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  • Actually, Some Material Goods Can Make You Happy

    The Atlantic
    Rebecca J. Rosen
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's been the refrain of behavioral economists and, in my case at least, my wise husband for years: Spend your money on experiences, not things. A vacation or a meal with friends will enrich your life; new shoes will quickly lose their charm. That's true, but it's not the whole story, argue psychologists Darwin A. Guevarra and Ryan T. Howell in a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Not all goods, they say, should be lumped together. Here's the problem, as Guevarra and Howell see it: In many studies, participants are asked to think about material items as purchases made "in…
  • Cantor, Ex-Majority Leader, to Leave Congress Early

    NYT > Politics
    By STEVE KENNY
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    The early departure of Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican, will allow his successor to participate in the lame-duck session of Congress this fall.
  • Open thread for night owls: GAO decries failure to enforce rules on disposing of drilling waste

    Daily Kos
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Naveena Sadasivam at ProPublica writes Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells: Federal environment officials have failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste deep underground, according to . The report, released Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is critical of the Environmental Protection Agency's inconsistent handling of safety inspections, poor record keeping, and failure to adjust its guidelines to adapt to new risks brought by the recent boom in domestic drilling, including the understanding…
  • Stricken Doc Gives 'Experimental Serum' to Coworker...

    Drudge Report
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Stricken Doc Gives 'Experimental Serum' to Coworker...(Second column, 3rd story, link)Related stories:REPORT: American Ebola Patients Returning to USA...Atlanta Hospital to Treat...LIBERIA WARNS OF 'GLOBAL PANDEMIC'...Europe and Asia on alert...Proves how unprepared we are...WHITE HOUSE: Africa summit in US will go on...HUNT FOR 30,000 EBOLA 'VICTIMS'...Doctor tells of his hell on ward...CDC issues airline advisory...Travelers could face flight restriction...Fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft...Sierra Leone deploys security forces...Quarantines...
  • States Adopt Data-Driven Criminal Sentencing

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    AndreaMackris
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Over the past 10 years, states have increasingly used large databases of information about criminals to identify dozens of risk factors associated with those who continue to commit crimes, like prior convictions, hostility to law enforcement and substance abuse. Those factors are then weighted and used to rank criminals as being a high, medium or low risk to offend again. Judges, corrections officials and parole officers in turn use those rankings to help determine how long a convict should spend in jail. Virtually every state has used such risk assessments to varying degrees over the past…
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    The Atlantic

  • Actually, Some Material Goods Can Make You Happy

    Rebecca J. Rosen
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's been the refrain of behavioral economists and, in my case at least, my wise husband for years: Spend your money on experiences, not things. A vacation or a meal with friends will enrich your life; new shoes will quickly lose their charm. That's true, but it's not the whole story, argue psychologists Darwin A. Guevarra and Ryan T. Howell in a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Not all goods, they say, should be lumped together. Here's the problem, as Guevarra and Howell see it: In many studies, participants are asked to think about material items as purchases made "in…
  • On David Frum, The New York Times, and the Non-Faked 'Fake' Gaza Photos

    James Fallows
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    1. A colleague at the Atlantic made a major journalistic error this week. As he has himself admitted, in the first half of a post on our site. Of course I am talking about David Frum, who sent out a series of Tweets that flat-out and falsely claimed that the New York Times had highlighted a “faked” photo of Palestinian casualties. Frum was entirely wrong; the photo was all too real; and now Frum has apologized, to the photographers and for his snap misjudgment.  I am late to this discussion because I have been out of the country, in Europe, for a week (and still am) and only learned…
  • Senator: The White House Should Launch a Criminal Probe of the CIA

    Conor Friedersdorf
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Senator Mark Udall, a member of the committee that conducts oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency, declared Thursday that the agency should be investigated by an independent counsel for violations of the Constitution, federal criminal statutes, and an executive order pertaining to surveillance. "From the unprecedented hacking of congressional staff computers and continued leaks undermining the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA's detention and interrogation program to his abject failure to acknowledge any wrongdoing by the agency, I have lost confidence in…
  • The End of Paper-and-Pencil Exams?

    Emily Richmond
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Are fourth graders computer-savvy enough to have their writing skills measured in an online assessment? A new federal study suggests that they are, although it’s not clear whether old-fashioned paper and pencil exams might still yield useful results. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is administered every two years to a representative sampling of students in grades 4, 8, and 12. Because each state uses its own mix of assessments, NAEP (along with the SAT and ACT college entrance exams) is one of the few ways of…
  • Track of the Day: 'New Skomorohi'

    Robinson Meyer
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Feeling a under the weather lately? Some acheyness in the legs, or a clogged-up head? Perhaps you haven’t gotten enough polyrhythm lately. You can remedy that with this track, the result of an intriguingly cosmopolitan collaboration. From the 1998 album Mountain Tale, “New Skomorohi” brings together artists across a vast but connected region: the nearly nordic Moscow Art Trio, the traditional Balkan female choir Bulgarian Voices Angelite, and the Tuvan folk ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu. While other “world” collaborations can lean toward bland melange, Mountain Tale is buttressed by the…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: GAO decries failure to enforce rules on disposing of drilling waste

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Naveena Sadasivam at ProPublica writes Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells: Federal environment officials have failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste deep underground, according to . The report, released Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is critical of the Environmental Protection Agency's inconsistent handling of safety inspections, poor record keeping, and failure to adjust its guidelines to adapt to new risks brought by the recent boom in domestic drilling, including the understanding…
  • Cartoon: If you're not confused, you're just not thinking clearly

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • House Republican flailing over border bill drags on

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Welcome to leadership, Rep. Scalise. The newly minted House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise had a really, really bad first effort today, so bad that his vote counting on the big border crisis response bill had to be pulled from the floor, and then maybe resurrected as apparently some members demanded that this vote had to happen before leaving town. So they didn't leave town, and have scheduled another meeting for Friday morning when they work on the vote count, again. All of which has led to this delicious Politico headline: "House GOP in disarray: A fight over the border bill". In a…
  • Sen. Harry Reid's office rubs some salt in Republican wounds on House border bill blunder

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    After House Republicans pulled their attempt at a border bill in a conspicuous display of party incompetence, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his office rubbed some salt in those wounds: "Senator Reid agrees with House Republican leaders’ statement that President Obama has the authority to take steps on immigration reform on his own," [spokesman Adam Jentleson] said. "He's glad Republicans have come around and hopes this means they’ll be dropping their frivolous lawsuit against the President, instead of continuing to waste the American people’s time and money."
  • Chart(s) of the Day: What does the U.S. shamefully have in common with Oman and Papua New Guinea?

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Out of 185 nations, according to Bryce Covert and Adam Peck's look into an International Labor Organization's report, Oman, New Guinea and the United States are the only ones without a guarantee of paid maternity leave. In the States, if you have worked long enough for a company with 50 or more employees, you get 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn, adopted or foster child. Only in California, New Jersey and Rhode Island is any provision made for paid leave in these circumstances. Paid paternity leave is worse. Some 70 nations provide that. Here are some examples: From Covert and…
 
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  • Stricken Doc Gives 'Experimental Serum' to Coworker...

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Stricken Doc Gives 'Experimental Serum' to Coworker...(Second column, 3rd story, link)Related stories:REPORT: American Ebola Patients Returning to USA...Atlanta Hospital to Treat...LIBERIA WARNS OF 'GLOBAL PANDEMIC'...Europe and Asia on alert...Proves how unprepared we are...WHITE HOUSE: Africa summit in US will go on...HUNT FOR 30,000 EBOLA 'VICTIMS'...Doctor tells of his hell on ward...CDC issues airline advisory...Travelers could face flight restriction...Fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft...Sierra Leone deploys security forces...Quarantines...
  • LIBERIA WARNS OF 'GLOBAL PANDEMIC'...

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    LIBERIA WARNS OF 'GLOBAL PANDEMIC'...(Second column, 4th story, link)Related stories:REPORT: American Ebola Patients Returning to USA...Atlanta Hospital to Treat...Stricken Doc Gives 'Experimental Serum' to Coworker...Europe and Asia on alert...Proves how unprepared we are...WHITE HOUSE: Africa summit in US will go on...HUNT FOR 30,000 EBOLA 'VICTIMS'...Doctor tells of his hell on ward...CDC issues airline advisory...Travelers could face flight restriction...Fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft...Sierra Leone deploys security forces...Quarantines...
  • Rare Strain of Lyme Disease Causes Anxiety in Children...

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Rare Strain of Lyme Disease Causes Anxiety in Children...(Third column, 22nd story, link)
  • Suspect in fatal USC attack entered country illegally...

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Suspect in fatal USC attack entered country illegally...(Third column, 21st story, link)Related stories:BUCHANAN: Obama Will 'Transform America' with Amnesty...Illegals Shipped to Hawaii...REPORT: 80% of population growth from immigrants...
  • NFL players to wear shoulder pad RFIDs for on-field stats tracking...

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    NFL players to wear shoulder pad RFIDs for on-field stats tracking...(Third column, 23rd story, link)
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  • States Adopt Data-Driven Criminal Sentencing

    AndreaMackris
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Over the past 10 years, states have increasingly used large databases of information about criminals to identify dozens of risk factors associated with those who continue to commit crimes, like prior convictions, hostility to law enforcement and substance abuse. Those factors are then weighted and used to rank criminals as being a high, medium or low risk to offend again. Judges, corrections officials and parole officers in turn use those rankings to help determine how long a convict should spend in jail. Virtually every state has used such risk assessments to varying degrees over the past…
  • NFL Players Will Have Tracking Chips in Pads

    rcade
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    NFL players this regular season will have RFID chips in their shoulder pads that enable their movements to be tracked in real time. Signal receivers at 17 NFL stadiums will collect and report the data in real time so it can be presented to broadcasters and fans. The 17 stadiums include all 15 that will host Thursday Night Football games. A not-yet-attained goal of the chips is to put them in footballs for first down and touchdown measurement.
  • London to Monitor Drunks with Alcohol Detection Tags

    rcade
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    People in London who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crimes will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor their drinking by recording levels of alcohol in their sweat every half-hour, Mayor Boris Johnson announced Thursday. The yearlong initiative, which will be tested in four London boroughs, authorizes courts to prohibit repeat offenders from drinking alcohol. If any trace of alcohol is detected, the "sobriety tag" will send an alert to the offender's probation officer, and the person may be called back to court and face fines or sentencing.
  • Bill Clinton Pre-9/11: 'I Could Have Killed' Bin Laden

    DeadSpin
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Former President Bill Clinton reportedly told a group of Australian businessmen 10 hours before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that he could have killed Osama Bin Laden. Sky News Australia claimed that only 10 hours before the first plane struck the World Trade Center, Clinton told a business group in Melbourne that he had a chance to kill Bin Laden but passed on it because the operation would have also killed hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan. "Osama Bin Laden -- he's a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once," Clinton says on a…
  • House Republicans Fail to Pass Own Border Bill

    tonyroma
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    House Republicans failed to pass their own bill to address the border crisis Thursday as efforts to build support among conservative members collapsed. Unable to shore up enough votes, House Speaker John Boehner pulled the doomed legislation, which would have provided $659 million in emergency aid to the U.S. border. Lawmakers are now poised to leave Capitol Hill for a five-week recess without passing any funding relief for the southwestern border, where a flood of some 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended since October, straining immigration resources and facilities beyond…
 
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  • After Skype, Then What?

    Josh Marshall
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    On Tuesday I explained that after eight years using Skype as TPM's digital nervous system, we signed off the service for good. I've been surprised about the number of people, publicly and privately, who've asked me and other staffers what system we switched to. I didn't expect it. But it seems like there's a lot of interest. So here goes. Read More →
  • Sums It Up

    David Kurtz
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Democrats of course are happy to watch House GOP flail: "Just record this smile on my face," said an impish Sen. Reid, asked about the House GOP failure to vote on a border bill. — Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) July 31, 2014
  • #SpectacularFail

    David Kurtz
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    House GOP totally has its act together now, y'all. See?
  • Colbert Unmasked

    David Kurtz
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Stephen Colbert out of character and on camera for quite a long time, dispensing advice to teen girls. Really.
  • Tough Act To Follow

    David Kurtz
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Just six more months until Michele Bachmann is out of Congress, but she's trying to make every day count.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Blogging from a gridlocked I-285 right now. Anyone who's been on that perimeter highway during rush hour can imagine my chagrin. Here are some remains of the day: * WaPo update on DCCC's African-American turnout operation, viewed as a midterm Democratic "firewall." * Current Congress still on track to become least productive in last two decades. * At TNR, Rebecca Traister outlines history of conservative efforts to separate reproductive health from "women's health." * At Ten Miles Square, John Bradshaw argues progressives should play active role in encouraging nuclear deal with Iran. * At…
  • Wall Street as a New York State of Mind

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Nestled in a long Prospect interview of Walter Shapiro by Harold Meyerson on All Things Hillary is a nugget that's worth pondering: [T]he worst thing that could have happened to her in terms of framing any economic populist message was to run for the Senate from New York rather than, say, Arkansas. Not only do the Clintons have a certain psychological need for money—that would probably be a separate course in the Department of Hillary Studies—but her constituents were Wall Street, and they were also the people who were funding all the Clinton initiatives and giving speaking fees…
  • No Laughing Matter

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    After today's activities in the U.S. House of Representatives, I read for a second time Gail Collins' New York Times column on the bill that did pass today, authorizing a lawsuit against the president. Here's the pertinent passage: Rather than suing the president for everything he’s ever done, the Republicans tried to improve their legal prospects by picking a particular executive order. They settled on the one postponing enforcement of part of Obamacare that requires businesses to provide health coverage for their employees. “Are you willing to let any president choose what laws…
  • Another Big House GOP Fail

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Despite some nativist tweaks aimed at getting conservatives on board, the House GOP leadership (operating for the first time with Kevin McCarthy instead of Eric Cantor holding the whip) had to pull its much trumpeted border bill this afternoon, apparently abandoning the whole effort while Members head off on their long August recess. Here's Sahil Kapur's summation for TPM: Immigration-weary conservatives said the $659 million supplemental, and the subsequent measure to end the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, didn't go far enough in rebuking the…
  • Lunch Buffet

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Sorry for the late lunch, but as explained earlier, it was unavoidable. Thanks to Martin for filling in. Here are some just-in-time midday news/views treats. * Rep. Rosa DeLauro introduces national sugary soda tax legislation. * Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds law eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employees. * At the Prospect, Paul Waldman predicts the willingness to sue Obama to become an early litmus test for all Republicans. * TNR's David Dayen reports on the metro-wide Bay Area minimum-wage campaign. * At The Nation, Steven Gillers discusses possible obstruction of…
 
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  • Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

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

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

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

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

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

    Alex Rogers
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The House of Representatives rose to bid farewell to outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday, but if the GOP had hopes his passing might usher in a new era of comity between the party’s leadership and its right wing, they were short lived. Less than 3 hours after the symbolic farewell (he’ll serve out the rest of his term as a rank and file member), the GOP House leaders, lacking the votes they needed for passage, pulled a much-touted bill that was meant to address the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied minors streaming across the country’s southwest border by the…
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal on Israel and Palestine — and How Obama Broke Her Heart

    Belinda Luscombe
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Maggie Gyllenhaal comes from a long line of lefties, including her mom Naomi Foner, whose screenplay for Running On Empty was nominated for an Oscar. The actress has been politically outspoken before standing up against the Iraq war. So it’s kind of surprising that she’s not such a fan of Obama,not will she take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Or maybe not that unexpected. Taking sides in the Middle East could turn potential viewers away from her new miniseries The Honorable Woman, which starts on July 31 on Sundance. “You know, you say one word on one side or the…
  • CIA Apologizes for Snooping on Senate Staff Computers

    Denver Nicks
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Updated at 3:24 p.m. MoreCIA Director Apologizes to Senate LeadersSenate NSA Reform Bill Earns Cautious Praise From Privacy AdvocatesSudanese Woman Sentenced to Die for Faith Arrives in U.S. NBC NewsEerie Clinton Tape Surfaces: I Could Have Killed Osama NBC NewsCease-Fire: Israel and Gaza Agree to 72-Hour Pause NBC NewsA report from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General faulted agency employees for improperly accessing Senate staffers’ computers during an investigation into Bush-era CIA interrogation practices. The report, released Thursday by the Central Intelligence…
  • House Republicans Abandon Vote on Border Security Bill in Face of Tea Party Opposition

    alexishauk
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    (WASHINGTON) — House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition.
  • White House: Shelling Of U.N. School in Gaza ‘Totally Indefensible’

    Zeke J Miller
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    MorePhotographers Cover Opposing Sides of Israel-Gaza WarWhite House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has issued the Obama administration’s toughest critique yet of Israeli conduct in the ongoing conflict with Hamas in Gaza, saying Thursday that the Israeli shelling of a U.N. school-turned-shelter for Palestinian civilians was “totally indefensible.” Addressing reporters, Earnest quoted U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that “all available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause” of the attack, which took place early Wednesday morning. At least 19 people died in…
 
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  • House delays summer recess

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    GOP leadership delayed summer recess after pulling a bill to deal with the thousands of detained undocumented immigrants.
  • GOP lacks votes to pass border bill

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    A split in the GOP is delaying action to ease the border crisis, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.
  • Stuck on immigration, House GOP delays August recess

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    House Republican leaders called off a vote Thursday on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration resources, unable to agree among themselves about what to do.
  • GOP pulls border bill

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In embarrassing setback, House GOP leaders canceled a vote on the Republican border funding bill Thursday, after failing to muster enough GOP support to pass it.
  • CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    CIA Director John Brennan apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday and admitted the agency spied on computers used by its staffers who prepared an investigation of the controversial post 9/11 CIA interrogation and detention program.
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  • Israel, Gaza militants start 72-hour ceasefire

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    A 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants went into effect Friday, as a diplomatic push for a more durable end to almost four weeks of bloodshed gained pace. As the humanitarian truce began at 0500 GMT, the skies over the Gaza Strip fell silent, although in the preceeding two hours there was heavy Israeli fire and the sound of outgoing rockets. Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that once the ceasefire was under way, Israeli and Palestinian representatives, including from Hamas, would begin more durable truce talks in Cairo, in a move confirmed by Egypt. As the truce…
  • Cantor tells newspaper he'll resign in August

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
  • Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation as America's new envoy to Russia.
  • International probe to begin at MH17 crash site in Ukraine

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    International experts will attempt Friday to begin a stalled investigation at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as Ukrainian forces threaten to resume their offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a one-day halt. The international probe into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine inched forward on Thursday as experts risked attack to reach the site for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a halt to its military offensive. A small team of Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by international monitors accessed the vast site of the Malaysia Airlines…
  • Today in History

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today is Friday, August 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “I saw that Hillary Clinton visited the headquarters of Twitter and Facebook yesterday. Hillary would also have visited LinkedIn, but she already knows what job she wants.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Egypt and had to pass through a metal detector before he could meet with officials. Which is ridiculous. Everyone knows he’s made of wood.” – Seth Meyers “Happy birthday to England’s Prince George, who turns 1 today. The prince’s first birthday party was a little different. His bouncy castle was an actual…
  • The Angry Echo Chamber

    Iron Knee
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Stephen Colbert is brilliant, just brilliant: Yes, that’s twice this week I’ve done postings about Sarah Palin. But I have an explanation: with all the mess and bad news both internationally and domestically, we need some comic relief. Related posts: The Murdoch Echo Chamber Incestuous Echo Chamber Angry War on Christmas, part 3 1/2
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “President Obama was giving an interview recently, and get this, he said he thought that Joe Biden would be a good president. When asked why, he was like, ‘Because he’d make me look AMAZING.’” – Jimmy Fallon “In a recent interview, President Obama said Joe Biden ‘would be a superb president.’ In a related story, Hillary Clinton punched a hole in a door.” – Seth Meyers “NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is back in the news. He says the military at the NSA often shared nude photos that Americans had emailed to one another. So if…
  • What’s Wrong with American Business

    Iron Knee
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    You can’t get a much better example of why American business sucks. Forbes magazine just published an article “5 Reasons Why You Should Admire Comcast“. If I didn’t know better, I would think it was satire, but it isn’t. First, the article is so full of misinformation it isn’t even funny. Like one of their reasons to admire Comcast is because they have made lots of money while “waging war on competitors like Time Warner”. Hmmm, so that’s why when Comcast recently applied for federal permission to merge with Time Warner they claimed that it…
  • I wish the mainstream media was this aware

    Iron Knee
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow I look forward to seeing panel four more often, on the real news. Related posts: Prime evidence of why the Mainstream Media sucks The Mainstream Media is Worthless Mainstream Media loses last ounce of integrity
 
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  • Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever, Poll Shows

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, the highest share since President Barack Obama's health care reforms became law more than four years ago, according to survey findings released Friday. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's health care tracking poll for July reveals that 53 percent of people view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably, a jump of 8 percentage points since June. July's results mark the fifth time since April 2012, and the first time since January, that at least half of Americans are not supportive of the health care reform law. The poll found that the share of…
  • Senate Follies Almost Derail Confirmation Of New U.S. Ambassador To Russia

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    In the midst of major political turmoil, fiery rhetoric, sanctions, violence in eastern Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, America's new diplomatic envoy to Russia almost didn't get confirmed by the Senate. On Thursday night, a Republican senator refused to confirm John F. Tefft as the new ambassador to Russia as payback for a procedural change made by the Democrats last year, The Associated Press reported. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said he blocked the vote for diplomatic appointments, including Tefft, because of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to limit…
  • Obama Doesn't Like Katy Perry -- He LOVES Her

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    We have an important clarification to make: President Barack Obama doesn't like Katy Perry. He LOVES her. HuffPost's Jen Bendery was the pool reporter during an event Thursday in which the president sung the praises of Perry, who would perform that evening at a White House event for the Special Olympics. "I like Katy Perry," Bendery's initial pool report quoted the president as saying. "She is just a wonderful person. I just met her mom, now I know why she's such a wonderful person." Committed to getting the story right, Jen gave the audio another listen and found the president actually has…
  • Why Can't Obama Enforce Peace Between Palestine and Israel?

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Not long ago, perhaps less than a decade ago, I was one of those Iranians who view Palestinians as terrorists and opportunists. As somebody who was born and raised in Iran, I can confidently tell you that this view is prevalent there; there are many Iranians who view Palestinians in this way. Tehran is one of the biggest supporters of the Palestinian Hamas movement, and of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, and ultimately it is the Iranian government's support for such organizations that creates this feeling among the Iranian public. Iran's state media coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict…
  • Big Banks Remind Us Why We Should Be Scared

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Three separate events in Washington Thursday served as reminders that America’s big banks continue to pose risks to college students, consumers, and taxpayers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the Center for American Progress and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group were among lawmakers and organizations warning that college students and their families are being harmed by financial institutions that either refuse to reduce student debts, push borrowers into default, or prey on low-income students through campus-sponsored banking products that hit them with high fees when they try to…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Bush-Era EPA Administrator Baffles Fox Business Hosts: "We Need To Regulate" Carbon

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    From the July 31 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Company:Previously: Fox Host Thinks Ice In Antarctica Shows "Global Cooling" Myths and Facts About EPA's Carbon Pollution Standards REPORT: Fox News Enlists Fossil Fuel Industry To Smear EPA Carbon Pollution Standards
  • NRA's Ted Nugent Reacts To Concert Cancellation By Comparing Critics To Nazi Propagandist

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent lashed out after the cancellation of an upcoming concert, claiming his critics are like Nazi chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels. On July 21 the Coeur d'Alene Tribe announced that Nugent will not perform at the tribe's Idaho casino on August 4, citing "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks." The Puyallup Tribe followed suit, cancelling two scheduled concerts at its Washington state Emerald Queen Casino because they didn't want their venue used "to promote his racism."    Nugent, who is also a spokesperson for Outdoor…
  • Fox's Krauthammer Derides GOP Flip-Flop On Obama's Executive Actions

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer chastised House Republicans for their "ridiculous" flip-flopping in the span of a day on their outrage over President Obama's executive actions. On July 31, Republican House Speaker John Boehner tabled a bill promoted by House leadership aimed at addressing the crisis of undocumented youths at the U.S.-Mexico border, after which he and other Republican House leaders issued a statement saying, "There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action." But the…
  • Fox & Friends Is Back To Hosting Pro-Impeachment Guests

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    From the July 31 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox Host Claims Conservatives Aren't Talking About Impeachment 12 Days After One Called For Impeachment On His Show Fox & Friends Host Dismisses "Faux Fear" Of Impeachment Immediately After Laying Out Case For Obama's Impeachment The Conservative War Over Impeachment
  • Fox's Bolling Lectures Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg For Lack Of "Working Knowledge" On Hobby Lobby Case

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    From the July 31 edition of Fox News' The Five:Previously Right-Wing Media's Fan Fiction On Hobby Lobby And The War On Women In Wake Of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Right-Wing Media Pretend Generic Birth Control Pills Fit All Women's Needs Fox's The Five Pushes Myth That Hobby Lobby Case Was About "Abortion Pills"
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Promising Ebola Drugs Stuck in Lab Limbo as Outbreak Rages in Africa

    Katharine Daniels
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    by Helen Branswell, National Geographic, As Sheik Umar Kahn, Samuel Brisbane, and Patrick Sawyer lay dying of Ebola virus disease this week, the West African hospitals where the men were being treated had few medical tools with which to try to save them. As is too often the case, the meager options failed. The three — Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor, the chief physician at Liberia’s leading medical center, and a Liberian government official — are among at least 729 people who have died of Ebola in the current months-long outbreak. The first in West Africa and the largest on…
  • For Somalia, “Team Canada” means more money, fewer jobs

    Katharine Daniels
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    by Michelle Shephard, Toronto Star, Canada – The tables start to fill inside the air-conditioned Maka al Mukarama Hotel cafe just before sunset. Hunks of black forest cake and frothy cappuccinos are ordered, as members of Mogadishu’s who’s who exchange nods and handshakes. They keep determinedly coming here even though the hotel has been hit twice by suicide bombers from Al Shabab. Mohamed Ali Nur, arguably Somalia’s most important ambassador, sits at one table in the corner, soon joined by his compatriots. Canadian compatriots, that is. Read More »
  • Growing outrage at Gaza unites LatAm

    Katharine Daniels
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    by Vera Von Kreutzbruck, Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina – With the conflict in Gaza worsening by the day, horrifying images emerging from the territory and the death toll now reaching more than 1,300, several Latin American countries have united their voices to condemn the Israeli military offensive by recalling their ambassadors from Tel Aviv. The growing momentum against Israel’s attacks on Gaza in the region is particularly notable, with many Western governments refusing to condemn Israel’s actions in such strong terms. Outcry so far against the violence has been heard from…
  • What to Do With Our Grief Over the Mid-East Crisis?

    Katharine Daniels
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    by Leeat Granek, Huffington Post Blog, USA – We are three weeks into the Mid-East crisis and the only thing everyone can agree on is that it’s terrible. The death toll on both sides, as is repeatedly pointed out in every media outlet, is mounting. That is about as productive as the dialogue gets. It’s where the grief starts and ends. The rest — newspaper articles, Facebook posts, Twitter messages, television clips, radio sound bytes on the issues — simplify a complex situation, divide people around the globe, and create growing intolerance, hatred, aggression,…
  • These Twenty Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways

    daniellenierenberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Innovations in agriculture don’t just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights. In fact, youth around the world are creating inspiring projects and products that are changing how we grow, prepare, and eat food. Food Tank is excited to showcase twenty young entrepreneurs who are shaking up the global food system! Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez, graduates of the University of California, Berkeley, turned away from the world of consulting and investment banking to pursue mushroom cultivation. After successfully growing oyster mushrooms using coffee grounds and cardboard…
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    Wonkette

  • Wonkette Proudly Brings You Wonkette Finger Puppets, For Your Fingers

    Doktor Zoom
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Let’s be honest about our motives here. We’re jealous. Yes, jealous, we say, — of the smart guys at Richmond, Virginia alt-weekly Style, and their hilarious McDonnell Trial Activity Book, which takes the unbelievably tacky corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and lays it all out on the back of a Denny’s placemat. We are, frankly, in awe — there’s mazes, coloring, a “find the Antabloc” game, a word find, and paper dolls, including the infamous white Ferrari. And after we saw that on the Rachel Maddow Show last night, by golly,…
  • Bill O’Reilly Wants To Keep Pot Illegal For The Sake Of The Blacks And The Children

    Gary Legum
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Giant forehead Bill O’Reilly got very upset with The New York Times this week because the Grey Lady’s editorial board decided to take a sane and rational position in favor of marijuana legalization. This upset old Loofah Bill because of the children, or the liberals, or The Blacks, or something. Bill’s not sure what he’s worked up about, just that if the Times is for it, he’s agin’ it! We think. It’s a good thing for his career and his bank account that Bill is a talk show host, because otherwise he would just be an angry old white guy spewing nonsense every evening in the…
  • House GOP Forgot To Hold Vote To Punch Border Children In The Face

    Doktor Zoom
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    In a development that people sitting in sensory deprivation tanks under 300 feet of bedrock actually could see coming, the House Of Representatives completely failed to do anything about the influx of immigrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border before going into recess for six weeks. Republican leaders pulled the already-watered down bill for $659 million, most of which would have gone to unneeded beefing up of border security, because tea partiers were going completely apeshit about how the bill supposedly would make it too easy for Barack Obama to declare himself Emperor of Mexicans and…
  • The Week In Lawsuits: House GOP Saves Republic From King Obama With Heroic Sueage

    Beth Ethier
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Augh, summer. The heat makes everybody so agitated! Across America, politicians, ex-politicians, and the politician-adjacent have all been feelin’ extra litigious. In today’s Politigation Roundup, we bring you the beginning of one stupefyingly expensive and pointless lawsuit launched from the bowels of the House Republican Caucus, the end of another lawsuit by a former Governor and current semi-famous crazy person, and the hollowest, most eyeroll-inducing of lawsuit threats from a blogger/activist/twerp in Mississippi who doesn’t like actual journalists putting his name in…
  • Rand Paul So Tired Of Mean Liberals Making Him Explain Why The Civil Rights Act Sucked

    Gary Legum
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Yesterday, while talking to Ari Melber in the filthy liberal demagogue echo chamber of MSNBC, Senator Rand Paul went into the defensive, whiny-ass titty-baby mode he always goes into when anyone calls him out for saying something stupid (somewhere around 7:50 in the above video). And since Rand Paul says many stupid things, there is a plethora of material. Like four years ago when he had to reassure everyone he would not try to overturn the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while also raising questions about whether the law should have outlawed discrimination by private businesses based on race. On…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Disarray. After a chaotic afternoon, which saw the GOP leadership suddenly pull their [border crisis] legislation from the House floor because of flagging support, lawmakers planned a Friday morning meeting at 9 a.m. to try to plot a path forward. Plans are in flux, and subject to change at any minute, aides and lawmakers warned. In […] Read this post »
  • Ebola: First case coming to America

    Mary Katharine Ham
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Today? The largest outbreak in history continues unabated in West Africa. Three Americans have been infected, one of whom was the man who died upon his arrival in Nigerian megacity Lagos last week. Now, Emory University hospital in Atlanta will be taking the transfer of an Ebola patient, reportedly an American aid worker: Emory University Hospital […] Read this post »
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds Gov. Scott Walker’s signature Act 10 in its entirety

    Mary Katharine Ham
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Affirmed. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ended a three-year battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s signature legislation Thursday, delivering a 5-2 decision in the law’s favor. Act 10, passed by a majority GOP legislature in 2011, limited collective bargaining for public employees, sent the state’s elected Democrats into hiding in another state to avoid a vote on it, […] Read this post »
  • Is Romney poised for a comeback?

    Allahpundit
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Oh yes. I’m pretty sure the answer was, is, and will remain “no,” but if it’s a day ending in “y,” I’m willing to troll you guys by revisiting the subject. Matt Lewis makes the case: Romney would similarly have to get real. No more phoniness. No more telling us what he thinks we want to hear. […] Read this post »
  • Video: Baffling gun-control ad from Mike Bloomberg’s group draws inevitable response

    Allahpundit
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Threats. Via The Blaze, I’m torn between applauding the rebuttal ad (from Liberty Pennsylvania) and thinking it’s totally unnecessary. Apart from the most devout gun-grabbers, everyone watching the first clip below is already imagining the scenario in the second, right? Good lord, even the reliably liberal women of “The View” couldn’t help letting their thoughts drift […] View the video »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Tips And Tricks For Real Estate Buying Success

    Randy
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    TIP! Homes that need multiple improvements or updates are sold at a reduced price. Purchasing one of these lets you save money, and you can put work into the home at your pace and on your budget. Do you really know all you need to know about purchasing real estate? There’s so many small things you need to know. Some of the most expert buyers still learn new things all the time. The tips provided in this article are here to help anyone who is thinking about buying any type of real estate. TIP! Find an honest, reputable partner that can be trusted when looking for an expensive, large…
  • Insurance Do’s And Don’ts For The Average Person

    Randy
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    TIP! You can save money on insurance expenses by getting the latest quotes before you purchase or renew a policy. Each company uses a different method to calculate your premiums. Insurance can be tricky for many people. Finding the right balance between good coverage and affordable premiums is a challenge. Approach your insurance search in an organized manner to find the most affordable coverage that meets your needs. TIP! When running a business, it is important to be sure that you are properly insured. Most policies over fairly wide coverage but, in the situation that you’re exposed…
  • Basic Tips On How To Make Money In The Stock Market

    Randy
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    TIP! Before getting into the stock market, carefully observe it. Before investing, try studying the market for a while. Investing is a subject where there is plenty to learn about. If you read all that is written about investing it would take you an extremely long time and leave you more confused than before you began reading. What do you need to comprehend before you start investing? This article will explain everything. “Keep it simple” can apply to stock market investment. Keeping trading activity, market predictions and data analysis simple, can help you to avoid making…
  • Simple To Follow Home Business Ideas That Work

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

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

  • Best Reactions to the “50 Most Beautiful” List

    fdc
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    There have been a lot of reactions to The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful List, a tradition 11 years in the running, but we’ve collected a few of the best here. Enjoy. Best Use of Smarmy Sarcasm “Scientifically speaking, the most beautiful person on the hill would be a well-oiled sailor in wrinkled jeans, a tie, [...]The post Best Reactions to the “50 Most Beautiful” List appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    #NATIONAL #DarthVader2016; 100 days until the election, can you make it?; Summer Vortex > Polar Vortex; Yelp trends: Chicken or the egg?; Nope nope nope nope; Could a Sharknado actually happen?; Type /ponystream into your gchat, just do it; Don’t just adopt a pet, adopt a best friend; there’s an out-of-control satellite full of procreating geckos in [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Reactions to Metro Could Only Be This Happy in Commercials

    fdc
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    The post Reactions to Metro Could Only Be This Happy in Commercials appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Review

    Wendell White
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Skinny (No Spoilers) Apes so real, you’ll feel like they ACTUALLY want to kill you! Solid film and sequel. The entire movie depends on the CGI and the effects don’t disappoint. The Apes steal the show, leaving humans as supporting cast and catalyst for the drama within the primate’s world. While nothing really shocked [...]The post Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Review appeared first on FamousDC.
  • What’s Better Than A Bowl Of Chili Before Boarding A Plane?

