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  • Atheism gets its own TV channel in the US – a shot in the dark or a sign of changing times?

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    CO2Insanity
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Atheism gets its own TV channel in the US – a shot in the dark or a sign of changing times? We suggest they make their theme song “Deteriorata.”
  • Putin’s Pal

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    Cathy Young
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A few months ago, at the height of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict over Crimea, Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton, acquired a certain notoriety as the Kremlin’s No. 1 American apologist. As Cohen made Russia’s case and lamented the American media’s meanness to Vladimir Putin in print and on the airwaves, he was mocked as a “patsy” and a “dupe” everywhere from the conservative Free Beacon to the liberal New York and New Republic. Now, as the hostilities in eastern Ukraine have turned to the tragedy of Malaysia…
  • Not Sure That Works

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    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Glenn Beck: That innocent Boston Bombing bystander I called a terrorist can't sue me for libel because he became a public figure when I accused him of being a terrorist.
  • Gimme that New Time Religion!

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    Iron Knee
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    © Ruben Bolling You have to have faith in the holy trinity of CEO, board of directors, and shareholders. Our CEO who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy customers come, thy will be done, in the sales room, as it is in the board room. Give us this day our daily tax break, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who buy on credit, and lead us not into regulation, but deliver us from government. For thine is the corporation, and the power, and the money, for ever and ever. Amen. Related posts: Gimme that Old Time Religion Religion is Big Business The Religion of the Left
  • Disaster Porn, For Once for Real

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    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    I usually tend to dismiss near-miss science and astronomy disaster porn, which usually comes in the form of asteroids that almost but didn't slam into the earth and other related horrors. The Earth has been around for a few billion years and it's been many millions of years since the planet suffered a true global catastrophe. So what are the odds, in this tiny sliver of decades at the leading edge of history, when we're finally able to have some inkling of what's going on in near space, that we're actually finding out about some real global catastrophe that had any real chance of happening?
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    The Atlantic

  • Gaza, by Way of NASA

    Megan Garber
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Astronauts, when they first see the Earth from space, tend to share a complicated, but common, reaction: a sense of wonder. Mixed with a sense of peace. Mixed with a sense of appreciation of all that we share by virtue of sharing a planet. This encounter with the space-based sublime has, courtesy of the International Space Station astronaut Ron Garan, a name: "orbital perspective." It's that closeness humans seem to feel with Earth when they find themselves, against so many odds, outside of it. It's that Bette Midler song, brought to life. But "orbital perspective" also involves, as Garan…
  • NCAA to Congress: Change Is Coming

    Taylor Branch
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    On July 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a public hearing entitled, “Promoting the Well-Being and Academic Success of College Athletes.” The committee questioned NCAA President Mark Emmert about growing public controversy over the NCAA’s stewardship. News stories emphasized that Emmert promised numerous reforms under heavy “grilling” from the senators.  I was among five other witnesses. Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller asked me to testify largely because of my article for The Atlantic nearly three years ago, “The Shame of College…
  • 'Who's Going to Question It?': How U.S. Soldiers Murdered Afghan Civilians

    Chris Heller
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
  • The Secret to That Potato-Salad Kickstarter Campaign's Success

    Rebecca Chao
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Much has been written about Zack “Danger” Brown’s potato salad Kickstarter, a jokey but earnest request for $10 in donations that brought in more than $50,000. The most common account is that the guy who just wanted to make potato salad—"Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet."—tickled the Internet, spreading joy and receiving wide support from those who had a buck or two to spare. Some experts even chalked it up to the democratizing powers of crowdfunding. But the data behind the campaign paints a different picture, one that suggests a tiny and…
  • What a Plagiarizing 12-Year-Old Has in Common With a U.S. Senator

    Jessica Lahey
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    A few years ago, I was invited to speak to a group of guidance counselors about the value of letting kids fail and holding them responsible for their actions when the stakes are still relatively low. At the end of my talk, one of the counselors shared the story of her week: A 12th grade student had plagiarized much of a final science paper, and had been given a failing grade on the assignment and a formal reprimand by the school as a consequence. In response, the student’s parents had complained to the school administration, claiming that the student did not understand that copying and…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls. Donovan: Scions of inherited wealth are endangering our democracy

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Tim Donovan at Alternet writes Today's wealthy are far more likely to have inherited their fortunes. Here's why that's going to doom our politics: Prevailing neoliberal ideology, which perverts capitalism as an economic system into capitalism as an unyielding political ideology, lurks in the shadows of almost every major issue in America, though nowhere is its influence more obvious or profound than in the spiraling rise of income and wealth inequality today. When Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” was first released in English, it followed the…
  • Can you hear us now? President Obama greeted by net neutrality activists at fundraisers

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Net neutrality protestors on July 23, 2014 in Silicon Valley to tell President Obama: Don't kill the internet Wednesday, July 23, marked a coordinated day of on-the-ground action on net neutrality, directed at President Obama as he attended high-dollar fundraisers in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.  The message at both events, was clear—President Obama: Don’t kill the internet. In Silicon Valley—the center of the tech industry—Obama attended a $10,000 a plate fundraiser, where he was greeted by more than 100 activists from netroots organizations including: Daily Kos, MoveOn, Free…
  • Cartoon: The Gaza grip

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • House Democrats to hammer GOP on Boehner lawsuit during August recess

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Litigator of the House John Boehner Greg Sargent reports House Democrats plan to use Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama as exhibit number one on how Republicans are out of touch and focusing on all the wrong things: This week, Republicans are expected to mark up the lawsuit in committee, and in an interview, DCCC chair Steve Israel — who oversees House races for Dems — said Dems are launching a campaign designed to “contrast Republicans focused on suing the president with Democrats who are focused on economic solutions for the middle class.” [...] “We’re going…
  • Arizona execution lasts two hours; attorney calls for external inquiry

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Gov. Brewer: 'Wood died in a lawful manner', but will order an internal review On Wednesday evening Arizona executed inmate Joseph Wood by lethal injection; the drugs used in the process were "secret," as were the methods Arizona used to obtain them, and the process resulted in the convicted taking nearly two hours to die. One reporter who witnessed the execution, Troy Hayden of Fox 10 News, said it was "very disturbing to watch ... like a fish on shore gulping for air. At a certain point, you wondered whether he was ever going to die." Lawyers filed a emergency motion with the 9th Circuit…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Municipal Gas Station Opens in Kentucky

    Tor
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Somerset, Kentucky's city hall ventured into the retail gas business Saturday, opening a municipal-run filling station that supporters call a benefit for motorists and critics denounce as a taxpayer-supported swipe at the free market. The Somerset Fuel Center opened to the public selling regular unleaded gas for $3.36 a gallon, a bit lower than some nearby competitors. In the first three hours, about 75 customers fueled up at the no-frills stations, where there are no snacks, no repairs and only regular unleaded gas. "We are one community that decided we've got backbone and we're not going to…
  • Judge: Executions Should Be by Firing Squad

    rcade
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Days before Arizona murderer Joseph Wood gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes and died nearly two hours after his execution began, a conservative federal appeals judge called for replacing lethal injection with firing squads, saying the public must acknowledge that executions are "brutal, savage events." "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful -- like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge…
  • ISIS Jihadists Order Genital Mutilation of Women

    jestgettinalong
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday. The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, "It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers."
  • Thomas E. Ricks: Why Am I Moving Left?

    tonyroma
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Thomas E. Ricks, Politico: This is unexpected. In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward. ... I am puzzled by this late-middle-age politicization. I wonder whether others of my generation are similarly pausing, poking up their heads from their workplaces and wondering just what happened to this country over the last 15 years, and what do to about it. Mentally, I was a detached centrist. Today I remain oriented to the free market and in favor of a strong national defense,…
  • Homeowner Fatally Shoots Pregnant Burgler

    Harry_Powell
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Long Beach, California, police are investigating whether an elderly man who fatally shot a woman who was running away after ransacking his home in Bixby Knolls should be arrested in the killing. Tom Greer, 80, told KNBC-TV Wednesday that he shot the woman twice in the back when she ran away with a male accomplice even though she told Greer she was pregnant. "The lady didn't run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice. She's dead ... but he got away," Greer said," Greer said. "She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant -- I'm going to have a baby.' And I shot her anyway."
 
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  • Bizarre and Surreal

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. Perhaps there's never been anything like it. But we now have the transcript of the discussion between the defense lawyer, the prosecutor and the judge as Joseph Wood lay gasping and snorting before finally dying for almost two hours during that botched execution in Arizona. So, learn how three lawyers try to set up a conference call while trying to litigate whether to cut short an execution and try to revive the condemned man. Yes, it's that bad and that weird. Here it is.
  • Hard Out There for a Tea Partier

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    A Tea Party-backed Texas lawmaker, state Rep. David Simpson (R-TX) was harangued by an angry constituent when he tried to argue for a compassionate approach to minors interdicted at the US/Mexico border. Watch.
  • Disaster Porn, For Once for Real

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    I usually tend to dismiss near-miss science and astronomy disaster porn, which usually comes in the form of asteroids that almost but didn't slam into the earth and other related horrors. The Earth has been around for a few billion years and it's been many millions of years since the planet suffered a true global catastrophe. So what are the odds, in this tiny sliver of decades at the leading edge of history, when we're finally able to have some inkling of what's going on in near space, that we're actually finding out about some real global catastrophe that had any real chance of happening?
  • Is This Real?

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    A UN official in northern Iraq is claiming that ISIS has ordered female genital mutilation for all women in Mosul between the ages of 14 and 46. But others are disputing the veracity of her claim or suggesting that she was unwittingly passed on a false claim. The current Middle East is a mix of horrific developments and agitprop and hoaxes aimed at inflaming various audiences in the region and the West. The fact that it is a UN official making the claim gives it weight. But it makes sense to treat this as yet as unconfirmed.
  • Not Sure That Works

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Glenn Beck: That innocent Boston Bombing bystander I called a terrorist can't sue me for libel because he became a public figure when I accused him of being a terrorist.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Now that I got an especially pointy-headed post out of my system, time to wrap. They did like it at The Episcopal Cafe. Here are some remains of the day: * Another plagiarism blowup, this time involving an editor at Buzzfeed. * Once-promising bipartisan VA "fix" near collapse. * Another botched lethal injection execution, this one in Arizona. * At Ten Miles Square, Jim Sleeper examines the "Superman syndrome" among pundits ever agitating for U.S. military interventions. * At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the practicality--and justice--of asking grandparents to help pay for kids'…
  • Ryan and Cranmer

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    I wasn't going to write about this, but what the hell, it's late afternoon and this is the 11th post, so.... It seems the emerging argument from Paul Ryan now that he's got a "poverty plan" is that the budgets which made him famous and lifted him to a national ticket were, well, sort of an earlier stage of the evolution of his Big Thinking, or perhaps just a concession to the atavistic views of his colleagues. It helps, of course, that he's about to roll off the Budget Committee chairmanship to assume the gavel at Ways & Means, and so won't be responsible for future budget blueprints. But…
  • Sticking to the Big Antichoice Lie

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Today's "news" item that's no news at all comes from the New York Times' Jeremy Peters, whose piece has this not terribly factual headline: "Conservatives Write an Assertive New Script to Fight Abortion." Peters appears to begin from the premise that most Republicans never talk about abortion at all, which must be news to the GOP legislators promoting antichoice bills all over the country, or to the many conservatives all over creation obsessed with making sure private employers don't have to besmirch themselves with any involvement with "abortifacient" birth control. So that mistake may…
  • The Two Paul Ryans

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Ezra Klein has been accused of being of two minds about Paul Ryan, though in truth his once abundant praise for the Wisconsin Randian Thomist ended abruptly upon the appearance of the first full-blown Ryan Budget in 2011. Just over a year ago, I wrote a column praising Rep. Paul Ryan’s Roadmap. I called its ambition “welcome, and all too rare.” I said its dismissal of the status quo was “a point in its favor.” When the inevitable backlash came, I defended Ryan against accusations that he was a fraud, and that technical mistakes in his tax projections should be…
  • Lunch Buffet

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The temptation to eat bad-for-me food is really overwhelming here in Georgia. Indulged in the fried green tomato bacon & cheese sandwich at Doug's Place in Emerson on Sunday, but it hasn't cured the craving entirely. Here are some less lethal midday snacks: * Lloyd Grove speculates about successor to "Dead Head Talking" David Gregory as moderator of Meet the Press (or just Meet as Beltway types often call it). * Twitter boasts of its diversity efforts. * Excellent profile of Michelle Nunn's campaign style as "grit, but no red meat," by Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway. * Nicholas…
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    New Republic

  • The Most Absurd Job Titles in America

    Josh Kovensky
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In a bid to achieve maximal hipness and happiness, companies, particularly in the tech world, have collectively begun to create bizarre new positions or to attach peculiar names to the same old corporate paper-pushing nine-to-fives. A lot of these jobs have a bizarrely spiritual flavor—“evangeli
  • Send Your Kid to the Ivy League!

    J.D. Chapman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, a medium-sized city in the Blue Ridge mountains. It is not the sort of place that produces many Ivy League graduates. Only ten kids in my high school class of 500 crossed the Mason-Dixon Line for college, for example. I went to Yale. I chose to move back h
  • The Hidden, Horrifying Impacts of Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We've all heard the global-warming horror stories. Rising seas will eventually sink coastal cities from Miami to Los Angeles. Hurricanes and tornadoes will increase in strength, flattening entire towns. And extreme, lasting droughts will cripple large swaths of the western U.S. But other consequenc
  • Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand Just Got a Divorce

    Brian Beutler
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You don't need to love Representative Paul Ryan's new plan to reform anti-poverty programs to admit that it's an improvement over his old plan that entailed using increased suffering as an inducement to work. Yo
  • This Is Paul Ryan's Best Idea Yet

    Danny Vinik
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    On Thursday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan surprised liberals with the release of a new antipoverty plan that may include his best idea ever.In contrast to Ryan’s last four budgets, which proposed huge cuts to federal antipoverty programs, Ryan’s
 
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  • Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Shooting off his mouth…again Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city! by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away. I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.” Snotty…
  • Sen. Patty Murray authors ‘Not My Boss’s Business Act’ to exempt O-care from law she voted for in ’93

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Sen. Patty Murray has written the “Not My Boss’s Business Act” as a “fix” to get around the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision: Democrats and women’s health groups believe they have a powerful campaign weapon in pushing back on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that Hobby Lobby and other closely held for-profit companies don’t have to comply with the health law’s contraceptive coverage requirement if it violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The bill was drafted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a longtime women’s health…
  • Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act

    Michelle Malkin
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 The American Dream is dying for tens of millions of unemployed, underemployed and long-term jobless citizens. But the White House has guaranteed that one sector of the U.S. economy will thrive for decades to come: Open-borders immigration lawyers. Don’t believe the fibbing D.C. flacks. While the president’s spokesman Josh Earnest promised that “most” of the illegal immigrant youths from Central America flooding across our borders will “likely” be…
  • ‘Sobby Lobby’ rides again: Forget ‘it’s the law,’ Harry Reid pledges action against Hobby Lobby ruling

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Reid should be able to focus on this in the coming weeks thanks to all the extra time freed up by not worrying about a budget combined with the fact that he’s insane: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a…
  • Uh huh: Costco says decision to pull Dinesh D’Souza’s book from shelves not political; Update: Costco caves

    Doug Powers
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Word is that Costco has pulled Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “America: Imagine A World Without Her,” from store shelves. Costco reportedly said the decision to yank D’Souza’s book, which takes on progressivism head-on, was based on poor sales and was not political. Excuse me for a second… Just had to get that out of my system. Poor sales? Hillary Clinton’s book is currently #91 on Amazon and D’Souza’s is currently, er, #1. I think what Costco means is now that D’Souza’s book isn’t available there,…
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  • Quadruple Threat: Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, All Rolled Into One

    Mark Thompson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Despite the Pentagon’s nonstop jawboning about joint operations—where the military’s four sister services cooperate to prevail on the battlefield—those with time in uniform will tell you that each service is like a foreign land to the other three. MoreRussian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in UkraineOhio Man’s Therapy Ducks Fall Foul of Local OrdinancesU.S. General: Putin May 'Light a Fire' He Can't Control NBC NewsIsraeli Strike Hits U.N. School, Killing At Least 15 NBC NewsHope Gone: Official Says Human Remains, Plane Wreckage Discovered NBC NewsThat…
  • Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move

    Alex Altman
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. MoreBorder Crisis: Central American Churches Try to Keep Children HomePhotographer Captures Birds-Eye View of Border CrisisU.S. General: Putin May 'Light a Fire' He Can't Control NBC NewsIsraeli Strike Hits U.N. School, Killing At…
  • Chris Christie Battered By His GOP Rivals on Governors’ Circuit

    Zeke J Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Forget, for the moment, about the cornfields and the straw polls, the live-free-or-die gun shops of Manchester and the sticky-sweet BBQ pits of South Carolina. There is a point in the 2016 presidential campaign, when the action that matters most is more likely to happen under gilded ceilings of Manhattan’s toniest restaurants than where voters actually live. Which is why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie found himself supping at Cipriani on May 18, seated between the billionaire who might fund his way to the White House and a rival governor who wants the job himself. It was a test meal, in…
  • Platon: Life and Death on the Border

    Paul Moakley
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
  • Hispanic Caucus To Push Deportation Relief in White House Meeting

    Alex Rogers
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus plan to meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and White House counsel Neil Eggleston at the White House on Friday morning, Jasmine Mora, a spokesperson for Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), told TIME. Hinojosa is the Chairman of the CHC. The meeting will focus on a memo the caucus sent to Johnson in April on administrative deportation relief and humane enforcement practices, Mora told TIME. “The intent of the meeting tomorrow is to talk about what administrative actions the President can take under the law,” she…
 
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  • Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.
  • Putin igniting dangerous nationalist fervor says top US general

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the US military's top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an "aggressive" agenda that flouts sovereignty and seeks to address alleged grievances harbored by Moscow since the demise of the Soviet Union. "If I have a fear about this, it's that Putin may actually light a fire that he loses control of," Dempsey…
  • Russia firing artillery on Ukraine troops: US

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a "clear escalation" of the conflict. Moscow is also planning to "deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The evidence was based on "intelligence information" indicating arms were "continuing to flow across the border" into Ukraine since the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner…
  • Obama rails against corporate maneuver to evade U.S. taxes

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    By Jeff Mason LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions" and called on Congress to pass a bill to curb the practice. During remarks to a rowdy crowd at the Los Angeles Technical College, Obama promoted what he called "economic patriotism" and made clear he believed the companies that were engaging in such practices were not being patriotic. Nine inversion deals have been reached this year by companies ranging from banana distributor…
  • Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top-ranking Republican senator issued a strong call for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule.
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  • Hi-Speed Doublespeak

    Iron Knee
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    More than 20 states have telecom-sponsored laws on the books that prohibit local communities from building their own municipal high-speed internet networks. This despite the fact that these networks are wildly popular in communities that have them. In addition, communities that have installed their own high-speed internet networks have seen better than average population growth and a marked increase in the number of businesses relocating to and forming in their city. Take the example of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which built their own gigabit internet service last year (and had 100 Mb/s service…
  • Rewriting History

    Iron Knee
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    I guess no lie is too big if it compares Saint Ronnie Reagan favorably to Obama. And once again Jon Stewart proves that he is a better source of news than the worthless majority of our news media. Related posts: Romney Rewriting Reality “This may be the most hypocritical political ad in the history of Wisconsin politics” Bill Kristol: a history of being wrong
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “To avoid being spied on by the NSA, Germany is considering using typewriters now to communicate so we can’t spy on them. Germany says they may even go further back and start using AOL accounts.” – Conan O’Brien “Congratulations to Germany! They have now won four World Cup soccer championships. But – they are still O for 2 in world wars.” – David Letterman “So the old Pope from Germany and the present Pope from Argentina got together at the Vatican and watched the World Cup together. We even have the footage – they’re praying over a…
  • Gimme that New Time Religion!

    Iron Knee
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    © Ruben Bolling You have to have faith in the holy trinity of CEO, board of directors, and shareholders. Our CEO who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy customers come, thy will be done, in the sales room, as it is in the board room. Give us this day our daily tax break, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who buy on credit, and lead us not into regulation, but deliver us from government. For thine is the corporation, and the power, and the money, for ever and ever. Amen. Related posts: Gimme that Old Time Religion Religion is Big Business The Religion of the Left
  • Legalize Vice!

    Iron Knee
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Once upon a time we tried to make drinking alcohol illegal. We all know how that turned out. And finally (after WAY too long) states are starting to make recreational use of marijuana legal, with promising results. Likewise, we finally eliminated laws against gay sex, and the world didn’t end. In fact, we took the next step and started giving civil rights to gays, including the right to get married. It seems like attempts to legislate morality, in particular by creating “victimless crimes” is not only doomed to failure, it is pretty stupid. This is one area where I…
 
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  • Marco Rubio: End Relief For Dreamers

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday called on the Obama administration to "wind down" a policy that has helped more than 550,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, an action that would restart deportations of young people who have lived here for years. Rubio's demand came in a statement outlining suggestions for addressing the crisis of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S. border illegally since October. New immigrants aren't eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama administration policy that…
  • How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during an interview Wednesday night, criticized President Barack Obama for naiveté in congressional relations. The White House, the senator told Larry King, routinely underestimates Republican opposition, often spinning its wheels in a fruitless effort to craft a legislative compromise. On Thursday, Sanders told reporters he may have been similarly victimized by that opposition. Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced that after weeks of trying, negotiations between him and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff…
  • California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    On July 16, 2014, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney invalidated California's death penalty. After reviewing voluminous evidence he held that: Inordinate and unpredictable delay has resulted in a death penalty system in which very few of the hundreds of individuals sentenced to death have been, or even will be, executed by the State. It has resulted in a system in which arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones like the nature of the crime or the date of the death sentence, determine whether an individual will actually be executed. And it has resulted in a system that serves no…
  • Mitch McConnell Urges Myanmar To Reform Constitution

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell issued a strong call Thursday for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule. The Senate's Republican leader has for years been the most influential voice in Congress on policy toward the country also known as Burma. A longtime critic of the former ruling junta, he's become supportive of the nation's shift from military rule since 2011. But in a speech to the Senate, McConnell, R-Ky., said that reforms in the Southeast Asian nation appear to have…
  • Poll Finds Sam Brownback Trailing His Democratic Challenger

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is still trailing Democratic rival Paul Davis, a poll released Thursday finds. A KSN News poll found Davis, a member of the state's House of Representatives, leading Brownback 48 to 40 percent, slightly up from a survey conducted by the NBC affiliate last month. KSN cited Davis' growing support among Republicans -- 29 percent said they plan to vote for the state representative versus 24 percent in the June poll -- as one reason for his gain. Davis also has strong support from women: 51 percent of female respondents said they'd vote for the Democrat, versus 36…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • How Rupert Murdoch Pushed Australia Into A Climate Change Retreat

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Australia last week became "the world's first developed nation to repeal carbon laws that put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions." The country's carbon tax, which has been a passionate political topic there for more almost a decade, was finally instituted in 2012. But after a new conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, was elected in September 2013, the carbon tax was aggressively targeted and then successfully repealed by Australia's Senate on July 17.  The retreat represents a win for climate deniers in Australia who dismiss the looming dangers of climate change and the science…
  • Fox's Rosen: Obama Didn't Strike ISIS Because He Has A "Revulsion Toward The Projection Of American Military Power"

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    From the July 24 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously O'Reilly Agrees With James Rosen That Obama Has An "Innate Repulsion To The Projection Of American Force Abroad" Conservative Media Cast Obama's Bin Laden Order As "Opposite" Of Foreign Policy Views Right-Wing Media Ignore Iraqi Resistance To Status Of Forces Agreement To Blame Obama For Violence
  • Fox Host Bill O'Reilly: "I Asked The Fox News Polling People" To Poll On Impeaching Obama

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    From the July 24 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously: Fox Judicial Analyst Counsels GOP: Don't Sue The President -- Impeach Him Hannity Voices Support For Palin's Call For Impeachment: "She's Right On Constitutional Issues" Fox News Glosses Over Awkward Reality That Impeachment Calls Came From Its Own Contributors
  • Food Stamp Program Hits Historic Low For Waste, Fox Attacks It Anyway

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Fox News misleadingly attacked the federal food stamp program for being wasteful and unaccountable despite reports that the program achieved the lowest payment error rate in its history in the most recently available data. Fox New complained about the findings of a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on quality control in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps. The USDA report clearly states that the 2012 fiscal year was "another year of excellent performance in payment accuracy" before noting that the most recent payment error…
  • Conservative Site: Homosexuality, Game Of Thrones Are Creating A "Slippery Slope" To Incest

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    An article published in WorldNetDaily blames the acceptance of homosexuality for creating a "slippery slope" to the popularization of incest, citing the popular HBO series Game Of Thrones as evidence. In a July 23 post titled "Next Stop On Slippery Slope: Incest," notorious anti-LGBT activist Michael Brown warned that the acceptance of homosexuality had created a "slippery slope" towards "sexual anarchy" and the normalization of incest: Gay activists constantly tell us that there's no such thing as a slippery moral slope and that the acceptance of homosexuality will not…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • A Damned Paradise: Does Haiti Need Tourism? Or Does It Need Justice?

    Kim Amador
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    by Samiha Shafy, Der Spiegel, Germany – The attorney stares at a hut next to the grave. It’s made of wood and mud, and is covered with a plastic tarp. “I used to live like that,” Mario Joseph says quietly, more to himself than to the three women crouching behind him in the shade of a tree. The women are keeping watch over a rectangle of freshly dug up earth, surrounded by loose stones. One of them, Itavia Souffrant, says it is the grave of her mother. Two weeks ago, the mother had diarrhea and was vomiting, but because of heavy rains the family was unable to take her…
  • Israeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Shelling reported to have killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school builing in city of Beit Hanoun.
  • Ukraine PM resigns amid parliamentary turmoil

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns in protest at the disbanding of the ruling coalition ahead of early parliamentary polls.
  • IMF lowers global growth forecast

    BBC News - Home
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4%.
  • South Sudan: Rains and Lack of Toilets Threaten to Make Cholera Epidemic Even Deadlier

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    [AlertNet]The cholera epidemic in South Sudan is bad, but now that the rains have begun - in areas where a lack of toilets means a lot of faeces out in the open - it may become much worse.
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    Wonkette

  • Deleted Comment of the Day: Cool Cigar Guy Is Cool, Panhandlers Are Terrorists

    Doktor Zoom
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Our story this morning about the bloviations of Redd Foxx comedy sketch escapee Abdul-Hakim Shabazz and his brilliantly satirical attempts to bum money off panhandlers got noticed by Mr. Shabazz himself, who must spend a fair amount of each day self-googling. Careful you don’t go blind, Mr. Shabazz! He dropped an attempted comment in the ol’ queue, and we just couldn’t wait to share it: Howdy folks! It’s Abdul, the author of the brilliant piece of literature. I thought I would join in the conversation. First, it’s obvious many of you don’t know the…
  • A Children’s Treasury Of Stupid Pictures From The Koch Brothers’ Anti-Obamacare Carnival

    Beth Ethier
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Last time we checked in with the Koch brothers’ frathouse spinoff Generation Opportunity, they were attempting to convince DC’s underemployed youth to shun ObamaCare by drowning them in rail drinks and cheap sunglasses. Now that it’s summertime, like everyone else they want to be outside having fun instead of in some dank basement bar, so what better waste of their seemingly bottomless budget than holding a parody of a carnival on the National Mall? On arriving at their fenced-in dirtpatch, we found a juggling unicyclist and a gothy stilt-walking girl in a fringed corset…
  • Sad Newspaper Editor Fired After Complaints About ‘Gaystapo,’ Proving The Gaystapo Is Real

    Doktor Zoom
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    An Iowa newspaper editor who was fired after blogging about how The Gays are going to hell and taking America with them is now suing his former newspaper, claiming that he’s a victim of religious discrimination. Let’s all pour one out for poor oppressed Bob Eschliman, the former editor of the Newton Daily News, who was shitcanned just because he wrote a piece on his personal blog decrying a website called “The Queen James Bible” and saying that “the Gaystapo” was out to “make their sinful nature right with God.” And now he’s threatening to…
  • George Takei Tells How He Was Sent To An Internment Camp At Age 5. And Somehow It’s Not Horrifying!

    Doktor Zoom
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Last night’s Daily Show brings us George Takei, who’s gone from pretend starship helmsman to real-life human rights hero and kept an excellent outlook on everything, somehow. Takei is on a press tour for his autobiographical documentary, To Be Takei, and instead of the usual interview fodder — his career on the popular “Star Wars” TV series or his work as a gay rights activist — Jon Stewart instead asked Takei to talk about his childhood experience in an internment camp during World War II. The amazing thing, and one of the reasons we just love George…
  • Fifty Shades Of Meh, Who Cares, That Book Sucked And So Will The Movie

    Kaili Joy Gray
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    It’s baaaaaaaaack. Just as we were all beginning to forget that terrible, TERRIBLE Twilight-inspired tripe called Fifty Shades of Grey — do not even get me started on how 50 kinds of sad it is that E.L. James enjoyed Twilight so much, she wrote her very own fan-fic trilogy, which is basically the same story except with more sex, but not the wolf-on-virgin kind, and no sparkly vampires, and excuse me, but vampires do NOT sparkle, goddamnit, everyone knows that — now we get to relive the pain on the big screen. Of course we all remember how all the rage Fifty Shades was. It…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Ed Morrissey
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Barbarism. Top officials crisscrossed the Capitol over the past two days, giving urgent warnings that ISIS represented a threat “worse than Al Qaeda,” in the words of one State Department official, with the capability to create a sanctuary for global jihadists working to threaten American interests. The self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is no […] Read this post »
  • Video: We need more nuanced coverage of Israel says…Joe Klein?

    Mary Katharine Ham
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    “It’s war, Andrea.” Andrea Mitchell vs. Joe Klein, the bantamweight match-up of diminutive liberals you’ve been waiting for! Time magazine’s Joe Klein defended Israel’s operation in Gaza on Morning Joe, while MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell criticized their strikes and called the attacks asymmetrical. “I think that it’s pretty well known that I’ve been very critical of Israel in the […] View the video »
  • California couple may be charged $500 for not watering lawn, or $500 for watering it

    Mary Katharine Ham
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Argh. Ahh, government: In this week’s “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” file: A Southern California couple received a letter from Glendora city officials threatening to fine them $500 if they don’t get their sun-scorched brown lawn green again, reports AP. Which Laura Whitney and Michael Korte would gladly do, except for one thing: […] Read this post »
  • In interview, CNBC anchor fact-checks Obama’s claim about whether Americans really are better off..

    Noah Rothman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Well, sure, there's that... President Barack Obama appeared on CNBC on Thursday afternoon to tout his new “economic patriotism” message, which centers primarily on ginning up populist outrage while shaming companies that relocate offshore or acquire assets abroad in order to avoid America’s high corporate tax rate. In that interview, Obama teased his CNBC interlocutor, economics reporter Steve Liesman, […] Read this post »
  • Moral clarity: UN ‘Human Rights’ Council votes 29-1 to investigate Israel’s “war crimes”

    Guy Benson
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Sick. …with 17 abstentions, including several from our courageous European allies.  The single “no” vote?  The United States of America.  Thank you, Samantha Power.  Seriously.  For all of the (deserved) “voting present” snark conservatives have directed at President Obama, his administration took a stand against the UN’s self-parodic madness and deep moral depravity last night.  The Obama […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Simple To Follow Home Business Ideas That Work

    Randy
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    TIP! When it comes to your customer’s needs, make sure you go beyond the call of duty to satisfy their unique requirements. Always take the extra step. Running a online business is a smart way to work while spending more time at home. The best way to guarantee a successful home based business is knowing how to build it and run it. Keep reading to learn how to be successful. TIP! Join a few online forums and discussion groups that focus on the subject of home business. A search will lead you in the right direction and turn up plenty of sites that will provide plenty of useful…
  • Real Estate Tips That Will Save You Money

    Randy
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    TIP! When you have kids, or are planning to start a family in the future, make sure you buy a home that can accommodate everyone. Steep stairs or swimming pools are items to closely examine if you have children in the home. You just need to know the best ways to be a buyer in the market, whether you are an investor or a first time home buyer. Follow the tips laid out here if you wish to make the buying process an easy one. TIP! The Internet can be your best friend when house hunting, so remember to use the net to check out homes and neighborhoods. You can find out a good deal of information…
  • Navigating Insurance Information: Tricks Of The Trade

    Randy
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    TIP! Get fresh quotes before buying or renewing an insurance policy, and save money. Each insurance company will differ in their criteria for premiums and discounts. Buying an insurance plan can be an aggravating experience, whether it’s for your apartment, home or car. However, there is no need for it to always be frustrating. Using the right advice, you may buy a policy stress-free. This article can be of assistance to you. TIP! Bundle together all of your insurance policies to save some money. The most common bundle you will come across is discounted home and auto insurances sold…
  • Stock Market Tips And Tricks That Will Surely Work

    Randy
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    TIP! Keep your investment expectations reasonable. There is no such thing as overnight success with the stock market if you follow sound trading techniques which focus on long-term success. There are many important actions to take to ensure your success in stock market investing – researching companies, following trends, being patient, and many others. Your main goal should obviously be to profit, and profiting means learning the ins and outs of the marketplace. Your journey to smart investing and the stock market starts right here. TIP! If you are the owner of any common stocks,…
  • Top Tips And Advice For Any Home Improvement Project

    Randy
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    TIP! Be sure to keep your residential phone line and business phone line separate. A business that wants to be known as professional and established always has a message specific to it, not to mention you are taking a risk of a child or someone else in the home answering the phone in a less than professional manner. Many people think it is hard to start and run a business from their home. You have to understand that work from home business is not as difficult of a subject as you may think it is. These tips can help you understand and incorporate the skills necessary in running a online…
 
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    FamousDC

  • What’s Better Than A Bowl Of Chili Before Boarding A Plane?

    Redneck Genius
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Nothing. Ben’s Chili Bowl just opened in DCA. Because nothing says, “hey, that’s me in the middle seat,” as you clutch a bowl of chili before a 4-hour flight. h/t ByersThe post What’s Better Than A Bowl Of Chili Before Boarding A Plane? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    #NATIONAL Forbes sold their majority stake to Integrated Whale Media Investments, which just sounds like a practical joke; Whoa Microsoft, whoa; Silvio Berlusconi’s still got it; Congress wants us to go to another moon; origami spacecraft; taking endless appetizers way past an appropriate limit; swimsuit contest + insulin pump = Miss Idaho; a library you [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • ICYMI: The Washington Wizards Locked In a Great Player This Weekend.

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Also, major props to Grantland writer Andrew Sharp for giffing up this article about the Washington Wizards‘ newest player. Don’t read this unless you want to get real excited about the Wizards – his timeline of this weekend’s events will make any fairweather fan tune in. “Paul Pierce is going to the Wizards. Paul Pierce [...]The post ICYMI: The Washington Wizards Locked In a Great Player This Weekend. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Don Young Not Afraid of Anything

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Hannah Hess at Roll Call reported some badass news last night: Republican Rep. Don Young, the self-described “alpha wolf” of Alaska politics, allegedly barged through the police line established to prevent members of Congress and staff from entering the Capitol following the spill. According to multiple sources, Young told an officer trying to stop him [...]The post Don Young Not Afraid of Anything appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Birthday: Neil Chatterjee

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Happy birthday to the Justin Timberlake-loving, Kentucky basketball trash-talking, and Shane Battier super fan: Neil Chatterjee.The post Famous Birthday: Neil Chatterjee appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Botched 2-Hour Arizona Execution "Shrouded in Secrecy" Fuels Outrage over Lethal Injection Methods

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Arizona’s execution of Joseph Wood was supposed to take about 10 minutes, but stretched out for nearly two hours Wednesday night as he gasped for air after being injected with a controversial two-drug combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone. Halfway through the ordeal his lawyers filed an emergency motion to stop the execution, saying it violated Wood’s Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment. This was a "predictable consequence of Arizona’s experimental drug procedure and the fact that Arizona shrouded its procedure in…
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel: With 100,000+ Displaced, Why Is U.S. Ignoring Ukraine's Civil War?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    A high-level rebel commander has confirmed for the first time that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the kind the United States says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 on board. He blamed Ukrainian authorities for provoking the strike, saying they deliberately launched airstrikes in the area, even though they knew the missile system was in place and rebels would fight back. Meanwhile, the area near the Russian border continues to see heavy fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. On Wednesday, two Ukrainian…
  • Decrying "Brutal Operation Taking Place in Our Name," Israeli Military Reservists Refuse to Serve

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    As Israel pledges to continue the assault on Gaza for "as long as is required," we are joined by two Israelis who have refused to serve in their country’s military reserves. On Tuesday, The Washington Post ran an open letter authored by Yael Even Or titled "We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve," announcing that more than 50 former Israeli soldiers have signed a petition declaring their refusal to be part of the Israeli military reserves. "This petition, long in the making, has a special urgency because of the brutal military operation now taking place…
  • Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Bombed in Their Homes and in the Streets, Where Can Gazans Flee?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Israel has entered the 17th day of its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian death toll has reached at least 732. Palestinian militants are now claiming to have killed eight more Israeli soldiers, which would bring the Israeli military toll to 40. Three civilians have died inside Israel. We speak with independent journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous just after he visited the southern town of Khan Younis, which has faced heavy shelling since Tuesday. Israeli forces there killed an estimated 73 people in the last two days. Kouddous says residents…
  • Headlines for July 24, 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd TimeU.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War CrimesU.N. Rights Chief: Israel May Be Committing War CrimesPalestinian Militants Say 8 Israeli Soldiers Killed in GazaCeasefire Talks Deadlocked as Hamas Demands End to BlockadeFAA Lifts Ban on Commercial Flights to Tel Aviv60 Killed in Bombing of Iraqi Prison BusTwin Bombings in Northern Nigeria Kill 42Botched Lethal Injection Kills Arizona Prisoner After 2 HoursReport: U.S. Adopts Broad Criteria for Terrorist…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • 10 Questions for Hillary Rodham Clinton

    By JOHN HARWOOD
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke Thursday with The Times's John Harwood about America’s current foreign policy crises, potential presidential rivals and her relationship with the press.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, July 20

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    The downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza will dominate the conversation on the Sunday talk shows.
  • New Batch of Clinton-Era Papers Is Released

    By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    The National Archives on Friday unsealed about 1,000 pages of documents from the Clinton administration, the sixth such release in recent months.
  • What’s News in Washington: White House Faces Dual International Crises

    By ALAN RAPPEPORT
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    While President Obama has tried to keep focused on domestic issues this week, news out of Ukraine and Gaza has overshadowed what’s happening closer to home.
  • 10 Questions for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey

    By JOHN HARWOOD
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Gov. Chris Christie, Republican of New Jersey, sat down with John Harwood of The Times and CNBC to discuss his party, his state's pension shortfall, the bridge-closure controversy and his presidential prospects.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Morgan Freeman Reads LeBron James’ ‘Coming Home’ Letter

    James Joyner
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I heard this on the way in to work this morning: Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ “letter” explaining why he chose to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the voice of Morgan Freeman’s “Shawshank Redemption” character. My familiarity with Caliendo was from the often lame bits he did on the Fox NFL pregame show for a number of years. He’s apparently moved on to ESPN now and actually has quite a range of impersonation skills. via Digg
  • On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Ronald Reagan has been dead for more than ten years now, but the Republican Party continues to bring him back into the public debate on a regular basis. Hardly an election has gone by in the past twenty years in which someone, somewhere has not eventually expressed the idea that what the GOP, and the nation as a whole, needs is another Ronald Reagan. Of course, as we’ve discussed here at OTB many times in the past (see here, here, and here for example), the Ronald Reagan that these conservative Republicans harken back to bears little resemblance to the man who served in the White House…
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Thanks in large part to the decisions from the 10th Circuit decisions that struck down similar laws in Utah and Oklahoma, a Federal Judge in Colorado has ruled that the Centennial State’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers lost another round in his fight to defend the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Federal and state judges have now declared the law unconstitutional, and Boulder’s clerk continues to defy him by issuing licenses to same-sex couples. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore rejected…
  • Montana Senator John Walsh Caught In Plagiarism Scandal

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Montana Senator John Walsh, who was appointed by the state’s Governor after Max Baucus resigned to become Ambassador to China and is now running for re-election in a race in which the Republican candidate is heavily favored, is finding himself in the middle of a campaign controversy related to one of the biggest parts of his resume: WASHINGTON — Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic…
  • Scott Walker In Dead Heat For Re-Election

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    A new poll shows that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is looking to have a tough re-election bid on his hands after a spring and summer in which he was in the headlines over an investigation involving campaign finance improprieties: Dead heat. That’s what Wisconsin is staring at in the race for governor, with Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke neck-and-neck heading into the November election, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. Among registered voters, Walker led Burke, 46% to 45%. Among likely voters, Burke led…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect. Related Entries July 23, 2014 2.2 Billion People Are Poor July 23, 2014 Unpaid Interns Can Collect Back Pay Without Hurting Their Careers
  • Blind Ideological Justice

