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  • Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!)

    Lady Freethinker
    Lady Freethinker
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This homeless dog was rescued by the SPCA…and taught to drive. Really. It took months of careful training and encouragement, but Porter overcame his lack of opposable thumbs and learned how to drive a Mini. He’s not half bad. The post Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Obama to Request $1 Billion for Investment in Central America

    TIME
    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    President Barack Obama will request $1 billion from Congress on Monday to aid Central American governments making tough reforms as more youth seek opportunities in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden wrote in an op-ed published Thursday. That amount, he adds, is “almost three times what we generally have provided to Central America.” Biden’s op-ed for the New York Times details that the funds would go toward security, governance and economic investments in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—where the bulk of the children who cross America’s southwestern…
  • The Sophisticated Bigotry of Bobby Jindal

    The Atlantic
    Peter Beinart
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Jonathan Bachman/AP If Bobby Jindal runs for president, he will likely campaign on two major themes. The first, which he outlined last February at the Reagan Library and last May at Liberty University, is that Christians are at war with a liberal elite that is trampling religious liberty and secularizing American culture. The second, which he laid out this month at London’s Henry Jackson Society, is that “non-assimilationist Muslims” are endangering America and Europe. Unfortunately for Jindal, these two arguments contradict each other. In London, Jindal said “non-assimilationist…
  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

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

    Daily Kos
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
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  • Updates: Airplane-Parachute Selfie, the Immortal Boiling Frog, Community College

    James Fallows
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The view from inside a plane as it headed toward the Pacific ( ABC News, via The Flight Academy ) Over the weekend a Cirrus SR-22 airplane, the same kind that Deb and I have been flying around the country on our American Futures travels, made an unplanned descent into the Pacific. The extra fuel tanks for the long ferry flight from California to Hawaii developed some kind of valve problem; the pilot realized that without that extra gas he couldn't make it all the way; so in coordination with the Coast Guard, he picked out a site in the vicinity of a cruise ship. Then he used the Cirrus's…
  • Marriage Equality Without Equivocation

    Garrett Epps
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Library of Congress On September 11, 1958, Richard Butler of Little Rock, Arkansas, told a special session of the U.S. Supreme Court that his client—the Little Rock School Board—found itself “in a conflict of two sovereignties—the State and Federal Governments.” On the one hand, a federal court had ordered the Board to desegregate Central High School that fall by admitting nine African American students. On the other, the state legislature, in emergency meeting, had passed legislation proclaiming the Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education “unconstitutional” and…
  • The Sophisticated Bigotry of Bobby Jindal

    Peter Beinart
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Jonathan Bachman/AP If Bobby Jindal runs for president, he will likely campaign on two major themes. The first, which he outlined last February at the Reagan Library and last May at Liberty University, is that Christians are at war with a liberal elite that is trampling religious liberty and secularizing American culture. The second, which he laid out this month at London’s Henry Jackson Society, is that “non-assimilationist Muslims” are endangering America and Europe. Unfortunately for Jindal, these two arguments contradict each other. In London, Jindal said “non-assimilationist…
  • Ebola May Be Mutating

    Cari Romm
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    A health worker walks inside a Red Cross facility in Koidu, Sierra Leone. (Baz Ratner/Reuters) Updated at 7:30 p.m. on January 29, 2015 Only a day after the World Health Organization announced that an end was in sight for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, scientists had less uplifting news: The virus may be mutating. “The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic,” the WHO said in its latest report on the disease yesterday. There were 99 confirmed new cases last week, the lowest…
  • A Thaw Between the U.S. and Iran?

    The Editors
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/384986/rethinking-iran/
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: Taking apart the corporate case for fast-track trade authority

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Dave Johnson at the Campaign for America's Future writes Let’s Take Apart The Corporate Case For Fast Track Trade Authority. An excerpt: U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument for “fast track” trade promotion authority. The USTR and President Obama are pushing fast-track pre-approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other big “trade” agreements they are working on. The Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and other corporate groups and lobbyists are also pushing hard for Congress to pass fast…
  • Cartoon: Occupied Territory

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
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  • Nine Democrats join 53 Republicans in approving Keystone XL. President Obama's veto certain

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Pipeline segments for the Keystone XL wait in a field. There were no real surprises in the Senate vote to force construction of the 1,179-mile northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday. Sixty votes were needed and the tally of senators in favor was 62, with 36 opposed. That included all the Republicans who were present and nine Democrats, all of whom had backed the pipeline in previous votes. The nine: Michael Bennet of Colorado, Tom Carper of Delaware, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of…
  • The unintended consequences of Boehner's invitation to Bibi—Democrats unite behind Obama

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress from the very same lectern that President Obama spoke from just last week during the State of the Union may be coming back to haunt Boehner. Before the invite—which has been received as a poke in the eye to Obama—some Democrats disagreed with their president's position that voting for more sanctions on Iran might hinder delicate diplomatic talks to end the country's nuclear program. But Jeremy Peters reports that Boehner's move may be unifying Democrats. Mr. Netanyahu’s planned speech, a provocation of the…
  • Midday open thread: Jobless claims plunge to 265,000, do social media undermine political movements?

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Chagrin Falls: A patriotic debate: Initial unemployment compensation claims fall to 265,000: After several weeks of 300,000+ initial applications for unemployment compensation, those claims for the week ending Jan. 24 plummeted to 265,000, a drop of 43,000 from the previous week's initial claims and the lowest since April 15, 2000. For the comparable week of 2014, there were 345,000 initial claims. The four-week running average, which flattens volatility in the weekly figures, fell to 8,250 to 298,500. Total claims for the week ending Jan. 10 were 2,961,887,…
 
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  • 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough Dies

    rcade
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Colleen McCullough, a former neurophysiological researcher at Yale who, deciding to write novels in her spare time, produced The Thorn Birds, a multigenerational Australian romance that became an international best seller and inspired a hugely popular television mini-series, died on Thursday on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, where she had made her home for more than 30 years. She was 77.
  • What Moviegoers in Baghdad Think of American Sniper

    lee_the_agent
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:33 pm
    When Gaith Mohammed, a young man in his twenties with a degree in accounting, went to see American Sniper during its opening week at Baghdad's Mansour Mall, he says the theater was full and rowdy. "Some people watching were just concentrating, but others were screaming 'F---, shoot him! He has an IED, don't wait for permission!'" Mohammed laughed, recounting the film's many tense scenes when U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, radios in for authorization to take out a potential threat in his crosshairs.
  • Have We Reached 'Peak Food'?

    AndreaMackris
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The world has entered an era of "peak food" production with an array of staples from corn and rice to wheat and chicken slowing in growth -- with potentially disastrous consequences for feeding the planet. New research finds that the supply of 21 staples, such as eggs, meat, vegetables and soybeans is already beginning to run out of momentum, while the global population continues to soar. Peak chicken was in 2006, while milk and wheat both peaked in 2004 and rice peaked way back in 1988, according to new research from Yale University, Michigan State University and the Helmholtz Center for…
  • Drone Delivers Candy Bar 14 Miles Over Hong Kong

    rcade
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    A group of drone enthusiasts have filmed an autonomous drone delivering a chocolate bar from one side of Hong Kong to the other in less than 14 minutes. "Quadcopter always in sight and control of multiple operators along the route," they explain. "Also, make sure you know the applicable law and guidelines given by the local aviation authorities. They exist for a reason, and all real pilots will sleep better knowing that RC hobbyists are doing their best to comply."
  • Russian Credit Grade Cut to Junk Status

    Corky
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Russia has seen its credit grade cut to "junk" status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power. The downgrade by Standard and Poor's reflects the country's growing economic problems, such as the collapse in the value of its oil exports and the impact of Western sanctions. But it is also rare for a country with such low debt levels.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Truly a Brilliant Move

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    We learn that Israeli PM Netanyahu's decision to enter the Speech Pact with John Boehner is going so brilliantly that Netanyahu's been hitting the phones with top congressional Democrats to try to make nice and end the controversy. And according to this Times article, it isn't going very well. Netanyahu has reached out to Reid and Pelosi and had both tell him he's making a mistake. Indeed, this article says Netanyahu game-playing with John Boehner has had the effect of pushing Senate towards the White House on the Iran sanctions bill. So even on the terms of his own notional priorities,…
  • Boehner: I Told Ambassador Not to Tell Obama

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    I had not seen this statement put up by Speaker Boehner's office trying to explain away the Boehner-Netanyahu speech debacle. For starters, the statement appears geared to suggest that reports questioning the incident are part of some sort of anti-Semitic conspiracy theory - claims that the Israelis "orchestrated" the invitation. But to the point, the statement has Boehner instructing Amb. Dermer not to tell the White House what they were agreeing to. Read More →
  • 'Howdy, Muslims' Wouldn't Do?

    David Kurtz
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    This is how a Texas Republican legislator is greeting visitors to Texas Muslim Capitol Day.
  • Is the Net Tightening?

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The administration seems to be upping the pressure, tightening the net around the political operative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put in place as his (and yes, I use that adjective advisedly) Ambassador to the US. The Times today reports that the White House has upped the ante, explicitly attacking Dermer's behavior in a statement to the Times. Oddly, unless I'm misreading the article, the Times doesn't actually quote what the unnamed but authorized "senior American official" said - which is odd and slightly undercuts the impact. But they provide the gist: "an unusually sharp criticism…
  • Trying to Go Legit?

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    'American Family Association' drops its national spokesman Bryan Fischer, a prominent and outlandish gay-basher, non-friend to black people and significant part of the TPM publishing model as the AFA prepare to bring the Republican National Committee on a trip to Israel.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Spent an hour on the phone today (between Lunch Buffet and the post about Bryan Fischer) planning a special roundtable discussion at PA in a couple of months that I think you will enjoy. Stay tuned. Here are some remains of the day: * Senate passes bill forcing approval of Keystone XL Pipeline project by 62-38 vote. Now only question is whether House rubber-stamps this version before it is vetoed by the president. * John McCain tells "low-life scum" of Code Pink to get off his lawn, and out of his hearing. * To its credit, TNR publishes Jeet Heer's study of the magazine's legacy on racial…
  • Does Anyone Care Exactly When HRC Announces?

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    In his new role as the unofficial conduit for leaks and trial balloons from Hillaryland, Politico's Mike Allen allows as how HRC is "strongly considering" a delay in her formal announcement for the presidency from April til July. Why? Well, basically because she can. A Democrat familiar with Clinton’s thinking said: “She doesn’t feel under any pressure, and they see no primary challenge on the horizon. If you have the luxury of time, you take it.” Advisers said the biggest reason for the delay is simple: She feels no rush. This would suggest that she isn't all that…
  • All Shook Up in Oklahoma

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I live about 30 miles from the San Andreas Fault, so I'm used to the idea that at any moment my world could be rocked by a shake-and-bake-quake. That's true of a lot of Californians. But Oklahomans? Check out this scary report from WaPo's Lori Montgomery: What to do about the plague of earthquakes is...very much an open question in Oklahoma. Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of counties from the state capital to the Kansas line, alarming a populace long accustomed to fewer than two quakes a year. Scientists implicated the oil and gas industry — in…
  • The American Family Association Cuts Its Losses

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Here's some good news from Religion Dispatch's Sarah Posner: Rachel Maddow broke the news last night that Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s Director of Issue Analysis, has been fired, following media coverage and pressure from watchdog groups highlighting Fischer’s racist and homophobic views in advance of an AFA-funded trip to Israel for members of the Republican National Committee. The less-good news is that AFA may simply be cutting its losses to keep its political work under the radar screen. Part of it is the RNC trip to Israel, which follows previous trips to…
  • Lunch Buffet

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Making plans not to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. Always an excellent time to go grocery shopping. Here are some non-tailgate news/views snacks: * Romney devotes much of a speech in Starkvegas to an attack on HRC. More about that later. * Bloomberg's Lisa Lerer calls this the re-re-rebranding of the Mittster. * White House goes after Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer for engineering Netayahu appearance before Congress--but won't go on the record. * Scott Walker's higher ed budget bad bad news for University of Wisconsin. Sorry, Bucky, Poppa's running for president. * TNR refugee John Judis…
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    The New Republic

  • Why Won't Liberals Say What They'll Do If the Supreme Court Guts Obamacare?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A Supreme Court ruling for plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case that threatens Affordable Care Act subsidies in three dozen states, would unleash terrible chaos and create a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the U.S. political system.Anyone who claims to know how that uncertainty would
  • Now That It's Budget Time, Republicans Are Pretending to Care About the Deficit Again

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    On Monday, President Barack Obama will release his budget for the 2016 fiscal year. It will call for a full replacement of the sequester. “The President’s budget will fully reverse those cuts for domestic priorities, and match those investments dollar-for-dollar with the resources our troops nee
  • Why Do Evangelicals Like James Inhofe Believe That Only God Can Cause Climate Change?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a 
  • Americans Support Scientists—They Just Don't Want to Listen to Them

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Last May, comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver tore apart media coverage of human-induced climate change on his show “Last Week Tonight,” bringing a statistical representation of scientists who do and don’t subscribe to the theory in for
  • The New Republic's Legacy on Race

    Jeet Heer
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.One of the most dangerous ways to treat a legacy is to bask in
 
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  • Koch-a-geddon watch: Salon picks up slack for Harry Reid while he recovers

    Doug Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Harry Reid is still functioning at some 50 percent of his normal fear-mongering, demagoguing self after a horrific Abdomenizer accident, but fortunately Salon has graciously stepped up to the Koch-derangement plate to help out: Planetary disaster! If that doesn’t do Harry Reid proud, nothing will. About the level of political spending by the Koch brothers, destroyers of worlds: Tom Steyer (a liberal) routinely outspends Charles and David Koch. This is true. pic.twitter.com/npzbfsdVn6 — Joe Perticone (@Joe_Perticone) January 28, 2015 (h/t Twitchy) **Written…
  • Choose to refuse: Say NO to PARCC/SBAC testing

    Michelle Malkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Choose to refuse: Say NO to PARCC/SBAC testing by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 This is National School Choice Week, but I want to talk about parents’ school testing choice. Moms and dads, you have the inherent right and responsibility to protect your children. You can choose to refuse the top-down Common Core racket of costly standardized tests of dubious academic value, reliability and validity. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m reminding you of your right to choose because the spring season of testing tyranny is about to hit the fan. Do you…
  • Drunk gov’t worker exposes White House security flaw

    Doug Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    **Written by Doug Powers It wasn’t Joe Biden after all. The white House drone mystery has been solved: It was 42 degrees and raining lightly around 3 a.m. on Monday when an inebriated off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to fly his friend’s drone, a 2-foot-by-2-foot “quadcopter” that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists. But officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by wind or a tree, when the employee — who has not been named by the Secret Service or charged with a crime — lost control of the drone as he…
  • Mayor of Bridgeport thanks Al Sharpton for ‘fighting the good fight’ against snow in January (I mean ‘climate change’)

    Doug Powers
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Have you ever been stuck in heavy snow and thought to yourself, “If only Al Sharpton had more power at the federal level!” No sane person ever has, but during an interview about the “snowmageddon” that wasn’t, Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch thanked Sharpton for his fight against global warming, and said he’s needed in Washington. Whoever heard of such a thing as snow in January in the northeast? Only Sharpton can save us now. Mayor Finch would be better served to look at it this way: How much snow plow service could…
  • NBC News: Bergdahl to be charged with desertion; Obama admin scurries to protect narrative

    Doug Powers
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The Army is charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to NBC News: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by enemy forces in Afghanistan for five years, will be charged with desertion, a senior defense officials tell NBC News. The officials say the charges could be referred within a week. According to the officials, the desertion charges would be based on allegations that Bergdahl abandoned his remote outpost in June 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service, which are grounds for charges of desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice,…
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  • Lindsey Graham Forces Foreign Policy On 2016 GOP Field

    Zeke J Miller
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    At the moment his staff hit publish on a new pre-presidential campaign website, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham had distinguished himself from the rest of the already unwieldy Republican 2016 field. “Security Through Strength,” was the name of his new group, with a military-style combat unit shield as its logo. Foreign policy would be Graham’s focus, and his tack would be unmistakable: He would be the candidate who could update Ronald Reagan’s Cold War vision of “Peace Through Strength” for the ongoing battle against radical Islam. Visitors had to read a…
  • Obama to Request $1 Billion for Investment in Central America

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    President Barack Obama will request $1 billion from Congress on Monday to aid Central American governments making tough reforms as more youth seek opportunities in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden wrote in an op-ed published Thursday. That amount, he adds, is “almost three times what we generally have provided to Central America.” Biden’s op-ed for the New York Times details that the funds would go toward security, governance and economic investments in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—where the bulk of the children who cross America’s southwestern…
  • Michelle Obama Shares Throwback Photo to Encourage Youth to Get Insured

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    First Lady Michelle Obama shared an adorable picture of her younger self on social media Thursday, in a nod to both “throwback Thursday” and the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to get more young people signed up for health insurance. #TBT to being a young invincible. But now it's time to stay healthy & #GetCovered by Feb. 15 → http://t.co/9EyZA219Mw pic.twitter.com/5Gii2p7dAC — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 29, 2015 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden got in on the #tbt action, too. The White House shared a picture of a young…
  • Senate Passes Keystone Bill

    Alex Rogers
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The new Republican Congress is on the verge of passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, helping connect the Alberta tar sands in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. After debating the environmental and economic issues surrounding the 1,179 mile pipeline for years, the Senate passed a bill Thursday that would authorize construction of a pipeline linking the Canadian tar sands with Gulf Coast oil refineries. It’s the first politically significant bill that has passed the Senate since Republicans regained a majority there this month. The bill, which passed 62 to 36, was…
  • Koch Brother Teams Up With Liberals on Criminal Justice Reform

    Alex Altman
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Just days after word emerged that the billionaire Koch brothers will spend nearly a billion dollars to elect conservatives in the 2016 elections, Charles Koch sent a top adviser to Washington to urge Republicans to work with Democrats on a key issue: criminal-justice reform. Justice reform is not a cause for which the Kochs are normally in the news. The billionaire brothers are known for their lavish giving to conservative candidates and causes, for which they are celebrated on the right and reviled by the left. But for more than a decade, the Kochs have quietly pumped several million dollars…
 
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  • A bus ticket for Bulgaria, and then jihad

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    When Bulgarian police on January 1 arrested Frenchman Fritz-Joly Joachin, a self-confessed "old friend" of the Charlie Hebdo attackers, he was not the first suspected Islamist trying to cross the EU's south-eastern border into Turkey. Indeed, Bulgarian Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov says, "hundreds" of Europeans have travelled to Bulgaria to traverse the 275-kilometre (170-mile) border into Turkey, some then crossing into Syria to join Islamic State (IS) militants. The most popular route for the several thousand European Union citizens believed to have joined the…
  • Moscow, Washington discuss possible Kerry visit to Russia: sources

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Moscow and Washington are discussing a possible visit to Russia by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources say. It would be Kerry's first visit to Russia since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, during which ties between Washington and Moscow have plunged to their worst level since the Cold War.
  • Churchill still looms large over Britain of 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Fifty years after Winston Churchill's death, the wartime prime minister remains a touchstone of British political life -- and a reminder of a faded age of global influence. Top politicians will be among those attending a re-enactment of his funeral procession in London on Friday, 50 years to the day since it was watched on television by 350 million people, complete with a gun salute and the raising of Tower Bridge. "His enduring legacy and influence on political life and British culture is testament to his formidable strength of character and remarkable achievements," Prime…
  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A former staffer, who asked to remain unidentified, said a conference call with Romney was expected to be held at mid-morning on Friday, and that he might give a signal as to which way he was leaning. Romney for the past three weeks has been seeking traction for another presidential run after he was defeated by Democratic…
  • African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 pm
    African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola. While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women's empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across the continent. Preparatory talks this week ahead of the two-day meeting at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital have seen promises by AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to drum up "collective African efforts" to tackle the Islamists. Late…
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    Political Irony

  • GOP Science

    Iron Knee
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Personally, I don’t think the Republicans actually believe any of this crap. I think the problem is that they will claim to believe anything that their campaign donors want. Or the opposite of what the Democrats believe. In the case of the Keystone XL pipeline, both are in play. That’s why it is their number 1 priority. When did GOP become an acronym for Gas, Oil, and Pipelines? Related posts: GOP Irony What in the Name of Science? Environmental Truth is Stranger than Science Fiction
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    “Tonight President Obama gave the State of the Union address. Obama said he was more relaxed just because he’s already done it so many times. Incidentally, Mitt Romney said the same thing about running for president.” – Jimmy Fallon “The Obamas invited 22 guests to the speech, including a former Cuban prisoner, an astronaut, and a doctor. Either that or he was setting up the weirdest bar joke of all time.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today was the first day you could file a tax return. If you filed a tax return today, congratulations, nerd. People who file their…
  • Sarah Palin Raises Money for Hillary Clinton

    Iron Knee
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    No, not intentionally. But Sarah Palin managed to raise more than $25,000 for the group “Ready for Hillary”, which qualifies Palin to be a co-chair for their National Finance Council. How did this happen? In Iowa last weekend Palin spoke about how Republicans can stop a Clinton campaign. She even held up a “Ready for Hillary” car magnet. So naturally, the Ready for Hillary super PAC used that moment for fundraising, and it worked! Also ironically, her answer to whether anyone can stop Clinton, she borrowed another popular phrase and said “Yes we can”. Who…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    “According to a new poll, nearly six out of 10 Republicans want Mitt Romney to run for president. So do 10 out of 10 Democrats.” – Conan O’Brien “Senator Rand Paul reflected on Mitt Romney’s potential 2016 campaign and said, ‘It’s sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.’ When someone told him Einstein didn’t actually say that, he said, ‘In the words of Gandhi, My bad.'” – Jimmy Fallon “Just days after Mitt Romney suggested…
  • Amendments

    Iron Knee
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    The new Republican-controlled Senate immediately started paying back their largest campaign donors – the oil companies – by pushing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Ironically, the beneficiaries of Keystone are mainly Canadian companies, but with our new rules that allow political contributions to remain completely anonymous, it is no surprise that there would be many large donors who are not Americans at all (or even American companies). Shouldn’t this worry us? Passing Keystone requires the strange ritual of introducing amendments, many of which have nothing to do with…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Netanyahu Is Talking To Leading Democrats To Little Effect So Far

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress.
  • Obama Mocks Mitt Romney For Being 'Suddenly Deeply Concerned About Poverty'

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Thought the 2012 presidential campaign was over? Think again. President Barack Obama didn't have much to say about Mitt Romney's rekindled aspirations for the White House when he delivered a flat, "No comment," earlier this month. But apparently he couldn't resist much longer, following reports that the former GOP candidate was weighing entering the ring in 2016 on a platform focused on lifting up the middle class and eliminating poverty. Addressing House Democrats at their annual retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday night, Obama referred to one “former presidential…
  • Fewer Than Half The Students Accused Of Sexual Assault Are Judged Responsible

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Fewer than half of college students accused of sexual assault are found responsible for the offense, according to a higher education insurance company's study of claims. Accused students were found responsible for sexual assault in 45 percent of the cases, according to a study released this week by United Educators, which provides liability insurance and risk management for colleges and universities. The accused were found not responsible in 25 percent of cases, the study said. In 7 percent of the cases, the alleged perpetrators withdrew prior to the investigation. The remaining 23 percent of…
  • Obama Calls For Spending Surge, Buoyed By Rising Economy

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama's proposed $74 billion in added spending — about 7 percent — would be split about evenly between defense programs and the domestic side of the budget. Although he's sought before to reverse the "sequester" spending cuts, Obama's pitch in this year's budget comes with the added oomph of an improving economy and…
  • Former KKK Leader David Duke Says He May Run Against Steve Scalise

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said Wednesday that he was considering running against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) as the congressman tries to distance himself from an appearance he made at a conference hosted by Duke's white supremacist group more than a decade ago. Scalise has faced heavy criticism after it emerged that he had spoken at a conference hosted by European-American Unity and Rights Organization as a state senator in 2002. Scalise, now the House majority whip, has said he was unaware of the group's views at the time. During an appearance on "The Jim Engster Show," first…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • "A Sound Bite Factory For Fox News": Senator Highlights Right-Wing Witnesses At Lynch Nomination Hearing

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    From the January 29 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee:Previously: The Loretta Lynch Hearing: A Showcase Of Right-Wing Media Regulars Daily Signal Contributor Sharyl Attkisson To Testify At Attorney General Nominee Lynch's Hearing Congresswoman Outlines Fox's Role In Helping GOP Push Benghazi Smear Against Hillary Clinton
  • Too Little, Too Much, Or Just Right: To Conservative Media, Any Amount Of Snow Debunks Climate Change

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Some conservative media figures have touted the intensity of the recent blizzard that hit the northeast, some have claimed that it is no different than snow storms from the past, and others have deemed the blizzard much less severe than originally forecast. But the one thing they all agree on is that the blizzard somehow disproves the firmly established science of global warming.Conservative Media: Less Snow Disproves Global Warming  Pointing to Bigger Storm 130 Years Ago, Fox's Gutfield Attacked "Idiots" Linking Blizzard To Climate Change. On the January 27 edition of Fox News' The…
  • On Fox, Sharyl Attkisson Continues With Hacking Claims Despite Report That Found No Evidence Personal Computer Was Hacked

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    From the January 29 edition of Fox News' Hannity:Previously: Federal Report: Investigation Found No Evidence Sharyl Attkisson's Personal Computer Was Hacked Sharyl Attkisson Changes Hacking Story Again: Now She Doesn't Know Who Did It Computer Security Experts: Attkisson Video Of Purported "Hacking" Likely Just A Stuck Backspace Key
  • How Bloomberg Is Helping The GOP Smear Hillary Clinton

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    Bloomberg News is helping a Republican operative push out a dishonest smear of Hillary Clinton, hyping the aggregate cost of Clinton's air travel while she was serving as a U.S. Senator as something that could be scandalous. But the article's dubious premise is undermined by facts contained in the article, notably that Clinton's travel history was routine and completely within Senate rules. "Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate," Bloomberg reported, "sometimes using the jets of corporations and…
  • Mark Levin: CNN's Fareed Zakaria Is A "Clown, With His Broken English" And "Shouldn't Be On TV"

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    From the January 28 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Mark Levin Show:Previously: CNN's Fareed Zakaria: Rupert Murdoch's Tweet Holding All Muslims Accountable For Terrorism Was "Incredibly Irresponsible" Beck:"If The Constitution Stands," We'll Remember Zakaria As "A Guy Who Bad-Mouths America Every Step Of The Way" Beck Attacks Fareed Zakaria As "An Out-And-Out America Basher" Who Is "Being Used By The Left To Come Against Me"
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • A Muslim Cleric Walks Into a Gay Bar…

    the wip
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    by Sally Kohn, The Daily Beast, USA – It’s hard to be a conservative in America these days. When fundamentalist Islamists terrorize innocent citizens, you tweet something about how we have to stop all Muslims from imposing their Sharia law on “us.” And when the Supreme Court announces it will review a set of cases on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, you freak out about gay people imposing their gayness on all of “us.” Of course, you don’t seem to mind imposing your intolerant version of Christianity on all of “us” and we let you try — because we call that…
  • Civil Society is to Nuclear Disbarment as Bordeaux is to a Lamb Shank

    Beatrice Maneshi
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Thus far, what has come from attending the nuclear disarmament abolitionist meeting — ICAN Vienna Civil Society Forum, is the apparent lack of students or activists from Russia or China. The concept that a ban on nuclear weapons or total disarmament happening anytime soon is, to say the least, — fleeting. Meetings such as ICAN although inspiring are completely unrealistic, BUT they are necessary and cannot be lived without. US Ambassador Robert Wood at the UN First Committee on October 20, 2014 stated “… unrealistic calls for immediate and total disarmament distract from and…
  • Under-reported conflicts seen affecting millions in 2015

    Reuters: World News
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine make headlines in the West, around 30 other conflicts receive little press coverage, and the resulting lack of pressure for change could have serious implications for millions of people, experts say.
  • Greece to seek ‘common ground’

    BBC News - Home
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    European Parliament President Martin Schulz says Greece will seek "common ground" with its European partners after meeting Alexis Tsipras.
  • Join The WIP for Women, Media, and Social Change

    the wip
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    The Women’s International Perspective, a publication of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, celebrates International Women’s Day with Women, Media, and Social Change, a fundraising luncheon to share The WIP’s accomplishments and our vision for the future. Singer, actress, and host Daisy Tormé will emcee this special event. Daisy is the talented daughter of Jazz legend Mel Tormé and British actress Janette Scott. Throughout her life, she has worked in almost every corner of the performing arts: Film, television, radio, stage, opera and much voice-over and…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #635 | Charges Dropped … Again

    aaron rand freeman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The Battle for Black Lives Continues. #TeamBlackness discusses the dropped charges against the Detroit who shot a sleeping girl in the head, a Colorado baker refusing to put an anti-gay message on a cake, Oregon: Former Racist Utopia, and Ben & Jerry’s founder supporting #BlackLivesMatter. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Back2Reality 278: With What Ring?

    aaron rand freeman
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Dolo. From With This Ring over the weekend to a woman who married her own damnself – there’s a lot of nonsense to discuss from the week that was. Featuring: Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Tati B @TheTatiB Stephen Dimmick @dailydimmick Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Back2Reality? FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter [DONATE]
  • #TWIBprime #634 | Inside the Mind of The Bulldozer

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Simple As That. #TeamBlackness discusses an accidental drone crash on the White House grounds, a Vanderbilt football player’s absurd defense for rape, and a man revolutionizes home renovation. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Anthony Mackie, Please Stop Talking

    BLACKNESS.TV
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
  • #Sportsball #49: Blizzard Dispatch

    aaron rand freeman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Leave the Patriots Be. he Sportsball crew beams in due to inclement to discuss the Superbowl, Chicago experts, and the unreasonable hatred of the Patriots. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Rachael Parenta @rachaelparenta Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball: FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
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    Wonkette

  • Muslim Texans Singing (American) National Anthem Shouted Down By The *Real* Patriots

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Thursday was “Texas Muslim Capitol Day,” an annual event held to encourage Muslim Texans to visit the state capitol in Austin and learn about state government and how to meet with lawmakers and such. Which means, of course, that a few Patriotic TexAmericans decided that the Muslims were taking over the Capitol so they can CRAM SHARIA LAW DOWN ARE THROATS!!!1!! There were angry protestors out on the statehouse lawn, and state Rep. Molly White left this important message on her FacePlaceSpace: She seems nice! It was unclear whether the Muslim visitors were supposed to also pledge…
  • Florida School Board May Just Give Up On Distributing Bibles. Thanks, Satanic Temple!

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    You might recall how the Orange County School District in Florida was forced to delay — forever, apparently — its annual “Religious Freedom Day” when local evangelicals distribute Bibles and other religious materials to schoolchildren, because the Satanic Temple planned to join the fun and distribute a coloring book about Satanism. Since then, the Orange County School Board has thought long and hard about this whole question of inviting outside groups to hand out Bibles and religious tracts to children. They are still fine with that, but the courts have told them…
  • Bryan Fischer Was Not Fired From Wingnut Central For Saying Any Of The Following

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    When we heard the news last night that Bryan Fischer was fired by the American Patriarchy Association, our first thought was that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer wingnut. Our second thought was that this could be really bad for Yr. Wonkette, as a casual search through the archives shows that Mr. Fischer is a near-endless source of stupid hilarity. And our third thought had something to do with beer, as per usual. Now, as it turns out, the American Family Association hasn’t actually sent Fischer packing — they’ve fired him from his most prominent official position…
  • Megyn Kelly To Mike Huckabee: We’re Just Whoring It Up All Over The Place At Fox News!

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Sometimes Megyn Kelly does a thing where we don’t hate her, and then we write “Megyn Kelly did a thing and we didn’t hate her” and the commenters go URGGGH UGHHHH WHY CAN’T YOU BE MORE VENGEANCIER WE HATE YOU FOR NOT HATING HER REEDUCATION CAMPS FOR MEGYN KELLY AND ALSO FOR YOUUUUU! So boring you guys. Why not appreciate when terrible people are unterrible for a second? Why not give them gentle back-pats, and then they might like their gentle back-pats, and try to get more of them, by not being Megyn Kelly once in a while? Most of the time when Megyn Kelly is…
  • Bill O’Reilly And Sarah Palin Engage In War Of Wits. Both Lose

    Kaili Joy Gray
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Who would win a battle o’ the brains: Bill O’Reilly or Sarah Palin? Ha, that’s a trick question because the correct answer is “Who cares? Just pass the popcorn!” The other day, Bill O’Reilly, winner of all the Very Serious Journalism awards, reported that lol, a bunch of doofus idiots are pretending to maybe run for president in 2016, like Sarah Palin and Donald Trump and Chris Christie, who apparently is as absurd a maybe-candidate as Palin and Trump, though we’re not sure how that works since Christie at least has a real job, but OK, why not?
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    The one? The Beltway is abuzz over Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor is the talk of Washington Republicans following his much-heralded speech in Iowa last weekend during the state’s first 2016 candidate cattle call. Walker’s strong showing in the Hawkeye State is reverberating back in D.C., where donors, kingmakers and lawmakers in both houses of Congress are […] Read this post »
  • Video: The Ron Swanson NASCAR ad you’ve always wanted

    Mary Katharine Ham
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    'Merica. Yes, technically, it’s Nick Offerman but he channels so much of himself in the Swanson role, I think we can blur the lines. And, Ron Swanson would most certainly do a NASCAR ad if approached. This ad begins with a Swanson-esque call to arms for America and a gentle ribbing about our increasing softness— “If […] View the video »
  • Let’s face it, we’re headed for a brokered GOP convention

    Allahpundit
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Oh yes. Every profession has its pinnacle. If you’re a football player, it’s getting to play in the Super Bowl. If you’re a lawyer, it’s getting to argue before the Supreme Court. If you’re a political blogger, it’s getting to cover a 35-car pile-up of a convention where every faction of the party is at each other’s […] Read this post »
  • Obama caved on 529 taxes because … it hit too many Democrats?

    Ed Morrissey
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Amateur hour. The hasty retreat on Barack Obama’s plan to pay for “free” community college looked clumsy even for a president who routinely floats proposals without performing due diligence. The community college proposal was a major policy announcement from the White House, an attempt to connect with younger voters again who have been drifting away from the […] Read this post »
  • Pew: Sharp racial split on whether it’s okay to publish Mohammed cartoons

    Allahpundit
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Blasphemy. Fascinating but frustrating, as asking if it’s “okay” is just about the vaguest way to phrase a question related to blasphemy. The “not okay” group could include people who think it’s impolite but tolerable to publish; people who think publishers should choose not to publish, whether out of sensitivity or fear; and people who think […] Read this post »
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • How To Run A Successful Online Business

    Randy
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:07 am
    TIP! Save gas receipts and document mileage if your home business involves any driving while you are working. Travel expenses like these, even for a single day, are 100% deductible. Whether you’re just starting your online business, or you’ve been doing it for decades, there are always new ideas popping up about how to run it in a more efficient manner. You may find something that will take you to the next level or jump start your ideas, in the article below. TIP! Work to keep your customers satisfied. It’s much easier to keep the customers you already have coming back to…
  • Tips And Tricks On How To Be Successful In The Stock Market

    Randy
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    TIP! Take advantage of free resources to investigate investment brokers before contracting with them. By spending some time investigating their background, you can avoid rouge brokers who will rob you of your hard earned cash. To make money over time, and outpace inflation, investing in common stocks is probably the best way to go. The returns you can see on your investments may surprise you. You must know a few things to make money by playing the stock market. Keep on reading so that you know where to invest and to learn some tips about the stock market. TIP! Stocks are more than just pieces…
  • Know What You Are Doing When Buying A Home

    Randy
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    TIP! When you are negotiating the price of real estate, it is best to have a moderate approach. Some people try to push for their own advantage in every possible way, but this can bring resistance from the other party. Whether you are buying real estate for personal use or using it for investment purposes, you must approach it wisely. The advice gained here can ease the way to successful real estate purchases. TIP! Consider your future family plans when buying a home. If you already have children or might have children later, you should purchase a home with plenty of room for them to grow and…
  • Proven Advice On How To Find Insurance

    Randy
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    TIP! Renew or purchase a brand new policy of insurance and save on your overall cost of any insurance type. Your insurance premiums will be lower if you have higher deductibles. Insurance is a complicated topic for many people. Almost everyone puts a high value on being prepared for emergencies, but it is not necessary to fall for excessive fees for good coverage. Learn from the following tips and gain confidence in handling your insurance matters. TIP! You can save serious dollars off of insurance premiums by bundling your policies. Bundling your auto and homeowners policies with one company…
  • Make More Money With These Stock Market Tips!

    Randy
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:42 pm
    TIP! If you are seeking ways to maximize your investment potential, it is important that you set long-term goals and have a plan. You also will probably see more success by holding realistic expectations for your investments, as opposed to trying to predict the unforeseeable conditions that most often rule the markets. Investing wisely and earning significant profits out of the stock market relies on a process of self-education and extensive research. Before selecting a particular stock, educate yourself on the company’s historical trends and their past and current reputation. Read on…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Now That’s On Message

    fdc
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Marshawn Lynch was disciplined and hit on all of his talking points today. A political consultant's dream. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 27, 2015 h/t Jim BillimoriaThe post Now That’s On Message appeared first on FamousDC.
  • If You’re Famous for D.C., You Probably Have a Veluxe Login

    fdc
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Veluxe, the on-demand beauty and fitness app delivering professional hair, makeup, and personal training services right to your door, has a pretty elite clientele right now. Helena Andrews, writing in the Washington Post’s Reliable Source column caught up with Veluxe’s founder, Susanna Quinn. “During our phone conversation while scrolling through her spreadsheets and throwing out […]The post If You’re Famous for D.C., You Probably Have a Veluxe Login appeared first on FamousDC.
  • This Was You Last Night, Wasn’t It?

