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  • Republicans' fear: 2 more years of gridlock - Manu Raju - POLITICO

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    4 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
  • Jane Harman Estimates $500,000 Unreported Algerian Donation To Clintons Got Lost In System

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    CO2Insanity
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Jane Harman Estimates $500,000 Unreported Algerian Donation To Clintons Got Lost In System. We think they mean “lost” as in now that it’s found it suddenly became “lost.”
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    Betsy Newmark
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    The NYT reports that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account while Secretary of State in violation of federal regulations.Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act....Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.“It is very difficult…
  • Republicans' fear: 2 more years of gridlock

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    4 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    The Homeland Security standoff that ended Tuesday has GOP lawmakers worried they've "hit a wall."
  • Noam Chomsky on Life & Love: Still Going at 86, Renowned Dissident is Newly Married

    Democracy Now!
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    At the age of 86, Noam Chomsky remains as active as ever in his work as a world-renowned political dissident and pioneering linguist. He has also opened a new chapter in his life, recently celebrating a one-year anniversary with his new wife, Valeria Wasserman Chomsky, his second marriage. Chomsky discusses the joys of newfound love and why it is a "privilege" for him to help people make sense of a very difficult world.
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  • The End of Obamacare?

    Olga Khazan
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Gabriel Schaffzin/Flickr Terry Donald, a self-employed junk hauler who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, didn’t fully appreciate the value of his health insurance until last spring. That's when he sliced his arm open on a broken mirror and had to rush to the ER for stitches. Then on Labor Day, he tripped in the yard and cut his leg. At first it didn’t seem bad, but after about 10 days, the wound began to look infected. He had to get surgery for what turned out to be a severe staph infection. After a long hospital stay, he couldn’t work for a month. Meanwhile, his wife kept filling her…
  • Are Companies With Drug Tests Weeding Out Great Candidates?

    Bourree Lam
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Anthony Bolant/Reuters The FBI's jobs page makes it pretty clear how the agency feels about marijuana: "You can easily determine whether you meet the FBI's illegal drug policy by answering the following questions." The list's first question: "Have you used marijuana at all within the last three years?" Government agencies are some of the strictest of employers when it comes to drug testing. The CIA's policy, for example, prohibits marijuana use in the previous is 12 months, but any prior drug use is "carefully evaluated." Yet news that the FBI might be having a hard time recruiting cyber…
  • Christian, or Feminist?

    Emma Green
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Double-M/Flickr Last fall, Dianna E. Anderson wrote an article for a women's website about losing her virginity and realizing that sex outside of marriage can be holy. Commenters around the Internet "started calling me the temple prostitute," she said.   For a woman writing on the Internet, particularly about sexuality, this is kind of reaction is normal; shocking, yes, but totally unsurprising. What's interesting about Anderson's case is the flavor of the antagonism: She writes about feminism and gender identity, but she's also a committed evangelical Christian. Theoretically, these two…
  • Unplanned Births: Another Outcome of Economic Inequality?

    Gillian B. White
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Alex Lee/Reuters There are lots of examples of the growing distance between the nation’s haves and have-nots, and the gap between unintended births for the most-affluent women and the least-affluent women is yet another area with a widening economic divide. About half of all pregnancies are unplanned, which can make the possibility of an unintended pregnancy seem like not that big of a deal. But the financial impact of unintended pregnancies, and subsequent births, can be significant—particularly for low-income women. Unplanned pregnancies were five times as likely for those at or below…
  • Conservatives Can't Trust Talk Radio to Cover Foreign Policy

    Conor Friedersdorf
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    Cogdogblog/Flickr In 2016, the Republican primary will include a debate about the best approach to foreign policy. The rank-and-file can choose to ally with the neoconservative faction that urged the Iraq War, a Tea Partier who opposes lavish spending on wars of choice, or a compromise candidate who draws supporters from both camps. But conservatives accustomed to getting their information from talk radio should beware. The medium is at its most unreliable on the subjects of war and peace. Once the primaries begin, examples will abound. For now, to illustrate how foreign policy topics are…
 
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  • Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE And a' one and a' two... Yesterday John Boehner got his head handed to him by Nancy Pelosi. Here to play a small violin on behalf of his ego is an amazing small kid: Please proceed, Republicans. Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
  • Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    It's King v. Burwell day at the Supreme Court. So all eyes are over there. Quick! Let's all hide before they get back! Listen LIVE at 9:00 ET, here: Click this Link to Listen on your iTunes, Winamp or Windows Media Player Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes. (HOW YOU CAN GIVE ME) FREE MONEY! Help support the show through Stitcher's revenue sharing program. Be one of 5,000 "active listeners" per month, and, well, they send us money. All you need to do, believe it or not, is listen to 30 seconds of a show, once in a month. Seriously! Choose any…
  • Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Maryland prepares for a crowded race to replace Barbara Mikulski

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Rep. Donna Edwards is one of the many Democrats to acknowledge her interest in this open Senate seat Leading Off: • MD-Sen: It's going to be a while before the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski fully takes shape, but potential candidates are assessing their odds. On the Democratic side, former Gov. Martin O'Malley announced on Tuesday that he won't run, but plenty of other Democrats are ready to take his place. Since Mikulski's announcement, six of Maryland's seven Democratic House members made their interest in this seat known (unsurprisingly, House Minority Whip…
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: DHS, Netanyahu and winning by losing

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    NY Times: The fight over funding the Department of Homeland Security that began with Republicans thundering about a lawless president abusing power to change immigration policy ended with a quiet capitulation Tuesday when the House voted to fund the agency and avert a partial shutdown. In the end, Speaker John A. Boehner was forced to build a majority on Democratic votes to pass the bill, 257 to 167, with just 75 Republican supporters. But although the uprising among conservatives burned hot into the week, there was no suggestion that Mr. Boehner’s leadership was imperiled. Instead, many…
  • Open thread for night owls. Wheeler: Petraeus gets hand-slap for leaking and obstruction of justice

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    A State Department official's complaints about email stalking launched the months-long criminal inquiry that led to Paula Broadwell, a woman romantically linked to former Gen. David Petraeus. He is now getting off with a tsk-tsk and a fine for leaking secret information. Marcy Wheeler at ExposeFacts writes David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice: As a supine Congress sitting inside a scaffolded dome applauded Benjamin Netanyahu calling to reject a peace deal with Iran, DOJ quietly announced it had reached a plea deal with former CIA Director…
 
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  • Study: Rat's Know How to Repay Favors

    HeliumRat
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    If I scratch your back and you scratch mine, then we're both better off as a result – so goes the principle of reciprocity, one of the most popular explanations for how co-operative behaviour has evolved. But what if one partner provides a better service than another? A paper by Dolivo and Taborsky shows that Norway rats will only give as good as they get.
  • Boehner Punts, House Votes to Fund Homeland Security

    rcade
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    The House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a months-long impasse and averting a weekend shutdown at the agency. The vote highlighted the rift in the GOP over the measure, as all of the 167 no votes came from Republicans -- more than twice as many as the 75 who supported the bill. It cleared the House on a 257-167 vote only because of the unanimous support of the House's Democrats. The vote allows Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to finally turn the page on an ugly chapter in his leadership that consumed the opening months of the new Republican-controlled…
  • Chomsky: How the Iraq War Birthed ISIS

    Shawn
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    As Iraq launches a new military operation to retake the city of Tikrit from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, thousands of Iraqi forces and militia fighters have converged in the city Samarra to strike nearby ISIS strongholds. The United States is expected to provide air support as part of its continued bombing campaign. The offensive comes as the Iraqi military prepares for a major U.S.-backed operation to retake Mosul from ISIS in the coming weeks. ISIS "is one of the results of the United States hitting a very vulnerable society with a sledgehammer, which elicited sectarian conflicts that…
  • Imagine Chirac's Pre-Iraq War Address to Congress

    reinheitsgebot
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Jon Perr, Crooks and Liars: On Tuesday, the American people will be subjected to the unprecedented spectacle of a foreign leader, at the invitation of one political party, addressing the United States Congress with the express purpose of sabotaging the foreign policy of the President of the United States. Imagine if, as Robert Kagan of all people put it, "a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2003 -- called French President Jacques Chirac to oppose President George W. Bush's impending war in Iraq." In his Monday interview with Reuters, President Obama posed a similar scenario: "I think those…
  • Don't Light a Firecracker on a Sewer Manhole

    rcade
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Video shows a dad in China lighting a firecracker on a manhole cover in front of his son and nephew, an act that ignited sewage gas below the manhole and knocked him and the cover flying. The man was struck by the cover and seriously injured, but the kids were unhurt. "The blast, which took place on January 29 in Hunan province in China, was so powerful that his jacket was torn off his back," the Daily Mail reports.
 
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  • Eric Holder's Parting Shot

    David Kurtz
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    Looks like the Justice Department is going to come down hard on Ferguson.
  • "Words Can Kill"

    Josh Marshall
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Ex-U.S. Senator John Danforth (R) was the political mentor of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (R), who committed suicide last week. In his eulogy today at Schweich's funeral, Danforth called out John Hancock, head of the state GOP, for the anti-Semitic whispering campaign which preceded Schweich's death.
  • Your King v. Burwell Cheat Sheet

    David Kurtz
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Everything you should know about King v. Burwell, with oral arguments before the Supreme Court set for tomorrow.
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    Josh Marshall
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Pelosi says she's "saddened" by Netanyahu's "condescension" toward the United States.
  • The Speech

    Josh Marshall
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    I've written at great length about this speech, in anticipation of it, and about the Israeli election, to which it is inextricably connected. If you step back, it is amazing that this even happened. A foreign head of state gave a speech to the US Congress explicitly criticizing and trying to block the diplomacy of a sitting U.S. president. Having said all that, what about the speech itself? Read More →
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    Political Animal

  • Daylight Video

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    Chris Squire of Yes is 67 today. As a kiddie bass player, I was completely in awe of this guy. Having seen the band (sans Jon Anderson) perform last year, I can report he can still play stuff nobody else can touch. Here's one of his classic performances. from Close to the Edge, "Total Mass Retain." Sorry for the studio version, but couldn't find a live version where you can really hear the bass.
  • Day's End and Night Watch

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Tonight I plan to watch my Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball team take on the mighty Kentucky Wildcats. They'll likely lose like every other Cats opponent so far this year, but it's at home, on Senior Night, with a Blackout called, and the Dawgs are finally semi-healthy, so weird stuff could happen. Here are some remains of the day: * House approves clean DHS funding bill by margin of 257/167. Republicans split 75 for, 167 against. * Daily Kos Elections has nifty visual guide to people being "mentioned" as possibly running for Mikulski Senate seat. * Not real surprising: US Justice Department…
  • Vote As I Say, Not As I Don't

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    As we examine the compliance of presidential candidates with public records requirements, it's interesting that there's some significant doubt as to whether Jeb Bush might have committed his own startling oversight by failing to vote in 2008, as reported by Steve Eder and Kitty Bennett of the New York Times: In the final stretch of the 2008 presidential campaign, Jeb Bush appeared in a television ad urging Floridians to support John McCain, the Republican nominee, at the polls. “Join me and vote for John McCain,” Mr. Bush said in the 30-second spot. But according to voting records…
  • Will Republicans Be Estopped From Going Nuts About HRC's Emails?

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    As you've probably heard by now, it seems Hillary Clinton never set up a government email account at the State Department, and instead used a personal account for official business. Depending on some timing issues, this could have been illegal, though hardly a felony, and was definitely unwise unless she took extraordinary steps to secure her personal account. But as Melissa McEwan points out at Shakesville, evading scrutiny by doing official business on personal emails was SOP during the Bush administration: In 2007, Joseph Hughes and I collaborated on a piece detailing a similar violation…
  • The Other College Guide—a New Book From the Washington Monthly

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    As noted here a couple of weeks ago, a new book addressing a topic near and dear to the hearts of Washington Monthly editors and readers for many years is on the way. Today we’re pleased to announce the formal release of a new college guidebook unlike any other on the market, featuring our unique “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking system applied to more than 1500 four-year schools and broken down by region. Check out the rankings here to see how your alma mater measures up. The book is The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You, by Jane Sweetland, Paul…
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  • Earnest and Psaki back up Obama: Not just Jews shop at ‘randomly’ attacked kosher stores, so stop with the profiling!

    Doug Powers
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers During an interview with Vox, President Obama spoke about “vicious zealots” who “randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” In other words, “unkind acts of randomness.” Instead of walking it back, Josh Earnest et al are sounding like defense attorneys for the attackers attempting to get their clients out of hate crime charges: “Does the president have any doubt that those terrorists attack that deli because there would be Jews in that deli?” Karl asked. “It is clear from the terrorists and the writings…
  • Bill Nye shares climate change proof: The Wyoming hills are alive with ‘science’!

    Doug Powers
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Want proof of “climate change”? TV “scientist” and football pressure expert Bill Nye said last week to look no further than this hill in Wyoming: Bare slopes in Jackson Hole, WY. Nothin' to worry about- just a little climate change… pic.twitter.com/GwmYoKUQls — Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) February 6, 2015 The science is settled! Lack of snow on a hill (oops, I mean “slopes”) in Wyoming = “climate change” — Blizzard in New England = “climate change.” See how this works? Here’s a still…
  • “Success story” update! Cut-and-run Obama shuts down Yemen embassy

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Just in from the Associated Press: “BREAKING: US officials: US Embassy in Yemen to suspend operations amid security concerns.” And Reuters: “U.S. official in Washington confirms American embassy in Yemen is closing.” As I said in my column two weeks ago reviewing President Obama’s bloody Yemen disaster: When President Obama declares something a “success story,” you know it has “TOTAL FAILURE” embedded in its DNA…By words and action, the Obama White House has demonstrated that its primary allegiance lies not with protecting Americans, but with…
  • Another ‘general policy’ bites the dust': Kerry and Biden meet with Netanyahu election rival

    Doug Powers
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    **Written by Doug Powers President Obama recently gave this excuse for why he wouldn’t meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when he’s in the country for a planned speech to a joint session of Congress (less any Democrats who are definitely not boycotting but just might be too busy to show up): A meeting so close to Israel’s March 17 election could be seen as helping Netanyahu. “I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election,” Obama said in an excerpt of a CNN interview…
  • Man-made climate change alarmists continue to be busted revising history

    Doug Powers
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    **Written by Doug Powers There’s a simple concept that continues to be on display here: If present reality isn’t cooperating with your desired goal, just go change the past: Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a…
 
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  • Morning Must Reads: March 4

    Melissa August
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Obamacare in Court Again Supreme Court justices will hear arguments Wednesday in the case of King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to President Obama’s signature health care law and one that could leave it gutted from an unexpected direction The Weird Benefit of Salty Diets The latest research, which the scientists stress is still in its early stages, hints that there may be some benefits to salt that have gone unnoticed Alabama Halts Same-Sex Marriage The state’s all-Republican supreme court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples How…
  • Hillary Clinton Ran Email Server Out of New York Home

    mileskohrman2014
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    (WASHINGTON) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton’s emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message…
  • Why March 4 is a Great Day for Women in Politics

    racheljanik
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    On the same date, March 4, many years apart, two women made history in American politics. In 1917, Jeannette Rankin took office as a representative of Montana, the first woman ever in Congress. The first female member of a president’s cabinet, Frances Perkins, took her post on Mar. 4, 1933. Both were pioneers, carving out their roles as they went along. But their accomplishments extended beyond just showing up as the first women in what had previously been male political spheres. Rankin took an influential stand for women’s suffrage and pacifism, and Perkins’ ideas laid the…
  • Teach for America Passes a Big Test

    haleysweetlandedwards
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    New teachers who sign up with Teach for America (TFA) for two-year classroom stints in some of the nation’s highest-poverty schools are just as effective as other teachers in those same schools, and sometimes more so, a new study finds. That’s good news for the national nonprofit, which has come under fire in recent years as battles over education reform have become increasingly contentious. Critics accuse TFA, which is closely aligned with the charter-school movement, of devaluing the teaching profession by pushing its recruits — mostly young, bright-eyed college grads…
  • Hillary Clinton Gets Hero’s Welcome at Emily’s List Gala

    Maya Rhodan
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Hillary Clinton got a warm welcome at the 30th anniversary Emily’s List gala Tuesday night, calling for equal pay and paid leave before a crowd that’s worked to elect pro-choice Democratic women for decades. Accepting the fundraising group’s “We Are Emily” award, the former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential front runner gave a taste of the “middle-class economics” she’ll likely campaign on, calling for greater protection of labor unions and taking digs at Republicans’ “old trickle-down economics.”…
 
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  • Syria rebel defeat deals blow to US hopes against IS

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    The apparent disintegration of a key Syrian rebel group has dealt a major blow to US efforts to build up a force of moderate fighters to take on the Islamic State group. The Hazm movement was seen as a cornerstone of the train-and-equip programme Washington hopes will bring thousands of non-extremist fighters to bear against IS in Syria. "The collapse of... Hazm means that, in effect, there is no substantial and credible Western-backed 'moderate' opposition throughout most of Syria," intelligence consultancy The Soufan Group said in a brief. Mainly present in Idlib and…
  • US says aim is March 'understanding' with Iran on nukes

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — A senior U.S. official sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations that negotiations with Iran will result in a formal, preliminary deal this month outlining constraints on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.
  • Qatar eyes 7% growth in 2015 despite oil price slump

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    Qatar's economy is predicted to grow by seven per cent in 2015, as it forges ahead with huge infrastructure investment despite the slump in oil prices, leading economists said Wednesday. The Qatar National Bank's "Economic Insight" predicted even higher growth rates of 7.5 percent for 2016 and 7.9 percent for 2017 in the gas-rich Gulf state. "Qatar is well-positioned to withstand the temporary decline in oil prices due to its strong macroeconomic fundamentals," the QNB report said. "With substantial financial resources, Qatar has ample external and fiscal…
  • Could self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders become president?

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    The Vermont Independent is weighing whether to run for president in 2016
  • Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.
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    Political Irony

  • Alien-Nation

    Iron Knee
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Dan Perkins is a genius. I absolutely cannot believe that our national media was obsessed with what Rudy Giuliani said, about whether our president loves our country. Seriously? It is the kind of thing 12-year-old kids would argue. Wait, it actually is! Related posts: Alien-Nation Clickocracy – one nation under Google, with email and video for all At Least the Alien is Healthy
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    “Sunday is the 87th annual Academy Awards. It’s the time of year when all the biggest movie stars get together and try to piece together what happened after they blacked out at the Golden Globes.” – Jimmy Fallon “The Academy Awards are passed out on Sunday. It’s voted by members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Or as I call them, 50 shades of white.” – David Letterman “I heard that this year’s Oscar nominee gift bags are each worth over $167,000 and include items like free luxury car rentals and a stay at a five-star…
  • Disintermediation

    Iron Knee
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that it promotes disintermediation, also known as “cutting out the middlemen“. This can happen for more conventional products, where websites like eBay directly connect sellers and buyers. But on the Internet, the primary product is content: music, video, information, opinion, etc. And net neutrality is a boon to both creators and consumers of content. Not so long ago, someone who wanted to create a TV show had to sell it to one of three networks, who acted as gatekeepers. Later, they had to sell it to a cable channel. Likewise for…
  • Kicking the Can

    Iron Knee
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:24 pm
    For people who thought that Congress couldn’t get any more disfunctional — you were wrong. As the Daily Beast put it: It used to be that Congress was broken, and was forced to repeatedly kick the can down the road. Now it seems that Congress can’t even properly kick the can down the road. The first few steps happened as they have in the past, but with a new twist. As they did when they didn’t control Congress, Republicans attached some bizarre demand to an almost completely unrelated bill that had to be passed, just daring the Democrats not to pass it. In this case, what…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:15 pm
    “Jeb Bush gave a speech yesterday. He had a pretty rough time. He accidentally said that ISIS has 200,000 men instead of 20,000, and then he mispronounced the name of the terrorist group Boko Haram. So if history has taught us anything, Jeb is well on his way to winning the White House.” – Jimmy Fallon “Yesterday during a speech on national security, Jeb Bush mispronounced Boko Haram and got confused between Iran and Iraq. When reached for comment, his brother George W. said, ‘He sure sounds presidentiary to me.'” – Conan O’Brien “Do you know who…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    On March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran. Referring to "the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States" which includes "generous military assistance and missile defense," Netanyahu failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons. The Six-Day War The day before he delivered that controversial address, Netanyahu expressed similar sentiments to AIPAC, Israel's powerful U.S. lobby. He reiterated the claim that Israel acted in the 1967 Six-Day War "to…
  • Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, British Man Fighting With Kurds Against ISIS, Is Killed In Syria

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A British citizen fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria, a Kurdish commander said Wednesday. Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, an ex-Royal Marine, was shot dead March 2 in the front-line village of Tel Khuzela, Kurdish commander Redor Khalil told The Associated Press. Another foreign fighter battling with the Kurds, American Jordan Matson, said he is with the body and working on getting the remains back to Britain. "We're trying to make contact with his mother to see what her wishes are," Matson told the AP Wednesday.
  • HUFPOLLSTER: Americans Want Obamacare Subsidies Protected

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Americans want Congress to act to restore ACA subsidies if the Supreme Court axes them. Another poll finds support for ground troops to fight ISIS. And a rebound in gas prices puts a damper on rising economic confidence. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, March 4, 2015. MAJORITY BACKS ACA FIX IF COURT HITS SUBSIDIES - Carrie Dann: "A majority of voters believe that Congress should pass a law to aid millions of lower-income Americans who could lose their health care coverage if the Supreme Court invalidates the subsidies they receive for living in states that didn't establish their own…
  • Will The Marathon Trial Re-Traumatize Boston?

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:18 am
    The memory of John Adams will hover over the courtroom of U.S. District Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. Wednesday in Boston, where the trial of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will finally commence. In 1770, 27 years before succeeding George Washington to become second president of the United States, young John Adams stepped forward as an attorney to represent reviled British soldiers, who were charged with killing and wounding colonists during the infamous Boston Massacre, whose anniversary is this week. Himself a harsh critic of British occupation, Adams represented the soldiers on…
  • Putin, Netanyahu, and the Ghosts of Worlds War II

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    During his campaign swing through Washington, DC this week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave two speeches. He delivered the second before a joint session of Congress and, predictably, denounced the negotiations currently going on between the United States and Iran. A "bad deal" he intoned as Republican congressmen applauded. If things don't work out for Netanyahu in his own election two weeks from now, look for him to be floated as a possible running-mate for Scott Walker. But it was in his first speech, the one before the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) the day…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Is It Really Just Your Body?

    Alexandria Ivey
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Much of the discussion around abortion seems to stem from one question: once you’re pregnant, is it really just “your” body? This question is asked most often in the pro-life movement, which seeks to eliminate the right of women to have safe, legal abortions. Well, I have an answer for you: yes, it is still your body, and your body alone. How do I plan on explaining this answer to you? Two words: bodily autonomy. What is autonomy, to be exact? According to dictionary.com, autonomy is defined as “independence or freedom, as of the will or one’s actions.” Autonomy is also defined…
  • Informal Sector Panacea To Unemployment

    Hamzah Hussain
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    By Susan Chipanga, The Herald, Zimbabwe- "Adapt or perish"; the saying by British author HG Wells is more applicable now in the socio-economic-political environment that characterizes our beloved Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans have been more resilient, finding innovative ways to survive under the biting effects of the illegal sanctions imposed by the West. One area that has cushioned Zimbabwe has been the informal sector. Gone are the days when the informal economy was viewed as an outdated relic of under development destined to be replaced by regular paid jobs. In spite of the gross neglect of the…
  • Cada Pájaro Canta Su Canción

    Michelle Ortiz
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    In my recent visit to the Dominican Republic I saw, learned, and heard many things about the atmosphere, culture, and language of the people. Being raised in a Latin American country myself, it was pretty easy to connect with the people and get an insight of who they were. As Latinos, we all unite. It doesn’t matter if you are Central American, South American or from the Caribbean, we all share plenty of the same ideals, sayings and even traditions. Yet a lot of the terminology that I was hearing was totally different than what we use in Mexico. The term pájaro in Spanish is the word for…
  • Nobel Peace Prize chairman demoted, first time in 114-year history

    Reuters: World News
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    OSLO (Reuters) - The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize demoted its chairman on Tuesday, for the first time in the 114-year history of the award after his right-wing opponents won a majority on the prestigious panel.
  • France to double number of Islamic university courses

    FRANCE 24
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday announced that the state would finance double the number of university courses on Islam in a bid to stop the influence of foreign funding of training of French imams.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • The Protestors Were Right

    Elon James White
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:42 pm
    The NY Times reported: WASHINGTON — Ferguson, Mo., is a third white, but the crime statistics compiled in the city over the past two years seemed to suggest that only black people were breaking the law. They accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of tickets and 93 percent of arrests. In cases like jaywalking, which often hinge on police discretion, blacks accounted for 95 percent of all arrests. The racial disparity in those statistics was so stark that the Justice Department has concluded in a report scheduled for release on Wednesday that there was only one explanation: The…
  • #TWIBprime #651 | White Supremicism

    TWiB.FM
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
      #TeamBlackness discusses a shooting of a Los Angeles homeless man by police, the surprise discovery the Ferguson police may be seeing racial bias in traffic stops, Eric Holder terrifying everyone with Blackness, the 14-second fight, and all manner of reactions to 50 Shades of Grey. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUMThe post #TWIBprime #651 | White…
  • Ikea Announces Wireless Phone-Charging Furniture

    Elon James White
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Ikea is evil. Yes, I buy products from them multiple times a yea,r but this doesn’t erase their evilness. What else do you call the latin incantation that they obviously place on anyone who enters their store? You lose track of space and time. Whatever your planned purchasing cap was gets destroyed. You end up teetering on the brink of divorce by the time you and your significant other make it to the register. And you find yourself at home putting together lightbulbs or sheets or something. But when I saw this reported by the BBC, I instantly forgot about their evil ways and wanted it…
  • @BlackGirlNerds #23 | Courage

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Jamie sits with writer Cerece Rennie Murphy to have a powerful discussion about the process of writing, specifically the courage to consider yourself a writer and seek out your audience. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax  @jamiebroadnax 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 @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  The post @BlackGirlNerds #23 | Courage appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #650 | The Aftermath

    TWiB.FM
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses this week’s #RaceWar, what actually constitutes an “attack”,  and a win for Net Neutrality all with special guest host Rod The Black Guy Who Tips. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM   The post #TWIBprime #650 | The Aftermath appeared first on #TWIBnation.
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    Wonkette

  • The Duggars Beat Up A Cat, For Jesus

    Kaili Joy Gray
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Those Duggars, all trillionteen of them, are super tight with Jesus, as we know from their reality teevee show and occasional stumping for Republican candidates. And Jesus, apparently, was totes down with torturing animals, for the LOLZ! Derick Dillard, who is a Duggar-in-law married to one of the girl Duggars, Jill apparently, was having a grand ol’ time sledding at the Duggar home and wanted to share his fun on his InstaFace page, where he proclaims, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I seek to glorify Him with my life.” Watch him glorify the shit out of Jesus by…
  • Nice Republicans Demand SCOTUS Give Them All The Gay Marriages

    Evan Hurst
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    What a silly news day it has been, what with learning that Future Permanent Queen Of America Hillary Clinton still has to load one of those free AOL disks every time she wants to do either diplomacy or lunch with a foreign official, and that awful warmonger, who is not Dick Cheney, talking to Congress about how Iran will destroy Israel on Twitter, we are exhausted. Read more on Nice Republicans Demand SCOTUS Give Them All The Gay Marriages…
  • House Finally Passes DHS Funding Bill, John Boehner Now In Witness Protection

    Gary Legum
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    While we were still busy fuming over the hosannas being tossed at this asshole by a bunch of cock-gobbling cum muffins, the House actually managed to do something worthwhile: It passed a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. So DHS stays open through the end of the fiscal year in September, President Obama continues to have prosecutorial discretion over how best to allocate resources in deporting illegal immigrants and allowing some of them a chance to apply for citizenship, and the wingnuts of the Rabid Ferret caucus get yet another reason for daily blood pressure…
  • Westboro Baptists Beam Down To Wrong Coordinates, Miss Spock’s Funeral

    Doktor Zoom
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    While Vulcans would never stoop to the human emotional response of laughter, we know that Spock would wryly raise an eyebrow in appreciation of the absurdity (no, not irony, don’t you dare say it was ironic) of the Westboro Baptist Church’s failure to follow through on its threat to picket Leonard Nimoy’s funeral. The Westboros said they just plain couldn’t find the funeral’s location. Read more on Westboro Baptists Beam Down To Wrong Coordinates, Miss Spock’s Funeral…
  • Poor Dears At U Of Iowa Terribly Upset By Anti-Racist Art Piece. Makeup Tests For Everyone!

    Doktor Zoom
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The University of Iowa has urged faculty members to let students miss or re-take tests if they were upset over some campus art that was SUPER RACIST (because it addressed racism). Apparently some students were so broken up over either the artwork itself — or the controversy surrounding its removal by the university — that they simply couldn’t get their schoolwork done. Letting students ignore their assignments because they had really strong feelings about a work of art strikes us as maybe a bad idea? Read more on Poor Dears At U Of Iowa Terribly Upset By Anti-Racist Art…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Carson: Prison sex shows being gay is a choice

    Ed Morrissey
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Winging it. Does prison sex prove that sexual orientation is a choice? Given that much of what constitutes “sex” in prison occurs under some sort of duress, using it as an example of “choice” seems like … a stretch, to say the least. Dr. Ben Carson, who just announced the formation of a presidential exploration committee, defended […] Read this post »
  • Senate to vote on curbing NLRB union ambush election rules

    Jazz Shaw
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    It's a quickie While it will largely be overshadowed by all of the news about Bibi, Hillary’s emails and the cave on the DHS bill, the Senate is still getting around to the regular business on the docket. One of those items is a vote which seeks to use the Congressional Review Act to undo new National Labor […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Boom. With a mix of passion and steadfastness combined with a detailed prosecutor-like approach, Netanyahu exposed the deal being pushed by President Obama. In short, Netanyahu explained why the deal would guarantee that Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon — a possibility that would not only put Israel at risk of annihilation, but threaten global security… […] Read this post »
  • Hm: Hillary was warned over private e-mail use, security?

    Mary Katharine Ham
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Accountable. Several have wondered, surely there was someone in the Clinton orbit who said, “Hey, maybe it’s not the greatest idea ever for you to ignore federal records acts, never get a government e-mail, and so obviously hide everything you do during your tenure at the State Department.” Well, there wasn’t anyone close enough to her […] Read this post »
  • A few brief thoughts on the Netanyahu speech and an apology

    Jazz Shaw
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Moment of change Today I had one of those rare moments of revelation which, admittedly, don’t happen often for an old curmudgeon like myself. It took place when I dragged myself away from staring at my laptop and the work in front of me to turn up the volume on my television and watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Clinton Speaks To 30th Anniversary Gala Of EMILY's List

    Mara Liasson
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Former Secretary of State and likely future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a large group of female political donors Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.» E-Mail This
  • House Votes To Fund DHS Without Immigration Curbs

    Juana Summers
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    The hard-core conservatives in House Speaker John Boehner's Republican caucus wanted to use a Department of Homeland Security funding bill to undo President Obama's executive actions on immigration.» E-Mail This
  • Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

    Hansi Lo Wang
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:34 am
    Some unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and green-card holders are worried they may be forced to leave the U.S. because a court ruling has put a hold on their deportation relief.» E-Mail This
  • Clinton Foundation Funding Woes Touch Hillary, Too

    Peter Overby
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    With Clinton potentially prepping for a presidential run, her role in the Clinton Foundation raises questions about big contributions from foreign governments, corporations and individuals.» E-Mail This
  • Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

    Nina Totenberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    In King v. Burwell, Obamacare's opponents are challenging the ACA again, this time contending that a section of the law doesn't authorize subsidies to make mandated insurance affordable in 34 states.» E-Mail This
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • The Smartest Advice In Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:14 am
    TIP! When you are trying to make a deal on real estate, do it moderately. A lot of people want to get a good deal, and begin acting aggressively; they end up doing themselves more harm than good. There are many ways to be safe about real estate investments, but there are far more wrong ways also. Before you buy a home that is too far above market value, or before losing money on a home, check out the helpful tips for buyers we have compiled in this article. TIP! Each real estate agent needs to contact their former clients around the holidays or their purchase date anniversaries. They will…
  • The Things You Wanted To Know, But They Would Not Tell You About Insurance

    Randy
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:21 am
    TIP! Try to find a good insurance company that will cover any of your insurance needs adequately and at a reasonable cost. Many insurance companies offer a discount to customers who carry more than one insurance policy with them. Hundreds of different insurance policies exist, from dental to life to home they can all be very important. You will be able to find out what kind of insurance you need, and the ones you may be able to do without if you are having issues with money. TIP! In order to have your claim processed faster, you should clearly explain what happened. Any damage claims should…
  • Supplement Your Income With A Home Business

    Randy
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:49 pm
    TIP! If you need to spend time driving to get things done for your business, it’s vital that you record your mileage and keep careful track of all your receipts. Whether your trip is a short 15 minutes or as long as a full day, you can deduct the trip costs fully on your taxes. Millions of people have dreamed, at one time or another, of launching their own home-based business, and of the incredible opportunities it can provide. Setting your own schedule and not having to deal with a boss can be a great benefit. Making this dream a reality is tough, but it can be accomplished. Read on to…
  • Basic Guide On How To Make Money In The Stock Market

    Randy
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    TIP! Before choosing a broker, do your homework first. Look at the resources offered online that can give you an assessment of each broker’s reputation and history. Take your time and do your research about any company you are considering investing in, so that you can gain the most success. If you are serious about increasing your profit opportunities you should continue to read this article. You can see a return on your investments almost immediately. TIP! Remember to be realistic in what your expected return is when investing. Everyone knows that wealth through the stock market does…
  • Practical Advice For Buyers In The Real Estate Market

    Randy
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:50 pm
    TIP! If you make an offer and the seller doesn’t accept it, there’s always room for negotiation. The seller might be willing to meet you half way, cover closing costs, or finalize some repairs. With all the complexities and red tape of buying real estate, you can quickly be overcome by confusion or overwhelmed with the stress. Learning all of the tips that you possibly can is very important for success in purchasing a home. TIP! You may have to be flexible in order to close on a home. There are trade-offs that must sometimes be made between buying in a particular neighborhood,…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Barack Obama Desk Detector

    fdc
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Andrew McGill at National Journal built his own internet of things thing: a Barack Obama Desk Detector. Is that amazing or what? Check it out here.  The post Barack Obama Desk Detector appeared first on FamousDC.
  • FamousDC’s Famously Bingeworthy Watch-Party Tips

    fdc
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    All photos and party tips by Allison Cunningham In a city filled with a beautiful combination of Type-A party-planners and wonky politicos, this weekend felt like an early Christmas. As Netflix released House of Cards Season 3 in its entirety, winter-weary District residents hunkered down to watch the latest season of all things Underwood. As […]The post FamousDC’s Famously Bingeworthy Watch-Party Tips appeared first on FamousDC.
  • NBC 4 Can’t Take D.C. Sports Teams’ Losses

    fdc
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Give them puppies, instead. “D.C. teams all in ruts — I can’t take it anymore,” she said on the air that night. “The cold, the losing — I need cute puppies.” Makes sense. Russini asked viewers to send in doggy photos to take the place of highlights of losses. She said she received about 200 […]The post NBC 4 Can’t Take D.C. Sports Teams’ Losses appeared first on FamousDC.
  • President Mark Cuban and VP Ann Coulter

    fdc
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    That’s the world Sharknado 3 imagines, anyway. Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the vp.   h/t DCistThe post President Mark Cuban and VP Ann Coulter appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Benjamin Netanyahu, and John Boehner

    fdc
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    LeBron James plays basketball. Bryce Harper hits game winning home runs. Michael Steel gives statements. “If Taylor Swift and Katy Perry did a joint concert at Madison Square Garden wearing white-and-gold and black-and-blue dresses, accompanied by dancing sharks and llamas, that’s the only way you’d have a tougher ticket,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for […]The post Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Benjamin Netanyahu, and John Boehner appeared first on FamousDC.
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    McClatchy DC -- Politics

  • Clinton lays out themes of impending campaign

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Hillary Clinton didn’t announce she was running for president Tuesday night, but she did begin to outline a case for economic fairness and bipartisan cooperation – the themes that are…Click to Continue »
  • Most Texas Republicans in House opposed DHS funding bill

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Texas Republicans overwhelmingly voted “no” Tuesday on funding the Department of Homeland Security without immigration conditions, except for four members, including Fort Worth’s Rep. Kay Granger.Click to Continue »
  • North Carolina lawmakers object as House GOP caves on Homeland Security funding

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Four North Carolina Republican House members were among a group of conservatives who bucked their party’s leadership by refusing to fund the Department of Homeland Security unless restrictions were placed…Click to Continue »
  • Netanyahu on Iran: You can get a better deal

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Congress on Tuesday to reject a nuclear deal currently being negotiated with Iran, calling it a threat to the survival of Israel and its…Click to Continue »
  • White House struggles to explain Clinton email flap

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    As Republican lawmakers criticized Hillary Clinton Tuesday for using her personal email account to conduct government business at the State Department, the White House would not say whether the former…Click to Continue »
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    Business and finance

  • That will do nicely

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    INDIA'S central bank cut its main interest rate from 7.75% to 7.5% today, giving qualified approval to the government's recent budget. Last month the bank had said that future interest-rate reductions would depend on fiscal rectitude. The cut came a day after the government set a formal inflation target for the bank, of 4%, from 2016-17.Dig deeper:India's new budget included plenty of overdue reforms (February 2015)Now is the moment for the Indian economy to shine (February 2015)
  • Easier said than done

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    IN THE run up to Britain's next general election, due to be held in May, the Conservatives plan to focus on simple themes, such as jobs and the economy. That stands in stark contrast to their last general-election campaign in 2010, when the party championed the "Big Society". This was the rather abstract idea that the voluntary sector could expand to replace some of the functions that the state could no longer afford to carry out itself. Many grassroots activists criticised the concept bitterly for being unintelligible to voters on the campaign doorstep. And it is hardly mentioned at all in…
  • Why no one likes them

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    IN FOLKLORE trolls terrorise goats and children. Online, they post abusive messages about people they have never met. In the world of intellectual property, the term "patent troll" denotes a firm that owns a patent, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon it. Although there is nothing wrong in principle with an inventor licensing his ideas or selling the rights to them outright, many trolls are not genuine inventors. Moreover, lengthy and expensive lawsuits over patent infringement, new research suggests, act as a drag not only on the economy as a whole, but also on…
  • Into the unknown

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    NEXT month, as the new British tax year begins, the options for retirees will change dramatically. No longer will they have to use the bulk of their defined contribution (DC) pot to buy annuities (incomes for life); they will be able to spend their money, keep it in the pot or buy some other product that offers them income. It won't be an easy choice, and when the government announced the change, it said that advice would be available; that term was later downgraded to "guidance". It turns out that many of those offering this guidance are still being trained, with only weeks before the…
  • The capitalist calendar

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    THIS week: Warren Buffett's shareholder letter and the 2015 Super Return private-equity shindig
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Noam Chomsky on Life & Love: Still Going at 86, Renowned Dissident is Newly Married

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    At the age of 86, Noam Chomsky remains as active as ever in his work as a world-renowned political dissident and pioneering linguist. He has also opened a new chapter in his life, recently celebrating a one-year anniversary with his new wife, Valeria Wasserman Chomsky, his second marriage. Chomsky discusses the joys of newfound love and why it is a "privilege" for him to help people make sense of a very difficult world.
  • Noam Chomsky on Black Lives Matter: Why Won't U.S. Own Up to History of Slavery & Racism?

