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  • Women And The Nevada Taliban

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    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    credit: http://www.military-history.us Oh dear. Every now and again I run across an apparently rational person that really, really misses the point, or at least part of one. There is a great deal of continuing fallout relating to the BLM/Bundy Ranch standoff. This is a small part of it. In an article titled: “Bundy Ranch and the Political Powerlessness of Rural America” by David French at National Review online, French argues, reasonably, for limiting the power of the federal government to its constitutional boundaries. But at the end of the article, he writes: Final note: Even if one…
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    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    James Taranto ponders why the Democrats have intensified their demagoguery on race.Joe Biden does it again as he told Bostonians at a memorial for last years marathon bombing that "it was worth it."let me say to those 'quote survivors,' my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You're truly, truly inspiring."Does the man have no monitor on what comes out of his mouth and how it sounds? Can you just imagine if a Republican had been similarly inept in his remarks?IBD explains why you shouldn't have much faith in the…
  • Why Romney’s Attack On Obama Is Misguided

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    Dan
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    I was going to let Romney’s misguided attack on Obama go by without comment; however, Mediaite’s Noah Rothman weighed in, so I thought I’d link that and add my two cents. … Romney marshalled every ounce of that authority when he mounted a multi-pronged attack on the president’s handling of America’s foreign affairs. Politically speaking – and Romney’s attack is all about politics – it’s a dumb move regardless of whether Romney is correct or not in his point of view. I’ve seen nothing to indicate that the American people are interested…
  • Navy’s New 80-MPH Mini Combat Vehicle Can Drop From the Sky

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Allen McDuffee
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Phantom Badger is a 240-horsepower combat support vehicle that’s about the size of a Mini and tough enough to traverse damn near anything.
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  • The Song-as-Flowchart: It's Not Only Great, It's Part of the Tradition

    Robinson Meyer
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I took ill last night, so I woke up this morning groggy and slower-moving than usual. I lurched through my apartment, ate some matzah, and eventually settled myself upon the porcelain throne while I turned on the shower. I simultaneously gained consciousness and scrolled down my Twitter feed—and then I encountered the above chart. I knew not what to make of it. It had been some time since I heard Bonnie Tyler’s nasalized soft-rock warbling, some time since her 1983 worldwide super-hit had fondled my cochlea. I could not remember what it sounded like. So (I had by this time risen,…
  • College: Much Cheaper Than You Think

    Derek Thompson
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    What's the most expensive college in America? Ask Google, Princeton Review, or the Chronicle of Higher Education, and you'll get the same answer: Sarah Lawrence University at $61,236. It's kind of crazy. No, not (just) the price. It's crazy that when we talk about price, we often only talk about tuition, a sticker shock that only 35 percent of Sarah Lawrence graduates pay in full. The Sarah Lawrence story is typical. Only a third of full-time students at four-year public and private schools pay the published price at a college. The vast majority pay a discount thanks to grants and other…
  • Michael Janeway, and The Atlantic

    James Fallows
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I was sorrier than I can say to learn today that Michael Janeway, a friend who influenced many journalistic institutions but probably most of all The Atlantic, had died of cancer. The Boston Globe, where Mike held a sequence of editing roles including that of editor in chief, ran a wonderful appreciation by Joseph Kahn, which is true to the range of achievements and complexities in his life and career. I mention it both in hopes that you'll read Kahn's article and as an excuse to offer a screen shot of the Globe photo by Stan Grossfeld that accompanied the obit, which is of Michael Janeway…
  • How to Tap Latent Conservative Support for Climate-Change Policy

    Sean McElwee
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Both last month's Senate Climate Talkathon and Tom Steyer’s $100 million dollar pledge to back environment-friendly candidates indicate the same thing: Democrats are getting serious about global warming again. But even when Democrats have managed to close ranks behind previous legislative efforts like Waxman-Markey, Republicans have stymied them. Can the left forge a coalition to tackle the problem? The environment was once a bipartisan issue. The 1970 Clean Air Act, the 1972 Clean Water Act, and the 1973 Endangered Species Act were all passed with bipartisan support, as was legislation…
  • I Hate the Song-as-Flowchart Meme, And Here's Why You Should, Too

    Alexis C. Madrigal
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    What a great song "Hey, Jude" is, especially the soulful Wilson Pickett version. It's about love and letting people in and it's perfect like all the great Beatles songs. There's almost nothing one could do to screw up the enjoyment of the song.  Almost nothing. Because there is something one could do: make a flowchart out of the lyrics. You've probably seen them in your Facebook news feed, but if not, they look like this: But — haha heh — what's so wrong with making a flowchart out of a good song? It's just good Internet fun. People of the Internet love charts! And they love good songs!
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: Our country was built on inequality

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    At The Nation, Mychal Denzel Smith writes We Built This Country on Inequality: I admit to tuning out most conversations surrounding income and/or wealth inequality in the United States. It’s not because I don’t find these conversations important; they are vital. The problem is that I always hear the issue of inequality situated around what has happened in the last thirty or forty years, which ignores the fact this is a nation built on inequality. The wealth gap didn’t spring up from policy gone awry—it is the policy. This country was founded on the idea of concentrating wealth in the…
  • Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Stale Marshmallow Peeps FRIDAY!

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Late Night Snark: Hippity Hop Edition "This year's Easter Sunday happens to fall on the same day as the marijuana holiday, 4/20. Which means no matter what your religion, this Sunday you're probably going to see a giant bunny." ---Conan O'Brien "Chickies! Don't get on that ship! The rest of the book 'To Serve Fowl,' it's... it's a cookbook!" "Walmart's owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, 500 miles away from the nearest person who ever would want to look at…
  • Fox News primetime lineup is obsessed with grazing fee disputes

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Media Matters went through the painstaking research of calculating just how much time Fox News primetime hosts have spent during the past two weeks covering deadbeat cattle rancher Cliven Bundy's dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over his refusal to pay grazing fees for the last 21 years like every other cattle rancher in Nevada, and the numbers are staggering: Led by Sean Hannity, Fox News has devoted 4 hours and 40 minutes of its prime-time programming to cheerleading for a Nevada range war. The reason for the coverage is obvious: Even though the real story amounts to nothing more…
  • Possibility of GOP taking over Senate has Republican immigration reform supporters scared

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    GOP immigration reform supporters want action now because they're afraid of what might happen if these guys win. At the end of a Wall Street Journal report on how House Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republicans are privately telling campaign donors who support immigration reform that they still believe it can happen in 2014 comes this amazing passage explaining why some Republicans believe it's important to take action this year instead of waiting until 2015 or beyond: GOP lobbyists and some congressional staff say the task might grow harder if the party waits. If Republicans win…
  • Republicans marginalized again in poll about income inequality

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    He doesn't represent America. The conservative vision of the world is in stark contrast to what the rest of the country sees. That's been obvious in all sorts of issues, from abortion to gay marriage to marijuana legalization, but here's an issue that's particularly salient this election year: poverty and income inequality. Among all Americans, 44 percent said they think poor people are poor mostly because of a lack of opportunities, while only 30 percent said it's mostly because of their individual failings. More specifically, 47 percent said poverty has to do more with the fact good jobs…
 
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  • New York Joins National Popular Vote

    Corky
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Hendrik Hertzberg: On Tuesday, the State of New York took a baby step -- or maybe a giant leap! -- toward making the United States of America something more closely resembling a modern democracy: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill joining up the Empire State to the National Popular Vote (N.P.V.) interstate compact. ... Here's how it works: Suppose you could get a bunch of states to pledge that once there are enough of them to possess at least two hundred and seventy electoral votes -- a majority of the Electoral College -- they will thenceforth cast all their electoral votes for whatever…
  • Elizabeth Warren is Channeling Louis Brandeis

    Corky
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    [T]he publication, this month, of her autobiography, A Fighting Chance, ahead of a memoir by Hillary Clinton that is due out this summer, only adds to the speculation that Warren is considering challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016. ... A Fighting Chance is in many ways heir to a book published a century ago. Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It, by Louis Brandeis, appeared in the spring of 1914.
  • Russian MPs Want to Prosecute Gorbachev

    danni
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Russian members of parliament are making an extraordinary bid to have Mikhail Gorbachev prosecuted for the "illegal" collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago. They are calling for a criminal probe into the last leader of the USSR, a man widely respected around the world for ending the Cold War. One MP in Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party even branded the 83-year-old Gorbachev a "U.S. spy" for the break-up of the Communist state 23 years ago.
  • Arrest in Kansas City Highway shootings

    rcade
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Kansas City police used tips about an erratic driver, a fingerprint from a plastic bag of shell casings and a bullet from a house that was shot last year to link Mohammed Whitaker, 27, to a series of recent highway shootings. Authorities said they knew of no motive, they believe Whitaker acted alone and that he had little criminal record. Whitaker graduated from high school in Moberly, Mo., and attended but later dropped out of a technical college. He worked at a medical supply company in Overland Park in sales.
  • Frat Closes Racist Ole Miss Chapter

    reinheitsgebot
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the college. The university announced Thursday that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon had closed its Ole Miss chapter. Besides the noose, someone draped a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design on the face of the James Meredith statue in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 16. Meredith's enrollment in 1962 set off a violent attack by anti-integration protesters on…
 
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  • A Dead-End for the Dead-Enders

    Josh Marshall
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I've already explained where we are on the Obamacare policy front. TPM Reader JL does a very good job explaining how the politics of Obamacare changes overnight on November 5th. On the politics of Obamacare, I think it’s important to realize how dramatically things will change on November 5th. We can debate how well anti Obamacare zealotry will work in the midterms, but I think most knowledgeable, reasonable observers would agree on some version of the following: if the goal is to preserve the majority in the House and to get 51 seats in the Senate, it will work tolerably well. Not a huge…
  • ICYMI

    Josh Marshall
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In case you missed it, check out my friend David Gelber's first post on the background to the creation of the Years of Living Dangerously series.
  • How the GOP Bet on Failure And Lost

    Josh Marshall
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    On Obamacare, the Republican party has bet big on failure for four years. Now the results are in. And they lost. Big time. Read More →
  • Ouch

    Josh Marshall
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Big 'Duck Dynasty' music and faith jamboree cancelled due to low ticket sales.
  • More on the Fox Effect ...

    Josh Marshall
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    TPM Reader JOD chimes in with his experience with 'the Fox effect'. I think it's important to recognize in these stories that you don't just stand up a new TV network and suddenly you're changing the the political and racial attitudes of a whole generation of baby boomers and pre-boomers. There's much more cause and effect at work. But these things can be powerful catalysts. There's a reason why people invest in propaganda. It works. Just not in a vacuum. Just a backup to what reader RL had to say... I was brought up in a very multi-ethnic working class community where nearly everyone was…
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Weekend Watch

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As indicated, I'm wrapping up early today in observance of Good Friday. * As we speak, ambitious reporters and oppo researchers are probably pouring over the major document dump executed by the Clinton Library earlier this afternoon. * State Department extends its review of Keystone XL Pipeline again, which means final administration decision may well not happen until after midterms. * Greg Sargent acutely observes that failure of Obamacare to collapse may make it easier for Democrats to de-nationalize midterm contests in red states. * At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell offers a meditation on…
  • Another Cycle That Breaks the Mold?

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Speaking of "Goldwaterism"...Ross Douthat published a column yesterday expressing the fear that the "unprecedented unsettleness" of the early 2016 Republican "invisible primary" might produce a "nearly unprecedented, not-since-Goldwater outcome" in the presidential nominating contest. What Douthat was doubting was the "usual pattern" taken by the GOP: [This is] the path that every post-1970s Republican primary campaign has ultimately taken, in which a candidate who seems reasonably electable, performs well with “moderate conservative” primary voters (to use Henry Olsen’s…
  • "The Spirit of Goldwaterism"

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    For all the hagiography directed at Ronald Reagan, I've always thought the real idol for the newly radicalized conservative movement of the Obama Era was Barry Goldwater, the original "constitutional conservative." Mike Gerson agrees, and it worries him: The 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act is also the 50th anniversary of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Barry Goldwater, voting against the Civil Rights Act. Goldwater, his defenders effectively argue, was not a racist, only an ideologue. True enough. He had been a founding member of the Arizona NAACP. He…
  • Lunch Buffet

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Today is Good Friday, a solemn holiday for many of us. So I will curtail blogging a bit this afternoon. Here are some midday and week-ending news/views items: * At Weekly Standard, Jeffrey Anderson posts about the 50,000th conservative piece that touts Obamacare's unpopularity without noting that many who don't like it want something more "socialistic." * Costa/Rucker WaPo item on Mitt Romney's reemergence quotes one friend as suggesting that Mitt wants to be "the anti-Jim DeMint" within GOP. Well, they could use one, but let's remember DeMint was a key Mitt endorser in 2008. * Tea Party…
  • 1896 and 1908

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    At Ten Miles Square today, Seth Masket notes that an important turning point in the direction of modern politics occurred in the presidential election of 1908, when Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan and Republican candidate William Howard Taft both recorded speeches that were distributed to campaign operatives around the country, making it possible for voters to hear their voices remotely. Bryan's involvement in this innovation is especially interesting because in his first presidential race, in 1896, he became the first presidential candidate to fully abandon the "front-porch…
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    New Republic

  • Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now

    Benjamin Wittes
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I have maintained a certain agnosticism about Edward Snowden’s relationship with the Russian intelligence services up until now. I noted with interest, but unconvinced, statements by congressional intelligence committee leaders that suggested he was a spy. And I 
  • Everybody Is Anxious, and Nobody Wants to Talk About It

    Sophie McBain
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
  • David Axelrod Might Win the Next British Election for Labour

    Marcus Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelro
  • The Charming Doodles of Kurt Vonnegut

    TNR Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    During a visit with his artist daughter Nanette, Kurt Vonnegut unrolled a drawing on her coffee table. "Burn it, dad, it's no good!" she told him. He smiled, agreed, and tossed it in the trash. But shortly after he returned home, Vonnegut mailed Nanette two large packets of his sketches. These packe
  • The Real Reason Liberals Support Higher Taxes on the Rich

    Danny Vinik
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    High salaries have become an object of widespread attention in the past year, particularly among liberals worried about inequality. That's made some people pretty unhappy. Sometimes it's the upper class themselves, who think they are under assault and, from time to time,
 
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  • White House “No Comment” on Bieber Deportation Petition

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    After troubled pop star Justin Bieber’s spate of legal troubles earlier this year, the American people petitioned their government to deport the Canadian citizen from the United States. Nearly three months later, they have their response from the Obama administration: no comment. Almost 275,000 people signed a petition on the White House website in January to “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.” “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” the White House wrote in its response, posted Friday. “The We the People terms of…
  • Three Reasons the New Ukraine Deal May Not Last

    Michael Crowley
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    MorePro-Russia Militants Defy Diplomatic Deal in UkraineThe ink wasn’t yet dry on Thursday’s diplomatic deal to calm the crisis in eastern Ukraine before the Obama administration began casting doubt on it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped broker the deal in Geneva with Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union, warned that it was only “words on paper.” President Obama told reporters he didn’t think “we can count on” the deal sticking. MoreObama Signs Bill Barring Terrorist AmbassadorsHouse Speaker John Boehner Visits AfghanistanMen Charged With…
  • Obama Signs Bill Barring Terrorist Ambassadors

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday that amends federal law to bar terrorists or others deemed to be threats to the United States entry to the country to serve as Ambassadors to the United Nations. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, was passed in response to Iran selecting Hamid Aboutalebi as its next Ambassador to the UN. Aboutalebi allegedly participated 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The White House had already announced that a request for a visa for Aboutalebi would be denied. The bill is the freshman senator’s first legislation to be passed by Congress and signed by the…
  • Unsealed Clinton Docs Shed Light on ‘Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’

    Denver Nicks
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The National Archives released a fresh batch of newly unsealed Clinton administration documents Friday, including one that may shed some light on the origins of Hillary Clinton’s famous description of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” targeting her husband. In 1998, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton came to the defense of Bill by decrying what she described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to drum up imagined White House scandals. She was mocked by conservatives for her use of the phrase as the Monica Lewinsky scandal unfolded. The newly-released, undated document—which comes from…
  • Obama Punts On Keystone Pipeline

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    The Obama Administration is extending its review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that has become an election-year minefield. The State Department said Friday that while the public comment period will not be extended, executive agencies need more time to review the submitted comments as well as consider a Nebraska court case surrounding the pipeline. The indefinite extension could put off a decision on the pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canadian tar sands to American refineries, until after November’s midterm elections. “On April 18, 2014, the Department of…
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • Obama: Time for political fight to end

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    President Obama gives a statement about the political battle regarding the Affordable Care Act.
  • Obama: Time to end fight over Obamacare

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    President Obama gives a statement about the political battle regarding the Affordable Care Act.
  • White House on 'POTUS bromance'

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    The White House is framing it as a "POTUS bromance," a "BROTUS," if you will. CNN's Jake Tapper reports.
  • Transcript: Obama answers media queries

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    President Barack Obama: Hello, everybody. Before I begin I just want to express on behalf of the American people our deepest condolences to the Republic of Korea, and the families of all those who've seen their loved one last when I ferry sank within the last couple of days. Obviously information is still coming in. We know that many of the victims of this terrible tragedy were students, and American Navy personnel and Marines have already been on the scene helping with search and rescue. As one of our closest allies, our commitment to South Korea is unwavering, in good times and in bad, and…
  • Dispute has its roots in 1970s 'Rebellion'

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Photo gallery: Land rights in the West
 
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  • Mark Twain, Writing Coach

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Young writers besotted by the image of a swaggering, confident Twain should take heart: Underneath that white suit lurked an author as insecure and neurotic as those who idolize him.
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
  • Millennials and the American City

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Michael Tubbs, a 23-year-old councilmember in Stockton, California, and the star of the documentary ‘True Son,’ says that now is the time for young people to engineer social change.
  • Burma’s Badass Gun-toting Medics

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The Free Burma Rangers are one of the few aid groups left operating in Myanmar’s contested ethnic states—and their work often straddles the line between humanitarian relief and armed activism.
  • From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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    Political Irony

  • Pound Foolish

    Iron Knee
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:38 pm
    There has been quite a bit of attention focused on high frequency trading recently, partially brought on by the book “Flash Boys”. But in a must-read editorial in the NY Times, Paul Krugman points out that the stunning amounts of money being spent on high frequency trading systems is really just one symptom of an even greater problem. The real problem is that our society is wasting greater and greater amounts of its resources on “financial wheeling and dealing”, which give nothing back in return. One expert puts the waste at several hundred billions of dollars a year.
  • Better and Better

    Iron Knee
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    The Congressional Budget Office has issued an updated accounting report on the Affordable Care Act, and there is good news. We already know some of the good news — more people will be covered by Obamacare than expected. But I just want to remind people how significant that is — the whole point of health care reform was to get more people access to proper health care. But there is more good news. The cost of Obamacare was also revised down, saving the government a projected $104 billion. The reason for this savings is because insurance premiums are lower than expected. Hah! When…
  • Conflicts of Interest

    Iron Knee
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Politicians! Accused of pesky ethics violations? No problem! In South Carolina, the Republican Speaker of the State House Alan Wilson is being investigated by the Republican Attorney General for ethics violations. How to solve this problem? Just introduce a bill that allows the Speaker to pick the special prosecutor to investigate ethics violations by legislators. The bill says the special prosecutor would be “deemed to stand in the place of the attorney general when appointed.” That way, you get to pick the person who investigates you! Meanwhile in New Jersey, where governor…
  • Oligarchy!

    Iron Knee
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    © Tom Tomorrow The Republican majority on the Supreme Court seems hell bent to solidify oligarchy in the US by ruling that money is free speech. Indeed, a recent study done at Princeton and Northwestern Universities looked at 1,800 laws enacted between 1981 and 2002 and compared them to the interests of average Americans (in the 50th percentile) and the interests of the rich (90th percentile) and special interest groups. To little surprise, they found that the interests of average Americans are almost completely ignored. In the words of the study: When a majority of citizens disagrees…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    “A man got a tattoo saying that Kentucky won the NCAA tournament this year even though they lost. The tattoo is right above his tattoo congratulating President Mitt Romney.” – Conan O’Brien “George W. Bush and Bill Clinton sat next to each other at the big game. Clinton congratulated UConn on its big win, while Bush gave Kentucky a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner.” – Jimmy Fallon “At the NCAA men’s basketball championship, President Clinton sat with President George W. Bush. In the second half, Bush tried to catch a foul ball.” –…
 
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  • Paper Shows U.S.-Flagged Plane In Iran Has Ties To Ghana

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    New details emerged on Friday about an American plane, owned by a small community bank in Utah and mysteriously parked this week at Tehran’s airport, showing that it had been leased by a Ghanaian mining company owned by a brother of Ghana’s president.
  • Tom Cotton Wants to Make Medicare Doubly Dead... Attacks from Two Fronts

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    It is not on his website; it is not in his campaign platform. But, do not let this stealth candidate fool anyone: Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R-AR) really wants to kill Medicare. So much so, that he attacks it on two different fronts. First, by repeatedly voting to repeal Obamacare, he votes to make Medicare become insolvent in 2016, as it was destined to do. Solvency is greatly improved from the insolvency date that was projected before enactment of the Affordable Care Act . This legislation improved Medicare's financing by reducing the rate of increase in provider payments,…
  • Friday Talking Points - Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Three hundred of these columns? To coin a phrase... far out, man. We'll get to patting ourselves on the back in a bit, but first we'd like to propose a party game for this weekend's big 4/20 festivities across the land. So put this in your (metaphorical) pipe and smoke it. The rules for this contest are pretty simple. First, you've got to picture a day in the future when the Weed Wars are completely over, with marijuana reform having won the biggest victory of all: a complete change in the federal government's viewpoint. Not just rescheduling, but descheduling, in other words. The feds throw…
  • The Best Monetary Policy Is Strict Financial Regulation

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    On Wednesday, in her first speech on monetary policy, Janet Yellen, the new chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, pointed out a discouraging paradox: In recent years, private-sector forecasters have been surprisingly accurate at forecasting changes in the unemployment rate, but they have been equally inaccurate when forecasting changes in the federal funds rate, the baseline interest rate controlled by the Fed. Since interest rates supposedly have a strong effect on unemployment, how can forecasters be so right about unemployment if they're so wrong about interest rates? Three economists at the…
  • Good News For Obamacare Is Bad News For Conservative Pundits

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Conservatives were sure at every turn that Obamacare would fail, but as the numbers roll in, those convictions are looking increasingly ideological.
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  • The Week Ahead: Obama Heads to a Tense Korea

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Obama begins a week-long trip Asia, Biden heads to Ukraine and its election day in Florida.
  • Clinton Docs Offer Glimpse into Failed Health Care Fight

    Carrie Dann
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Newly released documents from the Clinton White House reveal a candid assessment of the looming fight over the administration’s doomed health care plan, as advisers tried unsuccessfully to steer the sprawling legislation through Congress.
  • No Surrender

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    As enrollment in the health-care exchanges hits 8 million, Republicans are still not giving up their fight against the law. NBC’s Mark Murray has the latest on President Obama’s message to the GOP and their reaction.
  • US Delays Decision on Keystone Pipeline

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Federal agencies will get more time to review the controversial Keystone pipeline before a decision is made, the State Department announced Friday.
  • First Read's Morning Clips

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    A roundup of the most important political stories of the day.
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox's Varney: Economists Are "Flat Out Wrong" About The Math Of Repealing Obamacare

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    From the April 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:Related: CNN Fact Check: Repealing Obamacare adds to deficit CBO: Health care repeal would cost $109 billion PolitiFact: Mitt Romney's Claim That Repealing 'Obamacare' Would Save $95 Billion In 2016 Is "False"
  • Fox News Kicks Off 2014 Coverage Of The "Unholy War On Easter"

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    From the April 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox's Week-Long "War On Easter" O'Reilly Declares Victory In "War On Christmas," Joins Fox's "War On Easter" Fox Warns Of A Nonexistent "War On Halloween" After O'Reilly's "War On Christmas" Rant, Fox Wishes Viewers "Happy Holidays"
  • Fox Revives List Of Clinton Smears After Polling Shows People Trust Hillary

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    From the April 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox Surprised Public Isn't Buying Its Efforts To Smear Clinton Which '90s Hillary Clinton Hater Will Fox Host Next? Fox Scrapes The Bottom Of The Clinton Conspiracy Barrel
  • Fox Champions Bundy Supporters Who Threatened Violence Against Federal Agents

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    Fox figures praised armed supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy as good, patriotic, hard-working Americans, ignoring their threats of violence against Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and indications that they were willing to put women in children in the line of fire.Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Refuses To Pay Grazing Fees, Resulting In Standoff With BLM Los Angeles Times: Bundy Refused To Pay Grazing Fees For Use Of Federal Land.  As the Los Angeles Times reported on April 7: Bundy is battling with federal officials…
  • Fox News Carnival Barkers Gin Up A Range War

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Led by Sean Hannity, Fox News has devoted 4 hours and 40 minutes of its prime-time programming to cheerleading for a Nevada range war. Media Matters examined Fox News' weekday programming from 4 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET since it first started covering the story. Fox News began agitating for a range war on April 9, sympathetically portraying Cliven Bundy as a folk hero based on the Nevada rancher's refusal for two decades to pay the required fees for grazing his cattle on public land. While Nevada reporters have made clear that Bundy is "clearly wrong" and "breaking the law," Fox has waged a PR…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in Central African Republic town

    Reuters: World News
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    BODA, Central African Republic (Reuters) - In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in western Central African Republic.
  • Somalia: Good News for Somalis Sending Money Home

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    [African Arguments]Very good news on Wednesday when Barclays Bank agreed to give Dahabshiil, the Somali remittance company, sufficient time to find another way of transferring money from the UK and elsewhere to Somalia before closing its account with them.
  • Kenya: Induced and Forced Repatriation Is Ongoing in Kenya

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    [Fahamu]Refugees in Kenya are often the victims of inhumane and illegal treatment by the government. Activists must work with the government to abolish the practice of forcible repatriation and to improve the pathetic conditions in refugee camps.
  • Africa: In an Unequal World, We Need Inclusive Growth

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    [World Bank]For a very long time, the rich have known to some extent how the poor around the world live. What's new in today's world is that the best-kept secret from the poor, namely, how the rich live, is now out.
  • COLUMN: Gabriel García Márquez, the Story-Teller of the Country of the War Without End

    Diana Cariboni
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:42 pm
    García Márquez in 1984. Credit: F3rn4nd0, edited by Mangostar C BY-SA 3.0By Diana CariboniMONTEVIDEO, Apr 18 2014 (IPS) The first time I read Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) was when I was proofreading the galleys of “The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor”, which the Editorial Sudamericana was getting ready to reprint in Argentina. I was working in the offices of the Sudamericana publishing house, in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of San Telmo, where I could find myself editing a gothic novel or a literary classic or a work by the Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik, due to the varied…
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    The Progressive

  • Karen Lewis to Headline May 1 Rally To Defend Public Education in Madison!

    Harriet Rowan
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    By: The Progressive StaffDo you live in Madison, Wisconsin? What are you doing this May Day? Help us raise the roof at the Monona Terrace! Join The Progressive for the "Rally to Defend Public Education,"which will be headline by two compelling speakers.Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and John Kuhn, a Texas school superintendent. They have been fighting to save our public education system fro the privatizers and profiteers in two diverse corners of America. The main event is at 7:00 pm at the Monona Terrace, Thursday May 1st in Madison with a pre-event networking social from…
  • Wisdom from Gabriel García Márquez

    Harriet Rowan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    By: Gabriel García MárquezThe great Latin American novelist died on Thursday. Here’s an excerpt from his speech when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982: "On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, "I decline to accept the end of man." I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a…
  • Don’t Let Jeb Bush’s Moderation Confuse You

    Harriet Rowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    By: Jose Miguel LeyvaJeb Bush’s recent compassionate comments on immigration show how far apart he is from the far right of the Republican Party. At an event at the George H. W. Bush presidential library, the former Florida governor showed sympathy for people who come to the United States illegally. They come here, he said, because mothers and fathers are “worried that their children didn’t have food on the table.” He added: “They crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony.
  • Condoleezza Rice Is All Wrong on Ukraine Crisis

    Harriet Rowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By: Clarence LusaneCondoleezza Rice has reemerged in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and she is offering unhelpful advice. Rice, who served as national security adviser and then secretary of state under Pres. George W. Bush, is taking the neoconservative line on Ukraine. She is repeatedly criticizing Pres. Obama for not responding more aggressively to Vladimir Putin. This is reckless talk. Russia still has thousands of nuclear weapons. The last thing we need is to return to the days of a nuclear standoff. Several times during the Cold War we were lucky to escape global annihilation.
  • UN Panel: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis

    Harriet Rowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    By: Harvey WassermanThe authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has left zero doubt that we humans are wrecking our climate. It also effectively says the problem can be solved, and that renewable energy is the way to do it, and that nuclear power is not. The United Nations’ IPCC is the world’s most respected authority on climate. This IPCC report was four years in the making.  It embraces several hundred climate scientists and more than a thousand computerized scenarios of what might be happening to global weather patterns. The panel’s work has definitively…
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    VALID | a TWiB! Publication

  • Dear White Sox Fans …

    David Von Ebers
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Photo: “Wrigley Field, Home of the Cubs,” by Paul Cogswell on Flickr Thank you for reminding us, again, that you’re fans of the South Siders. Although, it was kind of a giveaway, what with the matching jacket and cap. Not to mention the faded “2005 World Series Champions” bumper sticker on your pickup truck. And the Sox flag you fly off your front porch year-round, rain, snow, sleet, and dark of night. Oh, and your baseball jersey collection. The one that represents each time the Sox changed their uniform – and their team colors – during the 1970s and ’80s. Except for the…
  • Torture, Fort Hood, and the Legacy of War

    Rad-Femme Lawyer
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    By United States Air Force photo by Major Francisco G. Hamm [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 “…Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore, never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” -John Donne This week, we learned so much that we already knew, but did not want to know, from the Senate report on the CIA. The CIA used to run a…
  • Hobby Lobby’s Poorly Crafted 401(k) Plan Stirs Controversy

    Rad-Femme Lawyer
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    It’s delicious irony that Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) plan invests in pharmaceutical companies that provide contraception, while it’s been making headlines, and history, over the past year because it doesn’t want to give its employees access to health care plans that offer birth control. Notwithstanding, some say that this isn’t as devastating a tale of hypocrisy as people think. Forbes’ Ryan Ellis argues that, because 401(k) plans are only indirectly supported by employers, and the mutual funds therein are actually chosen by employees and plan administrators, Hobby Lobby is too…
  • CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Plays The Blame Game With Prescription Drugs, America Loses (VIDEO)

    Randle Aubrey
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Despite their numerous gaffes over the course of the last year, the journalists and pundits of CNN usually do a decent job of getting their facts straight. Unless, of course, those facts include telling you who to blame whenever something goes wrong. For example, daytime talk show host Dr. Oz hosted CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta last Wednesday for a discussion about the recent FDA approval of a new and potentially dangerous prescription drug called Zohydro. An opioid derivative similar to OxyContin but significantly more powerful, Zohydro was approved by the FDA…
  • GOP Condemn A Black Woman Over A Tweet: A Timeline | #StandWithJamilah

    Elon James White
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The morning of Thursday March 27, 2014, Jamilah Lemieux was tweeting about Kobe Bryant’s latest comments in the New Yorker Magazine. In the middle of that discussion, she tweeted: About 15 minutes later, @BETpolitichick responded to Lemieux and included @orlandowatson @Raffiwilliams @hugheynewsome on the tweet. Lemieux responded: At this point, Raffi Williams joined the conversation with: Lemieux responded: And the following exchange ensued: Lemeiux went on to say that though everyone has the right to their opinions, she is under no obligation to respect or engage them. About an hour after…
 
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    Digg Top Stories

  • Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Though 62 percent of libraries offer the only free computer and Internet access in their communities, only 9 percent say they have the high-capacity connections needed to support the computers, Wi-Fi and technological training necessary for an increasingly paperless world.
  • The 600 Years Of History Behind Those Ukrainian Masks

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    'Maskirovka' has been a part of the Russian military since before there was a Russia.
  • Brazil Is The World's Most Dangerous Country To Be An Environmentalist

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Taking a stand to protect the environment in a developing country can be a matter of life and death. According to a new report by Global Witness, a London-based watchdog organization, at least 908 environmentalists were killed in action from 2002 to 2013.
  • Wingsuit Pilots Fly At 125MPH Under Bridge On Side Of Mountain

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The world's most renowned wingsuit pilots, Jokke Sommer, Espen Fadnes and Ludovic Woerth spent a year looking for the perfect flight. This is one of their most memorable moments: a never-before-attempted flight under the bridge of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix at Mont Blanc, France. At 3,800 meters up and flying at over 125mph, there is little room for error.
  • 36 Unexpected Origins Of Everyday British Phrases

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    "Biting the bullet" dates back to the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
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    Wonkette

  • Read These Happy Links For Freedom, For America, For The Lizard People

    snipy
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Dok Zoom wrote a lovely remembrance of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who passed away yesterday at the age of 87. Do you need to know how to cook and eat a tiny little baby lamb leg for Jesus, for Easter? We’ve got you covered. George R.R. Martin wrote a new book about Game of Thrones but it is not the new Game of Thrones book, so fuck that guy. Aretha Franklin is going to do us all a solid and sue one of those stupid fake news sites that thinks it is satire but really isn’t after said crappy site posted a fake item about her and Patti LaBelle duking it out. Prince got back together with…
  • Wannabe Nebraska Governor Will Beat Up Obama Doll For Freedom

    snipy
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As political satirical fun time bloggers, we applaud the new ease with which any candidate anywhere can make themselves a YouTube and spit out a campaign ad, because that really has been comedy gold for us over the past few years. Even the big folks have used YouTube to get weird, like Ted Cruz with his David Dewhurst = Chupacabra ad in 2011, and our most beloved ad of all time, Carly Fiorina’s demon sheep. But you don’t need to be a big budget type to get yourself a viral video sort of thingy, as evidenced by this obamahead-slapping fellow, Nebraska state senator Beau McCoy, who…
  • South Carolina Mayor Fires Police Chief As Part Of Perfectly Ordinary Vendetta, Not Because She’s Gay, No Sir

    Doktor Zoom
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Just to confirm that small-town politics can be every bit as fierce and sleazy as anything in your big cities, the mayor of Latta, South Carolina, Earl Bullard (really!), fired the town’s police chief, Crystal Moore — who is also an out lesbian — with what looks like a flimsy excuse. Much temper and bitterness, and also blatant homophobia, caught on tape. And don’t worry too much about subtle, Rashomonesque shades of interpretation — unless you happen to be Mayor Bullard, it’s pretty clear who the jerk is in this story. Moore, a 23-year veteran of the…
  • Game of Hormones: How Will Lady Clynton’s Grandchild Help Her Usurp The Throne?

    Alex Ruthrauff
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The bloodstone hearth glowed crimson and umber athwart the embers of the fire. Lady Hillarye Clynton regarded the beasts carved upon it: the savage bear, the diffident squirrel, the cowardly otter. Above them all, the rampant croissant, sigil of House Clynton, shone with buttery benevolence. But it was the rabbit that arrested her attention. The prolific rabbit, dam of furry kingdoms. She sought wisdom in its stony haunches. For she had borne a daughter only. Fair Chelsye was a strong girl. She had retained the name of her House rather than take her lowborn merchant husband’s. Yet for all…
  • Human-Shaped Bag Of Greed BP Exec Will Have To Pay Monies To Government For Profiting From Oil Spill

    snipy
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    This post brought to you by the Patty Dumpling Endowed Chair For Oil Spill Blogging And Insider Trading. Sometimes we reach the end of the week and it is so hard to decide who the biggest asshole of the past seven days might have been. Was it the “performance artist” that thought it would be cool to attention whore by putting a backpack at the Boston Marathon finish line, thus bringing people to a terrified standstill yet again? How about the Missouri mayor who thought that the Kansas City shooter had some pretty neato ideas about Jews? Those guys were pretty terrible! But we have…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Goalposts. ObamaCare’s critics have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans. Yes, we need to learn more about the numbers. And yes, a lot needs to happen to […] Read this post »
  • U.S. to announce ground troops to Poland, says… Polish defense minister

    Mary Katharine Ham
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Hm. Leading from behind on its own troop movements, now, the Polish prime minister seemed to get ahead of the Obama administration on news of U.S. troop deployments to Poland as a response to Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told the Washington Post after a meeting with Sec. Chuck Hagel at the […] Read this post »
  • Rand Paul to Harry Reid: Simmer down with the “domestic terrorist” rhetoric about Bundy’s supporters

    Allahpundit
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    “I think what we should all be calling for is for calmer heads to prevail. I don’t want to see violence on either side.” A postscript to Ed’s item earlier. “I don’t think calling people names is going to calm this down,” says Paul. “I think it’s liable to stir it up.” That’s the point, though, right? That’s what Harry Reid does, especially in election years. He’s a sh*t-stirrer, regardless of who suffers from it. Sometimes that means smearing […] Read this post »
  • Snowden: I asked Putin that softball question on surveillance to start a public debate in Russia

    Allahpundit
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Right. And you know how famous Russia is for robust public debate. The investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, perhaps the single most prominent critic of Russia’s surveillance apparatus (and someone who has repeatedly criticised me in the past year), described my question as “extremely important for Russia”. It could, he said, “lift a de facto ban on […] Read this post »
  • The Obama admin is delaying the Keystone XL review process through the election. Yes, again.

    Erika Johnsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    #Friday. The déjà vu is smacking me in the face right now. Just take a quick gander at this NYT piece from November of 2011, and then soak in the similarities of the latest from Time: The State Department said Friday that while the public comment period will not be extended, executive agencies need more time […] Read this post »
 
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Stock Market Advice You Need To Know

    Randy
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    TIP! Prior to placing funds with a professional broker, be sure you conduct sufficient research into their background. Carefully investigating before giving them your money helps you avoid unscrupulous and inexperienced brokers. Have you considered becoming part owner of a company? Perhaps the stock market is the place for you. Don’t just go out and buy a ton of stock; inform yourself with research and information. Below is some of the information that you will need. TIP! Remember to be realistic in what your expected return is when investing. Everyone knows that wealth through the…
  • Work For Yourself From Home With These Tips

    Randy
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    TIP! Any expense incurred by you for business purposes, such as lunch with a client, may qualify as a legitimate tax deduction. In these cases, these meetings are actual business expenses. There are a number a advantages that go along with running a home based business, including being your own boss, but there are a lot of things to watch out for, as well. If you don’t take the time to fully research how to run a work from home business, you may find yourself making mistakes constantly. This article contains some useful information that will help you to have a thriving business. TIP!
  • Bring The Fun Back Into Buying A Home With These Tips

    Randy
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    TIP! Be flexible in making decisions. Maybe you can’t live in the most perfect community and in the most perfect home, but you might be able to do one of those things. Purchasing any property is a huge leap forward for any individual, especially when it is their first time doing so. The commitment and expense could really be stressful. Utilize the following tips to help you make the right decisions about purchasing real estate. TIP! Keep an account for extra costs that may be associated with purchasing real estate. Closing costs are generally calculated based on the down payment,…
  • Obtaining Insurance Does Not Take A Lot Of Work Anymore

    Randy
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    TIP! You can save a great deal of money by purchasing bundled coverage options. Among the various discounts that insurance companies offer, one that will require little effort or sacrifice by you is if you get both your auto and home insurance through the same company. Many are intimidated by the process of obtaining insurance. Of course, everyone out there wants to land a great deal on a solid insurance package. No one wishes to pay too much for an inferior package. This article has hints on how to deal with insurance better. TIP! You may find a single company that best provides all the…
  • Stock Market Tricks That Everyone Must Know

    Randy
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    TIP! When you are investing your money into the stock market, keep it simple. By keeping your investment techniques simple, and following a clear and concise path, you can minimize the risk you expose your portfolio to and achieve greater success. Almost everyone knows a person who has made lots of money through stock market investments. However, at the same time, these people know a person who has also lost a lot of money through these investments. The key is to identify wise investments that meet your risk tolerance and capacity. You can better your odds by becoming knowledgeable about…
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    FamousDC

  • Pharrell’s “Happy” Video Without Music is Kind of Weird

    Marie Formica
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Without music With MusicThe post Pharrell’s “Happy” Video Without Music is Kind of Weird appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    #NATIONAL If you like Cheerios, you can’t sue General Mills; #BostonStrong; there’s a hellfire twin Earth out there; How did 4/20 happen?; tax preparers flip the bird at responsible Americans as filing costs go up; “WTF??” –Scandal fans; Happy Friday; spoilers everywhere; Congrats Chelsea; God bless America; RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez; You think your apartment [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Capitol Hill Staffer Reality Show: Yes, Really

    fdc
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    …a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently in development, and one source said there’s already been a round of casting. Which bar will have stools open at happy hour? Will the HOB and SOB internets [...]The post Capitol Hill Staffer Reality Show: Yes, Really appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Happy Friday.

    Marie Formica
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    The post Happy Friday. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • U.S. Capitol Gets a Game of Thrones Treatment

    Marie Formica
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Washington Post published a sweet visual explanation of how the Capitol dome is being repaired over the coming years. Check out what will be happening under the dome in this neat visual explanation, and tell me if their animation of scaffolding going up around the building doesn’t remind you the littlest bit of the [...]The post U.S. Capitol Gets a Game of Thrones Treatment appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "He Gave Us Back Our History": Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez in Exclusive Interview

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    In an exclusive interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America and across the world. "He’s the master of masters," Allende says. "In a way, he conquered readers and conquered the world, and told the world about us, Latin Americans, and told us who we are. In his pages, we saw ourselves in a mirror." Allende describes the first…
  • Gabriel García Márquez in His Own Words on Writing "100 Years of Solitude"

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    One of the greatest novelists and writers of the 20th century has died. Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday in Mexico at the age of 87. It has been reported that only the Bible has sold more copies in the Spanish language than the works of García Márquez, who was affectionately known at "Gabo" throughout Latin America. His book "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is considered one of the masterful examples of the literary genre known as magic realism, and it won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The Swedish Academy described it as a book…
  • Headlines for April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Deal Reached on Ukraine Crisis; Pro-Russian Separatists Stay PutAnti-Semitic Flier in Eastern Ukraine Denounced as ProvocationNovelist Gabriel García Márquez Dies, Author of "100 Years of Solitude"Iran Ahead of Schedule on Nuclear Deal; U.S. Releases FundsGunmen Attack U.N. Base Sheltering Civilians in South SudanFormer Salvadoran General Faces Deportation from U.S. for Role in Killings19 Arrested Protesting Deportations; Obama Blames GOP for Stalling Reform9/11 Tribunal Adjourns amid Claims of FBI Spying on Defense TeamYoungest Person to Be Prosecuted for Terrorism in U.S. Gets…
  • Former Drone Operators Reveal Air Force Plays Key Role in Secret CIA Assassination Campaign

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    A new documentary film reveals how a regular U.S. Air Force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike program in Pakistan. "Drone" identifies the unit conducting CIA strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is located on the Creech Air Force Base, about 45 miles from Las Vegas. We are joined by the film’s director, Tonje Hessen Schei, and Chris Woods, an award-winning reporter who investigates drone warfare. Woods is featured in "Drone" and is working on a forthcoming book on U.S.
  • Fixing the Electoral College: New York Joins Pact to Elect President by Popular Vote

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    New York has become the latest state to join an agreement that would transform the U.S. presidential election. Under the compact for a National Popular Vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate with the most votes nationwide. This would prevent scenarios like what happened in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but still lost the election to George W. Bush. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed…
 
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 13

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, resigned this week, just weeks after the Obama administration announced seven million had enrolled in the health care exchanges.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 6

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    The tragic shootings at Fort Hood will dominate the conversation on the Sunday shows — particularly the treatment of mental health problems in the military.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, March 30

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Obama administration unveiled a legislative proposal to put an end to a controversial bulk phone records program this week, a topic that will dominate many conversations on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, March 23

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    Russia's decision to annex Crimea and the still missing Malaysian Airlines flight will dominate the conversation on the Sunday talk shows.
  • Pro-Clinton Group Plans Event Focused on Gay and Lesbian Donors

    By AMY CHOZICK
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    A "super PAC" supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton's possible presidential campaign is reaching out to some of New York’s most powerful and wealthy gay and lesbian donors.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • President Obama Delays Decision On Keystone XL Yet Again

    Doug Mataconis
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Repeating a pattern that it has followed virtually since the beginning of his time in the White House, President Obama’s Administration has once again announced a delay in the process that is supposed to lead to final decision on whether or not the Keystone XL pipeline will go forward: The State Department said Friday that while the public comment period will not be extended, executive agencies need more time to review the submitted comments as well as consider a Nebraska court case surrounding the pipeline. The indefinite extension could put off a decision on the pipeline, which would…
  • Avalanche Brings Single Deadliest Day Ever On Mt. Everest

    Doug Mataconis
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    An avalanche on the world’s highest mountain has resulted in the deaths of at least twelve Nepalese Sherpas: KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa guides had gone to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche struck an area known as the “popcorn field” for its bulging chunks of ice at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said…
  • There Are A Lot More Twins Out There

    Doug Mataconis
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Alexis Madrigal notes that there are more twins being born today than there used to be: From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent.  Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent. The rate surpassed 3 percent in 2001 and hit 3.3 percent in 2010. Now, one out of every 30 babies born is a twin. That’s a lot of “extra” twins above the 1980 baseline, but how many? When the CDC calculated the number through 2009, they pegged it at 865,000. Now that several years more…
  • Majority Of Colorado Voters Have Smoked Pot

    Doug Mataconis
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    This is perhaps the least surprising poll result ever: More than half of all Colorado residents have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, according to a collection of data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters. Quinnipiac, which is based in Connecticut, conducts scads of state-by-state polling and, on Friday morning, tweeted out a chart comparing pot usage across seven states in which they had conducted polls in February and March. Here are the results. The Colorado number shouldn’t surprise anyone — given that pot use is legal in the state, as of…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Favorability No Longer At Unsustainably High Levels

    Doug Mataconis
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    During the time that she was serving as President Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s personal favorablity numbers were at stratospherically high levels that most politicians only dream of. Even the vast majority of self-identified Republicans had a favorable opinion of Clinton while she was in office, and it continued in the immediate period after she left office last year even in the face of the Fox News led campaign to turn the attack on the diplomatic compound into a major scandal, an effort which Fox’s own Charles Krauthammer recently admitted was an utter…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Congratulations! A New Conspiracy Is Born

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    By Joe Conason No, Chelsea Clinton did not get pregnant to help her mom become president. Related Entries April 15, 2014 Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas April 14, 2014 SCOTUS Decision
  • Will Government Use Its New Leverage Over the Financial Industry?

