sex Abuse Investigations

    James Burke
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    British police are conducting investigations into whether allegations of child sexual molestation made against Edward Heath, a former British prime minister, were covered up. The original abuse claims were made in the 1990s against Heath, who led Britain from 1970 and 1974, reports the BBC. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said they are now investigating claims made by a retired senior officer who said the allegations against Heath were not acted upon by the territorial police in Wiltshire, in England’s southwest. “It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not…
  • Is This an Example of the Moral Standard in China Today?

    Hermann Rohr
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Only recently, a picture went viral on the Chinese Web, making people both sad and angry.   An old lady has to squat in a bus next to a young girl. After going viral, the image shocked and saddened many. It apparently mirrors the moral attitude that many people struggle with in China today. (Image: Chinese Network/SecretChina) The picture shows a old lady squatting next to a young lady in a filled bus. One would think that moral conscience might suggest that one should make space for older people. Many commenters say that what happened in the this bus is an unfortunate moral…
  • ‘Educational Poster’ Gets People (Sorta) Talking About Race in Thailand

    James Burke
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Hmmmm. Racism. Tricky thing to cover. But it’s big thing, at least in the West where it is now pretty doctrinally loaded these days—i.e., political correctness. One thing about Thailand, there’s no such thing as P.C. here. That can be seen as good or bad depending on your standpoint. As opposed to P.C., Thais have their own codes on how to live and view the world. Both good and bad, again depending on your own world views. But according to the 2007 World Values Survey, 28 per cent of Thai respondents said that they would not like to people of another race as next door neighbors.
  • Criminals Beware! Lt. Clay Higgins is the Real Deal, and He’s Gone Viral

    James Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    If I had to choose any man to be my local police officer, it would be Lt. Clay Higgins. I can only say that the people of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, are lucky to have him as one of their local law enforcement officers. He’s like something out of a John Wayne film, but better. The 54-year-old is the real deal, and as you can tell by the above video, he has an old school way with words. Lt. Higgins also served as a SWAT officer for 11 years. His weekly Crime Stoppers segments on ABC affiliate KATC have quite a following where he calls out criminals wanted for local crimes, such as…
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    The National Memo

  • Want To Build Lean Muscle? Eat These Foods

    Alina Gonzalez
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    By Alina Gonzalez, Byrdie (TNS) Lean muscle: It’s what we all want, right? Long, toned muscles that look elegant–not “bulky.” We talked to Jenn Randazzo, a registered dietitian with a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics, for the best foods to eat for muscles, as well as some general background on building the body you want. First, let’s start with a little lesson on lean muscles. What does that even mean? “Something I hear time and time again is, ‘I don’t want to build muscle; I just want to become more toned,’ but guess what?
  • Tempo Workouts Could Help Rectify Your Weak Spots

    Wina Sturgeon
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    By Wina Sturgeon, Adventure Sports Weekly (TNS) Let me start with a rarity: a personal story. As some readers may know, my sport is ski racing. It’s a sport that requires power, balance, and most of all, speed. One summer, the only training I did for skiing was working in my large garden. I thought all the hard shoveling would get my legs ready, and all the weeding would work my core. After days of wearing my body out in the garden; I thought ‘Wow, I’m really going to be in shape for the season!’ Except I overlooked a few realities. Ski racing requires quickness,…
  • Jeb Walks Back Mega-Gaffe: ‘I’m Not Sure We Need Half-A-Billion Dollars For Women’s Health Issues’

    Eric Kleefeld
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Jeb Bush just handed Democrats a gift-wrapped present in the political fight over funding Planned Parenthood — and on President Obama’s birthday, no less! Speaking to the Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday, Bush chimed in on the conservative movement to defund Planned Parenthood — boasting that he had had success on this very front when he was governor of Florida. But in a side comment, Sabrina Siddiqui of The Guardian reports, he appeared to question the whole idea of spending money on women’s health at all. “The argument against this is, well, women’s health…
  • Fox Debate Announced: Trump! Trump! Trump! (And John Kasich)

    Eric Kleefeld
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Fox News officially announced the line-ups for their big Republican debates on Thursday — with a certain loudmouth celebrity getting a position of honor, thanks to his lead in the polls. The debate’s moderators — Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and Bret Baier — explained that the top candidate based on a set of recent national polls, will have the center podium. To one side will be the next-highest candidate, then the third-highest on the other side, and the arrangement will then expand outward from there. For the primetime 9 p.m. debate the candidates are: 1. Donald Trump 2. Jeb…
  • The Great Debate: New Trump Vs. Old Trump

