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  • Simple To Follow Home Business Ideas That Work

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    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…
  • Paul Mazursky

    James Wolcott's Blog
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Reflecting on the life and laughs of the late Paul Mazursky.
  • Circles of Influence

    Paul Krugman
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Floating crap games of economics.
  • Inflation OCD

    Paul Krugman
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    It's much more than bad models.
  • Barefoot Running—The Videos

    James Fallows : The Atlantic
    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…
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    The Atlantic

  • What the Family Dollar Merger Says About American Capitalism

    Matt Phillips
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    The French economist Thomas Piketty could not have dreamed up a better illustration of the problematic and growing income inequality in the US than the Family Dollar-Dollar Tree combination. Let’s start with the backdrop: Essentially, the lower-income Americans that are the target customers of dollar stores have gotten too poor to buy anything other than food (a vivid illustration of Piketty’s point about income inequality). That has depressed margins and profits at these discount retailers.   The fact that these poor Americans—and the retailers that serve them—are doing…
  • The New York Times Is a Great Company in a Terrible Business

    Derek Thompson
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    This morning, the New York Times announced higher circulation revenue, huge gains in digital subscribers, and the continued erosion of its print advertising business. If the Times were interested in saving paper, it could copy-paste that paragraph every quarter. Every few months, the Times re-learns that readers like it more than last year, and advertisers like it less than last year. Here's a look at the last 14 years of Times revenue. In 2000, circulation was 26 percent of the business. Last quarter, it made up 54 percent. Meanwhile, advertising has ... well, just look. New York Times:…
  • How Fonts Reveal the Many New Users of the Internet

    Nikhil Sonnad
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    If you mostly read English or other Romance or Germanic languages, you’ve been spoiled for choice with digital fonts. The Latin alphabet has long been the subject of intense typographical exploration, with thousands of fonts available in more styles and weights than most non-designers would ever think necessary. Readers of non-Latin scripts like Chinese, Hindi, or Hebrew have never enjoyed such diversity. Now the globalization of fonts is erasing this disparity. Type design and delivery might seem esoteric, but the flattening world of type actually speaks volumes about the…
  • Where Does Ebola Come From?

    Olga Khazan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and infected more than 1,000, including an American doctor and aid worker. One reason why Ebola is so terrifying is that there’s no cure, and the fatality rate is roughly 60 to 90 percent. Those who catch it and don’t get treated early will very likely die. Since 2008, past outbreaks of Ebola have killed a few dozen people at most. So, what makes this one so much worse? Past outbreaks of the virus have been linked to people hunting gorillas and chimps for food, or…
  • A Gentleman Unafraid

    Edwin Austin Abbey
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    In camp, March 22, 1916. The trenches twist and turn so, a precaution against enfilade fire in the event of the enemy’s occupying any position, that we seemed to walk miles before we reached our new destination. It was a new support trench about 40 yards back of the front line. Saturday night, I was on a “carrying party,” whose duty was to carry timber, wire, etc., from a material pile to the working party. Sunday night we went in again, and I was in a digging gang. Some of the new work had fallen in, and we had to remove the sandbags and dig down in front of the screens and push the…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Cartoon: Sincerely screwed

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    (Click to enlarge) This comic is based on something I read right here on Daily Kos about the Longmont fracking ban ruling. The phrase "sincerely held beliefs" caught my eye, since that's been in the news a lot lately, thanks to the Hobby Lobby ruling. While the judge in the fracking case cited a conflict between the local ban and state law and opened the door to further appeals, it seems like Longmont's concerns about the health effects of fracking go beyond mere "beliefs." You'd think such concerns might be accorded more gravitas than Hobby Lobby's pre-Enlightenment worldview, if a corporate…
  • Congress rushes to pass VA funding before leaving for recess

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT)  and House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) announce bipartisan legislation to address problems in the VA healthcare system. With a veterans' healthcare compromise in place, the race is on to line up the votes before Congress departs for its August recess. A House vote may come as soon as Wednesday, with House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller working to line up Republican votes—a possible challenge given that $12 billion of the $17 billion bill is not paid for by cuts elsewhere:…
  • Human Rights Watch/ACLU: U.S. surveillance harming journalism, law, democracy

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    The practice of journalism and of law in the United States is being dramatically, negatively harmed by large-scale surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. That's the finding of a new report from Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, who conclude "[s]urveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people’s ability to hold their government to account." Researchers conducted exhaustive interviews with senior government officials, attorneys, and journalists to complete the 102-page report, "With Liberty to Monitor All: How…
  • Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes. Greg Dworkin can't be with us this morning, so how do you really know we're live? Now you'll always wonder! Listen LIVE at 9:00 ET, here: The Daily Kos Radio Player Click this Link to Listen on your iTunes, Winamp or Windows Media Player Can't see the live stream and/or podcast players in these posts? Do you use NoScript or something similar to control Javascript? Want to? Remember to enable Libsyn and Shoutcastplayer, and you'll see our players every morning! May I have your attention, please? Want to help…
  • Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Important Update In keeping with the values of love, compassion and heart-blessing they talk about from sunup to sundown, the nation's conservative movement wants everyone to know that they have nothing against LGBT Americans. Well, except….. Gays are into child rape. There's an activist homosexual agenda in every branch of government. Feel the love. (And the itch?) Thanks to President Obama's employment non-discrimination executive order, cross-dressing federal agents are preparing to bust down your door. LGBT rights + Game of Thrones = sexual anarchy. Gays…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • U.S. Surveillance Programs Threaten Freedom of Press

    moder8
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report. The National Security Agency's surveillance programs, which include the collection of telephone "metadata," have heightened government officials' concerns about dealing with the media, as "any…
  • UN Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

    rcade
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    The United Nations has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza as fighting between Hamas and Israel subsided overnight following a series of ceasefire announcements by both sides, each of which was rejected by the other amid mutual blame and recrimination. The UN security council issued a presidential statement just after midnight in New York, as the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, was beginning. The move will increase pressure on Israel and Hamas to agree a long-term truce to end the conflict, now in its 21st day.
  • Satanists Seek Law Exemptions, Cite Hobby Lobby

    tonyroma
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    The Satanic Temple has launched a campaign seeking religious exemption from laws that restrict access to abortions, citing the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling. The group, which "facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty," argues that states' "informed consent" laws violate its religious freedom. "An increasing number of states have passed 'informed consent' laws, requiring that women seeking abortions be subjected to state-mandated informational materials that are often false or misleading," the group…
  • Target of John Walsh Show Killed in Police Shootout

    rcade
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    A suspected sex offender recently featured on CNN's The Hunt with John Walsh died in a shootout with officers in New York Monday. A New York police detective and two U.S. marshals were attempting to arrest Charles Mozdir on child molestation charges when the gunfight broke out, police said. Mozdir "fired on officers at a very close range," New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, and "officers returned fire."
  • Cole: Israel's Strategy is Causing War, Not Ending It

    rcade
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Juan Cole: Israel has no strategic war aims in Gaza because it has no large scale, long term strategy concerning the Strip. Its war is all about tactics and minutiae. How many tunnels and rockets can it destroy? How much damage can it inflict on the Hamas leadership? But tunnels and rockets can be rebuilt and the dead leaders' cousins will take over after them. It is frankly stupid to think the Israelis can, in Mitt Romney?s words, kick the can down the road forever on making peace with the Palestinians. It hasn't tried because Israel wants Palestinian land and resources and won't give them…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • The New Science of Crazyography

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    This chart shows how Tea Party strength is actually fairly low in the key Senate races in play this year. But it's also just a cool interactive chart that tells you how popular the Tea Party is in your county. Check it out.
  • GOP Having Some Cognitive Dissonance

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Boehner: Impeachment is 'scam' for Dems to raise money. Also we may have to impeach the president.
  • Not Sure They've Thought This Through

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Some of us think bringing AR-15s to the airport to pick up your spouse is probably a bad idea. But if you're going to make it legal, this might be something to think through. Peter Steinmetz was arrested at Sky Harbor International Airport not because - as far as we know - he was threatening to shoot anyone but because "the way he was carrying it" scared a mother and teenage daughter who thought he was pointing it at them.
  • When You've Lost Jon Stewart

    Josh Marshall
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Jon Stewart goes off on Israeli criticism of John Kerry: 'What the F*ck?' Watch.
  • Riveting Stories Amidst Grim Mosul

    Josh Marshall
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    From the Associated Press ... Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa. But over the weekend, residents pushed back. When fighters from the Islamic State group loaded with heavy explosives converged on the site, Mosulis living nearby rushed to the courtyard below the minaret, sat on the ground and linked arms to form a human chain…
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    Political Animal

  • Florida's Toxic Twins

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    What do Rick Scott and Charlie Crist most notably have in common, other than the fact that they were the Republican gubernatorial nominees in Florida in 2006 and 2010, respectively, and are running against each other for the same gig this year? Well, they are the only set of gubernatorial nominees with underwater approval/disapproval ratios, as noted by FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten: While the national political scene has decayed into polarized stagnation, Americans’ views of state governments have remained mostly positive. That’s probably part of the reason why governors seem to…
  • Is Ernst a Potential Gaffe Machine?

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    National Republicans are real psyched about the possibility of picking up Tom Harkin's Senate seat, and are generally pleased with their nominee, Joni Ernst, who managed to attract both Establishment and Tea Party support in her primary and blew away heavily self-funded early front-runner Mark Jacobs and conservative activist Sam Clovis with a majority of the vote. But while Ernst scratches a lot of itches (a woman running for Senate in a state that has never elected anything but men to Congress; an active National Guard soldier; and subject of the best right-wing political ad of the cycle so…
  • Adding Stars to the Flag

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Knowing Michael Lind, I am quite sure he was deadly serious in proposing at Salon yesterday that the larger states break themselves up into smaller pieces in order to outgun smaller states in the U.S. Senate. He's right, of course, that it can be done because it has been done (most recently with West Virginia, to which the parent state of Virginia, then in military rebellion against the U.S., did not exactly consent). But it requires not only full authorization by the state so dismembered, but also action by Congress, which isn't happening so long as the beneficiaries of small-state power…
  • Obama's Immigration Options

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    TPM's Erica Werner has a good overview today of the options the president is considering with respect to executive action on immigration--not the short-term problem of current and recent refugees from Central America, but the bigger problem of "the 11 million," the undocumented people currently living in the country. Her account makes it clear the White House is actively discussing prospective actions with a wide range of likely supporters, and may well act before the November midterm elections: Advocates and lawmakers who were in separate meetings Friday said that administration officials…
  • Daylight Video

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Cream had their live debut in Manchester on this day in 1966. Here they are performing Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" at their farewell concert in 1968.
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    New Republic

  • Congress Is Running out of Time to Pass These Necessary Bills

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Just three days remain until the August recess, but Congress has lots of work left to do. Last Thursday, I explained how Congressional dysfunction was blocking the passage of some
  • Why Are Conservative Health Journalists Covering for Halbig Truthers?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The unearthing last week of video footage showing MIT professor Jonathan Gruber—one of the Affordable Care Act's key architects—claiming sua sponte that the health law's subsidies were conditioned upon states setting up their own exchanges has emboldened a once-marginal faction of Obam
  • If Republicans Were Serious About Spending Less, They'd Act on Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    We’re seeing a smart change in how to talk about global warming. Debating it as a moral problem or pointing to the scientific consensus is clearly not enough to convince politicians to commit to broad greenhouse gas reductions. So, instead, the White House is reframing it in language that most peo
  • House Republicans Are Helping People (and Corporations) Cheat on Their Taxes

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Doctors who owe back taxes, homeowners who overstate their mortgage interest deduction, and corporations that avoid U.S. taxes are finally receiving the legislative protection they so richly deserve.For months now, congressional Republicans outraged by the IRS's scrutiny of Tea Party groups have bee
  • One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong

    Jonathan Cohn
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    On January 15, 2010, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t yet law. It was just two separate health care reform bills—one passed by the Senate, one passed by the House. With Martha Coakley still the presumptive winner of the upcoming special election in Massachusetts, congressional leaders were working
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • 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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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • The ‘Super PAC to End All Super PACs’ Is Backing These Candidates

    Denver Nicks
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    The Mayday Super PAC, a crowdfunded Political Action Committee designed to support pro-campaign finance reform politicians, announced two of the candidates it will support in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. The PAC is supporting State Senator Jim Reubens in the New Hampshire Republican Senate primary. It’s also supporting Democrat Staci Appel in the race to represent Iowa’s third congressional district. Reubens has made “fundamental reform to the way campaigns are funded” a central platform in his campaign, the group said. In that race, the group is also opposing former…
  • Morning Must Reads: July 29

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Barack Obama immigration moves could raise legal questions [Politico] WH report details economic impact of delaying climate action [TIME] Michelle Nunn’s leaked memos offer rare glimpse of campaign calculation [TIME] Spending big to fight big donors in campaigns [NYT] “A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states is being backed by Timothy Draper, a tech investor. It’s a great idea. But why stop with California? Breaking up all of the too-large states would increase both the accountability and efficiency of the U.S.
  • A Tea Party Tempest in Tennessee

    alexishauk
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve always thought that Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book, a collection of political wisdom gleaned from more than half a lifetime in the arena, is an underappreciated classic. (My favorite rule is #73, “Walk in Parades,” followed by #74: “If it is the Mule Day parade, walk at the front.”) Subtitled “Rules, Reminders, and Lessons About Running for Office and Making a Difference, Whether It’s for President of the United States or President of Your Senior Class,” the book is the kind of thing that might have resulted if Machiavelli and Dale Carnegie had teamed up to write a…
  • Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any potential savings of a delay. The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, U.S. President Barack Obama’s source for advice on economic policy, compared over 100 actions on climate change laid out in 16 studies to extract the average cost of delayed efforts. Released Tuesday, the findings suggests policymakers should immediately confront carbon emissions as a form of…
  • White House: EU, US to Impose New Russia Sanctions

    alexishauk
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    MoreUkraine: MH17 Downed by ‘Massive Explosive Decompression’Putin’s Fragile DeceptionsDeath Toll Mounts as Clashes Intensify in Ukraine(WASHINGTON) — The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. MoreFAA Lifts Its Ban on Flights to IsraelWhy Obama Wants Israel to ‘Do More’ About Civilian DeathsRare Elvis Items Up for Auction at Graceland NBC NewsDeath Defying: Women Get Run Over by Train and Live NBC NewsNine-Year-Old…
 
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • This is what's on Congress' to-don't list

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    While it appears Congress might get to a few things on its to-do list before its August recess, other matters are likely to be left until they return.
  • Clinton's foreign policy liability?

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Should she run for president in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have more experience on that front than any other potential presidential competitor. But with experience comes risk. Growing global crises around the world could turn what is seen as one of Clinton's assets into a liability.
  • Appeals court rejects Virginia same-sex marriage ban

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage in another legal victory for gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to legally wed.
  • Congress comes up with a deal for veterans

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Calling it a "cost of war," Republican and Democratic leaders announced a $17 billion compromise bill Monday that would get veterans to a doctor more quickly, hire more medical staff, add dozens of new facilities and cut bonuses at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • What Christie can teach Cuomo

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Errol Lewis says the New York governor dug himself a big pothole on his road to the White House in a corruption scandal.
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • U.S. lawmakers worry about border security without extra funds

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    By Doina Chiacu and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Border security will probably suffer if Congress fails to act on President Barack Obama's request for extra money to cope with the explosion of child migrants into the U.S. Southwest, lawmakers and congressional aides warned on Tuesday. Those concerns came as Republicans in the House of Representatives considered a severely scaled-back version of the $3.7 billion in emergency funding Obama has requested to deal with the border crisis. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is on pace to run out of money in mid-August, and…
  • US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kiev.
  • White House warns climate inaction could cost US billions

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Delaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warned Tuesday in a report on the economic consequences of inaction on climate change. "Although delaying action can reduce costs in the short run, on net, delaying action to limit the effects of climate change is costly," the report said. "A delay that results in warming of 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, instead of 2 degrees, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output," the report said.
  • Kerry's Gaza truce bid burdened by past US failures

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Waning US influence and John Kerry's failed peace bid are hampering efforts to reach a Gaza truce, but America remains the sole power capable of brokering a deal to stop the fighting, analysts said. Amid an unfortunate Arab power vacuum caused by Egypt's internal political upheavals, any ceasefire between Israel and Hamas still remains days away with neither side yet ready to bend, experts predicted. Late Monday, Gaza came under renewed sustained Israeli fire with the Palestinian death toll in 21 days of warfare soaring above 1,060. The US secretary of state and his team insisted…
  • Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Before the incursion that started yesterday the Israelis agreed to a five hour cease fire so the Palestinians could get supplies and food – how Jewish is that? ‘We’re going to attack you, but first you should eat.’” – Bill Maher “Marvel Comics announced that the next Captain America will be black. He has the same powers as white Captain America except he has to show ID when he votes.” – Bill Maher “New Rule: Americans who couldn’t get into the World Cup no matter how hard they tried have to stop feeling guilty about it. It…
  • Hillary Clinton

    Iron Knee
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I was recently invited to attend a private event, a live interview with Hillary Clinton followed by her answering questions from the audience. I had to think about it. I was never a huge fan of Bill Clinton’s presidency, and Hillary was a full partner in that. I was also dismayed by some of her tactics during the 2008 Democratic primary against Barack Obama. Not just that she ran a very aggressive campaign against him, but that she seemed to take it very personally, and by all accounts (even hers) had a hard time getting over it afterwards. I always prefer it when politicians are like…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “This week, our pal Rob Ford faced off against his four challengers in a debate for Toronto mayor. His opponents were, of course, pretty critical of his performance, but Ford said, ‘Hey, my record slurs for itself.’” – Jimmy Fallon “People love the new Pope, but I think it’s safe to say he’s gone crazy. Now he’s thinking about doing away with celibacy for priests. Are you like me? Are you thinking ‘Real Housewives of the Vatican?’” – David Letterman “I don’t know if this is a good idea or not. Do you really want…
  • Shadows

    Iron Knee
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Amber Butler Someone I don’t know sent me this comic that she had drawn. It is not only quite good, but came at a time when I’ve been having conversations with various people about what is going on in the Middle East (mostly Gaza, Israel, Syria, Iraq, and Iran). About the only thing we all agree on is that we don’t see the problems resolving themselves any time soon. Any time a local problem becomes a focus of global interests, it is difficult to resolve on any level. Throw in religious fervor and it becomes almost impossible. But I still have hope. After all, For a…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    “President Obama called German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday to talk about improving relations with our country after this latest spying scandal. Obama made her a pretty good offer. He said, ‘Look, we’ll stop spying if we can borrow your soccer team.’” – Jimmy Fallon “This week Dick Cheney called President Obama ‘the worst president of my lifetime.’ Oh come on, Obama may not be perfect, but there’s no way he’s worse than John Quincy Adams.” – Seth Meyers “Speaking of Obama, yesterday Congressman Raul Labrador…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • The Original Geo-Engineers

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Or, How to Save the Iconic West From the Cow Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com The great novelist Wallace Stegner sorted the conflicting impulses in his beloved American West into two camps. There were the “boomers” who saw the frontier as an opportunity to get rich quick and move on: the conquistadors, the gold miners, the buffalo hunters, the land scalpers, and the dam-building good ol’ boys. They are still with us, trying to drill and frack their way to Easy Street across our public lands. Then there were those Stegner called the “nesters” or…
  • Hillary Clinton: 'I Regret' Saying We Were 'Dead Broke'

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she regrets saying she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were "dead broke" upon leaving the White House. "I regret it. It was inartful," Clinton said in an interview on Fusion’s “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos." "It was accurate but we are so successful and we're so blessed by the success we've had and my husband has worked incredibly hard." Clinton, who noted she and her husband are "indeed" worth millions, said she doesn't worry about her financial situation like she worries about families across the United States. "What I worry…
  • Proposed GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Backfires, Helps Democrats Raise Millions

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1 million in a single day on Monday, chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said. The fundraising juggernaut was driven by Democratic opposition to a lawsuit House Republicans intend to file against President Barack Obama related to the enforcement of certain Obamacare provisions. "Since the announcement of the lawsuit, we've raised more than $7.6 million," Israel said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. The committee has received more than 160,000 donations, Israel said, and the average donation amount is…
  • How Israel Can Escape the Gaza Trap

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    FROM PROJECT SYNDICATE TEL AVIV -- Israel's "Operation Protective Edge" against Hamas in Gaza is the kind of asymmetrical warfare that has characterized nearly all Middle East conflicts in recent years. Victories in such wars are always elusive. Whatever the achievements of Israel's superior army and its anti-missile systems, and however appalling the devastation of Gaza, Hamas will survive, if only because Israel wants it to. The alternative -- jihadist anarchy that would turn Gaza into a Palestinian Somalia -- is simply too unbearable to contemplate. Hamas leader Khaled Meshal's boastful…
  • After Embarrassing Scandal, New Jersey Gets Serious About Fighting Unemployment Fraud

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Just days after Harold Wirths took office as New Jersey’s labor and workforce development chief in 2010, authorities uncovered a fraud case involving millions in improper unemployment insurance payments that even had a link to organized crime. Years later, Wirths has a surprising take on the whole ordeal: “It was probably the best thing that happened to taxpayers,” he said in an interview last…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox Host Claims Conservatives Aren't Talking About Impeachment 12 Days After One Called For Impeachment On His Show

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy displayed a striking disregard for reality, claiming that conservatives are "not talking about" impeaching President Obama while failing to note that just days ago, Fox's Andrew Napolitano called for impeachment on the same show. On the July 29 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade suggested Obama is trying to "bait" Congress into impeaching him by overreaching on the implementation of immigration policies. Doocy replied, "Brian, to your point about impeachment, only Democrats are talking about it. Republicans,…
  • Fox Guest Calls For Expanding Benghazi Select Committee Before It Even Meets

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    From the July 29 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox Gets The Special Benghazi Committee It Demanded The Benghazi Select Committee That Fox Built Fox News Tries To Keep A Tight Grip On The Benghazi Select Committee It Built Fox's Kelly Hosts Conspiracy Theorist McCarthy For Baseless Fast And Furious Speculation
  • Sarah Palin Wants A Piece Of Fox's Audience (And She's Employed By Fox)

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    The Fox News Channel has more competition for its conservative audience, this time from one of its own employees. Sarah Palin is launching the Sarah Palin Channel, an online "news channel" that will "cut through the media's politically correct filter" and address "the issues that the mainstream media won't talk about." Rupert Murdoch launched his Fox News Channel in similar fashion by decrying the alleged liberal bias of the media, and targeting his channel to a disaffected audience. Palin is a Fox News contributor who has a rocky history with her employer. Earlier…
  • The Conservative War Over Impeachment

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    There's a brewing conservative media war over whether to impeach President Obama. Largely relegated to the fringe for years, the prospect of impeachment has been invigorated thanks to conservative media figures like Fox News contributors Sarah Palin and Allen West, who have spent recent weeks loudly demanding Obama's removal from office. But not everyone in conservative media is on board, with several prominent figures arguing that impeachment is ill-fated, politically toxic, and could severely damage Republicans' chances in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections.    Last…
  • O'Reilly Responds To George Will: "There's Plenty Of Downside" To Letting Undocumented Youths Stay In U.S.