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    By David Sirota If you read one business book this year, make it “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis. The journalist famous for “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” takes readers inside the parasitic world of high-frequency trading that is harming the broader economy. Related Entries April 15, 2014 Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas April 14, 2014 SCOTUS Decision
  • On Climate, Business as Usual

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    By Eugene Robinson Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Related Entries April 15, 2014 Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas April 14, 2014 SCOTUS Decision
  • Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is. Related Entries April 15, 2014 Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas April 14, 2014 SCOTUS Decision
  • CNN

    editor@truthdig.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries April 15, 2014 Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas April 14, 2014 SCOTUS Decision
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • “This Thing Is Working”

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Like CAP Action on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! A Slew Of Good Health Care News Has Conservatives On Their Heels The evidence continues to pile up that the Affordable Care Act is doing exactly what progressives said it would: providing the peace of mind of high-quality and affordable health coverage to millions of Americans. Despite the initial bumps, the law is actually exceeding expectations when it comes to enrollment. What’s more, Americans are sick of Republicans who have voted over 50 times to repeal the law without even offering an alternative — the law is working…
  • Court-Ordered Deportations Plunge, But This Mother Is Still Caught In The Deportation Dragnet

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Undocumented immigrants rally outside the White House to ask the President to stop deportations. CREDIT: ThinkProgress/ Esther Y. Lee Court-ordered deportations decreased by 43 percent between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, according to new Department of Justice data released Wednesday. That statistic, which includes the last four months of the former President George W. Bush’s presidency, may help to bolster the Obama administration’s argument that federal immigration officials are now focusing on detaining and deporting criminal immigrants, but other immigrants are still caught…
  • HIV-Positive Basketball Player Kicked Out Of City Rec League

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock More than 20 after Magic Johnson returned to the NBA following his HIV-positive diagnosis, a player in a Kissimmee, Florida recreational basketball league was pulled off the court and temporarily banished from the league because he is HIV-positive. The Orlando Sentinel told the story of 21-year-old Dakota Basinger, who was playing in a recreational basketball game as part of the Kissimmee Parks and Recreation league on Sunday, was taken from the court into a private room and told by a city employee that he wouldn’t be allowed to play anymore. “I feel…
  • State Department To Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Until After November

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    President Barack Obama arriving at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez The State Department will “extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, likely postponing a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections,” Reuters reported on Friday afternoon. The organization credited the information to a 1:30 call with Congressional staff. The decision of whether or not to approve the northern leg of TransCanada’s pipeline, connecting the tar sands of Alberta to oil…
  • The U.S. Isn’t Very Good At Preventing Our Food From Making Us Sick

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released this year’s food safety report — and while the agency is celebrating some incremental progress in combating foodborne illnesses, it’s clear there’s still much more work that needs to be done. When compared to a 2006-2008 period, the rate of foodborne illnesses in 2013 either increased or stayed about the same for most major disease agents. One area of relative progress is the rate of salmonella — the most common foodborne illness in the country — which decreased by about…
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    Slate Articles

  • High Maintenance

    Dana Stevens
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The Web series High Maintenance, about which I’d been hearing good things at a low rumble for the past couple of months, had a few hurdles to clear before it could reach whatever stratum of my media awareness separates “oh, I should catch up with that” from “must watch right now.” First of all, there was the matter of the show ostensibly being a weed comedy, which, given the premise—a bicycling pot-delivery guy interacts with clients of various stripes on his rounds through New York City—it seemed like it had to be. Though there are always exceptions to the rule—Gregg…
  • British Airways Is Going Back to the Future

    Jim Festante
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In an attempt to combat rising fuel prices, British Airways is channeling their inner Doc Brown. The airline's new project, know as GreenSky, will convert garbage and waste into jet fuel. Sound familiar? It should. It's basically the Mr. Fusion device last seen rigged up to the engine of a certain time traveling DeLorean. Marty McFly would approve.
  • How Not to End Racial Discrimination

    Jamelle Bouie
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The right has always been against race-conscious remedies to racial discrimination, touting “colorblindness” as the “constitutional” approach to making policy. But it’s only been in the last five years—since the election of Barack Obama—that it’s scored significant victories.
  • Warren’s World

    David Weigel
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Elizabeth Warren only ever encounters three kinds of human obstacles: proud, tragic, or pathetic. You can plunk Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus into the “pathetic” column. In A Fighting Chance, her new memoir, the senator from Massachusetts recalls when she was the hamstrung, unconfirmed adviser who was supposed to run the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Lacking access to the CFPB’s full powers, she darted through Congress, taking meetings with skeptics. A 2010 encounter with Bachus—months before he became House Financial Services chairman—stood out to her.
  • “The Risks Are Enormous”

    Lally Weymouth
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    WARSAW, Poland—Poland's foreign minister, Radoslaw "Radek" Sikorski, has been intimately involved in the Ukraine crisis, including in the negotiation of an agreement in February that then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from, further fueling the Maidan protest. Sikorski spoke with Lally Weymouth Wednesday, ahead of the diplomatic talks in Geneva aimed at defusing hostilities, about the crisis, U.S. global credibility, and what Vladimir Putin has his eyes on next. Excerpts:
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Newly Released Clinton Doc: White House Aide Blasts Bill Clinton and Al Gore for "F***ing Stupid" Move

    Andy Kroll
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Among the trove of Clinton-era documents released Friday afternoon by the former president's library is an email from an angry White House aide who blasts President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore for not attending the funeral of Oklahoma Democrat Carl Albert. Known as the "Little Giant from Little Dixie," Albert, who stood five feet four-and-a-half inches tall, served as speaker of the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1976. Albert died on February 4, 2000, and many Democratic politicians attended his funeral five days later. But Clinton and Gore skipped the event. In an…
  • READ: The Clinton Administration's Internal Memo on the "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy"

    Tim Murphy
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    In a 1995 internal memo, President Bill Clinton's White House Counsel's Office offered an in-depth analysis of the right-wing media mill that Hillary Clinton had dubbed the "vast right-wing conspiracy." Portions of the report, which was reported on by the Wall Street Journal and other outlets at the time, were included in a new trove of documents released to the public by the Clinton presidential library on Friday. The report traced the evolution of various Clinton scandals, such as Whitewater and the Gennifer Flowers affair allegations, from their origins at conservative think…
  • WATCH: GOP Candidate Whacks Obama Bobblehead in Weird New Ad

    Tim Murphy
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Nebraska state Sen. Beau McCoy (R), who is campaigning for governor by driving around the state in a white pickup truck with a ladder rack, wants GOP primary voters to know that he'll push back against President Barack Obama's administration. In an ad that hit Nebraska airwaves this week, McCoy confronts an Obama bobblehead doll mounted on a fence post—and knocks it to the ground with a swift backhand. "More Obamacare in Nebraska? That's the last thing we need," he says before smacking the bobblehead. Then he rides off on his steed. McCoy is a serious underdog in the race…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Soldier guides the driver of an Avenger weapon system before they fired the .50-caliber machine gun April 8, 2014 as part of the Avenger Master Gunner Course at Fort Sill, Okla. (Photo by Marie Berberea, Cannoneer staff)
  • Corn on Hardball: The GOP's Dangerous Decision to Support and Encourage Cliven Bundy

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Washington bureau chief David Corn spoke on MSNBC's "Hardball" about the Right's support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay standard grazing fees on federal land for the past 20 years. He pointed out the irony of the GOP supporting Bundy's fight for a free ride, as well as the danger of encouraging and validating potentially violent extremists.  
 
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  • Dear Chris Hayes: Please Stop Legitimizing Right-Wing Nut Jobs

    Heather
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Dear Chris Hayes, or his producers who are booking these shows; please stop legitimizing right-wing nut jobs on All In. I really thought that his recent shouting match with the AFP's Jennifer Stefano, who managed to filibuster the entire segment was a new low for MSNBC's Chris Hayes, until I watched this train wreck with wingnut Nevada state assemblywoman Michele Fiore this Friday evening. It seems Hayes' producers still believe that having him argue with crazy women who talk over him and filibuster a segment instead of responding to his questions makes for good television, because that was…
  • Milbank On Planet Denial: No Rebirth Of The Militia Movement

    karoli
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Dana Milbank needs to get out more, or turn around and look for where he might have left his memory. His remarks about domestic terrorism, militias, and how Bundy Ranch represents neither were out-of-tune and stupid. Here's some wisdom for him from an actual resident of Nevada who has a longer memory than the last tweet. Desert Beacon: If nothing more, we should have learned the definition of Domestic Terrorism as set forth in 18 U.S. Code 2331: (5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that— (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of…
  • Open Thread - Happy Birthday, David Tennant!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    h/t Nicole Belle. Nicole and I both have daughters who are, ya know, Time Lords. :D Open thread below....
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Hiromi Uehara

    Ryan Pressman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As you saw in the video, Hiromi shows us that she does, indeed, have rhythm (although, apparently, the audience does not). A former protégé of Chick Corea, Hiromi got her start as a jingle writer in Japan, but moved to the U.S. to study music at Berklee. The first thing you'll probably notice about her playing is that she plays REALLY fast, but don't mistake her virtuosic ability for a gimmick, as there's much more to it than that. She's got great stage presence and engages the crowd, for one, which is something all performers should have a handle on, regardless of your playing style. The…
  • Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville Fined 25K For Grabbing His Crotch, Yelling Expletive

    John Amato
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I was watching the triple overtime playoff game between Chicago and St. Louis Thursday night which was won by the Blues. It was a thrilling game with end-to-end action, but the side story was all about the Chicago Blackhawks coach, Joel Quenneville. He was so upset at a no call for delay of game that he grabbed his crotch and yelled "suck my balls" to the referees. His lips are easy to read in this instance. I was laughing so hard that I made sure to grab the video off of my TV. The NHL fined him 25K for inappropriate actions. The NHL has fined Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for April 18, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Couldn’t find my shoes this morning. Turns out someone was walking a mile in them before they judged me. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April 18, 2014
  • Meanwhile in San Francisco…

    Dan Ryan
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    A beautifully funky house in San Francisco’s Richmond District. There are a couple more pictures of it here.
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 17, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    “YOU WANT THE TOOTH? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TOOTH!” Funny how my dentist never laughs at this. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April 17, 2014
  • Donald Barthelme’s Snow White and the Postmodern Moment…

    Jim Booth
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Reading Barthelme’s Snow White reminds us that PoMo is about uncertainty as much as it is about anything… Donald Barthelme is a name closely associated with two of postmodern literary fiction’s most important structural/stylistic innovations: flash fiction and collage. While his reputation was built on … Continue reading →
  • Pike Place Market: (dirty) window on the world

    Sam Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • 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…
  • Murat Menguc sent you an invitation

    25 Jun 2013 | 9:33 am
                        Murat Menguc has invited you to join Twitter!       Accept invitation             Twitter helps you stay connected with what's happening right now and with the people and organizations you care about.     This message was sent by Twitter on behalf of Twitter users who entered your email address to invite you to Twitter. You can unsubscribe if you'd prefer not to receive these emails. Please do not reply to this message; it was sent from an unmonitored email address. For…
  • 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

  • Saying Goodbye To Gabo

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    RIP Gabriel García Márquez newrepublic.com/article/117338… http://t.co/YZUBYi6Nsi— gorse (@gorse_journal) April 17, 2014 The Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, known as “Gabo” to fans, died yesterday at age eighty-seven. Nick Caistor reflects on the Nobel laureate’s legacy: [I]t is as a writer of fiction, enjoyed by everyone from untutored readers to academics in universities around the world, that García Márquez will be remembered. By the mid-1960s, he had published three novels that enjoyed reasonable critical acclaim in Latin America, but…
  • A Poem For Good Friday

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: A new biography of the English poet George Herbert (1593-1633) by John Drury, Music at Midnight, has occasioned a lovely essay by Nicholas Lezard in The Guardian this week. To introduce the poems we’ve chosen for this Easter weekend, we’ll quote the opening of Lezard’s piece: The devil, whatever people may say, doesn’t have all the best tunes. Of all the lyric poetry our language has produced, George Herbert’s is among the most musical, poignant, direct and, at the same time, subtle and intelligent. It makes allowances for the weakness of the…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Sister Daphne and Sister Suzette participate the ecumenical Good Friday procession  in Berlin Germany on April 18, 2014. Under the theme of “Reformation and Politics”, the Protestant church invites this year’s politicians to join the traditional march through Berlin. By Christian Marquardt/Getty Images.
  • Are Fewer Black Baseball Players A Sign Of Progress?

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Marking Jackie Robinson Day earlier this week, Matt Welch attributes the declining percentage of black baseball players in recent years to the expansion of opportunities for black men elsewhere: Baseball, ahead of other professions, and ahead of other sports, allowed people with black skin to compete. Combined with the deep bench of talent that had been nurtured in the Negro Leagues, this opening led to black participation rates that quickly zoomed north of U.S. Census figures (which these days put the African-American population at 12.6 percent). But as other professional sports opened up…
  • “The Most Trafficked Animal You’ve Never Heard Of”

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    John D. Sutter worries that the pangolin, or “scaly anteater,” could die out due to lack of publicity: The pangolin possesses none of the cachet of better-known animals that are hot on the international black market. It lacks the tiger’s grace, the rhino’s brute strength. If the pangolin went to high school, it would be the drama geek – elusive, nocturnal, rarely appreciated and barely understood. When it’s frightened, it actually curls up into a roly-poly ball. The pangolin could go extinct before most people realize it exists. Or, more to the point: It could go…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan, Angers GOP Colleagues but Wins Fans Elsewhere

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:14 pm
    A close-up look at Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his history illuminates his political life's fundamental dichotomy: Many Republican lawmakers mistrust him, but many conservatives elsewhere worship him.
  • Lenders Ease Mortgage Rules in Hunt for Business

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Mortgage lenders are beginning to ease the restrictive lending standards enacted after the housing boom turned to bust, a sign of their rising confidence in the housing market.
  • Obama Extends Review of Pipeline Project

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The Obama administration is indefinitely extending its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, likely delaying a decision on the project until after November's U.S. midterm elections.
  • USDA to Require Pork Industry to Report Swine Virus

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would require the pork industry to report incidents to the government of a swine virus that has killed millions of young pigs and roiled the sector in the past year.
  • GOP Seeks to Erase 'War on Women' Label

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Wary of being on the losing side of the gender gap, Republican candidates are working to repel Democratic efforts to portray GOP policy on abortion, equal-pay laws and other matters as harmful to women.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Algore Dupes 9000 People in Hawaii

    Anthony Watts
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The story below is from from Honolulu Civil Beat, who covered a political rally on April 15th by Gore to 9000 people in Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center. It is a 12,500 seat sports auditorium where his voice was amplified by, his slideshow enabled with, and his persona illuminated by and made comfortable with air-conditioning, all made possible by the “dirty energy” electricity generated by fossil fuels that he railed against. The electricity that enabled Mr. Gore’s rally was courtesy of the oil burning power plants of the Hawaiian Electric Company, such as the HECO power plant at…
  • The Annihilation of Savers All Over the World

    No Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Appearing on a recent episode of The Vault, presented by Merit Gold & Silver, Jim Rogers warned the Federal Reserve and central banks around the world have brought the global economy to the brink of disaster, and it’s only a matter of time before inflation – fueled by money printing – will cause gold prices to skyrocket as governments and investors seek refuge. “We all know that there is inflation, and it’s going to get worse,” Rogers cautioned host Brian Baker. “Do not think that it’s not going to get worse. You should be prepared and you should be worried.” According…
  • Abba, Queen, and Bon Jovi

    No Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “It’s only words,” sang the Bee Gees back in the Seventies. Hopefully the rest of the pop world has a similarly nonchalant stance on language, as it seems quite a few stars are almost impossible to understand for the average fan. A new poll of 2,000 adults, conducted by Blinkbox Music, has revealed that Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, Prince and Bob Dylan are among the acts we find it hardest to hear correctly. Almost a third of people polled (28%) said they couldn’t understand rocker Osbourne’s Brummie whine, while 22% struggled with Gaga and Jamaican-American singer…
  • The USG Brings Its Wars Home

    Ann Jones
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America’s biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded.  When he did so, he also pulled America’s fading wars out of the closet.  This time, a Fort Hood mass killing, the second in four and a half years, was committed by a man who was neither a religious nor a political “extremist.”  He seems to have been merely one of America’s injured and troubled veterans who now number in the hundreds of thousands.
  • How and When To Tuck in Your Shirt

    Antonio Centeno
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Why talk about something so basic? Is there really a need to teach men something most of us have been doing since we were 5? Well, yes actually. Just look around. How many men do you see sporting a billowy, unkempt-looking shirt? Or what about that guy giving a presentation who unconsciously re-tucked his shirt three times during a 5-minute talk? Most men probably have no system for tucking in their shirts. Just because you do something, doesn’t mean you are doing it correctly. The goal of this article is to expose you to a few tactics that might eliminate the nuisance of an un-tucked or…
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Minister's health and safety warning

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Work and pensions minister Mike Penning writes to schools and local authorities in England to highlight health and safety "excuses".
  • Hunt to warn of schools extremism

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Labour's Tristram Hunt is to issue a tough warning against religious extremism in schools.
  • 'Rogue directors' crackdown planned

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.
  • Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.
  • Electricians question CBI vote move

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    The body representing electrical contractors urges the CBI to think again about giving its support to the campaign against Scottish independence.
 
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    town hall

  • tattered and torn

    Stephanie
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    (Family Home Evening Selfie)Although my words have been spare lately, my thoughts have been swimming.  Particularly about blogging, and what it means- to me, and to others.Blogging is a weird thing.  It's a relatively new platform in the grand scheme of things.  And, with it's newness, I struggle with a desire to continue writing unabashed and sort-of uncensored, and my desire to crawl in my cave and deliver soliloquies to my bedroom wall instead.  I've been known to do that before.I've been spending time this week reading a lot of critiques of popular bloggers (and I am…
  • dinner simplified: fancy grilled cheese sandwiches

    Stephanie
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Goodness friends, I'm sorry I've been such a spotty blogger lately.  We are at the height of busyness in our house at this very moment (ramping up to a high school graduation + another high schooler + middle school + track practices + my son + a bunch, bunch more).  I often stop myself during the whirlwind evening marathon and think about how this could possibly be the peak of our wild family-life roller coaster- these final six months of having all four of our kids still living under our roof.  So, instead of borrowing precious time to blog, I am simply enjoying the ride,…
  • San Francisco road trip 2014

    Stephanie
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    If you follow me, or my girls, on Instagram then you are well aware of our Spring Break road trip to San Francisco.  My mom and I had been itching to take my girls on a trip there for a while, so the last week in March seemed like the perfect time to make that happen.All three of my girls had never been to S.F., so they really had no idea what to expect.  We were staying in Concord, so each morning we drove into the city, and it wasn't until we drove them down Lombard St. did they really start to "see" what was in store.I had read up a bunch on where to eat while we were in the…
  • recess: an exercise in ridiculousness

    Stephanie
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Every day after school Spencer spends 10-15 minutes with me, sitting on the couch, telling me about every single injustice of his day.  It's like a daily police blotter wherein he covers all the wrongdoing of his elementary school life.  And, usually it's full of gripes about his teacher taking away part of their recess, or the obscenely short amount of time they get for lunch (10-15 min!) or how his friend got a "think sheet" for no good reason and so on.  I patiently listen, with intermittent head nods and "oh dear"'s given at appropriate moments.  Finally, when his…
  • Your kid needs a boss who is a turkey {part 3}

    Stephanie
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    "Do you contribute or do you consume?"As I think about my kids, and how much I love and adore them, this question has kept swirling through my head for the past 7 or 8 months.  It's the great divider.  It's the benchmark to me as I watch them grow, learn and develop more into givers, and less into takers.  It's what I, as their mother, am striving to teach them. Life  is not about what they get.  What people give to them.  What they desire.  It is about what they give.  What they do.  Who they help.This is a tough one, because most of society does…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Lawsuit: Texas Hospital Caved to Anti-Abortion Activists' Demands

    Dana Liebelson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Two abortion providers sued a Dallas hospital on Thursday, after the hospital revoked their admitting privileges. Because Texas law now requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, the revocation would mean that these doctors could no longer legally perform abortions. In a letter to the doctors, Chuck Schuetz, CEO of University General Hospital–Dallas, said they were disrupting the hospital's "business and the reputation" by providing abortions at their own facilities miles away. The lawsuit filed by the doctors, Lamar Robinson and Jasbir…
  • SPECIAL EVENT: "Noah" Director Darren Aronofsky Discusses Faith and the Environment

    Chris Mooney
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    There has been no lack of conservative Christian criticism aimed at Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky's blockbuster film, Noah, a work suffused with environmental themes. "I expected to be irritated by the movie—but I found myself grieved," wrote Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, characterizing the film's environmentalism as leading to "a horrifying anti-humanism." "Noah" and the Nexus of Faith and Environmentalism. April 23, 2014, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET. The Center for American Progress, 1333 H St., NW, 10th Fl. Washington, DC 20005. RSVP here…
  • Mitch McConnell Says He Stood Up for Women in a Senate Sexual-Harassment Scandal. The Real Story Is Damning.

    Molly Redden
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Facing his toughest reelection battle in years against a well-known and well-financed female opponent, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently boasted that he led the Senate in ousting a GOP colleague accused of sexual harassment in 1995. But news reports from that time show that late in the investigation, McConnell tried to stall the probe against his fellow Republican, Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.). He derided efforts by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to hold public hearings on Packwood as "frolic and detour"—after the Senate ethics committee had substantiated nearly two-dozen claims of sexual…
  • Why Jeb Bush's Greatest Political Achievement Could Sink a White House Run

    Tim Murphy
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I met Jeb Bush's biggest nightmare during a breakout session at March's Conservative Political Action Conference held outside of DC. In a side room, Phyllis Schlafly, the octogenarian den mother of the religious right, was explaining why attendees should be afraid of a set of national educational standards, little noticed by the national political press, called Common Core. The standards are arguably Bush's biggest political legacy. They are also the source of a rising tide of activism on the political right. One after another, conservative activists in the standing-room-only audience stood…
  • Jared Diamond: We Could Be Living in a New Stone Age by 2114

    Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jared Diamond didn't start out as the globe-romping author of massive, best-selling books about the precarious state of our civilization. Rather, after a Cambridge training in physiology, he at first embarked on a career in medical research. By the mid-1980s, he had become recognized as the world's foremost expert on, of all things, the transport of sodium in the human gall bladder. But then in 1987, something happened: His twin sons were born. "I concluded that gall bladders were not going to save the world," remembers Diamond on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast.
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    The Raw Story

  • Florida school wasn’t told teacher accused of bedding 17-year-old had ‘sexted’ 8th-grader

    Arturo Garcia
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    A 29-year-old Florida teacher is currently accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. But state officials said they were not made aware of a separate investigation against her at a previous job for sending sexually-suggestive text messages to an eighth-grader six years ago. WKMG-TV reported on Friday that the Florida Department of Education was not made aware of allegations that Jennifer Fichter had been texting the eighth-grader while working at Robinswood Middle School in Orlando between August 2007 and December 2008. Fichter resigned her position at Robinswood in…
  • U.S. automakers looking to crack Russian market despite tension over Ukraine

    Agence France-Presse
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Nevermind the Ukraine crisis and Washington’s sanctions against Moscow: U.S. automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier. Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week. “The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany,” said John Branch, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Branch said the structure of the Russian auto industry is in flux as the demand for imports increases despite barriers imposed by the Russian government. But that means that automakers, particularly those…
  • U.N. Security Council: Attack on South Sudan base that left 58 dead could be ‘war crime’

    Agence France-Presse
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    The United Nations Security Council said the attack which killed at least 58 people on a UN base in South Sudan where thousands of civilians were sheltering may ‘constitute a war crime’. Expressing its “outrage” over the attack on Friday, the world body demanded the South Sudan government do more to prevent future attacks against civilians. “The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime,” said a statement that was adopted unanimously by…
  • Nevada Republican defends Cliven Bundy but calls immigrants ‘terrorists’

    Arturo Garcia
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    A Nevada Republican legislator complained about MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ remarks regarding rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle, yet repeatedly referred to undocumented immigrants as “terrorists” during a combative interview Friday night. “I’m not saying I agree with Cliven Bundy, I’m saying the way this was handled was really suspicious,” state Assembly member Michelle Fiore (R) told Hayes. “When in the heck do we send our federal government with arms to collect a bill? When do we do that? When have we ever done that? I mean, literally, if we…
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: Anglican Church still ‘struggling with reality’ of marriage equality

    Ben Quinn, The Guardian
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Archbishop of Canterbury warns swift change in doctrine on issue risks alienating followers abroad, principally in Africa The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested he is unable to bless same-sex marriages because taking such a step would endanger the global unity of Anglicanism by alienating members in developing countries who found the issue “impossible” to deal with. While the Church of England is preparing to initiate a consultation on the possible introduction of informal blessing-like services, the spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans spoke of the…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Vince Cable to bring in tougher penalties for 'dodgy directors'

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Measures would allow courts to ban those with overseas convictions and order compensation for victims of misconductReckless company directors may have to compensate victims of their failed business dealings under new measures being brought forward by Vince Cable, the business secretary.The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said Cable was "taking aim at dodgy directors" by bringing in tougher penalties, with some of the worst offences recently seen in scam wine investment, landbanking and carbon credit schemes that targeted elderly people. Continue reading...
  • CBI backs no vote in Scottish independence referendum

    Staff and agencies
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Business lobby group accused of failing to consult members before formally registering position, with two firms resigningThe CBI has registered with the Electoral Commission to formally back a no vote in the Scottish independence referendum, prompting two of the business lobby group's members to leave.The organisation faced criticism that its position does not accurately reflect its members' views, and it failed to consult them before formally registering to campaign for the union. Organisations or individuals must register with the Electoral Commission if they want to spend more than…
  • HMRC to sell taxpayers' financial data

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Firms could buy 'anonymised' financial detailsPlan 'borderline insane' according to senior Tory MPThe personal financial data of millions of taxpayers could be sold to private firms under laws being drawn up by HM Revenue & Customs in a move branded "dangerous" by tax professionals and "borderline insane" by a senior Conservative MP.Despite fears that it could jeopardise the principle of taxpayer confidentiality, the legislation would allow HMRC to release anonymised tax data to third parties including companies, researchers and public bodies where there is a public…
  • New Treasury minister faces questions over tax arrangements

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Andrea Leadsom has held properties in a company rather than in her own name and made use of offshore banking servicesThe new Tory Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom has insisted she received no tax advantages from making use of offshore banking services, holding properties through a company rather than in her name and creating trusts for her children.The moves are legal but Labour has raised "serious questions" about Leadsom's tax arrangements, calling on her to explain whether she had a lower liability as a result, especially given George Osborne's suggestion that complicated…
  • David Axelrod tipped to make grassroots central to Labour campaign

    Patrick Wintour, political editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Senior Labour staffer says newly appointed senior strategist will focus on mobilising activists in 2015 electionDavid Axelrod, Labour's newly appointed senior strategist and Barack Obama's closest long-term political adviser, will make mobilisation of Labour's grassroots central to the election campaign, a senior Labour staffer who has worked for Obama has forecast.Axelrod himself stressed on Friday that he could not help Labour succeed at the next election without the mobilisation of local communities, adding in his first effort to energise Labour members that the world would be watching the…
 
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    The Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    * The Obama administration made a Friday afternoon announcement that it will be delaying a decision on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline. Embattled Louisiana Democratic senator Mary Landrieu grabbed at the opportunity to rail against the administration’s lack of affection for that sweet, sweet crude and prove her independence from those Pelosi-Reid-Obama national Democrats. * […]
  • The glorious Obamacare reckoning fades away

    Greg Sargent
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The announcement of eight million Obamacare sign-ups may finally be enough to jolt commentators into realizing that maybe, just maybe, the Republican plan to build an entire campaign against the law for the next six months might suffer from a few imperfections. The President, for his part, seized on the moment to urge Democratic candidates to stand proudly by the […]
  • The coming GOP campaign for donor secrecy

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    It has now been revealed that the combined fortune of Charles and David Koch exceeds an extraordinary $100 billion (Bill Gates has a mere $79 billion), some portion of which they’re putting into a new wave of campaign ads against incumbent Democratic senators. You know who the Koch brothers are, of course, because Democrats have […]
  • Morning Plum: Republicans flirt with engaging in constructive policy-making

    Greg Sargent
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    As I’ve been arguing here, one of the central questions of the moment is this: Is there any set of terms and conditions under which a sizable bloc of House Republicans can accept some form of legal status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country? A new Wall Street Journal report suggests Republicans may be grappling with this […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    * Today President Obama announced that the number of people getting private health insurance through the exchanges has hit 8 million. And the mix of ages among that group is also encouraging, paralleling the late surge in younger sign-ups we saw with Romneycare. Jonathan Cohn explains everything you need to know about the announcement, including this: The […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • WatchBlog Joins Social Media! Like, Follow & Share with Us!

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    We're happy to announce that WatchBlog has plunged into the viral world of social media, where we can continue to grow and share the great community of WatchBlog. We hope we can bring more people to this brilliantly opinionated political domain. Thank you to all of the supporters, old and new! Like us on FACEBOOK Follow us on Twitter @RealWatchBlog
  • Hope is Optional. Change isn't.

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    Recently, I've started doing thirty-minute walks about every day, during my lunch hour in the city I work. For the sake of variety, I try not to take the same route too much. Having done so for a while, I've seen much of my city, many of the layers of change that it has undergone, and that it continues to undergo. More than ever, it leads me to see the necessity for actively dealing with our nation's change.I've been working in the city for almost a decade now. When I started making regular trips into the city, part of my trip went towards the southern part of the city, near the Astrodome. A…
  • Public Sector Still Slowing Job Gains

    10 Mar 2014 | 3:57 am
    Comparing public and private sector job growth to other recessions shows a pretty stark contrast.First of all before I continue, I apologize to anyone who might have been enjoying my monthly discussion of the BLS employment situation. I know there's one or two folks still around that like them and I really enjoy the comment threads that come from it. I've missed the last two months of reports because my life is so hectic right now. My wife and I have a foster home now with three kids ages 3, 2 and an infant. Going from zero to three kids in just a few months is about as good of an excuse as…
  • America Contradicts Itself, For it Contains Multitudes

    4 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    Glenn Beck's response to a Super Bowl Commercial that showed a diverse selection of Americans, and "America the Beautiful" in multiple languages is correct in almost every way, except the way that matters most. He says that one's reaction to such a commercial can set one apart, that if one doesn't like the diversity presented, that you won't feel like you fit in, that you'll feel like a racist or something. Well, if the shoe fits...The beauty of this country is in it's capacity to safely contain all the religions, the nationalities, the languages, the traditions and the races of the old…
  • Republicans and Boiling Water on the Stove

    23 Jan 2014 | 11:35 am
    Sometimes we'd like to do without pain, without fear and shame. So often, it makes us vulnerable to those we'd rather not be vulnerable to. However, despite the fact that this is often true, and as a Democrat I've had to deal with such issues in my party, I find that it's useful to have a sense of where your limits are, and what behaviors you should not repeat.The pain we feel from social screw-ups is actually mediated in roughly the same places as physical pain. That's one of the revelations in this book, which I recommend people look into. Why would we need our shame and hesitation from…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Jeff Bezos Really Gets It

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Thank you Jeff Bezos for putting it so clearly. Pay to Quit, which offers unhappy workers from $2,000 to $5,000 to quit depending on how long they have worked for Amazon, is a great reminder that all employment is essentially a contract between employer and employee. It may not have the most attractive terms if the skill level is low and the available supply of labor is high, but it is a contract into which both parties enter. While the obligations and rights as detailed by labor laws are a very complex bundle of rules and taxes nowadays, the essence of what it means to seek and accept, or…
  • That Marxist at JP Morgan

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    As has been convincingly stated here, liberal guilt is a painless path to redemption for our society's problems for any individual who wishes to suffer just a little without actually doing much about the particular problem they feel a need to shed a few reptilian tears over. It's interesting to ask why this neccessary guilt, why do they believe we should feel guilty? The answer to this question tends to end up talking about inequality in some shape or form; most often it is economic inequality that seems to be the underlying issue in their minds. We have too much inequality, or too much lack…
  • Mexican Soldiers Drop in for a Visit

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    It's not an easy job being a U.S. Border Patrol official guarding the frontier with Mexico, say in Arizona where you have to confront heavily armed Mexican soldiers who draw their guns on you. In southern Arizona it seems to be an increasingly common occurrence to have soldiers from a neighboring country drop in on you for a visit. The question is, what exactly were those Mexican soldiers doing there when they drew their guns on the Border Patrol agents and faced off for a very tense 35 minutes or so? Chasing bad guys like drug smugglers they claim although some officials suspect they were…
  • Op-Eds in the Shadows

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    In Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's rhetoric, the Koch brothers are "a pair of shadowy billionaires" trying to rig the political system. Ok, no one can deny they are rich, having taken their father's company and increased it's value at an astonishing rate of about 18% a year by innovating, investing and producing products most of us want to buy and use. They also employ tens of thousands of people and while they may not be as hungry for a camera as say Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a fellow billionaire, it seems hard to describe as "shadowy" two business leaders who want…
  • We Want You! WatchBlog Welcoming New Contributors and Guest Posts!!

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    WatchBlog is happily welcoming new contributing editors who are passionate about politics, and would like to share their thoughts and opinions. We are very proud to have such an educated community of political opinions at WatchBlog, and we'd love to hear from more people, and get more people involved. If you, a family member, a friend, or someone you know would be interested in being a Contributing Editor at WatchBlog, please do not hesitate to join us! WatchBlog has grown into a community of educated politicos, and we believe we have the best political debates and conversations on the…
 
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    Foreign Policy: Passport

  • Morning Brief: Major Powers Reach International Agreement on Ukraine

    J. Dana Stuster
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Major Powers Reach International Agreement on Ukraine Top News: The United States, European Union, Russia, and Ukraine brokered an agreement in Geneva on Thursday to deescalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, but the deal could be undermined quickly as militant separatists in the east have said that they will not abide by the decision. The agreement calls for the disarmament of armed groups in eastern Ukraine and the return of government control to occupied government buildings, granting amnesty to separatists occupying facilities if they leave voluntarily and are tried for capital crimes. In…
  • No One Is Mourning the Death of Bitcoin Giant Mt. Gox

    Thomas Stackpole
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Since peaking at more than $1,100 in late November, Bitcoin's trading value has fallen by half. On Wednesday, a Japanese court delivered a death blow to Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, which had collapsed after hackers stole a huge trove of the cryptocurrency from the company's servers. By denying the exchange's application to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, the court sent the exchange hurtling toward liquidation. But for the Bitcoin faithful, the death knell for Mt. Gox isn't the end of Bitcoin -- it's just the end of amateur hour. "Mt. Gox was like a slow…
  • Status-Anxious CEOs Will Sacrifice Profits for a Knighthood

    Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Picture the platonic, if slightly exaggerated, ideal of a CEO: a focused leader of their subordinates, a relentless pursuer of profit -- that is, of course, unless he or she gets distracted along the way. Come to think of it, "sir CEO" has a really nice ring to it, doesn't it? In a new paper, researchers Konrad Raff and Linus Siming found that CEOs were willing to let their firm's performance suffer for the sake of...a knighthood (or a damehood, if she happened to be a woman). Chief executives, it seems, actually forsake cutting costs or firing employees when presented with the…
  • Snowden Called in to Putin’s Telethon. Does That Really Make Him a Kremlin Pawn?

    Elias Groll
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    One of the pleasures in writing about Edward Snowden is his predilection for the absurd. The NSA whistleblower abandons his dancer girlfriend for a life in exile, hides in airports, studies Dostoyevsky, appears by teleconference at a technology conference in Texas, and even attempts to learn Russian to acclimate to his new home in Moscow. It’s a delicious story, and on Thursday, Snowden delivered his latest morsel: He called in to Vladimir Putin’s televised Q&A session with the Russian public. True to form, Snowden asked the Russian strongman whether his government engages in…
  • Morning Brief: Three Pro-Russian Protesters Killed in Clash with Ukrainian Security Forces

    stackpolet
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Three Pro-Russian Protesters Killed in Clash with Ukrainian Security Forces Ukraine: In the most lethal clash in eastern Ukraine so far, three pro-Russian protesters were killed in a firefight with Ukrainian security forces as they attempted to storm a base used by the Ukrainian National Guard near the city of Mariupol. Thirteen more were wounded and 63 taken prisoner, according to the interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, after a crowd of 300 protesters opened fire on the bases guards and Molotov cocktails. The pro-Russian forces have taken over administrative buildings and police stations…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • New Projects, New People

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here at Engage our team and our practice are expanding and I’d like to give you a quick update. First, we’re honored to have worked with House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the redesign of one of the most prominent websites on Capitol Hill – GOP.gov.  GOP.gov has long set the standard for Congressional websites on both sides of the aisle, and this latest release continues that proud tradition. House Republicans’ new home on the web features a sleek, responsive design aimed at making it simple to browse and share the Conference’s massive library of…
  • Engage Takes Gold at the 2014 Pollie Awards

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    This weekend, the American Association of Political Consultants announced their annual Pollie Awards, which honors the best work in political campaigns and advocacy. Engage took home four awards — including gold for International Best Use of Internet and Best Use of Social Media by a candidate. Our work for the Liberal Party of Australia won a Gold Pollie for the best use of the Internet by an international campaign. Engage was brought in to redesign and rebuild the party’s web platform for the 2013 Federal election, giving the party and its leader, Tony Abbott, a fresh and modern…
  • The Secrets of 5 Standout SXSW Talks

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Every year, SXSW is an incredible opportunity to learn, recharge, and connect with some of the best minds in the digital world. Our team was on the ground this year, speaking on a session about startup political strategy and co-sponsoring Innovation Policy Day with the Consumer Electronics Association, Motorola, Glen Echo Group, Yelp, and Uber. This year, SXSW Interactive featured more than 800 sessions. I thought I’d share five of the best I attended, highlighted in tweets and photos. [View the story "#SXSW2014 Highlights" on Storify]
  • Big Facebook Changes Via Small Words: How “set” & “and” will change how marketers use Facebook

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    There are big changes coming to Facebook and hardly anyone has noticed, yet. We take it for granted that major social platforms change a lot. As Katie Notopoulos of BuzzFeed has documented and others have noted, Twitter and Facebook are constantly trying out new layouts and designs. Once a new way of doing things improves the site, those platforms will roll out to all users. Whether it’s the latest version of the News Feed, the addition of imagery or big acquisition news, lots of ink (mostly digital) gets spilled covering major changes to platforms that we all use. But, what about the…
  • Leveraging Your Social Network: CPAC Targeted Sharing

    10 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Whether you are taking a road trip, going to the movies, or attending a conference, it’s always more fun with friends. At Engage, we understand the power of social connections and the important role they play in fostering memorable and meaningful interactions. That is why a key element in our partnership with the American Conservative Union is a targeted sharing application for CPAC 2014. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was named by Politico as one of the top political events of this year, and it will—as it has for decades—be the premier gathering of conservative…
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    New Republic

  • Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now

    Benjamin Wittes
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I have maintained a certain agnosticism about Edward Snowden’s relationship with the Russian intelligence services up until now. I noted with interest, but unconvinced, statements by congressional intelligence committee leaders that suggested he was a spy. And I 
  • Everybody Is Anxious, and Nobody Wants to Talk About It

    Sophie McBain
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
  • David Axelrod Might Win the Next British Election for Labour

    Marcus Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelro
  • The Charming Doodles of Kurt Vonnegut

    TNR Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    During a visit with his artist daughter Nanette, Kurt Vonnegut unrolled a drawing on her coffee table. "Burn it, dad, it's no good!" she told him. He smiled, agreed, and tossed it in the trash. But shortly after he returned home, Vonnegut mailed Nanette two large packets of his sketches. These packe
  • The Real Reason Liberals Support Higher Taxes on the Rich

    Danny Vinik
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    High salaries have become an object of widespread attention in the past year, particularly among liberals worried about inequality. That's made some people pretty unhappy. Sometimes it's the upper class themselves, who think they are under assault and, from time to time,
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel.
  • Labor Union Political Committees Contribute Heavily in March

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The political committees of several national labor organizations moved large amounts of political contributions to federal candidates and committees during March, according to early reports.
  • 8 House Race Ratings Changes Boost GOP, Democrats

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    This week Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call made ratings changes in eight congressional districts and confirmed our rating in a ninth -- Wisconsin's 6th District -- after GOP Rep. Tom Petri announced his retirement.
  • UPS, FedEx Spend Over $3 million on Lobbying in 2014 Q1

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Two of the largest courier and shipping services have reported spending more than $3 million on lobbying the federal government during the first quarter.
  • Jack Kingston Works His Base at Rural Cookout

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    GLENNVILLE, Ga. -- Rep. Jack Kingston, who's represented Savannah in Congress for the last two decades, was at home Thursday evening in nearby Tattnall County, where elected officials and candidates streamed in to put their face in front of the loads of sheriffs, police and first responders gathered on the grounds of a rural pond house.
 
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    Why Tuesday?

