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  • Cartoon: Republicans decry income inequality

    Daily Kos
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The GOP's new bag is to decry "Income Inequality" in the United States, going so far as to blame President Obama for the growing wealth gap between the middle class and the wealthy. I think we all know which income gap they are truly concerned with...
  • Morning Plum: Majority wants GOP to fix Obamacare if Supreme Court guts it

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Republican leaders are openly rooting for the Supreme Court to gut Obamacare subsidies in three dozen states, explicitly in order to accomplish what Republicans failed to accomplish through the political and legislative process. That suggests Republicans have no intention to agree to any “fixes” to the law if SCOTUS does gut it, even though some […]
  • Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

    Watchblog: Democrats
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency. Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections? The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear,…
  • Gun Nuts Just Want Mom’s Address To Say Howdy, Probably

    Wonkette
    Alex Ruthrauff
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    More evidence that open carry is in the Napoleon-in-Russia phase of its campaign for gun rights most people never asked for and don’t want: a now-deleted tweet from prominent Texas open carry nut and alleged airline pilot Eric Reed: How’s that month-old frozen horse meat tasting today, Eric? (Astute readers may recognize one Robert J. “Raging Rob” Kinnison in the reply. He’s the guy who likes to tell people to put dicks in their mouths and shut up.) But surely Shannon Watts did something terrible to deserve such treatment, right? She sure did! She disagrees with…
  • Most Americans think corporations should pay higher taxes

    Daily Kos
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Dear Entire Republican Party: America has something to say. [A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week] asked Americans whether they thought corporations paid their fair share of taxes, too little or too much. And 65 percent of Americans said they paid too little. Even when it comes to Republicans -- the party that has made a name for itself as the small-government, low-tax party -- a plurality (43 percent) say taxes on corporations are too low, while one-third say they pay their fair share and 14 percent say they pay too much. On the other hand, very few of those unpleasant people…
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    The Atlantic

  • Sex, Lies, and Frank Langella: The Americans Is Back

    David Sims
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    FX Every week for the third season of FX's spy thriller The Americans, David Sims, Christopher Orr, and Olga Khazan will discuss the intrigue and domestic tiffs playing out behind closed doors in the Jennings household. Sims: As season three of The Americans opens, a creeping rot seems to be finally setting it at the heart of the Soviet Union. Its conflict with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan is becoming an unwinnable quagmire, partially thanks to the covert intervention of the CIA, and at the end of the episode, leader Leonid Brezhnev dies of a heart attack after 18 years in power. "Est Men"…
  • How Insurance Companies Still Discriminate Against the Sick

    Olga Khazan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    JoséMa Orsini/Flickr One of the most important things the Affordable Care Act was supposed to do was put an end to a practice called pre-existing condition exclusion. Before the law passed, health insurers could refuse to cover any medical services for a health condition a person already had when they joined that insurance plan, or they could prevent the person from joining the plan entirely. So, for example, if you had psoriasis, the company might say that you could be on their plan, but you'd have to pay for all your psoriasis medications out-of-pocket. For many people with big, expensive…
  • An Attorney General by Any Other Name

    Russell Berman
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Kevin Lamarque/AP A couple of hours into Loretta Lynch's lengthy confirmation hearing to be attorney general on Wednesday, Senator John Cornyn boiled the whole thing down to a single question. "You're not Eric Holder, are you?" "No, I'm not, sir," Lynch replied, as the crowded Senate room broke out in laughter. With that response, she probably clinched the job. Lynch is the first prominent nominee of President Obama's to be considered by the Republican Senate majority, and the biggest incentive conservative lawmakers have for approving her nomination is to get Holder out of the Justice…
  • An Optimist’s Guide to Political Correctness

    Megan Garber
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The Atlantic One of the first widespread uses of the telegraph, when it emerged in and then transformed the 19th century, was a mundane one: the sharing of local weather information. Corn speculators in England began sending terse messages to each other, things like Derby, very dull; York, fine; Leeds, fine; Nottingham, no rain but dull and cold. These were the first weather reports, afforded by our newfound ability to spread information, across long distances, instantly. And they were, in their brief starts and stops, revolutionary. In his wonderful book The Information, James Gleick…
  • An Incomplete Victory in Kobani

    Adam Chandler
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A Kurdish fighter flashes a victory sign in Kobani. (Osman Orsal/Reuters) Throughout ISIS's three-month siege of Kobani, the heavily Kurdish Syrian border town, many wondered whether the battle would prove the Islamic State's Waterloo. For a group that so heavily relies on propaganda and momentum, its apparent defeat there this week at the hands of Kurdish forces (backed by American airstrikes) stings far beyond the battlefield. "ISIL's defeat in Kobane further shatters the organization's claims to invincibility," Al Jazeera's Mohammed Salih writes, "particularly as it coincides with the…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: In last 30 years, Americans have gotten poorer

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Most, not all. In the last thirty years, most Americans have gotten poorer. US net worth rose considerably over that period, which is what you would expect to see. Technology has improved and productivity increased, so society has a greater capacity for wealth building. America was also quite a bit older on average in 2013 than it was in 1983, so average wealth should have gone up. But all of these gains went to the top 20 percent of the population. It's worse than that, actually. Over 100 percent of the gains went to the top 20 percent, because the bottom 60 percent of the population got…
  • Climate change could mean record snowfall

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    A winter storm approaching the eastern United States as seen by NOAA's GOES satellite image on Monday. The Great Blizzard of 2015 has fallen short of the more dire warnings so far, but it may have already delivered a timely lesson in how weather actually works: climate change could make future snowstorms worse. So says a renowned climate scientist: “The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that nor’easters like this one may grow stronger [with] human-caused climate change, as they are driven by the contrast between cold Arctic air masses and ever-warming ocean surface…
  • Most Americans think corporations should pay higher taxes

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Dear Entire Republican Party: America has something to say. [A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week] asked Americans whether they thought corporations paid their fair share of taxes, too little or too much. And 65 percent of Americans said they paid too little. Even when it comes to Republicans -- the party that has made a name for itself as the small-government, low-tax party -- a plurality (43 percent) say taxes on corporations are too low, while one-third say they pay their fair share and 14 percent say they pay too much. On the other hand, very few of those unpleasant people…
  • Spotlight on green news & views: Senate fails to fast-track KXL, off-shore drilling plan announced

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Part of the Brooks range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Department of Interior  announced this week that its management plan for ANWR, including the petroleum-rich  coastal plain, will continue for the next 15 or so years. President Obama said he wants  98 percent of the 19.3 million acres of ANWR designated as wilderness, something only  Congress can do. That obviously won't be happening for the next two years. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on…
  • Cartoon: Republicans decry income inequality

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The GOP's new bag is to decry "Income Inequality" in the United States, going so far as to blame President Obama for the growing wealth gap between the middle class and the wealthy. I think we all know which income gap they are truly concerned with...
 
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    Drudge Report

  • 'I don't think it's ever been good to bet against me'...

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    'I don't think it's ever been good to bet against me'...(Second column, 9th story, link)Related stories:SCOTT WALKER GETS READY...First Ad...Team Romney jabs Clinton over wealth...Rand Paul: I'd shoot a drone out of the sky...Re-introduces 'Audit the Fed' bill...
  • SCOTT WALKER GETS READY...

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    SCOTT WALKER GETS READY...(Second column, 8th story, link)Related stories:'I don't think it's ever been good to bet against me'...First Ad...Team Romney jabs Clinton over wealth...Rand Paul: I'd shoot a drone out of the sky...Re-introduces 'Audit the Fed' bill...
  • PAPER: Have we reached 'peak food'?

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    PAPER: Have we reached 'peak food'?(Third column, 22nd story, link)
  • CLAIM: Fatal peanut allergies cured by probiotics...

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    CLAIM: Fatal peanut allergies cured by probiotics...(Third column, 21st story, link)
  • NSA's Water, Power Supply Under Threat in State Legislatures...

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    NSA's Water, Power Supply Under Threat in State Legislatures...(Third column, 20th story, link)Related stories:Swiss bank on 'safe haven' label to become world's data vault...Snowden files show Canada spy agency tracks millions of downloads daily...
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    Drudge Retort

  • Obama Drops Plan to Tax 529 College Savings Plans

    Whatsleft
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    The Obama administration has decided to scrap a plan to tax 529 college savings plan withdrawals. A White House official called the proposed change a "distraction" and said there are plenty of other ways to raise revenue as part of their budget. Obama had proposed raising $1 billion over 10 years by taxing capital gains realized in withdrawals from 529 college savings accounts. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly joined GOP critics in opposing the proposal.
  • 'Rent Is Too Damn High' Candidate Faces Eviction

    rcade
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Jimmy McMillan, who ran for New York governor in 2010 under the slogan "The Rent is Too Damn High," has received an eviction notice for February 5 at his rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment on St. Mark's Place. "The bottom line is, they want me out for more money," said McMillan, who has lived in the building since 1977. His attorney has filed motions in federal and state court seeking a stay of eviction.
  • Ohio Cop Charged for Taking Filmer's Camera

    rcade
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A police sergeant in Ohio is facing criminal charges after taking a camera away from a disabled resident who was filming police activity.Yellow Springs Sgt. Naomi Penrod has been charged with three misdemeanors of interfering with civil rights, assault and disorderly conduct, according to village manager Patti Bates. Penrod and two other officers showed up near Athena Fannin's home after an eviction notice was served by a landlord who called the police. When Fannin began filming the officers, Penrod took the camera out of her hands, reports Opposing Views. Video of the three seconds before…
  • Russia Persecutes Tatar Minority in Crimea

    sitzkrieg
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Masked investigators and riot police on Monday raided Crimea's only Tatar-language television channel -- the latest in a string of detentions, deportations and searches targeting the peninsula's indigenous Crimean Tatars since Russia annexed the region in March. The raid follows an admission this weekend by a major pro-Russia Crimean leader that he and other armed men forced local lawmakers to dissolve the existing government in the run-up to the republic's controversial secession referendum.
  • Passenger Steers 60-Mph Bus After Driver Collapses

    rcade
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    A female passenger grabbed the wheel of a bus careening out of control on Interstate 94 near Kenosha, Wisconsin, Saturday, steering it to safety and stopping the vehicle after the driver collapsed. Jill Bien, 48, was on the tour bus with 33 others when she became concerned after the driver hit a wall. Reports indicate the bus was going about 65 mph. "I'm yelling at him to stop the bus, and I realized we started going against the wall again. I turned to yell at him, 'Like what are you doing?' and there was no one sitting there," she said.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • A Moment of Your Time?

    Josh Marshall
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    We're doing a bit of audience research on our daily newsletter TPM DayBreaker. Can you take my 90 seconds to fill out this 5 question survey? Very quick and easy. Thanks!
  • State News Service in the Making?

    Josh Marshall
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Jindal uses Louisiana state website to defend 'Muslim non-go zone' faceplant.
  • Fine Line Between Derp and Aphasia

    Josh Marshall
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Early Sarah Palin champion turns against her after bizarre Iowa speech.
  • I Think Maybe Lost the Argument

    Josh Marshall
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Virginia pol calls African-American reporter "boy" during argument.
  • Josh's Office Hours

    Josh Marshall
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Got questions? I'll be answering any and all of your questions in The Hive (sub req) tomorrow at 3 PM, Thursday January 29th, 2015. Get your questions in now and I'll see you tomorrow afternoon.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    My wife is in Anchorage right now, where it's a balmy 10 degrees, but could be a lot worse. I've warned her to steer clear of the Palin clan. Here are the remains of the day: * Israel and Hezbollah on brink of most serious confrontation since 2006 after two Israeli soldiers killed by missile strike. * Rick Perry blithely says continuing criminal case against him won't crimp his style on the 2016 campaign trail. * Fascinating Alec MacGillis piece on Jeb Bush and Bill Belichik's common years at Phillips Academy. * Just can't resist linking to this Onion article: "Bobby Jindal Not Sure He…
  • Palin-Bashing Season on the Right

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    I've noted this in passing, but it really does bear a bit of emphasis that all of a sudden it's become fashionable on the Right to whale away at Sarah Palin for, well, the very things about her liberals have been citing all along. Today someone who was once one of her heartiest defenders, Matt Lewis, turned his back on Palin along with many others: Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt? In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York called it a “long, rambling,…
  • Love That Medicare, Hate That Medicaid

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    At the Prospect, Paul Waldman makes an excellent point about the rather strange rhetoric Republicans engaged in when they agree to expand Medicaid, playing off some comments by TPM's Dylan Scott on Mike Pence's framing of his own Medicaid expansion: Pence doesn't want anybody to get the idea that he doesn't hate Medicaid. As Dylan Scott explains, Republican governors always seem to find different names to call their Medicaid programs when they accept the Affordable Care Act's expansion, and they never utter the vile word "Obamacare," even though that's the source of the money they're taking:…
  • First Straw Poll for the Jen Rubin Primary

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Of all the political gabbers out there, the one whose loyalties any Republican candidate probably most ought to covet is WaPo's Jennifer Rubin. It's not that she's all that influential, though she does have a good platform. It's that once she's joined your crew, you are the ship and all else is the sea. Just ask Mitt Romney. So it's with interest that I read her statement today that she's going to do (apparently over some stretch of time) an evaluation of the 2016 Republican presidential field. She began with Scott Walker, basing her discussion on the "argument" he made in a recent interview…
  • 140 Characters Would Have Been Enough

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    News had slowed down, and it usually takes a major occasion for Peggy Noonan to publish something beyond her weekly Friday column. So yeah, I fished in and read Noonan's post from Monday night entitled "Bread Bags," figuring we'd get her definitive take on Joni Ernst. 864 words later, I deduced that about all Peggy really had to say was "I remember wearing bags over my good shoes, too." Somebody really does need to introduce her to Twitter. 140 characters would have been more than enough. UPDATE: I should have done this first, but I looked at Twitter, and to my surprise Peggy does have an…
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    The New Republic

  • Above the Law, Under the Sheets

    Sam Eifling
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Last spring, a police sergeant in Arkansas's second-biggest city, Fort Smith, noticed an affidavit that a colleague had submitted after making a prostitution arrest. The document states that the suspect met the cop at a motel, where she advised him to "get comfortable" (i.e., strip). She accepted $1
  • Was Lewis Carroll a Pedophile?

    Elizabeth Winkler
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Midway through her adventures in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon Lewis Carroll’s hookah-smoking caterpillar. He stares at her in silence for some minutes before removing the hookah from his mouth: “Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. “I—I hardly know, sir, just at present—at l
  • Obama's Nominee for Attorney General Disagrees With Him That Weed Is Safer Than Alcohol. She's Wrong.

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    On Wednesday, Loretta Lynch appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing over her nomination to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. She avoided making any comments that will threaten her candidacy, but did break from President Barack Obama on one issue: marijuana.When Senator Jef
  • Watch This Republican Senator Get Caught With His Pants Down Over Obamacare Subsidies

    Brian Beutler
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Salon’s Simon Maloy catches out Republican Senator John Barrasso—who recently claimed the Affordable Care Act “very clearl[ly]” limits subsidies to states
  • Obama Is Finally Getting Credit for the Recovery

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The Wall Street Journal published an editorial Wednesday morning with a big claim: That jobs growth in 2014 occurred not because of the president’s policies, but despite them. “Mr. Obama is now taking
 
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    TIME

  • Check Out the President’s New Airplane

    Eliana Dockterman
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A Boeing 747-8 will be the next Air Force One, the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday. The latest version of the jumbo jet, which can be refueled in midair and even serve as a command center, will replace the Boeing VC-25 as the President’s official plane. The incumbent President Barack Obama won’t be able to command the newer, more fuel efficient and technologically advanced ride, however, since the first one will not be delivered until 2018 and will then have to undergo five years of testing before it carries the leader of the free world. Boeing has been the only provider of…
  • Military Chiefs ‘Prep the Battlefield’ for Biggest Pentagon Budget Request Ever

    Mark Thompson
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The White House will be seeking $534 billion to run the Pentagon next year when it sends its 2016 budget request to Congress on Monday. That would be—despite the cries we keep hearing from assorted generals—the largest Pentagon budget in history. That’s because President Obama is ignoring the budget caps imposed by the legislative legerdemain known as sequestration: he will ask Congress (which, along with the President, imposed those caps in 2011) for $34 billion more than sequestration allows (there’s another $51 billion in the request, exempt from the caps, for…
  • Republicans Look to Gain on Obama’s Education Blunder

    Alex Rogers
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    On Tuesday, President Obama dropped his proposal to reform popular college savings plans. On Wednesday, Republicans wouldn’t let him hear the end of it. “I’m not sure why President Obama would have sought to undermine them in the first place, but it’s certainly good to see the President coming around to Republicans’ pro-middle class view on this matter,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the chamber floor. “What crazy tax hike scheme will the White House dream up next,” tweeted House Speaker John Boehner. “Well, that must have…
  • Rapper 2 Chainz is Serious About Running for Mayor

    Maya Rhodan
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Rapper Tauheed Epps, better known by his stage name 2 chainz, is apparently mulling a run for mayor of his hometown, College Park, Ga. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Epps—whose hits include “I Luv Dem Strippers” and “No Lie”—Epps said that he was seriously considering a run. “I am looking forward to running at the end of this year or next year. [I’m] waiting to see if I meet all of the qualifications!” the Grammy-nominated artist told the paper Interest in Epps’ political ambitions peaked earlier this week…
  • Watch How the AK-47 Came to Be ‘Made In America’

    Salima Koroma
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    In early 2015, a U.S.-based company got the green light to start producing what is perhaps the world's most recognizable assault rifle
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Cuban leader demands end to US embargo to renew ties

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Cuban President Raul Castro laid out conditions to normalize relations with the United States, demanding an end to the US embargo, the return of Guantanamo and Havana's removal from a terror list. Castro issued his demands a week after the highest-ranking US delegation to Havana in 35 years and Cuban officials held landmark talks aimed at reopening embassies and renewing ties that broke off in 1961.
  • Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sworn in Jan. 5 after a campaign that focused at times on challenging federal overreach, said that Obama's November order undermines the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Work said the Pentagon has a new plan called "Defense Innovation Initiative" and a separate effort targeting longer-term projects to ensure that the United States continues to have a decisive competitive advantage against potential foes. NATO members needed to make good their vows last year to spend 2 percent of…
  • Court clash over female guards at Guantanamo

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Barring female guards from handling inmates at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay poses a "risk" to the soldiers working there, the commander of a top-secret prison unit said. The issue flared in November, when military judge Kirk Waits granted an emergency order to temporarily halt the use of female guards in handling detainee Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Lawyers for Iraqi -- who faces life in prison on war crimes charges stemming from attacks against US personnel in Afghanistan -- have argued that Islam forbids such contact between a man and a woman who is neither his wife nor a…
  • Plot foiled? Sundance doc lifts lid on FBI stings

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    "They themselves are the ones posing the inducements and suggestions for criminal activity," he told AFP in an interview with fellow filmmaker Lyric Cabral in Park City, Utah. The documentary tells the real story of "Shariff," a 63-year-old informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who is tasked with monitoring a Muslim convert, Khalifah al-Akili, in Pittsburgh. The FBI wants him to assess Akili's interest in attending a terrorist training camp abroad. The FBI doesn't know its informant has agreed to be filmed for the documentary.
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    Political Irony

  • Sarah Palin Raises Money for Hillary Clinton

    Iron Knee
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    No, not intentionally. But Sarah Palin managed to raise more than $25,000 for the group “Ready for Hillary”, which qualifies Palin to be a co-chair for their National Finance Council. How did this happen? In Iowa last weekend Palin spoke about how Republicans can stop a Clinton campaign. She even held up a “Ready for Hillary” car magnet. So naturally, the Ready for Hillary super PAC used that moment for fundraising, and it worked! Also ironically, her answer to whether anyone can stop Clinton, she borrowed another popular phrase and said “Yes we can”. Who…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    “According to a new poll, nearly six out of 10 Republicans want Mitt Romney to run for president. So do 10 out of 10 Democrats.” – Conan O’Brien “Senator Rand Paul reflected on Mitt Romney’s potential 2016 campaign and said, ‘It’s sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.’ When someone told him Einstein didn’t actually say that, he said, ‘In the words of Gandhi, My bad.'” – Jimmy Fallon “Just days after Mitt Romney suggested…
  • Amendments

    Iron Knee
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    The new Republican-controlled Senate immediately started paying back their largest campaign donors – the oil companies – by pushing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Ironically, the beneficiaries of Keystone are mainly Canadian companies, but with our new rules that allow political contributions to remain completely anonymous, it is no surprise that there would be many large donors who are not Americans at all (or even American companies). Shouldn’t this worry us? Passing Keystone requires the strange ritual of introducing amendments, many of which have nothing to do with…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will begin fundraising for a potential 2016 presidential campaign by the end of January. No word on what his platform will be, but if I know Christie it’ll be really strong, maybe double reinforced steel.” – Jimmy Fallon “Mitt Romney will reportedly address the Republican National Committee on Friday to talk about a possible third presidential run. It’s never a good sign when you have to start your speech with ‘Hear me out’.” – Seth Meyers “Mitt Romney is running for president again. That will be…
  • It’s Alive!

    Iron Knee
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    © Zack Weinersmith Ever get the feeling that the echo chamber has taken on a life of its own, and doesn’t reflect the opinions of any real people? Back in 1964, Marshall McLuhan said, “The medium is the message”. It is even more true today. McLuhan believed that a medium itself shapes and controls “the scale and form of human association and action”. Sound familiar? Related posts: Who Keeps Spam Alive? Banks! Political Doublespeak is Alive and Well If MLK were alive today…
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • White House Expresses Displeasure Over Speech Planned By Netanyahu

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.
  • St. Louis City Hall Meeting Interrupted By Brawl

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:37 pm
    A brawl broke out at a St. Louis City Hall meeting on the implementation of a civilian oversight board of the police department on Wednesday night, according to reports from the scene. Meeting on proposed civilian oversight review board out of control at City Hall. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/BrLSctHIAJ— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) January 29, 2015 The meeting at City Hall allegedly took a turn for the worse after an exchange between St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy and Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Nicholas Pistor reported. Roorda allegedly…
  • Richard Glossip Reacts To News That He Won't Be Executed This Week: 'It's So Unbelievable'

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    McALESTER, Okla. -- Death row inmate Richard Glossip described Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court order suspending his impending execution as "so unbelievable." "I've felt amazing today," Glossip said hours after he heard the news, sounding elated and buoyed by hope. Glossip laughed easily during a conversation with The Huffington Post, talking excitedly about reconnecting with family and learning just how far news of his case has spread around the world. The Associated Press characterized the Supreme Court's decision as one that "came as no surprise," to which Glossip said, "Unless it's your…
  • Extreme Disparity of Wealth Dominates Davos

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    With extreme wealth also comes extreme political clout that results in extreme human suffering, said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, at a panel session this week in Davos. Byanyima helped set the tone for this year's World Economic Forum by releasing the comprehensive report that disclosed that the world's richest 1 percent are on track own more than half of the world's wealth by next year. It is fair to say that the report stunned the decision makers and opinion leaders ensconced in this small Swiss ski town. It has been a hot topic at many panel sessions and in…
  • John Boehner Explains Why He's Suing Obama Over The Immigration Executive Action

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) confirmed on Wednesday that he's planning to sue President Barack Obama -- again. In an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, Boehner said he was finalizing the details of a House legal challenge to Obama's decision to bypass Congress and use executive action to provide deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. "The president's overreach when he took executive action to deal with the immigration problem in our country, frankly, is a violation of our Constitution. It's a violation of his oath of office," Boehner said. "We believe that filing…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Watch Bill O'Reilly Call Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch A "Hero"

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch a "hero" in a 2012 broadcast, which was referenced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) during Lynch's Senate confirmation hearing today. Media Matters noted O'Reilly's praise in a post detailing fringe right-wing attacks on the nominee. Leahy recapped the case in which Lynch, then a U.S. attorney, chose to prosecute an accused child rapist under federal law after he had been sentenced to two years in prison by a state judge. Leahy then added, "Bill O'Reilly on Fox called you a 'hero' and said…
  • MSNBC's Chris Hayes Highlights Conservative Media Criticism Of Sarah Palin Following Iowa Speech

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    From the January 28 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes: Related:    As 2016 Race Begins, GOP Faces Its Palin Problem Previously:    O'Reilly Responds To Sarah Palin's Complaint: "If No Offense Is Intended, Don't Take Offense. Your Life Will Be Happier" On Fox, Sarah Palin Slams "Quasi-Conservative" Fox Figures Like Bill O'Reilly Who Pan Her 2016 Chances As A "Reality Show" Fox Panel Reacts To Iowa Freedom Summit: "No Way In Heck" Palin Could Win 2016, Trump Is "Clownish"
  • STUDY: How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change In 2014

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    The total coverage of climate change on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox continued to increase for the third consecutive year, according to a Media Matters analysis, yet still remained below the level seen in 2009. Coverage on the networks' Sunday shows reached a six-year high after a group of senators demanded they provide more coverage of the issue, but the Sunday shows still infrequently interviewed scientists. Networks' Total Climate Coverage Increased In 2014 Broadcast Networks Provided The Most Climate Coverage In Five Years. During 2014, the major broadcast networks' evening and Sunday…
  • Reagan's "Secret Cancer Cure" And Other Scams From Erick Erickson's Email List

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Erick Erickson's email list subscribers have received a bizarre array of pitches from conspiracy theorists and dubious practitioners warning of the impending death of millions of Americans and promising "cures" to cancer, Alzheimer's, and aging. Politico's Ken Vogel recently reported how the conservative movement has been infected by "scam PACs," which "critics say exist mostly to pad the pockets of the consultants who run them." One of the favorite avenues for these sketchy schemes is the email list of Fox News contributor Erick Erickson's RedState.com.
  • O'Reilly Responds To Sarah Palin's Complaint: "If No Offense Is Intended, Don't Take Offense. Your Life Will Be Happier"

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    From the January 28 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously: On Fox, Sarah Palin Slams "Quasi-Conservative" Fox Figures Like Bill O'Reilly Who Pan Her 2016 Chances As A "Reality Show" Fox Panel Reacts To Iowa Freedom Summit: "No Way In Heck" Palin Could Win 2016, Trump Is "Clownish"
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Public Health Challenges in the Middle East

    cesar chelala
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Despite modest growth and poverty reduction, some important gains in the health status of the population have been achieved in the Middle East, thanks to improvements in technology, health service delivery and public health programs. However, the whole region still faces important public health challenges. A Syrian refugee has her child vaccinated. Photo by Flickr user World Bank Photo Collection and used under a Creative Commons License.For example, although the region has decreasing rates of communicable diseases, it has increasing rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This is a group…
  • Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and Israel.
  • Greek PM Tsipras promises radical change, markets tumble

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatization plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets.
  • Amnesty calls for U.N. sanctions, war crimes probe in Libya

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Rights group Amnesty International called on Wednesday for targeted U.N. sanctions and investigations into possible war crimes in Libya to end a cycle of abductions and summary killings by rival armed factions.
  • Iran names new U.N. ambassador months after U.S. bans first choice

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has appointed career diplomat Gholamali Khoshroo as its envoy to the United Nations, state-run Tasnim news agency said, ten months after the United States barred its initial candidate for his role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis in Tehran.
 
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #634 | Inside the Mind of The Bulldozer

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Simple As That. #TeamBlackness discusses an accidental drone crash on the White House grounds, a Vanderbilt football player’s absurd defense for rape, and a man revolutionizes home renovation. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • #TWIBprime #634 | Inside the Mind of The Bulldozer

    Elon James White
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses a accidental drone crash on the White House grounds, a Vanderbilt football player’s absurd defense for rape, and a man revolutionizes home renovation.
  • Anthony Mackie, Please Stop Talking

    BLACKNESS.TV
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
  • #TWIBprime #633 | With All Due Respect…

    Elon James White
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses Jonathan Chait’s new piece regarding poltical correctness and how Anthony Mackie wants his sandwiches.
  • #Sportsball #49: Blizzard Dispatch

    aaron rand freeman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Leave the Patriots Be. he Sportsball crew beams in due to inclement to discuss the Superbowl, Chicago experts, and the unreasonable hatred of the Patriots. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Rachael Parenta @rachaelparenta Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball: FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
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    Wonkette

  • Gun Nuts Just Want Mom’s Address To Say Howdy, Probably

    Alex Ruthrauff
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    More evidence that open carry is in the Napoleon-in-Russia phase of its campaign for gun rights most people never asked for and don’t want: a now-deleted tweet from prominent Texas open carry nut and alleged airline pilot Eric Reed: How’s that month-old frozen horse meat tasting today, Eric? (Astute readers may recognize one Robert J. “Raging Rob” Kinnison in the reply. He’s the guy who likes to tell people to put dicks in their mouths and shut up.) But surely Shannon Watts did something terrible to deserve such treatment, right? She sure did! She disagrees with…
  • Victoria Jackson Proves Obama Is A Muslim Again With Catchy New Song, Again

    Doktor Zoom
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Wonkette frenemy Victoria Jackson asked a very important question the other day: “Is Obama a Muslim or a Jihadist?” Turns out that it was a trick question, because there’s no real difference! The only thing remarkable about the post was that she ran the collection of half-quotes and rumors a good six years after pretty much every other wingnut on the planet did. She even dragged in a video where Obama “admits” to being a Muslim. So now she has finally convinced herself of this important fact, the former Saturday Night Live cast member and failed county…
  • Loretta Lynch Won’t Impeach Obama, Obviously Not Suitable Attorney General

    Doktor Zoom
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Wednesday was the first day of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and so far, it looks like Republicans may consider her too “nominated by Barack Obama” to be confirmed as attorney general. In a fairly basic bit of identity clarification, Ms. Lynch claimed, in response to a question from Texas Sen. John Cornyn, that she is in fact a wholly different human being than the current attorney general: “You’re not Eric Holder are you?” asked Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, asked her [sic], provoking some laughter in the…
  • Saks Only Wants To Discriminate Against This One Trans Person, Not All Of Them

    Evan Hurst
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Wonkette update! A couple weeks back, I gathered you all around to tell you the story of Leyth Jamal, a former Saks Fifth Avenue employee who is transgender, and her lawsuit against Saks Fifth Avenue for unlawful discrimination under Title VII. You see, courts, the EEOC and the Justice Department have repeatedly said that transgender people are protected, because discrimination based on sex is already banned, and gender identity is included in that. Saks Fifth Avenue felt differently, even though their OWN EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK prohibited that kind of discrimination, right between “no…
  • South Carolina Rushes To Overturn Convictions Of Civil Rights Protesters … From 1961

    Doktor Zoom
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    The Friendship 9 in jail, 1961. Image from NBC News The town of Rock Hill, South Carolina, took a step to right an injustice from the Civil Rights era, vacating the 1961 trespassing convictions of nine protesters who spent 30 days on a chain gang for attempting to sit at a whites-only lunch counter in McCrory’s Drug Store. The eight surviving members of the group, who were all students at Friendship College in 1961, had their convictions overturned by Circuit Court Judge John C. Hayes III, who is the nephew of the judge who sent them to jail in 1961. The eight surviving members of the…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Rogues. She says she’s interested in running for president, but Sarah Palin is not backing that interest up with action… “I see no activity, no hires, no grassroots, and there is no structure to the volunteer organization for Palin that existed four years ago,” said Craig Bergman, a Republican consultant who worked with the Organize4Palin group […] Read this post »
  • Newsworthy: WaPo builds cute tool for comparing your home’s size to Mitt Romney’s

    Mary Katharine Ham
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Woodward & Bernstein. I would really like to hear the argument for why this was worthy of significant newsroom resources, without any newsroom resources being expended on investigating the residences of any other potential candidates for president. What is vital about the public’s right to compare, at the flick of a mouse, its smaller dwellings to the large […] Read this post »
  • Shameless: Harry Reid now demanding amendment votes he blocked for years

    Guy Benson
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Hack. The man’s an established liar, a bizarre obsessive, a remorseless slanderer — but you already knew that.  He’s also, unsurprisingly, an exquisite hack. Ever since voters demoted Prince Harry in November, his views on various Senate protocols and precedents have undergone a remarkable and dramatic evolution.  He who grinningly nuked filibuster rules in 2013 has suddenly […] Read this post »
  • Is Democratic infighting behind closed doors about to become public?

    Noah Rothman
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Don't call it a civil war. Republicans have grown used to their party’s internal deliberations and squabbles spilling out into the streets and onto the politics sections of various media outlets. Family business does not stay private fare in the GOP for long. In contrast, the Democratic Party is far more disciplined. It was not long ago that congressional Democrats’ refusal […] Read this post »
  • GoDaddy feels the sting of politically correct America

    Jazz Shaw
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    How much is that doggy in the Superbowl commercial? A rather sad story comes to us on the eve of the Superbowl and the attendant fascination with the commercials that run during the big game. The website developer GoDaddy was prepared to run a bit of a parody of the famous Budweiser ads with their story of a lost puppy who finds its way […] Read this post »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Know What You Are Doing When Buying A Home

    Randy
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    TIP! When you are negotiating the price of real estate, it is best to have a moderate approach. Some people try to push for their own advantage in every possible way, but this can bring resistance from the other party. Whether you are buying real estate for personal use or using it for investment purposes, you must approach it wisely. The advice gained here can ease the way to successful real estate purchases. TIP! Consider your future family plans when buying a home. If you already have children or might have children later, you should purchase a home with plenty of room for them to grow and…
  • Proven Advice On How To Find Insurance

    Randy
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    TIP! Renew or purchase a brand new policy of insurance and save on your overall cost of any insurance type. Your insurance premiums will be lower if you have higher deductibles. Insurance is a complicated topic for many people. Almost everyone puts a high value on being prepared for emergencies, but it is not necessary to fall for excessive fees for good coverage. Learn from the following tips and gain confidence in handling your insurance matters. TIP! You can save serious dollars off of insurance premiums by bundling your policies. Bundling your auto and homeowners policies with one company…
  • Make More Money With These Stock Market Tips!

    Randy
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:42 pm
    TIP! If you are seeking ways to maximize your investment potential, it is important that you set long-term goals and have a plan. You also will probably see more success by holding realistic expectations for your investments, as opposed to trying to predict the unforeseeable conditions that most often rule the markets. Investing wisely and earning significant profits out of the stock market relies on a process of self-education and extensive research. Before selecting a particular stock, educate yourself on the company’s historical trends and their past and current reputation. Read on…
  • Learn The Top Tips For Your Home Based Business

    Randy
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    TIP! Have a quick summary of what your business does ready at all times. You will have an easier time impressing potential clients if you can describe your business without being too wordy. Everyone has considered the benefits of starting a home based business. Setting your own schedule and not having to deal with a boss can be a great benefit. This article contains information that can help you to turn your dream into a reality. TIP! Becoming your own boss and having a business of your own can be difficult, but it is also a lot of fun. Find your niche, your area of expertise, and go from…
  • Ways To Make The Most Of Your Real Estate Purchase

    Randy
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    TIP! All real estate agents need to be in touch with their previous customers on the anniversary of the date they purchased their home, and certainly during the holidays. They will be reminded of how you made their home buying experience a great one. Purchasing real estate can be a difficult endeavor, but it is well worth the effort when you do it right. Fear not, this article contains some tips which will hopefully prevent you from having a property market disaster. TIP! Look for a new home that has enough room if you plan on starting a family or already have children. Also, look at safety…
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    FamousDC

  • This Was You Last Night, Wasn’t It?

    Marie Formica
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    Don’t lie.The post This Was You Last Night, Wasn’t It? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Do It. Right Now.

    fdc
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    A friendly life reminder from FamousDC. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” -Paulo CoelhoThe post Do It. Right Now. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    #NATIONAL New England Patriots, CHEATING?!; Much more pleasant NFL talk – bad lip reading; If you want to wonder at the universe and feel small today; Goodbye Skymall; Pizza? Or…bunnies?; the aging of Abercrombie and Fitch; This kid is about to get eaten by a lion; Don’t use these passwords; WE NEED THIS; #DISTRICT  Students […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Two Words: Committee Drone

    fdc
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    We have so many questions (What committee is this? What staff? Why does he have an iPad? Do you think this will go on his resume? Can you fly drones in Committee hearings?)The post Two Words: Committee Drone appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Garrett Graff Continues to Make the Rest of Us Look Bad

    fdc
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    From Fishbowl to Washingtonian to Politico. Garrett Graff continues to make the rest of us look bad. Congratulations! “Garrett Graff will take over as editor of Politico Magazine. The former editor in chief of Washingtonian, … Garrett has stepped in as acting editor since Blake [Hounshell] and I took on our new responsibilities … [H]is […]The post Garrett Graff Continues to Make the Rest of Us Look Bad appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • The dangers of cut-price soap

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    THE consumer-goods sector has done surprisingly well since the financial crisis. Faced with stagnating markets at home, the makers of washing powder and the like aggressively expanded in emerging markets. They have been rewarded handsomely. Sales at Unilever, for instance, have grown by more than 25% since 2009.But now Unilever—along with rivals Procter & Gamble (P&G), Henkel and RB—are falling to earth with a bump. On January 27th, P&G announced its sales had fallen by 4% in the quarter ending 31st December, with profits down 31%. Last week, Unilever revealed that its sales…
  • The north-south divide

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    LOW OIL prices are not good for the Nigerian economy. In its latest forecasts, the IMF's predictions for the Nigerian economy in 2015 have been cut—from over 7% growth to about 5%. The naira, Nigeria's currency, is doing badly. But what are the effects of lower oil in different parts of the country?If new research from two Oxford economists is anything to go by, people in the largely Christian south of the country will do worse than those in the largely Muslim north. The paper looks at the human impacts of oil-price changes. It uses data on 34,000 women between the ages of 15 and…
  • Take the money and run

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    IF the broader markets still remain fairly sanguine about the election of Syriza, that is certainly not true of investors in Greece itself. The yield on three-year bonds is now up to nearly 17% and Greek bank shares are down 20% today, with the broader stockmarket off 8%.Neither sell-off is an immediate problem. Greece wouldn't want to borrow from the markets at current rates (or even the rates that prevailed last week) and share prices rise and fall. But both developments are a symptom of wider worries. If there is any chance of Greece leaving the euro, a process that would probably involve…
  • iFortune

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    AS A business that makes a lot of extremely popular smartphones, Apple has become used to generating telephone-number size profits too. But the world’s largest company by market capitalisation has just delivered a record-breaking set of results that took even seasoned telecoms analysts by surprise. In the three months to December 27th 2014, which is the first quarter of its fiscal year, it made a whopping $18 billion profit, 37% higher than the same period of its previous fiscal year, and the largest quarterly profit ever reported by a public company. Its revenue soared 30%, to $75…
  • Adam Smith on the financial crisis

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Quantitative easing? Bah humbug!TIRED of lightweights bickering over the financial crisis and its aftermath? Of economic upheaval becoming merely fodder for intellectually dishonest political campaigns? Wonder what biggest thinkers might have to say? Our efforts to consult the giants of economics have been hampered by an unfortunate fact: many of the most important ones are not only dead, but they died long before governments and central banks began to concoct such unconventional policy tools such as quantitative easing. That explains their absence from the argument—so far.In an attempt to…
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    Democracy Now!