    Sam Reisman
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    On the eve of the first major debate between Republican presidential candidates, real estate tycoon and reality television star Donald Trump sits comfortably at the top of every poll with double-digit leads, his brash, bellicose manner and flippant disregard for the niceties of the political process only seeming to elevate his stature. Indeed, any GOP candidate who tries to take Trump to task, either for his behavior, remarks, or stated policies, finds himself on the receiving end of a juvenile prank or playground rebuke. His habits of name calling and taking cheap potshots don’t usually…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Artificial Empathy

    Ken W. Simpson
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Under each leaf hiding away from the light camouflaged caterpillars chew. In silhouette a guileless face against a bland background radiates unctuous urbanity. Pretensions of honesty and fake bonhomie by predatory politicians with minds designed to lie. A concert for the deaf enigmatic ethics shotgun blasts to the head and each one a suicide.Filed under: […]
  • Ghoul Days

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Beckoned by a phobia fear appears inside the mind where images of trampled earth mix with melancholy in a playground filled with children. Life shies away from myths of eternity and bliss distracted by thoughts that float away careless of ambiguity before they decay compromised by lies in alcoves where alibis hide. The avenue to […]
  • Dealing with Demons

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Thoughts escape as silent echoes of wistful yearnings that ebb and flow pause then slip back again fretful and forgetful. Waves grow with the wind currents change and passions incandescence begins to fade a fragile love that failed to last and passed with the coolness of a kiss. The glittering strobe mouths open and close […]
  • Flashbacks

    Ken W. Simpson
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    I remember the fear and the cold inside an old annex at a guesthouse with a long corridor made of wood. I hoped to ride a horse while we walked down a track bordered by tall eucalypts to a shop made of logs. At a golf house Mrs Renee Sullivan screamed with laughter and talked […]
  • Digital Lives

    Ken W. Simpson
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    A bird sings in the tranquillity of a moment as the sun rises over canned compliments alienation scrambled egos and lonely words. Deliriously domesticated ordinary people collectively deluded and programmed by propaganda and the dirty tricks of politics. Ideas sprout like mushrooms after rain and fade like echoes that merge as thoughts or memories before […]
 
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    Political Wire

  • Rick Perry Bumped from GOP Debate

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “Setting the stage for the first formal debate of the 2016 presidential primary season, Fox News announced the final lineup for its GOP debate Thursday in Cleveland–denying former Texas Gov. Rick Perry a slot on the main prime-time stage,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Fox gave a boost to the late-starting campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the flagging candidacy of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by giving them both a place in the debate, which the network limited to 10 of the 17 announced candidates based on national poll rankings.”
  • Trump Calls for Government Shutdown Over Abortion

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Donald Trump said he believes Republicans should shut down the government rather than fund a “disgraceful” Planned Parenthood, CNN reports. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there will be no more government shutdowns: “Through negotiation, we have divided government. Different parties control the Congress and the White House. And at some point, we’ll negotiate the way forward.”
  • Bonus Trump Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:18 pm
    “I think I’m going to win – this will surprise you – I’m going to win Hispanics, and I think I’m going to win the African-American vote. Because I create jobs and they want jobs.” — Donald Trump, interviewed on Morning Joe.
  • Christie Shares Too Much Information

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    “Chris Christie uses birth control  — and not the rhythm method,” the Washington Post reports. “That’s the cringe-worthy revelation the New Jersey governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate made at a town hall Tuesday morning.”
  • Trump Changes Voicemail Into an Ad

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Donald Trump has turned the tables on Gawker. After the online site published of Donald Trump’s cellphone numbers, the GOP presidential candidate changed his voicemail, ABC News reports. The new recording: “Hi, this is Donald Trump and I’m running for the presidency of the United States of America. With your help and support, together we can make America truly great again! Visit me at twitter @realDonaldTrump and check out my campaign website at www.donaldtrump.com Hope to see you on the campaign trail, we’re going to do it!”
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    OpedSpace

  • A Journey Into The Central African Republic (PHOTO ESSAY)