    Marie Formica
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    Don’t lie.The post This Was You Last Night, Wasn’t It? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Do It. Right Now.

    fdc
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    A friendly life reminder from FamousDC. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” -Paulo CoelhoThe post Do It. Right Now. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    #NATIONAL New England Patriots, CHEATING?!; Much more pleasant NFL talk – bad lip reading; If you want to wonder at the universe and feel small today; Goodbye Skymall; Pizza? Or…bunnies?; the aging of Abercrombie and Fitch; This kid is about to get eaten by a lion; Don’t use these passwords; WE NEED THIS; #DISTRICT  Students […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • A crash course in probability

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    GULLIVER will soon fly from Heathrow to Milan on a British Airways Airbus A319. That flight has a one-in-4.8m chance of crashing. Shortly after he is jetting from Heathrow to JFK on a Virgin-operated A330. Chance of crashing? One in 5.4m. That means that he could apparently expect to fly on the route for 14,716 years before plummeting into the Atlantic. These figures come courtesy of “Am I Going Down?”, a recently released iPhone app that claims to calculate the odds of a disaster on a particular flight. Users input three variables: the departure and arrival airports, the airline,…
  • Chance encounter

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    OUR blog post on "Am I Going Down", an app that purports to reveal the odds of crashing on a flight, suggested that the developers had got their calculations confused. For those interested, here is a more detailed explanation of why. It is provided by our international editor, who holds a PhD in mathematics. (Her illegible working out is also shown at the bottom.) The app suggested that, given a one-in-5,371,369 chance of a particular Heathrow to JFK flight crashing, you could expect to fly for 14,716 years before plummeting to Earth. That is a bit simplistic:The makers seem to have…
  • Getting around Uncle Sam

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Gestures speak louder than wordsAMERICA, the International Monetary Fund’s largest and most influential shareholder, has lately been its most troublesome too. In 2010 the world agreed to expand the IMF’s lending power and rejig its voting rights. But because Congress has not approved America’s contribution to the proposed increase in capital, the reforms have yet to take effect. In December Congress once again passed a budget without paying up.The rest of the world is growing impatient. The IMF’s capital has been steadily shrinking relative to the world economy: its clout is half what…
  • Easing means squeezing

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    EUROPEAN bankers depressed by the miasma in Athens might cheer up a bit if they focused on news from Frankfurt instead. The recent unveiling by the European Central Bank (ECB) of a €1.1 trillion ($1.25 trillion) package of “quantitative easing” (QE)—the printing of money to purchase vast quantities of bonds—should be as heartwarming for them as a resurgence of the euro crisis is chilling.Cynics might be forgiven for thinking QE is a policy designed purely to aid financiers. Banks, after all, borrow vast sums of money (from bond markets, depositors and other creditors) to acquire…
  • Still kicking

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    EUROPE has a chequered history when it comes to taxing financial transactions. Britain has a centuries-old stamp duty on share purchases but wants to protect the City from further fiscal burdens. Sweden tried a tax in the 1980s and dropped it when share-trading emigrated. France and Italy have recently imposed different sorts of financial-transaction taxes (FTTs). But at the year’s first meeting of European finance ministers, France, along with ten other like-minded members of the European Union, dusted off a moribund plan to introduce a harmonised FTT.Countries like Britain and Luxembourg,…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Robert Redford Explores Aging in "A Walk in the Woods" and Fall of CBS Legend Dan Rather in "Truth"

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Acclaimed director and actor Robert Redford discusses his new film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, "A Walk in the Woods," in which he co-stars with Nick Nolte. It is a comedy about walking the Appalachian Trail — and getting older. "What are you going to do with what time you have left? Are you just going to sit?" Redford asks. "One thing you don’t want to do is be a guy sitting in a rocking chair on a stoop somewhere in a bathrobe and say, 'I wish I would've, I wish I could’ve.’ So, you make the most of your life." He…
  • "It Started as Just a Hope": Robert Redford on Founding the Sundance Film Festival

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    We speak with director, actor and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford about the festival’s history, now celebrating its 31st anniversary. Sundance is now among the largest film festivals in the country, with some 50,000 attendees. However, it looked very different when it began more than three decades ago. "The first year, there was maybe 150 people that showed up. We had one theater, maybe 10 documentaries and 20 films, and now it’s grown to the point where it’s kind of like a wild horse," Redford says. We also discuss the festival’s efforts to…
  • Robert Redford & Will Ferrell in Colorado River Spoof: Raise the River vs. Move the Ocean

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    We play excerpts from a spoof video standoff between Robert Redford and Will Ferrell about efforts to conserve the Colorado River, which provides much of the American West with water. Redford also discusses the documentary, "Watershed," that he narrated and made with his son, Jamie Redford. The Colorado River flows nearly 1,500 miles from its source in the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Along the way, most of its water is diverted by dams for agriculture and municipal uses, and now the river rarely reaches the Sea of Cortez. Redford notes the Native American and Mexican…
  • Oil Should Stay in the Ground: Robert Redford on Republican Climate Change Deniers and Keystone XL

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    As we broadcast from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, we spend the hour with its founder Robert Redford, the Oscar-winning director, actor and longtime environmentalist. Our conversation begins with last week’s vote by nearly half of the Senate to refuse to formally acknowledge the existence of man-made climate change. "I think the deniers of climate change are probably the people who are afraid of change. They don’t want to see change," Redford says. "Too many in Congress are pushing us back into the 1950s." He also responds to the attempt by the…
  • Headlines for January 29, 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Gorbachev: Ukraine Crisis Could Turn into All-Out WarTwo Israeli Soldiers, U.N. Peacekeeper Killed in Hezbollah-Israel Clashes U.N. Condemns Israeli Killing of Spanish Peacekeeper in LebanonState Department Questioned over Israeli Occupation of Shebaa FarmsGreek Government Rehires 600 Cleaning Staff Laid Off Due to AusterityAttorney General Nominee: NSA Surveillance is "Constitutional and Effective"Republican Senators Question Loretta Lynch on Immigration PolicySupreme Court Stays 3 Oklahoma Executions to Conduct Review of Lethal InjectionStudy: Foreign Intervention in Civil War…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • From the White House to the Super Bowl, With a Times Photographer

    First Draft
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Doug Mills, a veteran staff photographer with The New York Times, talks about the differences between covering the White House and the Super Bowl.
  • Rand Paul Pushes Buttons, in a New Medium

    Nick Corasaniti
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Rand Paul posted a faux-phone call featuring two voice actors pretending to be Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, arguing over whose turn it is to be president.
  • Video: McCain Calls Hecklers ‘Low-Life Scum’

    First Draft
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, admonished members of an antiwar group who were heckling former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger during a committee hearing.
  • David Kochel, Romney’s Iowa Strategist, Jumps to Bush

    Jonathan Martin
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    David Kochel, an Iowa-based Republican strategist who worked on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee as a senior strategist and is in line to serve as Mr. Bush’s national campaign manager.
  • Bipartisan Praise for Lynch as Confirmation Hearings End

    Carl Hulse
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Testimony in the confirmation hearings of Loretta E. Lynch wrapped up Thursday with members of both parties praising her performance as she won her first declared Republican supporter, Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahyu’s decision to accept an invitation to address a Joint Session of Congress in March, just two weeks before Israel’s upcoming elections, has led to a rather open wound both between the White House and Congress and between the Obama Administration and Israel itself. When the speech was first announced last week, the White House criticized Congress for not consulting with the Administration prior to issuing the invitation, which is typically how these maters are handled, especially given the fact that such an appearance by Netenyahu so close…
  • Hillary Clinton May Wait Until Summer To Enter Presidential Race

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    While the race for the Republican nomination for President appears to be beginning in earnest, prompted in no small part by early maneuvering by Jeb Bush and the increasing likelihood that Mitt Romney is indeed going to throw his hat in the ring for a third run at the White House, things have been fairly quiet on the Democratic side of the aisle. At most the past several months have seen some talk of potential candidacies on the part of people such as former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as well as some…
  • Andrew Sullivan Calling it Quits

    James Joyner
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    Andrew Sullivan has “decided to stop blogging in the near future.” Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen. The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to…
  • Conservative Pundits Finally Seeing Sarah Palin For What She Is

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    This past weekend, Congressman Steve King hosted a forum in Iowa that essentially served as the first real opportunity for Iowa Republicans to see many of the potential Republican candidates for President in one place, as well as speeches from other well-known conservatives who may or may not run for office in 2016. Among those who spoke on Saturday were Senator Ted Cruz, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Dr. Ben Carson. Joining them was Sarah Palin, who was quoted telling reporters just the day…
  • Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    House Speaker John Boehner is telling his fellow Republicans that the Leadership is working on a resolution to authorize another lawsuit against the Obama Administration, this time over the President’s executive action on immigration that was announced in November: Speaker John Boehner is finalizing a plan to sue President Obama again, this time over the administration’s decision to grant work visas to millions of undocumented immigrants. Boehner told his conference at a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has a team exploring the best options to challenge last…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law ... Again

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    By Sonali Kolhatkar The U.S. Supreme Court has once again taken it upon itself to reconsider a landmark civil rights law. Related Entries January 28, 2015 U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand January 23, 2015 Supreme Court Will Hear Death Penalty Case, but Not in Time to Save 3 Lives
  • Drilling

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries January 28, 2015 U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand January 23, 2015 Supreme Court Will Hear Death Penalty Case, but Not in Time to Save 3 Lives
  • What Happened to Narendra Modi’s Childhood Bride?

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    The Indian prime minister concealed his somewhat mysterious marriage throughout most of his political career; Pope Francis is now suffering rightwing backlash for some of his more progressive views; meanwhile, two children have been banned for life from discussing fracking. These discoveries and more below. Syriza’s Win Is the Beginning of the End for the Eurozone’s Long Nightmare Everyone seems to agree that Syriza’s big victory in Greece is a milestone for Europe, which has been plagued by mass unemployment and a failure to really recover from the financial crisis and world recession…
  • Deflategate

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries January 28, 2015 U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand January 23, 2015 Supreme Court Will Hear Death Penalty Case, but Not in Time to Save 3 Lives
  • U.S. Plan to Track Drivers Bigger Than Previously Thought

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    fontplaydotcom (CC BY 2.0) New documents released by the ACLU reveal that federal agencies proposed that license plate readers be used to monitor the travel patterns of Americans who attended certain public meetings. The documents showed for the first time the potential scale of a massive database containing information from millions of drivers, logged from automatic license plate readers around the country. The Guardian reports: Further documents released by the ACLU on Wednesday show that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials in Phoenix planned on “working closely” with the…
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    ThinkProgress

  • BREAKING: Senate Passes Bill To Approve Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline

    Emily Atkin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    President Barack Obama arriving at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. TransCanada is the company vying for approval of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez The Senate wrapped up nearly a month of debate on the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday, voting 62-36 to approve construction of the controversial project. The bill will now make its way to the House, which has already approved its own separate version of the bill but is said to be taking up the Senate’s version with its amendments next week. When it’s approved in the House, the bill…
  • Texas May Slash Cancer Screenings For Low-Income Women

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A Planned Parenthood rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay After passing some of the most sweeping anti-abortion measures in the country and effectively defunding Planned Parenthood, anti-choice lawmakers in the Lone Star State aren’t done yet. This week, the Texas Senate filed a draft budget that would restructure the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program to prevent Planned Parenthood from participating. Abortion opponents have been pushing for the change as a way of continuing to target the national women’s health organization, in…
  • Texas Is About To Execute An Intellectually Disabled Man

    Kira Lerner
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Amber Hunt A Texas court on Tuesday denied a stay of execution to Robert Ladd, a convicted murderer who has an IQ of just 67, according to a test that was administered when he was a teenager. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that sentencing intellectually disabled inmates to death is cruel and unusual punishment, Ladd will be executed Thursday night unless the Supreme Court grants a last-minute appeal. Ladd has been deemed “mentally retarded” several times throughout his life — first when he was 13 years old and then numerous times since. As an…
  • State Officials Trying To Gut Obamacare Get Caught Making False Claims To The Supreme Court

    Ian Millhiser
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki The Republican attorneys general of six states, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia, all signed a brief asking the Supreme Court to gut the Affordable Care Act. Yet one of the central claims in this brief — a claim that cuts to the heart of whether the Supreme Court should shred much of Obamacare or leave it intact — is at odds with a pile of evidence to the contrary. This evidence includes explicitly contradictory statements from the Republican governors of several states, including…
  • It’s Not Too Late To Stop Climate Change, And It’ll Be Super-Cheap

    Joe Romm
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. The 2014 IPCC report finds the annual cost of avoiding that catastrophe is cheap, a mere 0.06% of annual growth (the range is 0.04% to 0.14%). I rarely disagree with Dave Roberts. But he has a column on Grist, “We can solve climate change, but it won’t be cheap or easy,” that is wrong, pure and simple. I’ll explain why it will be very cheap in two posts — one…
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    Slate Articles

  • Play the Slate News Quiz

    Ken Jennings
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
  • Another Data Point

    Jordan Ellenberg
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    The case of the New England Patriots’ underinflated footballs has touched off a hypertechnical forensic fracas like nothing since the kerning in George W. Bush’s National Guard documents. What’s the precision level of the pressure gauge the referees use? What effect does temperature fluctuation have on the level of inflation? What about vigorous rubbing of the balls? (The jokes write themselves.)
  • Caffeine: Shot by Shot

    Mike Pesca
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Listen to Episode 184 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Is Snapchat Really Confusing, or Am I Just Old?

    Will Oremus
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    There is no excuse, at this point, for a professional technology writer to be confused by Snapchat. It has something like 200 million active users. It is, by some metrics, the fastest-growing social app in the world. It has been the subject of Wall Street Journal think pieces, Forbes profiles, and how-to guides for panicked parents. It’s 2015, for Zuck’s sake, and Snapchat’s basic functionality should be old news by now.
  • Party Animal

    Betsy Woodruff
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Blaise Ingoglia is a minor YouTube celebrity, a minor real estate mogul, a motivational speaker, and a tournament poker player. He’s also in charge of keeping Hillary Clinton from winning Florida. Ingoglia recently became chairman of Florida Republican Party—no small gig, given the state’s major implications for the 2016 presidential election—and things are already complicated.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • This Massive New Project Is Great News for Homeless Vets in Los Angeles

    Gabrielle Canon
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    After a three-year legal battle, the US Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Wednesday that it will rededicate its giant West Los Angeles Medical Center campus to provide much-needed housing and services for the city's homeless veterans. The announcement stems from a settlement in a 2011 lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of disabled veterans. The Los Angeles property, nearly 400 acres, was deeded to the federal government in 1888 to house veterans with disabilities. Instead, the campus, which is located in an affluent area, has been used for commercial rental agreements with,…
  • Lawmaker: Cheerleaders Should Get Paid a Real Wage

    Julia Lurie
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    While football fans are getting ready for the Super Bowl this weekend, California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has turned her attention to the women on the sidelines. Gonzalez, a former cheerleader and labor leader, introduced a bill today that would require California's professional sports teams to classify cheerleaders as employees, thus forcing teams to provide minimum wage, paid overtime, and workers compensation. The bill was inspired by a spate of lawsuits last year in which NFL cheerleaders sued their teams for workplace violations. The first lawsuit, Lacy T. et al vs.
  • Here's How Boehner and Netanyahu Really Screwed Up

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn appeared on MSNBC's Hardball to discuss the ongoing fallout from John Boehner's decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress:  
  • FAA to Football Fans: Super Bowl Is a No-Drone Zone

    Edwin Rios
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a 15-second warning to football fans eager to sneak a bird's-eye look at this Sunday's Super Bowl: Leave your drones at home.   The No Drone Zone campaign is part of the FAA's ongoing efforts to regulate small drones flying over crowded stadiums. The Washington Post reported last November that the aviation agency was investigating a rash of incidents involving drones hovering over major sporting events. A month earlier, the agency extended its ban on airplane flights over large open-air stadiums to include unmanned and…
  • No One Can Agree on What to Call Drones

    Dave Gilson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Early Monday morning, a small, temporarily unidentified flying object crashed on the White House lawn. The mishap, possibly the result of droning under the influence, prompted a salvo of alarming headlines about a stealthy violation of presidential airspace. "A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House," declared the New York Times. Fox News announced, "White House gets drone defense wake-up call," while New York magazine warned, "Secret Service Can't Protect White House From Drones." The most ominous-sounding word in those headlines is "drone," a term that's come to…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Texas Legislature Introduces Bill Allowing Teachers To Shoot Students

    karoli
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    As a parent of three kids who all went through public schools, the only thing that might have induced me to homeschool them would be the idea of their teachers being armed. There's just no need for that. I'm sorry, but there's not. Texas Republicans disagree with me, however. ThinkProgress: People who are concerned about the use of excessive force by law enforcement may have to deal with another fatal can of worms. If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future.read more
  • Rand Paul Courts Millennials With Fake 'Secret' Hillary And Jeb Recording

    karoli
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    If Rand Paul and his staff think they're going to attract young people, they need to think again. I ran this bit of nonsense past my almost-21 year old daughter, and she didn't have much good to say about it. The word "stupid" might have been tossed about. The Hill: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweaked Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton in a tweet on Thursday that had audio of a faked conversation between the two. In the conversation, an actor playing the former Florida governor calls an actress playing the former secretary of State, and the two argue over whose turn it is to be president. “I just…
  • Open Thread - Would YOU Say "I Do"?

    Bluegal aka Fran
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Points off to this guy for the yes-no boxes. That's grade school. And was this particular public washroom a special place in the history of their relationship? Oh, let's not ask them, shall we? Would you say yes to a marriage proposal made in a public bathroom? Written on the stall even? Photo via Memewhore; open thread below...
  • Kathleen Parker: They Put A Gun To Palin's Head And Forced Her To Embarrass Herself

    Steve M.
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    I'm a couple of days late to this Kathleen Parker column, which -- preposterously -- portrays Sarah Palin as more sinned against than sinning: When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A -- Sarah Palin. This isn’t to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather, she was one of the war’s most conspicuous victims -- fragged, you might say, by her own troops. ... blame for her general collapse beginning in 2008 can be placed in large part upon her own party, which used her and cast her aside.
  • Scientology Cultists Will Hate This Movie, So Be Sure To Watch It

    karoli
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Mark your calendars for March 16th and tune into HBO. You don't have to have a cable subscription to watch, now that HBO offers subscriptions delivered to your tablet or phone. And you will want to tune in, to see Alex Gibney's new film, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Huffington Post: Even if you've read Lawrence Wright's book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief on which the film is based, Gibney's adaptation is an eye-opening and transformative experience. The difference between reading about Scientology's bizarre principles and seeing them up…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Keystone XL: weaponized greed

    Joshua Booth
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    If one wanted, hypothetically, to win a world war, and studied the previous world wars to glean what relevant information might be revealed, one would be struck by the fact that America is a formidable foe, with tremendous natural resources. … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for January 29, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Die Hard With A Podcast (Summer 2016): John McClane now spends his days in his garage, interviewing various arch criminals. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for January … Continue reading →
  • Horace III: The Epistles – words with friends…

    Jim Booth
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    In his Epistles, Horace discusses, in a series of verse letters addressed to friends, philosophy, virtuous and independent living, social behavior, and being a poet. This  third in a series of essays on Roman poet Horace looks at his verse … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for January 28, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Hey, adults wearing pajamas out in public: people with face tattoos are looking down at you. Furries are looking down at you. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional … Continue reading →
  • Captive Minds: the war on totalitarianism

    Joshua Booth
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    “Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: And whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden.” – Holy Qur’an 4:85 There is no possible way to love your neighbor by killing him, yet … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • A Poem For Thursday

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: If we replace the word “today” in the title of the poem below with “yesterday,” perhaps we have an apt valedictory poem to Andrew following his note of Wednesday about his sad (but for him also liberating) retreat from blogging for the time being. The poet is a certified journeyman farrier who lives near Livingston, Montana. May you stay fleet of foot on your amazing journey, Andrew. “Something That Happened Today” by Michael Earl Craig: I picked up a little beagle today; I held her between my hands. Her little legs kicked like…
  • How It Happened

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Over a year ago, I did an interview with John Huey who was engaged in a long project at the Nieman Foundation of documenting how the Internet changed journalism. He sat me down and asked me to spell out the various stages of the Dish experiment and what I thought I was doing at the time. I forgot about it, but the Nieman Lab did a post on my quitting, and embedded two videos of the conversation and a transcript. It’s kind of like a mega Ask Andrew Anything about the entire history of the Dish, from the very beginning. The second part of the interview is after the jump:
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Stumbled upon The Dish in ’07, & it’s been a constant companion. Even named my dog Sully. Thx @sullydish @dishfeed pic.twitter.com/wjC6cfVYKJ — Ryan McCostlin (@rmccost) January 29, 2015
  • A Blogger Breaks Free: Blog Reax

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Joe Jervis completely understands my decision to stop blogging: Man, do I get this. Anybody who does live news blogging knows all too well the havoc this kind of work can wreak upon your personal life. Sure, there’s great freedom to be able to work wherever you are and any time. But you also have to work wherever you are and at any time. I’ve blogged from trains, planes, buses, ferries, taxis, airports, “vacation” hotel rooms, and from the backseats of cars. I’ve angered and hurt close friends by leaving parties to update a breaking story or by turning down…
  • A Blogger Breaks Free: Your Thoughts II

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    A reader writes: I’m know you’re getting a thousand-and-a-half of these emails today, but some bizarre, sentimental impulse compels me to write my own goodbye. It’s hard to see you go, and it certainly came as a shock: standing at the urinal yesterday between classes, bored out of my head and reading the Daily Dish for a precious few seconds, I read the news, stumbled in surprise, and (truly) pissed myself. If only soapy water and paper towels could mend my broken heart! Really, though, I’ve felt a bit bereft since. Your blog has come to seem like a friend. It’s weird to think about…
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    WSJ.COM

  • GOP's Walker, Gearing Up for 2016, Emphasizes His Faith

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker won a following among conservatives for taking on unions in Wisconsin. Now, as he gears up for a presidential campaign, he is talking about his faith as an evangelical Christian.
  • Obama Seeks 7% Rise in Spending Above Caps

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    President Barack Obama will propose government spending that is 7%—or $74 billion—over caps he and congressional Republicans agreed to in a bipartisan deficit-reduction deal over three years ago.
  • As Silver Dug In, Young Guns Revolted

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The move to oust New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from his leadership post was due in no small part to newer Democratic members who coalesced to resist the Mr. Silver’s last efforts to cling to power.
  • CIA Taps Undercover 'Spider' as Its Top Spy

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:53 pm
    The Central Intelligence Agency has selected a new top spy, tapping an undercover veteran who played a central role in developing personal relationships with Afghan leaders after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
  • GOP Resists Quick Health-Care Fix

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    A Republican-controlled Congress views the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down President Obama’s health-care subsidies as the best hope to tear apart a law they long opposed.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • You Must Love, Honor, and Obey

    Eric Peters
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Should it be illegal – a crime in and of itself – to dislike cops? The Fraternal Order of Police – the union for cops – thinks it ought to be. It is officially demanding that cops – already a protected (and entitled) class – be further set apart from ordinary folks by passing legislation that would enable prosecutors to pursue additional “hate crimes” charges against any not-cop who is accused of voicing anti-cop sentiments while, say, “resisting arrest” by attempting to ward off the wood shampoo being administered by a cop. Or in the course of committing any other crime…
  • Foul Play Still Not Ruled Out

    No Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors. No trace of the Beijing-bound aircraft has been found since it disappeared on 8 March 2014. Officials say that the recovery operation is ongoing but that the 239 people onboard are now presumed dead. The plane’s whereabouts are still unknown despite a massive international search in the southern Indian Ocean. The declaration on Thursday should allow compensation payments to relatives of the victims. ‘Deepest sorrow’ Malaysian…
  • Don’t Talk to the Media

    No Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Thomas Greer gained fame in July of this year by making some imprudent statements to reporters. He had shot one of a pair of burglars that had assaulted him in his home. He said that the woman that he killed, Andrea Miller, had told him that she was pregnant as a ruse to gain advantage and prevent him from shooting her. Greer is 80 years old, and had his collar bone broken in the assault. From the dailymail.co.uk: ‘Thomas Greer is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury,’ according to the report signed by Deputy…
  • What If Stores Are Empty and Prepping Illegal?


    Daisy Luther
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term disruption of services caused by an economic collapse. What if you couldn’t run to Wal-Mart to get soap?  What if the grocery store had supplies so limited that they were rationed out to people in such small amounts that the food you got was not enough to meet your needs? What if there were no diapers for your baby or aspirin to cure a headache? This is exactly what happens in…
  • Suppressing the Truth About the Boston Bombing

    No Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Listen to the podcast ROCKWELL:  Well, good morning.  This is the Lew Rockwell Show.  And it’s great to have as our guest this morning, Mr. Russ Baker.  Russ is an award-winning investigative reporter.  I mean, an actual investigative reporter.  I think that’s, unfortunately, a dying breed.  He’s written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Esquire, and many, many others publications.  To me, most importantly, he’s the author of a great book called Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the…
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    Political Wire

  • Burr Kicks Off Re-Election Bid with Big Night

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) “kicked off fundraising for his 2016 re-election campaign with an event in Washington Wednesday night that brought in more than $1 million,” the Raleigh News & Observer reports. “There was speculation in Washington that Burr might not be running because he only had $720,000 cash on hand in the latest campaign finance filing. But Burr recently announced a team of veteran political operatives as his 2016 campaign staff.” The post Burr Kicks Off Re-Election Bid with Big Night appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Romney Leads the 2016 GOP Pack

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    A new Fox News poll shows Mitt Romney leads the GOP presidential field with 21%, followed by Sen. Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee at 11%, Jeb Bush at 10%, Ben Carson at 9%, Gov. Scott Walker at 8% and Sen. Marco Rubio at 5%. The post Romney Leads the 2016 GOP Pack appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Texas GOP Chair to Join Rand Paul’s Campaign

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri is set to announce that he is resigning his party post in early March and joining Sen. Rand Paul’s team of advisers for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Mr. Munisteri, in throwing in with Mr. Paul, is giving a cold shoulder to Texas Republicans thinking about presidential bids, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry… He gives a boost to Mr. Paul in a crowded field of potential GOP candidates in a state that will loom much larger in the GOP nominating process in 2016 than in the past. The…
  • Why Not Skip Iowa?

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Amy Walter: “Winning in Iowa proves that you do well among very conservative, evangelical voters. It also shows, as one Iowa veteran has noted, how well a candidate connects at a retail level. But, it simply challenges a candidate’s depth not his/her breadth. In fact, to try and win here, a candidate often has to cater so narrowly to this base that they disqualify themselves from the broader electorate (see, Rick Perry’s anti-gay ad). Winning the infamous GOP straw poll in August is even less determinative. It’s simply a junket for Iowa political operatives and national political…
  • Clinton Use of Private Jets Questioned

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    “Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign donors as she racked up $225,756 in flight costs,” Bloomberg reports. “The records were provided to Bloomberg News by a Republican operative… While the flights fell within congressional rules and were not out of the ordinary for senators at the time, they could play into the emerging Republican line of attack that Clinton’s wealth and years in government office have left her out of…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Bill Nye: Screw Deflategate. You Should "Give a Fuck" About Climate Change Instead.

    Ed Mazza
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Bill Nye is weighing in on Deflategate again, but this time he has a few props and a message to share about something far more important. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick claimed atmospheric conditions and temperature changes could have caused footballs to lose air pressure during the team's AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday, Nye said taking that much air out of a ball would require an inflation needle. But in a new video posted on Funny…
  • Step Aside, Steve King: Meet the Right's Most Powerful Immigration Foe

    Pema Levy
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    It wasn't long ago that Sen. Jeff Sessions was waging a lonely battle against comprehensive immigration reform. ABC News called the Alabama Republican a "lone wolf" in his dogged quest to kill the Senate's immigration reform bill, which passed the upper chamber in June 2013 on a 68-32 bipartisan vote. At one point, Sessions introduced an amendment to slash the number of immigrants allowed to enter the country legally—not even Texas firebrand Ted Cruz voted for it. But Sessions' days of fighting immigration reform from the sidelines are over. Last week, he became chair of the Senate…
  • The NFL's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

    Ian Gordon
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    With the Super Bowl days away, the sports world's hot-take artists have spent the past week toggling between the intrigue and idiocy of Deflategate to the press conference reticence of Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch. In some ways, it has been the perfect ending to a dreadful year for the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell. Famous for his "protect the shield" mantra and disciplinarian ways, Goodell has seen his reputation get battered throughout the controversy-filled 12 months since Super Bowl XLVIII. So, as Ballghazi rages on and the big game approaches, here's a look back at the…
  • Here's Some of the Dumb Stuff People Did With Drones Last Year

    AJ Vicens
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Thanks to the federal intelligence employee who got buzzed and crashed a remote-controlled quadcopter on the White House grounds earlier this week, there's a renewed interest on drones' potential to cause mayhem. Last November, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a list of 193 incidents of "drone misbehavior" (as the New York Times put it) reported to air traffic control officials in 2014. The list didn't include incidents reported to law enforcement, so it's not necessarily comprehensive. But it does offer a glimpse of the challenges of incorporating flying robot vehicles into…
  • Even If Your Kid Doesn't Get Measles, It's Gonna Cost You

    Gabrielle Canon
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Measles is not only highly contagious, it's expensive to contain—especially for cash-strapped local governments. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that outbreaks in 2011—a total of just 107 cases—cost state and local taxpayers up to $5.3 million. That may not seem like a lot, but with more than triple that number of cases last year, and a growing number of unvaccinated children, the costs are really going to add up. More stories on vaccines and outbreaks: Vaccines Work. These 8 Charts Prove It. Map: The High Cost of Vaccine…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • This general election could define Britain’s global role into the next decade

    Martin Kettle
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    From Trident to Europe, it seems we’re on a journey to isolationism – but it’s not what the public wantsWhat should be Britain’s role in the world in the 2020s and beyond? The question can’t be divorced in any meaningful way from the approaching general election. Few modern elections have been so clearly a search for national identity and meaning as the 2015 contest looks like being. But no election outcome will make much sense unless it simultaneously offers a new and consistent account of this nation’s place in the wider world.Foreign affairs rarely play a prominent role in…
  • Political will is the biggest barrier to tackling global water risk

    Albert Cho
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Focusing political leaders on the water crisis will help make 2015 a badly needed watershed year for the worldSo far, the big news this year has been all about oil. And for good reason: the recent drop in petrol prices has caused widespread economic and geopolitical dislocation for producers and consumers alike. Analysts, traders and commentators have watched their fortunes ebb and flow, speculating on what happens next. But during all the action, you might have missed an even bigger story: water, not oil, could be the real commodity to watch in 2015.In its tenth annual Global Risks report…
  • Winston Churchill's funeral - in pictures

    Guardian Staff
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s funeral will be marked on 30th January. Here we republish a contemporary account from The Guardian by Michael WallUnited once again in common purposeSorrow shared by millions Continue reading...
  • Labour would halt plans to slash on-call legal aid solicitors

    Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Sadiq Khan, promises to improve access to justice by launching an immediate review of the coalition’s proposed 8.75% fee cutsLabour in government would reverse coalition plans to slash the number of on-call, legal aid solicitors attending police stations and magistrates’ courts, the party will say on Friday.Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary, has pledged to improve access to justice by launching an immediate review of the coalition’s proposed 8.75% fee cuts and to work with the legal profession to find alternative savings. Continue reading...
  • How the UK sacrificed pay for jobs

    Larry Elliott, economics editor
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    This recovery has been like no other – a record number of Britons are in work but the average worker is poorer than before 2008 Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    * Hooray, our economic and energy problems are over! The Senate approved legislation Thursday that would mandate the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a bipartisan vote that will set the stage for a veto showdown with President Obama. On a 62-to-36 vote, Republicans and nine Democrats approved a bill that mandates construction of […]
  • Don’t believe the hype: Obama and Republicans will reach a budget deal. Here’s why.

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Are you ready for some budget battling? Perhaps the Obama administration is: With the era of falling budget deficits coming to an end, President Obama and Congress are hurtling toward a clash over spending as the White House and Democrats press for an easing of fiscal austerity just as Republicans redouble efforts to balance the […]
  • Morning Plum: Is House GOP’s Bibi speech invitation backfiring?

    Greg Sargent
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    Jeremy Peters of the New York Times has an interesting report this morning that claims John Boehner’s invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress is backfiring: It is unintentionally rallying Democratic support behind President Obama’s position on Iran. While for a time Democrats were split on Obama’s demand that Congress hold off on an […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    * Republican questioning of Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing to be Attorney General was so insightful and incisive that she admitted that this is a lawless administration and pledged to indict both Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Just kidding: Attorney general nominee Loretta E. Lynch defended the Obama administration’s actions on a range of […]
  • 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls tentatively start an actual debate over immigration

    Greg Sargent
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Don’t look now, but little by little, Republicans — the presidential hopefuls in particular — are edging into having a real debate about immigration policy, tentatively fleshing out in public their positions, such as they are, about what should be done about the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. This makes for an interesting […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency. Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections? The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear,…
  • Mitt Romney 3.0?

    10 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    When I saw Romney was considering a run again I decided it was time to watch the Mitt documentary just because. I can definitely see why the man might run again. I don't see any particular reason he shouldn't. Why not? It's sort of become a tradition not to try again if you come that close and fall short. But who really cares about that? It may just be that it sucks so bad to run for president that if you don't get the win you don't have the energy to try again. I'd like to know what our friends on the right think of another potential run. I say yes, because I still feel the way I felt when…
  • Charlie Habdo, The Interview, and The Courage of our Convictions

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Freedom isn't simply tiptoing through the tulips, not a care in the world, bursting into intermittent bouts of Peter Pan Flight. It's for tough people, for courageous people, for people who have faith. Too many folks confront the world with an excess of fear, and fear turns us to the darker side of our humanity.I have been, at different times of my life, an atheist, an agnostic, and a Roman Catholic Christian. I have been a Moderate Republican, Cheering the First Bush on, a Clinton Democrat, backing him on his compromises, and an Obama Democrat, backing him on his challenges to the old order.
  • That's Real Cute, Governor Otter

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    One step forward and 5 steps back. While some argue that our country is just becoming "desensitized" or just "tolerating" same-sex marriage, Idaho's Governor Butch Otter is trying to turn back time and reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage just four months ago. Why the change of heart for Otter? To protect the children of course! In a petition filed on Tuesday by Otter reads, "[Idaho's] view of marriage is biologically based and primarily child-centered...And it holds that the principal (though not exclusive) purpose of marriage is unite a child to his or her…
  • Happy New Year: 2015!

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Wishing everyone in the WatchBlog community a healthy and happy new year. We're so appreciative to the contributors and participation in this political community. We're looking forward to a great year and a new and improved WatchBlog in 2015! Cheers!
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • From August 2, 1790 to Mark Zuckerberg

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The Center for Democracy and Technology cares about your privacy and the fact that Google and Facebook have contributed a few million to the center makes no difference. According to Justin Brookman, Director of Consumer Privacy at CDT and co-chair of it's "Do Not Track" working group, "Facebook and Google can't monitor what you do on third party sites." Plus the industry standard on privacy and things like 3rd party cookies is voluntary. So there. But should people be furious that Google or Facebook or other large internet firms may be tracking your web behavior on 3rd party sites? How sacred…
  • Endangering the World With Their Ingenuous Tactics

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    It is understandable that President Obama tried to do an end run around foreign policy and focus on so-called domestic issues in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. America has not been blessed with firm and decisive leadership from the Obama White House when it comes to international policy issues, to say the least. The no-show in Paris was just the latest in a long line of confused stances. But the President did take a moment to mention the Iran sanctions. "I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress." The progress he was referring to is the continually…
  • Civil War OnLine (CWOL) VIII starts in February 2015.

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Historical Online Learning Foundation The Distance-Simulations Group Announces Civil War OnLine (CWOL) VIII All individuals interested in playing are directed to the registration link below. CWOL VIII registrationCivil War OnLine (CWOL) is a turn-based, military, economic, and political simulation of the American Civil War with both wargaming and roleplaying aspects. CWOL features components for land warfare to include railroad movement and riverine operations, naval warfare, a economic module, and a module that addresses the unique elements of ACW-era foreign policy and regional domestic…
  • A Little More Sweat on the Hill Please

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    How committed is the current Congress to limited government? In other words, how committed is Mitch McConnel? And how committed is the GOP with a majority not seen since the early 20's? Senators Thune, R-S.D. and Corker, R. Tenn. are already suggesting boosting gas taxes. And increased sales taxes at the state level is being bandied about. Mac Thronberry, R-Texas wants tax increases to protect defense spending from sequester cuts. There is always a pet project, some worthwhile some outrageous pork barrel spending, that a congressman or congresswoman wants to cuddle and feed. And fiscal…
  • Obama Is More Than Tone Deaf

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    There are moments when the President of the United States cannot be too busy not to attend something like last Sunday's march in Paris. It was more than the 50 world leaders - and that included both Palestine and of course Israel - who marched with linked arms down the winter boulevards of that great city. It was the millions of French citizens who have had enough of islamic terrorism and it's latest deadly attempts to impose blasphemy laws in a Western, democratic society. President Hollande's embrace of columnist Patrick Pelloux was visceral, moving and untheatrical. This was not something…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Lindsay Lee Joins Engage as Digital Strategy Intern

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I filled out my tax forms, learned where the K-cups are, joined the team for Chipotle Thursday (and Chipotle Friday for good measure), figured out the intricacies of the DC Metro (read as “still cannot time my commute correctly because the timing of the Metro is impossible to actually figure out”), and settled in at my new desk. I am now a Digital Strategy intern at Engage. This is the first time that I am working in my field of interest in what we college kids call “the real world” and I am beyond excited for the opportunity. So, why did I choose Engage for my first internship? I was…
  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi everyone! As I sit at my desk that overlooks King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, I can’t help but think about my first visit to this town and Washington, D.C. ten years ago. I came here with my family for a trip to explore our nation’s capital, and was immediately mesmerized by the energy that this town and its people gave off. Fast-forward ten years later and here I am, beginning my newest journey in my career as a Client Strategist at Engage. With more than three years of social media strategy and marketing experience under my belt, I am excited to put my experience to work for our…
  • Introducing dirt: An opinionated deployment and bootstrapping tool

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today, we’re excited to open source something we have been working on internally for a couple of years: Dirt. Dirt, which is a backronym for “Done In Record Time,” is a command-line deployment and bootstrapping tool for rapidly creating and launching new projects. It was born out of the need for automating and standardizing common tasks such as creating a git repository, setting up a Vagrantfile, or transferring MySQL dumps between development environments. The following is an overview of some of Dirt’s features. Create Entering “dirt create” in the…
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    At trade shows, startup fairs, and other booth-style conventions, every exhibitor has the same problem: How do I get people to stop by my booth and listen to my pitch? Last Thursday, Engage participated in DC Tech Day to promote our new product, Proximity. We’re pretty jazzed about it — it lets you launch landing pages in a matter of minutes rather than days — but we knew we needed something unique to get others excited about it too. Enter Goldie Wilson, Marty McFly, and Doc Brown. (Yep, you read that right.) The inspiration for our booth came from one of our earliest designs…
  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    When the opportunity presented itself to design a microsite celebrating the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th Anniversary and the return of the American Bison, we jumped at the chance. Here in Washington—and, indeed, across the nation—the Smithsonian and the National Zoo are beloved institutions that are a source of tremendous pride. Respecting that legacy, we set out to design a microsite that would present the excitement of the occasion in a visually compelling manner that would speak to all generations. Our starting point was the background image. We wanted to evoke the Bison’s…
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    The New Republic

  • Why Won't Liberals Say What They'll Do If the Supreme Court Guts Obamacare?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A Supreme Court ruling for plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case that threatens Affordable Care Act subsidies in three dozen states, would unleash terrible chaos and create a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the U.S. political system.Anyone who claims to know how that uncertainty would
  • Now That It's Budget Time, Republicans Are Pretending to Care About the Deficit Again

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    On Monday, President Barack Obama will release his budget for the 2016 fiscal year. It will call for a full replacement of the sequester. “The President’s budget will fully reverse those cuts for domestic priorities, and match those investments dollar-for-dollar with the resources our troops nee
  • Why Do Evangelicals Like James Inhofe Believe That Only God Can Cause Climate Change?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a 
  • Americans Support Scientists—They Just Don't Want to Listen to Them

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Last May, comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver tore apart media coverage of human-induced climate change on his show “Last Week Tonight,” bringing a statistical representation of scientists who do and don’t subscribe to the theory in for
  • The New Republic's Legacy on Race

    Jeet Heer
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.One of the most dangerous ways to treat a legacy is to bask in
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead

    Alex Davies
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    War has a long history of sparking and accelerating invention. But while many of those ideas change history---the bayonet, aerial combat, the nuclear bomb---there are just as many that flop. The list of failures is long, but must surely be led by a device whose test ended with a dog chasing an errant rocket and generals running for their lives alongside members of the general public. The post Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety

    Annie Sneed
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    The key to getting a wounded soldier from a battlefield to a hospital is stabilization—holding off the damage done by bullet or bomb for long enough to get to surgery. So faster evacuation is always better. Now the hospital can actually meet the injured partway—in the form of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, transformed into a flying triage unit. On board, doctors stabilize, monitor, and treat soldiers with high-level care so they make it safely home. The post The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety appeared first on WIRED.
  • Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI

    Jordan Golson
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's likely that nothing will ever come close to the breakthroughs and sheer mass of new technologies and tactics produced during The Great War, just 100 years ago. The post Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Gitmo: Let Castro Close It

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Raul Castrocredit: hoy,com.do It couldn’t be this easy, this transparent, could it? Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the United States are working toward full diplomatic relations but ‘if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense. There…
  • New School Shooter Defensive Technology

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    When I first read this, I was relatively certain it was an Onion parody. The photo that headlines this article is one of my all-time favorite Onion headlines. You get the picture. Tragically, this story is deadly serious, obviously more deadly than those involved understand. ABC News reports: Modern School Killer Repellentcredit: http://www.drpulse.com An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents…
  • Michelle Obama: Mark Your Calendar

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    That’s right, gentle readers: mark down this date. Michelle Obama has actually done something that is not obviously mean-spirited, angry, or overtly destructive to liberty, Americans or America. On the occasion of a presidential visit to Saudi Arabia due to the death of the old king and installation of the new, she did not bow to Islam and cover herself. I would like to think this a well-considered, purposeful gesture to symbolize the sovereignty of America and the equality between the sexes for which it, in part, stands, but considering that Barack Obama is carrying Islam’s water in…
  • Layers And Layers Of Editors And Fact Checkers…

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Every Friday I write a fractured headline on the board for my classes. Their task is to figure out what the copy editors meant to say, but obviously missed then they write the correct version. It’s harder than it sounds: the brain tries to make sense of what obviously doesn’t make sense. It takes awhile for the kids to allow themselves to see what’s actually there, but they eventually get it, and it also teaches an important lesson: the mainstream media isn’t infallible. One of the most recent headlines was: Cops Quiz Victim In Fatal Shooting I bet he didn’t have much to say.
  • Quick Points for January 27, 2015

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    COMING TO AN AMERICAN EMBASSY NEAR YOU… With “Smart Diplomacy” our primary method of interaction with our implacable enemies, I fear this iconic Saigon evacuation photo will become all too common in the very near future. At least this time there has been an evacuation of some American personnel, this time from Yemen. In Benghazi, the Obama administration (with Hillary Clinton in charge at State) left US personnel in an inadequately-secured facility for months after all of the other Western nations and agencies had fled after declaring victory over Moammar Qaddafi and…
 
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    being a White House press secretary is a thankless job. I can't imagine wanting the job of basically lying or spinning every single day. A new low was reached yesterday by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz as he tried to perform the gymnastics to explain why the trade of five Gitmo prisoners to the Taliban to get back Bowe Berghdahl to the Jordanians trading for the release of prisoners held by ISIS. First Schultz tried to explain that such exchange of prisoners were typically done when a war was ending and then he differentiated between the Taliban and ISIS by saying that ISIS are…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    It's always about him. I used to think that Bill Clinton was our most solipsistic president, but Obama has far out-classed him. The folks at Grabien note how many times that Obama talked about himself in his speech in India this week.Today in New Delhi, the president of the United States delivered an address to the people of India. Topics ranged from Obama's pride in being the first U.S. president to visit India twice, to the historic nature of his attendance at India's Republic Day Parade, to his grandfather's occupation as a chef, to his graying hair, to his daughters ... to his struggles…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Philip Bump writes in the Washington Post that Hillary has no strategy to get people excited about voting for her.No, commenters and people on Twitter, the best president is not the one who has the best ability to invigorate voters. But this is, you may have noticed, a key component of how we pick presidents in an age so thoroughly saturated with marketing. And Clinton, although not without vocal supporters, seems continuously unlikely to be the most energizing candidate. "Ready for Hillary" often seemed less like a grass-roots push born of uncontainable excitement than a sharp strategy from…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    John Fund examines the winners and losers from this past weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit. And Byron York finds 12 keys to the 2016 race. He points out that those who have run before, including Mitt Romney, aren't as in as strong a position as they might think they are. The same might be true for Jeb Bush.The Washington Post wonders if Rand Paul will be hurt by the wackiness of his father. Ron Paul spent the weekend talking about secession - not exactly a winning message for a potential presidential candidate.Rand, 52, is contemplating a presidential run — at its heart, an act of optimism. He…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    I must confess that I've been much more interested in Deflategate and Coach K's hunt for his 1000th victory this week than public affairs. As a Patriots fan, I'd been hoping that there would emerge some information clearing the team of malfeasance. Nothing that has happened yet has removed that suspicion. My response from Brady's press conference is the same as Andrew McCarthy's - the NFL doesn't want to find out what happened. It was amazing to hear that they hadn't spoken to Tom Brady yet. What does it mean to say they're conducting an investigation if they haven't talked to him?This is…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Obama AG Nominee Insists Illegals Have a ‘Right To Work’ In The USA

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    On Wednesday Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch said that all illegals should be allowed to work in the USA despite the fact that they are breaking our immigration laws and are essentially criminals in this country. Senator Jeff Sessions (R, AL), Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, questioned Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch at the Judiciary hearing to consider her nomination. Sessions asked Lynch about the President’s decision to bypass Congress to order an amnesty, and how this action undermined the rights of disadvantaged American…
  • ‘Politico’ Lies About Mike Huckabee Quote

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    For some reason, Politico felt it had to commit an outright lie about something Mike Huckabee said recently. In fact, they didn’t just invent the quote, Politico even invented the context in which he said it! Talk about media bias. First of all let me say that I am not a supporter of Mike Huckabee. It isn’t likely that I would vote for him in a primary, though I would vote for him over a Democrat in the unlikely case that he should become the GOP nominee. So, I don’t come to this as an outrageously, outraged Huckabee supporter. That
  • Chris Christie’s Appeal to Centrists is Failing to Catch Fire

    Warner Todd Huston
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    It is plain that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thinks that his path to the White House lies in plying the middle ground between conservatives and moderates and presenting himself as the man who can appeal to all political factions. But, so far at least, it seems he is failing to excite much interest in the idea. Christie already suffers among conservatives. He is knocked by many on the right side of the political equation for not being conservative enough and Christie understands this criticism all too well. In fact, he felt the need to address this perception during his
  • Creepy Howard Dean Says Fans of ‘American Sniper’ Are Mean, Nasty, ‘Very Angry’ Tea Party Members

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The Clint Eastwood directed film American Sniper has been setting records all across the nation. But the longer it sits in theaters, the more that liberals come to hate the movie–and by extension our soldiers–and the film is exposing quite a split between Americans and the left. The latest to attack the film, our soldiers, and the film’s fans is former DNC chief Howard Dean. A week ago one of Hollyweird’s greatest douchebags, Michael Moore, came out to slam the man American Sniper was based on calling him a “murderer.” On January 18, Moore took to his…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    This week’s edition of the Weekend Caption Contest™ was a bit of a departure. It certainly brought out the punsters. I highly recommend that you go view all of the entries as there were far too many good ones to honor them all. The assignment was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (fustian24) – “Looks like nobody is in the crease!” 1) (Rodney Dill) – “Putting the Ho in hockey.” 1) (Bird666) – “Two minutes for hooking” 1) (David Robertson) – “Someone tell Michael Mann that this is what…
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    Hullabaloo

  • From the no shit Sherlock files: lots of guns means lots of gun deaths

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    From the no shit Sherlock filesby dibbyHere's a headline that will have you reeling:States With Most Gun Deaths Have High Gun Ownership And Weak Gun Laws, Report ShowsHow can that be? Surely there must be a lot of "good guys with guns" making everybody all polite and friendly. What's going on here?Alaska has the highest rate of gun fatalities in the country, according to data from 2013. The state saw 19.59 deaths per 100,000 people, which is significantly above the national average of 10.64 deaths per 100,000. VPC's report indicates that Alaska also has the country's third-highest rate of gun…
  • So much for that militarization of the police issue

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    So much for that militarization of the police issueby digby Was I hallucinating or did we just have a national debate about the militarization of police? And wasn't the consensus that it wasn't a great idea? We had congressional hearings on it. Senators of both parties promised to introduce legislation to end the programs that give local police military equipment.So what the hell is this?The New York City Police Department announced on Thursday it plans to introduce an anti-terror strike force armed with rifles and machine guns, television station WCBS reported.The force will be “designed…
  • Holy Moly #BryanFischerfired

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Holy Molyby digbyBryan Fisher has been known as one of the most bigoted, right wing fascists in America for years even as Republican politicians make pilgrimages to his radio show on a regular basis.  Anyone who cared to notice could easily see that he's a toxic boil on the body politic.  But it took until now for the GOP to feel any blowback from their relationship with him. Sarah Posner reports:Rachel Maddow broke the news last night that Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s Director of Issue Analysis, has been fired, following media coverage and pressure from…
  • Scientists are different than us ...