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

  • Iron Dome or Iron Sieve? Evidence Questions Effectiveness of U.S.-Funded Israeli Missile Shield

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Just hours after the White House condemned the shelling of a U.N. school in Gaza, the Pentagon confirmed it was providing Israel with fresh supplies of ammunition, including mortar rounds for tanks and ammunition for grenade launchers. Meanwhile, members of Congress are working to supply hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding for Israel’s "Iron Dome" missile shield. While U.S. news anchors, pundits and politicians have repeatedly extolled the efficacy of the Iron Dome in deflecting rocket attacks, the acclaimed physicist Theodore Postol says there is no evidence…
  • U.S. Jewish Leader Henry Siegman to Israel: Stop Killing Palestinians and End the Occupation

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    In the second part of our interview, Henry Siegman, the former head of the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America, discusses the assault on Gaza, Hamas’ rocket attacks on Israel, and how peace could be attainable if the Obama administration reverse decades-long support for the Israeli occupation. Born in 1930 in Germany, Siegman fled as the Nazis came to power, eventually arriving in the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In New York, Siegman studied and was ordained as an Orthodox…
  • "Enough Blood Has Been Spilled": Israel Condemned for Striking U.N. Shelter as Death Toll Tops 1300

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned what he called the "outrageous" and "unjustifiable" Israeli shelling of a U.N. shelter in Gaza that killed 20 Palestinian civilians on Wednesday. Many of the dead were children who were sleeping. The United Nations has not directly condemned Israel, but says all available evidence points to its responsibility for the bombing. It was the sixth time a U.N. shelter had been bombed since the Israeli offensive in Gaza began 24 days ago. The United Nations said it had given the coordinates of the shelter to the Israeli…
  • Headlines for July 31, 2014

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Palestinian Toll Tops 1,370, Including 315 ChildrenIsrael: No Ceasefire Without Tunnels' DestructionSecretary-General Condemns Israeli Shelling of U.N. SchoolU.S. Approves New Weapons Transfer to Israeli MilitaryIsraeli Bombing Kills 17 in ShejaiyaIsraeli Bombing Kills 2 Journalists in GazaMuch of Gaza Without Electricity, Running WaterPillay: Israel in "Deliberate Defiance" of Int'l LawSeveral Arrested in CodePink Protest at Israeli EmbassyHouse Approves Boehner Request to Sue ObamaCongress Poised to Approve VA Healthcare BillD.C. Protest to Call on Obama to End…
  • Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: "A Slaughter of Innocents"

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • 10 Questions for Paul Ryan

    By JOHN HARWOOD
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin sat down with The Times's John Harwood to discuss his antipoverty proposal, the performance of Congress and his political future.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, July 27

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    A brief cease-fire in Gaza and a stalled investigation of the downed Malaysian flight will dominate the Sunday shows conversation.
  • 10 Questions for Hillary Rodham Clinton

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

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

    By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    The National Archives on Friday unsealed about 1,000 pages of documents from the Clinton administration, the sixth such release in recent months.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • C.I.A. Admits Spying On Senate, Senate Finally Outraged About Surveillance

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    After years of denials, the Central Intelligence Agency is now admitting that it did in fact spy on the Senate by accessing a computer network that Senators and staff were using as part of an investigation of the agency’s detention and interrogation programs: WASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program. In a statement issued Thursday morning, a C.I.A. spokesman…
  • House Drops Border Bill, Tells President They Are Suing For Acting Alone To Act Alone

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    As I noted earlier today, the House’s version of a supplemental spending bill to deal with the border crisis was imperiled by opposition from Tea Party groups, led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz who has spent the last several days lobbying House Republicans to vote against the bill proposed by their own leadership. As the day began, though, it looked as tough the House would actually go forward with a vote, though, and debate on the bill actually proceeded to the point where the House would be ready to vote on the bill later today. In the end, though, the House pulled the bill from the…
  • House Votes To Authorize Utterly Pointless Lawsuit Against President Obama

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Yesterday, on an entirely unsurprising party line vote, the House of Representatives voted to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama on the ground that he exceeded his authority has President when he extended the deadline for employers to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandates until 2015: WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to sue President Obama for overstepping the powers of the presidency — a move that has angered conservatives who call it insufficient, emboldened Democrats who say Republicans are being vengeful, and further…
  • Utah Blogger Fired for Homophonia

    James Joyner
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    The folks at the Nomen Global Language Center are not that adept with the local language. Paul Rolly reports for the Salt Lake Tribune: Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there. This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature. But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language…
  • House Border Bill In Doubt In Face of Tea Party Opposition

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    With mere hours left before Congress heads out of town, the House of Representatives is set to vote later today on a bill that is supposedly intended to address the ongoing border crisis created by the arrival of Central American migrants at the southern border. At some $650 million, the House bill is but a fraction of the $3.7 billion in emergency funding that the President has requested to deal with the crisis, and it is far below even the roughly $2.5 billion that a parallel bill in the Senate contemplates authorizing. However, even this bill is in doubt thanks to opposition from Tea Party…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    By Sonali Kolhatkar The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society. Related Entries July 31, 2014 Israel and Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza July 31, 2014 U.S. Says Gaza School Attack ‘Totally Unacceptable’ but Restocks Ammo
  • Israel and Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Shutterstock At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire is scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday. Both Hamas and Israel have agreed to hold their fire, the BBC reported that afternoon: “We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire,” the statement added. “This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve…
  • Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
      Composite image made from this Shutterstock image, as well as this one. Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia. On Thursday, what started as the Polish newspaper Puls Biznesu’s call to action, in an editorial titled “Stand against Putin: eat apples, drink cider,” quickly picked up speed online (via The Guardian): Several Poles have since endorsed the…
  • Citizen Militias

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries July 31, 2014 GOP Stamps and Suits July 31, 2014 Nixon Tapes
  • U.S. Says Gaza School Attack ‘Totally Unacceptable’ but Restocks Ammo

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    The White House condemned the deadly shelling by Israel of a U.N.-designated girls’ elementary school in Gaza as the Pentagon confirmed it recently restocked Israel’s ammunition supplies. The attack killed 16 Palestinians on Wednesday. Some 3,300 civilians had taken shelter at the school after Israel told them to evacuate their homes. After Israel took responsibility for the shelling, President Obama’s press secretary Thursday criticized the attack as “totally unacceptable” and “totally indefensible.” He added: “It is clear that we need our…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Federal Judge Knocks Down Remaining Challenge To New Jersey’s Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy

    Zack Ford
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    CREDIT: Daniel Gonzalez After New Jersey passed its ban on ex-gay therapy for minors last year, two lawsuits were filed challenging the law, one by therapists wishing to continue to practice the harmful treatment and one by a family seeking to continue the treatment for their son. In November, a federal judge ruled against the therapists, and on Thursday, the same judge dismissed the family’s challenge, again upholding the ban. The ruling somewhat comes out of the blue. The case had been stayed back in March while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to take up an appeal in a…
  • Boehner Encourages Obama To Take Executive Action, One Day After Voting To Sue Obama Over Executive Action

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Hours before Congress broke for the August recess, House Republicans claimed that the President could use executive action to fix the border situation with unaccompanied children fleeing violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. In a press statement released Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other House Republican leaders indicated that President Obama could address the crisis “without the need for congressional action,” a statement tinged with some irony…
  • U.S. Judge: Federal Government Can Seize Emails Even If They’re Stored Overseas

    Lauren C. Williams
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo – Ted S. Warren Microsoft must hand over emails stored in its data center in Dublin, Ireland in accordance with a U.S. federal warrant, a judge ruled Thursday. The ruling, handed down by New York federal district court judge Loretta Preska, determined the government could seize emails regardless of where they are physically stored as long as the company is based in the United States. Thursday’s decision follows a months-long battle that started after a New York judge issued Microsoft a search warrant in December to submit copies of emails stored on its Dublin,…
  • Why Is ‘Europe’s Last Dictator’ Hosting The Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks?

    Will Freeman
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. Putin and Lukashenko attend a flower laying ceremony in Minsk on the anniversary of Minsk’s liberation from Nazi troops during WWII. CREDIT: AP Images Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, announced Wednesday that he would host upcoming peace talks between Russia and Ukraine after being chosen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). While picking Belarus makes diplomatic sense, as the nation is both a close ally of Moscow and sympathetic to…
  • No, National Parks Don’t Cause Problems For Border Control

    Katie Valentine
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Heavy rain clouds slowly roll over the Organ Mountains on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Organ Mountains Desert Peaks is the newest national monument created by the Obama administration. CREDIT: AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Viapando The House decided not to vote on its controversial border bill due to lack of support Thursday, a move that means that the public lands along the border are, at least for now, safe from the interference the bill would have allowed. House Republican leaders, however, said on Thursday evening that they would try again to vote Friday. The bill would have given Customs…
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  • Play the Slate News Quiz

    Ken Jennings
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
  • The Great Man Theory of Funk

    Douglas Wolk
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Get On Up, Tate Taylor’s biopic about the great R&B singer James Brown, is a portrait of a performer whose monumental presence and raging ego drove him from a childhood of desperate poverty all the way to the top, and then over the top. Aided by an electric performance by Chadwick Boseman, the film nails Brown’s mastery of the stage and the microphone, and the way he immediately dominated every space he entered. In an early scene, Brown and his band are in Vietnam in 1968, on their way to perform for American troops; the plane is under fire, the group is freaking out, and Brown’s up…
  • Mississippi’s Willful Neglect

    Jamelle Bouie
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Like most Republicans, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is an Obamacare refusenik. A staunch opponent of the law, he rejected the Medicaid expansion, refused to build an exchange, and won’t encourage Mississippians to enroll in the federal backstop.
  • Enemy of the Good

    David Weigel
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    On Thursday morning the CIA stopped hiding the truth. According to an internal investigation, the agency had peered into the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computer network. Yes, it was sorry, and yes, it would form an accountability board led by former Sen. Evan Bayh, though it was unclear how that move would restore anybody’s confidence in government. CIA Director John Brennan had lied when he’d called the hacking “beyond the—you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.”
  • What Poker Has to Teach Us About Missile Defense Systems

    Mike Pesca
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Listen to Episode 61 of Slate’s The Gist:
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Feds Say Big Banks Are Still Too Big to Fail

    Erika Eichelberger
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Six years after the financial crisis, the largest US banks are likely still too-big-to-fail, according to a study released Thursday afternoon by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). That means that these massive financial institutions are still so important to the wider financial system that they can expect the government to bail them out again if they are close to collapse. Even though the GAO study found that this advantage banks enjoy dropped off significantly in 2013, "this is a continuing issue," Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who has introduced legislation aimed at ending bank…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 31, 2014

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    US Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division participate in a training mission in Florida. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Callaway.)
  • The Feds Are Demanding That Twitter Turn Over More User Info Than Ever

    Dana Liebelson
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    US law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hitting Twitter with more information requests about its users than ever before, and in most cases the social network is handing over some data, according to a new report released by the company on Thursday. Twitter notes that many of the government demands, which are typically related to criminal investigations, are originating from California, New York, and Virginia. They're coming from federal, state, and local law enforcement and intelligence officials, a Twitter spokesman says. Like several other tech companies, Twitter releases…
  • Gaza Conflict Divides Congressional Progressives

    Alex Park
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    With the war in Gaza continuing without an end in sight, congressional leaders are rallying to condemn Hamas rocket attacks and support Israel. But members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus have been divided over the conflict, with some commending Israel's military for its use of precision weapons and others outraged by the conflict’s mounting Palestinian civilian causalities.  The division was clear on July 29 when caucus co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who has visited Gaza three times since 2009 and previously condemned the Israeli blockade of Gaza, published an…
  • Watch: UN Agency Spokesman Breaks Down In Tears While Talking About Gaza School Bombing

    AJ Vicens
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    United Nations Relief Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness has been talking to media outlets around the world about the situation in Gaza, "advocating passionately," as he puts it, "for Palestine refugees to enjoy all their rights to the full, including the right to a just and durable solution." Gunness' agency runs schools in Gaza that are being used as shelters by Palestinian families and have been attacked six times in the current conflict (the Israeli military says it has found rockets in the schools on occasion). On Wednesday he was talking to an Al Jazeera interviewer about the most…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Colbert Spars With Union-Busting Campbell Brown

    karoli
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Mrs. Dan Senor has a new project to keep her busy this summer and fall. As the new school year looms on the horizon, Campbell Brown 'tearfully' announced that she has no option but to file a lawsuit in New York that looks just like the recently-decided Vergara v. California. For the children, right? No. Brown admits that she intends to use the cudgel of the courts as an entry point for other attacks on teacher unions in New York and other states. Capital New York: Campbell Brown hopes her lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure laws will "force a new legislative process" around a broad…
  • Bill O'Reilly Blames GOP Obstruction On President Obama's Recent Approval Ratings

    Heather
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    It looks like President Obama's speech the other day, where he said to Republicans "just stop hating all the time" and to quit obstructing everything he's been trying to get done before he leaves office got under Bill O'Reilly's skin, because he made it the subject of his Talking Points Memo this Thursday night. Bill-O did his best to make excuses for the Republicans and the fact that they've been completely unwilling to govern and rather than admit that they've simply been unwilling to give him a single accomplishment or that many of them just really hate President Obama, O'Reilly tried to…
  • Open Thread - Never Forget

    Bluegal aka Fran
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Via Dem Newswire. Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Maddie & Tae

    Ryan Pressman
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    While country/western has never appealed to my tastes, I have to say that this song is pretty entertaining. It might actually be the only country/western song to contain clever, thought-out lyrics. Plus, it's got some serious societal commentary and genre criticism delivered with all the (completely-warranted) sass it needs. Maddie & Tae spare no one in this parody, making fun of every single trope you could possibly find in a modern country/western song. Plus, it's nice to see some social progress taking place in a certain, unspecified geographical location within the United States.
  • CNN Interviews Stephen Hadley On Israel, Fails To Disclose Raytheon Ties

    Heather
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    It's bad enough that CNN is bringing on former Bush administration officials to weigh in on matters of war and peace after their part in leading the debacle known as the invasion of Iraq, but it seems it's also asking to much to disclose their conflicts of interest as well. Jake Tapper brought on former Bushie Stephen Hadley to carry water for Israel and to pretend that they're taking any care whatsoever not to target civilians in Gaza, and he was only introduced as "a former national security adviser to President George W. Bush" and "now a principal at Rice Hadley Gates, which is an…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for July 31, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Please listen carefully, as our menu options have changed. – To go fuck yourself, press 1 – To hear these options again, press 2 Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your … Continue reading →
  • The Venereal Game: or, you don’t have a dirty mind, do you…?

    Jim Booth
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    James Lipton’s book on venery is about as much fun as one can have with words. I’m back to the 2014 reading list with a book I picked up at my favorite used book shop – this one about as … Continue reading →
  • Not news: banks making bank on overdraft fees, to the tune of $30+ billion

    Frank Balsinger
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Here’s a radical idea: let’s do away with unsecured overdraft altogether According to Moebs Services, Inc., last year banks collected $31.9 billion in overdraft fees. This meme sums it up nicely, I think. If banks only offered overdraft protection secured … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 30, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who was wrong on the internet. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 30, 2014
  • S&R Fiction: “Genuflection” by A.J. Huffman

    fiction
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    The obedient dancer enters, on pointe.  A sacrifice of white, she does not realize she is already a ghost of the star she should have become. Her veil flies behind her, wing to fuel her leaps.  Her eyes, already lost … Continue reading →
 
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The articles Lisa Goldman refers to above are as follows: “Beautiful Dream of Israel Has Become A Nightmare” by Gabor Mate; Liberal Zionism After Gaza, and The Liberal Zionists, by Jonathan Freedland; and Zionism And Its Discontents, by Roger Cohen. Here’s another decent human being and a friend, the legendary newsman, Jon Snow: We can all heave a sigh of relief that a humanitarian cease-fire appears to be imminent. On another matter related to the welfare of stranded children, I’m trying to get something straight. For the last couple of months, the right-wing noise…
  • Why Hasn’t John Brennan Resigned?

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I offer you a simple set of facts: under the Bush administration, the CIA set up a program that indisputably contained torture techniques; in due course, the Senate Intelligence Committee investigated the program in order to get some clarity as to its intent, its techniques, its authorization and its results; as the Committee was doing its work, the CIA hacked its computers in order to craft its own defense and suss out what the Committee had discovered. When Senator Feinstein publicly accused the CIA of this grotesque interference in its affairs, and assault on the constitutional separation…
  • Native Tongue Tied

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Olga Khazan reflects on her struggle to recall her first language 25 years after emigrating: I haven’t spoken Russian with any regularity since I was in my early teens, when, tired of middle-school ostracism, I decided to become as Americanized as possible. Many psychologists think that we forget languages, and other things, because of “disuse” – the memories that we don’t try to recall very frequently become more deeply buried over time. Which explains why, even though you once aced your French midterm, you can no longer remember how to declare that you would like to go…
  • Homeless Outlaws

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Sleeping in your car is no longer legal in many cities: Over the last three years, American cities have responded to growing populations of homeless families by criminalizing their lives on the street, argues a recent report from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a Washington, D.C.-based legal advocacy group. Surveying 187 cities across the U.S., the group found an increase of citywide bans aimed at preventing homeless people from living in public view. … The ban on sleeping in your car or truck is a downright trend with the number of laws criminalizing the action…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Fans attend the Buelent Ceylan performance at the 2014 Wacken Open Air heavy metal music festival in Wacken, Germany on July 31, 2014. Wacken is a village in northern Germany with a population of 1,800 that has hosted the annual four-day festival, which attracts 75,000 heavy metal fans from around the world, since 1990. By Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • WTO Fails to Ratify Trade Agreement

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    The World Trade Organization failed to ratify an agreement designed to streamline the global trade system, frustrating a late push by U.S. officials to convince India to reach a compromise that would have secured a deal.
  • Syrian Defector's Photos Could Trigger War-Crimes Charges

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The Obama administration is fashioning a new strategy to prosecute Syrian war crimes based on a trove of photos smuggled out of the country by the defector code-named Caesar.
  • Investigation Finds CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Central Intelligence Agency officers improperly accessed computers used by a Senate committee investigating the agency's interrogation program, an agency report says.
  • Highway-Funding Bill Clears Congress

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Hours before the government was set to cut payments to states, the Senate cleared legislation to fund highway and mass-transit projects through May, agreeing to a 10-month patch passed by the House and sending the measure to the president.
  • Christie Seeks a Bipartisan Victory on Bail

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday took the extraordinary step of speaking before the state Legislature to urge an overhaul of bail laws, a test of his ability to score a bipartisan achievement after months on the ropes.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • CIA Post-9/11 Torture Ops

    Russia Today
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When the CIA first began using its controversial interrogation and detention methods after the September 11th attacks, it reportedly declined to tell the Secretary of State and other American ambassadors about its actions. The revelation comes from the Senate’s still-unreleased report scrutinizing the United States’ post-9/11 interrogation techniques, and first came to the public’s attention Wednesday when the White House unintentionally emailed a document detailing the findings to an Associated Press reporter. The report – parts of which could be declassified by the White House in…
  • The Real Science Is Suppressed

    L.K. Samuels
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Almost every day claims are made by political pundits and so-called experts that mankind is the prime cause behind changes in our climate.  The problem with such claims is that they have no basis in science, especially within the new sciences of chaos theory and complexity science. To treat climate change as almost entirely anthropogenic is bad science. And chaos theory and complexity have already debunked this myth long ago. Chaos theory arose from climate and weather prediction models, along with the non-repeatable and chaotic behavior found in the three-body problem. And what chaologists…
  • Terrorism and Gaza


    No Author
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals. Below are two charts reflecting the deaths of civilians, soldiers and “militants” in both Gaza and Israel since the July 8 Israeli…
  • Nixon’s Secrets

    Roger Stone
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Bay of Pigs, the JFK Assassination, Watergate and the Nixon pardon finally connected- and the dark secrets of Watergate are revealed. In “Nixon’s Secrets” the blockbuster book by Roger Stone with Michael Colapietro…out August 11th from Skyhorse Publishing the dark secrets of these historic events are finally exposed, the light and dark side of Nixon exposed and analyzed. Nixon’s Secrets Chronicles Nixon’s greatest triumphs, his bitter loses , his Spartan like disciple , meticulous preparation , hard work and resilience . Chart the rise and fall and rise of fall…
  • A Murdered Doctor, a Secret Lab, and the Killing of JFK

    No Author
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On Monday, two threads in New Orleans’ long and sometimes twisted historical tapestry will intersect, giving us one of the most unlikely events of the summer. It’s a traditional jazz funeral, being held for a woman murdered 50 yeas ago, who, some say, had a mysterious connection to the man who assassinated John F. Kennedy. Only in New Orleans. “Mary Sherman was a beautiful, educated, and successful woman, beloved and respected by those who knew her,” says Ed Haslam, whose book about the woman’s murder, “Dr. Mary’s Monkey,” has been something of an underground classic for 20…
 
 
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  • July iphone dump

    Stephanie
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I apologize in advance for the boatload of photos in this post.  A lot has happened in July, and most of it was documented with my iphone camera.Since we are slowly working on accomplishing our summer of realistic dreams, we tackled Cate's top choice-  suspending a stapler in jello.  Fortunately, I had a spare red stapler and bought a few boxes of green jello, so...Needless to say, I had to trash the stapler after all was said and done.  And no, we did not eat the jello.I went out to lunch with some friends for a birthday and Alice and her BFF Lily asked me and Alison…
  • I've been married 20 years

    Stephanie
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    and, it really doesn't feel like it.  Time flies when you're having fun, and our marriage has been lots and lots of fun.I remember when I was dating Wes and considering whether or not he was the kind of person I wanted to be married to, I seriously contemplated all aspects of our relationship.  And, although my heart and soul where deeply distracted with all sorts of twitterpated feelings, my mind was clear and I  spent some serious time studying it out in my head- whether Wes was not only a good match for me, but whether he was good person. Of course I was in no way perfect,…
  • Am I your hate-read?

    Stephanie
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    (Documenting my good hair day today.  Thank you good hair gods for giving me this sweet gift on my birthday.)I've been thinking for months that the one thing I'd like most for my birthday is to have a day where I could say whatever was on my mind and have no repercussions for doing so.  And, that's not realistic, I know, but still.  I like to fantasize about the possibility of it.  How freeing it would be.  How nice it would feel to not have to constantly filter everything I think, and just let the truth of the matter flow freely from my lips.But, the cost would be…
  • Personal Declaration of Independence

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

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

  • Can the US and China Coexist in Africa?

    Nick Turse
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Juba, South Sudan—Is this country the first hot battlefield in a new cold war? Is the conflict tearing this new nation apart actually a proxy fight between the world's two top economic and military powers? That's the way South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth tells it. After "midwifing" South Sudan into existence with billions of dollars in assistance, aid, infrastructure projects, and military support, the US has watched China emerge as the major beneficiary of South Sudan's oil reserves. As a result, Makuei claims,…
  • "Speaker Cruz" Tanks John Boehner's Border Security Bill

    Patrick Caldwell
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The House GOP fell into chaos and bickering Thursday afternoon, when House Speaker John Boehner yanked a pair of bills from the floor at the last minute. The House was supposed to have an easy final day of work before members jetted home for their five-week summer recess. But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), starring in a cameo role as Speaker of the Tea Party, sabotaged Boehner's best-laid plans. The GOP leadership had originally intended to pass a limited spending measure to bolster border security and immediately scoot off, leaving the final tricky decision-making to the Senate. But the…
  • Should Obama Fire His CIA Chief for Misleading the Public About the Senate Spying Scandal?

    David Corn
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    On March 11, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, strode on to the Senate floor and made a shocking charge: the CIA had spied on committee investigators who were examining the CIA's past use of harsh interrogation techniques (a.k.a. torture). She essentially confirmed media reports that the agency had accessed computers that had been set up in a secured facility for her staffers to use—and that this high-tech break-in was related to a CIA memo that the agency had not turned over. The document was far more critical of the CIA's…
  • Are There Two Different Versions of Environmentalism, One "White," One "Black"?

    Brentin Mock
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    This story was originally published on Grist. Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,We, the people, must redeemThe land, the mines, the plants, the riversThe mountains and the endless plain –All, all the stretch of these great green states –And make America again! – Langston Hughes, 1938 I really didn’t want to have to address this. While reading through University of Michigan professor Dorceta Taylor’s latest report, "The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations," and thinking about what I would…
  • We’re Not Just Reducing Demand For Electricity—We’re Destroying It

    Daniel Gross
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    This story was originally published on Slate. The Wall Street Journal had a good front-page article this week about the challenges facing the nation’s utilities. For the longest time, electricity sales and consumption went hand in hand with economic growth. In the last several years, not so much. Electricity retail sales peaked at 3.77 trillion kilowatt-hours in 2008, dropped in 2008 and 2010, recovered a bit in 2011, and fell in each of the next two years. The 2013 total of 3.69 trillion kilowatt-hours was down 2 percent from 2008. The culprits are many: changes in the economy (less…
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    The Raw Story

  • KKK members call for shooting young refugees dead: ‘Leave the corpses laying on the border’

    Arturo Garcia
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    A self-described “Imperial Wizard” for a Ku Klux Klan organization openly defended his group’s call to deal with the thousands of young Central American immigrants coming to the U.S. through a “shoot to kill” policy, Al Jazeera America reported. “To me, they’re breaking the law when they come here,” a hooded man identifying himself as Robert Jones said. “If we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of them off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see that we’re serious about stopping…
  • Senate passes $16.3 billion bipartisan bill overhauling Veterans Affairs dept.

    Reuters
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate late on Thursday overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to a $16.3 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding the bulk of the cost to the federal deficit. The 91-3 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law just before Congress starts a five-week summer recess. The plan, which contains $10 billion in new emergency spending that is not offset by any budget savings, aims to clear months-long waiting lists for healthcare appointments at VA…
  • San Diego police: Comic-Con cosplaying teen’s injuries caused by a six-foot fall

    Arturo Garcia
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    San Diego Harbor Police said in a statement on Thursday that the injuries suffered by a 17-year-old girl during San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend were a result of a fall. “Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet,” the statement read. A spokesperson later told The Raw Story that there was a structure near the pool at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, where the girl was found wearing a Roger Rabbit costume around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, suggesting such a fall. She was subsequently hospitalized…
  • Senate Republicans block $2.7 billion bill addressing Central American refugee kids

    Reuters
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate legislation giving President Barack Obama $2.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of Central American migrant children amassing at the southwestern U.S. border was blocked on Thursday by Republican opposition. By a vote of 50-44, 10 short of the 60 needed, the bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle. Republicans objected to the cost of the measure and complained that it would not be effective in discouraging rising illegal migration of children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Earlier on Thursday, the House of Representatives failed to…
  • To prove he’s not a racist, Maryland GOP candidate holds bizarre press conference

    Arturo Garcia
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Maryland Republican candidate Michael Peroutka berated Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center, MSNBC host Al Sharpton and other groups while refusing to back down on his association with a neo-Confederate group during a far-ranging public statement on Wednesday, Right Wing Watch reported. “Republican leadership here in Maryland has rightly said that this race card sideshow is a distraction from the real issues,” Peroutka said. “But they make the mistake, however, in attempting to kowtow to liberals and Democrats that created that distraction.” Peroutka,…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Three in 10 Conservative voters would prefer Ukip coalition in 2015 poll

    Rajeev Syal
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Tory support for Ukip pact narrowly trails that for another deal with Lib Dems in event of hung parliament next yearNearly a third of Conservative voters would prefer their party to form a coalition with Nigel Farage's party rather than any other, according to a survey.The figure of 30% support for a coalition with Ukip compares with 31% who would favour a continuation of the current partnership with Liberal Democrats in the event of a hung parliament in 2015. Continue reading...
  • Stephen Batess diary: Political neutrality? Thats so yesterday for ex-DPP Keir

    Stephen Bates
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Being named after one Labour legend is not enough for Keir Starmer. Now he wants to replace another Two candidates are already putting up to replace Frank Dobson as Labours candidate and replicate his hefty majority in Holborn and St Pancras at the next general election. It may depend on whether there is an all-woman shortlist, but if not the former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has tossed his wig into the ring. He may have been politically neutral as DPP, but his first name gives the game away: his socialist parents named him after the Labour pioneer Keir Hardie. He has…
  • Boris Johnson tries to distance himself from idea of driverless London buses

    Alex Hern
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    No plans for automated buses in the capital, insists mayor's office, despite publishing document that talks up cost savingsReplacing London's driver-operated buses with driverless vehicles would provide large cost savings as part of a "paradigm shift" in the way people travel, according to a controversial passage in a document published by Boris Johnson this week.However, the loosely worded job-cutting suggestion had to be swiftly disowned by the mayor's office on Thursday, even though the document in which the futuristic idea was aired was published in support of Johnson's 2050…
  • Parliament failing to represent UK's ethnic diversity

    Rajeev Syal and Ami Sedghi
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Commons needs 117 black and minority ethnic MPs to reflect population, but only 27 are not whiteThe three main political parties in the House of Commons are falling woefully short of reflecting the racial mix of their constituents, new research has found.Nearly a fifth of constituents of all Labour MPs are black or minority ethnic (BME), but the parliamentary party is 93.8% white, according to the data. Continue reading...
  • BBC Trust's hunt for new chairman 'undermined by political meddling'

    Mark Sweney
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Former culture secretaries Ben Bradshaw and Tessa Jowell criticise Cameron and Osborne intervention, and delay in charter renewal talksPolitical meddling in the hunt for the next BBC Trust chairman is serving to undermine the corporation in advance of critical royal charter renewal negotiations, according to former culture secretaries Ben Bradshaw and Tessa Jowell.Interviews for the £110,000-a-year job took place on Thursday and continue on Friday, but the shortlist of four or five does not appear to include any of a string of heavyweight figures considered to be prime contenders to…
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    * Today the House Republican leadership pulled its immigration bill when it realized it wouldn’t pass. Afterward, John Boehner issued a statement that included this: This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal […]
  • House GOP gives up on immigration, but finds time to sue Barack Obama

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Well there you have it: with only a day remaining before the August recess, Republicans in the House of Representatives will not be passing a bill to address the large numbers of Central American children showing up at the southern border — something they all agreed was an urgent crisis that required immediate attention — […]
  • How Tea Party could get the shaft in border fight

    Greg Sargent
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Today, the House is voting on two measures on the border, in a maneuver designed to get the GOP border bill past conservative opposition. The first vote is on the border bill itself, which includes scaled back funding to address the crisis and changes to the 2008 law to speed deportations — which GOP leaders […]
  • Morning Plum: House GOP struggles with immigration monster it created

    Greg Sargent
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Today House GOP leaders are set to find out if they can pass a response to the border crisis that does not also include a measure to maximize future deportations from the interior. Multiple reports indicate that House Republicans have hit on a solution to their problem: Conservatives don’t want to pass any funding to […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    * The ultimate experiment in GOP governance: Zachary Goldfarb has a long, instructive look at how Governor Sam Brownback tried to turn Kansas into a red-state nirvana, and instead created disaster. * Paul Ryan may have just destroyed his presidential hopes for 2016: “I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president […]
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  • The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Plausible deniability comes from the intelligence community and apparently the term was first put down in embryonic form during the early years of the Cold War. It allows people higher up the chain of command to deny knowledge of, and avoid responsibility for, actions performed by their subordinates. It was designed to allow US government officials to avoid criticism associated with covert actions carried out by intelligence agents in the field. It's understandable, to an extent, in the life and death world of the late 40's where nuclear war had suddenly become a real possibility thanks to…
  • The Wrong President at the Wrong Time?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Nuclear power plant operators in Germany have set aside 34 billion euros in anticipation of the cost of scrapping Germany's nuclear power program. It is estimated that it will be insufficient. As the world awaits some sort of response to Russia's role in the MH-17 tragedy, it is worthwhile to reflect on the importance of energy independence. Chancellor Merkel and the EU's response has, so far, been less than robust to put it mildly. Russian gas is of course to blame. It shouldn't be the case in a rational world, but the only rational response to Russian aggression is to place a high enough…
  • Super Pacs May Be Needed To Rein In Putin

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

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

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

    Alex Davies
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Back in 2010, the Navy decided it could use a self-flying helicopter, to take over dangerous missions delivering cargo to Marine Corps stations in Afghanistan. The work is usually done by human-driven ground vehicles that are susceptible to improvised explosive devices and insurgent attacks. Lockheed Martin landed the $45.8 million contract to make it happen. […]
  • The Iconic WWI Vehicle That Paved the Way for Modern Cars

    Alexander George
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    When the First World War began in June 1914, the automobile was in the middle of its awkward teen years. The vehicles had popped up in the hands of the wealthy and early adopters, and Henry Ford had just started mass production of the Model T. But getting around on horseback was still the go-to […]
  • How Designers Are Reinventing Trauma Care to Save Soldiers’ Lives

    Liz Stinson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Trauma bays and operating rooms are designed to run as smoothly as possible, but inefficiencies still plague the system.
  • Have a Drone? Check This Map Before You Fly It

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

    Alex Davies
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whoever fired a missile at Malaysia Flight 17 could have learned to do so in less than a week.
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  • Sheila Jackson Lee: I Didn’t Do That, And Here’s The Document That Proves I Did!

