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  • ‘Sobby Lobby’ rides again: Forget ‘it’s the law,’ Harry Reid pledges action against Hobby Lobby ruling

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    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Reid should be able to focus on this in the coming weeks thanks to all the extra time freed up by not worrying about a budget combined with the fact that he’s insane: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a…
  • US Marines show off new toy; awesome new amphibious sea vehicle

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    Richard Berkow
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    HUAC in actionPhoto: U.S. Navy A Marine Corps Warfighting Lab project that has been in the works for years was shown to the public for the first time last week, at the sea-phase of the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise in Hawaii. Called the UHAC, Ultra-Heavy Amphibious Connector, the purpose of this sea-land vehicle is to carry three M1A1 tanks filled with Marines from ship to shore, and over seawalls as high as three meters, at an impressive speed of 25 miles per hour, Navy News Service reported. UHAC Photo: US Navy The full-scale version will be able to carry three times the cargo weight of…
  • Growing Up In The Trump’s $19.5 Million Family Estate

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    Nkorni Tankwa
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    A few days ago Forbes’ Erin Carlyle sat down with Eric Trump, son of Real Estate mogul Donald trump, to talk about their famous, luxurious $19.5 million family estate. The two had an in depth conversation about the family’s 50,000 … Continue reading →
  • Morning Plum: The GOP’s transparent border crisis game

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    Greg Sargent
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    There are two big piece of news today on the border crisis. The first is that Rick Perry is calling in the National Guard. The second is that Senate Dems are preparing to move forward with a measure to give Obama the $3.7 billion in funding he’s requested for the crisis — and Senate Republicans […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

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    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    * Creative policy thinker Rick Perry has come up with a way to address the problem of those Central American kids coming to the border: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have […]
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  • Today's Court Decision Might Make Health Insurance Unaffordable in the Poorest States

    Olga Khazan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    A three-judge panel on a federal appeals court ruled today that the government cannot give Obamacare subsidies to people who live in states that did not set up their own, state-based health insurance exchanges.  The ruling is a major blow to the Affordable Care Act, which sought to make health insurance affordable to everyone by providing low- and middle-income people with discounts on health insurance premiums. Obamacare provided for the creation of state-based "exchanges," or online marketplaces, on which people can buy insurance plans. Although some states set up their own marketplaces,…
  • India, the Next Great Basketball Superpower?

    Sharda Ugra
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Without warning, basketball has made front pages in India. There were two pieces of news, within a few days of each other. The biggie was that the NBA now had the first Indian-origin player in its sights. Simran “Sim” Bhullar, a 7 feet 5 inches, 163.3 kilograms, 21-year-old Canadian, the Ontario-born son of Indian immigrants, made it to the 2014 NBA draft. He was not one of 60 picked during the draft, but the next day, Bhullar signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings. He is not on their official 15-player roster yet but played for the Kings in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which…
  • The Remote Warehouse Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

    Sam Price-Waldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
  • How Technology is Unraveling the Clues of Flight MH17

    Patrick Tucker
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Over the weekend, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy turned into a Law and Order episode on the international stage with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on Fox News and other outlets to make a case against Russia, prompting Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace to observe that Kerry was once “a prosecutor in Massachusetts.” So what does Kerry’s case consist of? The U.S. is confident that the murder weapon was an SA-11 Gadfly 9K37M1 Buk -1M fired missile. A dispatch from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine indicates that the rocket launcher was given to pro-Russian separatists by…
  • The Secret to a Tattoo's Permanence: The Immune System

    Olga Khazan
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    We rarely stop and think about the science of tattoos. In fact, some people don't even stop and think before getting tattooed. We kind of know the reason they last forever ... because the ink goes so deep into your skin that it can never wash off ... or something?  It's not that simple. As this fascinating video from TED explains, tattoos are actually a complicated inflammatory process—a delicate balancing act between your body and the dye that's invading it. It turns out your ethereal watercolored bird is kind of like an infection—and the reason it's permanent is because your body…
 
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  • North Carolina voters are extremely unexcited about Thom Tillis

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    One of the Republican Party's paths to Senate control was supposed to go straight through North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan was supposed to be mortally wounded by Obamacare. But Hagan not only holds onto a lead in a new Public Policy Polling poll—her margin is growing. Hagan leads Republican nominee Thom Tillis by a seven-point margin, 41 percent to 34 percent, with a Libertarian candidate drawing eight percent. In June, Hagan's lead was five points, and in May it was just two points. How does Hagan, with job performance ratings of 40 percent approve to 50 percent…
  • Second Obamacare ruling of day upholds subsidies in federal exchanges

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Well, that didn't last long—roughly two hours after a D.C. circuit court panel ruled that Obamacare does not allow subsidies in federally-run exchanges, a panel in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Virginia, has unanimously ruled that Obamacare does allow such subsidies. If you're keeping score at home, that means three courts have ruled that Obamacare does allow subsidies in federally-run exchanges and one has not. 9:40 AM PT: I love this—shortly before the new ruling came out, House Speaker John Boehner celebrated the day's first ruling with a statement saying: Today’s…
  • Not a surprise: Predictions of Obamacare premium spikes were wrong

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Do Republican "experts" on these things ever tire of being wrong? No, Obamacare has not led to massive premium spikes. Nearly 20 states have released preliminary information about premiums for insurance policies sold on their insurance exchanges, and the nightmare scenarios have not come to pass. In most of those states, the average increase across all exchange plans is in the single digits. [...] Larry Levitt, vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said he's surprised by the variation in proposed changes but that on average, premiums are working out to about…
  • Perry 'militarizing our border' in response to migrant children

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry What to do about unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S. border continues to be a fight in the U.S. Senate and in Texas. In the Senate, Democrats are trying to pass emergency funding requested by President Obama before the August recess, but Republicans are opposed because it might not be punitive enough: [Sen. Jeff Sessions] demanded that any supplemental funding request sent to Obama include a requirement that funding be blocked for federal initiatives that grants undocumented immigrants work permits—such as to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for…
  • Federal court panel votes to defund Obamacare, but ruling isn't the last word

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    As expected, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has voted by a two-to-one margin to defund Obamacare in states which did not set up their own health insurance exchanges. At issue is whether Obamacare allows subsidies in federally-established exchanges. According to the plaintiffs in Halbig v. Burwell, Obamacare does not allow subsides in federally-established exchanges because the provision authorizing subsidies on exchanges defines subsidies as entities "established by the state" in which the exchange operates. The ruling is an absurdly narrow interpretation of the law,…
 
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  • States That Raised Minimum Wage See More Job Growth

    726
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen. In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. The data run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, would cost 500,000 jobs.
  • Hillary Favors Amendment to Undo Citizens United

    Corky
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Hillary Clinton said Monday evening that she's receptive to the idea of a constitutional amendment that would in effect overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. In response to a question from a Facebook user, Clinton said, "I would consider supporting an amendment among these lines that would prevent the abuse of our political system by excessive amounts of money if there is no other way to deal with the Citizen's United decision," she said. Amending the Constitution is an almost impossibly uphill battle, but the idea has secured support from almost all the Democrats in the…
  • KKK Infiltrated Florida Police Department

    rcade
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Two police officers in Fruitland Park, Florida, joined the Ku Klux Klan in the past five years, a revelation that alarmed city officials and residents of the town of less than 5,000 in Central Florida. Officer James Elkins resigned in 2010 after his Klan membership was revealed by his estranged wife. Officer George Hunnewell and his wife Anne, a police secretary, joined five years ago by kneeling in another officer's living room with pillow cases over their heads and reciting a few words. George Hunnewell was later fired. "It's exceedingly unusual these days to find a police officer who is…
  • Issa Can't Prosecute Lerner Because of Reagan

    Corky
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Although legal experts warned at the time that little would come of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) attempt to prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress, Republicans on Issa's Oversight and Government Reform Committee were infuriated to learn Thursday that a key obstacle is a Reagan administration legal opinion. The conservative lawyer Theodore Olson, while serving in Reagan's Office of Legal Counsel in 1984, wrote that Congress cannot force a prosecutor to take a contempt of Congress accusation to a grand jury. The prosecutor has discretion not to pursue the charge.
  • Why Some People Are Attracted to Jerks

    HeliumRat
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Erin McCarthy, Mental Floss: We all know at least one: That friend who complains incessantly about his fickle girlfriend, and yet keeps going back to her, even though most of the time she doesn't treat him well. It's frustrating for his friends, who must wonder if their buddy, despite his irritation at his partner, actually likes to suffer. But science might have a different explanation.
 
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  • Corruption

    Josh Marshall
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    If you're looking for a silver lining to this morning's ruling dealing a major blow to Obamacare (or rather a major blow to people getting subsidized policies in the states that didn't adopt exchanges), look to the full DC Circuit Court. Given its present make-up (helped along mightily by breaking the filibuster logjam) it seems highly, highly likely that the full DC Circuit will reverse this ruling. The problem is that the question then moves to the Supreme Court, which seems quite likely - given recent decisions - to turn it back again to some version of today's decision. In other words, at…
  • Hold Everything!

    David Kurtz
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    This is happening quick. After the DC Circuit invalidated Obamacare's tax credits for the federal exchanges earlier this morning, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a similar ruling upholding those same tax credits. This conflict between two circuit courts increases the chances of the Supreme Court taking that case to resolve this once and for all, though both cases could end up being reviewed en banc by all the judges on each circuit first.
  • What Today's Ruling Would Do To Obamacare Premiums State By State

    David Kurtz
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    You gotta see this chart to understand the potentially catastrophic impact of today's ruling on the very foundations of Obamacare.
  • The Mother Of All Drafting Errors?

    David Kurtz
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Today's court ruling gutting the essential tax credits offered under Obamacare relies on a literal reading of one provision of the Affordable Care Act. It seems almost certain that the provision in question suffered from a drafting error. As we reported earlier this year, those who were in the room as the bill was being written say it was never anyone's intention to limit the tax credits to state-run exchanges. In fact there's no compelling rationale for why Congress would have sought to treat the two exchanges differently for tax purposes. The provision was just drafted poorly. In ordinary…
  • 'We Reach This Conclusion, Frankly, With Reluctance'

    David Kurtz
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    You can read the DC Circuit's devastating Obamacare ruling here.
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    Political Animal

  • Lunch Buffet

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I'm ahead of schedule on posting, so I'm doing Lunch Buffet a bit early to accommodate a family business chore that may take a couple of hours. Be back when I can. Here are some midday news/views morsels: * Interesting conservative appreciation of Elizabeth Warren's specificity of views from Washington Examiner's Byron York. * Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues Israel is losing the American media war in its confrontation with Hamas. * At the Prospect, Robert Waldman notes trip to Iowa forced Chris Christie out of comfortable vagueness on difficult issues. * TNR's Brian Beutler appropriately calls…
  • What Split on the Left About Hobby Lobby?

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    The minute I read the headline of Molly Ball's much-quoted piece for The Atlantic--"How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights"--I figured Religion Dispatch's Sarah Posner would respond definitively. And boy howdy, she has: This weekend, the day before President Obama signed an executive order barring federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the Atlantic’s Molly Ball published a piece asserting that a “controversy” was emerging in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the…
  • DC Circuit Panel Agrees To Blow Up Obamacare

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    It's not the kind of definitive decision that should justify conservative gabbers dancing with joy at the prospect of denying millions of people of health insurance, while panicking many progressives. But no, it's not a good thing that a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court decision against a suit to invalidate tax subsidies for insurance bought on federally-created exchanges according to a reading of the Affordable Care Act that ignores congressional intent. Sticking to a mindless reading of the statutory language (one of those flaws that could…
  • Con-Con Trifecta in GA House Runoffs?

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you wanted a pretty good laboratory experiment of the "Year of the Republican Establishment" narrative, it might be in today's three Georgia U.S. House GOP runoffs, all occurring in districts easily carried by Mitt Romney in 2012. There's a clear-cut "constitutional conservative" in all three. And while their opponents aren't exactly anybody's idea of a "moderate," they do tend to howl at the moon a bit less and also treat conservative ideology more in transactional terms (10th district "Establishment" candidate Mike Collins, for example, seems to think he only needs to represent his…
  • Rick Perry Gets His Swagger Back

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    No doubt about it: there's something almost biblical about Rick Perry's sudden return to the national limelight in GOP politics (though it's not clear which angelic or demonic role he's playing). Less than three years ago he announced a presidential campaign that briefly blotted out the sky. In the early states he'd trot out his signature walk-the-stage swagger (sort of an Aggie version of a Mick Jagger performance) and the conservative faithful would swoon at all the testosterone in the air. Then he took the wrong position on how to deal with the DREAMers, and got the humma-hummas, and fell…
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

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

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

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

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

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

    Kate Pickert
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    On Tuesday, two federal courts issued rulings on President Obama’s healthcare law. Here’s what you need to know about how the rulings affect you: MoreGOP Lawsuit Over Obamacare ‘Loophole’ for Congress DismissedJohns Hopkins to Pay $190 Million to Victims of Secretly Recorded ExamsMissile Fears: Feds Ban Airlines From Flying to Tel Aviv Airport NBC NewsDueling Rulings: Courts Duke It Out Over Obamacare NBC NewsIsraeli Military Might Tested by Militants' Stamina NBC NewsWhat did the courts say? A panel in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care…
  • GOP Lawsuit Over Obamacare ‘Loophole’ for Congress Dismissed

    Sam Frizell
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    A Republican senator’s challenge to the part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law involving members of Congress and their staffs was dismissed Monday by a federal judge. Sen. Ron Johnson (R—Wisc.) filed the suit related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that members of Congress and their staff may only receive health plans created under the healthcare law, or offered through a online exchange established under the law. The lawsuit claimed that the federal Office of Personnel Management “created a loophole that allowed congressional staff an exemption from…
  • Morning Must Reads: July 22

    Alex Rogers
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    “After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17—handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for investigators to the crash site.” [WashPost] Why Putin Is Willing to Take Big Risks in Ukraine [WSJ] “The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 exposes the truth about RT, the Russian English-language propaganda outlet.” [TIME] “Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top…
  • Obama to Sign Bill Improving Worker Training

    Maya Rhodan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Congress and the President have finally found some common ground: Obama will sign the first significant legislative job training reform effort in nearly a decade on Tuesday. MoreWant to Learn a Language? Don’t Try So HardHere Are the 5 Worst States for a Child’s Well-BeingMissile Fears: Feds Ban Airlines From Flying to Tel Aviv Airport NBC NewsDueling Rulings: Courts Duke It Out Over Obamacare NBC NewsIsraeli Military Might Tested by Militants' Stamina NBC NewsThe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act passed by Congress on July 9 will streamline the federal workforce training…
  • Russian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine

    Alex Altman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    In late 2009, the British journalist Sara Firth became a Russian propaganda mouthpiece. MoreObama Contends with Congressional Backseat Drivers on UkraineIt’s Time for Europe to Get Tough With RussiaMissile Fears: Feds Ban Airlines From Flying to Tel Aviv Airport NBC NewsDueling Rulings: Courts Duke It Out Over Obamacare NBC NewsIsraeli Military Might Tested by Militants' Stamina NBC NewsThe decision seemed to make sense at the time. Firth had just earned a postgraduate diploma in investigative journalism when she was offered a role as on-air-correspondent for RT, a Russian television…
 
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  • U.S. courts deliver conflicting rulings on Obama health care law

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two federal judicial panels on Tuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the government subsidizes premiums through President Barack Obama's healthcare law, creating more uncertainty over signature legislation that has been dogged by challenges from Republicans and other conservatives. The rulings, handed down by appeals court judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia, could lead to a new showdown over Obamacare before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's healthcare…
  • Iraq PM seeks Sunni tribal help in battling insurgency

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met several Sunni tribal leaders on Tuesday in a renewed bid to gain their support in battling a raging jihadist-led Sunni insurgency. Maliki, a Shiite, has had a troubled relationship with Iraq's Sunni tribes, who in 2006 began helping the government fight Al-Qaeda-linked Sunni militants, but who now accuse him of sectarian discrimination. The Iraqi premier's fresh overtures to tribal chiefs comes amid an onslaught spearheaded by Islamic State Sunni militants that has taken swathes of the country in recent weeks. "Prime Minister Nuri…
  • FAA bars US airlines from Israel for 24 hours amid Gaza crisis

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned US airlines Tuesday from flying to and from Israel for at least 24 hours amid safety concerns sparked by the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The US government agency said its prohibition applied only to US air carriers, and that "updated instructions" would be issued "as soon as conditions permit." Delta, US Airways and United Airlines had earlier halted flights to and from Tel Aviv's main Ben Gurion International Airport, amid reports of a rocket strike nearby.
  • Turkey arrests 100 top police in wire-tapping probe

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested scores of senior police officers on suspicion of illegally eavesdropping on top officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A total of 100 serving and former top police officers were arrested as part of two probes, prosecutors said in a statement. Most of the arrests were in Istanbul but raids were also carried out in the capital Ankara and cities including Izmir and Diyarbakir. The arrests are the latest round in a bitter feud between Erdogan and his former ally Fethullah Gulen, in the wake of a vast corruption scandal that broke late…
  • Oil price gains lose steam on rising dollar

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Oil prices rose Tuesday, supported by a threat of tougher sanctions against Russia and fierce fighting in Gaza, but lost steam as the dollar rallied against the euro, traders said. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in September had edged up four cents to stand at $107.72 a barrel in late London deals, after trading up 64 cents around midday in the British capital. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for August was 14 cents higher at $104.73 a barrel, pulling back from levels above $105 seen earlier in the day. "The crises in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, coupled with the risk of…
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  • Gimme that New Time Religion!

    Iron Knee
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    © Ruben Bolling You have to have faith in the holy trinity of CEO, board of directors, and shareholders. Our CEO who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy customers come, thy will be done, in the sales room, as it is in the board room. Give us this day our daily tax break, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who buy on credit, and lead us not into regulation, but deliver us from government. For thine is the corporation, and the power, and the money, for ever and ever. Amen. Related posts: Gimme that Old Time Religion Religion is Big Business The Religion of the Left
  • Legalize Vice!

    Iron Knee
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Once upon a time we tried to make drinking alcohol illegal. We all know how that turned out. And finally (after WAY too long) states are starting to make recreational use of marijuana legal, with promising results. Likewise, we finally eliminated laws against gay sex, and the world didn’t end. In fact, we took the next step and started giving civil rights to gays, including the right to get married. It seems like attempts to legislate morality, in particular by creating “victimless crimes” is not only doomed to failure, it is pretty stupid. This is one area where I…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    “Yesterday was the big World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. And if you caught only the last couple of minutes of the game, don’t worry – you saw the whole thing.” – Jimmy Fallon “Well, it was an amazing weekend in sports. LeBron went back to being a Cavalier, Carmelo went back to being a Knicks, and soccer went back to being a thing you drive your kids to.” – Seth Meyers “The World Cup is finally over. In other words, bars are about to start showing sports that make sense again.” – Jimmy Fallon “During yesterday’s World…
  • Fracking and Earthquakes

    Iron Knee
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    States that are using the recently popular technique of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) are seeing a dramatic increase in earthquake activity. How dramatic? From 1978 to 2008, Oklahoma was struck with an average of two quakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater. In the time period, June 2009 to June 19, 2014, there were 207 such quakes recorded in the state, the USGS said. The increase began five years ago when 20 quakes of 3.0 magnitude or higher occurred, followed by 43 the next year and increasing every year except for 2012. This corresponds with the beginning of fracking in the state. Oklahoma…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Yesterday Rick Perry told President Obama to go to the US-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand because Americans expect to see their president when there is a disaster. Which is why today Obama showed up in Miami.” – Jimmy Fallon “According to a new study, the largest producer of oil is now the United States. So you know what that means – any day now we’ll be invading ourselves.” – David Letterman “Argentina beat Holland in the World Cup semifinals yesterday and now Argentina will face Germany in the World Cup Finals. Argentina…
 
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  • Go Run! How to Close the Gender Gap in Politics by Encouraging Young Girls to Consider Careers in Public Service

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    With presidential candidacy announcements a year away and a highly anticipated 2016 presidential race, the desire to see a woman as the president of the United States is stronger than ever. This is evident as former supporters of Hillary R. Clinton have started the Ready for Clinton grassroots organization. Without a formal announcement from the former Senator and Secretary of State, they have developed a strong grassroots operation to strongly encourage Clinton to throw her hat into the ring. It is clear that the electorate is ready for women to be political leaders at the highest levels.
  • Obama Administration to Whales, Dolphins: You Go Deaf, We'll Get Oil

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Imagine this: Someone moves into your neighborhood and, every 10 seconds, fires off an airgun that's louder than a jet engine. And it goes on for weeks or months at a time. It's painful and debilitating, so loud that some of your neighbors go deaf, others die. If you're a whale, dolphin or sea turtle living off the Atlantic Coast, the Obama administration has just made that nightmare a reality. Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opened up offshore waters from Delaware to Florida to oil and gas exploration. I'm sure that's good news for the oil and gas industry (which…
  • Turkey's Top Cleric Calls Islamic State 'Caliphate' Illegitimate

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    (Reuters) - The declaration of a "caliphate" by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey's top cleric, the successor to the last caliph's most senior imam, said. Islamic State, an armed group formerly allied to al Qaeda that has captured swathes of territory across Iraq, last month declared its leader, Ibrahim al-Baghdadi, "caliph" - the historical title last held by the Turkish Ottoman sultan who ruled much of the Muslim world. "Such declarations have no legitimacy whatsoever," Mehmet Gormez, head of the Religious…
  • Judge Harry Edwards Issues Blistering Dissent Slamming 'Nonsense' Obamacare Decision

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    In a crippling blow to President Barack Obama's signature health care law on Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans purchased by consumers in 36 states operating federal insurance marketplaces. The 2-1 ruling by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit would affect almost 5 million Americans without employer-provided health plans who are receiving tax credits to pay their premiums for health coverage under a federal exchange. Writing the court's majority opinion, Judge Thomas Griffith, an…
  • Turkish Prime Minister Acknowledges Strains With Obama

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA, July 22 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged his relations with U.S. President Barack Obama have soured, saying he had been disappointed among other things by a lack of U.S. action over the war in neighboring Syria. Erdogan enjoys strong support in Turkey and is expected to become Turkey's first directly elected president in a vote on Aug. 10, but his leadership has left Turkey increasingly isolated on the global stage. Everything from his bombastic rhetoric on Israel to his crackdown on anti-government protests last summer has raised…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox News Chief Political Correspondent Fundraising For A GOP And Koch-Linked Group

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron will speak at a fundraiser benefiting a group run by former Republican Party officials and linked to controversial industrialists Charles and David Koch. Cameron is a speaker at The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy's (JBC) annual Libertas Dinner on July 23. The event will also feature former Gov. Steve Merrill (R-NH) and honor Joe McQuaid, publisher of the Union Leader and "GOP Kingmaker in New Hampshire." Sponsorship levels run from $100 to $10,000.   In an email to Media Matters,…
  • When A GOP Presidential Hopeful Earned $11 Million In Speaking Fees And D.C. Press Didn't Care

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    In the thirteen months directly prior to kicking off his Republican presidential campaign in February 2007, Rudy Giuliani earned more than $11 million dollars giving paid speeches. The former New York City Mayor, who was thrust into the national and international spotlight after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, typically charged between $100,000 and $300,000 for his speeches and spoke more than 120 times.   According to one speaking contract published at the time, Giuliani required clients pay for meals and lodging for himself and four travel companions. Giuliani required a…
  • Senator Bernie Sanders: Increased Climate Coverage "A Step In The Right Direction"

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    After calling for major network news outlets to air more reporting about climate change, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) praised the finding that Sunday morning news shows dramatically increased their coverage of the climate crisis. "This is a step in the right direction. Global warming is the most serious environmental crisis facing our planet," Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a written statement. A Media Matters analysis found that ABC's This Week, CBS' Face The Nation, NBC's Meet The Press and FOX Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday included 1 hour, 5 minutes of…
  • CNBC Contributor: Time Warner Board Justified In Fighting Hostile Takeover By Murdoch Family

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    CNBC panelist Jeffrey Sonnenfeld suggested that 21st Century Fox's effort to acquire Time Warner is driven by a nepotistic desire to provide Rupert Murdoch's "poor performing" sons with pieces of the family business and highlighted News Corp.'s phone hacking scandal as an example of the Murdoch family's questionable management record. Time Warner's board of directors took measures to prevent a hostile takeover by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox by "eliminating a provision in its bylaws that let shareholders call special meetings" -- a move…
  • Fox Relies On Contributor Who Once Likened ACA To Slavery For Reaction To ACA Decision

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Fox News turned to Dr. Ben Carson -- a contributor who's compared health reform to slavery -- to give the network's first commentary on a federal court ruling that invalidated a portion of the Affordable Care Act. On July 22, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to strike down federal subsidies for health insurance plans purchased through federal exchanges in the 36 states which did not establish their own marketplaces under the ACA.    Directly after the court's decision, Fox's America's Newsroom reported the breaking news and…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • A Modern Day Slave Plantation Exists, and It’s Thriving in the Heart of America

    Kirstin Kelley
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    by Laura Dimon, Policy Mic - USA - It was 1972. Thousands of American troops were battling communist forces in Vietnam. Nixon had won re-election by a landslide, but Watergate would soon usher in his demise. Space travel and technology were advancing rapidly. Change was brewing across America, but one place stood still, frozen in time: Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola. When Robert King arrived that year, he felt as though he’d stepped into the past. Read More »
  • Call to end FGM ‘in this generation’

    BBC News - Home
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Parents face prosecution in the UK if they fail to prevent daughters undergoing female genital mutilation or forced marriage, under new measures.
  • Jakarta governor wins Indonesian election

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Election commission declares Joko Widodo as next president but main rival Prabowo Subianto calls election 'unfair'.
  • IAEA worried about slow progress in Iran nuclear probe: sources

    Reuters: World News
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog is concerned about Iran's current lack of engagement with an investigation into its suspected atomic bomb research, ahead of a deadline next month for Tehran to step up cooperation, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
  • Syrian opposition coalition dissolves interim government

    Reuters: World News
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Western-backed National Coalition of Syrian opposition members said on Tuesday it had voted to force out its "interim government" and form a new one within a month.
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    Wonkette

  • Fourth Circuit Court Removes Judicial Dick From Obamacare’s Ear

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hey, remember how we told you just a little while ago about how the DC Circuit Court had done nonconsensual ear sexing to Obamacare? Well that story is still a True Thing, but today’s news cycle is determined to mess with our blood pressure, and so OF COURSE within a couple hours of that DC decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Virginia, ruled in a similar but separate case that, hey, NO WAY does the ACA restrict subsidies to the state exchanges — Congress’s intent, it decided, was very definitely for a national plan that didn’t penalize…
  • DC Appeals Court F*cks Obamacare, Right In The Ear

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Congratulations, wingnuts! One of those longshot legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act finally found a sympathetic venue! The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that, thanks to a technicality in the way the law is written, subsidies for insurance premiums cannot be paid to people who sign up through the federal exchange. It doesn’t quite kill Obamacare — it just throws it into chaos and sets up an inevitable Supreme Court case. Let’s take a look at this latest stinking pile of awfulness, shall we? At issue was some unclear phrasing in the text of the ACA —…
  • We May Not Have Donald Sterling to Kick Around Anymore

    Dan Weber
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    The legal proceedings surrounding racist jowl monster and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling just took another weird turn. Apparently, Sterling thought that if he just dissolved the trust that owned the Clippers, then he wouldn’t have to sell the team, because poof, now no one owns the team! The trust’s CFO told him otherwise, but Sterling was having none of it. Ensign Deadspin, set lawsplaining engines to warp factor six! When Donald Sterling dissolved the Sterling Family Trust, the entity that ran the Clippers, he was trying to prevent the sale of the team to Steve…
  • Someone Reminded Idaho Tribe Who Ted Nugent Is, So They Cancelled His Concert

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    In our “couldn’t happen to a nicer guy” file, we learn that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe cancelled a scheduled Ted Nugent concert shortly after being asked for a comment on the apparent irony of a Native American tribe hosting a guy known mostly for his paleolithic racist schtick. As best we can tell, the concert was booked by someone at the tribe who thought, “Oh yeah, ’70s rocker guy, sure,” but wasn’t particularly aware of what he’s been up to in the current millennium. And those haterz at the Southern Poverty Law Center were the monsters who…
  • Jon Stewart Finds Lighter Side Of Malaysian Airliner Shootdown (Video)

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Here’s Jon Stewart, giving us both of the plausible scenarios in last week’s downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17: maybe it was shot down by poorly-trained pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, using surface-to-air missiles provided by Russia. Or there’s the other possibility, floated by those Russian separatists: the plane was loaded with corpses and then made to crash, and the government of the Netherlands is merely pretending that a lot of its citizens were killed to make the separatists in Ukraine look bad, because you know how those Dutch are. And just to sum up what a…
 
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    Hot Air

  • White House: It’s business as usual on subsidies after Halbig

    Ed Morrissey
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    For now. Another example of executive-branch lawlessness, or simply business as usual while an issue proceeds through the appeals process? The White House reacted to today’s Halbig decision by reassuring enrollees through the federal exchange that HHS would continue to pay their subsidies. But for how long? The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care […] Read this post »
  • July Crisis: Ukraine alleges a Russian military officer pulled the trigger on MH17

    Noah Rothman
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Disturbing developments. 100 years ago this month, a series of accidents and miscalculations set Europe on the path to war. History repeats. The “July Crisis” which preceded the commencement of World War I was a diplomatic calamity springing from the assassination of the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The present July Crisis is also a diplomatic […] Read this post »
  • NYT: Hobby Lobby part of “this summer of a violent God”

    Ed Morrissey
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Raising the bar for facepalms everywhere. Just when we thought we’d heard the limit of hysteria over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, the Paper of Record reminds us that hysteria has no bounds … at least, no editorial bounds. The New York Times knew enough to carry Timothy Egan’s screed against religion on a Saturday, where fewer readers would notice it, but the […] Read this post »
  • Pelosi confronted over whether Obama is ‘angry enough’

    Noah Rothman
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Familiar. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was confronted on Tuesday by MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mike Barnicle who confessed to her his crisis of confidence in President Barack Obama. “I understand your position within the party. I understand your reluctance to back-seat drive anyone,” Barnicle began. “But there is, as you know, a lot of […] Read this post »
  • D.C. Circuit guts ObamaCare: Consumers in federal exchange are ineligible for subsidies

    Allahpundit
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Endgame. You already know the background here, I hope. If not, read this post and/or this post to catch up. The ObamaCare statute says that federal subsidies to help people pay for their new O-Care health insurance are available to anyone who buys their plan from “an Exchange established by the State.” Thirty-six states declined to […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Navigating Insurance Information: Tricks Of The Trade

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

    Randy
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    TIP! Keep your investment expectations reasonable. There is no such thing as overnight success with the stock market if you follow sound trading techniques which focus on long-term success. There are many important actions to take to ensure your success in stock market investing – researching companies, following trends, being patient, and many others. Your main goal should obviously be to profit, and profiting means learning the ins and outs of the marketplace. Your journey to smart investing and the stock market starts right here. TIP! If you are the owner of any common stocks,…
  • Top Tips And Advice For Any Home Improvement Project

    Randy
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    TIP! Be sure to keep your residential phone line and business phone line separate. A business that wants to be known as professional and established always has a message specific to it, not to mention you are taking a risk of a child or someone else in the home answering the phone in a less than professional manner. Many people think it is hard to start and run a business from their home. You have to understand that work from home business is not as difficult of a subject as you may think it is. These tips can help you understand and incorporate the skills necessary in running a online…
  • Things To Remember When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    TIP! A smart real estate agent will keep good contact with clients long after the sale, sending holiday cards and noting the anniversary of the home’s sale. When they hear from you, they will remember how much you helped them out. Purchasing properties can be scary, particularly if you have never done so before. On the other hand though, it has the potential to be a great investment in both your personal and financial life. Keep reading for some tips that should prove invaluable to novices and experienced buyers alike. TIP! If you’re trying to buy commercial real estate that costs…
  • The Right Policy At The Right Time

    Randy
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    TIP! Bundle your insurance policies to save money. A typical discount at most insurance companies is a reduction in premiums if you have both your home and auto policies at the same company. Insurance is a safety net for the times when the unexpected happens. There are numerous forms of insurance policies available. Insurance can cover things ranging from your home, your car, your life, or even novelty things such as pets or collectible items. Insurance is good for those unexpected things that come up. The following paragraphs will help you understand how insurance can help protect you from…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

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

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Also, major props to Grantland writer Andrew Sharp for giffing up this article about the Washington Wizards‘ newest player. Don’t read this unless you want to get real excited about the Wizards – his timeline of this weekend’s events will make any fairweather fan tune in. “Paul Pierce is going to the Wizards. Paul Pierce [...]The post ICYMI: The Washington Wizards Locked In a Great Player This Weekend. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Don Young Not Afraid of Anything