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Scientists are different than us ...by digbyVia Mother Jones:I guess nobody's perfect because I am of two minds about animal experimentation. I understand that it works, but I can't see any reason to do it unless there's no other way.  If it means saving a child who has leukemia that's one thing. But doing it for the purpose of selling cosmetics or other consumer products is wrong in my opinion.  So count me among the Philistines.I guess I'm mostly surprised that they found as big number believing in evolution as they did.  Baby steps ...
  • Tactical retreat will save lives

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Tactical retreat will save livesby digbyAt Salon this morning I wrote about the move to change police tactics to encourage "tactical retreat" which is an excellent idea:In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed police analysts Eugene O’Donnell and Jim Cavanaugh on his show “The Last Word.” Cavanaugh made an interesting point observing that in the past police engaged in high-speed chases no matter what the crime but came to understand that the trade-off in life lost in…
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    Eschaton

  • Late Night

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • Evening Thread

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Still sick. Just gonna watch a bunch of bad teevee.
  • When The Feds Come Knocking

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Ruh roh.HARRISBURG, Pa. (WPVI) --Action News confirms that Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord, who announced Thursday he is stepping down from the job, is currently under federal investigation.Sources tell Action News that the wide-spread probe is examining the alleged theft of campaign and other funds....The Democrat recently ran unsuccessfully for governor.
  • Afternoon Thread

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    Think it's time for me to check out for a bit.
  • Obama Will Destroy Us

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Pretty sure that if the after tax income for the top .1% is reduced by 2.5% then the economy will be destroyed.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night FDL: Don’t Take Me Alive

    CTuttle
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Steely Dan – Don’t Take Me Alive Donald Fagen and the Band are hitting the road again… Several weeks after their surprising announcement as headliners at this year’s Coachella Festival, Steely Dan have added a brief string of West Coast dates to their 2015 tour itinerary. The shows make up what the band is calling the Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour, and while it’s unclear at this point whether they intend to book further stops, their calendar certainly has room — the entirety of the tour, eight dates in all, currently takes place between April 7-18. After eschewing touring…
  • When Shock and Awe Turns 12

    David Swanson
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Shock and Awe is having a troubled adolescence. The U.S. government is killing children with flying robot death planes, keeping troops in 175 countries, actively using “special” forces in 150 countries, asking us to ignore what it’s done to Libya so that we’ll support more wars, going silent on Yemen as the supposed model of a country that U.S. warmaking improved rather than ruined, turning down an offer from North Korea to halt nuclear tests, continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no end in sight and no longer any pretense of Congressional or United Nations…
  • US Government Grows Increasingly Frustrated with Judge Challenging State Secrets Claims in No Fly List Case

    Kevin Gosztola
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Eric Holder In a case where a US citizen is alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Justice Department claim a federal judge is not interpreting the state secrets privilege correctly. The judge denied a motion to dismiss in October of last year, and the judge has been reviewing documents relevant to the case to determine whether the government’s state secrets claims are valid. In March 2009, Gulet Mohamed left the US to study Arabic and connect with family members who were living abroad.
  • Professor Terminated Over Tweets on Israel’s Bombing of Gaza Sues University, Seeks Reinstatement

    Kevin Gosztola
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Professor Steven Salaita Professor Steven Salaita, who was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza, has filed a lawsuit against the university. The lawsuit seeks reinstatement so he can “join his colleagues” in the American Indian Studies Department, where he was supposed to be teaching classes. Salaita had been a faculty member at the English Department of Virginia Tech since 2006. There he had lifetime…
  • Does Uber Make A Universal Basic Income Inevitable?

    DSWright
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Rise in incomes of top 10% mirrors the decline in unionization -@EconomicPolicy http://t.co/yCZf2b8YBU pic.twitter.com/I5oEklLcfu — John Schmitt (@jschmittwdc) January 22, 2015 We’re pretty much screwed. Precariousness has already been established as the defining feature of the modern labor market, but things are set to get even worse if a story by Farhad Manjoo over at The New York Times is to be believed. Manjoo reports that Silicon Valley’s newest neoliberal monster, Uber, is disrupting more than just the transportation industry. Uber, according to Manjoo, is…
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    TalkLeft

  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Another busy day. Our last open thread is full, here's another one, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Canada Set to Approve More Surveillance Authority

    Jeralyn
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Canada is unwisely following in the footsteps of the United States and about to pass legislation increasing surveillance authority for intelligence purposes in the name of the War on Terror. Under the new law, which will be presented in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Texas Executes Man With IQ of 67

    Jeralyn
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    The Supreme Court has banned the execution of the mentally disabled. Robert Ladd has an IQ of 67. Texas killed him tonight anyway. He died 27 minutes after being injected with lethal drugs. He said they stung. Under Texas’s unique –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Indonesia Police Prepare for Bali 9 Executions

    Jeralyn
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Bali 9 inmates Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are closer to execution. They could be killed within weeks. Andrew Chan's appeal for clemency was denied last week. (Background here.) A police commander says he has received messages the two are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Australian Faces 12 Years For Smoking Joint on Bali Beach

    Jeralyn
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Police in Bali paraded Australian Nicholas James Langan, 25, before the media this week. His offense: he and an Indonesian acquaintance were caught sharing a joint on the beach. Police also showcased the joint, which contained less than one gram of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • It could be a while before Democrats are in the House majority again

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    House Democrats are gathering in Philadelphia today and tomorrow to talk about that most compelling and complex of topics: The future. High on that agenda will be how -- and when -- they can hope to retake the majority they lost in the 2010 election. The short answer to that question is: It's going to […]
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    1. The Washington Post White House team has the latest on President Obama's budget proposal. 2. The presidential campaign isn't the only 2016 race already in gear -- conservatives are getting ready to primary a few vulnerable Republicans in Congress. 3. That time Bill Belichick and Jeb Bush went to high school together. 4. The […]
  • The most generous counties in presidential politics, 1980 to 2012

    Philip Bump
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Since 1980, there are two ZIP codes that have been among the most generous in the country for the presidential candidate of each party every four years. You might be able to guess where they are. If not, we'll give it away: New York City. According to data from the Federal Election Commission, individual donors […]
  • States that are more opposed to abortion rights have fewer abortions — but not fewer unintended pregnancies

    Aaron Blake
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Abortion in America is an extremely divisive issue, splitting Republicans and Democrats with often very strong feelings. It also divides the states. In 2010, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights group, an estimated 11 percent of all unintended pregnancies in South Dakota were aborted. In New York, it was 54 percent. […]
  • In which we try to solve a Senate ‘whodunit’

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    UPDATE 2:45 pm: We got a note from Sen. Shaheen's office and they say "was not us." Our colleague Colby Itkowitz offers another theory: There was also the Judiciary Committee hearing featuring former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson. The only senator who serves on both Judiciary and Appropriations is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). And in […]
 
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • LMFAO

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Brad Woodhouse just noticed (and I wish I had): I may not be the first to notice - but someone in Christie world should have: Christie's PAC http://t.co/GLkeO7hNgw Or LMFAO— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) January 29, 2015 Or, put another way ...
  • Gov. Christie acts by fiat in AC with disturbing results

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Gov. Christie in order to get his way can act with broad bipartisan/popular support (Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act which was overwhelmingly approved by the legislature), obtain narrow bi-partisan support (half-baked Dreamers Act), arrange a pre-negotiated agreement with legislative leadership (tenure for our Chief Justice in exchange for a Republican Supreme court judge), remove line items costs from the legislature's budget bill (he does so every year), veto bills (his vetoes have never been over-ridden), go to court (he failed to quash marriage equality and Fair Share housing…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    wtf Reagan Day? Dick Cheney bringing his act to NJ for Reagan Day. Deciminyan brings back Blue Jersey's talks with the NJ Legislature First up: Sen. Bob Smith. Hero cop turned felon Bernie Kerik in Franklin Lakes Talks Arabs, bad guys, American Sniper and Michael Moore. Jerseynomics Workers at NJ's first medical marijuana dispensary headed to a NLRB hearing, after employers blocked their attempt to join a union . Revel, awaiting sale, gets a tax break in deal with AC. What you find out when you start trying to count homeless people in NJ. Salary for AC's new emergency manager = $135k. No word…
  • Senator Bob Smith

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Senator Bob Smith of Central Jersey's 17th Legislative District is not one to grab headlines like many of his colleagues. A smart, determined legislator, he is the chairman of the Energy & Environment Committee - a thankless job at a time when the all-powerful governor takes his marching orders from the Koch Brothers and not the people of New Jersey. Despite the governor's bungling of energy and environmental policy, there are important issues facing the state. As Senator Smith explains in this interview, in many areas progress will be stagnant until we have a new governor. I met with Senator…
  • QoTD: President Obama's legacy

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Quote of the Day today is from Doug O'Malley of Environment New Jersey, who joins NJ leaders calling out the White House for a decision that opens New Jersey to enormous risk of damage to NJ's beautiful territory. With the news that the federal Interior Department is lifting a 5-year moratorium on drilling in coastal waters along part of the Eastern seaboard, there was quick response from several of the members of NJ's congressional delegation. In a joint statement, senators Menendez and Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone, who represents shore towns in Monmouth, issued a joint statement, warning…
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  • Billionaires Won't Be Happy Until the US Becomes Austerity-Ravaged Greece

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    December 12, 2008: Scene from the anti-austerity riots in Greece. (Photo: Murplejane) Truthout needs your help to publish grassroots investigative journalism and to share visions for a brighter future. Contribute now by clicking here! Billionaires don't need a social safety net, so they're using the right-wing spin machine to destroy it. Back in December 2013, Republicans gave the US a really nasty Christmas present: they cut off long-term unemployment insurance for 1.3 million people. The party of Scrooge left Americans high and dry in the cold, and unable to provide for their families…
  • Punished for Playing by the Rules

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    A woman sells produce last year at a vegetable market in Athens. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis for The New York Times) Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, the international business editor at The Telegraph, recently wrote that Europe's slide toward deflation amounts to a "betrayal" of Southern Europe. This sounds over the top, but it is the simple truth. So let me elaborate with a picture I find illuminating. The chart here shows core inflation (which excludes energy, food, alcohol and tobacco) in Germany, Spain and the euro area as a whole. As you can see, there have been two distinct eras for the euro…
  • Save Us From Washington's Visionaries: In (Modest) Praise of a Comforting Mediocrity

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.” Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary’s embrace went unrecorded. Despite the requisite reference to General Pershing (“Lafayette, we are here!”) and flying James Taylor in from the 1960s to assure Parisians that “You’ve Got a Friend,” in the annals of American diplomacy Kerry’s hug will likely rank with President Eisenhower’s award of the Legion of Merit to Nicaraguan dictator…
  • Why Is Hollywood Rewarding Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin for Glamorizing the CIA?

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The Screen Actors Guild has nominated Claire Danes of Homeland for its Best Actress Award.  It has also nominated Danes, Mandy Patinkin and the rest of the Homeland cast for the Outstanding Ensemble Award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Danes for its Golden Globe Award.  Though Ms. Danes and the Homeland supporting cast did not win the Award, the nominations themselves are a valuable honor, and a troubling sign. In addition, Homeland will be a strong candidate for Emmy nominations, in several categories (Best Drama, writer, director, etc.) in June. Homeland…
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer on Campus Rape Bill, Climate Skeptics and Why She Supports Obama's War on ISIS

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Amy Goodman interviews one of the Senate’s leading advocates for changing the way both universities and the military respond to sexual violence - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Boxer talks about her proposed bill to require advocates for sexual assault victims on college campuses, her plans to retire from the Senate in 2016, and why she supports President Obama’s campaign against the Islamic State. "War is a last resort, never a first resort," Boxer says. "I don’t support going to war and sending combat troops. I support President Obama’s plan, which is not to do that, but…
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  • HHS expected *more* low-income ACA buyers to select silver plans

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    In my multi-stage exploration of the data on ACA private plan buyers' metal level selections, I have been pleasantly surprised to determine with a fair degree of confidence that about 90% of shoppers on healthcare.gov with incomes under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level selected silver plans -- and so availed themselves of the Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies available only with silver. For all ACA buyers on all exchanges, the figure is a few percentage points lower, since many state exchanges did a much poorer job than healthcare.gov in steering CSR-eligible buyers toward…
  • Will Republicans now learn to hate Medicare payment reform?

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    HHS and CMS yesterday announced a major expansion of efforts to move Medicare payments away from fee-for-service and toward so-called value-based and bundles payments. The ACA seeded this effort with a host of pilot programs, and the administration is looking to build on the momentum generated, as HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell writes in the New England Journal of Medicine:As we work to build a health care system that delivers better care, that is smarter about how dollars are spent, and that makes people healthier, we are identifying metrics for managing and tracking our progress. A majority…
  • The ACA provision that should kill King, updated

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    [Update, 1/23: The ACA provision discussed below, which directs the federal as well as state exchanges to report to the Treasury tax credits provided to ACA private plan buyers, is treated in full in the government's respondents' brief against the King plaintiffs. The relevant paragraphs from the brief are posted at bottom.]-----July 29 - Ever since a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court found in Halbig v. Burwell that the ACA only authorizes subsidies to be paid for health insurance bought in state-run exchanges, not in state exchanges set up by the federal government,…
  • Bronze ACA plans are skimpy, but compared to what?

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    As a relative newbie to the wonderful world of U.S. health insurance, I have been troubled by the skimpy coverage of the lowest-tier bronze plans offered on the ACA exchanges. Mandated to cover 60% of the average user's yearly medical expenses (that is, to maintain an actuarial value of 60%), bronze plans carry an average individual deductible of over $5,000.*On the plus side, only 20% of ACA private plan buyers in 2014 selected bronze plans, most of them probably in higher income brackets. By my estimate, over half of ACA buyers obtained plans with an actuarial value of 80% or higher,…
  • How is the ACA affecting employer-sponsored insurance?

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    I am working on a reported piece that looks at how employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) is changing and how it compares to insurance offered on the ACA exchanges. The basic framework is provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation's 2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey.  Here are the premises as they now stand.  Informed input welcome!1. The ACA has not strongly driven premium increases or cost-shifting to employees in ESI  -- though employers offering more generous plans are  beginning to react to the Cadillac tax, which takes effect in 2018. While premiums, deductibles…
 
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Moscow, Washington discuss possible Kerry visit to Russia: sources

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are discussing a possible visit to Russia by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources say.
  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again.
  • U.S. Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda.
  • Obama budget to include $1 billion for Central America

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget on Monday will include $1 billion in new aid for Central America as part of a broad effort to address the unaccompanied child migration crisis, the White House said on Thursday.
  • Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as "sequestration," the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new conflict with Republicans in Congress.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

    timothy
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    eldavojohn writes A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865, Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent austerity laws put in place by prior administrations. One such step has been to appoint Valve's economist Yanis Varoufakis to position of Finance Minister of Greece. For the past three years Varoufakis has been…
  • "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

    timothy
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    mi (197448) writes You heard the scare-mongering, you heard the governors and mayors closing public transit and declaring driving on public roads a crime. But it turned out to have been a mistake. Boston may have been hit somewhat, but further South — NYC and Philadelphia — the snowfall was rather underwhelming. Promised "2-3 feet" of snow, NYC got only a few inches. Is this an example of "better safe than sorry," or is government's overreach justified by questionable weather models exceeding the threshold of an honest mistake?Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

    Soulskill
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Freshly Exhumed writes: Growing income inequality was one of the top four issues at the 2015 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ranking alongside European adoption of quantitative easing and geopolitical concerns. Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion, said there was a consensus that global inequality is getting worse, fueling overriding pessimism at the gathering. The result, he said, could be that the next big revolution will be in regulation rather than innovation. With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people's mind,…
  • Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

    Soulskill
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    WheezyJoe writes: As the FCC considers the merger between Comcast/Universal and Time-Warner Cable, which would create the largest cable company in the U.S. and is entering the final stages of federal review, politicians are pressuring the FCC with pro-merger letters actually written by Comcast. According to documents obtained through public records requests, politicians are passing letters nearly word-for-word written by Comcast as their own. "Not only do records show that a Comcast official sent the councilman the exact wording of the letter he would submit to the FCC, but also that…
  • Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

    timothy
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    WheezyJoe writes Responding to the FCC's proposal to raise the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up, the lobby group known as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) wrote in an FCC filing Thursday that 25Mbps/3Mbps isn't necessary for ordinary people. The lobby alleges that hypothetical use cases offered for showing the need for 25Mbps/3Mbps "dramatically exaggerate the amount of bandwidth needed by the typical broadband user", referring to parties in favor of the increase like Netflix and Public Knowledge.
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Bill Patrick is a rare breed within house and techno, he’s a DJ who manages to maintain a consistent career purely by playing records and not having to rely on record sales/the music making treadmill. This is quite a feat, as the industry is almost entirely geared around DJs having to make music in order to remain present in the public consciousness and to keep on gigging. Only very few avoid this, and Bill is one of them. Renowned for being outspoken, Bill’s a rather controversial character at times, but highly entertaining and refreshingly honest. So he made for a perfect interview…
  • Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues that most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members are Blairites, in that they voted for David Miliband rather than for his brother. The figures are all on the Labour Party website, but not in a form that [...]
  • Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    In August 2013 I wrote a piece for DJ Broadcast on the electronic music scene in India, which has been growing in stature over the last few years. At the time, the industry was what might be described as burgeoning - definitely full of promise though held back by conservative laws and regulations imposed by state governments. Since that article was published, India’s scene has continued to grow and evolve and I was fortunate to witness a small example of this progression when I visited the Vh1 Supersonic Festival in Goa a few weeks ago. The event took place across four days on a beach in…
  • Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    President Obama flew out of Delhi this morning after a visit spread over three days that, as he put it, was “rich in symbolism but also in substance”. The symbolism included choreographed meetings and hugs and embraces with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, and the substance included a potential solution to a long-awaited deal on [...]
  • Sex, sugar, pins and needles – Versace, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, and a little from Dior and Chanel at the spring couture

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    As I was walking out of Sunday night’s Atelier Versace show - the official start to the spring/summer 2015 haute couture collections - I overheard an exchange between a couture client and one of the house os Versace’s aides. Well, I overheard one part of the exchange. I presume said aide asked said client what she thought of the collection. “That see-through beaded shit,” she barked. “Sexy as fuck!” That’s not something you hear much at the haute couture.
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    Reason.com Full Feed

  • In California, Another Silly Plan to 'Reinvent' the Government

    Steven Greenhut
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    As a science writer on a military base in the South in the late 1980s, I watched the Department of Defense "streamline" bureaucracy by embracing the then-fashionable ideas of Total Quality Management. Known for helping Japanese factories boost quality, "TQM" was about listening to ideas from workers at every level. The managers on our base responded to this "bottom-up" process by giving a "top-down" diktat: Every worker would submit a list of improvements by some deadline. "TQM" became just another acronym in the long alphabet-soup list of programs. At a Capitol hearing in…
  • The Employment Benefits of Cutting Unemployment Benefits

    Brian Doherty
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The National Bureau of Economic Research this month issued a report by economists Marcus Hagedorn of the University of Oslo, Kurt Mitman of Stockholm University, and Iourii Manovskii of University of Pennsylvania, called "The Impact of Unemployment Benefit Extensions on Employment: The 2014 Employment Miracle?" It studies the effects of Congress' cutoff of federal unemployment extension benefits at the end of 2013 on employment. The economists believe they find that "1.8 million additional jobs were created in 2014 due to the benefit cut. Almost 1 million of these jobs were filled by workers…
  • LIVESTREAM: The Impact of Vergara v. California on the Future of Education - A National School Choice Week Event - 10pm ET/7pm PT

    Reason.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Tune in tonight for a livestream straight from Reason's L.A. headquarters at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Last year, a landmark education case took aim at laws protecting bad teachers--and the students won. Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, paving the way for teacher accountability and greater choice. In his ruling on the case, The Honorable Judge Rolf M. Treu noted that “All sides to this litigation agree that competent teachers are a critical, if not the most important, component…
  • Man Shoots Himself, Cops Return Fire, Unclear If They Hit His Vehicle

    Ed Krayewski
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Paul Walls, a man known to Madison, Alabama, police and involved in a domestic dispute police were investigating, was shot at by cops after shooting himself in the head near his estranged wife's home Tuesday night. AL.com reports: As Madison police exited their vehicle, officers heard the shotgun blast and saw the driver side window blown out. Officers then returned fire, operating under the belief that Walls was firing at them. Police had been advised that Walls possibly had a shotgun in his possession, [police spokesperson Brian] Chaffin said, that had been taken from the complainant's…
  • Idaho Bill Seeks to Make Executions Even Less Transparent

    Anthony L. Fisher
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Last week, the Idaho Senate Judiciary and Rules committee decided to move ahead with legislation propsed by the state's Department of Correction, broadening its already existing death penalty confidentiality policy (designed to protect the identities of the executioner, the on-site physician, and anyone else directly involved with the execution) into state law.  But a slyly-worded kicker buried in the middle of the text might be the most significant aspect of the bill. Newly added to the list of confidential information is "the source of any lethal substances." The lack of transparency…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
  • Amateur or Enemy

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…
  • WHO’S PLAN?

    The Outsider
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. What direction is that? Is it domestic policy or foreign policy? Is it the economy and jobs or the lack of our moral values that are changing America? A bit of all I suspect! The black protests in Ferguson Mo and all across the country happened not because the police officer shot an innocent man but because Michael Brown’s followers didn’t want black criminals to be held accountable for their actions. On the foreign policy front, the America friendly King of Saudi Arabia died and we are not sure of what the…
  • Almost off Balance

    Randy Toman
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The emotion of human nature revolts against the supposition of a state so saturated in false doctrine and contrary to the basic beliefs and the social make-up of the people’s in Western Civilization.  When this happens, as we see happening today, the valued rights will erode causing a break down in righteousness.  This break down continues until it reaches a critical point where there is correction, if not, the culture slides by this point and will then free fall into a state of self-destruction which does not allow things to turn around nor bring itself back into a line of saneness of…
  • Second Amendment

    Randy Toman
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    If any of the following are false you can go to step two in discussing—–not having a gun, nor allowing me to have a conceal carry permit.  If they (Below bold) are true then stay away from me and my 2nd amendment rights.  The second point below (Bold) particularly bothers me because I know —–a large percentage were Armenian Christians, I would guess in all categories below there was a high percentage of “Christians” in those statistics. author unknown  (but obviously brilliant) A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Exporting Financial Instability

    Kevin P. Gallagher
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King is praised for saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Along the same lines, if we learned anything from the global financial crisis it is that financial instability anywhere is a threat to financial stability everywhere. The Obama administration appears not to have learned that lesson. The trade…
  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
  • 'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for…
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  • Exporting Financial Instability

    Kevin P. Gallagher
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King is praised for saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Along the same lines, if we learned anything from the global financial crisis it is that financial instability anywhere is a threat to financial stability everywhere. The Obama administration appears not to have learned that lesson. The trade…
  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
  • 'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for…
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  • Airbnb is about to start collecting hotel taxes in more major cities, including Washington

    Emily Badger
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) In mid-February, the short-term home rental service Airbnb will begin collecting taxes on behalf of residents in the District who treat their homes — or single rooms in them — as a makeshift alternative to hotels. With the voluntary agreement, the District joins a handful of cities where the tech company has worked out tax deals to resolve at least one of the thorny problems posed by a business model that has turned thousands of people into innkeepers in their own homes. These agreements could mean millions in additional revenue for cities where residents using…
  • 100 years of stock market gains and losses, visualized

    Ana Swanson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    This post comes via Know More, Wonkblog's social media site. Are there good and bad days to play the stock market? Unfortunately no one can predict this for the future, but we can analyze what happened in the past. Seth Kadish, a data scientist who runs the blog Vizual Statistix, used roughly 100 years of data – from Jul. 30, 1914 to Jan. 26, 2015 – to chart the daily percentage change in closing price for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He then binned this data together by day of the year and created the heat map below. Seth Kadish, Vizual Statistix The blue cells in the map signify…
  • How cheap parking makes a lot of life more expensive

    Emily Badger
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Image courtesy of Flickr user Nic Redhead under a Creative Commons license. Geof Glass, a Ph.D. student at Simon Frasier University, makes an interesting point in a blog post that's been circulating for the last two days among people online fascinated by the economics of parking: The purchases you make at a store surrounded by free customer parking are effectively taxed to make that parking possible. Glass puts this "invisible sales tax" at about 1 percent, given estimates that parking makes up about 10 percent of the cost of developing a store, while rents make up around 10 percent of a…
  • Obama’s nominee for attorney general claims alcohol is safer than marijuana

    Max Ehrenfreund
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for attorney general, disagrees with him on marijuana. That weed is not safer than alcohol might have been the most controversial thing she said during her confirmation hearing Wednesday. As Danny Vinik notes, polls show that large majorities of Americans believe that alcohol is more dangerous. They're right, as a matter of medical science. Wonkblog has noted repeatedly that alcohol is a very dangerous drug, both to users and to the people around them, and government statistics reflect the fact that marijuana is much safer. That's not to say it's…
  • Which states are the best (and worst) at vaccinating their kids

    Christopher Ingraham
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) "Thank God for Mississippi," the old saying goes. The idea here being that no matter how badly things are in your state -- when it comes to health, or income, or education -- there's a good chance that you're still doing better than Mississippi, which holds the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the states on a variety of well-being indicators. But there is one health metric on which Mississippi does…
 
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  • Poll: Americans dissatisfied with immigration levels

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    A majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration — both legal and illegal — into the U.S., a new poll finds.Sixty percent of adults said they are dissatisfied with levels of immigration, while 33 percent said they were...
  • Senators question DOJ’s tracking of license plates

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday asked the Justice Department to provide more information about a program that allows officials to track millions of vehicles around the country.“We appreciate that all of these new...
  • White House shrugs off GOP immigration lawsuit

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The White House on Wednesday shrugged off Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) plan to sue President Obama over his use of executive action on immigration."House Republicans seem to be relying more and more on the courts these days to challenge the...
  • Cruz praises first lady on headscarf

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised Michelle Obama on Twitter Wednesday for not wearing a head covering while visiting Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.“Kudos to @FLOTUS for standing up for women &refusing to wear Sharia-mandated head-scarf in...
  • American believed dead in Tripoli terror attack

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    An American citizen is among at least eight believed dead after masked gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli. A senior official with the State Department would only confirm that a U.S. citizen had died in Libya. But local...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The petition of the day is: Wilkins v. Stephens 14-276Issue: (1) Whether the Fifth Circuit erred in holding that a capital habeas petitioner may not obtain funding under 18 U.S.C. § 3599(f) to investigate and develop a claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel if the claim has been procedurally defaulted, regardless of whether the petitioner can establish cause for the default under Martinez v. Ryan, at least where the petitioner has not already demonstrated the merits of the claim; and (2) whether, in a capital habeas case where the petitioner has had no opportunity or funding to…
  • Court allows Texas execution (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    UPDATE: After a twenty-seven minute procedure, Robert Ladd was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m. Central time. ————– The Supreme Court on Thursday evening cleared the way for Texas to execute death-row inmate Robert Charles Ladd, a new indication that the Justices will leave states with wide leeway to carry out the death penalty.  With no noted dissents, the Court turned down two pleas for delay of Ladd’s execution, here and here. The first of those pleas was a challenge to Ladd’s execution on the claim that he is mentally handicapped, and the second was…
  • Louisiana inmate in key case to be freed (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    (UPDATED 6:11 p.m.) George Toca has now been released, his lawyers said in a statement. A Louisiana prison inmate whose life sentence is under review by the Supreme Court was on the verge of being released on Thursday, according to news accounts in New Orleans.  George Toca, convicted of second-degree murder nearly thirty years ago when he was seventeen years old and sentenced to life in prison without parole, was involved in a new plea bargain, those news stories said. On December 12, the Supreme Court granted review of Toca’s case, to decide whether he could benefit from a 2012…
  • The newly restored Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation

    Kali Borkoski
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Rendered Perspective Clarence Thomas Center Chapel (Hillary Johnson, SCAD student) The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has recently completed its restoration of the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation at SCAD. Justice Thomas, a Savannah native, received his elementary education from the nuns who occupied the building when it was still a convent. Thomas also served as an altar boy in the building, which was constructed in 1908. A short video about the Center, narrated by SCAD President Paula Wallace, is available here.
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Yesterday the Court granted Oklahoma’s request to delay the executions of three death-row inmates; the Court had agreed to take on those inmates’ challenge to the state’s lethal-injection protocol last Friday.  Lyle Denniston covered the order and its scope for this blog; other coverage comes from Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal. There is more coverage of and commentary on King v. Burwell, in which the Court will consider whether tax subsidies are available for individuals who purchase their health insurance on an exchange established by the federal government.  In The…
 
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  • John Boehner: The Affordable Care Act "basically puts a penalty or a tax on employers for every new job they create."

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | John Boehner says Obamacare 'puts a penalty or a tax on employers for every new job they create' As a new, entirely Republican-controlled Congress kicked into gear this month, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat for an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes. The pair addressed many topics, including one of the biggest sources of friction between Republicans and President Barack Obama: the Affordable Care Act, the major health-care overhaul sometimes called Obamacare. "All the regulations that are coming out of…
  • John Cornyn: The Super Bowl has "one of the highest levels of human sex trafficking activity of any event in the country."

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Does sex trafficking increase around the Super Bowl? For the past few years, campaigns against human sex trafficking have swelled in the days before the Super Bowl, largely because of the persistence of a claim that it’s the largest sex trafficking event in the country. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has been pushing anti-human trafficking legislation through Congress, repeated this at a Jan. 27 news conference. "While most Americans are going to be getting prepared for the Seahawks and the Patriots to tee off in the Super Bowl," Cornyn…
  • Barack Obama: "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping (the Islamic State’s) advance."

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Barack Obama says America 'is stopping' Islamic State's progress in Iraq and Syria President Barack Obama briefly updated Americans on the state of the Islamic State during his State of the Union address. "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping (the Islamic State’s) advance," Obama said. "Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group." The comment…
  • John Kasich: "You cannot build a little guy up by tearing a big guy down -- Abraham Lincoln said it."  

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Ohio Gov. John Kasich puts words in Abraham Lincoln's mouth about tax policy In his argument against President Barack Obama’s proposed increase in capital gains tax, Ohio Gov. John Kasich invoked the words of a vaunted former president -- or at least he tried. Obama wants to create a nationwide free community college program. How he proposes to pay for it -- partially by increasing taxes on the wealthy via a higher tax rate on income earned from selling assets --  would be "a prescription for economic slowdown," Kasich, a…
  • Andy Puzder : "Obamacare has caused millions of full-time jobs to become part-time."

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | CEO of Carl's Jr. says 'Obamacare has caused millions of full-time jobs to become part-time' Critics of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care law, have assembled a long list of complaints about the law. One provision that’s getting increasing scrutiny these days is the penalty on employers who don’t provide their workers with health insurance. For workers who are on the job at least 30 hours per week, companies must offer health coverage or be hit with a financial penalty. The Obama administration twice delayed…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Open Thread: Social Media Kidz, These Days

    Anne Laurie
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:08 pm
    For the past day or two, I’ve been seeing some very inexplicable-even-by-twitter-standards stuff on the tweetstreams. David Roth at Vice Sports finally explained this new “thing” for me, and you: It’s greatly to Twitter’s credit that no one has yet figured out a productive use for it… It is a place to flush our puns and dispose of our surplus thoughts and spoonerisms, and that is valuable, but there is the question of what all those words are actually worth. Are they just millions of plastic bags clotting the virtual ocean? Or are they poems, each of them,…
  • Thursday Evening Open Thread: Another Clown Shoves into the GOP Car

    Anne Laurie
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Seriously John McCain on Lindsey Graham is my favorite thing today http://t.co/Q9K53yn0Yk pic.twitter.com/t7i79Rk6Ad — daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 29, 2015 Guess who’s still mad about 2012 (not to mention 2000)… …. “I know what you’re going to ask about!” said McCain. Indeed: The press wanted to talk to McCain about South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham’s launch of a presidential exploratory committee. McCain, who considered Graham as a 2008 running mate before picking Sarah Palin, had “strongly encouraged” Graham to run. He…
  • Timing!

    Tim F.
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Someone picked a great time to make himself unavailable. Over the last few months, following The New Republic’s centenary anniversary and a staff shake-up, a perceived legacy of racism in the magazine has been the topic of intense arguments, mostly carried out online. In the wake of the debate, vexing questions demand answers: How do we reconcile the magazine’s liberalism, the ideology that animated the Civil Rights revolution, with the fact that many black readers have long seen—and still see—the magazine as inimical and at times outright hostile to their concerns? The New Republic…
  • Radical Brownies Take Over Where Girl Scouts Left Off

    Elon James White
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Move over, Girl Scouts, cause the Radical Brownies are where it’s at. The group, which was started last month in Oakland, CA, by Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest, are all about social justice and self-love: They are young women of color between the ages of 8-12 years old. They are not affiliated with Girl Scouts of America, and have their own badge system including one for “Radical Beauty” and an “LGBT ally” badge, reports Fusion. … In the Radical Brownies, girls learn about social justice movements such the Black Panthers and the Chicano group, Brown Berets…
  • Thursday Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    So I took my daughter’s car to the shop for a very minor repair two days ago, and now we’re up to $1,200. Feckity fuck. Open thread. Please feel free to use it to berate me for my taste in music. Share
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  • How One Jeb Bush Campaign Hire Reveals How Dumb The Political Press Is

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Jeb Bush’s not quite campaign has made a new hire! The staffer in question is one David Kochel, who is being described by the political press as “key” hire for Bush, because hiring Kochel “is a sign that Mr. Bush is moving quickly to assemble his political team” according to the Wall Street Journal. It is a signal that “another important player has made his choice,” reports the Des Moines Register. And Bloomberg Horrible Person Mark Halperin raves that it is “1 of the 5 most significant developments of ’16 cycle so far.” Man, this…
  • 24 Hours In America, 1/29/15

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    24 Hours In America is a summary of useful/entertaining/etc. information I’ve found over the last 24 hours, sometimes previewing the day ahead. If you find something interesting, send it to me @owillis or in email. LORETTA LYNCH: The GOP is failing spectacularly at derailing Loretta Lynch’s nomination. Sen. Leahy threw a quote of Bill O’Reilly calling her a “hero” in the GOP’s face, while Ted Cruz and the Impotent Caucus made a lot of sound and fury signifying a lack of votes to derail her nomination. HE JUST DID WHAT YOU WANTED: The American Family…
  • Campaign 2016 Postmortem: Whatever Happened To Benghazi?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    In the wake of the disastrous 2016 Republican presidential campaign, I have to ask the party elites: Whatever happened to Benghazi? Instead of a campaign focusing on Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi attack, Republicans focused at least 20% of their time on other issues, including the economy, health care, and social security. But what about Benghazi? The failure of our nominee to turn every question into a Benghazi attack was a glaring dereliction of duty. Like Benghazi. Only 82% of paid political ads in favor of the Republican nominee mentioned Benghazi. And as a result, Clinton has…
  • Attn PC Police: Can’t A White Guy Have Some Hot Takes?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    By Randall Dibney III, Senior Contributor to Policy: The Journal of Policy Okay, hippies, put down the hackey-sack for a second and listen to some uncomfortable truths that I, a white guy, am about to lay down for you. I admit that I’m not “cool.” I concede I may not “get it.” I realize that I may be “belittling your opinion from a position of hundreds of years of structural racist power distribution.” But I don’t care because I just came back from the hot take kitchen with a hot take right out of the hot take oven. Can’t a white guy have…
  • Sam Brownback’s Conservative Economics Are Continuing To Collapse In Kansas

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Sam Brownback This past fall, Gov. Sam Brownback survived re-election, even though the right wing economic policies he enacted in Kansas aren’t working. Brownback has used the state as a laboratory for the steady stream of ideas that emerge from DC-based conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation. Of course, as we learned under President George W. Bush, this stuff does not work in the real world but instead can create a drag on economies. Brownback’s policies have continued to fail the people of Kansas, as conservative economics always does. Job growth in Kansas is…
 
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  • Cartoon Revenge Through Hacking

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com Cartoon Revenge Through Hacking By Daryl Cagle There was a time when readers who are offended by a political cartoons would write a letter to the editor. Now angry readers rant online; they demand apologies or retribution for being offended. I run a “syndicate” that distributes editorial cartoons and columns to about 850 subscribing newspapers in America. I’m perceived to be the “boss” of the cartoonists, and I get angry demands that I fire cartoonists I work with, who drew cartoons that offend. Just draw about abortion, the…
  • The Holocaust ‘Profoundly’ Shapes Israel’s Foreign Policy, Experts Say

    Guest Voice
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Less than a month after 17 people were killed in terror attacks in Paris, including four in a kosher supermarket, the world marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Tuesday, with ceremonies throughout Europe, Israel and North America. The remembrance takes place amid reports that European anti-Semitism is on the rise and that… The post The Holocaust ‘Profoundly’ Shapes Israel’s Foreign Policy, Experts Say appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Shows Most Support Fix For Subsidies Under Affordable Care Act

    Ron Chusid
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    While you can never be certain as to what the Supreme Court would do, I’ve always felt that it is most likely that they would ultimately find that King v. Burwell is a frivolous case. (In other words, the most conservative justices might accept it, but John Roberts will cast the deciding vote against it if needed). This case is the latest Republican attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the courts because of some language in the law, contradicting other portions, which could be taken to mean that subsidies are only available to those who obtain coverage through state exchanges,…
  • Boehner’s Blatant Lie: Does the Truth Matter? At ALL?