    William Clowes, UK
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Arguably the most striking aspect about the violence that the Central African Republic has witnessed in recent years is the extraordinary levels of demographic upheaval. The bloodletting which stretched from late 2012 to early 2015 has led to the displacement, both within the CAR and beyond its borders, of almost 1 million Central Africans. The population of the country is only about 4.5 million! These Central Africans have been the victims of a conflict which unfurled in several stages. First, in December 2012, a mainly Muslim alliance of rebel groups – the Seleka – ripped through the…
  • Central African Republic: What We Can Learn From Civil War

    William Clowes, UK
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    A reporter with a license to report should probably do some reporting. After only six weeks, I didn’t yet feel equipped to take on Kinshasa, a pretty unfathomable metropolis of more than 10 million. The political complexity, the mix of Machiavellianism and crude oppression, the relationship between the restless streets and the seats of power were still way beyond my grasp. I needed something unsubtle, something more event-driven, something where the sides were more clear-cut, something fewer rivals had already covered. The answer I came up with was the war in the Central African Republic…
  • Why California’s New Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea

    Patrick Elyas, Egypt/USA
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    On Saturday June 13, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, following the success of similar legislation in San Francisco and Seattle. Few people seriously dispute the principle that those who choose to work (as opposed to simply collecting benefits) should be rewarded by earning wages that afford them a minimally decent life. However, an increase to $15 an hour over just a few years is a radical move that will irreversibly hurt small and medium-size businesses and result in perverse incentives for…
  • A Case for ‘Europe’

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    Today we stand on the precipice of a European implosion. A popular referendum on July 5th may determine if Greece will leave the monetary union, and perhaps, according to its Central Bank, also the EU. A Syriza look-a-like party, Podemos, has captured the hearts of voters in Spain and now rules its two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona. Britain’s Tory party, bowing to its rightist fringe, threatens a “Brexit.” Anti-immigrant, far right parties are winning elections from Denmark to France to Italy. In the face of these twin populist insurgencies of the far-left and the far-right…
  • Why Removing The Confederate Flag Is Not Enough

    Sebastian Johnson, US
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    “Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” Psalm 74:4 For months, the events have gathered, scattered ominously across the landscape like dark foreboding clouds, pregnant with the force of an awful history, a terrible miasma. Each name, each place a peal of sorrowful thunder. And last week, another muzzle’s flash and a hail of bullets. Nine dead at Bible study. Nine empty seats at dining room tables. The vacant spot in a pew; the silent desk in the well of the state senate; the stolen dreams of a community, carefully and lovingly tended,…
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    Time To Change

  • Perihal Buku dan Kemanusiaan

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Kisah seorang posmen membantu impian seorang budak lelaki di Utah, Amerika memiliki buku untuk dibaca, sementelah si posmen yang bernama Ron Lynch telah bertemu dengan Mathew Flores yang sedang membaca keratan iklan-iklan lama ketika dia menghantar bungkusan ke apartmen Mathew, menjadi begitu viral.Si Mathew meminta pada si posmen itu kalau-kalau dia masih punya keratan-keratan akhbar lama untuk dia baca. Terkesima dengan permintaan Mathew, posmen tersebut terus menulis sepotong permintaan umum kepada rakan-rakan Facebook untuk membantu Mathew mendapatkan buku-buku yang mampu memenuhkan…
  • Mengapa Peduli Politik?

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    Sering kali kita mendengar luahan rasa kecewa, benci dan menyampah pada politik dan segala permainan sekitarnya, terutamanya oleh golongan belia sekarang. Politik Malaysia yang serba caca merba, siapa yang tidak rasa menyampah. Rasa begini adalah normal. Kalaulah saban hari media tidak putus menayangkan segala kebodohan orang politik, siapa tidak sakit jiwa.Barisan Nasional memang pun sudah lama gila, kini Pakatan Rakyat pula menjadi gila meroyan. Rasa menyampah dan benci itu bertitik tolak apabila kita merasa mual pada setiap kali kata janji dan kepercayaan yang dipertaruhkan telah…
  • Angkuh