  • As 18 Die on Anniversary of Revolution, Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Activists, Journalists

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    At least 18 protesters have been killed as they marked the anniversary of the 2011 uprising in Egypt that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, in the bloodiest demonstrations since General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power. A viral video also shows Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a leading member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, being shot dead Saturday at a protest near Tahrir Square. "Like all social change, the fight for democracy in Egypt and across the region is going to continue," says Karim Amer, producer of "The Square," which documented the Egyptian revolution of 2011…
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer on Campus Rape Bill, Climate Skeptics & Why She Supports Obama's War on ISIS

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Amy Goodman interviews one of the Senate’s leading advocates for changing the way both universities and the military respond to sexual violence — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Boxer talks about her proposed bill to require advocates for sexual assault victims on college campuses, her plans to retire from the Senate in 2016, and why she supports President Obama’s campaign against the Islamic State. "War is a last resort, never a first resort," Boxer says. "I don’t support going to war and sending combat troops. I support President…
  • "The Hunting Ground": Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    As a jury in Tennessee has convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of raping an unconscious student in a dorm room, we look at a groundbreaking new documentary about sexual assault on college campuses across the country. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey could face decades in prison after being convicted of a combined total of 16 felony counts, including aggravated rape. Two other former Vanderbilt football players, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, are awaiting trial over their role in the rape. However, the court cases mark a rare example where students accused of…
  • Headlines for January 28, 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Jordan Agrees to Prisoner Swap with the Islamic StateIsrael-Hezbollah Exchange Fire Along Lebanon BorderU.S. to Give $2 Billion to Ukraine as Fears Grow of Full-On WarNew Greek Government Begins Rolling Back International BailoutObama Defends Decision Not to Focus on Saudi Arabia's Human Rights RecordMexico Says 43 Missing Students Were Killed by Drug CartelConfirmation Hearings Open for Attorney General Nominee Loretta LynchGeorgia Executes Warren Hill, Intellectually Disabled PrisonerEmployee of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Tied to White House DroneFlorida Domestic Abuse…
  • "One Person Can Make a Difference": Ava DuVernay Remembers Film Critic Roger Ebert's Early Support

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    As Ava DuVernay considers her next steps after "Selma," her first big budget feature film, she offers advice to aspiring filmmakers. "We have to work without permission. Especially as women in this industry. Who are we asking for permission to do what we want to do? That should be eradicated. You need to set a path and start walking." DuVernay discusses her next feature film, which will be a love story and murder mystery set in New Orleans amidst the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and recalls the impact acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert had on her life, who raved about…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Conservative Pundits Finally Seeing Sarah Palin For What She Is

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    This past weekend, Congressman Steve King hosted a forum in Iowa that essentially served as the first real opportunity for Iowa Republicans to see many of the potential Republican candidates for President in one place, as well as speeches from other well-known conservatives who may or may not run for office in 2016. Among those who spoke on Saturday were Senator Ted Cruz, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Dr. Ben Carson. Joining them was Sarah Palin, who was quoted telling reporters just the day…
  • Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    House Speaker John Boehner is telling his fellow Republicans that the Leadership is working on a resolution to authorize another lawsuit against the Obama Administration, this time over the President’s executive action on immigration that was announced in November: Speaker John Boehner is finalizing a plan to sue President Obama again, this time over the administration’s decision to grant work visas to millions of undocumented immigrants. Boehner told his conference at a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has a team exploring the best options to challenge last…
  • Report: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, Unlikely To Serve Time In Prison

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    NBC News and Fox News are both reporting that Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, whose release last may was initially hailed only to devolve into controversy over the terms of the deal and the circumstances of Bergdahl’s initial disappearance, will be charged with desertion, but it’s unlikely he will spend any time in prison: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by enemy forces in Afghanistan for five years, will be charged with desertion, a senior defense officials tell NBC News. The officials say the charges could be referred within a week. According to the officials, the…
  • Indiana’s “Limited Government” Governor To Start State-Run News Agency

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a supposed small-government conservative who is reportedly thinking about running for President, wants to create a state-run news agency to compete with the private media: Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run news service that will provide pre-written news stories to Indiana news outlets, as well as sometimes compete with them for news about his administration, according to documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star. Pence is planning to launch “Just IN” in late February, a website and news service that will feature stories written by state press…
  • Blackberry CEO: The Government Should Force Companies To Make Apps For Blackberry Phones

    Doug Mataconis
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The head of Blackberry thinks he’s found the solution to his company’s problems, get the government to force companies to make apps for Blackberry phones: At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones. After all, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which both lag dramatically behind Android and iOS in terms of market share, still bought their smartphones in spite of their limited app ecosystems. BlackBerry CEO John Chen, however, thinks this is…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Civil Rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    By Amy Goodman On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House. Related Entries January 27, 2015 Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King January 27, 2015 Hillary Stands Alone
  • Raul Castro Has Tough Demands to Meet Before Normalization ‘Makes Sense’

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Shutterstock The Cuban leader just threw down some major hurdles before normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba can be realized. According to The Guardian, Castro wants an end to the economic blockade and anti-Castro propaganda broadcasts. That seems reasonable. But he also wants Guantanamo back, as well as “just compensation to our people for the human and economic damage that they’re suffered.” It seems extremely unlikely that the U.S. will give Cuba a single dollar. Perhaps compensation can be interpreted as trade benefits or some other device, but it still…
  • Beware Wall Street’s Rent-to-Own Scam

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Shutterstock The newest thing in housing looks like a great deal for would-be home buyers, but a closer look reveals a thorny trap. This version of rent-to-own is called “lease purchase,” and the basic idea is that you can rent a house and one day buy it. But as ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger notes, the deal transfers to the renter some costs traditionally paid by the owner, and it’s easier to evict a renter than it is a buyer: Having pride in ownership means that the renter takes care of the property more carefully. So that’s a good thing — for the owner, that…
  • U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    By Raymond Bonner, Special to ProPublica The conviction of Australian David Hicks, held for nearly six years, was not legally valid, the chief prosecutor says. Related Entries January 27, 2015 Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King January 27, 2015 Hillary Stands Alone
  • Stop Flipping Out Because Old People Have Sex

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Shutterstock For years now we’ve heard about randy grandparents getting nasty in the old folks home. Yet studies of septuagenarian sex continue to make the news as if it’s weird, shocking or gross. It’s blatant ageism against the canasta class. Yet another study, reported on by The Huffington Post, confirms what we already know: The elderly continue to have sex. This particular study claims significance because it’s the “first piece of research of its kind to include people over the age of 80.” But you might ask, medically speaking, whether people in their…
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • Surveillance Video Raises Questions About 17-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot By Cops At Police Station

    Judd Legum
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Kristiana Coignard CREDIT: Courtesy of Heather Robertson The Longview Police released surveillance footage capturing the final moments of Kristiana Coignard’s life. The 17-year-old was fatally shot by two police officers in the lobby of the Longview Police Department. Coignard struggled with mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder, since her mother died when she was four. She had been hospitalized twice in recent years after suicide attempts. But according to her aunt, Heather Robertson, she had been regularly seeing a counselor and taking medication since she moved in…
  • Attorney General Nominee Will Not Support Marijuana Legalization

    Carimah Townes
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock On day one of her confirmation hearing to become the country’s next Attorney General, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch took an explicit stance against marijuana legalization. When asked by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) if she supports legalization, Lynch responded “No I do not.” When Sessions probed her on President Obama’s position on marijuana, Lynch continued, “I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization nor would it be the…
  • Scotland Just Announced An Indefinite Ban On Fracking

    Emily Atkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    CREDIT: shutterstock The Scottish government has announced that it will place a temporary ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing reportedly told the country’s parliament that the ban would allow for time for the government to conduct a public health assessment on the process. The decision and rationale closely resembles that of former New York Governor David Paterson, who in 2008 imposed a moratorium on fracking in the state pending a full-scale public health study. That…
  • Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries

    Katie Valentine
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Al Behrman Many people in developing nations already face a range of challenges, including poverty, pollution, and climate change that’s helping make droughts longer and storms more intense. But according to a new study, residents of developing nations could also soon be struggling with something else: malnutrition fueled by the decline of pollinators around the world. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at dietary surveys from women and children in parts of Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, and Bangladesh. The University of Vermont and Harvard…
  • Why More Lawmakers May Start ‘Evolving’ To Support Abortion Rights

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio poses for a photo with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh A Democratic congressman is abandoning his political opposition to abortion, saying that his position on the issue has evolved after hearing personal stories from women struggling with difficult pregnancy decisions. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced his change of heart on Tuesday in an op-ed published in the Akron Beacon Journal. Ryan identifies as Catholic and previously described himself as pro-life. He has supported several pieces of anti-abortion legislation during his time in Congress…
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  • My Friend Doesn’t Wear a Belt

    Troy Patterson
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Please send your questions for publication to gentlemanscholarslate@gmail.com. Questions may be edited.
  • Congressionalization

    Mike Pesca
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Listen to Episode 183 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Divide and Conquer

    Jamelle Bouie
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walker’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the persona that brought him to the stage—the stern but affable accountant—and re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor.
  • Prudie Early Release: Very Early Retirement

    Emily Yoffe
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    As a member of Slate Plus, you’re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.
  • The Fighting Hawkeyes

    John Dickerson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Covering the frantic Republican caucus in Iowa while simultaneously covering the drowsy Democratic contest is like stepping off of a moving walkway. You swing your arms and legs at the same quick pace, but you’re not moving fast anymore. The Republican candidates are scrambling for organizers, planning visits, and zooming around the country collecting money, while Hillary Clinton is the most dominant nonincumbent ever.Democrats like Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders are making moves, but few local activists even pretend that they are serious challengers…
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • FAA to Football Fans: Super Bowl Is a No-Drone Zone

    Edwin Rios
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a 15-second warning to football fans eager to sneak a bird's-eye look at this Sunday's Super Bowl: Leave your drones at home.   The No Drone Zone campaign is part of the FAA's ongoing efforts to regulate small drones flying over crowded stadiums. The Washington Post reported last November that the aviation agency was investigating a rash of incidents involving drones hovering over major sporting events. A month earlier, the agency extended its ban on airplane flights over large open-air stadiums to include unmanned and…
  • No One Can Agree on What to Call Drones

    Dave Gilson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Early Monday morning, a small, temporarily unidentified flying object crashed on the White House lawn. The mishap, possibly the result of droning under the influence, prompted a salvo of alarming headlines about a stealthy violation of presidential airspace. "A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House," declared the New York Times. Fox News announced, "White House gets drone defense wake-up call," while New York magazine warned, "Secret Service Can't Protect White House From Drones." The most ominous-sounding word in those headlines is "drone," a term that's come to…
  • Mormon Church Comes Out in Support of LGBT Rights

    Inae Oh
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    In a groundbreaking news conference on Tuesday, the Mormon Church officially announced its support for some LGBT rights, on the condition that the same legal protections are extended to all religious groups. But in doing so, the church also made clear their endorsement did not reverse the church's opposition to same-sex marriage.  "We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches, and other faith groups while protecting the rights of our LGBT…
  • The Pentagon Is Holding an Essay Contest to Honor Saudi Arabia's Brutal King. Here's Our Entry.

    Jenna McLaughlin
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Shortly after Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz, the 90-year-old king of Saudi Arabia, died last Friday, the Pentagon and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, paid their respects by inviting college students to participate in a "research and essay competition" in the late monarch's honor. No prize has been announced, but the Pentagon issued a press release about the contest listing the deceased monarch's considerable accomplishments: "the modernization of his country's military," his "lifetime" support of Saudi Arabia's alliance with the United States, his support of…
  • That Time Badass Feminist Queen Elizabeth II Gave Saudi Arabia's King a Lesson in Power

    Sam Brodey
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is known to have a wicked sense of humor, and some mean driving skills. One day back in 1998, she deployed both spectacularly to punk Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Back then, Abdullah was a Saudi crown prince visiting Balmoral, the vast royal estate in Scotland. The Queen had offered him a tour of the grounds—here's what happened next, according to former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles: The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat…
 
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Open Thread - Ya Think?

    Bluegal aka Fran
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Image via The Poke (UK). Open thread below...
  • Bryan Fischer's Hate Parade

    karoli
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Here are some golden oldies from former American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, beginning with the video above, where he says God would approve of torture. United States should force all immigrants to convert to Christianity Is America worth defending? America will never elect a saggy old woman as President, referring to Hillary Clinton. President Obama supports devil-worshipping heathens! We interrupt the hit parade for a Stupid Right Wing Tweet: Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men.
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Connells

    Ryan Pressman
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Connells brought a pretty interesting spin to Southern rock. The subject matter of their songs is a bit more personal and their sound is somewhat more mellow than other tunes in the genre. There are also traces of new wave in their sound too, which adds some cool sonic textures to the mix. If you haven't checked out The Connells, I highly recommend doing so. What are you listening to tonight?
  • American Family Association Fires Spokesman Bryan Fischer

    karoli
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Rachel Maddow just broke the news that American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has been fired as their spokesman, though he will be allowed to keep his radio show, for now. Their comment to Maddow was that he should be considered "just a radio host." Here's the backstory as Rachel understands it. In December, the AFA organized a trip to Israel for 168 members of the Republican National Committee. That trip begins this Saturday. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus insists that the GOP’s opposition to marriage equality must be “draped in the concepts of grace,…
  • Lindsey: If Teh Gays Can Get Married, Why Not Polygamy?

    Susie Madrak
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    I saw this and (as one of my Southern friends used to say), I about fell out of the porch swing when Lindsey played the damned polygamy card at Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearing: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) got down to the nitty-gritty in the Senate Judiciary confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, asking Eric Holder’s potential replacement to explicate the constitutional difference between gay marriage and polygamy. “If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, it violates the constitution for a state to try to limit marriage…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for January 28, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Hey, adults wearing pajamas out in public: people with face tattoos are looking down at you. Furries are looking down at you. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional … Continue reading →
  • Captive Minds: the war on totalitarianism

    Joshua Booth
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    “Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: And whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden.” – Holy Qur’an 4:85 There is no possible way to love your neighbor by killing him, yet … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for January 27, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    At parties I like to tell people I’m an “observational mime.” *holds up bag of airplane peanuts* *shrugs* Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for January 27, 2015
  • In Golden Gai

    Dan Ryan
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    A “Tokyo Panic Story” far removed from Middle East politics… I once tripped through these lands like a god, like the pure embodiment of all the liquor the Allies ever drank in Tokyo. It is quiet here now, and the … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for January 26, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Live each day as if it were your last: curled up in a ball, awaiting death’s sweet, sweet embrace. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for January 26, 2015
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • A Note To My Readers

    Andrew Sullivan
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble onto something actually interesting. But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future. Why? Two reasons. The…
  • The View From Your Window

    Andrew Sullivan
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Beaverton, Oregon, 7.40 am
  • On Flip-Flopping

    Andrew Sullivan
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Some of it is calculated: Mitt Romney changes position on climate change, still believes sun revolves around Mitt Romney. motherjones.com/politics/2015/…—   (@LOLGOP) January 20, 2015 Romney wants to fix poverty & climate change; raise teacher pay & min wage. Almost seems like he could run as a Dem. bostonglobe.com/news/politics/…— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 23, 2015 But some of it is subconscious, as Eric Posner explains: To investigate the role of motivated reasoning in the sort of institutional flip-flops that politicians and judges engage in, Harvard…
  • Map Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Katy Steinmetz sees a bright horizon for pot smokers and lovers of liberty: A new report [from ArcView Market Research] predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot. … The map has a lot of overlap with the places where the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the group that helped launch legal weed in Colorado, already has workers on the ground in preparation for legalization votes over the next two years. Yet MPP is a bit more…
  • Colbert’s Heir Does See Race

    Andrew Sullivan
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Max Ufberg looks back at the first week of The Nightly Show: So far, [host Larry] Wilmore has already mocked the Academy Awards, poked fun at Al Sharpton, and taken down Bill Cosby (“That motherfucker did it”). The response has been favorable. Critics have praised Wilmore’s affability and wryness, even his “ideological unpredictability.” He has, as the New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley puts it, “a disarming way of laughing at his own jokes and those of others.” The show’s closing Bill Maher-style roundtable discussion format, while less of an immediate hit, certainly offers…
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    WSJ.COM

  • High Court Halts Oklahoma Executions

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the executions of three Oklahoma inmates while their challenge to the state’s lethal-injection protocol is under consideration at the court.
  • Few Fireworks at Hearing of Attorney General Nominee

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Attorney-general nominee Loretta Lynch vouched for the legality of recent Obama administration decisions on immigration at her relatively tame confirmation hearing before lawmakers.
  • GOP Split on Obama Request for More Defense Spending

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    President Barack Obama will send Congress a fiscal year 2016 budget next week proposing both military and domestic spending at levels surpassing the limits lawmakers agreed to in a hard-fought 2011 deal.
  • Romney Focuses on Inequality in Speech

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Mitt Romney tested a platform for a possible new campaign for the presidency that focused on easing economic anxiety and adopting a muscular foreign policy.
  • Up to Six Million Households Facing Health Insurance Penalty

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    As many as six million households may have to pay a penalty for not having had health insurance coverage last year as required under the Affordable Care Act. The fine for not carrying insurance in 2014 is $95 per adult, or 1% of family income, whichever is greater.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Use Cash

    Joseph Salerno
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Bloomberg reports that the yield on more than $4 trilllion of sovereign debt has turned negative.  Investors are now paying the Swiss government to borrow from them for longer than a decade and paying the German government to borrow for a lustrum.  For all Euro-area nations, according to Bloomberg calculations, average yields on sovereign debt are now at 0.68%.  With the quantitative easing program of the ECB set to begin in earnest in March and to likely drive bond yields even lower, what’s an investor to do?  Dr. Brendan Brown, Head of Economic Research for  Mitsubishi UFJ…
  • Bureaucrats Have Always Been Corrupt

    No Author
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The greatest problem with government is how it consumes capital until it kills the private sector. This has been the course of every government – power corrupts universally. The bureaucracy has also gamed the private sector for personal gain. They currently are exploiting of the people through Civil Asset Forfeiture which is reminiscent of the Roman legions who just began to sack their own cities to pay themselves. Pictured above are “Fouree Denarii” or Claudius (41-54AD) a member of the Julio-Claudian line just prior to Nero.  These are genuine coin dies struck on copper planchets…
  • 7 Big Lies

    No Author
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The film American Sniper, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in January. Yet the film, the autobiography of the same name, and the reputation of Chris Kyle are all built on a set of half-truths, myths and outright lies that Hollywood didn’t see fit to clear up. Here are seven lies about Chris Kyle and the story that director Clint Eastwood is telling: 1. The Film Suggests the Iraq War Was In Response To 9/11: One way to get audiences to unambiguously support Kyle’s actions in the film is to believe…
  • The Man With 26 Million Students

    Michael Shedlock
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Zach Sims, a college dropout founded Codecademy, a website which enables users to learn six popular programming languages, via a simple interface, for free. Codecademy is three years old now, and Sims has 26 million students. Sims was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos to talk about online education. He was Codecademy’s first student, creating Codecademy to teach himself. Please consider The Man with 26 Million Students. One unlikely WEF attendee – a 24-year-old from New York who dropped out of Columbia University before completing his degree – is grabbing the…
  • Can You Regenerate a Damaged Brain?

    No Author
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Although 2014 was the shining year for numerous foods, many would attest that turmeric held the gold medal in ‘hottest foods of 2014.’ The spice is relatively reasonably priced, available, and boasts seemingly countless health benefits. One of those benefits is revealed in a study conducted relatively recently, one which found that turmeric may contribute to the regeneration of a ‘damaged brain’ and help with neurological disorders. Published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy, this recent study both showcases yet another benefit of turmeric while providing evidence that…
 
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    Political Wire

  • McCain Says Palin Would Be a ‘Great’ Candidate

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Sen. Johm McCain (R-AZ) told the Washington Post that his former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, would be a viable White House contender if she chose to run. Said McCain: “She’s very interesting. And I’m sure she’d do great.” The post McCain Says Palin Would Be a ‘Great’ Candidate appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Fight Against Gay Marriage Moves to Local Officials

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    “As the nation waits for the Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex marriages should be legal nationwide, another, more mundane front has opened in the wedding wars: the offices of the state and local officials who perform civil marriages and issue licenses,” the New York Times reports. “Republican state legislators in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas have introduced bills this year that would prohibit state or local government employees from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, despite federal court rulings declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in…
  • Cruz Says Lynch Nomination Shouldn’t Get a Vote

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Roll Call that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s immigration views were “dangerous” and questioned whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should even have the chamber consider her nomination. Said Cruz: “That is the decision the majority leader is going to have to make. I believe we should use every constitutional tool available to stop the president’s unconstitutional executive action. That’s what Republicans, Republican candidates all over the country said over and over again last year.” The post Cruz Says Lynch Nomination…
  • Perry Says Criminal Case Won’t Stop Him

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Rick Perry (R) said that a judge’s decision to allow the criminal case against him to continue will not affect his decision on running for president in 2016, The Hill reports. Said Perry: “No, we’re going to continue on. As a matter of fact, I’m just back from South Carolina, where we had great crowds and a lot of enthusiasm, after I spent two days in Iowa with, again, an opportunity to talk to people.” The post Perry Says Criminal Case Won’t Stop Him appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Republicans Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Conservatives are talking up a possible Democratic presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, the New York Times reports. “The tactic says much about the 2016 landscape for Republicans. A crowded field of people who say they are considering running for president — including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts — has emerged. That means the party is expecting a bruising ideological battle for the nomination.” “An easy path to the nomination would allow…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Here Are the 157 Hate Tweets a Feminist Faced in One Week

    Rebecca Cohen
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Anita Sarkeesian Men's rights activists, who have often targeted women using harsh verbal attacks, maintain that their movement's goal is "to create equality." Judging by the ongoing assault against feminist commentator Anita Sarkeesian, that goal remains an uphill battle. Sarkeesian says she's been harassed online every day since she started her "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" YouTube series two and a half years ago. "It can sometimes be difficult to effectively communicate just how bad this sustained intimidation campaign really is," she wrote on her Tumblr this week. "So I’ve taken…
  • Democrats Blast Obama's Plan to Allow Oil Drilling Off the East Coast

    Kate Sheppard
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A group of Senate Democrats from the Northeast is pushing back on the Obama administration's proposal to open new areas of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker called the move "absolutely unacceptable" in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Joining in the press conference were fellow Democrats Ed Markey (Mass.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Ben Cardin (Md.). "If drilling is allowed off the east coast of the United States, it…
  • Welcome to the Manosphere: A Brief Guide to the Controversial Men's Rights Movement

    Rebecca Cohen
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Mad Men: Inside the Men's Rights Movement—and the Army of Misogynists and Trolls It Spawned Men's Rights Movement (mrm A loose-knit network of groups and activists (MRAs) who believe men are an oppressed class. Most adherents consider Warren Farrell to be the intellectual father of men's rights. Fathers Manifesto: An early MRM website that combined calls for paternal custody rights with claims that blacks should be exiled and Catholic priests were sexually abusing children as part of a plot to spread AIDS. A Voice for Men: Founded in 2009 by truck driver Paul Elam to "expose misandry on…
  • Mad Men: Inside the Men's Rights Movement—and the Army of Misogynists and Trolls It Spawned

    Mariah Blake
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Warren Farrell Photograph by Winni Wintermeyer On a balmy afternoon last June, dozens of demonstrators carrying "Stop the Violence" and "Rape is Rape" placards descended on the Hilton DoubleTree in downtown Detroit. They had come to protest the first-ever national gathering of the men's rights movement, which aims to battle discrimination against men but has drawn criticism for stirring up hatred of women. Two weeks earlier, a sexually frustrated 22-year-old named Elliot Rodger had gone on a suicidal rampage in Santa Barbara, California, killing 6 people and injuring 13. He had left behind a…
  • With Liberal Views Like These, Ben Carson's Going to Have a Tough Time Winning the GOP Nomination

    Tim Murphy
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Tea party favorite Ben Carson has said some out-there stuff. The former neurosurgeon, author, and possible Republican presidential candidate once compared women who get abortions to dog-abuser Michael Vick, blamed the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on gay marriage, and concluded that believing in evolution was like thinking that "a hurricane blowing through a junkyard could somehow assemble a fully equipped and flight-ready 747." But in his writings and public remarks, he has also voiced views on hot-button issues—immigration, foreign policy, gun control—that place him well…
 
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    * Republican questioning of Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing to be Attorney General was so insightful and incisive that she admitted that this is a lawless administration and pledged to indict both Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Just kidding: Attorney general nominee Loretta E. Lynch defended the Obama administration’s actions on a range of […]
  • 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls tenatively start an actual debate over immigration

    Greg Sargent
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Don’t look now, but little by little, Republicans — the presidential hopefuls in particular — are edging into having a real debate about immigration policy, tentatively fleshing out in public their positions, such as they are, about what should be done about the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. This makes for an interesting […]
  • Don’t mess with government giveaways to the well-off

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    The Obama administration has given up on its plan to remove the tax benefits of 529 college investment accounts, which under current law allow parents to put money away, then withdraw it to pay for their children’s education without paying any taxes on the profits. Republicans not only basked in what looked like a White […]
  • Morning Plum: Majority wants GOP to fix Obamacare if Supreme Court guts it

    Greg Sargent
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Republican leaders are openly rooting for the Supreme Court to gut Obamacare subsidies in three dozen states, explicitly in order to accomplish what Republicans failed to accomplish through the political and legislative process. That suggests Republicans have no intention to agree to any “fixes” to the law if SCOTUS does gut it, even though some […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    * Breaking — Republican politician does the right thing: Indiana has been given the green light to expand its Healthy Indiana Plan, which would offer insurance to an additional 350,000 Indiana residents, who currently lack insurance. The state will begin taking applications today for its so-called HIP 2.0 plan, for which coverage begins Feb. 1, […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency. Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections? The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear,…
  • Mitt Romney 3.0?

    10 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    When I saw Romney was considering a run again I decided it was time to watch the Mitt documentary just because. I can definitely see why the man might run again. I don't see any particular reason he shouldn't. Why not? It's sort of become a tradition not to try again if you come that close and fall short. But who really cares about that? It may just be that it sucks so bad to run for president that if you don't get the win you don't have the energy to try again. I'd like to know what our friends on the right think of another potential run. I say yes, because I still feel the way I felt when…
  • Charlie Habdo, The Interview, and The Courage of our Convictions

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Freedom isn't simply tiptoing through the tulips, not a care in the world, bursting into intermittent bouts of Peter Pan Flight. It's for tough people, for courageous people, for people who have faith. Too many folks confront the world with an excess of fear, and fear turns us to the darker side of our humanity.I have been, at different times of my life, an atheist, an agnostic, and a Roman Catholic Christian. I have been a Moderate Republican, Cheering the First Bush on, a Clinton Democrat, backing him on his compromises, and an Obama Democrat, backing him on his challenges to the old order.
  • That's Real Cute, Governor Otter

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    One step forward and 5 steps back. While some argue that our country is just becoming "desensitized" or just "tolerating" same-sex marriage, Idaho's Governor Butch Otter is trying to turn back time and reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage just four months ago. Why the change of heart for Otter? To protect the children of course! In a petition filed on Tuesday by Otter reads, "[Idaho's] view of marriage is biologically based and primarily child-centered...And it holds that the principal (though not exclusive) purpose of marriage is unite a child to his or her…
  • Happy New Year: 2015!

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Wishing everyone in the WatchBlog community a healthy and happy new year. We're so appreciative to the contributors and participation in this political community. We're looking forward to a great year and a new and improved WatchBlog in 2015! Cheers!
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • From August 2, 1790 to Mark Zuckerberg

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The Center for Democracy and Technology cares about your privacy and the fact that Google and Facebook have contributed a few million to the center makes no difference. According to Justin Brookman, Director of Consumer Privacy at CDT and co-chair of it's "Do Not Track" working group, "Facebook and Google can't monitor what you do on third party sites." Plus the industry standard on privacy and things like 3rd party cookies is voluntary. So there. But should people be furious that Google or Facebook or other large internet firms may be tracking your web behavior on 3rd party sites? How sacred…
  • Endangering the World With Their Ingenuous Tactics

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    It is understandable that President Obama tried to do an end run around foreign policy and focus on so-called domestic issues in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. America has not been blessed with firm and decisive leadership from the Obama White House when it comes to international policy issues, to say the least. The no-show in Paris was just the latest in a long line of confused stances. But the President did take a moment to mention the Iran sanctions. "I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress." The progress he was referring to is the continually…
  • Civil War OnLine (CWOL) VIII starts in February 2015.

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Historical Online Learning Foundation The Distance-Simulations Group Announces Civil War OnLine (CWOL) VIII All individuals interested in playing are directed to the registration link below. CWOL VIII registrationCivil War OnLine (CWOL) is a turn-based, military, economic, and political simulation of the American Civil War with both wargaming and roleplaying aspects. CWOL features components for land warfare to include railroad movement and riverine operations, naval warfare, a economic module, and a module that addresses the unique elements of ACW-era foreign policy and regional domestic…
  • A Little More Sweat on the Hill Please

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    How committed is the current Congress to limited government? In other words, how committed is Mitch McConnel? And how committed is the GOP with a majority not seen since the early 20's? Senators Thune, R-S.D. and Corker, R. Tenn. are already suggesting boosting gas taxes. And increased sales taxes at the state level is being bandied about. Mac Thronberry, R-Texas wants tax increases to protect defense spending from sequester cuts. There is always a pet project, some worthwhile some outrageous pork barrel spending, that a congressman or congresswoman wants to cuddle and feed. And fiscal…
  • Obama Is More Than Tone Deaf

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    There are moments when the President of the United States cannot be too busy not to attend something like last Sunday's march in Paris. It was more than the 50 world leaders - and that included both Palestine and of course Israel - who marched with linked arms down the winter boulevards of that great city. It was the millions of French citizens who have had enough of islamic terrorism and it's latest deadly attempts to impose blasphemy laws in a Western, democratic society. President Hollande's embrace of columnist Patrick Pelloux was visceral, moving and untheatrical. This was not something…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Lindsay Lee Joins Engage as Digital Strategy Intern

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I filled out my tax forms, learned where the K-cups are, joined the team for Chipotle Thursday (and Chipotle Friday for good measure), figured out the intricacies of the DC Metro (read as “still cannot time my commute correctly because the timing of the Metro is impossible to actually figure out”), and settled in at my new desk. I am now a Digital Strategy intern at Engage. This is the first time that I am working in my field of interest in what we college kids call “the real world” and I am beyond excited for the opportunity. So, why did I choose Engage for my first internship? I was…
  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi everyone! As I sit at my desk that overlooks King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, I can’t help but think about my first visit to this town and Washington, D.C. ten years ago. I came here with my family for a trip to explore our nation’s capital, and was immediately mesmerized by the energy that this town and its people gave off. Fast-forward ten years later and here I am, beginning my newest journey in my career as a Client Strategist at Engage. With more than three years of social media strategy and marketing experience under my belt, I am excited to put my experience to work for our…
  • Introducing dirt: An opinionated deployment and bootstrapping tool

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today, we’re excited to open source something we have been working on internally for a couple of years: Dirt. Dirt, which is a backronym for “Done In Record Time,” is a command-line deployment and bootstrapping tool for rapidly creating and launching new projects. It was born out of the need for automating and standardizing common tasks such as creating a git repository, setting up a Vagrantfile, or transferring MySQL dumps between development environments. The following is an overview of some of Dirt’s features. Create Entering “dirt create” in the…
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    At trade shows, startup fairs, and other booth-style conventions, every exhibitor has the same problem: How do I get people to stop by my booth and listen to my pitch? Last Thursday, Engage participated in DC Tech Day to promote our new product, Proximity. We’re pretty jazzed about it — it lets you launch landing pages in a matter of minutes rather than days — but we knew we needed something unique to get others excited about it too. Enter Goldie Wilson, Marty McFly, and Doc Brown. (Yep, you read that right.) The inspiration for our booth came from one of our earliest designs…
  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    When the opportunity presented itself to design a microsite celebrating the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th Anniversary and the return of the American Bison, we jumped at the chance. Here in Washington—and, indeed, across the nation—the Smithsonian and the National Zoo are beloved institutions that are a source of tremendous pride. Respecting that legacy, we set out to design a microsite that would present the excitement of the occasion in a visually compelling manner that would speak to all generations. Our starting point was the background image. We wanted to evoke the Bison’s…
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    The New Republic

  • Above the Law, Under the Sheets

    Sam Eifling
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Last spring, a police sergeant in Arkansas's second-biggest city, Fort Smith, noticed an affidavit that a colleague had submitted after making a prostitution arrest. The document states that the suspect met the cop at a motel, where she advised him to "get comfortable" (i.e., strip). She accepted $1
  • Was Lewis Carroll a Pedophile?

    Elizabeth Winkler
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Midway through her adventures in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon Lewis Carroll’s hookah-smoking caterpillar. He stares at her in silence for some minutes before removing the hookah from his mouth: “Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. “I—I hardly know, sir, just at present—at l
  • Obama's Nominee for Attorney General Disagrees With Him That Weed Is Safer Than Alcohol. She's Wrong.

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    On Wednesday, Loretta Lynch appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing over her nomination to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. She avoided making any comments that will threaten her candidacy, but did break from President Barack Obama on one issue: marijuana.When Senator Jef
  • Watch This Republican Senator Get Caught With His Pants Down Over Obamacare Subsidies

    Brian Beutler
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Salon’s Simon Maloy catches out Republican Senator John Barrasso—who recently claimed the Affordable Care Act “very clearl[ly]” limits subsidies to states
  • Obama Is Finally Getting Credit for the Recovery

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The Wall Street Journal published an editorial Wednesday morning with a big claim: That jobs growth in 2014 occurred not because of the president’s policies, but despite them. “Mr. Obama is now taking
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead

    Alex Davies
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    War has a long history of sparking and accelerating invention. But while many of those ideas change history---the bayonet, aerial combat, the nuclear bomb---there are just as many that flop. The list of failures is long, but must surely be led by a device whose test ended with a dog chasing an errant rocket and generals running for their lives alongside members of the general public. The post Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety

    Annie Sneed
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    The key to getting a wounded soldier from a battlefield to a hospital is stabilization—holding off the damage done by bullet or bomb for long enough to get to surgery. So faster evacuation is always better. Now the hospital can actually meet the injured partway—in the form of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, transformed into a flying triage unit. On board, doctors stabilize, monitor, and treat soldiers with high-level care so they make it safely home. The post The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety appeared first on WIRED.
  • Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI

    Jordan Golson
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's likely that nothing will ever come close to the breakthroughs and sheer mass of new technologies and tactics produced during The Great War, just 100 years ago. The post Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • New School Shooter Defensive Technology

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    When I first read this, I was relatively certain it was an Onion parody. The photo that headlines this article is one of my all-time favorite Onion headlines. You get the picture. Tragically, this story is deadly serious, obviously more deadly than those involved understand. ABC News reports: Modern School Killer Repellentcredit: http://www.drpulse.com An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents…
  • Michelle Obama: Mark Your Calendar

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    That’s right, gentle readers: mark down this date. Michelle Obama has actually done something that is not obviously mean-spirited, angry, or overtly destructive to liberty, Americans or America. On the occasion of a presidential visit to Saudi Arabia due to the death of the old king and installation of the new, she did not bow to Islam and cover herself. I would like to think this a well-considered, purposeful gesture to symbolize the sovereignty of America and the equality between the sexes for which it, in part, stands, but considering that Barack Obama is carrying Islam’s water in…
  • Layers And Layers Of Editors And Fact Checkers…

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Every Friday I write a fractured headline on the board for my classes. Their task is to figure out what the copy editors meant to say, but obviously missed then they write the correct version. It’s harder than it sounds: the brain tries to make sense of what obviously doesn’t make sense. It takes awhile for the kids to allow themselves to see what’s actually there, but they eventually get it, and it also teaches an important lesson: the mainstream media isn’t infallible. One of the most recent headlines was: Cops Quiz Victim In Fatal Shooting I bet he didn’t have much to say.
  • Quick Points for January 27, 2015

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    COMING TO AN AMERICAN EMBASSY NEAR YOU… With “Smart Diplomacy” our primary method of interaction with our implacable enemies, I fear this iconic Saigon evacuation photo will become all too common in the very near future. At least this time there has been an evacuation of some American personnel, this time from Yemen. In Benghazi, the Obama administration (with Hillary Clinton in charge at State) left US personnel in an inadequately-secured facility for months after all of the other Western nations and agencies had fled after declaring victory over Moammar Qaddafi and…
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: All Good Things Come To An End…

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Walther P22 The Gun Ownership Primer series, much improved and updated over what I’ve done in the past, has grown, and completed, with 15 separate articles. The latest: A Gun Ownership Primer, Holsters and Accessories, Part 2, is now up at Bearing Arms. This final article deals not only with holsters, but flashlights, laser sights, and a variety of other issues. If you have a few minutes, I suspect you’ll find it worth your time.  Thanks for taking the time to read the previous installments!Filed under: Firearms Tagged: gun ownership, The Gun Ownership
 
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    It's always about him. I used to think that Bill Clinton was our most solipsistic president, but Obama has far out-classed him. The folks at Grabien note how many times that Obama talked about himself in his speech in India this week.Today in New Delhi, the president of the United States delivered an address to the people of India. Topics ranged from Obama's pride in being the first U.S. president to visit India twice, to the historic nature of his attendance at India's Republic Day Parade, to his grandfather's occupation as a chef, to his graying hair, to his daughters ... to his struggles…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Philip Bump writes in the Washington Post that Hillary has no strategy to get people excited about voting for her.No, commenters and people on Twitter, the best president is not the one who has the best ability to invigorate voters. But this is, you may have noticed, a key component of how we pick presidents in an age so thoroughly saturated with marketing. And Clinton, although not without vocal supporters, seems continuously unlikely to be the most energizing candidate. "Ready for Hillary" often seemed less like a grass-roots push born of uncontainable excitement than a sharp strategy from…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    John Fund examines the winners and losers from this past weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit. And Byron York finds 12 keys to the 2016 race. He points out that those who have run before, including Mitt Romney, aren't as in as strong a position as they might think they are. The same might be true for Jeb Bush.The Washington Post wonders if Rand Paul will be hurt by the wackiness of his father. Ron Paul spent the weekend talking about secession - not exactly a winning message for a potential presidential candidate.Rand, 52, is contemplating a presidential run — at its heart, an act of optimism. He…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    I must confess that I've been much more interested in Deflategate and Coach K's hunt for his 1000th victory this week than public affairs. As a Patriots fan, I'd been hoping that there would emerge some information clearing the team of malfeasance. Nothing that has happened yet has removed that suspicion. My response from Brady's press conference is the same as Andrew McCarthy's - the NFL doesn't want to find out what happened. It was amazing to hear that they hadn't spoken to Tom Brady yet. What does it mean to say they're conducting an investigation if they haven't talked to him?This is…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    Jay Cost (author of the soon-to-be-published intriguing book, A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption) argues that there is actually a lot of areas of policy over which there is a good possibility of compromise between the Republican Congress and Democratic president. However, President Obama was so determined to challenge the Republicans and go on the offensive that he ensured that there would be little chance of compromise. He's more concerned with raising a response that might hurt the Republicans politically than achieving accord on policy.And this…
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    Wizbang

  • ‘Politico’ Lies About Mike Huckabee Quote

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    For some reason, Politico felt it had to commit an outright lie about something Mike Huckabee said recently. In fact, they didn’t just invent the quote, Politico even invented the context in which he said it! Talk about media bias. First of all let me say that I am not a supporter of Mike Huckabee. It isn’t likely that I would vote for him in a primary, though I would vote for him over a Democrat in the unlikely case that he should become the GOP nominee. So, I don’t come to this as an outrageously, outraged Huckabee supporter. That
  • Chris Christie’s Appeal to Centrists is Failing to Catch Fire

    Warner Todd Huston
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    It is plain that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thinks that his path to the White House lies in plying the middle ground between conservatives and moderates and presenting himself as the man who can appeal to all political factions. But, so far at least, it seems he is failing to excite much interest in the idea. Christie already suffers among conservatives. He is knocked by many on the right side of the political equation for not being conservative enough and Christie understands this criticism all too well. In fact, he felt the need to address this perception during his
  • Creepy Howard Dean Says Fans of ‘American Sniper’ Are Mean, Nasty, ‘Very Angry’ Tea Party Members

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The Clint Eastwood directed film American Sniper has been setting records all across the nation. But the longer it sits in theaters, the more that liberals come to hate the movie–and by extension our soldiers–and the film is exposing quite a split between Americans and the left. The latest to attack the film, our soldiers, and the film’s fans is former DNC chief Howard Dean. A week ago one of Hollyweird’s greatest douchebags, Michael Moore, came out to slam the man American Sniper was based on calling him a “murderer.” On January 18, Moore took to his…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    This week’s edition of the Weekend Caption Contest™ was a bit of a departure. It certainly brought out the punsters. I highly recommend that you go view all of the entries as there were far too many good ones to honor them all. The assignment was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (fustian24) – “Looks like nobody is in the crease!” 1) (Rodney Dill) – “Putting the Ho in hockey.” 1) (Bird666) – “Two minutes for hooking” 1) (David Robertson) – “Someone tell Michael Mann that this is what…
  • Illegals Don’t Want to be Americans, So Keep Them Out

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    One of the things that the far left always says to excuse lawbreaking illegal immigrants is that they just want to be “like Americans” and attain the American dream just like immigrants to the US always have. This, however, is a lie. Many immigrants no longer have any desire to become Americans and just want our money so they can send it back home. The old American dream was the promise that a “foreigner” could immigrant to the US, become a citizen, get a job, save their money, and make a life for them and more especially for their children.
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • From blogofascism to PC Police. It's always something.