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    They really do think we’re stupid–or perhaps they just don’t appreciate how stupid they are. From Buzzfeed.com:   Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee argued Wednesday the Republican effort to sue President Obama is nothing but a veiled attempt to impeach him — something Democrats never did to President George W. Bush: ‘I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with…
  • Chris Kyle: He’ll Have The Last Laugh

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Jesse Ventura, conspiracy theorist and noted widow abuser As regular readers know, I’ve written several articles on the late Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper and American Gun. Kyle was a Navy SEAL and the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history.  My prior articles, which have been among the most read I’ve ever published, are: June 4, 2012: The Universe Has A Good Laugh  February 3, 2013: Chris Kyle: Ave Atque Vale February 8, 2013: Chris Kyle: America Dodges A Bullet February 12, 2013: Chris Kyle: A Warning  May 1, 2013: Chris Kyle: The Universe Has A Second Laugh  The…
  • Shaneen Allen: The Cruelty Of New Jersey Authorities

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Shaneen Allen and her children Regular readers, being among the best-informed Americans–not because of me, but because you demonstrate your acumen in comments every day–have surely heard of Shaneen Allen, the 27 year-old single mother of two arrested for daring to carry a handgun in her vehicle during a brief trip to New Jersey. Allen, who, rather than living on the tax dollars of others, works two jobs to support her boys, is now facing a felony conviction and up to ten years in a New Jersey prison. At The Truth About Guns, my latest article about this warped morality tale is…
  • Diverse Grade Inflation/Fraud

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    credit: heraldsun.com.au As a teacher of high school English, I am bombarded with all manner of lunatic initiatives. The idea of teaching well, of leaving teachers alone to provide the best possible educational opportunity their abilities and resources allow, is long past, a relic of pre-modern thinking. These days there are many destructive trends bedeviling those of us in secondary education. Mandatory, high stakes testing, tied to the ideals of Common Core–and in many ways, driven by it–is omnipresent and kills months of instructional time. “College Readiness,” is also…
  • A Dispatch From The Front

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    credit: bbc.co.uk Israel is the front line in the war for civilization. Too many Americans, including our President and Secretary of State don’t realize a global war is being waged for the very future of the human race. Or perhaps they do realize it, and want the barbarians to win. Nonetheless, there is a global Jihad, with each Jihadist group vying with the others to reach new lows of barbarian depravity. How depraved? Consider this story from Tabletmag.com:  As the death toll of Operation Protective Edge rises, the deaths of children are firmly in the spotlight—and rightly so. It pains…
 
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Overnight Open Thread (7-31-2014)

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Children Pose With Their Most Prized Possessions       Charles C. Cooke: Smarter Than Thou Ace mentioned this article a day or two ago but the entire thing is worth reading since it encapsulates so much that is wrong with...
  • No, Stop, It's Too Cute. Stop It Right Now.

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    A dog had been separated from its owner for two full years. The owner was away in Slovenia, but returned home to Pennsylvania, whereupon she saw her pooch. Here's the little guy's reaction at the reunion....
  • 72 Hour Ceasefire Declared in Hamas-Israel Fight

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Beginning at 8 pm am on Friday. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations announced early Friday that Israel and Hamas had agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza conflict. Israel...
  • Leftwing "Wonks" Shocked Again to Learn Basic Things

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    I would propose a simple definition of "expert:" One who is not surprised or even stunned to learn the basics of his claimed field of expertise. By this definition, the left has a serious lack of experts. I might add...
  • The Only Appropriate Reaction to the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Decision on Act 10

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The voter ID decision is also a biggie, but here is the orgasm-inducing quote from the Milkwaukee Journal-Sentinel:In upholding Gov. Scott Walker's union law limiting collective bargaining for most public employees, the state Supreme Court effectively ended major litigation...
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    So this is the kind of logic we get when courts start trying to massage the Constitution in order to uphold a law like Obamacare. First we had John Roberts saying that, despite what legislators and the President said at the time, the individual mandate was a tax. Now, a panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it isn't really a tax. The problem is that pesky Constitution that requires that tax laws originate in the House, but Obamacare grew out of the Senate bill. So now the appellate court has ruled that, despite what John Roberts said, the law doesn't raise taxes to…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    As the WSJ points out, not only does the IRS have a partisan streak, it also has a foreign policy. We see this in the case of Z Street, a non-profit that seeks to inform people about issues relating to Israel. So, for their own reasons, the IRS delayed its application for tax exempt status because they were "giving special scrutiny to groups whose missions might conflict with Administration policies." Sound a bit shifty to you? Of course. And so Z Street sued for viewpoint discrimination and the House Ways and Means Committee has obtained emails to demonstrate how the IRS was regarding a…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Eliana Johnson got a leak of a Michelle Nunn campaign strategic memo. Nunn is the Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia and probably the best hope that the Democrats have of a pick-up this Fall. There is nothing really new or even surprising in the memo. It just confirms how the Democrats regard their various constituent groups. They look to gays, Asians, and Jews as fundraising sources. So there is a warning to Nunn that she doesn't yet have a position on Israel yet her position will "largely determine the level of support here." As of the memo, her position on Israel was labeled "TBD."…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Charles C. W. Cooke summarizes the increasing embarrassment that the Obama administration is facing in trying to argue that the wording in the Affordable Care Act that limited federal subsidies only to states that established their own exchanges was just a typo. Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist regarded by many as the architect of Obamacare has been making that argument since the Halbig decision. But now video and audio have surfaced from 2012 with Gruber giving speeches telling people that states are going to want to establish their own exchanges because they won't get subsidies.The…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Now this is the true war on women.The militant group Islamic State (Isis) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.The Washington Post editorial board doesn't have the same moral blindness of some other media outlets. They fully recognize how the evil of Hamas has brought this invasion on themselves.Hamas’s offensive tunnels should not be confused with the burrows it has dug under Gaza’s border with Egypt to smuggle money, consumer goods and military equipment. The newly discovered structures…
 
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  • Did the EPA Abuse It’s Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?

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

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

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

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

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Video at link below. Bob has never impressed me as the sharpest tack in the pack. While interviewing Lindsay Graham on “Face the Nation” today, Bob Schieffer flubbed when he said Graham was seeking “path to citizenship for Hispanics.” Except one thing – hispanics aren’t banned from citizenship in America! Geez. via Another Gaffe | SOOPERMEXICAN. The post Bob Schieffer Thinks All Hispanics Are Illegal appeared first on Riehl World News.
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  • Dem Chair Says Obama ‘Doing His Job Less Often’ Than Any Prez Since Cleveland?

    Warner Todd Huston
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Once again we see how stupid Democrat Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is with a clumsy comment filled with false implications and absurd assumptions not to mention unintentional hilarity as this fool proclaims that Obama has done his job “less often” than any president since Grover Cleveland. In an appearance on the odious and bottom […]
  • Unions Scold School For Not Celebrating Cop Killer

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    A group of unions in California have gotten together to criticize the Oakland Unified School District for refusing to allow a lesson plan to appear on its website that compares murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal to civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The “Urban Dreams” lesson plan tells students to “critically examine a possible parallel […]
  • Wall Street Journal: Supporting Palestinians Means You Are a Blithering Idiot & Immoral, Too

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens has an excellent, clarifying piece explaining why if you support the so-called Palestinians that you are pretty much a moron, and an immoral moron at that. And he is dead on, too. In his July 28 piece, “Palestine Makes You Dumb,” Stephens made the salient point that in a […]
  • POLICE STATE: Border Patrol Attacks Americans, Lets Illegals Go

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Fox Business Network’s John Stossel released a very disturbing report on the abuses of Americans at the hands of Border Patrol agents who are stopping cars 100 miles inland from our borders all across the nation–not just in the southwest. They are breaking into cars, tazing Americans, detaining them, and then releasing them with no […]
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was a royal success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rick Adams) – 2) (yetanotherjohn) – “Wow, Elton John looks good for his age.” 3) (guido81_MA) – “Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl But she’s always getting in the way […]
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  • Capybara blogging

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Capybara bloggingby digbyThe most normal thing I've seen all day:Zoo Berlin recently welcomed five baby Capybaras to their South American exhibit! Born just several weeks ago, the five pups, along with mother, Lucia, explored their enclosure for the first time! Careful to stay close to mother and each other, they enjoyed their time investigating various aspects of their home at the zoo.Native to South America, the Capybara is classified as the largest rodent in the world. They have a distinctly large, blunt head and a pig-like appearance. Capybaras are capable of running as fast as a horse.
  • I gotcher freedom and liberty rite-cheeyah

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I gotcher freedom and liberty rite-cheeyahby digbySo yeah, the 2nd literally trumps the 1st now:Several years ago, the American Medical Association advised doctors to ask their patients about firearms and “educate patients to the dangers of firearms to children” in the name of public health. But doctors in Florida may be suppressed from giving this medical advice, now that a federal appeals court upheld a Florida law that became known as the “physician gag rule” because it punishes doctors for talking about guns.The ruling could have major implications as policymakers examine gun…
  • QOTD: Mark Udall

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    QOTD: Mark Udallby digbyOn the revelation that the CIA has admitted to hacking into the the Senate computers and that John Brennan has created and "accountability board" chaired by the noted corporate hack Evan Bayh, Udall said:"During CIA Director John Brennan's confirmation hearings, he promised to fundamentally change the culture at the CIA and to respect vigorous and independent congressional oversight. His actions and those of CIA officials whom he oversees have proven otherwise," Udall said in a statement. "From the unprecedented hacking of congressional staff computers and continued…
  • Mississippi mud slinging

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Mississippi mud slingingby digbyThis made my day. Conservative writer Charles C. Johnson is standing his ground against the GOP establishment --- which he seems to believe wants to kill him. Why? Because he went down to Mississippi and fell for a bunch of local con men:Johnson thrust himself into the middle of Mississippi's tense political dispute earlier this month when he reported on Stevie Fielder, a self-proclaimed minister who claimed that Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign bribed black voters in the Republican runoff against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel.Fielder was paid by…
  • If GOP wants to attracts working women they'd better change their tune on contraception

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    If GOP wants to attracts working women they'd better change their tune on contraceptionby digbyMy piece for Salon today is about the GOP's silly "War for Women". Yesterday, high-ranking Republican woman Cathy McMorris Rogers unveiled a bold new campaign to reach out to the half of the population the GOP has been trying to keep broke, barefoot and pregnant. And to prove that they are the party of business and branding, Republicans even came up with a scorching new slogan that’s destined to set the meme-world on fire:“The War for Women.”That’s right, they’ve cleverly declared that…
 
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  • Late Night

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • Thursday Evening

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Enjoy
  • Non-Partisan Bi-Partisanship

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The political press are, of course, purely objective, having no ideology and no policy preferences. Except, of course, they do, both as individuals and as a culture, collectively. There's pressure (failing, but still) on Republicans to do something about immigration law in part because the collective agrees something must be done. Even though "something" is pretty loosely defined, it's about the most liberal "everybody agrees in a non-partisan bi-partisan way" issue that we've had in awhile. Doesn't mean I understand it.
  • Afternoon Thread

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    enjoy
  • Savvy

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    One big pet peeve is the people who inevitably respond to any report of specific state malfeasance with, "this surprises you???" Sometimes it's from those who are being apologists - spying on you is their job!!! - and sometimes it's from those who have long ago concluded that everything is inevitably horrible and that everybody else is just a naive fool who is unaware of the evil around us.boring
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Late Night FDL: Can’t We Be Friends

    Suzanne
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald — Can’t We Be Friends. What’s on your mind?
  • Late Night: The Untouchables

    cocktailhag
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In American life, there is a large and growing number of institutions that act with utter impunity, are coddled by a fawning media, and no one, certainly not our supine elected officials, can dislodge them from their lofty perch, from which they shit on us all like cackling birds aiming at a just-washed car. The Banks Universally loathed by their customers and haughtily scornful of the meekest attempts to curb their power, they scoff at our lapdog government and timid DOJ, even as they commit serial acts of theft, fraud, money-laundering, and perjury. Electing a nominally liberal President…
  • Tomgram: Nick Turse: An East-West Showdown in the Heart of Africa?

    Tom Engelhardt
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    AFRICOM may be part of a massive proxy war between East & West. For the last two years, TomDispatch Managing Editor Nick Turse has been following the Pentagon and the latest U.S. global command, AFRICOM, as they oversaw the expanding operations of the American military across that continent: drones, a special ops surge, interventions, training missions, bases (even if not called bases), proxy wars.  Short of a major conflict, you name it and it’s probably happening.  Washington’s move into Africa seems connected as well to the destabilization of parts of that continent and the…
  • Haunting the Conscience of the World

    Isaiah 88
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mohammed Omer . . . In Gaza the nights are longer than any night in the world. Night in the world is supposed to be for sleep, but here the night is for horror. The Guardian . . . United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday. At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza.
  • Gaza Conflict: 72-Hour Ceasefire; 1451 Palestinians, 59 Israelis Dead

    fairleft
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Ban Ki-moon condemns #Gaza school attack, demands accountability & justice. More updates: http://t.co/WiohNZsvZ5 pic.twitter.com/GmsI1KHYyc — United Nations (@UN) July 31, 2014 According to Al Jazeera, “Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu Zuhri, tells AJE that Hamas and all factions in Gaza agree to the United Nations ceasefire for 72 hours starting from 05GMT [midnight ET], as long as the other side abides to it.” Earlier: “UN and US say humanitarian truce in Gaza has been agreed by all sides as Israeli and Palestinian delegations on way to Cairo.”…
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    TalkLeft

  • CIA Director John Brennan Admits CIA Spied on Senate Staffers

    Jeralyn
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    With the declassified version of the Inspector General's report outlining the CIA's unauthorized intrusion into U.S. Senate staffers' computers on the horizon, CIA director John Brennan admitted today the agency spied on Senate members.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trial Over OKC Bombing Videos Ends

    Jeralyn
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The four day trial over Jesse Trentadue's attempt to obtain additional Oklahoma City Bombing videos has ended. The judge reserved ruling. The FBI presented witnesses today to say the tapes never existed, which was an 11th hour claim. Up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Immigration Debacle for House Republicans

    Jeralyn
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    They'll try to fix it tomorrow, but as of now, the border control bill has been a total debacle for Republican House leadership today. [Republican Sen. Ted] Cruz, the hard-line Texas Republican, has been working behind the scenes to stir up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Exonerated Innocent Man Describes 21 Year Prison Nightmare

    Jeralyn
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Kenneth Ireland of Connecticut was 17 when he was arrested for raping and killing a woman. During his police interrogation, he maintained his innocence. He was 18 when he was tried and convicted. 21 years later, in 2009, he was freed after DNA... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Mass Massacre in Tikrit: "Down By the River"

    Jeralyn
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    I can't bring myself to watch (and won't link to) the ISIS video of the massacre of hundreds of Shi'ite Muslims and army deserters in Tikrit. Almost all are in their 20's and 30's. The video is 36 minutes long, and the real... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Fix

  • How Obama feels about Congress right now — in one McKayla Maroney face

    Jaime Fuller
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Yup, that's basically how President Obama feels about Congress right now. Before signing an executive order on workers' rights and federal contracts Thursday, Obama spoke about the House's decision to move forward with a lawsuit accusing the president of abusing executive orders. "And I said to Speaker Boehner, tell your caucus the best way to avoid me […]
  • House Republicans are the gang who can’t shoot straight. Again.

    Chris Cillizza
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Oops, they did it again. A spending measure designed to address the ongoing crisis of undocumented children entering at the country's southern border was shelved Thursday because the Republican leadership couldn't rally the necessary votes to pass it. That decision raised the specter that the House would adjourn for a five-week summer recess without passing any sort […]
  • Andrew Cuomo is in trouble — but probably not for reelection

    Philip Bump
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This post has been corrected. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has three things going for him as he faces a reelection campaign this year. First, he's a Cuomo, and the last name that helped him earn his current position, following in the footsteps of his popular father, former governor Mario Cuomo, likely still works […]
  • The ‘do-nothing’ Congress isn’t even good at doing nothing anymore

    Aaron Blake
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    In a last-minute twist, the House looked as though it might adjourn Thursday for August recess without passing a bill to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Quelle surprise. The fact that this Congress isn't getting much done is no secret. And as the great Philip Bump wrote a few weeks back, it's on pace […]
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.

    Chris Cillizza
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Ted Cruz is running for president. No, he hasn't announced it yet. But if you can tell a man by his actions, then expect to see Cruz in Iowa a LOT more over the next year or two. (Cruz will be in the Hawkeye State on Saturday to headline a dinner thrown by Bruce Rastetter, […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Don't Run the Country Like a Business

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In political campaigns, you often hear candidates promise that they will run the country like a business. To me, that's almost a disqualifier. I live in New Jersey's Third Congressional District, and the two major party candidates are running for a seat being vacated by the retirement of a former NFL football player. The Republican candidate is an insurance CEO (who lives 90 miles outside the district) and touts his business experience as a reason why the people of the district should send him to Washington. To me, being a successful businessman has about as much relevance as being an NFL…
  • ICYMI: Colbert buys his own Sarah Palin website

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I love me some Stephen Colbert, that devilish, Montclair-flavored man whose raised eyebrow keeps me sane. But I missed this. Colbert, not to be outdone in superdooper patriotism, has launched his own Sarah Palin thesarahpalinchannel.com. Go there, sit through the video ad I can't scrub away for you (capitalism!) and you can watch Colbert make the merciless fun of Sarah Palin that she so richly deserves. With his own damn chainsaw, eagle, fishes, humping moose and stuff that goes boom. 'Murica! I got all confused when the (real-ish) Sarah Palin subscription channel (just $9.95/month!) was…
  • Transforming Newark

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    The two biggest items in the Newark budget are school education which is controlled by the state and the police department which is now under federal monitorship. Soon the city will likely have to cede authority over its budget in order to gain State funds and other assistance to balance its books. Gov. Christie in Belmar yesterday said he is "Newark's number one fan" but so far this year he has not provided the assistance this low resource city needs. Enter Newark's new mayor Ras Baraka, an educator, former council member, and community activist who vowed to "take back Newark" from…
  • Christie's Summer of Failure - And Ours

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Promoted by Rosi, who is not as convinced as the writer or the first commenter, of the eventual outcome. As the dog days of Summer set in (actually, it's pretty cool out today, now that I think about it), the nearly unbelievable extent of the failures of our strong-willed governor have clearly emerged. Here is a man who was elected to one of the most powerful governorships in the nation, yet, after a full term and then some, he's achieved nothing. In infrastructure, he failed us. He vetoed the construction of a long-overdue Trans-Hudson link in his first term. Now he's illegally shuffling…
  • Where were you in 2013?

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Promoted by Rosi. smh. The NJ State Democratic Committee sent out a fundraising e-mail this morning with the subject line: Stop Chris Christie. Where were you guys in the 2013 gubernatorial election? AWOL!
 
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  • Michael Cannon gives the game away

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Cato's Michael Cannon, a mastermind behind Halbig, has made much of video clips in which ACA architect Jonathan Gruber seems to suggest that states that do not build their own exchanges might forgo their citizens' access to the tax credits subsidizing coverage. Gruber has since claimed that the assertion was a verbal slip, and that he probably meant to suggest (at a time when no one expected states to abstain from building their own exchanges) that a federal "backstop"  might not be in place in time for the first open season.That's how I understood Gruber when I listened to the first…
  • What's the web got to do with it? -- the uninsured need human help

    Andrew Sprung
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I have an article forthcoming elsewhere (I hope) that examines why many people who visited healthcare.gov remained unaware that they were eligible for subsidies to defray the cost of health insurance. That article is mainly focused on website design, e.g., getting a quick subsidy calculation in front of site visitors. A new Urban Institute report* drawing on information from Health Reform Monitoring Survey data collected this June spotlights a different aspect of reaching the uninsured: For many, access to expert human assistance is vital.The report compares the experience of those who were…
  • Would you kill the Boys from Brazil?

    Andrew Sprung
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Professing himself a lifelong Zionist, Roger Cohen proclaimed a kind of apostasy yesterday:Jews, above all people, know what oppression is. Children over millennia were the transmission belt of Jewish survival, the object of what the Israeli novelist Amos Oz and his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger have called “the intergenerational quizzing that ensures the passing of the torch.” No argument, no Palestinian outrage or subterfuge, can gloss over what Jewish failure the killing of children in such numbers represents.I am reminded of the conflict dramatized in Ira Levin's terror novel, The Boys…
  • The ACA provision that should have killed Halbig

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Ever since a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court found in Halbig v. Burwell that the ACA only authorizes subsidies to be paid for health insurance bought in state-run exchanges, not in state exchanges set up by the federal government, progressive reporters have been ransacking the record to prove what they always knew: that the law's creators never intended to exclude federally run exchanges from the subsidy regime.  Today, Greg Sargent and Jonathan Cohn both published compelling circumstantial evidence to that effect.It seems to me, though, that such circumstantial evidence…
  • If I forget thee, O Buffalo

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    But how could we, when there's the Garden Walk to draw us back every year? Pro tip: the city of legendary winters has delightful summers.  And gardening fever spreads block by block, year by year. Now there's almost 400 gardens to tour ( here's a few of them). No competition, and no admission fee, though donations are solicited.Some years ago, the city got itself designated an "All America City" -- a tagline that strikes me as rather fatuous. I have a belated alternative: Bee Balm City.As an added bonus, Buffalo has reclaimed a bit more of its ole industrial waterfront with a beautiful…
 
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    Opinionator

  • On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa

    By TINA ROSENBERG
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi became "positive deviants" in the global fight against H.I.V./AIDS.
  • A Mother’s Ambitions

    By YAEL CHATAV SCHONBRUN
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Both leaning in and leaning back have proved to be harder than I expected.
  • Detroit’s Drought of Democracy

    By JASON STANLEY
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The city's emergency powers are being exercised to maximize financial efficiency. But there is no obvious connection between financial efficiency and the public good.
  • The Battle of the Crater

    By RICHARD SLOTKIN
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    How a brilliant Union plan at the Siege of Petersburg turned into a disaster -- and why black troops bore the worst of it.
  • That Would Make a Good Novel

    By LILY KING
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Inspired by a true story, a writer makes a clean break with fact.
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    Reuters: Politics

  • U.S. Senate confirms first ambassador to Russia in five months

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama's choice of John Tefft to be the next American ambassador to Russia, filling a post that had been vacant since February.
  • U.S. Congress extends transport funding though May, averting cuts

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved a $10.9 billion funding extension for transportation construction projects through May 2015, averting a cutback in federal payments to states that was due to start on Friday.
  • Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday.
  • U.S. Senate passes $16.3 billion veterans health bill

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to a $16.3 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding the bulk of the cost to the federal deficit.
  • Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

    timothy
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Bruce66423 (1678196) writes with this story from the Guardian: The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials. Brennan acknowledged that an internal investigation had found agency security personnel transgressed a firewall set up on a CIA network, called RDINet, which allowed Senate committee investigators to review agency documents for their landmark inquiry into CIA…
  • Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

    timothy
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    necro81 (917438) writes "Gaza's only power plant (see this profile at IEEE Spectrum — duct tape and bailing wire not included) has been knocked offline following an Israeli strike. Reports vary, but it appears that Israeli tank shells caused a fuel bunker at the plant to explode. Gaza, already short on electricity despite imports from Israel and Egpyt, now faces widening blackouts."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

    Unknown Lamer
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a…
  • Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

    timothy
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    U.S. officials today made public satellite imagery which they say proves that Russian forces have been shelling eastern Ukraine in a campaign to assist rebel groups fighting Ukraine’s government. The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the civilian-taken satellite images Sunday, said they show visual evidence that Russia has been firing shells across the border at Ukrainian military forces. Officials also said the images show that Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery, provided by Russia, in attacks on Ukrainian forces from inside Ukraine.
  • VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

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

  • Dish of the Day: The importance of exercise

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Chef Dan Doherty discusses the importance of exercise - and how cycling has woken up his competitive sporting side
  • What’s really happening to rents?

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Rents have been rising in real terms according to HomeLet, even though the Office for National Statistics says they are becoming more affordable. Why the divergence?
  • Rising property prices are condemning nearly two million young adults to live with their parents

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    It's getting harder than ever for young adults to clamber onto the property ladder, leaving millions forced to remain in their parents' home
  • The Battle of Hastings

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Guest post by Tom Doran People like me know the script when it comes to defending Israel against its outright haters, the people currently attacking synagogues all over Europe in the name of Palestine. They are unhinged, implacable, terrifying… But for this very reason, a known quantity. We’ve been here before, again and again. We have [...]
  • Introducing: ‘68

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    ’68 are a duo from Atlanta, made up of vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin (formerly of The Chariot and Norma Jean) and drummer Michael McClellan (formerly of Becoming the Archetype). Taking Garage rock as a blueprint, the duo warp and twist the genre into a vicious new beast that is a sound all of their own making.
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    Reason.com Full Feed

  • CPSC Still Trying to Crush Small Round Magnet Toys; Last Surviving American Seller Zen Magnets Fights Back

    Brian Doherty
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Reason has long been on the beat regarding the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission's apparent vendetta against the little round magnets which were perhaps most famously sold by the company Maxfield & Oberton as "buckyballs," which you can use to form fascinating shapes. We've reported extensively on the very personal way they went after Craig Zucker, CEO of Maxfield & Oberton. Zucker gave up and settled with the CPSC for a fine earlier this year. This was after Zucker, unlike most people targeted by CPSC, made fun of their crusade against his product publicly. The CPSC wants…
  • Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Is Creating a Bitcoin-esque Stock Market Exchange

    Paul Best
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Blockchain, the conceptual engine underlying Bitcoin, has far-reaching potential to revolutionize much more than just our system of currency. The Agora Voting Project uses a blockchain to facilitate a secure electronic voting system and has already been used in Spanish Congress. Bitcloud is a project that aims to create a decentralized, alternative Internet based on a technology similar to blockchains. Now Patrick Byrne, the pioneering CEO of Overstock, wants to remake the stock market the same way. Overstock was already one of the first large vendors to accept Bitcoin, and did $126,000 worth…
  • Experts React to the Campus Sex Assault Bills

    Robby Soave
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Capitol Hill hearings on the campus sexual assault issue finally produced some legislation this week. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and others of both parties unveiled the Campus Accountability and Safety Act yesterday. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) introduced her own bill, the Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act, Thursday. What's in the bills? Some reasonable provisions, such as new requirements that college administrators work alongside law enforcement to resolve sexual assault instances. This is a good thing: Rape is a crime and it should be…
  • "Why I'm Actually Pretty Psyched For the New Sarah Palin Channel"

    Nick Gillespie
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Sarah Palin has started a new subscription-only web channel that she says will allow her audience to create a community and discuss the news with "no need to please the powers that be." Good for her, I argue in a new Time.com column: Palin’s new project is the latest sign that we live in world of gloriously fragmented media and culture that allows just about anyone to express themselves more fully than at any time in human history. That’s a great thing, even if it means trouble for long-established media companies and empowers conspiracy ranters such as Alex Jones. Twenty years ago, just…
  • The Battered Israeli Anti-War Movement

    Anthony L. Fisher
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    As the latest war between Israel and Hamas continues to rage on and rising Palestinian civilian body counts leave Israel further isolated from the international community, one wonders: What happened to Israel's anti-war movement? Despite being at war for nearly its entire existence, there has always been a robust peace movement in Israel. But this time around, the doves are the fringe in Israeli society. Last Saturday in Tel Aviv, the largest anti-war protest since the latest battle began was attended by a few thousand people (estimates vary from 1,000 to 5,000) and a recent poll shows 87…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Nobody Saw it Coming

    Randy Toman
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    I have been saying and writing for years things are bad, the combination of the signs add up to major problems within the culture—with things getting worse. A must read article—-the link: http://blog.milesfranklin.com/need-or-want-demand-is-dying Andy Hoffman articles have continually focus on the gold and silver of the Precious Metal (PM) market and the fact those prices have been manipulated for years. This type of news you can’t and will not get anywhere but in these few newsletters that do cover the PM markets and the few of us who happen to think the price of PM’s can really…
  • VA Crisis Solution

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
  • I have Been Searching

    Randy Toman
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been searching for sometime—–for the answer to this question. Could it be said that America is founded as a Christian nation? The wording of the “Constitution” or founding documents do not come out stating——We were founded as a Christian nation. It states nothing like that anywhere I could locate. Oh yes—-it does say—– “One nation under God…” but the Atheist will say God with a small “g” or say it is not the God of the Bible or the one that has a son Jesus Christ that save HIS people——they would say or use it as…
  • The Thing is Upon Us

    Randy Toman
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    June 3, 2014 The Thing is Upon Us: I have been listening to the intensity of the conversation increase as indicators from the talk show guys seem to sound like the danger (is upon us) with their voices getting louder and louder. The newsletter I get also seem to be getting sharper in their written words to tell us of the impending danger that is upon us——below are a couple of paragraphs from Andrew Hoffman and the milesfranklin.com blog. (bold below) Let’s face it wherever one looks the specters of stagnation, inflation and unrest are front and center; as the age of…
  • What is This Thing?—-Separation of church and State

    Randy Toman
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    All cultures with advanced intellect will have attraction to some authority and the only questions that need be ask are: What will be it’s religious authority?—-and/or—-What will be its Philosophy and Worldview? These types of questions are not being ask today—-as if the Constitution of old and this era of time did not hinge on any consideration of—or—formulation by a fixed thought process with a “Worldview” that guided the individual citizens and it’s culture. Was the United States formed with it’s “Constitution” as a Christian nation…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • How Republicans Are Heightening the Contradictions

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Congress is going on recess at the end of this week, and they'll be doing it without a bill to address the large number of Central American children showing up at the southern border—John Boehner couldn't even come up with a bill that would pass his house after Ted Cruz convinced House conservatives to oppose it. On that issue, on the Affordable Care Act, and on other issues as well, we may be seeing the rise of a particular strategy on the right—sometimes gripping part of the GOP, and sometimes all of it—that can be traced back to that noted conservative Vladimir Lenin. I speak of…
  • Republicans Take Careful Aim At Foot, Blast Away

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week, I asked how the GOP, whom Democrats used to admire for their strategic acumen, turned into such a bunch of clowns, constantly making political blunders and undermining their long-term goals with temper tantrums. It's a question we might continue to ponder as the House went ahead and voted to sue President Obama last night for his many acts of tyranny and lawlessness. Every Democrat voted in opposition, as did a grand total of five Republicans—but they were opposed only because they wanted to stop pussyfooting around and go right to impeachment. This, truly, is a party that's…
  • College Sticker Price Still Matters. Here's Why.

    Mark Huelsman
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, a student dressed as the superhero "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy D.C. protests in Washington ahead of President Obama's announcement of new measures to ease the burden of student debt. This article originally appeared at Demos' Policy Shop. Over on The Upshot at the New York Times, David Leonhardt throws a little cold (or maybe just “slightly cool”) water on the hysteria over rising tuition, noting (correctly) that the primary tuition inflation measure that the federal…
  • Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Organizing for Action (OfA), the group that evolved out of the 2012 Obama campaign to continue organizing on issues of importance to liberals and has been struggling of late with layoffs and fundraising difficulty, has been having an extended disagreement with Philip Bump of the Washington Post over the organization's fundamental effectiveness, the latest installment of which is this article analyzing the group's activities and results on a range of issues. While I haven't followed every back-and-forth and I'm sure the OfA people would say Bump's article is unfair, what it comes down to is…
  • The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of "pro-Israel," like its mirror "anti-Israel," is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything. This is something I brought up a few months ago,…
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    The American Prospect

  • How Republicans Are Heightening the Contradictions

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Congress is going on recess at the end of this week, and they'll be doing it without a bill to address the large number of Central American children showing up at the southern border—John Boehner couldn't even come up with a bill that would pass his house after Ted Cruz convinced House conservatives to oppose it. On that issue, on the Affordable Care Act, and on other issues as well, we may be seeing the rise of a particular strategy on the right—sometimes gripping part of the GOP, and sometimes all of it—that can be traced back to that noted conservative Vladimir Lenin. I speak of…
  • Republicans Take Careful Aim At Foot, Blast Away

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week, I asked how the GOP, whom Democrats used to admire for their strategic acumen, turned into such a bunch of clowns, constantly making political blunders and undermining their long-term goals with temper tantrums. It's a question we might continue to ponder as the House went ahead and voted to sue President Obama last night for his many acts of tyranny and lawlessness. Every Democrat voted in opposition, as did a grand total of five Republicans—but they were opposed only because they wanted to stop pussyfooting around and go right to impeachment. This, truly, is a party that's…
  • College Sticker Price Still Matters. Here's Why.

    Mark Huelsman
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, a student dressed as the superhero "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy D.C. protests in Washington ahead of President Obama's announcement of new measures to ease the burden of student debt. This article originally appeared at Demos' Policy Shop. Over on The Upshot at the New York Times, David Leonhardt throws a little cold (or maybe just “slightly cool”) water on the hysteria over rising tuition, noting (correctly) that the primary tuition inflation measure that the federal…
  • Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Organizing for Action (OfA), the group that evolved out of the 2012 Obama campaign to continue organizing on issues of importance to liberals and has been struggling of late with layoffs and fundraising difficulty, has been having an extended disagreement with Philip Bump of the Washington Post over the organization's fundamental effectiveness, the latest installment of which is this article analyzing the group's activities and results on a range of issues. While I haven't followed every back-and-forth and I'm sure the OfA people would say Bump's article is unfair, what it comes down to is…
  • The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of "pro-Israel," like its mirror "anti-Israel," is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything. This is something I brought up a few months ago,…
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    Wonkblog

  • Suddenly, Obamacare is more unpopular than ever

    Jason Millman
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This month's Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that people more than ever feel otherwise. (Flickr user Will O'Neill) Even after survey after survey has recently shown a major drop in the nation's uninsured rate, Obamacare just had its worst month in a key health-care poll. Kaiser Family Foundation, which has done arguably the best and most consistent polling on the health-care law in the past four-plus years, found that public opinion on the law sank to a record low in July. More people than ever (53 percent) last month said they viewed the law unfavorably, an increase of 8 percentage…
  • What that $34 overdraft fee is really costing you

    Danielle Douglas
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richsrd Cordray. Here's an interesting factoid: People tend to incur a median overdraft fee of $34 on debit card transactions of $24 or less, but deposit money to cover the charge within three days, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But here's a scary thought: That's the equivalent of a loan with an annual rate of 17,000 percent. Ouch. That calculation is featured in a new study on overdraft released Thursday by the CFPB. The report raises concerns about the impact of regulation that forced banks to get consent before…
  • The taxi industry is crushing Uber and Lyft on the lobbying front, 3,500 to 1

    Emily Badger
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) From a public perception standpoint, it often seems as if popular e-hailing apps Uber and Lyft have the upper hand over traditional taxis. Their services have become ubiquitous among young adults in cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Consumers have rallied to their defense in cities where the companies are not yet welcome, and the number of such places appears to be shrinking anyway. There's an inevitable quality to the spread of these services across the map (a narrative they've had no small part in encouraging). But here's a good piece of…
  • Families are finding alternatives to student loans

    Jonnelle Marte
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
      Bigstock Many Americans still see the value of a college degree, but some are less willing to go into debt for that diploma, a new study shows. Families are taking steps to lower the overall cost of school and paying for more of those costs with their own savings, according to a survey released Thursday by Sallie Mae. For instance, 7 in 10 families said their child opted to go to an in-state college. And 54 percent of the families surveyed said they were saving by having the college student live at home or with a relative. "What we see is for American families, their commitment to…
  • Colorado proves that it’s possible to smoothly launch a legal pot market

    Tina Griego
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    (Photo by Gabe Silverman/The Washington Post) The first independent in-depth study of Colorado’s seven-month old legalization of recreational marijuana concludes that, despite a few kinks, its implementation is off to a successful start. Brookings Institution Fellow John Hudak, who spent a week in Denver examining the rollout, says early results are impressive thanks to planning and coordination across multiple agencies and groups interested in and affected by the new law. His report also praises the creation of “marijuana policy czar” in the governor’s office to maintain that…
 
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  • Israel, Hamas agree to humanitarian cease-fire

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Israel and Hamas will observe a 72-hour cease-fire beginning Friday morning, according to Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Kerry and Ban said the U.N. representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator...
  • Democrat tweets Ted Cruz poem

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Two House Democrats on Thursday pointed fingers at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for the cancellation of the vote on the GOP border bill, which has delayed the start of the five-week-long August recess. House Republican leaders pulled the $656 million...
  • Gov. Perry: Congress shouldn’t recess until border ‘job is completed’

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) on Thursday said Congress should not leave Washington for its five-week recess until the “job is completed” on the border crisis.Perry said in a statement that it was “beyond belief” that Congress is abandoning its post,...
  • Top Dem ‘concerned’ by Kerry’s remarks on Israel

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said he was “concerned” with Secretary of State John Kerry's statements on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.The congressman said he supported Kerry for...
  • Snowden asylum expires Thursday as Russian officials review case

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum status in Russia expires on Thursday, but the National Security Agency leaker is still waiting for officials to approve an extension.“Edward still remains in Russia and we have prepared and submitted a package of...
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    James Wolcott's Blog

  • From Here to Jeter-nity

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

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

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

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

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

  • Health care subsidies issue rushed to Court

    Lyle Denniston
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Nine days after two federal appeals courts reached opposite rulings on a major new threat to the federal health care law, challengers pursuing that threat rushed to the Supreme Court on Thursday with a plea to step in and settle the dispute as soon as possible.   A petition for review was filed in a case from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had rejected the challenge on July 22.  That conflicted directly with a ruling on the same day by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (see this earlier post.) At issue in the new case of King v. Burwell is whether…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The petition of the day is: Goins v. Lazaroff 13-1517 Issue: Whether an aggregate prison term imposed on a juvenile for non-homicide offenses that does not permit release before 100 years of age constitutes a sentence of life without parole as prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks with Katie Couric

    Andrew Hamm
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    In an exclusive interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about everything from retirement to her jabots and the Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.  Links to excerpts on specific subjects are included after the jump. Hobby Lobby ruling:  Ginsburg suggests that the male Justices who were in the majority in Hobby Lobby have a “blind spot” when it comes to women. Will she retire?:  Ginsburg discusses her plans to continue to serve on the nation’s highest court for “as long as I can do it full steam.”…
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been in the news, with the release of excerpts from her interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo! News.  Among other things, the Justice indicated that she has no plans to retire.  Josh Gerstein reported on the interview for Politico. In Bloomberg Businessweek, Paul Barrett reports on the possibility that a recent ruling by a federal district judge, striking down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns in public, may wind up at the Supreme Court, describing the case as “an irresistible opportunity to address the public-carry issue, despite any…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The petition of the day is: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. 13-1371 Issue: (1) Whether disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act; and (2) if disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act, what standards and burdens of proof should apply.   In association with Bloomberg Law
 
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  • Sheila Jackson Lee: "We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush."