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    By E.J. Dionne, Jr. By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from impartiality. Related Entries July 24, 2014 Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution July 24, 2014 Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal Health Insurance Exchange
  • The Politics of Parenting: How Our Society Criminalizes Poor Mothers of Color

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    By Sonali Kolhatkar When 46-year-old Debra Harrell was arrested July 1 for leaving her daughter unattended at a public park, she joined the ever-increasing ranks of poor mothers of color who are criminalized. Related Entries July 18, 2014 Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced July 17, 2014 Trade ‘Ya
  • Air Algerie: Flight AH5017 Apparently Went Down in Mali

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    CNN screen shot Just a week after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 killed 298 people in eastern Ukraine, another passenger jet has apparently crashed. On Thursday, Air Algerie Flight 5017, which was carrying 116 people, fell out of radar contact about 50 minutes post-takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and the airline has since released information that wreckage has been located in Mali. CNN brought word of the latest air-travel tragedy later that day: Air Algerie said via Twitter that the plane has apparently crashed in the Tilemsi area, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the…
  • U.S. Government Doesn’t Need Evidence to Call You a Terrorist

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    A key government document obtained by The Intercept confirms that the Obama administration does not require “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” to brand Americans or foreigners as suspected terrorists. Journalists Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux reported Wednesday: The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced…
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    ThinkProgress

  • World’s Most Famous College Marching Band Fires Director, Was A Cesspool Of Sexual Harassment

    Judd Legum
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    CREDIT: YouTube/Screenshot The Ohio State University Marching Band has racked up millions of views on YouTube, national acclaim, and even a spot in an iPad advertisement, for its elaborate formations. This one, celebrating Hollywood blockbusters, has garnered over 15 million views: But a report released Thursday by Ohio State reveals that, behind the music, there was a pervasive culture of sexual harassment. The university said the band director, Jonathan Waters, should have done more to stop it, and fired him. Among the findings of the report, which was prompted by a complaint from the…
  • Climate Tipping Point? Science Deniers Mocked By Norman Ornstein, The Onion, New Yorker

    Joe Romm
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock This week in climate science denial mockery: “I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change. But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.” —Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith (fact-check: the average temperature on Mars is -81 degrees). — Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (!) scholar, on “Mainstream Extremism”…
  • Rick Scott Had Stake In Company Whose 474-Mile Natural Gas Pipeline Could Run Through Florida

    Katie Valentine
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Cannon A 474-mile natural gas pipeline could run from Alabama through Georgia and into Florida as early as 2017, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott owned stock in the company that’s set to build it. BrowardBulldog.org revealed this week that a review of Scott’s financial records show investments of several million dollars “in the securities of more than two-dozen entities that produce and/or transport natural gas” including in Spectra Energy, the company in charge of building the Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline — as well as other companies with…
  • PETA Offers To Help Pay Water Bills For Struggling Detroit Residents — But Only If They Go Vegan

    Annie-Rose Strasser
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Detroit residents are struggling to pay their water bills at such an alarming rate that the city’s utility announced a few months ago that it would cut off water for between 1,500 and 3,000 people every week. The situation has gotten so bad that the United Nations has had to step in and tell the city that such massive water shut-offs are a violation of human rights. People are desperate just to keep their taps turned on, as about half the city has fallen behind on its bills. As a resident recently told ThinkProgress, “when half of the city can’t do…
  • The Progressive Proposal Buried In Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan

    Nicole Flatow
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber Paul Ryan’s newest proposal to address poverty in part by defunding existing federal programs to help the poor hasn’t earned him any endorsements from the left. But scroll down to the bottom and there’s something in there for progressives. On criminal justice, Ryan quietly shifted his position to endorse bipartisan, progressive reform including moves to reform draconian drug sentences, and policies that ease re-entry from prison. In his proposal, Ryan acknowledges a dramatic link between criminal justice and economic mobility, noting that a…
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  • Play the Slate News Quiz

    Ken Jennings
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
  • Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan Is Paternalistic

    Reihan Salam
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Paul Ryan has just released a new anti-poverty plan, and it’s a doozy. Though the plan is very much a work in progress—Ryan’s team calls it a “discussion draft” to underline that it is not a final product—it includes some of the most thought-provoking ideas to have ever come from the halls of Congress, where ideas traditionally go to die.
  • The Man the Chamber of Commerce Can’t Beat

    David Weigel
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    IONIA, Mich.—The annual parade and fair, which locals claim is the largest free fest of its kind, occupies most of the main street and all of a nearby park. By 11 a.m. the best seats along the parade route are taken, and the free sidewalk space has been chalked up, courtesy of a nearby church, with suggested prayers and Bible verses. As the crowd sweats, the grand marshal reminds everyone to return in August for a Vietnam veteran motorcycle ride. “They didn’t really get the respect they deserved when they returned home,” he says. “Let’s make it up to them.”
  • The Crisis in Black Homeownership

    Jamelle Bouie
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    In 2005, three years before the Great Recession, the median black household had a net worth of $12,124. Yes, this was far behind the median white household—which had a net worth of $134,992—but it was a huge improvement from previous decades, in which housing discrimination made wealth accumulation difficult (if not impossible) for the large majority of African-American families.
  • Putin’s Pal

    Cathy Young
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A few months ago, at the height of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict over Crimea, Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton, acquired a certain notoriety as the Kremlin’s No. 1 American apologist. As Cohen made Russia’s case and lamented the American media’s meanness to Vladimir Putin in print and on the airwaves, he was mocked as a “patsy” and a “dupe” everywhere from the conservative Free Beacon to the liberal New York and New Republic. Now, as the hostilities in eastern Ukraine have turned to the tragedy of Malaysia…
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Idaho Tribe Cancels Ted Nugent Concert Because of His Support for Washington Football Team Name

    Tim Murphy
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Ted Nugent doesn't have a racist bone in his body. But sometimes racist words just happen to come out of it. On Monday, tribal officials in Idaho canceled the aging rock-and-roller's scheduled concert at a Coeur d'Alene casino over his past rhetoricPer Indian Country Today: Later in the day, [tribe spokeswoman Heather] Keen said in a statement, "Reviewing scheduled acts is not something in which Tribal Council or the tribal government participates; however, if it had been up to Tribal Council this act would have never been booked." Then, Monday evening, Keen announced the concert was…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 24, 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    A US Marine discusses the best route through the jungle in a training area in Hawaii with an Indonesian squad leader. (Department of Defense photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan, US Marine Corps.)
  • Twitter Releases Its Diversity Stats. And Boy, Are They Embarrassing.

    Josh Harkinson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Twitter today followed in the footsteps of Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Facebook by releasing statistics on the race and gender of its workforce. The company certainly deserves credit for voluntarily making its diversity stats public, unlike, say, Apple. "Like our peers, we have a lot of work to do," Janet Van Huysse, its VP of diversity and inclusion, admits on the company blog. But perhaps that's an understatement; Twitter actually lags far behind its peers on some key measures. For instance, only 1 out of every 10 Twitter tech employees is a woman: Twitter In case you're wondering, other…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 23, 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    US Navy sailors honor Pearl Harbor survivor Motor Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Wesley E. Ford at a memorial service at Pearl Harbor. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan.)  
  • In Georgia, Perdue Win Ends One of the GOP's Craziest Senate Primaries

    Tim Murphy
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    In the run-up to last May's primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republicans flirted with a large field of candidates that included Reps. Paul Broun (who once called evolution a lie "from the pit of hell") and Phil Gingrey (who once defended Todd Akin). But when the dust settled, it was former Dollar General CEO David Perdue and 11-term congressman Jack Kingston who went on to a top-two runoff—a decision framed at the time as a victory for the Chamber of Commerce Republican establishment over the tea party fringe. On Tuesday, after trailing in every poll, Perdue won…
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  • Colbert Mocks Conservative Freakout Over True Blood Episode At Ted Cruz Fundraiser

    Heather
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Stephen Colbert took a few jabs at conservatives for their reaction to the recent episode of True Blood, where the vampires were attending a fundraiser for Ted Cruz at the Bush Library during his "Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger segment this Thursday night. Also ripe for mocking were Fox's Shepard Smith and his apparent obsession with True Blood, and the recent ruling by the DC Circuit to defund Obamacare.
  • Open Thread - Mary Poppins Quits!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    h/t Nicole Belle. Open thread below....
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Karnivool

    Ryan Pressman
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There's been a lot of musical talent coming out of Australia in recent years, especially from Perth and Melbourne. It's good to see this kind of trend coming from a country that has been largely underrepresented in the music industry. These guys deserve every last bit of attention they get, too, aside from their work ethic that has kept them together for almost two decades, the members of Karnivool are world-class musicians. Their transitions are seamless: modulations and time signature changes sound completely natural every time, as they should be. However, there's more to them than just…
  • O'Reilly's 'Just Asking' If President Obama Should Be Impeached

    Heather
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Never mind that Bill O'Reilly said earlier this month that calls from the half-term quitta' from Wasilla for President Obama to be impeached was a really dumb idea, he still wanted the "polling people" at Faux "news" to run it past "the folks" anyway, just to see what they think. Just askin' people. What harm can that do? Anyone notice the one thing that's missing here? Somehow Bill-O failed to mention just what they were supposed to be impeaching President Obama for, other than not liking him very much. Here's more from Fox's blog: Talking Points: Do Americans Think Obama Should Be…
  • NFL Embarrassed Itself Again By Suspending Girlfriend Beater Ray Rice Only 2 Games

    John Amato
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Roger Goodell and the NFL look like complete fools by only suspending running back Ray Rice two games for knocking his former girlfriend and new wife unconscious in an elevator after an apparent argument. CBS: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended two games after allegedly knocking his fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City casino, the NFL announced Thursday. Rice, who was arrested for the Feb. 15 incident, will also be fined $58,000, ESPN reported. He’d be eligible to return in time to prepare for the Ravens’ Week 3 matchup at Cleveland. “I believe that you are…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Adventures in headline writing, Gaza edition

    wufnik
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The New York Times, a division of the Israeli Military. So something happened in Gaza today, something horrible even by the abysmal standards of that terrible situation. Here’s the headline in The Guardian: Israeli strike on UN school kills 15 … Continue reading →
  • Glenn Beck might be available for your call. Don’t delay. Dial now.*

    Frank Balsinger
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Is there a word for espousing the practice of fine points of faith while breaking with the key themes? 888-727-BECK I realize my views on the following topic may well be considered heretical. I’m okay with that. The folks most likely … Continue reading →
  • I may never buy another internal combustion engine vehicle – Renewable Journal for 7/23/2014

    Brian Angliss
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Most electric vehicles suffer from range issues, and there really aren't any all-electric all-wheel-drive SUVs or minivans - yet. That is likely to change after 2015 when Telsa's Model X crossover is released and Tesla completes their bare-bones supercharger network. Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 23, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    yes yes i tried shutting down my brain and restarting it just tell me what to try next Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 23, 2014
  • “Hang Obama!” Is that always racist?

    Frank Balsinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Correlation, causation, race, the President, and hanging Once upon a time not so long ago, someone on the Internet expressed an opinion. I found my umbrage and took all of it. And, thinking I’m the Deathmonger Whisperer, I took it upon … Continue reading →
 
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Similarities and more similarities: Turkey, Israel, and the Kurds, and the Palestinians

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Murat Cem MengüçNowadays, the similarities between Israel and Turkey are ever more striking. Both countries are populated by a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual demographic. And, both are ruled by governments/states which insist on a uniform national identity. The ruling elite in both countries consider themselves as chosen people who would realize a heavenly fiction. They both oppress a particular ethnic community more than the other ethnicities, to the extent that they murder them in thousands. And, both countries suffer from the consequences having toyed, or toying with…
  • Visions of Gulf Security

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Courting Fitnah: Saudi responses to the Arab UprisingsMARCH 20, 2014By Augustus Richard Norton, Boston University* This memo was prepared for the “Visions of Gulf Security” workshop, March 9, 2014.[Download this essay and a dozen others from the March 2014 conference.]The logic and impact of Saudi interventions in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria suggest a state pursuing confounding aims with improvised, if not impulsive policies. It is often asserted that the instability-averse Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a status quo power, but recent Saudi actions suggest that it seeks to undermine…
  • What do the Turks want?

    2 Jun 2013 | 8:17 am
    Until now, Turkey’s governing Islamist and conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) saw itself as immune to the political and economic turmoil which shook Europe, Americas and the Middle East. Having regulated its economy, especially its banking sector prior to the global meltdown of 2007-2008, AKP government believed it was on the right track. Having subsided the Kurdish insurgency in a rather peaceful manner, it thought it avoided a possible Kurdish Spring. And having dealt with the Syrian war in tandem with the international community, it was careful enough to avoid being sucked…
  • "The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Lessons from the Iraqi Refugee Experience"--a new report from the Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University

    18 May 2013 | 8:16 am
    Download the free report (PDF) from the IIS website.  A Kindle version is due presently, and an iBooks edition is in progress.[Cross-posted with "From the Field"]From the Foreword:Credible estimates reveal that one of every six Syrians has fled their home, or what remains of their home, often with little more than what they might carry in their arms or wear on their back. Millions have sought safety in other towns and villages, and many have been forced to flee several times to escape the crossfire of rival opposition fighters and government forces. About one and half million Syrians now…
  • Obama’s Moment to Make the Case for Middle East Peace

    11 Mar 2013 | 6:10 pm
    Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace*[Cross-linked with From the Field.]If it were easy to do, an American president would have long ago shepherded Israelis and Palestinians into the negotiated two-state peace agreement that both peoples and their neighbors so clearly need — a peace that would greatly enhance U.S. interests.There are many reasons why it will be hard for President Obama to achieve, in his second term, the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord that has eluded him and his predecessors for so long. The rise of radical one-state nationalists and ideologically driven settlers in…
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    A reader highlighted the gallows humor at the Onion, which is on a roll. One story seems particularly pertinent today: Israel: Palestinians Given Ample Time To Evacuate To Nearby Bombing Sites http://t.co/EBubYDwMBf pic.twitter.com/dH8cl5xRpa — The Onion (@TheOnion) July 23, 2014 Not enough time was given, it appears, in the case of the UN school, filled with civilian refugees, which was hit today, killing sixteen. The NYT is still saying that the carnage may have been Hamas’ fault. The Guardian reports instead: The Israeli military first claimed, in a text sent to journalists, that…
  • Best Cover Song Ever?

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:34 pm
    This song nominee might win just based on the number of readers who submitted it so far – 84: I’m writing in to nominate my favorite cover of an already well-known song. I’m sure I’m not the only person to submit this one, but it’s got to be the Jimi Hendrix cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower“: Dylan’s poetry is at its best in the song’s lyrics, and it works musically, but you can’t ever go back and listen to the original once you’ve heard Hendrix’s. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a series of…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Fire-breather and sword-swallower ‘The Lizard Man’ poses for a photograph in the ‘London Wonderground’ at the Southbank Centre on July 24, 2014 in London, England. The temporary ‘London Wonderground’ venue, located adjacent to the London Eye and the Royal Festival Hall, offers a program of live entertainment, fairground rides and outdoor bars and runs until September 28, 2014. By Oli Scarff/Getty Images.
  • Nostalgic For Nietzsche, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Michael Robbins, whose review essay on the intellectual shallowness of the New Atheists sparked a number of reader dissents, writes in responding to his would-be critics: It’s a good idea to at least try to get an argument straight before you attack it, but I’ve found that the people most likely to leave a comment or shoot off a huffy email are the least likely to do so. This is unsurprising – thoughtful people take time to consider different views and to consider how they challenge what they think. The huffy responders already know it all – they’ve got their…
  • All Publicity’s Good Publicity?

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Joe Pinsker explains how anti-ACA ads actually inspired people to sign up for Obamacare: Niam Yaraghi, a researcher at the Brookings Institution recently tried to determine the impacts these ads had on enrollment. His analysis, which he detailed in a blog post, compared states’ per-capita ad spending with their enrollment rates, and found that it was often the case that the more money spent on anti-ACA ads, the more Americans signed up for coverage—a trend made more impressive by the fact that, in the run-up to this fall’s midterm elections, the advertising budget of the ACA’s…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • U.S. Says Russia Firing Into Ukraine

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The U.S. believes Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, the State Department said, an assertion that Moscow is playing a more direct role in the conflict.
  • Arizona Execution Heightens Questions on Lethal Injection

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The prolonged execution of a condemned Arizona man is almost certain to heighten the debate over whether lethal injections can be relied upon to fulfill their intended purpose: to kill without cruelty.
  • The Lawyer Who Sparked Health-Law Rulings

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Thomas Christina, a South Carolina attorney, spotted wording in the Affordable Care Act that ultimately spurred a legal battle that resulted in two conflicting court rulings this week.
  • GOP Governors Knock Obama on Child-Immigrant Influx

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    A panel of Republican governors criticized President Barack Obama for his handling of an influx of unaccompanied minors coming over the Mexican border, arguing the administration needed to exert more leadership on the issue.
  • Proposal Would Alter Process for Migrating

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    The Obama administration is considering a plan to allow young people from Honduras to apply for entry to the U.S. as refugees without making the often-dangerous trek here.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Secret CIA Torture Camps

    No Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    For the first time, a court has ruled on the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prison network in Europe. The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday found “beyond reasonable doubt” that two current prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, were transferred from Thailand to Poland by the CIA and tortured there. The language in the judgment is damning. Evidence of the prisoners’ rendition and treatment is “coherent, clear and categorical.” The facts presented by their legal teams “demonstrate” that the…
  • Don’t Eat This Brain-Numbing Food

    Joseph Mercola
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans, according to 2013 statistics.1 One in nine seniors over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, and the disease is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer. A growing body of research suggests there’s a powerful connection between your diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes. Contrary to popular belief, your brain does not require glucose, and actually…
  • The King of All Monsters

    No Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The star of dozens of movies, cartoons, and comics, Godzilla is a pop culture phenomenon beloved the world over. He was even a favorite of demented North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, who kidnapped a film director to make his own version. But that’s not the only interesting fact about the King of All Monsters. 10 History It is impossible to overstate how profound an impact the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the people of Japan. Within instants, whole cities were practically vaporized, with thousands succumbing to burns and radiation poisoning in the days and weeks to follow.
  • The Racism Card

    Thomas Sowell
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!” One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why…
  • Establishment Obsession With Austrian Economists

    Bionic Mosquito
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Austrians are more and more noticed in the mainstream.  You don’t get much more mainstream than Paul Krugman; he has written a short blog post (HT EPJ) critical of Austrians and their supposedly creative use of the term “inflation.”  Referencing a Noah Smith post, Krugman writes: Noah Smith has a funny piece on the hermetic system that is Austrian economics, with its multilayered defenses against any kind of criticism. What gets me in particular, because I’ve noticed it a lot lately, is this: 3. “Inflation” doesn’t mean “a rise in the general level of consumer…
 
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Exam reform delayed by schools

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.
  • Assault MP referred to chief whip

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Conservative MP David Ruffley, who received a police caution for common assault on his ex-partner, is referred to the government's chief whip.
  • Sinn Féin confident on budget plans

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Sinn Féin says it is now confident agreement can be reached quickly on the latest quarterly budget, known as June monitoring.
  • Killers fail to overturn voting ban

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    The UK Supreme Court dismisses a bid to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
  • M4 relief road paper not published

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Welsh ministers are criticised for deciding not to publish a document on the conclusions of a consultation on the planned M4 relief road.
 
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  • Personal Declaration of Independence

    Stephanie
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    While rummaging through boxes of Cate's personal effects, we came across this gem.  Enjoy!2010Preamble  We The People of America declare our independence from The Emma Hall.  This child invades our privacy and personal space.  She also destroys our property and blackmails us.  The utterly worst part is, she gets away with it all without proper punishment, and therefore, she repeats her actions!Declaration of Nature Rights  We, us in America, would like the right to get revenge on The Emma Hall.  We would not exactly do what she has done to us; we only want…
  • hold me...

    Stephanie
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    When my babies were still babies I'd often struggle with feeling "touched out".  Meaning, I would get physically and mentally tired of being physically smothered by my children all day long.  Picture this:  I'm sitting on the couch nursing one child, while my pre-schooler and toddler were snuggled up to or strewn about the rest of my body, rubbing my face or playing with my hair as they watched another episode of Little Bear.  Or, we'd all be sitting on a pew at church and I'd have a child on my lap, another on one side of me, another on the other side and one pulling on…
  • The summer of fulfilling realistic dreams

    Stephanie
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Every summer my kids seem to compile a list of dreams they want to fulfill during the summer.  And, more often than not, those dreams include things like- walk on The Great Wall of China, adopt a miniature horse, or go on tour with One Direction (still loving that group, sigh.).  And, it's frustrating for me to constantly shoot down their dreams because of practicality and cost and everything else.  So, this year I proclaimed our 2014 summer theme to be: "The summer to fulfill realistic dreams!", and every Monday night we set out to do so.The first dream fulfilling night…
  • On pressing the pause button...

    Stephanie
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    I've had a number of family members ask me why I haven't posted anything on my blog for several weeks now.  I don't know, or maybe I do know, but am not sure how to put it into words.  I'm feeling extra private right now.  I've always struggled with how much to share publicly, and how much to keep off the internet.  You see, the constant over-sharing I see on facebook makes me cringe, so I regularly re-evaluate what I'm doing here, and if I should even be doing anything here.Life is exciting right now for our family.  So many of my little baby birds are flapping their…
  • Your puzzle is not their puzzle

    Stephanie
    28 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    Isn't it beautiful this time of year?  The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the grass is greener (as green as mine is ever going to be for the rest of the year.  I should take a picture so I can remember it's beauty because, come late August it's going to look like it's on deaths door).  It's that time of year again when people start spending more time outside of their houses, in their yards and on their porches.  It's that time of year when the kids want to play outside until 9 pm because darkness hasn't fallen yet and once you do get them…
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    Mother Jones

  • Another Casualty of the War on Terror: the Fifth Amendment

    Peter Van Buren
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. You can't get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." In 2011, the White House ordered the drone-killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without trial. It claimed this was a legal act it is prepared to repeat as necessary. Given the Fifth Amendment, how exactly was this justified? Thanks to a much contested, recently released but…
  • How a Town in Maine Is Blocking an Exxon Tar-Sands Pipeline

    Roger Drouin
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This story originally appeared on Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Citizens trying to stop the piping of tar-sands oil through their community wore blue "Clear Skies" shirts at a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, this week. But they might as well have been wearing boxing gloves. The small city struck a mighty blow against Canadian tar-sands extraction. "It's been a long fight," said resident Andy Jones after a 6-1 city council vote on Monday to approve the Clear Skies Ordinance, which will block the loading of heavy tar-sands bitumen onto…
  • Darrell Issa Investigation Benefits Ex-Aide

    Dana Liebelson
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) has accused House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of inappropriately intervening in an ongoing Federal Trade Commission case against a company being represented by a legal group run by a former Issa staffer. Last month, Issa sent a letter to the FTC questioning testimony the agency had gathered for the case, which targets a medical testing company called LabMD. The firm allegedly exposed the personal data of almost 10,000 people. On Thursday morning, Issa's committee held a hearing that featured LabMD CEO Michael Daugherty and focused on…
  • Halliburton Fracking Spill Mystery: What Chemicals Polluted an Ohio Waterway?

    Mariah Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died. Nevertheless, it took five days for the Environmental Protection Agency and its Ohio counterpart to get a full list of the chemicals polluting the waterway. "We knew there was something toxic in the water," says an environmental official who was on the scene. "But we had no…
  • Roxane Gay Will Make You Proud to Be a Bad Feminist

    Hannah Levintova
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the age of "leaning in" and "having it all," the superwoman model for female living persists with a vengeance. Feminism is supposed to be a refuge from all that perfection-seeking, but even there, it's easy to feel bested, lured by things that are bad for women but great for entertainment: Cue your guilty dancing every time "Blurred Lines" comes on the radio. In her new essay collection, Bad Feminist, out August 5, author Roxane Gay wrestles with this conundrum. "When I drive to work, I listen to thuggish rap at a very loud volume, even though the lyrics are degrading to women and offend…
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    The Raw Story

  • Siberian fossil discovery builds case for an age of feathered dinosaurs

    Steven Morris, The Guardian
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    The discovery of the fossilised remains of a creature that looks a little like a giant beak-less chicken has led scientists to a striking hypothesis: at one time all dinosaurs had feathers. Researchers were aware that early flesh-eating dinosaurs had feathers, but the finding of the metre-long herbivore on a Siberian river bank has led experts to conclude that all dinosaurs from the Triassic period – more than 200m years ago – were feathered. As dinosaurs evolved and in some cases developed armour, they lost the feathers, which were probably used for insulation and communication rather…
  • Walmart fires CEO after weakest year of growth since 2009

    The Guardian
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Zoe Wood, the Guardian In the second major personnel change among the global supermarket elite this week, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has replaced the boss of its ailing US chain. Bill Simon will be replaced by Greg Foran, a 53-year-old New Zealander who is currently running its Asian business. Sales at the huge domestic chain, which account for 60% of the retail behemoth’s sales, have been going backwards on Simon’s watch. Walmart posted its weakest sales growth in five years in the first quarter, and its full-year profit forecast disappointed investors. Like the…
  • Less than 10% of human DNA has functional role, claim scientists

    Ian Sample, The Guardian
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Ian Sample, The Guardian More than 90% of human DNA is doing nothing very useful, and large stretches may be no more than biological baggage that has built up over years of evolution, Oxford researchers claim. The scientists arrived at the figure after comparing the human genome with the genetic makeup of other mammals, ranging from dogs and mice to rhinos and horses. The researchers looked for sections of DNA that humans shared with the other animals, which split from our lineage at different points in history. When DNA is shared and conserved across species, it suggests that it does…
  • Scientists to excavate Wyoming cave with trove of Ice Age fossils

    Reuters
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday. The two-week dig, set to begin next Monday under the direction of Des Moines University paleontologist Julie Meachen, marks the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming since its initial discovery in the 1970s. At that time, scientists found that the 85-foot-deep cavern formed a natural…
  • Maddow: GOP’s lawsuit against Obama will be a goldmine for the Democrats

    David Ferguson
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    On Thursday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow showed how a group of Democrats in the U.S. House on Thursday mocked Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)’s lawsuit against President Barack Obama over the Affordable Care Act by adding a series of amendments to the House resolution. In doing so, she explained, Democrats made the GOP go on record as supporting the waste of taxpayer money, the lining of the pockets of lobbyists and law firms with a financial stake in the outcome and a refusal to disclose how much the whole enterprise is costing the country. On Thursday, in what Maddow…
 
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  • Stephen Batess diary: Russians selling nuclear weapons expertise in Westminster? Whats not to like?

    Stephen Bates
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Reception at Westminster Abbey, gala dinner in Kensington, maybe even a night of top-flight football at the Crabble. Business as usual for Alexander, Lyudmila and comrades, you might say Will there be a resounding silence in September at the World Nuclear Association symposium and exhibition in Central Hall, Westminster? The worlds nuclear industries will be strutting their stuff: 700 business and leaders from 30 countries discussing such issues as the fuel cycle front-end (no, me neither), the security of nuclear fuel supplies, financing new builds, and uranium resources. There will be a…
  • Jeremy Hunt demands urgent inspections of chicken factories

    Felicity Lawrence and Rowena Mason
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Health secretary intervenes after Guardian investigation reveals strict hygiene standards can be disregarded in practiceThe health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, intervened in the row over food hygiene on Thursday demanding that the Food Standards Agency mount an urgent investigation into the processing factories at the heart of a Guardian investigation into contamination in the poultry industry.A safety audit will be carried out within 24 hours at two factories identified by undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers. The evidence showed how strict industry…
  • Retiring clerk of Commons makes plea for Speaker to remain neutral

    Patrick Wintour, political editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Sir Robert Rogers is retiring early as parliament's chief constitutional adviser amid claims of rows with John BercowThe retiring clerk of the House of Commons, Sir Robert Rogers, has made a plea for the Speaker to remain a neutral figure who acts as a servant of MPs as he defends his record as a moderniser of parliament in the face of suggestions that he has put Commons traditions before its relevance.Rogers, widely admired on both sides of the Commons and employed in parliament for more than 40 years, is retiring early amid persistent reports that his relations with John Bercow have become…
  • Rennard and Ruffley undermine their own parties | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    We would like to respond to the deeply unhelpful comment that senior Lib Dems fear the party could suffer at the election because of the suspension of Lord Rennard (Report, 22 July). While it is true that Chris Rennard was a talented campaigns chief to whom many senior Lib Dems no doubt owe their careers, he was not uniquely so, nor flawlessly. Our letter published in this paper in January (18 January) said: We note with deep regret the failure of senior members of the parliamentary party to denounce in the strongest possible terms Lord Rennards behaviour.Since that letter, Rennard has been…
  • Police to investigate Cyril Smith child abuse cover-up claims

    Press Association
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have sexually abused young boys at Knowl View School in RochdaleA criminal investigation is to be launched into an alleged cover-up of child abuse at a school linked to Sir Cyril Smith.The Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have used his status to sexually abuse young boys with impunity at Knowl View School in Rochdale.Despite numerous previous allegations and past police investigations, Smith was never prosecuted. Continue reading...
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    * Everybody in both parties agrees that this will be a good year for Republicans, but the question is just how good. The folks at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball say things may be looking not so terrible for Democrats: But 2014 is no 2006. The electorate had turned off to George W. Bush and would […]
  • Dems to GOP: Sorry, no easy way out on immigration

    Greg Sargent
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    As House Republicans struggle to figure out whether their proposed response to the border crisis can pass the House, given opposition to action among conservatives, it’s increasingly likely they’ll need House Dems to get anything through the lower chamber. So House Dems appear to be coalescing behind a response that essentially offers House Republicans two […]
  • The big problem with Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan

    Paul Waldman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Today, Rep. Paul Ryan is unveiling his latest idea to change the federal government’s poverty programs. For someone who is constantly saying how concerned he is about poverty, Ryan’s previous budgets have relied an awful lot on slashing benefits to poor people. But this time, he promises that his proposal doesn’t cut benefits, but merely […]
  • Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems’ hands

    Greg Sargent
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Democratic leaders are planning an aggressive effort to turn the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama into a political positive in the 2014 elections, with ads and other paid media designed to cast the GOP as extreme and committed to destructive governing — which Dems hope will contrast sharply with their concrete economic policy agenda. […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    * Liberal media bias alert: Today the New York Times had not one but two investigative blockbusters aimed at Democratic politicians. One tells the story of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office hindering corruption investigations. The other contains some very bad news for Montana Senator John Walsh: An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s […]
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  • The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.I live in a state where the Governor made a big show of refusing to set up a state exchange. How was that possible? Because the Roberts court forced the system to become peacemeal, ruling…
  • Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Trigger Warning Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the…
  • About me/Refugees or Illegals?

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Hello fellow Democrats and Liberals! My name's Trey, I'm 19, and a sophomore at Western Michigan University, and despite coming from a family chock full of Republicans, I'm a Democrat. I'm openly gay and am a direct immigrant descendant. That leads me into the topic of my first entry here on WatchBlog: The immigrant children crisis in the Southwest. In case you haven't been paying attention, thousands of unaccompanied children have left their Central American countries and headed for the United States, were caught by the Border Patrol and are currently in makeshift detention centers pending…
  • Ah, that's gratitude for ya.

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    After several years of doing his best to obstruct the Obama Administration, and impress Republican voters, they dumped him for a Tea Partier named David Brat. So, as is appropriate for the New Republican Congress, Conservative dogma and theory has overtaken practice and perspective on history. Well, Eric, you should have seen this coming.From my point of view, and the view of many Americans, Cantor and the Tea Party aren't too far apart. Cantor and others, in fact, pushed much of the hard right stuff of the last two Congresses. He was part and parcel of the whole effort to obstruct the Obama…
  • Dependence and The Long Range Bet of Climate Change

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:28 am
    If you've ever played a game like StarCraft, you'll be familiar with what they call a dependency tree, a set of things you have to develop, like buildings, units, or whatever before you can build better and more powerful units, buildings, and defenses. Game developers do this to help mirror one part of the reality of warfare in this simulation, the fact that having certain units depends on having certain facilities, certain kinds of expertise, and so on and so forth. A complex civilization, army, or whatever, doesn't just spring out from nowhere.Models, maps, equations... Critics of global…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Super Pacs May Be Needed To Rein In Putin

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The downing of flight 17 could be a game changer as to how the world reacts to Putin's Ukraine adventures.In a previous post I had suggested that the corpocracy would keep their bank accounts at length in taking a stance on Putin. Now, there is a lot of pressure on the corpocracy to rachet up on Putin sufficiently to change his mind on reconstituting the empire. Likely, Putin will continue pushing until some really serious steps are taken. If little action has been taken prior to the midterms one might want to take their frustration to the voting booth. Better yet, get a couple of friends…
  • Finally

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism Finally, someone willing to express what a liberal believes. At least someone on the left has some guts.For someone not willing to run for president, she sure is getting a lot of face time in the press. That's nothing new to the left. They pick unknowns and project them into the center of the political struggle with a plan to anoint them for the job. They did it with Clinton, an obscure governor of a state with a population less than Chicago. They did it with Carter, the same. They did it with Obama, an even more obscure, unremarkable, state…
  • Hillary Deserves This and That's All You Have to Know

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Real Clear Politics has released polls on the Republican and Democratic New Hampshire Primaries and if you're a Democrat, it seems to be over already. Hillary is so far ahead, the rest of the Democratic field seem like rounding numbers. That should clear things up for GOP candidates who - as of now and with more than six months to go - face a very competitive race. While they may not be sure who among them will be the winner, they have a pretty good idea of who they will be facing. Why is Hillary so far ahead? In an interview with freelance reporter Samuel Rosales-Avila, he provoked her with…
  • Subsidizing Corporations

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Allan Sloan has a good article in the WaPo today on how corporations are evading much of their tax liabilities. He laments that corporations, while receiving 'full benefits' are avoiding taxes and sticking Joe Citizen with the bill.Avoiding taxes is generally done in two ways. One, the 'inversion' route, by reincorporating in a country with a lower tax rate. The US tax rate for corporations is 35% while other countries may be much lower. Another, the 'never-here' route, is to create a spin off company that then goes public and moves overseas. According to the article some 60 US companies have…
  • Local Bill For Cleaner Elections

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Today's WaPo editorial relates that Montgomery County, Md is considering a bill that would change their CFR. This stems from a growing concern that labor unions and developers have exercised undue influence in local elections.A bill was proposed by then Council member Phil Andrews that would target the way elections are funded for County Executive and County Council. Individual contributions would be limited to $150. Any candidate that signed up for public matching funds would agree to reject contributions from special interest groups. Example given is that where a candidate collects $150k…
 
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  • The Most Absurd Job Titles in America

    Josh Kovensky
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In a bid to achieve maximal hipness and happiness, companies, particularly in the tech world, have collectively begun to create bizarre new positions or to attach peculiar names to the same old corporate paper-pushing nine-to-fives. A lot of these jobs have a bizarrely spiritual flavor—“evangeli
  • Send Your Kid to the Ivy League!

    J.D. Chapman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, a medium-sized city in the Blue Ridge mountains. It is not the sort of place that produces many Ivy League graduates. Only ten kids in my high school class of 500 crossed the Mason-Dixon Line for college, for example. I went to Yale. I chose to move back h
  • The Hidden, Horrifying Impacts of Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We've all heard the global-warming horror stories. Rising seas will eventually sink coastal cities from Miami to Los Angeles. Hurricanes and tornadoes will increase in strength, flattening entire towns. And extreme, lasting droughts will cripple large swaths of the western U.S. But other consequenc
  • Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand Just Got a Divorce

    Brian Beutler
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You don't need to love Representative Paul Ryan's new plan to reform anti-poverty programs to admit that it's an improvement over his old plan that entailed using increased suffering as an inducement to work. Yo
  • This Is Paul Ryan's Best Idea Yet

    Danny Vinik
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    On Thursday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan surprised liberals with the release of a new antipoverty plan that may include his best idea ever.In contrast to Ryan’s last four budgets, which proposed huge cuts to federal antipoverty programs, Ryan’s
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Have a Drone? Check This Map Before You Fly It

    Betsy Mason
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren’t very clear. The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and some legal experts claim drones […]
  • Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy to Shoot Down a Passenger Jet

    Alex Davies
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whoever fired a missile at Malaysia Flight 17 could have learned to do so in less than a week.
  • Shape-Shifting Wings, From Soviet War Planes to Top Gun’s Tomcat

    Nick Stockton
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Take off. Rise. Soar. Bank. Turn. Stall. Swoop. Dive. Land. For each of the different kinds of flying an airplane has to do, there’s an ideal shape and configuration for its wings. Even though bird-like flappability isn’t feasible with struts and steel, engineers since the dawn of aviation have been trying to make wings that […]
  • Why Planes Still Flew Over Ukraine Until MH17 Was Shot Down

    Alex Davies
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Aviation authorities just didn’t think non-combatant planes flying at 33,000 feet were at risk.
  • The Crashed Malaysia Airlines Plane Wasn’t the Only Jet in Ukraine’s Airspace

    Alex Davies
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A Boeing 777 operated by Malaysia Airlines crashed in eastern Ukraine this morning. Local authorities are saying the plane was shot down and that all 295 people aboard were killed. The plane’s route had been closed by Ukrainian authorities below 32,000 feet, but the Malaysia plane was flying at approximately 33,000 feet when it crashed, […]
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  • My War On Women

    Mike McDaniel
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I like women. I really like women, and not just in a stereotypically male manner. As a high school English teacher, most of my colleagues are women. Yes, it’s certainly pleasing to see women–men are wired that way–but I like them because they are female, because they are different than men, because they see things differently, feel things differently. Mrs. Manor is my best friend, bar none. I would rather do anything–or nothing–with her than anyone else. Equality? Of course, but with the understanding that in all things, people have different strengths and…
  • Finding Out What’s In It: Obamacare Explodes–UPDATED–Again!

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The long-awaited Halbig decision from the D. C. Court of Appeals has finally come down, and for Barack Obama and supporters of Obamacare, it’s ugly indeed.  Why?  Because the judges actually decided it on the law and it’s merits.  As the execrable Nancy Pelosi said, now that we’ve passed it, we’re finding out what’s in it.  This is what happens when legislators pass massive bills without reading a word.  At least some judges actually think words matter.   Via The Washington Post: This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much…
  • Lessons In Smart Diplomacy, #4572: Israel v. John Kerry

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Credit: truckerphoto.com At the indispensable Powerline, Paul Mirengoff addresses the hapless, buffoonish Secretary of State, John Kerry in an article titled: “Israel Seen Ready To Tune John Kerry Out.”  In his recent “hot mic” moment, John Kerry responded to news of civilian deaths in Gaza with these words: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. Hell of a pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight. The truth is that Kerry’s desire to “get over” to the Middle East has nothing to do with any lack of precision in Israel’s military…
  • Barack Obama: He’s Just Too Darned Rational And Honest

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On September 24, 2012, I posted “Saving the Republic; Why Barack Obama Must Be Defeated: Reason 35It was subtitled “Delusions of Grandeur.” It’s an article I’ve reprised several times over the years, but now, as Russian backed-“separatists” shoot civilian airliners out of the sky and bodies rain down on Ukranian villages, as Iran once again pulls the wool over John Kerry’s eyes (OK, I admit that’s no real trick), As Mr. Obama offers praise for the terrorists of Hamas and nothing but scorn for Israel, as Mr. Obama fundraises rather than deal with deadly foreign provocations,…
  • I’m A Little Distracted These Days…

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Photo Credit: chichsavvyreviews.net Gentle readers, please forgive me. I’m not keeping up with my usual posting tempo because I’m putting the finishing touches on a book, whipping out an average of 3-4 chapters a day. I plan to be done with the rough draft by the end of the month. Thanks for your forbearance, and when I have something to say about that endeavor–it must, alas, remain under wraps for the time being–you’ll be the first to know! In the meantime, I’ll do my best to come up with some interesting things as often as I can.Filed under: Culture
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Daniel Henninger writes on the President's seeming insouciance about what is going on around the world.As the world burns, the president spent this week fiddling at fundraisers in the living rooms of five Democratic Party fat cats in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri famously explained, changing the president's fundraising schedule "can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis."Alarmed? Who's alarmed? What false sense of crisis? Vladimir Putin's masked men in…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    Michael Cannon, who has been arguing that the Obamacare subsidies violated the actual text of the law, as a two to one panel on the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled today, explains how winners outnumber losers if the subsidies are struck down.Of course, if the D.C. Circuit should hear the Halbig case in an en banc review, we'll see the impact of Harry Reid's nuclear option as it put a majority of Democratic appointees on the court. That might get today's decision reversed, but this case is going to go to the Supreme Court. And, while the Fourth Circuit ruled in favor of the administration today,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Robert Samuelson is exactly right as he bemoans the politicization of the civil service.Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups.Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    We knew this: "Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis." They either didn't care or wanted the crisis to come. THe health and safety of the children were secondary.Ah, true diversity. It means something special at the University of Wisconsin.That framework includes eight essential “working definitions,” among them the already-discussed diversity, as well as others: “compositional diversity,” “critical mass,” “inclusion,” “equity mindedness,” “deficit-mindedness,” “representational equity,” and “excellence.” Let us take a closer look at one of these…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    This seems to be a time of perverse incentives leading to unintended consequences. Time after time, we've witnessed a policy choice by this administration that seems to be based more on wishful thinking than on a clear-eyed vision of what the results would be. And when the policy choices contain incentives for people to act a certain way, the administration has ignored that people will indeed respond to incentives even if that leads them to take actions that weren't the intent of the initial policy. We're seeing that now with the crisis on the border. President Obama's motives for announcing…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Did the EPA Abuse It’s Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?