    HART WILLIAMS
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The quaint notion that “partisanship ends at the water’s edge” continues to plague a few journalists and other inconsequential figures as the GOP does their best impression of Aristophanes’ sophists in The Frogs. Administration Official Criticizes Israeli Ambassador Over Netanyahu Visit Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress … John Boehner…
  • US Navy Turns To Robots For Military Training

    Guest Voice
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The U.S. Navy has unveiled new plans to employ robots to train marine forces in the future. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) on Tuesday launched a new experiment that it hopes will help create robots and other human surrogates for military training purposes. As part of the study, being carried out at the University of… The post US Navy Turns To Robots For Military Training appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • Mitt Romney wants to run on his religion in 2016. Please do.

    Jon Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    In an apparent run-up to a third presidential bid, the Washington Post reported yesterday that Mitt Romney will likely feature his Mormon faith far more in 2016 than he did in his previous two presidential runs. Romney has generally avoided discussing his Mormon faith for fear of it being used to attack him. As there’s a debate within the Evangelical community as to whether Mormons are really Christians — many Evangelicals don’t think Catholics are Christians, so imagine their opinion of Mormons — and as the Mormon church has embraced extreme social…
  • San Francisco, where “Eviction = Death”

    Chris Andoe
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It was out of boredom, and a touch of morbid curiosity, that I clicked on the link a friend shared for a two bedroom $895,000 condo in San Francisco’s Castro district. Just when it seemed that SF real estate speculators couldn’t get any more surreal, this one actually left me clutching my pearls. For longtime residents, San Francisco is a city in crisis. Speculators have exploited the Ellis Act, and tens of thousands have been evicted in recent years. (More than a couple have committed suicide as a result.) And in my opinion, this real estate announcement deserves special…
  • Sitting can be deadly, even if you exercise regularly

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Canadian research suggests that too much sitting can be deadly. People who are sedentary, either at work, at home or both are more likely to develop certain diseases (like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer) or even die. This increased risk of morbidity and mortality persists, even in people who exercise regularly. The risk is highest for those who get no regular exercise. People who have sedentary jobs, even those who exercise for an hour or more multiple times per week, still have a higher risk for developing these illnesses or even dying prematurely. The World Health…
  • Darth Vader’s gay daughter speaks

    John Aravosis
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Mary Cheney, the openly-gay daughter of former Bush administration Vice President Dick Cheney, gave an interesting talk at DC’s American University the other day. While it was cute that Cheney referred to herself as “Darth Vader’s daughter,” the substance of the discussion was actually quite interesting. Mary talked about marriage equality (aka “gay marriage), and her belief that the Republican party might finally embrace gay marriage by the year 2020 or 2028. Mary also seemed to signal that she’s still on the outs with her conservative sister Liz, who ran…
  • City of Paris to sue Fox News for defamation

    John Aravosis
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, says the city is planning on suing Fox News. The charge? Lying about France in general, and Paris in particular, by claiming it is filled with Muslim-inhabited “no-go zones” so dangerous that “real” Frenchmen dare not tread. Except that, as I reported the other day, it’s not true. I lived in one of Fox News’ Muslim “no-go zones” in Paris for a few months back in 2009. Near Metro Goncourt in the 11th, it’s a colorful neighborhood comprised mostly of blue collar north Africans and (rather-white) gays. So…
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  • Jon Stewart Picks Apart Palin & GOP Incoherent Speeches

    grahamslam (/politics/member/grahamslam)
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    From Youtube: Jon Stewart went after conservative GOP presidential hopefuls tonight, many of whom gave speeches this past weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Stewart played speech clips of everyone from Mike Huckabee to Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, and Sarah Palin, and said the summit is like Tide in that it “gets your whites whiter.”
  • Sarah Palin after the teleprompter freezes

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:32 am
    After the speech, Scott Conroy of right-leaning Real Clear Politics tweeted: “I don’t say this lightly. This is the strangest speech I’ve ever seen Sarah Palin deliver.”
  • Real Time with Bill Maher: 2016 Billionaire Buyers Guide

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    "Let's count it down. The candidates according to their current standings in the polls, starting at the bottom ... " YouTube: In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher appraises the 2016 GOP contenders for the oligarchs who will be bankrolling for their campaigns.
  • The Daily Show - Majority Retort

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Who will win the "Implody"? SO many deserving recipients! YouTube: Jon hands out an award to the Republican senator with the best reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.
  • INEQUALITY FOR ALL - Official Trailer

    notarobot (/politics/member/notarobot)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich—professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member—as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man who's overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the…
 
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  • Exporting Financial Instability

    Kevin P. Gallagher
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King is praised for saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Along the same lines, if we learned anything from the global financial crisis it is that financial instability anywhere is a threat to financial stability everywhere. The Obama administration appears not to have learned that lesson. The trade…
  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
  • 'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for…
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  • New Economic Policy Institute Report Details Economic Challenges Facing UC Workers

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

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Her term is up in 2016, will she run again? by Brian Leubitz With Senator Boxer's term expiring in 2016, now is the time to talk about the future. With all the time required to build a strong campaign in California, prospective candidates are anxious for word, not wanting to step on any toes before making any moves. But, the chatter is that a decision could come soon: Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of her friends believe she will run for a…
  • Speaker Atkins Appoints Committee Chairs

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Most Democrats have a committee chair by Brian Leubitz Below the fold you will find the full list of committee chairs. All in all, given the big number of committees, most Democratic legislators who aren't in leadership get a chair. I think the exceptions were Lorena Gonzalez, who is the vice-chair of the Local Government committee with Republican Brian Maienschein getting the chair, and Nora Campos, who is on rules. And Rob Bonta has two chairs, keeping PERS and getting the Health Committee this year. Accountability and Administrative Review Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield),…
  • Your New Legislators: The Term Limits Dance Shifts

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    New term limits mean more changes now, more stability later by Brian Leubitz With the new term limits structure amendments of a few years ago, Sacramento is seeing a lot of change. Lots and lots and lots of change. In the Legislature convening today, 72 of the 120 legislators have less than two years of experience at the state level. That's a staggeringly high number, and rather frightening for the institutional memory of both chambers. If you look at the new leadership team in the Assembly, you'll find freshmen legislators David Chiu, Evan Low (Both pictured to the right), Jim Cooper and…
  • We Didn't Vote

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Turnout hits dismal records by Brian Leubitz Yikes. With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis won re-election over Republican businessman Bill Simon.(SF Chronicle) It was something of a perfect storm here in California. No major statewide contests and nothing national to draw voters in combined with some rather boring statewide measures. But still, yikes. It is hard to argue that California has made it hard to vote, but…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • The Netanyahu Disaster

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Benjamin Netanyahu, making friends and influencing people (Reuters ) Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel’s very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times convincingly, is predicated on stopping Iran, a country ruled by a regime that seeks both Israel’s annihilation and the means to carry it out. Netanyahu’s options are limited. A country…
  • Hamas Warns: Give Us Money Or We'll Become Terrorists

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Not extremists (Reuters) Buried in an Agence France Presse article about the failure of international donors to pay the $5.4 billion they've pledged to help rebuild Gaza is an absolute gem of a quote: A Hamas official warned recently that the territory could become a breeding ground for extremism unless promised reconstruction is accelerated. "Our message to the world, which is scared of terrorism and extremism, is that the delay in rebuilding Gaza and the continuing blockade against it will make it a ripe environment for the spread of extremism and terrorism," Khalil al-Haya told a Gaza City…
  • French Prime Minister: 'I Refuse to Use This Term Islamophobia'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Demonstrators hold a banner reading "Unity Against Islamophobia" at a conference on the Islamization of Europe in 2010. (Michel Euler/AP) The prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, has emerged over the past tumultuous week as one of the West’s most vocal foes of Islamism, though he’s actually been talking about the threat it poses for a long while. During the course of an interview conducted before the Charlie Hebdo attacks, he told me—he went out of his way to tell me, in fact—that he refuses to use the term 'Islamophobia' to describe the phenomenon of anti-Muslim prejudice,…
  • French Prime Minister: If Jews Flee, the Republic Will Be a Failure

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) with President Francois Hollande following the Charlie Hebdo shooting (Patrick Kovarik/Reuters) The massacre at a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday reinforced a fear, expressed openly and with distressing frequency by many in France’s half-million-strong Jewish community, that Islamist violence is compelling large numbers of Jews to flee. Already, several thousand have left over the past few years. But it is not merely the physical safety of France’s Jews that is imperiled by anti-Semitic violence, the country’s prime minister, Manuel Valls,…
  • We Are Not All Charlie

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Valentina Calà/Flickr The police are evacuating the Gare du Nord station in Paris as my train from Brussels arrives; a suspicious package, I learned later. The rain is coming down quite hard. I resist the urge to interview my taxi driver about the current mood. We see a blue “Je Suis Charlie” sign on a lamppost. Very nice. But the sentiment is partially a conceit. We are not all Charlie. Much of Europe, which, as a political entity, is not fully grappling with the totalitarian madness of Islamism, is not Charlie. Certainly much of journalism is not Charlie. Any outlet that censors…
 
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  • Updates: Airplane-Parachute Selfie, the Immortal Boiling Frog, Community College

    James Fallows
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The view from inside a plane as it headed toward the Pacific ( ABC News, via The Flight Academy ) Over the weekend a Cirrus SR-22 airplane, the same kind that Deb and I have been flying around the country on our American Futures travels, made an unplanned descent into the Pacific. The extra fuel tanks for the long ferry flight from California to Hawaii developed some kind of valve problem; the pilot realized that without that extra gas he couldn't make it all the way; so in coordination with the Coast Guard, he picked out a site in the vicinity of a cruise ship. Then he used the Cirrus's…
  • Would a U.S. Strike Against Iran Actually Work?

    James Fallows
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    President Obama having a pleasant talk on the phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu back in 2012 (Reuters) The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has put up an excellent and authoritative analysis of the strategic problems that Benjamin Netanyahu has created for himself, his party, and his country. It's the most-trafficked item on our site at the moment, so it may seem superfluous to suggest you read it. But if you haven't done so yet, please give it a look. Once you've read this new item, there's an older article that I hope you'll consider too. It came out in the December 2004 issue of our magazine,…
  • The Reform the Military Is Already Undertaking: Chickenhawk, No. 19

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Slide from the documentary 'Bridging the Gap' ( Stomoway Productions ) The theme in this installment is a number of worthwhile (in my view), powerful links and posts on the general question of self-criticism within the military, and joint civilian and military efforts to direct real attention to the chickenhawk pathology. 1) "Stick Your Neck Out," by two junior naval officers, LT Roger Misso and LTJG Chris O'Keefe, on the US Naval Institute site. They are arguing for creative ferment among the young officer class: We need junior officers willing to stick their necks out and write. Our service…
  • Comradely Greetings to All Snow-Bound East Coasters

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Ted Runner Stadium track at the University of Redlands this weekend I had a whole thought-post almost cooked up, which was going to be based on a fascinating episode of the TED Radio Hour, hosted by my friend and former All Things Considered comrade Guy Raz, that I listened to while out for a run this weekend. The episode, originally broadcast last fall, was on the subject of Quiet, and for me it had fascinating implications ranging from the importance of introversion in my line of work, to the unique mind-destroying horror of the particular kind of noise that—yes!—leafblowers make. (You…
  • The Parachute That Saved a Plane

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Cirrus SR-22 coming down under its parachute, near a cruise ship off Hawaii ( US Coast Guard video ) Yesterday afternoon a small Cirrus SR-22 airplane—yes, the same kind of airplane my wife and I have been flying around the country for our reporting—was being ferried across the Pacific to a customer in Australia. This is obviously a very long journey. The first leg of this trip, from the SF Bay area to a refueling stop in Hawaii, would have taken about 14 hours. Since the Cirrus can normally fly at most five-plus hours on a full load of fuel, ferry planes are rigged with temporary extra…
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    The American Scene

  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

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

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

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

    Gabriel Rossman
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Suppose that party A habitually engages in actions that party B finds morally offensive. Party B then finds various ways to obstruct this offensive action, but only partially, so the effect is to make the action more dangerous, but not impossible. Party A continues with the (now more dangerous) course of action and predictably problems ensue. Who is morally at fault? Or more to the point, who receives blame and is the ensuing policy push to prohibit A from engaging in the offensive action or instead for B to cease obstructing and switch to accomodation and harm reduction? For instance, if I…
  • Obfuscation Form 700

    Gabriel Rossman
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby but among the many things that are not widely understood is that the decision did not actually result in the firm’s employees losing insurance coverage for IUDs. The actual result is that the employees will still have coverage for IUDs, but the insurance processor rather than Hobby Lobby will have to pay for it (at least in theory). That is, Hobby Lobby was seeking to take advantage of the Obama administration’s own proposal for faith-based nonprofits. As Julian Sanchez at Cato observed, the entire case turns on an entirely…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • The Saudi succession system isn't really strange, but that doesn't mean it's functional

    SuperUser
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    by Doctor Science Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo thinks Saudi succession is a strange, strange system (via slacktivist). As a reader of Marshall Hodgson's The Venture of Islam, I don't find it strange at all: the Saudi system is based on the usual Islamic succession principles, which are intended to focus on fairness and competence: 1. Fathers should not play favorites with their sons. 2. The holder of an office should be the most competent of the field of candidates. 3. The dead should not rule the living. Principle 1 means that, under Islamic law, there should be no primogeniture. All…
  • LDS and LGBT and the possibility of change

    liberal japonicus
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    by liberal japonicus This, from Mother Jones: In a groundbreaking news conference on Tuesday, the Mormon Church officially announced its support for some LGBT rights, on the condition that the same legal protections are extended to all religious groups. But in doing so, the church also made clear their endorsement did not reverse the church's opposition to same-sex marriage. "We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches, and other faith groups while…
  • Your long-standing confusion open thread

    SuperUser
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    by Doctor Science Sprog the Younger just watched M for German class. As she talked about it (her verdict: "I'm not sure you'll LIKE it, because it is a bit of a Moral Dilemma Indie Movie of the sort you think is super boring, but it's pretty cool.), I realized that for decades now I've been confusing it with Z, which came out when I was a teenager. Whoops. Category: Acclaimed European Movies With Single-Letter Titles I Haven't Seen. So tell us about your long-standing confusions, or talk about your favorite Moral Dilemma Indie Movies, or whatever. Mr and Mrs…
  • Does Hollywood export American racism?

    SuperUser
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:46 pm
    by Doctor Science The e-magazine Atlanta Black Star recently ran an article on 8 of the Worst Countries For Black People to Travel: Germany (the formerly East parts, specifically), Russia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Thailand, China, and South Korea. About anti-black racism in the Asian countries, one (anonymous) person said:My own experience is that the first exposures to black people for a lot of rural Northeast and Southeast Asians are US films and TV programs of the action genre. Unfortunately, the images depicted in them are generally more negative, where even the good folks are violent…
  • The real no go zone and sex discrimination in marriage

    Ugh
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    by Ugh Greetings everyone from a cold as all get out French "no go" zone, aka Berlin.  Looks like that, while I was kinda busy, SCOTUS really does want to decide whether states can discriminate on the basis of sex in granting marriage rights.  Of course, it didn't quite put it that way (and, uh, NYTimes?  maybe you should put the actual questions earlier in the article than halfway through? just sayin). So I guess we will see if my prediction on the outcome comes true.  I see a 6-3 decision on the result, and then 5 (4 "liberals" + Kennedy) agreeing on majority…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Engaging the Public in the Budget: Twitter Chats in Kenya

    Liz Heimann
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This article was written by Vivian Magero and John Kinuthia from IBP Kenya. The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBP Kenya) recently held a twitter chat on how government revenue is shared in Kenya. The Kenyan government is in the midst of reforming how revenue is shared among Kenya’s 47 counties. The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), which makes recommendations to the Senate, is playing an important role in revising the formula for revenue sharing. CRA submitted its recommendations to the Senate in November 2014. Given the importance of these reforms, we felt there has been…
  • Public Finance Management in a Post-2015 World: Time to Care About Service Delivery?

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

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

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

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

  • Biden’s Twist on U.S. Economy

    Robert Farley
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Biden twisted international data on economic growth when he said the U.S. is “the only country in the world expected to continue to grow.” India, China and several Asian nations are expected to grow much faster than the U.S., just not as fast as they have in past years. Overall, the U.S. gross domestic product is expected to grow at a faster rate than the world average in 2015, but a little slower than the world average in 2016 and 2017. Putting his spin on the nation’s economic recovery during a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Jan. 22, Biden argued that an international…
  • Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

    Dave Levitan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions: Rick Santorum falsely claimed that U.S. policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will have zero impact” on climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and a reduction in its GHG emissions could slow global warming. Santorum claimed that even those who accept the science on climate change agree that U.S. action will accomplish nothing, which is also inaccurate. Mike…
  • FactChecking Science-based Claims

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Today we introduce a new feature and welcome a new staff writer to FactCheck.org. The new feature is “SciCheck,” and the staff writer is Dave Levitan. SciCheck will focus exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. Dave Levitan will be its author. Dave has a master’s in journalism with a certificate in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from NYU – one of the best programs of its kind in the country. He has nearly 10 years of experience as a freelance science writer, and has been published in Inside Climate News,…
  • Rand Paul Exaggerates Tax Credit Fraud

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Sen. Rand Paul falsely claimed that a tax credit program for low-income workers has a “fraud rate” of 25 percent and costs taxpayers “$20 billion to $30 billion.” Paul cited a report by the Government Accountability Office, but that’s not what the report said. The earned income tax credit program had an “improper payment error rate” of 24 percent in fiscal year 2013, according to the latest GAO report. The error rate includes fraud, but also represents mistakes made by taxpayers when filing tax forms and the IRS when processing payments. The GAO…
  • Romney’s Poverty Points

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Mitt Romney said that under President Obama “there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.” That’s true, but the poverty rate — which accounts for population changes — was higher under several former presidents than it is currently. Romney, who is considering a third presidential run, made the statement while discussing income inequality at an event sponsored by the Republican National Committee. Romney, Jan. 16: Under Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse, and there are more people in poverty in America than ever…
 
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    The American Scene - Politics

  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

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

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

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    16 Nov 2013 | 8:11 am
    Obama lied, people lost their healthcare! I want to put forward a more generous interpretation of the “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie. Obviously in the first sense it is a lie, given that the Administration knew plans would be cancelled and pretended otherwise. But I think there’s a well-intentioned way in which the people who conceived this lie could tell themselves that it wasn’t a lie. People have focused on the second clause “you can keep your plan”, but I think the key is the first clause: “if you like your plan.” The…
  • Of course Healthcare.gov calls the liberal project into question

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    22 Oct 2013 | 5:26 am
    First of all, kudos to liberals for being reality-based. After some equivocation, most liberals have succumbed to facts and admitted that the Healthcare.gov launch is a disaster—not glitchy, but a disaster. As sure it is that the Sun rises, conservatives have pounced on the Healthcare.gov disaster to argue that it shows that the entire liberal project is made not credible. And as sure as it is that the Sun sets, liberals have responded with a chorus of “Nuh-huh!” The representative example is Matt Yglesias, who makes the facile point that bad websites notwithstanding, we…
  • Opposition Party Opposes Majority Party's Signature Policy: Will Democracy Survive???

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    16 Sep 2013 | 9:42 am
    “The only way to understand the press, Prime Minister, is to remember that they pander to their readers’ prejudices.” Jonathan Chait has a frankly bizarre piece in New York Magazine explaining to what must be a puzzled audience’s insistent question: why does the Republican Party persist in opposing Obamacare? I mean, I know they hate kittens and everything, but c’mon—healthcare! Now, off the top of my head, one reason why the Republican Party might oppose Obamacare is that it remains deeply unpopular, and that politicians tend to be responsive to public…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Blogrolling

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    How Canada spies on its citizens' web behavior; with uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan quitting the field, whither political blogs; how big data is helping prevent homelessness in NYC; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Jargon Busters

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Changes in the RNC's tech team; big plans for digital democracy in the UK; how people in Cuba are making their own private Internet; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Stalking

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    How the DEA tracks millions of America motorists; will the Senate enter the 21st century?; Obama veteran Jeremy Bird's role in the upcoming Israeli election; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Video Stars

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    How the White House hit a home run on YouTube post-State of the Union; why the Barrett Brown sentencing casts a chill on online security research; how media producers use Crowdtangle to optimize their Facebook audiences; and much, much more.
  • [Op-Ed] Bill Gates's Database of Global Citizens Will Not Be "Moneyball" for Activism

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    The World’s Richest Person has ideas for how to revolutionize social activism...as far as I can tell, it involves underpants gnomes.
 
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    Corrente

  • Why Subway Shutdown on NYC Supposed Blizzard Nite?

    libbyliberal
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Body:  Monday’s predicted blizzard for NYC caused me more than a little cognitive dissonance over the state/city executive decision to shut down the subway system from between 11pm and 8am. It interfered with my own transportation needs for getting to and from work so I opted to lose a night’s pay in a work situation that was thankfully reasonable enough to grant me that. (Not generous enough to compensate me for such a formidable transportation challenge, mind you.)
  • With The 12-Point Platform, this won't happen: Marijuana arrests. Take that, Loretta Lynch!

    lambert
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Body:  When in the 12-Point Platform we say: #10: End the Wars we mean all the wars, including the so-called War on Terror, and the so-called War on Drugs; all the self-licking ice cream cones. (Ending the War on Drugs, besides sparing many thousands of citizens from having an arrest on their permanent record, would also strike major blows at the streams of rental extraction controlled by the prison-industrial complex and the surveillance state.)
  • More noodling on intersectionality (more on the 1%, the 20%, and the 80%)

    lambert
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:06 am
    Body:  Some may think this series (part one) is dry.... To which I would respond so is the edge of a sword, until it's used.... If we think of the 80/20/1 as sets of people (classes), how do we figure out how to put one person in one set, and another in another? Informally we might say with a litmus test: In the case before us, one litmus test is whether they purchase labor power (the 1%) or sell it (the 99%, with other litmus tests to classify the "pillars of the regime" into the 20% from the 80%)[1]. More formally, we might say, for "litmus test," "set membership function," as we see…
  • With The 12-Point Platform, this won't happen: College students sleeping in their cars to avoid debt

    lambert
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    Body:  This story from 2014 made my blood boil. Here it is again: Josiah Corbin spent a lot of weeknights over the past four years sleeping in his car in a Walmart parking lot. Thanks in part to his routine, the 23-year-old will graduate from the University of Maine with a biology degree, and without debt, on Saturday. Corbin, a fifth-year student who took his last exam Thursday, got a work-study job in his second year of school that kept him on campus late — sometimes past midnight. His family’s Dover-Foxcroft home is about an hour drive from the UMaine campus. Once he decided on a…
  • Noodling on intersectionality (more on the 1%, the 20%, and the 80%)

    lambert
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    Body:  Still trying to learn to sketch. However, my handwriting, bad with pen and paper, is horrific with an iPad and a stylus, so herewith a digital version of the initial assumption: Class, in other words, is "vertical"; the others are "horizontal." This is a restatement of the 80/20/1 framework discussed here. I'll try a sketch that has fewer words:
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    Attytood

  • Kenney do it?

    Will Bunch
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Jim Kenney looks to enter the Philadelphia mayor's race -- and give liberal voters a place to go.
  • Waving goodbye to 'Kumbaya MLK'

    Will Bunch
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:34 pm
    What this weekend's marches to reclaim the more radical Martin Luther King matter.
  • The Kane Scrutiny...outsourced

    Will Bunch
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    What do we make of Kathleen Kane's woes?
  • Buy this book

    Will Bunch
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    A top lawyer's plea for environmental justice in America.
  • Free to be -- and to not be -- Charlie

    Will Bunch
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Free speech also means the right not to promote ideas that you don't believe in
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Last-minute pardon for Salvadoran woman facing 30-year prison sentence for miscarriage

    Latina Lista
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    By Kate Sopcich Council on Hemispheric Affairs Eight years ago, Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, an 18-year old mother of one, suffered a miscarriage. Guadalupe, working as a domestic servant in the home of a wealthy Salvadoran family, collapsed and was rushed to a public hospital. As required by law, attending doctors notified the police; Guadalupe was arrested and charged with murder. Guadalupe’s case is similar to that of fifteen other young women in El Salvador who currently face long-term prison sentences for unintentional miscarriages. The plight of these women lies at the…
  • Crowdfunder: Preserving cursive writing

    Latina Lista
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: Cursive is endangered. Together we can preserve it. Cursive handwriting is becoming a lost art. With the near universal use of word processing and ever-increasing pressures on classroom time, many schools have removed cursive from the curriculum. Why, they ask, should students learn to write in cursive in the age of tablets and iPhones? While electronic devices have added an element of convenience to the writing process, evidence is mounting that putting pen to paper has benefits that typing cannot replace. That’s why Linda Shrewsbury, created CursiveLogic, an…
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness Still Faces Obstacles in Border Region

    Latina Lista
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Laura Iesue Frontera NorteSur Editor’s Note: Often overshawdowed by other issues, HIV/AIDS continues claiming victims along the U.S-Mexico border and worldwide. In today’s story, New Mexico State University’s Laura Iesue, graduate student of sociology, outlines some of the outstanding issues in addressing a vital health issue of our times. Though HIV/AIDS awareness has made significant gains and improved health outcomes for infected individuals across the globe, resolving the crisis still encounters major obstacles in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Recently, FNS interviewed the…
  • Crowdfunder: Creating awareness of Colorado River’s water quality with camera-less photos

    Latina Lista
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    LatinaLista — Campaign: Water Flow: Under the Colorado River Water Flow: Under the Colorado River, captures the essence of water from below the surface on one of the most important rivers in the United States. The concept of water quality in the Southwestern United States, and the inherent alchemy that occurs as a result of it, are the foundation of videographer Kathleen Velo’s current work. The Colorado River is a direct water source of her most recent work. To make the camera-less photographic images, Velo goes into the water, long after dark, and submerges color photographic paper.
  • Preserving Latino History in Dallas

    Latina Lista
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    By Geoff Montes PreservationNation In Dallas, the ethnic enclave once known as Little Mexico has undergone a rapid shift in the 21st century. The nearby American Airlines Center — home of the Dallas Mavericks — opened in 2001, ushering in an era of change; real estate developers gobbled up what was left of the single-family housing stock and began erecting market-rate condominiums and office towers. Real estate agents have sleekly rebranded the neighborhood as “Uptown,” a rare walkable area in the auto-centric city. But the hundred-year-old Pike Park — a four-acre green…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Cotton’s Dishonest Attack on Diplomacy with Iran

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Tom Cotton makes an odd claim to start his latest op-ed: A nuclear-capable Iran is the gravest threat facing America today. If that were true, the U.S. would be even more secure than anyone thought, since a “nuclear-capable Iran” is not much of a threat to the U.S. or to anyone else outside of its immediate vicinity. It may be less than optimal for Iran to have a nuclear capability, but it is far from being “the gravest threat” that America faces. This is the foundation of the rest of Cotton’s argument, and it is very wrong. Everything that follows from it is…
  • Senate Hard-liners Press Ahead with New Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Josh Rogin reports that Iran hawks continue to press ahead with new sanctions legislation in spite of Obama’s veto threat: Illinois Republican Mark Kirk told me in an interview today that even if the Senate delays until late March on voting on the new sanctions bill he crafted with Democrat Robert Menendez, his party’s leadership is committed to moving forward and he is confident the Senate will pass it. There has never been much doubt that a GOP-controlled Senate would pass a new sanctions bill at some point. Even if Flake and Paul don’t support the bill, Republicans have…
  • Netanyahu’s Stunt and Public Opinion

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    In the last post I said I doubted that most Americans would side with Netanyahu. YouGov has released the results of a new poll that suggest I was on the right track: 43% answering that it is inappropriate is a bit lower than I would have expected, but it still shows that there is significant public opposition to this sort of behavior from Congress. There is certainly no majority in favor of it. Barely a third of Americans approves of bringing in a foreign leader to undermine U.S. policy. Since the respondents are aware of the controversy over Netanyahu’s speech, the partisan divide…
  • The Folly of Siding with Netanyahu

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Bill Kristol comments on a new report about the administration’s anger towards Netanyahu and his ambassador, Ron Dermer: So we have an angry president, increasingly desperate for vindication of his failed foreign policy, accelerating both his appeasement of Iran and his attacks on Israel. The good news is that the Republican party and the conservative movement—and most of the American people—stand with Israel and against President Obama. Kristol’s remarks are worth noting because they make plain that Iran hawks see it as entirely appropriate to side with the head of a client…
  • The GOP’s Foreign Policy Ignorance Problem

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    It appears that the 2016 Republican field will be getting its comedy relief after all: Sen. Lindsey Graham launched the Security Through Strength committee that will underwrite his political activities as he travels the country to gauge support for a presidential campaign. The odd thing is that Graham thinks that he has a place in the contest because of his supposed foreign policy “expertise.” As Michael Cohen points out in a recent column, Graham has distinguished himself for being consistently wrong on every major foreign policy issue for at least the last fifteen years. Of…
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    TIME

  • Lindsey Graham Forces Foreign Policy On 2016 GOP Field

    Zeke J Miller
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    At the moment his staff hit publish on a new pre-presidential campaign website, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham had distinguished himself from the rest of the already unwieldy Republican 2016 field. “Security Through Strength,” was the name of his new group, with a military-style combat unit shield as its logo. Foreign policy would be Graham’s focus, and his tack would be unmistakable: He would be the candidate who could update Ronald Reagan’s Cold War vision of “Peace Through Strength” for the ongoing battle against radical Islam. Visitors had to read a…
  • Obama to Request $1 Billion for Investment in Central America

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    President Barack Obama will request $1 billion from Congress on Monday to aid Central American governments making tough reforms as more youth seek opportunities in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden wrote in an op-ed published Thursday. That amount, he adds, is “almost three times what we generally have provided to Central America.” Biden’s op-ed for the New York Times details that the funds would go toward security, governance and economic investments in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—where the bulk of the children who cross America’s southwestern…
  • Michelle Obama Shares Throwback Photo to Encourage Youth to Get Insured

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    First Lady Michelle Obama shared an adorable picture of her younger self on social media Thursday, in a nod to both “throwback Thursday” and the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to get more young people signed up for health insurance. #TBT to being a young invincible. But now it's time to stay healthy & #GetCovered by Feb. 15 → http://t.co/9EyZA219Mw pic.twitter.com/5Gii2p7dAC — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 29, 2015 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden got in on the #tbt action, too. The White House shared a picture of a young…
  • Senate Passes Keystone Bill

    Alex Rogers
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The new Republican Congress is on the verge of passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, helping connect the Alberta tar sands in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. After debating the environmental and economic issues surrounding the 1,179 mile pipeline for years, the Senate passed a bill Thursday that would authorize construction of a pipeline linking the Canadian tar sands with Gulf Coast oil refineries. It’s the first politically significant bill that has passed the Senate since Republicans regained a majority there this month. The bill, which passed 62 to 36, was…
  • Koch Brother Teams Up With Liberals on Criminal Justice Reform

    Alex Altman
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Just days after word emerged that the billionaire Koch brothers will spend nearly a billion dollars to elect conservatives in the 2016 elections, Charles Koch sent a top adviser to Washington to urge Republicans to work with Democrats on a key issue: criminal-justice reform. Justice reform is not a cause for which the Kochs are normally in the news. The billionaire brothers are known for their lavish giving to conservative candidates and causes, for which they are celebrated on the right and reviled by the left. But for more than a decade, the Kochs have quietly pumped several million dollars…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Newt Gingrich Proclaims: We're At War With Radical Islam...And We're Losing!

    David Brody
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Newt Gingrich says we are at war with radical Islam…and he’s right. Watch his speech at the Freedom Summit in Iowa below. He says, “The United States today is losing the war with radical islamists.” And President Obama has a “pathological incapacity to deal with reality.” Gingrich is calling on major congressional hearings related to radical Islam. More here.
  • Bobby Jindal Tells Brody File: "Islam Has A Problem"

    David Brody
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Governor Bobby Jindal tells The Brody File that, “Islam has a problem” and that Islamic terrorists are, “fools” who, “are going straight to hell.” The Brody File interviewed Jindal Friday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Watch the clip below. Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File David Brody: The President says these (Islamic terrorists) are just a few lone rangers out there, that this is not what Islam teaches. Do you thing he is discounting this a little bit too much?” Governor Jindal: “ I think two things.  I think it is odd. If you listen to the State of the Union,…
  • Brody File Exclusive: Pastors Mobilizing: Getting Ready to Run for Office in 2016

    David Brody
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Watch The Brody File report from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the crew reports exclusively on a private pastors training meeting as many get set to run for political office. It’s the Lord’s army at work. The experience was called the Issachar Training Event arranged by the American Renewal Project. The men of Issachar are mentioned in the Bible. They were, “men who understood the times.” (1 Chronicles 12:32) The Brody File has this behind the scenes look. This is the beginning stage of what very well could be a turning point in American politics. Included in this report is part of my…
  • Exclusive: Bobby Jindal Tells Brody File: Stop Hyphenated-American Titles

    David Brody
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Governor Bobby Jindal tells The Brody File that hyphenated American titles need to be a thing of the past. ““ I don’t want to discriminate based on the color of one’s skin or race,” Jindal tells me. “One of the things we can all do is instead of calling ourselves “hyphenated- Americans”, African- Americans, Irish- Americans, Italian- Americans, Asian Americans…we are all Americans.” The Brody File interviewed Jindal Friday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Watch the clip below. Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File Governor Bobby Jindal: “ I don’t want to…
  • Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy To Brody File: “The liberal media keep me in business because they are so bad.”

