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  • First Draft: Jeb Bush Video Takes Aim at Donald Trump’s ‘Manhattan’ Mind-Set

    New York Times
    ALAN RAPPEPORT and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    Jeb Bush is pulling no punches, assailing his rival for the Republican presidential nomination in a new online advertisement titled “The Real Donald Trump,” in which Mr. Trump is called a fake conservative.
  • First Draft: Scott Walker Shows His ‘Aggressive’ Side

    New York Times
    JOHN HARWOOD
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:15 am
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin called himself “aggressively normal” in the first Republican presidential debate — and saw his poll numbers go backward. Now he’s highlighting the “aggressive” part.
  • First Draft: At Wharton, Donald Trump’s Marketing Skills Make the Grade

    New York Times
    ALAN RAPPEPORT
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Professors at Wharton are staying mostly mum about Donald J. Trump’s presidential prospects, but when it comes to his political marketing skills some of them cannot help but appreciate his results.
  • Donald Trump: "We have 93 million people out of work. They look for jobs, they give up, and all of a sudden, statistically, they're considered employed."

    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says U.S. has 93 million people 'out of work,' but that's way too high Two of the nation’s most outspoken politicians appeared on the same show on Aug. 28, 2015, when Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was a guest on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s show, On Point with Sarah Palin, which airs on the conservative One America News Network. As her first question, Palin asked Trump about the state of the national economy. "If you really look, Sarah, at the economy, it's been terrible," Trump said. "We have…
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    * Hooray, more email news! The State Department will release roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails Monday, including about 150 emails that have been censored because they contain information that is now deemed classified. Department officials said the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the emails and not […]
 
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    Washington Post

  • Chris Coons and Bob Casey back Iran deal, putting Obama one vote from major diplomatic victory

    Paul Kane
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have decided to support the Iran nuclear deal, putting President Obama on the brink of a major diplomatic breakthrough that will allow him to fully implement the controversial deal over the objections of the Republican-led Congress. Coons's decision, disclosed in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, […]
  • Jeb Bush slams Donald Trump in Spanish over his ‘barbarities’

    Ed O'Keefe
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:10 am
    This story has been updated. MIAMI -- Jeb Bush is "en el ataque." That's Spanish for "on the attack" -- and the former Florida governor certainly is, as he confronted and mocked businessman Donald Trump in English and Spanish on Tuesday. Trump now enjoys a commanding lead over rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, while […]
  • Rand Paul mocks Scott Walker over ‘dumb’ Canadian border wall

    David Weigel
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who's spending much of the week on a campaign swing through New England, mocked Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) Tuesday for appearing to endorse the construction of a wall on the Canadian border. "There have been a lot of dumb ideas put out,” Paul said in a Monday interview on Boston Herald […]
  • President Obama: Violence against police ‘is completely unacceptable’

    Mark Berman
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
    President Obama called the widow of the Texas sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot last week to offer his condolences and condemn any violence against police officers. Head to Post Nation for more.
  • Within Clinton’s circle, resentments against Obama persisted for years

    Karen Tumulty
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    This story has been updated. Within Hillary Clinton's inner circle, resentment over her defeat by President Obama in the bitter 2008 Democratic primary festered well into his presidency, as evidenced by a string of e-mails from one of her most frequent correspondents, who often passed along unflattering reports about Obama. In the latest trove of […]
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    The Atlantic

  • Who Crashed China's Stock Market?

    Heather Timmons
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:48 am
    China Stringer Network / AP China’s stock markets continue to stumble, despite the massive stimulus that the government has unleashed to prop them up. The Shanghai benchmark index fell by 1.23 percent Tuesday, after closing down slightly Monday. The index has fallen by nearly 40 percent from its mid-June peak. In some ways, the slide isn’t surprising—after all, Chinese stocks were trading at extremely rich valuations before they started to fall, even as signs emerged that China’s economy was slowing. The Shanghai Composite Index (FactSet / Quartz)China’s retail investors poured…
  • 'The Meatball' Vs. 'The Worm': How NASA Brands Space

    Megan Garber
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:53 am
    wildtexas / Flickr “It’s a design nightmare,” Greg Patt, a publishing contractor for NASA, sighed. He was talking about the logo that’s been the space agency’s official one since 1992: the blue sphere meant to suggest both Earth and other planets, its interior sprinkled with stars of white and and belted with the letters N-A-S-A, all of it connected by a swoopingly aeronautical chevron of red. That logo, making news because of a Kickstarter campaign to create a hardcover version of the old, be-bindered NASA Graphics Standards Manual, has come to be known as “the meatball.”…
  • 10 Responses to Iran-Deal Skeptics

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Susan Walsh / AP Last week, I posted a series of sharp, critical questions addressed to President Obama from Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, about the Iran nuclear deal.  A number of administration surrogates have subsequently offered me their own answers to Satloff’s questions. (I’ve asked administration officials to answer the questions as well, but I’m not sure the White House is gripped by the same sense of urgency to answer such questions as it once was, considering that Obama is on a clear path to victory now against his…
  • The Iran Debate Rolls On, From Kazakhstan to North America

    James Fallows
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Kazakhstan has oil and gas to export, but because of sanctions on Iran it has sent its goods mainly through Russia. One of many ramifications of the Iran nuclear-agreement will be the development of new trade and transport routes in central Asia. ( U.S. Energy Information Administration ) Over the past month, I’ve quoted responses from around the world, pro and con, about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran, a.k.a. “the deal.” You can find a compendium of previous Iran-related items here In honor of the new month, and of The Atlantic’s new Notes feature, I’m shifting the…
  • Subverting the Rule of ‘Write What You Know’

    Joe Fassler
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Doug McLeanAngela Flournoy set out to write The Turner House, a novel about Detroit, with great unease. Detroit was her father’s city, a place she’d visited but never lived, and she felt unqualified to take on a vast, complex metropolis and its people. In a conversation for this series, Flournoy explained how she came to grant herself permission: A line from Zora Neale Hurston’s book Mules and…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Why the GOP establishment wants to hurl: Trump beats alternatives in one-on-one matchups

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    As the Republicans haltingly, painfully come to grips with the phenomenon of Donald Trump, one of the last reassuring facts is that while Trump's rabid core of supporters might be propelling him to first place, he's still only earning the backing of less than third of the primary electorate—around 31 percent nationally, according to the polling averages. The vast majority of GOP voters, this line of thinking goes, do not support The Donald, so in the end, some sort of anti-Trump standard-bearer has to emerge to rescue the party and win the nomination. But is that really true? In a new…
  • O'Keefe sting operation buys Hillary swag for Canadian tourist, dooming Clinton campaign

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:10 am
    You know what I miss? That conservative squirrel. He should have gotten a Fox show. Prepare to recoil in horror at the results of the latest conservative video "sting," as crack scandal-maker James O'Keefe and his Project Veritas films his undercover agent giving Clinton campaign swag to a Canadian. Oh, Hillary is in it big-time for this one. This may be the thing that brings the whole campaign—Wait, what? According to O'Keefe, the reporter simply happened to be near a woman from Montreal who encountered a problem when trying to buy some trinkets. "She's Canadian and so we can't take it,"…
  • Jeb! video unloads on The Donald: he's a 'liberal' from 'New York' (gasp)

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    Jeb!'s finally hitting back at Trump in a way that theoretically could be effective—if the GOP were a fact-based party. The new Jeb! video unleashes a string of liberal slurs, spoken by the The Donald himself against The Donald himself. Here's the opener: "I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life, so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa," Trump says in the video's opening clip, pulled from Trump's 1999 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." New York! All his life?! Heavens, what is Iowa to do now?? In less than a minute and a half, we find out that Trump is…
  • Marco Rubio says [Democrat] weakened military to pre-[date] levels because [gigantic lie]

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:51 am
    I bequeath to you the Eternal Republican Talking Point, my child. Use it well, or at least often. We're doing this again, I see. We do it every single election, and now we're doing it again because no matter how powerful our military is or how many nations we could obliterate in the same amount of time it takes FedEx to deliver a package the Republican line of attack is always, always, that having even one more non-Republican president will doom us all. And yet, there was Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) last week, delivering a big speech on foreign policy, embracing Romney’s argument as his own.
  • Full video confirms that Texas police shot a surrendered Gilbert Flores while he had his hands up

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:37 am
    Gilbert Flores just a split second before being shot and killed by police Yesterday we received part of a video that seemed to confirm that a peaceful, surrendering, San Antonio, Texas, man was shot with his hands up. Because we only had part of the video, it was difficult to know for certain where this was the case. Now that we've seen it, it is obvious the man we now know was Gilbert Flores was shot twice while he had his hands in the air. After being shot, he was provided no aid and shown no compassion whatsoever. This video, seen below, is also very clear in showing that Flores was…
 
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    Huffington Post

  • Michigan's Republican Governor Says State Will Comply With Obama's Climate Plan

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:28 am
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced Tuesday that his state will comply with the Obama administration's new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. "The best way to protect Michigan is to develop a state plan that reflects Michigan’s priorities of adaptability, affordability, reliability and protection of the environment," Snyder said in a statement. "We need to seize the opportunity to make Michigan’s energy decisions in Lansing, not leave them in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C." The Obama administration last month released final…
  • When People Become Just Numbers

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:27 am
    Hundreds of migrants believed to have drowned off Libya. Hundreds feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya coast. 50 refugees dead. Syrian Mothers Fear For Newborns. Hundreds of refugees breach Macedonian border. Massimo Sestini/Polaris I read these articles and I am horrified. Not just by the state of the world, the war in Syria, the huge refugees problem in Europe but also by the way some of the media continuously portray these horrible events. Since when have human lives become just numbers? I read news articles every single day and all I read are just numbers. 100 refugees dead. 50 refugees…
  • Free Online Course Connects Ex-Inmates With The Job Skills They Need

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:23 am
    Imagine this scenario: Instead of a judge sentencing an offender to hundreds of hours of community service while behind bars, they are sentenced to hundreds of hours of educational courses -- and those courses are offered for free. Such is the vision of Mike Feerick, the founder of Alison, a Galway, Ireland-based provider of online coursework. Earlier this year, the company debuted a new set of courses called the Advanced Diploma in Workforce Re-entry Skills which is specifically designed for formerly incarcerated Americans. The goal, Feerick explained to BBC in July, is to boost…
  • Sen. Chris Coons Comes Out In Favor Of Iran Deal

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:19 am
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) came out in favor of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, calling his decision a "very hard choice." Coons is the 33rd Senate Democrat to come out in favor of the deal, which curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief provided by President Barack Obama. “I will support this agreement because it puts us on a known path of limiting Iran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years with the full support of the international community," Coons said during a speech at the University of Delaware. "The alternative, to me, is a…
  • The Senator Next Door

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:15 am
    In my early campaigns people would sometimes come up to me at a grocery store or at a shopping mall and say, "I know you from somewhere." They would look at me intently and ask, "Is it the PTA? Do you live in my neighborhood?" Always trying to be respectful, I would say things like, "I don't think so, but maybe you saw me on TV. I'm your county attorney." Or, "Actually, I'm running for the United States Senate." "No," they'd respond, "that's not it. Are you sure you don't live down the street?" As the years went on I figured out it was much easier if I just answered, "I don't exactly live on…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Police Hunt 3 Suspects in Illinois Cop Killing

    rcade
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:28 am
    An Illinois police officer was shot and killed in Lake County on Tuesday, authorities said, and search is on for three suspects. Law enforcement on foot and in helicopters are combing the area, said Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Covelli. The shooting happened about 10 minutes before 8 a.m. local time, according to the sergeant. The slain officer worked for Fox Lake Police, a community of about 60,000 people within Lake County.
  • Clerk Defies Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

    rcade
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    Despite the Supreme Court telling her that she must issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a county clerk in Kentucky is defying court orders and claiming "God's authority." U.S. District Judge David Bunning has been asked by a lesbian couple to find Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt. After Davis told several gay couples her religious beliefs prevent her from sanctioning gay marriage, Bunning is hearing the motion Tuesday morning.
  • Poll: Trump Supporters Are Idiotic Birthers

    rcade
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:11 am
    A new poll from Public Policy Polling reflects how well Republican candidate Donald Trump is doing with the dumbest chunk of the American electorate: 66% of Trump's supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim while just 12% that grant he's a Christian. 61% think Obama was not born in the United States to only 21% who accept that he was. Among all GOP supporters, 54% think Obama is a Muslim. And only 29% grant that Obama was born in the United States. Only among supporters of John Kasich (58/13), Jeb Bush (56/18), Chris Christie (59/33), and Marco Rubio (42/30) are there more people who think…
  • Sanders, O'Malley Fight DNC Over Debates

    PinchALoaf
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:04 am
    Grassroots activists are putting the screws to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in hopes of getting the organization to change its plans for the party's 2016 presidential debates. The #AllowDebate movement is hoping recent criticism from White House hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will force the DNC to address concerns they have with the events' size, scope and rules. The movement argues that the DNC is rigging the presidential primary by limiting its schedule of sanctioned debates to six -- four of them before the first voters go to…
  • Motivational Guru Wayne Dyer Dies

    corky
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:31 am
    Dr. Wayne Dyer, the renowned motivational guru and author of dozens of self-help books, has died at age 75, his family announced Sunday. Dyer rose to prominence after the publication of his first book, 1976's Your Erroneous Zone, became an international bestseller. That launched Dyer's career as an author and speaker and garnered him a legion of ardent fans, who dubbed him the "father of motivation." His basic message was simple: Think good thoughts, and good things will surely follow.
 
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  • No Place Left To Hide

    David Kurtz
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 am
    Federal judge summons Kentucky county clerk AND her entire staff to explain why she should not face stiff fine or jail time for refusing the court's order to issue same-sex marriage licenses, with special video bonus of her refusing a license to a gay couple this morning after the Supreme Court declined to bail her out.
  • Trollolol

    David Kurtz
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
    If you weren't following on Twitter, you missed James O'Keefe's big belly flop this morning in front of the DC political press. Really must read.
  • Anti-Obama Fever Not Broken Yet

    David Kurtz
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:16 am
    I'm unreasonably excited about the prospect of Republicans in Congress trying to reverse Obama's Denali decision. If you need a metaphor for late-stage anti-Obama fever, this is it.
  • Stonewalling Could Get Pricey

    David Kurtz
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:03 am
    Same-sex couples ask judge to impose fine against recalcitrant Kentucky clerk still refusing to issue them marriage licenses, but stop short of asking for jail time.
  • Jeb To Trump: You're Not A Real Republican

    David Kurtz
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:51 am
    The inevitable Jeb v. Trump action is heating up.
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    Political Animal

  • Lunch Buffet

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:51 am
    I've made an executive decision not to go wading into the released HRC emails until a few days have gone by and we have some sense of perspective about the content. In the meantime, I'll just have to remain relatively, and blissfully, ignorant about who was sucking up most to HRC via this particular medium. Here are some far less murky midday news/views treats: * New PPP national poll shows Trump and Carson leading, just like all the other recent surveys. 66% of Trump supporters believe Obama is a Muslim. 61% believe Obama was born in another country. * PPP also shows HRC maintaining 35 point…
  • The Immigrant/Crime Nexus

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:04 am
    As we should know by now, the immigration issues is not a discrete policy area isolated from others. For many years, opponents of increased immigration on both ends of the political and ideological spectrum have tied it to concerns about unemployment and wage stagnation. In 2014, we saw Republican candidates tie it to national security, with lurid images of ISIS terrorists crossing the Mexican border. It should also be clear by now that Donald Trump's big innovation is tying the immigration issue to a growing backlash against supposed tolerance for crime. His original attention grabbing…
  • De-Voucherizing Higher Ed

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:23 am
    It should be reasonably obvious that for students and families struggling to afford a college education, public institutions of higher education will more often offer the best bet. But as we have seen conclusively in recent years, federal support for higher ed offered through students without regard to where they attend college has made it possible for state legislatures to cut funding for public institutions on the theory that federal aid makes higher tuitions acceptable, even as tuition at private institutions grows even faster. Unsurprisingly, politicians focused on the college…
  • Amateur Hour Redux

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 am
    Less that two weeks ago I noted in awe that according to the then-latest national poll of the GOP presidential contest, the three candidates with no prior public service (Trump, Carson and Fiorina) had a combined 42% of the vote. Yesterday a poll of Iowa from Monmouth showed these same three candidates holding 56% of the vote. If you add in Ted Cruz, the freshman Senator who might as well be a non-office-holder since his Senate seat is no more than a platform for expressing his loathing for the place, these ultimate "outsiders" are at a combined 65%. Remember back when one of the…
  • Dog Whistling the Rise of the Feminine

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:51 am
    If the contest were between these two, who do you think the Republican base would go for today? That's what I thought of when I saw this headline: Donald Trump "Emasculating" Jeb Bush. Because let's face it, Jeb is just not the kind of guy you would ever associate with that image of his brother. But Trump...in a heartbeat. We're hearing a lot these days about how boys/men are being emasculated. It has become a regular theme on Fox News (who also call it the "wussification of America") and talk radio. Why is that? The message aimed at boys is to suggest that the only way to be a "real man" is…
 
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    Time

  • Learn Hillary Clinton’s Quirky Email Slang

    ryantbeckwith
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    The release of thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State hasn’t just opened a window into her political decisions, it’s also revealed how she talks. A number of emails from Clinton to her closest staffers show a private lingo, often a form of shorthand to make typing easier on a smartphone but also the kind of personal references people who work closely together develop. Here’s a short glossary of some common Hillaryisms: are you awake: Subject line of any email sent past 10 p.m. or so. Nothing else is in the email so that if the recipient…
  • A History Lesson for the Kentucky Clerk Refusing to Grant Marriage Licenses

    Lily Rothman
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:08 am
    In recent months, as the Supreme Court considered the question of marriage equality, one particular case served as a frequent point of comparison for advocates of gay marriage rights: Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case that struck down laws that prevented interracial marriage. The case was even cited by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his opinion in the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, when he noted that it established the precedent that marriage is “one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” Now it seems that the link between…
  • Why Jeb Bush Is Taking a Right Hook to Donald Trump

    ryantbeckwith
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:09 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fired back at Donald Trump Tuesday with a video questioning his conservative bona fides. The 80-second video hits Trump with a hard right hook, showing clips of him talking about living in New York City, calling himself pro-choice, praising single-payer health care and saying that Hillary Clinton is “a terrific woman.” “I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life, so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa,” Trump says at the beginning of the video, a clip from his 1999 appearance on “Meet the Press.”…
  • Morning Must Reads: September 1

    Melissa August
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:22 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are engaged in an all-out war of words, as Trump maintains his lead on the GOP field. Trump released a campaign video on Instagram juxtaposing Bush’s assertion that people cross into the U.S. illegally as an “act of love,” with the photos of several criminals in the country without legal status. Bush’s team fired back with statements all day, and now have released a video with the “greatest hits” of Trump’s time as a Democrat. The 80-second video includes Trump expressing support for partial-birth abortion…
  • Obama Calls for Expanded Fleet of Arctic Ice Breakers

    Dan Kedmey
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:07 am
    President Barack Obama will call for an expanded fleet of Arctic ice breakers on Tuesday, warning that the U.S. risked losing control of shipping routes, fishing grounds and pristine habitats if the Coast Guard does not strengthen its presence in the region. The plan hastens the construction of a new Arctic ice breaker by two years and urges Congress to release “sufficient resources” to build still more vessels, the New York Times reports. The U.S. Coast Guard currently has a fleet of two active ice breakers, far fewer than Russia’s 41 vessels, with 11 more in the pipeline.
 
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  • Feds move to consolidate lawsuits over Hillary Clinton emails

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:40 am
    <p>The Justice Department is preparing to ask a federal judge to consolidate an unwieldy flurry of pending lawsuits which demand copies of emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton or her top aides, sources told POLITICO Tuesday.</p><p>The planned move raises the possibility that dozens of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits could be placed in front of a single judge--at least for a a period of time--in order to avoid conflicting schedules for the release of records.</p><p>The proposed action is not expected to alter plans for monthly public releases of…
  • Trump to appear on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon'

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:19 am
    <p>Donald Trump is returning to NBC. For one night, that is.</p><p>The GOP frontrunner will appear on &quot;The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon&quot; on Friday, Sept. 11, NBC <a href="http://www.nbcumv.com/news/donald-trump-discuss-presidential-campaign-friday-sept-11-telecast-%E2%80%98-tonight-show-starring?division=1&amp;network=33129">announced</a> on Tuesday. </p><p>The billionaire real-estate mogul, who at one point hosted &quot;The Apprentice&quot; on NBC, has had a tumultuous summer with the network. In June, NBC…
  • Sen. Casey backs Obama's Iran deal

    Nahal Toosi
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:28 am
    <p>Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania will back the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the 32nd<b> </b>Senate<b> </b>Democrat to pledge support for the agreement, which puts the White House within striking distance of the votes it needs to ensure the deal survives in Congress.</p><p>Casey announced his decision Tuesday afternoon after weeks of mulling the much-disputed deal with the longtime U.S. nemesis. His <a href="http://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000014f-89e4-d950-a5cf-9bedbf2a0000">statement</a> is 17 pages long, including more than a…
  • Kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:25 am
    <p>A Kentucky clerk on Tuesday refused to issue marriage licenses to two same-sex couples, despite a Supreme Court decision on Monday that denied her request to not issue the licenses on religious grounds.</p><p>Kim Davis, the elected clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryWKYT/status/638687018835423232" target="_blank">said</a> the office was not issuing marriage licenses Tuesday “under God’s authority.” Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June, when the Supreme Court legalized…
  • The 11 gushiest emails in Hillary's inbox

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 am
    <p>In between the messages about Israeli policy and Pakistan's nuclear weaponry, Hillary Clinton's inbox contained plenty of gushing emails that the former secretary of state, her aides and her acquaintances freely tossed about.</p><p>The latest trove of Clinton's emails released by the State Department Monday night show the unabashed love fest, with the affection often flowing both ways during her time at Foggy Bottom. A simple search on State's website reveals the words &quot;<a…
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Azerbaijan jails top journalist for seven and a half years

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:33 am
    Azerbaijan on Tuesday sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges she denounced as trumped-up, her lawyer said. Considered Azerbaijan's most prominent critical journalist, Ismayilova, 39, served as bureau chief for the local service of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty network between 2008 and 2010. "Baku's Court for Serious Crimes sentenced Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in prison for economic crimes, including illegal entrepreneurship and tax…
  • Trump, other non-Texans may have Cruz defending home turf

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:33 am
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In tea party friendly Texas, no political star has burned brighter in recent years than Republican Ted Cruz.
  • Latest Texas school finance case reaches state Supreme Court

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for 600-plus school districts suing Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the GOP-controlled Legislature doesn't provide enough funding for classrooms and distributes it unfairly, especially given ever-tougher academic curriculum standards and a population boom pushing enrollment to record levels.
  • A look at where Senate Democrats stand on the Iran deal

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:29 am
    Congress will vote this month on a resolution to disapprove of the White House-backed nuclear deal struck with Iran by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal aims to dismantle Iran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for billions in international sanctions relief.
  • Donald Trump: I'll Change Denali Back to Mount McKinley

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:21 am
    Donald Trump, apparently assuming he will secure the White House, tweeted on Monday evening that he would reverse the decision announced by President Obama to change the name of Alaska's Mount McKinley back to the traditional name Denali, saying it is an affront to the Buckeye State. "President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. The decision by the president to change the name of the mountain named for President William McKinley, who was from Ohio, has divided lawmakers, and not necessarily along party lines.
 
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    Political Irony

  • Trump Attack?

    Iron Knee
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    As much as I hate posting about Donald Trump, he does give me a laugh. And this story is almost too ironic to believe. On Saturday, Trump told CNN that he is not interested in running attack ads on television. “I just want to talk about my accomplishments.” Really? What accomplishments? “I’m not looking to attack anybody.” Says the man who has attacked just about everybody, on Twitter, Instagram, while giving a speech, and even trashing Fox News. Heck, it seems like most of his popularity comes from his willingness to attack fellow Republicans. Trump says…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Apparently President Obama’s favorite cocktail is a martini. When asked how he likes it, he said, ‘On the beach, in Hawaii, in 2017.'” – Jimmy Fallon “This week the Obama administration warned China to remove its secret agents from the U.S. Then in the middle of Obama’s announcement a plant behind him got up and walked away.” – Jimmy Fallon “The White House is worried about Joe Biden’s potential run for president, and a source says they fear that it wouldn’t have the right outcome. That’s right, they think he might…
  • Just Another Bush?

    Iron Knee
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Why would anyone think that Jeb Bush would be any different from his family? Not just his father and his brother, but also his grandfather, who profited from the rise of Nazi Germany. It bad enough that Jeb Bush has said that he still supports the invasion of Iraq and that he might use torture in order to keep the country safe. But talk is cheap. It is his behavior that gives away how corrupt he really is. When John Ellis “Jeb” Bush was governor of Florida, he started moving large amounts of the state’s investment funds into Lehmman Brothers. In 2005, he moved $250 million…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:11 pm
    “There are reports that if Joe Biden runs for president, he would promise to serve for only one term — because nothing says confidence like promising your presidency would be over quickly.” – Jimmy Fallon “Donald Trump’s new policy paper would not give automatic citizenship to children born in America if they have foreign parents. Said Trump, ‘It’s nothing personal, Sasha and Malia.'” – Seth Meyers “Donald Trump landed his helicopter at the state fair and offered to take some kids on a ride in the helicopter. Twenty kids took the…
  • Releasing Gas

    Iron Knee
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Most of the electricity in Hawaii is generated using petroleum, but their power generation facilities are old and are not keeping up with population growth. As a result, last year Hawaiians paid around 36 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to the US average of 12 cents/kwh. The plan was to convert to using LNG (liquefied natural gas) to produce electricity. But then Governor David Ige announced that instead of spending the money to convert to LNG, he was changing the plan so that the state would convert to 100% renewable resources (such as wind and solar) by the year 2045 – just 30 years. If…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • James O'Keefe Targets Clinton Campaign For Legally Selling A T-Shirt

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    Conservative activist James O'Keefe has once again overpromised and underdelivered. This time, he claims his latest sting operation found Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign breaking the law, when in reality all that happened was the purchase of a t-shirt. O'Keefe's Project Veritas Action accused the Clinton campaign on September 1 of allowing a Canadian tourist to launder money, in the form of allowing a t-shirt to be purchased. In the video representatives of the Clinton campaign at a campaign event point out to a woman from…
  • Measuring The "Trump Effect" On The GOP Brand For Latino Voters

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 am
    Journalists should be careful when reporting on the Republican Party's relationship with Hispanic voters not to downplay the potential harm GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump may be inflicting on the party's brand with his anti-immigrant campaign platform. The Washington Post has run two recent articles that make a case that Trump's consistently hostile remarks about immigrants is having no measurable effect on Latino voters' general opinion of the GOP. On August 23, a Post piece claimed that polls weren't showing any negative effect…
  • Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger Promotes Blogger Who Compares "Abortion 'Doctors' With ISIS"

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
    A "featured blogger" for Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger touted the Center for Medical Progress' (CMP) widely debunked sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood to compare doctors who perform abortions to terror group ISIS. In an August 31 column on the Clarion-Ledger's website, "featured blogger" Daniel Gardner, wrote a piece under the headline "Evil today" which promoted the series of deceptively edited videos released by CMP that falsely claim Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue for profit.
  • Trailblazing Female Sports Journalists Want An End To The TV Booth Mancave

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:11 am
    It was a big week for Jessica Mendoza, who became the first woman to work a Major League Baseball broadcast for ESPN. And she did it twice. On August 24, she filled in for Aaron Boone on the network's Cardinals-Diamondbacks game. Sunday night, she replaced suspended analyst Curt Schilling on Sunday Night Baseball's Dodgers-Cubs match-up. (According to ESPN, Schilling is set to return to the booth this coming Sunday.) Unfortunately, Mendoza's groundbreaking broadcasts are still the rare exception. Women remain mostly on the outs when it…
  • Intelligence Experts Debunk Speculation That Hillary Clinton Could Face Criminal Action For Email Use

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:38 am
    There's no evidence Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or her aides violated any laws with her use of a private email server while secretary of state, according to government secrecy experts cited by the Associated Press. Conservative media have tried their best to spin Clinton's email use into accusations that she committed a crime by mishandling classified information, even baselessly comparing her to those who did, such as former Gen. David Petraeus and John Deutch, despite the fact that this smear has been debunked. Yet intelligence and government secrecy law experts refute…
 
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • TWiB AfterDARK #63 | An Evening With Conner Habib

    TWiB.FM
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    N’jaila sits with author, teacher, and sex worker advocate Conner Habib to discuss the raid of escort website Rentboy.com. Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Leave feedback! Www.tinyurl.com/twibafterdark Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE] The post TWiB AfterDARK #63 | An Evening With Conner Habib appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • TWiB! AFTERDARK #62 | Recycled Underwear

    TWiB.FM
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Jaila and Aaron discuss how many department stores restock used underwear, vaginal “empowerment”, and read listener questions Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE] The post TWiB! AFTERDARK #62 | Recycled Underwear appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 PT. 3

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
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  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 – PT. 2

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
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  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 PT. 1

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
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    Wonkette

  • Alabama Secessionist Rally Was Hilarious Failure. Please Point And Laugh

    Evan Hurst
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:45 am
    If you woke up this morning thinking, “Golly gee, I sure do hope Alabama’s secessionist movement is going well, because fuck them is why,” BAD NEWS. There was a rally in the state capital of Montgomery, and NOBODY SHOWED UP. Okay fine, a FEW people showed up, but it was like the organizers and their moms: Read more on Alabama Secessionist Rally Was Hilarious Failure. Please Point And Laugh… The post Alabama Secessionist Rally Was Hilarious Failure. Please Point And Laugh appeared first on Wonkette.
  • If Arizona Congressjerk Doesn’t Scare Your Kids About Terrorists Nuking Them, Who Will?

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:15 am
    They All Hate Us Anyhow, So Let’s Drop The Big One Now Arizona Congressweasel Matt Salmon dropped by an elementary school last Thursday to teach a group of second and third graders to explain how a bill becomes a law. Except that instead of singing a song about a cheery little Bill who hopes and prays that both chambers of Congress pass him and the president signs him into law, Salmon drifted into a fascinating fugue on what might happen if Barack Obama vetoes a Republican resolution against Obama’s Iran Nuclear deal. For some reason, the 7- and 8-year-olds didn’t seem…
  • Pope Francis Offers Get Out Of Hell Free Card To Baby-Killing Whores

    Kaili Joy Gray
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    No one asked Sometimes we like New Pope Frank. Like, when he gets all Truffula tree-huggy and wants to save the Swomee Swans, or whatever, because God said, “Here is a earth-shaped planet, keep it pretty.” And those times when New Pope is like, “Jesus said rich people are THE SUCK, so don’t be such dicks, rich people.” That’s cool too and seems pretty Jesus-y. Read more on Pope Francis Offers Get Out Of Hell Free Card To Baby-Killing Whores… The post Pope Francis Offers Get Out Of Hell Free Card To Baby-Killing Whores appeared first on Wonkette.
  • Clinton Email Bombshell: John Boehner Probably Blackout Drunk Right Now

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:15 am
    Can’t you just taste his bitter, drunken, photoshopped tears? Monday brought us another end-of-month dump of like 7000 Hillary Clinton emails from the State Department, and the most important things we learned are: she likes The Good Wife and Parks and Recreation, she wrote the goofiest diplomatic email heading/message in history, and everyone says Boehner’s a drunk. She is definitely one email away from prison, now. Read more on Clinton Email Bombshell: John Boehner Probably Blackout Drunk Right Now… The post Clinton Email Bombshell: John Boehner Probably Blackout Drunk…
  • Time To Vote In The Wonkette Primary! (A Primary For Libtards)

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    Wonkers, the time has come to make a stand: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Old Handsome Joe Biden, or the other ones. (Who?) (If you love Martin O’Malley, guess you’ll have to earmark a Jackson. If you want to vote for Jim Webb, boy are you at the wrong site.) Read more on Time To Vote In The Wonkette Primary! (A Primary For Libtards)… The post Time To Vote In The Wonkette Primary! (A Primary For Libtards) appeared first on Wonkette.
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    Hot Air

  • Alleged Texas deputy killer was found “incompetent” in 2012?

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:41 am
    That's what they all say Another twist has come up in the case of the assassination of Texas sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth. The suspect in the case was reportedly “found to be mentally incompetent” in 2012 when he was charged in a felony assault case. This is more complicated than it first appears from the headlines, but there was definitely […] Read this post »
  • The Federalist: Smoking guns in latest Hillary e-mail release?

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    Mysteries. Did the latest release of Hillary Clinton server e-mails uncover a “smoking gun” proving a criminal violation of the law? Chuck Todd earlier said no, but The Federalist’s Sean Davis says yes indeedy. The smokiest of these “guns” is this e-mail, written by Hillary to Sidney Blumenthal in November 2009, redacted as classified almost in its entirety: […] Read this post »
  • Oh yes: Some Romney donors still holding out hope he’ll jump in and rescue the GOP

    Allahpundit
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:21 am
    "Hawkins puts the chances of a Romney 2016 bid at about 20 percent." The more you hate Romney the more you should want him in the race, not just for strategic reasons, because it’ll split the center further, but for sheer comic value. If you think it’s funny watching Trump invent new insults daily to question Bush’s masculinity — we can’t be more than a week away from […] Read this post »
  • Todd: The convenience argument is the worst Hillary can use, you know

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    Abusing her office for political gain? “Knowingly is the key word,” Chuck Todd tells the hosts of NBC’s Today this morning, arguing that yesterday’s release of 7,000 Hillary Clinton e-mails did not provide a smoking gun on illegality. Hillary has recently shifted her defense from insisting that no classified material was transmitted through her server to saying she was not aware […] Read this post »
  • Four day sweep in SoCal turns up hundreds of illegal alien felons

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 am
    Knock us over with a feather With all the stories we wind up covering which involve illegal aliens being caught, released, and left to roam around, it’s nice to see a report of ICE going out there and getting something done. That was apparently the case in Southern California this week, where agents were rude enough to identify hundreds of illegal […] Read this post »
 
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    FamousDC

  • Jazz in the Gardens Ends the Summer on a High Note

    fdc
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    This article was authored by FamousDC contributor, Allie Erenbaum. All photos are Allie’s as well.  On Friday, the National Gallery of Art held its final summer jazz performance in the Sculpture Garden. The Jazz in the Garden Series concluded with the Afro Bop Alliance (ABA), a Latin Grammy award-winning group known for their The post Jazz in the Gardens Ends the Summer on a High Note appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Join the FamousDC Team

    Sarah Gunion
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:56 am
    FamousDC is searching for interns to capture the essence of DC through blog and social media content, as well as regular events. The workload won’t be heavy, but we’ll insist you have fun and grow. If you love #thistown, and want to be a greater part of its heart and The post Join the FamousDC Team appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous 5: John Burns

    Sarah Gunion
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    Meet John Burns, an entertainment lawyer, corespondent to CNN, MSNBC, Aljazeera and more. He has negotiated the contracts of some of our favorite A-List entertainers and you can find him discussing legal issues with regard to pop culture on multiple stations and programs locally and nationally. He is an active The post Famous 5: John Burns appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Dan Payton is the Reason Why Your Tuesday is Going to Be Just Fine

    nolongerfamous
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Originally spotted last year, but it made our morning. We don’t know who you are Dan Payton, but God Bless you on this lovely Tuesday morning. Keep doing you my friend.   h/t Chris Megerian via Matea Gold The post Dan Payton is the Reason Why Your Tuesday is Going to Be Just Fine appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Paige Gress

    Paige Gress
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    Meet Paige Gress. Not only is she new to the District but also the FamousDC team. Paige is a recent college grad but has hit the ground running here in DC, taking on the role as a content and event producer at the FDC offices. She is inspired by conversations The post Paige Gress appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • Why a big slump in South Korea’s exports matters

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    A rarer sight these daysNEW trade figures from South Korea on September 1st surprised even the gloomiest of economic forecasters. The country’s exports shrank by the largest annual amount in six years, down 14.7% last month from a year earlier to under $40 billion, according to the ministry of trade, industries and energy. Few analysts had expected more than a 6% drop: though exports have dropped every month since January, they declined just 3.4% in July in annual terms. Morgan Stanley, an investment bank, tempered its growth forecast for South Korea down to 2.3% from 2.5% for the year.
  • When a 26% plunge in GDP feels fine

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:51 am
    WITH unemployment at 25%, government debt at more than 170% of GDP, and the country’s politics in turmoil, the 26% peak-to-trough decline in output brought about by the euro-zone crisis has been highly traumatic for Greece. Yet the government of Macau, the one-time Portuguese colony now the world’s gambling capital, just released figures showing that the territory’s GDP fell by 26.4% year-on-year in the second quarter. But at first blush Macau’s real economy appears to be doing rather fine. In spite of the steep fall in GDP, unemployment remained at its full employment level of 1.8%,…
  • The dangerous politics of central banks

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    THE sudden burst of stockmarket volatility last week follows a period of relative calm, as noted in the last post. Much of that calmness must be down to central banks and their willingness to interfere in the markets to suppress long bond yields as well as short rates. The low level of the Vix reflected the confidence of investors that the authorities were in charge. And thus the rebound of the Vix reflects a fear that things are getting out of control again. The struggles of the Chinese authorities to manage their currency, stockmarket and financial sector are well-known. But investors…
  • Market turmoil; the consequences

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    AUGUST does seem to specialise in episodes of market turmoil, whether one looks back to 2007 (when the subprime crisis really started to bite) or 2011 when the eurozone debt crisis seemed to spread to Spain and Italy. The fact that so many traders and investors are on holiday must make a difference. Liquidity is low; juniors are in charge of investment funds and may be unwilling to act as buyers when prices fall.On return from his holiday, your blogger sees a number of implications of the market move. The fundamental rationale was that markets seemed to catch up with a theme made repeatedly…
  • What the super-rich expect on holiday

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    GULLIVER interviewed Kevin Johnson as research for a piece on luxury travel in the print edition this week. Mr Johnson worked as a chief-of-staff and a palace manager for various heads of state, Russian billionaires and royal families. Part of his job was to oversee the travel arrangements of his super-wealthy employers. There wasn’t space to include many of his anecdotes in the print article, but it was a fun chat.What was fascinating was, for people for whom money really is no object, just how prosaic some of their needs were. It was not unusual for them to send an employee ahead to some…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "Mr. Smith Goes to Prison": After Year in Jail, Former State Senator Condemns Mass Incarceration

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    The first time Jeff Smith appeared on the national radar, he was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary, "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?," which chronicled his 2004 campaign for the congressional seat of the retiring Dick Gephardt. Smith narrowly lost the race to Russ Carnahan, but his surprising performance in a crowded field of 10 made him a rising star in Missouri Democratic politics. Smith was elected state senator in 2006 and served until 2009, when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy for an election law violation tied to the 2004 campaign. Smith was…
  • Despite Global Ban, Saudi-Led Forces Kill Dozens in Yemen Using U.S.-Made Cluster Bombs

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:31 am
    Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi Arabia of using U.S.-made cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks in the Yemeni city of Hajjah between late April and mid-July. Dozens of civilians were killed or wounded, both during the attacks and later, when they picked up unexploded submunitions that detonated. Neither the United States, Saudi Arabia or Yemen have joined the global convention banning the use of cluster munitions. Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch criticized the U.S. stance on cluster munitions. "The U.S. thinks that cluster munitions are legitimate weapons," Roth…
  • The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:13 am
    President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour during which he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic. On Monday, Obama highlighted the dangers posed by climate change in the region. "Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average," Obama said. "Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the United States." As the Arctic region warms, the geopolitical significance of the region is growing as new areas become reachable, spurring maritime traffic and oil…
  • Headlines for September 1, 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Obama Calls for Urgent Action on Climate Change During Arctic VisitObama to Call for New Icebreakers amid Military Escalation in ArcticSyria: U.N. Confirms ISIL's Destruction of Ancient Temple of BelIraq: Anti-Corruption Protests Swell in Rebuke to U.S. Imposed Gov'tUkraine: 1 Officer Dead After Ultra-Nationalists Clash with PoliceGuatemala: Congress Prepares to Vote on President's ImpeachmentPuerto Rico: Religious Leaders Call on Federal Reserve for Debt HelpTurkey: Two Vice Journalists and Translator Jailed on Terror ChargesPhilippines: Third Journalist Shot and Killed in Two…
  • As Al Jazeera Journalists Are Jailed for 3 Years in Egypt, Will U.S. Stop "Cozying Up" to Regime?