  • On Photo Social Security Cards

    WhyTuesday
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership. Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday?
  • An Alternate Take On Voter ID

    WhyTuesday
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    “It’s just an idea whose time may have come," said @AmbAndrewYoung of using SSA cards to push back on voter ID laws. pic.twitter.com/jU7TzuAcoI — Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) April 12, 2014 This week at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, our chairman and co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young proposed adding a photo to Social Security cards in order to push back on restrictive voter ID laws being enacted in the United States. Former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter endorsed the idea. President Clinton, as quoted in the Washington Post: The…
  • WT? Helping DC Vote

    WhyTuesday
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:26 am
    Our board member and resident scholar Norm Ornstein has a piece in today’s Washington Post all about increasing Washington D.C.’s voter turnout. Improving voter turnout, the great DC experiment: http://t.co/GVFTr3S7gH — Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 21, 2014 You probably will not be surprised by his first suggestion: Move Election Day to the weekend. Here’s what Norm has to say about weekend voting: As the group WhyTuesday.org has pointed out, the practice of holding elections on Tuesdays stems from an 1845 law meant to accommodate an agrarian society that…
  • WT? At Voting Summit 2014

    WhyTuesday
    30 Jan 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Thanks to our co-founder and board member Norm Ornstein for the shout out at the Overseas Vote Foundation’s eighth annual Voting Summit today. The Twitterverse is talking! To sign our petition to ask the President and Congress to move Election Day to the weekend, click here.
  • On The Obama Commission Report

    WhyTuesday
    22 Jan 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Why Tuesday? board member Norman J. Ornstein issued the following statement on today’s report issued by The Presidential Commission on Election Administration: “We applaud the Commission’s bipartisan consensus on the need to make voting easier and more accessible for all eligible Americans, but believe that many more steps can be taken beyond the Commission’s recommendations. While we favor more opportunities for voting before Election Day, Election Day itself needs to be changed from Tuesday – which reflects an antiquated law enacted in 1845 – to the weekend, which is a vastly…
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Easter: The Profane And The Eternal

    Mike McDaniel
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    It’s Easter, and perhaps time to consider the difference between the world of men and the eternal. In a February 8, 2012 article, I wrote in part:  Perhaps the most egregious, and to Christians, the most insulting manifestation of this trend was the New York Time’s Easter 2010 image of Mr. Obama depicting him “preaching” before a brace of microphones, his hand raised in a Christ-like pose, his image superimposed over a cross, at the base of which is the White House.  When Obama sycophants address Mr. Obama as “The One,” a title coined by Oprah Winfrey, they obviously embrace the…
  • Ft. Hood: They Never Get It

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    credit: levycountysheriffsblog The good folks over at Pajamas Media have been kind enough to publish my scribblings for the last three or so years, and have fallen for it again with my latest article: “Fort Hood and Disarmament,” which was the headline article on 04-16-14, but is inevitably working its way to the bottom now. It’s about the ramifications of the latest Ft. Hood shooting, and school shootings, specifically, that our attention is focused on each new outrage, but our politicians never seem to get the message that the only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys…
  • Am I a God and Gun Clinger?

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    I find myself in the odd position of commenting on one of my own articles. Regular readers know that SMM is not a confessional blog dripping daily with my existential angst. I’ll be frank (who would you like to be?): I generally consider that sort of thing to be far too self-absorbed and doubt that readers are much interested in that sort of navel-gazing. After all, I’m not a big-busted starlet, and I assume, gentle readers, that you have lives that occupy you sufficiently that trying to live vicariously through me is not only unnecessary, but tiring. This little bit of navel-gazing is…
  • Women And The Nevada Taliban

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    credit: http://www.military-history.us Oh dear. Every now and again I run across an apparently rational person that really, really misses the point, or at least part of one. There is a great deal of continuing fallout relating to the BLM/Bundy Ranch standoff. This is a small part of it. In an article titled: “Bundy Ranch and the Political Powerlessness of Rural America” by David French at National Review online, French argues, reasonably, for limiting the power of the federal government to its constitutional boundaries. But at the end of the article, he writes: Final note: Even if one…
  • The SAT: New And Improved?

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    credit: englishcoachny.com The Scholastic Aptitude Test has been a fixture in American education for decades, but the once mighty test, lauded as a brilliant predictive instrument, is losing its luster, in fact, it is being fundamentally revised, even “dumbed down.”  More and more colleges and universities, even elite schools, no longer require it. But the testing industry, scores of educators who make a good living teaching SAT test preparation, and supporters of standardized testing are fighting this trend. Regular readers know that I am not in any way a fan of standardized…
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  • Overnight Open Thread

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Thanks to Niedermeyer's Dead Horse and the cobs for helping me put this together. Do you think your kids would appreciate having their Easter baskets stuffed with healthier items? Well sure they would!!! What kid wouldn't love to find an...
  • Friday Night Open Thread

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Worst ever avalanche on Mount Everest kills 12 guides, with four people still unaccounted for. Why so many guides and few climbers? Well... because Sherpas are really the climbers, and every season, they prepare the climb with predeployed supplies and...
  • Krauthammer: I No Longer Support Disclosure in Campaign Donations, Because Zealots Will Destroy Free Speech Rights By Ruining Lives and Wrecking Careers

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    I think this problem can be subsumed under my general political observation that "People are just awful." And there's really no way around that, is there? Best we can do is mitigate the harm by making government smaller, thus limiting...
  • AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Jonah Goldberg

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    National Review Online's Jonah Goldberg joins Ace, Drew, John and me for cocktails and banter and cocktails. The yoga is hot, things are in hands, and no animals were harmed in the making of this podcast. Intro/Outro: Van Halen-Panama /...
  • Preppin' on Mars: The Martian by Andy Weir

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Brief book review. I read this a while ago. It's pretty good. The premise -- which is a bit dodgy, but I'll grant the writer some latitude in establishing his premise -- is that a single member of a Mars...
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    So the President had another victory-lap press conference yesterday to announce that Obamacare is a success and the debate is over, done with, kaput. Has anyone ever had so many victory laps trying to convince the public what a success something has been? Of course, he had to mislead people right from the beginning was to say that 35% of the sign-ups were under 35. That might have been a truly meaningful statistic since it represents a big jump from previous estimates of how many young people were signing up, but, as Guy Benson points out, that number also includes children who are not paying…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    James Taranto ponders why the Democrats have intensified their demagoguery on race.Joe Biden does it again as he told Bostonians at a memorial for last years marathon bombing that "it was worth it."let me say to those 'quote survivors,' my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You're truly, truly inspiring."Does the man have no monitor on what comes out of his mouth and how it sounds? Can you just imagine if a Republican had been similarly inept in his remarks?IBD explains why you shouldn't have much faith in the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    John Podhoretz explains why liberals' victory lap over Obamacare is quite premature. And any politicians who pretend to be excited about the CBO's projections of lower federal deficits this year are also quite premature in their celebration.But CBO also expects things to get worse in a hurry. In just the next two years, with no more federal budget sequester to limit spending, annual outlays will grow by almost $500 billion, driving federal spending above $4 trillion for the first time. In that fiscal year of 2016, federal deficits will resume their upward march. By 2023 we will be back to the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    The Social Security Administration backs down from the program that was seizing tax refunds of people who might have been overpaid when they were in children or whose parents might have been overpaid. The Washington Post had written about this last week and it just took the outrage that that story engendered for the Social Security Administration to rethink its policy. What I found funny from the original Post story was that this change in the law to allow the SSA to go after people decades later had been inserted into a farm bill in 2008 and no one will fess up that they were responsible for…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    Ross Douthat gets to the heart of what is so despicable about the stories of Brendan Eich's resignation from Mozilla and Brandeis University's disinviting of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.What both cases illustrate, with their fuzzy rhetoric masking ideological pressure, is a serious moral defect at the heart of elite culture in America.The defect, crucially, is not this culture’s bias against social conservatives, or its discomfort with stinging attacks on non-Western religions. Rather, it’s the refusal to admit — to others, and to itself — that these biases fundamentally trump the commitment to…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Several Influential Conservatives Favor Comcast Merger

    Dan
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    Via email. No particular dog in this fight myself; however, I prefer to see business decisions made by business people, not politicians. That sentiment would argue for Congress to stay out of the way and let them do the deal. There’s more detail at link. The submitted letter is here. Heavyweight conservatives and banterweight conservatives are lining up on both sides the Comcast/Time Warner merger. The heavyweights, which include Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Duane Parde at the National Taxpayers Union, have penned…
  • Why Did Dylan Byers Discreetly Change His Mike Rogers Cumulus Story?

    Dan
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    I’m curious as to why Politico’s Dylan Byers changed the text of this story without noting it, as I’m unclear how this all may bring House ethics rules into play. Here is how Byers story reads now. The Michigan Republican and longtime House Intelligence Committee chairman will join Cumulus in 2015, according to a press release. Cumulus is the second-largest radio operator in the country, with 460 stations in 89 markets. I didn’t screen cap it but I did copy and paste it in an email at 7 Am this morning. This version is also supported by an aggregated version of the…
  • Cue the Outrage Mongers: AmSpec – Michelle Malkin Is Wrong

    Dan
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:54 am
    Right-wing harpies are as, if not more annoying than the Left-wing strain due to their hypocrisy. And Twitchy often leads the pack when it comes to being the Twitter outrage police. This PC speech police nonsense is particularly sad to see on the Right. One can’t hypocritically claim the 2nd Amendment is inviolate, while standing the 1st Amendment on its head because you don’t like what someone else says. And this isn’t mere grievance mongering. This, ultimately, is a form of scalp hunting that can not help but silence speech through fear and intimidation. Those are Leftist…
  • Why Romney’s Attack On Obama Is Misguided

    Dan
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    I was going to let Romney’s misguided attack on Obama go by without comment; however, Mediaite’s Noah Rothman weighed in, so I thought I’d link that and add my two cents. … Romney marshalled every ounce of that authority when he mounted a multi-pronged attack on the president’s handling of America’s foreign affairs. Politically speaking – and Romney’s attack is all about politics – it’s a dumb move regardless of whether Romney is correct or not in his point of view. I’ve seen nothing to indicate that the American people are interested…
  • Dateline 4/11/2007: Why Chris Hayes was “quietly crying” into his sweater

    Dan
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Okay so we know this happened: Looking out the window and quietly crying into my sweater/ — Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 11, 2007 h/t  The Daily Caller. But what triggered it? Hm…. via Wiki here are the day’s key events. April 11, 2007 (Wednesday). Trade officials from the United States, European Union, India and Brazil meet in New Delhi, India, to revive the World Trade Organization‘s Doha round of negotiations. (Forbes)(BusinessWeek) The United States Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with the Defense Ministers of the United…
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    Wizbang

  • Chicago Math: Three is Only Two

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    -By Warner Todd Huston On WLS AM 89 radio in Chicago political reporter Bill Cameron featured an interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that shows just why math is soooooo darn hard for politicians. The interview was about Rahm trying to get hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to be set aside and wasted–er, […]
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest&trade

    Kevin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Sorry about the lack of a contest last weekend, it was an unfortunate oversight. Back on track for this weekend. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
  • Eating Their Own: Union Wants to Unionize Extremist, Left-Wing Media Matters, Website Owners Furious

    Warner Todd Huston
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Started in 2004, the left-wing propaganda website Media Matters for America has been spreading lies about Republicans and conservatives for a decade, now. Naturally the site has always claimed the center-right coalition is “anti-worker” for opposing unions, but this organization itself has never been unionized. Now the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is agitating to […]
  • POLICE STATE: Feds Still Buying Tons of Ammunition

    Warner Todd Huston
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”–John Basil Barnhill, 1914 If liberals want to get rid of guns in society, apparently the first place they should start is the federal government. For some unexplainable reason, nearly every federal agency has its own armed, para-military […]
  • Pistol Turned to ‘Submachine Gun’ By Clueless Media

    Warner Todd Huston
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Once again we get proof of how mindless and clueless the media is, how they don’t fact check, but just mindlessly pass on each other’s bad work ad infinitum. This time it happened with a story about a criminal who used a .22 caliber pistol in a crime but one clueless reporter turned it into […]
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • Little intruder

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Little intruderby digbyFrom the WSJ:There's a new guest at the White House. Unlike most people who pass through the presidential residence, he wasn't invited. But in cutthroat Washington fashion, he saw weakness and took advantage. Now he rests and plays uninhibited at the seat of power.He also has pointy ears and a bushy tail.The little red fox, who hasn't been named, turned up on the White House grounds in the weeks before the government shutdown in October. After many White House groundskeepers were furloughed, the fox settled in. Months later, the furry little conundrum has left officials…
  • Maybe we should rethink Clinton's inevitability? by @DavidOAtkins

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Maybe we should rethink Clinton's inevitability?by David AtkinsYes, it's a Fox News poll so take with a slight dose of salt (Fox News polls tend to skew to the right somewhat, but not hugely). But this is interesting:Hillary Clinton’s favorability rating has hit a six-year low, according to a new Fox News poll.At 49 percent, just under half of Americans view the former secretary of state favorably, while 45 percent see her unfavorably, the poll, released Thursday, said. This is the first time Clinton’s approval rating has fallen below 50 percent in a Fox survey since April 2008 — during…
  • I guess these folks don't have any cows

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I guess these folks don't have any cowsby digbySo I haven 't heard any big outcry about the men with guns confiscating this property under forfeiture laws. It's the State of Texas not the Federal Government so perhaps that makes the difference. It's ok if Texas does it just not Washington. But it also strikes me as something that one might expect the Christian Right to see as an intrusion into religious liberty:The Texas Department of Public Safety, which raided the Eldorado, Texas, ranch in April of 2008, said in a statement released on Thursday that the walled compound has been entered by…
  • You'd just better hope that wealthy elites want the same things you want

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    You'd just better hope that wealthy elites want the same things you wantby digbyIt's a coincidence if your preferred government policies are adopted. And that's becuse the government is doing the bidding of the wealthy --- if they want what you want it's all good. If they don't, you're out of luck. That's the finding of the new Princeton study everyone's chattering about:Asking "[w]ho really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield…
  • Torquemada was not a whiner

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Torquemada was not a whinerby digbyWhat ever happened to the old saying "never complain, never explain?" Today manly men who believe they need to be sadists for the greater good whine like little babies because nobody understands them:The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.In an uncompromising and wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, his first public remarks since he was linked to the program in…
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    Eschaton

  • Late Night

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • 4 Day Work Week

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I get that it doesn't work for all companies for many obvious reasons, but it can work for some.
  • Is Our Elites Learning

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The problem with the Lifestyles Of The Not Quite Rich Enough genre is there's never any hint that anyone involved (reporters, subjects) take the next step and think, "oh, gosh, if I can't live on $300K what must it be like to live on $50K!!!!"
  • The Continuing Series On The Lifestyles Of The Not Quite Rich Enough

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    It really is a fascinating and slightly gross genre, but I get it. Even the people who came from the right backgrounds and did everything right and have all the right friends are "struggling" to live the life they were supposed to be able to live.
  • Guys I Think We Forgot About The War On Easter This Year

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Gonna head the CVS and stomp some peeps.
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Late Night FDL: Aladdin

    Suzanne
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Marty Feldman and Gonzo — Aladdin, from episode 518 of The Muppet Show. Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, and try to only throw soft items at the screen please. This is Late Late Night Firedoglake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?  
  • Late Night: The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Hey folks, how are you today? International Politics Overall - Very interesting and informative interview on the situation in eastern Ukraine and what is actually happening in the area - Arundhati Roy: “Another World Is Not Only Possible, She Is on Her Way” - The psychologist who helped make torture possible in Guantanamo Bay and other black sitses defends the program and admits he conducted torture as well; How sick - The U.S. threatens more economic sanctions if Russia does not follow the recently agreed international agreement - A former Colonel writes on the rabid pro-war…
  • The Magic and Beauty of Hiding Behind Front Groups

    spocko
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    From a great diary at Daily Kos, ”Industry Expert Says StopRush Has Destroyed Limbaugh’s Business For Good“ by Proglegs: Speaking yesterday on the Ed Schultz radio show, industry insider Holland Cooke credited a persistent online activist movement with completely destroying right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s business model by using the very free speech that El Rushbo claims gives him carte blanche to do what he does. The piece quotes Cooke on the Ed Show and discusses the lower ratings, Rush’s move to smaller stations and the impact of less income…
  • “Russia With Love”: Alaska Gas Scandal Is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

    Steve Horn
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska’s statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty. It’s not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides. The question of who owns Alaska’s natural gas and where they’re from, at least for now, has been off the table. More on that later. At its core, the controversy centers around a public-private entity called the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) created on April 18, 2010 via House Bill 369 for the…
  • The Neocon Money Machine

    DSWright
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    In 2003 writer Eli Lake declared that the neoconservatives were the “most influential wing in the current administration,” and that those empowered neoconservatives were chiefly responsible for the expedited time table to launch what would become the disastrous Iraq War. A war that would, among other things, bring Barack Obama to power as the American public near-universally rejected not just the blunders and false promises that sold the war, but the ideology underpinning it. Americans no longer saw trying to bring “democracy” by the barrel of a gun to every corner of…
 
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    TalkLeft

  • Friday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I've got the grill going (Asian Steak and Watermelon and Arugula Salad over rice noodles with peanuts on top). What's on your agenda for this holiday weekend? This is an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Murdered Denver Woman On Phone With 911 for 13 Minutes

    Jeralyn
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Why did it take Denver Police officers more than 15 minutes to arrive at the home of Kristine Kirk? She was dead by the time they got there. She spent her last 13 minutes of life on the phone with 911. Kirk called 911 at 9:31 pm. She grew more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Congrats to Chelsea Clinton and Husband Marc

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Chelsea Clinton announced today she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child. Hillary and Bill are of course, excited. Hillary tweeted: “My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be!” The new addition to the family... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Just getting home from work and I see our last open thread is full. Here's another one. All topics welcome. I hope to get something substantive posted after checking the news later tonight. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    There was a hearing today in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. John Edwards is back in the courtroom - practicing law. El Capo is about to begin. It's really hard to understand without captions. I wish there was an episode review guide... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The New Republic - The Plank

  • The Real Reason Liberals Support Higher Taxes on the Rich

    Danny Vinik
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    High salaries have become an object of widespread attention in the past year, particularly among liberals worried about inequality. That's made some people pretty unhappy. Sometimes it's the upper class themselves, who think they are under assault and, from time to time, liken their critics to Hitler. But sometimes it's less hysterical observers who make an analytical argument: Morally repugnant or not, those high salaries have very little to do with inequality.Both arguments suffer from a common flaw: That liberals want to tear down the rich, rather than lift up everybody else. One place you…
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Hillary Clinton's Future Grandchild

    Rebecca Traister
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Dear political media,On the occasion of Chelsea Clinton announcing that she is pregnant two and a half years in advance of an election in which her mother might run for president:- Please be less stupid.- Seriously: way less stupid.- So you know, about four million babies are born every year in the United States.- You were born. Chances are good that your gestation did not have any impact on your grandparents’ strategy regarding higher political office.- Hillary Clinton is not having a baby. If she were, that shouldn’t matter either.To be clear: Hillary Clinton is also not yet…
  • Conservatives' Latest Prayer: That Obamacare's "Victims" Will Decide the Midterms

    Brian Beutler
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    Every time the Obama administration releases new Affordable Care Act enrollment data, the law's opponents pull out their favorite hairsplitters and get to work. It's natural. And to an extent, it's merited. But it's also worth remembering why they expend so much energy slicing down the beneficiary total to begin with. It's not out of some abstract affinity for transparent data, but that they have staked an incredible amount on the belief that the end-of-March beneficiary total would be small.In fact, they needed it to be. If your political strategy is Obamacare-or-bust, you are in essence…
  • Map: See Which States Have the Worst Job Markets

    Danny Vinik
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    The national economy continues to recover slowly. The unemployment rate sits at 6.7 percent. Labor force participation is low by historical standards. Long-term unemployment is a national crisis.But that’s what things look like nationall. Conditions vary a ton state by state. For instance, the unemployment rate is just 2.6 percent in North Dakota and 3.4 percent in Vermont, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Go out to California, though, and the unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 8.7 percent.One idea…
  • Obama Is Wrong. Democrats Shouldn't Pivot From the Obamacare Fight.

    Brian Beutler
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The obvious inspiration for President Obama's Thursday press conference was to announce that the Affordable Care Act has eclipsed new milestones—8 million private exchange enrollees the most significant among them.But the subtext—or one of the subtexts—was to knock vulnerable Democrats in Congress out of their defensive crouches."I think that Democrats should forcefully defend, and be proud of the fact that millions of people [are being helped] because of something we did," Obama said. "I don't think we should apologize for it, and I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think…
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    The Fix

  • The picture that sums up what everyone in D.C. is thinking this Friday

    Jaime Fuller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) tweeted out a Throwback Thursday photo yesterday that pretty much sums up how many people in D.C. -- and likely around the United States -- feel today. In D.C., things have been incredibly slow because of the congressional recess. Add to that the fact that many people are on the road […]
  • The top 11 Senate races of 2014

    Sean Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    With under three weeks remaining until the Republican primary, the battle to define state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is on in North Carolina. Just this week, a Democratic super PAC, the campaign of Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and Tillis's campaign went up with commercials trying to define the Republican for voters. Why? Because, like […]
  • A majority of Coloradans have tried pot. Don’t act surprised.

    Chris Cillizza
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    More than half of all Colorado residents have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, according to a collection of data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters. Quinnipiac, which is based in Connecticut, conducts scads of state-by-state polling and, on Friday morning, tweeted out a chart comparing pot usage across seven states in which they […]
  • Ever wonder what the White House briefing room is really like? Here’s a view from the second row.

    Katie Zezima
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    On Thursday, President Obama showed up in the White House briefing room to tout the latest enrollment numbers for his health care law. And I had a second row seat. Since 1970, the media has gathered in the briefing room most days the President in is Washington -- usually to listen to the White House's […]
  • For Republicans, Obama’s Obamacare news changes nothing

    Jaime Fuller
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Yesterday, President Obama announced in a press conference that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance with the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges. Another 3 million Americans have signed up for Medicaid, while 5 million have signed up for non-exchange health plans. Three million young people have insurance under their parents' plans. "This […]
 
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • QoTD: "Kisses the governor's ring"

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    From Star-Ledger's editorial Chris Christie playing favorites among NJ mayors is disgraceful. Can I get an Amen? "New Jersey taxpayers should be disgusted by news that their hometown fortunes - how much of their state taxes are returned for, say, school aid or hurricane damage - don't depend on factors like population or genuine need, but rather how well their mayor kisses the governor's ring."
  • NJ Working Families calls for grassroots effort to keep the NJ State Ethics Commission "ethical"

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    NJ Working Families is inviting you to show up with them Tuesday at the NJ Ethics Commission to tell them to focus on ethics issues arising from the interrelated Christie administration scandals. The group filed a complaint last month against David Samson, whose law firm and clients benefitted enormously from the time the Christie confidante was given the job of Port Authority chair, which he's since resigned. They complain the Ethics panel will instead address a 5 year old case against a union rep, Dudley Burdge; persecution of union workers, they say, instead of tackling the corruption at…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    May 1st CD12 Civil Rights & Liberties Debate hosted by ACLU-NJ Bonnie Watson Coleman, Linda Greenstein, Upendra Chivukula, Andrew Zwicker & tea party Republican Alieta Eck. Moderated by Mike Schneider. Speaking of civil liberties ... A Cumberland County woman wants to know why NJ will let her have a license plate reading BAPTIST, but not one reading 8THEIST. She'll be repped in court by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. A scandal-ridden governor, a scandal-ridden governor who resigned and a federal prosecutor walk into an event ... Christie. McGreevey. Fishman. And it…
  • May 1 - CD12 Civil Rights Debate Hosted by ACLU-NJ

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Want to know where Upendra Chivukula, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Linda Greenstein, Andrew Zwicker - and tea party Republican Alieta Eck - stand on privacy, LGBT rights, criminal justice reform and other topics? Yeah, so does ACLU-NJ. They're sponsoring a debate focusing on civil rights issues featuring the 5 candidates vying for Rush Holt's House seat,  which will be moderated by NJTV News anchor and managing editor Mike Schneider. 12th Congressional District Civil Rights and Liberties Debate When: Thursday, May 1 - 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m) Where: Unitarian Universalist…
  • March NJ jobless numbers - NJ lagging behind

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    You remember this guy, right? The headstrong governor here in the land of make-believe who propagandized the happy-talk of Jersey Comeback with banners, theme music and videos and jacked-up Republican campaign rallies passed off to the taxpayers public town halls in their best interest. How's that working for ya? Christie quietly retired the banners a couple years ago, and knew better than to utter that phrase in his Republican National Convention speech that same year. Christie's trying to make a case for himself as viable on the national scene beyond the RGA, tougher now because of the…
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    xpostfactoid

  • Racism in service of plutocracy: Beutler's response to Chait

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Jonathan Chait's two-front argument that 1) the Republican policy platform has deep roots in slavery and racism, but 2) Democrats are too quick to ascribe racism to individual conservatives, their policy positions and utterances, angered a lot of progressives, who see false equivalence as well as neglect of the real effects of conservative policies on African Americans and other minorities.On the false equivalence front, Brian Beutler argues that Chait has mischaracterized progressives' case that the Republican gestalt is racist: The left's racial analysis of conservative politics might lend…
  • Tell me your ACA-shopping story

    Andrew Sprung
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Always fair-minded, Jonathan Cohn pauses in his celebration of lower-than-forecast ACA premiums (as highlighted by the latest CBO update) to acknowledge: In the transition from the old system, in which insurers could charge higher prices to the sick or avoid them altogether, to a new system, in which everybody pays the same price regardless of pre-existing condition, some young and healthy people must now pay more for their individual policies The "and" in "young and healthy" is interesting, because, as the conjunction suggests if you look twice, it's not just the young who are paying more…
  • Cognitive dissonance on Passover

    Andrew Sprung
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    I suffer from it, as recounted in this June 2011 post:Jeffrey Goldberg, Excommunicator Jeffrey Goldberg has ignited a blog conflagration with an attack on Allison Benedikt's coming-of-age tale of her progressive disillusionment with the gung-ho Zionism she sucked up in summer camp. I found Benedikt's  narrative riveting, and Goldberg's critique smotheringly self-righteous.Goldberg asks of Benedikt: "Does she ever try to answer for herself why Israel exists? Or is she happy to subcontract out her thinking about the most important questions facing Jews first to her camp counselors, and…
  • Why the South doth prevail (and why to some extent it didn't)

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    A 1957 essay by William F. Buckley, Why the South Must Prevail, was making the rounds on Twitter last night (thanks to Erik Kleefeld). In it, Buckley pretends to some regard for the ultimate welfare of Southern "negroes" but asserts that Southern whites have the right to preserve their cultural superiority by denying their black neighbors the right to vote --because  "the claims of civilization supersede those of universal suffrage."That is, southern whites don't want to integrate and so pollute their...culture, so they have the right to keep "negroes" from voting to force them to do.
  • The moral (and economic and social) equivalent of war, revisited

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    William James' prescient 1910 essay The Moral Equivalent of War was written in part as a rebuttal to pre-World War I theorizing about the role of war in human society that to post-world-war eyes look rather shocking: Other militarists are more complex and more moral in their considerations. The Philosophie des Krieges, by S. R. Steinmetz is good example. War, according to this author, is an ordeal instituted by God, who weighs the nations in its balance. It is the essential form of the State, and the only function in which peoples can employ all their powers at once and convergently. No…
 
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    Opinionator

  • Passover in the Confederacy

    By SUE EISENFELD
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Why did many Southern Jews fight for the right to own slaves?
  • My Father’s Strength

    By MARY BETH KEANE
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A New York City tunnel worker, he always relied on his body, until he was told he had Parkinson's.
  • Can Government Play Moneyball?

    By DAVID BORNSTEIN
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The growing use of rigorous evidence in policy making is common ground among lawmakers from different parties, and may be our best opportunity to cut through partisan gridlock.
  • The Civil War Death Toll, Reconsidered

    By NICHOLAS MARSHALL
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Have the horrors of America's bloodiest conflict been overblown -- or at least misunderstood?
  • The Book That Didn’t Exist

    By JASON K. FRIEDMAN
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    No, the absence of 'Goths' in bookstores is no great hole in the world.
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    Hendrik Hertzberg

  • Is Bloomberg’s Aim True?

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association. That’s the lede on a Jeremy W. Peters story in Wednesday’s Times. If you saw it, did your heart leap? Mine did. But then I read the second graf: Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those…
  • The Late Stephen Colbert

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    One’s first reaction to the ascension—or descent—of Stephen Colbert to the helm of the CBS program soon to be formerly known as “Late Show with David Letterman” is grief: uncomprehending, possibly inconsolable grief. Why? Because, according to more than one news bulletin, the move means “the end of the character Colbert made famous on ‘The Colbert Report.’ ” What? What? How can that be? What does that even mean? ...read more
  • Renaming Names, or Welcome to FDR

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Apart from hopeless dysfunction, K Street excess, and mindless Republican nihilism, the most annoying thing about Washington, D.C., is its airports. Not the facilities—they’re all right, pleasanter and more navigable than the sprawling, Mumbai-like chaos of New York’s. The names.The other day, deplaning at the older and closer of the two portals, I (along with everybody else) was met at the gate by a young woman with an official-looking uniform, a bored look, and a rote greeting: “Welcome to Reagan National Airport.”“Ugh,” I said. “Let’s…
  • Nobody Said That Then! (Continued)

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    25 Feb 2014 | 1:38 pm
    After complaining recently about language anachronisms in Showtime’s (otherwise excellent) “Masters of Sex,” I lamented thusly: “There are no production designers for language, but there ought to be.” I’ve since learned that there are some: one is Ben Schmidt, a thirty-three-year-old historian at Northeastern University. Schmidt managed to get paid for performing this service for the makers of “Vegas,” starring Dennis Quaid, which ran on CBS for twenty-one episodes, in 2012 and 2013....read more
  • Nobody Said That Then!

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:34 pm
    More than ever before, the makers of movies and television shows set in the historical past take care to get period details right. What we see on the screen tends to have been conscientiously researched. Medieval peasants, Civil War-era soldiers and politicians, and Old West cowboys and Indians no longer wear obviously machine-sewn clothes made of obviously synthetic fabrics. Houses and streets contain furnishings and vehicles actually in use in the era portrayed. There is some recognition of the fact that, in days of yore, men wore hats year-round, often got dirty, and didn’t…
 
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  • Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

    timothy
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    New submitter rotorbudd (1242864) writes with an article at Reason about Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, who ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him."Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect. 'The original Twitter account had a total of 50 followers. The new account has over 200.'"Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

    timothy
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    New submitter Chris Elkins (3620071) writes "Text messages [by public officials about government business] are now officially considered public records. An investigative reporter fought for access to what he believed were public records. He took his fight to the state and won. Mississippi open government and transparency advocates view this unanimous commission opinion as precedent-setting for all government bodies and public officials in the state."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

    timothy
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Edward Snowden appeared on a Russian television call-in show to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin about policies of mass surveillance. The exchange has a canned quality which will likely lead to questions regarding the integrity of Snowden's actions, in the query of his host in asylum."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

    Unknown Lamer
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows: 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when…
  • Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

    Soulskill
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:08 pm
    An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Jordan Peak: The Rogue element

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Here's an interview with Jordan Peak, who talks about his label Rogue Society and how he copes with Cystic Fibrosis...
  • Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Chilli Guac Mac ‘N’ Cheese

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Mac 'n' Cheese is a definite family favourite and this recipe is taking it to the next level. The combination of the hot jalapeños, creamy cheese sauce and crispy topping improves this already perfect dish. Don't feel the guilt just get involved.
  • Defensive, much?

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Ed Balls was on BBC Radio 4’s World At One today, showing just how thin, defensive and selective Labour’s economic message is. Here’s the transcript: Shaun Ley: If wages outstrip inflation, what cost of living crisis still exists? Ed Balls: [...]
  • League table of Prime Ministers

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    ComRes carried out a poll of prime ministers since 1964 for The Independent on Sunday last weekend, using a simple “favourable or unfavourable view” question. The last time we did this, in February last year, we asked the question a different way, asking people to rate prime ministers as better or worse than David Cameron. Last [...]
  • Why I don’t find this Kim Jong-un stuff amusing

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    The story of the London hair salon, the portrait of Kim Jong-un and the offended North Korean diplomats is causing a lot of merriment, though personally I don’t find it funny. It is a very dark tale. It reminds of reading the memoirs of the late broadcaster and journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, who described meeting the [...]
 
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  • Tonight on The Independents: The Seven Deadly Sins, With Thaddeus Russell, Baylen Linnekin, TV’s Andy Levy, Dagen McDowell, Charles Payne, Noelle Nikpour, and Commie Jesse Myerson!

    Matt Welch
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Kennedy's back in pilot's chair for the Friday night theme episode of The Independents (9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, on Fox Business Network), which tonight engages the millions of people celebrating religious traditions over this weekend with a fresh look at the Seven Deadly Sins. It'll break down like this: Lust: TV's Andy Levy Sun Sentinel columnist and "GOP/Republican strategist" Noelle Nikpour examine politician sex scandals, and ponder the public policy implications of sexy-time laws. Greed: Fox Business super-guest and investment guru Charles Payne tries to complexify things beyond whether…
  • Comparative Global Morality: How Do American Views Stack Up on Abortion, Affairs, and Other Morally Charged Issues?

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    A new global survey from Pew Research Center compares views on morality in 40 countries. Respondents in each country were asked about the moral acceptability of eight things: abortion, alcohol, contraception, divorce, extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, and premarital sex. They could classify each as either morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or "not a moral issue." You could spend quite a while pouring over and pondering the results. Here are a few interesting tidbits I gleaned.  1. On Booze Unsurprisingly, Americans are among those with the least moral aversion to alcohol…
  • L.A. Sheriff’s Department Didn’t Disclose Massive Surveillance Program, Because People Wouldn’t Like It

    Ed Krayewski
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Via Techdirt comes the story of the newest toys acquired by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD), former war-zone tech that allows "wide area surveillance." Camera systems are attached to civilian airplanes and can capture 10,000 times the area of a police chopper.  The system is provided by a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems that got it start, where else, designing wares for the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Police are excited about having the power to spy from the air in real time, recording video to play back later in order to track the movement of residents…
  • The Bundy Ranch Standoff and Attitudes Toward the State

    Brian Doherty
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The immediate "crisis" portion of the standoff involving the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy over his cattle grazing on federal land ended last week. Whether this will be end of Bundy's troubles with the BLM, who have been in court with him over his refusal to pay fees to them for decades, remains to be seen, with the Bundys reporting that they've received registered mail from the BLM this week that they haven't opened yet. I blogged about a lot of the factual background of the conflict here, with links to some relevant court documents. This story…
  • Hillary Clinton Details Her Hard Choices, Startup Funding on the Rise, Earthquake Hits Mexico: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s new book will be titled Hard Choices and will discuss her time as secretary of state. It will be released in June, though no doubt every single sentence will be picked over by the press before anybody gets the chance to read through the thing (assuming anybody outside the press or the DC Beltway even wants to). An Ohio teacher has been fired for reportedly telling a black student that the country didn’t need another black president. Funding for startup companies in the United States is on the rise, up 57 percent for the first quarter of 2014. Companies like Dropbox and…
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  • Latest White House Gatecrasher a Real Fox

    Katie Kindelan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    While President Obama deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin abroad, the groundskeepers and Secret Service agents who guard the White House are trying to combat an equally wily opponent at home. The latest gatecrasher to show up at the president’s home uninvited is not a “Real Housewife” but a real, live fox. The little red fox was first spotted on the White House grounds last fall, just before the government shutdown. According to The Wall Street Journal, while White House staffers found themselves at home during the furlough, the fox made himself at home at the White…
  • IRS Defends Agency ‘Obamacare’ Official

    Abby D. Phillip
    17 May 2013 | 11:10 am
                    (Image Credit: Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images) Despite her congressional testimony, the Internal Revenue Service today denied that the former commissioner of tax exempt and government entities – now running the agency’s health care office – was in charge of the unit’s day-to-day operations after Dec. 2010. Sarah Hall Ingram retained the title of commissioner, with oversight over tax-exempt groups, but the IRS says she moved to the agency’s…
  • IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

    John Parkinson
    16 May 2013 | 3:15 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation. Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today. Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at…
  • IRS Asks for Reading List, Tea Party Group Sends Constitution

    Abby D. Phillip
    14 May 2013 | 11:31 am
                                                    (Image Credit: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) When Marion Bower decided to start her tea party organization in 2010, she didn’t know that it would take nearly two years for the Internal Revenue Service to approve her request for tax-exempt status. The Ohio woman also did not expect that providing…
  • New NRA President Jim Porter Knocked ‘Fake President’ Obama

    Abby D. Phillip
    3 May 2013 | 12:41 pm
                                                                                              (Image Credit: NRANews/YouTube) The NRA has a new president,…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • 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…
  • Will Reason Work?

    Randy Toman
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    Have we reached a point in governing were “Reason” or the art of reasoning in guiding the government process is not working. If that is true we must ask—–Why is that? Reasonable men have differ in the past—-yet governed—-what is making these times so different that I can ask—-Is the reasoning process working? Has it never been that men have ask—–What reason is? Has reason and the use of it drifted past the simplicity of being able to solve problems—-will the art of reasoning be restored to its proper place? I do not believe the saying…
  • Is It time To Resist (Part 3)

    Randy Toman
    20 Feb 2014 | 6:41 am
    In the the first article: http://www.lehighvalleyconservative.com/is-it-time-to-resist/ I begin my case: “This Slavish doctrine of Non-Resistance now exhibits itself here in America and must be looked at with great concern and as one of the great Biblical errors of the time.” I set the tone of the inquiry, with back ground, saying there will be no security in the land. “The citizen has no security against a magistrate who wishes to do evil to his people.” Because the citizen has been: “We have today a citizen that is dumb down not understanding what is or has happened to him and his…
  • Is it time to Resist? (Part 2)

    Randy Toman
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:50 am
    We have as our text Roman13:1-6 and with that we find it difficult to recognize how the Christians here in America do not understand their duty to the “Higher Authority”. Note what the apostle Paul says: “… the power that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1 (KJV 1611). Those powers that are to be used by the the magistrate are put in place by God’s authority to have a government—–placing Biblical law over us for our good. Nowhere does it say the magistrate has the “Authority” to do what be wants—-to his subjects—especially if that what the…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • When Shareholder Capitalism Came to Town

    Steven Pearlstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It was only 20 years ago that the world was in the thrall of American-style capitalism. Not only had it vanquished communism, but it was widening its lead over Japan Inc. and European-style socialism. America’s companies were widely viewed as the most innovative and productive, its capital markets the most efficient, its labor markets the most flexible and meritocratic, its product markets the most open and competitive, its tax and regulatory regimes the most accommodating to economic growth. Today, that sense of confidence and economic hegemony seems a distant memory. We have watched the…
  • Would You Let a Robot Give You a Sponge Bath?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Imagine it's 50 years from now, and you've checked into the hospital for a minor surgery that will require you to spend a couple of nights there. There's a nurses' station down the hall, but you know that the nurses are also caring for lots of other patients and may not be able to come quickly when you have a need, particularly if it isn't an emergency, like getting a hand walking to the bathroom, or having someone pick up the TV remote you dropped, or maybe getting a foot rub just because that would be nice. Upon checking in, the clerk says to you, "I see that your insurance provides for a…
  • Where the Death Penalty Stands

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, the New Hampshire state Senate deadlocked on a bill that would have eliminated the state's death penalty, killing the bill for the moment and leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that still has a law providing for executions. The bill had already passed in the state House of Representatives and has the support of the governor, so one more vote would have passed it. I thought this was a nice opportunity to look at the state of the death penalty in America and around the world. On to the charts and graphs! As of now, 32 states still have the death penalty, and 18…
  • A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

    Steve Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Obituaries sing the praises of the departed, as they should, but those obituaries that matter most sing our song, too. It’s fortunate that my American first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude is missing its jacket, or I might have been tempted to make a mortgage payment with it at some point over these difficult years, and then I would have been sorry, extremely and often, and long before Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. I was given the book by a Colombian friend at UCLA upon its domestic publication in 1970, as my adolescence was still barely keeping up with…
  • The Circle of Scam Keeps Turning

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of times in the past I've written about what I call the conservative circle of scam, the way so many people on the right are so adept at fleecing each other. Here's a piece about high-priced consultants milking the Koch brothers for everything they can get, and here's one about my favorite story, the way that, in 2012, Dick Morris played ordinary people who wanted to see Barack Obama driven from office (he solicited donations to a super PAC for that purpose, laundered the money just a bit, and apparently kept most of it for himself without ever spending any of it on defeating Obama).
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    The American Prospect

  • When Shareholder Capitalism Came to Town

    Steven Pearlstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It was only 20 years ago that the world was in the thrall of American-style capitalism. Not only had it vanquished communism, but it was widening its lead over Japan Inc. and European-style socialism. America’s companies were widely viewed as the most innovative and productive, its capital markets the most efficient, its labor markets the most flexible and meritocratic, its product markets the most open and competitive, its tax and regulatory regimes the most accommodating to economic growth. Today, that sense of confidence and economic hegemony seems a distant memory. We have watched the…
  • Would You Let a Robot Give You a Sponge Bath?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Imagine it's 50 years from now, and you've checked into the hospital for a minor surgery that will require you to spend a couple of nights there. There's a nurses' station down the hall, but you know that the nurses are also caring for lots of other patients and may not be able to come quickly when you have a need, particularly if it isn't an emergency, like getting a hand walking to the bathroom, or having someone pick up the TV remote you dropped, or maybe getting a foot rub just because that would be nice. Upon checking in, the clerk says to you, "I see that your insurance provides for a…
  • Where the Death Penalty Stands

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, the New Hampshire state Senate deadlocked on a bill that would have eliminated the state's death penalty, killing the bill for the moment and leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that still has a law providing for executions. The bill had already passed in the state House of Representatives and has the support of the governor, so one more vote would have passed it. I thought this was a nice opportunity to look at the state of the death penalty in America and around the world. On to the charts and graphs! As of now, 32 states still have the death penalty, and 18…
  • A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

    Steve Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Obituaries sing the praises of the departed, as they should, but those obituaries that matter most sing our song, too. It’s fortunate that my American first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude is missing its jacket, or I might have been tempted to make a mortgage payment with it at some point over these difficult years, and then I would have been sorry, extremely and often, and long before Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. I was given the book by a Colombian friend at UCLA upon its domestic publication in 1970, as my adolescence was still barely keeping up with…
  • The Circle of Scam Keeps Turning

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of times in the past I've written about what I call the conservative circle of scam, the way so many people on the right are so adept at fleecing each other. Here's a piece about high-priced consultants milking the Koch brothers for everything they can get, and here's one about my favorite story, the way that, in 2012, Dick Morris played ordinary people who wanted to see Barack Obama driven from office (he solicited donations to a super PAC for that purpose, laundered the money just a bit, and apparently kept most of it for himself without ever spending any of it on defeating Obama).
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    Wonkblog

  • Why ‘trust and safety’ are no longer free on UberX and Lyft

    Emily Badger
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    (Flickr user Alfredo Mendez) Uber is rolling out a $1 surcharge today on all rides offered through its less expensive car-for-hire service UberX. This isn't the company's black town car operation, but the down-market version that enables anyone with a spare back seat to give rides to strangers (with smart phones) for money. The surcharge has an explicit label: It's a "safe rides fee." And it mimics a similar $1 line item that competitor Lyft calls a "trust & safety fee." So why are your e-hailing receipts growing more complicated? The economics of peer-to-peer transportation services…
  • The health-care debate hasn’t changed in 20 years, new Clinton documents show

    Jason Millman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama perceived many of the same messaging challenges facing their respective health reform efforts. (AP) The Clinton Library on Friday released thousands of pages of new documents from the Clinton White House, including about 850 pages on its failed effort to pass health reform. The documents are especially interesting for how they seemingly parallel the debate around Obamacare. The Clinton White House, in a 1993 memo, spells out perceived messaging attacks on the bill from conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans they had hoped to win over. These…
  • Here’s how many times Easter will fall on 4/20 in the next 1,000 years

    Christopher Ingraham
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This weekend, two very different holy days converge, as Easter and 4/20 both fall on Sunday - Weedster, if you will. Some Christians and marijuana smokers are taking advantage of the coincidence to do some interfaith outreach - pastors are planning 4/20-themed sermons for Sunday, inviting new congregants to try getting high with God instead of drugs. Online, on the other hand, you can learn how to roll a cross-shaped joint with Seth Rogen and make a pot-friendly Easter basket. All of which got me wondering - just how often does Easter fall on 4/20? The computation of the date of Easter is…
  • How Democratic and Republican morals compare to the rest of the world

    Christopher Ingraham
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    A six-pack of Boston Beer Co. Sam Adams Boston Lager sits displayed on a table during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg A Pew Research Center report out this week finds that morality is in many ways a function of where you live. It polled people in 40 countries on issues such as extramarital affairs, abortion and homosexuality to see whether people thought these behaviors were acceptable, unacceptable or simply not a moral issue. Even better, Pew provided breakdowns of American respondents by party. Read on to…
  • Driverless vehicles will force us to rethink car ownership

    Emily Badger
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Stylish, right? A Google driverless car photographed in 2010. (Google Inc. via Bloomberg) Brian Fung spotted an interesting pattern in a new national Pew Research survey out this week looking at how Americans perceive the future of technology. As part of the survey, Pew asked 1,001 adults this open-ended question: "If there was one futuristic invention that you could own, what would it be?" About 9 percent of the respondents went with some kind of cure for diseases (which was maybe not a direct answer to the actual question). But here are some of the next most popular answers: time machines,…
 
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  • Senator urges hearing on Bundy ranch dispute

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
     Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing.Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy’...
  • White House mum on idea of targeting Putin's billions

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The White House on Friday refused to comment on reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal wealth could be targeted if the West were to move ahead with additional sanctions over Ukraine."I'm not going to get into foreshadowing...
  • Carney: GOP 'confusion' on immigration

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    The White House on Friday said there appeared to be "confusion" among House Republican leaders on the topic of comprehensive immigration reform, after Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office moved to douse speculation the House could move on...
  • Poll: 55 percent in Kansas view Sebelius unfavorably

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of likely voters in Kansas, the state she led as governor from 2003 to 2009.Though a spokesman for the secretary said Friday she is not considering a run for...
  • Feds perform radiation tests before Boston Marathon via chopper

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
     Federal authorities have dispatched a helicopter to fly over Boston measuring radiation levels ahead of the annual marathon on Monday.The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said the helicopter might be seen flying at low altitudes...
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  • Argument preview: Free TV, at a bargain price?