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Hannah Hess at Roll Call reported some badass news last night: Republican Rep. Don Young, the self-described “alpha wolf” of Alaska politics, allegedly barged through the police line established to prevent members of Congress and staff from entering the Capitol following the spill. According to multiple sources, Young told an officer trying to stop him [...]The post Don Young Not Afraid of Anything appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Birthday: Neil Chatterjee

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Happy birthday to the Justin Timberlake-loving, Kentucky basketball trash-talking, and Shane Battier super fan: Neil Chatterjee.The post Famous Birthday: Neil Chatterjee appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Become the Best Intern Ever

    fdc
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Hey Interns, Stop scrolling through your Twitter feed. Put your smartphone down. Your hair looks fine, step back from the mirror. Want to be better? Then there’s something much more important for you to check out.  Roll Call published the Best Intern Ever e-book, a collection of the best of Rebecca Gale’s Hill Navigator columns [...]The post Become the Best Intern Ever appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "Unimaginably Catastrophic": As Gaza's Displaced Top 100,000, Israel Reportedly Shells U.N. School

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees says the number of people seeking refuge at its sites in Gaza has soared to more than 100,000. According to unconfirmed reports, one of the shelters, a girls’ school in central Gaza, was hit Monday by an Israeli shell. We speak to Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). "The situation for refugees on the ground in Gaza right now is unimaginably catastrophic," Gunness says.
  • Israeli Writer Gideon Levy: If Netanyahu Wants to Stop the Rockets, He Needs to Accept a Just Peace

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Joining us from Tel Aviv, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy argues that Middle East peace will never come until the Israeli government drops its rejection of basic Palestinian rights. "Sure Israel wants peace, Israel just doesn’t want a just peace," Levy says. "It is all about justice. You look backward and you ask yourself in which stage, in which moment, was Israel willing to give up the occupation? Give me one example in which there was a genuine readiness to put an end to the occupation. It was never there. It was all about gaining time and maintaining the status quo…
  • How the West Chose War in Gaza: Crisis Tied to Israeli-U.S. Effort to Isolate Hamas & Keep the Siege

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    While many trace the Israeli assault on Gaza to the series of events that began with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of three teenage Israelis in the occupied West Bank, we look at how the crisis’ immediate cause has been all but ignored. In a recent article for The New York Times, "How the West Chose War in Gaza," Nathan Thrall, senior analyst at International Crisis Group, argues the roots of the current violence lie in Israeli, U.S. and European efforts to undermine the Palestinian unity government, which Hamas joined earlier this year. Isolated by its opposition to…
  • What Does Hamas Really Want? Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy on Ending the Crippling Blockade of Gaza

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    As the Israeli assault on Gaza enters its third week, a new push is underway for an internationally brokered ceasefire. Speaking earlier today, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said there is "no real hope" of an immediate halt to the fighting because Hamas’ conditions are too far from those of Israel, the United States and Egypt. Hamas’ demands have centered on an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the release of its prisoners. The seven-year siege has crippled the economy, civilian infrastructure and water supplies. In Gaza, unemployment tops 40 percent, and…
  • "A Place of Indescribable Loss": As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and Homes

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    The Israeli assault on Gaza has entered its third week as the Palestinian death toll has topped 600, mostly civilians. More than 100 of the dead are children. More than 3,700 Palestinians have been injured. Israel says it has lost 27 soldiers since the ground invasion began. Earlier today, Israel confirmed the remains of one of its soldiers presumed to have been killed in Gaza had still not been found or identified. This comes two days after Hamas said it had captured the soldier. So far today, Israel has struck more than 70 sites inside Gaza, including five mosques and a football stadium. On…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • F.A.A. Halts Flights From U.S. To Israel For 24 Hours

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights from the U.S. to Israel for 24 hours in response to a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. All three United States carriers with service to Israel – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways – said they had temporarily suspended their flights. The move highlighted the impact of the…
  • Sex Offender Registry Insanity

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Writing at Reason’s Hit & Run blog, Lenore Skenazy passes along the story of a man caught up in a particular bizarre application of the laws requiring people register as sex offenders: Josh became a sex offender at age 12. That’s when he touched his sister’s vagina, twice. His sister told their mom, Josh said it was true (he was too embarrassed at the time to mention that he himself had been raped as a young boy by three local high school kids), and their mom called a counseling service for advice. The counsellor said Josh’s mother was required to…
  • Iran’s Nuclear Program And The Incentives Created By U.S. Policy

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    There’s been some criticism on the right to comments that George Will made Sunday on Fox News Sunday regarding Iran, its nuclear weapons program, and what we can realistically expect to be able to do with regard to that program, and for the life of me I cannot see where the critics are coming from, or how they are able to ignore what seem to me to be some very basic truths about the world. First, here’s the transcript of what Will said that raised the controversy: WALLACE: All right. We got a little bit of time left and I want to talk about one of the…
  • Rick Perry Sending National Guard To The Border For Reasons Even He Isn’t Sure Of

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    After about two weeks in which he made a show of calling on President Obama to send the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border despite the fact that President Obama is not the Commander in Chief of the Texas National Guard, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced yesterday that he was sending 1,000 members of the National Guard to the border in response to the border crisis: Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to send up to 1,000 of his state’s National Guard troops to the Mexican border within 30 days, saying that the Obama administration has not kept Texas secure. Perry (R)…
  • Rep. David Jolly Becomes Latest Republican To Support Same-Sex Marriage

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    David Jolly, who won a Special Election in March to replace long time Congressman Bill Young in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has become the latest Republican to come out in support of same-sex marriage: Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is “fully appropriate” for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and “traditional” ones, even though he, as a Christian, believes in the the latter. When asked by The Washington Post whether he supports gay marriage, in light of a…
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • Two Hours After A Court Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies, Another Appeals Court Upholds Them

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    CREDIT: AP A little after 10am Tuesday morning, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered much of the Affordable Care Act defunded. Just two hours later, another federal appeals court, the Fourth Circuit, issued a unanimous opinion upholding the same subsidies that were struck down in the DC Circuit’s order. As we explained this morning, both cases hinge upon a glorified typo in the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare gives states the option to run a health insurance exchange selling coverage to their residents, or they may elect…
  • Italy Slaps Google With Tougher Privacy Regulations

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo Italian regulators have slapped Google with stricter regulations that should change how the company stores and collects user data, a move that closes out a year-long European investigation into Google’s privacy practices, Reuters reported. The new regulations mean Google will need consent before tracking people’s data and using it for advertising. Google must also delete users’ data every two months. The Internet giant has until September to submit a plan detailing how it will comply with the new rules within the next 18 months. If it fails to meet the new…
  • If Obamacare Opponents Win Their Latest Lawsuit, Here’s Who Loses

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak On Tuesday, two conservative judges essentially decided to defund Obamacare, ruling that the 36 states with federally-run insurance marketplaces can’t extend tax credits to help their residents purchase health care because of a technicality in the way the law is worded. Although it’s not the final word on the matter, the Halbig v. Burwell decision does represent a setback to the health reform law. Now, the case will likely head to the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and could eventually make its way up to the…
  • Qatari Government Announces Labor Reforms For World Cup Construction

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, listens during a press conference with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 2013. CREDIT: AP Images Following international scrutiny of what is predicted to be the deadliest sporting event in history, Qatar announced on Sunday it would improve conditions for its surplus of migrant workers building the $200 billion stadiums and other infrastructure projects necessary to host the 2022 World Cup. In March, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) predicted that as many as…
  • Can Any Amount Of Money Bring Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    The University of Connecticut students who will receive nearly $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit over how the school responded to their sexual assault complaints CREDIT: AP Photo/Jessica Hill Over the past week, two high profile sexual misconduct cases have resulted in large settlements for victims. National headlines have focused on the large monetary amounts of the payouts, which will compensate the women who say their consent and their dignity was violated. But whether Americans should feel satisfied that justice was served is a more complicated question. On Monday, Johns Hopkins…
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    Slate Articles

  • The Terrorist Logic in Support of Israel

    Jamelle Bouie
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    If there’s a single thing that separates legitimate warfare from simple terrorism, it’s the effort to distinguish civilians from soldiers, and combatants from noncombatants. That’s not to say that noncombatants don’t die in “legitimate” wars, or that states don’t accept civilian deaths as a matter of course. At the same time, it matters that those actions aren’t war aims—that states are trying to distinguish between combatants and noncombatants.
  • When Are Americans Happiest With Their Appearance?

    Chris Wade
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    A Gallup poll showed an unlikely segment of the population was most likely to agree with the statement, "You always feel good about your physical appearance.”
  • We’re Looking for Fall Interns

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Slate has extended its deadline for fall internship applications to Monday, July 28. Read on for information about each internship.
  • The Victorian Orphan Diet

    Frank Lesser
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    The carbohydrate-free “Paleo Diet” is all the rage, mostly because if you cut out all carbs you will be all rage. But if you don’t want to follow a diet that might be based on inaccurate assumptions about historical eating habits, don’t despair. Here are some diets that are definitely based on inaccurate assumptions about historical eating habits.
  • A Quick Reminder That Technology Can Be Wonderful

    Jon Kelvey
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Museum-lover Henry Evans has been fortunate. Over the past year, he has been able to take one-on-one guided tours of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, among others. Such museum hopping is not necessarily unusual, of course, but what makes Evans’ experience unique is that he was able to stroll through the collections of these institutions while lying supine in his Los Altos Hills home in California.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 22, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Former US Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts joins President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House to be honored as the 9th living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Department of Defense News photo by EJ Hersom)
  • Rand Paul Flubs the Facts on the Minimum Wage

    Tim Murphy
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the minimum wage, like Trix, is for kids. Speaking in San Francisco over the weekend, the likely 2016 presidential candidate took issue with the president and first lady over an interview they gave to Parade, in which the Obamas suggested their daughters should work minimum wage jobs because "that's what most folks go through every single day." It was a fairly innocuous comment. But Paul argued it sent the wrong message. Per Politico: Speaking at a downtown conference for libertarian and conservative technology types, the Kentucky Republican and prospective 2016…
  • Watch: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's Emotional Speech on Child Migrants

    Brett Brownell
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them? Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees? Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island See MoJo's full coverage of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced a plan for his state to temporarily shelter up to 1,000 unaccompanied children who have recently fled to the United…
  • Fighting in Gaza Bad for Mankind, Great for Right-Wing Website

    Tim Murphy
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Israel's ground offensive into Gaza, which began last Thursday after a week of air strikes, has come with a heavy price: 20 Israelis and 445 Palestinians have now died since the conflict flared up two weeks ago. But at least one group is happy about the news—WorldNetDaily, the far-right website, which reports, in a story titled "Hamas Rockets Boon to Israel Tour," that the ground offensive has been good for business: WASHINGTON – During the week Hamas fired thousands of rockets on Israel, interest in WND's Israel tour with Joseph Farah and Jonathan Cahn spiked, with 68 signups in…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 21, 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Two US Marines alongside two Japan Ground self-defense soldiers practice techniques at Kin Blue beach in Japan. (US Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • NC Pastor Commits Suicide As Deputies Try To Arrest Him On Child Sex Charges

    David
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    A North Carolina pastor shot himself to death over the weekend as deputies were trying to arrest him on child sex charges. According to WCOC-TV, Michael Mullis, the former pastor of Near Calvary Baptist Church in Concord, knew that he was being investigated for indecent liberties with a child before Rowan County deputies showed up on Saturday to serve warrants on him. The sheriff's office said that when deputies arrived to arrest him, he went to the bathroom to put on his shoes, and shot himself with a pistol. “I’m sure he knew because our investigators had talked to him about this…
  • Breaking: Two Wingnut Judges Order Obamacare Defunded (Updated)

    Susie Madrak
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Update: (by Karoli) The 4th Circuit ruled unanimously today in the opposite direction, saying that Congressional intent was clear with regard to federal exchanges. While these cases are under review, nothing will change. The fact is, this issue could have been resolved with a simple technical correction to strengthen the language around federal exchanges in states without their own, but our crazy Congress will not consent to something that they do routinely when the inmates are not in charge of the asylum. The 4th Circuit decision was plain and clear: Congress intended for those covered under…
  • Nurse Sues For Religious Discrimination After Telling Interviewer She Won't Do Part Of Her Job

    Susie Madrak
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Back in the days when I used to spend a lot of time in bars listening to drunken arguments, I came to the conclusion that Americans believe they have an inherent legal right to do whatever the hell they want. This latest round of legal insanity only reinforces my belief. The scary thing is, do we know for sure she won't win? Via Salon: A nurse in Florida does not want to prescribe people birth control, but wanted to work at a family health center where prescribing people birth control is a job requirement. After not getting the job on the grounds of refusing to do the job, the woman is now…
  • Tony Dungy Is No Branch Rickey

    John Amato
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Tony Dungy is one of the most respected people in the world of sports and is looked upon as a mentor for many young athletes, but his comments yesterday about Michael Sam have tarnished his reputation forever. I mentioned him in my Rush Limbaugh article yesterday, but I wanted to focus in on his words today. I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will…
  • How The FBI Targeted Muslims And Turned Them Into Terrorists

    karoli
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Human Rights Watch has released a scathing report on the FBI's conduct with regard to how it investigates possible terrorism suspects and in some cases, creates them. The Guardian reports: "In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges. Out of the 494 cases related to terrorism the US has tried since 9/11, the plurality of convictions – 18% overall – are not for thwarted plots but for "material support" charges, a broad category expanded further by the…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for July 22, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Park like no one’s watching. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 22, 2014
  • Popular Music Scholarship I: Metal is Protest Music?

    Jim Booth
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Is metal music really the musical outgrowth of sixties’ protest? The latest book I’ve just completed from my 2014 reading list is an anthology of scholarly essays edited by Ian Peddie called: The  Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest. It’s … Continue reading →
  • Fact checking Lee Camp, and still to good effect

    Frank Balsinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lee Camp, one of the most scathing and brilliant commentators of the day, has a new macro up on Facebook. It makes a compelling case. Sadly, even one of our own occasionally needs a touch of fact-checking. On the one hand, … Continue reading →
  • Why Tiger Woods will never win another major

    Sam Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Woods is instinctively a predator, on the course and off, and it’s not clear that a kinder, gentler Tiger has the mental edge needed to win. It’s Thanksgiving Day, 2009. Tiger Woods is happily married, he’s everybody’s favorite golfer, and he … Continue reading →
  • American conservatives: some of the most important history you’ve probably missed

    Frank Balsinger
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Racism or abortion? You decide. For the sake of history and truth, this might be the most important thing you read in quite a while. The Real Origins of the Religious Right @ Politico Short version: evangelical “community organizers” (recognize that … Continue reading →
 
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Book Club: A Guide To Living

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    The stroke of genius in Sarah Bakewell’s book about Montaigne is that she framed his biography as a guide to life. You could justify this as a way to appeal to a distracted 21st Century audience otherwise highly unlikely to read about a sixteenth century French essayist, but she makes that entirely unnecessary. What she shows is why Nietzsche had such a fondness for the diminutive and inquisitive skeptic: everything he wrote was really about his own life, and how best to live it, and he does it all with such brio and detail and humanity that you cannot help but be encouraged to follow…
  • The View From Your Window Contest: Winner #214

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sherlock Holmes writes: I’m gonna go with … America. Another gets more specific: Outskirts or small old town enveloped by Pittsburgh. Another questions our motives: Okay, you know you set me up. Sports Authority and Home Depot in the same center … should be easy, right? After screening out obvious “not possible” states: Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, etc, I concentrated on all the others and did a Google Street view of each Sports Authority (they have fewer stores) and could not find one single match. I’m betting that was a red herring because you would never make…
  • Putin Creates His Own Reality

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    ICYMI, the @FT‘s photo of remnants of MH17 cockpit, peppered w shrapnel & blown apart by SAM http://t.co/BzVvDq9ndq pic.twitter.com/PN2rr50mDs — Sam Jones (@samgadjones) July 21, 2014 The Russian leader continues to deny any wrongdoing: Putin’s government also held a news conference [yesterday], in which it denied that Russia had supplied the separatists with a BUK missile system “or any other weapons,” and suggested that the Ukrainian government is the prime suspect in the crash. Air Force Lieutenant General Igor Makushev said that Russian radar detected the presence of…
  • Why Russia Wants A Cease-Fire

    Patrick Appel
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    It’s a tactical move Russia has used before: Putin supports a cease-fire, as he has all along, because that leaves the Russian-sponsored forces in control of Ukrainian territory, a status quo that suits Russian interests. This is precisely why the Ukrainian authorities originally ended the cease-fire, and why they have continued operations even after the downing of the aircraft. They suspect that the longer the territory remains in Russian hands, the more likely it is that it will never be returned. To see why a cease-fire works to Russia’s advantage, the Ukrainian leadership need…
  • For Israel, There’s No Such Thing As An Innocent Gazan

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hamas uses civilians as human shields. http://t.co/TJwhsHWwgE— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 11, 2014 Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini scrutinize the logic by which Israel treats virtually any building in Gaza as a legitimate target and any civilian killed as a “human shield”: All civilians in Gaza are being held hostage by Hamas, which is considered a war crime and a gross violation of international law governing armed conflict. This, then, provides legal and moral justification against the accusation that Israel is the one killing civilians. Presumed human rights violations…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health-Law Subsidies

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on whether consumers can receive subsidies for health coverage purchased on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, clouding implementation of a major component of the Obama administration's signature health care law.
  • VA Nominee Robert McDonald to Appear Before Congress

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    President Obama's nominee to turn around the scandal plagued Department of Veterans Affairs will face a key congressional panel Tuesday.
  • Why Putin Is Willing to Take Risks in Ukraine

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Capital Journal: To understand what Putin is really up to in Ukraine, it's necessary to look at the tale of two countries, writes Gerald F. Seib.
  • Hedge Funds Saved Billions in Tax: Senate

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Hedge funds used a tax avoidance technique offered by Wall Street banks for years to skirt federal leverage trading limits, with one well-known trading firm potentially saving $6.8 billion in U.S. taxes, Senate investigators claim.
  • GOP Pushes Border Defense; Perry to Send Guard

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Republicans grappling with the surge of Central American migrants entering the U.S. this year have lined up behind a common goal: ratcheting up security along the Southern border.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Do Blacks Need Favors?

    Walter E. Williams
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that…
  • Guilt By Insinuation

    Paul Craig Roberts
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Why hasn’t Washington joined Russian President Putin in calling for an objective, non-politicized international investigation by experts of the case of the Malaysian jetliner? The Russian government continues to release facts, including satellite photos showing the presence of Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missiles in locations from which the airliner could have been brought down by the missile system and documentation that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet rapidly approached the Malaysian airliner prior to its downing. The head of the Operations Directorate of Russian military headquarters said…
  • Gang of Thieves

    John W. Whitehead
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees or fines—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft. We’re operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves stealing from the rich to feed the poor, you’ve got the government and its merry band of corporate thieves stealing from the poor to fatten the wallets of the rich. In this way, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. All the while, the American Dream of peace, prosperity, and liberty…
  • Awkward Questions for US-Ukraine

    No Author
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Ukraine hasn’t said how it immediately knew rebels downed Malaysian plane, notes the Russian Foreign Ministry, as it unveils 10 awkward questions for Ukraine (and perhaps the US ‘snap judgment’) to answer about the MH17 disaster. However, what is perhaps more concerning for the hordes of finger-pointers is that: RUSSIA HAS IMAGES OF UKRAINE DEPLOYING BUK ROCKETS IN EAST: IFX RUSSIA: UKRAINE MOVED BUK NEAR REBELS IN DONETSK JULY 17: IFX RUSSIA DETECTED UKRAINIAN FIGHTER JET PICK UP SPEED TOWARD MH17 Obviously, if there is proof that this is so, aside from CIA-created YouTube…
  • The Extortion Parade

    Paul Huebl
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    New York, NY—Selling cigarettes on the street cost a man his life. Think about it for a moment.  Trying to make a meager living in a miserable economy by selling a legal product deserves death now in New York. That’s precisely what happened to an obviously overweight (350 lbs.) and unhealthy man last week.  A squad of cops investigating this tax transgression approached Eric Garner. Garner actually begged the cops to leave him alone.   Soon Garner began to shun the cops and resist being handcuffed and the cops piled on him.  All too quickly, Garner was dead. Was it the long banned…
 
 
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  • Personal Declaration of Independence

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

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

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

    Stephanie
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    I've had a number of family members ask me why I haven't posted anything on my blog for several weeks now.  I don't know, or maybe I do know, but am not sure how to put it into words.  I'm feeling extra private right now.  I've always struggled with how much to share publicly, and how much to keep off the internet.  You see, the constant over-sharing I see on facebook makes me cringe, so I regularly re-evaluate what I'm doing here, and if I should even be doing anything here.Life is exciting right now for our family.  So many of my little baby birds are flapping their…
  • Your puzzle is not their puzzle

    Stephanie
    28 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    Isn't it beautiful this time of year?  The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the grass is greener (as green as mine is ever going to be for the rest of the year.  I should take a picture so I can remember it's beauty because, come late August it's going to look like it's on deaths door).  It's that time of year again when people start spending more time outside of their houses, in their yards and on their porches.  It's that time of year when the kids want to play outside until 9 pm because darkness hasn't fallen yet and once you do get them…
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    Mother Jones

  • A 70-Year-Old Reflects On the So-Called "American Century"

    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. * Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to "create the first great American Century." Luce died in 1967 at age 69. Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s childhood, ceased to exist as a weekly in 1972 and as a monthly in 2000; Time, which launched his career as a media mogul, is still wobbling on, a shadow of its former self. No one today could claim that this is Time's…
  • The Strange Relationship Between Global Warming Denial and…Speaking English

    Chris Mooney
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Here in the United States, we fret a lot about global warming denial. Not only is it a dangerous delusion, it's an incredibly prevalent one. Depending on your survey instrument of choice, we regularly learn that substantial minorities of Americans deny, or are skeptical of, the science of climate change. The global picture, however, is quite different. For instance, recently the UK-based market research firm Ipsos MORI released its "Global Trends 2014" report, which included a number of survey questions on the environment asked across 20 countries. (h/t Leo Hickman). And when it came to…
  • Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government

    Dana Liebelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely from the Middle East, Asia, and South America, who are supporting "OpSaveGaza," an Anonymous-backed campaign targeting Israeli government websites that has succeeded in temporarily taking down the sites of the Israeli defense ministry and the Tel Aviv police department. This…
  • California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

    —By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story was originally published on ProPublica. California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there. The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that…
  • Car Loans Could Be the Next Subprime Crisis. Thanks, Republicans!

    Erika Eichelberger
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Would you buy a subprime-loan crisis from this man? A new New York Times investigation reveals that used car dealers are doling out giant loans to millions of poor Americans with bad credit. Many of these dealers are using the same negligent lending tactics that subprime mortgage lenders used before the 2008 financial crisis, including ignoring or fabricating information about borrowers' income, employment, and ability to repay. Even though this new subprime market is a fraction of the size of the mortgage market, the used-car loan bubble poses substantial risks to banks still recovering from…
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    The Raw Story

  • TN Republican admits he can’t prove his anti-Muslim smears against Democratic rival

    David Ferguson
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    A Tennessee Republican county commissioner is reportedly waging a misinformation campaign against his Muslim-American Democratic challenger. The Tullahoma News reported Monday that Coffee County Commission candidate Zak Mohyuddin accused his rival — incumbent Commissioner Mark Kelly — of spreading “vile, offensive” falsehoods about him based on his Islamic faith. In a fund-raising letter dated July 16, Kelly wrote to voters, “My opponent has expressed his beliefs publicly that the United States is not a Christian nation; that the American flag should be removed…
  • Texas border sheriffs slam Perry’s ‘political’ plan to deploy 1,000 troops as a waste of money

    David Edwards
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced this week that he would send 1,000 troops to the Mexico border to help with the refugee crisis, but sheriffs in border counties are already dismissing the plan as a “political” stunt. At a press conference on Monday, Perry said that he was activating 1,000 National Guard troops because he would “not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good of a country.” Border sheriffs, who were apparently not consulted about Perry’s plan, said that…
  • Ohio limits probe of charter school where teacher allowed boys to grope female classmates

    Travis Gettys
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Ohio won’t investigate all of the charter schools operated in the state by a company accused of hiring unqualified teachers, cheating on standardized tests, and allowing boys to grope female classmates. The Ohio Department of Education will limit its investigation of Horizon Science Academies to the Dayton area, where the alleged wrongdoing was reported. The state Board of Education declined to open investigations into all 17 Horizon schools in Ohio, which are operated by Concept Schools, although the company’s other schools could be probed if specific complaints were filed. Four former…
  • Feds: Newark police repeatedly violated civil rights by targeting black people

    Reuters
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – Federal investigators found police repeatedly violated civil rights in New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, and recommended an independent monitor to oversee changes, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday. The city has agreed to accept the findings of the DOJ probe, which has been under way since 2011 and suggested ways to stop the “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. Specifically, the report said, police violated rights…
  • Delta and U.S. Airways halt flights to Israel due to Gaza conflict

    Reuters
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    (Reuters) – U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines and US Airways, a unit of American Airlines Group, on Tuesday said they have halted flights to Israel to ensure passenger safety. Delta said in a statement that it has suspended operations “until further notice” to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. The Atlanta-based carrier said it was doing so in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration “to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.” Esther Castiel, who heads US…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Tories face calls to hand back £160k given by Russian for tennis match

    Robert Booth
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Wife of deputy finance minister under Putin in 2000, won auction at fundraising event to play with Cameron and JohnsonThe Conservative party is facing calls to hand back £160,000 given to its general election fighting fund by the wife of a former minister in Vladamir Putin's government after she won an auction at a fundraising event.Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of Vladamir Chernukhin, deputy finance minister under Putin in 2000, won the auction last month to play tennis with David Cameron and Boris Johnson but both Labour and Conservative politicians have questioned if the PM should…
  • EU report finds no evidence to support sweeping immigration reforms

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Whitehall review into freedom of movement lands blow to Eurosceptics aiming to make radical changes to migration rulesA government review looking into freedom of movement across the EU has not recommended any sweeping reforms to immigration rules in a report likely to disappoint Conservative Eurosceptics.The Whitehall report found the effects of free movement on the labour market are largely viewed as positive, although it acknowledged there is less consensus about the benefits of low-skilled migration than high-skilled migration. Continue reading...
  • Ex-ministers get knighthoods while Ken Clarke is made Companion of Honour

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Alan Duncan, Hugh Robertson and Oliver Heald become 'sirs' while Clarke gets even more prestigious honourDavid Cameron has given knighthoods to three junior ministers who departed in last week's reshuffle, while making veteran frontbencher Ken Clarke a prestigious Companion of Honour.The prime minister handed honours to Alan Duncan, a former development minister, Hugh Robertson, who left the Foreign Office, and Oliver Heald, who was sacked as solicitor general. Continue reading...
  • Commonwealth countries must support gay rights, urges Speaker John Bercow

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    MP suggested that the Games had been overshadowed by poor LBGT rights record, despite being a fantastic sporting occasionJohn Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has called for an end to the "shameful" criminalisation of homosexuality in four out of five Commonwealth countries ahead of the Games due to start in Glasgow this week.The senior MP said it was not right that there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality. Continue reading...
  • Nicky Morgan's statement on Birmingham 'Trojan horse' inquiry: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Nicky Morgan's statement on the 'Trojan horse' report - Summary Afternoon summary 4.32pm BST Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, has said that teachers involved in allowing extremism in Birmingham schools will face misconduct hearings after a report found a "disturbing" effort by Islamic hardliners to gain control of some schools in the city. David Cameron has said the government will legally oblige doctors, social workers and teachers to report female genital mutilation (FGM) if they see it.While this report identifies some important areas for improvement, its limited remit…
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    Plum Line

  • What today’s Obamacare ruling reveals about the GOP

    Paul Waldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Today in a two-to-one decision a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered Republicans perhaps their biggest victory yet in their ongoing legal battle to destroy the Affordable Care Act. This case is far from over — it will probably be appealed to the full appeals court (where today’s decision […]
  • Morning Plum: The GOP’s transparent border crisis game

    Greg Sargent
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    There are two big piece of news today on the border crisis. The first is that Rick Perry is calling in the National Guard. The second is that Senate Dems are preparing to move forward with a measure to give Obama the $3.7 billion in funding he’s requested for the crisis — and Senate Republicans […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    * Creative policy thinker Rick Perry has come up with a way to address the problem of those Central American kids coming to the border: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have […]
  • Republicans sit out a major cultural transformation

    Greg Sargent
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today, President Obama signed an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating in hiring based on sexual discrimination. As Jonathan Capehart notes,  the order “will apply to the 24,000 companies designated as federal contractors whose 28 million workers make up a fifth of the country’s workforce.” As such, argues Christopher Ingraham, the measure is “both […]
  • Why the ‘rich Hillary Clinton’ storyline is so dumb

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today the Republican party unveiled a new web site titled Poor Hillary Clinton, making the devastating point that Hillary Clinton has lots of money and should therefore not be elected president. If that’s what the geniuses at the RNC think is going to win the 2016 election for them, it may be time to start […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

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

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

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

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

    19 May 2014 | 11:02 am
    I can't say I didn't see this coming. The answer to the eternal question, "what would happen if we gave a Tea Party, and nobody came?" has been answered. You would think these people would have seen this coming, too, but it's coming as a shock to many of them.Why is it a shock to them? The modern GOP's become like those rulers you hear about in history, in myth and legend, who become surrounded by flatterers, self-interested manipulators who maneuver things in such a way as to cut off their prey from other people's input. Democrats aren't perfect. Nobody is. But right now, Democrats can take…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Super Pacs May Be Needed To Rein In Putin

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

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

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

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

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Today's WaPo editorial relates that Montgomery County, Md is considering a bill that would change their CFR. This stems from a growing concern that labor unions and developers have exercised undue influence in local elections.A bill was proposed by then Council member Phil Andrews that would target the way elections are funded for County Executive and County Council. Individual contributions would be limited to $150. Any candidate that signed up for public matching funds would agree to reject contributions from special interest groups. Example given is that where a candidate collects $150k…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Introducing Proximity: Simple and beautiful tools to grow your movement

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    Engage is proud to announce a partnership with The Data Trust, bringing together a leading provider of digital technology solutions for the right with the premier right-of-center voter file and data management company. The Data Trust’s rich data on more than 260 million Americans will be integrated into Engage’s industry-leading technology products, including Social Targeting and the forthcoming software-as-a-service (SaaS) political marketing platform Proximity. Proximity is a powerful data collection and automated marketing platform that helps campaigns and organizations reduce the…
  • Nikki Mandell Joins Engage

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Greetings from the newest member of the Engage team! Two weeks ago I came to the city as just another face in the monstrous herd that is DC summer interns. Luckily, I soon joined a place that couldn’t have been more welcoming or encouraging. Or knowledgeable. As a double major in Journalism and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I’ve had a long love affair with writing and politics. Digital, however, would be more comparable to a summer fling that stuck. Last summer I worked at a startup where our aim was to create a working prototype and marketing plan…
  • Big News

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We have some exciting news to share with you.  Today we’re announcing a new Engage leadership team, with Nick Schaper serving as president and CEO, and Erik Rapprich assuming the role of COO and managing partner.  Together, they will be managing day-to-day operations and leading the firm into the future.  Founder Patrick Ruffini will step into the role of chairman, working closely with our team and our clients as he prepares to launch yet another innovative startup. This exciting transition is more evidence of the continued growth and diversification of Engage and its partners. While…
  • One Thousand Points (and Pixels) of Light

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    How do you recognize someone like former President George H. W. Bush as he celebrates his 90th birthday this week? Anyone who knew me back in grade school could tell you how big of an admirer I was of President Bush. One of the things he is best remembered for is his points of light pledge from his inaugural address. President Bush called upon Americans to dedicate themselves to each other through service–the thousand points of light across our nation. For almost a quarter century, Points of Light has been working to implement and advance President Bush’s vision. Points of Light…
  • Ensuring Transparency and Control in Digital Video Advertising

    6 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    Over the weekend, the New York Times published a piece that caught our attention and should should certain spark further discussion within the online video ad industry. Titled “The Great Unwatched,” the piece took on the issue of video ad viewability, with 57 percent of video ads in one study deemed “unviewable.” In too many cases, the middlemen in the space aren’t transparent about the nature of the buys or where ads are actually running: It was mid-December, and Blue Chip was in the middle of a campaign — for a client that doesn’t want to be named — selling what the agency…
 
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • Rating Change: Illinois' 10th District

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Former Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., nearly survived Democrats' redistricting efforts and a presidential election year, but he lost re-election in the 10th District in 2012. Dold is running again this year against the man who beat him, Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider.
  • Ron Barber Airs First TV Ad (Video)

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Arizona Rep. Ron Barber is up with his first TV ad for one of the most competitive races in the country.
  • 'Simple' Doesn't Equal 'Easy' in N.H. Senate Race

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Having written about House and Senate races for the past 30 years, I've seen plenty of press releases, polling memos and campaign strategy emails. But rarely have I received anything as silly as a July 9 press release from New Hampshire Republican Senate hopeful Scott P. Brown's campaign, which presented the challenger's alleged "Path To Victory."
  • Rating Change: New York's 18th District