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    In Egypt, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced over the weekend to three years in jail for "spreading false news" that purportedly harmed Egypt following the 2013 military coup. Fahmy and Mohamed were taken into custody on Saturday. Greste remains free in Australia. The three had already spent more than a year in prison before being released on bail earlier this year. We speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo and with Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "The U.S. should stop…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Donald Trump Appeals To The Worst Instincts In Voters, And The Worst Parts Of American Politics

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:29 am
    The latest national poll from Public Policy Polling is fairly consistent with what we’ve seen from other pollsters lately in that it shows Donald Trump in the lead with 29% followed by Ben Carson at 15%, which is his highest number in any national poll that I’m aware of, followed by Jeb Bush at 9%, Carly Fiorina at 8%, Marco Rubio at 7%, Ted Cruz and John Kasich tied at 6%, and Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker at 5%, with all the other candidates polling under 5%. What’s perhaps most telling about the poll, though, is what it tells us about Donald Trump’s supporters: Our…
  • Kentucky Clerk Loses Another Argument Over Refusal To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:07 am
    In the latest development in a saga that has been going on since the Supreme Court handed down it’s decision in Obergegell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage two months ago, a Clerk of Court from Kentucky has lost yet another round in her ongoing court battle to continue refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow a county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to continue to deny marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight. In June, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the…
  • Republican Re-Runs Faring Poorly

    James Joyner
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:28 am
    Historically, the Republican Party has tended to nominate the candidate whose “turn” it is. Typically, that has meant someone who made a strong run previously. Mitt Romney in 2012, John McCain in 2008, Bob Dole in 1996, George H.W. Bush in 1988, Ronald Reagan in 1980, and Richard Nixon in 1968 all fit the pattern. In the modern era, George W. Bush in 2000 has been the only exception. (The races not mentioned above all featured a sitting president.) Thus far in the 2016 cycle, though, candidates who made a strong showing—or at least had a boomlet—in previous cycles are…
  • Donald Trump, Ben Carson Tied In New Iowa Poll

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The newest poll out of Iowa has Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied at the top of the field, and no Republican candidate with even a small amount of political experience in double digits: Ben Carson and Donald Trump are tied at the top of the Republican field in a new survey of likely Iowa caucus-goers with 23 percent each, according to the results of a Monmouth University poll released Monday. The good news continues for the retired neurosurgeon with his favorability ratings, as 81 percent said they view him favorably, compared with just 6 percent who do not. And Trump’s favorability went…
  • Voters Would Blame Republicans For Government Shutdown, Poll Shows

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    As some Republicans plot to force a showdown over Federal funding to Planned Parenthood that could lead to another government shutdown, a new poll shows that Americans who blame the Republican Party if the dispute came to the point that the government shut down on October 1st: A plurality of voters would blame Republicans in Congress for a government shutdown this fall, according to a poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University. Forty-one percent said they would blame the GOP, and a third of people said that Democrats and President Obama would be responsible for a shutdown.
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Voting Rights

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    By Mike Luckovich Related Entries August 28, 2015 10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’ August 28, 2015 NRA
  • Hillary’s Email

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:05 am
    By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News. Cagle Cartoons Related Entries August 28, 2015 10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’ August 28, 2015 NRA
  • Gun Deaths

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries August 28, 2015 10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’ August 28, 2015 NRA
  • A Genius Educator, Donald Trump and the Spread of Political Correctness

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    By John Ogden Rafe Esquith, teaching phenom of fifth-graders at Hobart Elementary School, ran afoul of the school’s administration, initially because of a joke overheard by a colleague. Related Entries August 28, 2015 10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’ August 28, 2015 NRA
  • VIDEO: Russell Brand Tires of ‘Cyclical News’, Puts ‘The Trews’ Series on Indefinite Pause

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:20 am
    The comedian and host of “The Trews” is calling it quits on his popular political YouTube series, at least for the time being. Related Entries August 28, 2015 10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’ August 28, 2015 NRA
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    ThinkProgress

  • School Year Kicks Off With Student Walkouts And Parent Protests Over Transgender Bathroom Use

    Zack Ford
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:27 am
    With the school year just beginning in many districts, parents at two schools are already expressing outrage that transgender students are being allowed to use the bathrooms that match their identities. At Hillsboro High School in Missouri, Lila Perry came out as transgender last year. She used a unisex faculty restroom for a time, but felt ostracized, so this year told the school she wanted to be treated like other female students and use the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. The school has been supportive, but parents have have not. Parents at the school have claimed that…
  • Toll Booth Worker Strike May Jam Key Artery For Chicago Drivers On Labor Day Weekend

    Alan Pyke
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    The Chicago Skyway is a key conduit for drivers in the Chicago area looking for a weekend getaway. But on this Labor Day weekend, trips to Lake Michigan might be a lot messier than usual. The men and women who operate the Skyway’s tollbooths are preparing to go on strike if the toll system’s operating company continues to resist their contract demands. The toll operators, most of whom are part-time workers paid $11 an hour with no health insurance according to union officials, have been working without a contract since Monday when the previous deal expired. The 30 workers will…
  • Most Americans Don’t Know The True Danger Of Anxiety

    Sam P.K. Collins
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:40 am
    While an increasing number of Americans see mental and physical health equally, viewing depression and bipolar disorders as risk factors for suicide, a new study suggests that few understand that when unmitigated, anxiety disorders too can endanger one’s life. The study, released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, showed that although 90 percent of respondents have been affected by suicide and knew of its link to depression and bipolar disorder, less than half…
  • Donald Trump’s Mountainous History Of Disrespect For Native Americans

    Emily Atkin
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    It was a show of respect to Native Americans when President Obama on Sunday restored the name of the nation’s tallest mountain, formerly called Mount McKinley, to Denali. So it makes a lot of sense that presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t like it. On Tuesday, the Republican front-runner promised that he would reverse Obama’s decision if elected president. Restoring the mountain’s name to Denali, he said, was a “great insult to Ohio,” because former President William McKinley was born there. To be clear, Denali is located in Alaska, about 3,000 miles away…
  • James O’Keefe Releases Video Attacking Clinton Campaign — For Letting A Canadian Buy A T-Shirt

    Kira Lerner
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — “No, this is not a joke,” conservative media provocateur James O’Keefe said in a news conference Tuesday. O’Keefe’s group, Project Veritas, had just released a video he claims shows Hillary Clinton’s marketing director accepting a $75 campaign contribution from a Canadian citizen who wants to buy a T-shirt and pin. The video shows a journalist with Project Veritas helping a Canadian citizen give a $40 donation to Clinton’s campaign. The Canadian woman attempts to buy the campaign merchandise at Clinton’s campaign launch event in New York City, but is…
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    Slate Articles

  • Dear Prudence Live Chat

    Emily Yoffe
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
  • What Hillary Clinton’s New Batch of Emails Actually Reveals

    Jim Newell
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    It’s fun to read other people’s email. It’s especially fun to rummage through the email of Hillary Clinton, our most famous person. But “fun” is about where this road ends, assuming it ever does.
  • Does Contraception Reduce Abortions?

    William Saletan
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    The Republican Party says it’s against abortion. But now Republican governors, members of Congress, and presidential candidates are trying to defund Planned Parenthood. Some are threatening to shut down the government if they don’t get their way. If you’re against abortion, this should worry you.
  • Donald Trump Isn’t the GOP’s Biggest Problem

    Jamelle Bouie
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:20 am
    Think back to this time in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, and it’s easy to see the similiarities. Mitt Romney was the most plausible nominee in a wide field of contenders, but he couldn’t catch fire with the GOP base. Instead, he watched a parade of outsiders and conservative alternatives take their turns in the sun, from Rick Perry and Herman Cain to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
  • It’s Just That Feeling

    Amy X. Wang
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    The tiny, shelf-level security camera at the grocery store is watching you. It’s recording your height, gender, race, and approximate age, as well as the brand of orange juice you just placed in your shopping cart. Oh, and it also knows exactly who you are.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Kentucky Clerk Continues to Defy Supreme Court by Refusing to Issue Marriage License to Gay Couple

    Inae Oh
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:44 am
    The Supreme Court on Monday night denied an emergency application from a defiant Kentucky clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Today, Kim Davis, of the Rowan County Clerk's office, is once again refusing to comply with a lower court's order by denying marriage licenses to anyone, gay or straight. When asked by a same-sex couple on Tuesday morning under whose authority she was failing to obey the high court, Davis answered, "under God's authority." She then told the crowd to leave and threatened to call the police. Davis came out of office briefly to speak to couple…
  • Pope Francis Will Allow Priests to Forgive Women Who Have Had Abortions

    Inae Oh
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:58 am
    On Tuesday, Pope Francis announced that during the church's upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, which runs from December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016, he will allow priests the discretion to forgive women who have had abortions. The move effectively lifts the church's policy that can lead to women being excommunicated for procuring an abortion, for the time being at least. In normal circumstances, these women are required to seek forgiveness from a senior priest who specializes in such confessions, which can be a complicated process. In a letter from the Vatican, Francis called on the church to…
  • Donald Trump Goes Willie Horton on Jeb Bush

    Miles E. Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Donald Trump's latest attack on Jeb Bush may strike a familiar chord for those who remember the 1988 presidential race. On Monday afternoon, Trump released a video on Instagram that assails Bush for a supposedly lenient stance on undocumented immigration. The video cites a 2014 quote from Bush in which he referred to people who illegally cross the border: "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony; it's an act of love." Then the attack ad flashes pictures of three undocumented immigrants, all charged with murder. (Only one of the trio has been convicted.) The ad…
  • Breaking: Another Massive Explosion Rocks Industrial City in China

    Inae Oh
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Another huge explosion has erupted in China, this time in the eastern city of Dongying, according to the People's Daily, a Chinese state-run newspaper: Breaking: A blast seen and heard in a chemical industry zone in Lijin, Dongying City of Shandong around 23:25 Mon. pic.twitter.com/Yi29nJXEuX — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) August 31, 2015 The cause of the blast is not yet known. Earlier in August, the city of Tianjin, one of China's largest industrial shipping centers, was rocked by massive explosions inside warehouses that reportedly stored hazardous chemicals and "explosive…
  • Ohio Republicans Are Freaking Out About the Denali Name Change

    Tim Murphy
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    On Sunday, President Barack Obama announced that the official name for the highest peak in North America, Alaska's Mount McKinley, would formally be changed to its Athabascan name: Denali. This makes a lot of sense. The mountain was known as Denali long before a gold prospector dubbed it McKinley after reading a newspaper headline in 1896, and it has officially been known as "Denali" in Alaska for about a century, according to the state's board for geographic names. The state and its Republican legislature have been asking Washington to call the mountain Denali for decades. And for decades,…
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  • Pope Francis Tells Priests To Absolve Women Who Have Had Abortions

    Susie Madrak
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Of course, we still have the idea that women should be contrite over having an abortion, but this is a big step. Via Raw Story, another sign of the church softening under Pope Francis: Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year — overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church. “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with…
  • KY Clerk Defies SCOTUS, Still Refuses To Issue Marriage License

    Susie Madrak
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Ms. Davis now faces fines and contempt of court charges if she holds her ground: A defiant county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth. On Tuesday morning, as Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' office opened, two couples were denied licenses. A deputy clerk told April Miller and Karen Roberts, who walked into…
  • Democracy Now: An Unequal Recovery In New Orleans: Racial Disparities Grow In City 10 Years After Katrina

    Heather
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Democracy Now spent the hour marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this past Friday. If you missed it, it's a stark reminder of just how far we've got to go for the city to ever recover, and how, by design, some areas and far too many of the residents never will. From part one above: An Unequal Recovery in New Orleans: Racial Disparities Grow in City 10 Years After Katrina: We spend the hour today marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that devastated the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, killing more than 1,800 people, forcing more than a million people to…
  • Scott Walker Double Dribbles On Milwaukee Bucks Arena Issue

    capper
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    On Sunday, Scott Walker was on Meet the Press with Chuckles the Toad and the subject of Walker giving a quarter of a billion dollars in corporate welfare to the billionaires that own the Milwaukee Bucks. Walker tried to defend this indefensible scam with two main talking points: The deal had nothing to deal with pay for play even though one of the owners gave Walker's PAC $150,000. and is Walker's campaign finance co-chair. Walker went so far as to say that Hammes wasn't even really a part owner of the team. That the deal is fiscally conservative and good for the taxpayers. As for the first…
  • Conservatives, Why Do You Hate Sarah Palin? (Updated)

    Steve M.
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    You've probably heard that Republicans, particularly from Ohio, have denounced President Obama for officially restoring Mount McKinley's original name, Denali. Conservative anger is quite strong on Twitter: Obama observes Islam practice of eliminating Western names>Mt. McKinley to revert back to Denali https://t.co/rh0ZhaVMhv via @gatewaypundit — Rob Hayes (@2robhayes) August 31, 2015 Perhaps we should just be grateful Obama didn't decide to rename Mt. McKinley Mt. Trayvon. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 31, 2015 Never mind the fact that this is a popular move in…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for September 1, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:19 am
    I have this new thing where I try to imagine how a normal person would react in a given situation, and then screw it up anyway. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at … Continue reading →
  • Chill, baby, chill: Arctic oil exploration and climate security

    Joshua Booth
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    My wife’s engagement ring contains a marquis cut diamond appraised at $2000. I bought it at a pawn shop for $600. The pawn broker was ready to shoot me dead if I tried to steal it. When I paid him … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 31, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    I like my coffee as I like my women: neurotic and emotionally unavailable. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for August 31, 2015
  • Bastard out of Carolina: literature as hot mess…

    Jim Booth
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina is a compelling read, a powerful look at life among working class Southerners, and what is known in the vernacular as a “hot mess” – a beautiful work in spite of its flaws…. One … Continue reading →
  • Contact, Nevada

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
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    Power Line

  • Today’s Obligatory Trump Post

    Steven Hayward
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    (Steven Hayward) I’m falling down on the job, and skipped our Daily Trump Post yesterday. Well here’s Jimmy Kimmel, offering up a pretty accurate rendition of a Trump campaign spot (about 1:30 long): (more…)
  • Hillary endorsed Blumenthal email attacking Netanyahu and Israel [UPDATED]

    Paul Mirengoff
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    (Paul Mirengoff) The latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails includes, to no one’s surprise, additional commentary from Sid Blumenthal. Nearly all of it is vicious. The Obama administration’s decision to exclude Blumenthal from a position at the Department of State certainly was a good call. It must also have been an easy one, inasmuch as the Obama campaign experienced Sid’s viciousness first hand. (While on the subject of good Obama calls, we should also include Executive Order 13526, issued in December 2009, regarding “classified national security information.” As Andy…
  • Obama’s national security fraud

    Scott Johnson
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:40 am
    (Scott Johnson) When the AP’s George Jahn first broke the story of the secret side deal with Iran on Parchin, the side deal was viewed as so absurd that it was attacked by the left-wing media as a forgery. In the spirit of President Obama, the forgery was imputed in some precincts to Israeli intelligence. The side deal, with its self-inspection provisions — text here — is indeed absurd but, unfortunately, it is the real deal. Fred Fleitz has been on top of this story at NR, as in this post. In an important column for Investor’s Business Daily today, he ties up a few…
  • CRB: Our false messiah

    Scott Johnson
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:39 am
    (Scott Johnson) Today we continue our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Yesterday we featured CRB editor Charles Kesler’s meditation on “The Obama transformation versus the Reagan revolution.” University of Virginia Professor James Ceaser deepens our consideration of the Obama phenomenon in his review “The one.” The review is short and biting. In the review Professor Ceaser introduces us (me) to Morton Keller, “one of the…
  • More sleepless nights for Team Clinton as additional classified documents are released

    Paul Mirengoff
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) The State Department has just released a batch of about 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server. Approximately 150 of them are redacted because they contain classified information. The classified emails deal with Haiti, China, and Sudan, among many other subjects. A preliminary analysis by Fox News, presented on Megyn Kelly’s program, found that some of the information on Clinton’s server was inherently classified. Fox’s analysts cited a memo transmitting information provided by foreign diplomats about Sudan peace talks. As Shannen Coffin…
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    Salon.com

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Largest Batch of Clinton Emails Released

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton show that former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal remained a political confidant and correspondent throughout her time as secretary of state.
  • Chris Christie Looks for a Late-Night Lift

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:18 pm
    He didn’t dance “the belt grabber” or chest bump talk-show host Jimmy Fallon this time, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie happily lampooned himself on late-night television Monday.
  • California Lawmakers Approve Equal-Pay Measure

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    California lawmakers gave final approval to legislation that seeks to ensure equal compensation for women in the workplace by prohibiting employers from paying differing wages to employees who do “substantially similar work.”
  • White House Readying Sanctions Plan Against Chinese Firms for Cybertheft

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The White House is preparing a menu of sanctions against Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies that officials believe benefited from the cybertheft of U.S. corporate secrets.
  • Running Isn't Smooth for Streetcar Projects

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Some systems introduced as a way to ease traffic and spur development have experienced rocky starts or snags, jeopardizing longer-term expansion plans.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Want Your Children Well-Educated and Safe?

    Walter E. Williams
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics show that in 2012, there were about 749,200 violent assaults on students. In the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked, including being knocked out, each day of that school year. In Baltimore, each school day in…
  • Arguing With the Politically Correct

    No Author
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Remember Monty Python’s “Argument Clinic,” where Michael Palin is trying to procure an argument from John Cleese? Palin is frustrated that Cleese won’t move past contradictions. He insists a true argument is “A collective series of statements to establish a definite proposition,” and Cleese responds with “No, it isn’t.” As a kid, I saw it as a bunch of funny British guys doing something with the language I didn’t understand. Today, I see it as a tombstone—a stark reminder that the art of discussion is dead. (2) ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE Every time you notice a pattern, people…
  • The Ammo Can First Aid Kit

    Gaye Levy
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    When it comes to having a well-stocked first aid kit, I want to be prepared.  I truly do.  Having spent weeks at a time on a boat in the remote waters of British Columbia, I have always understood that a drugstore and medical doctor may not be accessible.  If sick or wounded, I would be on my own. So why then, were my first aid supplies in such a disorderly mess? In hindsight, I believe that in spite of having good intentions, it was a lot easier to keep purchasing supplies then to organize them.  It was easy to get something on Amazon then toss it in a drawer or into the  large “first…
  • How Trump Handled a Disruptive Immigrationite

    Thomas Sowell
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush’s speech, hecklers from a group called “Black Lives Matter” caused Bush to simply leave the scene. When Trump opened his question-and-answer period by pointing to someone in the audience who had a question, a Hispanic immigration activist who had not been called on simply stood up and started haranguing. Trump told the activist to sit down because…
  • Were You an Un-PC Yalie?

    Paul Gottfried
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ve recently received information that Yale University may be about to rename what is possibly the most picturesque of the twelve colleges that house its undergraduate population. Calhoun College, which flanks stately Elm Street in the now badly run-down city of New Haven, is for me a scene of youthful memory. As a graduate student in the mid-1960s, I would cut across the Calhoun yard, which was enclosed by Tudor Gothic buildings, on the way to the Sterling Library. There I labored on my dissertation and could see the college as I entered and left the building. Although constructed as…
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    Political Wire

  • The Latest on Wonk Wire

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Conservative Trump is Not Conservative About the Budget What if We Faced Another Financial Crisis? Do Trump and Sanders Defy Conventional Wisdom on ‘Big Money?’ The Problem With the GOP’s Interstate Obamacare Alternative Why Did Mass Incarceration Happen? Trump Isn’t the Only Candidate Talking Policy Nonsense Does Trump’s Surge Lock in His GOP Nomination?  
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:58 am
    “You know…he was so gracious — compared to these asses running.” — Former Vice President Walter Mondale, quoted by BuzzFeed, comparing former President Jimmy Carter to the 2016 field.
  • Supreme Court Says Clerk Must Allow Gay Marriages

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:56 am
    The Supreme Court “refused to allow a county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to continue to deny marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight,” the New York Times reports. “The case concerns Kim Davis, an elected clerk in rural Rowan County, Ky. After the state’s governor told county clerks to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, a federal court rejected Ms. Davis’s argument that she should be excused from the obligation given her religious beliefs.”
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    “Do you know that there are schools that train children your age to be suicide bombers?” — Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), quoted by the Washington Post, talking to a classroom of second and third graders.
  • Election Model Forecasts Democratic Landslide

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:37 am
    The Moody’s Analytics election model now predicts a Democratic electoral landslide in the 2016 presidential vote. “A small change in the forecast data in August has swung the outcome from the statistical tie predicted in July, to a razor-edge ballot outcome that nevertheless gives the incumbent party 326 electoral votes to the Republican challenger’s 212.”
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Obama Is a Climate Hypocrite. His Trip to Alaska Proves It.

    Eric Holthaus
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:18 am
    This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On Monday morning President Obama headed to Alaska—the front lines of climate change—for a trip the White House is calling "a spotlight on what Alaskans in particular have come to know: Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face, it is being driven by human activity, and it is disrupting Americans' lives right now." Problem is, those words fall flat when compared with Obama's mixed record on climate. The widely publicized trip comes at a delicate…
  • A Lot of American Catholics Have Never Heard of Pope Francis' Most Important New Message

    James West
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Pope Francis has so far had a tough time selling his high-profile climate campaign to Americans—even to the faithful. Two recent national surveys asked whether American Catholics were familiar with the pope's call for action, and the results were decidedly mixed. Polling data released Monday by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that one in five Catholics are still unfamiliar with the pope's position on climate change, outlined in his landmark encyclical—or papal letter—in which he said humans were contributing to the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem."…
  • Study: People Are Quicker to Shoot a Black Target Than a White Target

    Gabrielle Canon
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to a new report from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, racial bias can affect the likelihood of people pulling the trigger of a gun—even if shooters don't realize they were biased to begin with. Researchers found that, in studies conducted over the past decade, participants were more likely to shoot targets depicting black people than those depicting white people. A team led by researcher Yara Mekawi looked at 42 studies that used first-person-shooter tasks to identify shooter bias. In the lab, images of black or white people were shown to participants, who then…
  • Watch Donald Trump Completely Contradict Himself on US Troops in Iraq

    David Corn
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Donald Trump, the celebrity tycoon and front-runner in the Republican 2016 race, doesn't hold back when he criticizes the Bush-Cheney crowd for the Iraq War. Over the years, he has called the Iraq invasion a "big mistake" and a "mess," and he has insisted he never would have launched that war. Though the war remains unpopular, Trump's critique does put him at odds with the Republican establishment and GOP voters who supported the invasion. So as he has soared to the top of the polls, Trump has deftly devised a way of discussing the Iraq War that includes Obama-bashing. The problem (well, it…
  • The Hosts of This Ted Cruz Event Warned Attendees They Might Get Murdered By Bees

    Russ Choma
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Attendees to a Ted Cruz event on Sunday held at the farm of a Dover, New Hampshire couple were handed an eyebrow-raising disclaimer before entering the premises. "You may be at serious risk if you enter our property," the flyer warned, listing off the litany of perils that potentially awaited Cruz supporters, including bees, wasps, hornets, packs of coyotes, rabid raccoons, and, most ominously, very large turkeys.   The disclosure at Sen. Cruz's event this morning on Back Road has warnings against bees, coyotes, rabid raccoons, skunk and moose. #nh #fitn #nhpolitics #2016 A photo posted…
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Peer-reviewed study: Obama’s mixed messages contributing to climate change, mass confusion

    Doug Powers
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Do a simple search for “Arctic ice melt” and you’ll see all kind of alarming results. Here’s just one from May: Arctic Ice Melting Faster and Earlier With Dire Results. And just a few days ago: Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska. President Obama is in Alaska making the same warning, and then some: Pres Obama said melting glaciers contribute to rising sea levels – "projected to rise another one to four feet this century." — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 1, 2015 Obama also said…
  • Hillary Clinton email proves without a doubt she’s the ‘future’

    Doug Powers
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:26 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The wind-up: And the pitch, from the latest batch of non-deleted emails the State Department released last night: An exchange with former staffer Phillippe Reines on July 24, 2010, had the subject line “I-Pad Questions.” Clinton’s questions include how to charge the Apple tablet and how to update a news reader app. Reines asks Clinton if she has a wireless Internet connection, and she replies: “I don’t know if I have wi-fi. How do I find out?” Totally qualified to run a private server containing information foreign nations would be…
  • Salesmanship fail: Rep. Patrick Murphy channels his inner Neville Chamberlain to pitch Iran deal

    Doug Powers
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:57 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers You might have thought that with all the memos, emails and phone calls flying back and forth among those who were trying to sell Congress and the American public on the Iran deal that somebody at the top would have made an important point to fellow supporters: “When pitching the deal, never, ever say anything that remotely sounds like Neville Chamberlain at Munich. EVER!” But that kind of warning obviously was either never issued or not heeded, as Florida Dem Rep. Patrick Murphy demonstrated: “I believe deeply in the unbreakable bond between the…
  • Peak pandering: Ahead of Alaska visit, Obama officially renames Mt. McKinley

    Doug Powers
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Waving a wand and changing the name of an entire mountain to please the locals a day before you visit the state has set a new gold standard for pandering. Ironically enough, the name of William McKinley, a proponent of the fiscal gold standard, is being officially removed from the tallest mountain in America in order to do so: President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year battle over what to call a peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The…
  • ‘Degrade and ultimately destroy’ ISIS update: JV team ‘growing like crazy’

    Doug Powers
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Not even a year ago, President Obama pledged to bring down ISIS: "Our objective is clear: We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive & sustained counter-terrorism strategy." —Obama — The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 11, 2014 Let’s check in and see how the “JV team” has been brought to its knees since then: Despite recent developments with Turkey allowing the U.S. to conduct strikes from their bases, the radical Islamic caliphate is showing strong resistance, and their numbers continue to multiply.
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • All Labour politicians want the benediction of Keir Hardie | Letters from Frank Field, Alan Knight and Bob Holman

    Letters
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:45 am
    David Edgar may be right (Corbyn’s opponents could be correct. But I’m still inspired, Opinion, 31 August), and he does more than raise our spirits. To win in 2020, Labour now needs to appeal to a much more fragmented electorate. To do so successfully, I believe we need to develop further the initiatives that David suggests.The voters’ highest instincts, to which David appeals, are too frail a base on which to build sustained success across these sectional divides. Policy must be based on a sense of self-interest as well as fairness. Rebuilding welfare on a national insurance base and…
  • Yes or no? In or out? It’s not just the phrasing of the EU vote that’s a mess | Steve Richards

    Steve Richards
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:39 am
    The fact that David Cameron hadn’t thought the wording of the question through should worry those who want to stay in the European UnionBefore we have a date for the EU referendum the question to be asked is changed. Until now voters were going to decide on a yes or no question as to whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union. Now, after an intervention from the Electoral Commission, voters will be asked whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave it. There will be no chance for a positive yes to be connected with continuing membership. Related: EU…
  • Yvette Cooper’s refugees quota would require 10-fold rise in UK intake

    Patrick Butler Social policy editor
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Labour leadership candidate’s call to accept 10,000 refugees each year could only happen if local authorities considerably increased their commitment Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper’s call for Britain’s towns and cities to take in 10,000 refugees a year would represent a major ramping up of the UK’s current commitment to the resettlement of people fleeing persecution from overseas.Cooper told a conference in London that Britain had a duty to accept many more people fleeing totalitarianism – and to fail to do so would be “cowardly, immoral and not the British way”.
  • Nicola Sturgeon puts schools, jobs and homes at top of plans

    Severin Carrell Scotland editor
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    First minister says programme is ‘ambitious and reforming’ but Labour says SNP’s record ‘should shame us as a nation’Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, defended her party’s eight years in power as she unveiled plans to standardise school testing, step up jobs competition with other parts of the UK and extend a home-buying programme.Enduring values … can be applied to make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous country Continue reading...
  • Jeremy Corbyn pledges to reverse BBC and Arts Council cuts

    Rowena Mason Political correspondent
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    Labour leadership contender says party must be at forefront of campaign to defend licence fee and reverse cutsLabour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has said he would fight to reverse cuts to the BBC and arts funding.The Islington North MP made the promise as he set out his manifesto for the arts, although he did not provide an estimate of how much would be restored to them. Continue reading...
 
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    ThinkProgress: Matthew Yglesias

  • School Year Kicks Off With Student Walkouts And Parent Protests Over Transgender Bathroom Use

    Zack Ford
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:27 am
    With the school year just beginning in many districts, parents at two schools are already expressing outrage that transgender students are being allowed to use the bathrooms that match their identities. At Hillsboro High School in Missouri, Lila Perry came out as transgender last year. She used a unisex faculty restroom for a time, but felt ostracized, so this year told the school she wanted to be treated like other female students and use the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. The school has been supportive, but parents have have not. Parents at the school have claimed that…
  • Toll Booth Worker Strike May Jam Key Artery For Chicago Drivers On Labor Day Weekend

    Alan Pyke
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    The Chicago Skyway is a key conduit for drivers in the Chicago area looking for a weekend getaway. But on this Labor Day weekend, trips to Lake Michigan might be a lot messier than usual. The men and women who operate the Skyway’s tollbooths are preparing to go on strike if the toll system’s operating company continues to resist their contract demands. The toll operators, most of whom are part-time workers paid $11 an hour with no health insurance according to union officials, have been working without a contract since Monday when the previous deal expired. The 30 workers will…
  • Most Americans Don’t Know The True Danger Of Anxiety

    Sam P.K. Collins
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:40 am
    While an increasing number of Americans see mental and physical health equally, viewing depression and bipolar disorders as risk factors for suicide, a new study suggests that few understand that when unmitigated, anxiety disorders too can endanger one’s life. The study, released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, showed that although 90 percent of respondents have been affected by suicide and knew of its link to depression and bipolar disorder, less than half…
  • Donald Trump’s Mountainous History Of Disrespect For Native Americans

    Emily Atkin
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    It was a show of respect to Native Americans when President Obama on Sunday restored the name of the nation’s tallest mountain, formerly called Mount McKinley, to Denali. So it makes a lot of sense that presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t like it. On Tuesday, the Republican front-runner promised that he would reverse Obama’s decision if elected president. Restoring the mountain’s name to Denali, he said, was a “great insult to Ohio,” because former President William McKinley was born there. To be clear, Denali is located in Alaska, about 3,000 miles away…
  • James O’Keefe Releases Video Attacking Clinton Campaign — For Letting A Canadian Buy A T-Shirt

    Kira Lerner
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — “No, this is not a joke,” conservative media provocateur James O’Keefe said in a news conference Tuesday. O’Keefe’s group, Project Veritas, had just released a video he claims shows Hillary Clinton’s marketing director accepting a $75 campaign contribution from a Canadian citizen who wants to buy a T-shirt and pin. The video shows a journalist with Project Veritas helping a Canadian citizen give a $40 donation to Clinton’s campaign. The Canadian woman attempts to buy the campaign merchandise at Clinton’s campaign launch event in New York City, but is…
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  • Donald Trump reveals where the real conflict within the GOP lies

    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    Not long ago, we all knew what the 2016 Republican presidential primary was going to be about: a “battle for the soul of the GOP,” in which the establishment faced off against the Tea Party base for supremacy. After all, that fight has been going on throughout the Obama presidency, leaving the political field strewn […]
  • Morning Plum: GOP presidential candidates struggle to address inequality

    Greg Sargent
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:35 am
    Judging from the rhetoric of the GOP presidential candidates, most of them think they need to appear to want to address inequality to be competitive in a general election. Yet party orthodoxy and GOP primary politics require them to propose to undo President Obama’s redistributive policies — chief among them the Affordable Care Act — […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    * Hooray, more email news! The State Department will release roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails Monday, including about 150 emails that have been censored because they contain information that is now deemed classified. Department officials said the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the emails and not […]
  • So who wants to roll back the New Deal?

    Greg Sargent
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    Brian Beutler has an important piece in which he raises an unsettling question: Could the next Republican president nominate one or more Supreme Court justices who would seek to restore a pre-New Deal judicial conception of liberty of contract, with the goal of undermining much of the regulatory state that many Americans take for granted […]
  • Dick Cheney is back. Here’s why the GOP won’t listen to him.

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    If you have been plagued in recent days by not knowing the answer to the question, “What would Dick Cheney do?”, then your sleepless nights may be behind you. The former vice president is back, with a new book (written with his daughter Liz), media interviews, and a much-promoted speech coming up next week. But […]
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  • A Birthright Wasted On Some...

    19 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    In the Dred Scott Case, the judge infamously held that the slave who was its subject had no rights which had to be respected. Though born an American, he could be treated like trash because of who he was born to, and what his skin color was. It tells us something about the power of the Birthright citizenship in the 14th Amendment, that the extreme hypocrisy of Separate But Equal had to be invented in order to justify the dehumanizing laws of Jim Crow. They had to pretend, on a legal level, that segregation didn't betray that birthright!Such is the power of the 14th Amendment. Equal protection…
  • Final Deal with Iran Announced

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the final agreement reached by the 6 negotiation partners with Iran. I have not had time to look at the agreement itself nor have I read much commentary regarding its details, so I am withholding judgement for now.Back in April, I discussed the announced parameters regarding the current negotiations with Iran. I still hold the same opinions that I did then. Most important in my approach is the fact that in the absence of a deal, economic pressure on Iran is probably going to be decreased. Note what the British, French and…
  • A Vote For Bernie Sanders Is A Vote For the GOP Nominee

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Any armchair political observer can tell you that a long, drawn-out primary challenge only hurts the eventual nominee's chances in the general election. Even though a primary challenge has doomed many, many candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders supporters never got the message.In 1980, Jimmy Carter faced an already-uphill battle for re-election before Ted Kennedy announced he would challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination. This mobilized over 7 million liberal Democrats to the Kennedy camp, which eventually proved to be the final knockout punch to Carter's chances of a second term. In…
  • Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    The last legal challenge to the PPACA has been cleared. People will receive subsidies regardless of whether their exchange was established by the Federal Government or by a State. Secondly, people will no longer be discriminated according to their gender when applying for a civil marriage.These are both huge wins for liberty. My heartfelt congratulations are extended to the winning sides in both cases as well as the millions of Americans who have had their freedoms restored by their tireless work.
  • No "Off with her head" for the Queen of Nuts

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Honestly, I can't say I have much love for Pam Geller. In fact, when I heard this news... to be honest with you, I laughed at the thought of it! The poetic justice of a provocateur getting much more than they bargained for struck me as funny. But would I want it to actually happen? Not for a second.Being a bad person is not a capital crime, nor is being a bigot who pushes her luck trying to lure in terrorists to attack her. The latter certainly demonstrates faulty judgment and morals, but it doesn't amount to the kind of atrocity that ISIS commits. I got particularly annoyed when I read about…
 
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  • Corpocracy alive and well

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    A recent WP article on Solyndra and Lockheed leads one to perceive that corpocracy is alive and well. According to the article Solyndra officials repeatedly misled federal officials and omitted information about the firms financial status in their attempt to gain a major government load. Solyndra was to make and sell hi tech solar panels but declared bankruptcy and the taxpayers were left holding the bag, have we been here before, for a half billion taxpayer dollars. A second articles relates that Lockheed, the world's largest defense contractor has agreed to pay $4.7M to settle charges that…
  • Challenging Birthright Citizenship

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Changing the law on birthright citizenship isn't just a "a long and arduous path," as Senator Cruz stated; it's ages-old road that has had its turns and twists. So a little Latin is in order perhaps, and yes the Romans has a lot to do with that. Jus sanguinis - the right of blood literally - means you have to have one or more parent as a citizen of the state whose citizenship you are then entitled to. It's still the way a majority of nations in the world operate today. The Americas are the great exception having put in place jus soli - right of soil - in response to the waves of migration in…
  • Slow Motion Dance Towards Armageddon

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Is the media fuss over the AP story that Iran will self-inspect a fraud? That seems an exaggeration at best, but the edits to the original story, which essentially took out some granularity and replaced it with a sort of cover statement that it wasn't clear "how" these inspections would proceed, have caused a lot of crossed tweets between critics and AP journalists. The IAEA has stated that the story is "misleading" but as the debate goes back and forth over whether AP reporters were somehow duped, the details that do remain show how carefully the IAEA have to tip toe around the Iranian…
  • The Washington Consensus on Immigration

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Guess what: the not-very-Tumpista Fox news poll is showing Trump at 25%. In second place, it's Ben Carson with almost identical numbers, (12% a little less than half of Trump's numbers), to his PPP poll numbers from last week. And Ted Cruz is in third with 10% having had, one suspects, a very nice bump as well from his polished fury at the debates in Cleveland. Yes Jeb Bush is next at 9%, but what strikes one is where Marco Rubio sits: in 9th place with just 4% and barely ahead of Chris Christie and Rand Paul. And clearly, immigration is an important issue as far as voters' view of the GOP…
  • Marco and Ben and Black Lives Matter

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Speaking on Fox, Senator Rubio talked about Black Lives Matter - who are making a habit of disrupting campaign events for Republicans and Democrats alike - and what to do about the protests. Everyone seems to have a handy statistic on young black men and their likelihood to end up in jail or die a violent death, often at the hands of other young black males. Senator Marco, for example, stated that they are much more likely to end up in jail than go to college or university. And he mentioned the case of a friend who is a professional and black, and who in the last 18 months has been stopped 8…
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  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
 
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  • Yes or no? In or out? It’s not just the phrasing of the EU vote that’s a mess | Steve Richards

    Steve Richards
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:39 am
    The fact that David Cameron hadn’t thought the wording of the question through should worry those who want to stay in the European UnionBefore we have a date for the EU referendum the question to be asked is changed. Until now voters were going to decide on a yes or no question as to whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union. Now, after an intervention from the Electoral Reform Society, voters will be asked whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave it. There will be no chance for a positive yes to be connected with continuing membership.The change is small…
  • The Guardian view on Europe’s refugee crisis: a little leadership, at last | Editorial

    Editorial
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:18 am
    Angela Merkel has faced up to how a humanitarian emergency is threatening a continent’s defining values. The rest of Europe should pay attention, and follow suitVisionary language is rarely heard from pro-Europeans these days; attempts to cast the EU as a morally based endeavour risk ridicule and scorn. The brave stance that Angela Merkel, not an easy woman to mock, has taken on the refugee and migrant crisis thus deserves close attention. The German chancellor has taken the lead on an issue that has, for too long, produced nothing but squabbling among member states, and fodder for the…
  • Why zombies are the coldest comfort | Catherine Shoard

    Catherine Shoard
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    The best horror directors don’t just scare us but make us feel we’re in a safe pair of handsOne of the upsides of getting older is learning to appreciate the undead. Just as the palate adjusts to anchovies and early nights, so too zombies become enjoyable. Twenty years ago they would have worried me, a decade ago bored me. Now I find them reassuring as old friends. A couple of weeks ago the pilot episode of Fear the Walking Dead set records worldwide. Viewing figures in the US caused the network AMC’s stock to rocket. The trick was repeated in almost every territory where the pilot…
  • Idris Elba ‘too street’ to play James Bond? Get with the times | Maurice Mcleod

    Maurice Mcleod
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    Anthony Horowitz might think he knows Bond but there’s more to being suave than knowing what cutlery to use with your quinoa saladIdris Elba’s chances of being cast as the first black screen Bond took a hit this week when the author Anthony Horowitz claimed the star of Luther and The Wire was “too street” to be Britain’s favourite spy.Hackney-born Elba, 42, has been one of the frontrunners to play 007 since leaked Sony emails suggested he was being considered to replace Daniel Craig. Might the filmmakers now be influenced by the writer’s comments? Continue reading...
  • Rentboy wasn't my 'brothel'. It was a tool to stay alive in this economy of violence | Anonymous

    Anonymous
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:15 am
    The prosecution of the escort site is a symptom of law enforcement’s insidious efforts to sex workers’ networks of mutual support and safetyPushed out of home by Evangelical parents as a teen when I came out, I worked double shifts as a bus boy, pieced together odd construction jobs and yardwork and informally traded sex for money and shelter – sometimes with “friends” my age, but more often with well-moneyed older men.So by the time I posted my first ad on Craigslist’s “Erotic Services” section, it was just another – albeit particularly – odd job. I hadn’t been paid a…
 
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  • Hubris and The Reality of Nature

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    The Mission SanMiguelcredit: aukeuisser.nl Man, proud man. Dress’d in a little brief authority. Measure for Measure William Shakespeare This is fascinating. Via Fox News: JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii –  Researchers made a surprising find when diving in the waters off Hawaii: a large US naval tanker that had been sitting unseen in 80 feet of water for nearly 60 years. ‘I turn around, and this giant, looming structure, so eerie,’ Melissa Price, a maritime archaeologist, told Hawaii News Now. Price was one of three divers to discover the Mission San Miguel on Aug. 3 off the…
  • Soft Tyranny Times 2

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: en.wikipedia.org It’s the beginning of the second week of the 2015-2016 school year. What better time to examine two trends in K-12 education that do not bode well for the future, unless Americans once again take control of their laws and their schools? First, from Fox News, the Left’s continuing attempt to drive any mention of the influence of faith from our public schools, and one community’s bravery in fighting back:  There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered…
  • EPA Cockroaches v. Wyoming Welder, Part 3

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Johnson family, environmental criminalscredit: Andy Johnson/Facebook On August 24, 2014, I asked these questions: Imagine there was a federal government agency that could make up its own rules as it went along. Imagine that it could declare crimes, making previously lawful practices and benign daily actions illegal, independent of any congressional legislation. Imagine that it could deny those accused of violating its regulations and pseudo-laws due process and assess fines beyond the ability of any but the obscenely wealthy to pay. Imagine that it could seize lands and buildings whenever…
  • Shameless Automotive Pandering

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    2014 Ford Focus Okay. I’m finally going to do it. I’ve avoided such pedestrian “what’s the best” arguments, but as she often does, my pal Bookworm, has inspired a brief article. I say brief, because I intend to state my preference and flee for the exits as from a pestilence before those with a differing opinion can get out of the starting blocks. I refer, of course, to my current preference for Ford vehicles. Bookworm’s article is about the fact that electric cars really aren’t good for the environment, nor do they save the vast amounts of money their proponents claim. The SMM…
  • The 14th Amendment: National Suicide?