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    From blogofascism to PC Police. It's always something.by digbyIf there's anything more enervating than a Jonathan Chait dust-up I'd like to know what it is. I feel like I've been participating in them forever (and in blog years, I have.) Henry Farrell dispatched the essence of his argument with alacrity years ago and there's really little reason to revisit it now. But it's unavoidable. My twitter timeline is still bubbling about it and my emailbox is full. The guy deserves a trolling bonus. Nobody does it better.As you can see by Farrell's post, most of the arguments Chait is making about the…
  • Sad Rand

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Sad Randby digbyYou'd think that the Kochs and their buddies, big libertarians that they are, would just love rand Paul, wouldn't you? He's the guy who wants to deliver their dream agenda, after all: a small government, free market bonanza of no taxes, no regulations and no programs other than some police and military functions to keep their money safe. What's not to like?Well, they don't like him. At this week-end's ring kissing ceremony, he came in dead last:Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — who received the least enthusiastic response from donors during a Sunday night forum of prospective…
  • How espionage charges multiply like rabbits

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    How espionage charges multiply like rabbitsby digbyMarcy Wheeler wrote the full rundown of the Sterling trial (aka the trial in which James Risen was tormented for nearly a decade) at Salon this morning.  It's as depressing as you might expect: a bunch of dicey espionage charges that don't really add up to a hill of beans.  This was yet another one of those trials designed to "send a message."  One can only wonder what would happen if they  as eagerly wanted to send some messages to Wall Street thieves and wealthy tax cheats.Here's the essence of the problem:[A[long the…
  • Legitimate rape: feature not bug

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Legitimate rape: feature not bugby digbyJamil Smith at TNR makes an important observation about the latest assault on women's rights --- the push to make abortion illegal after 20 weeks along with a requirement that any exception for rape or incest be officially reported to the authorities. We all know what this is about, of course, but Smith points out that it's even more cynical than usual. They insist that women who are the victims of "legitimate rape" must make a report to the police but make no moves to make such a thing easier for victims of rape in general. As he says:If you’re going…
  • QOTW: stars bursting in air edition

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    QOTW: stars bursting in air editionby digbyThere hasn't been much discussion of the right wing freak show's foreign policy comments in Iowa last week-end. I found them quite interesting. This is from Rick Perry:Take a look. Think about our friends who have been abandoned, Think about how we have weakened our alliances around the world. Take Israel. When peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians fell apart, did we stand with out greatest ally in the Middle east? No! Unnamed administration sources were quoted as hacking the Israeli Prime Minister! The Secretary of State compared Israel to…
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    Eschaton

  • Late Night

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • Welcome To The Club

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I always thought Tim Ryan was kind of full of shit about his anti-abortion stance, though I thought that, unlike some people, he was full of shit in a sort of good way. He tried doing the "can't we find common ground" schtick by getting pro-life movement members to get on board with things which would reduce (the need for) abortions, instead of just trying to criminalize it. Then he figured out they were actually just anti-sex weirdos who were also against contraception. Glad to see he's totally repudiated his former public position.He's on the very short list of "members of Congress I've had…
  • Brutalism

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    I have an odd fondness for brutalism and also agree with the idea that there's some value in preserving representative bits of architecture, even horrible bits, from all eras, but I'm really not seeing the masterpiece in this one...
  • Dished

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    I certainly can relate to the notion that blogging (mostly) all day every day is stressful. Yes it's a privileged and easy life for the most part, but it still has its own unique stresses that take their toll. As soon as I hit the publish button, my next thought is "ok, what do I post about next..." And running this blog isn't just about my brilliant thoughts or mad aggregation skills, it's also about trying to gently manage a (fortunately mostly well-behaved) community. This thing is running even when I sleep.
  • Tear Down This Garage

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Progress.They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced them with parking structures, communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, hotels and housing.We can compete with the suburbs by trying to be like them but worse (in the sense of not being able to compete with their specific advantages) was never a good plan.
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    Firedoglake

  • ‘Plan C’: Released Documents Show How FBI Prepared for World War III During Cold War

    Kevin Gosztola
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The existence of “Plan C,” a Cold War plan to be carried out in the event of a nuclear attack, has been publicly known since 1956. There would be a “general mobilization” if an attack occurred but not on the United States itself. But documents obtained by Muck Rock provide a fuller picture of how the top secret strategy may have been implemented if World War III had erupted. An April 17, 1956, memo from Alan Belmont, who at the time was assistant director of the FBI’s Domestic Intelligence Division, summarized what the Bureau would do in the event of an…
  • 2014 was a record year for post-trial exonerations

    Masoninblue
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Criminal justice is an oxymoron, but sometimes the legal system gets it right. Unfortunately, getting it right often does not happen until after the case is over. In the better-late-than-never category, Mother Jones is reporting, In 2014, 125 people across the United States who had been convicted of crimes were exonerated—the highest number ever recorded,according to a new report from the National Regestry of Exonerations at the University of Michigan Law School. The 2014 number included 48 who had been convicted of homicide, 6 of whom were on death row awaiting execution. Ricky Jackson of…
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Contains Provison To Help Wall Street Avoid Regulations

    DSWright
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Protest in NYC happening right now-people out in the snow & cold to #StopFastTrack & #TPP! http://t.co/GbTUjaPSY9 pic.twitter.com/InCa6cK49D — Kevin Zeese (@KBZeese) January 26, 2015 Try to hide your surprise. One of the reasons the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being kept secret is because it has unpopular and reckless policies in it such as deregulating Wall Street. Framed as an effort to harmonize rules for efficiency’s sake the TPP contains rules to prevent “localization” or domestic rules that would restrain financial firms. Much like Dodd-Frank in…
  • Report: For-Profit Medical Provider Killed Mentally Ill Inmate in Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island

    Brian Sonenstein
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Mentally ill and diabetic Rikers Island inmate Bradley Ballard died after spending nearly a week in isolation without water or medication The New York State Commission on Correction released a new report this week, detailing the findings from its investigation into the horrific and preventable death of mentally ill black inmate, Bradley Ballard. Ballard was left in his cell for six days straight in September, 2013. Guards shut the water off to his cell for over four days, and not once during that time was he treated for his schizophrenia and diabetes. On the rare occasion that he was…
  • Muslim Woman Sues Police For Forcing Her To Remove Hijab

    Peter Van Buren
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Dearborn, Michigan area is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States, so this can’t be blamed on some small-town cops ignorant of the law. Of course, since that “law” is actually the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantee of freedom of religion, even that is not much of an excuse. So we’re left with the “What were they thinking?” defense. A Muslim woman who was forced to remove her hijab by police in Michigan claims her religious rights were violated. She filed a civil rights lawsuit demanding the policy change.
 
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    TalkLeft

  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    I'll be working all day (and probably tomorrow as well.) Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mexico : U.S. Can Have El Chapo in About 300 Years

    Jeralyn
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Mexico now says the U.S. is unlikely to play host to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman anytime soon. Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam yesterday told the Associated Press he expected a new extradition request by the U.S. to be filed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Busy work day. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Get a Gold Star From the DEA

    Jeralyn
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Bump and Update: The Flores Twins have each been sentenced to 14 years. The Judge said had they not continued to deal drugs while cooperating, they would have gotten 12 years. The infamous Flores twins of Chicago will finally be sentenced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • "El Chapo" Guzman: U.S. Makes New Push for Extradition

    Jeralyn
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    Mexico's Attorney General last week said he believed the U.S. was hours away from filing a new extradition request for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. His lawyers immediately filed a new request a writ of Amparo seeking protection from extradition. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    1. The Center for Plain Language just gave out awards for the most clearly written federal documents of the year -- the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission were the big winners. 2. Robert Costa on Mike Huckabee's trip to Iowa: " In short, it was more a book sale […]
  • This picture has all the secretaries of state you could ever want in it

    Team Fix
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Huddle en route home from #Riyadh. Always an honor to pull some wise counsel out of this group that’s seen so much. pic.twitter.com/UobZVOQMAm — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 27, 2015 Who said the two parties never talk to one another anymore? This photo, tweeted from Secretary of State John Kerry's account, is sort of amazing […]
  • How big is Mitt Romney’s California house? Here, compare it to yours.

    Philip Bump
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    One of the great things about having Mitt Romney back in the news is that we get to relive some of the more fun parts of the 2012 campaign, up to and including discussion of his houses. If I say to you, "car elevator," what comes to mind? If you were awake that year, you […]
  • Andrew Sullivan is going to stop blogging. No, blogging isn’t dead.

    Chris Cillizza
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    There will be a tendency in the wake of the news that Andrew Sullivan is going to stop blogging to conclude that blogging, as a form, is dead. The already waning blog era is officially over, time of death 1 PM on 01/28/15. http://t.co/wmxueaBqR3 — Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 28, 2015 That's not a new […]
  • David Vitter’s $1,000-a-head Popeye’s fundraiser could buy you A LOT of fast-food chicken

    Philip Bump
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    On Wednesday night, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) will host his state's new junior senator, Bill Cassidy (R), at a fundraiser benefitting Vitter's gubernatorial run this year. The invitation trumpets an unusual aspect of the event: It will be catered by Popeye's, the fast-food chicken franchise that trumpets its Louisiana roots and which, apparently, does catering. […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Senator Bob Smith

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Senator Bob Smith of Central Jersey's 17th Legislative District is not one to grab headlines like many of his colleagues. A smart, determined legislator, he is the chairman of the Energy & Environment Committee - a thankless job at a time when the all-powerful governor takes his marching orders from the Koch Brothers and not the people of New Jersey. Despite the governor's bungling of energy and environmental policy, there are important issues facing the state. As Senator Smith explains in this interview, in many areas progress will be stagnant until we have a new governor. I met with Senator…
  • QoTD: President Obama's legacy

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Quote of the Day today is from Doug O'Malley of Environment New Jersey, who joins NJ leaders calling out the White House for a decision that opens New Jersey to enormous risk of damage to NJ's beautiful territory. With the news that the federal Interior Department is lifting a 5-year moratorium on drilling in coastal waters along part of the Eastern seaboard, there was quick response from several of the members of NJ's congressional delegation. In a joint statement, senators Menendez and Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone, who represents shore towns in Monmouth, issued a joint statement, warning…
  • Merrily we roll along. NOT!

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Photographer Bob Leafe intrigued by geese taking shelter under the Route 4 bridge in Teaneck discovered something "pretty scary" - a vertical gash that extends along one of the giant pillars holding up part of the span that carries more than 100,000 vehicles each day. State Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox has ordered an immediate increase in inspections but has limited staff and funds to complete the task or to assure our safety. In the meantime unknown dangers of deteriorating structures lurk throughout our state. "I don't think any of us, who want to see more robust rail service, or…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Jerseynomics Second ratings agency drops Atlantic City debt to junk bond status. More bad news from Moody's, and maybe not just for AC: A.C. emergency manager a 'paradigm shift' for NJ. Washingtonia Senate Dems, led by Iran hawk Bob Menendez, will give Obama 2 months to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program before they vote for new sanctions, as House progressives are pushing their colleagues not to enact Iran sanctions, fearing they will derail talks. Feds announce draft plan to allow drilling for oil, gas off the Mid-Atlantic shore. NJ not in exploration territory, but spills and accidents…
  • Who made Chris Cillizza's list of Best State Reporters for NJ?

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Chris Cillizza, who runs the Washington Post column The Fix likes to make lists of bests. Blue Jersey's been named both as one of the best state political blogs and among the best state-based political tweeters for @BlueJersey. Today, Cillizza picked his list of Best State Political Reporters. Michael Aron, NJTV @MichaelAronNJTV Mark Bonamo, PolitickerNJ @markjbonamo Josh Dawsey, Wall Street Journal @jdawsey1 Heather Haddon, Wall Street Journal @heatherhaddon Melissa Hayes, Bergen Record @Record_Melissa Matt Katz, WNYC Radio @mattkatz00 Dave Levinsky, Burlington County Times davidlevinsky…
 
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  • As 18 Die on Anniversary of Revolution, Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Activists, Journalists

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    At least 18 protesters have been killed as they marked the anniversary of the 2011 uprising in Egypt that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, in the bloodiest demonstrations since General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power. A viral video also shows Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a leading member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, being shot dead Saturday at a protest near Tahrir Square. "Like all social change, the fight for democracy in Egypt and across the region is going to continue," says Karim Amer, producer of "The Square," which documented the Egyptian revolution of 2011 from its roots in…
  • Dumpsta Diva: Take the Plunge!

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Every week, Truthout posts a short video for middle school aged kids – and everyone else - about climate change and its effects. "The Green Ninja," a character created by a climate scientist and his team, provides an entertaining and educational way to help children grasp the intricacies of climate change and learn what they can personally do to become involved in fighting it. See additional details about the series or head straight to this week's episode "Dumpster Diver." In this episode, outback explorer Mick "Dumpsta-Diva" Bliss takes us on a journey inside of a dumpster to look at some…
  • "The Power of the People": "Selma" Director Ava DuVernay on Fight for Civil Rights, Voting Equality

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    See also: "Selma": A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens In our extended interview with "Selma" director Ava DuVernay, we broadcast excerpts from her Oscar-nominated film, which highlights both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership in Selma, as well as the grassroots civil rights movement's role in pushing President Lyndon Johnson to pass the Voting Rights Act, and Coretta Scott King's secret meeting with Malcolm X while King was in jail. DuVernay also explains her approach to showing police and vigilante aggression used against activists in the movement for civil and…
  • FBI: Give Me Back My Email to WikiLeaks

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Given how government spying on activists was something that we used to be very concerned about, imagine how startled I was to read in the Guardian that the FBI probably has my email correspondence with WikiLeaks. Thanks to Edward Snowden we know that the NSA has been trying to vacuum up everything. But it's a different thing to read that the FBI has your stuff specifically.Rally and March in Washington DC Against Mass Surveillance, October 26, 2013. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian) Do you want to see more stories like this published? Click here to help Truthout continue doing this work! Back in…
  • The Kochs Will Spend Nearly $1 Billion on the 2016 Elections, but Deny It

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    The political network organized by Charles and David Koch plans to spend an incredible $889 million to capture the White House in 2016 and deepen the Koch party's bench in Congress. But that's not what they'll tell federal regulators. If history is a guide, the Koch network will claim that much of the nearly $1 billion it will funnel through an array of nonprofit groups is not about elections at all. Instead, the Koch groups will claim that their efforts to elect politicians who will lower capital gains taxes and overturn environmental…
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  • Will Republicans now learn to hate Medicare payment reform?

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    HHS and CMS yesterday announced a major expansion of efforts to move Medicare payments away from fee-for-service and toward so-called value-based and bundles payments. The ACA seeded this effort with a host of pilot programs, and the administration is looking to build on the momentum generated, as HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell writes in the New England Journal of Medicine:As we work to build a health care system that delivers better care, that is smarter about how dollars are spent, and that makes people healthier, we are identifying metrics for managing and tracking our progress. A majority…
  • The ACA provision that should kill King, updated

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    [Update, 1/23: The ACA provision discussed below, which directs the federal as well as state exchanges to report to the Treasury tax credits provided to ACA private plan buyers, is treated in full in the government's respondents' brief against the King plaintiffs. The relevant paragraphs from the brief are posted at bottom.]-----July 29 - Ever since a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court found in Halbig v. Burwell that the ACA only authorizes subsidies to be paid for health insurance bought in state-run exchanges, not in state exchanges set up by the federal government,…
  • Bronze ACA plans are skimpy, but compared to what?

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    As a relative newbie to the wonderful world of U.S. health insurance, I have been troubled by the skimpy coverage of the lowest-tier bronze plans offered on the ACA exchanges. Mandated to cover 60% of the average user's yearly medical expenses (that is, to maintain an actuarial value of 60%), bronze plans carry an average individual deductible of over $5,000.*On the plus side, only 20% of ACA private plan buyers in 2014 selected bronze plans, most of them probably in higher income brackets. By my estimate, over half of ACA buyers obtained plans with an actuarial value of 80% or higher,…
  • How is the ACA affecting employer-sponsored insurance?

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    I am working on a reported piece that looks at how employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) is changing and how it compares to insurance offered on the ACA exchanges. The basic framework is provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation's 2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey.  Here are the premises as they now stand.  Informed input welcome!1. The ACA has not strongly driven premium increases or cost-shifting to employees in ESI  -- though employers offering more generous plans are  beginning to react to the Cadillac tax, which takes effect in 2018. While premiums, deductibles…
  • Reagan Revolution rollback

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    Here's how Matt O'Brien, the Washington Post/Wonkblog economics reporter, characterizes Obama's new tax proposals:The state of the union is pretty good, actually, but President Obama has an idea to make it better: taxing Wall Street and the super-rich to make middle-class work even more worthwhile. It's Piketty with an American accent.Okay, that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but not a huge one. Obama's State of the Union, you see, will call for $320 billion of new taxes on rentiers, their heirs, and the big banks to pay for $175 billion of tax credits that will reward work. In other…
 
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  • Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    (Reuters) - Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor.
  • Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries.
  • Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress could hurt Iran talks

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.
  • Arkansas defeats measure to separate Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee day

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A bid to end Arkansas' practice of honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the same day failed in a state legislative committee on Wednesday.
  • Romney takes aim at Hillary Clinton in new speech

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney criticized Democrat Hillary Clinton over foreign policy and the economy on Wednesday in what could be a prelude to the line of attack he takes if he decides to run for president a third time.
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  • Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

    timothy
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    eldavojohn writes A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865, Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent austerity laws put in place by prior administrations. One such step has been to appoint Valve's economist Yanis Varoufakis to position of Finance Minister of Greece. For the past three years Varoufakis has been…
  • "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

    timothy
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    mi (197448) writes You heard the scare-mongering, you heard the governors and mayors closing public transit and declaring driving on public roads a crime. But it turned out to have been a mistake. Boston may have been hit somewhat, but further South — NYC and Philadelphia — the snowfall was rather underwhelming. Promised "2-3 feet" of snow, NYC got only a few inches. Is this an example of "better safe than sorry," or is government's overreach justified by questionable weather models exceeding the threshold of an honest mistake?Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

    Soulskill
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Freshly Exhumed writes: Growing income inequality was one of the top four issues at the 2015 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ranking alongside European adoption of quantitative easing and geopolitical concerns. Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion, said there was a consensus that global inequality is getting worse, fueling overriding pessimism at the gathering. The result, he said, could be that the next big revolution will be in regulation rather than innovation. With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people's mind,…
  • Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

    Soulskill
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    WheezyJoe writes: As the FCC considers the merger between Comcast/Universal and Time-Warner Cable, which would create the largest cable company in the U.S. and is entering the final stages of federal review, politicians are pressuring the FCC with pro-merger letters actually written by Comcast. According to documents obtained through public records requests, politicians are passing letters nearly word-for-word written by Comcast as their own. "Not only do records show that a Comcast official sent the councilman the exact wording of the letter he would submit to the FCC, but also that…
  • Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

    timothy
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    WheezyJoe writes Responding to the FCC's proposal to raise the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up, the lobby group known as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) wrote in an FCC filing Thursday that 25Mbps/3Mbps isn't necessary for ordinary people. The lobby alleges that hypothetical use cases offered for showing the need for 25Mbps/3Mbps "dramatically exaggerate the amount of bandwidth needed by the typical broadband user", referring to parties in favor of the increase like Netflix and Public Knowledge.
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues that most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members are Blairites, in that they voted for David Miliband rather than for his brother. The figures are all on the Labour Party website, but not in a form that [...]
  • Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    In August 2013 I wrote a piece for DJ Broadcast on the electronic music scene in India, which has been growing in stature over the last few years. At the time, the industry was what might be described as burgeoning - definitely full of promise though held back by conservative laws and regulations imposed by state governments. Since that article was published, India’s scene has continued to grow and evolve and I was fortunate to witness a small example of this progression when I visited the Vh1 Supersonic Festival in Goa a few weeks ago. The event took place across four days on a beach in…
  • Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    President Obama flew out of Delhi this morning after a visit spread over three days that, as he put it, was “rich in symbolism but also in substance”. The symbolism included choreographed meetings and hugs and embraces with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, and the substance included a potential solution to a long-awaited deal on [...]
  • Sex, sugar, pins and needles – Versace, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, and a little from Dior and Chanel at the spring couture

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    As I was walking out of Sunday night’s Atelier Versace show - the official start to the spring/summer 2015 haute couture collections - I overheard an exchange between a couture client and one of the house os Versace’s aides. Well, I overheard one part of the exchange. I presume said aide asked said client what she thought of the collection. “That see-through beaded shit,” she barked. “Sexy as fuck!” That’s not something you hear much at the haute couture.
  • Contest of Names

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is the Super Bowl on Sunday and once again one of the delights of the event is the names of some of the players. As last year, I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks, and not because of their names, although Marshawn Lynch (pictured) is a great name as well as a great player. In this [...]
 
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  • School Made 11-Year-Old Girls Pull Down Their Pants for Disgusting Inspection

    Robby Soave
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Parents are furious with administrators at a public school in Gustine, Texas, after learning that their kids were subjected to a partial strip-search and a humiliating, feces-related inspection. School officials a Gustine Elementary routinely find that the gym floor has been smeared with human waste, and in an effort to unmask the culprit they went way too far. Boys were sent to one room, girls to another—and then administrators ordered both groups to pull down their pants. One parent told myfox8.com that the officials were checking  "to see if they could find anything," pertaining to the…
  • Inspector General Pissed Over TSA Censorship of Critical Report

    J.D. Tuccille
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    On January 16, the John Roth, the Department of Homeland Security' Inspector General, released part of a report critical of the Transportation Security Administration's "security controls over the servers, routers, switches, and telecommunications circuits comprising the DHS information technology" at John F. Kennedy International Airport. I say "part" of a report, because the TSA censored key parts of the document becasue, it seems, they were embarrassing. The move so ticked off Roth, that he has since publicly excoriated the bureaucracy for abuse of its power to smother criticism. The…
  • Colorado Legislator Seeks to Abolish Civil Forfeiture

    Jacob Sullum
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In my syndicated column and my Forbes column last week, I worried that widespread exaggeration of Eric Holder's recently announced changes to the Justice Department's forfeiture policy could undermine the prospects for more ambitious reforms. Here is an example of how that might happen. A Colorado legislator wants to change her state's forfeiture laws so that an owner must be convicted of a crime before his property can be confiscated. Under a bill recently introduced by state Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada), forfeiture would be allowed without a conviction only if it is "part of a settlement…
  • Why Does the New York Times See Upward Income Mobility as a Tragedy?

    Nick Gillespie
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Courtesy of Alan Vanneman (blogger, novelist, and film critic extraordinaire), comes word that The New York Times is horrified by the "shrinking middle class." The odd thing about the concern is that the Times' own research shows that fewer people are poor than they were 40-odd years ago and more people are rich. In the late 1960s, writes the Times, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year.... But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow. So here are some of the…
  • Catholic Congressman Tim Ryan on Why He No Longer Opposes Abortion

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    In a new Akron Beacon Journal op-ed, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) explains what led him from ardently opposing legal abortion to thinking the government should stay out of the issue. Since he was first elected to Congress in 2002, Rep. Ryan has supported a variety of anti-abortion legislation. Raised Catholic, "I always considered myself pro-life," he writes. But talking to more and more women about abortion, as well as becoming a father himself, changed his thinking.  These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people…
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  • Amateur or Enemy

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…
  • WHO’S PLAN?

    The Outsider
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. What direction is that? Is it domestic policy or foreign policy? Is it the economy and jobs or the lack of our moral values that are changing America? A bit of all I suspect! The black protests in Ferguson Mo and all across the country happened not because the police officer shot an innocent man but because Michael Brown’s followers didn’t want black criminals to be held accountable for their actions. On the foreign policy front, the America friendly King of Saudi Arabia died and we are not sure of what the…
  • Almost off Balance

    Randy Toman
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The emotion of human nature revolts against the supposition of a state so saturated in false doctrine and contrary to the basic beliefs and the social make-up of the people’s in Western Civilization.  When this happens, as we see happening today, the valued rights will erode causing a break down in righteousness.  This break down continues until it reaches a critical point where there is correction, if not, the culture slides by this point and will then free fall into a state of self-destruction which does not allow things to turn around nor bring itself back into a line of saneness of…
  • Second Amendment

    Randy Toman
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    If any of the following are false you can go to step two in discussing—–not having a gun, nor allowing me to have a conceal carry permit.  If they (Below bold) are true then stay away from me and my 2nd amendment rights.  The second point below (Bold) particularly bothers me because I know —–a large percentage were Armenian Christians, I would guess in all categories below there was a high percentage of “Christians” in those statistics. author unknown  (but obviously brilliant) A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to…
  • Getting Out

    Randy Toman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Having big problems within the social fabric cannot be denied, and the attempted solutions of these individual issues will not correct the larger problems.  I have stated this to a number of people——the problem is much larger——in that “We the People” have been placed on the wrong path going in the wrong direction and many do not understand the correcting of this problem—–the one or two or three issues we might correct in the scope of things—-mean nothing, especially if we cannot bring these two concerns into play. (A)  Understanding the root of…
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  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
  • 'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for…
  • A Break In the Greek Tragedy

    Robert Kuttner
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File) Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Syriza left-wing party, speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday, January 25, 2015. A triumphant Tsipras told Greeks that his party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation, and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.    This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Europe should count itself lucky that a left-wing anti-austerity party won the Greek elections, swept into office by citizens…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
  • 'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for…
  • A Break In the Greek Tragedy

    Robert Kuttner
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File) Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Syriza left-wing party, speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday, January 25, 2015. A triumphant Tsipras told Greeks that his party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation, and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.    This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Europe should count itself lucky that a left-wing anti-austerity party won the Greek elections, swept into office by citizens…
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    Wonkblog

  • Shareholders weren’t lovin’ it: McDonald’s CEO resigns

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    A company in need of new direciton. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo) The past few years have been difficult—to say the least—for McDonald's. Just ask the company's soon-to-be former chief executive. The fast food behemoth announced late Wednesday that CEO Don Thompson will be stepping down after only two and a half years at the helm. Steve Easterbrook, who currently serves as McDonald's senior executive vice president, will replace Thompson as CEO on March 1, when the move takes effect. "It's tough to say goodbye to the McFamily, but there is a time and season for everything," Thompson…
  • Health insurers may be finding new ways to discriminate against patients

    Jason Millman
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Patient advocates say some insurers are gaming the White House's health-care law to discriminate against people with HIV and others with complex conditions. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) One of the greatest promises of the Affordable Care Act is that if you are sick or get sick, health insurers can no longer charge you more or avoid covering you altogether. They have to provide coverage to anyone who wants it, and they're not allowed to cherry pick healthier customers over sick customers. But patient groups say they've spotted an alarming trend of some health insurance plans designing drug…
  • How much money you’ll gain or lose under Obama’s tax plan

    Max Ehrenfreund
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address. (AP/Charles Dharapak) The tax policies President Obama sketched in his State of the Union address last week would increase taxes for the wealthiest Americans, while reducing them for the poor, according to a new analysis from the Tax Policy Center. For people in the middle, the proposal could mean anywhere between a loss of several hundred dollars a year to a gain of a few hundred dollars. Overall, however, the proposal appears to be a wash. The poorest 20 percent of Americans (those households taking in less than $25,260 a…
  • Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

    Steven Mufson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listens during a meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington. Yellen replaced Ben Bernanke in early 2014. Amid signs that the U.S. economy was growing strongly and unemployment was falling, she and her colleagues brought the Fed’s bond-buying program to an end. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) The Federal Reserve once again left interest rates unchanged at a range of zero to a quarter of a percentage point, postponing a return to what it calls normal rates and reiterating that “it can be patient” in…
  • Google predicts a Seattle Super Bowl win

    Christopher Ingraham
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    The Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl XLIX on Sunday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Vegas oddsmakers don't exactly have the best track record when it comes to Super Bowl favorites. In only three of the past eight contests did the Vegas favorite take home the Lombardi Trophy. So sports fans have started to get creative in their search for a better crystal ball. Some have turned to the Madden NFL video game franchise, which each year runs simulations between the opposing teams a few days before the big game. Madden's record is better, correctly predicting five out of the…
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  • Senators question DOJ’s tracking of license plates

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday asked the Justice Department to provide more information about a program that allows officials to track millions of vehicles around the country.“We appreciate that all of these new...
  • White House shrugs off GOP immigration lawsuit

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The White House on Wednesday shrugged off Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) plan to sue President Obama over his use of executive action on immigration."House Republicans seem to be relying more and more on the courts these days to challenge the...
  • Cruz praises first lady on headscarf

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised Michelle Obama on Twitter Wednesday for not wearing a head covering while visiting Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.“Kudos to @FLOTUS for standing up for women &refusing to wear Sharia-mandated head-scarf in...
  • American believed dead in Tripoli terror attack

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    An American citizen is among at least eight believed dead after masked gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli. A senior official with the State Department would only confirm that a U.S. citizen had died in Libya. But local...
  • Rand Paul: Stop feds from seizing property

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday revived legislation that would permanently limit the government’s ability to use a controversial tactic known as asset forfeiture to seize property from people who sometimes haven’t been charged with a crime.The...
 
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Hildebrand v. Allegheny County 14-363Issue: Whether the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which forbids age-based discrimination against state and local government employees, precludes those employees from bringing a section 1983 action to redress age discrimination that violates the Equal Protection Clause.
  • Oklahoma executions put off

    Lyle Denniston
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Without a noted dissent, the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon delayed the scheduled execution of three Oklahoma death-row inmates, whose case the Justices will hear in late April.  The executions were put on hold, but only so far as the state would use a specific drug in the procedure — the sedative midazolam. Although the order blocked the execution until a final ruling is issued in that case, the fact that the order was specific in forbidding the state temporarily from using only one specific drug left Oklahoma with the option of trying to develop a new lethal-drug protocol that…
  • New & forthcoming books on the Supreme Court

    Ronald Collins
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    It looks like 2015 might be the year of books on the Justices, mainly the female members of the Supreme Court. Cambridge University Press has just released a book on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That book, edited by Scott Dodson, has contributions by journalists, scholars, judges, and practicing lawyers, including Tom Goldstein, Lani Guinier, Robert A. Katzmann, Herma Hill Kay, Dahlia Lithwick, Reva Siegel, Nina Totenberg and Joan Williams, among others. Linda Hirshman (a retired professor of philosophy and law) likewise has a forthcoming book, one on Justices Ginsburg and Sandra Day…
  • Wednesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    The death penalty is at the forefront of coverage of and commentary on the Court right now.  Writing for this blog, Lyle Denniston reports on yesterday’s order by the Court allowing Georgia to execute inmate Warren Hill, while at USA Today Richard Wolf looks at the Court and capital punishment issues more broadly.  At The Economist’s Democracy in America blog, Steven Mazie focuses on the case of the three Oklahoma inmates whose challenge the Court agreed to hear last week; he contends that “[t]he conundrum facing these three Oklahoma inmates rivals anything written by Kafka. Although…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: King Cole Foods, Inc. v. United States 14-342Issue: Whether Sixth Circuit precedent which precludes judicial review of the administrative sanction disqualifying petitioners from further participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program should be reversed because the express language of 7 U.S.C. § 2023(a)(15) permits de novo judicial review of “the questioned administrative action in issue” and because the Sixth Circuit precedent conflicts with other circuits which have reviewed the issue.
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  • Barack Obama: "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping (the Islamic State’s) advance."

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Barack Obama says America 'is stopping' Islamic State's progress in Iraq and Syria President Barack Obama briefly updated Americans on the state of the Islamic State during his State of the Union address. "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping (the Islamic State’s) advance," Obama said. "Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group." The comment…
  • John Kasich: "You cannot build a little guy up by tearing a big guy down -- Abraham Lincoln said it."  

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Ohio Gov. John Kasich puts words in Abraham Lincoln's mouth about tax policy In his argument against President Barack Obama’s proposed increase in capital gains tax, Ohio Gov. John Kasich invoked the words of a vaunted former president -- or at least he tried. Obama wants to create a nationwide free community college program. How he proposes to pay for it -- partially by increasing taxes on the wealthy via a higher tax rate on income earned from selling assets --  would be "a prescription for economic slowdown," Kasich, a…
  • Andy Puzder : "Obamacare has caused millions of full-time jobs to become part-time."

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | CEO of Carl's Jr. says 'Obamacare has caused millions of full-time jobs to become part-time' Critics of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care law, have assembled a long list of complaints about the law. One provision that’s getting increasing scrutiny these days is the penalty on employers who don’t provide their workers with health insurance. For workers who are on the job at least 30 hours per week, companies must offer health coverage or be hit with a financial penalty. The Obama administration twice delayed…
  • Barack Obama: "The auto companies have now repaid taxpayers every dime and more of what my administration invested in."

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Obama says automakers have paid back all the loans it got from his admin 'and more' In the run up to his 2015 State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama was once again trumpeting his administration’s intervention in Detroit. "Last month, the rescue of the auto industry officially came to an end," Obama said Jan. 7 in Detroit. "The auto companies have now repaid taxpayers every dime and more of what my administration invested in." In December, the Treasury Department announced it sold the remainder of its 54.9 million…
  • Barack Obama: "America is No. 1 in wind power."

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | 'America is No. 1 in wind power,' Obama says President Barack Obama devoted a portion of his State of the Union address to talking up America’s energy trends, including being a leader in our own energy production. "We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet," he said. "And today, America is No. 1 in oil and gas. America is No. 1 in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008." We’ve covered oil and gas and solar power before, but the…
 
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    Balloon Juice

  • Open Thread: Speaking of Desperate GOP Clowns…

    Anne Laurie
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Belatedly realizing that by doing this, Andrew Sullivan saves himself from liveblogging the Clinton Restoration. — daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 28, 2015 Oh, yeah, back in the day… PandoDaily let Mark Ames reprint his 2013 Hall of Shame coverage on Sullivan, so let’s step in the wayback machine for a pertinent excerpt: …[I]t was in 1994 that Andrew Sullivan’s recklessness and media fraud went berserk. First, he published a devastating three-part series destroying President Clinton’s universal health care legislation, articles that are generally considered the…
  • Caught in a Desperate Act

    John Cole +0
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It’s not too often that you actually catch the rats in the act of scurrying to get off the sinking ship, but here’s a good view of Matt Lewis swimming for his life: It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point. Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt? In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York called it a “long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech” and National…
  • Open Thread: Sherrod Brown’s Not Joining the Scrum

    Anne Laurie
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Because it’s a company town where the monopoly industry is politics, Senators get covered in the Style section of the local paper. I wish the reporter had talked more about Brown’s actual accomplishments and less about the horse race, but here’s the Washington Post with a “scoop”: … By almost any standard, Sen. Sherrod Brown, 62, a former Eagle Scout with a voice like Tom Waits, is the kind of pol who should at this very moment be making the rounds of the Sunday shows, growling to packed audiences in Iowa and all the while insisting to major media outlets…
  • Wednesday Afternoon Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Funk legend Sly Stone, who was living in a van a few years back, was awarded $5 million in damages after an LA jury found that business managers had ripped him off. I hope he can collect from the vultures. Open thread! Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Jonathan Chait ‘Chaitsplains’ Political Correctness

    Elon James White
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    In his recently published article in New York Magazine, titled “Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say,” Jonathan Chait speaks for all those that are disenfranchised by today’s politically correct culture. That’s right, white, straight men! No longer will you have to sit in silence and be sensitive to the blacks or the browns or the gays or the womens! Get over yourselves already! But as the clip above with CUNY Professor Angus Johnston (who is a white, straight guy, but not one of THOSE white straight guys) shows, sometimes it can be just as problematic to be understood as…
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    Oliver Willis

  • Campaign 2016 Postmortem: Whatever Happened To Benghazi?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    In the wake of the disastrous 2016 Republican presidential campaign, I have to ask the party elites: Whatever happened to Benghazi? Instead of a campaign focusing on Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi attack, Republicans focused at least 20% of their time on other issues, including the economy, health care, and social security. But what about Benghazi? The failure of our nominee to turn every question into a Benghazi attack was a glaring dereliction of duty. Like Benghazi. Only 82% of paid political ads in favor of the Republican nominee mentioned Benghazi. And as a result, Clinton has…
  • Attn PC Police: Can’t A White Guy Have Some Hot Takes?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    By Randall Dibney III, Senior Contributor to Policy: The Journal of Policy Okay, hippies, put down the hackey-sack for a second and listen to some uncomfortable truths that I, a white guy, am about to lay down for you. I admit that I’m not “cool.” I concede I may not “get it.” I realize that I may be “belittling your opinion from a position of hundreds of years of structural racist power distribution.” But I don’t care because I just came back from the hot take kitchen with a hot take right out of the hot take oven. Can’t a white guy have…
  • Sam Brownback’s Conservative Economics Are Continuing To Collapse In Kansas

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Sam Brownback This past fall, Gov. Sam Brownback survived re-election, even though the right wing economic policies he enacted in Kansas aren’t working. Brownback has used the state as a laboratory for the steady stream of ideas that emerge from DC-based conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation. Of course, as we learned under President George W. Bush, this stuff does not work in the real world but instead can create a drag on economies. Brownback’s policies have continued to fail the people of Kansas, as conservative economics always does. Job growth in Kansas is…
  • Was Martin Luther King Jr. A Republican?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Short answer: no. If you ever find yourself arguing with conservatives about Martin Luther King Jr. (and if you’re a black liberal this always happens), inevitably they will assert that King was a Republican. This is often based on a claim from Alveda King, his niece, a conservative who has been disavowed by most of the rest of the King family, who are on the left of politics, as was Dr. King. Alveda King has herself retracted this claim. From a press release she sent out in 2013: I have few regrets in my life. At the top of the list is the demise of two children in my womb, and one…
  • The Right’s 5 Defenses Of Steve Scalise Are Laughably Bad

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Rep. Steve Scalise Conservatives are defending Rep. Steve Scalise’s speech to a white supremacist group. As usual, their arguments are full of wholes and lacking sense, but it’s much easier for them than actually condemning a racist move from one of their own. Here are the five defenses I’ve heard that made me laugh out loud: 1. But Robert Byrd! The immediate conservative response to conservatives caught being racist or pandering to racists is always to invoke former Democratic Senator Robert Byrd. Of course, it is a historical fact that Byrd was a klansman and filibustered…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Sullivan on the Republican Year

    Ballard Burgher
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Andrew Sullivan delivers a tour de force run down of the Republican Party on The Daily Dish. This was to be the winter of their deep content. Having won the mid-terms on a platform of pure fear and panic, they had Washington DC in their pocket. The agenda was going to be theirs – even if they hadn’t run on much of a platform. They would prove to be a capable governing party again, get the Congress in order, and finally put an asterisk next to Obama’s name for two years.   And what has happened since? We’ve had an attempt to ban all abortion past twenty weeks, with an implicit…
  • Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: The blizzard and the weathermen

    MIKE PETERS, Guest Voice Cartoonist
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    OF RELATED INTEREST: –Meteorologists apologize for creating pre- blizzard panic in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey after 3ft snow predictions fail to materialize –Blizzard 2015: National Weather Service meteorologist apologizes for forecast –New York, weathermen defend storm shutdown –Jon Stewart compiles the most ridiculous blizzard media coverage Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A HOOT” certainly sums up his…
  • Japan and Jordan ‘Agree Prisoner-Swap’ With ISIS

    Guest Voice
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A prisoner swap has reportedly been agreed between Japan, Jordan and the Islamic State, which could see an exchange happen within hours. ISIS are demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who took part in a 2005 bombing in Jordan which killed 57 – she survived after her suicide belt failed to detonate. In… The post Japan and Jordan ‘Agree Prisoner-Swap’ With ISIS appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Bad news for the increasingly weakening “blogosphere” — and good news for readers of good, old fashioned books that aren’t written in a hurry. Andrew Sullivan, the writer, editor and blogging pioneer announced that he has quit blogging. Here’s some of what he wrote on his blog: Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as…
  • CBO Shows ObamaCare Costing Less Than Projected–Ignore Conservative Attempts To Distort The Data

    Ron Chusid
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    There was more good news from the Congressional Budget Office today regarding the Affordable Care Act. The latest’s estimates significantly reduce the costs of expanding medical care under the law:  The Congressional Budget Office on Monday significantly lowered its estimate of the cost of providing health insurance coverage to millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act. Douglas W. Elmendorf, the director of the budget office, said the changes resulted from many factors, including a general “slowdown in the growth of health care costs” and lower projections of insurance…
 
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  • Mitt Romney wants to run on his religion in 2016. Please do.