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Republican Nan Hayworth isn't the only former member of Congress looking to come back to the Hill. But she spent much of the cycle looking like such a long shot that she didn't get the same attention as former Reps. Bob Dold of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, or even Doug Ose of California.
  • Rating Change: Nebraska's 2nd District

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., has a history of making races closer than they need to be -- and 2014 appears to be no different.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Finding Out What’s In It: Obamacare Explodes–UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The long-awaited Halbig decision from the D. C. Court of Appeals has finally come down, and for Barack Obama and supporters of Obamacare, it’s ugly indeed.  Why?  Because the judges actually decided it on the law and it’s merits.  As the execrable Nancy Pelosi said, now that we’ve passed it, we’re finding out what’s in it.  This is what happens when legislators pass massive bills without reading a word.  At least some judges actually think words matter.   Via The Washington Post: This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much…
  • Lessons In Smart Diplomacy, #4572: Israel v. John Kerry

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Credit: truckerphoto.com At the indispensable Powerline, Paul Mirengoff addresses the hapless, buffoonish Secretary of State, John Kerry in an article titled: “Israel Seen Ready To Tune John Kerry Out.”  In his recent “hot mic” moment, John Kerry responded to news of civilian deaths in Gaza with these words: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. Hell of a pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight. The truth is that Kerry’s desire to “get over” to the Middle East has nothing to do with any lack of precision in Israel’s military…
  • Barack Obama: He’s Just Too Darned Rational And Honest

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On September 24, 2012, I posted “Saving the Republic; Why Barack Obama Must Be Defeated: Reason 35It was subtitled “Delusions of Grandeur.” It’s an article I’ve reprised several times over the years, but now, as Russian backed-“separatists” shoot civilian airliners out of the sky and bodies rain down on Ukranian villages, as Iran once again pulls the wool over John Kerry’s eyes (OK, I admit that’s no real trick), As Mr. Obama offers praise for the terrorists of Hamas and nothing but scorn for Israel, as Mr. Obama fundraises rather than deal with deadly foreign provocations,…
  • I’m A Little Distracted These Days…

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Photo Credit: chichsavvyreviews.net Gentle readers, please forgive me. I’m not keeping up with my usual posting tempo because I’m putting the finishing touches on a book, whipping out an average of 3-4 chapters a day. I plan to be done with the rough draft by the end of the month. Thanks for your forbearance, and when I have something to say about that endeavor–it must, alas, remain under wraps for the time being–you’ll be the first to know! In the meantime, I’ll do my best to come up with some interesting things as often as I can.Filed under: Culture
  • Holder DOJ To The Rescue In Nebraska

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    credit: eurweb.com It seems that even though Vice President Biden thinks hope and change something of a failure, the fruits of this way of thinking–and the danger–is far from extinct. Via Hot Air: The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade. ‘The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP, the Norfolk mayor and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows.’ The…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Robert Samuelson is exactly right as he bemoans the politicization of the civil service.Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups.Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    We knew this: "Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis." They either didn't care or wanted the crisis to come. THe health and safety of the children were secondary.Ah, true diversity. It means something special at the University of Wisconsin.That framework includes eight essential “working definitions,” among them the already-discussed diversity, as well as others: “compositional diversity,” “critical mass,” “inclusion,” “equity mindedness,” “deficit-mindedness,” “representational equity,” and “excellence.” Let us take a closer look at one of these…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    This seems to be a time of perverse incentives leading to unintended consequences. Time after time, we've witnessed a policy choice by this administration that seems to be based more on wishful thinking than on a clear-eyed vision of what the results would be. And when the policy choices contain incentives for people to act a certain way, the administration has ignored that people will indeed respond to incentives even if that leads them to take actions that weren't the intent of the initial policy. We're seeing that now with the crisis on the border. President Obama's motives for announcing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Thomas Edsall finds some intriguing differences between young and old Democrats in recent Pew poll and a Reason Foundation survey of millennials.John Podhoretz lays out the real differences between Gaza and Israel.It was nine years ago that Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. It was seven years ago that Hamas took control of Gaza following an election in which the terrorist group routed the Palestinian Authority (which controls the West Bank).The area has been entirely under Palestinian dominion.Since 2005, Israel’s overall econ­omy has grown almost 60 percent larger, with an annual…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Mona Charen fights back against the accusations of heartlessness being leveled at Republicans over the crisis on the border.E. J. Dionne, like the president, thinks Republicans are cruel, but as he acknowledged, unless you are prepared to permit unlimited immigration, you must make “agonizing choices about whom to let in and whom to turn away.” Yes, the circumstances from which these unaccompanied children fled are terrible. But so are the home situations for many of the 4.5 million people worldwide currently waiting, legally, for visas to enter the United States. And while Central…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    The “religion of peace” is at it again, this time posting warnings in Chicago that they intend to start attacking Jews in the Windy City. The Times of Israel reported on Monday that the threatening fliers were left on cars in Pulaski Park neighborhood on Chicago’s near northwest side. Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer […]
  • Obama Cancels Obamacare in the US Territories and Protectorates

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Obamacare is the best thing for everybody. Right? I mean, isn’t that what Democrats keep saying? So, why did Obama just take Obamacare away from all our protectorates and territories? Well, the answer to that is because Obamacare doesn’t work, that’s why. When Obama first strongarmed his law through Congress in the dead of night […]
  • VIDEO: Actor Paul Rodriguez Shocks CNN by Saying We Need to Deport Illegals

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez appeared on CNN and shocked those on the panel with his patriotic, American ideals and said that the USA has no reason whatsoever to keep all these hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who are streaming across our border for Obama’s free handouts and his promise of amnesty. He directly […]
  • OPEN THREAD: Netroots Nametags Ask for ‘Preferred Gender Pronoun’

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Because I forgot to post an Open Thread, here it is. But first… The nitwits at Nutroots nation added a special little section to the nametags where attendees can inform others about what their “preferred gender pronoun” is. These people are WAY over the bend. Talk about a first world problem! While most of the […]
  • Muslims in Philly Try to Carry Out Sharia Sentence to Chop Man’s Hand Off

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    This is what happens when you allow Muslims to think they can impose their own laws on members of their community. In Philadelphia a local Muslim leader tried to carry out Sharia law and chop off a man’s hand after he was accused of stealing money from the Mosque. As Reuters reports, ” Two men […]
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    Hullabaloo

  • Rick "Neidermeyer" Perry's latest lunacy

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Rick "Neidermeyer" Perry's latest lunacyby digbyThose hipster glasses aren't working:Now that he’s off drugs and wearing some sharp Warby-Parkers, Perry is making another run at the presidency. And as the Texas Governor (for what seems like the last century) he’s milking the refugee crisis at the border by remembering the Alamo and standing his ground against the hordes of “illegal” children and nursing mothers who are invading his state. He said yesterday that he “will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in…
  • One more time: The Republicans have no incentive to moderate

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    One more time: The Republicans have no incentive to moderateby digbySo theconservative majority on the D.C. Circuit Court panel seized the opportunity to strike down about half the Obamacare subsidies. Of course they did:A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states.The ruling, if upheld, could potentially be more damaging to the law than last month’s Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The three-judge panel of…
  • Making a contrast with a recalcitrant House, by @DavidOAtkins

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Making a contrast with a recalcitrant Houseby David AtkinsIt's basic Congressional politics in America: if your opponent is insane and wants deeply unpopular things, put out a message bill and back them into a corner with a view toward embarrassing them in the next election. The Democratic Senate hasn't been doing a very good job of that with the GOP Senate minority or the GOP House.But the President also has the power of executive orders to make the contrast, and President Obama is increasingly using that power. And it just so happens the Senate made the right call, too:President Barack…
  • "Why elect Democrats if they act this lily-livered when doing the right thing carries any political risk?"

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    "Why elect Democrats if they act this lily-livered when doing the right thing carries any political risk?"by digbyThere are a lot of horrors in the world every day --- and especially today. Watching the footage of the carnage of the Malaysian air crash is just awful. The scenes from Gaza are sickening, particularly the hundreds of kids who've been injured or killed. I'm angry and sad and feel impotent in the face of it all. But you don't have to go around the world to see such displays of disgusting cruelty. Right here in the United States we are witnessing a reprehensible example of callous…
  • 21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Job killerby digbyHere's your statistic 'o the day:State-by-state hiring data released Friday by the Labor Department reveal that in the 13 states that boosted minimum wages at the beginning of this year, the number of jobs grew an average of 0.85 percent from January to June. The average in the other 37 states was 0.61 percent, the Associated Press reports.Huh. An here I thought a raise in the minimum wage would ruin everything. Isn't that something?.
 
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    Eschaton

  • I'll Stop Right There

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Chuck Schumer, calling for "top two" primaries:WASHINGTON — POLARIZATION and partisanship are a plague on American politics.Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s. Um, good? What a horrible thing it is for members of a political party to roughly unite around a shared policy agenda and provide a reasonably good signal to voters about what they're actually voting for! People should just be randomly assigned into parties, maybe with a sorting hat!
  • So Inviting

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Not sure how Wal-Mart can build new stores when the casinos keep stealing their architects.
  • Columns Which Shouldn't Have To Be Written

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our dear Villagers often have a problem with certain concepts. A major one is that they think "RICH GUY THINKS WE SHOULD DO MORE FOR POOR PEOPLE" is HYPOCRISY somehow, because no dictionaries in newsrooms. So, uh, spoiler coming...Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAlso not hypocrisy, press secretaries (whatever their flaws), who sometimes insist on anonymity with journalists, pointing out that privileging anonymous sources might not be the best way to go about doing Teh Journalism.
  • The Worst Person In The World

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Charles Ramsey.
  • Final Edition

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    of West Coast Keys, from me, at least.
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    Firedoglake

  • D.C. Circuit Reaches Absurd Conclusion Against Obamacare Subsidies

    Jon Walker
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a 2-1 partial decision have reached jaw dropping, absurd conclusion that would potentially take away the Affordable Care Act’s insurance subsidies from people in over half the country. The case is Halbig v. Burwell and it is based on a very contrived reading the law that completely ignores context and the entire Congressional record. Basically a group of employers are suing claiming the insurance tax credits can’t be provided to people in states where the exchanges are run by the federal government because that provision says tax…
  • Rick Perry Sends Texas National Guard Troops To Border

    DSWright
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Texas Governor Rick Perry, now sporting glasses perhaps to overcome questions concerning low intelligence, announced he will be sending 1000 Texas National Guard soldiers to help secure Texas’ border with Mexico as part of “Operation Strong Safety.” The move comes after 50,000 children arrived at the border from Central American countries seeking asylum from the terrible situations in their home countries. When announcing the deployment of the National Guard Perry said “I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central…
  • Sen. Shumer Calls for the National Adoption of Top-Two Primaries

    Jon Walker
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Schumer says the top-two system would “prevent a hard-right or hard-left candidate from gaining office with the support of just a sliver of the voters” One of the highest ranking members in the United States Senate is calling for a big change in the way we run our elections. In a New York Times Op-ed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blamed partisan primaries for much of the polarization and gridlock in Washington right now. So he is calling for a national movement to replace it with a top two primary system. From the Op-ed: We need a national movement to adopt the “top-two” primary…
  • UN Says Iran Completed Process Of Eliminating Enriched Uranium

    DSWright
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Only a few short months ago the permanent war crowd were calling for air strikes on Iran, today the UN nuclear agency says that Iran has made all of the enriched uranium that could be used to make nuclear weapons into more harmless forms. That’s right, feel free to exhale and relax from the resolution of yet another apocalyptic scenario that was arguably never real in the first place. Of course, given that much of the saber rattling by the reactionaries in America and Israel for bombing Iran was more about distracting the public from Israel’s unwillingness to participate in a…
  • The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    It’s the start of a brand new week, folks! International Politics Overall - Lawyer Michael Ratner discusses with The Real News about the poor decisions of Sweden in the case of Julian Assange - Pro-Russian separatists agree to give the black boxes from the downed MH17 flight to the Malaysian government - Vice President Joe Biden stated he once told Russian President Vladimir Putin he does not have a soul Middle East - Since the beginning of the Israeli operation in Gaza, over 500 Palestinians have died - With 25 IDF soldiers killed so far and more than 100,000 Palestinians…
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    TalkLeft

  • Israel Says Fate of One Soldier in Ambush is "Unclear"

    Jeralyn
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Update: since writing the post below, the Israeli Defense Forces have posted on Twitter that they are trying to "identify" (not locate) the 7th soldier. Nor do they describe him as "missing." A vehicle carrying 7 soldiers was attacked July 20. We... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Azamat Tazhayakov Convicted of Obstruction of Justice and Conspiracy in Boston

    Jeralyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Azamat Tazhayakov has been found guilty of Obstruction of Justice and Conspiracy as to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack, but not his laptop. Juror Daniel Antonino told reporters the jury believed the laptop had been taken "because it was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS: No Shortage of New Recruits

    Jeralyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    ISIS has released these photos of its new recruits being trained somewhere in Ninawah. Apparently, there is no shortage of volunteers. (None of these photos have gruesome images or depict killings or injuries.) Note the boys dressed in white. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Report on Human Rights Abuses in U.S. Terror Cases

    Jeralyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School has released a new report, Illusion of Justice, Human Rights Abuses in U.S. Terrorism cases. The 212 page report examines 27 terror cases from start to finish. [S]ince the September 11, 2001... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Feds Indict Fedex on Drug Conspiracy Charges

    Jeralyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    The U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco has indicted Fedex on drug conspiracy charges. Here is the Indictment. The charges relate to its shipping of prescription drugs on behalf of internet pharmacies. The Indictment claims Fedex has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The New Republic - The Plank

  • Putin Can Still Invade Ukraine Whenever He Pleases

    Josh Kovensky
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Yesterday, Vladimir Putin announced that he was asking Russia’s upper house of parliament to revoke the government’s right to send troops into Ukraine—a right parliament had granted him on March 1. In a letter to Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, Putin declared that the decision was taken “in the aims of normalizing the circumstances and settling the situation in the Eastern regions of Ukraine.” Russian lawmakers approved the request today in a landslide vote of 153-to-1. Russian stock markets rallied at the news. The move has been lauded as a step towards…
  • Even Justice Scalia Recognizes Climate Change Is a Huge Problem

    Simon Lazarus
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After Monday morning’s Supreme Court decision reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 batch of Clean Air Act regulations clamping down on carbon emissions, you would have concluded that the agency, and President Obama’s global warming agenda, suffered a grievous defeat—if you read only the press releases issued by the battalions of industry groups, red-state politicians, conservative academics, and advocates who had asked the Court to strike the regulations down. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for example, whose brief to the Court fumed that EPA’s initiative was “the…
  • What Rush Limbaugh Got Wrong About My Scott Walker Cover Story

    Alec MacGillis
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:26 am
    The cover story of the current issue of the New Republic, on Scott Walker and the racial and political divisions of metropolitan Milwaukee, has touched quite a nerve. In the week since it appeared, the piece has been called a “smear” by conservative blogger Ann Althouse, a “commissioned hit job” by the neoconservative author Ron Radosh, and, combining the two labels, a “smear” and a “huge hit job” by Rush Limbaugh. Walker himself has commented on the piece in response to questions from Wisconsin reporters, saying, without going into specifics, that the piece is “filled with…
  • You're Not Going to Believe Who's Claiming Obama Destroyed the Middle East

    Isaac Chotiner
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    America's second-favorite Iran-Contra schemer, Elliott Abrams, has a bizarre new article in Politico Magazine. Brazenly titled "The Man Who Broke the Middle East," Abrams's piece is a rant about President Barack Obama. If it appears odd that someone would claim that Obama, who came to office in 2009, "broke" the world's most infamously broken region, well, it is. The article is almost criminally confusing and ill-argued, which means that it must count, for Abrams, as recidivism.Abrams, who was deputy national security adviser during the George W. Bush administration, begins by showing his…
  • Scott Walker's Conservative Bubble Shielded Him. Now It Might Sink Him.

    Alec MacGillis
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    There was a big political development in Wisconsin Thursday, with the release of court documents that include an allegation by state prosecutors that Gov. Scott Walker, a 2016 presidential prospect, was part of a “criminal scheme” to skirt state laws in coordinating with outside conservative groups to stave off the 2011-2012 recall effort prompted by his successful push to undo public employee collective bargaining. The allegation was contained in files ordered unsealed by a judge in the so-called “John Doe II” case into whether Walker’s political team and outside conservative…
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    The Fix

  • Almost no one is voting in the 2014 elections. Not even in some of the hottest races.

    Philip Bump
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Of the 123 million people eligible to vote in the country's primaries so far, only 18 million have bothered to do so -- 14.6 percent, according to analysis from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate reported by the Associated Press. That's not all registered voters, mind you, but every American who could vote. But didn't. […]
  • Chris Christie went to Connecticut Monday. And the Newtown families were waiting for him.

    Abby Ohlheiser
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Nearly 200 people, led by Newtown families, descended on a Connecticut fundraiser Monday night to protest New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's veto this month of a gun control bill passed by his state's legislature. Christie called the New Jersey bill a "trivial approach" to combating gun violence. That turn of phrase did not go over very well […]
  • Obama loves raising money in Hollywood. But he didn’t invent it.

    Jaime Fuller
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Judging from the ratings, one of the political stories Americans have been most riveted by in the past few years is Kerry Washington's ongoing affair with the president. This, of course, didn't happen in real life. Washington stars on "Scandal," the popular D.C.-based TV drama that 10.5 million people tuned in to watch during its third season […]
  • Joe Biden’s nephew is a DJ in the Hamptons. Really.

    Jaime Fuller
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    The New York Times Sunday Styles section, the leading preservationist of 20-something hipster ephemera for interested 40-somethings, offered a snapshot of one of their favorite cultural archetypes this weekend -- the Hamptons DJ. (He lives in an artsy loft, but you already knew that.) However,  to earn attention in the New York Times Sunday Styles section, you need […]
  • Marco Rubio made the single best argument against Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects today

    Chris Cillizza
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called Hillary Clinton old today. Ok, he didn't say exactly that. In an interview with NPR's "Morning Edition", Rubio said that Clinton is  "a 20th century candidate" who "does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now." The point Rubio is […]
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  • PA's Bus Terminal: A modest Proposal

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    The NY NJ Port Authority acknowledges that its midtown bus terminal is already operating at full capacity, (most would say above full capacity) "yet  by 2040, peak-hour passenger traffic is expected to increase by 35-51% and peak-hour bus traffic is expected to increase by 25-39%." There are several problems. There is congestion in the Lincoln Tunnel, along the elevated access ramps to the terminal and within the terminal particularly during rush hour traffic. Buses that bring passengers into the terminal during the morning rush hour return to lots in NJ during the day and then struggle…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Late roundup coming at ya from on the road back from Detroit and Netroots Nation 2014. Sweeney calls out Christie administration Sandy recovery monitoring reports "Almost a whitewash." Atlantic City AC Mayor Don Guardian attends White House signing ceremony for ENDA. Mulshine introduces us to a guy who says don't bother to Do AC. In fact, Un-Do AC. Atlantic City deathwatch - in one map. Jerseynomics Does Obamacare spell the end of community health centers in NJ? Lawsuit claims HPAE union hired law firm of president's boyfriend. Christie Christie "town hall" choice today manages to be…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, July 21, 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    Jackson: Menendez's defense fund rises along with his prominence As he battles investigations into claims that he favored one wealthy donor, dozens more have helped Bob Menendez in that legal fight, adding $308k to his defense fund, according to disclosure forms released last week. Obama administration announces seismic testing off Jersey coast Opposed by environmentalists, state lawmakers, and Democratic members of Congress. There's no such thing as an off-year election Deciminyan tells you why. Investigations of the Christie administration Wisniewski calls the work of the legislative SCI…
  • There's No Such Thing as an Off Year Election

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Most Americans focus on the quadrennial Presidential election, and even there, only on the top of the ballot. By doing so, they abdicate their responsibilities as citizens and then bitch and moan about government. Off-year elections and down-ballot positions are critically important - not just for the term of those being selected to serve, but also for years to come - especially in New Jersey where we elect our governor and legislature in odd-numbered years. Let's take a look at past and future elections to see how they have an impact well beyond the terms of the winners. 2013: This is the…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for July 19-20, 2014

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Sunday feature reading: 'Maya Angelou of Iraq' at home in NJ, Kevin Riordan's profile of writer Faleeha Hassan. Chris Christie's Chief Economist to Resign And the jokes write themselves. Christie's Real Job - RGA Money-Collector (or Quick! Quick! Look Presidential!) In Iowa - Christie kicks off the campaign before the campaign. Stile: Iowa has mixed feelings on Christie. Gun control advocates from both NJ and Connecticut will be protesting Christie when he campaigns in CT. 5 trends from Christie's 2014 campaign trail. Coming in August: Christie campaigning in Arkansas, right on the heels of…
 
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  • Let them all in? Laying a thought experiment on top of a thought experiment

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

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

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you'll bear with a brief personal medical narrative, I think it holds some lessons about overutlization and economic incentives in our healthcare system, though I'm not entirely sure what they are yet.I've been plagued with nasal allergies all my life, and almost twenty years ago I also developed nasal polyps. The worst of the allergy symptoms moderated at about the same time, except when the polyps flared up, which would happen when I had a cold. On three separate occasions, I took steps to have the polyps removed surgically, which entailed taking the steroid spray Nasonex for a few weeks…
  • Bypassing healthcare.gov, revisited

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Just a brief teaser here, as I work to finish a reported story about different approaches to improving the shopping experience at healthcare.gov and getting essential information to users.I have caught up again with HealthSherpa, which began life as one of the first ACA comparison shopping sites to spring up while Healthcare.gov was dysfunctional last fall, then went on to become a licensed broker and go live last February as one of the first third-party sites to start enrolling people in subsidized ACA plans. As I reported at the time (or rather, added some explanation to an initial report…
  • Whaddaya mean, you didn't know about the subsidy? --Improving healthcare.gov

    Andrew Sprung
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Once healthcare.gov stopped crashing, how successful was it in transmitting the most basic information to most users -- how much they'd be likely to pay in monthly premiums, and how much in out-of-pocket costs they'd be on the hook for?My sense from late December on was that the website's shop-around feature, enabling a user to get that basic information without registering or applying, worked reasonably well. I used it all the time to check premiums, deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket (OOP) costs for different ages, income levels and locations. You need to enter about eight pieces of…
 
 
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  • States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

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

    Soulskill
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    An anonymous reader writes: We've known for a while: the War on Drugs isn't working. Scientists, journalists, economists, and politicians have all argued against continuing the expensive and ineffective fight. Now, the World Health Organization has said flat out that nations should work to decriminalize the use of drugs. The recommendations came as part of a report released this month focusing on the prevention and treatment of HIV. "The WHO's unambiguous recommendation is clearly grounded in concerns for public health and human rights. Whilst the call is made in the context of the policy…
  • US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

    Unknown Lamer
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    dcblogs (1096431) writes On the floor of U.S. Senate Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scalding and sarcastic attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft, a chief supporter of the practice. Sessions' speech began as a rebuttal to a recent New York Times op-ed column by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, investor Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson ... But the senator's attack on "three of our greatest masters of the universe," and "super billionaires," was clearly primed by Microsoft's announcement, also on Thursday, that it…
  • Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

    Soulskill
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    SonicSpike sends this story from NY Magazine: Rand Paul appears to be making a full-court press for the affections of Silicon Valley, and there are some signs that his efforts are paying off. At last week's Sun Valley conference, Paul had one-on-one meetings with Thiel and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. ... Next weekend, Paul will get to make his case yet again as the keynote speaker at Reboot, a San Francisco conference put on by a group called Lincoln Labs, which self-defines as "techies and politicos who believe in promoting liberty with technology." He'll likely say a version of what he's…
  • Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

    Soulskill
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    angry tapir writes: The Australian Electoral Commission has been fighting a freedom of information request to reveal the source code of the software it uses to calculate votes in elections for Australia's upper house of parliament. Not only has the AEC refused an FOI request (PDF) for the source code, but it has also refused an order from the Senate directing that the source code be produced. Apparently releasing the code could "leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • 2000Trees Festival: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    2000Trees’ reputation as the ultimate mid-sized festival in the UK is growing with each passing year. Winner of the Best Grass Roots Festival in 2010 and 2013, 2000Trees took over Upcote Farm in Cheltenham for the eighth year running, with the best and most explosive line up since it’s inception in 2007. Remfry Dedman went down to the farm, to soak up the sights, sounds and smells…
  • The Xcerts: ‘Shaking in the Water’ video stream

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Xcerts, a 3-piece band from Aberdeen/Exeter, are finally gearing up to release material from their much anticipated third studio album due to be released later this year.
  • Fashion’s musical chairs commence anew, as Christophe Lemaire leaves Hermes

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Fashion isn’t a house of cards – where one ill-judged manoeuvre brings the whole thing tumbling down – but rather a game of Kerplunk!. Meaning, if you twiddle the wrong bit, it makes a lot of noise and you lose a few of your marbles, but the whole thing doesn’t crash to the ground. That’s what occurred to me when news broke today of Christophe Lemaire’s mutual parting of ways with the French luxury juggernaut Hermès.
  • Friday Book Design Blog: Series special – Amos Tutuola and Jane Austen

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Series redesigns are the bread and butter of the publishing world – the decent, honourable job of keeping a backlist visible and afloat. Link an author’s books together in their visual style and, you hope, you will fix their ‘brand’ in the reading public’s mind. Make them beautiful – ‘collectable’, that marvellously meaningless word – [...]
  • Modi and Jaitley have yet to make their mark

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    The current disillusionment with India’s new government is not surprising given the images built up in the past by prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley. Modi, a powerful regional politician, blasted his way to power in a presidential style campaign with the theme that he alone could save India from its declining [...]
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  • US Leaving Afghan Allies to Fight Taliban on Their Own

    Amanda Winkler
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    "Interpreters have become a very big target of the Taliban and Al Queda," says Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). "There's been a lot of beheadings of people that have worked with the West." For the past 13 years of war, the American military has relied on Afghan nationals to serve as interpreters. These are essential jobs but also very dangerous ones; they are labeled as traitors by the Taliban and live in constant fear for their lives. As more American bases close and troops are called home, interpreters are left to fend off the Taliban alone.  View this article.
  • New Gene Editing Technology Eliminates HIV

    Ronald Bailey
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    CRISPR gene editing technology is barely two years old and it is already shaking up biotechnology and medicine. Using CRISPR biotechnologists can precisely edit genomes down to a single set of base pairs. Researchers are currently exploring just how to use this powerful new technology to treat all sorts of illnesses including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis. Researchers reported in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences how they used CRISPR to entirely extirpate HIV virus from various types of infected human cells. The PNAS editors rate the research's…
  • Is the US Abandoning Afghan Interpreters to Certain Death?

    Amanda Winkler
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    "I was getting letters from Taliban, they were showing up at my house and everywhere. They were telling me that they were going to kill me or a member of my family, or kidnap my son," says Janis Shinwari, a former Afghan interpreter for the American military. The U.S. military relies heavily on locals in Afghanistan and Iraq to serve as interpreters. The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project estimates that 50,000 Iraqi and Afghan nationals served as U.S. military interpreters over the past decade-plus. Interpreters provide one of the most crucial roles in a military unit—without them, service…
  • Can Someone Please Tell the Cops that Photography is Not a Crime!

    Nick Gillespie
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Via Instapundit in his USA Today column: Under the Espionage Act, certain classified military facilities can't be photographed, but that's it. But if photographing buildings puts you at risk for being hassled, police often take it even more personally if you photograph them at work. As attorney Morgan Manning reported in Popular Mechanics, people who photograph police in the process of arresting — or beating, or shooting — suspected criminals often find themselves confronted by officers who demand that they hand over their cameras or delete the incriminating images. Again, the police…
  • Eighty Years Ago Today, John Dillinger Helped Create the FBI

    Ed Krayewski
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Gangster John Dillinger’s lifelong career of crime—he robbed at least 12 banks and four police departments and was accused of shooting and killing an East Chicago police officer while escaping one bank robbery—ended, with his life, eighty years ago today outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Agents from the Division of Investigation (DOI) of the Justice Department (DOJ), a predecessor to the FBI, surrounded the theater based on a tip from an informant and then shot and killed him when he resisted arrest outside. The FBI’s official history explains: [Special Agent in…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • 7 Foreign Policy Crises That Show Republicans Prefer Disaster to Solutions

    Robert Kuttner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File In this April 25, 2013, file photo former Vice President Dick Cheney participates in the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. In an interview Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, Cheney said Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following a 16-day partial-government shutdown. He said Republicans need to have "first-class" candidates and look to its strategy and a new generation. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. It's hard to recall a time when the world presented…
  • Are the Media Reporting the Gaza War Fairly?

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Are the media finally getting the Israeli-Palestinian story right? It's a difficult question to answer, particularly when it would be hard to agree on what "right" means. But it does look like we're seeing and hearing more about what's happening to Palestinian civilians than we have in previous flare-ups of this endless conflict. That's what Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues in a piece saying that Israel is losing the PR war in the American media: Earlier this month, the IDF's twitter feed had been full of images of besieged Israelis. But by this weekend Israel was so clearly losing the public…
  • Here's Why One Day You Will Probably Fall In Love With a Robot

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Vincent Desailly for SoftBank Aldebaran's NAO robots. The company describes its "companion" robot this way: "NAO is a 58-cm tall humanoid robot. He is small, cute and round. You can't help but love him! NAO is intended to be a friendly companion around the house. He moves, recognises you, hears you and even talks to you!" In the mid-1960s, a computer scientist named Joseph Weizenbaum wrote a program called ELIZA, which was meant to simulate a kind of psychotherapist that essentially repeats back everything the patient says. (The patient says, "I'm feeling depressed," and the therapist…
  • How Two Centrist Dems May Herald a Progressive Future for Georgia

    Bob Moser
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    On a Thursday evening in late April, more than 1,000 Georgia Democrats paid $250 a plate to gather in a vast, ugly Atlanta ballroom and toast their party’s unexpected resurrection at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Just two years earlier, the Democratic Party of Georgia was careening toward insolvency, leaderless and rudderless after losing its 130-year grip on power in the early 2000s. Even as the state’s nonwhite population had grown past 40 percent, thanks to an influx of Latinos and a remigration of African Americans from up North, conservative Republicans had seized control of…
  • Chris Christie Suddenly Suffers the Unbearable Specificity of Running for President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Chris Christie went to Iowa this week, bringing what reporters inevitably call his "trademark New Jersey style" to the heartland, where he could mix and mingle with the small number of Republican voters who have the power, a year and a half hence, to either elevate him or crush his White House dreams. And in the process he got an education in what running for president means. While we often describe candidates as having to "move to the right" in the primaries (or to the left for Democrats), what actually happens is often not a move to edge, but a descent from the general to the specific. And…
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    The American Prospect

  • 7 Foreign Policy Crises That Show Republicans Prefer Disaster to Solutions

    Robert Kuttner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File In this April 25, 2013, file photo former Vice President Dick Cheney participates in the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. In an interview Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, Cheney said Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following a 16-day partial-government shutdown. He said Republicans need to have "first-class" candidates and look to its strategy and a new generation. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. It's hard to recall a time when the world presented…
  • Are the Media Reporting the Gaza War Fairly?