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Jackson Lee says 'we did not seek an impeachment of President Bush' but she co-sponsored '08 bill As Congress’ August recess loomed, partisan skirmishing reached a crescendo, with the U.S. House approving, on a near-party-line vote, a lawsuit against President Barack Obama on the grounds that he had overstepped his constitutional authority. Democrats, noting past statements by some Republicans in Congress, raised the specter of the president being impeached, though Republican House leaders insisted that impeachment wasn’t an option. During…
  • Nancy Pelosi: "The House of Representatives has never sued a sitting president in all of U.S. history."

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Nancy Pelosi says U.S. House 'has never sued a sitting president in all of U.S. history' The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping the powers of his office. While the suit raises thorny legal questions about the limits of presidential power, it’s also being used by both sides to fire up their base in advance of the midterm elections. The suit, spearheaded by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was approved largely along party lines. Democrats argued that it’s an example of the Republican…
  • Cory Gardner: "We would create thousands of jobs in Colorado, if the Keystone Pipeline were to be built."

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Cory Gardner says Keystone XL pipeline would create thousands of jobs in Colorado President Barack Obama’s indefinite delay of the Keystone XL pipeline has become a wedge issue between Democrats and Republicans as the midterm election season heats up. In the Colorado Senate race, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall recently voted against Congress fast-tracking the pipeline, but said the administration’s review process should continue. His likely Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, has called for swift approval, insisting it would be an…
  • Concerned Veterans for America: Says Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, "skipped an important VA reform hearing to attend three fundraisers."

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Ad says Bruce Braley was raising money during a veterans affairs hearing Attackers say U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, skipped an important Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to raise money for his campaign, but Braley says that’s not true. Braley "skipped an astonishing 79 percent of veterans affairs committee hearings. He even skipped an important VA reform hearing to attend three fundraisers," says the television ad from Concerned Veterans for America, an advocacy group with funding linked to the Koch brothers. Braley is running…
  • Concerned Veterans for America: Says Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, missed "79 percent of veterans affairs committee hearings."

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | How many veterans affairs hearings did Bruce Braley miss? Congressional oversight of veterans affairs isn’t looking so good in light of news about the VA and delayed access to health care. Now U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate in Iowa, is getting bad press for missing a large number of committee hearings. Braley is running against Republican Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Tom Harkin. But the television ad attacking him comes from Concerned Veterans for America, an advocacy group with funding linked to the…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Late Night Open Thread: Cruz-in’ for a Bruisin’

    Anne Laurie
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Ted Cruz screams as he tries to impersonate Winston Churchill https://t.co/S5pqfX4lOC (via @BuzzFeedAndrew) — HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) March 24, 2014 Via Mr. Pierce, here’s the Dallas Morning News: Facing revolt from tea partiers egged on by Sen. Ted Cruz, House Republicans gave up suddenly Thursday on a bill that would have provided hundreds of millions to address the border crisis. It was the latest in a string of embarrassments handed to Speaker John Boehner by Cruz, and the biggest since last fall, when the Texas freshman prodded House tea partiers to defy Boehner on…
  • Open Thread: Crayons Not Included

    Anne Laurie
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    From Paul Constant, at Seattle’s Stranger, “Today in Daddy Issues: George W. Bush to Publish Biography of George H.W. Bush“: … The book will be around 300 pages, and the publisher is quick to point out that W wrote it all by himself. Hopefully the title is Everything I Needed to Know About Invading Iraq I Learned from My Daddy. I wonder if it will include the time Bush the younger drunkenly challenged Bush the elder to a fistfight? And will it end with Saddam Hussein hanging from a rope as George W. Bush walks down a hallway in slow motion to “Carry On Wayward…
  • Thursday Evening Open Thread: The Notorious R.B.G. Owns It

    Anne Laurie
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    (Warning: Unrelated videos play automatically at the end of the five-minute clip) “I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners,” she said. “On the other hand, they have no constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women” who work for them. Via NYMag: It took her 17 years after his death, but 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is finally aware of the Notorious B.I.G. Ginsburg’s law clerks informed her after first showing her the “Notorious RBG” Tumblr that was created in the summer of…
  • From the “Nooooo” File

    Betty Cracker
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The fucking Rays just traded my favorite player, pitching ace David Price, to the Tigers for a mediocre-ass 2nd baseman and the bottom of the bullpen barrel not-half-bad pitcher who is no David Price.* What the fucking fuck? Baseball is dead to me. Those fuckers! Open thread. *ETA: Looked into Mr. Smyly’s record a bit more closely and found he’s a better player than I originally thought. Not hard to look at either, so there’s that. But damn, I’m gonna miss Price. I still say it’s an awful trade. We got more for Shields and Garza, who weren’t anywhere near…
  • WH Talking Points on Senate Report Confirm What We Already Knew

    Betty Cracker
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Via AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. “This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” says the four-page White House document, which contains the State Department’s preliminary proposed talking points in response to the classified Senate report, a summary of which is…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • GOP Unable to Govern

    Ballard Burgher
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    In a replay of similar fiascoes over other issues, the House GOP again showed its inability to govern (e.g propose and pass actual legislation) this time on immigration. Andrew Sullivan: So, yes, the president is once again damned if he does use his executive powers and damned if he doesn’t. And the Republican Congress has shown that it can pass nothing – even in the midst of what it has described as an epic crisis – because it is so divided within itself. The idea that these shambolic excuses for legislators should actually be rewarded with more seats this fall tells you something is…
  • Obama Runs Against The Haters In The Do-Nothing Congress

    Ron Chusid
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Republicans have the edge going into the midterm elections considering the traditional disadvantages of a president’s party in the sixth year, but considering the negatives faced by the Republicans there is still a question of whether campaigning against them will improve the outcome for Democrats. Obama spoke out against them today (video above). He criticized Congressional Republicans for their inaction in solving current problems, pointing out the economic gains despite their obstructionism: “They have not been that helpful,” Obama told a crowd in a local theater. “They have…
  • Fearing a Loss, House Republicans Pull Their Own Immigration Bill

    Guest Voice
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
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  • 72-hour humanitarian pause in Gaza starting Friday morning

    BRIJ KHINDARIA, Foreign Affairs Columnist
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Below is a statement from the office of Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General. Hopefully, this ceasefire will happen although earlier press reports on Friday said the Israeli Prime Minister will not observe a ceasefire until all the tunnels are destroyed. New York, 31 July 2014 – Joint Statement by the Secretary-General and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announce that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received…
  • Motorcycle Riding ‘Angels of Help’

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Next time you see, and hear, a bunch of burley guys, sporting black leather jackets blazoned with all kinds of intriguing patches, roaring down your quiet street on their Harley- Davidson “hogs,” don’t be nervous. These fearsome looking men could be on their way to perform some work for their community, on their way to help out a person in need. That was exactly the case when, on a recent hot and muggy Saturday in Austin, Texas, a group of bikers pulled up at the house of 93-year old, World War II veteran, John Tschirhart. Off came their jackets and bandannas and out of…
 
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Latest Ebola update from doctors on the ground in west Africa

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I’ve been following some first-hand reports from doctors on-the-ground in Liberia, who are trying to help contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, and the reports are somewhat different from what we are hearing from the media.  The outbreak has hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. One doctor is a pediatrician and specialist in infectious diseases.  He has been sending back first-hand information, and things he’s gleaned from other health care professionals in the area. There are also a few other doctors on the site who have been to Liberia recently, working in clinics…
  • Hillary Clinton’s cynical religion

    Jon Green
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    In a June 15 interview with the New York Times, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had this to say when asked which book had been most influential to her: At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement. It’s a softball question, so it could be all too easy to brush off her softball answer with Gawker’s follow-up: “Sure, sure. How do you feel about bald eagles, though?” But let’s face…
  • The Democratic party has lost its soul: Clinton, Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats

    Gaius Publius
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    A quick hit as we near the weekend. I thought you’d find this, about the soulless side of the Democratic party, a good and interesting read. (To jump to my Netroots Nation thoughts, click here.) The piece is, in essence, about the neoliberal heart of the Democratic party, how it was born and grew. The author is Bill Curry. As the blurb says, he was: White House counselor to President Clinton and a two-time Democratic nominee for governor of Connecticut. He is at work on a book on President Obama and the politics of populism. Bet he doesn’t get invited to the next Clinton…
  • Ebola scare grows in west Africa

    John Aravosis
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    The news from Africa is growing worse by the hour. As we’d reported the other day, there’s a growing Ebola scare in a handful of African countries, and things seem to be getting worse, as the governments try to respond to the crisis, while the local freak out. Among the latest news: Top Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies of the disease. Liberia has shut down schools, while the Peace Corps close down in three countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Reportedly, two Peace Corps volunteers have been quarantined after being possibly exposed to Ebola, but neither has shown symptoms.
  • Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival thinks trans women aren’t real women, or something

    John Aravosis
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Far be it for me to be an expert on what it is to be transgender, but how hard is it to understand that a trans woman is a woman, and she should be allowed to do, you know, woman-things like attending music festivals for women? Apparently, real hard. The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival is finding itself yet again in hot water for expressing its “intention” that only “womyn born womyn” attend the annual shindig. We’ve written before about “safe women’s spaces.”  A friend of mine who is lesbian was uninvited from a women’s dance in…
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    VideoSift.com

  • How Politicians Rig Elections, Explained In 2 Minutes

    MrFisk (/politics/member/MrFisk)
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    The history and consequences of gerrymandering in the U.S. quickly explained.
  • Saudi Arabia Tries to Silence Center for Inquiry

    Taint (/politics/member/Taint)
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Saudi Arabia tries, three times, to stop Center For Inquiry representative Josephine Macintosh from delivering a statement critical of their repeated assaults on freedom of religion, belief, and expression at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on June 23, 2014.
  • to prison for poverty-making the poor a commodity

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This is the story of Hali Wood, a seventeen-year-old from Columbiana, Alabama who is deeply in debt to the private probation company, JCS. To learn more go to http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprison... Produced in collaboration with the ACLU.
  • Jon Stewart on the Gaza-Israeli Conflict

    billpayer (/politics/member/billpayer)
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Jon Stewart Brilliantly Covers The 'Asymmetrical' Conflict In Gaza
  • TYT - Is It Ever Okay To Criticize Israel?

    billpayer (/politics/member/billpayer)
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Current Gaza death toll 190 Gazan's , 1 Israeli... Yet all we hear about is how many Gaza rockets (they might as well be fireworks) vs how many Israeli missiles (hi-tech death) 80% of Gaza casualties are innocent civilians, WOMEN & CHILDREN
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    The American Prospect

  • How Republicans Are Heightening the Contradictions

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Congress is going on recess at the end of this week, and they'll be doing it without a bill to address the large number of Central American children showing up at the southern border—John Boehner couldn't even come up with a bill that would pass his house after Ted Cruz convinced House conservatives to oppose it. On that issue, on the Affordable Care Act, and on other issues as well, we may be seeing the rise of a particular strategy on the right—sometimes gripping part of the GOP, and sometimes all of it—that can be traced back to that noted conservative Vladimir Lenin. I speak of…
  • Republicans Take Careful Aim At Foot, Blast Away

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week, I asked how the GOP, whom Democrats used to admire for their strategic acumen, turned into such a bunch of clowns, constantly making political blunders and undermining their long-term goals with temper tantrums. It's a question we might continue to ponder as the House went ahead and voted to sue President Obama last night for his many acts of tyranny and lawlessness. Every Democrat voted in opposition, as did a grand total of five Republicans—but they were opposed only because they wanted to stop pussyfooting around and go right to impeachment. This, truly, is a party that's…
  • College Sticker Price Still Matters. Here's Why.

    Mark Huelsman
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, a student dressed as the superhero "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy D.C. protests in Washington ahead of President Obama's announcement of new measures to ease the burden of student debt. This article originally appeared at Demos' Policy Shop. Over on The Upshot at the New York Times, David Leonhardt throws a little cold (or maybe just “slightly cool”) water on the hysteria over rising tuition, noting (correctly) that the primary tuition inflation measure that the federal…
  • Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Organizing for Action (OfA), the group that evolved out of the 2012 Obama campaign to continue organizing on issues of importance to liberals and has been struggling of late with layoffs and fundraising difficulty, has been having an extended disagreement with Philip Bump of the Washington Post over the organization's fundamental effectiveness, the latest installment of which is this article analyzing the group's activities and results on a range of issues. While I haven't followed every back-and-forth and I'm sure the OfA people would say Bump's article is unfair, what it comes down to is…
  • The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of "pro-Israel," like its mirror "anti-Israel," is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything. This is something I brought up a few months ago,…
 
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  • Neel Kashkari goes homeless for a week, and learns all the wrong lessons

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari did a stunt spending a week homeless in Fresno looking for a job, then wrote about it in the Wall Street Journal. It turns out--shock!--that getting a job isn't as easy as asking for one, and--double shock!--relying on our patchwork safety net doesn't exactly deliver results or human dignity. Kashkari supposedly spent six nights sleeping outdoors getting rousted off park benches by cops, and getting his meals from a homeless shelter during his supposedly fruitless job search. His upshot? That California is over-regulated and…
  • Carly Fiorina for President?

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Former Senate candidate and HP CEO shows some signs of presidential interest by Brian Leubitz If you ask a bunch of Republicans who they think will be their presidential nominee, you will get, well, a bunch of different answers. And without that seemingly strong candidate to scare away others, a lot of prominent Republicans are looking into it and starting to hang out in Iowa and New Hampshire.  Like, say, a former losing Senate candidate in California: Fiorina slipped into the Granite State last week to promote her new political group, dubbed UP for "Unlocking Potential." Its mission is…
  • Six Californias Signature Verification Progress Report

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    The Secretary of State has begun posting the random sample updates for Tim Draper's initiative to divide the state into six Californias. You can find the most current update at http://www.sos.ca.gov/election... but I'll summarize today's for you. According to the report, Draper turned in 1,038,836 raw signatures. He needs at least 807,615 of them to be valid for his measure to get on the ballot. That's 77.7% of his raw count. Keep that number in mind; we'll need it later. First the SoS does (or rather, the counties do) a random sampling. Each county verifies 3% of the raw signatures at random…
  • PAC at the heart of Dark Money Scandal Shuts Down

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    PAC received $11 million of anonymous money for Prop 30 and Prop 32. by Brian Leubitz It turns out that everything comes around in the end. The political arm of the Small Business Action Committee (SBAC) filed official termination papers on Monday, six months after agreeing to hand over $300,000 in campaign cash to state officials for accepting what turned out to be the largest anonymous donation to a political effort in California history. (KQED / John Myers) If you don't remember exactly what happened, check the dark money tag. Long story short, a few payments, totaling over $10 million,…
  • George Will Thinks Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0. Goldwater 1.0 Rolls Over.

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari seems to be a bright man doing his best Don Quixote for the California GOP. He knows he isn't going to win without some sort of major Jerry Brown catastrophe. But, the party apparatus is thrilled that he defeated right wing nativist Tim Donnelly. Apparently so much so that GOP scribe George Will took to the pages of the Washington Post to declare that he is Goldwater 2.0: Today, in this state where one in eight Americans lives, and where Democratic presidential candidates can reap 55 electoral votes without spending a dime or a day campaigning, the Republicans'…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza, even as it wins the battle against Hamas’s rocket arsenal, and even as it destroys the tunnels meant to convey terrorists underground to Israel (and to carry Israeli hostages back to Gaza).  This is not the first time Israel has found itself losing on the battlefield of perception. Why is it happening again? Here are six possible reasons: 1. In a fight between a state actor and a non-state actor, the non-state actor can win merely…
  • Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (and Most Everything Else)

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

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

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

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

    James Fallows
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    1. A colleague at the Atlantic made a major journalistic error this week. As he has himself admitted, in the first half of a post on our site. Of course I am talking about David Frum, who sent out a series of Tweets that flat-out and falsely claimed that the New York Times had highlighted a “faked” photo of Palestinian casualties. Frum was entirely wrong; the photo was all too real; and now Frum has apologized, to the photographers and for his snap misjudgment.  I am late to this discussion because I have been out of the country, in Europe, for a week (and still am) and only learned…
  • Barefoot Running: The Videos

    James Fallows
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Over the years I've mentioned the famous and fascinating running-related videos from Daniel Lieberman's Skeletal Biology Lab at Harvard. But I haven't done so in a while, and in the context of recent finger-shoe news it's worth highlighting them again. This is also a way of thanking people who keep sending me links to them. Videos like the ones below are slow-mo studies of how a runner's legs and feet look, and how the body absorbs stress, with different running styles. The main contrast is between landing on the front part of your foot, as almost anyone naturally does when running…
  • California High-Speed Rail: Some Views From the Valley

    James Fallows
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    For those joining us late: California's controversial High-Speed Rail project is worth paying attention to, no matter where you live. While everyone moans about America's decaying infrastructure, this is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project anywhere in the country. Its outcome has a bearing on Jerry Brown's current campaign for a fourth term as governor. It also shows something about our governments' ability to undertake big, complicated efforts—and our public ability to discuss and decide on these issues. But the place where people are already paying closest attention is…
  • Interesting News on the Finger-Shoe Front

    James Fallows
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    I am a fan of Vibram Five Fingers running shoes, as I have made clear every so often. I was wearing my trusty Vibrams when I passed the "Haynesworth Test" four years ago. I've worn them as I evolved past an uncomfortable era of Achilles tendon problems into a time of happily injury-free running. Two months ago I was among those saying that a highly publicized court settlement, in which Vibram set aside $3.75 million to compensate people who felt they'd been misled about health benefits of the shoes, showed more about our legal system than it did about this footwear.  The point about these…
  • California High-Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

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

  • Your Peak Burger weekend open thread

    liberal japonicus
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    by liberal japonicus This seems like good fodder for your weekend open thread (Don't worry, the picture heading the article isn't actually related to the content) and I love the phrase 'Peak Burger'.  Japanese will often ask what food I miss the most, which is always a tough question to answer, but the food I've often used is the hamburger from the days where my dad would cook them on the weekend. So an open thread for your thoughts on burgers, your thoughts on comfort food, or anything else that strikes your fancy.
  • On Tolerance

    Sebastian
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    -by Sebastian In light of Hobby Lobby and the surprising and welcome storming of the gates by gay marriage advocates in recent years, there seems to be quite a bit of talk about the virtue of tolerance.  I'm not philosophically trained but much of it seems confused.  The proximate causes of this post are this post by John Holbo and this post by Damon Linker.  Both seem to be confused about the nature of the civic virtue of tolerance. Tolerance has at least two facets of civic importance.  First it lets people of somewhat differing moral values live together in peace.  Second it…
  • V-boat: V stands for...

    liberal japonicus
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    by liberal japonicus I've often threatened to write a post about Japanese sexuality, but after several tries, I never really was able to actually explain anything. Below the fold is the Daily Show's take on one recent news story which kind of gets at my confusion. I will never understand this country... The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook
  • Japanese education in three pictures: an education open thread

    liberal japonicus
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    by liberal japonicus Take a look at these three pictures and tell me what you see What you are seeing is my youngest daughter's kokugo jiten, or Japanese dictionary.  No, she doesn't have a condition that has her obsessively using post-its. This is the latest thing. Elementary school students are encouraged to, when they use their Japanese dictionary, mark the work and write it on the post-it. I'm not precisely sure when they start, but I'm thinking that this is going on at least a year or two of post-it-ing. The aim is to then make it a competition, so that kids compare…
  • Don't bring back the draft, bring back war taxes

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

    Patriot 8888
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A good friend of mine apologized to me today.  You see, he voted for Barack Hussein Obama in the 2008 election and he lives in a so-called “swing state.”  He told me that he had not voted for Obama in the 2012 election, but that he realized that by support …
  • President Obama sent me a personal Email today, asked for $3

    AA-KING
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Barack Obama To Me Today    If you boil it down, my job is simple to understand -- you elected me to make it a little easier for hard-working Americans to succeed. But I can't do this on my own, and that's why Democrats across the country and I need your help. Chip in $ …
  • The perpetual War...and the perpetual eludible Peace

    RF Schatten-6727858
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Contrary to the belief that it's a good thing to continue a war, till one side, stops continuing to exist...there's no "Good War"...they, stop existing after WWII, as Studs Terkel elegantly wrote. Ever since then, all we've had, are wars for profit...Ike warned us of the Militar …
  • Why they really hate Neil deGrasse Tyson: Inside the right's anti-intellectual paranoia

    redsfan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    If there’s one belief that binds the disparate factions of the American right together, it’s the belief in American exceptionalism, both for the nation and for individuals. The mythology that conservatism is about promoting excellence and encouraging strivers is fou …
  • 7 Conservative Alternatives to the Internet's Most Popular Sites

    redsfan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    ReaganBook—the hip, social-networkin' conservative's answer to Facebook that popped up not even a week ago—is dead. After being flooded with pornography and profanities of all sorts, the "Facebook for Patriots" was forced to shutter its doors. But don't worry. There …
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  • Playing Politics with Violence Against Women

    Robert Farley
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    An ad from Alison Lundergan Grimes knocks Sen. Mitch McConnell for voting “two times against the Violence Against Women Act” — evidence, Grimes concludes, that McConnell has forgotten that “over half the voters in Kentucky are women.” But McConnell has never opposed the central purpose of the Violence Against Women Act. In fact, he was a cosponsor of the original bill in 1991, and he has twice supported its reauthorization. McConnell did vote against a massive crime bill that included the VAWA because it also contained a ban on assault weapons. And he more…
  • Misleading Michigan GOP Primary Voters

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The Republican candidates in Michigan’s 4th Congressional District entered the final weeks of the primary trading misleading claims in TV ads that rely on deceptive tactics to distort the facts: State Sen. John Moolenaar accuses Paul Mitchell of “lining his pockets” with $100,000 in “Obama’s stimulus.” That’s grossly misleading. Michigan received funding to retrain laid-off workers, and a small slice of that went to pay tuition for training at an education center Mitchell once headed. Mitchell says “Moolenaar authored the bill to fund Obamacare…
  • Parsing McConnell’s Job Description

    Robert Farley
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A laid off coal miner in an Alison Lundergan Grimes TV ad poses a question to Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?” McConnell doesn’t dispute saying it and no recording exists; but he claims that he misunderstood a reporter’s question and his words have been misinterpreted. What’s a fact-checker to do? Look at the facts. McConnell was quoted as saying, “Economic development is a Frankfort issue. That is not my job.” But the comment came on the same day that he was in his home state to speak about — jobs. McConnell…
  • More Carbon Tax Distortions

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

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

  • Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a…
  • First POST: Astonishing

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Debating how (or if) Twitter should police abusive behavior; Facebook launches Internet.org; an update on the Detroit Water Project; and much, much more.
  • In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover.
  • First POST: Costs

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Estimated the costs of the NSA surveillance scandal; shifts in the politics of net neutrality; new tools for encrypting mobile phone communications, and much, much more.
  • [Op-Ed] Civic Tech and Engagement: How City Halls Can Help Construct Stronger Neighborhoods

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Last week, the UN reported that more than half of humanity now lives in cities; by 2050 two-thirds of people will, up from just 30% in 1950. Given the grave challenges facing the world's booming urban areas—including global warming, economic dislocation, and crumbling basic infrastructure, among other torments—tomorrow's mayors will need to take bold steps to ensure their constituents live in dignity and safety. But public distrust of dysfunctional, faceless government is profound, resources are limited, gaps between groups are widening, and many are unaware of the role of government in…
 
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    Corrente

  • Modern slavery

    lambert
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Body:  Qatar, site of the next world cup, home of Al Jazeera, and Brookings Doha. Being a migrant worker in Qatar is even worse than you thought: http://t.co/qmogE7qCv1 pic.twitter.com/NKhkq1q8Gf
  • John Brennan is a horrible human being

    lambert
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Body:  After revelation of spying on Senate staff, CO Sen. Udall says: "I have no choice but to call for resignation of CIA Director John Brennan." — John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) July 31, 2014 Look, we remember John Brennan very well.
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Body:  California’s three-year drought just went from bad to dreadful: http://t.co/mNuikYVkgn pic.twitter.com/j3tAkMxVcM — Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) July 31, 2014
  • The goldenrod honey arrrived!

    lambert
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Body:  And best of all, I get to pop the bubblewrap! Thanks to nippersdad, who sent a very tightly wrapped package that I ripped open: And here is the honey:
  • Thank you for ordering your books from Powells!

    lambert
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Body:  (Using the handy search box in the sidebar, for which I just changed the headline!) The quarterly commmission check arrived, for a little over $60. That's not a ton of money, but four times a year it adds up to one month of server time.
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  • When something is wrong with my baby

    susie
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Tracy Nelson and Bonnie Bramlett:
  • Women be wise

    susie
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Bonnie Raitt covers Sippie Wallace:
  • Ball and chain

    susie
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Janis does Big Mama Thornton:
  • Happy Hour: Billie Holiday – Body And Soul

    Boohunney
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • House scraps Border Bill…

    Boohunney
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner cancelled the vote on the legislation designed to help alleviate some of the issues caused by the current border crisis. Among agreements that could not be reached were the amount of requested funding the President said was needed to deal with crisis and changes to the 2008 Child Trafficking law…. More than 57,500 unaccompanied children and teenagers have been apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally since October, overwhelming a system already plagued by backlogs and in need of significant resources. President Barack Obama requested $3.7…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Dominican Republic’s Butterfly Biodiversity Center

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Dominican Republic’s Butterfly Biodiversity Center by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Dominican Republic’s Butterfly Biodiversity Center Butterfly Biodiversity Center Kelly Freeman is a Peace Corps volunteer and has teamed with Dr. Jose G. Maldonado-Rivera the founder/executive director of the Dominican Republic’s first public Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) magnet school –…
  • VIDEO: The child immigration crisis in 10 numbers

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. VIDEO: The child immigration crisis in 10 numbers by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Recent reports indicate that the swell of undocumented children is easing and that many of those who have arrived have either been reunited with long absent parents or deported back to the countries they fled. However, there are still thousands in the care of the American government. Being denied access to the children, journalists can’t easily report on the individual stories…
  • Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens, Especially Hispanics

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens, Especially Hispanics by Latina Lista SaludToday A growing number of U.S. teens—especially Hispanic teens—are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, according to a new survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, HealthDay News reports. Overall, 11% of teens admitted using hGH in 2013, up from 5% in 2012. About 13% of Hispanic teens and 15% of black teens…
  • Rep. Gutierrez decries plan to deport immigrant children

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Rep. Gutierrez decries plan to deport immigrant children by Latina Lista By Alex Hernandez Extra News Rep. Luis Gutierrez is against a bill aimed at restricting the rights of children captured at the U.S. border. “Right now, there is an urgent humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Children are risking their lives, in the hands of drug cartels. Some are dying. Communities are being overrun, and government resources are being strained,” said Rep. Senator…
  • Video: Dad & Daughter Duo Share “A Dicho A Day”

    Latina Lista
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Video: Dad & Daughter Duo Share “A Dicho A Day” by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Loida Casares is a loving mom, talented writer and blogger and an enterprising entrepreneur. Yet, of all the hats Loida balances these days, it’s her role as daughter that has unexpectedly brought new meaning into this 40-year-old Latina’s life. About a year ago, Loida’s elderly father, Nicolas, came to live with her and life as daughter/caregiver has…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Knowledge Isn’t Power

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Why does ignorance rule in policy debates?
  • The Character Factory

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Antipoverty programs will continue to be ineffective until they integrate a robust understanding of character.
  • Age of Identity

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The struggle against conformity and control is a shared, unifying experience.
  • None Dare Call It Impeachment

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you’ve surely heard the utterance of the I-word recently.
  • Zionism and Its Discontents

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Israel's new war in Gaza and the failures behind it are a betrayal of the Zionism in which I still believe.
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    New York Observer

  • Citing NYT Now, Media Companies Pin Hopes on News Apps

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    NYT Now Every few weeks, it seems, another trend emerges designed to get the coveted millennial demographic to read news content. This week? It’s all about news apps aimed at young people. Young people like apps, right? “Millennials don’t have the print habit,” media analyst Ken Doctor told the Financial Times. “You want to develop new subscribers in millennials for whom digital and now mobile is preferred for reading the news.” And that’s exactly what media companies are trying to do. News Corp, undaunted by the failure of The Daily, the tablet-only newspaper that…
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Gandee Vasan Photographs Dogs in Sweaters

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    (Photographs by Gandee Vasan) Painter and photographer Gandee Vasan discusses the more human characteristics of our canine companions and how to get a dog to stand up straight. How did you get into photographing animals and what interests you about photography as a medium? I fell into animal photography quite by accident! We have a beautiful Golden Retriever called Basil and my wife used to take him to the dog grooming parlour and every time she took him there it was £28. So I asked her why she didn’t just hose him down in the garden and she said to me, “You don’t know anything…
  • Advocates Rally Against Police Brutality and Broken Windows

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Donna Lieberman, executive director of NYCLU, speaks at a rally outside City Hall. (Jillian Jorgensen) Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton have vowed to re-train police officers following the death of a 43-year-old Staten Island man in police custody. But for some, that simply isn’t good enough. “I am here today to send a message to Commissioner Bratton—training is good, training is not enough,” City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez said during a rally led by Communities United for Police Reform. The advocates rallied outside City Hall as Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Bratton…
  • ‘Extant’ Recap 1 x 5: ‘Shelter’

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    This is slowly becoming Molly’s resting face. I am still completely stressed out from last night’s episode of  Extant. The bad guys got Ethan, John landed himself in JAIL and Grandpa Quinn forgot that babysitting is generally a whiskey-free activity. The episode titled ‘Shelter’ should have been called “The one where everything goes wrong and then ends abruptly leaving you both surprised and unsettled by the realization that you’ve been watching from the edge of your seat for the last 20 minutes.” It starts with Molly, John and Ethan attempting to…
  • One Building, 16 Pools

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    At Soori High Line, Mr. Chan has taken a “holistic” approach to design. When it comes to conspicuous consumption, Singapore’s hoards of bespoke-suited millionaires are hard to top. Witness the demand for tall buildings packed with rooftop infinity pools and glassed-in “sky garages.” Now an architect synonymous with that city’s luxury boom is making inroads in New York as well. SCDA Architects principal Soo Chan, 52, the most internationally successful architect to emerge from Singapore, is making a prodigious New York City push with four simultaneous projects. In…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Hawkish Delusions and “Staying the Course”

    Daniel Larison
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Daniel Henninger makes the latest unpersuasive attempt to spin the public’s aversion to involvement in foreign conflicts: Some note the current paradox of the public’s low approval for Mr. Obama’s handling of everything from Iraq to Ukraine to Gaza, while the same polls show a reluctance to involve the country in those problems. But there is no contradiction. The U.S. public’s resistance reflects coldblooded logic: Why get involved if the available evidence makes clear that America’s president won’t stay the course, no matter how worthy the cause? There is…
  • Libya and Hawkish Revisionism

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Max Boot indulges in some convenient revisionism: Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Only three years ago, Obama helped NATO allies overthrow Moammar Kadafi as part of his “lead from behind” doctrine, but he has done little to help the resulting democratic government secure its authority. Not only did the U.S. not support sending international peacekeepers [bold mine-DL], it didn’t mount a serious program to train a new Libyan army. This is the standard hawkish critique of the Libyan intervention, which pretends that the…
  • The “Middle Course” of Increased Hawkishness

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    George Will proposes a “middle course” between Bush and Obama on foreign policy: Obama has given Americans a foreign policy congruent with their post-recoil preferences: America as spectator. Now, however, their sense of national diminishment, and of an increasingly ominous world, may be making them receptive to a middle course between a foreign policy of flaccidity (Obama) and grandiosity (his predecessor). As Will’s own column acknowledges, however, Obama hasn’t given Americans a foreign policy in which the U.S. acts only as a spectator. The main example that Will…
  • Gaza and Self-Defense