    Lyle Denniston
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    At 11 a.m. next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument on copyright issues surrounding a new technology for Internet streaming of free TV programs to customers for a monthly fee.  Arguing for the over-the-air broadcasters in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., will be Paul D. Clement of the Washington, D.C., office of Bancroft PLLC, with twenty minutes of time.  The views of the federal government as an amicus in support of the broadcasters will be presented by Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Malcolm L. Stewart, with ten minutes.  The…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The petition of the day is: Natale v. United States 13-744 Issue: Whether a medical professional can be convicted of “knowingly and willfully” making a false statement in medical records or reports under 18 U.S.C. § 1035 when the district court failed to instruct the jury that a guilty verdict requires proof of an intent to deceive. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Court won’t block Teva rivals

    Lyle Denniston
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., refused on Friday afternoon to delay generic drug manufacturers from offering, as early as next month, competing and lower-priced versions of a widely used drug for treating multiple sclerosis.  In a one-page ruling, Roberts said he was not convinced that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., would suffer serious harm from the competition because it can later sue the generic companies for damages if its key patent on the drug Copaxone is ultimately upheld. The generic companies will be in position to enter the market with their versions as of May 24, if they…
  • Editor’s Note

    Andrew Hamm
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 18 Conference. On both Tuesday and Wednesday we expect one or more decisions in argued cases; we will be live blogging both days beginning at 9:45 a.m. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Argument preview: When can the recipient of an IRS summons put the government on the stand?

    Susan C. Morse
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    If a taxpayer refuses to respond to a summons issued by the IRS, the government must take the summons to a federal district court to seek enforcement.  There, the government generally provides sworn affidavits to support a prima facie case in support of enforcement, consistent with United States v. Powell.   What if the summons recipient then alleges that the summons has been issued for an improper purpose?  Must the district court grant an evidentiary hearing?   The government successfully sought Supreme Court review of this issue following a per curiam decision against it, and in the…
 
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • John Kerry: "In the last couple of days, notices were sent (by officials in Ukraine) to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews."

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | John Kerry says Jews in eastern Ukraine told to register Secretary of State John Kerry spoke from Geneva on Thursday with appalling news about religious intolerance in the Ukrainian-Russian crisis. "In the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews," Kerry said. "In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it's grotesque." On Facebook and Twitter, the public feared the history of the Holocaust was…
  • Gary Peters: Says opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act is part of the Koch brothers’ agenda.

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Gary Peters says Koch brothers oppose Paycheck Fairness Act Criticizing the Koch brothers and hitting Republicans for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act are two key tenets of the Democratic midterm playbook. So when we found the Democrat in Michigan’s open Senate race combining those attacks against his Republican opponent, effectively killing two birds with one stone — er, press release — we thought it deserved another look. Here’s the backstory: Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is a co-sponsor to the House version of the Paycheck…
  • Louie Gohmert: "Eighty percent of Wall Street executives and their spouses' donations go to Democrats."

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert says 80 percent of individual donations from Wall Street go to Democrats You’ll often hear Democratic politicians decry income inequality and the pattern of the rich getting richer. But at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit -- a gathering in Manchester, N.H., sponsored by the conservative groups Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United -- Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, got into the action, too. Gohmert, though, took aim at Democrats for hypocrisy. "The dirty little secret on Wall Street: Eighty percent of the Wall…
  • Marsha Blackburn: A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans and 56 percent of Democrats "say the biggest threat to our nation's security is big government."

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn says 56 percent of Democrats say 'big government' is 'the biggest threat to our nation's security' Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., isn’t as well known nationally as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, or Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. -- two lawmakers who are weighing presidential bids in 2016. But like Cruz and Paul, Blackburn recently trekked to Manchester, N.H., to address the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering sponsored by the conservative groups Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United. In her speech on April 12, 2014, Blackburn…
  • Virginia Foxx: Americans spend "6.1 billion hours a year" on tax preparation.

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | It takes Americans 6.1 billion hours to prepare their taxes, says Virginia Foxx Tax day has come around again, and with it a startling claim about the amount of time Americans spend doing their taxes each year. According to U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., it takes United States taxpayers a total of 6.1 billion hours to file their taxes. That adds up to more than 695,000 years. "6.1 Billion hours a year, just to figure out how much money the government is going to take," she said in a post on Twitter. We had to check to see if this number could…
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    Balloon Juice

  • What a Good Day

    John Cole
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Got registered at the VA, went to the DMV, and got Shawn’s license all fixed, and now chilling with the dogs. He’s now a WV resident, and I wish I could explain how hard it was to do that. You would have thought I was making Osama bin Laden my roommate. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Friday Evening Open Thread: Find the Funny Where You Can

    Anne Laurie
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This lady deserves a raise. As we strap in and buckle down, what’s on the agenda for the start of the weekend? Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Long Read: “How the global banana industry is killing the world’s favorite fruit”

    Anne Laurie
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    No recipe exchange tonight, so in its place you get a Quartz report on the pros and cons of the global food market: During harvest last year, banana farmers in Jordan and Mozambique made a chilling discovery. Their plants were no longer bearing the soft, creamy fruits they’d been growing for decades. When they cut open the roots of their banana plants, they saw something that looked like this. Scientists first discovered the fungus that is turning banana plants into this rotting, fibrous mass in Southeast Asia in the 1990s. Since then the pathogen, known as the Tropical Race 4 strain of…
  • Guantanamo Torturer, “Just Following Orders Procedures”

    Anne Laurie
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    James Mitchell: "I'm just a guy who got asked to torture people for the Fatherland" http://t.co/m82RoCLCvn — billmon (@billmon1) April 18, 2014 Just in time for the Christian observance of Good Friday, because Pontius Pilate was another government contractor who caught undeserved flack for dutifully handling terrorist suspects according to procedure. From the Guardian article: Dr James Elmer Mitchell has been called a war criminal and a torturer. He has been the subject of an ethics complaint, and his methods have been criticized in reports by two congressional committees…
  • Great Quotes (Open Thread)

    Betty Cracker
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Here’s a great quote: “…The day shit is worth money, poor people will be born without an asshole.” – Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, The Autumn of the Patriarch Here’s another: “Honey, men are like dogs. You chase them, they’ll run. You run, they’ll chase you.” – My mom What are your favorite quotes? Please feel free to discuss that or other topics, such as weekend plans. I’ve gotta get some quiches made tomorrow. Also, we’re having stormy weather and tornado warnings. Here’s the sky: But with rare exceptions, our Florida…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • The Lost Poetry of Sikh Poet Nunihal Singh Layal: Cinema Versus Home and Grief

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series to preserve on the Internet the “lost” poetry of Nunihal Singh Layal, the “Tradesman Poet,” who I met in New Delhi in 1974. Some poems contain his original introductions. I have a self-published book of his that is disintegrating and falling apart and over the next year or so I will run and preserve all of his poetry here. This includes every word of the original introductions. Joe Gandelman. GO HERE to read past entries.) Cinema Versus Home by Nunihal Singh Layal: The home itself is a real living movie talkie, which supercedes all…
  • Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls

    Guest Voice
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls (via AFP) Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine’s doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic. A threat by US President…  
  • Attacking Chelsea Clinton (Updated)

    Patrick Holman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Chelsea Clinton is having a baby. She’ll be a great mother and Bill and Hillary Clinton are going to be great grandparents. Unfortunately, when the first congratulations went out yesterday, as most people responded positively and with respect, there were others who felt the need to criticize the younger Clinton and, somehow, bring up abortion. Some comments on Twitter include: I guess Chelsea Clinton’s ‘baby’ is more equal than the 55 million or so ‘clumps of cells’ that have been aborted since Roe. #OrwellLives Abortion lobby @emilyslist ironically…
  • Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success

    Ron Chusid
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    The number of people signing up for private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has now reached eight million. While primarily symbolic, it does represent a victory after initial projections of seven million were reduced to six million due to the problems when the exchanges opened. We know that if they failed to meet these projections, Republicans would be making a big deal of them. In addition, late enrollees included a high percentage of young people. Good news means more positive head lines, such as National Journal writing that Obamacare is on a Winning Streak. The political…
  • Ping Pong MH370 (Cartoon)

    David Donar, TMV Cartoonist
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Copyright 2014 David Donar. All rights reserved. Copyright Donar, Political Graffiti
 
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    AMERICAblog News

  • The honey badger that could escape from any enclosure (video)

    John Aravosis
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    This video about honey badgers from the BBC is fascinating. The animal worked with a mate to figure out how to unlock its cage door and get out. It kept getting out, she they built an outdoor enclosure for it with cement sides. No way in, no way out. The honey badger climbed a tree in the enclosure, got to the top, bent the branch over and jumped out. So they cut back the trees on the edges near the wall. What did it do next? The animal dug up rather large rocks, piled them in a corner, and then climbed on the rocks to get out. So they got rid of the rocks. A few nights later, the guy’s…
  • What happens when a woman asks random women for dates on the street (video)

    John Aravosis
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    I’d posted a video yesterday of a guy asking random men on the street for dates, while a friend filmed it, just to see how they’d react. Today, you get the female version, in which a cute young woman stops women at random and asks for their phone number. The guy version didn’t go badly, for the most part, but the woman version clearly went better. (Not that this is necessarily a representative sample of society at large.) I’m told this is in Santa Barbara, CA, but am not sure. I’m also not sure if there are any large lessons to be learned from this, but it is…
  • Power’s bitch: Snowden responds to criticism of TV appearance with Putin

    John Aravosis
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Facing criticism over his appearance at a propaganda event organized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, NSA leaker/whistleblower Edward Snowden penned an op ed today in the British newspaper, the Guardian, defending his actions, and claiming that they were part of a larger strategy to begin a public discussion in Russia of the country’s domestic eavesdropping First, Snowden claimed that he hit Putin hard in his questioning: On Thursday, I questioned Russia’s involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a question that…
  • Edward Snowden’s “George Zimmerman moment” on Russian TV

    John Aravosis
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    NSA leaker/whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared on Russian television yesterday with President Vladimir Putin. Putin was hosting an annual “question and answer” TV program, where he purportedly “takes questions from the public.”  One of the questions was from Edward Snowden. Snowden asked whether Russia spies on its citizens.  Putin, incredibly, answered “no.” (The video is below.) There is so much wrong with this. Snowden, you’ll recall, sought exile in Russia after being sought by the US for espionage.  And while one can appreciate that, if…
  • Statins may help with dementia, Parkinson’s, cancer, stroke and more

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Statin drugs are known to reduce levels of cholesterol. Their primary use is aimed at helping to prevent cardiovascular disease. But there is evidence that statins may be useful in a number of other disease states, from dementia, to Parkinson’s, to various cancers. There are a number of statin drugs available. They function by inhibiting an enzyme that is necessary for cholesterol synthesis. Blocking this enzyme, which is named 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoEnzymeA (HMGCoA) reductase (HMG-CoA reductase), also decreases production of a number of other intermediate compounds that are…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Broken lives of immigrants deported from US to Mexico

    oritteropo (/politics/member/oritteropo)
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    YouTube Description: Almost two million undocumented immigrants have been deported from the US since Barack Obama entered the White House, more than under any previous president. Many of those sent back to Mexico have to walk through a door in the fence separating California and the Mexican town of Tijuana. Some were caught trying to enter the US illegally, others had lived in the US - without papers - for years. The BBC's Valeria Perasso reports from both sides of the border on what happens to deportees once they pass through this door.
  • The Unstoppable Walk to Political Reform

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.
  • Huckabee is Not a Homophobe, but...

    VoodooV (/politics/member/VoodooV)
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Huckabee fails on so many levels here. He fails basic human critical thinking. He whines about freedom, but then happily throws away his freedom to be a lemming for an imaginary friend with demonstrably horrible and outdated morality. He fails at making solid analogies He fails the basic tenets of how freedom works in America and in most civilized countries. You are free to do whatever you want as long as you don't infringe on the rights of someone else. Your kind tried to use the "religious freedom" excuse when it came to granting blacks, other minorities, and female equal rights as well.
  • Are Hong Kong & Macau Countries? - CGP Grey

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
  • JFK and the Silly Bastard!

    saber2x (/politics/member/saber2x)
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    In this excerpt from the JFK Tapes, President Kennedy places a telephone call to an Air Force general and curses him out for spending money on Mrs. Kennedy's maternity suite.
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    The American Prospect

  • When Shareholder Capitalism Came to Town

    Steven Pearlstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It was only 20 years ago that the world was in the thrall of American-style capitalism. Not only had it vanquished communism, but it was widening its lead over Japan Inc. and European-style socialism. America’s companies were widely viewed as the most innovative and productive, its capital markets the most efficient, its labor markets the most flexible and meritocratic, its product markets the most open and competitive, its tax and regulatory regimes the most accommodating to economic growth. Today, that sense of confidence and economic hegemony seems a distant memory. We have watched the…
  • Would You Let a Robot Give You a Sponge Bath?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Imagine it's 50 years from now, and you've checked into the hospital for a minor surgery that will require you to spend a couple of nights there. There's a nurses' station down the hall, but you know that the nurses are also caring for lots of other patients and may not be able to come quickly when you have a need, particularly if it isn't an emergency, like getting a hand walking to the bathroom, or having someone pick up the TV remote you dropped, or maybe getting a foot rub just because that would be nice. Upon checking in, the clerk says to you, "I see that your insurance provides for a…
  • Where the Death Penalty Stands

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, the New Hampshire state Senate deadlocked on a bill that would have eliminated the state's death penalty, killing the bill for the moment and leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that still has a law providing for executions. The bill had already passed in the state House of Representatives and has the support of the governor, so one more vote would have passed it. I thought this was a nice opportunity to look at the state of the death penalty in America and around the world. On to the charts and graphs! As of now, 32 states still have the death penalty, and 18…
  • A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

    Steve Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Obituaries sing the praises of the departed, as they should, but those obituaries that matter most sing our song, too. It’s fortunate that my American first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude is missing its jacket, or I might have been tempted to make a mortgage payment with it at some point over these difficult years, and then I would have been sorry, extremely and often, and long before Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. I was given the book by a Colombian friend at UCLA upon its domestic publication in 1970, as my adolescence was still barely keeping up with…
  • The Circle of Scam Keeps Turning

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of times in the past I've written about what I call the conservative circle of scam, the way so many people on the right are so adept at fleecing each other. Here's a piece about high-priced consultants milking the Koch brothers for everything they can get, and here's one about my favorite story, the way that, in 2012, Dick Morris played ordinary people who wanted to see Barack Obama driven from office (he solicited donations to a super PAC for that purpose, laundered the money just a bit, and apparently kept most of it for himself without ever spending any of it on defeating Obama).
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • The Fallacy of Taxes v Services

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Field poll shows voters want lower taxes and services, just not any of the services they like By Brian Leubitz The Field polling organization occasionally asks voters how they feel about the balance of government services versus taxes. And in the most recent such poll, by a 54% to 35% margin, most California voters say they prefer lower taxes and fewer government services to higher taxes and more government services. But if you are a Republican, you are going to want to stop reading there. You see, voters aren't really sure what they want. They say they want fewer services, but when it comes…
  • Gov. Brown looks to fix Rainy Day Fund measure

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Looks to fix 2010's ACA 4 that will appear on November ballot by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown has always been fond of the concept of a rainy day fund. He's included the concept on many occasions, speeches, budgets, etc. Add "special session" to that list: Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to replace the "Rainy Day Fund" measure on November's ballot with a dedicated reserve to let the state to pay down its debts and unfunded liabilities. "We simply must prevent the massive deficits of the last decade and we can only do that by paying down our debts and…
  • The Problem with Polling and Top-2

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Flawed polling in SoS race by Brian Leubitz With Sen. Yee dropping out of the Secretary of State's race, the media and the polling operations have been in something of a frenzy to figure out how that will impact the race. And, so, you would think that a poll that was being conducted during that mess could have some very interesting data. It could, but the Field Poll that was being conducted while Yee was arrested has a few very serious flaws. First, here are the up-front numbers after the Yee arrest: Peterson-R: 30%, Padilla-D: 17%, Curtis-G: 5%, Schnur-NPP: 4%, Cressman-D: 3%,…
  • Butte County Considers Fracking Ban

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    County concerned about water and seismic risk by Brian Leubitz Butte County doesn't actually have any fracking operations right now, and isn't likely to become a hotbed of fracking anytime soon. But the Board of Supervisors is making a preemptive statement this week: Tuesday the Board of Supervisors voted to have county staff prepare an ordinance that bans fracking. Documents prepared by county staff for Tuesday's meeting described fracking as "a common term for hydraulic fracturing that is a technique of well stimulation used to increase petroleum production," At request from the county's…
  • Field Poll: Governor Up, Legislature Down

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Yee arrest shifts legislative numbers by Brian Leubitz It turns out having one of your members arrested for involvement in a gun running scandal hurts your approval numbers. Who'd have thunk it? Following Yee's arrest, voter sentiment of the legislature has turned negative. The proportion of voters expressing disapproval jumped six points from 40% to 46%, and now is greater than the proportion approving (43%), which declined three points. Thus, voter opinions of the legislature swung a net nine points in the negative direction in the days following news of Yee's arrest.(Field poll PDF) Now,…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Michael Janeway, and The Atlantic

    James Fallows
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I was sorrier than I can say to learn today that Michael Janeway, a friend who influenced many journalistic institutions but probably most of all The Atlantic, had died of cancer. The Boston Globe, where Mike held a sequence of editing roles including that of editor in chief, ran a wonderful appreciation by Joseph Kahn, which is true to the range of achievements and complexities in his life and career. I mention it both in hopes that you'll read Kahn's article and as an excuse to offer a screen shot of the Globe photo by Stan Grossfeld that accompanied the obit, which is of Michael Janeway…
  • 2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective

    James Fallows
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Everyone "knows" that China is badly polluted. I've written over the years, and still believe, that environmental sustainability in all forms is China's biggest emergency, in every sense: for its people, for its government, for its effect on the world. And yes, I understand that the same is true for modern industrialized life in general. But China is an extreme case, and an extremely important one because of its scale. Here are two simple charts, neither of them brand-new but both easily comprehensible, that help dramatize how different the situation is there. The first, by Steven Andrews for…
  • The Electronic-Medical-Records Email(s) of the Day, No. 2

    James Fallows
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    For background on the EMR saga, see this original article and previous installments onetwothreefourfivesix, and seven. Today, let's talk technical and business specifics of electronic-record software. First, from someone in this business, a vivid and specific illustration of the overall distortion of the medical marketplace. I'm an independent IT consultant, working mostly with solo practitioners and small (2-10 doctors) practices. My clients choose their practice management and EMR software (sometimes they ask me for advice, but usually the choice has already been made by the time I get…
  • Housekeeping Note: Batteries, and Typos

    James Fallows
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Our new issue is out. I know that you've already Subscribed! Meanwhile, apart from all the other value between its covers -- and really, a lot of exceptional pieces in this issue -- these housekeeping points involving me: I have a one-page precis of some exciting developments in the non-exciting-seeming realm of battery technology. This is based on an interview with Steven Chu -- former Secretary of Energy, winner of the Nobel prize in physics, now professor at Stanford -- and Yi Cui, another Stanford professor who is at the frontier of battery research. Batteries don't get the big headlines,…
  • A Better Battery

    James Fallows
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Why do batteries matter? Look at all your electronic devices: from laptops to smartphones to Kindles or iPads, even your watch. Those electronics are getting better at reducing the amount of energy they need, but as they do, you get greedy and want their capability to increase. The battery, and how much energy you can store in a given volume and weight, is the defining factor in this whole field. Then there are electric cars. If we can make batteries with double the energy density of today’s and drive the price below $200 a kilowatt-hour (versus $300 to $800 today, depending on type and…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Memories and memorials

    liberal japonicus
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    by liberal japonicus Whether it is nature or nurture or both, I am achronic. Don't know if that is a word, but within me, there seems no clock or calendar organizing my time, which is why I enjoy the doctor's posts about solstices, and holidays. As my wife and daughters will tell you, my memory of anniversaries and birthdays is pretty hopeless. With memories of losses, rather than bounding the grief in the walls of 24 hours, it seems to color all the rest of the days. So if you are someone who is tied to memorials as events that take place on a date, apologies, but hilzoy noted that…
  • Gay marriage and Obama

    liberal japonicus
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    by liberal japonicus Not quite an open thread, but definitely open thready (something coming up on Saturday, I promise). This NYT piece on the back stage events about Obama and gay marriage is fascinating. It is amazing to me the number of Republican stalwarts (Melhman, Olsen) that appear in this narrative. I suppose that if you didn't like Obama and Biden, this will only solidify your dislike, but for me, the attempt to cope with what they see and how they are (and they think they are) expected to behave is compelling. 
  • Life is skittles and life is matzah

    SuperUser
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    by Doctor Science (Obligatory Tom Lehrer reference) It's that time of year again! Two male cardinals are working out a territory boundary in the back yard, we had windows open all night, daffodils are blooming their bloomin' 'eads off, and I've spent all day in the kitchen: A page from the Rylands Haggadah. If the Hebrew-literate can read the marginalia, please speak up and let me know what is says. See that person in the red tunic? That would be me. Fortunately, I don't have to slaughter my own lamb, but I have made Brisket with 36 Cloves of Garlic, Charoset (basic Ashkenazi style, though I…
  • Your friday open thread (courtesy of wj)

    liberal japonicus
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    by liberal japonicus Outsourcing at its best. wj suggests On the general topic, we might profitably have a discussion of whether or not it is even possible for someone to take a wrong position and later change it. Is it possible to have that change accepted as a good-faith change? Especially if one is a public figure or a politician. And if someone does have a change of position, how much do they have to do to demonstrate that it is something more than a gesture of convenience? Presumably that would depend, in part, on whether they merely agreed publicly with something, or argued for it, or…
  • What we do for science open thread

    liberal japonicus
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    by liberal japonicus A little early for yet another open thread? Not after you check this one out! Smith is a graduate student at Cornell University, who studies the behaviour and evolution of honeybees. In this line of work, stings are a common and inevitable hazard. “If you’re wearing shorts and doing bee work, a bee can get up there easily,” he says. “But I was really surprised that it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.” That got him thinking: Where’s the worst place on the body to get stung? link Discuss what you have done for science lately.
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • What to Do When Government Fights Back?

    Jay
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    This post was written by Albert van Zyl, Manager, Learning and Knowledge Development at the International Budget Partnership. Indian civil society organization Samarthan monitors the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the state of Madhya Pradesh. MGNREGS obliges government to provide work to poor people or to compensate them when, or where, no work is available. Samarthan informs eligible workers of their entitlements, works with government to unblock administrative problems, and blows the whistle on corruption. Initially, Samarthan…
  • Links Roundup: News and Publications on Open Budgets

    Alec Simantov
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    IBP News Latest IBP Newsletter (Jan-Feb) with articles on citizen participation in Latin America, technology and open budget data, as well as new publications, job postings, and more. New brief and infographic on Kenya’s Division of Revenue Bill for 2014 featuring tables with sectoral breakdown of revenue allocations. New blog post on whether sub-Saharan African governments are publishing the comprehensive budget data that CSOs need to carry out independent and credible analysis. News from Around the World The Good Governance Summit held by the Philippines in January brought…
  • Transparency for What? Do Governments Publish the Budget Information that CSOs Need?

    Jay
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership. Access to budget information is a fundamental precondition for civil society budget work. When governments do not release detailed budget data to the public, it is impossible for civil society organizations (CSOs) and other actors to carry out independent analyses which can be used to influence government policy. In order to overcome this major obstacle and put pressure on governments to publish more budget information, the International Budget Partnership…
  • ¿Dónde Van Mis Impuestos? (Where Does My Money Go?): How Political Will Can Answer This Question

    Jay
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    This post was written by David Cabo, Director of Fundación Ciudadana Civio When we started ¿Dónde Van Mis Impuestos? ­– the Spanish version of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Where Does My Money Go? (a website that graphically “visualizes” how tax money is spent in countries around the world) – in December 2010, the platform quickly became the model for tax visualization in Spain. This is true even though the platform presents only a high-level summary of the national budget. However, there is no other similar resource in Spain, which demonstrates both the scarcity of publicly…
  • Lessons Learned from Water and Sanitation Budgets Analysis in Pakistan

    Jay
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:28 am
    This post was written by Muhammad Zahoor, Executive Director of the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability. In July 2013 the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) and Integrated Regional Support Program (IRSP), two civil society organizations based in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan, analyzed the water and sanitation budgets for the area to better understand allocations and spending on these services. The two groups were concerned that water and sanitation service delivery was inadequate and that the public did not have enough opportunities to…
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  • Nevada Republican defends Cliven Bundy but calls immigrants 'Terrorists'

    Tony in Arizona
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    A Nevada Republican legislator complained about MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ remarks regarding rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle, yet repeatedly referred to undocumented immigrants as “terrorists” during a combative interview Friday night. “I’m not say …
  • Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    dave-735909
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    As a teacher I can empathize with how difficult it can be to not cross lines with flippant, or less than serious comments.  Still, it is a teacher's responsibility to ensure that all students feel respected.  This teacher clearly crossed lines, repeatedly,and deserved t …
  • Rand Paul wants to know when U.S. economy last created millions of jobs. Here's the answer.

    CuriousG
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul asks a question: When is the last time in our country we created millions of jobs? Unfortunately, he wasn't interested in the answer. Or, more specifically, he thought he knew the answer: It was under Ronald Reagan. Wrong. One way you could look at it is …
  • Deadbeat on the Range

    CuriousG
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more …
  • Open Thread–4/17/2014

    Rixar13
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    "What craven cowards these seditious Republicans are to hide behind the skirts of their women." Welfare Ranchers…. :mrgreen:
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  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

    Robert Farley
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not true for the same reason Democrats have been wrong when they’ve said women in the U.S. earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work. Neither is a direct comparison of pay for doing the same job. Blackburn’s claim was based on an analysis of White House staff members’ pay by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that concluded female…
  • More Weak Claims on Cotton’s Insurance Ties

    Robert Farley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Another liberal group is attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas by saying Cotton has experience in the insurance industry and is attempting to undermine Medicare. Cotton’s insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency. Last week, we fact-checked an ad from Senate Majority PAC that claimed Cotton, who’s running for Senate in Arkansas, “got paid handsomely working for insurance companies.” Now, Patriot Majority USA, a 501(c)(4) that is allied with Senate Majority PAC, is airing an ad that says Cotton once “bragged about his…
  • Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

    Brooks Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts. The fact is that the economy added just over 16.1 million jobs under the tax-cutting Reagan, but it added nearly 22.9 million under Democratic President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes. Supply-side Myth Paul’s misinformed recitation of economic history came during an April 12 “Freedom Summit” gathering of 2016 Republican presidential…
  • False Tax Claims

    Brooks Jackson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Q: Did Democrats increase federal income tax rates in 2014 under Obamacare? A: No. Tax increases mentioned in a viral email went into effect a year earlier, as part of a budget deal supported by many Republicans as well as most Democrats. FULL QUESTION Is this information correct? I have tried to check it out but get terribly confused. It came as an email from a friend in Colorado. Viral email: THE FIRST THREE MONTHS! Happy New Year America Here is what happened on January 1st 2014: Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6% Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2% Capital Gains…
  • Obamacare Ad Onslaught

    Lori Robertson
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Since 2009, it has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense, with an onslaught of advertising that rivals several years’ worth of anti-ACA spending. Kantar Media Intelligence’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending, found that $500 million had been spent on advertising about the health care law from 2009 through mid-2013. It expected another $500 million to be spent by late March…
 
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  • #PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Jillian York

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
  • First POST: Stardust

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Edward Snowden tries to turn the tables on Vladimir Putin; David Axelrod will be working against his former colleague Jim Messina in the upcoming British elections; how online activists have damaged Rush Limbaugh's business model; and much, much more.
  • The People's "Marsad" for the Tunisian Parliament

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    In Arabic, "marsad" means observatory, but in Tunisia citizens also know it as the name of the interactive website LINK, created by activist Amira Yahyaoui, that tracks and provides updates on all the activities of the Tunisian Parliament, the National Constituent Assembly. The nonpartisan team behind Marsad sits in all of the Assembly's sessions and posts meeting minutes and discussions of bills, as well as a record of who votes for each bill. With no other resource like it being provided by the government, and an inventory now of 519 documents, Marsad has become an essential tool in Tunisia…
  • Mastercard Funding New Mobile-Based Financial Services in Kenya (Updated)

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    MasterCard is funding a Grameen Foundation initiative to bring financial services to the poor and the unbanked in Kenya.
  • How Bike Share Data Can Share Your Identity Too

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
 
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  • Independent single payer candidate in California

    lambert
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Body:  A colorful character: James Hinton of Napa, a former online Texas Hold 'Em poker player, is doing something no Republican has dared to this year: He's going all in and challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson in the heavily Democratic 5th Congressional District. And Hinton said despite the odds, he's not bluffing in his quest to unseat Thompson. So, who is Hinton? In a recent Times-Herald interview, the 39-year-old underdog described himself as a fiercely independent social libertarian. Unencumbered by a political party, Hinton's views are a mix of libertarianism…
  • Tweet of the Day

    DCblogger
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Body:  Ill. House committee OKs $100 million for Obama library. 170 CPS schools have no library. #nuts — fklonsky (@fklonsky) April 18, 2014
  • Evil as a state of matter

    lambert
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Body:  I ran across this quote from William Burroughs the other day: We have observed that most of the trouble in the world has been caused by ten to twenty percent of folks who can’t mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus. Now your virus is an obligate cellular parasite and my contention is that evil is quite literally a virus parasite occupying a certain brain area… The mark of a basic shit is that he has to be right. So, today we read this about sociopaths:
  • Marcy does the Rizzo CIA lie count for lazy journalists

    transcriber
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Body:  If Rizzo were to admit that the representations he made to Yoo back in 2002 were false, then the legal sanction CIA got to conduct torture would crumble. This is an update to my last transcript, Marcy Wheeler last month on CIA torture, comedic Senate oversight, and the presidential authorization for torture that we are not supposed to know about. That one. Just saw this new post up at emptywheel: A Guide to John Rizzo’s Lies, For Lazy Journalists
  • Boeing to experiment by building planes with a de-skilled, demotivated workforce

    lambert
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Body:  What could go wrong? Seattle Times: Boeing’s December disclosure that it will transfer about 1,000 research engineering jobs out of Washington state has sown widespread internal dissent, distrust and confusion, according to internal employee feedback gathered by company managers. Employees cited in the feedback meetings expressed concerns that those high standards can’t be maintained.
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  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Drink-up, Bitchez! babyghazi! Babyghazi! BABYGHAZI!!1! Just make sure you get the baby's birf certificate notarized so they cannot accuse it of being Kenyan. Grifters Gotta Grift - The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $2.4 million over the past three months, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, outpacing far more prominent rivals. The odd thing is, they have no actual affiliation with Carson. Oopsie! (Time) Comings and Goings - Tea Party Express Chairman and bus scheduling Mepe Amy Kremer resigned Friday to join the campaign of…
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is adding 'prophet' into his long list of attributes. Shark jumping in our time - Dr. Greg Brannon, a candidate for the GOP Senate nomination in the officially now crazy state of North Carolina, says that U.S. property taxes are central planning, and notes that the Holocaust and Soviet Union as other examples of central planning. 0-to-Godwin's law in under 60 seconds, so that's a land-speed record. (BuzzFeed) Speakers Announced - Crazee-eyed Minnesota Congresswoman and the pride of Oral Roberts University, One-L has…
 
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  • Things I shouldn’t have told you

    susie
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Sam Phillips: Bookmark It
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    susie
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Shelby Lynne with Daryl Hall: Bookmark It
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    18 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
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  • Oopsy daisy

    susie
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Looks like Chris made a boo-boo: A PandoDaily investigation has discovered evidence that Gov. Chris Christie’s pending deal to award a $300 million pension management contract to a controversial hedge fund is in violation of state anti-corruption laws. New Jersey state pay-to-play statutes prohibit state contractors from directly or indirectly financially supporting the election campaigns of state officials. Those statutes also explicitly prohibit the use of outside groups or family members to circumvent that ban. Additionally, separate Department of Treasury rules appear to prohibit public…
  • You may have noticed

    susie
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    That my output is marginal these days. That’s because something’s wrong with me, and I don’t know what. My thyroid levels are fine, so it’s probably not that. I’m really, really exhausted — as in, after eight hours’ sleep, I wake up and an hour later, I wish I could go back to bed. The last time I felt this bad, it was 1990 or so, and I had Lyme disease. Except that I don’t. All blood work was normal. And it’s not depression — other than I’m depressed that no one seems to know what’s wrong, and I’m dragging around…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Rising Music Artist: From Buenos Aires to Queens, IMMI creates bilingual musical messages

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Rising Music Artist: From Buenos Aires to Queens, IMMI creates bilingual musical messages by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Since his debut single, Buenos Aires-born songwriter IMMI (GRANT) has striven to deliver music with a clear message. His first single, Immigrant/Inmigrante, a finalist in the 2012 John Lennon songwriting contest, was clear in its political overtones explaining the motivation of immigrants coming to the United States. In his second single, simply…
  • The international perks of T-Mobile

    Marisa Treviño
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. The international perks of T-Mobile by Marisa Treviño Presented by T-Mobile T-Mobile have revealed a new package that is sure to entice many international customers to their fray, with the offer of unlimited international calls in more than 70 countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Panama, for just $10 dollars. Furthermore, they are offering for just an extra $5, the addition of unlimited mobile to mobile calls to more than 30 countries, which is…
  • Guest Voz: Prevention is the best prescription to fighting cancer

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Prevention is the best prescription to fighting cancer by Latina Lista By TX State Rep. Ruth McClendon Jones LatinaLista Cancer. The Big C. For anyone who has heard this chilling diagnosis from your doctor, my heart goes out to you. I have been there. The Big C is also The Big Scare. And for me, having been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer in 2009, it is also the Big Fight. I fought and beat the odds against cancer. I am blessed and grateful, and I am a…
  • Announcing The Second Annual Proud to Be Indigenous Week!

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Announcing The Second Annual Proud to Be Indigenous Week! by Latina Lista First Peoples Worldwide Proud to Be Indigenous Week starts Sunday, May 11th. Are you part of it yet?! Indigenous Peoples from around the world will be descending on New York City for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) from May 12- 23rd. While most of us can’t make it to New York, our voices need to be heard! Our goal is to create a storm of online activity…
  • Sticks and stones can break your bones but cyberbullying can kill you

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Sticks and stones can break your bones but cyberbullying can kill you by Latina Lista By Helen Yip Borderzine EL PASO — Rudy Sanchez’ sad eyes peered through tears below the beanie that nearly covered them as he stood in the empty living room of his Lower Valley home where his 14-year-old daughter, Viviana Aguirre, had committed suicide after being bullied online by a friend. Sanchez, 43, described how Viviana went to bed the night of January 2 and left one…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • And the Race Is Off

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Kathleen Sebelius may be saying that she is not going to enter the Kansas race, but she is still adding to this year’s saga of women running for the U.S. Senate.
  • Obamacare Bashing or Bust

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Regardless of whether you agree with the Democrats or Republicans on health reform, it could have profound implications on the midterm elections.
  • Greed and the Wright Brothers

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the years that followed that famed first flight, their failure as businessmen offers lessons for today.
  • Salvation Gets Cheap

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The incredible recent decline in the cost of renewable energy, solar power in particular, have improved the economics of climate change.
  • When the Circus Descends

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Right-wing talk radio hosts and left-wing interest groups are teaming up to defeat the most sensible school reform movement in a decade.
 
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    New York Observer

  • This Is New York Now: Starbucks, Frozen Yogurt and Juice Bars

    kvelseyobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So much for that. We’ve been waiting for the other shoe to fall for months now, ever since Bleecker Street Records was pushed out of its longtime home at 239 Bleecker Street in August by a massive rent increase that would have required the record store to pay $27,000 a month. What purveyor of luxury goods would fill the home from which the vinyl mecca drew its name? (Miraculously, Bleecker Street Records found a space around the corner at 188 West 4th.) Now we know, h/t Grub Street: a Starbucks will be moving in. Which inspires the almost pleasant sensation of throwback outrage. It…
  • Memories of Macondo: Remembering the Magic of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    mkasselobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (Photo via Getty Images) For many years I’ve been telling anyone who asks, and many who don’t, that I consider One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to be the greatest novel of the 20th Century. As a Professor in an English Department, I’ve had the great fortune to be able to teach a course in Latin American Literature in Translation, allowing me to make sure that at least twenty or so people at a time would get to read that greatest of all 20th century books. And since word of Garcia Marquez’s death, I’ve read on Facebook a number of…
  • Sorry Not Sorry: Mayor de Blasio on Stealing L.A. Film Jobs

    jcolvinobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Mayor Bill de Blasio appointing Cynthia López commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio) Mayor Bill de Blasio and his pick to be the city’s next film commissioner today threw down the gauntlet against cities like Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver, who have been fighting hard to dig into the city’s film and television industry. “First I’ll say with apologies for my good friend, Eric Garcetti in L.A.: Sorry that we’re ever more attractive to the…
  • Got Me a Movie: Frank Black Does Not Want to Make a Porno

    ddurayobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Frank Black. Shortly into his phone call from Los Angeles, the Pixies’ front man Frank Black, né Charles Thompson, wanted to make something very clear to me: Despite some reports to the contrary, he does not want to make a porno. “Essentially I was trying to convince my band to make a reunion record,” Mr. Thompson, 49, said of his new book The Good Inn, a graphic novel-cum-film treatment out last week, “and had been pitching the idea of getting involved with a film to them, as a way of breaking the ice, working our way into that studio situation without having the pressure of coming…
  • (F)law & Order: NYU Students’ Emails Subpoenaed After Denouncing School Trustee

    dispatches
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Two NYU Law students just wanted to make the school a little less unlawful. Criticizing leaders is now highly inappropriate in North Korea, China, and… Greenwich Village. NYU Law School students Luke Herrine and Leo Gertner were requested to hand over their personal emails after having helped circulate a letter criticizing school trustee Daniel Straus and his home health aide and nursing home company, CareOne Management, DNAinfo reported. Second-year student Mr. Herrine and first-year student Mr. Gertner were part of a group of students collecting signatures to send a letter to the school…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • He Who Hung the Earth Upon the Waters Is Hung Upon the Cross

    Daniel Larison
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Why Holy Thursday matters to Christians. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry explains. The role of drink in Russian history. Helen Rittelmeyer reviews Mark Lawrence Schrad’s Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State. Obstacles for Rand Paul. Michael Brendan Dougherty identifies a hostile donor class as the major problem for his likely candidacy. Excessive use of force in Albuquerque. Radley Balko reviews the findings of the Department of Justice report on APD abuses. Ukraine is in no condition to fight. Simon Shuster reports on the poor state of Ukraine’s…
  • Confrontation Can’t Be Avoided By Actively Seeking It

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Economist wants to confront Russia now: The West has seen Russia brush off its threats and warnings. It looks feeble and divided. Yet, after the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, even doves should grasp that the best chance of stability lies in standing up to Mr Putin, because firmness today is the way to avoid confrontation later. It sounds superficially plausible that “firmness” now will help avoid confrontation later, but it’s not true. All that this is saying is that they would prefer that Western governments escalate the crisis sooner rather than later. There is…
  • Realism and “Credibility”

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Stephen Walt considers the reasons why many realists have usually opposed U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts. Here he addresses the “credibility” issue: Realists are also sanguine about U.S. credibility, and do not believe America has to fight wars in places that don’t matter in order to convince its allies and adversaries that it will fight in places that do. Indeed, realists understood that wasting resources on pointless wars might actually undermine your credibility, especially if it left the nation weaker or war-weary. Staying out of a quagmire like Syria and…
  • Neoconservatives and Military Intervention

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Matt Purple continues last week’s discussion about neoconservatism. He objects to Salam’s distinction between neoconservatism and “vigorous right-wing military interventionism”: Perhaps that was true thirty years ago, but today it’s an impossible claim to make. The reflex to intervene militarily isn’t some occasional overindulgence of modern neoconservatism. It is the defining characteristic, what makes neoconservatism distinct. I’m not sure that this distinction could have made thirty years ago. Neoconservatives were typically among the most supportive of…
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    RollingStone.com: All News

  • Neil Young's New Covers Album Available Right Now: Surprise!

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Neil Young's new covers record A Letter Home has been released through Jack White's Third Man records just in time for Record Store Day There's been no formal announcement but Third Man is accepting orders for the vinyl version right now through their website It retails for $20 plus shipping  Neil...
  • Weekend Rock Question: What Is Johnny Depp's Best Movie?

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Johnn Depp's new movie Transcendence hits theaters this weekend In the film he plays a dying man who uploads his brain onto a computer causing all sorts of terrible things to happen Critics haven't been exactly blown away and it's racked up an impressively low 18 percent approval rating on...
  • Watch the Rolling Stones in British Newsreels From the Sixties

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The newsreel archivist British Pathé uploaded tens of thousands of classic clips to YouTube recently and among them are a smattering of spots on the Rolling Stones at pivotal points in their career In the clip above which comes via Dangerous Minds a reporter chronicles the Stones' first concert since...
  • How Does Gerard Butler Get Ripped?