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    From the July 28 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously: Fox's George Will: We Should Tell Child Immigrants "Welcome To America" Conservative Media's Misplaced Hysteria Over Immigrants And Welfare 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • No Place to Hide for Children of War in Gaza and Syria

    Kirstin Kelley
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    by Lyse Doucet, BBC, UK - The conflicts in Syria and Gaza are having a a devastating impact on the lives of children. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet who has been following the lives of six Syrian children, and who has just returned from reporting in Gaza, reflects on how war will shape the futures of young people there for decades to come. DoucetLyse Doucet Read More »  
  • Better Management of Dead and Missing Migrants Needed in Europe

    Kim Amador
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    by Kristy Siegfried, IRIN, Kenya – As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe’s shores this year continues to climb – to about 75,000 at last count – so too does the death toll from attempts to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded, unseaworthy boats. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that more than 800 migrants have died trying to make the treacherous crossing from North Africa since the beginning of the year. Read More »
  • Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea

    Kirstin Kelley
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Catherine Wilson, IPS, Italy - New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS. “If polygamy remained acceptable, wives would never speak for their rights and they and their children would continue to be silent victims of violence,” Dora Kegemo and Dixie Hoffman of the Women and Children’s Access to Community Justice Programme in Goroka, Eastern…
  • Police find 15 corpses in Baghdad in bloody start to Muslim Eid holiday

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police on Monday found the corpses of 15 people, including three women shot in the head in militia-style killings, a bloody start to the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said.
  • Sweden resumes aid to Uganda after suspending it over anti-gay law

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    KAMPALA (Reuters) - Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda after suspending some assistance in March over a law widely condemned by donor nations that increases punishment for homosexuals.
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    Wonkette

  • Geraldo Rivera Can Suck My 41-Year-Old Dick

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Let’s watch Geraldo Rivera open his big, lechy, fleshy mouth, and say some words with it. Some words that may inspire us to a nice soothing morning SHIT-FLIPPING. Did you watch? Of course you didn’t, you are not stupid. Well, the gist of it was a “cute” news hook about some study of Millennials — MILLENNIALLLLLLLLSSSSS!!!1! — and how they all would totes like some “beta” marriages, where they can dip their adorable little pinky toes in the water of commitment and then run back crying to their mommies for a juice box and a diaper change. (Just…
  • Stephen Colbert Just Loves Him Some Comic-Con Nerds, Also Rich People (Video)

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    We’re going to throw a double dose of Stephen Colbert at you this morning, mostly because we’re just so darned indecisive. So hey, let’s go with TWO clips! First up, a potpourri from last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, that combination of fandom and media whoring that Colbert sums up as “an orgy… of people who will never be invited to the orgy.” And of course there’s shameless self-and-other promotion: Colbert hosted a panel for the next Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit: Maybe We Could Have Stretched It Out To Four Movies, and is delighted to…
  • WND Idiot Erik Rush Just Asking Whether Obama Shot Down Flight 17 (He Totally Did)

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    WND columnist and wackaloon conspiracy theorist (ah, but we repeat ourselves) Erik Rush, who’s pretty sure Obama tried to nuke South Carolina, is floating a new variation on the theme: Maybe we should consider, he says, the possibility that illegal “President” Barack Obama conspired with Ukraine to shoot down Malaysia Air Flight 17. This makes perfect sense, because it would fit so well with the already-established fact (in Erik Rush’s reality) that Barack Obama also blowed up the Malaysian airliner that went missing in March, because that’s just how Barry rolls.
  • Arizona Strip Club Throws Its Pasties Behind Progressive Pastor For Congress

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    In a story that has a hint of Carl Hiaasen’s Strip Tease to it — the novel, not the Demi Moore movie, for godssake — a Phoenix strip club has endorsed the candidacy of Rev. Jarrett Maupin in the state’s Democratic primary. Maupin is one of four Democrats hoping to win the nomination to replace retiring Rep. Ed Pastor in District 7. That would have been five, but the Tea Party loon who changed his name to “Cesar Chavez” got thrown off the ballot for having a bunch of invalid signatures on his nominating petitions. Arizona, man. So the race is down one fake…
  • Secessionist Maryland GOP Candidate Remembers The Good Old ‘Dixie’ Days

    Doktor Zoom
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Here’s Mike Peroutka, a great Constitutional Scholar who knows that the key to understanding our founding document is to read the Bible. He’s also a member of the neo-Confederate League of the South, an advocate of secession, and the Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Council in Maryland. And he loves his country, although we aren’t entirely sure what country that is. You see, following a speech he gave at the 2012 League of the South national conference in Alabama, he was recorded asking the audience to stand up and sing the “National Anthem” — and…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Poll: 69% of Americans think the border kids should stay if it’s not safe for them to return home

    Allahpundit
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Change? In case you’ve been wondering why Democrats have been pounding the idea so hard that this is a “refugee” crisis at the border, not an “illegal immigration” crisis, here’s what happens when people are asked which statement comes closest to their view: In fact, under current U.S. law, the kids don’t qualify as “refugees.” That’s […] Read this post »
  • US: Russia violated 1987 missile treaty

    Ed Morrissey
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    US, EU agree on tougher sanctions. Hillary Clinton argued this week that the 2009 Russian “reset” was a success, if temporary, in part because it got Vladimir Putin to sign off on missile-reduction treaties. Andrew Peek responded with the inconvenient truth that the Russians needed those missile treaties more than the US did, even if Hillary and Barack Obama seemingly acted […] Read this post »
  • Intel officials: Al Qaeda is on the run… forward, and at a charging pace

    Noah Rothman
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Threat rising? “It’s not on the run, and that ideology is actually, it’s sadly, it feels like it’s exponentially growing,” said outgoing Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn at a security conference over the weekend. Flynn was referring to the ideological pull rather than the capabilities of Islamic terror networks. Nevertheless, this statement is […] Read this post »
  • Netanyahu: Get ready for a long campaign in Gaza

    Ed Morrissey
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    A Fatah-brokered truce? Yesterday it appeared that the fighting in Gaza had begun to dwindle down, as Israel focused on the tunnels and Hamas’ rockets slowed down. Late in the day, though, Hamas began shooting medium- and long-range missiles that went as far as Haifa and sent another infiltration squad through the tunnels into southern Israel, and the […] Read this post »
  • Washington is desperate for Republicans to impeach Obama

    Noah Rothman
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Panic. Quite unlike six years ago, President Barack Obama has become a liability for his fellow Democrats running for federal office. Surveys have consistently shown that the GOP is well positioned to take back at least three of the six seats they need to regain control over the Senate and reduce Obama’s final two years in […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • 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…
  • Navigating Insurance Information: Tricks Of The Trade

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

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

  • Mass U.S. Surveillance Targeting Journalists and Lawyers Seen As Threat to American Democracy

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    In a new report, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union warn that "large-scale surveillance is seriously hampering U.S.-based journalists and lawyers in their work." The report is based on interviews with dozens of reporters and lawyers. They describe a media climate where journalists take cumbersome security steps that slows down their reporting. Sources are afraid of talking, as aggressive prosecutions scare government officials into staying silent, even about issues that are unclassified. For lawyers, the threat of surveillance is stoking fears they will be…
  • Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program"

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be a deemed a "terrorist" target, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary." Both "known" and "suspected" suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Other factors that can justify inclusion on the watchlist include…
  • Palestinian Journalist Mohamed Omer: Lifting the Blockade Isn't a Hamas Demand — It's a Human Right

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Palestinian death toll has topped 1,100 after one of the deadliest 24-periods since the Israeli assault on Gaza began 22 days ago. Most of the dead have been civilians. More than 180,000 Palestinians have been displaced over the past three weeks — that is roughly 10 percent of the population of Gaza. We are joined from Gaza City by award-winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer. "I believe Israel wants to make people turn against the resistance," Omer says. "There is no way for people to turn against the resistance — in fact it is the other way around.
  • "Nowhere to Go": Gaza Suffers One of Deadliest Days So Far as Israel Vows "Protracted" Assault

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Despite a U.N. Security Council call for a ceasefire, Israel has intensified its attack on Gaza and warned of a "protracted campaign." Palestinian officials say more than 110 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, with some saying Monday was the most intensive night of bombing so far. In this time period, Israel attacked more than 150 sites including Gaza’s only power station and a media center that houses the broadcasting headquarters of Hamas and a number of other Arab satellite news channels. Earlier on Monday, 10 people were killed, eight of which were children, and…
  • Headlines for July 29, 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Israel Intensifies Gaza Assault; Palestinian Toll Tops 1,1008 Children Killed in Gaza While Playing on SwingsNYC: 9 Arrested in Peace Protest Outside Offices of Pro-Israel GroupUkraine Clashes Kill 19 Civilians; U.S, EU to Unveil Sanctions on RussiaU.S. Accuses Russia of Violating Arms TreatyAfghanistan: Suicide Bomber Kills Hashmat Karzai, President's CousinReport: Pentagon Failed to Track Weapons Sent to AfghanistanSyria: More Than 2,000 Killed in One of War's Deadliest PeriodsWest Africa Faces Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • 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.
  • What’s News in Washington: White House Faces Dual International Crises

    By ALAN RAPPEPORT
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    While President Obama has tried to keep focused on domestic issues this week, news out of Ukraine and Gaza has overshadowed what’s happening closer to home.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Majority Of Americans Say Children Who Have Crossed The Border Should Be Treated As Refugees

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    A new poll says that the vast majority of Americans support letting the children who have come across the border from Central America stay in the United States as refugees: Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe the undocumented Central American children entering along the U.S.-Mexico border should be treated as refugees, a new poll shows. According to a poll released Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute, 69 percent of those surveyed believe U.S. authorities should treat the children as refugees and allow them to stay in the country if it is determined it is not safe…
  • Majority of Florida Voters Supports Marijuana Legalization

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    In November, voters in Florida will be voting on a referendum on whether or not to legalize marijuana for medicinal uses, but a new poll indicates that a majority of Floridians support full legalization already: A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 percent of Florida voters back legal possession of small amounts of recreational pot, compared with 41 percent who oppose it. The results show a split along generational lines, something also reflected in national…
  • Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has upheld a February decision by a Federal District Court Judge in Norfolk, and become the second Federal Court of Appeals to strike down a state law ban on same-sex marriage A federal appeals court panel on Monday upheld a decision that said Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. By a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond said that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of sexual orientation. “We recognize that same-sex marriage…
  • Hobby Lobby Could Be Creating New Gender Gap Problems For Republicans

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A new poll suggests that female voters are not very interested in supporting politicians who agree with the Hobby Lobby decision: The majority of female voters don’t want to vote for politicians who support Hobby Lobby’s move to drop coverage for some forms of contraceptives, according to a new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates. Although the crafts chain won its recent Supreme Court challenge on religious liberty grounds, the results suggest that candidates may not win their races with the same stance. Fifty seven percent of respondents told…
  • Chamber Of Commerce To Endorse Mary Landrieu In Louisiana Senate Race?

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been at the center of many of the “Establishment v. Tea Party” battles that we’ve seen during the 2014 primary season, generally backing incumbents and candidates closer to the traditional idea of Republican conservatism over candidates supported by Tea Party groups and national organizations such as FreedomWorks. The Chamber has also been a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform and the renewal of the Export-Import Bank, two issues that the Tea Party and its affiliated groups have been strongly opposed to for years now. Not…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    By Robert Reich “You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday. Related Entries July 28, 2014 Republican Lawmakers on Strike July 28, 2014 Trapped in Qatar: Workers Say They Haven’t Been Paid in a Year (Video)
  • Gaza Cease-Fire: Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya and N. Korea, Israel Has Impunity from Defying UNSC

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    By Juan Cole The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel. Related Entries July 28, 2014 A Pollster Strategy Sheet Is Helping Israelis Hide Facts, Writer Argues July 28, 2014 Goliath
  • Telephone Mamas: The Forgotten Dreamers

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    By Pamela Weymouth Our playgrounds are populated with mothers like these, women who send trinkets and duct-taped packages back to their babies in faraway countries. They call them babies, even if they are not babies anymore, because it’s a habit. Related Entries July 28, 2014 Republican Lawmakers on Strike July 28, 2014 Trapped in Qatar: Workers Say They Haven’t Been Paid in a Year (Video)
  • Twitter Reacts to the Sarah Palin Channel

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    “Are you tired of the media filters?” asks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who certainly is and has stepped up to the plate to “do something about it.” Palin has taken it upon herself to create the online Sarah Palin Channel, which went public Sunday. For a $9.95 monthly fee or a $99.95 yearly fee, members of the channel have access to nonstop Palin commentary regarding issues “the mainstream media won’t talk about.” Such issues include “Obama’s Addiction to OPM (Other Peoples Money),” “Back Stage with the Duck Dynasty Crew!” and “The Case for Obama’s…
  • Republican Lawmakers on Strike

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By Eugene Robinson The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete—and so utterly irresponsible—that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own. Related Entries July 29, 2014 The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality July 28, 2014 ‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’
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    ThinkProgress

  • Gripping New Ad Shows What Happens When You Mix Guns With Domestic Violence

    Nicole Flatow
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot A man with a piercing stare peers through the blinds and knocks. The woman inside calls 911, voice quivering. “It’s my ex, trying to break in.” The police proceed to ask her questions, slowly. And in the meantime, the man has kicked in the door, grabbed the woman’s child, and pointed a gun at her head. “Stop gun violence against women,” reads the message at the end of a 30-second TV spot. The grisly ad was produced by the newly formed gun violence group Everytown for Gun Safety, and the it will run in three states where Republican…
  • North Carolina Abandons Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Zack Ford
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Same-sex couples marched in Ashville, NC last October before a protest where they requested marriage licenses they knew they would not be issued. CREDIT: AP Photo/Adam Jennings Following Monday’s decision by the Fourth Circuit overturning Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) has abandoned his defense of his state’s ban, calling it a “futile” cause. “I have concluded that the State of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward,” he said in a statement. “In addition, the State of North…
  • Why A Popular Music Festival Banned Headdresses

    Megan Red Shirt-Shaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Coachella, obviously. CREDIT: Flickr Creative Commons – cjzp Music festival attendees can wear whatever they want, but they somehow wind up in the same sort of uniform. Guys are in tanks or ironic tees or shirtless, with Ray-Bans (or the Urban Outfitters knockoff) shielding their gaze from the sun; girls wear those ripped jean shorts, a breezy, barely-there top, maybe a flower crown, anything that’ll make it look like they just took a tumble through a Free People catalog. And there’s always at least a few white kids in headdresses. Bass Coast, a Canadian music festival, just…
  • NCAA Agrees To Major Medical Reforms In Settlement Of Concussion Lawsuit

    Travis Waldron
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    CREDIT: AP The NCAA and former players suing the organization over its treatment and management of concussions across sports have reached a settlement in the class action case, coming to an agreement that will establish a fund for monitoring of the injuries and new policies for how to treat and respond to them. The settlement was filed Tuesday morning in the Northern District of Illinois, the New York Times reported. It has not yet received approval from the judge overseeing the case. The original case was brought by three former college athletes led by former Eastern Illinois football player…
  • Workers In These Cities Should Soon Be Able To Take A Day Off If They Get Sick

    Bryce Covert
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    CREDIT: Flickr On Monday, San Diego’s city council gave final approval to a bill that would require the city’s employers to offer their full-time workers at least five paid sick days a year. It would also increase the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017 with automatic increases for inflation after 2019. On the same day, Eugene, Oregon’s city council passed a paid sick leave law will go into effect next July, barring a successful legal challenge. The city’s employers would have to give workers an hour of paid time off for every 30 they work, with a maximum of 40…
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    Slate Articles

  • Boom and Bust

    Osita Nwanevu
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    There were strange and menacing forces at work in Oklahoma City during 1964.
  • John Oliver’s #Longrants

    Willa Paskin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    On the second episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, which premiered at the end of April, the show’s host, John Oliver, introduced a segment about the death penalty on a slightly apologetic note. “I know what you’re thinking,” he said in advance of the 12-minute piece. “You’re not really going to do a comic take on the death penalty? It’s your second episode! I’m not even sure I like this show yet.” But 10 weeks later, it's clear the kind of person who wants to sit through a comic take on the death penalty is exactly who Last Week Tonight is made for. Incisive, earnest, and,…
  • Is Religion Good for Children?

    Mark Joseph Stern
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religion—apart from a principled urge to keep the faith—and they’re likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it.
  • The Great J-School Debate

    Chris Kirk
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Jennifer Lai, Slate Plus: Chad, Chris, Dee, and Bryan—all four of you have gone to journalism school. So I’d like to ask you the same question that many aspiring journalists (including you, at some point!) have asked themselves: Is journalism school worth it? There are many pros: J-school gives students an ethical framework for journalism and allows students to practice reporting and writing in a “safe space”—plus you get connections and internships. Cons: It’s often very expensive. And is it really necessary? Total enrollment in the nation’s journalism schools has also dropped…
  • Nothing to Hide

    Emily Yoffe
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie’s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Anyone With a Concealed Carry Permit Can Now Come Dangerously Close to the White House

    Stephanie Mencimer
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A federal judge has ordered the District of Columbia to stop enforcing its restrictions on carrying handguns on the streets of the nation's capital. The decision also forced the District government to allow out-of-state concealed carry and open carry permit holders to wield their weapons within steps of the White House. Senior District Court Judge Fredrick Scullin Jr., ruling from his regular post in Syracuse, New York, said that the case is a no-brainer. Based on the US Supreme Court's 2008 ruling in DC v. Heller, which validated the individual right to bear arms, Scullin said the city's gun…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 28, 2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    US Marines take cover behind a barrier after tossing a grenade at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii during Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz.)
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 24, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    US Navy sailors participate in a replenishment-at-sea on a scheduled deployment aboard the USS Oscar Austin guided-missile destroyer. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class DJ Revell.)
  • GOP to America: Rich Kids Are Worth More Than Poor Kids

    Erika Eichelberger
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    Update, Friday July 25: On Friday, the House passed Rep. Lynn Jenkins' (R-Ks.) child tax credit legislation, which would expand the credit for upper-middle class American families. The bill received the support of 212 Republican and 25 Democrats. On Friday, the House will vote on a Republican bill that ignores an expiring tax credit for millions of low-income families, while handing one to better-off Americans. The bill, introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Ks.), changes the way the federal child tax credit works by raising the eligibility cap for married couples. At the same time, the…
  • Idaho Tribe Cancels Ted Nugent Concert Because of His Support for Washington Football Team Name

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

  • Airline Captain Chews Out Air Traffic Controller For Doing His Job

    karoli
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    It's really too bad Saint Ronnie broke PATCO, because this air traffic controller could use some union support after this insane exchange with a pilot. ABC News: But every once in a while, someone wakes up on the wrong side of the runway. My, god, there's another plane six miles away. Reporter: This exchange posted from Atlanta's airport on Friday captures the moment where the pilot is on the wrong taxiway called Lima when he should be on one called Mike. Supposed to be on Mike. Yes, sir, we're going out there right now. Looks like you joined Lima. Pilot: We'll taxi out there. I don't like…
  • Bill O'Reilly Attacks George Will For Saying We Should Welcome Child Refugees To America

    Heather
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bill O'Reilly is not happy after his counterpart George Will shocked the panel on Fox News Sunday and said that the United States should not deport child refugees who were fleeing violence in Central America. To no one's surprise, Bill-O responded with more fearmongering about how we're going to be overrun with immigrants from all over the world if we just open our borders -- which no one is suggesting of course, but that doesn't matter to O'Reilly -- and by basically calling all of them a bunch of lazy moochers and pretending they have nothing to add to our society or our economy. Here's…
  • What Minority Is Rand Paul, Again?

    karoli
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Rand Paul is making the play for the black voters these days, ostensibly by appearing at their meetings and claiming some sort of kinship with them. Wonkette: So that’s Rand Paul up there, speaking to the Urban League today as part of his continuing efforts at minority outreach. And it’s too bad he said something so inarticulate, because he made some otherwise good points. Enforcing the Voting Rights Act? Remarkably this is a controversial position for a Republican in 2014, so good for you, Rand Paul. Reforming our ridiculous sentencing laws for drug convictions? Okay! Trying to empathize…
  • Fox Cheerleads U.S. Companies Moving Overseas - Because Obama

    News Hound Ellen
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In his weekend address, President Obama denounced “tax inversions,” i.e. a loophole that allows U.S. corporations to avoid taxes by moving overseas. “They’re basically renouncing their citizenship and declaring that they’re based somewhere else, just to avoid paying their fair share,” Obama said. Fox Business’ Stuart Varney joined the Curvy Couch Crew and right away scoffed at President Obama’s stance as little more than an election-year ploy to make himself look good by painting corporations as unpatriotic. Any loyal Fox viewer's blood probably started boiling already. Even…
  • Watch: A Professor's Amazing Idea On Dealing With Open Carry Activists

    Anonymous
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for July 29, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    “Half full”? I wish my glass was half full. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 29, 2014
  • Popular Music Scholarship II: Goths are Protesting – or Maybe They Just like Black a Lot….

    Jim Booth
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Decadence, weltschmerz, vampirism – Goth’s got something for everyone…. For this week’s look at the scholarly essay collection on popular music, The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest, we’re going to look at the rise of Goth music – … Continue reading →
  • The contrails have it: Iron Dome is a dud

    Russ Wellen
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    The effectiveness of missile defense can scarcely be inferred from the “sound and light show” that is Iron Dome. Contrails, the wake of an aircraft usually created by water vapor in its exhaust. When you hear them mentioned these days, … Continue reading →
  • A look at America’s most important problem

    Frank Balsinger
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Lies, damned lies, and statistics Gallup recently released the results of its periodic poll, “Most Important Problem.” Their detailed results can be found at the link. There were two questions: What do you think is the most important problem facing this … Continue reading →
  • ‘Journalism-as-process’ needs an overhaul

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Speed-induced error, lack of definitive sourcing, problematic context always a risk The emergence of “journalism-as-process” thinking continues to annoy and confound me. Elsewhere at S&R, my friend and colleague Brian Moritz explains its impact in sports journalism. While I appreciate … 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

  • Eating Man’s Best Friend

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    John D. Sutter doesn’t understand why we don’t eat dogs: The United States euthanizes 1.2 million dogs per year, according to the ASPCA. Would eating them be so different? It actually could be seen as helpful. “[U]nlike all farmed meat, which requires the creation and maintenance of animals, dogs are practically begging to be eaten,” Jonathan Safran Foer, a vegetarian and novelist, writes in the book “Eating Animals.” Euthanizing pets, he says, “amounts to millions of pounds of meat now being thrown away every year. The simple disposal of these…
  • Does The Safety Net Need Fixing?

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Jordan Weissmann argues that Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan is a solution in search of a problem, and that the safety net as it is has been successful at keeping most Americans out of long-term poverty: In 2011, according to the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the annual U.S. poverty rate was 14 percent. But only 3.5 percent of Americans were chronically poor, meaning they had been impoverished for three straight years. … One take-away from these numbers is that, yes, chronic poverty is real, and we need to work toward fixing it. But another is that, by and large, most…
  • Tunnel Vision

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Exclusive: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer goes inside Hamas tunnel, about 45 feet underground. IN-69MO pic.twitter.com/MmG1l74EkY — CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) July 28, 2014 Ben Caspit attributes the Israeli public’s willingness to stomach a ground invasion of Gaza to the discovery of Hamas’ network of tunnels leading into southern Israel: It should be remembered that had Hamas not rejected the Egyptian cease-fire initiative, Israel would not have discovered the scope of this threat, and Hamas would have continued digging and expanding its tunnel network, right until the moment it…
  • Tweet Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Its official. Samah and I are off to “Burning Man” this year. Scratch one from the Bucket List. — Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) July 28, 2014 Now I really am scared by the naked bike ride. See you there, Grover!
  • The Next Phase Of The Ukrainian Conflict

    Andrew Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Serhiy Kudelia expects that, if Ukrainian “insurgents are pushed out of big cities, the ongoing asymmetric warfare in Donbas that will be fought largely by conventional means is likely to take the form of an underground guerrilla movement”: Similar to the PKK in Turkey, ETA in Spain or the IRA in the Northern Ireland, it will rely on sporadic attacks on government and military installations to exhaust the incumbent and damage its governing capacity rather than establish control over a territory. And like Hezbollah in Lebanon or FARC in Colombia, it will rely on outside powers for…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Why Tensions Are Climbing Between Israel and the U.S.