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Jonathan Chait explains why the latest Gaza military operation has made him less “pro-Israel” in certain respects: Viewed in this context, the campaign of Israeli air strikes in Gaza becomes a horrifying indictment. It is not just that the unintended deaths of Palestinians is so disproportionate to any corresponding increase in security for the Israeli targets of Hamas’s air strikes. It is not just that Netanyahu is able to identify Hamas’s strategy — to create “telegenically dead Palestinians” — yet still proceeds to give Hamas exactly what it is after [bold mine-DL].
  • Mead’s Ridiculous Linkage Argument

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Walter Russell Mead must be kidding: Unhappily for the Obama administration, the best way for the U.S. to hasten the arrival of a durable cease fire in Gaza is to promise a more robust and hawkish policy in the rest of the region. The Israelis will be more willing to make concessions on a Gaza cease fire if they believe that the U.S. will back them more effectively against Iran, and the Saudis and Egyptians are more likely to give ground in Gaza if the U.S. offers real support in the rest of the region [bold mine-DL]. Mead’s argument is just another version of the “linkage”…
 
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    RollingStone.com: All News

  • Semi Precious Weapons Strip Down for Yahoo Music

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    New York City glam-rockers Semi Precious Weapons have some very high-profile fans — Lady Gaga Katy Perry and Kesha among them — but in many ways they're still a cult group Thankfully their diehard fans (famous or otherwise) have sustained them during a four-year recording hiatus (the unfortunate result of...
  • Jamie Foxx Set to Star as Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Jamie Foxx will likely weigh in as Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic about the legendary notorious boxer Variety reports The as-yet-untitled film is being written by Terence Winter who penned The Wolf of Wall Street and regularly contributed screenplays to The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire 7 Knockout Mike Tyson Cameos While...
  • See Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Fly a Plane in a Music Fest Dogfight

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A day before his band Iron Maiden performed at England's Sonisphere festival this year vocalist Bruce Dickinson took to the air in a World War I–era fighter plane to put on a 12-minute dogfight over metal fans' heads He put on the show with the Great War Display Team of...
  • Radiohead's Philip Selway Shifts Perspective in 'Coming Up for Air'

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Radiohead drummer Philip Selway will release his second solo album Weatherhouse  on October 7th via Bella Union and now he's shared the enchanting haunting clip for album cut "Coming Up for Air" Philip Selway and Other Drummers Who Have Gone Solo Directed by the Spanish film collective NYSU the clip plays with shifting...
  • Dick Smith, 'Exorcist' and 'Godfather' Makeup Artist, Dead at 92

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Dick Smith the Oscar-winning makeup artist who turned teenaged Linda Blair into a possessed demon  in The Exorcist and made special dentures to give Marlon Brando jowls in The Godfather has died following a long illness He was 92 USA Today reports The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far Makeup artist Rick...
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • New House Leadership, Same Old Problems

    Alex Rogers
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The House of Representatives rose to bid farewell to outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday, but if the GOP had hopes his passing might usher in a new era of comity between the party’s leadership and its right wing, they were short lived. Less than 3 hours after the symbolic farewell (he’ll serve out the rest of his term as a rank and file member), the GOP House leaders, lacking the votes they needed for passage, pulled a much-touted bill that was meant to address the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied minors streaming across the country’s southwest border by the…
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal on Israel and Palestine — and How Obama Broke Her Heart

    Belinda Luscombe
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Maggie Gyllenhaal comes from a long line of lefties, including her mom Naomi Foner, whose screenplay for Running On Empty was nominated for an Oscar. The actress has been politically outspoken before standing up against the Iraq war. So it’s kind of surprising that she’s not such a fan of Obama,not will she take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Or maybe not that unexpected. Taking sides in the Middle East could turn potential viewers away from her new miniseries The Honorable Woman, which starts on July 31 on Sundance. “You know, you say one word on one side or the…
  • CIA Apologizes for Snooping on Senate Staff Computers

    Denver Nicks
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Updated at 3:24 p.m. MoreCIA Director Apologizes to Senate LeadersSenate NSA Reform Bill Earns Cautious Praise From Privacy AdvocatesSudanese Woman Sentenced to Die for Faith Arrives in U.S. NBC NewsEerie Clinton Tape Surfaces: I Could Have Killed Osama NBC NewsCease-Fire: Israel and Gaza Agree to 72-Hour Pause NBC NewsA report from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General faulted agency employees for improperly accessing Senate staffers’ computers during an investigation into Bush-era CIA interrogation practices. The report, released Thursday by the Central Intelligence…
  • House Republicans Abandon Vote on Border Security Bill in Face of Tea Party Opposition

    alexishauk
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    (WASHINGTON) — House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition.
  • White House: Shelling Of U.N. School in Gaza ‘Totally Indefensible’

    Zeke J Miller
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    MorePhotographers Cover Opposing Sides of Israel-Gaza WarWhite House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has issued the Obama administration’s toughest critique yet of Israeli conduct in the ongoing conflict with Hamas in Gaza, saying Thursday that the Israeli shelling of a U.N. school-turned-shelter for Palestinian civilians was “totally indefensible.” Addressing reporters, Earnest quoted U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that “all available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause” of the attack, which took place early Wednesday morning. At least 19 people died in…
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    The Brody File

  • Washington Post Blasts Hamas

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what we fought for in ACA

    Harold Pollack
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Via the indispensible Sarah Kliff at Vox, this pre-post map of Kentucky health insurance coverage puts a lump in my throat. This is what we fought for ACA, and what we will eventually achieve when low-income red states eventually embrace the Medicaid expansion. I’ll never be involved in another presidential campaign as I was with the Obama campaign and the fight for health reform between 2007 and 2012. I knocked on hundreds of doors, made I-don’t-know-how-many-phone-calls in the hope of achieving near-universal coverage. Maps like this make me so glad that I participated in that…
  • Why It Can in Fact Make Sense to Make Big Donations to Harvard

    Keith Humphreys
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Philanthropist Ted Stanley has announced a $650 million donation to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Apparently, Mr. Stanley did not accept Matt Yglesias’ argument that such gifts are “ridiculous”. Yglesias sees such donations as inequality maximizing and foolish because not many undergraduates at Harvard and other elite schools are poor. Thank goodness Mr. Stanley did not accept Yglesias’ argument, which is based on an overly narrow view of what universities like Harvard and MIT do. Research is critical to their mission, and the caliber of scientists and…
  • Free Lunch here

    James Wimberley
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Yet another blue-ribbon report on the high costs of delaying action on climate disruption, this one from the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers. It won’t change closed minds. I suppose the drip-drip effect may bring round a few waverers, or shift some real journalists away from false balance. What it should do is prompt a rethink on strategy among the reality-based. A money graf from page 14 (italics added): Recent research shows, however, that even if a delay in international mitigation efforts occurs, unilateral or fragmented action reduces the costs of delay: although…
  • The “dear Harold” advice card

    Harold Pollack
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    My friend Dylan Matthews is starting/resuming an advice column. He’s a busy person. I thought I would save him some time by encapsulating the sum total of wise advice on the below index card. I could only fit half of the world’s wise advice on one card. So I suppose Dylan’s column is still needed. Regular readers will be shocked that it tilts in the direction of #dadtweet advice…. 50% of new human knowledge 1900-2014. Copyright Harold Pollack
  • Two Unknowns of a Guaranteed Minimum Income

    Keith Humphreys
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Two people I respect, Dylan Matthews and Mark Kleiman, have both endorsed a guaranteed minimum income as a poverty fighting tool. Here is Dylan’s conclusion, which he draws after discussing the findings of negative income tax experiments undertaken by the Nixon Administration: A negative income tax or basic income of sufficient size would, by definition, eliminate poverty. We still don’t know if there’d be much of a cost in terms of people working and earning less. If there is, the effect is almost certainly small enough that a negative income tax can offset the lost…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Helping parties verify eligible caucus-goers wouldn't make the Iowa caucuses a primary

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    For years, prominent Iowa Republicans have hyped unfounded fears about "voter fraud." So it's ironic that yesterday, the state GOP attacked Brad Anderson's proposal to help ensure that only eligible voters can take part in the Iowa caucuses. Anderson is the Democratic nominee for secretary of state. After the jump I've posted his "caucus integrity" plan, including this idea: "Parties should be encouraged to utilize electronic poll book technology that would provide up-to-date lists and allow Iowans to check-in electronically. I believe the next Secretary of State should work with each of the…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Tall cinquefoil

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Today's featured plant is native to most of North America and can thrive in a wide variety of soils and habitats. After the jump I've posted several pictures of tall cinquefoil (Potentilla arguta), a member of the rose family also known as white cinquefoil or prairie cinquefoil. This post also serves as a mid-week open thread: all topics welcome. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center notes of tall cinquefoil, "Stout, erect stems, from 2-3 ft. tall, together with the tufted, basal, pinnate leaves, are generally sticky-hairy." The Minnesota Wildflowers site describes the blossoms as follows:…
  • Who's right about impeachment prospects: John Boehner or Steve King?

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner doesn't want to impeach President Barack Obama. His plan to sue the president is a gambit to appease Republicans bent on fighting the president's alleged failure "to faithfully execute the laws." At this week's meeting of the House GOP caucus, both Boehner and Greg Walden, head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, urged colleagues not to talk about impeachment, saying such talk only helps Democrats. Today, Boehner assured a roomful of reporters, "We have no plans to impeach the president," claiming that such speculation was "all a scam started by…
  • "Quality care" is in the eye of the beholder

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The nursing home industry already had too much political power in Iowa before Terry Branstad returned to the governor's office. Since late 2010, Branstad has repeatedly demonstrated that he prefers a more lax inspection regime for residential care facilities, with fewer nursing home inspectors than state lawmakers are willing to fund. But Branstad may have hit a new low this month, according to a story by Clark Kauffman in Monday's Des Moines Register. Kauffman has reported extensively on substandard care in Iowa nursing homes. Following up on this year's winners of the "Governor's Award for…
  • Republicans nominate Jonathan Lochman in Iowa Senate district 17

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    After fielding candidates in every Iowa Senate district in 2012, Republicans left a bunch of low-probability seats uncontested this year. One of those districts now has a GOP candidate, however: a special convention on July 24 selected Jonathan Lochman to run in Iowa Senate district 17. I don't see a website for his campaign, but Lochman's on Facebook here. During 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, he served wartime tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He's now the Iowa coordinator for Team Rubicon (the Iowa chapter is on Facebook here). Iowa Senate district 17 is open because State…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Congress is as Dreadful as You've Come to Expect

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Congress can't do much, but they did manage to send the president a bill today that will prevent the Highway Trust Fund from running out of money in August. That's the good news, and the only good news coming out of Capitol Hill. The bill itself is ridiculous, which is what you would expect from something wholly created by House Republicans without any input whatsoever from the Senate. That didn't prevent 81 senators from voting for it, however. Among Democrats, only Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware voted against it, presumably because it is such a stupid way to finance our infrastructure…
  • John Brennan Can Go Now

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Sorry, Obama, but you're wrong. Here's DCI John Brennan in March: “When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong,” Brennan said. Here's John Brennan this week: After briefing committee leaders, Brennan “apologized to them for such actions by CIA officers as described in the [inspector general] report,” the agency’s statement said. Brennan also ordered the creation of an internal personnel board, led by former senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), to review the agency…
  • How to Make People Stupid

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Twitchy is currently pushing a story about an appearance Nancy Pelosi made on CNN in which she made some comments about Hamas. Let me provide the relevant part of the transcript: PELOSI: Well, we all – war is a deadly thing. And I have many Palestinians who live in my district and I am hearing them regularly about how their families are affected who live in the region. It’s a terrible thing. But let me just say that any missile that comes from someplace has a return address. And if Israel is responding to that address, then that’s a shame that the Palestinians are use – are rumored to…
  • We Are So Far From Owning Our Responsibilities

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Although some people dispute this, when the sun comes up in the morning, it is sometimes described as a sunrise. In other news, when you torture someone to death, it is sometimes described as torture. This is the insight of The Hill's Mario Trujillo, who managed to get the following published without spontaneously combusting: A forthcoming report on the defunct CIA enhanced interrogation program "tells a story of which no American is proud," according to leaked State Department talking points. The White House on Wednesday accidentally emailed The Associated Press the proposed "topline…
  • Casual Observation

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Paul Ryan says he will mull a presidential bid after the midterms. I hope he runs. He would get slaughtered. Discuss
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  • Texan Bipartisan Pair: American Public Wants an ‘Orderly Border’

    Alisa Wiersema
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    With just five days until Congress adjourns for summer recess, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, are attempting a bipartisan, last-ditch effort to address the border crisis in their home state – but there are few signs of support in Congress. “The American public wants us to have an orderly border,” Cuellar told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on “This Week” Sunday. “They’re seeing chaos at the border.” The Cornyn-Cuellar bill aims to change the existing 2008 law that differentiates between the process undocumented…
  • New York Times Editorial Board Backs Legalizing Pot

    Benjamin Bell
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    After The New York Times editorial board came out in support of the U.S. legalizing marijuana, the paper’s editorial page editor told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl this morning on “This Week” that he has smoked pot. “I’ve never asked the people that work for me whether they smoke pot, and I’m not going to ask. I have smoked pot in my life. I went to college in Colorado in the 1970′s, you figure it out,” Andrew Rosenthal told Karl Sunday on “This Week.” The Times editorial board published its endorsement of the legalization of…
  • Former Clinton Labor Secretary ‘Impressed’ by Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan

    Benjamin Bell
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Former Secretary of Labor to President Bill Clinton told “This Week” he’s impressed by Paul Ryan’s poverty plan ahead of his appearance on the show’s roundtable Sunday. We asked UC Berkley professor Robert Reich about Ryan’s plan, and he also discussed Hillary Clinton’s “dead broke” comment and how she and Sen. Elizabeth Warren may differ on some issues – if both decide to run for president in 2016. 1) What was your reaction when you first heard former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s “dead broke” comment that…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Crisis in the Middle East

    ABC News
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Nasser Ishtayeh/AP Photo This Sunday, “This Week” reports the latest on the crisis in the Middle East. Plus, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas – two key players in the last-ditch efforts to address the border crisis – come to “This Week” Sunday. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp, and UC Berkley professor and former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich. See the…
  • Former NASA Boss: Russia Has US Space Program in ‘Hostage Situation’

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

  • Passing the Buk by William Bowles

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Statesmen

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

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

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

    Roberto
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
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  • Giustificazione

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

  • GOP Says "Screw The Kids"

    Deacon Blues
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    After screaming at the top of their lungs several weeks ago about the “crisis” caused by thousands of immigrant children “storming” our borders, and Barack Obama’s alleged indifference to the issue, House Republicans this afternoon couldn’t even muster enough votes to do anything about it. But suing the president and going on vacation? Sure. In other words, these kids were nothing but political props to John Boehner and the GOP, and GOP governors should be directed to fire their anger not at the White House, but at their own GOP delegations. Did you hear that Rick Perry? As I said…
  • It's Not Heartlessness

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watching the MSNBC coverage of the migrant children "crisis" would lead you to believe that the GOP's alleged callousness in demanding the children be sent back to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will backfire on them. The various progressive commentators tell us that the American public will see this as a humanitarian crisis, and not victimize these kids by treating them as illegals trying to get into country. We're told the GOP's reaction will hurt them this fall and it 2016. Don't count on it. American compassion and empathy are wonderful things. But when many Americans wonder why…
  • Plain Speaking, Please

    Deacon Blues
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Yes, the world is an ugly place, both here and overseas. Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine shoot down a civilian airliner with Russian assistance, and Vladimir Putin rides his domestic poll numbers to double down and ready for war against a sovereign neighbor, unworried about any economic sanctions that might come. Israel asserts that it is attacking Hamas’s tunnels and ability to fire rockets into the country, yet is attacking hospitals and power plants. I wasn’t aware that Hamas was firing rockets from the hospital and tunneling from the downtown power plant. And with all this…
  • Make Corporate Tax Dodgers Pay a Price

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    As Paul Krugman notes this morning, corporations seemingly want all of the benefits of being individuals, including free speech translated as buying elections, and freedom of religion so they can discriminate against their employees. But when it comes to taxes, corporations refuse to act as individual citizens and instead reserve to themselves the right to scam the US treasury through tax avoidance schemes like the current move by Walgreens, which wants to call itself Swiss so they can dodge billions in legally-owed taxes. This same company has made billions from the Medicare Part D program,…
  • Hello Public Option?

    Deacon Blues
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Image courtesy of Talking Points Memo Those of us who track and know something about health care policy have been tracking the Halbig v. Burwell case for months, knowing that it (and not the Hobby Lobby case) represented the biggest legal threat to Obamacare's long-term viability. Those chickens came home to roost this morning when a three-judge panel of the DC Court of Appeals (DCA) ruled 2-1 to eliminate the federal subsidies for individual insurance purchased in states with federally-run health benefit exchanges. The DCA's reasoning was that the law passed by Congress provided subsidies…
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  • Border Patrol Harassing People Far From Border, Just Ask Snoop Dog & Willy Nelson

    The Young Turks
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Border Patrol Harassing People Far From Border, Just Ask Snoop Dog & Willy Nelson "Carlota Wray squints against a sharp afternoon sun and navigates her pickup along Arivaca Road's jutting curves and over rattling metal cattle guards. Wray, 56, has been driving this route,... From: The Young Turks Views: 51342 1229 ratings Time: 06:30 More in News & Politics
  • Actress Convicted For Sending Obama Ricin-Laced Letters

    The Young Turks
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Actress Convicted For Sending Obama Ricin-Laced Letters "A Texas actress who tried to blame her husband after sending ricin-laced letters to officials including President Barack Obama was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison. A federal judge... From: The Young Turks Views: 77600 2896 ratings Time: 04:46 More in News & Politics
  • More Anti-Obamacare Ad Spending = More Obamacare Signups. FAIL!

    The Young Turks
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    More Anti-Obamacare Ad Spending = More Obamacare Signups. FAIL! "Sacha Baron Cohen's movie Borat was, to say the least, not very flattering to the nation of Kazakhstan: the title character, presented as a cultural emissary from the Central Asian country,... From: The Young Turks Views: 46842 1220 ratings Time: 04:11 More in News & Politics
  • Another Sad Low Milestone For American Democracy

    The Young Turks
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Another Sad Low Milestone For American Democracy "More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread... From: The Young Turks Views: 56040 1159 ratings Time: 05:04 More in News & Politics
  • Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix

    Associated Press
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix A massive dust storm covered the Phoenix metropolitan area on Friday. (July 26) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Get updates and more Breaking News here:... From: Associated Press Views: 96587 180 ratings Time: 01:06 More in News & Politics
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • San Luis Reservoir in Pacheco Pass CA is very low

    Bob Morris
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The San Luis Reservoir stores water for San Jose and other cities and also provides hydropower. As you can see, it is very low. In a normal year, the water would probably be 50 feet higher.  A farmer’s pond on the way to it was mostly full two months ago. Today it was dry. The San Luis Reservoir is on  CA-152 between I-5 and CA-101 at Gilroy. Yeah, yeah, I know, it should be in landscape mode but hey, it was 110 and I hiked up a steep hill in sandals to take it!
  • Potential water shortages made worse by electricity production

    Bob Morris
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The biggest use of water in the US, 41%, is for power generation. Coal, natural gas, and nuclear power require large amounts of water for cooling. The same is true in other countries, many of whom are also facing water shortages. A new study says this should be a primary reason to move to wind and solar PV, because they require practically no water. In addition, another major use of electricity is to move water, especially in arid areas. In California, 19% of power was used to pump water in 2011. Thus, 60% of total California water usage is for creating energy and pumping water. Running…
  • Twitter stock soars on make-believe earnings

    Bob Morris
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Don’t believe the hype. Twitter did not make money in Q2. The “earnings” they reported were non-GAAP, which translates to Making Sh*t Up, ignoring the bad bits, and paying no attention to accounting standards. This is what passes for corporate accounting today. “Analysts” expected Twitter non-GAAP earnings to be -0.02. Instead, Twitter just blasted through and reported a whopping 0.02 per share, which translates to a nosebleed P/E of 2347 at the current stock price. However non-GAAP numbers are garbage as they simply ignore anything inconvenient. I do apologize…
  • 35% of Americans with credit files have delinquent debt

    Bob Morris
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Delinquent debt nationwide is at a staggering 35%, according to a study by the Urban Institute. In Nevada, it is a whopping 47%. The more you are in debt, the higher the interest rates. Lots of people make lots of money grinding debtors for payments. Banksters securitize the debt. Entire industries have vested interests in keeping people in debt. The South has the highest percentage of people with debt in collections, however the amounts are low compared to other parts of the country. Debt is collection is only moderately correlated to low income. Higher income people can have debt problems…
  • Self-service key-making machines: Keys are no longer secure

    Bob Morris
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    New technology makes it much easier to duplicate keys, which is definitely both a plus and a minus. It is also inevitable.The best security for your house key is to not give it to anyone. Valets should only get a car key. House keys can be duplicated by scanning them with a smartphone. So can some car keys. MinuteKey kiosks, available across the country, don’t care if your key says ‘Do Not Duplicate.’ MinuteKey never even sees the inscription. Stick the key part in the slot and it’ll make a perfect key in about a minute. It’s completely self-service. I’ve…
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  • Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

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

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

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

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

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

  • Welcome

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

  • CPSC Still Trying to Crush Small Round Magnet Toys; Last Surviving American Seller Zen Magnets Fights Back

    Brian Doherty
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Reason has long been on the beat regarding the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission's apparent vendetta against the little round magnets which were perhaps most famously sold by the company Maxfield & Oberton as "buckyballs," which you can use to form fascinating shapes. We've reported extensively on the very personal way they went after Craig Zucker, CEO of Maxfield & Oberton. Zucker gave up and settled with the CPSC for a fine earlier this year. This was after Zucker, unlike most people targeted by CPSC, made fun of their crusade against his product publicly. The CPSC wants…
  • Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Is Creating a Bitcoin-esque Stock Market Exchange

    Paul Best
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Blockchain, the conceptual engine underlying Bitcoin, has far-reaching potential to revolutionize much more than just our system of currency. The Agora Voting Project uses a blockchain to facilitate a secure electronic voting system and has already been used in Spanish Congress. Bitcloud is a project that aims to create a decentralized, alternative Internet based on a technology similar to blockchains. Now Patrick Byrne, the pioneering CEO of Overstock, wants to remake the stock market the same way. Overstock was already one of the first large vendors to accept Bitcoin, and did $126,000 worth…
  • Experts React to the Campus Sex Assault Bills

    Robby Soave
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Capitol Hill hearings on the campus sexual assault issue finally produced some legislation this week. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and others of both parties unveiled the Campus Accountability and Safety Act yesterday. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) introduced her own bill, the Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act, Thursday. What's in the bills? Some reasonable provisions, such as new requirements that college administrators work alongside law enforcement to resolve sexual assault instances. This is a good thing: Rape is a crime and it should be…
  • "Why I'm Actually Pretty Psyched For the New Sarah Palin Channel"

    Nick Gillespie
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Sarah Palin has started a new subscription-only web channel that she says will allow her audience to create a community and discuss the news with "no need to please the powers that be." Good for her, I argue in a new Time.com column: Palin’s new project is the latest sign that we live in world of gloriously fragmented media and culture that allows just about anyone to express themselves more fully than at any time in human history. That’s a great thing, even if it means trouble for long-established media companies and empowers conspiracy ranters such as Alex Jones. Twenty years ago, just…
  • The Battered Israeli Anti-War Movement

    Anthony L. Fisher
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    As the latest war between Israel and Hamas continues to rage on and rising Palestinian civilian body counts leave Israel further isolated from the international community, one wonders: What happened to Israel's anti-war movement? Despite being at war for nearly its entire existence, there has always been a robust peace movement in Israel. But this time around, the doves are the fringe in Israeli society. Last Saturday in Tel Aviv, the largest anti-war protest since the latest battle began was attended by a few thousand people (estimates vary from 1,000 to 5,000) and a recent poll shows 87…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: Smarter Than Thou

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Charles Cooke, National Review‘My great fear,” Neil deGrasse Tyson told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in early June, “is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens but they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth.” In response to this rather standard little saw, Hayes laughed as if he had been trying marijuana for the first time.All told, one suspects that Tyson was not including either himself or a fellow traveler such as Hayes as inhabitants of Earth, but was instead referring to everybody who…
  • The Federal Takeover of State Governments

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Epstein & Loyola, AtlanticThe tug of war between the president and Congress is steadily escalating. The most recent sign of incipient institutional breakdown is House Speaker John Boehner’s suit against President Obama for rewriting laws and stepping on Congress’s turf.But lurking in the wings is a second separation-of-powers issue, just as important, that Americans have mostly overlooked—the separation between federal and state government.
  • Why They Really Hate Neil deGrasse Tyson

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Amanda Marcotte, SalonWhile it often manifests as contempt for the poor and the vulnerable, in the abstract this conservative enthusiasm for doing better could, in theory, be channeled productively toward actually pushing people to achieve.So why are so many conservatives abandoning this enthusiasm for the exceptional in favor of what can only be described as jealous sniping aimed at people who are actually trying to expand the world creatively and scientifically?
  • John Kerry Just Legitimized Hamas

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Charles Krauthammer, Wash. PostJohn Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.
  • Can't Address Poverty Without Character

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    David Brooks, NY TimesNearly every parent on earth operates on the assumption that character matters a lot to the life outcomes of their children. Nearly every government antipoverty program operates on the assumption that it doesn’t.
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The Republicans’ lust for impeachment

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. Read full article >>
  • Paul Ryan’s stale ideas on poverty

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech. Read full article >>
  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?

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

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

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

  • Federal Judge Knocks Down Remaining Challenge To New Jersey’s Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy

    Zack Ford
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    CREDIT: Daniel Gonzalez After New Jersey passed its ban on ex-gay therapy for minors last year, two lawsuits were filed challenging the law, one by therapists wishing to continue to practice the harmful treatment and one by a family seeking to continue the treatment for their son. In November, a federal judge ruled against the therapists, and on Thursday, the same judge dismissed the family’s challenge, again upholding the ban. The ruling somewhat comes out of the blue. The case had been stayed back in March while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to take up an appeal in a…
  • Boehner Encourages Obama To Take Executive Action, One Day After Voting To Sue Obama Over Executive Action

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Hours before Congress broke for the August recess, House Republicans claimed that the President could use executive action to fix the border situation with unaccompanied children fleeing violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. In a press statement released Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other House Republican leaders indicated that President Obama could address the crisis “without the need for congressional action,” a statement tinged with some irony…
  • U.S. Judge: Federal Government Can Seize Emails Even If They’re Stored Overseas

    Lauren C. Williams
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo – Ted S. Warren Microsoft must hand over emails stored in its data center in Dublin, Ireland in accordance with a U.S. federal warrant, a judge ruled Thursday. The ruling, handed down by New York federal district court judge Loretta Preska, determined the government could seize emails regardless of where they are physically stored as long as the company is based in the United States. Thursday’s decision follows a months-long battle that started after a New York judge issued Microsoft a search warrant in December to submit copies of emails stored on its Dublin,…
  • Why Is ‘Europe’s Last Dictator’ Hosting The Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks?

    Will Freeman
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. Putin and Lukashenko attend a flower laying ceremony in Minsk on the anniversary of Minsk’s liberation from Nazi troops during WWII. CREDIT: AP Images Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, announced Wednesday that he would host upcoming peace talks between Russia and Ukraine after being chosen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). While picking Belarus makes diplomatic sense, as the nation is both a close ally of Moscow and sympathetic to…
  • No, National Parks Don’t Cause Problems For Border Control

    Katie Valentine
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Heavy rain clouds slowly roll over the Organ Mountains on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Organ Mountains Desert Peaks is the newest national monument created by the Obama administration. CREDIT: AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Viapando The House decided not to vote on its controversial border bill due to lack of support Thursday, a move that means that the public lands along the border are, at least for now, safe from the interference the bill would have allowed. House Republican leaders, however, said on Thursday evening that they would try again to vote Friday. The bill would have given Customs…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Many people aim at nothing and hit it with amazing accuracy. (Unknown) — Well, I guess that's sort of succeeding. Or not! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    When you have to make a choice and don't, that is a choice. (W. James) — Both movement and inertia have consequences. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Money enables us to get what we want instead of what others think we want. (G. Shaw) — It's easier when we want is free! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Your friend is your needs answered. (K. Gibran) — A hole in your life, filled even before you realized that it existed! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    The trouble with life in the fast lane is you reach the other end in an awful hurry. (J. Jensen) — Take the scenic route! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Campaign Finance Reform Gives Dems Edge in New Poll

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The following report is cross-posted from a Democracy Corps e-blast: A new poll of the 12 states where control of the Senate is being contested, fielded by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Every Voice, a major new advocacy effort, shows that voters of all political persuasions are disgusted with the current campaign system and are ready for real reform - and they are ready to vote to get it. Campaign reforms, from a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United to public matching funds for candidates that reject large donations, are widely popular ideas that actually…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Julia Preston reports at the New York Times that a new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 69 percent of respondents said that the 57,000 plus unaccompanied migrant children from Central America who have come to the U.S. should be permitted to stay "if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country." Only 27 percent said they should be deported. However, notes Preston, "There is broad consistency for a policy offering support for the unaccompanied children and a determination process, not just an open door," said Robert P. Jones, the chief…
  • GOP Impeachment Intentions Denial Increasingly Ridiculous

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Regarding our post below about Republican leaders denying their party is pushing toward impeachment, do check out this link-rich post, "GOP's base Clamors to Impeach Obama" by Drew Courtney at People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, documenting the growing number of Republicans guzzling the impeachment Kool-Aid. Here are some of Courtney's examples (click on the article for the links -- there are more than 30 links, too many to include here for now): In a radio interview last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann said that she believed the president has "committed impeachable offenses" but that…
  • GOP Impeachment Talk Looks Like a Game-Changer, Alright

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    From Nick Corosaniti's "Impeachment, on G.O.P. Lips, Animates Democrats' Base" in the New York Times: Democrats cannot get enough of Republicans talking about impeaching President Obama. They are using it to raise money and claim to have collected $1 million on Monday alone. They are using it to add supporters, with 74,000 new contributors. And, to animate their base, they would like to goad Republicans into debating impeachment in close races in the midterm elections...The talk of impeachment has had a catalytic effect on fund-raising for the Democratic campaign committee, which raised $7.6…
  • Lux: Early Predictions on Presidential Elections Usually Wrong

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    From "Presidential Politics and Predictions: Be Ready to Be Wrong" by Democratic strategist Mike Lux, author of "The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be": ... If you look at the history of presidential politics in the modern era, the last half-century-plus, the strongly favored frontrunner almost never cruises easily to victory. Big stuff, little stuff, insurgencies popping up out of nowhere, scandals, stumbles -- frontrunners, even the dominant ones, have lost a lot more often than they won, and generally even when they have won, they had a hell of a tough road getting…
 
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • Manmohan Singh backs Sonia Gandhi, says no files were sent to 10 Janpath

    Gautam
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday came out in defence of Sonia Gandhi, after former union minister Natwar Singh made a series of “disclosures” on the Congress president. Manmohan dubbed the allegations made by Natwar Singh as false, and refuted his claim that important files from the PMO were used to be sent to Sonia Gandhi. In an interview to an English news channel, Natwar Singh had backed the recent claim of Manmohan Singh’s former media adviser Sanjaya Baru that important government files were taken to Sonia Gandhi by Pulok Chatterjee, who was in the…
  • Mayawati and Mulayam should come together to defeat BJP, says Lalu Prasad Yadav

    Gautam
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Patna, July 30: RJD chief Lalu Prasad is determined to spoil BJP’s party – In an interview to Economic Times, Lalu said RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance will result in the rout of BJP in the forthcoming by­polls and assembly polls next year. The RJD-JD(U) alliance is the need of the hour, said Lalu. “Mandal forces will have to unite to trounce kamandal”, he told ET ion the interview. Lalu also slammed BJP for being ‘communal’.”Our apprehension that the country might disintegrate is turning out to be true. The whole country has seen how a fasting Muslim…
  • Former CJI was Adamant on Elevating Corrupt Judge: Katju

    Gautam
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    NEW DELHI: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju Monday again complained of interferences in the appointment of judges, saying former chief justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan tried his best to elevate a judge to the apex court despite allegations of corruption against him.Katju said in his blog post that he told Justice Kapadia that the said judge had a “very bad reputation about his integrity”.“I told Justice Kapadia that a chief justice of a high court, who had earlier been a judge of the Madras High Court, had a very bad reputation about his integrity,” Katju…
  • A New Team for Amit Shah: BJP, RSS Leaders Discuss Names

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

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

    Andrés Velasco
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When the leaders of Mercosur met in Caracas this week, the usual bluster about standing up to imperialism filled the air. But so did the unmistakable scent of decay.
  • China’s Victory in Ukraine

    Dmitri Trenin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    There is no question that Russia will pay a price for its actions in Ukraine. The question for the US and its allies is whether exacting that price will come with a price of its own.
  • New Hope for Haiti

    Ban Ki-moon
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In recent years, the UN's commitment to Haiti has helped to reduce the toll of the cholera epidemic that has been ravaging the country since 2010, while promoting security, stability, and human rights. The international community now must step up to support continued progress in these areas.
  • Unholy War

    Naomi Wolf
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Someday, the details of Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza will be investigated and history will be written. But, before that happens, Israel has two moral paths open before it, one of which leads to a very dark place.
  • China’s High-Income Hopes

    Zhang Jun
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is widely agreed that economic development means more than GDP growth. Unless China’s leaders upgrade the country’s growth strategy to stimulate technological progress and structural transformation, high-income status will continue to elude the world’s second-largest economy.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Some thoughts on Black Liberation, Palestine & the Angry Black Woman Open Letter

    mrDaveyd
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    For the past couple of days an article written by ‘An Angry Black Woman‘ has been making he rounds.. It’s an open letter to Palestinians telling them to stop referencing  Black ‘Freedom struggle‘ when speaking about their own struggle. It goes on to make the claim about how Martin Luther King , Coretta Scott King and others were all Zionists…That article can be found here–> http://bit.ly/1mYL90V A few things to keep in mind.. First understand the article/letter which is being championed by Zionist backed publications and outlets and the Israeli…
  • Malcolm X Gives a Great History Lesson & Breakdown on Zionism

    mrDaveyd
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    During these troubled times where all eyes are focused on the ongoing assaults and massacres in Gaza via Israel,  there are some that like to run around and pull up an erroneous quote from Dr Martin Luther King that says critique of Zionism is anti-Semitic. We all know that was wrong-headed, just like King should not and is not considered anti-American for criticizing this country for her war policies in Vietnam, even though some called him a traitor the time he spoke out. One can speak on the very public, impactful far-reaching policies of a nation especially one supported by our tax…
  • Be Patriotic & Reflect on Frederick Douglass’ Independence Day Speech

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

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

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

  • U.S. Faces Uphill Task in Connecting With New Government in India

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Delhi this week as Washington tries to reset ties with India, a country it sees as a counterbalance in Asia to China's rising power. But immediate results are unlikely as the U.S. has some catching up to do with the other countries vying for the new administration’s attention.   When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in May, the U.S. found it had to do business with a leader to whom it had denied a visa in 2005 over anti-Muslim riots that had taken place in Gujarat in 2002 when he was chief minister. That was fine as long as Modi…
  • Majority of Americans Support Treatment of Migrant Children as Refugees, Not Illegal Immigrants

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    After weeks of media coverage and debate about the tremendous influx of unaccompanied children into the United States, a strong majority of Americans say the young immigrants should be treated as refugees, and not simply kicked out of the country like undocumented adults.   A survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) revealed 69% of respondents agreed with the idea that the children should remain as refugees and be permitted to stay “if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country.” Eighty-three percent of Democrats,…
  • EPA Accused of Fracking Oversight Negligence

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been faulted by a federal watchdog agency for failing to properly oversee hundreds of thousands of underground wells involving hydraulic fracturing. A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the EPA has inconsistently performed safety inspections of fracking wells.   The agency has also failed to maintain proper records for the wells and has not updated its guidelines for dealing with the fracking boom in the oil and gas industry.   EPA’s failings have potentially significant consequences as it oversees…
  • Federal Court Upholds Florida Law Preventing Doctors from Discussing Guns

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Physicians in Florida cannot ask patients about their guns without facing penalties, according to a state law that’s been upheld by a federal appeals court.   The Firearm Owners Privacy Act was adopted by state lawmakers after the American Medical Association advised its members to discuss gun safety issues with patients out of concern for public health. Physicians also commonly ask patients about whether there is a swimming pool in the home and how household chemicals are stored.   Opponents of the law, including the AMA and other medical associations, challenged it in…
  • New Super PAC Spends Big Money to Fight Big Money in Politics

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    If you can fight fire with fire, as the saying goes, then why not fight big money with big money in the world of elections?   That’s what a coalition of liberals, Republicans and wealthy donors have decided in creating a super PAC called Mayday, which plans to spend millions of dollars helping elect politicians.   How is that different from other super PACs? The people behind Mayday say their money ($12 million to start) will go to candidates who support legislation to reduce the influence of big donors in campaigns.   Two of the super PAC’s founders are Lawrence…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Court arguments reveal how misogyny is at the heart of opposition to marriate equality

    Donna Gratehouse
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Arizona and Texas are the latest states to be defending their same sex marriage bans in federal court. Things haven’t gone well for foes of equality lately, as foes of equality lose in state after state, most recently in Virginia. … Continue reading →
  • House GOP leaders pull border bill, delay recess to whip votes

    AZ BlueMeanie
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Once again the nominal Speaker of the House, Canadian-born Cuban immigrant Sen. Ted “Calgary” Cruz, and the anti-government insurrectionists of the  Tea Party Caucus in the House have dealt another embarrassing defeat to the TanMan, Weeper of the House John … Continue reading →
  • SAAF takes on two Wingspan programs

    Carolyn Classen
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Press release from So. AZ Aids Foundation: (Tucson)— The board of directors for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) unanimously voted Tuesday evening to move forward with plans to take on Wingspan, Tucson’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community … Continue reading →
  • Primary Election Month Begins Today – Go Vote!