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Are the media finally getting the Israeli-Palestinian story right? It's a difficult question to answer, particularly when it would be hard to agree on what "right" means. But it does look like we're seeing and hearing more about what's happening to Palestinian civilians than we have in previous flare-ups of this endless conflict. That's what Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues in a piece saying that Israel is losing the PR war in the American media: Earlier this month, the IDF's twitter feed had been full of images of besieged Israelis. But by this weekend Israel was so clearly losing the public…
  • Here's Why One Day You Will Probably Fall In Love With a Robot

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Vincent Desailly for SoftBank Aldebaran's NAO robots. The company describes its "companion" robot this way: "NAO is a 58-cm tall humanoid robot. He is small, cute and round. You can't help but love him! NAO is intended to be a friendly companion around the house. He moves, recognises you, hears you and even talks to you!" In the mid-1960s, a computer scientist named Joseph Weizenbaum wrote a program called ELIZA, which was meant to simulate a kind of psychotherapist that essentially repeats back everything the patient says. (The patient says, "I'm feeling depressed," and the therapist…
  • How Two Centrist Dems May Herald a Progressive Future for Georgia

    Bob Moser
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    On a Thursday evening in late April, more than 1,000 Georgia Democrats paid $250 a plate to gather in a vast, ugly Atlanta ballroom and toast their party’s unexpected resurrection at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Just two years earlier, the Democratic Party of Georgia was careening toward insolvency, leaderless and rudderless after losing its 130-year grip on power in the early 2000s. Even as the state’s nonwhite population had grown past 40 percent, thanks to an influx of Latinos and a remigration of African Americans from up North, conservative Republicans had seized control of…
  • Chris Christie Suddenly Suffers the Unbearable Specificity of Running for President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Chris Christie went to Iowa this week, bringing what reporters inevitably call his "trademark New Jersey style" to the heartland, where he could mix and mingle with the small number of Republican voters who have the power, a year and a half hence, to either elevate him or crush his White House dreams. And in the process he got an education in what running for president means. While we often describe candidates as having to "move to the right" in the primaries (or to the left for Democrats), what actually happens is often not a move to edge, but a descent from the general to the specific. And…
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    Wonkblog

  • Janet Yellen thinks social media is overvalued

    Matt O'Brien
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? Having friends online. (The Social Network/Columbia Pictures) Fed Chair Janet Yellen has a hot stock tip for you: stop throwing so much money at anything that calls itself a social network. Specifically, the Fed thinks the "valuation metrics" for "smaller firms in the social media" sector "appear substantially stretched." And it's not hard to see why. Yo, an app that only lets you send messages that say "yo," just received $1 million in funding. Cynk, a nonexistent social network for buying friends online, somehow—fraudulently—got a $6…
  • Science: We’re more likely to lie and cheat when we’re tired

    Christopher Ingraham
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    This cat is not in any position to make ethical choices. (Flickr user Takashi Hososhima, used under a Creative Commons license) Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered "yes," but new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation is dependent, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or "larks," are more likely to act dishonestly in the late evening hours. Night-owls, on the other hand, exhibit a tendency toward ethical lapses early in the morning. Most of us are…
  • Why you may be paying for someone else’s mortgage relief

    Dina ElBoghdady
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    They'll rent it back to you. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) In recent years, banks have agreed to spend billions of dollars to help struggling homeowners as part of settlements with the government related to the lenders' alleged misconduct during the housing crisis. If all works as planned, the relief should end up helping many people who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. But it may not work out as well for investors who purchased the mortgages that these homeowners took out. Who are the investors? They include unions, pension funds, 401K savings plans and mutual fund…
  • 4.7 million people could see higher premiums with the Halbig ruling on Obamacare

    Christopher Ingraham
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Jason Millman reports that the D.C. federal appellate court just ruled that the federal government isn't authorized to administer insurance subsidies in the 36 states that refused to set up their own health insurance exchanges. If those subsidies are ultimately banned -- which is uncertain, considering the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals released a conflicting ruling today upholding the subsidies -- millions of enrollees could see their premiums rise by as much as 76 percent. In total 4.7 million people - 58 percent of all Obamacare enrollees - could be affected.   And as a reminder,…
  • The potentially huge cost of today’s Obamacare decision

    Jason Millman
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Jason with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it straight from your inbox. Read previous columns here. A federal appeals court just dealt Obamacare its biggest legal defeat in more than four years. Potentially bigger than the Supreme Court's 2012 ruling that the Medicaid expansion isn't mandatory, and more…
 
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  • Fundraisers on, Kimmel show scrapped

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    President Obama is scrapping an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night television show because of concern over global events, the White House said Tuesday.White House press secretary Josh Earnest said administration officials were in talks to have...
  • Albright: Operation hurts Israel's 'moral authority'

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday suggested Israel is "overdoing" it in their military ground operations in Gaza. She said on CNN that it’s difficult to watch innocent Palestinians being killed, and yet, it’s hard to...
  • McCain: Putin 'getting away with murder'

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
     Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “literally getting away with murder.” Putin was behind the crash last Thursday of Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, McCain suggested, which left nearly 300...
  • All clear sign given at Capitol Visitors Center

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    U.S. Capitol Police on Monday found nothing harmful during an investigation that temporarily closed the Capitol Visitors Center.  The Visitors Center would be opening momentarily, Capitol Police announced at around 10 a.m....
  • White House moves on job training

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The White House is slated Tuesday to announce a number of job training reforms and President Obama plans to sign a bipartisan bill to improve federal job training programs.  Vice President Joe Biden will also release a report on job...
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  • Major new blow to health care law

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a potentially crippling blow to the new federal health care law, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the government may not provide subsidies to encourage people to buy health insurance on the new marketplaces run by the federal government.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a two-to-one decision, ruled that those subsidies are only available on “exchanges” run by state governments.  The two opinions in the ruling and the dissenting opinion are here. As of now, only fourteen states and Washington, D.C., operate those insurance…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of a death row inmate who is seeking additional information about the drugs that Arizona intends to use to execute him; the state has now indicated that it plans to ask the Supreme Court to step in.  Astrid Galvan and Jim Salter report for the Associated Press (via ABC News), while Kent Scheidegger discusses the case at Crime and Consequences.    Briefly: At The Volokh Conspiracy, William Baude discusses yesterday’s order directing Esteban Martinez to file a response to the state’s petition for rehearing in…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The petition of the day is: Kirby v. Marvel Characters, Inc. 13-1178 Issue: (1) Whether a court can constitutionally take copyrights to works originally owned and authored by an independent contractor and hand them to a private party by judicially re-designating them “works for hire;” (2) whether “employer” under the Copyright Act of 1909 can be judicially extended beyond conventional employment to independent contractors, when this contradicts its common law meaning, binding Supreme Court precedent and longstanding canons of statutory construction; and (3) whether “work for…
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Steven R. Shapiro (Part Two)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The ACLU’s history and mission, the difference between civil “liberties” and civil “rights,” and whether the success of marriage equality has been quick. In this six-part interview, Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 1993, discusses his background; the ACLU’s history and mission; what civil liberties and Supreme Court advocacy look like now; and what civil liberties challenges we face next. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Revised October calendar

    Amy Howe
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    The Court today issued a revised calendar for the oral argument sitting that begins on October 6.  (Lyle discussed the October sitting calendar in more detail in a post earlier this month.)  Two cases have switched places:  North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, which was originally scheduled for October 8, will now be argued on October 14, while Warger v. Shauers — originally scheduled for October 14 — will now be argued on October 8. In association with Bloomberg Law
 
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  • Appeals Court Rules Against ACA

    Betty Cracker
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Via TPM: A federal appeals court dealt a huge blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, banning the federal exchange from providing subsidies to residents of the 36 states it serves. A divided three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the text of the Affordable Care Act restricts the provision of premium tax credits to state-run exchanges. The two Republican appointees on the panel ruled against Obamacare while the one Democratic appointee ruled for the law. “We conclude that appellants have the better of the argument: a federal Exchange is not an “Exchange established by…
  • Open Thread: Dog Park Dynamics & Life’s Dramatic Interludes

    Betty Cracker
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Benoit Denizet-Lewis is writing a book about dog-crazy America and has an article up at Slate recounting his adventure at a dog park in New York City that he visited as research for the book. As you might expect, he met some strange people, some friendly people and a lot of nice dogs. Denizet-Lewis encounters much dog park drama — from the humans, of course. Reading about it made me recall PTA dynamics: the officious controlling types, the warring parents, the slackers who depend on everyone else to do all the work, etc. I am completely spared dog park drama these days, even though I…
  • Slow Descent Into Madness and Irrelevancy

    constitutional mistermix
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Rochester recently got a new Catholic bishop, and the crackdown has begun. Our last bishop, who didn’t focus his attention entirely on key issues like abortion-craving sluts and their whorish need for birth control, has retired. In his place, the new bishop has decided to run the place the way Jesus intended, and of course the first thing Jesus would want him to do is something that makes the women of his diocese feel shitty. For the better part of 40 years in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, clergy ceded the floor to laypeople for the delivery of the homily —…
  • Late Night Open Movie Thread

    Anne Laurie
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    (via NYMag) For Betty’s CrackerDaughter, and the computer geeks, and the LGBT historians, and everyone else who has reason to be grateful to Alan Turing (which means, of course, all of us, especially here on the internet). Anybody here know where I might find a copy of the BBC production of Breaking the Code? I’ll admit I find it easier to imagine Derek Jacobi as Turing than Cumberbatch, but from this trailer, I’m still looking forward to the final release. Share
  • Monday Evening Open Thread: “America’s Prisons Are Broken”

    Anne Laurie
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    . … with special appearances from adorable puppets, and clips from Sen. Al Franken, also venal Arizona pols and Florida Gov. Rick “Bat Boy” Scott! A small ray of hope, from NYMag: In a move to address the absurdly overcrowded American prison system, where about half of those locked up are in for drug crimes, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously today to apply its newly reduced sentencing recommendations retroactively. As a result, according to the Associated Press, as many as 46,000 inmates could be eligible for early release — with cuts averaging 25 months —…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Quote of the Day

    RON BEASLEY
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Here is the quote of the day from ~Kung Fu Monkey: There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. I have read and reread Lord of the Rings.  I stopped by my local bookstore years ago and they had Atlas Shrugged in the science fiction section and I was unable to get past the second chapter.
  • Reports Show More People Insured But No Increase In Patient Volume For Physicians Since January Under Affordable Care Act

    Ron Chusid
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Some favorable data on the Affordable Care Act which came out before today’s news of another Republican court victory in their ongoing efforts to deny people the benefits of Obamacare: The New England Journal of Medicine has reviewed the increase in coverage under the Affordable Care Act and concluded: Taking all existing coverage expansions together, we estimate that 20 million Americans have gained coverage as of May 1 under the ACA (Figure 3Figure 3Categories of Expanded Health Insurance Coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).). We do not know yet exactly how many of these…
  • Downing of Flight 17 – Continuing Updates

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This entry will be updated as events warrant. 22 July 2014. The New York Times: A piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was shot down in eastern Ukraine last week bears telltale marks of small pieces of high-velocity shrapnel that apparently crippled the jet in flight. Riddled with these perforations and buffeted by a blast wave as it flew high above the conflict zone, the plane then most likely sheared apart. Read more here ~.~ 21 July 2014 13:29 CDT. The BBC: Pro-Russian rebels have allowed bodies from the Malaysia Airlines plane crash to be taken to the city of…
  • Fox News: Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation ‘Endangers Religious Liberty’ (Updated)

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Read an Opinion by the New York Times Editorial Board following the post. On Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the existing Executive Order covering federal contractors. At the signing ceremony, the President said, “It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America, millions of our fellow…
  • Inversion or Perversion?

    ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Guest Voice Columnist
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    The house is on fire and the occupants are eating dinner and not paying attention. While our tax base is being whittled away by large American corporations, members of Congress are twiddling their thumbs and doing nothing. The willingness of Congress to allow these “inversions” to occur is another sign of the dysfunction in Washington and the “perversion” in the American political system. To escape higher corporate taxes in the U.S., American corporations are merging with foreign companies and incorporating in their countries, taking advantage of lower tax rates abroad. This results…
 
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Parental angst and the Invasion of Gaza

    Marti Teitelbaum
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I spent two hours on the phone arguing, threatening, pleading and on hold with United Airlines. The flight my 14-year-old was on has been delayed, and it may mean she doesn’t make it to her connecting flight in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. If she misses the flight to Fargo ND, she won’t be in time to be picked up by her summer camp counselors. I have visions of her wandering the complex and incomprehensible corridors of O’Hare like a 14-year-old Chinese-American female version of Tom Hanks in the movie “Terminal,” stuck in the airport without resources or any hope of…
  • Remote control contraceptives? Yup.

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Implantable contraceptives have been available for quite some time now. This variety of birth control gets implanted under the skin and remains in place, slowly releasing a hormone that prevents pregnancy.  The patient doesn’t have to worry about missing a dose of her oral birth control pill (BCP), or worry about running out of pills. However, this method does require a minor surgical procedure to implant the unit.  And, when the hormone contents of the unit’s reservoir are depleted, the unit needs to be surgically removed and replaced.  And that has to be done fairly frequently.
  • Monday morning mental health break: iDiots (video)

    Becca Morn
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Given the unrelenting barrage of bad news out of the Ukraine and Gaza and everywhere else, I thought we could all use a mental health break. Here’s ‘iDiots’, a stop-motion video by the visual effects studio, Big Lazy Robot. iDiots by Big Lazy Robot And here’s the video: Consider this post an open thread…
  • Russian rebels have kidnapped Malaysia Airlines dead, stacking them in train boxcars

    John Aravosis
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    ABC just reported that the Russian rebels in Ukraine have basically kidnapped, for lack of a better word, the bodies of 200 of the Malaysia Airlines passengers who were shot out of the sky by Russian surrogates a few days ago. Ukrainian rescue workers had managed to collect around 200 of the 298 bodies when Russian rebel forces turned their guns on the rescuers and literally stole the bodies. The Russian surrogates are now stacking the bodies of the passengers and crew, including 80 children, in train boxcars.  The NYT has a photo — for me, it immediately evoked the Holocaust. As I…
  • For Putin, there’s never been a better time to rebuild the empire

    Becca Morn
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A big part of the problem President Obama faces in responding to Russian President Putin’s increasingly violence in Ukraine and beyond is that the U.S. does not have a functioning federal government. To be sure, the majority of foreign policy remains in the hands of the Executive branch, but the old saw about “politics stopping at the water’s edge” is no longer operative. Today’s Republican party openly uses the language of secession, treason, and incitement to coup. In my opinion, much of Obama’s fecklessness is self-inflicted. But on the other hand, the…
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  • RFTC: FAA Seeks to Ban FPV Flying and Limit Model Aviation

    My_design (/politics/member/My_design)
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    From the Tube: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is abusing its rule-making power in an attempt to force through an outright ban on First-Person View (FPV) flying, as well as putting severe restrictions on other types of model aviation. It is time for traditional aeromodelers and the FPV community to come together and fight back against the massive bureaucratic overreach. Here is what you can do to help: To join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), follow this link: https://www.modelaircraft.org/joinren... To read about the AMA's response to this proposed rule, follow this link:…
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO)

    Ickster (/politics/member/Ickster)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    YouTube Description: America's prisons are broken. Just ask John Oliver and several puppets.Connect with Last Week Tonight online...Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonightFind Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would:http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonightFollow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news:http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonightVisit our official site for all that other stuff at once:http://www.hbo.com/lwt
  • Following that logic; You would prefer President Obama died?

    JiggaJonson (/politics/member/JiggaJonson)
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    LOGIC?!?! Me no do logical conclusions DURRRRRRR http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/martin-bashir-tancredo-obama-bin-laden_n_860474.html
  • Israel bombs and kills children on beach, NBC pulls reporter

    billpayer (/politics/member/billpayer)
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Israel cowardly bombs and kills 4 children playing innocently at the beach, infront of reporters. NBC, under pressure from pro-Israel pressure groups, pulls the reporter .
  • Collegehumor Breaks Down Net Neutrality

    MrFisk (/politics/member/MrFisk)
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Protect the net.
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    The American Prospect

  • 7 Foreign Policy Crises That Show Republicans Prefer Disaster to Solutions

    Robert Kuttner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File In this April 25, 2013, file photo former Vice President Dick Cheney participates in the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. In an interview Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, Cheney said Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following a 16-day partial-government shutdown. He said Republicans need to have "first-class" candidates and look to its strategy and a new generation. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. It's hard to recall a time when the world presented…
  • Are the Media Reporting the Gaza War Fairly?

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Are the media finally getting the Israeli-Palestinian story right? It's a difficult question to answer, particularly when it would be hard to agree on what "right" means. But it does look like we're seeing and hearing more about what's happening to Palestinian civilians than we have in previous flare-ups of this endless conflict. That's what Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues in a piece saying that Israel is losing the PR war in the American media: Earlier this month, the IDF's twitter feed had been full of images of besieged Israelis. But by this weekend Israel was so clearly losing the public…
  • Here's Why One Day You Will Probably Fall In Love With a Robot

    Paul Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Vincent Desailly for SoftBank Aldebaran's NAO robots. The company describes its "companion" robot this way: "NAO is a 58-cm tall humanoid robot. He is small, cute and round. You can't help but love him! NAO is intended to be a friendly companion around the house. He moves, recognises you, hears you and even talks to you!" In the mid-1960s, a computer scientist named Joseph Weizenbaum wrote a program called ELIZA, which was meant to simulate a kind of psychotherapist that essentially repeats back everything the patient says. (The patient says, "I'm feeling depressed," and the therapist…
  • How Two Centrist Dems May Herald a Progressive Future for Georgia

    Bob Moser
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    On a Thursday evening in late April, more than 1,000 Georgia Democrats paid $250 a plate to gather in a vast, ugly Atlanta ballroom and toast their party’s unexpected resurrection at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Just two years earlier, the Democratic Party of Georgia was careening toward insolvency, leaderless and rudderless after losing its 130-year grip on power in the early 2000s. Even as the state’s nonwhite population had grown past 40 percent, thanks to an influx of Latinos and a remigration of African Americans from up North, conservative Republicans had seized control of…
  • Chris Christie Suddenly Suffers the Unbearable Specificity of Running for President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Chris Christie went to Iowa this week, bringing what reporters inevitably call his "trademark New Jersey style" to the heartland, where he could mix and mingle with the small number of Republican voters who have the power, a year and a half hence, to either elevate him or crush his White House dreams. And in the process he got an education in what running for president means. While we often describe candidates as having to "move to the right" in the primaries (or to the left for Democrats), what actually happens is often not a move to edge, but a descent from the general to the specific. And…
 
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Yee Advances to General Election as Pérez Concedes

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Former speaker concedes to allow election to move forward by Brian Leubitz The trouble with elections decided by less that 500 votes is that you are basically within the margin of error. It isn't the same kind of error you get in a poll, but the point remains. There are just going to be mistakes somewhere along the line. That's the nature of the process. But John Pérez has decided that in the interest of moving the election forward to concede. While I strongly believe that completing this process would result in me advancing to the General Election, it is clear that there are significant…
  • Have We Seen the Last of the Death Penalty in California?

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Court ruling could mean big changes at San Quentin by Brian Leubitz The death penalty isn't actually executed in California anymore. Oh, our courts sentence people to death, but it hasn't actually been executed since 2006, when Clarence Ray Allen was put to death in January. Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU did a little slideshow that shows our death row looking more like the early bird special at the local buffet. For a variety of legal and pragmatic reasons, we just don't perform executions anymore. And now that is increasingly likely to stay the case for the foreseeable future: A conservative…
  • We Need to Save More Water

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    State Water Board issues mandatory conservation order by Brian Leubitz We all know that the state is in a pretty serious drought. But while most of the state has at least made some headway in conservation efforts, it just hasn't been enough. I see you, SoCal, grinning sheepishly in the corner. The new rules, approved by the State Water Resources Control Board on a 4-0 vote, impose new restrictions on outdoor water use starting Aug. 1 that could result in fines of up to $500 per violation. Gov. Jerry Brown in January asked Californians to slash their water use by 20 percent. But a new state…
  • Tim Draper Submits Six Californias Ballot Measure Signatures

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Measure splitting the state looks set to appear on ballot by Brian Leubitz I'll admit that I sort of thought this was some sort of joke that would never make it to the ballot. I was surprised when word filtered out that serious signature gathering was moving forward in the spring and summer. Apparently that has now borne fruit: Tim Draper said he will file the signatures in Sacramento on Tuesday morning. State officials still need to review the petitions to ensure the initiative can qualify. "California needs a reboot," Draper's campaign said in a statement on Monday. "With six Californias,…
  • General Fund Ends Fiscal Year with Positive Cash Balance!

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Milestone follows budget stability since 2012. by Brian Leubitz It's been a long time, but we did it! Positive cash! State Controller John Chiang today released his monthly cash report for the month of June, and announced that the state's General Fund -- the primary account from which California funds its day-to-day operations and programs -- ended the fiscal year with a positive cash balance for the first time since June 30, 2007. A positive cash balance means that the state had funds available to meet all of its payment obligations without needing to borrow from Wall Street or the $23.8…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Understanding What Hamas Wants

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    The torture and murder by fire in Jerusalem of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, allegedly by a gang of Israeli hooligans, initially prompted in me a desire to say, "But," but then this short piece, by Rabbi David Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, came over the wire: Please, please don’t say ‘but.’ The words after ‘but’ invalidate everything that comes before—“He’s a nice person, but he does steal from the company.”  You see? “But” is a meaning duster, sweeping all that precedes it. So everyone who has written condemning the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and then goes on to…
  • No, President Obama Did Not Break the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:37 am
    A brief note on a new Elliott Abrams essay in Politico Magazine that appears under the eye-catching headline, “The Man Who Broke the Middle East.” The man in question is not Sykes or Picot or Nasser or Saddam or Khomeini or George W. Bush or Nouri al-Maliki, but Barack Obama. I often agree with Elliott, but I could not let this one go by without a response. Don’t worry. This won’t take long. Here is Elliott’s thesis: The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

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

    James Fallows
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    The point of my book China Airborne was that just about everything involving China's potential, and its challenges, could be seen in its ambition to become an all-fronts aerospace power. Chinese scientists and officials are trying to advance their civilian space program, and also their network of military satellites. Their state planners and their industrial companies are trying to build big airliners, like Boeing and Airbus. They are trying to build smaller jet and piston airplanes, like Gulfstream and Bombardier and Cessna and Cirrus (the last of which the Chinese aerospace corporation…
  • America Going to Hell, in 1 Sentence

    James Fallows
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    A woman I know in Washington asked her local health club why the "good" yoga teacher, who was usually scheduled for Saturday mornings, seemed not to be there any more and was replaced by subs. The emailed reply today from the manager: Sadly [the teacher] is giving up her Saturday class because she is focusing on honoring her weekends more. Previously in the "America's fate as documented through yoga" series, please see "There Will Always Be a San Francisco." (To save you the effort of writing in, I like and respect yoga! And I know that people need a break. I just thought "focusing on…
  • From Inside and Outside the Iron Dome, Once Again

    James Fallows
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    I have received lots of mail on the technical aspects of the "Iron Dome" system: its origin, performance, strengths, and potential weaknesses, plus comparisons with its Patriot predecessors. Watch this space for follow-ups as more information becomes known. But I intend this to be the last installment on the string begun with the powerful note from an American rabbi in Jerusalem, about his gratitude for Iron Dome protection as Hamas rockets were falling. I have received enough mail since then to be reminded that there is an inexhaustible supply of passionate but irreconcilable, and familiar,…
  • Don't Blame Malaysia Airlines

    James Fallows
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I have an op-ed in Saturday morning's NYT, whose title gets across its point: "Don't Blame Malaysia Airlines." Short version: Airlines rely on regulators and national and international bodies to tell them about airspace they should avoid. Absent such warnings, airspace is presumptively legal and safe for transit. MH17 was following the rules by staying out of no-fly and warning zones. A terrible crime and disaster occurred, but that is not Malaysia Air's fault. Shorter still: According to Spiegel (German version here), while some airlines, including Air France, had changed their routes to…
  • The FAA's Notice Prohibiting Airline Flights Over Ukraine

    James Fallows
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    [Please see two updates below.] Many crucial questions about the tragic/disastrous apparent shootdown of the Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine are still unanswerable. Who did it? Why? With what warning? Or repercussions?  But at this point one question can be answered: Did aviation authorities know that this was a dangerous area? Yes, they most certainly did. Nearly three months ago, on the "Special Rules" section of its site, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration put out an order prohibiting American pilots, airlines, charter carriers, and everyone else over whom the FAA has direct…
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    The American Scene

  • Obfuscation Form 700

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

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

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

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

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

  • Don't bring back the draft, bring back war taxes

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

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

    Ugh
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    by Ugh The Scene:  Saturday, Pizza Joint The Players:  Ugh, Ugh’s almost 3 year old The Setting:  Pizza ordered, just sat down to wait. Almost 3 Year Old (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Okay, it’s coming soon. [30 seconds later] A3YO (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Don’t worry, it’s coming. [30 seconds later] A3YO (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Good, it will be here in a little bit. [repeat for 20 minutes until pizza arrives, pizza is the make and style favored by the A3YO] A3YO:  Nooooooooooooooo! Not dat one!!!!!  Nooooooooooooo!!!! [throws self on floor]…
  • My Cyborg Spouse

    SuperUser
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    by Doctor Science On Wednesday my husband D had both his old knees replaced with new, shiny robot knees. I am now married to a cyborg.We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster. D and I met in 1974 (as friends, we didn't start dating for 10 years), when The Six Million Dollar Man was starting its first season. I'm pretty sure D owned a jacket very like that one, too. Ah, 70s fashion. We've had the technology for a while, but because of the frakked-up US health care system, we haven't had the *money* until this year. You don't get…
  • The list of people we didn't spy on is shorter

    Ugh
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    by Ugh The dribs and drabs of N!S!A! and other U.S. intelligence apparatus spying news continue to flow from the Edward Snowden FilesTM and elsewhere.  Here is a story about how even "incidentally" collected information is stored and searched.  Most disturbingly (to me at least, there are many other disturbing details) in that story, is that "The NSA treats all content intercepted incidentally from third parties as permissible to retain, store, search and distribute to its government customers."  So, where is the incentive to keep from "incidentally"…
 
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  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

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

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

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

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

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

    geewizz-6485144
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.
  • Jon Stewart exposes GOP lies about Reagan's response to downed airliner

    Don Overton
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Last night, Jon Stewart ripped into how the GOP is attacking Obama for his response to Russia over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 by invoking a mythical version of Ronald Reagan. Yes, Reagan was in deep mourning for losing the final 12% of his vacation. In fact, in  …
  • Second Obamacare ruling of day upholds subsidies in federal exchanges

    Roy Batty
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Well, that didn't last long—roughly two hours after a D.C. circuit court panel ruled that Obamacare does not allow subsidies in federally-run exchanges, a panel in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Virginia, has unanimously ruled that Obamacare does allow such …
  • Corporate Welfare Gets a Boost From Democrats

    garyray-501488
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    As Salon’s David Dayen reports, liberals in subsequent years “highlighted how Enron, the failed energy giant, benefited from $675 million in Ex-Im loans”; how “Ex-Im gave an $18 million loan to a Chinese steel mill, which was later on accused of dumping  …
  • BREAKING: Separate circuit court rules in favor of Obamacare subsidies -

    jfxgillis
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday afternoon that Obamacare subsidies could be offered through federally-run insurance marketplaces. "It is...clear that widely available tax credits are essential to fulfilling the Act’s primary goals and that Congress was  …
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    FactCheck.org

  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

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

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

    Carolyn Fante
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in “job losses” under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth — albeit small — since Quinn took office. The Illinois governor’s race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. Rauner, a businessman, is making a strong bid to defeat Quinn, a former lieutenant governor who was elevated to the top spot on Jan. 29, 2009, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. Real Clear Politics, which aggregates polling data, shows Rauner up by…
  • Kingston’s False ‘Amnesty’ Connection

    Alexander Nacht
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Less than a week before the Republican runoff election for Senate in Georgia, Rep. Jack Kingston is falsely claiming that his opponent, David Perdue, “sat on a board promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Perdue did not sit on the board in question, and he had nothing to do with the group’s endorsement of a 2006 immigration bill. The ad also repeats a misleading claim about the Common Core State Standards Initiative and distorts Perdue’s nuanced position on it. Kingston, an 11-term congressman, is facing Perdue, a businessman, in a July 22 runoff. Kingston and…
  • Who Supports Obamacare in Georgia Race?

    Robert Farley
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Both candidates seeking the Republican nomination in a Georgia House race have repeatedly called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But you wouldn’t know it from the competing ads from Bob Johnson and Buddy Carter, in which each tries to paint the other as a closet fan of “Obamacare.” Both ads use deceptive tactics to make their case. An ad from the Johnson campaign claims “Carter said Obamacare was ‘not so bad.’ ” That’s a cherry-picked quote. Carter said that “some of the things that have happened so far are not so bad,”…
 
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Addressable Transcendence

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    What San Francisco techies and tenant activists have in common; the future of online political targeting; problems with Washington DC's new open data policies; and much, much more.
  • Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless.
  • First POST: Power Brokers

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Why Microsoft's Bradford Smith is so influential in tech policy; the split between DailyKos and Netroots Nation; how the GOP is wooing conservative and libertarian techies; and much, much more.
  • Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.
  • First POST: Signals

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    FCC in the cross-hairs on net neutrality and local broadband pre-emption; the political mood at Netroots Nation; how an Israeli rocket-alert app affects perceptions of the conflict with Gaza; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Common Household Remedies Request

    lambert
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Body:  OK, I'm going to give up the unequal struggle and change my router to my new WNDR3800 (hat tip, okanagen) and install OpenWRT software so I can do customization to my needs (ideally letting my tenants fuck themselves up and not me).
  • Teeth-grindingly bad router problems today

    lambert
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Body:  Yes, the new router arrived (thanks for the helpful advice, readers). But I want to be bloggging and gardening, not taking hours to install a fucking router.
  • Israelis’ Hillside Viewing & Cheering of Gazan Bombing

    libbyliberal
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Body:  Harriet Sherwood in “Israelis Gather on Hillsides to Watch and Cheer as Military Drops Bombs on Gaza” writes: As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away.
  • Tweet of the day (3)

    lambert
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Body:  War Without End pic.twitter.com/tzEU8vyUEU — shootersix (@shootersix) July 21, 2014
  • Tweet of the day (2)

    lambert
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Body:  If you Google 'lost medieval servant boy' it comes up "page cannot be found" - Milton Jones — Ajarn.com (@Ajarncom) July 21, 2014
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  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim…
  • Jon Stewart and the war on Gaza

    susie
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
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    susie
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This still cracks me up. The Russian Police Choir covers Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”:
  • The speech

    susie
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Rev. William Barber gave a barnburner of a speech at Netroots Nation last week. If you’ve looked at the videos I’ve posted from North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, you’ve heard him. He’s the Martin Luther King of our time:
  • What did our spy satellites see in Ukraine?

    susie
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Robert Parry, who’s one of the better national security reporters out there, says there are reasons to take the media version of the Malaysia jet shootdown with a grain of salt: So why hasn’t this question of U.S. spy-in-the-sky photos – and what they reveal – been pressed by the major U.S. news media? How can the Washington Post run front-page stories, such as the one on Sunday with the definitive title “U.S. official: Russia gave systems,” without demanding from these U.S. officials details about what the U.S. satellite images disclose? Instead, the Post’s Michael Birnbaum…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Hannah’s Homeless Drop-In Center

    Latina Lista
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Hannah’s Homeless Drop-In Center by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Crowdfunding Campaign: Hannah’s Homeless Drop-In Center Lisa Trunzo is the founder of Hannah’s Homeless, Inc. Hannah’s Homeless was first officially registered as a non-profit two years ago. Hannah is the name of Trunzo’s daughter who she had 14 years ago when she was homeless. Trunzo chose to give her up for adoption because it was…
  • Guest Voz: Why the EPA carbon standards are important for Latinos

    Latina Lista
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Why the EPA carbon standards are important for Latinos by Latina Lista By Nicole Hernández Hammer LatinaLista The summer is well underway and many of us are taking family trips or finding ways to bridge the school break with activities that keep kids having fun outdoors while we parents are working. As I make my summer travel plans, I am keeping my eye on AirNow, an air quality forecaster, to make sure that my family’s vacation and outdoor time is as…
  • Documentary Shares Story of Robotics Team, Immigrant Students

    Latina Lista
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Documentary Shares Story of Robotics Team, Immigrant Students by Latina Lista By Katherine Leal Unmuth Latino Ed Beat In 2004, a group of four undocumented immigrant Latino high school students accomplished an astonishing achievement. Competing on a robotics team formed at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, the four young men defeated students from the elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an elite robotics competition. In the film, the students recount…
  • San Antonio’s farmer’s market offers more low-income access

    Latina Lista
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. San Antonio’s farmer’s market offers more low-income access by Latina Lista By Lea Thompson La Prensa de San Antonio SAN ANTONIO — Despite the rising temperatures, this summer is the perfect time to explore the growing Farmer’s Market landscape in San Antonio. Every Tuesday, the San Antonio Food Bank brings nutritional education and new food options to locals at the downtown Farmer’s Market on Main Plaza. “We want to showcase the farmer’s produce,…
  • Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: NextGenElect – Crowdsourcing a Revolution in American Politics

    Latina Lista
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: NextGenElect – Crowdsourcing a Revolution in American Politics by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: NextGenElect – Crowdsourcing a Revolution in American Politics   Everyone knows that special interests have far too much influence over lawmakers. Since those elected in a corrupted system are unlikely to reform themselves, the question becomes what can people outside the system do to effectively address a…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Did Dodd-Frank Work?

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We really have no way of knowing whether “too big to fail” is still with us until we have another crisis.
  • The Suns of August

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Bodies rot, looters roam. The Russian-enabled downing of Flight 17 marks the nadir of the West.
  • The Fiscal Fizzle

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The deficit scolds are still going at it, even though the whole panic turned out to be a false alarm.
  • And Now for a Bit of Good News . . .