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Noam Chomsky weighs in on the Black Lives Matter movement across the United States, calling it a response to the unresolved consequences of slavery and racism dating back hundreds of years. "[Slavery] is a large part of the basis for our wealth and privilege," Chomsky says. "Is there a slave museum in the United States? The first one is just being established now with a private donor. This is the core of our history along with the extermination and expulsion of the native population. But it’s not part of our consciousness."
  • Chomsky: Greece's Syriza & Spain's Podemos Face "Savage Response" Taking on Austerity "Class War"

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Following its election in January on a pledge to confront the austerity program that’s decimated Greece’s economy, the Syriza government has faced a major pushback from international creditors led by Germany. Days after Greece secured a four-month extension to a loan package in exchange for new conditions on its spending, Noam Chomsky says the European response to Syriza has been "extremely savage," a reaction that could face Spain’s Podemos party should it win upcoming elections.
  • Chomsky on Snowden & Why NSA Surveillance Doesn't Stop Terror While the U.S. Drone War Creates It

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    World-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky discusses why National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should be welcomed back to the United States as a hero and why those who authorized the government surveillance he exposed should be on trial, not him. Chomsky also argues that while mass surveillance has been ineffective in stopping terrorism, programs like the global U.S. drone war have helped spread it to areas all around the world.
  • Noam Chomsky: As Venezuela Struggles to Fix Economy, U.S. Should Stop Trying to Undermine Its Gov't

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Tensions are growing between the United States and Venezuela as the government of President Nicolás Maduro grapples with an economic crisis and a right-wing opposition calling for his removal from office. Venezuela has announced the arrest of an unspecified number of Americans on charges of espionage, new restrictions on the number of U.S. diplomats allowed in Venezuela, and rule changes that will subject Americans to the same visa requirements Venezuelans face in the United States. Maduro has also unveiled a list of American politicians barred from entering Venezuela in response to U.S.
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Today in Politics

    The New York Times
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    The fight over the Affordable Care Act returns to the Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices hear arguments in a conservative challenge that could determine the future of the insurance program.
  • For White House Spokesman, Clinton Emails Trump Netanyahu Speech

    Nick Corasaniti
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    The White House spokesman spent nearly his entire news conference Tuesday discussing Hillary Rodham Clinton's email use as secretary of state, not the speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
  • Scott Walker Says He Would Sign Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

    Trip Gabriel
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin he would sign a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, coming out strongly on an issue important to social conservatives that he played sown during his re-election campaign last year.
  • Lindsey Graham Walks Back Joke About Nancy Pelosi Face-Lifts

    Alan Rappeport
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Discussion of Iran's nuclear arsenal turned petty when Senator Lindsey Graham suggested that Representative Nancy Pelosi's disgust at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech was masked by her plastic surgeries.
  • Trey Gowdy Calls Hillary Clinton’s Email Use ‘Troubling’

    Nick Corasaniti
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Representative Trey Gowdy expressed concern that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state could hamper his committee's investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • After Two Month Stand Off, House Passes Clean DHS Funding Bill

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    After two months of fighting during which Republicans, led by their most conservative wing yet again, appeared prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security go unfunded due to their dispute with the President over the deportation relief program he announced in November, the House of Representatives has passed a clean funding bill for the department: WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would fund theDepartment of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, averting a partial shutdown of the agency after weeks of uncertainty, but inflaming conservative…
  • David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Sharing Classified Information

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    Retired General, and former CIA Director, David Petraeus has entered a guilty plea in connection with charges that he shared classified information with the woman he was having an affair with while serving at the Central Intelligence Agency: WASHINGTON — David H. Petraeus, the best-known military commander of his generation, has reached a plea deal with the Justice Department and admitted providing his highly classified journals to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A. Mr. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified…
  • Republicans Suddenly Discover They’re Against The Filibuster

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    After some five years in which Senate Republicans were extremely effective in using the filibuster to blunt Democratic initiatives in the Senate, it seems that the tide has turned: The No. 2 Republican in the House said on Sunday that the Senate should exercise the “nuclear option” and get rid of the filibuster to resolve the standoff over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats have used the filibuster to block legislation that would have funded the DHS while defunding President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Even though…
  • Coffee News (and Another Example of Bad Science Reporting)

    Steven L. Taylor
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    First comes the spiffy headline via the BBC:  Regular coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries Hooray! he thought, between sips of strong, black Colombian… But then, actually reading the article: Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries – a known risk factor for heart disease – Korean researchers believe. “May”?  “Believe”?  That’s not what the headline said! Some studies have linked consumption to heart risk factors, such as raised cholesterol or blood pressure, while others suggest…
  • Some Charts for the Morning: Latin American Economies

    Steven L. Taylor
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Via The Telegraph:  Colombia: from failed state to Latin American powerhouse Some regional comparisons:  
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Jon Stewart on ‘Bibi’s Big Adventures’ In America

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    “It was a festival of slights,” remarks “The Daily Show” host about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before congress on Tuesday. Related Entries March 4, 2015 Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices,’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense March 4, 2015 How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech Before Congress (Video)
  • Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices,’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    By Marjorie Cohn During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran, he failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons. Related Entries March 4, 2015 Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices,’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense March 4, 2015 How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech Before Congress (Video)
  • Ebola-infected Nurse Contends Dallas Hospital Violated Her Privacy

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    In a lawsuit filed Monday, nurse Nina Pham says that a colleague videotaped her without her permission and then the hospital released the tape to the media. Related Entries March 4, 2015 Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices,’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense March 4, 2015 How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech Before Congress (Video)
  • How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech Before Congress (Video)

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    By Juan Cole Most Iranians had difficulty taking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seriously. Related Entries March 4, 2015 Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices,’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense March 4, 2015 How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech Before Congress (Video)
  • ‘Kia’: A Poem That Reflects a Group’s Struggle for Better Working Conditions

    editor@truthdig.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    Paul Hlava describes series “Negotiations” as a collage of “language, metaphors and quotes, from managers, workers and management flyers” that were used during a vote to form a collective bargaining unit. Related Entries March 4, 2015 Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices,’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense March 4, 2015 How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech Before Congress (Video)
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    ThinkProgress

  • How Corporations Waste Billions Instead Of Investing In Workers

    Bryce Covert
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock The amount of money large American companies spent on buying back their own stock to prop up their share prices just hit a record high. Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index spent $104.3 billion on planned stock buybacks in February, which is almost twice what they spent last year and is the most since data tracking began in 1995. Buying back a company’s own stock shares decreases the number of available shares and therefore inflates the value of each that remain, enriching the shareholders who already own them. In February, companies announced an…
  • Get Ready: The Senate Will Start Trying To Override Obama’s Keystone XL Veto Today

    Katie Valentine
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite The U.S. Senate will begin the process of attempting to override the President’s veto on the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday, an attempt that’s not predicted to succeed but that likely won’t be the last time Congress tries to force approval of the controversial project. The Senate is expected to issue a cloture vote on the override Wednesday, and then vote on whether to override the president’s veto on Thursday. Senate Democrats had been prepared to filibuster the override vote, a threat that prompted the vote for cloture, which…
  • Bobby Jindal’s Looming Health Care Disaster

    Alice Ollstein
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    CREDIT: AP On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court hears a case that if successful, could strip away health insurance from millions of people who depend on federal subsidies. But Louisiana Governor and likely presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he welcomes such a ruling, telling reporters at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference: “When the subsidies go away, the individual mandate goes away, the employer mandate goes away. That’s a great thing. That’s a tax cut.” But the impact of this “tax cut” could be dire in Louisiana. Because…
  • Meet The Real People Fighting For Obamacare At The Supreme Court Today

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh On Wednesday morning, as the nation’s most powerful justices hear oral arguments in a major challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the people gathered outside the Supreme Court will hear their own speeches in favor of Obamacare — not from lawyers, but from the real Americans whose health care hangs in the balance. Proponents of the health care reform law are planning a rally that will feature some of the people whose ability to access affordable insurance could be severely compromised by a ruling against the Obama administration. “I want people to…
  • Pakistan Arrests Parents Who Refuse To Vaccinate Their Kids, But Will That Stop Polio?

    Beenish Ahmed
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    CREDIT: AP Last year while I was in Pakistan, a bus I took from Peshawar to Islamabad was hailed down by a small team of polio vaccinators. This wasn’t surprising – we had after all, left a city the World Health Organization has called the single “largest reservoir” of the polio virus – but what proceeded seemed to undermine any hope that the disease which has been eradicated in most of the world can be fully snubbed out in Pakistan. The bus driver pulled over to a small gravel patch just as stretches of mustard fields and mud huts turned into modern walled…
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Obama: Netanyahu's Speech Fails to Offer "Viable Alternatives" on Iran

    Inae Oh
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    President Barack Obama weighed in on Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's remarks did not provide any "viable alternatives" to preventing Iran from securing a nuclear weapon. The Associated Press reported that after reading a transcript of the speech, Obama noted that Netanyahu used essentially the same language as when the United States brokered an interim deal with Iran, a deal the president said Iran followed through on by scaling back its nuclear program. White House officials also slammed the address: Sr. administration…
  • DOJ Finds Pervasive Racial Bias at Ferguson Police Department

    Inae Oh
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The Department of Justice has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department engaged in racially biased practices, including disproportionately arresting African-Americans during routine traffic stops. The findings are the result of an investigation launched back in September, which found that systematic biased behavior, including "racist jokes about blacks" on police email accounts, have resulted in fractured race relations in the Missouri community and a deep mistrust of police officials. From the Times: In compiling the report, federal investigators conducted hundreds of…
  • Hero Mom Has the Perfect Response to Son Begging to Join ISIS

    Inae Oh
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Everyone of us can relate to having once been a stupid teenager, irrationally whining to our parents about needing to hang out with that group, wear this outfit, etc. Such is the case of 19-year-old Akhror Saidakhmetov of Brooklyn who had a burning desire to join club ISIS, like all the cool kids seem to be doing these days. But despite having all the gear to prove he was ready to commit to the band, Saidakhmetov's dreams were ultimately crushed by a very adolescent roadblock—his mom. From the Times: Mr. Juraboev and Mr. Saidakhmetov bought tickets, planning to travel to…
  • Sean Hannity Said Some Something Really Creepy at CPAC Today

    Sam Brodey
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, Fox News' Sean Hannity had some downright creepy things to say about the "young, good-looking crowd:" I can look out in the crowd, I kinda have Fox X-ray vision, and I can see that some of you women, you don't even know it yet, but you're pregnant. It's not your fault. It's not his fault. The joke—if that's what it was—bombed, drawing nervous laughter and groans from the crowd. The Twitter reaction was swift and perplexed: Hannity has xray vision can tell that some of the women in here are…
  • California's 3-Strike Prison Reform Is Working

    Rebecca Cohen
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    California's three-strikes law used to mean that all third-time felons had to spend at least 25 years behind bars—pretty harsh, considering that the third strike could be the result of stealing a $2.50 pair of tube socks. Last year, voters decided to scale back the policy, and passed two initiatives to give judges more sentencing discretion and retroactively reduce the penalties for low-level drug and theft crimes. Law enforcement leaders warned that the reform would set free "thousands of dangerous inmates," and called it "a radical package of ill-conceived policies" that "will…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Minnesota Republicans Look To Gain From Walker's Folly

    capper
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Wisconsin and Minnesota have a long, storied tradition of being border rivals. Whether its Badgers versus Gophers or Packers versus Vikings, people of both states look forward to finding bragging rights over their next door neighbor. Increasingly over the past few years, Minnesota has been kicking Wisconsin's butt on almost every economic measure. Minnesota has lower unemployment, higher wages and a better gross domestic product. With Scott Walker poised to ram Right To Woe down Wisconsin's collective throat, the gap between the two states are about to grow even bigger as Minnesota State…
  • Mike's Blog Round Up

    Michael Stickings
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I just wanted to mention, if I may depart from politics for a moment, that yesterday was the best day of the year in music, with the release in North America of Steven Wilson's fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. Never heard of him? The founder of Porcupine Tree, one of the greatest bands ever? The leading light of "post-prog"? Alas. You're missing out. And so you should definitely check him out. Now… or at least when you're done checking out the following links… Zandar Versus the Stupid: Yglesias goes full emoprog on the state of American democracy. Alicublog: Bibi Netanyahu and the…
  • Fox Interrupts Dems’ Reaction To Netanyahu In Order To Attack Them

    News Hound Ellen
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Democrats’ two-fisted response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today was just too much for Fox News’ Republican fee-fees. Yes, the same Fox News gang that has been “just asking” whether the Obama administration is anti-Semitic was so overcome that they cut off the Democrats’ press conference in order to start criticizing them. Fox thought the Democratic response was important beforehand. A Fox News Alert for it interrupted the Outnumbered show. “Let’s watch and listen,” cohost Harris Faulkner said. First up was Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY).
  • Neil Cavuto Goes After RJ Eskow Over 'House Of Cards' Post

    karoli
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    RJ Eskow's post on the fictional House of Cards "America Works" program really must have touched a nerve, especially with Neil Cavuto. In response to Eskow's post about real issues in our real government as viewed through the lens of fiction (helped along by a Third Way consultant or two), Cavuto lost his cookies, making wild claims and insisting that it was all just fiction anyway so why did Eskow bother? But that doesn't stop Huffington contributor Richard Eskow from getting really riled. The senior fellow at something called, "Campaign for America's Future," takes fictional President…
  • Stewart: GOP Response To Netanyahu Is The Longest Blowjob A Jewish Man Ever Received

    Heather
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:54 pm
    After taking a shot at John Boehner for his ridiculous claim that inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come speak before Congress wasn't really just trying to put a "stick in the eye" of President Obama, Netanyahu's claim that he's speaking for all Jews, and President Obama's all too gentle response to Bibi's decision to come speak regardless of all of the criticism he's received, Stewart wrapped up his opening segment this Tuesday by summing up the GOP's response to his speech today. STEWART: Oh my God, it was the State of the Union Address the Republicans wanted, delivered…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Stacked: 1967 Pontiac Le Mans

    Samuel Smith
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for March 3, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    I’m quite the Renaissance man. For instance, I believe illness is caused by an imbalance of humours, and that left-handed people are cursed. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily … Continue reading →
  • Tournament of Rock: The 5280 – The Apples in Stereo vs The Samples

    Samuel Smith
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    In the first match of round 2, Big Head Todd & the Monsters nipped 16 Horsepower and advance to the quarterfinals. Our next match features The Samples, who beat Sugarloaf in round 1, trading licks with critically acclaimed Power Pop innovators … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for March 2, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    GO BACK TO SLEEP, SHEEPLE! It turns out I’ve been wrong about everything. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for March 2, 2015
  • On Netanyahu’s address to Congress, Lee Zeldin hits the nail

    Frank Balsinger
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Just not on the head NYT reports: Netanyahu’s Visit Bringing Uninvited Problems for Jewish Democrats “Regardless of whether you are Jewish or not Jewish, Republican or Democrat, if you greatly value having the strongest relationship possible with Israel, welcoming the Israeli … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Years Of Writing Dangerously

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or in tune with the way people actually think and speak in private. That means bloggers put themselves out there in far more ballsy fashion than many officially sanctioned pundits do, and they make fools of themselves more often, too. The only way to correct your…
  • The Miracle Of Francis

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I quit blogging (at least) once before in 2005 – but the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI ended my premature retirement. I knew Ratzinger’s work intimately, and had wrestled with it for years. I knew instantly that the church I loved…
  • A Note To Our Readers, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    One of countless readers asks: OK, no more begging for site to continue, EXCEPT can you please leave the site up for those of us who want to go back to read past weekend posts? These don’t have an expiration date. My weekends are so busy that I often don’t get a chance to explore all the excellent reads. I could probably spend a year going back and reading so much of what I missed. Also, how will we know where to go next if you don’t leave the site up for us to explore the “Blog Love” list? And some of the “Threads” have great significance (suicide, abortion – these have…
  • As The World Turns

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, this news broke: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer his hopes for litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court, but said he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on the issue. “I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.” The core sign of the entrenchment of social change is that the opposition eventually accepts it or acquiesces to it. When I started campaigning for…
  • How To Read The Entire Internet

    Patrick Appel
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    by Patrick Appel “Send me five links a day” was the original job Andrew gave me. Now, in the more than seven years since then, I have almost certainly read more than a million blog posts. It is entirely possible, during that time, that I have read more posts than anyone else on the planet. Andrew liked to call interns his “leaf cutter ants” because they would go out into the blogosphere, locate Dish-worthy content, and send it to him for posting. When I began working for the Dish, discovering the most intelligent voices online was an exhausting but manageable task.
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    WSJ.COM

  • Netanyahu Urges Congress to Block 'Bad Deal' With Iran

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declared in a speech to a joint session of Congress that an emerging diplomatic agreement with Iran would ensure that Tehran eventually acquires a nuclear weapon.
  • Netanyahu's Tough Talk Marks Big Bet on Congress

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Analysis: In his speech to Congress Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu hammered at an emerging Iran nuclear deal that has even unnerved some of President Obama’s fellow Democrats.
  • Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Key Health-Law Case

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    The Supreme Court hears arguments over tax credits, in a case that will shape the future of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Clinton's Email Use Worries Secrecy Foes

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    The disclosure that Hillary Clinton used only a private email account for official business as secretary of state drew complaints Tuesday from advocacy groups and open-government specialists.
  • House Passes Funding for Homeland Security

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The GOP-controlled House voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September without blocking implementation of President Obama’s immigration executive actions.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Big Pharma’s Mass Vaccination Agenda

    No Author
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Major US news media have presented a grossly distorted and misleading interpretation of vaccines and their relationship to public health since early January. These journalistic organs have suggested the recent measles outbreak in the Western US has been a crisis of monumental proportions. This flagrant and cynical sensationalism has become a foundation for intense advocacy on behalf of the pharmaceutical corporate and regulatory cartel targeting patient informed consent—a founding principal of modern medical practice and personal freedom. Keeping in mind the close to 300 vaccine products…
  • Disappointing Diesels

    Eric Peters
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There’s something weird and cruel about the fact that diesel engines are – for the most part – for the  affluent-only. You’d think it’d be the reverse. And it is … in Europe. Over there, more than half the passenger vehicles on the road have diesels under the hood and most models (cars, crossovers, SUVs) offer the option. This is not surprising, given that gas costs about the same per gallon as a decent quality whiskey costs per liter here. But why aren’t diesel engines more commonly available here? Or rather, why are they almost exclusively offered in high-end models like the…
  • The Path to Global Economic Disaster?

    Mark Nestmann
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    One of the assumptions of the eurozone – those 19 countries in Europe that use the euro as their national currencies – is that if any country left the zone, economic disaster would follow in its wake. Only a few days ago, it appeared that heavily indebted Greece might be forced to drop the euro and return to the drachma, the currency it used before the euro. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Greece was spending money like a sailor on shore leave with a limitless credit card. The government ran up debts amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars to prepare for the 2004 Olympics, among…
  • Slouching Toward Extinction

    Brian Wilson
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    With all the Cheers and Jeers of C-PAC 2015 fading into Yesterday’s News, let us carpe the diem to add to the growing list of oxymoronic fantasies in desperate need of extinction, a term heard early and often whenever conservatives and libertarians congregate: “Limited Government”. Like “settled science”, the Tooth Fairy and Honest Politicians, not only is there no such thing, there never has been. The utter nonsense that a piece of parchment, even inscribed with swell ideas, can successfully “limit” the Leviathan, i.e. Big Government has been proven ludicrous for 226 years;…
  • A Libertarian Nightmare

    Robert Wenzel
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Over at Salon, Edwin Lyngar tells us that he has given up on libertarianism because of a recent vacation he took to the Honduras. He classified the trip as a nightmare: My libertarian vacation nightmare: How Ayn Rand, Ron Paul & their groupies were all debunked I am really not sure how he reached the conclusion that the Honduras is a libertarian country, but he did:  Eliminate all taxes, privatize everything, load a country up with guns and oppose all public expenditures, you end up with Honduras. Privatize everything? Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica is Honduras’s…
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    Political Wire

  • Clinton Trying to Run as Incumbent

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    The New York Times notes that by not addressing the growing controversy over her private emails, and with her allies working to undercut the original New York Times article on the emails, Hillary Clinton is signaling that she will employ a “Rose Garden” strategy as much as possible. “Although she is not holding office, she is behaving like the incumbent.” The post Clinton Trying to Run as Incumbent appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Bush Asks Donors to Limit Themselves to $1 Million

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    “An unusual request has gone out to wealthy donors writing large checks to support former Florida governor Jeb Bush: Please don’t give more than $1 million right away,” the Washington Post reports. “”The move reflects concerns among Bush advisers that accepting massive sums from a handful of uber-rich supporters could fuel a perception that the former governor is in their debt. The effort is also driven by a desire to build as broad a pool of donors as possible among wealthier contributors.” The post Bush Asks Donors to Limit Themselves to $1 Million appeared…
  • Walker Would Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    Gov. Scott Walker (R) “embraced a move to ban abortion after 20 weeks after repeatedly declining to spell out where he stood on the issue in last year’s re-election campaign,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. “Walker said in last year’s campaign he opposed abortion, but refused to say whether he supported banning the procedure after 20 weeks. At one stage, he ran an ad saying earlier restrictions he approved were aimed at patient safety and that he understood the decision to terminate a pregnancy was an ‘agonizing one.'” The post Walker Would…
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    “A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” — Ben Carson, quoted by Politico, arguing that homosexuality is a choice. The post Quote of the Day appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Clinton Ran Her Own Email Server

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton’s emails – on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state – traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York,” the Associated Press reports. “In most cases, individuals who operate their own email servers are technical experts or users so concerned about issues of privacy and surveillance they take matters into their own hands. It was not immediately clear exactly where Clinton ran that computer…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Meet the 85-Year-Old Texas Republican Pushing Her Party to Decriminalize Pot

    Josh Harkinson
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Early last year, John Baucum, the political director of a group called Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), cornered Sen. Ted Cruz at a GOP event in Houston. Cruz, a former Texas prosecutor who talks the talk on states' rights, had criticized the Obama administration for declining to prosecute Colorado pot growers. Baucum wanted to point out the disconnect: "It sounded like you were making an argument against federalism," he recalls telling Cruz. Perhaps his comment got Cruz thinking, because last week, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, Cruz…
  • Why You Should Stop Eating Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Kiera Butler
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Meals are good, and snacking is bad. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you eat dinner with your family, you will keep your girlish figure and your kids will be healthier. Taking a lunch break will make you succeed at your job. Okay, now forget all that. Because as it turns out, the concept of three square meals a day has practically zero to do with your actual metabolic needs. And our dogmatic adherence to breakfast, lunch, and dinner might actually be making us sick. In her book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, historian Abigail Carroll traces the idea…
  • Republican Senator Aims To Roll Back Healthy School Lunch Rules

    Allie Gross
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our nation's school cafeterias are on track to serve more whole grains and less salt—but not if one Republican senator has anything to say about it. On Monday, Rep. John Hoeven (R-ND) announced plans to introduce a bill that would roll back 2014 legislation requiring school cafeterias to ensure that 100 percent of their grains are whole-grain rich (meaning that at least 51 percent of a given food's grains are whole, rather than refined). In addition, the bill seeks to remove stricter sodium limits that were set to take effect in 2017.  The bill, said Hoeven, would allow schools to…
  • 8 Million More Uninsured: What Could Happen If the Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare

    Dave Gilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the biggest challenge to Affordable Care Act since the court first considered the law's fate in 2012. If the justices side with the Obamacare-hating activists and unlikely plaintiffs behind the latest case, they could nix subsidies for people buying health coverage on federal insurance exchanges. Here's a quick look at the potential impact of that decision:     Sources 13.4 million losing subsidies: Kaiser Family Foundation 37 states: Kaiser Family Foundation 8.2 million losing insurance: Urban Institute, Robert…
  • Ferguson Official Stated President Obama Wouldn't Last Long "Because What Black Man Holds a Steady Job for Four Years”

    Jaeah Lee
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    New details have emerged about the Justice Department's forthcoming report finding patterns of racial discrimination among officials and police officers in Ferguson, Missouri. Among the findings is an email saying that Barack Obama wouldn't last long as president because he's black and data showing that for years, traffic stops, use of force, petty crime charges, and affronts by police canines disproportionately targeted the city's black residents. Here are more findings as reported by the Associated Press's Eric Tucker and PBS NewsHour: Ferguson's black drivers were more than twice as…
 
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    Raw Story

  • Protesters demand justice over LAPD killing of homeless man

    Agence France-Presse
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Angry protesters have hit the streets of Los Angeles demanding justice, two days after graphic video footage that went viral showed police shooting dead a homeless man. Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters to protest Sunday’s killing, the l...
  • ‘Jihadi John’ condemned 9/11 and London terror attacks in British MI5 recording

    Agence France-Presse
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    The London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John” once denounced the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 bombings in the British capital, according to an audio recording released Tuesday. Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi was identified by media and experts last week — and...
  • Listen: This is the kind of music cats like, according to science

    Travis Gettys
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    Cats actually do enjoy music, but they prefer songs that sound like they were written with them in mind. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin created music that matched the same frequency range of cat vocalizations — about an octave or more higher than humans, reported Discovery News. ...
  • Pope Francis: ‘The elderly are not aliens’

    Agence France-Presse
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    Pope Francis urged his followers at his weekly prayer on Wednesday to show affection and respect for the elderly, saying they must not be treated as “aliens”. “It’s a mortal sin to discard our elderly,” said the pope, seen by his supporters as a champion of the poor and...
  • Edward Snowden ‘ready to return’ to the United States to face trial

    Agence France-Presse
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who has been given refuge in Russia, is willing to return to the United States if he is given a fair trial, his lawyer said Tuesday. “He is thinking about it. He has a desire to return and we are doing everything we can to make it happen,” Anato...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Cameron and Miliband at PMQs: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron and Ed Miliband at PMQs, Nigel Farage’s immigration speech and George Osborne’s Today interview 1.29pm GMT This is what political journalists and commentators are saying about PMQs on Twitter.I can't think anyone can call today's PMQs anything other than a total walkover for @Ed_Miliband. Not often one can say that.David Cameron embarrassed himself by refusing even to pretend to answer either of EdM's questions #PMQsNot a clear win for Mr Miliband today - Mr Cameron should have been on the…
  • Plebgate PC wins £80k damages in Andrew Mitchell libel action

    Karen McVeigh
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    Ruling marks end of two-year battle for officer accused of lying by Tory MP over incident at Downing Street gatesMP and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has paid £80,000 in libel damages to the police officer he called a “fucking pleb” during an altercation at the gates of Downing Street.It marks the end of a two-year battle for PC Toby Rowland, who was accused of lying by the Conservative MP. Continue reading...
  • Charities should be preferred NHS providers, says Andy Burnham

    David Brindle
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Not-for-profit care organisations would get longer and more stable contracts than private companies, says shadow health secretary Continue reading...
  • No, Mr Osborne, selling our stake in Eurostar is not securing Britain’s future

    Deborah Orr
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    As ever, profit gets privatised and risk or liability remains the business of the state Continue reading...
  • Nigel Farage drops Ukip's 50,000 cap on immigration

    Rowena Mason Political correspondent
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    Ukip leader makes u-turn on day of flagship speech but says ban on unskilled immigrants would stayNigel Farage has dropped Ukip’s plan to cap immigration at 50,000 arrivals a year, saying his policy is now just a return to “normality”.His u-turn throws the party’s stance on immigration into confusion on the day its leader is giving a flagship speech on the issue. Related: Nigel Farage to propose new immigration watchdog and five-year ban on unskilled migrants Related: Opposition mocks Tory renewal of failed migration target Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    * The latest Congressional silliness comes to an end: The House passed a bill Tuesday afternoon to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, sending it to President Obama for his expected signature. The measure will not target Obama’s executive actions on immigration, giving Democrats what they have long […]
  • Another step forward for marriage equality

    Greg Sargent
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    All eyes are on the Supreme Court right now because of tomorrow’s oral arguments in the lawsuit that could gut Obamacare subsidies in three dozen states, and the mere fact that this challenge made it this far is dispiriting. So it’s easy to forget that there’s a potential bright spot ahead, too: The Court may […]
  • Why Netanyahu’s speech didn’t do his American allies any favors

    Paul Waldman
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Today’s speech to Congress by Benjamin Netanyahu may have been about theater (it isn’t like there was some confusion about his position on Iran that he had to come here to clarify), but it did put before the American public a forceful statement of the Likud/Republican position on the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. And […]
  • Morning Plum: Fight over Netanyahu and Iran could split Democrats

    Greg Sargent
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In his speech to Congress today, Benjamin Netanyahu will reiterate his argument that President Obama’s push for an international deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program is naive and dangerous for Israel. The Obama administration argues that a well-defined, enforceable deal is actually the best hope for preventing Iran from gaining nukes. But the theatrics attending the […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    * Supreme Court oral arguments in the King v. Burwell lawsuit are set for Wednesday. If you are going to read one piece explaining the genesis of this lawsuit, what the legislative history of the Affordable Care Act actually tells us, and why the legal theory driving this challenge is so wrong, make it this […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Pick Your Words And Pick Your Battles

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

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

  • A Reasonable Dosage of Rigor

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    The fact that House Republicans had to call recess on their education bill is yet another reminder of how thorny an issue education has become. The House's attempt to update George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind ran into conservative opposition over issues of state and local control over education. But the issue goes far beyond that. The role of public education, especially since Common Core appeared on the scene, is now a big question mark and one that elicits a multitude of responses. Progressives and Liberals want more money with more regulatory strings attached - all of it going through…
  • Net Neutrality, Yaahhhoooo

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Passage of Net Neutrality into law is about the greatest thing since canned beer, IMO. Being a good 'centrist' I see this law as the best way to police/regulate the Internet providers.I recall the bad ole days when Internet speed was something like 2400bps. There were few pictures or advertisements as I can recall. As speed increased so did price and so did advertising. Today, I surmise that a good 1/3 of Internet bandwidth is used for advertising. You are paying for the service and suffering the unwanted ads. Way worse for television xmsn via cable and satellite. I can order a movie directed…
  • Oscar Speech Propaganda

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    You can't knock JK Simmons for reminding us to call our moms and dads, if we're so fortunate to do so. However, there were other Oscar speeches that were filled with pleas for wage equality, suicide prevention, and Alzheimer's awareness, which all have their own importance. However, it's hard to process John Legend's comments about slavery and black incarceration, while millions of people watched and most people would just believe every word he said. Social media puts celebrities in a position for herds of people to hear what they have to say no matter how ignorant the comments, and usually…
  • When Jeb's Bandwagon Catches Fire

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Jeb Bush wants to be president, and the details of what type of president he will be can be worked out later. At least that seems to be the attitude of a significant part of the GOP. Just look at the polls and decide who would do best against Hillary is the approach. The numbers and how to improve them seem to dominate, at least for those donors and former Bush padre and Dubya advisors who are lining up to help fund or to be part of Jeb's team. What that says about any policy platform that his team is cobbling together from ideas long past due is not encouraging. Catchphrases like Liberty and…
  • The President Hits a Homer

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Watched the President's presentation on how we should deal with the Muslim extremist problem. I believe this is the best presentation he has given. He nailed it good as to how citizens of the world should react to terrorism. He covered the good, bad and ugly as it relates to the world community, noting that in order to win the day there must be a broad range of policies/actions covering political, law enforcement, human resources, economic opportunity/assistance, and so on - - -I believe his words, going strongly toward inclusion of the world's citizens, will find praise in the US and the US…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Old Town, New Office

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

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As a Georgetown student, I think it’s sometimes difficult to venture out of what we affectionately call “the Georgetown bubble.” Stepping off the King Street metro for the first time to come to my new internship, I knew I had finally done it. Engage is located in Old Town Alexandria, and this area is indisputably beautiful. One of the best parts of coming to Old Town for work is the walk home. At night, as the sun begins to set, trollies pass by and the trees that line the brick sidewalks glow with festive lights. This nighttime walk has become a perfect opportunity for me to reflect…
  • Meet Francisca, Engage’s Spring 2015 Intern

    3 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
    On my way to Engage on the first day of my internship, I could feel a mixture of excitement and stress. My thoughts jumped from making sure I had brought everything I needed, to a backup plan (a large coffee and asking for directions) if I did not quickly find my destination. However, as soon as I met the team at Engage, my stress was overtaken by excitement of joining the team! As a Government major at Georgetown University, I am captivated by the growing number of factors and events that affect governing. From a neighborhood block watch to a city government to a country’s legislature,…
  • Meet Alex, Engage’s Newest Digital Strategy Intern

    3 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Hey guys! I’m Alex, Engage’s newest Digital Strategy intern. I hail from Los Angeles California, but have lived here in DC for the last few years while attending Georgetown University. Georgetown is where I met Maggie, the Operations Manager here at Engage. Maggie worked at this cool grocery store on campus where my freshman dorm friends and I would all go to get milkshakes late at night when we didn’t feel like doing homework. Fast-forward to three years later, and here we are again, hanging out at Engage. No milkshakes here, but I’ll make sure that changes soon.
  • 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…
 
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  • The Plot to Free North Korea With Reruns of ‘Friends’

    Andy Greenberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On a cloudy, moonless night somewhere in northeastern China, three men creep through a stand of Japanese Clethra trees. They carry no flashlights, and the sky is so dark that they hear the sound of the rushing Tumen River before they see it: They’ve arrived at the North Korean border. Earlier in the evening at […] The post The Plot to Free North Korea With Reruns of ‘Friends’ appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp

    Jordan Golson
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    For public safety agencies, sniffing out explosives and other contraband is a tricky task. Handheld explosive detectors can be as small as a purse, but still must be manually operated. Permanently mounted sensors need to be even bigger. Dogs are useful in some scenarios, but they're expensive to deploy en masse and must always have a handler. The post This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp appeared first on WIRED.
  • Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far

    Mary Grady
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    Restoring a WW2-era B-29 bomber to flying condition is no easy task. The post Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far appeared first on WIRED.
  • Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

    Kevin Poulsen
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    If you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quad copter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination. The post Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier

    Katherine Kornei
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Aircraft carriers are complicated. They’re floating cities and mobile airbases, housing thousands of sailors and airmen, tens of aircraft, multiple nuclear reactors, and their own hospitals, barbershops, chapels, and zip codes. Carriers support defense and humanitarian efforts worldwide and can travel upwards of 100,000 nautical miles each year. Each United States aircraft carrier—there are 10 […] The post The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Obama and Iran: The Delusions of Clowns

    Mike McDaniel
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    The leader of the free world spoke to a joint session of Congress today. Barack Obama refused to attend, refused to speak with him, and would admit only to “looking at” a transcript of his speech. He, of course, is Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. I’m not going to quote extensively from the speech. Anyone wishing to read it–and it is a speech that will rank among the most important in history–may do so here.  A video of the speech–a bit more than 40 minutes–is available here.  Before I present a variety of views from around the Internet, it may be…
  • New Jersey: 0; Liberty: 1

    Mike McDaniel
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Gordon Van Gilder In a recent article–Liberty: New Jersey Screws The Pooch Again–I wrote about the plight of 72-year old retired teacher and history buff, Gordon Van Gilder. He had the great misfortune to be caught by the police with a 300 year-old flintlock pistol he had just bought for his collection of historic relics, and arrested, was facing up to a decade in jail.   In that article I noted: This is the height of insanity and abuse of power. Police officers have substantial discretion, and that discretion exists for cases just like this. While I have no doubt that New…
  • Respect Me Or Else!

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Among the first things I teach my students every year is the difference between self-respect and self-esteem. Self-esteem is nothing more than positive feelings about oneself based on no criteria whatever. One can be among the worst people on the planet, yet have stratospheric self-esteem. Self-respect, however, is earned positive feelings about oneself based on external criteria. It is reflected in the good will and opinions of others, in good deeds and kindness, not a self-indulgent imagination. Self-esteem is meaningless; self-respect is vital. That’s why I am so often amused by people…
  • Education: It Has Nothing To Do With That Anymore…

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: thejosevilson,com This week, I need to get a few things off my chest, so to speak. Malcolm Forbes said:” if you have a job without frustrations, you don’t have a job,” the point being, of course, that all jobs have frustrations; it’s the nature of the beast. As much as I love what I do, I’ve had, of late, more than my fair share of frustrations. Perhaps they may provide a bit of insight concerning certain issues. Common Core: I saw–from my computer monitor–Jeb Bush at CPAC this week talking about Common Core. It was quite the political performance as he…
  • Education, Corruption And The Rule Of Law

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    credit: Wallace Halldallasobserver andcan turkyilmaz Jim Schutze in the Dallas Observer has a remarkable story about how a lone good guy can make a difference, though all the resources of a powerful state are arrayed against him. All too often, education provides for the building of fiefdoms and power bases, and for lining the pockets of the unscrupulous. Frequently, teaching and learning have little to do with anything. The state is Texas, and as in many states, the story is familiar. An honest man—Wallace Hall—is appointed by the Governor to a state oversight board—The State Board of…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    John Podhoretz analyzes how Obama made Netanyahu's speech much more significant than it might have been.On Tuesday, Bibi Netanyahu gave the speech of his life before a joint session of Congress — and he has Barack Obama to thank for it.Yes, the very same Barack Obama who hates Bibi, the same Obama who was furious the speech was being given at all, walked the bases full for Netanyahu and served up the sucker pitch he hit for a grand slam.For six weeks, the president and his team have been letting it be known just how angry they are that the leader of the House of Representatives invited the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    The NYT reports that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account while Secretary of State in violation of federal regulations.Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act....Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.“It is very difficult…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    What a bombshell report to come out just as Prime Minister Netanyahu is coming here to speak before Congress about the dangers of Obama's proposed deal with Iran.The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:18 am
    Do the people in the Obama administration responsible for working against terrorism even talk to each other. Just this week we had Secretary of State John Kerry solemnly assuring us how safe we are from terrorism and how we're at an all-time low for terrorism. Then the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to the exact opposite.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, testifying on Capitol Hill, catalogued the growing terror-fueled violence in stark terms. "When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Eliot Abrams explains how the Obama administration has fostered bad relations with Netanyahu and Israel.First comes the personal relationship and the desire to see Netanyahu lose the election. Recall that Obama became president before Netanyahu became prime minister, and it is obvious that the dislike was both personal and political before Netanyahu had done anything. Obama does not like people on the right, period—Americans, Israelis, Australians, you name it. Obama also decided immediately on taking office to pick a fight with Israel and make construction in settlements and in Jerusalem…
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    Wizbang

  • The Problem with Discounting the Traditional, Two-Parent Family

    Warner Todd Huston
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The left is all about destroying the traditional family and supplanting it with “families” of its own making. While non-traditional families aren’t necessarily an “evil” that need to be eliminated, the destruction of the traditional family is an evil that needs to be stopped. The problem with discouraging the traditional, two-parent family is that children born of a one parent family (or even living with no parents) are generally forced into asking for support from outside the family–whether it be from government or community–or going without any help at all. In the case…
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will for all outstanding contests will be announced Monday morning, I promise…
  • Utah Sen. Mike Lee Scolds Conservatives at CPAC 2015: Beware of ‘Unserious’ Candidates

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Mike Lee is one of the few consistent conservatives in Congress, but he made a somewhat interesting choice for his subject at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He scolded the audience against “unserious” Republican candidates. To tepid applause, Lee warned his audience against the platitudes and talking points of candidates who are just throwing out red meat and urged them to reconsider the candidates in the light of serious policy ideas. Why is this odd? Well, for one thing that is what many of the participants come for. They want the red meat, the platitudes…
  • FBI: Investigating Islamists in ALL 50 States

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    In his continuing effort to whitewash Radical Islamic terror, President Obama has been heard all over the country scolding the media for “hyping” the dangers of radical Islam. But now even his own FBI is warning that they are investigating radical Islamists in all fifty states. During a recent interview with the liberal Vox.com the president said that the media “absolutely overstates the risks of terrorism,” essentially blaming the media for hyping the threat of terror for a brand of “it bleeds it leads” sensationalism. But even as Obama has been running…
  • Oops! Pope Francis needs PR help.