    Jon Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    In an apparent run-up to a third presidential bid, the Washington Post reported yesterday that Mitt Romney will likely feature his Mormon faith far more in 2016 than he did in his previous two presidential runs. Romney has generally avoided discussing his Mormon faith for fear of it being used to attack him. As there’s a debate within the Evangelical community as to whether Mormons are really Christians — many Evangelicals don’t think Catholics are Christians, so imagine their opinion of Mormons — and as the Mormon church has embraced extreme social…
  • San Francisco, where “Eviction = Death”

    Chris Andoe
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It was out of boredom, and a touch of morbid curiosity, that I clicked on the link a friend shared for a two bedroom $895,000 condo in San Francisco’s Castro district. Just when it seemed that SF real estate speculators couldn’t get any more surreal, this one actually left me clutching my pearls. For longtime residents, San Francisco is a city in crisis. Speculators have exploited the Ellis Act, and tens of thousands have been evicted in recent years. (More than a couple have committed suicide as a result.) And in my opinion, this real estate announcement deserves special…
  • Sitting can be deadly, even if you exercise regularly

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Canadian research suggests that too much sitting can be deadly. People who are sedentary, either at work, at home or both are more likely to develop certain diseases (like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer) or even die. This increased risk of morbidity and mortality persists, even in people who exercise regularly. The risk is highest for those who get no regular exercise. People who have sedentary jobs, even those who exercise for an hour or more multiple times per week, still have a higher risk for developing these illnesses or even dying prematurely. The World Health…
  • Darth Vader’s gay daughter speaks

    John Aravosis
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Mary Cheney, the openly-gay daughter of former Bush administration Vice President Dick Cheney, gave an interesting talk at DC’s American University the other day. While it was cute that Cheney referred to herself as “Darth Vader’s daughter,” the substance of the discussion was actually quite interesting. Mary talked about marriage equality (aka “gay marriage), and her belief that the Republican party might finally embrace gay marriage by the year 2020 or 2028. Mary also seemed to signal that she’s still on the outs with her conservative sister Liz, who ran…
  • City of Paris to sue Fox News for defamation

    John Aravosis
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, says the city is planning on suing Fox News. The charge? Lying about France in general, and Paris in particular, by claiming it is filled with Muslim-inhabited “no-go zones” so dangerous that “real” Frenchmen dare not tread. Except that, as I reported the other day, it’s not true. I lived in one of Fox News’ Muslim “no-go zones” in Paris for a few months back in 2009. Near Metro Goncourt in the 11th, it’s a colorful neighborhood comprised mostly of blue collar north Africans and (rather-white) gays. So…
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  • Jon Stewart Picks Apart Palin & GOP Incoherent Speeches

    grahamslam (/politics/member/grahamslam)
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    From Youtube: Jon Stewart went after conservative GOP presidential hopefuls tonight, many of whom gave speeches this past weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Stewart played speech clips of everyone from Mike Huckabee to Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, and Sarah Palin, and said the summit is like Tide in that it “gets your whites whiter.”
  • Sarah Palin after the teleprompter freezes

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:32 am
    After the speech, Scott Conroy of right-leaning Real Clear Politics tweeted: “I don’t say this lightly. This is the strangest speech I’ve ever seen Sarah Palin deliver.”
  • Real Time with Bill Maher: 2016 Billionaire Buyers Guide

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    "Let's count it down. The candidates according to their current standings in the polls, starting at the bottom ... " YouTube: In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher appraises the 2016 GOP contenders for the oligarchs who will be bankrolling for their campaigns.
  • The Daily Show - Majority Retort

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Who will win the "Implody"? SO many deserving recipients! YouTube: Jon hands out an award to the Republican senator with the best reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.
  • INEQUALITY FOR ALL - Official Trailer

    notarobot (/politics/member/notarobot)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich—professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member—as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man who's overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the…
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    The American Prospect

  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
  • 'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for…
  • A Break In the Greek Tragedy

    Robert Kuttner
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File) Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Syriza left-wing party, speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday, January 25, 2015. A triumphant Tsipras told Greeks that his party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation, and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.    This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Europe should count itself lucky that a left-wing anti-austerity party won the Greek elections, swept into office by citizens…
 
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  • New Economic Policy Institute Report Details Economic Challenges Facing UC Workers

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 2010 More than 80 percent of University of California (UC) support staff employees are paid wages too low to provide the basic necessities of life in the areas where they live and work, according to preliminary findings of a study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute.   As Governor Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano meet to discuss the financial future of the UC, it's imperative that they recognize the dire financial situation of many UC employees. The UC is the third largest employer in California, employing nearly…
  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Her term is up in 2016, will she run again? by Brian Leubitz With Senator Boxer's term expiring in 2016, now is the time to talk about the future. With all the time required to build a strong campaign in California, prospective candidates are anxious for word, not wanting to step on any toes before making any moves. But, the chatter is that a decision could come soon: Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of her friends believe she will run for a…
  • Speaker Atkins Appoints Committee Chairs

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Most Democrats have a committee chair by Brian Leubitz Below the fold you will find the full list of committee chairs. All in all, given the big number of committees, most Democratic legislators who aren't in leadership get a chair. I think the exceptions were Lorena Gonzalez, who is the vice-chair of the Local Government committee with Republican Brian Maienschein getting the chair, and Nora Campos, who is on rules. And Rob Bonta has two chairs, keeping PERS and getting the Health Committee this year. Accountability and Administrative Review Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield),…
  • Your New Legislators: The Term Limits Dance Shifts

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    New term limits mean more changes now, more stability later by Brian Leubitz With the new term limits structure amendments of a few years ago, Sacramento is seeing a lot of change. Lots and lots and lots of change. In the Legislature convening today, 72 of the 120 legislators have less than two years of experience at the state level. That's a staggeringly high number, and rather frightening for the institutional memory of both chambers. If you look at the new leadership team in the Assembly, you'll find freshmen legislators David Chiu, Evan Low (Both pictured to the right), Jim Cooper and…
  • We Didn't Vote

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Turnout hits dismal records by Brian Leubitz Yikes. With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis won re-election over Republican businessman Bill Simon.(SF Chronicle) It was something of a perfect storm here in California. No major statewide contests and nothing national to draw voters in combined with some rather boring statewide measures. But still, yikes. It is hard to argue that California has made it hard to vote, but…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • The Netanyahu Disaster

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Benjamin Netanyahu, making friends and influencing people (Reuters ) Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel’s very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times convincingly, is predicated on stopping Iran, a country ruled by a regime that seeks both Israel’s annihilation and the means to carry it out. Netanyahu’s options are limited. A country…
  • Hamas Warns: Give Us Money Or We'll Become Terrorists

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Not extremists (Reuters) Buried in an Agence France Presse article about the failure of international donors to pay the $5.4 billion they've pledged to help rebuild Gaza is an absolute gem of a quote: A Hamas official warned recently that the territory could become a breeding ground for extremism unless promised reconstruction is accelerated. "Our message to the world, which is scared of terrorism and extremism, is that the delay in rebuilding Gaza and the continuing blockade against it will make it a ripe environment for the spread of extremism and terrorism," Khalil al-Haya told a Gaza City…
  • French Prime Minister: 'I Refuse to Use This Term Islamophobia'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Demonstrators hold a banner reading "Unity Against Islamophobia" at a conference on the Islamization of Europe in 2010. (Michel Euler/AP) The prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, has emerged over the past tumultuous week as one of the West’s most vocal foes of Islamism, though he’s actually been talking about the threat it poses for a long while. During the course of an interview conducted before the Charlie Hebdo attacks, he told me—he went out of his way to tell me, in fact—that he refuses to use the term 'Islamophobia' to describe the phenomenon of anti-Muslim prejudice,…
  • French Prime Minister: If Jews Flee, the Republic Will Be a Failure

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) with President Francois Hollande following the Charlie Hebdo shooting (Patrick Kovarik/Reuters) The massacre at a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday reinforced a fear, expressed openly and with distressing frequency by many in France’s half-million-strong Jewish community, that Islamist violence is compelling large numbers of Jews to flee. Already, several thousand have left over the past few years. But it is not merely the physical safety of France’s Jews that is imperiled by anti-Semitic violence, the country’s prime minister, Manuel Valls,…
  • We Are Not All Charlie

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Valentina Calà/Flickr The police are evacuating the Gare du Nord station in Paris as my train from Brussels arrives; a suspicious package, I learned later. The rain is coming down quite hard. I resist the urge to interview my taxi driver about the current mood. We see a blue “Je Suis Charlie” sign on a lamppost. Very nice. But the sentiment is partially a conceit. We are not all Charlie. Much of Europe, which, as a political entity, is not fully grappling with the totalitarian madness of Islamism, is not Charlie. Certainly much of journalism is not Charlie. Any outlet that censors…
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  • Kim Jong-Un to Visit Moscow

    Daniel Halper
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, will visit Moscow in May.  "North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, plans to visit Moscow this May in his first trip abroad since assuming power in 2011, a Kremlin spokesman announced on Wednesday," the New York Times reports. The confirmation from Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, came amid a strengthening in ties between the two countries, even as North Korea remains isolated and has seen a chill in relations with its closest ally, China. “The North Korean leader’s participation has been confirmed, and we are getting ready for…
  • White House Backs Down on College Savings Accounts

    Geoffrey Norman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Bernie Becker of the The Hill writes that: President Obama is scrapping his proposal to tax withdrawals from a popular savings account for college expenses, after facing sharp criticism from both Republicans and outside groups, a White House official said Tuesday. And a few Democrats, it should be said.  To include Nancy Pelosi who: ... pressed the case aboard Air Force One as she was flying with the president from India to Saudi Arabia, according to a person familiar with the conversation. On the other side of the Capitol, Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben…
  • Walker's First Ad

    Daniel Halper
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The first ad making the case for Scott Walker for president of the United States, from his newly formed committee called Our American Revival: "America stands on the brink," says the voiceover. "At a time and place in our history where failed leaders preside over a nation adrift. With family incomes in steady decline. Dreams stifled. A foreign policy that apologizes for America and projects weakness abroad." At this moment, a still picture of Hillary Clinton comes on screen, and the voiceover continues. "American can't stop this by looking to the past or for…
  • U.S. Looks to Fortify Embassy in Baghdad

    Jeryl Bier
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    The U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, the largest and most expensive in the world, cost at least $700 million to build by the time of its completion in 2009. Several years later in 2012, the embassy was scheduled for a $115 million upgrade as the Washington Post reported at the time. However, in spite of the cost and security measures already in place, the State Department recently prepared to solicit bids to furnish and install steel doors and "T-walls" in the embassy compound in Baghdad.  T-walls are 12-feet high concrete barriers to protect against sniper and bomb attacks. A…
  • Biden Mocked on NBC's Parks and Recreation

    Daniel Halper
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden appeared to be the butt of a joke on tonight's Parks and Recreation, when a character on the show pulled out the (sadly) nonexistent Biden the Rails: 1001 Poems Inspired by My Travels Through Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, by Joe Biden: Here's the clip: Biden has had a guest appearance on the show before.
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Please Read Jeffrey Goldberg's Netanyahu Analysis—And This Other Article Too

    James Fallows
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    President Obama having a pleasant talk on the phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu back in 2012 (Reuters) The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has put up an excellent and authoritative analysis of the strategic problems that Benjamin Netanyahu has created for himself, his party, and his country. It's the most-trafficked item on our site at the moment, so it may seem superfluous to suggest you read it. But if you haven't done so yet, please give it a look. Once you've read this new item, there's an older article that I hope you'll consider too. It came out in the December, 2004 issue of our print…
  • The Reform the Military Is Already Undertaking: Chickenhawk, No. 19

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Slide from the documentary 'Bridging the Gap' ( Stomoway Productions ) The theme in this installment is a number of worthwhile (in my view), powerful links and posts on the general question of self-criticism within the military, and joint civilian and military efforts to direct real attention to the chickenhawk pathology. 1) "Stick Your Neck Out," by two junior naval officers, LT Roger Misso and LTJG Chris O'Keefe, on the US Naval Institute site. They are arguing for creative ferment among the young officer class: We need junior officers willing to stick their necks out and write. Our service…
  • Comradely Greetings to All Snow-Bound East Coasters

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Ted Runner Stadium track at the University of Redlands this weekend I had a whole thought-post almost cooked up, which was going to be based on a fascinating episode of the TED Radio Hour, hosted by my friend and former All Things Considered comrade Guy Raz, that I listened to while out for a run this weekend. The episode, originally broadcast last fall, was on the subject of Quiet, and for me it had fascinating implications ranging from the importance of introversion in my line of work, to the unique mind-destroying horror of the particular kind of noise that—yes!—leafblowers make. (You…
  • The Parachute That Saved a Plane

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Cirrus SR-22 coming down under its parachute, near a cruise ship off Hawaii ( US Coast Guard video ) Yesterday afternoon a small Cirrus SR-22 airplane—yes, the same kind of airplane my wife and I have been flying around the country for our reporting—was being ferried across the Pacific to a customer in Australia. This is obviously a very long journey. The first leg of this trip, from the SF Bay area to a refueling stop in Hawaii, would have taken about 14 hours. Since the Cirrus can normally fly at most five-plus hours on a full load of fuel, ferry planes are rigged with temporary extra…
  • One Clip, Two Views of China

    James Fallows
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    'Happy' song set in Shenzhen, southern China ( Youku via The Nanfang ) This item from The Nanfang, a site covering the big cities of southernmost China (nanfang, or 南方 = "southward"), does a nice job of conveying the discouraging and enlivening aspects of China that so often coexist. Discouraging: the latest tightening of The Great Firewall, the Internet-censorship system that is unworthy of a population as large, increasingly sophisticated, and information-hungry as China's. This is just so retrograde and embarrassing. Enlivening: the latest remake of Pharrell Williams's Happy song, this…
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    The American Scene

  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    A long, long time ago I said on Twitter that there is a 50/50 chance that Obamacare will “destroy America.” This has been throwing Twitter maven Richard Yeselson into conniptions for literally months now so I figure some clarification is in order. Obviously I did not mean that Obamacare will cause a destructive meteor shower, or an alien invasion, or the second coming. So, what did I mean? Quite simply this: I think most observers, whatever their political outlook, would agree that there is something unique or at least different to the political economy of the United States.
  • Have I Stopped Beating My Wife?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Neoconservatives and noninterventionists look at the world from radically opposite perspectives, and unlike the realists in the middle, we have a tendency to view the world through a moralized lens. One very unfortunate tendency of this is that each side has a tendency to impugn the other’s motives, rather than his view of reality. Neoconservatives just want Iraq’s oil, or they are just White Man’s Burden 2.0. Noninterventionists think the US should cut Israel loose because seeing Jews massacred would tickle their jollies. I think noninterventionists are somewhere in the…
  • I Am Hassle, For We Are Many

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Starting in the 2012 cycle and in a much more serious way in the 2014 cycle, the Republicans decided that they could square the circle of their conscience clause position on sexual ethics with Democratic #waronwomen attacks through pitching over-the-counter oral contraception. Somewhat surprisingly, the left was not especially enthusiastic about this. The way I’ve been thinking about this is that both liberals and conservatives are addressing hassle. The emerging right-wing position is that the state requiring you to get a doctor’s scrip is unacceptable hassle and some nontrivial number…
  • Heighten the contradictions

    Gabriel Rossman
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Suppose that party A habitually engages in actions that party B finds morally offensive. Party B then finds various ways to obstruct this offensive action, but only partially, so the effect is to make the action more dangerous, but not impossible. Party A continues with the (now more dangerous) course of action and predictably problems ensue. Who is morally at fault? Or more to the point, who receives blame and is the ensuing policy push to prohibit A from engaging in the offensive action or instead for B to cease obstructing and switch to accomodation and harm reduction? For instance, if I…
  • 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…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • The Saudi succession system isn't really strange, but that doesn't mean it's functional

    SuperUser
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    by Doctor Science Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo thinks Saudi succession is a strange, strange system (via slacktivist). As a reader of Marshall Hodgson's The Venture of Islam, I don't find it strange at all: the Saudi system is based on the usual Islamic succession principles, which are intended to focus on fairness and competence: 1. Fathers should not play favorites with their sons. 2. The holder of an office should be the most competent of the field of candidates. 3. The dead should not rule the living. Principle 1 means that, under Islamic law, there should be no primogeniture. All…
  • LDS and LGBT and the possibility of change

    liberal japonicus
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    by liberal japonicus This, from Mother Jones: In a groundbreaking news conference on Tuesday, the Mormon Church officially announced its support for some LGBT rights, on the condition that the same legal protections are extended to all religious groups. But in doing so, the church also made clear their endorsement did not reverse the church's opposition to same-sex marriage. "We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches, and other faith groups while…
  • Your long-standing confusion open thread

    SuperUser
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    by Doctor Science Sprog the Younger just watched M for German class. As she talked about it (her verdict: "I'm not sure you'll LIKE it, because it is a bit of a Moral Dilemma Indie Movie of the sort you think is super boring, but it's pretty cool.), I realized that for decades now I've been confusing it with Z, which came out when I was a teenager. Whoops. Category: Acclaimed European Movies With Single-Letter Titles I Haven't Seen. So tell us about your long-standing confusions, or talk about your favorite Moral Dilemma Indie Movies, or whatever. Mr and Mrs…
  • Does Hollywood export American racism?

    SuperUser
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:46 pm
    by Doctor Science The e-magazine Atlanta Black Star recently ran an article on 8 of the Worst Countries For Black People to Travel: Germany (the formerly East parts, specifically), Russia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Thailand, China, and South Korea. About anti-black racism in the Asian countries, one (anonymous) person said:My own experience is that the first exposures to black people for a lot of rural Northeast and Southeast Asians are US films and TV programs of the action genre. Unfortunately, the images depicted in them are generally more negative, where even the good folks are violent…
  • The real no go zone and sex discrimination in marriage

    Ugh
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    by Ugh Greetings everyone from a cold as all get out French "no go" zone, aka Berlin.  Looks like that, while I was kinda busy, SCOTUS really does want to decide whether states can discriminate on the basis of sex in granting marriage rights.  Of course, it didn't quite put it that way (and, uh, NYTimes?  maybe you should put the actual questions earlier in the article than halfway through? just sayin). So I guess we will see if my prediction on the outcome comes true.  I see a 6-3 decision on the result, and then 5 (4 "liberals" + Kennedy) agreeing on majority…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Engaging the Public in the Budget: Twitter Chats in Kenya

    Liz Heimann
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This article was written by Vivian Magero and John Kinuthia from IBP Kenya. The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBP Kenya) recently held a twitter chat on how government revenue is shared in Kenya. The Kenyan government is in the midst of reforming how revenue is shared among Kenya’s 47 counties. The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), which makes recommendations to the Senate, is playing an important role in revising the formula for revenue sharing. CRA submitted its recommendations to the Senate in November 2014. Given the importance of these reforms, we felt there has been…
  • Public Finance Management in a Post-2015 World: Time to Care About Service Delivery?

    Ryan Flynn
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    This post was written by Sierd Hadley, Research Officer for the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, at the Overseas Development Institute As we motor on towards a Post-2015 development agenda it may also be time to build a new era for public finance management (PFM) – one which considers service delivery far more closely. Few would disagree that a better understanding of PFM and public sector management is central to reducing poverty. Fiscal stability is needed to promote economic growth and create jobs; while the distribution of public resources (including many forms of external aid)…
  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Progressive Realization

    Ryan Flynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership My last blog post on budgeting for human rights explored the obligation for governments to use the maximum of available resources to realize rights enshrined under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Here we will examine what the obligation of progressive realization means for government budgets. Article 2 of the ICESCR states “each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to take steps…especially economic…
  • What Is PFM?

    Jay
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership Public Financial Management (PFM) is a term often thrown about when talking budgets and budgeting. Just as often its definition remains somewhat mysterious. A heterogeneous group of experts from academia, multilateral institutions, and think tanks—including yours truly from IBP, representing civil society views on the matter—collaborated on a recently published paper that tries to “demystify the concept.” It aims to present a simple yet innovative way…
  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Using the Maximum of Available Resources

    Jay
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership. The last few decades have seen two mutually reinforcing trends with regard to government budgets. First, though fiscal policy has long been seen as a key tool for governments to support stable economies and provide public services, the instrumental role of budgets in promoting development, redistributing wealth, and reducing poverty has been increasingly recognized. Second, this growing recognition of the importance of budgeting in addressing some of the…
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    Newsvine - politics

  • Are You Ready For This?: I LIKE What Obama Said In The SOTU!

    Citizen Kane-473667
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Yep you read that headline correctly!  Me; the sworn opposition of President Obama since before he got elected, has changed his mind.  Sure, I still think he is a bit of an arrogant ass, but then so is every Politician I have ever met or seen. "Do you know who I am?" po …
  • Sen. Mike Lee Helps Loretta Lynch Undercut Legal Argument For Obama's Executive Amnesty

    Patriot 8888
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Perhaps by accident, President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States actually undercut the legal justification the president has given for his executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens during her confirmation hearing …
  • White House embarrasses itself with claim Taliban is not a terrorist group

    Patriot 8888
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    While the White House is keen to pretend as though the War on Terror is over, the Cold War is ancient history, and the War on Poverty has been a glittering success, there is one war that the administration continues to prosecute vigorously: A war on the English language. Durin …
  • CBO Report: Obamacare to Cost Government $50K Per Person

    Patriot 8888
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:29 pm
    A bombshell report from the Congressional Budget Office reveals that it will cost the federal government $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under Obamacare law.According to the Daily Mail.com, the astounding figure was "buried" in a 15-page section of the n …
  • SSDI's Failure

    Rich Davis-281385
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Like every major extra-constitutional program ever put into effect by our government Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) has cost more than ever predicted.  Whether or not it has delivered the benefits promised is another matter, and not part of this discussion, other t …
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    FactCheck.org

  • Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

    Dave Levitan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions: Rick Santorum falsely claimed that U.S. policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will have zero impact” on climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and a reduction in its GHG emissions could slow global warming. Santorum claimed that even those who accept the science on climate change agree that U.S. action will accomplish nothing, which is also inaccurate. Mike…
  • FactChecking Science-based Claims

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Today we introduce a new feature and welcome a new staff writer to FactCheck.org. The new feature is “SciCheck,” and the staff writer is Dave Levitan. SciCheck will focus exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. Dave Levitan will be its author. Dave has a master’s in journalism with a certificate in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from NYU – one of the best programs of its kind in the country. He has nearly 10 years of experience as a freelance science writer, and has been published in Inside Climate News,…
  • Rand Paul Exaggerates Tax Credit Fraud

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Sen. Rand Paul falsely claimed that a tax credit program for low-income workers has a “fraud rate” of 25 percent and costs taxpayers “$20 billion to $30 billion.” Paul cited a report by the Government Accountability Office, but that’s not what the report said. The earned income tax credit program had an “improper payment error rate” of 24 percent in fiscal year 2013, according to the latest GAO report. The error rate includes fraud, but also represents mistakes made by taxpayers when filing tax forms and the IRS when processing payments. The GAO…
  • Romney’s Poverty Points

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Mitt Romney said that under President Obama “there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.” That’s true, but the poverty rate — which accounts for population changes — was higher under several former presidents than it is currently. Romney, who is considering a third presidential run, made the statement while discussing income inequality at an event sponsored by the Republican National Committee. Romney, Jan. 16: Under Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse, and there are more people in poverty in America than ever…
  • The State of the Union

    Eugene Kiely
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    WCBS radio’s Wayne Cabot interviews FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Rob Farley about President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. Farley discussed these statements made by the president in his annual speech to Congress: “[O]ver the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.” The United States is “the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave.” The U.S. is the “only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee … paid maternity leave to our workers.” “[M]ore than half of…
 
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    The American Scene - Politics

  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    A long, long time ago I said on Twitter that there is a 50/50 chance that Obamacare will “destroy America.” This has been throwing Twitter maven Richard Yeselson into conniptions for literally months now so I figure some clarification is in order. Obviously I did not mean that Obamacare will cause a destructive meteor shower, or an alien invasion, or the second coming. So, what did I mean? Quite simply this: I think most observers, whatever their political outlook, would agree that there is something unique or at least different to the political economy of the United States.
  • Have I Stopped Beating My Wife?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Neoconservatives and noninterventionists look at the world from radically opposite perspectives, and unlike the realists in the middle, we have a tendency to view the world through a moralized lens. One very unfortunate tendency of this is that each side has a tendency to impugn the other’s motives, rather than his view of reality. Neoconservatives just want Iraq’s oil, or they are just White Man’s Burden 2.0. Noninterventionists think the US should cut Israel loose because seeing Jews massacred would tickle their jollies. I think noninterventionists are somewhere in the…
  • "You Can Keep Your Plan" And The Liberal Failure Of Moral Imagination

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    16 Nov 2013 | 8:11 am
    Obama lied, people lost their healthcare! I want to put forward a more generous interpretation of the “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie. Obviously in the first sense it is a lie, given that the Administration knew plans would be cancelled and pretended otherwise. But I think there’s a well-intentioned way in which the people who conceived this lie could tell themselves that it wasn’t a lie. People have focused on the second clause “you can keep your plan”, but I think the key is the first clause: “if you like your plan.” The…
  • Of course Healthcare.gov calls the liberal project into question

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    22 Oct 2013 | 5:26 am
    First of all, kudos to liberals for being reality-based. After some equivocation, most liberals have succumbed to facts and admitted that the Healthcare.gov launch is a disaster—not glitchy, but a disaster. As sure it is that the Sun rises, conservatives have pounced on the Healthcare.gov disaster to argue that it shows that the entire liberal project is made not credible. And as sure as it is that the Sun sets, liberals have responded with a chorus of “Nuh-huh!” The representative example is Matt Yglesias, who makes the facile point that bad websites notwithstanding, we…
  • Opposition Party Opposes Majority Party's Signature Policy: Will Democracy Survive???

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    16 Sep 2013 | 9:42 am
    “The only way to understand the press, Prime Minister, is to remember that they pander to their readers’ prejudices.” Jonathan Chait has a frankly bizarre piece in New York Magazine explaining to what must be a puzzled audience’s insistent question: why does the Republican Party persist in opposing Obamacare? I mean, I know they hate kittens and everything, but c’mon—healthcare! Now, off the top of my head, one reason why the Republican Party might oppose Obamacare is that it remains deeply unpopular, and that politicians tend to be responsive to public…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Jargon Busters

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Changes in the RNC's tech team; big plans for digital democracy in the UK; how people in Cuba are making their own private Internet; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Stalking

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    How the DEA tracks millions of America motorists; will the Senate enter the 21st century?; Obama veteran Jeremy Bird's role in the upcoming Israeli election; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Video Stars

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    How the White House hit a home run on YouTube post-State of the Union; why the Barrett Brown sentencing casts a chill on online security research; how media producers use Crowdtangle to optimize their Facebook audiences; and much, much more.
  • [Op-Ed] Bill Gates's Database of Global Citizens Will Not Be "Moneyball" for Activism

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    The World’s Richest Person has ideas for how to revolutionize social activism...as far as I can tell, it involves underpants gnomes.
  • First POST: Moneyballed

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    The Gates Foundation's new "global citizens" email database, and why it's a terrible idea; why young people like the NSA more than older people; using open data about NYC taxi drivers to ID Muslims; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • With The 12-Point Platform, this won't happen: College students sleeping in their cars to avoid debt

    lambert
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    Body:  This story from 2014 made my blood boil. Here it is again: Josiah Corbin spent a lot of weeknights over the past four years sleeping in his car in a Walmart parking lot. Thanks in part to his routine, the 23-year-old will graduate from the University of Maine with a biology degree, and without debt, on Saturday. Corbin, a fifth-year student who took his last exam Thursday, got a work-study job in his second year of school that kept him on campus late — sometimes past midnight. His family’s Dover-Foxcroft home is about an hour drive from the UMaine campus. Once he decided on a…
  • Noodling on intersectionality (more on the 1%, the 20%, and the 80%)

    lambert
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    Body:  Still trying to learn to sketch. However, my handwriting, bad with pen and paper, is horrific with an iPad and a stylus, so herewith a digital version of the initial assumption: Class, in other words, is "vertical"; the others are "horizontal." This is a restatement of the 80/20/1 framework discussed here. I'll try a sketch that has fewer words:
  • Hedges on 'Am. Sniper': Sentimentalizing Violence & Fascism

    libbyliberal
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    Body:  Chris Hedges in “Killing Ragheads for Jesus: On Watching 'American Sniper'” writes: The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out.
  • A Post Office Bank and the Democrats (Part II)

    lambert
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    Body:  This is the second part of a two-part post that explores the rationale for a Post Office Bank, #8 of the 12 Point Platform: 8. Post Office Bank which I started working on because I thought it would be easy, instead of doing more work on #1: A Living Wage, which entails a definition of wage labor as a social relation. Anyhow, Part I of this post was a potted history of the Post Office, and it's good I just set the bar low there with "explores," because when I wrote Part I, I didn't yet know about Save the Post Office, and so along with a lot of other excellent material I missed…
  • With the 12-Point Platform, this won't happen: Payday loan ripoffs

    lambert
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:26 am
    Body:  [I've sworn off reacting to the news on a daily basis, because it keeps me reactive, and that's a distraction from the 12 Point Platform, which is what I really want to work on, am working on, and is a book-length effort. However, the "theory of everything" posts to back up each point take a lot of work, as chapters in books do, and the consequent absence of posting doesn't keep the hot air balloon at the altitude I prefer, i.e., not crashing into the ground. So, I'll try to react to the news at least once daily, but framing the post so that it advances the 12 Points. New…
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    Attytood

  • Kenney do it?

    Will Bunch
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Jim Kenney looks to enter the Philadelphia mayor's race -- and give liberal voters a place to go.
  • Waving goodbye to 'Kumbaya MLK'

    Will Bunch
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:34 pm
    What this weekend's marches to reclaim the more radical Martin Luther King matter.
  • The Kane Scrutiny...outsourced

    Will Bunch
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    What do we make of Kathleen Kane's woes?
  • Buy this book

    Will Bunch
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    A top lawyer's plea for environmental justice in America.
  • Free to be -- and to not be -- Charlie

    Will Bunch
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Free speech also means the right not to promote ideas that you don't believe in
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Let’s get it on

    susie
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Marvin Gaye: Bookmark It
  • Maybe so maybe no

    susie
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
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    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
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  • Bye bye Andrew

    susie
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    There was a lot (most) we didn’t agree on, but he was basically a decent sort (except when he got caught up in 9/11 hysteria and called anti-war bloggers “the fifth column”) and he did his best for his readers, I think. And I know exactly what he means. Blogging takes a lot out of you, both physically and mentally — at least, blogging on a daily basis for more than ten years does. So I wish him the best. How do I say goodbye? How do I walk away from the best daily, hourly, readership a writer could ever have? It’s tough. In fact, it’s brutal. But I know you will…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Crowdfunder: Creating awareness of Colorado River’s water quality with camera-less photos

    Latina Lista
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    LatinaLista — Campaign: Water Flow: Under the Colorado River Water Flow: Under the Colorado River, captures the essence of water from below the surface on one of the most important rivers in the United States. The concept of water quality in the Southwestern United States, and the inherent alchemy that occurs as a result of it, are the foundation of videographer Kathleen Velo’s current work. The Colorado River is a direct water source of her most recent work. To make the camera-less photographic images, Velo goes into the water, long after dark, and submerges color photographic paper.
  • Preserving Latino History in Dallas

    Latina Lista
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    By Geoff Montes PreservationNation In Dallas, the ethnic enclave once known as Little Mexico has undergone a rapid shift in the 21st century. The nearby American Airlines Center — home of the Dallas Mavericks — opened in 2001, ushering in an era of change; real estate developers gobbled up what was left of the single-family housing stock and began erecting market-rate condominiums and office towers. Real estate agents have sleekly rebranded the neighborhood as “Uptown,” a rare walkable area in the auto-centric city. But the hundred-year-old Pike Park — a four-acre green…
  • High school students get early college start via pursuit of STEM careers

    Latina Lista
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    By Lea Thompson La Prensa SAN ANTONIO — “Failure is not permanent,” Joseph Coppola, a speech teacher at Harlandale ISD STEM Early College High School told his new students on Tuesday. Despite it being the first day of class, Coppola skipped the usual classroom icebreakers in favor of watching a short TED (Technol­ogy, Entertainment and Design) Talk video by Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth. The video analyzes the role of grit, or perseverance in leading a successful life. Coppola and Duckworth argued that success was not determined by talent or natural intelligence, but rather by how much work…
  • 2014 record-breaking year for exonerations with many found to be no-crime cases

    Latina Lista
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    LatinaLista — In 2014, something was heating up across the United States and, for a change, we’re not talking about the climate. It turns out last year was a record-breaker — for exonerations. A new report by the National Registry of Exonerations found that there were 125 exonerations in 2014. It may not sound like much but considering there were only 91 in both 2012 and 2013, the increase in cases highlights a promising trend. The National Registry says total exonerations, since 1989, now stand at 1,535. Yet as encouraging as this number is, the reason why there is such a large…
  • Peru: Madre de Dios citizens spot uncontacted tribes

    Latina Lista
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week Last December a group of the tribe entered an Amazonian community leading to their evacuation. In Madre de Dios a native community spotted a group of uncontacted tribes with bows and arrows last Wednesday causing continued concern for safety and health. Last Wednesday a villager of the Machiguenga Shipetiari community in the province of Manu in Madre de Dios saw two Mascho-Piro Indians outside of their usual territory. Local Rufina Rivera spotted the two Indians and immediately sought local authorities and went to the health center of the village. Following the…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • We Dodged Icy Doom. Let’s Gripe.

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Whether they prepare for too little snow or too much, politicians can be assured of our unhappiness.
  • Czar Putin’s Next Moves

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Is anyone paying attention to the awful things President Vladimir Putin of Russia is doing to Ukraine, not to mention his own country?
  • Reducing Our Obscene Level of Child Poverty

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A new report on our nation’s “moral disgrace” reminds us that allowing child poverty to remain this widespread costs more than eliminating it would.
  • How to Leave a Mark

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Impact investing is perhaps the most promising new development tool. Young people just getting started and older business gurus alike should consider it.
  • Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking?

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You wouldn’t discover the correct answer from reading the latest study on e-cigarettes.
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • When Democratists Blame America

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Elliott Abrams makes an extremely simplistic link between U.S. foreign policy and the newest Freedom House rankings: What is the relationship between these unhappy trends and American foreign policy? Complex question, to be sure, but the regression in freedom and the decline in perceived American power overlap. Moreover, the decline in freedom and the decline in perceived U.S. government interest in advancing freedom also overlap. Hard to believe all this is coincidence. Having admitted that the question is complex, Abrams then gives the most predictable and convenient answer possible. One…
  • Israel and the “Jacksonians”

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Peter Beinart reminds us why the term “Jacksonian” is misleading when talking about foreign policy attitudes: To hear Netanyahu criticized so bluntly on Fox, the conservative bastion where Israel is usually above reproach, is remarkable. Even more intriguing is the nature of that criticism. Wallace and Smith aren’t angry at Bibi for being hawkish; Wallace flatly agrees that Iran represents an “existential threat.” They’re angry at him for being insolent. For decades now, Netanyahu has alienated American progressives. With this incident, he’s alienated some American…
  • What Rubio Revival?

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    The recent Koch-sponsored gathering in California has reportedly given Rubio a small boost: In an informal straw poll of some conference donors, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida came out ahead of four other would-be GOP presidential candidates who had been invited, according to an attendee familiar with the results. This news has prompted some premature speculation that Rubio is enjoying a comeback inside the GOP. Even if the results of this informal poll are reliable, it doesn’t tell us very much. If the donors that attended this event are supposed to be libertarian-leaning, some of them…
  • Obama, Modi, and U.S.-Indian Relations

    Daniel Larison
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Richard Weitz remarks on the results of the president’s recent visit to New Delhi: Of course, while building long-term diplomatic capital is important, leaders do need some near-term results to keep the relationship from stalling, as it had during Obama’s first term. In this regard, the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, whose details have yet to be released, has apparently created a state-backed insurance scheme to overcome Western companies’ concerns about India’s unlimited liability law for nuclear operators in the country. It also reportedly resolved the problem…
  • The U.S.-Israel Relationship and “Reckless Driving”

    Daniel Larison
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Jeffrey Goldberg declares Netanyahu’s speech in March to be a “disaster” for him and Israel. Towards the end of his article he says something rather odd: It is immaterial whether an Israeli prime minister finds an American president agreeable or not. A sitting president cannot be written off by a small, dependent ally, without terrible consequences [bold mine-DL]. That is the way one would expect things to work between a patron and a client, but I have yet to see any sign that there will be any “terrible consequences” to follow. Netanyahu’s stunt may…
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    TIME

  • Check Out the President’s New Airplane

    Eliana Dockterman
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A Boeing 747-8 will be the next Air Force One, the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday. The latest version of the jumbo jet, which can be refueled in midair and even serve as a command center, will replace the Boeing VC-25 as the President’s official plane. The incumbent President Barack Obama won’t be able to command the newer, more fuel efficient and technologically advanced ride, however, since the first one will not be delivered until 2018 and will then have to undergo five years of testing before it carries the leader of the free world. Boeing has been the only provider of…
  • Military Chiefs ‘Prep the Battlefield’ for Biggest Pentagon Budget Request Ever

    Mark Thompson
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The White House will be seeking $534 billion to run the Pentagon next year when it sends its 2016 budget request to Congress on Monday. That would be—despite the cries we keep hearing from assorted generals—the largest Pentagon budget in history. That’s because President Obama is ignoring the budget caps imposed by the legislative legerdemain known as sequestration: he will ask Congress (which, along with the President, imposed those caps in 2011) for $34 billion more than sequestration allows (there’s another $51 billion in the request, exempt from the caps, for…
  • Republicans Look to Gain on Obama’s Education Blunder

    Alex Rogers
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    On Tuesday, President Obama dropped his proposal to reform popular college savings plans. On Wednesday, Republicans wouldn’t let him hear the end of it. “I’m not sure why President Obama would have sought to undermine them in the first place, but it’s certainly good to see the President coming around to Republicans’ pro-middle class view on this matter,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the chamber floor. “What crazy tax hike scheme will the White House dream up next,” tweeted House Speaker John Boehner. “Well, that must have…
  • Rapper 2 Chainz is Serious About Running for Mayor

    Maya Rhodan
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Rapper Tauheed Epps, better known by his stage name 2 chainz, is apparently mulling a run for mayor of his hometown, College Park, Ga. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Epps—whose hits include “I Luv Dem Strippers” and “No Lie”—Epps said that he was seriously considering a run. “I am looking forward to running at the end of this year or next year. [I’m] waiting to see if I meet all of the qualifications!” the Grammy-nominated artist told the paper Interest in Epps’ political ambitions peaked earlier this week…
  • Watch How the AK-47 Came to Be ‘Made In America’

    Salima Koroma
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    In early 2015, a U.S.-based company got the green light to start producing what is perhaps the world's most recognizable assault rifle
 
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    The Brody File

  • Newt Gingrich Proclaims: We're At War With Radical Islam...And We're Losing!

    David Brody
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Newt Gingrich says we are at war with radical Islam…and he’s right. Watch his speech at the Freedom Summit in Iowa below. He says, “The United States today is losing the war with radical islamists.” And President Obama has a “pathological incapacity to deal with reality.” Gingrich is calling on major congressional hearings related to radical Islam. More here.
  • Bobby Jindal Tells Brody File: "Islam Has A Problem"

    David Brody
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Governor Bobby Jindal tells The Brody File that, “Islam has a problem” and that Islamic terrorists are, “fools” who, “are going straight to hell.” The Brody File interviewed Jindal Friday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Watch the clip below. Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File David Brody: The President says these (Islamic terrorists) are just a few lone rangers out there, that this is not what Islam teaches. Do you thing he is discounting this a little bit too much?” Governor Jindal: “ I think two things.  I think it is odd. If you listen to the State of the Union,…
  • Brody File Exclusive: Pastors Mobilizing: Getting Ready to Run for Office in 2016

    David Brody
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Watch The Brody File report from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the crew reports exclusively on a private pastors training meeting as many get set to run for political office. It’s the Lord’s army at work. The experience was called the Issachar Training Event arranged by the American Renewal Project. The men of Issachar are mentioned in the Bible. They were, “men who understood the times.” (1 Chronicles 12:32) The Brody File has this behind the scenes look. This is the beginning stage of what very well could be a turning point in American politics. Included in this report is part of my…
  • Exclusive: Bobby Jindal Tells Brody File: Stop Hyphenated-American Titles

    David Brody
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Governor Bobby Jindal tells The Brody File that hyphenated American titles need to be a thing of the past. ““ I don’t want to discriminate based on the color of one’s skin or race,” Jindal tells me. “One of the things we can all do is instead of calling ourselves “hyphenated- Americans”, African- Americans, Irish- Americans, Italian- Americans, Asian Americans…we are all Americans.” The Brody File interviewed Jindal Friday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Watch the clip below. Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File Governor Bobby Jindal: “ I don’t want to…
  • Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy To Brody File: “The liberal media keep me in business because they are so bad.”

    David Brody
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    On this week’s Brody File show, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy sits down with us to discuss the success of his media empire. As for why Newsmax has been so successful, Ruddy quips: “The liberal media keep me in business because they are so bad.” Recently, The Brody File crew visited Newsmax headquarters in South Florida. Watch part of the interview below. Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Doot, doot, doot, lookin’ out my front door

    Lowry Heussler
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    IMG_0210 The view from Cambridge, MA. Complete travel ban. No cars, MBTA shut down. Cormet and I think it’s great. Last night the corner grocery looked like a going-out-of-business sale. Neighbors were happily trading items (“Wait, you have kids! You need the last rotisserie chicken!”). My friend Bill, learning to bake bread, came to my door with a hot baguette wrapped in a tea towel. Later today my neighbors and I will descend on the street with the snowblower and lots of shovels. I have snow pants, so I’m hoping the kids across the street aren’t too jaded to…
  • Britain Bounces Back

    Keith Humphreys
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    The latest employment figures from the U.K. shows that it continues to roughly mirror the U.S.’s trajectory in job growth. Unemployment is at a 6 1/2 year low. source: tradingeconomics.com As a falling unemployment rate does not necessarily mean that more people are working, it is worth noting that more Britons have jobs at this moment than at any time in the nation’s history. Wages are also up, both in real and nominal terms. Count me unsurprised about the British resurgence. Three years ago, when many pundits were pronouncing Britain dead in the water (after all — they…
  • E-health for the world’s rural poor

    James Wimberley
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The British microprocessor design giant ARM has tweeted 15 predictions for 2015. Some of them are incomprehensible geekspeak: “Benchmark data will shift end-user choice to purpose-optimized servers versus monolithic approaches”. But not this: Mobile operators will deploy smartphone services as de facto healthcare for rural areas. How should they know? ARM just makes and licenses processor designs. Licensees incorporate them in complex chips (SOCs); the licensees’ customers incorporate the SOCs in gadgets; the gadgets are sold to final customers. It’s a long chain. But…
  • Reflections on Faith and Death from a Recently Deceased Friend

    Keith Humphreys
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Dr. Ernest Kurtz, author of the definitive history of Alcoholics Anonymous and many other fine books, passed away this week. We used to write each other regularly, and I am glad I saved his letters so that I could re-read them this week. At the time of our correspondence (1993-1997), I was a hospice volunteer and he was a former priest, which helps explain why many of our letters were about faith and death. It was an interesting experience to read what a friend who died a few days ago said about his mortality, 20 years in advance of the event. Here are three brief excerpts that struck me,…
  • Congress meddles in DC cannabis policy. Bad move. Good results?