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    Najib Razak adalah contoh terbaik untuk kategori politikus angkuh. Angkuhnya bertingkat-tingkat. Dalam pada dirinya begitu terhimpit kiri kanan atas bawah, dia masih lagi merasa bahawa dunia ini dia yang punya. Sebab itu tiadalah pelik dengan segala macam kenyataannya yang begitu angkuh kedengaran selepas peristiwa kudeta beberapa hari lepas.Kamu boleh lagi mendendangkan rasa bangga dengan barisan kabinet baru itu, yang kata kamu akan lebih diyakini rakyat jelata. Siapa rakyat jelata yang begitu bengap, yang masih lagi boleh meletak barang setitik pun rasa yakin pada kepimpinan kamu lagi,…
  • Impian Muzik di Malaysia

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    Tahun pertama bergelar mahasiswa di UKM, saya tinggal sebilik dengan seorang rakan dari Kelantan yang terlibat aktif dalam sebuah band muzik. Daripada beliaulah, saya mengenal dunia muzik dengan lebih dekat. Kalau sebelum ini cuma tahu genre muzik dan beberapa nama alatannya, tinggal sebilik dengannya membolehkan saya merasa petikan jari sendiri pada tali gitar miliknya.Daripada dia juga, saya berkenalan dengan dunia muzik bawah tanah. Perihal wujudnya band muzik bawah tanah, yang bergerak sendiri, dengan tiada campur tangan produksi besar, atau penerbit popular. Mereka merancang acara-acara…
  • Kunang Pesisir Morten

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Tulisan Kak Raiha Bahaudin membuatkan saya melekat dengan buku ini sepanjangan hari raya ketiga, sehinggakan beberapa kali disiku abang kerana tidak betah untuk berenggang dengannya walaupun tika itu sibuk melawat rumah saudara ke sana ke mari. Saya fikir, orang lain melekat dengan telefon pintar mereka, maka biarkan aku melekat dengan buku serba cinta ini.Mengapa disebutkan cinta?“Apa di belakang kau tu, Adi?” Lim sudah tidak sabar.Aku mengeluarkannya. Tabung ayam seramik itu walaupun hodoh amat telah menyimpan keringat lelahku berbulan-bulan. Simpanan upah menolong ibuku menjual kuih…
 
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    The Political Insider

  • Ozzy Osbourne Daughter Tries to Label Donald Trump “RACIST” – Immediately Backfires (WATCH)

    TPIWriter
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    We all know that liberal Hollywood celebrities are idiots, but I’ve never seen one prove it so efficiently. Watch (below) as Kelly Osbourne – a reality star and daughter of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne – tries to sound smart about American politics. Here she is (below) trying to insult conservative presidential candidate Donald Trump. But it doesn’t go exactly as planned. What she says next is so bad, all the ladies of The View immediately join the audience in disgust. This is a HUGE failure, and a train wreck. You have to see this: Don’t mess with Donald Trump! The…
  • Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels Has a Dire Warning for America!

    TPIWriter
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Famous country music legend Charlie Daniels is worried about the future of America, and he shared his terrifying concerns about our future. Because of the road President Barack Obama has lead us down, our nation is no longer exceptional, and it will only get worse. The work ethic of America is being replaced with an entitlement mentality, as politicians in Washington, D.C. offer voters more handouts in exchange for votes. It’s a never-ending cycle, and it cannot last. As Charlie Daniels opines: Charity – the act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor,…
  • Donald Trump’s Plan for Planned Parenthood Has the ENTIRE Political Establishment SCARED (BOOM!)

    TPIWriter
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    Once again, the Republican-lead United States Senate failed to have the votes to defund Planned Parenthood. America continues to see videos of undercover reports of how Planned Parenthood, which receives hundreds of millions of dollars of your tax-dollars, illegally profits from the selling of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood treats the body parties of these children in such a casual way, that there is no reason why the organization shouldn’t be shut down forever. That’s why Trump, who is never afraid to speak his mind, shared with us his proposal to stop Planned Parenthood…
  • Reporter Posts Donald Trump’s Private Phone Number – Trump Responds in a BRUTAL Way!

    TPIWriter
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Gawker, a liberal tabloid, posted presidential candidate Donald Trump’s personal cell phone number. According to Trump’s campaign, it’s a “very old” number that is rarely used, and Donald Trump has many numbers. But Trump isn’t like other candidates. He is a bold conservative, and he just fired back at Gawker in a huge way! People who call the phone number hear a message for Trump! He directs people to his website and encourages people to get involved and help “make America great Again!” He even thanked Gawker for the free campaign publicity.
  • The REAL Income Inequality Liberals Don’t Want You To See (WHOA!)