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:35 pm
    credit: the dailysheeple.com Among the issues stirred by by Donald Trump is that of birthright citizenship, the idea held as a virtual sacrament by amnesty and open borders cracktivists, that when a baby exits the birth canal and breathes its first breath, it is, so long as it breathes on American soil, by means of the 14th Amendment https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv  (ratified in 1868) an American citizen. The contemporary term of art is “anchor baby,” because that infant’s supposed citizenship also confers innumerable benefits on his parent, siblings, extended…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:05 am
    Elizabeth Warren didn't always think very well of Joe Biden.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote scathingly of Vice President Biden while she was on the faculty of Harvard Law School, mocking his White House ambitions while slamming his support for a bankruptcy bill that she said “hurts women.”“With his presidential aspirations growing, Senator Biden must be delighted ... with the halo effect that suggests that he is one public official politically active women can trust,” Warren wrote in a 2002 Harvard Women’s Law Journal article....In 2002, years before her political career…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    Byron York reports that Trump is about to divide Republicans with his proposal to raise taxes rates on the wealthiest Americans.First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party's powers-that-be.The problem for the establishment is that Trump's positions on all three issues are more in line with the majority of American voters than the establishment's preferred policies. By using his popularity…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    Sean Trende and David Byler have given political junkies a big gift by providing a tool to try to figure out how shifts in the percentage of the GOP share of the 2016 vote of whites, blacks, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups and then plugged in their estimates of turnout of those groups to see how this would change the Electoral College vote. It's fascinating to see what effect a shift from 2008 or 2012 splits could have an impact on the election. There are some surprises in their results. What is clear is that, for the GOP to win, they need to increase their share of the non-Hispanic white…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    Jonah Goldberg has a great column noting how so many Democrats are horrified at the thought of reinterpreting the Constitution concerning birthright citizenship.Now bear in mind, all of these Democrats oppose justices who believe the Constitution should be read narrowly, according to the original intent or plain meaning of the text. They like justices who worship at the altar of the “living Constitution” — you know, the mythical document that magically provides rights never imagined by the Founding Fathers.Meanwhile, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Rich Lowry reminds us of how many supposedly smart people have expressed their envy of China's leaders and government. It's time to stop that idiocy.China long ago replaced Japan as the Asian boogeyman whose superior economic model is going to sweep all before it. This is such a readily accepted article of faith that it is held, in its various forms, across the spectrum from self-consciously cosmopolitan elites like Thomas Friedman to bombastic populists like Donald Trump.Friedman, the New York Times columnist, has written, “I cannot help but feel a tinge of jealousy at China’s ability to…
 
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  • Progress… how’s that working out for us?

    Rick
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “The superstition of progress asserts itself in some such fashion as this in our class rooms, best-sellers and high-class journals: Man is naturally good and indefinitely perfectible, and thanks to great cosmic floods of evolution will be swept forward and forward until he becomes a kind of a god. Goodness increases with time, while evil and error decline. History represents the gradual but steady advance of man up the hill of the more abundant and happy life. No special institutions, no moral discipline, no Divine grace are necessary for the progress of man; for progress is automatic, due…
  • Ohio’s Congressmen Need A Whaaambulance

    David Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Native Alaskans are getting back that which was taken from them, and Ohio’s congressmen are howling about it. The citizens of Alaska in general and the natives of Alaska in particular have finally received the justice long denied them. President Barack Obama is undoing the ethnic insult that took place when Alaska’s Mount Denali had its Athabaskan name taken away and replaced with the name of a white man who never set foot in Alaska. Back during the Nineteenth Century, D.C. politicians, in general, didn’t care if Native Americans were insulted by efforts to deprive them of…
  • How NOT To Be Hired

    David Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A résumé is supposed to help one get a job. Some job applicants act as if the opposite were true. Ready to LOL? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners August 28, 2015

    Sarahconner2
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was a “wicked” success. Make sure you read all the captions before they mysteriously disappear. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rick Adams) – “Game of Crones” 2) (Porkopolis) – “Liar, Liar Pantsuit on Fire” 3) (Brian Brandt) – “HEEEEEEERE’S HILLIE ! ! ! !” 4) (Joe_Miller) – “Hillary pays her last respects to her dear departed email server.” 5) (Paul Hooson) – ““It’s…
  • “Hell is not some arbitrary punishment that God sticks on us like postage stamps…”

    Rick
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Mark Shea with a much needed primer on what Catholicism does (and does not) teach about salvation: Sometime back, the media got itself all in a tizzy about “the Vatican” supposedly issuing “seven new deadly sins”.  As one particularly egregious headline put it “Recycle or go to hell, warns Vatican”. Given this view of the Faith, discussions in the press then break down into inane prattle about mortal and venial sin.  Here, for instance, is Slate explaining it all for you: What kinds of sins aren’t deadly? The venial ones. The Catholic Church divides…
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  • Earthquakes, the "Big One" & the Pacific Northwest, by @Gaius_Publius

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:43 am
    Earthquakes, the "Big One" & the Pacific Northwestby Gaius PubliusThis is not quite a political story, but it's an important one. Most people west of the Mississippi and many people east of it assume that the so-called "Big One," the mother of all American earthquakes, will occur in southern California along the San Andreas fault.Shaded relief map of California showing the location of SAFOD [San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth]. Major historical earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault are shown, with the creeping section of the fault in blue. (© USGS, click to enlarge) [source]But…
  • Chuck Todd can read minds

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    Chuck Todd can read mindsby digbyThis morning he said upfront, without any obfuscation, that he believes that Clinton only had her separate email server in order to hide her correspondence. And since they haven't found any smoking gun which could justify this,  the implication is that she is obviously a paranoid freak. See how that works? She is either a corrupt sell-out or a paranoid freak. Heads he wins, tails she loses.Frankly, I think it's perfectly sensible of her to want to keep her correspondence from Chuck Todd and his friends in the press when you observe the orgy of meaningless…
  • Weakness: The ultimate RW insult by @BloggersRUs

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Weakness: The ultimate RW insultby Tom Sullivan If you want a perfect encapsulation of the conservative world view, you need look no further than "A Boy Named Sue," a song made famous by Johnny Cash and (ironically) written by the late Shel Silverstein, a writer of children's books. "Son, this world is rough, and if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough... It's the name that helped to make you strong" Not a good father. Not a good husband. Not a good citizen. But strong. It's all that matters. That's why blustering manhood and guns and codpieces play so well on the right. It is also why…
  • The egos have landed

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Egos Have Landedby digbyThis is the day American jumped the shark:It's over folks.
  • The first Willie Horton of the Cycle (and look who's on the receiving end ... oh irony)

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The first Willie Horton of the Cycleby digbyAnd it's against the middle son of the man whose campaign ran the first one:This is no "act of love" as Jeb Bush said...A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:16am PDTYou knew it was only a matter of time before one of these guys ran a revolting ad like this, right?How do you like it Jeb?I don't think it will help him.  He's in a party full of very deluded people who think Trump's got the right idea. Talk about being caught between a rock and hard place --- of your own making..
 
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  • ‘Religious liberty’ argument reignites interest in anti-gay propaganda

    Alvin McEwen
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Tweets such as this one is exposing the hypocrisy of the “religious liberty” argument. An online booklet on anti-gay propaganda published in 2013 is enjoying a huge resurgence of readership because it exposes the homophobia behind some of the religious right leading voices who claim their positions are based on religion, not animus. And this is taking place at the very time in which these voices are moving to enshrine anti-gay discrimination into the law under the guise of “religious liberty.” How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America was published by…
  • The Last Late Late Night FDL: When The Music’s Over

    Suzanne
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Doors — When The Music’s Over, live in Copenhagen, 1968. What a long strange trip its been, eh? I’m so thankful to Jane for allowing me to host Late Night/Late Late Night lo these past many years. I’d also like to thank Tut for stepping up and hosting so I didn’t have to host every night. Thanks dood!!! I can’t forget RBG, Lurk, Ellie, Dakine, EG, and the rest of the backstage crew who toiled so hard behind the scenes to make these front page posts look effortless. Finally, I want to thank you, the lurkers and commenters, for everything —…
  • Arizona Apache Mobilize Against Bill Which Hands Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company

    Derrick Broze
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Originally published at MintPress News.   OAK FLAT, Arizona –— The San Carlos Apache Tribe held a celebratory dinner on July 27 to welcome back members of the Apache Stronghold caravan after a two-week journey from the tribe’s reservation in Bylas, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. The dinner menu featured a traditional Apache acorn soup and juice squeezed from skunkbush sumac berries — both of which are threatened by a proposed $6 billion mining operation. The Apache Stronghold formed in December in response to a last-minute legislative provision included in the the…
  • Media ……. my last entry at FDL

    cmaukonen
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Nurse listening to a radio during World War II John Atherton – Flickr creative commons From the very first the media – newspapers and such – has been first and foremost about selling stuff. And that means advertising. And the more people read these first newspapers and then magazines, the more advertising could be sold and the more could be charged for it. It’s as simple as that. Even as the technology improved this aspect of the media – in this country at least – has not changed. And to get people to read and in the case of broadcasting watch and/or…
  • An Appreciation of FDL Contributors

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As Firedoglake goes offline this weekend, those of us who are launching Shadowproof would like to take the time to show appreciation for all the contributors, who helped make FDL special through the years. Keeping FDL online and filled with daily content during hiatus was a struggle. It would have been even more impossible without the regular contributions of Ruth Calvo, Crane-Station, Frederick Leatherman, Lawrence Hudetz, and CTuttle. Ruth kept up the “Saturday Art” series, which has highlighted something wonderful and magnificent each weekend. Lawrence continued his weekly…
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  • Monday Open Thread

    Big Tent Democrat
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
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    Big Tent Democrat
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    College football just around the corner. Open Thread. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Indictments will be long: State sent unsecured "classified" e-mails during Bush Administration

    Big Tent Democrat
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A point I have tried to make a number of times on the "Eghazi: It's Classified!" "scandal" is that the originators of the "classified" e-mails were career State Department officials. Thus, I noted that the current US Ambassador to Bahrain William... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    I'm on a blogging break due to my impending move (September 10.) I'll put up open threads as I can so as not to leave readers high and dry, so to speak. Blogging is a hobby but it's an expensive one. If you'd like to help out,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bill Richardson Announces Support for Hillary

    Jeralyn
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Former Gov. Bill Richardson, who supported Obama over Hillary in 2007 after his own bid ended, announced his support for Hillary today. "I am pleased to announce I wholeheartedly support Secretary Clinton's candidacy for the Presidency. Her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    King George III Politicker NJ names the 30 most influential people in South Jersey. George Norcross III takes up the top five slots. Union Busting Chris Christie wants to take his union-busting police reorganization from Camden to Newark. But the folks in Newark won't be as compliant to Christie's request. Christie out-Romneys Romney "People are packages, my friends" - Christie As Hurricane Season Starts... Three years after Hurrican Sandy, some people are just finding housing now. Got Kids? The new child safety seat laws go into effect today. NJ State Police and most counties have programs…
  • The Assembly abets Christie to allow important bills to languish

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    The Assembly has held no session since June 29, and no session is scheduled in September or October while Assembly members are in full campaign mode. Most likely there will be no Assembly session until after the November 3 election. In the meantime, Governor Christie, working on his impossible dream, is allowed to ignore many bills sent to him. "A bill becomes law upon the Governor's signature or after 45 days if no action is taken. If the House of origin is in recess on the 45th day, the time is extended until it reconvenes." What this means is that bills originated in the Assembly and sent…
  • NJ is Unfriendly. You Gotta Problem With That?

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    According to Conde Nast (part of a conglomerate whose holdings include the Star Ledger, NJ.com, and several other New Jersey papers), two of the top ten "unfriendliest" cities in the U.S. are in New Jersey. Newark comes in as number 1, and Atlantic City as number 3 in terms of unfriendliness. Newark and AC are not places I'd choose for a vacation, but this ranking seems a bit over the top to me. I've been to many cities in the US where I have felt less welcome. On Newark, they say, "Dirty and seemingly trashy and unsafe in many areas, yet somehow also kind of expensive." On Atlantic City: "An…
  • Gov. Christie: Another great proposal

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    If elected (a big "if"), Christie said yesterday, "he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way Fed Ex tracks packages. So his plan is to reduce immigrants to the status of a package. Demeaning maybe? Christie added that "he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system." Embed a GPS chip or use an ankle bracelet? Both can be easily discarded. How to track down 12 million non-citizen immigrants? How much would be the cost? Who else might be able to access the location of an immigrant? All U. S.
  • Cory Booker: "I can be honest with you"

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The above is the subject line in the senator's email to me yesterday. He goes on to say, "I know I can always be honest with you. And honestly, summer can be a really difficult time to raise money." OK I get it, and realize it's a tough season for soliciting donations. However, if honesty is so important please avoid the suspense and tell us soon honestly how you will vote on the Iran deal next month. You receive substantial support from forces that oppose the deal while colleague vultures are circling above for the kill. Please continue on your honesty track and let us know honestly the…
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  • US-Made Cluster Munitions Causing Civilian Deaths in Yemen

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Also see: Despite Global Ban, Saudi-Led Forces Kill Dozens in Yemen Using US-Made Cluster Bombs New research released on August 27 by a leading human rights watchdog has found evidence of seven attacks involving cluster munitions in Yemen's northwestern Hajja governorate. Carried out between late April and mid-July 2015, the attacks are believed to have killed at least 13 people, including three children, and wounded 22 others, according to an August 26 report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The rights group believes the rockets were launched from Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a…
  • Despite Global Ban, Saudi-Led Forces Kill Dozens in Yemen Using US-Made Cluster Bombs

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Also see: US-Made Cluster Munitions Causing Civilian Deaths in Yemen Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi Arabia of using U.S.-made cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks in the Yemeni city of Hajjah between late April and mid-July. Dozens of civilians were killed or wounded, both during the attacks and later, when they picked up unexploded submunitions that detonated. Neither the United States, Saudi Arabia or Yemen have joined the global convention banning the use of cluster munitions. Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch criticized the U.S. stance on cluster munitions. "The U.S.
  • The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour during which he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic. On Monday, Obama highlighted the dangers posed by climate change in the region. "Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average," Obama said. "Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the United States." As the Arctic region warms, the geopolitical significance of the region is growing as new areas become reachable, spurring maritime traffic and oil drilling. Resources…
  • When the Default Is to Classify Everything

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, at an event in Nashua, New Hampshire, in July. (Photo: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist / The New York Times) The Hillary Clinton email "scandal" continues - and there is still no sign that she broke any rules when she was secretary of state, and no sign that she sent or received anything labeled "classified" - but she may have received and even forwarded items that were later classified, or that "should" have been classified. By normal human standards, this is a big nothing. But in this case…
  • "Mr. Smith Goes to Prison": After a Year in Jail, Former State Senator Condemns Mass Incarceration

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The first time Jeff Smith appeared on the national radar, he was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which chronicled his 2004 campaign for the congressional seat of the retiring Dick Gephardt. Smith narrowly lost the race to Russ Carnahan, but his surprising performance in a crowded field of 10 made him a rising star in Missouri Democratic politics. Smith was elected state senator in 2006 and served until 2009, when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy for an election law violation tied to the 2004 campaign. Smith was sentenced to one…
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  • Name Ohio "McKinley" -- and don't stop there!

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Republicans, particularly Ohio Republicans, are of course up in arms about the Obama administration's announcement that it would use its executive authority to restore Mount McKinley (named in 1896 by a gold prospector who heard of the president-to-be's nomination) to its historic name, Denali, "the high one," as it had been known for centuries. Alaskans have requested the change for decades (and changed the name themselves via the state Board on Geographic Names in 1975), and (Republican) Senator Lisa Murkowski recorded a video thanking Obama for the change, but never mind.*  John…
  • Five factors driving (or inhibiting) CSR takeup in ACA private plan markets

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I want to lay out some notes here for a regression analysis of what drives takeup (or the lack of takeup) of Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies among buyers of private health plans on ACA exchanges. CSR reduces out-of-pocket costs for buyers with incomes under 251% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  The benefit is quite strong up to 200% FPL, but almost negligible in the 201-250% FPL range.CSR is best understood not as some obscure secondary benefit but as the ACA's best defense against underinsurance -- that is, against leaving plan holders on the hook for more medical expenses…
  • Why Trump wants a wall

    Andrew Sprung
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    There's a prototype for Trump's wall along the Mexican border:If you're going to build an 1800-mile wall, why not stuff it with apartments?  And of course, Mexicans can come through the "beautiful door" and build it..and have their remittances taxed to pay for it.  It will have not only gorgeous views of the Rio Grande. but the best lawns.As president, Trump can set up a public-private partnership with himself. The U.S. can be renamed Trump Place. What's not to like?
  • Which insured Americans get no subsidy whatsoever?

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Who are the Americans who get no help from the federal government paying for their health insurance?The uninsured, of course. Also, those who buy their insurance in the nongroup market (on- or off-exchange) and a) earn too much to qualify for subsidies, and b) are not self-employed. It's important to recognize that the self-employed do get a subsidy: the self-employment health insurance deduction. If your health insurance costs less than your total self-employed earnings, you can deduct the whole cost from your earnings. A recent study indicates that this deduction takes an…
  • Biden in Pilgrimage to Democrats' Matron Saint

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    In honor of James Fallows' found art department: The NYT 'weekend briefing' on my phone had the image below directly beneath the headline belowBiden, Considering White House Bid, Meets with Elizabeth WarrenLet us hope he found what he was seeking.Article here. The image was actually attached to this one.
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Yes or no? In or out? It’s not just the phrasing of the EU vote that’s a mess | Steve Richards

    Steve Richards
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:39 am
    The fact that David Cameron hadn’t thought the wording of the question through should worry those who want to stay in the European UnionBefore we have a date for the EU referendum the question to be asked is changed. Until now voters were going to decide on a yes or no question as to whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union. Now, after an intervention from the Electoral Reform Society, voters will be asked whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave it. There will be no chance for a positive yes to be connected with continuing membership.The change is small…
  • The Guardian view on Europe’s refugee crisis: a little leadership, at last | Editorial

    Editorial
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:18 am
    Angela Merkel has faced up to how a humanitarian emergency is threatening a continent’s defining values. The rest of Europe should pay attention, and follow suitVisionary language is rarely heard from pro-Europeans these days; attempts to cast the EU as a morally based endeavour risk ridicule and scorn. The brave stance that Angela Merkel, not an easy woman to mock, has taken on the refugee and migrant crisis thus deserves close attention. The German chancellor has taken the lead on an issue that has, for too long, produced nothing but squabbling among member states, and fodder for the…
  • Why zombies are the coldest comfort | Catherine Shoard

    Catherine Shoard
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    The best horror directors don’t just scare us but make us feel we’re in a safe pair of handsOne of the upsides of getting older is learning to appreciate the undead. Just as the palate adjusts to anchovies and early nights, so too zombies become enjoyable. Twenty years ago they would have worried me, a decade ago bored me. Now I find them reassuring as old friends. A couple of weeks ago the pilot episode of Fear the Walking Dead set records worldwide. Viewing figures in the US caused the network AMC’s stock to rocket. The trick was repeated in almost every territory where the pilot…
  • Idris Elba ‘too street’ to play James Bond? Get with the times | Maurice Mcleod

    Maurice Mcleod
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    Anthony Horowitz might think he knows Bond but there’s more to being suave than knowing what cutlery to use with your quinoa saladIdris Elba’s chances of being cast as the first black screen Bond took a hit this week when the author Anthony Horowitz claimed the star of Luther and The Wire was “too street” to be Britain’s favourite spy.Hackney-born Elba, 42, has been one of the frontrunners to play 007 since leaked Sony emails suggested he was being considered to replace Daniel Craig. Might the filmmakers now be influenced by the writer’s comments? Continue reading...
  • Rentboy wasn't my 'brothel'. It was a tool to stay alive in this economy of violence | Anonymous

    Anonymous
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:15 am
    The prosecution of the escort site is a symptom of law enforcement’s insidious efforts to sex workers’ networks of mutual support and safetyPushed out of home by Evangelical parents as a teen when I came out, I worked double shifts as a bus boy, pieced together odd construction jobs and yardwork and informally traded sex for money and shelter – sometimes with “friends” my age, but more often with well-moneyed older men.So by the time I posted my first ad on Craigslist’s “Erotic Services” section, it was just another – albeit particularly – odd job. I hadn’t been paid a…
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  • Citi Report: Slowing Global Warming Could Save Tens of Trillions of Dollars

    timothy
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:02 am
    Layzej writes with news carried by The Guardian about a report published by the Global Perspectives & Solutions division of Citibank (America's third-largest bank) examining the costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report examined two hypothetical futures: one "business as usual," and the other (the "Action" scenario) which includes an aggressive move to reduce energy use and carbon emission. From the article: "One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the investment costs for the two scenarios are almost identical. In fact, because of savings due to reduced…
  • Where the Tech Industry's Political Donations Are Going

    Soulskill
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Early estimates suggest the 2016 U.S. presidential election will result in $5-10 billion in spending by candidates and organizations — much more than ever before. To support this, they need lots of contributions, and the tech industry is becoming a significant player. (Not as much as the financial industry, of course, but tech's influence is growing.) Re/Code breaks down which candidates are getting the most money from the tech sector so far. Right now, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has gotten the most tech money by far — more than the rest of the field…
  • Assange Says Harrods Assisting Metro Police in 'Round-the-Clock Vigil'

    timothy
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The Daily Mail reports that Julian Assange seems to have yet another foe (or at least friend of a foe) watching persistently while he stays put in the Ecuadorean embassy in London: Harrod's Department Store. The Metro Police, according to Assange, have developed a relationship with the store, and are using that relationship to facilitate their full-time observation of his roosting place in the embassy. When the founder of Wikileaks says, "We have obtained documents from Harrods [saying that] police have people stationed 24 hours a day in some of the opposing buildings Harrods controls," it…
  • Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages

    timothy
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    PolygamousRanchKid submits the news that New Jersey governor (and Republican presidential candidate) Chris Christie said yesterday that he would, if elected president, create a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages. The NYT writes: Mr. Christie, who is far back in the pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, said at a campaign event in New Hampshire that he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system."At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It's on the truck. It's at the station. It's…
  • Croatian Party Advocates Government Adoption of Open Source

    timothy
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, Croatian political party Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) published a new policy that encourages the government to pursue open source solutions, addresses the dangers of vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way. In this article on Opensource.com, Croatian startup founder Josip Almasi highlights some of the policy's implications, as well as why it could matter in the upcoming election.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Triathlon preview: Challenge Paguera, Majorca October 17, 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    Majorca’s been a sporting playground of mine for some years. I am far from alone in that. The cycling opportunities it offers draw thousands of people, not least many a pro cycling team, for whom the island is perfect for winter training – superb roads, beautiful mountains, minimal traffic. The way Majorca has embraced amateur athletes [...]
  • Her Outdoors: The best allotment in Britain

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    Back in February I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges in the first year of Britain’s Best Allotment competition, sponsored by Hippo. Anyone who has an allotment will know how much work it takes to keep a plot ticking over with veg and fruit throughout the season, as well as [...]
  • India and Pakistan’s abandoned talks show how little can be achieved

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:29 am
    There is no prospect of India and Pakistan coming to terms and settling their border differences in the foreseeable future, certainly not in the lifetime of the two countries’ present governments and probably not for much longer. Efforts to improve the relationship in other ways will also be precarious and uncertain. That has been clear for [...]
  • The Haute Route: the final stage

    21 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Seven days ago, after the first stage of the Haute Route Pyrenees, I had doubts that I would be one of the 300 strong peloton riding into the finish point of Toulouse. Just shows what enormous amounts of painkillers, compression tights and chamois cream can do to get you through 800km and up 20 mountain [...]
  • The Haute Route: Day 6 and only 1 day left

    20 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    For me there’s a  mixture of relief and great sadness that tomorrow is the final day of The Haute Route Pyrenees, 2015. My legs and behind are overjoyed but my heart is heavy and I can’t imagine there’s a single rider who hasn’t had a fantastic week or experienced extremes of emotions who would disagree. [...]
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  • California Agrees to Scale Back Solitary Confinement

    Scott Shackford
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    There are people in California’s prison system who have been held in near-complete isolation for more than a decade. Today the state has announced a settlement with a group of these prisoners to move thousands of inmates out of solitary confinement. California had used this system to control prison gangs, but will seek alternative plans. From the Los Angeles Times: Instead, the state agreed to create small, high-security units that keep its most dangerous inmates in a group setting where they are entitled to many of the same privileges as other prisoners: contact visits, phone calls and…
  • County Clerk Still Refusing to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses—But This Isn't About Religious Liberty

    Stephanie Slade
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:15 am
    A Christian county clerk in Rowan, Kentucky, has been refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the grounds that it would violate her religious beliefs. Appealing to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for relief from an order by the state that she begin granting the licenses, she was rebuffed yesterday by the high court. As a libertarian and a person of faith, I don't often utter these words, but Justice Kagan is in the right and the Christian county clerk is in the wrong. Storm clouds have been gathering for quite a while in the battle over religious liberty and conscience…
  • Obama Wanders Around Alaskan Glaciers Searching for Climate Catastrophe

    Ronald Bailey
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:33 am
    Later today, President Barack Obama will tour the Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park with TV survivalist Bear Grylls. The president hopes that his made-for-TV moment will help persuade Americans and the rest of the world to endorse his climate change policies. Yesterday, President Barack Obama addressed an international conference in Alaska at which representatives from many nations with interests in the Arctic region were meeting. In his remarks, President Obama mentioned his worries about how melting Alaskan glaciers are adding to sea level rise: One new study estimates that…
  • Culture Warriors Invade Sci-Fi/Fantasy

    Cathy Young
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    The latest pitched battle in science fiction is not between space pirates and alien monsters but between fandom factions, with the Hugo Awards as the battlefield. Depending on where you stand, this fight pits either forces of progress against reactionary barbarians or the elitist establishment against anti-authoritarian rebels. The progressive elites have decisively won this round; but was it a pyrrhic victory? One thing is certain: this culture war is here to stay. The Hugos are science fiction's Oscars, selected by fans—anyone who pays the $40 World Science Fiction Convention membership…
  • Another Day, Another Bogus New York Times Attack on Clarence Thomas

    Damon Root
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    Last week The New York Times published a story with the sensational headline "Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice of Few Words, Some Not His Own." Some not his own? Was the Times accusing Thomas of plagiarism? It sure seemed like it was. Here's how the piece began: Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since 2006. His majority opinions tend to be brisk, efficient and dutiful. Now, studies using linguistic software have discovered another Thomas trait: Those opinions contain language from briefs submitted to the court at unusually high rates. The…
 
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  • It Cannot End Well

    Randy Toman
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:23 am
    The direction of the country will change or it will perish. John Calhoun (1782-1850) —– On March 4th 1850, weaken by pneumonia, appeared in the Senate and ask that his remarks be read for him by his friend and colleague, Mr. Mason of Virginia.  Calhoun was attempting to avoid what he knew was coming—-a clash between North and South.  The general discontent of the south argued Calhoun—“…was not a consequence of the natural course of time and events, but rather of active interference on the part of the federal government.”  Calhoun died less than 30 days later…
  • What Do You Want?

    Randy Toman
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    I am quoting from Gabriel Sherman’s article “How Roger Ailes picked Trump, and Fox News Audience, over Megyn Kelly”  (see link below) “Ailes offered Trump the chance to do a special on Kelly’s prime-time show to clear the air — an offer Trump flatly refused. “Donald was sufficiently pissed off that there was no way that was happening,” a person familiar with the call told me. According to the source, Trump’s ire was especially stoked after Howard Stern called to tell him about a 2010 interview in which Kelly joked about her breasts and her husband’s penis. Ailes offered…
  • Who can you trust—-Now?

    Randy Toman
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Not sure which is worse—–the debate on Thursday evening or these couple of news items—taken from the links below: The IMF Threatens to Kill the U.S. Dollar https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/the-imf-threatens-to-kill-the-u-s-dollar/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Global Banking System on the Verge of Total Collapse https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/global-banking-system-on-the-verge-of-total-collapse/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Both the debate and the two articles are hustling…
  • Trump Hits a Nerve

    Randy Toman
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is a must read article : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3343/Donald-Trump-Is-Right-About-John-McCain.aspx The Republican Party had better wake-up to what is really going on these past 30+ years—-even as I might add—it’s been going on for a Hell-of a lot longer.   I would suggest people——take Trump seriously—-for he holds a couple of Trump Cards—-(no joke meant)——if in fact the Republican Party wants to play hard ball.  This thing could get real serious—–real quick. I believe the question coming into play…
  • WHEN?

    The Outsider
    2 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    In view of the recent riots across the country—-When are the blacks going to be held responsible for their criminal behavior? When are they going to marry the women they impregnate? When are they going to pay for their children they are responsible for? When are they going to act civilized instead of living as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago? When are they going to stop killing their own and destroying our cities? And when is the mainstream news media going to cover those unreported stories? When is Al Sharpton going to stop working for the Democrat party to keep racial…
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    The American Prospect

  • Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

    Robert Kuttner
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015.  This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post. There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary…
  • Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    AP Photo/John Locher Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. If there's any constant in presidential campaigns, it's that at the first sign of difficulty, everyone who wants one particular candidate to win has an iron-clad critique of the candidate's decisions thus far, which goes something like, "If only they'd get their heads out of the sand and listen to what I have to tell them, they wouldn't be having these problems." You only have to get two or three partisans in a room (or an exchange…
  • Obama's Mixed Record on School Integration

    Rachel M. Cohen
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Arne Duncan, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, during an event to honor the teachers of the year.  As Congress debates competing revisions of the No Child Left Behind Act over the next several weeks, lawmakers are unlikely to spend much time looking at the growing problem of segregated schools. Despite strong academic and civic benefits associated with integrated schooling, and a unanimous Supreme Court decision which ruled that “separate educational facilities are…
  • The Political Legacy of O’Malley’s Gerrymandered Maryland

    Justin Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After the 2010 Tea-Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House, the Democratic Party was desperate to regain the congressional seats they’d lost in 2012. Democrats in the deep-blue state of Maryland had a rare opportunity. If they got creative with the upcoming redistricting of the state, they could likely flip a congressional seat from red to blue. They succeeded. But the result was what many have…
  • Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    Sam Ross-Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Center for Popular Democracy A Fed Up rally in San Francisco on March 5, 2015.  This week, Dawn O’Neal has traveled from her home in south DeKalb County, Georgia, to the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a simple message for Fed leaders: Don’t raise interest rates. The 48-year-old teacher’s assistant and mother of four wants Fed governors to know that her community is far from recovered and that raising interest rates too soon could be disastrous.   O’Neal is one of dozens of activists and policy experts traveling to Jackson Hole this week to urge…
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  • Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

    Robert Kuttner
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015.  This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post. There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary…
  • Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    AP Photo/John Locher Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. If there's any constant in presidential campaigns, it's that at the first sign of difficulty, everyone who wants one particular candidate to win has an iron-clad critique of the candidate's decisions thus far, which goes something like, "If only they'd get their heads out of the sand and listen to what I have to tell them, they wouldn't be having these problems." You only have to get two or three partisans in a room (or an exchange…
  • Obama's Mixed Record on School Integration

    Rachel M. Cohen
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Arne Duncan, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, during an event to honor the teachers of the year.  As Congress debates competing revisions of the No Child Left Behind Act over the next several weeks, lawmakers are unlikely to spend much time looking at the growing problem of segregated schools. Despite strong academic and civic benefits associated with integrated schooling, and a unanimous Supreme Court decision which ruled that “separate educational facilities are…
  • The Political Legacy of O’Malley’s Gerrymandered Maryland

    Justin Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After the 2010 Tea-Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House, the Democratic Party was desperate to regain the congressional seats they’d lost in 2012. Democrats in the deep-blue state of Maryland had a rare opportunity. If they got creative with the upcoming redistricting of the state, they could likely flip a congressional seat from red to blue. They succeeded. But the result was what many have…
  • Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    Sam Ross-Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Center for Popular Democracy A Fed Up rally in San Francisco on March 5, 2015.  This week, Dawn O’Neal has traveled from her home in south DeKalb County, Georgia, to the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a simple message for Fed leaders: Don’t raise interest rates. The 48-year-old teacher’s assistant and mother of four wants Fed governors to know that her community is far from recovered and that raising interest rates too soon could be disastrous.   O’Neal is one of dozens of activists and policy experts traveling to Jackson Hole this week to urge…
 
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  • Fed official says global turmoil makes outlook uncertain

    Ylan Q. Mui
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang/Files) NEW YORK — Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said Tuesday that turmoil in the global economy has increased uncertainty around forecasts for growth and inflation, suggesting that he believes the time has not yet come for the central bank to start withdrawing its support for the nation’s recovery. Speaking from prepared remarks in New York, Rosengren highlighted the steady improvement in employment over the past year as one sign the economy has regained its footing. But inflation remains stubbornly below the…
  • Scott Walker doesn’t seem too concerned about blacks and Hispanics not voting for him

    Max Ehrenfreund
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    More voters in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's state are likely to be white than in other states. (AP/Rainier Ehrhardt) In a recent interview with CNBC, Scott Walker offered an unusually frank assessment of his strategy with regard to race in next year's presidential campaign. CNBC's John Harwood invited Walker to talk about broadening his appeal beyond the white electorate. Harwood noted that the country is becoming more diverse, and he wondered if President Reagan, whose bust Walker keeps in his home, would lose an election today without winning more support from voters of color. The…
  • Photos show the views from people’s windows around the world

    Ana Swanson
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:55 am
    TWhat do you see when you look out your window? A new photo project, “The View From Here,” shows what 41 people in 27 different countries see when they do this, from Ringgold, Virginia, to Kolkata, India. The project, by a company called Somfy Systems, used freelance photography websites like Fiverr and Upwork to contact photographers around the world. Somfy asked the photographers to take two pictures of the view from their window, one in the morning and one in the evening, and write a short description of what they see and how it makes them feel. It’s a simple project, but it offers a…
  • He wrote the law to end housing discrimination. Fifty years later, he’s still fighting

    Emily Badger
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Walter Mondale expected, as a lot of people did in 1968, that the Fair Housing Act would really change things. He thought it would break down segregation, force communities that had long discriminated to do the right thing, and foster more places where blacks and whites live as neighbors. Nearly 50 years later, however, the change has been much less dramatic. American cities still remain heavily segregated by race. And diverse places, he fears, are re-segregating. "I was younger and more naïve," Mondale says now, "and more certain that the law took care of all problems." Former Vice…
  • Should riskier drugs be approved for lethal diseases?

    Carolyn Johnson
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:03 am
    (iStock) As Congress tries to figure out how to speed up the drug approval process, a pair of economists are asking a different question: Are the criteria we use to choose which drugs are safe and effective too inflexible? At the core of this question are two kinds of mistakes that federal regulators can make when deciding whether or not to approve a new drug. The first is pretty straightforward: If they set the evidence bar too low, drugs that don't work and carry dangerous side effects could end up on the market. The second error is less obvious: If they set the bar too high, effective…
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  • Poll: Majority of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:57 am
    A majority of Republican voters, 54 percent, think that President Obama is a Muslim, according to a new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP).Asked whether they thought Obama is a Christian or Muslim or if they were unsure, 32...
  • Obama tells Texas widow that targeting cops is 'unacceptable'

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:22 am
    President Obama called the widow of a slain sheriff's deputy in Texas on Monday to offer his condolences on behalf of the country, according to a statement provided by the White House.The White House said Obama promised he would “continue to...
  • Congressman tells second-graders about child suicide bombers

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Several parents say they are shocked by comments Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) made to second- and third-graders about suicide bombings and nuclear weapons last week.The congressman was giving a presentation to students at San Tan Charter School about...
  • Warren wrote scathingly of Biden at Harvard Law

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote scathingly of Vice President Biden while she was on the faculty of Harvard Law School, mocking his White House ambitions while slamming his support for a bankruptcy bill that she said “hurts women.”“With his...
  • Glenn Beck touts 'All Lives Matter' rally as biggest in Birmingham since MLK

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Conservative radio host Glenn Beck, actor Chuck Norris and thousands of other people marched through downtown Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend under the banner "All Lives Matter."The "Walker, Texas Ranger" star marched about two rows behind Beck...
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  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:52 am
    Yesterday the Court granted an application by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell to stay out of prison until the Court rules on his appeal.  Lyle Denniston covered the order for this blog, with other coverage coming from Richard Wolf of USA Today. The Court also denied an application from a Kentucky county clerk, who had asked the Justices to stay a federal district judge’s ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to both same- and opposite-sex couples.  Kim Davis had argued that doing so for same-sex couples would violate her religious beliefs.  Lyle Denniston covered the…
  • Kentucky clerk loses on same-sex marriage plea

    Lyle Denniston
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Without any sign of dissent, the Supreme Court on Monday evening passed up its first chance to act decisively on the rising religious freedom protest against same-sex marriage.  In a one-sentence order, the Court refused a Kentucky county clerk’s plea for protection from having to issue marriage licenses, including licenses for same-sex partners, to which she objects as a matter of faith. The Court’s denial order put into effect an order by a federal trial judge in Ashland, Ky., requiring Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to give up her no-licenses policy.   District Judge David L.
  • Event announcement

    Andrew Hamm
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:32 pm
    On September 2 at 1 p.m., the State & Local Legal Center will host a webinar on decisions from the past Term which will require local governments to make changes to stay in compliance with the law.  Lisa Soronen will lead the discussion.  More information is available on the Center’s website.
  • Former governor to remain free during appeal

    Lyle Denniston
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Raising the chance that the Supreme Court will review his case, former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell on Monday gained the right to stay out of prison while that appeal goes forward.  In a one-paragraph order, without a noted dissent, the Justices put off the process that could have required his jailing within a matter of days. The delay will continue until the Court acts finally on the appeal that McDonnell’s lawyers will soon file — either by granting review and deciding the case, or by refusing to hear the appeal.  The earliest that may happen is early next year. The…
  • Monday round-up

    Amy Howe
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    As Lyle Denniston reported for this blog, last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a federal law prohibiting protests and demonstrations on the Supreme Court’s plaza.  Other coverage comes from Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required) and Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal. At The Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr criticizes last week’s article in The New York Times on recent studies that analyze overlap between the Court’s opinions and briefs submitted to the Court in those cases; the article cited Justice Clarence Thomas…
 
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  • Donald Trump: "We have 93 million people out of work. They look for jobs, they give up, and all of a sudden, statistically, they're considered employed."

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says U.S. has 93 million people 'out of work,' but that's way too high Two of the nation’s most outspoken politicians appeared on the same show on Aug. 28, 2015, when Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was a guest on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s show, On Point with Sarah Palin, which airs on the conservative One America News Network. As her first question, Palin asked Trump about the state of the national economy. "If you really look, Sarah, at the economy, it's been terrible," Trump said. "We have…
  • Bobby Jindal: "I'm the only (Republican) candidate that has actually reduced the size of government."

    30 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Bobby Jindal: 'I'm the only candidate that has actually reduced the size of government' Fresh from marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he thinks the political storm caused by Donald Trump will die down after the weather cools off. Jindal, who’s No. 14 in the latest polls, said on ABC’s This Week that while Trump "has done a great job tapping into the anger, the frustration that voters feel," there’s only one candidate with true conservative bona fides: himself.   "I think…
  • Bernie Sanders: "Saudi Arabia has the third-largest military budget in the entire world."

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Bernie Sanders: 'Saudi Arabia has the third-largest military budget in the entire world' Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has so far centered his campaign around domestic issues such as income inequality, campaign finance reform and college affordability. In a Sunday interview on ABC’s This Week, however, host Martha Raddatz took the opportunity to ask the Vermont senator about an issue that isn’t even included on his campaign website -- foreign policy. Raddatz asked Sanders to explain his vote against the 1991 Gulf war and his…
  • Donald Trump: "We’re the most highly taxed nation in the world."

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says U.S. is 'most highly taxed nation in the world' During a recent interview on Fox & Friends, Donald Trump offered a digression on tax policy -- at times an unorthodox one, at least for a Republican. For instance, Trump said that hedge fund managers -- some of them the billionaire counted as "friends" -- are "not paying enough tax." He also rejected a flat tax, an idea supported by some Republicans, countering that progressivity in the tax code is important. "As you make a certain amount of money, I think you should…
  • Donald Trump: "Our companies are moving into Mexico more than almost any other place right now."