    Mark Kleiman
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    No, Congress shouldn’t have meddled in DC home rule by blocking the city from legalizing cannabis on the alcohol model. But the result is to leave in place the “Grow and Give” system the Washington voters approved. On its merits, that system deserves a trial, and we should watch the results closely
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Iowans split as House approves bill on gas exports

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    The new Republican-controlled Congress continues to prioritize legislation desired by the oil and gas sector. Today the U.S. House approved by 277 votes to 133 a bill to "expedite the federal approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports," Timothy Cama and Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill. Under the bill, the Energy Department would have 30 days to review an application, starting from when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission completes its environmental review for a project. [...] "There is no backlog or delay at the [Department of Energy] to speak of," said Rep. Frank…
  • House passes package of bills on human trafficking

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Yesterday and today the U.S. House passed two batches of bills aimed at curbing human trafficking. All four Iowans were present as representatives approved some bills by voice vote and others by unanimous roll-call votes. Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill on January 26, One of the bills passed by voice vote, H.R. 515, would require the Department of Homeland Security to notify foreign countries when a registered sex offender travels abroad. It would further formally request notification from foreign governments when a known child sex offender is trying to enter the U.S. [...] Another…
  • Branstad hospitalized over "seasonal illness"

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    Governor Terry Branstad's office released this statement in the early afternoon: Gov. Branstad fell ill at an event today at DuPont Pioneer. An ambulance was called and he was transported to Methodist hospital in Des Moines. The governor was conscious and alert during the transport to the hospital. The governor had been suffering from the effects of a cold for a couple of days. More details will be provided as they become available. WHO-TV reported, "A witness said the governor had been slurring his words during his remarks and then was in physical discomfort and moaning as staff assisted."…
  • Someone should investigate state's role in Iowa's health insurance coop failure

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    What has seemed likely since Christmas Eve was confirmed on Friday: Iowa's non-profit health insurance coop is liquidating. At the end of this post, I've enclosed the e-mail CoOportunity Health members received on January 23. Members are strongly encouraged to enroll in other health insurance before February 15, the end of 2015 Open Enrollment under the federal health care reform law. In Iowa, only Coventry now sells policies through the exchange, allowing eligible people to receive federal tax subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance. CoOportunity Health was created to sell individual,…
  • 2015 RAGBRAI route announced: Another northern trip

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    A few minutes ago, the Des Moines Register announced the 2015 route for the Register's Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). None of the ten most-guessed overnight towns are on this year's ride; many people wrongly predicted a southerly route after last year's northern passage. Instead, most of the route will traverse northern Iowa again this year, until the last two nights in Coralville and Davenport. Muscatine boosters, buoyed by unsubstantiated rumors, will have to hope for next year. A 15-mile gravel loop will be an option for riders on July 20, added this year to honor the memory of…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Political Correctness is a Political Act

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Collectively, we're bored, which is why everyone and his brother is weighing in on Jonathan Chait's new piece on political correctness. Here, for example, is Jia Tolentino writing at Jezebel: It is surely not lost on Jonathan Chait that the loudest critics of political correctness have as a matter of tradition been the people who are most accustomed to speaking in whatever manner pleases them without facing social correction—which is to say white men, a group that also often reads being named as such as a hysterical insult proper, despite there being no historical disenfranchisement…
  • Andrew Cuomo Gets Kicked in the Nuts

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    I had already planned to write a little bit about Andrew Cuomo, who has been reliably reported to be a major dickhead (via Atrios, check out how Cuomo fucked New York City by shutting down the subway yesterday). We all know how Mario's idiot bastard son has given the republicans de facto control of the state senate, and Daily Kos has relentlessly hammered the Working Families Party for buying his promises. We have also learned plenty about Andy's ethics when he shut down his own ethics commission the minute it started looking at Hizzoner himself. But in the wake of Sheldon Silver's arrest for…
  • Stay Classy, NFL

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    This is much more important than deflated footballs, people. The threat of fines has not deterred Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch from grabbing his crotch after scoring touchdowns. But the threat of a 15-yard penalty might. The NFL wants Lynch to know that officials will be on the lookout and ready to assess a 15-yard penalty if Lynch does it again. NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that the Seahawks have been warned that if Lynch makes an obscene gesture at any time during Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks will be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike…
  • Casual Observation

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    We're doomed. Discuss
  • A Rapist as the Face of the NFL

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    If you’re looking for information on the upcoming NFL draft, there are few places better than DraftTek. Currently, they have the Tennessee Titans, who own the second pick in the first round, taking Florida quarterback and former national champion and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Here’s their rationale (emphasis mine): It’s still early in the off-season process, so it’s tough to see if Tennessee believes Zach Mettenberger is the quarterback of the future, or if the team will look in another direction, especially since they are sitting in the top two picks,…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Excerpt: ‘Guantanamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

    ABC News
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    'Guantanamo Diary' Excerpted from the book GUANTANAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Diary and annotated diary copyright © 2015 by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Introduction and notes copyright © 2015 by Larry Siems. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company. Chapter One Jordan-Afghanistan-GTMO July 2002- February 2003 The American Team Takes Over…Arrival at Bagram…Bagram to GTMO…GTMO, the New Home… One Day in Paradise, the Next in Hell _____________, [redacted] July __, [redacted] 2002, 10 p.m.* The music was off. The conversations of the guards…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

    ABC News
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Alex Wong/Getty Images This Sunday, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Plus, as the 2016 GOP field begins to take shape, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal comes to “This Week” Sunday. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Sara Fagen, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.”…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Terror Flashpoint

    ABC News
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters This Sunday, as anti-terror raids sweep across Europe in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, we go one-on-one with the director of Europol Rob Wainwright, only on “This Week.” Plus, as the GOP field for 2016 begins to take shape, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee comes to “This Week” to discuss his new book, “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and…
  • Excerpt: ‘God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,’ by Mike Huckabee

    ABC News
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Cover, 'God, Guns, Grits and Gravy' by Mike Huckabee Excerpted from GOD, GUNS, GRITS AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. Introduction : The three major “nerve centers” of our culture are New York City, Washington,  D.C.,  and Los Angeles. The nation’s finance and fashion center is New York City; D.C.  is the epicenter of American politics and government; and Los Angeles is the nexus for enter- tainment,  whether movies, television, or music. They are the…
  • Attorney General Eric Holder: David Petraeus Investigation Will Be Handled Fairly

    Benjamin Bell
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Attorney General Eric Holder said today the ongoing investigation into former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus over classified information he allegedly shared with his biographer and former lover Paula Broadwell would be conducted fairly, even as details of the investigation appeared to have leaked to The New York Times. Following the report, Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a mutual statement: “It is a shameful continuation of a pattern in which leaks by unnamed sources have marred this investigation in contravention to fundamental fairness. No…
 
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • 64% Want Congress to Save Obamacare From SCOTUS

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Sometime this spring, the five conservative political hacks on the Supreme Court will rule in King v. Burwell to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act's benefit exchanges by ruling that a literal reading of the statute only requires taxpayer-paid subsidies to those enrollees in states that set up their own exchanges. This would immediately eliminate the subsidies for millions of enrollees in predominantly red states whose governors and legislatures intentionally dumped this responsibility upon the federal government. Interestingly enough, when this happens, and trust me it will happen, almost…
  • We Should Have Known About the War in Pakistan

    paradox
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    In the movie Stripes, circa 1981, actor Bill Murray is exhorting his fellow soldiers to rally to the flag, hitch up the testicles and their packs and hustle up some rifle sweat because, well, hell, the greatness of America! “We’re 10-1!” He happily exhorts to them, the wry joke being we can finally admit failure and loss in Vietnam, even if our violent, jingoistic societal elements still won’t admit it for 1812. 35 times we have spun around the sun since, and what would Bill Murray proclaim our proud score to be now? The first Gulf War, a tepid win, only to be followed by losses in…
  • A Prime Example

    Deacon Blues
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    The Texas electorate deserves these type of idiots. Thanks to GOP gerrymandering and the collective IQ of the Republican base, this guy safely wins his seat by 25-point margins. And he's just one of many that are given too much power in John Boehner's House GOP caucus. But then Boehner himself is about to hold the Department of Homeland Security budget hostage at a critical time unless Obama agrees to major changes in immigration policy, demanding things Boehner himself doesn't have the guts to put in a standalone GOP immigration reform bill. So what really is the difference between the GOP…
  • Friday Quick Hits

    Deacon Blues
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Some items to chew on for the weekend: Keystone Pipeline Of course the House GOP rushed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline today, with almost 30 House Democratic votes along for the ride. It now goes to the Senate next week, where Mitch McConnell safely predicts it will pass there as well, again, with perhaps a half-dozen Democratic votes along for the ride. Politically, there's nothing noteworthy about this. These House and Senate Democrats are making safe votes, knowing that Boehner and McConnell lack the necessary votes at this time to override Obama's eventual veto. Once Obama vetoes the…
  • What You Liberals Should Do About Keystone Pipeline

    paradox
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    I’m always interested when a professional journalist opines about what we liberals should do with a particular political strategy, tactical study is always worthy and perhaps a precious grain of truth will be discovered in the murk. Unfortunately in this case the thesis—that liberals could easily make significant climate change policy progress by using Keystone as a bargaining chip—is rife with misperception, obscured political realities and lousy tactics, so a rebuttal is necessary. Keystone is merely a pipeline among many in a vast network of carbon fuel distribution, yes, but…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics

    CrashCourse
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics In which Craig Benzine introduces a brand new Crash Course about U.S. Government and Politics! This course will provide you with an overview of how the government of the United States is supposed ... From: CrashCourse Views: 186661 11307 ratings Time: 06:47 More in Education
  • How Powerful Is Australia?

    TestTube
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Powerful Is Australia? Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml Australia may have the largest military in Oceania, but how does it measure up with the world at large? Is the nation a g... From: TestTube Views: 118267 2777 ratings Time: 03:28 More in Science & Technology
  • Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso.

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    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. From: DrossRotzank Views: 1793877 145465 ratings Time: 05:46 More in Entertainment
  • Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People

    CGP Grey
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People CGP GREY HOODIE: http://goo.gl/Gypvhx Read about why you might want email from me: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/the-professional-sharer Discuss this video: ht... From: CGP Grey Views: 542651 19956 ratings Time: 01:36 More in Education
  • Asian Responses to Imperialism: Crash Course World History #213

    CrashCourse
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Asian Responses to Imperialism: Crash Course World History #213 In which John Green teaches you about Imperialism, but not from the perspective of the colonizers. This week John looks at some Asian perspectives on Imperia... From: CrashCourse Views: 397951 8625 ratings Time: 12:55 More in Education
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    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lakeshore Cafe Oakland Has Best Breakfast A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Oakland Restaurants Hurt By Minimum Wage Plan A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Oakland Restaurants Hurt By Minimum Wage Plan - YouTube Oakland Restaurants Hurt By Minimum Wage Plan. Even though it does not take effect until March, the plan to increase the minimum wage in Oakland is already hurting many Oakland restaurants. One person I talked to had to raise his food prices and with just a one dollar per main item jump he lost custo No Marshawn Lynch…
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  • Prescription medicines: asking the right questions to keep you informed

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Prescription medicines: asking the right questions to keep you informed This week is National Drug Facts Week (January 26th-February 1st), and in partnership with The American Recall Center, I’d like to highlight some key tips for better understanding the prescription medicine you’ve been prescribed. It’s not uncommon for people to leave their medical appointment without genuinely understanding why they’ve been given a prescription, and/or how it will work or feel if taken regularly. As a mental health provider I may help people explore the possibility of taking a medicine to help…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Boehner’s treason. Is the Speaker of the House loyal to US?

    William Boardman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court…. – United States Constitution, Article III, section 3 Inviting a hostile head of state to challenge the U.S. President from the shelter of the U.S. Congress may not rise to the level of “levying war” in the literal sense. But it is surely an act of virtual war that recklessly raises the stakes of drawing the…
  • Clint Eastwood’s films aren’t political. I think people miss this

    Bob Morris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    American Sniper, like many of Clint Eastwood’s movies, is about murky choices concerning violence when the line between right and wrong isn’t clear at all. His movies let viewers make their own decisions, are not overtly political, focus on the personal, on the lives of those involved, and yes, on payback. Unforgiven, High Plains Drifter, and Pale Rider are about flawed, violent men who use violence to stop nasty, corrupt violent men. He said of High Plains Drifter “it’s just an allegory … a speculation on what happens when they go ahead and kill the sheriff and…
  • Yanis Varoufakis, new Greeek Finance Minister, is genuine radical. Good

    Bob Morris
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    May Greece and Varoufakis now do what Iceland did, repudiate the debt and jail some banksters. The purpose of the forced austerity in Greece is to bail out German banks and has nothing to do with helping Greece. Renegotiating bond debt is common when borrowers can’t msake payments – except when mostly insolvent banks knowingly bought garbage debt and need to pretend the bonds will still be repaid. Varoufakis says: “Europe in its infinite wisdom decided to deal with this bankruptcy by loading the largest loan in human history on the weakest of shoulders, the Greek taxpayer. What…
  • Parowan Gap, UT. 700 year old petroglyphs

    Bob Morris
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Parowan Gap Parowan Gap petroglyphs Sunset at the solstices lines up perfectly with the naturally created Parowan Gap. Indians believed the area was sacred. Petroglyphs are on the rocks, no one is quite sure what they meant. They might have been travel markers, calendars, reminders when to plant, or something else.
  • Bad craziness in Libya, Yemen, Ukraine, coming to Saudi Arabia

    Bob Morris
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    RIA Novosti / Natalia Seliverstova,Donetsk International Airport. Image from Facebook by Vyacheslav Gumennuy We are going through extraordinarily unsettled times. US interference in Libya and Yemen certainly helped create the chaos in those countries. No one in Ukraine appears to be paying much attention to what the US says or tries to do. And the thug kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now becoming encircled by unfriendly insurgencies. Libya central bank branch in Benghazi has been seized by insurgents. There are multiple warring groups of insurgents and the government is apparently non-functional.
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Coming to a PC Near You

    indianaoracle
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Prediction:  This POTUS is going to attempt to put the internet under government control and bureaucracy.  Make it a federally controlled entity. If your response to that prediction is serious doubt, read on. What follows is the Takeover Playbook, Signals: Taking Over the Internet, Who Benefits, and Who is Potentially Hurt. Right now activity around […]
  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

    indianaoracle
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Along with many, many others I am not a fan of companies such as Bank of America or Citibank, and think even less of the insurance industry. However, while it makes great theatre for the left, there are some problems with the populous bail out blather being peddled by the likes of “Liz” Warren around […]
  • Social Justice: Walmart and McDonalds – Business Economics for Laymen

    indianaoracle
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    If you pay attention to tv news at all, you have heard time and again about workers demonstrating/striking for higher wages, higher benefits, etc. There is nothing wrong with this and there are circumstances where such complaints are justified. But there many examples of such actions putting companies out of business or forcing unacceptable tax […]
  • The Ferguson Hustle

    indianaoracle
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Ferguson has a population of around 21,000 of which 13,400 are black.  I am not going to comment on the racial issues of Ferguson, but rather on what the media is covering: riots. The rioting will stop when the locals no longer support imported professional agitators and anarchists.  The media is covering the riots, but […]
  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

    indianaoracle
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This posting is generally crafted as it would be inside the military. It covers: Evangelizing Western Philosophical and Social Conceits;  Crusading and Hegemony in the Middle East; Middle East Hegemony Today; What To Do About ISIS; Analysis; Summary. It is written in blunt, direct terms so it is an equal opportunity offender. Evangelizing Western Philosophical […]
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  • Meet & Manage Government Mandates For Your Fleet Optimization Goals

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Today's state and local government fleet managers have it tougher than ever. Shrinking tax dollars are putting the squeeze on fleet budgets. Many states are calling for fleet reductions of 10 percent or more.In this eBook learn how to:Optimize vehicle utilizationReduce unauthorized useReplace vehiclesImprove routing efficiency, and much moreAchieve significant operational improvements that help lower costs and optimize fleet performance. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!Request Free!
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • Nordic Special: What's in a Word? Turns out a lot

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    IP Troll Tracker Stephanie Kennedy, is the CEO of 898 data, for the last 5 years she has optimized large data sets and developed custom software for clients to track their information to help them make insightful business decisions. She has over 20 years experience dealing with patent assertion and litigation consulting. Since 2001, Stephanie has made it her mission to track and take down IP Trolls, ahead of her talk at the Nordic IPR Summit in 2015,Stephanie exclusively reports on the impact IP Trolls are having on the Nordic region.Request Free!
  • Nordic Special: The 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Understanding the do's and don'ts of intellectual property can be a tricky business in the ever-shifting, modern, global legal environment. For this reason we spoke with intellectual property experts including Joakim Hammarsjö, Managing Director at Sandvik Intellectual Property AB and Magnus Johansson, Corporate Intellectual Property Counsel at Kongsberg Automotive to compile a list of the 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR.Request Free!
 
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    Bob McCarty

  • Former Blogger Offers Sarcastic ‘Thank You’ to Sullivan

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    After reading today about Andrew Sullivan informing his readers about his decision “to stop blogging in the near future,” I feel obligated to offer him a belated “thank you” for the sarcastic honor he conferred upon me a few years back. Why? Because I can relate to Sullivan on at least one level. You see, a few months after my blog had climbed to #82 on the February 2010 list of Top 100 Conservative Blogs, I gave up blogging full-time. Perhaps, it was the stress of living in a non-stop news cycle, but I decided to focus my time and attention on writing books —…
  • Challenger Disaster Recalled 29 Years Later

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Twenty-nine years ago today, I was a young Air Force second lieutenant attending the Public Affairs Officer Course at the Defense Information School, then located at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. During a break from morning classes, I gathered with a dozen or so of my classmates from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps in front of a breakroom television to watch the Space Shuttle Challenger launch. Back then, shuttle launches were still big events. None of us imagined what would happen before our eyes. The Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training Jan. 9, 1986, at…
  • 29th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster Wednesday

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    In this space tomorrow, I’ll share my recollections of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that took place 29 years ago, on Jan. 28, 1986. Be sure to check it out! This photograph of the space shuttle Challenger accident Jan. 28, 1986, was taken by a 70mm tracking camera at UCS 15 south of Pad 39B, at 11:39:16.795 EST. (NASA photo) For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same.  To learn how to order signed copies, click…
  • Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes; Scientific Study Supports Findings of Nonfiction Book, The Clapper Memo

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    As an author who traveled to Orlando recently to speak to law enforcement investigators from around the world about my book on credibility assessment technologies, I was intrigued by the findings of a recent scientific study about why innocent people confess to crimes. The findings, highlighted in the Discovery News video below, seem to support what I uncovered during the exhaustive four-year investigation upon which my book is based. The study, published Jan. 15 under the title, “Constructing Rich False Memories of Committing Crime,” was conducted by researchers Julia Shaw of the…
  • Author Finds Uncashed Check in Box of Memories!

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    On Sunday, I found a check — dated Sept. 14, 1970, and payable to yours truly that appears to have never been cashed — and decided to look up the bank online to see if I might be able to cash it today.  I was astounded by what I discovered. I found this check while rummaging through a box of old photos recently acquired from my parents. After finding the check while rummaging through the contents of a box full of memories given to me by my 90-year-old parents recently as part of their never-ending effort to downsize, I went online and ran a Google search for the exact phrase,…
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    Hit & Run

  • School Made 11-Year-Old Girls Pull Down Their Pants for Disgusting Inspection

    Robby Soave
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Parents are furious with administrators at a public school in Gustine, Texas, after learning that their kids were subjected to a partial strip-search and a humiliating, feces-related inspection. School officials a Gustine Elementary routinely find that the gym floor has been smeared with human waste, and in an effort to unmask the culprit they went way too far. Boys were sent to one room, girls to another—and then administrators ordered both groups to pull down their pants. One parent told myfox8.com that the officials were checking  "to see if they could find anything," pertaining to the…
  • Inspector General Pissed Over TSA Censorship of Critical Report

    J.D. Tuccille
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    On January 16, the John Roth, the Department of Homeland Security' Inspector General, released part of a report critical of the Transportation Security Administration's "security controls over the servers, routers, switches, and telecommunications circuits comprising the DHS information technology" at John F. Kennedy International Airport. I say "part" of a report, because the TSA censored key parts of the document becasue, it seems, they were embarrassing. The move so ticked off Roth, that he has since publicly excoriated the bureaucracy for abuse of its power to smother criticism. The…
  • Colorado Legislator Seeks to Abolish Civil Forfeiture

    Jacob Sullum
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In my syndicated column and my Forbes column last week, I worried that widespread exaggeration of Eric Holder's recently announced changes to the Justice Department's forfeiture policy could undermine the prospects for more ambitious reforms. Here is an example of how that might happen. A Colorado legislator wants to change her state's forfeiture laws so that an owner must be convicted of a crime before his property can be confiscated. Under a bill recently introduced by state Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada), forfeiture would be allowed without a conviction only if it is "part of a settlement…
  • Why Does the New York Times See Upward Income Mobility as a Tragedy?

    Nick Gillespie
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Courtesy of Alan Vanneman (blogger, novelist, and film critic extraordinaire), comes word that The New York Times is horrified by the "shrinking middle class." The odd thing about the concern is that the Times' own research shows that fewer people are poor than they were 40-odd years ago and more people are rich. In the late 1960s, writes the Times, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year.... But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow. So here are some of the…
  • Catholic Congressman Tim Ryan on Why He No Longer Opposes Abortion

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    In a new Akron Beacon Journal op-ed, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) explains what led him from ardently opposing legal abortion to thinking the government should stay out of the issue. Since he was first elected to Congress in 2002, Rep. Ryan has supported a variety of anti-abortion legislation. Raised Catholic, "I always considered myself pro-life," he writes. But talking to more and more women about abortion, as well as becoming a father himself, changed his thinking.  These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • College Football's Epic Fail

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After years of debate about the need for a college football playoff, 2014 saw it come to fruition. However, it was not without controversy involving the members of the playoff selection committee, the criteria used to select the teams, and which four teams should have have been selected. In my opinion, the inaugural playoff was at best a screw-up in regards to the teams selected and their rankings. At worst, it appeared to have had an agenda.In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Florida State (FSU) fan, and I wrote this article based upon what I as an FSU fan perceived happened in…
  • All Lives Matter

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Incidents involving law enforcement officers and suspects have been prominent news stories during 2014. Recent incidents have brought protestors out into the streets blocking traffic and impeding the flow of commerce. In the Nashville area, protestors have even held "die ins" at local malls making it difficult for Christmas shoppers to navigate from store to store. The chants of, and signs proclaiming, "Black Lives Matter" are popping up everywhere.On Monday, I put forth a challenge to my Facebook friends. I challenged them to…
  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    *** Source ---> secexposed.wordpress.com/ article titled "Why ESPN Needs You to HATE Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles"It has been a wild and crazy past week for the Florida State Seminoles. Their QB, a magnet for controversial news ever since his stint as quarterback for the reigning national champs began last year, once again was at the top of the headlines after being suspended by FSU for a half, then a whole game, for being spotted in the student union yelling a vulgar popular online meme. While we have seen the outrage on TV and on social media forums, and even the anger…
  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Last week I received, as did many of you, a fundraising letter from the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). The letter seems to portray Clark Boyd as an anti- gun, pro-gun control candidate who is unsupportive of the Second Amendment. At the same time, it makes current, incumbent 24-year career politician State Senator Mae Beavers out to be some kind of 2ndAmendment savior. Unfortunately, for them, they are wrong on both accounts.Wanna guess what the TFA is basing their “portrayals” on? It’s based on their candidate survey that I destroyed in a previous blog post. Remember it? It’s…
 
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    The New Republic

  • Above the Law, Under the Sheets

    Sam Eifling
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Last spring, a police sergeant in Arkansas's second-biggest city, Fort Smith, noticed an affidavit that a colleague had submitted after making a prostitution arrest. The document states that the suspect met the cop at a motel, where she advised him to "get comfortable" (i.e., strip). She accepted $1
  • Was Lewis Carroll a Pedophile?

    Elizabeth Winkler
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Midway through her adventures in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon Lewis Carroll’s hookah-smoking caterpillar. He stares at her in silence for some minutes before removing the hookah from his mouth: “Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. “I—I hardly know, sir, just at present—at l
  • Obama's Nominee for Attorney General Disagrees With Him That Weed Is Safer Than Alcohol. She's Wrong.

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    On Wednesday, Loretta Lynch appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing over her nomination to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. She avoided making any comments that will threaten her candidacy, but did break from President Barack Obama on one issue: marijuana.When Senator Jef
  • Watch This Republican Senator Get Caught With His Pants Down Over Obamacare Subsidies

    Brian Beutler
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Salon’s Simon Maloy catches out Republican Senator John Barrasso—who recently claimed the Affordable Care Act “very clearl[ly]” limits subsidies to states
  • Obama Is Finally Getting Credit for the Recovery

    Danny Vinik
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The Wall Street Journal published an editorial Wednesday morning with a big claim: That jobs growth in 2014 occurred not because of the president’s policies, but despite them. “Mr. Obama is now taking
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • For the Patriots, without apology

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Inever knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on my dear New England Patriots. Having rooted over the years for Boston teams that many felt sorry for — God help us — and found psychologically interesting, it was a rush to hear MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough the other morning describe my Patriots as a “ruthless killing machine.” Wow! Read full article >>
  • E.J. Dionne: Culture wars, old and new

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The old culture war politics is dying, but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier by James Davison Hunter, a thoughtful University of Virginia sociologist.Read full article >>
  • Obama ditches his illusions about Republicans

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    “This is good news, people.”With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him. He decided to deal with the Republican Party he has, not the Republican Party he wishes he had.Read full article >>
  • What change sounds like

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.”Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration “The Right to Rise PAC,” a nice play on words emphasizing his hope for a conservative revival and his promise to put forward ideas that would help “all Americans to rise up” and “to move up the income ladder.”Read full article >>
  • How government helps the 1 percent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    You may think that government takes a lot of money from the wealthy and gives it to poor people. You might also assume that the rich pay a lot to support government while the poor pay a pittance.There is nothing wrong with you if you believe this. Our public discourse is dominated by these ideas, and you’d probably feel foolish challenging them. After Mitt Romney’s comments on the 47 percent blew up on him, conservatives have largely given up talking publicly about their “makers vs. takers” distinction. But much of the right’s rhetoric and many of its policies are still based on…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Surveillance Video Raises Questions About 17-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot By Cops At Police Station

    Judd Legum
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Kristiana Coignard CREDIT: Courtesy of Heather Robertson The Longview Police released surveillance footage capturing the final moments of Kristiana Coignard’s life. The 17-year-old was fatally shot by two police officers in the lobby of the Longview Police Department. Coignard struggled with mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder, since her mother died when she was four. She had been hospitalized twice in recent years after suicide attempts. But according to her aunt, Heather Robertson, she had been regularly seeing a counselor and taking medication since she moved in…
  • Attorney General Nominee Will Not Support Marijuana Legalization

    Carimah Townes
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock On day one of her confirmation hearing to become the country’s next Attorney General, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch took an explicit stance against marijuana legalization. When asked by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) if she supports legalization, Lynch responded “No I do not.” When Sessions probed her on President Obama’s position on marijuana, Lynch continued, “I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization nor would it be the…
  • Scotland Just Announced An Indefinite Ban On Fracking

    Emily Atkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    CREDIT: shutterstock The Scottish government has announced that it will place a temporary ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing reportedly told the country’s parliament that the ban would allow for time for the government to conduct a public health assessment on the process. The decision and rationale closely resembles that of former New York Governor David Paterson, who in 2008 imposed a moratorium on fracking in the state pending a full-scale public health study. That…
  • Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries

    Katie Valentine
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Al Behrman Many people in developing nations already face a range of challenges, including poverty, pollution, and climate change that’s helping make droughts longer and storms more intense. But according to a new study, residents of developing nations could also soon be struggling with something else: malnutrition fueled by the decline of pollinators around the world. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at dietary surveys from women and children in parts of Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, and Bangladesh. The University of Vermont and Harvard…
  • Why More Lawmakers May Start ‘Evolving’ To Support Abortion Rights

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio poses for a photo with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh A Democratic congressman is abandoning his political opposition to abortion, saying that his position on the issue has evolved after hearing personal stories from women struggling with difficult pregnancy decisions. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced his change of heart on Tuesday in an op-ed published in the Akron Beacon Journal. Ryan identifies as Catholic and previously described himself as pro-life. He has supported several pieces of anti-abortion legislation during his time in Congress…
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but what I think of myself. (J. London) — A much harder standard to achieve! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    There are no road maps. No signposts. Only wilderness. (J. Kouzes) — Take a big machete and some bug spray! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces. (Executive Speechwriter) — We need more tow trucks! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It's impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows. (Epictetus) — Admitting ignorance, step #1 on the path. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    If life were predictable it would be without flavor. (E. Roosevelt) — Variety is the spice of life, change is the sugar! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Electability Without Compromise

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    As you probably know, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the star of the Iowa Freedom Summit in Iowa last weekend, the first "cattle call" of the 2016 Republican presidential contest. A lot of accounts focused on his speaking style, or his recitation of "accomplishments" in Wisconsin. But at TPMCafe I pointed to something else that was going on: For my money, what most makes Scott Walker attractive to the kind of people who attended the Iowa Freedom Summit is his perceived electability: As he mentioned in his speech, and nearly every commenter duly repeated, he's won three elections in four…
  • How Should Dems Fight Koch Brothers' Democracy Buy-Out?

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    No one should be surprised by reports that the Koch brothers are ramping up to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 elections, nor that the amount could top $1 billion when all accounts are settled after the election. The figure does represent a substantial increase over their huge outlays for 2012 and 2014. But energy-related profits are soaring and that is their primary source of revenue. They've got the money, and there is little to stop them, thanks to the Citizens United decision. Of course Democrats and really anyone who cares about the integrity of our political system, such as it is,…
  • Creamer: GOP 'Refocusing' on Wealth Gap, Selling Brooklyn Bridge

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win, is cross-posted from HuffPo: The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class." That would be like asking the wolves of the world to stop hunting and refocus on cultivating asparagus. But, of course, McConnell didn't really mean he wanted his fellow Republicans to do something about the wealth gap. He wanted…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    A sober warning from TDS founding editor William Galston's Wall St. Journal column, "American Optimism Rebounds--Cautiously: The encouraging trends are a flashing yellow light for both parties and their 2016 campaigns": "Everything now depends on the trajectory of real wages and household incomes over the next 18 months. If they trend up noticeably, validating the current wave of optimism, we will have one kind of national election. If they do not, the Democratic nominee will be pressured to go beyond Mr. Obama's policies, the Republican nominee will have to lay out a new conservative agenda…
  • Galston: SOTU Navigated Tension Between Governing and 2016 Politics

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    The following article by TDS founding editor William Galson, author of The New Challenge to Market Democracies: The Political and Social Costs of Economic Stagnation, is cross-posted from HuffPo: As President Obama strode to the podium to deliver his 2015 State of the Union address, he had good reason to feel confident. Helped by a surge of job creation, and probably by lower gas prices as well, public satisfaction with the state of the economy and confidence in its future course had risen substantially during the past three months. Not coincidentally, so had the president's job approval.
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

    Alka Anand Singh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    11:59 am: The flypast concludes with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais. 11:58 am:  Three Su-30 MkI of No. 2 Squadron carry out a breath-taking Trishul formation over the Rajpath. The Su-30 MkI aircraft split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. 11:56 am: Five Jaguars flypast in Arrowhead formation, followed by five Mig-29s Air Superiority Fighters called the “Tridents” in Fulcrum style. 11:56 am: Trailing them is a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29 Ks and the “Globe” formation comprising…
  • Amit Shah Defends Projecting Kiran Bedi As Delhi Chief Minister

    Gautam
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    BJP today strongly denied “borrowing” Kiran Bedi to win Assembly elections in Delhi and played down the controversy over the charge that she had asked India Against Corruption movement leaders to go soft on the saffron party. “BJP has been in favour of including eminent personalities from different walks of life into the party and Kiran Bedi is one such example,” BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in Patna. To a question regarding controversy over the charge that Kiran Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption to go soft on BJP, Shah said, “India…
  • Delhi elections 2015: Confident of running Delhi govt for next 5 years : Kejriwal

    Gautam
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is confident that the voters of Delhi will give a clear verdict in this elections. Kejriwal, who answered a range of questions from readers on TOI Hangout, said that his party has a 7-point action plan for Delhi once they are voted to power. In an hour-long session, AAP chief responded to questions on several issues, and expressed confidence that AAP will be able to run government in Delhi for the next five years.Kejriwal dubbed his aide-turned-political rival, Kiran Bedi, the challenger in these elections, and said she should be the one to fight from his…
  • brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil

    Gautam
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil
  • Arvind Kejriwal: BJP Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay must explain his ties with power discoms

    Gautam
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that BJP leaders must come clean on their ties with power suppliers in Delhi. “BJP had promised a reduction of 30% in electricity bills, but it raised it twice,” Kejriwal said. Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said that BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay owns companies which installed and replaced electricity meters in Delhi. “BJP’s Satish Upadhyay and Anil Ashish Sood are shareholders in six companies. One of them had been providing services to BSES. Services include installation…
 
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  • What Failed in 2008?

    J. Bradford DeLong
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    To solve a problem requires not only knowing what to do, but also a willingness to change course if it turns out that one did not know quite as much as one thought. But the only true lesson of the 2008 financial crisis seems to be that its lessons will never truly be learned.
  • Facing Down Mental Illness

    Thomas Insel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    The global economic costs of mental illness over the next two decades will exceed the costs of cancer, diabetes, and respiratory ailments combined. With the stakes so high, the human and economic case for leaders to take mental health seriously is clearly compelling.
  • The Eurozone Needs More than QE

    Martin Feldstein
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Although the European Central Bank has launched a larger-than-expected program of quantitative easing, even its advocates fear that it may not be enough to boost real incomes, reduce unemployment, and lower governments’ debt-to-GDP ratios. They are right to be afraid.
  • The Bookies and the British Election

    Chris Patten
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    The British general election in May is too close to call, mainly owing to declining support for the two major parties, Labour and the Conservatives, and the rise of populist parties on their flanks. So, though economic recovery should benefit Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, that might not be enough to ensure victory.
  • Three Global Health Threats

    Jaime Sepulveda
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has underscored the need to strengthen health systems at both the national and global level. But, though Ebola has focused the world’s attention on systemic shortcomings, the goal must be to combat abiding epidemics that are inflicting suffering and death on populations worldwide.
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    News - AllGov

  • Dream Come True for Oil Companies: Obama Expected to Approve Drilling off Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Georgia

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    In a move likely to delight the oil and gas industry and upset environmentalists, the Obama administration plans to open up the Atlantic coast to drilling.   The decision is seen as the latest give-and-take strategy that President Barack Obama has employed to balance the interests of conservation and natural resource development. The announcement by the Department of the Interior also included a ban on drilling in some areas of Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas in an effort to please environmentalists.   The opening of oil and gas leases on the Atlantic seaboard would apply…
  • Koch Brothers Unveil Plan to Outspend Political Parties in 2016 Election Campaign

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Go Big or Go Home appears to be the motto of the conservative Koch brothers when it comes to their plans for campaign spending on the 2016 presidential race.   Billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch will gather together their rich friends and collectively spend nearly a billion dollars during the next election.   At $889 million, a figure leaked this week at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, the brothers’ secretive fundraising network goal would dwarf the $657 million spent by the entire Republican Party during the 2012 election. The Koch…
  • Fracking Earthquake Responsibility Case Goes to Court

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Oklahoma’s Supreme Court will hear a potential landmark case that may further validate a linkage between fracking and earthquakes.   Two oil companies are being sued for causing an earthquake that caused the plaintiff, Sandra Ladra, to be injured. The case has serious ramifications for the oil and gas industry, which could be forced to stop using the controversial drilling procedure if the two companies are found liable.   In 2011, the town of Prague was hit by a 5.6 earthquake that damaged numerous homes, including one belonging to Ladra. The quake, the largest in Oklahoma…
  • Student Settles with Philadelphia Police after Airport Arrest for Carrying Arabic Flash Cards

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The Philadelphia Police Department has agreed to settle out of court with a college student who was arrested for trying to board a plane with Arabic flash cards.   Nick George was bound for Pomona College in 2009, carrying a set of Arabic-language flash cards and “Rogue Nation,” a book critical of President George W. Bush’s foreign policy, when he was detained at Philadelphia International Airport by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents.   TSA agents were concerned about the flash cards, and according to George, asked him: “Do you know who did…
  • Wisconsin Town in Need of Jurors Grabs People off the Street

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Walking down the street in a Wisconsin town can mea n being picked up by law enforcement and being forced to serve on a jury.   This occurred last week in Eau Claire. When Judge Michael Schumacher ran out of potential jurors for a trial, he instructed the sheriff, Ron Cramer, to round up more people. Cramer then hit the streets of the 65,000-population city, and using a little known law, ordered some residents to come with him to the courthouse. The sheriff cited the “Insufficient Jurors” statute on the books, which authorizes police to grab any local resident 18 years old…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Republicans in the AZ lege doing the Arizona two-step over transparency

    cpmaz
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings I chose “two-step” after consideration other possibilities like ” ‘do as we say, not as we do’ do-si-do” (too long for a post title), “bullshit boogie” (I try not to swear in post … Continue reading →
  • Huckabee’s vapors over women cussing tell you everything you need to know about conservatives

    Donna Gratehouse
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com Those Fox ladies and their dirty mouths got me in my manfeels! Shockingly, GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckable continues to be a gross, embarrassing buffoon. In his latest bid for attention, he expressed his shock(!) over those … Continue reading →
  • Rep. Bob Thorpe doesn’t get irony

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Ralph Waldo Emerson captured Teabagger logic perfectly: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” There is no consistency. Last November, Arizona voters foolishly approved an unconstitutional Neo-Confederate ballot measure, Proposition … Continue reading →
  • Arizona House Democrats introduce package of bills to address ‘dark money’

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    From the Arizona House Democrats blog, Dark money is shady business: Dark money is shady business. Although this type of political expenditure has been around for a long time, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates. Some reports … Continue reading →
  • About the ‘Do-Not-Call List’ for autodialed political robo-calls

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Donna Gratehouse discussed Sen. John Kavanagh’s bill SB 1196 (.pdf) to create a “Do-Not-Call List” for autodialed political robo-calls in an earlier post. See also Howard Fischer, Lawmaker wants to restrict political robocalls. I have advocated for this for several … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Welcome to the New YES! Website

    Rod Arakaki
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    The new YES! site is designed to look great on desktops, tablets, and phones. Editor’s note: This article describes our transition to a new website. However, it will take between 24 and 48 hours for all visitors to see the new site. If you're seeing this article on the old site, please check in again soon to see the new one. Today you’re seeing the result of a months-long process to present the powerful ideas and practical actions you’ve come to expect from us in a fresh, clean, accessible way. The last time we redesigned our site was in 2009. In Internet time, six years ago may as well…
  • “Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens

    Kate Aronoff
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    David Oyelowo, center, plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures. I’ll admit that Selma caught me off guard. My first thought, seeing its star, David Oyelowo, adjust his tie in the opening scene, was “That’s Dr. King.” Few movies have brought Martin Luther King Jr. to the silver screen, Ali (2001) and The Butler (2013) being the most recent exceptions. A handful of TV films and miniseries have featured depictions of King, but his life and work have seldom, if ever, received the delicate, human nuance that director Ava DuVernay and Oyelowo offer. It’s…
  • A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control

    Andy Lee Roth
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr. The school as factory was a predominant metaphor for education in the middle of the last century. Schools were to churn out young people ready for roles as workers and consumers. In current debates, the laboratory is the model, with successful education defined as controlling variables to produce desired outcomes. In Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty, Jay Gillen, a Baltimore public school teacher, vividly shows the limitations of both…
  • How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally

    Shannan Stoll
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. 1. Participatory budgeting where any resident age 16 and up can vote in: Vallejo, Calif. Just over one year after emerging from bankruptcy, the city of Vallejo, Calif., put its budgeting process into the hands of its residents. From October 2012 to early 2013, Vallejo citizens gathered in senior centers, elementary schools, and other public spaces to decide how to spend more than $3 million of their city’s tax dollars. The process, called participatory budgeting, began in Brazil in 1989 and has since spread to more than 1,500 cities worldwide. In the United States,…
  • Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead

    Alexis Goldstein
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Photo by Shutterstock. Right before 2014 came to a close, Wall Street won an enormous victory in the year-end spending bill. The so-called “CRomnibus” bill, which included language written by Citigroup lobbyists, gutted a key piece of Wall Street reform meant to prevent future bailouts of big banks with taxpayer money. Reducing a state’s need to borrow from Wall Street, public banks threaten private banks’ profits. This win came after the financial industry spent years chipping away at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which passed in 2010. Wall Street…
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    Divided Under God

  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shootings Reported Less Than 10 Minutes Apart Two people were killed and a third was injured in two shootings that were reported less than 10 minutes apart in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Tuesday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert activated in the area of Ingalls Street and Revere Avenue at 4:15 p.m., San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said. Police were told someone was shot in the 1200 block of Revere Avenue, she said. Arriving officers found a woman in her 30s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Police Identify 2 Men Arrested In Connection With Fatal Collision Police have identified two men arrested in connection with a collision Monday afternoon in East San Jose that killed a pedestrian, who was pinned against a tree, a police spokeswoman said. Gabriel Bacerra, 19, and Manual Maldonado-Avalos, 24, were both arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving causing great bodily injury, San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said. The men were each driving at high speeds west on Yerba Buena Road east of Edenwood Drive shortly after noon when they…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Medical Examiner’s Office Identifies Body Found In The Bay In Nov. As Software Developer Daniel Ha The San Francisco medical examiner’s office has identified a man found floating in the San Francisco Bay in November as Daniel Ha, who was reported missing after Halloween night, officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard and San Francisco fire crews found Ha’s body in the Bay on Nov. 11. At the time, Ha’s brother, Mark, wrote on the Facebook page, “Find Dan Ha” that while his face and body were indistinguishable, the clothes, wallet contents, and phone…
  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Black Friday Protest Supporters Pack Bart Meeting, Demand Board Drop Restitution Request Supporters of demonstrators who shut down BART service for several hours on Black Friday packed a BART board meeting Thursday and demanded the agency ask the District Attorney’s Office to rescind a request for $70,000 in restitution. On Nov. 28, more than two-dozen black activists chained themselves to two trains at the West Oakland BART station, shutting down service for more than three hours. Those arrested have since referred to themselves as the “Black Friday 14.” Over a hundred…
  • Thursday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    University Of California’s “Committee Of Two” Moves Forward The University of California’s long range planning committee recommended the formation of a select advisory committee consisting only of Governor Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano on the cost structure of the university during a meeting in San Francisco Wednesday. The full Board of Regents will vote on the matter tomorrow. If approved, the committee, which some have dubbed the “Committee of Two,” will be staffed by personnel from the Governor’s Office, the Department of Finance,…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com » Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • What’s Your Campaign Theme?