    David Robertson
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    According to the book of Exodus, Moses needed his brother Aaron to do all of his speaking for him. Apparently, Pope Francis is needing his own Aaron, because the Pontiff is once again in trouble for something he said. Here is an excerpt from an AP story titled “Vatican seeks to quell Mexican anger over pope’s drug comment“: The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis’ casual speaking style…
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • The Fiction Culture War We are Losing @spockosbrain

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    The Fiction Culture War We are Losing by SpockoSunday Night on Virtually Speaking Digby and I talked about the Leonard Nimoy's passing and how fiction and fictional characters can shape people's attitudes.  (podcast link here.)Today some friends who work in the world of politics were discussing House of Cards. Some loved it, some hated it.  I don't really move in those specific circles so before the discussion I wanted to know, "Is it realistic?"A professional musician friend asked, Does anyone really expect a TV show about politics to be a more realistic representation of…
  • House of evil

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    House of evilby digbyLike a lot of my fellow political junkies I've been enjoying House of Cards' new season. (I'm not done watching yet ...) But one thing that's driven me nuts is the fact that Underwood is selling total Third Way bilge as the Democratic wish list. Not that there isn't some basis in fact there --- after all, elements of President Obama's Grand Bargain came right out of a Third Way wet dream. Richard Eskow points out that one of the founders of Third Way is a consultant on HOC which probably explains how this happened:[W]ho knew that the show itself – not the characters,…
  • The Crisis Chronicles

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Crisis Chroniclesby digbySteve Benen made a list of the GOP House's accomplishments:[S]ince January 2011, Congress has excelled in one area: manufacturing avoidable crises. If there’s one thing a GOP majority has guaranteed, it’s that the nation’s legislative branch will careen, over and over again, from one self-imposed crisis to the next.* April 2011: House Republicans threaten a government shutdown unless Democrats accept GOP demands on spending cuts.* July 2011: Republicans create the first-ever debt-ceiling crisis, threatening to default on the nation’s debts unless Democrats…
  • From the always been wrong about everything files: Netanyahu edition

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    From the always been wrong about everything files: Netanyahu editionby digbyAt what point does this become dangerous for his country? After all the moral of the "boy who cried wolf" fable is that the result of his hysterical fear-mongering was that people didn't believe him when it happened for real.Almost two decades ago, in 1996, Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress where he darkly warned, “If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind,” adding that, “the…
  • The Man Called Petraeus gets a slap on the wrist

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Man Called Petraeus gets a slap on the wristby digbyWhile others got years in jail. Socked, I tell you, shocked. Emptywheel has the best, most succinct, rundown of The Man Called Petraeus' plea deal:Among the materials in the eight “Black Books” Petraeus shared with Broadwell were:…classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings, and defendant DAVID HOWELL PETRAEUS’s discussions with the President…
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    Eschaton

  • Late Night

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    enjoy
  • Add One Wheelbarrow Filled With Salt?

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    If sanitation workers have time to ticket, they have time to throw some salt down. Maybe they can do both at the same time?Even if the city isn't taking responsibility for clearing sidewalks, they can at least do the properties they're ticketing. Consider the ticket a bill for the job.
  • Evening Thread

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Thank God it's Friday.
  • Happy Hour Thread

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
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  • More Fucked Up Bullshit

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Not that it's surprising.In compiling the report, federal investigators conducted hundreds of interviews, reviewed 35,000 pages of police records and analyzed race data compiled for every police stop. They concluded that, over the past two years, African-Americans — who make up about two-thirds of the city’s population — accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of citations, 93 percent of arrests and 88 percent of cases in which the police used force.Black motorists were twice as likely as whites to be searched but were less likely to be found in possession of contraband…
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night FDL: I Am I Said

    CTuttle
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Neil Diamond – I Am I Said Neil Diamond says he’ll tour until he can’t… Neil Diamond, whose Canadian leg of his Melody Road world trek begins this week, says he’s going to stay working and on the road as long as his voice and body hold out. In other words, use it or lose it. “That whole concept has become part of me as I get to be older,” said Diamond, 74, in a teleconference interview with music writers from around North America recently. “That’s one of the things that motivates me now, the time is limited and I’m touring now because I’m in good voice. I…
  • Mining & Fracking World Whirl: 3 Mar 2015

    KateCA
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Our sun over the past five years. *Worldwide. Destroying the world that feeds us: shellfish are now threatened. Ocean acidification (OA) is increasing as the oceans try to absorb all the carbon we produce, thus endangering much ocean life. Most vulnerable US coastal areas affected are identified, along with OA “drivers and amplifiers” and how to reduce them. *USA. Go youth! Teens and young adults are turning to courts for help in combatting climate change. “‘Every suit and every administrative petition filed in every state in the country and against the federal government asks . . .
  • NY Demonstrators Say #No2Netanyahu While DC Protesters Rally To #ShutDownAIPAC

    CTuttle
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    By Joe Catron Dozens of demonstrators in New York braved driving snow on Sunday to protest the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States. “One of the issues we aim to raise awareness about is Israel’s impunity against international law through its unconditional support from the United States,” Hani Ghazi, the New York-area Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) coordinator, told MintPress News before speaking at the rally. “Netanyahu’s speech perpetuates that complicity.” While those demonstrators gathered outside the News Corp. Building in Midtown Manhattan,…
  • West Virginia Repeals Law Made By Coal Industry To Help Coal Industry

    Brandon Jordan
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Lawmakers in West Virginia repealed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act, which forced utility companies to use more alternative fuels, early this month. The law, passed in 2009, mandated West Virginia to get 25 percent of its electricity from alternative and renewable energy sources. However, the law defines “alternative energy resources” as natural gas, waste coal, tire derived fuel, carbon capture or any resource the Public Service Commission deems as an “alternative energy resource.” Such a loose definition in the bill could lead to a…
  • Netanyahu Speaks To Congress Making Claims Disputed By Mossad

    DSWright
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Despite Israel’s own intelligence agency, the Mossad, disagreeing with his assertions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a hawkish speech to the US Congress claiming Iran was on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon.That warning from Netanyahu has been made continually throughout the previous decades often with the warning of “three to five years” before Iran has a nuclear bomb. In the speech Netanyahu labeled Iran the greatest threat to peace in the world even, in a surreal moment, blaming Iran for destablizing Iraq. Iran is, according to Netanyahu, the…
 
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    TalkLeft

  • All White Jury Chosen in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Trial

    Jeralyn
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    The jury has been selected and opening arguments begin tomorrow in the death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with the Boston Marathon bombings. According to media reports, all of the 18 jurors and alternates are white. (More than 1,300... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DOJ Report Confirms Ferguson's Racially Biased Policing

    Jeralyn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    DOJ's report on its six month investigation into police practices in Ferguson, MO will be released today. Here's what it finds, according to the New York Times. The Ferguson Police Department was routinely violating the constitutional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Our last open thread is over-filled. Here's a new one, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bali 9 Duo Transferred to Death Island

    Jeralyn
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Just another day in Paradise. Escorted by two fighter jets carrying live missiles, commercial budget airline Wings Air, owned by Lion Air, today flew Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from Bali to Cilacap, where they were then taken by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • King v. Burwell: Interpreting the Affordable Care Act

    Big Tent Democrat
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act (PDF) ("Obamacare") provides, in part, as follows: Each State shall, not later than January 1, 2014, establish an American Health Benefit Exchange (referred to in this title as an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Timing is Everything

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    There's been a lot of hand wringing about Chris Christie's gift to Exxon Mobil. He "negotiated" a settlement of an $8.9 billion environmental remediation suit to $250 million - less than 3% of the original value. It leaves the cleanup of these toxic sites unfunded, throws away the thousands of jobs that would have been created by this cleanup, and has many people scratching their heads about his motivation for what appears to be a foolish, fiscally-irresponsible stunt. But say what you want about Christie - he's no dummy. He is a conniving egotist whose only driving force is personal…
  • Colleen Mahr for Assembly - LD22

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    I just wonder why the hell the Union Democratic Chair - in losing a woman legislator of great value in Linda Stender but with a rock star woman ready to run in Colleen Mahr - has to reach back to pull a male lobbyist back into play. To a link in this AM's News Roundup detailing the internal party struggles in Union County to set a successor to Assemblywoman Linda Stender, I wrote: GO COLLEEN MAHR! I should say why. Linda Stender is exiting under the worst circumstances the seat she held for 13 years. I'm heartbroken watching her go. I know some are supporting Mahr to keep this a woman's seat.
  • The weather, Alka Seltzer and property taxes

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    New Jersey property tax is somewhat like the weather. Everybody talks about it but nobody does much about it. The weather admittedly is hard to change, but there are policies that could reduce property tax in New Jersey. Gov. Christie and the legislature created a theoretical 2% cap and made other improvements around the fringes. However, as our national economy and jobs improve, inflation will begin to creep upward placing further strain on local governments. What Gov. Christie gives with one hand he also takes back with the other. Throughout his tenure he has done little to provide relief.
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    I've got a low-grade fever and feel like crud. So if there's anything I missed in my fog of crud, give us all the heads-up with a link in comments. Happy Tuesday, cats 'n kittens - Rosi If you think things get testy at your local municipal meeting ... In Evesham, Mayor Randy Brown continues to embarrass himself, shouting for 4 minutes at an 81-year-old who came to ask a question. That was December. Since then, he's decreed the public can't ask any questions during the meeting, only comment. LD22 turmoil: question of who succeeds Stender remains murky GO COLLEEN MAHR! Menendez's staff may not…
  • BWC says No on Netanyahu - her statement

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Bonnie Watson Coleman will not attend. She joins a list of 55 Democrats planning to skip the speech; that list includes senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse and Patrick Leahy. House members boycotting include John Lewis, James Clyburn, John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Raúl Grijalva, Eleanor Holmes Norton. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. was still on the fence earlier today. Dem members of the NJ delegation sending clear messages that they will show up are both our senators Menendez and Booker, and Rep. Donald Norcross. (The Hill has a whip list). The…
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    Truthout Stories

  • "Medicare Part E": A Framework for Universal Health Care

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    It's time for universal health care in the US. More than 100 economic professors from across our country have signed on to a letter, calling for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and that state's legislature to enact universal health care in the Green Mountain State. Vermont has had plans to implement a universal health care system in that state for some time now, but Gov. Shumlin put those plans on hold late last year, after concerns came up over how the system would be paid for. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. In the letter to Shumlin, the professors argue that…
  • For Peace, We Must Defeat Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the Capitol Building in Washington, March 3, 2015. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The New York Times) Peace and justice advocates in the US are fighting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his US amen corner on two fronts. The first front is the fight over Iran diplomacy, which Netanyahu is trying to blow up. The second front is the fight for justice for the Palestinians. One front is on the front page of the newspaper right now. The other front is barely a footnote right now in mainstream public discourse. But it…
  • A Review of "Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA"

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E.G. Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins (Bloomsbury Press)   “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts,” Richard Feynman famously declared in 1966. Ever quick to challenge accepted wisdom, he distinguished the laudable ignorance of science, forever seeking unattainable certainties, from the dangerous ignorance of experts who professed such certainty. Twenty years later, he would drop a rubber ring into a glass of ice water to show a panel of clueless rocket experts how willful ignorance of basic temperature…
  • David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    As a supine Congress sitting inside a scaffolded dome applauded Benjamin Netanyahu calling to reject a peace deal with Iran, DOJ quietly announced it had reached a plea deal with former CIA Director David Petraeus for leaking Top Secret/Secure Compartmented Information materials to his mistress, Paula Broadwell. Among the materials in the eight “Black Books” Petraeus shared with Broadwell were: …classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from…
  • Segregation's Insidious New Look

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Racial segregation dominated the American residential landscape for generations. We can't afford, suggests the research of Stanford's Sean Reardon, to let economic segregation have anywhere near as long a run. The world’s ultra rich, filmmaker Jacques Peretti observed last month, now inhabit “their own Elysium-style biosphere.” They live in “a floating bubble high above Earth,” a “chrome Business Class tube in the sky.” Peretti was, of course, speaking metaphorically. The rich don’t really live in their own biosphere. They live on terra firma, just like the rest of us. But…
 
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  • Well, Ezra Klein, Republicans may not have "plan" to save insurance markets after King. But they may deal

    Andrew Sprung
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Republican Senators Orrin Hatch Lamar Alexander John Barrasso are out today with a lightly sketched "plan" to salvage premium subsidies credited through the ACA's federal exchange if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell.  The proposal closely resembles the  possible post-King negotiation that former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt outlined to me. Here's Hatch et al:First and most important: We would provide financial assistance to help Americans keep the coverage they picked for a transitional period. It would be unfair to allow families to lose their…
  • Republican can do what they will to American healthcare -- by accepting the Affordable Care Act

    Andrew Sprung
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Ask Republicans how they will reform the health insurance market if they succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act and you will not get a substantive "replace" plan. You will, however, hear three desiderata: 1) give states more control of their insurance markets; 2) give insurers more freedom to design plans outside ACA-imposed constraints; and 3) give consumers in the individual insurance market more choice (though the ACA marketplace shelves in most regions at present are not what you would call bare).If Republicans were sincere about changing the market in this direction, they would…
  • Three signs the ACA private plan marketplace is working

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    Over at healthinsurance.org, I've noted them: 1) more "active renewals" than expected; 2) relatively low churn; and 3) a high level of takeup for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies -- that is, silver plan selection by buyers with incomes under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. My takeaway:Many healthcare professionals and scholars worry that a market providing choice from a large selection of private health plans with a complex array of features and coverage rules offers too much complexity for typical buyers, most of whom are on the lower end of the income scale.That may well be true…
  • King v. Burwell and Congress v. P5 + 1

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    Reading friend-of-the-hawks reporter Josh Rogin's account of the difficulties Obama may have getting Iran to agree to a deal that bypasses the U.S. Congress, and so could be overturned by a future (GOP) president, I was reminded of GOP demands that the administration float "contingency" plans in case  the Supreme Court destroys the Affordable Care Act by ruling for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell.In both cases, bad-faith opposition to vital and viable policy, the product of immense collective effort and years in the making, may well succeed. In both cases, the saboteurs are demanding a…
  • Gallup misreads its state ACA data: state-run marketplaces no better at reaching uninsured

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    Gallup does a great service in tracking the decline in the uninsured rate state-by-state since ACA implementation. But they draw a misleading conclusion from their latest data set:Collectively, the uninsured rate in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up their own state exchanges or partnerships in the health insurance marketplace declined significantly more last year than the rate in states that did not take these steps. The uninsured rate declined 4.8 points in the 21 states that implemented both of these measures, compared with a 2.7-point drop across the 29 states that have…
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    McClatchy DC -- Washington

  • Clinton lays out themes of impending campaign

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Hillary Clinton didn’t announce she was running for president Tuesday night, but she did begin to outline a case for economic fairness and bipartisan cooperation – the themes that are…Click to Continue »
  • Most Texas Republicans in House opposed DHS funding bill

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Texas Republicans overwhelmingly voted “no” Tuesday on funding the Department of Homeland Security without immigration conditions, except for four members, including Fort Worth’s Rep. Kay Granger.Click to Continue »
  • North Carolina lawmakers object as House GOP caves on Homeland Security funding

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Four North Carolina Republican House members were among a group of conservatives who bucked their party’s leadership by refusing to fund the Department of Homeland Security unless restrictions were placed…Click to Continue »
  • Netanyahu on Iran: You can get a better deal

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Congress on Tuesday to reject a nuclear deal currently being negotiated with Iran, calling it a threat to the survival of Israel and its…Click to Continue »
  • White House struggles to explain Clinton email flap

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    As Republican lawmakers criticized Hillary Clinton Tuesday for using her personal email account to conduct government business at the State Department, the White House would not say whether the former…Click to Continue »
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Democrats, State Department defend Hillary Clinton over email flap

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fallout for Hillary Clinton, their favored 2016 presidential candidate, after allegations she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state.
  • Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage.
  • Lawmakers gear up for Supreme Court Obamacare fray

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    WASHINGTON(Reuters) - War rooms of lawmakers and their aides in the U.S. Congress are working furiously to try to influence the Supreme Court's nine justices who will hear arguments on Wednesday on the future of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law.
  • Supreme Court weighs new conservative attack on Obamacare

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday a second major legal attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conservative challengers taking aim at a pivotal part of the statute that authorizes tax subsidies to help people afford insurance.
  • Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift.
 
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  • Deutsche Telecom Calls For Google and Facebook To Be Regulated Like Telcos

    timothy
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    An anonymous reader writes Tim Hoettges, the CEO of the world's third-largest telecoms company, has called for Google and Facebook to be regulated in the same way that telcos are, declaring that "There is a convergence between over-the-top web companies and classic telcos" and "We need one level regulatory environment for us all." The Deutsche Telekom chief was speaking at Monday's Mobile World Congress, and further argued for a loosening of the current regulations which telcos operate under, in order to provide the infrastructure development that governments and policy bodies are asking of…
  • Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email At State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

    Soulskill
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, according to State Department officials. She may have violated federal requirements that officials' correspondence be retained as part of the agency's record. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. "It is very difficult to…
  • Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

    Soulskill
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:34 pm
    New submitter seoras sends news that PayPal is now refusing to handle payments for Mega, Kim Dotcom's cloud storage service. A report (PDF) issued in September of last year claimed Mega and other "cyberlocker" sites made a great deal of illicit money off piracy. Mega disputes this, of course, and says the report caused U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy to pressure credit card companies to stop working with Mega. Those companies then pressured PayPal to stop as well. The hosting company claims, "MEGA provided extensive statistics and other evidence showing that MEGA’s business is legitimate and…
  • NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

    Soulskill
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    schwit1 sends this report from the National Journal: A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans' phone records, a decision that comes more than a year after President Obama pledged to end the controversial program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved this week a government request to keep the NSA's mass surveillance of U.S. phone metadata operating until June 1, coinciding with when the legal authority for the program is set to expire in Congress. The extension is the fifth of its kind since…
  • We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

    timothy
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    Lasrick writes Dawn Stover writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that climate change is irreversible but not unstoppable. She describes the changes that are happening already and also those likely to happen, and compares what is coming to the climate of the Pliocene: 'Even if countries reduce emissions enough to keep temperatures from rising much above the internationally agreed-upon "danger" threshold of 2 degrees Celsius (which seems increasingly unlikely), we can still look forward to conditions similar to those of the mid-Pliocene epoch of 3 million years ago. At that time, the…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • There’s nothing left-wing about a higher inflation target

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    There's nothing especially political about it. It's a hard-nosed calculation that weighs up the costs of higher average inflation on the one hand, against the benefits of more stable inflation and real activity on the other.
  • Barking Blondes: Let’s celebrate all “brindle staffies”!

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
    Interesting to see posters across London promoting the advantages of owning a staffordshire bull terrier.  Images of gentle looking staffies adorn the walls of bus shelters with the words “They are softer than you think” Battersea Cat and Dogs Home launched the campaign and maybe its due to the amount of staffies found in this country’s [...]
  • Zac Posen reviving Charles James: too close a fit, perhaps leaves little room for growth

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    So Zac Posen – largely known as purveyor of expansive, expensive ballgowns – is reputed to be helming Harvey Weinstein’s revival of the Charles James label – largely known for its expansive, expensive ball gowns. The perfect fit, right? Well, certainly a close fit. There’s a synchronicity between Posen’s output and that of James that has frequently been highlighted. He was the obvious choice to discuss the designer around the Metropolitan Museum show “Beyond Fashion.” He did so at the Met itself, with exhibition co-curator Jan Glier Reeder, as well as in an avalanche of…
  • “Viva la Mamma.” Every day is mother’s day, for Dolce and Gabbana

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    It isn’t Mothering Sunday until May in Italy - at least, not officially. But Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana care naught for that kind of stuff. The Sunday of every Milanese womenswear week is traditionally Dolce day, but this time they made it mother's day, too. “Viva La Mamma” they called their show - in English, it translates oddly to “Hurray for Mum” - less Italian romance, more the post-war jolly hockey sticks Enid Blyton school of British children’s literature.
  • India’s Budget wins on the economy but is weak on inspiration

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, had three main tasks in his budget speech that he delivered on Saturday, the traditional February 28 date. One was to manage the government finances, reduce spending deficits, and curb inflation. The second was to boost infrastructure, private sector investment and growth, and introduce other reforms. The third, and politically the [...]
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  • Sex Workers From South Africa to India to Washington Demand Decriminalization on International Sex Workers' Rights Day 2015

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    On Tuesday, March 3, sex workers from Olympia, Washington, to Kolkata, India, gathered to protest prohibitionist policies and demand "that sex workers have a seat at the table when it comes to policymaking concerning the sex trade," as the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) Seattle put it. The demonstrations marked International Sex Workers' Rights Day, launched in 2001 after a group of about 25,000 Indian sex workers gathered for an event despite efforts by opponents to get it shut down. The event had been organized by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya committee, an Indian sex worker collective that…
  • Michael Tanner: Medicare and Social Security Tabs Coming Due

    Reason.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently, but that doesn't mean that it has gone away.   In fact, just a few weeks ago, the debt officially topped $18 trillion. For those keeping score, that equals roughly 101 percent of GDP. In other words, we now owe more than the value of all goods and services produced in this country over a year. And, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the debt will climb to almost $27.3 trillion within the next 10 years. As bad as these numbers sound, they actually understate the problem, writes Michael Tanner. That is because they don't…
  • Jacob Sullum on the Border Patrol's License to Harass Motorists

    Reason.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are two ways to view the video of Richard Rynearson's March 2010 encounter with U.S. Border Patrol agents at an immigration checkpoint in Uvalde County, Texas. Authoritarians will say Rynearson should have been more cooperative, while libertarians will say the agents should have been less vindictive. Both perspectives were on display in a decision issued last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Unfortunately, says Jacob Sullum, the authoritarians won, passing up an opportunity to impose limits on an alarming exception to the Fourth Amendment. View this article.
  • Brickbat: Bad Hair Day

    Charles Oliver
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Monica Equivel said her son Kobi has had the same haircut for five months, but recently an assistant principal at Coronado Middle School in Texas told the boy the line shaved on the side of his head was a distraction. That principal then colored in the line with a marker. When the mother complained, she says administrators told her the haircut could be considered gang-related. School officials are refusing to comment on the matter except to say the dress code forbids designs shaved into the hair.
  • Bad Hair Day

    Charles Oliver
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Monica Equivel said her son Kobi has had the same haircut for five months, but recently an assistant principal at Coronado Middle School in Texas told the boy the line shaved on the side of his head was a distraction. That principal then colored in the line with a marker. When the mother complained, she says administrators told her the haircut could be considered gang-related. School officials are refusing to comment on the matter except to say the dress code forbids designs shaved into the hair.
 
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Ignorance Plus

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
  • 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…
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    The American Prospect

  • Netanyahu's Campaign Road Show Comes to Washington

    Gershom Gorenberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he step to the podium prior to speaking before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  In the end, Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress was precisely what was expected from the beginning, from the day that House Speaker John Boehner publicly invited the Israeli prime minister: an Israeli campaign event before a more impressive and much more sycophantic audience than the Israeli prime minister could have found at home; a Republican show designed to use Israel against…
  • The Perils of Privatization

    Ann Hagedorn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. One November morning in 2004, three U.S. military men boarded a small turboprop plane at Bagram Air Base near Kabul for a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Farah, a base in western Afghanistan. They were Lieutenant Colonel Michael McMahon, Chief Warrant Officer Travis Grogan, and Specialist Harley Miller, the only passengers on Flight 61. The flight was operated by an affiliate of Blackwater, the private military company under U.S.
  • Is Hillary a Sure Thing in 2016?

    Robert Kuttner
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. You hear two competing stories about Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016. According to the first, she has a lock on the nomination and the election. Hillary is sure to win the nomination, in this narrative, because there are no other plausible candidates, especially if Elizabeth Warren doesn't get in. And Clinton begins with a…
  • CPAC Labor Panel Does GOP No Favors in Outreach to Latinos, Women

    Rachel M. Cohen
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs / CNP via AP Images) Governor Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Thursday, February 26, 2015. He's expected to sign new anti-union legislation, passed by the Wisconsin Senate on the day before, into law if, as is likely, the bill passes the state assembly. On February 26, day one of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, a panel convened on the state of the labor movement. To describe the tone of presenters as…
  • CPAC, Congress and 2016: How Immigration Continues to Pull the Republican Party Down

    Paul Waldman
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP via AP Images) Former Governor Rick Perry (Republican of Texas) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Friday, February 27, 2015. If you want to understand the challenge Republicans face in their two goals for the next two years—to keep their control of Congress from turning into a disaster, and to win back the White House—all you have to do is look at the way they've handled the issue of immigration. They've spent the last few years trying to find their way to a coherent policy consensus…
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    The American Prospect

  • Netanyahu's Campaign Road Show Comes to Washington

    Gershom Gorenberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he step to the podium prior to speaking before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  In the end, Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress was precisely what was expected from the beginning, from the day that House Speaker John Boehner publicly invited the Israeli prime minister: an Israeli campaign event before a more impressive and much more sycophantic audience than the Israeli prime minister could have found at home; a Republican show designed to use Israel against…
  • The Perils of Privatization

    Ann Hagedorn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. One November morning in 2004, three U.S. military men boarded a small turboprop plane at Bagram Air Base near Kabul for a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Farah, a base in western Afghanistan. They were Lieutenant Colonel Michael McMahon, Chief Warrant Officer Travis Grogan, and Specialist Harley Miller, the only passengers on Flight 61. The flight was operated by an affiliate of Blackwater, the private military company under U.S.
  • Is Hillary a Sure Thing in 2016?

    Robert Kuttner
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. You hear two competing stories about Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016. According to the first, she has a lock on the nomination and the election. Hillary is sure to win the nomination, in this narrative, because there are no other plausible candidates, especially if Elizabeth Warren doesn't get in. And Clinton begins with a…
  • CPAC Labor Panel Does GOP No Favors in Outreach to Latinos, Women

    Rachel M. Cohen
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs / CNP via AP Images) Governor Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Thursday, February 26, 2015. He's expected to sign new anti-union legislation, passed by the Wisconsin Senate on the day before, into law if, as is likely, the bill passes the state assembly. On February 26, day one of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, a panel convened on the state of the labor movement. To describe the tone of presenters as…
  • CPAC, Congress and 2016: How Immigration Continues to Pull the Republican Party Down

    Paul Waldman
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP via AP Images) Former Governor Rick Perry (Republican of Texas) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Friday, February 27, 2015. If you want to understand the challenge Republicans face in their two goals for the next two years—to keep their control of Congress from turning into a disaster, and to win back the White House—all you have to do is look at the way they've handled the issue of immigration. They've spent the last few years trying to find their way to a coherent policy consensus…
 
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    Wonkblog

  • Federal probe uncovers a racist joke about Obama in official Ferguson email

    Max Ehrenfreund
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    As Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. prepares to defend Obamacare before the Supreme Court Wednesday, his colleagues at the Justice Department are getting ready to announce the conclusions of their probe of Ferguson, Mo., police. Their findings aren't news to residents of Ferguson and St. Louis County: officers routinely and disproportionately stop black drivers and make arrests without probable cause, as Sari Horwitz reports in The Washington Post. "The Justice Department also plans to release evidence this week of racial bias found in e-mails written by Ferguson police and municipal…
  • A majority favors marijuana legalization for first time, according to nation’s most authoritative survey

    Christopher Ingraham
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana. In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?" Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it,…
  • How having an undocumented parent hurts American children

    Max Ehrenfreund
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Martha Rios of Columbia, Mo., is one of the undocumented parents who can benefit from Obama's immigration action. (Photo by Catalin Abagiu/For The Washington Post) It's often said that undocumented immigrants live "in the shadows," and that's true in at least two ways. Not only must they often hide their identities in order to work, but they are also largely invisible to researchers. Since it's so difficult to identify them in surveys, we know little about how they live, their health, their education, their finances, and their plans for the long term. A new study on the behavior of…
  • If the economy’s so good, why aren’t workers getting raises?

    Matt O'Brien
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Are wages stagnant because the economy was bad yesterday or because it's bad today? Yes. The problem is that even though unemployment is a normal-ish 5.7 percent, wage growth is still a below-normal 2.2 percent. It could be that companies aren't increasing wages to make up for the fact that they wanted to cut them during the recession, but couldn't. That's what the Federal Reserve calls "pent-up wage deflation." Or it could be that companies aren't increasing wages due to the fact that there's more slack than the unemployment rate is letting on. And that's why the…
  • The 1-minute guide to today’s massive Supreme Court case that could derail Obamacare

    Jason Millman
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Three years after the Supreme Court first heard a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the justices today hear a new lawsuit challenging financial assistance provided through the law. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Obamacare is back at the Supreme Court this morning, facing a challenge that represents the biggest legal threat to the health-care law since the justices three years ago upheld the requirement for individuals to have health insurance. The justices will hear arguments today over the financial assistance available to help people purchase health insurance. Here are some key facts…
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  • Clinton aide Podesta criticized Bush officials for using private emails

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    A top adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting accused the George W. Bush administration of using private emails to skirt transparency rules in 2007.John Podesta, who left the White House in February for an unofficial role with Clinton,...
  • GOP congressman: 'Clean' DHS funding bill 'probably' arrives in House Wednesday

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) suggested Tuesday that the Senate-passed “clean” bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will make it to the House floor as early as Wednesday and no later than Thursday.“I think a clean bill comes back from...
  • Warren joins Bibi boycott

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren will join the growing boycott against Tuesday's speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, her office announced Monday evening. The Massachusetts Democrat, a liberal favorite who's being pushed by the...
  • Obama may not watch Netanyahu speech

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    President Obama might not watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to Congress on Tuesday.CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted on Monday night that a "senior [White House] adviser" had told the network's analyst...
  • Cheney offers no advice to GOP on DHS fight

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney met Monday evening with the House Republican whip team, but declined to talk to reporters after it ended.House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who often brings guest speakers to his weekly meetings, invited...
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  • Wednesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    Today’s the day!  At 10 a.m. the Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the challenge to the availability of tax subsidies for individuals who purchase their health insurance on a marketplace created by the federal government.  Lyle Denniston previewed the oral argument for this blog, while I added a preview in Plain English.  Other coverage of the case comes from Nina Totenberg of NPR; Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal, who focuses on the role of Chief Justice John Roberts; David Savage of the Los Angeles Times, who looks at the origins of the case; Sahil Kapur of…
  • Criticizing Justices, state court bars same-sex marriages

    Lyle Denniston
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Sharply criticizing the Supreme Court for its recent actions on same-sex marriage, the Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday evening ordered all state judges who have the duty to issue licenses to wed to stop doing so immediately for same-sex couples. Using its independent power to interpret the federal Constitution, the state tribunal upheld the Alabama ban on same-sex marriage — a ruling directly contrary to a decision by a federal trial judge in Mobile.  The Supreme Court itself has refused to stop the enforcement of the federal judge’s ruling while the state appeals to the U.S.
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    The petition of the day is: Kent Recycling Services, LLC v. United States Army Corps of Engineers 14-493Issue: (1) Whether a jurisdictional determination, that is conclusive as to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, and binding on all parties, is subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act; and (2) whether a due process claim against an agency action is subject to the finality requirement of the Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Argument analysis: AEDPA deference, Brecht deference, and a Lackey tangent in a California capital case

    Steve Vladeck
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Few areas of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence are as dense and complex as the rules governing post-conviction habeas corpus petitions filed by state prisoners in federal court. And the density and complexity of those doctrines were on full display Tuesday morning, as the Justices tried to sort out whether California death row inmate Hector Ayala should receive a new trial for the murders of three men and a host of other serious felonies arising out of a 1985 armed robbery. While Justices Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor, in particular, seemed deeply troubled by some of the actions of…
  • Today’s transcripts

    Kali Borkoski
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The transcript in Los Angeles v. Patel is here.  The transcript in Davis v. Ayala is here.
 
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  • Hillary Clinton: "You had more women getting computer sciences degrees in the '80s by a factor of 2-plus than you do now."

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Hillary Clinton says women earned twice as many computer science degrees in the 1980s as today In a public appearance during her not-yet-announced presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke before an audience in Silicon Valley to beta-test some economic messages. At one point, Clinton mentioned the challenges facing women in the historically male-dominated field of computing. She capped this reference with a surprising statistic: "You had more women getting computer sciences degrees in the '80s by a factor of…
  • John Boehner: On immigration, "the president said 22 times, 22 times, that he couldn't do what he eventually did."

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Boehner: Obama said '22 times' that he couldn't do immigration executive action Republican House leaders fanned out on the Sunday shows to defend a stop-gap measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security in their ongoing fight against President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. They did not stray from talking points. TV audiences Sunday heard one specific number several times as hosts pressed the GOP lawmakers to justify the chaos over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. "The president said 22 times, 22 times, that…
  • John Boehner: Says President Barack Obama made "unilateral changes" to Obamacare "38 times."

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Boehner: Obama has taken unilateral action on health care '38 times' In making the case that President Barack Obama overstepped his bounds on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner pointed to another sore spot: Obamacare. "It’s the president of the United States overreaching, and that’s just not on immigration. You know 38 times he made unilateral changes to Obamacare," Boehner said on CBS’ Face the Nation March 1. "Many of these, I believe, far beyond his constitutional authority to do so." PolitiFact looked into a…
  • American Crossroads: "The Clintons' foundation took millions from foreign governments" including United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Conservative group claims Hillary Clinton's foundation took millions from foreign governments A group founded by Karl Rove launched one of the first salvos of the 2016 presidential election cycle with a Web video attacking presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. American Crossroads released a video Feb. 23 that features audio of a speech from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat from the party’s progressive wing, warning that "powerful interests have tried to capture Washington and rig the system in their favor." The video…
  • Mike Lee: The FCC’s net neutrality policy includes what is "essentially a massive tax increase."  

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Effect of net neutrality rules on taxes is uncertain Does net neutrality mean a big tax increase? The Federal Communications Commission just approved a proposal reclassifying Internet service as a telecommunications utility -- claiming that it will preserve the concept of net neutrality. While proponents of the policy shift argue that the changes won’t spur additional fees or taxes, opponents argue the opposite. "This is essentially a massive tax increase on the middle class being passed in the dead of night without the American public really…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Just by Reading This, You are a Benghazi Truther and a Bad Democrat

    John Cole +0
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Drip, drip, drip… In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents. But it turns out that that was not everything. The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday. It was only last…
  • David Petraeus Is In the Club

    Anne Laurie
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    And that's why you don't give diaries full of classified material to your jealous lover. http://t.co/YkDUW4HdhT — Josh Barro (@jbarro) March 3, 2015 “There is a club. And you’re not in it.” – Driftglass . From the NYTimes article: David H. Petraeus, the best-known military commander of his generation, has reached a plea deal with the Justice Department and admitted providing his highly classified journals to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A. Mr. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of…
  • With “friends” like these…

    Soonergrunt
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    So Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu wants the US to scrap negotiations with Iran over Iran’s attempt to get nuclear weapons. Let us set the wayback machine to 2002… I think we all know how well that worked out for the USA and the region.  Do we really want to expend more blood and treasure on this man’s recommendation? And while we’re on the subject of US national security and Israel… Jonathan Pollard was a spy for Israel.  He stole US secrets and sold them to the Israeli government.  Which government then passed some if not all of those secrets to…
  • Open Thread: How ‘Bout This Weather?