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Action heroes don't look they used to – and the same applies to their workout regiments In a new in-depth feature for Men's Journal writer Logan Hill learns the key to getting big-screen ripped from some of Hollywood's buffest A-listers along with the no-frills trainers who whip them into shape 6 Tech...
  • Travers on 'Transcendence': 'Biggest Disappointment of the Year'

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Peter Travers has sky-high expectations on At The Movies this week The film is Transcendence which stars Johnny Depp marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister (the brilliant cinematographer behind Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) and boasts a script that's long been on the Hollywood blacklist It's the perfect recipe for...
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    TIME » Sections » Politics

  • White House “No Comment” on Bieber Deportation Petition

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    After troubled pop star Justin Bieber’s spate of legal troubles earlier this year, the American people petitioned their government to deport the Canadian citizen from the United States. Nearly three months later, they have their response from the Obama administration: no comment. Almost 275,000 people signed a petition on the White House website in January to “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.” “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” the White House wrote in its response, posted Friday. “The We the People terms of…
  • Three Reasons the New Ukraine Deal May Not Last

    Michael Crowley
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    MorePro-Russia Militants Defy Diplomatic Deal in UkraineThe ink wasn’t yet dry on Thursday’s diplomatic deal to calm the crisis in eastern Ukraine before the Obama administration began casting doubt on it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped broker the deal in Geneva with Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union, warned that it was only “words on paper.” President Obama told reporters he didn’t think “we can count on” the deal sticking. MoreObama Signs Bill Barring Terrorist AmbassadorsHouse Speaker John Boehner Visits AfghanistanMen Charged With…
  • Obama Signs Bill Barring Terrorist Ambassadors

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday that amends federal law to bar terrorists or others deemed to be threats to the United States entry to the country to serve as Ambassadors to the United Nations. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, was passed in response to Iran selecting Hamid Aboutalebi as its next Ambassador to the UN. Aboutalebi allegedly participated 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The White House had already announced that a request for a visa for Aboutalebi would be denied. The bill is the freshman senator’s first legislation to be passed by Congress and signed by the…
  • Unsealed Clinton Docs Shed Light on ‘Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’

    Denver Nicks
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The National Archives released a fresh batch of newly unsealed Clinton administration documents Friday, including one that may shed some light on the origins of Hillary Clinton’s famous description of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” targeting her husband. In 1998, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton came to the defense of Bill by decrying what she described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to drum up imagined White House scandals. She was mocked by conservatives for her use of the phrase as the Monica Lewinsky scandal unfolded. The newly-released, undated document—which comes from…
  • Obama Punts On Keystone Pipeline

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    The Obama Administration is extending its review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that has become an election-year minefield. The State Department said Friday that while the public comment period will not be extended, executive agencies need more time to review the submitted comments as well as consider a Nebraska court case surrounding the pipeline. The indefinite extension could put off a decision on the pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canadian tar sands to American refineries, until after November’s midterm elections. “On April 18, 2014, the Department of…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Rand Paul’s Winning Presidential Ticket Is All In The “Jeans”

    David Brody
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Let’s be clear: Anyone who thinks Rand Paul can’t win the GOP nomination for President of the United States is foolish. He can. And if he wins, his “jeans” will be the reason. The jeans symbolize something that no other potential candidate for president possesses. Let’s explore. You see, Rand Paul likes to wear jeans. While other politicians are wearing a suit and tie, Paul is different. At the recent CPAC event, all the other politicians went with the traditional look. Not Paul. Jeans were in order. Some conservative commentators were upset. Peggy Noonan remarked that, “it’s…
  • The Brody File Show: Colorado: The Beauty and the Battle

    David Brody
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    This week on the Brody File we hit the road and head to colorful Colorado. We explore the Rocky Mountain State's battle over gun control, drones and the legalization of marijuana.
  • The Brody File Show: Huckabee and the Selfie

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    This week on The Brody File, we go one-on-one with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and get his take on the battle for Ukraine. Plus, we take a look at the "selfie craze." What's up with all the "selfies"? We bring you the latest in pop culture and politics with another edition of "Pop-Litical."
  • Pop-Litical Alert! Rick Santorum Makes An Appearance

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    It’s a Brody File segment worth watching. What do you get when you cross pop culture and politics? You get, “Pop-Litical” with our new contributor Amber Strong. It’s a must watch.
  • Mike Huckabee's Warning: Evangelicals Will Stay Home If GOP Ditches Social Issues

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Watch Mike Huckabee's interview on The Brody File show this week. When asked what would happen with evangelical voters if the GOP ditches and downplays social issues, he tells me, “It just leaves them at home. They just don't go vote." And when it comes to his view on traditional marriage? "I'm not going to change my view just to win your vote." Watch.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Megan McArdle vs. the rest of the Red Team

    Mark Kleiman
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    A previous post asked whether any “conservative” pundit or pol had criticized the armed mob that threatened federal officials carrying out a lawful court order in the Bundy Ranch confrontation. The answer to that question is a (qualified) “Yes.” Megan McArdle points out that Bundy was defying the law in the service of a claim to use resources he doesn’t own without paying for them, and that a civilized society depends on the rule that people “not take up arms to pursue their own self-interest against the rest of us.” She goes on to point out how much…
  • Botticelli’s pagan Easter greeting

    James Wimberley
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    It’s one of the most famous paintings in the world, deservedly so. A learned pagan erotic fantasy commissioned for his private enjoyment by a member of the tiny cultured ruling class of Quattrocento Florence has been reproduced in thousands of books, websites, coasters, and coffee mugs. I was doing a jigsaw puzzle of it on the iPad when I asked myself the dumb question : what is the subject of Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus? What is it about? Obvious, you say : it’s clearly eros, sexual love, desire and fulfilment. Sure. But that covers a lot of ground, and the difficulties start…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Canyon Passage

    Keith Humphreys
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    My April-long tribute to Dana Andrews continues this week with an underappreciated 1946 frontier yarn made in glorious Technicolor by an extraordinarily unlikely director: Black and white film noir master Jacques Tourneur! The result is an entertaining, highly original (if blandly titled) Western: Canyon Passage. The plot, set in mid-19th century Oregon, is not easy to summarize, which turns out to be one of the film’s virtues. Throughout there is a movie-length story thread concerning whether brave, restless entrepreneur Logan Stuart (Andrews) will marry a sweet stay-at-home woman…
  • Talking cannabis policy with Ezra Klein

    Mark Kleiman
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I thought Ezra and his editing crew did a very nice job (other than in their somewhat eccentric choice of an interviewee). The contrast with a typical cable show could hardly be sharper: Ezra doesn’t need to compete for airtime or to show off his knowledge. He asks questions designed to elicit substantive answers, and then mostly edits the questions out of the tape. Partial transcript here.
  • Ukraine: who are you gonna believe?

    Mark Kleiman
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    For reasons I can only partly fathom, some progressive pundits (though, I’m happy to say, no progressive politicians) have decided to accept a career secret policeman as the authoritative source of information about human rights in Ukraine. For balance, here are the views of a career human-rights advocate, based on the report of the professional staff of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Short version: Yanukovych’s Bikram security police were practicing torture with impunity before he fled the country; the armed anti-government activity in the West came…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • IA-01: First-quarter fundraising news roundup

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Since the last quarterly fundraising reports came in, the Republican primary race in Iowa's open first Congressional district has settled into a predictable win for Rod Blum. The Democratic primary is still highly competitive, though, with all five candidates in a position to run a district-wide race before June 3.   Let's take the Republicans first. State Representative Walt Rogers, an establishment favorite, bailed out of this campaign in order to seek a third term in the Iowa House. Looking at his FEC filing, it's easy to see why. Rogers raised $21,868.00 from individuals during the…
  • Iowa Democratic Party considering reforms to make caucuses more inclusive

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Welcome news: Iowa Democratic Party leaders will have a real conversation about making the Iowa caucuses more accessible to people who can't attend for various reasons. "Everything's on the table to talk about," [IDP Chair Scott] Brennan said. "If there's a way to enhance access and do it in a manner that keeps the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses and still lets peoples' voices be heard, that's what we want to do." Brennan has asked Norman Sterzenbach, the party's former executive director, to conduct a "listening tour" to talk to "hundreds, if not thousands" of people about how absentee voting…
  • No casino for Cedar Rapids

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The State Racing and Gaming Commission voted 4-1 this morning against allowing a new casino to be built in downtown Cedar Rapids. Last year Linn County voters approved a casino referendum by a 20-point margin. Even some opponents of the project believed its construction was inevitable, given the political connections of the group hoping to build in Cedar Rapids. However, today's vote is in line with the precedent of approving gambling licenses only where new casinos would not "cannibalize" from existing ones in Iowa. Four years ago, the Racing and Gaming Commission rejected applications for…
  • IA-02: First-quarter fundraising news roundup

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Three candidates qualified for the Republican primary ballot in Iowa's second Congressional district, but the latest fundraising reports suggest that Mariannette Miller-Meeks will get a third chance at beating Representative Dave Loebsack. Follow me after the jump for details on the first-quarter reports each candidate in IA-02 filed with the Federal Election Commission. Four-term Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack had a strong fundraising quarter by his standards. His campaign reported raising $204,250.85 between January 1 and March 31, more than he raised during the third and fourth…
  • Mid-week open thread: Who could have imagined?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Here's your mid-week open thread, Bleeding Heartland readers: all topics welcome. I have been thinking about the latest Iowa Supreme Court decision a lot today. A year ago, I would have sworn that as long as Terry Branstad remains governor, there's nothing anyone can do for the thousands of ex-felons permanently disenfranchised in this state. Branstad couldn't wait to sign that executive order as soon as he was back in office. Under the convoluted procedure he created, only a small fraction of 1 percent of those who have completed their prison terms have managed to regain their voting rights.
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Rand Paul Makes Michael Gerson Nervous

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Interestingly, Michael Gerson doesn't have any nostalgia for Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign for the presidency. In fact, he thinks it was a disaster that was brought about, in large measure, because Goldwater declared an intraparty war on Republicans who made accommodations with the New Deal. And he sees the same thing happening now as the Natives take out their long knives and go stalking big game like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Although he only mentions him once, I'm quite certain that he's more concerned about the future of the other senator from Kentucky. You know, the…
  • The Hillary Double Standard

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    A lot of the Hillary-Clinton-is-going-to-be-a-grandmother coverage is amazingly stupid. Much of it is outright sexist. But it's not like it can't be discussed intelligently. And, no, it's not some kind of double standard to discuss the impact on a future presidential run just because people don't make the same arguments about Mitt Romney or Joe Biden. Those gentlemen have never been the First Lady and they never raised a daughter in the White House. The Clintons are what passes for royalty in this country, along with the Bushs. If you want to argue that Hillary won't want to miss time with…
  • Something For Your Amusement

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The juxtaposition made me laugh out loud. They should add Podhoretz to the dictionary with a definition of "wrong." What a buffoon that man is. Discuss
  • Murderers in Plain Sight

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Wow. Over 100 murders in the last five years can be tied to Stormfront. "Though on any given day, fewer than 1,800 registered members log on to Stormfront, and less than half of the site’s visitors even reside in the United States, a two-year study by the Intelligence Report shows that registered Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since the site was put up in 1995. In the past five years alone, Stormfront members have murdered close to 100 people. The Report’s research shows that Stormfront’s bias-related…
  • We Need a Word For This

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Okay, we need a word in the English language that describes the frustration you feel when the cup of coffee you bought at the rest stop refuses to cool down. You keep scalding your lips on the steam and burn the tip of your tongue repeatedly as you test it and test it and test it. But even 20 or 30 minutes down the road, you still can't drink your damn coffee. In my experience, the main culprits in selling too-hot coffee in too-insulated cups are WaWa and McDonalds. Your experiences may differ. Discuss
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Boston Marathon Security

    ABC News
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Charles Krupa/AP Photo House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and former New York City police commissioner and ABC News contributor Ray Kelly discuss security for Monday’s Boston Marathon Sunday on “This Week.” Plus, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on his new book “Six Amendments,” only on “This Week.” The powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, CNN “Crossfire”…
  • Excerpt: Justice John Paul Stevens’ ‘Six Amendments’

    ABC News
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Little, Brown and Company Excerpted from: SIX AMENDMENTS: HOW AND WHY WE SHOULD CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION by John Paul Stevens. Copyright © 2014 by John Paul Stevens. Used by permission of Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group. All Rights Reserved. Prologue According to its preamble, the Constitution of the United States was established by “the People” — not by the states — “in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of…
  • Excerpt: Ralph Reed’s ‘Awakening’

    ABC News
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Christopher Tobias/Worthy Publishing Excerpted from AWAKENING: HOW AMERICA CAN TURN FROM ECONOMIC AND MORAL DESTRUCTION BACK TO GREATNESS by Ralph Reed by arrangement with Worthy Publishing, Copyright © Ralph Reed 2014 CHAPTER   1 The Spiritual Cycle Are we watching our nation commit suicide? The United States of America was founded on the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility based on faith in God. Yet it seems we have abandoned those principles to such an extent that it may be too late for this beacon of faith and freedom to…
  • Samantha Power: Putin’s Actions Suggest He Wants Eastern Ukraine

    ABC News
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    ABC News’ Adam Teicholz reports: In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos this morning on “This Week,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power had harsh words for Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of pro-Russian soldiers’ recent takeovers of government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian cities. Asked by Stephanopoulos if the U.S. believes that Putin “wants” Eastern Ukraine, Power responded, “I think the actions that he is undertaking certainly give credence to that idea. But I will say in the…
  • Gov. Deval Patrick: ‘Very Thorough’ Planning to Protect Boston Marathon

    Benjamin Bell
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said today the state is taking all necessary steps to secure the Boston Marathon after the attack on last year’s event that left three dead and hundreds injured. “I think we are very well prepared and people should come out and enjoy themselves,” Patrick said this morning on “This Week.” “I think we have struck an appropriate balance between having more law enforcement presence, but also assuring that it continues to be a family outing and a civic ritual,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “The planning…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Rick Rozoff: NATO Includes All Former Fascist Powers in Europe

    dandelionsalad
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    by Rick Rozoff Writer, Dandelion Salad Stop NATO April 18, 2014 Ekaterina Kudashkina Voice of Russia April 18, 2014 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s building up its presence along its eastern borders. The move was supported by the White House. According to an AP report, Rasmussen said the new NATO deployments are […]
  • The Changing Face of Labor by Rivera Sun

    dandelionsalad
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad Popular Resistance April 18, 2014 Depending on one’s proximity to wage and workplace issues, the term Labor Movement may conjure up images of 19th century Wobblies with rolled-up shirtsleeves, Detroit autoworkers, or Walmart strikers. The face of labor evolves through the decades and with each change in the workplace, […]
  • Inequality and the Inevitable Collapse: The Common Sense Solution–Sharing by Graham Peebles

    dandelionsalad
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England April 18, 2014 Depending on who you listen to and how it is defined, worldwide income and wealth inequality is either more acute than it has ever been, or the gap between the rich and the rest is narrowing. The numbers may be distorted by conflicting statistics […]
  • The West Marches East, Part 1: The U.S.-NATO Strategy to Isolate Russia by Andrew Gavin Marshall

    dandelionsalad
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    by Andrew Gavin Marshall Writer, Dandelion Salad andrewgavinmarshall.com Originally published on The Hampton Institute April 17, 2014 In early March of 2014, following Russia’s invasion of Crimea in Ukraine, the New York Times editorial board declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “stepped far outside the bounds of civilized behavior,” suggesting that Russia should be […]
  • Putin Stands Out as a Real World Leader by Finian Cunningham + Putin’s Annual Q&A Session

    dandelionsalad
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation April 17, 2014 There is a reason why Russian President Vladimir Putin eclipses his Western counterparts in popular support, and why he can demonstrate to them what it means to be a world leader of stature. It’s partly a result of Putin’s […]
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    The Best Defense

  • The future of war (25): You better be ready to fight like it's a pre-electronic age

    Thomas E. Ricks
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Capt. Jesse Sloman, USMCR Best Defense future of war entry The best way to predict the future of warfare is to look to its past. Major battles in the 21st century will be confusing and disorganized affairs more similar to the clashes of a pre-digital age than the ‘network-centric' combat we've become accustomed to. A new generation of offensive technology targeting the electromagnetic spectrum -- systems such as cyberweapons, electronic jammers, anti-satellite missiles, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) munitions -- will deprive militaries of the sensor and communications links they rely…
  • Tom's helpful suggestion of the day: Why doesn't the Army offer to fund the A-10?

    Thomas E. Ricks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    I sympathize with the Army's belief that the A-10 is about the most helpful Air Force plane that now exists. A nice political move would be for the Army to put its money where its mouth is and offer to fund the A-10 for the Air Force. I mean, just write the check. As a friend says, combine it with photos of Air Force golf courses and fancy new headquarters buildings. My campaign motto: "Take the cash, keep the CAS!"
  • Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: Leska's Visit to the Dentist

    Thomas E. Ricks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent Maintaining a military working dog's health is crucial and handlers are given extensive training on how to care for their dogs -- from grooming them to administering emergency care in a combat scenario. They learn to read their dogs for signs of pain, dehydration, gastrointestinal issues, spider bites, and dental problems. An MWD that has a broken tooth or teeth that are worn down from age will not only be in some degree of pain (which could impede their eating and appetite) but won't be able to bite with full capacity. In the photo…
  • The New York Times op-ed page owes our vets a large and immediate apology

    Thomas E. Ricks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    By Jesse Sloman Best Defense guest columnist Kathleen Belew's New York Times op-ed "Veterans and White Supremacy" has generated a fierce response for its attempt to connect military service with membership in white supremacist groups. I hope that Dr. Belew and the Times editorial staff don't dismiss the palpable anger they've prompted in the veteran community as a knee-jerk reaction to an unflattering portrayal. Instead, alongside a sense of collective outrage at being subjected to tired and ill-informed stereotyping, most of the criticism I've read has been sober, thoughtful,…
  • Cui bono? A perspective on our wars

    Thomas E. Ricks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    By Capt. John Byron, USN (Ret.) Best Defense senior peacenik Below are tallied sound numbers from multiple sources showing the basic cost of our two wars in dollars and human lives: Iraq U.S. Military Deaths/Wounded in Action: 4,488/32,223 U.S. Contractors Deaths/Wounded in Action: 3,418/17,105 Coalition Military Deaths/Wounded in Action: 318/842 Iraqi Military & Police Deaths/Wounded in Action: 10,819/30,375 Civilians Killed Directly: 136,000 Displaced Civilians: 2,800,000 Dollar Cost: $816 billion Afghanistan U.S. Military Deaths/Wounded in Action: 2,168/18,255 U.S. Contractors…
 
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    Bill Starr's Blog

  • Sharpening the saw for liberty

    Bill Starr
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    In recent discussions, the questions has been raised as to the best actions a person living in the United States can take to improve our society.For those with a bent to liberty, it is important to remember that sharpening the saw is as important as using it. (Thanks to Stephen Covey).One of the advocates for freedom whose writings have been influential on me is Leonard Read, and in particular, his book "Elements of Libertarian Leadership". I highly recommend this book to any who would make themselves more effective in the cause of liberty in this world. In his closing remarks, Read…
  • Some thoughts on the Jim Irsay arrest

    Bill Starr
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I read an Associated Press article in the paper today that says police found multiple prescription drugs in the vehicle of Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, during a Sunday night traffic stop.The AP also reports that Irsay acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago.I know little about Mr. Irsay, but I have trouble understanding why either of these things amounts to a case for government action against Mr. Irsay.The article gives no indication that the prescription medicines were not legally obtained, nor whether Mr. Irsay caused any injury or property damage while driving,…
  • Two Hours Before the Sun, Jim Burdsall

    Bill Starr
    17 Mar 2013 | 5:49 pm
    A shorten version of the following was published in today's Sunday Indianapolis Star newspaper.Two Hours Before the SunWhat are Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma afraid of? Why won’t they permit a summer study to review Indiana’s time zone? Is it because there is no social, commercial, or geographical reason for any portion of Indiana to be in the Eastern Time Zone? In 2005, the leadership of the General Assembly killed a proposal for a time zone referendum to be placed on the 2006 ballot. It is obvious that Big Brother believes Big Brother knows what…
  • Tragic accident related to Indiana's time zone

    Bill Starr
    12 Mar 2013 | 5:34 am
    From: Bill StarrTo: Tom Jekel <tjekel at therepublic.com>Cc: Susannah H. Dillon <shdillon at indy.rr.com>; Dr. John B. Quick <bcscsupt at bcsc.k12.in.us>; Barry Wright -- WCSI News <news at wcsiradio.com>Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:24 AMSubject: Fw: News releaseHello, Mr. Jekel.This is not a letter to the editor for publication, but I encourage you to run the attached letter from my friend, Sue Dillon, as a guest column. Sue is president of the Central Time Coalition, an organization of Hoosiers, including myself, who would like to see Indiana restored to the…
  • My two cents on Indiana's quirky time zone

    Bill Starr
    9 Mar 2013 | 12:52 pm
    Wow. A year since my last blog post, and this one is the same subject as the last one.Indiana's quirky time zone
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    The Real News

  • Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (2/2)

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    The second part of Marc Steiner's discussion on whether Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage. Joining him are Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless
  • What Role Has Russia Played in Eastern Ukraine?

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    John Quigley & Aleksandr Buzgalin say that the building occupations and protests in cities like Donestk look like local initiatives, and are markedly less violent than some of those during the Euromaiden protests
  • The Resegregation of American Schools

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation's success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education
  • Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (1/2)

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Marc Steiner examines if Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage with Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless
  • Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West's claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors, making this President Obama's WMD moment
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    POLITICOMIX

  • It's War!

    Roberto
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.[Former mayor] Michael Bloomberg has declared war (again) on the National Rifle Association, pledging to spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grass-roots network he hopes will be able to fight the N.R.A.
  • As Good As Any Other Explanation

    Roberto
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:57 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.It probably didn't happen this way, but this is ... as good as any other explanation.
  • Judgment Day

    Roberto
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Word has it Fred Phelps, Sr., merchant of hate and prejudice, is at death's door.I can't imagine what Hell for Fred Phelps would look like, but I bet it will be nicely decorated, and that all the boys at the gym will be wearing short shorts.
  • Jan

    Roberto
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she will not run for re-election, ending speculation that she might seek a third term.Chances, are, though, that when Jan rides off into the sunset, there will be plenty of guns left in the valley.
  • Be Prepared

    Roberto
    25 Feb 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.CNN's Anderson Cooper talks with Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, a backer of SB 1062, a measure that would amend the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and that some say would allow Arizona business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers as long as proprietors were acting solely on their religious beliefs.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Of Course They'd Shut Him Down

    Steve
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    With increasing talk of the GOP retaking the Senate this fall, even if only numerical control and not operational control, why after watching the full range of Republican obstructionism these last five years do members of the media question how far the GOP would go once they seized control of both houses? Would the GOP tie down the White House into endless congressional hearings and investigations by both houses? Of course they would. Would a GOP Senate stop Obama's ability to make appointments and get lower-court justices confirmed for the remainder of his term? Of course they would. Do you…
  • Paul's Real Target Is Jeb

    Steve
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    While Democrats focus on avoiding any more losses in 2014, a major civil war is shaping up within the GOP for 2016. As Mother Jones reported today, Rand Paul is opening a new front against the GOP establishment not on domestic policy or fealty to Tea Party dogma, but rather foreign policy. And Paul is choosing his targets carefully, and in a way that some beltway pundits have yet to see. While Chris Matthews and others were focusing on how Paul is directly going after the Bush/Cheney foreign policy record and asserting the need for an isolationist course, they never went a step further to…
  • Rand Paul: Compliment Caterpillar for Tax Avoidance and Corporate Welfare

    Steve
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Now lost in the blizzard of news this morning from the Roberts' court latest destruction of our democracy was yesterday's silliness between Carl Levin and Rand Paul about Caterpillar's $2.4 billion in federal tax avoidance through permissible Swiss shelters. Yes, as Levin said it was an outrage. Yes, as Paul said, it was permissible and the tax code should be on trial here. I agree Senator Paul, so let's put the tax code on trial, and ask you as a likely 2016 presidential candidate why a company with billions in profits since 2000 should be allowed to use schemes like these to avoid paying…
  • Go On Offense

    Steve
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    A week can be a long time in politics. Just a week ago, things looked bleak for Democrats and Obama for 2014. But then the Paul Ryan Vanity Project collided with 7 million new signups under the Affordable Care Act, and now the Democrats have the makings of a winning ticket for this year: Go on offense. One of Karl Rove’s basic tenets of politics was to attack from your area of weakness. In the same vein, Congressional Democrats and Barack Obama need to treat the next seven months as a sprint, an all-out attack campaign against their GOP opponents, day in and day out to push the GOP on…
  • Low Turnout Blues

    Steve
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Want a recipe for depressed Democratic turnout in 2014? How about a Democratic Party saddled with a White House that has disillusioned the Latino vote and provided younger voters with little economic hope or stark choices? Want a recipe for both parties to see splintering and third party challenges in 2016? How about another Clinton-Bush contest?
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    Videos

  • Limbaugh Sees War In Stephen Colbert Replacing Letterman

    The Young Turks
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Limbaugh Sees War In Stephen Colbert Replacing Letterman "CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. That's what Rush Limbaugh, the fiery conservative radio host, says of CBS's just-announced move to re... From: The Young Turks Views: 105723 2250 ratings Time: 05:29 More in News & Politics
  • I Don't Even Know

    vlogbrothers
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I Don't Even Know Choose where Nat, Ansel, Shailene, and I go on the TFIOS movie tour: http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/tagged/demandourstars TFIOS Preparedness Pack (concei... From: vlogbrothers Views: 422789 19376 ratings Time: 02:53 More in People & Blogs
  • Mass Incarceration in the US

    vlogbrothers
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Mass Incarceration in the US Thanks to Visually (http://Visual.ly) for facilitating the creation of this video, to http://youtube.com/kurzgesagt for the animation, and to The Prison Poli... From: vlogbrothers Views: 771599 44238 ratings Time: 03:41 More in People & Blogs
  • Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live Manny talks about President Clinton, politics, his wife being pregnant with their fifth child, and his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley. SUBSCRIBE to get ... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 164372 1333 ratings Time: 05:09 More in Comedy
  • Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?

    vlogbrothers
    4 Feb 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Should We Raise the Minimum Wage? In which John discusses the minimum wage, and whether raising the minimum wage would negatively affect employment in the United States. Thanks to Rosianna fo... From: vlogbrothers Views: 581937 19343 ratings Time: 03:47 More in News & Politics
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • California State Water Project allocations increased to 5%

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    keetsa.com The headline is deceptive. State Water Project allocations have not been increased by 5% but rather to 5% from zero. Farmers will get a bare trickle of water this year. Worse, the allocation won’t start until Sept. 1. This means a long, hot, very dry summer for them. Your food prices will be going up. The State Water Project sends water from the Sacramento Delta to the fertile San Joaquin valley and southern California. It is the primary, and sometimes sole, source of water for Central Valley agriculture. Regarding the possibility of increasing SWP allocation, Mark Cowin: We…
  • Nonviolent, unarmed resistance at Bundy Ranch backed off BLM

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Crazed, heavily-armed Bundy Ranch protesters. Oh, wait… At a crucial point at Bundy Ranch, unarmed protesters on horseback rode down to confront heavily-armed BLM, who then pulled back their forces. That’s right, the protesters were not carrying guns. Among those opposing BLM were mother-daughter Utah farmers Symbria and Sara Patterson, “pillars of the local food community in Cedar City Utah.” They don’t even own guns. And were at Bundy Ranch because they are tired of intrusive government regulation, like having to comply with meaningless federal…
  • Search the Dark Web easily with Grams

    Bob Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    ‘Heroin’ search om Grams Need heroin, cocaine, gun, stolen credit card numbers, porn or fake IDS? The Dark Web awaits you, and is now searchable by Grams. Grams is accessible only by using the Tor browser. The url is grams7enufi7jmdl.onion. This allows you to search for whatever you want in the internet version of the Wild West. Payment is by cryptocurrency only.
  • San Francisco evictions generally near tech company bus stops

    Bob Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Landlords in San Francisco can evict tenants simply because they want to renovate or sell the property. The vast bulk of San Francisco evictions happen within 4 blocks of a tech company bus stop, says the Anti Eviction Mapping Project. Rents are soaring as a result. Most additional new housing in SF is luxury and immediately gets bought for cash by speculators wanting to keep prices high. Protests are now targeting Google employees like Jack Halperin, who is also a SF landlord, demanding he rescind eviction notices, as well as against noxious double-decker private Google buses which use…
  • Ukraine: Is anyone playing this “crisis” straight?

    William Boardman
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Whether it’s a real crisis doesn’t matter as long as you’re afraid Just when the U.S. Defense Secretary was in Japan giving indications that the Ukraine “crisis” was over as far as the U.S. was concerned, Ukrainians of all sorts, other Washington officials, and even the Japanese government all pitch in to keep the “crisis” alive, at least as a threat meme. How much of a Ukraine crisis is it, really, when pro-Russians Ukrainians seize Ukrainian government buildings, calling for Russians protection/intervention – and the Russians don’t come?  They don’t even threaten to…
 
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  • The 2014 Business License Compliance Handbook

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Almost every business operating in the United States of America is required to maintain multiple business licenses, permits, and tax registrations with the government. That’s a tall order when you consider that there are 55 states and territories, over 3,000 counties and parishes, approximately 36,000 municipalities, and over 35,000 special purpose districts that overlay these governmental authorities. Every one of these entities has the authority to require a license, permit, or registration. They often do. Consequently, a comprehensive business license portfolio often includes 4…
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  • Why Can’t Elected Officials Force DIA to Comply With the Law?

    BobMcCarty
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I stand amazed at how much the responses I've received from Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner have varied since Jan. 13 when I contacted the offices of these people who purport to represent me and my fellow citizens in the Show-Me State in the U.S. Congress and asked for help in dealing with officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Continue reading →
  • DIA Continues to Stonewall Freedom of Information Act Request — 639 Days (So Far)

    BobMcCarty
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Unless something unexpected happens during the next two days, a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency will turn 639 days old Wednesday, and a citizen's access to unclassified details about government purchases of polygraph machines will continue to be squelched. Continue reading →
  • WE’RE CLUCKED: Obama’s ‘Chickens’ Have Come Home

    BobMcCarty
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Since the first day that Barack Obama occupied the White House, he has extended the hand of friendship to the most brutal and intolerant people on the face of the Earth, writes guest writer Paul R. Hollrah. In doing so, he has denied the Judeo-Christian origins of our great nation. He has caused the gloom of a declining culture to fall across the face of America; his chickens have come home to roost. Continue reading →
  • Third Book Nears Finish Line

    BobMcCarty
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Three weeks ago, I began editing the 400-plus pages of the final draft of my still-untitled first fiction novel (a.k.a., "book #3). Today, I finished the process! I think you'll like it when it's released this summer. Continue reading →
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman’s Conflict of Interest Slows Benghazi Investigation

    BobMcCarty
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Like so many people, I've wondered why members of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives have dragged their feet so long on investigating the Benghazi debacle. Now Dick Morris offers the answer: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is to blame! Continue reading →
 
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  • Switching to South Beach Smokes to Help my Husband’s Career

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

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

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

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

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    8 Sep 2013 | 10:21 am
    We are just days away from watching the United States Congress take a vote on whether or not to take military action in Syria. Our president is adamant that this is the best decision, but the vast majority of Americans vehemently disagree. I have spent a lot of time studying the situation in Syria and I thought I would share my thoughts on it from a Christian perspective. First of all, let’s look at what’s happening in Syria right now. The Assad regime is undeniably cruel and no one doubts that this leader is not good for either Syria as a nation or for relations in the Middle East.
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  • Tonight on The Independents: The Seven Deadly Sins, With Thaddeus Russell, Baylen Linnekin, TV’s Andy Levy, Dagen McDowell, Charles Payne, Noelle Nikpour, and Commie Jesse Myerson!

    Matt Welch
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Kennedy's back in pilot's chair for the Friday night theme episode of The Independents (9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, on Fox Business Network), which tonight engages the millions of people celebrating religious traditions over this weekend with a fresh look at the Seven Deadly Sins. It'll break down like this: Lust: TV's Andy Levy Sun Sentinel columnist and "GOP/Republican strategist" Noelle Nikpour examine politician sex scandals, and ponder the public policy implications of sexy-time laws. Greed: Fox Business super-guest and investment guru Charles Payne tries to complexify things beyond whether…
  • Comparative Global Morality: How Do American Views Stack Up on Abortion, Affairs, and Other Morally Charged Issues?

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    A new global survey from Pew Research Center compares views on morality in 40 countries. Respondents in each country were asked about the moral acceptability of eight things: abortion, alcohol, contraception, divorce, extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, and premarital sex. They could classify each as either morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or "not a moral issue." You could spend quite a while pouring over and pondering the results. Here are a few interesting tidbits I gleaned.  1. On Booze Unsurprisingly, Americans are among those with the least moral aversion to alcohol…
  • L.A. Sheriff’s Department Didn’t Disclose Massive Surveillance Program, Because People Wouldn’t Like It

    Ed Krayewski
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Via Techdirt comes the story of the newest toys acquired by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD), former war-zone tech that allows "wide area surveillance." Camera systems are attached to civilian airplanes and can capture 10,000 times the area of a police chopper.  The system is provided by a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems that got it start, where else, designing wares for the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Police are excited about having the power to spy from the air in real time, recording video to play back later in order to track the movement of residents…
  • The Bundy Ranch Standoff and Attitudes Toward the State

    Brian Doherty
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The immediate "crisis" portion of the standoff involving the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy over his cattle grazing on federal land ended last week. Whether this will be end of Bundy's troubles with the BLM, who have been in court with him over his refusal to pay fees to them for decades, remains to be seen, with the Bundys reporting that they've received registered mail from the BLM this week that they haven't opened yet. I blogged about a lot of the factual background of the conflict here, with links to some relevant court documents. This story…
  • Hillary Clinton Details Her Hard Choices, Startup Funding on the Rise, Earthquake Hits Mexico: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s new book will be titled Hard Choices and will discuss her time as secretary of state. It will be released in June, though no doubt every single sentence will be picked over by the press before anybody gets the chance to read through the thing (assuming anybody outside the press or the DC Beltway even wants to). An Ohio teacher has been fired for reportedly telling a black student that the country didn’t need another black president. Funding for startup companies in the United States is on the rise, up 57 percent for the first quarter of 2014. Companies like Dropbox and…
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  • John Anderson, Helen Garner & racial offense

    Geoff
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    I am writing a book with the working title of Australia after socialism that explains the Australian intellectual left since the early 1990s. Tim Rowse in a review in Arena Magazine No. 4 of Meaghan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Parliament worthwhile? Further thoughts

    Geoff
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    I have an article in The Conversation on controversies around the performance of the Speaker of the Australian federal parliament.  A veteran MP from the conservative wing of a conservative party she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The end of Catholic reconservatism: reblogged from 2010

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:20 pm
    The appointment of George Pell to a position in the Vatican (as a budget-cutting manager) reminds us of the interminable debate about the power of Catholic conservatism in Australia. Back in 2010 I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Class in Australia: further comments to my article

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 9:48 pm
    I have an article in The Conversation examining conservative responses to class in Australia. My inspiration was the rather clunky Anglo-Marxism of John Strachey and Harold Laski in the 1930s. They... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Alfred Chandler and Amazon

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    4 Jan 2014 | 7:08 pm
    What parallels can be drawn between contemporary transformations in the Internet and the corporate reconstruction of capitalism (to use Martin Sklar’s phrase) in the past? Says Xavier Rizos The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 7 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    stigationAs promised on Tuesday, today, on Freedom Friday, I am wrapping up sharing the video series, "Questions of Influence", NewsChannel5 ran concerning the questionable dealings of the Haslam Administration. Part 7 is basically a summary of the first 6 parts, but it does add some new information, too. The video for Part 7 is embedded below, or can be watched by clicking here.Below today's video, I review what we've learned.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather NewsChannel5 brought out the following in this investigative report :The state's motor pool was turned over to Enterprise…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 6 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today, we're into the stretch run of the video series detailing the questionable dealings of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's Administration. Part 6 is about five-and-a-half minutes long and can be summarized with one simple question - "What's the big secret?"I plan to wrap the series up on Friday. So, don't miss it. Segment 6 is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - www.NewsChannel5.com investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide -…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 5 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    "Unfair advantage"? Competiveness? Bids?We don't need no stinking competitive bids! Fuhgeddaboutit.Today is Part 5 in the series about the dealings of The Haslam Administration. The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - NewsChannel5.com's investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7 (thesecondchancesheepdog.blogspot.com)The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today's video segment is Part 4 of NewsChannel5's investigative report, "Questions of Influence", about the questionable wheelings and dealings of Bill Haslam's Adminstration. I plan to run Part 5 later in the week and wrap the series up next week.The interesting thing about this segment is that, like in Part 3, I find myself once again agreeing with someone, Steve Gill, that I'm not a fan of. When he says that if a Democrat was in the governor's office with this sort of stuff going on, the Republicans would "be pitching a hissy fit," he's absolutely right. They would. So why are they…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Today is Part 3 of the video series on the "dealings" of the administration of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and the series starts picking up some steam. The segment shared today is just under six minutes and will likely get your blood pressure up a bit.Normally, there is very little that I agree with Democratic Tennessee State Representatives Sherry Jones and Mike Turner about. However, this is one of those times. Rep. Jones nailed it on the head when she referred to these real estate dealings as "conflicts of interest."Part 3's video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking…
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  • Why Obamacare Will Be Repealed, Replaced

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Jeffrey Anderson, Wkly StdShortly after the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, the CBO projected that 9 million people would buy Obamacare-compliant insurance through newly established government-run exchanges. Now, after an enrollment period that his administration expanded by about two months—to more than half a year—President Obama says that 8 million people have “signed up” for (but in many cases haven’t actually bought) insurance through those exchanges.
  • What Atheism Cannot Explain

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Damon Linker, The WeekIn my last column, I examined some of the challenges facing religion today. Those challenges are serious. But that doesn't mean that atheism has the upper hand. On the contrary, as I've argued many times before, atheism in its currently fashionable form is an intellectual sham. As Exhibit 653, I give you Jerry Coyne's latest diatribe in The New Republic, which amounts to a little more than an inadvertent confession that he's incapable of following a philosophical argument.
  • Why Are Feminists So Insecure?