    Online Candidate
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    For political purposes, your campaign theme is basically a single message which is used to communicate an integrated political message. It should be based on a clear reason why a candidate is running for office, and backed up by an overall identity that shapes the overall campaign. The goal, of course, is to convince people to vote for you.
  • When One Domain Name Just Isn’t Enough

    Online Candidate
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Your domain name is large part of your online brand, so it's important to choose the right domain name for your political campaign or organization. Here are some times when you may want to consider using additional domain names...
  • Running for Office in 2015 – Our Takeaways

    Online Candidate
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    The online political landscape has changed significantly over the last decade. As move into 2015 and beyond, trends will continue to evolve and some new technologies will take off.
  • Top Online Candidate 2014 Posts

    Online Candidate
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As an end of the year wrap-up, we present our most popular articles of 2013. Some articles are popular year after year, but we do have a few new entrants in the list...
  • How To Raise Online Funds Like The Most Successful Candidates

    Online Candidate
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over two billion dollars was raised for the 2012 US presidential election. If you are a state or local candidate, odds are your election won't reach those numbers. However, even small campaigns can still raise significant money with a smart, aggressive strategy.
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    Politics

  • The divided left could cost Labour the election. Can Miliband recover?

    George Eaton
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    As the party has shed votes to the SNP and the Greens, the Tories have emerged in front merely by standing still. Ed Miliband during a speech on December 15, 2014 in Great Yarmouth. Photograph: Getty Images. Oppositions, it is said, don’t win elections; governments lose them. In his 2011 Labour conference speech, Ed Miliband dismissed this axiom as “a consolation prize” for “leaders that have lost”. The danger for him is that he may soon join this unhappy club. The recent run of polls showing the Tories ahead (their best performance since George Osborne’s “omnishambles” Budget…
  • Are the Tories now ahead in the polls?

    Harry Lambert
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Recent polls suggest the party may have finally moved in front. Today's quick read. Photo: Getty. This post originally appeared on May2015.com, our election site. Three pollsters – YouGov, ComRes and Survation – have now put the Tories ahead by one percentage point. This morning YouGov put them ahead by 1 for the second time (they poll five times a week). Is the party finally leading the polls, as many pundits have long expected and some forecasters have predicted? We are really in a tie, rather than a Tory lead. But that tie has gone from a Labour-leaning one to the beginnings of a…
  • Miliband won't win by telling voters how great New Labour was

    George Eaton
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Defeated parties do not regain power by fighting old battles but by convincing voters that they have changed. Ed Miliband and Tony Blair speak in Westminster Hall on March 20, 2012. Photograph: Getty Images. The demand of John Hutton and Alan Milburn's piece in today's Financial Times is a familiar one: defend our record. Ed Miliband has frequently been charged by members of the last Labour government with failing to devote sufficient time to reminding voters of the achievements of that administration. The Tories, it is said, have been given free rein to trash the party's brand. Hutton and…
  • The Syriza-ANEL alliance shows the new Greek government has one goal: ending austerity

    Theodora Oikonomides
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    After a rebuff from the Communist Party of Greece, ANEL became an unlikely coalition partner. But the deal shows Syriza's priorities. ANEL leader Panos Kammenos arrives for a cabinet meeting. Photo: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty The announcement of the composition of the new, Syriza-led government of Greece was delayed for a few hours yesterday, apparently over a spat between coalition partners Syriza and Independent Greeks (ANEL) regarding the possible appointment of ANEL’s Nikos Nikolopoulos to a cabinet position. Nikolopoulos became famous, or rather infamous, when, in August 2014, he…
  • What are the political implications of moving Trident to Wales?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Whispers of our nuclear deterrent relocating from Scotland to Wales could be a clever move by the Tories. Nuclear friction. Photo: Flickr/UK Ministry of Defence Funny that one of the biggest potential threats to a working UK government is one of the biggest symbols of our national security. Yes, Trident is rearing its ugly periscope again, as whispers around Whitehall suggest it could be relocated from Scotland to Wales. The Mail is reporting that MoD officials are secretly looking at plans to move our nuclear fleet from the Faslane naval base on the River Clyde to Milford Haven, a natural…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • LIVE: The M5S candidate for president #presidenteM5S

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    The direct streaming of the M5S gathering will be on La Cosa There’s no doubt that the M5S intends to contribute to the election of the President of the Republic, an expression of the majority of the Italian people. On 22 January we asked Renzi for a list of potential candidates so that we could put these names to our signed up members. He didn’t deign to respond. Nor did he respond when he was asked to do this by the crowds packing out Piazza del Popolo - crowds asking him to respect the spirit of the men who drew up our Constitution. At that point, as we no longer felt Renzi to be a…
  • Letter to PD parliamentarians concerning the candidates for the office of the President of the Republic

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Image: a joint session of both houses of parliament for the election of the President of the Republic Last night Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio sent the following letter to all PD parliamentarians “Dear parliamentarian of the Democratic Party, After asking your party leader, we are asking you to express your preferences in relation to candidates for the office of President of the Republic. The names put forward by PD parliamentarians will be put to the signed up members of the M5S for an online vote in the next few days. We believe that it is necessary to publish the names of the…
  • Passaparola - The #NewTangentopoli, by Piercamillo Davigo

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    New Twitter Gallery Nicola Morra interviewed Judge Piercamillo Davigo on the topic of corruption and legality Integrity test to unmask the corrupt Morra: So Judge, 1992 saw the start of the clean hands inquiry. Since then you judges have done a sterling job and yet you have been unable to eradicate corruption, above all in the public services. What is the reason for all of this in your opinion? And what can be done to eradicate it completely? Davigo: The main reason is what the politicians have been doing in recent years namely, instead of making it harder to get away with corruption, they…
  • Little hand of Italy, by Dario Fo #nottedellonestà

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Text - Dario Fo - The Night of Honesty “I’ll be honest. I’m sorry, but I feel it’s no use turning language upside down to avoid excessive injury to our sense of patriotism and civic pride. Let us be very careful. Let’s take a deep breath. Let’s be blunt. We are a nation of thieves. Stop! Ooops - I’ve made a mistake in how I put that. According to the statistics, the number of thefts in Italy from shops, banks, charity boxes in the churches is at a level that is definitely acceptable. In fact, we are on average to be classed as a people of mediocre petty-thieves. But it’s theft…
  • Quantitative Easing: money’s going to the banks and not to the companies

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    “The fears relating to Quantitative Easing (QE) have turned out to be unfounded. Before Mario Draghi spoke, there were two thorny issues worrying the M5S. THE CONSTRAINTS ON THE REAL ECONOMY We are talking about a measure involving more than 1000 billion euro to be used for buying bonds to finance the public debt of European States. The problem is that, given that the ECB’s mandate prevents it from directly financing states, all this new wave of liquidity will once more go to the banks, that are already stuffed full of State bonds. The hope is that they will reuse the money to loan more…
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    Society – Articles – The Conversation

  • Ched Evans: the legality and ethics of hiring a convicted rapist

    Jack Anderson, Professor of Sports Law at Queen's University Belfast
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ched Evans takes a drink while playing for Sheffield United in 2010. Jon Candy, CC BYAs the directors of Oldham Athletic football club consider their options over the possible hiring of Ched Evans, the case of the convicted rapist trying to go back to work has thrown up a catalogue of questions around employment law, morality and responsibility. Ultimately, though, the motivating factor behind any return to football is likely to be far more prosaic. On October 17 last year, Evans was released from prison having served half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a…
  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

    Amber Griffiths, Lecturer in Natural Environment at University of Exeter
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Studying one subject won't help save the world. ShutterstockAcross the globe, we are experiencing rapid changes to our environment and social structures. Climate change, population growth, and social unrest are causing ever increasing problems. The rate of change poses serious challenges for education and how we prepare graduates for an unpredictable future. Courses addressing environmental change and social adaptability are slowly appearing in university prospectuses around the world. For the most part, these topics come in the form of new post-graduate courses. For example, Harvard…
  • What is good comedy? The answer probably depends on your social background

    Sam Friedman, Lecturer in Sociology at City University London
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Being 'high-brow', like Tim Key, draws in the awards. Danny Lawson/PAAmong the 1,000 or so comedians who have been jostling for attention at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, two grabbed a disproportionate amount of headlines. Both occupy prime slots in big venues and both are receiving regular standing ovations. At one end of Edinburgh’s salubrious Old Town, in the enormous Pleasance Grand, the alternative comedy poet Tim Key is serenading hundreds with his beautifully strange comedy verse. He writes them on the back of pornographic playing cards and reads them aloud before…
  • Creating space for the leadership Australia needs

    Samuel Wilson, Research Fellow, Swinburne Leadership Institute at Swinburne University of Technology
    3 Jul 2013 | 9:59 pm
    This election is a serious choice about the type of society we want to become. AAPIn a recent lecture, Ross Garnaut argued that after decades of prosperity, Australians must now choose between two radically different approaches to our problems. The choice is between a “business as usual” approach, which preserves the status quo, and a “public interest approach”, which requires that Australia change its minds, policies and actions when evidence supports change. None of the political scheming observed in Canberra in recent times alters this analysis, or our choice. If anything, these…
  • From White Australia to stopping the boats: attitudes to asylum seekers

    Melissa Phillips, Honorary Fellow at University of Melbourne
    20 Jun 2013 | 1:40 pm
    From White Australia onwards, have the attitudes of Australian society and the government on migration and asylum really changed over time? EPA/StringerFor a nation largely comprised of “boat people”, asylum has generated the most debate, and at times hysteria, of all immigration matters in Australia. Is this due to what multiculturalism academic Ghassan Hage calls the “sensitivity of thieves”, linking the invasion and theft of Australian land from its traditional owners by white settlers 200 years ago with current attitudes to asylum? Or do attitudes to asylum reflect a genuine…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Wall Street's Threat to the American Middle Class

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle...
  • The New Compassionate Conservatism and Trickle-Down Economics

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic...
  • Why Wages Won't Rise

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great...
  • Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a Pending Disaster

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Republicans who now run Congress say they want to cooperate with President Obama, and point to the...
  • Out with 2014, In with 2015, and Up with People We’ve made...

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Out with 2014, In with 2015, and Up with People We’ve made progress this year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions. But there’s far more to do.  The economy looks like it’s improving but most Americans are still stuck in recession, and almost all the economic gains are still going to the top. The only way we can have an economy that works for the many, not the few, is to get big money out of politics — so the rules of the economic game aren’t biased in favor of big…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Uber Provides Case Against Occupational Licensing

    Peter Van Doren
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Peter Van Doren By now we have all heard of the disruptive force that is the ridesharing company Uber. The company, which is beating traditional taxi companies at their own game, has caused headaches for competitors and regulators alike. Moreover, as Eduardo Porter argues in his New York Times column, Uber also brings the entire regime of occupational licensing into question. Porter notes that Uber has made the public much more aware of the anti-consumer inefficiencies in the regulated taxicab industry. The medallion system limits the number of taxis on the roads.  Thus, the supply of…
  • Greeks Vote Against Euro and For Democracy

    Doug Bandow
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Doug Bandow Greece’s parliamentary elections could reshape Europe. In voting for the radical left the Greek people have reinvigorated home rule and democracy across the continent. Greece has been in economic crisis seemingly for eternity. Even in the Euro the system could not generate the growth necessary to repay the debt:  the economy was hamstrung by enervating work rules, corrupting political influences, profiteering economic cartels, and debilitating cultural norms. The inevitable crisis hit in 2009. Athens couldn’t make debt payments or borrow at affordable rates. Nor could…
  • Rethinking Currency Manipulation

    Daniel R. Pearson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Daniel R. Pearson Interest groups in the United States have focused on the possibility of including provisions in trade agreements with the intent of countering currency manipulation.  The concern is that another country may choose to reduce the value of its currency relative to the U.S. dollar in order to encourage its businesses to export more goods to the United States.   Such currency realignment also would tend to make it more expensive for the devaluing nation to import products from this country. It’s true that an adjustment in currency exchange rates – regardless of…
  • Putting Agriculture Subsidies Back on the Table

    Simon Lester
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Simon Lester Yesterday, my colleague Bill Watson made the following point on this blog: “Perhaps China’s growing use of subsidies can change the dynamic, making it finally possible for international negotiations to take on U.S. agriculture subsidies.”  I’ve been thinking the same thing.  When it was just a few rich countries subsidizing, the political dynamic of subsidy reduction was challenging.  But if we are all subsidizing now, can’t we all just agree to stop?  Unfortunately, I fear the reality is going to be less promising than we might hope. I…
  • Taxing Us to Spy on Us

    Chris Edwards
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    Chris Edwards Reading some Frederic Bastiat last night, I circled his observation that the government takes advantage of citizen passivity to increase its power, often by promising to “cure all the ills of mankind.” The government initiates “in the guise of actual services, what are nothing but restrictions; thereafter the nation pays, not for being served, but for being disserved.” The Wall Street Journal reports that we pay our hard-earned tax dollars for the federal government to spy on us on the highways. Americans might think they are footing the $29 billion annual bill for…
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    A View from the Right

  • Keystone Conundrum

    sirrahc
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    “As a serious strategy for dealing with climate, blocking Keystone is a waste of time. But as a strategy for arousing passion, it is dynamite.”  — David Victor, global warming policy expert at the University of California, San Diego. Back in November, I suggested that the Lame Duck session of the 113th Congress could and […]
  • Defining Islam

    sirrahc
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Last week’s post included an excerpt from Nabeel Qureshi’s book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (2014), and I would like to include another one here. It is particularly relevant today, with the jihadists being called “radical” and other Muslims being called “moderate” and all of them saying their interpretation and practice […]
  • Insight into Eastern vs. Western Thinking

    sirrahc
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Lately, I’ve been reading a book called Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (2014) by Nabeel Qureshi. As you might guess from the title, it’s an autobiographical story about a devout young Muslim man who investigated the claims of both Islam and Christianity and eventually converted to the latter. It is an engaging […]
  • Could You Pass the AP Exam on U.S. Government and Politics?

    sirrahc
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Have you ever taken an Advanced Placement (AP) exam for anything? I haven’t. But, a few weeks ago I came across a book in the library titled 5 Steps to a 5: 500 AP U.S. Government and Politics Questions to Know by Test Day by William Madden (pub. by McGraw-Hill). Given the topics of many […]
  • Top 10: The Sequel

    sirrahc
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In October 19, 2014′s post celebrating this blog’s 5-year anniversary, I included links and introductory text to ten of my personal favorite posts. I got a little extra traffic to those posts (and maybe an extra subscriber or two), so I was happy. But, there were several other posts that I am especially pleased with, […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • Guide to Choosing a new KDP Chairperson

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

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

    Kyle
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The campaign secrets the Dems don’t want you to know. In this episode, Lisa and Kyle discuss the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including challenges with recruiting and keeping candidates, chilly receptions from the party and its leaders, the real challenges with fundraising, and the myth of the level playing field. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems – Lisa’s six-part series on the…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 8

    Kyle
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Post-election pondering – Lisa & Kyle discuss the 2014 election results, focusing on the Governor & US Senate races, polling, and what went wrong for the Democrats in Kansas – will they ever learn? Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Kansas Secretary of State – Statewide Election Results Kansas Secretary of State – County by County Results (Governor) How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss Greg Orman’s recent events and Lisa shares her outrage about his “College Affordability Plan”. They also react to the Gubernatorial debates, including Brownback’s sleazy “Carr Brothers” ad and the televised Secretary of State debate, where the moderator nearly stole the show. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Greg Orman’s College Affordability Plan Lawrence Journal World – Orman delivers “closing…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • To Davos, Dynamic Rooms and All of That

    Norman Ball
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    The world’s top 1% are on target to own more than the bottom 99% by 2016. When a handful of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people gather to strategically talk about their leadership roles over us — the ostensibly led — the definition of conspiracy is largely fulfilled, even if said strategizing doesn’t entail […] The post To Davos, Dynamic Rooms and All of That appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Research Shows Nations Really Do Go to War Over Oil

    Petros Sekeris
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Most states claim human rights or democracy is the reason for military intervention, but the data says otherwise. The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in places such as Libya or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said to be behind the absence […] The post Research Shows Nations Really Do Go to War Over Oil appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Dialogue of Civilizations, Not the Clash of Civilizations

    Kourosh Ziabari
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Fair Observer presents an exclusive interview with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed. The terrorist attacks in France earlier this month, which resulted in the death of 17 people, has prompted a heated debate over free speech and religious intolerance. Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine that was targeted in Paris on January 7, has a long history […] The post The Dialogue of Civilizations, Not the Clash of Civilizations appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Yemen Faces Uncertainty After Government Resigns

    Fernando Carvajal
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Yemen’s future remains unclear, with regional and international repercussions likely. Although the impact of recent events in Yemen, driven by a brazen rise to power by northern Houthi rebels, has already been felt at the national and international level, it is yet to fully unravel. For observers inside and outside Yemen, the situation has exposed an […] The post Yemen Faces Uncertainty After Government Resigns appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • India-US BIT: Not a Done Deal Yet

    Gateway House
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Some clauses in India’s revised bilateral investment treaties are unlikely to be accepted by either US negotiators or corporations without dilution. US President Barack Obama’s second visit to India has resurrected hopes that the two countries will revive talks on the dormant but in-progress Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). A BIT is being eagerly sought by […] The post India-US BIT: Not a Done Deal Yet appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Lasa transportul de marfa international pe mana specialistilor

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Te-ai saturat pana peste cap de urcatul si coboratul marfii de unul singur din dubita ta veche de vreo 15 ani? Vrei sa ajungi mereu la timp la destinatie, dar nu te poti descurca in traficul intens de prin Europa? Uita de aceste neplaceri si invata sa te relaxezi cu transportsigur.ro, firma de transport marfa international cu experienta vasta in domeniu si foarte multe avantaje de care te poti bucura chiar din acest moment.In primul rand, masinile din parcul auto al transporsigur corespund normelor de protejare a mediului si nu polueaza excesiv aerul si asa slab calitativ din Europa, sunt…
  • Diavolul si chinurile sale

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Diavolul m-a chinuit ani la rand. Mi s-a aratat ca o vedenie intr-o seara, ca o naluca mi s-a strecurat in pat. De atunci viata s-a transformat intr-un iad. Dragostea sufletului meu s-a preschimbat in cenusa si norii negri ai deznadejdii s-au napustit asupra viselor mele. Visam sa evadez din cochilia in care era prins sufletul meu, sa zbor din nou sa fiu iar fericita. Dar puterea draconica se napustea asupra mea cu atata forta incat cadeam pe jos, ca un fluture rapus de rafalele vantului.M-am dedicat studiului, cititului, traiam intr-un univers in care nu ma simteam nefericita dar simteam…
  • Alege cel mai bun avocat divort partaj Timisoara si castiga procesul de divort

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Nu si-l doreste nimeni, insa e printre cele mai des intalnite motive de cearta si de depresie. Divortul vine ca o urmare fireasca a imposibilitatii comunicarii dintre soti sau a unor evenimente neplacute in care a fost surprins sotul sau sotia, de multe ori legate de inselarea partenerului sau tainuirea unor intalniri cu alte persoane de sex opus.In cazul cel mai simplu, cu ajutorul unui avocat Timisoara, atunci cand sotii sunt din Timisoara sau din imprejurimi, se poate invoca o nepotrivire de caracter si casatoria e desfacuta imediat. De cele mai multe ori, lucrurile se complica si se…
  • Ce nu stiai despre urangutani

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    Urangutanii practica pirateria. Camp Leakey din Borneo e un refugiu pentru animalele salbatice. A fost construit in 1971 cu unicul scop de a observa comportamentul urangutanilor in mediu controlat. Observatia nu a fost unidirectionala. Urangutanii i-au studiat si ei pe oameni si au ajuns de multe ori sa le insele vigilenta. Au invatat si sa imite activitatile umane, de la periatul dintilor pana la navigare si, mai mult, au transmis cunostintele dobandite si celorlati indivizi. De multe ori, urangutanii devin cei mai de temut hoti din zona. Ce fura? Nu, nu portofele sau mancare.Fura… canoele…
  • Informatia pierduta poate fi recuperata imediat cu ajutorul unei firme recuperare date

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Primele versiuni ale de acum celebrului Windows ne-au invatat ca un computer nu e o masinarie perfecta. Ecranul albastru, erorile fatale sau codurile interminabile de eroare afisate pe ecrane, ne reamintiteau ca tehnologia este departe de a fi perfecta.O buna parte din aceste erori erau generate de suportul de stocare al datelor: HDD-ul si mai nou SSD-ul. Atunci a aparut o problema serioasa: cu atatea erori si eventualitatea unor date inutilizabile, ce se poate face pentru o recuperare date eficienta? Marii producatori de software au venit imediat cu solutii de recuperare a datelor la nivel…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

    Dave Levitan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions: Rick Santorum falsely claimed that U.S. policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will have zero impact” on climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and a reduction in its GHG emissions could slow global warming. Santorum claimed that even those who accept the science on climate change agree that U.S. action will accomplish nothing, which is also inaccurate. Mike…
  • FactChecking Science-based Claims

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Today we introduce a new feature and welcome a new staff writer to FactCheck.org. The new feature is “SciCheck,” and the staff writer is Dave Levitan. SciCheck will focus exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. Dave Levitan will be its author. Dave has a master’s in journalism with a certificate in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from NYU – one of the best programs of its kind in the country. He has nearly 10 years of experience as a freelance science writer, and has been published in Inside Climate News,…
  • Rand Paul Exaggerates Tax Credit Fraud

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Sen. Rand Paul falsely claimed that a tax credit program for low-income workers has a “fraud rate” of 25 percent and costs taxpayers “$20 billion to $30 billion.” Paul cited a report by the Government Accountability Office, but that’s not what the report said. The earned income tax credit program had an “improper payment error rate” of 24 percent in fiscal year 2013, according to the latest GAO report. The error rate includes fraud, but also represents mistakes made by taxpayers when filing tax forms and the IRS when processing payments. The GAO…
  • Romney’s Poverty Points

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Mitt Romney said that under President Obama “there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.” That’s true, but the poverty rate — which accounts for population changes — was higher under several former presidents than it is currently. Romney, who is considering a third presidential run, made the statement while discussing income inequality at an event sponsored by the Republican National Committee. Romney, Jan. 16: Under Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse, and there are more people in poverty in America than ever…
  • The State of the Union

    Eugene Kiely
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    WCBS radio’s Wayne Cabot interviews FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Rob Farley about President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. Farley discussed these statements made by the president in his annual speech to Congress: “[O]ver the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.” The United States is “the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave.” The U.S. is the “only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee … paid maternity leave to our workers.” “[M]ore than half of…
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    opposingviews.com

  • Judge Won't Dismiss Rick Perry's Criminal Charges; He Remains Hopeful For 2016

    Edward Arnold
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Judge Won't Dismiss Rick Perry's Criminal Charges; He Remains Hopeful For 2016 Judge Won't Dismiss Rick Perry's Criminal Charges; He Remains Hopeful For 2016 Politics Rick Perry, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rick Perry criminal charges, Rick Perry judge denies dismissal, Rick Perry 2016 Has Been Optimized Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will have to go to trial to face criminal charges. On Tuesday, a Texas judge denied Perry's request to dismiss the charges against him. Last August, Perry was indicted with a first-degree felony charge of abuse of official capacity. He was also…
  • Pro-Gun Group Mad At GOP For Not Supporting Open Carry Of Handguns In Texas (Video)

    Michael Allen
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Pro-Gun Group Mad At GOP For Not Supporting Open Carry Of Handguns In Texas (Video) Pro-Gun Group Mad At GOP For Not Supporting Open Carry Of Handguns In Texas (Video) Local Politics Kory Watkins Has Been Optimized Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, recently admitted there are not enough votes in the Texas legislature to pass a law that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns without a license. This statement angered at least one pro-gun group. “Second Amendment rights are very important, but open carry does not reach to the level of prioritizing at this point,” Patrick told…
  • Sarah Palin Helps Raise $50,000 For Hillary Clinton's Super PAC

    Edward Arnold
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Sarah Palin Helps Raise $50,000 For Hillary Clinton's Super PAC Sarah Palin Helps Raise $50,000 For Hillary Clinton's Super PAC Politics Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Fundraising for Hillary Clinton, Iowa Summit Sarah Palin, Ready for Hillary Super PAC Has Been Optimized Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has helped raise more than $50,000 for possible presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's super PAC, Ready for Hillary. Speaking to conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, Palin commented on a series of issues, including the expected Democratic frontrunner…
  • Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Testifies Before Senate

    Edward Arnold
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Testifies Before Senate Recap: U.S. Attorney General Nominee's Hearing, Day 1 Senate Grills Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch In Hearing Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Testifies Before Senate Politics Loretta Lynch, Attorney General Confirmation Hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee, Loretta Lynch Attorney General Not Optimized Last November, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. Today, her legal views were questioned in a Senate confirmation hearing that will continue throughout this…
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders To Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

    Sean Kelly
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Sen. Bernie Sanders To Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill 'Let's Rebuild America': Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders Proposes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders Proposes $1 Trillion Bill To Rebuild 'Collapsing' Infrastructure Sen. Bernie Sanders To Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Headlines Politics bernie sanders, congress, senate, bill, infrastructure, trillion, rebuild america act, transportation, tax Not Optimized Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, announced that he will be introducing a bill,…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Positive Self Talk

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    This morning as I walked briskly from the parking lot to my first meeting I saw my reflection in a store window and thought to myself, “I may be 51 but I have the gait of a 40 year old. Bam!” When I see a guy wearing a “slim fit” shirt I know it is because he is genuinely slim. (I also know that I probably won’t like him and definitely don’t trust him.) But when a guy wearing a “slim fit” shirt looks at a guy wearing a “classic fit” shirt, I wonder if he knows that “classic fit” is really just a euphemism for…
  • Lauren Mayer: Celebrating Fox News – No, Really!

    Lauren Mayer
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Left-leaning satirists have always had an interesting relationship with right-wing media like Fox News.  On the one hand, as liberals we are often dismayed by the partisan tone of their coverage, just as I’m sure conservatives are irked by MSNBC.  On the other hand, as satirists, we are truly grateful for the endless inspiration- face it, Stephen Colbert’s entire persona for his recently ended show was mocking the typical Fox News blowhard anchor, and anytime The Daily Show or Rachel Maddow wants to call out right-wing hypocrisy or inconsistency, there is almost always a clip…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Aging Optimist

    John Y. Brown III
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have a feeling today is going to be a great day. But don’t know what it is that is going to be great today in my life. But since I am in my 50s and won’t be able to remember tomorrow whatever great thing happened in my life today, I am OK with not needing to know specifics about today’s great things that I feel are going to happen. I am content just knowing today is going to be a great day. Involving something. I just don’t know what and, even if I did, I wouldn’t remember it anyway. But because of my “can do attitude” that won’t stop me from…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said/She Said: Travel Lessons Revisited

    Erica and Matt Chua
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    lmost a year ago we wrote about the lessons we’ve learned from travel.  After five more countries as diverse as Australia and Nepal here are the things we think we know. HE SAID… Arriving in India from the developed world highlighted the contrasts and taught me more than if I had arrived from another developing culture.  Moving from some of the most functional democracies in the world, Australia and Singapore, to arguably the world’s least, India and Nepal, showed me that good governance is the difference.  These are the most important lessons I’ve learned in the past year.
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: What does Walgreens know about me that I don’t know?

    John Y. Brown III
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I love Walgreens. Don’t get me wrong. But the “Be well” mantra from every Walgreen’s employee at the end of each verbal exchange is making me more than a little paranoid. And has me wondering what is wrong with me that the Walgreens employees know and aren’t being straightforward about with me. I went to Walgreens today to buy some vitamins and toiletries. The sales clerk who helped me was very helpful and as I walked away she said sincerely “Be well.” I took it as a kind of encouraging “atta boy.” It seemed like a natural –if somewhat meddlesome—thing to say to me.
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Gwen Graham Draws Fire From NRCC Over Obama's Plan to Tax 529s

    Kevin Derby
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) jabbed freshman U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., on Wednesday, accusing her of backing President Barack Obama’s call to tax 529 saving accounts that Americans use to save for their children’s college education. After drawing heavy fire from the Republicans on the proposal, Obama has spiked it for the moment.read more
  • Arthenia Joyner Criticizes Rick Scott over Ousting of Gerald Bailey

    Allison Nielsen
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Senate Democratic leader Arthenia Joyner left no holds barred at the Associated Press's pre-session meeting Wednesday, criticizing Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet over the firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey. "Hubris appears to be the organizing principle of our executive branch," she said.read more
  • Cyndi Stevenson Edges Mike Davis in Open House GOP Primary

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The special Republican primary battle for former Rep. Doc Renuart’s open House seat, representing the northern parts of St. Johns County, proved close on Tuesday night. St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson beat St. Augustine businessman Mike Davis, who challenged Renuart in the primary back in 2012, by 300 votes on Tuesday night. With all votes in, Stevenson had 5,173 votes (42 percent) while Davis took 4,870 votes (39 percent). Jack Capra stood in distant third with 2,379 votes (19 percent).read more
  • Travis Hutson Beats Doc Renuart in GOP Senate Primary

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Former Rep. Travis Hutson won the special Republican primary for an open Florida Senate seat on Tuesday night, decisively beating former Rep. Doc Renuart by 17 percent. Hutson will face Democrat David Cox in the special election on April 7. With all votes in from Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties and more than 90 percent of precincts reported in St. Johns County, Hutson had 52 percent of the vote while Renuart trailed with 35 percent. Dennis McDonald was in distant third with 13 percent.read more
  • Paul Renner Cruises in GOP Primary for Open House Seat

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Paul Renner is one step closer to heading to Tallahassee after a big primary win on Tuesday night. Renner, an attorney and Navy veteran, lost by the skin of his teeth in a Republican primary to banker Jay Fant for an open Florida House seat in Duval County. But, on Tuesday, Renner bounced back easily, crushing former St. Johns County Commissioner Ron Sanchez and conservative activist Danielle Anderson in the special Republican primary for the House seat vacated by former Rep. Travis Hutson.read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Desperate Republicans Are Trying To Recruit Elizabeth Warren To Run Against Hillary Clinton

    Jason Easley
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Republicans are so worried about Hillary Clinton that they are trying to recruit Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to run against the former Secretary of State. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SCOTUS, Interrupted: Wolf PAC Takes Citizens United Repeal To The States

    Becky Sarwate
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Enter Wolf PAC. A grassroots effort spawned by the enormously popular Young Turk Network, Wolf's mission is boldly simple. Per the group's website, "We must reverse Citizens United, Restore our Democracy, and Save the Republic." [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

    Jason Easley
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • More Shame – Over Half Of Public School Students Live In Poverty

    Rmuse
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Instead of any real measures or support to address the crushing income disparity between the 1% and the rest of the population, Republicans are proposing harsher measures to shift more wealth to the rich at the expense of those who need it most; families with children. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mike Huckabee Slams “Trashy” Women At Fox News For Cussing Too Much

    Keith Brekhus
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Mike Huckabee complains about "trashy" women, but his insistence on trashing women, is the real problem that needs to be addressed. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Washington Wire

  • Obama Praises Hagel’s Personal Touch in Farewell Ceremony

    Dion Nissenbaum
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
    President Obama said it was Chuck Hagel’s personal touch with the troops that would be his lasting legacy, as the military said farewell to the outgoing Pentagon chief.
  • Obama Lawyers: House Has No Right to Sue the President

    Jacob Gershman
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Lawyers for the White House are urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Republican-led House of Representatives that alleges President Barack Obama illegally rewrote the new health law.
  • Loretta Lynch Disagrees With Obama’s View on Pot

    Byron Tau
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said she disagrees with President Obama's view that marijuana use was a vice, no more dangerous than alcohol.
  • How College Has Become a Riskier Investment

    David Wessel
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    David Wessel: A new paper finds that while college is still worth the money on average, more graduates run the risk of not earning enough to make their investment worthwhile.
  • Richard Cordray, Tim Pawlenty Bury the Hatchet

    Alan Zibel
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Last summer, a major banking industry trade group launched a campaign-style political attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, purchasing ads criticizing the regulator on social media and in D.C. Metro stations.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Plenty Of Innuendo, But No Hard Evidence Of New Clinton Sex Scandal

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Much-discussed documents in Jeffrey Epstein affair don’t live up to the hype. Carlo Allegri / Reuters Over roughly the past month, coverage of Bill Clinton's travels with financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have made their way from a thick stack of court documents into something approaching political mythology, propelled by a string of innuendo-laced reports hinting that the former president must have been in some way complicit when he voyaged with a billionaire known for preying on underage girls. It's a story with plenty to gape at, from horrific and…
  • White House: The Federal Government Still Opposes Legalizing Marijuana

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    “The Federal Government opposes drug legalization because it runs counter to a public health and safety approach to drug policy,” a White House official tells BuzzFeed News after Loretta Lynch testifies. Mark Wilson / Getty Images WASHINGTON — When Loretta Lynch told senators "I do not support the legalization of marijuana" during her confirmation hearing for Attorney General Wednesday, she upset a delicate balance for an Obama administration that has expressed support for current federal law banning pot use while also signaling a desire to loosen federal restrictions on the…
  • Scott Walker's "Our American Revival" PAC Uses Foreign Stock Videos In Debut Ad

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    “America stands on the brink.” Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday the creation of a political action committee to help him raise money as he mulls a presidential run. The PAC, "Our American Revival," debuted with this video: youtube.com The ad features various scenes of what one would assume is the United States. Several of the videos, however, come from foreign-based photographers and appear to have been purchased through stock image sites. Using stock images and videos is common in political ads. However the choice of certain images at times has been embarrassing for…
  • Sorry, Conservatives: Republican Leadership Isn't Going To Block Loretta Lynch

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    A senior aide tells BuzzFeed News that if Obama’s attorney general pick passes a committee vote (which seems likely), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not stop a full Senate vote — despite calls to block nominees over Obama’s executive actions. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch Kevin Lamarque / Reuters WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't stand in the way of Loretta Lynch's nomination to become the next Attorney General despite pressure from conservative activists and Sen. Ted Cruz to hold up all of President Obama's nominees until…
  • Scott Walker On 2016: I'd Rather Be "Bland" Than "Dumb, Ignorant, Corrupt... Or Old"

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    “I’d rather have bland and uncharismatic than dumb or ignorant or corrupt or any of the other things they would label other would-be candidates out there — or old for that matter.” w.soundcloud.com Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he won't let stereotypes about his persona get in the way of him running for president. "The media is going to peg any prospective candidate with a tag. I'd rather have 'bland and uncharismatic' than 'dumb' or 'ignorant' or 'corrupt' or any of the other things they would label other would-be…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • January 2015 “Vision & Values” (Vol. 23 No. 1)

    Editor
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Editor’s note: The January 2015 issue of “Vision & Values” (Vol. 23 No. 1) is now available for a free download. In this issue, you’ll find “Ronald Reagan’s Economics and Soviet Economic Warfare,” an exclusive excerpt from the Center’s Ronald Reagan Lecture in 2014 featuring Dr. Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. Also included is a fascinating article by Dr. Colleen Sheehan titled, “James Madison and Our First Duty.” You will also find student fellow news and information on other Center events—like the ninth annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, American Founders Luncheon Series…
  • Remembering James B. Edwards

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. On the morning after Christmas, James B. Edwards passed away. Few Americans under the age of 40—unless they are South Carolinians—had probably never heard of Jim. Here’s the official biography: James B. Edwards was President Reagan’s original Secretary of Energy. At the age of 17, in 1944, Jim joined the U.S. Maritime Service to serve his country during World War II. Several years later, while still a Navy Reserve officer, he became an oral surgeon. In the mid-60s, concerned about the direction of our country, he…
  • “Professors You Need to Know” – Dr. Paul Kengor featured in “Libertas” – A Young America’s Foundation publication

    Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, appeared on the Summer 2014 cover of “Libertas.” A major publication of Young America’s Foundation (YAF), “Libertas” highlights the programs, events, students, staff, and supporters of the Foundation. In a special section titled, “Professors You Need to Know,” Kengor was interviewed by YAF Spokeswomen Ashley Pratte. In the magazine she writes, “Today’s young people are rarely introduced to conservative ideas in their classrooms and on their campuses. Most go their…
  • Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

    John A. Sparks
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.” Unfortunately it’s not that simple. There’s a lawsuit heading President Obama’s way. On November 20, 2014, the president issued an executive order to suspend immigration laws for approximately four million illegal…
  • Reflections on American History: The Somber Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    Paul G. Kengor
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the historic case of Roe v. Wade. Last weekend, Dr. Paul Kengor was the keynote speaker at the 37th annual People for Life Breakfast in Erie (click here and here for news coverage). During his speech, Kengor quoted from a forgotten but fascinating Reagan speech to pro-life leaders at the White House, the subject of a January 2010 article that we published (click here to read). Kengor also discussed that speech during our 2010 Reagan Lecture with Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson—a fascinating discussion with one of President…
 
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    Politic365

  • Republican Senator Drops “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Committee Name

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Just Another Moment in GOP Growth and Opportunity. Just in case anyone is wondering how the new Republican controlled Senate will deal with civil rights issues, wonder no more.  There’s a new Republican Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and he is making moves.  And the Republican Chairman’s first move was…. you guessed it: Changing the committee’s name. For a member of the most notorious do-nothing Congress in American history what else could you expect? I’m not certain what Sen. John Cornyn…
  • #Ferguson Bill Featuring Grand Jury Overhaul Debuts

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    H.R. 429. On January 21, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), introduced the Grand Jury Reform Act.  The bill, which is related to the non indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo, would require special a prosecutor in all officer involved deaths.  Congressional staff were briefed on the bill on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.
  • #SOTU Video: The #Ferguson Question

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    African Americans in Congress and the President of the NAACP react to President Obama’s second to last State of the Union.  The question: Did President Obama bring up the biggest issue over the last four months enough? That would be Ferguson.
  • The CBC in Ferguson

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    “Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The names Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice — and countless more.  Too many more. That is the brutal truth – as brutal as the tactics employed with stunning regularity by some who are sworn to protect us,” said Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) in Ferguson on January 18. On January 18, at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Carson, who at…
  • Video: Black Republican Reception w Reps. Mia Love, Will Hurd

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Historic Republicans. Yesterday former congressional staffer Insight America, J.C. Watts and Elroy Sailor hosted a reception for the three Black Republicans in Congress.  The reception featured @SenatorTimScott @WillHurd @MiaBLove.
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • No Dollar Unspent

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Koch brothers recently announced that they will be pledging close to $900 million in order to help sway the result of the 2016 Presidential Election. What kind of effect will that type of money have? In this episode we discuss the announcement, what the Koch brothers hope to accomplish and why the public outrage over the amounts of money spent by both parties in elections should be increasing. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and under "People's Choice" and "Politics/News"…
  • Blizzards and Budgets

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    For the last several days the NYC area has been bracing itself for a winter storm of historic proportions. Govt officials have instituted travel bans, shut down mass transit systems and asked residents to treat the storm with the utmost seriousness. City and state officials handled themselves brilliantly by most accounts, and “Blizzard 2015” didn’t hit the NYC area as hard as forecasters had predicted. Why then are some in the population still dissatisfied? We discuss in today’s show. We also discuss the release of the CBO’s latest report on the economic outlook…
  • DC through Des Moines

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Iowa Freedom Summit attracted many GOP candidates with sights set on a 2016 presidential run. Candidates from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to NJ Governor Chris Christie to Senator Ted Cruz vied for the chance to prove conservative bona fides to grassroots organizers who promise to be very active in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. In today’s episode we discuss the summit, the candidates who attended as well as some notable no-shows. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and…
  • Hello Havana

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The President announced last year that the US would be restoring relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of estrangement. This week the US sent a team of delegates to Havana to begin negotiations on topics such as travel restrictions, shipments to the US mission and caps on personnel. Although the US delegation noted that “deep” divisions remain, there was overall praise of the negotiations by both sides. In this episode we discuss the reestablishing of relations and the effect it is having on US foreign policy as well as politics here at home. Email the show at…
  • Middle Class or Trickle Down?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The President has laid out several new initiatives over the past several weeks aimed at stimulating the economy. The moves would extend tax relief to the middle class as well as institute broad-reaching education programs such as free community college for all. The programs would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that affect wealthiest of Americans. Tax reform is one of the areas that the President and congressional Republicans have indicated willingness for finding common ground on. Is there any hope that some of the President’s populist policies will be enacted? We discuss some of…
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    US Daily Review

  • Apple Enjoys a Record Quarter

    usdr
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    ByUSDR. The numbers around the success of Apple this last quarter have been extraordinary. Apple recently announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the…
  • Rep. McCaul Defends Border Bill from Criticism of Immigration Officers, GOP Colleagues

    usdr
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    By USDR Exclusive-Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, tells MRCTV that his committee doesn’t have jurisdiction over immigration enforcement inside the U.S., which is USCIS’s area of responsibility: “The Committee on Homeland Security does not have jurisdiction over interior enforcement or the immigration policy that USCIS is charged with carrying out.” This bill is just a first step in the effort to secure the border, Rep. McCaul adds: “House Republicans are taking a step-by-step approach and as such ‘Secure Our Borders…
  • Business 101: Three Top Tips for Trading Internationally

    usdr
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    By USDR The beauty of ecommerce is that it allows retailers to market and sell their products and services all over the world. The UK continues to lead the online market, yet Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium have internet shopping audiences almost as large as ours, offering a whole world of opportunity for those daring enough to brave the international marketplace. If you’re looking to branch out, here are a few ideas to help make your global venture a successful one… #1: Localise Buyers are not going to shop on websites that they can’t understand, so to…
  • Cory Booker Receives Dubious Distinction

    usdr
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    ByUSDR. This month, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) its January Porker of the Month for his fatuous proposal that would interfere with the states’ constitutional rights to restrict or prohibit municipalities from building or expanding taxpayer-funded broadband networks. If enacted, Sen. Booker’s Community Broadband Act would give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) even more control over Internet service providers and, ultimately, consumers. The senator’s bill parrots the recommendations made in a January 2015 White House report,…
  • New England Begins Slow Snow Cleanup

    usdr
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    By The National Weather Service, Special forUSDR. ...MAJOR WINTER STORM IS WINDING DOWN AS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WEAKENS AND MOVES FARTHER AWAY FROM NEW ENGLAND... ALL WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR THIS SYSTEM. FOR A DETAILED GRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE LATEST WATCHES...WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES...PLEASE SEE WWW.WEATHER.GOV AT 900 AM EST...THE SURFACE LOW PRESSURE CENTER OF THIS MAJOR WINTER STORM...WITH A PRESSURE OF 995 MB...29.38 INCHES...WAS MOVING ONSHORE JUST SOUTH OF YARMOUTH...NOVA SCOTIA. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATED THAT LIGHT…
 
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    American Patriot

  • Andrew Sullivan calls it quits

    The American Patriot
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    This is mildly surprising. One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble onto something actually interesting. But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near…
  • Rep. John Yarmuth is absolutely correct

    The American Patriot
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The Audio: The Story: Rep. John Yarmuth says Republican House Speaker John Boehner inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the House of Representatives is “close to subversion.” Speaking with the Stephanie Miller Show on Friday, the Kentucky Democrat added some Congress members’ strong support for Israel “had to do with fundraising.” “I am totally outraged at Speaker Boehner for doing it, I think it’s, it was deliberately designed to undermine the president — that’s close to subversion,” said Yarmuth of Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress.
  • Man takes responsibility for crashed drone at the White House

    The American Patriot
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Despite some wishful thinking by some on the right. Looks like this might have been an accident. WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say he was responsible and didn’t mean to fly it over the complex. The man contacted the Secret Service at midmorning after reports of the crash spread in the media. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said the man had been interviewed by…
  • Tragic: Former Texas Fox Station employee shots himself outside News Corps Offices

    The American Patriot
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    This is tragic: A former employee of a Fox station in Texas shot and killed himself outside the front doors of the News Corporation building shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a law-enforcement official said. The building houses 21st Century Fox and News Corporation, which owns The Wall Street Journal. The man, Phillip Perea, 41 years old, of Irving, Texas, shot himself once in the chest outside of 1211 Avenue of the Americas, the official said. Mr. Perea had previously worked for a Fox station in Austin, Texas, police said. Mr. Perea had also been handing out fliers, which criticized his…
  • I have to agree with Rand Paul on this one about Mitt Romney.