    Anne Laurie
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Amazing. I've never seen anything like this. Nearly Frozen Waves On Nantucket @JDNPHOTOGRAPHY http://t.co/9LvnVtMwSW pic.twitter.com/QvdhDdT0tJ — carolynryan (@carolynryan) February 26, 2015 I thought this might be photoshopped, but no — that’s ocean slush! Fortunately, meteorological Spring began on Sunday (March 1st), and Dennis Mersereau at Gawker’s The Vane assures us “This Winter Sucked and It’s on Its Last Gasps, Thank God“: It’s about time: winter is finally on its way out and warmer temperatures are just around the corner. We still…
  • Senator Mikulski Will Be Retiring

    Anne Laurie
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Biden on Mikulski pic.twitter.com/s6p7P417AD — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 2, 2015 Anna Merlan, at Jezebel, “Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Longest-Serving Woman in Congress, Will Retire“: Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, the longest-serving woman in Congressional history, will be retiring at the end of this term. Mikulski, 78, has served in the Senate since 1987, and acted as a Representative for 10 years before that, a total of 38 years in Congress. Mikulski sponsored several important pieces of legislation during her time in the Senate, including the Child Care and…
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    Oliver Willis

  • Netanyahu Needs To Be Reminded Israel Is America’s Junior Partner

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The longstanding relationship between America and Israel is very different between the alliance between America and countries like England, France, and Germany. Ostensibly our connection to the European powers are equal to equal. Despite our superpower status, these nations are looking us directly in the eye.
  • We Are At War And Patricia Arquette Is Not The Enemy

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    “Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that “we are holding our position.” We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose!” – Patton, (1970) Patricia Arquette was way off base…
  • Poor Put-Upon Conservatives Get Saddled With Racism. Here’s Why.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Bloomberg’s Dave Weigel has written a piece from the conservative perspective, noting how they feel besieged and put-upon when we on the left assign malicious racial intent to their actions. They feel under siege, the poor dears, they feel smeared, the precious darlings. Oh well. This, like many other things, does not occur in a vacuum. The core Republican vote is white and male, overwhelmingly so. Nearly ever other demographic group in America votes for the Democratic Party: Women, blacks, Latinos, LGBT, Asian, etc. This isn’t new. The right panders to the needs and fears of its…
  • Rudy Giuliani, An “Obscure Pol”

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Rudy Giuliani A phenomenon I have run into for years and years on the right reared its head again today. When a conservative figure steps outside of the self-reinforcing right wing media bubble (Fox News and talk radio) and into the harsh light of the real world where we’ve move passed the right wing high water mark of 1955-ish, they throw the guy or gal under the bus with lightning fast speed. Someone can go from a top rated radio show host (hi Rush) or a member of the House of Representatives (Louis Gohmert, Michele Bachmann for instance) to “who?” so quickly.
  • Mitt Romney, The Novel

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Inspired by a somewhat overwrought New York Times lede discussing Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for President for a third time, I wrote up some purple prose starring George Romney’s boy: The blinding white snow reflected in Mitt Romney’s eyes as he dismounted Rafalca, his bible glistening with early morning dew. The eagle broke away from its flock, lightly landing on Romney’s shoulder. It leaned into his ear. “You tried,” it whispered. Romney methodically folded the plans he had drawn up for a personal ski lift, neck muscles straining against his Oxford…
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Giuliani a Reflection of Everyday Republicans

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Things have gone quiet about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s widely denounced comments about President Barack Obama, but that doesn’t mean the controversy is history. It’s symptomatic of a political Ebola that has infected 21st century political “discussion” and the sad spectacle of someone who briefly transcended tiresome partisan political polemics before destroying his legacy with his own mouth. The man called “America’s Mayor” left thoughtful people of both parties and independents shaking their heads when they saw reports that at a…
  • How to live longer, in 100 annoying steps

    Guest Voice
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, March 3: ——— Want to live to age 115? Emma Morano, an Italian woman born in 1899, shared her secrets: Eat three raw eggs every day, and stay single. Also, move to a milder climate. “The doctor told me to change air,” she told The New… graphic via shutterstock.com The post How to live longer, in 100 annoying steps appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Hillary vs. you and me and the facts

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Conor Friedersdorf points out that Hillary doesn’t really want the electorate to know what our government is up to. We’re learning not about her support but rather her battles with “transparency.” I think a lot of us figured Hillary out back in ’08. But the issue is even more relevant today as the latest news confirms her disregard for, well, the partnership that democracy demands of appointed and elected leaders with the people. On January 13, 2009, Hillary Clinton attended her first confirmation hearing as a Secretary of State nominee. The same day, with Bush…
  • Tel Aviv Diary: Did Bibi’s Speech Do the Trick? (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Tel Aviv Diary: Did Bibi’s Speech Do the Trick? Last night (Israel time), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington speaking to Congress, where he attacked the outlines of an agreement that seems to be taking shape between the United States and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. Israelis across the political spectrum have been expressing opinions about the speech long before the first words… The post Tel Aviv Diary: Did Bibi’s Speech Do the Trick? (Guest Voice) appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Cartoon: Bibi Speech

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Cartoon: Bibi Speech appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • Bibi’s cynical speech

    Jon Green
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a long-anticipated, diplomatically unprecedented, political kerfuffle of a campaign speech, the circumstances of which were arguably unconstitutional. In case you didn’t sit through the  40+ minute address, the one sentence version is this: The Prime Minister did his best to both thwart American nuclear talks with Iran and scare Israeli voters into granting him what is shaping up to be a tight reelection. If you want the full dose of diplomatic hijinks, feel free to watch below: Netanyahu led off his speech by insisting…
  • Hillary Clinton did not keep a public email account at the State Department

    Jon Green
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last night, the New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton did not keep a government email account during her tenure at the State Department, relying solely on her personal email address. The Federal Records Act requires that governmental correspondence on personal email accounts be preserved; Clinton’s staff did not do so. Per the Times: It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over…
  • Bangladeshi-American activist Avijit Roy murdered for blogging-while-atheist

    Jon Green
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Thursday night, atheist blogger and American citizen Avijit Roy was brutally hacked to death in the street while returning home from a book fair in Dkaha, Bangladesh. Roy’s wife, Rafida Ahmed, was also injured. Roy was a prominent voice in the atheist blogosphere, having founded and moderated the popular Bangladeshi blog, Mukto-Mona (translated as “freethinkers”), which was nominated for the 2014 Deutsche Welle Bobs award for online activism. He also published numerous books on free thought, skepticism and scientific inquiry. A previously-unknown Islamic militant…
  • Scott Walker is making the wrong kind of sense

    Jon Green
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Wisconsin Governor and newly-ordained GOP frontrunner Scott Walker got under DC’s skin again yesterday when he compared union protesters to Islamic State militants. After a Conservative Political Action Conference audience member asked him how he would handle threats from Islamic extremists, Walker gave what was on track to be a standard response before, with the kind of pause-and-smirk that can only precede a prepared one-liner, quipped that “If I can take on a 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” Watch below: Walker’s answer exploded the heads of…
  • Credit Suisse buys article in The New Republic to court LGBT community

    Jon Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    There isn’t a lot of money in journalism these days. The Internet has forced the print editions of newspapers and magazines to either close down their shops or move online. And even when they do launch themselves into cyberspace, they find that people don’t want to pay for information that they can find on Twitter for free. It doesn’t help that the traditional way to monetize online content — display advertisements, like the one to the left of this sentence — aren’t very effective. Only 0.1 percent of banner ads are clicked; 85 percent of those clicks come…
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  • chicago police accused of running secret "black site"

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 pm
    An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used. “Democracy Now!” reports: According to The Guardian, detainees as young as 15 years old have been taken to a nondescript warehouse known as Homan Square. Some are calling it the domestic equivalent of a CIA “black site” overseas. Prisoners were denied access to their attorneys, beaten and held for up to 24 hours without any official record of their detention. Two former senior officials in the Civil Rights Division of…
  • V for Varoufakis

    Lilithia (/politics/member/Lilithia)
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    YouTube: Dear Greek Folks, the time has come: we surrender! Take all our money, you may also take Helene Fischer, but please, keep this financial Hercules off us. We could only just bear with Costa Cordalis so this is clearly way too much! - http://neomagazinroyale.de
  • Watch German official squirm when confronted with Greece

    radx (/politics/member/radx)
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Paul Mason lights a fire under German Deputy Finance Minister's arse with very simple questions about the current situation in Greece.
  • Canadian lawmaker blames his absence on tight underwear

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:51 pm
    A brief and exciting moment at Canada's House of Commons
  • Police State Too Much? Send in a Marine!

    my15minutes (/politics/member/my15minutes)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    thanks to Cory Doctorow. Colonel Peter Martino (USMC, Ret.) briefly addresses the City Council of Concord, NH, in regards to their proposed acquisition of an armored personnel carrier (APC).
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Netanyahu's Campaign Road Show Comes to Washington

    Gershom Gorenberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he step to the podium prior to speaking before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  In the end, Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress was precisely what was expected from the beginning, from the day that House Speaker John Boehner publicly invited the Israeli prime minister: an Israeli campaign event before a more impressive and much more sycophantic audience than the Israeli prime minister could have found at home; a Republican show designed to use Israel against…
  • The Perils of Privatization

    Ann Hagedorn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. One November morning in 2004, three U.S. military men boarded a small turboprop plane at Bagram Air Base near Kabul for a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Farah, a base in western Afghanistan. They were Lieutenant Colonel Michael McMahon, Chief Warrant Officer Travis Grogan, and Specialist Harley Miller, the only passengers on Flight 61. The flight was operated by an affiliate of Blackwater, the private military company under U.S.
  • Is Hillary a Sure Thing in 2016?

    Robert Kuttner
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. You hear two competing stories about Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016. According to the first, she has a lock on the nomination and the election. Hillary is sure to win the nomination, in this narrative, because there are no other plausible candidates, especially if Elizabeth Warren doesn't get in. And Clinton begins with a…
  • CPAC Labor Panel Does GOP No Favors in Outreach to Latinos, Women

    Rachel M. Cohen
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs / CNP via AP Images) Governor Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Thursday, February 26, 2015. He's expected to sign new anti-union legislation, passed by the Wisconsin Senate on the day before, into law if, as is likely, the bill passes the state assembly. On February 26, day one of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, a panel convened on the state of the labor movement. To describe the tone of presenters as…
  • CPAC, Congress and 2016: How Immigration Continues to Pull the Republican Party Down

    Paul Waldman
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP via AP Images) Former Governor Rick Perry (Republican of Texas) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Friday, February 27, 2015. If you want to understand the challenge Republicans face in their two goals for the next two years—to keep their control of Congress from turning into a disaster, and to win back the White House—all you have to do is look at the way they've handled the issue of immigration. They've spent the last few years trying to find their way to a coherent policy consensus…
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  • Art Pulaski: Workers are Left in the Dark with Fast Track

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

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

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

  • Netanyahu's Real Targets: President Obama, and the Israeli Swing Voter

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Gary Cameron/Reuters Well, Benjamin Netanyahu certainly knows how to give a speech. But we already knew that. Netanyahu is eloquent in outlining the terrible crimes of the Iranian regime. But we already knew that. Netanyahu is committed to the survival of the Jewish people, and the Jewish state. But we already knew that. Netanyahu loves America. But we already knew that. Netanyahu believes that Iran is playing the American administration for suckers. But we already knew that. Netanyahu doesn't have a plausible, realistic plan to keep Iran from gaining possession of a nuclear weapon. But we…
  • Netanyahu Confronts Obama, and a 'Messianic Apocalyptic Cult'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    Jonathan Ernst/Reuters In March of 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu, then in his final days as leader of the Israeli opposition, met with me in his Knesset office to discuss an issue that was at the forefront of his mind. He had just won election (for a second time) as prime minister, and he was busy packing, but his thoughts were on Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—and on the new American president, Barack Obama. "The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons," Netanyahu told me. He described the Iranian nuclear…
  • Hillary's Hard Line on Iran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Brendan McDermid/Reuters Hillary Clinton has stayed silent on the controversy surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance before Congress, but she has not always been silent on the key issues facing the Obama Administration's Iran nuclear negotiators. Last August, when I interviewed her on various foreign policy matters, she took a hard line on Iran and its ambitions. When I asked her, for instance, whether the Israeli (and Arab) desire to see Iran denied any uranium enrichment capability was unrealistic, she answered, "It’s not an unrealistic position. I think it’s important that they…
  • All of Your Nuclear-Deal Questions, Answered

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Jonathan Ernst/Reuters So much confusion! But your questions will now be answered. I had time at the AIPAC conference on Sunday to ask myself some questions, so I did. I originally did this as an exercise in head-clearing—which is a hard thing to do at AIPAC—but then thought that I might as well post it. I hope this gets at some of the complexity of the moment: Question: Three days ago, you wrote that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was so desperate to stage a campaign rally on Capitol Hill that he was willing to risk the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship. On Sunday, you…
  • Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Uranium-enriching centrifuges on display in Tehran (Caren Firouz/Reuters) The perverse genius of Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides (and their Republican handmaidens) is that they have managed to turn a moment in which President Obama should have been busy defending his pursuit of a nuclear agreement with a dangerous adversary into a stress test of the U.S.-Israel relationship. But on Wednesday, the day after Netanyahu delivers his reelection speech to Congress to 23, or 19, or 31 standing ovations (advice to viewers: study the Democrats as they arrange their facial expressions in complicated…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Readers on Netanyahu, Iran, and Existential Threats

    James Fallows
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    The campaign goes on in Israel, as the campaigner comes to the United States (Reuters) These responses follow these recent pieces about Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech: "Is it 1938?", "The Mystery of the Netanyahu Disaster," "The 'Existential' Chronicles Go On," and "On Existential Threats." 1) "What kind of existential threat is this, if it won't change policy on the West Bank?" From a reader at a U.S. defense-related organization: Let me add a couple more thoughts on Iran as an existential threat to Israel, or to be more precise, whether Netanyahu thinks Iran is an existential threat to…
  • The Central Question: Is It 1938?

    James Fallows
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Prime Minister Netanyahu is no slave to the TelePrompTer (Reuters) After Benjamin Netanyahu's speech let me point you toward Jeffrey Goldberg's analysis. Let me also suggest, again, that differences on Iran policy correspond to answers to this one question: Whether the world of 2015 is fundamentally similar to, or different from, the world of 1938. I've gone into the 1938 question before, here and here, but in light of the theme's centrality to this speech I'll do so one more time. No parallel from history is ever perfect, as Ernest May and Richard Neustadt so memorably argued in Thinking in…
  • The Mystery of the Netanyahu Disaster, and a Possible Explanation

    James Fallows
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Benjamin Netanyahu at AIPAC (Reuters) Why is Benjamin Netanyahu going ahead with his speech to Congress in a few hours' time, despite complaints from all quarters about the damage it is causing? It's a trickier question than it seems. Was it simple tin ear on his side, and Ambassador Ron Dermer's? Based on the idea, as Netanyahu has preposterously claimed, that he "didn't intend" any affront to the sitting U.S. president and was surprised by all the ruckus? Were they that ill-informed, naive, trapped in a bubble, or plain dumb? I find that hard to believe, from a leader who prides himself on…
  • Talking With Dan Richard About High-Speed Rail

    James Fallows
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    What California is planning to build (UC Davis and Esri) For the past 10 days my wife Deb and I have been mainly on the road in California, visiting cities for the new season of American Futures that launches in this space a week from today. But last Wednesday, in Sacramento, I had a chance to interview Dan Richard, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, about what I keep calling the most significant infrastructure project underway anyplace in America. This was part of a "Bold Bets" conference on transportation challenges, which was run by AtlanticLIVE and underwritten by…
  • Sobering News Out of China, Part 4 Million

    James Fallows
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Getting through the Chinese Internet firewall is something like getting through this gate into the Forbidden City (Wikimedia ) Last week I mentioned the latest chapter in the Chinese government's efforts to seal the country off from the rest of the Internet—and what I considered an out-of-date report in The Guardian about the situation. The Guardian report was based on the palmy-in-retrospect era a few years ago when the government censored attempts to organize protests, but otherwise let people have their say. No more. From a foreign reader in Shanghai:   The Guardian article you linked…
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    The American Scene

  • Evolutionarily Stable Strategery

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

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

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

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

  • Leonard Nimoy, Spock, and fandom

    SuperUser
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    by Doctor Science A lot of people have talked very movingly in the past few days about how inspirational Leonard Nimoy and the character of Spock were in their lives. For me, Spock is a culture-hero on the level of Moses or indeed Abraham. My chosen subculture is transformative media/SF fandom; media fandom began with Star Trek -- and Star Trek fandom began with Spock. One to Beam Up, by feredir. Yeah, I've been crying. It's probably the case that by 1966 our culture was more than ready for media fandom, like a super-saturated solution -- but Spock was the seed around which it crystallized.
  • Speechifying with the Netanyahu!

    Ugh
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    by Ugh Well, today's the day of the big speech.  10:45am Eastern I believe.  Do I bring popcorn? As much as I find the U.S.-Israel relationship mystifying, peculiar, and ultimately a large net loss to the United States (IMHO), and as much as I find Netanyahu infuriating generally and his interference in U.S. politics even more infuriating particularly, I and the United States government really don't have standing to complain about a foreign government/leader interfering in the United States' internal affairs and politics.   It's pretty much the SOP for U.S. foreign…
  • He's dead Jim!

    liberal japonicus
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:49 pm
    by liberal japonicus An open thread for Leonard Nimoy. I suspect we have a number of interesting takes and anecdotes in the hive mind.
  • If a bomb doesn't go off, is it still a bomb?

    liberal japonicus
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:24 am
    by liberal japonicus It would be hard to overestimate my lack of understanding of economics. So when I read an article like this, I'm totally baffled. Some graphs from the article Takatoshi Ito, an economist at Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs, argued at a panel discussion on Monday that unless the Japanese government can raise its sales tax to north of 15%, from its current 8%, Japan’s economy will suffer a fiscal crisis sometime between 2021 and 2023. That’s because as Japan’s population continues to age, its famously high savings rate will have to fall,…
  • Yes, what should America do with its high-risk detainees?

    Ugh
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    by Ugh This is a bit dated, but Jack Goldsmith, whose claim to fame is being less insane than John Yoo and Jay Bybee, and Jane Harman, former Democratic congresswoman and now President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (NOT the one at Princeton, it seems), had an Op-Ed in the WaPo entitled "What should America do with Guantanamo’s high-risk detainees?"   This is, apparently, a vexing question for the two of them.  They begin with the hard question, The easiest question is whether to release the 54 who the administration has…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Netanyahu Takes Kerry Out of Context

    Eugene Kiely
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated speech to Congress contained a curious statement. He claimed Secretary of State John Kerry “confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess” 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium by the end of a long-term nuclear agreement that the U.S. is negotiating with Iran. That, Netanyahu warned, could put Iran “weeks away” from an “arsenal of nuclear weapons.” But that’s not what Kerry said. In House testimony on Feb. 25, Kerry was asked about reports that the U.S. is seeking a deal that…
  • More Keystone Spin

    Brooks Jackson
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    With a showdown vote approaching on the Keystone XL pipeline, both sides continue to spin the facts about exports and safety. Critics continue to call it an “export pipeline” while proponents say the oil it carries would be “used by Americans, not exported overseas.” Actually, somewhere between 38 percent and 50 percent of the output at the coastal refineries it would serve was exported in the most recent 12 months on record, depending on assumptions. Critics claim that building the pipeline won’t stop derailments of tank cars carrying crude oil. Perhaps not…
  • FactChecking CPAC

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. They boasted of their accomplishments and voiced their opinions, but along the way there were some distortions of facts: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” Nearly two-thirds of the inflow of legal permanent residents in 2013 was based on family-sponsored immigration. Former…
  • Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts?

    Dave Levitan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency’s proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That’s debatable. Various analyses have arrived at differing conclusions on this issue, and some electricity grid operators say there is a potential for service disruption under the Clean Power Plan. The EPA unveiled the Clean Power Plan in June 2014, with hopes it will be implemented beginning in the summer of 2015. It is designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector…
  • Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

    Lori Robertson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire: Biden said the ACA would reduce U.S. debt by “another $1 trillion over the next 10 years.” That’s a Democratic estimate for 10 years starting in 2022 or 2023, not the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office projects the law would reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period, but said beyond that it is “very difficult to predict.” Biden said North America has “more gas and…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Shemails

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Hillary Clinton stumbles on transparency; Jeb Bush chides her but he's too transparent; how Janet Napolitano got around that pesky gov't email rule; meanwhile, New York puts expiration dates on state workers' emails; and much, much more!
  • First POST: Outings

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    "Snowdenites" may have the "upper hand" in surveillance politics; ten lessons from the "underdog" net neutrality win; "Europtechnopanic"; ISIS threatens Twitter founder; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Revisions

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Tim Wu says we shouldn't be so pessimistic about lobbying; Obama writes a thank you note to reddit; Ted Cruz wants to be the Uber of politics; Llamas!; and much, much more.
  • Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility" at @CivicHall

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited.
  • In Romania, BaniPierduti Brings a "Funky" Approach to Budget Awareness

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    In every country, fiscal policies are a mystery for the majority of citizens. This often generates the feeling that, somehow, the tax money is not well used by the public administration. BaniPierduti (Romanian for "lost money") is the name of a project that aims to increase awareness and understanding about local budgets.
 
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    Corrente

  • ‘Israeli Prime Murderer’ 'de facto Employer of US Congress'

    libbyliberal
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Body:  Here are some compelling excerpts from recent articles by Robert Fantina and Norman Pollack re Netanyahu’s visit to address the US Congress. Robert Fantina --"Palestine, Israel and the United States Congress"
  • Spare Me Obama’s Lesser Evilism Next To Bibi’s Obnoxiousness

    libbyliberal
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    Body:  In “Contrived Brouhaha/Obama-Netanyahu Feud” Norman Pollack explains:
  • How to opt-out of Flordia tests

    DCblogger
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Body:  How to opt-out of FL tests..VERY carefully. How some plan to do so. Losts of linky goodness, Please forward to your Florida friends.
  • From Space, Nobody Can Hear Your Anti-TPP Public Screams (all 22 of them)

    metamars
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Body:  If you want to get a space-eye view of anti-TPP actions in the US, please go to http://www.flushthetpp.org/actions/ . I count 22 events, and none in populated NJ. OTOH, from a comment in the nakedcapitalism.com diary Gaius Publius: Tobacco Deaths, TPP and the “Trade” Courts, we read:
  • Betraying Overachiever Obama To Put ProNazi WWIII On Resume?

    libbyliberal
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    Body:  Robert Parry in “Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?” writes: You have a senior Ukrainian official [Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko] saying that the world should risk nuclear war over a civil conflict in Ukraine between its west, which favors closer ties to Europe, and its east, which wants to maintain its historic relationship with Russia.
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • At the dark end of the street

    susie
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    James Carr: Bookmark It
  • I can’t stand the rain

    susie
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Anne Peebles: Bookmark It
  • I’ve been loving you too long

    susie
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Otis Redding: Bookmark It
  • Happy Hour: Bling Bling – The Bo Keys…

    Boohunney
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Bookmark It
  • If you live in PA, call your state reps

    susie
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    As you can see with this vote, elections do have consequences! Let’s not let them turn Pennsylvania into Wisconsin, no matter how many Koch-loving hacks we have in the state house: An attempt to pass a controversial amendment to a bill that would restrict union dues collection from state and school employees’ paychecks narrowly failed in the state Senate on Monday. But most likely, we haven’t seen the last of this amendment to this so-called paycheck protection bill. Immediately after Lt. Gov. Mike Stack cast his first tie-breaking vote to defeat the amendment 25-24, the…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Peruvians want to throw trash TV off the airwaves

    Latina Lista
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    LatinaLista — Last month, the streets of Lima swelled with a new protest movement hoping to do away with trash TV in the country and encourage more cultural programming. Begun on Facebook, the “March Against Trash Television” (Marcha Contra La Television Basura) paraded down the streets of Lima, Peru on the night of February 27. Protesters holding signs and shouting want television stations to get rid of “tacky” Peruvian series from their airwaves. Though the march (#TVBasura) has a moral intent, with supporters accusing some shows of objectifying bikini-clad women,…
  • Crowdfunder: Making college tours a reality for these students

    Latina Lista
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    LatinaLista — Campaign: College Bound College Tours College tours make a real difference in the lives of under privileged students. For some, a visit to the campus of their dreams can really motivate them to do their best in school and succeed in college as well. Students visiting a campus can be inspired by college students, especially when they see those who look like them. Nikki Hernandez is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer currently serving at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice in Venice, California. Her assignment is to make college a reality for students who are historically…
  • Latino Textile Artist Asks For Help To Reach Fundraising Goal

    Latina Lista
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews.com Latino visual artist, textile designer and weaving instructor Ruben Marroquin is a big dreamer. For the past two years, he has operated an art and weaving studio out of a storefront at the Arcade Mall in downtown Bridgeport. Now he wants to go a step further and build a sustainable business offering weaving workshops to those who wish to learn the crafts of weaving and fiber art making. To reach this goal, he organized an online fundraising campaign on the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. Those who donate $15 or more will receive a gift, ranging from a…
  • College advisor pens song advocating educational rights for DREAMers

    Latina Lista
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    By Julie Diaz-Asper LATISM I met Steve Goodman because our kids are in school together. I knew he was an expert on college education and part of the top colleges team. I didn’t know that he was a songwriter who uses songs to advocate on educational issues. Here is the story behind “Let Julio Study” told by Steve himself: “Let Julio Study” is a song about Julio, his mom, and higher education. As a college advisor, I assist students and their families through the transition from high school to college. Why should that transition not be available to girls and boys who were brought to…
  • PadreCare: Helping seniors stay active throughout the day

    Latina Lista
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    By Loida Casares LatinaLista Five months ago, I went back to work full-time outside of the house. Since I’ve been working, my dad has continued on his regular routine that he had when I was working from home. Every day, he wakes up at his leisure, sometimes early, sometimes late. He goes outside to get his copy of the Houston Chronicle and sits down to read and to drink a cup or two of coffee. Depending on the time and his mood he may get dressed in his slacks, dress shirt and tie and he’ll walk down one block to the main boulevard to catch the bus. The bus takes him 2.4 miles away and…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • What Rubio Doesn’t Know

    Daniel Larison
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Robert Merry takes Rubio to task for the confused talking points he used last week at CPAC: And now we have the spectacle of Rubio demonstrating that in tossing off his speculations on what’s driving President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East, he doesn’t know what he is talking about. He has shown himself to be intellectually callow. Merry is referring here specifically to the odd argument Rubio used to try to criticize the administration’s handling of the war on ISIS and its negotiations with Iran at the same time, but there are other examples that support what…
  • Iran Hawks and Arms Control Agreements

    Daniel Larison
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Fred Kaplan points out one of the many flaws in Netanyahu’s speech today: This is a legitimate concern, but consider the following: First, a lot can happen in 10 years. (Take a look back at the most recent three or four 10-year periods.) Second, almost every arms-control accord ever negotiated has an expiration date [bold mine-DL]. Third—and this is key—the horrible things that Netanyahu foresees 10 years down the road, if the deal is signed, might happen—by his own logic, would happen—in the next two or three years if the talks fail. To understand Kaplan’s second point,…
  • Depriving Netanyahu of His Raison D’Être

    Daniel Larison
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Paul Pillar comments on Netanyahu’s speech and cites a recent op-ed by Avner Cohen, whom Pillar describes as someone who “probably knows more than anyone outside the Israeli government about the Israeli program and the strategic thinking underlying it.” Cohen wrote: Despite its flaws, the proposed agreement is far from bad for Israel—the only nuclear power in the Middle East—but it is very bad for Netanyahu. The agreement offers Israel almost a generation, or even more if it succeeds, in which Netanyahu won’t be able to sow fear about Iran as an existential danger. It…
  • The Disgraceful Spectacle in Congress

    Daniel Larison
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    There was nothing interesting in the content of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this morning. One remarkable thing about the event was how shamelessly the prime minister repeated one dishonest or tendentious claim after another. He held up an utterly unrealistic “much better deal” that Iran would never agree to as the only alternative, and he absurdly claimed that the deal currently being negotiated would “pave” the way to an Iranian nuclear weapon. The “much better deal” that he insisted on isn’t remotely possible, and the only reason to insist…
  • The Stunt and the Dysfunctional U.S.-Israel Relationship

    Daniel Larison
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Richard Cohen warns about another “existential threat” to Israel that doesn’t exist: Iran may or may not be the existential threat to Israel that Netanyahu insists it is. But a lessening of U.S. support for Israel certainly would be [bold mine-DL]. With an indifferent America, Israel would become a lonely, frightening place. That’s almost certainly not true. If it is true that America doesn’t need Israel, as Cohen acknowledges, it is equally true that Israel doesn’t really need America. Whether it became a “lonely, frightening place” or not…
 
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    TIME

  • Morning Must Reads: March 4

    Melissa August
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Obamacare in Court Again Supreme Court justices will hear arguments Wednesday in the case of King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to President Obama’s signature health care law and one that could leave it gutted from an unexpected direction The Weird Benefit of Salty Diets The latest research, which the scientists stress is still in its early stages, hints that there may be some benefits to salt that have gone unnoticed Alabama Halts Same-Sex Marriage The state’s all-Republican supreme court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples How…
  • Hillary Clinton Ran Email Server Out of New York Home

    mileskohrman2014
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    (WASHINGTON) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton’s emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message…
  • Why March 4 is a Great Day for Women in Politics

    racheljanik
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    On the same date, March 4, many years apart, two women made history in American politics. In 1917, Jeannette Rankin took office as a representative of Montana, the first woman ever in Congress. The first female member of a president’s cabinet, Frances Perkins, took her post on Mar. 4, 1933. Both were pioneers, carving out their roles as they went along. But their accomplishments extended beyond just showing up as the first women in what had previously been male political spheres. Rankin took an influential stand for women’s suffrage and pacifism, and Perkins’ ideas laid the…
  • Teach for America Passes a Big Test

    haleysweetlandedwards
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    New teachers who sign up with Teach for America (TFA) for two-year classroom stints in some of the nation’s highest-poverty schools are just as effective as other teachers in those same schools, and sometimes more so, a new study finds. That’s good news for the national nonprofit, which has come under fire in recent years as battles over education reform have become increasingly contentious. Critics accuse TFA, which is closely aligned with the charter-school movement, of devaluing the teaching profession by pushing its recruits — mostly young, bright-eyed college grads…
  • Hillary Clinton Gets Hero’s Welcome at Emily’s List Gala

    Maya Rhodan
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Hillary Clinton got a warm welcome at the 30th anniversary Emily’s List gala Tuesday night, calling for equal pay and paid leave before a crowd that’s worked to elect pro-choice Democratic women for decades. Accepting the fundraising group’s “We Are Emily” award, the former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential front runner gave a taste of the “middle-class economics” she’ll likely campaign on, calling for greater protection of labor unions and taking digs at Republicans’ “old trickle-down economics.”…
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    The Brody File

  • Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal Ready to 'Meet the Pastors'

    David Brody
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are about to "Meet the Pastors." The influential David Lane has done it yet again, pulling together a big event in Iowa where the two soon-to-be presidential candidates will speak in front of a couple hundred pastors next week. More below from The Des Moines Register. White House aspirants Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, both born-again Christians, will speak to about 200 Iowa pastors and their spouses next week, organizers told The Des Moines Register. And Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, will accompany evangelical conservative pastors from Iowa, New Hampshire, South…
  • Scott Walker Announces Support for Five-Month Abortion Ban

    David Brody
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker just announced his support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions after five months. Here’s what he said: "As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level. I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it." The full letter is here. Good move by the…
  • The Brody File Show: Bella's Story

    David Brody
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    This week on The Brody File, we are at home with Rick and Karen Santorum, along with their daughter Bella. Their 6-year-old shouldn't be alive today, according to the doctors. Instead, she's a miracle from God.
  • The Brody File Show: Capitol Conversations

    David Brody
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    This week The Brody File heads to Capitol Hill where we look at how women lawmakers are making their voices heard like never before. Plus, Newt Gingrich sounds the alarm on radical Islam. Finally, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks about how Christian lawmakers should act in Congress.
  • A Christian Slaughter

    David Brody
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Franklin Graham pretty much summed it up when he posted the following remark on Facebook regarding the 21 Christians who were beheaded by ISIS: "The militant Islamic terrorist group ISIS has released a video called A MESSAGE SIGNED WITH BLOOD TO THE NATION OF THE CROSS showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped in Libya. Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we’d better take this warning seriously as these…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Hey suburban parents—let’s stop spending money at Abercrombie and Fitch

    Harold Pollack
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Not long ago, I followed my daughter to Abercrombie and Fitch in a suburban mall.  I and a legion of other middle-aged parents were fairly stunned by the throbbing background music and frenetic atmosphere. I was also fairly stunned by the high price of the clothes. Abercrombie and Fitch is now in court because the company declined to hire an otherwise qualified young woman because she wears a Hijab. Apparently she didn’t fit the company’s preferred look. Shabby treatment of this Muslim young woman is just the latest infraction. Abercrombie and Fitch has attracted controversy for its…
  • Sympathy for the Unhappily Unmarried

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    Stephen Merchant, unmarriedIn watching a comedy special by the hilarious Stephen Merchant I was startled when he announced that his routine was about his inability to find a wife. An army of unmarried male and female comics do routines about their quest for romance or sex or a date or a boyfriend or girlfriend and a comparably sized throng of married comics regale their audience with jokes about their rotten marriage/dopey husband/nagging wife. It was strange therefore to hear a comedian define himself explicitly as unhappily unmarried. There’s a lot of cultural space out there to be…
  • When a caregiver leaves

    Harold Pollack
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the fourteen years that I knew my mother-in-law Janice, she would sit at her computer for hours doing her bookkeeping working or just playing solitaire. Her son Vincent would sit quietly beside her, keeping her company. Then Janice passed away. Pretty soon, he kept Veronica and I company in the same way, for the time he lived with us. More recently, for the almost-six years that he has lived in a group home near our house, he has sat quietly beside the night manager Carol, while she has done her own computer work and play. Carol and Vincent have a special relationship. Carol has firm…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Hobo with a Shotgun

    Johann Koehler
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
    Back in 2007, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino released a pair of ’80s exploitation revival feature films under the combined title of Grindhouse. They also held a competition for directors to submit trailers of imaginary films, consistent with the theme of the genre, that could be screened beforehand. One such trailer was eventually turned into its own feature length film four years later, and is this week’s movie recommendation. It’s Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun (2011). An especially grizzled Rutger Hauer plays The Hobo (buckle up; the clichés don’t relent). The…
  • Have “black sites” come to Sweet Home Chicago?

    Kelly Kleiman
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The Guardian and The Atlantic have now both reported that Chicago police maintain a site at which they interrogate suspects without booking them or letting them talk to their lawyers.  On the Huffington Post, this is what I have to say about that. As it turns out, this news doesn’t come too late to have an impact on the race for mayor in Chicago.  Perhaps we can use the six weeks before the runoff election to ask Rahm what he knows about these sites, and when he knew it.
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Homeland Security funded through fiscal year: How the Iowans voted

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    A bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through September 30 is headed to the White House, stripped of language intended to undermine President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration. Details on the voting and procedural maneuvers are after the jump, along with reaction from some of the Iowans in Congress. Representative Steve King (IA-04) has repeatedly posted this image of a fish trap to convey his view that House Republicans played into a scheme to legalize what he calls Obama's "amnesty." In his press release, he asserted that "The White House is having a fish…
  • Iowa Democratic lawmakers seeking to expand medical cannabis law

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Joe Bolkcom has introduced a bill to make medical marijuana more broadly available to Iowans suffering from life-threatening or chronic illnesses. Senate Study Bill 1243 would allow the possession and use of medical cannabis (not just the cannabis oil derivative legalized last year) for any of the following "debilitating medical conditions": cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, AIDS or HIV, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (often known as Lou Gehrig's disease), Ehlers-danlos syndrome, or…
  • Iowa reaction to Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to Congress

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to members of Congress this morning, covering the expected ground about U.S.-Israeli relations and the danger posed by negotiating with Iran. Yesterday President Barack Obama defended his administration's policies and suggested that events had disproved Netanyahu's warnings about the 2013 agreement designed to halt Iran's nuclear program. Obama isn't planning to meet with Netanyahu during this Washington trip because of the Israeli election happening later this month. At least 50 Congressional Democrats skipped today's speech, mainly because…
  • Grassley, Ernst oppose Loretta Lynch for attorney general

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch appears likely to be confirmed as the next attorney general after clearing the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, but both of Iowa's U.S. senators will oppose her confirmation. Senator Chuck Grassley voted against Lynch on the Judiciary Committee, saying she had not convinced him that she "will lead the department in a different direction" from outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. In a statement I've posted after the jump, Grassley said that as "the nation's top law enforcement officer," the attorney general's job is "not to be the President's 'wingman.'" He…
  • Bakken pipeline links and discussion thread

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    The proposed Bakken pipeline is one of the most urgent issues facing Iowa's environmental community. The Texas-based company Energy Transfer Partners wants to build the pipeline to transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois, crossing eighteen Iowa counties in the process. Governor Terry Branstad has made clear he won't support any legislative action to stop the pipeline. That will leave the initial decision up to the Iowa Utilities Board, though approval by other state and federal agencies would be needed later; more details on that are below. Two dozen…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • No Need for a Trojan Bunny

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Erick Erickson was fairly succinct when he found out that John Boehner was going to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year without having any strings attached to the funding. I told y’all he was lying when he puffed his chest and said he’d stop the President. He had no intention of doing so. And now Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) will ensure President Obama’s executive amnesty is funded. He will, like so many other Republican leaders, hide behind a court to fight for him. Coward. All afternoon I have been trying to find a good analogy for this. My first…
  • Netanyahu and Anti-Semitism

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Benjamin Netanyahu gave his speech. Now people can analyze what he said and what impact it will have. Personally, I didn’t watch it. Too much crap has gone on in my personal life over the last week, and I didn’t need to add any stress. I’m doing just fine in that department, thank you. Of course, this means that I don’t have much to say about the particulars of Netanyahu’s performance or the congressional reaction it received. What I know, I knew before he ever spoke a word. I’ve never seen it so respectable to voice denunciations of Israel on the American…
  • Serious Question

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Did you get a chance to read my book review in the current issue of the Washington Monthly? No? That's okay. I'll wait. Discuss
  • Now We Have Palinism Without Palin

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    In Ed Kilgore's piece in the new issue of the Washington Monthly, he comes out of the box making a couple of astute points. In late January a once-dominant figure in Republican politics suddenly began hinting at a presidential run and got a lot of negative feedback. It had to make Mitt Romney feel better. Yes, 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin pointedly refused to take herself out of the running for 2016. There were few cheers. And in a first, when Palin subsequently gave a scatterbrained and embarrassingly juvenile speech at Representative Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit,…
  • The Mexican Restaurant Basement Crowd

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Quotes like this don't come along every day: "I prefer to be in the arena voting than trying to placate a small group of phony conservative members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama's lawlessness," said Rep. Devin Nunes, a close ally of the speaker. "While conservative leaders are trying to move the ball up the field, these other members sit in exotic places like basements of Mexican restaurants and upper levels of House office buildings, seemingly unaware that they can't advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards." I…
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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Gut Will Guide His 2016 Decision

    Jessica Puckett
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history, plans on relying on his gut as to whether he will run for president in 2016. “Before I make that decision, I have to develop a sense in my own gut as to whether or not there is the grassroots support across this country,” the Vermont senator told ABC News during an interview in Iowa. “My gut is telling me very clearly that there is a lot of responsiveness to the fact that there is something wrong in this country.” Should he decide to make a White House bid, Sanders would not…
  • One Thing That Might Surprise You About Hillary Clinton

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Lisa Lake/Getty Images This week, we asked Amy Chozick, national political reporter for the The New York Times, who covers Hillary Clinton, about when the former secretary of state might announce her 2016 intentions, her possible competition and one thing that surprised Chozick about Clinton. Read our conversation below before Chozick appears on the “This Week” roundtable Sunday. 1] Hillary Clinton has not said she is running for president, although obviously many people assume she will. If she does, what do we know about when she might announce? Amy Chozick: The…
  • Excerpt: ‘Shame’ by Shelby Steele

    ABC News
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    'Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country,' by Shelby Steele SEE STEELE SUNDAY ON “THIS WEEK” Excerpted with permission from Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country, by Shelby Steele.  Available from Basic Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group.  Copyright © 2015. Chapter 1: The Great Divide Not long ago I was the lone conservative at a panel discussion on race and politics at the famous Aspen Institute in Colorado. The day before the panel was to take place, some of us were asked—as a way of…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    ABC News
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo. Sunday on “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Plus, two senators considering runs for the White House – Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. – come to “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with New York Times national political reporter Amy Chozick, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., TIME political…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: The Battle Against ISIS

    ABC News
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Thousands of Jordanians participate in a mass demonstration after Friday prayers near Al Hussein Mosque to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State (IS) group earlier this week, on Feb. 6, 2015 in Amman, Jordan. This Sunday, “This Week” covers the latest in the battle against ISIS and the debate over President Obama’s proposed authorization of force, with Iraq War veteran Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, and House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Noam Chomsky: State Power Trumps Actual Security Again and Again + Helen Caldicott Nuclear Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction + On The Beach

    dandelionsalad
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Dandelion Salad with Noam Chomsky strugglevideomedia on Mar 2, 2015 Speaking at the “Nuclear Free World” conference 3/1/15 in New York City Noam Chomsky speaks about the long history of U.S. policymakers risking everything in order to increase the power … Continue reading →
  • Ch. 14: The Transformer: Sabotage for Peace by William T. Hathaway

    dandelionsalad
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
    by William T. Hathaway Writer, Dandelion Salad Germany March 1, 2015 The Transformer: Sabotage for Peace From the book Radical Peace: People Refusing War By William T. Hathaway Published by Trine Day A former student of mine works as a … Continue reading →
  • War on Whistleblowers (featuring Edward Snowden and David Carr) 2015

    dandelionsalad
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Dandelion Salad Brave New Films on Feb 23, 2015 War on Whistleblowers highlights recent cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistle-blowing was to the detriment of their … Continue reading →
  • Three Evils of Capitalism

    dandelionsalad
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Dandelion Salad leftymathprof on Feb 15, 2015 Inequality, externalities, and alienation are inherent in any market economy, but they are not inherent in human nature. Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/3evils includes embedded links to related materials. see also Extinct—Extincter—Extinctest by Dmitry Orlov … Continue reading →
  • Aid to Ukraine May End US Empire by Finian Cunningham + Video Reports

    dandelionsalad
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from PressTV Feb. 11, 2015 Hosting the German Chancellor in Washington this week, US President appears to have developed cold feet over ardent American calls to send lethal weaponry to Ukraine. … Continue reading →
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    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    The Real News

  • Netanyahu says Iran Intends to Destroy Israel

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Larry Wilkerson says hundreds of Israeli military and intelligence leaders do not consider Iran an existential threat
  • AIPAC Conference Pushes War on Iran

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    At the annual American-Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, speakers advanced Iran as an existential threat and sought to downplay differences between Israel and the US while demonstrators were arrested outside
  • Is Iran or Netanyahu a Threat to Israel's National Security?