    David Brody
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    On this week’s Brody File show, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy sits down with us to discuss the success of his media empire. As for why Newsmax has been so successful, Ruddy quips: “The liberal media keep me in business because they are so bad.” Recently, The Brody File crew visited Newsmax headquarters in South Florida. Watch part of the interview below. Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The President was right (though politically clumsy) to go after those luscious 529 college accounts

    Harold Pollack
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    At the State of the Union, President Obama proposed limiting the tax advantages of 529 college savings accounts. If you’re an affluent college parent, you probably already know this. If you’re not a parent and/or you are not affluent, you probably said “Huh? What is a 529 account?” Which rather exemplifies the problem. I have 529s for both of my daughters. I recommend these to all my friends with children. These accounts allow you to accumulate tax-free investment gains to help finance your kids’ college. These also provide a good mechanism for relatives to chip in on birthdays and…
  • Doot, doot, doot, lookin’ out my front door

    Lowry Heussler
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    IMG_0210 The view from Cambridge, MA. Complete travel ban. No cars, MBTA shut down. Cormet and I think it’s great. Last night the corner grocery looked like a going-out-of-business sale. Neighbors were happily trading items (“Wait, you have kids! You need the last rotisserie chicken!”). My friend Bill, learning to bake bread, came to my door with a hot baguette wrapped in a tea towel. Later today my neighbors and I will descend on the street with the snowblower and lots of shovels. I have snow pants, so I’m hoping the kids across the street aren’t too jaded to…
  • Britain Bounces Back

    Keith Humphreys
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    The latest employment figures from the U.K. shows that it continues to roughly mirror the U.S.’s trajectory in job growth. Unemployment is at a 6 1/2 year low. source: tradingeconomics.com As a falling unemployment rate does not necessarily mean that more people are working, it is worth noting that more Britons have jobs at this moment than at any time in the nation’s history. Wages are also up, both in real and nominal terms. Count me unsurprised about the British resurgence. Three years ago, when many pundits were pronouncing Britain dead in the water (after all — they…
  • E-health for the world’s rural poor

    James Wimberley
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The British microprocessor design giant ARM has tweeted 15 predictions for 2015. Some of them are incomprehensible geekspeak: “Benchmark data will shift end-user choice to purpose-optimized servers versus monolithic approaches”. But not this: Mobile operators will deploy smartphone services as de facto healthcare for rural areas. How should they know? ARM just makes and licenses processor designs. Licensees incorporate them in complex chips (SOCs); the licensees’ customers incorporate the SOCs in gadgets; the gadgets are sold to final customers. It’s a long chain. But…
  • Reflections on Faith and Death from a Recently Deceased Friend

    Keith Humphreys
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Dr. Ernest Kurtz, author of the definitive history of Alcoholics Anonymous and many other fine books, passed away this week. We used to write each other regularly, and I am glad I saved his letters so that I could re-read them this week. At the time of our correspondence (1993-1997), I was a hospice volunteer and he was a former priest, which helps explain why many of our letters were about faith and death. It was an interesting experience to read what a friend who died a few days ago said about his mortality, 20 years in advance of the event. Here are three brief excerpts that struck me,…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Grassley, Ernst vote for Keystone XL pipeline bill

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:51 pm
    After hours of floor debate and votes on dozens of amendments over more than two weeks, today the U.S. Senate approved a bill to force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Nine Democrats joined all the Republicans present to pass the final bill by 62 votes to 36 (roll call). Iowa's Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have long supported Keystone XL, and Ernst possibly owes as much as any member of the Senate to campaign spending by the Koch brothers, who stand to profit from more tar sands oil extraction in Canada. The Keystone XL bill now goes back to the U.S. House, which will…
  • IA-01 Democratic candidate news roundup

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    Another Democrat is moving closer to a Congressional bid in Iowa's first district. The Daily Iowan reported several days ago that Ravi Patel "is assembling campaign operatives and meeting with influential donors in Eastern Iowa in preparation for the run." He is best known as principal and president of Hawkeye Hotels, a fast-growing company his parents established. Pat Rynard wrote on the Iowa Starting Line blog that Patel "has built connections from holding many fundraisers for Democratic candidates" and is "an entrepreneur involved in many startup businesses." If he runs for Congress, Patel…
  • Iowans split as House approves bill on gas exports

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    The new Republican-controlled Congress continues to prioritize legislation desired by the oil and gas sector. Today the U.S. House approved by 277 votes to 133 a bill to "expedite the federal approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports," Timothy Cama and Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill. Under the bill, the Energy Department would have 30 days to review an application, starting from when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission completes its environmental review for a project. [...] "There is no backlog or delay at the [Department of Energy] to speak of," said Rep. Frank…
  • House passes package of bills on human trafficking

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Yesterday and today the U.S. House passed two batches of bills aimed at curbing human trafficking. All four Iowans were present as representatives approved some bills by voice vote and others by unanimous roll-call votes. Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill on January 26, One of the bills passed by voice vote, H.R. 515, would require the Department of Homeland Security to notify foreign countries when a registered sex offender travels abroad. It would further formally request notification from foreign governments when a known child sex offender is trying to enter the U.S. [...] Another…
  • Branstad hospitalized over "seasonal illness"

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    Governor Terry Branstad's office released this statement in the early afternoon: Gov. Branstad fell ill at an event today at DuPont Pioneer. An ambulance was called and he was transported to Methodist hospital in Des Moines. The governor was conscious and alert during the transport to the hospital. The governor had been suffering from the effects of a cold for a couple of days. More details will be provided as they become available. WHO-TV reported, "A witness said the governor had been slurring his words during his remarks and then was in physical discomfort and moaning as staff assisted."…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Science is Amazing (but not to the GOP)

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    In 2005, Isaac Freund, an Israeli physicist, had this astounding idea. He predicted that, under certain conditions, light could be twisted into the shape of a one-sided mobius strip. In other words, he claimed that elliptical polarization of light could produce light which would conform to geometrical shapes and dimensions previously only seen in math textbooks and works of art designed to trick your mind. If you don't recall what a mobius strip looks like, here's one to jog your memory: In 2010, Freund proposed an experiment to test his hypothesis. And now an experiment conducted by German…
  • Republican Lack of Foresight, Part 1000

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Of the many pathologies infecting the modern Republican party and conservatism generally is rosy thinking and a complete lack of foresight. The list is long: no one could have predicted that arming and training people like Osama bin Laden could backfire. Who could have predicted that tearing down Glass Steagal might crater the economy. Who knew that cutting taxes on the rich would not help the economy. Or that when you give arms to crazy dictators they do crazy things. Or that invading and conquering Iraq would be easy, so why have a plan B? Sorry for all the hyperlinks, but it just kind of…
  • A Rapist as the Face of the NFL

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    If you’re looking for information on the upcoming NFL draft, there are few places better than DraftTek. Currently, they have the Tennessee Titans, who own the second pick in the first round, taking Florida quarterback and former national champion and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Here’s their rationale (emphasis mine): It’s still early in the off-season process, so it’s tough to see if Tennessee believes Zach Mettenberger is the quarterback of the future, or if the team will look in another direction, especially since they are sitting in the top two picks,…
  • Political Correctness is a Political Act

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Collectively, we're bored, which is why everyone and his brother is weighing in on Jonathan Chait's new piece on political correctness. Here, for example, is Jia Tolentino writing at Jezebel: It is surely not lost on Jonathan Chait that the loudest critics of political correctness have as a matter of tradition been the people who are most accustomed to speaking in whatever manner pleases them without facing social correction—which is to say white men, a group that also often reads being named as such as a hysterical insult proper, despite there being no historical disenfranchisement…
  • Jamaica Readying to Legalize It

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Here's the beginning of a statement from Mark Golding, the Jamaican Minister of Justice, announcing the introduction of a bill for the non-commercial legalization of marijuana. The system of complete legal prohibition of ganja in Jamaica has been in place since 1948, has not worked and is no longer considered fit for purpose. The reality is that ganja remains as prevalent in Jamaica as it ever was, perhaps more so. Many thousands of Jamaicans have been arrested, detained prosecuted and convicted for possession and smoking of ganja. It has been a source of deep distrust, bitterness and…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Excerpt: ‘Guantanamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

    ABC News
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    'Guantanamo Diary' Excerpted from the book GUANTANAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Diary and annotated diary copyright © 2015 by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Introduction and notes copyright © 2015 by Larry Siems. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company. Chapter One Jordan-Afghanistan-GTMO July 2002- February 2003 The American Team Takes Over…Arrival at Bagram…Bagram to GTMO…GTMO, the New Home… One Day in Paradise, the Next in Hell _____________, [redacted] July __, [redacted] 2002, 10 p.m.* The music was off. The conversations of the guards…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

    ABC News
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Alex Wong/Getty Images This Sunday, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Plus, as the 2016 GOP field begins to take shape, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal comes to “This Week” Sunday. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Sara Fagen, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.”…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Terror Flashpoint

    ABC News
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters This Sunday, as anti-terror raids sweep across Europe in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, we go one-on-one with the director of Europol Rob Wainwright, only on “This Week.” Plus, as the GOP field for 2016 begins to take shape, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee comes to “This Week” to discuss his new book, “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and…
  • Excerpt: ‘God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,’ by Mike Huckabee

    ABC News
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Cover, 'God, Guns, Grits and Gravy' by Mike Huckabee Excerpted from GOD, GUNS, GRITS AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. Introduction : The three major “nerve centers” of our culture are New York City, Washington,  D.C.,  and Los Angeles. The nation’s finance and fashion center is New York City; D.C.  is the epicenter of American politics and government; and Los Angeles is the nexus for enter- tainment,  whether movies, television, or music. They are the…
  • Attorney General Eric Holder: David Petraeus Investigation Will Be Handled Fairly

    Benjamin Bell
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Attorney General Eric Holder said today the ongoing investigation into former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus over classified information he allegedly shared with his biographer and former lover Paula Broadwell would be conducted fairly, even as details of the investigation appeared to have leaked to The New York Times. Following the report, Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a mutual statement: “It is a shameful continuation of a pattern in which leaks by unnamed sources have marred this investigation in contravention to fundamental fairness. No…
 
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • 64% Want Congress to Save Obamacare From SCOTUS

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Sometime this spring, the five conservative political hacks on the Supreme Court will rule in King v. Burwell to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act's benefit exchanges by ruling that a literal reading of the statute only requires taxpayer-paid subsidies to those enrollees in states that set up their own exchanges. This would immediately eliminate the subsidies for millions of enrollees in predominantly red states whose governors and legislatures intentionally dumped this responsibility upon the federal government. Interestingly enough, when this happens, and trust me it will happen, almost…
  • We Should Have Known About the War in Pakistan

    paradox
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    In the movie Stripes, circa 1981, actor Bill Murray is exhorting his fellow soldiers to rally to the flag, hitch up the testicles and their packs and hustle up some rifle sweat because, well, hell, the greatness of America! “We’re 10-1!” He happily exhorts to them, the wry joke being we can finally admit failure and loss in Vietnam, even if our violent, jingoistic societal elements still won’t admit it for 1812. 35 times we have spun around the sun since, and what would Bill Murray proclaim our proud score to be now? The first Gulf War, a tepid win, only to be followed by losses in…
  • A Prime Example

    Deacon Blues
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    The Texas electorate deserves these type of idiots. Thanks to GOP gerrymandering and the collective IQ of the Republican base, this guy safely wins his seat by 25-point margins. And he's just one of many that are given too much power in John Boehner's House GOP caucus. But then Boehner himself is about to hold the Department of Homeland Security budget hostage at a critical time unless Obama agrees to major changes in immigration policy, demanding things Boehner himself doesn't have the guts to put in a standalone GOP immigration reform bill. So what really is the difference between the GOP…
  • Friday Quick Hits

    Deacon Blues
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Some items to chew on for the weekend: Keystone Pipeline Of course the House GOP rushed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline today, with almost 30 House Democratic votes along for the ride. It now goes to the Senate next week, where Mitch McConnell safely predicts it will pass there as well, again, with perhaps a half-dozen Democratic votes along for the ride. Politically, there's nothing noteworthy about this. These House and Senate Democrats are making safe votes, knowing that Boehner and McConnell lack the necessary votes at this time to override Obama's eventual veto. Once Obama vetoes the…
  • What You Liberals Should Do About Keystone Pipeline

    paradox
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    I’m always interested when a professional journalist opines about what we liberals should do with a particular political strategy, tactical study is always worthy and perhaps a precious grain of truth will be discovered in the murk. Unfortunately in this case the thesis—that liberals could easily make significant climate change policy progress by using Keystone as a bargaining chip—is rife with misperception, obscured political realities and lousy tactics, so a rebuttal is necessary. Keystone is merely a pipeline among many in a vast network of carbon fuel distribution, yes, but…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics

    CrashCourse
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics In which Craig Benzine introduces a brand new Crash Course about U.S. Government and Politics! This course will provide you with an overview of how the government of the United States is supposed ... From: CrashCourse Views: 202069 11307 ratings Time: 06:47 More in Education
  • How Powerful Is Australia?

    TestTube
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Powerful Is Australia? Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml Australia may have the largest military in Oceania, but how does it measure up with the world at large? Is the nation a g... From: TestTube Views: 121414 2811 ratings Time: 03:28 More in Science & Technology
  • Why China Supports North Korea

    TestTube
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why China Supports North Korea Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml China is one of the few countries still maintaining a strong relationship with the most hostile country in the world: Nor... From: TestTube Views: 143782 2293 ratings Time: 03:12 More in Science & Technology
  • Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso.

    DrossRotzank
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. From: DrossRotzank Views: 1795846 145545 ratings Time: 05:46 More in Entertainment
  • President Bill Clinton Talks About Hillary and 2016

    TheEllenShow
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Bill Clinton Talks About Hillary and 2016 Ellen asked President Clinton about the possibility of his wife running for President! See what he said. From: TheEllenShow Views: 314730 3644 ratings Time: 04:31 More in Entertainment
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  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizens United Activists Disrupt Supreme Court

    The Young Turks
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizens United Activists Disrupt Supreme Court "Seven protesters accused of disrupting U.S. Supreme Court proceedings and another man who allegedly filmed the disruption are facing misdemeanor charges. Court records show that each member. From: The Young Turks Views: 61127 1926 ratings Time: 05:55 More in News & Politics
  • Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World

    BuzzFeedBlue
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World Let's all have babies in Sweden. Check out more awesome videos on BuzzfeedVideo https://www.youtube.com/user/BuzzFeedVideo MUSIC Ten Finger Boogie Licensed v... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 710297 12774 ratings Time: 02:20 More in People & Blogs
  • Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much

    TED
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn... From: TED Views: 342835 4529 ratings Time: 09:17 More in Science & Technology
  • Dr. Maya Angelou's 3-Word Secret to Living Your Best Life - Oprah's Master Class - OWN

    OWN TV
    28 May 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Dr. Maya Angelou's 3-Word Secret to Living Your Best Life - Oprah's Master Class - OWN Editor's note: We were deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Maya Angelou's passing. The following is from Dr. Angelou's January 2011 appearance on Oprah's Master ... From: OWN TV Views: 113261 1684 ratings Time: 03:27 More in Entertainment
  • The naked truth -- advertising's image of women: Jean Kilbourne at TEDxLafayetteCollege

    TEDx Talks
    8 May 2014 | 9:23 pm
    The naked truth -- advertising's image of women: Jean Kilbourne at TEDxLafayetteCollege Pioneering activist and cultural theorist Jean Kilbourne has been studying the image of women in advertising for over 40 years. In this rapid-fire, passionat... From: TEDx Talks Views: 120784 1394 ratings Time: 15:51 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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  • Links for 2015-01-28 [del.icio.us]

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Venture Fiji - VentureFiji.com For Travel To Fiji A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Andrew Sullivan To Stop Blogging - Should Try Vlogging - YouTube Andrew Sullivan To Stop Blogging - Should Try Vlogging. Famed blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced that he plans to stop blogging, closing down his Daily Dish column for health reasons. I think Sullivan should take up video blogging or vlogging. It would be easy for him to do and he could do it at h Marshawn Lynch - Blacks In Media Should Support Him - YouTube Marshawn Lynch has been attacked by many traditional…
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    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
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    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Seattle Seahawks Over New England Patriots In Super Bowl XL - YouTube Seattle Seahawks Over New England Patriots Big In Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawks have the NFL's number one defense. They are on a date with destiny and can become the first team to win back to back Super Bowls since the Patriots. Seattle will blow New England out of the stadium. Public Eye Award For Amazon Watch Not Chevron - YouTube Public Eye Award for Amazon Watch no Chevron. The Public Eye Award was 'given' to Chevron by Amazon Watch. But given the firm's involvement in the corrupt practices done by plaintiff…
  • Prescription medicines: asking the right questions to keep you informed

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Prescription medicines: asking the right questions to keep you informed This week is National Drug Facts Week (January 26th-February 1st), and in partnership with The American Recall Center, I’d like to highlight some key tips for better understanding the prescription medicine you’ve been prescribed. It’s not uncommon for people to leave their medical appointment without genuinely understanding why they’ve been given a prescription, and/or how it will work or feel if taken regularly. As a mental health provider I may help people explore the possibility of taking a medicine to help…
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    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Dan Kalb Oakland CM On #BlackLivesMatter Mtg A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Dan Kalb Oakland CM On #BlackLivesMatter Mtg - YouTube Dan Kalb Oakland CM On #BlackLivesMatter Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb gave his view of the Oakland City Council Special Meeting on #BlackLivesMatter. Lauren - Zennie62 Oakland Fan - YouTube Lauren - Zennie62 Oakland Fan Lauren - Zennie62 Oakland Fan A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Sacramento Delta salinity control barriers may be needed if CA drought continues

    Bob Morris
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The Sacramento Delta provides a substantial amount of water for California from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. If the California drought continues, the Delta is in danger of salt water intrusion from San Francisco Bay. This cannot be allowed to happen. The Department of Water Resources is making contingency plans to install barriers to prevent such as catastrophe (and it would be a catastrophe.) The emergency drought barriers would limit saltwater intrusion, minimizing the amount of water that must be released from upstream reservoirs to repel the salt. Too much saltwater too deep in…
  • Fiscal emergency comes to the streets of Bakersfield

    Bob Morris
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Pumping units, Lost Hills CA Bakersfield and Kern County were built on oil, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard popularized the area. However the primary source of income there is and always has been oil. The stunning drop in oil prices, from $101 a barrel in May 2014 to $38 yesterday is creating a fiscal crisis for the county. Property taxes on oil and gas properties amount to 35% of assessments, and are pegged to the price of oil. Layoffs have already hit the oil patch with more surely coming. This will have a ripple effect upon new housing starts, discretionary spending, and the general economy.
  • Boehner’s treason. Is the Speaker of the House loyal to US?

    William Boardman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court…. – United States Constitution, Article III, section 3 Inviting a hostile head of state to challenge the U.S. President from the shelter of the U.S. Congress may not rise to the level of “levying war” in the literal sense. But it is surely an act of virtual war that recklessly raises the stakes of drawing the…
  • Clint Eastwood’s films aren’t political. I think people miss this

    Bob Morris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    American Sniper, like many of Clint Eastwood’s movies, is about murky choices concerning violence when the line between right and wrong isn’t clear at all. His movies let viewers make their own decisions, are not overtly political, focus on the personal, on the lives of those involved, and yes, on payback. Unforgiven, High Plains Drifter, and Pale Rider are about flawed, violent men who use violence to stop nasty, corrupt violent men. He said of High Plains Drifter “it’s just an allegory … a speculation on what happens when they go ahead and kill the sheriff and…
  • Yanis Varoufakis, new Greeek Finance Minister, is genuine radical. Good

    Bob Morris
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    May Greece and Varoufakis now do what Iceland did, repudiate the debt and jail some banksters. The purpose of the forced austerity in Greece is to bail out German banks and has nothing to do with helping Greece. Renegotiating bond debt is common when borrowers can’t msake payments – except when mostly insolvent banks knowingly bought garbage debt and need to pretend the bonds will still be repaid. Varoufakis says: “Europe in its infinite wisdom decided to deal with this bankruptcy by loading the largest loan in human history on the weakest of shoulders, the Greek taxpayer. What…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Coming to a PC Near You

    indianaoracle
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Prediction:  This POTUS is going to attempt to put the internet under government control and bureaucracy.  Make it a federally controlled entity. If your response to that prediction is serious doubt, read on. What follows is the Takeover Playbook, Signals: Taking Over the Internet, Who Benefits, and Who is Potentially Hurt. Right now activity around […]
  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

    indianaoracle
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Along with many, many others I am not a fan of companies such as Bank of America or Citibank, and think even less of the insurance industry. However, while it makes great theatre for the left, there are some problems with the populous bail out blather being peddled by the likes of “Liz” Warren around […]
  • Social Justice: Walmart and McDonalds – Business Economics for Laymen

    indianaoracle
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    If you pay attention to tv news at all, you have heard time and again about workers demonstrating/striking for higher wages, higher benefits, etc. There is nothing wrong with this and there are circumstances where such complaints are justified. But there many examples of such actions putting companies out of business or forcing unacceptable tax […]
  • The Ferguson Hustle

    indianaoracle
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Ferguson has a population of around 21,000 of which 13,400 are black.  I am not going to comment on the racial issues of Ferguson, but rather on what the media is covering: riots. The rioting will stop when the locals no longer support imported professional agitators and anarchists.  The media is covering the riots, but […]
  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

    indianaoracle
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This posting is generally crafted as it would be inside the military. It covers: Evangelizing Western Philosophical and Social Conceits;  Crusading and Hegemony in the Middle East; Middle East Hegemony Today; What To Do About ISIS; Analysis; Summary. It is written in blunt, direct terms so it is an equal opportunity offender. Evangelizing Western Philosophical […]
 
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Automated Decision Processing: Aligning Strategy and Operations in the Face of ChangeWhy the Threat of Downtime Should Be Keeping You Up at NightRequest Free!
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    This paper discusses several factors relating to the legality of e-signatures in various applications, and among different industries, with their associated regulatory environments. It also explores the benefits of adopting a reputable e-signature solution. Download this white paper to learn more!Request Free!
  • Meet & Manage Government Mandates For Your Fleet Optimization Goals

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Today's state and local government fleet managers have it tougher than ever. Shrinking tax dollars are putting the squeeze on fleet budgets. Many states are calling for fleet reductions of 10 percent or more.In this eBook learn how to:Optimize vehicle utilizationReduce unauthorized useReplace vehiclesImprove routing efficiency, and much moreAchieve significant operational improvements that help lower costs and optimize fleet performance. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!Request Free!
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
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    Bob McCarty

  • FLASHBACK 2009: Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ Reviewed

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Six years ago today, I shared news about a liberal political strategy that endangers our nation. Today, because many in the conservative universe seem to forget these details as often as they remember them, I’m sharing the news again, pulled from what remains of the BobMcCarty.com archives, and updated as necessary. “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” said President Barack Obama, directing his comments at Republican leaders in Congress early during the week of Jan. 26, 2009.  During a 15-minute segment on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends program…
  • Former Blogger Offers Sarcastic ‘Thank You’ to Sullivan

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    After reading today about Andrew Sullivan informing his readers about his decision “to stop blogging in the near future,” I feel obligated to offer him a belated “thank you” for the sarcastic honor he conferred upon me a few years back. Why? Because I can relate to Sullivan on at least one level. You see, a few months after my blog had climbed to #82 on the February 2010 list of Top 100 Conservative Blogs, I gave up blogging full-time. Perhaps, it was the stress of living in a non-stop news cycle, but I decided to focus my time and attention on writing books —…
  • Challenger Disaster Recalled 29 Years Later

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Twenty-nine years ago today, I was a young Air Force second lieutenant attending the Public Affairs Officer Course at the Defense Information School, then located at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. During a break from morning classes, I gathered with a dozen or so of my classmates from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps in front of a breakroom television to watch the Space Shuttle Challenger launch. Back then, shuttle launches were still big events. None of us imagined what would happen before our eyes. The Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training Jan. 9, 1986, at…
  • 29th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster Wednesday

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    In this space tomorrow, I’ll share my recollections of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that took place 29 years ago, on Jan. 28, 1986. Be sure to check it out! This photograph of the space shuttle Challenger accident Jan. 28, 1986, was taken by a 70mm tracking camera at UCS 15 south of Pad 39B, at 11:39:16.795 EST. (NASA photo) For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same.  To learn how to order signed copies, click…
  • Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes; Scientific Study Supports Findings of Nonfiction Book, The Clapper Memo

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    As an author who traveled to Orlando recently to speak to law enforcement investigators from around the world about my book on credibility assessment technologies, I was intrigued by the findings of a recent scientific study about why innocent people confess to crimes. The findings, highlighted in the Discovery News video below, seem to support what I uncovered during the exhaustive four-year investigation upon which my book is based. The study, published Jan. 15 under the title, “Constructing Rich False Memories of Committing Crime,” was conducted by researchers Julia Shaw of the…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • The Employment Benefits of Cutting Unemployment Benefits

    Brian Doherty
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The National Bureau of Economic Research this month issued a report by economists Marcus Hagedorn of the University of Oslo, Kurt Mitman of Stockholm University, and Iourii Manovskii of University of Pennsylvania, called "The Impact of Unemployment Benefit Extensions on Employment: The 2014 Employment Miracle?" It studies the effects of Congress' cutoff of federal unemployment extension benefits at the end of 2013 on employment. The economists believe they find that "1.8 million additional jobs were created in 2014 due to the benefit cut. Almost 1 million of these jobs were filled by workers…
  • LIVESTREAM: The Impact of Vergara v. California on the Future of Education - A National School Choice Week Event - 10pm ET/7pm PT

    Reason.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Tune in tonight for a livestream straight from Reason's L.A. headquarters at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Last year, a landmark education case took aim at laws protecting bad teachers--and the students won. Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, paving the way for teacher accountability and greater choice. In his ruling on the case, The Honorable Judge Rolf M. Treu noted that “All sides to this litigation agree that competent teachers are a critical, if not the most important, component…
  • Man Shoots Himself, Cops Return Fire, Unclear If They Hit His Vehicle

    Ed Krayewski
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Paul Walls, a man known to Madison, Alabama, police and involved in a domestic dispute police were investigating, was shot at by cops after shooting himself in the head near his estranged wife's home Tuesday night. AL.com reports: As Madison police exited their vehicle, officers heard the shotgun blast and saw the driver side window blown out. Officers then returned fire, operating under the belief that Walls was firing at them. Police had been advised that Walls possibly had a shotgun in his possession, [police spokesperson Brian] Chaffin said, that had been taken from the complainant's…
  • Idaho Bill Seeks to Make Executions Even Less Transparent

    Anthony L. Fisher
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Last week, the Idaho Senate Judiciary and Rules committee decided to move ahead with legislation propsed by the state's Department of Correction, broadening its already existing death penalty confidentiality policy (designed to protect the identities of the executioner, the on-site physician, and anyone else directly involved with the execution) into state law.  But a slyly-worded kicker buried in the middle of the text might be the most significant aspect of the bill. Newly added to the list of confidential information is "the source of any lethal substances." The lack of transparency…
  • As U.S. Officials Fret Over Encryption, German Firms Market Secure Calls

    J.D. Tuccille
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    FBI Director James Comey complains about the availability of encrypted products from Apple and Google. Justice Department officials fret that protecting customers' privacy creates a "zone of lawlessness" by keeping government snoops out. But German companies are actually competing to make end-to-end secured connections a regular offering. At least for their business customers, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom now offer encrypted communications. How encrypted is an open question. According to the Wall Street Journal: Vodafone said Wednesday it had begun offering its corporate customers in Germany…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • College Football's Epic Fail

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After years of debate about the need for a college football playoff, 2014 saw it come to fruition. However, it was not without controversy involving the members of the playoff selection committee, the criteria used to select the teams, and which four teams should have have been selected. In my opinion, the inaugural playoff was at best a screw-up in regards to the teams selected and their rankings. At worst, it appeared to have had an agenda.In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Florida State (FSU) fan, and I wrote this article based upon what I as an FSU fan perceived happened in…
  • All Lives Matter

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Incidents involving law enforcement officers and suspects have been prominent news stories during 2014. Recent incidents have brought protestors out into the streets blocking traffic and impeding the flow of commerce. In the Nashville area, protestors have even held "die ins" at local malls making it difficult for Christmas shoppers to navigate from store to store. The chants of, and signs proclaiming, "Black Lives Matter" are popping up everywhere.On Monday, I put forth a challenge to my Facebook friends. I challenged them to…
  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    *** Source ---> secexposed.wordpress.com/ article titled "Why ESPN Needs You to HATE Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles"It has been a wild and crazy past week for the Florida State Seminoles. Their QB, a magnet for controversial news ever since his stint as quarterback for the reigning national champs began last year, once again was at the top of the headlines after being suspended by FSU for a half, then a whole game, for being spotted in the student union yelling a vulgar popular online meme. While we have seen the outrage on TV and on social media forums, and even the anger…
  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Last week I received, as did many of you, a fundraising letter from the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). The letter seems to portray Clark Boyd as an anti- gun, pro-gun control candidate who is unsupportive of the Second Amendment. At the same time, it makes current, incumbent 24-year career politician State Senator Mae Beavers out to be some kind of 2ndAmendment savior. Unfortunately, for them, they are wrong on both accounts.Wanna guess what the TFA is basing their “portrayals” on? It’s based on their candidate survey that I destroyed in a previous blog post. Remember it? It’s…
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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • Bringing Freedom and Capitalism to Campus

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    At the core of ARI’s work is the goal of reaching students, encouraging them to rethink conventional ideas, and educating them about reason, individualism, and capitalism. Here are two snapshots of ARI intellectuals doing just that.
  • Ayn Rand Institute to Launch Ayn Rand Institute Europe

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) announced today the launch of Ayn Rand Institute Europe. ARI Europe will further ARI’s mission to foster awareness, understanding and acceptance of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. As Rand’s ideas continue to gain interest across Europe, ARI will establish a presence to engage audiences and advance the Objectivist movement.
  • Explore an Intellectual Career by Enrolling in the OAC

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    If you’re serious about a career in academia or policy, the Objectivist Academic Center (OAC) may be the next step to your professional goal.
  • Today on The Yaron Brook Show: Everything Wrong with President Obama’s State of the Union Address

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, topics included: Yaron’s review of American Sniper; the elections in Greece; everything wrong with President Obama’s State of the Union address; the policies Yaron would pass if he were president.
  • Monday on The Yaron Brook Show: My State of the Union

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Don’t forget to tune in Monday, January 26 for an all new episode of Yaron Brook’s radio show, where Yaron will critique the President’s State of the Union address and present “My State of the Union.” The show begins 11 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Pacific. Listen here.
 
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Why Obama's Tuition Plan Got Torched

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Josh Kraushaar, National JournalTo understand the backlash President Obama received after proposing to remove the tax exemption for college savings accounts, it's essential to recognize how closely it struck at the political heart of his own party.Contrary to popular stereotypes, Democrats depend nearly as much on upper-class voters as Republicans do. Democrats represent seven of the 10 wealthiest congressional districts in the country, and Obama also won those districts twice.
  • Can the Health Industry Save Obamacare?

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Sam Baker, National Journal Health insurance companies and hospitals mounted an aggressive defense of Obamacare's insurance subsidies Wednesday, warning the Supreme Court that eliminating the payments would be "grossly inequitable" to millions of Americans.Both industries have a lot on the line as the court prepares to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit that aims to cut off the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in most of the country.
  • How Did Politics Get So Personal?

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Thomas Edsall, New York Times
  • "The Guy" for Conservatives in Iowa

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Steve Deace, RCP Changing LanesIsrael is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos.Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived?
  • How Do We Increase Empathy?

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Nicholas Kristof, New York TimesIn my last column, I wrote about a high school buddy, Kevin Green, a warm and helpful man who floundered in a tough job market, hurt his back and died at the age of 54. The column was a call for empathy for those who are struggling, but, predictably, scolds complained that Kevin’s problems were of his own making.Grrrr.
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    The New Republic

  • Why Won't Liberals Say What They'll Do If the Supreme Court Guts Obamacare?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A Supreme Court ruling for plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case that threatens Affordable Care Act subsidies in three dozen states, would unleash terrible chaos and create a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the U.S. political system.Anyone who claims to know how that uncertainty would
  • Now That It's Budget Time, Republicans Are Pretending to Care About the Deficit Again

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    On Monday, President Barack Obama will release his budget for the 2016 fiscal year. It will call for a full replacement of the sequester. “The President’s budget will fully reverse those cuts for domestic priorities, and match those investments dollar-for-dollar with the resources our troops nee
  • Why Do Evangelicals Like James Inhofe Believe That Only God Can Cause Climate Change?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a 
  • Americans Support Scientists—They Just Don't Want to Listen to Them

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Last May, comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver tore apart media coverage of human-induced climate change on his show “Last Week Tonight,” bringing a statistical representation of scientists who do and don’t subscribe to the theory in for
  • The New Republic's Legacy on Race

    Jeet Heer
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.One of the most dangerous ways to treat a legacy is to bask in
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • For the Patriots, without apology

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Inever knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on my dear New England Patriots. Having rooted over the years for Boston teams that many felt sorry for — God help us — and found psychologically interesting, it was a rush to hear MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough the other morning describe my Patriots as a “ruthless killing machine.” Wow! Read full article >>
  • E.J. Dionne: Culture wars, old and new

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The old culture war politics is dying, but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier by James Davison Hunter, a thoughtful University of Virginia sociologist.Read full article >>
  • Obama ditches his illusions about Republicans

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    “This is good news, people.”With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him. He decided to deal with the Republican Party he has, not the Republican Party he wishes he had.Read full article >>
  • What change sounds like

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.”Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration “The Right to Rise PAC,” a nice play on words emphasizing his hope for a conservative revival and his promise to put forward ideas that would help “all Americans to rise up” and “to move up the income ladder.”Read full article >>
  • How government helps the 1 percent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    You may think that government takes a lot of money from the wealthy and gives it to poor people. You might also assume that the rich pay a lot to support government while the poor pay a pittance.There is nothing wrong with you if you believe this. Our public discourse is dominated by these ideas, and you’d probably feel foolish challenging them. After Mitt Romney’s comments on the 47 percent blew up on him, conservatives have largely given up talking publicly about their “makers vs. takers” distinction. But much of the right’s rhetoric and many of its policies are still based on…
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • New Program Will Support Clean Energy And Efficiency For Low-Income Residents

    Danielle Baussan - Guest Contributor
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Danielle Baussan is the Managing Director of Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress. CREDIT: Shutterstock On Thursday, the federal government and California Governor Jerry Brown announced a new program to resolve one the greatest hurdles for energy efficiency in low income communities: how to pay for it. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of California, and the MacArthur Foundation have partnered together to develop a pilot program that finances energy efficiency and renewable energy to multifamily housing units in California using the Property Assessed…
  • Study Links Youth Football To Long-Term Brain Impairment In NFL Players

    Travis Waldron
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    CREDIT: Susan Leggett / Shutterstock.com A study of former NFL players released Wednesday found that those who began playing football at younger ages showed more impaired long-term brain development than those who began later. That could be a key finding for NFL players. But when it comes to young athletes and youth football, the biggest takeaway from the study appears to be that it is another reminder that more research is needed to assess the long-term impacts of playing football for youth athletes, the majority of whom never reach the NFL. The study from the Boston University School of…
  • Romney’s Big Idea For Fighting Poverty Has Already Failed

    Bryce Covert
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney CREDIT: AP As Mitt Romney gears up for a third presidential run, he’s said that he wants to make fighting poverty one of the key pillars of his campaign. “The reason I’m Republican is because I want to help the poor, the middle class,” he said during a speech on Wednesday in Starkville, MS. “The rich in America, by the way, are fine.” But when it came to laying out how he would tackle the problem, his solutions were sparse. As Phillip Rucker at the Washington Post reports, “he only offered a few broad ideas.” One…
  • The Human Cost Of Taking Away The President’s Immigration Action

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Karen Villagomez is a paralegal in Chicago, Illinois, happy that she has a job that she hopes will one day lead to a legal career. The fact that she can dream about career prospects is something that just a mere six years ago, she wouldn’t have imagined could be possible. In March 2009, Villagomez was apprehended and detained by border agents in New York’s Rochester International Airport for failing to produce valid identification when she showed up to catch her flight back home to Chicago. It was her first year at the University of Rochester and she didn’t know that…
  • Bill Would Allow Texas Teachers To Kill Students

    Carimah Townes
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock People who are concerned about the use of excessive force by law enforcement may have to deal with another fatal can of worms. If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future. The Lone Star State already permits teachers to have firearms in the classroom, but H.B. 868, also known as the Teacher’s Protection Act, would authorize instructors to use “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It takes courage to turn out as you really are. (e. e. cummings) — And patience, waiting for the true you to emerge. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but what I think of myself. (J. London) — A much harder standard to achieve! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    There are no road maps. No signposts. Only wilderness. (J. Kouzes) — Take a big machete and some bug spray! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces. (Executive Speechwriter) — We need more tow trucks! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It's impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows. (Epictetus) — Admitting ignorance, step #1 on the path. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Degrees of Religious Influence

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    The possibility of another Mitt Romney run has generated a new round of speculation about the relevance of presidential candidates' religious views, particularly since Mitt's boosters say he will not hide that particular light under a bushel in 2016. But I'd say that in the Republican field, there are quite a few other candidates whose opinions on how their faith affects their politics could use some more scrutiny. I went down that perilous road today at the Washington Monthly: [T]here are proto-candidates who say with some credibility that their religion has a big impact on their political…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    From Rev. Jesse Jackson's op-ed "Voter Suppression Did Not End in Selma" in the Chicago Sun-Times: "In North Carolina's tight Senate race in 2014, Republican Tom Tillis beat incumbent Kay Hagen by about 43,000 votes (1.7 percent of the vote). Tillis had ushered through the state legislature one of the harshest voter-suppression laws, eliminating seven days of early voting (and at least one Sunday of "get your souls to the polls" rallies at African-American churches), eliminating same-day registration, forcing voters to vote in their own precinct and more. 700,000 voters had voted in the now…
  • Electability Without Compromise

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    As you probably know, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the star of the Iowa Freedom Summit in Iowa last weekend, the first "cattle call" of the 2016 Republican presidential contest. A lot of accounts focused on his speaking style, or his recitation of "accomplishments" in Wisconsin. But at TPMCafe I pointed to something else that was going on: For my money, what most makes Scott Walker attractive to the kind of people who attended the Iowa Freedom Summit is his perceived electability: As he mentioned in his speech, and nearly every commenter duly repeated, he's won three elections in four…
  • How Should Dems Fight Koch Brothers' Democracy Buy-Out?

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    No one should be surprised by reports that the Koch brothers are ramping up to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 elections, nor that the amount could top $1 billion when all accounts are settled after the election. The figure does represent a substantial increase over their huge outlays for 2012 and 2014. But energy-related profits are soaring and that is their primary source of revenue. They've got the money, and there is little to stop them, thanks to the Citizens United decision. Of course Democrats and really anyone who cares about the integrity of our political system, such as it is,…
  • Creamer: GOP 'Refocusing' on Wealth Gap, Selling Brooklyn Bridge

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win, is cross-posted from HuffPo: The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class." That would be like asking the wolves of the world to stop hunting and refocus on cultivating asparagus. But, of course, McConnell didn't really mean he wanted his fellow Republicans to do something about the wealth gap. He wanted…
 
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

    Alka Anand Singh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    11:59 am: The flypast concludes with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais. 11:58 am:  Three Su-30 MkI of No. 2 Squadron carry out a breath-taking Trishul formation over the Rajpath. The Su-30 MkI aircraft split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. 11:56 am: Five Jaguars flypast in Arrowhead formation, followed by five Mig-29s Air Superiority Fighters called the “Tridents” in Fulcrum style. 11:56 am: Trailing them is a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29 Ks and the “Globe” formation comprising…
  • Amit Shah Defends Projecting Kiran Bedi As Delhi Chief Minister

    Gautam
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    BJP today strongly denied “borrowing” Kiran Bedi to win Assembly elections in Delhi and played down the controversy over the charge that she had asked India Against Corruption movement leaders to go soft on the saffron party. “BJP has been in favour of including eminent personalities from different walks of life into the party and Kiran Bedi is one such example,” BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in Patna. To a question regarding controversy over the charge that Kiran Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption to go soft on BJP, Shah said, “India…
  • Delhi elections 2015: Confident of running Delhi govt for next 5 years : Kejriwal

    Gautam
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is confident that the voters of Delhi will give a clear verdict in this elections. Kejriwal, who answered a range of questions from readers on TOI Hangout, said that his party has a 7-point action plan for Delhi once they are voted to power. In an hour-long session, AAP chief responded to questions on several issues, and expressed confidence that AAP will be able to run government in Delhi for the next five years.Kejriwal dubbed his aide-turned-political rival, Kiran Bedi, the challenger in these elections, and said she should be the one to fight from his…
  • brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil

    Gautam
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil
  • Arvind Kejriwal: BJP Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay must explain his ties with power discoms

    Gautam
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that BJP leaders must come clean on their ties with power suppliers in Delhi. “BJP had promised a reduction of 30% in electricity bills, but it raised it twice,” Kejriwal said. Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said that BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay owns companies which installed and replaced electricity meters in Delhi. “BJP’s Satish Upadhyay and Anil Ashish Sood are shareholders in six companies. One of them had been providing services to BSES. Services include installation…
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • How Fast Will China Grow?

    Justin Yifu Lin
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    As China's unprecedented economic rise begins to slow, the country's future growth can be predicted by looking at its potential growth rate, as well as external and internal factors. Policymakers drawing up the country's next five-year plan should look to history as well as current conditions as guides in setting growth targets.
  • The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Climate Change

    Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al.
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    Around the world, institutional investors – including pension funds, insurance companies, philanthropic endowments, and universities – are grappling with the question of whether to divest from oil, gas, and coal companies. Divestment is indeed one answer, but so is active shareholder engagement.
  • Saving Global Order

    Kofi A. Annan
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    Around the world, personal liberty, human rights, and democracy are at risk, while the international community is deeply divided, blocking progress on challenges ranging from the crises in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine to climate change and trade. Three factors – all likely to persist this year – are driving these unsettling trends.
  • What Failed in 2008?

    J. Bradford DeLong
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    To solve a problem requires not only knowing what to do, but also a willingness to change course if it turns out that one did not know quite as much as one thought. But the only true lesson of the 2008 financial crisis seems to be that its lessons will never truly be learned.
  • Facing Down Mental Illness

    Thomas Insel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    The global economic costs of mental illness over the next two decades will exceed the costs of cancer, diabetes, and respiratory ailments combined. With the stakes so high, the human and economic case for leaders to take mental health seriously is clearly compelling.
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  • Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Convicted

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The Obama administration has punished another government official for daring to expose mistakes stemming from a classified program. This time it’s Jeffrey Sterling, the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent who revealed troubles within the agency’s clandestine mission to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program.   Sterling, who managed the covert operation codenamed Operation Merlin, was found guilty Monday on nine counts of espionage despite arguing he was a whistleblower troubled by the CIA’s “ill-conceived, poorly executed and reckless”…
  • Pennsylvania Fracking Companies Flaunt Environmental Rules and Regulations…Every Day

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Violating health and safety laws is a daily occurrence for fracking companies in Pennsylvania, according to a new report (pdf) from environmentalists.   Environment America says drillers broke public health and environment regulations “on virtually a daily basis” over the period from January 2011 to August 2014. The largest 20 frackers averaged more than 1.5 violations a day, with many racking up hundreds of violations.   Leading the way was Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. with 265 no-no’s and Chesapeake Appalachia LLC with 253. Four other companies compiled more than a…
  • HUD Official Worked for Government and Housing Industry at the Same Time…Beyond the Revolving Door

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Potential conflicts of interest surface all the time in Washington. But rarely is there one in which there is explicit conflict of interest that’s sanctioned under federal law.   Until June, Debra Gross worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing as deputy assistant secretary. At the same time, she was a deputy director for the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, an advocacy group that had interests in HUD decision making.   Not surprisingly, Gross fought for weaker government regulations while at HUD.
  • Half of Prisoners Cleared after being Wrongly Convicted are African-American

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Of the 125 prisoners who were released from prison throughout the United States last year after the criminal justice system determined they were wrongly convicted, more than half were African-American.   The National Registry of Exonerations reported that 66 of the 125 inmates who were exonerated in 2014 were black, with 50% of those being freed following murder convictions. Six of those exonerated, all African-Americans, were on Death Row. One jurisdiction—Harris County in Texas—accounted for 33 of the exonerations, with all of those former inmates convicted of drug crimes.
  • Army Major who Oversaw Sexual Assault Cases Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Army Major Erik Burris, who had been responsible for supervising sexual assault cases by soldiers, was himself convicted Sunday of crimes including rape and forcible sodomy.   Burris was found guilty of two counts of rape, forcible sodomy, four counts of assault, and disobeying an order from a superior officer. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, forfeiture of pay and allowances and dismissal from the Army. Little information was provided by the Army about the case, except that Burris had multiple victims.   Burris, 39, at one time served as the chief of military justice for the…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • The “Arizona two-step” is becoming a line dance: Ducey joins the lege’s Rs in “going dark”

    cpmaz
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Earlier this week, the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted to close their caucus meetings to the public. Now, new governor Doug “Dark Money” Ducey has joined them in the effort … Continue reading →
  • Senate approves Keystone XL Pipeline, President will veto

    AZ BlueMeanie
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    The Carbon Monopoly got what they paid for today when the U.S. Senate they purchased gave final approval to the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill now goes to President Obama who has promised to veto this congressional interference in the … Continue reading →
  • 2016 is no longer an election, it is an auction

    AZ BlueMeanie
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech at Provincetown, Massachusetts,  accused the malefactors of great wealth, the Robber Barons of the corporate “Trusts” of his day of causing the financial “panic” of 1907. He said: “. . . [these men] combine … Continue reading →
  • Arizona Sci-Tech Festival

    Carolyn Classen
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    It’s that time again for the spring Arizona Sci-Tech Festival, at numerous locales all over the state.  This is a family friendly festival in February and March, exposing adults and children to the wonders of science and technology (and engineering … Continue reading →
  • Republicans in the AZ lege doing the Arizona two-step over transparency

    cpmaz
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings I chose “two-step” after consideration other possibilities like ” ‘do as we say, not as we do’ do-si-do” (too long for a post title), “bullshit boogie” (I try not to swear in post … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Welcome to the New YES! Website

    Rod Arakaki
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    The new YES! site is designed to look great on desktops, tablets, and phones. Editor’s note: This article describes our transition to a new website. However, it will take between 24 and 48 hours for all visitors to see the new site. If you're seeing this article on the old site, please check in again soon to see the new one. Today you’re seeing the result of a months-long process to present the powerful ideas and practical actions you’ve come to expect from us in a fresh, clean, accessible way. The last time we redesigned our site was in 2009. In Internet time, six years ago may as well…
  • “Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens

    Kate Aronoff
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    David Oyelowo, center, plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures. I’ll admit that Selma caught me off guard. My first thought, seeing its star, David Oyelowo, adjust his tie in the opening scene, was “That’s Dr. King.” Few movies have brought Martin Luther King Jr. to the silver screen, Ali (2001) and The Butler (2013) being the most recent exceptions. A handful of TV films and miniseries have featured depictions of King, but his life and work have seldom, if ever, received the delicate, human nuance that director Ava DuVernay and Oyelowo offer. It’s…
  • A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control

    Andy Lee Roth
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr. The school as factory was a predominant metaphor for education in the middle of the last century. Schools were to churn out young people ready for roles as workers and consumers. In current debates, the laboratory is the model, with successful education defined as controlling variables to produce desired outcomes. In Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty, Jay Gillen, a Baltimore public school teacher, vividly shows the limitations of both…
  • How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally

    Shannan Stoll
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. 1. Participatory budgeting where any resident age 16 and up can vote in: Vallejo, Calif. Just over one year after emerging from bankruptcy, the city of Vallejo, Calif., put its budgeting process into the hands of its residents. From October 2012 to early 2013, Vallejo citizens gathered in senior centers, elementary schools, and other public spaces to decide how to spend more than $3 million of their city’s tax dollars. The process, called participatory budgeting, began in Brazil in 1989 and has since spread to more than 1,500 cities worldwide. In the United States,…
  • Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead

    Alexis Goldstein
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Photo by Shutterstock. Right before 2014 came to a close, Wall Street won an enormous victory in the year-end spending bill. The so-called “CRomnibus” bill, which included language written by Citigroup lobbyists, gutted a key piece of Wall Street reform meant to prevent future bailouts of big banks with taxpayer money. Reducing a state’s need to borrow from Wall Street, public banks threaten private banks’ profits. This win came after the financial industry spent years chipping away at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which passed in 2010. Wall Street…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Thursday Morning Roundup

    Reset Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Four-Alarm Fire In Mission District Kills One, Injures Six And Displaces 40 One person was killed and six people transported to hospitals in a four-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Mission District Wednesday evening. The fire at 22nd and Mission streets was still burning late Wednesday night and the American Red Cross had established an evacuation center at 22nd and Valencia streets nearby. Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said they did not yet know how many people had been displaced by the fire, although around 50 were gathered at the evacuation center set up at a City College…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shootings Reported Less Than 10 Minutes Apart Two people were killed and a third was injured in two shootings that were reported less than 10 minutes apart in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Tuesday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert activated in the area of Ingalls Street and Revere Avenue at 4:15 p.m., San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said. Police were told someone was shot in the 1200 block of Revere Avenue, she said. Arriving officers found a woman in her 30s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Police Identify 2 Men Arrested In Connection With Fatal Collision Police have identified two men arrested in connection with a collision Monday afternoon in East San Jose that killed a pedestrian, who was pinned against a tree, a police spokeswoman said. Gabriel Bacerra, 19, and Manual Maldonado-Avalos, 24, were both arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving causing great bodily injury, San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said. The men were each driving at high speeds west on Yerba Buena Road east of Edenwood Drive shortly after noon when they…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Medical Examiner’s Office Identifies Body Found In The Bay In Nov. As Software Developer Daniel Ha The San Francisco medical examiner’s office has identified a man found floating in the San Francisco Bay in November as Daniel Ha, who was reported missing after Halloween night, officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard and San Francisco fire crews found Ha’s body in the Bay on Nov. 11. At the time, Ha’s brother, Mark, wrote on the Facebook page, “Find Dan Ha” that while his face and body were indistinguishable, the clothes, wallet contents, and phone…
  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Black Friday Protest Supporters Pack Bart Meeting, Demand Board Drop Restitution Request Supporters of demonstrators who shut down BART service for several hours on Black Friday packed a BART board meeting Thursday and demanded the agency ask the District Attorney’s Office to rescind a request for $70,000 in restitution. On Nov. 28, more than two-dozen black activists chained themselves to two trains at the West Oakland BART station, shutting down service for more than three hours. Those arrested have since referred to themselves as the “Black Friday 14.” Over a hundred…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com » Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • What’s Your Campaign Theme?