    The American Patriot
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    As much as I hate to admit it, I have to agree with Rand Paul here. The Video: World News Videos | ABC World News The Story: As recently as October, Ann Romney was poo-pooing the notion of a third Mitt Romney candidacy. After two failed presidential bids, in 2008 and 2012, she and her husband had “moved on,” she told ABC News. Though sources close to Mitt Romney recently announced he’s once again “thinking about” another bid for the White House, at least one of Romney’s GOP colleagues thinks Ann Romney had the right idea. “I’m with Ann Romney on this one: No, no, no, no,…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Sunday Series: Fashion Enthusiasts Turn to Online Magazines

    Drew Katz
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Mobile is mobile! And by that I mean mobile is on the move and rising fast. In conjunction with our recent study, “Getting Mobile Right,” we have dedicated this weekly Compete Pulse to articles focused on mobile. Getting Mobile Right The data can’t be denied and mobile can’t be ignored. Marketers looking to drive brand growth can utilize mobile marketing, but should not delve into this venture blindly. Read our report to recognize what your brand has to do to Get Mobile Right. The New Mall is Mobile – 6 Ways to Maximize Conversion ClickZ recognized that the next big shift is to…
  • Sunday Series: Battle of the Lyrics

    Drew Katz
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Image from: Lyrics-Image / Shutterstock The emotional teachings of Biz Markie’s, “Just a Friend,” will forever be engraved in my mind. Every time the song plays, I can sing along flawlessly. I know every word, with special emphasis on the beautiful, in-pitch chorus. This perfection however, is a complete deviation from the norm. Most people like me rely on lyrical websites that ranked among the top domains for the Music Category. AZLyrics.com and MetroLyrics.com were the top two websites for unique visitors among other music websites. In the Music Category, AZLyrics recorded 9,055,216…
  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    We’re looking out for the small and mid-sized businesses too, so we decided to comb the Internet for you! We have gathered the top articles with helpful tips and ideas to leverage in your upcoming digital campaigns. Small to Mid-Sized Businesses: Competing with larger competitors is an uphill battle in almost all areas of business, yet there may remain one even playing field. Some contend that the digital marketing arena is still a place where having the biggest budget does not fully equate to the best successes. Find out why! If you are trying to get your business on the digital map,…
  • December Top 50: ‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping

    Drew Katz
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Image from: Online Shopping / Shutterstock The holiday-filled December marked a time for large increases of traffic towards online shopping/ecommerce domains and shipping websites, reaffirming the fact that we love presents. Amazon.com Amazon, which was discussed in our previous Sunday Series , saw an impressive 144,051,293 unique visitors and MoM (month over month) growth of 12.68%. Among the top 10 websites for unique visitors, Amazon.com posted the strongest growth percentage increase. The retailer was the tenth most popular site receiving traffic from the keyword, “Holiday.” and the…
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    Tea Party 911

  • The Minute Men (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Editors Note:  This is the first in a series of letters by this author to be published monthly on this site. My  name is James Still.  Since November 2009, I  have been reading our Founding History and writing a letter each month containing quotes from the Founders.   “Should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 I believe a knowledge of our History is still vital for…
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert Announces Run for Speaker of the House

    Editorial Staff
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    WASHINGTON, DC— Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his decision to buck the status quo and challenge John Boehner in the race for House Speaker: “After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change.  There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters’ message. However, after our Speaker forced through the CRomnibus by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it, it seemed clear that we needed new leadership.
  • Bapnesty

    Jan Shedd
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Many Baptists will be shocked to learn that in the upper echelons of their leadership, there’s a big push to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Churches should be hotbeds of conservative activism. (Actually, every Bible-believing church should have a political activism ministry, but I’ll save that for another day.) Likewise, their leaders should be setting the example by promoting public policy that is true to Biblical standards. Sadly, in the case of illegal immigration, this is not the case. Rank and file Baptists, along with most of their pastors, overwhelmingly oppose amnesty for…
  • Applause for the Mellon Initiative

    Lee Cary
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Tea Parties have a choice to make. They can remain the much maligned conservative wing of the Republican Party, they can wither and die, or they can fight back.”  Dr. Donald Mellon, “Texas Tea Party, Texas Third Party,” December 27, 2014 Dr. Mellon is right.  And the stakes are every bit as high as he states in his recent TeaParty911.com article: “The establishment Republican Party has declared war on the Tea Party. But the fate of the Tea Party and the country are intertwined such that the destruction of the Tea Party will also ensure the continued march toward the economic…
  • Texas Tea Party, Texas Third Party

    Donald Mellon
    27 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    ~By Donald Mellon~ The establishment Republican Party has declared war on the Tea Party. But the fate of the Tea Party and the country are intertwined such that the destruction of the Tea Party will also ensure the continued march toward the economic collapse of the country and the loss of liberty and property to follow. This article will suggest a possible response to this declaration of war. The establishment has convinced Jeb Bush to throw his hat into the presidential ring. He will be a heavily funded candidate representing the Washington establishment and their well funded supporters.
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Hezbollah Responds To The Israeli Attack

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Not too late to respond!. Hezbollah attacked an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Sheb'aa Farms.  Two Israeli soldiers were killed in this attack. Hezbollah responded to an Israeli rocket attack in Syria.
  • Syria Report

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Tension on the Golan HeightsAt least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.But the army said it had evacuated visitors from the Mount Hermon ski resort near the armistice line and security sources said that farmers were told to leave their fields and go into bomb shelters.Police said they had set up roadblocks to stop civilians entering the area.Tensions on the Golan have been running high since a January 18 Israeli air strike killed…
  • Russia to Surround USA with Its Influence

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has recently visited Iran and India, while Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has paid a visit to Nicaragua. The officials discussed Russia's participation in the construction of a transatlantic channel of military and strategic importance. Russia's most recent agreements became a response to the challenges from the United States. The Americans are concerned.Military cooperation with IranIn light of the growing confrontation with the West, Russia must respond by increasing its military presence in various regions of the world. We must look…
  • Saudi Arabia: The Monster Is Dead, May The New Monster Die Soon

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    From Moon of AlabamaThe obituaries of mainstream U.S. media and "western" politicians on the Saudi King Abdullah are laughingly sycophantic:A master politician, he gained a reputation as a reformer without changing his country’s power structure and maintained good relations with the United States while striking an independent course in foreign policy.The Post closed its comment section on the obit to not be called out for its bootlicking. How much did the Saudis pay for this coverage? For a realistic view on the now dead monster read the Guardian obit: Monarch whose…
  • The Next Israel-Hezbollah Vis-à-vis

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    There are many scenarios for the inevitable Israel-Hezbollah war. But, it is quite hard to predict the course and consequences of the next vis-à-vis.Two days ago, Israel attacked Hezbollah's military convoy in Syria. The attack occurred just few days after long televised interview with Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrullah. He stated that any assault on Syria is regarded as an attack on the "axis of resistance" in the region.Israel responded to Nasrullah's interviewHassan Nasrullah is undoubtedly an extraordinary Arab leader. Unlike other Arab leaders, he is well knowledgeable leader…
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Puff-Puff...Pass?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    We all know that Washington and Colorado have legalized it, that more than 11 other states have decriminalized it, we watch in movies and TV shows as people partake in it and the President has even admitted to using it.
  • They Don't Make Hardships Like They Used To

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Calling upon dwindling reserves of benevolence, I try to convince myself that Chris Harrison has the good of mankind at heart.
  • College anyone...Anyone?

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    In today's economic and social dynamic, is a college education as important as it once was?
  • Redefining 'Best'

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    Oscar nominations are in the news and soon the glitterati will be donning their finery and having their picture taken in the hope of not making a fashion faux pas - later walking away with a statuette. This year will see 86th Academy Awards. With little gold statues to be handed out, I will soon be utterly bemused by a long line of unfamiliar faces, cleavage and stubbly beards owned by those whom I will never have heard of and probably never will again.
  • Stop and Smell the Old Technology

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Even if it manages to avoid the humiliation of ending up next to the Sony Betamax in a rubbish pile, the best any technology can hope for - no matter how revolutionary and life-altering - is to one day be taken for granted. Don't believe me? Insert yourself into a conversation at your next dinner party and start raving about the wheel.
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    BizPac Review

  • White House tells reporters that Taliban are not a terrorist group

    Carmine Sabia
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    If any more proof was needed that the White House just doesn’t get it when it comes to Islamic terrorism, Wednesday provided it. At the White House regular daily news briefing, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz responded to a question posed by ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. Karl pressed Schultz on the Obama administration’s negotiations for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was traded for five top-level Taliban commanders in May, compared to Jordan’s negotiations with the Islamic State for the release of a downed pilot. “You say…
  • State Dept. Jen Psaki’s taunting the press via Twitter

    Tom Tillison
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Amid reports that Kurdish fighters have defeated Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki took the opportunity to spike the football The Kurds were backed by U.S.-led airstrikes. In her latest efforts at hashtag diplomacy, Psaki turned to Twitter on Tuesday to ask a snark-filled question of the media for daring to cast a skeptical eye at the administration’s chaotic Middle East policy. Remember when media focus was..if ISIL coalition loses Kobane all is lost-where is the focus now that @CENTCOM conf anti-ISIL controls 90%?
  • Seattle Seahawks running back acts like an epic jerk during pre-Super Bowl ‘Media Day’ event

    Carmine Sabia
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took being a spoiled brat to another level. Lynch, who is famous not only for his football skills but also for the fact that he dislikes the media, came to “Media Day” for the NFL’s Super Bowl under the pressure of a $500,000 fine if he didn’t show, according to ESPN. But the NFL couldn’t control what he was going to say. Lynch arrived at his podium and answered 29 questions from members of the media with some variation of the phrase, “I’m here so I don’t get fined.” Then, after 4 minutes and 51 seconds he said “time,” stood…
  • Obama’s plan for ‘free’ college education collapses in a week; what really happened?’

    Joe Saunders
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    When an idea’s too stupid for Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media, it’s too stupid. Photo Credit: The Daily Caller Exactly a week after he announced it with great fanfare on national television, aides to President Obama said Tuesday he’s dropping his top idea to fund “free” community college educations by taxing a popular tax-free college savings account used by middle class American families because it would be a “distraction” to the rest of his agenda. “Disaster” to parents saving for their kids’ education is more like it. Obama’s idea to end the…
  • Fed up gun rights group: Time to ‘hunt down’ and ‘expose’ Republicans who are not following the Constitution

    Carmine Sabia
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    A group of open carry advocates in Texas is ready to go big game hunting, but not with their guns. An open carry activist group in Tarrant County has issued an edict to “hunt down the Republicans who don’t support the Constitution.” The group, Open Carry Tarrant County, was infuriated at comments made by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in which he said, “Second Amendment rights are very important, but open carry does not reach to the level of prioritizing at this point. I don’t think the votes are there yet.” Dan Patrick said there is not enough support in the Senate. What?!?!!? Not enough…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • The Need for Better Childcare

    Kleier
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    I know the childcare issue is not sexy. And I know that this post will not get a million views this week. But childcare is an essential issue for those of the lower socioeconomic status (SES) trying to claw their way towards a better life. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) melded with West Germany and it’s capitalist ways. But the East Germans had some problems with the West’s free-market policies. The absence of a State-ran economy left many soured and one of the many reasons were the West’s views of the family, and childcare…
  • Some Lessons Society Still Hasn’t Learned From Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Paul Phillips
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    As I listened to the newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech from December 7, 1964 in London, I couldn’t help but notice how many different lessons from his speech we still haven’t learned as a society.  It’s a little more than 50 years later and we still struggle to get over so many hurdles that should have been accomplished so long ago.  Here’s a few instances from the speech that jump out for me. With the growth of slavery, it became necessary to give some justification for it. You know, it seems to be a fact of life that human…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Langston Hughes’ “Scottsboro”

    Kleier
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    A poem by Langston Hughes, Black American poet and writer, entitled “Scottsboro” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: 8 BLACK BOYS IN A SOUTHERN JAIL WORLD TURN PALE! 8 black boys and one white lie. Is it too much to die? Is it much to die when immortal feet, March with down Time’s street, When beyond steel bars sound the deathless drums Like a mighty heart-beat as they come? Who comes? Christ, Who fought alone, John Brown. That mad mob That tore the Bastille down Stone by stone. Moses Jeanne…
  • Conservatives Criticizing Obama for Paris Photo-op Forget World Hates Their Foreign Policy

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    It’s not surprising that conservatives have jumped on the Obama administration for sending ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, to the photo-op of free-press-hating world leaders (an issue that, in all fairness, the Obama administration has its own black eyes).  It’s not even surprising that a conservative has stooped to the point of making a ridiculous, childish, and brainless Hitler comparison.  It’s just politics and one side will criticize the other for…anything. What is surprising is that conservatives think the Obama administration would even want their opinion…
  • Frontline On The NRA: “Gunned Down”

    Kleier
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    For anyone who is interested in the gun control debate should watch this episode of “Frontline” entitled “Gunned Down.” The documentary is about the NRA and it’s powerful lobbying history. It covers how the organization has always come out on top despite many senseless murders and massacres committed by assailants with firearms. Follow the link. (I apologize about using the link instead of embedding the video. WordPress does not allow Frontline’s documentaries to be embedded on its platform) http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365397152?chapter=1”…
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    Daily Signal

  • Michelle Obama Goes Scarfless in Saudi Arabia

    Ericka Andersen
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by the new King Salman of Saudi Arabia, shake hands with members of the Saudi Royal Family at the Erqa Royal Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: State Department/Sipa USA/Newscom) First Lady Michelle Obama caused quite a stir when she arrived in Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Abdullah. As she exited Air Force One, Obama wasn’t wearing the traditional head scarf worn by women in the extremely conservative country. Immediately, Twitter was abuzz. Saudi tweeters criticized her decision, using hashtags like…
  • Ted Cruz Pushes Plan to Criminalize Political Targeting by IRS

    Ben Smith
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz wants to protect taxpayers from political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service. The Texas Republican introduced legislation yesterday making it crime to engage in such behavior as questions still linger about the full extent of the IRS scandal. This is not the first time Cruz has offered this type of legislation. In February 2014, he introduced amendments to the STOP Identity Theft Act. Those measures, however, were defeated by Democrats and did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Free speech is not a partisan issue. The IRS has no business meddling with…
  • What You Need to Know About Congress’ Debate on Iran Sanctions

    Josh Siegel
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    In his State of the Union address, President Obama had a strong message for a Congress angling to impose new sanctions on Iran: stay out of my way. Obama argued that additional punishments would undermine ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and Iran to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon. At first, his blunt warning did little to sway the Senate, which had planned to bring to the floor a sanctions bill, authored by Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill. But Tuesday, a group of Senate Democrats whose votes would have been needed to pass the legislation…
  • Your Guide to Loretta Lynch’s Confirmation Hearing in 42 Seconds

    Melissa Quinn
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, made her first appearance before lawmakers today, with Republican senators working to make sure Lynch could differentiate herself from her predecessor, Eric Holder. Lynch testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning for the first part of her confirmation hearing. Democratic senators were adamant in making sure Lynch was the focus of the hearings, as opposed to Obama and Holder. Republicans challenged Lynch on whether she supports the president’s immigration policies, including his executive action…
  • Gowdy Accuses State Department, CIA of Not Cooperating With Benghazi Investigation

    Helle Dale
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    More acrimony emerged between Democrats and Republicans during yesterday’s third public hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi than had been seen at any point since the committee was established last summer. Earlier hearings had been on topics suggested by Democrats on the committee—embassy security and other improvements—that were relatively uncontroversial. But the focus of yesterday’s hearing was the Obama administration’s reluctance to produce documents and witnesses to congressional investigators. As the committee zeroed in on the Obama administration’s…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Florida Teen Accidentally Shoots Friend’s Penis While Playing With A Gun

    Anomaly
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:37 pm
    A 15-year-old Florida boy was shot in the arm and his penis by a “friend” while the two were apparently playing with a gun.  This kid really needs better friends. According to the incident report, deputies responded to a call on Friday night at 10:09 p.m. Naples Daily News reports that when deputies arrived on […]
  • Police Dogs Turned Loose On Restrained Female Student

    MiAtheistGal
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Warning: Contains graphic image. London Colvin, a junior at Norfolk State University and an Army Reservist, was at an off-campus party when things got out of hand.  A fight broke out, and it was a large fight, reportedly involving 35 people according to the call to police.  Colvin was not involved in the fight. Colvin’s cousin, Whitney Dunn, […]
  • Crazy Lady On Fox News Starts Speaking In Tongues

    Anomaly
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    As it turns out, half-wit Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin loves teleprompters, in stark contrast to how she ridiculed President Obama for years over him using one. On Tuesday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity asked whether her widely criticized Iowa Freedom Summit speech was the result of a broken Teleprompter as some media outlets […]
  • Watch: Teacher And His Students Are Gonna ‘Uptown Funk You Up’

    Anomaly
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Scott Pankey, along with his students at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas, Texas, dropped a beat to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” and the video has gone viral. Sometimes teaching is more than just what happens in the classroom. Pankey joined his students, and did not disappoint them, and I so wish […]
  • Utah Family Poisoned Themselves To Death Out Of Fear Of The ‘Pending Apocalypse’

    Anomaly
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    New disturbing details have emerged on the deaths of five Utah family members in their Springville home last September. According to police, the parents had committed suicide by taking toxic levels of drugs and had given fatal levels of drugs — including heroin substitute methadone — to their younger two children. J. Scott Finlayson, Chief […]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Obama-Modi friendship a budding legacy

    Gautam Mukherjee
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama at the 66th Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (PTI Photo) The personal rapport between a two-term US President and a Prime Minister of India, newly minted, in his first year in office, was indeed heart-warming to witness. This still youthful US President has long battled the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but is now, at last, witnessing 5 per cent Growth, a profound uptick in a $ 20 trillion economy, but only in the last quarter. In the interim, Barack Obama has also reached his sixth year in office, out of the…
  • Gujarat Chief Minister gives credit to PM Modi for Suzuki plant

    Niti PTI Bot
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Hansalpur (Guj), Jan 28 (PTI) Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel today said foreign investors like Japanese Suzuki Group are coming to the state on account of efforts made by her predecessor Narendra Modi. Laying the foundation stone for Suzuki Group's vehicle manufacturing plant here, Patel said the credit for the project goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "He (Modi) had invited Japanese manufacturers to India when he visited the country two years back during his chief ministerial regime," Patel said, adding that Modi concentrated on…
  • Madhya Pradesh Government working on smart city project, says top official

    Niti PTI Bot
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Indore, Jan 28 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Government has chalked out a plan to develop smart cities with help from UK Government and multinational firms, a top official said today. "After the Modi Government announced plans to build 100 smart cities in the country, we are preparing ourselves to implement the project. We will develop smart cities with assistance from Britain," Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa said in a seminar at IIM-Indore. Besides the British Government, assistance will also be sought from multinational firms like Cisco…
  • Praveen Togadia: West Bengal govt must take action to drive out infiltrators

    Niti PTI Bot
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Rampurhat(WB), Jan 28 (PTI) VHP leader Praveen Togadia today said the West Bengal government should take timely action against infiltrators or else the state will be a part of "greater Bangladesh" in the near future. Addressing a public rally at Rampurhat, the VHP leader said "The way the demography of this state is changing, soon it will be a part of greater Bangladesh. The state government must take time-bound action to oust the infiltrators from this state." "The people must remain alert about the infiltrators and they…
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister seeks speedy clearance of funds from Centre

    Niti PTI Bot
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    New Delhi, Jan 28 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today urged the Centre to clear pending funds to ensure the speedy implementation of schemes such as the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) in his state. Das made his request to Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati during a meeting today, an official statement said. Bharati, on her part, sought the chief minister's cooperation for the cleaning of the Ganga, its rejuvenation through removal of chemical pollutants and silt from the river bed and treating fluoride and arsenic…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS

    IL
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Improving the End User Experience with Amazon Web Services This the final post of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 8: DevOps Automation.  End user experience is a combination of several factors: the reliability, availability and performance of the infrastructure, platforms and applications that an organization offers, and the impact these have on user […]The post Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS

    IL
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The Financial Implication and Benefits of an Automation using DevOps in AWS This the 8th part of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 7: How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS.  Automation applied to efficient operations can lead to a gain in efficiency that directly translates to the bottom line of a business. […]The post DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Police Body Cameras and Cloud Storage: Providing the Infrastructure for Success

    IL
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Cloud Hosting Provides Data Management for Police Body Cameras 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. After the tragic […]The post Police Body Cameras and Cloud Storage: Providing the Infrastructure for Success appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Healthcare Security: 3 Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds

    JG
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Three Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds Thanks to our friends at Alert Logic for sharing this article. Many industries have unique characteristics that make them attractive data breach targets. Financial services organizations manage money, media sites can deliver hacker’s messages to a wide audience, and government departments have confidential information of interest to other […]The post Healthcare Security: 3 Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Sony Hack: Costs of Cyber Attacks and DIY Data Management

    IL
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Cloud Hosting Becomes More Appealing for Data Security as the Costs of Cyber Attacks Add Up: A Lesson From Sony Pictures Entertainment 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 […]The post Sony Hack: Costs of Cyber Attacks and DIY Data Management appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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  • Does skin color matter? However black or white a cow is, the milk is always white

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    What would I remember of 2014?  In America, Do #BlackLivesMatter?  Yes! The way black people and white people see life in America reminds me of the way people interpret the Bible: two pastors can read the same copy of the Bible but can interpret it differently. Policemen, in the eyes of a white man, can […]
  • US politics remains divided: A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Bye-bye 2014, welcome 2015!  US politics has been very consistently divided, Democrats vs. Republicans. As a result, nothing is accomplished. What will I remember about American politics in 2014? The US Democrats lost their majority in the US Senate. Surprise? Not a big surprise, because traditionally a second term president’s party loses elections due to […]
  • History repeats itself: When weeds invade the land, it means the owner is absent

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Middle East regime changes by the United States and its allies have changed the world forever. The US decision to invade Iraq had a pyromaniac effect in the Middle East. We are watching how the Western countries — by trying to remove President Assad of Syria by giving arms to the rebels in Syria — […]
  • Brat wins Republican primary: All rotten fish taste the same

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Eric Cantor, the powerful number two Republican in the House of Representatives has lost the Republican primary to David Brat, a conservative Tea Party challenger. The big upset is certainly a message from the arch conservatives who see the Republican in Washington as not conservative enough. This defeat doesn’t change anything for the Democrats and […]
  • Controversy over Bergdahl’s release: Sometimes you need to sacrifice your beard in order to save your head

    admin
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:24 pm
    The release of a U.S. Army Sergeant detained by the Taliban after five years of captivity has ignited a political debate about how his release was negotiated. We all agree that the Taliban is a terrorist group. Are five Taliban lives worth one American life? Honestly, the United States didn’t have any choice whether to […]
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • R/C Plane Crashes Into Ocean, Films Underwater Reef Life

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    R/C Plane Crashes Into Ocean, Films Underwater Reef Life January 28, 2015 in australia, crashing and not burning, da plane! da plane!, fish, flying things, ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hezbollah Fires Missiles, Kills Two Israeli Soldiers

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Hezbollah targeted an Israeli military convoy with missiles on Wednesday, killing two Israeli soldiers and a U.N. peacekeeper who hailed from Spain. The attack, which ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Ask Why: Darth Gummy, A Full Scale Darth Vader Helmet Made With Over 1,000 Gummi Bears

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Don’t Ask Why: Darth Gummy, A Full Scale Darth Vader Helmet Made With Over 1,000 Gummi Bears January 28, 2015 in art, darth vader, do ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Wed, Jan. 28

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Pence: ‘Just IN’ is a resource, not a news service | WISH-TV Gov. Mike Pence sparked controversy Tuesday with the announcement of the launch of a new ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: Valentine’s Day Edition!

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
    After the success of our Art of Manliness holiday shops with Huckberry, a couple years ago we decided to help guys out with Valentine’s Day ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix With Guest Victor Pickard

    Liberal Fix
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our special guest is Victor Pickard. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
  • Liberal Fix Radio With Guest Mason Wartman Owner of Rosa's Fresh Pizza

    Liberal Fix
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Mason Wartman,,a fomer NYC banker, who now runs an innovative pizza restaraunt that has garnered national attention for "pay it foward" efforts that helps feed homeless patrons and others in need. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Perspectives on Current Politics

    Liberal Fix
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss contemporary politics including the GOP presidential hopefuls, the race to replace Barbara Boxer in CA 2016, gun politics, the Tea party debacle in Brownback's Kansas, climate change, and more. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna…
  • Liberal Fix - The 114th Congress

    Liberal Fix
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the new congress. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists…
  • Liberal Fix- Gun Culture in America

    Liberal Fix
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.  
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    21st Century Wire

  • Facebook’s New ‘Chinese-style’ Political Censorship System Goes Global

    21wire
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Last week 21WIRE reported on Facebook’s new communitarian policy whereby readers can ‘flag’ content as “fake news” if they believe it’s not real, or if they do not like it. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo False Flag event, the social media giant is now allowing governments to determine what is ‘good free speech’, and what is not.“An article that many people have reported as a hoax or chose to delete will get reduced distribution in the News Feed”. If the article is flagged by any anonymous person (most…
  • Hollywood and The CIA: A Dark Marriage Revealed

    21wire
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Jay Dyer21st Century WireOne of the more fanciful, or thought to be fanciful, topics I’ve been covering for a good while now is the subject of the relationship of the CIA to Hollywood.  Recent blockbusters like Zero Dark Thirty and American Sniper focus on the military and intelligence agencies in supposed “based on true events” scenarios, but is more at work here?  The film industry has always loved tales of espionage, but in reality, the creation and manufacturing of a completely alternate reality and history is far more extensive than most would assume.  While many films have…
  • The Real Age of Stupid: Talking Heads Blame Latest Snowstorm on ‘Global Warming’

    21wire
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire This week, we’re told that the eastern seaboard is under a ‘state of emergency’ because of a the snowfall ranging from 7.8 inches in New York to 18-22 inches in Boston as of tonight. With all the hype, you’d think it was the Little Ice Age.Growing up in New England, I remember every winter being pretty much the same: lots of snow. Believe it or not, that’s what happens in the winter time. Sometimes it got up to 2 or 3 feet, but there was never a ‘state of emergency’. This is the gelding of America happening right…
  • HOTEL HELL: Attack at Luxury Hotel in Libya Reveals ‘False Flag’ Event

    Shawn Helton
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Shawn Helton21st Century WireA luxury hotel has been stormed by gunmen in Libya’s capital Tripoli earlier today, killing at least nine people.As reports are pouring in from the scene, we’ve been told that the shooting attack on the Corinthia Hotel, was accompanied by a car bombing and that the “Tripoli branch of ISIS” claimed responsibility, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.IMAGE: ‘Hotel Hell’  - ISIS militants in Libya have been said to have attacked Corinthia hotel ( Photo link twitter.com)According to SITE, an offshoot new terror brand called…
  • Anti-Syriza Propaganda Begins: Greece Framed as ‘Emerging Hub for Terrorists’

    Stuart Hooper
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Stuart J. Hooper21st Century WireGreece’s new anti-austerity and anti-Western Oligarchy ruling party, Syriza, is coming under attack from an all too familiar angle. Keep in mind that this accusation came on the very first day Syriza took office.According to CNN, “there may be some 200 people in the country with links to jihadist groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the al Nusra Front“. Supposing this is true, should we not instead look to those who funded and created those groups; namely Western nations?Does Greece really have a terrorism problem?An…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Three Tissue Packets For A Dollar

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps herein lies the power (and diversity) of perception. Whether we purchase these tissue packets depends, it seems: first, how we perceive the peddler (inferring intent through disposition and actions); and second, how we perceive the efficacy of our contribution (if that dollar makes a tangible difference in the life of that peddler, or if policy changes are in order). Continue reading →
  • A Hard Look At Recidivism

    guanyinmiao
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How though? The rate of recidivism was 23.3 per cent for inmates released in 2010, 27 per cent in 2011, and 27.5 per cent in 2012. A four per cent increase, in other words. It should however be noted that fewer persons have been sent to prison in the same period, which could account for a lower absolute increase in the number of re-offenders. Continue reading →
  • The Things That Matter, People Who Matter

    guanyinmiao
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For years after my National Service stint my mother has asked if I could make time – at the end of the year – for the family to travel a few weeks together, and for her it made even more sense last year. On my exchange semester in Helsinki, Finland I travelled to different cities in Europe, and not only was she excited to visit the places I’ve been to as well as to go on obligatory shopping and sightseeing trips, above all I think she wanted us to be together. Continue reading →
  • Getting Into Shape

    guanyinmiao
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The announcement to open sporting facilities in every Singapore school to encourage mass participation in sports is welcomed, though it is less clear whether Minister of Culture, Community, and Youth (MCCY) Lawrence Wong did address the concerns raised by Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Ben Tan (TODAY, Jan. 20). The NMP had asked about the low rates of exercise among Singaporeans and the sentiment that young people do not enjoy sports, and while Minister Wong spoke generally on the sports programmes under ActiveSG and the physical education curriculum, the response could have been more…
  • Tackle Sexual Grooming Substantively

    guanyinmiao
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    As well-intentioned their calls for more to be done to educate young people and their parents on online risks and sexual grooming may be (ST, Jan. 18), the parliamentarians and social workers quoted in the commentary stopped short of more substantive recommendations to educate children and their parents. They were quick to highlight the insufficiency of the current landscape against violations, the inability of Singaporean children to discern and protect themselves, as well as their ease in falling into online traps, but did not say more about the phenomenon, the present shortcomings, and the…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • No Dollar Unspent

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Koch brothers recently announced that they will be pledging close to $900 million in order to help sway the result of the 2016 Presidential Election. What kind of effect will that type of money have? In this episode we discuss the announcement, what the Koch brothers hope to accomplish and why the public outrage over the amounts of money spent by both parties in elections should be increasing. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and under "People's Choice" and "Politics/News"…
  • Blizzards and Budgets

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    For the last several days the NYC area has been bracing itself for a winter storm of historic proportions. Govt officials have instituted travel bans, shut down mass transit systems and asked residents to treat the storm with the utmost seriousness. City and state officials handled themselves brilliantly by most accounts, and “Blizzard 2015” didn’t hit the NYC area as hard as forecasters had predicted. Why then are some in the population still dissatisfied? We discuss in today’s show. We also discuss the release of the CBO’s latest report on the economic outlook…
  • DC through Des Moines

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Iowa Freedom Summit attracted many GOP candidates with sights set on a 2016 presidential run. Candidates from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to NJ Governor Chris Christie to Senator Ted Cruz vied for the chance to prove conservative bona fides to grassroots organizers who promise to be very active in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. In today’s episode we discuss the summit, the candidates who attended as well as some notable no-shows. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and…
  • Hello Havana

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The President announced last year that the US would be restoring relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of estrangement. This week the US sent a team of delegates to Havana to begin negotiations on topics such as travel restrictions, shipments to the US mission and caps on personnel. Although the US delegation noted that “deep” divisions remain, there was overall praise of the negotiations by both sides. In this episode we discuss the reestablishing of relations and the effect it is having on US foreign policy as well as politics here at home. Email the show at…
  • Middle Class or Trickle Down?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The President has laid out several new initiatives over the past several weeks aimed at stimulating the economy. The moves would extend tax relief to the middle class as well as institute broad-reaching education programs such as free community college for all. The programs would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that affect wealthiest of Americans. Tax reform is one of the areas that the President and congressional Republicans have indicated willingness for finding common ground on. Is there any hope that some of the President’s populist policies will be enacted? We discuss some of…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Bethany, Hank & GloZell Interview The President

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Is it political bravery or political suicide? ... the media AWARD of the week goes to... On a day when there was no shortage of big news, the AWARD for the most over exposed headline of the week is...  For having the courage or audacity to stand up to the President of the U.S. ...the political volleyball AWARD of the week goes to... In celebration of two American heroes... the AWARD of Recognition goes to...  The 'you cannot have it both ways' AWARD goes to...  For using their celebrity and raising money to fight diseases and hunger around the world... the AWARD goes to... This…
  • The Award Goes To… United Airlines

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    For not taking the concerns of your trusted employees, the AWARD for insensitivity goes to...  In spite of threats and their own safety... the Free Speech and Expression AWARD goes to...  One of the most confused governments in the world continue to show their true colors... and the NO Free Speech AWARD goes to... Another 'fantastic' idea from the establishment... the AWARD to socialize America goes to...  Practice what your preach is a lesson we all learn early on in life... what about drinking your own feces? The AWARD of bravery goes to… In spite of the many…
  • Sex, Drugs, Violence… The Desensitization of Society

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Does the responsibility of parenting fall with mom and dad or with the U.S. Congress? Studies confirm that prolonged and repeated exposure to violence make us less likely to feel shock or distress. This is causing severe problems in our society including increased violence among our youth.   Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between the real news and entertainment because the lines are blurred so much. Freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. Freedom to be an idiot. Psychotherapist Dr. Beverly Jackson joins Malcolm in his quest for answers.
  • The Award Goes To… the Federal Communications Commission

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    The never ending political debate which should have nothing to do with politics... the don't listen to your chairman AWARD goes to... For not protecting your employees and losing sensitive information in the process... and then to succumb to the bad guys... the Stupidity AWARD goes to...  Having the courage or audacity... depending how you look at it... the 'I'm still in charge' AWARD goes to...  "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" by attending my funeral. The 'I'm throwing you under the bus' AWARD goes to...  A test that could predict and prevent suicides... and the 2014 Breakthrough…
  • The Award Goes To… NBA Players

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Subjecting the fans and your audience to your personal belief system - whatever it may be! The foolish and disrespectful AWARD goes to...  Thank you. No Thank You. We want to prosecute you! The AWARD of ungratefulness goes to...  For brining us all back to the realization that this horrible piece of legislation impacts real lives... and the AWARD goes to...  Never let a good tragedy go to waste... the I have No-Shame AWARD goes to...  We would be amiss if we didn't give an AWARD for keeping the government ticking and spending our money as reckless as you do...  For…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Why We Should Criticize Chris Kyle

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    There’s a hero’s story sweeping the hearts and minds of America. The legend of a righteous warrior who piled enemy bodies high. A marksman whose heroism saw no equal. The legend of Chris Kyle. A legend that we must crush.…
  • I Am Pro-Suicide

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s a delicate subject, but after the passing of a dear friend by his own hand, I feel I have to say something. Too many have suffered in silence and indignity, so I must speak: I am pro-suicide. No, I’m …
  • To the Other One Who Got Away

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’m scared. Have been for a while. Ever since I met you I’ve feared losing you. Even though I never really had you, and never really will. I recognized early on that we were different. That we had separate life …
  • I Always Got Along With Cuba

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    According to news reports, we, as Americans, are finally going to start getting along with Cuba. Apparently, I’m now on speaking terms with the denizens of the island nation off the coast of Florida. This is news to me: …
  • Liberty’s Last Hope Is in New Hampshire

    Joël Valenzuela
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    For anyone who values liberty, it can easily seem like a lost world. Between a ballooning federal debt, massive tax and regulatory burden, and an increasingly violent and pervasive police state, hope for a free and peaceful world is hard …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Mises Made Easier

    Liberty Bell
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Written by Mises Institute BooksJuly 20, 2005Austrian Economics OverviewPercy L. Greaves, Jr. Mises Made Easier Free Market Books, 1974 Mises aptly named his economic treatise, HUMAN ACTION. It expounds in detail and with precision the human processes of social cooperation in a free or unhampered market society. It also sets forth with a similar precision […]The post Mises Made Easier appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Isil ‘tells Jordan’: our prisoner by sunset or pilot dies

    Liberty Bell
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Written by World news Audio statement purportedly released by Isil demands Jordanians present would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border by sunset on Thursday or captured Jordanian pilot will be executed ‘immediately’The post Isil ‘tells Jordan’: our prisoner by sunset or pilot dies appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential

    Liberty Bell
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Copyright CTBTO Preparatory Commission Kazakhstan’s tragic history of nuclear catastrophe still bears heavily on the national consciousness in the midst of new talks with Toshiba. Since Kazakhstan ceased operations in Aktau (the only nuclear power station in the country), […]The post The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Black Knight Rises

    Liberty Bell
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler One thing you have to give the Democrats: they never stop, they never sleep, they never quit. Even after getting various body parts hacked off and handed to them last November, they’re still — taking a cue from Fearless Leader Barry — swaggering around like the cocks of the walk: […]The post The Black Knight Rises appeared first on Citizens News.
  • ‘A handful’ of Muslim students get Notre Dame to supply sharia compliant halal food

    Liberty Bell
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia via South Dining Hall begins offering halal meat // The Observer. h/t Islamist Watch Muslim students on campus have been benefiting from a new student-led initiative that brought halal meat to South Dining Hall in September 2014. The Notre Dame community includes “a handful” of Muslim students at the undergraduate level and […]The post ‘A handful’ of Muslim students get Notre Dame to supply sharia compliant halal food appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • With Oil Prices Tanking, Thank Gawd That Premier Brad Wall Set Aside Some Royalty Money For Saskatchewan's Hard Times

    leftdog
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    ... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to extract Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!!So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(
  • New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Prosecution Of Bush, Cheney And Torturers !

    leftdog
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.Mr. Obama has said multiple times…
  • Like A Rat Fleeing A Sinking Ship, Dick Cheney Throws George Bush Jr. Under The Bus On Torture Responsiblity

    leftdog
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is freaking hilarious! Dick Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, has dismissed a key point in the report on CIA torture and has, as a result, thrown his former boss under the bus!"Dick Cheney discussed the newly released Senate torture report Wednesday on Fox News, and in particular challenged a finding that former President George W. Bush hadn't been briefed on the CIA's harsh interrogation methods until years after they'd already been in use.Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the former vice president whether the agency deliberately kept Bush in the dark about its…
  • St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is the son of a police officer who was shot in the line of duty. In his 24 years as prosecutor, he has never recommended charges against any police officer

    leftdog
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    (Michael Brown's body was left uncovered on a Ferguson, Missouri street for hours by police. )So why should we be surprised that NO charges will be laid in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown?"McCulloch gave the jury no instruction on what charges they should consider. [...] Giving the grand jury no instruction is equivalent to throwing them into the deep end of the pool with no swimming lessons. They had to work it out for themselves. It's not unusual for the prosecutor to not suggest a specific charge, but it's almost unprecedented for the prosecutor to dump all the…
  • Death By Police Shooting In Utah Outnumbers Total Homicides From Gang Violence, Drugs And Child Abuse .... racing towards the police state

    leftdog
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Salt Lake Tribune is out with some stunning facts about police shootings in Utah. In the last five years, more people have been killed by police than homicides from gang violence, drug deals and child abuse:A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence.Wow. And all but one have been deemed "justified.""Police are trained and expected to react to…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • To Cover or Not to Cover