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Capital Journal: Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib looks at increasingly fraught U.S.-Israeli relations and finds mutual mistrust stemming from a broken peace process and ongoing talks over the fate of Iran's nuclear program.
  • Medicare, Social Security Disability Fund Headed in Different Directions

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Two of the nation's biggest entitlement programs are on very different paths, government trustees said Monday—with Medicare's trust fund rebounding strongly, but Social Security's disability fund on the brink of exhaustion.
  • Migrant Cases' Fast Track Stirs Alarm

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    A Justice Department push for immigration courts to prioritize cases involving unaccompanied minors has raised concern among lawyers and judges.
  • Lawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for VA

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans.
  • U.S. Cites Surge in Religious Refugees

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The State Department released a report documenting the largest international displacement of religious communities "in recent memory" in 2013, particularly in conflicts with religious or sectarian dimensions.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • As in Detroit and the Roman Empire

    No Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You mentioned that government workers and their pensions will destroy our economies. You said this is how Rome also fell. It certainly seems to be on point here in Ontario. Is there any way to stop this trend? Thank you JS ANSWER: Nobody has succeeded in previously ever identifying the source of the problem no less even attempt a solution to prevent the trend. This is part of the solution we are proposing. We have to keep in mind that history dictates that the West will collapse. Raising taxes to support these expenditures reduces economic output and that results in…
  • 4 Things the State Is Not

    No Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
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  • We Are Winning the Science War

    Dr. Tim Ball
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    (Elaboration of my Heartland Climate Conference Presentation) We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge. Rutherford Rogers So-called climate skeptics, practicing proper science by disproving the hypothesis that human CO2 is causing global warming, achieved a great deal. This, despite harassment by formal science agencies, like the Royal Society, and deliberate neglect by the mainstream media. It combined with an active and deliberate Public Relations campaign, designed to mislead and confuse. Most people and politicians understand little of what is going on so the…
  • The Hiroshima Myth

    Gary G. Kohls
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This coming Wednesday, August 6, 2014, is the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the whole truth of which has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans celebrated V-J Day on August 15. In the pitiful history lessons that were taught by my uninspired or bored history teachers (which seemed to be mainly ex-jocks whose real interest was coaching) came from patriotic and highly censored books where everything the British and US military ever did in the history of warfare was honorable and self-sacrificing and everything their opponents did was barbaric.
  • Stop Organized Crime

    Ron Paul
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Remember back in April, 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on 60 Minutes, angrily telling the program host, “we don’t torture people”? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, “this government does not torture people”? We knew then it was not true because we had already seen the photos of Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib prison four years earlier. Still the US administration denied that torture was torture, preferring to call it “enhanced interrogation” and claiming that it had disrupted so many terrorist plots. Of course, we later…
 
 
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  • 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…
  • The summer of fulfilling realistic dreams

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

  • Documents for "The NRA's Murder Mystery"

    Dave Gilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As part of the reporting for The NRA's Murder Mystery, Mother Jones obtained a 2,100-page court file that includes a transcript of Robert Dowlut's 1964 murder trial, documents related to his appeal, and the Indiana Supreme Court's 1968 decision to reverse his conviction and order a new trial. Key records and excerpts are posted below, along with additional court and police documents mentioned in the article.
  • The NRA's Murder Mystery

    Dave Gilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Shortly before dark on the evening of April 17, 1963, Robert J. Dowlut went looking for a gun inside the city cemetery in South Bend, Indiana. Making his way through the headstones, he stopped in front of the abandoned Studebaker family mausoleum. He knelt by the front right corner of the blocky gray monument and lifted a stone from the damp ground. Then, as one of the two police detectives accompanying him later testified, the 17-year-old "used his hands and did some digging." He unearthed a revolver and ammunition. As Dowlut would later tell a judge, the detectives then took the gun,…
  • Big Oil's New Pitch: Fracking Means Never Having To Fear Putin

    Mariah Blake
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As Ukraine sinks deeper into crisis, the oil and gas industry is pressing the United States to deploy its abundant natural gas supply as a weapon against Russia—and lawmakers of both parties are lining up behind the proposal. "We have this natural-gas boom," Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) said last week, after the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet, allegedly by pro-Russian rebels. "We can use this newfound energy as a diplomatic tool to give the European leaders some backbone in standing up to the Russians." Their enthusiasm is understandable: Roughly half the natural gas Russia ships to…
  • America's 10 Most Hated Banks

    Erika Eichelberger
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you put out a complaint box for customers of US banks and financial firms, you will get hundreds of thousands of complaints. That's what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—which was set up by Elizabeth Warren before she became a US senator—has discovered. And the bank that has drawn the most complaints is Bank of America. Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Citibank were other top targets of consumer wrath. In June 2012, the CFPB launched a consumer help center where Americans can lodge complaints against banks and financial institutions they believe are ripping them off.
  • This Huge Corporation Is Tackling Climate Change—Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line

    James West
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    A few months ago, the international food manufacturing giant General Mills was branded a "clear laggard" by climate activists for not doing enough to cut its carbon footprint. Oxfam International accused the company of dragging its feet on reducing so-called "scope 3" greenhouse gas emissions—those not directly controlled by the company, but essential in making its products; for example, emissions from a farm contracted by General Mills to grow the oats that eventually wind up in your cereal bowl. Oxfam also faulted the company for not using its clout to engage directly…
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    The Raw Story

  • NC moms hold nurse-in at Walmart after woman ordered to breastfeed in a toilet stall

    Travis Gettys
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    A Walmart employee asked a North Carolina woman breastfeeding her newborn in a store bathroom to move into a toilet stall. A representative from the retailer confirmed the employee made the demand, telling WBTW-TV the request was illegal and also violated company policy. Kelly Messing said she was feeding her 2-week-old baby with a cover-up when the employee came into the bathroom and asked her to move to a more private location, saying she was making other customers uncomfortable. “She stood there waiting for me to get up, so I had to sit in a stall feeding my baby,” Messing said in a…
  • Richard Dawkins explains a principle he himself refuses to adhere to

    Amanda Marcotte
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    ‘Splaining. Richard Dawkins got some accolades from the atheist-bloggers-who-don’t-hate-women circles for issuing a joint statement with Ophelia Benson denouncing harassment and abuse in the atheist movement. Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not. If we want secularism and atheism to gain respect, we have to be able to disagree with each other without trying to destroy each other. In other words we have to be able to manage disagreement ethically, like reasonable adults, as opposed to brawling like enraged children who need a nap. It should go without…
  • US consumer confidence jumps in July

    Reuters
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer confidence jumped in July to a monthly high not seen since October 2007, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 90.9 from a upwardly revised 86.4 the month before. Economists had expected a reading of 85.3, according to a Reuters poll. June was originally reported as 85.2. The expectations index rose to 92.7 from an upwardly revised 86.4, while the present situation index rose to 88.3 from an upwardly revised 86.3 in June. The index of consumers…
  • Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid ‘The Sun’ accuses 4-year-old boy of having ‘mark of the devil’

    Alexandra Topping, The Guardian
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Sun is facing a barrage of criticism after featuring a half-naked four-year-old boy with a “mark of the devil” on his chest on its front page. The tabloid’s “exclusive” story featured unpixellated images of the child and his mother. The paper was accused of starting a witch-hunt and endangering the child after publishing the story with the headline: “BOY, 4, HAS MARK OF DEVIL.” The child’s mother is quoted saying: “Just looking at it made me shake, thinking something unnatural had visited my boy. Something or someone made the sign on…
  • ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer becomes most viewed of 2014 less than a week after release

    Ben Child, The Guardian
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    The trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey has become the most viewed of 2014 after less than one week of release, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Citing figures from tech firm Zefr, the industry bible says the promo for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film has picked up a staggering 36.4m views on YouTube since hitting the web on 24 July. The figure means the movie beats rivals such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which notched up 31m views at the end of March, as well as Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction, which both managed 26.3m views earlier in the year. The trailer was also named…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Gaza crisis heartbreaking, says David Cameron video

    Guardian Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    David Cameron calls for a 'humanitarian ceasefire' between Hamas and Israel on Tuesday after Gaza endured a night of bombardment that left more than 110 people dead in 24 hours. Israeli troops struck 150 targets, including the home of the Hamas leader in Gaza, Khaled Mashaal; the region's only power plant; and a building housing Hamas-controlled broadcast outlets Continue reading...
  • David Cameron calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

    Press Association
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Prime minister says Hamas must stop firing rockets at Israel and there must be an unconditional, humanitarian truceDavid Cameron has called for an "unconditional, immediate, humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza to bring a halt to more than three weeks of violence that has claimed the lives of about 1,100 Palestinians and 55 Israelis. Continue reading...
  • Labour had highest income of Britain's political parties in 2013

    Press Association
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Figures from the Electoral Commission show Labour had an income of £33m, compared with £25.3m for the ConservativesLabour had the highest income among Britain's political parties in 2013, receiving more than £33m into its coffers during the year.Records released by the Electoral Commission show the opposition's income at around the same level as the previous year, but the party spent over £2m less than in 2012. Continue reading...
  • Rich Tory cabinet ministers urged to give salaries to 'Baroness Beyoncé'

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Call comes despite Lady Stowell's assertion that she is an 'independent woman' with no need for same pay as predecessorPeers have suggested a rich Tory should give up their ministerial salary to make space in cabinet for the new leader of the House of Lords, who has been nicknamed Baroness Beyoncé over her claims she is an "independent woman and a single lady" with no need for the same status and pay as her predecessor.Lady Stowell of Beeston is at the centre of a controversy over her government role, after the prime minister said she would just be allowed to attend meetings…
  • NHS deterioration under coalition is putting lives at risk, says Labour

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham says reforms have led to structural confusion and creeping privatisationThe deterioration in the NHS under the coalition is putting lives at risk, with higher emergency waiting times, record numbers of patients visiting A&E, longer ambulance response times, more cancelled operations, waiting lists at a six-year high and declining standards of cancer care, Labour has said.Calling for a ban on any further privatisations until May 2015, Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said there were figures that prove how far the NHS has gone downhill under…
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    Plum Line

  • Morning Plum: How far can Obama go to ease deportations?

    Greg Sargent
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    As I’ve argued here, the political battle over the current migrant border crisis is in many ways a warm-up for the bigger battle to come, over Obama’s coming executive actions to ease deportations. Republicans are seizing on images of kids crossing into South Texas to hype a general sense of a border in chaos and […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    * The latest Medicare trustees’ report has been released, and the results are striking: Medicare’s financial health is improving, according to a new official forecast that says that the program will remain solvent until 2030 — four years later than anticipated a year ago — because of the Affordable Care Act and lower-than-expected spending on […]
  • Dems may force GOP to vote on corporate tax ‘deserters”

    Greg Sargent
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    A primary argument Dems have made against Republicans this year is that they are the party of plutocracy: They are beholden to “billionaires” and “special interests” (i.e., the Koch brothers) who continue to “rig” the political system in their favor, through a gamed tax code and the push for a low-tax, low-regulation agenda that enriches […]
  • Sighting: Bipartisan governing in Congress!

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    As Congress approaches the August recess, something incredible may be about to happen. A piece of reform legislation addressing a problem could actually pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law. I’m not talking about immigration (a bill there is possible too, though I wouldn’t bet your life savings on it), but about […]
  • Morning Plum: Hillary sharpens up stance on border crisis

    Greg Sargent
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    As the political battle in Congress over the border crisis comes to a head this week, you can already see the contours of the immigration issue developing for the 2016 presidential election. In a smart move, Hillary Clinton firmed up her position on the crisis in an interview that aired over the weekend — in […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Subsidizing Corporations

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

  • Congress Is Running out of Time to Pass These Necessary Bills

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Just three days remain until the August recess, but Congress has lots of work left to do. Last Thursday, I explained how Congressional dysfunction was blocking the passage of some
  • Why Are Conservative Health Journalists Covering for Halbig Truthers?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The unearthing last week of video footage showing MIT professor Jonathan Gruber—one of the Affordable Care Act's key architects—claiming sua sponte that the health law's subsidies were conditioned upon states setting up their own exchanges has emboldened a once-marginal faction of Obam
  • If Republicans Were Serious About Spending Less, They'd Act on Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    We’re seeing a smart change in how to talk about global warming. Debating it as a moral problem or pointing to the scientific consensus is clearly not enough to convince politicians to commit to broad greenhouse gas reductions. So, instead, the White House is reframing it in language that most peo
  • House Republicans Are Helping People (and Corporations) Cheat on Their Taxes

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Doctors who owe back taxes, homeowners who overstate their mortgage interest deduction, and corporations that avoid U.S. taxes are finally receiving the legislative protection they so richly deserve.For months now, congressional Republicans outraged by the IRS's scrutiny of Tea Party groups have bee
  • One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong

    Jonathan Cohn
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    On January 15, 2010, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t yet law. It was just two separate health care reform bills—one passed by the Senate, one passed by the House. With Martha Coakley still the presumptive winner of the upcoming special election in Massachusetts, congressional leaders were working
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Iconic WWI Vehicle That Paved the Way for Modern Cars

    Alexander George
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by new vehicles—planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins—that fundamentally changed warfare. The conflict also pushed the development of those technologies and put them through some of the toughest tests imaginable, either proving their worth or forcing their proponents to abandon them for another new idea. One hundred years after the start of […]
  • 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.
  • Shape-Shifting Wings, From Soviet War Planes to Top Gun’s Tomcat

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

  • 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…
  • Barack Obama: Allies and Enemies

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On August 20, 2012, I wrote an article in the “Saving the Republic” series, titled “Politics and Power Above All.” Considering Mr. Obama’s treatment of Israel in the current war against Hamas, a part of the Muslim Brotherhood and an organization recognized as terrorists by the American government, it may be time to review that article. Israel is on the front line of the war for civilization, a war that Mr. Obama steadfastly refuses to recognize and fight, but a war that is being steadily fought against us as terrorists and criminals flood over our southern border every day at Mr.
  • The Constitution Wins Another One

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
      D.C. Police Chief and losing plaintiff Kathy Laniercredit: caroljoyal.com It has been about five years in the making, but finally, there is a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, and amazingly, it actually adheres to the Constitution. Via Fox News:  A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists. Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the…
  • Barack Obama: He’s Just Too Darned Rational And Honest

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    On September 24, 2012, I posted “Saving the Republic; Why Barack Obama Must Be Defeated: Reason 35It was subtitled “Delusions of Grandeur.” It’s an article I’ve reprised several times over the years, but now, as Russian backed-“separatists” shoot civilian airliners out of the sky and bodies rain down on Ukranian villages, as Iran once again pulls the wool over John Kerry’s eyes (OK, I admit that’s no real trick), As Mr. Obama offers praise for the terrorists of Hamas and nothing but scorn for Israel, as Mr. Obama fundraises rather than deal with deadly foreign provocations,…
  • Movie Review: Lucy (2014)

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Lucy (2014) Writer/Director: Luc Besson Starring: Scarlett Johansson as Lucy Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman Min-Sik Choi as Mr. Jang Amr Waked as Pierre Del Rio The Professional, La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element:  all brilliant films with exceedingly strong and compelling female characters. Each of those movies featured logical, thrilling action sequences, and a plot that required the main characters to, eventually, embody the best in humanity.  Unfortunately, Lucy doesn’t. Fortunately, it’s less then 90 minutes long. As in The Professional and La Femme Nikita, Lucy has a great…
 
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Yuval Levin: Obama's Deliberately Divisive Plan for Amnesty

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Cynical: Many people in Washington seem to be talking about the prospect of the president unilaterally legalizing the status of several million people who entered the country illegally as though it were just another political question. But if reports about...
  • At Least 160 Children Have Died Digging Hamas' Tunnels, as of 2011

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    And these do not seem to be deaths due to Israeli action -- just the natural consequence of setting children to work deep in the earth. The author of the paper, Nicolas Pelham accompanied a police patrol in Gaza during...
  • Tuesday Morning News Dump

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    The July Forecast For November Senate Elections Legalization By Edict When Strategies Collide Inside The Kerry-Israel Meltdown Hilarious Twitter Exchange Court Rules Man Can't Sue Judge Who Was Having An Affair With His Wife During Child Support Case Michelle...
  • Top Headline Comments 7-29-14

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Happy Tuesday. Legal weed hasn't quite made it onto the 2016 candidates' issues pages, but they should all be preparing to answer questions on it. D.C. moves to stay the decision legalizing lawful handgun carry while it appeals. While everyone...
  • Overnight Open Thread (7-28-2014)

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Quote of the Day But none of those [previous] episodes ...provoked the kind of outraged disbelief at Kerry's performance that has been emanating from the Israeli leadership in the past 48 hours. Leaked comments from unnamed senior government sources to...
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  • 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…
  • Cruising the Web

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 […]
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another monster success. I actually had an excuss for not getting the entries posted on time last week, I have been working on a site redesign. Don’t believe me? You can look at a development version here. Shoud be ready this week. Anyway, the assignment last week was to […]
  • Worst American Governor Pat Quinn Urges Obama to Bring all Illegals to Illinois

    Warner Todd Huston
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has a great idea. He wants Obama to bring all the illegals to Illinois! In a state that sits at the bottom of every metric that makes a successful state–rampant unemployment, lowest job creation, highest debt, biggest pension crisis, worst business climate–Pat Quinn wants to import thousands of people who have […]
  • OPEN THREAD: Doofus GOP Congressman Asks US Officials of Indian Descent About ‘Their’ Country

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Consider this an open thread, but I did want to guffaw at Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), a freshman GOP congressman who had two people of Indian descent testifying before him in a committee hearing today. Clawson proceeded to ask them about their country and if we could expect India to join us in economic agreements to […]
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    Hullabaloo

  • This is what happens when you elect a Republican. Don't elect a Republican. by @DavidOAtkins

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is what happens when you elect a Republican. Don't elect a Republican.by David AtkinsSan Diego recently had a hard-fought mayoral election after the Mayor Filner resigned in disgrace. The Republican won, though the city's demographics are slowly shifting in the other direction.This is the result:Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he plans to veto the City Council's decision to incrementally increase the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 an hour.The City Council voted 6-3 Monday to give final approval to the ordinance. Although Faulconer was expected to veto the idea, this is the first time he…
  • A tiny bit of sense on the right is met with incredulity on Fox

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A tiny bit of sense on the right is met with incredulity on Foxby digbyYou don't even want to know what the Fox News gasbags thought of this today:In a comments that seemed to surprise some of his fellow panelists, Fox News contributor and conservative columnist George Will said Sunday that the U.S. should welcome the unaccompanied minors surging across the southern border, fleeing violence in their home countries, reported Raw Story.“We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school, and get a job, and become American,’” Mr. Will said on Fox News,…
  • Corrupt bargain

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Corrupt bargainby digbySome very smart people in DC have told me in the past that the real problem in DC is this, far more than partisanship, congressional gridlock or inept and incapacitated elected officials:The revolving door is turning quickly in 2014, with more than 220 Capitol Hill staffers leaving their jobs to become registered lobbyists in the first six months of the year, according to a new report. Legistorm, an organization that compiles and analyzes congressional data, reported that the number of departures to K Street in 2014 is on pace to exceed the last election year of 2012,…
  • Center right? Hardly. Just take a look at the polls... by @DavidOAtkins

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Center right? Hardly. Just take a look at the polls...by David AtkinsJoshua Sager has one of the better poll compilations lately proving that Americans really do prefer more progressive policies. It's pretty stunning when assembled in one place. Here's just a bit of the economics front:According to Gallup polling, 59 percent of Americans think that U.S. wealth “should be more evenly distributed” among a larger percentage of the people while only 33 percent thought that the current “distribution is fair.” While this is down from the 2008 modern high point, where 68 percent of Americans…
  • ICYMI: Palin serves up the red meat

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    ICYMI: Palin serves up the red meatby digbyYou really have to see the video to believe it, but this write up gives a fair overview:Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin ripped President Obama on Saturday, saying in order to "save the Republic" Americans must "have the guts to talk about impeachment."Palin bashed Obama on a variety of topics, including immigration and veterans services during a speech before the 2014 Western Conservative Summit in downtown Denver."These days you hear all of these politicians, they denounce Barack Obama, saying he's a lawless imperial and ignores court…
 
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  • Really Dumb Ideas

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    There are a lot of things wrong with implementing a VMT tax. And, frankly, part of the problem is this stupid obsession with technology. The only cheap/efficient way to do it is to have it be recorded off your odometer at your annual car inspection (assuming your state has such a thing), with the fee being collected by your licensed mechanic and then passed onto the state as a part of your inspection fee. There's no need for GPS monitoring. That's both stupid and weird. But that's potentially a big annual bill for people. Much better to collect it bit by bit in the largely invisible way it is…
  • But We're Having A Pretty Cool Summer Here

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Climate change isn't really one of my issues. Not that I don't think it's an issue, it's just that it's one of those things I don't pay enough attention to in order to have even pundit level of knowledge about. Can't be a fake expert about everything! Still it's an issue.
  • Morning Thread

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    Read The Halifax Examiner with your first cuppa. Some good stuff there for everyone.
  • Late Night

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • Grifters Gonna Grift

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    It's what they know.
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    Firedoglake

  • Mass Surveillance, Leak Investigations & the Chilling Effect Against Journalism

    Kevin Gosztola
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    A number of American journalists, who work for small and large media organizations, contend that the spike in leak investigations is tied to government mass surveillance. They report experiences with sources, who are no longer willing to speak to them. They have found it increasingly difficult to build new relationships with sources. A chilling effect has made it exceptionally difficult to determine what to do to maintain confidentiality, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In response to revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward…
  • Questions Surround Edited NBC Report On Al-Shifa Hospital Bombing

    DSWright
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Our own cameras and pictures of the attack on the complex @GileadIni @JoshBlockDC @nbc @AviMayer @IDFSpokesperson — Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) July 28, 2014 Something strange happened yesterday. NBC News reported that Israel bombed Al Shifa hospital located in the Gaza Strip only to later pull back the report based on statements from the Israeli military. Ayman Mohyeldin, an NBC reporter, claims there is video and pictures to back up the initial account that the attack on the hospital came from an Israeli drone. Mohyeldin was the reporter that NBC removed after he reported on the deaths…
  • The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    To our Muslim readers, enjoy Eid today. For the rest, enjoy the beginning of the week! International Politics Overall - A Ukrainian official stated MH17 crashed as a result of “massive explosive decompression,” caused by rocket fire - Juan Cole: “Israel’s Gaza Campaign Endangers US Security: Why Obama & Kerry are Furious“; Meanwhile, U.S. officials warn Israel further criticism of officials like John Kerry will affect U.S.-Israel relations Middle East - Israel is using tips from beloved GOP consultant Frank Luntz to help its public relations during the siege in…
  • Agent of Change

    Attaturk
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    In the wake of a World Cup that showed the importance of building stadiums over the needs of the populace, FIFA was encouraged to consider moving the 2018 World Cup out of Russia after the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight. They refused with this statement: The hosting of the FIFA World Cup with the global attention it attracts can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments, helping to bring positive social developments. Behold the positive social developments. Officials in Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy [ed. the group…
  • Late, Late Night FDL: Rough God Goes Riding

    CTuttle
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Van Morrison – Rough God Goes Riding The Belfast Cowboy let his hair down again… At one point, the celebrated singer, composer and lyricist grabbed, of all things, a ukulele, pulled a stool up in front of a microphone stand and sat his compact, stocky frame down, announcing to the audience at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle (not far from his hometown of Belfast), “It’s comedy time again.” “This is called ‘sit-down comedy’ — it was invented by Billy Connolly,” the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, a broad grin appearing briefly…
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  • My First Tornado

    Jeralyn
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I was driving to the ICE detention facility in Aurora today when looking off to the left, I saw what I assumed was a fire. I considered for a brief second it could be a tornado, but it wasn't raining and it didn't seem to be twirling, it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drug Mule's Cocaine Pellets Burst on Plane

    Jeralyn
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Colmin Smith, age 48, was flying from Antigua to London with 239 grams of cocaine (about 1/2 pound) in pellets in his stomach. Shortly after the packed Virgin Atlantic flight took off, the pellets burst. He managed to tell a flight attendant right... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Turns Against John McCain in Latest Publication

    Jeralyn
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    ISIS released the second edition of Dabiq, its glossy magazine yesterday, titled "It’s Either the Islamic State or the Flood"." There's a drawing of a big ark on the cover. While they certainly have mastered graphic design -- the issue is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trial Monday on Production of Missing Video From OKC Bombing

    Jeralyn
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue has been fighting for years to obtain videos referenced in Secret Service and FBI timelines of the Oklahoma City Bombing investigation. Trial in his FOIA lawsuit (see IntelFiles case page for background) begins tomorrow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Why local TV stations love Citizens United

    Philip Bump
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    If you're reading this, it's safe to assume that you enjoy politics -- that you probably are, in the vernacular, a "political junkie." Very good, thanks for stopping by. However, I regret to inform you that there is someone -- a group of someones -- who is more into politics than you are: the owners and […]
  • The one thing that unites Republicans? Calls for ‘unity’.

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Last month, Montana House candidate Ryan Zinke gave a speech at his state's Republican convention where he said, “I don’t blame Democrats for our president. I blame us. It was our fault. We as Republicans did not have a message. We did not have unity. United we stand, divided we fall. That’s what we must remember." The […]
  • Meet the only senator who has made a big donation to a super PAC. Surprise: He’s a Rockefeller.