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Trump says U.S. companies 'moving into Mexico more than almost any other place right now' Among Donald Trump’s most talked-about immigration policies is his proposal to make Mexico pay for a border wall. Trump laid out the rationale for why Mexico would agree in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. "You know what, because they make a fortune with us," Trump explained on Aug. 19. "Our companies are moving into Mexico more than almost any other place right now. We are losing our industry. We're losing our business to…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Fall Fundraiser

    John Cole
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:26 am
    It’s been quite some time since we did one of these, so we are going to hold a site fundraiser to pay for a top to bottom redesign. Patching isn’t working anymore, things are creaky and breaking and I just need to break down and have someone dive in and build things from the ground up. I had someone who was working on it on the side, but I think we just need a dedicated coder this time around. My old crew wants nothing to do with it (I warned them about reading the site redesign open threads and taking your advice, but they wouldn’t listen), so I am hiring someone new. So,…
  • Backwards Christian Soldiers

    John Cole
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    These people: A county clerk in Kentucky who has invoked “God’s authority” and is defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to license same-sex marriage has been summoned along with her entire staff to explain to a federal judge why she should not face stiff fines or jail time. U.S. District Judge David Bunning moved swiftly Tuesday after a lesbian couple asked him to find Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt. Davis told several couples and a crowd of supporters and protesters that her religious beliefs prevent her from sanctioning gay marriage, and then retreated…
  • Faith Unmoving

    Zandar
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:41 am
    After seven, eight years of this purposeful ignorance Republican voters have about President Obama’s faith, I have to say that it’s just getting stupidly tiresome. A majority of Republican voters, 54 percent, think that President Obama is a Muslim, according to a new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP). Asked whether they thought Obama is a Christian or Muslim or if they were unsure, 32 percent said they were unsure. Fourteen percent said he was a Christian. Many right-leaning voters have been deeply skeptical about Obama’s faith since before he became…
  • And I could really give a fuck

    DougJ
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:24 am
    This is the first truly troubling Hillary email I’ve seen (“Evergreen” is Hillary). How the op-ed column sausage is made pic.twitter.com/mSvYWqGZDu — Matt Ford (@fordm) September 1, 2015 Democrats need to stop giving a fuck what David Brooks writes about them. I wasn’t surprised that Rahm was dumb enough to care about this, but I’m disappointed that Hillary is. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • State line sellers

    Richard Mayhew
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:02 am
    I’ve done a lot of travelling this summer with my family.  Besides now knowing that spending seventeen hours in a car with my wife and two kids is a bit too long for us to all spend in a car together in one shot, I saw state lines galore especially as my daughter really loved to see the “Welcome to XXXX” signs so we looked for them so that her parents could seem someone omniscience for another couple of minutes of her life.  Unless we were in the high plains where no one lived, the state line was clustered with stores engaged in regulatory and taxation arbitarage.  In New…
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    Oliver Willis

  • Drone Attempting To Deliver Porn To Prisoners Intercepted

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    A drone attempting to deliver prisoners contraband including porn was intercepted by authorities. Two men were busted after trying to bring the material in to the Western Correctional Institution and the North Branch Correctional Institution at Cumberland in western Maryland. Police say the drones had porn DVDs, tobacco, a loaded handgun, and illegal drugs as its cargo. One of the men has been released on bail, while the other is still in custody. The post Drone Attempting To Deliver Porn To Prisoners Intercepted appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • L.A. Teen Busted For Revenge Porn

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila 19-year-old Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila has been busted and accused of over 150 counts of porn extortion, aka revenge porn. Estrada-Davila allegedly contacted girls on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, telling them he was a modeling agent that could make them famous. After enticing the girls to send him photos of them wearing underwear, he allegedly threatened to reveal the photos to their families unless they sent him nude photos. Prosecutors say that at least 21 girls were his victims, aged from 12 to 17. They submitted 15,000 pages of…
  • This Is Video Of A Rapist Carrying His Victim

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    Shocking footage of a rapist carrying his victim has been released by British police. The CCTV video shows a man carrying a “near unconscious” woman in Birmingham minutes before he raped her. Police released the footage of the 25-year-old woman who was “scooped” up by her attacker after she left the Walkabout bar on Broad Street around 4am on October 19 with her permission. West Midlands police say they hope that the release of the footage can help bring the man to justice. The post This Is Video Of A Rapist Carrying His Victim appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • WATCH: France Gives Legion Of Honor To Heroes Who Disarmed Train Gunman

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    French President François Hollande presented the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, to the four men – one British, two American – who disarmed the gunman on a train, saving lives. Hollande told the men, “Your heroism will serve as an example and a source of inspiration to many. Faced with the evil that is terrorism, there is some good: humanity. That is what you embody.” Airman Spencer Stone, 23, Alek Sklartos, 22, Oregon National Guard, Anthony Sadler, 23, and Chris Norman, 62, a British consultant, were honored. The post WATCH: France Gives Legion Of…
  • A 1920s Letter From The Klan Sounds Like The Modern GOP On Immigration

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    If you think that the battle over immigration is something new in America, think again. The right in this country has for years acted as if it should be the sole beneficiary of immigration, and then the door should be closed right after them. Our current crop of conservatives are themselves the descendents of immigrants – there are few Native Americans within the ranks of the right – yet to hear them speak about the issue you would think that past immigration waves were always welcomed with open arms. Americans spread baseless fears about the erosion of traditional values, the…
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • King Coal Is Dead

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:09 am
    Coal was once the major energy source for most of the industrial world.  Not so much anymore – it is no longer competitive with natural gas but solar and wind as well.  This has resulted in some major economic displacement in states like West Virginia. West Virginia was once a place of beautiful mountains and marvelous scenery.  Thanks to the coal industry it is now a vast wasteland.   Indeed, King Coal Is Dead. As Laura Gottesdiener demonstrates so graphically in today’s post, many West Virginians are indeed suffering from the decline of the coal industry. But if they allow…
  • Poll: Majority of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:43 am
    If you need further proof of the toxicity of ideology and partisanship, the power of professional talksters to instill a mindset, and the down side of Internet media which allows falsehoods to be passed off as fact and turned into political mantras, you need look no further than this poll: A majority of Republican voters, 54 percent, think that President Obama is a Muslim, according to a new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP). Asked whether they thought Obama is a Christian or Muslim or if they were unsure, 32 percent said they were unsure. Fourteen percent said he was a…
  • Another Trump card…

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:28 am
    Donald Trump is driving the GOP nuts. Trump’s surging campaign has pushed the party in a different direction, one that often clashes with free-market principles that have long underpinned GOP economic policy. Some establishment Republicans worry that the turn could damage the economy, and their party, for years to come. Trump criticizes government, but he shot to the top of the GOP field by rallying voters against another enemy: immigrants from Mexico and low-wage workers in China, whom he blames for lost jobs and stagnant wages in America. He has proposed levying tariffs on imported goods,…
  • How Wes Craven found new ways to scare us for three straight decades (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    If it’s the goal of any film to short-circuit our emotional defences, to have us give ourselves over completely to its mood and meaning, then horror movies have a taller order than most. Unlike with love or quippy buddyness or bad-ass actionery, we don’t like being scared; we’re conditioned to turn away, to cover our eyes… The post How Wes Craven found new ways to scare us for three straight decades (Guest Voice) appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Digging a hole to build a wall

    EUGENE ROBINSON, Washington Post Columnist
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:07 am
    WASHINGTON — It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada. Asked on “Meet the Press” whether the United States should consider building a wall to secure its northern border, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said that was “a legitimate issue for us to look at.” No, it’s not. It’s a laugh-out-loud ridiculous idea. What’s he going to do about the…
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  • Poll: Donald Trump leading because Republicans are still nuts

    Jon Green
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:07 am
    Public Policy Polling came out with a new national poll this morning and hooooooboy. Donald Trump and Ben Carson are, in keeping with other recent polling, enjoying plenty of space between themselves and the rest of the field in first and second place. Trump holds 29% of the vote; Carson has 15%. No other candidate is in double digits. But the real takeaway in the poll isn’t the relative standing of each candidate, which we already knew, but rather the underlying opinions held by each candidate’s supporters, and the GOP base overall. From PPP’s release: Donald Trump, via…
  • Defying Supreme Court, Kim Davis denies same-sex couple marriage licenses “under God’s authority”

    Jon Green
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court told Kim Davis that — for serious this time — she needs to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, denying a stay she had requested on a lower court’s ruling. Today, she took the Court’s denial in stride by pretending it never happened, continuing to refuse to issue marriage licenses: In the video, uploaded by Kentucky.com earlier this morning, a same-sex couple is shown repeatedly asking Davis why she won’t grant them a marriage license. Her responses range from defiant to delirious: Davis: We’re not issuing…
  • Pennsylvania launches online voter registration, becoming 23rd state to do so

    Jon Green
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Starting last Thursday, Pennsylvania became the 23rd state to allow its citizens to register to vote online. It’s about time. The shift is considered an expansion of ballot access, but in reality should be considered the government catching up to where it should have been for years. Kristen Gillibrand’s bill requiring all states to implement online voter registration is currently making its way through committee. A bill that would allow Pennsylvanians to register and vote on the same day is also working its way through the state legislature. As the Associated Press reported,…
  • Supreme Court denies Kim Davis’s request for stay. Will she make a final stand?

    Jon Green
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Kim Davis really doesn’t want gay and lesbian couples to get married under her watch. At all. But after the Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal yesterday, she may be out of options: #SCOTUS denies #KimDavis application for a stay pic.twitter.com/LDLzlmHVMd — Equality Case Files (@EQCF) August 31, 2015 Davis had appealed the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision ordering her to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting today. Justice Elena Kagan denied the request, which would have gone to the full court if at least three justices had indicated that they…
  • GOP Congressman Sessions blames gun violence on diversity

    Jon Green
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    In the wake of the horrific shooting in Virginia last week, in which a reporter and cameraman were murdered on live television, America has gone through its familiar cycle of mourning and then dismissing gun deaths. We are currently in the phase where everyone offers suggestions for what we could do to prevent shootings like these from happening in the future — suggestions that will almost certainly be ignored. And while the father of one of the victims has already said that he will make it his life’s mission to advocate for restrictions on access to handguns, Congressman…
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  • Trump at the Roxbury

    hazmat22 (/politics/member/hazmat22)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
  • Tensions in Iran regime

    theali (/politics/member/theali)
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Guardian Films: Former elite officers in Revolutionary Guard reveal increasing tensions in Iran regime "Its gotten to that point, the regime is sinking"
  • Brazil crisis in six phrases - BBC News

    oritteropo (/politics/member/oritteropo)
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    This was far more entertaining than I anticipated :) YouTube Description: There is growing anger against Brazil's government, hit by a worsening economic situation, a massive corruption scandal and boycotts to austerity measures in Congress. Many are calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, who is only eight months into her second mandate, but currently there is no proven legal basis for that. Even Brazilians have a hard time explaining how the situation grew into such an imbroglio - so the BBC's Julia Carneiro in Rio put together a glossary of the key words to understand what…
  • Bill Burr on Donald Trump

    cricket (/politics/member/cricket)
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Bill appreciates that Donald shoots from the hip, even if he's still a filthy rich plutocrat. Source YouTube
  • Undocumented Immigrant Who Works in a Trump Hotel Speaks Out

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This is a profile of Ricardo Aca, a young undocumented immigrant who works in a Trump Hotel and who has decided to speak out against Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants.As Trump continues to showcase horrible examples of crime from immigrants, it's time we shift the focus to the vast majority of immigrants who work hard and want nothing more than a shot at the American Dream. -yt NYTimes article that gives lots of info
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

    Robert Kuttner
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015.  This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post. There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary…
  • Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    AP Photo/John Locher Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. If there's any constant in presidential campaigns, it's that at the first sign of difficulty, everyone who wants one particular candidate to win has an iron-clad critique of the candidate's decisions thus far, which goes something like, "If only they'd get their heads out of the sand and listen to what I have to tell them, they wouldn't be having these problems." You only have to get two or three partisans in a room (or an exchange…
  • Obama's Mixed Record on School Integration

    Rachel M. Cohen
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Arne Duncan, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, during an event to honor the teachers of the year.  As Congress debates competing revisions of the No Child Left Behind Act over the next several weeks, lawmakers are unlikely to spend much time looking at the growing problem of segregated schools. Despite strong academic and civic benefits associated with integrated schooling, and a unanimous Supreme Court decision which ruled that “separate educational facilities are…
  • The Political Legacy of O’Malley’s Gerrymandered Maryland

    Justin Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After the 2010 Tea-Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House, the Democratic Party was desperate to regain the congressional seats they’d lost in 2012. Democrats in the deep-blue state of Maryland had a rare opportunity. If they got creative with the upcoming redistricting of the state, they could likely flip a congressional seat from red to blue. They succeeded. But the result was what many have…
  • Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    Sam Ross-Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Center for Popular Democracy A Fed Up rally in San Francisco on March 5, 2015.  This week, Dawn O’Neal has traveled from her home in south DeKalb County, Georgia, to the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a simple message for Fed leaders: Don’t raise interest rates. The 48-year-old teacher’s assistant and mother of four wants Fed governors to know that her community is far from recovered and that raising interest rates too soon could be disastrous.   O’Neal is one of dozens of activists and policy experts traveling to Jackson Hole this week to urge…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • 10 Responses to Iran-Deal Skeptics

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Susan Walsh / AP Last week, I posted a series of sharp, critical questions addressed to President Obama from Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, about the Iran nuclear deal.  A number of administration surrogates have subsequently offered me their own answers to Satloff’s questions. (I’ve asked administration officials to answer the questions as well, but I’m not sure the White House is gripped by the same sense of urgency to answer such questions as it once was, considering that Obama is on a clear path to victory now against his…
  • 10 Questions for President Obama About Iran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Vahid Salemi / AP It appears likely, as of this writing, that Barack Obama will be victorious in his fight to implement the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his secretary of state, John Kerry. Republicans in Congress don’t appear to have the votes necessary to void the agreement, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign to subvert Obama may be remembered as one of the more counterproductive and shortsighted acts of an Israeli prime minister since the rebirth of the Jewish state 67 years ago. Things could change, of course, and the Iranian regime, which is populated in good part by extremists,…
  • An Inmate Reflects on Life in America's Largest Maximum-Security Prison

    Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/400943/life-in-americas-largest-maximum-security-prison/
  • A Conversation With the Mayor of New Orleans on Ending Gun Violence

    Nicolas Pollock
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/400946/mayor-of-new-orleans-ending-gun-violence/
  • Why Iran’s Anti-Semitism Matters

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Vahid Salemi / AP A few days ago, I spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the politics of the Iran deal (you can find the full interview here), and at one point in our conversation I put to Kerry what I thought was—to be honest—something of a gimme question: “Do you believe that Iranian leaders sincerely seek the elimination of the Jewish state?” Kerry responded provocatively—provocatively, that is, if you understand Iranian leaders, and in particular the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the way I understand them: as people theologically committed to the…
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  • ABOUT THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in…
  • 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION PRESS

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Philadelphia Lights Buildings, Sites across the City to Mark One Year to the 2016 Democratic National ConventionChairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, CEO Leah Daughtry Praise “Unprecedented” Partnership with the CityConvention Expected to bring over $300 Million in Economic Activity to the RegionPhiladelphia, PA – This weekend, businesses and sites throughout Philadelphia will display lights in anticipation of the 2016 Democratic National Convention which will begin exactly one year from today at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said,…
 
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Jeb Hits Trump for 'Liberal Views'

    Michael Warren
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:08 am
    Jeb Bush has said Donald Trump "should be treated like the frontrunner" for the Republican nomination. On Tuesday, the Bush campaign continues to do just that with a short web video aimed squarely at the leading GOP contender's past "liberal" views on taxes, health care, and abortion as well as Trump's friendship with Hillary Clinton. "Liberal things Trump says, liberal things Trump believes," reads the text before several video clips of Trump play. One clip goes back 16 years and shows Trump saying he is "very pro-choice," while another comes…
  • Hillary Aide Tattled on Colleagues

    Michael Warren
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:45 am
    The State Department released another tranche of emails from Hillary Clinton's private server Monday evening. While messages between Clinton and other State and administration officials concerning the most interesting and consequential subjects (like the Benghazi attacks) were heavily redacted, others continued to be revealing about how Clinton's State Department operated. One characteristic has been the obsequiousness of Clinton's staff toward their boss, while another has been the the eagerness to engage in petty office politics. An email released Monday captured both of…
  • Hillary Received Plan to Impeach Clarence Thomas

    Shoshana Weissmann
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Hillary Clinton's recently released emails includes a memo sent by David Brock titled, "Memo on Impeaching Clarence Thomas." The purpose of the document might suggest Clinton, or at least those closest to her and in her circle, are interested in impeaching Justice Thomas.  The document contains information from Brock about his book, The Real Anita Hill, and other similar points on Justice Thomas's personal life.  The document contains details of Brock himself potentially intimidating women close to Justice Thomas. These details were from a 2001 New York Times article, in…
  • Hillary Worried About Ambassador 'Table-Dancing' and 'Karaoke Singing'

    Shoshana Weissmann
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    In one of Hillary Clinton's recently released emails, it appears she was concerned Ambassador Capricia Marshall was dancing on tables and singing. This holds as ironic, as Clinton famously had fun grinding in South Africa, and more recently, dancing in Martha's Vineyard.
  • In Cancun, the U.S. Gets Played

    Ted R. Bromund
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    CancunThe Conference of States Parties—the first meeting of nations that have ratified the controversial Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)—wrapped up in Cancun on Thursday. Because it’s wisely not ratified the ATT, the U.S. was there as an observer. So was I. And on Thursday, I got to observe as the U.S. got played. Nominally, the ATT is about controlling the illicit arms traffic, and about encouraging nations to show responsibility in whom they sell arms to. On its face, that’s a sensible idea. What isn’t so sensible is believing that a treaty will force nations to do what they evidently…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • The Iran Debate Rolls On, From Kazakhstan to North America

    James Fallows
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Kazakhstan has oil and gas to export, but because of sanctions on Iran it has sent its goods mainly through Russia. One of many ramifications of the Iran nuclear-agreement will be the development of new trade and transport routes in central Asia. ( U.S. Energy Information Administration ) Over the past month, I’ve quoted responses from around the world, pro and con, about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran, aka “the deal.” You can find a compendium of previous Iran-related items here In honor of the new month, and of the Atlantic’s new Notes feature, I’m shifting the…
  • Thinking About Iran, Thinking About Israel, Thinking About America

    James Fallows
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna in July. Chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman is visible just behind Kerry. (Reuters) Over the past month I’ve run a series of messages from readers in North America, the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere about the JCPOA Iran-nuclear deal that the Congress will soon formally consider. You can see the latest item here, and the whole collection here. That most recent installment, from Samuel J. Cohen in Israel, emphasized the contrast between the fury over the deal in the United States and…
  • The Normalization of Iran: Another View From Israel

    James Fallows
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    A vista of Hamburg, from a German tourist-promotion site. Israeli tourism to Germany is booming; one Israeli reader explains why that matters and what it bodes for dealing with Iran. ( Germany Info & Wikimedia Commons ) The survival of the Iran deal seems more likely by the day; for past assessments of what that might mean for the Middle East, the United States, and beyond, please see the items grouped here. Two weeks ago, as part of a collection of notes from readers in Israel, I quoted Samuel J. Cohen, who is originally American but has lived and worked in Israel since the 1970s, on the…
  • Views From Israel on the Iran Deal

    James Fallows
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    An anti-nuclear deal tweet from the office of the prime minister of Israel, retweeted by Israeli embassies in the U.S. and elsewhere ( Office of the Prime Minister of Israel ) The lobbying against the Iran deal continues. I’ve heard from readers in the following states about a blitz of anti-deal ads, aimed at Democratic senators who have not yet declared: Washington (where both Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are still officially undecided), Colorado (same for Michael Bennet, who for the record is the older brother of our editor in chief James Bennet), Oregon (where Ron Wyden is assumed to…
  • A Moment of Grace From Jimmy Carter

    James Fallows
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:49 pm
    The three living Democratic presidents, Obama, Carter, and Clinton, with Michelle Obama at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013. (Reuters / Jason Reed) The 1970s were overall a terrible and traumatic time, and Jimmy Carter was both their product and their victim. He was their product in that it took an unprecedented national convulsion—turmoil and eventually defeat in Vietnam, the forced resignation of a president—to give a little-known one-term governor of Georgia, and peanut farmer, a chance at national office. He was their victim in that the woes of the late…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • The Coming Trump-Cruz GOP Ticket - Open Thread

    Ugh
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    by Ugh It seems Scott Walker is an incredibly bad candidate and all foam/no beer to boot.  We have Trump running circles around him and the rest of the, uh, distinguished gentlemen (and Ms. Fiorina) with nothing more than his hair and "BLARGH! I STRONG!" as a campaign.  Jeebus. So, despite my earlier thought that Walker would win the GOP nomination, it seems we'll have the Donald,* who I predict will pick Cruz as his running mate as a kind of "let's piss off the liberals" selection.   Anyway, talk about this, or the MTV VMAs (who are all those people?), or US…
  • Your Hugo Awards Thread, plus My Opinions (which are mine) on the Hugo Art Awards Problem

    SuperUser
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    by Doctor Science The Hugo Awards Ceremony is just starting. There's a livestream here, they tell me -- I have Flash disabled, so I can't see it. I'm following Mur Lafferty's twitter, Sasquan's twitter, and the thread at File 770. The ceremony is on Pacific Time and I am on Eastern, so I am pretty much certain to be asleep long before we get to Best Novel. This year's Hugo Awards base, designed by Matthew Dockrey. I'll put this much up right now, then edit to add what I have to say about the Art awards. The Hugo Art Awards, for "Pro Artist" and "Fan Artist", are stuck in the Century of the…
  • Gene Engineering Open Thread

    SuperUser
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    by wj OK, we need a new open thread. I get that. So here ya go. Once upon a time, I read a science fiction story which featured a group called "Control Normals". (No, I don't recall who the author was or what the title was. Perhaps one of the SF fans here will remember.) The time was a future where genetic engineering was readily available, and widely used. But to keep an eye on what the results had been, and to keep open to new random mutations, the best scientific tradition had been observed by the creation of a control group -- one which did not get all those deliberate…
 
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    International Budget Partnership

  • The Open Budget Survey: A Look Back at Transparency

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    On 9 September IBP will launch the Open Budget Survey 2015 – the world’s only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency, participation, and oversight. As we near the release of the latest results, now may be a good time to look back at previous rounds of the Survey.  Which countries made the biggest gains in improving budget transparency in 2012? And what were some of the drivers of these improvements? Budget Transparency in 2012: Which Countries Made Progress? Between 2010 and 2012 the world made modest progress toward more open budget systems. Seven countries…
  • The Challenges of Provincial Budgeting in Afghanistan

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Since Afghanistan’s transition to a democracy 13 years ago, the government and the international community have made multiple attempts to decentralize the budget system to better incorporate the needs of provinces. So far, these attempts have failed. A new set of reforms currently awaiting approval, however, shows greater promise. Demands for Provincial Budgeting In Afghanistan today, provincial departments are constrained by the decisions of central line ministries, and the central government takes little notice of their input when it comes to preparing budgets. The centralized budgeting…
  • Reflections on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

    Jay
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    After months of intense negotiations, world leaders have finally agreed to an agenda for financing global development over the next 15 years. A non-binding but critical agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, was finalized late last week at the third Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Ethiopia. It is the culmination of an intergovernmental process that began in October 2014. The conference set out to assess the challenges and the progress made in the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2001 Doha Declaration, and to address new and emerging issues in development…
  • The Road to Addis Ababa: What’s Next for Budget Transparency and Participation?

    Ryan Flynn
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    This year has been an exciting one so far. We’ve been working with civil society organizations around the world to ensure greater accountability in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development and Financing for Development (FfD) agendas. Credit: Flickr/UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe What has the work entailed? We’ve been engaging governments, UN bodies, and other players, including debt relief campaigners and private-sector investors, to call for greater budget transparency and participation. We’ve drawn on a rich body of evidence, including lessons from the Millennium Development Goals and multiple…
  • Bridging the Gap between Opening Budgets and Transforming Lives

    Deidre
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report IBP’s tagline is “Open Budgets. Transform Lives.” We believe that if citizens have access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process, they can better engage with their governments and hold them accountable for their management of public resources. This, in turn, can lead to better budgeting and better service delivery that improves lives. Our country work tests this theory by providing deep and sustained support to specific CSO efforts to influence  government budgets in three pilot countries:…
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    FactCheck.org

  • A Decade-Old Democratic Claim

    Lori Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    For years, Democrats have been twisting Republicans’ positions to claim they want to “privatize” Social Security and risk your retirement on the stock market. The latest distortion: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed Jeb Bush supported his brother’s plan that would put “Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street.” No one’s retirement savings would have ever been wiped out by George W. Bush’s failed 2005 plan, which called for allowing younger workers to…
  • FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Donald Trump’s recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn’t treat the facts much better: Trump claimed “59 percent of our bridges are in trouble.” That’s way off. The Federal Highway Administration says 24 percent of the nation’s bridges were “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” in 2014. Trump said a recent poll in Florida showed him at 28 percent and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, “much lower.” Bush wasn’t that…
  • Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

    Lori Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to “save … a significant amount under Obamacare.” But a business of that size isn’t subject to the law’s requirements to offer insurance to full-time workers or pay a penalty. And the fictional employee in question would likely qualify for Medicaid. Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, laid out his hypothetical example in an Aug. 20 speech to the Detroit…
  • Cruz & Crosses

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz set up a false bogeyman when he said the Supreme Court is “one justice away” from ordering that crosses on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery be torn down. Nobody is even asking the court to do such a thing. And in fact, the group that sought removal of a cross from formerly federal land in the Mojave Desert — losing the 5-4 decision to which Cruz referred — strongly supports crosses and other religious symbols on government-issued headstones at Arlington and other military cemeteries. The Texas senator, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for…
  • Huckabee’s Spin on Iran

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    In arguing against the Iran nuclear deal, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spins the facts. Huckabee said “no American aircraft would be able to get through” the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system that Iran plans to install. U.S. military officials and arms control experts dispute that assertion, including one expert who tells us Huckabee is “exaggerating.” He also claimed the nuclear deal “lets Iran do their own inspections.” That’s wrong. Under the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency would have daily access to and…
 
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    Corrente

  • Sunday Train: Can Nuclear and Renewable Energy Be Friends?

    BruceMcF
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Body:  There is an ongoing general discussion in the field of sustainable energy that does not carry the risk of the destruction of our current industrial society and economy about variable renewable energy. Renewable energy includes a range of low or no carbon sources of energy - but not all renewable energy is sustainable, and not all is low or no carbon. And not all low or no carbon energy sources are from renewable energy resources. Among the sustainable, no/low carbon renewable energy resources, the most abundant involve the harvest of variable renewable energy, with windpower and…
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    DCblogger
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Body:  Sanders: I wouldn’t end drone program In an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Sanders indicated that he would limit the use of drones so that they do not end up killing innocent people abroad, but declined to say that he would end the targeted killing campaign completely. “I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case,” Sanders said.
  • The media hates Hillary Clinton

    DCblogger
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Body:  New poll showing Clinton beating everyone is reported as bad news for Hillary A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton coasting to a crushing victory in a three-way race against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, winning 45 percent of the vote, compared with 22 for Sanders and 18 for Biden. And the good news for Clinton doesn't stop there.
  • The Republican "Base" in 1956 UK

    claud_alexander
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Body:  From Hugh Trevor-Roper's "Letters from Oxford" (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006) pp. 209-10:
  • why local politics is important

    DCblogger
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Body:  North Dakota Cops Arm Drones With Tasers and Tear Gas
 
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  • Yay

    susie
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:50 am
    Looks like our phone calls and emails worked: WASHINGTON – Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey will support the international nuclear agreement with Iran, he said Tuesday, becoming the 32d Senate Democrat to announce plans to do so and moving the deal to within two votes of being able to withstand Congressional objections. “This agreement will substantially constrain the Iranian nuclear program for its duration, and compared with all realistic alternatives, it is the best option available to us at this time,” Casey wrote in a 17-page, more than 8,000 word analysis he shared with The…
  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim… Bookmark It
  • NRA shill to dead journalist’s parents: Just calm down!

    susie
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    If, God forbid, I were faced with the reality of losing a child to random, unnecessary gun violence, the last people on earth I’d want to listen to would be someone in bed with the NRA. But that certainly isn’t stopping their shills from dispensing advice. On August 30, the NRA’s [Colion] Noir posted a video… Bookmark It
  • Craven liars

    susie
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    They’re Republicans, so I guess it’s redundant. But there they are, on a day when three Category 4 hurricanes are lined up in the Pacific, talking like the fools they are: WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected the scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change, days after NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared 2014 the hottest year ever recorded on Earth. The Republican-controlled Senate defeated a measure Wednesday stating that climate change is real and that human activity significantly contributes to it. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii,…
  • Conservatives wait to dismantle the New Deal

    susie
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s always so depressing to read these articles, because the conservative legal movement’s Federalist Society has so much more money on its side. (We have the American Constitution Society. You probably never heard of it.) They have extensive infrastructure, they have connections, they recruit and offer financial aid to young law students, they ease their way… Bookmark It
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Acupuncture for healing in border communities

    Latina Lista
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:39 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Acupuncture for healing in border communities by Latina Lista By Molly Molloy Frontera List Ryan Bemis, DOM, is an acupuncturist and healthcare provider at the Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare center based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has trained dozens of community health promoters in the border region. In the following Q&A with Molly Molloy of the Frontera List, Bemis shares how acupuncture plays a role in the healing of an underserved border community…
  • Post-Katrina increase in Hispanic students at metro New Orleans schools

    Latina Lista
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:55 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Post-Katrina increase in Hispanic students at metro New Orleans schools by Latina Lista By Natalie Gross Latino Ed Beat In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated much of southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans and its surrounding areas have seen an influx of Hispanic immigrants who are establishing permanent roots, with many being among the first to aid in the city’s rebuilding efforts. Andy Grimm of The Times-Picayune reported last week: Rising population…
  • Latino comic Paul Rodriguez and The Pitch

    Latina Lista
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latino comic Paul Rodriguez and The Pitch by Latina Lista By Michael Klam La Prensa San Diego Nobody could ever accuse actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez of pulling punches or holding back on his opinions. He is known for his uncompromising standup comedy and has appeared in over 60 film, TV and theater productions, including the sitcom, a.k.a Pablo, and The Odd Couple at the Lyceum Theatre with TV and film star Mike Gomez. Comedy Central named Rodriguez one of the…
  • Crowdfunder: New toy set lets children build their own family diversity

    Latina Lista
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: New toy set lets children build their own family diversity by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: MyFamilyBuilders: A Wooden Toy That Celebrates Diversity! Why are toy store shelves filled with rows and rows of doll sets that all look the same: one mom, one dad, a boy, and a girl from the same race? Unfortunately, these toys impose limitations on a child's understanding of family. MyFamilyBuilders toy-set removes these limitations and opens…
  • Mexican chemical engineering student creates a way to clean clothes without water or detergent

    Latina Lista
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Mexican chemical engineering student creates a way to clean clothes without water or detergent by Latina Lista LatinaLista — With the drought hitting cities, states and countries around the world, people are waking up to how essential water is for daily existence, far beyond just for drinking. For example, what would people do about washing their dirty clothes if there was no water? A young Mexican chemical engineering student believes she has the answer. Jessica…
 
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    Salon.com

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Nothing “Happened” to Walker, He’s Just a Weak Candidate

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:18 am
    Ed Morrissey asks what happened to Scott Walker: Of all the curiosities of the 2016 Republican presidential race — and there have been plenty — the quietest may also be the most difficult to answer. Over the last two months, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has gone from leading the field to barely making the debate cut. Walker’s decline isn’t really all that puzzling. He was treated as a “top tier” candidate months before he announced his campaign, and during that time expectations continued to be raised despite Walker’s obvious lack of preparation on national…
  • Why Democrats Ignore Clinton’s Terrible Foreign Policy Record

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    Conor Friedersdorf wonders why there isn’t more Democratic opposition to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. He notes that her foreign policy record is hawkish and riddled with bad decisions: Most Democrats regard the Iraq War as a historic disaster. Clinton voted for that conflict. That hawkishness wasn’t a fluke. She pushed for U.S. intervention in Libya without Congressional approval and without anticipating all that has gone wrong in that country. She favored U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war as well. Why haven’t Democrats concluded that she has dangerously bad judgment…
  • The Saudis Are Trying to Drag the U.S. Deeper into Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:32 am
    When Saudi Arabia’s King Salman comes to Washington later this month, he will have a laundry list of things he wants the U.S. to do for him: Beyond military requests, Salman is likely to seek US backing for his more muscular approach to foreign policy compared with his predecessor. That includes beefed-up US support for his campaign against the Houthis in Yemen and a renewed focus on getting rid of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria [bold mine-DL]. Not surprisingly, the Saudis are offering almost nothing in exchange for this list of “requests,” but they still expect the U.S.
  • Petraeus: Side with Al Qaeda Against ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    David Petraeus has come up with a horrid idea for the war on ISIS: Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: Retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front [bold mine-DL] to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast. Once someone starts referring to…
  • Walker the Untested and Unready

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A Scott Walker foreign policy adviser is very excited about Walker: Walker’s resolve differentiates him from not only Obama and Clinton, but also other Republican candidates. When Governor Walker boldly stated that he would terminate the terrible Iran nuclear deal on day one of his presidency, one of his leading GOP competitors demurred, claiming that he would first need briefings and a secretary of state confirmed before he could take any action. Walker didn’t need to be advised that the Obama-Clinton Iran deal is a disaster for America and our allies. His stand was a Reaganesque and…
 
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    TIME

  • Learn Hillary Clinton’s Quirky Email Slang

    ryantbeckwith
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    The release of thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State hasn’t just opened a window into her political decisions, it’s also revealed how she talks. A number of emails from Clinton to her closest staffers show a private lingo, often a form of shorthand to make typing easier on a smartphone but also the kind of personal references people who work closely together develop. Here’s a short glossary of some common Hillaryisms: are you awake: Subject line of any email sent past 10 p.m. or so. Nothing else is in the email so that if the recipient…
  • A History Lesson for the Kentucky Clerk Refusing to Grant Marriage Licenses

    Lily Rothman
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:08 am
    In recent months, as the Supreme Court considered the question of marriage equality, one particular case served as a frequent point of comparison for advocates of gay marriage rights: Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case that struck down laws that prevented interracial marriage. The case was even cited by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his opinion in the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, when he noted that it established the precedent that marriage is “one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” Now it seems that the link between…
  • Why Jeb Bush Is Taking a Right Hook to Donald Trump

    ryantbeckwith
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:09 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fired back at Donald Trump Tuesday with a video questioning his conservative bona fides. The 80-second video hits Trump with a hard right hook, showing clips of him talking about living in New York City, calling himself pro-choice, praising single-payer health care and saying that Hillary Clinton is “a terrific woman.” “I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life, so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa,” Trump says at the beginning of the video, a clip from his 1999 appearance on “Meet the Press.”…
  • Morning Must Reads: September 1

    Melissa August
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:22 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are engaged in an all-out war of words, as Trump maintains his lead on the GOP field. Trump released a campaign video on Instagram juxtaposing Bush’s assertion that people cross into the U.S. illegally as an “act of love,” with the photos of several criminals in the country without legal status. Bush’s team fired back with statements all day, and now have released a video with the “greatest hits” of Trump’s time as a Democrat. The 80-second video includes Trump expressing support for partial-birth abortion…
  • Obama Calls for Expanded Fleet of Arctic Ice Breakers

    Dan Kedmey
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:07 am
    President Barack Obama will call for an expanded fleet of Arctic ice breakers on Tuesday, warning that the U.S. risked losing control of shipping routes, fishing grounds and pristine habitats if the Coast Guard does not strengthen its presence in the region. The plan hastens the construction of a new Arctic ice breaker by two years and urges Congress to release “sufficient resources” to build still more vessels, the New York Times reports. The U.S. Coast Guard currently has a fleet of two active ice breakers, far fewer than Russia’s 41 vessels, with 11 more in the pipeline.
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File's 2016 Evangelical Voter Breakdown

    David Brody
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    There’s been a lot made of how Donald Trump appeals to evangelicals and that he’s, “winning the evangelical vote.” Let’s slow down. There’s no doubt that trump appeals to evangelicals. The polling backs it up. But let’s remember a few things here about evangelical voters. First of all, they don’t vote as a block. In other words, no one candidate is the only one for evangelicals.  So The Brody File now presents what we like to call the, “2016 Evangelical Voter Breakdown.” This is not to be confused with “The 2016 Evangelical Voter Break Dance.” There is nothing like…
  • Shame on The Huffington Post

    David Brody
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Shame on Michael Levin and the Huffington Post. Last month, Levin published an article called, “In Controversial Campaign Move, Donald Trump to Buy Puerto Rico.” The story went on to say that Trump was going to buy the island and rename it Puerto Trump. The article then talks about how Trump loves to go to Puerto Rico every winter to visit his hubcaps. Guess what? THIS STORY IS FALSE. How do we know? At the end of the article in a small font that says, “This post is satire.” Hillarious. I’m belly laughing. Hey Michael Levin and Huffington Post: Give me a break. Isn’t the…
  • The Back Story on Donald's Trump's Upcoming Meeting with Pastors

    David Brody
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Next month on Sept. 28, Donald Trump will meet with a couple dozen Christian leaders and pastors at his Trump Tower office in New York. The Brody File spoke with the man who is spearheading the effort. His name is Pastor Darrell Scott from Cleveland, Ohio. He heads up the non-denominational New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Ohio. He tells me the church has a “Pentecostal/Charismatic persuasion.” I spoke with Pastor Scott on the phone Wednesday evening and he explains to me that his relationship with Trump started roughly five years ago when he met Michael Cohen, one of Donald…
  • The Magic Of Donald Trump On Display In Iowa

    David Brody
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
    Hey Jorge Ramos: I’m sure the Trump campaign wants to send you a thank you card and a fruit basket. What’s the best address? At a press conference in Iowa Tuesday night, the Univision “reporter” (quotes intended) tried his best to put Donald Trump on the spot regarding his immigration policies but guess what? It totally backfired. Look, by the now many of you have seen the video of Ramos being escorted out of the room by security after trying to ask his immigration question.  Some may say that approach was unnecessary but let’s look at the facts. First of all, Ramos was not called…
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott: America's Cultural Resurgence Must Be Lead By Pastors

    David Brody
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File in Austin, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says America will continue to deteriorate unless pastors get involved in the cultural issues of the day. “The people who attend these congregations or pastor these congregations do not turn out and vote and we are dealing with the consequences by the failure of Christians to go vote.” Abbott spoke with The Brody File in Austin Monday afternoon after speaking to hundreds of pastors at the American Renewal Project event in Texas. Abbott has been very outspoken about his faith in the public square and made an…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Suicide, assisted suicide, and physician-assisted suicide

    Mark Kleiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Something like one million people each year in the United States try to kill themselves (with various levels of determination) and about four percent of them succeed. That makes suicide the 10th-leading cause of death: way ahead of homicide, and about on a par with auto accidents. About half of those attempts involve people with alcohol, tranquilizers, or opiates on board, raising the question of whether the person involved would make the same choice sober. (The answer might be “yes”: someone could decide in cold blood to kill himself and have a drink or three to steel himself to do it,…
  • On learning from other people’s mistakes

    Mark Kleiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Before trying out Scott Walker as President, how about hearing from the people who have had to put up with him as governor?
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    Harold Pollack
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
  • Putting Suicidal Psychiatric Patients to Death is not Compassionate

    Keith Humphreys
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    The current issue of the medical journal BMJ Open has a disturbing article on the euthanization of people who have mental illnesses. The authors are Belgian psychiatrists whose conception of what it means to be a mental health professional departs significantly from my own. Drs. Lieve Thienpont and Wim Distelmans have certified that suicidal people as young as 24 years old can ethically be put to death under the country’s euthanasia law because their psychiatric disorder (e.g., depression) causes “unbearable suffering”. The argument for why this policy is compassionate runs…
  • Must we put their names in lights (again)?

    Harold Pollack
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some things never change. When I saw the coverage of the recent Virginia killings, I was reminded of this January 2011 post on related matters. Must we put their names in lights? I haven’t posted much on the Arizona killings. The enormity of the tragedy demands a respectful silence, unless one actually has something useful to say. Most everything constructive I would say has already been said by someone else with greater force than I would muster. I would mention again the importance of long-term care and rehabilitative medicine. The typical 9mm bullet is quite adequate to lacerate…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • DNC has no good answer to Martin O'Malley's case for more debates

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Three days have passed since presidential candidate Martin O'Malley blasted the Democratic National Committee's "cynical move to delay and limit our own Party debates" during a speech to members and leaders at the DNC's summer meeting. I enclose below the full text of O'Malley's remarks, as prepared. The first section presses his case against the "unprecedented," "rigged process" for allowing only six presidential candidate debates. O'Malley noted that just four debates are scheduled before the early caucuses and primaries, and "the New Hampshire debate is cynically wedged into the high point…
  • A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll to give the GOP establishment nightmares

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Selzer & Co's new survey of Iowa Republicans for the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg News gives GOP strategists plenty to worry about. The top three "outsider" candidates (Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz) are the first choice for 49 percent of respondents. The top three "establishment" candidates (Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio) are the first choice for only 20 percent. The survey also indicates that several candidates considered heavyweight contenders are yesterday's news for likely GOP caucus-goers. The 2008 caucus winner Mike Huckabee is sitting at 4 percent, tied with…
  • Big gains for Bernie Sanders in new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Hillary Clinton has a real fight on her hands in Iowa, according to the latest poll by Selzer & Co for the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg News. Among 404 likely Democratic caucus-goers surveyed between August 23 and 26, Clinton is the first choice of 37 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders (30 percent), Joe Biden (14 percent), "not sure" (8 percent), "uncommitted" (6 percent), Martin O'Malley (3 percent), Jim Webb (2 percent), and Lincoln Chafee (1 percent. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. When respondents did not have the option of selecting Biden, Clinton…
  • Pella Electric Cooperative drops discriminatory charge for solar users

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    The Pella Electric Cooperative has told the Iowa Utilities Board it will no longer seek to charge some customers using solar panels a much higher "facilities fee," Karen Uhlenhuth reported today for Midwest Energy News. The rural electric cooperative had informed members in June that customers installing new solar panels after August 15 would be charged a monthly fee of $85, which is $57.50 higher than what most of the Pella Electric customers pay. Those who had already installed solar systems would be exempt from the higher fee for five years, but would have to start paying it in 2020. The…
  • Jennifer Konfrst running against Chris Hagenow in Iowa House district 43

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Jennifer Konfrst announced this morning that she will challenge four-term GOP incumbent Chris Hagenow in Iowa House district 43. The swing district covers Windsor Heights, Clive, and part of West Des Moines. A detailed map is after the jump, along with Konfrst's press release and official bio. Her campaign is on the web here as well as on Facebook and Twitter. As the newly-elected House majority leader, Hagenow will have virtually unlimited financial resources backing his re-election bid. On the other hand, this part of the Des Moines suburbs, solidly Republican for decades, has been trending…
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    Salon.com

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Casual Observation

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    I'm disappointed that Scott Walker isn't sticking by his contention that building a Maginot Line to protect us from invading hordes of Canadians "is a legitimate issue for us to look at." I guess he figured out that he was being asked a rhetorical question and invited to explain his racism. Discuss
  • Outrage of the Day

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    I was kind of busy yesterday so I didn't have time to comment on President Obama's decision to rename Mt. McKinley or the resulting outrage from conservatives. I think the following explains how dumb this outrage is. The mountain came to be known as Mount McKinley after President William McKinley in 1896 when a gold prospector heard McKinley had won the Republican presidential nomination, and declared the tallest peak should be named after him to show support. The government formally recognized it as Mount McKinley in 1917, and efforts to change it began in Alaska in 1975, according to the…
  • Demagogues and Majority Opinion

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    I don’t know about you, but it annoys me when I learn that a quote I treasure has been misattributed or told with the wrong phrasing. So, it’s hard for me to give up the idea that P.T. Barnum said that “there’s a sucker born every minute.” Regardless of who said it, however, it remains a very succinct way of pointing out that there are a tremendous number of really gullible people in the world. I’m more confident of the provenance of the phrase: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” That came from H.L.
  • Jeb Isn't Tough Enough

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    I kind of wanted to claw my eyeballs out after reading Ann Althouse’s take on Donald Trump’s emasculation of Jeb Bush. She is one strange lady. But I will say this: it’s never good when a male politician is made to look weak, and it’s particularly devastating when the office they seek is the presidency of the United States of America. Donald Trump may mince around like a showgirl in Ms. Althouse’s imagination, but he’s got a left hook like Joe Frazier and he’s knocked Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, and Jeb Bush flat on their asses. Now, for starters, Jeb…
  • Serious Question

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    I wonder if Pope Francis is aware of how crazy Philadelphia has gone as it prepares for his visit. Discuss
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Chris Hedges: The Revolutionary, Caged

    dandelionsalad
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on Aug 31, 2015 In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges continues his conversation with two black revolutionaries and former political prisoners, Eddie Conway and Ojore Lutalo, to discuss their … Continue reading →
  • The Spiritual Crisis In the Industrial Wine Industry by Shepherd Bliss

    dandelionsalad
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    by Shepherd Bliss Writer, Dandelion Salad Sebastopol, California August 31, 2015 I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and … Continue reading →
  • Immigrants for Sale

    dandelionsalad
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Dandelion Salad Brave New Films on Aug 27, 2015 The detention of migrants has become a multi-billion dollar industry in which immigrants are sold to the highest bidder and traded like mere products. The Corrections Corporation of America, The Geo Group, … Continue reading →
  • Seven Ways Racism Is Built Into the System by David Swanson

    dandelionsalad
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:29 pm
    by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy August 27, 2015 1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black … Continue reading →
  • Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Not Learned by Walter Brasch

    dandelionsalad
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    by Walter Brasch Writer, Dandelion Salad walterbrasch.com August 25, 2015 This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina. More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of … Continue reading →
 
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    The Diary of a Geek in Oxfordshire

  • Hate Crime

    23 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Image from PinkNewsNews reaches the Towers that yet another pressure group has defined yet another thing as a 'hate crime', and that the Police (despite not having the resources to investigate murders or somesuch) are, of course, investigating.This begs a simple question - What else must be banned?What else do we ban because some pressure group or other deems, no matter how much of a stretch it might be, that something is somehow derogatory?Equality is supposed to mean just that. Equal treatment, which includes sometimes seeing things that (whether related to you or not) may not present…
  • On Jeremy Corbyn

    21 Aug 2015 | 3:39 am
    Aaaah, look at all the loonie lefties,Aaaah, look at all the loonie lefties,Jeremy CorbynPicks up the reins of the mess where once Labour had been,With Socialist dreams,Thinks there's a window,To bring back the strikes and the carnage of forty years yore,Which we want no moreAll the loony leftiesAre cheering for this prong,All the loonie leftiesHow could they be so wrong?Fans screaming 'Tory',Spouting abuse at the facts that they don't want to hear,Claim zionist smears,Full of class envy,Punishing work and ambition and calling it 'fair',Hasn't a prayer,All the loony leftiesAre cheering for…
  • Cameron Is Sending in the Jackbooted Fascist Thugs

    15 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    ....which headline is a direct quote from this article. The other day I wrote about soundbites, and how they can be divisive and misleading, drawing you away from the truth of something towards the impression the user wants to convey.And clearly politicos and journalists aren't listening to me, because they're using exactly the same methodology to try and convince people that the NASTY EVIL TORIES are coming to TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.The quote in question, currently being wailed throughout a lobby that have suddenly become devoutly pro-freedoms despite trying to introduce ID…
  • Labour Leadership Campaign: Staggerers and Fallers

    13 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So today brought us news that in the 'rats in a sack' race that is the 'Labour Leadership' election, we have two new runners - Andy Burnham, and Yvette Balls Cooper. Well, that's a challenge of all the talents there. But in the spirit of political blogging, one has to assess the chances of the various contenders and their chances for capturing the 100-odd seats (an 11% swing) from the Tories they would need to win back power in 2020.Andy Burnham:Leaving aside that increased media appearances would pay off the national debt in mascara purchases, prepare yourselves for five years of…
  • Guess Who's Back...