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Okay, PDers, we need you guys to weigh in, because we’re a little split when it comes to Michelle Obama’s Saudi meet and greet attire, where she ditched the Kingdom’s standard dress and niqab, not even opting for a shayla. Was this a shot across the bow for women’s rights, or just a packing blunder?
  • New Orleans: The Last Smoking Mardi Gras

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    If you are one of the million that planned on traveling to New Orleans to experience an authentic Mardi Gras celebration, but are bulking at Louisiana’s new favorite past time, side street mugging, and the signs that read: Caution. Walk in Large Groups. you should also consider that 2015 will be the last year you will be able to smoke and earn beads at the same time.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Poverty Pimp Maxine Waters

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    The only thing remarkable about last week’s US State of the Union address was just really how much plastic surgery Congress has undergone. No longer regulated to a nearly now Japanese Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, plastic surgeons have certainly left their seal-like mark on the whole legislature.
  • Genius Ideas: Penises on the Catwalk, Gay Bans, Transgender Licenses

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    This Friday is a hodge-podge of tyrannical sexual brilliance. If you just threw up a little bit in your mouth, don’t worry, you weren’t the only one. Oh, and in case you were scared, no, this is not an article on Carlos Danger Anthony Weiner. Grab the Smecta and some crackers, because it’s Genius Idea Friday time.
  • Investments: The Daash Dinar

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Here at PD, we like to discuss investment opportunities. In the past, we’ve advocated for precious metals in particular gold (expect in the form of gold grills as they tend to be too much of a liquid asset for the Chicago streets), Bitcoins, Beyoncé approved weaves and body parts.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Peace instead of NATO

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    By Oskar Lafontaine, Current Concerns, No. 2/2015For the vast majority of the population of the former Federal Republic, NATO has been the guarantor of peace and freedom for a long time. Anti-communism, fuelled by the fear of the Soviet Union operated by the world revolution, the Berlin Blockade and the construction of the Berlin Wall left little room to think about alternatives to NATO. But in 1965 at the latest, when US President Lyndon B. Johnson bombed North Vietnam and deployed more and more ground troops to South Vietnam, a discussion about the policy and objectives of the Western power…
  • WPF ICC Meeting in Vienna

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    The World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” International Coordinating Committee meeting will be convened in Vienna, Austria, on March 4, 2015The members of the Committee will analyze WPF developments, consider agenda of the 13th Rhodes Forum Annual Session and preparations to upcoming WPF Events in 2015.Implementation and results of the “Schools of the Dialogue of Cultures” Project will be discussed.One of the key points of the meeting’s agenda is the prospects of the WPF Research Center to be opened in Austria.
  • Still No Exit for Greece

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    By Kemal Derviş, a co-author of the “22 Ideas to Fix the World”, January 21, 2015Europe’s political landscape is changing. Populist parties, both on the far right and the far left, are gaining electoral traction. Some, such as France’s National Front, oppose their country’s eurozone membership; others, such as Podemos in Spain, do not. Nonetheless, the challenge that these new parties pose to Europe could prove to be extremely disruptive.
  • Human Rights Violations inside EU

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    By Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and Chairman of the WPF International Coordinating CommitteeWhat is the Ostrich Protocol? How the EU member states play ostrich when it comes to human rights violations inside EU?The Treaty on the European Union, in its current format also known as the Lisbon Treaty, as well as the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights claim to establish an area of freedom, security and justice, founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy,…
  • Why the Modern World is Bad for your Brain

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    By Daniel J Levitin, The Guardian, January 18, 2015Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our airline and rail reservations, salespeople helped us find what we were looking for in shops, and professional typists or secretaries helped busy people with their correspondence. Now we do most of those things ourselves. We are doing the jobs of…
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Polling, Research and Focus Groups for Advocacy Campaigns

    Sophie Thurber
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Advocacy messaging should be based on more than anecdotal evidence. Advocacy campaigns are, more often than not, a long haul. They require long-term planning and commitment, and ideally, they have the benefit of staff that has extensive knowledge and policy experience in a particular issue area. That deep knowledge of an issue is incredibly valuable, but it can also create some message obscurity if you’re not careful. In other words, there can be a huge temptation to explain, in minute detail, the many nuances of the issue you’re working on, but that detail (counter-intuitive as it may…
  • Advocacy Fundraising vs. Political Fundraising

    Joe Fuld
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Advocacy Fundraising isn’t as different as you may think We have written a lot about political fundraising but not on advocacy fundraising. Fundraising, so here we go.  Whether it is for advocacy or for political campaigns, fundraising is largely similar and shares a number of characteristics. For both, the ask is a core component of your fundraising technique. Below is a look as some of these shared characteristics. Ask The fear of asking for money is real, no matter who is doing the asking or what you are asking for. Whether you are working for a non-profit or a political campaign,…
  • Advocacy Message Consistency

    Margo Scott Dunn
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The key to an advocacy message: simplify, simplify, simplify Maintaining message discipline is critical to advocacy message campaigns. If your organization doesn’t have a advocacy message document, or even a mission statement, it’s time you create one. The statement should be specific to your work, but broad enough that all of your campaigns are able to fit comfortably under it, That way, you can continue to maintain overall organizational message discipline over the life of a specific advocacy campaign. It should also be brief—no more than a couple lines on a page, two sentences max.
  • Campaign Dictionary

    Joe Fuld
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    staying ontop of a campaign Dictionary can be hard Staying up to date on a campaign dictionary can be exhausting, so we have compiled a list of useful tools for your campaign needs, enjoy! Field organizer – Field organizers are the people in charge of finding, training and managing volunteers and workers involved in a campaign. They are important because they make sure your field operation runs smoothly and that volunteers are reaching the right voters. Communications director – Communications directors are crucial and central to managing your campaign’s interactions with the…
  • Campaign Photoshop Guide

    Joe Fuld
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Before you Photoshop – Think Twice! Technology is truly an amazing thing. We have all seen the wonders of Photoshop and how it can seemingly work wonders for even the most photo abject among us. When done right, you can use Photoshop to take a photo that has mediocre lighting and windy hair and turn it into a dazzling cover photo. But there’s a big difference between straightening a tie or fixing wrinkles in shirt and changing someone’s look completely. With Photoshop, you should remember that just because you can doesn’t mean you should.  Authenticity matters. Campaigns…
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • Government Claims to Protect You While Violating Your Rights

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    We're back after a lengthy hiatus with a brand new podcast recorded two days before christmas! We'll do our best to get regular with this for 2015 so stay tuned for more hard hitting critique of the authoritarian world we find ourselves in.   DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Exposing the Federal Budget Smugglers

    16 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Bazra and I hadn't had much of an opportunity to podcast over the last fortnight but now i have settled into new quarters we're 'rolling' again. Caught up tonight to discuss the 'budget butt-hurt' for (most) Australians while revealing the lies between the lines of the ledger, the Washington muster of US militia due to march today and the dreadful state of governance, worldwide, in general.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player. Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
 
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • In Torture Report Face-Off, ACLU Fights GOP Repo Man

    User Submitted
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    If the White House gives in to Sen. Richard Burr’s demands, civil rights group says it ‘faces the real threat of never securing the release of a document to which it is entitled by law’ Deirdre Fulton The ACLU filed an emergency motion with a federal judge to stop the new GOP chairman of the ...
  • Winston Churchill:the Imperial Monster

    User Submitted
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    This week Britain is commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. Millions of people worldwide watched his state funeral on television in 1965, and thousands of people lined the streets of London to pay their last respects as his cortege slowly passed. But I somehow doubt that President Obama will be adding ...
  • Activist Marching Band Delivers Petition to Citigroup Calling on the Banks to ‘Revoke Their License to Steal’

    User Submitted
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Most of the Nation’s Biggest Banks Are Using Forced Arbitration to Block Ripped-Off Consumers From Their Day in Court; CFPB Can Act WASHINGTON – Today, an activist marching band and New York City street performers delivered a petition signed by more than 100,000 consumers to the Citigroup headquarters in New York, calling on the firm ...
  • ‘Regulatory Cooperation’ and the TTIP: Opening the Floodgates Even Further For Corporate Plunder

    Colin Todhunter
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    A new leak concerning the talks around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) indicates that the floodgates could be opened even further for corporate influence. The leak has been analysed by the corporate watchdogs CEO and LobbyControl and shows that corporate influence on EU and US policies might dramatically increase via the chapter on so-called ...
  • Ukraine’s Government Is Losing Its War. Here Is Why:

    Eric Zuesse
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Eric Zuesse On January 27th, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense headlined “Militants Continue to Suffer Losses,” and reported that four helicopters, and other weapons of the “militants,” were destroyed in battle, but no evidence was given to support the assertion. Just two days prior, the (also pro-Government) Kiev Post had, in fact, bannered “Ukraine Hides Devastating ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • Obama’s Visit: India’s Role As A ‘Swing Power’ – Analysis

    SAAG
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    By Prof. B. R. Deepak* US President, Barack Obama became the first American President to be a chief guest at the annual Republic Day parade of India, the only US president having visited India twice during his presidency and perhaps the only lame duck president to meet Indian Prime Minister 4th time in a gap […] The post Obama’s Visit: India’s Role As A ‘Swing Power’ – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Maldives: Moving Towards Despotism – Analysis

    SAAG
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan The signs are getting stronger- Maldives appears to be moving towards despotism. The latest in the series is the sudden and hurried sacking of the Defence Minister after a raid of his premises by the Police. What should be worrying is not of President Yameen consolidating his position but the sinister […] The post Maldives: Moving Towards Despotism – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • United States And India Embark On Epochal Strategic Journey – Analysis

    SAAG
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    By Dr Subhash Kapila* US President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seemed to have put United States and India on an epochal strategic journey going by both the symbolism and their substantive declarations this January 26 2015 weekend. United States and India presently have relatively young, bold and visionary leaders who have expansive […] The post United States And India Embark On Epochal Strategic Journey – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Zombie Computers Now More Intimidating

    Eurasia Review
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    By Yavuz Yener Arbor Networks, a prominent cyber security company, recently published a report which is based on analysis of a collection of ten years’ worth of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The report suggests both the number and scale of DDoS attacks has tremendously increased. DDoS attacks aim at disabling access to a […] The post Zombie Computers Now More Intimidating appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Educational Needs Of Syrian Refugees In Host Communities In Turkey – Analysis

    JTW
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Stephanie Dorman* Today, about 80 percent of school age (ages 6-17 years) Syrians are attending school in camps run by the Turkish government agency AFAD, while only 27 percent of their peers in host communities are attending. This extremely low attendance rate is alarming. Education for children and youth in emergencies is crucial. Syrian […] The post Educational Needs Of Syrian Refugees In Host Communities In Turkey – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Judge clarifies scope of order in Alabama marriage ruling

    Chris Johnson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    A federal judge has clarified her ruling against Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. Developments over the court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama continue to unfold as the judge who ruled against the state’s marriage ban clarified on Wednesday the scope of her decision. In a three-page order, U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade, an appointee of George W. Bush, makes clear Alabama laws prohibiting same-sex marriage “are unconstitutional because they violate the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”…
  • ‘Gigi’ director speaks out

    Patrick Folliard
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Mounting ‘Gigi’ presented unexpected challenges for director Eric Schaeffer. (Photo courtesy Signature) ‘Gigi’   Through Feb. 12   The Kennedy Center   $45-150   800-444-1324   Kennedy-center.org   At first the idea of remounting the musical “Gigi” might sound a little dusty. But director Eric Schaeffer guarantees that his reimagined production featuring Hollywood starlet Amanda Hudgens in the title role is anything but. “It doesn’t feel like a revival and that’s exactly what we wanted,” says the out director. “We want it to feel fresh and…
  • The hard road ahead?

    Michael Radkowsky
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    While sexual dysfunction is an individual issue, it is also a couples issue because it impacts both partners and both partners can contribute to the situation worsening or improving. Dear Michael,   My boyfriend Chris and I have a problem that is escalating into a fight. For the past year or so he’s been having performance issues in bed. He sometimes has trouble getting an erection and even when he does, he can’t always reach orgasm.   At first this didn’t bother me because I know it can happen to anyone, but as it’s continued, I’ve been getting upset. We’re both young…
  • White House responds to Obama ‘lifestyle choice’ remark

    Chris Johnson
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz (Washington Blade photo by Chris Johnson) In a news conference that marked the first time an openly gay person conducted an on-camera White House news conference, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz addressed questions Wednesday over President Obama’s remark that being gay is a “lifestyle choice.” In response to a question from the Washington Blade on whether Obama regrets using the phrase, which he used in a YouTube interview with GloZell Green last week, Schultz replied he hasn’t talked…
  • Mormon church backs discrimination bills

    Staff reports
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    HRC called the Mormon Church’s announcement ‘deeply flawed.’ (Photo by Scott Catron; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church on Jan. 27 announced it would back pro-LGBT laws as long as they include religious exemptions. “We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being forced to deny or abandon our own beliefs,” said Jeffrey R. Holland, a church elder, as the Associated Press reported. The announcement came against the backdrop of continued debate over an anti-LGBT discrimination bill that…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • The U.S. is No Longer the World’s Most Obese Country – Guess Who Took Our Place?

    Lady Freethinker
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If there’s one thing the United States has excelled at, it’s super-sizing our meals and our citizens. But while we used to hold the dubious title of world’s fattest nation, we’ve recently lost our spot. Thanks to the introduction of Western goods like flour, sugar, soda and fried foods, Pacific Islanders have not just followed our lead in the weight race, but beaten us at our own game. Prepare for a shock: more than 74 percent of American Samoans are now overweight (compared to “just” 30 percent of Americans). Experts have theorized that Pacific Islanders…
  • The Doritos Ad You WON’T See During the Super Bowl

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    Here’s one commercial the bigwigs at Doritos would like to stay hidden. Why? Because it shows the true roots of this tangy snack chip – or rather, the lack of roots, as the once-lush rainforest has been flattened to barren wasteland in the rush to harvest palm oil used in the product. The faux ad is from SumOfUs – one of my favorite organizations – and it’s meant to help convince Doritos maker PepsiCo to stop adding this eco-disaster of an ingredient to its chips. Watch the video, then sign their petition to help stop this palm oil nonsense. The post The Doritos Ad You…
  • Watch: How NFL Players REALLY Feel About Domestic Violence

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The NFL has taken serious heat lately for perpetuating a culture of domestic violence, and their seemingly lenient attitude toward abuse of women certainly begs for scrutiny. But when you see this video…just, wow. You realize that they aren’t all a bunch of lunkheads, after all. The emotion is so genuine, I only wonder what this man has experienced in his life.   And plenty of other players want domestic violence to end, too:         New respect. The post Watch: How NFL Players REALLY Feel About Domestic Violence appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Factory Farms Do NOT Want You to See This New Video

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Across America, Big Ag is fighting hard to take away your First Amendment rights by outlawing cameras on factory farms. But Last Chance for Animals investigators did something the industry never saw coming…they placed panoramic, 360-degree cameras inside factory farms for pigs, chickens and ducks, right in the animals’ place – so you get the full experience of living there, and can use your cursor or phone to look all around. It’s the first investigation like this that’s ever been done before. The technology is so new, I can’t share the video here.
  • Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!)

    Lady Freethinker
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This homeless dog was rescued by the SPCA…and taught to drive. Really. It took months of careful training and encouragement, but Porter overcame his lack of opposable thumbs and learned how to drive a Mini. He’s not half bad. The post Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • 70 Years Later, We’re Still Trying To Learn Who Died In The Holocaust

    Carl Bialik
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    A decade after Adolf Hitler was defeated, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and research center in Jerusalem, began gathering the names of the approximately 6 million Jews from Europe and North Africa murdered by Nazi Germany. Today, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the work goes on — with more than 1 million victims still unaccounted for.The international data-collection project began in 1955, stemming from an Israeli law that established Yad Vashem. The Nazis left little evidence of their genocide. Hundreds of thousands of Jews who survived the Holocaust moved to Israel…
  • It’s Foolish To Define Austin By Its City Limits

    Kirk Goldsberry
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    In late October, The Washington Post published a provocative op-ed about the rapidly changing demographics of U.S. cities. An influx of college graduates, it argued, is displacing lower-income African-Americans. Despite rapid overall growth in places such as Austin, Texas, some of America’s “most progressive” cities, according to the Post, are struggling to maintain racial diversity. Here’s a key passage suggesting Austin is Exhibit A:“A recent study we conducted at the University of Texas at Austin reveals that Austin is the only major growth city (a city with over half a million…
  • Tracking 125,000 Incidents Of Global Terrorism

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Soon after the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, when three assailants massacred people in the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, a researcher at the University of Maryland at College Park carefully logged the details of the violence (location, names of the perpetrators, weapons used, number of fatalities). The attacks became new entries in the Global Terrorism Database, a comprehensive clearinghouse of terrorist acts around the world.The database, housed at the university’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and…
  • Cuba Is Hoping To Replace Venezuelan Oil With American Tourists

    Francisco Toro
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Cuba’s strategic pivot toward the United States got specific on Thursday, as the White House announced new regulations easing travel and other restrictions for Americans wishing to go to the island. This same week, oil prices flirted with levels of $40 per barrel. Americans don’t usually think of these stories as being in any way related. But Venezuelans do.When the historic thaw between Cuba and the U.S. was announced last month, one detail jumped out at Venezuelans. Secret negotiations had begun, we were told, a year and a half before. In Caracas, everyone could do the math: The talks…
  • Understanding Why We Take To The Streets

    FiveThirtyEight
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    It has been a remarkable year for public demonstrations. More than 1 million people filled Parisian streets on Sunday, a show of unity after last week’s terror attacks in France. In August, protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by a police officer.And in New York in September, tens of thousands turned out for the People’s Climate March, one of the largest environmental marches in history. Dana R. Fisher, a sociologist, was there seeking answers to basic questions: Why do individual citizens engage in the democratic…
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  • Peak Pegida II

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    For the first time, the number of people attending the original Pegida marches in Dresden has fallen, while in most German towns and cities anti-Pegida demonstrators outstrip Pegida supporters by a considerable margin. This evening, four more members of Pegida’s executive have resigned, including Kathrin Oertl, who had become Pegida’s official face after Lutz Bachman’s Hitler picture gaffe. Meanwhile, in Duckburg the Social Democrats, who seem a bit slow on the uptake, are still conflicted over whether they should engage in some sort of dialog with Pegida, and if so, with whom. What can…
  • Will Alexis Tsipras be Prime Minister of Greece?

    Kai Arzheimer
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Everyone is angry/worried/excited/happy (delete as appropriate) about the prospect of Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the radical left-wing Syriza party, becoming Prime Minister of Greece, while the man himself has begun to treat the election as a mere formality. But is such an outcome even likely? The most recent polls have given Syriza a lead of two to ten percentage points over the centre-right New Democracy party, which is currently governing in a coalition with the (much reduced) centre-left Pasok. Photo by 0neiros While the number of undecided voters is still very high (in the range of…
  • Have we seen peak Pegida?

    Kai Arzheimer
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Authorities in the Saxonian city of Dresden have issued a blanket ban on marches, demonstrations and outdoor assemblies following alleged islamist death threats against the founder of the “Pegida” (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”) movement, who has masterminded the mass demonstrations in Dresden for the last three months. This is a highly unusual development by German standards, and political reactions from the very left to the very right have been predictably negative (for very different reasons). More specifically, the issue will help to further…
  • Are Greek MPs rational?

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    With all that is going pear-shaped in the world, you would be forgiven not to be aware of the latest instalment in the Great Greek Political Drama Series. It actually had a rather long lead: The current president’s term was coming to an end, and Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the radical left opposition faction Syriza had made it clear from at least last summer that he would use the provisions of the constitution to bring down the current centre-right/centre left coalition government. How was that possible? After various defections, the current government is supported by 156 of 300 MPs,…
  • Update: Bibliography on the Extreme Right in Western Europe

    Kai Arzheimer
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    Once more, the erratic, eclectic, etc. Bibliography on the Extreme Right in Western Europe has been updated. Thanks for your input – keep those references coming! The post Update: Bibliography on the Extreme Right in Western Europe appeared first on kai arzheimer.
 
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  • Spare the Blogger and Lash us Instead

    chris
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Jeff Jacoby,   ON JAN. 9, the government of Saudi Arabia publicly whipped a liberal Muslim writer, Raif Badawi, flogging him 50 times outside a mosque in Jeddah. It was the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • He’s Back: Matt Bevin Launches Run For Kentucky Governor

    chris
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Matt Vespa,   Kentuckians heading to the polls this year  to decide who will be their next governor will find a familiar name on the ballot. Matt Bevin, Sen. Mitch... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama, Ignoring Realities, Sticks to His Comfort Zone

    chris
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Jonah Goldberg,   A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama’s game is. That’s because rhetorically and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • University Bans Use Of ‘Mr., Mrs. Or Ms.’ In The Name Of Political Correctness

    chris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    B. Christopher Agee,  According to recent reports, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has handed down a decision that will force its staff to ditch certain honorifics when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Police Stop Teens Who Want To Shovel Snow

    chris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    F. Peter Brown,   Police recently stopped a pair of teens in Bound Brook, New Jersey, from making money by shoveling snow. The teens, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-28, Wednesday

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, January 28 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down why economists and other wealthy policy makers at Davos are fearing the prospect of Ferguson-style riots should an uprising of the poor caused by wealth inequality. Alex also discusses Facebook's move to censor images of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, as the Obamas display reverence for Saudi Arabian royalty, and also examines the TSA's latest plan to browse travelers' social media profiles. On today's show, Alex talks with John Draper, the legendary hacker known as “Captain Crunch” for his phone…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-27, Tuesday

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, January 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the East Coast blizzard that wasn’t a blizzard and resulted in a government mandated virtual shutdown of transportation from New York City to Boston that will ultimately cost billions of dollars in lost business revenue. Alex also covers the stupendous waste of money as taxpayers fork out a quarter of a million dollars to send Obama to meet the new leader of a country that funds terror, whips and beheads citizens and prevents women from driving. On today’s show, Alex talks with Joseph Curl, the writer and political…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-26, Monday

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Monday, January 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Jones looks at the historic blizzard expected to hit the east coast, exploring how the climate change crowd rationalizes cold weather as an exception to global warming. Alex also breaks down a new social experiment exhibiting how ill-informed Americans will dispense with critical thinking so long as they're approached in a calm, assertive manner, and examines the outcome of the Greek elections, prompting globalist austerity measures to come under renewed scrutiny. On today's show, Alex welcomes founder of the multi-platinum industrial…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-25, Sunday

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Sunday, January 25 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the ever-expanding surveillance and police state as Edward Snowden reveals a secret iPhone feature that allows expanded government spying on citizens. He also covers the alleged murder of two Japanese citizens at the hands of the Islamic State, the potential of U.S. boots on the ground in Ukraine as tensions rise there, and the election win of an anti-EU, anti-austerity political party in Greece that threatens the political hegemony of the banksters in Europe.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-23, Friday

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Friday, January 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the death of Saudi King Abdullah, who ruled a regime that eradicated free speech, banned women drivers and beheaded people for minor offenses. World leaders are fawning over his death despite his atrocious human rights record. In other news, a UFC star was tased by police after asking the cops to identify themselves and a Harvard professor revealed the government plans to eventually use "mosquito drones" to extract DNA from targeted individuals.
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  • Vox Sentences: The Fed hasn't sounded this happy about the economy in years. That might be bad.

    Dylan Matthews
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    1. Give me rate hikes, but not yet Fed chair Janet Yellen. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) The Fed kept interest rates the same today. They haven't been raised in the past six years since the financial crisis hit. [Vox / Danielle Kurtzleben] The announcement was more optimistic about the state of the economy than other recent Fed statements, leading some observers to conclude that the Fed "remains on course to raise its benchmark interest rate as soon as June." [NYT / Binyamin Appelbaum] If you're not a monetary policy nerd: low interest rates, all else being equal, are good for growth/jobs but…
  • Obama's attorney general nominee thinks pot is more dangerous than alcohol. She's wrong.

    German Lopez
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    US attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday said at a congressional hearing that she disagrees with President Barack Obama on his views that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) asked whether Lynch agreed with Obama's statements to the New Yorker that pot is no more dangerous than alcohol. Lynch responded, "I certainly don't hold that view and don't agree with that view of marijuana as a substance. I certainly think that the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion — neither of which I am able to share." But the…
  • Google is bringing superfast internet to four cities. Cable companies should be terrified.

    Timothy B. Lee
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Google is escalating its fight with conventional broadband internet providers, announcing plans this week to expand its super-fast internet serviceto four new metropolitan areas in the American South. The Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham metro areas will soon join Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, Utah, in Google's high-speed internet club. Google Fiber is trying to solve a basic problem with American broadband service: using fiber optic cables, it's possible to build internet service that is 10 to 50 times faster than the typical broadband connection today. Faster broadband is…
  • This is just a horrifying paragraph about food safety in America

    Brad Plumer
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This week's New Yorker has a terrific feature by Wil S. Hylton about some of the big problems with food-safety regulation in America. Everyone should go read his piece, but the paragraph below stands out. Back in 2013, US officials had good reason to believe that Foster Farms, a company in California, was shipping tainted chicken and causing a massive drug-resistant salmonella outbreak that was sickening hundreds. Yet for months, there was very little regulators could do, legally speaking, to stop it: Identifying the cause of an outbreak is much simpler than trying to stop one. Once…
  • Study: Politicians listen to rich people, not you

    Andrew Prokop
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Who really matters in our democracy — the general public, or wealthy elites? That's the topic of a recent study by political scientists Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin Page of Northwestern. The study's gotten lots of attention over the past year, because the authors conclude, basically, that the US is a corrupt oligarchy where ordinary voters barely matter. Or as they put it, "economic elites and organized interest groups play a substantial part in affecting public policy, but the general public has little or no independent influence." But can that be right? Let's walk through the…
 
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  • Use Cash

    Joseph Salerno
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Bloomberg reports that the yield on more than $4 trilllion of sovereign debt has turned negative.  Investors are now paying the Swiss government to borrow from them for longer than a decade and paying the German government to borrow for a lustrum.  For all Euro-area nations, according to Bloomberg calculations, average yields on sovereign debt are now at 0.68%.  With the quantitative easing program of the ECB set to begin in earnest in March and to likely drive bond yields even lower, what’s an investor to do?  Dr. Brendan Brown, Head of Economic Research for  Mitsubishi UFJ…
  • Bureaucrats Have Always Been Corrupt

    No Author
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The greatest problem with government is how it consumes capital until it kills the private sector. This has been the course of every government – power corrupts universally. The bureaucracy has also gamed the private sector for personal gain. They currently are exploiting of the people through Civil Asset Forfeiture which is reminiscent of the Roman legions who just began to sack their own cities to pay themselves. Pictured above are “Fouree Denarii” or Claudius (41-54AD) a member of the Julio-Claudian line just prior to Nero.  These are genuine coin dies struck on copper planchets…
  • 7 Big Lies

    No Author
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The film American Sniper, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in January. Yet the film, the autobiography of the same name, and the reputation of Chris Kyle are all built on a set of half-truths, myths and outright lies that Hollywood didn’t see fit to clear up. Here are seven lies about Chris Kyle and the story that director Clint Eastwood is telling: 1. The Film Suggests the Iraq War Was In Response To 9/11: One way to get audiences to unambiguously support Kyle’s actions in the film is to believe…
  • The Man With 26 Million Students

    Michael Shedlock
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Zach Sims, a college dropout founded Codecademy, a website which enables users to learn six popular programming languages, via a simple interface, for free. Codecademy is three years old now, and Sims has 26 million students. Sims was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos to talk about online education. He was Codecademy’s first student, creating Codecademy to teach himself. Please consider The Man with 26 Million Students. One unlikely WEF attendee – a 24-year-old from New York who dropped out of Columbia University before completing his degree – is grabbing the…
  • Can You Regenerate a Damaged Brain?

    No Author
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Although 2014 was the shining year for numerous foods, many would attest that turmeric held the gold medal in ‘hottest foods of 2014.’ The spice is relatively reasonably priced, available, and boasts seemingly countless health benefits. One of those benefits is revealed in a study conducted relatively recently, one which found that turmeric may contribute to the regeneration of a ‘damaged brain’ and help with neurological disorders. Published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy, this recent study both showcases yet another benefit of turmeric while providing evidence that…
 
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  • Video: African Pension Funds Diving into Private Equity

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    Here’s a panel discussion on the rise of private equity as an investment option for African pension funds. The discussion was held in January at an event sponsored by the Africonomie Group – but the footage was released this week. From the video description: Africa pension funds remain underweight in private equity due to restrictive allocations caps that limit or hinder investments into Africa PE funds. However this trend is changing, buoyed by increases in asset under management and better understanding of PE strategies – appetite for PE is growing. This interactive session…
  • Jacksonville Mayoral Candidate Wants to Use Sales Tax to Pay Down Pension Debt

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Bill Bishop, a candidate for mayor of Jacksonville, this week addressed one of the city’s hottest topics: pension debt and reform. Bishop said he would levy a sales tax increase and use the revenue to pay down the city’s pension debt. From the Florida Times-Union: City Councilman Bill Bishop, who is running for mayor, said Monday during a forum hosted by the Meninak Club of Jacksonville that putting a half-cent sales tax on the ballot would be the best way to shore up the finances of Jacksonville’s pension system. Bishop said the economy is recovering so tax revenue is increasing, but…
  • Canada Pension Chief Talks Profitable Alibaba Investment

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The chief executive of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) talked with the Financial Post this week about the Board’s investment in Alibaba in 2011. At the time, Alibaba was an unknown tech company in China. A few years later, the company’s initial public offering was the largest in history. But CPPIB CEO Mark Wiseman says the investment was no “quick win”. He told the Financial Post: The US$314.5-million investment, while very profitable, happened because of a decision more than five years earlier to put “feet on the ground in Asia” by opening an office in Hong Kong…
  • Government Panel Likely to Call For Military Pension Changes

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission has spent the last two years drawing up policy proposals to decrease the cost of military benefits, including retirement benefits. The Commission will make the proposals to Congress on Thursday, but people familiar with the report have already been revealing its contents to the USA Today and the Military Times. According to the sources, the report will propose big changes to the military’s retirement system – including the phase-out of the military’s current defined-benefit plan, in favor of a hybrid plan that features…
  • Where Does Bruce Rauner Stand on Pension Reform?

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    When talking pensions on the campaign trail early in 2014, Bruce Rauner said that new hires, current workers and retirees all would need to be on the receiving end of pension benefit cuts. But Rauner has softened that stance in recent months; the Illinois governor now says the benefits accrued by current workers and retirees need to be protected. From NBC Chicago: [Rauner remarked] that it’s most important to “protect what is done—don’t change history. Don’t modify or reduce anybody’s pension who has retired, or has paid into a system and they’ve accrued benefits. Those don’t…
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    Message President

  • necesito q nos ayude a tumbar a maduro de la presidencia

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    necesitamos su ayuda señor obama porque ya no aguantamos este presidente que tenemos que es nicolas maduro porque cada dia mas sigue robando a venezuela
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    28 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    I WAS A GREAT MOVEMENT INDIA WITNESS IN YOURS HISTORIC VISIT....
  • 27 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Dear Mr. Barack Obama Sir I beg to say that I am a big fan of u.I want to hug u sir.this is my dream also.l am soo inspired by Your way of thinking everything u did,way of talking,and everything else.I want to be a citizen of your country.l love U nd USA.l want to spend my whole life in USA.So plz sir help me nd let me to come your country.l will be very thankful to you. Yours faithfully Jatinder Singh
  • disabled veterain

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Dear president Obama i am a disabled viet Nam vet ,i was wounded Feb 9th 1968 in viet Nam , ( land mine ) I was hurt but finished my tour of duty, after the war i tried to get help with my back and was denied help ,all my life i lived in pain paying out of pocket for medical , i tried several more times over the years to get the record straight , i am now 100% disabled because of this land mine incident .starting in 1991 i tried to get help again and i finally did in 2012 am now 100% disabled , all i have left to do is get my purple , and i have tried and tried , i have letters from eye…
  • Greetings

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Dear sir Mr.Barack Obama, Its our great pleasure to have you on the occasion of Republic day of India.Thanx a lot to visit India.You are not only the President of U.S.A.but, a hero of the world.Your nature,your behave,your works your thoughts every thing is great.I wish you all the happiness of the life be with you.Once again thanx to visit India. Your big fan, with great regards, Md.Naseem Khan, 36/H/7,D.C.Dey Road,Kolkata-700015,INDIA, Phone-91-9330947046,e-mail-naseemkhan1959@gmail.com
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • 6 Trucks of Gold, Antiques, Jade, Paintings, Cash… Which Tiger Owned These?

    Monica Song
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    The latest “tiger” to be arrested in China is Ling Jihua, a former presidential top aide, and vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee. Ling is the most high-ranking serving official with such influence, and his downfall is significant. Ling wielded power as head of the United Front Work Department by working as top aide to then president Hu Jintao for a decade. Ling Jihua’s family assets and wealth are tied up in property, the mining industry, transportation, advertizing, city security, and Internet information technology,…
  • Phew!!! New York’s Non-Blizzard of 2015

    James Burke
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    Well this is being posted in the disaster category of the World section as that was what was kind of predicated, but hey that’s not what happened and we’re glad of it. Winter Storm Juno was being billed as being a massive blizzard but it wasn’t. Predications of 30 inches of snow for New York City were put to shame as a small percentage of that guestimate instead settled on the ground. Not that anyone should be complaining. As you can see in the above video it makes the Big Apple look that bit more special. It also prompted some great tweets which we have chosen three of the better ones…
  • Former Chinese Leader Jiang Zemin’s Son Is in Deep Water

    Cecilia
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Jiang Mianheng, son of Jiang Zemin—ex-chief of the Chinese Communist Partyis poised on the brink of a huge downfall. The Chinese Academy of Sciences announced on Jan. 6 that Jiang Mianheng would no longer serve as president of the academy’s Shanghai branch due to his age. On Jan. 19, Chinese media posted a long article on Weixin titled: “Jiang Mianheng’s Role in Life” which divulged details of how he became a tycoon based in Shanghai. According to the article, Jiang’s first move in the business world, after returning from studying overseas, was in 1994 when he…
  • Why Does America Ignore the Radical Boko Haram?

    Ben Maloney
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Between January 3 – 7, the radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram went on a brutal rampage in Nigeria’s north-east, according to some accounts killing an estimated 2000 people. The Nigerian government disputes these high figures though, saying that around 150 people were killed. Either way, it’s a part of Boko Haram’s ISIS like aspirations to set up a caliphate which has resulted in the displacing of tens of thousands of Africans. Last year they killed an estimated 11,245 people. While it appears ISIS in the Middle East is currently being contained, the opposite…
  • Man’s House Disappears After He Went for a Walk… What Happened?

    Jane Tseng
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    If you live in this area or nearby, please be careful because your home or even your life might just get swallowed up by the street overnight! The ground in front of 93 Denei Avenue in Beijing caved in twice early on Jan. 24, leaving a gaping hole that was 49 feet long, 16 feet wide, and 33 feet deep. A witness surnamed Jin said he received a phone call early that morning to move his car because he had parked it near the site of the first collapse. He hurried to the parking lot to shift it. And then the second collapse happened. Workers started reconstruction after the second collapse.
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    The National Memo

  • Perry Says Exploration Of Presidential Bid ‘Moving Right Along,’ In Spite Of Legal Setback

    Robert T Garrett
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    By Robert T. Garrett, The Dallas Morning News (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a setback this week in his efforts to quash a criminal indictment won’t deter him from stumping in the early primary states as he explores whether to run for president again. “We’re moving right along as we had expected to,” Perry said at an Austin news conference. “We’ll make a decision (on running) and I’ll actually make an announcement in the May-June timetable, just like we had intended to before this.” Perry, a Republican who served…
  • Endorse This: Sarah Palin vs. … Fox News!

    Eric Kleefeld
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Sarah Palin’s word salad speech in Iowa last weekend might just have been a serious turning point, with many conservative media now openly calling her out. And she’s not very happy about it! Click above to watch Palin go on Fox News to declare that some of the network’s own personalities are undermining the “war” against liberals by criticizing her — with the key moment at the 4:30 mark — then share this video! Video via Hannity/Fox News. Get More to Endorse Delivered to Your Inbox Close Thank you for subscribing!
  • Senate Democrats Press Immigration Funds Without Blocking Obama

    Kathleen Hunter and Billy House
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    By Kathleen Hunter and Billy House, Bloomberg News (TNS) WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are increasing pressure on majority Republicans to abandon plans to block President Barack Obama’s immigration orders as a condition of funding the Homeland Security Department. Second-ranking Senate Democrat Richard Durbin said it would be “the height of irresponsibility,” given recent terrorist attacks in France and elsewhere, for Republicans to use the spending measure to try to thwart Obama’s easing of the deportation of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. “Now is…
  • Justice Nominee Loretta Lynch Tells Senate Committee: I Am Not Eric Holder

    Timothy M. Phelps
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch responded to waves of attacks against her predecessor with calm empathy Wednesday, telling a Republican questioner that “No, I am not Eric Holder.” “How are you going to be different?” from Holder, asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch,” the nominee responded. “I pledge that I want to hear your concerns. I want to discuss those issues with you.” Lynch, currently the U.S. attorney for the Eastern…
  • The Office-Friendly Workout You Can Do Without Feeling Like An Idiot

    Anita Mirchandani
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    By Anita Mirchandani, FITBIE.com (TNS) There’s always a slump at some point of the workday when you need that pick-me-up. Sure, it’s easy to gravitate toward snacking, but why not get your blood pumping, instead? A recent study found that lunchtime walks can drastically improve your workday by bettering “enthusiasm, relaxation and nervousness,” which goes a long way for an employee’s productivity. If slipping away from the desk isn’t as easy a task, have no fear — there’s always a way to use your office as a workout. “Since most of your…
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    nFates Reviews

  • The great scientist and the great hunter

    Neil Flesch
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    The great scientist and the great hunter I love reading the work of scientists from the most different areas. That to me is like a hobby and a distraction as some people have the habit of reading jokes on the Internet. The healthy habit of giggling relieve me of emotional tension and profound contempt I … Continue reading →
  • Upgrading and Downgrading Everything

    Neil Flesch
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Upgrading and Downgrading Everything Once Nietzsche generally wrote about the role played by those who want to turn or make the humanity “better”. To achieve widely all the variants and possibilities involved in such task would require the human being to detach from artificial concepts of what is “good” and “evil” which, in essence, are … Continue reading →
  • The man of the future

    Neil Flesch
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    The man of the future Legend has it that once Hitler had dreamed or glimpsed the “man of the future” and that he had been afraid to realize the evil of atmosphere emanating through his eyes, movements and words spoken. In my opinion, nothing can be more childish than abstract and maintain such a statement … Continue reading →
  • Without Hope and Faith

    Neil Flesch
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Without Hope and Faith The whole world is basically full of two types of people: the ignorant and the stupid. And to talk about good and bad people, within the universe of ignorant and stupid people in which they, the good and bad people are inserted, it is necessary to find a common denominator among … Continue reading →
  • Nostalgia

    Ken W. Simpson
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    Nostalgia Pangs of loneliness creep like shadows and fleeting images sad and solemn of truants hiding stealthy as the slide of tides observed with half-closed eyes finding freedom in perversity and the serenity of silence.   Home | Contact FormFiled under: Poetry Tagged: Blog, Books, Fiction, Life, Love, Personal, Photography, Thoughts, Watch & listen, Writing
 
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan Brussels.-

    Miguel Atanet
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan Brussels.- MEPs are to debate the details of the European Fund for Strategic Investments - also known as the “Juncker Plan” - this afternoon with Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen. The debate is scheduled to start at around 16.30. You can watch the plenary debate via EP Live, and EbS+.
  • Meeting of E3 Political Directors and Iran on Iran talks Brussels.- The E3

    Miguel Atanet
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Meeting of E3 Political Directors and Iran on Iran talks Brussels.- The E3 Political Directors and their Iranian counterparts will meet on 29 January 2015 in Istanbul for a one-day meeting as part of ongoing diplomatic efforts to find a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. EU Political Director Helga Schmid has been invited to join the meeting. The meeting underlines the commitment and importance that the E3 - France, Germany and the United Kingdom- as well as the EU attach to making progress as soon as possible towards a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
  • The price of the Iranian oil barrel

    Miguel Atanet
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Hanged in Iran Hanged in Iran.wmv Video: Hanged in Iran The price of the Iranian oil barrel
  • Lithuania became the 19th member state of the euro area

    Miguel Atanet
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Lithuania to the euro. Lithuanian people. On 1 January 2015 Lithuania became the 19th member state of the euro area, with euro coins and banknotes entering circulation on the same day. The country joined a number of euro area institutions and euro-related governance structures. Joining the euro area will attract investment and help companies grow. It will mean more security and stability as well. And it will make life easier for ordinary citizens, for example, when travelling or buying on-line. As of 1 January Lithuania is member of the euro area's central banking system –…
  • Parliament supports recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution

    Miguel Atanet
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments Peace needs other weapons The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed today.   “Parliamentarians for Peace” To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for…
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    Political Wire

  • McCain Says Palin Would Be a ‘Great’ Candidate

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Sen. Johm McCain (R-AZ) told the Washington Post that his former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, would be a viable White House contender if she chose to run. Said McCain: “She’s very interesting. And I’m sure she’d do great.” The post McCain Says Palin Would Be a ‘Great’ Candidate appeared first on Political Wire.
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