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller is retiring this year after 30 years of serving West Virginia. Although he'd probably like to retire to a peaceful, non-political life after decades of elections, a new potential hobby for the affluent (like Rockefeller) has popped up in the last few years that didn't exist before he was elected to […]
  • How Mitt Romney spent his summer vacation

    Sarah Larimer
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to the Internet Monday to talk about his recent summer vacation, sharing photos and memories of a family trip through the American West. There were some charming side hug pics, and a few references to lessons about unspecified pioneers. Ann Romney's canyon wear game was strong. Here's what […]
  • Young Americans take a dim view of Israel’s actions

    Aaron Blake
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    The United States is a politically polarized country. But when it comes to views of what's happening in Israel, partisanship has nothing on age. A new Pew Research Center poll is the second in the past week to show a huge generational split on the current conflict in Gaza. While all age groups north of 30 […]
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  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    'Don't we have anything better to do?' Frank Pallone and a couple House colleagues blast Republicans for trying to revive anti-Obamacare fever. Brava, Linda Stender, for this on Christie & women's health care For the 5th consecutive time - the elimination of $7.5 million in funding for women's health care. Christie says we can't afford it. But budgets are about priorities. It isn't that we can't fund it, it's that Christie doesn't want to. Quick! Quick! Look presidential! NYT: What is Chris Christie doing in Iowa? Chicago Trib: Christie call to cool abortion talk follows restrictions in NJ.
  • An Important week for Transgender and LGB Americans

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Babs Casbar Siperstein is the first out transgender person to ever be elected to the Democratic National Committee, and the first on the DNC's Executive Committee. The highest-ranking out transgender Democrat in American history is a New Jerseyan. We join her in celebrating the good news of Obama's exec order and in welcoming Andy Bowen to Garden State Equality and to NJ. -- Rosi The last full week in July was an incredible week for transpeople in America. On Monday July 21, 2014 President Obama signed an executive order doing 2 things.  First, it added "gender identity" an existing…
  • This is how Chris Christie talks about you when he's out of state.

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    This is how Gov Christie talks about New Jersey when he's with his Republican buddies: We have the Washington Post and reporter Valerie Strauss to thank for making sure we got to see what Christie's doing when he's riding with his Republican friends, and leaving all thoughts of accountability to New Jersey behind. Christie dismisses even the idea that Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's opinion about his city's schools has anything to do with anything. Never mind that Baraka is an educator ... and was a principal ... and an elected member of Newark's City Council ... and his landslide victory was a…
  • @StarLedger Editorials: Consistently Wrong About Newark Education

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. I reached the end of my rope with the Star-Ledger Editorial Board and its chief, Tom Moran, a long time ago. When it comes to education -- particularly in Newark -- both the paper's unsigned editorials and Moran's columns have displayed massive ignorance. Frankly, I'm tired of having to address their nonsense when it's clear that Moran and his board lack the journalistic integrity to engage in good faith arguments about the schools in a city their publishing company has abandoned. But this weekend's editorial is so wrong, so ignorant, and so full of sophistry…
  • Blue Jersey was down this morning & afternoon.

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Blue Jersey and the network of blogs served by the Soapblox system was down for part of this morning and afternoon. We're now back up an hoping to resume our usual Monday chores of covering New Jersey politics. If you were here earlier and got a blank white screen or a dreaded error message, believe me, we share your frustration. It is possible our site and the others were a victim of a DDOS attack; we hope to know more later. While we were down, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. This paves the way for marriage rights for…
 
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  • 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 had a tagline contest and came up with the rather fatuous All America City. 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 outer harbor…
  • SCOTUS: Federal government can't *deny* subsidies to refusenik states?

    Andrew Sprung
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Yesterday, I suggested that if the conservative justices of the Supreme Court wanted to uphold the D.C. ruling in Halbig, denying the federal government the right to provide subsidies to people who buy health insurance on  healthcare.gov, they might deflect reluctance to upend the law by recourse to states' rights. That is, Roberts in particular  might actually approve on principle leaving it up to the states whether to fund subsidies offered on the ACA exchanges, as he did with respect to the Medicaid expansion. By email, TNR's Brian Beutler responded:Here's a fun thought. What if…
  • Could the ACA exchanges go the way of the Medicaid expansion?

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

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

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

    By RICHARD F. WELCH
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    The wartime romance of Arabella Griffith and Frank Barlow.
  • Privacy and the Pool of Information

    By MICHAEL P. LYNCH
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    If nothing bad that we know about has happened as a result of the N.S.A.'s “incidental collection” of data of ordinary Americans, what's the problem?
  • Earthlings, Anarchists and Other Animals

    By SARAH GERARD
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    My commitment to veganism was born in the fire of activism. But living so far from animal life, it's become hard to stoke the flame.
  • Graffiti and the Civil War

    By KIM A. O'CONNELL
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    With burnt sticks or knives, soldiers left behind their names and regiments, crude pictures and jokes, political statements, taunts and prayer requests.
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  • 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…
  • States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Whoever wins the next election will face a very difficult situation
  • Her Outdoors: Who charged the blackberries?

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I feel a bit sorry for the blackberry. Of course, I don’t mean the less hip cousin of the iPhone, but the very very humble berry of late summer. It is one of the easiest fruits to find in British hedgerows and parkland, yet – perhaps because of this ubiquity – they’re not the most [...]
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  • Is Common Core on the Ropes?

    J.D. Tuccille
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming "sedate videos" and "talking points." Honestly, though, Common Core supporters have also resorted to less…
  • Video: The Drug War, the Fourth Amendment, and Anal Cavity Searches in New Mexico

    Paul Feine
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The Drug War, the Fourth Amendment, and Anal Cavity Searches in New Mexico is the latest video from ReasonTV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips View this article.
  • No Child Left Outside: Another Mom Arrested for Letting Kid Play in Park

    Lenore Skenazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    A Port St. Lucie, Forida, mom has been arrested and charged with child neglect for daring to let her son, 7, play in the park half a mile from home. He was happily walking there when a busybody noticed him and asked where his mommy was. Then the busybody called the cops, since apparently no child should ever be outside without a private security detail. The police descended upon the scene of the crime and later arresting the mom for the usual charge of child neglect. What if something bad had happened? As the mom, Nicole Gainey, told ABC Action News: "My own bondsman said my parents would…
  • Upworthy-Like Parody Site's List Probably Includes More Useful Information Than Most of Upworthy

    Ed Krayewski
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Last month, The Onion launched ClickHole.com, a parody of websites such as Upworthy that utilize the “You Won’t Believe…” headline template to best take advantage of perceived social media consumption habit to hilarious effect. I may well have learned about it when a commenter here posted this story that at first glance looked like it was on a simple Upworthy knock off. Yesterday, though, ClickHole.com ran a piece, “5 U.S.-Backed Regimes That Failed So Hard They Won,” that applied the irreverence the website’s displayed toward the Things People Care About on Social Media to a…
  • A.M. Links: U.S. Accuses Russia of Violating Nuclear Arms Treaty, Chances of Ebola Reaching U.S. Low, Democrats Cashing In After Suggesting Obama Could Be Impeached

    Ed Krayewski
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The United States has accused Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by testing a cruise missile. The chances that an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa will reach the United States  are remote, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Democrats are cashing in on speculation fueled by Democrats that House Republicans would try to impeach President Obama, raising $2.1 million last weekend in online donations alone. The attorney general of North Carolina, Democrat Roy Cooper said the state would no longer defend its constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • 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…
  • What did Happen?

    Randy Toman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Where there is no Justice there is no State” St. Augustine Bishop of Hippo “City of God” With no justice—no state—and I say—there can be no social compact without that—–nor is there social justice within the culture. And because of none of the above we have no “liberty” but rather a self rule with little respect for anything or anybody. There is nothing but “Might” makes right—–through some kind of government and with a deception of what should be and is called “Liberty”. So what did happen to Liberty and the Constitution we once…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    If you were asking yourself, "How can I give Sarah Palin $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year?" then you're in luck, because she has launched the Sarah Palin Channel, an online TV project with more Palin than you can shake a stick at. One's natural inclination is to just make fun of it, but let's not be too dismissive. Palin is charting a new path of political entrepreneurship, creating a lucrative model of ideological entertainment that could actually be good for everyone. You might think that anyone who would pay more than a Netflix subscription to watch Palin on their computer is a fool, but…
  • The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo U.S. Army soldiers salute American flags at a ceremony at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or…
  • A New Phase In the Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    On Sunday, the New York Times editorialized for the first time in favor of a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, and did so in dramatic fashion, with a statement on the front page of the Sunday Review section and two more pieces going into greater detail. It wasn't particularly surprising, given the generally liberal bent of the Times editorial page and the fact that support for legalization has moved firmly into the mainstream. But it's still important, because the Times remains the most influential news outlet in the country, and they have an unrivaled ability to set the agenda for the…
  • Can Liberalism Survive the Obama Presidency? (Yes, It Can.)

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    It isn’t hard to find discontent with Barack Obama on the left, so long as you know where to look. The list of particulars is both specific (National Security Agency spying, drone assassinations, toothless Wall Street reforms, flirtations with a “grand bargain” to reduce entitlements, huge numbers of deportations) and general (not enough fighting spirit). The promise of 2008 was left behind long ago on a trail of compromises and policy reversals. Adolph Reed Jr. wrote a cover story for Harper’s earlier this year excoriating the president and the milquetoasts who still support him,…
  • Today's Conservative Obamacare Baloney Debunked

    Paul Waldman
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you were perusing the conservative twitter-sphere this morning, you would have witnessed a kind of collective orgasm, as it was discovered that back in 2012, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber gave a talk to a small group in which he seemed to support the analysis of the two judges on the D.C. Circuit who ruled this week in Halbig v. Burwell that the subsidies for buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act should go only to people who live in states that set up their own insurance exchanges. Since Gruber advised Mitt Romney on the creation of Massachusetts' health reform (which…
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  • Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    If you were asking yourself, "How can I give Sarah Palin $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year?" then you're in luck, because she has launched the Sarah Palin Channel, an online TV project with more Palin than you can shake a stick at. One's natural inclination is to just make fun of it, but let's not be too dismissive. Palin is charting a new path of political entrepreneurship, creating a lucrative model of ideological entertainment that could actually be good for everyone. You might think that anyone who would pay more than a Netflix subscription to watch Palin on their computer is a fool, but…
  • The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo U.S. Army soldiers salute American flags at a ceremony at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or…
  • A New Phase In the Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    On Sunday, the New York Times editorialized for the first time in favor of a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, and did so in dramatic fashion, with a statement on the front page of the Sunday Review section and two more pieces going into greater detail. It wasn't particularly surprising, given the generally liberal bent of the Times editorial page and the fact that support for legalization has moved firmly into the mainstream. But it's still important, because the Times remains the most influential news outlet in the country, and they have an unrivaled ability to set the agenda for the…
  • Can Liberalism Survive the Obama Presidency? (Yes, It Can.)

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    It isn’t hard to find discontent with Barack Obama on the left, so long as you know where to look. The list of particulars is both specific (National Security Agency spying, drone assassinations, toothless Wall Street reforms, flirtations with a “grand bargain” to reduce entitlements, huge numbers of deportations) and general (not enough fighting spirit). The promise of 2008 was left behind long ago on a trail of compromises and policy reversals. Adolph Reed Jr. wrote a cover story for Harper’s earlier this year excoriating the president and the milquetoasts who still support him,…
  • Today's Conservative Obamacare Baloney Debunked

    Paul Waldman
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you were perusing the conservative twitter-sphere this morning, you would have witnessed a kind of collective orgasm, as it was discovered that back in 2012, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber gave a talk to a small group in which he seemed to support the analysis of the two judges on the D.C. Circuit who ruled this week in Halbig v. Burwell that the subsidies for buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act should go only to people who live in states that set up their own insurance exchanges. Since Gruber advised Mitt Romney on the creation of Massachusetts' health reform (which…
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    Wonkblog

  • Where the biggest beer, wine, and liquor drinkers live in the U.S.  

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    America's thirst for alcohol might know no boundaries, but certain parts of the country do seem especially parched. No state handles its alcohol quite like New Hampshire, according to per capita consumption data shared by the Beer Institute. The libertarian New England state guzzles down more booze per person—some 40.8 gallons per year—than any other U.S. state, by The Beer Institute's estimates. In fact, it's not even all that close. Next in line are North Dakota, Montana, Nevada, and Vermont, which sip on just under 35, 34, 33, and 32 gallons per person, per year, respectively.
  • The middle class is 20 percent poorer than it was in 1984

    Matt O'Brien
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Jeff Turner/Flickr Nostalgia is just about the only thing the middle class can still afford. That's because median wealth is about 20 percent lower today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was in 1984. Yes, that's three lost decades. Now, as you might expect, the middle class has been hit particularly hard by the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery. It's all about stocks and houses. The middle class doesn't have much of the former, but it does have a lot of the latter. And that's bad news, because, even though the crash decimated both, real estate hasn't come back nearly as…
  • Wonkbook: Obamacare is giving Medicare a new lease on life

    Puneet Kollipara
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 35 percent. That's the percentage of Americans who have debts and unpaid bills reported to collection agencies, a study says. Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: This chart shows how Congress prevents the gloom and doom in Medicare trustee reports from ever coming true. Wonkbook's…
  • A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collections last year

    Jonnelle Marte
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Flickr user Orin Zebest) About 77 million Americans have a debt in collections,  a new report finds. That amounts to 35 percent of consumers with credit files or data reported to a major credit bureau, according to the study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute. "It’s a stunning number," said Caroline Ratcliffe, senior fellow at the Urban Institute and author of the report. "And it threads through nearly all communities." The report analyzed 2013 credit data from TransUnion to calculate how many Americans were falling…
  • A Boston program aiding foreclosed homeowners could be a national model for fighting blight

    Dina ElBoghdady
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    A Boston-based group helps troubled borrowers stay in their homes. (Eric Gay-AP) Jaime and Juana Coronel’s push to buy back the home they lost to foreclosure was featured in a Washington Post article on Sunday, which detailed the challenges the California couple faced because their loan was backed by mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae. Fannie and its smaller rival Freddie Mac are banned by their regulator (the Federal Housing Finance Agency) from engaging in loan modifications that reduce the size of a mortgage. The agency fears that such “principal reductions” will entice borrowers to…
 
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  • Clinton declines to detail net worth

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Hillary Clinton declined to specify her net worth in an interview, sidestepping questions about her family’s wealth ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run.In the interview with Fusion posted Monday evening, Clinton, considered the...
  • More Americans blame Hamas than Israel for current conflict

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    More Americans say Hamas is more responsible for the current conflict in the Middle East than Israel in a Pew survey released Monday.A quarter of the public said they think Israel has gone too far in responding to the conflict. Just over a third...
  • US accuses Russia of violating arms treaty

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    The Obama administration has accused Russia of violating a landmark arms control treaty by testing a banned ground-launched cruise missile, according to multiple reports.President Obama made the accusation in a letter to Russian President Vladimir...
  • White House: Israel has ‘no stronger defender’ than John Kerry

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    The White House on Monday defended Secretary of State John Kerry, after charges in Israeli media that he was “capitulating” to Hamas in talks to broker a cease-fire in the Mideast."Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender” than Kerry,...
  • Report: North Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    A senior North Korean military official on Sunday threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon, according to Agence France-Presse."If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival ... our troops will fire...
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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

  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Some coverage of the Court focuses on recent decisions by the courts of appeals striking down state bans on same-sex marriage and the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take up the issue.  (Because the round-up only focuses on news relating to the Court, here and elsewhere we do not include coverage of issues such as same-sex marriage, the death penalty, and the challenges to the Affordable Care Act that are not focused primarily on the Supreme Court.)  In The New York Times, Adam Liptak looks at a concurring opinion in the Tenth Circuit, in which Judge Jerome Holmes indicated that…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The petition of the day is: Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. United States 13-1367 Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, serves as counsel to the petitioners in this case. Issue: (1) Whether a statute that denies a government benefit based on a recipient’s failure to express support for a proposed course of government action, is subject to, and survives, strict scrutiny under the First Amendment; and (2) whether, to successfully defend a viewpoint-discriminatory statute subject to intermediate scrutiny…
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Steven R. Shapiro (Part Five)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Arguing before the Supreme Court, watching United States v. Windsor play out, the emergence of procedural barriers to courts, how the Court has changed since Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, and how to talk about the Court. In this six-part interview, Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 1993, discusses his background; the ACLU’s history and mission; what civil liberties and Supreme Court advocacy look like now; and what civil liberties challenges we face next. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Another circuit rules for same-sex marriage (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    UPDATE 6:10 p.m.  The attorney general of North Carolina said at a news conference following the ruling discussed below that his office would no longer defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage, conceding that the Fourth Circuit decision had taken away all of the arguments that could be made for the ban.  However, in another state in the Fourth Circuit, South Carolina, the attorney general said his office would continue the defense of that state’s ban. ————— Continuing the year-long, so far uninterrupted trend of court rulings against…
  • ABA annual meeting to host Court-related events

    Amy Howe
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    The annual meeting of the American Bar Association, which will take place from August 8 through August 10 in Boston, will include several events of interest to Court watchers.  On August 8 this blog’s Rory Little will moderate a panel to review the Court’s criminal docket in the October Term 2013; more information about that panel is available here.  On August 10, Sports Illustrated analyst and law professor Michael McCann will moderate a panel to discuss federal regulation of sports betting in the wake of the Supreme Court’s order denying review in a group of challenges filed by…
 
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  • Jeb Bush: "By some estimates, as few as 2 percent of the 50,000 (Central American) children who have crossed the border illegally this year have been sent home."

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Jeb Bush says 2 percent of children apprehended at border in 2014 were returned Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, one of the Republican Party’s most vocal advocates of federal action on immigration policy, recently re-entered the immigration debate with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal regarding the thousands of undocumented Central American minors flocking to the United States border. Bush, a potential 2016 candidate, co-authored the op-ed with Clint Bolick, the vice president for litigation at the libertarian Goldwater Institute (the two also…
  • Rob Astorino: The state of New York is the "worst in the nation in economic recovery."

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Rob Astorino, GOP challenger to Andrew Cuomo, says New York had worst recovery from recession Rob Astorino, the county executive of New York’s Westchester County, is the expected Republican nominee for governor this fall, facing the uphill challenge of unseating Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has led several recent polls by about 30 points. On July 25, 2014, Astorino appeared on Fox & Friends to tout his candidacy. Among other things, Astorino attacked his opponent’s economic record. "This is an uphill, but winnable race in New…
  • Lindsey Graham: Russia "has an economy the size of Italy."  

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Graham: Russia 'has an economy the size of Italy' While the fighting in Ukraine stirs memories of the Cold War, there's little appetite in the United States to get into a military showdown with Russia. Where's there's bipartisan support is to get Europe to take stronger stand. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that President Barack Obama should be getting the European Union nations into line. "They’re dysfunctional political organization, Europe is," Graham said. "And without…
  • Patriot Majority USA: A tax plan promoted by North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis will "overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy."

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Liberal PAC says Senate candidate Thom Tillis’ tax plan will 'overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy' Controversial changes to North Carolina’s tax code passed under Thom Tillis’ leadership are now a target in his Senate campaign. In 2013, the North Carolina government received national attention for a wave of conservative legislation. The Republican-dominated General Assembly -- with Tillis as speaker of the House -- passed laws increasing voter ID requirements, lowering business regulations, upping restrictions on abortion providers,…
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit compared the health care law to buying a pepperoni and ham pizza from Domino's or Pizza Hut.

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

  • Open Thread

    Tim F.
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    I think Google might have lost its campaign to keep the whole world from using its trademarked name as a verb. It is not ironic but rather an unfortunate and (to non-stockholders) amusing coincidence that both information and the legal rights to use your company’s name both want to be free. Chat about whatever, including but not limited to what Damon Lindhof has in store for us leftovers. I’m supposed to be the frontpager emeritus dammit. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Why yes, I speak wingnut

    Tim F.
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Edroso. As I have chronicled, conservatives have been plotting Obama’s impeachment since 2009, and it’s only getting worse: Try Googling “impeach” and “Benghazi” and see what you get. But now they’re peddling the story that it’s Obama who’s trying to get impeached, based on the fact that Democrats are fundraising off the threat of a new Republican Senate railroading the President. Translation: from one nutter to another, please find another issue. This impeachment stuff has no legs. It’s killing us. Go dig through his summer camp…
  • Tuesday Morning Pet Stories Open Thread: Pita

    Anne Laurie
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    From commentor Anna Maria: Hi, remember Pita? I thought folks might appreciate an update. So, much to my mean little Ali’s fury, I ended up keeping him. I just got so attached to him so quickly. He really is a character and a perfectly named little pest. He wants constant attention, is always in the middle, and eats EVERYTHING. No food item, bag, box, plastic wrap or piece of furniture in his path escapes his bite. It’s as if he has to set his fangs into every object just to be 100% certain it’s not edible. I’m doing some construction work in my bathroom and his…
  • Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Hey, Remember “The Day After”?…

    Anne Laurie
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    John Oliver is doing his best to break my heart. Forget Jaws, Psycho, or the Texas Chainsaw Massacre — Testament is my choice for the scariest movie ever. And I did watch The Day After when it first appeared, but I don’t remember the after-show: … On its original broadcast (Sunday, November 20, 1983), ABC and local TV affiliates opened 1-800 hotlines with counselors standing by. There were no commercial breaks after the nuclear attack. ABC then aired a live debate, hosted by Nightline’s Ted Koppel, featuring the scientist Carl Sagan, former Secretary of State Henry…
  • Open Thread: “No Labels? No Results? No Problem”

    Anne Laurie
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Remember the “political and media A-listers” of lobbyist self-promotion group No Labels?: Republicans and ex-Clintonistas, spanning the political gamut from far-right to center-right! Hey, no point bothering with ‘unserious’, non-Right points of view, if your whole purpose is to encourage that all-American chimera known as “Centrism”. McKinnon & Mark Penn, together again — and if either one takes you by the hand, be sure to count your fingers afterwards… Meredith Shiner at Yahoo News reports that McKinnon & Penn have just about given up on that figleaf of…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of Western Statecraft (Carta Maior, Brazil)

    WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    This column deals with an issue that no U.S. official, or member of the mainstream media for that matter, will ever address or admit to: the deliberate fostering and creation of terrorist groups for the furtherance of American foreign policy. For Brazil’s Carta Maior, columnist Francisco Carlos Teixeira takes on the history of Western involvement in the Middle East, showing how it has exacerbated Sunni-Shiite tensions for its own purposes since at least the beginning of the last century. Teixeira writes that the reason such tensions are so prevalent in the Middle East today is that…
  • Appeasement Again

    ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Guest Voice Columnist
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    With a move towards enhanced sanctions against Russia, major European states believe they have taken a step to punish the Russians for their actions in Ukraine. But they have still not made the tough moves that would truly penalize the Russians. What they have taken are baby steps. The Europeans have not learned from history. And as George Santayana said- “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The European Union and its most powerful members continue to appease President Putin and Russia reminiscent of the way Neville Chamberlin, England and France appeased Hitler and…
  • Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Final Update

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note to readers: The news — the daily carnage — coming out of this godforsaken part of the world has become too depressing, too wretched. I will no longer be “updating” such a tragedy. Readers can pick up any newspaper, open up any web page, tune in to any broadcast or cable station to get the abominable facts for themselves. No middle man, no interpretation, no ‘opinionating,’ no coloring of the facts, one way or another, is needed or appropriate. But that is just my view. Jul 27, 2014 3:00 AM CDT - Reuters: The Israeli military started fighting again in…
  • Images that are just fun

    Kevin Purcell
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Some mostly SoCal surfing images I have collected over the years that reflect what I am interested in at work and during my down time. Hoping a couple of you get a kick out of them. A diversion. Click to enlarge images. A exhausted lone surfer walks under the piers at Venice after exiting a huge session. See outside. 1960s Ford Fairlane, in Hawaii, in 1971. It is white. That is a green shadow. Image by Bernie Baker. Going out into the surf wilderness to find waves. Image by Craig Peterson in 1972 at Point Arena, SF. As a teenager I dreamt of an office on the beach; literally sitting on the…
  • Impeachment threat fundraising bonanza for b-o-t-h parties

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Get ready for the False Equivalency Police to be sent out in force as we discuss a f-a-c-t: the threat of the impeachment is proving to be a fundraising bonanza for BOTH two major political parties, and both are grabbing the I-ball and running with it. Forget the fact that (at this stage of the game) polls don’t show a national clamor for impeachment. For every reaction there is a reaction — and The Daily Beast’s John Avlon documents it: Silly season has started—and both parties are trying to fund-raise off the fringe. One-third of Americans now say that President Obama…
 
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  • Support pro-climate House candidate Nancy Skinner – primary is August 5

    Gaius Publius
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I wrote earlier about a strong pro-climate candidate for the House, Nancy Skinner, a Democrat running for the MI-11 seat in the U.S. Congress. It’s an R+4 district that went for Obama in 2008 (+9) and Romney in 2012 (+5). Normally the district goes Republican in House races. This year though there’s an big opportunity, but your support is needed now. Read on to see why. To jump straight to Skinner’s “ask,” click here. The primary is just days away. The Republicans have given themselves no good choices The likely winner of the Republican primary is a known…
  • An overview of the new, and serious, Ebola outbreak in Africa

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has been growing since the first case was detected months ago. Most recent reports indicate that a total of almost 1,100 people have been either confirmed to have Ebola, or are strongly suspected of having it.  There have been about 650 deaths.  The cases and deaths are totals combined from all three countries.  So far Guinea has been the hardest hit. Ebola has been known to have a fatality rate as high as 90%.  The rate in this outbreak is lower, but still chillingly high. The symptoms of Ebola start with fever and malaise (general…
  • It’s not soft-porn if you’re British (video)

    John Aravosis
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Those crazy naked rower boys from the University of Warwick, in the UK, are back with a vengeance. You might have seen one of their videos before. They’re a rowing club that fights homophobia by making really homoerotic soft-porn, for lack of a better description. But hey, who am I to complain about a good cause? And this one is really good. It’s not porn, it’s puppies! And everybody knows t’s not soft-porn if you make the gif go by really fast. Here’s their promo. You can find out more about the boys and their cause here. Warwick Rowers 2015 Crowdfunder
  • GOP House member says colleague was paid $1200 for vote

    John Aravosis
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    A Republican member of the US House recently claimed that a colleague was paid $1,200 by a lobbyist in exchange for his vote on an issue regarding the Bureau of Land Management. The congressman, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), says another House member told him he’d get a check for $1,200 if he voted “no” on the legislation, and that when McAllister later told the friend that he never received a check, the friend was surprised as he’d received his. McAllister, who now refuses to identify the corrupt member of Congress, claims that he wasn’t suggested that he…
  • Who knew Ghent, Belgium was the prettiest city in the world?