    11 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    So today brings the news that having resigned on Friday morning, UKIP's Nigel Farage has this afternoon un-resigned. Apparently he's so awesome that UKIP can't do without him.This puts a song in my heart....Nigel Farage: Without Me"Nigel Farage/Real Name No Gimmicks" two illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsidetwo illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsideGuess who's back, back againNigel's back, tell a friendGuess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's backguess who's backGuess who's…
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    The Left Coaster

  • Hold the Door for Her, Every Time

    paradox
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    I was badly rear-ended a month ago, on my way to the gym not a mile from my house, a little late I saw a woman with a double baby carriage on a street corner to my left and quickly braked to let her cross. Some kid behind me was texting, didn’t expect me to stop and never saw me, he crashed me at 20 mph and completely wrecked the front end of his sedan. I have a hitch under my F-150 bumper attached to the frame, he did $4,600 worth of damage but I could still drive. Except my battery died when I tried to go home, one of those days. It never would have happened if I hadn’t stopped for that…
  • Time for Hillary to Plan the Exit

    Deacon Blues
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Joe Biden drumbeat will get even louder now, with the news that a new national, large-sample/small MOE poll shows the Vice President now running better against all GOP candidates than Hillary does. Matchups among all American voters show: Biden tops Trump 48 - 40 percent. He beats Bush 45 - 39 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio's 41 percent. Clinton edges Trump 45 - 41 percent. She gets 42 percent to Bush's 40 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio's 43 percent. Sanders edges Trump 44 - 41 percent and edges Bush 43 - 39 percent. Rubio gets 41 percent to Sanders' 40 percent. I'd like to…
  • Trump's Army Won't Unilaterally Disarm

    Deacon Blues
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    It wasn’t that long ago that many critics bemoaned the prospect of a boring and preordained 2016 presidential race, with a Clinton and a Bush duking it out for the White House. Well, those days are long gone. We’re now more likely to have great uncertainty over who will occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in late January 2017, and sometime before it’s over, many may wish for a boring Clinton or Bush outcome. Who exactly are the Trump supporters? Evan Osnos of the New Yorker spent months following Trump and talking with his supporters, and tells us: Ever since the Tea Party’s peak, in…
  • How Trump Kills the GOP and Their Oligarchs

    Deacon Blues
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Image courtesy of PollingReport.com From a Democrat’s perspective, what’s happening in the GOP presidential sweepstakes is pure gold. Before Donald Trump’s ascension, the real base of the GOP had game-planned a perfect post-Citizens United script, whereby the Koch Brothers and other GOP big-check elites bought the next president of the United States, just as Samuel Alito and John Roberts had intended all along. The Koch’s were running their whore Scott Walker as their Trojan horse, Jeb Bush had his hundred pimps and their $100 million, Marco Rubio and the others had their billionaire…
  • Letting Donald Drive Into a Ditch

    Deacon Blues
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    It was with great glee that I saw Donald Trump launch his immigration proposal over the weekend, with the full serious treatment on "Meet the Press" and elsewhere. Because after all those years of having John Boehner allow the crazies in his caucus to demonize Mexican immigrants and block the Senate’s immigration reform proposal, the GOP now has Donald Trump as the party’s official policy maker on immigration. What does that mean? It means that the GOP supports uprooting thousands of families who have been in this country benefitting our economy for years and sending all 12 million…
 
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    Zennie62.com

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    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip? - KVVU Las Vegas Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip?KVVU Las VegasWith the coming release of a much-anticipated new album this fall, rumor has it the songstress is being offered some big bucks to perform in Las Vegas. According to Irish celebrity television program Xpose, Adele is reportedly being offered $ Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip? - KVVU Las Vegas Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip?KVVU Las VegasWith the coming release of a much-anticipated new album this fall, rumor has it the songstress is being offered…
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    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Raider Nation Reps Zennie62 Fans Give Comment On #AZvOAK Raider Nation Reps Zennie62 Fans Give Comment On #AZvOAK - Video The Oakland Raiders were driving for what would be a tie score versus the Arizona Cardinals. These two Oakland Raiders and Zennie62 fans give their assessment of the game to that point. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/h9xcxJyGUXM Christian Ponder Sacked By Arizona Cardinals #AZvOAK Christian Ponder Sacked By Arizona Cardinals #AZvOAK - Video Christian Ponder was sacked by the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter. It was one of two straight times Ponder was sacked in the game…
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    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera At SF Pride Breakfast - YouTube San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera talks at the Alice B Toklas Democratic Club SF Pride Breakfast. At Atlanta Airport Bar Where Folks Socialize With Computers - YouTube I am at a bar at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport, where people socialize with their computers and not each other. Before this crap people actually talked to each other. We have socialized anti-social behavior. Last SFO Airport BART Train Arrives - YouTube This is the arrival of what will be the last San Francisco International Airport BART…
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    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Waiting For Uber At 20th And Broadway Oakland At 1 AM Waiting For Uber At 20th And Broadway Oakland At 1 AM - Video After leaving the 19th Street BART Station, I am waiting for the Uber driver to pick me up at 20th and Broadway here in Downtown Oakland. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/pMlZf6bvhPM Oakland Black Ex-Cop On Racial Profiling #BlackLivesMatter Oakland Black Ex-Cop On Racial Profiling #BlackLivesMatter - Video My Uber Driver turned out to be an Oakland Black Ex Cop who talked about racial profiling and racism as well as the recent murder of two television journalists. via IFTTT…
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    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Impressive Pirate Cosplay At Comic-Con #SDCC Impressive Pirate Cosplay At Comic-Con #SDCC - Video This man spent 350 hours making this impressive pirate cosplay costume for San Diego Comic Con. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/ZthBpHHScY0 Donald Trump On White Supremacist Support: "I Didn't Know About That" Donald Trump On White Supremacist Support: "I Didn't Know About That" - Video Donald Trump says of white supremacist support "I didn't know about that". That is a total lie. Trump has been asked about this repeatedly of late, even yesterday on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect". Then,…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Secret Service agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins

    Bob Morris
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:35 am
    While investigating the Silk Road anonymous marketplace, Secret Service Special Agent Shaun Bridges stole $820,000 in bitcoins. He has pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction and now presumably will be going to prison. Bridges clearly didn’t know he should have been a bankster. Then he would have been able to launder money at will, knowing the government would only fine the company he worked for. Silly Shaun. Between 2012 and 2014, Bridges was assigned to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, a multi-agency group investigating illegal activity on Silk Road. Bridges’…
  • Company wants to ship water from Alaska to California

    Bob Morris
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    Alaska Bulk Water joins the parade of companies with hare-brained schemes to ship water to California, cost be damned. These have included building a pipeline from the Great Lakes, towing icebergs, and their idea to fill tankers with lake water and transport by sea to California. The cost would be extravagant and there is no infrastructure in California to handle it. Desalination, which is expensive, would still be cheaper than shipping water by tanker from the spelling and grammar-challenged Alaska Bulk Water, whose website looks like it was designed ten years ago and contains this gem…
  • Chris Christie wants to track legal immigrants like Fedex packages

    Bob Morris
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    Republican presidential candidates apparently are in a feverish race to show how extreme they can be, and thus somehow grab headlines away from the media vortex that is Donald Trump. Chris Christie is the latest. He proposes to welcome legal immigrants to our country by somehow branding them, then monitoring them like a Fedex package. Somehow he thinks Fedex will be happy to do this for the government. No word yet on whether tourists visiting from other countries will be required to enjoy our freedom and democracy by being constantly tracked, but I’m guessing yes. Fedex of course has…
  • Las Vegas decouping. More people, less water used

    Bob Morris
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Las Vegas recycles all indoor water, purifying it, then sending it back to Lake Mead to be used again. Although its population is now 2 million, Vegas uses less Colorado River water than it did 15 years ago when the population was less than 1.5 million. (Phoenix and Tucson are doing the same; more people, less per capita use.)  Southern Nevada is allowed just 1.8% of Colorado River water and isn’t using its full allotment now, even though it is the primary source of water. Water journalist John Fleck comments: I’ve shared this before, some of the data I’ve been accumulating during…
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant goes live in Hawaii

    Bob Morris
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Hawaii, a leader in renewable energy out of necessity, just opened their first Ocean Thermal Conversion Energy Power plant. It is a test plant that will power 120 homes. Much bigger plants are coming, with the potential to power 100,000 homes. OTEC power, unlike other forms of renewable energy is available 24/7. Essentially, it is solar power, and it relies on the sun warming the surface of the ocean. OTEC builder Makai says large-scale OTEC power plants will be offshore, thus not competing for land, and twelve such plants would power all of Hawaii. Further, enough OTEC power exists worldwide…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • The One Acre Fund

    indianaoracle
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    In case you have not heard of this organization.  Check this link:  https://www.oneacrefund.org/our-approach/program-model/  and the website’s tabs. In my opinion this is one of the most important programs for small farmers in remote areas.  It is a way to achieve genuine, lasting good and does not push western politics, values, or religion. Right now the […]
  • Political Misdirection: the Stray Voltage Theory

    indianaoracle
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Ever wonder what is going on when politicians say something completely over the top?  Take for example what Hillary said on Friday, “On women’s health, Clinton compares Republicans to terrorist groups.” (CNN) Increasingly, journalists who cover the White House are concluding that the smears are part of a conscious strategy to distract voters from Obamacare, […]
  • Trump Speaks to the Elephant

    indianaoracle
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    It is quite something to watch as Trump wipes out the relevance of the other Republican candidates.  While effective usage of the media is considered a critical success factor in campaigning by any candidate, the rest of the field seems unable to compete with Trump at this level. Having gone through the list of reasons generally […]
  • Last Post on Trump Before the Debate

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    My previous post on Trump, “Serious Discussion on Trump,” basically said that the upcoming debates on August 6 could make or break Trump’s candidacy and I warned him to be prepared. Ben Stein posted an article today in The American Spectator, “My Thoughts on Iran and Trump.”  He perfectly outlines some examples of the issues […]
  • Huckabee: Today’s Aw-Shucks Jimmy Carter

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is highly likely we will be spared a Huckabee presidency, for which I can only give thanks.  There are however, about 6% of Republicans that poll for him and he did pretty well in a few areas the last time he ran. His religiosity is the center piece of his rhetoric.  While commendable, that […]
 
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • The Federal Network Visibility Crisis: Get to Know Your Apps

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    How long does it take for federal agencies to pinpoint and resolve application performance glitches? For the majority of the federal tech leaders polled in a recent study, it took a day or more, and that equates to millions in lost productivity.Request Free!
  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:A New Approach to Contract ManagementMaturity Model for Infrastructure MonitoringA Brief Look at OpenStackRequest Free!
  • Top 5 Ways HCOs Benefit from Box

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Healthcare organizations (HCOs) need technology solutions that meet requirements for security and compliance but also allow for collaboration and flexibility. But finding that in a single solution is often is easier said than done. Increasingly, HCOs are turning to Box to share important files and documents with team members across their organizations and clinicians or partners outside their organization. HCOs are often faced with the burden of having many parties that need to communicate and exchange documents. Box facilitates collaboration and productivity by providing “anywhere access”…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    26 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • Integrating Compliance with Business Strategy

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Compliance training is a necessity to reduce the liability and legal risks businesses face on a daily basis. But how do businesses integrate compliance training with their business strategy? Skillsoft has developed the Skillsoft Compliance Maturity Model to help organizations identify the right learning content and approaches that will enable a shift from a training-focused approach to one focused on behavior and culture to reap the full business benefits of investments in compliance programs.Request Free!
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    Bob McCarty

  • Writer Reveals True Face of the Democratic Party

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. It first appeared on this site Aug. 31, 2012. […]
  • Bob McCarty Weekly Recap: Aug. 23-29, 2015

    admin
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Though I produced only a handful of articles during the period, I consider the past week a bountiful one worthy of another weekly recap. On Monday, I republished an article under the headline, CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand. It’s a piece I had shared on the same day two […]
  • Preventable ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attack Costs Two American Lives

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    Two U.S. Airmen were killed early Thursday in Afghanistan in what appears to have been another “Green-on-Blue (a.k.a., ‘Insider’)” attack at Camp Antonik in Helmand province. According to an Air Force news release, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan […]
  • Army Lawyer Surfaces in New Bogus Prosecution Effort

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Though he might be familiar to those in Army legal circles, Maj. Jacob D. Bashore didn’t become known to me until about four years ago when I began investigating the wrongful prosecution and conviction of Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Much to my surprise, his name surfaced again today — and in a […]
  • CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below first appeared on this site Aug. 24, 2012. Almost two years later, it vanished — along with nearly 5,000 others written and published since October 2006 — as detailed in a post eight months ago. Today, I rescued it from where it appears on an alternate site in order to […]
 
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    Hit & Run

  • These Teens Kept Their Sexting Private, But Cops Found Out. Now They Face Sex Offender Registry, Jail.

    Robby Soave
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:40 am
    Fayetteville, North Carolina, cops have charged 17-year-old Cormega Copening with sexual exploitation of a minor—his girlfriend, who is the same age—because the couple sent each other nude photos of themselves during their relationship. There’s no evidence the photos were ever sent to anyone else, and police only became aware of them because they searched Copening’s phone for unrelated reasons that haven't been specified. Even so, the teen—formerly the starting quarterback at his high school—faces decades on the Sex Offender Registry and up to ten years behind bars if convicted.
  • Justice Department Sides With Planned Parenthood in Case Against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:40 am
    Planned Parenthood's lawsuit against Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal earned a head pat from the Obama administration on Monday. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a "statement of interest" in support of Planned Parenthood's position that Jindal can't just end Louisiana's Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood without a qualified reason. Doing so "without providing any justification related to ... medical services" would violate the Medicaid Act's "free choice of provider" provision, the DOJ said in its brief. This provision "gives Medicaid…
  • California Agrees to Scale Back Solitary Confinement

    Scott Shackford
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    There are people in California’s prison system who have been held in near-complete isolation for more than a decade. Today the state has announced a settlement with a group of these prisoners to move thousands of inmates out of solitary confinement. California had used this system to control prison gangs, but will seek alternative plans. From the Los Angeles Times: Instead, the state agreed to create small, high-security units that keep its most dangerous inmates in a group setting where they are entitled to many of the same privileges as other prisoners: contact visits, phone calls and…
  • County Clerk Still Refusing to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses—But This Isn't About Religious Liberty

    Stephanie Slade
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:15 am
    A Christian county clerk in Rowan, Kentucky, has been refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the grounds that it would violate her religious beliefs. Appealing to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for relief from an order by the state that she begin granting the licenses, she was rebuffed yesterday by the high court. As a libertarian and a person of faith, I don't often utter these words, but Justice Kagan is in the right and the Christian county clerk is in the wrong. Storm clouds have been gathering for quite a while in the battle over religious liberty and conscience…
  • Obama Wanders Around Alaskan Glaciers Searching for Climate Catastrophe

    Ronald Bailey
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:33 am
    Later today, President Barack Obama will tour the Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park with TV survivalist Bear Grylls. The president hopes that his made-for-TV moment will help persuade Americans and the rest of the world to endorse his climate change policies. Yesterday, President Barack Obama addressed an international conference in Alaska at which representatives from many nations with interests in the Arctic region were meeting. In his remarks, President Obama mentioned his worries about how melting Alaskan glaciers are adding to sea level rise: One new study estimates that…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Hillary's Hero

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016. I thought she might challenge Obama in 2012, but she didn't. Unfortunately, I think she'll probably win, too, even though she has more baggage than a Boeing 747 flying to Europe. Americans love the Clintons. They always have, and I guess I'll never understand why.Before you walk into the voting booth and push the button, pull the lever, etc. beside Hillary's name, allow me to show you what you will be voting for that you may not be aware of. It has nothing to do with taxes, healthcare, or guns, either. This is way more…
  • Do You Love Your Husband?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.Here are some of the replies:Who…
  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of…
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Iran and the case for realism

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Foreign policy debates rarely get away from being reflections of domestic political conflicts, but they are also usually based on unstated assumptions and unacknowledged theories. That’s true of the struggle over the Iran nuclear agreement, even if raw politics is playing an exceptionally large role. There are many indications that Republican Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Susan Collins (Maine) might in other circumstances be willing to back the accord. But they have to calculate the very high costs of breaking with their colleagues on an issue that has become a test of party loyalty. Read…
  • The Trumpification of the news

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    This summer’s political madness was nicely captured by a confluence of events over the past few days: While global financial markets teetered, the campaign news was dominated by Donald Trump’s personal feuds with journalists.Read full article >>
  • The battle for voting rights continues

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later. The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some victories have to be won over and over. Read full article >>
  • When Yeats comes knocking

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” written in 1919, is my nominee for the most cited poem in political commentary. The line invoked most — “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity” — is irresistible. It’s always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies. Read full article >>
  • Jeb vs. Hillary — minus Trump

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign — between, each hopes, the two of them — is already underway.Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • School Year Kicks Off With Student Walkouts And Parent Protests Over Transgender Bathroom Use

    Zack Ford
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:27 am
    With the school year just beginning in many districts, parents at two schools are already expressing outrage that transgender students are being allowed to use the bathrooms that match their identities. At Hillsboro High School in Missouri, Lila Perry came out as transgender last year. She used a unisex faculty restroom for a time, but felt ostracized, so this year told the school she wanted to be treated like other female students and use the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. The school has been supportive, but parents have have not. Parents at the school have claimed that…
  • Toll Booth Worker Strike May Jam Key Artery For Chicago Drivers On Labor Day Weekend

    Alan Pyke
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    The Chicago Skyway is a key conduit for drivers in the Chicago area looking for a weekend getaway. But on this Labor Day weekend, trips to Lake Michigan might be a lot messier than usual. The men and women who operate the Skyway’s tollbooths are preparing to go on strike if the toll system’s operating company continues to resist their contract demands. The toll operators, most of whom are part-time workers paid $11 an hour with no health insurance according to union officials, have been working without a contract since Monday when the previous deal expired. The 30 workers will…
  • Most Americans Don’t Know The True Danger Of Anxiety

    Sam P.K. Collins
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:40 am
    While an increasing number of Americans see mental and physical health equally, viewing depression and bipolar disorders as risk factors for suicide, a new study suggests that few understand that when unmitigated, anxiety disorders too can endanger one’s life. The study, released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, showed that although 90 percent of respondents have been affected by suicide and knew of its link to depression and bipolar disorder, less than half…
  • Donald Trump’s Mountainous History Of Disrespect For Native Americans

    Emily Atkin
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    It was a show of respect to Native Americans when President Obama on Sunday restored the name of the nation’s tallest mountain, formerly called Mount McKinley, to Denali. So it makes a lot of sense that presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t like it. On Tuesday, the Republican front-runner promised that he would reverse Obama’s decision if elected president. Restoring the mountain’s name to Denali, he said, was a “great insult to Ohio,” because former President William McKinley was born there. To be clear, Denali is located in Alaska, about 3,000 miles away…
  • James O’Keefe Releases Video Attacking Clinton Campaign — For Letting A Canadian Buy A T-Shirt

    Kira Lerner
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — “No, this is not a joke,” conservative media provocateur James O’Keefe said in a news conference Tuesday. O’Keefe’s group, Project Veritas, had just released a video he claims shows Hillary Clinton’s marketing director accepting a $75 campaign contribution from a Canadian citizen who wants to buy a T-shirt and pin. The video shows a journalist with Project Veritas helping a Canadian citizen give a $40 donation to Clinton’s campaign. The Canadian woman attempts to buy the campaign merchandise at Clinton’s campaign launch event in New York City, but is…
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    PMS: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time. (R. Heinlein) — And yet we get chastised for it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People in those old times had convictions. We moderns only have opinions. (H. Heine) — Commitment issues. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric. (J. Harlan) — Fuck yeah! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder. (G. Gould) — Beauty and emotion as bricks and mortar. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. (W. Faulkner) — Always relevant, but rarely remembered until it’s too late. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Moody's Election Model Sees Blue Wave Forming

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:28 am
    All of the usual caveats about it being too early to discern meaningful political trends for the 2016 general election notwithstanding, Moody's Election Model has some very good news for Democrats. From Ryan Sweet's "Democrats to Win in a Landslide in 2016, According to Moody's Election Model" at The Street.com: Our Moody's Analytics election model now predicts a Democratic electoral landslide in the 2016 presidential vote. A small change in the forecast data in August has swung the outcome from the statistical tie predicted in July, to a razor-edge ballot outcome that nevertheless gives the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:13 am
    In The Jacobin, via TNR, Touré F. Reed, associate professor of history at Illinois State University, explains why "Liberals Are Wrong to Separate Race from Class," and presents a compelling argument that "the now-commonplace claim at the heart of the recent Black Lives Matter protests against Sanders is that white liberals have long reduced racism to class inequality in order to deflect attention from racial disparities...This is not just wrong, but the formulation--which ultimately treats race as unchanging and permanent rather than a product of specific historical and political economic…
  • Jimmy Carter's Forgotten Fight For Voting Rights

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    On this 50th anniversary year of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Democrats are remembering that epic development and the protests and sacrifices that produced it, even as they intensify efforts to defend and restore voting rights under attack today. But we sometimes forget battlefronts in this fight that occurred between then and now. In honor of Jimmy Carter's current condition at death's door, journalist and historian Rick Perlstein wrote a powerful column at the Washington Spectator reminding us that the 39th president launched a major push for expanded voting rights back in 1977. Carter…
  • Republicans' 'Summer of Donald' Merits Ridicule

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    The New York Times has not one, but two K.O. punches for the Republican presidential campaign and the Summer of Donald. First Krugman: ...Go back to the politics of 2009, when the new Obama administration was trying to cope with the most terrifying crisis since the 1930s. The outgoing Bush administration had already engineered a bank bailout, but the Obama team reinforced this effort with a temporary program of deficit spending, while the Federal Reserve sought to bolster the economy by buying lots of assets. And Republicans, across the board, predicted disaster. Deficit spending, they…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    In Jon Per's "GOP a threat to U.S. economy, say economists" at Daily Kos, he writes, "While all eyes have been focused on the worldwide stock market plunge, a recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal identified a different threat to the vitality of the U.S. economy. But it's not the instability of Chinese stock prices, the devaluation of our currency, the Eurozone's Greek tragedy, or even a premature Fed interest rate hike that has WSJ's economists so concerned. Instead, the fear is that the GOP-controlled Congress will once again precipitate a fiscal crisis this fall." It…
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Who Will Suffer Most from Climate Change?

    Bill Gates
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    For the world’s poorest farmers, life is a high-wire act: Just one stroke of bad fortune – a drought, a flood, or an illness – is enough for them to tumble deeper into poverty and hunger. And now climate change is set to add a fresh layer of risk to their lives, highlighting the need for effective adaptation measures.
  • Escaping the Refugee Crisis

    Peter Singer
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    If those who claim asylum in a nearby country were sent to a refugee camp, safe from persecution, and supported financially by aid from affluent countries, people smuggling – and deaths in transit – would be eliminated. That may not be the best solution, but it may be the most workable.
  • Democratizing the Eurozone

    Yanis Varoufakis
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:08 am
    Political systems prove their worth by how quickly they put an end to their officials’ serial, mutually reinforcing, policy mistakes. Judged by this standard, the eurozone, comprising 19 well-established democracies, lags behind the largest non-democratic economy in the world.
  • A Tale of Two Theories

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Global growth continues to disappoint, with the IMF once again downgrading its forecast for this year. Is "secular stagnation" the cause, or is the monetary stimulus being used to fight that stagnation to blame?
  • The Price of European Indifference

    Bernard-Henri Lévy
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Europe’s migration debate has taken a disturbing turn, propelled by a multitude of myths, manipulations, and blatant lies. The consequences will be devastating, not only for the people desperately trying to escape oppression, terror, and massacre, but also for Europe itself.
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • NWA- Art or Irresponsibility an Intv w/ Eazy E & Ice Cube

    mrDaveyd
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    These LA Rappers Never Asked to be seen as role models. But with their debut album ‘Straight Outta Compton’ headed toward platinum, they may not have a choice…. Note: Out of all the interviews I’ve done.. this had to be the most intense… Both NWA and myself were very passionate about our positions at the time and both parties came away with a lot to think about.. At the time this interview took place.. there was a raging debate among the Bay Area’s main hip hop shows on KZSU, KALX and KPOO as to whether or not NWA should be played… It was quite ironic…
  • Talib Kweli and Zakiya Harris w/ Elephantine Rip Stern Grove

    mrDaveyd
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Artist talk w/ Talib Kweli at Stern Grove San Francisco 08-16-15 In the words of Ice Cube.. ‘Today was a good day’ Two steller acts took to the stage and seriously rocked it at Stern Grove Festival. Oakland’s own Zakiya Harris and Elephantine along with Talib Kweli set a new bar for throwing down and leaving the stage hot… They did not disappoint. It was an incredible show that started off with Talib Kweli doing an artist talk to a packed house. Yours truly moderated as we covered all sorts  of topics ranging from the recent passing of NAACP chair and SNCC co-founder…
  • Mike Brown Memorial- One Year later What’s Changed?

    mrDaveyd
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Ferguson, Mo 08-09-15 Today was a very sobering occassion as hundreds came out to mark the one year anniversary that 18 year old unarmed Mike Brown was ruthlessly killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. What stands out the most about this tragedy is not just the killing, but the subsequent reign of terror and brutality levied by the police.. This doesn’t always get conveyed on TV news stories, but its clear as day when you talk to folks.. and the sheer brutality directly touched many and should not be forgotten.. In Canfield Gardens, where Mick Brown was killed and his body…
  • 70 Arrested at DOJ in St Louis Seeking Justice for Mike Brown

    mrDaveyd
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:27 pm
    St Louis (08-10-15 ) During the historic march to the Department of Justice in St Louis one year after the killing of Mike Brown, faith and movement leaders read off a list of demands and attempted to deliver them to the DOJ.. Department of Homeland Security police erected barricades and blocked the entrances. Marchers attempted to get by those barriers.. Over 70 people were arrested… The post 70 Arrested at DOJ in St Louis Seeking Justice for Mike Brown appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
  • The March to St Louis DOJ to win Justice for Mike Brown

    mrDaveyd
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Below are some photos from historic march to the Department of Justice in St Louis. It was led by faith leaders including; Rev Toni Blackman, Rev Sekou, Dr Cornel West, Pastor Mike McBride, Jasiri X and many others who sought to win justice not only for Mike Brown who was killed a year ago, but also for the countless other victims of police brutality… Faith leaders march to Department of Justice in St Louis to win Justice for Mike Brown… The post The March to St Louis DOJ to win Justice for Mike Brown appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
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    News - AllGov

  • As the Arctic Warms, Why is U.S. Falling behind Russia?

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:55 am
    With ice sheets growing thinner all the time in the Arctic, Russia is plowing ahead with efforts to establish a formidable naval and commercial presence in the region. The United States meanwhile has been accused of sitting on its hands and doing little to meet or counter Russia’s efforts.   Icebreaking ships are critical for use in breaking through Arctic ice sheets, and in this arena Russia, by far, has the upper hand. It maintains a fleet of 41 such ships, which cost about a billion dollars each to manufacture. The U.S., on the other hand, has only two icebreakers, and one of…
  • Majority of Latinos Don’t Vote

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:50 am
    Donald Trump’s immigrant-bashing message has raised questions about a backlash among Hispanic voters in response to the candidate’s ugly rhetoric. But while Hispanic turnout in elections has been steadily climbing in recent elections, the fact is most of these Americans still don’t cast ballots on Election Day.   A new study (pdf) out of Stanford University shows only 47% of Hispanic voters went to the polls during 2012 election. That means 53% didn’t vote, even though 20% of those who didn’t were registered.   Another 13% were unregistered, while an…
  • Many Fire Departments Spend more Time Tending to Homeless than Fighting Fires

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:45 am
    Engine 1 of the San Francisco Fire Department won the honor in 2014 of being the busiest engine in the entire country, according to a nationwide survey by Firehouse Magazine. But who would have guessed that it rarely fights fires. In fact, most of its calls are devoted to helping the homeless.   Engine 1, based at Fire Station 1 in San Francisco’s South of Market area, made 10,221 runs last year—far and away more than the second-place Engine 33 in Los Angeles, with 8,880 runs, The New York Times reported. But only 1.5% of Engine 1’s calls in 2014 had to do with fires.
  • Workers at Nuclear Weapons Plant Vote to Strike

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:40 am
    Employees at a Texas plant that upgrade and disassemble nuclear warheads have voted to strike after the plant’s government contractor made its final offer to union representatives.   Members of the Amarillo Metal Trades Council voted 87% in favor of walking off the job at the Consolidated Nuclear Security Pantex (CNS) in Amarillo.   The Pantex facility has long played a key role in the nation’s nuclear weapons program. Workers perform critical work involving nuclear weapons life extension programs, weapons dismantlement, development, testing, and fabrication of high…
  • Two-Thirds of Mass Shootings Take Place in Private Residences, not in Public

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:35 am
    Mass shootings in schools, churches and movie theaters grab the headlines, but it’s the same kind of shootings in private homes that cause more carnage.   The gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety reviewed all mass shootings—those with four or more victims— that occurred between January 2009 and July of this year, and determined that two-thirds of them took place in private residences.   Using Federal Bureau of Investigation data and media reports, Everytown determined there were at least 134 mass shootings in the nearly seven-year period. Of these, 91 (68%)…
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    Family of Woman Killed in Pier 14 Shooting To Sue Sheriff, ICE, BLM The family of a woman shot and killed at San Francisco’s Pier 14 last month said Monday that they plan to sue city and federal officials. San Francisco resident Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, 32, a Pleasanton native, was fatally shot on July 1 while walking with family members on the Pier in broad daylight. Within an hour of the shooting, police arrested Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times and has seven prior felony convictions, including four involving…
  • San Francisco Opens up Automated Fast Food Restaurant

    Andrew Cullen
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Today, San Francisco became home to a start up that is aimed at changing the fast food game. What makes this new downtown lunch spot different? Humans need not apply. Eatsa, “a fully automated fast food experience,” opened its flagship location in downtown San Francisco today, at 121 Spear Street, near the Embarcadero. Resembling the futuristic interior of an Apple store, customers order their food from an iPad, enter their name and just few minutes later – poof! – their food appears in a LED lit cubby with their name on it. This cashier-less lunch spot isn’t completely void of…
  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Police ID 2 Men Arrested on Suspicion of Shooting, Robbing Tourist Two San Francisco men have been identified as the suspects arrested for allegedly shooting a tourist while robbing him of his camera near the city’s famous crooked section of Lombard Street and then attempting to flee from police via the Bay Bridge on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Suspects Eric Anthony Espanol, 25, and Brian Fox, 24, were arrested near the Oakland-Emeryville border, according to San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. The shooting was reported at 12:09 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of…
  • Wednesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Photographic Evidence and Witness Interviews Place Pier 14 Homicide Suspect at Crime Scene An undocumented immigrant suspected of fatally shooting a 32-year-old San Francisco woman in broad daylight at the San Francisco waterfront last month attended his preliminary hearing Tuesday. The hearing included testimony from three police investigators and photographic evidence captured by tourists that appear to place the suspect at the crime scene. Tuesday was the first of a two-day preliminary hearing before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan P. Conroy regarding the July 1 homicide of…
  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS FOR DISTRICT 3 SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE AARON PESKIN BURGLARIZED The campaign headquarters of San Francisco District 3 candidate Aaron Peskin were burglarized during a break-in over the weekend but are not suspected of being politically motivated. Peskin, who formerly served as president of the board of Supervisors, is running against incumbent mayoral appointee Julie Christensen in the November election. Peskin said Monday that five laptops were stolen from his campaign headquarters located on Sutter Street near Van Ness Avenue, none containing any campaign data. One of the…
 
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Use The Web To Set The Record Straight

    Online Candidate
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Being attacked during a campaign is a given for virtually all political candidates. By knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, you can prepare yourself for these attacks. This allows you to respond quickly and confidently. Done properly, you have an opportunity to build credibility and even turn the facts around on your opponent. Here are […]
  • 5 Simple Candidate Failures That You Can Totally Avoid

    Online Candidate
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    There are many, many mistakes that candidates make during the course of a political campaign. We could make a ten-part series just on what not to do on the campaign trail. Since we deal with the online aspects of campaigning, we’ll stick to mistakes that candidates make online – or, more specifically, with their campaign […]
  • Will Your Social Networking Past Hurt Your Political Future?

    Online Candidate
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    More and more candidates running for office today are dealing with the issue of social networking activities coming back to haunt them. Will it hurt you, too?
  • Keep Your Campaign Material Original – And Avoid the Consequences

    Online Candidate
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Here's a reminder to make sure that you have rights and permission for anything you use on your political campaign website.
  • Have You Seen Our New Download Store?

    Online Candidate
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    We updated our Download Store this month. Completely re-designed in design and layout, the updated store makes it easier to find our political campaign-related downloads. It features a variety of campaign e-books, political print and campaign logo templates available for immediate download. The categories include: Campaign E-Books Word Political Print Templates Political Logo Templates Special […]
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • NCD - the new slave owners

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    "CARA (Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers) in Mineo is the biggest centre of its kind in Europe and it has ended up being inolved in the investigation into the Mafia Capitale scandal. Odevaine, Veltroni‘s right hand man, (well now wasn’t he going to go to Africa?) became one of the top dogs in the management of immigration in ltaly. Now he has been speaking to the magistrates and has been explaining the details of how the Mineo system operated. It was a system that made it possible for various people to share out our money among themselves - and it gave Castiglione, deputy secretary of…
  • #GiùLeManiDalNostroMare - Hands off our sea! - 6 September in Bari

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    “Our sea is in danger. The crazy interests of a few multinational groups still connected to the old model of energy production based on hydrocarbons, has led this government to collude and issue 9 permits to search for oil deposits in our Adriatic and Ionian seas. And many other permits will be issued, thanks to the “Sfascia Italia” {smash up Italy} decree presented by the government, but drawn up by the lobbyists supporting cement, incinerators and petroleum. This is why the 5 Star MoVement has organised a protest that has inolved lots of beaches in Apulia, Calabria, Basilicata and…
  • The Merkel plan

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    The migration of biblical proportions will not be stopped by tanks or barbed wire or the sinking of boats. It hasn’t just come out of the blue. The EU and the various national governments seem to have suddenly woken up to it and they are exploiting the situation as though they were not the primary cause of the problem. There’s been no whisper of any condemnation of the causes, nor of a long-term strategy to integrate these people into a Europe that is devastated by unemployment. Do we want to create massive ghettos and banlieues? There’s no action beyond a bit of fluffy charity. People…
  • Andrea Soldi was killed

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    “Andrea Soldi was a psychiatric patient in Turin. He was well known in his neighbourhood - he was a big man aged 45, weighing 120 kilos. For years he had been suffering from schizophrenia and he used to sit on the benches in Turin’s open spaces without bothering anyone. People called him the "good giant". At the beginning of August, the family asked for him to be admitted to the psychiatric hospital, as Andrea was no longer taking his prescribed medication and he was no longer under the supervision of the local psychiatric practitioners. On 5 August, a group of local police, specialised…
  • The Chinese Bubble

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    “What’s happening in China? Many people are asking this question, given the sequence of happenings in the Far East. In brief, what’s happening now is what I have been predicting for some time now: the bursting of a financial and property bubble that will have an impact on the whole world by the end of the year 2015. These are the effects of "laissez-faire" capitalism with a fictitious economy based on finance, with a development model that has been prevalent throughout the 20th century and in the first part of the 21st century. This is what has dragged us into the abyss. China has not…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Labor Day 2028

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    In 1928, famed British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would advance so far...
  • The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

    23 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or...
  • CORPORATE WELFARE IN CALIFORNIACorporate welfare is often...