    Writer
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    America’s Navy SEALS are the toughest special operations military force in the world. They are the elite, and use their incredible training and athleticism to kill the enemy long before they know they are targeted. But our military receives low salaries… Putting your life on the line and fighting Islamic terrorism doesn’t pay well. Nothing can make up for the sacrifice and valor of our patriot Navy SEALS. But don’t you think they should make AT LEAST more than President Barack Obama’s dog trainer? This is not fair at all, and is a true example of what…
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    The Grapevine

  • What’s the (Green) Deal?

    Ian Keyte
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    Ian Keyte explains why the scrapping of green initiatives is literally throwing money out of the window. The Conservatives used the last couple of days before the Parliamentary recess to quietly pull the plug on the Green Deal, its much troubled energy efficiency retrofitting scheme. This comes hot on the heels of a spate of cutbacks in green policies that has seen on-shore wind and solar subsidies cut, zero-carbon homes standards scrapped and plans to largely privatise the green investment bank. It is very clear that the next five years of a Cameron-Osborne led economy will hit environmental…
  • What is the sound of no MPs clapping?

    Evan Byrne
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    Evan Byrne argues that Mhairi Black’s attack on one of Westminster’s more arcane rules is misguided. Mhairi Black doesn’t seem to like that “you’re not allowed to clap like an ordinary person, but you’re allowed to bray like a donkey” in the House of Commons. The SNP have been called out on clapping several times now. The SNP are doing a fantastic job of being the anti-Westminster establishment party. They keep breaking all the rules, including -funnily enough- actually showing up en masse. Mhairi Black in particular has become quite prominent – she’s only 20 years…
  • The Greek financial crisis – what the Eurozone and Greek philosophers illustrate about European freedom and democracy

    Jack Longman
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
        Jack Longman demonstrates there’s more than one way to look at contemporary events, here applying the work of ancient philosophers to the Greek crisis. It is perhaps fitting, like many commentators have suggested, that a turbulent crisis at the heart of Europe – transcending more than just economics – should involve a nation that’s known as the cradle of democracy. Of course this refers to Greece, the Mediterranean nation whose tumultuous bailout and debt reforms, sought after by the far-left incumbents of the Greek government Syriza, has captivated the attention…
  • How do you solve a problem like The Donald?

    George Reeves
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
      George Reeves considers the potential threat Donald Trump poses to the Republicans’ credibility, and what they can do about it. It’s crunch time for the Republican Party. After six years of railing against the Obama administration whilst aimlessly drifting around the political spectrum, American conservatives must now work out where they want their party to be heading, and next year’s presidential election offers Republicans the perfect opportunity to revitalise their ailing brand and regain the White House. 2016 is a must-win election for Republicans – failure…
  • The Future of the Euro

    Scott Hutchings
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
      Scott Hutchings argues radical reform of the Euro is the only way to save the single currency and the European Union. It’s safe to say that when the Euro was first introduced it had its critics -quite a few in fact- and over the years that number has increased significantly. But their voices were drowned out, with the proponents of the Euro promoting the single currency as a symbol of European enlightenment. There seemed a time when the Euro was the future and any nation that shunned the single currency like the UK was made to feel very much like the odd-one-out in the European…
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Kelly Osbourne Slammed for “Cleaning Your Toilet” Comment About Latinos

    Janet Shan
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Kelly Osbourne Slammed for “Cleaning Your Toilet” Comment About Latinos (Photo Credit: ABC/The View Video Screengrab) Kelly Osbourne slammed after an appearance on “The View” where she said, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet Donald Trump?” Osbourne made the comments during a Hot Topics segment about Donald Trump’s poll numbers with Latinos conducted by Telemundo and The Wall Street Journal. Co-host Rosie Perez read poll findings that 75 percent of Latinos do not like Trump; 61 percent hold a…
  • Report: Samuel DuBose had Two Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Stop, So?