    AZ BlueMeanie
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Today is the first day of early voting in the primary election. You have almost an entire month to fill out a ballot and cast your vote — so don’t give me your crap about how you are “too busy” … Continue reading →
  • The “Hamas Buys Rockets, Not Food” Canard

    Bob Lord
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Zionist crowd is repeatedly invoking the allocation of resources by Hamas as justification for Israel’s aggression these days. Some of our local Arizona Zionists were sharing this quote from the Times of Israel on Facebook: Over the past several … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm

    Erin McCarley
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Stephen Gaskin on The Farm in 2005. Photo by Erin McCarley. Forty-three years after co-founding The Farm, one of the first “hippie communes” in the United States, Stephen Gaskin died on July 1 at the age of 79. What started in 1971 as an experiment in collective living for free thinkers, spiritual students from San Francisco, and psychedelic explorers, has evolved into one of the most enduring models of intentional community in the country. “All the stuff that we have done here, we’ve never asked anyone for permission: no church, no corporation, no state.” After learning how to farm…
  • To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State

    Kali Swenson
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    #KnitABrick #JointheDissent #GetANewHobby #SecularActivist pic.twitter.com/L3Yp809znm — Elizabeth Hudson (@LadyRSanti) July 3, 2014 Crafters are putting their skills to work, but not for what you’d expect. In protest of the Supreme Court decision allowing the craft supply retailer Hobby Lobby to deny coverage of its employees’ contraception on religious grounds, some members of the store’s own market base have turned against it—boycotting Hobby Lobby products and knitting their way to Washington. Launched on July 2 by the Secular Coalition for America, the #KnitABrick campaign calls…
  • Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help

    Melissa Morrone
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. Photo courtesy of Super Furry Librarian / Flickr. A woman was trying to apply for a job at a major retailer. She had to fill out an online form that prompted her to create a username and password, and then enter personal information down to the last four digits of her Social Security number. Knowing how to use the Internet safely is an ever more important skill. “How do you know if it’s real?” she asked me, already agitated because her computer session was about to time out. The last time she tried to do something like this, she…
  • Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See

    Mark Engler
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. Photo by Marc Love / Flickr. Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular cause; it was a politically fatal one—a third-rail issue that could end the career of any politician foolish enough to touch it. The idea that gay and lesbian couples would be able to legally exchange vows in the United States was regarded, at best, as a far-off fantasy and, at worst, as a danger to the republic. “Anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land ... isn’t living in the real…
  • “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees

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

  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dershowitz vs. Chomsky

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In 2012 a debate took place at Harvard between Alan Dershowitz and Noam Chompsky; the topic was Israel. Considering the current situation in the Middle East, I am posting this debate for those that have not seen it before or those who would like to see it again.
  • Loving Joan Rivers!!!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I've always loved Joan and I love her even more after watching this. I could not have said it better myself! G-d bless you, Joan!!!
  • Dear Eddie Vedder,

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

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

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

  • The fight for democracy and liberty in Hong Kong

    Robert Macquarie
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    Chinese pressure on the city's government is pushing the situation into dangerous territory. Hong Kong's citizens remain determined to achieve democratic values for their city. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Stringer/Getty Images Since the official handover from Britain in 1997, Hong Kong has been under Chinese influence once more. However, the “one country, two systems” mantra enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 dictates that the city’s capitalist system and way of life should remain unchanged for at least 50 years. The city’s people are increasingly demanding democracy, but…
  • Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him

    Lucy Fisher
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Has the government's series of changes to European rules been too slow, and too limited, to convince the public that Britain should remain in the EU? Prime Minister David Cameron at a property where six illegal immigrants were arrested this week. Photo: Getty The Prime Minister’s announcement this week that he will slash the time period during which EU immigrants are entitled to benefits was welcomed by the Tory right and Eurosceptics of all tribes. On Tuesday David Cameron announced plans to halve the period over which European migrants can claim benefits from six months to three, unless…
  • David Patrikarakos: How the MH17 disaster turned a conflict global

    David Patrikarakos
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    The downing of Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, was the deadliest aviation incident since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Global grief: flowers at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam in memory of the victims of flight MH17, 31 July. Photo: Getty Central Kyiv is becoming a mausoleum. On 17 July, a surface-to-air missile shot down a Malaysian airliner en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. The photos, flowers and candles that were once confined to mourning the victims of February’s “Euromaidan Revolution” in Independence…
  • Matalan have bowed to pressure over Rana Plaza, but the campaign goes on

    Jim Murphy and Alison McGovern
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    The campaign to aid victims hit by the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory last year has produced results, but decent working conditions for all is still a long way off. A mourner grieves for her relative, missing and presumed dead, at the scene of the April 24 Rana Plaza garment building collapse. Photo: Getty When Rana Plaza collapsed, Mossammat Rebecca Khatun was inside. It was two more days before she was rescued. She survived but paid a heavy price. Her injuries robbed her of her right foot and her left leg. But the collapse of the cramped eight-storey building took far more. She…
  • The Tories are living in a fiscal fantasy land

    George Eaton
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    The party cannot promise to eliminate the deficit, avoid further tax rises and cut taxes at the same time.  David Cameron and George Osborne speak during a Q&A session at the construction company Skanska on April 22, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. It is possible for the Tories to promise to eliminate the deficit by the end of the next parliament, or to avoid any further tax rises, or to cut taxes. What is not possible for them to do is to promise all three. But that is the fantasy land they now inhabit. After previously pledging to achieve a budget surplus by 2020 and to clear the reminder…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • CA Candidate Neel Kashkari's Homeless Week Makes the Case Against Obama's Executive Amnesty

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Republican California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari recently spent a week homeless on the streets of Fresno, CA, and he may have discovered why so many American workers oppose illegal immigration. His struggles to find a job--let alone food and a roof over his head--exemplify why American workers oppose illegal immigration and President Barack Obama's plans to give millions of illegal immigrants work permits in an economy that has not recovered for them.  On Thursday, fierce opposition to Obama's potential granting of work permits to millions of illegal immigrants caused House…
  • Catholic Bishops Say Amnesty for Illegal Immigrant Children Is 'Pro-Life'

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Some Catholic bishops have recently suggested that granting amnesty to illegal immigrant children from Central America is consistent with “pro-life” Catholic teachings. As reported in National Catholic Register, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said that providing for the needs of the young illegal immigrants is one facet of a truly pro-life philosophy. “The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” Zubik said in a statement on July 19th. “Being pro-life requires we protect and care for…
  • Man Charged with Killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Extradited to U.S.

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    A man charged in the December 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been extradited from Mexico to the U.S. and will be arraigned on August 1. According to Tucson News Now, Ivan Soto-Barraza "was caught in Mexico in September 2013."  The charges against him are "first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and assault on a federal officer." The indictment against him alleges that he and four others "assaulted three Border…
  • Court Ruling on 'Fast and Furious' Docs Forces Scrutiny of Obama Executive Privilege

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    On July 18, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said, “Time’s up!” and has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over to the court information on all documents for which President Barack Obama is claiming executive privilege in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. Fast and Furious was the name of a gun-running scheme operated by DOJ, supposedly to trace American guns illegally trafficked to Mexican drug cartels. DOJ lost track of at least 1,300 of those firearms, many of which have since been recovered at crime scenes. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was…
  • Judge: DOJ Must Provide Information on 'Fast and Furious' Docs Withheld from Congress

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    On July 18 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Justice must "provide a detailed listing of all [Fast and Furious] documents that it has withheld from Congress." The ruling was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates and was the result of a September 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch. The ruling was announced by Judicial Watch on July 31. According to the announcement, Bates went against the DOJ's claims that releasing information to Judicial Watch "would interfere with the [DOJ's] continuing…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Open letter from Luigi Di Maio to Piero Grasso

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    "President Piero Grasso, in the last few days I’ve been following the discussion of so called “constitutional reforms” in the Senate of the Italian Republic, that you lead. Even more serious than the danger of having a non-elected Senate or a suppressed Senate, yesterday evening my heart was filled with fear as I witnessed the definitive disappearance of the country’s supervisory bodies. The opinion of the 5 Star MoVement in relation to the fading impartiality and authority of Laura Boldrini and of Giorgio Napolitano, is no mystery. But I did still have a tiny bit of confidence in…
  • The perfect storm

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    While Renzie is amusing himself with the abolition of the Senate and in exchange Berlusconi is saving his “cash", the only thing he cares about, thanks to the “Pact of Nazareno” that citizens know nothing about, Italy is undergoing economic collapse. And anyone raising this issue is considered to be bringing bad luck. But facts are facts and not slogans and they cannot be contradicted with quips befitting a silly child. Anyway, it’s better to have bad luck than to have   profiteering. “Figures are figures. And you cannot even accuse them of bring bad luck or of hindering things or…
  • Parliament in the open air - poll

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Yesterday in Rome I met up with the parliamentarians and I put to them the proposal of having a Parliament in the open air and a big majority was in favour of the idea. What follows is the transcript of my speech and at the end signed up M5S members can vote on the proposal. “Time has (nearly) run out. We have made use of all the tools of democracy. We thought we could improve the country by using the Clean Up Parliament popular law, the first true reform of the electoral law. That was back in 2007 (the law was never discussed in two legislatures in spite of having collected 350,000…
  • Immigrants, cause and effect

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The expressions of piety paid to the clandestine immigrants that are drowning in the sea while escaping from their own countries towards the big unknown, are always hiding the reasons why these people are leaving their homelands and all they have, to take a leap into the dark. We are both executioners and saviours with hearts of stone. We like to get noticed by turning up at Lampedusa or by making speeches about providing a welcome, speeches that are always disregarded. When these poor souls arrive, they are not welcomed, but left to fend for themselves or locked up in some facility.
  • Aridatece er puzzone - Bring back Mussolini

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    A Parliament elected via an unconstitutional law, a President of the Republic that appoints people like a monarch does, three Presidents of the Council without going via elections, a pact to change the Constitution that no one knows anything about, a pact that was created by a convicted criminal. Now they want to eliminate the elected Senate and stuff it with local party top dogs and they want a Lower House of appointees. This is called coup d'état. Mussolini had more discretion. He didn’t talk about “reforms". The guy directing this act of destruction is Napolitano who should resign…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Most U.S. Manufacturers Victimized by Ex-Im's Hidden Costs

    Daniel J. Ikenson
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Daniel J. Ikenson In an earlier post today, I described a reasonable methodology for estimating the hidden costs imposed on companies whose suppliers receive export subsidies from the Export-Import Bank. Ex-Im officials like to talk about how they “grow the economy” and create jobs by enticing foreign customers with low-rate financing to buy U.S. exports. As I described in that earlier post, when the cost to business of exporting is mitigated by subsidies, companies will likely export more. That may be good for them, but it’s not so good for their U.S. customers, whose foreign…
  • Florida Parents Fight for Educational Choice

    Jason Bedrick
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Jason Bedrick On what would have been the 102nd birthday of Milton Friedman—the godfather of educational choice—six families with children that have special needs are fighting back against Florida’s largest teachers union, which is seeking to kill the Sunshine State’s newest educational choice program. The Florida Education Association is suing the state of Florida to eliminate the new Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) program, among other recent education reforms, including an expansion of the state’s scholarship tax credit law. Modeled after Arizona’s…
  • Suing the President: Maybe Legal, Likely Unwise

    Roger Pilon
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Roger Pilon “So sue me,” said the president. Late yesterday, in a mostly party-line vote, the House authorized Speaker Boehner to do just that—to call President Obama over his repeated acts of constitutional dereliction. This is a close call, legally. But as I argued recently, I believe it would be unwise for Boehner to actually bring such a suit, much less to initiate impeachment proceedings, as some Republicans are urging him to do. With mid-term elections less than 100 days ahead, the nation’s attention should be focused on Obama’s sorry record, not on the legal merits of a…
  • House Lawsuit against Obama Has Legal Merit

    Ilya Shapiro
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Ilya Shapiro When the president violates the Constitution, there has to be a remedy short of impeachment, which is a blunt political tool that does nothing to reverse the illegal actions at issue. Speaker Boehner’s proposed lawsuit seems measured to challenge what is perhaps President Obama’s most egregious extra-constitutional action, rewriting the Affordable Care Act to suit his political needs.  When Congress passes a law, it is the president’s duty to enforce it. The president has discretion in how to enforce it, to be sure, but he can’t suspend, waive,…
  • The Export-Import Bank and Its Victims: Which Industries Bear the Brunt

    Daniel J. Ikenson
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Daniel J. Ikenson The Export-Import Bank of the United States is a government-run export credit agency, which provides access to favorable financing for the foreign customers of some U.S. companies.  For several months, Washington has been embroiled in a debate over whether to reauthorize the Bank’s charter, which will otherwise expire on September 30.  While Republican House leadership remains publicly committed to shutting down the Bank, a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced reauthorization legislation last night, setting the stage for a post-August recess…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Hugh Ross: In the Beginning

    sirrahc
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This post is a little different — a break for me (since I wasn’t sure I’d have something else ready in time) and, hopefully, a treat for you. It is a video from a conference held not long ago at Woodcrest Worldwide Church called “In the Beginning” — not to be confused with another conference […]
  • Before You “Claim” II Chronicles 7:14, Read This

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

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

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

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

  • Countering Al-Shabab: Somalia Needs a Change of Plan

    Paul Ashley
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    By introducing anti-terrorism and counterterrorism measures, al-Shabab can be prevented from controlling East Africa. Harakat Shabab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabab, originated and operates in East Africa and is very influential along the Horn of Africa in Somalia. The terrorist organization came into force in 2006 as a clan-based insurgent group. In the early 1990s, Somalia plunged […] The post Countering Al-Shabab: Somalia Needs a Change of Plan appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War (Part 2/2)

    Joseph Hughes
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Repercussions from the Syrian conflict will be felt throughout the Middle East for decades to come. [Read part one here.] Since the beginning of the Iranian nuclear interim deal with the P5+1 in Geneva, Saudi Arabia has expressed its displeasure at international negotiations with its regional rival. Riyadh is governed by a Wahhabi-influenced monarchy that seeks to legitimize itself through sectarian […] The post The Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War (Part 2/2) appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Fair Observer: Best of the Month

    Fair Observer
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Putin is an old school Russian tsar in a modern avatar, fighting to retain great power status for his country. July 2014 will be remembered as a historic month. While the world is fixated on the conflict in Gaza, a major global development has gone unnoticed. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, collectively known […] The post Fair Observer: Best of the Month appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Cyberspace and the Nature of Warfare

    Gavin Hall
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    The hyper-connected world has not changed the fundamental principles of warfare. The principles of war that have been developed over the centuries remain fundamentally unaltered by the development of advanced systems that operate within cyberspace. This is despite US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warning of a possible “cyber-Pearl Harbor” in 2012 and the elevation of […] The post Cyberspace and the Nature of Warfare appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Syria’s Salafi Awakening: Existential Psychological Primers (Part 2/2)

    Zach Goldberg
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The constant fear of death has transformed Syria’s secular Sunnis into warriors of God. [Read part one here.] Whether it is the thump of barrel bombs, the indiscriminate artillery barrages or the sniping of innocent bystanders — to name only a few — Syria is rife with testaments of human mortality. For Syrians, the contemplation of […] The post Syria’s Salafi Awakening: Existential Psychological Primers (Part 2/2) appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Din aeroport direct pe sosea

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Cu siguranta nu sunt putini oamenii care in prezent lucreaza in strainatate si vin in tara pentru mici concedii, poate chiar numai in zilele de weekend, insa de la aeroport trebuie sa se deplaseze cu ceva rapid pentru a nu pierde vremea. Daca aterizezi in Bucuresti ideal ar fi sa apelezi la o firma de inchirieri auto Sibiu aeroport, insa nu toate firmele au un parc auto atat de dezvoltat incat sa aiba disponibile tot timpul masini.Asadar  - pentru siguranta ta trebuie sa iti faci din timp o rezervare la o masina pe care o poti prelua chiar de la aeroport, mai ales daca te grabesti. De…
  • Insule misterioase si povestile lor incredibile

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Insula North Brother. Epava „General Slocum”. Insula North Brother a fost locul unde s-a petrecut ce mai costisitoare tragedie a New York-ului. Pe 15 iunie 1904, mai mult de 1.000 de membri ai congregatiei luterane-evanghelice St. Mark s-au imbarcat pe nava General Slocum pentru a ajunge la un picnic important, unde urmau sa se discute probleme legate de spiritualitate si alte lucruri interne ale bisericii luterane-evanghelice. Multi dintre pasagerii navei erau femei si copii, imbracati foarte frumos. La jumatate de ora dupa ce a parasit portul, nava a luat foc. In acea zi, 1.358 de…
  • De la zidul Berlinului la Turnul de Televiziune

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    E greu sa te decizi unde sa mergi in Germania daca vrei pur si simplu sa o vizitezi, insa daca vei gasi un transport persoane Germania ieftin, cu siguranta nu va mai fi la fel de dificil. Ce sa faci insa acolo este cu totul alta problema, avand in vedere ca unii merg sa se plimbe iar altii merg la munca, mai ales pentru ca economia Germaniei este una dintre cele mai puternice din lume, iar daca tot ofera multe variante atunci de ce sa nu profitam cu totii de ele?!Iata cateva obiective pe care le poti vizita cel putin in Berlin si de care cu siguranta nu te vei plictisi: poarta Brandenburg,…
  • Compozitori faimosi si excentricitatile lor

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Alexander Scriabin-teosofie si misticism. Compozitorul rus Alexander Scriabin, care a trait prin secolul al XX-lea, avea o boala ciudata: sinestezia, o afectiune neurologica ce permitea „amalgamarea” a doua sau mai multe simturi. Scriabin auzea muzica sub forma de culori si a inventat un instrument care era capabil sa proiecteze lumini colorate in timp ce era actionat intocmai ca in cazul unui pian. Toata viata sa, Scriabin a incercat sa ajunga la o comuniune deplina cu Divinitatea, ajungand sa ia parte la experimente de zbor sau chiar sa incerce sa mearga pe apa. Dupa ce a descoperit…
  • Cea mai buna investitie in sine - masajul

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

  • Playing Politics with Violence Against Women

    Robert Farley
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    An ad from Alison Lundergan Grimes knocks Sen. Mitch McConnell for voting “two times against the Violence Against Women Act” — evidence, Grimes concludes, that McConnell has forgotten that “over half the voters in Kentucky are women.” But McConnell has never opposed the central purpose of the Violence Against Women Act. In fact, he was a cosponsor of the original bill in 1991, and he has twice supported its reauthorization. McConnell did vote against a massive crime bill that included the VAWA because it also contained a ban on assault weapons. And he more…
  • Misleading Michigan GOP Primary Voters

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The Republican candidates in Michigan’s 4th Congressional District entered the final weeks of the primary trading misleading claims in TV ads that rely on deceptive tactics to distort the facts: State Sen. John Moolenaar accuses Paul Mitchell of “lining his pockets” with $100,000 in “Obama’s stimulus.” That’s grossly misleading. Michigan received funding to retrain laid-off workers, and a small slice of that went to pay tuition for training at an education center Mitchell once headed. Mitchell says “Moolenaar authored the bill to fund Obamacare…
  • Parsing McConnell’s Job Description

    Robert Farley
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A laid off coal miner in an Alison Lundergan Grimes TV ad poses a question to Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?” McConnell doesn’t dispute saying it and no recording exists; but he claims that he misunderstood a reporter’s question and his words have been misinterpreted. What’s a fact-checker to do? Look at the facts. McConnell was quoted as saying, “Economic development is a Frankfort issue. That is not my job.” But the comment came on the same day that he was in his home state to speak about — jobs. McConnell…
  • More Carbon Tax Distortions

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

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

  • Who’s really waging the ‘war on science’?

    Paul Driessen
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    When it comes to attacking climate scientists, the alarmist Left has the market cornered. Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged conservative “war on science.” They augment this vitriol with substantial money, books, documentaries and conference sessions devoted to “protecting” global warming alarmists from supposed “harassment” by climate chaos skeptics, whom they accuse of wanting to conduct “fishing expeditions” of alarmist emails and “rifle” their file cabinets in search of juicy material (which might expose collusion…
  • The Next Great War

    Alan Caruba
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    In the July 24 edition of The Wall Street Journal there was a commentary, “Wanted: Converts to Judaism” by the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Arnold M. Eisen. I thought to myself that this was an extraordinary time to be suggesting conversion to a faith that is literally under attack in Israel and being attacked by the reemergence of anti-Semitism in Europe. Here in America we are witnessing the most pro-Islamic and anti-Semitic administration in the history of nation. In the wake of the Holocaust following World War Two what anti-Semitism existed in the U.S. gave way to…
  • A Great Plan to Replace the EPA

    Alan Caruba
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    For years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and its powers given to the fifty states, all of which,have their own departments of environmental protection. Until now, however, there has been no plan put forth to do so. Dr. Jay Lehr has done just that and his plan no doubt will be sent to the members of Congress and the state governors. Titled “Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency” it should be read by everyone who, like Dr. Lehr, has concluded that the EPA was a good idea when it was introduced in 1971, but has since evolved…
  • Defending Liberty

    David Huntwork
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    We exist in a vast sea of ignorance and lack of understanding in regards to history, politics, and ideology. Not to mention the implications of each upon our nation and civilization. Perhaps we should not be surprised that large segments of society can’t put the Civil War in the correct century or begin to find major countries on a map. There are entire political ideologies that rely on that mind-numbing, and sometimes frightening, misunderstanding and basic ignorance that a significant portion of society manifests as a source for their power and strength. I find liberalism/progressivism to…
  • Killing marine life with ethanol

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

  • Rep. Thomas Massie Says Classified Parts of 9/11 Report are 'Shocking' (Video)

    Michael Allen
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Rep. Thomas Massie Says Classified Parts of 9/11 Report are 'Shocking' (Video) Rep. Thomas Massie Says Classified Parts of 9/11 Report are 'Shocking' (Video) Nation Politics World Rep. Thomas Massie Has Been Optimized Many Americans may not be aware that 28 pages of the 9/11 Congressional report have never been released, but a Republican congressman is demanding the U.S. government do so. The "Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001" was released in Dec. 2002, but few people in Congress have read the…
  • CIA Denied, Now Admits Hacking U.S. Senate Computers

    Michael Allen
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    CIA Denied, Now Admits Hacking U.S. Senate Computers CIA Admits To Hacking U.S. Senate Computers CIA Admits To Hacking U.S. Senate Computers During The Senate's Investigation Into The CIA's Bush-Era Interrogation Tactics CIA Denied, Now Admits Hacking U.S. Senate Computers Nation Politics CIA Head John Brennan Not Optimized In March of this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) claimed that CIA Director John Brennan mentioned to her in January that the Central Intelligence Agency had searched U.S. Senate computers. The searches occurred during a government investigation into…
  • Russian Soldier's Instagram May Prove Russian Troops Are In Ukraine

    Jonathan Wolfe
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Russian Soldier's Instagram May Prove Russian Troops Are In Ukraine Does This Soldier's Instagram Prove Russian Troops Are In Ukraine? Russian Soldier's Instagram Photos Tracked To Ukraine Russian Soldier's Instagram May Prove Russian Troops Are In Ukraine Internet Personal Technology Politics Technology Sanya Sotkin Not Optimized Moscow has consistently denied having troops in Ukraine since the start of the separatist conflict, but a Russian soldier may have just inadvertently blown the Kremlin’s cover. Max Seddon over at BuzzFeed dug through the Instragram pictures of…
  • Iranian Pro-Democracy Groups Continue To Press Obama Administration For Support

    Jared Keever
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Iranian Pro-Democracy Groups Continue To Press Obama Administration For Support Should The Obama Administration Support Iranian Pro-Democracy Groups? Iranian Pro-Democracy Groups Meet On Capitol Hill To Seek Support From U.S. Government Iranian Pro-Democracy Groups Continue To Press Obama Administration For Support Headlines Nation Politics World Not Optimized Members of a coalition of more than 30 Iranian groups who oppose their country's current government met on Capitol Hill earlier this week seeking support form the U.S. government and the Obama administration.  The coalition, which…
  • Arab Countries Stay Silent As Death Toll Climbs In Gaza

    Jared Keever
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Arab Countries Stay Silent As Death Toll Climbs In Gaza Death Toll Climbs In Gaza, Arab Countries Stay Silent About The Violence 'The Silence Is Deafening': Arab Countries Refuse To Speak Out On Israel-Palestine Conflict Arab Countries Stay Silent As Death Toll Climbs In Gaza Headlines Nation Politics World Not Optimized Israel seems to have garnered at least tacit support from Arab countries in its fight against Hamas in Gaza.  The New York Times reports that since the ousting of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has brought together a coalition of Arab states…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Matt Ranen: Time for CEOs to Choose Sides?

    Matt Ranen
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you are the CEO of a major American or European based multinational you have a difficult question on your plate right now. Are you going to the St. Petersburg Forum in late May this year? If it were Switzerland and this were the World Economic Forum annual meeting, the decision would pretty much make itself (unless you are just bored of Davos). But this is Vladimir Putin’s show, the Russians’ answer to what they see as the ‘Western-centrism’ of the World Economic Forum. You’ve probably gone to St. Petersburg the last few years without much worry. Like Davos, it’s a good place…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Conversation with a friend about assumptions

    John Y. Brown III
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Friend: Hey John. I saw you walking downtown last week but didn’t say hi because you looked busy and I didn’t want to bother you.Me: Oh, funny. Always say hi. That was just my “Downtown look.” I try to walk fast and furrow my eyebrows and look like I am concentrating on something complicated so other people won’t realize I am just trying to remember where I parked my car.
  • Josh Bowen: Surviving the Grocery Store

    Josh Bowen
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    We are almost half way through the year and I would like to do a short exercise with everyone. Ask yourself these three questions: What have you accomplished in the last 6 months? What are your current challenges and obstacles? What are you going to complete in the next 90 days? It is always a great idea to reflect on the last 3-6 months; what went right and what went wrong. Not only from a fitness perspective but also from a life perspective. This is an important exercise for us all, myself included. If you would like to share your list with me, I would be more than happy to listen. As we…
  • Will Meyerhofer: Caregive. Caretake.

    Will Meyerhofer
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    It seems oddly fitting that the words “caregiving” and “caretaking” mean precisely the same thing.  Perhaps that linguistic oddity reflects the salient characteristic of care itself:  a tension between our desire to receive it and our countervailing feeling of obligation to provide it.  Human relations, generally, can be summarized as an on-going battle between those who provide care and those on the receiving end. As a human child, you started out your life as the ultimate care-collection machine.  Children are designed to make you want to provide them with care – and you’re…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Early Intervention

    John Y. Brown III
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Early intervention for children who may have a developmental issue is important and can be extremely helpful.But, in my opinion, too often the teachers or counselors are too quick to pounce on a diagnosis and to “treat” something as a problem that isn’t a problem at all and will work itself out in time. We are all on our own individual timetables and much of childhood development can’t –and shouldn’t–be forced. Vigilence is constructive as long as it doesn’t become hyper-vigilance and over-diagnosis. One of my favorite stories that led me to…
 
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Guernica Goes Analog

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

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

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

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

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This was an age of great social upheaval—desegregation and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, labor issues, the birth of the youth movement, a time when conversation might have opened on any number of relevant and important topics—but in my hometown in the American South, the region of the country known for its storytelling, men rarely said a word.
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  • Marco Rubio Wants Sanctions on Russia Over INF Violations

    Kevin Derby
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, to introduce a bill putting sanctions on Russia for violating the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Rubio’s bill would impose sanctions and stop nuclear cooperation with Russia until it is back in compliance with the treaty. The proposal would also ensure the U.S. researches its own intermediate-range weapons, which is allowed under the INF treaty. read more
  • Medical Marijuana Draws the Fire of Florida Police Chiefs

    Kevin Derby
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) took aim at Amendment 2, a proposed amendment to the state Constitution which will allow more medical marijuana options in Florida. A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week found 88 percent of Floridians support medical marijuana though the survey did not focus on Amendment 2. The poll also showed 55 percent of Florida voters backed the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. read more
  • Florida TaxWatch and Florida Ports Council Release Port Governance Analysis

    Kevin Derby
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Florida TaxWatch and the Florida Ports Council reviewed port governance, examining how the Sunshine State’s ports were doing as they ready for the Panama Canal expansion. "Florida seaports are performing very well under a decentralized governance model, managing and meeting their local needs while implementing a state level strategy to holistically enhance Florida's economic climate," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, on Thursday.  read more
  • David Jolly Backs VA Reform Agreement

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    From his seat on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., said he supports the VA reform agreement crafted by his chairman, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. “The emergency legislation unveiled today helps clear the veteran wait lists and eliminating those waits must be a priority, which is why I’m calling on Congress to act this week and approve this bill before the start of the August district work period,” said Jolly on Tuesday. read more
  • NFIB Endorses Jay Fant Over Paul Renner

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) endorsed banker Jay Fant over attorney and veteran Paul Renner in one of the most competitive Republican legislative primaries in Florida. Fant and Renner are running for the Florida House seat currently held by Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, who did not run for a third term so he could lead the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The seat represents parts of Duval County, including Jacksonville's Westside. read more
 
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    The Conference Channel Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GOP spikes their own border bill

    MPX
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Steve Kornacki talks to Washington Post reporter Eugene Robinson about the GOP’s failure to hold a vote on their own symbolic legislation to address the border crisis.
  • CIA admits to hacking Senate computers

    MPX
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Steve Kornacki is joined by New York Times nation security correspondent Mark Mazzetti to discuss the implications of the CIA’s admission that the agency spied on Senate computers, despite previously denying such allegations.
  • Rolex showcased at McDonnell trial today

    MPX
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Steve Kornacki discusses day four of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial, where jurors inspected the Rolex watch that was given to the Governor by Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams.
  • Debunktion Junction: stock image edition

    MPX
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Steve Kornacki separates fact from fiction on stories ranging from a temporary California Governor to log cabins to a very complicated path to citizenship.
  • Kornacki preps for his first ‘Debunktion‘

    MPX
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Steve Kornacki is filling in for Rachel tonight, which means he is the conductor of tonight’s Debunktion Junction.
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • “Noun” to support the Christians of Mousl – Iraq?