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    CORPORATE WELFARE IN CALIFORNIACorporate welfare is often camouflaged in taxes that seem neutral on their face but give windfalls to big entrenched corporations at the expense of average people and small businesses.Take a look at commercial property taxes in California, for example.In 1978 California voters passed Proposition 13 – which began to assess property for tax purposes at its price when it was bought, rather than its current market price.This has protected homeowners and renters. But it’s also given a quiet windfall to entrenched corporate owners of commercial…
  • The Fraud of the New “Family-Friendly” Work

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Netflix just announced it’s offering paid leave to new mothers and fathers for the first year after...
  • The Outrageous Ascent of CEO Pay

    9 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule last week requiring that large publicly held...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Turbulence Ahead: Domestic Drone Debate Intensifies

    Patrick G. Eddington
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:08 am
    National Journal has a new piece out today that highlights the continuing controversy over the Federal Aviation Administration’s failure thus far to publish a final rule governing the operation of drones in domestic airspace (FAA’s current unmanned aerial system (UAS) guidance can be found here). One thing the FAA will not be doing is wading into the commercial sector privacy debate over drones; it has punted that issue to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). But what about federal agencies and their use of UASs? Federal domestic UAS use has a checkered…
  • Hotel California: Teachers Union Edition

    Jason Bedrick
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:53 am
    If a teacher opts out of her union, but the union refuses to hear it, did she really opt out? Even where state lawmakers have passed “right-to-work” laws legally enabling teachers to opt out of paying union dues, the practical ability to opt out is far from guaranteed. In Michigan, for example–where dues can cost up to $640 a year–the teachers union surreptitiously created new bureaucratic hoops for teachers attempting to opt out. In an apparent effort to make it even more difficult or even stop school employees from exercising their right under right-to-work to not pay union dues or…
  • Reviewing Carter's Deregulatory Record

    Caleb O. Brown
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    As health concerns for former President Carter mount, it’s nice to be able to look back on his time in the White House and see something remarkably positive. Carter’s deregulation of air travel, commercial trucking, rail shipping and oil have delivered substantial and ongoing dividends to Americans. In today’s Cato Daily Podcast (Subscribe: iTunes/RSS/CatoAudio for iOS), Peter Van Doren discusses how those policy changes occurred. An e-mailer reminds me that Carter’s pen also sealed the deal ending the longstanding prohibition on home brewing of beer for personal consumption. Anyone…
  • The Great Job-Creating Machine

    Chelsea German
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    As the Guardian recently reported, technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, and the new jobs it has created have been of higher quality. Technology eliminated many difficult, tedious, and dangerous jobs, but this has been more than offset by a rise in the caring professions and in creative and knowledge-intensive jobs, resulting in a net increase in jobs.  The sectors to lose the most jobs have been agriculture and manufacturing, which are both difficult and dangerous, while work opportunities in medicine, education, welfare, and professional services have become more…
  • Merely Saying "I Do" Multiple Times Shouldn't Be a Crime

    Ilya Shapiro
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    Saying “I do” and calling someone your spouse who legally isn’t shouldn’t be a crime, but it can be in Utah. While polygamy—being lawfully married to multiple people—isn’t legal in any state, due to its unique history, Utah has some of the strictest anti-bigamy laws in the country. Which probably makes starring in a reality TV show based on your plural marriage not the best idea for Utahns. Nevertheless, TLC’s Sister Wives revolves around Kodi Brown, his four partners (Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn), and their 17 children. While Kodi is only legally married to one of…
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    A View from the Right

  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 3a of 3)

    sirrahc
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    “In matters that are obscure and far beyond our vision, even in such as we may find treated in Holy Scripture, different interpretations are sometimes possible without prejudice to the faith we have received.”  — St. Augustine (AD 354-430), Bishop of Hippo, early Christian theologian & philosopher Whereas the first two parts to this series […]
  • Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors

    sirrahc
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    “Experience has shown that, even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”  — Thomas Jefferson I have more research to do for my previously intended post, so this is a “filler”, of sorts. But, it’s not empty filler. It’s important, substantial […]
  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 2 of 3)

    sirrahc
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind.”  — Jonathan Edwards, 18th […]
  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 1 of 3)

    sirrahc
    9 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    “Without special revelation, general revelation would be for sinful men incomplete and ineffective…. Without general revelation, special revelation would lack that basis in the fundamental knowledge of God as the mighty and wise, righteous and good, maker and ruler of all things.”  — B.B. Warfield, distinguished “Princetonian” theologian As an admin at the “Old Earth […]
  • Science, Politics, Public Perception, and Wasted Money

    sirrahc
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    I am still slowly working my way through Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, 4th ed. I don’t think I expected the topic of air/water pollution to come up in a tome on economics, but it does make sense, as you’ll see. Cries for increasing efforts toward environmental (i.e., ecological) purification are common — all in the […]
 
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    Sapphire Wire

  • “Fair Tax” System is a Gift for the Wealthy

    Lisa Johnston
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:37 am
    In August, Senator Jerry Moran and Representative Lynn Jenkins made presentations advocating for a fair tax plan, a 23% national sales tax designed to replace our income tax system. On the surface, this sounds appealing because it seems simple and easy. But, if this were implemented, it would be tremendously unfair to most Americans. The primary problem with this approach is that no tax is paid on unspent income. This means that people at lower income levels would pay a much higher tax rate than those with larger incomes. According to a 2012 article in The Atlantic, most individuals at the…
  • Charisma is Priority One

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

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

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

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

  • The Best Candidate for Minorities, Women and All of Us

    Veena Trehan
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Assessing the positions of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein in nine key areas shows significant weaknesses in Clinton’s proposed policies. The polling data, media coverage and recent meetings highlight a key question: Which US presidential candidate is the best for minorities, women and all of us? Off the list: Republicans, with their destructive […] The post The Best Candidate for Minorities, Women and All of Us appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Austerity Economics is Fraying Europe’s Social Contract

    Conn M. Hallinan
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    It’s a new kind of barbarism, one that sacks countries with fine print. On one level, the recent financial agreement between the European Union (EU) and Greece makes no sense. Not a single major economist thinks the $96 billion loan will allow Athens to repay its debts or get the economy moving anywhere but downward. […] The post Austerity Economics is Fraying Europe’s Social Contract appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The World This Week: Global Economy Has a Great Fall

    Atul Singh
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    A slowdown in China is making the world economy wobble and will lead to declining trade, growth and returns to capital. Soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man. He proclaimed: “The end point of mankind’s ideological […] The post The World This Week: Global Economy Has a Great Fall appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Anti-Establishment Protests in Lebanon Escalate

    Manuel Langendorf
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    While triggered by a waste management crisis, the roots of mass protests in Lebanon run deeper. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] Since August 22, thousands of people have been rallying in Beirut to demonstrate against the Lebanese government. Peaceful protests turned violent with scuffles between demonstrators and security […] The post Anti-Establishment Protests in Lebanon Escalate appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • This is Why Donald Trump is Surging in the Polls

    Landon Shroder
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    It is no surprise that Trump is surging in the polls, bringing glamour and flamboyance to a country that is overstimulated by celebrity cachet and disgusted by career politicians. Friedrich Nietzsche, the great German philosopher, once quipped: “If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” I am not […] The post This is Why Donald Trump is Surging in the Polls appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Botezul perfect pentru copilul tau

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Unul dintre cele mai importante momente din viata fiecarui parinte este botezul copilului sau. Datorita importantei acestuia, cat si a traditiei, acest eveniment trebuie celebrat fie printr-o petrecere, fie printr-o cina fastuoasa alaturi de toti cei dragi. Cu toate acestea, un numar mare de oameni care doresc sa faca botezul in sectorul 4 par sa intampine dificultati in gasirea unui meniu botez ieftin. Prin urmare, se multumesc cu mai putin iar acest eveniment unic se transforma intr-o banalitate.Pentru a nu ajunge intr-o situatie similara, primul pas este sa studiezi acele restaurante…
  • Bolile psihice ma fascineaza

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Ar fi ciudat sa spun ca sunt fascinata de bolile psihice? Probabil ca da, pentru majoritatea oamenilor care ar citi sau ar auzi asta. Si totusi, nu pot nega adevarul. Aceasta pasiune este prezenta in cazul meu de multi ani. Nu sunt sigura de unde a provenit, probabil de la dorinta mea de a deveni psiholog pe care am avut-o inca de la 8 ani. Si, pentru ca voiam sa fiu psiholog, trebuia, printre altele, sa cunosc si diverse boli psihice. Astfel a aparut pentru prima oara interesul meu fata de acest domeniu, acest tip de tulburari umane. Si pe masura ce aflam tot mai multe lucruri, realizam cat…
  • Stirile despre noile tehnologii si electronice, la fel de importante ca informatiile de actualitate

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    Informatiile circula astazi cu viteza luminii. Nici bine nu se intampla un eveniment ca am si aflat de el. Tehnologia si internetul au permis transmiterea stirilor importante in timp record, catre o audienta eterogena care nu are de facut decat sa isi selecteze pe cele care sunt de interes pentru ea. Pentru pasionatii de tehnologie, stirile si informatiile de actualitate sunt cu atat mai importante cu cat in fiecare zi exista noutati din cele mai variate domenii care influenteaza cumva evolutia tehnologiilor moderne.In sectiuni precum TechnoNews de pe site-urile cu stiri din IT se pot gasi la…
  • Zidul

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    Sa locuiesti intr-o tara straina, sa nu stii limba si sa nu cunosti pe nimeni, este greu. In primul rind e greu sa-ti gasesti o casa, sa-ti deschizi un cont bancar ori sa inveti traseul catre locul de munca, unde nu te intelegi cu nimeni ( decit, poate, prin semne!). Simti intre tine si ei ( strainii ) un zid, o respingere rece ( care-ti reaminteste ca nu esti de-a lor! ). E ceva natural ( la urma urmei! ), nici mie nu-mi placuse Colin, un afroamerican, ratacit pe meleagurile noastre ( si repartizat in biroul meu!) fara sa stie o boaba romineasca. Cu timpul ( dupa ce a inceput s-o rupa cit de…
  • Produse cosmetice de la Wella

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    Wella AG este una dintre cele mai mari companii producatoare de produse de ingrijire a parului si cosmetice. Fondata in 1880 de Franz Ströher, Wella este printre cele mai cunoscute companii germane cu sediul in Geneva, Elvetia, specializata in Haircare, Styling & Colorants. Gama de produse comercializate de compania germana include sampoane, balsamuri, uleiuri pentru par, masti pentru par sau combinatii tonice pentru revigorarea structurii firului de par.Produsele Wella sunt facute din ingrediente naturale, nu au substante care produc alergii, sunt testate si garantate din punct de…
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    FactCheck.org

  • A Decade-Old Democratic Claim

    Lori Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    For years, Democrats have been twisting Republicans’ positions to claim they want to “privatize” Social Security and risk your retirement on the stock market. The latest distortion: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed Jeb Bush supported his brother’s plan that would put “Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street.” No one’s retirement savings would have ever been wiped out by George W. Bush’s failed 2005 plan, which called for allowing younger workers to…
  • FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Donald Trump’s recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn’t treat the facts much better: Trump claimed “59 percent of our bridges are in trouble.” That’s way off. The Federal Highway Administration says 24 percent of the nation’s bridges were “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” in 2014. Trump said a recent poll in Florida showed him at 28 percent and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, “much lower.” Bush wasn’t that…
  • Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

    Lori Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to “save … a significant amount under Obamacare.” But a business of that size isn’t subject to the law’s requirements to offer insurance to full-time workers or pay a penalty. And the fictional employee in question would likely qualify for Medicaid. Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, laid out his hypothetical example in an Aug. 20 speech to the Detroit…
  • Cruz & Crosses

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz set up a false bogeyman when he said the Supreme Court is “one justice away” from ordering that crosses on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery be torn down. Nobody is even asking the court to do such a thing. And in fact, the group that sought removal of a cross from formerly federal land in the Mojave Desert — losing the 5-4 decision to which Cruz referred — strongly supports crosses and other religious symbols on government-issued headstones at Arlington and other military cemeteries. The Texas senator, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for…
  • Huckabee’s Spin on Iran

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    In arguing against the Iran nuclear deal, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spins the facts. Huckabee said “no American aircraft would be able to get through” the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system that Iran plans to install. U.S. military officials and arms control experts dispute that assertion, including one expert who tells us Huckabee is “exaggerating.” He also claimed the nuclear deal “lets Iran do their own inspections.” That’s wrong. Under the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency would have daily access to and…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: Stop Comparing Yourself

    Josh Bowen
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Judging by the title, you may not think this will not be a fitness or nutrition related post. I, however, believe fitness is 100% tied to our self esteem and how we feel about ourselves rather than actually picking up weights or doing cardio. We exercise to feel better about ourselves and ultimately give ourselves more self esteem and confidence. Why do you think so many people take gym selfies? Let’s be honest, its not a workout if you don’t record it right? I’m being sarcastic…obviously. BUT…I am serious about fitness tying into our psyche. As our bodies…
  • Josh Bowen: What is Causing Your Headaches?

    Josh Bowen
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready to attack Monday like nobody’s business. The year is flying by and the holidays will be here before you know. The time to be consistent and focused is important. What you do now, will effect what you do later. We have all had headaches at some point or another in our lives. Some literal and some figuratively (haha). But what is a headache? And more importantly, what causes a headache? A headache is not actually a pain within the brain, or the brain does not have pain sensors. The pain is caused by a disturbance to pain sensitive tissues…
  • Josh Bowen: 4 Reasons Why Building Muscle Should be Your Top Priority

    Josh Bowen
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Summer has flown by and by the time we know it, it will be Christmas time again. I digress, however. Here is to a great week and continued great month of July. Onto the topic at hands…muscle. I posted the above picture this week on both my personal Facebook page and the Aspire page, to great feedback. It essentially shows six different bodies, who all weigh the exact same and are the same height. But how could that be? How could the same person weigh the same, be the same height and look completely different? Answer….MUSCLE. Muscle is the reason for the discrepancy in aesthetics.
  • Josh Bowen: Metabolism

    Josh Bowen
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our topic for this week: metabolism. And more importantly how do we increase it. But first we must cover what metabolism actually is. Scientifically, metabolism is the amount of calories you burn everyday without doing anything. This is referred to as resting metabolic rate or basal metabolic rate (BMR). So essentially, it is the amount of calories you would burn while laying in bed for 24 hours. It is impacted heavily on the following: the size of the individual, the amount of muscle on the individual, hormonal factors such as T3 and T4 conversion and amount of testosterone and growth…
  • John Y. Brown, III: Fancy Farm in the Cultural Crosshairs: The War on Fancy Farm

    John Y. Brown III
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    This year, ironically, it was Fancy Farm itself that was the recipient of some of the most potent barbs from the speaking dais. The annual Fancy Farm picnic is famous for hosting an annual platform for face-to-face political zingers, barbs and put-downs. It is unique to the nation and perhaps the last living remnant of the historic stump speaking tradition of political campaigns that preceded modern media and the current TV/Internet/Social Media dominance of political campaign messaging. The old-fashioned way of political campaigning on display at Fancy Farm is, some are now arguing, a…
 
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Dan Sinykin: The Silly Season

    Yasmin Majeed
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:46 am
    The view of the 2016 presidential race at the Iowa State Fair is less than inspiring.
  • Robert Reich: On Labor Day 2028

    Yasmin Majeed
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    With Labor Day around the corner, it's time to start fighting for the rights of workers–starting with raising the minimum wage.
  • Scenes From the End of the World

    Hillary
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The writer and photographer on their first book collaboration, the connection between Hollywood blockbusters and climate change, and how “shared terror” can make us feel less alone.
  • History Is Who You’ve Lost

    Allyson Kirkpatrick
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    I, without knowing, dreamed parts of a truth. One part is this: my grandfather on my mother’s side was a murderer. Or was he?
  • The Alchemy of Cinema

    Sorcha Gannon
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The documentarian on white savior narratives, making enemies of gunrunners and governments, and nonfiction film as art.
 
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • On August 23,1982 he gave us hope

    Michel
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
  • One Day

    Michel
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Interesting Quote: “One day we will tell our children about the ordeal and death caravan that Syrian and Palestinian jumped upon trying to escape to Europe even though Mecca and the land of Muslims is closer to them. One day we will tell them about the Hijra of Prophet Mohamed and his Companions to the land of Habasha at a time it was ruled by a Christian leader who didn’t oppress his people and immigrants.
  • What’s up, Doc?

    Michel
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    This article was written by Michael Young on August 21, 2015 and published on the website NOW. Did Future even notice that Samir Geagea had left them? It is remarkable how invisible was the reaction of the Future Movement when its Christian partner Samir Geagea signed a declaration of intent with the Free Patriotic Movement. How different from Hezbollah, which has determinedly kept Michel Aoun happy to ensure he does not abandon his alliance with the party. Geagea’s decision to effectively jump ship on the remnants of March 14 was less dramatic than Walid Jumblatt’s in 2009, but no less…
  • Ambassador Tom Fletcher’s Farewell Letter to Lebanon

    Michel
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The following is the farewell letter of British ambassador Tom Fletcher to Lebanon. Too bad he is not Lebanese Maronite, I would have supported him to become the next Lebanese president. Dear Lebanon, Sorry to write again. But I’m leaving your extraordinary country after four years. Unlike your politicians, I can’t extend my own term. When I arrived, my first email said ‘welcome to Lebanon, your files have been corrupted’. It should have continued: never think you understand it, never think you can fix it, never think you can leave unscathed. I dreamt of Beirutopia and Leb 2020 , but…
  • No one picking up the garbage?

    Michel
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It seems that Lebanese people are feeling the effect when you elect the wrong person to do the job. They are feeling the effect of electing people because they belong to their sect, town, political party … Without checking their history or how this person can help the country. They feeling it not because the deputies can’t elect a president, appoint an army commander, …. They feeling it because there is no one picking up the garbage from the streets. Do I need to repeat why the country reached this low-level? I wouldn’t. I just leave you with what George Orwell once…
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Huckabee: "Remarkable" Democrats Looking At "73-Year-Old Gaffe-Master" Biden As Savior

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:06 am
    The Republican presidential candidate comments on the age of his Democratic adversaries, and offers praise for Bernie Sanders. Charlie Riedel / AP Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Monday that it is "remarkable" Democrats are "looking at a 73-year-old gaffe-master" Joe Biden as an alternative to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. "The Democrats have really got themselves in a bind," Huckabee told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson. "Right now, they're looking at a 73-year-old gaffe-master Joe Biden — who's a nice guy, don't take that from him — but they're…
  • White House Launches Year Two Of Campus Anti-Sexual Assault Campaign With Simple Message

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:01 am
    One year into the Obama administration’s “It’s On Us” anti-sexual assault campaign, top presidential adviser Valerie Jarett says the White House has helped start changing the culture about sexual violence on college campuses. youtube.com WASHINGTON — It's just about the one year mark for the signature policy effort led by senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett aimed at changing the culture around sexual assault on campus known as "It's On Us". In its first 12 months, the effort has united high-profile collegiate organizations like sports conferences…
  • Chelsea Clinton Wrote Bill And Hillary About Being "Profoundly Disturbed" By Haiti Response

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:06 pm
    “The incompetence is mind numbing.” Handout / Getty Images Revealed in the most recent batch of Hillary Clinton's emails released by the State Department is a seven-page memo written by Chelsea Clinton in which she details her takeaways from a four-day trip to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. In the undated memo, addressed to "Dad" and "Mom," Clinton is critical of the United Nations response, and issues a dire warning: "If we do not quickly change the organization, management, accountability and delivery paradigm on the ground, we could quite conceivably confront…
  • 7,000 Pages Of Hillary Clinton Email Are Coming Your Way Tonight

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Jeff Swensen / Getty Images The State Department will release another large, monthly batch of Hillary Clinton's email on Monday night — as the Democratic front-runner continues to face questions and an investigation into her email protocols and criticism of how she has addressed the subject.In the last week, following a series of jokes about her email (one about the charms of Snapchat's 24-hour deletion, and the other about wiping a server with a cloth), Clinton has struck a slightly more contrite tone."I’m trying to do a better job of explaining to people what’s…
  • Supreme Court Denies Kentucky Clerk's Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriage Order

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Justice Elena Kagan referred the request from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to the full court, which denied the request on Monday evening. Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Timothy D. Easley / AP WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday evening denied a Kentucky clerk's request to keep enforcing her "no marriage licenses" policy — an attempt to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — while she appeals the trial court's preliminary ruling. The Rowan County clerk, Kim Davis, argues that she should be exempted from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex…
 
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • Queen Elizabeth: Long May She Reign

    Gary L. Welton
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    Barring the unexpected, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 9, 2015, will become the longest reigning British monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901. These historic 63-year reigns are separated by four kings who reigned for a combined total of only 51 years. The majority of people living today have never experienced the sometimes national anthem, “God Save the King.” In fact, since 1837, “God Save the Queen” has been the national anthem over 70 percent of the time. It would seem that the British have had their prayers answered, the prayers included three times…
  • Black Pastors Protest Margaret Sanger at Smithsonian

    Paul G. Kengor
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Margaret Sanger is a saint in the feminist church. She is a charter member of the progressive hall of fame. Liberals revere this woman who preached “race improvement” and denounced what she called “human weeds,” “morons,” “idiots,” “imbeciles,” and the “dead weight of human waste.” Hillary Clinton glows that she is “in awe of” Sanger. She said so in 2009 upon receiving Planned Parenthood’s “highest honor” that year: its coveted Margaret Sanger Award. Likewise effusive was Nancy Pelosi when she proudly accepted the award in 2014. Speaking to Planned Parenthood…
  • STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Big Daddy Governments

    Annual Conference Lectures
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson speak during The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”
  • STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | If Conservative Christians Want to be Taken Seriously in the Marriage Debates, They Need To …

    Annual Conference Lectures
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Dr. David Ayers presents at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”
  • STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Abortion is Not a Civil Right

    Annual Conference Lectures
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Dr. Alveda King speaks during The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”
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    Politic365

  • Katrina Anniversary: There are no words

    Matthew Stieglitz
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is here. How the hell do I write about that? Perhaps it’s appropriate to offer a disclaimer: I don’t live in New Orleans, and I never have. I can’t speak from the perspective of an insider, and I dare not offer anything that even remotely resembles an understanding of a denizen’s pain. But the city is weaved into the fabric of my soul, which is so indescribably inexplicable that it’s…New Orleans. The logical starting point is where I was in 2005 when the storm hit. I was a freshman in college, wallowing in the “stress” of my life.
  • Words vs. policy: why is Ricky Martin urging Latinos to unite against Trump?

    Adriana Maestas
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    This week singer Ricky Martin wrote an opinion piece urging Latinos “to unite against Donald Trump.” In reference to the GOP candidate throwing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference, Martin wrote: “I am not surprised Trump would aim so low. I am surprised that we Hispanics continue to accept these aggressions and accusations by individuals like Trump who continue to attack our dignity. If we have been united for some things, we must be united for all. We have already proven to the United States who we are as Latinos, and that we will not allow that type of…
  • Georgia Civic Associations, Women’s Group Celebrate Women’s Suffrage With New Call to Action

    Politic365 Staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Several nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and academics will gather today in the Georgia State Capitol to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave some American women won the right to vote.  Though great strides have been made towards full equality for women, particularly Black women, there is still a long way to go. Participating groups will use this public event as an opportunity to shed light on some of the largest, most pressing issues faced by Georgia women as voters and as advocates. At this commemorative event, representatives…
  • Latino voters’ net favorability rating of Donald Trump is -51

    Adriana Maestas
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Yesterday Gallup released a new poll that shows 65% of Latino voters have an unfavorable view of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. 14% of Hispanic voters have a favorable view of Trump. Trump, who announced his campaign criticzing immigrants from Mexico, has doubled down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric calling for completing a border wall and deporting all of the undocumented currently in the U.S. That same poll showed that Texas governor Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz also have net unfavorable ratings with Latino voters with both of them scoring -7. Jeb Bush has the highest favorable…
  • Clueless Ben Carson Gives #BlackLivesMatter Advice They Don’t Need

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Should we bother to take seriously someone who compares health care to slavery or thinks using drone attacks to stop illegal immigration is a good idea? Probably not.  But Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon running for President and the paradox of his candidacy is that his storied medical career is at direct odds with his lack of basic sense.  Carson continues to verify that a person can be simultaneously brilliant and also an airhead.   Black Lives Matter doesn’t need advice. In a space of a year the impact of their advocacy has sparked policy proposals and made news around the…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • You may not have Hillary Clinton to kick around much longer

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Opinions about Hillary Clinton range from absolute hatred to unadulterated adoration. The one thing rarely heard about Ms. Clinton is that she’s not very bright; yet her email scandal tends to argue... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama strikes deal with Iran but U.S. and Israel lose

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    President Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration had reached a deal that prevents Iran from building nuclear weapons and defended its provisions for verifying Tehran’s compliance. “Every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When the wheels came off the Supreme Court

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage A key tenet of jurisprudence is that no judge ruling on a case should have a personal bias or have taken a personal role in a matter before a court. Such an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Allies run out of bullets, but there’s always time for golf

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration’s lead-from-behind strategy doesn’t work. Even if you think there’s some validity to the strategy, you’d have to acknowledge that it could only work if while hiding in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It used to be that our colleges and universities were places of learning; today these schools are bastions of left-wing political indoctrination. Just one day after announcing that it would not allow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Turnout vs. Reachout

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • The Return of the Silent Majority

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    In 1969 Richard Nixon famously asked the “great silent majority” of fellow Americans for their support. Their support in bringing the Vietnam War to a close and restoring “law and order” to the streets of America in the midst of all the violent anti-war protests that were taking place. It worked. After the “silent majority” speech, Nixon’s approval rating shot up to 80% and he was propelled to a landslide victory the 1972 election, winning 49 of 50 states. Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has recently evoked the memory of the silent…
  • Obama Goes to Iran - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The US and its coalition partners recently finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for restrictions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this rebroadcast episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international…
  • Patriot Games - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire in early June 2015 unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in…
  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for…
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    US Daily Review

  • Americans and Their Government

    usdr
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:38 am
    By Harris, Special for USDR Positive ratings of President Obama’s overall job performance hit the four in ten mark this month (40%), not far from last month’s 39% and just shy of his recent peak of 41%, seen in May. This figure is up considerably, however, in comparison to where it sat in August of 2014 (32%). Forty percent (40%) of Americans also rate President Obama positively on the job he’s doing handling the economy; this continues an incremental rise over the past few months (vs. 36% in June and 38% in July) and puts this rating at its highest level since February…
  • Legacy Recordings Acquires Catalog of Music Legend Van Morrison, Spanning More than 50 Years of Music

    usdr
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:34 am
    By USDR Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint. The Van Morrison musical acquisition spans more than 50 years of music, encompassing some 50 album, video and compilation titles from 1964 to the present. The new Legacy Van Morrison archive includes all of Morrison’s solo works from 1971 to the present as well as the recordings made with the groundbreaking rock band Them from 1964 through 1966. 33 Van Morrison album…
  • Week of Sept 1 – 7

    sparkhurst
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:10 am
    By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor,USDR. Looking at the news and opinion out of London eachday. 9-1-15 Politicians must realise the story of English nationalism is not over Voters are increasingly defining themselves by nationality, not social class or economicstatus Labour has ceased to be a real political party Electing Jeremy Corbyn would prove that the party is no longer interested in winning orgoverning Britain’s Eurosceptics need Nigel Farage The Ukip leader may upset the Westminster bubble, but he speaks to an audience that could prove decisive in the referendumbattle Daily…
  • MLB Faces Challenge

    usdr
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    By HMG, Special for USDR AttorneyRobert Hilliard, who, earlier this year filed a class-action lawsuit against the Major League Baseball (MLB) association, the commissioner of MLBRob Manfred, and the office of the commissioner, alleging Manfred has failed to uphold his duties to enact safety measures against the danger of foul ball and bat injuries urges Manfred to take action now. In anAug. 22nd2015 email sent to Mr. Manfred, Hilliard states: “Mr. Manfred, Enough is enough! If what happened last night at the Tigers-Rangers game in Comerica Park does not cause you to immediately on…
  • Home Prices Slip after Years Rising

    usdr
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Zillow, Special for USDR The housing market is slowing down, with home values seeing the first negative monthly change since the market began its recovery nearly four years ago, according to the Zillow® July Real Estate Market Reportsi. Nationally, home value appreciation is leveling off after its rapid pace in the early years of the recovery. Homes lost 0.1 percent of their value in July, falling to a Zillow Home Value Indexiiof$179,900. Homes appreciated three percent on an annual basis, down from 3.4 percent in June. Of the 517 metros covered by Zillow, 204 saw a slowdown, including…
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    American Patriot » American Patriot

  • I guess the “tolerant left” does not like it when I tell the truth!

    The American Patriot
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Remember my posting about the Texas Deputy who was executed for being in a uniform and for being white? Well, it seems that someone did not like my telling of the truth about the situation; here’s a comment that was left here on my blog: Author: fair (IP: 128.249.1.198, 128.249.1.198) E-mail: notgiven@yahoo.com URL: Comment: Truly ignorant person – delete this post and then kill yourself. Oh yeah, that is the liberal leftist tolerance that we keep hearing about. Call me names, when you do not have an honest rebuttal and then say, “kill yourself.” This is the status of…
  • #Blacklivesmatter utterly refuses to accept responsibility for what they and the media created

    The American Patriot
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:53 pm
    This is sick and unbelievable. As you all know, Friday evening a black man, basically shot a police officer in Texas, and when I say “shot”, I mean, walked up behind him, shot him in the back of the head and then shot him on the ground. Well, as one would expect, the sheriff had a little something to say about that: (Via NYT) “We have not been able to extract any details regarding a motive at this point,” Sheriff Hickman said. “As far as we know, Deputy Goforth had no previous contact with the suspect. It appears at the outset to be completely unprovoked. “We have not been…
  • Another White Police Officer shot, this time in Houston, TX

    The American Patriot
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    What say you, #blacklivesmatter? From the AP: HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities. Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots. Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed…
  • AllahPundit makes a very good point about Donald Trump

    The American Patriot
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Hate to say it, but he is very much correct: One more thing: In the unlikely event that Trump does sweep to the presidency, I think some historians will begin reconsidering what the Reagan revolution was really about. Was it a conservative revolt against the Great Society, Nixonian welfare-state management, and Carter-era exhaustion with liberalism, or was it more a response to the sense of national renewal that Reagan projected, above and beyond ideology? Reagan, unlike Trump, was a true conservative and wanted to limit government accordingly, but they both stood for American power in…
  • A very true statement about yesterday’s shooting

    The American Patriot
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    Erick Erickson, who has slandered me in the past, makes a good point. Which is why I am quoting him here. Erick Says: The reality is that evil exists and we will never legislate it away. Bad things will always happen. Evil people will do evil things. We saw evil in Charleston. We saw evil yesterday. Unfortunately, too many are too blind to evil. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in Planned Parenthood decapitating children and sending their heads in the mail making sure their eyes are closed. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in the collapse of families and the rise of…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Gear Up For Fantasy Football

    Brian Murphy
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Image from: Fantasy Football / Shutterstock It’s that time of year again – Fantasy Football is back, baby! Draft time is around the corner, and the leagues are filling up fast. In case you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about it. Wildly enough, each year I end up over committing myself to at least 4 different leagues, to which I only end up doing well in 1 or 2 of them if I’m lucky. Needless to say – my game planning is already well underway. But enough about me, let’s dig into some data that suggests I might not be alone. To dive a little deeper into our clickstream data, we…
  • July Top 50: Back to School is Around the Corner!

    Brian Murphy
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    Image from: Back to School / Shutterstock Netflix & Instagram Continue Their Successes Netflix and Instagram were big movers in the July Top 50. Netflix has continued its growth trajectory, moving from #27 in the June Top 50 to #19 overall in our July list – growing almost +20% MoM. Some TV series released including Wet Hot American Summer and Scandal have likely contributed to the growth and engagement on Netflix.com – both of which, as search terms, were top 20 keyword referrals to netlix.com. The summer months have proved to be a perfect time for Netflix users to get their fix of…
  • July Data is Now Live – Khan Academy, Steam, GQ and More

    Eric Keating
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    Image from: Summer Camp / Shutterstock July data is now live and available in Compete PRO! July was a busy month on the Internet, and it shows in our Monthly Fast Movers. Topping the chart is non-profit educational tool, KhanAcademy.org, posting an impressive 128% month-over-month (MoM) growth. Part of this explosive growth can likely be attributed to two major partnership announcements in July. In the month of July, Google tapped Khan Academy and a number of other educational companies to put together sessions for its inaugural free summer program, Camp Google, aimed at getting kids to learn…
  • Instagram Desktop Usage On The Rise

    Brian Murphy
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Image from: Desktop Usage / Shutterstock Many users have noticed the significant improvement to the Instagram.com desktop site as of late. While it was originally designed for the mobile app space, Instagram is now integrating their desktop and mobile capabilities – and it has helped increase their site traffic thus far. This idea of creating a more functional user experience across platforms is critical to brand success and growth over time. For context: Instagram announced last month that they were adding search bar capabilities to their desktop site – this improvement now gives users…
  • Automotive Ad Campaigns to Remember

    Olivia Spector
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Image from: Cars / Shutterstock Auto industry advertising always manages to grab my full attention. Whether an ad includes catchy music, a celebrity appearance, or great visuals, automotive commercials featuring the latest vehicle models always stand out in my mind. While there have been many great auto ad campaigns, I have three favorites so far in 2015. I was curious to see where changes in consumer behavior were shown within Compete PRO to present a possibility that other consumer enjoyed the ads as much as I did. Using data from Compete PRO, I was able to see digital trends which…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Do Black Lives Matter?

    Terrell AronSpeer
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Do Black Lives Matter? Apparently, candidates running for President under the banner of any political party are likely to be confronted by a group asserting the position, “Black lives matter.”  It seems an obvious statement of fact.  As all human life matters, of course black lives matter.  But apparently, suggesting this obvious interpretation of the statement, “black lives matter” will get you into a heap of trouble.  Martin O’Malley, spineless “B List” candidate for President in the Democrat primary, was forced to apologize for suggesting that this had anything to do with…
  • Planned Parenthood aborts Lincoln’s ascribed “divine attributes”

    Lee Cary
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    By Lee Cary Planned Parenthood’s house is burning. Just as quickly as the flames subside, another callous discussion made public concerning its sources and methods, of revenue and dissection, fans the horrific flame. This is happening despite a liberal media’s complicity in the organization’s behaviors as displayed by its general silence, even as some reporters focus on the pro-Planned Parenthood mouthpieces who blame those who expose the horror and applaud the purveyors of it. Meanwhile, federal monetary support for the dismemberment continues – un-aborted – as the harvesting of…
  • The Moderate Muslim Myth

    Terrell AronSpeer
    8 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    My last post to Tea Party 911 was my swan song.  I said I would not post again unless the subject was of the utmost importance. So you have every right to assume that this is an important post. To me, the term “Moderate Muslim” always seemed like an oxymoron.  Where are these moderate Muslims? Why do we not hear from them?  Compared to activists, moderates would by definition be more reticent to take to the streets shouting slogans.  Also, as moderation includes a measure of ambivalence, it would be foolish of us to expect moderate Muslims to take back or reform Islam or Islamic…
  • Washington: Commander and Friend (1758)

    Editorial Staff
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    ~by James Still~ Suffering from bad health in 1758, Washington resigned as Commander of the Virginia Regiment. The letter Washington receives from his Officers provides an excellent glimpse into his character: “SIR, We your most obedient and affectionate Officers, beg leave to express our great Concern, at the disagreeable News we have received of your Determination to resign the Command of that Corps, in which we have under you long served.  The happiness we have enjoyed, and the Honor we have acquired, together with the mutual Regard that has always subsisted between you and your…
  • Washington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

    Editorial Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    ~by James Still~ In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, "doo-cane"].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and the chief told the story of the “great” battle at Fort Duquesne: “I…
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    The Nationsmith

  • Trump Mania Meet Corbyn Mania

    Kent David Du
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    While America has Trump Mania, Great Britain is having Corbyn Mania. Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, is the current front-runner of the Labour Party leadership election. Donald Trump is a man who wants to be the next President of the United States. The leader of the party will lead the party in the House of Commons as the Leader of the Opposition meaning he or she could be Britain’s next prime minister. It’s obvious Trump is somewhat his own man – billionaire, boorish attitude, lack of specific policies other than what suits him during the moment, and an outsider to…
  • Every Life Matters: Police Killings Since Ferguson

    Kent David Du
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    In a country such as ours it is tragic that there have been over a thousand police killings of unarmed Americans since the death of Michael Brown and Ferguson. 1,083 people of every race, gender, and creed have been killed since then and most of the killings have been in my state of California. Half of that number is police killing white Americans and almost 7 black Americans are killed per million. 756 of those cases since Ferguson are still being investigated. What kind of country do we live in? We say we have the rule of law but some of these cases proves to me otherwise. The…
  • Arctic Central to Russian Grand Strategy

    Kent David Du
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    What: According to BBC, the Russian Navy has a new naval doctrine that will focus on the Arctic for its rich mineral supply and utilize Icebreakers in the Arctic to allow Russian ships to access both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Russians will seek to continue their important partnerships with both the Chinese and Indian naval forces in both the Pacific and Indian Ocean respectively. Furthermore, the Russians will develop strategies to counter NATO in the Atlantic and develop a naval presence in Mediterranean. Why: It’s no secret since the Russians had annexed Crimea and its naval…
  • Donald Trump, the Political Icarus

    Kent David Du
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Donald Trump, whether people like him or not, may be the Kingmaker (or the Queenmaker) for the 2016 US Presidential elections. Gruff, confident, and obnoxiously persistent Trump has been the thorn at the side of the Republican establishment and its favored son Jeb Bush’s ambitions to capture the presidency. Because of his business success or his infamyy, Mr. Trump is leading among conservative, likely voters, a constituency whose blessing is needed by anyone wishing to be anointed as the party’s candidate. Trump has threatened the establishment that if they don’t play nice…
  • Political Culture in the United States and the Eleven Nations that Define It.

    Kent David Du
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Political culture is something many Americans choose not to make as an observation in their everyday political thinking. In this Tufts Magazine article the author strikes that America isn’t simply about red versus blue states but a greater divide between eleven political nations with their own culture, history, norms, value systems, and level of political tolerance. I’ve always said one of the hardest parts of making centralized legislation or public policy decisions or implementation is that the one-size fits all model isn’t optimal at the Federal level and this article…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Why do I become a pro-Assad activist?

    21 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    Arab uprisings started as the natural fate of longstanding totalitarianism, corruption and lack of social justice.The economic situation played a major role to evoke the spontaneous and unexpected popular demonstrations in central squares. At the beginning, Tunisia witnessed massive demonstrations ended by throwing the dictator, but the spark was a successful suicide attempt by surfed vegetable seller who was insulted by the municipal police. Contagiously, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen followed Tunisia respectively.Where to be and why?Modern capital regimes blame Stalin for…
  • A Scope on Jewish Terrorism in Palestine

    8 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    A picture of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was burned alive by Jewish extremists (July 31).Brief record:One-and-a-half year old Ali Saad Dawabsha became the latest victim of Israeli violence on July 31. He was burned to death. Other members of his family were also severely burned in a Jewish settlers’ attack on their home in the village of Duma, near Nablus, in the West Bank.One year ago, three Israeli Jews admitted kidnapping and burning Palestinian teenage to death. Mohammed Abu Khdeir was found burned to death after disappearing in July 2nd, 2014. Forensic analysis of his…
  • Israel Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva |  As world powers and Iran reach a deadline Tuesday – which may be extended – for talks on the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Israel is taking steps to prepare for a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities so as to defend itself from the impending threat.Iran has refused to allow inspections of its covert nuclear sites and declared it will use advanced centrifuges as soon as a deal is met, meaning the leading state sponsor of terrorism could potentially obtain a nuclear arsenal within weeks, all while getting billions of dollars in sanctions…
  • Wahhabism, Al Saud and ISIS – The Unholy Trinity

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Catherine Shakdam | Although ISIS has certainly been sold as an Islamic movement, everything it professes and teaches stands against Islam and its teachings. This divide actually goes beyond Islam’s great schism – which schism it needs to be noted remains part of this myth Saudi Arabia has been so eager on selling the world.If indeed religious disagreements have occurred over the centuries and if Muslims have in truth fought and argue over the legitimacy, legality and religious superiority of their schools of thoughts and judicial principles, scholars did so in the knowledge…
  • The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Palestinian workers wait to cross the Israeli checkpoint of Jalameh, south of the West Bank city of Jenin, on their way to work in Israel. (Mohammed Ballas / AP)By Sandy Tolan | For years the “A-word” has been off-limits in polite conversation about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The A-word, we have been told, unfairly singles out the Jewish state and its use is perhaps even anti-Semitic. Such declarations can have a powerful silencing effect.However, in 2002 Archbishop Desmond Tutu broke the taboo, writing in the British newspaper The Guardian that “the humiliation of…
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    BizPac Review

  • Latest poll ‘leaked’ to MSNBC poses the Muslim Obama question – and it uncovers this . . .

    Carmine Sabia
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:42 am
    A majority of Republicans, and even more Donald Trump supporters, remain unconvinced that President Obama is a Christian as he professes. In a poll released Tuesday by the liberal firm Public Policy Polling — and obtained early by MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” — 54 percent of Republican respondents said they believe Obama is a Muslim,while 32 percent were uncertain and 14 percent believed his claims that he is a Christian. When it comes to Trump supporters, that number of those who believe the president is a Muslim swells to 66 percent while only 12 percent take him at…
  • Oh no, lawn sprinklers! Instant karma strikes high fashion, big money Hillary fundraiser

    Carmine Sabia
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:56 am
    Anyone who has been following the career of Hillary Clinton knows she’s all wet, but now so are her supporters. Well, 200 of them anyway. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democrat nomination in the 2016 presidential race, had just been introduced to speak at the $38 million home of big name fashion designer Tory Burch when all of a sudden karma struck, the New York Post’s Page Six reported. The sprinklers went off drenching the well-coiffed crowd. “It was really very funny. Tory’s home is gorgeous … Everything was perfect. There were so many impeccably turned-out fashion people…
  • Team Jeb hits back hard with damning attack ad on Trump ‘in his own words’

    Joe Saunders
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    Only one day after Republican front-runner Donald Trump released an ad blasting rival Jeb Bush for his statements on illegal immigration, the Bush campaign hit back with a lengthy Twitter ad of Trump statements over the past decades. And “in his own words,” he doesn’t sound very Republican. .@realDonaldTrump in his own words https://t.co/FM0tF1mNTB — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 1, 2015 Hitting Trump with years worth of statements that would infuriate the Republican base is a solid tactic – and the clips showing Trump praising both Clintons and calling himself “very…
  • Pathetic Democrat Party embraces ‘Kanye for President’ – you’ve gotta see this!