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    From taxi rides to overnight stays, the sharing economy is growing rapidly, and creating a village where your reputation is everything.
  • The Parent Trap

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hover over your children or the neighborhood busybodies and the police may step in.
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  • Teamsters Back Rubain Dorancy for Central Brooklyn Senate Seat

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Rubain Dorancy shows off his ballot petitions with supporters. (Photo: Twitter/@RubainDorancy) The Teamsters have hitched their wagon to Rubain Dorancy’s bid to take Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ old seat in the State Senate. Council 16 of the union representing drivers of various trades decided to back the education activist in his primary race against Mr. Adams’ former aide Jesse Hamilton and Community Board 9 member Demetrius Lawrence. The labor group vowed to help haul the candidate all the way to the victory line. “Rubain Dorancy stands for the progressive…
  • Due for Fall Opening, Marmara Park Ave. Hotel Touts ‘True NY Apartment’ Experience

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Authentic New York living. In a landscape where new luxury development (and there’s scarcely any other kind), increasingly aims to deliver “concierge-style” services—responding, perhaps in part, to the lately expanded role in the market of the pied-à-terre with a full complement of dining, travel, entertainment and shopping-related extras—it seems odd that a hotel would model itself on “authentic” New York City-style apartment living. (That is, of course, until you see what is meant by “authentic.”) Stranger still are the notions that a night…
  • Who Is Actually Staying in New York City’s Dirtiest Hotel?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    The Hotel Carter looms over West 43rd street (Photo: Kaitlyn Flannagan) The sense of foreboding begins well before stepping into the Hotel Carter’s lobby. It starts with a Google search. You’ll soon discover that the Hotel Carter, located on West 43rd street, is the three-time winner of TripAdvisor’s dirtiest hotel in America survey and is undeniably, unequivocally, the worst hotel in New York City. Dig further and you’ll find reports of building code violations, insect infestations, murders and suicides. Feeling brave? Do an image search. The hotel, in its…
  • White Flags Atop Brooklyn Bridge Do Not Amuse Brooklyn Borough Prez

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    A white flag on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo: Mark Weprin/Twitter) Eric Adams is not surrendering. The mysterious white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge have Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, fuming. Police are investigating how the white flags, which replaced the American flags on both towers today, ended up there and Mr. Adams is not pleased. “If flying a white flag atop the Brooklyn Bridge is someone’s idea of a joke, I’m not laughing,” Mr. Adams, a retired police captain, said in a statement. “We will not surrender our public safety to anyone, at any time.
  • Astorino Suggests Christie Should Step Down as Chair of RGA

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino suggested today that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should stop campaigning for governors nationwide if he can’t back New York’s GOP contender. Mr. Astorino said that Mr. Christie, a fellow Republican, should consider stepping down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association if he doesn’t actively support, as Mr. Christie suggested yesterday, Mr. Astorino’s long-shot bid against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I think Chris Christie forgot where he…
 
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    Gawker

  • Mississippi Dems Probably Committed Voter Fraud by Aiding Thad Cochran

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It's no secret that Democrats in Mississippi, consigned to losing the general Senate election in November, turned out Tuesday night to support incumbent Republican Thad Cochran against a Tea Party primary challenger. But in doing so, they may have run afoul of state election laws.Read more...
  • A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchana

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchanan Enters the Wormhole" vows to stop all immigration into the U.S. because immigrants vote for "big government." It's an improvement on his deportation plan, "Operation Wetback."Read more...
  • The Vatican Is Really Butthurt About U.S. Citizens Approving Gay Marriage

    MTanzer
    11 Nov 2012 | 1:33 pm
    Last week, voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state voted for marriage equality and the gays rejoiced! After all, this was the first time that gay marriage had been approved by popular vote. But just like at the end of The Avengers, there's another villan hiding in a distant galaxy, in this case, it's Europe.Read more...
  • The Gawker 2012 Election Night Liveblog

    Max Read
    6 Nov 2012 | 4:45 pm
    Tonight, on television: the season finale of American Politics. After millions of years of campaigning, human president Barack Obama and liquid-metal terminator Mitt Romney will meet on the Sacred Plains for the mythical and deadly Dance of Swords, the traditional choosing ceremony for our people. Who will win their bloody game? Who will retain control the Senate? Will Chris Christie finally attract the attention of his crush Bruce Springsteen? Will top CNN analyst The Will.i.am Hologram seize return to prophesy the birth of a God-Emperor whose reign will surpass a thousand years? Crack…
  • Ohio Man at Romney Rally Has Terrible, Racist Taste in Shirts

    Mallory Ortberg
    13 Oct 2012 | 9:09 am
    This shirt — "Put White Back in the White House" — was spotted at yesterday's Romney/Ryan campaign rally in Ohio. A member of Romney's campaign said it was "reprehensible," presumably referring to the massive cat hair on the back of the right shoulder. You're in public. Have a little self-respect. [via Buzzfeed, images via Getty]Read more...
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Ends Still Don’t Justify the Means

    Daniel Larison
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Yishai Schwartz makes a terrible argument in support of Israel’s military operation in Gaza: There is, however, a way out of this paradox. And we find it at the moment we realize that Hamas’ actions have made this war about more than Israel or Palestine; it’s a war about future of morality in armed conflicts. For if Israel declines to fight, we live in a world where terror groups use their own civilians, and twist morality itself, to bind the hands of those who try to fight morally. In this world, cruelty is an advantage, and the moral are powerless in the face of aggression and…
  • Non-Combatants and Gaza

    Daniel Larison
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Thane Rosenbaum unintentionally endorses the logic of every terrorist group in history: On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets. This is perverse and absolutely wrong, but it’s the sort of argument that one will end up making in…
  • Grassroots Republicans and Foreign Policy Reform

    Daniel Larison
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Jim Antle considers the prospects for Republican foreign policy reform. He writes that hawkish arguments still have greater emotional appeal with rank-and-file Republicans: But it is equally true that even today the arguments marshaled by reflexive hawks hit the right emotional buttons for the Republican grassroots in a way that more dovish conservatives’ appeals for caution, prudence, and restraint frequently do not. Based on what I’ve seen, that depends heavily on what the issue under debate happens to be. Proposed interventions and other policies that have little or nothing…
  • How the U.S. Keeps Enabling Reckless Clients

    Daniel Larison
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Shashank Joshi criticizes the slow U.S. response to the conflict in Gaza: Eleven days ago, discussing the paucity of possible mediators, I warned that “unless someone steps up, Israel and Hamas could find themselves hurtling into a wider war that neither truly wants”. This is precisely what has happened. Those with leverage over the combatants [bold mine-DL] have shown themselves to be every bit as useless as I feared. Although US President Barack Obama has called for an “immediate ceasefire”, and US Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on tape sarcastically criticising…
  • The MH17 Disaster

    Daniel Larison
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Last Thursday’s downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was an inexcusable crime. It fully deserves to be condemned, as the U.S. and other governments have already done, and there seems little doubt as to who the responsible parties are. Available evidence tells us that rebels opposed to the Ukrainian government and supported by Russia shot down the plane, and they did so with weapons that they would almost certainly not have had if Russia were not providing them with arms and support. Russia appears to bear significant responsibility for what has happened in two ways: by encouraging…
 
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  • Nirvana's Reunion Honored 'Queer, Feminist Scene,' St. Vincent Says

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    In a new interview St Vincent explained that she agreed to take part in Nirvana's reunion performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at a small Brooklyn club this past April — when she and three other women sang Kurt Cobain's parts of songs — because she felt it paid...
  • Voice' Duo The Swon Brothers Talk Shelton, Sexiness

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Voice alums the Swon Brothers are preparing to release their full-length major-label debut and their single "Later On" is already a bona fide country hit (It racked up the most one-week adds of any debut single in Country Aircheck history when it was released this past March) But despite hitting...
  • Shel Silverstein Biopic in the Works

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Songwriter Shel Silverstein who penned the Grammy-winning Johnny Cash classic "A Boy Named Sue" will be the subject of a Hollywood biopic Variety reports that among the film's producers will be famed director McG (Charlie Angels 3 Days to Kill) Writing partners Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair are adapting the...
  • Jack White's Third Man Records Starts Publishing Wing

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Jack White's Third Man Records will officially launch its new publishing wing Third Man Books with the August 5th release of their first commercially available book Language Lessons Volume 1 a new box set featuring a 321-page hardbound collection of prose and poetry and two vinyl LPs Jack White Reveals Everything You...
  • Jason Aldean's New Single Gets a Florida Georgia Line Assist

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    With its rat-a-tat drum loop and slinking progression Jason Aldean's new single "Burnin' It Down" released this week is a departure even for the artist who successfully bridged hip-hop and country with "Dirt Road Anthem" The steamy mid-tempo ballad is the first single from Aldean's upcoming sixth studio album the...
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  • What the New Obamacare Court Decisions Mean for You

    Kate Pickert
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    On Tuesday, two federal courts issued rulings on President Obama’s healthcare law. Here’s what you need to know about how the rulings affect you: MoreGOP Lawsuit Over Obamacare ‘Loophole’ for Congress DismissedJohns Hopkins to Pay $190 Million to Victims of Secretly Recorded ExamsMissile Fears: Feds Ban Airlines From Flying to Tel Aviv Airport NBC NewsDueling Rulings: Courts Duke It Out Over Obamacare NBC NewsIsraeli Military Might Tested by Militants' Stamina NBC NewsWhat did the courts say? A panel in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care…
  • GOP Lawsuit Over Obamacare ‘Loophole’ for Congress Dismissed

    Sam Frizell
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    A Republican senator’s challenge to the part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law involving members of Congress and their staffs was dismissed Monday by a federal judge. Sen. Ron Johnson (R—Wisc.) filed the suit related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that members of Congress and their staff may only receive health plans created under the healthcare law, or offered through a online exchange established under the law. The lawsuit claimed that the federal Office of Personnel Management “created a loophole that allowed congressional staff an exemption from…
  • Morning Must Reads: July 22

    Alex Rogers
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    “After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17—handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for investigators to the crash site.” [WashPost] Why Putin Is Willing to Take Big Risks in Ukraine [WSJ] “The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 exposes the truth about RT, the Russian English-language propaganda outlet.” [TIME] “Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top…
  • Obama to Sign Bill Improving Worker Training

    Maya Rhodan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Congress and the President have finally found some common ground: Obama will sign the first significant legislative job training reform effort in nearly a decade on Tuesday. MoreWant to Learn a Language? Don’t Try So HardHere Are the 5 Worst States for a Child’s Well-BeingMissile Fears: Feds Ban Airlines From Flying to Tel Aviv Airport NBC NewsDueling Rulings: Courts Duke It Out Over Obamacare NBC NewsIsraeli Military Might Tested by Militants' Stamina NBC NewsThe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act passed by Congress on July 9 will streamline the federal workforce training…
  • Russian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine

    Alex Altman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    In late 2009, the British journalist Sara Firth became a Russian propaganda mouthpiece. MoreObama Contends with Congressional Backseat Drivers on UkraineIt’s Time for Europe to Get Tough With RussiaMissile Fears: Feds Ban Airlines From Flying to Tel Aviv Airport NBC NewsDueling Rulings: Courts Duke It Out Over Obamacare NBC NewsIsraeli Military Might Tested by Militants' Stamina NBC NewsThe decision seemed to make sense at the time. Firth had just earned a postgraduate diploma in investigative journalism when she was offered a role as on-air-correspondent for RT, a Russian television…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: The Immigration Reformation

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

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

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

    David Brody
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    What should be done about the immigration crisis on the border with all these children flocking to it to escape their horrible lives in their Central American homes? It’s called a smart combination of compassion and the law. My heart goes out to these children but we are a country that has laws. Granted, they haven’t been enforced too well from an immigration perspective but if America starts letting in everyone who has a bad circumstance in their international hometown, then what. The Brody File would suggest that we’d have a much larger problem than what’s going on now. But there…
  • Brody File 2016 Presidential Crystal Ball

    David Brody
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The 2016 GOP presidential candidate list is long. It includes Rand Paul, Ted cruz, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Mike Pence, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson, Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, etc. Whew. That was exhausting. I have carpel tunnel! There’s no way to accurately predict who will win the nomination. Heck, it’s hard enough to predict who will actually run. But here’s a little food for thought. Five guys stick out to me as candidates who could get through to the nomination. Mike Huckabee is an ‘aw shucks’ type of guy who would be able to…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Tangled-web Dep’t

    Mark Kleiman
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Julia Ioffe, reporting on the insane theories about the Malaysian jetliner peddled on Russian TV and in Russian newspapers, points reports that Vladimir Putin is now caught in a trap of his own making. Russian mass media is now dominated by an extreme-nationalist lunatic fringe, built up by Putin and his cronies but no longer under their detailed control. And the alternative reality presented there influences not only mass public opinion but also elite opinion, since to stay in touch people with real decisions to make have to pay attention to the prolefeed. If Putin wanted to act responsibly,…
  • Three Ways of Looking at Marijuana Consumption Data

    Keith Humphreys
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Here’s a nice chart from Andrew Sullivan on marijuana consumption in Colorado. It illustrates a point that has been made many times by drug policy analysts such as Mark Kleiman and Beau Kilmer: The total volume of pot consumption is accounted for almost entirely by users who smoke every day or nearly every day. Envisioning how different stakeholders would respond to this evidence can be helpful both for appreciating the impossibility of value-free evidence-based policy and for understanding one of the basic dilemmas of legal marijuana regulation. AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE:…
  • Does socialism cause dishonesty?

    Mark Kleiman
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Here’s an interesting natural experiment. For external, historical reasons, workers in one half of a culturally and linguistically unified but politically divided country had the right to organize unions to defend their interests against employers, while in the other half of that country workers’ organizations were state-controlled in the interests of management, and genuine union activity was punished by firing if not worse.  After that country was reunified, randomly chosen people from the union half and the non-union half were subjected to a standard psychological test…
  • More classroom flipping: testing as learning

    Michael O'Hare
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The “flipped classroom” pedagogical model is the hot ‘new’ idea in my industry. The idea is to move didactic delivery of knowledge (especially facts) out of the classroom to venues better suited to it, like the web and books, and use live meetings of students and prof for coached use of that knowledge in discussion, exercises, and the like. New, as in, “this is how art, mechanic arts, and sports have been taught for thousands of years”.   I have pretty much drunk this Kool-Aid, partly on the evidence that active learning is the universal practice…
  • Pub Quiz

    Keith Humphreys
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today’s quiz is about international abbreviations. Google not and see how you do on this one. Please post your score and any comments/corrections. Answers and scoring key after the jump. 1. During the Eurozone crisis, what five countries were referred to as the PIIGS? 2. What three nations signed the ANZUS treaty? 3. What four countries are referred to in the acronym BRIC? 4. Sometimes a fifth nation is added to make the above BRICS. What is this country? 5. What four developing nations are shorthanded as MINT? 6. For what does the acronym SEATO stand? 7. Three of the world’s…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Lots of links on potential 2016 Iowa caucus candidates

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It's been a while since Bleeding Heartland dedicated a thread to the potential 2016 presidential candidates. Please share any comments related to the next Iowa caucus campaign in this thread. Lots of links on various Democratic and Republican contenders are after the jump. DEMOCRATS The Democratic presidential field is frozen until former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes up her mind. She didn't tip her hand during an appearance on The Daily Show last week to promote her new book. Speaking on CNN today, former President Bill Clinton said his wife needs more time to consider another…
  • Obama executive order bans federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    President Barack Obama signed an executive order today that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Labor Secretary Tom Perez explained, My colleagues in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs have enforced the government's nondiscrimination laws for federal contractors for years. Their work ensures that contractors and subcontractors doing business with the government don't use taxpayer money to discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or status as a…
  • Weekend open thread: Walking the talk edition

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. State Representative Chuck Isenhart, the ranking Democrat on the Iowa House Environmental Protection Committee, has installed solar panels on his Dubuque home as a personal step to address climate change. Details are after the jump. Solar power has a reputation for being expensive to install, but technological advances and policy changes have reduced the payback time for many home and business owners. Isenhart expects to save money in the long-term. A bill approved during this year's legislative session…
  • Iowa Congressional 2Q fundraising news roundup, with a few surprises

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    With all four U.S. House districts in Iowa targeted by one or both parties this year, and competitive primaries happening in three of the four races, I was eager to see where the nominees stood at the end of the second quarter. Highlights from the Federal Election Commission filings are after the jump. After lackluster fundraising the last three quarters, six-term Representative Steve King finally managed to out-raise his Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer, but to my surprise, Mowrer retained a big advantage over King in cash on hand as of June 30.   Note: the second-quarter campaign…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Yellow jewelweed (Pale touch-me-not)

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Dry and unseasonably cool weather has made this a perfect week to get out and see summer wildflowers. One of my summer favorites, American bellflower, is prevalent along most of the wooded trails in central Iowa. Dozens of prairie flower species are in bloom, and you can find many in small city plantings (for instance, around Gray's Lake in Des Moines and on nearby trails) if you don't have time to get to a native or restored prairie. This week's featured native plant thrives in wooded areas where the ground is moist, and prefers partial sun. Yellow jewelweed (Impatiens pallida) is also…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Not Going Well

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    I don't think Israel's problem is that the Palestinians have telegenically dead people. I think their problem is that they started a war of choice and they aren't achieving their goals and are showing signs of being more vulnerable than ever. I don't care how much vacuous analysis is published in the United States, if Israel cannot stop the rocket fire then they are not winning this war. By blowing off the United States' effort to achieve a peaceful settlement, Israel has basically no standing to complain about their predicament. They're actually lucky that the administration is officially…
  • Clinton is So Strong

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    According to a recent Marist poll, 89% of Iowan Democrats and 94% of New Hampshire Democrats have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton. In both states, at least 70% of Democrats expressed their support for a Clinton candidacy over a Biden candidacy. Obviously, it is still very early in the process, but it's hard to imagine a politician being in a stronger position than Clinton currently enjoys. It's very intimidating. I could launch a very full-throated progressive crusade against a restoration of the Clinton dynasty based on the record of Bill Clinton's presidency and Hillary Clinton's term…
  • A Schism on the Online Left

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    I stopped attending Netroots Nation conferences after 2009 when it became apparent to me that the movement wasn't so much leftist as anti-establishment. But I still enjoy reading pieces on the conference that seem more anthropological than political. What are those crazy liberals saying this year? In any case, it seems that the People's Front of Judea has rejected the Judean People's Front as a bunch of wankers. The decision to hold next year's conference in Arizona has been rejected by Markos Moulitsas who will withhold support from Daily Kos. Netroots Nation was originally called "Yearly…
  • Obama Should Call For a Special Session

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    I just had the pleasure of reading Harry S. Truman's acceptance speech (pdf) at the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was there that President Truman announced that he was calling for a special July session of the 80th Congress, which he termed the "Do-Nothing Congress." He called them back into session to shame the Republicans who had claimed to support the expansion of Social Security, a housing bill, and more education spending but who hadn't acted on any of the bills then circulating in Congress. Francis Berry thinks that Barack Obama should do…
  • Everything is Entertainment

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Huffington Post reports on the latest in bad taste from a Rupert Murdoch outfit. Sky News has apologized after a reporter began digging through the luggage of a passenger killed aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on air. The reporter, Colin Brazier, began picking through a victim's suitcase and holding up items one by one while reporting on the devastating crash, which killed 298 people. Brazier realized his own wrongdoing and stopped himself on live TV, stating, "we shouldn't really be doing this, I suppose." Beyond the breach of etiquette here, I have to wonder about the lack of control…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Former NASA Boss: Russia Has US Space Program in ‘Hostage Situation’

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

    ABC News
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    From ABC’s Sandra Petrykowski PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi lashed out at Israel today over what she described as “war crimes” and the “deliberate massacre” of Palestinian civilians during Israel’s current ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. “This morning, it’s nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre. War crimes committed daily. But now there is a deliberate shelling and bombing and destruction of whole areas, of residential areas,” Ashrawi said on “This Week.” “These are war crimes being…
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Hamas Committing ‘Double War Crime’; Rails Against ‘Mad Islamists’

    Benjamin Bell
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he is sorry for civilian casualties in Gaza, but he lashed out at Hamas, asserting the Islamic group that controls the Gaza Strip is purposefully putting civilians in harm’s way while also attacking innocent Israelis with rockets. “We regret any civilian deaths but those lay entirely at Hamas’ door,” Netanyahu told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “Hamas is deliberately targeting our civilians; they’ve fired 2,000 rockets, 2,000 rockets at Israel cities.
  • ‘Enormous Array of Facts’ That Russia Supported Rebels Accused of Shooting Down Plane, Says John Kerry

    Ali Weinberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Evidence indicates Russia was involved with the separatists accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 over Eastern Ukraine, said Secretary of State John Kerry, who urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to do more to avoid future tragedies like Thursday’s crash. “There are an enormous array of facts that point at Russia’s support for and involvement in this effort,” Kerry told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, noting that many of the separatists in the region are actually Russian, not Ukrainian, and that the U.S. has strong intelligence that Russia…
  • Sunday: Secretary of State John Kerry; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    ABC News
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images With crisis from Ukraine to the Middle East, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Secretary of State John Kerry. And as Israel launches its ground offensive into Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to “This Week.” Plus, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, discusses the latest details on the investigation of the shooting down of Malaysian Air Flight 17. And the “This Week” roundtable debates all the week’s global politics, with ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Downed Airliner: Fake Audio Tape Shows US-Backed Hit to Frame Russia by Finian Cunningham

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

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

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

    dandelionsalad
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Dandelion Salad by Jason Farbma socialistworker.org July 14, 2014 ISRAEL’S RELENTLESS pounding of a trapped civilian population in Gaza entered a frightening new phase as its bombing campaign continued into its seventh day. On July 13, the Israeli military dropped leaflets warning the residents of northern Gaza that whoever stayed behind risked being caught in […]
  • Untold Truths About the American Revolution By Howard Zinn (2009; repost)

    dandelionsalad
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Repost from July 4, 2009 by Howard Zinn Writer, Dandelion Salad Excerpt from The Progressive July 3, 2009 July 4, 2014 There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately […]
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • The Statesmen

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

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

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

    Roberto
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
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  • Giustificazione

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

  • Hot Air For Nothing

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

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

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

    Deacon Blues
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    ABC Image of New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte, an accomplished master of BS Today, the Senate GOP managed to filibuster a Democratic attempt to overcome the harm done by the "Catholic Five" on the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case. What's surprising in the 56-43 failed vote was that Democrats picked up the support of three GOP senators to fix the discrimination sanctioned by the Catholic Five. What isn't surprising is that the GOP, including the endangered Mitch McConnell and the deceitful Kelly Ayotte tried to skirt the fallout by misdirecting the issue to cover their asses. Ayotte…
  • Where The Hell Is Eric Holder?

    Deacon Blues
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Two former Utah Attorney Generals were arrested and charged with felonies today involving bribery, obstruction of justice, running a pay-to-play operation with donors, and witness tampering. Both are Republicans, in a deeply red state. But note that although the FBI arrested the two today, the cases were not pursued by the federal Department of Justice but rather by the Salt Lake District Attorney, after a two-year investigation. Republicans John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are accused of establishing a pay-to-play culture in office, and of taking bribes to look the other way or offer…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Raw: Eric Garner's Wife Collapses at Rally in NY

    Associated Press
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Raw: Eric Garner's Wife Collapses at Rally in NY A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of Eric Garner, who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold, has been placed on desk duty. Garner's wife burst into... From: Associated Press Views: 28695 155 ratings Time: 00:44 More in News & Politics
  • Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold Credit To: https://www.youtube.com/user/FakeDodgeViperGuy A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.... From: Secular Talk Views: 16203 567 ratings Time: 05:52 More in News & Politics
  • "U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date" in Israel's War Against Gaza

    TheRealNews
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    "U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date" in Israel's War Against Gaza Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israeli for genocide against Gaza are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establishment. From: TheRealNews Views: 15976 235 ratings Time: 12:11 More in News & Politics
  • Grandma Gets Year In Jail For Anti-Drone Protest

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Grandma Gets Year In Jail For Anti-Drone Protest A New York grandmother was sentenced to a year in jail for violating a protection order filed by an Air National Guard commander against anti-war protesters. Mary Anne Grady-Flores violated... From: Secular Talk Views: 5276 327 ratings Time: 04:13 More in News & Politics
  • STUDY: Religious Kids Don't Know Fact From Fiction

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    STUDY: Religious Kids Don't Know Fact From Fiction A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in "fantastical stories" are... From: Secular Talk Views: 10564 705 ratings Time: 05:20 More in News & Politics
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • SF Bay Area housing prices in bubble fueled by startups, stock options

    Bob Morris
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    One million for a no-view 2 bdr apartment in SF highlights the real estate bubble currently enveloping San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prices are driven by play money. Startups get huge funding even though they have no possibility of profits for the forseeable future. Those who work at tech companies often get stock options. In both cases they take what is essentially free money for them and bid up real estate prices. High housing prices drive out even those making good money. It makes the market unstable. It will end, because all bubbles end. This time is not different. It will end when…
  • Maybe someone should tell Kerry the Middle East is ignoring him

    Bob Morris
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    All the politicians making crazy sounds. Gaza crisis: Kerry rushes to Cairo, but does he have a strategy? Kerry appeared to be chomping at the bit before he dashed to Cairo, hoping to end the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. The cost of failure is high, some experts say. What’s the point in rushing to the Middle East when you have no plan, unless of course you are a grandstanding sociopath. And why is the cost of failure high when it’s not our battle? Tell me again why the US simply must get involved in every conflict? And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds. Does it really matter…
  • NSA can’t find relevant data because it captures all data, including junk

    Bob Morris
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The federal government approach of vacuuming up every speck of data because it might need it someday is useless, counterproductive, and does nothing to stop terrorism. NSA itself has admitted it has no way of quickly and accurately using the data it stores, saying maybe it will one day. It won’t and it can’t. This approach is a waste of time and money. Worse, this is the approach taken by all federal agencies. They are storing massive amounts of data on us in incompatible formats, not sharing with each other. It’s a Tower of Babel. Perhaps we should be thankful they are so…
  • Rape at college, then rape by college

    William Boardman
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hobart & William Smith Colleges does a Steubenville Two weeks after the fall term started, an unknown number of male students, apparently including members of the undefeated football team at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Hobart), raped an 18-tear-old freshman girl who’d had too much to drink. Hobart’s response was to re-rape the child bureaucratically by ignoring evidence and finding the alleged rapists not guilty. It was a sham of an administrative adjudication that failed to meet even a shadow of fairness, competence, or even intellectual plausibility. Hobart stands by its…
  • Eddie Vedder: Imagine that – I’m still anti-war

    Bob Morris
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Me too, Eddie, me too. And thank you for being at the anti-war protest in LA in 2003 when few other celebs would publicly take such a stance. Susan Sarandon was there too as were her then-husband Tim Robbins, and Pedro Almodovar.  Sarandon in particular got harpooned by the MSM for being one of them damn uppity anti-war women. (I helped organize the protest and took both photos.) Yes, some wars do need to be fought. However the US seems to revel in getting embroiled in conflicts which invariably end badly for us and everyone else. Only the war pigs profit from them. The rest of us, not so…
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  • Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    These capabilities start with SoftLayer data centers in Texas (open now) and Virginia (opening Fall 2014). Each center is designed and built to comply with demanding federal standards, and each device in each center — from servers to power supplies — is connected to a single integrated management system. This design enables automated deployment and control of the entire platform, including both bare metal and virtual components, and extends that control to you through one web portal and API for on-demand scalability and management. The highly secure SoftLayer data centers will initially…
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    30 May 2014 | 11:50 am
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  • Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?

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

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

  • Welcome

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

  • Why Is Christian Persecution Ignored?

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

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

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

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

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

  • US Leaving Afghan Allies to Fight Taliban on Their Own

    Amanda Winkler
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    "Interpreters have become a very big target of the Taliban and Al Queda," says Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). "There's been a lot of beheadings of people that have worked with the West." For the past 13 years of war, the American military has relied on Afghan nationals to serve as interpreters. These are essential jobs but also very dangerous ones; they are labeled as traitors by the Taliban and live in constant fear for their lives. As more American bases close and troops are called home, interpreters are left to fend off the Taliban alone.  View this article.
  • New Gene Editing Technology Eliminates HIV

    Ronald Bailey
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    CRISPR gene editing technology is barely two years old and it is already shaking up biotechnology and medicine. Using CRISPR biotechnologists can precisely edit genomes down to a single set of base pairs. Researchers are currently exploring just how to use this powerful new technology to treat all sorts of illnesses including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis. Researchers reported in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences how they used CRISPR to entirely extirpate HIV virus from various types of infected human cells. The PNAS editors rate the research's…
  • Can Someone Please Tell the Cops that Photography is Not a Crime!

    Nick Gillespie
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Via Instapundit in his USA Today column: Under the Espionage Act, certain classified military facilities can't be photographed, but that's it. But if photographing buildings puts you at risk for being hassled, police often take it even more personally if you photograph them at work. As attorney Morgan Manning reported in Popular Mechanics, people who photograph police in the process of arresting — or beating, or shooting — suspected criminals often find themselves confronted by officers who demand that they hand over their cameras or delete the incriminating images. Again, the police…
  • Eighty Years Ago Today, John Dillinger Helped Create the FBI

    Ed Krayewski
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Gangster John Dillinger’s lifelong career of crime—he robbed at least 12 banks and four police departments and was accused of shooting and killing an East Chicago police officer while escaping one bank robbery—ended, with his life, eighty years ago today outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Agents from the Division of Investigation (DOI) of the Justice Department (DOJ), a predecessor to the FBI, surrounded the theater based on a tip from an informant and then shot and killed him when he resisted arrest outside. The FBI’s official history explains: [Special Agent in…
  • Gene Healy Says You Can't Blame Americans for Not Feeling Exceptional

    Reason.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    "We are exceptional in a certain way that no other nation is," Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. embassy staffers in Vienna last week. We're the only country founded on "the idea that people are created equal and that all people have a chance to aspire for greatness. … Pretty amazing, right?" Kerry enthused. So far, so patriotically correct — but Kerry really stepped in it when he admitted getting "a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are. ... Not because we're not exceptional," he hastened to add — but because bragging about it is "kind of…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. U.S. politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Read full article >>
  • Can you be a pro-business populist?

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

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

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment. Read full article >>
  • It’s time for progressives to reclaim the Constitution

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    You cannot talk for very long to a conservative these days without hearing the words “constitutional” and “constitutionalist.” Formulations such as “I am a constitutional conservative” or “I am a constitutionalist” are tea party habits, but they are not confined to its ranks. Many kinds of conservatives contend that everything they believe is thoroughly consistent with the views and intentions of our 18th-century Founders. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • Two Hours After A Court Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies, Another Appeals Court Upholds Them

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    CREDIT: AP A little after 10am Tuesday morning, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered much of the Affordable Care Act defunded. Just two hours later, another federal appeals court, the Fourth Circuit, issued a unanimous opinion upholding the same subsidies that were struck down in the DC Circuit’s order. As we explained this morning, both cases hinge upon a glorified typo in the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare gives states the option to run a health insurance exchange selling coverage to their residents, or they may elect…
  • Italy Slaps Google With Tougher Privacy Regulations

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo Italian regulators have slapped Google with stricter regulations that should change how the company stores and collects user data, a move that closes out a year-long European investigation into Google’s privacy practices, Reuters reported. The new regulations mean Google will need consent before tracking people’s data and using it for advertising. Google must also delete users’ data every two months. The Internet giant has until September to submit a plan detailing how it will comply with the new rules within the next 18 months. If it fails to meet the new…
  • If Obamacare Opponents Win Their Latest Lawsuit, Here’s Who Loses

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak On Tuesday, two conservative judges essentially decided to defund Obamacare, ruling that the 36 states with federally-run insurance marketplaces can’t extend tax credits to help their residents purchase health care because of a technicality in the way the law is worded. Although it’s not the final word on the matter, the Halbig v. Burwell decision does represent a setback to the health reform law. Now, the case will likely head to the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and could eventually make its way up to the…
  • Qatari Government Announces Labor Reforms For World Cup Construction

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, listens during a press conference with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 2013. CREDIT: AP Images Following international scrutiny of what is predicted to be the deadliest sporting event in history, Qatar announced on Sunday it would improve conditions for its surplus of migrant workers building the $200 billion stadiums and other infrastructure projects necessary to host the 2022 World Cup. In March, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) predicted that as many as…
  • Can Any Amount Of Money Bring Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    The University of Connecticut students who will receive nearly $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit over how the school responded to their sexual assault complaints CREDIT: AP Photo/Jessica Hill Over the past week, two high profile sexual misconduct cases have resulted in large settlements for victims. National headlines have focused on the large monetary amounts of the payouts, which will compensate the women who say their consent and their dignity was violated. But whether Americans should feel satisfied that justice was served is a more complicated question. On Monday, Johns Hopkins…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it. (E. Bombeck) — Any problem is more bearable with a few endorphins! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Women must do things twice as well as men to be thought half as good. This is not difficult. (C. Whitton) — Grrrlz rock! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    There's a party all the time for them what choose. (Dr. Teeth) — Why would you choose anything else?? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Mother, the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. (D. Talmadge) — Growing up means opening a new account. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    The mark of ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. (R. Bach) — Victimhood is a choice. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Creamer: United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near-Poverty Wages Is Shameful

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: On October 1, United Airlines is planning to outsource 630 gate agent jobs at 12 airports to companies that pay near-poverty level wages. The airports affected include Salt Lake City; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Detroit and Des Moines, Iowa. As a result hundreds of employees who formerly made middle-class, living wages will be forced to transfer to other cities, take early retirement or seek employment elsewhere. Union…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Hats off for the top 'regular guy' actor James Garner -- also a lifelong Democrat who supported the campaigns of "Dennis Kucinich (Congress in 2002), Richard Gephardt, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, and various Democratic committees and groups," according to wikipedia. He was one of a handful of leading actors who supported MLK and sat in the third row during King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Below is a clip of Garner in one of his best performances as a reluctant warrior (he had two purple hearts in real life) in "The Americanization of Emily." But don't miss his hilarious portrayal of RJR Nabisco…
  • Will Black Voters Make History in November?