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    Former Israeli generals and top security officials held a press conference Sunday in Tel Aviv about Netanyahu's plan to address the U.S. Congress
  • X: Malcolm's Final Years

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death, teleSUR re-examines the life and legacy of Malcolm X. Interviews include Angela Davis and Danny Glover. (Executive Producer Paul Jay)
  • Winter in the Ruins of Gaza (1/2)

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    30 UN Agencies and International NGO's released a letter condemning the lack of reconstruction and development in Gaza after the war last summer. The pledges made in Cairo have not been received and there appears to be a tragic perpetual holding pattern when it comes to Gaza, says Pernille Ironside, Chief of Gaza Field Office, UNICEF
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • China Construction Daily

    Roberto
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • SB 1435

    Roberto
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Another comic for TucsonSentinel.com.A state lawmaker said Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and wants to allow elected boards to talk out of the public eye when members aren’t set to take action.SB 1435, introduced by Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would require that only meetings where action, such as debating or voting, begins to take place be held in public. She said it’s difficult for members of elected bodies, especially those with three and five members, to talk without the threat of breaking the open meetings…
  • Independence Day

    Roberto
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.The first voter registration report of 2015 showed that the number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. Non-party affiliated voters make up the largest group of Arizona’s 3.24 million registered voters, about 36 percent, at 1.16 million. Republicans account for 1.11 million voters, followed by more than 933,000 Democrats and 26,000 Libertarians.Originally published at TucsonSentinel.com.
  • Vlad the Crisis Manager

    Roberto
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Thanks to CL for the inspiration.
  • APEC Wine Club

    Roberto
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
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    The Left Coaster

  • Tuesday Quick Hits: Forget It, Hillary

    Deacon Blues
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Some quick hits on an eventful day: Hillary’s Stupidity Of all people, why is it so hard for Bill and Hillary Clinton to understand that appearances are everything? Perhaps it’s because of a sense of entitlement, but it's bad judgment to assume that Bill’s fundraising for the CGI isn’t conflicted with official duties as Secretary of State, and to assume that four years of avoiding transparency through the use of a private email address do not doesn't look like an attempt to hide something. Sure, it’s a valid question where the Obama legal team was when these arrangements were…
  • Boehner Loses the Caucus

    Deacon Blues
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    In a major blow to Speaker John Boehner, the House GOP leadership lost a vote late today to fund the Department of Homeland Security for only three weeks with no strings attached. In a 203-224 vote, 50 House Republicans refused to vote for the 3-week extension because it didn't deal with Obama's immigration executive order, and now Boehner has nowhere to go without great risk. It's unclear what House Speaker John Boehner will do next. If the House does not act by midnight, the Department of Homeland Security will run out of funding, triggering a shutdown of the agency. Fifty Republicans broke…
  • Television Has Improved

    paradox
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    In our political cycles this is the time of year I pity professional political writers, for “February is pitiless, and it is boring. That parade of red numerals on its page adds up to zero.” Being an off-election year just makes it worse, only a minor action of a possible HMS shutdown garnering negligible interest for a new Republican low of stupid. In this black void of nothing to write about attention will be briefly turned to television, an enormously powerful force in all our lives I regard with the highest suspicion and alarm. That infernal box has enormous potential for harm, it can…
  • Boehner's 15 Minutes Are About Up

    Deacon Blues
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:20 pm
    With the Senate poised to send the House a clean DHS funding bill in the next day or so, John Boehner's worst days are ahead of him. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank noted late this afternoon, Boehner faces the prospect of cobbling together a voting majority (including Democrats) to push through a funding bill to avoid a shutdown, or standing tough with his extremist base and having the department shut down, something 60% of America opposes. If Boehner does the former, and cobbles together a deal, it could cost him his Speakership only weeks after gaining the benefit of a totally GOP-led…
  • Heading Over a Cliff, Part Two

    Deacon Blues
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Image courtesy of PollingReport.com We’re headed for a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, because of the bad decisions by two men: President Obama and John Boehner. Obama for his part never should have poked the House GOP in the eye right after the 2014 elections by going ahead with his Executive Order, setting the relationship with the congressional GOP on a needlessly hostile course. Even then, if he had stopped at prosecutorial discretion to relax deportations and not gone further with granting benefits to those affected, he would have a stronger case. Instead, the White…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Ellen for President

    TheEllenShow
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen for President She noticed a bumper sticker with political aspirations for her, and could only wonder what being President would be like. From: TheEllenShow Views: 694975 12909 ratings Time: 05:57 More in Entertainment
  • The Daily Show - Jon's Big Announcement

    Comedy Central
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    The Daily Show - Jon's Big Announcement Jon shares an important decision with an unsuspecting audience. * Watch more from this episode on The Daily Show.com and the CC app: http://on.cc.com/1E05o8F. From: Comedy Central Views: 802165 5020 ratings Time: 03:21 More in Comedy
  • 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: 209022 3489 ratings Time: 03:28 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: 1850621 147413 ratings Time: 05:46 More in Entertainment
  • Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People

    CGP Grey
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People CGP GREY HOODIE: http://goo.gl/Gypvhx Read about why you might want email from me: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/the-professional-sharer Discuss this video: ht... From: CGP Grey Views: 618269 21241 ratings Time: 01:36 More in Education
 
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    ノートンの暴露日記

  • 春日部市の評判の良い歯科医院。

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    埼玉県春日部市で歯科医院をお探しの方は、ぜひ”ほんまる歯科医院”をご指名ください。虫歯や歯周病などの治療を含む一般診療、予防やトリートメントケア、さらに矯正治療やインプラント治療などの審美歯科治療も行っています。…
  • インプラント治療で失敗しないために

    admin
    14 Jul 2013 | 11:00 pm
    歯が一度欠損してしまうと、自然には元には戻りません。欠損した歯を補う治療として、入れ歯やブリッジなどがありますが、どちらの治療法も強度にやや難があります。 入れ歯の場合は健康な歯にも大きな負担がかかりますし、ブリッジの場合は、健康な歯まで削らなくてはいけません。 噛みあわせが悪くなってしまったり、硬いものが食べられなくなってしまったり、何かと問題も多いんです。…
  • インプラント治療はどれくらいの期間が必要か?

    admin
    5 Jul 2013 | 11:00 pm
    ただ、インプラントは大掛かりな設備が必要と聞いて、治療期間も長引きそう、と思い敬遠する人も多いようです。しかし、その治療期間は当日のみで終了するという超短期治療で完了します。施術前にインプラントが可能かどうかの検査が必要になるのですが、それも一日で終了し、後は手術日まで待機します。合計しても事前検査の日と手術日の2日間で、治療は終了するのです。…
  • 引っ越し時に不要となった冷蔵庫の買取りならリサイクルBOYにお任せ!

    admin
    9 Mar 2013 | 10:00 pm
    3月は引っ越しのシーズン。4月からの新生活に備えて現在住んでいるアパートやマンション、一軒家から引っ越しをお考えの方も多いと思います。でも引っ越しの際には必ずと言っていいほど、不要となる家電や家具などがでてきます。特に大型の冷蔵庫や洗濯機、マッサージチェアなどは引っ越し費用も高く見積もられることも多いのが実情です。…
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    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    GDC 2015 - Compared To Past Years This Seems Smaller - YouTube This GDC 2015 seems much smaller than in years past. There is no over the top marketing effort. Fewer people. In all it just feels smaller. If someone has official numbers let me know. Nudge Live Ops For Mobile Games - YouTube Nudge Live Ops For Mobile Games I talked to Dano Lee the CEO of Nudge about his new service for publishers to monetize large scale mobile games. Go to http://nudge.do for more info. Fuse Powered Monetization At GDC 2015 - YouTube Fuse Powered Monetization At GDC 2015 Ben explains what Fuse Powered is and how…
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    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Allegiant to suspend Duluth-Las Vegas flights - Duluth News Tribune Allegiant to suspend Duluth-Las Vegas flightsDuluth News TribuneThe seasonal suspension of the Las Vegas service follows Allegiant ending its Duluth-Phoenix service in July and its Duluth-Orlando service in September due to insufficient demand. Both routes had been reduced from year-round to seasona Ronda Rousey Record 14 Second Cat Zingano UFC Flight Analysis - YouTube Ronda Rousey Record 14 Second Cat Zingano Fight Analysis Ronda Rousey set a UFC record with a 14 second fight versus Cat Zingano. Here is how it happened.
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    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Venezuela President Maduro Human Rights Violator - YouTube Venezuela President Maduro Human Rights Violator. It was announced that Venezuela President Maduro was kicking American's out for espionage violations. But let's face it: Venezuela has nothing America wants. The truth is that the country does not want its human rights violations known to the World. T Focus - Will Smith Margot Robbie In Great Movie - YouTube Focus with Will Smith and Margot Robbie, is a sexy, stylish, and modern romantic thriller. It has enough plot twists to keep your interest, and for me Margot Robbie is hot. Focus…
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    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    alaMar Kitchen Oakland Has Leonard Nimoy Drink Tribute - YouTube alaMar Kitchen Oakland Has Leonard Nimoy Drink Tribute at 100 Grand Avenue Lauren Shaw At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party - YouTube Lauren Shaw At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party The star of Zero Dark Thirty talks about her upcoming projects at the 2015 Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party. Lauren Shaw On 44 Below Movie At Night Oscars Party - YouTube GadgetFest At Rocket Space In SF - YouTube On Thursday February 26th I attended an event called GadgetFest held at Rocket Space at 180 Sansome in San Francisco. The tech event was…
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    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Raiders New Stadium Calls For Developer Who Can Buy Part Of Team - YouTube Oakland Raiders New Stadium Calls For Developer Who Can Buy Part Of Team The Oakland Raiders want a deep pocketed developer who can contribute $400 million to the stadium construction effort, yet buy a portion of the team. That would call for $600 million to $800 million total investment by the devel Abel Guillen Oakland Councilmember On Race and Equity Office Idea - YouTube Abel Guillen Oakland Councilmember (District Two) talks about the Race and Equity Office proposal that Councilmember Desley Brooks…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Macau gambling revenue craters due to China anti-corruption campaign

    Bob Morris
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    China’s crackdown against corruption and money laundering has demolished Macau gambling. Revenues are expected to be down a whopping 53% this year. Macau gambling has too often been a front for Chinese to bring large amounts of cash to the casinos (with everyone taking a cut along the way) then remaining money would disappear into offshore banks and investments. Here’s how the money laundering used to work. China only allows 20,000 yuan ($3,200) to be moved out of the Mainland at a time and $50,000 a year. To circumvent that, Chinese high rollers can do one of two things. They can…
  • California Duck Curve. Too much renewables during day, not enough at night

    Bob Morris
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    About 6% of San Diego CA power comes from rooftop solar. Even this relatively small amount of solar power creates serious problems on the grid. Once solar hits 15%, the problems get more pronounced. This is not just blather from utilities resisting change. When it gets dark, utilities have to ramp up other types of power quickly, something which not trivial. The Duck Curve for California for 2015 is moderate, as shown in the image. As more rooftop solar is installed, the curve becomes more pronounced. More solar is produced during the day when people aren’t home. This production…
  • Old Left, New Left, more than bit bereft

    Bob Morris
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Glory days The Old Left and New Left in the US are indeed bedraggled. One reason is articles like these, well-meaning but almost comical, tomes filled with the history of the Left with little in the way of new ideas. The writing is boring and turgid. There are no images to help make points or liven up the article. Nope it’s just paragraph after paragraph of the glory days of the left with no real understanding we live in the 21st Century now and much has changed. Earth to bedraggled Left: We live in an Internet world now. It’s important to have pictures and to put crucial ideas in…
  • Continuing drought in American West need not be a crisis

    Bob Morris
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Photo by Kevin Cortopassi Australia faced a devastating drought a few years ago. Everyone learned to use less water and catastrophe was averted. Water journalist John Fleck says the American West can (and must) do the same, and doing so might not even be that painful.However, for this to happen, everyone must work together. We recently bought a house in Vegas and are converting the yard from grass to xeriscaping. This is just a simple example. Not only will the yard look nicer, it will need less maintenance and will use much less water, which saves us money. Vegas already has toilet-to-tap…
  • California Central Valley water allocations for 2015 are dire

    Bob Morris
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    Bureau of Reclamation allocations for their Central Valley Project is a devastating 0% for farmers and 25% for municipal and industrial contractors. For the second year in a row, valley agriculture will receive no water at all, an unprecedented situation. This will inevitably lead to more wells being drilled, further depleting already stressed aquifers. Once aquifers are depleted beyond a certain point, they lose the ability to hold water. If that happens in the Central Valley, it would be catastrophic, not only for the area but for consumers across the country since food prices would rise…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Common Core: The Conceit and Downsides Central Planning

    indianaoracle
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    As everyone with access to daily news knows, Jeb Bush appears to be running for POTUS and is a strong advocate of “Common Core.” He also advocates legalizing and welcoming more aliens in from Mexico. His characterization of this campaign plank is “an act of love.” The two are connected. Common Core is connected to […]
  • 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 […]
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Meet & Manage Government Mandates For Your Fleet Optimization Goals

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:50 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 Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    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:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationProtecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against AttackBest Practices for Making BYOD Simple and SecureNew Strategies for a New World of IT: Are You Ready?Request Free!
  • CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS provides fortnightly updates on finance, government action, and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new business models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods for monitoring/control and big data.Next-Gen Manufacturing & Agriculture: including QC management, tested cloud/SAAS solutions, SLA business models, manufacturing and communications standards, precision agriculture, data structure & ERP integration, and more.Industry Events: latest projects, acquisitions, regulations, and more.At no…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

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

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

  • Are FBI Informants Working Inside America’s Churches?

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Two years ago today, I shared the news below for the first time. In light of the fact that a verdict is imminent in the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial that’s been taking place in federal court in Salt Lake City recently (yes, it’s true), I decided to share it again with only minor modifications. Click on image above to download document (PDF). Jesse Trentadue’s ongoing effort to obtain information from the FBI continued this week when he filed a motion (PDF) aimed at convincing a federal judge in Utah to allow him access to information about the FBI’s…
  • You’re Not Getting Any of My Chocolate!

    admin
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    I enjoy chocolate and politics, but I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Therefore, I decided to share some history that combines the first two topics with the commercialized holiday instead of sharing my chocolate. This illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman appeared in the Washington Evening Star Feb. 14, 1907, and depicted Valentine’s Day surprises based on then-current political issues. An illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman appeared in the Washington Evening Star Feb. 14, 1907, and depicted Valentine’s Day surprises based on then-current political issues,…
  • Sunday Humor Round Number Two — Literally

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    Call it Round Two of my Sunday funnies. After sharing a piece involving the late actor, Don Knotts, earlier today, I thought I’d share more humor in the form of a television commerical for Poo~Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, a product actually sold around the world. Enjoy! Yes, I know this viral video is almost nine months old and has been viewed more than 2.8 million times on YouTube, but I still found it funny enough to share. I’m on a laughing binge today. For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please…
  • Nervous Weatherman Skit Big Break for Actor Don Knotts

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Sometimes, one has to get away from business and politics and simply enjoy something funny. Today, I offer you the chance to do just that by watching a video of the late actor Don Knotts. Best known as “Deputy Barney Fife” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” he got his big break by playing a nervous weatherman in a skit on “The Steve Allen Show.” Post by West Virginia Celebrities. According to the folks at the West Virginia Celebrities Facebook page, dedicated to news and information about celebrities who call West Virginia home, Knotts made his debut on “The Steve…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Feb. 1-7

    admin
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    In addition to spending a lot of time working on my first screenplay, I adopted a one-post-per-day approach to things during the first week of February 2015 at BobMcCarty.com. INELIGIBLE? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). Click image above to read about this topic. On the same day I published my last weekly recap, I shared a guest piece written by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College, the…
 
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • Avoiding Religious Persecution

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sex Workers From South Africa to India to Washington Demand Decriminalization on International Sex Workers' Rights Day 2015

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    On Tuesday, March 3, sex workers from Olympia, Washington, to Kolkata, India, gathered to protest prohibitionist policies and demand "that sex workers have a seat at the table when it comes to policymaking concerning the sex trade," as the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) Seattle put it. The demonstrations marked International Sex Workers' Rights Day, launched in 2001 after a group of about 25,000 Indian sex workers gathered for an event despite efforts by opponents to get it shut down. The event had been organized by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya committee, an Indian sex worker collective that…
  • Michael Tanner: Medicare and Social Security Tabs Coming Due

    Reason.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently, but that doesn't mean that it has gone away.   In fact, just a few weeks ago, the debt officially topped $18 trillion. For those keeping score, that equals roughly 101 percent of GDP. In other words, we now owe more than the value of all goods and services produced in this country over a year. And, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the debt will climb to almost $27.3 trillion within the next 10 years. As bad as these numbers sound, they actually understate the problem, writes Michael Tanner. That is because they don't…
  • Jacob Sullum on the Border Patrol's License to Harass Motorists

    Reason.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are two ways to view the video of Richard Rynearson's March 2010 encounter with U.S. Border Patrol agents at an immigration checkpoint in Uvalde County, Texas. Authoritarians will say Rynearson should have been more cooperative, while libertarians will say the agents should have been less vindictive. Both perspectives were on display in a decision issued last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Unfortunately, says Jacob Sullum, the authoritarians won, passing up an opportunity to impose limits on an alarming exception to the Fourth Amendment. View this article.
  • Brickbat: Bad Hair Day

    Charles Oliver
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Monica Equivel said her son Kobi has had the same haircut for five months, but recently an assistant principal at Coronado Middle School in Texas told the boy the line shaved on the side of his head was a distraction. That principal then colored in the line with a marker. When the mother complained, she says administrators told her the haircut could be considered gang-related. School officials are refusing to comment on the matter except to say the dress code forbids designs shaved into the hair.
  • Can Rand Paul Ever Be Sufficiently Pro-Israel?

    Brian Doherty
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who raised eyebrows early in his Senate career by suggesting that cutting all foreign aid could include aid to Israel, has been trying very hard to repair his bonafides as a Friend of Israel. He traveled there and said settlements are none of his/our business, he meets with AIPAC, he says an attack on Israel is an attack on the U.S., he tries to make it sort-of clear that he does not believe in containing a nuclear Iran, but nor does he necessarily believe in war with Iran, but mostly seems to believe in the positive foreign policy wisdom of not settling that issue…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • 8 Years .... and Counting

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my heart transplant. It amazes me how fast the last 8 years have flown by. It seems more like only 8 days. However, I'm thankful for every one of the last 2900+ days. I haven't taken any of them for granted.The last 8 years have given me an opportunity to spend additional time with my wife, friends and family, and more time doing the things I enjoy. It has now dawned on me that I am not alive today because of anything I have done. I'm still here because of the love of friends and family who supported and prayed for me during my long…
  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
  • An Open Letter to Mr. Rooney, Coach Tomlin, and the Rest of the Steelers' Organization

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear Steelers' Leadership,I've been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was old enough to know what a football was, so my support of the team is nearing the 40 year mark. Terry Bradshaw was, and still is, one of my heroes. I had the privilege of meeting him once many, many years ago. I'll never forget that day.Terry Bradshaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last few years have been, to say the least, frustrating to be a Steelers fan. We missed the playoffs in both 2012 and '13 and then were one and done this year after getting man-handled by the hated Ravens at HOME. One playoff game in three years…
  • 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…
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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • Recent Guests on The Yaron Brook Show: Ambassador John Bolton, Grover Norquist and Others

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Last Friday, Yaron broadcasted live from CPAC, the largest annual conference for conservatives in America. In addition to giving his take on all the happenings at the conference, Yaron interviewed the following guests: Ambassador John R. Bolton; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Adam Mossoff of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property; Peter Schwartz, author of the forthcoming In Defense of Selfishness; Larry Spiwak, president of the Phoenix Center and an expert on net neutrality.
  • Special Edition of The Yaron Brook Show: The Conservative Movement

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    Tune in tomorrow, Friday, February 27, for a special episode of The Yaron Brook Show. Yaron will broadcast live from CPAC, the largest annual gathering of conservatives in America, and will give his take on the conservative movement.
  • Today on The Yaron Brook Show: The Oscars, ISIS and More

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, topics included: whether Obama loves America; whether ISIS is Islamic; Scott Walker; the virtues necessary for a selfish life; and the Oscars.
  • Selfishness Part III: What Does Living the Good Life Require?

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    On Monday, February 23, Yaron Brook will talk about the virtues of rational selfishness as presented in Ayn Rand’s essay “The Objectivist Ethics” in The Virtue of Selfishness.
  • Panel: Freedom of Speech or Tyranny of Silence? [Audio]

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    We at the Ayn Rand Institute regard free speech as essential to a free society; you can’t have one without the other. That’s why we have a long and proud history of taking an uncompromising and unequivocal stand for free speech.
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • In Praise of Fox News's Greg Gutfeld

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Kalefa Sanneh, The New YorkerLast month, Jon Stewart declared that he would be leaving “The Daily Show,” after sixteen years. One of many writers who paid him tribute was Oliver Morrison, in The Atlantic, who used the opportunity to consider the relationship between comedy and ideology. StewartÂ’s former colleague, Stephen Colbert, once joked that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Morrison wondered whether political satire, too, might have a liberal bias. He noted that liberal humor would live on, thanks to programs such as…
  • Dads, Daughters, and Idiots on the Internet

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    Curt Schilling, 38 PitchesI thank God every day that Facebook and Twitter, instagram, vine, Youtube, all of it, did not exist when I went to High School. I can’t imagine the dumb stuff I’d have been caught saying and doing.If you are a dad this is something you well know already, if you are a dad with a daughter this is likely to get your blood going. If you are a boy, or young man, or husband, and you haven’t experienced children yet, or haven’t had a daughter, it’s next to impossible for you to understand.
  • Bibi, Not Obama, Believes in U.S. Exceptionalism

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Charles Hurt, WTAppearing before Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid bare terrifying truths about the statements, actions and intentions of the “Islamic Republic” of Iran — as diligently studied from less than 1,000 miles from Tehran, as the missile flies.“Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology,” Netanyahu intoned. “He tweets that Israel must be annihilated. He tweets!”
  • Bibi Declares War - at Congress' Request

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Dana Milbank, Washington PostNancy Pelosi looked as if she might charge the well of the House and confront Benjamin Netanyahu personally.When the Israeli prime minister, in his controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, suggested that the deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran only seeks to “delay the inevitable” of a nuclear-armed Iran, the House Democratic leader shook her index finger, balled her hand into a fist and spoke angrily to her neighbor, Democratic whip Steny Hoyer (Md.).
  • Rahm's Troubles Should Worry Hillary

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Robert Tracinski, The FederalistLast week, the mayoral election in Chicago produced a shocking result when incumbent Rahm Emanuel—Barack Obama’s former chief of staff—failed to get the 51% of the vote needed to avoid a run-off.Emanuel should be worried, but you know who should really be terrified? Hillary Clinton and her acolytes. This election result is a warning that not everyone is ready for Hillary.
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The GOP’s big ‘Yes’ to ‘No’

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    It’s a daunting challenge to spin the word “no” into a hopeful and forward-looking political battle cry. There are, of course, circumstances when negative arguments can work. In obviously terrible times, voters are often content to take a chance on a barely sketched-out alternative. In midterm elections, which are like midsemester report cards, voters often protest against what they don’t like. “No” was a successful pitch in three straight midterms going back to 2006. The GOP’s 1946 slogan, “Had Enough? Vote Republican,” was a model of simple and clever effectiveness.Read…
  • A challenger throws Rahm Emanuel for a loop

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    CHICAGOThe mayor is proud to tout his work expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs, raising the minimum wage and making two years of community college available to everybody. He talks admiringly about his city’s ethnic diversity and stresses his commitment to making it a place where “every resident in every neighborhood has a fair shot at success.”Read full article >>
  • Taking Obamacare for granted

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s done?Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening to talk on Friday with Sylvia Mathews Burwell,the secretary of Health and Human Services.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP superego win the day?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, a.k.a. the conscience, and the id. Read full article >>
  • James Comey’s candor on race

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists.In “Parting the Waters,” the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of a 1956 Eisenhower administration meeting during which Hoover “expressed no sympathy for civil rights and painted an alarming picture of subversive elements among the integrationists.”Read full article >>
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-03-2015

    Ramona
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Worry is misuse of the imagination. (M. Crowley) — Personally, I can find better ways to engage my creativity! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-02-2015

    Ramona
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    The finding occurs in the very seeking itself. (B. Phillips) — The journey is the destination. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-02-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. (F. Bradley) — That's also the secret to full-time RVing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself. (R. Brown) — In the dark, and even without street signs! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. (D. Waitley) — Or better yet, be an end-result manager! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Sabato: Dem Senate Takeover in 2016 "Doable"

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    From Larry J. Sabato's Politico post, "Can Democrats Retake the Senate in 2016?": It's still too early to predict the Senate's makeup in 2016, but it's not too early to start thinking about who could land on the list of endangered senators. And in the 2016 cycle, it's more likely to be a Republican than a Democrat. ...Republicans must defend seven incumbents that represent states carried by President Obama in 2008 and 2012: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Rob Portman of Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Pat Toomey of…
  • Lux: How Progressives Can Win Marathons While Running Uphill

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Mike Lux, author of "The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be," is cross-posted from HuffPo" It is easy to get discouraged about the American political scene. Billionaires and big business keep spending absurd amounts in buying up politicians and making sure they win elections. Republicans keep moving to the more and more extreme edges of the right. A lot of Democrats are either bought off by Wall Street, ineffectual, or both. The Supreme Court is as conservative and pro-big business as it has ever been. The media is cynical…
  • Neighboring Gov's Record Shames GOP WannaBe

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
  • Creamer: Why Dems Should Skip Netanyahu's NeoCon Mess

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    The following article, by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will speak before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, will try to convince lawmakers to scuttle a potential agreement being negotiated between Iran, the U.S. and other world powers. The agreement is intended is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb. It would gradually eliminate worldwide economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for actions that would prevent the country from using its…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    Greg Sargent calls attention to the importance of the upcoming gubernatorial races, which will decide how much power Dems will have to check GOP gerrymandering. "The 2014 elections left Democrats in a deep state-level hole: Republicans control over 30 governorships and two-thirds of partisan legislative chambers; they are in total control of state government in 24 states, while Democrats can only say that about six states." Sargent quotes from his interview with CT's politically astute Gov. Dan Malloy, who will soon take over helm of the Dem Govs Association: "It's going to take a four year…
 
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • NDA hits out at Nitish, Cong says Manjhi quit as BJP panicked

    Gautam
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    NDA today accused JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar of “sacrificing” a Mahadalit while Congress saw BJP’s “panic” behind Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s resignation hours before a trust vote in Assembly and said it will pay the price for its “conspiracy” in Bihar elections. “Nitish Kumar will have to answer the people of Bihar and convince them on why he made Manjhi the Chief Minister eight months back. “Kumar keeps on playing such games for his political opportunism. People of Bihar are seeing all this. He has no principles. He keeps on…
  • 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…
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    Gautam
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • A Silk Glove for China’s Iron Fist

    Brahma Chellaney
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    For years, China has sought to encircle South Asia with a “string of pearls": a network of ports connecting its eastern coast to the Middle East that would boost its strategic clout and maritime access. With the maritime Silk Roach initiative, China is attempting to put a virtuous veneer on the same strategy.
  • Trashing the ASEAN Brand

    Gareth Evans
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Three of Southeast Asia's most important states – Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia – are raising serious doubts about their commitment to the rule of law, the integrity of their judicial systems, and the quality of mercy in the administration of justice. Worse, their political backsliding jeopardizes the entire region's prospects.
  • Japan’s Sensitive Military Normalization

    Jamie Metzl
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    Given the threats that Japan faces – and its exemplary record of responsible behavior since WWII – constitutional constraints on its ability to defend itself should be eased. But overcoming opposition to Japan's military normalization will require the country to demonstrate that it has come to terms fully with its wartime record.
  • Bibi Goes to Washington

    Ian Buruma
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's ill-considered decision to accept congressional Republicans' invitation to Washington might be the best thing that could happen to Israel. It is in neither country's interest to be seen as the other's pawn.
  • India’s Fiscal Fortune

    Gita Gopinath
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government must be feeling lucky. The decline in world commodity prices, led by crude oil, has made managing the national budget easier – and now, after the Central Statistics Office revised its methodology for calculating GDP data, that task has become easier still.
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  • Polluting Drinking Water and Lobbying go Hand in Hand

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Companies that break the law by polluting America’s waterways tend to spend large amounts of money on lobbying politicians, according to a new environmental report.   Environment America says in its report Polluting Politics: Political Spending by Companies Dumping Toxics in our Waters that the 10 biggest corporate water polluters in the U.S. spent $53 million on lobbying and nearly $10 million on campaign contributions.   These companies also dumped 100 million pounds of toxics in public waterways, according to the report.   “As it turns out, the same companies…
  • A Reminder: U.S. Pays One Quarter of Israel’s Defense Budget

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    With Capitol Hill abuzz over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress this week, there is no time like the present for a refresher on how much the American taxpayers spend on Israel’s defense.   If it wasn’t for Washington’s longtime commitment to bolstering the Israel Defense Forces, Netanyahu and Israeli lawmakers would have a serious shortfall on their hands. After all, the U.S. funds about 25% of Israel’s annual spending on its military, thanks to $3 billion a year in aid.   “Since it was founded in 1948, Israel…
  • Debt Collectors Find Lucrative Loophole, Avoiding Regulation by Working for Governments

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Private debt collection agencies are now making big profits going after those who owe money to government agencies, sometimes collecting far more than the amount of the debt.   A CNN investigation found local, state and federal agencies have contracted out collection of unpaid taxes, tolls and parking fines. The debt collectors make their profits by charging debtors huge fees. And since they’re not bound by consumer protection laws, collectors can use more aggressive tactics than usual.   Companies working in Florida are permitted by the state to tack on fees as high as 40% of…
  • One Billion Monarch Butterflies Migrated in 1997; This Winter it was Down to 56.5 Million; Environmentalists Sue EPA

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The monarch butterfly population has plummeted in less than 20 years, leading one environmental group to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action. The Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit in a New York City federal court seeking an order to force the EPA to review an emergency petition that it filed last year. The NRDC claims the EPA never responded to the request.   The group also wants the agency to review within six months its rules governing glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, a commonly used herbicide that has wiped out the…
  • Student-Athletes Sue Univ. of North Carolina for Failing to Provide a Real Education

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The University of North Carolina, a historical powerhouse in college basketball, is being sued by former student athletes in two separate lawsuits alleging the school failed to offer them a real education.   The litigation follows a scandal that broke last year in which UNC was accused of offering phony “paper classes” to student athletes to help them get by while playing sports.   One lawsuit states: “For the last eighteen years, from 1993 through at least 2011, UNC, widely regarded as one of the nation’s elite public institutions of higher education,…
 
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  • Depressing?

    Bob Lord
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:15 pm
    I received some interesting blowback from a supposedly progressive commenter on my recent post, So Are We Britain or Rome? The comment exhibits a mindset that I think contributes to a serious deficiency in our discourse, so it’s worth another post. … Continue reading →
  • Forecasting the Court’s opinion in the Arizona redistricting case

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    It’s a rare day when the media arm of the Arizona Republican Party, The Arizona Republic(an), Our View: Lawmakers vs. the people – who wins? (Our View: The people have spoken. They don’t trust lawmakers to draw election maps. But … Continue reading →
  • Celebrate Your Vote – PCDP voter registration drive

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    President Obama will travel to Selma, Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” on March 7. C-Span will televise the anniversary events live on Saturday, March  7, 12:00pm EST on C-SPAN 3. Selma March 50th Anniversary. I presume … Continue reading →
  • 50th Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma this Saturday

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This Saturday, March 7, is the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March and Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama: Six hundred marchers assembled in Selma on Sunday, March 7, and, led by John Lewis and other SNCC and … Continue reading →
  • The TanMan caves to reality: House to vote on ‘clean’ DHS funding bill today

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Senate Democrats blocked a motion Monday by conservative Republicans to “conference”  with the House on the Senate’s “clean” bill to fund Homeland Security through the end of September. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his number two, Sen. John Cornyn, … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
  • AFA Creates ‘Bigotry Map’ Showing Atheist Groups. Atheists Say Thank You.

    Kevin Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Click to go to AFA’s site On Tuesday, the American Family Association, known for its right-wing stances on abortion, LGBT rights, and non-Christians, published a map of the US focused on calling out over 200 organizations they deem to be showing a deep intolerance for Christians through each group’s actions.  It was ironically titled the “Bigotry Map.”  The accompanying press release accused these groups of endorsing “efforts to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.”  The AFA went so far as to…
  • 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…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Phil Ting’s Bill Would Reduce Sales Tax on Green Cars

    Reset Team
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Way to go, Assemblymember Phil Ting! The Reset San Francisco founder made headlines in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend about his pioneering legislation that would incentivize more Californians to buy green cars. Read the story below! California bill would reduce sales tax on green cars The California Legislature is considering a bill that would cut the state sales tax on green cars by more than half in an effort to spur sales of clean vehicles. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), would reduce the sales tax on new clean vehicles to 3.06%, down from the…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Oakland’s Minimum Wage Increases to $12.25 per hour Minimum wage in Oakland is rising from $9 per hour to $12.25 today, but advocates with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy say that many employers still don’t know about the change. Starting at 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, minimum wage advocates and concerned Oakland citizens will be conducting outreach by visiting fast food restaurants and other businesses to inform employees of their rights as workers. Nearly 82 percent of Oakland voters approved the wage increase, which appeared on the November 2014…
  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    San Pablo Man Arrested In Home Invasion Murder Hercules police on Thursday said they have arrested a San Pablo man on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with what they are calling a home-invasion robbery gone “terribly wrong.” Mark Anthony Carr, 27, was arrested Wednesday afternoon shortly after police responded to the area of Marigold Place and Buttercup Court around 2:45 p.m. on a report of a fight. A resident told officers two men had been fighting in the driveway of a house at 100 Buttercup Court, and that one man had been on top of another and choking him.
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Bicyclist Struck, Killed By Car Late This Afternoon A bicyclist was struck and killed by a car in East Oakland late Tuesday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to reports of an accident between a vehicle and bicycle in the area of Prune and San Leandro streets shortly after 4:30 p.m., Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said. Arriving officers found the injured bicyclist, a woman in her 30s or 40s, who was pronounced dead by emergency crews at the scene, Watson said. The driver of the car, a man in his 50s, stayed at the scene and was cooperative with investigators, she…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Man Struck, Killed By Out-Of-Service Caltrain In Tunnel An out-of-service Caltrain that struck and killed a man in a tunnel in San Francisco on Monday night has been released from the scene, a spokeswoman said. The collision occurred in Tunnel One shortly after 9 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said. The train was heading south and continued traveling in that direction once it was released as of about 10:45 p.m., she said. Once crews clean up the scene, all trains will be allowed to resume regular scheduled service, Ackemann said. BART will continue to accept Caltrain tickets at…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Check Out Our New Political Platform Tool

    Online Candidate
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Coming up with campaign slogan isn't too hard. The real work comes when it's time to come up with a political platform to attract voters. We can help!
  • 5 Tips To Mix Online Into Your First Fundraising Event

    Online Candidate
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    With some planning, you can turn your first fundraising event into something that increases awareness, gains you more interest in your campaign - and perhaps brings in some additional money!
  • .REPUBLICAN and .DEMOCRAT Political Domain Name Sale!

    Online Candidate
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    Right now, you can register your .DEMOCRAT or .REPUBLICAN domain with Online Candidate for a special price of $7.99. Find your next domain name today!
  • 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...
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I have nothing to add. This video says it all.
  • The Fall of Brian Williams

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    ALEX WONG/GETTYThe recent story where Williams made claims to being in Iraq and nearly shot down have led to him being suspended for six months without pay.It turns out that he has been telling a version of this story for quite some time but none of the versions appear to be remotely truthful. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," has been suspended without pay for six months following his continued misrepresentation of events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War, NBC said Tuesday night.Just prior to his suspension, he did make an attempt to apologize:A…
  • Why I Cannot Believe Amanda Knox

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    Amanda Knox SourceThis article is written with the assumption that the reader has a general understanding of the case. If you are one of the lucky ones who currently know little to nothing about this case, it might behoove you to just continue ignoring it. I will not be held responsible for any reader being sucked into the Knox-vortex. It is time consuming and life-sucking.Read more »
  • 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…
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    Politics

  • PMQs review: Confident Cameron blusters through immigration and TV debates

    George Eaton
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    Miliband's arguments were by far the stronger but at no point did the PM appear truly uncomfortable.  David Cameron attends a ceremonial welcome for The President Of United Mexican States at Horse Guards Parade on March 3, 2015. Photograph: Getty Images. David Cameron had the confidence of a man scenting victory at today's PMQs. The latest polls, showing the Tories ahead, meant he was in boisterous, remorseless form. Ed Miliband sought to pin him down on his failure to meet his promise to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" a year (of which he once declared: "If we don't deliver…
  • Grammar schools aren’t the answer – and I should know, I went to one

    Anna Villeleger
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    David Cameron's u-turn and Ukip's adoration of them has grammar schools back in the headlines. But they don't work and they shouldn't be the priority – and I should know. Old, but not necessarily a good idea.(Photo: Flickr/Elliot Brown) It’s election time, which always means we can look forward to some good old arguments being rehashed in an attempt to distract from a lack of original ideas. A case in point is Ukip, with its pledge to open a grammar school in every town. The long-time debate over grammar schools will undoubtedly continue to rage until 7 May and beyond – particularly in…
  • The NYPD blues: From Eric Garner to broken windows, activist Josmar Trujillo says enough

    Rob Crilly
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act. A police line armed with tazers in New York. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images On a recent Thursday evening in downtown Brooklyn, as late-night shoppers shivered outside Macy’s department store, a small group of campaigners snacked on pizza as they folded paper pamphlets. The activists – black, white, Latino, mostly in their twenties or thirties – were discussing the best way to bring change to the New York City Police Department, an organisation continually accused of brutality and…
  • The Granola Pact: is there a rift between Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    There is some truth in the rumour that the Green MP clashes with her party leader, but so far it’s not personal. Is there tension, or is the press just looking for a cat fight? Photos: Getty Caroline Lucas versus Natalie Bennett. The former is the party’s first and only MP, was leader for four years, and remains the figurehead most associated with Britain’s Green political movement. The latter is a party outsider and ex-journalist who took over the leadership in 2012. The former has held various senior party positions, and has served as a Green MEP, since she joined the party in 1986.
  • David Cameron is letting drivers down and endangering lives

    Richard Burden and Andy Slaughter
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    The Coalition has fallen asleep at the wheel as far as clamping down on driver safety is concerned. A Labour government would do things differently. David Cameron drives the two millionth Mini at a factory in Oxford. (Photo: Getty) Every year over 23,000 people are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads. Each and every one of those crashes is a tragedy. We may have seen major improvements in road safety over the past few decades but progress on reducing casualty rates is stalling. Far too many crashes causing death or serious injury are the result of dangerous, careless, drunken or…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The mafia has won

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    >>> This evening Luigi Di Maio, will be one of the guests of Giovanni Floris on the programme “Di Martedi,” broadcasting on La7 starting at 9:10 pm <<<<<<<<<<<< “In the last few days, in Palermo, we’ve seen the event called “Leopolda sicula” organised by Davide Faraone. It’s said to be about participation, about the fight against the mafia, about the new politics that is doing without the concept of “clientele”. As it happens, Faraone has everything needed to talk about these topics that he is very familiar with. In fact, in March…
  • Passaparola - I get rid of asbestos without polluting, and making a profit, by Prof. Norberto Roveri

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    New Twitter Gallery ARTICLE: Asbestos risk in 100-thousand Km of drinking water pipes, by Vito Titore ARTICLE: Casale Monferrato, Asbestos cemetary There are no less than 34-thousand sites in Italy contaminated by asbestos, a figure that is destined to increase since the INAIL, the Ministry of the Environment and the Regions are still busy mapping these sites. There is also asbestos in water pipes, rooves of old houses and indeed there is asbestos in places that you would least expect. Asbestos kills. It must be disposed of, avoiding the release of asbestos fibres into the air and also…
  • Don’t vote in the PD primaries - Roberto Saviano

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Watch Roberto Saviano’s video appeal "Tomorrow (Today, editor])don’t go and vote in Campania’s PD primaries. This is my advice. The candidates are an expression of the politics of the past. The outcome of these elections will be determined by vote-buying. Packages of votes are ready to go to one candidate or another in exchange for positions in the regional cabinet. And what’s more, the agreements made with Cosentino will be what determines the outcome. The PD primaries were meant to be tools for opening up to the people and getting people to participate, but it hasn’t worked out…
  • No more banking speculation ever again!