    Dan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Perhaps the better question is, is there a government agency Obama hasn’t exploited for political gain? Full pdf of the Landmark Legal release here. (LEESBURG, VA) — Landmark Legal Foundation today asked Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages that may have helped document suspected Agency efforts to influence the 2012 presidential election.  Mark certainly has a way of turning a phrase. heh “The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the…
  • Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad Cochran

    Dan
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Seriously is the NRSC trying to give Republicans a reason to come out and vote against Cochran in the primary? Talk about out of touch. McCain is heading to the state to campaign for Cochran on Sunday, his campaign confirmed to The Hill. The Arizona senator is the latest in a parade of prominent establishment figures to throw their weight behind Cochran as he attempts to fight off a fierce primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) ahead of Tuesday’s vote. More via McCain to hit campaign trail for Cochran | TheHill. The post Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad…
  • Democrat Political Operative Running Thad Cochran’s GOTV effort

    Dan
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I know it’s not fun to pick on people for their age. Unfortunately, Thad Cochran’s refusal to let go of power all too long past his prime mitigates my concern in that regard. Sources on the ground in MS tell me the Cochran campaign is looking increasingly cartoonish in trying to eek out a win in what most are coming to realize is a lost cause. So, no, it doesn’t surprise me that Team Cochran would hire a Democrat named  “Scooby Doo” to work for him at this point. This is just getting sad…. A Democratic political operative says he is working with…
  • MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Hm. MailOnline, the world’s biggest English language newspaper website, today announced the appointment of Jon Steinberg as its North America Chief Executive Officer. Jon is a world-leading, senior digital media executive who joins the MailOnline North America from BuzzFeed where he was President & Chief Operating Officer for the past four years. More via MailOnline hires Jon Steinberg The post MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Bob Schieffer Thinks All Hispanics Are Illegal

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Video at link below. Bob has never impressed me as the sharpest tack in the pack. While interviewing Lindsay Graham on “Face the Nation” today, Bob Schieffer flubbed when he said Graham was seeking “path to citizenship for Hispanics.” Except one thing – hispanics aren’t banned from citizenship in America! Geez. via Another Gaffe | SOOPERMEXICAN. The post Bob Schieffer Thinks All Hispanics Are Illegal appeared first on Riehl World News.
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  • The REAL War on Women: Islamists in Iraq Order All Women to Undergo Female Genital Mutilation

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    While the liars on the American left prattle on about the non-existent “Republican war on woman,” there is a real and true war on women going on in the areas of Iraq now under control of the ISIS Muslim terrorist forces. These inhuman Muslim monsters just announced that they will force every woman to undergo […]
  • New York Times’ Egan Shows Vast Ignorance of Religion, the Founders and the Constitution

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the pages of The New York Times columnist Timothy Egan unleashed an attack on religion that was at once wholly uninformed about both religion and American history yet entirely typical of how uninformed liberals typically are about both religion and history. Egan’s anti-religious rant was also quite hysterical by saying that there is little […]
  • The Halbig and King Decisions Highlight the FUBAR that is Obamacare

    Michael Laprarie
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Yesterday, a The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Halbig v. Burwell.  The plaintiff, Jacqueline Halbig, was the senior policy adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.  In her lawsuit, Halbig contended that under the Patient Protection and Affordable […]
  • Just Who is Paying the $10K Coyote Fees for Illegals to Get Here?

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    A recent interview with the human traffickers known as “coyotes” reveals that they charge from between $5,000 to $10,000 US per individual to be guided from Central America to our border only leave the illegal immigrants to their own devices to stream across the border to take advantage of Obama’s amnesty policies. But, are we […]
  • Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    The “religion of peace” is at it again, this time posting warnings in Chicago that they intend to start attacking Jews in the Windy City. The Times of Israel reported on Monday that the threatening fliers were left on cars in Pulaski Park neighborhood on Chicago’s near northwest side. Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer […]
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  • Compassionate conservatism

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Compassionate conservatismby digbyNo, I'm not talking about Paul Ryan's latest phony stab at redemption.  I'm talking about this horrible thing:State Rep. David Simpson (R-TX) gave a presentation on his recent tour of the Texas-Mexico border, explaining that officials believe tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are fleeing abuse and sexual slavery in Central America."We need to love the immigrant, love people, and remember that these children are being fodder in this situation," Simpson said at one point.Once the floor opened up to questions, one constituent, who the Longview…
  • Freedom of religion but not freedom from religion

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Freedom of religion but not freedom from religionby digbyVia TPM:The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and two other groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the mayor of Warren, Mich., who banned an atheist group from setting up a station alongside one run by a prayer group in the city hall atrium.Mayor Jim Fouts (R) said that the group's "reason station" would be opposed to prayer and compared atheists to Nazis and members of the Klu Klux Klan."The city has certain values that I don't believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with…
  • Opportunity for all (if you have the bucks)

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Opportunity for all (if you have the bucks)by digbyYou know what this country needs more of? It needs more participation in the political process by the 1%:Two top veterans of President Obama’s campaigns are asking political campaigners to pay $5,000 per person for the chance to learn their secrets and then work for five weeks in an unpaid campaign job somewhere in America.Democratic operatives and progressive activists are questioning this training program launched by Obama campaign architects Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird. The $5,000 program promises access to the wizardry of Obama’s…
  • Man, we really are exceptional

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Man, we really are exceptionalby digbyVia Matt Ford in The Atlantic:How large is America's prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That's more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They're scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Country facilities.Compared to the rest of the world, these numbers…
  • No place sacred? #DealeyPlaza

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Is no place sacred? by digbyToday at Salon I talk about some horrible people who are showing up at Dealey Plaza in Dallas waving around guns and passing out literature spewing hatred for the president. This is not the first time people have done that. But it ended very badly last time. The morning of November 22, the Dallas Morning News featured a full page ad “welcoming” the president to Dallas. After a preamble in which they proclaimed their fealty to the Constitution and defiantly asserted their right to be conservative, they demanded to be allowed to “address their…
 
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  • Late Night: An Eye for an Eye

    cocktailhag
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The grotesque spectacle of the two-hour torture yesterday of an Arizona murderer was made considerably more revolting by the bloodthirsty commentary provided by the victim’s family, and eagerly echoed by Arizona officials. You see, no matter how barbaric the execution was, the crime was worse, so who cares? Really? Something now popularly called “closure” for the victims’ loved ones, i.e. a retributive display of frontier justice, is now required by the public (and the media), supposedly to avenge the crime. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, one gruesome death…
  • Domino Effect: Pension Cutters Gamble on a California Ballot Measure

    Gary Cohn
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Jon Coupal is nothing if not blunt when he describes one motive behind a Ventura County ballot measure that would replace the “defined benefit” pensions currently enjoyed by county employees and replace them with 401(k)-type plans for all future hires. “This is meant to be a template for other counties,” Coupal tells Capital & Main. By that, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s president means the measure’s conservative and libertarian backers see the “Sustainable Retirement System Initiative” as the newest and most promising weapon in their assault on California’s…
  • Tomgram: Peter Van Buren: Undue Process in Washington

    Tom Engelhardt
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The death of al-Awlaki is part of the destruction of our 5th Amendment right to due process. What a world we’re in. Thanks to smartphones, iPads, and the like, everyone is now a photographer, but it turns out that, in the public landscape, there’s ever less to photograph. So here are a few tips for living more comfortably in a photographically redacted version of our post-9/11 world. Even if you’re a professional photographer, don’t try to take a picture of Korita Kent’s “Rainbow Swash.”  It’s “one of the largest copyrighted pieces of art in the world,” painted atop a…
  • Remembering A People’s Uprising: 1 Year After HB2

    Kit OConnell
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    No expense was spared to oppress every Texan who needs access to reproductive healthcare. On July 12, 2013, the deadly anti-abortion bill HB2 passed the legislature in Texas, forced through in an expensive special session despite the extremely loud opposition of thousands of people who came out to shake the granite building with their angry voices. On that same day this month, one year after the passage and the police brutality of the final night of protests, a few of us returned to the Texas Capitol to reflect on what’s been lost. Joshua Pineda (left) revisits the Senate hallway where…
  • Yale Professor Tells Parents Not to Send Children to Ivy League Schools

    DSWright
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A former Yale professor, writing in The New Republic no less, has some interesting advice for parents dreaming of sending their children to Ivy League schools – don’t do it. William Deresiewicz taught at Yale from 1998 to 2008 and gleaned a few lessons from the experience which included learning that prospective students would be better off if they looked outside the Ivy League to pursue excellence and become more substantive people. Deresiewicz believes America’s elite education system produces young people “with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of…
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  • Another Complaint About Auto-Play News Videos

    Jeralyn
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It is getting harder to find news sources on just about any topic that don't have intrusive, time-wasting auto-play videos. Lately, more and more major news sites have them. I refuse to link to them, and it takes a ridiculously long amount of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Hope I got the day right. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. Check out the ISIS Tour bus. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Another Botched Execution: 2 Hours to Die

    Jeralyn
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Joseph Wood was executed in Arizona yesterday. It took two hours to kill him. The execution was not halted, even though he repeatedly gasped and snorted during it. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution saw Wood start gasping... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Silva, Silva and Tsarnaev: A Confusing Story

    Jeralyn
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Yesterday the feds arrested Stephen Silva of Cambridge, MA for heroin dealing and possession of a firearm with a partially obliterated serial number. Leaks from law enforcement claimed the gun is the one used to kill a Cambridge police officer days... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S. Judge Approves Search Warrant for Entire Gmail Account

    Jeralyn
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in the Southern District of New York has approved a search warrant request for the entire contents of an unnamed person's Gmail account, with no restrictions. Federal prosecutors requested the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal

    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is in trouble. Well, he was in trouble (electorally speaking), then he got into a lot of trouble (ethically speaking). And now he's making it worse. It's been about 24 hours since the New York Times's Jonathan Martin broke the story about Walsh's pretty apparent plagiarism in a 14-page paper Walsh wrote […]
  • The eternal and irresistible appeal of Obama campaign experience

    Philip Bump
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Good news for those with short experience and deep pockets: 270 Strategies, a political consulting company founded by veterans of Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, will train you and find you a slot on a campaign for only $5,000, as BuzzFeed reported on Thursday. A few caveats are in order, including that the campaign work, […]
  • Third-party candidates are getting noticed in some key Senate races. History shows they’ll fade at the end.

    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Could a third-party candidate cost Republicans a Senate seat -- or even the Senate, period -- this year? Theoretically, the answer to both questions is yes. But the impact of third-party candidates is often oversold, and just as notably, these candidates tend to fade at the end of the campaign. There's already a good bit […]
  • No, this isn’t the most transparent Administration ever. And the next one will be even worse.

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    President Obama -- and his inner circle -- are no fans of reporters. The latest incident between the two sides came this week when on Tuesday and Wednesday reporters were not allowed into events the president was doing for Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, the two main Democratic super PACS dedicated to electing […]
  • Republicans and Democrats agree: Their own member of Congress isn’t part of the problem

    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    The American people claim they really, really hate Congress. We're a little skeptical. Want proof? According to a new Pew Research Center poll of voter attitudes, 69 percent of people would like to see most members of Congress sent packing in the 2014 election. That's up 13 points since the last midterm in 2010. And […]
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  • ICYMI: The video that welcomed Christie to Colorado

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Chris Christie, working overtime at his real job, while ignoring the job he was elected to do, is in Aspen right now. The state where he dissed the Colorado quality of life (which might be taking New Jersey exceptionalism a little too far), and where New York's GOP candidate against Cuomo is laying in wait for him. ICYMI, here's the video that welcomed Christie to the Centennial State:  
  • State Dems are trawling for signatures - give them the benefit of the doubt

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    The NJDSC, which isn't always in touch regularly and is in need of some rebuilding and rebranding after the Christiecrat years, is trawling for signatures. They want you to sign on with them against Christie's Hollywood PR campaign to paste over his own economic failures (huge) with flashy videos to convince you (on your own dime) that his doing the wrong thing by NJ workers is OK when it's not. Yup, I know the Dems are using the pension issue as a hook for contributions. So what? Give or don't. Either way, don't stop pressuring the party to reclaim its bedrock values, and rid itself of its…
  • I

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love Senator Ray Lesniak. He was a warrior in the fight for marriage equality from the beginning. He's for gun safety. He's a fellow Rutgers graduate who's always promoting our alma mater. He's an unabashed liberal. But I'm disappointed in his reluctance to support his legislative and party colleague, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula for a post on the state's Board of Public Utilities. If the reporting in PolitickerNJ is true, Lesniak is waffling on that support because Chivukula had the temerity to throw his hat into the ring for the seat that's being vacated by Rush Holt. Lesniak was…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, July 24, 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Today's roundup is brought to you by more than 300 Lutheran kids from Nebraska who came to help. Christie Tom Moran seems finally to grasp Chris Christie's MO though this reads like Christie's purely self-promotional behavior at the expense of good governing is something new. Whatever.  A good read nonetheless. In case you were concerned, it seems like Chris Christie and his mentor are on speaking terms again. Donald Scarinci suggests the Rabner opinion on marriage keeps "Christie for President" alive. Garden State Equality makes some new history Andrea "Andy" Bowen will be tone of the…
  • My open letter to President Obama about public education and his legacy

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. And promoted by Rosi. Dear President Obama, Along with millions of Americans, I proudly and joyously voted for you in 2008. I believed that finally our nation was living up to its promise of a land where 'all men [and women] are created equal'. I have continually admired your resolve and poise in the face of birthers and other racists who have purposefully jeopardized the best interests of our nation as they plot your political demise. And I voted for you again in 2012, albeit without the same level of enthusiasm. In many ways I'm still happy you are my…
 
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  • Could the ACA exchanges go the way of the Medicaid expansion?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    If the D.C. Circuit panel ruling in Halbig stands, and the state exchanges currently run by the federal government are deemed unable to grant subsidies to health plan buyers who qualify for them under the ACA's criteria, Nicholas Bagley posits that "the states with federally established exchanges will come under enormous pressure to establish their own exchanges." The federal government could make it easy for them, Bagley suggests, essentially allowing them to decree that they've "established" exchanges while letting Healthcare.gov continue to run them.  Thus the ACA would likely prove…
  • Let them all in? Laying a thought experiment on top of a thought experiment

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Jeff Spross of ThinkProgress thinks we should give all kids who arrive on our borders immediate legal status. Josiah Neeley of the Texas Public Policy Foundation responds (on Twitter) by dangling a bit of bait: "why not let in anyone who wants come? Spross suggests that the U.S. could handle the influx if it had to or wanted to. Neeley then asks, "How many do you think would come if we accepted anyone who wanted to come?"This recalled me to a thought experiment that seems apropos, though I'm not sure why -- maybe because it suggests, indirectly, how much running room we have. Courtesy of…
  • Winning asylum in the U.S.: imminent danger of death is not enough

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Reading about the flood of children now arriving on U.S. shores from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, those of us not well versed in immigration law might assume that children who can demonstrate that they will be in imminent danger of death from gangs terrorizing their home towns if deported will be granted asylum. That is probably not so.Determinations of refugee status or asylum in the U.S. are governed by the Refugee Act of 1980, which derives its criteria from the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees approved by the U.N. in 1951. To be granted asylum, an applicant"must prove…
  • The U.S. healthcare system, up my nostrils

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you'll bear with a brief personal medical narrative, I think it holds some lessons about overutlization and economic incentives in our healthcare system, though I'm not entirely sure what they are yet.I've been plagued with nasal allergies all my life, and almost twenty years ago I also developed nasal polyps. The worst of the allergy symptoms moderated at about the same time, except when the polyps flared up, which would happen when I had a cold. On three separate occasions, I took steps to have the polyps removed surgically, which entailed taking the steroid spray Nasonex for a few weeks…
  • Bypassing healthcare.gov, revisited

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Just a brief teaser here, as I work to finish a reported story about different approaches to improving the shopping experience at healthcare.gov and getting essential information to users.I have caught up again with HealthSherpa, which began life as one of the first ACA comparison shopping sites to spring up while Healthcare.gov was dysfunctional last fall, then went on to become a licensed broker and go live last February as one of the first third-party sites to start enrolling people in subsidized ACA plans. As I reported at the time (or rather, added some explanation to an initial report…
 
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  • Obama rails against corporate maneuver to evade U.S. taxes

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions" and called on Congress to pass a bill to curb the practice.
  • Obama, Netherlands' Rutte agree more sanctions needed on Russia

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday and the White House said both agreed on the need to impose more sanctions on Russia for continuing to arm pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
  • White House bemoans lawmakers' delay on U.S. border crisis funds

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama's emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States.
  • Montana governor urges respect for senator after plagiarism report

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    (Reuters) - Montana’s governor urged respect on Thursday for the courage shown by Democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh during his military service amid allegations he may have lifted parts of a master’s thesis from works by other authors.
  • Senior U.S. lawmaker: Myanmar must reform before more sanctions easing

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jade and rubies from Myanmar will remain banned from the United States unless the Asian nation moves to end a provision in its constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president, a senior U.S. senator said on Thursday.
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  • VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

    Soulskill
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    theodp writes: Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it, characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the National Governors Association as "apprenticeships" of sorts that companies provide to foreign workers to expand the Information Technology industry only after proving there are no qualified Americans to fill the jobs. Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year…
  • States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

    Soulskill
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Labor has released data that some proponents of raising minimum wage are touting as evidence that higher minimum wage promotes job growth. While the data doesn't actually establish cause and effect, it does "run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, would cost 500,000 jobs." The data shows that the 13 states that raised their minimum wages in January added jobs at a faster rate than those that didn't. Other factors likely contributed to…
  • World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

    Soulskill
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    An anonymous reader writes: We've known for a while: the War on Drugs isn't working. Scientists, journalists, economists, and politicians have all argued against continuing the expensive and ineffective fight. Now, the World Health Organization has said flat out that nations should work to decriminalize the use of drugs. The recommendations came as part of a report released this month focusing on the prevention and treatment of HIV. "The WHO's unambiguous recommendation is clearly grounded in concerns for public health and human rights. Whilst the call is made in the context of the policy…
  • US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

    Unknown Lamer
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    dcblogs (1096431) writes On the floor of U.S. Senate Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scalding and sarcastic attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft, a chief supporter of the practice. Sessions' speech began as a rebuttal to a recent New York Times op-ed column by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, investor Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson ... But the senator's attack on "three of our greatest masters of the universe," and "super billionaires," was clearly primed by Microsoft's announcement, also on Thursday, that it…
  • New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

    samzenpus
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    An anonymous reader writes On Thursday, Benjamin M. Lawsky, the superintendent of financial services, announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. The "BitLicense" plan, which includes rules on consumer protection, the prevention of money laundering and cybersecurity, is the first proposal by a state to create guidelines specifically for virtual currency. "We have sought to strike an appropriate balance that helps protect consumers and root out illegal activity—without stifling beneficial innovation," he said in a statement.Read more of this story…
 
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  • Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges

    Peter Suderman
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration’s implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. The reasoning for this ruling was simple: That’s what the law says. The section dealing with the creation of state exchanges and the provision of subsidies states, quite clearly, that subsidies are only available in exchanges "established by the State." Obamacare’s defenders have responded by saying that this is obviously…
  • Watch Nick Gillespie, Remy, on Fox News' Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld Tonight, 3AM ET

    Nick Gillespie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
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  • Rand Paul Amendment Would Bar Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Patients

    Jacob Sullum
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Last month Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), together with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), introduced an amendment aimed at protecting medical marijuana users and suppliers from federal harassment. But as I noted at the time, it is not clear to what extent the amendment, which copies the language of a rider approved by the House of Representatives in May, would accomplish its goal. The problem is that it bars the Justice Department from trying to "prevent" states from "implementing" medical marijuana laws, which enforcing the federal ban on marijuana does not necessarily do. An amendment that Paul…
  • Jim Epstein on Light Rail in Detroit: Is This America's Greatest Boondoggle?

    Reason.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    "Downtown," wrote the urban historian Sam Bass Warner Jr., was "the most powerful and widely recognized symbol of the American industrial metropolis," and it still evokes sentimentality even in those of us who grew up long after flagship stores and corporate headquarters had relocated to the outskirts, leaving urban commercial districts empty and decrepit. The allure of downtown is an ongoing distraction from what’s actually important for the health of cities, writes Jim Epstein, and it explains in part the twisted logic behind one of the most confounding urban development projects of our…
  • Is Detroit's New Light Rail Line America's Greatest Boondoggle?

    Jim Epstein
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Growing up in the 1940s, Robert Fogelson remembers banging on the typewriter and peering out the window at his father’s office in a Manhattan skyscraper. Then "[my dad] would take us for lunch to a nearby Schraft’s, a chain of restaurants that was popular with housewives like my mother, who regularly went downtown to shop…to socialize ...or to meet my father for a play or a movie." Fogelson hadn’t decided yet what he would do with his life, "[b]ut I took it for granted," he writes, “whatever I did, I would do downtown." As much a concept as a physical location, "downtown" was…
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  • The Worst Excuse for Plagiarism You'll Ever Hear

    Paul Waldman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Yesterday, the New York Times published an article with compelling evidence that Sen. John Walsh, the Montana Democrat who was appointed to fill the seat of Max Baucus when Baucus became ambassador to China, plagiarized most of the master's thesis he wrote at the Army War College. I confess I had no opinion about Walsh before this (he was likely to lose in November anyway, and hasn't done anything of note in his brief time in the Senate), but there are two things I want to point out. You can read Walsh's entire thesis at the Times, and it won't take you that long, because not including…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor 'Biblical Economics' Practices

    Peter Montgomery
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court building awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. This article originally appeared on Right Wing Watch, the website published by People For the American Way. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case that the Court’s…
  • Hillary for Liberals: A Conversation With Walter Shapiro

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As a reporter and columnist for Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, Salon, and other publications, Walter Shapiro has covered nine presidential elections and the nation’s politics for four decades. He is currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a lecturer in political science at Yale while he finishes a book about his great-uncle, a vaudevillian and con man who once swindled Hitler. Shapiro is also an accomplished Hillary-ologist, having first interviewed Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas governor’s mansion for Time in September…
  • On Israel, Looking for Hope In a Sea of Bad Faith and Despair

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side? Complicating things even further is the fact that the people who do think that there's no ambiguity here range from the morally infantile to the unspeakably ghastly, and no matter what you say you'll find yourself on the same side as some of them, if only for a moment. On one…
  • This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem

    Gershom Gorenberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    AP Photo/Hatem Moussa Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.   As I write, the livestream from Gaza of news about death continues. If I give a casualty count, it may be outdated before I finish typing it. It won't include those Palestinians—civilians and Hamas fighters—who may be buried in rubble in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, which the Israeli army has invaded in search of…
 
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  • The Worst Excuse for Plagiarism You'll Ever Hear

    Paul Waldman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Yesterday, the New York Times published an article with compelling evidence that Sen. John Walsh, the Montana Democrat who was appointed to fill the seat of Max Baucus when Baucus became ambassador to China, plagiarized most of the master's thesis he wrote at the Army War College. I confess I had no opinion about Walsh before this (he was likely to lose in November anyway, and hasn't done anything of note in his brief time in the Senate), but there are two things I want to point out. You can read Walsh's entire thesis at the Times, and it won't take you that long, because not including…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor 'Biblical Economics' Practices

    Peter Montgomery
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court building awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. This article originally appeared on Right Wing Watch, the website published by People For the American Way. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case that the Court’s…
  • Hillary for Liberals: A Conversation With Walter Shapiro

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As a reporter and columnist for Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, Salon, and other publications, Walter Shapiro has covered nine presidential elections and the nation’s politics for four decades. He is currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a lecturer in political science at Yale while he finishes a book about his great-uncle, a vaudevillian and con man who once swindled Hitler. Shapiro is also an accomplished Hillary-ologist, having first interviewed Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas governor’s mansion for Time in September…
  • On Israel, Looking for Hope In a Sea of Bad Faith and Despair

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side? Complicating things even further is the fact that the people who do think that there's no ambiguity here range from the morally infantile to the unspeakably ghastly, and no matter what you say you'll find yourself on the same side as some of them, if only for a moment. On one…
  • This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem

    Gershom Gorenberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    AP Photo/Hatem Moussa Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.   As I write, the livestream from Gaza of news about death continues. If I give a casualty count, it may be outdated before I finish typing it. It won't include those Palestinians—civilians and Hamas fighters—who may be buried in rubble in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, which the Israeli army has invaded in search of…
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  • The drug that’s forcing America’s most important – and uncomfortable – health-care debate

    Jason Millman
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Allan Hurst, 53, had to appeal to state officials to get his insurer to pay for hepatitis C treatments. He recently finished a regiment of Sovaldi, which costs $84,000 and has prompted fears among insurers and state officials across the country that the revolutionary drug could explode their budgets. (Nick Otto for The Washington Post) Months before Gilead Sciences’ breakthrough hepatitis C treatment hit the market, Oregon Medicaid official Tom Burns started worrying about how the state could afford to cover every enrollee infected with the disease. He figured the cost might even reach…
  • 3 ideas from Paul Ryan’s poverty plan that liberals can love

    Matt O'Brien
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Liberals are used to hating Rep. Paul Ryan. And it's not hard to see why. He's an Ayn Rand fanboy who's authored budget after budget that purportedly balances itself by cutting taxes for the rich and cutting spending for the poor even more—to almost comically low levels. Indeed, the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculates that 69 percent of his latest proposed cuts would come from programs that primarily serve low-and-moderate income households. It's enough that, back in 2012, even Alan Viard of the conservative…
  • Two-hour long executions might not affect public opinion on the death penalty

    Max Ehrenfreund
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Kevin Uhrmacher Public support for the death penalty in the United States has declined, but it remains strong, with at least 60 percent of respondents in surveys saying that they favor capital punishment. Whether the public would support the kind of execution that the state of Arizona administered on Wednesday, in which a convicted murderer took two hours to die after a lethal injection, is another question, one that pollsters can't yet answer. As pharmaceutical companies have refused to supply states that carry out executions, corrections departments have been administering the death penalty…
  • We are one step closer to a new generation of cheaper drugs

    Jason Millman
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Where you keep money for health care, obviously. (401kcalculator.org) Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Jason with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it straight from your inbox. Read previous columns here. With the high cost of specialty drugs capturing so many headlines these days, here's a bit of a change of pace: A new wave of cheaper drugs…
  • What Paul Ryan still misses in his new, more serious poverty plan

    Emily Badger
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Rep. Paul Ryan (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) To his credit, Paul Ryan did not once invoke "bootstraps." In a speech unveiling his new poverty proposal Thursday morning at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, he did not describe the safety net as a "hammock" a single time. He did not use thinly veiled code words about the "inner city." He did not misleadingly suggest — as he has often in the past — that the war on poverty has failed, when in fact much research tells us that federal programs, despite their flaws, have lifted millions of Americans out of destitution. Ryan is learning to…
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  • First lady urges Dems to 'dig deep'

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    First lady Michelle Obama waded into politics Thursday night, slapping Republicans for trying to interfere with her work on childhood obesity. "It’s gotten so bad, they’re even trying to block the work that I do on childhood obesity and that’s...
  • Obama, Mexican leader team up on border fix

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    President Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto worked to develop a strategy to address the surge of unaccompanied children from Central America entering the U.S. illegally.Obama called Nieto Thursday, a day before he meets with leaders of...
  • Obama talks hoops in LA with diners

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    President Obama made an impromptu stop at a Los Angeles diner on Thursday to have lunch with four people who have written him letters. But he also had a chance to talk about his hoops game.During the diner drop-by, Obama was asked...
  • GOP lawmaker equates Putin's role in crash to Obama's at border

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) on Thursday equated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to President Obama’s responsibility for the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border. Franks made...
  • Graham: 'Administration throwing Israel overboard'

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday said the Obama administration is “throwing Israel overboard” and Secretary of State John Kerry is “bailing Hamas out.” On Fox News’s “Happening Now,” Graham argued Kerry should not be pushing for a cease...
 
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    James Wolcott's Blog

  • From Here to Jeter-nity

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    New York, New York, Derek Jeter edition: If you can make it here, you can annoy everyone everywhere.
  • Beene and Gone

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Colin McDowell remembers and celebrates designer Geoffrey Beene.
  • Malice in Blunderland

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    No way to treat an ally.
  • The Last to Go

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    And then there were none: saying goodbye to Tommy Ramone.
  • Paul Mazursky

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Reflecting on the life and laughs of the late Paul Mazursky.
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    SCOTUSblog

  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    The petition of the day is: Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency 13-1235 Issue: (1) Whether the lower court’s refusal to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to justify the revised 2008 national ambient air quality standards as being “not lower or higher than is necessary” can stand in light of that decision’s conflict with Whitman v. American Trucking Ass’ns; and (2) whether the lower court’s agreement with the EPA that the 1997 findings were irrelevant to the 2008 revision can stand in light of the EPA’s obligation under this…
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The Coalition for Court Transparency released a report on transparency at the Supreme Court during the October Term 2013.  It concluded that the Term ended “with only modest improvements to [the Court’s] overall openness.”  Tony Mauro covered the report for Legal Times. Other coverage of the Court focused on Tuesday’s decisions by the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Fourth Circuits, reaching conflicting conclusions on challenges to the operation of a provision of the Affordable Care Act.  Writing for this blog, Tom Goldstein discussed the likelihood that the Court will take…
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Steven R. Shapiro (Part Four)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    How the ACLU thinks about and uses amicus briefs — and when — and what a successful amicus practice looks like. In this six-part interview, Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 1993, discusses his background; the ACLU’s history and mission; what civil liberties and Supreme Court advocacy look like now; and what civil liberties challenges we face next. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The petition of the day is: Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots 13-1268 Issue: Whether, when applying the Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis thirty-percent rule—that, ordinarily, a qualifying “seaman” under the Jones Act must spend thirty percent or more of his time in service of a vessel in navigation—a court may consider the time a maritime worker spends in the service of a vessel in navigation that is moored, dockside, or ashore, as the Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits have held, or whether a court must categorically exclude such time, as the Eleventh Circuit and the Maryland…
  • A gentle chiding of the Court on same-sex marriage

    Lyle Denniston
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Gently chiding the Supreme Court for not making itself clear, a federal trial judge in Colorado refused on Wednesday to interpret the Justices’ recent actions on same-sex marriage as binding on lower courts.  U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore of Denver spoke out as he issued a ruling striking down Colorado’s ban on such marriages.  Refusing a formal plea by the state to put his ruling on hold, the judge nevertheless gave the state attorney general a month to ask a higher court to do that. The Supreme Court has twice ordered delays in lower court decisions striking down…
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit compared the health care law to buying a pepperoni and ham pizza from Domino's or Pizza Hut.

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | DNC Chair says Fourth Circuit court used pizza analogy to uphold health care law What does cheap pizza have to do with health care — other than if you eat too much, you might need to see a doctor? Apparently, it’s the perfect metaphor to explain why a key provision in the Affordable Care Act is legal. That’s what we heard from Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. During a July 22 Las Vegas TV appearance, the Florida congresswoman discussed two new dueling court decisions on the health care law. She said the…
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "There were 36 states where Republicans who were in charge refused to implement a state (health insurance) exchange."

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Debbie Wasserman Schultz says GOP governors blocked state insurance markets in 36 states Two recent federal court cases, both about federal subsidies for health insurance, came within hours of each other this week, putting the future of the Affordable Care Act into question. In Halbig vs. Burwell, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a 2-1 ruling that said people in states that don't operate their own marketplaces can't get subsidies. But a few hours later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reached the opposite…
  • Barack Obama: "We've recovered (from the recession) faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth."  

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Barack Obama says U.S. has recovered from recession better than almost every advanced country While his critics decry his economic policies, President Barack Obama keeps insisting that he’s had economic success. In a speech in Wilmington, Del., last week, Obama offered several pieces of evidence that, in his view, suggests that the country is rebounding from the recession. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2008, he noted; the auto industry is "booming," America is making more oil than it imports, and the deficit has been cut in…
  • Mitch McConnell: Says a new report shows the "devastating tax hikes (in the health care law) will have on middle-class Kentuckians."

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Mitch McConnell claims 'devastating' tax increase on middle class looming due to health care law Coal and health care are the two dominant themes in Kentucky’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign saw an opportunity to attack his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, on the second issue after a new report came out on the country’s long-term fiscal health. "Alison Lundergan Grimes fully supports the implementation of Obamacare and the devastating tax hikes it will have…
  • Fresh Start PA: Under Gov. Tom Corbett, "Pennsylvania ranks 49th in job creation."

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Democratic group says Pennsylvania is 49th in job creation under Gov. Tom Corbett Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, remains one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors running this year. Elected to his first term in 2010, Corbett now trails Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by more than 20 points in most recent polls. Despite Wolf’s lead, pro-Democratic groups are leaving nothing to chance. One of these is Fresh Start PA, a political action committee running parallel to the state Democratic Party. It’s headed by Katie McGinty, one…
 
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    Balloon Juice

  • Anonymous Book Review

    Little Red Rising
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I just finished the novel Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) written by Jose Rizal, a Philippine national hero. The title comes from the Latin version of words spoken, according to John: 20:17 (King James Version), by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognized him after his resurrection. He said “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” The original text was written in Spanish. I believe my parents read it that way during their respective secondary school educations. I was happy to find the English translation on Amazon. It took me a long time to finish given my…
  • Silly Season Open Thread: Come and Take It, Texas!

    Anne Laurie
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    (via Charles P. Pierce) . On the original grassy knoll. Waving guns in defiance of the (current) “foreign usurper” President. At Dealey Plaza. Stephen Young, at the Dallas Observer, explains: As they’ve been doing on each third Saturday for months, advocates for the open carrying of firearms gathered — semiautomatic weapons in tow — at Dealey Plaza over the weekend. As usual the demonstrators, who call themselves Come and Take It Dallas, handed out literature and preened with their armaments of choice… “Why are you not dedicated to the Cause?”…
  • Jeffrey Goldberg Concern Trolls About Dead Muslims In Not-Gaza

    Zaid Jilani
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Concern trolling is a fine art in politics, especially on the Internets. Case in point: Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic and Bloomberg View staffer who writes almost exclusively about Israel and perceived threats to Israel (he’s a former Israeli prison guard who admitted to beating prisoners, FYI). Now, he’s complaining people are writing too much about Israel: He wrote a whole article about how Syria is being ignored and people are “obsessed” with Gaza. Goldberg pointing to Other Dead Muslims to distract from Israeli behavior isn’t new. Here he is in 2012: If there…
  • More Candy

    Tom Levenson
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I’m working on a couple more substantial bits, but like Betty, life is full today (and for the next…well, forever).  So here’s another bit of candy with which to tide you over ’til supper: Thought of our blogfather when I listened to the cut this morning — given his love of great rock, I’m not sure how he’d take this version.  But boy, can Rodrigo y Gabriela make some noise! That is to say: I won’t wish John good luck.  I don’t want luck to have anything to do with it.  Good care, the help he needs from professionals and his circle of…
  • Thursday Afternoon Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    I’m busy, busy, busy, but the least I can do is post an open thread. Here’s a pet shop I saw in NYC. I didn’t go in, but my kiddo did, and she came out with a golden high-five cat, which was fortunately made of plastic rather than a live critter. Please feel free to discuss whatever. Hopefully someone stomps on this post with something more substantive soon. I apologize for the lack of coherent output, but hey, y’all are used to that. Here’s the box the aforementioned golden high five cat came in. I have no clue what the hell it is. But its arm is battery…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • A Late King’s Words to Netanyahu Still Resonate Today

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    I have always liked and admired the late King Hussein of Jordan. In my opinion, he was a kind, wise leader — a haven of peace, reason and steadfastness in the always-troubled Middle East. Thus I was not surprised to find very similar words in his official biography: His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal, the father of modern Jordan, will always be remembered as a leader who guided his country through strife and turmoil to become an oasis of peace, stability and moderation in the Middle East. Among Jordanians, his memory is cherished as the inspiration for Jordan’s climate of…
  • An Easier, Friendlier, Quicker Peace Corps

    Patrick Holman
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This month, the United States Peace Corps, established in 1961 under President John Kennedy’s vision of a younger generation dedicating themselves to their country, announced an easier and more efficient application process for those interested in volunteering two years abroad. This comes with the news that applications are at an all-time low compared to recent years. In the past, applications took over eight hours and sixty pages to complete, causing many to wonder if it was even worth the time. Naturally, this exhaustive application would turn away many qualified candidates. The…
  • Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Putin’s Notches

    MIKE PETERS, Guest Voice Cartoonist
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Of related interest: –MH17: Vladimir Putin will lose Ukraine through stupidity --Trapped in His Own Labyrinth: Putin, Ukraine, and MH17 –Will MH17 air crash damage Russia’s Putin? –Flight MH17 demonstrates Putin’s way of business Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A HOOT” certainly sums up his outlook on his life and work which are inexorably entwined. Mike’s warm, easygoing and zany demeanor is evidence that his…
  • Balch Creek Canyon – Another Picture

    RON BEASLEY
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    I don’t seem to getting much response from my political or science posts so how about another picture.  I explained the history and my relationship with Balch Creek Canyon here in case you missed it .
  • Moving Left

    RON BEASLEY
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    It use to be common knowledge that as you got older you became more conservative.  At 68 I am at the leading edge of the baby boomers.  I became politically active during the Vietnam war- I was an Eisenhower/Rockefeller Republican back then.  During the Nixon years I changed my registration to Independent.  Although I didn’t like Jimmy Carter I didn’t vote for  Ronald Reagan.  His supply side economics has proved to be a disaster for most people and the meme that he ended the cold war meme is utter BS.  In the early 70s when I worked for the DIA the intelligence community…
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Scientists use virus to grow natural pacemaker from heart muscle

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Researchers have discovered a way to use a virus to re-program heart cells and create an all-natural pacemaker that might some day be able to take the place of mechanical pacemakers. The heart’s normal rhythm is set by the sinoatrial node (SA node) located in the upper part of the heart. This area is known as the pacemaker. It fires and sends electrical signals through other specialized cardiac cells that allow the heart to contract in its normal fashion. The cells in the SA node that do this job are called pacemaker cells, and they differ from the other cardiac cells, the cardiomyocytes,…
  • Greeks gone west: A video profile of Greek-Americans

    John Aravosis
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The US Embassy in Athens contacted me a few months about a neat project they were doing, in conjunction with the newspaper, Kathimerini, profiling various Greek-Americans in various professions.  I made it on to the list, so they came over and interviewed me for an hour, and then crystallized the interview into the following 3 minute video. They did a really good job. Hey, when you’re Greek, any interview that gets your last name right is well-done. :) (And I’m surprised I was speaking so slowly, maybe they drugged my drink, knowing how I normally speak.) Here’s a pic of…
  • If you want peace in Israel, evict God

    Jon Green
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    This weekend, I travelled to Philadelphia for my grandmother’s unveiling. What is an unveiling? One of the most pleasantly outdated religious traditions I’ve ever encountered. According to Jewish law, when a person dies they must be buried as soon as possible – generally no more than a week after passing. However, during the early Diaspora it took longer than that to carve headstones or erect small monuments, around which multiple members of the family would be buried. This being the case, the funeral would be held sans-headstone and the family would reconvene at the cemetery some…
  • It’s time for my annual medical tourism trip to Europe

    John Aravosis
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It’s that time again. When I act like I’m from a small village in a developing country and fly to western Europe in order to buy my asthma drugs that are 5x cheaper in France than they are America. Why are they cheaper in France?  Not because of government subsidies. But rather because international pharmaceutical companies charge you and me, in general, three to five times what they charge Europeans SIMPLY BECAUSE WE’RE AMERICAN. So, in a way, you could say we’re number 1. Advair costs 5x in America what is costs in France because the drug companies simply charge…
  • Parental angst and the Invasion of Gaza

    Marti Teitelbaum
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I spent two hours on the phone arguing, threatening, pleading and on hold with United Airlines. The flight my 14-year-old was on has been delayed, and it may mean she doesn’t make it to her connecting flight in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. If she misses the flight to Fargo ND, she won’t be in time to be picked up by her summer camp counselors. I have visions of her wandering the complex and incomprehensible corridors of O’Hare like a 14-year-old Chinese-American female version of Tom Hanks in the movie “Terminal,” stuck in the airport without resources or any hope of…
 
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    VideoSift.com

  • untold history of the US-bush and obama-the age of terror

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    episode 10 of oliver stones showtime documentary series "the untold history of the united states".along with historian peter kuznick stone reveals many facets of the bush and obama presidency that may not be common knowledge to most americans.
  • chris hedges-fascist corporatocracy

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    chris hedges talks about the death of the liberal class and the rise of corporate dominance in our political life and how it has become a fascist corporatocracy,or otherwise refers to the new system as inverted totalitarianism.
  • RFTC: FAA Seeks to Ban FPV Flying and Limit Model Aviation

    My_design (/politics/member/My_design)
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    From the Tube: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is abusing its rule-making power in an attempt to force through an outright ban on First-Person View (FPV) flying, as well as putting severe restrictions on other types of model aviation. It is time for traditional aeromodelers and the FPV community to come together and fight back against the massive bureaucratic overreach. Here is what you can do to help: To join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), follow this link: https://www.modelaircraft.org/joinren... To read about the AMA's response to this proposed rule, follow this link:…
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO)

    Ickster (/politics/member/Ickster)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    YouTube Description: America's prisons are broken. Just ask John Oliver and several puppets.Connect with Last Week Tonight online...Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonightFind Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would:http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonightFollow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news:http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonightVisit our official site for all that other stuff at once:http://www.hbo.com/lwt
  • Following that logic; You would prefer President Obama died?