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Amid new reports that African Americans had a higher turnout percentage than their white counterparts in the 2012 general election, Nate Cohn writes that "Black Southern Voters, Poised to Play a Historic Role" at NYT's the Upshot. Cohn explains: Nearly five decades after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year's midterm elections. If Democrats win the South and hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters. The timing -- 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and 49 years after the passage…
  • Beutler: Senate Takeover Would Bring GOP Problems

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    In his post "The 2014 Midterms Matter More Than You Think: Winning the Senate would finally put Republicans on the spot" at The New Republic, Brian Beutler explains why a GOP takeover of the upper house would burden their party with elevated expectations they won't be able to satisfy: Republican hardliners in Congress and their enablers on the grassroots right will expect a Senate takeover to translate into the kinds of results they've been denied thus far. No more blinking in budget showdowns. No more balking at the prospect of confrontation. But by the time those fights roll around, the…
  • GOP Foreign Policy Rift Is For Real

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    We hear so many misleading reports about "civil war in the Republican Party" that it's sometimes hard to see the real thing when it appears. But while Republican divisions over domestic policy are usually over strategy and tactics rather than ideology, there are growing signs the battle over international affairs could be the most serious in a very long time. That was the subject of a column I did this week for TPMCafe. Here are some excerpts: The sharp exchange last weekend between Rick Perry and Rand Paul over Iraq -- and more broadly, its relationship to the "Reagan legacy" in foreign…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

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

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

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

    Gautam
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Amidst growing criticism over deteriorating law and order in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said that the state government should not be expected to keep a check on each and every crime. When asked about gang-rape and murder of a 30-year-old woman in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area, Mulayam gave a bizarre statement, saying: “The population of Uttar Pradesh is 21 crore. The least number of rapes take place in Uttar Pradesh. Every crime cannot be checked in the state. The police take action against the criminals if such cases take place” Rather…
  • Amit Shah to meet RSS top brass today

    Gautam
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    The newly appointed president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah will hold a meeting with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) top brass at RSS headquarters here, on Friday. According to Mr.Chandan Goswami, the head of BJP media cell in Vidarbha, Mr.Shah will arrive by 11 am flight and will visit Deekshabhoomi (the place where Dr.Ambedkar had converted to Buddhism with his followers). “He will then hold discussions with BJP Maharashtra president Devendra Fadnavis at his home. At 4 pm, the BJP president will visit RSS headquarters for a meeting with the RSS leaders,”…
  • Rajnath denies Kejriwal’s claims, says BJP will never do horse trading

    Gautam
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Amid reports that the BJP will take the final call on forming the government in Delhi after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from BRICS summit in Brazil, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal posed a number of questions for Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. “Sources says despite public outcry, L-G is likely to invite BJP to form govt today. BJP will accept it…..,” Kejriwal tweeted, adding, “Would L-G save his chair or the constitution – nation will keenly watch.”Kejriwal asked if L-G can invite a party to form government without prima facie satisfying himself…
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  • The Gallic Heart of Europe

    Javier Solana
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Perhaps because of its very relevance to the making of Europe, France mistrusts the changes taking place around it – as though the weight of its nationhood were narrowing its horizons. But no country today can remain isolated from globalization, tame it, or lead it alone. So France must look again to Europe and political union.
  • Europe’s Options

    Michael J. Boskin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The EU has three broad options as it confronts its economic malaise and increasingly frustrated voters. Unfortunately, the most likely option – business as usual, with improvised fixes to mini-crises – is the one least likely to deliver the growth that Europe desperately needs.
  • Peru’s Self-Sabotage

    César Gamboa
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Peru may be among Latin America’s fastest-growing economies today, but its long-term prosperity is far from certain – not least because its economy is largely dependent on the export of raw materials and hydrocarbons. Worse, though the government recognizes the need to pursue growth-enhancing reform, its approach is all wrong.
  • The Fertility Conundrum

    Karen Buch, et al.
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is perhaps inevitable that contraception and population growth are controversial topics, given the many perspectives – economic, social, political, and epidemiological – brought to bear on them. Striking the right balance among these different viewpoints is no easy task – but much depends on getting it right.
  • Putin’s Tipping Point?

    Nina L. Khrushcheva
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union’s attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences.
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Be Patriotic & Reflect on Frederick Douglass’ Independence Day Speech

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

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

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

    mrDaveyd
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Mike Hutchinson Oakland, California like most city’s around the country and for that matter around the world has two big buzz word that spark intense, heated  passions among its residents GENTRIFICATION and PRIVATIZATION… Here in ‘tha town‘ public school privatization has been a key ingredient in the attempts by developers and big power brokers seeking to bring about an economic and demographic change. Translation, there are many in power who want Oakland to be whiter and more affluent. This is playing out in very ugly ways within the Oakland Unified School District…
  • Courts Rule Teaching Tenure is Unconstitutional-Here’s the Real Deal Behind that Fight

    mrDaveyd
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    On Tuesday a Superior Court here in the state of California issued a landmark ruling declaring teachers who receive tenure is unconstitutional. Immediately afterwards a number of folks jumped on social media and took to the airwaves declaring the ending of teaching tenure as a grand victory and now our children will be saved. A closer look at some of those prominent voices including the Black and Brown ones, showed that they were a small fraction of folks who had aligned themselves with big corporations and neo-liberal factions that want nothing more but to privatize public education. This…
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    News - AllGov

  • Obama Administration was Warned Well in Advance of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border into Texas

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Outside experts warned the Obama administration last year that the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States was growing at an alarming rate and that more federal resources might be required to address the pending crisis.   That warning came from the University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) Unaccompanied Alien Children Project, which visited a Border Patrol station in Brownsville, Texas during 2013.   The UTEP team found that an average of 66 children were being picked up at the border each day. Thirty Border Patrol agents were required to transport the…
  • $23.6 Billion Jury Award in Smoking Case Unlikely to Survive Appeal

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    A Florida jury shocked the tobacco and legal world last week when it ordered a leading cigarette maker to pay nearly $24 billion in punitive damages to the family of a deceased smoker. But the enormous award is unlikely to hold up on appeal.   R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is expected to challenge the verdict that featured $23.6 billion in punitive damages. In addition to that sum, the jury granted compensatory damages totaling $16.9 million in the case brought by Cynthia Robinson, the widow of chain smoker Michael Johnson, who died 18 years ago of lung cancer at age 36. But it was the…
  • UN Report Estimates more than Half with AIDS don’t Know they’re Infected

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    More than half of all the world’s HIV patients are not aware of their medical condition, according to a new United Nations’ report. Nineteen million of the 35 million living with the human immunodeficiency virus are unaware that they’re infected.   Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, which produced the report, says: “Whether you live or die should not depend on access to an HIV test.”   “Smarter scale-up is needed to close the gap between people who know their HIV status and people who don’t, people who can get services and…
  • Can Private Drones be Used to Counter “Ag-Gag” Laws in 7 States?

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    An investigative journalist has decided that if state laws prevent him from documenting evidence of wrongdoing inside factory farms, he’ll take to the air to see what’s going on. Using the online fundraising website Kickstarter, journalist Will Potter managed to raise $75,000 to purchase multiple drones for aerial surveillance of large livestock facilities.   Potter told NPR’s The Salt that the move was necessary since seven states have adopted “ag-gag” bills that outlaw the collecting of images inside such operations that reveal neglect or abuse.  …
  • House Republicans Fight to Stop City-Owned Internet Providers

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    States should be able to block cities from offering their own high-speed Internet service, as far as Republicans in Congress are concerned.   Cities such as Chattanooga, Tennessee, have become groundbreaking examples of what local governments can do to provide high-speed fiber optic networks to residents and local businesses. That city created its “Gig City” operation that’s at least 50 times faster than the national average for $70 a month. But city officials there have been prohibited from expanding to nearby communities eager for the service because of a state law…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Winos’ Guide to the Tucson Beer District

    Pamela Powers Hannley
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tucson has many new bars and restaurants along the modern street car route, but unfortunately, many of them are dedicated to beer. I hate beer. I don’t care how trendy beer is these days. I still hate it. There I said it. Both Zocalo and … Continue reading →
  • Cathi Herrod’s law firm spreads lies about birth control in federal suit

    Donna Gratehouse
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com Anti-choicers don’t have the truth or popular opinion on their side where birth control is concerned but that has not stopped the movement in its unrelenting quest to strip women of access to it. So they have … Continue reading →
  • California: empirical evidence that higher taxes do not kill jobs

    AZ BlueMeanie
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I have previously posted that Kansas is a cautionary tale for Arizona. It’s blind faith in conservative faith based supply-side “trickle down” economics — The Brownback experiment — has failed miserably. “Kansas’ job growth has lagged behind neighboring states; it’s … Continue reading →
  • ‘Silent Sally’ tells some whoppers to the Green Valley News

    AZ BlueMeanie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Two-time loser CD 2 GOP congressional candidate Martha McSally, who has been avoiding taking questions from the media (except the friendly confines of FAUX News) and even questions from her CD 2 constituents, was afforded an opportunity to “write about … Continue reading →
  • Your vote counts at Pima County Public Library

    Carolyn Classen
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Here’s some useful voter information for the upcoming August 26 Arizona Primary, from Pima County public library website: If you’ve moved, turned 18, changed your name, or changed your party affiliation since November 2013, then it’s time to register to … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project

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

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

    Madeline Ostrander
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Australians have long been troublemakers—witty, willing to mock and thwart authority, and full of the kind of no-nonsense pragmatism that comes from making a society in a harsh landscape. Iain McIntyre’s How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia is a new edition of a book that began as a zine nearly 20 years ago. While the title, of course, parodies the most famous example of the self-help genre, How to Make Trouble is more Howard Zinn than Dale Carnegie. It offers an alternative history of Australia,…
  • Meet the 99-Year-Old Revolutionary Who's Still Changing Detroit

    Liz Pleasant
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    On June 30th, PBS premiered American Revolutionary, a feature length documentary film about the life of Grace Lee Boggs. Boggs has been active in radical labor and civil rights movements since 1939 and has an impressively long FBI rap sheet to prove it. American Revolutionary explores what drew Boggs to Detroit's African-American community and how she is inspiring a new generation of activists. You can watchit for free at PBS.org, now through July 30th. Read more: Planting Seeds of Hope: How Sustainable Activism Transformed Detroit Bring On the Next American Revolution Grace Boggs: Reviving…
  • These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way

    Christine St. Pierre
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Photo by Jack Storms. Great Native leaders appear to be overlooking contemporary Aztec dancers in a scene from Hummingbird, a short film that captures the spiritual power of ritual and tradition. The film was made by Longhouse Media, an organization that aims to catalyze indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change. Click here to subscribe to YES! Longhouse Executive Director Tracy Rector emphasizes the group’s mission to nurture Native artists who use both traditional and modern forms of storytelling: “Our stories…
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    Divided Under God

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Knox and Sollecito - Are They Finally Beginning to Crack?

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

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

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Jodi Arias Trial Truth: The Herr Speights Sinus Theory Debunked: " The most difficult student to educate is the one who is not willing to admit their ignorance" - anonymous "Herr" S...
  • Jodi Arias -- My Response to the Absurdity

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:55 pm
    …" You [Jodi Arias] are the worst thing that has ever happened to me…"-Travis AlexanderFor the past month or so I've been dedicating my free time to re-watching the Jodi Arias Trial. Obviously I have been fascinated with this case and am looking forward to the upcoming penalty phase.Read more »
  • Revisiting Jodi Arias Trial Pt 2

    18 May 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Read part 1 here.***Edited ...yes, I put trail instead of trial in the title. Oooops! Thanks for correcting me in the comments.Before I move on to discussing Darryl Brewer, I wanted to address some of the questions about why it was Matt McCartney did not testify. Jodi supporters seem to be under the impression that Jodi did not receive a fair trail and one factor always includes the mystery surrounding the absence of Matt's testimony.Read more »
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    Politics

  • Uri Dromi: Despair is not an option in Gaza

    Uri Dromi
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    The Israeli economist Yaacov Sheinin proposes a bold economic answer to the rockets – but with the repressive Hamas in charge, would it have any chance of materialising? What future? A medic helps a man in the wreckage of Shejaia, Gaza. Photo: Reuters Once again, Israelis and Palestinians have been plunged into another round of violence, which only brings bloodshed and destruction, breeds more hatred and plants the seeds of the next round. Israel sent its army to Gaza only after exhausting all other options. By accepting the Egyptian and the UN proposals for a ceasefire, Israel…
  • Surprise! White men are over-represented on Question Time

    Harry Lambert
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    White men disproportionately dominate most fields, but even the BBC's flagship political panel show seems incapable of gender (or ethnic) balance. Then again, Westminster is far worse. David Dimbleby hosts a Question Time in Shanghai, 2005. A majority of the show's guests are still white men a decade on. Photo: Getty. A May 2015 analysis of Question Time guests in 2014 has uncovered what many could have probably predicted – white men are over-represented by the flagship political panel show. The programme, which has recently stopped for the summer, markets itself as one of "debate in…
  • Teens fleeing warzones are fuelling violent crime in London, youth crime summit warned

    Lucy Fisher
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    The risk posed by traumatised asylum seekers was one of many themes identified at Labour's Youth Crime Summit in London today.  A man stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011. Photo: Getty. Teenage refugees and asylum seekers fleeing warzones are fuelling violent crime across London, a youth crime summit hosted by Labour was warned today. Gary Kelly, Detective Superintendent in Southwark, said: “The trauma of youngsters fleeing war-torn countries and coming here – I can’t overestimate the challenges that Syria and Libya will cause us across London.” He identified youths aged between…
  • Ed Miliband: "We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza"

    Anoosh Chakelian
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Labour leader says his party opposes Israel's ground invasion of Gaza. Ed Miliband has condemned Israel's actions in Gaza. Photo: Getty We've all seen pictures of Ed Miliband perching timorously at the top table with Barack Obama, but something more significant has come out of his trip to Washington. The Huffington Post is reporting that he has come out on behalf of his party against Israel's ground invasion of Gaza. "We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza," he said. The situation in Gaza was one of the subjects he discussed during his brief meeting with the US President and…
  • Its share price has fallen, but the Royal Mail sale was still a debacle

    Harry Lambert
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The government lost between £750m and £1.7bn in selling off the Royal Mail – or three times as much as the bedroom tax might save. 70 per cent of the Royal Mail is now in private hands. Photo: Getty. An announcement today, from the recently privatised Royal Mail PLC, has reignited the debate over whether the company was sold incompently by the coalition. A slight fall in the share price has led some to suggest its IPO was not quite the disaster it first appeared – when its share price rocketed nearly 40 per cent in one day. But, by any measure, the sale still appears to have been an…
 
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Report: Illegals Allowed to Stay Longer Because Immigration Courts on Verge of 'Implosion'

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Illegal immigrant children who are released with "notices to appear" will likely remain in the country for three to five years while their cases are resolved in a system that is reportedly on the verge of "implosion." During this period, many will be able to attend schools and hold jobs. "We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987, told Reuters.  According to Reuters, "U.S. immigration courts have a backlog of 375,373 cases, almost 50,000 more than they faced two…
  • Amid Heated Debate, Louisiana Lawmakers File Lawsuit to Suspend Common Core Standards

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Lawmakers in Louisiana filed a lawsuit Monday in Baton Rouge district court that seeks an immediate suspension of the Common Core standards in the state’s schools. According to the Associated Press, the 17 legislators – 13 Republicans and 2 Democrats – argue in the suit that state education leaders failed to properly enact the controversial standards that have been the focus of a heated debate between Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and John White, state superintendent. The lawsuit claims Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the state education…
  • Layoffs Prove the Deceit of Amnesty

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing. In the United States, the number of engineering jobs has been sharply declining. In 2002 the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States was 385,000, but despite increased demand for technology, the job total dropped to only 300,000 last year. And that number is not even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the…
  • Choosing Life over Convenience

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    As the debate examining prohibiting late term abortions has unfolded, I can't help but think of my youngest grandson who was born a few years ago, weighing only 2 lbs 5 oz at 28 weeks. After his birth, I spent a lot of time with him in the neonatal intensive care unit, watching him grow stronger every day until he was able to finally go home with his family. Witnessing the miracle of his birth and the struggle he had in those early weeks, it breaks my heart that anyone would have a problem with limiting late term abortions and abortions after 20 weeks. Every child should have the opportunity…
  • Ben Carson: Chief Justice Roberts Probably Having 'Second Thoughts' about Upholding Obamacare

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    After a federal court ruled on Tuesday that the Obama administration exceeded its statutory authority when it decided to grant Obamacare subsidies through state and federal exchanges, Dr. Ben Carson said Chief Justice John Roberts is probably having "second thoughts" about his decisive vote to uphold the law. Carson told Fox News' Bill Hemmer that the Obama administration, along with the IRS, had been essentially saying that they "could be doing pretty much whatever they want," even though the law "specifically states that subsidies were going to come through the state exchanges." "You can't…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • From Matteotti to Di Matteo? #lanuovadittatura - the new dictatorship

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    History never repeats itself in the same way, but if you look at the Italy of today and that of 1924, the year when Giacomo Matteotti was kidnapped and killed, there are many striking similarities. The outcomes could be the same: the end of the democracy, with fascism being brought in in its place, a system involving all the country’s organisations that want to protect their privileges and keep the will people at a safe distance: organised crime, P2-ists, corrupt institutions, and political parties. Since the victory of the M5S in the 2013 national elections we have been experiencing a…
  • Passaparola - Mothers in crisis

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Watch the Passaparola of the Mothers in Crisis10:00 We are the "Mothers in Crisis", about 100 healthcare and social workers that worked at Milan’s Mangiagalli Polyclinic for many years. We formed this group by attending a Healthcare and Social Workers course at our own expense. Then the Polyclinic held a public selection testing process to fill 29 posts. In the end they took around 90 people, but we were all left at home. After having discarded us, they even expected us to train the new employees that had come through the selection process, in other words the ones who would be replacing us,…
  • Honest Italy by Di Matteo

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    What follows is part of the speech delivered by the prosecutor Nino Di Matteo yesterday in via D'Amelio, Palermo. “We cannot stay silent in the face of the overwhelming attempt to transform the investigative magistrates into simple bureaucrats constantly subject to the will of their boss, and of those official leaders that are unfortunately ever more frequently appointed by the magistrates’ governing body, the CSM, that is at risk of being squashed and influenced in its self-governing choices by the pressing needs of different factions and political groups and by the ever more exacting…
  • Elected and not appointed. #GrazieRenzi Thanks Renzi

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    “In the end, the meeting with the PD took place and lasted an hour and a half. Sure. After a good 25 days of intense correspondence by letter we could have hoped that they would have come to the discussion with their ideas already sorted out, with greater clarity and a better level of preparedness. We can’t expect to get everything we want. Even though people are saying that speed is important, in fact more time is being taken for this. Thus the negotiations have concluded but things are being put off to some date in the future in accordance with the many ups and downs of parliamentary…
  • #BastaSoldiAiGiornali: No more money to the newspapers: the M5S proposal

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    >>> Today, 17 July, at 3:00 pm in the Chamber of Deputies, there’ll be the meeting of the M5S and PD delegations to discuss the electoral law. The direct streaming will be broadcast on the blog and on La Cosa <<<<<<<<<<<< "Today in the seventh Standing Committee dealing with “Culture, Science and Education”, there’ll be a discussion of the first law proposal written with the signed up members of the M5S concerning the abolition of public financing to the publishing sector. It’s important to start off by calling to mind that: “the most…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Life in Britain on the Eve of the First World War

    Marian L. Tupy
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Marian L. Tupy The Telegraph has an interesting series of short articles about life in Britain at the start of WWI. While all of the articles are worth reading, here are the best parts for those who like to compare standard of living then and now. Work and leisure Most Edwardians worked in dark, noisy factories, cut hay in fields, toiled down dirty and dangerous mines; had bones bent by rickets and lungs racked by tuberculosis. Life expectancy then was 49 years for a man and 53 years for a woman, compared with 79 and 82 years today. They lived in back to back tenements or jerry-built…
  • Government Can’t Rewrite Obamacare Text Without Legislation

    Ilya Shapiro
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Ilya Shapiro The D.C. Circuit ruled today that the government isn’t Humpty Dumpty and so statutory text doesn’t mean whatever the government says it means.  The provision at issue, which grants tax credits for people to buy health insurance, only applies to people buying policies through “exchanges established by the State”–which in any sane world can’t apply to exchanges established by the federal government. The fact that the vast majority of states have declined the federal government’s offer to establish exchanges–the list grows daily as…
  • Chinese Anomalies: How the World’s Largest Country Is Really Different from America

    Doug Bandow
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Doug Bandow SHENYANG, CHINA—For the longest time I viewed twitter as, well, a silly waste of time, and refused to use it.  I still view it as a silly waste of time in any normal world.  But I finally gave in after friends and colleagues told me that it would be a very useful tool.  I’m still not convinced, but I have to admit that I’m pleased to see the rise in the number of people following me (@Doug_Bandow) over time. When I travel somewhere I normally go onto Google, check the news, and comment on current stories.  After arriving in the People’s Republic of…
  • Halbig v. Burwell Winners Outnumber Losers by More than Ten to One

    Michael F. Cannon
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Michael F. Cannon Today at DarwinsFool.com, I released estimates of the impact of a potential ruling for the plaintiffs in Halbig v. Burwell, one of four cases currently before federal courts claiming that the subsidies and taxes the IRS is implementing in the 36 states with health-insurance Exchanges established by the federal government are illegal. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act repeatedly says those taxes and subsidies are authorized only “through an Exchange established by the State.” Left-leaning groups and media outlets that defend the IRS are attempting to portray…
  • U.S. Should Test China’s Disenchantment with North Korea

    Ted Galen Carpenter
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Ted Galen Carpenter Evidence mounts that the Chinese government is mightily annoyed with its volatile North Korean ally.  Long gone are the days when Chinese officials invariably described the relationship between their country and North Korea as being “as close as lips and teeth.”   In a new article in China-U.S. Focus, I show how the chill in the bilateral relationship has been growing for years and has now reached unprecedented levels.  A stark indication was Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent state visit to South Korea, which became a blatant snub to…
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    A View from the Right

  • Before You “Claim” II Chronicles 7:14, Read This

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

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

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

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

    sirrahc
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:07 pm
    “[The U.S. income tax is] a disgrace to the human race.” — President Jimmy Carter [Editor's note: I would probably get more mileage out of this post if I published it during "tax season". On the other hand, it is a perennial topic, so maybe it will pique someone's interest....] We all like to complain […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Yemen at a Glance: Houthi Rebels and Southern Secession

    Fernando Carvajal
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    President Hadi continues to face mounting security challenges amid Houthi rebels and southern secessionists. Challenges posed by Islamist militants are among a myriad of threats to Yemen’s stability. President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, however, continues to face mounting challenges on two other fronts: the northern province of Amran and the unwavering southern secessionist movement. The […] The post Yemen at a Glance: Houthi Rebels and Southern Secession appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Flight MH17: Bringing Up the Bodies

    Anna Pivovarchuk
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Vladimir Putin fails to acknowledge his role in the Flight MH17 disaster. The eastern Ukrainian village of Hrabove, or Grabovo — in a twist of morbid irony only one letter away from having the word “coffin” in its name (“grob” in Russian) — is a scene of devastation and loss not seen in Europe since […] The post Flight MH17: Bringing Up the Bodies appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Iraq: Making or Breaking Obama’s Foreign Policy

    James Butler
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:34 pm
    In Iraq, Obama faces the greatest test of his attempt to recast US foreign policy. Despite the undoubted early coup of killing Osama bin Laden, foreign policy has proven a particular area of vulnerability for US President Barack Obama. He has been stalked by sustained attacks from Republicans over his response to the deadly assault […] The post Iraq: Making or Breaking Obama’s Foreign Policy appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Kurds of Iraq: Territorial Gains, ISIS and Independence

    Manuel Langendorf
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Amid a Sunni rebellion against the Maliki government, Kurdish parties in Iraq have not prepared for independence. Kurdish armed forces, the Peshmerga, are heavily involved in the Iraq crisis. They continue to combat the Islamic State, a jihadist group previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), and have gained territory […] The post The Kurds of Iraq: Territorial Gains, ISIS and Independence appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War (Part 1/2)

    Joseph Hughes
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Repercussions from the Syrian conflict will be felt throughout the Middle East for decades to come. After the failure of peace talks at Lake Geneva, and the reelection of President Bashar al-Assad, the question of how to resolve the devastating civil war in Syria remains unanswered. Ever since the Arab Spring in 2011, diplomatic efforts have […] The post The Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War (Part 1/2) appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Cea mai buna investitie in sine - masajul

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Un celebru artist din Romania se muta la Antena 1! Stefan Banica Jr. va fi unul din juratii emisiunii “X Factor”.Pentru a afla mai multe despre intrarea lui Stefan Banica Jr. in familia Antena 1, acesta a facut cateva dezvaluiri cu privire la planurile de viitor. “Propunerea Antenei 1 de a face parte din juriul X Factor este onoranta, am ales sa fac acest pas cu toata convingerea, mai ales ca vorbim despre o super-productie, un mare succes, atat in strainatate, cat si in Romania”, a declarant artistul.Faptul ca Stefan Banica Jr. a acceptat sa intre in familia Antena 1 nu este ceva…
  • Parasirea tarii cu masina inchiriata

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Atunci cand motivul pentru care se doreste inchirierea unei masini de la una dintre firmele de rent a car din Romania este o deplasare in afara teritoriului tarii, este bine ca acesta sa fie punctul de pornire in discutia cu firma de inchirieri. Asa cum in Bucuresti exista firme de inchirieri auto care permit deplasarea in afara tarii cu masini din flota proprie, exista si firme de rent a car ce nu permit parasirea tarii. Acesta este si motivul pentru care fie va trebui sa faceti un research online dupa firme care permit si deplasari internationale, fie daca aveti o companie preferata, asa…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

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

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

    Carolyn Fante
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in “job losses” under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth — albeit small — since Quinn took office. The Illinois governor’s race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. Rauner, a businessman, is making a strong bid to defeat Quinn, a former lieutenant governor who was elevated to the top spot on Jan. 29, 2009, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. Real Clear Politics, which aggregates polling data, shows Rauner up by…
  • Kingston’s False ‘Amnesty’ Connection

    Alexander Nacht
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Less than a week before the Republican runoff election for Senate in Georgia, Rep. Jack Kingston is falsely claiming that his opponent, David Perdue, “sat on a board promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Perdue did not sit on the board in question, and he had nothing to do with the group’s endorsement of a 2006 immigration bill. The ad also repeats a misleading claim about the Common Core State Standards Initiative and distorts Perdue’s nuanced position on it. Kingston, an 11-term congressman, is facing Perdue, a businessman, in a July 22 runoff. Kingston and…
  • Who Supports Obamacare in Georgia Race?

    Robert Farley
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Both candidates seeking the Republican nomination in a Georgia House race have repeatedly called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But you wouldn’t know it from the competing ads from Bob Johnson and Buddy Carter, in which each tries to paint the other as a closet fan of “Obamacare.” Both ads use deceptive tactics to make their case. An ad from the Johnson campaign claims “Carter said Obamacare was ‘not so bad.’ ” That’s a cherry-picked quote. Carter said that “some of the things that have happened so far are not so bad,”…
 
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    WesternFront America

  • Killing marine life with ethanol

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael Allen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Conservative Think Tank Suggests Obama Should be 'Hung, Drawn, and Quartered' (Video) Conservative Think Tank Suggests Obama Should be 'Hung, Drawn, and Quartered' (Video) Nation Politics World Stephen Steinlight Has Been Optimized Stephen Steinlight, of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), recently told the Highlands Tea Party in Sebring, Florida, that he wanted to impeach President Obama and suggested the president should be lynched. The CIS website states that Steinlight is “one of the nation’s most insightful voices on immigration” and "a Senior Policy…
  • Sarah Palin Says Immigration is Invasion (Video)

    Michael Allen
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Sarah Palin Says Immigration is Invasion (Video) Sarah Palin Says Immigration is Invasion (Video) Nation Politics World Sarah Palin Immigration Has Been Optimized Former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin spoke at the Western Conservative Summit at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado, on Saturday. Palin attacked undocumented immigrants coming into the U.S., and the Obama administration for housing the immigrants (mostly children) in various U.S. cities and towns, notes Mediaite.com (video below).“Notice they [law enforcement officials] are not hauling illegals to…
  • Tea Party Group Slams NAACP at NAACP Convention (Video)

    Michael Allen
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Tea Party Group Slams NAACP at NAACP Convention (Video) Tea Party Group Slams NAACP at NAACP Convention (Video) Politics Freedom Works NAACP Has Been Optimized FreedomWorks, a corporate-funded Tea Party group, was allowed to set up a booth at the NAACP's 105 annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev., which began on Saturday and will continue until Wednesday. Deneen Borelli and CL Bryant, of FreedomWorks, were respectfully questioned about their booth by an African-American woman, which the conservative website ProgressivesToday.com described as "open hostility" and "awful display of intolerance."…
  • Israeli Military Releases Video Of Alleged Firearm Exchange With Hamas (VIDEO)

    Amanda Schallert
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Israeli Military Releases Video Of Alleged Firearm Exchange With Hamas (VIDEO) Watch: Latest Exchange Between Israel and Hamas (Video) Israeli Military Releases Video Of Alleged Firearm Exchange With Hamas (VIDEO) World Gaza, Israel, Gaza Strip, Israel Defense Forces, Hamas, air strikes Not Optimized The Israeli military released a video Monday showing a fight in which Israeli military officers were successful in attacking members of Hamas at the opening of a tunnel. The video shows 10 armed Palestinians, who are called terrorists in the video, hiding in bushes and trying to camouflage,…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Asks for Votes Because He's Christian, Opponent is Not

    Michael Allen
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Tennessee Lawmaker Asks for Votes Because He's Christian, Opponent is Not Tennessee Lawmaker Asks for Votes Because He's Christian, Opponent is Not Local Politics Religion Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Not Optimized Tennessee has been a hot bed of conflict between Christians and Muslims over the past few years, beginning with the construction of Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, which many locals claimed would be a terrorist gathering place. The U.S. Justice Department stepped in to intervene, and the mosque was eventually built (pictured), noted The New York Times in 2012. In…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Jay Steinmetz:

    RP Nation
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    America is at a crossroads.  We sit here on the edge of a fiscal cliff fighting to determine if tax hikes or entitlement reform is going to lead the day.  As we fight to raise our debt ceiling critical questions are not being answered and seem to be ignored time and time again.  How did we get here?  Why did we get here?  And how do we avoid getting here again? When we rescued two of the three American car companies we did so by removing huge debt and the liabilities of their underfunded pension liabilities.  Did we address why they were all failing to begin with?  Were VW, BMW, and…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Tooting my Own Horn

    John Y. Brown III
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There’s nothing wrong with tooting your own horn from time to time. If you don’t, who will? Right?As baseball legend Dizzy Dean famously said, “It ain’t braggin’ if you’ve done it.”Well, this morning it finally happened for me. I was the very first customer of the day at the Springhurst Starbucks in The Summit (or whatever they are calling it now).I didn’t win a prize of any kind and the Barista wasn’t even going to tell me until I asked solicitously if I was, in fact, today’s first customer. After a brief pause while she fished…
  • Arturr Davis: Falling Off the RP Wagon?