    Ang Lebs
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Mousl in Iraq has been emptied of its Christians. They fled amid threats to convert or die. Mosul is considered the second largest city in Iraq. It housed around 60,000 Christians. Today no Christian is left in Mosul. Muslim extremist group ISIS ordered all Christians to convert to Islam or get killed.  They left. The end of Christianity in Iraq is very near. Two million Christians called Iraq home before operation desert storm. Many have left during the wave of attacks against them in Baghdad and other regions years ago and the rest have been forced to flee today. Who is to blame? We can…
  • 260 Arab intellectuals against ISIS

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

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

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

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

  • Two African Leaders Cancel Trips to U.S. Summit

    Felicia Schwartz
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    A planned gathering of African leaders in Washington, D.C., next week will continue as scheduled as an Ebola epidemic rages in West Africa, officials said, but two leaders, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, have canceled their visits so they can stay at home and address the burgeoning crisis.
  • Wyden and Hatch Propose Bill to Prevent Tax-Refund Identity Theft

    John D. McKinnon
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), jointly proposed a set of changes to help fix the problem of tax-refund identity theft.
  • Just a Hint of Iran Sanctions Risk Stalls Bank Transactions

    Joel Schectman
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Even the discovery of the most tenuous connection to Iran can cause long delays to bank transactions, according to U.S. Department of Treasury records, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Sanctions related delays have frozen transactions at Barclays and Standard Chartered.
  • Why the ‘Top Two’ Primary System Won’t Solve the Turnout Problem

    Linda Killian
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Linda Killian: The "top two" primary system makes it much more difficult for third-party and independent candidates to qualify for the general-election ballot.
  • Jeb Bush’s Fundraising Push in 2014 Could Help in 2016

    Beth Reinhard
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    The fundraiser for Republican Senate candidates to be headlined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be coordinated through a joint fundraising committee, which allows Mr. Bush to pick his own slate of candidates and could form the backbone of a finance committee should he run for president.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    A poll found 53% of Americans now have an unfavorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act — the largest percentage in the survey’s four-year history. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM A new poll has found that 53% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare. The poll was done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and reveals that unfavorable opinions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were more widespread in July than at any time since April 2010. The poll also discovered that only 37% of the public actually has a favorable opinion of the law. kff.org A solid majority of Democrats still…
  • The Strange But True Tale Of Argentina's Debt Mess

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s all here — everything from how the crisis could affect global poverty to why a New York hedge fund manager seized a three-mast sailing ship. Marcos Brindicci / Reuters On Wednesday, Argentina made international news by defaulting on its debt. The nation of 41 million people failed to make a $539 million payment to bondholders before a deadline, triggering a ratings downgrade, a slump in Argentine stocks, and not a little bit of panic and confusion. Argentina has defaulted on its debt on more than a half-dozen occasions over its history. But this time it's different,…
  • Another Labor Presidential Endorsement Fiasco Might Already Be Brewing

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    “Since SEIU is not part of the AFL, we won’t be participating in that process.” Alex Wong / Getty Images WASHINGTON — In the lead up to the 2008 Democratic primary, the country's largest unions couldn't decide who to endorse, splitting largely between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and ruining the potential for a united, dynamic endorsement. This time around, the AFL-CIO wants to avoid that disaster. But a rift between labor groups is already forming. Thursday, the AFL-CIO released a streamlined process for the labor federation to endorse (or not endorse) a…
  • Congress Is Putting A Lot Of Effort Into Doing Nothing About The Border Crisis

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    August recess starts very, very soon. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of the unaccompanied children, have crossed the border in recent months. AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool Basically no one knows what to do about this. AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool A lot of the negotiating over what exactly to do has centered around a 2008 law that determines how many unaccompanied minors are handled by the government. That law, which applies to unaccompanied minors from countries outside Mexico and Canada, requires those minors to be detained by the Department of Health and Human Services and given…
  • Which Supreme Court Justice Are You?

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Oyez Oyez. Inspired by and adapted from this .
 
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    visionandvalues.org

  • KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

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

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

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

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

    Marvin J. Folkertsma
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from polluting the atmosphere with their climate-changing carbon halitosis. Call this part of the agency’s 97 percent solution, based on the frequently made claim that the number represents the percentage of scientists who blame climate change on human activity. The fact that this figure is fiction,…
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    Politic365

  • PETA promoting vegan diets in Detroit amid water crisis

    Adriana Maestas
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been making news in recent days because of its offer to pay the water bills for ten Detroit families who commit to a vegan diet for a month. PETA is even giving families who participate a starter basket of healthy vegan foods with recipes. According to the PETA website: “The last thing that people who are struggling need is increased health-care costs. By accepting our offer to go vegan, not only will families be getting an immediate financial boost and helping animals, if they stick with it, they’ll also lower their risk of…
  • 2014 NUL Conference – The Largest Empowerment Conference for African Americans – Brings Message of “Bridges to Jobs and Justice”

    Politic365 Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    104th Annual Conference in Cincinnati, OH Makes Positive Economic Impact on the City U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Delivered Rousing Opening Address July 24 to a Captive Audience More than 13,000 Participants Gathered for Empowerment Activities Focused Around ‘Jobs Rebuild America’ Participants included Actor/Humanitarian Forest Whitaker, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Kentucky Gov. ,         Steve Beshear, Ohio Senator Nina Turner, UNCF CEO Michael Lomax, many U.S. city Mayors Presenting sponsors were P&G, Toyota, and Western & Southern Financial Group July 30, 2014 (New…
  • Midterm GOTV: DCCC Chair Says GOP Impeachment Plays Will Boost Dems

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Speaking at a press briefing Tuesday morning with reporters, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and “Red to Blue” chief Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) spoke to reporters on their efforts to reach African American voters. In three months. the midterm elections will decide the who controls the U.S. Senate and the balance of power in the House. Given the predictable dip in voting for midterm elections, the DCCC is planning to focus on a strategy that will motivate black voter turnout.  Black voters are a key demographic in several states with…
  • New poll: Latinos continue to worry about unemployment & face economic challenges

    Adriana Maestas
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Last  week a new poll was released by the National Council of La Raza and Latino Decisions showing that Latinos are still feeling the effects of the recession even though the economy has been improving. Despite their worry about the economy, Latinos are still optimistic about achieving the American dream. Some of the key findings from that poll include: Only 37% of Latino voters say that their personal finances have improved over the last five years, while 25% of Latino voters say that things have become worse for their personal finances and 37% say that things have remained the same. 53%…
  • #NC: Butterfield Joins GOP Mayor at End of Medicaid Expansion Walk

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    North Carolina Congressman G. K. Butterfield joined Republican Mayor Adam O’Neal during the final leg of O’Neal’s 300-mile walk from Belhaven, North Carolina to Washington, DC. The Republican Mayor walked for two weeks in protest of North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid. As a result, a local hospital in Belhaven closed.  Rep. Butterfield, who is the co-chair of the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus in the House, joined O’Neal’s at the end of his walk. “Mayor O’Neal’s support for Medicaid expansion shows that this is a non-partisan issue.  Poor democrats…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • The Social Security Administration’s $300 Million Debacle

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Lois Lerner email debacle is a testament to the government’s inability to manage technology and yet the U.S. government spends more money on technology than any other organization worldwide. If... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

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

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

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

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

  • Speaker Cruz, Ukraine and More…

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
  • President John Wayne

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Recent events throughout the world have tested America’s influence over world events and the extent to which we can influence them. There has been a lot of the criticism of both action taken and action not taken, most of which has fallen squarely on President Obama’s shoulders. The president’s opponents have accused him of being cowardly and leading from behind, for example. Are these legitimate criticisms? Are there actions the US can take in these conflicts that will both show our resolve and keep them from escalating further? Or have this administration’s strategies…
  • Immigration Reform is Dead - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

  • Hillary Clinton - Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

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

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

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

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

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

  • Andrea Berkman Donlon-What are the biggest challenges facing businesses today.

    brionnamuyco
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    By the Price of Business, Sponsored and special content.     About the interviewee        Andrea Berkman Donlon, the Founder of The Constant Professional, has over 15 years of experience in the professional world and 5+ years of volunteer experience with a focus on job readiness. While the main part of her professional career has been in Digital Advertising and Sales, her skill set extends to Real Estate, industry and technical writing, Social media, networking, Business Development and Strategy, Marketing, Mobile and Social advertising, and Product Development. Her…
  • Bobby Harris- How effective is social media in growing a business?

    brionnamuyco
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    By the Price of Business, Sponsored and special content.     About the interviewee     Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, founded the company in 2009 with a small number of employees. Bobby had worked in the freight industry since he was 18 years old and saw an opportunity to provide a solution and went with it. Now in 2014, BlueGrace, has satellite officers in Chicago, Baltimore and Salt Lake City, as well as over 50 franchises located throughout the United States. When Bobby Harris first started BlueGrace, he focused on developing a company culture…
  • Kristin Messerli -Creative Ways to Grow Your Business.

    brionnamuyco
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    By the Price of Business, Sponsored and special content.     About the interviewee     Kristin Messerli is the founder of a multicultural marketing firm, Cultural Outreach Solutions. She helps companies grow their business by improving their service and marketing strategy to diverse market segments. Kristin partners with consulting firms in Oklahoma and Texas, including 2930 Creative and Greene Consulting, and she works with both local and national companies across industries. She is also a frequent speaker on cultural marketing at conferences including the national…
  • Bill Witherspoon

    brionnamuyco
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    By the Price of Business, Sponsored and special content.     About the interviewee     Bill Witherspoon is an artist, serial entrepreneur and founder of The Sky Factory, a fine art and digital technology company that designs high-tech illusions of nature -virtual skylights and windows- that trigger a genuine “relaxation response” in observers.     Bill’s fascination with the sky and its power to recharge our mental and emotional faculties, led him to study our perceptual mechanisms and how our love of nature –known as biophilia- plays a role in biophilic…
  • Palestinians Will Not Live Their Dreams as Long as Their Leaders Live Theirs

    brionnamuyco
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Photo courtesy of Gigi Ibrahim                                 By James Zumwalt, Special for USDR       As Palestinians learn again the consequences of poking a stick into an Israeli beehive, their leaders seem to place the blame for the stings everywhere but where it should rightfully fall.     As usual, whenever Israel responds to unprovoked attacks, it is portrayed by the Palestinian leadership and a gullible media, not as the victim but as the neighborhood bully.     This…
 
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    The American Patriot

  • Dick Wagner of Michigan Band “The Frost” dead at 71

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    We lost the man who made “The Frost.” It’s a sad day for classic Rock and Roll in Michigan. The Story: It was a final medical battle Dick Wagner couldn’t win. Wagner, the Michigan-bred guitarist renowned for his work with Alice Cooper, the Frost, Lou Reed and others, died this morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 71. Wagner succumbed to respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, where he had been in intensive care for the past two weeks following a cardiac procedure. The guitarist had famously overcome a series of medical issues during the past…
  • A perfect reason why I cannot stand Michael Goldfarb

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Because quite frankly; the guy is an sniveling a-hole; that he is a trust-fund Jewish kid, makes it even worse. Click here to read this moronic idiot’s tripe about people he disagrees with. My support of Israel as a Country is without measure; but my disdain of some American Jews is also without measure. Perfect example of that, is at the link above. Update: I wanted to come back here and revise this posting a bit. I was very ticked off, when I wrote what I wrote here originally. But, this piece by this guy was quite galling to me. This part here really steamed me to the high heavens:…
  • PORTLAND Oregon Child Evangelism Fellowship under fire for preaching basic fundamental Christian truths

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I saw this earlier and I was not going to blog about it. However, I felt lead to write something about it. The Story via The Christian News Network: PORTLAND, Ore. — A chapter of a nationally-recognized Christian group that seeks to reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ is under fire for teaching kids the biblical doctrine of sin and eternal judgment, in addition to sharing about the love and mercy of God. The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting…
  • Anti-Israel protesters show just how smart they really are….

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    These people are goofier than the leftists protesting the Iraq war. But, then again, I repeat myself. (H/T The Jawa Report)
  • Israel’s Ambassador blasts media for biased coverage

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    For the drive-bys, here is my position on this subject. (via The Jawa Report)
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • The Need To Strengthen Anti-Reprisal Protections Within The SEC Whistleblower Program

    Kyle Graczyk
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Introduction         You all have probably been wondering where the blog posts have been since my last brief entry back in March. Unfortunately, I do not have any at my disposal to post right now. Fortunately, I will be getting back into writing regular entries fairly soon. What I do have today is the first of a series of entries that I have written on behalf of the Government Accountability Project (GAP). I was recruited by GAP to lead a six-week social media & advocacy effort to push the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen anti-reprisal…
  • Rachel Canning: A Microcosm for Society's "Blame-Game" Complex

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
            I first heard about this story one day after switching on CNN in Washington. I couldn't believe the story upon first glance. Eighteen-year old Rachel Canning returns to her Lincoln Park, New Jersey home after attempting to sue her parents for not paying her college tuition. Even with this development, she is still in the process of suing her parents for college tuition and legal fees. While her return home is "not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations," this may be the first signal of a potential break in the case. Hopefully, she will end this…
  • "The Inner Man? Who Cares?" I Care

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Jan 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The quoted text in the following post is sourced from the article "The Inner Man? Who Cares," which debuted on October 15, 1999 in the Washington Post; pages 90 to 92 in the Crown Forum edition of the book.             Charles Krauthammer is one of the only people that I can bear on Fox News. Yes, he is a conservative, but he is the only one that seems rational, down-to-earth, and whose argument seems grounded in reality and fact. This does not mean that I agree with every view that he displays. Hence, the following instance. I read one of the articles from…
  • My Brief Trip to Reality: Southeast Washington

    Kyle Graczyk
    28 Dec 2013 | 12:58 pm
            As I look back on what I have done in the past semester, it seems pretty self-explanatory. I made numerous trips to the monuments, the Washington Monument, Jefferson, seen the Capitol Building, and both reflecting pools. I walked around Dupont Circle, entering and exiting bookstores, preoccupied with the urge of purchasing every text in sight. Being an avid baseball fan, I ventured over to Nationals Park, including one game where the Nationals honored American Armed Forces; a special treat that hit closer to home being down in Washington. One of the more fulfilling…
  • Fossil Free AU & The Divestment Movement

    Kyle Graczyk
    25 Nov 2013 | 7:56 pm
            Since arriving on campus for the first time in August, I have become involved with a group on campus. Fossil Free AU (FFAU) is a student led coalition that has the support of over twenty clubs on campus. The movement aims at making American University divest their endowment from fossil fuel companies. To make this point clear, let's define some terms first. At the most basic level, an endowment is a university's fund contributed by donors, who include alumni and/or supporters of the university and/or its mission. As part of the agreement, the university…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Getting Digital Right with Kelly Johnson

    Kristen Luongo
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. “Bringing digital into the brand conversation is something that I focus on every day.” In the video, Kelly Johnson of ESPN shares her…
  • Sunday Series: Blogs & Beach Bods

    Laura Cantwell
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Image from: Fitness/Shutterstock After a brief hiatus, our Sunday Series is back! Our June data is officially live, and with the change in season comes a change in trends. One category to skyrocket in popularity this month was health and fitness blogs. As norms transition to skimpier clothing and frequent beach days, it comes as no surprise that this topic would have a major spike. Seriously, the summer bod is real. From May to June the traffic to these sites more than doubled. (It’s worth noting that traffic to these sites tends to increase in November as well, but presumably for different…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Have you seen the video of Charlie the dog apologizing to an infant for taking away her toy? Well, it’s awesome, and it’s gone viral. The video got massive attention on Facebook and Twitter this week, proving yet again the power of the retweet. Last week social media didn’t get a ton of love, so today’s Weekly Pulse includes three of our favorite articles on how to develop your social media marketing plan. Pair that with new findings concerning the “digital generation gap” and some insight on the CEO-SEO dynamic, and this edition of the Weekly Pulse will have you feeling like the…
  • June’s Top 50: Successes, Socials, and Struggles

    Laura Cantwell
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Image from: Social Media/Shutterstock #FlashbackFriday to June: the weather is warm, the living is easy, and summer data is still to be determined. Now flash forward to the present month where there’s excellent news! You can continue to sip that iced coffee daiquiri by your cubicle pool, but now you can do so with this season’s digital insight! You lucky dog. Take a look at how the other guys fared last month. Successes: With regard to MoM statistics, there were two sites that absolutely crushed it last month. Microsoft experienced close to 40% growth in the month of June, while Adobe is…
  • Getting Digital Right with Sargi Mann

    Kristen Luongo
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. In this video, hear from Sargi Mann of Carat on the importance of reaching consumers across screens… “It’s not about getting…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

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

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

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

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

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

  • War Crimes in Syria, but Self-defence for Israel

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
     US economic and military aid to Israel is measured annually in the billions, and the US government continues to be Israel's strongest and most ardent ally and political benefactor. In fact, the US-Israel "special relationship" is getting more "special" by the day even though Israel is sinking further into the abyss of a well-deserved isolation. True, there are some, even in the justice for Palestinians camp, who oddly speak of how exceptional and fair the Barack Obama Administration has been in comparison to its predecessors. However, they neglect the fact that aside from a…
  • Cartoon: US-Israeli relation

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Diplomacy or Hypocrisy?
  • Libya Updates | The Forgotten Conflict in Libya

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    The  bloody conflict is going unreported in Libya. Militias were named as either 'revolutionaries' or rebels in the main stream media. NATO-GCC() alliance supported Libyan rebels to overthrow Col. Gaddafi to acquire vital oil resources, under pretext to support Libyan civilians against Gaddafi regime. Now a days, a bloody regional and tribal conflict is running unreportedly in the main stream media, because oil flow is maintained to NATO countries, particularly Italy and France.Two Gulf monarchies (UAE and Qatar) contradictory support Libyan factions, the UAE Sheikhdom support liberal…
  • Norman Finkelstein arrested in New York

    Mohammad Tomazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The well-known American anti-Zionist intellectual and activist, Norman Finkelstein was arrested today in NY, during pro-Palestine rally.“I don’t believe in individual acts of martyrdom,” Finkelstein wrote on Monday, on his website. “It’s got to be a collective action. If one hundred people either sign up to get arrested or to be there in solidarity, I’ll be there too.”Zionist propaganda machines have aggressively attacked Finkelstein since he is Jewish-origin and descendant of Holocaust survivors.
  • Recent Israeli public opinion on Gaza

    Mohammad Tomazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    (Click on the image to enlarge)This month's poll finds that only 4% of Israeli Jews think the IDF has used excessive firepower in Gaza, 95% of Israeli Jews think Operation Protective Edge is just, and four out of five Israelis oppose a unilateral Israeli ceasefire.Source: "The Israel democracy institute"
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    BizPac Review

  • Viral ‘Harlem Shake’ wedding video will make you wish you’d thought of it

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    This very unusual wedding video was originally posted online in February, but on a #ThrowBackThursday, it seems appropriate to give the viral video another shot. Admit it, once you watch it, you’ll wish you had done it at your wedding. If you’re not married yet, you’ll be trying to figure out how to pull it off. Watch and enjoy: Watch what these elephants do when bomb siren goes off in Israel
  • Watch what these elephants do when bomb siren goes off in Israel

    Tom Tillison
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Elephants are widely seen as being among the most intelligent animals on earth, and a family of pachyderms caught amid the chaos of the ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas terrorists showed that reputation is well deserved. With rockets raining down on Israel, bomb sirens are a normal part of the day, but an incredible thing was captured on video Wednesday when a family of endangered elephants at Tel Aviv’s zoo react to a siren going off near them, the New York Daily News reported. Jesse Ventura wins $1.8 million in suit from late SEAL Chris Kyle’s widow – he’s…
  • Coal country rep. to Obama: ‘Get off of the back nine and come into the mines’

    Richard Berkow
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Rep. Kelly with invitationPhoto Credit: CNSNews/Penny Starr A congressman who represents coal country has thrown down the gauntlet to President Obama and dared him to pick it up. As the Environmental Protection Agency intensifies its crusade against fossil fuels, the backbone of America’s energy, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Penn., waved an invitation he sent to Obama at a press conference on Wednesday, asking him to come to coal country to see for himself, CNSNews reported. “I want him to get off of the back nine and come into the mines,” Kelly announced. “I want to get his golf cap off and…
  • Female GOP candidate walks out on libs’ set-up ‘gotcha’ interview

    Richard Berkow
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Rep. Lenar WhitneyPhoto: lenarwhitney.com Louisiana Republican State Rep. Lenar Whitney left in a huff halfway through an interview with Cook Political Report, as her aides discerned it was a set-up to embarrass her. The candidate for Louisiana’s 6th U.S. House district faced hostile questioning by House Editor David Wasserman because of her conservative credentials, and the journalist had already made up his mind, according to campaign spokesman Chris Comeaux. “[Wasserman] said he was frightened of her before he had ever met her,” Comeaux told New Orleans’ Times-Picayune. “The…
  • MSNBC’s Ed Schultz takes Obama’s loins to heart in passionate campaign rant

    Joe Saunders
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    MSNBC’s loudest white, male ranter Ed Schultz outdid himself Wednesday with an impassioned plea to President Obama to give it everything he’s got – literally – to help Democrats win in the midterm elections. “Mr. President, go on the road,” Schultz begged on “The Ed Show.” “Bring it from your loins, the way you did to get re-elected, the way it was described by Axelrod.” Well now. Hosts at a cable network already known for its infatuation with all things Obama, a network that employs Chris Matthews – a man whose most memorable statement in a 40-year public career…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Quickly Becoming the Villain

    Paul Phillips
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Certain people, who had their egos (not national security) terribly hurt by the Edward Snowden revelations, continue to call Snowden names and stuff and show their outrage toward him for exposing the NSA’s wrongdoing.  It would seem, however, they might want to redirect their outrage toward another former employee of the NSA: ex-chief Keith Alexander. It was revealed yesterday the NSA is now being sued by a reporter for not disclosing Alexander’s financial records in the interest of making sure there were no conflicts of interest occurring while all of the other civil rights…
  • Social Protest Lit: Grant Allen, “The Wrongfulness of Riches”

    Kleier
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    An short essay from Grant Allen entitled The Wrongfulness of Riches from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: If you are on the side of the spoilers, they you are a bad man. If you are on the side of social justice, then you are a good one. There is no effective test of the high morality at the present day save this. Critics of the middle-class type often exclaim, of reasoning like this, “What on earth makes him say it? What has he to gain by talking in that way? What does he expect to get by it?” So…
  • Latest Thoughts On Israel/Gaza Strip Conflict

    Kleier
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I was reading the front page story on the NYT’s website about the Israel/Gaza Strip conflict and found five bits of information that drew my interest. First, Israel’s aerial assaults on targets in Gaza broadened on Tuesday, with barrages that destroyed Hamas’s media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant, plunging the enclave of 1.7 million into deeper deprivation with no power, running water or sewage treatment. Second, Israel’s military made clear it had widened the scope of the bombing campaign in Gaza to…
  • Social Protest Lit: George Bernard Shaw, Preface to “Major Barbara”

    Kleier
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    The preface to “Major Barbara” from George Bernard Shaw from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: The thoughtless wickedness with which we scatter sentences of imprisonment, torture in the solitary cell and on the plank bed, and flogging, and moral invalids and energetic rebels, is as nothing compared to the stupid levity with which we tolerate poverty as a if it were either a wholesome tonic for lazy people or less a virtue to be embraced as St. Francis embraced it. If a man is indolent, let him be…
  • Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

    Kleier
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading for days it’s so interesting). Evolution of Mandate Palestine and…
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    Daily Signal

  • Split on Border Spending Bill Prompts Republicans to Delay Recess

    Josh Siegel
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    On their last scheduled day in session before leaving for August recess, House Republican leaders pulled legislation to address the border crisis after conservatives criticized the proposal for failing to address the problem. Wary of leaving town without addressing the border crisis, lawmakers planned to stay in Washington, D.C., Friday to resolve the split among members in hopes of passing a spending bill intended to slow a surge of illegal immigration into the country. The Democrat-controlled Senate, meanwhile, failed to adopt a border spending bill Thursday. In a statement, House Speaker…
  • Heritage Action Offers Bipartisan ‘Opportunity’ Agenda as Recess Reading

    Melissa Quinn
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    As lawmakers prepared to head home from Washington for the long August recess, one ambitious organization sent them packing with a blueprint for delivering conservative policy reforms that emphasizes opportunity for all Americans. Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arm of The Heritage Foundation, today delivered “Conservative Policy Agenda: Opportunity for All, but Favoritism to None” to all members of the House and Senate ahead of the summer break. Three months before midterm elections, one of its authors describes the treatise as a call to action that challenges lawmakers to…
  • Baker Who Won’t Make Cakes for Same-Sex Weddings Appeals Mandatory Re-Education Order

    Leslie Ford
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Jack Phillips, the cake artist facing legal action and a ruling to re-educate his staff because he declined to design a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony in 2012, has filed a notice of appeal with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., said in his appeal he would be happy to provide other baked goods, but he could not design a wedding cake for them because of his beliefs about marriage. In the appeal, Phillips says that he “declined [the same-sex couple’s] request, explaining that he would be happy to provide any other baked…
  • Q&A: Ebola in Africa Not Yet a National Security Issue

    Steven Bucci
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    This latest outbreak of the Ebola virus is getting a great deal of attention, as it should. Here are some questions that need to be asked and some answers you need to know: What is Ebola? The Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal disease that is in the hemorrhagic fever category. The symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in most cases, both internal and external bleeding. How deadly is Ebola? The fatality rate is between 60 percent and 90 percent, and…
  • Do Large Banks Enjoy a Subsidy? GAO Wavers

    Norbert Michel
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report that examines whether “too big to fail” banks enjoy a cost advantage over smaller banks due to implied government protection. The GAO report hedges its findings carefully. It says that large banks may still have a cost advantage over smaller banks due to the perception that they will be bailed out (i.e., that they are “too big to fail”), but this advantage “may have declined or reversed” since the 2008 financial crisis. In today’s written congressional testimony on the study, Lawrance L. Evans, the GAO’s…
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • Kerry-Modi meeting will not be affected by WTO talks failure

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    US Secretary of State John Kerry waves upon his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo) As per a Reuters report about the failing of the WTO talks: “Several member states of the World Trade Organisation voiced frustration after India’s demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.” The report quotes WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo as telling trade diplomats in Geneva: “We have not been able to find a solution that would allow us to bridge that gap.” In light of…
  • Natwar Singh’s expose of Sonia Gandhi necessitates a thorough probe

    KG Suresh
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Natwar’s confessions are too serious to be swept under the carpet. Finally, the cat is out of the bag. The truth has come out, this time, not from an outside like Sanjaya Baru but an insider K Natwar Singh. The halo of sacrifice that was adorning the Congress President all these years has come undone. It was fear for life and not sacrifice of power which the nation witnessed in 2004. One is reminded of Rahul Gandhi’s words about his mother’s advice – power is poison – keep away from it. The reason for Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance to either become his party’s Prime Ministerial…
  • Jihadi unity

    Manoj Kureel
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
  • Hindu texts not to blame for India’s sanitation crisis

    Sahana Singh
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Under British rule, the maintenance of reservoirs and rainwater harvesting structures was perceived as an unnecessary expense and discontinued. Gradually, water tanks fell into disuse. As people migrated to cities in search of education and jobs, indigenous knowledge of water management and sanitation disappeared completely. The filthy image of India littered with faeces has become well-established in global opinion. Recent reports in The New York Times and The Economist have raised further concern with the connection between poor sanitation and malnutrition in India. Unfortunately, an…
  • Armed Forces short of staff, security under threat

    Niticentral Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    File photo of Army personnel patrolling near LoC. (PTI Photo) There is a severe shortage of security personnel across all the armed forces which is critical for internal and border security, a report published in DNA stated. The Ministry of Home Affairs on July 16 informed Parliament that there are approximately 71,520 vacancies in paramilitary forces lying vacant. According to the report, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) – has the largest number of vacancies (18,868) while Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which provides security to public sector undertakings and…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business.

    JG
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    When it comes to HIPAA compliant solutions, security,  and cloud adoption, what most find frustrating is how to sort the myths from reality.  The “addressable” requirements of the security rules tend to be the most difficult to meet.  Thus, these addressable requirements have a tendency to fall off the radar, and could therefore create issues […]The post HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

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

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

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

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

  • Thursday, July 31 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
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    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016 – The Week As regular readers of this column know, I’ve never been much of a Romney booster. I’ve also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
      Hamas did kill those kids with a failed rocket attack Lois Lerner email shows she hates conservatives Is it ok for a man to hit a woman after she’s hit him   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Freedom Seeker

  • Massive anti Illegal Immigration Rally today in Boston and Charlie Baker wasn't with US

    Jon Norsu
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Five to Eight Thousand protesters stormed the Boston State House to protest Deval Patrick's plan to allow the Feds and Obama to transport and house more illegals in Massachusetts. In yet a long list of betrayals to the Republican base, Charlie Baker supports Mini Me on dumping Illegals in Mass and was a NO show at today's rally. Baker also has been MIA at the #FreeJustina rally, the Goal #2a rally, Respect for Life walk and now snubs today's Kuhner protest event. Kuhner made a point of calling out Charlie Baker who was Boo'd through ought the protest.Also speaking today was Conservative…
  • #MAgov candidate Mark Fisher at Goal Rally supporting #2a versus ever absent Charlie Baker

    Jon Norsu
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Conservative Republican Mark Fisher again showed his support for the Constitution and Second amendment rights by attending today's GOAL #2a Rally. Gun rights activists from across the state took to the State House to protest yet more draconian and sweeping gun control measures being pushed by Speaker DeLeo and the Democrat caucus. Mark Fisher has taken a hard line in support of law abiding gun owners. Regarding the DeLeo Bill MAgov candidate Mark Fisher said he wouldn’t sign it and opposes additional gun control measures in the state.That is a strict contrast to the Liberal…
  • Charlie Baker lays out his Liberal agenda at #MAgop Forum and Mark Fisher boldy contrasted

    Jon Norsu
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Charlie Baker is infamous for running in 2010 self described as left of Obama on Social Issues. Brushing off his 2010 defeat, Charlie Baker showed up today to show off his 2014 Liberal chops. With his Social progressive stances pro abortion and gay marriage intact Charlie has flip flopped on a variety of issues to Dem friendly positions for his 2014 campaign. Teaparty Conservative Mark Fisher was quick to contrast and offer Conservative, Republican solutions at today's forum in Boston. Charlie Baker is already on thin ice with Republican voters over his anti #2a pro gun control platform,…
  • Why is Charlie Baker (R) giving Deleo enormous credit on more Gun Control? Says he can support it

    Jon Norsu
    27 May 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Charlie Baker is supportive of yet more Dem Gun Control "I give the Speaker enormous credit" Baker also commented on Deleo's Gun Control Bill saying "Having looked through it, there's a bunch of things in it I can support." See linked interview and comments here > http://buff.ly/1kcJYJyYet more reason Charlie Baker can't be trusted as our nominee, agreeing with Democrats on Gun Control yet again... It's time For #MAGOP Unity and > Vote Conservative and Pro #2A @MarkFisher2014 #magov and wash our hands of this liberal afront called Charlie Baker.
  • Mark Fisher tweets today he's pressing forward w June lawsuit against #MAgop

    Jon Norsu
    18 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Brad Jones, Hughes, Prunier & Kaufman Saturday vote to backdoor fund Charlie Baker in primary just may have backfired...Mark Fisher ‏markfisher2014  MT worcgop markfisher Norsu2 http://www.telegram.com/article/20140518/NEWS/305189990/1020/opinion … … pic.twitter.com/Gf9ms5GpvA magov magop mapoli tcotBoom!#MAgop voted Sat to Endorse: Income Inequality, Raising Minimum Wage, gun control, gay marriage, abortion, South Shore Rail, Cape Wind, Climate Change, Quinn and Bathroom Bills, Prop 2 1/2 overide spending and casino's. The #MAgop is effectively running a Full…
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

    Liberal Fix
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Remembering Sandy Hook w/ Sarah Clements

    Liberal Fix
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode first aired December 13, 2013. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists…
  • Liberal Fix: Joe Scarborough Says What? and Jeez It Sure Is Hot

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

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

    Liberal Fix
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. Tonight Dan Bimrose talks about income inequality. He discusses Nick Hanauer's recent article "The Pitchforks Are Coming For Us Plutocrats." at politico.com, and another article which suggests that the Bush tax cuts cost all of us a lot of money. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Patrick Henningsen Talks About Journalist Graham Phillips in East Ukraine

    21wire
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Graham Phillips, a freelance journalist and RT contributor covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine, was detained for a second time, and has been deported to Poland and banned from the Ukraine for 3 years, following his arrest at Donetsk airport. 21WIRE’S Patrick Henningsen discusses the gov’t in Kiev and their policy of targeting journalists who are reporting uncomfortable aspects of the Kiev gov’t siege of Eastern Ukraine, as Kiev continues – with the full blessing of Washington and London, to use its military to target and kill its own…
  • Detroit Residents Appeal to United Nations to Save Their Access to Water

    21wire
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Cynthia McKinney21st Century WireGuest ColumnistThe City of Detroit is shutting off water taps for its residents. Yet, corporations are not forced to pay.First, My History With DetroitI was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a child of the Southern part of the United States. I participated in civil rights demonstrations and I witnessed the Ku Klux Klan, armed and ready to fight—me! And because of my campaign for Congress, I got outside of Atlanta and had the opportunity to experience the rest of my beloved, though sometimes troubled, State of Georgia. However, it was not until my…
  • Bloodsport: Israelis Gather, Watch, Cheer, Celebrate Over 1,200 Dead in Gaza

    21wire
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    21st Century Wire says…Before the start of Israel’s siege of Gaza, we predicted that the government of Israel would not relent until approximately ’1,500′ Palestinians were dead. That looks to be the case this time around, as the death toll in Gaza reaches 1,200 today. Tel Aviv made noises to the effect that they want to continue their military campaign until they feel that Gaza is ‘disarmed’, or crippled with the inability to resist, in any way, Tel Aviv’s strangulation of Gaza.Previous over-the-top bombing campaigns and ground incursions in Gaza and…
  • ‘A Feast in Time of Plague’ – Obama’s $32,000 a plate Silicon Valley fundraiser

    21wire
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    21st Century Wire says…It’s little wonder that Barack Hussein Obama has a lower approval rating as George Bush Jr, thus putting his legacy in contention with some of history’s worst US Presidents. As Rome burns and wars are being waged halfway around the globe in the name of working Americans, Obama only has time to raise money for his party, courting the bold and the beautiful (and wealthy) residents of California this week. If only Caligula were here to witness and revel in the farce that has become the once great Republic of the United States:Tiberius: Serve the state,…
  • After Failed MH17 False Flag, Washington Attempts Bold New Moves to Frame Russia

    21wire
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    21st Century Wire says…After their total failure to blame eastern Ukrainian Rebels and Moscow for what appears to be Kiev forces shooting down Fight MH17 on July 17th, Washington and its NATO allies have shifted their propaganda strategy in a new attempt to implicate Russia for international war crimes…Over the weekend, Washington used its US ambassador to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, to launch another fabricated social media post designed to blame Russia for “firing artillery over its border into the Ukraine”. Twitter Bombed: Pyatt’s tweeting turned out to…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • #21stCenturyIdioms, and Hiatus

    Jin Yao Kwan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    I end my internship next Friday, and will be taking the next two weeks to do some reading and clear some work (mainly work for UNASMUN). In the meantime, I leave you with some brilliant #21stCenturyIdioms from a good friend. Continue reading →
  • Legitimising Petitions

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

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

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

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

  • Speaker Cruz, Ukraine and More…

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
  • President John Wayne

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Recent events throughout the world have tested America’s influence over world events and the extent to which we can influence them. There has been a lot of the criticism of both action taken and action not taken, most of which has fallen squarely on President Obama’s shoulders. The president’s opponents have accused him of being cowardly and leading from behind, for example. Are these legitimate criticisms? Are there actions the US can take in these conflicts that will both show our resolve and keep them from escalating further? Or have this administration’s strategies…
  • Immigration Reform is Dead - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

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

    Joël Valenzuela
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    When reading the story of American POW Bowe Bergdahl, I couldn’t help but think: that could’ve been me. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like this article? Show him some love and send him some Bitcoin!…
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    Citizens News

  • DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE As the Gunny wrote a few days ago, Socialist Argentina was fixing to shit the bed and here we are. But here is the funny part, Argentine President Cristina Kirchner BLAMES THE USA! haha. Has she been in conclave with Prezzy Oblameo, he who blames everything on everyone else? […]The post DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Making Culture an Element of Immigration Policy

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Written by Daniel Pipes :: Writings For years, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands has been the leading European politician to argue for religious criteria for admitting immigrants. I joined in ten months ago with a more cautious article that suggested cultural zones to which refugees areThe post Making Culture an Element of Immigration Policy appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Where’s Rusty?