    JiggaJonson (/politics/member/JiggaJonson)
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    LOGIC?!?! Me no do logical conclusions DURRRRRRR http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/martin-bashir-tancredo-obama-bin-laden_n_860474.html
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    The American Prospect

  • The Worst Excuse for Plagiarism You'll Ever Hear

    Paul Waldman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Yesterday, the New York Times published an article with compelling evidence that Sen. John Walsh, the Montana Democrat who was appointed to fill the seat of Max Baucus when Baucus became ambassador to China, plagiarized most of the master's thesis he wrote at the Army War College. I confess I had no opinion about Walsh before this (he was likely to lose in November anyway, and hasn't done anything of note in his brief time in the Senate), but there are two things I want to point out. You can read Walsh's entire thesis at the Times, and it won't take you that long, because not including…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor 'Biblical Economics' Practices

    Peter Montgomery
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court building awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. This article originally appeared on Right Wing Watch, the website published by People For the American Way. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case that the Court’s…
  • Hillary for Liberals: A Conversation With Walter Shapiro

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As a reporter and columnist for Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, Salon, and other publications, Walter Shapiro has covered nine presidential elections and the nation’s politics for four decades. He is currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a lecturer in political science at Yale while he finishes a book about his great-uncle, a vaudevillian and con man who once swindled Hitler. Shapiro is also an accomplished Hillary-ologist, having first interviewed Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas governor’s mansion for Time in September…
  • On Israel, Looking for Hope In a Sea of Bad Faith and Despair

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side? Complicating things even further is the fact that the people who do think that there's no ambiguity here range from the morally infantile to the unspeakably ghastly, and no matter what you say you'll find yourself on the same side as some of them, if only for a moment. On one…
  • This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem

    Gershom Gorenberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    AP Photo/Hatem Moussa Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.   As I write, the livestream from Gaza of news about death continues. If I give a casualty count, it may be outdated before I finish typing it. It won't include those Palestinians—civilians and Hamas fighters—who may be buried in rubble in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, which the Israeli army has invaded in search of…
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In mid-June, the NBC/WSJ poll found that 63% of us think the country is on the wrong track. This is about the same as has been found each month since December, 2013. The official BLS unemployment rate for May 2014 is 6.3%, unchanged from the previous month. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full- time work, the rate is 12.2%. This is down from 13.8% a year ago. In the 3rd week of June, Gallup found an unemployment rate of 6.1%. This is down from an average of 7% for the month of May. It also found…
  • President Obama

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on the job President Obama is doing (as found by Gallup 6/26-28/14) is 43% approval/51% disapproval. In mid-June his approval rating was at 41%, just a point higher than his all-time low of 40% in mid-January. Of the 6 most recent, two-term Presidents at this point in their second term, Obama’s current approval rating continues to be better than George Bush II and Richard Nixon. He trails Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Dwight Eisenhower. The list of 6 follows:   Approve Disapprove Reagan 63 28 (7/14/86) Clinton 61 34 (7/8/98) Eisenhower 52 32 (7/15/58) Obama 43…
  • The Congress

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Public confidence in the Congress has hit a new low, with only 7% expressing a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Congress. The high point in the last decade was 19% in 2006. This 7% confidence figure compares to confidence of 74% in the military, 53% in the police, 30% in the Supreme Court, and 29% in the Presidency. [Gallup 6/14] 14% approve of the way that Congress is handling its job, 78% disapprove. [NYT/CBS 6/14] In June, surveys conducted by Fox, Gallup, and CBS/NYT show that approval of the job being done by Congress ranges from 13-16% approval. Three surveys…
  • The Races: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, President

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    The U.S. Senate Democrats 53 Republicans 45 Independents 2   Democrats Republicans Seats not up in 2014 34 30 Safe in 2014 10 13 Leaning in 2014 1 3   Shaheen (NH) Walsh (MT)     West Virginia     South Dakota Total 45 46 Toss-ups 7 Democrats 2 Republicans Iowa Mcconnell (KY) Landrieu (LA) Georgia Hagan (NC)   Pryor (AR)   Michigan   Begich (AK)   Udall (CO)   There is nothing particularly exciting to report in the contest for control of the House of Representatives. Republicans will maintain control. Based on the number of current…
  • This and That

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Recently WW engaged in a discussion with one of its readers: WW: Here are the latest performance numbers for Obama. Reader: What happens when the main stream press stops covering up for Obama in its ongoing coverage? WW: That part of the press that appears to cover his back won’t change, but their impact is less because there is an increasingly active more conservative press. Reader: The difference is that the negative, right-wing press reinforces opinion, whereas the mainstream media helps form opinion. Right-wing media only serves those who are looking to reinforce their preconceptions.
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • Californians Want Action on Environment

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New poll shows Californians want to lead on responding to climate change by Brian Leubitz In a PPIC poll just released this evening, Californians said that they want action on the environment. As you can see from the graph, Californians think the time to act is now. About two-thirds of Californians (68%) support the state law, AB 32, which requires California to reduce its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Strong majorities have favored this law since the survey first asked about it in July 2006, but a partisan divide has emerged on the question. While most Democrats, Republicans, and…
  • Actually, Top 2 Doesn't Make Government Better

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Senator called for nationwide adoption of the failing electoral system by Brian Leubitz A few days ago, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had something to say about California, which probably mirrors the diversity of America more than any other state, was racked by polarization until voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 that adopted a "top-two" primary system.  ... While there are no guarantees, it seems likely that a top-two primary system would encourage more participation in primaries and undo tendencies toward default extremism. It would remove the incentive that pushes our…
  • Brown Picks Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for Supreme Court

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Stanford Law Professor is first of two picks that Brown will make by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown will replace Justices Baxter and Kennard this year, and today he announced his first pick, Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar . Cuellar, 41, was born in Matamoros, Mexico, and for years crossed the border by foot to attend school in Texas. He moved with his family to the Imperial Valley when he was 14 and obtained his bachelor's degree from Harvard College, his law degree from Yale Law School and a doctorate in political science from Stanford. In selecting Cuellar, Gov. Jerry Brown…
  • Yee Advances to General Election as Pérez Concedes

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Former speaker concedes to allow election to move forward by Brian Leubitz The trouble with elections decided by less that 500 votes is that you are basically within the margin of error. It isn't the same kind of error you get in a poll, but the point remains. There are just going to be mistakes somewhere along the line. That's the nature of the process. But John Pérez has decided that in the interest of moving the election forward to concede. While I strongly believe that completing this process would result in me advancing to the General Election, it is clear that there are significant…
  • Have We Seen the Last of the Death Penalty in California?

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Court ruling could mean big changes at San Quentin by Brian Leubitz The death penalty isn't actually executed in California anymore. Oh, our courts sentence people to death, but it hasn't actually been executed since 2006, when Clarence Ray Allen was put to death in January. Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU did a little slideshow that shows our death row looking more like the early bird special at the local buffet. For a variety of legal and pragmatic reasons, we just don't perform executions anymore. And now that is increasingly likely to stay the case for the foreseeable future: A conservative…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (And Most Everything Else)

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories. My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way. Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.” (Yes, it was written in the present tense.) Then there are the messages from those who seek the elimination of Israel. These run along the lines of, “Jeffrey wants blood, give him more Palestinian blood!” (I’m not sure if this tweet was riffing off the blood libel or not). Like many people, I am legitimately shocked (not “shocked,…
  • Understanding What Hamas Wants

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    1. We can thank former President Bill Clinton for perfect clarity in his comments about the chaos and horror of Gaza. In an interview on Indian television, Clinton—who told us in his memoir that Palestinian self-destructiveness (in the form of Yasir Arafat’s various delusions and prevarications) undid his effort to bring about a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict—blames the Muslim Brotherhood’s Gaza affiliate, Hamas, for adopting a policy of deliberate self-murder in order to present Israel with a set of impossible dilemmas. “Hamas was perfectly well aware of what would…
  • Netanyahu's Mistake

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    David Horovitz, the editor of the indispensable Times of Israel, noticed something on Friday that other observers did not. At a press conference, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been on record for several years now supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, essentially said, "Never mind." Here's Horovitz: [Netanyahu] spoke only in Hebrew, and we are in the middle of a mini-war, so his non-directly war-related remarks didn’t get widely reported. But those remarks should not be overlooked even in the midst of a bitter conflict with…
  • What, Exactly, Is Hamas Trying to Prove?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” The Gaza-based Hamas has recently fired more than 500 rockets at Israeli towns and cities. This has terrorized the citizenry, though caused few casualties, in large part because Israel is protected by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system. In reaction to these indiscriminately fired missiles, Israel has bombarded targets across Gaza. Compared with violent death…
  • On the Israeli Police Beating of a Palestinian, and Other Crimes

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    The torture and murder by fire in Jerusalem of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, allegedly by a gang of Israeli hooligans, initially prompted in me a desire to say, "But," but then this short piece, by Rabbi David Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, came over the wire: Please, please don’t say ‘but.’ The words after ‘but’ invalidate everything that comes before—“He’s a nice person, but he does steal from the company.”  You see? “But” is a meaning duster, sweeping all that precedes it. So everyone who has written condemning the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and then goes on to…
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Ranking Democrat Attacks Ryan's Anti-Poverty Reform

    John McCormack
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House budget committee, ripped Paul Ryan's anti-poverty proposals. "Democrats have made clear that we welcome any constructive ideas that can reduce poverty, but we oppose any plan that uses the sunny language of reform as a guise to gut successful poverty-fighting efforts," Van Hollen said in a statement. “The fundamental problem with the proposal Mr. Ryan laid out today is the total cognitive dissonance between it and the Republican budget he authored earlier this year. It’s a case of policy and…
  • Russian Military Shelling Ukraine

    John McCormack
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Wall Street Journal reports:  The U.S. believes Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, the State Department said on Thursday, an assertion that Moscow is playing a more direct role in the Ukrainian conflict. The latest accusations show U.S. officials raising pressure on Moscow and more closely examining Russian activities near the rebel-held portions of eastern Ukraine since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which Washington blames on pro-Russian separatist fighters. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also said the U.S. has evidence…
  • Correction: Nunn Does Not Botch Georgia State Motto

    Michael Warren
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    See update below. Michelle Nunn is the daughter of former Georgia senator Sam Nunn, and the Democrat is running this November to follow in her father's footsteps. The younger Nunn is a native of Perry, Georgia, but she grew up and went to school in the Washington, D.C., area while her father served in the Senate. That could explain why the Democrat incorrectly identified the state of Georgia's motto. From the Associated Press (emphasis added): At her stops, Nunn massaged her usual critique of partisan rancor to fit Perdue. “We’re going to give voters something different, as…
  • Ron Paul: American Conservatives to Blame for Islamist Terrorism

    John McCormack
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    During an appearance on the Fox Business yesterday, former Texas congressman Ron Paul said he blames terrorism on American neoconservatives. The Free Beacon reports: Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman asked Paul, “You have been accused in the past of blaming America for violent acts, for terrorist acts. I want to know first how you respond to that charge.” Paul called that characterization “a fallacy and a misrepresentation of what I say.” “I don’t blame America,” Paul said. “I’m America, you’re America. I don’t blame you, I blame bad policy, I blame the…
  • Paul Ryan Unveils Anti-Poverty Reforms

    John McCormack
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    In a USA Today op-ed and speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plans to reform anti-poverty programs.  At the center of the reforms is a proposal consolidate federal funding for up to 11 anti-poverty programs and give that money to states that request the opportunity to see if they can do a better job of fighting poverty. Ryan emphasized in his speech at AEI that a "state would get the same amount of money as under current law—not a penny less." Ryan explained that "in effect, the state would say,…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • California High Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

    James Fallows
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    As a reminder: California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project now being contemplated anywhere in the United States. It has also become one of the most controversial. Jerry Brown, now running for an unprecedented fourth term as governor, has stuck with HSR as his signature/legacy project. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more He is opposed by Republicans, probably most significantly in the form of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Eric Cantor's successor as House Minority Leader, who is trying to deploy…
  • You Think Your Summer Travel Plans Are Rough? Spare a Thought for People in China

    James Fallows
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    The point of my book China Airborne was that just about everything involving China's potential, and its challenges, could be seen in its ambition to become an all-fronts aerospace power. Chinese scientists and officials are trying to advance their civilian space program, and also their network of military satellites. Their state planners and their industrial companies are trying to build big airliners, like Boeing and Airbus. They are trying to build smaller jet and piston airplanes, like Gulfstream and Bombardier and Cessna and Cirrus (the last of which the Chinese aerospace corporation…
  • America Going to Hell, in 1 Sentence

    James Fallows
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    A woman I know in Washington asked her local health club why the "good" yoga teacher, who was usually scheduled for Saturday mornings, seemed not to be there any more and was replaced by subs. The emailed reply today from the manager: Sadly [the teacher] is giving up her Saturday class because she is focusing on honoring her weekends more. Previously in the "America's fate as documented through yoga" series, please see "There Will Always Be a San Francisco." (To save you the effort of writing in, I like and respect yoga! And I know that people need a break. I just thought "focusing on…
  • From Inside and Outside the Iron Dome, Once Again

    James Fallows
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    I have received lots of mail on the technical aspects of the "Iron Dome" system: its origin, performance, strengths, and potential weaknesses, plus comparisons with its Patriot predecessors. Watch this space for follow-ups as more information becomes known. But I intend this to be the last installment on the string begun with the powerful note from an American rabbi in Jerusalem, about his gratitude for Iron Dome protection as Hamas rockets were falling. I have received enough mail since then to be reminded that there is an inexhaustible supply of passionate but irreconcilable, and familiar,…
  • Don't Blame Malaysia Airlines

    James Fallows
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I have an op-ed in Saturday morning's NYT, whose title gets across its point: "Don't Blame Malaysia Airlines." Short version: Airlines rely on regulators and national and international bodies to tell them about airspace they should avoid. Absent such warnings, airspace is presumptively legal and safe for transit. MH17 was following the rules by staying out of no-fly and warning zones. A terrible crime and disaster occurred, but that is not Malaysia Air's fault. Shorter still: According to Spiegel (German version here), while some airlines, including Air France, had changed their routes to…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Don't bring back the draft, bring back war taxes

    SuperUser
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    by Doctor Science One thing we agree on about the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars is that the (American) human costs were borne by only a small part of the population. For people in the military and their families the war was a constant and excessive burden, but most Americans felt no direct consequences at all. And I think we all agree that one reason these wars dragged on so long -- the longest of *any* of this country's wars -- was because the burden was so very unevenly distributed, so that the public -- and their representatives, and the media -- could basically forget about the wars for weeks…
  • O-hisashiburi open Friday thread

    liberal japonicus
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    by liberal japonicus Which is basically, 'long time, no see' in Japanese. Though the formality marker at the end is probably too much. I hope this article, pulled from the LGM thread, is of interest. I loved it and don't skip over the footnotes at the end.  What is everyone else reading?
  • A Parenting Scene Open Thread

    Ugh
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    by Ugh The Scene:  Saturday, Pizza Joint The Players:  Ugh, Ugh’s almost 3 year old The Setting:  Pizza ordered, just sat down to wait. Almost 3 Year Old (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Okay, it’s coming soon. [30 seconds later] A3YO (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Don’t worry, it’s coming. [30 seconds later] A3YO (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Good, it will be here in a little bit. [repeat for 20 minutes until pizza arrives, pizza is the make and style favored by the A3YO] A3YO:  Nooooooooooooooo! Not dat one!!!!!  Nooooooooooooo!!!! [throws self on floor]…
  • My Cyborg Spouse

    SuperUser
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    by Doctor Science On Wednesday my husband D had both his old knees replaced with new, shiny robot knees. I am now married to a cyborg.We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster. D and I met in 1974 (as friends, we didn't start dating for 10 years), when The Six Million Dollar Man was starting its first season. I'm pretty sure D owned a jacket very like that one, too. Ah, 70s fashion. We've had the technology for a while, but because of the frakked-up US health care system, we haven't had the *money* until this year. You don't get…
  • The list of people we didn't spy on is shorter

    Ugh
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    by Ugh The dribs and drabs of N!S!A! and other U.S. intelligence apparatus spying news continue to flow from the Edward Snowden FilesTM and elsewhere.  Here is a story about how even "incidentally" collected information is stored and searched.  Most disturbingly (to me at least, there are many other disturbing details) in that story, is that "The NSA treats all content intercepted incidentally from third parties as permissible to retain, store, search and distribute to its government customers."  So, where is the incentive to keep from "incidentally"…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

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

    Ryan Flynn
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative Budget transparency, the mantra goes, is key for citizens to hold governments accountable for how they spend public money. But what if public spending does not happen through the budget, or if a good share of public resources are not captured in budget documents? Time and time again, the Open Budget Survey has shown that many governments keep certain corners of public finance hidden from public view. Questions in the Open Budget Survey that are linked, for example, to extra-budgetary funds,…
  • Unlocking Budget Data in Australia: the BudgetAus Collaboration

    Jay
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post was written by Rosie Williams of InfoAus. Budget transparency in Australia has recently taken a big step forward with the first ever release of federal budget data in machine readable format. Prior to this year, budget data in Australia had been locked away in PDF and Word documents. While these publications met the broad guidelines for reporting government spending to the public, analysis of government spending remained a difficult and time consuming process. Providing information is one thing, making it usable is yet another. Unlocking the data As a novice programmer with a degree…
  • What’s new in budget work and research around the world

    Jay
    30 May 2014 | 8:42 am
    We’ve compiled a list of news articles, blog posts, publications, and other materials from this week related to budgets and civil society work, as well as governance and development issues more generally.   Top News Working with Budgets and Spending Data (School of Data) The School of Data, whose goal is to empower CSOs, journalists, and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively, has an online course on working with budget and spending data. Does transparency improve governance? Reviewing evidence from 16 experimental evaluations (Journalist’s Resource) This…
  • Elections in India: Transparency, Accountability, and Corruption

    Jay
    14 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    This post was written by Ravi Duggal, Program Officer at the International Budget Partnership. Elections are underway in the world’s largest democracy. With over 800 million voters spanning 543 political constituencies, voting will last until mid-May. And transparency and accountability are shaping up to be key issues for voters. Turbulence in the last few years The last two years have seen major upheaval in Indian politics and the general mood is against the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) – a centre-left coalition led by the Congress party. Many believe the UPA has…
 
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  • A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty

    diegodomenech
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Eliminating poverty seems like an impossibly utopian goal, but it's actually pretty easy: we can just give people enough money that they're above the poverty line. That idea, known as a basic income, has been around forever, but it's made a comeback in recent years. I  …
  • Sue the President? Cost and Consequences

    Flame77_7
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Truth or consequences... that was one of the first "game show" on television during the early 50's into the 70's.  It tried to make a comeback in the in the late 70's and again in the late 80's  both times being cancelled after one season.   The history of the gam …
  • Watchdog clears White House of Hatch Act violations

    SuperSaiyan
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The federal watchdog tasked with enforcing the Hatch Act has cleared the White House’s political affairs office of any wrongdoing in violation of the 20th century law that bars political activity by executive branch employees. In a letter dated Thursday to Maryland Rep. El …
  • What 'Women Against Feminism' Gets Right

    Twaddle
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    The charge that feminism stereotypes men as predators while reducing women to helpless victims certainly doesn’t apply to all feminists—but it’s a reasonably fair description of a large, influential, highly visible segment of modern feminism. The latest skirm …
  • John Boehner's ultimatum: Change 2008 law or else | MSNBC

    geewizz-6485144
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner gave President Barack Obama an ultimatum on the border crisis: Secure the border or you’re not getting any money. In a letter to President Obama on Wednesday afternoon, Boehner said the House will not authorize the president’s req …
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    FactCheck.org

  • More Carbon Tax Distortions

    Lori Robertson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Crossroads GPS claims that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall “voted to enact a carbon tax.” Udall did no such thing. Republican Thom Tillis claims that Sen. Kay Hagan “supported a carbon tax” that would destroy “up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years.” That’s not accurate, either. In fact, Congress has never voted on a specific carbon tax proposal. Udall couldn’t have voted to enact such a tax even if he wanted. And the figure on North Carolina jobs comes from a scenario presented by a group opposed to such a tax. To make these…
  • Wisconsin Trek-ery

    Brooks Jackson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his wealthy Democratic opponent is “sending jobs overseas.” But Mary Burke says the family company, Trek Bicycle Corporation, is “making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone.” Both are at least partly correct, but neither is telling the whole story. Walker’s Attack Walker started the latest round with a TV spot July 16 claiming Burke “[made] millions” sending jobs “that could have been done in Wisconsin” to “countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only $2 an…
  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

    Eden Everwine
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The conservative group Americans for Prosperity stretches the truth to attack Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas for “higher gas and grocery bills.” AFP blames Pryor’s vote to ban drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for higher gas prices. But the Energy Information Administration says drilling in ANWR would translate to little, if any, drop in prices at the pump. As for higher grocery bills, AFP cites Pryor’s vote to increase ethanol production, which raised the demand for corn and the price of livestock. But the Department of Agriculture says the impact on…
  • Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

    Lauren Shapiro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Q: Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration? A: Yes. There’s been a sharp increase in unaccompanied children from Central America since FY 2012, and the U.S. projected a bigger increase this year. FULL QUESTION Is it true that the US government advertised for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” back in January, 2014. And, if so, how did they know there would be this influx of children from Guatemala? (Or, some other country?) FULL ANSWER The…
  • Cherry-Picking Season in Illinois

    Carolyn Fante
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in “job losses” under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth — albeit small — since Quinn took office. The Illinois governor’s race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. Rauner, a businessman, is making a strong bid to defeat Quinn, a former lieutenant governor who was elevated to the top spot on Jan. 29, 2009, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. Real Clear Politics, which aggregates polling data, shows Rauner up by…
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    TechPresident

  • NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality.
  • Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change?
  • Civic Tech and Engagement: How SeeClickFix is Changing the Fabric of Local Reality

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    To see how people using the Internet can thicken civic engagement in deep and positive ways, there is no better example than SeeClickFix.com, a community platform that was founded in 2008 by Ben Berkowitz, a computer programmer living in New Haven, Connecticut, and his friends Miles and Kam Lasater and Jeff Blasius.
  • First POST: Precrime

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    How the US government determines who to put on its "known or suspected terrorist" list, no-fly list and selectee list; Israelis sharing Gaza casualty news over social media; Twitter's diversity report; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Angry News Feed

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    How Facebook's News Feed may be accentuating negative political polarization; new tools for visualizing political corruption; how posting your cat's photo online gives away your location; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Tweet of the day (2)

    lambert
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Body:  "It is not anti-Semitic to suggest that Israel doesn’t get a free pass to kill whoever it likes...to feel 'safe'" http://t.co/UJR3KR5BZC — JewishVoiceForPeace (@jvplive) July 24, 2014
  • VT's Shumlin hires Jonathon Gruber to vet single payer funding proposals, for $400K

    lambert
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Body:  VT Digger: Vermont has hired a policy architect of the Affordable Care Act as an economic consultant to help the Shumlin administration vet different single-payer financing scenarios. Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will help Shumlin’s health care reform team understand how different tax structures will impact subsets of the population as they design a proposal to pay for a planned universal health care program. Gruber is a veteran of health care economics and national health policy having served as technical adviser to the…
  • Looks like peak oil after all

    lambert
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Body:  Kevin Drum: In just the past ten years, capital spending by major oil companies on exploration and extraction has tripled. And the result? Those same companies are producing less oil than they were in 2004. There's still new oil out there, but it's increasingly both expensive to get and expensive to refine. (And all the hype to the contrary, the fracking revolution hasn't changed that. There's oil in those formations in Texas and North Dakota, but the wells only produce for a few years each and production costs are sky high compared to conventional oil.) In a hypertechnical sense,…
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Body:  Orthodox priests in Jerusalem held a joint mass for Gaza wearing Palestinian scarves: pic.twitter.com/YmzMtejDt4 — Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) July 24, 2014
  • Solving your problem with violence is like solving your problem with alcohol, all you get is your problem plus violence

    DCblogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Body:  David Swanson has the best take yet on the current situation in Gaza. Since 1948 the Palestinians have chosen violence as a way to solve their problem and since 1948 their situation has gotten worse. Even if you could use the Geneva Convention and an occupied people's right to self defense as a way of rationalizing the use of rocket attacks, it is not working for the Palestinian people. Once again violence has left them worse off then they were before.
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Seeds for a Future Cookbook

    Latina Lista
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Seeds for a Future Cookbook by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Seeds for a Future Cookbook If you’ve been following the news, over 57,000 children, many of them from Guatemala, have crossed the border into the U.S. this year alone. The root cause of this issue is violence in urban areas, lack of education and poverty in rural areas, and Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic child malnutrition in Central America.
  • Brazilian literacy campaign taps technology to keep readers on task to finish reading their novels

    Latina Lista
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Brazilian literacy campaign taps technology to keep readers on task to finish reading their novels by Latina Lista LatinaLista — It wasn’t that long ago that doomsayers predicted the end of print books given the rising popularity of e-readers. After all, how can something as archaic, as bound-type-on-paper, even compare, or stand alongside, to today’s technology? A new literacy campaign from Brazil highlights how traditional print books cannot only…
  • Guest Voz: Poverty and the perception of poverty – how both matter for schooling outcomes

    Latina Lista
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Poverty and the perception of poverty – how both matter for schooling outcomes by Latina Lista By Andreas Schleicher LatinaLista Compensating for students’ socio-economic disadvantage is one of the greatest challenges facing teachers,school leaders and education systems as a whole. However, data from PISA show that some countries are much better at this than others. Consider the featured photo. The horizontal axis shows the percentage of lower…
  • Poll: Most Rio Grande Valley residents feel less safe

    Latina Lista
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Poll: Most Rio Grande Valley residents feel less safe by Latina Lista By Steve Taylor Rio Grande Guardian EDINBURG, TX — Only one in four Rio Grande Valley residents feel safer living on the U.S.-Mexico border today than they did five years ago, according to a new opinion poll. The Pulse of the Valley poll, conducted by UT-Pan American’s Center for Survey Research (CSR), found that almost 60 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that the…
  • Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Kids Can! Mexico Online

    Latina Lista
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Kids Can! Mexico Online by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Crowdfunding Campaign: Kids Can! Mexico Online Fifteen years ago, two remarkable women in rural Mexico started a school on a shoe string. Now they have a savvy plan to take all their 160 students online. The future is digital. Everybody knows it. Children without computer skills will have no chance in the coming world economy. BBC News reported on May 20, 2014 that Mexico…
 
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Left Coast Rising

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There are lessons for the rest of us in the good news from California.
  • Hope in the Abattoir

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The peoples of the Holy Land are condemned to each other. Realizing that is their only way forward.
  • Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Will a new conservative anti-poverty plan, however well-intended, just lead directly to the soup kitchen?
  • Did Dodd-Frank Work?

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We really have no way of knowing whether “too big to fail” is still with us until we have another crisis.
  • The Suns of August

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Bodies rot, looters roam. The Russian-enabled downing of Flight 17 marks the nadir of the West.
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    New York Observer

  • Wall Street Journal Names Barbara Chai Managing Editor of Culture Blog

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The Wall Street Journal has promoted Barbara Chai to managing editor of Speakeasy, its culture and entertainment blog, global arts editor Eben Shapiro announced in an email to staff this afternoon. Ms. Chai, who started as a news intern at the Journal in 1998, has been the news editor of Speakeasy since 2012. Mr. Shapiro’s memo below: I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Barbara Chai as managing editor of Speakeasy, the WSJ’s popular home for real-time coverage of entertainment, media, celebrity and the arts. Barbara has played an essential role in making Speakeasy one…
  • City Council Passes Avonte’s Law to Evaluate School Door Alarms

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A missing poster depicts Avonde Oquendo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The City Council unanimously passed legislation to require the Department of Education to evaluate putting alarms on school doors following the death of an autistic boy who disappeared from his school. The bill is named for Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy who was caught on camera walking out of his school. There was a massive search for the missing youngster, but his remains were found in January. Sponsored by Councilman Robert Cornegy, the bill requires the DOE and the NYPD to evaluate placing alarms on exterior…
  • Cecily McMillan Speaks Out In Defense of Rikers’ Correction Officers

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    (Photo by Daniel Cole) In the wake of last Monday’s controversial New York Times article detailing the allegedly brutal conditions experienced by mentally ill inmates of Rikers Island, corrections officers and the head of the Correctional Officers’ union, Norman Seabrook, have been largely vilified. One might naturally assume that the former Occupy Protester and prison reform advocate Cecily McMillan–who was released from Rikers on July 2nd following 58 days in jail for elbowing a police officer during the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2012– would support the Times’ claims…
  • Nothing Left In The Tank: Lower Manhattan Gas Stations Nearly Extinct

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    You ever have that nightmare where you run out of gas on the FDR at 6:00 on a Friday? Well, Manhattanites might be in for the worst. The now barren Mobil station at 24 2nd Avenue (Photo: Alex Rabinowitz) Last week, reports surfaced that the last gas station in Lower Manhattan is slated to close. The BP Station and auto shop on 24 2nd Ave. was the last holdout in a string of gas station closures throughout the past year. Another BP location at 300 Lafayette is due to become an office tower, while a Mobil station at 11 Ave. and C was sold as a mixed use property as per a DOB record, first…
  • NYCLASS and Allies Rally for Horse Carriage Ban at City Hall

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Edita Birnkrant of Friends of Animals speaks to the press as NYCLASS members gather behind her. (Photo: Jillian Jorgensen) Advocates who want to ban horse carriages descended on City Hall Thursday to rally for their cause—and to tangle with the people who drive the carriages. NYCLASS and other advocates for animals rallied outside the City Council’s stated meeting Thursday, cheering on supportive council members and seeking to influence others. While Mayor Bill de Blasio—whom the animal advocates strongly backed for election—promised to ban the horses right away, they’re still…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • “Real” Presidents and Demands for “Leadership”

    Daniel Larison
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Krauthammer makes a typically ridiculous but revealing argument: A real U.S. president would give Kiev the weapons it needs, impose devastating sectoral sanctions on Moscow, reinstate our Central European missile-defense system, and make a Reaganesque speech explaining why. In other words, “real presidents” cave in to Krauthammer’s demands for aggressive policies. Unless the U.S. wants to be sucked deeper into the war (and Americans clearly don’t want that), it is very unwise to send arms to a government engaged in a conflict with Russia. As we should understand very…
  • Gaza and U.S. Public Opinion

    Daniel Larison
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Gallup finds that Americans are split on the question of whether Israel’s actions in Gaza have been justified or not. Overall, 42% say that they are justified, 39% say they are not, and 20% have no opinion. These results are comparable to a Gallup poll taken during the second intifada twelve years ago, but there are slightly more on the ‘unjustified’ side than there were then. As we have seen in other polls on related matters, there is a significant gap between Republicans and everyone else: It is striking how evenly divided the public is on this question when there is total…
  • Gaza and Moral Idiocy

    Daniel Larison
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Rich Lowry dutifully recites the official line on the conflict in Gaza: Each civilian death in Gaza is a tragedy, but who is ultimately responsible? The moral calculus here is simple. Hamas precipitated the war and persisted in waging it even when Israel was willing to accept an Egyptian offer of a cease-fire. Hamas hides its rockets in schools and places its command bunkers under hospitals. It wants war, and it wants civilian casualties. The summary is misleading at best, but even if we accept all of it as true it doesn’t make Israel’s current military operation defensible. Hamas…
  • The Folly of Unquestioning Support for a Client

    Daniel Larison
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Politico reports some of Rand Paul’s recent foreign policy comments: Potential GOP presidential contender Rand Paul said Wednesday that no one should question Israel’s actions in a time of war. “I wouldn’t question what they need to do to defend themselves,” the Kentucky Republican told conservative radio host Glenn Beck on “The Blaze.” “These are difficult decisions people make in war when someone attacks you. It’s not our job to second guess.” It may be not be “our job” to question what a client state does, but that doesn’t really explain why Paul…
  • Why Republicans Still Haven’t Regained the Public’s Trust on Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Matt Yglesias comments on a new Politico poll: By a margin of 39 to 32 the GOP is the party that’s more trusted with the country’s foreign policy. That points to an optimal political strategy for Republicans of complaining loudly and repeatedly about Obama’s lack of leadership in various foreign crises without saying too much in detail about what they would do specifically. In other words, what the GOP is already doing. Most people, it turns out, don’t have detailed and fully coherent ideas about the whole range of public policy issues so they can turn toward the more hawkish party…
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  • Dierks Bentley and Friends Bring Country 'Front and Center'

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It was a night of jokes red Solo cups and Number One hits when Dierks Bentley sat down with a group of songwriters for an informal concert filmed by PBS for its superlative concert program Front and Center The performance also helped mark the 10th year of the Country Music...
  • Watch Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch's Outrageous Two-Woman Show From 1999

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Back in 1999 two upstart comedians Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey "accidentally" booked the same stage at Chicago's legendary Second City So they decided to share the spotlight performing their shows simultaneously Dratch delivered a one-woman play about the obscure (possibly fictional) women's rights pioneer Edwina Garth Burnham; and Fey...
  • Watch Maddie & Tae Turn the Tables on Bros in New Video

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    New duo Maddie & Tae all but cut purveyors of bro country off at the knees with their debut single "Girl in a Country Song" The tongue-in-cheek hip-shaker transparently references decidedly non-feminist lyrics from artists like Florida Georgia Line Jason Aldean Billy Currington and Blake Shelton When Rolling Stone Country...
  • How the Newport Folk Festival Got Its Groove Back

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    In 2008 ticket sales at the Newport Folk Festival had become so slow that founder George Wein was considering selling the 50-year-old event where Dylan went electric in 1965 That's when Jay Sweet – a journalist and music supervisor for filmmakers the Farrelly Brothers – wrote an 18-page proposal asking for...
  • The Inevitable, Unfortunate Porn Parody of 'Weird Al''s 'UHF' Arrives

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Thirty years into his career "Weird Al" Yankovic has finally received two of the biggest honors a proprietor of pop parody can receive His first ever number one record and a parody of his own work Unfortunately the latter comes in the form of new porn gallery that spoofs "Weird Al"'s 1989...
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • Quadruple Threat: Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, All Rolled Into One

    Mark Thompson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Despite the Pentagon’s nonstop jawboning about joint operations—where the military’s four sister services cooperate to prevail on the battlefield—those with time in uniform will tell you that each service is like a foreign land to the other three. MoreRussian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in UkraineOhio Man’s Therapy Ducks Fall Foul of Local OrdinancesU.S. General: Putin May 'Light a Fire' He Can't Control NBC NewsIsraeli Strike Hits U.N. School, Killing At Least 15 NBC NewsHope Gone: Official Says Human Remains, Plane Wreckage Discovered NBC NewsThat…
  • Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move

    Alex Altman
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. MoreBorder Crisis: Central American Churches Try to Keep Children HomePhotographer Captures Birds-Eye View of Border CrisisU.S. General: Putin May 'Light a Fire' He Can't Control NBC NewsIsraeli Strike Hits U.N. School, Killing At…
  • Chris Christie Battered By His GOP Rivals on Governors’ Circuit

    Zeke J Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Forget, for the moment, about the cornfields and the straw polls, the live-free-or-die gun shops of Manchester and the sticky-sweet BBQ pits of South Carolina. There is a point in the 2016 presidential campaign, when the action that matters most is more likely to happen under gilded ceilings of Manhattan’s toniest restaurants than where voters actually live. Which is why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie found himself supping at Cipriani on May 18, seated between the billionaire who might fund his way to the White House and a rival governor who wants the job himself. It was a test meal, in…
  • Platon: Life and Death on the Border

    Paul Moakley
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
  • Hispanic Caucus To Push Deportation Relief in White House Meeting

    Alex Rogers
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus plan to meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and White House counsel Neil Eggleston at the White House on Friday morning, Jasmine Mora, a spokesperson for Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), told TIME. Hinojosa is the Chairman of the CHC. The meeting will focus on a memo the caucus sent to Johnson in April on administrative deportation relief and humane enforcement practices, Mora told TIME. “The intent of the meeting tomorrow is to talk about what administrative actions the President can take under the law,” she…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Washington Post Blasts Hamas

    David Brody
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    I know it may seem shocking to you but The Washington Post’s editorial board blasted Hamas for their “tunnel vision.” Read below. It’s refreshing to see The Washington Post “intellectuals” understanding the real problem. Washington Post Editorial THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The tunnels are the reason that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided last…
  • Video: Marco Rubio Stands Up For Traditional Marriage: Calls Gay Americans Out For Their Hypocrisy

    David Brody
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Sen. Marco Rubio didn’t hold back today at Catholic University when talking about traditional American values. Instead of shying away from the now controversial topic of marriage (ridiculous), Rubio had the following stern rebuke for homosexuals who seem to think anyone who is against gay marriage is a bigot. Sen.Marco Rubio: This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage. And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before…
  • The Brody File Show: The Immigration Reformation

    David Brody
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    This week on the Brody File we take a look at the political sparring over immigration reform as thousands of undocumented minors enter the United States. We also explore the different ways evangelical Christians are responding to the border crisis.
  • Brody File Exclusive: Todd Akin Says 'Legitimate Rape' Comment Became A Spiritual Warfare Moment

    David Brody
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Todd Akin, the former Congressman who angered the Republican establishment when he uttered the words, “legitimate rape” during his campaign for the Senate two years ago, tells The Brody File that during that time he felt a spiritual warfare battle going on saying, “I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil.” Watch below and read the partial transcription below the video. Todd Akin: I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and…
  • The Brody File Show: White House Calling?