    Online Candidate
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    For political purposes, your campaign theme is basically a single message which is used to communicate an integrated political message. It should be based on a clear reason why a candidate is running for office, and backed up by an overall identity that shapes the overall campaign. The goal, of course, is to convince people to vote for you.
  • When One Domain Name Just Isn’t Enough

    Online Candidate
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Your domain name is large part of your online brand, so it's important to choose the right domain name for your political campaign or organization. Here are some times when you may want to consider using additional domain names...
  • Running for Office in 2015 – Our Takeaways

    Online Candidate
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    The online political landscape has changed significantly over the last decade. As move into 2015 and beyond, trends will continue to evolve and some new technologies will take off.
  • Top Online Candidate 2014 Posts

    Online Candidate
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As an end of the year wrap-up, we present our most popular articles of 2013. Some articles are popular year after year, but we do have a few new entrants in the list...
  • How To Raise Online Funds Like The Most Successful Candidates

    Online Candidate
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over two billion dollars was raised for the 2012 US presidential election. If you are a state or local candidate, odds are your election won't reach those numbers. However, even small campaigns can still raise significant money with a smart, aggressive strategy.
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Quick Post Update

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I know I've been busy lately.So far 2015 has been quite busy for me... life seems to be moving pretty fast. I am working on a very large post concerning Amanda Knox.I will be doing more updates soon but, just wanted to get a post out there and let people who read know I have not meant to ignore my blog.Hope everyone is having a great New Year!Love,Tuesday
  • Happy Festivus! Airing My Grievances

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    In honor of Festivus I decided to make a list ...I've got a lot of problems with you people and now you're gonna hear about it!Don't argue with me. I'm right. If you do these things, I assure you that you are pissing people off and one day you might get punched in the mouth, in which case you would deserve it.1) Ya know when it's daytime but the sun is covered with a wall of clouds? Overcast. Yeah, during this time about 90 percent of people use headlights, while about 10 percent of you have not only managed to buy a vehicle without daylights but you drive around without putting your lights…
  • Lena Dunham Meg Lanker -Obsession With Conservative "Rapists"

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Image Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesAs I'm sure most of you have heard the name Lena Dunham by now, I decided to weigh in on this story...Apparently, Lena is a writer for a TV show. I don't know. Honestly, I looked her up, never heard of her, never heard of her show either. I really don't watch TV much so, it's not surprising that I have never heard of her. It seems she is quite loved by many in Hollywood and appears to be revered as some typical leftist/feminist. The very first time I heard about her was over a book she wrote this last year, "Not That Kind of Girl."The first wave of…
  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist Part II

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    So, my first article was okay but I feel as if perhaps I've left some things out so I will just continue here...1) I feel this entire Ferguson episode can be looked upon as an opportunity for conservatives to better engage in dialogue with many blacks. We first need to acknowledge, there is a segment of the black population that does indeed feel as though the system is against them. Whether this feeling is justified or not, we must at least acknowledge this.Putting aside our egos, even our ideology for a moment can give us an opportunity to further investigate the problems and concerns that…
  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist

    29 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    With the recent events that have materialized in Ferguson and throughout the country, it feels as if a great divide has been exposed. You are either a person who accepts the facts of what occurred and believe that the Grand Jury made the correct decision or you are spending your time calling those that support the Grand Jury racists.Read more »
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    Politics

  • Sheffield's students could depose Nick Clegg – they are alert to the danger of losing their votes

    Tim Wigmore
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Because of the new system, there is a risk that students will turn up to vote on 7 May, but won't be registered. Students mock Nick Clegg. Photo: Getty/Peter Macdiarmid It will be harder for young people to vote in this general election than the last. The switch to Individual Electoral Registration threatens to result in a deeply unedifying spectacle: thousands of students going to polling stations, only to be told that they are not registered to vote. It is often said that young people do not deserve sympathy if they cannot be bothered to vote. But that is no reason to put up a further…
  • Every time I visit the job centre, the staff treat me like a subhuman

    Harriet Williamson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    Arriving at a JobCentre to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance, I felt like I’d fallen into the pages of Kafka’s The Trial. I was expected to navigate a complicated system while being treated with endless suspicion. I came away every week feeling furious about being belittled. Photo: Getty After three months of freelancing and looking for work and essentially living on less than £30 a week, I decided that the only sensible thing to do was to sign on and collect Job Seeker’s Allowance. Claiming benefits wasn’t a position I wanted to find myself in, but I wasn’t making enough money writing…
  • Our MPs must not sleep walk towards abortion restrictions

    Lisa Hallgarten
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    They should oppose any legislation that jeopardises women’s full and equal access to all reproductive health services. Pro-choice protest. Photo: Getty It’s an election year, so perhaps it would be surprising if nuance and complexity were in evidence in the House of Commons. In this context we should be very concerned about a late amendment, snuck into the Serious Crime Bill, to outlaw sex-selective abortion. Pro-choice MPs may be seduced by the idea that this is a feminist amendment. They may be convinced that it will not change anything. They are likely to fear their voters concluding…
  • The case of the lost Mark Duggan disc and a “faceless” civil servant

    Anoosh Chakelian
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    Information concerning three of the UK’s most sensitive inquiries has been lost in the post. Sensitive files on Mark Duggan and others have gone missing. Photo: Getty It’s one of those Whitehall clichés. A civil servant leaves their briefcase full of weapons-grade government secrets on the train. Following the story of a bungling UK spy who did just that back in 2008 with documents on Iraq and al Qaeda, the legislative lost property tale has become a bit of a parable for government incompetence. And now it’s happened again. This time, the Ministry of Justice appears to have lost some…
  • Labour won't turn left in response to the Green threat

    George Eaton
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Miliband will not mimic Cameron's approach to Ukip and change policy direction.  Ed Miliband talks to students during a press conference at Belfast Art College on January 22, 2015. Photograph: Getty Images. Until late last year, British politics was defined by the unity of the left and the division of the right. Conservative voters had defected to Ukip, while left-leaning Lib Dems had switched to Labour. This combination, it was often assumed, would deliver Ed Miliband the keys to Downing Street. But the surge of the SNP, the Greens and "Red Ukip" has dramatically altered the landscape. The…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Online voting for the presidential candidate #PresidenteM5S

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Today there’s online voting for the 5 Star MoVement’s candidate for the position of President of the Republic from 9.00 am until 2:00 pm (Italian time) (so that it’s finished before the start of voting in parliament). The gathering of the parliamentary group came up with a a list of names that we are voting on today. We’ve added Romano Prodi’s name to this list because we feel duty-bound to honour our commitment with the PD parliamentarians to whom we sent emails. After Lorenza Carlassare declined to be a candidate, the complete list of nine names is as follows: Pierluigi Bersani…
  • LIVE: The M5S candidate for president #presidenteM5S

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    The direct streaming of the M5S gathering will be on La Cosa There’s no doubt that the M5S intends to contribute to the election of the President of the Republic, an expression of the majority of the Italian people. On 22 January we asked Renzi for a list of potential candidates so that we could put these names to our signed up members. He didn’t deign to respond. Nor did he respond when he was asked to do this by the crowds packing out Piazza del Popolo - crowds asking him to respect the spirit of the men who drew up our Constitution. At that point, as we no longer felt Renzi to be a…
  • Letter to PD parliamentarians concerning the candidates for the office of the President of the Republic

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Image: a joint session of both houses of parliament for the election of the President of the Republic Last night Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio sent the following letter to all PD parliamentarians “Dear parliamentarian of the Democratic Party, After asking your party leader, we are asking you to express your preferences in relation to candidates for the office of President of the Republic. The names put forward by PD parliamentarians will be put to the signed up members of the M5S for an online vote in the next few days. We believe that it is necessary to publish the names of the…
  • Passaparola - The #NewTangentopoli, by Piercamillo Davigo

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    New Twitter Gallery Nicola Morra interviewed Judge Piercamillo Davigo on the topic of corruption and legality Integrity test to unmask the corrupt Morra: So Judge, 1992 saw the start of the clean hands inquiry. Since then you judges have done a sterling job and yet you have been unable to eradicate corruption, above all in the public services. What is the reason for all of this in your opinion? And what can be done to eradicate it completely? Davigo: The main reason is what the politicians have been doing in recent years namely, instead of making it harder to get away with corruption, they…
  • Little hand of Italy, by Dario Fo #nottedellonestà

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Text - Dario Fo - The Night of Honesty “I’ll be honest. I’m sorry, but I feel it’s no use turning language upside down to avoid excessive injury to our sense of patriotism and civic pride. Let us be very careful. Let’s take a deep breath. Let’s be blunt. We are a nation of thieves. Stop! Ooops - I’ve made a mistake in how I put that. According to the statistics, the number of thefts in Italy from shops, banks, charity boxes in the churches is at a level that is definitely acceptable. In fact, we are on average to be classed as a people of mediocre petty-thieves. But it’s theft…
 
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    Society – Articles – The Conversation

  • Ched Evans: the legality and ethics of hiring a convicted rapist

    Jack Anderson, Professor of Sports Law at Queen's University Belfast
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ched Evans takes a drink while playing for Sheffield United in 2010. Jon Candy, CC BYAs the directors of Oldham Athletic football club consider their options over the possible hiring of Ched Evans, the case of the convicted rapist trying to go back to work has thrown up a catalogue of questions around employment law, morality and responsibility. Ultimately, though, the motivating factor behind any return to football is likely to be far more prosaic. On October 17 last year, Evans was released from prison having served half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a…
  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

    Amber Griffiths, Lecturer in Natural Environment at University of Exeter
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Studying one subject won't help save the world. ShutterstockAcross the globe, we are experiencing rapid changes to our environment and social structures. Climate change, population growth, and social unrest are causing ever increasing problems. The rate of change poses serious challenges for education and how we prepare graduates for an unpredictable future. Courses addressing environmental change and social adaptability are slowly appearing in university prospectuses around the world. For the most part, these topics come in the form of new post-graduate courses. For example, Harvard…
  • What is good comedy? The answer probably depends on your social background

    Sam Friedman, Lecturer in Sociology at City University London
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Being 'high-brow', like Tim Key, draws in the awards. Danny Lawson/PAAmong the 1,000 or so comedians who have been jostling for attention at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, two grabbed a disproportionate amount of headlines. Both occupy prime slots in big venues and both are receiving regular standing ovations. At one end of Edinburgh’s salubrious Old Town, in the enormous Pleasance Grand, the alternative comedy poet Tim Key is serenading hundreds with his beautifully strange comedy verse. He writes them on the back of pornographic playing cards and reads them aloud before…
  • Creating space for the leadership Australia needs

    Samuel Wilson, Research Fellow, Swinburne Leadership Institute at Swinburne University of Technology
    3 Jul 2013 | 9:59 pm
    This election is a serious choice about the type of society we want to become. AAPIn a recent lecture, Ross Garnaut argued that after decades of prosperity, Australians must now choose between two radically different approaches to our problems. The choice is between a “business as usual” approach, which preserves the status quo, and a “public interest approach”, which requires that Australia change its minds, policies and actions when evidence supports change. None of the political scheming observed in Canberra in recent times alters this analysis, or our choice. If anything, these…
  • From White Australia to stopping the boats: attitudes to asylum seekers

    Melissa Phillips, Honorary Fellow at University of Melbourne
    20 Jun 2013 | 1:40 pm
    From White Australia onwards, have the attitudes of Australian society and the government on migration and asylum really changed over time? EPA/StringerFor a nation largely comprised of “boat people”, asylum has generated the most debate, and at times hysteria, of all immigration matters in Australia. Is this due to what multiculturalism academic Ghassan Hage calls the “sensitivity of thieves”, linking the invasion and theft of Australian land from its traditional owners by white settlers 200 years ago with current attitudes to asylum? Or do attitudes to asylum reflect a genuine…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Wall Street's Threat to the American Middle Class

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle...
  • The New Compassionate Conservatism and Trickle-Down Economics

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic...
  • Why Wages Won't Rise

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great...
  • Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a Pending Disaster

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Republicans who now run Congress say they want to cooperate with President Obama, and point to the...
  • Out with 2014, In with 2015, and Up with People We’ve made...

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Out with 2014, In with 2015, and Up with People We’ve made progress this year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions. But there’s far more to do.  The economy looks like it’s improving but most Americans are still stuck in recession, and almost all the economic gains are still going to the top. The only way we can have an economy that works for the many, not the few, is to get big money out of politics — so the rules of the economic game aren’t biased in favor of big…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Senate Passes Bill to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Today, in a 62-38 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The House passed a similar measure a few weeks ago. These actions come more than 6 years after TransCanada Corp originally submitted its application to the State Department to build a pipeline linking the Alberta oil sands to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Did I say State Department? Yep, in matters involving the crossing of an international border (in this case the one with Canada) the State Department must make a determination as to whether or not the project is in…
  • The Oil Price Plunge Won’t Cause Russia or Iran to Capitulate

    Ted Galen Carpenter
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Ted Galen Carpenter The recent dramatic drop in global oil prices has significant geopolitical as well as economic implications.  Consumers in the United States and other countries enjoy substantial savings, while marginal producers, both here and abroad, find their profit margins severely squeezed.  As I discuss in an article at Aspenia Online, some of the oil-producing states that have been especially hard hit include Russia, Venezuela, and Iran.  All of those countries are governed by regimes that are on bad terms with the United States, so there is a temptation among…
  • International Economics and Development

    Chelsea German
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Chelsea German Journalists know that alarmism attracts readers. Just yesterday, an article in the British newspaper The Independent titled, “Have we reached ‘peak food’? Shortages loom as global production rates slow” claimed humanity will soon face mass starvation. Just as Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb  predicted that millions would die due to food shortages in the 1970s and 1980s, the article from yesterday tried to capture readers’ interest through unfounded fear. Let’s take a look at the actual state of global food production. The alarmists cite…
  • Pentagon Spending and Bureaucratic Bloat

    Chris Edwards
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Chris Edwards There are major spending battles on the Washington agenda this year, including over the defense budget. Congress needs to decide whether to stick with capped spending levels agreed to in 2011, or allow its past restraint efforts to unravel. Republican defense hawks want to bust the spending caps, while the small-government wing of the party wants to hold the line. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told the Wall Street Journal, “We’ve been spending too much on defense for years because we have a lot of waste within the Department of Defense … There’s room to cut, and I think we…
  • Live Free and Learn: Scholarship Tax Credits in New Hampshire

    Caleb O. Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    Caleb O. Brown For School Choice Week, Austin Bragg and I produced a short documentary that details the struggle to adopt and implement a scholarship tax credit program in New Hampshire. The program had to overcome a governor’s veto, a repeal fight and a lawsuit that went to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. We talked with three families that have benefitted from the scholarship program and people working to keep the program. Live Free and Learn: Scholarship Tax Credits in New Hampshire Cato’s Jason Bedrick has detailed the history of this program at length. He also played a key role in…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Keystone Conundrum

    sirrahc
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    “As a serious strategy for dealing with climate, blocking Keystone is a waste of time. But as a strategy for arousing passion, it is dynamite.”  — David Victor, global warming policy expert at the University of California, San Diego. Back in November, I suggested that the Lame Duck session of the 113th Congress could and […]
  • Defining Islam

    sirrahc
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Last week’s post included an excerpt from Nabeel Qureshi’s book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (2014), and I would like to include another one here. It is particularly relevant today, with the jihadists being called “radical” and other Muslims being called “moderate” and all of them saying their interpretation and practice […]
  • Insight into Eastern vs. Western Thinking

    sirrahc
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Lately, I’ve been reading a book called Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (2014) by Nabeel Qureshi. As you might guess from the title, it’s an autobiographical story about a devout young Muslim man who investigated the claims of both Islam and Christianity and eventually converted to the latter. It is an engaging […]
  • Could You Pass the AP Exam on U.S. Government and Politics?

    sirrahc
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Have you ever taken an Advanced Placement (AP) exam for anything? I haven’t. But, a few weeks ago I came across a book in the library titled 5 Steps to a 5: 500 AP U.S. Government and Politics Questions to Know by Test Day by William Madden (pub. by McGraw-Hill). Given the topics of many […]
  • Top 10: The Sequel

    sirrahc
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In October 19, 2014′s post celebrating this blog’s 5-year anniversary, I included links and introductory text to ten of my personal favorite posts. I got a little extra traffic to those posts (and maybe an extra subscriber or two), so I was happy. But, there were several other posts that I am especially pleased with, […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • Guide to Choosing a new KDP Chairperson

    Lisa Johnston
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As current KDP chair, Joan Wagnon, announced that she will be stepping down and that a new leader will be selected at Washington Days in early March, I wanted to put together a few thoughts for Democrats around the state to consider when selecting the next chair for the Kansas Democratic Party. The Kansas Democratic Party needs a leader who: Welcomes everyone to the party who wants to be involved No exclusion, no cliques, no BS. Respect and honor differences of perspective and approaches within the party. No friendly fire – when your forces are outnumbered you shouldn’t shoot someone who…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 10

    Kyle
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Lisa & Kyle continue their discussion of the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including finding and fostering inspiring candidates, candidates taking a stand and stating their beliefs, and the need for people to speak out to help turn things around. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy analysis, but a worthwhile read that underscores many of the points made in…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 9

    Kyle
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The campaign secrets the Dems don’t want you to know. In this episode, Lisa and Kyle discuss the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including challenges with recruiting and keeping candidates, chilly receptions from the party and its leaders, the real challenges with fundraising, and the myth of the level playing field. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems – Lisa’s six-part series on the…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 8

    Kyle
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Post-election pondering – Lisa & Kyle discuss the 2014 election results, focusing on the Governor & US Senate races, polling, and what went wrong for the Democrats in Kansas – will they ever learn? Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Kansas Secretary of State – Statewide Election Results Kansas Secretary of State – County by County Results (Governor) How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss Greg Orman’s recent events and Lisa shares her outrage about his “College Affordability Plan”. They also react to the Gubernatorial debates, including Brownback’s sleazy “Carr Brothers” ad and the televised Secretary of State debate, where the moderator nearly stole the show. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Greg Orman’s College Affordability Plan Lawrence Journal World – Orman delivers “closing…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • To Davos, Dynamic Rooms and All of That

    Norman Ball
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    The world’s top 1% are on target to own more than the bottom 99% by 2016. When a handful of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people gather to strategically talk about their leadership roles over us — the ostensibly led — the definition of conspiracy is largely fulfilled, even if said strategizing doesn’t entail […] The post To Davos, Dynamic Rooms and All of That appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Research Shows Nations Really Do Go to War Over Oil

    Petros Sekeris
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Most states claim human rights or democracy is the reason for military intervention, but the data says otherwise. The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in places such as Libya or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said to be behind the absence […] The post Research Shows Nations Really Do Go to War Over Oil appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Dialogue of Civilizations, Not the Clash of Civilizations

    Kourosh Ziabari
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Fair Observer presents an exclusive interview with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed. The terrorist attacks in France earlier this month, which resulted in the death of 17 people, has prompted a heated debate over free speech and religious intolerance. Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine that was targeted in Paris on January 7, has a long history […] The post The Dialogue of Civilizations, Not the Clash of Civilizations appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Yemen Faces Uncertainty After Government Resigns

    Fernando Carvajal
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Yemen’s future remains unclear, with regional and international repercussions likely. Although the impact of recent events in Yemen, driven by a brazen rise to power by northern Houthi rebels, has already been felt at the national and international level, it is yet to fully unravel. For observers inside and outside Yemen, the situation has exposed an […] The post Yemen Faces Uncertainty After Government Resigns appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • India-US BIT: Not a Done Deal Yet

    Gateway House
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Some clauses in India’s revised bilateral investment treaties are unlikely to be accepted by either US negotiators or corporations without dilution. US President Barack Obama’s second visit to India has resurrected hopes that the two countries will revive talks on the dormant but in-progress Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). A BIT is being eagerly sought by […] The post India-US BIT: Not a Done Deal Yet appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • La ce sa fii atent cand alegi Firme piese auto Sibiu?

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Daca este sa ne gandim putin, la ora actuala exista o multime de firme de unde poti sa iei piese de schimb pentru masina ta, fiecare cu preturile sale, cu politica lor si cu modul lor de lucru. Avantajul este ca exista o concurenta acerba intre Firme piese auto Sibiu, ca sa ne referim la un oras mai dezvoltat si cu oarecare viziuni europene mai bine intelese, promotiile abunda, vanzatorii online si-au dezvoltat afacerile si si-au imbunatatit oferta online, totul in favoarea unor clienti multumiti si informati.Totusi, exista si unele neajunsuri in privinta multitudinii de firme piese auto…
  • Dumnezeu pentru o zi

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Unul din cele mai frumoase filme ale adolescentei mele a fost Dumnezeu pentru o zi. Cu Jim Carrey, in rolul principal filmul este o comedie savuroasa , care aduce zambetul pe buze persoanelor de toate varstele. Bruce Nolan( Jim Carrey) este vedeta unui post de televizune de New York. Totul se intampla atunci cand isi doreste sa devina Dumnezeu pentru o zi, si incepe sa citeasca gandurile oamenilor. Isi poate indeplini toate dorintele, poate face fapte senzationale. Ii poate ajuta pe cei din jur sau le poate face rau dupa bunul plac, dar realizeaza ca nu poate sa faca pe placul tuturor. Este…
  • Lasa transportul de marfa international pe mana specialistilor

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Te-ai saturat pana peste cap de urcatul si coboratul marfii de unul singur din dubita ta veche de vreo 15 ani? Vrei sa ajungi mereu la timp la destinatie, dar nu te poti descurca in traficul intens de prin Europa? Uita de aceste neplaceri si invata sa te relaxezi cu transportsigur.ro, firma de transport marfa international cu experienta vasta in domeniu si foarte multe avantaje de care te poti bucura chiar din acest moment.In primul rand, masinile din parcul auto al transporsigur corespund normelor de protejare a mediului si nu polueaza excesiv aerul si asa slab calitativ din Europa, sunt…
  • Diavolul si chinurile sale

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Diavolul m-a chinuit ani la rand. Mi s-a aratat ca o vedenie intr-o seara, ca o naluca mi s-a strecurat in pat. De atunci viata s-a transformat intr-un iad. Dragostea sufletului meu s-a preschimbat in cenusa si norii negri ai deznadejdii s-au napustit asupra viselor mele. Visam sa evadez din cochilia in care era prins sufletul meu, sa zbor din nou sa fiu iar fericita. Dar puterea draconica se napustea asupra mea cu atata forta incat cadeam pe jos, ca un fluture rapus de rafalele vantului.M-am dedicat studiului, cititului, traiam intr-un univers in care nu ma simteam nefericita dar simteam…
  • Alege cel mai bun avocat divort partaj Timisoara si castiga procesul de divort

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Nu si-l doreste nimeni, insa e printre cele mai des intalnite motive de cearta si de depresie. Divortul vine ca o urmare fireasca a imposibilitatii comunicarii dintre soti sau a unor evenimente neplacute in care a fost surprins sotul sau sotia, de multe ori legate de inselarea partenerului sau tainuirea unor intalniri cu alte persoane de sex opus.In cazul cel mai simplu, cu ajutorul unui avocat Timisoara, atunci cand sotii sunt din Timisoara sau din imprejurimi, se poate invoca o nepotrivire de caracter si casatoria e desfacuta imediat. De cele mai multe ori, lucrurile se complica si se…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Biden’s Twist on U.S. Economy

    Robert Farley
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Biden twisted international data on economic growth when he said the U.S. is “the only country in the world expected to continue to grow.” India, China and several Asian nations are expected to grow much faster than the U.S., just not as fast as they have in past years. Overall, the U.S. gross domestic product is expected to grow at a faster rate than the world average in 2015, but a little slower than the world average in 2016 and 2017. Putting his spin on the nation’s economic recovery during a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Jan. 22, Biden argued that an international…
  • Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

    Dave Levitan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions: Rick Santorum falsely claimed that U.S. policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will have zero impact” on climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and a reduction in its GHG emissions could slow global warming. Santorum claimed that even those who accept the science on climate change agree that U.S. action will accomplish nothing, which is also inaccurate. Mike…
  • FactChecking Science-based Claims

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Today we introduce a new feature and welcome a new staff writer to FactCheck.org. The new feature is “SciCheck,” and the staff writer is Dave Levitan. SciCheck will focus exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. Dave Levitan will be its author. Dave has a master’s in journalism with a certificate in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from NYU – one of the best programs of its kind in the country. He has nearly 10 years of experience as a freelance science writer, and has been published in Inside Climate News,…
  • Rand Paul Exaggerates Tax Credit Fraud

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Sen. Rand Paul falsely claimed that a tax credit program for low-income workers has a “fraud rate” of 25 percent and costs taxpayers “$20 billion to $30 billion.” Paul cited a report by the Government Accountability Office, but that’s not what the report said. The earned income tax credit program had an “improper payment error rate” of 24 percent in fiscal year 2013, according to the latest GAO report. The error rate includes fraud, but also represents mistakes made by taxpayers when filing tax forms and the IRS when processing payments. The GAO…
  • Romney’s Poverty Points

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Mitt Romney said that under President Obama “there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.” That’s true, but the poverty rate — which accounts for population changes — was higher under several former presidents than it is currently. Romney, who is considering a third presidential run, made the statement while discussing income inequality at an event sponsored by the Republican National Committee. Romney, Jan. 16: Under Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse, and there are more people in poverty in America than ever…
 
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    opposingviews.com

  • Hillary Clinton Agrees To Testify Before House Benghazi Committee

    Edward Arnold
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Hillary Clinton Agrees To Testify Before House Benghazi Committee Hillary Clinton Agrees To Testify Before House Benghazi Committee Politics Hillary Clinton, Benghazi attack, House Committee on Benghazi, Hillary Clinton to testify to benghazi Has Been Optimized Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the House select committee investigating Benghazi. Rep. Elijah Cummings confirmed the agreement. "The chairman asked me back in September to inquire as to whether Secretary Clinton would testify," said Representative Cummings. "She immediately said she would and…
  • John Boehner Argues Against His Own Minimum Wage Views Without Realizing It

    Edward Arnold
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    John Boehner Argues Against His Own Minimum Wage Views Without Realizing It John Boehner Argues Against His Own Minimum Wage Views Without Realizing It Politics Speaker of the House John Boehner, John Boehner Minimum Wage, 60 minutes, John Boehner history of jobs Has Been Optimized Speaker of the House John Boehner has been against raising the minimum wage for a long time now. In an interview with CBS “60 minutes” on Sunday night, Boehner explained his opposition. “It’s a bad idea,” he said. “I’ve had every kinda rotten job you can imagine growin’ up and gettin’ myself…
  • Obama Wants To End Sequestration, Increase Domestic And Military Spending

    Kathryn Schroeder
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Obama Wants To End Sequestration, Increase Domestic And Military Spending Obama Wants To End Sequestration, Increase Domestic And Military Spending Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized President Barack Obama wants to increase domestic and military spending, and put an end to spending caps known as “sequestration” in the fiscal 2016 budget. The announcement was planned for a meeting with congressional Democrats in Philadelphia on Jan. 29. The full fiscal 2016 budget is planned to be unveiled on Monday, Feb. 2, by the White House. The budget reportedly includes many programs…
  • Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Doesn't Support Marijuana Legalization

    Sean Kelly
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Doesn't Support Marijuana Legalization Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Doesn't Support Marijuana Legalization Headlines Politics loretta lynch, attorney general, marijuana, legalization, criminal system, drugs, obama Has Been Optimized During her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch said she does not support the legalization of marijuana, and disagrees with President Barack Obama’s opinions on the drug. “Do you support the legalization of marijuana?" Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions asked Lynch during the…
  • Pro-Life Congressman Tim Ryan Changes Abortion Stance To Pro-Choice

    Kathryn Schroeder
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Pro-Life Congressman Tim Ryan Changes Abortion Stance To Pro-Choice Pro-Life Congressman Tim Ryan Changes Abortion Stance To Pro-Choice Headlines Health Politics Has Been Optimized Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) has changed his anti-abortion stance after talking with women experiencing difficult circumstances in his home state. Ryan released an op-ed on Tuesday outlining why he now supports abortion rights. In the op-ed, published on Ohio.com, Ryan says he has gained a “deeper understanding of the complexities and emotions that accompany the difficult decisions that women and families make when…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Parking Lots

    John Y. Brown III
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    When you are in a parking lot and not paying attention when going to your car and the car parked next to you looks like your car, it is easy to walk up and try to open the door of the wrong car. When that happens, of course, the door stays locked, you immediately realize your mistake and you have a good laugh at yourself. But tonight I took it to the next level. Coming out of a Thortons I lackadaisically wandered over to the wrong silver sedan in the parking lot and tried …to open the driver’s door. And did. The door not only opened but the driver was still sitting in the car and…
  • Josh Bowen: I Can’t Squat

    Josh Bowen
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    If there are any trainers that read my rants you can sympathize with me on the following statement made by a client, “My doctor told me not to squat.” Oh he did, did he? Well isn’t that great, what in the world am I going to do to strengthen your legs? Hold up! Do me a favor and get up and down from that chair. So you know what I am getting at. There are some uneducated people out there that tell patients to stay away from certain activities, not realizing that those activities could potentially help the situation. I’ve incurred this situation several times in the 11 years I have…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Positive Self Talk

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    This morning as I walked briskly from the parking lot to my first meeting I saw my reflection in a store window and thought to myself, “I may be 51 but I have the gait of a 40 year old. Bam!” When I see a guy wearing a “slim fit” shirt I know it is because he is genuinely slim. (I also know that I probably won’t like him and definitely don’t trust him.) But when a guy wearing a “slim fit” shirt looks at a guy wearing a “classic fit” shirt, I wonder if he knows that “classic fit” is really just a euphemism for…
  • Lauren Mayer: Celebrating Fox News – No, Really!

    Lauren Mayer
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Left-leaning satirists have always had an interesting relationship with right-wing media like Fox News.  On the one hand, as liberals we are often dismayed by the partisan tone of their coverage, just as I’m sure conservatives are irked by MSNBC.  On the other hand, as satirists, we are truly grateful for the endless inspiration- face it, Stephen Colbert’s entire persona for his recently ended show was mocking the typical Fox News blowhard anchor, and anytime The Daily Show or Rachel Maddow wants to call out right-wing hypocrisy or inconsistency, there is almost always a clip…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Aging Optimist

    John Y. Brown III
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have a feeling today is going to be a great day. But don’t know what it is that is going to be great today in my life. But since I am in my 50s and won’t be able to remember tomorrow whatever great thing happened in my life today, I am OK with not needing to know specifics about today’s great things that I feel are going to happen. I am content just knowing today is going to be a great day. Involving something. I just don’t know what and, even if I did, I wouldn’t remember it anyway. But because of my “can do attitude” that won’t stop me from…
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Gwen Graham Draws Fire From NRCC Over Obama's Plan to Tax 529s

    Kevin Derby
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) jabbed freshman U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., on Wednesday, accusing her of backing President Barack Obama’s call to tax 529 saving accounts that Americans use to save for their children’s college education. After drawing heavy fire from the Republicans on the proposal, Obama has spiked it for the moment.read more
  • Arthenia Joyner Criticizes Rick Scott over Ousting of Gerald Bailey

    Allison Nielsen
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Senate Democratic leader Arthenia Joyner left no holds barred at the Associated Press's pre-session meeting Wednesday, criticizing Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet over the firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey. "Hubris appears to be the organizing principle of our executive branch," she said.read more
  • Cyndi Stevenson Edges Mike Davis in Open House GOP Primary

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The special Republican primary battle for former Rep. Doc Renuart’s open House seat, representing the northern parts of St. Johns County, proved close on Tuesday night. St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson beat St. Augustine businessman Mike Davis, who challenged Renuart in the primary back in 2012, by 300 votes on Tuesday night. With all votes in, Stevenson had 5,173 votes (42 percent) while Davis took 4,870 votes (39 percent). Jack Capra stood in distant third with 2,379 votes (19 percent).read more
  • Travis Hutson Beats Doc Renuart in GOP Senate Primary

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Former Rep. Travis Hutson won the special Republican primary for an open Florida Senate seat on Tuesday night, decisively beating former Rep. Doc Renuart by 17 percent. Hutson will face Democrat David Cox in the special election on April 7. With all votes in from Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties and more than 90 percent of precincts reported in St. Johns County, Hutson had 52 percent of the vote while Renuart trailed with 35 percent. Dennis McDonald was in distant third with 13 percent.read more
  • Paul Renner Cruises in GOP Primary for Open House Seat

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Paul Renner is one step closer to heading to Tallahassee after a big primary win on Tuesday night. Renner, an attorney and Navy veteran, lost by the skin of his teeth in a Republican primary to banker Jay Fant for an open Florida House seat in Duval County. But, on Tuesday, Renner bounced back easily, crushing former St. Johns County Commissioner Ron Sanchez and conservative activist Danielle Anderson in the special Republican primary for the House seat vacated by former Rep. Travis Hutson.read more
 
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    Washington Wire

  • Obama Mocks Romney’s Focus on Inequality

    Byron Tau
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:49 pm
    President Barack Obama took aim at his former rival Mitt Romney on Thursday, mocking the onetime GOP presidential nominee and the Republican Party for what Mr. Obama called a sudden shift in rhetoric on the issues of poverty and inequality.
  • Rand Paul Wins Support in Cruz, Perry Backyard

    Janet Hook
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri is set to announce Friday that he is resigning his party post in early March and joining Sen. Rand Paul's team of advisers.
  • Former Mitt Romney Aide Joins Jeb Bush PAC

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    David Kochel, a former adviser to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney and a longtime Republican strategist, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee, throwing his hat in with the former Florida governor rather than his old boss as the 2016 race begins to kick off.
  • Is the Economy Underperforming? The Output Gap Says Yes.