    John Aravosis
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    While admittedly your mileage may vary, I was surprised to find yesterday that the town of Ghent, in Dutch (Flemish) Belgium, is quite possibly the prettiest place I’ve ever visited. The first thing you notice on entering Ghent is the guys (and gals). They’re kind of hot. Especially as compared to Brussels, which, coming from Paris, was a bit of a let-down on the personal beauty front. Ghentians (I made that word up) however are smoking. And they’re awfully nice too. Putting aside for a moment the personal beauty of the locals, the town is simply gorgeous. Very Amsterdam-y,…
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    VideoSift.com

  • 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
  • Why Republicans Don’t Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    When astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson dropped by Real Time tonight, Bill Maher couldn’t resist showing him a National Review cover story about Tyson called “Smarter Than Thou,” about the cult of Tyson and “puffed-up ‘nerd’ culture” in America. And Maher had a simple question for Tyson: why does he think the right dislikes him so much?
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  • Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    If you were asking yourself, "How can I give Sarah Palin $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year?" then you're in luck, because she has launched the Sarah Palin Channel, an online TV project with more Palin than you can shake a stick at. One's natural inclination is to just make fun of it, but let's not be too dismissive. Palin is charting a new path of political entrepreneurship, creating a lucrative model of ideological entertainment that could actually be good for everyone. You might think that anyone who would pay more than a Netflix subscription to watch Palin on their computer is a fool, but…
  • The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo U.S. Army soldiers salute American flags at a ceremony at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or…
  • A New Phase In the Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    On Sunday, the New York Times editorialized for the first time in favor of a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, and did so in dramatic fashion, with a statement on the front page of the Sunday Review section and two more pieces going into greater detail. It wasn't particularly surprising, given the generally liberal bent of the Times editorial page and the fact that support for legalization has moved firmly into the mainstream. But it's still important, because the Times remains the most influential news outlet in the country, and they have an unrivaled ability to set the agenda for the…
  • Can Liberalism Survive the Obama Presidency? (Yes, It Can.)

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    It isn’t hard to find discontent with Barack Obama on the left, so long as you know where to look. The list of particulars is both specific (National Security Agency spying, drone assassinations, toothless Wall Street reforms, flirtations with a “grand bargain” to reduce entitlements, huge numbers of deportations) and general (not enough fighting spirit). The promise of 2008 was left behind long ago on a trail of compromises and policy reversals. Adolph Reed Jr. wrote a cover story for Harper’s earlier this year excoriating the president and the milquetoasts who still support him,…
  • Today's Conservative Obamacare Baloney Debunked

    Paul Waldman
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you were perusing the conservative twitter-sphere this morning, you would have witnessed a kind of collective orgasm, as it was discovered that back in 2012, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber gave a talk to a small group in which he seemed to support the analysis of the two judges on the D.C. Circuit who ruled this week in Halbig v. Burwell that the subsidies for buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act should go only to people who live in states that set up their own insurance exchanges. Since Gruber advised Mitt Romney on the creation of Massachusetts' health reform (which…
 
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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'…
  • Californians Want Action on Environment

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

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Former speaker concedes to allow election to move forward by Brian Leubitz The trouble with elections decided by less that 500 votes is that you are basically within the margin of error. It isn't the same kind of error you get in a poll, but the point remains. There are just going to be mistakes somewhere along the line. That's the nature of the process. But John Pérez has decided that in the interest of moving the election forward to concede. While I strongly believe that completing this process would result in me advancing to the General Election, it is clear that there are significant…
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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 five possible reasons: 1.         In a fight between a state actor and a non-state actor, the non-state…
  • 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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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • 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…
  • You Think Your Summer Travel Plans Are Rough? Spare a Thought for People in China

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

  • Obfuscation Form 700

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

    Gabriel Rossman
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In Sunday’s column, Ross provided three proposals for reducing campus rape. (1. Lower the drinking age, 2. End the party school system, 3. Loco in parentis lite for dorms). For the most part it was well received (including by many people who generally disagree with Ross), but sampling on the derpendent variable reveals no shortage of people saying some version of “how about we just tell men not to rape” which in its more concrete version takes the form of some sort of sexual consent education class as part of orientation. What I find interesting about this is that this…
  • Sticky demand

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Miriam Weeks (aka Belle Knox) has an op-ed at Time about rising college tuition, subsidies, and the high implicit marginal tax rates the means-tested subsidy regime implies for students like herself who have relatively high earnings during college. But rather than focus on her (quite reasonable) argument about the abuses of an industry in which I am objectively a member of the exploitative class, let’s change the subject to exegesis of a tangential sentence about another industry: “Demand for education, kind of like demand for porn, is pretty inelastic.” This glib remark…
  • The Internet of Selves (Elliot Rodger)

    Matt Feeney
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    When the Columbine massacre happened one of the first things I thought of, thanks to Hegel and Nietzsche, was the internet.The internet was just then becoming this participatory thing, for everyone, and I had the Hegel-inspired bad feeling that one effect of this new technology of self-assertion would be a nagging and widespread condition of abstract discontent. In the olden days of Aristotle summoned by Hegel in the Phenomenology, it was only rich guys, who’d proven themselves in battle and owned slaves they’d taken in battle, who had the freedom to make a huge deal about their…
  • Star Trek: Into Dumb

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    17 May 2014 | 1:05 am
    Yeah, yeah, old news. What can I say, I have a family, so I only get to watch movies once in a while, after they’ve been on on-demand TV for a long time. “Star Trek: Into Darkness”: wow. What a dumb, dumb movie. “Star Trek” has a big place in my life, and I don’t care who knows. I learned English by watching Star Trek. Star Trek, to me, will always be one of our greatest pop cultural sensations, because it is, as best as I can tell, the only space adventure show for a popular audience that takes ideas seriously; and, starting with TNG, characters. The first…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • 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…
  • O-hisashiburi open Friday thread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FISA court judges buying Verizon stock as they approve NSA surveillance

    Joseph Westfall
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    The US Code also says, “A judge should inform himself about his personal and fiduciary financial interests, and make a reasonable effort to inform himself about the personal financial interests of his spouse and minor children residing in his household.” But FISA C …
  • Are Conservatives planning to open the border with Mexico as a re-election strategy?

    tt16
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    The Border Protection Agency will run out of money in mid September. They have been using their allocation/budgeted money to deal with the borer crisis up until now. The Conservatives are refusing to increase the funding. IMO this could result in massive layoffs of border agents. …
  • Articles: Putin and Obama, the Bobbsey Twins

    George Hayduke Sr
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Serious nations need clear-thinking, mature, down-to-earth leaders. Somehow America and Russia have blundered into extremely risky leaders who can’t think straight. Here’s hoping that sensible people will throw the bums out, both here and there. And yes, we know oba …
  • Fox News' "War on Christianity": How right-wing hacks created a sect of victims

    redsfan
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    If you only consumed the Fox News Network or books penned by Fox “journalists,” you could be forgiven for believing that the streets of America run red with the blood of Christian martyrs or that Bibles are being burned in the streets of San Francisco by marauding a …
  • Genocide in Gaza, an OPED

    gmross
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    For generations, or, at least since 1947 we have been seeing fighting among the Israeli's and the Palestinians. Today, we see fighting in the Gaza strip, in the past it was PLO attacks on Israel, yet, today it's Israel and Hamas fighting each other over the strip of land east of  …
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    FactCheck.org

  • 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…
  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

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

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

  • First POST: Unlocking

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Why the GOP is having trouble catching up to the Dems on tech; how the cellphone unblocking bill shows the Internet's power (or not); civil rights groups "sell out" on net neutrality; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Software for Good

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Is the Internet not "Ready for Hillary"?; Streisand, the new anti-censorship tool; how Benentech develops software for good; and much, much more.
  • NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

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

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

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

  • Shakesville under attack

    DCblogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Body:  This Is What Has Been Happening I just want to throw some solidarity link love to a good and useful site. Shakesville is a safe blog, that is no hurtful rhetoric is tolerated. Some might derisively call that politically correct. I call it scrupulously thoughtful. It seems some people feel threatened by all that courtesy and are lashing out. CorrenteWire came in for a little of that back in 2008, but nothing on the scale that Shakesville is experiencing.
  • This one chart shows why the fear and loathing of the Clintons that some factions of the political class feel does not translate to normal human beings

    lambert
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Body:  This 1 chart shows why the fear and loathing of the Clintons felt by some factions of the political class does not translate to normal human beings The Clinton administration was the only administration since Nixon where take-home pay increased over a sustained period. The only one. But NAFTA! But Glass-Steagall! But dot com bubble! But great moderation! But Bob Rubin! But wag the dog! But et cetera!
  • Tweet of the Day

    DCblogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Body:  if Obamacasre sign up was so easy, a labor reporter who has been covering this for 5 years should be able to figure out in an hr — Mike Elk (@MikeElk) July 28, 2014
  • Chuck Schumer is a horrible human being

    lambert
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Body:  At jam-packed "NY Stand With Israel" rally Chuck Schumer proclaims, "no ceasefire!" More huge applause. — Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 28, 2014
  • "False economy"

    lambert
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Body:  I spotted that phrase on this site here, and filed it away mentally.
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Shameless

    susie
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    David Frum.
  • Morning open thread

    susie
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Comments? The Obama administration’s $225 million request to aid Israel during its war with Hamas may not be enough, warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday afternoon. At the request of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Senate Democrats folded $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system into a larger bill that offers $2.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the influx of Central American migrants to the southern border. But Reid said Israel will need even more help from the United States if the war in Gaza continues, demonstrating the need to pass the funding…
  • Nobody but you

    susie
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    James Taylor:
  • Just not true

    susie
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Carly Simon:
  • How can I tell you

    susie
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Cat Stevens:
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • HIPGive Emergency Crowdfunding Campaign: Migrant Children Campaign

    Latina Lista
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. HIPGive Emergency Crowdfunding Campaign: Migrant Children Campaign by Latina Lista LatinaLista — HIPGive Emergency Crowdfunding Campaign: Migrant Children Campaign As an organization that has long sought to advocate for humane responses to the transnational crisis of children caught on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border, HIP is extremely troubled both by this influx of unaccompanied minors and by the conditions to which these children are being subjected.
  • Is college education segregating U.S. cities?

    Latina Lista
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Is college education segregating U.S. cities? by Latina Lista By Clifton B. Parker-Stanford Futurity America’s cities are dividing themselves into two distinct groups, with college-educated workers clustering in places that less-educated people cannot afford. A new paper reports that economic well-being inequality in American metropolitan areas increased 67 percent from 1980 to 2000, primarily due to changes in wages, housing costs, and local amenities. This is…
  • VIDEO: With climate change worsening, hope is but a tree away

    Latina Lista
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. VIDEO: With climate change worsening, hope is but a tree away by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Climate change is getting worse. The stats prove it. A recent report by the American Meteorological Society found that greenhouse gases, sea levels and global temperatures — key indicators of climate change — rose in 2013. It’s a trend that scientists don’t foresee “cooling down.” The rise in these key stats means that what’s happening now…
  • Massive Rights Violations Charged at New Mexico Detention Facility

    Latina Lista
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Massive Rights Violations Charged at New Mexico Detention Facility by Latina Lista Frontera NorteSur NEW MEXICO — After touring a New Mexico detention facility housing Central American refugees, immigrant advocates and lawyers have charged the Obama Administration with violating due process rights. In a July 24 telephonic press conference hosted by the National Immigration Law Center, representatives of an advocates’ group that were allowed to conduct a short…
  • Video: Central American governments play their own blame game explaining why their children are fleeing to U.S.

    Latina Lista
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Video: Central American governments play their own blame game explaining why their children are fleeing to U.S. by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Ever since President Obama finally recognized the influx of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border as a “humanitarian crisis,” partisan blame has been thickly spread. From faulting current U.S. policy and criticizing border enforcement to calling out the governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El…
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    New York Observer

  • Steven Cymbrowitz Spends Campaign Cash on European Excursion

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Steven Cymbrowitz’s European expenditures circled in red (Screengrab: New York State Board of Elections). Brooklyn Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz spent more than $1,300 in campaign funds at three restaurants and a hotel in Barcelona, Spain and at a gift shop in Munich, Germany earlier this year, campaign records show. Mr. Cymbrowitz’s latest filings show that he spent the money during a three day spree between February 17 and February 20. In Munich, Mr. Cymbrowitz spent $189 at the souvenir shop Geschenke Kaiser. “We are your first stop regarding high class wood carvings,…
  • Manhattan Democratic Party Mistakenly Announces Legendary Pol’s Death

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    A birthday party for James McManus in 2009. (Photo: Facebook) The Manhattan Democratic Party accidentally announced the death of one of its most legendary figures this morning. The party, led by Assemblyman Keith Wright, blasted out an email at 9:17 a.m. announcing the death of James McManus, a longtime Democratic district leader who leads the storied McManus Midtown Democratic Club in Hell’s Kitchen. It was Mr. McManus’ sister–not Mr. McManus himself–who had actually died. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of beloved District Leader Jim…
  • Costumed Bike Ride to Turn NYC Streets into Art

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Bridgeport Aeolian Ride On August 17, you can be part of a moving work of art by participating in the Aeolian Ride, a group bike ride from Brooklyn to Governor’s Island. “I was commuting to work on my bike with a weird windbreaker on wondering what it might look like flapping around behind me,” Jessica Findley, the artist behind the Aeolian Ride, told World Wide Cycling Atlas, as she explained the idea behind the costumed bike ride she created. Originally developed for a Burning Man event, the Aeolian Ride, a bike ride where participants are outfitted in suits that catch the wind behind…
  • ‘The Bachelorette’ Morning-After Rose Ceremony, Week 11: The Finale

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Who’s it gonna be, ladies and gents? The Bachelorette is so good, it’s frustrating that we have to cap it off at a measly two hours per week. That’s why each Tuesday, we’ll be having a Bachelorette morning-after rose ceremony to celebrate the people, places and moments that really made the previous night’s episode shine. A rose to Chris Harrison, whose opening speech basically tells us who wins: “I can’t tell you whether Andi picks Josh or Nick, but what I can tell you is that the guy she didn’t pick is still not over her,” he says. “In fact, he…
  • Morning Media Mix: Fifty Shades of Green

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Don’t worry about the fate of the book publishing industry (or at least about Random Penguin House), because the Fifty Shades  of Grey movie trailer has gotten over 12 million views since it was released last week. (Vintage/Anchor’s Twitter) Today in New York Times pro-marihuana legalization editorials: the injustice of who is arrested for pot, with infographics and everything. (The New York Times) Ira Glass really likes his iPad Mini but isn’t a big Shakespeare fan. (Lifehacker/ Kottke) New York Times profit fell 21 percent in the second quarter: print advertising is…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • 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”…
  • Saakashvili’s Fan Club vs. the Rule of Law

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Mark Adomanis comments on the charges filed by Georgian prosecutors against the former president, Mikheil Saakashvili: It is, of course, entirely possible that the Georgian authorities are engaged in a “witch hunt” against their political rivals. It is, however, also entirely possible that they are engaged in the legitimate pursuit of justice. How do I know this? Because Saakashvili’s government really was responsible for some pretty serious legal and civil rights violations [bold mine-DL]. Predictably, the last remaining members of Saakashvili’s Western fan club (e.g., the WSJ,…
  • Americans Don’t Want the U.S. To Take Sides in Foreign Conflicts

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    There were some interesting YouGov findings on American public opinion and foreign conflicts last week. When asked about conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and Gaza, at least a plurality of Americans favored supporting neither side, and in the Syrian case it was a majority: The question is admittedly a little vague. How a person answers might depend on what one means by support and how much one has in mind, but it is still worth noting that official U.S. policy positions in each of these conflicts have remarkably little public support. While there are many Americans in favor of backing the…
  • A Few More Fixes for Republican Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Jim Antle makes five useful suggestions on how to improve Republican foreign policy. Here he recommends identifying contradictions in prevailing conservative foreign policy arguments: It should by now be obvious that both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars eventually became the kinds of conflicts most conservatives say they don’t support. So inevitably would future wars being advocated by the same people. That is a good reason for conservatives to oppose Wilsonian wars mislabeled as Jacksonian self-defense. This should especially be easy in conflicts where there are factions hostile to American…
  • The Dishonest Charge of Withdrawal and Disengagement

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Fred Hiatt very much wants us to believe that America’s “gradual withdrawal” and “disengagement” from the world have produced a number of terrible outcomes: Obama openly and deliberately adopted a strategy, not of isolationism, but of gradual withdrawal, especially from Europe and the Middle East. He argued that America should concentrate on “nation-building here at home.” He espoused a pivot to Asia, on the grounds that the Pacific region was the world’s most dynamic and deserving of U.S. military and diplomatic attention. There’s a lot wrong with…
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    RollingStone.com: All News

  • TV on the Radio Tease New Album 'Seeds' With Colorful, Ethereal Video

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    TV on the Radio will put out their first record in three years Seeds in the fall their first since the 2011 death of their bassist Gerard Smith "We've been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold" vocalist Tunde Adebimpe...
  • Muse's Matt Bellamy Promises to 'Get Heavy' on New Album

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Muse frontman Matt Bellamy teased the band's in-the-works new album during a brief impromptu Twitter Q&A last week offering this encouraging nugget of information to fans "It's gonna get heavy" Find Out Where Muse's 'The 2nd Law' Ranks on Our List of 2012's 50 Best Albums While details were scarce Bellamy said that...
  • Steven Van Zandt 'Finally' Cooks Up Star-Studded Darlene Love Album

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt has begun putting together a record for Sixties pop hit-maker Darlene Love whose voice appeared on countless Phil Spector–produced singles like "He's a Rebel" and "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" Van Zandt says he promised her he'd make a record with her about three decades ago "depending...
  • Flashback: 'Weird Al' Battles James Brown on 'Wheel of Fortune'

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    "Weird Al" Yankovic was initially very unsure about appearing on Wheel of Fortune when he was approached by the show in 1994 "I said to my manager 'That sounds kind of cheesy and I don't know if I want to do it'" he says "Then he said 'You'll be playing...
  • Beck Hits 'Heart Is a Drum,' Climbs 'Heaven's Ladder' on 'Colbert'

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Beck stopped by The Colbert Report on Monday night to chat briefly with host Stephen Colbert and play two songs One from his new album Morning Phase and the other off his 2012 collection of sheet music Song Reader which sees release in a physical form today July 29th Beck's 'Morning Phase'...
 
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • The ‘Super PAC to End All Super PACs’ Is Backing These Candidates

    Denver Nicks
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    The Mayday Super PAC, a crowdfunded Political Action Committee designed to support pro-campaign finance reform politicians, announced two of the candidates it will support in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. The PAC is supporting State Senator Jim Reubens in the New Hampshire Republican Senate primary. It’s also supporting Democrat Staci Appel in the race to represent Iowa’s third congressional district. Reubens has made “fundamental reform to the way campaigns are funded” a central platform in his campaign, the group said. In that race, the group is also opposing former…
  • Morning Must Reads: July 29

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Barack Obama immigration moves could raise legal questions [Politico] WH report details economic impact of delaying climate action [TIME] Michelle Nunn’s leaked memos offer rare glimpse of campaign calculation [TIME] Spending big to fight big donors in campaigns [NYT] “A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states is being backed by Timothy Draper, a tech investor. It’s a great idea. But why stop with California? Breaking up all of the too-large states would increase both the accountability and efficiency of the U.S.
  • A Tea Party Tempest in Tennessee

    alexishauk
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve always thought that Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book, a collection of political wisdom gleaned from more than half a lifetime in the arena, is an underappreciated classic. (My favorite rule is #73, “Walk in Parades,” followed by #74: “If it is the Mule Day parade, walk at the front.”) Subtitled “Rules, Reminders, and Lessons About Running for Office and Making a Difference, Whether It’s for President of the United States or President of Your Senior Class,” the book is the kind of thing that might have resulted if Machiavelli and Dale Carnegie had teamed up to write a…
  • Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report

    Maya Rhodan
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any potential savings of a delay. The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, U.S. President Barack Obama’s source for advice on economic policy, compared over 100 actions on climate change laid out in 16 studies to extract the average cost of delayed efforts. Released Tuesday, the findings suggests policymakers should immediately confront carbon emissions as a form of…
  • White House: EU, US to Impose New Russia Sanctions

    alexishauk
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    MoreUkraine: MH17 Downed by ‘Massive Explosive Decompression’Putin’s Fragile DeceptionsDeath Toll Mounts as Clashes Intensify in Ukraine(WASHINGTON) — The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. MoreFAA Lifts Its Ban on Flights to IsraelWhy Obama Wants Israel to ‘Do More’ About Civilian DeathsRare Elvis Items Up for Auction at Graceland NBC NewsDeath Defying: Women Get Run Over by Train and Live NBC NewsNine-Year-Old…
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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

  • 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…
  • How to improve teaching

    Michael O'Hare
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Elizabeth Green has a fascinating long read in the NYT today, from her forthcoming book.  The best thing about it is her attention to quality assurance practices: she’s much less about this or that cool classroom hack than about a program that improves teaching, whatever practices the latter turns out to entail.  Here are the key paragraphs, in my view: When Akihiko Takahashi arrived in America, he was surprised to find how rarely teachers discussed their teaching methods. A year after he got to Chicago, he went to a one-day conference of teachers and mathematicians and was perplexed…
  • Cannabis legalization: not whether, but how

    Mark Kleiman
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    The New York Times comes out for cannabis legalization. David Frum is still against it. Neither deals seriously with the balance of advantage and disadvantage; the Times simply blows off the question of substance use disorder and pretends that passing a law forbidding sales to minors takes care of the problem of increased use by minors, while Frum never mentions the damage done by the $40-billion-per-year illicit market created by cannabis prohibition and proposes nothing that would shrink that market. And neither the Times editorial board nor David Frum seems interested in the question of…
  • Creeping conservatism: the guaranteed minimum income

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    What’s supposedly progressive Dylan Matthews at the supposedly progressive Vox doing pushing an idea favored by Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Richard Nixon? Of course, the devil is in the details. It matters a lot how minimal the income really is, how fast it phases out, and (crucially) how much of the rest of the income-maintenance and social-services structure it replaces. It’s an idea with the defects of its virtues: Insofar as it displaces direct services, it saves overhead expense and avoids subjecting recipients to bureaucratic meddling in their lives. That’s good or bad…
  • Pub Quiz

    Keith Humphreys
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    This quiz is made up of questions that have an obvious at first blush answer that is wrong, i.e., the sort of thing many people would blurt out without thinking. For each question your challenge is to get BOTH this obvious wrong answer and the right answer. For example, the question “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” has an obvious wrong answer (Ulysses S. Grant) and a correct answer (Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia). If you guessed them both you would get 2 points, if you got just one you would still earn one point. Google not and do your best. Please post scores at the…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • "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…
  • Weekend open thread: Cashing in

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. Most political campaign staffers are overworked and underpaid, and the prevalence of unpaid internships in Congressional offices leaves few opportunities for people who are not independently wealthy. Now two veterans of Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign have come under fire for launching what looks like "a 'pay to play' system for would-be campaign staff." Participants pay $5,000 for five days of intensive training, followed by five weeks of unpaid work on a campaign. Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird…
  • Martin O'Malley: Presidential candidate? Maybe. Clinton rival? No way.