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:43 am
    “Banking reform can bring about the growth of a country’s economy. It can contribute to the creation of new jobs and the decrease in taxes. Before explaining that, we need to analyse the ever-recurring cycles of human history that make banking reform a necessity today." ONE SINGLE CAUSE OF TWO CRISES Immediately after the great crisis of 1929, F. D. Roosevelt, the President of the United States, turned to savings to put up a defence against the speculation that had become rife. In 1933 with the Glass-Steagall Act, traditional banking activity was separated from investment banking activity…
  • Naples: see Itron and die

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    “In Naples there are 46 families at risk of having no income and no future because of the American multinational that is taking action based on just speculative ideas while forgetting its own industrial objectives. The Itron Group, has an annual turnover of 1.9 billion dollars, and it produces methane gas metres in Naples. It’s got an efficient factory with excellent ROI indicators, plenty of orders from all over the world, from the Emirates to Bolivia, and from Pakistan to Australia. Now this American giant has decided to close down this factory and concentrate production in Rheims, in…
 
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    Society – Articles – The Conversation

  • Tomorrow's technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes

    Steen Rasmussen, External Research Professor at Santa Fe Institute, USA &amp; Professor, Head of the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Head of Science Board, Initiative for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at University of Southern Denmark
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Future technology won't just be a gadget we use, it will re-structure our societies. Sergey Nivens/ShutterstockThroughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged that change our means of production and ability to communicate they have tended to transform society. The rapid technological development of the past century – in biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence – holds the promise to do the same for our current, post-industrial world. Our political institutions, the rule of law, human rights, the banking system, our education system…
  • Ched Evans: the legality and ethics of hiring a convicted rapist

    Jack Anderson, Professor of Sports Law at Queen&#39;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…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • New Hampshire Ends Brief Flirtation with National ID Compliance

    Jim Harper
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Jim Harper When the REAL ID Act passed in 2005, Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), no civil libertarian, called the national ID law “unworkable” for good reason. It seeks to herd all Americans into a national ID system by coercing states into issuing drivers licenses (and sharing information about their drivers) according to complex federal standards. The hook REAL ID uses in seeking to dragoon states into compliance is the threat that TSA agents will refuse IDs from non-complying states at our nation’s airports. The threat is an empty one. Consistently over years, every time a…
  • Bibi vs. Frost

    Benjamin H. Friedman
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Benjamin H. Friedman There is a lot to say about Israeli Prime Minster’s Benjamin Netanyahu’ speech to Congress today. I could object to his use of worst case scenarios and overstatements of Iranian power. Instead I’m taking issue with his treatment of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. My point, besides being pedantic, is that Frost’s realist sensibility makes him a poor reference for Bibi. Netanyahu tells us that we face a crossroads. One path is the deal being negotiated, which may contain the Iranian nuclear program temporarily but will “lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose…
  • Obama Police Task Force Report Includes Worrying Recommendation

    Matthew Feeney
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Matthew Feeney Yesterday, President Obama met with the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which on the same day released an interim report outlining dozens of recommendations related to how policing can be improved. The report was released the day after police in Los Angeles shot and killed a man during an altercation in which, according to the LAPD, he and officers “struggled over one of the officer’s handguns.” What makes the shooting notable is that at least one of the officers involved in the shooting was wearing a body camera. According to LAPD commander Andrew Smith, the…
  • California Outliers

    Patrick J. Michaels
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Patrick J. Michaels Today’s Washington Post story by Darryl Fears on California drought frequency in a warming world compelled me to take a look at the Golden State’s temperature history. In my 2011 book Climate Coup,  I showed that the alarm over California warming was rather odd, as most of the changes had taken place thirty years previously.  That was then, and this is now. But what about history? Here are California temperatures, for the last 38 years, beginning in 1976.  That’s the year of “The Great Pacific Climate Shift,” a sudden and lasting change in both the…
  • Long Range Bomber’s Big Bill

    Nicole Kaeding
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Nicole Kaeding Over the next several months the Pentagon will award the contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber. If the Department of Defense’s history repeats itself, cost overruns on the project seem likely. According to 2010 estimates each new plane is officially expected to cost $550 million. More recent estimates are higher. A 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service included estimates of up to $810 million per bomber. The Air Force is expected to buy 100 planes, which would cost a total of $55 billion even if the low official estimate per plane panned out. One reason for…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Primer on Net Neutrality

    sirrahc
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    “Title II regulation of the Internet is a solution in search of a problem.”  — Logan Albright, Research Analyst at FreedomWorks I confess, I have been putting off taking the time & effort to get up to speed on this whole “Net Neutrality” thing. I mean, I had the gist of it but didn’t know […]
  • On Ethical Monotheism and Friedrich Nietzsche

    sirrahc
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, influential 19th-century philosopher and cultural critic Late last year, I posted excerpts from the Introduction to Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book, Atheist Delusions. I finally starting reading the rest of the book — slowly, now and then — and am really appreciating Hart’s […]
  • Ants vs. Global Warming

    sirrahc
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
    FUN FACT: Ants make up 15-25% of the total mass of living animal tissue on the continents! We’ll get back to the ants in a minute. But, first… The Sun is a nuclear furnace. Hydrogen, the lightest element and most abundant chemical substance in the universe, is constantly being fused within it into helium. Over […]
  • A Local Flood Interpretation of Genesis 7

    sirrahc
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    “[I]f the report is a phenomenological depiction, permitting the possibility of a local flood, the meaning is not substantially altered: all that Noah and his generation know is swallowed up by the waters so that none survives.”  — Dr. Kenneth A. Mathews, The New American Commentary, Vol. 1A In my Facebook travels, not long ago […]
  • New “House Freedom Caucus” to Push Conservative Agenda

    sirrahc
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:20 pm
    “If the RSC shrinks from its duties, if it allows the executive branch to establish the entire legislative agenda, if it refuses to “frame the issues” in a conservative manner by bowing to the ideological deviations in store, the Republican Study Committee will sink to an impotent posture. However, a new group of ideologically committed […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • Charisma is Priority One

    Lisa Johnston
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Hate the reality all you want, but charisma and likability must be a screening criterion and litmus test for candidates in high profile races. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend when I bring up the fact that low information voters choose candidates based on these type of peripheral variables to activist Democrats – many people ignore my comment and try not to talk about it. I can just hear the thoughts running through people’s minds about how this shouldn’t be the case, knowledge and policy positions should be the most important, they would never pick a candidate based on non-substantive…
  • 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…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Why Democracy Does Not Come Easily to Indonesia

    Jarno Lang
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    In order to grasp today’s political situation in Indonesia, it is worth taking a look at its troubled history. On October 20, 2014, Joko Widodo, often referred to as Jokowi, was inaugurated as the seventh president of Indonesia. Since the country’s turn toward democracy is still less than 20 years old, he is the fifth democratic […] The post Why Democracy Does Not Come Easily to Indonesia appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • In Death, Boris Nemtsov Embodies the Hope of a Better Russia

    Adrian Campbell
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    For Russia to make peace with its troubled post-Communist history, it needs a 1990s hero to remember. Boris Nemtsov was killed just before midnight on February 27 in Moscow. His death was both the culmination and the continuation of his extraordinary political life. I first encountered Nemtsov in 1992 at a meeting with a World Bank […] The post In Death, Boris Nemtsov Embodies the Hope of a Better Russia appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Boris Nemtsov is Russia’s Latest Lamb to the Slaughter

    Anna Pivovarchuk
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    What does the assassination of Boris Nemtsov say about Russia’s political climate? In a Time article that proclaimed Vladimir Putin tsar and person of the year in 2007, the Russian president seemed frazzled by the West’s perception of his countrymen as “a little bit savage still or they just climbed down from the trees, you […] The post Boris Nemtsov is Russia’s Latest Lamb to the Slaughter appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Are the Mistrals Back on Course For Russia?

    Andreas Kuersten
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    As the guns go silent in Ukraine, France may now see fit to complete a major military contract with a still boisterous and unrepentant Russia. For almost four months now, France has denied Russia military hardware that the latter has already paid for. Of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers that Russia ordered from France in […] The post Are the Mistrals Back on Course For Russia? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • What is Faith Worth? A Response to Jeremy Sher

    Matt Bieber
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    If there isn’t a God calling us to behave in a particular way, what else is there? In an article published by Fair Observer, rabbi-in-training Jeremy Sher argues: “Faith itself is more important than the God that the faith professes to be in.” For Sher, God doesn’t exist – at least not in any of the […] The post What is Faith Worth? A Response to Jeremy Sher appeared first on Fair Observer.
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  • La ce sa fiti atenti cand cautati un restaurant nunti care sa fie pe placul tuturor

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Mancarea este, cum stie fiecare mireasa, cea care poate cuceri inimile invitatilor la petrecerea de nunta, facandu-i sa se simta bine si sa se bucure de fiecare moment petrecut in restaurante nunti. O modalitate foarte simpla prin care te poti asigura ca invitatii vor avea parte de o experienta de patru stele este sa cauti restaurante bucuresti a caror bucatarie o cunosti deja si o adori. Alegerea de restaurante nunti este la indemana pentru cuplurile care nu vor sa-si bata capul cu detaliile organizarii si asta pentru ca toate aranjamentele vor fi facute de personalul restaurantului…
  • Exemple de obiceiuri intelese gresit in alte tari

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Florile. Florile sunt vazute adesea ca un cadou care merge in orice imprejurare. Merge si pentru a te scuza fata de iubita, a te impaca cu ea, la casatorie, la moarte, la absolvire, cand se daruieste un cadou minunat. De multe ori insa a oferi flori e chiar nepoliticos, depinzand de cultura in care ne aflam.Crizantemele, liliacul, gladiolele sunt simboluri ale jelitului si sunt folosite la inmormantari. Garoafele sunt foarte folosite in decoratiunile din cimitire din Franta si Germania. In China, daca dai cuiva un buchet de flori albe, sau niste garoafe in Franta, inseamna ca ii doresti…
  • Ce date de contact sunt necesare pentru vanzarea unei case?

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    O vanzare rapida a casei poate incepe atunci cand se listeaza datele de contact corecte. Locatia aproximativa a imobilului care va fi vandut va trebui sa fie afisata prima in anunt. Un client trebuie sa aiba o idee cat se poate de clara atunci cand citeste informatiile care definesc tranzactia. Tipul de proprietate in cauza va trebui, de asemenea, sa fie precizat de la inceput. Aceasta include informatia daca o proprietate este de tip apartament sau o alta forma de cladire rezidentiala.Tipul specific de proprietate ar trebui sa fie mentionat in asa fel incat un client sa stie la ce fel de…
  • Manevre

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Mitul invincibilitatii a fost infirmat. Cei care mai credeau ca Elena Udrea e de neatins, - precum Sfinta Fecioara! - s-au inselat. Judecatorii au mentinut, fara sa clipeasca, pentru inca treizeci de zile catusele puse de procurori… cu toate rinjetele si semnnele cabalistice ale Elenei Udrea. Mai incolo, Traian Basescu ia cu asalt sediul PMP, fara sa-i pese prea tare de problemele fostei sale asistente, inlocuind „Garajul”cu Noul Birou de expresedinte, amenajat chiar de catre aceasta. Flerul copoiului batrinn, care adulmeca primejdia, il indeamna sa-si paraseasca birlogul conjugal si…
  • Dezinsectia in Bucuresti, o misiune deloc imposibila

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    Bucurestiul este cel mai aglomerat oras din Romania si cel mai mizerabil. In subsoluri si pe langa blocuri, pentru ca gunoaiele nu sunt luate la timp, apar focare de mizerie si foarte multi daunatori, de la sobolani, la gandaci sau chiar purici. Pentru a scapa de astfel de daunatori este necesara o dezinsectie Bucuresti permanenta, cu substante de calitate, concentrate, aplicate de specialisti in domeniu care nu rateaza nici un loc unde s-ar putea ascunde micile insecte sau animalute.Rovent, firma specializata in curatenie generala si dezinsectie pentru business si rezidential, cu experienta…
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  • Netanyahu Takes Kerry Out of Context

    Eugene Kiely
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated speech to Congress contained a curious statement. He claimed Secretary of State John Kerry “confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess” 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium by the end of a long-term nuclear agreement that the U.S. is negotiating with Iran. That, Netanyahu warned, could put Iran “weeks away” from an “arsenal of nuclear weapons.” But that’s not what Kerry said. In House testimony on Feb. 25, Kerry was asked about reports that the U.S. is seeking a deal that…
  • More Keystone Spin

    Brooks Jackson
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    With a showdown vote approaching on the Keystone XL pipeline, both sides continue to spin the facts about exports and safety. Critics continue to call it an “export pipeline” while proponents say the oil it carries would be “used by Americans, not exported overseas.” Actually, somewhere between 38 percent and 50 percent of the output at the coastal refineries it would serve was exported in the most recent 12 months on record, depending on assumptions. Critics claim that building the pipeline won’t stop derailments of tank cars carrying crude oil. Perhaps not…
  • FactChecking CPAC

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. They boasted of their accomplishments and voiced their opinions, but along the way there were some distortions of facts: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” Nearly two-thirds of the inflow of legal permanent residents in 2013 was based on family-sponsored immigration. Former…
  • Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts?

    Dave Levitan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency’s proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That’s debatable. Various analyses have arrived at differing conclusions on this issue, and some electricity grid operators say there is a potential for service disruption under the Clean Power Plan. The EPA unveiled the Clean Power Plan in June 2014, with hopes it will be implemented beginning in the summer of 2015. It is designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector…
  • Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

    Lori Robertson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire: Biden said the ACA would reduce U.S. debt by “another $1 trillion over the next 10 years.” That’s a Democratic estimate for 10 years starting in 2022 or 2023, not the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office projects the law would reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period, but said beyond that it is “very difficult to predict.” Biden said North America has “more gas and…
 
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  • Netanyahu Decries Iran's Nuclear Program In A Controversial Speech To Congress

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Netanyahu Decries Iran's Nuclear Program In A Controversial Speech To Congress Netanyahu Decries Iran's Nuclear Program In A Controversial Speech To Congress Has Been Optimized Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, addressed Congress today. Prior to his speech, Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. was controversial in light of the U.S.’s ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.  Netanyahu was invited to adrress Congress by the GOP, and more than 50 Democrats decided to skip the event. President Barack Obama has also decided not to meet with Netanyahu ahead of Israel’s upcoming…
  • Clinton Email Scandal Reveals Need For Transparent Government

    Will Hagle
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Clinton Email Scandal Reveals Need For Transparent Government Clinton Email Scandal Reveals Need For Transparent Government Has Been Optimized Hillary Clinton is the presumed candidate to receive the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Like any political frontrunner, Clinton is currently under a great deal of scrutiny. The most recent news involving Clinton criticizes the fact that she used a personal, private email account while serving as Secretary of State. The New York Times first reported the news, exposing Clinton’s failure to obtain a government email address during her…
  • Californian Proposes Ballot Initiative To Execute Gay People

    Michael Allen
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Californian Proposes Ballot Initiative To Execute Gay People Californian Proposes Ballot Initiative To Execute Gay People Legal Local Politics Religion Weird News San Francisco Pride Has Been Optimized Christian activist Matt McLaughlin recently filed a California ballot initiative that would criminalize homosexuality and place it under "God's just wrath," which would be a firing squad. The Sodomite Suppression Act states: "Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God's just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our…
  • Donald Trump To Republicans: 'I’m The Only One Who Can Beat Hillary'

    Ethan Brown
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Donald Trump To Republicans: 'I’m The Only One Who Can Beat Hillary' Donald Trump To Republicans: 'I’m The Only One Who Can Beat Hillary' Has Been Optimized Businessman Donald Trump weighed in on Conservative Political Action Conference and the results of the straw poll taken after the event. Calling into Fox News on March 2, Trump played down the poll results, which put him in a distant eighth place, receiving just 3.5 percent of the vote. “I think the poll isn’t so important. I think what was important was the enthusiasm. I think that’s much more important than…
  • USDA Announces Program To Fight Childhood Hunger In The U.S.

    Ethan Brown
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    USDA Announces Program To Fight Childhood Hunger In The U.S. USDA Announces Program To Fight Childhood Hunger In The U.S. Has Been Optimized On March 2, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a federally funded program to alleviate the issue of childhood hunger in America. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $27.6 million on five specific projects and locations, mainly rural areas. States participating in the project include Nevada, Virginia and Kentucky, along with Navajo and Chickasaw tribal nations. Speaking about the program, Vilsack said, “Too many children in…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Erica and Matt Chua: A Day on the Farm

    Erica and Matt Chua
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    “Escape from the bustling city for a day;” the brochure boasted and while I can’t say that the laid back city of Chiang Mai was getting to me a day out of any city sounded like heaven.  The Thai Farm Cooking School is located only 17 km out of Chiang Mai, Thailand but the cool country  breeze and fresh scents were a very welcome break from hot traffic and smelly exhaust.  The morning began with a trip to the local market with a guide to explain the ingredients that go into a typical Thai dish.  I had my notebook ready to take notes and plenty of questions from my previous market…
  • Saul Kaplan: Plight of Young Males

    Saul Kaplan
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I am proud of my bona fides on supporting the advancement of women. It angers me to think how slow executive suites and boardrooms are to welcome more qualified females. Stubborn gender wage gaps for comparable work are unacceptable and must be closed. However, with all of the attention and focus on supporting equal opportunities for women, we have taken our eyes off an alarming trend. Young men in the US are in trouble by any measure of educational attainment. It’s a big deal and, for reasons of political correctness, we aren’t talking enough about this growing national problem. I refuse…
  • Julie Rath: To Tuck or Not to Tuck — Wearing Boots

    Julie Rath
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the first things women notice on men is their shoes. No, really. Below  I take you through the main categories of boots and explain what to wear with  each and address the tuck-or-not question. (Hint: it has nothing to do with  whether or not you have nice ankles.)   The Work Boot – Utilitarian and  rugged in feel, but handsome nonetheless, the work boot is best worn casually.  It’s often water-resistant with a warm lining and therefore great for  negotiating snow drifts. And besides, if there’s any falling timber on the Upper  East Side, you’ll be ready. Note: this…
  • Josh Bowen: Best Damn Grocery List Ever

    Josh Bowen
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have a few people request nutritional advice and/or grocery store lists. Using my Exercise Nutritionist certification from Precision Nutrition, I have compiled the best damn grocery store list I could compiled. These are only items you will see in a big box grocery store, some local farmer’s markets or Whole Foods may have a wider variety, but I wanted to keep it to things you could find where you shop now. I also didn’t want to link it to anything, so that you would have all the information in this email for you to print off and go to the grocery store. Aspire Fitness…
  • Lauren Mayer: Who Says Jewish Mothers Aren’t Hip?

    Lauren Mayer
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of a mom’s primary roles in life is to embarrass her children, and my sons would be the first to tell you I’ve done a great job in that capacity.  And while I don’t think I fit the cliche of the overbearing Jewish mother, I have been known to nag them about eating, and of course like any good Jewish mother, I secretly yearn for a gay son (because he’d never leave me for another woman . . . cue rim shot), although both my boys have had to tell me, “Sorry to disappoint you mom, but I’m straight!” When I started doing these weekly videos, my younger…
 
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  • Greyhound Bill First Out the Gate in Senate

    Allison Nielsen
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    A bill to protect racing greyhounds became the first bill to pass the Florida Senate during this year's legislative session on Tuesday. The bill, titled the “Victoria Q. Gaetz 22 Racing Greyhound Protection Act" would require racetrack owners to report greyhound injuries to the state via a signed form within seven days of when the injury occurs. The form would be required to be completed and signed under oath. read more
  • AFP Unveils 'Five for Florida' Legislative Agenda

    Kevin Derby
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) Florida chapter announced its “Five for Florida” legislative agenda on Monday, backing Gov. Rick Scott’s $670 million tax cut proposal while continuing to oppose public dollars being used for luring movie projects to the Sunshine State or to be spent on sports complexes.read more
  • Dennis Ross Warns About Iran Deal, Calls for US to Stand With Israel

    Kevin Derby
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., took to the House floor on Monday to insist the Obama administration deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Ross traced over recent history from the Iranian hostage crisis to the 1983 Beirut bombing which killed more than 300 Marines and insisted the Islamic extremists running Iran cannot be trusted.read more
  • After Rocky Roll-out, FSA Writing Test Resumes

    Allison Nielsen
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Testing for the writing portion of the Florida Standards Assessment resumed on Tuesday after a tumultuous first day of testing left many students unable to log in or complete the test. Complaints of a lagging computer system arose Monday, forcing some districts to reschedule the test. Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said Monday the Florida Department of Education would be working to resolve the technical issues.On Tuesday morning, Stewart told district superintendents the issues had been resolved and testing could resume. read more
  • Tom Rooney Pushes Back Against Obama's Latest Gun Grab

    Kevin Derby
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    On Friday, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., came out swinging at the Obama administration’s efforts to crack down on green tip ammunition. Rooney brought out his Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act” on Friday. The bill would ensure the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and other federal agencies won’t be able to ban the manufacturing and sale of 5.56 mm/.223 caliber M855 green tip ammo which are commonly used in hunting. The ATF recently proposed to stop the manufacturing and sale of that kind of ammunition.read more
 
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  • Can’t blame others

    Michel
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    From one side, we have Michel Aoun who refuses to send his deputies to elect a president if he is not sure he will be the president. From the other side, you have Samir Geagea who refuses to drop his run to become president even though he didn’t get enough votes to win the elections. Yet, we have Michel Aoun saying that March 14 coalition is at the mercy of Saudi Arabia and its policy of the region. We also have Samir Geagea saying that March 8 is at the mercy of Iran/Syria decision. Both men want the “Lebanonization” of the elections. But the rivalry between the two is…
  • Future Movement … The moderate Muslims

    Michel
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Last Sunday, MP Khaled al-Daher led an angry Islamist protest in Tripoli’s al-Nour Square to condemn the removal of Islāmic flags from the roundabout. The banners were taken down by police as part of a campaign for removing the flags and banners of all political parties from the streets of Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli. During the protest, MP Daher said: “If they want to remove religious symbols, let them start in Beirut. Let them start with the Christ the King Statue (in Keserwan). Let them start with the pictures of some saints ‘who are opening their arms wide’ in Jounieh.” His…
  • Ashrafieh without Bachir

    Michel
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Ashrafieh is the beginning …. the beginning of Bachir …. and today Ashrafieh is without the famous Bachir picture. This time his son Nadim removed the picture raised on August 23 in commemoration of Bachir’s assassination. His son, Nadim (who was elected a deputy for one simple reason “he is the son of Bachir”) declared that he decided to remove the picture because first they forgot to remove it after the ceremony, second to abide by the government decision to remove pictures and party slogans from Beirut and third he hopes that others who raise black and yellow…
  • Lebanese political system in a state of clinical death

    Michel
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    After the masquerade of extending the Lebanese parliament mandate by more than 2 years, I couldn’t find the right words to describe the political disaster committed by Lebanese MPs. This is the second time, the Lebanese Parliament extended its own term. The first time was in 2013. I’ve read for the past couple of days that the right to vote was stolen from the people. What people? I didn’t see any serious opposition for both extensions? Few hundred demonstrated yesterday and that was it. Some might argue that people were represented by the boycott of the extension session…
  • A Letter to Christians by Mr. Antoine Najem

    Michel
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 1992, Mr. Antoine Najem, the conscience of the Lebanese resistance and the Lebanese Cause, wrote a letter to Lebanese Christians. He made it clear that to face current events, “we must look at the roots of the problem and concentrate on them, in order not to forget the first, and it must be the starting point. If we don’t we will not be able to have the right diagnosis or a clear vision for our future”. In the introduction of his letter, Mr. Najem added that: “The basis for this vision is to stay. To stay free Christians in our country Lebanon and not somewhere…
 
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  • No Foreign Donations, No Private Emails In Clinton's D.C. Speech

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:46 pm
    At an EMILY’s List gala, Hillary Clinton sticks to campaign themes: women, the family, wages. Meanwhile, questions continue about her State Department tenure. Kris Connor / Getty Images WASHINGTON — About a dozen introductory speakers at a Democratic gala here on Tuesday heaped praised on the honoree of the evening: Hillary Clinton. But in the back of the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, as yet another speaker took the lectern, reporters hovered instead around Clinton's spokesperson. They hoped to pick up something, anything, about the pair of ongoing controversies that lent…
  • Not If, But When: Clinton Is Running For President, Aide Says

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Not that you had doubts. I grabbed John Podesta, who is expected to be Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, after a panel Tuesday at the Center for American Progress. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images View Entire List ›
  • Alabama Supreme Court Orders Temporary Stop To New Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    “Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” the Alabama Supreme Court states, reaching its own conclusion about the constitutionality of the state’s marriage ban. Angela Channell, right, and Dawn Hicks, left, display their marriage license on Feb. 13, 2015. Robert Sutton / AP WASHINGTON — The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges throughout the state to stop issuing marriage licenses temporarily to same-sex couples. A growing number of probate judges had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples ever since the…
  • What Are Democrats Going To Do About Presidential Debates?

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    With Hillary Clinton dominating the field, and a full Republican slate of debates scheduled, Democrats haven’t announced one yet. “We’re talking to everyone to try and get the buy-in on the front end, so that when the time comes we can pull the trigger and it’ll work.” Stan Honda / Getty Images WASHINGTON — Just before Thanksgiving last year, without much fanfare, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia launched an exploratory committee for the presidency of the United States. Against a deep blue backdrop, Webb laid out a case for his brand of leadership and…
  • Rand Paul: Clinton Foundation Taking Foreign Money, Benghazi Worse Than Hillary's Private Email Usage

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    “The main thing that bothers me, and I think should preclude her from being considered for the presidency, is that she didn’t defend our mission in Benghazi.” View Video › buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com Sen. Rand Paul, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, says he's more bothered by the Clinton Foundation accepting donations from foreign governments than Hillary Clinton using a private email address in her capacity as secretary of state. The Kentucky Republican also said he was bothered more by Clinton's oversight as head of the State Department during…
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  • An Educational Culture: The Right Angle on Education

    Gary L. Welton
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    The basic problem with America’s educational system is not that college is too expensive. Nor is the basic problem that public school teachers are underpaid or that educators are poorly trained. The basic problem with America’s educational system today is that far too many children are given the implicit message at home that education is not a priority. “Perhaps the nerds and the geeks need these educational skills, but in our home, they just are not that important.” Our schools face a huge challenge today, because the educational message that teachers are trying to inculcate into…
  • American Crusades and Existential Threats

    Earl H. Tilford
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    “The logical end of a war of creeds is the final destruction of one.” –T.E. Lawrence Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, President Barack Obama cautioned against judging recent barbaric attacks by ISIS as unique to Islam. He pointed to (among other things) depredations committed by Crusaders over 900 years ago. Despite the blundering butchery by semi-barbarous European feudal armies, the medieval Crusades made strategic sense. After the fall of the Roman Empire and Western Europe’s descent into the Dark Ages, the Christian Byzantine Empire formed a protective…
  • The FCC versus Internet Freedom

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    Earlier this month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that its five commissioners will conduct a vote on February 26 to decide whether to grant itself the authority to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. It’s highly likely the FCC will give itself this new power. Lawsuits are certain to follow. The Wall Street Journal’s L. Gordon Crovitz denounced FCC Chairman Wheeler’s decision to apply outdated regulations designed to manage the erstwhile Ma Bell telephone monopoly to today’s rapidly evolving Internet. He warned…
  • Here’s the Guy Rudy Is Talking About: Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party no. 47544

    Paul G. Kengor
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. Rudy Giuliani is being roundly criticized for several recent statements he has made about President Barack Obama, including the claim that Obama in his youth was influenced by a literal communist. I cannot address all of Giuliani’s remarks, but I can certainly speak to the influence of the communist he referred to. In short, Rudy was correct and he even had Obama’s exact age (nine) right when he was first introduced to this person. “From the time he was 9 years old, he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was…
  • Remembering the “Miracle on Ice”

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    February 22 will mark the 35th anniversary of the upset victory by the U.S. hockey team over their heavily favored Soviet rivals in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Ever since known as the “Miracle on Ice,” Sports Illustrated named this game “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.” I heartily concur. As a lifelong sports fan whose privilege it has been to hear or see a number of the top sports thrills of the last four decades of the 20th century—Bill Mazeroski’s dramatic walk-off homer against the mighty Yankees in the 1960 World Series; Bob Beamon’s jaw-dropping long jump in…
 
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    Politic365

  • The 15 Black Caucus Members Who Attended the #NetanyahuSpeech

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Members of the Black Caucus who attended the joint session with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Reps. David Scott (D-GA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Mia Love (R-UT), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Alma Adams (D-NC). Also: Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was there.
  • Barack Obama is Both America’s Lawyer and his Conscience

    Guest Contributor
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    By Peterson Prime Ever since it became apparent that he was going to occupy the oval office, Barack Obama’s opponents or critics have leveled charges against him that his predecessors never faced.  Six years into his presidency, such vicious accusations have yet to be abated.  The latest salvo against the president came from Rudy Giuliani, who was once dubbed America’s mayor after the 9/11 attacks.  According to Politico, during a private gathering of conservative elites, the former mayor lambasted the president because he “does not love America” like his predecessors.  To answer…
  • Pew Study Shows that Dem Losses Connected to States Losses, Redistricting

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Call Howard Dean.  In February, a Democratic National Committee “victory task force” released its preliminary report on what the party needs to do to stop losing elections.  Over the last six years Democrats have been losing congressional seats and seats in statehouse races. Despite the historic losses they continue to employ the same strategies, consultants and other various personnel who appear to not have answers for their failure.  Current DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz put together a task force to study why Dems keep losing. One of biggest recommendations from the DNC…
  • Protecting and Advancing Florida’s Position as a Technology Leader

    Guest Contributor
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    By David Grain, Founder and Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC In the aftermath of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historic vote on net neutrality, policymakers in Washington will continue to debate how to protect the openness and vitality of the transformative medium called the Internet. A broad consensus has emerged over the need for new rules of the road for broadband Internet providers, but disagreement remains over the best means to implement sustainable rules to enable consumers to access the content of their choosing without undue interference from their service…
  • Nothing But Net: 4 Million People and Net Neutrality

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Four million comments and tons of of deliberation later, the FCC passed new rules regulating the internet as a public utility in a 3-2 vote on Feb. 26.  The fight for net neutrality, or an “open Internet” and against ISPs charging content providers for speed or “fast lanes” has been a long journey sure to continue in the courts. Below is an episode of Young Turks of an interesting discussion on what can sometimes be a confusing topic of net neutrality.
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Obama is incapable of addressing radical Islam

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

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

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    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
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  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

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    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
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  • Screw the other victims…I’m a star!

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The double-standards in Hollywood never cease to amaze. In the age of the left-wing “War against women,” Hollywood is in lockstep with the White House, but only as it applies to you; not them.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • CPAC 2015 Recap

    Mike Dakkak
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The annual three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, was held in Maryland this past weekend. The Conference drew a wide array of policy makers and thought leaders from the conservative movement, as well as the usual crop of 2016 presidential hopefuls. In this episode we discuss some of the major takeaways from the CPAC. We review Rand Paul’s straw poll victory, the continued rise of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and explain why the biggest headline might be the performance by Jeb Bush. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
  • Boehner on the Clock

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Republican leadership failed to advance to a 3-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security in the House on Friday. It was a stunning defeat for Speaker John Boehner. Instead Congress passed a 1-week funding bill with a new deadline set for Friday. Democrats contend that a deal has been reached for the House to pass a clean spending bill for the rest of the year in exchange for Democratic votes and support. How likely is this to happen? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • DHS Funding Goes Down to the Wire

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Today is the deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security. The question of what Republicans will do about a funding vote remains. The Senate passed a clean funding bill that would fund DHS through the rest of the year. But a vote to fund DHS for an additional 3 weeks just failed in the House of Representatives. In this episode we discuss why the current strategy may be a net negative for Republicans and we also discuss some possible outcomes to the impasse. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • DHS Funding & 200th Episode Commemoration

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security will shut down unless Congress reaches a funding solution within the next 24 hours. At issue is Congressional Republicans’ desire to roll back President Obama’s executive actions granting 5 million undocumented immigrants work permits. On the surface the fight seems to be between Democrats and Republicans but the real fight is taking place between Senate Republicans and House Republicans. We detail the standoff, the latest developments and try and decipher who will blink first. This episode marks episode #200 of In the News. We’re quite…
  • The President Pulls out the Pen

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Keystone Pipeline has been debated for the better part of 5 years. Both sides of the debate have invested millions of dollars and hundreds of hours in pushing their position on whether the 1200-mile pipeline should be built. Many believe that the resources invested are wildly disproportionate to the impact the project would have on the economy and the environment. The newly elected Republican Congress, in keeping with campaign promises, sent a bill on the pipeline to the president’s desk, which the president promptly vetoed. In this episode we discuss the bill, the project and why…
 
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  • 巨乳の後輩の実家でSEXする弟は鬼畜です

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    US Daily Review

  • University of Minnesota and Minnesota Public Schools Team Up on Education Technology

    usdr
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    By USDR In a unique partnership between two of the state’s largest education systems, theUniversity of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) today announced they are collaborating on an assessment aimed at building a comprehensive technology strategy for one of the state’s largest K-12 school districts. Through this partnership, leaders from the University will provide insights and industry best practices for MPS leaders as they work to align and optimize the academic, administrative and information technology systems serving the district’s more than 35,000…
  • The Latest Additions to the Astronaut Hall of Fame

    usdr
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    By USDR On Saturday, May 30, 2015, four space shuttle astronauts will be inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame during a public ceremony held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction: John Grunsfeld, Ph. D., Steven Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and  M. Rhea Seddon,M.D. These astronaut heroes will join the ranks of well-known space explorers including Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. This year marks the historic 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, which was conceived in the 1980s by the six remaining Mercury astronauts as a…
  • Even if Obama Never Said ‘I Will Stand with Muslims,’ It’s Exactly What He Meant

    usdr
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    By Wayne Allyn Root, Special for USDR Do words matter? I think they do. I think we all need to take a man at his  word. President Barack Obama’s words from his own life story are under debate, yet should be of interest to all of us. Many conservatives believe that Obama wrote “I will stand with the Muslims,” in his autobiography. While those were not his exact words, his actions indicate it is exactly what he meant. Many defenders of Obama say that is too simplistic of an interpretation and the words have been taken out of context. The reference came in a paragraph where Obama…
  • Did Petraeus Actually “Betray Us”?

    usdr
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    By USDR. For quite some time the radical left use to cry “Petraeus betrayed us,” and now, in light of his admission of being guilty of sharing Pentagon’s secrets.  The conviction is a misdemeanor, but it casts a huge shadow over a man often described in heroicterms. This from The Daily Beast: David Petraeus, a retired four-star general and former director of the CIA, pleaded guilty Tuesday to giving highly classified information to his ex-mistress. The information came in the form of eight black books that contained everything from identities of covert officers to…
  • Through DHS Funding, GOP Congress Gives Amnesty a Pass

    usdr
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    By USDR By a vote of 257-167, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of September. With only 75 Republicans voting for it, this bill was heavily dependent on the Democrats to pass. U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) was one of the many who voted “no”.  “I intend to keep fighting for the principles in the House bill that stopped the President’s unconstitutional executive amnesty cold while fully funding the Department of Homeland Security. The question of funding border and homeland security was never in…
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    American Patriot

  • March Fund Drive

    The American Patriot
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Buddy, can ya spare a dime? I take no money from special interests. Heck, the neocons don’t even pay me; not even the Koch Brothers! Heck, even Pat Buchanan doesn’t even know I exist. Anyhow, if you care and can afford to help out a 10 year unemployed free-lance conservative writer, please do. I don’t have t-shirts or other gimmicks, just an old blog and lots of opinion. Many thanks! -Patrick If you don’t want to use the interweb tubes to send a donation to this address: CHARLES P ADKINS 1821 LE BLANC LINCOLN PARK, MI 48146 USA Make checks out to the name above.
  • Commie Nork Leader tells army, “Prepare for War”

    The American Patriot
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Normally, I would not think that this would be anything to worry about, as the Norks have been doing this sort of saber rattling for years. But, seeing the way that the situation is now with a weak White House and ISIS on the move; if I were in a position of authority in the Military or at the Pentagon, I would be watching this one like a hawk. The Story: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills. Kim’s comments came…
  • More fence jumpers at the White House

    The American Patriot
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    Honestly, who is running that clown show up there? The story: (Reuters) – Uniformed Secret Service police have arrested two people who breached security at the White House and triggered brief lockdowns at the presidential residence, the Secret Service said on Monday. One person was arrested about 11:30 p.m. EST on Sunday (0430 GMT Monday) after climbing over a bicycle rack set up outside the White House’s main fence and charged with unlawful entry, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. At about 6:45 a.m. EST (1145 GMT) on Monday another person was stopped after trying to…
  • A new look (Again!)

    The American Patriot
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    You all might have notice that the site looks a little different. Well, there is a reason for that. Yesterday, I made a blog posting, that garnered some comments.  Well, I started noticing that comments starting looking a little strange, as they went down the page. Needless to say, this was not a good thing. So, I decided to give this twenty fifteen a whirl and see how well it works. I think the text on it is a bunch better than the former theme that I was using. Not to mention the fact that the customizing features are great too. I had to lighten the background and header photos; so that…
  • Did Obama threaten to shoot down Israeli jets if they attacked Iran?