    Salim Furth
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Salim Furth: Comparing the slow-as-molasses recovery to previous recessions shows just how uniquely terrible the Great Recession’s recovery has been.
  • White House: Giving Guantanamo Bay Back to Cuba Not on The Table

    Byron Tau
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    President Barack Obama has long stated his desire to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, but his administration has no intention of giving the naval base back to Cuba.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Only one senator asked by BuzzFeed News — Sen. Ben Cardin — said he’d definitely go. ASSOCIATED PRESS Susan Walsh WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he's here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the…
  • David Duke Says He Might Run For Congress Against "Sell Out" Steve Scalise

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    “He elected supposedly David Duke without the baggage but he is not David Duke, he’s certainly—he’s basically, condemning the people of his district who voted overwhelmingly for me to be their US senator and voted to be their governor.” w.soundcloud.com Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he might run for office against Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Scalise faced questions earlier this month about a 2003 appearance he made as a state representative before the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) — a white supremacist group…
  • Top Democrat On Benghazi Committee: Gowdy Knew Hillary Clinton Would Testify Months Ago

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Things are getting heated. UPDATE: This post has been updated with Gowdy’s response letter. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters WASHINGTON — The top ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi says the Republican chairman has known for months that Hillary Clinton is willing to testify, but chose not to have her do so. In a letter to chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings said that after receiving thousands of letters from the Stop Hillary PAC, Gowdy personally asked him to call Clinton and ask her to give public testimony to the select committee. According to…
  • Plenty Of Innuendo, But No Hard Evidence Of New Clinton Sex Scandal

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Much-discussed documents in Jeffrey Epstein affair don’t live up to the hype. Carlo Allegri / Reuters Over roughly the past month, coverage of Bill Clinton's travels with financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have made their way from a thick stack of court documents into something approaching political mythology, propelled by a string of innuendo-laced reports hinting that the former president must have been in some way complicit when he voyaged with a billionaire known for preying on underage girls. It's a story with plenty to gape at, from horrific and…
  • White House: The Federal Government Still Opposes Legalizing Marijuana

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    “The Federal Government opposes drug legalization because it runs counter to a public health and safety approach to drug policy,” a White House official tells BuzzFeed News after Loretta Lynch testifies. Mark Wilson / Getty Images WASHINGTON — When Loretta Lynch told senators "I do not support the legalization of marijuana" during her confirmation hearing for Attorney General Wednesday, she upset a delicate balance for an Obama administration that has expressed support for current federal law banning pot use while also signaling a desire to loosen federal restrictions on the…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • January 2015 “Vision & Values” (Vol. 23 No. 1)

    Editor
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Editor’s note: The January 2015 issue of “Vision & Values” (Vol. 23 No. 1) is now available for a free download. In this issue, you’ll find “Ronald Reagan’s Economics and Soviet Economic Warfare,” an exclusive excerpt from the Center’s Ronald Reagan Lecture in 2014 featuring Dr. Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. Also included is a fascinating article by Dr. Colleen Sheehan titled, “James Madison and Our First Duty.” You will also find student fellow news and information on other Center events—like the ninth annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, American Founders Luncheon Series…
  • Remembering James B. Edwards

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. On the morning after Christmas, James B. Edwards passed away. Few Americans under the age of 40—unless they are South Carolinians—had probably never heard of Jim. Here’s the official biography: James B. Edwards was President Reagan’s original Secretary of Energy. At the age of 17, in 1944, Jim joined the U.S. Maritime Service to serve his country during World War II. Several years later, while still a Navy Reserve officer, he became an oral surgeon. In the mid-60s, concerned about the direction of our country, he…
  • “Professors You Need to Know” – Dr. Paul Kengor featured in “Libertas” – A Young America’s Foundation publication

    Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, appeared on the Summer 2014 cover of “Libertas.” A major publication of Young America’s Foundation (YAF), “Libertas” highlights the programs, events, students, staff, and supporters of the Foundation. In a special section titled, “Professors You Need to Know,” Kengor was interviewed by YAF Spokeswomen Ashley Pratte. In the magazine she writes, “Today’s young people are rarely introduced to conservative ideas in their classrooms and on their campuses. Most go their…
  • Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

    John A. Sparks
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.” Unfortunately it’s not that simple. There’s a lawsuit heading President Obama’s way. On November 20, 2014, the president issued an executive order to suspend immigration laws for approximately four million illegal…
  • Reflections on American History: The Somber Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    Paul G. Kengor
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the historic case of Roe v. Wade. Last weekend, Dr. Paul Kengor was the keynote speaker at the 37th annual People for Life Breakfast in Erie (click here and here for news coverage). During his speech, Kengor quoted from a forgotten but fascinating Reagan speech to pro-life leaders at the White House, the subject of a January 2010 article that we published (click here to read). Kengor also discussed that speech during our 2010 Reagan Lecture with Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson—a fascinating discussion with one of President…
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    Politic365

  • Republican Senator Drops “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Committee Name

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Just Another Moment in GOP Growth and Opportunity. Just in case anyone is wondering how the new Republican controlled Senate will deal with civil rights issues, wonder no more.  There’s a new Republican Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and he is making moves.  And the Republican Chairman’s first move was…. you guessed it: Changing the committee’s name. For a member of the most notorious do-nothing Congress in American history what else could you expect? I’m not certain what Sen. John Cornyn…
  • #Ferguson Bill Featuring Grand Jury Overhaul Debuts

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    H.R. 429. On January 21, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), introduced the Grand Jury Reform Act.  The bill, which is related to the non indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo, would require special a prosecutor in all officer involved deaths.  Congressional staff were briefed on the bill on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.
  • #SOTU Video: The #Ferguson Question

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    African Americans in Congress and the President of the NAACP react to President Obama’s second to last State of the Union.  The question: Did President Obama bring up the biggest issue over the last four months enough? That would be Ferguson.
  • The CBC in Ferguson

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    “Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The names Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice — and countless more.  Too many more. That is the brutal truth – as brutal as the tactics employed with stunning regularity by some who are sworn to protect us,” said Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) in Ferguson on January 18. On January 18, at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Carson, who at…
  • Video: Black Republican Reception w Reps. Mia Love, Will Hurd

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Historic Republicans. Yesterday former congressional staffer Insight America, J.C. Watts and Elroy Sailor hosted a reception for the three Black Republicans in Congress.  The reception featured @SenatorTimScott @WillHurd @MiaBLove.
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • No Dollar Unspent

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Koch brothers recently announced that they will be pledging close to $900 million in order to help sway the result of the 2016 Presidential Election. What kind of effect will that type of money have? In this episode we discuss the announcement, what the Koch brothers hope to accomplish and why the public outrage over the amounts of money spent by both parties in elections should be increasing. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and under "People's Choice" and "Politics/News"…
  • Blizzards and Budgets

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    For the last several days the NYC area has been bracing itself for a winter storm of historic proportions. Govt officials have instituted travel bans, shut down mass transit systems and asked residents to treat the storm with the utmost seriousness. City and state officials handled themselves brilliantly by most accounts, and “Blizzard 2015” didn’t hit the NYC area as hard as forecasters had predicted. Why then are some in the population still dissatisfied? We discuss in today’s show. We also discuss the release of the CBO’s latest report on the economic outlook…
  • DC through Des Moines

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Iowa Freedom Summit attracted many GOP candidates with sights set on a 2016 presidential run. Candidates from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to NJ Governor Chris Christie to Senator Ted Cruz vied for the chance to prove conservative bona fides to grassroots organizers who promise to be very active in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. In today’s episode we discuss the summit, the candidates who attended as well as some notable no-shows. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and…
  • Hello Havana

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The President announced last year that the US would be restoring relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of estrangement. This week the US sent a team of delegates to Havana to begin negotiations on topics such as travel restrictions, shipments to the US mission and caps on personnel. Although the US delegation noted that “deep” divisions remain, there was overall praise of the negotiations by both sides. In this episode we discuss the reestablishing of relations and the effect it is having on US foreign policy as well as politics here at home. Email the show at…
  • Middle Class or Trickle Down?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The President has laid out several new initiatives over the past several weeks aimed at stimulating the economy. The moves would extend tax relief to the middle class as well as institute broad-reaching education programs such as free community college for all. The programs would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that affect wealthiest of Americans. Tax reform is one of the areas that the President and congressional Republicans have indicated willingness for finding common ground on. Is there any hope that some of the President’s populist policies will be enacted? We discuss some of…
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    US Daily Review

  • Create Your Own Economy

    usdr
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:27 pm
    By  Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special for USDR A few things are certainly true today: President Obama is finally seeing approval ratings teetering around the 50/50 level recently – which is great for him. This is worth about as much as saying that progress is underway in the fight against poverty in third world countries – which is true, it’s just happening excruciatingly slowly; and it depends on who you ask or where to go to obtain that information! Complicated problems aren’t they, and by the end of the day it all feels like a bunch of smoke and mirrors. Economists are saying that…
  • Sen. John McCain Gets Tough

    usdr
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By USDR. During a Senate hearing today in Washington, DC, a small mob came out to vocally protest former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  The group was calling for the arrest for Kissinger for his role in the Vietnam War.  McCain calls a protester “low life scum” leading to modest applause.  This is whatunfolded:
  • Car Tech: What Upgrades to Look for in 2015

    usdr
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    By USDR Technology is everywhere, from our phones, our fridges, and even our feet, but only the best technology makes it into our vehicles. For decades, we have expected our cars to be safe and functional, but only recently have we also looked forward to features that make driving fun. Of course, it is more sensible to make a vehicle purchase based on boring aspects like reliability and value, but the following car tech trends will have almost everyone reaching for their wallets. Laser Headlights LED headlights are becoming standard in most new cars, but even as this technology starts to…
  • American Grit

    usdr
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    By  April Dye, Contributor,USDR. When did it become fashionable to be avictim? Let’s go back and think about the pioneers, the people who helped build this country into the amazing place itis. These men and women were fighters, go-getters – they had grit.  They had many obstacles to overcome yet they stuck it out and fought tooth and nail to survive – to grow the land, the towns, the economies. What about the women who had to go into the workforce during WW2. How about our soldiers who go into the battle field knowing they are risking their lives to help others have the same freedoms…
  • Obama in Denial

    csalima
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    by Candace Salima, Senior Contributor on US Daily Review Barack Obama, supposedly the most powerful man in the world, is playing a game of “if I ignore it, it will go away”. Let me explain. To the point of ridiculousness Obama is refusing to name terrorist organizations, rather calling them insurgents or radicals . . . but never what they are, which are Islamic jidhadists determined to destroy all who do not align themselves with them politically, religiously, and ridiculously attempting to establish a worldwide Muslim Caliphate. They are cutting a bloody swath through the Middle…
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    American Patriot

  • Leftist nutbag over at MSNBC calls Christ Kyle “a racist” who went on “Killing Sprees” in Iraq

    The American Patriot
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    They are not trying to hide their hatred of the American Military anymore. The Video: The Story Via ‘Busters: Ayman Mohyeldin has suggested that Chris Kyle, the real “American Sniper,” was a “racist” whose military missions were nothing less than “killing sprees.” With opinions like that, you might imagine Mohyeldin to be some unhinged bloviator from the bowels of the anti-American far left. Or, an NBC foreign correspondent [who formerly worked for Al Jazeera] who regularly reports on events in the Middle East.  Which is exactly what he is.  Ayman…
  • Andrew Sullivan calls it quits

    The American Patriot
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    This is mildly surprising. One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble onto something actually interesting. But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near…
  • Rep. John Yarmuth is absolutely correct

    The American Patriot
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The Audio: The Story: Rep. John Yarmuth says Republican House Speaker John Boehner inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the House of Representatives is “close to subversion.” Speaking with the Stephanie Miller Show on Friday, the Kentucky Democrat added some Congress members’ strong support for Israel “had to do with fundraising.” “I am totally outraged at Speaker Boehner for doing it, I think it’s, it was deliberately designed to undermine the president — that’s close to subversion,” said Yarmuth of Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress.
  • Man takes responsibility for crashed drone at the White House

    The American Patriot
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Despite some wishful thinking by some on the right. Looks like this might have been an accident. WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say he was responsible and didn’t mean to fly it over the complex. The man contacted the Secret Service at midmorning after reports of the crash spread in the media. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said the man had been interviewed by…
  • Tragic: Former Texas Fox Station employee shots himself outside News Corps Offices

    The American Patriot
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    This is tragic: A former employee of a Fox station in Texas shot and killed himself outside the front doors of the News Corporation building shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a law-enforcement official said. The building houses 21st Century Fox and News Corporation, which owns The Wall Street Journal. The man, Phillip Perea, 41 years old, of Irving, Texas, shot himself once in the chest outside of 1211 Avenue of the Americas, the official said. Mr. Perea had previously worked for a Fox station in Austin, Texas, police said. Mr. Perea had also been handing out fliers, which criticized his…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Sunday Series: Fashion Enthusiasts Turn to Online Magazines

    Drew Katz
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Mobile is mobile! And by that I mean mobile is on the move and rising fast. In conjunction with our recent study, “Getting Mobile Right,” we have dedicated this weekly Compete Pulse to articles focused on mobile. Getting Mobile Right The data can’t be denied and mobile can’t be ignored. Marketers looking to drive brand growth can utilize mobile marketing, but should not delve into this venture blindly. Read our report to recognize what your brand has to do to Get Mobile Right. The New Mall is Mobile – 6 Ways to Maximize Conversion ClickZ recognized that the next big shift is to…
  • Sunday Series: Battle of the Lyrics

    Drew Katz
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Image from: Lyrics-Image / Shutterstock The emotional teachings of Biz Markie’s, “Just a Friend,” will forever be engraved in my mind. Every time the song plays, I can sing along flawlessly. I know every word, with special emphasis on the beautiful, in-pitch chorus. This perfection however, is a complete deviation from the norm. Most people like me rely on lyrical websites that ranked among the top domains for the Music Category. AZLyrics.com and MetroLyrics.com were the top two websites for unique visitors among other music websites. In the Music Category, AZLyrics recorded 9,055,216…
  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    We’re looking out for the small and mid-sized businesses too, so we decided to comb the Internet for you! We have gathered the top articles with helpful tips and ideas to leverage in your upcoming digital campaigns. Small to Mid-Sized Businesses: Competing with larger competitors is an uphill battle in almost all areas of business, yet there may remain one even playing field. Some contend that the digital marketing arena is still a place where having the biggest budget does not fully equate to the best successes. Find out why! If you are trying to get your business on the digital map,…
  • December Top 50: ‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping

    Drew Katz
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Image from: Online Shopping / Shutterstock The holiday-filled December marked a time for large increases of traffic towards online shopping/ecommerce domains and shipping websites, reaffirming the fact that we love presents. Amazon.com Amazon, which was discussed in our previous Sunday Series , saw an impressive 144,051,293 unique visitors and MoM (month over month) growth of 12.68%. Among the top 10 websites for unique visitors, Amazon.com posted the strongest growth percentage increase. The retailer was the tenth most popular site receiving traffic from the keyword, “Holiday.” and the…
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    Tea Party 911

  • The Minute Men (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Editors Note:  This is the first in a series of letters by this author to be published monthly on this site. My  name is James Still.  Since November 2009, I  have been reading our Founding History and writing a letter each month containing quotes from the Founders.   “Should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 I believe a knowledge of our History is still vital for…
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert Announces Run for Speaker of the House

    Editorial Staff
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    WASHINGTON, DC— Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his decision to buck the status quo and challenge John Boehner in the race for House Speaker: “After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change.  There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters’ message. However, after our Speaker forced through the CRomnibus by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it, it seemed clear that we needed new leadership.
  • Bapnesty

    Jan Shedd
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Many Baptists will be shocked to learn that in the upper echelons of their leadership, there’s a big push to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Churches should be hotbeds of conservative activism. (Actually, every Bible-believing church should have a political activism ministry, but I’ll save that for another day.) Likewise, their leaders should be setting the example by promoting public policy that is true to Biblical standards. Sadly, in the case of illegal immigration, this is not the case. Rank and file Baptists, along with most of their pastors, overwhelmingly oppose amnesty for…
  • Applause for the Mellon Initiative

    Lee Cary
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Tea Parties have a choice to make. They can remain the much maligned conservative wing of the Republican Party, they can wither and die, or they can fight back.”  Dr. Donald Mellon, “Texas Tea Party, Texas Third Party,” December 27, 2014 Dr. Mellon is right.  And the stakes are every bit as high as he states in his recent TeaParty911.com article: “The establishment Republican Party has declared war on the Tea Party. But the fate of the Tea Party and the country are intertwined such that the destruction of the Tea Party will also ensure the continued march toward the economic…
  • Texas Tea Party, Texas Third Party

    Donald Mellon
    27 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    ~By Donald Mellon~ The establishment Republican Party has declared war on the Tea Party. But the fate of the Tea Party and the country are intertwined such that the destruction of the Tea Party will also ensure the continued march toward the economic collapse of the country and the loss of liberty and property to follow. This article will suggest a possible response to this declaration of war. The establishment has convinced Jeb Bush to throw his hat into the presidential ring. He will be a heavily funded candidate representing the Washington establishment and their well funded supporters.
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Hezbollah Responds To The Israeli Attack

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Not too late to respond!. Hezbollah attacked an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Sheb'aa Farms.  Two Israeli soldiers were killed in this attack. Hezbollah responded to an Israeli rocket attack in Syria.
  • Syria Report

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Tension on the Golan HeightsAt least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.But the army said it had evacuated visitors from the Mount Hermon ski resort near the armistice line and security sources said that farmers were told to leave their fields and go into bomb shelters.Police said they had set up roadblocks to stop civilians entering the area.Tensions on the Golan have been running high since a January 18 Israeli air strike killed…
  • Russia to Surround USA with Its Influence

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has recently visited Iran and India, while Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has paid a visit to Nicaragua. The officials discussed Russia's participation in the construction of a transatlantic channel of military and strategic importance. Russia's most recent agreements became a response to the challenges from the United States. The Americans are concerned.Military cooperation with IranIn light of the growing confrontation with the West, Russia must respond by increasing its military presence in various regions of the world. We must look…
  • Saudi Arabia: The Monster Is Dead, May The New Monster Die Soon

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    From Moon of AlabamaThe obituaries of mainstream U.S. media and "western" politicians on the Saudi King Abdullah are laughingly sycophantic:A master politician, he gained a reputation as a reformer without changing his country’s power structure and maintained good relations with the United States while striking an independent course in foreign policy.The Post closed its comment section on the obit to not be called out for its bootlicking. How much did the Saudis pay for this coverage? For a realistic view on the now dead monster read the Guardian obit: Monarch whose…
  • The Next Israel-Hezbollah Vis-à-vis

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    There are many scenarios for the inevitable Israel-Hezbollah war. But, it is quite hard to predict the course and consequences of the next vis-à-vis.Two days ago, Israel attacked Hezbollah's military convoy in Syria. The attack occurred just few days after long televised interview with Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrullah. He stated that any assault on Syria is regarded as an attack on the "axis of resistance" in the region.Israel responded to Nasrullah's interviewHassan Nasrullah is undoubtedly an extraordinary Arab leader. Unlike other Arab leaders, he is well knowledgeable leader…
 
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Puff-Puff...Pass?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    We all know that Washington and Colorado have legalized it, that more than 11 other states have decriminalized it, we watch in movies and TV shows as people partake in it and the President has even admitted to using it.
  • They Don't Make Hardships Like They Used To

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Calling upon dwindling reserves of benevolence, I try to convince myself that Chris Harrison has the good of mankind at heart.
  • College anyone...Anyone?

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    In today's economic and social dynamic, is a college education as important as it once was?
  • Redefining 'Best'

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    Oscar nominations are in the news and soon the glitterati will be donning their finery and having their picture taken in the hope of not making a fashion faux pas - later walking away with a statuette. This year will see 86th Academy Awards. With little gold statues to be handed out, I will soon be utterly bemused by a long line of unfamiliar faces, cleavage and stubbly beards owned by those whom I will never have heard of and probably never will again.
  • Stop and Smell the Old Technology

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Even if it manages to avoid the humiliation of ending up next to the Sony Betamax in a rubbish pile, the best any technology can hope for - no matter how revolutionary and life-altering - is to one day be taken for granted. Don't believe me? Insert yourself into a conversation at your next dinner party and start raving about the wheel.
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    BizPac Review

  • Unhinged animal activists compare milking cows to ‘rape,’ kidnapping children

    Joe Saunders
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The students at UC Berkeley seem to have a lot of time on their hands – and zero sense of perspective. Case in point: a protest last Saturday afternoon by members of the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy over a new design adorning the top of a Domino’s Pizza box, reported The Daily Californian. The pizza box lid displayed pictures of dairy cows with an ad that reads: “This pizza couldn’t have been made without help from Stella, Edna, Abigail, Estelle and Nancy.” Tim McIntyre, Domino’s communications vice president, said the ad was meant to acknowledge the company’s…
  • Scott Walker fed up with faculty lounge gripes: How about professors work a little harder?

    Joe Saunders
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is taking open jabs at university professors and their lax workload, saying a little more help from professors might ease coming budget cuts in higher education. Photo Credit: The Nation As he made clear during a radio interview Wednesday, the two-term Republican governor, who has led Wisconsin out from under fiscal debt with “common sense conservative principles” is not done reforming the state. As a way to continue his path to prosperity and keep more money in the hands of Wisconsin residents, Walker proposed to cut $300 million from the University of…
  • Comcast sends customer an UNBELIEVABLE insult; grovels, but will it be enough?

    Joe Saunders
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The goliath U.S. cable company Comcast is a little smaller after having been caught addressing one of its customers as “A—hole.” The name Ricardo Brown was deliberately changed to “A—hole Brown,” on a cable bill in an apparent act of retaliation for an earlier dispute between Comcast customer service and Ricardo’s wife, Lisa, of Spokane, Wash. After Brown received the bill, with the insulting salutation, she took it to the consumer advocate group Elliot.org. Christopher Elliott, founder of the advocacy group followed up on the story, concluded its authenticity, and…
  • Man expecting UPS package of ammo is shocked by what his security camera reveals — you will be too!

    Michael Dorstewitz
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    When a Houston man arrived home earlier this month to find a package he’d been expecting smashed open, and its contents strewn all about his front yard, he checked his home security camera footage. What homeowner Ben Lucas discovered shocked him beyond belief. Much of the merchandise, which included .22-caliber ammunition, a gun cleaning kit and chemicals, was damaged, and a review of the tape showed a UPS driver heaving the package over the homeowner’s fence after encountering difficulty opening the front gate. Then the driver unzipped his pants and relieved himself over the side of…
  • US public high school hosts ‘Hijab Day’: A ‘classic example of religious indoctrination’

    Carmine Sabia
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    A California school is causing quite a controversy for apparently violating the separation of church and state to promote Muslim headscarves for women. It all started when a student at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep in Sacramento, who also happens to be an intern for the Hamas-linked group the Council on American-Islamic Relations, gave a presentation on “Islamaphobia” at a mandatory staff meeting at which an official CAIR representative was present. In response to the presentation, the school decided to sponsor a “Hijab Day” Wednesday in cooperation with both CAIR and the…
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    Sparking The Left

  • The Need for Better Childcare

    Kleier
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    I know the childcare issue is not sexy. And I know that this post will not get a million views this week. But childcare is an essential issue for those of the lower socioeconomic status (SES) trying to claw their way towards a better life. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) melded with West Germany and it’s capitalist ways. But the East Germans had some problems with the West’s free-market policies. The absence of a State-ran economy left many soured and one of the many reasons were the West’s views of the family, and childcare…
  • Some Lessons Society Still Hasn’t Learned From Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Paul Phillips
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    As I listened to the newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech from December 7, 1964 in London, I couldn’t help but notice how many different lessons from his speech we still haven’t learned as a society.  It’s a little more than 50 years later and we still struggle to get over so many hurdles that should have been accomplished so long ago.  Here’s a few instances from the speech that jump out for me. With the growth of slavery, it became necessary to give some justification for it. You know, it seems to be a fact of life that human…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Langston Hughes’ “Scottsboro”

    Kleier
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    A poem by Langston Hughes, Black American poet and writer, entitled “Scottsboro” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: 8 BLACK BOYS IN A SOUTHERN JAIL WORLD TURN PALE! 8 black boys and one white lie. Is it too much to die? Is it much to die when immortal feet, March with down Time’s street, When beyond steel bars sound the deathless drums Like a mighty heart-beat as they come? Who comes? Christ, Who fought alone, John Brown. That mad mob That tore the Bastille down Stone by stone. Moses Jeanne…
  • Conservatives Criticizing Obama for Paris Photo-op Forget World Hates Their Foreign Policy

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    It’s not surprising that conservatives have jumped on the Obama administration for sending ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, to the photo-op of free-press-hating world leaders (an issue that, in all fairness, the Obama administration has its own black eyes).  It’s not even surprising that a conservative has stooped to the point of making a ridiculous, childish, and brainless Hitler comparison.  It’s just politics and one side will criticize the other for…anything. What is surprising is that conservatives think the Obama administration would even want their opinion…
  • Frontline On The NRA: “Gunned Down”

    Kleier
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    For anyone who is interested in the gun control debate should watch this episode of “Frontline” entitled “Gunned Down.” The documentary is about the NRA and it’s powerful lobbying history. It covers how the organization has always come out on top despite many senseless murders and massacres committed by assailants with firearms. Follow the link. (I apologize about using the link instead of embedding the video. WordPress does not allow Frontline’s documentaries to be embedded on its platform) http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365397152?chapter=1”…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Republican Congressman Urges House Leadership to Use Reconciliation to Repeal Obamacare

    Melissa Quinn
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Rep. John Fleming, R-La., is emboldening House leadership to embrace a budget tactic that would lower the threshold of votes needed to rollback provisions of Obamacare. “We all say that we want to repeal Obamacare, and we would all love a clean, full repeal,” Fleming said in an interview with The Daily Signal. “But the truth is, sometimes it’s kind of like making sausage. You have to do it one step at a time. You’ve got to approach it from the standpoint that you make substantial gains today, and then the next opportunity, you make more.” “Sometimes it’s kind of like making…
  • Find Out How Your Senators Voted on the Keystone XL Pipeline

    Kate Scanlon
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The Senate approved legislation on Thursday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite threats from the White House to veto it. The legislation was passed in a 62-36 vote. Supporters of the pipeline contend that it would create jobs and boost economic growth, and opponents worry about potential environmental ramifications. “Constructing Keystone would pump billions into our economy,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the floor before the vote. “It would support thousands of good American jobs and as the president’s own State Department has…
  • With Bill to Ease Travel, Some Republicans Want to ‘Modernize’ US-Cuba Relationship

    Josh Siegel
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation today that would end the travel ban between the U.S. and Cuba. The bill has an equal number of Democratic and Republican co-sponsors, showing how the Cuba issue defies normal party lines. “We’ve tried this current policy that we have prohibiting travel for about 50 years, and it hasn’t worked, so it’s time for something new,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the sponsors of the bill. “It’s time to allow Americans to travel freely to Cuba.” Proud to be part of emerging coalition of #GOP senators seeking to expand #trade…
  • Atlanta Fire Chief Fired Over Views of Homosexuality Files Discrimination Complaint

    Kate Scanlon
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has filed a federal complaint that he is a victim of religious discrimination after losing his job after his writing about his views on homosexuality attracted attention. Cochran, who is also a deacon at Elizabeth Baptist Church, was terminated after controversial passages about homosexuality were discovered in his book, “Who Told You You Are Naked?” self-published in 2013. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Cochran was fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed after his objection to Cochran’s description of homosexuality as “vile, vulgar…
  • Volunteer Group Wants to Help Elderly, Disabled With Snow Removal

    Kate Scanlon
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    While Winter Storm Juno might not have brought as much snow as some forecasters were predicting, parts of New England weren’t spared, with some locations suffering power outages and blizzard conditions. Elderly and disabled residents are struggling with snow removal, and one volunteer group wants to help them. Serve Rhode Island, a community service organization, is seeking volunteers to shovel and plow snow for those in need. They promise they will help as many people as they have volunteers to serve. Those who volunteer to plow and shovel snow must pass a background check and sign a…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Open Carry Texas Posts Women’s Full Names On YouTube Who Call The Police

    Anomaly
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Open Carry Texas members just cannot believe that concerned citizens would call the police after observing their gang of gun toting miscreants marching through a residential area. Naturally, to them, when anyone – especially a female, because females are bad — calls the police, that woman must be a member of Moms Demand Action. Because […]
  • Comcast Changes Customer’s Name To A**hole On The Bill

    Anomaly
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Comcast isn’t exactly known for customer service. Just ask “Asshole Brown”. His name on his account was Ricardo Brown until a customer service representative changed it to “Asshole” on a bill because he cancelled his account. After Lisa Brown, a Spokane, Wash. resident, saw the bill, she shocked to her husband Ricardo’s name changed. She […]
  • Cliven Bundy’s Son Jailed For Resisting Arrest

    Anomaly
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Ryan Bundy, son of moocher Cliven Bundy, was booked into jail this week after allegedly attempting to resist arrest when officers approached him about an outstanding warrant. According to Fox 13,  the 42-year-old Cedar City resident was at the Iron County Justice Court Tuesday regarding a separate case when Police approached him about a warrant. […]
  • Alleged Human Sarah Palin Would ‘Do Great’ As A Presidential Candidate, Says John McCain

    Anomaly
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    If then-candidate John McCain had not unleashed the half-wit Governor of Alaska upon us, she would probably be doing infomercials for dubious products. Or she’d be a bag-lady, hanging outside in the back of a local biker bar. According to McCain, Sarah Palin (AKA: Crazy Pants) would do really well if she ran in 2016. […]
  • Texas Woman Marries Herself In Lavish Ceremony

    Anomaly
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    A Houston, Texas woman actually married herself. I’m sure they’ll be very happy together, and it saves on grocery bills. Yasmin Eleby vowed that if she didn’t find someone that loved her as much as she loves herself by the time she turned 40, she would marry herself and she kept that promise earlier this […]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Arunachal Pradesh CM: Rs 225 crore NHPC loan not yet refunded

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Itanagar, Jan 29 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today disclosed that the Rs 225 crore loan taken by the state government from NHPC to revive the sick Cooperative Apex Bank during June 2007 is yet to be refunded. Responding to a question raised by BJP member Japu Deru during question hour, the chief minister informed that the amount was taken on 9 per cent simple interest and the total amount would be adjusted from the free power that would be available to the state government from various projects executed by the power giant in the state. He said, out of the total…
  • Two crore toilets to be built in villages, linked to MNREGA

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) Over two crore toilets will be built in select villages across the country under a programme of making India open defecation-free by 2019 which the government decided to link to MNREGA. The government will also deploy specially-trained women workers to give basic lessons about the use of toilets in the villages. The over 2 crore toilets will be constructed in select villages under MNREGA, a rural job scheme, said an official of the Rural Development ministry which is the nodal body for it. The official said efforts will also be made to bring behavioural changes…
  • Debunking myths on the Modi-Obama nuclear breakthrough

    Tanvi Ratna
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Indo-US nuclear deal is an outcome of political and geostrategic considerations. Amid the backslapping comraderie between the leaders of the United States and India, has come a hard-hitting breakthrough over the civil nuclear liability issue. The significance of such a breakthrough cannot be underestimated, however, some myths around the process are already taking hold. As a quick background to the issue, the landmark 2005 nuclear deal between the two countries, pushed through with remarkable difficulty on both sides, has been hostage to a few clauses of the Civil Liability of Nuclear Damages…
  • Karnataka Govt to amend Education Act

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Bengaluru, Jan 29 (PTI) State Government today decided to amend the Karnataka Compulsory Primary Education Act, 2012 to impart primary education in Kannada in the state and strengthen its case before the Supreme Court where a related case is pending. “We have decided to amend the present act to impart primary education in Kannada. The proposed amendment will strengthen the state’s case when the apex court takes up the curative petition,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters during a cabinet briefing. The Supreme Court on May 6 last…
  • Nitin Gadkari announces Rs 20,500 cr package for roads in Chhattisgarh

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Raipur, Jan 29 (PTI) Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today announced a Rs 20,500 crore package for road projects in Chhattisgarh. Considering the proposals of Chief Minister Raman Singh, a package of Rs 20,500 crore will be given to the state in the current financial year, Gadkari told reporters here. These projects envisage construction of 3,275 km of roads. The union minister was here to lay the foundation stones of five state highway development projects worth around Rs 1,700 crore in Kawardha district. Under the new projects, a high quality road connecting the two…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing

    IL
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    HIPAA Horizon 2015: Audits and Healthcare Cloud Guidance 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. 2014 ended with a […]The post 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS

    IL
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Improving the End User Experience with Amazon Web Services This the final post of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 8: DevOps Automation.  End user experience is a combination of several factors: the reliability, availability and performance of the infrastructure, platforms and applications that an organization offers, and the impact these have on user […]The post Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS

    IL
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The Financial Implication and Benefits of an Automation using DevOps in AWS This the 8th part of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 7: How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS.  Automation applied to efficient operations can lead to a gain in efficiency that directly translates to the bottom line of a business. […]The post DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Police Body Cameras and Cloud Storage: Providing the Infrastructure for Success

    IL
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Cloud Hosting Provides Data Management for Police Body Cameras 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. After the tragic […]The post Police Body Cameras and Cloud Storage: Providing the Infrastructure for Success appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Healthcare Security: 3 Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds

    JG
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Three Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds Thanks to our friends at Alert Logic for sharing this article. Many industries have unique characteristics that make them attractive data breach targets. Financial services organizations manage money, media sites can deliver hacker’s messages to a wide audience, and government departments have confidential information of interest to other […]The post Healthcare Security: 3 Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    guyblaise.com

  • Does skin color matter? However black or white a cow is, the milk is always white

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    What would I remember of 2014?  In America, Do #BlackLivesMatter?  Yes! The way black people and white people see life in America reminds me of the way people interpret the Bible: two pastors can read the same copy of the Bible but can interpret it differently. Policemen, in the eyes of a white man, can […]
  • US politics remains divided: A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Bye-bye 2014, welcome 2015!  US politics has been very consistently divided, Democrats vs. Republicans. As a result, nothing is accomplished. What will I remember about American politics in 2014? The US Democrats lost their majority in the US Senate. Surprise? Not a big surprise, because traditionally a second term president’s party loses elections due to […]
  • History repeats itself: When weeds invade the land, it means the owner is absent

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Middle East regime changes by the United States and its allies have changed the world forever. The US decision to invade Iraq had a pyromaniac effect in the Middle East. We are watching how the Western countries — by trying to remove President Assad of Syria by giving arms to the rebels in Syria — […]
  • Brat wins Republican primary: All rotten fish taste the same

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Eric Cantor, the powerful number two Republican in the House of Representatives has lost the Republican primary to David Brat, a conservative Tea Party challenger. The big upset is certainly a message from the arch conservatives who see the Republican in Washington as not conservative enough. This defeat doesn’t change anything for the Democrats and […]
  • Controversy over Bergdahl’s release: Sometimes you need to sacrifice your beard in order to save your head

    admin
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:24 pm
    The release of a U.S. Army Sergeant detained by the Taliban after five years of captivity has ignited a political debate about how his release was negotiated. We all agree that the Taliban is a terrorist group. Are five Taliban lives worth one American life? Honestly, the United States didn’t have any choice whether to […]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix With Guest Victor Pickard

    Liberal Fix
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our special guest is Victor Pickard. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
  • Liberal Fix Radio With Guest Mason Wartman Owner of Rosa's Fresh Pizza

    Liberal Fix
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Mason Wartman,,a fomer NYC banker, who now runs an innovative pizza restaraunt that has garnered national attention for "pay it foward" efforts that helps feed homeless patrons and others in need. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Perspectives on Current Politics

    Liberal Fix
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss contemporary politics including the GOP presidential hopefuls, the race to replace Barbara Boxer in CA 2016, gun politics, the Tea party debacle in Brownback's Kansas, climate change, and more. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna…
  • Liberal Fix - The 114th Congress

    Liberal Fix
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the new congress. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists…
  • Liberal Fix- Gun Culture in America

    Liberal Fix
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.  
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    21st Century Wire

  • USS John C. Stennis Loads ‘Massive Ordnances’ in Preparation – For What?

    21wire
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm
    21st Century says…The war hawks in Washington have been hungry to off load large amounts of its artillery and missile stocks, not least of all because new orders need to be rotated in, and invoices need to be raised, and paid. That’s the military business, and they need a new way to help expedite the process.NATO has been hungry to fast-track a hot war in the Ukraine and declared once again this week that Russia has deployed troops inside the Ukraine – using this as a pretext to increase its involvement in the conflict. Although a NATO-Russia confrontation could materialize…
  • REVEALED: The TSA’s New Computerized ‘Facial and Emotional’ Recognition System

    21wire
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    21st Century Wire says…More Orwellian technology is being rolled out, not just to make you into more of a commodity than you already are, but also to ‘profile’ your emotions.With no regulation on this issue, corporations are basically writing the privacy rules as they go along. Do you trust them? Where is this really heading?(Image: Android Headlines)In realty, they no control over how third parties using their software might use images of people’s faces and digital signatures of your ‘emotions’ and storing, sharing and selling that data across macro platforms.
  • Vaccine Mogul Bill Gates Laments Failure of UN, Calls For ‘New World Government’

    21wire
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Some individuals believe they are the rightful rulers of a planetary fiefdom.According to Forbes, Bill Gates is the world’s richest man, on paper, worth an estimated $80 billion dollars. After managing to miraculously acquire MS DOS and then parlay that into his barely legal Microsoft monopoly, Gates later branched out from computer software and further towards his true passion, eugenics.If you are not familiar with eugenics, it’s essentially the Victorian science of depopulation – mainly along racial and class lines. Bill Gates and the…
  • New Pedophile Scandal and Cover-up Rocks Australia’s Jewish Community

    21wire
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Another horrific child sex abuse scandal unfolds Down Under…As America begins gestating its high-profile child sex scandal featuring billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his friends, already similarities are appearing in the two cases. Epstein’s good friend and associate, prominent criminal lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, is accused of fiddling with not only Epstein’s pedophile case, but with many others according to reports, as well as taking advantage of some of Epstein’s under-aged female subjects. If true, this is 360º corruption on the part of…
  • Change? Four BEHEADED After A Week Under New Saudi King Salman

    Stuart Hooper
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    21st Century Wire says…While the passing of King Abdullah could have been the perfect time for change in Saudi Arabia, change seems far from the agenda.Last week, numerous heads of state rushed to the Wahabi kingdom to pay homage to the passing of a monarch who presided over a 21st century Medieval, feudal and cultural archipelago in the desert..We suggested last week that if any state in the Middle East actually needed an ‘Arab Spring‘, then Saudi Arabia would be a prime candidate; primarily due to its horrendous human rights record. Unfortunately, the new King Salman has…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Three Tissue Packets For A Dollar

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps herein lies the power (and diversity) of perception. Whether we purchase these tissue packets depends, it seems: first, how we perceive the peddler (inferring intent through disposition and actions); and second, how we perceive the efficacy of our contribution (if that dollar makes a tangible difference in the life of that peddler, or if policy changes are in order). Continue reading →
  • A Hard Look At Recidivism

    guanyinmiao
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How though? The rate of recidivism was 23.3 per cent for inmates released in 2010, 27 per cent in 2011, and 27.5 per cent in 2012. A four per cent increase, in other words. It should however be noted that fewer persons have been sent to prison in the same period, which could account for a lower absolute increase in the number of re-offenders. Continue reading →
  • The Things That Matter, People Who Matter

    guanyinmiao
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For years after my National Service stint my mother has asked if I could make time – at the end of the year – for the family to travel a few weeks together, and for her it made even more sense last year. On my exchange semester in Helsinki, Finland I travelled to different cities in Europe, and not only was she excited to visit the places I’ve been to as well as to go on obligatory shopping and sightseeing trips, above all I think she wanted us to be together. Continue reading →
  • Getting Into Shape

    guanyinmiao
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The announcement to open sporting facilities in every Singapore school to encourage mass participation in sports is welcomed, though it is less clear whether Minister of Culture, Community, and Youth (MCCY) Lawrence Wong did address the concerns raised by Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Ben Tan (TODAY, Jan. 20). The NMP had asked about the low rates of exercise among Singaporeans and the sentiment that young people do not enjoy sports, and while Minister Wong spoke generally on the sports programmes under ActiveSG and the physical education curriculum, the response could have been more…
  • Tackle Sexual Grooming Substantively

    guanyinmiao
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    As well-intentioned their calls for more to be done to educate young people and their parents on online risks and sexual grooming may be (ST, Jan. 18), the parliamentarians and social workers quoted in the commentary stopped short of more substantive recommendations to educate children and their parents. They were quick to highlight the insufficiency of the current landscape against violations, the inability of Singaporean children to discern and protect themselves, as well as their ease in falling into online traps, but did not say more about the phenomenon, the present shortcomings, and the…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • No Dollar Unspent

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Koch brothers recently announced that they will be pledging close to $900 million in order to help sway the result of the 2016 Presidential Election. What kind of effect will that type of money have? In this episode we discuss the announcement, what the Koch brothers hope to accomplish and why the public outrage over the amounts of money spent by both parties in elections should be increasing. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and under "People's Choice" and "Politics/News"…
  • Blizzards and Budgets

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    For the last several days the NYC area has been bracing itself for a winter storm of historic proportions. Govt officials have instituted travel bans, shut down mass transit systems and asked residents to treat the storm with the utmost seriousness. City and state officials handled themselves brilliantly by most accounts, and “Blizzard 2015” didn’t hit the NYC area as hard as forecasters had predicted. Why then are some in the population still dissatisfied? We discuss in today’s show. We also discuss the release of the CBO’s latest report on the economic outlook…
  • DC through Des Moines

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Iowa Freedom Summit attracted many GOP candidates with sights set on a 2016 presidential run. Candidates from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to NJ Governor Chris Christie to Senator Ted Cruz vied for the chance to prove conservative bona fides to grassroots organizers who promise to be very active in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. In today’s episode we discuss the summit, the candidates who attended as well as some notable no-shows. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and…
  • Hello Havana

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The President announced last year that the US would be restoring relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of estrangement. This week the US sent a team of delegates to Havana to begin negotiations on topics such as travel restrictions, shipments to the US mission and caps on personnel. Although the US delegation noted that “deep” divisions remain, there was overall praise of the negotiations by both sides. In this episode we discuss the reestablishing of relations and the effect it is having on US foreign policy as well as politics here at home. Email the show at…
  • Middle Class or Trickle Down?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The President has laid out several new initiatives over the past several weeks aimed at stimulating the economy. The moves would extend tax relief to the middle class as well as institute broad-reaching education programs such as free community college for all. The programs would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that affect wealthiest of Americans. Tax reform is one of the areas that the President and congressional Republicans have indicated willingness for finding common ground on. Is there any hope that some of the President’s populist policies will be enacted? We discuss some of…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Bethany, Hank & GloZell Interview The President

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Is it political bravery or political suicide? ... the media AWARD of the week goes to... On a day when there was no shortage of big news, the AWARD for the most over exposed headline of the week is...  For having the courage or audacity to stand up to the President of the U.S. ...the political volleyball AWARD of the week goes to... In celebration of two American heroes... the AWARD of Recognition goes to...  The 'you cannot have it both ways' AWARD goes to...  For using their celebrity and raising money to fight diseases and hunger around the world... the AWARD goes to... This…
  • The Award Goes To… United Airlines

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    For not taking the concerns of your trusted employees, the AWARD for insensitivity goes to...  In spite of threats and their own safety... the Free Speech and Expression AWARD goes to...  One of the most confused governments in the world continue to show their true colors... and the NO Free Speech AWARD goes to... Another 'fantastic' idea from the establishment... the AWARD to socialize America goes to...  Practice what your preach is a lesson we all learn early on in life... what about drinking your own feces? The AWARD of bravery goes to… In spite of the many…
  • Sex, Drugs, Violence… The Desensitization of Society

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Does the responsibility of parenting fall with mom and dad or with the U.S. Congress? Studies confirm that prolonged and repeated exposure to violence make us less likely to feel shock or distress. This is causing severe problems in our society including increased violence among our youth.   Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between the real news and entertainment because the lines are blurred so much. Freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. Freedom to be an idiot. Psychotherapist Dr. Beverly Jackson joins Malcolm in his quest for answers.
  • The Award Goes To… the Federal Communications Commission

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    The never ending political debate which should have nothing to do with politics... the don't listen to your chairman AWARD goes to... For not protecting your employees and losing sensitive information in the process... and then to succumb to the bad guys... the Stupidity AWARD goes to...  Having the courage or audacity... depending how you look at it... the 'I'm still in charge' AWARD goes to...  "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" by attending my funeral. The 'I'm throwing you under the bus' AWARD goes to...  A test that could predict and prevent suicides... and the 2014 Breakthrough…
  • The Award Goes To… NBA Players

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Subjecting the fans and your audience to your personal belief system - whatever it may be! The foolish and disrespectful AWARD goes to...  Thank you. No Thank You. We want to prosecute you! The AWARD of ungratefulness goes to...  For brining us all back to the realization that this horrible piece of legislation impacts real lives... and the AWARD goes to...  Never let a good tragedy go to waste... the I have No-Shame AWARD goes to...  We would be amiss if we didn't give an AWARD for keeping the government ticking and spending our money as reckless as you do...  For…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Why We Should Criticize Chris Kyle

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    There’s a hero’s story sweeping the hearts and minds of America. The legend of a righteous warrior who piled enemy bodies high. A marksman whose heroism saw no equal. The legend of Chris Kyle. A legend that we must crush.…
  • I Am Pro-Suicide

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s a delicate subject, but after the passing of a dear friend by his own hand, I feel I have to say something. Too many have suffered in silence and indignity, so I must speak: I am pro-suicide. No, I’m …
  • To the Other One Who Got Away

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’m scared. Have been for a while. Ever since I met you I’ve feared losing you. Even though I never really had you, and never really will. I recognized early on that we were different. That we had separate life …
  • I Always Got Along With Cuba

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    According to news reports, we, as Americans, are finally going to start getting along with Cuba. Apparently, I’m now on speaking terms with the denizens of the island nation off the coast of Florida. This is news to me: …
  • Liberty’s Last Hope Is in New Hampshire

    Joël Valenzuela
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    For anyone who values liberty, it can easily seem like a lost world. Between a ballooning federal debt, massive tax and regulatory burden, and an increasingly violent and pervasive police state, hope for a free and peaceful world is hard …
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    Citizens News

  • WHEN WE HAVE TO RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE (“JE SUIS CHARLIE!”) there was a precedent set in 1946. This is why we must NEVER allow ourselves to be disarmed…ever.The post WHEN WE HAVE TO RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Don’t Buy Anti-Israel, Pro-Palestinian KIND Snacks: The Food That Funds Jihadist “One Voice”

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Written by Debbie Schlussel By Debbie Schlussel I WON’T buy KIND brand food and snacks. And if you support Israel and oppose Palestinian Islamic terrorism, then you shouldn’t either. Ditto if you don’t like the United States, under Obama AND Bush, getting involved in Israeli politics. And here’s why: Every Single Time you buy a […]The post Don’t Buy Anti-Israel, Pro-Palestinian KIND Snacks: The Food That Funds Jihadist “One Voice” appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Live Free and Learn: Scholarship Tax Credits in New Hampshire

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Written by Cato @ Liberty Caleb O. Brown For School Choice Week, Austin Bragg and I produced a short documentary that details the struggle to adopt and implement a scholarship tax credit program in New Hampshire. The program had to overcome a governor’s veto, a repeal fight and a lawsuit that went to the New […]The post Live Free and Learn: Scholarship Tax Credits in New Hampshire appeared first on Citizens News.
  • What Do Polar Bears and Congressional Republicans Have in Common?