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    It makes perfect sense for potential Democratic presidential candidates to visit Iowa, meeting activists and keeping their options open. That doesn't mean any of them would run against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Case in point: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. Having keynoted the Iowa Democratic Party's state convention last month, he's coming here again this weekend, headlining events for State Senator Rita Hart and state Senate candidate Kevin Kinney on Saturday, then Council Bluffs and Sioux City events for gubernatorial nominee Jack Hatch on Sunday. Politico's Maggie…
  • Hopeless lawsuit only adds to Cedar Rapids' opportunity costs

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Cedar Rapids movers and shakers should be pursuing alternative plans for a prime downtown location rejected for a casino license in April. Instead, city leaders have vowed to find a legislative path to their casino dream. Now a former Linn County attorney hopes a court will throw out the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's decision. Rick Smith reports for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, [Eugene] Kopecky filed a lawsuit this week in Linn County District Court against the commission and the four of five commission members who voted April 17 to deny a state gaming license to casino investor group…
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    Booman Tribune

  • They Drift Apart

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    I encourage (especially) our Jewish members to opine about this observation by Josh Marshall: ...Netanyahu has made the de facto alliance between the Likud or what remains of the faction he owns (that part gets very complicated) and the US Republican party increasingly explicit. And that's dangerous. Dangerous for all concerned but particularly for Israel. I wish Netanyahu and his government had a better sense of the toxic repercussions of mobilizing GOP proxies as cut-outs in this way. It should go without saying that the Israel-US alliance becomes more brittle as it becomes more clearly…
  • Defining What is Legal

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    The most memorable part of ex-Sen. Dale Bumper's (D-AR) speech in defense of Bill Clinton during his Senate impeachment trial was the following: It was a breach of his family trust. It is a sex scandal. H.L. Mencken said one time, "When you hear somebody say, 'This is not about money,' it's about money." (LAUGHTER) And when you hear somebody say, 'This is not about sex,' it's about sex. It wasn't actually about sex. It was about political power. The Republican Party lost a little power by insisting on impeaching Bill Clinton but it probably helped them "win" the presidency two years later.
  • We're Supposed to Learn and Grow

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    The people who wrote and ratified the U.S. Constitution didn't intend by so doing to abolish slavery or abolish the death penalty or give women the right to vote or to an abortion or to legalize same-sex marriage. But they did ban cruel and unusual punishment, and they did ban unreasonable searches. With the Fourteenth Amendment the people demanded equal protection under the law. So, it seems to me that the Founders understood that what was considered unusual and unreasonable in their time might not be considered so in future generations, and the idea that people should be treated equally…
  • Can We Just Be Honest, For Once?

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    I love how this country devises new ways to always avoid taking responsibility for its past mistakes. Did we torture people to death for no good reason? Oh well, we can't admit it or our soldiers deployed overseas will be put at risk. This is why we never saw many of the more appalling photos from Abu Ghraib. It would have inflamed international opinion and made people want to kill our troops. It's also why it's taking so long for us to see the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the treatment of detainees. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is threatening to declassify the report unilaterally, and…
  • There Will Be No Smooth Sailing

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    In the next couple of decades, America is going to have to grapple with two major changes. The first is that there are going to be new first-world powers, like China, Brazil and India, that we will have to reckon with. The West will not be driving things the way we have been accustomed to since the end of World War Two. The second is that the American electorate is going to be more diverse and left-leaning, more like Europe. In both cases, Hillary Clinton seems ill-suited to be our leader. The future is more Bill de Blasio than Andrew Cuomo, and the Clintons probably don't get that. Still,…
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • 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

  • 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…
  • Hot Air For Nothing

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

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

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

    David Pakman Show
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Scientists Figuring Out Why Conservatives Are Conservative Scientists are trying to figure out why conservatives are conservative http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FBBS%2FBBS37_03%2FS0140525X13001192a.pdf&code=0dc53272b98187d10e528452fc6... From: David Pakman Show Views: 2861 211 ratings Time: 03:15 More in News & Politics
  • 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: 49057 1196 ratings Time: 06:30 More in News & Politics
  • UKIP reaches the parts other parties cannot reach

    ukipwebmaster
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    UKIP reaches the parts other parties cannot reach Refreshing the electorate since 1993. Follow on twitter: @ukipwebmaster. From: ukipwebmaster Views: 1280 59 ratings Time: 08:05 More in News & Politics
  • Republican Takes Credit For Bill He Voted Against

    Secular Talk
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Republican Takes Credit For Bill He Voted Against Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has repeatedly voted against emergency funding for disaster relief, but attempted to take credit on Wednesday for the Obama administration's approval of aid for 23... From: Secular Talk Views: 3376 202 ratings Time: 05:16 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: 76751 2857 ratings Time: 04:46 More in News & Politics
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • 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…
  • UN against War Crimes, US not so much

    William Boardman
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    U.S. alone in vote against investigation of crimes against humanity   Is there any doubt that Israelis and Palestinians have been committing war crimes and crimes against each other’s humanity for decades? Objectively, that seems to be a plain fact, with particular relevance to Israel, whose existence was made possible by, among other things, acts of terror. Nowadays Israel objects, with no apparent sense of irony, when Palestinians seeking their own state also resort to acts of terror. Terrorism is a tactic of the relatively weak (as is non-violence) that sometimes seems to produce the…
  • Drought reduces California hydropower, forcing use of natural gas

    Bob Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Folsom Lake, CA. Credit: Robert Couse-Baker. Flickr California utilities are being forced to use natural gas plants to create electricity as drought cuts down on hydropower generation. Lakes and dams where hydropower is used are sometimes less than 50% full. Without ample water, the energy can’t be created. Increasingly, utilities are using natural gas power plants as fallbacks. However natural gas creates more emissions than hydro and is also more expensive. California has an ambitious plan to generate 33% renewable in-state energy by 2020. A continued dry spell will certainly impact…
  • World’s largest solar-wind hybrid installation

    Bob Morris
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A Jamaica law firm has installed an 80 kw hybrid solar-wind array on the roof of their office. It is expected to save $2 million over its 25 year lifespan and uses small vertical turbines and solar PV. The installation incorporates 50 of WindStream’s SolarMill devices. The different SolarMill models each comprise one or more solar panels and three or more turbines
  • Who shot down MH17 over Ukraine?

    William Boardman
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Are Ukraine and Gaza both part of the same war?  The same day that Israeli tanks crossed into Gaza, to continue killing civilians and the occasional Hamas fighter, MSNBC  decided to ignore the Israeli invasion in favor of wall-to-wall coverage of the presumed shoot-down of Malaysian Airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Why would MSNBC make a choice that looks so much like propaganda? The last time the Israelis invaded Gaza, in 2009, more than 100 Palestinians died for each Israeli killed. The 13 dead Israelis were soldiers on the attack, the 1,400-plus dead Palestinians were mostly…
 
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  • Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • House Bill Introduced to Make it Harder for Feds to Take Your Stuff

    Scott Shackford
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    A Republican congressman from Michigan has introduced a House version of legislation to reform the federal government’s highly abused asset forfeiture regulations. It’s not Justin Amash, as we might expect, but Tim Walberg, a strong religious and national security conservative who is also concerned about the abuse of federal authority. He couches his concerns in terms of the IRS abusing businesses as opposed to law enforcement officials snatching cash from people at traffic stops: H.R. 5212 was introduced in direct response to several recent stories involving innocent property owners…
  • Is Common Core on the Ropes?

    J.D. Tuccille
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming "sedate videos" and "talking points." Honestly, though, Common Core supporters have also resorted to less…
  • Video: The Drug War, the Fourth Amendment, and Anal Cavity Searches in New Mexico

    Paul Feine
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The Drug War, the Fourth Amendment, and Anal Cavity Searches in New Mexico is the latest video from ReasonTV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips View this article.
  • No Child Left Outside: Another Mom Arrested for Letting Kid Play in Park

    Lenore Skenazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    A Port St. Lucie, Forida, mom has been arrested and charged with child neglect for daring to let her son, 7, play in the park half a mile from home. He was happily walking there when a busybody noticed him and asked where his mommy was. Then the busybody called the cops, since apparently no child should ever be outside without a private security detail. The police descended upon the scene of the crime and later arresting the mom for the usual charge of child neglect. What if something bad had happened? As the mom, Nicole Gainey, told ABC Action News: "My own bondsman said my parents would…
  • Upworthy-Like Parody Site's List Probably Includes More Useful Information Than Most of Upworthy

    Ed Krayewski
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Last month, The Onion launched ClickHole.com, a parody of websites such as Upworthy that utilize the “You Won’t Believe…” headline template to best take advantage of perceived social media consumption habit to hilarious effect. I may well have learned about it when a commenter here posted this story that at first glance looked like it was on a simple Upworthy knock off. Yesterday, though, ClickHole.com ran a piece, “5 U.S.-Backed Regimes That Failed So Hard They Won,” that applied the irreverence the website’s displayed toward the Things People Care About on Social Media to a…
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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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    New Republic

  • Congress Is Running out of Time to Pass These Necessary Bills

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Just three days remain until the August recess, but Congress has lots of work left to do. Last Thursday, I explained how Congressional dysfunction was blocking the passage of some
  • Why Are Conservative Health Journalists Covering for Halbig Truthers?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The unearthing last week of video footage showing MIT professor Jonathan Gruber—one of the Affordable Care Act's key architects—claiming sua sponte that the health law's subsidies were conditioned upon states setting up their own exchanges has emboldened a once-marginal faction of Obam
  • If Republicans Were Serious About Spending Less, They'd Act on Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    We’re seeing a smart change in how to talk about global warming. Debating it as a moral problem or pointing to the scientific consensus is clearly not enough to convince politicians to commit to broad greenhouse gas reductions. So, instead, the White House is reframing it in language that most peo
  • House Republicans Are Helping People (and Corporations) Cheat on Their Taxes

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Doctors who owe back taxes, homeowners who overstate their mortgage interest deduction, and corporations that avoid U.S. taxes are finally receiving the legislative protection they so richly deserve.For months now, congressional Republicans outraged by the IRS's scrutiny of Tea Party groups have bee
  • One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong

    Jonathan Cohn
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    On January 15, 2010, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t yet law. It was just two separate health care reform bills—one passed by the Senate, one passed by the House. With Martha Coakley still the presumptive winner of the upcoming special election in Massachusetts, congressional leaders were working
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  • 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 >>
  • Bordering on heartless

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

  • Senate Nominee Argues Low Minimum Wage Is ‘Appropriate for Iowa’

    Josh Israel
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Iowa Senate nominee Joni Ernst (R) CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Iowa Senate nominee Rep. Bruce Braley (D) released a new campaign ad on Tuesday highlighting his Republican opponent’s opposition to increasing the minimum wage. To defend itself, state Senator Joni Ernst’s (R) campaign claimed Iowans are best off with their state’s paltry $7.25-an-hour minimum. The Braley ad features part of a June Iowa Public Radio interview in which Ernst was asked if she — like 65 percent of her fellow Iowans — supported an increase in the minimum wage. Ernst responded in…
  • Gripping New Ad Shows What Happens When You Mix Guns With Domestic Violence

    Nicole Flatow
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot A man with a piercing stare peers through the blinds and knocks. The woman inside calls 911, voice quivering. “It’s my ex, trying to break in.” The police proceed to ask her questions, slowly. And in the meantime, the man has kicked in the door, grabbed the woman’s child, and pointed a gun at her head. “Stop gun violence against women,” reads the message at the end of a 30-second TV spot. The grisly ad was produced by the newly formed gun violence group Everytown for Gun Safety, and the it will run in three states where Republican…
  • North Carolina Abandons Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Zack Ford
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Same-sex couples marched in Ashville, NC last October before a protest where they requested marriage licenses they knew they would not be issued. CREDIT: AP Photo/Adam Jennings Following Monday’s decision by the Fourth Circuit overturning Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) has abandoned his defense of his state’s ban, calling it a “futile” cause. “I have concluded that the State of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward,” he said in a statement. “In addition, the State of North…
  • Why A Popular Music Festival Banned Headdresses

    Megan Red Shirt-Shaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Coachella, obviously. CREDIT: Flickr Creative Commons – cjzp Music festival attendees can wear whatever they want, but they somehow wind up in the same sort of uniform. Guys are in tanks or ironic tees or shirtless, with Ray-Bans (or the Urban Outfitters knockoff) shielding their gaze from the sun; girls wear those ripped jean shorts, a breezy, barely-there top, maybe a flower crown, anything that’ll make it look like they just took a tumble through a Free People catalog. And there’s always at least a few white kids in headdresses. Bass Coast, a Canadian music festival, just…
  • NCAA Agrees To Major Medical Reforms In Settlement Of Concussion Lawsuit

    Travis Waldron
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    CREDIT: AP The NCAA and former players suing the organization over its treatment and management of concussions across sports have reached a settlement in the class action case, coming to an agreement that will establish a fund for monitoring of the injuries and new policies for how to treat and respond to them. The settlement was filed Tuesday morning in the Northern District of Illinois, the New York Times reported. It has not yet received approval from the judge overseeing the case. The original case was brought by three former college athletes led by former Eastern Illinois football player…
 
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    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.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can not perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself. (Z. Ziglar) — Or WANT to see yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. (E. Roosevelt) — It is a lifestyle, an attitude, a daily habit. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2014

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

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

  • 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…
  • GOP's Short-Sighted Strategies

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Political parties often face choices between strategies that create (or promise to create) a short-term advantage, and those that address long-range challenges. One of the GOP's problems right now is that it is developing a real habit of sacrificing the long game to immediate opportunities. I briefly discussed five recent examples today at the Washington Monthly: The first example involves the many, many lies told by GOP pols and affiliated gabbers about the alleged horrific impact of the Affordable Care Act on old folks. These ranged from deliberate mischaracterization of the Medicare "cuts"…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Dan Balz's "If voter turnout is key, why is it so low?" rounds up the reasons and possible cures for low voter participation in mid term elections. Brendan Nyhan has a good post at The Upshot on the folly of the 'Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency." Long-term unemployment is plummeting. The GOP appears ready to squander many millions of taxpayer dollars on a doomed impeachment effort ---even though 65 percent of voters think it is a bad idea, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday. How many millions would the Republicans spend? One clue is that they spent more than $40…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    From David Lauter's L.A. Times post, "Democratic strategists prescribe populism to cure party ills": "Stanley Greenberg, who has advocated populist economic arguments since before his stint as Bill Clinton's White House polling chief, made a similar argument this week in releasing a new survey of voters in 12 Senate battleground states. The poll showed that some voter groups that are key to Democratic chances are significantly "underperforming" relative to 2012, Greenberg said. That's bad news for Democrats. But the survey, which tested the impact of different political arguments on voter…
  • Curbing Enthusiasm About the "Enthusiasm Gap"

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

  • 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…
  • For Rise in Rape Cases, Akhilesh Yadav ‘Punishes’ Officers

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

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

    Gene Frieda
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since his first address as China’s president last year, Xi Jinping has been espousing his goal of advancing the so-called Chinese Dream. But the imperative of addressing the unprecedented amount of debt that China has accumulated in recent years is testing Xi’s resolve – and his government is blinking.
  • The Dark Side of Physics

    Maria Spiropulu
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Almost a century ago, the first galaxy beyond our own was discovered, and within a decade the theory that the universe is expanding was first proposed. Since then, astounding technological developments have contributed to revolutionary progress in science, and physics now stands at a new threshold.
  • The Internet’s Next Act

    J. Bradford DeLong
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In many respects, the ICT revolution has delivered more than it promised – and often in unpredictable ways. And yet most people, though enjoying easy access to technology and low prices, have lost ground, with real wages falling for many years.
  • The End of the Arab State

    Christopher R. Hill
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East’s latest cycle of violence suggests something bigger: the beginning of the dissolution of the Arab nation-state, reflected in the fragmentation of Sunni Arabia. And, as state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen.
  • Soccer Lessons for Europe’s Economy

    Harold James
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Though a solution to the euro crisis continues to elude European leaders, the foundations of one are not difficult to discern. In fact, Europe’s recent soccer experience – in the EURO 2012 tournament and this year’s World Cup – provides insight into how to revive Europe’s economy and address its deeper identity problem.
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  • 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…
  • Mike Hutchinson: How Oakland’s School Board Plans to Further Gentrification

    mrDaveyd
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Mike Hutchinson Oakland, California like most city’s around the country and for that matter around the world has two big buzz word that spark intense, heated  passions among its residents GENTRIFICATION and PRIVATIZATION… Here in ‘tha town‘ public school privatization has been a key ingredient in the attempts by developers and big power brokers seeking to bring about an economic and demographic change. Translation, there are many in power who want Oakland to be whiter and more affluent. This is playing out in very ugly ways within the Oakland Unified School District…
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  • Expensive New Hepatitis C Medicine, Seen as Harbinger of Specialty Drugs to Come, Poses Challenge to Health Care System

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Expansion of healthcare access under Obamacare and the release of expensive drugs have state officials breaking into a sweat over how to pay for high-priced treatments for those who need them.   The arrival of Sovaldi, Gilead Sciences’ new treatment for hepatitis C, is one perfect example. The drug costs $84,000 per patient for a 12-week regimen.   In Oregon, state Medicaid officials face the prospect of spending nearly as much money to provide Solvaldi to hepatitis C sufferers, $360 million, as it did to cover all drugs given to Medicaid patients last year, $377 million.
  • Members of U.S. Military Subjected to Aggressive Collection Tactics of Litigious Loan Operation

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    A Virginia-based retailer has been aggressively going after members of the U.S. military who have fallen prey to its collection tactics after customers miss payments on overpriced household goods.   USA Discounters has been described by members of the military as “ruthless” in suing them, including those stationed overseas once they fall behind on payments for appliances, computers, jewelry and other items that are sold for prices far higher than in big-box stores.   Military personnel are supposed to be shielded from such litigation under the Servicemembers Civil Relief…
  • Patient Privacy Laws Misapplied to Protect Health Centers, Not Patients

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    When Congress adopted the landmark Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996, the achievement was hailed for making privacy of patients’ medical records a new federal guarantee. But over the next two decades, healthcare institutions began misapplying, if not abusing HIPPA to protect themselves from public inquiries and even deny individuals access to their own medical records.   ProPublica found numerous examples of how the law has become twisted by the industry, essentially turning HIPPA on its head.   Americans have been threatened by private…
  • Most Migrant Children from Central America Released to U.S. Relatives, Often via Chaotic Air Travel

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    The journey of unaccompanied migrant children crossing into the United States for the most part ends with them living with relatives, but often only after the children are jetted around the country.   The Obama administration announced last week that 30,340 children from Central America have been taken out of government shelters this year and placed into homes with family members.   Texas homes have received the largest number of the children (4,280), followed by New York (3,347), Florida (3,181) and California (3,150).   The Office of Refugee Settlement says more than half of…
  • For Weddings in Colorado and Washington State, Marijuana is Often the Key to Tying the Knot

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    A new kind of high is being enjoyed on wedding day in Colorado and Washington, the two states that have legalized recreational marijuana use. Pot is popping up in all different ways at marriage ceremonies in these two states, from bridal bouquets to gift bags to celebratory toasts.   Wedding planner Kelli Bielema of Shindig Events in Seattle told The New York Times that marijuana use at weddings is “out of the closet now.”   “I did a wedding recently where they had a little box, like a trinket box, and it had a bunch of joints in it. They just passed it around, and…
 
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  • 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…
  • Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project

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

    Miriam Axel-Lute
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    This article originally appeared on the Shelterforce blog at Rooflines.org. Photo by Daniel Parks / Flickr. Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country people carry machine guns through the baby products aisle and want to cut both food stamps and millionaire’s taxes, while in others we’re extending marriage equality and trying to build decent mass transit and celebrating diversity. It’s a deep, unbridgeable rift, and…
 
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  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Jodi Arias Trial Truth: The Herr Speights Sinus Theory Debunked: " The most difficult student to educate is the one who is not willing to admit their ignorance" - anonymous "Herr" S...
 
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  • Tracey Crouch: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to be promoted”

    Lucy Fisher
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    The Conservative MP talks to Lucy Fisher about rebelling against the government, mindfulness and football. The Conservative MP Tracey Crouch. “I have a secret wonkishness.” Tracey Crouch, the football-loving Conservative MP, whispers conspiratorially. “I’m actually a passionate defender of our unwritten constitution. I also believe strongly in the role of Parliament, and freedom and transparency in Parliament.” The MP for Chatham and Aylesford in Kent is a self-confessed tomboy with a hidden geeky side: an idiosyncratic mix that is characterstic of her personality. In Parliament too…
  • The “restroom row” in Miami is the latest attempt to make it harder for minorities to vote

    David Millward
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    The Florida county – pivotal in the 2000 Bush-Gore battle – has backtracked on a policy that would have meant polling stations didn’t have disabled toilets. Miami-Dade county election officials check voting machines for accuracy. Photo: Getty It started off as a routine inquiry from a disability rights group in Miami over access to polling stations during an election. What followed was an angry dispute in which election officials were accused of trying to discourage voters from exercising their democratic rights. The “restroom row” in Miami-Dade county is symptomatic of a raft of…
  • Why Cameron's crackdown on immigrant benefits won't help the Tories

    George Eaton
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    The PM is fuelling the perception that "benefit tourism" is a problem while still allowing himself to be outflanked by Ukip.  David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the Institute for Government. Photograph: Getty Images. Just six months after the government's last crackdown on "benefit tourism", David Cameron has launched another. In an article for the Telegraph, he announces that the period of time EU migrants can claim welfare payments for will be reduced from six months to three (after an initial three-month waiting period). He writes: We’re also making sure people come for…
  • What David Ruffley's resignation tells us about attitudes in power to domestic violence

    Frances Ryan
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    The Conservative MP will stand down at the 2015 election after accepting a police caution for a common assault on his former partner earlier this year. David Ruffley MP speaking in the House of Commons. At the start of this year, David Ruffley MP accepted a police caution for common assault on his then partner. Last night he resigned. (Or rather, he promised to resign in 2015 – after taking another ten months of wages from the taxpayer.)   Reading Ruffley’s resignation letter – much like his "apology" last week, you would be excused for thinking this was a man who had been forced to…
  • Labour’s Help to Build scheme will succeed where the coalition has failed

    Chris Leslie and Emma Reynolds
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    By providing government guarantees to small construction firms we will kickstart housing supply.  Traditional terraced properties in Greenwich on June 4, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. Today on a visit to a small builder in Kent, we outlined Labour’s proposal to boost small house-builders and help the next generation on to the property ladder. Our Help to Build scheme would underwrite bank loans to smaller housebuilders and unlock much-needed finance to get them building. We’re in the midst of the biggest housing crisis in a generation. Families and young people are struggling to get…
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  • John Boehner: Impeachment Talk All a Democratic Scam

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    House Speaker John Boehner (R) flatly denied that there were any plans to impeach President Obama, adding that the buzz behind the issue was “coming from the president’s own staff.” “We have no plans to impeach the president, we have no future plans,” he said. Boehner dismissed the impeachment buzz as a ploy by Democrats to rally their supporters and to raise money. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House,” he insisted. Former Governor Sarah Palin called for Obama’s impeachment in early July, citing the crisis on…
  • Boehner: Impeachment Threats 'All A Scam'

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama and impeachment talk was nothing but a "scam" started by Democrats. "We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," Boehner said at a Tuesday press conference. "It's all a scam started by Democrats in the White House." White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said last week that the Obama administration was concerned that Republicans would impeach him if he lawlessly enacted more executive actions. Democrat groups have been sending out "red alert" emails and raising money by bringing up…
  • Walden Warns GOP: Impeachment A Dem Money Maker

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, warned GOP colleagues in a closed-door meeting Tuesday against fanning the flames of impeachment for President Barack Obama, saying Democrats had successfully used the issue to raise $2 million online last weekend alone. "Greg Walden got up and said that Democrats raised over $2 million this weekend by putting that out in the Internet. The White House is using it as a fund-raising tool. There's no discussion among us. The only thing we said, and the Speaker reiterated this, is we're not going there,…
  • Until We Stop the Flood, We Will Never Overcome This Border Crisis

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    This month I have been down to the Texas-Mexico border three different weekends. My nights patrolling the border, talking in depth with Border Patrol, DPS, Texas Rangers, ICE agents, and people in the area have helped bring a few things into focus for me. Namely – we must secure the border and enforce the law of the land. Unlike the editorial board at the Longview News-Journal, the majority of Americans understand compassion is not encouraging a president to continue luring children to this country through horrific dangers, transported by drug cartel employees from countries where crime…
  • No Brainer: The 'BlueServo' Solution to Border Insecurity