    The American Patriot
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Update: Roger Simon over at PJ Media says don’t bet the farm on this story; because you might lose your cow. (Thanks to Felix in the comments section.) This doesn’t sound right…. Via israelnationalnews.com: The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Sprint’s “Cut Your Bill in Half Event!” grabs attention of Verizon and AT&T subscribers

    Lauren Bahn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Image from: Mobile Image / Shutterstock As the Big 4 Wireless Carriers continuously compete for majority subscriber share, carriers need to shock consumers with imaginative promotions to truly be successful in today’s wireless market. After a relatively challenging 2014, Sprint seemed determined to kick off 2015 with a bang, launching their “Cut Your Bill in Half Event!” on December 5th. This offer has Verizon and AT&T customers provide their bill to Sprint (by uploading it to their website or visiting a store location), and Sprint will offer an unlimited talk and text plan that…
  • Sunday Series: Netflix and IMDb Favorites for Movie Lovers

    Drew Katz
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
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  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Bogged down with work and missed the latest digital headlines and articles? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with our top picks for the week! How to Measure Your Marketing Efforts Online Metrics and analytics are a key to marketing strategy and neglect this fact it could hold your business back. Adding data to your arsenal can show you trends and patterns that help to maximize your marketing efforts. Getting the right numbers can sometimes be difficult, so here are some ways to find the best sources. Why Small Businesses Should Tap the IoT Even if the Internet of Things (IoT) is the…
  • Sunday Series: Beanpot Hockey Tournament Finals

    Drew Katz
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
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    Drew Katz
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    We’ve got some great digital news for you to enjoy this weekend! Below are 3 articles bound to intrigue you or advance your marketing strategy. How Pfizer Is Using Big Data To Power Patient Care Companies constantly throw around the word “data,” but it is useless if you don’t actually implement and use it. Pfizer is an example of a company that is putting their data to work. See how the company is advancing the medical field and patient care through the use of data in this story presented by Forbes. 5 Stats That Prove Businesses Must Personalize To Win Customers Putting a personal…
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    Tea Party 911

  • The Midnight Ride (1775)

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

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

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

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

  • The Next Battle in Yemen

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is preparing Yemen's battle from the South.The resigned president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi secretly left his house in Sana'a and fled to Aden. The GCC-backed president rescinded his resignation and attempted to reclaim his position again.Earlier on September 21, Iran-backed Houthis captured the capital Sana'a and controlled the main governmental institutions.Ministerial communiqué from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) asked the Security Council to authorize the use of military intervention in Yemen under Chapter 7 of the UN charter.The UN Security Council…
  • HSBC Involved in Serious Criminal Activity

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    The banking giant HSBC is today accused by a former Director of Public Prosecutions of engaging in “a systematic and profitable collusion in serious criminal activity”.In a damming intervention Lord Ken Macdonald, who led the Crown Prosecution Service until 2008, said there existed “credible evidence” of HSBC’s involvement in “grave” cross border crimes that should have been the subject of urgent and “sustained criminal investigation” in the UK.Lord Macdonald added that a decision by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs not to investigate HSBC for its role in facilitating…
  • Arabic Words in English

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    Algorithm and sofa, coffee and apricot, algebra and zero, and so many more are the gift of Arabic to English.The East and West have been meeting for centuries, leaving their mark on both Arabic and the languages of Europe. Here are 40 English words that came from the Arab Middle East.Arabic words generally didn't enter English directly. They usually arrived through other European languages, chiefly Spanish and Italian, and were of two main types: scientific terms - reflecting the preeminence of the Arab world in science during the Middle Ages, and the names of goods, reflecting both the…
  • Professor Juan Cole - Exposed

    19 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Professor Juan ColeJuan Cole is Professor of History at University of Michigan. I think he is one of well-knowledgeable Western professors on the Arab and middle eastern affairs. Nevertheless, knowledge does not determine the scientist's moral stances. For example, persons who develop biological and nuclear weapons are essentially scientists but there is a debate on their moral stances, because weapons of massive destruction are blind and do not select the targeted enemy in certain population.I should emphasize that I have nothing to do with Professor Cole's personal affairs, but I want to…
  • US Spy Operation Manipulates Social Media

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up…
 
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Impulse TV

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

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

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

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

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Can you hear that sound? It's the sound of grandmothers across the country weeping for their fallen angel Brian Williams. Yes, that devilishly handsome broadcaster is in some hot water over recent comments.
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    BizPac Review

  • Trey Gowdy: Heck yes, we’ll go after Hillary’s personal emails in Benghazi probe

    Tom Tillison
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    In the wake of a New York Times report that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to conduct government business, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, wants Clinton’s emails preserved for further investigation by his panel. Gowdy said the committee was aware that Clinton used personal emails — a likely violation of federal rules — but was not aware of the extent of the practice, USA Today reported. He said he’s concerned about whether all emails related to 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya,…
  • Bibi rocked her world: Far-left Dem boycotts speech, writes rave review

    Joe Saunders
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    Nothing more pathetic than a Democrat pretending she has principles. If there’s any proof needed that the Democrat hysteria that surrounded Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday was pure hypocrisy — a lock-step obedience to President Obama’s progress despotism, the Florida Democrat Corinne Brown is Exhibit A. Florida Democrat Corrine Brown’s hypocrisy was on full display Tuesday. (Photo: CorrineBrownforCongress.com) Brown is a member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive – a double dose of leftism – and the only rep from the…
  • The 75 Republicans who voted to fund Obama’s amnesty: Remember these names

    Carmine Sabia
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, caved in to Democrat demands and passed a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. The bill includes funding for Obama’s executive amnesty actions, a sticking point for conservatives. Boehner and the Republicans who passed the bill picked the same day as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before Congress — perhaps using it as cover to push the bill through with less major media attention. The 74 Republicans who joined Boehner to vote with the Dems were: 1. Benishek 2. Bishop (Mich.)…
  • Memo to Dems who dissed Bibi

    Alan Bergstein
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Memo to Congressman Ted Deutch and Congresswoman Lois Frankel – and all the Dems who dissed Bibi: Prior to today’s speech to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, you indicated some displeasure with his appearance. You felt it was a breach of protocol and that it was set up to aid Netanyahu’s re-election. Now that you were in attendance at the talk: Were any comments made to disparage President Obama? Did Bibi mention the upcoming Israeli elections? Do you doubt Netanyahu’s concern for his nation and people? Were any of his comments regarding…
  • Florida Five: Lawmaker accused of punching college student, Greyhound bill first to pass

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Rep. Frank Artiles College student says Miami lawmaker punched him – A college student spending Spring Break in Tallahassee didn’t expect to get punched in the face by a Miami lawmaker. But that’s what happened sometime between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, hours before the start of the annual legislative session, according to the student. Peter Alberti, a Connecticut native who studies in Charleston, said state Rep. Frank Artiles decked him at Clyde’s and Costello’s, a downtown…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Karl Marx “Address to President Lincoln”

    Kleier
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    Taken from the “Address to President Lincoln” drafted by Karl Marx from the International Workingmen’s Association. This piece of an essay is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” When an oligarchy of three hundred thousand slaveholders, for the first time in the annals of the world, dared to inscribe “Slavery” on the banner of armed revolt; when on the very spot where hardly a century ago the…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (3/2/15)

    Paul Phillips
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Can’t avoid the impending Iran deal and the circus now around it but more good news on gay marriage. Climate change was a contributing factor to the war inside Syria.  This has been suggested before but now a team of scientists put together a report explaining this fact for the world to understand.  They also mention refugees arriving from Iraq as a contributing factor (who caused that again?).  But it’s cool everybody because all we have to do is send senile Senator Inhofe over to Syria with a few snowballs and this whole mess will be cleared up quickly.  Peace is on the way!
  • Nemtsov’s Murder

    Kleier
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    According to the Times, Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition leader and former first deputy prime minister, was shot dead while crossing a Moscow bridge Friday night near the shadows of the Kremlin and the onion domes St. Basil’s Cathedral. This was the most high-profile “assassination” (the word used by France’s President Francois Hollande) since before the Putin years. A well-known leader of the anti-Putin opposition, he was supposed to lead a rally tomorrow against the Russian involvement in the Ukraine and was even wanting to publish research on Kremlin…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/25/15)

    Paul Phillips
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    A little bit of good news and a lot of bad… Nearly 80% of the voters in Chicago supported publicly financed campaigns.  When put to a public vote, this issue leaves little doubt where many stand on the idea that speech is money and where it belongs in our political campaigns.  Most of us want it out and want the corruption that comes along with it gone as well.  A Gallup poll showed half of the country was in favor of this in 2013, a number very likely to continue growing as the explosion in spending by outside groups who can hide their donors also continues.  Of course, Congress…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/21/15)

    Paul Phillips
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Prominent climate change-denying scientist has been outed as a fossil fuel-funded hack.  Wei-Hock Soon, who has testified to Congress and state governments and been a guest on conservative news programs, has been destroyed in an article today that contains the following tidbits: He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Can Obama Raise Your Taxes Without Congressional Approval?

    Kate Scanlon
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:33 pm
    The U.S. Constitution requires that tax bills originate in the House of Representatives. So could President Obama really impose a tax hike on Americans through executive action? White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama is “very interested” in raising taxes without congressional approval, according to a report by Townhall. Recently, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., sent a letter to the president, advocating that the administration “act on its own” to close tax “loopholes.” “Since the Republican-led Congress has refused to raise revenue by asking the most…
  • ‘Protect the Land Owner': Virginia Farmer Continues Fight Against Environmental Group

    Kevin Mooney
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Instead of filing the same version of the conservation easement that was signed by its president and a Virginia farmer, the Piedmont Environmental Council pulled a “bait and switch” that dramatically altered the document’s terms and conditions. That’s one of several revelations that have come to light in the past few days as Martha Boneta, the owner of Liberty Farm in Fauquier County, Va., prepares to initiate a new round of litigation against Piedmont Environmental Council, a non-profit land trust. Boneta refiled a lawsuit Wednesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court that says the…
  • Congress Holds Hearings on the Need for SSDI Reform

    Sophie Simunek
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee held a hearing last week on the impending crisis of the insolvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance program. The Senate Budget Committee held a similar hearing earlier in February. These hearings are happening as the Disability Insurance (DI) program is running toward insolvency before the end of 2016. Absent congressional action, beneficiaries of DI and their dependents will see a 19 percent indiscriminate cut in their benefits. The average monthly benefit received in December 2013 was $1,146. A 19 percent cut in benefits would…
  • How Liberals Are Trying to Intimidate Roberts Court in King v. Burwell Case

    Elizabeth Slattery
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in King v. Burwell, a challenge to Obamacare that could gut a core provision of the law. In the lead up to the oral argument, many Obamacare supporters are attempting to influence the justices, particularly Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the pivotal vote in the first challenge to Obamacare, National Federation of Independent Business v. Kathleen Sebelius. In brief, King v. Burwell deals with the Obamacare provision that authorizes premium tax credits for health insurance purchased by certain individuals through a state…
  • House Approves Homeland Security Funding, Lets Obama’s Immigration Actions Stand

    Josh Siegel
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    The congressional showdown over President Obama’s immigration actions and Department of Homeland Security funding has officially ended. This afternoon the House voted 257-167 to pass a “clean” yearlong Homeland Security funding bill that contains no conditions related to the president’s immigration actions—allowing them to stand. Almost 70 percent of Republicans voted no, but Democrats carried the measure to passage. Not a single Democrat voted against the measure. I hope we all learn the right lessons from this unnecessary showdown. Common ground should be something we seek, not…
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    FreakOutNation

  • 3-Year-Old Tennessee Boy Shoots 18-Month-Old Brother In The Head

    Anomaly
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    There is no reason why this should ever happen in America. Police say a 3-year-old Coffee County, Tennessee boy shot his 18-month-old brother in the head. The Associated Press reports: The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department said the toddler shot the infant with a .25-caliber automatic pistol in a home Tuesday afternoon in the community of […]
  • Video Clip Of Duggar Son-In-Law Deliberately Sledding Over A Cat

    Anomaly
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    An Instagram video posted by Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, shows her cheering on her husband while he deliberately rides his sled into a cat. Commenters on social sites are not very happy. The cat is actually hit by Dillard’s sled. In the video Dillard can be heard saying before sledding toward the car, “Move, […]
  • Police Find Weed In Container Marked ‘Not Weed’

    Anomaly
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    One super-smart Nebraska weed smoker had a container in his car labeled “Not weed” so when the cops pulled him over for a simple traffic violation, they took a look for themselves. On Saturday, Jordan Meier, 21, was pulled over at around 9:00 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. That’s when police discovered a plastic sour cream container […]
  • Iowa Class Teaches How To Openly Carry A Baby While Carrying A Gun

    Anomaly
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    An Iowa woman is leading a baby-wearing, gun carrying workshop, because there’s nothing cuter than Second Amendment babies and we all know that guns and toddlers are a great combination. “If you’re a mother, and if you’re an armed mother, they have to. You have no choice,” said Melody Lauer/mother-gun instructor, as if she really […]
  • Justice Department Finds Police Bias and Excessive Force in Ferguson

    Anomaly
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • RBI cuts repo rates, Banks to lower interest rates

    Akash Maithal
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    The Reserve Bank of India has lowered its policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.50 percent. Banks hinted they could cut lending rates as early as next month, after a second interest rate cut in two months heaped pressure on lenders that have largely kept rates unchanged, citing weak credit demand and a lack of liquidity. After the RBI cut rates in January, only three banks of 45 Indian commercial banks cut lending rates. Indian banks’ credit growth was 10.4 percent year-on-year in early February, near decade lows, as high costs, among other factors, deterred businesses and consumers…
  • Yogendra Yadav removed from AAP’s PAC, says report

    Niticentral Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    Amid growing internal conflict, the national executive meeting of AAP that is scheduled for today, is likely to decide the future of the two senior leaders of the party Prashanth Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Here are the latest updates: Arvind Kejriwal quits as AAP national convenor Kumar Vishwas of AAP said that, “All issues will be resolved today” AAP sources said that, “Yogendra Yadav & Prashant Bhushan will be asked to put forth their clarification before National Executive in the meeting today.” Yogendra Yadav & Prashant Bhushan will be asked to put forth their…
  • Government: 352 Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistan jails

    Niti PTI Bot
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    New Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) The number of Indian prisoners, including fishermen, in Pakistani jails as on date is 352, the government today said. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Lok Sabha that as per Agreement on Consular Access between India and Pakistan, 2008, both the countries have exchanged on January 1, this year lists related to prisoners. In a written reply, she said that as per the list given by Pakistan on January 1, 2015, there were 50 civil prisoners and 476 fishermen believed to be Indian in Pakistani custody. As per the list handed over to Pakistan, there are…
  • Sitaram Yechury’s Rajya Sabha stunt and more on Offstumped Report

    Offstumped
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Radically Reform the Rajya Sabha – Stop this dysfunction Source : niticentral.com Jaggi throwing in the towel already? “The government’s defeat in the Rajya Sabha over the motion of thanks to the President’s Speech shows that Modi and Shah are losing control of the political and eneonmic agenda. Time they reassessed strategies – Firstpost” Source : firstpost.com Congress gets its Bhushan but who would be its Yadav? “Congress insiders agog as email attacking Rahul Gandhi does the rounds. Anonymous message criticises scion’s team and its actions, just as his…
  • Modi govt’s policies helped in reducing repo rate: BJP

    Niti PTI Bot
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    New Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) Giving credit to the policies of Narendra Modi government in helping reduce repo rates, BJP today said this will help in speedy inflow of foreign investment and help strengthen the economy further besides helping the middle class with reduced loan rates. The party also gave credit to the Modi-led government for putting the country on the strong path of development and good governance through various initiatives taken by it. Party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Indian economy is continuously improving under the NDA regime, with inflation coming down to…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Internet of Things (IoT) Security: New FTC Data Security Regulations

    IL
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. What do baby video monitors, Nest® thermostats, Jawbones®, FitBits® and, perhaps shortly, […]The post Internet of Things (IoT) Security: New FTC Data Security Regulations appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Top 3 CIO Challenges in 2015: Security, Downtime and Talent

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    What are the top CIO challenges in 2015? According to a survey reported yesterday on CIO.com, security, downtime, and staffing top the list of workplace issues “keeping CIOs up at night.” No surprises there. After a flurry of recent high-profile cyber-attacks and internal security breaches, the majority of CIO executives will ramp up the security […]The post Top 3 CIO Challenges in 2015: Security, Downtime and Talent appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Healthcare Cloud: A Journey

    IL
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Six years ago during a quarterly senior management meeting at Logicworks I suggested that healthcare, and particularly the hosting of cloud-based healthcare applications, should be a major strategic focus for our 2010-2011 business plan.  Logicworks was already a leader in Software-as-a-Service delivery and one of the recognized Managed Hosting providers in the industry.  Our clients […]The post The Healthcare Cloud: A Journey appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Healthcare Data Security: Is Cloud Encryption Alone Enough?

    IL
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Healthcare’s New “Anthem” is Encryption, But Not Everyone Sings From the Same Hymnal 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 […]The post Healthcare Data Security: Is Cloud Encryption Alone Enough? appeared first on 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.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Woman Carves Majora's Mask With Chainsaw, Grinders

    Casey Hendrickson
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Woman Carves Majora’s Mask With Chainsaw, Grinders March 3, 2015 in awesome, carving things, heck yeah, i want that so bad, i was always worried ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jessa Duggar Labeled 'Victim Of Christian Homeschooling'

    Casey Hendrickson
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    A blog posted by Michael Stone on Patheos.com railed against reality TV star Jessa Duggar of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, calling her a “victim of ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I See What You Did There: Clever Kid Uses IKEA Table For Hands-Free Smartphone Viewing

    Casey Hendrickson
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:47 am
    I See What You Did There: Clever Kid Uses IKEA Table For Hands-Free Smartphone Viewing March 3, 2015 in IKEA, clever, glass is cool because ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SOLOMON: Getting Off The High Horse Of Slavery

    Casey Hendrickson
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:14 am
    President Obama made waves at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, lecturing the country that we need to get off our “high horse” in response to ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Using Magnets To Make Dancing Paper Origami

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Using Magnets To Make Dancing Paper Origami This is a video of a bunch of origami cranes (chickens?) with magnets in their feet that dance ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • I’m Sorry I Don’t Understand Your Little Brian Williams Dance Party

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

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

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

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

    Dutch
    14 May 2014 | 9:12 am
    In the age of Obama, conservatives have fashioned themselves into the China of mass produced, cheap outrage. It’s not difficult to understand why conservatives dislike the policies of our second black president. What is difficult to understand is why they exhaust themselves on the most basic matters that were previously par for the course in […] Related posts: Historical Perspective On Health Care Reform Before The West Coast Swing Conservatives Gleefully Proclaim Ft. Hood Terrorism As The Nation Mourns Conservatives Inadvertently Argue For Separation Of Church And State
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio-CPAC Convention "Highlights" and More

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

    Liberal Fix
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Truthout editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar and author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. 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…
  • ENCORE: Liberal Fix Radio w/Lorraine Chavez and Economist David Ruccio

    Liberal Fix
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Friday Night's episode will feature Lorraine Chavez and David Ruccio disucssing income inequality. Lorraine was the 2013 spokesperson in Chicago for Fight for 15 and she is now continuing her activism for workers rights in the food and retail industry in the greater Chicago area. David is a Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. David also blogs at Occasional Links and Commentary on Economics, Culture and Society and at Real World Economics, Review Blog. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Allen Clifton of Forward Progressives

    Liberal Fix
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will include a pre-recorded interview with special guest Allen Clifton. Allen  is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. 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…
  • Liberal Fix w/ Victor Pickard, Author of Americas Battle For Media Democracy

    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. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
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    21st Century Wire

  • China Warns U.S. to Stop Its Ukrainian Proxy War Against Russia

    21wire
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Eric ZuesseGlobal Research A much-ignored huge news report from Reuters on Friday, February 27th, was headlined “Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia’s security concerns over Ukraine.”China’s Ambassador to Belgium (which has the capital of the EU) said that the “nature and root cause” of the Ukrainian conflict is “the West,” and that “The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration.”By “real security concerns,” he is clearly referring to NATO’s expansion right up to Russia’s border, and…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Use of Private Email Accounts Raises Issues of Transparency

    21wire
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:13 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Hillary is in hot water again, this time over the basic issue of cabinet code and disclosure. We are now hold that 2016 Democratic hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail account was created just days before she was confirmed as Obama’s  Secretary of State. The big questionWas it done to avoid accountability?The Switch The State Department says that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of her private e-mail account during her tenure as head of the agency did not include sending classified information. But what, if any, security measures Clinton…
  • Top 10 Points from Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress Proving He’s Mad

    Stuart Hooper
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    21st Century Wire says…If you are interested in avoiding another major war, then consider it your duty as a human interested in world peace to get this article out to as many people as you possibly can. The speech Netanyahu gave to the U.S. Congress today is nothing less than the case for war against Iran. Voters should not, under any circumstances, allow this to hold any weight at all with policy makers – as they did with Iraq in 2003. Here’s our rundown of the Top 10 points from his speech proving that Netanyahu has lost the plot…Number One“I deeply regret that…
  • Russia Today Should NOT Be Facing an Inquiry for ‘Anti-Western’ Comments

    Stuart Hooper
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Stuart J. Hooper21st Century WireIs it really this easy to launch an inquiry in 2015, the era of multi-mass-media, where you can find a biased view with the click of a mouse or swipe of a touch screen? What makes television so special?Broadcaster RT is facing an inquiry after one viewer, apparently so deeply offended by the allegedly ‘anti-Western’ views being broadcast, felt the need to complain to British TV and radio regulator Ofcom. The comments were made on Peter Lavelle‘s popular show CrossTalk, and supposedly breached impartiality standards. 21WIRE’s own…
  • Netanyahu Goes to Washington: An Act of Desperation By a Political Dinosaur

    21wire
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire Today Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu will address a Republican Congress in a brazen attempt to win votes back home by derailing the White House’s ongoing diplomatic negotiations with Iran. How else can you describe it?There is little point in waiting until after Netanyahu has addressed Congress today, because Bibi will be delivering the exact same, tired old recycled Iran speech that he’s been giving for the better part of the last decade. God forbid, if he’s still in office in 10 years, it’s a…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Report On Young Drinkers Befuddles

    guanyinmiao
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If a case is made about “a new generation of teenagers who are beginning to drink younger” in Singapore one would expect convincing evidence to be presented, yet the report in The Sunday Times was instead anchored by a loose collection of opinions and anecdotes, as well as presuppositions of this perceived phenomenon. Continue reading →
  • Valuing Degrees

    guanyinmiao
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    At first glance the valuation seems fair. Moreover a similar survey is also conducted by the five polytechnics for their diploma courses. Yet what it also does is to reinforce conceptions that the diploma or degree is but a paper qualification, a knock on the door for a future career. Continue reading →
  • Taking Chinese New Year For Granted

    guanyinmiao
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “每年新年, 转眼之间就过了” (“the fifteen days of Chinese New Year celebrations this year, gone in the blink of an eye”), the relatives often muse when they leave. Celebrations in the future might be no less entertaining as our generation of Singaporeans finds new ways to occupy ourselves, but these extensive familial connections will be less commonplace. Continue reading →
  • Lending Social Enterprises A Helping Hand

    guanyinmiao
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In other words when these businesses are concerned, perhaps the government should get out of the way (ST, Feb. 21). Already government agencies such as the MSF disburse funds, and mentorship schemes – especially for the newer social enterprises – have been in place. Continue reading →
  • Needless Fuss Over “The Hunger Games”

    guanyinmiao
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The underlying socio-political commentary notwithstanding, one could dispute the literary value of “The Hunger Games” vis-à-vis the classics. There are perhaps even more deserving contemporary books which feature equally meaningful themes. Yet dismissing the series because of the “gory descriptions of children killing children mercilessly to save themselves” underestimates the ability of young readers to reason, as well as the ability of teachers to suss out and communicate relevant themes. Every academic and educator came to same, reasonable conclusion that “it boils down to how…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • CPAC 2015 Recap

    Mike Dakkak
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The annual three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, was held in Maryland this past weekend. The Conference drew a wide array of policy makers and thought leaders from the conservative movement, as well as the usual crop of 2016 presidential hopefuls. In this episode we discuss some of the major takeaways from the CPAC. We review Rand Paul’s straw poll victory, the continued rise of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and explain why the biggest headline might be the performance by Jeb Bush. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
  • Boehner on the Clock

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Republican leadership failed to advance to a 3-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security in the House on Friday. It was a stunning defeat for Speaker John Boehner. Instead Congress passed a 1-week funding bill with a new deadline set for Friday. Democrats contend that a deal has been reached for the House to pass a clean spending bill for the rest of the year in exchange for Democratic votes and support. How likely is this to happen? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • DHS Funding Goes Down to the Wire

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Today is the deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security. The question of what Republicans will do about a funding vote remains. The Senate passed a clean funding bill that would fund DHS through the rest of the year. But a vote to fund DHS for an additional 3 weeks just failed in the House of Representatives. In this episode we discuss why the current strategy may be a net negative for Republicans and we also discuss some possible outcomes to the impasse. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • DHS Funding & 200th Episode Commemoration

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security will shut down unless Congress reaches a funding solution within the next 24 hours. At issue is Congressional Republicans’ desire to roll back President Obama’s executive actions granting 5 million undocumented immigrants work permits. On the surface the fight seems to be between Democrats and Republicans but the real fight is taking place between Senate Republicans and House Republicans. We detail the standoff, the latest developments and try and decipher who will blink first. This episode marks episode #200 of In the News. We’re quite…
  • The President Pulls out the Pen

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Keystone Pipeline has been debated for the better part of 5 years. Both sides of the debate have invested millions of dollars and hundreds of hours in pushing their position on whether the 1200-mile pipeline should be built. Many believe that the resources invested are wildly disproportionate to the impact the project would have on the economy and the environment. The newly elected Republican Congress, in keeping with campaign promises, sent a bill on the pipeline to the president’s desk, which the president promptly vetoed. In this episode we discuss the bill, the project and why…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Conan In Cuba & Much More, Radio Awards

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    It hasn't happened since 1959 when Jack Paar took to the island nation. The 'I need to improve my ratings' AWARD goes to... For confusing everyone... the doublespeak AWARD goes to... Nothing like a good old fashion game of chicken. The AWARD for who blinks first goes to... If only renaming your town could improve the quality of life! The creative thinking AWARD goes to... If you say something enough times, doesn't that make it true? The convincing yourself AWARD goes to... Think about all the possibilities if we could transplant heads! The saving mankind AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
  • Banks Lose Billions To Hackers, Radio Awards

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    CyberFraud Affects 5 Percent of the Planet’s GDP. It is fast becoming the crime of choice. The AWARD to apprehend the bad guys goes to... Cry all you want, the answer is still a resounding NO! Terrorists should not be entitled to our FAIR judicial system. The 'Eye for an Eye' AWARD goes to... Hugging and Kissing and Cuddling and Groping... it sounds like the words of a country song! The Touchy Feely AWARD goes to... Obamacare may be the law of the land, but its' future success is still pending. The AWARD of Determination goes to... In celebration of capitalism and brand building…
  • Arrested For Wearing Yoga Pants ?!? Radio Awards

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    One legislator has a 'plan to guide America out of the darkness', at least that's what the headline said. The 'Too Much Government' AWARD goes to ...  One persons success is another persons failure! The 'Flashback AWARD' and it isn't pretty, goes to... For giving us the real scoop on Anchor Newsman Brian Williams... the AWARD of clarity goes to...  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of having a family?!? Seems he wants to change those famous words from the U.S. Declaration of Independence... the AWARD of confusion goes to...  There is one certain method of keeping the populace…
  • When Is Rape Not Rape?

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The men in this survey were having trouble understanding that forced sex is in fact rape - bad as that is, that wasn't even the worst of it! The eye opener for me... a third of the college males admitted they’d commit the crime if there were no consequences to their acts and no one knew what they did. Wow! Big Wow! Here is the analysis...
  • 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…
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    Citizens News

  • If You Live In The Washington, D.C. Area

    Liberty Bell
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Written by The Jawa Report There will be a Support the Kurds rally in front of the White House on May 23rd. More details as I get them.The post If You Live In The Washington, D.C. Area appeared first on Citizens News.
  • BIBI NETANYAHU OWNS THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

    Liberty Bell
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE (“JE SUIS CHARLIE!”) Netanyahu:  “Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this (inaudible) chamber is the image of Moses. Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the Promised Land. And before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel, […]The post BIBI NETANYAHU OWNS THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Russia’s Next Bomber

    Liberty Bell
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD She’s a hypersonic super fine bombing machine – radar avoiding with a ganksta lean.   Commonwealth Russia be like all working on her next generation bomber – the PAK DA   The PAK-DA, which literally means “prospective aviation complex for long-range aviation,” is Russia’s next generation long-range bomber project and […]The post Russia’s Next Bomber appeared first on Citizens News.
  • What Netanyahu Should Say to Congress Today But Won’t; What’s Really Behind the Speech

    Liberty Bell
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Written by Debbie Schlussel By Debbie Schlussel Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should say a lot of things in his speech to Congress, but he won’t say any of them–about growing problems in Israel, like illegal immigration and Muslim birthrates, which are arguably just as dangerous to Israel as the Iranian threat, and which are […]The post What Netanyahu Should Say to Congress Today But Won’t; What’s Really Behind the Speech appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Colombia arrests captain of arms-trafficking ship bound for Cuba

    Liberty Bell
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Written by World news | The Guardian Authorities find 100 tonnes of gunpowder and 3,000 artillery shells amid cargo Documentation for Hong Kong-flagged ship made no mention of ammunition The captain of a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship has been arrested in the Colombian port city of Cartagena, charged with arms trafficking for transporting undocumented large-caliber […]The post Colombia arrests captain of arms-trafficking ship bound for Cuba appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • Sask Premier Brad Wall May Use 'Notwithstanding Clause' To Sidestep Supreme Court Decision On Right To Strike ...

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

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

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

  • Grab Your Gringo Visa for Venezuela

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:29 am
    If despite our best warnings you still want to undertake some dark tourism in Caracas be ready, because now Maniac Maduro has decided you’ll need a visa for that.
  • March’s Book: The Law

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Even though Frederic Bastiat published The Law (the original French title being, La Loi) in 1850, a mere few months before he succumb to tuberculosis, the book still reads as if it were written today.
  • Just Sayin’: Banning Any Book is Fascist

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Here at PD, we’re not believers in bans. As an organization we are all about more speech, more information, more opinion---not less. So while some are now up in arms about the news that in late 2015 Germany is lifting the print ban on Mein Kampf (a book that during the 1930’s was once a staple wedding gift), we think that the ban should have never been done in the first place.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Butt Buddies---PLO and Hitler

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    If you’ll forgive the borrowed phrase from US Vice President Joe Biden, even before it became all of the rage for fashion designers from American Eagle all the way to Zara to feature holocaust capsule collections, Farouq Qaddoumi, a senior official in the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was all too eager to wax eloquent with Russian Today anchors on Hitler’s good works.
  • February’s Recap: Back of the Bus Bureaucracy

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Despite February covering only 28 measly days, a lot happened this month. There’s nothing quite like you and your Planned Parenthood pals wearing your new Nike kicks to your city’s Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesday meeting in order to help celebrate Black History Month.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • iCapitalism and the Cybertariat

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    Contradictions of the Digital EconomyBy Ursula Huws, Monthly Review, January, 2015We have now entered a period when new waves of commodification set in motion in earlier periods are reaching maturity. The new commodities have been generated by drawing into the market even more aspects of life that were previously outside the money economy, or at least that part of it that generates a profit for capitalists.
  • How Globalisation and Technology Drive Insecurity

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Paul Sweeney, Social Europe, February 26, 2015People are insecure. Young people worry about getting a decent job, finding a secure home and having to pay off the vast debts run up in the decade of uber-liberal economic policies of European governments to 2007. Elderly people worry about their security in old age, access to decent health care, about their children getting jobs or being forced to emigrate.A recent Eurofound study concluded that 14% of jobs in Europe are high-paid good jobs; 37% are well-balanced good jobs; 29% are poorly balanced jobs; and 20% are poor quality jobs. Thus…
  • UNESCO Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:44 am
    UNESCO, Paris, 3 March 2014This document is submitted pursuant to 37 C/Resolution 1 (II), in which the General Conference requested the Director-General to finalize and present the Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) at the 194th session of the UNESCO Executive Board.Click here to read the document
  • ISIS Fighters Destroy Ancient Artefacts at Mosul Museum

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Guardian, February 26, 2015Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.
  • The EU’s Deal on Greece Shows that Europe Remains Wedded to the Politics of Austerity

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:14 pm
    By André Broome, EUROPP, February 23, 2015On 20 February, Greece agreed to a four month extension of its current bailout programme, subject to the approval of reform measures proposed by the Greek government. André Broome writes that while the election of the Syriza-led coalition in Greece was initially hailed as a game-changing event that could bring an end to austerity in Europe, the negotiations between Greece and the ‘Troika’ demonstrate why a sharp turn away from austerity policies in Eurozone bailouts remains highly unlikely.
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Tips for Better Member Communication

    Margo Scott Dunn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Make the most of your member communication Here at The Campaign Workshop, we do a fair amount of member communication. Whether it be for labor unions or advocacy organizations, there are some basic do’s and don’ts we try to follow. Here are some tips:  DO figure out what your members care about. When we talk about member communication, we suggest seeing it as a conversation, not one direction. Take polls, do open ended surveys where members can give their answers in their own words. DO always include a way to engage with your organization—even on announcements and political direct…
  • Candidate Messaging – Consistency is Key

    Andrew Collier
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    candidate messaging can win your campaign. As spectators and participants in civil debate and politics, we’ve all seen it before. Our favorite candidate ends up going on either a rant, long tirade, or ultimately veers far off the path of his or hers intended candidate messaging. Recently, several prospective Republican presidential candidates haven’t stayed on their intended candidate messaging. Just a few weeks back – when referring to vaccinating children – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said, “I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with…
  • What is digital programmatic buying?

    Lizzie Kendrick
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Programmatic buying helps you find the right people, wherever they are There is a lot of talk these days about programmatic buying and how digital advertisers will be moving to it whole scale going forward. But what does programmatic buying mean exactly? We’re here to help. In the past, digital buying was done in a similar fashion to broadcast buying, where publications were contacted directly and ad space was purchased that way. Programmatic buying is a term used to describe the automation of the buying process we use today. These days, we are able to use a wealth of information to help…
  • Native Advertising is Everywhere

    Joe Fuld
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Native Advertising is the oldest and latest trend in advertising Advertising is everywhere. And with the reemergence of native advertising, there’s no escape from advertising. First off, let me say that I know I’m part of the problem. As an advertising strategist, it is my job to get ads in front of folks as many times as possible. But if you listen to old time radio or television, watch sporting events, or follow the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you will quickly realize that native advertising is not a new thing. For decades, advertisers have been figuring out how to get their…
  • Progressive campaigns need to take risks in 2016

    Joe Fuld
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s time to roll the dice for progressive campaigns and issues It was a great year to go to Vegas for BISC’s Road Ahead conference. It’s always a good time to visit Vegas when its 12 degrees in DC. As we leave BISC, it is clear that progressive campaigns have some real challenges. While proactive ballot measures are an important tool to help change the dialogue on issues we care about, they are only one part of a broader set of tactics that progressive campaigns need to engage in. Whether it is putting a measure on the ballot, a candidate deciding to run for office, or a…
 
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • In the Name of Tradition

    George T. Sipos
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Japanese Salarymen. Photo: ArMania: The Armenian Portal “We’re not here some nōryoku shugi (meritocracy) like America. This is Japan. We value seniority above all,” muttered the elderly human resources clerk and gave me one last dismissive look before heading out the door, clearly annoyed by my insistence. For the past 30 minutes, I had been trying to convince him to revise the salary offer we were about to send to a foreign applicant for a position within our department. The candidate held an advanced degree from a prestigious American university, was perfectly fluent in Japanese (as…
  • Globalizing Higher Education in Japan

    George T. Sipos
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Please note: This is a response to the article “The Challenges to Internationalizing Japanese Higher Education” published by Robert Dujarric on December 19, 2014, in Asian Pathways. Japan’s current higher education system does, indeed, work well, as Robert Dujarric argued, but only as long as Japan does not deem it necessary to globalize overall. The author of the article seems to be relying on the good old Japanese principle of jikyū jisoku (self-sufficiency), but I don’t truly think that anyone in Japan today is still relying on that principle hoping it would work in a…
  • Modern Democracy and Its Ingrained Autophagy

    George T. Sipos
    31 May 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Senate in Ancient Rome Democracy as we practice it today is a construct perfected through trial and error over the course of the formation of the modern nation state which started in the 19th century. Loosely based on what we believe Greek and Roman democracies to have been, we, in fact, altered the old concept gradually increasing the body of those with voting rights to its contemporary size when almost everyone is allowed to vote and thus participate in the election of the system leadership. Limitations aside, the current system, has been argued, is the best we can possibly envision. What…
  • Prophecies about the (Urban) Future of Our Planet, and why I Hope They Won’t Come True

    George T. Sipos
    8 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The plot of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report takes place in the not-so-far-in-the-future city of Washington D.C. The United States capital in 2050-ish is, in Spielberg’s imagination, a direct descendant of dystopian narratives such as Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We (1921), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) The city is a combination of skyscrapers and phenomenally intricate networks of highways, where hover cars travel at unimaginable speed. Said cars travel vertically as well using the building walls as…
  • Paying for the (American University) Brand, or The New Era of Higher Education Colonialism

    George T. Sipos
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    During my years as an in-house global strategy consultant for a major Japanese auto manufacturer, I found myself on numerous occasions in the position of delivering not-so-good news and reports from the outside world to company’s top executives. Cloistered as they were at the company headquarters (no, I don’t mean the Tokyo headquarters, but the real ones, in the majority of cases lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere-Japan), and most of the time surrounded by a posy of Japanese employees too worried for their jobs, or too shy in front of their superiors to say anything remotely…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified ‘national threat’

    User Submitted
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    British Prime Minister David Cameron said tackling child sexual abuse was a national priority on a par with organised crime on Tuesday, announcing measures to prevent systematic abuse. Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex abuse revelations, including a case in Rotherham, northern England, where some 1,400 children, some as young as ...
  • Video of Israeli soldiers using dogs against Palestinian boy sparks outcry

    User Submitted
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    A leaked video shot in December purportedly shows IDF soldiers setting dogs on a Palestinian teenager. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack, while Israel’s chief military prosecutor ordered an investigation into the incident. The video went viral after being posted to Facebook by former ultra nationalist Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari with the ...
  • American contractor faces cyber slander charges in UAE over Facebook post

    User Submitted
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    An American helicopter mechanic, who criticized his employer in the United Arab Emirates and made disparaging comments about “filthy Arabs” in a Facebook post, was arrested in the UAE, and now faces charges for cyber slander against his employer. Floridian Ryan Pate, 30, wrote the Facebook comments while in the US, according to the Tampa ...
  • The Company That Made #TheDress Once Faced a Child Labor Scandal

    User Submitted
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    The British retailer of the dress that whipped the internet into a frenzy last week—is it blue-and-black, or is it gold-and-white?—has big plans to cash in on its new-found fame. Roman Originals founder Peter Christodoulou told the Washington Post that the dress—which is actually blue-and-black and available online for about $77—will soon be joined by ...
  • Noam Chomsky: Edward Snowden a True Patriot Who Should be Honored

    User Submitted
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Noted linguist also says ‘global assassination program’ is fuelling terrorism. Andrea Germanos Noam Chomsky said that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a true patriot who revealed vast surveillance programs that have nothing to do with combating terrorism. The noted intellectual made the comment in an extended interview with Democracy Now!‘s Amy Goodman which aired Tuesday. Chomsky said ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • Pakistan: Diamer Bhasha Dam Stuck In Funding Trap – Analysis

    IDSA
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:18 pm
    By Priyanka Singh In mid-January 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) asked for a four month extension to consider Pakistan’s long pending request for funding the Diamer Bhasha Dam (DBD). ADB’s deferment yet again is a serious setback to Pakistan’s relentless efforts to obtain funds for constructing the mega hydro-power project on River Indus. The […] The post Pakistan: Diamer Bhasha Dam Stuck In Funding Trap – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Germany: Merkel Cuts Short Debate Over New Immigration Law

    EurActiv
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    By Daniel Tost (EurActiv) — Germany’s Social Democratic Party is calling for an immigration law that would control the influx of workers from non-EU countries with the help of a point system, similar to that in Canada, but Chancellor Angela Merkel is cutting the debate short, saying the refugee issue is more urgent. “What is […] The post Germany: Merkel Cuts Short Debate Over New Immigration Law appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Remote Control Or Local Talent? The Future Of International Assignments

    IESE Insight
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Global sporting-goods maker Adidas is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, a small town in the south of Germany. German execs at HQ may be sent to work in any of the 160 countries where Adidas operates. Yet it’s just as likely that managers of varying nationalities working for Adidas around the globe will be sent to HQ […] The post Remote Control Or Local Talent? The Future Of International Assignments appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Sri Lanka: UN Committed To Assist Process Of Accountability And Reconciliation

    Eurasia Review
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    The United Nations is encouraged by the new government of Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights and it is committed to assisting in the process of accountability and reconciliation in the island nation UN Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said. Issuing a press statement during an official visit to Sri Lanka, Mr. Feltman […] The post Sri Lanka: UN Committed To Assist Process Of Accountability And Reconciliation appeared first on... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Spain Sees Largest Drop In Unemployment In 14 Years

    Eurasia Review
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The number of unemployed registered with the Public Employment Services in Spain fell by 13,538 in February 2015, putting the total figure at 4,512,153. This is the best figure for unemployment in a month of February since 2001. In the last 7 years, recorded unemployment in February has increased on average by 90,000 people. In […] The post Spain Sees Largest Drop In Unemployment In 14 Years appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Kayla Es Mi Valentina #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerElla tiene unos ojos hermosos y soñadores, y es una chica muy sensible. Le encantan los animales, y tú puedes claramente ver que su perrito también es toda una personalidad. A ella le encanta ayudar a la gente, y daría su vida por la tuya en una situación de vida o muerte. Pero, más que todo, a mi me cautiva su acogedora y cándida sonrisa. Kayla, tu eres mi alma gemela en este Día de San Valentín. Todos te vamos a extrañar. ♥Kayla falleció la semana pasada mientras era cautiva del grupo terrorista "Estado Islamico", en Siria. Según se dice, murió durante un…
  • Kayla is My Valentine #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerShe has beautiful, dreamy eyes, and she is very down-to-earth. She loves animals, and you can clearly see that her puppy is quite the personality as well. She loves to help people, and she would give her life for yours in a life or death situation. But, more than anything, I love her warm and welcoming smile. Kayla, You are my Valentine. We will all miss you so much. ♥Kayla died last week while hostage of the terrorist group Islamic State, in Syria. She was reportedly killed during an airstrike conducted by Jordan in revenge for the murder of one of its pilots, who was burned…
  • Mary Eichhloz, la Última Sobreviviente del Desastre del Barco Eastland, Ha Fallecido

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    La tragedia del EastlandCasi nadie sabe de la tragedia que ocurrió el 24 de julio de 1915 en el Río Chicago, solo tres años después  del hundimiento del Titanic. Esto pasó el día del picnic anual de los empleados de la compañía Western Electric. Alrededor de 7,000 personas esperaban ser transportadas en seis barcos de la costa de Chicago a Washington Park, en Michigan City, Indiana. Los trabajadores (la mayoría de ellos migrantes), y sus familias estaban ansiosos por disfrutar de la montaña rusa de este parque, de su pabellón de baile, su playa y su parque de diversiones. Pero…
  • Marion Eichhloz, The Last Survivor of the Eastland Disaster, Has Died

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Eastland disasterMost people don't even know about the tragedy that unfolded on July 24th, 1915, in the Chicago River, just three years after the sinking of the Titanic. This was the day of Western Electric Co.'s annual employee picnic. Around 7,000 people were waiting on six ships to be ferried from Chicago's Lakefront to Washington Park, in Michigan City, Indiana. Workers (mostly migrants), and their families were eager to enjoy the park's roller coaster and dancing pavilion, a bathing beach, and its amusement park. But instead, that morning 844 people died, including 22 entire…
  • Las Vidas Afroamericanas También Valen

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Hoy pasó por mi edificio una de las marchas en contra de la brutalidad policíaca. "La Supremacía del Blanco es Perversa", decía una de las pancartas.  Esta era una de las muchas demostraciones que hoy organizaron iglesias y grupos de jovenes aquí en Chicago y alrededor de todo Estados Unidos. Bloquearon varias interseciones tirandose al suelo como si estuvieran muertos , mientras continua creciendo este movimiento nacional. Lástima que mi espalda no me deja, o me hubiera unido. ♥♥♥"Nuestros hermanos y hermanas están muriendo, nadamás por causa de la brutalidad…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Anti-LGBT dictator owns $3.5 million mansion in Md.