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Written by GayPatriot Read the article. Then, you tell me. It’s already been shown that the sex organs of polar bears have been shrinking over time, and now it seems that the bones inside their penises are growing weaker as well. So, somewhere on Earth, someone has ‘Polar Bear Pecker Checker’ on his resume.The post What Do Polar Bears and Congressional Republicans Have in Common? appeared first on Citizens News.
  • China saw Modi coming but not Modi’s India

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Photo Credit: Global Panorama via Flickr Before Narendra Modi became the prime minister of India, some observers in China believed that he could well be “the Deng Xiaoping of India,” comparing him with the Chinese leader who led the […]The post China saw Modi coming but not Modi’s India appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • With Oil Prices Tanking, Thank Gawd That Premier Brad Wall Set Aside Some Royalty Money For Saskatchewan's Hard Times

    leftdog
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    ... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to extract Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!!So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(
  • New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Prosecution Of Bush, Cheney And Torturers !

    leftdog
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.Mr. Obama has said multiple times…
  • Like A Rat Fleeing A Sinking Ship, Dick Cheney Throws George Bush Jr. Under The Bus On Torture Responsiblity

    leftdog
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is freaking hilarious! Dick Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, has dismissed a key point in the report on CIA torture and has, as a result, thrown his former boss under the bus!"Dick Cheney discussed the newly released Senate torture report Wednesday on Fox News, and in particular challenged a finding that former President George W. Bush hadn't been briefed on the CIA's harsh interrogation methods until years after they'd already been in use.Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the former vice president whether the agency deliberately kept Bush in the dark about its…
  • St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is the son of a police officer who was shot in the line of duty. In his 24 years as prosecutor, he has never recommended charges against any police officer

    leftdog
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    (Michael Brown's body was left uncovered on a Ferguson, Missouri street for hours by police. )So why should we be surprised that NO charges will be laid in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown?"McCulloch gave the jury no instruction on what charges they should consider. [...] Giving the grand jury no instruction is equivalent to throwing them into the deep end of the pool with no swimming lessons. They had to work it out for themselves. It's not unusual for the prosecutor to not suggest a specific charge, but it's almost unprecedented for the prosecutor to dump all the…
  • Death By Police Shooting In Utah Outnumbers Total Homicides From Gang Violence, Drugs And Child Abuse .... racing towards the police state

    leftdog
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Salt Lake Tribune is out with some stunning facts about police shootings in Utah. In the last five years, more people have been killed by police than homicides from gang violence, drug deals and child abuse:A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence.Wow. And all but one have been deemed "justified.""Police are trained and expected to react to…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • How To: Keep Up Your Running Game in Winter

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Today we have a few winter running tips that the Norwegian Army might want to jot down to avoid frostbite. Of course, the whole forcing military recruits to do nude sprints in -4F (-20C) temperatures feels a bit more like a deliberate decision than a lapse in consideration.
  • To Cover or Not to Cover

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Okay, PDers, we need you guys to weigh in, because we’re a little split when it comes to Michelle Obama’s Saudi meet and greet attire, where she ditched the Kingdom’s standard dress and niqab, not even opting for a shayla. Was this a shot across the bow for women’s rights, or just a packing blunder?
  • New Orleans: The Last Smoking Mardi Gras

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    If you are one of the million that planned on traveling to New Orleans to experience an authentic Mardi Gras celebration, but are bulking at Louisiana’s new favorite past time, side street mugging, and the signs that read: Caution. Walk in Large Groups. you should also consider that 2015 will be the last year you will be able to smoke and earn beads at the same time.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Poverty Pimp Maxine Waters

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    The only thing remarkable about last week’s US State of the Union address was just really how much plastic surgery Congress has undergone. No longer regulated to a nearly now Japanese Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, plastic surgeons have certainly left their seal-like mark on the whole legislature.
  • Genius Ideas: Penises on the Catwalk, Gay Bans, Transgender Licenses

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    This Friday is a hodge-podge of tyrannical sexual brilliance. If you just threw up a little bit in your mouth, don’t worry, you weren’t the only one. Oh, and in case you were scared, no, this is not an article on Carlos Danger Anthony Weiner. Grab the Smecta and some crackers, because it’s Genius Idea Friday time.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Drones and the New Ethics of War

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    By Neve Gordon, OpEdNews, January 23, 2015This Christmas small drones were among the most popular gift under the tree in the U.S. with manufacturers stating that they sold 200,000 new unmanned aerial vehicles during the holiday season. While the rapid infiltration of drones into the gaming domain clearly reflects that drones are becoming a common weapon among armed forces, their appearance in Walmart, Toys "R" Us and Amazon serves, in turn, to normalize their deployment in the military.
  • Peace instead of NATO

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    By Oskar Lafontaine, Current Concerns, No. 2/2015For the vast majority of the population of the former Federal Republic, NATO has been the guarantor of peace and freedom for a long time. Anti-communism, fuelled by the fear of the Soviet Union operated by the world revolution, the Berlin Blockade and the construction of the Berlin Wall left little room to think about alternatives to NATO. But in 1965 at the latest, when US President Lyndon B. Johnson bombed North Vietnam and deployed more and more ground troops to South Vietnam, a discussion about the policy and objectives of the Western power…
  • WPF ICC Meeting in Vienna

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    The World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” International Coordinating Committee meeting will be convened in Vienna, Austria, on March 4, 2015The members of the Committee will analyze WPF developments, consider agenda of the 13th Rhodes Forum Annual Session and preparations to upcoming WPF Events in 2015.Implementation and results of the “Schools of the Dialogue of Cultures” Project will be discussed.One of the key points of the meeting’s agenda is the prospects of the WPF Research Center to be opened in Austria.
  • Still No Exit for Greece

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    By Kemal Derviş, a co-author of the “22 Ideas to Fix the World”, January 21, 2015Europe’s political landscape is changing. Populist parties, both on the far right and the far left, are gaining electoral traction. Some, such as France’s National Front, oppose their country’s eurozone membership; others, such as Podemos in Spain, do not. Nonetheless, the challenge that these new parties pose to Europe could prove to be extremely disruptive.
  • Human Rights Violations inside EU

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    By Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and Chairman of the WPF International Coordinating CommitteeWhat is the Ostrich Protocol? How the EU member states play ostrich when it comes to human rights violations inside EU?The Treaty on the European Union, in its current format also known as the Lisbon Treaty, as well as the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights claim to establish an area of freedom, security and justice, founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy,…
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Advocacy Message: Using Your Goals

    Joe Fuld
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    What is an advocacy message and how do I get one? So, what is an advocacy message? Well, an advocacy message is a core statement that you would use to define you’re advocacy mission to the public. An advocacy message is key to ensure folks understand what you are about and what you want to accomplish. Crafting an advocacy message is something that takes a lot of time, so you want to answer some strategic questions before you define your advocacy message. What is your primary goal? Understanding what your actual advocacy goal is will go along way to developing an advocacy message. If you…
  • Polling, Research and Focus Groups for Advocacy Campaigns

    Sophie Thurber
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Advocacy messaging should be based on more than anecdotal evidence. Advocacy campaigns are, more often than not, a long haul. They require long-term planning and commitment, and ideally, they have the benefit of staff that has extensive knowledge and policy experience in a particular issue area. That deep knowledge of an issue is incredibly valuable, but it can also create some message obscurity if you’re not careful. In other words, there can be a huge temptation to explain, in minute detail, the many nuances of the issue you’re working on, but that detail (counter-intuitive as it may…
  • Advocacy Fundraising vs. Political Fundraising

    Joe Fuld
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Advocacy Fundraising isn’t as different as you may think We have written a lot about political fundraising but not on advocacy fundraising. Fundraising, so here we go.  Whether it is for advocacy or for political campaigns, fundraising is largely similar and shares a number of characteristics. For both, the ask is a core component of your fundraising technique. Below is a look as some of these shared characteristics. Ask The fear of asking for money is real, no matter who is doing the asking or what you are asking for. Whether you are working for a non-profit or a political campaign,…
  • Advocacy Message Consistency

    Margo Scott Dunn
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The key to an advocacy message: simplify, simplify, simplify Maintaining message discipline is critical to advocacy message campaigns. If your organization doesn’t have a advocacy message document, or even a mission statement, it’s time you create one. The statement should be specific to your work, but broad enough that all of your campaigns are able to fit comfortably under it, That way, you can continue to maintain overall organizational message discipline over the life of a specific advocacy campaign. It should also be brief—no more than a couple lines on a page, two sentences max.
  • Campaign Dictionary

    Joe Fuld
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    staying ontop of a campaign Dictionary can be hard Staying up to date on a campaign dictionary can be exhausting, so we have compiled a list of useful tools for your campaign needs, enjoy! Field organizer – Field organizers are the people in charge of finding, training and managing volunteers and workers involved in a campaign. They are important because they make sure your field operation runs smoothly and that volunteers are reaching the right voters. Communications director – Communications directors are crucial and central to managing your campaign’s interactions with the…
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • Government Claims to Protect You While Violating Your Rights

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    We're back after a lengthy hiatus with a brand new podcast recorded two days before christmas! We'll do our best to get regular with this for 2015 so stay tuned for more hard hitting critique of the authoritarian world we find ourselves in.   DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player 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 Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Revealed: A Whole New Terrifying Level of Surveillance

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents showing the technology was proposed for use to monitor public meetings. The American Civil Liberties Union released more documents this week revealing for the first time the potential scale ...
  • Kiev Regime Confirms that Russian Invasion of Ukraine is a Hoax!

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Throughout this conflict every once in a while Ukrainian government officials have come clean about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. To the chagrin of the Obama Administration and NATO Russia has not invaded. This latest admission came twice today. Once by inference and the other a direct admission from Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief of Staff ...
  • Legacy of Endless Afghan War Includes Nation Plagued by Unexploded Bombs

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    With a majority of the victims children, unexploded ordnances in war-torn Afghanistan are claiming more than one life every single day Jon Queally As seen in other abandoned battlefields in the anals of U.S. wars overseas, new reporting out of Afghanistan shows that among the other deadly legacies left behind by foreign troops are tens of ...
  • Facebook Caves to Turkish Government Censorship

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    EVA GALPERIN Turkey has been a bastion of Internet censorship for so long that EFF could write a regular feature called This Week in Turkish Internet Censorship and never run out of content. Last year’s highlights included the Turkish government blocking Twitter and YouTube—bans that triggered widespread protest and were eventually lifted by order of ...
  • Bank of England governor attacks eurozone austerity

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has launched a strong attack on austerity in the eurozone as he warned that he single-currency area was caught in a debt trap that could cost it a second lost decade. Speaking in Dublin, Carney said the eurozone needed to ease its hardline budgetary policies and make rapid ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • Russian Guns Pointed At Russia From India – OpEd

    Eurasia Review
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    By Muhammad Umar* Narendra Modi thinks he can pull the wool over our eyes, but he is not fooling anyone. Modi used President Xi Jinping’s visit to leverage Russia, and the visit by Vladimir Putin, to force President Barack Obama into his arms. The ‘US-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region’ […] The post Russian Guns Pointed At Russia From India – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Sri Lanka: Rebalancing The India-China Act And More – Analysis

    South Asia Monitor
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    By N. Sathiya Moorthy* The comments and observations made by Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in New Delhi in what was the maiden overseas official visit by any top functionary from the new government in Colombo is a further reflection on their intention to rebalance relations with India, post-poll – reiterated earlier by President […] The post Sri Lanka: Rebalancing The India-China Act And More – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • India’s Most Feared ‘Common Man’ – OpEd

    Arab News
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    By Siraj Wahab The passing away of celebrated cartoonist R.K. Laxman in Pune, India, on Monday came as a bolt from the blue. I grew up reading the Times of India, which was never complete without Laxman’s drawings. His sharp lines and strokes and acute political understanding made him stand out from the crowd. He […] The post India’s Most Feared ‘Common Man’ – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Saudi Arabia Announces Massive Cabinet Shake-Up

    Arab News
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Saudi Arabia’s Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced a massive Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, appointing Azzam Al-Dakhil, new education minister, Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb new health minister, Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information and Abdul Lateef bin Abdul Malik Al-Asheikh new minister of municipal and rural affairs. King Salman, who ascended […] The post Saudi Arabia Announces Massive Cabinet Shake-Up appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • India-US Relations: Beyond The Nuclear Deal – Analysis

    Monish Gulati
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Even as US President Barack Obama left New Delhi on Jan 27 for Saudi Arabia after his three-day visit, the “breakthrough” on the US-India civilian nuclear deal lost some ground on the list of key “takeaways” from the visit being put forth by various analysts and commentators. This came as focus shifted to the not-so-done […] The post India-US Relations: Beyond The Nuclear Deal – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Anti-LGBT group fires controversial spokesperson

    Michael K. Lavers
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Bryan Fischer (Image via YouTube)A Mississippi-based anti-LGBT group has fired its controversial spokesperson amid an outcry over his controversial comments about homosexuality, Nazi Germany and other issues. Patrick Vaughn, general counsel for the American Family Association, on Wednesday told the Southern Poverty Law Center in a letter that Bryan Fischer is “no longer a spokesperson” for his organization. Vaughn wrote the American Family Association “rejects” Fischer’s statement that “homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts,…
  • Graham wants Supreme Court to uphold marriage bans

    Chris Johnson
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) indicated support for a planned marriage amendment in Congress. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) One day before comparing marriage equality to polygamy, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) added his name to the list of potential 2016 presidential contenders who are looking to the Supreme Court to uphold state bans prohibiting same-sex marriage. Speaking to the Washington Blade in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Graham had little to say when asked about pending litigation before the court, but made his position clear. “I hope the court will allow each state…
  • Va. House subcommittee vetoes ‘conscience clause’ bill

    Michael K. Lavers
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee on Thursday killed a so-called “conscience clause” bill. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee on Thursday killed a so-called “conscience clause” bill that would have allowed state licensed or accredited business owners to deny service to someone based on their religious beliefs. House Bill 1414, which state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) introduced last month, specifically cited “same-sex ‘marriage’ or homosexual behavior.” “Equality Virginia applauds the…
  • Black women’s lives matter, too

    Lateefah Williams
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Members of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington joined in the National March against Police Brutality on Dec. 13, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) As we prepare to start celebrating Black History Month, it is important that we continue to push for equality. While some diminish the obstacles that marginalized groups face by pretending that societal ills such as racism and homophobia no longer exist, it’s vital to listen to residents who have first-hand experience. It is of particular importance to include voices that are marginalized within minority communities. The Black…
  • Bowser backs up words with deeds

    Peter Rosenstein
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, center, announced the appointment of Terrance Laney, on left, and Sheila Alexander-Reid, on right, to the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs at the Shaw Library on Jan. 22, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Muriel Bowser has a history of strong support for the LGBT community, which we knew before she was elected mayor. Since the election she has shown she is not only open to but actually hiring qualified members of the community in high-level positions across her administration. From housing to juvenile justice, from community affairs to budget staff to…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • The U.S. is No Longer the World’s Most Obese Country – Guess Who Took Our Place?

    Lady Freethinker
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If there’s one thing the United States has excelled at, it’s super-sizing our meals and our citizens. But while we used to hold the dubious title of world’s fattest nation, we’ve recently lost our spot. Thanks to the introduction of Western goods like flour, sugar, soda and fried foods, Pacific Islanders have not just followed our lead in the weight race, but beaten us at our own game. Prepare for a shock: more than 74 percent of American Samoans are now overweight (compared to “just” 30 percent of Americans). Experts have theorized that Pacific Islanders…
  • The Doritos Ad You WON’T See During the Super Bowl

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    Here’s one commercial the bigwigs at Doritos would like to stay hidden. Why? Because it shows the true roots of this tangy snack chip – or rather, the lack of roots, as the once-lush rainforest has been flattened to barren wasteland in the rush to harvest palm oil used in the product. The faux ad is from SumOfUs – one of my favorite organizations – and it’s meant to help convince Doritos maker PepsiCo to stop adding this eco-disaster of an ingredient to its chips. Watch the video, then sign their petition to help stop this palm oil nonsense. The post The Doritos Ad You…
  • Watch: How NFL Players REALLY Feel About Domestic Violence

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The NFL has taken serious heat lately for perpetuating a culture of domestic violence, and their seemingly lenient attitude toward abuse of women certainly begs for scrutiny. But when you see this video…just, wow. You realize that they aren’t all a bunch of lunkheads, after all. The emotion is so genuine, I only wonder what this man has experienced in his life.   And plenty of other players want domestic violence to end, too:         New respect. The post Watch: How NFL Players REALLY Feel About Domestic Violence appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Factory Farms Do NOT Want You to See This New Video

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Across America, Big Ag is fighting hard to take away your First Amendment rights by outlawing cameras on factory farms. But Last Chance for Animals investigators did something the industry never saw coming…they placed panoramic, 360-degree cameras inside factory farms for pigs, chickens and ducks, right in the animals’ place – so you get the full experience of living there, and can use your cursor or phone to look all around. It’s the first investigation like this that’s ever been done before. The technology is so new, I can’t share the video here.
  • Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!)

    Lady Freethinker
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This homeless dog was rescued by the SPCA…and taught to drive. Really. It took months of careful training and encouragement, but Porter overcame his lack of opposable thumbs and learned how to drive a Mini. He’s not half bad. The post Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • What Washington State Can Teach Us About Gridlock In ‘The Other Washington’

    David Wasserman
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Central Washington’s sleepy Yakima Valley, perhaps best known as the nation’s top producer of hops and apples, is a safely Republican region. But it may have also quietly produced the most intriguing election outcome of 2014.When respected, 10-term GOP congressman Doc Hastings announced his decision to retire from his 4th District seat representing Yakima and the Tri-Cities last February, Republicans Dan Newhouse and Clint Didier threw their hats in the ring — along with six other Republicans, two Democrats and two independents.Elected to the state House four times since 2002,…
  • 70 Years Later, We’re Still Trying To Learn Who Died In The Holocaust

    Carl Bialik
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    A decade after Adolf Hitler was defeated, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and research center in Jerusalem, began gathering the names of the approximately 6 million Jews from Europe and North Africa murdered by Nazi Germany. Today, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the work goes on — with more than 1 million victims still unaccounted for.The international data-collection project began in 1955, stemming from an Israeli law that established Yad Vashem. The Nazis left little evidence of their genocide. Hundreds of thousands of Jews who survived the Holocaust moved to Israel…
  • It’s Foolish To Define Austin By Its City Limits

    Kirk Goldsberry
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    In late October, The Washington Post published a provocative op-ed about the rapidly changing demographics of U.S. cities. An influx of college graduates, it argued, is displacing lower-income African-Americans. Despite rapid overall growth in places such as Austin, Texas, some of America’s “most progressive” cities, according to the Post, are struggling to maintain racial diversity. Here’s a key passage suggesting Austin is Exhibit A:“A recent study we conducted at the University of Texas at Austin reveals that Austin is the only major growth city (a city with over half a million…
  • Tracking 125,000 Incidents Of Global Terrorism

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Soon after the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, when three assailants massacred people in the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, a researcher at the University of Maryland at College Park carefully logged the details of the violence (location, names of the perpetrators, weapons used, number of fatalities). The attacks became new entries in the Global Terrorism Database, a comprehensive clearinghouse of terrorist acts around the world.The database, housed at the university’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and…
  • Cuba Is Hoping To Replace Venezuelan Oil With American Tourists

    Francisco Toro
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Cuba’s strategic pivot toward the United States got specific on Thursday, as the White House announced new regulations easing travel and other restrictions for Americans wishing to go to the island. This same week, oil prices flirted with levels of $40 per barrel. Americans don’t usually think of these stories as being in any way related. But Venezuelans do.When the historic thaw between Cuba and the U.S. was announced last month, one detail jumped out at Venezuelans. Secret negotiations had begun, we were told, a year and a half before. In Caracas, everyone could do the math: The talks…
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    kai arzheimer

  • Peak Pegida II

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    For the first time, the number of people attending the original Pegida marches in Dresden has fallen, while in most German towns and cities anti-Pegida demonstrators outstrip Pegida supporters by a considerable margin. This evening, four more members of Pegida’s executive have resigned, including Kathrin Oertl, who had become Pegida’s official face after Lutz Bachman’s Hitler picture gaffe. Meanwhile, in Duckburg the Social Democrats, who seem a bit slow on the uptake, are still conflicted over whether they should engage in some sort of dialog with Pegida, and if so, with whom. What can…
  • Will Alexis Tsipras be Prime Minister of Greece?

    Kai Arzheimer
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Everyone is angry/worried/excited/happy (delete as appropriate) about the prospect of Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the radical left-wing Syriza party, becoming Prime Minister of Greece, while the man himself has begun to treat the election as a mere formality. But is such an outcome even likely? The most recent polls have given Syriza a lead of two to ten percentage points over the centre-right New Democracy party, which is currently governing in a coalition with the (much reduced) centre-left Pasok. Photo by 0neiros While the number of undecided voters is still very high (in the range of…
  • Have we seen peak Pegida?

    Kai Arzheimer
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Authorities in the Saxonian city of Dresden have issued a blanket ban on marches, demonstrations and outdoor assemblies following alleged islamist death threats against the founder of the “Pegida” (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”) movement, who has masterminded the mass demonstrations in Dresden for the last three months. This is a highly unusual development by German standards, and political reactions from the very left to the very right have been predictably negative (for very different reasons). More specifically, the issue will help to further…
  • Are Greek MPs rational?

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    With all that is going pear-shaped in the world, you would be forgiven not to be aware of the latest instalment in the Great Greek Political Drama Series. It actually had a rather long lead: The current president’s term was coming to an end, and Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the radical left opposition faction Syriza had made it clear from at least last summer that he would use the provisions of the constitution to bring down the current centre-right/centre left coalition government. How was that possible? After various defections, the current government is supported by 156 of 300 MPs,…
  • Update: Bibliography on the Extreme Right in Western Europe

    Kai Arzheimer
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    Once more, the erratic, eclectic, etc. Bibliography on the Extreme Right in Western Europe has been updated. Thanks for your input – keep those references coming! The post Update: Bibliography on the Extreme Right in Western Europe appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • Here’s How To Figure Out Whether You Should Do Your Own Taxes

    chris
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
     Everyone has to pay taxes. As to whether you should prepare your own or work with a tax preparer or accountant, however, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Since most people’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • That’s Odd: A Suitcase full of body parts found near Twitter HQ

    chris
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Govtslaves,  SAN FRANCISCO  Police responding to reports of a suspicious package in an up-and-coming area here Wednesday afternoon instead found something horrific — a suitcase... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Surprising State Announces They’re Taking on the Unions

    chris
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
     The 2014 midterm elections delivered a whole host of bad news for President Obama, as his policies were thoroughly repudiated, the GOP took control of a majority of states and he lost... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Welfare Abuser Who Thinks $40K Per Year in Benefits Isn’t Enough Gets Some Epic Bad News

    chris
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:56 pm
    “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” That quote has often been used as a warning against... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama’s Narcissistic Dissing of Israel

    chris
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    David Limbaugh,  It is just like the Obama administration to twist its own mistreatment of Israel into an opportunity to slander Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-29, Thursday

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Thursday, January 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Nightly News host David Knight covers a wide range of topics, including the outrageously expensive disaster known as Obamacare, how the elite continue to use media as a propaganda platform, climate fail and the East Coast non-blizzard, the ramp up of TSA travel surveillance, and other important topics. On today’s worldwide broadcast, David talks with Rosa Koire, a forensic commercial real estate appraiser specializing in eminent domain valuation, about the Agenda 21 game plan. Prison Planet editor and journalist Paul Joseph…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-28, Wednesday

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, January 28 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down why economists and other wealthy policy makers at Davos are fearing the prospect of Ferguson-style riots should an uprising of the poor caused by wealth inequality. Alex also discusses Facebook's move to censor images of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, as the Obamas display reverence for Saudi Arabian royalty, and also breaks down the TSA's latest plan to browse travelers' social media profiles. On today's show, Alex talks with John Draper, the legendary hacker known as “Captain Crunch” for his phone…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-27, Tuesday

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, January 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the East Coast blizzard that wasn’t a blizzard and resulted in a government mandated virtual shutdown of transportation from New York City to Boston that will ultimately cost billions of dollars in lost business revenue. Alex also covers the stupendous waste of money as taxpayers fork out a quarter of a million dollars to send Obama to meet the new leader of a country that funds terror, whips and beheads citizens and prevents women from driving. On today’s show, Alex talks with Joseph Curl, the writer and political…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-26, Monday

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Monday, January 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Jones looks at the historic blizzard expected to hit the east coast, exploring how the climate change crowd rationalizes cold weather as an exception to global warming. Alex also breaks down a new social experiment exhibiting how ill-informed Americans will dispense with critical thinking so long as they're approached in a calm, assertive manner, and examines the outcome of the Greek elections, prompting globalist austerity measures to come under renewed scrutiny. On today's show, Alex welcomes founder of the multi-platinum industrial…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-25, Sunday

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Sunday, January 25 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the ever-expanding surveillance and police state as Edward Snowden reveals a secret iPhone feature that allows expanded government spying on citizens. He also covers the alleged murder of two Japanese citizens at the hands of the Islamic State, the potential of U.S. boots on the ground in Ukraine as tensions rise there, and the election win of an anti-EU, anti-austerity political party in Greece that threatens the political hegemony of the banksters in Europe.
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    Vox - All

  • 9 questions about the Keystone XL pipeline debate you were too embarrassed to ask

    Brad Plumer
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    By now, most people have heard of the Keystone XL pipeline. It's the source of a bitter, endless fight in Washington, DC. But to many onlookers, it's not always obvious why there's so much fuss about a single infrastructure project. The basics are easy enough: The proposed pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada's oil sands down to Nebraska. Supporters argue that building it will create jobs and bolster the flow of crude from a friendly neighbor. Opponents say all that extra fossil fuel will exacerbate global warming. The Obama administration, which has final say…
  • Vox Sentences: China's cracking down on VPNs. That's a BFD.

    Dylan Matthews
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to Vox Sentences, our news bulletin breaking down the day's biggest stories. 1. An even greater firewall A person surfs the internet in a net cafe on January 21, 2008 in Chongqing Municipality, China. (China Photos/Getty Images) China has initiated a crackdown on the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), a technology widely used to evade the country's extensive internet censorship. [NYT / Andrew Jacobs] An official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology confirmed the crackdown to People's Daily, a government paper. [People's Daily] Over the past month or so, a…
  • Comcast's "asshole" problem

    Timothy B. Lee
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    After Ricardo Brown called Comcast to cancel his TV service, a Comcast employee updated Brown's account so that his next bill was addressed to "Asshole Brown." The story has, predictably, spread quickly across the internet. People are, predictably, outraged. Comcast is, predictably, very very sorry. On the one hand, it would be unfair to read too much into this single incident. Comcast is a big company with many employees. Sometimes an employee does something dumb. That doesn't mean that management approved of — or even knew about — the employee's actions. On the other hand, I think the…
  • And the internet, by Vox

    Lauren Katz
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    We plugged our Twitter account, @voxdotcom, into the poetry-generating website Poetweet and were so tickled with the results that we tried it on a bunch of other handles, too. Here is the outcome: Vox The New York Times BuzzFeed VICE ClickHole The Verge CNN The New Republic Fox News MSNBC SB Nation Want to turn your tweets into poetry? You, too, can type any Twitter handle into Poetweet, select a style of poetry, and watch the magic unfold.
  • First Fella? Watch Bill Clinton try to think of a term for a male presidential spouse.

    Andrew Prokop
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This week, former President Bill Clinton taped an interview for the Rachael Ray Show — and Ray caught him flat-footed with a hard-hitting question he clearly had no response to. "There is a possibility that you will return to the White House yet again," Ray said. "I really wanna know, what would you then be called? Would you be ‘First Fella?' Would you be 'Mr. and Mrs. Presidents?'" Clinton was unprepared, and began by answering an unrelated question, saying, "If the president is a man, you call the president's spouse the First Lady, so we'll have to cross this bridge if a gay couple…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • You Must Love, Honor, and Obey

    Eric Peters
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Should it be illegal – a crime in and of itself – to dislike cops? The Fraternal Order of Police – the union for cops – thinks it ought to be. It is officially demanding that cops – already a protected (and entitled) class – be further set apart from ordinary folks by passing legislation that would enable prosecutors to pursue additional “hate crimes” charges against any not-cop who is accused of voicing anti-cop sentiments while, say, “resisting arrest” by attempting to ward off the wood shampoo being administered by a cop. Or in the course of committing any other crime…
  • Foul Play Still Not Ruled Out

    No Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors. No trace of the Beijing-bound aircraft has been found since it disappeared on 8 March 2014. Officials say that the recovery operation is ongoing but that the 239 people onboard are now presumed dead. The plane’s whereabouts are still unknown despite a massive international search in the southern Indian Ocean. The declaration on Thursday should allow compensation payments to relatives of the victims. ‘Deepest sorrow’ Malaysian…
  • Don’t Talk to the Media

    No Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Thomas Greer gained fame in July of this year by making some imprudent statements to reporters. He had shot one of a pair of burglars that had assaulted him in his home. He said that the woman that he killed, Andrea Miller, had told him that she was pregnant as a ruse to gain advantage and prevent him from shooting her. Greer is 80 years old, and had his collar bone broken in the assault. From the dailymail.co.uk: ‘Thomas Greer is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury,’ according to the report signed by Deputy…
  • What If Stores Are Empty and Prepping Illegal?


    Daisy Luther
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term disruption of services caused by an economic collapse. What if you couldn’t run to Wal-Mart to get soap?  What if the grocery store had supplies so limited that they were rationed out to people in such small amounts that the food you got was not enough to meet your needs? What if there were no diapers for your baby or aspirin to cure a headache? This is exactly what happens in…
  • Suppressing the Truth About the Boston Bombing

    No Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Listen to the podcast ROCKWELL:  Well, good morning.  This is the Lew Rockwell Show.  And it’s great to have as our guest this morning, Mr. Russ Baker.  Russ is an award-winning investigative reporter.  I mean, an actual investigative reporter.  I think that’s, unfortunately, a dying breed.  He’s written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Esquire, and many, many others publications.  To me, most importantly, he’s the author of a great book called Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the…
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    Pension360

  • Why Canada Pension CEO Is Bullish on Energy Assets

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO Mark Wiseman spoke to a crowd at the World Economic Forum last week about why he is bullish on energy even as oil prices have plunged. His remarks, according to Bloomberg: “Part one, the world is consuming about 90 million barrels a day,” said Wiseman, chief executive officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. “Part two, God isn’t making any more.” Wiseman said that simple supply and demand perspective all but guarantees oil prices will be higher 10 years down the road, offering investment opportunities…
  • Illinois Supreme Court Pension Ruling May Not Affect Chicago Reforms, Say Lawyers

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    The City of Chicago filed a brief with the state Supreme Court last week in support of the state’s pension reform law, in part because the city has its own set of pension reforms that could be impacted by the ruling. But even a ruling overturning the state’s pension law might not affect Chicago’s own reforms, a lawyer for the city said Wednesday. From Reuters: Richard Prendergast, an attorney representing Chicago, told Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Rita Novak that the 2014 law for Chicago’s municipal and laborers’ retirement systems would not automatically be…
  • Study: Pension Funds Can Work Harder To Be Long-Term Investors

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    A new paper by Keith Ambachtsheer and John McLaughlin dives into the question: Do pension funds invest for the long term? Nearly all pension funds would identify themselves long-term investors if asked. But the paper reveals that there is a gap between that sentiment and the funds’ actual investment strategies. From ai-cio.com: The authors […] reported a significant gap between the long-term investment aspirations of asset owners and the reality of their strategies’ implementation. On long-term investment, the authors said there was “broad consensus” among respondents to the survey…
  • Nebraska Retirees Ask Lawmakers for Social Security Tax Break

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    Retirees are telling Nebraska lawmakers that the state’s tax burden is too high, and additional tax cuts may be necessary to keep seniors from fleeing the state during retirement. One option retirees are pushing: exempting Social Security benefits from the income tax. A tax package passed last year attempted to shore up some of these issues. From the Grand Island Independent: Last year’s tax package included a partial [tax] exemption for military retirement pay, but it didn’t apply to those who had already retired before the law went into effect. It also allowed married couples…
  • CPPIB Commits $330 Million to Canadian Private Equity

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is putting an additional $330 million into a fund managed by NorthLeaf Capital Partners that invests in the Canadian private equity market. The move is the latest in a series of commitments to Northleaf funds and Canadian private equity. From a CPPIB press release: This investment is in addition to CPPIB’s $70 million commitment in 2014 to the Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund. Since 2005, CPPIB has committed $1.2 billion to Canadian private equity investments through its partnership with Northleaf. The investment objective of this…
 
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    Message President

  • Thank you for visiting India

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Honourable president of USA Barack Obama thank you for visiting India.You are a good leader and your presence made our republic day very special.We also learnt many things from your speech.
  • NEW ENERGY

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    DEAR MR BARACK OBAMA I DESIGNED A GENERATOR WHIICH ONLY OPERATES ON GRAVITY I HAVE THAT ONE BIG PROBLEM IN MY COUNTRY THEY PIONTING FINGERS ACORDING THE POWER PROBLEM AND NONE OF THE INSTTIUTIONS ERECT FOR INDRUSTRY AND ECONOMY EXTENTIONS WANT TO HELP ME I EVEN ASK ONE OF OUR COMPANYS WHO IS CALLED TO LIFE TO HELP THE ECONOMY TO BUILD IT,BUT THEY HAVE TO MUCH TO SAY IF THERE IS SOME PEOPLE FROM YOUR CUONTRY, THEY CAN HELP ME FOR TWO YEARS I STRUGGLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEM CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME? THE GENERATOR ONLY USE GRAVITY TO GERATE ELECTRICITY YOUR SINCERELY REGARDS
  • 28 Jan 2015 | 10:49 pm

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Dear Mr. President, Many thanks for the great suggestion to the Indian leadership against the rise of fanaticism that disgracing the basis of humanity and peace worldwide. Your statement against the rise of fundamentalism and extremism was not only for the Indian leadership, it was truly for the world leadership and all leading religious instructors who thirst for a unanimous conclusion for global security in the current predicament of nuclear proliferation, terrorism and war. I am begging you bit of effort, to make your word true for the world community. We will have to practically work out…
  • Simple policy to combat the rise of terrorism and war

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Dear Mr. President, “If we don't end war, war will end us.” by H. G. Wells You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way. Will Rogers “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” ― Albert Einstein Let us to unify beyond our political and religious inherited thoughts for the perpetuation of peace and solidarity. Only Military operation against brutal religious and political violence, campaigns with separate visions, conversation only for suggestions, or the political and…
  • health insurance

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    I am a 60+ year old who worked professionally for 40+ years. I became disabled last year. I am on social security disability and do not make very much money a month. However, for some reason I am unable to get obamacare insurance for any less than full price. This will take almost half of a months pay. For some reason there is a problem and they haven't been able to fix it since November. Now, I would like to know if maybe someone from your government could fix this. I owe money in medical bills already that I can't afford and who is going to pay them. NY says not them. I am waiting for…
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Once Powerful, Super-Rich Official Heads for Downfall in China

    epoch times
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Another top Chinese official is set to lose power, and has already had his extreme wealth exposed. Zeng Qinghong, the regime’s former vice chair, was found to have fraudulently declared his assets four times, according to Hong Kong’s Chengming Magazine in its September edition. The magazine also reported that the Zeng family assets reach over 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion) in domestic and overseas properties, based on incomplete statistics from the Chinese Communist Party’s relevant state department. Zeng’s family properties are widely spread in Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, New…
  • The Huge Problem With For-Profit Prisons in the U.S.

    Ben Maloney
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    The United States incarcerates more people than any other developed country which means that overcrowding in our prisons has become a major taxpayer concern. To seemingly ease this burden private prisons have been created which run outside of state control, and are supposed to save money. The real question becomes, are these private prisons really being used to deter or rehabilitate inmates, or: do the private prisons and the state exploit incarceration for profit? Private prisons are not the answer to reducing crime. If anything they reveal startling issues with the US criminal justice…
  • What’s so Odd About This Cash Counter Made in China? (Video)

    Jane Tseng
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Money counting machines are mysterious, but they’re used all the time in banks, and people seem to trust them. This clip was actually from a few months ago, but recently went viral on Chinese media. The first two counts confirm that there are forty 100 yuan bills. But a strange thing happened after the man pressed a button on the remote control. The number suddenly drops to thirty. And as the machine runs again and again, it gets smaller and smaller, and eventually becomes ten without anyone removing the money. It’s pretty obvious that the wad of bank notes gets thinner and…
  • Lance Armstrong: ‘I’d probably cheat again’

    Ben Maloney
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Yes, you read that correctly. Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist who won a record seven consecutive Tour de France between 1999 and 2005, said he would cheat again. Hold on, don’t be so quick to judge him until you hear everything he said. In the above interview with the BBC, Armstrong admitted the fallout from his admission to doping has been “heavy.” He also admitted that he fears the day his children will come home “in pieces” and ask him about his doping past. When asked if he would dope again his answer was interesting: “If I was racing in 2015, no…
  • 6 Trucks of Gold, Antiques, Jade, Paintings, Cash… Which Tiger Owned These?

    Monica Song
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    The latest “tiger” to be arrested in China is Ling Jihua, a former presidential top aide, and vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee. Ling is the most high-ranking serving official with such influence, and his downfall is significant. Ling wielded power as head of the United Front Work Department by working as top aide to then president Hu Jintao for a decade. Ling Jihua’s family assets and wealth are tied up in property, the mining industry, transportation, advertizing, city security, and Internet information technology,…
 
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    The National Memo

  • This Week In Crazy: The ‘Obama Is A Muslim’ Song!

    Henry Decker
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. John McCain Photo: Medill DC via Flickr It hasn’t been a great week for Sarah Palin. The former half-term Alaska governor’s weekend speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit was so rambling and incoherent that even her erstwhile allies on the right are admitting that she may not be the sparkling, mesmerizing political tour de force that they once claimed. But at least one…
  • Homeland Security Chief: Funding Should Not Be ‘Political Football’ In Immigration Fight

    Brian Bennett
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — The nation’s Homeland Security chief pushed