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    In the past few weeks, the Obama administration’s oft-repeated contention that “the border is more secure than ever” has been exposed for the fraud it always was. While the invasion by tens of thousands of so-called “unaccompanied illegal alien children” has been the most palpable evidence to the contrary, there is a far greater worry: The threat posed by swelling numbers of drug- and sex-traffickers, gang members, and suspected jihadists who are taking advantage of the border’s porousness, and the diversion of those charged with patrolling it due to the…
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  • 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…
  • Economy without government

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    "Honourable Minister, I followed the clash you had in Parliament with the M5S and Sel senators in relation to the institutional reform proposals that are currently under discussion. Understandably you defended your work and you have rejected the idea that these reforms represent an authoritarian change of direction associated with an illiberal spirit. Going beyond the polemics that in this case were particularly fiery, I would like to calmly present you with a few thoughts that are purely personal. I’m offering them simply as a citizen and as one who has been studying these matters. As an…
 
 
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  • Iraq: No Military Redo a Decade Later

    Doug Bandow
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Doug Bandow Little more than a decade ago the U.S. invaded Iraq.  The promised cakewalk turned out far different than expected.  Today the government—and entire state—created by Washington are in crisis.  Yet the same voices again are being raised calling for military intervention.  With the promise that this time everything will turn out well. Social engineers never seem to learn.  It is hard enough to redesign and remake individuals, families, and communities in America.  It is far harder to do so overseas. As I point out in my latest Freeman column: …
  • Biden: "I Should Have Had One Republican Kid To Go Out And Make Money"

    Walter Olson
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Walter Olson The Washington Free Beacon reports that Vice President Joseph Biden made his audience “burst into laughter” at the Urban League gathering in Cincinnati when he cracked “I should have had one Republican kid to go out and make money,” noting that instead he has a daughter who went into social work.  And well should they have burst into laughter. It was a joke, folks! In real life, Biden’s son Beau has worked as an asbestos plaintiff’s lawyer, which is much more of a moneymaking venture than most “Republican kids” ever get near. Both he…
  • Gray Lady Calls on Feds to Repeal Marijuana Prohibition

    Tim Lynch
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Tim Lynch Yesterday, the New York Times ran a lengthy editorial, entitled “Let States Decide on Marijuana.”  Here is an excerpt: Allowing states to make their own decisions on marijuana — just as they did with alcohol after the end of Prohibition in 1933 — requires unambiguous federal action. The most comprehensive plan to do so is a bill introduced last year by Representative Jared Polis, Democrat of Colorado, known as the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. It would eliminate marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, require a federal permit for growing and…
  • Legalization or Amnesty for Unlawful Immigrants – An American Tradition

    Alex Nowrasteh
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Alex Nowrasteh Legalization of unlawful immigrants, commonly referred to as amnesty, has been hyperbolically described as an affront to U.S. national sovereignty, the rule of law, and even our Constitutional Republic.  However, the U.S. government has a long history of successfully legalizing violators of immigration laws. In 1929, the year the Immigration Act of 1924 went in effect, Congress passed an amnesty to allow for the voluntary registration of all unlawful immigrants who wished to legalize their unrecorded entry.  Beginning a familiar pattern, Congress combined this 1929…
  • We Shouldn’t Follow Germany on Minimum Wage

    Charles Hughes
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Charles Hughes President Obama included a much discussed proposal to increase the national minimum wage to $10.10, from its current level of $7.25.  To date, the proposal has gone nowhere in Congress. In the meantime, some cities and states have introduced or approved increases in their minimum wage rates. Ten states and the District of Columbia have enacted increases in the 2014 session so far. In June, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to increase their minimum wage to $15. In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee followed suit and has introduced a ballot measure to increase their…
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  • 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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  • China’s Educational Challenge When Going Global

    Ulf Henning Richter
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Educating a generation of students who can innovate in their thinking is a cornerstone for China’s future success. At Nottingham University Ningbo China (UNNC), students are prepared for China to go global. Taught in English according to Western standards and under strict quality control of the British campus, they receive an internationally competitive education and […] The post China’s Educational Challenge When Going Global appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • World War I: Why There Will Never Be Another Great War (Part 1/2)

    Aditya Sakorkar
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    The two World Wars were the last interstate conflicts where belligerents were more or less evenly matched. World War I, or the Great War, altered the course of history. Its effects can be felt even today. For instance, much of the conflict in the Middle East is a result of colonial lines drawn in the sand. The […] The post World War I: Why There Will Never Be Another Great War (Part 1/2) appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • War: The Hell Where Peace and Laughter Go

    Anna Pivovarchuk
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    War has remained a near constant and destructive force in the history of human development. Background According to Stephen Pinker, we live in the safest of times. In his book, The Better Angels of our Nature, he writes: “The decline in violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of […] The post War: The Hell Where Peace and Laughter Go appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Gaza: No Innocent Victims?

    Alia Brahimi
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    A destructive mindset among Israelis justifies violence against Palestinians. In 1894, a young anarchist left a bomb outside the offices of a mining company in Paris. Before he met the guillotine, Emile Henri claimed that his very humanity compelled him to act the way he did, in defense of the starving and exploited men working […] The post Gaza: No Innocent Victims? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator

    James Dorsey
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The need for a credible, universally-accepted mediator between Israelis and Palestinians has never been greater. Amid the death and destruction raining down on the Gaza Strip, there is a sliver of hope. Seldom have the makings for a mutually-agreed long-term arrangement — which would give both parties a degree of stability and security, and allow […] The post Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator appeared first on Fair Observer.
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  • 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…
  • Copiii - gazdele viermisorilor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jonathan Wolfe
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    IDF Publishes Video Of Rockets Being Launched From Gazan School, Graveyard IDF Publishes Video Of Rockets Being Launched From Gazan School, Graveyard Politics Religion World Hamas Rockets Has Been Optimized The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) published numerous videos and photos over the weekend allegedly showing rockets being fired by Hamas from inside hospitals and schools in Gaza. In one video, Rockets are seen being launched from the Abu Nur school. “It looks like the rocket launchers are being stored in the school,” an IDF soldier says on the film. “Three rockets launched?” another…
  • Republicans Slam U.S. Government for Bundy Ranch Standoff (Video)

    Michael Allen
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Republicans Slam U.S. Government for Bundy Ranch Standoff (Video) Republicans Slam U.S. Government for Bundy Ranch Standoff (Video) Legal Politics Rep. Chris Stewart Has Been Optimized Two Republican congressman recently attacked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) non-violent confrontation with armed supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay over $1 million grazing fees for more than 20 years. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) slammed armed BLM agents, whom Bundy's defenders pointed sniper rifles at, noted RawStory.com (video below). “I have observed more and…
  • Radio Host Leads Rally Against 'Invasion' of Child Immigrants (Video)

    Michael Allen
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Radio Host Leads Rally Against 'Invasion' of Child Immigrants (Video) Radio Host Leads Rally Against 'Invasion' of Child Immigrants (Video) Local Nation Politics World Radio Host Jeff Kuhner Immigrants Has Been Optimized Radio host Jeff Kuhner led a rally to stop the "invasion" of undocumented immigrants, specifically Central American children who might be housed in Massachusetts, on Saturday. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) has offered to provide shelter for up to 1,000 undocumented children for up to four months. According to conservative Boston radio station…
  • Sarah Palin Slurs Words, Rambles During Speech (Video)

    Michael Allen
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Sarah Palin Slurs Words, Rambles During Speech (Video) Sarah Palin Slurs Words, Rambles During Speech (Video) Politics Weird News Sarah Palin Slurs Words Has Been Optimized Former half-term Alaska Governor and current Fox News commentator Sarah Palin gave a speech to the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, on July 19. Like many of Palin's past speeches, she attacked President Obama repeatedly, but this time, she seemed lost and slurred her words. CrooksandLiars.com edited Palin's 30 minute speech down to nine minutes of her more bizarre moments (video below). "So the president…
  • Cartel Allegedly Targets Sheriff After He Bills Mexico's President For Undocumented Immigrants

    Kathryn Schroeder
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Cartel Allegedly Targets Sheriff After He Bills Mexico's President For Undocumented Immigrants Here Is What This Sheriff Sent Mexico’s President Cartel Allegedly Targets Sheriff After He Bills Mexico's President For Undocumented Immigrants Headlines Politics Has Been Optimized A letter sent to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto by Ohio Sheriff Richard Jones of Butler County charging him for all the undocumented immigrants in his jail has caused more trouble than expected. Following the letter being sent, Sheriff Jones received correspondence from the federal government. “The…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said/She Said: Japanese Fashion

    Erica and Matt Chua
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    When you hear “Japanese fashion”, what do you think?  Middle-age men wearing Disney World hats, Las Vegas t-shirts and enormous cameras?  Or do you think the Harajuku women, dressed up like dolls, anime characters, and the occasional horse head?  Are their fashion choices representing craziness or self-expression in a repressive society?  Read our takes then have your say in the comments below. HE SAID… Fashion in Japan is interesting.  “Interesting” used in a Minnesota-nice sort of way, as in, “it’s not my thing, I’m not sure about it, actually it makes me a little…
  • Dave Goldberg: Barcelona and the 6%

    David Goldberg
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    “We could simply pack our bags and catch a plane to Barcelona ‘cause this city’s a drag.” - Holiday in Spain by Counting Crows If you’re reading this, there’s a decent chance I’m catching you on a mobile device. And according to the latest Pew data, 6% of U.S. consumers are mobile ONLY. No home phone. No computer. And from what I saw at Mobile World Congress(MWC) last month in Barcelona, this number is guaranteed to rise. One of the major conversations at the conference centered on device form factors – they’re getting bigger. Samsung, Nokia and Sony all announced new…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Marshmallow Test

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The “Marshmallow Test,” Batman, and law school (and life) lessons. Ever since my sophomore year in college, after renting the movie the Paper Chase (about life at Harvard law school) and watching it three consecutive times (the third time as the sun was rising the next morning), I knew I wanted to go to law school. 25 years ago this fall I started law school at the University of Kentucky. Law school, for me, was one of those transitional and transformational experiences. The experience has a way of introducing a student to him or herself. During law school one has to come to grips with…
  • Saul Kaplan: Weird Is In

    Saul Kaplan
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have to admit when I was growing up and when we raised our children I thought weird was out.  Weird was isolated, ostracized, dismissed, and definitely not cool. Turns out I was wrong. Weird is in.  Weird is unique, refreshing, remarkable, and definitely cool.  It just took me a while to figure it out.  The evidence is all around us.  Two personal reminders of how weird can be an advantage are a recent trip to Austin, Texas and reading Delivering Happiness by Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh. I was asked to give a talk on business model innovation to a group of association leaders in Austin,…
  • David V. Hawpe: Fancy Farm, Mitch McConnell and Blackdamp

    RP Nation
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Alison Grimes ought to remind the Crowd of Fancy Farm that Mitch McConnell is choking the U.S. Senate with blackdamp. Given what McConnell knows about coal mining, aides may have to explain to him that blackdamp is a mixture of debilitating gases – as one dictionary puts it, a miasma “incapable of supporting life or flame.” Fancy Farm is, of course, the political picnic in Graves County on the first Saturday in August that traditionally opens the Kentucky political season. St. Jerome’s Parish bills the event as the “World’s Largest One Day BBQ,” where you can…
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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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  • Ron DeSantis Takes to House Floor to Defend Israel

    Kevin Derby
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., took to the floor of Congress on Tuesday to call on America to support Israel in the current crisis in the Middle East. “I rise in defense of Israel in their defensive war against Hamas,” DeSantis said. The freshman congressman called Hamas a “terrorist organization” and “an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood” that wants to destroy Israel. “Hamas desires a second Holocaust although they won’t acknowledge the first one happened,” DeSantis said. “We need to stand with Israel at this critical juncture.”
  • Rick Scott Agrees to 3 Fall Debates, Hits Charlie Crist for Not Debating Nan Rich

    Kevin Derby
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Gov. Rick Scott’s team announced on Tuesday that he would engage in three debates in the fall: the Telemundo debate on Oct. 10, Leadership Florida’s debate at Broward College on Oct. 15 and CNN’s debate on Oct. 21.  read more
  • Marco Rubio Praises Jeff Miller, VA Reforms

    Kevin Derby
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Count U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as a fan of the congressional agreement to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. While he does not serve on the Veterans Affairs Committee, Rubio had been part of the team which was trying to find common ground between the various VA agreements emerging from the Democratic-controlled Senate and the GOP-led House. Rubio gave U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, high praise for his leadership on the matter. read more
  • Gus Bilirakis Warns of 'Illegal Bailouts' in Obamacare

    Kevin Derby
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    During a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee meeting on Monday, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., said President Barack Obama’s health-care law contained “illegal bailouts to insurance companies” and reiterated his opposition to it. read more
  • Florida Commercial Contractors Endorse Rick Scott for Re-election

    Nancy Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida Inc. (ABC) on Monday announced the endorsement of Rick Scott to serve a second term as Florida's governor.read more
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  • 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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    PoliticusUSA

  • Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Claims Ghetto Culture Causes 9-Year-Old Black Kids To Smoke Weed

    Justin Baragona
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    During Monday night's broadcast of The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly used his 'Talking Points Commentary' and an additional panel discussion to race-bait and disseminate misleading information on the issue of marijuana use. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Maryland Republican Leads Secessionist Group in National Anthem – Dixie

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Not only does Peroutka want to secede, but he is concerned, he says, that the "biblical view" of government should "survive the secession." [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mitch McConnell’s Big Spending Isn’t Working As He Is Tied With Alison Lundergan Grimes

    Jason Easley
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Mitch McConnell has already spent $30 million to try to keep his Senate seat, but a new Bluegrass Poll found that he remained tied with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Editorial Cartoon: Trophies

    Bill Day
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The U.S. sugar industry owns King Ranch in Texas where they fly the political GOP elite, all expenses paid, to a hunting vacation. There, the pretend big game safari boys like Rick Scott can hunt on a well stocked ranch for their 'trophies'. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sarah Palin Is Trying To Steal Fox’s Viewers With a Channel That Costs More Than Netflix

    Jason Easley
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Still stuck in 2008, Sarah Palin thinks that people will pay more than the cost of a Netflix membership to listen to her bitter ramblings about President Obama. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • 260 Arab intellectuals against ISIS

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scott Brown's Campaign Ads Feature Green Screened Stock Footage

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Spoiler: He’s not at the airport. Scott Brown's new campaign ad titled "Security" features the New Hampshire candidate standing in an airport talking about security procedures at U.S. airports compared to security conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border: youtube.com But it appears Brown isn't really in an airport — and instead in front of a green screen with stock video footage of an airport from Shutterstock superimposed during editing: View Entire List ›
  • New Climate Change Strategy Has Changed Some Republican Minds, Says White House

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    John Podesta says Republicans in the House are a “lagging indicator” when it comes to climate change. John Podesta Kevin Lamarque / Reuters WASHINGTON — On Tuesday the White House released its latest case that climate change is a real and ongoing threat rather than just a future problem to be solved down the road. The shift in focus to current impacts of climate change has worked on some Republicans, top White House advisers said, but not the Republicans in Congress. Top White House advisers John Podesta and Jason Furman joined a call with reporters Monday to preview…
  • How A One-Time Pig Peddler Helped The U.S. Flood War Zones With Guns

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    BuzzFeed The Sheraton hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a neoclassical colossus built during the Soviet era. The rear end of the building butts up on a 4th-century church and mossy Roman ruins, and it dwarfs the country’s adjoining presidential palace. Inside the hotel, a dark-eyed woman in a pantsuit invites guests to the erotic nightclub in the hotel basement. Skip the strip club, and there’s a hotel bar with a spacious lounge, where carpeting absorbs sound, and marble pillars reflect the light of the massive crystal chandeliers.It is here that a short, heavyset, American arms dealer…
  • The Deadly "Beast" Train Through Mexico Doesn't Actually Carry That Many Immigrants

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Conditions have become so bad it has hurt the profits of criminal organizations including MS13, who have begun policing the train. People wait in Mexico to stow away on the freight train known as "La Bestia" for a trip toward the U.S. border. Jessie Wardarski/Cronkite News Service / MCT International efforts to cut off access to "La Bestia" — a network of trains in Mexico — are expected to have little to no impact on the flood of undocumented children and other immigrants that has hit the Texas border, according to internal Obama administration documents obtained by BuzzFeed.
  • Hillary Clinton Now Says The Law Shouldn't Be Changed To Quickly Deport Children At Border

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    She previously said it should be considered. Clinton also said children from Central American countries should be screened to see if they qualify as refugees before making the dangerous trip to the U.S. Hillary Clinton, who previously said the unaccompanied minors who came from Central American countries should be sent back, clarified her views after Jorge Ramos of Fusion asked her if she had a "Latino problem" because of her stance. "Some of them should be sent back," Clinton said. "Just because a child gets across the border, what category does that child end up in?" The 2016 Democratic…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • House Floor Tonight: CBC to Speak Against GOP #Obama Impeachment Moves

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    CBCTalks. Tonight members of the Congressional Black Caucus will take to the House floor in opposition to legislation offered by House Republicans to sue President Obama. “Tonight, during the first hour of Special Order time, members of the Congressional Black Caucus will speak on halting House Republican Leadership’s efforts toward impeachment of President Barack Obama,” a press release read. The hour long House floor session should begin around 7 p.m. unless Republicans who have the majority play floor games and bump back the time.  The Black Caucus’ talk against what…
  • Legislators, Civil Rights Leaders Remain Front and Center in Tech/Telecom Space

    Kristal High
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    In 1995, digital inequality based on race, gender, income and geography captured the nation’s attention:  the “digital divide.”  Over the next two decades, legislators of color and civil rights organizations have been focused on ways to address the #1 civil rights imperative of the 21st century – ensuring affordable access, adoption, and informed use of broadband technologies.  As social media, online video streaming, and the app economy have taken the world by storm, civil rights advocates have sought to ensure that people of color and members of low-income communities are able to…
  • Future of Electric Utilities May be Changing, if Millennials Have Their Say

    Kristal High
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    A recent study by the Brookings Institute’s Governance Studies Program could have profound implications for the future of electric utilities.  Millennials, people born after 1982, will account for one-third of the adult population by 2020, and 75% of the workforce by 2025.  As both workers and consumers, they hold a different set of values than their parents, which means the days of electric utilities looking to consumers as captive audiences may be falling by the wayside.  At the same time, utility companies looking to attract Millennials to populate their workforce must embody new…
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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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

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

  • The Importance of Mobile Apps for Small Businesses

    brionnamuyco
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    By Lance Brown, VP of Product Development at HuzzahMedia, Special for USDR     According to recent data from comScore, nearly 20 percent of U.S. Millennials access the Internet exclusively via their mobile devices. And the average Millennial spends nearly 66 hours a month browsing the web on their smartphone. Given this demographic is one of the most sought after and lucrative for businesses today, it reinforces the reasons why developing and perfecting a company’s mobile presence should be a top priority.     If your business is still missing a mobile presence, you are…
  • Can Terrorism Be Stopped?

    brionnamuyco
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    By: Jack Duffy, Special for USDR       Is terrorism growing in the world today? Most experts would agree that the global terrorist threat is greater now than at any other time in history. Six months ago few people had heard of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Today despite being outnumbered and out equipped by …a U.S. trained Iraqi army, ISIS is in control of a large part of Iraq and a small part of Syria. ISIS now has tremendous funding after taking over Iraqi banks worth about $500 million. In addition they have acquired equipment from Iraqi army units that…
  • Call for Immediate Action to Stop Iraq Genocide

    brionnamuyco
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    By Coptic Solidarity, Special for USDR         Coptic Solidarity is gravely concerned for the future of indigenous religious minorities in the Middle East as the Islamic State continues to cleanse all religious minorities from areas in its control. The world has met such historical calamity with deafening silence and Coptic Solidarity urges immediate and concrete actions.     The UN Security Council recently held three meetings on Gaza, but failed to convene an emergency meeting to address the cleansing of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq. Al-Azhar, the…
  • Hollywood Frets over Potential Murdoch Purchase of Time Warner

    brionnamuyco
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    By USDR         As news spread through Hollywood that Rupert Murdoch via 21st Century Fox had offered $80 billion to acquire Time Warner, an already anxious entertainment community started getting even more nervous.     The board of directors of Time Warner actually turned Murdoch’s offer down. Then in an apparent attempt to block additional bids, there was an almost immediate modification of the company’s bylaws.     Fear that a conservative-leaning mogul such as Murdoch could gain power over Warner Bros., HBO, CNN, and the other Turner networks…
  • Town Of Bayview, TX Bans Local Church And School From Its Own Property

    brionnamuyco
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    By the Liberty Institute, Special for USDR       Today, retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez, the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, the law firm Colvin, Chaney, Saenz & Rodriguez, LLP, and Liberty Institute, on behalf of the Cornerstone Church by the Bay, its pastor Hamilton Musser, and the Laguna Madre Christian Academy, filed a lawsuit against the Town of Bayview, TX, for enacting an illegal zoning ordinance prohibiting the church and religious school from operating on its own property. The attorneys claim the town’s ban is unconstitutional and…
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    The American Patriot

  • 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)
  • Not everyone likes D’Souza’s New Movie

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Go read: Two Critical Reviews (From the Right) of D’Souza’s New Movie via Conservative Heritage Times. My biggest gripe is that this third-world interloper is lecturing me on what America should be. I like my America the way it is, thank you very much; and I do not need some two-bit interloper; who cannot even keep his penis in his pants long enough to keep a marriage together — lecturing me on America. The truth is: America was founded, fought for and won; by people who talk, look and act like me and not D’Souza. The only reason people like D’Souza are even in this Country,…
 
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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

  • 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…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

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

  • Gaza | Updated Statistics

    Mohammad Tomazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Last updated | Jul., 29,2014, 01:35PM, Jerusalem local time
  • Gaza updates| Hospitals are targets again

    Mohammad Tomazy
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Israeli forces bombarded outpatient department of Al-Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in Gaza Strip."10 people, including nine children under the age of 12, were killed and 46 wounded in the blast at a park in the Shati refugee camp on the outskirts of Gaza City."...""The children were playing and were happy, enjoying Eid, and they got hit," said Nidal Aljerbi, a witness"".Five people were also killed during heavy shelling in Jabalia, including 3 children, and wounding 50, according to AFP.On the other hand, Palestinian resistance killed 10 Israeli soldiers in an operation east of shajaia,…
  • Updates | The Israeli-Egyptian Siege over Gaza

    Mohammad Tomazy
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Egypt’s army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels.The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave.Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since…
  • Infograph | Palestinians and Israeli deaths

    Mohammad Tomazy
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Palestinian and Israeli deaths, from Jan., 1, 2014 to Jul., 21, 2014 (click to enlarge)Source and more infographs : MintPress
  • Did Hamas kidnap Israeli settlers?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    If Hamas kidnapped Israeli settlers, why would the movement not publically announce, after all?. And did Israel need justification to declare war against Palestinian resistance? Is there any link with Fatah-Hamas reconciliation?It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After AllBy Katie ZavadskiWhen the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present…
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    BizPac Review

  • Jesse Jackson shakes down Silicon Valley to hire minorities: ‘Too many Asians and Jews’

    Joe Saunders
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Civil rights scammer Jesse Jackson is taking his shakedown shtick to Silicon Valley. And he’s going to use Uncle Sam for muscle. Photo: Solargeneral.org Emboldened by the shocking, shocking! news that  the hi-tech giants of the Information Age are overwhelmingly men who are white or Asian, Jackson told the USA Today editorial board Monday “the government has a role to play” in forcing the companies into line with what Jackson think they should look like. In the Age of Obama, that means the strong-arm of the law, in the form of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jackson has…
  • Desperate Dems whip up false impeachment rumors to get money; lapdog media helps

    Richard Berkow
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    In a bizarre twist of turning the tables, Democrats have intensified the drumbeat on calls for the president’s impeachment as a means to raise more money. At the end of last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began tweeting “Red Alerts” to its faithful flock, warning of the threat of impeachment and requesting donations to squelch the effort, Fox News reported. Buttressed by comments from White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, first lady Michelle Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and White House press secretary Josh Earnest, the tactic worked and the…
  • Whoopi’s opinion on men hitting women sets off an explosion at ‘The View’

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Whoopi Goldberg on Monday defended remarks made previously by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, sending her co-hosts into a frenzy. Goldberg said on “The View” that no woman should be “surprised” if she hits a man and he hits back. “If you hit somebody, you cannot be sure you are not going to get hit back!” Goldberg said, adding that women should be taught not to provoke men and expect that they will just take it. “I know I’m going to catch a lot of hell, but I don’t care,” she said. Smith made comments over the weekend about NFL running back Ray Rice’s 2-game suspension amid…
  • Tenn. governor is latest to slam administration for illegal kids secretly dumped in his state

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Photo credit: The405Media.com Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the latest to slam the administration for dumping illegal immigrants in his state with no notification. He issued a scathing letter Friday to President Obama. Haslam said he had to find out about the Obama administration’s release of 760 illegal minors through the Health and Human Services website, according to Fox News. Haslan also directed the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, saying: “It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been…
  • Chuck Todd: Americans are ‘fatigued’ from Obama, have lost confidence in him

    Free Beacon
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    MSNBC host Chuck Todd said the American people are “fatigued” from President Barack Obama Monday on Morning Joe, in the wake of a poll showing Republican Mitt Romney would trounce him in a rematch of the 2012 election. Co-host Thomas Roberts called the poll evidence of “voter’s remorse” for sending Obama back to the White House. Obama defeated Romney in 2012 with 51 percent of the popular vote, but the CNN poll showed Romney winning 53-44 this time. Obama has low numbers with voters in a variety of areas, including his handling of the border crisis, foreign policy and the economy.
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    Sparking The Left

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

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

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

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

  • Consensus Grows on Need to Address ICANN Accountability and Transparency

    Brett Schaefer
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Consensus is growing that accountability is the key to success for ICANN—the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Earlier this week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a non-partisan think tank that focuses on technological innovation, joined Heritage in calling for enhanced transparency and accountability before the United States relinquishes its role in managing ICANN. In March, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration unexpectedly announced it did not intend to renew its contract to manage core functions of the Internet and…
  • Exclusive Interview: Rick Perry Says Deploying Troops to Border Sends a ‘Powerful Message’

    Josh Siegel
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry compares the role of National Guard troops at his state’s border to the deterring effect that cop cars stationed along neighborhood roads have on crime. Perry, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal, said even though the 1,000 military troops he activated to help manage the border crisis in his state will not be authorized to make arrests, the sheer presence of the military will deter illegal activity. “It’s a powerful reminder that what you are doing is a crime,” said Perry, who has been a critic of the White House’s response to the border crisis.
  • Progressive Leader Outlines Plan to ‘Take Down’ Free-Market State Policy Groups

    Bruce Parker
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The recent Netroots Nation gathering, billed as a “giant family reunion for the left,” included a directive from one leader of a progressive state policy network to “take down” conservative state policy organizations nationwide. Arshad Hasan, who moderated a breakout session called “Stink Tanks in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network,” called on attendees to attack state policy groups from Michigan’s Mackinac Center to Vermont’s Ethan Allen Institute. “The next step for us is to take down this network of institutions that are state-based in each and every one of our…
  • ‘No Way’ Obama’s Climate Change Plan Will Reduce Temperatures, Says Rep. Mike Kelly

    Kelsey Harkness
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Following a speech about extremism at the Environmental Protection Agency, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., called the Obama administration’s climate change proposal a “public relations piece.” He told The Daily Signal there’s “no way” the administration’s current plan will reduce global temperatures and warned of the “unintended consequences” for the American people. The post ‘No Way’ Obama’s Climate Change Plan Will Reduce Temperatures, Says Rep. Mike Kelly appeared first on Daily Signal.
  • Guatemala Wants $2 Billion for Border Crisis. Why One Activist Says U.S. Should Ignore It.