    David Brody
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    This week on the Brody File we look at how three presidential hopefuls plan to make their way from the Capitol building to the White House. We're breaking down the views, strategies and potential stumbling blocks of Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The $21 gift horse

    James Wimberley
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    David Klemencic is one of the appellants in the Halbig v. Burwell lawauit that threatens to upend the entire subsidy scheme in the federal ACA exchanges. (He turned out to be the key one to establish standing as an injured party, here page 9.) He objects to paying $21 a year for a Bronze policy with the subsidies. That’s not a number picked from thin air, it’s a calculation supplied under oath by Donald Moulds, the acting assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the HHS (h/t Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones). On the open market, the cover would cost the 20-year-old…
  • Military education, apparently,…

    Michael O'Hare
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    is to education as military music is to music, as the old joke about military justice goes. When we don’t need to kill people (and I do not diss the military function of the military), our armed forces still create value for our society by modeling a code of honesty and personal honor, just like professional sports; people we can look up to and try to emulate, who do it the hard way and don’t cheat, and who know we all depend on each other and go out of their way to share credit for their accomplishments. Right? Oops.  Poor Walsh is being savaged as a plagiarist, and I think…
  • Cowardice, mendacity, and cruelty…

    Michael O'Hare
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    …elegantly proportioned in the unspeakable Steve Pearce. What a guy!
  • The Enduring Myth of “Killer Heroin”

    Keith Humphreys
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    I was at a meeting with the Australian drug addiction researcher Shane Darke last week, which gave me the chance to congratulate him for publically predicting correctly that Philip Seymour Hoffman’s autopsy would show that the actor’s tragic overdose death was due to a combination of drugs and not an unusually strong or contaminated batch of heroin. I talked with Harold Pollack recently about how careful research on overdoses destroyed my prior belief in “killer heroin” hype: There’s a very nice paper just out by Professors Shane Darke and Michael Farrell, who…
  • Tangled-web Dep’t

    Mark Kleiman
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Julia Ioffe, reporting on the insane theories about the Malaysian jetliner peddled on Russian TV and in Russian newspapers, points reports that Vladimir Putin is now caught in a trap of his own making. Russian mass media is now dominated by an extreme-nationalist lunatic fringe, built up by Putin and his cronies but no longer under their detailed control. And the alternative reality presented there influences not only mass public opinion but also elite opinion, since to stay in touch people with real decisions to make have to pay attention to the prolefeed. If Putin wanted to act responsibly,…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Five good reads on Ronald Reagan and race-based appeals

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Republicans have been long been masters at demanding that prominent Democrats apologize for some obscure person's offensive comment. Today the Black Hawk County Republicans used this tried and true technique to score a story by the Des Moines Register's chief politics reporter. In a now-deleted post on the Black Hawk County Democrats' Facebook page, a volunteer shared a graphic comparing Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Among other things, the graphic described Reagan as a "white supremacist." Jennifer Jacobs' story leads with a Republican press release and includes an apology from…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Wild petunia, plus May apple with fruit

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    This week's featured flower resembles a common garden planting, but wild petunia (Ruellia humilis) is native to much of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. In Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie, Sylvan Runkel and Dean Roosa note that this plant can grow "in a variety of habitats, from open woodlands to moist prairies to sand plains." According to Iowa naturalist Leland Searles, the petunias often grown in gardens are in the nightshade family (Solanaceae) and have alternate leaves. Wild petunia is a member of the acanthus family (Acanthaceae) and has opposite leaves. Also known as hairy…
  • More Iowa political reaction over unaccompanied immigrant children (updated)

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    As new reports indicate that Iowa families are caring for more than 100 unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the U.S. illegally during the past year, Governor Terry Branstad stands by his cold shoulder to the kids, while leading Iowa Democrats have called for a more welcoming stance. I enclose below some recent news and commentary about how Iowans should react to the humanitarian crisis. Martha Stoddard reported for the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, Iowa received 122 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children during the first six months of this year, according to a federal…
  • Lots of links on potential 2016 Iowa caucus candidates

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It's been a while since Bleeding Heartland dedicated a thread to the potential 2016 presidential candidates. Please share any comments related to the next Iowa caucus campaign in this thread. Lots of links on various Democratic and Republican contenders are after the jump. DEMOCRATS The Democratic presidential field is frozen until former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes up her mind. She didn't tip her hand during an appearance on The Daily Show last week to promote her new book. Speaking on CNN today, former President Bill Clinton said his wife needs more time to consider another…
  • Obama executive order bans federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    President Barack Obama signed an executive order today that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Labor Secretary Tom Perez explained, My colleagues in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs have enforced the government's nondiscrimination laws for federal contractors for years. Their work ensures that contractors and subcontractors doing business with the government don't use taxpayer money to discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or status as a…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • We're Supposed to Learn and Grow

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The people who wrote and ratified the U.S. Constitution didn't intend by so doing to abolish slavery or abolish the death penalty or give women the right to vote or to an abortion or to legalize same-sex marriage. But they did ban cruel and unusual punishment, and they did ban unreasonable searches. With the Fourteenth Amendment the people demanded equal protection under the law. So, it seems to me that the Founders understood that what was considered unusual and unreasonable in their time might not be considered so in future generations, and the idea that people should be treated equally…
  • Interpreting Floridian Polls

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The last four presidential elections in Florida have been very close. The largest victory was George W. Bush's 2004 reelection, when he managed to win Florida 52%-47%. Obama won 50%-49% and 51%-48%, and 2000 was basically a tie that was broken by the conservative Supreme Court. So, it's telling that Hillary Clinton currently has a double-digit lead on every Republican not named Jeb Bush. The Democratic side is another story with Clinton consistently leading the way over would-be Democratic rivals and beating Republicans. Except for [Jeb] Bush, whom she leads by 7 points, 49-42, she beats…
  • Are the Ivy Leagues Really So Bad?

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    I don't know that William Deresiewicz really made the case that Ivy League schools are overrated, but he did raise a lot of interesting issues. Having grown up in Princeton, I can be a little sensitive about how Ivy Leaguers are perceived, but I know them first hand and I know all about entitled little shits. Back in the 1980's when I was cavorting around Princeton's campus and socializing with the student body, things were not quite as competitive as they are today. But they were competitive enough. One thing that happens to you when you come from an Ivy League town is that you get to hear…
  • Bring On Mika and Joe

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    If Mika and Joe actually replace Fluffyhead as the hosts of Meet the Press this country will be getting roughly what it deserves. Don't get me wrong. The show would improve. How could it not? But it would also be giving up the pretense of being a serious show. And that will be appropriate, because we are no longer a serious country. A country cannot remain anything other than a joke when it is run by people like John Boehner. It's just not possible. And he's actually a relatively sane individual. Any likely replacement for Boehner might as well have been hauled at random out of a psychiatric…
  • The Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Has Arrived

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Keith Humphries notes that recent studies have discovered that people who die from overdoses of opioids, including heroin, don't tend to have taken overly large doses or to have taken a "bad" batch that included impurities they may not have known about. The problem with opioids is mainly the opioids themselves. Having noted this, however, I can't say that I am particularly pleased to learn that my community now has to contend with a nasty batch of fentanyl-laced heroin. Police said several additional search warrants that were executed after the arrests led to additional heroin seizures.
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Former NASA Boss: Russia Has US Space Program in ‘Hostage Situation’

    Camille Squires
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Forty-five years ago today, the world watched as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” becoming the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. The historic Apollo 11 landing established the U.S. as the leader in the Space Race against the Soviet Union, a key victory at the height of the Cold War. Today, in contrast, with the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, NASA has to pay for space aboard Russian rockets to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Political tensions between the two…
  • PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi: ‘Deliberate Massacre’ in Gaza

    ABC News
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    From ABC’s Sandra Petrykowski PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi lashed out at Israel today over what she described as “war crimes” and the “deliberate massacre” of Palestinian civilians during Israel’s current ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. “This morning, it’s nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre. War crimes committed daily. But now there is a deliberate shelling and bombing and destruction of whole areas, of residential areas,” Ashrawi said on “This Week.” “These are war crimes being…
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Hamas Committing ‘Double War Crime’; Rails Against ‘Mad Islamists’

    Benjamin Bell
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he is sorry for civilian casualties in Gaza, but he lashed out at Hamas, asserting the Islamic group that controls the Gaza Strip is purposefully putting civilians in harm’s way while also attacking innocent Israelis with rockets. “We regret any civilian deaths but those lay entirely at Hamas’ door,” Netanyahu told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “Hamas is deliberately targeting our civilians; they’ve fired 2,000 rockets, 2,000 rockets at Israel cities.
  • ‘Enormous Array of Facts’ That Russia Supported Rebels Accused of Shooting Down Plane, Says John Kerry

    Ali Weinberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Evidence indicates Russia was involved with the separatists accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 over Eastern Ukraine, said Secretary of State John Kerry, who urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to do more to avoid future tragedies like Thursday’s crash. “There are an enormous array of facts that point at Russia’s support for and involvement in this effort,” Kerry told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, noting that many of the separatists in the region are actually Russian, not Ukrainian, and that the U.S. has strong intelligence that Russia…
  • Sunday: Secretary of State John Kerry; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    ABC News
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images With crisis from Ukraine to the Middle East, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Secretary of State John Kerry. And as Israel launches its ground offensive into Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to “This Week.” Plus, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, discusses the latest details on the investigation of the shooting down of Malaysian Air Flight 17. And the “This Week” roundtable debates all the week’s global politics, with ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Passing the Buk by William Bowles

    dandelionsalad
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    by William Bowles Writer, Dandelion Salad williambowles.info July 22, 2014 Well, aside from a few comments I’ve posted on Moon of Alabama, I’ve spent most of the time reading (when I’ve not been compiling) just about everything I could on the subject of the downing of Malaysian Airlines #MH17 and I think it’s pretty obvious […]
  • Downed Airliner: Fake Audio Tape Shows US-Backed Hit to Frame Russia by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation July 21, 2014 In a devastating twist to emerge over the weekend it now seems that the Malaysian civilian airliner downed over Ukraine was most probably brought down as a result of sabotage by the US-backed Kiev regime. The purpose of this […]
  • US Aims at Blowing EU-Russia Rift with Downed Airliner by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who perished. ~ Lo by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation July 20, 2014 The downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine with the loss of all 298 onboard comes amid mounting frustration between Washington and its European allies […]
  • Lawrence Lessig: Break the Hold of Big Money Over American Elections, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges paul jay on Jul 15, 2014 Chris Hedges interviews Lawrence Lessig about his plans to break the hold of big money over American elections * Transcript *** Hedges and Lessig on Money and Politics, Part 2 TheRealNews on Jul 15, 2014 Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig continue their discussion about how […]
  • A War Crime In Progress by Jason Farbma

    dandelionsalad
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Dandelion Salad by Jason Farbma socialistworker.org July 14, 2014 ISRAEL’S RELENTLESS pounding of a trapped civilian population in Gaza entered a frightening new phase as its bombing campaign continued into its seventh day. On July 13, the Israeli military dropped leaflets warning the residents of northern Gaza that whoever stayed behind risked being caught in […]
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • The Statesmen

    Roberto
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
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  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

    Roberto
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped anti-immigrant protesters to the arrival of undocumented minors to a shelter in Oracle, Arizona, hilarity ensued.A Republican sheriff who takes a hard line against immigration and aspired (aspires?) to political office.A few busloads of undocumented minors (who never arrived).A Republican congressional primary candidate who tried to use the protest to his advantage.A busload of YMCA campers who happened to be driving by.A mariachi band.In other words, just another day in Arizona politics.
  • School's Out for Summer

    Roberto
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is worried Israeli kids won't be able to have a "normal summer vacation" unless Israel occupies the Gaza Strip.School's out for summer ... roll the tanks!
  • The Blame Game

    Roberto
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
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  • Giustificazione

    Roberto
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
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    The Left Coaster

  • Hello Public Option?

    Deacon Blues
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Image courtesy of Talking Points Memo Those of us who track and know something about health care policy have been tracking the Halbig v. Burwell case for months, knowing that it (and not the Hobby Lobby case) represented the biggest legal threat to Obamacare's long-term viability. Those chickens came home to roost this morning when a three-judge panel of the DC Court of Appeals (DCA) ruled 2-1 to eliminate the federal subsidies for individual insurance purchased in states with federally-run health benefit exchanges. The DCA's reasoning was that the law passed by Congress provided subsidies…
  • Hot Air For Nothing

    Deacon Blues
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I think it’s safe to say that given the mood of the likely 2016 electorate, foreign policy may not be a determinative issue. Americans seem to generally be more focused on pulling back overseas and wanting more engagement on domestic issues like the overall economy and jobs. As such, the upcoming presidential election will turn on which candidate can effectively address that mood and speak to those issues, while demonstrating to voters their aptitude to handle the job based on their experience to date. This makes the GOP effort to tear down Hillary Clinton on Benghazi all the more…
  • Shut Up John

    Deacon Blues
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    John McCain long ago reached the "get off my lawn" stage of irrelevancy, mostly as a result of his unending bitterness over losing the 2008 election to an inexperienced and well-talking African American colleague. As usual with Republicans, they want to blame everyone else for their plight, and McCain needs to look in the mirror as to why he wasn't president with a Vice President Palin. But McCain is especially despicable of late, taking whatever credibility the Beltway bestowed upon him for allegedly being a military and foreign policy expert, and flushing it down the toilet with stupid-ass…
  • Just Another Political Prop

    Deacon Blues
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Is anyone surprised that after John Boehner and the rest of the GOP browbeat the president earlier this month over the “invasion” of immigrant children rushing our borders, that Boehner now says the House GOP can’t be bothered to actually send their solution over to the Senate before they all run off to recess? If Obama had real political skills, and knowing as he does that a significant part of the Democratic caucuses in both houses are against amending the 2008 law that contributed to this problem, he would hammer the GOP for the remainder of July over their inhumane and craven…
  • A Real Disgrace

    Deacon Blues
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    ABC Image of New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte, an accomplished master of BS Today, the Senate GOP managed to filibuster a Democratic attempt to overcome the harm done by the "Catholic Five" on the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case. What's surprising in the 56-43 failed vote was that Democrats picked up the support of three GOP senators to fix the discrimination sanctioned by the Catholic Five. What isn't surprising is that the GOP, including the endangered Mitch McConnell and the deceitful Kelly Ayotte tried to skirt the fallout by misdirecting the issue to cover their asses. Ayotte…
 
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Raw: Eric Garner's Wife Collapses at Rally in NY

    Associated Press
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Raw: Eric Garner's Wife Collapses at Rally in NY A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of Eric Garner, who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold, has been placed on desk duty. Garner's wife burst into... From: Associated Press Views: 30253 158 ratings Time: 00:44 More in News & Politics
  • Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold Credit To: https://www.youtube.com/user/FakeDodgeViperGuy A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.... From: Secular Talk Views: 19039 607 ratings Time: 05:52 More in News & Politics
  • STUDY: Religious Kids Don't Know Fact From Fiction

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    STUDY: Religious Kids Don't Know Fact From Fiction A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in "fantastical stories" are... From: Secular Talk Views: 11861 753 ratings Time: 05:20 More in News & Politics
  • CO2 Treated Like Jews In WW2 Says Oil Shilling Professor

    The Young Turks
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    CO2 Treated Like Jews In WW2 Says Oil Shilling Professor "The cable business channel CNBC continued to push climate change denial on its network, hosting a professor who compared the "demonization" of carbon dioxide to the Holocaust. Physics Professor... From: The Young Turks Views: 54263 1221 ratings Time: 04:43 More in People & Blogs
  • GOP 2016 Favorites, They're Confused

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    GOP 2016 Favorites, They're Confused Four potential GOP candidates for president in 2016 stand above seven others as the best known and best liked among Republicans at this early juncture in the... From: Secular Talk Views: 3897 190 ratings Time: 06:26 More in News & Politics
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Armed self-defense by blacks during the civil rights movement

    Bob Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible Standing behind Martin Luther King in the South were considerable numbers of heavily armed blacks who weren’t about to let the Klan terrorize them. This history of armed self-defense stretches back to the days of slavery. Voter registration drives in the South signed up far more voters when they were protected by armed blacks. Even MLK had guns. His house was described as an “arsenal.” He was a huge moral force. However, implicit in his nonviolence was “if you don’t…
  • What a crock. Smartphone-controlled crock pot

    Bob Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Tell me again why I need to control a crock pot remotely. The Belkin wi-fi crock pot costs $130, 3-4 times more than your basic paleolithic crock pot, which force users to agonizingly walk over to it to adjust the controls. The Belkin frees you from such horrors. In fact, to set the timer you have to use the smartphone app because the crock pot doesn’t have a timer that can be manually set. This is progress? If something can be controlled remotely it doesn’t mean it needs to be or there is any advantage in doing so. But I did have an incident where I checked the app to see how…
  • Brit secret service funded pedophile groups to blackmail them

    Bob Morris
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Moloch demanded child sacrifices This explains why pedophile activity by high-ranking people in Britain was never prosecuted. The government helped finance pedophile groups so the pedophiles, who were powerful politicians, could be blackmailed. The abused and raped children of course were of no concern to anyone. This shows the degeneracy of the ruling class and how law enforcement is just not very concerned with protecting people but rather with protecting power. J Edgar Hoover engaged in the same type of blackmail in the US. NSA almost certainly is doing it too. We are governed by monsters.
  • Michigan Urban Farming Institute

    Bob Morris
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Out of apparent ashes comes Detroiters who are taking what they having and creating something better from it. The Michigan Urban Farming Institute has a production urban farm, training center, demonstration urban farm, shipping container house, and are rebuilding a distressed apartment so it is habitable again. We believe that challenges unique to the Michigan community (e.g., vacant land, poor diet, nutritional illiteracy, and food insecurity) present a unique opportunity for community-supported agriculture. Using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and…
  • SF Bay Area housing prices in bubble fueled by startups, stock options

    Bob Morris
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    One million for a no-view 2 bdr apartment in SF highlights the real estate bubble currently enveloping San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prices are driven by play money. Startups get huge funding even though they have no possibility of profits for the forseeable future. Those who work at tech companies often get stock options. In both cases they take what is essentially free money for them and bid up real estate prices. High housing prices drive out even those making good money. It makes the market unstable. It will end, because all bubbles end. This time is not different. It will end when…
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  • Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    These capabilities start with SoftLayer data centers in Texas (open now) and Virginia (opening Fall 2014). Each center is designed and built to comply with demanding federal standards, and each device in each center — from servers to power supplies — is connected to a single integrated management system. This design enables automated deployment and control of the entire platform, including both bare metal and virtual components, and extends that control to you through one web portal and API for on-demand scalability and management. The highly secure SoftLayer data centers will initially…
  • Mitigating the DDoS Threat

    28 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    This white paper covers:Likelihood of attacks for different industriesTop business concerns of DoS/DDoS attacks2013 notable attack vectors and landscapeDoS/DDoS protection best practicesRequest Free!
  • Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?

    15 May 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Ask one technologist and he or she might say that lethal autonomous weapons — machines that can select and destroy targets without human intervention — are the next step in modern warfare, a natural evolution beyond today's remotely operated drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Others will decry such systems as an abomination and a threat to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), or the Law of Armed conflict. The U.N. Human Rights Council has, for now, called for a moratorium on the development of killer robots. But activist groups like the International Committee for Robot Arms…
  • The Future of Drones: Sky-High Hopes vs. Regulatory Realities

    15 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Raphael Pirker needed overhead shots for a commercial he was filming at the University of Virginia, instead of spending thousands of dollars to rent a helicopter, he attached a camera to a 5-lb. (2.3 kilograms) model airplane, creating a custom drone to capture high-flying aerial views of the campus. A year earlier, the 29-year-old photographer piloted a similar drone around the Statue of Liberty in New York, buzzing the monument's iconic crown and recording stunning close-up views of Liberty Island and downtown Manhattan. Drones have been used by the military for decades, but Pirker's…
  • Fierce Mobile Government

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Discover the latest news and controversies surrounding agency adoption of mobile technologies in their free, weekly email newsletter. Sign up for FierceMobileGovernment today!Request Free!
 
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  • Welcome

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way. Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills. After experiencing site-killing disruptions which some would have suggested might be the work of  James R. Clapper Jr., FBI officials or others about whom I’ve written words that were less than flattering, but true, I’m moving away from writing…
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  • Why Is Christian Persecution Ignored?

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You hear all sorts of things on the news these days but none of them have anything to do with Christian persecution. You may wonder why this is true and so do I. The fact is that the world seem to care more about what gadget is hot and who is dating whom than who is being killed for their religious beliefs. It’s sad but true that neither the media nor anyone else these days cares about you, but it’s time to shed some light on things. The fact is things like a seven year old slave boy in Sudan being crucified on a board and left for dead by his owner simply because he snuck out to go to a…
  • Switching to South Beach Smokes to Help my Husband’s Career

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I never gave much thought to what people thought when they learned I was a smoker. I tried to make sure I only smoked in places where I was confident that my secondhand smoke wouldn’t phase anyone, and figured that it was my life and my body and no one had the right to tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. To a certain extent, I still think that way. But, when my brand new husband came home and announced that he’d decided to become an ordained preacher and help people better understand their chosen religion, I realized that my smoking wasn’t just my problem any longer. At every…
  • Keep the Energy in Your Home Positive

    admin
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:36 am
    You work hard to keep your home as clean as you possibly can. In a constant war with the dust, you sweep, vacuum, and dust every single day. Sometimes you even pull everything out of a room and scrub the place from the top to bottom. What might not have occurred to you at this point is that you should also focus on trying to free your home of any negative energy that might be clogging things up. This negative energy might be the reason everyone has been feeling frustrated and irritated all the time. It can also be one of the reasons you might be currently struggling to communicate with your…
  • Increase Your Home’s Value by Adding a Boat Dock

    admin
    27 Nov 2013 | 8:38 pm
    If you live on the lake then you should totally have a boat dock if you don’t already. You might like to know that by adding a boat dock to your home you are increasing the value of it. This is especially important to know if you are ever going to consider selling your home. A potential buyer will look right past your home if the neighbors house for sale has a boat dock and yours does not. Keep this in mind and perhaps build your own boat dock before you sell. If you don’t plan to sell your home right now but you are interesting in adding value to your home, you should still considering…
  • What About Christian Rights?

    admin
    22 Nov 2013 | 1:59 pm
    It would seem that everywhere you turn these days there are cries for equal rights and freedom of speech. Some of the loudest speakers are the ones that speak out in favor of gay rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and so on. Let me be clear. Every group of people just mentioned deserves to have equal rights in the United States. There is no reason that a group should be maligned simply because they are different. However, the biggest issue in this drama is not the lack of rights given to a minority but the lack of rights given to a large majority. Who has the biggest target on their…
 
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  • Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges

    Peter Suderman
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration’s implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. The reasoning for this ruling was simple: That’s what the law says. The section dealing with the creation of state exchanges and the provision of subsidies states, quite clearly, that subsidies are only available in exchanges "established by a State," which the law expressly defines as the 50 states plus the District of…
  • Watch Nick Gillespie, Remy, on Fox News' Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld Tonight, 3AM ET

    Nick Gillespie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
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  • Rand Paul Amendment Would Bar Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Patients

    Jacob Sullum
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Last month Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), together with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), introduced an amendment aimed at protecting medical marijuana users and suppliers from federal harassment. But as I noted at the time, it is not clear to what extent the amendment, which copies the language of a rider approved by the House of Representatives in May, would accomplish its goal. The problem is that it bars the Justice Department from trying to "prevent" states from "implementing" medical marijuana laws, which enforcing the federal ban on marijuana does not necessarily do. An amendment that Paul…
  • Jim Epstein on Light Rail in Detroit: Is This America's Greatest Boondoggle?

    Reason.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    "Downtown," wrote the urban historian Sam Bass Warner Jr., was "the most powerful and widely recognized symbol of the American industrial metropolis," and it still evokes sentimentality even in those of us who grew up long after flagship stores and corporate headquarters had relocated to the outskirts, leaving urban commercial districts empty and decrepit. The allure of downtown is an ongoing distraction from what’s actually important for the health of cities, writes Jim Epstein, and it explains in part the twisted logic behind one of the most confounding urban development projects of our…
  • Presidential Overreach Lawsuit Moves Forward, Execution Ickiness Fuels Opposition, Firmer Job Market Gives Slackers a Breather: P.M. Links

    J.D. Tuccille
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A congressional lawsuit over presidential overreach in unilaterally setting and changing policy won a thumbs-up from the House Rules Committee. Don't get your hopes up—Barry will be collecting hefty speaking fees long before this makes its way through the courts. Youths in Central America seeking access to the U.S. may gain refugee status in an Obama administration plan to save a few lives that might be lost on the long trek north. The latest effort to make an execution as incompetent and gruesome as possible, this time in Arizona, gives new energy to opponents of the death penalty.
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

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

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early voting for Tennessee's August Primaries begins this Friday, July 18. Bill Haslam is up for re-election as governor. I've made no secret that I am no fan of his in previous posts on this blog. A few months ago, I even posted a series of videos from a NewsChannel 5 Investigation into the wheelings, dealings, and crony capitalism within his administration.English: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Prior to his election in 2010, I said Haslam…
  • Happy 4th of July!!

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
  • A Second Chance for District 17

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do you live in the Tennessee counties of Wilson, Macon, Clay, Cannon, DeKalb, or Smith? If so, you are in Tennessee State Senate District 17 and are currently represented by an entrenched, incumbent, career politician who's been in the Tennessee Legislature for the last 20 years (8 years in the House and the last 12 in the Senate). Prior to that, she was on the Wilson Co. Commission for 4 years. In other words, she has held some political office for 24 consecutive years. Do you realize that is 6 presidential terms? In fact, she's been in office since early in George H.W. Bush's only term in…
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Hollywood's Dismal Summer

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Pamela McClintock, Hollywood ReporterLess than six weeks before Labor Day, hopes for recovery at the North American summer box office have evaporated. The season is expected to finish down 15 to 20 percent compared with 2013, the worst year-over-year decline in three decades, and revenue will struggle to crack $4 billion, which hasn't happened in eight years. As a result, analysts predict that the full year is facing a deficit of 4 to 5 percent.
  • Why Is This Gaza War Different?

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Adam Garfinkle, The American InterestWhether one is some shade of pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian, or even if one is without a favorite side to support or loathe, it is tempting to see what has been going on between Israel and Hamas in Gaza over the past two weeks as just another Mideastern example of George Shultz’s definition of foreign policy—not one thing after another, but “the same damned thing over and over again.”
  • The Number One Issue in Iowa

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Jeff Kaufmann, RCP Changing Lanes
  • Carbon Tax Lessons From Australia

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Hendrik Hertzberg, The New YorkerDubious about “American exceptionalism”? Well, try this: the United States is the world’s only major advanced democracy whose flagship conservative party maintains that global warming is a non-problem. Of course, not all Republicans share their Texas comrades’ absolute scare-quote certainty that “ ‘climate change’ is a political agenda which attempts to control every aspect of our lives”: polls differ on whether most Republicans think the whole thing is a big liberal hoax, or if just half of them do.
  • Reckless Putin Finally Pushes West Too Far

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Mark Salter, RealClearPoliticsLast month, RussiaÂ’s envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko, urged the alliance to demand that the government of Ukraine immediately cease its offensive against the separatist rebels in “the war raging near RussiaÂ’s border.”The appeal proved Grushko has mastered the Soviet apparatchikÂ’s facility with Orwellian double-think required again of diplomats in Vladimir PutinÂ’s government. As most of the world realizes, the war was started by Russia, and is supplied and largely directed by Russia. It is Vladimir…
 
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    New Republic

  • The Most Absurd Job Titles in America

    Josh Kovensky
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In a bid to achieve maximal hipness and happiness, companies, particularly in the tech world, have collectively begun to create bizarre new positions or to attach peculiar names to the same old corporate paper-pushing nine-to-fives. A lot of these jobs have a bizarrely spiritual flavor—“evangeli
  • Send Your Kid to the Ivy League!

    J.D. Chapman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, a medium-sized city in the Blue Ridge mountains. It is not the sort of place that produces many Ivy League graduates. Only ten kids in my high school class of 500 crossed the Mason-Dixon Line for college, for example. I went to Yale. I chose to move back h
  • The Hidden, Horrifying Impacts of Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We've all heard the global-warming horror stories. Rising seas will eventually sink coastal cities from Miami to Los Angeles. Hurricanes and tornadoes will increase in strength, flattening entire towns. And extreme, lasting droughts will cripple large swaths of the western U.S. But other consequenc
  • Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand Just Got a Divorce

    Brian Beutler
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You don't need to love Representative Paul Ryan's new plan to reform anti-poverty programs to admit that it's an improvement over his old plan that entailed using increased suffering as an inducement to work. Yo
  • This Is Paul Ryan's Best Idea Yet

    Danny Vinik
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    On Thursday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan surprised liberals with the release of a new antipoverty plan that may include his best idea ever.In contrast to Ryan’s last four budgets, which proposed huge cuts to federal antipoverty programs, Ryan’s
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. U.S. politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Read full article >>
  • A conservative judiciary run amok

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. Read full article >>
  • Can you be a pro-business populist?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The tea party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. Read full article >>
  • Bordering on heartless

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression. His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of the tens of thousands of Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States. Read full article >>
  • Harry Reid’s effort to affix the blame for dysfunction

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • World’s Most Famous College Marching Band Fires Director, Was A Cesspool Of Sexual Harassment

    Judd Legum
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    CREDIT: YouTube/Screenshot The Ohio State University Marching Band has racked up millions of views on YouTube, national acclaim, and even a spot in an iPad advertisement, for its elaborate formations. This one, celebrating Hollywood blockbusters, has garnered over 15 million views: But a report released Thursday by Ohio State reveals that, behind the music, there was a pervasive culture of sexual harassment. The university said the band director, Jonathan Waters, should have done more to stop it, and fired him. Among the findings of the report, which was prompted by a complaint from the…
  • Climate Tipping Point? Science Deniers Mocked By Norman Ornstein, The Onion, New Yorker

    Joe Romm
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock This week in climate science denial mockery: “I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change. But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.” —Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith (fact-check: the average temperature on Mars is -81 degrees). — Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (!) scholar, on “Mainstream Extremism”…
  • Rick Scott Had Stake In Company Whose 474-Mile Natural Gas Pipeline Could Run Through Florida

    Katie Valentine
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Cannon A 474-mile natural gas pipeline could run from Alabama through Georgia and into Florida as early as 2017, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott owned stock in the company that’s set to build it. BrowardBulldog.org revealed this week that a review of Scott’s financial records show investments of several million dollars “in the securities of more than two-dozen entities that produce and/or transport natural gas” including in Spectra Energy, the company in charge of building the Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline — as well as other companies with…
  • PETA Offers To Help Pay Water Bills For Struggling Detroit Residents — But Only If They Go Vegan

    Annie-Rose Strasser
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Detroit residents are struggling to pay their water bills at such an alarming rate that the city’s utility announced a few months ago that it would cut off water for between 1,500 and 3,000 people every week. The situation has gotten so bad that the United Nations has had to step in and tell the city that such massive water shut-offs are a violation of human rights. People are desperate just to keep their taps turned on, as about half the city has fallen behind on its bills. As a resident recently told ThinkProgress, “when half of the city can’t do…
  • The Progressive Proposal Buried In Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan

    Nicole Flatow
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber Paul Ryan’s newest proposal to address poverty in part by defunding existing federal programs to help the poor hasn’t earned him any endorsements from the left. But scroll down to the bottom and there’s something in there for progressives. On criminal justice, Ryan quietly shifted his position to endorse bipartisan, progressive reform including moves to reform draconian drug sentences, and policies that ease re-entry from prison. In his proposal, Ryan acknowledges a dramatic link between criminal justice and economic mobility, noting that a…
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Each is responsible for the misdeeds of others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. (M. Gandhi) — Even Cheney? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Loss and gain are Siamese twins, joined at the heart. (C. Eire) — Separate them, and you cut your own soul in two. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    New ideas are easy. The hard part is letting go of what worked 2 years ago. (R. VonOech) — Creativity means cleaning out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it. (E. Bombeck) — Any problem is more bearable with a few endorphins! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Women must do things twice as well as men to be thought half as good. This is not difficult. (C. Whitton) — Grrrlz rock! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Curbing Enthusiasm About the "Enthusiasm Gap"

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The "enthusiasm gap" as a predictor of electoral outcomes is one of the Pew Research Group's less valuable contributions to political analysis. So I took a few shots today at Washington Monthly at Pew's latest offerings on this subject: Pew is back with its latest estimates of the GOP "enthusiasm gap" at this point in the midterm cycle. Here's the relatively good, or perhaps relatively not-so-bad, news for Democrats: Today, the Republicans lead on a number of key engagement indicators, though in some cases by smaller margins than four years ago. Currently, 45% of registered voters who plan to…
  • Georgia GOP's House Wingnut Replacement Plan

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    While most of the meager national attention paid to yesterday's Georgia primary runoffs was devoted to David Perdue's upset win over Jack Kingston for the U.S. Senate nomination, there were significant contests also held in the three heavily Republican districts vacated by House members running for the Senate. Remember back in May when people talked about ridding the House of hard-core wingnuts Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, who finished fourth and fifth (respectively) in the Senate primary? Well, their successors are in the same mold, as I noted at TPMCafe today: Gingrey, never the sharpest…
  • Game On in GA: Nunn in Good Position to Grab Senate Seat for Dems

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Georgia Republicans have nominated David Perdue to hold Saxby Chambliss's senate seat for the GOP, and all indications are that it will be a close race against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn. Some regard Perdue's win as an upset. The AJC's 'Political Insider' Jim Galloway has posted "5 reasons David Perdue shocked Georgia's political world to win GOP Senate nod," noting his money advantage, a possible anti-incumbency trend, his ground game edge and other factors. TDS managing editor Ed Kilgore explains at Talking Points Memo:" In the end, with turnout barely reaching double-digits, down…
  • The Difference in the Senate Battleground? Economic Agenda for Working Women and Men

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    From Democracy Corps and Womenms Voices Womens Vote Action Fund: A new poll of the 12 states where control of the Senate is being contested, fielded by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Women's Voice Women Vote Action Fund, shows that control of the Senate rests on a knife's edge, but that Democrats' have a powerful weapon in a policy agenda and narrative centered around the needs of working women and men. This survey, the first to poll in all 12 battleground states using a named ballot, reveals a 44-46 race in states that were won by Mitt Romney by 9 points just 2 years ago.
  • Creamer: United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near-Poverty Wages Is Shameful

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: On October 1, United Airlines is planning to outsource 630 gate agent jobs at 12 airports to companies that pay near-poverty level wages. The airports affected include Salt Lake City; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Detroit and Des Moines, Iowa. As a result hundreds of employees who formerly made middle-class, living wages will be forced to transfer to other cities, take early retirement or seek employment elsewhere. Union…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • A New Team for Amit Shah: BJP, RSS Leaders Discuss Names

    Gautam
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    New Delhi: Amit Shah is firmly in the driving seat as BJP president. Now for a team for him. Mr Shah is at former party president Nitin Gadkari’s home in Delhi today in a crucial meeting with top leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor. Also at the meeting is Mr Shah’s predecessor Rajnath Singh. At the top of the agenda is putting together a new team of BJP officeholders for Mr Shah, who is building strategy for assembly elections in four states later this year. The BJP hopes to extend in these state elections, its spectacular…
  • Railway Minister Gowda to seek Bihar CM’s help for patrolling of railway tracks in Aurangabad

    Gautam
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Railways Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Wednesday that he will be contacting Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to seek more help in the patrolling of railway tracks in that state’s Aurangabad District, where Maoists blew up the Delhi-Howrah railway track late on Tuesday night. Expressing grief over the incident, Gowda said that though it was unfortunate, but he was relieved to hear that there were no casualties.”Fortunately, no causalities have been reported. My officers detected the blast while patrolling. My officers and the state government, both took great care…
  • For Rise in Rape Cases, Akhilesh Yadav ‘Punishes’ Officers

    Gautam
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Lucknow:  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered action against officers and bureaucrats for lack of progress in rape cases. A tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office today said, “CM instructs CS to take action against those delinquent DMs/ SSPs (District Magistrates and Senior Superintendents of Police) who haven’t followed-up prosecution in rape cases in their monthly review.” Mr Yadav and his Samajwadi Party have been battling criticism over a series of rapes and killings in India’s most populous state. Commenting on the incidents, the…
  • Rs 17.60 lakh were spent on Modi’s oath-taking ceremony

    Gautam
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    NEW DELHI: An expenditure of at least Rs 17.60 lakh was incurred on the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, an RTI reply has found. The reply provided by the President’s Secretariat said approximate cost incurred on the arrangements of the oath-taking ceremony, attended by 4017 guests, related to tentage, stage, furniture and other allied items is Rs 17.6 lakhs.In its response to activist Ramesh Verma, the Secretariat said that it does not maintain the records of expenditure function-wise. “Hence the information sought for…
  • Every crime can’t be checked in UP, says Mulayam Singh Yadav

    Gautam
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Amidst growing criticism over deteriorating law and order in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said that the state government should not be expected to keep a check on each and every crime. When asked about gang-rape and murder of a 30-year-old woman in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area, Mulayam gave a bizarre statement, saying: “The population of Uttar Pradesh is 21 crore. The least number of rapes take place in Uttar Pradesh. Every crime cannot be checked in the state. The police take action against the criminals if such cases take place” Rather…
 
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  • The Other Nigeria

    Paul Collier, et al.
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately. But, while the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings, and murder merits international concern, it should not be allowed to obscure Nigeria's considerable achievements – or impede the country's progress toward stable, inclusive economic growth.
  • PISA’s Promise

    Ángel Gurría
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment has elicited considerable criticism. But, though there are significant challenges inherent in comparing schools across countries, PISA remains an invaluable tool for policymakers attempting to improve their national education systems.
  • The Onshoring Myth

    Federico Díez, et al.
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    There has been much talk about the "onshoring" of US manufacturing, fueled by moves by companies like Apple and General Electric to shift production back to the US. But, overall, the data do not back up such claims.
  • India’s Chinese Dream

    Lee Jong-Wha
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    China and India have both emerged as global economic superpowers in recent years, with China leading the way. But, with Chinese growth slowing amid far-reaching structural change, will the economic-reform efforts of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, enable the country to catch up?
  • Antarctica’s Point of No Return

    Anders Levermann
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Recent satellite observations have confirmed the accuracy of two independent computer simulations that show that the West Antarctic ice sheet has now entered a state of unstoppable collapse. The planet has entered a new era of irreversible consequences from climate change.
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  • Be Patriotic & Reflect on Frederick Douglass’ Independence Day Speech

    mrDaveyd
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    So today is July 4th Independence Day for the Good Ole USA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ..This is the beloved place where we have written before the statue of Liberty.. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” This is the land where in spite of this eloquent, compassionate writing we have ugly, racist Americans who stand on US freeways blocking the paths of frightened desperate children and women who have…
  • How Some Black Members of Congress Are Selling Out to Telecom Companies

    mrDaveyd
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Big phone and cable companies are attacking the free and open Internet – and some Black members of Congress are helping them do it. Ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently signed a letter to the FCC attacking net neutrality, the principle that prevents Internet service providers from discriminating online. All of these members have taken thousands in campaign contributions from the telecom industry. We’ve seen this before – but this summer is a crucial time when the FCC will choose to either protect Internet freedom, or allow phone and cable companies to take…
  • Phil Agnew and the Dream Defenders are No Joke

    mrDaveyd
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    We recently sat down with Phil Agnew of the Dream Defenders which is an incredible organization based in Florida. They were the first on the scene kicking up dust and doing all that they could do to bring attention to the grave injustice that befell 17-year-old  Trayon Martin who racial profiled and then shot by self-proclaimed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. During our interview, Phil walked us through all the direct action the Dream Defenders executed leading up to the Trayvon Martin saga getting national attention. These activities included blocking the doors to the Standford…
  • Mike Hutchinson: How Oakland’s School Board Plans to Further Gentrification

    mrDaveyd
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Mike Hutchinson Oakland, California like most city’s around the country and for that matter around the world has two big buzz word that spark intense, heated  passions among its residents GENTRIFICATION and PRIVATIZATION… Here in ‘tha town‘ public school privatization has been a key ingredient in the attempts by developers and big power brokers seeking to bring about an economic and demographic change. Translation, there are many in power who want Oakland to be whiter and more affluent. This is playing out in very ugly ways within the Oakland Unified School District…
  • Courts Rule Teaching Tenure is Unconstitutional-Here’s the Real Deal Behind that Fight

    mrDaveyd
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    On Tuesday a Superior Court here in the state of California issued a landmark ruling declaring teachers who receive tenure is unconstitutional. Immediately afterwards a number of folks jumped on social media and took to the airwaves declaring the ending of teaching tenure as a grand victory and now our children will be saved. A closer look at some of those prominent voices including the Black and Brown ones, showed that they were a small fraction of folks who had aligned themselves with big corporations and neo-liberal factions that want nothing more but to privatize public education. This…
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  • Hedge Funds do not Make Good Landlords

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Having a Wall Street powerhouse for a landlord can result in lousy living conditions.   Take, for example, the Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. It decided to get into the rental housing business, buying up at least 40,000 homes, most of which were properties foreclosed in the wake of the financial crisis. The houses were spruced up and then rented out by Blackstone’s property management subsidiary, Invitation Homes. Over the course of nearly two years, the enterprise turned Blackstone into the country’s biggest landlord of single-family homes.
  • Nuclear Waste Company Received $1.9 Million Performance Bonus…5 Days after Underground Fire Shut Facility

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Government officials overseeing the nation’s only underground storage for nuclear waste allowed a nearly $2 million bonus go to a private contractor just days after its shoddy work resulted in a fire that closed the facility.   The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico shut down in February after a salt-hauling truck caught fire in the facility’s underground tunnels.   The fire may have been the result of diesel oil building up on the vehicle’s engine. Shortly after that event, a container with radioactive waste sprung a leak. Investigators are still…
  • Corporate Tax Evasion Strategy Debated in Senate

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Large American corporations are bailing left and right out of the United States for (tax free) greener pastures overseas. The problem has both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill seriously concerned as far as its implications for the U.S. Treasury and the government’s ability to fund programs. But the two sides can’t agree on how to fix the problem.   Democrats in the Senate have introduced reform measures based on a White House plan that calls for amending the tax code to discourage so-called corporate inversions. Currently, U.S. businesses can claim they are foreign…
  • U.S. Pork Producers Keep Using Drug Banned or Restricted in 160 Countries

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Pig farmers in the United States have continued to feed a controversial drug to their livestock, choosing production needs over human and animal health concerns, according to critics.   The drug is ractopamine, which is given to 60% to 80% of all domestic pigs and cattle to make them grow leaner before slaughter. The Food and Drug Administration first approved it 15 years ago, claiming the drug was safe to use.   But food safety advocates disagree with this claim and the assertions of farmers who rely on the product made by Elanco, a division of drug maker Eli Lilly. They point out…
  • If You Ask for a Public Defender in One Texas County, You Get a Sheriff’s Detective Instead

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Local officials in Texas have decided it is more important to save tax dollars than provide a criminal suspect with a public defender.   Starting late last year, McLennan County decided to send a sheriff’s detective to the home of any person requesting a court-appointed lawyer. The purpose: to see if the individual was poor enough to not afford their own legal counsel, or determine if they were lying.   Officials stand by their decision to carry out the investigations, believing some residents were taking advantage of free legal help.   “I think this has been very,…
 
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  • Did Huppenthal Call Brewer a Liar?