    Nicole Haas
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:56 am
    No group seems to be giddier than the Democrat Party over Kanye West’s pot-induced proclamation that he’ll be making a run for president in 2020. For real! The official Twitter account of the Democrat Party unabashedly admitted the libs’ delight over West’s presidential announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night with several mock-worthy Twitter posts on Monday. Last night @kanyewest declared his candidacy for president in 2020. Welcome to the race, Mr. West. Glad to have you. pic.twitter.com/RKRWuRhSxv — The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) August 31, 2015 With the Dems…
  • Christian movie stuns Hollywood at the box office, check out trailer and see why

    Carmine Sabia
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:18 am
    “War Room,” a Christian-themed movie about a financially successful couple fighting to save their marriage through prayer, shocked the movie industry as it came close to knocking gangster rap film “Straight Outta Compton” from the top spot at the box office this weekend. The low-budget film was made for the relatively small figure of $3 million and managed to gross $11 million, more than double projections that predicted a take of $4 million to $5 million in its opening week, Variety reported: The film is the latest religious-themed hit from director Alex Kendrick and his…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Three Quotes On Revolt

    Kleier
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Today I have three short quotes for a social protest literature post. They all are an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” First, Jean Genet, a French playwright and novelist (1910-1986) from “Prisoner of Love”: The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man…not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology. Second, “The Oath”, an oath taken by thousands of Chinese…
  • Social Capital and The Lack Thereof

    Kleier
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I have been watching the PBS NewsHour these past few days to see their week long segment on one of the biggest problems facing American higher education today, namely, the lack of success by incoming students from lower-income households. Here’s the introduction: More students are enrolling in college, but the percent of students who actually earn a college credential by the age of 24 has only increased significantly for families with the highest household incomes. Between 1970 and 2013, the percent of students earning college credentials from families with incomes in the top quarter of all…
  • Obama Admin Failing to Follow ‘Don’t Do Stupid S***’ Policy in Egypt

    Paul Phillips
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    One of the promises the Obama administration made when it came to foreign policy was simple and straightforward: Don’t do stupid s*** (stuff).  While they’ve been successful in living up to that mantra by doing things like making the nuclear deal with Iran, they’ve failed miserably and disgracefully in Egypt. A recent piece from the AP not only illustrates this fact but should be very disturbing from a national security perspective.  The article points out how the young in Egypt, who supported the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood, are now disillusioned with the…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Nelson Mandela, South African President, etc.

    Kleier
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    An excerpt from the 1961 statement “The Struggle is My Life” by Nelson Mandela . Mandela was a South African apartheid foe sentenced to life in prison in 1964 and not released until 1990. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected president of South Africa in 1994, 1918-2013. 1990 South Africa This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” Those who are voteless cannot be expected to continue paying…
  • What Obama Says, What the Right Hears

    Paul Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
 
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    The Daily Signal

  • In New Video, Planned Parenthood Business Partner Defends Abortion, ‘That’s Where We Get Our Tissue’

    Kate Scanlon
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Center for Medical Progress released a new undercover video on Tuesday of an employee of Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc., a company that procures fetal organs from Planned Parenthood clinics. The video depicts a conversation an actor portraying a potential buyer from a human biologics company had with Perrin Larton, the procurement manager for Advanced Bioscience Resources. Planned Parenthood has been supplying fetal organs to Advanced Bioscience Resources for over a decade, according to Dr. Katharine Sheehan, who was the medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest…
  • Ukraine: Deadly Protests Outside Parliament Over Autonomy Vote

    Nolan Peterson
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:31 am
    KYIV, Ukraine—One Ukrainian National Guard soldier died and more than 100 law enforcement personnel and civilians were injured, several critically, after violent protests erupted outside Ukraine’s parliament on Monday. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said a demonstrator threw fragmentation grenades into a line of Ukrainian National Guard soldiers and law enforcement personnel guarding the entrance to the parliament building in central Kyiv. Shrapnel killed Igor Debrin, a 25-year-old National Guard soldier. Avakov said 122 people were hospitalized, including two French TV…
  • Kentucky Clerk Not Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses Causes Uproar. North Carolina Shows Better Way.

    Ryan T. Anderson
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:35 am
    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling redefining marriage throughout the country, there’s an open question as to what happens to people who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife. Yesterday the Supreme Court declined to review a lower court’s ruling requiring the county clerk of Rowan County, Ky., to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples. Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, has a sincere religious belief that marriage is the union of husband and wife, and says she cannot in good faith issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. As a result she…
  • How the 3 Congressional Investigations of Planned Parenthood Will Work

    Kelsey Harkness
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    A Planned Parenthood-commissioned report on the string of undercover Planned Parenthood videos does not appear to have any impact on Congress’s ongoing investigations into the group’s alleged wrongdoings, The Daily Signal has learned. Congressional aides from all three committees investigating Planned Parenthood’s abortion and tissue donation practices confirmed that while they are aware of the report, their investigations are moving forward. “The manipulation of the videos does mean they have no evidentiary value in a legal context and cannot be relied upon for any official inquiries…
  • ‘Two Key Admissions’ Made By Planned Parenthood, According to Center for Medical Progress

    Kate Scanlon
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Planned Parenthood has made “two key admissions” about its fetal tissue program, according to the Center for Medical Progress, the organization behind a series of undercover videos depicting Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal organs. The Center for Medical Progress has sent an open letter to Congress in response to a Planned Parenthood-commissioned report claiming the undercover videos released by the organization did not accurately portray conversations with their executives about the sale of fetal organs. “While denying any wrongdoing, Planned Parenthood…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • L&T bags Rs 1,070 crore contract in Saudi Arabia

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:40 am
      Mumbai, Sep 1 (PTI) Engineering major Larsen & Toubro today said it has bagged a contract worth Rs 1,070 crore in Saudi Arabia for constructing ballastless tracks for Riyadh metro lines.   The contract has been bagged by L&T Construction's transportation infrastructure business from a consortium of Bechtel, Almabani, CCC and Siemens, to construct ballastless tracks for Riyadh metro 1 and 2 on design and build basis, a statement issued here stated.   The project involves the construction of 62.86 kms of double ballastless…
  • Aurangzeb Road to APJ Kalam Marg – Secular Political Correctness plumbs new depths

    Sankrant Sanu
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    The proposed name change of Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Marg has produced howls of protests from the usual suspects – right wing Muslim groups and their ‘liberal’ apologists. It should have been a routine name change. After all Connaught Circus and Connaught Place in Delhi was renamed after Rajiv and Indira by the Home Ministry under a Congress government. Presumably the votaries of the namesake Duke of Connaught were not around to object. But Aurangzeb has many more votaries in India. There is a Faustian bargain that India’s ‘secular’ parties and their ‘liberal’…
  • Bandaru Dattatreya on Trade Union Strike

    Niti PIB Bot
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:48 am
    Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment held a press conference here today. Elaborating on the initiatives and continuing efforts of the Government to address the issues and concerns of the Trade Unions for the welfare of workers, the Minister said that of the twelve demands of Trade Unions, the Government is positively working on at least nine demands. Shri Dattatreya said that as already assured while taking Labour Law reforms, the Trade Unions will be consulted. In continuation of earlier appeal to Trade Unions on 27th August, 2015, the Minister…
  • Arun Jaitley pitches for rational approach to OROP

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    New Delhi, Sep 1 (PTI) Defence personnel retiring at early age of 35-38 years should get higher pension but the same principle cannot be applied to those superannuating at 60-62 years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today pitching for reasonable and rational approach to one-rank-one-pension issue.” There is a consensus in the country that we should have special concern for armymen who make sacrifices for the country and retire at young age of 35-38 years. There are many who retire at 60-62 years are like any other government official superannuating.” These soldiers retiring at…
  • Kashmiri separatist leader Masarat Alam re-arrested

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    Jammu, Sept 1 (PTI) Hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam was re-arrested today soon after his release from high security Kotbalwal jail in Jammu, where he was lodged since April 17 for waving Pakistani flags and chanting anti-national slogans during a separatist rally in Srinagar. Last month, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had quashed Alam’s detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and ordered the government to release him.” Masarat Alam has been re-arrested after his release from jail here today”, a senior government official told PTI. He has been arrested by the…
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Wed, Aug. 19

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Jared Fogle’s wife seeks divorce after Fogle agrees to plead guilty to sex acts with minor, child porn – 953MNC.com The latest on federal documents accusing longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle of engaging in sex acts with minors and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:07 pm
      Jared Fogle to plead guilty to child porn HUD wants family making over $500k a year to stay in government housing as ‘inspiration’ for poor people Department of Veteran’s Affairs has more employees who used their government... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
      Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data Gas tax hike could be sticking point for proposed $1.2B road funding plan in Michigan Report: Women Will Be Allowed to Join Navy SEALs How High Are Property Taxes in Your State? Oregon Bakers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
      Jared Fogle’s wife seeks divorce after Fogle agrees to plead guilty to sex acts with minor, child porn Shotgun Wedding Couple Sues Bible-Thumping Texas Judge E-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than tobacco: UK study   The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
        The post Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Hour 3 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Talks Mass Incarceration With Guest James Kilgore

    Liberal Fix
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Liberal Fix interviews guest James Kilgore, author of Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of our Time. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a…
  • Liberal Fix Radio Discusses Hurricane Katrina 10 Yrs Later and Disaster Politics

    Liberal Fix
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss Hurricane Katrina and the politics of exploitation on the 10th anniversary of the natural disaster. They cover the intersection of disaster capitalism and racial politics, and how it relates both to the events in 2005 and what is still happening today. Keith and Naomi Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or…
  • Liberal Fix- Keith & Naomi Discuss the GOP's Borderline Insanity on Immigration

    Liberal Fix
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the Republican Party's hard right turn on immigration, including multiple candidates calling for an end to birthright citizenship and at least one candidate's support for military drone strikes on American soil to target suspected "illegals".  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with guest Allan Johnson

    Liberal Fix
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Allan G. Johnson is a nonfiction author, novelist, sociologist, public speaker, and workshop presenter who has devoted most of his working life to understanding the human condition, especially in relation to issues of social justice rooted in gender, race, and social class. He has spoken at more than 200 universities, colleges, corporations, and other organizations in 39 states.  Allan’s latest book, Not from Here, is a personal exploration of the meaning of being white in North America. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Eve Spangler

    Liberal Fix
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Eve Spangler is a sociologist and a human and civil rights activist. She is the Assistant Chair of the Boston College Department of Sociology.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Under Investigation: CENTCOM Distorted Analysis of ISIS Bombing Campaign

    Stuart Hooper
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:06 am
    21st Century Wire says…Inter-agency infighting can have huge effects on reaching and implementing tangible solutions.Watch a video of this report here:An investigation is underway into U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) after a civilian analyst from the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) accused them of distorting and reworking conclusions regarding their bombing campaign against ISIS.The distorted analysis was prepared for government officials and even President Obama.The investigation is reported by the New York Times as being an ‘unusual move’, beyond everyday intelligence…
  • EXPOSED: Is The Deadly Refugee Crisis The West’s Fault?

    Stuart Hooper
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:35 am
    21st Century Wire says…The chickens are coming home to roost…The West is entirely to blame for the absolute destruction of the modern nation state of Libya, which has led to complete chaos in the country today. Also, Western support for terrorist rebel forces in Syria, attempting to overthrow Assad, has created a similar situation is Syria; despite absurd claims that it is the fault of climate change.It is no wonder, then, that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of displaced people looking to escape from the Middle East and North Africa via failed states like…
  • US-Backed Nazis Threaten US-Backed Junta in Kiev, Throw LIVE Grenade At Police (VIDEO)

    21wire
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:09 am
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire As the internationalist colors of change quickly fade, a winter of discontent beckons in western Ukraine.Things are getting ugly in Kiev. Yesterday’s protests outside of the Parliament building in the capital city saw at least 122 people were hospitalized with 11 in critical condition, including one dead policeman, and at least 30 detained by security services, including one member of the US-backed fascist Svoboda Partywho is said to have confessed to throwing a grenade into a crowd of riot police. HAND GRENADE: McCain’s foot soldiers are now…
  • Mass Shootings: Did We Miss The Punchline? (VIDEO)

    21wire
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    21st Century Wire asks…Is it real, or is it Memorex?Hoax Buster Call says…Mainstream Media Hoax laugh compilation. A common thread throughout these major mass media events involving brutal murder and multiple victims is the fact that survivors and bystanders often times find the circumstances quite amusing, even at times breaking out into fits of hysterical laughter. I’ve provided a few examples here.“I Started a Joke” is a song by the Bee GeesI started a joke, which started the whole world crying,but I didn’t see that the joke was on me, oh no.I started to…
  • My Little Nazi Pony: WWE Diva Sports Nazi Pony With Hitler Armband

    21wire
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    21st Century Wire says…It’s one of the most lucrative fields of entertainment in America, raking in over hundreds of millions per year in total sales and commerce. And yet, professional wrestling still struggles to attract talent over the 60 IQ point threshold…WWE ‘Diva’ Zahra Schreiber.TMZWWE diva Zahra Schreiber, the girlfriend of WWE superstar Seth Rollins, has been fired from the organization because of pro-Nazi artwork she posted on her Instagram.Zahra posted pics back in 2012 of swastikas and a “My Little Pony” character dressed as Hitler…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Tour Guides Must Embrace Digitisation

    guanyinmiao
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In its bid to help licensed tour guides remain relevant - through "a wider spectrum of professional development courses", long service and quality awards presented "at an annual award ceremony from next year", as well as grants to further train and market the skills of the guides (ST, Aug. 21) - the government taskforce appears to have neglected the advent of the Internet, and how it has disrupted the tourism sector. It goes beyond the "use of technology to market the services" of the tour guides, suggested by Mr. Howard Lim of the Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore), and should include…
  • The Indefatigable Martha Choe

    guanyinmiao
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    The indefatigable Martha Choe – with stints as the Vice President at the Bank of California, Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – with her wealth of experience, challenged participants at a sharing session in the NUS Business School to not only do well with the skills acquired from the university, but to also do good for the community. “The community and my family are very important [to me],” she stressed in the beginning, “and I’ve always been…
  • Visit Venice

    guanyinmiao
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the Italian city of Venice? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
  • A Curious Concept Of Leadership

    guanyinmiao
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet what is perhaps more crucial is whether individuals on the ground feel empowered to partake in these conversations. The chatter on the Internet may project the image of an active citizenry or consultative government, but it would appear that constructive engagements have been far and few between since the Our Singapore Conversation initiative from 2012 to 2013. One wonders if the aspirations and recommendations mooted were taken into consideration, and how the exercise - with significant involvement of and feedback from Singaporeans - may have shaped policy-making processes. In other…
  • Look Deeper And Further Into History

    guanyinmiao
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet perhaps what is more important – beyond the “how” – is the “what”. Premised upon the objectives of inculcating historical consciousness, encouraging evaluations of past judgements and actions, as well as applying these lessons, the Ministry of Education (MOE) should also review the content taught to the young. Common criticisms include: an over-emphasis on the purported success of post-independence Singapore, with little said about ancient or even modern Singapore; the absence of diverse narratives, especially with the more controversial episodes; and the insistence to foist…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Turnout vs. Reachout

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • The Return of the Silent Majority

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    In 1969 Richard Nixon famously asked the “great silent majority” of fellow Americans for their support. Their support in bringing the Vietnam War to a close and restoring “law and order” to the streets of America in the midst of all the violent anti-war protests that were taking place. It worked. After the “silent majority” speech, Nixon’s approval rating shot up to 80% and he was propelled to a landslide victory the 1972 election, winning 49 of 50 states. Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has recently evoked the memory of the silent…
  • Obama Goes to Iran - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The US and its coalition partners recently finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for restrictions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this rebroadcast episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international…
  • Patriot Games - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire in early June 2015 unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in…
  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for…
 
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • Jimmy Carter Leaves it in the Hands of God

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    You know you’ve lived an accomplished life when at 90 years old you’ve held the highest office in the land, you’ve dedicated your life to humanitarian projects, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and you’ve left it all on the playing field of life! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The AWARD of Humility & Grace goes to… The ’Three Stooges’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Nation’s Conscience’ AWARD goes to… Our ‘Prayers Have Been Answered’ AWARD goes to… The ’Biggest Hypocrite Ever' AWARD goes to… The ’Water…
  • Discovery of Earth 2.0 - Weekly News Awards

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    After major discoveries from the New Horizons spacecraft this past week from Pluto. Now It seems we may have a sister planet. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Not Sleeping at the Wheel’ AWARD goes to… The ’Humanitarian’ AWARD goes to… A Special AWARD for Bravery, Loyalty and our Heartfelt Thanks’ goes to… The ‘Kids will be Kids’ AWARD goes to… ’There’s No Place Like Home’ the AWARD goes to… The ’Quote of the Week' AWARD goes to… The ’Extinction of Life' AWARD goes to… …and for the…
  • OUT LOUD NEWS & COMMENT

    18 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Raisin Farmers in California Investigation in to 1969 Moon Landings FIFA Investigation related Amazon informs Congress of intent to deliver with Drones Presidential Race Health Care Crisis Tele-medicine
  • Happiness Comes From....

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Ever notice that when a well-known, respected personality has a run of bad luck – the news media will turn on them in an instant! People are attracted to brutal and violent movies and television shows. Reality shows that focus on defeat. A culture of violent video games are feeding young minds. All of these sources feed the negative mindset. Now - Scientists have created a four-step, 10-week program that changes your mindset. Dr Sood led the research for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the program uses a series of exercises that help train people’s minds into choosing happiness.
  • Amazon’s Postmodern Experiment - Weekly News Awards

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    They were calling it 'Prime Day’… Consumers were using other descriptive words to explain it! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Mountains of Trash’ AWARD goes to… The ’Olive Branch’ AWARD goes to… The AWARD of ‘Determination & Courage’ goes to… The ’No Comment' AWARD goes to… The ‘Failed Grace’ AWARD goes to… The ’Pay-Back Humanitarian' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Get Loud America!
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    The Desert Lynx

  • An Open Letter to Conspiracy Theorists

    Joël Valenzuela
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Dear Mr. Conspiracy Theorist, You need help. No wait, that didn’t sound right. I apologize. What I meant to say is, you’re right about everything. Except you aren’t. About most things. But you still are… Argh, this isn’t working. Ok, …
  • Trump Is Ron Paul’s Real Successor

    Joël Valenzuela
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Ron Paul started a revolution, a mass movement of Americans fed up with politics as usual. That movement survived both of Paul’s recent presidential campaigns, and is alive and stronger than ever in the 2016 election, under the banner of …
  • Death Musings

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Some ask, “What is the meaning of life?” I ask, “What is the meaning of death?” Is it the end of flesh and breath and blood? Or is it the conclusion of spirit? Is death absolute and solid, or a …
  • Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

    Joël Valenzuela
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day? No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could …
  • Why Liberty Attracts Scumbags

    Joël Valenzuela
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I …
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    Citizens News

  • State Department releases 7,000 Clinton emails

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics (AP Photo/Jim Mone) The State Department released more than 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails she kept on a private server Monday night, including 125 emails with redactions of now-classified information. The 7,121 pages mostly contained routine emails concerning office life, but some concerned Clinton’s work with the Clinton Foundation, […]The post State Department releases 7,000 Clinton emails appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Frozen Farce: Obama to Join Bear Grylls in Alaskan Wilderness

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by Moonbattery Bear Grylls is an entertaining and sometimes informative guy. But when Bear turns his head to talk to the camera as he climbs up the side of a cliff while supposedly all alone deep in the wilderness, hopefully the audience realizes that his television productions are as fake as other “reality” shows. […]The post Frozen Farce: Obama to Join Bear Grylls in Alaskan Wilderness appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Pseudo-recessions and actual recessions, by Scott Sumner

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by EconLog Last year I did a number of blog posts criticizing the consensus view that Japan had fallen into a recession. Many people assumed that two consecutive declines in real GDP meant that Japan was in recession. I argued that the two consecutive quarter criterion was not reliable, for instance RGDP did not […]The post Pseudo-recessions and actual recessions, by Scott Sumner appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Virginia: Muslim teen who ran ISIS propaganda, recruiting gets 11 years

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:48 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia Source: ISIS supporter Ali Shukri Amin sentenced to 11 years in prison | Daily Mail Online A Virginia teenager who ran a pro Islamic State Twitter account and encouraged a friend to join the terrorist group has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.Ali Shukri Amin, 17, from Woodbridge stood motionless […]The post Virginia: Muslim teen who ran ISIS propaganda, recruiting gets 11 years appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Sid Blumenthal: Boehner is ‘Alcoholic’ ‘Lazy’

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler New emails released by the State Department between presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and confidant Sidney Blumenthal reveal that Blumenthal was looking to target incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner. “Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference,” Blumenthal wrote to Clinton. “They are […]The post Sid Blumenthal: Boehner is ‘Alcoholic’ ‘Lazy’ appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Harper's PMO Lawyer Spills The Beans At Duffy Trial - Harper Ignored Legal Advice And Named Senators Who Did Not Qualify - The Stinky Senate Scandal Started At That Moment

    leftdog
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s closest aides developed a secret plan in February 2013 to protect Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and other Conservative senators from questions about their eligibility to represent specific provinces in the upper chamber, according to documents tabled in Duffy’s criminal trial Thursday.Harper, however, worried that delving into Senate residency rules would open a can of worms, and insisted that owning property in a province was a sufficient qualification for senators to hold their seats."Had I known we were going down this road, I would have shut it down long…
  • Harper In Wonderland

    leftdog
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    (This editorial, published in the Toronto Star, is bang on and a good  expression of what's happening with our dishonest and highly corrupt Prime Minister:Stephen Harper’s Alice in Wonderland world: EditorialA surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial, and it is shredding the government’s credibilityJust how many impossible things do Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his scandal-tainted Conservative Party expect Canadians to believe before breakfast?A surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s bribery, breach…
  • The Baby Boomer 'Woodstock Generation' Is Now Old And As A Demographic Group Are Voting For Stephen Harper !!

    leftdog
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week marks the 46th Anniversary of a pivotal moment in Baby Boomer culture and history. The 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival is nearly a half century old and the generation that spawned it and basked in it for decades afterwards is now in its Senior years. Love, Peace, Brotherhood, Sisterhood .... the Boomer generation labeled itself as hip, progressive and ground breaking. They mercilessly protested the Vietnam War and helped move public opinion to a more progressive tone signaled by the ousting of President Richard Nixon in the USA, the Quiet Revolution in Quebec and the liberalizing of…
  • Veterans Prevented From Entering Legion Hall While Harper Meets With Small Handful of 'Friendly' Vets .. Shame !!

    leftdog
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A group of Canadian military veterans said they were denied access to a Stephen Harper event held at a legion in New Brunswick Monday morning.Fabian Henry of the organization Marijuana for Trauma said that he and six other veterans heard Sunday night that Conservative leader Harper and Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole were coming to the No. 4 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fredericton.His organization has four branches across the country. It is run by veterans aiming to help vets with post-traumatic stress disorder ease their pain with marijuana treatment.Henry rounded up some…
  • I have one simple question for all of those trained seals who stand behind Steve Harper at his secret, controlled campaign rallies ....

    leftdog
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    ... and that question is:W T F ???
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • August Recap: More Positive?

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Well PDers, believe it or not, our staff put forth a monumental effort to stay on the positive side this month. Really. We tried---and you know, considering what went down in August, we’re gonna have to call this attempt at optimism a success.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Thailand and Too Much Democracy

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    You know what you can have too much of? Well, according to Thailand’s Coup Master Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha the answer to this one is, “Democracy.”
  • Genius Idea: Secret Service Plans to Hire 1100

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    On par with the EPA for utter ineptitude, Homeland Security’s whoring and boozing Secret Service has decided to try to add some fresh blood into the defunct organization by calling for a hire of 1,100 new agents.
  • Seaweed Beach Beauty

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:36 am
    Keeping up with our desire this month to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, the recent explosion of seaweed clumps spanning the Caribbean’s beaches might seem like the ultimate seaside buzzkill, but PD’s got you covered.
  • The Best Travel Accessory: Being a Badass

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    While a bulk of the population has a thick case of normalcy bias and would like to believe that we live in a civilized world where the only War on Women means that you have to pony up for your own birth control and everyone on the planet is all about tolerance and kumbaya, that is not the case.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Neoliberal Assault Led to Significant Decline in Democracy

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:43 pm
    An Interview with Noam Chomsky, RT, August 17, 2015Afshin Rattansi goes underground with Noam Chomsky on the crisis engulfing the West.
  • The Growth of Extremism and the Factor of “Intellectual Parity”

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:22 am
    A Paper by Gagik Harutyunyan, Executive Director, Noravank Scientific Educational Foundation, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2015The global security today depends to a large extent on the developments in Middle East in the context of the Islamic State’s (IS) actions. However, the IS is just the tip of the iceberg; the Middle Eastern processes are closely related to what happens in Central and Southeast Asia and continental “yellow, hot Africa.” In addition, escalation due to actions of extremist groups occurs not only in these regions. In terms of a number of…
  • Culture Wars in India (and Elsewhere)

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    By Come Carpentier de Gourdon, Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs JournalThe many rifts in the contemporary world cannot but extend to the field of culture as they always have, in one way or another. Bismarck was perhaps the first to explicitly call Kulturkampf his policy to combat, in the name of what was technocratic and political modernity for the time, the feudal traditions  and confessional principles followed by Catholics and other conservative Germans but all powers have fought in the civilisational arena to propagate and impose their worldviews and ways of life…
  • Islamic Leaders Issue Bold Call for Rapid Phase Out of Fossil Fuels

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Religious scholars, experts and teachers from around the world unite to make emotive declaration on climate change ahead of crucial Paris summitBy Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, August 18, 2015Islamic leaders have issued a clarion call to 1.6bn Muslims around the world to work towards phasing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a 100% renewable energy strategy.The grand mufti’s of Lebanon and Uganda endorsed the Islamic declaration on climate change, along with prominent Islamic scholars and teachers from 20 countries, at a symposium in Istanbul.Their collective statement makes several…
  • Hollowing Out Humanity: Neo-Liberalism, Individualism and the Possibility of Happiness

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:09 am
    A Paper by Dr Ian Forbes, FRSA, FAcSS, Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham, UK, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2015Far from enhancing social and private life, the unleashing and promoting of individualism has serious implications for the possibility of experiencing happiness. Just as new perspectives about the nature of human happiness have emerged, providing robust and data-based accounts of the pre-conditions for happiness, so the possibilities for taking advantage of this knowledge are becoming severely constrained. What can be observed is a…
 
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    thecampaignworkshop.com

  • Campaign Staff Structure

    shelley
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Should You Structure Your Campaign Staff? When thinking about whether or not you’re ready to run for office, one important step in the process is figuring out who will make up your team. A candidate’s campaign staff is incredibly important in not only making a campaign successful but also more manageable and fun for the candidate and everyone else involved. Obviously, larger campaigns will require a more robust team, but even a small campaign will need a few essential staff members.
  • Ganging Considerations

    shelley
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Often, people get excited about their campaign and want to not only order palm cards but also do several pieces of mail, maybe mailing some different segments in their targeting universe with a couple different messages. But then they get the budget for their wish list and think, “Man, I forgot about postage and shipping. But can’t I save if I gang them all together?” People often hear about ganging, but do not necessarily understand the full scope of what is required to meet the cost savings desired. Here are a few things to consider:
  • Campaign Manager vs. General Consultant

    shelley
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    What's the Difference Between a Campaign Manager and a General Consultant?  Political campaign terms can be confusing. In my work I have seen many folks confuse a campaign manager with a general consultant, and have trouble deciding on which they should choose. Below is my attempt to clear that up, as well as a discussion on the pros and cons of each. A campaign manager is a day-to-day employee who works full-time and is paid for by the campaign. The campaign manager's job is to run a single campaign and keep all aspects of it running smoothly. A general consultant is someone who has…
  • More Web Tools I Love: 2015 Edition

    ngpvanadmin
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Joe’s 5 Favorite Web Tools for 2015 As someone who never has enough hours in the day, I am constantly on the lookout for web tools that can help me be more efficient. Here are some of my favorite web tools for 2015.
  • More Innovative Marketing Campaigns

    ngpvanadmin
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Our Picks for Some of the Most Innovative Marketing Campaigns to Inspire Your Creativity Our third installment of our picks for innovative marketing campaigns is here to inspire  your creativity. This time, we have chosen four creative advertising campaigns that incorporate direct mail, video, and print advertising to convey important messages.
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    RINF Alternative News & Media, Real Independent News & Film

  • Sweden: The De-balling of the Vikings

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:48 am
    By Mike King | tomatobubble.com For some reason, the deliberately-injected moral and mental cancer known as ‘liberalism’, aka ‘progressivism’ has always seemed to metastasize faster in the Nordic countries, particularly Scandinavian ones. This phenomenon is also observable among the American descendants of Scandinavian immigrants in places like Minnesota and Wisconsin. The hypothesis ...
  • US military continues build-up in North East Asia

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    By Ben McGrath The United States and South Korea concluded annual war games last Friday with a massive display of fire power meant to intimidate North Korea and send a message to China. In a related move, Washington announced on August 19 that it would send B-2 bombers to Guam. Despite the recent decision by the ...
  • Senior Iranian officials visit reporter injured in Syria

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    A number of high-ranking Iranian officials, including the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), have checked on an Iranian television reporter who was critically injured in Syria earlier in the month. Mohammad-Hassan Hosseini was visited on Tuesday by Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Hashemi, Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi and IRIB chief Mohammad Sarafraz after he was ...
  • Amnesty urges Britain to ‘show some humanity’ toward migrants

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    Amnesty International, a leading human rights group, has called on the British government to ‘show some basic humanity’ toward war migrants seeking refuge in the United Kingdom. Amnesty’s latest call follows the release of the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) data detailing asylum applications received by the government over the past years. The critics ...
  • Corbyn’s used coffee cup sells for £51 on eBay

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    As Corbynmania sweeps the nation, fans of the surprise Labour leadership favorite have snapped up his used disposable coffee cup at auction on eBay for the reasonable price of £51 (plus postage and packaging). The funds raised by the savvy seller, who attracted 23 bids, will be donated to charity Age UK. Seller Maria Cooke, ...
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Unusual Act Of Protest: Entire Village In Middle Volga Refuses To Take Part In Elections – OpEd

    Paul Goble
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    All the residents of the Mari El village of Maly Shaplak have decided to protest the fact that the Russian postal service has not delivered mail to them or to neighboring villages for more than a year by deciding not to take part in the upcoming elections. The authorities are ignoring us, so we will … Continue reading Unusual Act Of Protest: Entire Village In Middle Volga Refuses To Take Part In Elections – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Somalia: Al-Shabaab Attacks African Union Base In Janale

    MISNA
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Al-Shabaab insurgents Tuesday at dawn attacked an African Union base, entering the structure. Sources confirmed that the militants, in battle against the Somali central authorities, targeted the Janale base, around 80km south-west of Mogadishu, in the Lower Shabelle region. Local witnesses said they heard a loud explosion near the entrance of the base, run by … Continue reading Somalia: Al-Shabaab Attacks African Union Base In Janale To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Pope Francis Says Priests Can Forgive Sin Of Abortion During Jubilee For Mercy

    CNA
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:02 am
    By Elise Harris In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to forgive the sin of abortion and granting SSPX priests the faculty to forgive sins. “One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship … Continue reading Pope Francis Says Priests Can Forgive Sin Of Abortion During Jubilee For Mercy To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Families Choose Homeschooling To Escape Draconian California Vaccination Mandates – OpEd

    Adam Dick
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:59 am
    There is an “out” for Californian parents and children dreading the July 2016 implementation of the state’s recently adopted Senate Bill 277 — draconian legislation eliminating exemptions to child vaccination mandates. That out is homeschooling, and many Californian parents are spending this year exploring homeschooling and preparing for a homeschooling future. While children attending government … Continue reading Families Choose Homeschooling To Escape Draconian California Vaccination... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Sri Lanka: Sirisena Urges MPs To End Politics Of Conflict

    Eurasia Review
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:52 am
    Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena called on all political parties to end politics of conflict and extend a helping hand to strengthen the politics of consociation initiated by the government. Pointing out that one major national party ruled the country for 35 years and the other main party ruled for 32 years, Sirisena urged all … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Sirisena Urges MPs To End Politics Of Conflict To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • Sept 1 Photos of the Day

    Barack loves Michelle
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 8, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama assembles literacy kits during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2015. President Barack Obama speaks with First Lady Michelle Obama following his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2015 President Barack…
  • 2016 Debate Watch

    Barack loves Michelle
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I’ll be the first to confess that I’m looking forward to tonights GOP Debate, due in part to he that is Donald Trump. Hosted by Fox News in Cleveland , Trump is not only the current Republican front-runner but undoubtedly the reason why many will be tuning in to watch this evenings match-up. In addition to The Don, this evenings line-up represent the top 9 candidates who have polled the highest: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz. Some of the topics that will likely come up this evening are health…
  • President Obama in Kenya

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    President Obama made a historic trip to Kenya this week where he visited his fathers homeland for the first time as sitting President.  Not long after touching down in Nairobi, he was taken to a hotel where he met fellow Obamas including his half-sister and step-grandmother. The President was seen smiling at a table between Mama Sarah Obama, whom he calls ‘granny’, and Auma Obama, who was born to his father’s first wife. For the president, the mission to encourage growth in Africa is a personal one, he said while speaking at a business summit in Kenya designed to help…
  • Daddy Daughter Weekend NYC

    Barack loves Michelle
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    President Barack Obama is enjoying a father-daughter weekend in New York with Sasha, Malia (who has an internship for the hit TV show, ‘Girls” and some of their friends. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was “looking forward to a rare opportunity he’ll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York.” The President’s sister Maya and her husband also joined the family while in NYC. According to reports, the trip to Daddy Daughter weekend was President Obama’s idea as he’s talked about how the girls…
  • The Evolution of Malia Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The daughters of Barack Obama have been in the public eye their entire lives, but nothing can compare to the pressure they must feel as children of the President of the United States. It’s been four years since the historic election of President Obama, in that time we have watched Malia go from a young 10 year old girl to a now 17 year old young lady entering that “coming of age” phase in her life. The First Lady has said in the past that their girls understand that when in front of the media, they are to be “seen and not heard” – so we can only imagine and…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Ky. clerk defies Supreme Court on marriage

    Chris Johnson
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:50 am
    (Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)A Kentucky clerk continued on Tuesday to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her office despite a recent order from the U.S. Supreme Court rebuffing her request to her enforce her “no licenses” policy, placing her at risk of being found in contempt of court. Rowan County Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian, shut down marriage operations in her office out of religious objections after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality nationwide. Despite a district court order and denial of a stay from the Supreme…
  • Clinton emails reveal interest in LGBT rights

    Chris Johnson
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:33 am
    Hillary Clinton showed an interest in LGBT rights in her State Department emails. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) The more than 7,000 pages of emails the State Department made public on Monday from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email account reveal an interest in LGBT issues during her time in the Obama administration. The latest batch of emails, which were sent or received throughout 2009 and 2010, reveal discussion of Uganda’s infamous “Kill the Gays” bill, efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” international LGBT…
  • Supreme Court rebukes anti-gay Kentucky clerk

    Chris Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:48 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay a marriage order against a Kentucky clerk. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Two months after it delivered a historic decision in favor of same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday acted once more on the issue, declining to place on hold an order requiring a Kentucky clerk to issue marriage licenses to all couples regardless of sexual orientation. Without explanation, the court denied a stay request filed by attorneys for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who shut down marriage operations in her office after the Supreme Court’s…
  • Voices from LGBT Catholics in Western Africa

    Davis Mac-Iyalla
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    LGBT Catholics in Western Africa continue to face discrimination and persecution from the church and their countries’ respective governments. Editor’s note: This report was commissioned by the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups being concerned, that the voices of LGBT Christians from Western Africa were not well heard in the on-going discussion about the Family Synod of the Roman Catholic Church. It presents current experiences of LGBT Catholics living in the region and their opinions on the Family Synod. The findings are based on interviews conducted by Davis Mac-Iyalla with…
  • New AG guidance on profiling welcomed

    Steve Charing
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    Attorney General Brian Frosh unveiled new guidance designed to end discriminatory profiling by law enforcement in Maryland. (Photo by Dayna Smith of ImageSmith Media) In an effort to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Aug. 25 unveiled new guidance designed to end discriminatory profiling by law enforcement in Maryland, broadening the characteristics that may not be used to single out groups during everyday police activity. Under a guidance memorandum issued by the Office of the Attorney General, officers in any law…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Cuba Becomes First Country to Stop Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission

    FRANCE 24
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the World Health Organization and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba has become the first country to come close to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the World Health Organization (WHO) and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba became the first country to virtually eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of HIV in June. Cuba is “the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis”, the…
  • The NRA is Suing the City of Seattle over ‘Gun Violence Tax’

    Associated Press
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Three gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, sued the city of Seattle on Monday over its adoption of a so-called “gun violence tax,” a tax on firearms and ammunition designed to help offset the financial toll of gun violence. The complaint was filed Monday in King County Superior Court by the NRA, the Bellevue-basedSecond Amendment Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with two gun owners and two gun shops. It called the tax legally unenforceable because Washington stateprohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms…
  • Dog Found Still Alive During Newscast of Pet Dumping Ground

    Nina
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:43 pm
    In a Texas boneyard where discarded pets are left to die, a news crew caught one dog clinging to life. The Dallas Morning News was following animal rescuer Marina Tarashevska, who visits the pet dumping ground on Teagarden Road in southeast Dallas every morning to sift through the carcasses of dogs tied up in garbage bags and left for dead. Usually, Tarashevska searches for evidence to help build a case against those who dispose of unwanted pets as they do the evening trash. (The dumping ground is filled with decomposing bodies, and the smell of rotting flesh permeates the air.) But on this…
  • Ashley Madison Hack Puts Some Gays at Risk of Prison, Death

    Sky News
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People living under oppressive regimes who used the Ashley Madison adultery dating site to arrange secret liasons could be at risk of prison or the death penalty. The hacking of the site has exposed millions of people, including hundreds in Saudi Arabia where adultery is potentially punishable by death. And while the site was predominantly used by people looking to cheat on their partner, it is thought that many single gay people used the service to avoid detection by oppressive governments. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, while in Qatar – where 50 members are…
  • Meet the Cow Who Broke Out of the Slaughterhouse and Found Freedom

    Newsedge
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    New Vision A young cow which fled an abattoir to avoid being slaughtered has been saved by well-wishers, a French animal rights group announced on Saturday. The heifer made a last-ditch effort to save her life at an abattoir near Ambert, southeastern France, on June 30. The desperate animal rampaged through the building and got outside, taking refuge in the grounds of a nearby hospital. She was tranquilised with a dart gun — a move that gave her a stay of execution because the drug made her meat unfit for consumption. Dubbed “Cornette” (Little Horn) and “The Cow Which…
 
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  • Eliminating Hepatitis C Means Treating Prisoners

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Barry Michaelson is one of several people with hepatitis C who have sued this year to get access to new and very expensive treatments for the virus. But Michaelson’s lawsuit, unlike most of the others, isn’t against his insurance company. He’s suing the Minnesota Department of Corrections.In May, Michaelson and another inmate filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Minnesota prisoners to gain access to new, highly effective drugs for hepatitis C, a virus that’s now essentially curable but can cause cirrhosis, liver failure and cancer if left untreated. In the weeks since,…
  • When Trump Attacks!