    Joy Blake
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Report: Samuel DuBose had Two Pounds of Marijuana, Thousands of Dollars in Car Former NYPD officer John Cardillo said Samuel DuBose had two pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in his car when he was pulled over by former University of Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing. The problem is that this was not in the police report. Still, he didn’t deserve to be shot in the head. Cardillo, who made the comments on HLN’s “Dr. Drew,” also said DuBose was a drug dealer, though there was no evidence that Tensing had any knowledge as a basis for pulling him over. Of course,…
  • Darren Wilson: Michael Brown Murder “Makes Me Unemployable”

    Janet Shan
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Darren Wilson: Michael Brown Murder “Makes Me Unemployable” Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, said he had interviewed for police positions but was told he would be a liability. He told the New Yorker, “It’s too hot an issue, so it makes me unemployable,” he said. Um, he’s more employable than Michael Brown will ever be! Humanizing Darren Wilson won’t do much to appease his critics. In fact, he’s trying to paint himself as the victim and clearly he’s not. During our conversations, Wilson typically sat in a recliner, holding…
  • Donald Trump Calls Koch Bros-Backed GOP Candidates “Puppets”

    Janet Shan
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Donald Trump Calls Koch Bros-Backed GOP Candidates “Puppets” (Photo Credit: Villains.Wikia.Com) “I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?” — Donald Trump, on Twitter. I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2015 Separately, Trump promised to go on the attack against any GOP candidates who attack him, The Hill reports. Um,…
  • Ex-Con Tremaine Wilbourn Wanted for Memphis Cop Sean Bolton’s Murder

    Joy Blake
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Ex-Con Tremaine Wilbourn Wanted for Memphis Cop Sean Bolton’s Murder A warrant has been issued for Tremaine Wilbourn in the shooting death of Memphis police officer Sean Bolton during a traffic stop Saturday night. Police director Toney Armstrong said during a press conference on Sunday that Bolton interrupted a drug transaction when he approached a Mercedes Benz because it was illegally parked. He was shot by a passenger in the vehicle, who was identified as Wilbourn. Tremaine Wilbourn is on supervisory release on a bank robbery charge. A $10,000 reward is being offered by the U.S.
 
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    The Mandarin

  • NDIS case-study: ‘build learning and adaptation into structure’

    David Donaldson
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    To avoid the NDIS becoming compliance-driven and ineffective, the capacity for adaptation must be built in from the start, says Dr Gemma Carey. Previous implementation failures show the need to change how we approach risk in policy implementation. Click here NDIS case-study: ‘build learning and adaptation into structure’ to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Rethinking a contemporary social justice in government

    Pradeep Philip & Vishaal Kishore
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    If the public sector is to achieve the task of innovation, integration and improvement in social services, we must learn from our social policy experience, writes Dr Pradeep Philip, secretary of the new Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and his chief of staff, Dr Vishaal Kishore. Click here Rethinking a contemporary social justice in government to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Antarctic director on a career as a public conservationist

    Stephen Easton
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Tony Fleming steps down this week as the Australian Antarctic Division's director. He spoke to The Mandarin about why a conservationist joins the public sector. Click here Antarctic director on a career as a public conservationist to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Environment portfolio appointments for Antarctic, climate science

    Stephen Easton
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
    There's movement in the Environment portfolio, with the Antarctic Division's chief scientist taking on the directorship and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority chief going to the top of the department. Click here Environment portfolio appointments for Antarctic, climate science to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Tim Soutphommasane: vilification of Adam Goodes damages everyone

    Tim Soutphommasane
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Adam Goodes has been a public figure not afraid of challenging prejudice; not afraid of asking questions about Australian history and society. He has done it in ways that have made some people feel uncomfortable, writes race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. Click here Tim Soutphommasane: vilification of Adam Goodes damages everyone to read the full article on The Mandarin.
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Lyric Meets Liberty Sharpe!

    Jim Sharpe
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
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  • The 52 GOP Presidental Candidates

    Marina Sharpe
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Ok. We don’t have 52 Republican candidates seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2016. But we have not had a race this crowded since 1863 – the year President Lincoln won during the Civil War. How will candidates distinguish themselves and what actually makes them different. Read more at Jim Sharpe On Point
  • Racism Is Okay…If It’s Coming From The Left

    Jim Sharpe
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    At a time we are trying to stamp out racism in this country, we’re told by liberal voices that an old, white woman of privilege is the leading voice on issues of race and that a conservative candidate of color can have his ethnicity questioned. Who knew? Racism’s ok – if you have the right political ideology. Read more at Jim Sharpe On Point
  • McKinney,Texas: Everything’s Racist Part 2