    Bob Lord
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    It’s now two weeks since I requested additional information about the aliases John Huppenthal used and the sites at which he commented. A week ago, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Now, it seems, he may be ignoring … Continue reading →
  • Arizona has a history of botched executions

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    By now everyone has heard about Arizona’s botched attempt to execute a prisoner, Joseph Rudolph Wood, by lethal injection with a cocktail of drugs that may or may not have been obtained legally by the state (Arizona was caught buying … Continue reading →
  • When is a ‘crisis’ not a crisis? When it is GOPropaganda

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    He’s baaack! Suffering under the delusion that the GOP really wants him and needs him, that scion of the Bush Dynasty, Jeb Bush, along with his own version of “Bush’s brain,” Clint Bolick from the “Kochtopus” Death Star, the Goldwater … Continue reading →
  • Pathetic voter turnout in primary elections

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Voter turnout in “the world’s oldest democracy” has always been embarrassing, but this year’s primary elections have set a new standard for the truly pathetic. Giving Up on Politics: If You Wreck It, They Won’t Come: We’ve been warning about … Continue reading →
  • General George S. Patton would like a word with Andrew Thomas

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    I almost spit out my coffee this morning when I read this headline in the Arizona Capitol Times: A fence through the middle of Arizona: Thomas unveils ‘Patton Line’ border security plan. In my youth I knew veterans who had … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees

    Christa Hillstrom
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    "You matter.""We are working hard to make sure you are able to stay in this country.""Come and live in California!" It's not exactly the incendiary rhetoric we've grown accustomed to in the last few weeks, as American leaders clash over the question of what to do with tens of thousands of child refugees fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The messages above—along with more than 1,800 others—have flooded the website TheyAreChildren.com since it was launched last week by the California Endowment and partner organizations. The aim is…
  • Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project

    Kali Swenson
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Photo of Japanese Americans, including the Kitamoto family, being taken from their homes on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Photo from Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community. “A lot of my cultural background was probably taken away or hidden,” says Frank Kitamoto in a video interview recorded by Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. Like many Japanese Americans, Kitamoto and his family were incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. For many of those who were incarcerated, their stories remained locked away as difficult personal memories. Densho is preserving those…
  • Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)

    Miriam Axel-Lute
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    This article originally appeared on the Shelterforce blog at Rooflines.org. Photo by Daniel Parks / Flickr. Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country people carry machine guns through the baby products aisle and want to cut both food stamps and millionaire’s taxes, while in others we’re extending marriage equality and trying to build decent mass transit and celebrating diversity. It’s a deep, unbridgeable rift, and…
  • How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests

    Madeline Ostrander
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Australians have long been troublemakers—witty, willing to mock and thwart authority, and full of the kind of no-nonsense pragmatism that comes from making a society in a harsh landscape. Iain McIntyre’s How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia is a new edition of a book that began as a zine nearly 20 years ago. While the title, of course, parodies the most famous example of the self-help genre, How to Make Trouble is more Howard Zinn than Dale Carnegie. It offers an alternative history of Australia,…
  • Meet the 99-Year-Old Revolutionary Who's Still Changing Detroit

    Liz Pleasant
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    On June 30th, PBS premiered American Revolutionary, a feature length documentary film about the life of Grace Lee Boggs. Boggs has been active in radical labor and civil rights movements since 1939 and has an impressively long FBI rap sheet to prove it. American Revolutionary explores what drew Boggs to Detroit's African-American community and how she is inspiring a new generation of activists. You can watchit for free at PBS.org, now through July 30th. Read more: Planting Seeds of Hope: How Sustainable Activism Transformed Detroit Bring On the Next American Revolution Grace Boggs: Reviving…
 
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  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
  • Todd Starnes Promotes New Book on Fox By Touting Debunked Christian Persecution Case

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    6 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    (originally posted on Peacock-Panache.com) Appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, Todd Starnes (the man who repeatedly cried Christian persecution wolf to anyone who would listen) touted a debunked theory about anti-Christian persecution on military bases. His book God (B)less America appears to be chock full of these sorts of cases (in addition to a case Starnes has personally worked to manufacture and promote with the assistance of his publisher’s vice president of sales). Right off the bat in the interview – led by none other than far right personality…
  • No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    5 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Dear Eddie Vedder,

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    I have been a huge fan of yours for years. The first time I heard you play was at The Peony Park Ballroom in 1991 here in Omaha, NE. Pearl Jam opened for Red Hot Chile Peppers. I, like many of my friends had never heard of your band; we only saw the name of your band on our concert ticket. After that concert, you gained many fans here, including myself and to this day that concert is spoken about in legendary terms.Read more »
  • Knox and Sollecito - Are They Finally Beginning to Crack?

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    Recently Raffaele Sollecito held a press conference. He and Amanda Knox have been recently convicted again in Italy for the murder of Meredith Kercher.This murder case has been carrying on and on since 2007 when the two were originally arrested. Unlike the United States, Italy allows for the state to appeal three (3) times, the same amount of times that a defendant may appeal. Oh how I wish we had this back when this country witnessed Casey Anthony walk off after being tried for killing her precious baby Caylee.I digress....Read more »
  • Tuberculosis - Making a Comeback!

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    A high school in Sacramento, CA is now reporting students infected with tuberculosis.A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday. Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said.Meanwhile in a totally unrelated story, the famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio in…
  • Jodi Arias Trial Truth: The Herr Speights Sinus Theory Debunked

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Jodi Arias Trial Truth: The Herr Speights Sinus Theory Debunked: " The most difficult student to educate is the one who is not willing to admit their ignorance" - anonymous "Herr" S...
  • Jodi Arias -- My Response to the Absurdity

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:55 pm
    …" You [Jodi Arias] are the worst thing that has ever happened to me…"-Travis AlexanderFor the past month or so I've been dedicating my free time to re-watching the Jodi Arias Trial. Obviously I have been fascinated with this case and am looking forward to the upcoming penalty phase.Read more »
 
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  • Labour and the Tories are both framing 2015 as a two-horse race

    George Eaton
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    But which will benefit the most? David Cameron and Ed Miliband walk through the Members' Lobby before the Queen's Speech on June 4, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. After last year's "summer of silence" (in the words of one shadow minister), Labour is aiming to hit the parliamentary recess running. Ed Miliband's speech tomorrow marks the beginning of a "summer offensive" that will feature more than a dozen major speeches by members of the shadow cabinet in the next five weeks.  The campaign will be framed around "The Choice" between a "Labour future" and "Tory threat". The aim, as I write in…
  • Why Ed Miliband should gamble on a snap election after 2015

    Owen Bennett
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    After 2015, Ed Miliband should evoke the spirit of Harold Wilson and gamble on a snap election – not dither and drown like Gordon Brown. Ed Miliband could call a snap election following 2015 if he wins. Photo: Getty Next year’s election has been touted as the most significant for a generation. But then they always are. But after a five-year wait for this general election, we may be asked to go to the polls again even sooner than we think. For while there is legislation saying the next government will last five years, like the current administration, the realities of politics – and a…
  • Tories investigate MP over domestic assault caution

    Lucy Fisher
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Michael Gove has launched a probe into Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, after he was issued with a domestic assault caution earlier this year. Former shadow policing minister David Ruffley was cautioned for domestic assault on his former partner in March this year. Photo: Getty David Ruffley MP is under investigation by the Conservative party after receiving a caution for domestic assault earlier this year. Michael Gove, the Government chief whip, launched an inquiry into the MP for Bury St Edmunds after his constituency Police and Crime Commissioner and a prominent member of the local…
  • Is a return to constructive relations between Russia and the West possible?

    David Clark
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Russia may be destined to remain a source of instability and confrontation for as long as Putin remains in the Kremlin. The "Putin Doctrine of muscular nationalism" makes Russia's relations with the West fraught. Photo: Getty Just when it looked as if tensions between Russia and the West couldn't get any worse, an international arbitration tribunal in The Hague is set to make a ruling on Monday that could have far-reaching consequences for relations with Moscow. It's the culmination of a decade long legal battle by the former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil to secure compensation for the…
  • “But they have a space programme!”: untangling the foreign aid debate

    Richard Mallett
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Mainstream narratives about aid are clumsy and confused: here's how to talk about international development. Sierra Leone. Photo: Richard Mallett Aid is one of the great political footballs of our time. Certainly, it’s one of those issues that gets some pretty strong reactions on a fairly frequent basis. But most of the time, the way it’s talked about is unhelpful. Whatever your stance, engaging productively in the public debate on aid is really hard because of the clumsy and confused nature of mainstream narratives. To me, a lot of what people say conflates several different aspects of…
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  • Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don't Let 'Scandalous' Obama Run 'Roughshod' with Immigration Exec. Actions

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants.  In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very…
  • Illegals Comprise 10% of 'Several' NY High Schools as State Braces for Thousands More

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    New York officials are expecting to receive at least another 7,000 illegal immigrant children who have been detained in the next months. The New York Immigration Coalition, along with New York City officials, announced on Wednesday that the state has already received nearly 3,300 illegal immigrant children and illegal immigrants make up 10 percent of some NYC International High Schools.  Nish Agarwal, the Immigrant Affairs Commissioner for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the "administration is committed to do everything we can to embrace Central American migrant…
  • Gang of Eight Republicans Promise: We're Not Trying to Sneak Our Bill Through

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Senate “Gang of Eight” Republicans are vowing not to try anything sneaky, as Congress considers legislation to address the border crisis. In a statement that underscores the remarkable distance the immigration debate has traveled since their bill passed the Senate with 68 votes last year, the four Republican authors say they do not support bringing up such a bill this year. “Last year, we helped lead the effort to pass immigration reform legislation that received 68 votes in the United States Senate,” Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ)…
  • Ted Cruz Submits Second Border Crisis Bill: 'We Must Put a Stop to President Obama's Amnesty'

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced another border crisis bill on Thursday, which, like the first one he introduced last week, is aimed at curbing President Barack Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens via executive order. Cruz issued a statement about his new bill: The current situation in the Rio Grande Valley is a humanitarian crisis of this Administration’s making. President Obama set the stage for this crisis by refusing to live up to his most basic responsibility to secure our border, imposing huge human and financial costs on border communities and on immigrants who come here…
  • Arrest Warrant Issued for Possible Illegal Alien with Drug-Resistant Strain of Tuberculosis

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Central California have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who they say is contagious and has refused treatment. San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said Thursday that police are looking for 25-year-old Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a transient who comes from a part of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis spreads through the air when infected people cough, sneeze, or otherwise expel air from their lungs. The disease can be deadly. Prosecutors say Rosas Cruz was diagnosed in March…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Economy without government

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    “Apart from the optimistic announcements and the song and dance about prospects of recovery that brings to mind a film that we have unfortunately already seen (protagonist: Berlusconi when he said there was no crisis because the restaurants were full ...), what is the economic situation of Italy in the time of Renzi? If one looks at the main economic parameters, there’s little to cause joy and the current government has indeed failed to change direction in relation to the inauspicious austerity policies put in place by previous governments. Let’s start with the public debt that has…
  • Open letter to Minister Boschi

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    "Honourable Minister, I followed the clash you had in Parliament with the M5S and Sel senators in relation to the institutional reform proposals that are currently under discussion. Understandably you defended your work and you have rejected the idea that these reforms represent an authoritarian change of direction associated with an illiberal spirit. Going beyond the polemics that in this case were particularly fiery, I would like to calmly present you with a few thoughts that are purely personal. I’m offering them simply as a citizen and as one who has been studying these matters. As an…
  • From Matteotti to Di Matteo? #lanuovadittatura - the new dictatorship

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    History never repeats itself in the same way, but if you look at the Italy of today and that of 1924, the year when Giacomo Matteotti was kidnapped and killed, there are many striking similarities. The outcomes could be the same: the end of the democracy, with fascism being brought in in its place, a system involving all the country’s organisations that want to protect their privileges and keep the will people at a safe distance: organised crime, P2-ists, corrupt institutions, and political parties. Since the victory of the M5S in the 2013 national elections we have been experiencing a…
  • Passaparola - Mothers in crisis

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Watch the Passaparola of the Mothers in Crisis10:00 We are the "Mothers in Crisis", about 100 healthcare and social workers that worked at Milan’s Mangiagalli Polyclinic for many years. We formed this group by attending a Healthcare and Social Workers course at our own expense. Then the Polyclinic held a public selection testing process to fill 29 posts. In the end they took around 90 people, but we were all left at home. After having discarded us, they even expected us to train the new employees that had come through the selection process, in other words the ones who would be replacing us,…
  • Honest Italy by Di Matteo

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    What follows is part of the speech delivered by the prosecutor Nino Di Matteo yesterday in via D'Amelio, Palermo. “We cannot stay silent in the face of the overwhelming attempt to transform the investigative magistrates into simple bureaucrats constantly subject to the will of their boss, and of those official leaders that are unfortunately ever more frequently appointed by the magistrates’ governing body, the CSM, that is at risk of being squashed and influenced in its self-governing choices by the pressing needs of different factions and political groups and by the ever more exacting…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Expanding Educational Opportunity in the Bay State

    Jason Bedrick
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Jason Bedrick One of the central promises of educational choice is expanding equality of opportunity.  When students are assigned to schools based on where they live, access to higher-performing schools depends on a family’s ability to afford a home in a more expensive community. This disparity between higher- and lower-income families persists even in academically high-performing states like Massachusetts. Though the Bay State consistently ranks among the very top performers on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and is internationally…
  • Was the Halbig Decision Political?

    David Boaz
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    David Boaz Writing in the Washington Post about the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Halbig v. Burwell, E. J. Dionne Jr. bemoans  a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. There are several problems with his argument. First, of course, the argument accepted by two judges on the D.C. Circuit is pretty strong: the IRS can’t rewrite a law just because because the law isn’t working out so well. Second, it’s not so clear that it’s conservatives who…
  • Who Is Transit for?

    Randal O'Toole
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Randal O'Toole Rail advocates often call me “anti-transit,” probably because it is easier to call people names than to answer rational arguments. I’ve always responded that I’m just against wasteful transit. But looking at the finances and ridership of transit systems around the country, it’s hard not to conclude that all government transit is wasteful transit. Nationally, after adjusting for inflation, the APTA transit fact book shows that annual taxpayer subsidies to transit operations have grown from $1.6 billion in 1970 to $24.0 billion in 2012, yet per capita…
  • Corporate Tax Inversions Made Simple

    Chris Edwards
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Chris Edwards Numerous responses to my article in the New York Times yesterday about corporate tax inversions indicated a lack of understanding. Related articles by Levin, Johnston, and Huang similarly suggested that further enlightenment is needed. The following chart should simplify the issue for NYT readers, columnists, and policymakers. All data from KPMG. Global average is for 134 countries.
  • South Carolina Police Are Ready To Crack Down on Uber

    Matthew Feeney
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Matthew Feeney Earlier this month UberX, Uber’s rideshare service, launched in four cities in South Carolina. Residents of Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach are free to download Uber’s app and request a ride from a driver using his or her own vehicle. However, police across South Carolina are planning on taking action against UberX drivers, who they believe are violating regulations. According to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, Uber is illegally operating in the Palmetto State without state or local business licenses. The Nervea project of the South…
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  • Before You “Claim” II Chronicles 7:14, Read This

    sirrahc
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    II Chronicles 7:14 is a passage beloved by many Christians. It is particularly popular when churches and parachurch organizations want to encourage people to pray for “national revival” — e.g., during the National Day of Prayer. Just the other day, I came across an Associated Press announcement of a rally in Iowa launching a prayer […]
  • Defining Patriotism and Acts Thereof

    sirrahc
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    I cried. I’m man enough to admit it. I was watching a recent episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” [SPOILER ALERT!] in which an entrepreneurial young Afghan immigrant aids the NCIS team. At the end, he unnecessarily risks his life to help stop jihadist suicide bombers. As a reward, Hetty (the team’s boss) arranges to have […]
  • God, Science, and Christianity

    sirrahc
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The other day, I was listening to a Christian podcaster by the name of Joe Messina — the first time I’d ever heard him. His normal topics are, I think, politics and culture. But, he had on a guest who was explaining his skepticism of the validity of radiometric dating. At one point, they were […]
  • Does the Treaty of Tripoli Disprove a “Christian” Founding of America?

    sirrahc
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:49 pm
    “The general Principles on which the Fathers achieved Independence were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their Address, or by me in my Answer. And what were these general principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in […]
  • The Burden of the U.S. Tax Code

    sirrahc
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:07 pm
    “[The U.S. income tax is] a disgrace to the human race.” — President Jimmy Carter [Editor's note: I would probably get more mileage out of this post if I published it during "tax season". On the other hand, it is a perennial topic, so maybe it will pique someone's interest....] We all like to complain […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Time for a Shift in the Middle East Peace Paradigm

    Gary Grappo
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Israelis and Palestinians must dramatically overhaul their approach to reaching peace. As we gaze in frustration and helpless shock on yet another fruitless and tragic confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it is important to consider not only the internal Israeli-Palestinian dynamic, but also the external regional context. A recent Washington Institute for Near […] The post Time for a Shift in the Middle East Peace Paradigm appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Nigeria and Efforts at Environmental Management

    Akunyili Tochukwu
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    For environmental laws and regulations to become effective in Nigeria, the government must enact change. Human beings cannot really claim to be living a life that is fully human, if they do not live in harmony with nature. In countries like the United States, Britain, Germany and France, environmental sustainability is a significant issue that […] The post Nigeria and Efforts at Environmental Management appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Human Rights Watch Whitewashes Israel: The Law Supports Hamas

    Norman Finkelstein
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Do Palestinians have the legal right to resist the Israeli blockade and occupation? [The analysis and data in this article refer to the period prior to the Israeli ground invasion.] On July 7, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on July 18, Israel had already killed 230 Gazan Palestinians […] The post Human Rights Watch Whitewashes Israel: The Law Supports Hamas appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The UN, War Crimes and Israel’s “Right to Defend Itself”

    Manuel Langendorf
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Every country would have done what Israel is doing now; it is called self-defense, according to Josef Olmert. Violence in Gaza has escalated. Operation Protective Edge, which began on July 8, has transformed into an Israeli ground invasion in one of the most densely populated areas in the world. At the time of writing, over […] The post The UN, War Crimes and Israel’s “Right to Defend Itself” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Kenya: From Prison Inmates to Ambassadors of Change

    Vickie Wambura Wamonje
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Nafisika Trust aims to help young people in Kenyan prisons to become ambassadors of change, not of crime. Vickie Wambura Wamonje founded Nafisika Trust after discovering that Kenyan prisoners were often young repeat offenders who continued to commit crimes following their release from prison. She wanted to provide transformational experiences to help inmates become agents of positive […] The post Kenya: From Prison Inmates to Ambassadors of Change appeared first on Fair Observer.
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  • Cea mai buna investitie in sine - masajul

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Chiar daca tehnica masajului este una destul de greu de invatat si in nici un caz nu este usor de copiat, fiecare avand propria lui tehnica, chiar daca unii incaseaza mai putin decat altii insa ofera servicii mai bune, cert este ca la final nu ai de unde sa stii unde sa mergi data viitoare decat in functie de rezultat.Asadar, daca te-ai simtit bine in cursul unei sedinte de masaj nu trebuie decat sa inregistrezi cu sfintenie numarul si sa memorezi adresa ca sa mai mergi si data viitoare. Iar daca nu iti permiti acest lux de a ajunge la un spa sau macar un salon modest, atunci poti incerca…
  • Copiii - gazdele viermisorilor

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Viermisorii sunt cei mai neplacuti locatari care se gasesc cel mai des la copii. Acestia sunt mai predispusi la copii, atunci cand ei frecventeaza gradinita sau scoala, merg in excursii sau tabere. Una dintre cause poate fi ca pentru cei mici este un chin spalatul pe maini, iar dulcurile le sunt cei mai buni prieteni. Asa apar si viermisorii.Precum remediile, viermisorii sunt si ei de mai multe tipuri. Parazitii intestinali, tenia sau limbricii, giardia sau organisme microscopice sunt cateva tipuri de viermisori.Atunci cand observam o pofta de dulce mai mare decat cea normala si cand apar…
  • Cele mai utile sfaturi pentru calatori care pleaca in excursie safari parc thoiry

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    O excursie safari parc Thoiry este un eveniment impresionant, mai ales pentru cei care calatoresc acolo pentu prima data. Sejururile oferite de www.aeroshuttletransfers.ro sunt complete si personalul vorbeste limba romana, insa asta te scapa doar de probleme organizatorice la nivel de calatorie. Cand vine vremea pentru facutul bagajului, esti pe cont propriu. Ca sa te ajutam sa fii cat mai eficient/a iti aduce cele mai utile sfaturi pentru calatori. Citeste, invata si apoi fugi la bagaje, fiindca excursie safari parc Thoiry te asteapta.Foloseste paie pentru a pastra lantisoarele si alte…
  • Un nou jurat

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Un celebru artist din Romania se muta la Antena 1! Stefan Banica Jr. va fi unul din juratii emisiunii “X Factor”.Pentru a afla mai multe despre intrarea lui Stefan Banica Jr. in familia Antena 1, acesta a facut cateva dezvaluiri cu privire la planurile de viitor. “Propunerea Antenei 1 de a face parte din juriul X Factor este onoranta, am ales sa fac acest pas cu toata convingerea, mai ales ca vorbim despre o super-productie, un mare succes, atat in strainatate, cat si in Romania”, a declarant artistul.Faptul ca Stefan Banica Jr. a acceptat sa intre in familia Antena 1 nu este ceva…
  • Parasirea tarii cu masina inchiriata

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Atunci cand motivul pentru care se doreste inchirierea unei masini de la una dintre firmele de rent a car din Romania este o deplasare in afara teritoriului tarii, este bine ca acesta sa fie punctul de pornire in discutia cu firma de inchirieri. Asa cum in Bucuresti exista firme de inchirieri auto care permit deplasarea in afara tarii cu masini din flota proprie, exista si firme de rent a car ce nu permit parasirea tarii. Acesta este si motivul pentru care fie va trebui sa faceti un research online dupa firme care permit si deplasari internationale, fie daca aveti o companie preferata, asa…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • More Carbon Tax Distortions

    Lori Robertson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Crossroads GPS claims that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall “voted to enact a carbon tax.” Udall did no such thing. Republican Thom Tillis claims that Sen. Kay Hagan “supported a carbon tax” that would destroy “up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years.” That’s not accurate, either. In fact, Congress has never voted on a specific carbon tax proposal. Udall couldn’t have voted to enact such a tax even if he wanted. And the figure on North Carolina jobs comes from a scenario presented by a group opposed to such a tax. To make these…
  • Wisconsin Trek-ery

    Brooks Jackson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his wealthy Democratic opponent is “sending jobs overseas.” But Mary Burke says the family company, Trek Bicycle Corporation, is “making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone.” Both are at least partly correct, but neither is telling the whole story. Walker’s Attack Walker started the latest round with a TV spot July 16 claiming Burke “[made] millions” sending jobs “that could have been done in Wisconsin” to “countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only $2 an…
  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

    Eden Everwine
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The conservative group Americans for Prosperity stretches the truth to attack Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas for “higher gas and grocery bills.” AFP blames Pryor’s vote to ban drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for higher gas prices. But the Energy Information Administration says drilling in ANWR would translate to little, if any, drop in prices at the pump. As for higher grocery bills, AFP cites Pryor’s vote to increase ethanol production, which raised the demand for corn and the price of livestock. But the Department of Agriculture says the impact on…
  • Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

    Lauren Shapiro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Q: Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration? A: Yes. There’s been a sharp increase in unaccompanied children from Central America since FY 2012, and the U.S. projected a bigger increase this year. FULL QUESTION Is it true that the US government advertised for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” back in January, 2014. And, if so, how did they know there would be this influx of children from Guatemala? (Or, some other country?) FULL ANSWER The…
  • Cherry-Picking Season in Illinois

    Carolyn Fante
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in “job losses” under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth — albeit small — since Quinn took office. The Illinois governor’s race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. Rauner, a businessman, is making a strong bid to defeat Quinn, a former lieutenant governor who was elevated to the top spot on Jan. 29, 2009, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. Real Clear Politics, which aggregates polling data, shows Rauner up by…
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    WesternFront America

  • Killing marine life with ethanol

    Paul Driessen
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Ethanol damages your cars, small engines, food budget – and kills Gulf of Mexico animals. Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet. Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It also reminds us that “peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year “hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate…
  • Obama Encounters an Apex of Anger

    Alan Caruba
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Barack Obama has managed to do something one would hardly imagine a President could achieve by the midpoint of his second term. He has managed to anger most segments of the American populace, including those to the far Left who constitute a significant part of his base. It has taken time for most people to reach this point. Americans are amazingly patient with their presidents, but Obama has pushed them beyond scandal fatigue. The “final straw” appears to be the illegal alien invasion masterminded by Obama. What they are seeing and hearing is not what they were sold; a charming man of…
  • No Longer the World’s Policeman, We’re Now the World’s Social Worker

    Michael R. Shannon
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    It’s 9AM late July and already the day is shot to hell. The temperature is over 80 and the humidity would wilt a Puritan’s collar. You’re supposed to be taking Migra, your Mexican Water Spaniel, on a 400–hundred-mile car trip. The dog’s 14–years–old if he’s a day, and who knows if he’ll live long enough to be reunited with the rest of your family. Plus, you can’t just motor out the driveway because that’s not a good idea where you live. It’s one of those ‘transitional neighborhoods’ that you thought was transitioning into a community where people worry about their…
  • Flaunt It Or Cover Up? The Great Public Breastfeeding Debate Continues.

    David Huntwork
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This is one of those recurring social debates and issues that seem to pop up quite frequently in one form or another. As a male it’s a bit of a delicate topic to openly muse about. But rarely have I seen the true issue at the heart of this debate addressed and perhaps it’s time that someone does. Breastfeeding Campaign Posters Stir Online Debate (https://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/breastfeeding-campaign-posters-stir-online-controversy-190307806.html) “Private dining. Would you eat here?” asks the text of one of poster, which features a photo of a young mother breastfeeding her…
  • How "Normal" is Bowe Bergdahl?

    Alan Caruba
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    There are few military crimes worse than desertion to the enemy short of outright treason by giving them aid and comfort. So why is the U.S. Army declaring Sgt. Berghdal (he received a promotion from private first class while being either a Taliban captive or guest) a “normal soldier now”? When one’s entire unit declares him a deserter for leaving their Afghanistan based on June 30, 2009—as they did on a show with Fox’s Megyn Kelly—by what stretch of the imagination is he just a normal soldier stationed at the headquarters of Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston? Fox News…
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    opposingviews.com

  • Christian Radio Host Says Obama Wants 'No Aid for Israel, Just Aid to Hamas' (Audio)

    Michael Allen
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Christian Radio Host Says Obama Wants 'No Aid for Israel, Just Aid to Hamas' (Audio) Christian Radio Host Says Obama Wants 'No Aid for Israel, Just Aid to Hamas' (Audio) Politics Religion World President Obama Israel Aid Has Been Optimized Christian radio host Sandy Rios said yesterday on her show that President Obama does not support aid for Israel, but wants to send aid to Hamas. Rios claimed that White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Obama administration "wants to send aid to [Israel's] enemies, the people they are fighting. No aid to Israel, just aid to Hamas,"…
  • Two Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Ukraine

    Will Hagle
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Two Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Ukraine Ukraine Reports Two Military Jets Shot Down In Eastern Region Two Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Ukraine Has Been Optimized Ukraine’s Defense Ministry is claiming that two of its military fighter jets have been shot down in the eastern portion of the country, where violent outbreaks have been increasing among Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists. According to the Huffington Post, the aircrafts were Sukhoi-25 fighter jets that were shot down at 1:30 p.m. local time in Savur Mogila. As Fox News reports, Ukraine Defense…
  • Arizona Republican Promises to Stop Immigrants, Gay People if Elected Governor (Video)

    Michael Allen
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Arizona Republican Promises to Stop Immigrants, Gay People if Elected Governor (Video) Arizona Republican Promises to Stop Immigrants, Gay People if Elected Governor (Video) Local Politics Andrew Thomas Has Been Optimized Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who is running for governor in Arizona, is building his campaign on stopping undocumented immigrants and homosexuals. Thomas recently released a campaign ad (video below) in which a voice over states, “Conservatives are backing Andrew Thomas for governor because he’s the only candidate who has stopped illegal immigration,…
  • Sarah Palin Ticketed In Alaska: ‘I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’

    Sarah Fruchtnicht
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Sarah Palin Ticketed In Alaska: ‘I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’ Sarah Palin Ticketed In Alaska: ‘I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’ Politics Has Been Optimized Sarah Palin was ticketed in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, for going 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. Palin, 50, was driving her Toyota Tundra when she was pulled over last Wednesday, according to the state’s CourtView system. She blamed her lead foot on Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55,” which she said was playing on an oldies station while she was driving. “I wasn't speeding; I was qualifying,” she told…
  • Former Reebok CEO David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Runoff In Georgia

    Jared Keever
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Former Reebok CEO David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Runoff In Georgia Former Reebok CEO David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Runoff In Georgia Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized Republican businessman David Perdue won his party’s nomination to run for Senate later this year in a race experts say the GOP can’t afford to lose.  Perdue defeated his opponent, Jack Kingston, a 22-year veteran of the House of Representatives, putting an end to more than two months negative campaigning. The two were vying for a chance to run against Democrat Michelle Nunn in November’s general election for…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Losin’ It (Not a Diet Post)

    John Y. Brown III
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Losing it! After receiving 3 calls in less than 5 minutes from a telemarketing company—and all 3 interrupting an important business call– I decided to retaliate. I called back the number and got an answer from a robotic telemarketing sales rep and I said, “Hello. How are you doing today? I’m interrupting your day to try to sell you some s**t you don’t need. Do you have a few minutes to talknow?” And then I gave the real reason I was calling and asked that my number be removed from their call list. But he hung up on me. Cold call sales is just hard like…
  • Josh Bowen: Is it Really About Fitness? 5 Reasons Why its Not

    Josh Bowen
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The title of the blog may seem confusing and even appalling to most. It may lead you to question my sanity after 11 years as a personal trainer. “How does he not know what his job is?” Just hold on for a minute. For years I have had this approach when it came to clients, focus on more than fitness and nutrition. See I believe fitness is a vehicle that we use to improve people. People HATE exercise, for the most part. For one reason or another most people disdain the process of trying to get into shape. They have goals but most of the time those goals are deeper than fitness. They impact…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Instant Personality Test

    John Y. Brown III
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    My new instant personality test. You are driving along in no particular hurry to get anyplace and notice your gas tank has just over a quarter tank of gas left as you are about to drive by a service station. What do you do?  1) If you pull over and fill up, you are typical and are probably a responsible person who doesn’t leave things to chance but carries an extra jacket (or even blanket) in the car during the winter. They will likely be suited for middle management level positions. Or own a gas station. And likely coach little league and teach Sunday school. They sometimes teach…
  • Lauren Mayer: our Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses – 2014 version

    Lauren Mayer
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    People have often used ‘the melting pot’ as a metaphor for immigrants from all over the world, coming together to make America a great and diverse country.  (Although when I was growing up, I had a creative teacher come up with ‘fruit salad’ as a better metaphor, implying that immigrants retained some elements of their native culture and blended together in a tasty mixture – unfortunately, California also became known as the ‘granola state’, full of flakes & nuts, but I digress . . . ) However, immigration has become so politicized lately,…
  • The RP on Rebuilding West Liberty

    Jonathan Miller
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    At the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting, Jonathan Miller announced a new CGI Commitment to Action by Rebuilding West Liberty, Kentucky:
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Guernica Goes Analog

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Join Guernica as we celebrate summer and our forthcoming print edition at the Guernica Summer Benefit.
  • Call for Submissions: American Empires Special Issue

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Guernica is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming American Empires special issue.
  • Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics Appoints Lisa Lucas as Full-Time Publisher, Announces Investment in Long-Term Growth

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    “To my mind, Guernica is the most important online intellectual and literary journal in America today.”
—Claire Messud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 New York, NY — The board of Guernica Magazine—an award-winning, free online magazine of art & politics, now in its 10th year as an entirely volunteer-driven, nonprofit publication—today announced the appointment of Lisa Lucas as Publisher and the magazine’s first full-time, paid employee. Michael Archer, co-founder of the magazine, will remain Editor-in-Chief. Archer, along with fellow board members Joel Whitney and…
  • Ain’ts

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Most summers my sister and I were taken along to family reunions and also to cemetery meetings, where the family discussed the upkeep of a fenced-in plot of graves on a bald hilltop in a valley we’d peppered with ourselves since the 1800s at least. It seemed to me then that the chief purpose of these gatherings was to figure out how we were all related to one another, that if we could just figure it all out then we wouldn’t have to keep meeting this way, year after year, always on the hottest day of the summer.
  • Silence and Southern Men

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This was an age of great social upheaval—desegregation and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, labor issues, the birth of the youth movement, a time when conversation might have opened on any number of relevant and important topics—but in my hometown in the American South, the region of the country known for its storytelling, men rarely said a word.
 
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  • GE Energy Management Building Facility in Clearwater with 250 New Jobs

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced on Thursday that GE’s Energy Management is launching a new facility in Clearwater, investing $50 million and creating 250 new jobs.read more
  • Vern Buchanan Hits Obamacare for Gutting Medicare

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    From his seat on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., took aim at President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law on Thursday. Buchanan noted that the health-care law led to cuts to Medicare Advantage which impacted 54,000 seniors in his district and “1.4 million over that” in Florida. Buchanan said the medical community was “very disillusioned” with these cuts, noting they were losing patients and being “consolidated by hospitals.”read more
  • Obama Upside Down in Florida as Independents Leave Him

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    A new poll shows President Barack Obama continues to sink in Florida despite carrying it in 2008 and 2012, something which could factor into November’s elections, as he loses independent voters.  A poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday shows a majority -- 52 percent -- of those surveyed disapprove of Obama’s performance in office while 44 percent approve of the job he has done. In a Quinnipiac poll released on May 1, 50 percent of Florida voters disapproved of Obama’s job performance while 46 percent approved of it. read more
  • Hillary Clinton has the Edge on Republicans in Florida 2016 Poll

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    A poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday finds former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the easy favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ahead of her Republican rivals in Florida, the largest swing state on the electoral map. The poll shows Clinton besting her possible Republican opponents, including two from the Sunshine State. read more
  • Hillary Clinton Blowing Out 2016 Dem Field in Florida

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed for a landslide victory in the Florida Democratic presidential primary in 2016, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday. Clinton leads the Democratic pack with 67 percent. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are tied in distant second with 8 percent each. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., garners 1 percent. Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont., take below 1 percent. read more
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    The Conference Channel Blog

  • Must See on FORA.tv: Mark Zuckerberg’s Knowledge Economy, Lean In vs. Lean Back, and More

    Liam Curley
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg Explains the Knowledge Economy in 30 Seconds Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg chooses sides between Democrats and Republicans and explains why the new “knowledge economy” is all that matters. What Your Home Will Look Like In 2025 The kitchen of the future has long piqued curiosity. Will we ever have that Jetsons-like experience where meals materialize at the push of a button? It’s closer than you may think.  Arianna Huffington’s Advice: Lean Back to Lean In Better Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and author of Thrive,…
  • Up For Debate: Does Unrestricted Political Spending Constitute Free Speech?

    Zain Iqbal
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    How has unlimited political spending changed the political landscape in the United States? Just ask the “politicos” themselves. A story on MSNBC last week details a report on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, which effectively struck down any limits on campaign contributions by corporations. Coupled with another recent provision in campaign finance law in FEC v. McCutcheon, some Americans believe politics awash with money could mean the end of democracy. But is independent political speech both the linchpin of our democracy and its…
  • GSummit Live on FORA.tv: Don’t Miss Smart Fun with Jane McGonigal and More

    Liam Curley
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:37 pm
    At this year’s GSummit: San Francisco, the gamification industry’s best thinkers and gamers will demonstrate how to mute the marketing noise and conquer low attention spans by bringing exciting, interactive design back to business. A gamified world–fully stocked with gizmos and goods like loyalty programs, prize purses, badges, iBeacons, and wearbles–is better at motivating everyone of us to get up and move, buy and play. Miss day one of GSummit? No problem. We’ve got some choice highlights below, featuring Stanford’s B.J. Fogg and serious gamers from IBM, X…
  • EPA Carbon Pollution Guidelines Put Climate Change Policy Front and Center

    Zain Iqbal
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:14 am
    President Obama’s vow to make the United States a leader in the global fight against climate change moved to the front and center of national headlines yesterday following a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. The proposal, which will be under public comment for a year before being finalized, cuts emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA announcement comes less than a month after the Obama administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment; described by the White House as…
  • The Next Billion: Seattle Hosted by Quartz Live on FORA.tv!

    Liam Curley
    28 May 2014 | 1:30 am
    By 2016, global internet traffic is expected to double. This fundamental change in online habits is occurring largely on mobile devices, with rapid growth in emerging markets, specifically. The creation of this connected world will profoundly impact society, politics, technology, education, commerce, and finance. Quartz will explore this seismic shift and its implications for how we conduct business and lead our lives at The Next Billion: Seattle. Watch June 2 right here on FORA.tv.  Topics will be explored in curated conversations, demonstrations, and debates from the most prominent…
 
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    Maddow Blog

  • Maddow: Botched executions expose 'barbarity' of lethal injection

    MPX
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Rachel Maddow reviews the circumstances of the botched execution of Joseph Wood in Arizona Wednesday night and points out that the American pretension that execution by lethal injection is less barbaric than other countries' methods is losing credibility.
  • Lethal injection errors call practice into question

    MPX
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Robin Konrad, attorney for Joseph Wood, talks with Rachel Maddow about her client's botched execution and what it means for other death penalty cases that states do not seem capable of administering lethal injection drugs without unexpected effects.
  • Temporary Middle East truce best first step to peace

    MPX
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Rachel Maddow reports on continued violence in Gaza with new violent protests erupting in the West Bank, and looks at past examples where temporary humanitarian ceasefires between Palestinians and Israelis became a first step toward more lasting...
  • Rachel Maddow's recurring panic dream

    MPX
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Rachel Maddow teases ahead to an upcoming segment by revealing that she regularly suffers a not-prepared-for-finals panic dream.
  • Democrats embarrass GOP with lawsuit amendments

    MPX
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Rachel Maddow reports on Democrats forcing Republicans on the record in an embarrassing way through a series of proposed amendments to the Republican lawsuit against President Obama.
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    PoliticusUSA

  • An Incident In New Orleans Shows How Religious Freedom Can Become Religious Tyranny

    Rmuse
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    This week evangelical anti-choice activists congregated in New Orleans to protest a woman's right to choose, and took their religious tyranny into the sanctuary of a church, interrupted a service, and loudly informed congregants they do not worship according to the "true faith" and warned them to repent. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Two-Faced Marco Rubio Turns Back On DREAMers As He Wants Obama To End DACA

    Justin Baragona
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    On Thursday, after meeting with leaders of Central American countries on Capitol Hill, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement where he called on President Obama to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the president enacted in 2012. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House Republican Hearing On The Harmful Impact of Obamacare Completely Backfires

    Jason Easley
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A House Republican hearing on the harmful impact of Obamacare on Medicare Advantage completely backfired when the expert witnesses that Republicans invited disagreed with them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • David Gregory Is Toast as Chuck Todd and Joe Scarborough Fight For Meet The Press Gig

    Jason Easley
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A new report says that David Gregory is toast as host of Meet The Press and that Chuck Todd and Joe Scarborough are battling to replace him. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tells Massive Lie To Assist Ted Cruz’s Latest Attack On Obama

    Justin Baragona
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    On Wednesday night's broadcast of Fox News' The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly let loose a huge whopper of a lie when discussing the recent 48-hour FAA ban on flights entering and leaving Tel Aviv's airport. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • 260 Arab intellectuals against ISIS

    Ang Lebs
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Bravo to these 260 intellectuals. They stood up against the expansion of ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham ). There is always hope in this Arab world. There will be a better future if regional and international country support the intellectuals and not radical groups to make political or geographical changes in the region.  The Intellectuals saw in the expansion of ISIS and their declaration of the Khilafa, as a serious threat to the rights to freedom, justice and peace of the people of the Levant.  To read parts of the statement in English, follow this link. The Arabic…
  • The Logic of Lebanese Minister of Justice

    Ang Lebs
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    Many voices started to demand that Lebanon should impose a visa entry on the population of the Gulf area. This demand came after the bombings of the past few days in which several Saudis were involved in. The reply of the Minister Rifi, the Minister of Justice was: “there is no need to impose an entry visa on Gulf States and if we do so, we must impose it on the Iranians too.” So far, the bombers are Saudis. No Iranian was found guilty of these bombings. Any state, that respects itself and the lives of their citizen, after knowing the nationality of the bombers, the least thing it…
  • What if …

    Ang Lebs
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    What If … STOP Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon posted on their facebook page this picture. They said it’s circulating on Facebook with a caption “What if…” It would be nice to live on an Island but I am pretty sure the Lebanese will make sure to mess it up. In addition, don’t you think we will need inside waters to separate different communities?    
  • Jumblatt to save what he fought the Christians of Lebanon against

    Ang Lebs
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    On September 1, 1920, French General Henri Gouraud proclaimed the birth of the State of Greater Lebanon, with Beirut as its capital. The process began at the end of WWI. The French and the British divided the territories of the Ottoman Empire. The Christians of Lebanon were the first to sell the idea of Phoenician heritage and defend the Lebanese identity as different than Arab identity. Not all Lebanese felt the same.  The Arab nationalist in the country fought this idea since the creation of Lebanon. Couple of uprising occurred in the country and the latest in 1975 which led to a 15…
  • If the Curse of Baath in Syria and Iraq parallels fascism and Nazism, what about their allies?