    Harry Enten
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    Donald Trump knows how to command attention, and one way he does that is by attacking … everyone. If you’re another candidate, in the media or just walking this earth, there’s a good chance you’ll be hit by some Trumpian fury at some point. How does Trump choose his targets? Let’s turn to Twitter, where Trump is very active. And let’s limit ourselves to the GOP field: who Trump attacks — and who attacks Trump.Since he officially entered the race in mid-June, Trump (from @realDonaldTrump) has mostly attacked top contenders, such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. In other words,…
  • Why The Plan To Shrink New Orleans Failed

    Gary Rivlin
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Moldy New Orleans still lay in ruins in January of 2006 as Joe Canizaro drove me to a favorite Italian restaurant of his in the city’s suburbs. It was a balmy Sunday, just four months after the catastrophic collapse of the city’s flood protection system, and Canizaro asked me a question I’ve never been able to answer.“Gary, what would you do?”Canizaro — a big-name real estate developer in town — was due to deliver an official plan for redeveloping New Orleans the next day. But he confessed that he was still struggling with it. The question he asked was simple but…
  • Katrina Washed Away New Orleans’s Black Middle Class

    Ben Casselman
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Ten years ago, shortly after the floodwaters subsided, James Gray stood in the ruins of his New Orleans home and tried to salvage what remained of his belongings. They fit inside a handbag.“I don’t know if my wife will ever get over that,” Gray said recently.But Gray and his wife have since restored the New Orleans East home where they have lived for more than 20 years. Most of their neighbors have returned, too. And Gray, who now represents the neighborhood on the City Council, points to other evidence of rebirth in a district that has long been home to much of the city’s black…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Inevitable Problems

    Nate Silver
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    With so many candidates and so long to go until next November, we’re going to make plenty of bad predictions over the course of the 2016 campaign. But one of our very first predictions about 2016, one we made almost three years ago, has already proven true.“If [Hillary] Clinton runs for president in 2016, one thing is almost certain,” I wrote back in December 2012, at a time when polls showed about 65 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Clinton, “she won’t be as popular as she is right now.” I added: “In an era of intense partisanship, there is a relatively low ceiling…
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  • My APSA 2015 Paper: “The AfD’s Facebook Wall as a Hub for Right-Wing Mobilisation in Germany”

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    The latest iteration of my paper for next week’s APSA 2015 conference has just converged (some things never change). Click on the image for the full-fat 21-page PDF. “For obvious reasons, radical right mobilisation in Germany faces formidable institutional, political, and cultural obstacles. Previous outfits such as the ‘Republicans’ (REP), the ‘National Democrats’ (NPD), or the ‘German People’s Union’ (DVU) were occasionally successful at the local, regional, or EU level but were quickly stigmatised as neo-Nazi’s by mainstream political actors and the media and taken over…
  • The Assets of Lucke’s New Alfa Party

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Athos fotografias A mere two weeks after being sacked as the AfD’s supreme leader, Bernd Lucke is back as presumably undisputed chair of the new “Alfa” (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch ~ Alliance for Progress and a New Beginning) party. Apparently, he already envisions a resounding success in the 2017 election and a possible role for Alfa/himself in a new centre right coalition. Taking a more short-term view, what are Alfa’s assets? During the first week after the Essen conference, about 10 per cent of the AfD’s 22,000 members have left the party. Let’s assume that…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    BBC News: Varoufakis ‘taped confidential EU meeting’ Interesting, but a wee bit pricey: “France and Fascism” monograph RT @BarnabyEdwards: Mum… Dad… I can’t keep it secret any longer: I’m Chinese. The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Public Radio International has an interesting segment on Greek migrants living in Germany. I’m quoted on German public opinion towards Greece & Greeks. The post Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Aljazeera America did some digging and found support for Syriza amongst members of Germany’s LEFT party. I provide some perspective on the LEFT, and on Germany.   Photo by Abode of Chaos The post Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
 
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-31, Monday

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, August 31 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the latest push for gun control, the removal of a Jefferson Davis statue from a liberal college campus and how Obama is taking heat for the execution of a Texan deputy sheriff. Also, the Food Babe, Vani Hari, joins the show to discuss her new campaign to stop Subway from using meat treated with numerous antibiotics and other chemicals. And the director of the film Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman, gives the latest on the collapse of Mexico and the drug trade. You don't want to miss this broadcast!
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-30, Sunday

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, August 30th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we discuss the cold-blooded murder of Texas Sheriff's Deputy Darren H. Goforth, who was shot execution-style by a 30-year-old black male Friday night, only days after a group of black radicals went on a Texas internet talk-radio show and called for “lynching whites and killing cops." We'll also discuss the vicious racial attack captured on camera showing a black couple beating a white woman and how the establishment, which is now using MTV to shame white people as racist, is attempting to divide Americans and foment a race war.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-28, Friday

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, August 28th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we analyze the waves of illegal immigrants flooding Europe, as the continent struggles to take on thousands fleeing their own countries. We also look at the Financial Times' anonymous call to abolish cash, and the global move to usher in a cashless society. On today's show, we also look at new undercover films exposing McDonald's and Tyson Food's factory animal cruelty. Financial analyst Peter Schiff joins today's show to discuss the European migrant crisis, China's roller coaster stock market rebound, and other financial news.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-27, Thursday

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, August 27th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we take a look at the political fallout from the deadly attack in Virginia yesterday. Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump believes the problem is not guns and the Second Amendment, but rampant mental illness. Meanwhile, Obama declares guns worse than terrorism as Brit Piers Morgan once again goes on the war path against the 2nd. France and other European countries, faced with an unprecedented influx of illegal aliens, many refugees from the mercenary war in Syria, are preparing a military response to violent domestic disorder. On…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-26, Wednesday

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, August 26th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the shocking murder of a news reporter and photographer live on air in Virginia. There's a manhunt for the suspect who was reportedly a disgruntled employee. Also, we'll talk about the financial collapse and radio host Steve Quayle joins the show to give his take and more. Also, Julia Tourianski of BraveTheWorld.com is in studio to give her take on modern-day feminism. Other topics include how African-Americans are slamming the 'Black Lives Matter' movement which only seems to care when the killer is white.
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  • Taylor Swift's best surprise guests on her never-ending 1989 tour, ranked

    Caroline Framke
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:01 pm
    All year long — and seemingly all our lives — Taylor Swift has been welcoming her friends, idols, and everyone in between to the stage for her 1989 world tour. The guest appearances have been at turns inspired and confusing, ranging from the Weeknd to Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake to her "Bad Blood" model crew, girl groups like Little Mix and Fifth Harmony to Chris Rock and Matt LeBlanc. Even Ian McKellen recently revealed that he and best friend Patrick Stewart got an invitation to the 1989 stage, but had to turn it down due to prior commitments. As Swift said at her show…
  • Why a Kentucky clerk can't use her religion as an excuse to avoid marrying gay couples

    German Lopez
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A Kentucky clerk on Tuesday refused to marry both opposite-sex and same-sex couples, citing "God's authority" and defying a US Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis's stance, which now flies in the face of multiple court decisions, could expose her to fines and jail time. But it also exposes the lengths that those most religiously opposed to same-sex marriages are willing to go to fight for their beliefs, and has become ground zero for the broader battle against marriage equality. While the situation with this Kentucky clerk is the most…
  • Google logo history: the freak shows in the early years

    Phil Edwards
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:51 am
    Today, Google unveiled its new logo — a colorful, sans-serif treat that modernizes the logo for a new era in its company history: The new Google logo. This versionmarks a surprisingly long history of the logo's iterations, including some truly horrifying versions that never saw placement on the search giant'siconic homepage. Google's most horrifying logo rejects One of Google's early logos. A look behind the scenes comes courtesy of the Internet Archive, on which Google catalogued its logo history as of December 1998. Housed on a page labeled "stickers," the logo history included…
  • "My name is Rob": This video might change how you think about criminalizing sex work

    German Lopez
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:40 am
    Why do people go into sex work? It's a question at the heart of the debate over decriminalizing prostitution. But very often, people on both sides of the debate attempt to answer it without talking to sex workers themselves. The video above, posted by the Huffington Post's JamesMichael Nichols and CockyBoys, tells the story of New York City-based sex worker Rob Yaeger, who worked for Rentboy, a male escort website shut down by the feds. RelatedRentboy, the gay escort website raided by the feds, explained Yaeger doesn't represent every sex worker, a group made up of vastly different lived…
  • The fear and insecurity behind Putin’s bizarre new workout video

    Amanda Taub
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:39 am
    On Sunday, the Kremlin released a strange, awkward video of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. The camera follows the two men silently lifting weights in a sun-dappled pavilion at the Bocharov Ruchei government residence in Sochi, going from exercise to exercise on the kind of self-balancing weight machines that your CrossFit-obsessed friends are always making fun of. The decision to release footage of the most powerful man in Russia frowning through a set of calf raises in unflattering sweatpants might seem, to a casual observer, odd. But this…
 
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  • Want Your Children Well-Educated and Safe?

    Walter E. Williams
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics show that in 2012, there were about 749,200 violent assaults on students. In the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked, including being knocked out, each day of that school year. In Baltimore, each school day in…
  • Arguing With the Politically Correct

    No Author
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Remember Monty Python’s “Argument Clinic,” where Michael Palin is trying to procure an argument from John Cleese? Palin is frustrated that Cleese won’t move past contradictions. He insists a true argument is “A collective series of statements to establish a definite proposition,” and Cleese responds with “No, it isn’t.” As a kid, I saw it as a bunch of funny British guys doing something with the language I didn’t understand. Today, I see it as a tombstone—a stark reminder that the art of discussion is dead. (2) ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE Every time you notice a pattern, people…
  • The Ammo Can First Aid Kit

    Gaye Levy
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    When it comes to having a well-stocked first aid kit, I want to be prepared.  I truly do.  Having spent weeks at a time on a boat in the remote waters of British Columbia, I have always understood that a drugstore and medical doctor may not be accessible.  If sick or wounded, I would be on my own. So why then, were my first aid supplies in such a disorderly mess? In hindsight, I believe that in spite of having good intentions, it was a lot easier to keep purchasing supplies then to organize them.  It was easy to get something on Amazon then toss it in a drawer or into the  large “first…
  • How Trump Handled a Disruptive Immigrationite

    Thomas Sowell
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush’s speech, hecklers from a group called “Black Lives Matter” caused Bush to simply leave the scene. When Trump opened his question-and-answer period by pointing to someone in the audience who had a question, a Hispanic immigration activist who had not been called on simply stood up and started haranguing. Trump told the activist to sit down because…
  • Were You an Un-PC Yalie?

    Paul Gottfried
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ve recently received information that Yale University may be about to rename what is possibly the most picturesque of the twelve colleges that house its undergraduate population. Calhoun College, which flanks stately Elm Street in the now badly run-down city of New Haven, is for me a scene of youthful memory. As a graduate student in the mid-1960s, I would cut across the Calhoun yard, which was enclosed by Tudor Gothic buildings, on the way to the Sterling Library. There I labored on my dissertation and could see the college as I entered and left the building. Although constructed as…
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    Gaura Rader

  • If all Taxation is Theft then all Sex is Rape

    Gaura
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    I’ve written on this topic before, but this meme that showed up in my Facebook feed and I couldn’t resist. So, at what point does taxation become slavery? Never! Although taxation and slavery share a feature, that of transferring the fruits of one persons’ labor to another entity, they are categorically different. Asking, “At what point does taxation become slavery?” is kind of like asking “At what point does consensual sex become rape?” The very thing that makes rape rape is that it is not consensual. And as long as it is consensual it by defintion…
  • Why not Kill All Sharks?

    Gaura
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    In honor of shark week 2015 I suggest that we actively pursue eradicating sharks from the face of the Earth. Okay, well maybe that’s hyperbole but I think the question of whether we ought to or not raises some interesting questions. The first thing that strikes me is that I really wouldn’t mind it if there were no more sharks. Especially after the recent spate of shark attacks in North Carolina. I don’t feel the same way about lions and tigers but I literally have no emotional response that would make me want to preserve their existence. If I could push a button and…
  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Arc of History Continues to Bend Towards Justice

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    With the Supreme Court’s five-to-four ruling today in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states the fight for marriage equality is now over. Justice has prevailed. And in an even more rapid and stunning reversal confederate flag will no longer be flown on state or federal property. In the wake of these stunning developments I think it is so important that we take time honor the activists that have worked for years, and in many cases decades, on these issues. And also to remember the victims of hatred, intolerance, and violence. It seems unlikely that we would have seen the…
  • Should the Confederate Flag be Banned?

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    “Take down the flag. Take it down now,” writes Ta Nehisi Coates, referring to the fact that the confederate flag flies in the state capital Charleston South Carolina. And since those initial days after the recent mass murder in Charleston there has been a sea change in American public opinion and political calculation. Republicans across the South are passing bills to remove the confederate flag from state property. This is an incredible victory for African Americans, for the civil rights and social justice movements, and for humanity. Now, that we’ve accomplished removing the…
  • Hillary Thinks Money is More Real than People

    Gaura
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    In this video I talk a bit about an exchange Sanders and Clinton had many years ago in which he tried to convince her that a single payer healthcare system was the way to go. She said it would be impossible because of the money that the healthcare industry would use to fight against a single payer system. Sanders suggested that Bill travel around the country to rally support for a single payer system. And her response was “Tell me something real.” You can read about that exchange and more on their relationship here.
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  • CalPERS, CalSTRS Disapprove of Bank of America Governance Shift

    Ted Ballantine
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:25 am
    Two of the country’s largest pension funds this week have come out against a governance shift at Bank of America that would allow the chief executive and the chairman to be the same person. CalPERS and CalSTRS sent a letter to the bank on Monday, explaining that combining the two positions would weaken oversight at the institution. From Reuters: The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (Calstrs) sent a letter on Monday to the bank’s lead director, Jack Bovender, saying that the roles of CEO and chair…
  • Market Tumble, Recovery Took Corporate Pensions on $37 Billion Ride

    Ted Ballantine
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:24 am
    Last week’s tumultuous market – in which major indices endured one day of freefall before enjoying two days of recovery – took corporate pensions on a wild ride. Aon Hewitt recently assigned dollar values to those swings. From the Wall Street Journal: The S&P 500 companies started off the week with a collective pension-funding deficit of roughly $425 billion, an improvement of about $29 billion from a year earlier, according to employee benefits adviser Aon Hewitt. But, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than a thousand points on Monday, Aug. 24, that deficit widened…
  • Dutch Central Bank Puts 12-Year Timeline on Funding Targets for Distressed Pensions

    Ted Ballantine
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Netherlands’ Central Bank this week told the nation’s distressed pension funds that they have 12 years to rectify their funding situations. Approximately two-thirds of Dutch pension funds are under distress, although the benchmark for “distress” is much higher in the Netherlands than in the U.S. – Dutch pensions are considered distressed when their funding ratio falls below 104 percent. More from Reuters: The longer recovery plans will allow 154 troubled funds to restore their solvency gradually and “almost entirely from expected returns on investments.” It did…
  • CalPERS Looks to Cut Financial Risk?

    Leo Kolivakis
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:49 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Melody Petersen of the Los Angeles Times reports, In strategy shift, CalPERS looks to cut financial risk: California taxpayers have never paid more for public worker pensions, but it’s still not enough to cover the rising number of retirement checks written by the state’s largest pension plan. Even before the stock market’s recent fall, staffers at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System were worried about what they…
  • Ontario Pension’s Venture Fund Has Eye on Bitcoin, CyberSecurity Startups

    Ted Ballantine
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Last week, TechVibes.com interviewed two top officials from OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. The officials, Managing Director Jim Orlando and Director Sid Paquette, had some interesting things to say about what the fund is looking to invest in – including the fund’s interest in bitcoin start-ups. From TechVibes: We consider ourselves to be a broad ‘TMT’ investor – tech, media, and telecom. In media, where we are most intrigued, is the emergence of new ad technologies, and in particular as being applied to video. In the…
 
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    Message President

  • Mehboob Ali Imam Bukhsh

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:18 am
    My dear presibent Mrs Barack Obama Good afternoon. Sir sir : I need a green card to always live in America I need a help you I Applying lottery green card and immigration clear But. Sir I love America please. Sir give me a response to your reservation I stay in saudi arabic. For business my 27. Years old. I have high school quality to speek English I am single My email address and mobile number mrmehboob395@yahoo.com +966 538198536 Thank you for the first time reed my massage I love. You and love all American I wish to god you always happy with president holding
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    31 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    باسلام حضورریئس جمهورمحترم ژاپن اینجانب احمدخوشدل به اطلاع میرسانم وجودمن بااین جهان هستی درارتباط است،ومن قادرهستم روی این جهان هستی تاثیر بگذارم ومشکلات کمبود باران وخشک سالی رابرطرف کنم ،من خیلی سعی کردم بادولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران ارتباط برقرارکنم امابه دلایل مذهبی آنها حاضرنیستند با من ارتباط برقرارکنند،از شما خواهش…
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    31 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    باسلام حضورریئس جمهورمحترم ایالات متحده آمریکاآقای باراک اوباما اینجانب احمدخوشدل به اطلاع میرسانم وجودمن بااین جهان هستی درارتباط است،ومن قادرهستم مشکلات کمبود باران وخشک سالی رابرطرف کنم ،ومن خیلی سعی کردم بادولت جمهوری اسلامی ارتباط برقرارکنم امابه دلایل مذهبی آنها با من ارتباط برقرارنمیکنند،از شما خواهش میکنم بامن…
  • Birthday Card

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Dear Mr. President, I am hoping that you could send a birthday card to my sister who will be 96 on September 7. She is living with her daughter in Somerset, Kentucky. Her address is as follows Mrs Irene Coffelt 139 Sycamore Tr. Somerset, Ky 42501. Her phone number is 1-601-561-8394. Thanking you in advance, I remain respectfully yours Sgt AFRet'd Robert Takacs
  • Message sent August 22, 2015 VA claim #21 406 983

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    Dear President Obama, I sent you an e-mail August 22, 2015, I realize you are very busy, but at my age I would like to get this claim resolved. The claim was approved, but only retroactive to 2013 which was one year. My husband passed away Sept 10, 2007, I tried from 2005 to get some help from the VA, but they just kept saying could not help. I finally got a claim #21 406 983 approved April 14, 2015 and only effective November 17, 2013 which was only a year from date of claim. I'm very thankful for what I finally received, but feel strongly since my husband gave his life for our country that…
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  • U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Punish Chinese Cyber Hacking

    James Burke
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The U.S. is formulating a series of economic sanctions for use against Chinese companies and individuals who’ve profited from the Chinese Communist Party’s cyber-theft of valuable U.S. trade secrets. News of the Obama administration’s planned economic sanctions were announced via anonymous officials speaking to the Washington Post just weeks prior to Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping visiting the U.S. Cyber-theft will be one of several sensitive topics the two leaders will be discussing. Other tensions include the PLA’s reclamation projects in the South China Sea and…
  • Former KGB Agent Explains Communist Ideological Subversion in America

    James Burke
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Soviet Union’s subversion activities against the U.S. started in the 1920s and continued up until the late ’80s, but their ramifications upon Western society continue until today. Despite what you may think, espionage activities took up only a small fraction of the KGB’s resources. Most of the KGB machinery focused on ideological subversive operations in Western societies, said Yuri Bezmenov, an ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector. “The main emphasis of the KGB is not in the area of intelligence at all. According to my opinion and the opinion of many defectors of my caliber…
  • This Is What It’s Like to Teach English in North Korea

    James Burke
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Not many outsiders experience life in repressive Stalinist North Korea, and I don’t think many want to. But journalist Suki Kim spent six months in the isolated nation posing as an English language teacher at the all-male elite Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. As you may expect, her experiences were very Orwellian. “North Korea is a gulag posing as a nation,” Kim says in the below TED video. Born in South Korea and now living in America, Kim taught at the university during the final six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign. “Everything there is about the Great…
  • U.S. Gun Violence: Due to Lax Gun Laws or Social Ills?

    James Burke
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Globally, there are 650 million guns in civilian hands and of that number, 270 million of them are in the U.S. This makes Americans the most armed population in the world by far. Based on figures from the Small Arms Survey 2015, used in the below video from AJ+, America ranked fifth for homicides due to firearms, with 9,146 people killed. The worst country for gun related deaths is Brazil, with 34,678 fatalities. See the video for more statistics and comparisons of global civilian gun ownership around the world: As mentioned in the video, Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership, but…
  • Want a Job as a Filipino Journalist? You’d Better Get Yourself a Gun

    James Burke
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Being a journalist can be a difficult and often stressful job. In the Philippines, it’s also deadly dangerous. Seventy-five media professionals have been murdered there since 1992. To combat this, many Filipino journalists have resorted to carrying firearms for self-defense. In the video below, you’ll meet some of those men who risk their lives covering stories in the Philippines, which, as one of them says, has a very violent political culture. While practicing shooting at a range, one of the journalists says that they’ve been forced to fight back and take sides: The video…
 
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    The National Memo

  • Endorse This: Dick Cheney’s Reality

    Eric Kleefeld
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:52 am
    Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com He’s back! Dick Cheney is making the rounds on TV to spread his gospel on the foreign policy failures of President Obama. Put simply, he believes that the president’s “worldview just doesn’t reflect reality.” Indeed, the very notion that someone so out of touch could be in control of America’s nuclear arsenal was simply shocking to Sean Hannity. Watch this marvelous dual display of poor self-awareness from the ex-Veep who helped to create the disasters plaguing the Middle East, and from one of his loudest media cheerleaders.
  • Migrant Chaos At Budapest Train Station; Germany Says EU Rules Still Hold

    Reuters
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    By Krisztina Than and Madeline Chambers BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest’s Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as the biggest ever influx of migrants into the European Union left its asylum policies in tatters. Around 1,000 people waved tickets, clapping, booing and shouting “Germany! Germany!” outside the station. Later they sat down, staring at a police blockade erected at the entrance. A refugee crisis rivaling the Balkan wars of the 1990s as Europe’s worst…
  • A Guide To This Year’s ‘Political Correctness’ Debates

    David Lightman
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 am
    By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s war against what he calls political correctness has helped fuel his summer surge — and spark a fierce new debate over how far politicians can go. “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct,” Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, said at the candidates’ debate earlier this month. He’s not alone. “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me,” comic Jerry Seinfeld told “Late Night with Seth…
  • It’s Back To Denali, But Some McKinley Supporters May Be In Denial

    John M. Glionna
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:26 am
    By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times (TNS) He was a president for another century, another era of American political infighting. William McKinley spent a little more than four years in the White House before his assassination in 1901 in Buffalo, N.Y. He also is remembered as a mediocre chief executive, controlled by his cronies and pressured into war with Spain by imperialistic newspapers of his day. Supporters say McKinley’s subtle brilliance is in the details; a Republican president who faced tough decisions in his policy toward China and declared war with Spain over Cuban…
  • Big Surprise: Republicans Go Birther On Obama — But Easy On Foreign-Born Cruz

    Eric Kleefeld
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:22 am
    A new poll from Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling shows a remarkable state of belief among Republican voters, about who exactly was or wasn’t born in America. Responding to the question, “Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States?” only 29 percent of Republicans answered yes, against 44 percent who said no, and 26 percent were not sure. The next question from PPP was, “Do you think Ted Cruz was born in the United States?” And here the answer from Republicans was 40 percent yes, 22 percent no, and 39 percent not sure. According to the…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • The Incoherence of Bliss

    Ken W. Simpson
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Commuters wait with half hidden faces sitting hunched their humble bums on platform benches as a train approaches surges, looms sounding like a cello slows and stops the doors open close it moves away accelerates beside a highway as the day dims the carriages glow and shapes begin to fade.Filed under: Articles
  • No Regrets

    Ken W. Simpson
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    Romance exists in a sky teaming with dreams that drift through collapsing clouds in a mist of whispers swarming with forgotten thoughts to the ground where every tree has a glimpse of eternity.Filed under: Articles
  • A Degree of Propinquity

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    A Degree of Propinquity Memories of old friends flare and flicker then fade as glimpses of familiar faces names and places the house next door an approaching pram a car rolling, slowly down a driveway towards the street where moods of sadness meander beguiled by moments of hypothetical happiness.   HomeFiled under: Articles Tagged: Blog, […]
  • Infotainment

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Infotainment Moving pictures Dolby sound T V News for the faithful with biased views. For bystanders at the track the philosophy of perpetual motion lap after lap. Fans excitedly sit for the privilege of watching icons play for pay. An obsession with machismo is reflected ad nauseam in nostalgic replays. At the final siren don’t […]
  • Artificial Empathy

    Ken W. Simpson
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Artificial Empathy Under each leaf hiding away from the light camouflaged caterpillars chew. In silhouette a guileless face against a bland background radiates unctuous urbanity. Pretensions of honesty and fake bonhomie by predatory politicians with minds designed to lie. A concert for the deaf enigmatic ethics shotgun blasts to the head and each one a […]
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    Political Wire

  • The Latest on Wonk Wire

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Conservative Trump is Not Conservative About the Budget What if We Faced Another Financial Crisis? Do Trump and Sanders Defy Conventional Wisdom on ‘Big Money?’ The Problem With the GOP’s Interstate Obamacare Alternative Why Did Mass Incarceration Happen? Trump Isn’t the Only Candidate Talking Policy Nonsense Does Trump’s Surge Lock in His GOP Nomination?  
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:58 am
    “You know…he was so gracious — compared to these asses running.” — Former Vice President Walter Mondale, quoted by BuzzFeed, comparing former President Jimmy Carter to the 2016 field.
  • Supreme Court Says Clerk Must Allow Gay Marriages

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:56 am
    The Supreme Court “refused to allow a county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to continue to deny marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight,” the New York Times reports. “The case concerns Kim Davis, an elected clerk in rural Rowan County, Ky. After the state’s governor told county clerks to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, a federal court rejected Ms. Davis’s argument that she should be excused from the obligation given her religious beliefs.”
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    “Do you know that there are schools that train children your age to be suicide bombers?” — Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), quoted by the Washington Post, talking to a classroom of second and third graders.
  • Election Model Forecasts Democratic Landslide

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:37 am
    The Moody’s Analytics election model now predicts a Democratic electoral landslide in the 2016 presidential vote. “A small change in the forecast data in August has swung the outcome from the statistical tie predicted in July, to a razor-edge ballot outcome that nevertheless gives the incumbent party 326 electoral votes to the Republican challenger’s 212.”
 
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    Time To Change

  • Taubat Seorang Negarawan

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:41 pm
    “Mahathir turun Bersih 4!” laung beberapa orang demonstran dengan penuh teruja. Baik, itu realitinya. Dan itu juga adalah realpolitik. Mungkin kali ini perlu diingatkan sekali lagi pada sekalian mereka yang memuja Mahathir – yang dulunya mereka begitu bencikan orang tua itu – sementelah munculnya sosok itu di tengah-tengah kekabutan Bersih 4.Bahawa itulah politik. Kata arwah Karpal Singh, dalam politik tiada kawan yang kekal kawan dan musuh yang kekal musuh. Benar, itulah politik – suatu seni yang memungkinkan segalanya. Kalaulah kita tiada cuba untuk fahami ini, kita terlalu naif…
  • Bersih 4

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Untuk edisi kali ini, saya tidak berpeluang untuk turut sama menyertai himpunan rakyat di kota Kuala Lumpur, Bersih 4. Hari ini saya ke Ipoh, sementelah rakan baik saya mengadakan kenduri walimahnya pada tarikh yang bersetentang dengan tarikh Bersih 4. Untungnya, kali ini Bersih berjalan selama 2 hari, maka 30 Ogos masih lagi berpeluang untuk turut sama.Perihal Bersih, ada beberapa perkara yang berbangkit. Pertamanya, sikap kita pada perhimpunan aman tersebut. Kita boleh bersetuju dan juga boleh tidak bersetuju dengan perhimpunan Bersih. Menafikan mana-mana hak untuk bersetuju atau tidak…
  • 6 Tahun Time To Change

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    Untuk sekian kalinya saya gagal (terlupa sebenarnya) untuk menulis artikel sempena ulang tahun blog kecil ini, yang sudah pun genap 6 tahun umurnya, berlegar-legar dalam dunia atas talian yang infiniti cakupan dan capaiannya. Jadinya, tulisan ini tiada lain tujuan selain untuk mengimbau 6 tahun menulis di +Time To Change.Kata beberapa orang rakan-rakan yang mengikuti blog kecil ini, bahawa mereka juga kalau boleh mahu menulis seperti saya. Kata mereka, kalau diberi bakat menulis tentunya mereka juga akan menulis sama. Balas saya, kalaulah saya berbakat menulis, saya tidak berada di sini hari…
  • Memilih Antara Dua Syaitan

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Membaca tulisan terbaru Raja Petra Kamarudin perihal keperluan untuk kita mengusir pemimpin syaitan, dan ulasan lanjut beliau tentang makna politik dari perspektifnya, dan kritikan beliau pada kefahaman politik yang naif, ternyata sama sekali kita tidak dapat menolak bahawa demikianlah sepatutnya politik dimainkan dalam kerangka pandangan sarwa sekular.Bahawasanya, dalam kerangka sekular, tiada keperluan yang mendesak untuk meletakkan akhlak dalam pertimbangan kompas moral. Makanya, apabila meninjau begitu, tidak dapat tidak kita bersetuju bahawa pandangan demikian amatlah cocok dengan…
  • Keldai Tua UKM

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – namanya gah, diulang sebut sebagai sebuah universiti yang bertaraf premier lantaran umurnya yang hampir menjangkau separuh abad sudah. Jika dikira umur begini, sudah banyak pengalaman UKM lalui, termasuklah antaranya bagaimana untuk bersikap dengan permasalahan mahasiswanya dan kakitangannya sendiri.Tulisan ini disiapkan beberapa bulan yang lepas, semasa UKM hangat dilanda isu ketiadaan air sehinggakan cerita mahasiswa hadir ke dewan kuliah dalam keadaan tidak mandi pagi menjadi tajuk utama beberapa portal berita negara. Jadinya, nada tulisan ini…
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    The Political Insider

  • Texas Counties Just Made a BOLD MOVE, and Mexico Is FURIOUS!

    TPIWriter
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:40 am
    America should be allowed to debate the immigration crisis on the state level. President Barack Obama created our amnesty crisis, and other countries should have no say in how we protect ourselves! Now, some Texas counties are so overwhelmed with the problem of illegal aliens, they are REFUSING to give birth certificates to children of the illegals. Mexico is so angry about this big move in Texas, they fired off an angry letter saying it might hurt our country’s relationship with our neighbor to the South: The refusal of some Texas counties to issue birth certificates for children born…
  • What Made This Group of Marines Silent Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes (WATCH)

    TPIWriter
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:25 am
    Once a Marine, always a Marine. The brave men and women of the United States Marines risk their lives every day to keep America safe and to spread freedom. We can never thank them enough for their overwhelming sacrifices. Watch (below) as these 24 Marines honor their fallen brothers in complete silence. THEN, watch what happens when their rifles are raised. This is extraordinary! You have to watch this whole clip: Please share this with your friends on Facebook! The post What Made This Group of Marines Silent Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes (WATCH) appeared first on The Political Insider.
  • This Brilliant Meme About Mexico Is the Best… EVER!

    TPIWriter
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    This shows Mexico’s hypocrisy! via I Support Donald Trump As Townhall and the Free Beacon reported, President Barack Obama is helping Mexico build a wall… on the Southern end of Mexico. Outrageous! Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, according to U.S. officials. The border control plan calls for U.S. funding and technical support of three security lines extending more than 100 miles north of Mexico’s border with Guatemala and…
  • Trump Was Told “Your Wall Won’t Keep Illegals Out”… His Response Is EPIC!

    TPIWriter
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:37 am
    So many in the media and the political establishment oppose Donald Trump’s plan to build a massive wall along America’s Southern border. The fence is needed to stop the overwhelming flow of illegal aliens into America and fix the crisis caused by Obama’s amnesty agenda. Trump has promised to make Mexico pay for the wall. But why wouldn’t the wall work? It would definitely make America more secure! That’s why Trump fired back with this BRUTAL response on Facebook, which had been “liked” by almost 200,000 at the time of this posting: It says,…
  • Obama Warns Us AGAIN: We Must Reach Climate Deal Before It’s Too Late — This Guy Has lost It!

    Wayne Dupree
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:10 am
    On Monday, President Barack Obama said world leaders must agree to cut carbon emissions at a U.N. summit in December because the climate is changing faster than efforts to curb global warming. “This year, in Paris, must be the year that the world finally reaches an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got while we still can,” Obama said, according to his prepared remarks. Can this guy just go away? He has already caused enough damage. Obama, go away! Why is everything so dire with this man? Everything “MUST BE DONE NOW!” Don’t believe me? How about…
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Anthony Horowitz Sorry for Saying Idris Elba too “Street” to Play James Bond

    Joy Blake
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:09 am
    Anthony Horowitz Apologizes for Saying Idris Elba too “Street” to Play James Bond (Photo Credit: Wikipedia) Author Anthony Horowitz apologized for saying actor Idris Elba too “street” to play James Bond. In order words, he’s black. Anthony Horowitz tweeted:  “I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed my opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice. Clumsily I chose the word “street” as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind, but I admit it was a…
  • Manhunt Underway After Police Officer Killed in Chicago’s Fox Lake Suburb

    Joy Blake
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Manhunt Underway After Police Officer Killed in Chicago’s Fox Lake Suburb A police officer was killed in the Fox Lake, a suburb of Chicago. A massive manhunt is underway for three suspects – two white and one black. The officer was fatally shot at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. He was chasing three suspects and had radioed in to dispatch for help. Communication ended a few minutes later. The officer is a 42-year veteran of the force. It is not clear how much information the officer had given to dispatch before he was killed. The community is under lockdown. The officer was…
  • Gilbert Flores Killed in Deputy-Involved Shooting in Bexar County Texas (VIDEO)

    Joy Blake
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Gilbert Flores Killed in Deputy-Involved Shooting in Bexar County Texas (VIDEO) (Photo Credit: KSAT Video Screengrab) Gilbert Flores, 41, was killed in a deputy-involved shooting after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call in Bexar County, TX, on Friday. Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez were placed on administrative leave following the fatal shooting, which was captured on video and appears to show Flores raising his hands. When deputies arrived on the scene, they “found a woman with a cut on her head and a baby who appeared injured,” KSAT reports. Bexar…
  • CNN’s Harry Houck Jr. Compares #BlackLivesMatter to KKK, Black Liberation Army

    Janet Shan
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    CNN’s Harry Houck Jr. Compares #BlackLivesMatter to KKK, Black Liberation Army (Photo Credit: LinkedIn) CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck Jr., who is a retired New York City police officer, compared the #BlackLivesMatter movement to the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Liberation Army during an interview with Fredericka Whitfield on Sunday. Houck said this in response to the “execution-style” murder of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth by Shannon J. Miles as he pumped gas at a Chevron gas station on Friday. Houck cited rhetoric from a Black Lives Matter protest at the…
  • Charlotte Bishop Phillip Davis Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself

    Joy Blake
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Charlotte Bishop Phillip Davis Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself (Photo Credit: Twitter via @NationsFordClt ) Charlotte Bishop Phillip Davis dies after accidentally shooting himself while he cleaned his pistol in his Union County home on Saturday, the Union County Sheriff’s office said. Davis, the founder and senior pastor of predominantly black Nations Ford Community Church, was reportedly cleaning his pistol in his Weddington home when it accidentally discharged, striking him in the chest, the UCSO said. He was going to the shooting range with his son later on Saturday. The…
 
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    The Mandarin

  • Tom Burton: know your social media risk and learn to love the noise

    Tom Burton
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    All agencies are struggling to learn how to be relevant in the modern media world. Learning from the inevitable mistakes is critical if government is to be an authentic participant in a complex and disorganised world, writes Tom Burton. Click here Tom Burton: know your social media risk and learn to love the noise to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Government & marketing? Just be useful and the public will follow

    Tom Burton
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    As agencies and departments try to better understand citizen needs, along comes US marketing guru Jay Baer with some simple advice. For public servants who just want to be helpful, not flog things, it's a powerful way of engaging with stakeholders. Click here Government & marketing? Just be useful and the public will follow to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • We got an FOI request from Big Tobacco – here’s how it went

    The Mandarin
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Tobacco companies have requested survey data on young people’s smoking habits in the UK and in Australia. Gerard Hastings from University of Stirling says when an FOI request from Philip Morris arrived, it stretched his unit almost to breaking point. Click here We got an FOI request from Big Tobacco – here’s how it went to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Euan Semple: real organisational change happens at individual level

    The Mandarin
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:15 pm
    A knee jerk initiative to show an agency is moving with the times rarely gets the job done. But government isn't going away, so agency bosses need to find ways to shed their dinosaur image and inspire change at an individual level, says management consultant Euan Semple. Click here Euan Semple: real organisational change happens at individual level to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Newcastle’s ‘divestment’ is a chance for coal rethink

    The Mandarin
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:50 pm
    While the Newcastle council decision may not trigger divestment from fossil fuels, it is a chance for the world's largest coal port to consider its future direction. Click here Newcastle’s ‘divestment’ is a chance for coal rethink to read the full article on The Mandarin.
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Market Volatility: Will It Continue?

    Jim Sharpe
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:51 pm
    U.S. markets this week have painted the perfect picture of volatility. But exactly what does stock market volatility mean for investors? Put simply, volatility is the amount of uncertainty about the size of changes in the stock market. A higher volatility means stocks’ values can be spread over a larger range — in other words, an index or stock price can change radically over a short time period, either up or down. That’s risky. Alternatively, lower volatility means that stocks’ values don’t greatly fluctuate. Rather, their values change at a steady pace over time,…
  • Troy Newman Explains the Center for Medical Progress’s Next Move

    James Allen
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is still reeling after the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos showing abortionists haggling over baby parts “for a Lamborghini,” selling whole baby cadavers for intact parts, pushing baby parts around in a pie dish while declaring “it’s another boy!” and cutting through the face of a baby whose heart was still beating in order to get to an intact brain. Now, as Congress vows to continue fighting to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in annual taxpayer funding, the group is planning to sue CMP…
  • City of Chicago’s Red-Light Camera Corruption

    Jim Sharpe
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The former chief executive officer of Chicago’s first red-light camera vendor pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge Thursday. As the CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., KAREN FINLEY funneled cash and other personal financial benefits to a City of Chicago official and his friend, knowing that the payments would help persuade the city to award red-light camera contracts to Redflex, according to a plea agreement. The benefits included golf trips, hotels and meals, as well as hiring the city official’s friend as a highly compensated contractor for Redflex, according to the plea…
  • Thank You Spreaker…We Agree 100%

    James Allen
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    America Continues is growing every week and being added to more and more stations. But our online support has just been amazing. Thank you so much for supporting the show and thank you to Spreaker for an amazing platform and to Neil Hughes for the mention. America Continues with Jim Sharpe offers hope to those who have given up on the ‘American Dream’ in his Podcast that brings a special insight to the significant news stories of the day. There is so much to be proud of in this great nation and rather than trying to scare his listeners like other media outlets, he puts news stories and…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Private Server IS the Problem!

    Jim Sharpe
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:52 pm
    The political class is seriously underestimating the impact of Hillary Clinton’s email controversy. They see it mainly as a problem of public opinion and electoral politics, where it has been increasingly costly but not yet fatal. The political damage—the drip, drip, drip of revelations—has been bad, but there is worse to come. Hillary Clinton’s big problem now is legal, and it could well be insurmountable politically. Here’s why. Once a “political” issue finally moves into the legal system, as the Clinton email server has, it moves forward with an independent logic. That logic…
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    Yabberz: Top Stories

  • Can You Hear Me Now

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    I am reminded of the Verizon wireless commercial some years ago where the guy in the ad asked "Can you heard me now" As a middle aged white male living in Virginia I don’t know but I suspect Andy Parker was against gun ....
  • The Tables Are Turned

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Pro-Clinton Group Demands Benghazi Chair Turn Over All His Emails August 28 2015 by Samuel Warde No Comments A pro-Clinton is demanding ....
  • Sting Videos Of Planned Parenthood Are Totally Manipulated Forensic Analysis Finds

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    The "full" footage isnt the full footage afterall Videos so distored they cant be used in a court of law The quote "Its a baby" turns out to be background noise Five separate states investigtions turn up no wrong-doing Some days it just doesnt pay ....
  • Was Virginia Shooter Mentally Ill Or Motivated By Race Hate

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    Im very interested to see what double standards some Yabberz members will adopt according to the shooters race for deciding when shooters are "racist" or "mentally ill " http//thehill com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/252022 Manifesto purportedly sent by Virginia gunman ....
  • Describe Trump In Two Words

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Mine "Delusional 1%er"
 
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    Let Freedom Ring » Let Freedom Ring

  • James O’Keefe: Yes Hillary, I Have Undercover Video of Your Campaign

    Let Freedom Ring
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Late last week rumors started swirling about an undercover investigation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign being conducted by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, an organization responsible for holding a number of government officials accountable for bad behavior. The Clinton camp was put on high alert, told to look for suspicious behavior and to be aware they may be under video surveillance. We now know the rumors are true. O’Keefe has confirmed Project Veritas journalists have in fact conducted an undercover video investigation into Clinton’s campaign and have plenty…
  • Media ‘conflicted’ since TV shooter is black

    Let Freedom Ring
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Radio host Rush Limbaugh said the national news media will be conflicted in their reporting on Wednesday’s slaughter of a Virginia news crew live on the air because the shooter was a black man, and his victims were white. The shooter has been identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, who also went by the professional name of Bryce Williams. The victims are reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, who were gunned down during a live broadcast from the Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia. “A reporter of color is the shooter. Now there’s a conflict. Now what do they (the…
  • Clinton Exploits Virginia Shooting to Call for Gun Legislation

    Let Freedom Ring
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Attacking the Second Amendment is a major component of campaign (Infowars) – Within hours of the fatal shooting in Virginia of two television station employees, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for anti-gun legislation. Attacking the Second Amendment is a major component of Clinton’s campaign. “I will do whatever I can. I am not afraid of this fight. I am not backing off from this fight because it has gone way too far in one direction and we need to get back to some balance,” she told an audience of college students in Las Vegas recently. On Wednesday Clinton ally…
  • Fears in Mexico Grow Over a Trump Presidency

    Let Freedom Ring
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    (Newsmax) – GOP presidential contender Donald Trump’s remarks about immigration and Mexico have rattled some nerves there, but many Mexicans don’t believe he’ll win the White House, the Washington Post reports. “We haven’t even considered that seriously,” a senior diplomat in Mexico’s Foreign Ministry tells the Post. In a statement on Trump’s recently released immigration plan, the Foreign Ministry said it continues “to stand by our position that these comments reflect prejudice, racism or plain ignorance,” the Post reports. “Anyone who understands the depth of the…
  • The Plot Thickens: Attorneys Just REVEALED What’s on Hillary’s Email Server…

    Let Freedom Ring
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    When the news broke Wednesday that Hillary Clinton was — finally — handing over the private email server she’d used during her tenure as Secretary of State, the Democrat presidential candidate made a big point of stressing her “cooperation” in the investigation. Meanwhile, the rest of us waited eagerly to find out not IF the server had contained top secret information — that had already been confirmed by the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community — but rather HOW MUCH and WHAT specific top secret and/or classified information was held on this private email…
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    The Illogical Seminary

  • Denali Folly

    The Head Seminarian
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Right-wingers will be outraged at anything. Anything at all. As long as it seems to come from Obama, they flip their fucking wig. The Wurlitzer is cranked up to ear-ruining level because…because… I’m still trying to process it. I can’t make it make sense to you. It’s Denali, aka Mount McKinley. The Alaskan mountain, which is the highest peak in North America, was named Denali by native Alaskans. It was given the name “Mount McKinley” in 1896 by a gold prospector who wanted to celebrate McKinley winning the Republican presidential nomination, and the name was…
  • Trapped

    The Head Seminarian
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Scott Walker will not make it to the quarterfinals. He enjoyed a little attention as a sort of dark horse/white hope for a bit. But what we have seen is that every time he opens his mouth, something comes out that make his backers want to weep a little. He’s not ready for big questions at all. Look at this hot mess he produced when asked about our relationship with Pakistan…I won’t make you watch: In advance of his foreign policy address in South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker was asked Friday morning about U.S.-Pakistan relations. “Well, I think anywhere in the world we…
  • Antithesis Or Acceptable?

    The Head Seminarian
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    No doubt you know by now that I’m a raging, fire breathing atheist. I think religion is stupid and dangerous in some circumstances. Jesus worship is pathetic, and so is the idea of original sin-and the semantics surrounding the free will debate irritates the shit out of me too. I can’t stand the argument that I can’t be moral without God. And there is no way to find the first cause. You can’t find that shit in an antedated manuscript wherein the absence of an answer must be a very cross eternal creator who brought the universe into being. For me, that is way too…
  • I’m Glad I Left Jersey When I Did

    The Head Seminarian
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Chris “Golden Corral” Christie thinks he has come up with a novel idea for solving the immigration problem: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Saturday offered up a creative solution to the problem of illegal immigration: track immigrants the same way FedEx tracks packages. “I’m going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months,” the Republican presidential candidate said at a town hall event in New Hampshire. “Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people.” He…
  • I Tried

    The Head Seminarian
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:25 pm
    I really did. I was very much looking forward to watching clueless flibbertigibbet Sarah Palin play journalist by &#