    Artur Davis
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    From AL.com: Let me get the news-making information out of the way:  On Aug. 25, an exact year before the election, I will be setting up a Davis for Mayor exploratory committee. If it reports that the resources and grassroots support are there, I am in. I don’t underestimate the obstacles. While I was born on McKinney Street; while Dannelly, Montgomery Academy, Cloverdale and Jeff Davis gave me the foundation to make the Ivy League; while I cut my professional teeth trying cases in the old courthouse on Lee Street; and while I spent the first 31 years of my life in Montgomery, and…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said-She Said: Missing the Holidays

    Erica and Matt Chua
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most of the year being away from home is just fine.  Daily life doesn’t give us much to miss, but the holidays are a different story.  Do we want to be at an ugly sweater party?  Yeah, you betcha!  Do we want to be feasting on unhealthy food just because it’s a holiday?  Of course!  Here are the key things about the holidays we miss. HE SAID… December is a deceptively good month at home.  The fun of the holidays outweighs the fact that in Minnesota the temperature drops below freezing; a mark it won’t rise above until sometime in May.  While the air outside becomes frosty,…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Dear God

    John Y. Brown III
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear God,  Don’t get me wrong and please know I am just trying to help. I appreciate you keeping up the regular supply of much needed water to us. But splashing us every few days with water everywhere with these rain storms just makes it seem like you aren’t keeping up with the times. Nobody down here is saying anything yet about your old fashioned water deliver methods but I worry they eventually will–you know how we are. And who needs that? For example, I was at a Thornton’s early this morning (the one off Shelbyville road in Louisville, KY across from the…
 
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Guernica Goes Analog

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

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

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

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

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

  • Florida Ranks High for its Road Transportation

    Allison Nielsen
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Florida ranks toward the top in the country for its road transportation, according to a July report by the National Economic Council and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.The report found the Sunshine State ranked at the top in several measures of road transportation.Florida's drivers also pay less than drivers in any other state to maintain their vehicles as a result of Florida's good road transportation, ultimately resulting in around $180 in savings for drivers every year. read more
  • Allen West Tries to Rally Conservatives Behind Tom Cotton

    Kevin Derby
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., continues to go all out for U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is running against U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, R-Ark., in November. West sent out an email to supporters on Tuesday in which he agrees with national pundits’ assessment that the GOP needs to beat Pryor to flip the Senate. read more
  • Anti-Common Core Event Hits Movie Theaters Nationwide

    Allison Nielsen
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    A live event against the Common Core State Standards will be broadcast in movie theaters across the country on Tuesday. "We Will Not Conform," which will be hosted by conservative radio host Glenn Beck, promises to be an interactive experience where theatergoers can voice their opinions and concerns about the controversial education standards. Beck will be joined by conservative commentators like Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin and former Republican Party of Texas Vice Chair David Barton, both of whom have been staunch critics of the standards.read more
  • RPOF: Charlie Crist Offering Nothing in Terms of Policy

    Kevin Derby
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new line of attack on Tuesday against former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite in next month’s Democratic gubernatorial primary despite holding three statewide offices as a Republican. Defending Gov. Rick Scott, the RPOF launched a new webpage insisting Crist has offered nothing in terms of policy proposals. read more
  • Nan Rich Hits 'Republican Governors' Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

    Kevin Derby
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Trying to catch former Gov. Charlie Crist in next month’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich compared him to Gov. Rick Scott on Monday. Noting Crist had spent most of his political life in the GOP, Rich insisted he and Scott were two peas in a pod. Rich pointed to a video of Scott putting off answering questions and compared it to Crist’s refusal to debate her. read more
 
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    The Conference Channel Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Federal Court Ruling That Obamacare Subsidies Are Illegal Expected To Be Overturned

    Jason Easley
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Today, in a 2-1 split decision, the Republican judges on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals embraced a controversial interpretation of the ACA that believes all subsidies issued through the federal marketplace are illegal. The decision is expected to be overturned. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Commentary: Calling Out Israel’s Campaign Against Palestinians Is Not Anti-Semitism

    Rmuse
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    One would rather be a pariah than sit idly by while Israel wages war against innocent Palestinian civilians who were herded onto a Native American-like reservation under threat of annihilation, or tricked into going there with a false promise of being granted a homeland. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fox News Contributor Says Obama’s ‘Frightened’ And Praises Putin As A ‘Real Leader’

    Justin Baragona
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    During a segment on Monday night's broadcast of The Kelly File, Fox News strategic analyst Ralph Peters spent three-plus minutes tearing into President Obama while simultaneously praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Bad Sign For Boehner as Judge Throws Out Senator’s Obamacare Lawsuit

    Jason Easley
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Here is the reason why Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit is likely to go nowhere. A federal judge in Wisconsin threw out an Obamacare lawsuit by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) because the senator lacked standing. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Republicans Lie – About Everything

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Far from creating a straw man, Republicans have created a straw country, one where nothing is as it seems, one that has no relationship to the actual fact-based world in which we live [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • 260 Arab intellectuals against ISIS

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Weirdness of Being Milked and Other Postpartum Reflections

    Lizzie
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:45 am
    I’m being milked like a cow. Right now. My recently young and perky “tits” are now sad and droopy feedbags emptying with each surprisingly loud “whoosh” of my electric breast pump. This experience of isolation, often tucked away in a room upstairs from my coworkers with my nipples exposed in the least sexy way possible, has been reserved for the otherwise most fulfilling time of my life. The birth of my son has changed me in a fundamental way. I’m not coming back from this. I’m not looking for life to “get back to normal,” as the weekly articles delivered to my email inbox…
  • The Problem with You: How Pregnancy Hormones Can Turn You Against Yourself and Everyone You Love

    Lizzie
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    The problem with you is that even the most empathetic “you” still filters everything through a very distinct “you” lens. Something about being 38 weeks pregnant has very abruptly shifted my lens from “me” — where everything is comfortable and familiar — to somewhere in between total selfishness and selflessness. Don’t get me wrong, none of us are totally selfish or totally selfless all the time. Most of us oscillate — and, as one of my favorite writers (Karen Armstrong) talks about, “concern for everybody” is something people strive their whole lives to achieve ……
  • To My Unborn Son: Here’s the Thing About Your Dad

    Lizzie
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    To my unborn son, If all goes according to plan, you’ll be arriving in a little less than four weeks and I feel compelled in an unfamiliar way to tell you about your dad. First, I want to say that you always were a totally welcome, wanted baby. That being said, even though we thought we were in control of the plan, we weren’t going to come away from something like embarking on the adventure of parenthood purposefully without struggling with a few concepts. To be perfectly honest, even now, while I eagerly await your arrival, I struggle with the thought of “sharing” your dad. And while…
  • The Latest in B2B Marketing from The Starr Conspiracy Blog

    Lizzie
    19 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    I am a terrible blogger. Truly. I break all the rules all the time. But I haven’t been doing nothing lately. So I figured I would share a few recent posts from The Starr Conspiracy blog, where I’ve been doing a daily brain dump on B2B marketing. 3B2B Marketing Mistakes You Might Have Already Made in 2014 We’re just a few days into a brand new, fresh year. You have a blank marketing slate for 2014. You may have already made a few mistakes on your personal New Year’s resolutions already (don’t feel bad, pie is delicious), but you don’t have to make these marketing mistakes…
  • Confronting the Panicky Truths of Impending Motherhood

    Lizzie
    12 Feb 2014 | 8:04 am
    I feel very mortal. I am overwhelmed. Elated. I feel surreally capable of my body’s ability to deliver my son. And yet I haven’t slept in three days because, at the same time, I know I will panic and want to turn back. I know I will feel out of control — or, at least, that it is one of two equally possible routes I can take. One, proud and confident, I will give birth standing up, looking like Medicine Woman, and I will grab by son from beneath me to hold him up in the air like Simba in The Lion King. The other, hysterical and afraid, I will scream, “I can’t do this” while my…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • A Moment For Mia Macy, Who Fought Anti-Trans Discrimination, At Obama LGBT Order Signing

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “It’s a nice bookend to a very long four years,” Macy says of executive-order signing ceremony. Win McNamee / Getty Images WASHINGTON — Calling it a "surreal experience," Mia Macy left the White House Monday with a smile, having just met with President Obama moments before he signed an executive order to protect the LGBT employees of federal contractors and transgender federal employees from discrimination. "I feel like there's a boulder, and we've all been taking part on pushing this boulder up the hill," she told BuzzFeed after the signing ceremony. Of the…
  • White House Criticizes Anonymous Sources, Reporters Note The White House Has An Anonymous Source Call Today

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Yup. youtube.com A press briefing between reporters and White House press secretary Josh Earnest got testy Monday as reporters pushed back against the White House's criticism of a Washington Post story for relying on anonymous administration sources. "The lead of that story is hooked entirely to anonymous sources," Earnest said of the Post report that Obama aides were warned of coming influx Central American minors into the United States. "That's just a fact." "You criticize anonymous sources, but we have anonymous sources from you all every day. In fact, I think we have a call today.
  • MSNBC Contributor Criticizes MSNBC On MSNBC For Air Time Given To Palestinian Voices

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal criticizes the network and Andrea Mitchell by name. View Video › Monday's edition of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily featured criticism of the network's coverage of the conflict in Gaza by one of its own paid contributors, Newsweek's Rula Jebreal. RULA JEBREAL: "We are biased when it comes to this issue. Look how many (sic) air time Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis — Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues.. RONAN FARROW: "I'm going to push back a little on…
  • Democratic Congressman Slams Groups Counting "Body Bags" To Criticize Israel

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    “By that reckoning, you look at World War II and you decide that Eisenhower must have been a war criminal because there were so many more German casualties than America casualties in that war. That is preposterous.” View Video › Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California slammed groups doing what he called "international jurisprudence" by counting the large death toll in the Gaza strip to say Israel "must be wrong." The comments are an apparent dig at human rights group who have criticized Israel in recent days over the rising death toll in the Gaza Strip. Sherman was…
  • Democratic Senator Says U.S. Is "Not Leading" On The World Stage, No Clear View Of U.S Policy

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    “There’s not a clarity of who is the United States of America and what do we stand for,” West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin said. View Video › Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin accused the Obama administration of failing to lead on the international stage, arguing the White House has allowed the nation to be pulled into a series of reactive foreign policy decisions rather than implementing a coherent foreign policy. "We should be looking at the future. We should have a vision for the future. We should be able to help the world, but we should be taking care of ourself…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

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

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

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

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

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

  • National Minority Organizations Urge Renewed Focus on Broadband Adoption Amid Net Neutrality Debate

    Kristal High
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Forty-two national minority organizations representing diverse, multicultural communities filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet proceeding focused on protecting some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. “Ensuring that every American has access to broadband is one of the most critical civil rights challenges of the 21st century,” said David Honig, President of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, acting of cousel to the National Minority Organizations. “Any regulatory framework that does not emphasize broadband adoption,…
  • Conservative Silence on #EricGarner Case Verifies Black Outreach is a Joke

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Eric Garner and Conservative Republican silence. Where is the shouting about “less government?”  Where are the calls for violations of 4th Amendment rights and police state overreach? Was there conservative support for Cliven Bundy? Sure. For Eric Garner those same calls are no where to be found. Reince Pribus’ effort on Black outreach would appear to be a one person journey.  The case of Eric Garner in New York, which comes on the heels of a police brutality case in California where a California Highway Patrolman is seen on tape beating a woman by the side of the road.
  • Report: Obama administration warned of Central American refugee crisis

    Adriana Maestas
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Over the weekend, the Washington Post published an article detailing the extent that the Obama administration was warned of the surge of child refugees from Central America. The upshot is that the administration treated the increase in unaccompanied minors as a localized problem and was focused more on political considerations than alleviating the situation when it has had an opportunity to do so earlier. It was projected that some 60,000 minors would enter the US from Central America this year. According to the Washington Post: “Revised Border Patrol estimates now suggest the number…
  • Pigs Fly During Do-Nothing Congress: Chaka Fattah, Gillibrand + GOP Pass Urban Jobs Bill

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Last week as everyone was paying attention to the crisis at the Mexican border, violence in Israel, and shootings in Chicago, Congress actually got something relevant done.  Although the 113th Congress is set to be the least productive Congress since 1965, a jobs bill passed last week and is on the President’s desk. In terms of substantive legislation there has been very few significant pieces to discuss since January 2013. But when the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act last week to relative media silence, the first bill related to urban jobs was one huge step…
  • D.C. Council Set to Ban Expelling Pre-Schoolers From Publicly Funded Programs

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    You would think that suspending or expelling a 3 yearly who threw a tantrum from a program would be unthinkable right?  But in Washington, D.C. — just like in so many other cities — officials have to act to pass laws to stop the practice. The habit of getting expelling kids for misbehavior, and even involving law enforcement, has become the new go-to practice for school officials in rent years.   It has also become a leading force in the driving the cradle-to-prison pipeline that gets young people in the track for a life full of encounters with law enforcement. The U.S. leads…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

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

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

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

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

    admin
    10 Nov 2013 | 10:42 pm
    With his poll numbers dropping almost as fast as his credibility, President Obama has decided it is once again time to pivot his focus away from the disastrous ObamaCare rollout and towards an even... [[ 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

  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    We apparently have been having problems with the show’s feed and it has caused our episodes in some apps to stop updating. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working hard to resolve the problem. We hope to have it resolved within the next few days. Please remember that you can always subscribe to us in iTunes or check out our website at www.itnshow.com to get the very latest information and updates about our episodes and show. In this episode we discuss the continuing crisis on our southern border. The President has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help address the issue. But…
  • The Hobby Lobby Verdict and Freedom of Religion

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Last week the Supreme Court found that for-profit corporations can be protected under the first amendment and religious freedom grounds. They ruled that a closely held corporation, Hobby Lobby Stores, can be exempted from the contraceptive coverage mandate under Obamacare. Many reproductive-rights advocates argued that the verdict infringes on the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby’s employees. The question we pose in today’s episode is at what point does one person’s religious rights become oppressive to another’s? We also discuss a new Pew Research pole that attempts…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • Independence Day

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

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

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

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

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

  • Number of Long-Term Unemployed Up 14% Under Obama

    brionnamuyco
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    By USDR         Although Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified that long-term unemployment is down, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that since President Barack Obama took office – and not counting the people who have dropped out of the work force – overall unemployment in the United States has fallen 21.4% but long-term unemployment has increased 14.2%.     When Obama entered office in January 2009, there were 2,699,000 long-term unemployed Americans. Today, five-and-a-half years later, there are 3,081,000 long-term…
  • The Feds vs. Prince William County, Virginia?

    brionnamuyco
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    By USDR         Prince William County has become well known in recent years for its tough stance on illegal immigration.  So you can imagine how upset some local lawmakers were when they learned that the federal government had contracted to house illegal alien children in their county without informing any county officials.     MRCTV spoke to Prince William County Supervisor, Corey Stewart  about the situation that was thrust upon his county by the Obama Administration.     – See…
  • America’s Most Popular Regional Grocery Brands

    brionnamuyco
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    By USDR         The 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® (EQ) study, which measures brand equity for more than 1,500 brands across 170 categories, finds traditional grocery store brands rank highest overall in three of the four regions surveyed.  The EQ index examines three key factors of brand equity: Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration. (More detailed findings for this category available here.)     This is the first time in the study’s 26-year history that Americans were surveyed about grocery retailers on a regional level using the four census…
  • Vicious Anti-Semitic Attack in Paris

    brionnamuyco
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    By ACJ, Special for USDR         During a large pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris yesterday, a mob of 150 to 200 people tried to force their way into a synagogue in the center of Paris. Six policemen and four Jews were hurt by demonstrators shouting, “Death to the Jews!” “Hitler was right,” “We are going to burn you,” and “Jihad, jihad, jihad.”     “I am profoundly shocked by what happened yesterday in broad daylight in the center of Paris. The growing number of anti-Semitic attacks in France requires the…
  • Circuit Court Endorses UT Reverse Discrimination

    brionnamuyco
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    By POFR, Special for USDR           A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found the racial and ethnic classifications and preferences of the Univ. of Texas’s admissions polices to be constitutional.     The case, Abigail Fisher v. Univ. of Texas, was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2013. In a 7-1 opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy (Justice Kagan recused), the justices vacated an earlier ruling by the same three-judge panel writing that the Fifth Circuit did not properly apply the correct legal standard for using…
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    The American Patriot

  • CBN News Today for July 22, 2014

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    On CBN News Today, July 22: Human shields: ‘Hamas wants Israel to kill their children’; Newest citizens defy rockets to make Israel home Russia faces sanctions over compromised crash site ….and more (Via CBN TV)
  • Video: CBN NewsWatch for July 21, 2014

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    On CBN News Today, July 21: Separatists block jet recovery efforts, anger grows IDF foils Hamas attempt to abduct troops, civilians What you didn’t hear about Obama’s LGBT Order …..and more. (via CBN TV)
  • Brutal: Salon’s Thomas Frank Calls Obama Presidency, a “ineffective and gutless” failure

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    …and this guy is a left-winger too. Via Salon: Predicting the future course of American politics is a lively and flourishing vocation. Guessing how future generations will commemorate present-day political events, however, is not nearly as remunerative. In the interest of restoring some balance to this tragic situation, allow me to kick off the speculation about the Obama legacy. How will we assess it? How will the Barack Obama Presidential Library, a much-anticipated museum of the future, cast the great events of our time? In approaching this subject, let us first address the…
  • A good read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Head on over and give this one a read. Many of the reasons why I walked away from the Democrats and “the left” are featured here. I was not what you would call a “leftist.” I just voted for Democrats. However, as I really began to look at the left-wing movement, I realized, whoops! I am in the wrong camp. One thing he writes that really hits home is this one here: 7) Leftists hate my people. I’m a working-class Bohunk. A hundred years ago, leftists loved us. We worked lousy jobs, company thugs shot us when we went on strike, and leftists saw our discontent as…
  • Rockford Files Star James Garner dead at 86

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    I used to love watching that show’s reruns on TV. LOS ANGELES –  Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday. Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

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

    Aaron Peterson
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    On June 18, 2014, Amazon introduced its latest tech device, the Fire Smartphone, potentially interrupting the device industry for the second time after entering the tablet market in 2011. The big question is: will it be successful, especially given a saturated smartphone market? Several signs point to yes: Amazon’s track record in launching a device (the Kindle Fire tablet), its performance as an online retailer for Wireless devices and services, and the offer & functionality that comes with the Fire Smartphone. First, Amazon has a positive track record in launching a device to a…
  • Getting Digital Right with Nigel Hollis

    Nigel Hollis
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. “Fragmented media must not lead to fragmented brands.” Following Millward Brown Digital’s DCMO Summit, I wrote about Rob Norman’s…
  • June Data is Now Live – World Cup, Urban Dictionary, E3, and More

    Conor O'Mahony
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Image from: World Cup Ball / Shutterstock After the end to an exciting World Cup, we’ve got June 2014 data live and available in Compete PRO and the World Cup is the star of the show. Leading the pack is FIFA.com, the official website of the International Federation of Association Football. Unsurprisingly, World Cup-related keywords accounted for 33 of the top 50 keywords driving traffic to FIFA.com, and that’s only counting keywords using the phrase “world cup” or a variation of that phrase. Search queries looking for score updates and specific matches account for nearly all of the…
  • Beauty Industry Gets an Unexpected Facelift

    Sarah Friedman
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Image from: Cosmetics/Shutterstock A Harvard Business student has not only taken the internet by storm, she also may be changing the cosmetics industry entirely. What’s her new, revolutionary beauty product? A printer. The product is called Mink, and it allows consumers to print makeup, rather than continuously buying it from large cosmetic distributors. Mink’s creator, Grace Choi, presented the innovative 3D printer at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, and garnered astonished reactions across the web almost immediately. While Choi’s concept is brilliant, the idea it’s born from is…
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    Tea Party 911

  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gaza is under fire, while Arab regimes are 'fighting' each other

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Israel prefers Egyptian mediation to accomplish the truce in Gaza Strip, since the Egyptian government shares Israelis with hostility toward Hamas, but Palestinian resistance --including Hamas-- rejected the proposed Israeli-Egyptian truce, because it completely adopts Israeli demands . Meanwhile, Qatari and Turkish governments have suggested another truce's draft carries some of Palestinian demands. The Qatari-Turkish suggestion triggers anger of Egyptian government, which keeps the 'coldest' relations with Qatar after ousting former Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi. And the diplomatic…
  • The CNN Lies

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This is how the CNN twist facts. The real story is 7 Israeli soldiers were killed in the battlefield today, while more than 100 Palestinian civilians were killed in the last 24 hours (including 24 victims within the last 2 hours). CNN reverse the story as Main Stream Media usually do.
  • BREAKING | Israeli soldier arrested in battle field, Hamas declared

    Mohammad Tomazy
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Shaul Aaron, Israeli soldier has been captured in Gaza, Al-Qassam's spokesperson announced in a televised speech.
  • Massacres have become : 'telegenically' dead Palestinians

    Mohammad Tomazy
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    After Israeli Massacres against Palestinians shocked the public opinion world widely, Israeli officials claim that Hamas wants 'telegenically dead Palestinians' as Netanyahu said.Israeli propaganda machine failed to distort the real story in Palestine, not only due to horrible massacres, but also due high-performance of Palestinian resistance's media. Israel is interfering Satellite transmission of Hamas-affiliated TV channel and launched massive 'report spam' against Al-qassam's (Hamas's military wing) Twitter account, thereafter Twitter banned that account.Israeli tweep offers advice to…
  • The US navy shot down Iranian civilian A300 Airbus

    Mohammad Tomazy
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    The US-backed Ukrainian government accused pro-Russia separatists for attacking Malaysian MH17. In 1988, "A U.S. warship fighting gunboats in the Persian Gulf yesterday mistook an Iranian civilian jetliner for an attacking Iranian F14 fighter plane and blew it out of the hazy sky with a heat-seeking missile, the Pentagon announced. Iran said 290 persons were aboard the European-made A300 Airbus and that all had perished.". 
 
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    BizPac Review

  • US Marines show off new toy; awesome new amphibious sea vehicle

    Richard Berkow
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    HUAC in actionPhoto: U.S. Navy A Marine Corps Warfighting Lab project that has been in the works for years was shown to the public for the first time last week, at the sea-phase of the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise in Hawaii. Called the UHAC, Ultra-Heavy Amphibious Connector, the purpose of this sea-land vehicle is to carry three M1A1 tanks filled with Marines from ship to shore, and over seawalls as high as three meters, at an impressive speed of 25 miles per hour, Navy News Service reported. UHAC Photo: US Navy The full-scale version will be able to carry three times the cargo weight of…
  • You can’t unsee this! ‘Vagina panties’ – the ultimate ‘buzzkill’

    Amanda Shea
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Lingerie designer-turned-gynecologist is making a bold statement on undergarments in an effort to make women less afraid of their lady parts. The aptly named underwear, ’Why are you so afraid of your own anatomy?’ designed by art student Eleanor Beth Haswell, celebrates what physically separates the girls from the boys by putting the female parts on the outside of the panties. The picture is an anatomically correct map of sorts of how things work, demonstrating the location of all the pertinent parts – from the fallopian tubes to the cervix. #VaginaPants is trending on…
  • Mysterious posters of ‘dangerous, evil Clinton family’ make heads turn in NY, DC

    Don Noel
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    All photos from Washington Examiner.com Advertising bikes in Washington and New York were pulling posters with ads declaring the Clintons “America’s Lannisters” and “America’s Most Dangerous Family.” The posters, using themes from the TV shows “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards” portray Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton as evil, although no one knows who paid for them or what the advertising is for. In HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, the Lannisters are rich and powerful and best described as controlling and backstabbing. Whatever the PR stunt is promoting is a secret,…
  • Iraq vet may lose therapeutic flock of ducks, face fines, over town rules

    Joe Saunders
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A flock of therapeutic ducks that started as a lark for a disabled Iraq war veteran is turning into a battle of its own in a small town in Ohio – and getting national attention. According to NBC News, Army National Guard vet Darin Welker has been disabled from a back injury he suffered while in the service in 2005 that required major surgery in 2012. The Department of Veterans Affairs paid for his surgery, but turned Welker down for physical therapy afterward. The VA also balked at paying for mental therapy to treat post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression. Welker told the Marion…
  • Obama refuses to cancel fundraising marathon so as not to create ‘a false sense of crisis’

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    President Obama will be heading west Tuesday for more Democratic fundraisers, despite the crises unfolding in Ukraine and the Middle East. The trip will span at least three cities in two states, beginning with two events in Seattle which will most likely snarl traffic, according to KIRO-7. The first event will be held at the 10,000-square-foot Madrona mansion, the waterfront home of Democratic heavy-hitters Bruce and Anne Blume, the Seattle Times reports. There may be a second event at the home of Costco CEO Jim Sinegal which is predicted to create a “giant traffic headache” with up to a…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

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

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

    Kleier
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and later worked…
  • Social Protest Lit: Ruskin, “The Veins of Wealth”

    Kleier
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    A piece from “Book II: The Chasm” which regards economic/social inequality with an excerpt by John Ruskin from The Veins of Wealth: Primarily, which is very notable and curious, I observe that men of business rarely know the meaning of the word “rich.” At least if they know, they do no in their reasonings allow for the fact, that it is a relative word, implying its opposite “poor” as positively the word “north” implies its opposite “south.” Men nearly always speak and write as if riches were absolute, and it were possible, by…
  • Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

    Kleier
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” Each piece will be headed under a subject matter and I will post each in…
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    Daily Signal

  • City Officials Accused of Cronyism in Fight Over Uber, Lyft

    Chris Butler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    MEMPHIS—City officials, citing public safety concerns, have imposed cease-and-desist orders against private ride-share companies Uber and Lyft. Now, in the wake of those decisions, officials are facing questions of possible cronyism. Memphis officials have a strong incentive to help cab companies beat back any competition, said Justin Owen, president of the Nashville-based Beacon Center of Tennessee. Taxis pay permitting fees to city officials. Lyft and Uber do not. Taxi companies often cooperate with city officials on regulations because those regulations can discourage competition. Uber…
  • Q&A: The Attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Why It Matters

    Melissa Quinn
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Tragedy struck Malaysia Airlines for the second time in four months when a passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot out of the sky last week. Interfax, a non-governmental Russian news agency, first reported the downed Boeing 777 on Thursday morning. The plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile and crashed in Eastern Ukraine, close to the Russian border. There were 298 passengers from 11 countries on board. All were killed. Though it was originally unclear who was responsible, Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” the attack…
  • Border Crossings Stop After Texas Man Takes Security Into His Own Hands

    Josh Siegel
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    City of Hidalgo, Texas—Othal E. Brand Jr. is a man in control, and as such, when drug cartels began exploiting the stretch of river at the water pump station he runs, he built a Border Patrol-friendly boat ramp, watchtower and helicopter pad to beef security there. In the Rio Grande Valley, Brand wields more power than most—he’s the elected president of Hidalgo County Water Improvement District 3 and his father was mayor of McAllen, Texas, for 20 years—but to hear him tell it, his actions speak more to a layman protecting his property than a show of might for the sake of it. “It…
  • The Not So ‘Small’ Businesses Ex-Im Bank Boosts

    Diane Katz
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A coalition backing government export subsidies will host several executives of purportedly “small” businesses at a briefing Tuesday to build support for the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Although the bank primarily benefits very large corporations, advocates are telling Congress and the public that the bank is crucial to the survival of small firms. If that was true, they could have made a better case by featuring speakers from actual small businesses. Ex–Im provides loans and loan guarantees as well as capital and credit insurance for U.S. exports. Its current authorization will expire…
  • The Deep Roots of the Border Crisis

    Mike Gonzalez
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The violence in Central America that leads to the crisis at our border is not an isolated example of policy gone awry but the tipping point of a failing policy on Latin America. Exhibit 1 is Venezuela. We don’t hear much about Venezuela anymore since the Obama administration let its dictatorial president regain the upper hand. Yet, Venezuela is the distribution point for much of the drugs that end up in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which are then shipped from there to the United States. It is estimated that 75 percent of illegal drug flights outbound from South America land in…
 
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • SPG, Armed forces must be kept out of caste, communal politics

    Aliya Abbas
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    File photo: Special Protection Group at Red Fort in New Delhi. The Special Protection Group (SPG) has the special task of protecting the VVIPs of the country. The personnel for this highly efficient Group are the best performers of the elite segment of National Security Guards (NSG) or black cats as they are commonly known. However, recently the SPG has harnessed attention over an RTI, which has questioned its recruitment process. According to a report in Times of India, an RTI was filed by a resident of Gurgaon Aseem Takyar, questioning whether the elite group recruits people from only a…
  • Congress-NC splits as BJP rises in J&K

    Saswat Panigrahi
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Congress lost all three Lok Sabha seats in Jammu to BJP and the National Conference lost all three Parliamentary seats in Kashmir to PDP. The six-year-long uneasy coalition between Congress and National Conference in Jammu & Kashmir has finally come to an end. Both the parties have announced that they will fight the upcoming Assembly election in the State separately. Though the Congress officially maintains that the Government will continue till the State goes to polls, reports suggest that the party is likely to pull out its Ministers from Omar Abdullah…
  • Global Innovation Index: Can India arrest its slide?

    Danish Khan
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    The data released by Global Innovation Index (GII) shows India at 76th position, sliding 10 places from last year. India was at 62nd rank in 2011, 64th in 2012, and 66th in 2013. India is the worst performer among BRICS nations. China is best among BRICS nations at 29th position, an improvement of six places. Listen to Dr Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore who says India can rise. But for that, employee training, investment in research and development are required, among other things.
  • Cooking it up!

    Manoj Kureel
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
  • GM Field Trials in India spur a heated debate

    Akash Maithal
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    In India, Genetically Modified crops have repeatedly been debated, approved and banned. While some say that GM crops are a danger to the environment, others argue that GM crops are necessary for a developing nation like India as the agricultural land here is getting scarce. Listen to the opposing views of Mohini Mohan Mishra (Agricultural Scientist) and Dr DA Shukla (Associate Professor).
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices

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

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

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

    JG
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
      According to MSPNews, “Cloud computing services and technology is on the cusp of mass adoption by the legal industry, according to a report from LexisNexis.”  That means, the next time you see your lawyer for a will update, your will could be out on AWS S3. While lawyers are famous for not trusting anything, […]The post Why Lawyers Love Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Mashup of Mobile and Managed Service Providers

    JG
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
      According to IDC, the mobile device onslaught will continue in 2014 with sales of tablets growing by 18% and smartphones by 12%. The Android community, led by Samsung, will maintain its volume advantage over Apple, while Apple will hold onto its value edge with higher average selling prices and an established ecosystem of apps. […]The post The Mashup of Mobile and Managed Service Providers appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Monday, July 21 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
      Teen dies from abusing caffeine supplement, everyone blames supplement Husband emails chart to wife documenting his failed attempts at intimacy   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, July 21 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
      Indiana move over law Top 20 sci-fi films of all time   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, July 21 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
      Henry Davis Jr. arrested MH17 updates Teen Breanna Mitchell criticised for smiling selfie at Auschwitz   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Mon, July 21

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    South Bend Common Council member Henry Davis Jr arrested | ABC57 | South Bend IN News, Weather and Sports | Local News South Bend Common Council member Henry Davis Jr was arrested early Saturday morning after driving the wrong way on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, July 18

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    ‘That was a blast – look at the smoke’: Sick boast of the laughing rebels as they ‘saw MH17 hit by missile’ – hours after leader boasted: ‘We warned you – do not fly in our sky’ | Mail... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Wednesday with Keith Brekhus

    Liberal Fix
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. Wednesday night's episodes are hosted by writer/sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and will typically focus on Electoral Politics. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show…
  • Liberal Fix: Joe Scarborough Says What? and Jeez It Sure Is Hot

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

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

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

    Liberal Fix
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. For tonight's episode Dan Bimrose and Lou Colagiovanni discuss a drop in the deficit, Texas GOP in trouble over gerrymandering and John Boehner and his lawsuit. Lou is a Staff writer at WTF Magazine, Editor in Chief at We survived Bush. You will survive Obama. and Political and Criminal Journalist at Examiner.com. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a…
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    21st Century Wire

  • MH17: Are Pristine and Expired Passports a Smoking Gun for a False Flag?

    21wire
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    21st Century Wire SPECIAL REPORTAs the dust settles on this latest air tragedy, a number of very visible anomalies exist, all of which have been willingly glossed over by western media analyists and government officials. Putting the current media storm into context, it’s essential to establish the political motives of those parties rushing to assign blame. Western government and major western media outlets, namely in the US and Great Britain, have been keen to politicize the incident and pin the blame for this tragedy either directly, or indirectly on Russia. 21st Century…
  • MH17: Malaysian Airlines False Flag Scripting Straight Out of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’

    21wire
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Jay Dyer21st Century WireLike many 9/11 examples, the scripting of the Malaysian Plane fiasco matches the plot of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’…Our latest media theatrical blitz is the Hollywood-esque sequel to last spring’s suspicious and likely scripted airplane disaster, the mystical Malaysian Plane fiasco.  News junkies and analysts will recall the recent “loss” of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which sparked a media furor of high ratings, speculation, pundit nonsense and even the enlistment of Courtney Love’s noteworthy, famed sleuthing abilities.  In a rare anomaly,…
  • Episode #43 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘MH17 and the New Normal’ with Vladimir Suchan, Dean Ryan and Basil Valentine

    21wire
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Episode #43 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday July 20th, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music broadcast live on GMN from 9am to 12pm PST…This week’s theme: “MH17 and the New Normal“LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the Valley of the Sun, as Patrick returns from the frontline of the immigration protests at Oracle, Arizona, covering US and…
  • FLIGHT MH17 – Kiev Flash Mob’s Final False Flag?

    21wire
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Andrew McKillop21st Century WireThe downing of Flight MH17 means that Washington’s gang are on the war path again. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and even Hillary Clinton – are all insisting that the west has to ‘get tougher’ with Russia. Was this the plan all along?With little or no evidence to back their claims (déjà vu Syria), the usual suspects and their media moguls are pointing the finger at Russia again. With so much going on in the US and to its special friends in other parts of the world, this crisis event could not have come at a better time. Is this…
  • Flight MH17 Conjures MH370, Exposing Western Deception, Leading To More Questions

    Shawn Helton
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    MH17 UPDATES: 21st Century Wire MH17 FilesShawn Helton21stCentury Wire There are many questions surrounding the ‘downed’ Malaysian airliner MH17, one must keep their eyes peeled, as the volatile landscape within Ukraine and the Middle East is front and center with regards to this latest high-flying tragedy…Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was apparently bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday evening and was said to have ‘disappeared’ from radar prior to crashing near the settlement of Grabovo, in Eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, with the deaths of…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Do We Ever Learn?