    Ang Lebs
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    In his weekly opinion to Al Anba’ site, MP Walid Jumblatt said: “The Curse of the Baath in Syria and Iraq parallels fascism and Nazism “. I totally agree with him. That’s what we have said since the creation of the Baath party. But MP Jumblatt failed to tell us about the local allies of the Syrian Baath party in Lebanon are what?  What can we call those who sided with Syrian Baath in killing Lebanese? What can we label those who joined ranks with the Syrians in their occupation of Lebanon? Those who benefited from the Syrian Baath hegemony of Lebanon are what?
 
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    Washington Wire

  • U.S. Army War College to Review Sen. Walsh’s Academic Work

    Julian E. Barnes
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The U.S. Army War College announced Thursday that it has convened an academic review board to examine the work done by U.S. Sen. John Walsh, a review that could result in the Senator's master's degree being revoked.
  • What Voter Dissastisfaction and Low Turnout Could Mean for November

    Linda Killian
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Linda Killian: Voters see political leaders unable or unwilling to do their jobs and are losing faith and tuning out. This affects turnout for elections, undermining the political system's legitimacy.
  • Central American Leaders Preview Obama Meeting

    Laura Meckler and Michelle Hackman
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The presidents of Guatemala and Honduras said the crisis of child migration from their countries to the U.S. will be overcome and that the U.S. should focus on addressing Central America’s core problems.
  • Meet the Guy Behind ‘Draft Brian Schweitzer’ PAC

    Reid J. Epstein
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    So what would compel someone to launch a super PAC devoted to drafting a presidential candidate who was universally seen as torpedoing his standing with a disastrous interview?
  • Ryan Blueprint Hits Hard on Higher Ed

    Josh Mitchell
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Rep. Paul Ryan’s new antipoverty plan would make big changes to higher-education policy at a time of lively debate on rising tuition.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • White House Distances Itself From Bipartisan Border Bill

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Obama administration is joining with Congressional Democrats steering clear of the Cuellar-Cornyn border bill. Larry Downing / Reuters WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials Thursday distanced themselves from a bipartisan effort to expedite the deportation of undocumented minors who have entered the country from Central America. Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar and Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn are the co-sponsors behind the Humane Act, a bill designed to change a 2008 anti-trafficking law that requires children who enter the United States from non-contiguous countries to be…
  • Decorated War Veterans Visit Capitol Hill, Sit, Stay

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Warrior dogs get a warrior’s welcome. View Entire List ›
  • 25 TV News Chyrons That Ran Out Of Fucks To Give

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Zero. Zilch. Nada. Fox News is very concerned. Fox News Spread the word. KCAL EXCLUSIVE. CNN A tremendous level of accuracy. CNN View Entire List ›
  • Al Sharpton's Group Backs Public Workers Union In Split With Historic Black Group Over Koch Brothers

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    AFSCME vs. the United Negro College Fund. “We believe that AFSCME is doing what is right for its members.” Lucas Jackson / Reuters WASHINGTON — The National Action Network will side with one of the nation's largest public sector unions in its recent decision to break ties with the United Negro College Fund because of donations the group received from the Kochs. National Action Network, whose president is MSNBC host and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, said in a statement to BuzzFeed that while it recognizes the "funding landscape has changed," the Koch brothers…
  • Obama Campaign Vets: Pay Us $5,000 To Learn — And Work On A Campaign

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Started by top Obama campaign vets, 270 Strategies’ new training program has drawn skepticism from Democrats and progressives on the campaign trail. Darren Hauck / Reuters WASHINGTON — Two top veterans of President Obama's campaigns are asking political campaigners to pay $5,000 per person for the chance to learn their secrets and then work for five weeks in an unpaid campaign job somewhere in America. Democratic operatives and progressive activists are questioning this training program launched by Obama campaign architects Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird. The $5,000 program…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

    Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    John Blundell, a champion of liberty—and a friend of The Center for Vision & Values—passed away on July 22, 2014. “John had much still to contribute,” said Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. “He was continuing to do some of the very best work on the contributions of women to the American Revolution and to the cause of freedom generally. He shared that work with our students. He was a witty, engaging, and delightful person and speaker. John Blundell will be missed.” John spent 20 years as the general director of the Institute of Economic…
  • KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

    Paul G. Kengor
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians downed a Korean passenger airliner, flight 007, which had left New York City for Seoul via Alaska. In both cases, the Russian government vehemently denied any involvement, disparaging anyone who dared to accuse it of prior knowledge. Both planes were Asian with similar numbers of dead. KAL had 269 passengers; the Malaysian flight nearly 300. They were…
  • STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Economic Freedom in the Early American Tradition: The Economic Thought of the Founders

    American Founder Luncheon Series
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Dr. Shawn Ritenour, professor of economics at Grove City College, speaks before more than 120 guests at the American Founders Luncheon Series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 3, 2014.
  • The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?

    Gary L. Welton
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More recent reports, as announced by CNN, indicate that at least seven times in the last year, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care were altered or rewritten by someone else; the changes listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths. In another report, CNN said that one veteran with a…
  • Privacy battles: as old as the Old Testament

    Daniel Brown
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the “Reset the Net” campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from around the globe, including Google, Mozilla, WordPress, Tumblr, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, are urging individuals to act now to reclaim their technology privacy. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden released a statement to correspond with the beginning of the campaign.Modern privacy concerns, of course, predate Snowden by more than a century and we find evidence of similar concerns even…
 
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    Politic365

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Pressure on Big Tech Gets Results, Twitter Reveals Stats

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    “Rev. Jesse Jackson’s campaign on silicon valley is just as important as a march on police brutality in New York,” said Roland Martin this morning on his radio show News One Now. Rev. Jesse Jackson has been pressuring big tech firms in silicon valley for months to release diversity data and hiring numbers.  In the 1990s, Rev. Jackson applied the same pressure to media companies.  Yesterday, Jackson’s campaign got results.  Twitter released ethnicity data on their employees. The issues of lack of access, lack of jobs and lack of opportunity for African Americans in…
  • National Minority Organizations Urge Renewed Focus on Broadband Adoption Amid Net Neutrality Debate

    Kristal High
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Forty-two national minority organizations representing diverse, multicultural communities filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet proceeding focused on protecting some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. “Ensuring that every American has access to broadband is one of the most critical civil rights challenges of the 21st century,” said David Honig, President of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, acting of cousel to the National Minority Organizations. “Any regulatory framework that does not emphasize broadband adoption,…
  • Conservative Silence on #EricGarner Case Verifies Black Outreach is a Joke

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Eric Garner and Conservative Republican silence. Where is the shouting about “less government?”  Where are the calls for violations of 4th Amendment rights and police state overreach? Was there conservative support for Cliven Bundy? Sure. For Eric Garner those same calls are no where to be found. Reince Pribus’ effort on Black outreach would appear to be a one person journey.  The case of Eric Garner in New York, which comes on the heels of a police brutality case in California where a California Highway Patrolman is seen on tape beating a woman by the side of the road.
  • Report: Obama administration warned of Central American refugee crisis

    Adriana Maestas
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Over the weekend, the Washington Post published an article detailing the extent that the Obama administration was warned of the surge of child refugees from Central America. The upshot is that the administration treated the increase in unaccompanied minors as a localized problem and was focused more on political considerations than alleviating the situation when it has had an opportunity to do so earlier. It was projected that some 60,000 minors would enter the US from Central America this year. According to the Washington Post: “Revised Border Patrol estimates now suggest the number…
  • Pigs Fly During Do-Nothing Congress: Chaka Fattah, Gillibrand + GOP Pass Urban Jobs Bill

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Last week as everyone was paying attention to the crisis at the Mexican border, violence in Israel, and shootings in Chicago, Congress actually got something relevant done.  Although the 113th Congress is set to be the least productive Congress since 1965, a jobs bill passed last week and is on the President’s desk. In terms of substantive legislation there has been very few significant pieces to discuss since January 2013. But when the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act last week to relative media silence, the first bill related to urban jobs was one huge step…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    No one doubts that President Obama’s primary job is track the movement of golf balls; we’ve seen that image hundreds of times. What you probably don’t realize that since he took the oath of office in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • While rockets rain down on Israel, Obama suggests restraint

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Israel Launches Ground Invasion in Response to Hamas Rockets In the midst of Israeli civilians being relentlessly bombed by the internationally recognized terrorist organization, Hamas, President... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Liberals deface sign of African-American woman Republican

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    You can bet that if a campaign sign of a Liberal African-American was vandalized to paint the candidate’s face white there would be an outrage voiced on virtually every media outlet; but when Florida... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thousands of drones over American airspace

    admin
    12 Nov 2013 | 8:28 pm
    The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration predicted Thursday that U.S. airspace could be crowded with as many as 7,500 commercial drones within the next five years, as he unveiled a long-... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama tries to distract from his dishonesty

    admin
    10 Nov 2013 | 10:42 pm
    With his poll numbers dropping almost as fast as his credibility, President Obama has decided it is once again time to pivot his focus away from the disastrous ObamaCare rollout and towards an even... [[ 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

  • Immigration Reform is Dead - Rebroadcast

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    One year ago the US Senate passed a bill that would grant 11-12 million undocumented immigrants legal status and a pathway to citizenship to this country. The bill never made it out of the House and comprehensive immigration reform has stalled ever since. The defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was pro reform, has doomed passage of any kind of a bill this year. President Obama has vowed to use executive authority to move reform forward, but a history of executive orders has created bad blood with House Republicans and an emerging crisis on the southern border is threatening to put any…
  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The world is shocked over the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the skies of eastern Ukraine. Many world leaders have pleaded with Russian president Vladimir Putin to exert influence over Russian separatists operating in the region to bring hostilities with the central government in Kiev to an end. These please have gone largely ignored. In this episode we explore the vital national security interest that Ukraine represents for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, and discuss why a peaceful resolution to this conflict may be a ways off. This episode is a bit of a…
  • Earmarks and Filling Potholes

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Earmarks were once considered to be what greased the wheels of government.  They have been done away with but is our political system more corrupt without them than it was with them? The Highway Trust Fund is set to run dry this summer.  The president sent a 4-year $302 billion proposal to Congress earlier this year but was deemed DOA by Congress.  Instead, the House has approved a 1-year $10 billion bill that is paid for by so called “pension smoothing.” What is pension smoothing and who decides what sources of funding are “workable” and what are…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution says “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  But what exactly are “high crimes and misdemeanors?”  It’s believed that the Founding Fathers left the wording deliberately vague trusting subsequent generations to know impeachment-level offenses when they saw them. Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against…
  • Ukraine, Immigration and More

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    We apparently have been having problems with the show’s feed and it has caused our episodes in some apps to stop updating. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working hard to resolve the problem. We hope to have it resolved within the next few days. Please remember that you can always subscribe to us in iTunes or check out our website at www.itnshow.com to get the very latest information and updates about our episodes and show. In this episode we discuss the continuing crisis on our southern border. The President has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help address the issue. But…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • Hillary Clinton - Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Somewhere along the way our concept of a qualified person became horribly skewed.  Reputations used to be something built upon achievement.   Today, perception is more important than tangible results.  Strangely, we have begun to place our faith in people who have done nothing to deserve it.  An unsubstantiated persona of prominence reigns supreme when we pick our leaders.  With great fanfare and a sense of inevitability we hold them up as legends in their own time.  Since none of them have done anything worthy of this distinction, the story’s unhappy…
  • Independence Day

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Two hundred thirty-eight years ago yesterday greatness was born.  A nation forged in revolution not just against the rule of an empire, but against an accepted fate devoid of choice.  Thirteen colonies united in the defiant cause to cast off the oppression that pervaded the old world.  An audacious Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed self-determination as an inalienable right of all.  Centuries of darkness were swept away as the light of a new beacon of hope was ignited.  The new world was no longer just a geographic term it was now a legitimate expectation…
  • Global Power Vacuum

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The world is a better place with the United States as the preeminent global power.  As Americans are famous for, we boldly redefined the role.  Historically a position seized with an eye toward creating or expanding an empire, we have done neither.  In fact, our actions are more in line with those of a comic book superhero than dominant world power.  Regardless of the completely baseless propaganda of some of our detractors, we have not embarked on any great campaign to colonize other nations nor have we used our unparalleled military might as a hammer to subjugate the…
  • The Great Democratic Deception

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    To make one believe you are helping them all the while siphoning away their desire and ability to resist is a most devious charade.  Only those truly obsessed with power or lacking a soul would lead another down this destructive path for if left unchecked, the result is a descent to the often dark place of dependence.  Dependence is the ultimate tool of subjugation for it changes want to a perception of need.   This deception is the core of Socialism and ironically the reason it will always fail, for a people wholly dependent on a national government will never be able to…
  • The Politics of Racism

    25 Nov 2013 | 11:01 pm
    How ironic that the election of President Obama was supposed to herald in a new age of racial harmony.  Through the election of a biracial president, we as a nation had finally made a grand enough gesture to show our sincerity about the notion of all men being created equal.  The United States was now a sufficiently color blind nation that we were able to look beyond skin in the selection of our national leader.  The problem is, however, we didn’t look beyond skin.  Instead of being the reason why someone wasn’t considered, it became the main reason they were. …
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    US Daily Review

  • Dutch Safety Board Heads Investigation Into Crash MH17

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    By USDR         - Investigation effort in full swing, black boxes currently being read out     The Dutch Safety Board took over formal responsibility for the air crash investigation from Ukraine yesterday evening. The two black boxes have since arrived in the United Kingdom, where they are currently being read out and analysed by a team of international specialists. The on-site investigation in Ukraine is currently in full swing. Although investigators still do not have safe access to the crash site, work to gather and analyse data from various sources is…
  • What a “Good” Nuclear Deal with Iran Might Look Like

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    By USDR         The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a new infographic and analysis today that shows what would constitute an acceptable nuclear deal with Iran as the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) deadline approaches this weekend. The visual shows various ideas of what a “good” outcome could consist of and the analysis expands on the options.     The analysis is authored by Senator Charles Robb, General (ret.) Charles Wald and Blaise Misztal, director of BPC’s Foreign Policy Project. Over the past six years in four comprehensive reports,…
  • National Days of Protest Against Immigration Reform Amnesty and Illegal Immigration Surge

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    By Make them Listen, Special for USDR.         On July 18th and 19th the activist group known as “Make Them Listen” will host two days of nationwide protests across the country.  The purpose of the protest is to raise awareness of the impacts of illegal immigration and to show opposition to the administration’s handling of the recent border surge of illegal alien youth.  The events will take place in various cities around the country on the July 18th and 19th     Deemed the “National Days of Protest against Immigration Reform Amnesty…
  • Ceasefire Goes Up in Flames

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    By Joseph Klein Special For USDR         An attempted ceasefire brokered by Egypt has literally gone up in flames. Right after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, which Israel accepted, was due to go into effect, Hamas and its co-jihadists gave their answer by firing multiple rockets from Gaza aimed at Israeli civilians. Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, declared that its attacks against Israel would “increase in ferocity and intensity.” That is one promise they have managed to keep.     Israel waited six hours after the truce was supposed…
  • Coptic Solidarity Hails New ‘Friends of Egypt’ Caucus in US Congress

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    By Coptic Solidarity, Special for USDR.         Coptic Solidarity applauds the bi-partisan founding of a new ‘Friends of Egypt Caucus’ by US Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA). Additional members who have already joined the caucus include Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY).     The caucus founders hosted a press conference yesterday on the Hill sharing their motivations for such action. Some Coptic Solidarity Board Members attended and…
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    The American Patriot

  • A very good observation

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    This, I agree with…. DaTechGuy observes: How is it possible if Israel is the 2nd coming of the Nazi that arab & Muslim populations grow where they rule while in places like Iraq where devout Muslims are taking control the Christian population flees for its life (following the jews who fled over half a century ago). If you can come up with a good answer I’d be delighted to hear it. My thoughts exactly. Which is why I take the position on Gaza and Hamas as I do. The funny thing is that the liberal media will try and say that Israel and Gaza; and Iraq are two separate issues. I call…
  • CBN News Today for July 24, 2014

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    On CBN News Today, July 24: Sudanese mother now free, arrives in Italy Jihadists expel ancient Iraqi Christian community UN accuses Israel of ‘war crimes’ against Hamas …and more. (Via CBN TV)
  • Uh-oh: Obamacare is in deep, deep trouble

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    First off, Watch this video: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Now, you see that person that Megan is interviewing? That’s Jonathan Turley. Turley is not a Conservative. He’s a liberal. He’s also a Constitutional scholar; and he is basically saying that Obamacare is in deep trouble. Turley saying this, is like God talking to Moses from the mountain. If I were an elected Democrat; I would be either one of two things; very, very afraid or highly pissed off at Obama — or Both. Now, go look at this posting by “AllahPundit” over at HotAir.com. AP is a…
  • Video: Fight For the Children

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    (Via LifeNews.com)  
  • CBN News Today for July 22, 2014

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    On CBN News Today, July 22: Human shields: ‘Hamas wants Israel to kill their children’; Newest citizens defy rockets to make Israel home Russia faces sanctions over compromised crash site ….and more (Via CBN TV)
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Getting Digital Right with Sargi Mann

    Kristen Luongo
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. In this video, hear from Sargi Mann of Carat on the importance of reaching consumers across screens… “It’s not about getting…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    We kicked off this week on a great note—Sunday was national “Embrace Your Geekness Day.” Over here at Millward Brown Digital, we were happy to oblige. Lots of articles this week were all about email and content marketing. Geek out with us over some of our favorites: The Laws That Govern Email Marketing: How Many Are You Breaking? Believe it or not, email marketing has quite a few intense laws that come along with it. If you’re not careful, you may need to budget about sixteen grand for your next campaign. And that’s just for the fees—it doesn’t take into account the financial…
  • Amazon Fire Sparks an Interest

    Aaron Peterson
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    On June 18, 2014, Amazon introduced its latest tech device, the Fire Smartphone, potentially interrupting the device industry for the second time after entering the tablet market in 2011. The big question is: will it be successful, especially given a saturated smartphone market? Several signs point to yes: Amazon’s track record in launching a device (the Kindle Fire tablet), its performance as an online retailer for Wireless devices and services, and the offer & functionality that comes with the Fire Smartphone. First, Amazon has a positive track record in launching a device to a…
  • Getting Digital Right with Nigel Hollis

    Nigel Hollis
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. “Fragmented media must not lead to fragmented brands.” Following Millward Brown Digital’s DCMO Summit, I wrote about Rob Norman’s…
  • June Data is Now Live – World Cup, Urban Dictionary, E3, and More

    Conor O'Mahony
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Image from: World Cup Ball / Shutterstock July 22 Update: June 2014 data is now live for free users of Compete.com as well! To get priority early access to data each month, start your free trial of Compete PRO! After the end to an exciting World Cup, we’ve got June 2014 data live and available in Compete PRO and the World Cup is the star of the show. Leading the pack is FIFA.com, the official website of the International Federation of Association Football. Unsurprisingly, World Cup-related keywords accounted for 33 of the top 50 keywords driving traffic to FIFA.com, and that’s only…
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    Tea Party 911

  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Maybe three percent of the adult population become addicted gamblers. Yet private gambling is illegal in most cities and states, except for government gambling schemes called lotteries. Less than eight percent of the adult population has a drug-addiction problem they can’t control. Yet all drugs are illegal for all adults in this country. Only a small number of men are sex addicts who can’t stop themselves from going to prostitutes. Yet prostitution, the combination of sex and free enterprise between consenting adults, is illegal in most parts of the country. The vast majority of adults…
  • Discrimination — The Politically Incorrect Guide

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Some time ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Republican bill that would have allowed Arizona religious business owners to refuse to serve gay people. She was wrong, because any business owner has the inherent right to “discriminate” against anyone they want, for whatever reason they want. Gov. Brewer, a ‘conservative,’ does not seem to understand the meaning of property rights. Choose the car you like, the woman you marry, or the supermarket you shop at, and you “discriminate.” We all discriminate every minute of our lives—to discriminate means to…
  • Race Baiters Make Appeal to Low Information Voters

    Terrell AronSpeer
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    In an election year delivered to Republicans and tied up neatly with a bow, what else could we expect?  The mass of illegal entrants at the border is not a shock to this administration.  It is a plan well executed.  I know, we are supposed to believe that the poverty and narco-violence south of our border is a new thing; that this new pressure has pushed populations of babies into Texas.  Really, we are told they are just walking across the border and that now the border patrol is all tied up changing their diapers.  WOW!  Really?  Where do I begin?   Well, first let me remind…
  • People or Principles

    Terrell AronSpeer
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    It must be human nature which causes us to support a person when we mean to support a principle.  Writers encourage this because without readers the whole exercise of writing is rather pointless.  Readers encourage it too because, in all honesty, there is a lot written which is an insult to ink.  Once a reader finds a writer who can be depended upon for well reasoned argument, he doesn’t want to sift through the rabble.  All this is understandable, but when the author stumbles or disappoints, the entire message can be lost.  It is not just authors, but public figures, persons holding…
  • The First Libertarian President

    Terrell AronSpeer
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    There is little about our current President which is libertarian.  Using the mechanisms of the state to punish political enemies, rewarding political allies with contracts and gifts from the treasury, the affinity for “public-private partnerships,” and “Crony-Capitalism,” are all hallmarks of fascism, not libertarianism.  However, the favorite foreign policy stance of the current administration, isolationism, has been a cornerstone of the Libertarian Party from its inception.   Isolationism was embraced by a significant population of Republicans prior to WWII.  During this…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Tracts of the Zionist Propaganda

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The Zionist propaganda is not unified and depends on audience. There are many tracts:First tract: Propaganda directed toward Zionist society; this tract is achieved by disregarding opponent's power and will, and it aims to reassure local community and diminish frightening. In 2006, Lebanon's Hezbollah strongly 'shocked' Zionist community due to unexpected performance during the war. Many Zionist intellectuals asked questions about the presence of Israel since thousands of Hezbollah fighters were able to stop Israeli invasion. Israeli Winograd Commission issued balanced report to assess…
  • Leaked Snowden's document: 'Jihadists' and Porn Habits

    Mohammad Tomazy
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    In a leaked Snowden's NSA document, published in the Huffitngton Post:Six suspected Jihadists --named Radicalizers--  (or urging for Jihad) were found:1- Browse online explicit sexual materials privately.or 2- Ready to use explicit sexual language when communicating with young girl.3- one out of six has used donations to buy personal stuff.NSA goal: to exploit some of "vulnerabilities" which, if exposed, would likely degenerate 'radicalizers' credibility, thus loss of his authority to call for 'Jihad'.NB: The Editor here is totally against violating people's privacy under whatever…
  • If the Irondome is really effective, then why?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    If the Irondome is really effective, then why bomb Sirens at Ben-Gurion International Airport ? By the way, Israeli government tells Israelis that Gaza rockets are merely 'fireworks'.
  • Israel: Occupation, War Crimes, and Apartheid

    Mohammad Tomazy
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    By Akbar GanjiThe Middle East is burning in fires of wars, violence, and destruction from Syria, to Yemen, and Iraq. But, amid all these wars, a new one has begun between Israel and the Palestinian people living in Gaza. The truth is that the war between Israel and the Palestinians is the mother of all the wars in the region. If there were peace between the people of Israel and Palestinians, we would probably never have any war in that region, at least not one initiated by the people of the Middle East. To understand this we must consider at least four important factors.Israel as an occupying…
  • Gaza is under fire, while Arab regimes are 'fighting' each other

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Israel prefers Egyptian mediation to accomplish the truce in Gaza Strip, since the Egyptian government shares Israelis with hostility toward Hamas, but Palestinian resistance --including Hamas-- rejected the proposed Israeli-Egyptian truce, because it completely adopts Israeli demands . Meanwhile, Qatari and Turkish governments have suggested another truce's draft carries some of Palestinian demands. The Qatari-Turkish suggestion triggers anger of Egyptian government, which keeps the 'coldest' relations with Qatar after ousting former Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi. And the diplomatic…
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Here illegally? No problema in Pennsylvania!

    Don Noel
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:34 pm
    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling on Monday, found that an employer held the burden of proof to show that an injured worker was in the country illegally. David Cruz was a truck driver for Kennett Square Specialties when he hurt his back in 2008 while loading barrels into his truck. Originally from Ecuador, Cruz suffered a herniated disc and was unable to continue working for the company, according to a report by Business Insurance. He then filed a workers compensation claim asking for medical expense reimbursement and disability income. Kennett Square Specialties, a mushroom…
  • Feds spending $10 million to build robot companions for children

    Free Beacon
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise. The project will develop a “new breed of sophisticated ‘socially assistive’ robots,” designed to help children “learn…
  • Dana Perino calls out AP: Obama ‘not overly partisan,’ but still ‘demands cooperation?’

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    While President Obama was spewing noteworthy sound bites on his western fundraising tour, one particular headline caught the eye of Fox News’ Dana Perino. What a headline! http://t.co/yJVntwNhts — Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) July 23, 2014 The Associated Press article lamented that Congress was deadlocked because of a “lack of compromise” and how upset the “not overly partisan” Obama was over the situation. Perino’s Twitter followers jumped in with a few choice words of their own, tweeting: @DanaPerino this is why yahoo is for the low information crowd… — Drake P.
  • Biden wishes he had a Republican kid — because someone’s gotta pay the bills

    Joe Saunders
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Maybe Joe Biden isn’t so dumb after all. Speaking to the National Urban League Thursday in Cincinnati, the gaffe-prone vice president (said to harbor insane fantasies of running for president in 2016) admitted having at least one relative who understands reality might come in handy. “I should have had one Republican kid who’d grow up to make money,” Biden said, drawing a round of laughter from the audience at Cincinnati’s downtown convention center. “You know, so when they put me in a home, I get a window with a view.” Nice of him to admit what kind of people are paying the…
  • Mark Levin blasts MSNBC host: ‘You have to be a complete Hamas propagandist to be spewing this BS!’

    Richard Berkow
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Mark LevinPhoto: realclearpolitics.com A furious Mark Levin tore into MSNBC’s Joy Reid for her hostile interview Wednesday of Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. “MSLSD is the propaganda cable network of Hamas,” the conservative commentator declared on his radio program, reacting to her one-sided accusatory questions. “And there’s an MSLSD host named Joy Reid. She’s an absolute, complete, pathetic moron.” Levin asked rhetorically if MSNBC’s corporatists really needed to build up their hosts with Hamas propaganda? Answering his own question he said, “You…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

    Kleier
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” say thy mountains; “No!” thy skies;…
  • Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

    Paul Phillips
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign of a “clean energy” or “renewable energy” group in the rankings.  Yet, they are one…
  • Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

    Kleier
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over into violence, and earlier this month several hundred protesters sought to storm two synagogues in the French…
  • Warren For President?

    Kleier
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and later worked…
  • Social Protest Lit: Ruskin, “The Veins of Wealth”

    Kleier
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    A piece from “Book II: The Chasm” which regards economic/social inequality with an excerpt by John Ruskin from The Veins of Wealth: Primarily, which is very notable and curious, I observe that men of business rarely know the meaning of the word “rich.” At least if they know, they do no in their reasonings allow for the fact, that it is a relative word, implying its opposite “poor” as positively the word “north” implies its opposite “south.” Men nearly always speak and write as if riches were absolute, and it were possible, by…
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    Daily Signal

  • Christian Mom Sentenced to Death in Sudan Arrives in Italy, Meets Pope Francis

    Melissa Quinn
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    After spending several harrowing months in Sudan, Meriam Ibrahim Ishag, the mother of two who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, has left the African country for Italy. According to BBC, the Sudanese government granted Ishag permission to leave the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. The 27-year-old mother, her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two young children arrived in Rome today and were greeted by Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who arranged the flight. “Today is a day of celebration,” he said. While in Rome, Ishag met Pope Francis at his Santa Marta…
  • Paul Ryan Unveils Plan to Fight Poverty, Increase Upward Mobility

    Melissa Quinn
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled a new plan today designed to fight poverty, expand opportunity for Americans nationwide and increase upward mobility. Ryan discussed his blueprint at the American Enterprise Institute. He said: Hardworking taxpayers deserve a break in this country. Too many families are working harder and harder to get ahead, and yet they’re falling further and further behind. The costs of food, housing and gas keep going up, but paychecks haven’t budged. So whether you’re a…
  • Newt Gingrich Speaks Out Against the Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank

    Kelsey Harkness
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who voted against reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank in 1992 while serving in Congress, said lawmakers should let the bank’s charter expire this year. During a visit to The Heritage Foundation yesterday, Gingrich said, “The way it’s currently structured, it favors giant companies and doesn’t help small businesses.” Watch the full video for more. Monica Sanchez co-produced this video. The post Newt Gingrich Speaks Out Against the Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank appeared first on Daily Signal.
  • Businesses Don’t Leave the U.S. Because of Lack of Patriotism

    Curtis Dubay
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    President Obama will deliver a speech today railing against corporate inversions. That is the process whereby a U.S. business merges with a foreign business and moves the new joint business’s headquarters to the foreign country. Inversions have been a hot topic recently because well-known businesses such as Walgreens, Pfizer, and Medtronic have been looking to engage in the process. The president, like others before him, decried this practice because he believes it displays a lack of patriotism. However, inversions have nothing to do with love of country. They are all about U.S. businesses…
  • Cambodia: Deal Doesn’t End Need to Remain Vigilant

    Olivia Enos
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) came to an agreement to end political deadlock in Cambodia, but it remains to be seen whether meaningful reform will ensue. Since July 2013 elections, the CNRP boycotted parliament in an effort to reconcile election irregularities and press for electoral reform. Last year’s election was the first time Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 28-year reign was nearly threatened by defeat: The CPP garnered just 68 seats in parliament, leaving the CNRP with 55 seats. The CNRP asserts that polling fraud,…
 
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • Narendra Modi’s hydropower diplomacy will bring Nepal closer

    Shivkant Gautam
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is dispatching External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Nepal with a proposal to tap the enormous hydropower potential available in the Himalayan country. Speaking on Swaraj’s visit, senior journalist Pushp Ranjan said that India’s proposal for electricity generation in Nepal is very ambitious as kingdom is the second country in the world after Brazil with highest potential from hydro-electricity generation point of view. Besides, Nepal, other SAARC countries which have the potential include Bhutan and Bangladesh. By harnessing it, a power grid can…
  • Israel rightly denounces UNHRC as kangaroo court: MD Nalapat

    Preksha Sharma
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    After the United Nations Human Rights Council, in a special Emergency Session in Geneva passed a resolution to probe against Israel’s ‘persumed’ war crimes in Gaza, the Prime Minister’s Office in Israel denounced UNHRC as a kangaroo court. Israel claimed that such a probe only emboldens Hamas in its policy of using civilians as human shields. Professor MD Nalapat, on Niti Central, welcomes the step by Government of India to vote in favour of the probe and explains why the UNHRC is indeed irrelevant.
  • Global gas price free fall may benefit Indian players, consumers

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    File photo: ONGC well off the Mumbai coast. (PTI photo) The international natural gas future prices have had a steep fall from somewhere between $4.4 to $4.5 mmBTU (million British Thermal Units) on July 4 to $3.9 to $ 3.7 mmBTU on July 19. The collapse of prices has primarily been caused by low usage of gas for power generation in Eastern America and Europe. As demand for gas remains subpar, gas storage facilities are re-filling at a rapid rate, turning gas back into buyer’s market. That’s a quick change from six months ago when gas was being consumed at a faster-than-normal…
  • Israel rejects UNHRC’s irrelevant resolution

    Vijayendra Mohanty
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during joint statements with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament in Jerusalem on Thursday. (AP Photo by Sebastian Scheiner) Israel on Wednesday rejected the UN resolution to open an inquiry against it for alleged human rights violations in the conflict over Gaza. Israel criticised the UN decision calling it a “travesty of justice”. A Jerusalem Post report quotes the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office as saying, “This investigation by a kangaroo court is a foregone conclusion.” Israel of…
  • Nationalism can co-exist with Market Freedom

    Surajit Dasgupta
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    A file photo of a local sabzi mandi. (Photo by PTI) While upholding Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s idea of economic nationalism, mentioning a fundamental difference between European-style nationalism — which eventually led to two world wars — and Indian nationalism will be in order. India does not suffer from a superiority complex, looking down upon the other civilisations with which it would like to compete in selling goods and which it would like to rule as a colonial lord. However, much as we believe in vasudhaiva kutumbakam — the world is one family — the international community does not…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

    JG
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Every year, the AWS Summits and re:Invent get bigger (and broader – AWS lists 15 cities for AWS Summits in 2014 on their website). In his keynote at the New York event last week, Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS announced there were 10,000+ people in attendance and thousands more participating online via the live stream. […]The post AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices

    JG
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    There is an interesting report by Accenture on the benefits of leveraging cloud computing for healthcare.  The report states that “Given the diverse, fragmented and highly dispersed nature of the healthcare industry and value chain, the effect of cloud computing on healthcare will be magnified by the convergence between cloud, mobility and data analytics. It […]The post Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Standardization of Cloud Contracts In Europe: Coming Soon to the U.S.?

    JG
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a […]The post Standardization of Cloud Contracts In Europe: Coming Soon to the U.S.? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms

    JG
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
      Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on about a move to the cloud.  “The online news publication covering international legal information technology asked readers: ‘If your law firm’s management asked for your advice regarding moving key applications to the cloud, would you be in favor of this strategy?’ […]The post Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why Lawyers Love Cloud Computing

    JG
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
      According to MSPNews, “Cloud computing services and technology is on the cusp of mass adoption by the legal industry, according to a report from LexisNexis.”  That means, the next time you see your lawyer for a will update, your will could be out on AWS S3. While lawyers are famous for not trusting anything, […]The post Why Lawyers Love Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Thurs, July 24

    Casey Hendrickson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Why a Scientist Is Now Attacking a 13-Year-Old’s Science Fair Research as ‘Unethical’ | TheBlaze.com The findings made by a 12-year-old, now 13-year-old, student for her sixth-grade science fair project was said to “shock ecologists” and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
      Do you agree with Harvard that South Bend is unhappy?   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Straight white guy festival is apparently racist White House wants emails in Shirley Sherrod lawsuit kept secret   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
      Harvard says South Bend is 3rd most unhappy city in America Lois Lerner’s hard drive was only scratched, IRS IT department recommended it be sent out for data recovery, IRS shredded it instead Southwest airlines takes passenger off... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Wed, July 23

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    South Bend ranks 3rd on list of unhappiest cities No more teacher-led prayer in Vigo schools » News » News From Terre Haute, Indiana As the result of a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Vigo County School Corp. teachers and other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

    Liberal Fix
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. Tonight's episode is hosted by Dan Bimrose. He will be discussing Joe Scarborough's having to eat crow, the hottest June on record, a heartwarming rally in Texas about the influx of undocumented minors and homophobe Tony Dungy. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. If you…
  • Liberal Fix Radio-Keith and Naomi Talk Campaigns and What it Will Take to Win

    Liberal Fix
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will talk about 2014 campaign season as both are currently working on Democratic campaigns. We also may open up the phone lines and invite calls from fellow progressives and people attending the Netroots Nation convention in Detroit. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact…
  • Liberal Fix: Dan Bimrose Focuses In On Income Inequality

    Liberal Fix
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. Tonight Dan Bimrose talks about income inequality. He discusses Nick Hanauer's recent article "The Pitchforks Are Coming For Us Plutocrats." at politico.com, and another article which suggests that the Bush tax cuts cost all of us a lot of money. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal…
  • Liberal Fix: Dan and Lou Colagiovanni Discuss TX GOP Cheats and Boehner's Folly

    Liberal Fix
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. For tonight's episode Dan Bimrose and Lou Colagiovanni discuss a drop in the deficit, Texas GOP in trouble over gerrymandering and John Boehner and his lawsuit. Lou is a Staff writer at WTF Magazine, Editor in Chief at We survived Bush. You will survive Obama. and Political and Criminal Journalist at Examiner.com. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Disappeared AH5017: Wreckage and Remains now found in Mali

    21wire
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Nearly one week after the bizarre and controversial downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, another passenger jet disappeared from air traffic control radar over Saharan Africa, en route from Burkinafaso to Algiers. This last hour, authorities can confirm that Flight AH5017 has now been located in southern Mali, approximately 30km from the Burkinafaso border.“A spokeswoman for Spanish private airline company, Swiftair, confirmed that it had lost contact with one of its planes operated by Air Algerie on Thursday. The plane was an Air Algerie MD-83,…
  • Assault on America: Ex-Border Agent Says US Government ‘Facilitating’ Illegal Surge Scheme

    Shawn Helton
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    21st Century Wire says… As the heavily manufactured border surge remains ongoing, we’ve received an inside glimpse of what’s been happening at the US-Mexico border from a former federal agent…Former border patrol agent Zach Taylor, who is also the founder of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO), was recently interviewed discussing the dark details of border security and the many dangers the United States currently faces under the accelerated border surge that has been carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human…
  • Human Rights Watch Blasts the FBI’s ‘Terror Informant’ Industry

    21wire
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    21st Century Wire says…After over a decade of the War on Terror, the facade is beginning to crumble for US federal agencies who have been pretending they’ve saved us from countless ‘terror plots’ at home (read the full report by Human Rights Watch below)…Here one prime example of the FBI’s Informant Industry – ever since the two Tsarnaev brothers were announced by the FBI as their “prime suspects” in the Boston Bombing which occurred on Monday April 15th, 2013, every major US media network and government agency had assumed (along with President…
  • MH17: Are Pristine and Expired Passports a Smoking Gun for a False Flag?

    21wire
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    21st Century Wire SPECIAL REPORTAs the dust settles on this latest air tragedy, a number of very visible anomalies exist, all of which have been willingly glossed over by western media analyists and government officials. Putting the current media storm into context, it’s essential to establish the political motives of those parties rushing to assign blame. Western government and major western media outlets, namely in the US and Great Britain, have been keen to politicize the incident and pin the blame for this tragedy either directly, or indirectly on Russia. 21st Century…
  • MH17: Malaysian Airlines False Flag Scripting Straight Out of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’

    21wire
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Jay Dyer21st Century WireLike many 9/11 examples, the scripting of the Malaysian Plane fiasco matches the plot of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’…Our latest media theatrical blitz is the Hollywood-esque sequel to last spring’s suspicious and likely scripted airplane disaster, the mystical Malaysian Plane fiasco.  News junkies and analysts will recall the recent “loss” of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which sparked a media furor of high ratings, speculation, pundit nonsense and even the enlistment of Courtney Love’s noteworthy, famed sleuthing abilities.  In a rare anomaly,…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Legitimising Petitions

    Jin Yao Kwan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Activists constantly jostle for public space, and the online petition is one of many tools. It gives visibility and credibility. With nothing to fill the void left by the Our Singapore Conversation, and the apprehension towards street protests – Hong Lim Park notwithstanding – it comes as no surprise that online petitions has complemented the traditional approaches of mailing (and emailing) parliamentarians or decision-makers. By using a central platform to legitimise petitions which have attained a number of signatures, the government can not only engage more people in conversations, but…
  • Do We Ever Learn?

    Jin Yao Kwan
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Take the Media Development Authority (MDA) for instance. For this financial year the AGO found lapses in the administration of grants: applications which were rejected and the reasons for rejection were not recorded, there was no requirement for independent checks on rejected cases, and the documentation and tracking of projects were poor. Auditor-General Mr. Willie Tan rightly explained that the MDA officers could “unilaterally reject an application without valid reasons, and there would be no documentation trail to detect such cases”. In the last financial year the AGO’s checks…
  • Seven-Oh-Oh

    Jin Yao Kwan
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    So over 699 articles in the last five years, I thank you – the reader – for bearing with my ego. That is more than 300,000 words you had to plough through (without cringing). Continue reading →
  • Lazy, Lazy, Lazy

    Jin Yao Kwan
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    And if sex with minors was a concern, there could have been a probe of whether there is correlation between stricter laws and the number of suspected or actual cases of under-aged sex. How do the numbers compare over the years? Singaporeans now hold the media to higher standards, and with this lazy commentary My Paper does itself no justice. Continue reading →
  • Roots? What Roots?