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Mollie Hemingway, The FederalistAnother day, another feminist grievance in a major media outlet. The Atlantic features “The Confidence Gap” on its cover, written by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Kay is the lead anchor of BBC World News America and Shipman is senior national correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America. They argue that “evidence” shows women are less confident and that to succeed in corporate environments (which is, oddly, the only sphere of life they are even remotely interested in looking at), confidence is as important as actual skills.
  • Deadbeat on the Range

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Timothy Egan, New York TimesImagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital.
  • Ending Gun Control Gridlock Will Save Lives

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    John Morse, The GuardianFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week announced new funding and a new organization to level the political playing field against the gun lobby. The rest of us need to do our part and stand up to stop the madness the gun lobby engenders.
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  • Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now

    Benjamin Wittes
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I have maintained a certain agnosticism about Edward Snowden’s relationship with the Russian intelligence services up until now. I noted with interest, but unconvinced, statements by congressional intelligence committee leaders that suggested he was a spy. And I 
  • Everybody Is Anxious, and Nobody Wants to Talk About It

    Sophie McBain
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
  • David Axelrod Might Win the Next British Election for Labour

    Marcus Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelro
  • The Charming Doodles of Kurt Vonnegut

    TNR Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    During a visit with his artist daughter Nanette, Kurt Vonnegut unrolled a drawing on her coffee table. "Burn it, dad, it's no good!" she told him. He smiled, agreed, and tossed it in the trash. But shortly after he returned home, Vonnegut mailed Nanette two large packets of his sketches. These packe
  • The Real Reason Liberals Support Higher Taxes on the Rich

    Danny Vinik
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    High salaries have become an object of widespread attention in the past year, particularly among liberals worried about inequality. That's made some people pretty unhappy. Sometimes it's the upper class themselves, who think they are under assault and, from time to time,
 
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  • Jeb Bush’s optimism school

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    NEW YORK The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. Read full article >>
  • A program conservatives should love

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    We are at a point at which we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie. Don’t laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation’s extraordinary network of civic and religious charities. Read full article >>
  • On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, politicians should follow LBJ’s way

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been building for many years now: a thoroughly justified revival of Lyndon B. Johnson’s standing. Read full article >>
  • Supreme oligarchy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    An oligarchy, Webster’s dictionary tells us, is “a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.” It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic. Read full article >>
  • The GOP must admit it was wrong on Obamacare

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones? Read full article >>
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  • “This Thing Is Working”

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Like CAP Action on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! A Slew Of Good Health Care News Has Conservatives On Their Heels The evidence continues to pile up that the Affordable Care Act is doing exactly what progressives said it would: providing the peace of mind of high-quality and affordable health coverage to millions of Americans. Despite the initial bumps, the law is actually exceeding expectations when it comes to enrollment. What’s more, Americans are sick of Republicans who have voted over 50 times to repeal the law without even offering an alternative — the law is working…
  • Court-Ordered Deportations Plunge, But This Mother Is Still Caught In The Deportation Dragnet

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Undocumented immigrants rally outside the White House to ask the President to stop deportations. CREDIT: ThinkProgress/ Esther Y. Lee Court-ordered deportations decreased by 43 percent between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, according to new Department of Justice data released Wednesday. That statistic, which includes the last four months of the former President George W. Bush’s presidency, may help to bolster the Obama administration’s argument that federal immigration officials are now focusing on detaining and deporting criminal immigrants, but other immigrants are still caught…
  • HIV-Positive Basketball Player Kicked Out Of City Rec League

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock More than 20 after Magic Johnson returned to the NBA following his HIV-positive diagnosis, a player in a Kissimmee, Florida recreational basketball league was pulled off the court and temporarily banished from the league because he is HIV-positive. The Orlando Sentinel told the story of 21-year-old Dakota Basinger, who was playing in a recreational basketball game as part of the Kissimmee Parks and Recreation league on Sunday, was taken from the court into a private room and told by a city employee that he wouldn’t be allowed to play anymore. “I feel…
  • State Department To Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Until After November

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    President Barack Obama arriving at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez The State Department will “extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, likely postponing a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections,” Reuters reported on Friday afternoon. The organization credited the information to a 1:30 call with Congressional staff. The decision of whether or not to approve the northern leg of TransCanada’s pipeline, connecting the tar sands of Alberta to oil…
  • The U.S. Isn’t Very Good At Preventing Our Food From Making Us Sick

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released this year’s food safety report — and while the agency is celebrating some incremental progress in combating foodborne illnesses, it’s clear there’s still much more work that needs to be done. When compared to a 2006-2008 period, the rate of foodborne illnesses in 2013 either increased or stayed about the same for most major disease agents. One area of relative progress is the rate of salmonella — the most common foodborne illness in the country — which decreased by about…
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  • The Real GOP "Civil War"

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Every time you turn around, some primary fight or rhetorical tussle involving Republicans is labeled a "civil war," which typically inflates arguments over strategy and tactics into matters of deep principle (and also creates a misleading impression of "moderation" when less extreme strategy and tactics are adopted for the same ideological agenda). At TPMCafe this week, I continued an ongoing critique of "phony wars" within the GOP, and noted one area where the not-so-friendly-fire is real: The phony-war dynamics of intra-GOP disputes is apparent just under the surface on a remarkably wide…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Greg Sargent notes at The Plum Line that "Brian Beutler has a good piece documenting the GOP's "grand swindle," in which Republicans claim to support Obamacare's goals but still refuse to own up to the actual implications of repeal, which shows they don't actually support those goals. As Beutler notes, it's partly on Dems to make sure this swindle fails: 'The good news is that it will fail if Democrats are prepared to remind the public that Obamacare created these benefits; Republicans voted against Obamacare, to a person; they are still trying to repeal it; and they have a long record of…
  • DCorps: The Urgent Economic Narrative for 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    The following article is cross-posted from a DCorps e-blast: The economy is still the main issue in the 2014 election, impacting the mood of the country, driving likely voter turnout, and defining what is at stake. With voters uncertain of President Obama and the Democrats' direction on the economy, Democratic voters are 7 points less likely than Republicans to say they are 'almost certain to vote' in the off-year election in November. But Democrats can change that equation if they show they understand people's financial struggles, get the narrative right, push back against an economy that…
  • The Racist Elephant in the Political Room

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    Not all Republicans are racist, there are people of color who are Republicans and there was a time when Republican leaders were in the forefront of the struggle for racial equality. All of that said, and acknowledging that there are also racists who identify themselves as Democrats, the Republican Party has a significant -- and growing -- problem with racism in its ranks. GOP leaders and conservative pundits who refuse to address it are complicit, no matter how unbiased their personal views may be. Read Sean Sullivan's post, "Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful…
  • Creamer: Nine Rules for Democratic Midterm Victory

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo. Much has been written about the difficult road faced by Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. But virtually all of it presumes that turnout among reliable Democratic voters will decline 3 to 5 percent more from 2012 levels than turnout among reliable Republican voters. There is no question that most midterms do in fact follow that model. The results of the disastrous 2010 midterms can be chalked up almost entirely to the fact that record…
 
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  • AAP complaint against Ajit Pawar for threatening villagers

    Alka Anand Singh
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    An AAP candidate from Baramati Lok Sabha constituency has accused Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of threatening villagers of cutting off their water supply if they did not vote for Supriya Sule, NCP nominee and daughter of the party chief Sharad Pawar. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Suresh Khopade, in his complaint submitted at Vadgaon police station on Thursday, has alleged that Pawar issued the threat of cutting off water supply during an election speech at village Masalwadi village under Baramati constituency of Pune district on April 16, a purported video of which was aired…
  • Samajwadi Party calls Election Commission’s decision on Amit Shah as “unfortunate”

    Alka Anand Singh
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    Terming Election Commission’s decision to revoke the ban on BJP leader Amit Shah’s participation in election campaigning as “unfortunate”, Samajwadi Party today said that it was an “injustice” to party leader Mohd Azam Khan. “The decision of EC to lift ban on Amit Shah’s campaigning is unfortunate..It’s injustice to our senior leader Mohd Azam Khan..We respect EC..It should reconsider its decision and also lift the ban of Azam”, Party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury told PTI. He said that while Amit Shah was “face of…
  • Rajasthan, UP rack up numbers in biggest polling phase

    Alka Anand Singh
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    Polling began on a brisk note on Thursday morning across 12 states covering 121 constituencies in the fifth phase –the biggest – of the Lok Sabha elections, considered the most crucial for both the ruling Congress and BJP in their race to form the next government at the Centre. Early trends from the states where polling started at 7 am indicted brisk polling with officials expecting the voting percentage to break previous marks. In Rajasthan, where elections are being held for 20 Lok Sabha seats, 26% voting was recorded till noon while in 11 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, the polling…
  • Not silent on riots, but no exercise to understand truth: Narendra Modi

    Alka Anand Singh
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    New Delhi – Narendra Modi has said that he was never silent on the 2002 riots in his Gujarat, but there was no exercise to “understand the truth.” In an interview to the ANI news agency today, Mr Modi said, “I was not silent. I answered every top journalist in the country from 2002 to 2007, but noticed there was no exercise to understand truth. It was unknown entity causing conspiracies.” He added, “If the media would not have worked to malign Modi then who would know Modi today?” Mr Modi has expressed regret for the communal violence 12 years ago in…
  • Modi: I’m not of age where I can play with balloons

    Alka Anand Singh
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Mr. Modi said he thought serious issues would be discussed in this election and the galaxy of BJP leaders, including Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Yashwant Sinha, Arun Jaitley and Murli Manohar Joshi were speaking on various subjects. “But on the other side, there is a player whose mind doesn’t move away from childishness. Such an important election about the country’s future but for ten days, a word that gripped him was ‘balloon’. For ten days he kept repeating it. However, children don’t stick to a toy for too long and now he has caught the word ‘toffee’. “Now you tell me what to…
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  • Europe’s Security Catalyst

    Ditmir Bushati
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats against Ukraine are a reminder to the countries of Eastern Europe, particularly those in the Balkans, of NATO’s centrality to national – indeed, European – security. But maximizing NATO's effectiveness requires it to deepen its engagement with its most vulnerable members.
  • Big Data for Poor Students

    Jin-Yong Cai
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    If we are to end poverty, reduce unemployment, and stem rising economic inequality, we must find new, better, and cheaper ways to teach – and on a vast scale. Fortunately, we live in an age in which information technology gives us the right tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education.
  • The Gospel of Francis

    Peter McDonough
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pope Francis's decision to canonize both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II – the rival stars of Vatican II – reflects his weariness of polarization and preference for teaching by example. But will his big-tent strategy be enough to bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold?
  • The End of the Two-State Solution

    Mohammed Ayoob
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    US Secretary of State John Kerry’s valiant effort to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is about to end in failure. Though achieving a substantive settlement was always a pipe dream, this latest disappointment will render the US unable to prevent the emergence of a binational state, which might not be a bad thing.
  • Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

    Rodrigo Pardo
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country and President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to suppress them becoming increasingly brutal. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming elections that might resolve the worsening power struggle – and no outside actors willing to intervene.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Reflections on a Good Friday… Are We Crucifying or Stopping Crucifixions?

    mrDaveyd
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Thinking about Jesus and the sacrifice he made this Good Friday..In doing so, its noted that he was chased down, unfairly prosecuted and crucified. And while we all know the story of his resurrection in which there is joy, the question for us as Christians, who are we chasing down, unfairly prosecuting and symbolically, literally crucifying?? Is it the poor and homeless who we point fingers at and scorn because they do not have the material trappings and economic security we have been blessed with, so we chase them out of our neighborhoods? Do we recognize their humanity and try to be…
  • Can We Trust the Uber Rich like Michael Bloomberg on Gun Control?

    mrDaveyd
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Was peeping Michael Bloomberg on the Today Show talking about all the money he’s set to lay out and the new tactics he set to deploy to enact what he describes as sensible gun control legislation.. He’s gearing up to launch NRA type organization that pushes for gun control. His goal is to have this organization be such that if politicians don’t follow its dictates they pay a hefty price at the ballot box. He intends to use the same political strong-arm bullying approach as the NRA.. Like most of the folks around me, I can’t stand the wanton violence that frequently…
  • A Tale of Two Mothers in America in a Post Racial Society

    mrDaveyd
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    A tale of two mothers…. The one with red hair on the left, Catalina Clouser decided to get high and drove for 12 miles with her 2 month old baby on the roof of her car..By the time she realized her baby wasn’t in the car, it was too late.. The baby fell off and was found still in his car seat in the middle of busy freeway.. fortunately unharmed…Clouser was just sentenced and got probation..http://nydn.us/1m7ogNE Meanwhile in the woman on the right Shanesha Taylor was homeless and trying to get her life on better footing. She had a job interview and could not get anyone to…
  • Explosive Just Cause Report Shows Health Impact of Gentrification

    mrDaveyd
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Robbie Clark of Just Cause Hard Knock Radio 04-09-14 We sat down and spoke with Robbie Clark of Just Cause/ Causa Justa about the new 110 page report called Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area that shares important finding on the impacts of gentrification on Bay Area communities and some principles and policies for stabilizing our cities so that long-term residents and communities of color and stay and thrive. The report was done with the Alameda County Department of Health and although it focuses on Bay Area cities Oakland and San Francisco its findings…
  • Black Male Achievement, Hip Hop in the Academy; 2 Educators Speak Out

    mrDaveyd
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Brenden Anderson Hard Knock Radio: 04-08-14 We speak with local community activist and educator Brenden Anderson about Black Male achievement, effective teaching methods, the school to prison pipeline and the upcoming Black male Achievement Man Up Conference. We talk about the obstacles that are in the way preventing effective methods from being implemented in schools. We talk about the way economic incentives around mass incarceration and private prisons. play a role in keeping education underfunded. We talk about how the programs Brenden is involved in have become a model currently being…
 
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  • 4.6 Million American Children go to a School within a Mile of a Facility with Hazardous Chemicals

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Millions of children in the United States attend schools located within a mile of an industrial facility housing hazardous chemicals, according to a new study.   The Center for Effective Government, an independent government watchdog organization, says 4.6 million kids go to schools located only a mile or less from potentially dangerous chemicals.   This total represents nearly 10% of all school-age children in the country, the group says. The number of schools operating this close to factories and other facilities with hazardous chemicals is nearly 10,000.   The Center for…
  • Offshore Tax Havens Cost U.S. $184 Billion in Revenue Every Year

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    American governments, which have struggled with tight budgets since the Great Recession, would have more than $180 billion in additional revenue each year if corporations and wealthy individuals didn’t hide their earnings in offshore accounts.   The federal government loses about $150 billion annually and state governments miss out on about $34 billion collectively because of overseas tax havens, according to a report (pdf) from U.S. PIRG, a liberal public interest group.   Without the combined $184 billion in tax revenue, each U.S. taxpayer on average would have to pay an…
  • Buy Cheerios, Wheaties or any other General Mills Product and You Give up the Right to Sue over False Advertising, Mislabeling…or Anything Else

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The company that sells Cheerios and other popular foods says consumers who purchase its products should be prohibited from suing it no matter how wrong its actions might be.   General Mills, which produces Chex, Bisquick, Betty Crocker products and more, claims it can deny Americans their day in court if they buy any of the company’s goods. The same prohibition applies if a consumer does any of the following: download coupons, “friend” it on Facebook or join it through other online communities, or enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes.   The food manufacturer…
  • Karl Rove’s Crossroads Non-Profit at the Heart of IRS Targeting and Election Commission Clashes

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    One of the most powerful Republican campaign groups in the country is at the center of political battles involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC).   Crossroads GPS, the conservative nonprofit helmed by consultant Karl Rove, was one of several right-wing organizations allegedly targeted by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official in charge approving tax-exempt status for applicants. Crossroads applied for a 501(c)4 designation by the IRS, making it a “social-welfare” group that could avoid paying taxes and disclosing the identities of…
  • Portland Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water after Young Man Urinates in Reservoir…Again

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Officials in Portland, Oregon, have decided to empty nearly 40 million gallons from the city’s primary reservoir for drinking water because an individual urinated in it. The decision marks the second time in three years that the city has flushed large portions of its water supply because someone peed in it.   The latest dump comes after 19-year-old Trey Michael McDaniel was caught on a video surveillance camera urinating in the Mt. Tabor Reservoir Number 5 in Southeast Portland. He and two other 18-year-old men had trespassed into the area, and all three were subsequently cited by…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Tom Horne getting his nativist freak on in the R primary…again.

    cpmaz
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Hey, it worked in 2010, right? Arizona’s attorney general, Tom Horne, has some ethical issues, as we all know.  In fact, calling them “issues” may be understating things.  A lot. The Horne situation … Continue reading →
  • Update on 10th Circuit Court same-sex marriage appeals

    AZ BlueMeanie
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Kitchen v. Herbert (Utah) last week, and heard oral arguments in Bishop v. Smith (Oklahoma) on Thursday. The Denver Post reports that the defendants in Bishop argued the issue of … Continue reading →
  • Fee Free weekend at U.S. National Parks

    Carolyn Classen
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Enjoy our U.S. National parks for free on April 19 and 20.  Only 133 of our country’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. Saguaro National Park is near Tucson.  We’ve recently been to Tuzigoot National Monument near Cottonwood and it’s definitely … Continue reading →
  • Gun worshipers and fetishists hope that the third time is the charm

    AZ BlueMeanie
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In 2011, Governor Jan brewer vetoed SB 1201, the “omnibus firearms” bill, which would have required state and local governments to either allow guns in public facilities or secure those buildings with metal detectors and armed guards. The bill would … Continue reading →
  • Action Alert: Tell Gov. Brewer to veto HB 2517

    AZ BlueMeanie
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The gun worshipers and fetishists got their “Big Brother” bill, HB 2517, through the Arizona legislature. The bill is alternatively known as the “We hate Tucson and Councilman Steve Kozachik” bill. This overreaching bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate

    Rachael Stoeve
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Supporters of detainees on hunger strike the Northwest Detention Center gather during a demonstration on April 5. Photo by Alex Garland Photography. At 6:30 in the morning on February 24, Maru Mora Villalpando and eight other people locked their arms together and formed a human chain across the driveway of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. A cold rain drizzled down as they stood in the path of a bus departing the facility, which held immigrants being considered for deportation, asylum, or residency. Through the tinted windows of the bus, Maru could just make out the silhouettes…
  • Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today

    Mark Engler
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This article originally appeared at Wagingnonviolence.org. Photo by Brett Tatman/ Flickr. Although Saul Alinsky, the founding father of modern community organizing in the United States, passed away in 1972, he is still invoked by the right as a dangerous harbinger of looming insurrection. And although his landmark book, Rules for Radicals, is now nearly 45 years old, the principles that emerged from Alinsky's work have influenced every generation of community organizers that has come since. The most lasting of Alinsky's prescriptions are not his well-known tactical guidelines—"ridicule is…
  • How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All

    Imara Jones
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at Colorlines.com. Photo by Kanaka Menehune / Flickr. As the enrollment date for Obamacare came to an end this week, one overlooked fact is that the law could have a dramatic impact on the job security and earnings of the working poor. More than one out three people who’ve signed up for coverageearn below the poverty threshold qualifying them for Medicaid, with the incomes of millions more eligible for subsidies to help pay insurance premiums. Disproportionately, people of color are clustered in jobs that pay by the hour and these individuals are more…
  • Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone)

    Kristin Moe
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Photos courtesy of National Workers Alliance, Matthew Black, and Minnesota AFL-CIO./p> "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." –Audre Lorde Here’s the scenario: This year’s epic drought devastates agriculture in California. Water use is rationed, so the cost of grain goes up, and, because cattle eat grain, the cost of beef goes up too. To cut expenses, the owners of a fast food restaurant cut a worker's wages and benefits by a couple bucks an hour. Next month he won’t be able to send money to his wife and kids back in Mexico,…
  • The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement

    Fran Korten
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Photo by Jim Kuhn / Flickr. After the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, we all learned a new political term: "super PAC." Now, after the court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FCC on April 2, get ready for another one: "Joint Party Committee." Why? Because such a committee makes it easy for someone with a lot of money to influence our elections—with just one check. The good news is that the momentum for a constitutional amendment is growing Here’s what’s going on. The court left in place the limit of $5,200 that you can give directly to a single candidate in a single…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

    Don Yonker, Contributor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Image courtesy indecisionforever.com One can only wonder if the phrase, “et tu, Brute” ran through Fred Phelps mind when the congregation he nurtured and, in most cases, literally spawned, excommunicated him from the Westboro Baptist Church.  The sense of betrayal must have been crushing. As Fred’s estranged son Nathan Phelps said, “They took the one thing that meant everything to the man…That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”  Nathan Phelps also reported that prior to his father’s death he had been moved to a new house and watched over so he would not harm…
  • Twisting Freedom of Religion Into Religious Freedom

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Image courtesy thinkprogress.org If there is a single unifying theme that spans the entire career of the late, great comedian George Carlin, it is the importance of the words we use.  As far back as his original list of the seven words you can’t say on television, he spoke of the power of words, and warned us all that those who would manipulate language can easily manipulate thoughts. I was reminded of the relevance of Carlin’s warnings during the recent fight over the nameless Arizona SB 1062 bill, which Governor Jan Brewer (thankfully) vetoed.  This was the bill that would have…
  • A Dying Fred Phelps Will Be Silent — Let’s Keep It That Way

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images In the mid-1990s, I was one of the owners of the Humor listserv centered out of the University of Georgia, which was dedicated to sharing humorous anecdotes and jokes of all kinds, via email, in those early days of the Internet.  There were two groups of people in this particular listserv: those who received the humor emails, and those authorized to post the jokes.  My responsibilities included monitoring the traffic and analyzing and reporting on statistical trends associated with the subscribers.  This position made me…
  • AHA Forces Removal of Memorial Cross — Atheist Community Divided

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Image courtesy of Christian Post On March 6th, AnnMarie Devaney of Riverside, CA was forced to remove a 5-foot tall cross from a Lake Elsinore roadside — a memorial to her son that had been in place for almost two years.  The cross was on government property and had been ordered to be removed in January but, as of early March, was still in the place where Devaney’s son, Anthony, was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street in 2012. After receiving complaints from residents, the American Humanist Association wrote to government officials in Lake Elsinore, urging them to…
  • FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    He’s at it again. Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth And Helen Mirren.  (Chance are, those of you who clicked that Buzzfeed link saw the picture and then thought…
 
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    Politics

  • Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign

    Marcus Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics. Barack Obama talks with David Axelrod during the NCAA college basketball game between Georgetown and Duke in Washington on 30 January 2010. Photograph: Getty Images. David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelrod has the chance to work once again for a candidate who embodies his own political beliefs. Because Axelrod was in many ways the radical of Obama's inner circle. He was the cause…
  • Welcome to Militant England

    Rafael Behr
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few years ago Ukip was seen as the by-product of a Tory split. But now it appeals to disillusioned voters across the political spectrum and of all classes. Seeing red: the flag of St George has become more than just the mark of football supporters. Photo: Magnum Photos The Palm Bay estate in Cliftonville is a picture of English respectability in white paint and red brick. Detached bungalows with modest front lawns stretch inland from the Kentish coast in neat rows. It is not a wealthy area but it projects a doughty resistance to the decay that is visible elsewhere in Margate, the resort of…
  • H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”

    H G Wells
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    In 1934, Wells arrived in Moscow to meet a group of Soviet writers. While there Stalin granted him an interview.  Portrait of Josef Stalin (1933) by Isaak Izrailevich. Image: Bridgeman Art Library In 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow to meet Soviet writers interested in joining the international PEN Club, of which he was then president. While there, Stalin granted him an interview. His deferential conversation was criticised by J M Keynes and George Bernard Shaw, among others, in the New Statesman. First published as a special NS supplement on 27 October 1934. Wells I am very much obliged…
  • Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser

    George Eaton
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team. David Axelrod speaks during the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum on September 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty Images. Many in Labour were disgruntled when the Tories recruited Barack Obama's former adviser Jim Messina as a campaign consultant last summer - but Ed Miliband has just unambiguously trumped that appointment. In a political coup, the party has secured the services of the US president's former strategist David Axelrod, the man who masterminded his two election victories, as a senior strategic…
  • The Returning Officer: Camels

    Stephen Brasher
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    In 1916, the Imperial Camel Corps was formed to suppress pro-Turkish tribes in Egypt and later saw service in Palestine. At least two MPs fought with the ICC. John Henry “Jack” Jones was Labour MP for Bolton (1945-50) and Rotherham (1950-62), having been a steel smelter, and he rose to the rank of regimental quartermaster sergeant. The other was Captain W F Strickland, a Tory MP for Coventry (1931-45). In a debate in 1920, the president of the Board of Trade Robert Horne confirmed that 4,862,000 pounds of camel hair had been imported from Russia. John Newman, MP for Enfield (1910-18) and…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Experts Slam Indiana's Education Standards as Worse Than Common Core

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Though in March Indiana became the first state to officially abandon the Common Core standards, both opponents and supporters of the initiative who have been waiting for the unveiling of their replacements are now weighing in on the final version released this week, and most say that, if approved, they could leave Indiana students with standards that are far from the “uncommonly high” set that Gov. Mike Pence (R) promised his citizens. Hoosiers enjoyed acclaim for math and English standards that were among the finest in the country until former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’…
  • Blue State Blues: We've Betrayed Prague--Again

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    In the summer of 2008, while the U.S. presidential election was in full swing, I took a break from the political fray to visit Prague, where my girlfriend (now wife) Julia was studying Czech. I intended to stay for a week but ended up staying for a month, charmed by the city and by the delightful folks at the Hotel Silenzio, situated on a quiet hill just above the austere college where Julia was living with her Harvard classmates for the summer.  It was the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring, that tragic, romantic moment when the people of communist Czechoslovakia mustered the courage…
  • Nissan Expanding Free Charging Stations to Markets Across the U.S.

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Nissan announced Wednesday that it will be significantly expanding a program that provides free charging stations for new buyers of its Leaf electrical vehicle. Nissan is not building a new network of charging stations, rather it is partnering with several already existing networks. The new partners include ChargePoint, Blink Network from Car Charging Group, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo. New Leaf owners will be given an EZCharge card which allows them free use of the charging stations for two years. The rollout of the new program will begin in ten markets on July 1. The first ten markets…
  • Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy Ranch: 'If They're Patriots, We're in Big Trouble'

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.”  Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the…
  • Ohio Dems Submit Bill to Raise State Minimum Wage to $10.10

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Northeastern Ohio leftists Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) and Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) have introduced legislation to increase the state minimum wage to $10.10, which they say will help poor Ohioans and punish unfair employers. House Bill 502 (HB 502), submitted in late March, would increase Ohio’s hourly minimum wage from its current rate of $7.95 to the $10.10 demanded by “progressive” groups across the country. If HB 502 were enacted into law, automatic minimum wage increases tied to inflation and added to the Ohio Constitution…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The M5S will get rid of the Fiscal Compact

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Meet the M5S spokesperson in your city! Find out the weekend appointments! #VinciamoNoi {We’ll win!} "Giulio Tremonti has put forward the draft of a constitutional law that sets out the modification of articles 97, 117 and 119 of the Constitution relating to the issue of having a balanced budget constraint. Articles were immediately published with alarming headlines like: “Tremonti wants to get rid of Europe from the Constitution”, that makes people think there’s going to be the umpteenth mutilation of the text of the Constitution. In reality that’s not how things are at all, and…
  • Italy in the hands of the usurers

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    While in the election campaign, Renzie is promising 80 euro, a miserable handout, a political-mafioso-masonic vote-buying ploy, the public debt is increasing month by month. But wasn’t it meant to get smaller thanks to the sacrifices? Where did we get to in 2011? We got to the pair made up of Napolitano-the-president-of-himself and senator-in-a-night Rigor Montis, who were meant to save Italy from the spread-gone-mad? And then with Letta, torpedoed for obvious media incompetence, the man who wanted to die for Maastricht, and finally the“ebetino” {little idiot} devoted follower of…
  • The landslide #franatutto

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Can’t you feel the landslide? Everything’s coming down. Mafias, parties, those who corrupt, those who are corrupted, P2-ists, lobbyists, and bankers. They are the detritus of the Second Republic, the most infamous part of Italy’s history. Everything comes down all together just like those sudden landslips that happen in a matter of seconds and take down bridges and roads that had seemed indestructible. Italy is slipping and even the most distracted of the citizens, know this to be true. You get the feeling of a violent thunderstorm from the damp air that swirls around in little…
  • #AbolirEquitalia Get rid of Equitalia

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    You too? Are you persecuted by Equitalia? Do like Beppe! Here, send a selfie of you with your tax demand, to say that you want to get rid of Equitalia! Do this to tell everyone that you support the proposed law to get rid of Equitalia for ever and ever - as put forward by the 5 Star MoVement! (PS: Remember to partially cover your face and delete personal data) “In relation to Equitalia it’s time to be upfront and personal. Now’s the time to come out into the open: the armed wing of the Tax Collection Authority has never chased "the tax dodgers", but it has become a violent soldier…
  • Passaparola - The Devils of the Finance world

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    The Devils of the Finance world(12:30) Your videos on: "Passaparola - The Dev ..." (5)Send in your video The fact is that in order to print money and use that money to buy Government Bonds, you have to have two basic pillars, namely a strong reserve currency like the Dollar, which is not likely to devalue suddenly, and you have to have no inflation because then automatically no one will want to buy up to your public debt. Guido Maria Brera, author and Chief Investment Officer of an asset management firm. My name is Guido Brera and I have been involved in the savings management field for the…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the...
  • HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE THAN...

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE THAN YOU It’s tax time again, April 15, when our minds turn toward paying the taxes we owe or possibly getting a tax refund.But what we don’t think about enough is whether our tax system is fair.The richest 1 percent of Americans are now getting the largest percent of total national income in almost a century. So you might think they’d pay a much higher tax rate than everyone else.  But you’d be wrong. Many millionaires pay a lower federal tax rate than many middle-class Americans. Some don’t pay any federal taxes at…
  • WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN...

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN HOUR Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action  — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00 Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation raising it nationally to $10.10, from the current $7.25 an hour. All this is fine as far as…
  • Today's Jobs Report and the Supreme Court's "McCutcheon" Debacle

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    What does the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” decision this week have to do with...
  • McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • TV Broadcasters Should Have Same Rights As Everyone Else

    Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus Remember broadcast television? Amid the avalanche of new streaming services, DVRs, and Rokus, not to mention cable TV, some people may have forgotten—or, if they’re under 25, never known—that there are TV shows in the air that can be captured with an antenna. The Supreme Court certainly hasn’t forgotten, given that it maintains an outdated rule that broadcast TV gets less First Amendment protection than cable, video-on-demand, or almost anything else–a rule dating to the 1969 case of Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC. That lower standard of…
  • Copyright on the (Cato) Docket May 7th

    Jim Harper
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Jim Harper This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced four upcoming hearings on issues raised in the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force’s July 2013 paper, “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” The hearings will be held in or near Nashville, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in May, June, and July. Cato will host its own hearing early next month on Tom W. Bell’s new book Intellectual Privilege. That event will occur May 7th at the Cato Institute…
  • Judge Rebukes Labor Department Over Shoddy Case

    Walter Olson
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Walter Olson It seems every week or two another federal agency gets smacked down in court for trampling the rights of regulated parties in enforcement litigation. This week it’s the Labor Department’s turn: The U.S. Department of Labor must pay more than $565,000 in attorney fees to an oilfield services company it accused of wage-and-hour violations totaling more than $6 million, a federal judge has ruled…. Officials, who opened their investigation in 2010, alleged the business [Texas-based Gate Guard Services, LLC] improperly classified 400 gate attendants as independent…
  • Making an International Deal: Iran Should Stop Persecuting Religious Minorities

    Doug Bandow
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Doug Bandow Nuclear negotiations with Iran continue in Vienna.  Skeptics remain many:  everything depends on whether the ruling elite, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious about reform.  Iran should demonstrate its commitment by respecting religious liberty. The most celebrated case of persecution today is Saeed Abedini, an American citizen born in Iran and sentenced to eight years in prison last year for “undermining national security” by the Iranian government. A Muslim convert to Christianity, his “crime” in Tehran’s view apparently was aiding house…
  • The Zombie National ID

    Jim Harper
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Jim Harper Like some sort of zombie from a 1950s B-movie, the REAL ID Act shambles forward, awaiting the day when some national emergency can bring it back to life. In the District of Columbia, the city government has announced that they will begin to issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses from May 1, 2014 onwards. The city’s “REAL ID Credential” page sings every note in the pro-national-ID song book. It says that REAL ID is “not a national identification card,” a claim debunked on this blog long ago. It also says that REAL ID will help “inhibit terrorists’ ability to…
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  • The Growing Commercial Spaceflight Industry

    sirrahc
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    The following guest-post is from a young man trying to grow his essay-writing business. He contacted me and offered to research/write an original post on a topic of my choice. Since I had been meaning to return to the subject — well, some aspect of it, anyway — of commercial spaceflight, I decided to let […]
  • Response to a YEC about Creation and the Bible, part 2: Plain Readings and Explanatory Power

    sirrahc
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Unless you somehow missed it (and how could you?!), the previous post was the first part of my response to a Young-Earth Creationist, who expressed several concerns about my Old-Earth Creationist comments at the STR blog. I don’t recall the exchange being contentious, but “Doc” sure did think I was in danger of compromising the […]
  • Response to a YEC about Creation and the Bible, part 1: Biblical Truth and Scientific Theory

    sirrahc
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Earlier this month, I posted (in 2 parts) a response I gave some years ago to a skeptic who questioned the cosmology represented in the Bible. The exchange occurred in the comments section of the blog for STR, and there were others involved in the larger conversation. One of them in particular was a Young-Earth […]
  • The Tea Party Needs to Get Its Act Together

    sirrahc
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”  — Alvin Toffler I would like to share an excerpt from a lengthy article I read recently. It was in the January 2014 issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis magazine. The author, Charles […]
  • Harry Potter and the Zero-Sum Game

    sirrahc
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:39 pm
    You know her as the author of the phenomenally successful “Harry Potter” book series for young adults, which was then turned into the phenomenally successful “Harry Potter” movie series. Her name, of course, is J.K. Rowling (“Jo” to her friends), and she is loaded — the first author to reach a net worth of a […]
 
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  • Oman's Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

    Najlaa Habriri
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    The Middle East Economy: Between Oil Wealth and Youth Unemployment Quality education is fundamental to boost a country's economic performance. Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman has maintained an increasing growth rate and registered a mounting budget deficit against a backdrop of rising oil prices. As a middle-income economy, Oman relies heavily on energy revenues, which constitute as much as 45% of government revenues and around 50% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). In turn, unemployment is considered as a significant problem in a country of 3 million…
  • Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent: Herald of Contemporary Terrorism? (Part 1/2)

    Matthew Feldman
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    What can a 1907 novel teach us about contemporary terrorism? The modernist author Joseph Conrad "can be read," British philosopher John Gray provocatively argued, "as the first great political novelist of the twenty-first century." The case set out for this agonistic view in his 2002 "Joseph Conrad: Our Contemporary" departs from Conrad's 1907 novel The Secret Agent, which is based upon an "actual terrorist attempt on the Royal Observatory in 1894, when a French anarchist accidentally blew himself up in Greenwich Park before reaching his…
  • The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

    Nikita Sud
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    History in the Making: A Guide to the 2014 Indian Elections Transparency and accountability are hardly Narendra Modi's forte. India's Hindu Right is associated with the color saffron. The saffron flag, or bhagwa dhwaj, adorns the offices of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS or Sangh for short), which is at the core of the Hindu nationalist movement. The Sangh stands for an India of "one nation, one culture, one people." Under this philosophy, the Muslims and Christians of multi-religious, multi-cultural India must either depart the country's shores, or live as…
  • The New Cold War: Helping Ukraine

    Shawn Donnelly
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Ukraine's Crisis Explained Ukraine can and should be helped with a coordinated response from the EU and NATO. Russia's attempt to incorporate Ukraine into a new Russian sphere of influence or into a new Russian Empire poses clear and pressing challenges to the West in general, and the European Union (EU) in particular. While one may hope that sanctions deter future aggression from Moscow, Vladimir Putin's self-appointed guardianship of Russian-speaking minorities outside his country's borders suggests otherwise; as do Russian troop build-ups on the…
  • Malaysia in 2014: A Perspective from Thailand

    Pavin Chachavalpongpun
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Political Unrest in Thailand: The Crisis Explained Unrest in Thailand could influence political developments in Malaysia. Thai-Malaysian relations have in the past decade been predominantly shaped by the situation in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand. In 2004, under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, an Islamist insurgency re-erupted, seen in the incidents at Krue Sae Mosque in Pattani, where 32 Muslim militants were executed, and at Tak Bai district in Narathiwat, where 78 Muslim detainees suffocated to death while being transported to a military camp. But the real…
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  • Fierul forjat si utilizarea sa

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:58 am
    Fierul a fost descoperit in Epoca Neolitica si Chalcolitica. In Chalcolitic fierul se folosea pentru topirea cuprului. Adaugandu-se oxid de fier, acesta reactiona cu nisipul rezultand zgura, care avea in compozitie fier, dioxid de siliciu si altele. Fierul rezultat astfel este fierul pur, denumit in zilele noastre fier forjat. Fierul forjat este mai moale ca si bronzul, iar prin lovirea succesiva a sa se reduce porozitatea. Ceea ce caracterizeaza piata de fier forjat este diversitatea produselor si a firmelor producatoare. Obiectele din fier forjat (porti, scari, usi, balcoane, balustrade,…
  • Am un adevarat tact…

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    In ultimul timp cum stau mai bine cu timpul am inceput sa mai citesc si eu si sa ma mai documentez despre chestii. Inainte si chiar si acum, ma uitam numai dupa imagini, poze, tot felul de nebunii amuzante. Iata ca acum curiozitatea mea s-a extins si cunoaste alte margini si zic asta pentru ca mai gasesc si eu verusri simpatice ale autorilor necunoscuti pe net. Poezia de mai jos nu stiu cui ii apartine, ce e cu ea, dar parca - parca merita mentionata undeva:}{ Parte din mine viseaza la tinela bucatica de om ce n-am cunoscut-o incala barbatul caruia i-as purta dragoste-adanca sipoate si la…
  • Visul - un mod de a trai in somn

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:59 am
    Nu de putine ori auzim oameni sau “citim oameni” care spun ca viseaza asa cum vor. Si nu e vorba despre visele de pe timpul zilei, despre telurile propuse in viata, ci chiar despre visele care apar pe timpul noptii si care pot fi controlate asa cum vrem noi. Desigur ca numai o minte experimentata poate sa duca visul in directia in care visatorul doreste, insa daca doriti cu adevarat sa aveti experiente pe timp de noapte care sa va ajute atunci trebuie sa urmati o adevarata terapie.Pe aceasta tema a fost chiar creat un film, Inception, film ce determina coordonatele visului in vis, a…
  • Va place ploaia?!

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:48 am
    Ploaia a devenit lait-motivul primaverii. Nu mai scapam de ea cum nici pamantul nu mai scapa de noi… Acum cateva zile am fost la o inmormantare iar atmosfera a fost cu atat mai trista cu cat vremea a spus si ea un cuvant.Rasuflare… suntem niste viermi parfumati de ploaie!suntem niste fosti fericiti ale unei sorti nelipsite de pacate…se spune ca ploaia inseamna bogatie insa pe o vreme atat de trista in niciun caz nu va insemna bogatie sufleteasca. Imi amintesc parca de filmul Piratii din Caraibe, al doua parte, cand chiar de la inceput, in loc de nunta, este o ploaie imensa, care umple…
  • Servicii profesioniste pentru un web design de succes

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Faptul ca online-ul s-a umplut de bloguri si site-uri aparute in ultima vreme ca ciupercile dupa ploaie, face adesea ca cei care isi doresc in acest moment sa isi lanseze un business pe internet sa creada ca este la indemana oricui sa isi creeze un site, si chiar un magazin online fara cunostinte de specialitate si fara ca macar sa o mai fi facut vreodata.Ei bine, pentru ca un simpu tutorial nu este de ajuns pentru a sti cum sa iti creezi un site si sa il faci sa functioneze, sfatul specialistilor in domeniu este ca musai sa consulti o echipa specializata in creare si dezvoltare de site-uri,…
 
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  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

    Robert Farley
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not true for the same reason Democrats have been wrong when they’ve said women in the U.S. earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work. Neither is a direct comparison of pay for doing the same job. Blackburn’s claim was based on an analysis of White House staff members’ pay by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that concluded female…
  • More Weak Claims on Cotton’s Insurance Ties

    Robert Farley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Another liberal group is attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas by saying Cotton has experience in the insurance industry and is attempting to undermine Medicare. Cotton’s insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency. Last week, we fact-checked an ad from Senate Majority PAC that claimed Cotton, who’s running for Senate in Arkansas, “got paid handsomely working for insurance companies.” Now, Patriot Majority USA, a 501(c)(4) that is allied with Senate Majority PAC, is airing an ad that says Cotton once “bragged about his…
  • Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

    Brooks Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts. The fact is that the economy added just over 16.1 million jobs under the tax-cutting Reagan, but it added nearly 22.9 million under Democratic President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes. Supply-side Myth Paul’s misinformed recitation of economic history came during an April 12 “Freedom Summit” gathering of 2016 Republican presidential…
  • False Tax Claims

    Brooks Jackson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Q: Did Democrats increase federal income tax rates in 2014 under Obamacare? A: No. Tax increases mentioned in a viral email went into effect a year earlier, as part of a budget deal supported by many Republicans as well as most Democrats. FULL QUESTION Is this information correct? I have tried to check it out but get terribly confused. It came as an email from a friend in Colorado. Viral email: THE FIRST THREE MONTHS! Happy New Year America Here is what happened on January 1st 2014: Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6% Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2% Capital Gains…
  • Obamacare Ad Onslaught

    Lori Robertson
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Since 2009, it has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense, with an onslaught of advertising that rivals several years’ worth of anti-ACA spending. Kantar Media Intelligence’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending, found that $500 million had been spent on advertising about the health care law from 2009 through mid-2013. It expected another $500 million to be spent by late March…
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    WesternFront America

  • Don’t Ban Bossy, Ban Beyonce

    David Huntwork
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, has a line in her book that states “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” As you have probably heard by now, her Lean In organization and the Girl Scouts of America have teamed up with various celebrities and some other well-known female figures to urge us to ban the use of the word bossy. As part of their “public service” campaign they have released a short ad featuring these women lecturing us about how they were called…
  • Flavor Is a Human Right, Too

    Michael R. Shannon
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    The biggest problem Christians and conservatives have in making the case for marriage to the younger generation is we don’t speak the same language, and I’m not referring to the number of ‘likes’ inserted into each sentence that replace thought. Our frame of reference has only a tangential connection with that of the younger generation. The default authority for Christians when explaining their opposition to homosexual marriage is the Bible. But it’s not for the generation born after 1980. The Washington Times reports, “More Americans are doubting the infallibility of the Bible,…
  • The War Within the GOP

    Alan Caruba
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I started out a Democrat because my parents were Democrats. When I was old enough to conclude that the Democratic Party was so socialist I could not remain one, I became a Republican. In her nineties, even my Mother registered as a Republican. Times change and people change. Now I am considering registering as an independent. I am waiting for the outcome of the November midterm elections. My decision will depend on how many Tea Party movement candidates are elected and my hope is that it will be a wave election that rejects so many Democratic candidates that power in the…
  • The Turtle Rebellion

    J.D. Longstreet
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Militias are reforming and retraining.  Citizens are cleaning their guns and counting rounds of ammunition for them. Why? The government’s heavy-handed way of dealing with a Nevada rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government at the point of a federal gun.  (For more read:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/us/nevada-rancher-rangers-cattle-showdown/) Are we looking at another Ruby Ridge or yet another Waco?  I certainly hope not.  But the truth is, America cannot continue as the police state she has become.  Plus,  and this is extremely important, Americans no…
  • Long Live The Republic!

    David Huntwork
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    For over two hundred and thirty years the American Republic has weathered wars, epidemics, hostile neighbors, worldwide conflicts, economic disasters, internal struggles, and competing ideologies. Its birth was a long and desperate struggle for independence against the strongest and most advanced military in the world. In the War of 1812 its capitol was burned to the ground. It suffered the growing pains of expansionism against hostile natives as well as unfriendly claims and competition by Spain, France, Great Britain, and Mexico. It suffered through a tragic and horribly bloody civil war…
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • Kuhl Pants are Kewl

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    If you can, try to ignore this guy's bulging forearm veins and take a look at these pants.  They remind me of Charharts, without weighing thirty-five pounds.  They are made of some synthetic material that allows you to bound up mountains without chafing, as well as more standard activities. The Desperado and Exile seem to me as the best-looking of the Kuhl line, with the 'tactical" look. "The Law" pants (desperados)Price:50-90$Site: http://www.kuhl.com/kuhl/mens/pants/desperado/
  • Guide to Badass Backpacks

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Last month I said to myself, "Hmm, I need a backpack."  An innocent enough thing, that slowly turned into an all-consuming quest to find the best one. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but more and more I feel a need to ditch the old junk and just invest in something that fits my personality.  Call it vanity if you must, but really I think its a basic interest in personal apearance.  A Jansport or bargain bin backpack just screams "derelict," and when I see a grown man with one I can't help but view him a bit unfortunate, possibly homeless.  And no, duct tape doesn't…
  • Ember Tactical Backpack

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    When I started looking for a backpack last month I had already figured out my criteria for it.  I wanted something that had pouches on it that were easy to access, rather than digging around in the main compartment.  I wanted something that stood out and didn't blend in with all the other North-Face-style yuppie-wear. Then I saw this...The Ember backpack is fully customizable.  You can add a slew of pouches, snaps, handles and more.  The bag features fleece lining to keep your precious lil' gadgets precious.  It's got waterproof lining...yada...yada...whatever it…
 
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  • Ohio Teacher to Black Student: U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief

    Lina Batarags
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Ohio Teacher to Black Student: U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Ohio Teacher With History of Controversial Comments Fired Ohio Teacher Tells Student that U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Ohio Teacher Fired For Telling Student That Country Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Ohio Teacher to Black Student: U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Has Been Optimized After a black student at Fairfield Freshman School told his teacher that he wanted to become president, the white teacher’s alleged response was to tell the student…
  • CIA Psychologist Defends Use of Torture, Rewrites History

    Michael Allen
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    CIA Psychologist Defends Use of Torture, Rewrites History CIA Psychologist Defends Use of Torture, Rewrites History Politics World CIA Torture Has Been Optimized James Mitchell, a CIA psychologist who is often referred to as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program, recently defended the use torture by the CIA on terrorist suspects. A soon-to-be-released Senate intelligence committee report on CIA torture says the CIA's interrogation methods weren’t approved by the U.S. Justice Department or CIA headquarters, and that members of the CIA knowingly impeded the Bush…
  • Hawaii Lawmakers Close Loophole That Allowed Police To Have Sex With Prostitutes

    Jared Keever
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Hawaii Lawmakers Close Loophole That Allowed Police To Have Sex With Prostitutes Hawaii Lawmakers Close Loophole That Allowed Police To Have Sex With Prostitutes Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized Lawmakers in Hawaii have agreed to end a strange legal loophole that allowed police officers to have sex with prostitutes. The Associated Press reports that members of the state’s House and Senate are still negotiating the final details of House Bill 1926 but they agree that the strange exemption should end. Rep. Karl Rhoads, the Democratic chairman of the House Judicial Committee, had…
  • ICE Secure Communities Program Targets Non-Violent Residents Found With Pot— Not Drug Traffickers

    Allison Geller
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    ICE Secure Communities Program Targets Non-Violent Residents Found With Pot— Not Drug Traffickers ICE Secure Communities Program Targets Non-Violent Residents Found With Pot— Not Drug Traffickers Headlines Politics Has Been Optimized According to a new study, mass deportations are a direct result of the drug war, which sends foreign residents home on minor, non-violent charges. A just-released report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University analyzing the effects of the Secure Communities program, a surveillance initiative by the U.S. government meant to…
  • President Announces Obamacare Enrollments Hit 8 Million

    Jared Keever
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    President Announces Obamacare Enrollments Hit 8 Million President Announces Obamacare Enrollments Hit 8 Million Headlines Politics Has Been Optimized President Obama announced Thursday that eight million people have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. That number beats the administration’s original goal by one million enrollees. It is also the third piece of good news for the embattled healthcare law, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, to come out this month. The president hailed the new numbers as a victory.  “This thing is working,” he told…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Trending Thoughts (In My Head)

    John Y. Brown III
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    1) I can’t remember the other thing I forgot to do yesterday. 2) Oh, yeah, that was it. 3) Ooh! That reminded me of the other two things I had forgotten 4) I can’t believe he had the nerve to say that to me in at the meeting this morning…asshole…but I’m not going to say anything but he was being an asshole. 5) I need to workout again at some point. Maybe tomorrow. Or Saturday. Or sometime soon. 6) I’m starting to get hungry. 7) Need to listen to my voice mail messages. 8) Why is it taking them so long to get such a simple answer to a simple question? 9) Oh…
  • Jason Grill – Idea Mensch

    Jason Grill
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    From Idea Mensch: Jason Grill has extensive experience in media relations, public affairs, public relations, government affairs, law and the media. He is the principal and founder of JGrill Media, LLC. A Kansas City based, but national consulting firm that specializes in media relations/pr, public affairs, government relations, relationship building and development and strategic partnerships. Jason has worked with and consulted with numerous startups, entrepreneurs, businesses, accelerators, foundations, non-profits, cities, associations, lifestyle brands, marketing and digital agencies,…
  • Jason Grill: Have You Joined the Content Marketing Movement?