    Marianela Toledo
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina says $2 billion in federal aid and other U.S. investment in Central America could help end the flood of immigrants across the U.S. southern border. But it’s a fool’s game, says the leader of a charity serving immigrants from Honduras. “I think giving money to these governments is a serious mistake,” said Francisco Portillo, president of the Honduran Francisco Morazan Integrated Organization in Miami. “Corruption in our country [Honduras] is huge, no limits. And the money they are talking about is coming from our taxes.” Giving money to…
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • Indian officials to meet Tamil asylum seekers

    Preksha Sharma
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison claimed that the 157 asylum seekers brought to Western Australia are economic migrants. After spending weeks being detained on the customs ship Ocean Protector, the 157 people were transferred by plane to the Curtin detention centre on Sunday night. They will now have their identities checked by Indian officials. Niti Central brings you a detailed round up on the current situation.
  • Narendra Modi at ICAR – Technology, Skills key to Revolutionising Agriculture

    Niticentral Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 86th Foundation Day of ICAR in New Delhi on Tuesday. “Farmers should benefit from technological upgradation for improving yield,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to scientists at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Speaking on his roadmap to agricultural growth in the country, he said, “Gone are the days when farmers could break crop cycles for soil rejuvenation. Today’s demand for high productivity necessitates scientific methodologies to be incorporated in agricultural practices so that both can carry…
  • BJP maintains digital advantage with Constituency Connect mobile app

    Niticentral Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    The BJP is moving full force ahead to maintain its lead in digital outreach – a lead which it gained long ago and which has remained unchallenged despite other political parties having made attempts to get their hands on the domain. On Monday evening, BJP president Amit Shah, along with New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, launched a mobile app called Constituency Connect. The app, in Amit Shah’s own words, is an attempt to connect the voter with party worker with use of technology. “The BJP team is always at the voter’s service. This application is just another way to strengthen that…
  • Ostrich Media

    Manoj Kureel
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
  • New York Times knows nothing about India’s media politics

    Kartikeya Tanna
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Media chatter on Amit Shah is speculative at best and malicious insinuation at worst. The NY Times editorial of July 27, 2014 expressed concerns about India’s Press being under some sort of a siege. Quick and easy parallels were attempted to be drawn between Indira Gandhi’s censorship on the Press during Emergency and powerful private owners and politicians imposing censorship today. The bland assertion that India’s Press is under siege has its challenges. Of course, media ownership does signify content of news reporting or tilt in opinions. If one wanted an objective analysis on gas…
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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

  • My Thoughts On The Current Gaza Conflict, Captain Hindsight Edition

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
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  • Monday, July 28 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
      Feds vs school bake sales Actress Kristen Bell is a hypocrite, and a moron Ohio sheriff sends bill to Mexican president DC court rules gun ban unconstitutional   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, July 28 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
      South Bend says park police can’t be armed anymore because they suck at shooting New crowdfunding rules for Indiana Stop abusing crowdfunding   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, July 28 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
      Indiana judge rules against Indiana ‘right to work’ law because he didn’t read the National Labor Relations Act   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Mon, July 28

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Henry Davis Jr. takes medical leave of absence South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence from his council duties, in wake of his July 19 OWI arrest. Second Judge Strikes Down ‘Right To Work’ Law | News... [[ 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 Wednesday with Keith Brekhus

    Liberal Fix
    30 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. 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. Wednesday night's episodes are hosted by writer/sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and will typically focus on Electoral Politics. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show…
  • 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

  • Episode #44 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Declassified: The MH17 Files’ with Patrick Henningsen, Dean Ryan and Basil Valentine

    21wire
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Episode #44 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday July 27th, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music broadcast live on GMN from 9am to 12pm PST…This week’s theme: “Declassified: The MH17 Files“LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the Valley of the Sun, as host Patrick Henningsen presents a declassified stack of additional new material after…
  • MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag

    21wire
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    21st Century WireSPECIAL REPORTUPDATEDUntil this past Monday, the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17th, 2014, was a potential game changer for global geopolitics and the New Cold War. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the Kremlin…In this report, we will lay out the facts based on a wide breadth of available information and data surrounding MH17. We will also present and give critique to Washington and Kiev’s “mountain of evidence” that has saturated US and European-based media coverage since the incident took place. 21WIRE has compiled…
  • Disappeared AH5017: Wreckage and Remains now found in Mali

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

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

  • 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!…
  • Activism vs. Slacktivism

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 May 2014 | 12:38 pm
      “The winner in a political contest is determined by the number and the effectiveness of the activists on the respective sides.” -Morton Blackwell Activism is a great way to effect social and political change. Unfortunately, it’s often confused with …
  • The Ballad of Rich Paul

    Joël Valenzuela
    12 May 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Rich Paul, legendary civil disobedience activist most known for his work in marijuana activism, tells his incredible story of inspiration, courage, and struggle. A joint (no pun intended) production with the Rebel Love Show.…
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    Citizens News

  • China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang under investigation

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Written by World news Zhou Yongkang is the highest ranking Communist party official ever to be put under investigation, after state media announces case against himThe post China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang under investigation appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Hillary Clinton says George W. Bush made her proud to be an American.

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Written by Naked DC Hillary Clinton suffering through a rough patch. There’s little she can say that will improve her position in early polling and little she can do to make herself appealing to a fractured Democratic party. Which may be why she’s appealing, instead, to the last vestiges of the Bush-era Republican warhawk alliance. […]The post Hillary Clinton says George W. Bush made her proud to be an American. appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Leftist Gays Hate Jews and Themselves

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Written by GayPatriot Some obviously self-hating gheys in Seattle participated in a “die-in” to show their hatred for the only country in the Middle East where Gay Rights are protected, and their support for a murderous anti-gay Islamist terror regime. Makes total sense, right?The post Leftist Gays Hate Jews and Themselves appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Hamas: A Litmus Test for Libertarians

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler Recently, while making the libertarian case for support of Israel, I noted that Islamic totalitarianism manifest in the entity of Hamas presents a common enemy to the United States and Israel. Neither nation can suffer a world where the mandates of Islamic totalitarianism are put into practice. That case was rejected by many […]The post Hamas: A Litmus Test for Libertarians appeared first on Citizens News.
  • IRELAND: Israeli Embassy outrages Muslims and Leftist sympathizers with campaign that warns “You’ll be next!”

    Liberty Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM The Israeli Embassy in Dublin has posted a factual but highly controversial series of posters on its Facebook page, warning Western European cities that they are fast becoming increasingly Islamic, while extolling Israel as ‘the last frontier of the free … Continue reading →The post IRELAND: Israeli Embassy outrages Muslims and Leftist sympathizers with campaign that warns “You’ll be next!” 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

  • 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.
  • Genius Idea: FreeDOOM

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Nelson Mandela is rising in the ranks of communists with perhaps the weirdest post-death history at a break neck space.
  • ISIS Approved Mannequins

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t think that for a terror organization ISIS, from their line of jihadi tees to the group’s latest moves in Mosul, sure does take their fashion marketing seriously. While Dear Leader works on his mental handicap, it’s not just the Christians and ethnic Kurds getting a spiritual makeover.
  • Horizontal Stripes as Punishment

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Michigan has its problems, and PD’s not just talking about the stellar governorship of Jennifer Granholm (the prettier version of Elizabeth Spreading Bull Warren) and the welfare utopia of Detroit, where people are now refusing to pay even their water bills.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • 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,…
  • The Nature of the EU and Its External Projection

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Raffaele Marchetti, Professor of International Relations, LUISS University, Italy, specially for wpfdc.orgWhat is the EU? This is a question that has occupied the debate in the European Union and beyond for many years. Of course the political significance of the question is high because it constitutes a precondition for interpreting its foreign policy action and hence to understand its role in global politics.One way of addressing the question would simply be to associate the EU to the American superpower. The EU as the closer (and relatively loyal) ally of the US would be the answer. This…
  • War in Gaza: Agreement on Ceasefire Must Address Root Causes of Conflict

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    Statement of the International Progress OrganizationVienna, 24 July 2014RE/25057c-isThe international community, represented by the United Nations Organization, has a joint responsibility to stop the ongoing armed conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people in Gaza. The situation constitutes a serious threat to peace and security according to Article 39 of the UN Charter. Due to their political paralysis resulting from disputes among member states, neither the League of Arab States nor the Organization of Islamic Cooperation can play any constructive role for the ending of hostilities.
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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

  • False Flag? Fake Video of Alleged Pro-Russian Militia Claiming Responsibility for MH 17 Attack Was Made Before Plane Crash

    User Submitted
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    This could almost be a smoking gun of the false flag attack with respect to MH 17. Some five hours after the loss of MH 17, the Ukrainian Security Service published a recording of alleged pro-Russian military officers led by commander Bes, who is based in Gorlovka (Horlivka), allegedly confirming that they shot down the Malaysian Boeing 777. The video was uploaded about 5 hours after the time of the plane’s crash–20:16 PM local time.The video tape claims that the call took place at 16:40 local time. But the plane was lost between 17:15-20 local time.Moreover, and even more…
  • UPDATE of the Latest US Government Hoax — Paul Craig Roberts

    User Submitted
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Paul Craig Roberts  RINF Alternative News The Russian Ministry of Defense has declared the purported satellite photos placed on Twitter by the US Ambassador in Ukraine as fakes. http://rt.com/news/176120-fake-ukraine-images-defence/ I could tell that the images were fakes not only from their low resolution and absence of proper designation, but also from the unprofessional way in which the information was released .http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/27/another-state-department-hoax-paul-craig-roberts/ Of course, many users of social media would have no experience and could easily fall…
  • In ‘Ugly’ Resolution, US Politicians Back Israel’s Assault on Gaza

    User Submitted
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    ‘Congress keeps singling Israel out for impunity.’ Sarah Lazare As the civilian death toll in Gaza continues to climb, the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a symbolic resolution—backed by the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee—blaming Hamas for the bloodshed and condemning them for the alleged use of “human shields.” But critics say this effort is just another U.S. affirmation of support and impunity for Israel, despite the fact that Israel’s fighter jets, attack helicopters, drones, and soldiers are doing the killing. “The…
  • FLASHBACK: Hillary Clinton – US Losing Information War to Alternative Media

    User Submitted
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The US is losing the global information war, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared while appearing before a congressional committee to ask for extra funds to spread US propaganda through new media. Clinton said existing private channels are not good enough to handle the job, naming as rivals Al Jazeera, China’s CCTV and RT — which she watches, she added.
  • Crisis in Ukraine: A Retrospective on Russia and the Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    User Submitted
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Today is St. Vladimir’s Day. The Christians in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia celebrate it as the day of Baptism. In the year of 988 Grand Duke of Kiev whose patrimony extended from the Baltic to the Black Sea accepted Christianity in its Byzantine Orthodox form. This happened after his trip to Khersones in the Crimea where he met Anna, the sister of Byzantine Emperors. According to a legend, he wanted to marry Anna so much that accepted the baptism as a condition. The Baptism of the whole of Kievan Rus followed, laying the foundation for the predominant cultural identity of Russian,…
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    Eurasia Review

  • Ukraine, Gaza And Great Power Insecurity – OpEd

    JTW
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    By Guner Ozkan Those views which perceive of human beings as inherently evil defend the idea that a state must always be prepared to provide security for itself. The ideal is to guarantee your own security, by yourself. But this group only consists of those great powers which have the capacity to do so. If […] The post Ukraine, Gaza And Great Power Insecurity – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • How To Pay For The Next Sovaldi? – OpEd

    John R. Graham
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Imagine a pill that could cure cancer with one course of therapy or reverse an inherited, deadly disease. If it cost $1 million, could you access it? This was the question asked at a recent panel discussion held by the American Enterprise Institute. The panel discussed a couple of new proposals to finance new medicines […] The post How To Pay For The Next Sovaldi? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Is Bangladesh The Newest Addition To China’s ‘String of Pearls’? – Analysis

    Geopoliticalmonitor.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    By Amitava Mukherjee There has been a subtle shift in Narendra Modi’s attitude towards Bangladesh. Although in his pre-election rallies Modi had threatened to drive out the Bangladeshi infiltrators, his foreign minister Sushma Swaraj hardly mentioned the topic during her recently concluded visit to Bangladesh. The reason is very simple. China is now spreading its […] The post Is Bangladesh The Newest Addition To China’s ‘String of Pearls’? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Power Sharing Holds The Afghan Peace Balance – Analysis

    Observer Research Foundation
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    By Aryaman Bhatnagar The political crisis that threatened to derail the Afghan presidential elections seems to have been settled for now. Both candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have agreed to an audit of all votes cast and to form a unity government under the victor. Optimism has been revived about the possibility of a […] The post Power Sharing Holds The Afghan Peace Balance – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • India Needs To Up Its Stakes In Central Asia – Analysis

    Eurasia Review
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    By Divya Kumar Soti India has often been criticized for its lacklustre Central Asia policy. India banked too much on US presence in Afghanistan, and for quite a few years after 9/11 it was never realized that the US will leave Afghanistan one day without finally finishing the Taliban. India also toned down its strategic […] The post India Needs To Up Its Stakes In Central Asia – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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  • 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…
  • First Lady Michelle Covers Essence August 2014

    Barack loves Michelle
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:37 pm
    FLOTUS Michelle Obama graces the cover of Essence Magazine (August 2014) In the issue, Michelle shares her highly publicized passion for higher learning and goes deeper in a candid conversation with the Essence Editor-in-Chief – Vanessa K. Bush. According to the mag, Michelle believes a big part of the recipe for success has to do with nurturing resilience in our children. “I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may…
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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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  • Del. school district kills summer reading list over lesbian book

    Peter Schott
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Students at Cape Henlopen High and other schools in the Delaware county are issued a summer reading list, which led to a flap over a lesbian-themed book. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.) The Cape Henlopen School Board, which represents students living in the LGBT-friendly resort towns of Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Milton, last week abolished a recommended summer reading list after a controversy over a lesbian-themed book. The board in June removed that book, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth, which tells the story of a teenage girl from Montana who loses her…
  • Having a fit over Fitbit

    Kate Clinton
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Our household was recently Fit-Bitten by a summer visitor, who stayed in the bedroom above us. (Photo by Steven Walling; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Once when I was looking at my dear gal pal’s collection of carved turtles, I opined, “I wish I collected something.” She acidly suggested I check in my glasses drawer. Emphasis on drawer. I do have a lot of glasses.  If I could fit all my old frames into one of those cardboard collection boxes in the back of churches, and they actually did send them to Africa as promised, I probably could improve the vision of an entire village. This…
  • Gay Miss. teacher a reluctant pioneer

    Michael K. Lavers
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ryvell Fitzpatrick was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) GREENVILLE, Miss. — Ryvell Fitzpatrick wanted to be a lawyer when he was growing up in the Mississippi Delta. He told the Washington Blade during a July 10 interview that he taught his younger brother from a chalkboard in the yard of his childhood home in Ruleville, a town roughly 50 miles northeast of Greenville in Sunflower County in which slightly more than 3,200 people live. Fitzpatrick’s mother and grandmother and most of his aunts and uncles are teachers. He has taught English to…
  • HIV virus removed from cells for first time

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A team of researchers at Temple University for the first time developed a way to extract HIV from human cells in a lab setting. (Public domain image of a scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding, in green, from cultured lymphocyte by the CDC/C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E.L. Palmer and W.R. McManus) A team of researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia for the first time developed a way to extract the HIV virus from human cells in a laboratory setting, opening the way for further studies that could lead to a cure for AIDS. In a study published July 21 in the journal Proceedings of the…
  • Spirited discussion at Pride town hall

    Steve Charing
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    A majority of those surveyed were unhappy with this year’s Baltimore Pride celebration. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) There was some heat and a bit of a storm on the night of July 23 but we’re not referring to the weather outside the Waxter Center, the new home of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB).  It was billed as a town hall meeting to provide feedback regarding the Pride celebration of June 14-15, but the meeting morphed into a sometimes heated discussion of the broader issues regarding the GLCCB’s past and current lack…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • 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.
  • Yes, Donkey-Powered Internet is a Real Thing (And Why I Wish it Weren’t)

    Lady Freethinker
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just when I thought humans had exhausted every possible form of animal exploitation, along comes something too bizarre to dream up. In Turkey, one company is turning donkeys into roaming power stations for rural herdsmen to juice up their laptops and go online. In this video, you’ll see a weary-looking donkey lugging around a power pack topped with a solar panel, then tied up to serve as a stationary electricity source. After long stretches of travel, a human even gets to use the donkey for shade. (Too bad nobody’s thinking about how the animal may feel after schlepping this…
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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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  • 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

  • Thomas Sowell: Cease the Cease-Fires

    chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
     Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest looking little children I had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Obvious Principles of Human Nature That Baffle Liberals

    chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    John Hawkins  Liberals are forever struggling to understand the basic tenets of human nature that most other people just take for granted. You’d think they would have picked something up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tennessee Senate Race in 2014 – Republican Primary

    chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Last Chance for A Tea Party Upset?  The establishment wing of the Republican Party has had a pretty successful run in the 2014 primary season, just as they did in 2012. Though 2012 did not turn... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Palin: Spread the Word About Obama’s Crimes… Grow the Impeachment Movement

    chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
     Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been at the forefront of the movement to impeach President Obama. She has pointed out that Obama has put us on a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Congressman: Trey Gowdy is Building Massive Benghazi Investigation

    chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
     South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy is quietly working on building his Benghazi Select Committee investigation. His team is filled with experienced prosecutors, and they have an ample... [[ 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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  • Green tea doesn't prevent cancer — but it might reduce the chance of heart disease

    Joseph Stromberg
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Many people religiously drink green tea because of a belief that it provides health benefits — specifically, the idea that it might prevent cancer or heart disease. But when it comes to hard data involving human subjects, the evidence is mixed. On the whole, studies of human populations haven't provided clear evidence that drinking a lot of green tea or taking its extract actually has any positive effect on cancer rates. But research does indicate that drinking green tea consistently over time could slightly reduce a person's risk of developing heart disease — especially for women. Here's…
  • 14 facts that help explain America's child-migrant crisis

    Dara Lind
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Dara Lind explains the child migrant crisis in two minutes. The flow of unaccompanied immigrant children across the US-Mexico border — mostly from Central America — is continuing to gain attention as a humanitarian crisis. So here are 14 things you need to know to get a handle on what is actually going on along the border right now; what process the US has in place to deal with unaccompanied kids and families; and what the government wants to do now. (For more on this story, see Vox's cardstack and storystream on the crisis.) 1)  The child-migrant "surge" began in 2011, but hit a…
  • A stunning graph on how money polarizes politics

    Ezra Klein
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    The most important fact about campaign contributions is barely anyone makes them. About one-half of one-percent of adult Americans gave more than $200 to a federal candidate in the 2011-2012 cycle. About four percent contributed if you look at donations under $200. the big donors matter much, much more than the small donors And there's huge inequality in these donations: the big donors matter much, much more than the small donors. The Sunlight Foundation calculates that "more than a quarter of the nearly $6 billion in contributions from identifiable sources in the last campaign cycle came…
  • Larry Lessig backs a long-shot Republican in his campaign to clean up money in politics

    Timothy B. Lee
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    When Larry Lessig succeeded in raising $5 million for his Mayday PAC — giving him a total of $12 million for his campaign to limit the power of big money in politics — I argued that his big challenge will be finding Republicans willing to support his proposals. Today Lessig announced the first two candidates who will receive support from the Mayday PAC. The choices illustrate just how difficult it is to find credible Republican candidates who will support public financing of elections. In Iowa, the Mayday PAC is supporting Democrat Staci Appel for Iowa's third district. It's easy to see…
  • Study: The economy has done better under Democratic presidents

    Brad Plumer
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    For the past half-century, the US economy has consistently grown faster under Democratic presidents than under Republican ones. And in a new study, two economists ask whether there's a reason for that — or if it's all just a coincidence. The numbers are pretty clear on this. Between 1947 and 2012, the US economy grew at an average real annual rate of 4.35 percent during Democratic administrations and just 2.54 percent during Republican ones. The gap persists even if you give presidents less credit for the period immediately after taking office or if you remove the outlier years at the high…
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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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  • As in Detroit and the Roman Empire

    No Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You mentioned that government workers and their pensions will destroy our economies. You said this is how Rome also fell. It certainly seems to be on point here in Ontario. Is there any way to stop this trend? Thank you JS ANSWER: Nobody has succeeded in previously ever identifying the source of the problem no less even attempt a solution to prevent the trend. This is part of the solution we are proposing. We have to keep in mind that history dictates that the West will collapse. Raising taxes to support these expenditures reduces economic output and that results in…
  • 4 Things the State Is Not

    No Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
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  • We Are Winning the Science War

    Dr. Tim Ball
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    (Elaboration of my Heartland Climate Conference Presentation) We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge. Rutherford Rogers So-called climate skeptics, practicing proper science by disproving the hypothesis that human CO2 is causing global warming, achieved a great deal. This, despite harassment by formal science agencies, like the Royal Society, and deliberate neglect by the mainstream media. It combined with an active and deliberate Public Relations campaign, designed to mislead and confuse. Most people and politicians understand little of what is going on so the…