    Jin Yao Kwan
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Already I hear frustrated groans from the Han Chinese community, that this young bloke is an ignoramus. They might be right about my detachment. I have never set foot on China (besides a school trip to Hainan). I do not know which village or province my ancestors were from (my grandparents first lived on Pulau Ubin before moving to mainland Singapore), and have no interest in finding out. My understanding of the “Chinese traditions” PM Lee alludes to stretches no further than the rites and rituals my family observes, and I am not sure if I will pass these practices on. I am also clueless…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Immigration Reform is Dead - Rebroadcast

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    One year ago the US Senate passed a bill that would grant 11-12 million undocumented immigrants legal status and a pathway to citizenship to this country. The bill never made it out of the House and comprehensive immigration reform has stalled ever since. The defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was pro reform, has doomed passage of any kind of a bill this year. President Obama has vowed to use executive authority to move reform forward, but a history of executive orders has created bad blood with House Republicans and an emerging crisis on the southern border is threatening to put any…
  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The world is shocked over the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the skies of eastern Ukraine. Many world leaders have pleaded with Russian president Vladimir Putin to exert influence over Russian separatists operating in the region to bring hostilities with the central government in Kiev to an end. These please have gone largely ignored. In this episode we explore the vital national security interest that Ukraine represents for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, and discuss why a peaceful resolution to this conflict may be a ways off. This episode is a bit of a…
  • Earmarks and Filling Potholes

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Earmarks were once considered to be what greased the wheels of government.  They have been done away with but is our political system more corrupt without them than it was with them? The Highway Trust Fund is set to run dry this summer.  The president sent a 4-year $302 billion proposal to Congress earlier this year but was deemed DOA by Congress.  Instead, the House has approved a 1-year $10 billion bill that is paid for by so called “pension smoothing.” What is pension smoothing and who decides what sources of funding are “workable” and what are…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution says “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  But what exactly are “high crimes and misdemeanors?”  It’s believed that the Founding Fathers left the wording deliberately vague trusting subsequent generations to know impeachment-level offenses when they saw them. Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against…
  • Ukraine, Immigration and More

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    We apparently have been having problems with the show’s feed and it has caused our episodes in some apps to stop updating. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working hard to resolve the problem. We hope to have it resolved within the next few days. Please remember that you can always subscribe to us in iTunes or check out our website at www.itnshow.com to get the very latest information and updates about our episodes and show. In this episode we discuss the continuing crisis on our southern border. The President has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help address the issue. But…
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… ‘Licking Me To Death, But Actually Saving My Life’

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Selling weapons to terrorists and dumb people and then acting all innocent AWARD goes to...  The I'm finally telling the truth award since I don't have to answer to the Paper AWARD goes to... For having the persistency and consistency in fighting the bad guys and never losing hope AWARD goes to... Using your product to conceal other products to make the company a wad of money AWARD goes to... Buy a business, slash the workforce, and add to the dismal unemployment numbers AWARD goes to... Thanks for almost licking me to death, but actually saving my life AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
  • Destructive Economics 101

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Disappearing middle class, Minimum wage, Income inequality… Are these factors destroying America as an economic power? Nick Hanauer has made a ton of money from a capitalistic society that is now under attack… he is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and civic activist who gets Out Loud real quick! “I’m all about some economic inequality, I think it’s fabulous… but runaway economic inequality is a catastrophe for capitalism, because it really represents a death spiral of falling demand,” says Nick Hanauer.
  • The Award Goes To… 'The Smoking Email'

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    ‘I’m Just Telling The Truth Now—I’m Not Running For Office Anymore’ Award goes to...  The Shut Up Already Enough Award goes to... The I'm Getting Paid Way Too Much & Have No Experience Award goes to...  The Headline Of The Week Award goes to...  We Make Crappy Products And Put Your Life At Risk Award goes to...  You Can't Make Me Go, I've Done Nothing Wrong Award goes to...  The Don't Go Pass Go - Go Straight To Jail Award goes to...  This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the second week of…
  • Israeli Headlines Tell Story

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Israeli headlines tell it all. “PM Netanyahu speaks with Ban, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande, Harper - but not Obama.” Netanyahu proclaims that he will not back off this time around. As tensions escalate, what will the U.S. role be? How did we go from a peace negotiation being brokered by Secretary State John Kerry to the murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers to the escalation of a major war in the Middle East? Early predictions indicate that this may very well be a protracted war.  Colonel Jim Waurishuk, USAF, has been a career senior intelligence and political-military…
  • Dinesh D'Souza On America

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Thought provoking, intellectual and profound... listen in as Malcolm and Dinesh D'Souza discuss the dangers of the progressive movement and the vital need for American world leadership. An immigrant from India who epitomizes the pursuit of the American Dream, Dinesh vigorously espouses American exceptionalism. His new movie America Imagine a World Without Her debuts as we celebrate 238 years of American Independence. Dinesh is on a crusade to “blow the whistle” on the people and policies responsible for the decline and potential end of America’s leadership position in the…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
  • I Am Bowe Bergdahl

    Joël Valenzuela
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    When reading the story of American POW Bowe Bergdahl, I couldn’t help but think: that could’ve been me. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like this article? Show him some love and send him some Bitcoin!…
  • Activism vs. Slacktivism

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 May 2014 | 12:38 pm
      “The winner in a political contest is determined by the number and the effectiveness of the activists on the respective sides.” -Morton Blackwell Activism is a great way to effect social and political change. Unfortunately, it’s often confused with …
  • The Ballad of Rich Paul

    Joël Valenzuela
    12 May 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Rich Paul, legendary civil disobedience activist most known for his work in marijuana activism, tells his incredible story of inspiration, courage, and struggle. A joint (no pun intended) production with the Rebel Love Show.…
  • Government Only Understands Force

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Tse Tung Behind every eloquent speech, every lofty ideal, every claim of legitimate governance, there lies a wicked undercurrent of deadly force. Behind all resistance to the purportedly …
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    Citizens News

  • The EPA passes its time playing Kardashian games.

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Written by Naked DC The rest of the country might be bitterly divided over the consequences of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts (at least, when it’s convenient in an election year), but the EPA’s Clean Water task force is making some headway. Or, at least, their social media manager is. Thanks to an […]The post The EPA passes its time playing Kardashian games. appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Shinzo Abe Got His Butter, Now Wants Guns

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Written by The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat The guns and butter model is used by economists to contrast the costs of spending resources on domestic-economy amenities (butter) or on foreign policy and war (guns). Every government knows, however, that if it plays its cards right, this need not be one or the other. […]The post Shinzo Abe Got His Butter, Now Wants Guns appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Florida: 100 years for murderer, prosecutor blames strict Muslim upbringing

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia Is she saying Palestinian Muslims breed cold-blooded, heartless killers? via Wellington man sentenced to 100 years for murder | www.palmbeachpost.com. WEST PALM BEACH — A 33-year-old Wellington man on Monday was sentenced to 100 years in prison for fatally shooting a Jupiter man and critically wounding the man’s girlfriend during a […]The post Florida: 100 years for murderer, prosecutor blames strict Muslim upbringing appeared first on Citizens News.
  • So You Want Proof Hamas Uses Civilians As Human Shields? Here Are Ten Examples.

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Written by “The Lid” Since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge began over three weeks ago, the mainstream media has been highlighting the civilian casualties in Gaza. In most cases, even if they report the Hamas use of human shields they report them as “Israeli allegations,” as opposed to facts. One example is the report by NBC’s […]The post So You Want Proof Hamas Uses Civilians As Human Shields? Here Are Ten Examples. appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Censorship alive and well in China

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy BlogsForeign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Chinese social media platforms such as WeChat and Weibo removed content from crowdsourced news provider Cenci as of July 14, 2014. This is the latest example of China’s crackdown on independent news sources. Photo: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters As open as China has […]The post Censorship alive and well in China appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ....

    leftdog
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call 'history': mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade barriers are costing the Canadian economy $50 billion a year, or that carbon taxes are killers of investment, economic activity and jobs.Each of these statements has been widely circulated in the media recently, so much so that they appear to be self-evident truths. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Let’s look at the first…
  • As Bad As Things Are For Mike Duffy ... They Look Even Worse For Stephen Harper

    leftdog
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stephen Harper, without public consultation or election, hand picked and anointed Mike Duffy to be a Canadian Senator. No matter what Mike Duffy did .. Stephen Harper committed the undemocratic actions that set this whole sorry mess in play.He should bear considerable responsibility.'Mike Duffy's defence could put Harper on hot seat' - Kady O'Malley, CBC News
  • Tax Revenues Up - Crime Down in Washington and Colorado With Pot Reform ..

    leftdog
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Too bad that Stephen Harper doesn't take note ...Colorado Washington
  • Thoughts On The Murder Of RCMP Officers In New Brunswick ...

    leftdog
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I live within two blocks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Every single member of the RCMP has received their training here at the RCMP Depot. The history of this facility and location dates back to the days of the old North West Mounted Police and the Riel Rebellion.Living in such close proximity to the training academy, it's a routine sight for me to see the raw, short haired recruits jogging their daily quota of kilometers as part of basic training.  I own two dogs and we walk twice every day along the banks of Wascana Creek beside the RCMP…
  • Leader Cam Broten Receives Massive Endorsement At Sask NDP Convention

    leftdog
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Saskatchewan NDP gives leader 98.7 per cent approval at party conventionMOOSE JAW, Sask. – The leader of Saskatchewan’s Opposition has received an overwhelming endorsement at his party’s convention in Moose Jaw.NDP delegates voted 98.7 per cent to approve Cam Broten’s leadership on Saturday.The leadership review by secret ballot was required by the party’s constitution. Broten says the party will continue to focus on what is important to Saskatchewan families, including health care and education.A detailed platform will be released closer to the next provincial election…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • ISIS Approved Mannequins

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t think that for a terror organization ISIS, from their line of jihadi tees to the group’s latest moves in Mosul, sure does take their fashion marketing seriously. While Dear Leader works on his mental handicap, it’s not just the Christians and ethnic Kurds getting a spiritual makeover.
  • Horizontal Stripes as Punishment

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Michigan has its problems, and PD’s not just talking about the stellar governorship of Jennifer Granholm (the prettier version of Elizabeth Spreading Bull Warren) and the welfare utopia of Detroit, where people are now refusing to pay even their water bills.
  • Amendment IV: Search and Seizure

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    One of the least followed bits of the Bill of Rights is surely the fourth amendment. From any episode of Castle or CSI-Wherever it’s obvious the American people have no idea what the fourth amendment even stands for.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Biden’s Tea Party Cop-out

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    The Archduke of Eloquence, Uncle Joe Biden is back at it after stocking up on duty free Clinque, and wasting time and taxpayer funds doing next to nothing in Latin America (well no, he actually did manage to encourage even more parents to entrust their kiddos to drug cartel coyotes or put them on AMTRAK death trains to the US).
  • Genius Idea: Secretary of Strategic Coordination of National Thought

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Still basking in the glow from Brazil’s World Cup embarrassment, Argentinians do not seem to be all that concerned with el Presidente Cristina Kirchner’s new National Thought Secretary. Hey, with less than a year and a half left to Kirchner’s “last” term someone has to make sure all of the sheep are on the same page of 1984, right?
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • War in Gaza: Agreement on Ceasefire Must Address Root Causes of Conflict

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    Statement of the International Progress OrganizationVienna, 24 July 2014RE/25057c-isThe international community, represented by the United Nations Organization, has a joint responsibility to stop the ongoing armed conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people in Gaza. The situation constitutes a serious threat to peace and security according to Article 39 of the UN Charter. Due to their political paralysis resulting from disputes among member states, neither the League of Arab States nor the Organization of Islamic Cooperation can play any constructive role for the ending of hostilities.
  • Gandhi and Nehru - Frustrated Visionaries?

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    An Article by Judith Brown published in History Today, Volume 47, Issue 9, 1997Above all, the hallmark of new Indians would be a commitment to non-violence in all public and private relationships, as the only moral means of achieving true change. For Gandhi non-violence was the only way to follow after what one perceived as truth without endangering the perception of truth held by others: by its very presence and working it would transform attitudes and relationships, and so begin the process of change at the roots of the individuals who formed the bedrock of society.
  • Rhodes Veteran Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr passed away on May 18, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    One of the outstanding personalities who contributed substantially to the deliberations of several Rhodes Forums and formed together with others the spirit of Rhodes, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr passed away on May 18, 2014 in the age of 84. Prof. Dürr was born on October 7, 1929 in Stuttgart. He received his doctorate in 1956 at the University of California at Berkeley with Edward Teller and got his habilitation in 1962. From 1958 to 1976, Dürr worked with Werner Heisenberg, whom he succeeded in 1978 as managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich. In addition to his…
  • Lawrence H. Summers on the Economic Challenge of the Future: Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    An Article by Lawrence H. Summers published at The Wall Street Journal on July 7, 2014The great economic problem for millennia has been scarcity. People want much more than can be produced. The challenge has been to produce as much as possible and to ensure that everybody gets their fair share.In important respects, the problem has changed. There are many more Americans who are obese than who are undernourished, for example. But that is only a harbinger of things to come. The economic challenge of the future will not be producing enough. It will be providing enough good jobs.
  • Illusions Bred by a Reserve Currency

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    An Article by Vivek Dehejia published at LIVEMINT on July 17, 2014Short-term US macroeconomic goals conflict with long-term interests of a world reliant on the dollar.Since the Bretton Woods system broke down in August 1971, economist Robert Mundell has convened periodic round-table meetings of economists, bankers, and officials to deliberate on the future of the international monetary system. The Santa Colomba Conference is named after the venue, a magnificent Renaissance villa situated on a crest in the rolling hills outside the city of Siena in Tuscany, which Mundell has called home since…
 
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    Michael Tomasky

  • What You Don’t Know About Obama and Jobs

    Michael Tomasky
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to cheerlead.
  • Hill’s Golden Ticket: Paid Family Leave

    Michael Tomasky
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Forget about liberals—by pushing the issue in a 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton can galvanize women and show everyone she has guts.
  • You Can Turn the Supreme Court Liberal

    Michael Tomasky
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There will be more Hobby Lobbies and Citizens United if Democrats don’t get a lock on the White House and pack the bench for a generation.
  • You Lost One, Tea Party. Deal With It.

    Michael Tomasky
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Democrats had their own intraparty upset in 2006, courtesy of Joe Lieberman. They moved on, unlike the ‘real American’ Tea Partiers who are still blubbering over Thad Cochran’s victory.
  • Sanity Caucus Strikes Back

    Michael Tomasky
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Democrats might have been praying for a McDaniel victory in Mississippi’s Senate runoff—why not make the Republicans look nuttier? Here’s why they should be glad the establishment won.
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • A Libertarian in the Senate, What is the World Coming to?

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP) makes his maiden speech to the NSW Parliament on the 9th of July, 2014, establishing his Libertarian credentials and philosophy. We discuss the speech in our podcast, along with the repeal of the carbon tax the shooting down of a Malaysian Airline in Ukraine, the slaughter in Gaza and much more. Listen as David lopez and Bazra Parsons break down the current paradigm that we live under.    DOWNLOAD MP3 or listen using the player by clicking read more. Read More...
  • Exposing the Federal Budget Smugglers

    16 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Bazra and I hadn't had much of an opportunity to podcast over the last fortnight but now i have settled into new quarters we're 'rolling' again. Caught up tonight to discuss the 'budget butt-hurt' for (most) Australians while revealing the lies between the lines of the ledger, the Washington muster of US militia due to march today and the dreadful state of governance, worldwide, in general.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player. Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
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    rinf.com

  • EU Court: Poland Enabled CIA Torture

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    “This ruling is of landmark significance for ending impunity” for rendition. Andrea Germanos In what has been described as a watershed moment, a European court ruled Thursday that Poland enabled rendition and torture carried out by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights marks the first court judgement on the CIA’s so-called “black sites,” secret offshore prisons where detainees are tortured. The damning finding comes as a result of cases brought forth regarding two men currently held at the Guantanamo prison, Abd…
  • Spy for a spy: Germany to monitor US, UK agents

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Germany will monitor US and UK agents as part of its long discussed counter-espionage ’360 degree view’ plan, shifting its focus from China, Russia, and Iran, according to local media. Two unnamed sources confirmed to Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, gave a green light for the step after negotiations with interior and foreign ministers. According to the paper, the ’360 degree view’ program gives Germany the ability to spy on American and British agents stationed in Germany, while shifting its focus away from previous…
  • Police Spied On Family Of De Menezes

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    REVEALED: Met officers ‘monitored at least 17 campaigns fighting for justice’ THE Met spied on 17 justice campaigns for murder victims and those who died following police contact over 35 years, it was revealed yesterday. Among those who were monitored are the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police in July 2005. The disclosure was made by Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon, who is leading Operation Herne examining the conduct of undercover officers from Scotland Yard’s Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). Mr Creedon said: “Operation Herne has identified…
  • Serious Threats to Iraq’s Territorial Integrity

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Amer Araim The domination of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) over one third of Iraq, and Kurdish fighters known as Pesh Marga control of the province of Kirkuk have worsened the already volatile situation in Iraq. For more than a year Sunni Arab provinces, which suffered tremendously after the United States occupation in 2003, have demonstrated, and challenged the authority of the central government, which resulted in deaths and destruction in Sunni Arab parts of Iraq. There is a realization by the majority of Iraqis including moderate Shiites that all Iraqis, and particularly…
  • Criminal Investigation Will Probe Abuse At Cyril Smith School

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    A CRIMINAL investigation will be launched into allegations of a child abuse cover-up at a school linked to Sir Cyril Smith, it was revealed yesterday. The Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have used his status to sexually abuse young boys with impunity at Knowl View School in Rochdale. Despite numerous previous allegations and past police investigations neither Sir Cyril nor other suspects were ever prosecuted. A separate investigation is ongoing to identify people suspected of taking part in the alleged sexual abuse. In a dramatic development police said yesterday…
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • EU To Add More Names, Entities To Ukraine Sanctions List

    RFE RL
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    (RFE/RL) — The European Union on July 25 is expected to add to its sanctions list 15 Ukrainian and Russian individuals and 18 entities over their role in the Ukraine crisis. EU diplomatic sources say the 18 entities will consist of nine companies and nine institutions set up by pro-Russian separatists who have proclaimed independence […] The post EU To Add More Names, Entities To Ukraine Sanctions List appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Nepal: Who Is Interested In A New Constitution Within Deadline? – Analysis

    SAAG
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan. The Question is, “Is anyone in Nepal really bothered about getting the new constitution in time?” Judging from the lackadaisical way the interim parliament is dealing with the issue, the answer appears to be in the negative. How else can one explain the ruling parties having heated discussions on the quantum […] The post Nepal: Who Is Interested In A New Constitution Within Deadline? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Algeria Energy Profile: Leading Natural Gas Producer In Africa – Analysis

    EIA
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Algeria is the leading natural gas producer in Africa, the second-largest natural gas supplier to Europe outside of the region, and is among the top three oil producers in Africa. Algeria became a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 1969, shortly after it began oil production in 1958. Algeria’s economy […] The post Algeria Energy Profile: Leading Natural Gas Producer In Africa – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • China Absolves Pakistan And ISI Over Indian Consulate Attack – Analysis

    SAAG
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    By Bhaskar Roy China’s interest in Afghanistan is well known, as that of other countries including India. The American decision to totally withdraw forces form Afghanistan by 2017 has created an urgency among stakeholders in Afghanistan about the fate of the country. The last time in Afghanistan, the Americans just washed their hands off and […] The post China Absolves Pakistan And ISI Over Indian Consulate Attack – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Sri Lanka: The Tamil Experience Of Being Alienated At Home – OpEd

    SAAG
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    By Charles Sarvan What follows is consequent of a remark made by (Sinhalese) Mr Bradman Weerakoon on 20 June 2014 in the course of a eulogy on his close friend of many years, (Tamil) Mr Duleepkumar. It was, I felt, both eulogy and elegy: “His last years were painful, mentally more than physically, as he […] The post Sri Lanka: The Tamil Experience Of Being Alienated At Home – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
  • América, El Paraíso de los Bullys

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Héctor Alejandro MendezAsesinado por bulliesLos sueños de un niño de 12 años de Ciudad Victoria, México, nunca se van a volver realidad. Héctor Alejandro Méndez, un estudiante de la Escuela Secundaria Eleazar Gómez, fué asesinado por bullies de su clase el mes pasado, en mero frente de su maestra. Cuatro de los adolescentes sujetaron a Héctor Alejandro de sus brazos y pies, lo columpiaron, y después lo arrojaron hacia la pared de concreto de su salón dos veces, causándole heridas cerebrales y un estado de coma que lo llevó a su muerte el día 20 de mayo. Ahora los…
  • America, The Paradise of the Bullies

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am
    Héctor Alejandro MéndezKilled by bulliesThe dreams of a 12-year-old child from Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, will never come true. Hector Alejandro Mendez, a student from the Secondary School "Eleazar Gomez," was killed last month by bullies from his class, right in front of his teacher. Four of them held Hector Alejandro by his arms and legs, swung his body, and then threw him against the classroom's concrete wall twice, causing brain injuries and a state of coma that led to his death on May 20. Now Hector Alejandro's  parents want justice. They are inconsolable and blame the teacher that…
  • 12 Million Shadows in Limbo

    Tomás Guerra
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    Elvira Arellano/Chicago ReaderChicago, IL.- On November 15, 2006, Elvira Arellano became a fugitive of U.S. authorities. She was due to leave the country after being arrested at O'Hare airport by immigration officials, where she worked cleaning airplanes for $6.20 an hour. She was working and paying taxes under a fake Social Security number. To avoid deportation, Arellano, an undocumented migrant from Mexico, took her 7-year-old son, Saul, a U.S. national to Adalberto United Methodist Church, in Humboldt Park, and made the church their sanctuary. They've been refuged there ever since. In…
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  • If It Isn't Obvious Yet...

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    This blog is on hiatus for an undetermined period.Thanks for your support!
  • Maps of the Day - Kentucky Has Never Cared Much For Barack Obama

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The only thing that seems to get some white Americans more riled up than being accused of racism by non-whites is the same accusations coming from fellow whites. So do not be surprised if Jonathan Chait's well-stated trolling of Appalachian's seeming love for Bill Clinton and hatred for Barack Obama starts to gain some steam. And while it's not surprising that, given his "war on coal" that Obama would tank in the region in 2012, given that signs like these are common (taken by me this following summer, the former at a coal mine in Logan County, WV and the latter in Lynch, Kentucky)People…
  • Politicians Sometimes Do Lie To You, But Are Unmatched By The Lie You Tell Yourself

    7 Feb 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As much as I love politics, including many of those aspects which cause other people to cringe, there is something about taking an incriminating tone in political discourse which always makes it sound petty. In particular, something which makes me really cranky is the tendency of liberals and progressives to go on and on about how policies and concepts such as the Affordable Care Act, freeing people from job lock and personal responsibility are "conservative" or "Republican" priorities that were shamelessly abandoned merely because a Democrat is in office.Is this true for many rank-and-file…
  • Things You Might Have Missed

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Efforts To Get Minimum Wage Raise on Michigan Ballot Gain Support.If you want to read the whole New Yorker profile where L. Brooks Patterson made an ass of himself, you can find it here.Though Cannabis Now Legal In Some Areas, Localities Still Resisting It.Corruption Not As Rampant As It Might Seem.Feds Charge Bitcoin Start-Up Founder With Money Laundering.Karzai Suspects U.S. Is Behind Insurgent-Style Attacks, Afghan Officials Say.Egyptian Military Commander Set to Run for President. Or, in other news, Military Dictator Who Overthrows Democratically Elected Leader Wants To Hold Onto…
  • The One Time I'll Probably Praise Rand Paul

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Not the devil, but also not a saint who erredThe most recent Facebook/Twitter/Upworthy/etc. liberal cause de jour is Rand Paul's comments on Meet the Press that Bill Clinton "... took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office," calling his behavior "predatory." Luckily for him, this outrage has so far overshadowed his ignorant and Sheen-esque comments that, because women are making "... great strides..." and "... now make up more than half the students at medical and law schools," which in his mind somehow negates any complaints they might have about…
 
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  • ANC embarrasses another swath of D.C. residents

    Mark Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Advisory Neighborhood Commission Areas. D.C.’s controversial advisory neighborhood commission (ANC) set-up embarrassed another swath of residents again last week. It didn’t help that it occurred in one of the city’s highest-profile development-intensive areas. Usually community chagrin centers on outlandish internecine tussling exposed or unpopular regulatory recommendation proffered by one of 40 such small groups across the city. This time it raised the question of whether the District might be better off without them. The 12-member neighborhood advisory group in the bustling and…
  • Study finds Truvada adherence difficult to maintain

    Staff reports
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Truvada (Photo courtesy of Gilead). WASHINGTON — Men and transgender women who have sex with men who took Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) four or more days a week were 100 percent protected against HIV in a recent study, AIDSmeds reports. However, participants actually took Truvada that frequently just 33 percent of the time during the 72-week trial, and overall adherence declined throughout the study. Daily adherence to Truvada was detected just 12 percent of the time. When considering all participants who received Truvada, regardless of their adherence, the study showed that…
  • Success of fake Grindr profiles quells criticism

    Staff reports
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    San Mateo County health officials set up false Grindr profiles and, when contacted, would provide information about sexually transmitted infections. SAN  MATEO, Calif. — Earlier this year, San Mateo County Health System officials were taken to task by LGBT bloggers and activists for creating false profiles on a gay mobile dating application to expand HIV and Hepatitis C testing, though recent numbers highlighting the program’s success shows little divide within the health and science community, the San Mateo Daily Journal reports. San Mateo County health officials set up false Grindr…
  • HIV doctor assigned new post in New York

    Staff reports
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    (Photo by Daniel Schwen; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) NEW YORK — Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, an AIDS doctor and activist credited for his on-the-ground work with meningitis vaccines last year in New York City, has been named the city’s new assistant health commissioner in charge of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. He’ll start in September at a $180,000-per-year salary, the New York Times reports. At the height of the meningitis outbreak last year among gay and bi men, Daskalakis spent many nights in the city’s sex clubs and bathhouses administering meningitis vaccines. He had…
  • Equality Md. celebrates passage of FAMA

    Steve Charing
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    A series of happy hour parties are to be held throughout the state celebrating the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. Equality Maryland has scheduled a series of celebrations around the state to mark the passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. At these casual happy hour celebrations there will be food and drink specials and no cover charge. All ages are welcome. The next celebration will take place in Baltimore on July 29 between 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Waterstone Bar and Grille, 311 W. Madison St.
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
  • Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic)

    Lady Freethinker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of our trash may go into landfills (and, unfortunately, the ocean), but as this infographic shows, there’s also a surprisingly massive layer of space junk orbiting the planet right this second. The facts here are so interesting, I’m forgiving the author for referring to Gene Roddenberry’s remains as “junk.” The post Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Yes, Donkey-Powered Internet is a Real Thing (And Why I Wish it Weren’t)

    Lady Freethinker
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just when I thought humans had exhausted every possible form of animal exploitation, along comes something too bizarre to dream up. In Turkey, one company is turning donkeys into roaming power stations for rural herdsmen to juice up their laptops and go online. In this video, you’ll see a weary-looking donkey lugging around a power pack topped with a solar panel, then tied up to serve as a stationary electricity source. After long stretches of travel, a human even gets to use the donkey for shade. (Too bad nobody’s thinking about how the animal may feel after schlepping this…
  • McDonald’s Latest – GMO Potatoes?

    Lady Freethinker
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Courtesy of Flickr If the pink slime and the duck-feather-laced apple pies of Mickey D’s aren’t enough to keep you away from the fast-food chain for good, this just might do it: McDonald’s is poised to use genetically modified potatoes in their french fries, and you can bet it won’t be mentioned on the menu. Anti-GMO groups are still fighting USDA approval, but agriculture giant J.R. Simplot — which has supplied McDonald’s potatoes since 1967 — is pushing to market five new GM potato varieties this year. These biotech potatoes are resistant to…
  • Monsanto is Suing Vermont to Fight GMO Labeling – Sign This Petition to Stop Them!

    Lady Freethinker
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: msdonnalee via photopin cc Vermont is doing what all states should: requiring labeling for GMO foods. But Big Agriculture doesn’t want that — so Monsanto is preparing to sue the state, claiming the requirement is a violation of their free speech. Yes, somehow they believe they have a constitutional right to withhold information from the public. This is an important case, because half of the states in the U.S. are considering similar labeling laws. If Monsanto succeeds in blocking Vermont’s legislation, it could kill similar proposals around the country, which…
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  • Determining the Body Count in Gaza

    Clare Malone
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The modern media coverage of war and conflict is a grim numbers game. As tensions escalate, so do the body counts. In Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and on other battlefields, the most visceral articulation of despair is a statistic: How many dead?The fighting in Gaza, now in its second week, already has its own trove of casualty databases. The New York Times has kept a running tally of fatalities, and there are charts available to those who want to see all the deaths in the conflict since 2000 broken out by ethnic group, month and year. The Times put the death toll since July 8 at 556 Palestinians…
  • Immigration Is Changing Much More Than the Immigration Debate

    Ben Casselman
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    In 1994, California Governor Pete Wilson aired television ads showing people scrambling across the Mexican border near San Diego. “The rules are being broken,” a narrator intoned. “Pete Wilson has had the courage to say enough is enough.” Wilson, who at one point trailed in the polls, ended up cruising to an easy re-election.Two decades later, the rhetoric around immigration hasn’t changed much — just look at Virginia, where long-shot challenger Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in part by promising to “secure the border” and “reject any proposal that grants amnesty” to…
  • What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor’s Defeat

    David Wasserman
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    On May 30, 11 days before one of the biggest upsets in modern American politics blocked Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s path to speaker of the House, one of his top aides emailed me in an unusually defensive tone. Doug Heye, Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, had a “quibble” with an analysis I had written for the Cook Political Report on the state of play in the GOP primary for Cantor’s congressional district.In my analysis I wrote, “Economics professor [and Cantor's primary opponent] Dave Brat has forced Majority Leader Eric Cantor to take his primary very…
  • Brazil’s Presidents Are More Maradona Than Pelé

    Sebastian Saiegh
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    When Brazil returned to democracy in 1985 after almost 20 years of military rule, many observers were rightly pessimistic about whether the country’s political institutions could function. Brazil’s previous experience with democracy, during the so-called Second Republic (1946-1964), was characterized by executive-legislative deadlock. At that time, the immobility of chief executives contributed to a breakdown in the democratic process. In addition to the challenges produced by this legacy, the newly established Brazilian democracy of the 1980s took the form of a multiparty…
  • Americans’ Faith in Government Shapes How They Feel About Obamacare — Trust Me

    Dan Hopkins
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are still of two minds about the health care reform law. When pollsters break Obamacare apart, nearly all of the individual pieces are well regarded. But when they ask about Obamacare as a single, hulking policy, it’s derided. Americans trust the parts, but not the whole.In a March 2014 poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 1,504 adults about nine components of the law and found that only the individual mandate lacked majority support. In fact, even among Republicans, all but two of the surveyed elements enjoyed…
 
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  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Today, I’m guest blogging on the #EP2014 results at the LSE’s execellent EUROPOPP blog. Click here for a number of opinionated and short “expert reactions” to yesterdays’s train wreck election. The post Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • The Weirdest Campaign Poster Yet (Groundhog Day Edition)

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    Those old enough to remember that Bill Murray had a career before Lost in Translation (or to remember Bill Murray) will instantly recognise this scene: Punxsutawney Phil is predicting six more electoral cycles of political misery for Germany’s Liberal Democrats. Granted that the animal is a bit on the small side, but first, This is not America, and second, the choice of rodent is rather apt: Aren’t we all guinea pigs when it comes to policy making? Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more cycles of electoral Misery The hopeful candidate molesting the furry bugger promises  that he…
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    Conservative Read

  • Oh, by the way, Russian troops are firing on Ukrainian units

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
     Theories that Vladimir Putin would back down from his support for Ukrainian “separatists” (read: terrorists) in the wake of Flight MH17′s destruction appear to have been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • World leaders lambaste Obama’s ‘failures’ in the Middle East

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Raymond Ibrahim  World leaders are increasingly pointing to U.S. President Obama’s failures in the Middle East. Some are direct and blunt. For example, during his recent visit to Brazil,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Illegal Alien Gang Members Arrested for Murder of Homeless Man

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Local news report indicates several suspects were members of MS-13  Amos Milburn Jones, a 56-year-old homeless man, was beaten and stabbed to death outside of a shopping strip in Suitland, Md.,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • UNREAL: Obama Ignored Benghazi Attack to Prepare for Romney Debate

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
     As the cover up surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack continues to collapse, there is still one major unanswered question.  Where was President Obama at during the attack? We already... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lawsuit Filed to Take Down Common Core

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    The national educational standards known as Common Core are a bad idea.  They are a one-size-fits-all set of achievement standards and standardized tests for the nation’s students and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
  • Liberal Campaign Money Hypocrisy

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Everyone reading the news today can be inclined to believe that the all the GOP campaign contributions aimed at destroying the Democrats flow from just two people - Edward and Charles Koch.Charles KochEdward KochThe rich industrialist brothers are the favorite target of everyone on the left. A recent article in the New York Times does actually a lot to dispel the myth of the heartless tycoons bent on destroying the working class. They both are very active philanthropists and civic leaders and employ thousands of well paid workers in Wichita,…
  • May Day Parades or Display of People's Affection

    1 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    The May Day parades during Socialism were supposed to extol the virtues of the free labor (pun intended) and the devotion of the people to the Party leaders who were presiding over the parade usually from the height of a mausoleum where the Great Leader's mummified  body lays on  public display.May Day Parade in Sofia, BulgariaNote the presence of the iconic portrait of Marx on the building. It was part of the Holy Trinity of Socialism - Marx, Engels, Lenin.Although May Day as the International Labor Day originated in  Chicago, US it has been more popular in Europe, mostly…
  • Piketty's Tour de Force

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The current fascination with the French economist Thomas Piketty book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" on this side of the Atlantic is telling about how much regurgitated ideas from 19th century can hold sway in this highly politicized environment.First of all, as I have mentioned earlier, the highly progressive taxes, advocated as early as Marx in the Communist Manifesto have not worked in any country, yet we again seem to fantasize about 80 - 90 percent income tax. And this is not for the purpose of increasing tax revenue but to stop the "excessive wealth".“Economists can…
  • China and the Market Experiment

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The free enterprise economy remains the best tool for lifting people our of poverty. In fact between 1970 and 2006 the share of people living on less than $1 a day plummeted by 80 percent. Was this a result of government redistribution? The answer is a resounding "No".http://www.voxeu.org/article/parametric-estimations-world-distribution-incomeChina as one of the most populous countries in the world is an example of this notion. After the cruel Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong, Den Xiaoping advanced the idea that "socialism does not mean shared poverty". Indeed in the 1970's…
 
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  • Join us for a Hannibal Comic-Con panel live-blog

    Todd VanDerWerff
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Hello, everyone, and welcome to Vox's very first live-blog of a panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, for NBC's Hannibal, writer Bryan Fuller's mesmerizing adaptation of the Hannibal Lecter mythos. It's one of the best shows on TV! Fuller and a few other producers will be here, as well as Caroline Dhavernas (Alana) and some other cast members. Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen aren't here, but the Comic-Con guide also promises "surprises," which almost certainly means either or both of them filmed some bit of video goofery we'll all get to watch. To follow along, just keep refreshing this…
  • Poll: What Americans think about the Israel-Gaza crisis

    Zack Beauchamp
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Gallup has released the results of a poll on American views of the ongoing Israeli ground incursion into Gaza and larger Israel-Palestine issues, which it conducted on July 22 and 23. Gallup asked Americans whether they thought Israel's actions in Gaza were "mostly justified" or "mostly unjustified." Americans are split on that question, but overwhelmingly think Hamas' actions are "mostly unjustified." There are a number of other findings: Americans who have more education are more likely to support Israel's Gaza incursion, for example, while Americans under age 30 oppose it by a two-to-one…
  • The end of the Singapore Consensus

    New America Foundation Weekly Wonk
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Donald Low, an associate dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Sudhir Vadaketh, a writer, are the authors of Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus These are the best of times and the worst of times in Singapore, the world's only global city without a natural hinterland, whose prosperity and good governance are the envy of much of the world, and a model for others to follow.  But while the city-state remains an alluring success story to much of the outside world, Singaporeans themselves are starting to question the long-term viability of their longstanding…
  • Ted Cruz says the FAA's flight ban was Obama's secret anti-Israel plot

    Andrew Prokop
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    On Tuesday, after a Hamas rocket exploded about a mile from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, the US Federal Aviation Administration announced it was suspending all US flights to Israel for 24 hours. While perhaps understandably motivated by fears of a US plane meeting MH17's fatethe decision came in for some criticism, particularly after the FAA announced it would continue the ban for another day. Israeli officials insisted the airport was safe, Michael Bloomberg called the ban "an overreaction," and AIPAC said it "sends the entirely wrong message." Yet Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)…
  • Seven facts about female genital mutilation

    Julia Belluz
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    On Thursday, a high-ranking UN official in Iraq told the press about grave concerns regarding the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS): they had reportedly ordered all women around Iraq's northern city Mosul to undergo genital mutilation. Reports soon surfaced that called into question the UN spokesperson's claims, which increasingly appears to be erroneous. While the UN investigates the allegations, David Clinch of Storyful, a social media monitoring site, tweeted, "Our analysis is that this was an old, not reliable, claim that somehow re-surfaced this week, prompting…
 
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    Contemplations

  • On Flight MH17

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
         Much like Jon Stewart, I was really surprised to get home from vacation and learn that the world had gone to crap while I was lounging on the beach. This post was originally going to be about my vacation by the ocean, but I think we can all agree that there are some much more important matters to be discussed, namely - Flight MH17.Read more »
  • On the FIFA World Cup

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
         Lately everything from Google to Facebook has talked of nothing but the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I get it, we're all excited to see which country produces the best soccer players, but there is more to life than kicking a ball around on artificial turf. At least when the Olympics come around, we can all see a nice big variety of sports. Unfortunately, FIFA forces us to endure to weeks full of a single event, namely the aforementioned ball kicking on artificial turf.Read more »
  • On Binge-Watching

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
         Has Netflix taken over control of your life? If you answered "Yes" to that question, you're not alone. Online streaming has ruined the existence of many individuals, myself included. If by some strange act of God you actually haven't been corrupted by the ability to watch one TV show for hours (and hours) on end, run. Run and never look back, because there is still hope for you. Hope that one day, you may be a productive member of society. As for the rest of us, we're screwed.Read more »
  • 'Tis Finally Summer!

    14 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
         I'm going to apologize right now for my last post about Graham's number, as it was pretty awful. In my defence, I was studying furiously for exams that evening (and/or marathoning Torchwood on Netflix.) But I am oh-so happy to announce that this school year is officially over! I've had a great freshman year and I've made some excellent new friends at my high school, but I'm just ready for the year to be over at this point.Read more »
  • On Graham's Number

    8 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
         Graham's number, named after its creator, Ronald Graham, is a very, very large number. It is in fact quite a lot larger than you or I can understand. It dwarfs numbers even as huge as googolplex (10^10^100). To see just how staggeringly big Graham's number is, take a look at the Numberphile video below.Read more »
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  • Secret CIA Torture Camps

    No Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    For the first time, a court has ruled on the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prison network in Europe. The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday found “beyond reasonable doubt” that two current prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, were transferred from Thailand to Poland by the CIA and tortured there. The language in the judgment is damning. Evidence of the prisoners’ rendition and treatment is “coherent, clear and categorical.” The facts presented by their legal teams “demonstrate” that the…
  • Don’t Eat This Brain-Numbing Food

    Joseph Mercola
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans, according to 2013 statistics.1 One in nine seniors over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, and the disease is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer. A growing body of research suggests there’s a powerful connection between your diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes. Contrary to popular belief, your brain does not require glucose, and actually…
  • The King of All Monsters

    No Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The star of dozens of movies, cartoons, and comics, Godzilla is a pop culture phenomenon beloved the world over. He was even a favorite of demented North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, who kidnapped a film director to make his own version. But that’s not the only interesting fact about the King of All Monsters. 10 History It is impossible to overstate how profound an impact the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the people of Japan. Within instants, whole cities were practically vaporized, with thousands succumbing to burns and radiation poisoning in the days and weeks to follow.
  • The Racism Card

    Thomas Sowell
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!” One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why…
  • Establishment Obsession With Austrian Economists

    Bionic Mosquito
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Austrians are more and more noticed in the mainstream.  You don’t get much more mainstream than Paul Krugman; he has written a short blog post (HT EPJ) critical of Austrians and their supposedly creative use of the term “inflation.”  Referencing a Noah Smith post, Krugman writes: Noah Smith has a funny piece on the hermetic system that is Austrian economics, with its multilayered defenses against any kind of criticism. What gets me in particular, because I’ve noticed it a lot lately, is this: 3. “Inflation” doesn’t mean “a rise in the general level of consumer…