    Jason Grill
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Content marketing is the new black for savvy business owners. Are you on board? In the last few years, the words “content marketing” have become buzzwords in the corporate business, marketing, digital and media space. But what is it really? Content marketing as defined by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI): Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience — with the objective of driving profitable customer action. Content marketing is becoming the new…
  • Julie Rath: Profile in Awesomeness — Lou Piccolo

    Julie Rath
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Watch Rath & Co.’s latest Profiles in Awesomeness video interview with Lou Piccolo, President of A.L. Piccolo & Co. Inc. Lou is a management consultant and stylish man about town. We sat down with him at the Michael Andrews Bespoke studio and discussed what makes him tick when it comes to menswear. He also reveals his favorite pieces from his vintage cufflink collection.
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Beverly Hillbillies in Boca

    John Y. Brown III
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tonight my wife and daughter and I couldn’t decide if we should order room service for dinner or go out. We decided, since we were in Boca Raton, to go out –to our favorite Italian restaurant after driving by the old apartment complex where Rebecca and I lived briefly when we were newlyweds in the early 90s. I was fresh out of law school and working for Kenny Rogers Roasters. It was an exciting time in our lives and our son was born in a Boca Hospital just down the road from our apartment a few months before we moved back to Kentucky. Lots has happened since then and tonight our…
 
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  • Michele Bachmann Endorses Curt Clawson

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Curt Clawson added another endorsement on Friday in his bid for Congress, with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., giving the businessman the thumbs up in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel. “Congresswoman Bachmann was tea party before there was a tea party, and after this year she will be missed in Congress,” Clawson said. “With a victory next Tuesday, we can continue the work she has started to protect our Constitution and restore fiscal integrity to Washington.”Bachmann herself didn't offer any comments on the endorsement.read more
  • Attorney for Jameis Winston Accuser Calls for Charges Under FSU's Code of Conduct Policy

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    The attorney for the woman who accused Florida State University football superstar Jameis Winston of raping her is allegedly calling for the Tallahassee university to charge Winston under the school’s code of conduct policy.Baine Kerr, a Title IX attorney representing the woman, told USA TODAY Sports he wrote a letter to FSU earlier this month stating his objections to their investigation of the rape and will be calling for Winston to be charged under the school's code of conduct policy. read more
  • Don Gaetz: Governor Never Contacted Me About In-State Tuition Rates Bill

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Gov. Rick Scott joined forces with former Govs. Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez on Friday to call for the Florida Senate to pass a bill to offer in-state tuition rates to all Florida students, but Senate President Don Gaetz says he hasn't been contacted by the governor to discuss the bill.read more
  • Florida Private Sector Creates 20,900 Jobs in March

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that Florida’s private sector created 20,900 jobs over the month in March. Since December 2010, Florida has added 563,900 private-sector jobs.According to a press release, Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate in March of 3 percent represents the fastest job growth rate since June 2006.read more
  • Ron DeSantis Calls for Special Prosecutor on IRS Scandal

    Kevin Derby
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., continues to hit the Obama administration for its role when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative groups. On Thursday, DeSantis called for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter. read more
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  • Want to Upload Your Brain? How Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Comes to Life

    Zain Iqbal
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    In his new movie Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster– an artificial intelligence researcher whose consciousness is uploaded onto the Internet. Will, who becomes the target of luddite extremists, lays dying after being shot by a radiation-laced bullet. But with the help of a neurobiologist, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) transfers his brain to a supercomputer that Will created called PINN. Is it firmly the stuff of science fiction, or is there some plausibility to the Transcendence plot? First, take a look at the movie’s trailer. Then, watch this Commonwealth Club of…
  • According to Princeton Study, America is Now an Oligarchy

    Zain Iqbal
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier this month when the Supreme Court struck down yet another major provision in campaign finance law in FEC v. McCutcheon, many critics called the ruling the beginning of the end of democracy. In a interview with NPR, Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 said the decision would “create a new American political oligarchy.” While lamenting that the United States is no longer a democracy is a popular argument to make, is there evidence to back such a claim? Two Princeton researchers, Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, say they have the research to back up such an argument. They…
  • 420: Pot Goes Public — A Video Series from FORA.tv Studios

    Blaise Zerega
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    FORA.tv Studios presents Pot Goes Public, an original video series in time for “420,” April 20th, or Marijuana Appreciation Day. The series features different perspectives on the budding business for legal marijuana featuring exclusive interviews with the emerging industry’s key players. Programs include exclusive interviews hosted by Michael Montgomery, reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED Public Radio, with Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, Privateer Holdings COO Christian Groh, and Dale Sky Jones, president of Oaksterdam University.
  • Essential Viewing: FORA.tv Honors Autism Awareness Month

    Zain Iqbal
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    At the beginning of April, TIME published a round-up of its choice for the best longreads for Autism Awareness Month. The magazine called it “four stories about the disorder that everyone should read” which offer glimpse of what it is like for those individuals diagnosed with autism, as well as for the loved ones who must often care for them. In the spirit of TIME’s recap for Autism Awareness Month, take a look at five of our best videos on the subject. Along with getting a sense of how people live autism and related disorders, we’ve also included two videos that seek…
  • Generation Millennial Debate: Deserved or Deluded?

    Zain Iqbal
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Not since “Generation X” have a group of young people come under such scrutiny. Millennials, the robust generational cohort born sometime between 1980 and the early 2000s are the research demographic du jour; under analysis of everyone from sociologists and economists to marketing executives and corporate recruiters. There are throwaway terms used to criticize Millennials, such as coddled, narcissistic, and lazy. Yet others celebrate the generation’s openness to change, optimism, as well as their innovative spirit. But saddled with soaring debt and stressed out under high…
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • What is wrong with Geagea run for Presidency

    Ang Lebs
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Lebanese Forces announced on April 04 its leader, Samir Geagea, as its candidate for the presidency. “The Lebanese Forces Executive Body unanimously agreed to nominate party leader Samir Geagea for the presidential elections,” LF MP George Adwan said following a party meeting. On April 16, Samir Geagea announced his 24-point platform. It highlights the importance of central government authority, particularly in terms of the control of arms. As any Maronite, Samir Geagea has all the right to run for the presidential position. What I don’t like is how the head of the…
  • Who is more important?

    Ang Lebs
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    Russian President Putin called American president Obama to discuss the situation in Ukraine. According to the White House, Putin called to talk about an American proposal “for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis” and the two presidents agreed that their respective top diplomats “would meet to discuss next steps.” In Lebanon presidential race, for the moment, there are two major candidates: Samir Geagea and Michel Aoun. Geagea belongs to March 14 group and Aoun to March 8. If the House Speaker calls election today, each side will back its own candidate. Which mean…
  • A “strong” president

    Ang Lebs
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    In accordance with Lebanese constitution, the president of the country must be from the Maronite community.  If we look at the names that are circulating around in the media as possible future president are: Michel Aoun, Samir Geagea, Amine Gemayel, Ziad Baroud, Suleiman Franjieh, Boutros Harb, Robert Ghanem, Gen. Jean Kahwaji, Jean Obeid and Riad Salameh. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing and reading Lebanese Christian politicians as well as religious figures stating that Lebanon needs a “strong” president. Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun…
  • Another victim of domestic violence

    Ang Lebs
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:45 am
    This time, it was the 24 years old Rakya Mounzer. Last week, in Bourj Barajneh, a suburb of Beirut, Rakya wanted a divorce. Instead, the pregnant young woman was shot an killed by her husband. According KAFA , a Lebanese NGO involved in the fight against domestic violence, Rakya husband was arrested . The same source indicates that the medical examiner issued a brief report does not mention the bruises that were on the body of the victim . The NGO also states that the family of the young woman asked that his body be exhumed and examined again. Rakya is a chain of live dramas that been hitting…
  • Mother’s day in Lebanon

    Ang Lebs
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:41 am
    Today is the first day of spring and at the same time it is Mother’s day in Lebanon. In this occasion, I would like to bow in front of every mother who have lost a child during Lebanon’s civil war, their loss can’t be replaced. A salute to every mother who still doesn’t know the whereabouts of her child, its time to put an end to their nightmares. A  rose to every mother who was kidnapped and placed in a Syrian jail, their case should not be forgotten. An extended hand to every battered women, may the hand that rises against you be cut for ever. A yes vote for every…
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    Washington Wire

  • 5 Things About Ted Cruz

    Monica Langley
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won his seat in 2012 in a surprise victory, and since then he has been vocally pushing a conservative agenda—a tough foreign policy, social conservatism, limits to government—inspired, he says, by his hero since boyhood, Ronald Reagan. But there’s much more about the man to learn close-up:
  • Obama Aims to Energize Trade Talks in Japan Visit

    William Mauldin and Mitsuru Obe
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan and other Asian countries next week is intended to provide further impetus to Pacific trade negotiations that have bogged down over disagreements with Tokyo.
  • Lewinsky Email Redacted From Clinton Documents

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The latest batch of previously withheld presidential records from the Clinton administration redacts an email from a noteworthy source: Monica Lewinsky.
  • March 2000 Memo: Anthony Weiner Outspoken Hillary Clinton Supporter

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A bullet-points memo in March 2000 ahead of a visit by then-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s noted his alignment with President Bill Clinton on key issues and praised the congressman’s support for Hillary Clinton.
  • Clinton Memos: Avoid Saying ‘Middle Class’

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    An historian urged speechwriters to avoid using "middle class" in President Clinton's 1994 State of the Union address.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Activists Optimistic On Reported Deportation Changes, As New Memo Set To Drop

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Advocates applaud reported movement on enforcement practices and priorities from Homeland Security head, but caution any memo outlining changes needs to be strictly enforced, unlike others that have failed to change practices by agents in the field. DREAMers have been protesting and doing hunger strikes outside the White House in hopes of getting President Obama to take administrative action to slow deportations. Via facebook.com Immigration activists say they're cautiously optimistic about reported changes to Obama Administration policy on deportations, but have serious enforcement…
  • State Department: No Politics Behind Latest Keystone Delay

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    The Obama administration places the pipeline project on permahold. WASHINGTON — We don't know when the U.S. State Department will make its final ruling on the Keystone XL pipeline, but we do know it won't be anytime soon. "I can't render judgement on when the final decision could take place," a senior State Department official said on a conference call Friday after the department announced another delay in the State Department process that could bring with it the approval or rejection of Keystone. "We want this to move as expeditiously as possible, we recognize that this is…
  • There Is An Epidemic Of Republicans Plagiarizing From Rand Paul

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Eight Republican candidates have literally copied and pasted from Rand Paul’s “issues” page. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press / MCT Sen. Rand Paul's libertarian vision for the Republican Party future has such broad appeal that a generation of Republican candidates is copying his platform — and in many cases, literally copying and pasting it on to their own websites. Republican Senate, U.S. Congressional, and state legislative candidates around the country have plagiarized from the Kentucky senator, BuzzFeed has found. The group includes two candidates with a serious…
  • This Unsent Shade-Filled Letter From Clinton Staffers To A '90s Radio Host Is A Goddamn Masterpiece

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    A gem of a letter to Don Imus from the latest Clinton library document dump. Via Twitter: @ethanklapper
  • John Boehner's Tea Party Foes Host "Retirement Party"

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pressure from the right keeps Republican leadership in line. U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner listens to a question during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 6, 2014. Larry Downing / Reuters / Reuters WASHINGTON — Tea party activists are sending out invitations for a "surprise retirement party" for House Speaker John Boehner, targeting inside-the-beltway Boehner backers and reporters. The email invites are paid for by the Tea Party Leadership Fund Political Action Committee, a conservative organization that has spent more than $300,000 this cycle…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • The might and majesty of the risen Savior

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior. Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever to grace this earth. He was the supreme example of both meekness and might—widely different qualities that often are mutually exclusive in a typical human being, but were a divinely natural and necessary combination in the Savior. Indeed, as both Son of God and Son of Man—as both divine and human united in one individuality—Christ Jesus was…
  • Forgiveness Incarnate

    Gary L. Welton
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate. Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, the failure to forgive is described by Christ in the most serious of terms. “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). Hence the statement by Fyodor…
  • Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Four) – Obama and Recess Appointments: NLRB v. Canning

    John A. Sparks
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have been unfair. Since 2008, it had been without the three of the five members that are required to conduct business. Just a month after the new appointments, the board determined that a bottling firm, Noel Canning Company, had committed an unfair labor practice in its dealings with the Teamsters Union. The company appealed the NLRB’s decision to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, maintaining that…
  • Wrestling with Unions

    Freedom Readers
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    On March 19, 2014, Grove City College and Center for Vision & Values student fellow alumnus Jarrett Skorup ’09 spoke to nearly 100 guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. Skorup, a research associate at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, discussed public sector unions and their influence on the economy.
  • The politics of St. Paul

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject…” (v. 5); “…pay ye tribute [taxes]” (v. 6). St. Paul seems to be saying that God ordains human governments and that Christians should honor and obey the government under whose jurisdiction they live. Many Christians conclude from these verses that Christians should accept whatever government and laws their country has. Other Christians, while accepting the need for government and lawful behavior, question whether Romans 13 commands…
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    Politic365

  • 8 Million Sign-ups: Obamacare enrollments exceed expectations

    Adriana Maestas
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Yesterday President Obama announced that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, his signature piece of legislation have hit eight million. While the official enrollment period ended on March 31, the government allowed people to finish signing up in April. Young people in particular signed up in greater numbers in March and April. According to Think Progress: “Just over two weeks ago, the administration announced that Obamacare enrollment had reached 7.1 million — surpassing expectations after HealthCare.gov’s rocky rollout in October. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)…
  • Reforming the FCC’s “Designated Entity” Rules Will Promote Diversity in Spectrum Ownership

    Guest Contributor
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Donna Epps, Verizon’s Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, recently published the following post on Verizon’s Policy Blog:The Minority Media & Telecommunications Council recently released a white paper, “Digital Déjà Vu: A Road Map for Promoting Minority Ownership in the Wireless Industry,”[PDF] that calls on the FCC to reform its “designated entity” rules. “Designated entities” (DE) are the collective term used for women- and minority-owned businesses, and the paper calls for the FCC to increase opportunities for women and minority-owned enterprises…
  • Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. Glenn Ford “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, has slammed New York state with a $25 million lawsuit. He hopes it will teach law enforcement a lesson about how not to push for a conviction,” reported the New York Post today. “These people have to pay for every day they…
  • What Partisan Gridlock? Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott Join on LEAP Act

    Ray Baker
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    In an era of partisan gridlock two senators from opposing parties have come together with legislation aimed at putting Americans back to work. It becomes more noteworthy that the two senators are the only African-Americans in the United States Senate. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced the Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs (LEAP) Act. Through the bill they hope to fill nearly four million jobs in the United States through apprenticeship programs.Both senators cite lagging statistics in the nation’s apprenticeship programs as compared…
  • Election 2014: Georgia 1+2+3 = Modern Voting Rights Movement #GA123

    Kirk Clay
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Last week I participated in #GA123 — one of the most cutting edge civic engagement events this election cycle. This “cross-platform” social media conference attracted over a hundred political leaders from the southeast region including representatives from labor, progressives, civil rights, women, youth and people of color. Featured speakers included AFL-CIO Executive Council member and United Steel Workers’ International Vice President Fred Redmond, House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly Stacey Abrams, League of United Latin American Citizens’ Director of Civic…
 
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • 3 documentaries that every Police probationer must see

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Here are 3 documentaries that i think every police officer should be. They'll show how the actions of individuals can damage relations with the public, but they will also show a human side to policing.
  • National Crime Agency and their Special Constables

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Today i was just casually browsing the website of the new National Crime Agency (NCA), as i so often do, and came across something that initially took me by surprise. The NCA has it's very own Special Constabulary, but it looks like they have a very different job to Specials you might be used to, and they may have struck gold!
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    In the News with Terrance McAndrews

  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
         Do your parents owe the federal government money?  If so, the Treasury Dept. may target your tax refund to try and retrieve those funds.  Thanks to a change made to legislation 3 years ago the 10-year statute of limitations on such debts have been lifted clearing the way for the federal government to come after you in search of such debts.  The change affects nearly 400,000 people to the tune of $714 million.  We’ll talk about the program today and why it plays right into the hands of the caricature of a nameless, faceless bureaucracy abusing…
  • Cuban Twitter, Supreme Court McCutcheon case…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
         The AP recently revealed that the US gov’t, through foreign aid organization USAID, funded a secret Twitter-like program to stir political unrest in Cuba.  We discuss the revelation and the details of the program.  We also discuss the consequences these revelations of secret programs are having on national security and on the credibility of the US government. The Supreme Court ruled last week that overall limits on campaign donations were unconstitutional.  The Court, in its opinion, stated that it was not a legitimate objective of government to…
  • Ft. Hood, Unemployment, Obamacare Meets its Goal…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
         Unemployment benefits expired for about 2.2 million people at the end of December 2013.  Republicans and Democrats are currently debating whether to pass, and how to pay for, an extension of those benefits.  We discuss why the current bill making its way through the Senate should pass.  We then broaden the discussion out to why we, as a country, need to differentiate between good and bad types of spending, and between government spending and government investment.  Obamacare to the surprise of many has reached its goal of 7.1 million enrollees…
  • NSA Spying, Hobby Lobby Case, and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
         The Obama Administration has proposed changes to the NSA surveillance programs that aim to assuage the fears of most Americans.  Under the proposal telephone companies would keep the information and the NSA, if need be, would have to obtain a court order in order to analyze specific phone records.  It was also revealed this week that the NSA has been trying to hack the network of Huawei, the Chinese global telecomm giant, after years of accusing the company of doing the same thing to us.  We discuss the week’s developments and discuss the broader…
  • Obamacare, 2014 Political Landscape

    Terrance McAndrews
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
         With only 2 weeks left to go in the open enrollment period in Obamacare all eyes are on whether the Obama administration is going to meet its goal of getting 6 million Americans enrolled in the law.  In this episode we discuss the enrollment numbers for Obamacare for the month of February.  We also discuss the details of a new survey that points out that the majority of Americans are still not aware of the subsidies that are available to help them bring down the cost of Obamacare, as well as another finding that shows that the majority of new enrollees in…
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • 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. …
  • The Mistake We Currently Call Our National Government

    13 Oct 2013 | 10:14 pm
    As we continue to collectively rant and rave about those out of touch politicians that are making a mess of our country there is something we must remember, this government is our fault.  The very definition of dysfunctional we see playing out in Washington currently is a creation of our making for it was our votes that placed them in office.  It is really quite simple, when knowledge and prudence are not part of the selection process an effective government is not a realistic possibility.  Further, when something is not held accountable there is little motivation for it to act…
  • Choose Wisely

    30 Sep 2013 | 9:48 pm
    Though the situation of the recent deployment of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict seems to be fading into the background with the self-serving arrangement orchestrated by the Russians, I want to address those that said the United States had a moral obligation to intervene.  While I understand how the scenes of people writhing in pain and suffering the disturbing effects of poisonous gas on the human body incite a primal, or for some, a political reaction, we must go beyond instinct to that which supposedly separates us from all other life on this planet, reason.  When we…
  • The Tragedy of Self-Rule

    28 Aug 2013 | 10:17 pm
    It is absolutely disgraceful what we have allowed to happen in this country.  Self-rule is a most noble concept and the greatest leap of faith in humanity, but it becomes the greatest tragedy when the people prove unworthy of the supreme challenge it presents.   Unfortunately, this is the point we have reached.  Knowing what is best is really not very hard; it is doing what is best that proves more difficult for many because of things like desire and denial clouding one’s judgment.  The current state of our nation and society show that our moral compass seems to be…
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Hobby Lobby compared to the KKK?

    brionnamuyco
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    By USDR     On March 25, MRCTV’s Dan Joseph ventured into Washington D.C. to speak with some pro-Obamacare protesters, who assembled outside the Supreme Court to protest Hobby Lobby’s case against the abortion pill/contraception mandate in Obamacare.     While navigating through the crowd, Joseph encountered a woman in a burqa.  Let’s call her “Taliban Tina.” She said she’s wearing a burqa to symbolize that government wants to turn us into a theocracy. “Maybe, they want women dead,” she said.     Taliban Tina…
  • Recognizing the “Most Impressive” Medical School Libraries in the Country

    brionnamuyco
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    By USDR     Bestmastersdegrees.com has published a list entitled “The 25 Most Impressive University Medical School Libraries,” including facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. The website’s editors selected the libraries to present a curated listing of selected university medical school libraries based on number of holdings, variety of useful resources, and unique or striking architecture and design.       “From course work to research to residencies, medical students are likely spend more time in the library than they do at…
  • A “Selfie” Celebration of Earthday by NASA

    brionnamuyco
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    By USDR     For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth-observing missions will be launched into space in a single year. To celebrate this milestone, NASA is inviting people all around the world to step outside on Earth Day, April 22, take a “selfie,” and share it with the world on social media.     Designed to encourage environmental awareness and recognize the agency’s ongoing work to protect our home planet, NASA’s “Global Selfie” event asks people everywhere to take a picture of themselves in their local environment.
  • Special Report: What Actually Motivates American Voters

    brionnamuyco
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    By USDR     Results of the “2014 Voter Motivation Landscape” released today by Resonate reveal a new look at the electorate that includes the issues and values people care about most when casting their vote. Voters are grouped into 10 segments based on issues ranging from social equality and environmental protection to entitlement reform and gun rights. The study also shows that conventionally grouped voters, such as Hispanics and Millennials, are present in all segments – proving blanket demographics inefficient. Only 36 percent of Americans reportedly vote on straight party…
  • Which Party Wins the “Conflicted Voters”?

    brionnamuyco
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    By USDR     You would be hard-pressed to find a story about American politics today without the word “polarized” in it. Talk of greater partisan differences began in the 1980s, heated up after the contentious 2000 election, and continues: Consider media coverage of the deep ideological divisions surrounding the 2011 budget debate. Yet, despite agreement that political elites — politicians, analysts, activists, the media — have grown increasingly polarized, aligning ideologically into liberal and conservative camps, public opinion surveys continue to show the attitudes and…
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    The Americanist

  • Is the collapse of China’s economy beginning?

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I have written and posted videos of the situation of China’s economy. Now, it seems that the real estate bubble in China is finally starting to pop. Gordon Chang over at Forbes reports the following: Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China. Thanks to the world’s largest retailer, another large block of space in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will go on the market at a time when there is generally…
  • Video: Tucker Carlson speaks the truth about the Clive Bundy situation

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Yes, I was following it yesterday on twitter. I was worried sick that this situation was going to get very ugly. However, I did read the Fox News report and it seems that Clive Bundy was breaking the law. Here’s Tucker Carlson saying exactly what I was thinking myself: (Via The Right Scoop) Tucker is absolutely correct. If he is using public land, he has to pay; if he does not like that, he should sell his current ranch and move somewhere, where he will have his own land to use. I, as well, do not like the law that is on the books; but Conservatives are about rule of law; and if Bundy…
  • The straight truth about Frazier Glenn Cross

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    First of all, I want it to be perfectly known; I am not defending the actions of this horrible man. What he did is beneath contempt and he deserves the death penalty for his actions. However, I feel the need to put out the truth about this person, because it seems there is a good deal of bad information being published. I am referring to Frazier Glenn Cross, who just committed one of the worst acts of cowardice ever. It seems that some of the blogs are not reporting the truth about the man. Here is the truth about the man, and his assocations with the White Nationalist/White Separatist/Klan…
  • It’s pretty hard to comment, when you’ve been banned

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Council of Conservative Citizens shows its abject hypocrisy: The comments on this website are self-moderating. We rely on the readers to “flag” comments that are inappropriate. When a comment is flagged a set number of times, it is removed from public view and placed in a moderation queue. To flag a comment click, move the cursor to the upper left hand of the comment. A black triangle with appear. Click on the triangle, and then click “flag as inappropriate.” Users who post threats, advocate violence, or impersonate other people will be permanently banned from posting comments.
  • An awesome story for one young boy’s quest for freedom

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Jack Fowler over at NRO’s blog, “The Corner” shares the following: On Babalublog, the great writer Carlos Eire celebrates his “second” birthday — the day he and his brother escaped from the oppression of Castro’s Cuba. I highly recommend that you follow the link above. It is some awesome reading.  
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    Compete Pulse

  • Putting the ‘Star’ in Starbucks: Getting Digital Right

    Johanna Gunawan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image from: Starbucks Coffee / Costa Developers Coffee: the drug of choice for busy professionals, sleep-deprived college students, Twitter bio writers, and me. The caffeinated landscape is filled with brands, brews, and beans — but it’s safe to say that nobody has quite the stronghold over the cafe market than Starbucks. How does Starbucks get digital right? Let’s take a look. Cultivating a Cultural Phenomenon through Email Marketing The first digital strength is holiday-specific, but Starbucks’ seasonal success is anything but temporary. The coffee…
  • The Compete PRO Success Story Winners Are…

    Katie Hrdy
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Image from: Winning! / Shutterstock A few weeks ago we launched a “Success Stories” contest, encouraging our clients to share their stories about how Compete PRO has helped them to achieve great things. The submissions we received were fantastic. There is no better feeling for all of us here than hearing about our users’ love for what we do and we appreciate everyone that took the time to submit their stories. Unfortunately we can only choose three winners. So after giving this a lot of thought, the winners are: Heather Nigro, Chris Picou, and Mark Terao! Congratulations to our three…
  • Why Conversion Optimization Should Be Your Top Priority in 2014

    Jared DeLuca
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Image from: Conversion Rate / Shutterstock Did you know that marketers are more likely to have high conversion rates when they invest 10-25% of their time and 5% of their budget on optimization? Given that, however, 70% of marketers do not know their competitors’ conversion rates, nor do they know the average for their industries. If you don’t know where you stand, how do you know what you can improve? Conversion rate optimization needs to be your top priority this year. To help you get started, a couple weeks ago, our very own Eric Keating and Emily Weinstein presented a fantastic…
  • Sunday Series: March (Monthly Metrics) Madness!

    Johanna Gunawan
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Image from: Basketball / Shutterstock Like the flowers of spring, our March data is out, and with that comes our fast moving categories! It’s no small surprise that College Sports made it as one of our top growing categories. Check out what websites spurred on increased traffic! As to be expected, March Madness drives traffic to NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) websites in droves. Every March sees the NCAA’s Division I basketball teams facing off to win the championship. NCAA.com, the official website of all the championships, rightfully saw an increase of 882.74%…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Johanna Gunawan
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    This week was our Digital CMO Summit week — and it’s fitting that our top-shared articles from the web focus on new trends in digital! Read up on them and tell us what you think in the comments below. Why the Digital Revolution is Really Just Getting Started It seems that our world is becoming all digital, virtually all the time. But what does that really mean? This article from Forbes digs a bit deeper into the various parts of our lives that digital touches — and how new tech is taking off. Looking at retail, manufacturing, medicine, energy, and software, the piece gives…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • Misplaced Loyalty Leading to Spectacles of Turbulence and Contention

    Donald Mellon
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    When Tywin Lannister asked Arya Stark “what killed your father” she replied “loyalty”. Tywin and Arya are two of the main characters in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Arya’s father was second in command to a king in the fictitious country of Westeros. When the king died his illegitimate son grabbed the throne. Because of loyalty to the dead king and the king’s legitimate heir her father denounced the new king which was followed shortly by him losing his head. Loyalty we believe is admirable in a dog but as the writers of this fictitious drama made clear, in…
  • Democrats and GOP Establishment Ally to Crush Conservatives Part III

    Lee Cary
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Justin Amash Series Abstract: Karl Rove’s targeting of Michigan Congressman Justin Amash as “the most liberal Republican” in Congress signals the GOP Establishment’s plan to cull out the most conservative Republican office-holders from the GOP herd. The bipartisan nature of that effort is illustrated in the Democrat funding behind the (Republican) Main Street led by former nine-term Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette. Democrats and GOP Establishment Ally to Crush Conservatives Part I Democrats and GOP Establishment Ally to Crush Conservatives Part II Part III: A GOP Establishment…
  • Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) Press Release

    Editorial Staff
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2014 Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director Mobile: (512) 843-1980 Email: jenna.white@yct.org Austin, Texas – Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) had a successful primary, with all of its statewide endorsed candidates either making the run-off or winning outright. In contested Legislative races, endorsed incumbents defeated establishment-backed challengers and held their seats, while several YCT-endorsed challengers either defeated their moderate opponents, won an open seat, or are in a run-off. “I am very pleased with how we fared in this year’s…
  • Coalition of Conservative Organizations Press Release

    Editorial Staff
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim and Robin Lennon March 10, 2014 832-233-4950 Coalition of Conservative Organizations Promise Aggressive Ground Campaign to Turn out Voters for Run-off Victory ACROSS TEXAS – Energized from big wins across the state in the March 4th Republican Primary, a grassroots coalition of pro-family, pro-liberty conservative organizations and TEA party groups declared their intention to fight hard to deliver victories in the May run-off elections. “The March 4th Republican Primary was monumental for the conservative cause. Voters sent a clear signal to the Austin…
  • Crimea River

    Terrell AronSpeer
    10 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Yes, there is a Crimea River on the Crimean Peninsula whose head waters are north of Yalta and just the other side of the Mickey Mountains.  However the title is intended to be a reference to a song too old for many to remember.  Sadly enough, the sentiment expressed in the song is also true; Ukraine can “Cry Me a River” but the Crimean Peninsula is gone, spirited away by Putin in the dead of daylight as the world watched helpless and seeming not to care.   But our own President Obama stood up to Putin, saying that there would be a “price to pay.”  “We’re not playing games…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Dramatic Change

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Five years ago, Palestinian factions oppose the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) announced what so called  'Damascus Alliance', and decreed announcement against the PLO policy regarding negociation with Israel and what so called 'peace process'. The alliance included Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Palestinial Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine - General Comnand (PFLP-GC) and other small factions like Popular Struggle Front.Now a days, There is no presence of this alliance due to Syrian Crisis which divided the previous stances. More specifically, PFLP-GC which is the…
  • Exploiting Nietzche's political views

    Mohammad Tomazy
    22 Dec 2013 | 2:07 pm
    The great german philosopher, Friedrich Nietzche introduced political views alongside morals, religions and existance. However, many different, even contradictory ideologists exerted efforts to engage Nietzche's writings within their ideology.Nazis exploited some of his quotes to spread their racist ideology among germans by removing them out of the texts and chronology.In the context of magnifying 'individualism' within (production cycle), Max Weber used Nietzche's 'aristocratic' theory. Liberals utilize Nietzches elitist view and his few early writings about his appreciation to the Reich's…
  • Behind Morsi Ousting

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Dec 2013 | 6:03 am
    Muslim Brothers reached the power through free elections in Egypt, despite strong opposition. In percentile language, The Islamist president had 51.7 % while the other Mubarakist candidate had 48.3%.The other secular parties supported Morsi in elections to drop-down Ahmad Shafeq, one of toppled regime figures.Army leaders were worry because Mubarak kept wide-spectral privileges for them.Magdi Abdelhadi says: "The resort is complete with a hotel and other facilities, including an impressive five-lane motorway, a flyover and a tunnel to ease potential traffic congestion on the way to a vast new…
  • Update: The Conflict in Syria

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Dec 2013 | 5:28 am
    Undoubtedly, the conflict in Syria has internal and external elements, however, it is no longer an uprising against tyrant regime. The Syrian social texture has been profoundly 'de facto' teared in which Sunni majority maintains support for the various opposition forces against the pro-regime 'alliance of minorities' including Alawis, Shia and Druze.Two Shiite villages northern Syria (Nubbul and Az-Zahra') are constantly being attacked from the surrounding villages by mortar and different missiles.Qatar and Saudi Arabia support al-Qaeda-affiliated opposition fighters, meanwhile, Iran supports…
  • Israel to apply racist 'Prawer Plan' in Naqab

    Mohammad Tomazy
    13 Jul 2013 | 11:31 am
    Prawer is pronounced as 'Praver' (German W)"In September 2011, the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan for mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) desert. If fully implemented this plan will result in the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the destruction of 35 “unrecognized” villages. Despite the Arab Bedouin community's complete rejection of the plan and strong disapproval from the international community and human rights groups, the Prawer Plan is happening now. More than 1,000 homes were…
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    BizPac Review

  • Bad day: Burglar shot by homeowner dies in car crash trying to get away

    Michael Dorstewitz
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Photo: gunsnfreedom.com A Detroit burglary was interrupted Thursday when the homeowner shot one of the suspects who then fled the scene in getaway vehicle, only to crash into a neighbor’s house and died. Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said two armed men who gained entry into the home by breaking a window were met by the homeowner, who was also armed, according to MyFoxDetroit. The homeowner shot at the burglars who returned fire. The driver was hit and the two others fled on foot. A woman who resided in the house that the car collided with was injured. It’s unknown whether the bullet…
  • The stuff of novels: American mystery plane openly parked in Tehran airport

    Richard Berkow
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Photo Credit: New York Times A conservative bank in Utah has been put in the embarrassing position of trying to explain why its jet was sitting at Iran’s Mehrabad Airport. The United States has restricted business dealings with the Ayatollah Khamanei government. “We have no idea why that plane was at that airport,” Bank of Utah executive Brett King told The New York Times while invoking fiduciary confidentiality in refusing to reveal the jet’s ownership. Headquartered in Salt Lake City with 13 in-state branches, the community bank may seem decidedly unattached to Iran. But research by…
  • Monica Crowley sums up Obama-Biden selfie with ‘brutal’ efficiency

    Tom Tillison
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Vice President Joe Biden launched his Instagram account Wednesday with a “selfie” of him and President Barack Obama, a photothat went on to serve as a prime source of entertainment for social media users. Greta finally asks the burning question we all want to know about the tea party While it’s nice that the Obama administration can offer the folks such gaiety, there are serious issues facing the country and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley was quick to put things into “brutal perspective,” as Twitchy coined it: Putin & al Qaeda are on the march &…
  • Watch: College girl’s stunning transformation after 100 days of pushups

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Sometimes all it takes is a commitment and a little perseverance to change your attitude. Estella Gong, computer engineering sophomore at the University of Central Florida, did just that. She always felt self-conscious about her body and was often called scrawny, her video said. She found GiveIt100, challenged herself to do pushups for 100 days, and recorded her progress along the way. Watch to the end to see her stunning results: Watch also: Flight attendant’s safety speech has passengers roaring with laughter, applause Video: Polar bear plays catch
  • Texas parents shocked: Fourth-grade homework questions include death, infidelity

    Michael Dorstewitz
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    El Paso parents were shocked when their kids came home with what they felt was an “inappropriate reading assignment” for a fourth-grade student. The assignment involved adult-oriented situations such as marital infidelity and the death of a child. The parents would never have known about it because it was an in-class assignment. But when some students didn’t complete it in time, they were allowed to finish it at home, according to NBC El Paso affiliate KTSM. The idea was to have the students read a series of paragraphs, then draw an inference as to what was going on. Here’s a…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Human Rights Before Animal Rights

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    An op-ed in The Guardian by Sadhbh Walshe brings up a point I’ve been thinking about lately, namely, why does it seem violations against animal rights are becoming more more important than abuses of human rights. Read Here. 
  • Sign-Up GOP, Win A Gun

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    An article in the NYT reports that GOP candidates for Congress are conducting “gun sweepstakes,” i.e., running “gun giveaways” (like raffles) for those who sign up on their website with names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, etc. It’s an attempt by far-Right politicians to reach gun nuts who are insane about protecting their second amendment rights. It reports that the NRA has been conducting these “giveaways” since the 80′s but it is a new phenomenon amongst political candidates. Unbelievable… Read Here.
  • The Working Poor and Raising Minimum Wage

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A powerful argument by Charles M. Blow in the NYT on why the minimum wage should be increased with the rising numbers of the working poor in the “Land of Opportunity.” He argues that it is about dignity and not being in a state of constant worry over paying one’s bills. He also makes the good argument that the working poor cannot afford to donate to political campaigns and can only reach the voting boot on election day with great effort. Read Here.
  • Will Iraq Fracture?

    Kleier
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A great piece in the CSM asking will the country of Iraq fracture into separate nations that will be determined by ethnicity, religion, or simple economic interests. The piece goes through all of the contributing factors and is well researched with quotes from analysts and Iraqis themselves. Read Here.  
  • Pushing Against The Surveillance Innocent Muslims

    Kleier
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The NYPD announced yesterday that it was closing it’s “Demographic Unit.” If you don’t know about this task force, it was first reported by the AP in 2011 that a special NYPD unit was conducting surveillance of normal Muslims, recording where they worshiped, where they ate, what they talked about at the cafe, etc., in an effort to thwart further terror attacks following 9/11. This was a ridiculously overblown reaction by the NYPD, post-9/11, and is a violation of civil rights. So now, according to this report in The Guardian, groups are trying to make sure that other…
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    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News from The Heritage Foundation

  • Ben Carson: ‘We’re Being Manipulated’ by Those ‘Trying to Divide Us’

    Alissa Tabirian
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Eric Draper/ZUMA Press/Newscom Dr. Ben Carson slammed the culture of political correctness and partisan labels at a local CBS12 town hall panel Thursday, arguing that it has stifled free expression in America—namely religious freedom. “We’re being manipulated. We’re being played by those people who want to divide, conquer, and control,” Carson said, alluding to the labels attached to those who disagree with their liberal counterparts. (Carson’s comments begin at at the 19:08 mark on the second video, WPEC Town Hall Religion 2. Scroll down the page and the three videos of the…
  • Response to Matt Yglesias: Heritage Tax Chart Isn’t Misleading

    Curtis Dubay
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Matt Yglesias, now with Vox, finds this chart of ours misleading: He admits that the data is correct and that what it shows—that the federal income tax is highly progressive—is also correct. So what’s the problem? Our chart looks exclusively at federal income taxes in the context of the current debate over whether the rich should pay more of that tax. Yglesias thinks that, when considering this issue, it is more appropriate to look at the progressivity of all taxes Americans pay, including federal income taxes, payroll taxes, and state and local taxes. Just because this chart doesn’t…
  • Indiana, Common Core, and a Great Opportunity to Reverse Course

    Lindsey Burke
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Indiana has a great opportunity to implement education standards that are “written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high,” as Governor Mike Pence (R) wants to do. One option for doing this would be to re-adopt Indiana’s prior state standards. Before the advent of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Indiana staked out higher ground by adopting well-regarded math standards (2000). It resisted the pull felt by so many states to dumb down their expectations in order to meet the performance metrics associated with NCLB, adopting ambitious academic goals for K-12 Hoosier students in…
  • Al Gore in Hawaii: Carbon Polluters 'Immoral, Unethical, Despicable'

    Havilah Steinman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Al Gore was “fired up” at the University of Hawaii in sharing his message on climate change, according to a local TV news report of a speech in which the former vice president bashed unnamed “carbon polluters” as being ”immoral, unethical, and despicable.” Gore, wearing a bright lei around his neck, proved a pumped-up keynote speaker at a “sustainability conference” held Tuesday at the Manoa campus. A report by KITV News includes video of Gore saying:  What some of the large carbon polluters are doing today, spending a billion dollars a year to try to fool people, to try to…
  • Threat to School Choice in New Hampshire Continues

    Brandon Hershey
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Getty Images The constitutionality of New Hampshire’s education tax credit program is being considered this week by the state’s supreme court. This is not the first time parental choice in education has been challenged in the Granite State. The New Hampshire legislature passed the tax credit bill in 2012, overriding a veto by former Governor John Lynch (D). The program allows businesses to receive a tax credit for donating to nonprofits that provide scholarships for students to attend a private school of choice. Students who are eligible to receive a scholarship can use the funds toward…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Nevada GOPer: Republicans Can Win Young Voters By Embracing Party’s ‘Pat Robertson Wing’

    Anomaly
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Republican state assemblyman Ira Hansen went on the Janet Mefferd Show yesterday and argued that the GOP made a grave mistake in avoiding social issues such as when they removed anti-gay and anti-choice language from its official platform. Instead, he feels Republicans should reflect on another era. According to the Nevada assemblyman, Republicans are failing to win support from young voters because they are “being alienated partially because of this absence of values.” He went on to argue that Republicans could win support from new voters by embracing the “Pat Robertson wing” of the…
  • South Carolina man explains why he was walking around Walmart naked

    Anomaly
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A 36-year-old South Carolina man explained why he was walking around a local Walmart naked. Police said they were called to the store just before midnight last night after store employees observed the man walking in the Health and Beauty section naked. Kevin Hughes said he was not only embarrassed, but felt as if he was out of his mind when he walked inside a Tega Cay Walmart in the middle of the night, wearing nothing but black shoes, according to WSOCTV.                  When police arrived on the scene, they said they found Hughes in the…
  • Republican Mayor Sends Cops To Home Of Twitter Parodist, Property Was Seized, People Detained

    Anomaly
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Repubican Mayor Sends Cops To Home Of Twitter Parodist (via Liberaland) Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis was upset that someone created a Twitter account to make fun of him. So,  naturally he called the cops on the guy. As a result, police raided a West Bluff home, seized property, and detained three people for questioning. The…
  • Watch: GOP Candidate’s Bizarre New Ad, Backhands An Obama Bobblehead

    Anomaly
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Nebraska state Sen. Beau McCoy (R) is campaigning for governor and his new ad in Nebraska  shows what a serious guy he really is, as he whacks an Obama bobblehead and doesn’t care what anyone says. McCoy will stand up to any doll and he is not afraid. He backhands that POTUS Bobblehead right off the fence onto the ground because he fears no one doll. That’s right. McCoy confronted that doll thingy and looked it dead in its eyes while saying, “More Obamacare in Nebraska? That’s the last thing we need.”                …
  • The Duck Is Dead: Duck Dynasty Show Canceled In Missouri Due To Low Ticket Sales

    Anomaly
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    JTK Productions said Thursday it cancelled the show featuring the “Duck Dynasty” cast due to “unforeseen circumstances.”  As it turns out, those circumstances were due to a lack of ticket sales. The tickets for the show in Springfield, Missouri, were to be sold for: $37.00, $50.00, and $58.00. The cast was scheduled to talk about “living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while still staying true to their family values and modest lifestyle.”                 The reality stars’ 15 minutes of…
 
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    Logicworks Gathering Clouds

  • EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results

    JG
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    My doctor now uses an iPad to jot things down during my exam. In the old days, it used to be clipboards and folders, ‘old days’ meaning 2012. With the use of automation, physicians can now leverage technology to better their ability to provide care. It’s easier to spot drug compatibility issues, validate diagnosis, even […]The post EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS

    JG
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    On May 6, Logicworks will be hosting a webinar with AWS to highlight some of the innovative approaches to enabling High Availability (HA) that a managed approach to utilizing AWS can yield for a business looking to ensure that mission critical applications and websites never go down. We encourage you to register for the HA […]The post Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014

    IL
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    This week has been bubbling with news on the affliction of Heartbleed and data security. If you haven’t already, please take the appropriate measures in protecting your business as well as yourself on the internet. Check out how security experts are addressing this widespread computer bug. Tony Bradley - “What you need to know about Heartbleed […]The post Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014 appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future

    JG
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Healthcare providers and payers that utilize cloud platforms to store and access personnel records (and like data) are probably storing protected health information (“PHI”), which is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Rules now in place govern the use of cloud computing to store health-related data, including personnel-related data.  […]The post Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Understanding the Changing Cloud Security Landscape

    JG
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Our friends at Alert Logic will release a new version of their Cloud Security Report later this month and they’ve been kind enough to give us a preview of the data to share with you here. If you’d like a copy of the report, register for their Cloud Security Report webinar on April 15th where […]The post Understanding the Changing Cloud Security Landscape appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Buy This Lois ‘I Can’t Do Math I’m Just An Attorney’ Lerner Shirt For Charity

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:36 pm
    As you may know, I’m a part of the national FROST campaign to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fight blood cancer.  Radio host all across the country are involved. You can donate directly here. I’ve also set up a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, April 18

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Breaking: Suspect in murder is now in custody Police have arrested one of the missing suspects in the murder of John Swoveland Jr. this afternoon. Ferry captain not on bridge during ship’s critical turn The ship was taking 325 second year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • South Bend Police Will Store Your Data Obtained By License Plate Readers For 18 Months, IRS And Other Agencies Are Buying The Data

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Police adopt license plate reader policy – South Bend Tribune: Crime & Courts. Under a new set of guidelines, South Bend police will be allowed to keep data collected by automatic license plate readers — including information not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Watch Portuguese Navy Suck At Making Drones

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    I piss farther than that. Portugal, what happened to you?   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Google’s DIY Smartphone Set For January 2015 Launch, Will Cost Just $50, Will Be 3D Print Parts For It

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Google’s DIY smartphone set for January 2015 launch – and it will cost just £30 | Mail Online. Google’s much-anticipated modular smartphone could be available in January 2015 for as little as $50 (£30). The Project Ara ‘Grey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Freedom Seeker

  • Conservative Mark Fisher poised to make noise in September Mass GOP primary for Governor

    Jon Norsu
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The Mass GOP's plan for anointing Charlie Baker as their Governor nominee via "backroom politics" and machine party top down intimidation tactics has run into a problem. Mark FisherThe Teaparty Conservative alternative to the status quo liberal candidate Baker, Mark Fisher has sued the Mass GOP over a Convention vote that didn't follow its own rules, lacked transparency and reeked of "back room politics".  The case has been continued twice and Mark Fisher is poised for a stunning legal victory that would force a September primary with Charlie Baker. Baker's Pro abortion, Pro gay…
  • Freedom Seeker endorses Mark Fisher in Massachusetts GOP primary for Governor

    Jon Norsu
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The editorial Board at Freedom Seeker has enthusiastically endorsed Mark Fisher for the Massachusetts GOP primary nomination. In reviewing Mark's platform side by side with Charlie Baker it is very clear that Mark Fisher is the Conservative choice for Governor. Fisher is running as a full spectrum unapologetic Republican, refreshing in a state that meekly runs left leaning GOP candidates looking to appease and assimilate the liberal Democrats. Mark Fisher will work to hold failed liberal politicians and government accountable. Mark is also the only candidate to sign the no new taxes…
  • When GOP MSM media gets questioned in Mass - they attack and slander Conservative activist

    Jon Norsu
    5 Jan 2014 | 9:39 am
    Case in point - Ex 96.9 WTKK Talk Host Michael Graham who now has a part time AM radio gig and is a part time writer for the Boston Herald. If you have caught his schtick - he loves to attack some Mass Rino's yet turns around and endorses his sanctioned Mass Rino's then gets all worked up when he gets called out on it.Graham loves to 24/7 bash former #MAsen Primary winner Gabriel Gomez (Pro Life) but doesn't like to talk to the fact he actually endorsed Liberal Republican Dan Winslow in said #MAsen race. His epic endorsement of Winslow on 2/6/13 on his blog lives on in infamy > "All I…
  • Support Ted Cruz and his Jobs Growth & Freedom Fund

    Jon Norsu
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:47 pm
    We need to REPEAL Obamacare and Support true Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Check out the latest update from the Cruz backed Jobs Growth & Freedom Fund below!Patriot, It seemed like a simple promise. "If you like your health care, you can keep it. Period."President Obama would not have been able to pass Obamacare without guaranteeing Americans they could keep their health insurance.Now, we all know that promise just isn't true.  The President’s broken promise has left millions of American families without health insurance. Experts are predicting millions more will…
  • Breaking Bad - Mitch McConnell resorts to political thuggery against Conservatives

    Jon Norsu
    9 Nov 2013 | 9:03 am
    Dear Friend, Things have reached a fever pitch here in Kentucky.You see, in just the last week, Mitch McConnell has descended to a level of political thuggery and bullying that remind me of the Obama campaign’s Chicago-style playbook. It is also reminiscent of the popular TV series, Breaking Bad, which chronicles the descent of an average science teacher into an evil, drug dealing, crime boss --- in the words of the show’s creator, “turning Mr. Chips into Scarface.” Well, Mitch McConnell is certainly Breaking Bad. He’s announced his intention to use the full power of the Republican…
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • Billionaire Kleptocracy Or Two Dudes On A Wedding Cake

    Dutch
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The fundamental differences between the two wings of American political thought are fairly plain to see. We’re often told that Democrats and Republicans are either Siamese twins or water and oil. But it’s telling if you look to what reasons both feel the American republic is doomed. Ask any progressive and they will tell you […] Related posts: Conservatives Forget Democracy To Spite Their Favorite Boogie Man From Towels You Can’t Use To Cake You Can’t Eat Obama Says Sorry For Bush, Not America
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #60: Putin Invades Ghostbusters II

    Dutch
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Walk along with me in a world where conservatives have enough breathing room from their Iraq debacle to knock Barry on a conflict in Eastern Europe older than America itself. Also my sister joins the show to fight me on who knows more quotes from Ghostbusters. MP3 File Related posts: Sunshine Empire Podcast #52: Rickus LIVES! and CRUZAPALOOZA! Sunshine Empire Podcast #55: Never LOL Your Own Material The Sunshine Empire Podcast #57: Gays, Football, And Legos
  • Shouldn’t The Promised Man-Animal Marriage Movement Have Started By Now?