    Michael K. Lavers
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh‘s home on Bentcross Drive in Potomac, Md. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers) POTOMAC, Md. — Vehemently anti-LGBT Gambian President Yahya Jammeh owns a $3.5 million mansion in a wealthy Montgomery County suburb. Property records the Washington Blade obtained indicate that Calbert Cheaney, a retired professional basketball player who was once a member of the Washington Bullets, and his wife, Yvette Cheaney, sold the mansion on Bentcross Drive in Potomac to “Trustees of the MYJ Family Trust” on Sept. 29, 2010, in an “arms-length improved”…
  • Alabama Supreme Court orders halt to same-sex marriages

    Chris Johnson
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Alabama Supreme Court (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered probate judges to discontinue for an unspecified time the distribution of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In a 7-1 decision, the state high court ruled Alabama probate judges must refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples until further order from justices, despite federal court rulings in January against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and…
  • Slovenian lawmakers approve same-sex marriage, adoption bill

    Michael K. Lavers
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Slovenian lawmakers on March 3, 2015, approved a bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).Lawmakers in Slovenia on Tuesday approved a bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples in the Central European country. The measure passed in the Slovenian Parliament by a 51-28 vote margin. The Associated Press reported that thousands of people protested against the bill before the vote. Slovenia’s anti-discrimination laws include sexual orientation. Same-sex couples have been able to legally…
  • Obama report seeks LGBT-inclusive law enforcement policies

    Chris Johnson
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    President Obama unveiled a report to make police forces adopt pro-LGBT policies. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Amid questions that emerged about racial bias in America’s police forces following events in Ferguson and New York, the White House has issued a report seeking changes for policies guiding law enforcement, including an end to profiling and discrimination against LGBT people. The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, established in December, made public on Monday its 101-page interim report. Among the major suggested changes are building trust and…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cuban advocate meets with U.S. lawmakers in Havana

    Michael K. Lavers
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Juana Mora Cedeño, left, in an undated photo with independent Cuban LGBT rights advocates. Mora on Feb. 20, 2015, met with House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members of Congress in Havana, Cuba. (Photo courtesy of Marío José Delgado González)An LGBT activist is among the Cuban human rights advocates with whom House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members of the U.S. House of Representatives met during their trip to the country last month. Juana Mora Cedeño of Proyecto Manos and other members of Cuba’s civil society who work independently from the…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Watch: What Happened When McDonald’s Answered Questions on Facebook

    Lady Freethinker
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    McDonald’s thought it would be a smart PR move to answer questions from the public on social media. Boy were they wrong. The post Watch: What Happened When McDonald’s Answered Questions on Facebook appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Research Says: The Paleo Diet is a Big, Fat Lie

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The fitness “gurus” may sound convincing, but the notion th at getting back to our caveman roots at the dinner table is healthy — or even possible –just doesn’t hold up when you look at the facts. To the contrary, the latest research shows that our paleolithic ancestors’ diet probably looked very little like what you’ll find in the average paleo cookbook. According to a paper recently published in The Quarterly Review of Biology, it doesn’t make much sense to assign just a few foods to the early-human menu, and even less sense to assume that these…
  • Christians Against Dinosaurs: Is This For Real?

    Lady Freethinker
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Fossil records be damned, Christians Against Dinosaurs will not rest until the dinosaur “hoax” has been exposed and debunked. Armed with ill-conceived evidence that the scientific community is tricking our children, they’ve put together what may be the least compelling arguments against the existence of dinosaurs that I’ve ever seen. The idiocy begs the question: is Christians Against Dinosaurs the real hoax, fooling us science-y folks from behind a mask of satire? Sadly, I think they actually believe what they’re saying, although we may never know for sure.
  • Watch: Loggers Fell a Tree While Mother and Baby Koala Cling for Their Lives

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Koalas are dying off in Australia, and logging companies like this are making matters worse. In the video below, a mother and baby koala cling to a blue gum tree as loggers tear it down mercilessly. The mother survived, but nobody knows what happened to the baby. When the woman behind the camera tried to check on them, she was refused access. These loggers should be prosecuted for their cruel, shameful and illegal actions.   http://ladyfreethinker.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Horrifying-video-of-a-terrified-mother-and-joey-koala-clinging-to-a-tree-being-ripped-down-by-loggi.mp4 The…
  • Must-See Video: What if God Really Exists?

    Lady Freethinker
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    All I can say is…brilliant. A huge shout-out to Infidel753 for sharing this video on his own blog (which I highly recommend following). The post Must-See Video: What if God Really Exists? appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
 
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  • Chicago’s Unemployment Rate Could Cost Rahm Emanuel Votes

    Dan Hopkins
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    On Tuesday, Chicago voters go to the polls to weigh in on Rahm Emanuel’s four years as mayor. If recent polling is accurate, Emanuel is the heavy favorite to win more votes than any of his competitors. What is less clear is whether he will clear the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff.Like many cities, Chicago isn’t exactly accustomed to competitive mayoral races when there’s an incumbent on the ballot. Emanuel’s predecessor, Richard M. Daley, served as mayor from 1989 to 2011 and typically won re-election with north of 65 percent of the vote. So what’s holding…
  • Marco Rubio And The Pareto Frontier

    Nate Silver
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    There’s still plenty of room for Marco Rubio. Two years ago, I described the Florida senator as the “electable conservative.” While Rubio has taken fewer tangible steps toward officially running for president than rivals like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, he still does reasonably well by that rubric. Perhaps along with Walker, he can make the most credible case for meeting William F. Buckley’s standard as the most viable conservative candidate.Let’s formalize our understanding of this a bit. In economics, there’s a concept known as Pareto efficiency. It means that you ought to be…
  • The Imprisoner’s Dilemma

    Oliver Roeder
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There are 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners. One in three black men can expect to spend time in prison. There are 2.7 million minors with an incarcerated parent. The imprisonment rate has grown by more than 400 percent since 1970.Pick a stat, any stat. They all tell you the same thing: America is really good at putting people behind bars.It’s supposed to help the country reduce crime in two ways: incapacitation — it’s hard to be a habitual offender while in prison — or deterrence…
  • Unemployment Has Changed. Unemployment Benefits Haven’t.

    Ben Casselman
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    When Michelle Wilson lost her job at a Baltimore logistics company in July, unemployment benefits provided her with a vital lifeline. At $430 a week, the payments didn’t come close to replacing her $47,000 annual salary. But they did allow her to pay rent and utilities and make her monthly car payments while she looked for another job.Last week, however, Wilson’s lifeline disappeared. Six months after she lost her job, her benefits ran out. Now she’s dodging bill collectors’ phone calls and trying to figure out how to hold on to the car that she needs to get to job interviews. Despite…
  • Latino Enrollment Is Critical For Obamacare, So Is It Happening?

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    This time last year, news coverage of Obamacare was shifting from the broken HealthCare.gov website to the question of whether enough people — and the right people — would sign up to make the insurance exchanges set up under President Obama’s health care law work. Now, as we enter the final month of the second open-enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the numbers look good, with the government on track to surpass the year’s signup goal of 9.1 million people.Young adults and Latinos are particularly important groups for the enrollment effort. While we have…
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  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    PHD Comics: Average time spent writing one e-mail Replication redux and Facebook data, by Neal Beck | OUPblog RT @GermanEmbassy: #Germany remains key destination for migrants: Net #migration at 20-year high The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • German Bundestag about to Rubberstamp Greece Bailout

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Update: 542 in favour, 32 voting against, 13 abstentions. Nays & abstentions all from CDU, CSU, Left, apparently. See you in June. In about an hour, Germany’s parliament will have a debate on the extension of the bailout program for Greece that is scheduled to take all of a cool 90 minutes. It will be followed by a roll call vote. Although about 30 CDU/CSU dissidents including the deputy of the Christian Democrats’ parliamentary  will vote against the government’s proposal or abstain, some North Korean-sized super majority is virtually guaranteed: The SPD and the Greens…
  • Party Identification in Germany: Not Dead Yet (1)

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Almost a decade ago, I published an article with a cutesy title on the decline of party identification in Germany, of which I am inordinately proud. The main message of this piece was that party identification in Germany has not collapsed, but is rather declining at the glacial rate of 0.7 percentage points per year, give or take. Here is the relevant graph: Party Identification in West Germany, 1977-2002 For a more recent project, I have extended the time-series to cover the whole 1977-2012 period, right up to the begin of the 2013 federal election campaign. As it turns out, de-alignment in…
  • Six More Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    Philip Converse obit – The Washington Post http://t.co/NlDQS8yahl @gilaschauer: Articles in the Guardian today reminded me to be grateful that there is no #REF in Germany yet. http://t.co/G302QiQ4GX Executive summary: How to vote in Greece. H/T @A_Katsanidou http://t.co/qzo8HIq7um Crossing the line: #Farage attacks pupils’ #Ukip parody app featuring Nicholas Fromage | Politics | The Guardian http://t.co/lfhmWD4GT8 French Politics: The Extreme Right and “Entrisme” http://t.co/VvYyxFtAwI Thatcher considered UK chemical weapons programme, documents show | UK news | The…
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    Kai Arzheimer
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    This is old news now: “In German City Rich With History and Tragedy, Tide Rises Against Immigration” – http://t.co/AyxbdmcKoQ #Pegida Mind the comma: RT @AcademicsSay: cc @CelebrityOxford http://t.co/DBZTJBZZgr Germany Reopens Case of Oktoberfest Bombing – http://t.co/MTMqAzaMNJ Nigel #Farage asked former Conservative MP Enoch #Powell to endorse #Ukip | Politics | The Guardian http://t.co/BqHsEywGwn Tweeting Ferguson: how social media can (and cannot) facilitate protest http://t.co/9XA7Hckjhv For once, my prediction was correct. Very confusing: “Members of #AfD…
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    Conservative Read

  • FDA-Approved Levaquin Killed 1,277 and Damaged/Debilitated 98,437

    chris
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    Dale Steinreich, LewRockwell.com  This is another example of a threat that has killed and injured far more Americans than ISIS so far. Adrienne Myers, who had a sinus infection treated with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Breakdown Of U.S.-Israeli Relations Brings Us Several Steps Closer To World War III

    chris
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Michael Snyder | Economic Collapse  In the past 40 years, we have never been closer to World War III than we are today.  If you ask Americans to name what area of the globe they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russian Fighter Jets Practice Attacking NATO Ships

    chris
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Tensions over Ukraine continue to build despite ceasefire.  Russian fighter jets are practicing attacking NATO ships in the Black Sea in another dramatic sign that tensions over Ukraine continue... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • State Department says Netanyahu twisted Kerry’s words in speech to Congress

    chris
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
     The State Department accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of taking congressional testimony by Secretary of State John Kerry out of context in Netanyahu’s address to a joint... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Target to cut thousands of jobs as seeks to cut costs by $2 billion

    chris
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
     U.S. retailer Target Corp, which has been battling back after a massive data breach and sluggish performance, on Tuesday said it will eliminate several thousand jobs, mainly from headquarters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Government, Economy, and Socialism

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Government, Economy, and SocialismThe failure to recognize that socialized societies are NOT socialist is another fallacy perpetuated by the media.The examples abound but commonly they are concentrated along the lines:"Look at Sweden, they are Socialist, and have free nursery schools, free healthcare, etc. And they do not need capitalism to be prosperous...""Denmark has the highest happiness index and they are Socialist, aren't they?!""The Scandinavian countries have less inequality than the US, look what capitalism has brought us...""Canada is a socialist country, they have publicly funded…
  • On Income Inequality II

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Income Inequality, Ideology and NumbersOh, the Income Inequality, the rallying cry of the Left, how many times this tale has been spun to create a false sense of urgency, to bash success, and instigate class hatred and envy? From the Zucotti Park tents of Occupy Wall Street, to the halls of academia, the tale continues. That is, it continues until facts and numbers get in the way.A recent article in the NY Times is trying to make right while providing meaningful numbers that the income inequality has actually decreased during the period when it became the main liberal ideological…
  • Greece, Syriza and the EU

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Greece, Syriza, Socialism and the EUhttp://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1692109/communist-rooted-syriza-party-wins-greece-elections-likely-shake-euroThe recent paean of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis from Syriza, high on ideals, short on practical suggestions, is another example of Socialist mantra; "Give us your  (EU) money so we can help the people but don't expect any return!".http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/opinion/yanis-varoufakis-no-time-for-games-in-europe.html?ref=opinionVaroufakis' "proposals" do not extend beyond the Syriza election populist promises.
  • Socialist Retail, Lines, and Shortages

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    Socialist Retail, Lines, and ShortagesThe Socialist economy, at least on paper, is geared towards satisfying the needs of the workers. The reality though was something incredibly different. The central planning despite the attempts of liberalizing it is extremely inefficient at predicting customer demand. In fact the terms supply and demand, those basic economic terms that exist in the free market economy, were not included in the Economics college courses, or if included they were decried as capitalistic means for oppressing the proletariat.The Socialist retail reality was a shining example…
  • Opening up to Cuba

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Opening up to CubaThe recent push by the Obama administration to normalize relations with Cuba deserves close attention because of the repercussions it may have in Latin America, and the world.The Cuban embargo instituted by JFK, in place since 1962, has not dissuaded the Cuban regime to change course and liberalize the country, politically and economically. The US embargo is not the reason of the dire poverty the Cuban people are in, neither lifting it will bring abundance to the island. The lack of decent consumer goods is a consequence of the decades of Socialist economy that are the same…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-03, Tuesday

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday March 3 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the showdown over Iran’s alleged nukes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress. We also look at the prospect of Obama jacking up taxes through executive action, more on the Chicago Police’s “black site” torture facility, Libya and ISIS and the disgusting condition of food served in public education lockdowns. On today’s worldwide transmission, we talk with Lord Christopher Monckton about his latest paper on climate change as much of the Northern Hemisphere experiences record cold…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-02, Monday

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Monday, March 2 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover Google's latest scheme to shut down independent media by ranking sites based on content rather than popularity. We also look into the run on AR-15 ammo as the ATF enforces a completely illegal ammo ban and how Obama supporters are willing to endorse Karl Marx as the next president if he were running. Bruce Fein, a lawyer who specializes in constitutional and international law, joins the show to talk about the methods Obama is using to skirt around the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for his unprecedented power grabs. Fein…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-01, Sunday

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the live Sunday, March 1 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, we break down the latest on the Chicago 'black site' protests and get updates from Infowars reporters on-the-ground who describe the atmosphere and police state surrounding the Homan Square facility. We'll also look at the assassination of a Russian opposition leader as a possible CIA-instigated provocation, and ask the obvious questions regarding the mysterious death of a Missouri gubernatorial candidate. Also today, the results of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll shows Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul a clear…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-27, Friday

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Friday, February 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we expand on the Obama administration's sack of the Internet, clueless leftists who think the FCC's "net neutrality" is a good thing and how the ATF is breaking the law to enforce its own ammo bans. Obama is unleashing backdoor gun control on the American people through executive actions and he's setting a precedent for future presidents to do the same. We also look into a new study which reveals the best places to flee when society collapses and the farmers who are staging protests against Monsanto's GMO crops. You don't want to…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-26, Thursday

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, February 26 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, the feds are set to pass a 332-page “administrative law” - unseen by the public – regarding “net neutrality,” which would hand control and regulation over the Internet to the government, a “fix” one FCC Commissioner says is a “solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist.” We'll also look at the identity of the man seen in ISIS videos, and the FBI's announcement that ISIS could possibly be active in all fifty states. On today's show, leading chiropractic expert and founder of California Jam Billy…
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    Vox - All

  • "Acting white": The most insidious myth about black kids and achievement

    Jenée Desmond-Harris
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    You've probably heard it before: too many black students don't do well in school because they think being smart means "acting white." It's a popular thing to say, but it's not true. At best, it's a very creative interpretation of inadequate research and anecdotal evidence. At worst, it's a messy attempt to transform the near-universal stigma attached to adolescent nerdiness into an indictment of black culture, while often ignoring the systemic inequality that contributes to the country's racial achievement gap. Where the acting white theory came from (Shutterstock) The acting white theory —…
  • America's political system isn't going to collapse. It's going to muddle through.

    Ezra Klein
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I agree with everything in Matthew Yglesias's fantastic piece on the coming collapse of American democracy except for the thesis. Let's start with where we agree: Yglesias is right about the fault line slicing through America's system of government. There is no constitutional mechanism for solving disputes between the executive and the legislature. That wasn't such a problem when the parties weren't particularly polarized, but it's a huge and growing problem in an age when the parties loathe each other. This isn't a critique of the political system our Founders envisioned. It's an admission…
  • Alabama Supreme Court tries to defy federal rulings and block same-sex marriages

    German Lopez
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, defying a federal judge's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. It's unclear whether probate judges will comply with the Alabama Supreme Court's order, given that it's very likely to fall against future challenges in federal court. LGBT advocates criticized the court's actions, calling it "a massive injustice to the people of Alabama." Same-sex marriages began in Alabama on February 9 after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and…
  • Janet Yellen slams Wall Street for "brazen" lawbreaking and poor ethics

    Matthew Yglesias
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    The Federal Reserve speaks very cautiously, so the brief critical remarks that Chair Janet Yellen directed at America's largest banks in a speech delivered on the evening of March 3 is the Fed equivalent of going nuclear. She talked mostly about regulatory steps already taken to try to improve the stability of the American financial system, but she also took a huge shot at the culture of lawlessness in the industry: Beyond focusing on capital and liquidity, the Fed also promotes safety and soundness by seeking to ensure that banks are well managed and subject to strong governance by a board…
  • In 1921, a dog went on trial for allegedly murdering 14 cats

    Phil Edwards
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dormie gets pawprinted before his trial. (Library of Congress) The war between dogs and cats has raged on for centuries. But in 1921, the courts decided to take a stand in the age-old conflict. That year, a defendant named Dormie went on trial with the highest possible stakes: his life. He was an Airedale dog, and he was on trial for killing 14 cats. The catslaughter was a serious charge, with alleged victims that included Sunbeam, a beloved Persian cat, and many other neighborhood felines. According to the prosecution, Dormie slipped under the hedge fence, seized Sunbeam by the "fat scruff"…
 
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  • Big Pharma’s Mass Vaccination Agenda

    No Author
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Major US news media have presented a grossly distorted and misleading interpretation of vaccines and their relationship to public health since early January. These journalistic organs have suggested the recent measles outbreak in the Western US has been a crisis of monumental proportions. This flagrant and cynical sensationalism has become a foundation for intense advocacy on behalf of the pharmaceutical corporate and regulatory cartel targeting patient informed consent—a founding principal of modern medical practice and personal freedom. Keeping in mind the close to 300 vaccine products…
  • Disappointing Diesels

    Eric Peters
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There’s something weird and cruel about the fact that diesel engines are – for the most part – for the  affluent-only. You’d think it’d be the reverse. And it is … in Europe. Over there, more than half the passenger vehicles on the road have diesels under the hood and most models (cars, crossovers, SUVs) offer the option. This is not surprising, given that gas costs about the same per gallon as a decent quality whiskey costs per liter here. But why aren’t diesel engines more commonly available here? Or rather, why are they almost exclusively offered in high-end models like the…
  • The Path to Global Economic Disaster?

    Mark Nestmann
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    One of the assumptions of the eurozone – those 19 countries in Europe that use the euro as their national currencies – is that if any country left the zone, economic disaster would follow in its wake. Only a few days ago, it appeared that heavily indebted Greece might be forced to drop the euro and return to the drachma, the currency it used before the euro. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Greece was spending money like a sailor on shore leave with a limitless credit card. The government ran up debts amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars to prepare for the 2004 Olympics, among…
  • Slouching Toward Extinction

    Brian Wilson
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    With all the Cheers and Jeers of C-PAC 2015 fading into Yesterday’s News, let us carpe the diem to add to the growing list of oxymoronic fantasies in desperate need of extinction, a term heard early and often whenever conservatives and libertarians congregate: “Limited Government”. Like “settled science”, the Tooth Fairy and Honest Politicians, not only is there no such thing, there never has been. The utter nonsense that a piece of parchment, even inscribed with swell ideas, can successfully “limit” the Leviathan, i.e. Big Government has been proven ludicrous for 226 years;…
  • A Libertarian Nightmare

    Robert Wenzel
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Over at Salon, Edwin Lyngar tells us that he has given up on libertarianism because of a recent vacation he took to the Honduras. He classified the trip as a nightmare: My libertarian vacation nightmare: How Ayn Rand, Ron Paul & their groupies were all debunked I am really not sure how he reached the conclusion that the Honduras is a libertarian country, but he did:  Eliminate all taxes, privatize everything, load a country up with guns and oppose all public expenditures, you end up with Honduras. Privatize everything? Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica is Honduras’s…
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    Pension360

  • Report: Hedge Fund Assets Will Continue Growing in 2015, But Executives Recognize Underperformance

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    A new survey, released Tuesday by Deutsche Bank, reveals that hedge fund executives expect hedge fund assets to grow by 7 percent and exceed $3 trillion in 2015, including $60 billion of net inflows. But the majority of executives and investors surveyed – 66 percent – also recognized that hedge funds underperformed in 2014. From the Wall Street Journal: Investors included in the survey had on average expected returns of 8.1%, but said they only got returns of 5.3%. However, some investors are planning to invest more in hedge funds, despite last year’s lackluster returns. The survey said…
  • Chart: How Institutional Investors Are Changing Their Allocations to Alternatives in 2015

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Here’s a graphic that shows the percentage of institutional investors that are planning to change their target allocations to various alternative asset classes in 2015. When it comes to increasing target allocations, 39 percent of institutional investors say they are going to increase their private equity investments in 2015. Hedge funds may take the biggest hit; 34 percent of investors say they are decreasing their allocations to hedge funds in the coming year.   Chart credit: Coller Capital‘s Global Private Equity Barometer Winter 2014-2015
  • 13 Unions to Sue New Jersey Over Reduced Pension Payments

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    A judge ruled late last month that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acted outside the law when he cut state pension contributions by around $2 billion through FY 2015. But the state will appeal the decision, and the full payments weren’t included in Christie’s recent budget proposal. As a result, more than a dozen unions said this week that they will sue the state to force it to make its full contributions to the pension system. From NJ.com: More than a dozen unions today announced they plan to sue Gov. Chris Christie to force him to increase next year’s payment into the public worker…
  • Pension Transparency Bill Moves Forward in Kentucky House

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    A bill is moving forward in the Kentucky House that would increase the transparency around investments made by the state’s retirement systems. The Senate unanimously passed the measure last month. The bill would require the state’s pension funds to disclose the use of placement agents, any fees paid to those agents, and more. An official summary of the bill from Legiscan: [The bill] require[s] the Judicial Retirement Plan, the Legislators’ Retirement Plan, the Kentucky Retirement Systems, and the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System to establish by reference in administrative…
  • Institutional Investors Cite Regulatory Risk, Transparency as Obstacles to Infrastructure Investment

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently surveyed 71 pension funds on their interest in alternative investments. [The full survey can be found here.] The findings when it came to infrastructure investing were among the most interesting. The survey found that the funds had increased their alternative investments across all categories between 2010 and 2013. But when it comes to allocation, infrastructure still occupies the lowest rung on the totem poll. The OECD sat down with institutional investors recently to ask why they might be hesitant to invest in…
 
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    Message President

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    Ув.Владимир Владимирович! Коль уж нет рос.войск на Донбассе то не могли бы вы дать разрешение перевести Савченко под домашний арест? Всвязи с ее состоянием здоровья. Спасибо.
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    3 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
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  • civil lawsuit

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    I have fied a lawsuit in the US Western district court Asheville North Carolina. I experienced numerous Bias, and Prejudice behavior throughout my experience. The EEOC has supported the Defendant by using the ncesc unemployment hearing that the Defendant won, because my attorney wouldn't contact me to be there to defend myself and stated he contacted me which is untrue. I appealed this decision and the hearing was granted in my favor at the Denovo hearing. The recordings is the evidence to support what these attorneys was doing for the defendant. . I Amended my complaint at the EEOC office…
  • Обама- очнись!

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Не уважаемый мной президент Обама! Обращаюсь к тебе с большой просьбой- оставь в покое Украину, везде куда суется твоя страна и твои политики, кровь, разруха, смерть! Не трогай Украину, ты и так с помощью Порошенко угробил тысячи жизней, экономику и обрёк людей на нищету, тебе мало??? Когда же вы умоетесь кровью невинных детей и…
  • Долгих лет жизни!

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Уважаемый Владимир Владимирович! Огромное спасибо вам, за то что я дожила до того времени, когда могу гордиться своей страной Россией! Дай господь вам долгих дней жизни, здоровья и терпения! Все санкции и прочие гадости наших соседей, мы переживем! Россияне с вами!
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  • Hello world!

    bill
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
  • Poverty Redistribution: Economics 101

    Bill Gelwick
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    We hear a lot about “Wealth Redistribution”. I’m here to tell you, that is an inaccurate statement. You CANNOT redistribute wealth, and in trying to do so, all you do is spread the poverty. Hence, the term used should be changed to “Poverty Redistribution”.   The truth is, When you confiscate money from a producer, and hand it over to someone who produces nothing, the odds are very high that nothing will be done with it. This money will be spent either on bills or on a frivolous purchase of some sort. The odds are almost zero that it will be invested in…
  • The Excellent Eighties

    Bill Gelwick
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    One of my most popular posts was on The Nostalgic Nineties, so why not follow it up with The Excellent Eighties? At first, it was to be a rant on how annoying 90’s kids could be when being all nostalgic for the decade of their teen years. But, as it turns out, the 90’s saw a lot of pure awesomeness. Well this one is starting out a little differently. I was a teen in the 80’s, so starting from my perspective, the 80’s were  “Excellent Dude” (Thank you Bill and Ted). Welcome to The Excellent Eighties The 1980’s were, in my opinion, one of the greatest…
  • What is Responsible Social Commentary

    Bill Gelwick
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Social Commentary can take on many forms. From talk radio and editorial TV shows to single frame cartoon images in newspapers or floating around the internet, taking a stand on social issues is what it’s all about. Often times this process devolves into baseless propaganda, but not always. For this site, I can assure you, we will stick to facts. Junk science and nonsensical rhetoric have no place here. So then, just what is social commentary exactly? Dictionary.com defines it as: Social Commentary - noun – a spoken or written act of rebellion toward an individual or group;…
  • What Does NOT Cause Cancer

    Bill Gelwick
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    These days, a list of things that do NOT cause cancer would be much shorter than the things that are said to cause it.   It SHOULD be common sense that talking on a cell phone is not going to cause brain cancer, but every once in a while you still see someone posting something to that effect on social sites. This is the sort of thing I want to shed some light on. Many thing, over the years, have been said to cause cancer. In truth though, most of the stats are, at best, skewed, and at worst, completely false. Image courtesy of professional.sweetnlow.com Saccharin   This one was big…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • 10 Common Bad Habits of Chinese Tourists (Photos)

    Iris Lu
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    The bad behavior of Chinese people has been in the headlines recently, both at home and abroad. Passengers on planes have been getting up to all sorts of mischief, and things have gotten so bad in Thailand that the tourism bureau there just published an etiquette manual in Mandarin! So what are some of the common bad habits of Chinese tourists? “Money is power”. (Image: Winshang.com) 1. Acting like a nouveau-riche Chinese tourists would even knock on the door of a beautiful cottage in Zimbabwe, saying: “I like your house. Will you sell it?”   A trip equals taking…
  • Another Economic Crash Is Coming, How Did It Get to This?

    James Burke
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    As far as the global economy is concerned, things are going to get pretty ugly, argues Renegade Economist’s Ross Ashcroft in this video above by the UK’s The Guardian. While the video is largely coming from a British perspective, it can be applied across the West given the nature of the issues faced and the linking of our economies. The big problem, he says, is that the political response to the 2008 crash did not fix the problems and bailed out the wrong people, that being the banks. Watch this documentary on how the banks won: Instead, Ashcroft argues that efforts should have gone into…
  • Ukraine and Russian Youth on YouTube: Diplomacy or Propaganda?

    James Burke
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    This report from BBC Trending looks at the increasing trend of YouTube videos being uploaded by supposed students from both Ukraine and Russia (and then elsewhere) in which they exchange frank views. BBC says it’s not possible to confirm the genuineness of these videos and yeah both the first two videos look pretty slick with good looking young people in them and well framed scenes, which could very well be staged. Maybe I’m just getting too cynical. Either way there are allegations that both sides of the current conflict in eastern Ukraine make use of social media for their own…
  • Reasons Why the Texas Nurse Who Survived Ebola Wants to Sue Her Hospital

    Ben Maloney
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while caring for the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with the disease, is now saying that the Dallas hospital where she worked, and its parent company, failed her. And now she has filed a lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources. During an exclusive interview with The Dallas Morning News, Pham said even though she survived the virus she still claims to experience regular body aches and insomnia as a result. Pham alleges that the hospital’s lack of proper equipment…
  • 19 Laughable Fake Chinese Brands: Nake, KFG, Johns Daphne? (Photos)

    Cassie Ryan
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    Shanzai is the Mandarin term for the practice of making pirated and imitation goods. It literally means “mountain stronghold” from the days when warlords and bandits holed themselves up in the mountains, far away from official control. In Chinese culture, copying is viewed as a form of respect, for example trainee artists are taught to replicate masterpieces until their work is a flawless lookalike. But in modern-day China, copycatting is more like an industrial obsession, and it’s often subtly done to fool consumers while avoiding counterfeit issues. However, there’s…
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    The National Memo

  • Late Night Roundup: It’s Bibi Time

    Eric Kleefeld
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Jon Stewart looked at the spectacle of Tuesday’s speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the warnings about the imminent danger of Iran getting a nuclear weapon — that is, how Netanyahu has been warning about this happening very soon for almost 20 years, and calling upon the United States to take action in the Middle East. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Larry Wilmore highlighted the issue of Republicans who want to promote guns on college campuses. The Nightly ShowGet More: The Nightly…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Use Of Private Email Not Unusual, But Still Raises Questions

    Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of personal email accounts as secretary of State mimicked her predecessors but drew attention to her penchant for secrecy as she begins what appears to be a second presidential run. Clinton turned her personal email over to the State Department last year so it could be saved for history, following “both the letter and the spirit of the rules,” Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the presumptive Democratic candidate, said in a statement Tuesday. Yet many of her…
  • Injustice Is Resilient, But So Are Defenders Of Freedom

    Leonard Pitts Jr.
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    First, they sang “God Will Take Care of You.” Then they walked out of Brown Chapel to a playground where they organized themselves into 24 groups of 25 each and set out marching. Their route out of Selma took them onto Highway 80, which is carried over the Alabama River by a bridge named in honor of Confederate general and Alabama Ku Klux Klan leader Edmund W. Pettus. It was about 2:30 on the afternoon of Sunday, March 7, 1965. At the foot of the bridge, the marchers were met by Alabama state troopers. Some were on horseback. Major John Cloud spoke to the marchers through a…
  • Be Very Afraid Of ‘King v. Burwell’

    Gene Lyons
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving, by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are slaves. –Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, 1726 The real question before the Supreme Court in the ballyhooed case of King v. Burwell isn’t merely the continuance of the mandated health insurance subsidies of “Obamacare.” It’s whether or not the United States has essentially become a banana republic — an oligarchy whose legal…
  • An Empire Without Heirs: Season 3 Of ‘House Of Cards’ Brings The Show Home

    Sam Reisman
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    (Warning: This review contains Season 3 spoilers.) “They rule an empire without heirs. Legacy is their only child.” Frank and Claire Underwood, those Beltway Machiavels, have schemed and connived for so long, they’ve left a coat of fresh blood on every rung from the South Carolina state Senate to the Oval Office. Now, at the start of House of Cards‘ third season—in the crosshairs of scrutiny unlike anything they’ve ever seen, and lacking another summit to climb—the Underwoods seem slightly lost, stumbling around the corridors of power without their…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • The Emptiness of Entropy

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    Disinterested time ticks apathetically in the negativity of silence. Cocooned inside rooms on elongated days without vanity or aspirations. Momentary moods meander between boredom and the futility of hoping for anything other than storms the loneliness of the night and anonymity in the darkness.Filed under: Articles
  • Arrival of Kalki

    Neil Flesch
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Arrival of Kalki When Kalki arrived and was manifested to the world he did not utter a single word. He walked slowly wearing simple white clothes, and he was barefoot. His face had a serene and indifferent expression to the world and people. As he walked armies fell on him but no hand, no weapon […]
  • Memorials to Vanity

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    Memorials to Vanity Prepare to be enchanted by symphonic sounds of acuity and beauty displays of pique and explosions of profanity evocative waves of love and adulation restrained tones profound as shadows across a motionless road.   Home | Contact FormFiled under: Poetry Tagged: Blog, Education, Love, Personal, Photography, Thoughts, Truth, Watch & listen, World, […]
  • All gods are dead

    Neil Flesch
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    All gods are dead All gods are dead; so, transcends yourself! In another time when it looked at distant seas, it was said “God”; but now I taught them to say: “Transcend Yourself”. You who thinks and understand, how you can support life without this hope? You should not persist in what is incomprehensible, nor […]
  • The mountains of Zarathustra

    Neil Flesch
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:51 pm
    The mountains of Zarathustra* When the cruelty of the world saddened too much my heart, I brought with me the ashes of what I was once to the mountains. When I realized that my love would be forever incomplete in the midst of humanity, I searched the supreme Creator. Not that invented by men, but […]
 
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh

    Miguel Atanet
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh – on Feb.22 claimed responsibility for bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli earlier in the day. The group published photos of the bombings outside the Iranian embassy in central Tripoli earlier on Feb.22 on its Twitter account. Other photos broadcast by the group also showed destruction produced by the bombings in a parking lot attached to the house of the Iranian Ambassador in Libya, which is adjacent to the embassy headquarters.
  • Georgia Joins Creative Europe EU program

    Miguel Atanet
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:45 am
    Freedom bridge - Tbilisi (Georgia) Georgia joins the EU program Creative Europe – On February 18, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection hosted a briefing dedicated to this event.  The briefing was presided by the Minister of Culture Mikheil Giorgadze and was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tamar Beruchashvili, State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze and the EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman. On February 24, in Brussels, 16:00 local time, Georgian Minister of Culture and Monument Protection Mikheil Giorgadze and the European…
  • Meeting of E3/EU+3 Political Directors and Iran on Iran talks Brussels.

    Miguel Atanet
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    Meeting of E3/EU+3 Political Directors and Iran on Iran talks Brussels. 20/02/2015. The Political Directors of the E3/EU+3 and Iran will meet on 22