    Jim Sharpe
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Beńet Embry, a black resident of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas said he didn’t think an incident involving a white cop and black teens was racial in nature. In case you need your memory jogged, Craig Ranch is the community where that cop went nutso (even doing a shoulder roll) on some pool-party-crashing teens. When Jim Sharpe tried to interview Embry on America Continues, he declined – citing death threats made against him. Welcome to America 2015, where an African-American who doesn’t view an incident as racist – at least one that the race baiters do –…
  • Jim Sharpe Returns to the Phoenix Airwaves

    Jim Sharpe
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    (PHOENIX, AZ) June 1, 2015 – Jim Sharpe, a longtime Phoenix radio talk show host, who started his broadcast career in Arizona, is set to rejoin the Phoenix media landscape this week after a seven-month absence. Phoenix radio station Independent Talk 1100 (KFNX) will begin carrying Sharpe’s nationally-syndicated show, America Continues with Jim Sharpe, starting Monday, June 1. The show will air from 9 to 11 PM weekdays in Phoenix. “Crazily, we had already been in talks with KFNX about the possibility of carrying the show when I randomly ran into the station’s owner,…
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    Yabberz: Top Stories

  • Why Americas Constitutional Rights Might Be Americas Downfall

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Check this video shot by an American man in Texas who knows his first two Constitutional rights inside out Watch him use those rights to aggressively provoke a confrontation with police over his right to exercise his rights to the letter of the law Watch him scream ....
  • New Hampshire Voters Explain The Appeal Of Donald Trump Bloomberg

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Donald Trump is a brand and his New Hampshire supporters are itching to buy it A Bloomberg Politics focus group of 12 Republican and independent voters who are supportive of Donald Trumps presidential candidacy shed light Wednesday night on the billionaires swift rise ....
  • ​Iran If The Deal Fails

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Iran If The Deal Fails By Ray Cunneff July 29 2015 There’s now a good chance that Congress will reject the nuclear agreement with Iran and a fair chance they can muster enough votes to override the President’s promised veto so it’s worth ....
  • A Newspaper Ran An Article Trump Didn’t Like So He Took Revenge In This ‘Unusual’ Way Tea Party Crusaders

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    http//www teapartycrusaders com/u-s-politics/a-newspaper-ran-an-article-trump-didnt-like-so-he-took-revenge-in-this-unusual-way/ Quote Donald Trump’s counterpunch to a Des Moines Register editorial lambasting the Republican presidential candidate is being denounced by the Iowa newspaper as a low blow The paper reported Friday that Trump’s campaign would not issue press credentials to a Saturday campaign event in ....
  • Jack Black And Morgan Freeman Just Made A Video That Will Upset A LOT Of Conservatives

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Talk about fear mongering this video is a joke The really funny part is they claim a congress veto will lead to war and allow Iran to one day get nukes and fry us The reality according to obama is in ten years Iran will have nukes ....
 
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    Let Freedom Ring » Let Freedom Ring

  • Satanic statue secretly unveiled in Detroit, drawing Christian protest

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    Satanists secretly unveiled a nine-foot, one-ton statue of Baphomet, the horned devil god of satanic practice in an undisclosed location in Detroit this past weekend. This has spurred on heavy protest from the city’s Christian community. Hundreds gathered at Detroit’s St. Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit in protest. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – “Dedicated to Satanic practice and the promotion of Satanic rights,” the Satanic Temple that organized the unveiling did so in an undisclosed location. There had been threats to blow up the statue. “Baphomet…
  • Meeting Unions, Clinton Offers Support for $12 Minimum Wage

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn’t have enough support. Congressional Democratic leaders have backed legislation sponsored by Washington Sen. Patty Murray that would increase the rate to $12 an hour by 2020, which is several dollars less than the $15 backed by labor and anti-poverty activists. “Whatever (Murray) advocates I pay a lot of attention to, because she knows how to get it through the Congress,” Clinton said…
  • Information in classified Clinton emails came from multiple intelligence agencies, source says

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Classified emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from multiple intelligence agencies in addition to data connected to the 2012 Benghazi attack, a source familiar with the investigation told Fox News. The information came from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National-Geospatial Agency, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, the source said. A random sampling of emails by the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General has…