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

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

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

    Jin Yao Kwan
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Already I hear frustrated groans from the Han Chinese community, that this young bloke is an ignoramus. They might be right about my detachment. I have never set foot on China (besides a school trip to Hainan). I do not know which village or province my ancestors were from (my grandparents first lived on Pulau Ubin before moving to mainland Singapore), and have no interest in finding out. My understanding of the “Chinese traditions” PM Lee alludes to stretches no further than the rites and rituals my family observes, and I am not sure if I will pass these practices on. I am also clueless…
  • Singaporean On A Shoestring, For Charity

    Jin Yao Kwan
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    Now he and Lewis Won – also a Singaporean IR undergraduate at Peking University – will cycle from Chengdu, China to Kathmandu, Nepal across the mountains of Tibet. They will pass the G318, the longest national highway in China which runs on the China-Nepal border. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    We apparently have been having problems with the show’s feed and it has caused our episodes in some apps to stop updating. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working hard to resolve the problem. We hope to have it resolved within the next few days. Please remember that you can always subscribe to us in iTunes or check out our website at www.itnshow.com to get the very latest information and updates about our episodes and show. In this episode we discuss the continuing crisis on our southern border. The President has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help address the issue. But…
  • The Hobby Lobby Verdict and Freedom of Religion

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Last week the Supreme Court found that for-profit corporations can be protected under the first amendment and religious freedom grounds. They ruled that a closely held corporation, Hobby Lobby Stores, can be exempted from the contraceptive coverage mandate under Obamacare. Many reproductive-rights advocates argued that the verdict infringes on the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby’s employees. The question we pose in today’s episode is at what point does one person’s religious rights become oppressive to another’s? We also discuss a new Pew Research pole that attempts…
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Selling weapons to terrorists and dumb people and then acting all innocent AWARD goes to...  The I'm finally telling the truth award since I don't have to answer to the Paper AWARD goes to... For having the persistency and consistency in fighting the bad guys and never losing hope AWARD goes to... Using your product to conceal other products to make the company a wad of money AWARD goes to... Buy a business, slash the workforce, and add to the dismal unemployment numbers AWARD goes to... Thanks for almost licking me to death, but actually saving my life AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
  • Destructive Economics 101

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Disappearing middle class, Minimum wage, Income inequality… Are these factors destroying America as an economic power? Nick Hanauer has made a ton of money from a capitalistic society that is now under attack… he is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and civic activist who gets Out Loud real quick! “I’m all about some economic inequality, I think it’s fabulous… but runaway economic inequality is a catastrophe for capitalism, because it really represents a death spiral of falling demand,” says Nick Hanauer.
  • The Award Goes To… 'The Smoking Email'

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    ‘I’m Just Telling The Truth Now—I’m Not Running For Office Anymore’ Award goes to...  The Shut Up Already Enough Award goes to... The I'm Getting Paid Way Too Much & Have No Experience Award goes to...  The Headline Of The Week Award goes to...  We Make Crappy Products And Put Your Life At Risk Award goes to...  You Can't Make Me Go, I've Done Nothing Wrong Award goes to...  The Don't Go Pass Go - Go Straight To Jail Award goes to...  This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the second week of…
  • Israeli Headlines Tell Story

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Israeli headlines tell it all. “PM Netanyahu speaks with Ban, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande, Harper - but not Obama.” Netanyahu proclaims that he will not back off this time around. As tensions escalate, what will the U.S. role be? How did we go from a peace negotiation being brokered by Secretary State John Kerry to the murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers to the escalation of a major war in the Middle East? Early predictions indicate that this may very well be a protracted war.  Colonel Jim Waurishuk, USAF, has been a career senior intelligence and political-military…
  • Dinesh D'Souza On America

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Thought provoking, intellectual and profound... listen in as Malcolm and Dinesh D'Souza discuss the dangers of the progressive movement and the vital need for American world leadership. An immigrant from India who epitomizes the pursuit of the American Dream, Dinesh vigorously espouses American exceptionalism. His new movie America Imagine a World Without Her debuts as we celebrate 238 years of American Independence. Dinesh is on a crusade to “blow the whistle” on the people and policies responsible for the decline and potential end of America’s leadership position in the…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
  • I Am Bowe Bergdahl

    Joël Valenzuela
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    When reading the story of American POW Bowe Bergdahl, I couldn’t help but think: that could’ve been me. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like this article? Show him some love and send him some Bitcoin!…
  • Activism vs. Slacktivism

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

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

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Tse Tung Behind every eloquent speech, every lofty ideal, every claim of legitimate governance, there lies a wicked undercurrent of deadly force. Behind all resistance to the purportedly …
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    Citizens News

  • HANOI JOHN FONDA KERRY OPENS HIS ORAL SEWER

    Liberty Bell
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE and condemns Israel and their defense of their nation on a hot mic and then stutter-steps when Chris puts the cattle prod to his nutsack. This is what happens when liberals, without a clue, are put in charge of foreign policy. From the 1930′s on, Liberals and their Progressive […]The post HANOI JOHN FONDA KERRY OPENS HIS ORAL SEWER appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Suspected Islamofascist militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya because he wasn’t a Muslim

    Liberty Bell
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM A militia in Benghazi, Libya, has beheaded a Filipino construction worker, allegedly after singling him out for being a non-Muslim, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said.  IB Times (h/t Lord K)  Meanwhile, the Philippine government announced Sunday that it had instituted … Continue reading →The post Suspected Islamofascist militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya because he wasn’t a Muslim appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Halper: Bill is Hillary’s Biggest Liability for 2016

    Liberty Bell
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Written by Washington Free Beacon Daniel Halper, online editor for Weekly Standard and the author of Clinton, Inc., argues Bill Clinton will be Hillary Clinton’s biggest liability should she run in 2016. “The case in point is 2008 where he had reckless behavior continuously. He had to be advised by aides not to bring his mistress […]The post Halper: Bill is Hillary’s Biggest Liability for 2016 appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Detroit retirees vote for major pension cuts by a landslide

    Liberty Bell
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Written by World news | The Guardian Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, thanks voters for ‘casting aside rhetoric and making an informed, positive decision’ Continue reading…The post Detroit retirees vote for major pension cuts by a landslide appeared first on Citizens News.
  • GOP Rep. David Jolly says he’s OK with state support of same-sex marriage

    Liberty Bell
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics AP Photo Florida Republican David Jolly, sent to the U.S. House in a special election earlier this year, said in a statement to The Washington Post Monday that he supports states OK’ing same-sex marriage. Per the Post’s article: “As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage. […]The post GOP Rep. David Jolly says he’s OK with state support of same-sex marriage appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ....

    leftdog
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call 'history': mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade barriers are costing the Canadian economy $50 billion a year, or that carbon taxes are killers of investment, economic activity and jobs.Each of these statements has been widely circulated in the media recently, so much so that they appear to be self-evident truths. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Let’s look at the first…
  • As Bad As Things Are For Mike Duffy ... They Look Even Worse For Stephen Harper

    leftdog
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stephen Harper, without public consultation or election, hand picked and anointed Mike Duffy to be a Canadian Senator. No matter what Mike Duffy did .. Stephen Harper committed the undemocratic actions that set this whole sorry mess in play.He should bear considerable responsibility.'Mike Duffy's defence could put Harper on hot seat' - Kady O'Malley, CBC News
  • Tax Revenues Up - Crime Down in Washington and Colorado With Pot Reform ..

    leftdog
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Too bad that Stephen Harper doesn't take note ...Colorado Washington
  • Thoughts On The Murder Of RCMP Officers In New Brunswick ...

    leftdog
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I live within two blocks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Every single member of the RCMP has received their training here at the RCMP Depot. The history of this facility and location dates back to the days of the old North West Mounted Police and the Riel Rebellion.Living in such close proximity to the training academy, it's a routine sight for me to see the raw, short haired recruits jogging their daily quota of kilometers as part of basic training.  I own two dogs and we walk twice every day along the banks of Wascana Creek beside the RCMP…
  • Leader Cam Broten Receives Massive Endorsement At Sask NDP Convention

    leftdog
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Saskatchewan NDP gives leader 98.7 per cent approval at party conventionMOOSE JAW, Sask. – The leader of Saskatchewan’s Opposition has received an overwhelming endorsement at his party’s convention in Moose Jaw.NDP delegates voted 98.7 per cent to approve Cam Broten’s leadership on Saturday.The leadership review by secret ballot was required by the party’s constitution. Broten says the party will continue to focus on what is important to Saskatchewan families, including health care and education.A detailed platform will be released closer to the next provincial election…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Amendment IV: Search and Seizure

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    One of the least followed bits of the Bill of Rights is surely the fourth amendment. From any episode of Castle or CSI-Wherever it’s obvious the American people have no idea what the fourth amendment even stands for.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Biden’s Tea Party Cop-out

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    The Archduke of Eloquence, Uncle Joe Biden is back at it after stocking up on duty free Clinque, and wasting time and taxpayer funds doing next to nothing in Latin America (well no, he actually did manage to encourage even more parents to entrust their kiddos to drug cartel coyotes or put them on AMTRAK death trains to the US).
  • Genius Idea: Secretary of Strategic Coordination of National Thought

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Still basking in the glow from Brazil’s World Cup embarrassment, Argentinians do not seem to be all that concerned with el Presidente Cristina Kirchner’s new National Thought Secretary. Hey, with less than a year and a half left to Kirchner’s “last” term someone has to make sure all of the sheep are on the same page of 1984, right?
  • Amendment III: No Forced Quartering of Troops

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    It’s 3 AM and instead of one of the Clintons ringing you on the phone, you are awakened to a persistent knock, knock, knock on the door.
  • Just Sayin’: The World Has Never Been More Tranquil--Seriously

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    Here at PD we’d love to spend our days bringing you beauty tips and time savers from around the world, and the latest on libertarian style, but our collective ulcers just won’t let us. There’s far too much propaganda in the air to focus solely on summer neon and poolside totes.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Lawrence H. Summers on the Economic Challenge of the Future: Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    An Article by Lawrence H. Summers published at The Wall Street Journal on July 7, 2014The great economic problem for millennia has been scarcity. People want much more than can be produced. The challenge has been to produce as much as possible and to ensure that everybody gets their fair share.In important respects, the problem has changed. There are many more Americans who are obese than who are undernourished, for example. But that is only a harbinger of things to come. The economic challenge of the future will not be producing enough. It will be providing enough good jobs.
  • Illusions Bred by a Reserve Currency

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    An Article by Vivek Dehejia published at LIVEMINT on July 17, 2014Short-term US macroeconomic goals conflict with long-term interests of a world reliant on the dollar.Since the Bretton Woods system broke down in August 1971, economist Robert Mundell has convened periodic round-table meetings of economists, bankers, and officials to deliberate on the future of the international monetary system. The Santa Colomba Conference is named after the venue, a magnificent Renaissance villa situated on a crest in the rolling hills outside the city of Siena in Tuscany, which Mundell has called home since…
  • The Gaza Massacre - the Underlying Motives

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    By Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST), July 21, 2014Massacre has become a habit. Every two or three years, Israel launches a massive military assault upon largely unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. It did this in December 2008 to January 2009. It did it again in November 2012. On each occasion hundreds of Palestinians are murdered and thousands more maimed.Every time, Israel claims the moral high ground for its brutal, barbaric action. It blames Hamas, an important component of the Palestinian liberation movement, for the present cycle of violence. It…
  • The Pretender-Caliph and Islamic History: The Truth about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    An Article by Asma Afsaruddin published at ABC Religion and Ethics on July 16, 2014So Muslims of the twenty-first century have a caliph, do they? According to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the abolition of the caliphate in 1924 has now been reversed and the institution has been revived after an interregnum of ninety years.
  • US Democracy Promotion through Civil Society

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Raffaele Marchetti, Professor of International Relations, LUISS University, Italy, specially for wpfdc.orgThis is the first of a short series of articles on democracy promotion. The topic has been picked up because of its increasingly controversial nature in international politics. In the first two pieces, the democracy promotion policy carried out by the US and the EU are analyzed. In the remaining articles, a more comparative and critical examination will be developed.
 
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    Michael Tomasky

  • What You Don’t Know About Obama and Jobs

    Michael Tomasky
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to cheerlead.
  • Hill’s Golden Ticket: Paid Family Leave

    Michael Tomasky
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Forget about liberals—by pushing the issue in a 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton can galvanize women and show everyone she has guts.
  • You Can Turn the Supreme Court Liberal

    Michael Tomasky
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There will be more Hobby Lobbies and Citizens United if Democrats don’t get a lock on the White House and pack the bench for a generation.
  • You Lost One, Tea Party. Deal With It.

    Michael Tomasky
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Democrats had their own intraparty upset in 2006, courtesy of Joe Lieberman. They moved on, unlike the ‘real American’ Tea Partiers who are still blubbering over Thad Cochran’s victory.
  • Sanity Caucus Strikes Back

    Michael Tomasky
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Democrats might have been praying for a McDaniel victory in Mississippi’s Senate runoff—why not make the Republicans look nuttier? Here’s why they should be glad the establishment won.
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • A Libertarian in the Senate, What is the World Coming to?

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP) makes his maiden speech to the NSW Parliament on the 9th of July, 2014, establishing his Libertarian credentials and philosophy. We discuss the speech in our podcast, along with the repeal of the carbon tax the shooting down of a Malaysian Airline in Ukraine, the slaughter in Gaza and much more. Listen as David lopez and Bazra Parsons break down the current paradigm that we live under.    DOWNLOAD MP3 or listen using the player by clicking read more. Read More...
  • Exposing the Federal Budget Smugglers

    16 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Bazra and I hadn't had much of an opportunity to podcast over the last fortnight but now i have settled into new quarters we're 'rolling' again. Caught up tonight to discuss the 'budget butt-hurt' for (most) Australians while revealing the lies between the lines of the ledger, the Washington muster of US militia due to march today and the dreadful state of governance, worldwide, in general.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player. Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
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    rinf.com

  • Capitalist competition breeds bloody wars

    User Submitted
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    The news seems to drip with horror wherever you look. Charred bodies and broken toys litter the wreckage of a shot down airliner in Ukraine. Meanwhile Israel has unleashed even more horrific carnage in Gaza. Hundreds have been killed and thousands injured, homes and hospitals wiped off the map at the flick of a button. These two flashpoints are part of a broader context in which hundreds of thousands of people are killed in wars every year. One is the consequence of a rivalry between two imperialist powers. The other is a one-sided massacre. Both are products of imperialism. The violence of…
  • Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle is a sign of weakness

    User Submitted
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Alex Callinicos So what was the point of David Cameron’s supposedly dramatic cabinet reshuffle last week? Forget the idea that it was about advancing women over the “pale, male, and stale”. The “catwalk” of promoted women ministers outside 10 Downing Street was pretty degrading, and the gender balance of the cabinet has only changed marginally. Theresa May remains the most powerful woman in government. She is using the Home Office to strengthen her credentials with Eurosceptic backbenchers to prepare for the day when she makes her leadership bid. Then there is the story that…
  • Israel – choking on the racist poison it rests on

    User Submitted
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    John Rose The response in Israel to the attacks on Gaza has exposed a society consumed by the violence implicit in the Zionist enterprise. As the famous Israeli novelist David Grossman put it, Israel’s “huge use of violence” causes a “depth of internal poison”. Noga, an Israeli student at university in Britain, told Socialist Worker about the impact of Zionism, the racist doctrine that binds together the Israeli state. “I was only five years old, playing at a friend’s house in an Israeli neighbourhood,” she said. “Her mum got us to play a game, running round the house…
  • UK to ‘decriminalize’ file-sharing

    User Submitted
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    The British government has decriminalized the act of online video game, music and film piracy, after branding harsher punishment plans as “unworkable.” Beginning in 2015, internet users who persistently file-share will be sent a series of warning letters explaining that their actions are illegal. However, authorities will take no further action if the user continues downloading the material. The aim of the letters is to boost consumer awareness of the array of legitimate online media outlets such as Netflix, and deter people from using file-sharing software. The new scheme, named the…
  • General Motors CEO says company will use bankruptcy to shield itself from lawsuits

    User Submitted
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Gabriel Black Last Thursday, General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra told a Senate hearing that GM would use its 2009 bankruptcy reorganization to shield itself from potential lawsuits. Barra and other GM officials testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. It was Barra’s fourth appearance on Capitol Hill since the eruption earlier this year of a scandal surrounding GM’s decade-long cover-up of a deadly ignition key defect. In a number of smaller, low-cost GM models, the key could be jarred…
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • BRICS To Challenge Global Financial Establishment – Analysis

    JTW
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    By Emre Tunç Sakaoğlu Leaders of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) gathered in the port city of Fortaleza in Brazil on Tuesday, July 15, on the occasion of the sixth annual BRICS summit. During the meeting in Fortaleza, the leaders of the five emerging economies agreed to launch a joint […] The post BRICS To Challenge Global Financial Establishment – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • ASEAN-EU To Talk Trade, Security – OpEd

    Eurasia Review
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Asia remains high on the European Union’s foreign and security policy agenda as foreign ministers from the EU and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations [1]) meet in Brussels on July 23, their first such gathering since talks in Brunei over two years ago. Next month, security discussions will dominate EU foreign policy chief Catherine […] The post ASEAN-EU To Talk Trade, Security – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The Road To Peace In Mali: Political Roadblocks And Other Obstacles – Analysis

    TransConflict
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Civil society organisations are doing good work in Mali. But their job is being made more difficult by the need to address the root causes of conflict, especially the discontent of those in the north. By Daniel Ozoukou Mali is suffering from instability and political unrest because of rebellion, a coup d’état and the proliferation […] The post The Road To Peace In Mali: Political Roadblocks And Other Obstacles – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Losses Mount In China Loan Fraud Tied To Missing Metals – Analysis

    RFA
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    By Michael Lelyveld Three months after China launched a probe of illicit financing of imports, investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of a growing form of fraud. In April, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) warned banks and local officials to be on the lookout for illegal schemes to raise loans on […] The post Losses Mount In China Loan Fraud Tied To Missing Metals – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Ukraine: Displaced People Need Urgent Help, Says HRW

    Eurasia Review
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Ukrainian authorities have not provided adequate protection and assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Petro Poroshenko. People have fled because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. While the Ukrainian government […] The post Ukraine: Displaced People Need Urgent Help, Says HRW appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
  • América, El Paraíso de los Bullys

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Héctor Alejandro MendezAsesinado por bulliesLos sueños de un niño de 12 años de Ciudad Victoria, México, nunca se van a volver realidad. Héctor Alejandro Méndez, un estudiante de la Escuela Secundaria Eleazar Gómez, fué asesinado por bullies de su clase el mes pasado, en mero frente de su maestra. Cuatro de los adolescentes sujetaron a Héctor Alejandro de sus brazos y pies, lo columpiaron, y después lo arrojaron hacia la pared de concreto de su salón dos veces, causándole heridas cerebrales y un estado de coma que lo llevó a su muerte el día 20 de mayo. Ahora los…
  • America, The Paradise of the Bullies

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am
    Héctor Alejandro MéndezKilled by bulliesThe dreams of a 12-year-old child from Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, will never come true. Hector Alejandro Mendez, a student from the Secondary School "Eleazar Gomez," was killed last month by bullies from his class, right in front of his teacher. Four of them held Hector Alejandro by his arms and legs, swung his body, and then threw him against the classroom's concrete wall twice, causing brain injuries and a state of coma that led to his death on May 20. Now Hector Alejandro's  parents want justice. They are inconsolable and blame the teacher that…
  • 12 Million Shadows in Limbo

    Tomás Guerra
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    Elvira Arellano/Chicago ReaderChicago, IL.- On November 15, 2006, Elvira Arellano became a fugitive of U.S. authorities. She was due to leave the country after being arrested at O'Hare airport by immigration officials, where she worked cleaning airplanes for $6.20 an hour. She was working and paying taxes under a fake Social Security number. To avoid deportation, Arellano, an undocumented migrant from Mexico, took her 7-year-old son, Saul, a U.S. national to Adalberto United Methodist Church, in Humboldt Park, and made the church their sanctuary. They've been refuged there ever since. In…
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    A Michigander

  • If It Isn't Obvious Yet...

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    This blog is on hiatus for an undetermined period.Thanks for your support!
  • Maps of the Day - Kentucky Has Never Cared Much For Barack Obama

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The only thing that seems to get some white Americans more riled up than being accused of racism by non-whites is the same accusations coming from fellow whites. So do not be surprised if Jonathan Chait's well-stated trolling of Appalachian's seeming love for Bill Clinton and hatred for Barack Obama starts to gain some steam. And while it's not surprising that, given his "war on coal" that Obama would tank in the region in 2012, given that signs like these are common (taken by me this following summer, the former at a coal mine in Logan County, WV and the latter in Lynch, Kentucky)People…
  • Politicians Sometimes Do Lie To You, But Are Unmatched By The Lie You Tell Yourself

    7 Feb 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As much as I love politics, including many of those aspects which cause other people to cringe, there is something about taking an incriminating tone in political discourse which always makes it sound petty. In particular, something which makes me really cranky is the tendency of liberals and progressives to go on and on about how policies and concepts such as the Affordable Care Act, freeing people from job lock and personal responsibility are "conservative" or "Republican" priorities that were shamelessly abandoned merely because a Democrat is in office.Is this true for many rank-and-file…
  • Things You Might Have Missed

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Efforts To Get Minimum Wage Raise on Michigan Ballot Gain Support.If you want to read the whole New Yorker profile where L. Brooks Patterson made an ass of himself, you can find it here.Though Cannabis Now Legal In Some Areas, Localities Still Resisting It.Corruption Not As Rampant As It Might Seem.Feds Charge Bitcoin Start-Up Founder With Money Laundering.Karzai Suspects U.S. Is Behind Insurgent-Style Attacks, Afghan Officials Say.Egyptian Military Commander Set to Run for President. Or, in other news, Military Dictator Who Overthrows Democratically Elected Leader Wants To Hold Onto…
  • The One Time I'll Probably Praise Rand Paul

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Not the devil, but also not a saint who erredThe most recent Facebook/Twitter/Upworthy/etc. liberal cause de jour is Rand Paul's comments on Meet the Press that Bill Clinton "... took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office," calling his behavior "predatory." Luckily for him, this outrage has so far overshadowed his ignorant and Sheen-esque comments that, because women are making "... great strides..." and "... now make up more than half the students at medical and law schools," which in his mind somehow negates any complaints they might have about…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic)

    Lady Freethinker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of our trash may go into landfills (and, unfortunately, the ocean), but as this infographic shows, there’s also a surprisingly massive layer of space junk orbiting the planet right this second. The facts here are so interesting, I’m forgiving the author for referring to Gene Roddenberry’s remains as “junk.” The post Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Yes, Donkey-Powered Internet is a Real Thing (And Why I Wish it Weren’t)

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

    Lady Freethinker
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Courtesy of Flickr If the pink slime and the duck-feather-laced apple pies of Mickey D’s aren’t enough to keep you away from the fast-food chain for good, this just might do it: McDonald’s is poised to use genetically modified potatoes in their french fries, and you can bet it won’t be mentioned on the menu. Anti-GMO groups are still fighting USDA approval, but agriculture giant J.R. Simplot — which has supplied McDonald’s potatoes since 1967 — is pushing to market five new GM potato varieties this year. These biotech potatoes are resistant to…
  • Monsanto is Suing Vermont to Fight GMO Labeling – Sign This Petition to Stop Them!

    Lady Freethinker
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: msdonnalee via photopin cc Vermont is doing what all states should: requiring labeling for GMO foods. But Big Agriculture doesn’t want that — so Monsanto is preparing to sue the state, claiming the requirement is a violation of their free speech. Yes, somehow they believe they have a constitutional right to withhold information from the public. This is an important case, because half of the states in the U.S. are considering similar labeling laws. If Monsanto succeeds in blocking Vermont’s legislation, it could kill similar proposals around the country, which…
  • The Honest Coca-Cola Commercial That the Company Hopes You Don’t See

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    If Coca-Cola actually told the truth in their TV ads, this is what it might look like.  This faux commercial admits that Coke is partially responsible for America’s obesity epidemic, and exposes the brand’s hundreds of beverages for what they are — empty calories. Even Diet Coke and other “light” or calorie-free options are terrible for you — and people who drink diet soda are even more likely to gain weight! So enjoy this brutally honest Coca-Cola commercial that will never, ever air on television: The post The Honest Coca-Cola Commercial That the Company Hopes…
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  • Determining the Body Count in Gaza

    Clare Malone
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The modern media coverage of war and conflict is a grim numbers game. As tensions escalate, so do the body counts. In Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and on other battlefields, the most visceral articulation of despair is a statistic: How many dead?The fighting in Gaza, now in its second week, already has its own trove of casualty databases. The New York Times has kept a running tally of fatalities, and there are charts available to those who want to see all the deaths in the conflict since 2000 broken out by ethnic group, month and year. The Times put the death toll since July 8 at 556 Palestinians…
  • Immigration Is Changing Much More Than the Immigration Debate

    Ben Casselman
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    In 1994, California Governor Pete Wilson aired television ads showing people scrambling across the Mexican border near San Diego. “The rules are being broken,” a narrator intoned. “Pete Wilson has had the courage to say enough is enough.” Wilson, who at one point trailed in the polls, ended up cruising to an easy re-election.Two decades later, the rhetoric around immigration hasn’t changed much — just look at Virginia, where long-shot challenger Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in part by promising to “secure the border” and “reject any proposal that grants amnesty” to…
  • What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor’s Defeat

    David Wasserman
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    On May 30, 11 days before one of the biggest upsets in modern American politics blocked Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s path to speaker of the House, one of his top aides emailed me in an unusually defensive tone. Doug Heye, Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, had a “quibble” with an analysis I had written for the Cook Political Report on the state of play in the GOP primary for Cantor’s congressional district.In my analysis I wrote, “Economics professor [and Cantor's primary opponent] Dave Brat has forced Majority Leader Eric Cantor to take his primary very…
  • Brazil’s Presidents Are More Maradona Than Pelé

    Sebastian Saiegh
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    When Brazil returned to democracy in 1985 after almost 20 years of military rule, many observers were rightly pessimistic about whether the country’s political institutions could function. Brazil’s previous experience with democracy, during the so-called Second Republic (1946-1964), was characterized by executive-legislative deadlock. At that time, the immobility of chief executives contributed to a breakdown in the democratic process. In addition to the challenges produced by this legacy, the newly established Brazilian democracy of the 1980s took the form of a multiparty…
  • Americans’ Faith in Government Shapes How They Feel About Obamacare — Trust Me

    Dan Hopkins
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are still of two minds about the health care reform law. When pollsters break Obamacare apart, nearly all of the individual pieces are well regarded. But when they ask about Obamacare as a single, hulking policy, it’s derided. Americans trust the parts, but not the whole.In a March 2014 poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 1,504 adults about nine components of the law and found that only the individual mandate lacked majority support. In fact, even among Republicans, all but two of the surveyed elements enjoyed…
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  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Today, I’m guest blogging on the #EP2014 results at the LSE’s execellent EUROPOPP blog. Click here for a number of opinionated and short “expert reactions” to yesterdays’s train wreck election. The post Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • The Weirdest Campaign Poster Yet (Groundhog Day Edition)

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    Those old enough to remember that Bill Murray had a career before Lost in Translation (or to remember Bill Murray) will instantly recognise this scene: Punxsutawney Phil is predicting six more electoral cycles of political misery for Germany’s Liberal Democrats. Granted that the animal is a bit on the small side, but first, This is not America, and second, the choice of rodent is rather apt: Aren’t we all guinea pigs when it comes to policy making? Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more cycles of electoral Misery The hopeful candidate molesting the furry bugger promises  that he…
 
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  • Kiev Censors MH17 Air Traffic Control Recordings

    chris
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Security services confiscated tapes immediately after incident  Why has Kiev failed to release recordings from air traffic control tapes which could prove what happened to Malaysia Airlines... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Immigration: When will Latin states cure their own problems?

    chris
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Deroy Murdock NEW YORK — Do the governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have any responsibility for the catastrophe on America’s southern frontier? Reacting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why the Media Won’t Report Everthing About Flight MH17

    chris
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
     Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

    chris
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
     Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said Tuesday they are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Warhead That Downed Flight MH17 Will Have Left Widespread Traces

    chris
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
     The missile strike on the downed Malaysia Airlines jet could have left telltale puncture marks across most of the Boeing Co. 777’s fuselage and wing as a result of the kind of weapon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
  • Liberal Campaign Money Hypocrisy

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Everyone reading the news today can be inclined to believe that the all the GOP campaign contributions aimed at destroying the Democrats flow from just two people - Edward and Charles Koch.Charles KochEdward KochThe rich industrialist brothers are the favorite target of everyone on the left. A recent article in the New York Times does actually a lot to dispel the myth of the heartless tycoons bent on destroying the working class. They both are very active philanthropists and civic leaders and employ thousands of well paid workers in Wichita,…
  • May Day Parades or Display of People's Affection

    1 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    The May Day parades during Socialism were supposed to extol the virtues of the free labor (pun intended) and the devotion of the people to the Party leaders who were presiding over the parade usually from the height of a mausoleum where the Great Leader's mummified  body lays on  public display.May Day Parade in Sofia, BulgariaNote the presence of the iconic portrait of Marx on the building. It was part of the Holy Trinity of Socialism - Marx, Engels, Lenin.Although May Day as the International Labor Day originated in  Chicago, US it has been more popular in Europe, mostly…
  • Piketty's Tour de Force

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The current fascination with the French economist Thomas Piketty book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" on this side of the Atlantic is telling about how much regurgitated ideas from 19th century can hold sway in this highly politicized environment.First of all, as I have mentioned earlier, the highly progressive taxes, advocated as early as Marx in the Communist Manifesto have not worked in any country, yet we again seem to fantasize about 80 - 90 percent income tax. And this is not for the purpose of increasing tax revenue but to stop the "excessive wealth".“Economists can…
  • China and the Market Experiment

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The free enterprise economy remains the best tool for lifting people our of poverty. In fact between 1970 and 2006 the share of people living on less than $1 a day plummeted by 80 percent. Was this a result of government redistribution? The answer is a resounding "No".http://www.voxeu.org/article/parametric-estimations-world-distribution-incomeChina as one of the most populous countries in the world is an example of this notion. After the cruel Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong, Den Xiaoping advanced the idea that "socialism does not mean shared poverty". Indeed in the 1970's…
 
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  • The Halbig ruling on Obamacare subsidies in 3 sentences

    Adrianna McIntyre
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    On Tuesday morning, a federal court decision in Halbig v. Burwell struck a blow against Obamacare. The ruling came from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a federal court one step down from the Supreme Court. Here's a condensed version of what the court decided. The D.C. Circuit ruled that the Affordable Care Act never authorized subsidies for health insurance purchased on federally-run exchanges, rendering the subsidies illegal in 36 states. Although this would absurdly undermine the entire purpose of Obamacare — which is to make affordable health coverage available to all…
  • The most delicious part of today's Obamacare rulings

    Sarah Kliff
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of Obamacare's tax credits got a lot of attention, largely because it came out just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court issued its ruling against the insurance subsidies. But there's also a particular section of the ruling that's getting a lot of attention: let's call it the pizza doctrine. This is where the judge uses the case of accidentally receiving a pizza from Domino's after one had requested a pizza from Pizza Hut as an analogy of what is happening with the billions of Obamacare tax subsidies. Here's the key section of the PDF: This,…
  • Everything you need to know about the MH17 crash

    German Lopez
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
  • Fourth Circuit ruling doesn't increase odds of Supreme Court review

    Adrianna McIntyre
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Shortly after the D.C. Circuit ruled that subsidies are illegal in 36 states in Halbig v. Burwell, the Fourth Circuit upheld he same subsidies in a related case called King v. Burwell. That makes it sound like the case for Supreme Court review is ironclad. Not so fast. The federal government has already stated that it's going to request "en banc" review of the Halbig decision. If the D.C. Circuit court grants that request, that would mean all eleven judges would review the ruling issued by the panel of 3 judges drawn for the case. The D.C. Circuit as a whole skews liberal than the panel of…
  • 3 reasons nobody believes the official inflation numbers

    Matthew Yglesias
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Today's Consumer Price Index release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that inflation isn't a problem right now. Overall prices are up 2.1 percent over the past twelve months, right about in line with the Fed's target range (the Fed actually targets a different price series that is published less frequent and generally comes in slightly lower than the CPI), and the more predictive "core" price series that excludes volatile food and energy commodities is up just 1.9 percent. This will, of course, change nobody's minds. Some of that is because humans are weak-minded creatures who…
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    Contemplations

  • On Flight MH17

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
         Much like Jon Stewart, I was really surprised to get home from vacation and learn that the world had gone to crap while I was lounging on the beach. This post was originally going to be about my vacation by the ocean, but I think we can all agree that there are some much more important matters to be discussed, namely - Flight MH17.Read more »