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Written by The Jawa Report Playing with his cats: I guess he missed his playdate with Howie.The post Where’s Rusty? appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Booby-Traps Buit Into UN Facility In Gaza

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Written by Rhymes With Right They serve as the propaganda arm of the Palestinians, and their schools have been used both to house munitions and to unleash them on the Israelis. Now it turns out that at least one of their buildings actually was designed to be a weapon of war! New details have emerged […]The post Booby-Traps Buit Into UN Facility In Gaza appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Sheila Jackson Lee has a hard time remembering the Bush Administration.

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Written by Naked DC Democrats are obsessed with impeachment this week, partly because it’s netted them close to $ 3 million in small-money donations in a very tough mid-year election cycle, and partly because a good portion of Congress likely borders on being legitimately mentally ill. That’s not just Democrats, mind you. Mitch McConnell, for […]The post Sheila Jackson Lee has a hard time remembering the Bush Administration. appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ....

    leftdog
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call 'history': mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade barriers are costing the Canadian economy $50 billion a year, or that carbon taxes are killers of investment, economic activity and jobs.Each of these statements has been widely circulated in the media recently, so much so that they appear to be self-evident truths. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Let’s look at the first…
  • As Bad As Things Are For Mike Duffy ... They Look Even Worse For Stephen Harper

    leftdog
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stephen Harper, without public consultation or election, hand picked and anointed Mike Duffy to be a Canadian Senator. No matter what Mike Duffy did .. Stephen Harper committed the undemocratic actions that set this whole sorry mess in play.He should bear considerable responsibility.'Mike Duffy's defence could put Harper on hot seat' - Kady O'Malley, CBC News
  • Tax Revenues Up - Crime Down in Washington and Colorado With Pot Reform ..

    leftdog
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Too bad that Stephen Harper doesn't take note ...Colorado Washington
  • Thoughts On The Murder Of RCMP Officers In New Brunswick ...

    leftdog
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I live within two blocks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Every single member of the RCMP has received their training here at the RCMP Depot. The history of this facility and location dates back to the days of the old North West Mounted Police and the Riel Rebellion.Living in such close proximity to the training academy, it's a routine sight for me to see the raw, short haired recruits jogging their daily quota of kilometers as part of basic training.  I own two dogs and we walk twice every day along the banks of Wascana Creek beside the RCMP…
  • Leader Cam Broten Receives Massive Endorsement At Sask NDP Convention

    leftdog
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Saskatchewan NDP gives leader 98.7 per cent approval at party conventionMOOSE JAW, Sask. – The leader of Saskatchewan’s Opposition has received an overwhelming endorsement at his party’s convention in Moose Jaw.NDP delegates voted 98.7 per cent to approve Cam Broten’s leadership on Saturday.The leadership review by secret ballot was required by the party’s constitution. Broten says the party will continue to focus on what is important to Saskatchewan families, including health care and education.A detailed platform will be released closer to the next provincial election…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • July Recap: Targét, ISIS and the National Thought Secretary

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    A century since the start of World War I revealed that not a lot has changed since 1914, given that PD had to call out Russian approved mascara monsters, while the rest of the media demanded answers to the easy questions.
  • Amendment V: Right Against Self-Incrimination and Double Jeopardy

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Next up on our tour of the Bill of Rights is by far Lois Lerner’s favorite amendment. That’s right, the fifth. So, you’ve heard Lerner plead the fifth, along with most B-List actors on Lifetime movies, but what exactly does that mean?
  • Just Sayin’: Enjoy that Mascara in Hell

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Ah, Instagram--- land of a million lunches, brunches, and self-obsessed mascara monsters. What? You’ve never heard of them? Well, front and center is this Russian Separatist psycho that couldn’t wait to hop on her social network to brag about her special “new” to her mascara.
  • 2,245,343.30 Reasons to Roll Your Eyes at the State

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    For an administration that supposedly doesn’t like photo-ops, the American taxpayers sure have been forking over a lot of money for them the last six years.
  • Memory Lane Monday: 100 Years From the Start of WWI

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    As today is the 100 year anniversary of what would come to be known as the Great War, and later World War I, we decided that for today’s Memory Lane Monday PD would look at part of the grand speech given three long years into the conflict by KKK favorite President Woodrow Wilson that slapped Americans into the thick of it.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • “Blood on American Hands”: Richard Falk on Palestine

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:31 pm
    An Interview given by Richard Falk to Truthout on July 21, 2014The best hope of the Palestine national movement at this time is to proceed via a unity government, also engaging the refugee and exile community of 7 million, by working together with the global solidarity movement that is growing rapidly.
  • MH 17: Who Stands to Gain?

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    By Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST), July 26, 2014From Tonkin to Ghouta there is a discernible pattern when it comes to the fabrication of evidence to justify some nefarious agenda or other. As soon as the event occurs before any proper investigation has begun, blame is apportioned upon the targeted party. This is done wilfully to divert attention from the real culprit whose act of evil remains concealed and camouflaged.
  • Europe Awake!

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman, World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”In this year, 2014, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, that ferocious war in which “Old Europe” - the Europe of the “Belle Epoque”, the Europe of traditional monarchies and dynasties - was destroyed. For the peoples of Europe it was an immense bloodletting, epitomized by trench warfare and the battle of Verdun. The war also laid the foundation for subsequent catastrophes. While dubbed “the war to end all wars”, the concluding treaties of Versailles and Trianon ushered…
  • The End of Liberal ‘Dialogue’ and the Difference of Debate: Renewing the Promise of the Axial Age

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.org1. Introduction: the current crisis of meaningThere is little doubt that the contemporary world faces a crisis of meaning. After the end of the Cold War, the relative stasis of bi-polarity gave way to a global dynamic that was increasingly unpredictable and volatile. Europe’s ‘multilateral moment’ was quickly supplanted by American hegemony, but the last ten years have witnessed the rise and fall of…
  • War in Ukraine / Tragedy of Flight MH 17: Urgent Call for Independent International Investigation

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    International Progress OrganizationInformation ServiceChisinau / Vienna, 26 July 2014In a statement issued today, the President of the International Progress Organization, Dr. Hans Koechler, who is presently on a fact-finding visit to Eastern Europe, has called for the establishment of an impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of the crash of Malaysian Airlines 17 over rebel-controlled territory in Eastern Ukraine. Between 2000 and 2002, Dr. Koechler served as international observer of the criminal trial following the destruction of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie,…
 
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    Michael Tomasky

  • What You Don’t Know About Obama and Jobs

    Michael Tomasky
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to cheerlead.
  • Hill’s Golden Ticket: Paid Family Leave

    Michael Tomasky
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Forget about liberals—by pushing the issue in a 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton can galvanize women and show everyone she has guts.
  • You Can Turn the Supreme Court Liberal

    Michael Tomasky
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There will be more Hobby Lobbies and Citizens United if Democrats don’t get a lock on the White House and pack the bench for a generation.
  • You Lost One, Tea Party. Deal With It.

    Michael Tomasky
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Democrats had their own intraparty upset in 2006, courtesy of Joe Lieberman. They moved on, unlike the ‘real American’ Tea Partiers who are still blubbering over Thad Cochran’s victory.
  • Sanity Caucus Strikes Back

    Michael Tomasky
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Democrats might have been praying for a McDaniel victory in Mississippi’s Senate runoff—why not make the Republicans look nuttier? Here’s why they should be glad the establishment won.
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • A Libertarian in the Senate, What is the World Coming to?

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP) makes his maiden speech to the NSW Parliament on the 9th of July, 2014, establishing his Libertarian credentials and philosophy. We discuss the speech in our podcast, along with the repeal of the carbon tax the shooting down of a Malaysian Airline in Ukraine, the slaughter in Gaza and much more. Listen as David lopez and Bazra Parsons break down the current paradigm that we live under.    DOWNLOAD MP3 or listen using the player by clicking read more. Read More...
  • Exposing the Federal Budget Smugglers

    16 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Bazra and I hadn't had much of an opportunity to podcast over the last fortnight but now i have settled into new quarters we're 'rolling' again. Caught up tonight to discuss the 'budget butt-hurt' for (most) Australians while revealing the lies between the lines of the ledger, the Washington muster of US militia due to march today and the dreadful state of governance, worldwide, in general.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player. Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • The West’s Reckless Rush Towards War With Russia

    User Submitted
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News On a number of occasions recently I have made the point that the psychopaths in control of Washington are driving the West to war with Russia. The lies that the Obama regime and Western presstitute media are hurling at President Putin are even more blatantly false that the lies Washington used against Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad, the Taliban, and Iran, and the lies are far more reckless. Russia has a nuclear arsenal as large as Washington’s, and Russia is very much aware that for 13 years Washington’s lies and demonizations of countries are the…
  • Twitter account info requests surge 46%

    User Submitted
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    The number of requests for account information Twitter received from countries around the world has increased by 46 percent in the first half of 2014, the social networking site revealed in its fifth transparency report. Between January and June this year Twitter received 2,058 requests overall from a total of 58 different countries including from eight countries who had previously never lodged requests before. The US was in first position with 1,257 requests, 72 percent of which resulted in information being handed over. In number two position was Japan with 192 requests, of which just 36…
  • FBI, Local Police Set Up Checkpoint, Mark People’s Hands With X’s In Search for Kidnapper

    User Submitted
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The FBI and Armada Police are stopping every vehicle attempting to enter or leave the Village of Armada. Agents and officers are marking an X on the hands of everyone they have spoken to. You can see a long line of cars and squad cars blocking the road in a checkpoint of sorts. The move comes as family and friends gather to mourn the loss of 14-year-old April Millsap at her visitation. The teen was found murdered in a wooded area on July 24. Watch the video here
  • Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order”

    User Submitted
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Saying that “taxpayer dollars should not reward corporations that break the law,” President Obama on Thursday issued another executive order designed to help low-wage workers. In February the president issued an order that federal contractors pay their employees $10.10 an hour. In June he issued an order banning federal contractors from lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender discrimination. This time it’s the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.” President Obama’s executive order cracks down on federal contractors who break hiring, health and safety,…
  • UN And Japanese Covering Up Fukushima Peril

    User Submitted
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Japanese and United Nations authorities have placed “a cone of silence” over medical information an endangered Japanese public is entitled to have about the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. “It is obvious that there is collaboration between the World Health Organization(WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) and also the Japanese government”to hide, to lie, and to cover-up vital medical information that must be made available to the Japanese population,” says Dr. Helen Caldicott, the medical doctor who has been showered with honors and awards for…
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • Med-Dead Over Two-State: A Fresh Take On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Reduction – OpEd

    Geopoliticalmonitor.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    By Anthony Rusonik Of all the myths that surround the Israeli-Arab conflict, the most prominent and cherished is that the inevitable solution is a two-state framework. At the height of the most recent round of hostilities between Hamas in Gaza and Israel, no less capable a student than CNN’s Farheed Zakaria proclaimed the two-state solution […] The post Med-Dead Over Two-State: A Fresh Take On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Reduction – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • US Religious Freedom Nominee’s Record Prompts Concern

    CNA
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    By Matt Hadro The announcement that Rabbi David Saperstein is being tapped as the next U.S. ambassador for global religious freedom has drawn concern based on his recent statements on the issue at home. “I’ve been following David’s activities for 30 years,” Rabbi Aryeh Spero of the Caucus for America told CNA. “I’m not confident […] The post US Religious Freedom Nominee’s Record Prompts Concern appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Gov. Brown Invokes Religion To Open Border But Path To Faith-Based Schools Remains Closed – OpEd

    Vicki Alger
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Earlier this week Gov. Jerry Brown was in Mexico City “urging politicians…to ‘heed the religious call … to welcome the stranger’ in addressing the [immigration] crisis,” according to the Sacramento Bee. Gov. Brown continued by saying: These are children, and many of them have relatives that are in California and other parts of the United […] The post Gov. Brown Invokes Religion To Open Border But Path To Faith-Based Schools Remains Closed – OpEd appeared first on... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • US Evacuation In Libya Shows Ill Effects Of American Interventionism – OpEd

    Ivan Eland
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    The American foreign policy elite should learn something from the recent humiliating evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya—amid the chaos of tribal civil war in that country—but probably won’t. Since World War II, this bipartisan elite has thumbed its nose at the traditional U.S. foreign policy of strategic independence and military restraint overseas, […] The post US Evacuation In Libya Shows Ill Effects Of American Interventionism – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The Emperor’s Rage: Let Chaos Envelop The World – OpEd

    James Petras
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Chaos reigns and spreads as enraged leaders in the US, Europe and their clients and allies pursue genocidal wars. Mercenary wars in Syria; Israel’s terror bombing on Gaza; proxy wars in the Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia. Tens of millions of refugees flee scenes of total destruction. Nothing is sacred. There are no […] The post The Emperor’s Rage: Let Chaos Envelop The World – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • Obama Photos 7/30

    Barack loves Michelle
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama watches from the Red Room as Alicia Keys delivers remarks prior to a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a “Let’s Move!” public service announcement with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, in the Map Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama joins students and parents for lunch at a Subway restaurant to announce that Subway will work with Partnership for a Healthier…
  • Obama Photos 7/29

    Barack loves Michelle
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    President Barack Obama greets Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes during a White House event honoring the team and their 2013 World Series Championship, April 1, 2014 President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Elsa Smith, age 5, and Sage Smith, age 6, Lincoln’s cousins. President Barack Obama walks with Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April…
  • Obama Photos 7/28

    Barack loves Michelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama reacts during an interview with Vanessa Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, in the East Reception Room of the White House, May 27, 2014 President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014.  first lady Michelle Obama arrives to deliver gives the keynote address during Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education…
  • Obama Photos 7/27

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, slides across a counter to pose for photos with staff following lunch at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,…
  • A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

    Barack loves Michelle
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan. on  May 16, 2014 when White House photographer Chuck Kennedy captured this poignant image below.  The First Lady is speaking with Stephanie Kyriazis, who is the Chief of Interpretation and Education. The imagery will give you goose bumps. The two women stand perfectly aligned with the “white” and “colored” signs that hang above their heads. It’s been 50 years since the landmark decision of Brown vs Board of Education. A lot of progress has been made, yet…
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    A Michigander

  • If It Isn't Obvious Yet...

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    This blog is on hiatus for an undetermined period.Thanks for your support!
  • Maps of the Day - Kentucky Has Never Cared Much For Barack Obama

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The only thing that seems to get some white Americans more riled up than being accused of racism by non-whites is the same accusations coming from fellow whites. So do not be surprised if Jonathan Chait's well-stated trolling of Appalachian's seeming love for Bill Clinton and hatred for Barack Obama starts to gain some steam. And while it's not surprising that, given his "war on coal" that Obama would tank in the region in 2012, given that signs like these are common (taken by me this following summer, the former at a coal mine in Logan County, WV and the latter in Lynch, Kentucky)People…
  • Politicians Sometimes Do Lie To You, But Are Unmatched By The Lie You Tell Yourself

    7 Feb 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As much as I love politics, including many of those aspects which cause other people to cringe, there is something about taking an incriminating tone in political discourse which always makes it sound petty. In particular, something which makes me really cranky is the tendency of liberals and progressives to go on and on about how policies and concepts such as the Affordable Care Act, freeing people from job lock and personal responsibility are "conservative" or "Republican" priorities that were shamelessly abandoned merely because a Democrat is in office.Is this true for many rank-and-file…
  • Things You Might Have Missed

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Efforts To Get Minimum Wage Raise on Michigan Ballot Gain Support.If you want to read the whole New Yorker profile where L. Brooks Patterson made an ass of himself, you can find it here.Though Cannabis Now Legal In Some Areas, Localities Still Resisting It.Corruption Not As Rampant As It Might Seem.Feds Charge Bitcoin Start-Up Founder With Money Laundering.Karzai Suspects U.S. Is Behind Insurgent-Style Attacks, Afghan Officials Say.Egyptian Military Commander Set to Run for President. Or, in other news, Military Dictator Who Overthrows Democratically Elected Leader Wants To Hold Onto…
  • The One Time I'll Probably Praise Rand Paul

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Not the devil, but also not a saint who erredThe most recent Facebook/Twitter/Upworthy/etc. liberal cause de jour is Rand Paul's comments on Meet the Press that Bill Clinton "... took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office," calling his behavior "predatory." Luckily for him, this outrage has so far overshadowed his ignorant and Sheen-esque comments that, because women are making "... great strides..." and "... now make up more than half the students at medical and law schools," which in his mind somehow negates any complaints they might have about…
 
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    Washington Blade | Gay News | Washington, DC | LGBT

  • From the Farmer to you

    Mark Lee
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    From the Farmer’s weekly farmers-market-on-wheels provides the convenience of top-quality seasonal vegetable and fruit selections conveyed from farm field to front door typically within 48 hours of harvesting. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) When From the Farmer co-founders Nick Phelps and Jason Lundberg rolled out their unique Washington area enterprise three years ago, business began on a modest scale. It was a fitting launch for a farm-to-consumer purveyor linking small regional food producers with urban and suburban dwellers by providing affordable home delivery of fresh…
  • LGB families: What we know and what we don’t

    Dana Rudolph
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Studies can help policy makers, healthcare providers, social workers, educators, and we parents better understand our families and how best to support them. A recent report from UCLA’s Williams Institute on the state of research about LGB families not only reiterates that our children are doing as well as anyone else’s, but also offers some lesser-known insights about the composition and strengths of our families—and gives thoughtful suggestions for the direction of future research. The authors are among the leading names in LGB parenting studies and demographics. Gary Gates is a…
  • ‘Like music to my ears’

    Kevin Majoros
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Trial lawyer Matt Feinberg says playing tennis puts him ‘in the zone.’ (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros) Back in May, Matt Feinberg was sitting at a red light watching some break dancers on the side of the road. He started moving along with them in the seat of his car and — bam! — he was hit from behind by someone going 35 miles per hour. The crash left him with a sprained back, sprained knees and sprained shoulders. At that point, his chances of competing in tennis at the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland in August were pretty slim. After many weeks of physical therapy and playing…
  • Soccer star to guest-edit Blade

    Staff reports
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Megan Rapinoe will serve as guest editor of the Washington Blade’s Aug. 22 Sports Issue. The Washington Blade announced this week it has named lesbian soccer star Megan Rapinoe as the guest editor of its second annual Sports Issue scheduled to be published on Aug. 22. Rapinoe is a midfielder for the Seattle Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League and a member of the U.S. women’s national team. She won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, where she scored three goals. She has also been recognized as an LGBT equality advocate by the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and is an Athlete…
  • SMYAL names new executive director

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    SMYAL has been carrying out its mission of supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth in the D.C. metro area for more than 20 years. Sultan Shakir, director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Youth and Campus Engagement Program and a longtime community organizer, will be the new executive director of the local LGBT youth advocacy group SMYAL beginning Aug. 4. According to a SMYAL announcement on Thursday, Shakir will replace SMYAL’s current executive director, Andrew Barnett, who’s leaving the organization to begin a doctorate program in clinical psychology this fall at George Washington…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • The Real Differences Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Real Differences Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
  • Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic)

    Lady Freethinker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of our trash may go into landfills (and, unfortunately, the ocean), but as this infographic shows, there’s also a surprisingly massive layer of space junk orbiting the planet right this second. The facts here are so interesting, I’m forgiving the author for referring to Gene Roddenberry’s remains as “junk.” The post Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
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  • Determining the Body Count in Gaza

    Clare Malone
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The modern media coverage of war and conflict is a grim numbers game. As tensions escalate, so do the body counts. In Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and on other battlefields, the most visceral articulation of despair is a statistic: How many dead?The fighting in Gaza, now in its second week, already has its own trove of casualty databases. The New York Times has kept a running tally of fatalities, and there are charts available to those who want to see all the deaths in the conflict since 2000 broken out by ethnic group, month and year. The Times put the death toll since July 8 at 556 Palestinians…
  • Immigration Is Changing Much More Than the Immigration Debate

    Ben Casselman
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    In 1994, California Governor Pete Wilson aired television ads showing people scrambling across the Mexican border near San Diego. “The rules are being broken,” a narrator intoned. “Pete Wilson has had the courage to say enough is enough.” Wilson, who at one point trailed in the polls, ended up cruising to an easy re-election.Two decades later, the rhetoric around immigration hasn’t changed much — just look at Virginia, where long-shot challenger Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in part by promising to “secure the border” and “reject any proposal that grants amnesty” to…
  • What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor’s Defeat

    David Wasserman
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    On May 30, 11 days before one of the biggest upsets in modern American politics blocked Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s path to speaker of the House, one of his top aides emailed me in an unusually defensive tone. Doug Heye, Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, had a “quibble” with an analysis I had written for the Cook Political Report on the state of play in the GOP primary for Cantor’s congressional district.In my analysis I wrote, “Economics professor [and Cantor's primary opponent] Dave Brat has forced Majority Leader Eric Cantor to take his primary very…
  • Brazil’s Presidents Are More Maradona Than Pelé

    Sebastian Saiegh
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    When Brazil returned to democracy in 1985 after almost 20 years of military rule, many observers were rightly pessimistic about whether the country’s political institutions could function. Brazil’s previous experience with democracy, during the so-called Second Republic (1946-1964), was characterized by executive-legislative deadlock. At that time, the immobility of chief executives contributed to a breakdown in the democratic process. In addition to the challenges produced by this legacy, the newly established Brazilian democracy of the 1980s took the form of a multiparty…
  • Americans’ Faith in Government Shapes How They Feel About Obamacare — Trust Me

    Dan Hopkins
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are still of two minds about the health care reform law. When pollsters break Obamacare apart, nearly all of the individual pieces are well regarded. But when they ask about Obamacare as a single, hulking policy, it’s derided. Americans trust the parts, but not the whole.In a March 2014 poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 1,504 adults about nine components of the law and found that only the individual mandate lacked majority support. In fact, even among Republicans, all but two of the surveyed elements enjoyed…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Today, I’m guest blogging on the #EP2014 results at the LSE’s execellent EUROPOPP blog. Click here for a number of opinionated and short “expert reactions” to yesterdays’s train wreck election. The post Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • Democrats, the Constitution and the Rule of Law

    chris
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    David Limbaugh  Have we arrived at the point in our nation that a Democratic president and powerful members of his administration can act as lawlessly as they choose without any significant... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This Powerful Video Shows Exactly Why Obama is Scared of Trey Gowdy [WATCH]

    chris
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
     South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy has emerged as one of the few members of Congress that takes his oath and job seriously, and he is intent on holding the government accountable, not only... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Judge Orders “Fast and Furious” Documents to Be Released

    chris
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
     America hasn’t forgotten about Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF/DOJ gunwalking scheme that set up “straw buyers” to transport “legally” purchased rifles from US... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Support is Exploding for the Bill to Ban the Muslim Brotherhood

    chris
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
     We told you recently about a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Michele Bachmann that seeks to formally designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. This is a much needed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bipartisanship is Alive and Well, but not in the Obama White House

    chris
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Michael Barone  Bipartisanship is dead. That’s the conventional wisdom, and there’s a lot of evidence to support it. But there’s evidence to the contrary as well. On two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
  • Liberal Campaign Money Hypocrisy

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Everyone reading the news today can be inclined to believe that the all the GOP campaign contributions aimed at destroying the Democrats flow from just two people - Edward and Charles Koch.Charles KochEdward KochThe rich industrialist brothers are the favorite target of everyone on the left. A recent article in the New York Times does actually a lot to dispel the myth of the heartless tycoons bent on destroying the working class. They both are very active philanthropists and civic leaders and employ thousands of well paid workers in Wichita,…
  • May Day Parades or Display of People's Affection

    1 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    The May Day parades during Socialism were supposed to extol the virtues of the free labor (pun intended) and the devotion of the people to the Party leaders who were presiding over the parade usually from the height of a mausoleum where the Great Leader's mummified  body lays on  public display.May Day Parade in Sofia, BulgariaNote the presence of the iconic portrait of Marx on the building. It was part of the Holy Trinity of Socialism - Marx, Engels, Lenin.Although May Day as the International Labor Day originated in  Chicago, US it has been more popular in Europe, mostly…
  • Piketty's Tour de Force

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The current fascination with the French economist Thomas Piketty book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" on this side of the Atlantic is telling about how much regurgitated ideas from 19th century can hold sway in this highly politicized environment.First of all, as I have mentioned earlier, the highly progressive taxes, advocated as early as Marx in the Communist Manifesto have not worked in any country, yet we again seem to fantasize about 80 - 90 percent income tax. And this is not for the purpose of increasing tax revenue but to stop the "excessive wealth".“Economists can…
  • China and the Market Experiment

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The free enterprise economy remains the best tool for lifting people our of poverty. In fact between 1970 and 2006 the share of people living on less than $1 a day plummeted by 80 percent. Was this a result of government redistribution? The answer is a resounding "No".http://www.voxeu.org/article/parametric-estimations-world-distribution-incomeChina as one of the most populous countries in the world is an example of this notion. After the cruel Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong, Den Xiaoping advanced the idea that "socialism does not mean shared poverty". Indeed in the 1970's…
 
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    Vox - All

  • Congress passed a plan to fix the VA. Here's what it does.

    German Lopez
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    In the aftermath of the big scandal at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Congress and the White House have responded with various changes to reform the nation's publicly run health-care system for veterans. Congress on Thursday, July 31, overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the VA's health-care system. The VA reform bill is the largest bipartisan effort passed by the current Congress, and the largest attempt to reform the VA in more than a decade. Congress and the White House have taken steps to fix the issues More than three months ago, allegations began trickling out of the VA…
  • Economists expect no change in unemployment rate in July Jobs report

    Matthew Yglesias
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Tomorrow is Jobs Day. The consensus of economic forecasters is that the economy will gain 233,000 jobs while the unemployment rate stays put at 6.1 percent. In the context of a fifth consecutive month of payroll growth over 200,000 a steady unemployment rate would actually be better news than a falling one since a steady rate would indicate that the labor force is expanding in response to benign economic conditions and the economy is not running out of room to grow. The context for the report is a run of good news from other economic indicators. Second quarter GDP saw a strong rebound…
  • How deforestation is helping to spread Ebola

    Brad Plumer
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    One of the big questions surrounding the current deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is how the disease spread to humans in the first place. This map is up to date as of June 20, 2014. CDC/VSPB In all likelihood, the virus was originally circulating among bats or possibly gorillas in the forests of western Africa. Some experts believe that the disease may have spread to humans via "bushmeat" — someone butchering an infected bat for food, say, and coming in contact with its blood. The disease then traveled from humans to humans. One possible conduit is through certain…
  • Where Americans find the money to pay for college

    Libby Nelson
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    A strong majority of American families don't think students' should have to foot the entire bill for their college education, a new national survey shows. One in 5 families said the student should be solely responsible for paying to attend college. But the survey, from student lender Sallie Mae and market research firm Ipsos, found both parents and students were unselfish when it comes to the more than $20,000 the average family paid to attend college. Students were more likely to say that students should pay for college, and parents were more likely to say that parents should pay: Low-income…
  • Obamacare is another step closer to the Supreme Court. Again.

    Adrianna McIntyre
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    This won't surprise anyone who's been following Obamacare's latest legal battle, but the case just got one step closer to the US Supreme Court. Again. The most recent legal challenge centers on the subsidies available to people newly insured on state insurance exchanges. The plaintiffs argue that, based on the plain text of the law, Congress only authorized subsidies for state-established exchanges and that subsidies shouldn't be available in the 36 states with federal exchanges. The federal government vehemently disagrees. The plaintiffs inKing v. Burwellthe case that was decided by the…
 
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    Contemplations

  • On Flight MH17

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
         Much like Jon Stewart, I was really surprised to get home from vacation and learn that the world had gone to crap while I was lounging on the beach. This post was originally going to be about my vacation by the ocean, but I think we can all agree that there are some much more important matters to be discussed, namely - Flight MH17.Read more »
  • On the FIFA World Cup

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
         Lately everything from Google to Facebook has talked of nothing but the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I get it, we're all excited to see which country produces the best soccer players, but there is more to life than kicking a ball around on artificial turf. At least when the Olympics come around, we can all see a nice big variety of sports. Unfortunately, FIFA forces us to endure to weeks full of a single event, namely the aforementioned ball kicking on artificial turf.Read more »
  • On Binge-Watching

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
         Has Netflix taken over control of your life? If you answered "Yes" to that question, you're not alone. Online streaming has ruined the existence of many individuals, myself included. If by some strange act of God you actually haven't been corrupted by the ability to watch one TV show for hours (and hours) on end, run. Run and never look back, because there is still hope for you. Hope that one day, you may be a productive member of society. As for the rest of us, we're screwed.Read more »
  • 'Tis Finally Summer!

    14 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
         I'm going to apologize right now for my last post about Graham's number, as it was pretty awful. In my defence, I was studying furiously for exams that evening (and/or marathoning Torchwood on Netflix.) But I am oh-so happy to announce that this school year is officially over! I've had a great freshman year and I've made some excellent new friends at my high school, but I'm just ready for the year to be over at this point.Read more »
  • On Graham's Number

    8 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
         Graham's number, named after its creator, Ronald Graham, is a very, very large number. It is in fact quite a lot larger than you or I can understand. It dwarfs numbers even as huge as googolplex (10^10^100). To see just how staggeringly big Graham's number is, take a look at the Numberphile video below.Read more »
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  • CIA Post-9/11 Torture Ops

    Russia Today
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When the CIA first began using its controversial interrogation and detention methods after the September 11th attacks, it reportedly declined to tell the Secretary of State and other American ambassadors about its actions. The revelation comes from the Senate’s still-unreleased report scrutinizing the United States’ post-9/11 interrogation techniques, and first came to the public’s attention Wednesday when the White House unintentionally emailed a document detailing the findings to an Associated Press reporter. The report – parts of which could be declassified by the White House in…
  • The Real Science Is Suppressed

    L.K. Samuels
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Almost every day claims are made by political pundits and so-called experts that mankind is the prime cause behind changes in our climate.  The problem with such claims is that they have no basis in science, especially within the new sciences of chaos theory and complexity science. To treat climate change as almost entirely anthropogenic is bad science. And chaos theory and complexity have already debunked this myth long ago. Chaos theory arose from climate and weather prediction models, along with the non-repeatable and chaotic behavior found in the three-body problem. And what chaologists…
  • Terrorism and Gaza


    No Author
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals. Below are two charts reflecting the deaths of civilians, soldiers and “militants” in both Gaza and Israel since the July 8 Israeli…
  • Nixon’s Secrets

    Roger Stone
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Bay of Pigs, the JFK Assassination, Watergate and the Nixon pardon finally connected- and the dark secrets of Watergate are revealed. In “Nixon’s Secrets” the blockbuster book by Roger Stone with Michael Colapietro…out August 11th from Skyhorse Publishing the dark secrets of these historic events are finally exposed, the light and dark side of Nixon exposed and analyzed. Nixon’s Secrets Chronicles Nixon’s greatest triumphs, his bitter loses , his Spartan like disciple , meticulous preparation , hard work and resilience . Chart the rise and fall and rise of fall…
  • A Murdered Doctor, a Secret Lab, and the Killing of JFK

    No Author
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On Monday, two threads in New Orleans’ long and sometimes twisted historical tapestry will intersect, giving us one of the most unlikely events of the summer. It’s a traditional jazz funeral, being held for a woman murdered 50 yeas ago, who, some say, had a mysterious connection to the man who assassinated John F. Kennedy. Only in New Orleans. “Mary Sherman was a beautiful, educated, and successful woman, beloved and respected by those who knew her,” says Ed Haslam, whose book about the woman’s murder, “Dr. Mary’s Monkey,” has been something of an underground classic for 20…
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    Inside Ben's Brain

  • What is Obama

    Ben Spera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The post What is Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face. The post News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that […] The post Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly […] The post Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Ig Finds 68 Boxes of Unopened Mail from Veterans at Philly Va

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    This is the same VA that made headlines recently after they were caught bugging a room being used by investigators. The post Ig Finds 68 Boxes of Unopened Mail from Veterans at Philly Va appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
 
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Basic Income and The Role of the Market in Society

    Gaura Rader
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    We currently live in a world where we are born into a social structure that is governed almost entirely by market forces. As children our lives are profoundly shaped by our parents place in the market, that is our parents value to the market place and what that value can provide for us. And as adults […]
  • Why Do Libertarians Vote Conservative?

    Gaura Rader
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    The United States political field is composed of two main political parties, liberal and conservative, and one additional party that doesn’t quite fit into the liberal conservative spectrum, libertarians. Libertarianism, from a psychological perspective, is a unique personality different from both liberal and conservative. Interestingly the traditional libertarian view aligns with conservatives on economic issues like taxes, […]
  • We Die Too Fast

    Gaura Rader
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Progress seems to be so painfully slow. The future possibilities are incredible and yet we languish in a world full of poverty, disease, crime, war, and environmental degradation. We have the technology where everyone in the world could live a long, happy, peaceful life, yet most of world lives  under threat of terrorism, war, disease, or […]
  • American Conservatives are the Most Extreme in the World

    Gaura Rader
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Out of all the conservatives measured Americans were the most extreme in their conservatism. American conservatives were the only conservatives in the world to value traditional conservative values of in-group loyalty, authority, and purity more than fairness or justice. Jonathan Haidt, in his research on liberal and conservative morality, found that liberals have a have […]
  • The False Dilemma of Communism or Capitalism without any Income Redistribution

    Gaura Rader
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    There is an argument that often underlies criticism used against redistribution of income that I call the “either-or argument.” Milton Friedman uses it in Capitalism and Freedom. Robert Nozick uses it in Anarchy State and Utopia. The argument goes like this: 1. Either capitalism is the right economic system or communism is the right economic system. 2. […]