    Dutch
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    Big Gay is in the news again this week with the firestorm over Arizona’s newly passed gay discrimination law. All across the fruited plain and on Twitter the arguments have again erupted over acceptance of our LGBT brothers and sisters. With discrimination and marriage equality, when the religious arguments are exhausted the discussion always goes […] Related posts: Marriage Equality Issue Is A Choice Between The Constitution And Sharia Law A Random Thought On The Present State Of The Occupy Movement The political ramifications of poll movement and commentary aside
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #59: Game Of Quotes Season Two

    Dutch
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Shocked by developments in Ukraine and the death of comedy legend Harold Ramis, we celebrate the return of Quotegame Empire and Biggus Rickus. It's a full crew game show podcast. MP3 File Related posts: A Game Of Quotes As We Wait For Beryl On Podcast Episode 17 Horribly Great Movies And Quote-Game Empire On Podcast #12 Episode 50: It’s The Season Finale Podcast Cliffhanger
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #58: Why Is Florida So Florida?

    Dutch
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:00 pm
    With the aftermath of the Michael Dunn trial here in Duval, a Florida man rambles about what makes Florida so damn Florida. Then our friend Jolemite joins us from his basement beneath a snow covered Portland to discuss the news of the day and to say hi to my baby. MP3 File Related posts: Sunshine Empire Podcast #54: Don’t You Dare Hold The Door! Sunshine Empire Podcast Season Premier: Who Shot The Rick? Podcast Empire #56: Tasteful Paul Walker and Mandela Jokes
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Monday with Dan Bimrose and Keith Brekhus - Apr 22,2014

    Liberal Fix
    21 Apr 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. Monday night's episodes are hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose and sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact Naomi Minogue…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- w/ ND State Rep Kylie Oversen (D- Dist 42) - Apr 19,2014

    Liberal Fix
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    An interview with North Dakota State Representative Democrat Kylie Oversen (ND-42). A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose, sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the three 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:…
  • Liberal Fix: Judge Strikes Down ND Anti-Choice Law and More - Apr 17,2014

    Liberal Fix
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss todays ruling by a federal judge striking down North Dakota's anti-abortion law. They will also remember the 7th Anniversary of the VA Tech shootings and discuss the launch of the new organization Everytown for Gun Safety 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…
  • Liberal Fix discusses Cliven Bundy ranch dispute and KS shootings - Apr 15,2014

    Liberal Fix
    14 Apr 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. Monday night's episodes are hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose and sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana. This Monday's episode Keith and Dan will discuss the dispute between Cliven Bundy and the BLM in Nevada and the Jewish…
  • Liberal Fix: With Guest "Wrapped in the Flag" Author Claire Conner - Apr 12,2014

    Liberal Fix
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi are joined by Claire Conner, the author of Wrapped in the Flag. Claire grew up in the fold of the John Birch Society and as such can give valuable insight into the actions of the extremist right wing in the United States. Tonight there will be an hour of discussion about today's Libertarians, the recent Supreme Court ruling on limits on election spending and updated information on the recent paperback release of "Wrapped In The Flag." Claire Conner on Facebook and Twitter. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • In Memory of John Judge – Godfather and Pioneer of Alternative Media

    21wire
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    21st Century WireIn memory…John Judge died on Wednesday of a suspected stroke. He was described by friends and colleagues as “an intellectual giant”, a tireless worker and one of the godfathers of alternative media and research.It is a fact that John’s life of research, public speaking and new archiving (pre-internet), was one of the cornerstones on which today’s alternative media has been built. Many of the political, and exo-political topics and concepts he articulated decades ago, like US covert wars and operations, the rise of Fascism in America, National…
  • GMN RADIO SPECIAL: Mike Adams and Patrick Henningsen with Bundy Ranch Update

    21wire
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    21st Century Wire says…As new reports emerge from the Bundy Ranch in Nevada regarding the federal government’s cruel slaughter of Cliven Bundy’s cattle herd, GMN continues to bring you additional coverage of current events…‘The Health Ranger’ Mike Adams from Natural News co-hosts with 21st Century Wire’s Patrick Henningsen in a special 1 hour broadcast.Listen below, with alternative media outlets Natural News, GMN and 21WIRE team-up to bring you the latest coverage… READ AND SEE THE BUNDY STORY HERE: 21st Century Wire Bundy Ranch Files-
  • Part 3: BEHIND THE LINES – More Stunning Photos, Video of Bundy Ranch Standoff

    21wire
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    SEE PART 1: BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Hi-Res Images of BLM War Zone Exposes Fed’s Military Fiasco at Bundy RanchSEE PART 2: BEHIND THE LINES – Photos of ‘DC Federales’ Preparing to Shoot AmericansSPECIAL REPORT21st Century Wire It was an emotional two hours. Last week’s standoff between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bundy Ranch supporters will undoubtedly endure as a pivotal moment in 21st century American – where, for the first time in living memory, federal despotism has held in check.As 21WIRE reported previously, Clark County, Nevada Sheriff Douglas…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Evidence of BLM’s Deadly Abuse of Animals Taken from Bundy Ranch

    21wire
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    SPECIAL REPORT21st Century WireThe US federal government might have just evoked the fury of animal right groups over their shocking treatment of cattle at the Bundy Ranch, and may soon face legal charges of severe animal abuse in Clark County, Nevada.Federal agency’s treatment of residents at the Bundy Ranch this past week included tasering, beating, wrongful arrest, threatening residents with attack dogs, and mobilizing a federal paramilitary force whose barrels were trained on US citizens, all in all, spending at least $3 million of tax payer money in an effort to sell stolen cattle…
  • Part 2: BEHIND THE LINES – More Photos of ‘DC Federales’ – Preparing to Shoot Americans?

    21wire
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    SEE PART ONE: BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Hi-Res Images of BLM War Zone Exposes Fed’s Military Fiasco at Bundy RanchSEE PART 3: BEHIND THE LINES: More Stunning Photos, Video of Bundy Ranch StandoffSPECIAL REPORT21st Century Wire When Clark County Nevada Sheriff Douglas Gillespie left the podium at Saturday morning’s press conference at the Bundy Ranch, he left Cliven Bundy and his supporters believing that federal soldiers working for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would be ‘standing down’, only that didn’t happen.Was this is ploy by the BLM – to create a chaotic…
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    MutantRambler

  • Six things that are wrong with me

    VincentWhite
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I was thinking about bringing back some content that’s easy to write and something that’s more thematic than the usual bullshit that gets posted on here, something similar to the how to succeed at life posts that we used to do a long time back and the only thing that I could really come up with was jumping on the lists bandwagon. I present to you what will be more ‘regular’ content from here on in. Regular in the sense of when I can be arsed, if I can be arsed. I felt it was pretty unfair to start picking on other things and other people without first actually being…
  • The EU can also suck my dick.

    VincentWhite
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:52 pm
      These fucking genius things. Do you know what they are? I sure do. This ladies and gentlemen, is an electronic cigarette, or a ECig, whatever the fuck you want to call it, it doesn’t really matter. The main point here is that this device, this genius little device is the greatest breakthrough for smokers since the lighter. What this little device does, in case you’re trapped in a cave somewhere, is provide you with vapourised nicotine from the little tank in the device, atomised and then sent into your lungs. Essentially its a cigarette. BUT, with one important difference.
  • PETA can suck my dick.

    VincentWhite
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. 2014 seems to be going so quickly, yet nothings being done. Such is life. Here is some stool water that I’ve had wrangling around in my brain for a while now. PETA blows. PETA really blows.   In case you’re unaware, PETA, is an acronym for: “People for the ethical treatment of animals”, an American animal rights organisation and one that’s been running since the late 1980s onwards. You’ll probably know it best from the I’ll never wear fur adverts with poncy women declaring their disdain…
  • Its been a funny old start to the year.

    VincentWhite
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:32 pm
    So. 2013 was a pretty shite year on reflection. I seem to recall I had a few relationships that failed in the usual way and a few jobs that lasted about as long as a premature ejaculator with a really beautiful woman. I spent the last three months of 2013 working for a mobile phone company, selling phones to people who already have mobile phone contracts with them. A truly worthwhile and interesting job as you might imagine. One that really pushed the limits of my intellectual capacity. I made a conscious decision, in a manner that alcoholics might refer to as a moment of clarity, that 2014…
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    The Politic

  • For YCC Vice President

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Politic endorses Maia Eliscovich-Sigal for YCC Vice President.
  • For YCC Finance Director

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Politic endorses Connor Feeley for YCC Finance Director.
  • For YCC President

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    The Politic endorses no candidate for YCC President.
  • For YCC Events Director

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    The Politic endorses Jaime Halberstam for YCC Events Director.
  • Bush portraits shed little light on anything

    Azeezat Adeleke
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The man is chilling after eight years of doing the most stressful job on the planet – leave him alone with his watercolors.
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • The Finnish Model United Nations

    guanyinmiao
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    On my hundredth day in Finland I was seated as a Chair in front of a Security Council of 15, engaged in a discussion over a fictitious scenario of cyber-attacks against the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. My final examinations had ended. In some sense I was in my element: keeping track of proceedings, … Continue reading →
  • Finnish Lessons

    guanyinmiao
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Finnish university student is not too different from a Singaporean one. My five months at the Aalto University School of Business – perhaps given the universality of the business education and degree – have been similar to the experience in Singapore. Juha is a marketing major at Aalto, and his fascination with Korean popular culture has brought him to Yonsei University at Seoul, South Korea for an exchange programme. The 20 year-old was the vice president of the sub-committee for international students of the school’s student union, and is very into machine dance gaming. He has…
  • The Reform Of Finland’s Universities

    guanyinmiao
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The most recent reforms in Finland came in 2010, when it was deemed that the higher education landscape – with two parallel sectors of the polytechnics and the universities – was too scattered. There were mergers, and consequently the existing and new universities also became more autonomous. After the new Universities Act was passed in 2009 the institutions became independent legal entities, the government relinquished the ownership of university buildings, and there were new governance arrangements on university boards. Continue reading →
  • Universal Universities Of Business

    guanyinmiao
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    My final examination at the Aalto University School of Business ended on Tuesday afternoon, and the post-examination euphoria was a familiar feeling. With the perennial discussion in Singapore about Finland’s education system, albeit focused on the elementary and high schools, the familiarity of courses was surprising and comforting at the same time. At the business universities things are not so different after all, it would seem. Continue reading →
  • First An Enterprise, Then A Social Enterprise

    guanyinmiao
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Perhaps the greatest lesson for aspiring social entrepreneurs is that the social enterprise is first a business enterprise. The ST (Mar. 30) featured individuals engaged in noble causes – training former offenders and single parents, hiring people with disabilities, or people with mental conditions – who have not been as successful as desired. The rate of failure is not surprising. After all, the problems of “rental costs, manpower expenses, and the lack of demand for products and services” are shared by all business companies in general. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Terrance McAndrews

  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
         Do your parents owe the federal government money?  If so, the Treasury Dept. may target your tax refund to try and retrieve those funds.  Thanks to a change made to legislation 3 years ago the 10-year statute of limitations on such debts have been lifted clearing the way for the federal government to come after you in search of such debts.  The change affects nearly 400,000 people to the tune of $714 million.  We’ll talk about the program today and why it plays right into the hands of the caricature of a nameless, faceless bureaucracy abusing…
  • Cuban Twitter, Supreme Court McCutcheon case…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
         The AP recently revealed that the US gov’t, through foreign aid organization USAID, funded a secret Twitter-like program to stir political unrest in Cuba.  We discuss the revelation and the details of the program.  We also discuss the consequences these revelations of secret programs are having on national security and on the credibility of the US government. The Supreme Court ruled last week that overall limits on campaign donations were unconstitutional.  The Court, in its opinion, stated that it was not a legitimate objective of government to…
  • Ft. Hood, Unemployment, Obamacare Meets its Goal…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
         Unemployment benefits expired for about 2.2 million people at the end of December 2013.  Republicans and Democrats are currently debating whether to pass, and how to pay for, an extension of those benefits.  We discuss why the current bill making its way through the Senate should pass.  We then broaden the discussion out to why we, as a country, need to differentiate between good and bad types of spending, and between government spending and government investment.  Obamacare to the surprise of many has reached its goal of 7.1 million enrollees…
  • NSA Spying, Hobby Lobby Case, and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
         The Obama Administration has proposed changes to the NSA surveillance programs that aim to assuage the fears of most Americans.  Under the proposal telephone companies would keep the information and the NSA, if need be, would have to obtain a court order in order to analyze specific phone records.  It was also revealed this week that the NSA has been trying to hack the network of Huawei, the Chinese global telecomm giant, after years of accusing the company of doing the same thing to us.  We discuss the week’s developments and discuss the broader…
  • Obamacare, 2014 Political Landscape

    Terrance McAndrews
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
         With only 2 weeks left to go in the open enrollment period in Obamacare all eyes are on whether the Obama administration is going to meet its goal of getting 6 million Americans enrolled in the law.  In this episode we discuss the enrollment numbers for Obamacare for the month of February.  We also discuss the details of a new survey that points out that the majority of Americans are still not aware of the subsidies that are available to help them bring down the cost of Obamacare, as well as another finding that shows that the majority of new enrollees in…
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • Just Because You Can’t Reason With Babies Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Try

    Nkorni Tankwa
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The video of the dad who decided to air-out his grievances, over laundry duties, by explaining them to his adorable baby, has been making the rounds on web and social media sites. Most fathers who find themselves stuck at home … Continue reading →
  • Freedom Of Religion But Not From Religion?? Religious Mayor VS Atheist

    Nkorni Tankwa
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Earlier today WJBK Fox 2 News reported on a story from Warren, Michigan’s city hall Atrium where, besides being home to a nativity scene, a Ramadan display and a prayer station, also organizes “a day of prayer”. After learning that … Continue reading →
  • Renown Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies AT The Age Of 87

    Nkorni Tankwa
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Earlier today the Associated press reported on the death of 87 year old renown Colombian novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who rose to prominence after penning “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in the late 60s. The book will go on to … Continue reading →
  • Wu-Tang Rapper Andre Johnson Servers His Privates And Jumps Off Building

    Nkorni Tankwa
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    A few hours ago TMZ reported on the story of Wu-Tang affiliated Rapper Andre Johnson, also known as Christ Bearer, who severed his privates with a knife and then jumped off a Los Angeles Apartment building. According to the reports … Continue reading →
  • God Did It: Funny Or Die Releases The Creationist Version Of The Cosmos

    Nkorni Tankwa
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Ever since the Fox network opted to host the TV show cosmos with Neil Degrasses Tyson, which is a remake of the Carl Sagan cosmos series, there has been an outcry from some in the Christian wing, especially the new … Continue reading →
 
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    MalcolmOutLoud

  • Doctor Prescribes Obamacare Truth

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We hear a great deal about the Affordable Care Act from politicians and the media elite…. but what about our doctors? How do they feel about government managed medicine? You are about to find out… meet Dr. Alfred Bonati. He revolutionized the field of spine surgery through the use of patented minimally invasive techniques. “Governmental medicine all over the world has failed,” says Dr. Bonati. Studies indicate that government run medical services, such as the VA, are inferior. “Our government is corrupted, they are elite, they don’t work for us, they work…
  • Venezuelan War of Propaganda

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is grasping at any and everything he can do to remain in power. Maduro is trumping up charges in his attempt to silence those that are standing up to his authoritarian aggression! He wants to portray the opposition as a small minority that wants to undo Venezuela's socialist policies aimed at helping the poor. Venezuela's high unemployment, high violent crime rate, government price controls and widespread food shortages have lead to months of unrelenting protests. How can the opposition fight this “Propaganda War?” Col EJ Otero is an expert in…
  • Gun-Free Zones Invite Crime

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Americans reacted with shock and horror from reports of an additional attack at The Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Similar to the attack in 2009, a lone gunman entered the gun free military base firing randomly in a mad rampage. Have we inadvertently created targets with GUN FREE ZONES instead of protecting the ones we love? Col EJ Otero and Col Jim Waurishuk join me to discuss this tragedy. While we may never know what prompted the attack what we can review and debate is whether or not gun free zones invite a higher degree of violence and result in greater loss of life.
  • The Resurrection Of Russia?

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Is this a repeat of the old Soviet Union days? Might the intentions of Vladimir Putin be positive? Is it even possible to think on those terms? A message from God back on October 20, 1992 reads “Russia will govern the rest of My children in holiness.” An eye opening conversation with Vassula Ryden, author of the bestseller "Heaven is Real But So is Hell." It appears Vassula Ryden’s prophecies are coming to pass in a most interesting way on the world stage. I’ll ask Vassula to explain this 1992 message from God. If Russia does become the head of many nations, what will…
  • Putin. United Nations. Agenda 21.

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It is no secret that Russia’s President Putin despises the New World Order agenda 21. In a nutshell, Agenda 21 is the United Nations’ 21st Century PLAN for a “New World Order” through GLOBAL GOVERNANCE. If it is a good thing, then why do those who devised, and support it deny it is a goal to the public? People are aware of the term “sustainable development”, but when you say Agenda 21 politicals shout conspiracy theory. Dianne Marshall, Author and Political Commentator has answers and will help us unravel the mystery!
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Bundy Ranch Woke Up Conservatives to Police Abuse

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Before the recent incident at the Bundy ranch, it was easy for conservatives to ignore the issue of police abuse. Not anymore. Police brutality in America has gone largely unnoticed by the general, unaffected public for years. There was a …
  • Do We Really Want Gender Equality?

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    Gender equality, and how to implement it in modern society, has been on people’s minds for several decades. We’re supposed to want it. I know I do. I can’t wait for the day when all humans enjoy equal rights to …
  • Is U.S.-Russian Rivalry Only for Show?

    Alon Starkman
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    The United States and Russia put on a good display of being at each other’s throats. But what if that rivalry is nothing more than a show? As I covered in my last article on the relationship between the Russian …
  • The Walking Dead vs. the State

    Miguel Duque
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    ***SPOILER ALERT: Please, do not read any further if you have not completed watching the entirety, including the season finale, of Season 4 of the AMC television show The Walking Dead and you don’t want anything spoiled for you.*** The …
  • The Desert Lynx Joins the Rebel Love Show

    LynxFreeorDie
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Desert Lynx joins forces with the Voluntaryist Rebel to create the Rebel Love Show, a new show documenting the march of freedom in New Hampshire.…
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    Citizens News

  • THIS VIDEO DEDICATED TO SENATOR ELIZABETH FAUXAHONTAS WARREN

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE aka her Indian name, Spewing Bullshit or her nickname Dog With Two Asses. Liberals/Progressives and Lies go together like peanut butter and chocolate.The post THIS VIDEO DEDICATED TO SENATOR ELIZABETH FAUXAHONTAS WARREN appeared first on Citizens News.
  • THIS VIDEO DEDICATED TO SENATOR ELIZABETH FAUXAHONTAS WARREN

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE aka her Indian name, Spewing Bullshit or her nickname Dog With Two Asses. Liberals/Progressives and Lies go together like peanut butter and chocolate.The post THIS VIDEO DEDICATED TO SENATOR ELIZABETH FAUXAHONTAS WARREN appeared first on Citizens News.
  • SYRIA: Some more smiting of the necks of Bashar Assad supporters by Obama’s boys (WARNING: Graphic)

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM A violent, armed faction of Syrian opposition filmed themselves executing three men by slicing their throats with dull pocket knives.  Following is translation of some of the dialog: @0:15 : “What did you gain from Bashar now? What did you … Continue reading →The post SYRIA: Some more smiting of the necks of Bashar Assad supporters by Obama’s boys (WARNING: Graphic) appeared first on Citizens News.
  • DOLLAR: Today’s Johnny Carson

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Written by Dollars & Crosses Jimmy Fallon’s Surprising Centrist Style – The Daily Beast From slow jamming the news with Obama to playing musical instruments with Palin, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show has become the late night destination for red and blue alike. [...] When Jimmy Fallon took over six weeks ago, the fear was he […]The post DOLLAR: Today’s Johnny Carson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Illinois Democrats Want to Spend $100M on Temple to Obama

    Liberty Bell
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Written by GayPatriot Every previous Presidential Library has been built with private funding. But, of course, the Unprecedented Mr. Obama is special, and Illinois Democrats have introduced a bill to put Illinois taxpayers on the hook for funding his. Little-noticed out there in Springfield, the Democrat House Speaker John Madigan is pushing a bill now […]The post Illinois Democrats Want to Spend $100M on Temple to Obama appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • The Foul Odour Of Corruption That Comes From The Office Of The Prime Minister Of Canada ..

    leftdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    The Canadian Progressive hits the nail on the head with this article.....New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. For Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, the documents show that Harper, who came to office in 2006 promising to clean up Ottawa, is "guilty of corruption“.The documents, filed in court on Wednesday, allege that Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, violated the Criminal Code when he cut a $90,172 cheque to cover up Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent…
  • The Demise Of The Parti Quebecois - 'A Bad Campaign' by John Conway

    leftdog
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Regina's alternative newspaper, The Prairie Dog, has an excellent article by retired Political Science professor, Dr. John Conway:A Bad CampaignThe party invented by René Lévesque in 1968 is in troubleby John F. Conway The Parti Québécois (PQ) was founded with two missions: bringing about an independent Quebec and creating a social democratic nation-building project, rooted in the great achievements of the Quiet Revolution. The goals were popular, and the Québécois working class became a fortress of support for the PQ. And while there were zigs and zags over the years, after…
  • $$$ Why Is High Spender June Draude Still Sitting At Brad Wall's Cabinet Table? $$$

    leftdog
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    REGINA — Saskatchewan Social Services Minister June Draude came under fire Wednesday after it was revealed her expenses for an overseas trip last summer included more than $3,600 for a car service and over $200 for lunch with a friend. [...]There weren’t any reports produced as a result of the trip and Draude struggled to list any specific benefits for Saskatchewan resulting from the meetings she had.BY THE NUMBERSWhat was taxpayer money spent on during Draude’s overseas trip?$3,634.33 — car service for Draude and (staffer) Mantey while in London$4,366.43 — Mantey’s flights to…
  • Fuddle Duddle 2.0

    leftdog
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Liberal leader Justin Trudeau used some decidedly un-prime ministerial language when speaking publicly at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Que. on Saturday night.Invited by the ring announcer at the Hilton Lac Leamy, Trudeau climb through the ropes and took the microphone to say a few words about the event at which, two years ago, he thrashed a much larger Sen. Patrick Brazeau. (The two mens’ career trajectories since the fight are documented in a Citizen piece this weekend.)“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into…
  • I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today ...

    leftdog
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today http://t.co/md8U85ZUbn #RevFredPhelps— leftdog (@leftdog) March 20, 2014 Anti-gay hate monger, Rev Fred Phelps dies ...(I'm not even going to put his ugly pic up on my site ...)Montreal Gazette
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: 9 Rules For Dealing with the Government

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Another Friday, and another genius idea brought to you by those teaching the next generation of fine citizens. Zeman Elementary School (in Nebraska, not related to, or to be confused with the inebriated Czech President Zeman) students were recently sent home with an informational flyer on how to best handle bullying, which reads a bit like an abuser’s manifesto.As with every genius idea from whistling to rapists, and banning bossy, let’s have some fun.
  • Easter Highlights

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    With the scourge of the sequester and the Easter Bunny unionizing long since forgotten, Easter is back on at the White House. If you’d like to skip watching Obama throw up brick after brick on the court, and the egg roll, but you still want to embrace the holiday then we have few suggestions.The fashion gods tell us that Easter is a time for pastel, pearls, floral, and of course the obligatory one to two rabbits or ducklings.
  • Just Sayin’: Performance Art Done with Confetti and Rice Cookers is Lame

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday a true artist, perhaps the one that best symbolizes the rise of the douchebag generation, decided to delight and inspire the public by dumping a black backpack (they’re still all over the London runways, by the way) containing a rice cooker (Williams-Sonoma has some serious explaining to do) and confetti at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
  • Egg Beauty

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Eggs aren’t just an integral part of a complete Bernays breakfast. In fact, no matter what your hair type eggs can work wonders with your mane.The natural moisturizer otherwise known as the protein packed yolk, coupled with the bacteria fighting white make for one hell of a monthly, PD tested and approved, hair beauty tip.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Jackson Lee and Business

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    Oh, Sheila! What can we say? Since 1995, Sheila Jackson Lee sure has done quite a bang up job for Texas’ 18th Congressional District.Sure, we’ve talked about her extensive world travels on the Texas dime in order to bring back hot new hairstyles for her constituents, and her close relationship with her sister from another mister Frederica Wilson, but as of yet we’ve never really delved into her business savvy.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change’ Could Mean

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Andrés Cala, Consortiumnews, April 15, 2014 For 15 years, the economic keystone of Latin America’s growing independence from U.S. domination has been energy-rich Venezuela’s willingness to provide discounted oil to many of its neighbors, a project now at risk amid violent opposition protests at home and threats of destabilizing sanctions from Washington. The preferential financial terms for oil was the brainchild of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez who understood that the only way that he could counter America’s economic might was to use his nation’s petroleum to stabilize the…
  • Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
    An Article by Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, 14 April 2014 There is no sign to show that political violence in Egypt is abating. Political violence has become even more pronounced since the ouster of the democratically elected President, Dr Mohamed Morsi, on the 3rd of July 2013. The ouster is in fact one of the primary causes for the increased violence. They are inter-linked for two reasons. The suppression of Morsi’s movement, the Ikhwanul-Muslimin, by the military backed interim government has been violent. Peaceful protest…
  • The Most Dangerous Word in Tech

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Quentin Hardy, The New York Times, April 12, 2014 The most important word in the technology industry is “innovation.” It is also the most dangerous.
  • America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014 Soon after the 2004 U.S. coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began his talk with a riddle: "Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?" The answer: "Because there is no U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C." This introduction was greeted with wild applause by a mostly Haitian-American audience who understood it only too well.
  • Becoming Human: Different Cultural Approaches

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    A Paper by Professor Marietta Stepanyants, Chief Research Fellow and Chairholder, UNESCO Chair "Philosophy in the Dialogue of Cultures", Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered at the Symposium of the Steering Committee of FISP (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie) at Peking University, March 26-27, 2014 Read the Paper
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • SMS for non-profit advocacy

    Sophie Thurber
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Non-profits engaged in advocacy should be texting. If you’re a non-profit working in the advocacy arena, you should be thinking about incorporating SMS (or texting) into your communications program.  Texts are, in many ways, a very personal way of communicating – a quick way to touch base with friends, family, colleagues, etc.  But as people increasingly depend on mobile phones they turn to SMS as a way to communicate (as of 2010 – four whole years ago – data use outpaced actual phone use for Americans with cell phones), it’s important to adapt and incorporate text into your…
  • A Glossary for Political Direct Mail

    Sophie Thurber
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Political direct mail cheat sheet The world of political direct mail involves a lot of terms you don’t hear in everyday.  This post will take you through the acronyms, strange words and technical terms that you need to be a pro when it comes to your political direct mail program. Mail Panel The mail panel is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s that (usually) white space where return address, mailing address and postage can all be found.  The USPS has certain specifications for the mail panel (e.g. on oversize flats, it must be placed at the top of the mailer) and your production person…
  • 5 ways to help your Democratic direct mail stand out

    Sophie Thurber
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Make all the other Democratic direct mail jealous! “Nasty, brutish and short,” doesn’t just sum up Thomas Hobbes’ feelings about the state of nature – it also applies to the often-lonely life of a piece of Democratic direct mail. It’s tough to get noticed and stand out from the other items stuffed in the mailbox, and even if it does get noticed, it’s usually quickly tossed out and forgotten. Sad stuff if you’re a piece of Democratic direct mail. But your Democratic direct mail doesn’t have to exist in a Hobbesian nightmare (extra points if you’ve slogged through…
  • Micro Targeting Online Advertising Can help your budget.

    Lizzie Kendrick
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Micro Targeting Online Advertising is a buzz word the days. We’ve talked a lot about targeting online, but lately targeting has gotten even more specific and it can really help boost your online advertising campaign. It’s common knowledge these days that online advertising can get the same type of sophisticated targeting that direct mail can. One way advertisers are using micro targeting online advertising is with geo-fencing. With geo-fencing, you can build a virtual “fence” around a geographic location (for example, an office building or sporting arena) and serve ads to people on…
  • Political Data: Three Steps to a Sparkling Clean Database

    Michele Hermanson
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Making the most of your political data. Dirty political data is messy, wastes time and money, and prevents you from getting your message to the people you are trying to reach. There are some simple steps to help you scrub your political data to keep it clean and neat, and to make sure you’re getting the most from this extremely valuable tool. Political data is collected in myriad ways. While it often involves micro-targeting  from a voter file, it can come from member databases, or might be hand-keyed from reply cards, sign-up sheets, petitions, and events, etc. All these different sources…
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    Patriots Movement

  • Is Cliven Bundy Right?

    Christopher Grear
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    There are several things I have to say about this whole ordeal. This set of events was 20 years in the making.   So lets get the rundown on what happened and why.   The Federal Government last week Friday I believe though last week none-the-less started seizing one Cliven Bundy’s cattle. Why because he was grazing on Federal land and has failed to pay the grazing fees for over 20 years. So the government did what it does best shows up in force and takes. Which they did with Cliven Bundy.   Now this sparked a standoff between the Bundy family and the Fed. As it played out…
  • IRS Scandal Takes A New Turn.

    Christopher Grear
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Well it would seem this scandal is never going to die down for the Obama Administration. Yet it took a strange and interesting new twist. Though to be fair to the Administration no evidence has been found linking it to the IRS scrutiny of Tea Party type groups. Also to be fair the Investigation by the House Ways and Means Committee has been hampered with stonewalling by the IRS on documents it has requested. So for now there is no evidence linking the Obama Administration to the IRS.   Now this new twist in this scandal came last week. An attorney for True the Vote who was one of this…
  • Gohmert vs. Holder

    Christopher Grear
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    This has got to be the best thing I seen in quite a while. What did I see you ask well let me tell you.   Last week our AG Eric Holder went before Congress yet again. Though I don’t think he quite expected what he got from Rep. Louie Gohmert. Gohmert laid into Holder about his withholding of evidence to help them advance the F&F (Fast and Furious) investigation.   It would seem Holder did not like it and for a few minutes the discussion between the two was heated. Now last time I looked Holder would be below the Congressmen in the chain of command. Congress is appointed by…
  • Mayor Dana Outlaw should resign.

    Christopher Grear
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tobias posted this article on a forum we are a part of so I know he has some issues at the moment so I will make a commentary about it. I actually felt compelled to because this bothers me that much.   Dana Outlaw Mayor a Democrat of  New Bern, North Carolina has done something I never in a million years thought someone would do. So let me explain what an idiot this man is and why he should not hold the office he was newly elected too.   On March 28th of this year the city of New Bern had a terrible incident involving two police officers. The two officers Alexander Thalmann, 22,…
  • Are We All Equal?

    Christopher Grear
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    So this has been the question brought up recently. This “Are we all equal?” comes up quite a lot. It comes up for many different reasons. In race, sex, gender affiliation, pay scale, education, job entitlement. Is the question true though and why has it been brought up recently.   Well Obama has signed another Executive Order. This EO is aimed at making pay equal for women in the Federal government. Which is fine and dandy if two things take place that the EO nor this administration have told the people. One the woman has to do the same job requirements as a man for the same…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
  • The Night I Dreamt of Emil Cioran

    George T. Sipos
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:16 pm
    Emil M. Cioran, Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade. Paris, 1986.Photo: Louis Monier/RDA/Lebrecht Music & Arts I don’t really remember when it happened, but it must have been a few nights ago. I had completely forgotten my dream by the morning, but then I remembered it suddenly. Something must have triggered it, maybe the fact that I was telling J. about the comments my latest article about Romania got during the night—the time difference makes me wake up to the abstract symbols of Balkan written injuries dancing in front of my clouded eyes on the smartphone display, oh, the sweet…
 
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    Michael Tomasky

  • Krugman Is a Steal at $225K

    Michael Tomasky
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    The only thing hypocritical about acclaimed economist Paul Krugman’s CUNY salary is the right-wingers suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.
  • How to Win the War on Inequality

    Michael Tomasky
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    If only Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would pick up Thomas Piketty’s book. Failing that, Hillary Clinton should heed his findings about wealth and inequality—and take on the crisis head on.
  • Yes, Some Republicans Are Racist

    Michael Tomasky
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.
  • What Plantation Is He Living On?

    Michael Tomasky
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Jim DeMint’s ludicrous claim about who ended slavery in America is just his latest effort to destroy the federal government—past or present.
  • Will Sebelius Laugh Last?

    Michael Tomasky
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Yes, there was utter failure, but there was also one hell of a recovery. As time goes on, she'll get less blame for the former and more credit for the latter.
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • 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 Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:39 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…
  • SWISSINDO Exposed Part 2

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Pieta Morgan and Sean O'Connor join TWOT to discuss their experiences as former delegates of SWISSINDO; the new age United Nations front who claim to be emancipating humanity from their bankster chains and replacing them with another set. The new set is legitimate though because they are doing God's work, unlike the our former overlords .Say hi to the new boss (pictured left signing some fiat paper money), Mr. Sino, the self-proclaimed "King of Kings" who says it's just a title and he really cares about you and would never let such an important job go to his head. He is of course prepared to…
  • Being the Only Free Market Anarchist at Camp Anarchy

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    Despite being aware that most of the participants at Camp Anarchy would be of the left political persuasion, the idea of hanging out with ideological anarchists proved very alluring to me. Sure, most anarcho-communists are against market based economys on the whole, sure they generally feel a great urge to "smash capitalism", but at least they are for a stateless society. On this subject I see eye to eye with anyone who claims to be anarchist, so I was confident I would make some friends and have some interesting discussions.The atmosphere was mostly friendly, although being something of an…
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    LeftVoices

  • Louisiana Justice: Thirteen Years Hard Labor for Possessing Two Joints

    Andrea Sears
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Civil rights and drug policy reform organizations have filed an amicus brief asking the Louisiana State Supreme Court to review the extraordinarily harsh prison sentence imposed on Bernard Noble.  Noble was arrested for having three grams of marijuana, about enough to roll two cigarettes.  The trial judge had sentenced him to five years in prison.  But because Noble had two other, minor, nonviolent drug possession charges on his record his sentence was ultimately increased to thirteen and a third years at hard labor with no chance of parole.  We speak with Daniel…
  • An FBI Probe of Attorneys Halts Guantanamo Military Commission Hearings

    Andrea Sears
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    On Monday lawyers representing the five Guantanamo detainees charged with planning the September 11th terror attacks said the FBI had asked a member of the defense team to be an informant in a leak investigation.   They have asked the judge presiding over the military commission, to investigate the incident.  It’s the latest delay in a process that has been fraught with unresolved legal and human rights issues since the beginning. We speak with Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney for the Guantanamo Project at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • A Move Toward Justice for Torture, Assassinations and Massacres in El Salvador

    Andrea Sears
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    An immigration Judge in Miami has ordered that former Salvadoran Defense Minister José Guillermo García be deported from the United States for his assistance and participation in many of the worst atrocities committed during the civil war in El Salvador.  Garcia served as Defense Minister from 1979 to 1983 and presided over that country’s military and police during the El Mozote Massacre, the assassination of Arch Bishop Oscar Romero and the murder of four American nuns.  We speak with Pamela Merchant, executive director of the Center for…
  • Ohio Earthquakes Linked to Fracking in the Marcellus Shale

    Andrea Sears
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Geologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed Friday that hydraulic fracturing or fracking for natural gas may have been responsible for a series of earthquakes in March.  This marks the first time fracking itself has been connected to earthquakes in the Marcellus Shale, a geological formation that runs under parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York State.  But the news comes as no surprise to those who have been fighting against what they believe to be an environmentally dangerous practice.  We speak with John Armstrong, a…
  • Advocates Seek Review of a Ruling Upholding a Texas Anti-Abortion Law

    Andrea Sears
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Abortion rights advocates today filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asking the full court to reconsider the constitutionality of a law that is forcing one-third of the clinics in Texas to close or stop offering abortion services.  The American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights are asking the full panel of appeals court judges to acknowledge that the law isn’t designed to protect the health and safety of women.  We speak with Bridget Amiri, senior staff attorney…
 
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Ground Troops to Ukraine, Really Mr. Ambassador?

    User Submitted
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Douglas Macgregor  RINF Alternative News In a 15 April OPED published in the Washington Post, former Ambassador and Bush Deputy National Security Advisor, James Jeffrey, now a fellow at the Washington Institute argues for the commitment of American ground forces to “quell the crisis” in Ukraine.  In yet another American triumph of ill-considered military adventurism over statecraft, Ambassador Jeffrey seems to think Mr. Putin will be impressed with the gradual appearance of a few U.S. Army ground units on Russia’s border. Meanwhile, like Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Jeffrey is…
  • America has Become a Police State

    User Submitted
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Kourosh Ziabari RINF Alternative News In the far past, I used to look skeptically at those who believed and maintained that the United States is moving in the direction of becoming a rogue, police state. After all, nearly every single American media outlet propagates this belief that the United States is a “beacon of freedom”, and many people around the globe tend to accept it. Moreover, every year, thousands of people from different parts of the world immigrate to the States in search of a better and more prosperous life, having believed in the hidden power of this beacon of freedom in…
  • Dear NATO: Are You Lying about Russia or Simply Incompetent?

    User Submitted
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Walter C. Uhler RINF Alternative News On 14 April 2014 NATO issued a “fact sheet” titled, “Russia’s Accusations – setting the record straight.” In the course of setting the record straight, the NATO fact sheet made the following false assertion: “Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and Central Europe, build military infrastructure near Russia’s borders or permanently deploy troops there.” “No such pledge was made, and no evidence to back up Russia’s claims has ever been produced.” (My emphasis.)…
  • NATO Chief Rasmussen indeed recorded private conversation with Putin

    User Submitted
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Danish news agency Ritzaus Bureau confirmed that during a private conversation between Vladimir Putin at Anders Fogh Rasmussen a recording device was used. The meeting between Putin and Rasmussen was held in Brussels in 2002 , when Denmark was presiding over the European Union.On April 17th, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual Q&A televised communication with the nation, expressed outrage that NATO‘s sitting Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, during his tenure as the Prime Minister of Denmark, recorded and subsequently published a personal conversation with…
  • The Corruption of Mainstream Media

    User Submitted
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Danny Schechter RINF Alternative News First the good news: The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was not only the best covered of its awards this year, but it recognized a series of disclosures that made many media outlets nervous, if not adversarial – the publication of National Security Agency secrets leaked by Edward Snowden. The award recognized the reporting by the Guardian in England and also Bart Gellman’s work in the Washington Post even as they, did not recognize the work directly of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras whose independent reporting appeared in many newspapers.
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    Eurasia Review

  • The Increasing Competitiveness Of The Southern Eurozone – Analysis

    VoxEU.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Some view the improvements in current accounts for Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain as short-lived – the result of a temporary compression of import demand that is likely to be reversed as the recession eases. This column argues the contrary, based on the fact that their improving trade balances reflect better export performance. This development […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Sindh Is Not East Pakistan – Analysis

    Observer Research Foundation
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    By Aakash Tolani On April 13, hundreds of Sindhi activists from the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz staged a demonstration and sit-in at the National Highway in the northern Sindhi town of Sukkar. They demanded the registration of an FIR against the murder of Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadhiyo, who were killed on March 21. On […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Syria: Car Bomb Outside Mosque In Homs Kills At Least 14

    PanArmenian
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:54 pm
    A car bomb has exploded outside a mosque in the central Syrian city of Homs on Friday, April 18, killing at least 14 people, BBC News reported. The explosion occurred as worshippers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosqu