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  • McCain mocks Cruz claim on guns

    POLITICO - TOP Stories
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    "I was fascinated to hear that because I haven't heard a thing about it from him," McCain says.
  • Why Do Americans Need So Many Guns

    Yabberz: Top Stories
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Some of us think there are too many guns available to too many people who should not have access to a gun The number of guns owned by civilians in the USA is estimated to be more than 300 million With that many guns available to people ....
  • Happy Hour Roundup

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    Paul Waldman
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    * What if you’re a Republican governor who doesn’t want poor people in your state to have health insurance, but also wants the federal government to give money to your state’s hospitals? You sue ‘em, apparently: The fight over ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texas’s Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the […]
  • The Dilemmas of Maker Culture

    The Atlantic
    John Tierney
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Ian Schick/AP What are some of the fast-changing elements of the "maker movement" currently reshaping part of the American economy? In an item here a few days ago, I went through some of major developments in recent years affecting the maker movement and looked at where some experts think it's heading in the future. Now, I want to consider some of the intriguing challenges and dilemmas (educational, legal, moral, and ethical) all this will increasingly pose in the years to come. Before I continue, here's a quick recap. I'm writing in these two posts about what panelists at the recent…
  • Obama Sends Warship to Yemen in Iran Showdown

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    AndreaMackris
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of Iranian ships may be headed toward Yemen to arm the Houthis. The Houthis are battling government-backed fighters in an effort to take control of the country.
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    The Atlantic

  • Google Joins the Search For the Loch Ness Monster

    Adrienne LaFrance
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Google The tale of the Loch Ness monster has always been, in a funny way, a story about technology. More specifically, it is a story about how machines can bump up against the edge of a mystery, and provoke a sense of wonder that eyewitness testimony cannot. There's the famous photograph, of course. Grainy, black-and-white, with the silhouette of a creature sloping into the rippled water. When it emerged in 1934, the Surgeon's Photograph, as it's known, caused a sensation. It was later revealed to be a hoax in what has become a long tradition of elaborate, made-up images of the monster.
  • The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

    Chris Heller
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/389607/the-horrors-of-rat-hole-mining/
  • Serendipity in Tonsillectomy

    James Hamblin
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    FCG/Shutterstock "They ought to be disengaged by the finger and removed," the Roman aristocrat Cornelius Celsus wrote of tonsils in the time of Jesus of Nazareth. If the finger proved ineffective, Celsus recommended lassoing the tonsils and pulling them forward before severing them with a scalpel. And he was not the first. A millennium earlier, the procedure was described in Hindu medical literature—with the prudent caveat that "so much blood may be discharged as will destroy the individual." By the late 1950s, around 1,400,000 tonsillectomies were performed annually in the United States,…
  • A Marathon Through the Shadows

    Adam Chandler
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Elise Amendola/AP On Monday in Boston, Massachusetts, tens of thousands of runners braved cold and slick conditions to participate in the 119th Boston Marathon. Just two years after the infamous attack on the annual race, this year's festivities appeared to mark a return to normalcy—30,000 marathoners participated, up from last year's 27,000. Another 2,000 were turned away due to space limitations. "Runners and spectators are expected to pump $182 million into the local economy," noted G. Jeffrey MacDonald. "That represents a 33% increase since before the bombings." As for the race itself,…
  • The Dilemmas of Maker Culture

    John Tierney
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Ian Schick/AP What are some of the fast-changing elements of the "maker movement" currently reshaping part of the American economy? In an item here a few days ago, I went through some of major developments in recent years affecting the maker movement and looked at where some experts think it's heading in the future. Now, I want to consider some of the intriguing challenges and dilemmas (educational, legal, moral, and ethical) all this will increasingly pose in the years to come. Before I continue, here's a quick recap. I'm writing in these two posts about what panelists at the recent…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls. Baker: Maybe people don't want policies that rig the deck for the rich

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Not new. But still relevant. Dean Baker in his "Beat the Press" blog at the Center for Economic and Policy Research writes NYT Misses Story on Redistribution: Maybe People Don't Want Government Policies that Rig the Deck for the Rich: Neil Irwin had an interesting Upshot piece that noted polling data showing people do not favor much higher taxes on the rich. It questioned why it was that people were opposed to redistribution even though inequality has become a major national concern. A major problem with this sort of analysis is that it treats distribution as though it is only a function of…
  • 'Ex Machina' asks why do all the smart robots end up wanting to kill us?

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Alicia Vikander as Ava in Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina' It's a tale as old as dirt. Man plays God and creates life in our own vision. Some see the creation as tools to do with as we please, while others empathize and have feelings for the new creation. But sooner or later, things get complicated. This is the basis for Alex Garland's film, Ex Machina, which both examines these issues in very intelligent ways and also falls into Hollywood cliches. The biggest of those cliches is a fear of discovery leading to disaster, which runs through a LOT of stories over the past few thousand years. This is…
  • Did Hillary Clinton just take Social Security cuts off the table?

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Here's a good place for Hillary Clinton to start making that contrast with the potential Republican nominee in 2016: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't quite lay out a detailed proposal for Social Security, but in remarks at a roundtable event in New Hampshire on Monday, she did suggest that Republican proposals to "privatize" or "undermine" the program are "just wrong." […] "My only question to everybody who thinks we can privatize Social Security or undermine it in some way is, so then what's going to happen to all these people like you who worked 27 years at this other…
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich pondering whether God wants him to run for president

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    One of the dangers of relying on guidance from God in order to determine whether you will or will not be running for president is that God seems invariably to tell candidates whatever they want to hear. On Meet The Press, Gov. Kasich said, “My family is a consideration, and number two, the most important thing is, what does the Lord want me to do with my life? You know, he puts us on Earth, all of us on Earth, to achieve certain purposes, and I’m trying to determine if this is what the Lord wants, and I’m not going to figure that out laying in bed hoping lightning strikes, so I’m out…
  • Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says Trans-Pacific Partnership is good and deserves fast tracking

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    When First Lady Michelle Obama came to Los Angeles a year ago February to raise money for the  Democratic Party at the home of the producers of "Everybody Loves Raymond," trade pact  activists were there to tell her that "Nobody Loves the TPP." Congress is on the verge of voting for "fast-tracking" the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade deal that has been negotiated secretly for the past decade. Only pieces of the draft deal have come into public view, and the biggest hunk of those because of Wikileaks. A fast-track bill that is an awfully lot like this one failed in 2014,…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Michael Brown Memorial Tree Chopped Down

    rcade
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    A memorial tree for Michael Brown in January-Wabash Park in Ferguson, Missouri, was found cut in half and a stone memorial was missing less than 24 hours after being dedicated. The tree was dedicated by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association on Saturday, but was found vandalized on Sunday morning.
  • 124-Pound Woman Eats 3 72-Ounce Steaks in 20 Minutes

    rcade
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Molly Schuyler, a 124-pound mother of four and competitive eater, scarfed down three 72-ounce steaks, three baked potatoes, three side salads, three rolls and three shrimp cocktails in 20 minutes, setting a world record at Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. She beat four teams eating with partners. "We've been doing this contest since 1960, and in all that time we've never had anybody come in to actually eat that many steaks at one time," restaurant owner Bobby Lee told KVII.
  • Playboy-Posing Soldier Takes Flag from Protesters

    Whatsleft
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Police in Georgia arrested a U.S. veteran on Friday after she took an American flag away from students who were trampling it. Michelle Manhart, a former Air Force staff sergeant who left the military after posing nude for Playboy, took the flag from a group of African-American students at Valdosta State University who were demonstrating against racism. Manhart, who is white, was handcuffed but has not been charged with a crime. A video of the confrontation, recorded by Manhart's daughter, shows a strange three-way standoff between students, Manhart and VSU police. The spat could hardly have…
  • TSA Agents in Denver Conspired to Grope Men in the Groin

    rcade
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers. According to law enforcement reports, a male TSA screener who saw an attractive male passenger told a female TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer incorrectly that the passenger was female. This caused the computer to report an "anomaly in the genital area" that allowed the male TSA screener to pat the man down there.
  • Obama Sends Warship to Yemen in Iran Showdown

    AndreaMackris
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of Iranian ships may be headed toward Yemen to arm the Houthis. The Houthis are battling government-backed fighters in an effort to take control of the country.
 
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  • Horrifying

    Josh Marshall
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    One of the couple dozen survivors of that migrant ship that sunk on the way from Libya to Italy says the smugglers locked hundreds of people in the hold before it went under. Estimates of the dead, all based on survivor accounts, range from 700 to 950 people aboard, with only 28 survivors found so far. As this article notes, the lack of bodies - only 24 have been found so far - makes more sense if they're all contained locked inside the ship.
  • That Settles It, No?

    Josh Marshall
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    The race was off to a pretty exciting start. But the Koch Brothers have called it early. They apparently say the GOP nominee should be Scott Walker.
  • What's Going on Here?

    Josh Marshall
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    We now know that the two Tulsa World reporters behind the blockbuster story about the allegedly falsified training records in the Eric Harris shooting left to join a soon-to-be-launched local news website. So what's the status of their story? In a follow up interview, the Executive Editor of the Tulsa World tells us that while she has no reason to doubt the sources behind she says, "their sources are not sources to anyone else in my newsroom right now. So I'm trying to establish contact with those sources and make sure that they are standing by that." Catherine Thompson has our report.
  • Sorry. Comey Had a Point

    Josh Marshall
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The US is in a minor diplomatic row with Poland of all countries. And it's over the Holocaust. Last week FBI Director James Comey made a statement that appeared to suggest the Poles (and Hugary for that matter) were responsible for the horrors of the Holocaust on something like a par with Germany. The Poles are outraged and demanding apologies. And the US Ambassador to Poland has now apologized on the United States' behalf. Read More →
  • Huh?

    Josh Marshall
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    A short while ago we reported that the two reporters who broke the story of the allegedly falsified records of that volunteer sheriff's deputy had abruptly resigned from The Tulsa World. What's more, the Executive Editor of the paper declined to say that the paper was standing behind the blockbuster story. Now we've heard from the reporters in question that they left to work at a new local news website and that their departure had nothing to do with that story. We've updated our story and you read the update here. Still leaves a pretty big mystery about why the paper won't say it still stands…
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Wish I could make myself care about the NBA playoffs. Maybe if the Hawks get through the first round.... Here are some remains of the day: * Breaking news: David Koch tells a New York audience he and his brother think Scott Walker best bet for GOP in 2016. If this means they'll spend money to help him win nomination, that's huge * Podesta dismisses new anti-Clinton book as web of conspiracy theories by former contributor to Brietbart. * Next GOP presidential cattle call this Saturday in Iowa, where 9 presidential wabbabes (so far) confirmed for annual clambake of local chapter of Ralph Reed's…
  • False Analogy Alert: No, Every Bad Candidate Isn't McCain '08

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I said at Lunch Buffet I might return to this if the political news remained slow. And since I haven't figured out anything distinctive to say about today's Big Story, the deal the New York Times and Fox News cut for access to source material from a conservative author about to release a book alleging corruption at the Clinton Foundation (you can read Martin Longman's take on the Times' participation here), I shall return to Eliana Johnson's scenario for a New Hampshire-based Chris Christie comeback. I'm interested in this not so much out of any particular hostility to Christie or his…
  • Cruz's Rickety Electability Argument

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    One of the early presidential cycle themes here at PA has been to look a little more closely at the various GOP candidates' electability arguments. There's a bad habit among political analysts to think of ideology and electability as mutually exclusive choices, as voters decide to go with their heads or their hearts. But not even the most obsessive ideologue runs for president conceding electability to their intra-party opponents. And that's especially true among Republican hard-core conservatives, who have a tradition dating all the way back to the 1940s of arguing that moderate presidential…
  • Glastris: Choosing a College the "Other" Way

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    On Friday WaMo editor in chief Paul Glastris, co-author with Jane Sweetland of The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You, was on MSNBC's The Cycle to talk about how students and parents can get their acts together before the May 1 date on which most colleges expect final decisions to be made by those wishing to enroll in the fall. Glastris walked The Cycle's hosts through a series of pressure points on which the book can be helpful, including pre-college preparation, fihding the right "fit," measuring value in terms of bang for the buck, graduation rates and loan burdens,…
  • Lunch Buffet

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    I'm always a little nervous when commenting on the views of political scientists (as opposed to those of, say, Mark Halperin), as I just did in the last post. I've taken a grand total of one poli sci course in my life, and that was "Classical Political Theory," focused almost entirely on Plato and Aristotle. Then again, I spent many years as a professional speechwriter before I even became aware there was this new discipline called "political communications" sprouting up in colleges everywhere. So I try to avoid the chip-on-the-shoulder of the unschooled practitioner, born of the fear of…
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    The New Republic

  • All Apologies

    Naomi Fry
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The strange thing about memory is the way in which certain moments can be lost to you for years, even decades, until something or someone reminds you of them, and you feel their sudden presence with a stupid, piercing longing. Stupid because those moments seem too minor, not to mention too long gone
  • Gods and Profits

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Capitalism is a system braced by stories. Consider the rise of the liberal individual, a kind of atomistic personhood, distinct from all other persons. It seems the whole Enlightenment had a hand in creating this particular view of man—yet the concept was unknown to the people of the medieval and
  • The Bot Bubble

    Doug Bock Clark
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Every morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework in Lapu-Lapu City. The building towers above the slums surrounding it—houses made of scrap wood with muddy goat pens in place of ya
  • Ben Affleck Was Wrong, But Henry Louis Gates Made It Worse

    Jamil Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    You might say Anderson Cooper had the proper reaction when he was informed that one of his ancestors held slaves, and had in fact been killed by one of them with a farm hoe. After a “wow” and a “whoa,” the CNN anchor told host Henry Louis “Skip” Gates on a
  • The World's Medical Supply Chain Is Riddled With Counterfeit Drugs

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    In 2012, the FDA warned physicians and medical practices that their supplies of bevacizumab, an expensive drug used in combination with chemotherapy to inhibit tumor growth, might be tainted. It turns out some hospitals were literally giving cancer patients cornstarch instead of anticancer meds: The
 
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    TIME

  • The Third Amigo Runs for President

    Alex Rogers
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Sen. Lindsey Graham has watched two of his closest friends run unsuccessfully for president. Now, as he gears up for his own bid in 2016, the South Carolina Republican is hoping to use the lessons learned from their experiences to win. Along with Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, Graham has long been one of the “three amigos” — veteran politicians with an easy camaraderie built on a shared hawkish approach to foreign policy. But while Lieberman’s bid for the Democratic nomination in 2004 failed to gain momentum and McCain’s…
  • Hillary Clinton Continues Listening Tour in New Hampshire

    Sam Frizell
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton responded to renewed controversy on Monday about the Clinton Foundation’s dealings, even as she sought to focus attention on her conversations with New Hampshire voters and a broad-brush economic vision. “We’re back into the political scene, and therefore we will be subjected to all kinds of distractions and I’m ready for it,” Clinton told reporters. “I know that comes unfortunately with the territory.” “It is, I think, worth noting that the Republicans seem to be talking only about me,” she continued. “They…
  • Meet the Three Best Friends Who All Ran for President

    Marisa Schwartz
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
  • This App Will Flag Your Offensive Tweets Before Your Future Employer Sees Them

    Zeke J Miller
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Ethan Czahor’s dreams collapsed on the national stage earlier this year. The 31-year-old age digital whiz had spent years positioning himself to work in politics and earlier this year Jeb Bush’s campaign came calling, hiring Czahor as its chief technology officer. He lasted 36 hours, done in by a history of offensive tweets and blog posts that was uncovered by reporters and opposition researchers after TIME broke the news of his hire. Now, two months later, he is looking to make his comeback, turning lemons into lemonade with Clear, an app designed to keep what happened to him…
  • Jeb Bush Narrowly Leads Tight Republican Presidential Race, Poll Says

    Noah Rayman
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is enjoying a slight lead over his likely Republican rivals for president, according to a new poll, but the nominating contest remains tight with no overwhelming front-runner. The news came as Bush announced he would travel to Germany, Poland and Estonia early next month, giving him a chance to burnish his foreign policy credentials as he prepares to formally launch his bid for the presidency. The CNN/ORC survey found that 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents support Bush in the primary race, while 12% back Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • US to announce decision for Nevada, California sage grouse

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to announce Tuesday whether she will move forward with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's earlier proposal to order federal protection for a type of sage grouse found only in California and Nevada.
  • South Korea to punish firms who bowed to North's wage pressure

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:26 pm
    South Korea said Tuesday it would punish three factory owners for bowing to North Korean pressure in a wage dispute over workers at the Kaesong joint industrial zone. The North unilaterally announced in February a wage hike for the more than 50,000 North Korean workers employed by South Korean firms operating in Kaesong, just north of the inter-Korean border. South Korea demurred, insisting that under a previous accord, employment conditions in the zone could only be adjusted with the agreement of both sides. As the row intensified, the Seoul government ordered the firms not to yield to…
  • N.Y. state Gov. Cuomo in Cuba, meets business, religious leaders

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo met with Cuban officials and business and religious leaders in Havana on a whirlwind tour with a delegation of US executives. Cuomo, the first US governor to visit the island since the countries announced in December they would move to restore diplomatic ties after more than half a century, on Monday held a working lunch with Cuban Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, his office said. The visit comes in the wake of a historic meeting between US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro at a summit in Panama this month.
  • US, Japan in 'grabbing distance' of pact on Asia trade deal

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:39 pm
    The United States and Japan are within "grabbing distance" of resolving their differences on a much-awaited massive Pacific free-trade pact, the top US diplomat for Asia said. Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel was speaking Monday, just days before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to arrive on a historic visit to Washington, where he will hold talks with US President Barack Obama and become the first Japanese premier to address a joint session of Congress. One of the issues at the top of the agenda in his talks with US officials from April 26 to May 3 will be the…
  • US to send Ukraine $18 million in food, health, shelter aid

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will supply Ukraine with nearly $18 million in aid to provide shelter, food vouchers, potable water and health and sanitation in regions affected by fighting between government forces and pro-Russia fighters.
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    Political Irony

  • Good News from the Republicans

    Iron Knee
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:28 pm
    I finally have something good to report about the Republicans. According to the LA Times, the GOP has given up on trying to repeal Obamacare. It only took five years, more than fifty repeal votes, and a few government shutdowns, but occasionally you can teach the Grand Old Party new tricks. According to a prominent Republican pollster, “Only 18% of Americans want to go back to the system we had before because they do not want to go back to some of the problems we had.” The only remaining problem is that those 18% appear to be the core of the Republican base. The ACA remains…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “President Obama just made his first presidential trip to the state of Utah. Obama spent his time in Utah just like you’d expect — telling people, ‘Uh, no, I don’t play for the Jazz.'” – Jimmy Fallon “While he was in Utah, Obama discussed immigration reform with leaders of the Mormon Church. Obama introduced the first lady. Then the church’s president introduced HIS first lady. And his second lady. And his third, fourth, and fifth ladies.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today was the annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn. Usually when you…
  • Known By Their Deeds

    Iron Knee
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Recently, Republicans have been trying to sound like class warriors, claiming that they care about the widening gap between the rich and the poor. Former VP candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) complained that “The Obmamnomics that we’re practicing now have exacerbated inequality”, and added that only “the wealthy are doing really well.” In January, Mitt Romney (Mr. 47%) told the RNC that he was concerned that “the rich have gotten richer” and “income inequality has gotten worse”. Even Ted Cruz (R-TX) got into the act, warning that “Right now,…
  • Approval Ratings?

    Iron Knee
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I don’t know where they got their numbers. The approval rating for Congress is now around 18% (although it went below 10% near the end of 2013). And Hillary Clinton’s approval rating is around 50% (although a few polls have put it higher than 67% in the past). Although this meme is still funny. And they seem to be correct in how often she has been named America’s “Most Admired Woman”. Related posts: God’s Approval Rating?
  • Un American

    Iron Knee
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:27 pm
    A very interesting survey from Bloomberg politics turns up results that are rather disturbing. I’ll quote directly from Bloomberg: Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the U.S. should support Israel even when its stances diverge with American interests … Democrats, by roughly the same ratio, say the opposite is true and that the U.S. must pursue its own interests over Israel’s. You read that right. Republicans put Israel’s interests above American interests. Can this possibly be true? Are Republicans really more loyal to a foreign country than to America?
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Water Pricing To Spur Conservation Ruled Unconstitutional

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:17 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage water conservation. The 3-0 ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds a Superior Court judge's decision that found that charging bigger water users incrementally higher rates violates a voter-approved law that prohibits government agencies from charging more than the cost of a service. The ruling comes shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown issued drought orders…
  • Defending the Right to Offend

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    This article is based on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech in Berlin on April 19. It is nearly 10 years since a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, unleashing a storm of protest by Muslims around the world, and exposing a rift in Europe between true believers in free expression and those prepared to appease religious zealots. At around that time, I came to Berlin to defend the right to offend. Sadly, that right is less secure today than it was in 2005. Think only of the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris on January 7, and the gruesome shootings of the people in the…
  • Hillary's Campaign Chair John Podesta Dismisses Allegations By New Book As 'Nothing New'

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    WASHINGTON -- John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, dismissed allegations of influence peddling at the Clinton Foundation made in a book scheduled for release early next month. Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, authored by Peter Schweizer, reportedly alleges financial donations to the global non-profit influenced U.S. policy in the Clinton White House and years later at the Clinton State Department. Podesta, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, dismissed the…
  • University Of Colorado Opens Campus For 4/20 Celebration

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    DENVER (AP) -- The University of Colorado in Boulder was open to the public on 4/20, the unofficial pot holiday, for the first time in four years on Monday. The school had blocked public access to snuff out one of the nation's largest marijuana celebrations. The crackdown eased this year, and campus remained open except for a gathering spot notorious for a huge crowd of weed smokers. University spokesman Ryan Huff said police did not issue any citations for pot use on campus. He said interest in the gathering has dwindled because there is no longer a protest element after marijuana was…
  • Scott Walker Tacks Far Right On Immigration

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Republicans often rail about undocumented immigrants. But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, took it a step further Monday by sounding some critical notes about the number of those who immigrate to the U.S. legally. "In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying -- the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages. Because the more I’ve talked to folks, I’ve talked to…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Misleading Breitbart.com Campaign Baselessly Links Country Star Tim McGraw With Gun Confiscation

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Breitbart.com is engaging in a campaign to attack musician Tim McGraw over his planned performance at a gun safety fundraiser by repeatedly connecting him to baseless fearmongering over "legalized firearm confiscation." On April 13, McGraw and gun safety group Sandy Hook Promise announced a July 17 concert in Hartford, Connecticut, to benefit Sandy Hook Promise's "mission of protecting children from gun violence." According to a statement on McGraw's website, "This cause is close to Tim's heart, as it is to the fiddle player in his touring band, Dean Brown, a longtime friend to Mark Barden, a…
  • Clinton Cash Author Peter Schweizer's Long History Of Errors, Retractions, And Questionable Sourcing

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Media should be cautious with Republican activist and strategist Peter Schweizer's new book Clinton Cash. Schweizer has a disreputable history of reporting marked by errors and retractions, with numerous reporters excoriating him for facts that "do not check out," sources that "do not exist," and a basic failure to practice "Journalism 101."INDEX:  Serial Misinformer Peter Schweizer Is Releasing A New Anti-Clinton Book Schweizer Is A Republican Activist And Consultant Schweizer Retracted "Incorrect" Report About Sen. Whitehouse USA Today Corrected Schweizer's False Reporting About…
  • O'Reilly Parrots Anti-Tax Group's False Claim That Obama Raised Taxes 442 Times

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly parroted a previously debunked claim that President Obama raised taxes more than 442 times since taking office -- a claim rated "Mostly False" by PolitiFact in 2014. During the April 20 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly pointed to federal tax revenue to dismiss political rhetoric on income inequality, lamenting the tax rates of "Americans earning more than $400,000" and noting that "the U.S. has the highest tax rate on business in the world." O'Reilly complained that President Obama…
  • On MSNBC's Maddow , David Brock Highlights The New York Times Joining Fox News To Push Opposition Research From Anti-Clinton Smear Book

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    From the April 20 edition of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show: Previously: Fox's Karl Rove Lauds Disreputable Author Of Clinton Smear Book: "He Has Got A Good Reputation As A Conscientious Researcher" Fox News Is Trumpeting The Latest Anti-Clinton Smear Book "Bombshell" Clinton Cash Author Peter Schweizer's Long History Of Errors, Retractions, And Questionable Sourcing
  • Watch MSNBC's Chris Hayes Grill Judith Miller On Her False Reporting On WMD In Run Up To The Iraq War

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    From the April 20 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:Previously: Where Are The Media's Iraq War Boosters 10 Years Later? Where Are They Now? Serial Iraq Misinformers Find Home At Fox
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • A Woman With a Mission

    cesar chelala
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    In 2001 the city of Troy, New York, had a new addition to its artistic heritage, the Martinez Gallery. Its owner, Laudelina Martínez, has made reality a long-held aspiration - to open a gallery that would showcase many notable Latin American artists, who are generally underrepresented in New York State. Laudelina Martínez, Owner of the Martinez Gallery. Photo courtesy of Michael Hart.The Martínez Gallery has been a center of a variety of cultural activities. It not only exhibits paintings and sculptures but also hosts literary readings, lectures and art events. The gallery now enjoys an…
  • Israelis celebrating Independence Day — in California

    Eduardo Guillen
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    By Rachel Marder, Jerusalem Post, Israel It is not easy to celebrate one’s country, nor pass on a love of home to one’s children, when living abroad. Though they may be far from the traditional barbecues and tearful ceremonies that take place in Jerusalem, Israelis who have moved to Los Angeles – whether recently or 20 years ago, (either way, it’s temporary, they claim) – find it critical to their identity as Israeli Americans to honor Independence Day and Remembrance Day in some way. For Zofia Yalovsky, neither day has been the same since her brother’s death. The 22-year-old, who…
  • China and Pakistan launch economic corridor plan worth $46 billion

    Reuters: World News
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - China and Pakistan launched a plan on Monday for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion, linking their economies and underscoring China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond.
  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to quit amid political scandal

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    South Korea's prime minister, who has denied an allegation that he took illegal funds from a businessman who committed suicide, has offered to resign, Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday.
  • 20 Innovators Protecting the Planet #EarthDay2015

    daniellenierenberg
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    by Sarah Small and Danielle Nierenberg April 22nd is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day—an important opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. On a planet in which hunger and food waste coexist, where crops feed biofuels or animals despite water and food shortages, and where obesity in one country contrasts starvation in another, solutions and innovations to help ensure a vibrant, healthy future are more important than ever. There are countless organizations and individuals who inspire us at Food Tank by producing creative…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #678 | To Spite Your Face

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:49 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses the difficulty of getting into the weed business in California, the Michael Brown memorial tree cut down, the cop who shot Rekia Boyd being found innocent, and trickle down white privilege. 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! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post…
  • #TWIBprime #678 | To Spite Your Face

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:49 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses the difficulty of getting into the weed business in California, the Michael Brown memorial tree cut down, the cop who shot Rekia Boyd being found innocent, and trickle down white privilege. 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! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post…
  • Black Girl Nerds #28 | Baratunde

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Jamie sits down with Baratunde Thurston to discuss being Black in certain spaces, the many levels of Blackness, and managing creativity. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax  @jamiebroadnax 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 @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  The post Black Girl Nerds #28 | Baratunde appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #677 | The Effing Economy

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses the verdict of the Aaron Hernandez trial, a Georgia Pharmacist refusing to fill a prescription, the officer who shot Eric Harris turns himself in, and the health benefits of orange soup. 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! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUMThe post #TWIBprime #677 | The Effing Economy appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #676 | Jesus Told Me Nah

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses the verdict of the Aaron Hernandez trial, a Georgia Pharmacist refusing to fill a prescription, the officer who shot Eric Harris turns himself in, and the health benefits of orange soup. 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! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUMThe post #TWIBprime #676 | Jesus Told Me Nah appeared first on #TWIBnation.
 
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    Wonkette

  • Good Christians To Smoke All The Homosexuals Out Of 2016 Candidates’ Hidey-Holes

    Evan Hurst
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It’s very tough to be a “family values” conservative these days! The Republican Party, for many years now, has viewed its wingnut anti-gay base as A Great Big Useful Idiot, so they all have a contest to see who can pay them the most lip service about God Hates Fags, and then they elect people who totally BETRAY THEM by failing to ban gays from even existing. Ken Mehlman used to run the RNC, and then he magically turned into a homosexual and now fights for so-called gay “marriage.” Laura Bush thinks it’s okay for the homosexuals to get married too! And do…
  • Jeb Bush Gonna Death-Panel Americans To Death, With Death Panels!

    Doktor Zoom
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Probable presidential candidate John Ellis Bush (“Jeb”) Bush, fresh off his recent interview bragging about how he saved Terri Schiavo’s life real good 13 years ago, has given some thought to how future governors can be saved from the anguish that he had to suffer in that case, and he thinks maybe the answer is that patients on Medicare should be required to make a plan for the kind of end-of-life care they want. You know, death panels. Read more on Jeb Bush Gonna Death-Panel Americans To Death, With Death Panels!…
  • Rand Paul Will Tell Us The Bad Thing Hillary Clinton Did, Just As Soon As You Find It For Him

    Kaili Joy Gray
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Rand Paul is not just a Bitcoin collector, self-certified “opthalmologist,” and occasional senator. He’s also a Citizen Journalist, and oooh boy howdy, has he got the dirtiest dirt on Hillary Clinton — even dirtier than that time he scooped the story on how her husband got a hummer in the last millennium, and it was probably her fault. Or he will have it, anyway, if you’ll find it for him: Read more on Rand Paul Will Tell Us The Bad Thing Hillary Clinton Did, Just As Soon As You Find It For Him…
  • FBI So Sorry Its Agents Lied About That Gross Hair Evidence For All Those Years

    Matt Carpenter
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Were you a defendant in a criminal case between 1970-2000? (You probably were.) Was it a serious crime in which prosecutors tried to match your hair to one at a crime scene? And did they use an FBI forensics expert to testify as to said match? Because if so, according to FBI, there’s a chance that Lady Justice was letting the testifying agent put his stupid, doughy finger on the scales. Read more on FBI So Sorry Its Agents Lied About That Gross Hair Evidence For All Those Years…
  • Poor Chris Christie Is Not A Rich Man. He’s Barely A Five-Millionaire!

    Doktor Zoom
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    So here’s a nice little thinky piece on income disparities and how the merely wealthy see themselves as not especially rich, particularly not when compared to their obscenely wealthy friends. It takes as its focus New Jersey Gov. Christie, whose family income came to a mere $698,838 in 2013 ($160,054 from his job as governor, and $475,854 from his wife’s income at an investment bank), according to his taxes. And yet, even though that’s definitely enough to put him into the top 1 percent of earners, Chris Christie doesn’t feel rich, as he explained in New Hampshire…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Favorite? Scott Walker brought his everyman pitch to New Hampshire this weekend, branding himself as the Kohl’s-wearing, Harley-riding governor. The Wisconsin Republican’s penchant for the discount clothing company — headquartered in his home state — first got attention when he spoke before an Iowa audience three months ago, and he’s still charming audiences and getting big […] Read this post »
  • Concealed carry Uber driver takes down Chicago gunman and freedom wins

    Mary Katharine Ham
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Hero. No charges will be filed against the Uber driver, who immediately produced his concealed carry permit and proper identification for responding police. The gunman is custody in the hospital, with wounds to his legs and lower back. A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 […] Read this post »
  • YouGov poll: Heavy majorities say they wouldn’t let their pre-teen child walk to school or go to the park alone

    Allahpundit
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Free range? An amazing poll keying off the Maryland case that Mary Katharine wrote about in which two kids ages six and 10 were taken into protective custody by the state after they were found — gasp — walking home from a local park unsupervised. What makes the poll amazing isn’t a sharp partisan or demographic split, […] Read this post »
  • White House stays mum on allegations of Clinton Foundation improprieties

    Noah Rothman
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Time bomb. It is a testament to the potency of the allegations against Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation that Democrats aren’t talking about it. At least, not yet. Ed has a breakdown of the charges against the Clinton Foundation levied in a forthcoming book. The controversy centers on the implication that Clinton’s State Department failed to […] Read this post »
  • Video: Who’s up for another debate about American flags and protests?

    Ed Morrissey
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Nuance. Better question: Who’s up for another political Rorschach test? If you see this as defending Old Glory from dishonorable treatment, check Box 1. If you see this as theft and an affront to private property rights, check Box 2. And if you see this as a manifestation of “white privilege,” as some of the protesters […] View the video »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Save Money When Selecting Insurance With These Suggestions

    Randy
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    TIP! Explain exactly what happened to help your insurance take care of your claim. Make sure you take pictures of any damages. Lots of various kinds of insurance exists, ranging from life, car, dental, vision, medical, and home owners, and more. If you want a little advice that can help you understand insurance, shop for it wisely, and use it effectively, take a look at these handy tips. TIP! As you seek out an insurance policy, take the time to see what kind of insurance information your state provides. If you do this, you will know how much insurance should cost you. Make sure to stay…
  • Tips On How To Deal With The Stock Market

    Randy
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    TIP! To increase your earnings as much as possible, you should take the time to develop a plan for long-term investments. For the best results, keep your expectations realistic. Do you seek returns on your investments that never seem to materialize? Lots of individuals are wanting to make profits in the stock market, but very few people understand what is needed to succeed. If you read the following article, you will learn what you need to know to get the most from your investments. TIP! Stocks are not merely certificates that are bought and sold. If you own a stock, you actually own a small…
  • Getting Information To Make Your Home Business Enterprise A Success

    Randy
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    TIP! If you can’t decide which product you want to promote in your home business, you need to put some thought into which products can be useful in your life. Product selections should be based upon the needs of consumers. Many people look forward to getting out of the office and creating a business of their own. This article has all the information you need to get started with your work from home business. TIP! If you are out of stock in a particular item, be sure to let your clients know about it. Nothing upsets customers more than finding out that the products that they ordered are…
  • How Is Lazy Eye Diagnosed?

    Randy
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Dealing with underlying eye conditions is the most reliable way to deal with quantum vision reviews. When the brain does not completely acknowledge the images it sees from one of your eyes, lazy eye takes place. Since the brain does not get images from the lazy eye in the way that it does from the healthy eye, this is. This leads to vision problems and loss of depth perception. The impacted eye doesn t necessarily look different, though it might roam in various instructions. That s where the term lazy comes from. The condition will usually just affect one eye, however in certain…
  • Maximize Your Hard-Earned Dollars When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    TIP! Search for a spacious home if you already have, or are intending to have children. Pay attention to safety too, especially if the home you are looking at has stairs or a swimming pool. Buying real estate can be intimidating given its complexity, but when you have done your homework and do it well, it is also very rewarding. Don’t be afraid. These tips can help you prevent and avoid this. TIP! If you are thinking about moving, you may want to research the neighborhoods of properties you are interested in online. Whether you’re moving to a large city or a small town, there is a…
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    FamousDC

  • Little Presidential Campaign Souvenirs Finally Get Their Day

    fdc
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Oliver Knox made our Monday a little better with this in-depth look at presidential campaign souvenirs over on Yahoo! Politics. In 2008, the Obama campaign “bought all of the American-made, union-made navy T-shirts. Like, all of them. In America,” the aide explained. In 2012, one of the hottest items was a white coffee mug with […] The post Little Presidential Campaign Souvenirs Finally Get Their Day appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Dana Perino Can See the Future

    fdc
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    Dana Perino recalled a sweet childhood declaration that turned out to be true in this preview of her upcoming book: “My parents said that when I got home to Denver, I stood on the milk box under our flag and proclaimed that one day I was going to work in the White House. We didn’t […] The post Dana Perino Can See the Future appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Hyper Hill: April Showers

    fdc
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    VRE is expanding its service [so expect happier NoVa citizens] A man tried to scale the White House fence last night [sixth attempt overall this year] WHCD wants you to remember it’s [raising money for a good cause] Rain [and stuff] Photo by Kevin Wolf The post Hyper Hill: April Showers appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #WEEKEND Saturday will remind you of summer so you won’t mind rain on Sunday: Saturday 80 °F and sunny; Sunday 65 °F and maybe rain;   #NATIONAL The force is strong this week; Presidential doodles; Drake basically lives the same life as us; Gyrocopter > letter to your member of Congress; how […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • We Are Scared for This Woman

    fdc
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    We’re sure of her abilities as a yogi, but we’re not so sure about her mat’s ability to grip a melty snow pile… via Washington Post The post We Are Scared for This Woman appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Hands off

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    IF YOU have ever felt violated by an airport security pat-down, I have some bad news: two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners have been fired for their involvement in a scheme to grope male travellers at checkpoints at Denver International Airport (DIA). UPI has the details:Law enforcement reports say a male screener at the airport revealed to a female colleague in 2014 that he groped male passengers he found attractive by having another female TSA screener manipulate a scanning machine to require a pat-down search."He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to…
  • Mobilegeddon

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
        THE timing is awkward, to say the least. On April 21st Google, the world’s biggest online-search engine, will start implementing another major overhaul of its mobile-search algorithm. This is likely to penalise many websites, which is why some have called the change “mobilegeddon”. This comes less than a week after the European Union accused the firm's search engine of systematically giving favourable treatment to Google Shopping, its price-comparison service.The latest change is not meant to discriminate against rivals, but demote sites in Google’s…
  • Mr Li's toolbox

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    LI KEQIANG, China’s premier, is fond of saying that the government has plenty of tools in its toolbox to combat the economy’s slowdown. Rummaging through the kit, the central bank produced a big wrench on Sunday: a 1 percentage-point reduction in the amount of cash that lenders must lock up as reserves. It is the largest cut in Chinese banks’ required reserve ratio (RRR) since late 2008, the nadir of the global financial crisis. It frees up nearly 1.3 trillion yuan ($210 billion) for new lending, money that should help shore up growth. It is likely, however, to also pour fuel on an…
  • China's slowing economy, oil prices and booming housing markets

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:China's economy: Coming down to earth (Briefing)Oil prices: unconventional but normal (Finance)Housing and the election: The right to buy...votes (Britain)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at how politicians manipulate economies before elections, and the latest updates to our 
  • Politics as unusual

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    HERE is how politics is "supposed" to work. Party leaders make a whole bunch of promises (tax cuts/spending increases) before an election, only to discover, when in office, that a closer inspection of the books/global crisis/natural disaster (select the most plausible) prevents them from following through on their plans. Repeat the process often enough and you get voter cynicism.Whose fault is this? We can blame ourselves as voters for believing unfunded promises. In practice, however, a lot of people don't swallow the propaganda. So perhaps an honest politician might have success by saying…
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    Democracy Now!

  • FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New "(T)ERROR" Documentary

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    We spend the hour with an explosive new film that shines a bright light on the FBI’s shadowy use of informants in its counterterrorism sting operations. These undercover operatives are meant to root out would-be terrorists before they attack. Since 9/11, they have been used to prosecute at least 158 people. But critics argue they often target the wrong people, "including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent." "(T)ERROR" goes inside the world of a particular informant who has played a key role in several major terrorism cases. It does so…
  • Headlines for April 20, 2015

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    700 Migrants Feared Drowned in Mediterranean SeaIraq: 90,000 Flee as ISIL Threatens RamadiISIL Appears to Execute 30 Ethiopian Christians in LibyaIranian Foreign Minister Calls for Dialogue in YemenSomalia: Al-Shabab Kills 9 in Attack on U.N. VanReport: German Base at the Heart of the U.S. Drone WarsFBI Arrests 6 in Alleged Terrorism ProbeLeaks Show State Dept. Asked Sony for Aid "Countering ISIL Narratives"Tens of Thousands Protest TTIP Free Trade Deal on Global Day of ActionFinland: Millionaire Austerity Proponent Wins ElectionReport: Mexican Federal Police Massacred 16 in…
  • Volunteers Gather to Care for Glenn Ford, Exonerated Louisiana Man Who Is Now Dying from Cancer

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    In Louisiana, former prosecutor Marty Stroud has met with former death row prisoner Glenn Ford to apologize to him for wrongfully charging him with murder. After 30 years in prison, Ford was released from death row last year after the state admitted new evidence proves he was not the killer. Stroud recently wrote a three-page letter in the Shreveport Times calling on the state to stop refusing to compensate Ford, who now has stage 4 lung cancer. We get an update on Ford’s case from his friend Jackie Sumell.
  • Watch: Art Exhibit Recreates Tiny Cell Where the Late Herman Wallace Spent 42 Years in Solitary

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    We speak with New Orleans-based artist Jackie Sumell about her collaboration with former prisoner and Black Panther, Herman Wallace. As Democracy Now! reported in October of 2013, Wallace died just days after his conviction was overturned and he was released from nearly 42 years in solitary confinement. He was a member of the Angola 3, who was convicted for the 1972 murder of a prison guard, but long maintained his innocence and said they were framed for their political activism. The project Wallace worked on with Sumell began when she asked him, "What sort of house does a man who has…
  • Did NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army in 2012 Kidnapping of Richard Engel?

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    NBC News is at the center of a new controversy, this time focused on its chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Back in 2012 he and five other members of an NBC News team were kidnapped by armed gunmen in Syria. They were held for five days. Just after his release Engel spoke on NBC News and said this about his captors: "This is a government militia. These are people who are loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. They are Shiite." Well, earlier this week, a New York Times investigation prompted Engel to revise his story and reveal he was actually captured by Sunni militants…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Questions About Foreign Donations To Clinton Foundation Could Dog Hillary’s Campaign

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    A book that isn’t set to be released for another two weeks is already starting to shake up the Presidential campaign, and could pose problems for Hillary Clinton going forward: The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer — a 186-page…
  • Republican Race Remains Tight, Clinton Continues To Dominate General Election Polling

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    One of the first national polls conducted after the wave of Presidential campaign announcements that began last month with Ted Cruz’s speech at Liberty University shows that, while there has been some movement in the wake of the announcements, the GOP race remains tight and Hillary Clinton remains both a prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination and leading in General Election match-ups: With the ranks of declared 2016 presidential candidates growing, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the contests for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations solidifying around two key…
  • Tim Tebow To Become The Fifth Quarterback On The Philadelphia Eagles

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    Tim Tebow, who hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game since being released by the New York Jets at the end of the 2012 season, will be joining a Philadelphia Eagles team that is already top heavy with Quarterbacks: Reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are about to sign Tim Tebow raise a host of questions: How will Tebow fare after two years away from the game? What role does Coach Chip Kelly have in mind for him? Will he be embraced by the tough fans? But the most conspicuous is this: Just how many quarterbacks do the Eagles need? It is one thing to stockpile receivers or defensive…
  • FBI Admits Its Forensic Experts Gave False Testimony In Hundreds Of Cases

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    An internal review by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department has found that forensic experts employed by the FBI exaggerated or misstated evidence at trial in nearly every trial in which they testified over a period that lasted more than a decade: The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic…
  • Previewing The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    On April 28th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the four cases challenging state law bans on same-sex marriage. As we get closer to that date, there are likely to be many preview pieces about what is obviously the most important case the Court will hear this term. Over at SCOTUSBlog, Lyle Denniston started it out last week with a series of articles summarizing the arguments made by the various parties to the litigation. First up, there’s a summary of the arguments made in the briefs filed by the Plaintiffs seeking to overturn the bans. Second, Denniston summarizes the…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Peace

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Signe Wilkinson Related Entries April 20, 2015 As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East? April 19, 2015 Gyrocopter
  • Robert Scheer: ‘Disturbing the Government Is an Obligation of Citizenship’

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    In a discussion with C-SPAN about the spying and civil liberty matters at the heart of his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says that “the word is not ‘privacy,’ it’s really ‘sovereignty.’ ” Related Entries April 20, 2015 As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East? April 19, 2015 Gyrocopter
  • Hundreds Perish in What May Be the Mediterranean’s ‘Deadliest Migrant Disaster’

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
        Italian Coast Guard officers move the body of a dead migrant Monday.  (AP / Lino Azzopardi) “Authorities described a grisly scene of bodies floating and submerging in the warm waters” of the Mediterranean, where “hundreds of people were feared dead Sunday after a ship crowded with migrants capsized and sank,” The New York Times reports. “The majority of the dead [were] apparently trapped in the ship at the bottom of the sea,” the paper continued: The fatal shipwreck may prove to be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant disaster ever and is only the latest…
  • The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    By Laura Gottesdiener, TomDispatch The city that was the arsenal of the 20th century may also provide the blueprint for a more precarious era: 100,000 of its residents are on what many call an eviction “conveyor belt.” Related Entries April 20, 2015 As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East? April 19, 2015 Gyrocopter
  • Hope for Carbon Storage Rises Again

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network American scientists say they are making progress with carbon capture and storage, a process that would help render harmless the chief greenhouse gas. Related Entries April 20, 2015 As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East? April 19, 2015 Gyrocopter
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    ThinkProgress

  • NBA Players Take On The NYPD

    Travis Waldron
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    CREDIT: (AP Photo/David Goldman) The NBA Players Association is still conducting its own investigation into the incident outside a New York City club that left Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha under arrest. But based on video of the event, the union’s top official hasn’t seen much to persuade her that police officers’ treatment of Sefolosha, who suffered a broken leg during the arrest, was warranted. “The best I can tell is that there’s no video at all that anybody has seen that would justify the way the police treated him,” Michele Roberts, the…
  • Adidas Wants To Make Shoes And Clothing Using Plastic Garbage From The Ocean

    Natasha Geiling
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Adidas has a plan to combat marine plastic waste. In an effort to bolster its commitment to sustainability, Adidas announced on Monday that it would begin developing materials out of plastic ocean waste to ultimately use in its products. In a press release, the iconic clothing corporation said it’s team up with the Parley for the Oceans, a group of artists, scientists, musicians, and designers dedicated to cleaning up the world’s oceans. Together, they plan on developing fibers made from plastic ocean waste that can be used in the manufacturing of clothing and potentially in…
  • Does The Fight For Body Cams Trump Privacy Concerns?

    Lauren C. Williams
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo Mandatory police-worn body cameras have been central to the public call to better mitigate the rising toll of fatal police-involved encounters. Having the camera rolling whether its civilian or police captured has been crucial in the debate over police brutality and lack of accountability. Video footage from police-worn body camera in the fatal shootings, such as the one of unarmed black man, Eric Harris, has been instrumental in understanding what happened. But what if the Tulsa, Oklahoma police didn’t release the footage showing Harris being chased, shot and pinned…
  • Maryland Agency Deliberately Paid Female Workers Less Than Men For Equal Work, Lawsuit Claims

    Bryce Covert
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Insurance Administration, which regulates the state’s insurance companies, for willfully paying female employees less than men who were doing the same work. The lawsuit claims that since the end of 2009, the agency has paid Alexandra Cordaro, Mary Jo Rogers, Marlene Green, and a group of other women who worked as investigators or enforcement officers less than men at the agency for “substantially equal work” in similar roles. The suit says the…
  • Audit Reveals Millions Of Dollars Wasted To Deport Immigrants

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Aerial view of the Rio Grande. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency spent $41.1 million more than it needed to deport immigrants from the United States, a new audit by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General‘s office found. The findings were based on 5,699 domestic and international missions between October 2010 and March 2014, where the majority of charter planes weren’t filled with the maximum number of passengers. The report found that 5,699 of the 7,445 ICE Air missions operated under capacity, with ICE spending $116…
 
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  • Senators Need Not Apply

    John Dickerson
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Coverage of the first gathering of Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire last weekend focused on how many of them attacked Hillary Clinton, but there was another unifying message among several of the speakers: Governor is greater than senator. Govs. Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will turn to fileting each other soon enough, but for the moment, these statehouse men are all making the same case. Each candidate, sometimes in nearly identical language, told the audience of activists gathered in Nashua this weekend that they should be…
  • Popping the Question

    William Saletan
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:23 pm
    If you’re a Republican running for president, prepare yourself. The next reporter who corners you at a diner might pop the question. No, she doesn’t want to marry you. But she might ask whether you’d attend a gay wedding. In the last week, that question has been posed to at least five candidates: Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Govs. Scott Walker and John Kasich, and former Sen. Rick Santorum. In general, their answers have been weak. Here’s what they’ve said, and how you can handle the question better than they did.
  • Before Bombs Fell Out of Favor

    Mike Pesca
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Listen to Episode 239 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Playing Catch-Up

    Kellie Woodhouse
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed
  • Live From New York! and Very Semi-Serious

    Aisha Harris
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    There are tony places and achievements that few can say they’ve experienced first-hand, though about which many are innately curious: attending an Oscars ceremony, getting an invite to Diddy’s birthday party, winning three Pulitzer Prizes in one year. This past week, two documentaries premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on institutions that represent pinnacles of their unique subcultures: Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen’s look at the cultural impact of Saturday Night Live, and Very Semi-Serious, Leah Wolchok’s behind-the-scenes peek into how those oft-befuddling New Yorker cartoons…
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Politician Tasked With Oil Industry Oversight Gets a Paycheck From Big Oil

    Tim Murphy
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    The BP oil spill turned five years old on Monday, and as my colleague Tim McDonnell reported, we're still paying the price: There's as much as 26 million gallons of crude oil still on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. But the story of the Deepwater Horizon wasn't just about environmental devastation—it was also a story about regulation. In Louisiana, where many politicians rely on oil and gas companies to fill their campaign coffers (and keep their constituents employed), environmental consequences often take a back seat to business concerns. But sometimes, things go even further. Take…
  • Nebraska Conservatives Take On GOP Governor Over Death Penalty

    Pema Levy
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    A group of conservative legislators in Nebraska are gearing up for what could be a multi-day battle to end the state's death penalty. The fight pits the right-wing anti-death penalty crusaders against their fellow conservatives and the state's Republican governor. Here's the Omaha World-Herald: Nine conservative lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors of a repeal measure the Nebraska Legislature will begin debating Thursday. One of their key platforms: Repealing the death penalty makes good fiscal sense. "If capital punishment were any other program that was so inefficient and so costly to…
  • Billionaire Casino Magnate Sheldon Aldelson's Israeli Paper Is Obsessed With Marco Rubio

    Sam Brodey
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    For years, Republicans who aspire to the presidency have sought the support of Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and GOP mega-donor. Adelson spent $150 million backing Republicans during the 2012 election cycle, and the candidate who secures his support this time around will get a big boost in a crowded GOP field. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who announced his campaign on Monday, already has one billionaire backer—Norman Braman, a Miami car dealer. But Rubio also seems to have impressed Adelson himself. Israel-watchers on Twitter have pointed out that Israel Hayom, the daily…
  • Hillary Clinton to Supreme Court: Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Nationally

    Patrick Caldwell
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Hillary Clinton's now-official presidential campaign has so far opted for gauzy announcement videos and vague feel good promises over much in the way of policy specifics. But on Wednesday, Clinton's team clarified one stance she she will take: same-sex marriage is a constitutional right that should be legal in every state. "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod told The Washington Blade, referring to four cases on gay marriage the…
  • Ted Cruz's Big Money Man Is A Hedge Funder With a $2 Million Train Set

    Molly Redden
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Robert Mercer, a Long Island hedge fund magnate, has made some lavish investments over the years: There's his 203-foot super yacht, called the Sea Owl. There's the $2 million model train set he had custom-built in his mansion—and the lawsuit he filed against the builders, saying they'd overcharged him. And now there's the money he's putting behind Ted Cruz's presidential ambitions. Mercer is the main bankroller of a ring of four super-PACs supporting Cruz for president, the New York Times reported Friday. The PACs have collected $31 million in the four weeks since Cruz launched his…
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  • Open Thread: The Rent Is Too Damn High?

    Bluegal aka Fran
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Happy 4/20 everyone. (Ron Funches is on @Midnight on Comedy Central. If you like pot humor he's a hoot.) As someone on FB pointed out, that bed is WAY too far away from the bathroom for a San Fran one bedroom. Open thread below....
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Electric Prunes

    Ryan Pressman
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Electric Prunes had a good run in the late '60s, but disbanded for almost three decades due to lack of control of their music. For a while, Kenny Loggins was even in the band, so that's something. Also, for those of you observing any social holidays today, don't have too much to dream tonight. What are you listening to tonight?
  • Bill O'Reilly: Pity The Poor Rich Man

    Heather
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Bill O'Reilly used his Talking Points Memo to whine about how terribly rich people are being treated in America. From Blue Nation Review: Bill O'Reilly Wants You to Feel Bad for Rich People Like Bill O'Reilly: Bill O’Reilly doesn’t know what income inequality means. He thinks rich people (like Bill O’Reilly) are oppressed by high taxes, crying themselves to sleep every night on their gold brocade pillows. He thinks poor people skip happily through the streets singing songs of joy celebrating their luck that they don’t have to pay taxes and therefore have more money than rich people.
  • Swiftboat 2016: Why Buy The Ad When You Can Get The Press For Free?

    Karoli
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Today's news is full of speculation about what the Government Accountability Institute has dredged up on Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and donors from foreign countries who gave to different initiatives promoted by the Clinton Foundation. You can read all about that here, here, or here. Who funds the Government Accountability Institute? Answers to those questions aren't all that difficult to find if one looks in the usual places. Since it is a 501(c)(3) public charity, donations are tax-deductible, and they're required to file the usual tax reports with the IRS. As it turns out, so…
  • Oh Rick, Honey, You’re A Mess

    Juanita Jean
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Rick Perry: Bless His Heart. Y’all, Rick is talking again and it is not a pretty picture.In explaining how he is different this time, Rick admits that he and “his team” lied. Perry also acknowledged that he had serious health challenges during the last campaign, even though his team denied them at the time. And that he was dumber than a sack of hammers. “To be prepared, to stand on the stage and talk about this myriad of issues, whether it’s domestic policy, monetary policy or foreign policy, it takes years of intense studies,” the 65-year-old replied. “I spent the last three…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Photography may have saved my life

    Samuel Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    You don’t walk away from something that was central to your very being for 35 years without … thinking about it. Three or four years ago I wrapped my fourth book of poetry and hung up my quill, as it … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 20, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    I would totally crush it as the idiot husband in every commercial. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April 20, 2015
  • Sado-ritual syndrome, part III – applying Daly’s elements to suttee

    ceejay
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    (part I, part II) In applying Mary Daly’s elements to several areas of ritualized women’s oppression, we will see how they are all related. Daly calls this feminist process “the development of a kind of positive paranoia.” Element I – … Continue reading →
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    liselwright
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
  • Tournament of Rock: The 5280 semifinals – Fiction 8 vs Big Head Todd & the Monsters

    Samuel Smith
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    In the fourth quarterfinal match, Fiction 8 defeats Firefall to advance to the semifinals.  The semifinal draw, courtesy of Random.org, gives these two pairings: Fiction 8 vs. Big Head Todd & the Monsters Snake Rattle Rattle Snake vs Space Team Electra Let’s … Continue reading →
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  • Lessons From Chicago for Clinton

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Rahm Emanuel’s victory provides lessons for Hillary Clinton on how to pacify a progressive wing unhappy with her ties to financial interests and hungry for some alternative, Gerald F. Seib writes.
  • Six Minnesota Men Charged With Trying to Join Islamic State

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    The U.S. charged six Minnesota men in connection with attempts to join Islamic State, exposing a network of young Somali-Americans who allegedly tried to help each other get to Syria.
  • White House Outreach Plan Divides Muslims

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:29 pm
    The White House plans a law-enforcement outreach to U.S. Muslim groups to prevent radicalization. At mosques, some members are wary about possible surveillance, while others worry about extremists.
  • Clinton Pays a Visit to New Hampshire

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Hillary Clinton, on her first trip to New Hampshire as a 2016 presidential candidate, focused on the economic struggles of small businesses and the middle class.
  • Nevada's Governor Sandoval a Puzzle for Some in GOP

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval is Nevada’s first Latino governor and the party’s ideal candidate to run for the seat Sen. Harry Reid plans to vacate. But he has upended GOP politics, declining to say whether he’ll run for the Senate and pushing for the largest tax increase in Nevada history.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • 10 Amazing Weather Phenomena

    No Author
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As a follow up to Cedestras brilliant list of 20 amazing and unusual weather phenomena, I have decided to make a list with 10 more items. Our atmosphere shows off so many strange and wonderful displays, but often times these brilliant phenomena happen so rarely, and in places all over the world (insert lame ‘once in a blue moon’ pun here). Now then, onto the list! 10 Lunar Corona Formation This item, a personal favorite of mine and one that’s amazing in itself starts off the list. A Lunar Corona formation is formed through a mix of thin cloud and small droplets in the air. These small…
  • Attacks on Free Speech

    Walter E. Williams
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    What’s the true test of one’s commitment to free speech? It does not come when he permits people to be free to say or publish ideas with which he agrees. Not by a long shot. The true test of one’s commitment to free speech comes when he permits others to say and publish ideas he deems offensive. In March, a video surfaced of a racist chant by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers at the University of Oklahoma, a public university. It has brought widespread condemnation and the fraternity’s suspension. Two fraternity students have been expelled. The University of…
  • Assisted Suicide

    Laurence M. Vance
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A good friend who is a pastor asks a sincere question about libertarianism and assisted suicide. The fact that he even asked shows that he is a thinking man who is not quick to accept the traditions and talking points that pass for sound doctrine in too many conservative churches today. Before continuing, since some conservatives—and especially conservative Christians—are already stammering, stuttering, and spluttering because of what they think I might say, I should say that I don’t want anyone to commit suicide, I don’t think anyone should commit suicide, I don’t think doctors…
  • Noo Yawk, Noo Yawk

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    New York  – “Gimme a BLT on rye and hold da mayo” is a great Noo Yawk sound. So is boid for bird, and toerty toird for 33rd street. True working class accents no longer exist in the Bagel, and one is far more likely to hear “Deme un BLT y guarde la mayonesa,” by our Dominican or Puerto Rican cousins. The fire escape is also going fast, and as some wit pointed out, the next time Tony woos Maria in West Side Story he’ll have to text. The outdoor fire escape is a classic piece of Noo Yawk architecture, especially in the tenements of old on the Lower East Side, now the…
  • Abolish Cash!

    Gary North
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The world’s central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy. In a new piece, Citi’s Willem Buiter looks at this problem, which is known as the effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal interest rates. Fundamentally, the ELB problem…
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    Political Wire

  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    “We have a woman running who got fired from a company; now she’s running for president. She got fired from a company in a vicious manner. They eventually walked her out. And she also lost an election, not by a little bit, by a landslide. I won’t use names. Now I turn on the television, and she’s running for president. I don’t know.” — Donald Trump, quoted by the Washington Post, talking about Carly Florina.
  • Top Christie Adviser Defects to Bush Camp

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Joseph Kyrillos, who chaired Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign and ushered his agenda through a Democratic-controlled legislature, is backing Jeb Bush in the GOP presidential race with a $10,000 donation, according to the Washington Post. “The defection of Kyrillos to Bush’s camp is a blow to Christie, who places a premium on loyalty and had hoped to keep his network of allies in New Jersey with him, should he decide to seek the Republican nomination.”
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    “I think it’s worth noting that Republicans seem to be talking only about me. I don’t know what they’d talk about if I weren’t in the race.” — Hillary Clinton, quoted by Politico.
  • Koch Brothers Signal Support for Scott Walker

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Charles and David Koch, “the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin,” the New York Times reports. David Koch “told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House.” “The remark — made before dozens of top New York donors who had gathered to hear Mr. Walker speak at the Union League Club — could…
  • Clinton’s Low Key Campaign Continues

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    “Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is about to get really boring—at least, if everything goes according to plan,” Bloomberg reports. “For anyone who paid attention to her trip to Iowa last week, the former secretary of state’s agenda for Monday and Tuesday in New Hampshire looks strikingly similar: two small roundtable conversations open to the press but not to a larger audience of voters, a few carefully-staged photo ops at coffee shops and restaurants, plus private meetings with party activists and elected officials.” “The biggest differences…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Beijing's Air: Now Slightly Less Deadly

    James West
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Finally, there might be some good news for people inhaling Beijing's famously filthy air: It's getting a bit cleaner, according to a new analysis released by Greenpeace today. Pollution levels in the Chinese capital have shown significant improvements, due in part to strict new pollution controls, says the environmental group, which based its analysis on new government numbers. Beijing's concentration of the fine airborne particles known as PM2.5—the toxic brew of industrial exhaust and chemicals that contribute to smog—declined by more than 13 percent in the first quarter of 2015…
  • The BP Oil Spill Happened 5 Years Ago Today. We're Still Paying the Price.

    Tim McDonnell
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago today, killing 11 men and sending nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the sea. After the well was finally plugged, the national media went home, but the story is still very much unfolding everywhere from federal courtrooms to Louisiana backyards. Let's have a look back at the nation's worst-ever oil spill, by the numbers: Tim McDonnell Icon credits (via Noun Project unless otherwise noted): Oil barrel—Marco Hernandez; leaky pipe—Evan Udelsman; airplane—Luis Prado; boat—Kevin Chu;…
  • The Government Killed 8 Eagles, 730 Cats, and a Million Starlings Last Year

    Tim Murphy
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    President Obama finally released his kill list, and it's 46 pages long. No, not the list of suspected terrorists targeted for extrajudicial killing—the Department of Agriculture's tally of every animal it killed or euthanized over the last fiscal year. All 2,713,570 of them, from 319 different species. The culling, conducted by the agency's Wildlife Services division, is controversial. That's because—much like the actual kill list—the USDA's operations are shrouded in secrecy, prone to collateral damage, and symptomatic of an approach that often uses force as something other…
  • Forget CSI: Real-Life Crime Labs Are a Total Mess

    Rebecca Cohen
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The San Francisco Police Department is auditing 1,400 criminal cases—many involving murder or sexual assault—because one technician in the department's crime lab allegedly mishandled DNA evidence. That makes it the latest in a string of cities where corrupt or incompetent crime lab employees have derailed investigations and prosecutions. Experts say this shouldn't come as a surprise: Most states don't require labs to be accredited, and "forensic science" isn't always very scientific. Here's how it works. Crime labs…you mean like on CSI? Well, yes and no. Like the characters…
  • Mike Huckabee Has Launched a 2016 Exploratory Committee. Read These 6 Stories About Him Now.

    Sam Brodey
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    On Friday, Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and former Republican governor of Arkansas, let it slip that he recently formed an exploratory committee in anticipation of a potential presidential bid. He followed up by appearing on Bret Baier's evening Fox News show to announce that... he will soon be announcing whether or not he will run for president. The 59-year-old has hinted for over a year that he might run in 2016 after he sat out the 2012 race and failed to win the nomination in 2008. Since leaving office in 2007, Huckabee has maintained a high profile, hosting a Fox show for several…
 
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    Raw Story

  • WATCH: Former cops get high, knock the ‘war on drugs’ and give each other sobriety tests

    Arturo Garcia
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    A trio of retired police officers make the case for legalizing marijuana in a video released on Monday by Cut Video — after partaking of the drug themselves and giving each other sobriety tests, Newsday reported. “A real good reason for legalizing marijuana is that some of the stuff on t...
  • LAPD officer faces assault charge over violent arrest caught on security camera

    Reuters
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:32 pm
    A Los Angeles police officer was charged on Monday with assault for his part in the videotaped arrest of a black man who contends he was kicked so hard he lost a tooth filling. The charge the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office brought against Officer Richard Garcia, 34, stems from an Oct. ...
  • UN confirms: Shipwreck off Libyan coast killed 800 immigrants

    Agence France-Presse
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    The United Nations refugee agency has confirmed 800 migrants died in a shipwreck off Libya on Sunday after speaking to survivors of the disaster. “We can say that 800 are dead,” said Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Italy on Tuesday. Rep...
  • Supreme Court rejects North Carolina ruling upholding GOP-backed redistricting plan

    Reuters
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that upheld a legislative redistricting plan in North Carolina decried by critics as an effort to diminish the influence of black voters. Justices ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider its December ruling, which found the vo...
  • Courtroom erupts after judge finds Chicago cop not guilty in Rekia Boyd fatal shooting trial

    Reuters
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    A judge on Monday found Chicago police officer Dante Servin not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, saying there was no evidence he acted recklessly when he killed Rekia Boyd, 22, in an off-duty shooting in 2012. After a four-day bench trial, which is heard before a judge without a jury, Cook County...
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    * What if you’re a Republican governor who doesn’t want poor people in your state to have health insurance, but also wants the federal government to give money to your state’s hospitals? You sue ‘em, apparently: The fight over ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texas’s Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the […]
  • Will influence of big money be a big issue in 2016?

    Paul Waldman
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    For many years, Democrats have wanted more restrictive campaign finance rules, while Republicans have wanted to loosen restrictions. But it’s likely that the 2016 campaign will feature more outside money than ever before, as millionaires and billionaires take advantage of an almost-anything-goes environment to buy themselves candidates and shift the race in their favored direction. […]
  • Will massive Trans Pacific trade deal hurt American workers? Labor Secretary Thomas Perez pushes back

    Greg Sargent
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    Congress is close to granting President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with a dozen nations around the Pacific Ocean that could impact as much as 40 percent of the United State’s trade. Critics claim the deal could further erode jobs and workers’ living standards, as previous trade […]
  • Morning Plum: GOP’s economic argument is ‘bull—t,’ Martin O’Malley says. Pay attention, Hillary.

    Greg Sargent
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    I tend to doubt that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will, in the end, launch an official challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But O’Malley has just laid down a marker that deserves some attention, because it foreshadows an argument that will be key to the 2016 race, one in which Clinton will […]
  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    Enjoy.  
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Iran Deal Parameters Reached

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Last Thursday, the US State Department released a set of parameters that will define the upcoming deal with Iran that will be finalized at the end of June.On first inspection, these parameters appear to be much more favorable to US interests than even I had hoped. If the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) resembles these parameters it will be a huge win for Israel, the USA and anyone else interested in reducing the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Firstly, the parameters make it impossible for Iran to utilize its existing nuclear infrastructure to construct…
  • "Corruption of Blood," and other Constitutional Sins

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I get lectured by conservative commenters all the time about how little regard I have for the Constitution. They assume that they love it more than I do, more than other Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives do. But beneath all that boasting, I've found they have a tendency to disregard the Constitution entirely when it suits them. We can start this discussion with this week's rather poor bit of conservative judgment, the open letter from the 47 Senate Republicans to Iran.The framers deliberately concentrated the power of foreign policy into the President's hands. Just as it rarely works out…
  • Selma: 50 Years Later

    9 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    It's been a while since I was genuinely impressed by a politician's speech. President Obama's speech in Selma, Alabama is the most steadfast defense of American Exceptionalism that I have ever heard. I think it even surpasses Ronald Reagan's Farewell address, which has been a longtime favorite of mine. Clearly, it is intended was direct response to Mayor Rudy Giuliani's accusation that Obama does not love this great country. My life is very busy nowadays, I will not be available to respond to comments until Friday.
  • Pick Your Words And Pick Your Battles

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Why not call it Islamic Extremism, or talk about Radical Islam? Why does Obama choose his words so carefully on it? Republicans and Conservatives complain about it, thinking he's not confronting these people with robust enough terms. Yes, like they'll run scared if we use the right jargon. No, it's not about them. It's about the tens of millions of Muslims in the region.Here's the way I figure it: In Islam, you are supposed to defend the faith, and you are not supposed to make war against your fellow Muslims. Of course, like many groups of people in the world, they will come to blows from…
  • Starting From A Foundation

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    You don't have to know a lot to live in a world like ours. You just have to know a lot to build one like it. That is the paradox that lies at the center of our dilemma as an advanced civilization. There's so much knowledge, so much training needed to grasp it that it's beyond the ability of any one person to take it all in. Unfortunately, some are still trying to live as one could do that, as if we can just wing it in our world, and only work from our own personal experiences and beliefs.I was a genuine bookworm, back in the day. I carried around a backpack everyday filled with more than just…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • How State Controls Spending on Stemware

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    $5 million on stemware - as in really nice glasses for all sorts of beverages - for US embassies is actually reasonable, if you consider that there are hundreds of embassies around the world. And one has to assume that breakage or missing-in-action drains the embassies' inventory of fine crystal and other fancy glass stemware. Over $26,000 for North Face parkas is, however, a little puzzling. Don't ambassadors get well paid and briefed on where they're going. As in the weather in Ulan Bator or Helsinki or Moscow? And don't their salaries and allowances generously cover expenses on an…
  • Why Ben Carson Chose Detroit

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Three days after May 1, Ben Carson will be giving a speech in Detroit and presumably announcing his run for the presidency. The ex-neurosurgeon and best-selling author is from Detroit, so it makes sense through the prism of storytelling. To return to the city that you grew up in to launch your presidential campaign is hardly surprising on the part of Ben Carson. But there is more than that one suspects in the good doctor's choice of location. For all the wrong reasons, Detroit has been notorious for decades now and in fact, Ben Carson's life, one of struggle and astonishing achievement,…
  • Corpocracy vs Inequality

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    An article in today's WaPo, America's Middle -aged Capitalism, While the article doesn't present any new information one can easily see how corpocracy and one of it's byproducts, inequality, has ramped up excessively.The writer presents the information in a tone that 'business is just doing what is good for business. I agree, that is a fair characterization for some companies. It's also true, that many corporations have a 'rape, pillage and burn' mentality when it comes to 'their' survival/growth. What with Citizens United, foreign campaign donations and the like, gov't plays an outsized…
  • Jeb and Ted Are Nothing Like Sharp Dressed Men

    10 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    In separating out the candidacies of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, the Christian Science Monitor did a quick fashion check on the two. Rand's Ray Bans were mentioned of course, and Cruz was described as "buttoned-down and combative". It's understandable they would parse their images to try and tell the story of 2 adversaries who were recently close allies in the Senate. But the far more interesting question is: has anyone compared Jeb Bush's look to Ted Cruz's? Comfortable but expensive clothes that are about people who work and get things done and care little for fashion trends. In fact, in a…
  • Rand Paul's Proposal for the Beast

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    There is no true flat tax rate in Rand Paul's proposal, which was apparently taken off his website but is ready to be relaunched at some point. But there is a sort-of-flat-tax proposal with a sort-of-progressive component mixed in. A true flat tax rate implies a marginal tax rate of zero. That means the rate you pay does not rise as your income rises. Like a sales tax, which is usually denounced by progressives as unfair to low income earners, and praised by old-fashioned conservatives as virtuously diverting money from consumption to production. Which sounds a little Soviet or Chinese in an…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • A Culture of Possibilities

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “What is it like to work at Engage?” That’s a question I receive on an almost daily basis. It is not easy to condense what it means to be a part of the Engage team into a few short conversational sentences (or into one blog post for that matter). However, I believe Engage is a company that encourages new ideas, and the people behind that talent, to make those ideas a reality. In a nutshell: Engage is fueled by the concept of solving problems and aspiring to make things better. This is at the core of everything we do. In my time as Project Manager, I’ve seen ideas born into reality in…
  • 8 Tips For Every New Intern

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Looking for the perfect internship to gain experience and new skills? Although you’ll learn on the job, you can also prepare beforehand and kick off your internship with the right impression and mindset. Here is our advice: the secrets for success that we (Alex, Colleen, Franny and Lindsay) wish we knew when we started at Engage. These tips will give you a headstart on making the most of your internship from day one. 1. KNOW THE COMPANY’S VIBE Observe how the other employees interact, read the mission statement of the business, know how the upper management interacts with the staff, and…
  • Engage Client Wins Big at PR News’ Nonprofit PR Awards Program

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Engage is proud to announce the Illinois Policy Institute, a longtime Engage partner, won PR News’ “Nonprofit PR Award” in the “advocacy campaign and lobbying efforts” category last week. Illinois Policy won this competitive category based on their success in stopping the so-called “fair tax”, that was anything but. Engage proudly designed and managed the digital home for the effort, UnfairforIL.com, which allowed Illinois citizens to see exactly how much this proposed tax hike would affect them and their families. After using the custom tax calculator, users could sign the…
  • Introducing OverView for Basecamp

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Here at Engage we take pride in our project management process. We are constantly looking at how to improve and make our processes both more efficient and effective. Because of this forward thinking culture at Engage, we have developed an internal tool to give our project manager a clearer overview of each team member’s progress and workload. Basecamp is an effective project management tool, one that our teams use every day. With different team members involved on multiple projects it can be challenging to get an overview of all the moving parts. The problem we set out to solve was to…
  • Old Town, New Office

    9 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Engage moved into our offices on 725 8th St. SE at the end of 2010, it was a perfect fit for the budding company. Located in Eastern Market on historic Barracks Row, our office was right down the street from Capitol Hill and offered easy access to downtown DC. We enjoyed watching the neighborhood grow and change, and tried the new restaurants and bars that opened over the years. But four years later, after new staff additions (including me!) and several different furniture configurations, it became apparent: we had outgrown our home in Eastern Market. It was time to start looking for a…
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  • All Apologies

    Naomi Fry
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The strange thing about memory is the way in which certain moments can be lost to you for years, even decades, until something or someone reminds you of them, and you feel their sudden presence with a stupid, piercing longing. Stupid because those moments seem too minor, not to mention too long gone
  • Gods and Profits

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Capitalism is a system braced by stories. Consider the rise of the liberal individual, a kind of atomistic personhood, distinct from all other persons. It seems the whole Enlightenment had a hand in creating this particular view of man—yet the concept was unknown to the people of the medieval and
  • The Bot Bubble

    Doug Bock Clark
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Every morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework in Lapu-Lapu City. The building towers above the slums surrounding it—houses made of scrap wood with muddy goat pens in place of ya
  • Ben Affleck Was Wrong, But Henry Louis Gates Made It Worse

    Jamil Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    You might say Anderson Cooper had the proper reaction when he was informed that one of his ancestors held slaves, and had in fact been killed by one of them with a farm hoe. After a “wow” and a “whoa,” the CNN anchor told host Henry Louis “Skip” Gates on a
  • The World's Medical Supply Chain Is Riddled With Counterfeit Drugs

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    In 2012, the FDA warned physicians and medical practices that their supplies of bevacizumab, an expensive drug used in combination with chemotherapy to inhibit tumor growth, might be tainted. It turns out some hospitals were literally giving cancer patients cornstarch instead of anticancer meds: The
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Of Stalking and Responsibility

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    credit: fanpop.com From time to time I run across stories whose ultimate conclusion should be “the criminal, shot by the innocent victim, died at the scene.” Such a recent story involved the actress, Sandra Bullock, as Fox News explains:  A man clutching a love letter when he was arrested in Sandra Bullock’s home as the actress cowered in a closet and called police for help was ordered Thursday to stand trial on stalking and weapons charges. Evidence showed that Joshua James Corbett stalked the Oscar-winning actress, broke into her home and had an arsenal of illegal assault…
  • English Teachers, And Other Dubious Characters

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As regular readers know, my father recently died, and as I write this, I am one fitful sleep from driving 18 hours to attend the funeral, which will be held on Saturday, the 18th.  Because I’ll be traveling when I’m usually writing my weekly education article, I thought it appropriate to reprint this article, if for no reason other than to give Bookworm the credit and notice she so richly deserves.  I’ll be back with original articles next week. My favorite Bookworm has, once again, taken teachers of the mother tongue (no, English, not Latin) to task.  Blessedly, she has…
  • The Danger Of Swords

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    credit: bearingarms.com I’ve always been fascinated by swords. I couldn’t get enough of “Zorro” as a child, and that inevitably led me to studying European fencing, and eventually, Japanese fencing and sword drawing (Kendo and Iaido). In fact, I was the co-founder and first vice president of the Wyoming division of the United States Fencing Association. I have a middling large collection of replica swords from all eras, and use them in teaching the Aurthurian legends. The kids really enjoy being able to handle and wield the swords—under carefully controlled circumstances—and they…
  • The Walter Scott Case, Update 2: Tempest In A Teapot?

    Mike McDaniel
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In the first article of this series—The Walter Scott Case: Initial Impressions—  I expressed concern over how quickly Officer Slager was not only fired, but arrested and charged with murder. I have seen nothing since to alleviate that concern. All investigators understand that it is extraordinarily unwise to rush to make arrests in most cases. If any case is being assigned to an investigator, the opportunity to make an on-the-spot arrest has already passed, and unless the suspect is so dangerous it is necessary to immediately arrest them to protect the public, diligence and patience,…
  • Get Me A Bigger Projectile

    Mike McDaniel
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    photos credit: nydailynews In February of 2015 a Marana, Arizona police officer ran into a man with his patrol car. Excessive force, as the man’s attorney claims, or a reasonable alternative to firearms? The NY Daily News has the story: A former NYPD officer who calls himself Robocop used his police cruiser to ram a rifle-toting suspect on a one-man crime spree, dramatic Arizona police video released Tuesday shows. Marana Police officer Michael Rapiejko was hailed a hero by his chief after the department released the dramatic footage Tuesday highlighting the Feb. 19 incident.
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    Jeff Jacoby states, correctly, that the problem with Iran is not that they lie, but that they come right out and tell us what their goals are.ran has repeatedly flouted UN Security Council resolutions ordering it to suspend all enrichment-related activities. Even now, reports the IAEA, Tehran refuses to answer questions about the “possible military dimensions” of its nuclear activities.With such a track record, it’s logical that Iran’s commitments are so widely regarded as worthless. No piece of paper signed in Switzerland will take the ayatollahs’ eyes off the nuclear prize they…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    So what does the first week of Hillary's campaign tell us about her? Charles Krauthammer has some thoughts.This quality of purposeful abstractness makes everything sound and seem contrived. It’s not really her fault. True, she’s got enough genuine inauthenticity to go around — decades of positioning, framing, parsing, dodging — but the perception is compounded by the obvious staginess of the gigantic political apparatus that surrounds her and directs her movements.Why is she running in the first place? Because it’s the next inevitable step in her career path. But that’s not as…
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    Betsy Newmark
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Just more one example of how, in the Clintons' minds, they are above the rules that limit ordinary politicians. The board of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has decided to continue accepting donations from foreign governments, primarily from six countries, even though Hillary Clinton is running for president, a summary of the new policy to be released Thursday shows.The rules would permit donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the U.K.—countries that support or have supported Clinton Foundation programs on health, poverty and climate change,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Hillary Clinton, multi-millionaire and recipient of millions from Wall Street, is attacking CEO pay. Yeah, that sort of populism is totally believable. And when she attacks hedge-fund managers, is she also attacking her daughter Chelsea who, with no experience at all, joined a hedge fund that was a big contributor to Democratic Party campaigns? Or what about Chelsea's husband Marc Mezvinsky who founded and managed a hedge fund that lost millions by betting on Greece's economic recovery? Betting on Greece's economy - who knew that would be a bad idea? Are those the sorts of…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    Marc Thiessen explains how President Obama is applying the lessons of Jonathan Gruber to his foreign policy.Well it seems, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” once again — this time to foreign policy.The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of . . . understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies.That is precisely what Obama is doing when it comes to Iran and…
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    Wizbang

  • Calling a 5-Yr-Old ‘Transgender’ Is Child Abuse

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    A school in Maine got in hot water last week for feeding 5,6,and 7 year olds a “lesson” on being transgendered. But can a 5-year-old even be a “transgendered” kid? No. And to impress on them to think so is child abuse. Officials at a grade school in Kittery, Maine instituted a lesson plan for its Kindergartners and its first through third graders meant to train them on the subject of transgendered kids and to push the idea that being transgendered is perfectly normal. Naturally, many parents were furious at the scheme. The school had begun reading to these tiny
  • Weekend Caption Contest Winners for March 20 2015 Contest

    Sarahconner2
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    The Weekend Caption Contest™ from March 20 brought back fond memories of the one and (God willing) only Clinton era. Take the time to read all the entries as only seven are highlighted here. The assignment was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Bird666) – “I was Bill’s private server.” 2) (Pretzel_Logic) – “Happy birthday Monica. Seems like only yesterday you were crawling around the floor of the Oval Office.” 3) (Mjolnir) – “No, sweetie, this lecture is “How to GET Ahead” not “GIVE…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Sarahconner2
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smashing success. There were way too many excellent captions to honor (as seems to happen whenever Dear Leader is pictured), so go read the rest of the entries. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (rodney dill) – “Somewhere over the rainbow, Dorothy meets the Cowardly Lyin’” 2) (guido81_MA) – “Executive Rainbow Power – ACTIVATE……ISIS & Iran must really be shitting themselves now.” 3) (Eric Steel) –…
  • Muslims Drown 12 Christians in the Sea on the Way to Italy Because they Would Not Pray to Allah

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    A rubber boat full of refugees from Nigeria were floating across the ocean to try and get to Italy when the Muslims on board began to throw Christians off the boat and into the sea simply because they weren’t Muslims. 12 Christians drowned due to this disgusting act of hate. This is Islam, folks. Islam IS terrorism. It is endemic to the faith. Many westerners like to pretend that Islamic terror is only something that terrorists perpetrate and that “normal” Muslims don’t act like this. This is a serious mistake to make. Foolish westerners who think like this come by
  • Physicians Want Dr. Oz Removed from Columbia University Board Over His Bad Medical Advice

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    On Friday, TVs “Dr. Oz,” Doctor Mehmet Oz, was once again forced to defend himself this time after a group of physicians at Columbia University demanded he be removed from the board over what they claim is his pushing of bad science and unsound medical advice. Oz responded after the group of Doctors forwarded a letter to the university asking the school to dismiss the TV doc from its board. The letter charges that Oz is a “fake and a charlatan.” The letter continues saying, “Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine.”…
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • Walker comes out against *legal* immigration. Seriously

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Walker comes out against legal immigration. Seriouslyby digbySo the big news is that the Kochs are backing the Great Whitebread Hope, Scott walker. Say hallelujah! Breitbart News is certainly excited. Especially since Walker has now come out not just against illegal immigration but legal immigration as well.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, pledged to protect American workers from the economic effects, not only of illegal immigration but also of a massive increase in legal immigration.During an interview with Glenn Beck, Walker became the first declared or…
  • Christie's epitaph

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Christie's epitaphby digbyIs there anyone in the GOP race who is poor enough to hang this around his neck? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat are not wealthy, according to them and them only. Never mind that their $700,000 income last year puts them easily in the top one percent of earners. That’s not how Christie defines wealth. “Wealth is defined a whole bunch of ways,” Christie said in an interview with the editorial board of the Manchester Union-Leader. Wealth is a feeling, and he just does not have that feeling.The reason Christie does not feel wealthy is that…
  • QOTW: Hillary Clinton

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:43 pm
    QOTW: Hillary Clintonby digbyIt wasn't from this week. It's from a while back. But it's good:And then read this from Lindsay Beyerstein about Pervi Patel, the woman who was convicted of feticide. In Indiana.I realize that it's fashionable in some circles to think that women are featherbrains for caring about this when neoliberal schemes are ruining the world and all. But there's a case to be made that if women were empowered here and around the world they might just make be useful allies in turning that scheme upside down. Think of it as an untapped resource.  In any case, a few of…
  • Heresy from Huckleberry

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Heresy from Huckleberryby digbyIf anyone took Lindsay Graham seriously as a presidential candidate, this would sink him:Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's argument that the Second Amendment provides the "ultimate check against government tyranny" is a bit too extreme for potential 2016 rival and fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)."Well, we tried that once in South Carolina. I wouldn't go down that road again," Graham said, in an apparent reference to the Civil War. "I think an informed electorate is probably a better check than, you know, guns in the streets."Speaking to a few…
  • Hillary Clinton, Progressives & the Uphill Climb, by @Gaius_Publius

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Hillary Clinton, Progressives & the Uphill Climbby Gaius PubliusThe increasing likelihood that Hillary Clinton may achieve the Democratic nomination for president without a serious challenge from the left has progressive discussion groups abuzz. There are, of course, a variety of opinions on whether this is good or bad. What I'd like to do here is define what "good" and "bad" mean in this context.▪ One kind of "good" outcome for progressives would be for the nation to be governed from people-first principles. A bad outcome for progressives would be a continuation of money-first, "let no…
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    Eschaton

  • Monday Night

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Good thing tomorrow is Friday!
  • Explanatory thread

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    “Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity…
  • Spring Fundraising Funstravaganza Day 4

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Whether you're here for the community or because occasionally my flapping butterfly wings have an impact, consider a wee contribution.
  • Human Centipede

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Perhaps the "puke funnel" metaphor isn't quite extreme enough.
  • Who Loves Cars?

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Sure, some people do, but the whole "America's love affair with cars" stuff is so stupid. In most places we've removed all other travel options, and even in the hellholes where driving isn't necessary it is a constant battle to stop the auto-centric transportation policies and development.Cars are useful things! But just because they're necessary for most people doesn't mean they're loved.
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night FDL: It’s All Going To Pot

    CTuttle
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – It’s All Going to Pot Keeping it real on 4/20… In their new song, “It’s All Going to Pot,” Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson team up for a #420-friendly anthem befitting the latter’s legendary love of the leaf. The track comes from Django and Jimmie, a collaborative album that’s a “tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers,” but this springy edible in particular shines for its weed-happy lyrics: “You can keep them pills, friend / Cause it’s all going to pot.” Nobody could’ve said it better……
  • America’s Refusal to Face the Hard Moral Issues of War

    Peter Van Buren
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    (Today we feature, with permission, a guest post by Daniel N. White. The post originally appeared on Contrary Perspective. All opinions are the author’s.) James Fallows, a noted journalist and author of National Defense (1981), is tits on a boar useless these days. That’s my conclusion after reading his Atlantic Monthly cover story, The Tragedy of the American Military, in which he asks, “Why do the best soldiers in the world keep losing?” It is a truly terrible article that, regrettably, is mainstream U.S. journalism’s best effort by one of their better talents to answer a vitally…
  • No Justice for Rekia Boyd as Chicago Police Officer Who Killed Her is Found ‘Not Guilty’ by Judge

    Kevin Gosztola
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Martinez Sutton, outside the courthouse in Chicago (Photo by MinkuMedia) The family of twenty-two year-old Rekia Boyd, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, was awarded $4.5 million in a wrongful death settlement in 2013. Yet, just over two years later, the officer who fired the shot that hit Boyd in her head has been found “not guilty” by a judge of crimes he was charged with in relation to her death. The defense for Chicago police officer Dante Servin requested a “directed verdict” from Judge Dennis Porter, who was hearing the case in the bench trial.
  • Freddie Gray should be alive today

    Masoninblue
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Freddie Gray, 25, should be alive today, but he isn’t. He died on Sunday morning from a broken neck that he sustained during an encounter with Baltimore police a week earlier. The Guardian reports, Gray, 25, died on Sunday morning, a week after he was chased and arrested by officers on bicycles on Baltimore’s west side. Police have refused to disclose the alleged violation for which Gray, who was black, was stopped. His family said he was not charged with any crime. However a court filing from the day of his arrest, in which Gray’s name was spelled incorrectly, suggested he was…
  • Yemeni Americans Feel Doubly Betrayed as US Government Refuses to Evacuate Them from Yemen

    Kevin Gosztola
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Gadeir Abbas The US envoy to Djibouti spoke about the “tough experience” Yemeni Americans trapped in Yemen last week, however, what was missing from his remarks were any indications that the government will end its refusal evacuate tens of thousands of Americans from the war-ravaged country. Tom Kelly, according to McClatchy, acknowledged that hundreds of Americans had fled Yemen for Djibouti recently on foreign ships and aircrafts after dangerous journeys on land. At one point, “evacuees” were left behind at the “port of Aden because they had been unable to…
 
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    TalkLeft

  • NYTimes takes stenography from GOP hit book

    Big Tent Democrat
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Haven't read book attacking Clintons. But if, as reported, it charges that Obama Admin moved Colombia FTA to reward CGI donor, that's nuts!— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 20, 2015 So now the NYTimes is openly in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CNN Poll: Clinton leads all Republicans by Double Digits

    Big Tent Democrat
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    CNN Poll: Marco Rubio fares best against the former first lady, trailing Clinton by 14 points, 55% to 41%. Bush trails Clinton by 17 points, 56% to 39%. Christie and Paul fall 19 points behind Clinton, each putting up 39% to Clinton's 58%.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Kills More Coptic Christians in Libya

    Jeralyn
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    In a fairly confusing 29 minute video (I'm not providing the link), ISIS militants in Libya executed several Ethiopian Coptic Christians. Here's Reuter's article on the killings. Why is it confusing? There appear to be two sets of killings,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CNN Premieres "High Profits" About Marijuana Industry

    Jeralyn
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Welcome to Colorado. CNN's new series High Profits airs its first episode tonight. It's about the burgeoning marijuana industry, and tonight's episode is in Colorado. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later

    Jeralyn
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Today is the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, for which Timothy McVeigh was executed in June, 2001. On April 19, 1995, President Clinton said during his first national address [More...] “We will find the people who did... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Rethink the 2016 Budget: Flat Funding is Reduced Funding

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This is the 3rd part in our series Rethink the 2016 NJ Budget (archived here) with the Anti-Poverty Network. Joyce is Associate Exec. Director at Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton. Promoted by Rosi. It really is a simple economic concept. For the last ten years non-profits in the state of NJ have been trying to convince our elected officials that flat funding of services and programs serving those living in poverty or with a disability is, in reality, less funding. Inflation is a familiar concept in the US economy: costs go up year over year. The exact inflation rate varies, but the…
  • Here's how the DNC is dogging Chris Christie today

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Today the DNC released the following statement in response to Chris Christie's comments this weekend regarding President Obama: : "We always knew Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani were buddies, but now it's clear they're working from the same set of talking points, too. This attack is pretty hypocritical, coming from a governor who has completely abandoned his state to pursue his political ambitions. While Chris Christie has been campaigning, New Jersey got whacked with its 9th debt downgrade, an epically bad pollution settlement, underfunded pensions, and on top of all that, the state's…
  • Still happening in the rain, Pallone & Tittel - Marking the 5th Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    Today's the fifth anniversary of a day which should have turned every resident of the United States into a deeply-committed environmentalist, with a deep suspicion of corporate culture, but there's still work to be done on both fronts. Five years ago, was the BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion and the oil spill that followed it, the largest in recorded U.S. history. Eleven people killed, 17 injured, destruction on a massive scale to fish and wildlife species, and shoreline. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are still recovering from impacts to their tourism and fishing…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, April 20, 2015

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:25 pm
    If the penny drops on Menendez ... and Christie 2016 is a no-go GOP sources: Christie and a U.S. Senate self-appointment option. The Civil Rights Movement of the millennial generation has begun Bravo. LEAD. The cover-up is worse than the crime Poll: Majority of NJ voters don't believe Christie personally ordered the GWB lane closures that rocked his administration. But nearly just as many believe he was aware of them. Minority children in N.J. likeliest to be poor, unhealthy, struggle in school, report says The annual Kids Count report. Shooting for the job he wants ... How Christie forged a…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for April 18-19, 2015

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Good for Tom Moran for making this point Whites only as New Hampshire takes front seat. Do it. Bramnick reissues debate challenge - this time targeting Greenwald. Major journalistic investigations into where New Jersey's money is really going Sirota: Cities and states - including NJ - paying massive secret fees to Wall Street: Report. Pro Publica: Chris Christie's budget 'sins' in New Jersey. Pro Publica & Washington Post: Behind Christie's budget claims, a more controversial legacy. Here's where the NJGOP's money - half of it - is going Republican party has spent $230K on private jet travel…
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    Truthout Stories

  • Climate Change Threatens More Than Two-Thirds of Rabbit Species

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Climate change will have major effects on the ecology and distribution of many animal species. Now new research suggests that rabbits will be particularly hard hit as climatic changes alter their habitat over the coming decades. Rabbits, hares and pikas could become this century's new climate migrants - with up to two-thirds of species forced to relocate. There are almost certainly going to be extinctions among some of the more sensitive and less adaptable species. Rabbits and their relatives hares (referred to in North America as jackrabbits) and the lesser known pikas belong to a group…
  • This 4/20 Should Be a Wake-Up Call to End the Racist "War on Drugs"

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The war on drugs decimates communities of color, breaks apart families and brings violence into already poverty-stricken neighborhoods. (Photo: Hands Up via Shutterstock) Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! The war on drugs isn't a war on drugs. It's a war on people, and this weekend it claimed its latest victim. On Sunday morning, exactly one week after an encounter with police left him with 80 percent of his spine severed at his neck, Baltimore Resident Freddie Gray…
  • Gulf Fishermen Still Struggling Five Years After the BP Spill

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Five years after BP's Deepwater Horizon rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Truthout goes onboard a small fishing boat in the Gulf to find out how the catastrophic spill is still impacting the local economy. Small fishing families are still struggling with the ongoing impacts of the spill.Captain Bien Do and Thao Vu on board Do's fishing boat off the Mississippi coast Gulf of Mexico. Do has been fishing in the Gulf since he came to United States from Vietnam in 1990, and Vu is an advocate for the local Vietnamese fishing community. Vu says small fishing operations…
  • Gulf Victims Suing BP Disaster's Compensation Czar

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is burned in an attempt to quell its spread, June 16, 2010. (Photo: Kris Krüg)Shortly after BP's oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, 2010, one of the most politically well-connected attorneys in the United States was appointed to administer the $20 billion fund to, in theory, pay compensation to those harmed by BP's catastrophe. President Obama and BP's chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, agreed that attorney Kenneth Feinberg should head the fund. Feinberg would later be chosen, also by Obama, to oversee the compensation of the top executives…
  • FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New "(T)ERROR" Documentary

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We spend the hour with an explosive new film that shines a bright light on the FBI's shadowy use of informants in its counterterrorism sting operations. These undercover operatives are meant to root out would-be terrorists before they attack. Since 9/11, they have been used to prosecute at least 158 people. But critics argue they often target the wrong people, "including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent." "(T)ERROR" goes inside the world of a particular informant who has played a key role in several major terrorism cases. It does so while he is in the middle…
 
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  • New York to make health insurance *really* affordable for low-income residents

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Very quickly, as I'm leaving the house in 40 minutes, big news (via Charles Gaba, natch)  from New York: it's becoming the second state to offer a Basic Health Plan (BHP) for lower-income insurance seekers, as enabled by the Affordable Care Act. A BHP is a low-cost, low-premium offering for buyers with incomes between the Medicaid eligibility cutoff (100% or 138% of the Federal Poverty Level*) and 200% FPL.   The premiums and cost-sharing compare very favorably with the mainstream private health plans offered on ACA exchanges as previously priced for low-income buyers. New York's…
  • Preview: Lots of Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians re-enrolled in QHPs

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    I have drafted and am now shopping an article positing that tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who renewed private plan coverage on healthcare.gov for 2015 are now eligible for Medicaid -- and so, theoretically at least, are ineligible for the private plan subsidies they obtained last year and are counting on this year. Pennsylvania launched a "private option" Medicaid expansion (now in process of being converted back to traditional Medicaid) effective Jan. 1, 2015.Here's the calculation.  Of the roughly 318,000 Pennsylvanians who were enrolled in private coverage via healthcare.gov as…
  • Does inequality make us more conservative? Maybe, but so does liberal policy enactment

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    Thomas Edsall cites disturbing research indicating that as inequality has grown in the U.S. over the last forty years, Americans' support for policies that redistribute wealth has shrunk. Specifically, more recently, support for universal healthcare has declined over the period in which the ACA was debated, passed and enacted:The erosion of the belief in health care as a government-protected right is perhaps the most dramatic reflection of these trends. In 2006, by a margin of more than two to one, 69-28, those surveyed by Gallup said that the federal government should guarantee health care…
  • Obamacare customers "stick with" healthcare.gov

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Enrollment in private health plans on healthcare.gov seems to have been very sticky.  For the 37 states using healthcare.gov, the renewal rate for those who were enrolled in plans just prior to the start of open season for 2015 was over 90%..Last week, Avalere Health published a study of renewal rates that found an average of 79% renewals among existing enrollees in private plans (so-called Qualified Health Plans, or QHPs) on healthcare.gov and 65% on the state exchanges. But Avalere tracked attrition from the end of the first open season, in April 2015, until the end of the second one,…
  • Why did Healthcare.gov outdraw the state exchanges in 2015?

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Avalere Health has found, in a study of 2015 ACA private plan enrollment data, that healthcare.gov outperformed state exchanges on two measures: retention of 2014 enrollees and enrollment of new customers.To explain the lower retention in states that ran their own exchanges, Avalere floats the possibility* that those states (all but one of which expanded Medicaid) may have had more churn into Medicaid than states using healthcare.gov (where over 70% of enrollees were in states that refused the Medicaid expansion). I'll cite some evidence below that many states that expanded Medicaid did not…
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    Reuters: Politics

  • In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo seeks to open doors to trade

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    HAVANA (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana on Monday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama's easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island.
  • U.S. business groups to urge Congress to approve fast-track trade authority

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost 300 business groups from across the United States are urging swift passage of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would "fast-track" trade deals, in a letter they plan to send to congressional leaders on Tuesday.
  • In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo seeks to open doors to trade

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    HAVANA (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana on Monday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama's easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island.
  • U.S. offers Ukraine $17.7 million in humanitarian aid: White House

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday about the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine and offered an additional $17.7 million in aid for essentials like food, shelter and water, the White House said.
  • Clinton floats tax-code changes as she campaigns in New Hampshire

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    KEENE, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Monday she would consider changes to the U.S. tax code to reward companies that produce goods and services as opposed to trading, which she likened to "playing games."
 
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  • Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

    timothy
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    mpicpp writes The Florida mail carrier accused of landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was charged in federal court Thursday and has been barred from returning to the District of Columbia or flying any aircraft, officials said. Douglas Hughes, 61, was charged with violating aircraft registration requirements, a felony, and violating national defense airspace, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison for the felony and one year in prison for the airspace violation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson also barred Hughes from…
  • 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

    Soulskill
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    An anonymous reader writes: There has been a lot of interest in the activities of the Church of Scientology recently, especially since the release of Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear. A petition against tax-exempt status for Scientology has been started on the U.S. White House petition website. If it receives more than 100,000 signatures, it will qualify for an official White House response. Even Slashdot has had its own run-ins with Scientology in the past — one of many internet sites to face legal threats from the Church. Has the time come for Scientology go "clear?"Read more of…
  • Turkish Hackers Target Vatican Website After Pope's Genocide Comment

    timothy
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    An anonymous reader writes Turkish hackers have brought down the official Vatican City website, following Pope Francis' statement in which he referred to mass killings of Armenians by Turks as 'genocide'. According to reports, the website www.vatican.va was first taken offline on Monday evening with a Turkish hacker, named @THTHerakles, announcing that he would continue to target the website should an official apology not be issued from the Vatican City. The hacker said that the Pope's comments were "unacceptable" for a respected religious figurehead. "Taking sides and calling what happened…
  • Bolivia Demands Assange Apologize For Deliberately False Leaks To the US

    timothy
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Rei writes In 2013, during Edward Snowden's brief and chaotic search for asylum that ultimately landed him in Russia, the US faced criticism for handing information to various European nations that Bolivian president Evo Morales was smuggling him out of Russia, leading to the grounding of his flight. In a new twist, in the documentary Terminal F about this time period, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange admitted that he was the one who deliberately leaked the fake information to the US government. Bolivia has been none too pleased with this news and is now demanding that Assange apologize for…
  • Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

    Soulskill
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Major Blud writes: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" today that would end regulations that allow terrestrial radio stations to avoid paying royalties to artists and labels. Currently, AM/FM radio stations aren't required to pay royalties to publishers and songwriters. The proposed measure requires stations that earn less than $1 million a year in revenue to pay $500 annually. For nonprofit public, college and other non-commercial broadcasters, the fee would be $100 per year. Religious and talk stations would be exempt from…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Nordic Giants: A Séance of Dark Delusions – Exclusive Album Stream

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the most imaginative and exciting acts to emerge from the underground in recent years, Nordic Giants, have released a steady stream of singles and EPs since 2010 but many have been awaiting the arrival of their debut full-length album with baited breath. Released through Kscope on 27th April, A Séance of Dark Delusions [...]
  • Barking Blondes: Doggy Day Care

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    The latest research by the RSPCA reveals that a staggering 85% of Britain’s dogs are suffering from being left alone. The charity is now campaigning to make owners aware of the natural ‘pack’ instincts in their dog.
  • Scottish Book Trust: An interview with Anthony Horowitz

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    2015 marks the 15th anniversary of Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling Alex Rider series, which have sold over 16 million copies in English and are widely credited with redefining the spy genre. There are many special events and activities planned to celebrate the anniversary, including all ten Alex Rider novels being published in new editions on April 2nd and a special competition in partnership with Blue Peter and MI5 to find three CBBC Intelligence Officers. Young fans can also get involved from the comfort of their desks when a special free Authors Live event with Anthony is streamed live…
  • Modi asks Hollande for French jets “quickly” to boost depleted Indian Air Force

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Narendra Modi has taken India’s defence industry by surprise with a totally unexpected decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jet aircraft, probably costing around $4.5bn, from Dassault Aviation in a deal that is being negotiated directly between the Indian and French governments. Modi is on an official visit to France. He said after holding talks with [...]
  • From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    A few months ago I received some music that was attributed to a shadowy character named T.B. Arthur. Apparently the music, which was raw, acidic, techno with an odd almost unorthodox feel to it, had been lying around for years without a release (thought there is some scepticism around this story). Reissued via Hard Wax in Berlin, the tracks had allegedly been held on to by a friend of TB’s and is finally seeing the light of day almost two decades after it was made. I tracked down the friend of TB and spoke to him about TB, the music and old time Chicago…
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  • Watch Matt Welch Talk About 4/20 and Weed on Hannity Tonight at 10 p.m. ET

    Matt Welch
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:06 pm
    About halfway through Sean Hannity's self-titled 10 p.m. television program on Fox News tonight, I will be asked the question "Will marijuana legalization make america a weaker country?" We shall see whether the answers—or the follow-up questions—will surprise you. One year ago this Saturday, I was also on Hannity talking about weed. You can read about the experience here, and watch the clip below:
  • Hey, Kids! The National Security Agency Wants You to Recycle!

    Jesse Walker
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    It'll be Earth Day on Wednesday, and the National Security Agency is prepared. The spy shop's recycling mascot—yes, of course the NSA has a recyling mascot—has narrated this video for Maryland schoolchildren: My favorite line: "When other agencies shredded or incinerated their paper, NSA turned ours into pulp and sold it to recyclers who use it to make cardboard pizza boxes." Yesterday's incriminating documents are tonight's vessel for dinner! For a transcript of the video, go here. For more NSA kiddie fun, go here. For Reason's files on the NSA, go here.
  • Conservative Activists Face SWAT Raids in Wisconsin, More to the Britt McHenry Story, Rare Beanie Babies Alert: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The latest issue of National Review exposes a series of terrifying, politically-motivated police raids against conservatives connected to Gov. Scott Walker. Two shootings at Delaware State University. Britt McHenry, the ESPN reporter caught on camera berating a towing company employee, was treated unfairly by the internet lynch mob, according to new information. Well, what do you know: a higher minimum wage could threaten small theaters, some actors fear. The American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers, an individualist feminist, is giving a talk at Oberlin College tonight. Some…
  • Liberals Greet Apple Watch With Fresh Assault on Company

    Ira Stoll
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Apple watch goes on sale Friday, and, just in time, the left is preparing a new assault on the world’s most-admired company. The signal came in The New Yorker magazine, a publication that embodies elite left-wing political sensibilities and one that has also happily accepted its share of Apple advertising dollars over the years. It came in a New Yorker article written by Jill Lepore, a professor at Harvard University, an institution that rivals The New Yorker as an elite left-wing flagship and that has also sold its share of Apple products over the years. The key passage in the New…
  • Ira Stoll on the Left’s Bogus Attack on the Apple Watch

    Reason.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Apple watch goes on sale Friday, and, just in time, the left is preparing a new assault on the world’s most-admired company. The signal came in The New Yorker magazine, a publication that embodies elite left-wing political sensibilities and one that has also happily accepted its share of Apple advertising dollars over the years. It came in a New Yorker article written by a professor at Harvard University, an institution that rivals The New Yorker as an elite left-wing flagship and that has also sold its share of Apple products over the years. The key passage in the New Yorker article…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Why Media Coverage of Campaign 2016 Will Be as Bad as Ever

    Paul Waldman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    View image | gettyimages.com Let's spare a bit of sympathy for the reporters who found themselves running after Hillary Clinton's van last week in the hopes that they might get a few seconds of video of her stepping out of it and into whatever momentous event she was arriving at. I'm sure that as they took off in hot pursuit, more than a few thought to themselves, "This is pretty ridiculous." But they kept running anyway, and when they finally caught their breath, perhaps they had a chance to sit down and pen that blog post on Clinton's order at Chipotle that their editors were demanding.
  • Obama's Trade Agreements Are a Gift to Corporations

    Robert Kuttner
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    (Photo by Alex Milan Tracy/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images) Protesters gathered outside the Smith Center to speak out against the fast-track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Portland, Oregon, on January 31, 2014.  This article originally appeared at The Boston Globe   Late last week, legislation moved forward that would give President Obama authority to negotiate two contentious trade deals: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But for the most part, these aren’t trade agreements at all. They’re a gift to…
  • Faculty Join Fast Food in the Fight for $15

    Justin Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Faculty Forward USC Adjunct faculty march for better pay and working conditions at the University of Southern California on April 15, 2015.  As yesterday’s Fight for $15 protests wound to a close across the country, it’s become clear that this movement is not a fleeting effort—it’s here to stay. The focal point has primarily been on the most visible low-wage workers: fast food and retail workers whose pay perpetually hovers around minimum wage. And their employers seem to be taking a small, yet encouraging, step in the right direction as both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart recently…
  • Calls From Home

    Elaine Teng
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    (AP Photo/David Goldman) In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, an unreclaimed strip mine just across the state line from Kentucky's Harlan County stands in Virginia as seen from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain in Lynch, Ky.  Amelia Kirby was driving in a particularly beautiful part of her home county in the late 1990s when she noticed the construction. She thought it was yet another strip mine, taking off the tops of mountains to extract the coal beneath. But instead, it was the beginnings of a prison. Amelia’s double-take was indicative of a general shift in central Appalachia, an area roughly…
  • The Fight for LGBT Equality is Not Over

    Peter Montgomery
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Sometimes you hate to be proven right. In an article in The American Prospect’s recent winter issue, I wrote that while marriage equality enjoyed some significant victories in 2014, Republicans would likely use their electoral successes that November to push back hard. Under the guise of “religious…
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  • Why Media Coverage of Campaign 2016 Will Be as Bad as Ever

    Paul Waldman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    View image | gettyimages.com Let's spare a bit of sympathy for the reporters who found themselves running after Hillary Clinton's van last week in the hopes that they might get a few seconds of video of her stepping out of it and into whatever momentous event she was arriving at. I'm sure that as they took off in hot pursuit, more than a few thought to themselves, "This is pretty ridiculous." But they kept running anyway, and when they finally caught their breath, perhaps they had a chance to sit down and pen that blog post on Clinton's order at Chipotle that their editors were demanding.
  • Obama's Trade Agreements Are a Gift to Corporations

    Robert Kuttner
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    (Photo by Alex Milan Tracy/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images) Protesters gathered outside the Smith Center to speak out against the fast-track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Portland, Oregon, on January 31, 2014.  This article originally appeared at The Boston Globe   Late last week, legislation moved forward that would give President Obama authority to negotiate two contentious trade deals: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But for the most part, these aren’t trade agreements at all. They’re a gift to…
  • Faculty Join Fast Food in the Fight for $15

    Justin Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Faculty Forward USC Adjunct faculty march for better pay and working conditions at the University of Southern California on April 15, 2015.  As yesterday’s Fight for $15 protests wound to a close across the country, it’s become clear that this movement is not a fleeting effort—it’s here to stay. The focal point has primarily been on the most visible low-wage workers: fast food and retail workers whose pay perpetually hovers around minimum wage. And their employers seem to be taking a small, yet encouraging, step in the right direction as both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart recently…
  • Calls From Home

    Elaine Teng
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    (AP Photo/David Goldman) In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, an unreclaimed strip mine just across the state line from Kentucky's Harlan County stands in Virginia as seen from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain in Lynch, Ky.  Amelia Kirby was driving in a particularly beautiful part of her home county in the late 1990s when she noticed the construction. She thought it was yet another strip mine, taking off the tops of mountains to extract the coal beneath. But instead, it was the beginnings of a prison. Amelia’s double-take was indicative of a general shift in central Appalachia, an area roughly…
  • The Fight for LGBT Equality is Not Over

    Peter Montgomery
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Sometimes you hate to be proven right. In an article in The American Prospect’s recent winter issue, I wrote that while marriage equality enjoyed some significant victories in 2014, Republicans would likely use their electoral successes that November to push back hard. Under the guise of “religious…
 
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  • This is what sane marijuana enforcement looks like — in one tweet

    Christopher Ingraham
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    In this April 19, 2014, file photo, partygoers dance and smoke pot during the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, the state Capitol building visible in the background. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) The Denver Police Department is officially cooler than your police department. We see you rollin, but we ain't hatin’ HAHA… Seriously though, #Denver, please remember to #ConsumeResponsibly this 4/20 weekend. — Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) April 20, 2015 As you may have heard, it is 4/20 -- the unofficial holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts worldwide. The City of Denver…
  • The incredible power of the measles vaccine, in 3 graphics

    Ana Swanson
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Sometimes we take the benefits of modern medicine for granted, but a small dose of data and history can easily remedy that. The chart below, created by Valentine Svensson, a PhD student in molecular biology at Cambridge University, shows the dramatic decline in the incidence of measles in 20th century America. You can see that the incidence of measles fell sharply after the vaccine was introduced in 1963, only 50 years ago. As the vaccine did its work, the incidence of measles dropped to zero by the end of the century. (The left-hand axis is graphed as a base 10 log, a common technique that…
  • This may be the best liberal case for giving Obama the authority to strike a trade deal

    Lydia DePillis
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    It may all come down to Ron Wyden. (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images) Last week, legislators introduced a bill that is a key part of passing the biggest trade deal of the new century. The measure, known as Trade Promotion Authority, would require Congress to vote treaties up or down without amending them. But a broad coalition of labor, community and environmental groups are pulling out all the stops to defeat the measure, because they know it virtually assures the passage of a deal with 12 Pacific Rim countries that they fear will look like NAFTA on steroids. Backed by big business,…
  • Rubio’s immigration decisions shows how tough it is for the GOP to advance policy

    Max Ehrenfreund
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the National Press Club in Washington last year. (AP/Molly Riley) Marco Rubio was once able to captivate deeply conservative, tea-party audiences on Fox News and talk radio without making enemies among the party elite in Washington. But he couldn't get his party on the same page when it came to immigration reform. Instead, his efforts on the issue eroded his appeal among conservatives. The senator was once regarded by many as uniquely capable of leading the Republican Party, but many observers now put tough odds on his campaign to become…
  • A great big map of American movie settings

    Ana Swanson
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    What movie should you be pretending to be in right now? Whether you live in the land of "Fargo" or "The Rock," Randall Munroe of the web comic Xkcd.com has created a map showing the backgrounds of famous movies to help out with this all-important question. Called “A cheat sheet for figuring out where in the U.S. you are by recognizing the background from movies,” Munroe recommends the map for Geoguessr players and crash-landed astronauts. More stories from Know More, Wonkblog's social media site:  Map: The most popular spots to film movies in New York City A ranking of the world’s…
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  • Poll: Christie should go if he knew of 'Bridgegate'

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    A majority of New Jersey voters say Gov. Chris Christie (R) should be removed from office if he ordered or was aware that a 2013 George Washington Bridge traffic jam was created for political retribution.Thirty-four percent of voters said Christie,...
  • Washington Post reporter charged with espionage in Iran

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    A former Washington Post Tehran bureau chief imprisoned in Iran for months has been charged with espionage and other crimes, the paper said Monday.In addition to espionage, Jason Rezaian had been charged with “collaborating with hostile governments...
  • O'Malley touts executive experience against Clinton

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is mulling a run for president, highlighted his executive experience as something that sets him apart from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D) during an interview Monday.“Well I think that...
  • WH fence jumper said to be in custody

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    An individual allegedly scaled a fence at the White House on Sunday, according to CNN.The person reportedly climbed over a fence on the south side of the White House complex while carrying a suspicious package. The package was later found to be...
  • Michelle Nunn to lead humanitarian group

    19 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Former Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is slated to take over at the helm of the Atlanta-based international humanitarian organization CARE USA as president and CEO, the group said Sunday.Nunn announced via Twitter:Very excited for my next...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The petition of the day is: Velasco-Giron v. Holder 14-745Issue: (1) Whether courts should defer to published Board of Immigration Appeals case law construing the generic crime of “sexual abuse of a minor” through an ad hoc process that employs a federal civil statute as a “guide;” and (2) whether a state misdemeanor offense for sexual intercourse with an individual under the age of 18 – which captures activity not criminalized federally or in the vast majority of states, and may be punished with unsupervised probation – is an “aggravated felony” as “sexual abuse of a…
  • A reporter’s guide to covering the same-sex marriage cases at the Supreme Court

    Amy Howe
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    When the Court convenes on April 28 to hear oral arguments in the challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage, many of the reporters covering the hearing will be at the Court for the first time. This guide to covering the Court is intended for those reporters. Before you go If you want to cover the oral arguments in person, there’s one crucial preliminary detail to take care of: you will need a seat. The Court’s Public Information Office has issued a media advisory with all of the information you need to ask for a seat; the deadline to do so is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21), although at…
  • Today’s transcript

    Kali Borkoski
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The transcript in Johnson v. United States is here. 
  • Now accepting internship applications

    Kali Borkoski
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    SCOTUSblog is now accepting applications from current law students interested in interning with us.  Details about the position’s qualifications and responsibilities, as well as how to apply, are below the jump. The principal focus of the internship (which is a paid one) will be assisting Tom with the “Petition of the day” and “Petitions to watch” features on the blog and maintaining the case pages. This will require roughly ten to twenty hours of work a week  on a generally flexible work schedule, which can be accomplished remotely.  The position will…
  • Government faces new contracting duty

    Lyle Denniston
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    The Supreme Court refused on Monday to spare the federal government from a newly imposed duty to use competitive bidding to sign up partners to provide affordable subsidized housing for low-income families — the so-called “Section 8″ program that has existed since 1974.   That denial came as part of a series of newly released orders; the Court did not grant review of any new cases. Since the Section 8 program was set up, federal housing officials have recruited partners — usually, local government housing authorities — by offering them a negotiated agreement on…
 
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  • Barack Obama: Says Loretta Lynch’s nomination "has been now sitting there longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined."

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Is Loretta Lynch nomination delayed longer than 7 other attorneys general combined? Democrats have recently been accusing Senate Republicans of obstructing the nomination of Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. Lynch, currently the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, would become the first African-American woman to head the Justice Department, but she’s been awaiting a confirmation vote by the full Senate for several months. While observers expect Lynch to win confirmation, the Senate’s Republican majority…
  • Bernie Sanders:  "99 percent of all new income today (is) going to the top 1 percent."

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Bernie Sanders says 99 percent of 'new' income is going to top 1 percent When U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., finds a microphone these days, you can expect him to harp on the erosion of the American middle class. Sanders, who has said he is considering a 2016 presidential run and caucuses with Democrats, made a striking point about the country’s income inequality over the last 40 years in an April 19 interview on Fox News Sunday. "What we're seeing, Chris, right now is that for 40 years, the American middle class has been disappearing.
  • ForAmerica: "American families work hard to earn $4,250 a month. Obama is spending $18,972 a month on each illegal immigrant child."

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Meme compares spending on undocumented immigrants with typical U.S. family income Is President Barack Obama lavishing almost five times as much money on undocumented immigrant children than the typical household earns in a month? A meme making the rounds on social media says that’s the case. The meme, forwarded to us by a reader, was created by ForAmerica, a conservative group founded by longtime activist L. Brent Bozell III. The meme says: "American families work hard to earn $4,250 a month. Obama is spending $18,972 a month on each illegal…
  • Hillary Clinton: Says "all my grandparents" immigrated to America.

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | In Iowa, Hillary Clinton claims 'all my grandparents' came to the U.S. from foreign countries Hillary Clinton this week became the latest example of a politician flubbing her family’s ancestry while making the case for her presidency. Clinton was speaking at a business roundtable inside an Iowa produce store when she related her personal family heritage to the struggles of undocumented immigrants trying to work in the United States. "I think if we were to just go around this room, there are a lot of immigrant stories," Clinton said, according to…
  • Jeb Bush: "We are in the sixth year of recovery, and median income is below what it was at the start of the recovery."

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Jeb Bush correct that median income has fallen in U.S. since end of recession Jeb Bush is making economic opportunity a major theme of his not-yet-official presidential campaign. One of his main gripes with the economy is that income isn’t going up. "If we grew at a far faster rate, the middle would no longer be as squeezed as they are," Bush said. "We are in the sixth year of recovery, and median income is below what it was at the start of the recovery." Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, made the remarks during a recent…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Scott Walker, Koch Candidate of Negotiable Affections

    Anne Laurie
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Walker’s early homestate enablers at the Bradley Foundation’s “tiny empire” and the MacIver Institute must be madly jealous tonight. As happens so often in this fallen world, their long-groomed figurehead candidate has been stolen away by the bigger predators. Nicholas Confessore, reporting for the NYTimes: Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party,…
  • NHL Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    No heavy posting for me today- had a long day, starting with an 8 am run to the airport to pickup Holly, who was in NYC to have her shunt replaced (again). This weekend washer anuervesary, and she had to go up a week early because a shunt was protruding. On the way home, we both decided we are going to use shunt as a dirty word from now on. Oh, and this happened- sometime in the last week Thurston’s right ear decided “Ehh, screw it,” and we are now putting it on the Physically Unable to Perform list (Get it- the PUP list! I kill myself, really…). Let’s go…
  • Monday Evening Open Thread: #FirstWorldProblems

    Anne Laurie
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Back when I was young and irresponsible and writing rude stuff in response to others of my incestuous little social group (sf fans), we used to joke that our every gaffe would vanish in a decade or two, once the ditto ink faded or the cheap twiltone paper crumbled. Kids these days, they don’t have — they can’t afford — our level of patience. Dave Weigel, at Bloomberg Politics, reports that “Jeb Bush’s Social Media Casualty Creates an App to Save Other People From His Fate”: Ethan Czahor never even got to Miami. In February, the 31-year old developer…
  • Horse Race 2.0: The Horsening

    Zandar
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    The reality of Hillary Clinton rolling all GOP contenders is way too dull apparently, so the New York Times would rather get in on that sweet, sweet manufactured controversy early. The New York Times and Fox News have both struck agreements with a conservative author for access to his research on Hillary and Bill Clinton. The Times mentioned the deal on Sunday in the middle of an article about author Peter Schweizer’s forthcoming book, “Clinton Cash”. The author in question, human carbuncle Peter Schweizer, has a long history as a GOP operative and advisor and a record of…
  • 1332 Waiver tracking

    Richard Mayhew
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    I think the Wyden Waiver Watch will become a personal hobbyhorse.  Wyden Waivers are also known as Section 1332 waivers and State Innovation waivers in the Affordable Care Act. They allow states to significantly change PPACA’s implementation for the state’s residents as long as the changes result in the same or higher levels of coverage for the same or more people at no greater cost to the federal government than the current system. If Republicans were interested in healthcare policy and thought that their ideas were superior, this would be an opportunity to not pass up.  Wyden…
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    Oliver Willis

  • Why The Right Blames The Liberal Media For Its Own Screw-Ups

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    According to the right, America is a center-right nation. To hear them tell it, there isn’t a single issue that the American mainstream disagrees with them on, from domestic policy to international relations and beyond. So, if this is the case, how can the back to back presidential elections of Barack Obama, coupled with the fluid state of the Senate leadership — along with a House that was in the hands of the Democrats just five years ago — be explained? The media. Yes, the all powerful, all omniscient mainstream media. According to conservatives the media is so in the tank…
  • There Is No Liberal Fox News. Thank God.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Liberal Fox News, On Earth 2 Imagine that on an alternate earth somewhere in another dimension, the Democratic Party has lost the majority of the presidential vote in three out of the last four elections. After a two-term Republican president, the party stands ready to adjust to the times and re-capture the White House. Now imagine that the Fox News Channel on this alternate earth is the same as our Fox News, but liberal. Though nominally an ally of the Democratic Party, Earth-2’s Fox is most interested in attracting liberal eyeballs. And the way to do that is to be as liberal as…
  • Shut The Hell Up About What Hillary Clinton Is Wearing

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    The media is obsessed with getting into the weeds of what Hillary Clinton is wearing. Why? Because she is a woman. There is no other reason for it. Hillary Clinton has been First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of The United States, a United States Senator and Secretary of State. She’s written five books, which is five more than most of us. The least important thing about Hillary Clinton is whether she’s wearing a dress or pantsuit, letting her hair down or going with an up-do. What matters about Clinton is her ideas for taking America forward, whether she can execute on those ideas,…
  • The Road We’ve Traveled: Economy Edition

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    For perspective, here are the last 6 jobs reports for 2008. December 2008: -696,000 November 2008: -765,000 October 2008: -476,000 September 2008: -452,000 August 2008: -259,000 July 2008: -210,000 That negative trend continued until March of 2010 when the jobs number went back into positive territory. It dipped and came back up a few more times after that until October of 2010. From that date until April of 2015, the private sector has added jobs. 61 straight months of job growth, a record in U.S. history. There are all sorts of problems that still exist in our labor market: not enough…
  • Beware The Bored Press

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee. Jeb Bush has a good shot at winning the Republican nomination. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination is more likely though not inevitable to win the next presidential election. All three of these statements are rooted in polling, historical trends and common sense. They are not written in stone, but they’re just the most likely outcomes. And they are boring. The political press in America hates boring. They hate boring as if it were poison. So each electoral cycle, the press looks for something — anything — that seems…
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; Outlander; Roy Leaving Arrow; Oliva Munn, Super Hero; Gotham; Veep; Daredevil; The Americans; Sopranos Ending Explained; Jon Stewart On Why He Is Leaving The Daily Show

    Ron Chusid
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Orphan Black returned on Saturday, beginning with a fun scene for the fans. It was another scene with Tatiana Maslany playing multiple seestas at once in Helena’s dream of perfect baby shower, reminiscent of the clone dance party scene last season. The theme for the season is girl clones vs. boy clones, which sort of sounds like a season of Survivor. So far I have far less interest in the male clones. They didn’t get the chance to be introduced gradually as the girl clones were and, as most were raised in the military, there also probably is not as much difference these clones.
  • Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb Faced The Media But Hillary Clinton Continues To Avoid The Press

    Ron Chusid
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Martin O’Malley appeared on Face the Nation today, on Sunday, told Bob Schieffer that he plans to decide by the end of May as to whether he plans to run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Schieffer asked him why he plans to run: O’MALLEY: Because I believe that our country faces big challenges. And I know that leadership is important, if we’re going to turn these challenges into opportunities. I have 15 years of executive experience as a big city mayor and as a governor bringing people together to get things done. And I believe that I have the ideas that…
  • From ‘Dead Broke’ To Millionaires

    Guest Voice
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Several benefactors to the Clinton Foundation — the nonprofit established in 2001 by former U.S. president Bill Clinton — received favors from the U.S. State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, according to a soon-to-be-released book accessed by the New York Times. The book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why… The post From ‘Dead Broke’ To Millionaires appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • GMAB (Give me a BREAK): New York Newspaper says de Blasio wants to Challenge Hillary Clinton

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    As Charlie Brown would say: “SIGH.” Yes, folks, its the silly season where all kinds of political speculation and paper-thin reporting can get big play. Stories can be generated by a story — no matter how unlikely it is to become reality or if it’s really a bunch of this – because then it’s picked up by s-e-r-i-o-u-s political reporters, becomes a topic on the increasingly tiresome and predictable ideological political shows on MSNBC or Fox News, or treated with seriousness by CNN, which still tries to position itself as doing traditional journalism. And so…
  • Holocaust Survivor believes he was saved to ‘tell the story’

    Guest Voice
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    Inside the Gas Chamber – Dachau Concentration Camp Survivor believes he was saved to ‘tell the story’ By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California (SEDONA)– Lou Dunst, the renowned and beloved survivor of four Nazi death camps and two aborted gas chamber murders, remembers many things. Of his innumerable escapes from certain death, he simply asserts: “Ha-Shem [God] made another miracle.” On one occasion, there was an unfathomable malfunction in the delivery of the Zyklon B tablets (the cyanide-based pesticide) that were to be funneled through the shower heads. Lou and the others…
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    AMERICAblog News

  • That was fast: Scott Walker has already won the Koch Primary

    Jon Green
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Earlier today, the New York Times reported that Charles and David Koch, conservative megadonors and kingmakers in the Republican Party, are ready to back Scott Walker’s bid for the White House ahead of his likely opponents. As David Koch told donors at a Manhattan fundraiser, “We will support whoever the candidate is…but it should be Scott Walker.” The announcement is a body blow to Jeb Bush, the presumed (if unannounced) frontrunner in the race, and an even bigger diss of Rand Paul, who wrote a love letter to the Koch’s as part of TIME Magazine’s list…
  • Heritage Foundation: Gay marriage means less marriage and more abortions

    Jon Green
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Is it just me, or do conservatives set to argue against marriage equality in the Supreme Court know they have their cards stacked against them? After the comprehensive demolition of their go-to arguments that took place in federal circuit courts around the country, they’ve been hard-pressed to come up with new arguments showing any evidence that allowing gay couples to marry can have any negative consequences for anyone else. Enter the Heritage Foundation, which earlier today promoted an amicus brief filed by over 100 “scholars of marriage” — whatever that means…
  • On eve of Ecuador pollution trial, Chevron (predictably) stalls

    Ariana Chomitz
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday, in what they’d like to have come off as a higher-road detour, Chevron made a big deal about dropping the fraud claims against one of the major funders of the plaintiffs in the Chevron/ Ecuador pollution case, the London-based Woodsford group. This will certainly be nice PR, but it might also be useful in that Chevron no longer has to squirm in court as overwhelmingly condemning evidence against them continues to flow, unchecked. As Chevron continues to flail and cry like a child who refuses to pick up his toys, the fraud allegations against the fundraising group that has been…
  • Mike Huckabee ignores James Madison, tells Christians to avoid military until Obama is gone

    Jon Green
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mike Huckabee is sorta, kinda, give-me-some-money-and-we’ll see running for president. And he was in New Hampshire this past weekend to test the waters on another bid for the White House. On Friday, he threw some red meat to Republican primary voters when he said that young people thinking about joining the military should wait until 2017, when there occupant of the Oval Office is more friendly to Christians. Said Huckabee, as quoted by the Huffington Post: When you have this attitude that is more about promoting gay marriage and gay rights in the military than it is about being able to…
  • Marco Rubio: Being gay not a choice, but gays shouldn’t have a right to marry

    Jon Green
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In case you haven’t heard, Marco Rubio is the new fresh face of the GOP. He’s down. He’s hip. And while he still isn’t on board with the majority of young Republicans who support marriage equality, he at least recognizes that being gay isn’t a choice. Wait. What? Marco Rubio appears to be a little bi-curious in his positions on marriage. In an appearance on Face the Nation on Sunday, Marco Rubio said that being gay is not a choice: Said Rubio: I also don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people. In…
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    The American Prospect

  • Why Media Coverage of Campaign 2016 Will Be as Bad as Ever

    Paul Waldman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    View image | gettyimages.com Let's spare a bit of sympathy for the reporters who found themselves running after Hillary Clinton's van last week in the hopes that they might get a few seconds of video of her stepping out of it and into whatever momentous event she was arriving at. I'm sure that as they took off in hot pursuit, more than a few thought to themselves, "This is pretty ridiculous." But they kept running anyway, and when they finally caught their breath, perhaps they had a chance to sit down and pen that blog post on Clinton's order at Chipotle that their editors were demanding.
  • Obama's Trade Agreements Are a Gift to Corporations

    Robert Kuttner
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    (Photo by Alex Milan Tracy/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images) Protesters gathered outside the Smith Center to speak out against the fast-track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Portland, Oregon, on January 31, 2014.  This article originally appeared at The Boston Globe   Late last week, legislation moved forward that would give President Obama authority to negotiate two contentious trade deals: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But for the most part, these aren’t trade agreements at all. They’re a gift to…
  • Faculty Join Fast Food in the Fight for $15

    Justin Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Faculty Forward USC Adjunct faculty march for better pay and working conditions at the University of Southern California on April 15, 2015.  As yesterday’s Fight for $15 protests wound to a close across the country, it’s become clear that this movement is not a fleeting effort—it’s here to stay. The focal point has primarily been on the most visible low-wage workers: fast food and retail workers whose pay perpetually hovers around minimum wage. And their employers seem to be taking a small, yet encouraging, step in the right direction as both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart recently…
  • Calls From Home

    Elaine Teng
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    (AP Photo/David Goldman) In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, an unreclaimed strip mine just across the state line from Kentucky's Harlan County stands in Virginia as seen from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain in Lynch, Ky.  Amelia Kirby was driving in a particularly beautiful part of her home county in the late 1990s when she noticed the construction. She thought it was yet another strip mine, taking off the tops of mountains to extract the coal beneath. But instead, it was the beginnings of a prison. Amelia’s double-take was indicative of a general shift in central Appalachia, an area roughly…
  • The Fight for LGBT Equality is Not Over

    Peter Montgomery
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Sometimes you hate to be proven right. In an article in The American Prospect’s recent winter issue, I wrote that while marriage equality enjoyed some significant victories in 2014, Republicans would likely use their electoral successes that November to push back hard. Under the guise of “religious…
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • What Color is the Sky in Joel Fox's Fantasy World?

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    by Steve Smith There's been a lot of attention lately on California's turnaround. As it turns out, that nonsense about all our jobs moving to Texas was a just Texas-sized whopper. Last year California created about 500,000 jobs to lead the nation in job growth, outpacing the conservative darling Texas. Basically, the corporate narrative about California has gone up in smoke. In the last several years, California has done a litany of things that the corporate crowd claims kill jobs. We raised the minimum wage. We raised taxes on the rich with Prop 30 to better fund schools and public safety.
  • New website reveals billionaire's campaign to dismantle retirement security

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    by Carolyn Constantino A new website reveals that Enron-billionaire John Arnold has spent up to $50 million of his own fortune to dismantle retirement plans for firefighters, nurses, teachers and other public employees. The website - Truth About John Arnold - is sponsored by the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC) and Californians for Retirement Security and traces the wide financial influence that one billionaire has on public pension fights. John Arnold amassed his fortune as an Enron trader, where he earned an $8 million bonus as the company's collapse decimated $1.5 billion in public…
  • Art Pulaski: Workers are Left in the Dark with Fast Track

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    by Rachel Johnson There's trouble brewing in Washington D.C. for American workers. In the coming weeks, our congress will decide whether or not to pass Fast Track legislation that will allow trade deals to be made behind closed doors and without any oversight from the people most impacted: American workers. In a recent opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee Art Pulaski, Executive-Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, cautioned against turning a blind eye to Fast Track: In the case of pending legislation authorizing fast-track authority for trade agreements, politicians and…
  • Speaker Atkins Unveils Critical Plan to Rebuild Transportation Infrastructure, Create Good Jobs

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:33 am
    by Steve Smith, California Labor Federation About 1/3 of all the bridges and overpasses in our state are showing signs of deterioration (i.e. crumbling). Seventy percent of our urban roads and highways are congested. California has the second-highest share of roads in "poor condition" in the nation. Given the amount of commuting and traveling Californians do, these are pretty alarming stats. But you get what you pay for. And, quite frankly, California's lack of infrastructure funding is embarrassing, and downright dangerous to all of us who spend so much time on the road every week. Today…
  • 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…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • David Cameron on Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP When I met not long ago with David Cameron, the prime minister of Great Britain, I knew that he had repeatedly and publicly professed concern about the safety of his country’s Jewish citizens, but I did not know that he was thinking deeply about the nature of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism—in a similar manner to Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, who is Europe’s leader in combating anti-Zionism and Judeophobia. (You can read more about Valls and his opposition to anti-Zionism here.) In my conversation with Cameron, parts of which appeared in my April cover…
  • Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Tom Cotton strikes me as the most interesting Senate freshman for any number of reasons, not least of which is his uncanny ability to draw attention to himself, most notably when he convinced 46 of his Republican colleagues to sign an open letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. In the letter, Cotton, the extremely junior senator from Arkansas—he's the youngest member of the Senate, at 37—and his co-signers warned Khamenei that Congress might use its power to overturn or, at the very least, modify whatever agreement the Iranian regime eventually chooses…
  • Bibi's Secret Weapon, If He Chooses to Use It

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset in January 2014 (Ariel Schalit/AP) The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent part of his weekend appearing on American news shows, denouncing the framework nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. "I'm not trying to kill any deal. I'm trying to kill a bad deal," Netanyahu told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. Netanyahu will most likely fail in his attempt to kill the deal, assuming Iran can bring itself to sign off on its still-undecided requirements (right now, the deal is much more…
  • On Iran, the Least-Worst Option

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Switzerland (Brendan Smialowski//Reuters) Three years ago, President Obama, in a discussion about the threat of a nuclear Iran, bluntly rejected a policy of containment. It would be dangerous, he suggested, to believe that the United States could contain Iran in the same way it contained a nuclear Soviet Union. In an interview with me, and then in a speech before AIPAC, he argued that a nuclear-armed Iran would represent an acute threat to Israel, as well as a “profound” national-security threat to the United…
  • Should They Stay or Should They Go? On Europe's Jews

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Davide Monteleone/The Atlantic I've spent the past couple of weeks writing about the consequences of Israel's complicated politics (I don't know if you've heard, but they recently had an election), but I've also been working at the American Academy in Berlin, mainly on my next book about the Middle East. The book will address, among other topics, the happy-go-lucky relationship between the Israeli prime minister and the American president (working title: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?). But I hope to turn soon (meaning, now, more or less) to the discussion surrounding my cover story for the…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

    James Fallows
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
    Pike Place market in Seattle, not far from site of the original Starbucks and a core element of the city's successful downtown (Wikimedia commons) I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention. An unexpected reward has been the chance to get a time-capsule view, a kind of real-life time-line chronicle, of how the downtown areas of cities look through all the stages of hollowing-out, pawn-shop decay, spotty and tentative improvement, and then full-scale health through a combination of stores,…
  • 3 Ways of Thinking About Fresno (and Why You Should Care)

    James Fallows
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    City of murals (James and Deborah Fallows) I'll confess that as of a year ago, I had not given much thought to Fresno. When I was growing up in Southern California, I was aware mainly of L.A., San Francisco, Berkeley, and Newport Beach. In the reporting years since then most of my attention was on the stretch of California from San Jose all the way northward to the Embarcadero. I was aware of the Central Valley mainly as the place where the food came from, and as the setting for American Graffiti. As my wife Deb and I have chronicled over the past few weeks, after three visits, Fresno has…
  • Today's Aviation News: The Good and the Weird

    James Fallows
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Where it all began: Wilbur Wright just after landing a glider in 1901 (Library of Congress) 1) Good News: Kestrel and Eclipse Two of the protagonists of my 2001 book Free Flight were Alan Klapmeier, who with his brother Dale founded what is now the most successful small-airplane company in the world, Cirrus Aircraft (formerly Cirrus Design) of Duluth, Minnesota; and Vern Raburn and the other figures behind the Eclipse aircraft company of Albuquerque, NM. Alan Klapmeier (Kestrel Aircraft)Since then the Klapmeier brothers have gone their separate ways; and Cirrus, while still based in Duluth,…
  • From Xizhou to Eastport to Ajo: Big Dreams in Small Towns

    James Fallows
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    Looking toward the former Curley School in Ajo, Arizona, site of the brand-new Sonoran Desert Conference Center ( Stuart Siegel ) Xizhou. Nearly six years ago I wrote an article in the magazine called “Village Dreamers.” It was about an American couple, with two young-teen children, who had spent many years in China and had decided to devote their time, their savings, and much of their future to the long-shot dream of rehabilitating a town in the remote, Himalayan-foothills reaches of China's southwestern Yunnan province. Their little town, Xizhou, had once been home to prosperous…
  • Everyone Loves the Atlas Shrugged Guy

    James Fallows
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    John Galt, in silhouette, in Atlas Shrugged movie ( YouTube ) We'll be back to real American news shortly. For now, a loop-closing exercise on the Atlas Shrugged Guy, and the beginning of another 18-month moratorium in this space on his thoughts and activities. Some time next fall, as we enter the last stages of the next presidential campaign, we may look in on him again. Here's what you need to know before this final-for-now installment: During the 2012 Obama-Romney race, one reader wrote frequently and with mounting passion about the threat to America's future an Obama re-election would…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Congratulations to Castalia House's Marketing Department!

    SuperUser
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    by Doctor Science That would be the Sad Puppies. I sent a summary of my previous post to the Sasquan Hugo Committee, and they wrote back very promptly: Thank you for your concern and suggestion. We have reviewed the nominations received this year thoroughly and are convinced that the nominations did not violate the rules governing the Hugos. If you feel the rules should be changed, then that is something to be addressed at the Business meeting at Sasquan. Kevin Standlee is chairing the meeting this year and he can advise you of the procedures for initiating that discussion.In that case, we…
  • Vox Day is exploiting the Sad Puppies for personal gain

    SuperUser
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    by Doctor Science As the Hugo flustercluck continues (Mike Glyer continues to keep track at File 770), I have come to a realization: The Sad Puppies 3 slate was hijacked by Vox Day for his direct personal profit. I think (hope) that there may be a way to salvage something -- including community good will -- from this year's competition, and to prevent a re-run or worse next year. My solution: remove Castalia House, specifically, from eligibility, on the grounds of ballot-stuffing for profit. What I think happened John O'Neill's statement about Black Gate's withdrawal from Hugo consideration…
  • Pension Reform -- The Wisdom of Crowds Weekend Open Thread

    SuperUser
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    by wj One of the on-going problems for numerous governments, from Chicago to Greece, is that they have made big pension commitments without setting aside sufficient funds to meet them. (As distinct from those, like Social Security, which were basically designed to pay-as-you-go.) Pensions are funded based two parameters: demographic data on how long people will live and some assumptions on what returns they can get on their money over time. If the rates of return are wildly optimistic (as they so often have been, because it reduces current costs), the money won't be there. The Economist…
  • Objective standards of literary merit: the Hugos, the Puppies, Sturgeon's Law

    SuperUser
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    by Doctor Science One of the things the Sad Puppies said an awful lot last year was that they just wanted the works they'd nominated for Hugos to be read and judged "on their merits". In many ways the most surprising thing for me about last year's Puppy nominees was that none of their horses was fit to race. None had what I think of as baseline qualifications for an award for literary (including science fictional) merit. What I still don't understand is *why*: why a group of people who wanted me to judge works "on their merits" would nominate things without significant merit. And, especially,…
  • Gyrocoptic Terror from the Skies!

    Ugh
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    by Ugh As I'm sure you've all heard, a Florida ManTM landed a gyrocopter on the Capitol Grounds yesterday, resulting in a lock down on Capitol Hill for a time.  This of course has now led to usual discussion of "how-could-this-happen-and-who-fell-down-on-the-job-and-what-are-we-going-to-do-going-forward-OMG-OMG-OMG!!!"  (technical term). At a certain level I find this event amusing, although I recognize that it has caused a lot of unnecessary trauma, stress, endangerment, and delay (e.g., my wife was in a cab heading to meetings at the Capitol at the time and was not…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Developing Social Audit and Citizen Monitoring Practices in South Africa

    Ryan Flynn
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    This article was written by Keren Ben-Zeev, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa. The South African government spends almost half of its budget each year on education, health, and welfare services. A further 20 percent of the budget goes to the provision of housing, water, electricity and sanitation. By some measures, though not all, these levels of expenditure compare favorably to similar economies and should be sufficient to provide quality public services to the majority of the population. Despite these significant investments, however, public education and healthcare are both in…
  • The Post-2015 Agenda: Good Progress but Room for Improvement

    Ryan Flynn
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    This article was written by Claire Schouten and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership. Source: Flickr/Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are now more or less finalized. However, two big questions remain: How will the SDGs be paid for? And how should progress towards their achievement be measured? In the last few weeks, two draft documents speaking to each of these questions have been published. On the first, the United Nations General Assembly released a “zero draft” of the Financing for Development Outcome Document. On the second,…
  • Myanmar Needs Better Governance, Not Just a Stronger Government

    Ryan Flynn
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    This article was written by Anjali Garg and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership. Source: Flickr/Tom Godber   Myanmar is a country in the midst of enormous change. In 2011 the country embarked on a series of reforms that have helped pull it out of decades of isolation. The transition from military rule toward more open governance has included establishing a parliament, implementing a more market-based economic system, relaxing media censorship, and negotiating ceasefire agreements aimed at ending some of Asia’s longest-running conflicts. The government has also signaled a…
  • Links Roundup: News and Analysis on Transparency, Budgets, and More

    Jay
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
      Transparency Counties Not Giving Enough Information, Study Shows (Standard Digital) This article talks about the dearth in the budget information that counties in Kenya are making available to the public online, citing primarily a recent IBP Kenya brief. SEND-Ghana Gives Government a Thumbs up on Budget Transparency (SPY Ghana) At a recent event in Ghana on post-2015 and the OBS Tracker, SEND-Ghana commended the government for its budget transparency and called for greater public participation and expenditure monitoring. Transparency in Brazil (Development Initiatives) This brief…
  • The Cost of Reforming Pensions in El Salvador

    Ryan Flynn
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Credit: Flickr/ Mario Pleitez This article was written by Rocio Campos, International Budget Partnership.  Salvadoran workers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in interest that the government should have paid on state pensions, according to a recent decision handed down by El Salvador’s Supreme Court of Justice. Despite interest rates on private savings averaging around 7 percent, the government has paid just 1 percent interest on public pension savings. Between 2007 and 2013 alone, this would have meant an additional USD 930 million being paid into the state pension system.
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Obama and the ‘Warmest Year on Record’

    Dave Levitan
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    President Barack Obama says that 2014 was “the planet’s warmest year on record.” But that’s not entirely accurate. Several major climate monitoring organizations have found that 2014 is more likely than any other year to have been the warmest. But statistical uncertainties inherent to calculating global temperatures make the president’s definitive claim problematic. Most recently, Obama remarked on the 2014 temperature data in his April 18 weekly address to the nation, when he said “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.” This sounds like an undisputed…
  • FlackCheck Video: Rand Paul Announcement

    FactCheck.org
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the second major Republican candidate to declare that he will run for president. Paul made the announcement April 7. This “Campaign Watch” video from FactCheck.org’s sister website, FlackCheck.org, covers some claims made by Paul that we fact-checked before and after he made his announcement.
  • Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule

    Dave Levitan
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins: Santorum falsely claimed that the EPA’s cost-benefit analysis assumed hundreds of thousands of pregnant women eat six pounds of fish caught in lakes per week, potentially exposing their unborn children to high levels of mercury. Actually, the EPA assumption was far lower, about 0.1 pounds per week on average. He also misstated the effects of mercury on IQ levels. He said the EPA calculates that the children of…
  • FactChecking Marco Rubio

    Robert Farley
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined what promises to be a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. Rubio informed his top donors of his decision on April 13, with a formal announcement planned for that evening in Miami. We present here a sampling of some past claims from Rubio that we have reviewed on our site: In a Feb. 27 speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Rubio made a pitch for reforming legal immigration, claiming “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” That’s…
  • FactChecking Hillary Clinton

    Lori Robertson
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Hillary Clinton has made it official: She will run for president in the 2016 race. Here’s a look back at some of the claims from Clinton that we’ve fact-checked over the years. In March, Clinton brushed aside calls for her to turn over all her emails she sent as secretary of state — including personal emails — to an independent third party for review. Her office claimed government employees are granted privacy for personal emails, including on .gov accounts. But that’s not what State Department guidelines say. Instead they stipulate that there is “no…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Zucked Up

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism of "zero rating" Facebook access in India; turning TVs into computers; how Facebook is changing the way UK users see the upcoming General Election; BuzzFeed's split priorities; a new website for "right-of-center women"; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Mugs

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    No surprise here, but email list open rates are down; the real reason campaigns want to send you a free bumper sticker; Hillary Clinton wasn't alone in dodging inquiries from the House Oversight Committee about private email accounts; organizing opt-outs from high-stakes testing on Facebook; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Edges

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Let the White House know what you think about the new homepage; why Democrats need a competitive primary to maintain their edge in political tech; California Highway Patrol reminded to not talk about how they track political protesters on social media; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Anomalies

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Rallying uncommitted voters under a centrist umbrella; a defense of aggregation for a positive-sum Internet; UK says no to ban on killer robots; and much, much more.
  • First POST: In It To Win It

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Hillary Clinton's updated Twitter bio; lots of election data-porn, if you're into that kind of thing; the debate over digital keys and backdoors; protests by hologram; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • From space, nobody can hear your upcoming AFL-CIO anti-TPP Screams (all 4 of them)

    metamars
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Body:  (This diary can be viewed as a follow-up to a previous diary of mine, From Space, Nobody Can Hear Your Anti-TPP Public Screams (all 22 of them)) I listened to economist Jack Rasmus' most recent podcast, this afternoon, on anti-TPP efforts, which can be found here. He urged people to get involved.
  • Good news for labor

    DCblogger
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Body:  From Kentucky of all places:'RTW' clown car seems to be shedding its wheels By BERRY CRAIG It looks like the wheels have come off the scab-built “right to work” clown car. The union-busters predicted 30 counties would pass RTW ordinances by the end of January, according to Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president.
  • A Litmus Test on Empathy

    libbyliberal
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
    Body:  The victims of the shooting spree included a 9 year old, a 20 year old aspiring medical student and his mother, a 46 year old dermatologist, a 52 year old car dealer, a 47 year old truck driver, a 12 year old, a 52 year old businessman, a 77 year old gardener, a passenger on a bus, and a 54 blacksmith commuting to work on his motorcycle.
  • Rice and beans

    DCblogger
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    Body:  Cannonfire has an excellent post on eating on food stamps. I agree with him, it was nice that Gwennyth Paltrow at least tried to imagine what it would be like to live on food stamps. It is nice to see rich people with an agenda that goes beyond more tax breaks for me, so kudos to Paltrow for at least trying. However, I disagree with his solution.
  • Should Bernie Run

    DCblogger
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Body:  Andrew Torre
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Falling star

    susie
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Ignore the distracting photos, this is a beautiful live rendition. Linda Ronstadt: Bookmark It
  • Born under a bad sign

    susie
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Rita Coolidge: Bookmark It
  • Song for the dumped

    susie
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Ben Folds Five: Bookmark It
  • Happy Hour: Dexter Gordon – Satin Doll …

    Boohunney
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Bookmark It
  • Ringo is finally in the Hall of Fame

    susie
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    Here’s the speech Paul McCartney made at the induction ceremony: OK. Ringo Starr was born in Liverpool at a very early age, and he had a hard childhood. Real hard childhood, but he had a beautiful mom, Elsie, and a lovely stepdad Harry. Both of them had real big hearts, beautiful people, and they loved music. So at some point during this difficult childhood, Ringo got a drum. Ringo got a drum! And that was it. He was now a drummer. Later on he joined a group called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. And we saw these guys when we were out in Hamburg, we were playing out there. And Ringo was…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Officially Unofficial: The evolution of Mexico’s student protests

    Latina Lista
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Officially Unofficial: The evolution of Mexico’s student protests by Latina Lista By Brittney Figueroa Council on Hemispheric Affairs Mexico has a long history of turbulent student protests. Often times, the Mexican government and its officials have reacted violently and oppressively to nonconformists. When considering the Mexican government’s “official” accounts of student demonstrations and of the actions and/or identities of the activists, it makes…
  • Putting ‘weird’ grammar on the map

    Latina Lista
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Putting ‘weird’ grammar on the map by Latina Lista By Bess Connolly Martell Futurity Researchers are working to document sentences like “Here’s you a piece of pizza.” Though it sounds totally normal to some English speakers in the United States, it strikes others as totally bizarre. The Yale Grammatical Diversity Project explores the diversity found in varieties of English spoken in North America by documenting the subtle—but…
  • Guest Voz: It’s Up to You — Does Cristela Go or Not!

    Latina Lista
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: It’s Up to You — Does Cristela Go or Not! by Latina Lista By Jose David Cantu Hispanic News Online Normally I don’t get involved in issues concerning Hollywood personalities. So when I received a letter written by Cristela Alonzo which was posted in the Atlantic Journal about the possibility of her show being cancelled. I found myself in a quandary about posting it. However, after much thought, I decided that this show actually represents more…
  • Crowdfunder: Backpacks for the Homeless

    Latina Lista
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Backpacks for the Homeless by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: BACKatYOU: Backpacks for the Homeless BACK@YOU was created to help open people’s eyes to those that so many walk blindly by each day. The homeless are not invisible, and should not be treated as if they don’t exist. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and kindness and it should be remembered that no one is less of a person for not having a home. With those…
  • Astros Urban Youth graduate Pablo Salazar lands college baseball scholarship

    Latina Lista
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Astros Urban Youth graduate Pablo Salazar lands college baseball scholarship by Latina Lista By Ruth Muñoz The Venture Almost every young boy dreams of one day becoming a professional athlete, but only a select few ever realize that dream. In Houston, a young man named Pablo Salazar is working hard to turn that dream into a reality. This may be the first time you’ve come across his name, but if the experts are correct, it won’t be the last. The tides are…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Muslims and Jews on the Seine

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    France imports the poison of the Middle East into its secular state.
  • Has the N.R.A. Won?

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Perceptions of crime have not been in step with the facts, and gun ownership is rising.
  • Greece on the Brink

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Just as a workable economic compromise should be possible, a new government is wary of Europe’s intentions.
  • Hillary’s Shelved Crown

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are off and running, but with strides of varying grace.
  • Checking Charlie Hebdo’s Privilege

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Progressive critics of the murdered cartoonists need to realize that satire isn’t just for “suitable” subjects.
 
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    Gawker

  • Mike Huckabee Tells Patriots: Don't Join Military Until Obama's Gone

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Adam Weinstein to Gawker
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    In 2007, folksy war addict Mike Huckabee told Meet the Press viewers that it’s dangerous “to oppose a sitting commander in chief while we’ve got people being shot at on the ground.” But it’s election time! So now, willing Americans, stay out of the military until you have a commander in chief that pleases Huck. Read more...
  • Ferguson Residents to Vote in First Election Since Michael Brown's Death

    Jason Parham
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Since making national headlines last summer—after police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown—Ferguson will hold its first election Tuesday: three city council seats are up for grabs. Read more...
  • Are Mark Udall and Other Endangered Democrats Liberals, or Not?

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    In the leadup to today's votepocalypse , I've been pretty harsh to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a terrible campaigner who's blown a pretty sure thing in his limp, cynical reelection campaign . But one reader wrote to me with a counterpoint——one strong enough that it's worth publishing here.Read more...
  • Lil Jon Flew Cross-Country to Vote After Not Receiving Absentee Ballot

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a nod to his "Turn Out For What" Rock the Vote campaign, rapper Lil Jon complained this morning on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that he was forced to board an early flight from L.A. to Georgia to vote in person in today's election after he never received a requested absentee ballot.Read more...
  • The Gawker Voter's Exhaustive Guide to the 2014 Midterm Elections

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Voting sucks. Off-year voting sucks the worst. Like Valentine's, Election Day 2014 seems less a heartfelt chance to express preferences than a mandate to give one's limited purchasing options a whiff of will and legitimacy. You can be forgiven for apathy. But you still must make some choices. Here's some info to help.Read more...
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • A Dangerous Escalation of the U.S. Role in the War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen keeps getting worse: The war-torn Arabian nation of Yemen has emerged as a surprise complication for U.S.-Iranian relations in the late stages of President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Tehran. The Obama administration dispatched an aircraft carrier to Yemen’s coastal waters over the weekend, an escalation of American involvement in that country’s civil war that also serves as a show of strength against Iran just as negotiators resume the nuclear talks this week in Vienna. If Yemen has become a “surprise complication” for the…
  • Jeb Bush and Regime Change

    Daniel Larison
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    When trying to pin down what Jeb Bush thinks about regime change in Iran, it is useful to review what the former governor has said about this in the past. In a 2010 interview, he said the following: “I think we need to be much more aggressive in supporting civil opposition to the regime in Iran,” Bush said. “I was saddened to see how the Obama administration handled the post-election revolution on the streets [bold mine-DL], that was not necessarily related to the election, but it was related to this desire for freedom. It seemed like we were very tepid, at a time when we should…
  • Yemen’s Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

    Daniel Larison
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    Yemen faces worsening shortages caused by the Saudi-led war and the naval blockade of the country: Intense fighting, involving Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led military force, is starving Yemen of gasoline, leaving residents unable to drive to supermarkets or shuttle wounded people to hospitals. Citizens also are increasingly unable to flee bombing raids that have killed scores of civilians. Ships carrying oil and other products have been unable to reach Yemeni ports, which have been blockaded by the Saudi-led coalition, according to local officials, aid organizations and the United Nations. To…
  • Rubio’s Phony Concern for Stability

    Daniel Larison
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Rubio spoke in New Hampshire yesterday, and among other things had this to say: The Middle East, “after 3,800 years of instability, is now more unstable than ever” [bold mine-DL] because of an ascendant Iran and the growth of jihadist groups, the presidential candidate asserted during a speech that blamed President Barack Obama for a world in chaos. It is fairly common for hawks to exaggerate how disorderly and dangerous a region or the world is, but Rubio’s statement stands out for being even more misinformed than the usual fear-mongering claims. The region has not suffered from…
  • Jeb Bush’s Continuing Evasions on Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Jeb Bush claims not to know whether he favors regime change in Iran: Jeb asked about whether U.S. should support regime change in Iran: “I’ll have to give that some thought. That’s a good question” — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 17, 2015 I suppose it’s a good sign that Bush considers overthrowing a foreign government to be something that requires “some thought,” but it’s a strange evasion in response to a fairly straightforward question. Like Bush’s other evasions, it does nothing to reassure skeptics that he isn’t just as hawkish and…
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    TIME

  • The Third Amigo Runs for President

    Alex Rogers
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Sen. Lindsey Graham has watched two of his closest friends run unsuccessfully for president. Now, as he gears up for his own bid in 2016, the South Carolina Republican is hoping to use the lessons learned from their experiences to win. Along with Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, Graham has long been one of the “three amigos” — veteran politicians with an easy camaraderie built on a shared hawkish approach to foreign policy. But while Lieberman’s bid for the Democratic nomination in 2004 failed to gain momentum and McCain’s…
  • Hillary Clinton Continues Listening Tour in New Hampshire

    Sam Frizell
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton responded to renewed controversy on Monday about the Clinton Foundation’s dealings, even as she sought to focus attention on her conversations with New Hampshire voters and a broad-brush economic vision. “We’re back into the political scene, and therefore we will be subjected to all kinds of distractions and I’m ready for it,” Clinton told reporters. “I know that comes unfortunately with the territory.” “It is, I think, worth noting that the Republicans seem to be talking only about me,” she continued. “They…
  • Meet the Three Best Friends Who All Ran for President

    Marisa Schwartz
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
  • This App Will Flag Your Offensive Tweets Before Your Future Employer Sees Them

    Zeke J Miller
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Ethan Czahor’s dreams collapsed on the national stage earlier this year. The 31-year-old age digital whiz had spent years positioning himself to work in politics and earlier this year Jeb Bush’s campaign came calling, hiring Czahor as its chief technology officer. He lasted 36 hours, done in by a history of offensive tweets and blog posts that was uncovered by reporters and opposition researchers after TIME broke the news of his hire. Now, two months later, he is looking to make his comeback, turning lemons into lemonade with Clear, an app designed to keep what happened to him…
  • Jeb Bush Narrowly Leads Tight Republican Presidential Race, Poll Says

    Noah Rayman
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is enjoying a slight lead over his likely Republican rivals for president, according to a new poll, but the nominating contest remains tight with no overwhelming front-runner. The news came as Bush announced he would travel to Germany, Poland and Estonia early next month, giving him a chance to burnish his foreign policy credentials as he prepares to formally launch his bid for the presidency. The CNN/ORC survey found that 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents support Bush in the primary race, while 12% back Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Religious Liberty under Attack

    David Brody
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    This week on The Brody File, we're in Indiana, a state where religious liberty is severely under attack after the big controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. We talk with a Christian business owner and one of the state leaders who was behind Indiana's initial law on the matter.
  • Video: Carly Fiorina Says Hillary Won't Be Able to Play 'Woman Card' If She's GOP Nominee

    David Brody
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, soon-to-be GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tells me that Hillary Clinton won't be able to play the 'gender card' if Fiorina is her opponent. "Hillary Clinton will play that card unless she faces me in a general election. Hillary Clinton is banking so much on saying to the American people, 'I'm going to be the first woman president' or 'Republicans are waging a war on women' or playing the gender card in some way. If she faces me she can't do any of that," Fiorina said. "She'll have to talk about her policies." "So I'm not…
  • This Just In: Rubio Heads To Iowa Church To Court Evangelicals

    David Brody
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Senator Marco Rubio is heading into “Evangelical Iowa territory.”  April 25th at Point of Grace Church in Waukee Iowa. The Brody File will be there. See below from the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition: Senator Marco Rubio will join Governor Rick Perry, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Scott Walker, and Senator Rick Santorum as speakers at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Spring Kick-Off.  Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition (IFFC) stated about the new line up, “We are thrilled that Sen.
  • Brody file Analysis On Hillary Clinton Presidential Run

    David Brody
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Watch my analysis on Hillary Clinton's presidential run
  • Christian Business Owners Under Attack In Indiana

    David Brody
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Watch my 700 Club story from Indiana called: A Scary Reality for Indiana's Christian Businesses
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The Eurozone’s Inbuilt Compassion Deficit

    Keith Humphreys
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Euro is the Windows 8 of the economic policy design world: In both cases, it’s very hard to understand how putatively smart people worked so hard to create a product so ill-suited to the needs of those who were supposed to rely on it. That’s yours truly writing at Mother Jones about another way that the designers of the Euro seemed not to understand basic principles of human psychology (not that they grappled honestly with basic economic principles either). I have written before about other psychological failures of the system, in this case I am referring to the false…
  • Another feather in the cap of big-time college sports

    Michael O'Hare
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    When the next college sports scandal breaks…shouldn’t be too long now…remember that the corruption of the higher education enterprise by the money sports, MBB and FB, is redeemed because those athletic scholarships are a path for poor kids, especially poor kids of color, to get a college education. Three Duke basketball players (so far) are off to the NBA as freshmen.  Most of a single academic year, physically present on the actual Duke campus, shuttling from practice to training to practice, is pretty much the same thing as a Duke degree, right?
  • Abe Lincoln

    Michael O'Hare
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Wednesday was the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death.  It’s hard to spend too much time reflecting on Lincoln; I use the first thing he ever published, comparing two infrastructure projects in a local election campaign, as an example of policy analysis avant la lettre, and he just gets better and better from there. Even David Brooks says he becomes a better man spending quiet time in the Lincoln Memorial.  The second inaugural is one of great works of public discourse; terse, just, humane.  I think French’s portrait nails it: brilliant, menschlich, determined; open…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: D.O.A.

    Keith Humphreys
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Last week, I recommended The Turning Point, starring Edmond O’Brien and featuring Neville Brand in a small part as a vicious killer. For a change of pace, this week I recommend a film starring Edmond O’Brien, featuring Neville Brand in a somewhat larger part as a vicious killer: 1950′s D.O.A. D.O.A. has one of best opening premises in the history of film noir. A man stumbles down an impossibly long, shadowy hallway at the police station, followed by a tracking camera. Upon meeting the officer in charge of homicide investigation, he announces that he wants to report a murder:…
  • Liberalism doesn’t just displace arbitrary power. It reduces it.

    Andrew Sabl
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Paul Krugman in a recent post argues that opposition to the welfare state is rooted in attachment to “traditional hierarchy”: Both social insurance and civil rights are solvents that dissolve some of the restraints that hold people in place, be they unhappy workers or unhappy spouses. And that’s part of why people like me support them. Samuel Goldman in the American Conservative responds with a charge of hypocrisy. While he admits to favoring traditional hierarchies, he claims that liberals like Krugman support meritocratic, technocratic hierarchies of their own: The…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Term limits would be terrible for the Iowa legislature

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Annals of the absurd: Iowa's longest-serving state legislator, who sought a ninth Senate term last year at the age of 80, is now beating the drum for term limits. What a terrible idea, especially for a state whose governor already takes an expansive view of his own powers.   Wally Horn has represented part of Cedar Rapids since 1973: ten years in the state House followed by 32 years and counting in the Iowa Senate. Rod Boshart reported for the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Sunday, At 81, it's hard to think of Horn as the poster child for anything. But he is for the term-limit movement that…
  • Weekend open thread: Tamara Scott ignorance edition

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. I just caught up on some recent remarks by Iowa's Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott. In addition to representing Iowa on the RNC, Scott lobbies the state legislature on behalf of Bob Vander Plaats' FAMiLY Leader organization and leads the Iowa chapter of Concerned Women for America, an influential group on the religious right. She was speaking at the FAMiLY Leader's southeast regional summit on April 9, an event four potential GOP presidential candidates attended. Scott used…
  • Dowling Catholic High School considering request for gay-straight alliance

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Administrators at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines are considering students' request to form "a non-religious LGBT support club." The school made national news recently for withdrawing a contract offered to a teacher after administrators learned he was openly gay. After at least 150 students walked out of class to protest the hiring decision, a junior at the school who is gay started a petition seeking to form a club where all students "can feel supported and loved." Initially school officials said they would discuss the request, and at this writing, they have not announced a…
  • The Phony Estate Tax Farm Confiscation Ploy

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Dave Swenson Senator John Thune, from my home state of South Dakota, has a degree in business and an MBA.  He knows little of tax math, incidence, or outcomes from what I can tell. Like many mouthpieces on many topics, he doesn't let facts get in the way of a heartfelt story, though.  And the best story the GOP has spun over the last decade or so is the tale of woe and intrigue associated with the dreaded federal estate tax, which they've disingenuously rebranded as the "death tax." Thune co-sponsored the just-passed House bill to eliminate the federal estate tax and at that time…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday returns: Dutchman's breeches

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:50 pm
    After a somewhat late start, many spring wildflowers are blooming now in central Iowa. If you walk in a wooded area over the next few days, you may see Virginia bluebells, spring beauty, toothwort, rue anemone, Dogtooth violets (also called trout lilies), or today's featured native plant, Dutchman's breeches. Thanks to the distinctive shape of the flowers, Dutchman's breeches are among the easiest spring wildflowers to identify. The arrival of spring also heralds the return of Harlan Ratcliff's Central Iowa Butterfly Forecast, updated every two weeks at the Poweshiek Skipper site. This post…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Your Moment of Parenting

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Me and my five year old: Me: (handing him a towel as he gets out of bath) Finn: (shows me his hands) I am a raisin. (giggles) Me: Yup, you're a raisin. Finn: (mischievous grin) Hey, you wanna give me a high five? Me: No, Finn. Finn: (laughs heartily) How did you know I was going to trick you. Me: Because you're a trickster. Finn: (still laughing) Is a trickster a bad thing? Me: Depends on the trick. Finn: But is a trickster bad? Me: Usually Finn: Why? Me: Because he tricks people. Finn: Then I don't want to be a trickster. Me: No, you don't want to be a trickster. Finn: Hey! You said it…
  • Killer Cops by the Numbers

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Saw this story from April 12th from the Washington Post today, and the statistics it presents are startling. Since 2005, out of all the thousands of fatal police shootings there have been across America (and no one knows the precise number because police and other law enforcement agencies are not required to keep report these incidents) only fifty-four (54) police officers have been charged with murder in connection with the death of 49 victims. Think about that for a moment. The study conducted by WaPo and Bowling Green State University found that, at best, this represented roughly one…
  • Winter Still Hanging In

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Edited to correct misinformation that the recent snows in Wyoming are related to the ice "sculpture." Mea Culpa. Check out this ice sculpture left by a Jeep. in Wyoming aftersuffered recent blizzard like conditions which have closed sections of the interstate highway system. We had 60's today in western New York state. Thank the Flying Spaghetti monster for that. Have a great weekend all. Discuss
  • The New York Times and the Clintons

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Because I grew up in the New York media market, for most of my childhood we had the New York Times delivered to our home. It was our paper, not the national paper or the “paper of record.” We all had our problems with it, but we also respected what they did. That’s why when the paper latched onto Whitewater like a pit bull and wouldn’t let go, most people from where I lived thought there must be something to it. We were wrong. The lesson was learned, however, and it was learned again when the paper let Judith Miller run amok in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. The…
  • Head Like a Hole

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Look at how at least one candidate thinks you need to act in order to become the most powerful man in the world. [Marco] Rubio has had an active week since his big announcement. In the last few days, he called for a more aggressive stance toward Russia, noted he would attend a same-sex wedding despite his opposition to gay marriage, and mocked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s trip to Chipotle. Sometimes things are so stupid that it brings a song to mind. Discuss
 
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  • Exclusive: Utah’s Elimination of Homelessness by Rocket Kirchner

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    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    by Rocket Kirchner Writer, Dandelion Salad Rocket Kirchner (blog) Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel) April 20, 2015 Well, well, well, … it never ceases to amaze me when stereotypes get shattered. So called backward Red State Utah is on the brink … Continue reading →
  • Noam Chomsky, Paul Jay, Annie Machon and Zain Raza: Whistleblowers, Activism and the Alternative Media

    dandelionsalad
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Noam Chomsky acTVism Munich on Apr 19, 2015 (ENG) An informational event was hosted by acTVism Munich at the Muffatwerk in Munich in which the significance and role of whistleblowers, the alternative media, activism and a host … Continue reading →
  • Secretive #TPP Trade Deal is a Threat to Democracy + Bernie Sanders: No Fast Track for the TPP

    dandelionsalad
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Dandelion Salad democracynow on Apr 16, 2015 democracynow – Senate Finance Committee leaders Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a “fast-track” trade promotion authority bill as early as this week that would give the president authority … Continue reading →
  • Can the Working Class Still Change the World? by Kyle Brown

    dandelionsalad
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Dandelion Salad by Kyle Brown socialistworker.org April 14, 2015 IN HIS famous speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” Martin Luther King Jr. quoted the then-president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, Walter Reuther, saying, “Power is the ability … Continue reading →
  • W-Z: Watered Stock to Zero-Sum by Michael Hudson

    dandelionsalad
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com April 12, 2015 Parts W-Z in the Insider’s Economic Dictionary. War: Economically, the major cause of national debt and inflation, and often of postwar deflations. Politically, war serves as an excuse to centralize … Continue reading →
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  • Getting into Bed with The Great Satan

    Roberto
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
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  • Secrets of the Foreign Devils

    Roberto
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.The 2015 Miura International Marathon was unpleasant (due 5C temperatures, cold rain and lack of fitness), but at least I got a comic out of it ...
  • Black Like Me

    Roberto
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Japan-based writer Baye McNeil recently waged a successful one-man campaign against the (re)appearance of blackface on Japanese television, raising enough hell to persuade Fuji Television to remove the offending segment from its "Music Fair" broadcast.You've got a long way to go, though, Japan.In February, conservative former politician Ayako Sono wrote in a newspaper column that although rapidly aging Japan badly needs to import workers, people of different races should live separately. Sono wrote, "Ever since I learned of the situation in South Africa 20 to 30 years…
  • School's Out Forever!

    Roberto
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE. Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to Arizona's education spending. The state is poised to cut $255 million from its K-12 schools budget over the coming two years, and plans to stop funding community colleges in Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa Counties. Universities will be hit by a $104 million cut in fiscal year 2016. Ducey said, “We’ve got a budget deal. We’re excited about where we are.”
  • The New (G.O.P.) Math

    Roberto
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:17 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE. Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to Arizona's Medicaid spending, triggering even larger cuts from federal programs that offer matching funds. The state is poised to cut $127 million from its budget over the coming two years, which would mean the loss of another $508 million in funds from the federal government for AHCCCS.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Watching The Gulf With Alarm

    Deacon Blues
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Despite my initial optimism about the first-stage outline between Iran and the P-5 over Tehran's nuclear program, I’ve now reconciled myself to the reality that things are about to get bad, and perhaps really bad in the region. First, even though the Corker legislation from last week, and Obama’s acceptance of a congressional role in negotiation oversight was in fact a victory for the administration, it was a short-lived one. Over the weekend, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard did whatever it could to signal defiance of any negotiated solution, something that wouldn’t have happened without…
  • Where's the Real Drought Solution?

    Deacon Blues
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    I’ve been very busy of late without a chance to stay up on events. Nonetheless, let me throw out two short items for discussion over the weekend. Hillary and the GOP Pack It truly helps Hillary to have the likes of Chris Christie and Scott Walker attacking her for foreign policy and other failures. Both of these GOP governors have done so much damage to their states, in lackluster job growth, bad fiscal policies, terrible cronyism, attacks on education and the safety net, and their own whoring to the Koch’s and other GOP oligarchs that any attacks by them can be swiftly rebutted with the…
  • A Good Iran Deal The GOP Will Try and Kill

    Deacon Blues
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I’ve expressed my previous misgivings about the impending nuclear deal with Iran, given the news earlier in the week that Iran was insisting at the 11th hour to hold onto their spent nuclear fuel rather than ship it out to Russia. Now that the broad outlines of the actual deal were revealed yesterday, let me say it is better than what was (mis)reported in the days and weeks leading up the announcement. Yes, there will still be weeks of tough final negotiations ahead over the implementing details behind each major element of the agreement. And yes, either the Iranian hardliners or GOP “War…
  • Hillary Still Clobbers GOP Rivals

    Deacon Blues
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Yes, she's taken a pounding over her stupid and ill-advised decision to "go private" on her business emails while at Foggy Bottom. Yes, her favorable ratings and her "honesty" ratings have understandably taken a hit as a result. Yet even after a bad two months of media coverage from inside the Beltway, what does it tell you about Hillary's chances in 2016 when after all this she still clobbers potential GOP rivals by double digits? The latest national, large-sample poll by the Washington Post/ABC News shows that although Hillary may be less popular and seen as less trustworthy than she was…
  • Indiana GOP Retreats, Leaving Jeb Exposed

    Deacon Blues
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Indiana’s legislative leaders released their revised religious freedom law today, which reportedly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and precludes a defense from civil actions arising from such alleged discrimination. The legislative leaders’ assertions that they meant this all along only underlines that the original bill fully supported by them and signed by the sad-sack Mike Pence didn’t have such protections to begin with, intentionally so. And yet Jeb Bush went all in and endorsed the original bill and Pence’s actions, and now wants to scurry back behind…
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  • https://youtube.com/devicesupport

    YouTube Help
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    https://youtube.com/devicesupport From: YouTube Help Views: 467527 0 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Howto & Style
  • Americans Watch India's Times Now For The First Time

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    31 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Americans Watch India's Times Now For The First Time He just called him dumbo!” Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Get at me Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music Inc. GET MORE... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 943069 15638 ratings Time: 02:46 More in Entertainment
  • Is Obamacare Working? The Affordable Care Act Five Years Later

    vlogbrothers
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Is Obamacare Working? The Affordable Care Act Five Years Later In which John Green pauses, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, to consider what we know so far about the law's effectiveness and repercussions. I also look at health... From: vlogbrothers Views: 344823 12842 ratings Time: 07:29 More in People & Blogs
  • Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition From time to time, we give celebrities a chance to read some of the mean things people tweet about them. We extended that same offer to our Commander in Chief, who happily agreed. This is an... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 23488234 166133 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Comedy
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler

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    11 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler Here are 10 surprising facts about the former German dictator, Adolf Hitler! Subscribe to Plethron's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/plethrons Visit our site: http://TopTrending.com... From: Top Trending Views: 2701578 30068 ratings Time: 03:13 More in Education
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    17 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    https://youtube.com/devicesupport From: YouTube Help Views: 467527 0 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Howto & Style
  • Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World

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    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World Let's all have babies in Sweden. Check out more awesome videos on BuzzfeedVideo https://www.youtube.com/user/BuzzFeedVideo MUSIC Ten Finger Boogie Licensed via Warner Chappell ... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 1036840 15829 ratings Time: 02:20 More in People & Blogs
  • Looking Away

    vlogbrothers
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking Away http://water.org/johngreen If we raise $100000 for water.org in Ethiopia, Bill Gates will personally match it and we'll be able to get clean water through sustainable wells to 8000 people... From: vlogbrothers Views: 314758 16347 ratings Time: 03:17 More in People & Blogs
  • Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much

    TED
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration... From: TED Views: 361190 4690 ratings Time: 09:17 More in Science & Technology
  • The tree of forty fruits | Sam Van Aken | TEDxManhattan

    TEDx Talks
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The tree of forty fruits | Sam Van Aken | TEDxManhattan http://tedxmanhattan.org http://samvanaken.com Sam Van Aken's art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. Van Aken's projects cross boundaries between artistic... From: TEDx Talks Views: 245358 1323 ratings Time: 05:18 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

  • Christian T-shirts Will certainly Assist You Share God’s Word

    thylow
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    If you simply recognized exactly how much individuals are interested and also are in requirement of God, if you would certainly reveal him in the means you dress. The most means of doing it as well as having individuals ask you concerning him, is to put on something the represents him. Lots of statements we have actually listened to of individuals that open themselves and also ask regarding God due to the fact that of a Christian tee, they themselves open up the door for you to address to them as well as inform them exactly what the certain t-shirt suggests. We view young individuals in our…
  • Time To Obtain The Knowledge About Golden You Will Need

    thylow
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    If you’ve invested a bulk of your life working a 9 to 5 task for a mid to economy size company, you likely have some kind of retired life or 401k strategy. Many economic advisors will propose establishing this kind of strategy as well as diversifying by buying numerous stocks as well as bonds. These advisors commonly have both very little interest as well as understanding pertaining to the worth of gold-backed investing as well as a valuable metals IRA (individual retired life account). When retired life comes to be a fact, numerous individuals follow this strategy hoping to have…
  • Superb Advice For Extracting Genuine Worth From Rare metal Market segments

    thylow
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    If you have actually invested a bulk of your life working a 9 to 5 job for a mid to big size company, you likely have some kind of retired life or 401k strategy. A lot of economic consultants will certainly reveal developing this kind of strategy and also expanding by purchasing numerous stocks and also bonds. These consultants often have both extremely little interest and also understanding pertaining to the worth of gold-backed investing and also a gold and silvers IRA (individual retired life account). Lots of people follow this strategy wanting to have established a substantial nest egg…
  • Genital Warts Therapy – Why Wartrol Is an Excellent Remedy to Manage Genital Blemishes

    thylow
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Are you wanting to find out how to use Wartrol? When it comes to the process of just how to use Wartrol, well let me be the very first to inform you there are a married couple of points you have to take into factor to consider. Of all just what is Wartrol? In case you don’t understand currently, Wartrol is in truth a homeopathic treatment composed from ingredients which all have actually recovering homes associated to genital warts. These ingredients are then greatly weakened to a degree risk-free for human bodily consumption. How you can use Wartrol? In order to use Wartrol, there a…
  • Nail disorder

    thylow
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The most usual source of infection associated to the toenail is due to fungi, which is clinically rated in up to twenty percent of all conditions concerning toe nails. Due to the scope of such condition, afflicted individuals are continuously in search of toenail fungi residence remedies. A toenail that is had an effect on by such a fungus infection will certainly have a thickness, in uniformity. Its irregular appearance will certainly range, in discoloration, from yellow to cloudy-like and even brown. The make-up of such contaminated nails will certainly be rugged and also crumble-like, in…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Martin O’Malley: Reform the system or face pitchforks

    Bob Morris
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, may run for the Democratic nomination. He opposes TPP, is to the left of Hillary (admittedly not difficult to do) and says we will either make things fair in this country again or pitchforks are coming, a completely accurate statement. Historically, when inequality reaches grotesque proportions, when the monied class insists upon looting a country with abandon and politicians are mostly corrupt, then inevitably there will be major reform, like Teddy Roosevelt did with his trust busting, or serious social unrest and / or revolution. Contrary…
  • Earth to Capt Kirk. Seattle will not allow California water grab

    Bob Morris
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    William Shatner thinks California should raise $30 billion on Kickstarter to fund a water pipeline from Seattle. Then there will be no more worrying about that pesky drought. He compounded his silliness by saying “Bring it down here and fill one of our lakes! Lake Mead!” Yo captain, Lake Mead is in Nevada, not California. Water in Lake Mead is shared by seven western states. California gets 20% of Colorado River water, almost all of which goes to Imperial Valley agriculture on the Mexico border. (Yes, I did call Shatner silly, and expect to be chastised for this more than when I criticize…
  • Ex-IMF president Rodrigo Rato arrested on criminal charges

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    “I am not a crook” Spain, unlike the US, is getting serious about arresting bankster criminals. Rodrigo Rato, former vice-president of Spain, former president of the IMF, and former president of Bankia, has been indicted on serious criminal charges including tax fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement. His real crime apparently was stealing from the central government, and that is just not forgivable for the 1%. Fleecing the people is quite permissible if you are an autocrat, but stealing from the government and central banks is not. When Rato was arrested, hordes of media were…
  • Emergency drought barrier coming for Sacramento Delta

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    California will install a drought barrier in the Sacramento Delta to prevent salt water intrusion from the S.F. Bay into the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. In normal water years there is enough water flowing in the rivers to prevent intrusion. However, the current drought is so severe enough that, for the first time ever, these emergency measures are needed. Water from these rivers is sent to the Central Valley and Southern California and is crucial for the entire state. They can not be allowed to become even slightly saline. The combination of virtually no snowpack and diminished…
  • US alarmed Iran supports allies in Yemen just like US does

    Bob Morris
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The Hill has a marvelously deceptive Newspeak article about the conflict in Yemen, chock-a-block with thinly disguised Pentagon propaganda pretending to be news. The US, you see, is Deeply Concerned about Iran sending warships to Yemen to supply and protect their allies, the Houthi rebels, and worse, isn’t even pretending hiding their actions. Unnamed sources in the Ministry of Propaganda are actually using the word “brazen” to describe Iran’s actions, somehow forgetting the US is supporting and arming Saudi Arabia in bombing Yemen (something which is apparently not…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • About ISIS and the Middle East

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    A Google search on, “what caused the rise of ISIS,” produced 1.5 million hits on April 8, 2015.  Lots of information, opinion, and political propaganda.  Books and articles abound. During what may turn out to be the runup to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war where Syria and ISIS have been the catalysts, this post provides salient […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 2

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Demographics & the Situation of the Main Players Country-Population-Sect Total estimated Muslim population in the Middle East: 410 million (all country figures below are rounded up).  It is estimated there are 1.5 bil Muslims around the world. Over the 40 Muslim-dominated countries in the world: 85% are Sunni. Egypt: 88 mil; 53% Sunni Iran: 79 […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 3

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Of Sunni – Shia Overview The two main things occurring now in the Middle East are, 1) a boiling Sunni v. Shiite (Saudi Arabia v. Iran) situation presently focused in Syria; and 2) expanding aggression by ISIS, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi Arabia v. Iran situation, if not checked somehow, will lead […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 4

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Middle East Foundations Understanding the ISIS situation must begin with understanding Middle East foundations. Geographically, the region lies in between Africa and Asia. The “Levant” refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey. While there are differences in this regard among Middle East countries, the majority religion is Islam and the […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 5

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    What Caused ISIS The underlying reason there is an ISIS today is the Saudi Arabia (Sunni)-Iran (Shiite) cold war. The conflict is often portrayed as being based only on religion.  In reality it is more about power and the ability of each country to exert influence over the region. That said, one cannot escape the […]
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  • Building a More Efficient Government with eSignatures

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    This complimentary Ombud analyst report examines and identifies the implementation of eSignature technologies as a reinvention strategy to benefit your constituents and:Provide transparency and accountabilityAchieve a more efficient governmentMinimize process timeRequest Free!
  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Spring 2015

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Spring 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions. The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Preparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Big Data NetworksAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Closing the Web App Data Security Gap: Dynamic Data Masking for Web ApplicationsSecurity Technologies for Mobile and…
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This paper discusses several factors relating to the legality of e-signatures in various applications, and among different industries, with their associated regulatory environments. It also explores the benefits of adopting a reputable e-signature solution.Download this white paper to learn more about how the laws around e-signatures enable business transformation.Request Free!
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    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS provides fortnightly updates on finance, government action, and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new business models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods for monitoring/control and big data.Next-Gen Manufacturing & Agriculture: including QC management, tested cloud/SAAS solutions, SLA business models, manufacturing and communications standards, precision agriculture, data structure & ERP integration, and more.Industry Events: latest projects, acquisitions, regulations, and more.At no…
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:50 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…
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  • National News Media Outlets Ignore Current Oklahoma City Bombing Trial During Week of 20th Anniversary Milestone

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Thanks to our nation’s news media paying scant attention to the case, few Americans are aware that a second Oklahoma City Bombing trial has been taking place in federal court in Salt Lake City for several years. Even during the week leading up to the 20th anniversary of the deadly man-made disaster, I could find only three minor media outlets mentioned the plaintiff attorney in their coverage. Only three. In this trial exhibit, two Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building surveillance cameras are shown, circled in red. Despite the fact Judge Clark Waddoups, the federal judge handling the case,…
  • Limited-Time Offer: Download Free Copies of My Books

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    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Beginning Monday, and for a very limited time, I’m giving away free downloads of the ebook versions of my first three books. Click on image above to order Bob’s books. To take advantage of this offer, simply visit my Amazon author page during the first three days of this week and download electronic versions of my books per this schedule: For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Monday, you can download the electronic book version of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011); For 24…
  • FLASHBACK: Attorney Says Unedited Versions of Oklahoma City Bombing Surveillance Tapes Are ‘Somewhere’

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below was originally published Sept. 30, 2009. I share it again today with only minor modifications. I share it again today with only minor modifications and the addition of some new graphics as I continue my six years of coverage on this earthshaking event that changed the lives of so many in Oklahoma, the state where I was born and raised. “Someday, somewhere, somebody is going to have the guts to release that stuff,” said David P. Schippers, speaking to me by phone from his office in downtown Chicago Tuesday afternoon. Click image above to read other…
  • FLASHBACK: Best-Selling Author, Investigative Journalist Breaks Silence About OKC Bombing Videotapes

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below was originally published as a three-part series Sept. 28-30, 2009. I share it again today, in one piece, with only minor modifications and the addition of some new graphics as I continue my six years of coverage on this earthshaking event that changed the lives of so many in Oklahoma, the state where I was born and raised. Click image above to read other OKC Bombing-related articles. In an editor’s note Sept. 27, 2009, I informed my readers I had attempted to contact Jayna Davis for her take on a breaking news story related to the bombing of the Alfred P.
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Logo Perfect for Mockery

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    On my Facebook page this morning, I shared a design that makes fun of Hillary Rodham Clinton by using her just-released 2016 presidential campaign logo. Though the design above doesn’t fit in with the other designs I shared, which highlight what I’ve dubbed the “Hillary’s Dirty Dozen Scandals,” I still like it. Maybe someone will put it — or them — on t-shirts. 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…
 
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  • Watch Matt Welch Talk About 4/20 and Weed on Hannity Tonight at 10 p.m. ET

    Matt Welch
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:06 pm
    About halfway through Sean Hannity's self-titled 10 p.m. television program on Fox News tonight, I will be asked the question "Will marijuana legalization make america a weaker country?" We shall see whether the answers—or the follow-up questions—will surprise you. One year ago this Saturday, I was also on Hannity talking about weed. You can read about the experience here, and watch the clip below:
  • Hey, Kids! The National Security Agency Wants You to Recycle!

    Jesse Walker
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    It'll be Earth Day on Wednesday, and the National Security Agency is prepared. The spy shop's recycling mascot—yes, of course the NSA has a recyling mascot—has narrated this video for Maryland schoolchildren: My favorite line: "When other agencies shredded or incinerated their paper, NSA turned ours into pulp and sold it to recyclers who use it to make cardboard pizza boxes." Yesterday's incriminating documents are tonight's vessel for dinner! For a transcript of the video, go here. For more NSA kiddie fun, go here. For Reason's files on the NSA, go here.
  • Conservative Activists Face SWAT Raids in Wisconsin, More to the Britt McHenry Story, Rare Beanie Babies Alert: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The latest issue of National Review exposes a series of terrifying, politically-motivated police raids against conservatives connected to Gov. Scott Walker. Two shootings at Delaware State University. Britt McHenry, the ESPN reporter caught on camera berating a towing company employee, was treated unfairly by the internet lynch mob, according to new information. Well, what do you know: a higher minimum wage could threaten small theaters, some actors fear. The American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers, an individualist feminist, is giving a talk at Oberlin College tonight. Some…
  • Ira Stoll on the Left’s Bogus Attack on the Apple Watch

    Reason.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Apple watch goes on sale Friday, and, just in time, the left is preparing a new assault on the world’s most-admired company. The signal came in The New Yorker magazine, a publication that embodies elite left-wing political sensibilities and one that has also happily accepted its share of Apple advertising dollars over the years. It came in a New Yorker article written by a professor at Harvard University, an institution that rivals The New Yorker as an elite left-wing flagship and that has also sold its share of Apple products over the years. The key passage in the New Yorker article…
  • If David Horowitz Speaking on Your Campus Makes You Feel Unsafe, The Terrorists Have Won.

    Nick Gillespie
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Gaze upon the new face of campus horror, if you dare. Some readers will recognize the grim visage of David Horowitz to the right. Horowitz is the P.C.-hating activist whose personal odyssey from hardcore '60s radical lefty to Reagan-grokkin' conservative agitator has been documented endlessly in his own writings and those of countless other champions and critics. Horowitz recently spoke to "an audience of about 100 people" at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a campus with about 30,000 students and 3,600 faculty. He was invited by the College Republicans. According to…
 
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  • A National Process for Problem Solving

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Huntsman & Lieberman, RCPThanks to Tax Day, the middle of April has a fairly negative connotation for Americans and their government. But something happened last week that promises a better legacy for this part of the calendar. In the future, mid-April may very well be known as the anniversary of a day when our government paid something to us instead of vice-versa. With the introduction of a resolution to establish a framework for a National Strategic Agenda, members of the U.S. House of Representatives began a process that promises to give something quite valuable to the American people:…
  • The Introspective Roger Ailes

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Marisa Guthrie, Hollywood ReporterRoger Ailes greets me in the doorway of his second-floor office at the Fox News headquarters on Avenue of the Americas. The 74-year-old is dressed in a crisp slate gray suit with lavender necktie and pocket square combination.
  • Huckabee's More Important Than You Think

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Nate Cohn, New York TimesThe most important name that you haven’t heard much about in the Republican primary race is nonetheless a familiar one: Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who took the pageantry of presidential announcements to a nearly parodic level on Friday by appearing on national television to announce that he would announce whether he would run on May 5.
  • Democrats' Abortion Extremism

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Casey Mattox, The FederalistLast week, due to Sen. Rand Paul’s prompting, national media asked Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz whether she believed aborting full-term, seven-pound babies should be legal. Her response—that an abortion on a full-term child was the mother’s constitutional right—is clearly extreme and deserves the revulsion it has met.
  • Has the NRA Won?

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Charles Blow, New York TimesIt is now fair to ask whether the National Rifle Association is winning — or has in fact won — this era of the gun debate in this country.
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  • All Apologies

    Naomi Fry
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The strange thing about memory is the way in which certain moments can be lost to you for years, even decades, until something or someone reminds you of them, and you feel their sudden presence with a stupid, piercing longing. Stupid because those moments seem too minor, not to mention too long gone
  • Gods and Profits

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Capitalism is a system braced by stories. Consider the rise of the liberal individual, a kind of atomistic personhood, distinct from all other persons. It seems the whole Enlightenment had a hand in creating this particular view of man—yet the concept was unknown to the people of the medieval and
  • The Bot Bubble

    Doug Bock Clark
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Every morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework in Lapu-Lapu City. The building towers above the slums surrounding it—houses made of scrap wood with muddy goat pens in place of ya
  • Ben Affleck Was Wrong, But Henry Louis Gates Made It Worse

    Jamil Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    You might say Anderson Cooper had the proper reaction when he was informed that one of his ancestors held slaves, and had in fact been killed by one of them with a farm hoe. After a “wow” and a “whoa,” the CNN anchor told host Henry Louis “Skip” Gates on a
  • The World's Medical Supply Chain Is Riddled With Counterfeit Drugs

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    In 2012, the FDA warned physicians and medical practices that their supplies of bevacizumab, an expensive drug used in combination with chemotherapy to inhibit tumor growth, might be tainted. It turns out some hospitals were literally giving cancer patients cornstarch instead of anticancer meds: The
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  • Can the GOP learn from California?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    LOS ANGELESJim Brulte, California’s Republican state chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s 2016 candidates now focused on winning over a homogenous and very conservative primary electorate.Read full article >>
  • Rubio’s familiar fountain of youth

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    In all of rock-and-roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable lines came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by the Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in “My Generation.” I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s role model? Bush 41.

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    It’s Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush, who will take former president George H. W. Bush as her role model. Her road to victory was blazed by Jeb’s dad in 1988. It would help a great deal, of course, if events also flowed her way, as they did for Bush 41. In 1988, gross domestic product grew by 4.2 percent. There’s nothing like rapid growth to incline voters toward keeping the same crowd in power. Relations with the Soviet Union were warming. That helped Bush Sr., too.Read full article >>
  • Why we miss the unpolarizing Pat Moynihan

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party.Read full article >>
  • How to read the Iran debate

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate. Those engaged in the argument sometimes pretend to more knowledge than they have, tossing out a raft of numbers — readily available courtesy of your favorite newspaper — on centrifuges, enrichment and the like. Others are somewhat more candid in acknowledging that their view is shaped by what they thought before a single fact was…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-20-2015

    Ramona
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. (A. Camus) — We're too focused on what we could, can, and should be! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-20-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-19-2015

    Ramona
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    If we valued food, cheer, & song above gold, it would be a merrier world. (J. R. R. Tolkien) — Memories last longer than $! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-19-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-18-2015

    Ramona
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Being an optimist after you've got all you want doesn't count. (K. Hubbard) — Staying hopeful when reason says panic, does. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-18-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-17-2015

    Ramona
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side he never shows. (M. Twain) — A side that is being controlled by alien forces. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-17-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-16-2015

    Ramona
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    If this were a logical world, men would ride side saddle. (R. Brown) — And women would run the military! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-16-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • Political Strategy Notes

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    From "Democrats' hunt for the white working-class male voter," Doyle McManus's L.A. Times column: "...[Stan] Greenberg has proposed adding another piece to the Democrats' message: a more serious commitment to both campaign reform and a leaner, more efficient federal government...White working-class voters "are skeptical of government and skeptical of Democrats," he told me last week. "They're surprised to hear Democrats say they want to change politics and change government."..That message, he said, "is a precondition to reaching them on other issues."" For the definitive in-depth take on…
  • Populist 'Capture' of Democratic Party Overstated?

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    I'm not sure if Dana Milbank got caught up in the frenzy of a spirited rally or if he got it right in his WaPo column "The Populist Capture of the Democratic Party." Headline writers often overstate the content of the copy that follows. Yet, Milbank's report on the pending "Trans-Pacific Partnership" trade agreement almost matches the dramatic announcement in the title: A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol midday Wednesday to join hundreds of steelworkers, union faithful and environmentalists in denouncing President Obama's…
  • Fundamentals Looking Better for Democrats

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It's pretty well-established that one of the "fundamentals" that damaged Democrats in 2014 was a big lag between improving economic indicators and public perceptions of how the economy was performing. Well, now the perceptions are catching up, and I discussed the implications today at Washington Monthly: This new finding from Bloomberg Politics' polling (as reported by Margaret Talev) is a pretty big deal, assuming it holds up as a trend: Americans are becoming more optimistic about the country's economic prospects by several different measures. President Barack Obama's handling of the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    Thomas B. Edsall reports in his column at The New York Times that public attitudes about the redistribution of wealth have taken a conservative turn in a number of recent surveys. While some may argue that this indicates Dems should moderate their policies in a conservative direction, it could also be taken as a challenge to better educate the public about proposals to spur a more equitable distribution of wealth. Political consultant Matt L. Barron explains at The Hill why Democrats should pay more attention to rural voters. The good news for Hillary Clinton at this juncture, according to…
  • Two-Term "Curse" For Democrats in '16 Not At All Clear

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Something you hear regularly going into this cycle is that Democrats could suffer from "fatigue" or even a "curse" in association with the fact that they have held the White House for two consecutive terms. This makes me a little crazy, because (a) this is a very small data set from which to draw any predictive conclusions, and (b) the data we do have are often examined uncritically. So with some help from academic circles, I examined this myth at Washington Monthly: To the extent that we are going to keep hearing that Democrats are handicapped in 2016 by "fatigue" with being the party…
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  • A Global Marshall Plan

    Erik S. Reinert, et al.
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Despite ongoing efforts to catalyze global development cooperation, there have been significant obstacles to progress in recent years. Fortunately, with major international meetings set for the second half of 2015, world leaders have an important opportunity to overcome them.
  • Effective Altruism

    Peter Singer
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Several studies show that people who are generous typically are happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who do not give. But these donors' direct motive is to help others, and their giving makes them happier only as a consequence of the fact that it does help others.
  • A War of Values With Russia

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    No one should be fooled by the Kremlin’s spin doctors: The conflict in Ukraine is not about Ukraine, Russia, or even NATO. Russia’s policy is being driven by its leaders’ fear and loathing of democracy, and the West must respond accordingly.
  • The Problem With Secular Stagnation

    Arvind Subramanian
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    In a recent exchange between Ben Bernanke and Larry Summers on the plausibility of secular stagnation, both agreed on the need for a global perspective. But from that perspective, the hypothesis of secular stagnation prior to the 2008 financial crisis is at odds with a central fact: global growth averaged more than 4%.
  • The Least We Can Do For Syria

    Lakhdar Brahimi
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    In a conflict as bitter, protracted, and complex as the war in Syria, it is all too easy to become overwhelmed by despair. And yet, however grim or upsetting the situation becomes, people around the world, rather than tuning out the war, should pressure their governments to protect and shelter Syria's refugees.
 
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  • When F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Goes Operational this Summer, it won’t Work any better than 40-Year-Old Thunderbolts

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The money-suck known as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will go into service this summer with the Marine Corps with less ground attack capability than the 40-year-old plane it’s meant to replace, Pentagon officials say.   The F-35 has cost nearly $400 billion since the beginning of the program in 2001 and is estimated to cost $1 trillion over its lifetime. However, it won’t have night-vision capability, will be able to carry only two air-to-ground missiles and will be able to stay over a target area for 30 minutes maximum, Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and…
  • Interior Secretary Jewell Defends Fracking on Public Lands; Says Industry is Responsible for Reassuring Public

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Asking “How many of you burned no fossil fuels today?” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell defended allowing fracking on public lands, saying that the practice is necessary to ensure U.S. energy security while attempting to move away from burning hydrocarbons.   Jewell’s agency last month released rules dealing with fracking on public lands, regulations many say don’t go far enough in protecting the land and those who use it from the toxic waste associated with the practice.   In remarks Thursday to the Center for American Progress (CAP), Jewell said…
  • Is U.S. Ignoring Obama’s Promise to Avoid Civilians Killings by Drones?

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    “I believe that America is testing its lethal inventions in our poor villages, because [it] cannot afford to do so at any place where human life has value. Here, we are without value.” -Moqbel Abdullah Ali al-Jarraah, of Silat al-Jarraah, Yemen, where a 2013 U.S. airstrike hit a civilian house   President Barack Obama claims that’s not true. “Before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured—the highest standard we can set,” he said, also in 2013. But a report (pdf) written by the Open Society Justice…
  • Inspector General Report Details Dysfunction in Patent and Trademark Office

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    The work habits of examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have once again come under scrutiny and been found wanting, according to a new report (pdf).   An audit by the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Commerce, USPTO’s parent agency, showed that supervisors have no way to know whether examiners are issuing quality patents that will ensure an innovation is protected.   “We found that USPTO’s performance appraisal plans and related policies cannot distinguish between examiners who issue high-quality decisions versus those who issue…
  • Lawsuit against Police-Private Probation Revenue Enhancer Highlights Exploitation of Poor

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    A for-profit probation company and two police agencies are being sued by five defendants who say they were essentially held for ransom when they couldn’t immediately pay fines for minor infractions.   The plaintiffs live in Bainbridge and Pelham, Georgia, where court probation services are outsourced to Red Hills Community Probation. The lawsuit (pdf) charges that police officers, at the request of Red Hills, kept defendants from leaving the courthouse until they came up with at least partial payment of their fines and fees tacked on by the probation company.   One of the…
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  • The Hunting of The President: The Sequel

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The conservative media entertainment complex came of age during the Bill Clinton administration, and its scandal mongering on White Water and numerous other non-scandals — for which Kenneth Starr’s successor as Independent Counsel, Robert Ray, released a report in September … Continue reading →
  • UA Confluencenter Showcase on April 21

    Carolyn Classen
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Research Showcase Tuesday, April 21: 2-5:30 p.m. Memorial Student Union South Ballroom Download an app to learn Nahuatl on your smartphone; watch scenes from a new documentary to learn how “play” shapes the lives of … Continue reading →
  • NY Times: Justice John Roberts opinion not supported by the facts in gutting the Voting Rights Act

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Chief Justice John Roberts, who established his reputation during the Reagan administration with his attacks on the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice Roberts’ Long War Against the Voting Rights Act, rejected the empirical evidence to assert that discrimination no longer … Continue reading →
  • If Montana can do it, why can’t Arizona?

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    In news that you did not see reported here in Arizona last week, the Montana legislature passed sweeping campaign finance legislation that will require the disclosure of all donors to any independent group spending money on state-level elections. The Huffington … Continue reading →
  • Carbon Monopoly tries to preemptively stop the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule

    AZ BlueMeanie
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    The Carbon Monopoly and its Tea-Publican lickspitter servants were in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Thursday trying to preemptively stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule before a final rule … Continue reading →
 
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  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
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  • Bart Seeks Public Input on Market Street Canopies and Civic Center Improvements.

    Andrew Cullen
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    BART officials are asking for public input this week as they consider ways to modernize San Francisco’s Civic Center station and make improvements to station entrances along Market Street. As part of BART’s station modernization program, the agency will hold four in-station open house events this week to collect feedback through surveys that will ask people to prioritize improvements they want to see at the stations and provide suggestions for expansion. BART officials said the goal of the program is to develop a list of projects that would improve the accessibility, security,…
  • Monday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    CARTOON ART MUSEUM FORCED OUT OF SOMA HOME, SEEKING NEW LOCATION San Francisco’s only museum devoted to comics, cartoons and animation is closing its doors at the end of June, but not forever. The Cartoon Art Museum has occupied its 655 Mission St. location in the city’s South of Market neighborhood since 2001 but the property owner is demanding more than double the current rent — an untenable increase for the largely donation-reliant museum, curator Andrew Farago said today. It moved there after five years at another Mission Street location only about two blocks away. The…
  • Friday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS HEAD TRAUMA IN HAIGHT STREET FIGHT OVER MARIJUANA A man allegedly fighting with another man over marijuana in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood on Thursday evening is suffering serious head trauma after he was knocked out by a punch to the face and subsequently hit his head on the ground, police said. An employee at Haight Street Tobacco, located at 1827 Haight St. said the fight happened on the sidewalk just outside the store. Police said the victim and the suspect, both described as men in their mid 20s to early 30s, were in a fight over the…
  • Police Brutality Protesters Storm Oakland City Hall, SF Supervisor’s Meeting

    Andrew Cullen
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    BCN- Police brutality protesters have been marching through Oakland this afternoon, taking over Oakland City Hall, entering a Laney College cafeteria, and briefly blocking an on-ramp to Interstate Highway 880. About 200 demonstrators gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza starting at about 1 p.m. behind a banner adorned with the faces of black and Hispanic people killed by police over the last several years. Speakers linked the police shootings to the larger criminal justice system, which they said is racially biased, imprisoning black and Hispanic people at far higher rates than white people.
  • STATE BILL COULD BAN ANTI-ABORTION CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS FROM DISSEMINATING MISLEADING ADVERTISING

    Andrew Cullen
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    BCN- A new California bill introduced this week aims to stop crisis pregnancy centers from giving out false information to patients seeking abortions. Assembly Bill 775, the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, introduced by Assembly members David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, strives to ensure that women are empowered to make fully informed decisions and are not misled while trying to exercise their right to choose. In 2012, an ordinance in San Francisco banned misleading advertising at anti-abortion, or pro-life, pregnancy…
 
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  • What Local Candidates Can Learn From Botched Presidential Launches

    Online Candidate
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    As the United States presidential election race gears up, several candidates have already stumbled out of the gate. If you are a local candidate running for office, you can learn a thing or two from these presidential candidate gaffes. Ted Cruz Hopes You Can Type The Right Address In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced […]
  • 5 Reasons Why Voters Don’t Trust Your Online Campaign

    Online Candidate
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Trust. It can be hard to gain and very easy to lose. Here are five reasons why voters might not trust your online campaign - and they have nothing to do with your existing online reputation...
  • Spring Campaign Social Media Cleanup Tips

    Online Candidate
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    As winter ends and spring approaches, now is a good time to do a review of your campaign social media accounts. Here are some tips to get your new or existing social media profiles in shape for election season. These tips apply to both your campaign accounts and personal accounts. Update your profile information When […]
  • Campaign Writing Can Make or Break a Vote

    Online Candidate
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    First impressions will make or break a voter's support. The campaign material you distribute should always be your best work.
  • Check Out Our New Political Platform Tool

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    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Idiocy That People Like and I Cannot Stand

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    SourcePulp Fiction For years people around me have glorified this movie, demanding I watch it and go on and on ad nauseam about how great it is, how original it is, etc. I remember when it first came out. The hype of this movie was over the top, even before it was officially released.Read more »
  • UVA Hoax - Rape Hoax- Feminists - Have They Declared a War on Men?

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    Just when you think you've heard the whole story....there's more... *The following content deals with sensitive material*Jackie Coakley is the sole source of Rolling Stone Magazine's recently retracted "gang rape" article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Her name has been outed by several other sources all over the internet and after reading the context of this story and watching interviews given by the three friends that are referenced in the original I have no qualms about publishing her name.Read more »
  • Rolling Stone's- Jackie and Her Gang Rape

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    **This article contains sensitive material. Please be advised.**"A Rape On Campus" an article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely was recently retracted by Rolling Stone magazine. Everyone is issuing an apology and of course that's all fine and dandy but the damage is done. A victim crying rape and then later discovering the allegation is false is not something the accused can bounce back from immediately.Read more »
  • So What Did Knox See In That Bathroom of Hers?

    5 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    This video has been posted in defense of Knox, suggesting that since the blood was minimal it would not be unusual or odd for her to think anything about taking a shower.Knox wrote an email to her friends and family about what occurred in Italy on Sunday November 4th, just days after the murder. In the email she states the following concerning the blood in the bathroom:Read more »
  • Amanda Knox - Raffaele Sollecito Flow Chart

    3 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    ***Revised*** When reality and facts are too much to deal with, this chart can help explain away the guilt! You too can be a Know-fam supporter. It's easy to do. No education or research is necessary! In fact the best supporters out there lack both!Now that the trial has finally ended, it will be even easier for you to solidify the fantasy of innocence. However there are still those "haters" out there that will want to challenge you with facts and reason. They will want to point out the absurdity of the latest verdict. Armed with this flow chart, you can continue to fool yourself and…
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  • Here's why the Conservatives are banging on and on about the SNP

    Stephen Bush
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    A new poll confirms what the Conservatives been saying privately, and bodes ill for Labour after the election. We are the masters now? Photo:Getty I while back, I reported on private Conservative polling that showed that the fear of an SNP-Labour pact Now ComRes have helpfully polled publicly what the Tories and the Liberal Democrats have been testing privately. A new poll for ITV on possible coalition partners finds that just 19 per cent of voters want the SNP to play a role in the next Westminster government, with 59 per cent opposed. Happily for Labour, opposition to the SNP in government…
  • Where is Natalie Bennett from?

    New Statesman
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    The Green Party leader is from Australia, but now holds British Citizenship. Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Greens. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images Natalie Bennett Age: 46 Birthplace: Sydney, Australia Education: MLC School, Burwood, New South Wales; University of Sydney (Bachelor of Agricultural Science); University of New England (BA Arts); University of Leicester (MA Mass Communication) Natalie Bennett was born in Sydney, and started work as a journalist in New South Wales. She left Australia in 1995, living for four years in Thailand before moving to Britain in 1999. She has worked for…
  • It's not Ed Miliband who Vladimir Putin wants in Number 10

    James Bloodworth
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    For all the Conservative scaremongering, it is their victory, not Miliband's, that will be cheered in the Kremlin A new dawn has had its legs broken, has it not? Photo:Getty Foreign policy is the dog which has spectacularly failed to bark during this election campaign. Large parts of the world are being violently torn apart by totalitarian and revanchist political movements, yet you wouldn’t know it from listening to our political leaders. In Britain there appears to be an unspoken agreement among the parties that the electorate are just not that interested. When foreign policy has been…
  • What is austerity?

    New Statesman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    When the government lowers spending during a recession, it's often called "austerity". The UK has been officially in recession since 2009. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images In the simplest terms, austerity is when a government cuts back on spending to try and reduce a budget deficit. In practice, the term is most frequently used when the government reduces spending, or raises taxes, during a period of recession or weak economic growth. Other things that might be considered "austerity policies" include government spending which is not increasing as expected, or the re-assignment of funds away…
  • Simulection: What happens when you run Labour's 2015 manifesto through a video game?

    Daniel Griliopoulos
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    We are running the parties' manifestos through Democracy 3, an election simulation video game. Here's what happens if Labour wins... Market meltdown, vigilante mobs, and an asthma epidemic. Photo: Getty Ed says: “I’m the Prime Minister! No, I am. Look, really, really I am. I really am the Prime Minister. David gave me a card that says it and everything. Look, it says Prime Minister. In big letters. Next to the bit where it says Tough Enough. Oh, come on. It’s real... Let me into Number 10, please! Nooo, it’s not a fake ID. David said it was real! That’s my face, look. My face. See.
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Passaparola - The Food Production System is Criminal, by Carlo Petrini

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    New Twitter Gallery Italian foodstuffs are subject to strict controls in order to guarantee the quality of the end product and the health of the consumer. Thanks to the strictness of these controls and the hard work of small Italian livestock and vegetable farmers and fishermen, the food in our Country is considered to be a source of excellence worldwide. One of the few things that we have left but that we will soon lose even that as soon as the TTIPis approved, a treaty that will allow cheap, low quality US products to find their way onto our tables. As the crisis deepens, Italian consumers…
  • Beppe Grillo at the #SaloneMobile Milan Furniture Fair 2015

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    “I am at the Milan Furniture Fair. It has 50 thousand visitors a day - 50% of Expò’s numbers - just at this event. In my view it’s organised in an extraordinary way.. You know me - I’m not overgenerous with praise - I’m angry with everyone - but - here I’ve given in! I’ve given in - on these great sofas - made by Italian artisans - and they are modelling their divans on the backsides of Chinese people - so I’ve had to put three sofas together so that I could sit down. In my view, this is an event that really highlights who we really are. We are people that don’t do miracles…
  • The PD is taking jobs away from the people of The Marches and of Campania #Indesit

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    1350 redundancies and the closure of the Indesit factories in Albacina and Caserta! The M5S is protecting the citizens of The Marches and of Campania - the citizens that have already lost their jobs or who are about to lose their jobs because of the PD’s disastrous economic policy. The Jobs Act has removed all workers’ rights. Italian companies are being sold off to foreigners. Production is being transferred to more “competitive” countries, and Italian families are being left in the lurch. The government and the regional authorities of The Marches and of Campania have allowed…
  • #PaitaRitirati! Paita under investigation for the flooding in Liguria

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    article by Alice Salvatore, M5S candidate for the position of president in Liguria “Flooding is something serious. Ms Paita is currently the cabinet member of the region of Liguria with responsibility for civil protection. Is she intending to withdraw her candidacy given that she is under investigation for not having raised the alarm when she should have done so? Or is she intending to continue to receive 14,500 Euro a month for NOT doing her job and for allowing citizens to die in the street, like an inept and irresponsible president as she surely would be? Paita, withdraw! Her candidacy…
  • The M5S is applying direct democracy in the EU

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    “It’s an historic event. Direct democracy has arrived in the European Parliament. For the first time in its history, simple citizens are transformed into legislators: the amendments that they put forward via a portal called LEX, have been discussed, voted on and then unanimously approved by the Environment Committee. Thanks to the 5 Star MoVement, the European Parliament has transformed itself into a place of discussion and proposals - a place open to everyone. The spokesperson, Piernicola Pedicini, was the person responsible for preparing the report called "on safer healthcare in Europe:…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Government Spending: Accounting and Economics

    Chris Edwards
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    A Wall Street Journal story today looks at government spending through the lens of the national income and product accounts (NIPA). The article says that as government spending rises, it is “no longer dragging on growth.” Unlike recent years when spending was supposedly cut, the government today “has ceased to be a drag on growth.” But that is an unwarranted conclusion from the NIPA data, which are produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The BEA includes government output within overall gross domestic product (GDP). The first thing to note is that measuring government…
  • Why Can't We Have Great Trains? Because We Don't Want Them

    Randal O'Toole
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    “Why can’t America have great trains?” asks East Coast writer Simon Van Zuylen-Wood in the National Journal. The simple answer is, “Because we don’t want them.” The slightly longer answer is, “because the fastest trains are slower than flying; the most frequent trains are less convenient than driving; and trains are almost always more expensive than either flying or driving.” Van Zuylen-Wood’s article contains familiar pro-passenger-train hype: praise for European and Asian trains; selective statistics about Amtrak ridership; and a search for villains in the federal…
  • What’s Really in the New Trade Promotion Authority Bill?

    K. William Watson
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    After months of internal wrangling, a trade promotion authority bill has finally been introduced in the Senate.  If passed, TPA could prompt conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and facilitate the deal’s eventual ratification by Congress.  The basic function of TPA is to affirm that future trade agreements will receive a timely up-or-down vote in Congress while setting negotiating objectives and procedures for congressional oversight. Politically, the debate over TPA (and the TPP) has pitted the Obama administration and Republicans against congressional Democrats. …
  • NYT on the Child Support-Jail Cycle

    Walter Olson
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    For 25 years the campaign against “deadbeat dads” has nestled at that political sweet spot where conservatives, women’s advocates and budget hawks could all join in one accord. But what happens when the dads don’t have the money? Following the shooting death of Walter Scott in South Carolina, whose reasons for fleeing police at a traffic stop may have included an outstanding warrant for $18,000 in child support, interest and penalties, the New York Times investigates: “Every job he has had, he has gotten fired from because he went to jail because he was locked up for child…
  • Dealing with the California Drought

    Peter Van Doren
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    California has had several years of record low rainfall, resulting in a severe water shortage. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has responded by ordering a 25 percent reduction in urban water system use. Are there any solutions to the state’s water shortage other than government mandates? Gary Libecap, professor of environmental management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, argues in a recent issue of Regulation that the restoration of clear water ownership rights and the cultural and political acceptance of water markets is an easier solution. Conventional accounts of water problems in…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Sowell on the Discrimination of Women in the Workforce

    sirrahc
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    As I work my way slowly, intermittently through Thomas Sowell’s rather large text, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, (4th ed., 2011), I find myself wanting to share, well, almost all of it. Of course, that’s not going to happen, but I will probably post on a few more topics from this […]
  • On Jesus’ Burial: 9 Reasons the Gospels Are Credible

    sirrahc
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “It appears unfounded to doubt the fact of Jesus’ honorable burial — even historically considered.”  — Wolfgang Trilling, distinguished NT scholar and German redaction critic Burial As a modern-day Westerner, when I think of burial of a person’s remains, I picture them usually in a coffin/casket, which is lowered into a large rectangular hole, which […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 4 of 4: Swoon Theory and Substitutionary Atonement

    sirrahc
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    “Except for the romantic few who think that Jesus did not die on the cross but woke up in the tomb and ran off to India with Mary Magdalene, most scholars accept the uniform testimony of the Gospels that Jesus died.”  — Raymond E. Brown, distinguished (though somewhat controversial) Catholic scholar and emeritus professor of […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 3 of 4: Crucifixion

    sirrahc
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    In the first entry in this series of posts, we looked at a few (but not all) early, non-Christian references to the death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as well as variations of one popular theory that claims Jesus of Nazareth did not die on a Roman cross. In the second entry, we examined the […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 2 of 4: Beatings and Flogging

    sirrahc
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Physical Exhaustion & Trauma Anguish in the Olive Grove: To examine the physical exhaustion and trauma that Jesus experienced during His final hours, we must begin in Gethsemane. It was there that He knelt in fervent prayer, knowing that His imminent suffering and death were fast approaching. The Bible says that He was distressed and […]
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    Fair Observer

  • Lebanon’s Health Care is Under Strain Over Syrian Crisis

    Lana Khattab
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Health care workers in Lebanon struggle to cope with challenges caused by the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian crisis entering its fifth year, Lebanon currently hosts over 1.1 million Syrian refugees. This high intake of refugees has increased political tension but also vastly strained the already limited resources and infrastructures of a country with […] The post Lebanon’s Health Care is Under Strain Over Syrian Crisis appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Why Sex Education is More Important Than We Think

    Tanvi Kusum
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    It would be refreshing to see adults talk with frankness about sex. I am a 19-year-old living in India, where it seems that every debate on sex education has its roots in birth control, safety and battling false information. While these perspectives are doubtlessly important, I have never looked at their pertinence from an emotional point […] The post Why Sex Education is More Important Than We Think appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Why Are Politicians Still Referring to Marijuana as a Gateway Drug?

    Miriam Boeri
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Marijuana can help drug users prevent, control and even stop hard drug use. With US states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug. The gateway theory argues that because heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine users often used marijuana before graduating to […] The post Why Are Politicians Still Referring to Marijuana as a Gateway Drug? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Unknown Number of Yazidis Killed in Iraq

    Fair Observer
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    To this day, no one knows how many Yazidis were killed in Iraq by the Islamic State. In August 2014, tens of thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority, fled an Islamic State onslaught. Many were killed or enslaved by the terrorist group. Trapped on the Sinjar mountain in northern Iraq, Yazidis were surrounded as fear […] The post Unknown Number of Yazidis Killed in Iraq appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Does the Yemen Conflict Pose a Threat to the GCC?

    Hossein Aghaie Joobani
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    A domestic rebellion in Yemen has devolved into a sectarian security threat to the entire Arabian Peninsula. What started out in 2004 as an internal conflict between the Houthis — a Shiite rebel movement — and the Yemeni government seems to have devolved into an ideological and geopolitical war involving both internal and external forces. […] The post Does the Yemen Conflict Pose a Threat to the GCC? appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • ReCell, un nou tip de tratament vitiligo da speranta bolnavilor de aceasta afectiune

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    Pe Pamant exista o multi de boli autoimune care ne afecteaza mai mult sau mai putin. Printre cele mai raspandite boli cu baza autoimuna, dobandite, se afla vitiligo.Vitiligo este usor de depistat pentru ca se manifesta prin depigmentarea unor zone din diferite parti ale corpului, mai precis a stratului de suprafata. Depigmentarea se produce la nivelul ochilor, gurii, mainilor, organelor de reproducere sau zona inghinala, iar tratament exista. Boala in sine nu are efecte atat de grave asupra pielii, se poate trai cu ea, nu e foarte periculoasa, dar distruge psihic persoana care are parte de ea…
  • Limbi care ascund ciudatenii lingvistice cel putin bizare

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    Limbile australiene ale aborigenilor sunt ca un fel de jazz nebun. Datorita izolarii celor care le vorbesc, limbile sunt unice si foarte interesante. Desi pare cam ciudat, multe dintre ele seamana cu engleza veche, avand si radacini germanice si latine. In limbile australiene nu exista un loc fix al cuvintelor in propozitie. Asta inseamna ca o conversatie poate suna ca un jazz nebun, cuvintele aparand unde le vine mai bine sau ii vine mai bine vorbitorului.Ciudatenia si mai mare este ca oricum ar fi aranjate cuvintele, cel din fata ta intelege perfect ce vrei sa spui. Ca si in jazz, regulile…
  • Ai nevoie de un AUDIT SEO?

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Auditul SEO stabileste exact modul in care se pot imbunatati performantelor site-ului tau.Ce presupune un audit SEO?Serviciul de auditare SEO propus de Oseom Media vizeaza atat aspectele SEO on-page, cat si cele off-page.In urma acestui audit SEO, veti primi un raport complex ce detaliaza toate aspectele analizate, impreuna cu recomandari punctuale de imbunatatire, astfel:- o analiza a codului din punct de vedere al indexarii, vitezei de incarcare a site-ului, meta-taguri, recomandari punctuale privind structura navigatiei si arhitectura informatiei.- sfaturi generale privind optimizarea…
  • MyProjekts – reteaua sociala care te ajuta sa iti indeplinesti proiectele personale

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    MyProjekts este o retea sociala care are scopul de a-i ajuta pe oameni sa realizeze proiecte nascute din pasiuni sau hobby-uri.Myprojekts este o platforma sociala care uneste oameni si branduri cu interese comune si le ofera uneltele necesare pentru a-si realiza proiectele din online in offline.Platforma se afla in stadiul de beta, urmand sa fie stabilite si ultimele detalii. Va fi promovata atat in Romania, cat si in Statele Unite, Marea Britanie si Franta, dezvoltatorii proiectului dorind sa atraga cat mai multi oameni cu idei sau in cautare de idei. Platforma functioneaza si ca sursa de…
  • Pe ce se bazeaza procurorii

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    Procurorii sint oameni numiti, nu alesi. Un om numit (politic sau nu) nu are legitimitatea omului ales. Azi poate fi procuror, miine nimic. De aceea surprinde asaltul procurorilor asupra clasei politice. Asupra celor care i-au numit. E ceva nearticulat, incontra naturii, motivat, poate, doar de vreo ingerinta oculta, din afara. E drept ca nici politicienii nu sint usi de biserica, dar de aici si pin a-i aresta pe baza unor denunturi si interceptari, dupa zece ani de la comiterea faptelor, e , cel putin, suspect. Seamana cu o resuscitare a practicilor de altadata. Nimic nu justifica tacerea…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Obama and the ‘Warmest Year on Record’

    Dave Levitan
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    President Barack Obama says that 2014 was “the planet’s warmest year on record.” But that’s not entirely accurate. Several major climate monitoring organizations have found that 2014 is more likely than any other year to have been the warmest. But statistical uncertainties inherent to calculating global temperatures make the president’s definitive claim problematic. Most recently, Obama remarked on the 2014 temperature data in his April 18 weekly address to the nation, when he said “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.” This sounds like an undisputed…
  • FlackCheck Video: Rand Paul Announcement

    FactCheck.org
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the second major Republican candidate to declare that he will run for president. Paul made the announcement April 7. This “Campaign Watch” video from FactCheck.org’s sister website, FlackCheck.org, covers some claims made by Paul that we fact-checked before and after he made his announcement.
  • Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule

    Dave Levitan
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins: Santorum falsely claimed that the EPA’s cost-benefit analysis assumed hundreds of thousands of pregnant women eat six pounds of fish caught in lakes per week, potentially exposing their unborn children to high levels of mercury. Actually, the EPA assumption was far lower, about 0.1 pounds per week on average. He also misstated the effects of mercury on IQ levels. He said the EPA calculates that the children of…
  • FactChecking Marco Rubio

    Robert Farley
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined what promises to be a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. Rubio informed his top donors of his decision on April 13, with a formal announcement planned for that evening in Miami. We present here a sampling of some past claims from Rubio that we have reviewed on our site: In a Feb. 27 speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Rubio made a pitch for reforming legal immigration, claiming “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” That’s…
  • FactChecking Hillary Clinton

    Lori Robertson
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Hillary Clinton has made it official: She will run for president in the 2016 race. Here’s a look back at some of the claims from Clinton that we’ve fact-checked over the years. In March, Clinton brushed aside calls for her to turn over all her emails she sent as secretary of state — including personal emails — to an independent third party for review. Her office claimed government employees are granted privacy for personal emails, including on .gov accounts. But that’s not what State Department guidelines say. Instead they stipulate that there is “no…
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    opposingviews.com

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill Slams Benghazi Investigation As A Partisan 'Political Exercise'

    Sean Kelly
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Sen. Claire McCaskill Slams Benghazi Investigation As A Partisan 'Political Exercise' Sen. Claire McCaskill Slams Benghazi Investigation As A Partisan 'Political Exercise' Politics claire mccaskill, hillary clinton, benghazi, attacks, congress, investigation, 2016 Has Been Optimized In an interview with ABC’s This Week, Senator Claire McCaskill said that the investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks has become a “political exercise.” McCaskill criticized the congressional investigation and its potential impact on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential…
  • Poll Shows Clinton Has No Democratic Competitor, GOP Has No Clear Leader

    Sean Kelly
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Poll Shows Clinton Has No Democratic Competitor, GOP Has No Clear Leader Poll Shows Clinton Has No Democratic Competitor, GOP Has No Clear Leader Politics cnn, orc, poll, hillary clinton, jeb bush, democrat, gop, republican, 2016, president, campaign Has Been Optimized So far in the race for the oval office in 2016, Hillary Clinton is coming out on top. A new CNN/ORC poll released Monday showed that while Clinton is the only Democrat to officially announce their candidacy for the presidential race, she had other likely candidates beat significantly. Vice President Joe Biden came the closest…
  • 2016 Presidential Candidates' Views Differ On Marijuana

    Will Hagle
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    2016 Presidential Candidates' Views Differ On Marijuana 4/20 Friendly?: The 2016 Presidential Candidates' Views On Marijuana Where Does Each 2016 Presidential Candidate Stand On Marijuana Legalization? 2016 Presidential Candidates' Views Differ On Marijuana Not Optimized April 20 has long been regarded as an unofficial holiday for cannabis users, but the upcoming election could have an impact on whether the day becomes more of an official celebration in the future. With the U.S. moving towards legalization and politicians growing increasingly accepting of the drug, marijuana…
  • John Boehner Calls For More U.S. Troops On The Ground In Iraq

    Ethan Brown
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    John Boehner Calls For More U.S. Troops On The Ground In Iraq John Boehner Calls For More U.S. Troops On The Ground In Iraq Has Been Optimized Republican House Speaker John Boehner advocated for a greater American presence in Iraq to assist that nation's military forces currently struggling in their battle with Islamic State group. After recently returning from a trip overseas, Boehner’s take includes a larger role for U.S. troops to assist in the battle, but did not call it a combat role. “I wouldn’t call it combat. I would call it ‘plan and direct;’ more engaged in helping the…
  • Angry Anti-Vaxxer California Parents Slam School Vaccination Bill (Video)

    Michael Allen
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Angry Anti-Vaxxer California Parents Slam School Vaccination Bill (Video) Angry Anti-Vaxxer California Parents Slam School Vaccination Bill (Video) Health Politics AntiVaxxerParents Has Been Optimized California's Senate Education Committee has delayed a vote on a bill, SB277, that would end personal and religious belief exemptions that parents presently use to keep their kids from getting vaccinated, but still allow unvaccinated children to attend school. SB277 would require kids to be vaccinated if they want to attend public and private schools. SB277 would also allow a medical exemption…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: The Art of the Comeback

    Josh Bowen
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    A few names… Donald Trump, Magic Johnson, Britney Spears, Apple, Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey, Jr. and George Foreman. What do they have in common? All wealthy? Successful? Dedicated to their craft? Yes but they all have had to make a comeback. In a variety of ways they had to dust the dirt off and come back stronger than ever. Were they burnt out a some point? Of course, but they kept plugging away. The came back from adversity and made the most of their 24 hours they are allotted everyday. Ok. Let’s put this in our terms. We are talking fitness, nutrition and lifestyle. We are…
  • Liz Roach: Bourbon Classic, Round 2

    Liz Roach
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When “pixie dust” is a featured part of a dish, you know you’re in for an amazing taste experience.  Sprinkled atop smoked oysters, the magical ingredient conjured up an award for “Best Classic Small Plate” for Chef Levon Wallace at this year’s Bourbon Classic event.  Chef Wallace (formerly of Proof on Main in Louisville, Kentucky) has now moved to Nashville, Tennessee to work for Cochon Butcher, but the memory of his and other bournon-tinged creations lives on. Set at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, this year’s Classic again…
  • Lauren Mayer: Rand Paul Isn’t Sexist (He’s A Jerk To Everyone)

    Lauren Mayer
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Senator Paul’s presidential campaign got off to a rocky start last week, with his constant issues with the media (and reminding everyone of the episode several weeks ago where he patronizingly ‘shushhed’ a female journalist).  He may not have been quite so patronizing to male reporters, but at least he managed to prove that his obnoxious behavior wasn’t limited to women. I’m far more offended by his actual policies than his behavior – for a supposedly libertarian renegade, he hews quite closely to the far-right agenda of trampling on reproductive choice,…
  • Josh Bowen: Food Prep 101

    Josh Bowen
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    “You either prepare to succeed or prepare to fail…there is no in-between.” You have great intentions. You want to eat better. You want fitness results. But you didn’t bring any food to work today. So you go out with the rest of the crew and eat Mexican. Is this you? I am prepared to take you through a course of food preparation. But first lets digress on why you would prepare your food: 1. Selection- I find that clients that prepared their meals ahead of time select better foods. Clients that do not prepare meals, tend to select whatever is available. Selecting whatever is available…
  • Josh Bowen: 10 Rules for Fitness Success

    Josh Bowen
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    I want to tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. You’re probably thinking I’m Jack Nicholson in the A Few Good Men. No, I’m just JB and I have to tell you truth, the cold hard facts. Nutrition will always stand in your way from being a success or a failure in your fitness journey. It is the rule, science backed, and JB approved. You CANNOT out exercise your diet. So, why do people overeat and make bad nutritional decisions? Well planning and preparation are everything and those that do not plan, fail. It is that simple. You must plan your meals ahead of time…
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Carlos Curbelo: TPA Will Benefit South Florida

    Kevin Derby
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. cheered the news that congressional leaders from both chambers have reached an agreement over the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and said free trade would boost South Florida’s economy.read more
  • Florida TaxWatch: Invest in Transportation to Boost Tourism

    Kevin Derby
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Florida TaxWatch released a report on Monday which called for more investments in transportation to ensure the record number of tourists continue to flock to the Sunshine State. "Florida's tourism industry is a critical component of the state's diverse economy, but growing demand puts a strain on the state's transportation and tourism infrastructure, which could limit the future growth of this important industry," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch.read more
  • AFP Runs TV Ad Against Medicaid Expansion

    Kevin Derby
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    The fight over Medicaid expansion left Tallahassee and hit the Florida airwaves at the end of last week. On Friday, fiscal conservative group Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) Florida chapter launched a TV ad, urging the Florida Senate to reject Medicaid expansion.read more
  • Ander Crenshaw Showcases Support for Cutting Taxes

    Kevin Derby
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government which oversees the IRS, showcased his tax fighting on Thursday as he voted for the “State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015” and voted to end the estate tax. The “State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015” would ensure a permanent deduction of local and state sales taxes would be included in federal taxes. Crenshaw insisted Florida taxpayers would benefit from it.read more
  • Alan Grayson: 'Probably Yes' to a Senate Bid in 2016

    Kevin Derby
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., drew closer to announcing a bid for the U.S. Senate this week. On Thursday, Grayson appeared on “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman and was asked about whether he would run for the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. With Rubio launching a presidential bid earlier this week, he is not expected to run for a second term.read more
 
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  • Supporters, Foes Line Up on Rail Financing Plan

    Chris Moran
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Jim Turner News Service of Florida Posted: April 20, 2015 6:52 PM read more
  • Obama: Cuban Information Minister?

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Mona Charen Posted: April 21, 2015 7:00 AM Two relatively recent photos of Barack Obama with foreign leaders reveal much about his deep-dyed leftism. The first features President Obama and democratically elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of one of America's most loyal friends. Obama looks strained. His face is stiff, and his eyes are veiled. The second is a snap of Obama at the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama. He's seated with "President" Raul Castro, leader of a bitter enemy, who has never received a single free vote. Obama is grinning, his eyes dancing with…
  • Winners for Hillary

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Posted: April 21, 2015 2:00 AM read more
  • Florida Reaches Taxpayer Independence Day

    Kevin Derby
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Kevin Derby Posted: April 20, 2015 3:22 PM read more
  • Tom Rooney a No-Go for 2016 Senate Campaign

    Kevin Derby
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Kevin Derby Posted: April 20, 2015 1:57 PM read more
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Wait a second Mr. Jumblatt

    Michel
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    In an interview with Egyptian Magazine, MP Walid Jumblatt said: “I don’t classify the Nusra Front as a terrorist organisation, because in Nusra Front there are Syrian citizens who were forced to join it due to the Syrian regime terrorism”. Jumblatt words  might surprise many people but not us. We are used to his flip flop positions. He is eager to negotiate with Nusra Front because there are Lebanese Druze soldiers hostages with Nusra Front. In addition, he is riding the wave that is trying to rebrand the Nusra Front as “moderates”. Maybe the link behind his…
  • Où son mes filles ? Noyées ?

    Michel
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    In August 1989, at dawn, Syrian gunners tried to sink a vessel that used to shuttle people between the port of Jounieh and port of Larnaca in Cuprus. They fired dozens of rockets into the sea. Two Lebanese sisters, aged 17 months and 3 years, drowned when a boat ferrying 16 passengers out to the hovercraft capsized in the waves churned up by the barrage. The following is a french article published by Lebanese french newspaper L’orient Le Jour, written by the mother of the two girls. R.I.P Maya & Rouba Azar. Mon souvenir le plus marquant de la guerre civile en une dizaine de phrases…
  • Where were you on April 13, 1975?

    Michel
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Many tweeted the past 2 days about April 13, 1975. Others wrote on their Facebook pages and blogs. Many of them where too young to remember that day or were born after it. Those who remember it, will never forget it. The events of April 13, 1975 are engraved in the memory of those who lived in Ain al-Remmeneh at that time. I remember where I was on that day. I lived few meters from where the spot that started the Lebanese civil started. It was Sunday and I was home. I heard few shots. I gathered outside our building with the young guys of our streets. Soon we found out that a car passed in…
  • The Flower Seller

    Michel
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Flower Seller paintings was painted in 1941 and depicts a young woman kneeling with a very large bundle of calalilies. In Lebanon we have different flower sellers. Ours are young kids who are forced to sell flowers on the streets. Our flower sellers are not something you look at and enjoy. Our flower sellers are a real tragedy. The tragedy of displacement, poverty, social destruction, child abusing, child prostitution …. The latest victim is Fatima, the flower seller in Saida. Fatima was 11 years old when she passed away. She died in a car accident. Fatima was forced to leave her…
  • The Battle of Zahle 1981 – 2015

    Michel
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    I still remember the day when Zahle battle began. I was a young man spending the summer with my family in what will become in the future as a major Ski resort. I was in Oyoun el Siman. It is up there where I met young men rushing to the fronts, battling the snow, cold weather and Syrian soldiers.   It is up there where I saw the dead and the injured from a Syrian helicopter attack. It is up there, where I met the group of an artillery unit (above the Avalanche), who kept bounding the Syrian troops surrounding Zahle. It is up there, where I met young men in Hotel Mzar, that was turned to…
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Here's Marco Rubio's College Syllabus, Reviews, And Personnel File From His Time As A Professor

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Florida senator has taught at FIU since 2011. Wilfredo Lee / AP Republican presidential candidate and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio got pretty good reviews as a professor at Florida International University. Rubio's syllabus and professor ratings, obtained via an open records request provide insight into the course he has taught since becoming a professor at the school. The course has been the subject of numerous profiles, including one in the Washington Post and one in Politico. Rubio's recent courses focused on America in the post-Cold War world and the history of…
  • Hillary Clinton Dismisses Book That Investigates Foundation Donations As "Distraction"

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    “We will be subjected to all kinds of distractions and attacks, and I’m ready for that,” Clinton told reporters on Monday of an upcoming book that looks at money and her family’s foundation. She did not address the allegations specifically. Andrew Burton / Getty KEENE, New Hampshire — Before Hillary Clinton left the furniture warehouse where she kicked off the second week of her presidential campaign, she signaled to the line of reporters and television cameras that there was something she wanted to address. "I'll be right there, guys," she told the press.
  • Lindsey Graham Mocks Clinton: Listening Tour "About As Scripted As...North Korea"

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    “You can’t pick who you want to talk to. This is an unsustainable model, and to say it’s a listening tour is sort of a joke.” Darren Mccollester / Getty Images Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina mocked Hillary Clinton's recent visit to Iowa as "about as, you know, scripted as if it came out of North Korea." Graham was speaking with Boston Herald Radio Friday when he made the comments. Likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton embarked on a two-day "listening tour" across Iowa after announcing her presidential bid last week. When one of Graham's…
  • Hillary Clinton 2.0: Low-Key Now, Exciting Later

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Michael B. Thomas / Getty Last Saturday, a few days before the event, Brendan Comito showed the Secret Service the warehouse in Norwalk, Iowa, where he packages fresh-picked produce. Later in the week, he dragged out the empty boxes he keeps near the back door.That was about all Comito had to do to prepare for Hillary Clinton’s visit.There were no “H” signs to be hung from the pallet shelving. There was no candidate literature. No rope line. Barely even an audience, just 12 people seated nearby. Clinton’s “roundtable” with Comito and other small business…
  • When The Federal Government Told Two Men That Their Marriage Could Not Exist

    19 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots,” an Immigration and Naturalization Service official wrote in 1975. The letter behind The Washington Post’s story of Anthony Sullivan’s marriage to Richard Adams. On Sunday, the Washington Post's Robert Barnes told the story of Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan, an American and Australian who fell in love and married in 1975 — when a renegade clerk in Colorado married some same-sex couples. Pat Rocco (courtesy of Lavi Soloway) Adams and Sullivan presented their marriage…
 
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • Hollywood’s Blacklist and Agents of Stalin—and Hitler

    Paul G. Kengor
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Few subjects have been as addled, muddled, and befuddled as the issue of communist penetration of the American film industry. Thanks to liberals and their control of Hollywood, media, and academia, the typical take is that Hollywood in the 1940s was graced by a bunch of good-hearted “progressives” looking to make nice movies and a better world until Joe McCarthy, “HUAC,” and a swarm of red-baiting vultures descended upon some really sweet people fighting for the New Deal, for civil rights, for better government, for “social justice,” and for planting daisies all along Sunset…
  • V&V Q&A – “Religion in the Oval Office”

    Gary S. Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Editor’s note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews the chair of the history department at Grove City College and fellow for faith and the presidency with The Center for Vision & Values—Dr. Gary Scott Smith—on his brand-new book, Religion in the Oval Office (Oxford University Press, 2015). Dr. Paul Kengor: Dr. Smith, though it has a different title, this book, Religion in the…
  • Great Expectations?

    Gary L. Welton
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    “If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain.” -Solzhenitsyn from “Cancer Ward” Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that my children will be above average, better than their peers. I am not speaking of academic ability. We are drowning in evidence of academic strengths and weaknesses, based on required standardized testing. Instead, I am thinking of positive youth development, sometimes referred to as character…
  • Five Elections that Mattered for Conservatism

    Samuel G. Casolari
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In 1970, a young conservative who once played professional football and served as an aid to California governor Ronald Reagan was elected in an upstate New York congressional district. He was a different kind of Republican from New York. Neither the heir  to inherited wealth nor a seat on Wall Street, Jack Kemp, a football great for the Buffalo Bills, represented the hopes and aspirations of blue-collar, middle-class, hard-working Buffalo area constituents. He was also an idea man with cheerful energy and a winning personality. In today’s Washington of government shutdowns and funding…
  • A Golden Anniversary of Bad Decisions

    Earl H. Tilford
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    “A Great nation cannot wage a little war.” –Duke of Wellington to Parliament, 1838 In September 1964, shortly after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to conduct military operations against North Vietnam, the administration tasked the departments of defense and state for military options. The recent stalemate in Korea warned against future ground wars in Asia. Additionally, as November elections neared Johnson promised “no wider war” in Vietnam. Johnson instead focused on restructuring America into the “Great Society.”…
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    Politic365

  • DOJ Moves Slow on First Ferguson Bill, Members Secure Meeting

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    #MichaelBrown #WalterScott #FreddieGray #EricGray #TamirRice Though the first piece of federal legislation related to police brutality and Ferguson was signed into law on December 18, 2014, not much has happened in terms of implementation. The Death in Custody Reporting Act, which passed the House in 2013 and the Senate in 2014, mandates that police departments that receive federal funding are required to report the details of incidents resulting in a death in police custody to the Department of Justice.  DOJ is then required to report the information to Congress and suggest policy to…
  • Photos: Black Leaders Return to McConnell’s Office on Loretta Lynch

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Yesterday, a group of Black female faith and political leaders returned to the door of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to push for Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. It was their second visit. The group included Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation President Melanie Campbell, and Dr. E. Faye Williams among several others. The leaders started the day on the House side of the U.S. Capitol at a press conference where they were joined by Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
  • Reps. Cummings, Thompson Voice Concerns on Gap in Capitol Security

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on House Oversight, and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the most senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, spoke to reporters at length about an incident yesterday in which a Florida mailman, Doug Hughes, flew a gyrocopter on to the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol yesterday. Hughes reportedly flew undetected from an airport in Gettysburg, Va.  As they relayed conversations they had with the Secret Service and other authorities since the incident, both Cummings and Thompson indicated to reporters that the Capitol is no safer…
  • NCLR: Helping to Build Resilient Latino Youth

    Charlyn Stanberry
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Immigration, poverty, education, discrimination, disengagement are all issues affecting Latino youth today and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is leading the charge for an open dialogue on these issues. NCLR is the Nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization founded in 1968. Recently, Dr. Particia Foxen, the Deputy Director of Research of NCLR released their newest report entitled “Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words.” The new report not only focuses on the stories of young, second-generation American Latinos struggling to cope with daily obstacles but…
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn To Young People: Keep Your Cameras on the Police

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Keep the cameras on the cops.  In the wake of the shooting death of 50 year-old Walter Scott at the hands of a North Charleston Police Officer, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) offered some advice to young people on MSNBC yesterday. “I’ve advised young people, keep your cellphones tuned up, keep the battery charged and don’t hesitate to turn them on when you see things happening that’s unbecoming or you think may cross the line,” said Rep. Clyburn as he spoke to Andrea Mitchell. “I think that we are going to have to do more of this, because I think that’s what…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

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

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We are at war with radical Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The prototypical America hater: James Carroll

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Boston Globe columnist and noted novelist James Carroll told Salon Magazine that, “The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does and that boils... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

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    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The once renown economist Jonathan Gruber has become something of a pariah since numerous videos became public showing Gruber bragging how he and his cohorts deceived the “stupid”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    An African topic, not related to the current Ebola crisis, once again appeared in the largest global media outlets; this time, devoted to a friendly settlement agreed upon by the U.S. Department of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Iran Deal Reached with Congress

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    A framework agreement was reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran two weeks ago regarding their nuclear program. Immediately after the agreement was announced all eyes turned to the US Congress and what role they would play in approving or rejecting the deal. The administration warned that any effort by Congress to scuttle a broad agreement would be met with a presidential veto. But a deal was reached this week, with broad bipartisan support, that would allow Congress to play a role in the negotiations but still allow the administration the space and time they need to reach a final…
  • How Far Can Marco Rubio Go?

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Marco Rubio has declared himself a candidate for president in 2016. He has been labeled a rising star in Republican politics since his arrival in the US Senate in 2010. What are his chances in the 2016 presidential election? Did his participation in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” group on immigration reform irrevocably harm his chances with the conservative base of his party? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • How Do You Beat Hillary Clinton?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Hillary Clinton has announced her intention to run for president of the United States in 2016. Shortly after her declaration most republican 2016 hopefuls released statements on why she is wrong for America. What is the republican game plan for Hillary Clinton? Will talk about past scandals dominate the GOP message? In today’s episode we discuss why concentrating on Hillary Clinton’s message for the future may be the best way to go for the GOP. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Hillary Clinton Declares for President

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Hillary Clinton declared herself a candidate for president in 2016 yesterday through the release of a short campaign video as well as announcements on social media. She declared that “everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” In this episode we discuss the announcement, how it differed from her announcement in 2008 and the reaction from GOP contenders now that she has made it official. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Will Obama and Castro Meet?

    Mike Dakkak
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    President Obama is flying to Panama this weekend to take part in the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of western hemisphere nations that takes place every 3 years. For the first time in the history of the summit Cuba will be a participant. The US recently established relations with the Caribbean nation after a 50-year estrangement. What are the issues surrounding a possible meeting between the two leaders at the summit and what are the positions of other countries in the region on the diplomatic thaw between the US and Cuba? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
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    US Daily Review

  • “Hookers for Hillary” is for Real

    usdr
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    By Moonlite Bunny Ranch, Special for USDR Prostitutes at Dennis Hof’s world famous “Moonlite Bunny Ranch” legal brothel in Carson City, Nevada are banding together to announce their support of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Following Clinton’s formal announcement, the sex workers launched their “Hookers For Hillary” initiative, drafting a four-point platform to explain their endorsement: *Protecting Health Care Reform Hillary Clinton, as part of her husband’s administration, envisioned health care reform in the 1990’s, long…
  • US Chess Champions of 2015 Crowned

    usdr
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    By CCSCSL, Special for USDR After two weeks of intense competition, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) crowned Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, 27, the 2015 U.S. Chess Champion and Grandmaster Irina Krush, 31, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion. Krush hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. and Nakamura calls Saint Louis home. The win is familiar territory for Krush, who claimed her fourth-consecutive title in the women’s tournament. This was Nakamura’s first return to the U.S. Championship since winning in 2012. The prestigious tournaments are part of the…
  • Mariah Carey has New Record Contract

    usdr
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sony Records, Special for  USDR Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey has been signed to an exclusive contract with Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, it was announced today by Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records. Mariah now returns to Sony Music where her hitmaking career began, with a history-making string of 18 Hot 100 #1 hits that made her the best-selling female artist of all time. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back together again with Mariah,” said Mr. Reid. “There is really no one who comes close…
  • Airline Performance Heads South

    usdr
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Special for USDR Virgin America claimed the top spot for the third consecutive year, but overall U.S. airline performance slipped in 2014, according to the 25th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR) released Monday. The AQR is a joint research project at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan.) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus. Overall, the airline industry collectively declined in the AQR’s four core elements of the study: on-time performance, involuntary denied boardings, mishandled baggage and…
  • “End the Debt” Calls for “Grass Roots Revolution”

    usdr
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:04 am
    By End the Debt, Special for USDR While the nation’s elected leaders haggle over debt ceilings and deficit spending, nonprofit organization End the Debt has engineered a decisive strategy to terminate the national debt forever. Replacing debt-backed, bank-owned currency with a new sovereign currency is the centerpiece of the plan; the tremendous positive effects of ending the national debt will then pinwheel into every other facet of contemporary society. “The staggering national debt — $18 trillion at last count – is not the real problem,” said Scott Keller,…
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    American Patriot

  • Bible Prophecy Watch: Russia’s Putin warns Israel against selling arms to Ukraine

    The American Patriot
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    I saw this on the Drudge report and found it quite interesting….: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Israel against supplying weapons to the Ukrainian government, which is battling a Russian- backed insurgency in its eastern province. “This is a choice, a choice of the Israeli leadership; they have the right to do what they consider appropriate. I think it is counterproductive, if it concerns lethal weapons, because it will only lead to yet another swirl of confrontation, to more human casualties, but the result will be the same,” Putin said in an interview on Rossiya 1 TV on…
  • Guest Voice: SARTRE Commentary: IRS Scandal – No Indictment for Lerner

    The American Patriot
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Disclaimer: The following is a guest commentary from a Paleoconservative website “Breaking All the rules.” The comments and opinions expressed in this piece are not necessarily those of the owner of this blog. It is presented for your reading pleasure.   —— (Via BATR.Org) “This is wrong and a great example of why so many Americans distrust their government.” Rep. Jim Jordan IRS Scandal – No Indictment for Lerner That notorious time of the year is upon us again; the income tax deadline. It is an affected date because the tax system tells it is so.
  • New Feature: SARTRE Commentary

    The American Patriot
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    My friends, I usually have a policy around here, of not publishing other people’s works on my blog. However, I am about to break that policy. (It is my blog, I can do that you know…) I am going to start a new feature around here, called SARTRE commentary. SARTRE commentary is produced by a Paleoconservative website called Breaking All the Rules. It is harsh, it is controversial; and it is, in this bloggers opinion, very good. Enjoy it.  
  • 9 Years Later

    The American Patriot
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    It was December 30, 2007 that I wrote this posting: This Blog will be for the discussion of Politics and News. With Any luck, it will be successful. via The start of something new… | Political Byline. That above was the first entry on my new blog political byline; after my first one, The Populist was hacked, either by hackers in some foreign country or by neocons, who were pissed at me over something I had written.  Either way, I lost of years worth of work; due to some crappy hosting that I was really not even paying for. The hosting company folded, for what that is really worth. 2006 and…
  • Video: Rand Paul Greatness: “Ask Democrats if it’s okay to kill a seven-pound baby in the womb”

    The American Patriot
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    This is awesomeness defined: A very Reagan-like answer. (Via hotair.com)
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • March Top 50: Tournament Madness and Spring Promotions

    Drew Katz
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Image from: Top 50 / Shutterstock Go.com One website on the top 50 list that had a solid month-over-month growth (MoM) of 7.8% was go.com (#17) with unique visitor (UV) count of around 50.4 million. Over the past two years, March has consistently produced the largest amount of UVs for go.com. This website contains many popular subdomains like abcnews.go.com, Disney.go.com, and most importantly (during March at least), espn.go.com. With the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament, unique visitor traffic to espn.go.com saw MoM growth of around 24%, translating into 30.6 million unique…
  • Search Marketers: Take the Guesswork Out of Keyword Research

    Sarah Friedman
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Image from: Keywords / Shutterstock In the digital marketplace, the ability to conduct strong keyword research is crucial. Acting on that research can help optimize search strategy, increase audience visibility and ultimately boost brand awareness. However, seeing as most research is now done online, there is an abundance of keyword searches being conducted all the time. For marketers, this means that the competition for the most impactful keywords is fiercer than ever. So where do you begin? It’s important to first discover which keywords matter to your ideal audience, and the keywords…
  • Destination: Vacation Rentals

    Drew Katz
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Image from: For Rent / Shutterstock Last summer a group of friends and I rented a cabin in Upstate New York for the perfect trip. I was spearheading the expedition, and I found that planning this perfect trip was time consuming to say the least. I logged numerous hours of searching on my laptop to find the best spot, but I can easily say that having such a vast digital library of vacation rental resources made the process possible. Given my experience and the contact happiness I get from thinking about the cabin trip, I decided to look into the Vacation Rentals category on Compete PRO. Where…
  • Search Share: JackThreads

    Drew Katz
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Image from: JackThreads / Shutterstock For this Search Share feature piece we will analyze search marketing data for JackThreads.com. In a previous analysis and blog post of the online men’s retailer, we found that the website was very successful in attracting, retaining, and getting its visitors to interact over the past few months. Now we will do another deep dive into the site’s digital presence with search share analysis, which is particularly important for a company that only operates on the digital platform. The Process We will take the top 100 search referrals, which are the…
  • March Data is Now Live – March Madness, Apartments.com, and More

    Eric Keating
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Image from: Basketball on Court / Shutterstock March data is now live and available in Compete PRO! Diving right into our Monthly Fast Movers, it’s clear that March Madness was the star of the month in terms of online performance. Traffic to NCAA.com increased by a whopping 1147% month over month (MoM). March 2015 was their best traffic month by far in the last two years, with unique visitors over 40% higher in March 2015 than March 2014. The traffic patterns are clearly driven by the college basketball tournament, which is evident in Compete PRO search referral data. Nearly 29% of all…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Lexington & Concord (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ After reviewing eyewitness accounts of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress summarized events in an address to the citizens of Great Britain: “By the clearest depositions… it will appear, that, on the night preceding the 19th of April… a body of the king’s troops, under command of colonel Smith, were secretly landed at Cambridge, with an apparent design to take or destroy the military and other stores, provided for the defense of this colony… at Concord[.]   …the town of Lexington… was…
  • The Midnight Ride (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ The “Mechanics“ was the first patriot intelligence network.  Paul Revere, a member of this spy ring, rode to Lexington with William Dawes (who was sent by a different route) to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movement.  Here is Revere’s account: “… I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics [skilled workers], who formed ourselves into a Committee for the purpose of watching the Movements of the British Soldiers…  We held our meetings at the Green-Dragon Tavern… we frequently took Turns, two and two, to…
  • Swan Song

    Terrell AronSpeer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The dietary requirement of swans does not include herring, yet I intend to expose a few red ones in this article.  First, l commend my fellow Tea Party 911 writers.  This is a nearly thankless task and a constant struggle to extend our reach beyond the choir to which we usually wind up preaching.  My readers already embrace the conservative philosophy and Founders’ viewpoint which is the bedrock of my writing.  My readers also tend to be informed on the issues of the day.  Therefore there is little I write about which they do not already know or cannot figure out on their own.
  • ISIS Ad Campaign Calls For Homegrown Terror

    Editorial Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:32 pm
    ~ by Julie on Politics ~ The newest product from the sick and twisted minds of ISIS is an ad campaign to encourage radical Islamists in the West to launch more attacks like the one on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. ISIS released a series of videos last week featuring jihadists calling on their supporters in the West to rise up. In one of the videos, the jihadist says: “Don’t give up and particularly don’t lower your weapons, don’t surrender – kill. Today, it’s our darwa – kill them.” Although the videos are in French, they also have English subtitles and are targeted toward…
  • Give Me Liberty! (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Lord Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, had allowed the Virginia Militia act to lapse.  Should Virginia raise a new Militia?  Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention: “… This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.  We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…  Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?  … For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Cartoon Of The Day: Clinton and Bush Dynasties

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Clinton and Bush Dynastiesby Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.comCartoon of the day: Clinton and Bush Dynasties @HillaryClinton @JebBush pic.twitter.com/fkaQB4Ajdg— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) April 15, 2015
  • Egypt: Life Sentence For Those Digging or Using Smuggling Tunnels To Gaza

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Cairo - People who dig and use cross-border tunnels in Egypt could face a maximum penalty of life in jail, state news agency MENA said on Sunday, citing amendments to the penal code targeting activity in the frontier area near the Gaza Strip.Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. There were several militant attacks in the Sinai on Sunday.The amendments to the penal code were passed by presidential decree, MENA…
  • Israeli Paper: Israel Needs To Find the Right Time To Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    “Israel is on its own on Iran and has to find the right time to stop its nuclear program kinetically,” Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Sunday.“The issue is political will,” said Inbar, arguing that we got to this point “because the US administration does not have the will to act against Iranian nuclear aspirations.”“US-Israel relations are on a collision course because of [President Barack] Obama’s policy on Iran and during this difficult period Israel needs to minimize…
  • Four Years After Gadhafi, Libya Is a Failed State

    11 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled the former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the North Africa country has plunged into chaotic unrest.The failure of last year’s election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or “Libya Dawn” – a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias – rejected the election’s outcome and seized control of Tripoli. The internationally recognized government relocated to Tobruk, situated in eastern Libya along the Mediterranean coast near the Egyptian border, while Libya Dawn set up…
  • Six Things You Didn’t Know the U.S. and its Allies Did to Iran

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!” I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying.But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us — things we’ve done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets…
 
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Top Gear fans are idiots

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Yes, you, and you, and you there sending death threats to the producer, Oisin Tymon, as well as the BBC director general Tony Hall and his wife. How else could one explain the threats made to those people?
  • Impulse TV

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    A certain frenzied logic takes over five days before the Super Bowl: I presently have a 37" television screen. A 37" screen just will not do. Therefore, I need a bigger TV.
  • Why we don't need religion

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    For many years religion has been seen as a bastion of hope for many people of faith. My experience is quite the opposite. Growing up I never really believed that there was a god, I wanted to, but I didn't.
  • Have You Served Your Technology Today?

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    I am one of technology's lackeys, as are you. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not we all squander great swaths of life jumping at the commands of inanimate objects.
  • Mamie the Plow-Horse

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:47 pm
    The following is the actual script - including stage direction in parentheses and italics - of a speech written for Ernest P. Blufous VI, President and CEO of Blufous International, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and direct marketers of aluminum siding, vacation rentals and burial insurance.
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    BizPac Review

  • Missouri town elects first black woman mayor, police force quits citing ‘safety concerns’

    Joe Saunders
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Mystery surrounds the resignation of five of six cops in a small Missouri town that just elected it’s first black female mayor, but that hasn’t stopped libs from crowing that it’s another example of American racism at work. The town of Parma, population (pop. 713 in 2010) elected Tyus Byrd to the position mayor ousting the incumbent Randall Ramsey who served a total of 36 years in the job. Before Byrd could be sworn in, the three part-time and two full-time officers turned in their resignations, citing “safety concerns,” according to KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Neither Byrd nor…
  • Separate grocery stores, photo IDs: Lawmakers want to make food stamps ‘a crutch not a lifestyle’

    Carmine Sabia
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Two Wisconsin Republican lawmakers trying to cut down on welfare benefits abuse are catching heat from Democrat lawmakers and liberal groups for a bill they are sponsoring that would require food stamp recipients to present a photo ID when paying with their food stamp card. One of them is even going so far as to recommend separate shopping facilities for welfare recipients. Rep. Jesse Kremer told the Cap Times the ID is designed to prevent fraud and wasteful spending, but opponents suggest it’s a form of “poor shaming.” “Realistically, I think it could be a bipartisan bill,”…
  • Texas joins Florida to stop Obama from threatening states with mob-like coercion

    Michael Dorstewitz
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Texas joined Florida on Monday in its lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s “Sopranos”-style efforts to force states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare or risk losing other health-related federal funding. “When the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority, the States must take action,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement, according to The Hill. “[I] commend Governor Rick Scott’s decision to take legal action to protect these important constitutional principles.” Scott announced last week that he is directing Florida Attorney General…
  • Uber driver uses newly legalized concealed firearm to stop mass shooting

    Joe Saunders
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    A freelance driver for the Uber individual taxi service taught Chicago gun-grabbers a valuable lesson on Friday on the importance of a good guy with a gun. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Uber driver was in a parked car after dropping off a passenger in the city’s Logan Square section when a man identified as 22-year-old Everardo Custodio opened fire on a group of pedestrians nearby. The Uber driver, who was unidentified, responded by pulling his own gun firing six times, hitting Custodio in the shin, knee and lower back. No one else was injured in the shooting and no charges are…
  • Report: Mayor de Blasio contemplating run against Hillary as ‘more progressive’ alternative

    Carmine Sabia
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Just when you thought there couldn’t be a White House seen as more anti-cop and pro-socialism than President Obama’s, along comes New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mayor of the metropolis has not yet endorsed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 candidacy even though he was her campaign manager in her successful bid for the New York Senate. Now, speculation is growing that de Blasio may seek the nomination himself. The New York Post reported Monday that de Blasio is positioning himself to be a far left “progressive” alternative to Clinton, who is already seen by many on the left as too…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Leo Tolstoy “Robbers and Governments”

    Kleier
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    “Robbers and Governments” from Leo Tolstoy. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” The robber generally plundered the rich, the governments generally plunder the poor  and protest those rich who assist in their crimes. The robber doing his work risked his life, while the governments risk nothing, but base their whole activity on lies and deception. The robber did not compel anyone to join his band, the…
  • 18 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am

    Kleier
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    We just wanted to re-post that we have provided the inaugural paper for our “New Work” section here at Sparking The Left: a brief primer on social movement theory from a sociological perspective. Social movement theory is an important topic, and all those engaged in activism stand to learn a great deal from it. There is a vibrant academic community rigorously analyzing social movements and much is still to be learned. Yet, this is only a primer that will get you thinking about social movements and the dynamics present within and inside of the milieu around them. It is an academic…
  • New Work: A Social Movement Theory Primer

    Kleier
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Today I am providing the inaugural paper for our “New Work” section here at Sparking The Left: a brief primer on social movement theory from a sociological perspective. Social movement theory is an important topic, and all those engaged in activism stand to learn a great deal from it. There is a vibrant academic community rigorously analyzing social movements and much is still to be learned. Yet, this is only a primer that will get you thinking about social movements and the dynamics present within and inside of the milieu around them. It is an academic paper with cited sources…
  • New STL Feature: In-Depth Works

    Kleier
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Here at Sparking The Left we are proud to announce that we are unveiling a new feature on the STL blog. We will begin today to publish more in-depth works as a supplement to our usual posts to provide our readers with better analyses in an effort to fan the flames of action. We begin this new feature for many subjects often necessitate more than a short-length post to cover properly. And according to our statistics, our longer posts gain more attention than our short posts. So we will be filling a need. In terms of these new works, some will be academic and some will not. Many submissions…
  • Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Said ‘Death to America’. So, What?

    Paul Phillips
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    As the peaceful negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran happily make their way to a resolution, many opponents of the current deal (or any deal with Iran) raise irrelevant alarm bells over some of the rhetoric that emanates from the Iranian leadership.  A recent example was Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s agreement with a crowd chanting “Death to America” during one of his public appearances and the ensuing backlash from Western opponents over the situation.  While it may not be the most pleasing thing to hear, it should be taken for what it is in the grand scheme of things:…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • These Blue States Have Tried the Elizabeth Warren Model. Their Residents Are Fleeing.

    Stephen Moore
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes. So, if income redistribution policies are the…
  • How Oklahoma City Rebounded From America’s Worst Act of Home-Grown Terrorism

    Sen. James Lankford
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    It’s been 20 years since we experienced the worst act of American home-grown terrorism at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. This solemn day stands as a reminder of the 168 souls that were lost. On a day where anger lashed out, Oklahomans responded with compassion. Every year since April 19, 1995, we stand together and read aloud the names of those who lost their lives. We remember the first responders who acted selflessly in a time of need. We remember the families impacted by this tragic event, and we remember the survivors who continue to recount and relive that…
  • How Your Airplane’s Wi-Fi Network Could Pose a Security Risk

    Kate Scanlon
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Modern, Internet-enabled aircraft may be susceptible to hacking, according to a new government report. “Modern aircraft are increasingly connected to the Internet,” warns the Government Accountability Office report. “This interconnectedness can potentially provide unauthorized remote access to aircraft avionics systems.” Much like your own computer, if a plane’s Internet-connected safety systems aren’t protected by firewalls, it could be breached by a hacker or a virus. On a modern plane, however, vital systems are linked to the same Wi-Fi system that passengers use. Therefore, a…
  • Out-of-State Billionaire Wages War on Affordable Energy in Nebraska

    David Kreutzer
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    I had the privilege of serving as mayor in the small, Shenandoah Valley town where my wife and I raised our children. So, I am keenly aware of concerns about powerful out-of-state or out-of-area interests trying to take advantage of a rural population. The Nebraskan battles over the Keystone XL pipeline and the Terex injection well may be cases of the private-jet set using those in a “flyover” state, but who is using whom, and how they are doing it, may not be so obvious. Confusion and misrepresentation are symptomatic of the energy debate. Opinion polls regularly show that climate falls…
  • What the Left’s Moments of Condescension Reveal

    Arthur Milikh
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Sometimes the left unwittingly throws gems our way. These come in rare moments of exasperation, rather than the usual poise the left displays. The transformation of America, after all, requires quiet, subtle movements, coordinated with high-minded propaganda. That’s why moments of condescending contempt, accompanied by the left’s sharpest weapon — mockery—are so revealing. For example, during a recent White House press briefing, President Obama’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, was asked whether Congress should have a say on the agreement with China that commits the United States to…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Shocker: Koch Brothers Support Gov Scott Walker For President

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    The Koch Brothers have signaled their support for Scott Walker for president. On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican [...]
  • Man Threatens To ‘Shoot Up’ Burger King Because They Stopped Serving Breakfast

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    A Connecticut man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a Burger King because they stopped serving breakfast.                             According to Manchester police, Gary Kuhn went into the Burger King on Sunday and made a comment referencing the film [...]
  • Missouri Town Elects First Black Female Mayor, Police and Gov’t Officials Resign

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The town of Parma, Mo., elected a black female mayor, Tyrus Byrd, for the first time in its history, then afterward, five of the six of the town’s police officers resigned as well as the city’s attorney, the city clerk and water treatment plant supervisor.                     [...]
  • Michael Brown Memorial Tree Cut Down, Plaque Stolen

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    Less than 24 hours after a tree was planted in honor of Michael Brown, it was cut down and a stone memorial plaque was removed, too.                       Ferguson city spokesman Jeff Small confirmed the vandalism on Monday morning.               [...]
  • Bobby Jindal: I’m Sick And ‘Tired Of The Hyphenated Americans’

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said, “I don’t know about you, I’m tired of the hyphenated Americans. No more ‘African-Americans.’ No more ‘Indian-Americans.’ No more ‘Asian-Americans.” That remark garnered applause at the First In The Nation leadership summit in New Hampshire.                     [...]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • #RahulRobinHoodGandhi and more on Offstumped Report

    Niticentral Staff
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    #RahulRobinHoodGandhi “A sabbatical jaded Rahul Gandhi had the same old rhetoric against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Was he trying to overshadow Sitatam Yechury?”Source : niticentral.com Is Rahul now like Sardesai’s book – multiple launches yet no take-off “For what might have been a quiet Sunday, August 19 turned out to be a hyper-active political day. In the morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed BJP members of Parliament and other office bearers during a day-long workshop. Within a couple of hours, Mr Rahul Gandhi addressed a farmers’ rally.
  • MOOCS will radically change Higher Education

    Niti PTI Bot
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Phagwara (Pb), Apr 20 (PTI) Rise of online learning as an alternative to in-person instruction is a “threat” to the entire model of higher education, Mauritius President Rajkeshwur Purryag today said. He said that technology was challenging traditional modes of education and cautioned that new challenges in form of open and massive online courses were threatening the traditional paradigm of the field. “Rise of online learning as an alternative to in-person instruction is a threat to our entire model of higher education as it redefines the role of teachers, pedagogy , course…
  • Excavation in search of Saraswati River

    Niti PIB Bot
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had already conducted excavations under Saraswati Project since 2003 at following sites: (i) Adibadri, District-Yamuna Nagar, Haryana (ii) Thanesar, District Kurukshetra, Haryana (iii) Bhirana, District- Fatehbad, Haryana (iv) Hansi, District- Hissar, Haryana (v) Baror, District- Ganganagar ,Rajasthan (vi) Tarkhanwala Dera, District- Ganganagar, Rajasthan (vii) Chak 86, District- Ganganagar,Rajasthan (viii) Karanpura,District- Hanumangarh Rajasthan (ix) Junikaran, District- Kachchha,Gujarat (x) Khirsara, District- Kachchha, Gujarat. However, several…
  • Congress looted farmers for 10 years

    Niti PTI Bot
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Hitting back at Congress after Rahul Gandhi’s barbs, government today said the party was trying to bat for the farmers’ interests after “looting” them for 10 years as it insisted that it was committed to provide relief those in distress. Members from Congress and SP staged a walkout even as Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh rejected the charge that the government was pro-industrialists, saying the Opposition party is visualising what it wants to see with “coloured glasses”. Replying to a debate on agrarian situation in the…
  • Narendra Modi on Dr. Ambedkar

    Niti PIB Bot
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    “Where would Narendra Modi have been without Babasaheb Ambedkar?” Paying homage to Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi said the country can do without both the social untouchability that Dr. Ambedkar faced during his lifetime, and the political untouchability that he faced after death. In his remarks at the Foundation Stone Ceremony of Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, the Prime Minister said that Babasaheb Ambedkar stood for all of humanity, and was, in particular, a ray of hope for the marginalized and downtrodden sections of society. The…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps staff to monitor their infrastructure. This solution may […] The post Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    While it is possible to deploy a highly available Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment without configuration management tools like Puppet, doing so significantly increases the risk of error and downtime. AWS provides many tools for managing the configuration and deployment of your AWS resources, such as CloudFormation and ElasticBeanstalk, but these tools only cover the […] The post AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Logicworks is honored to be one of a few Premier level AWS partners in the world. After 20 years focusing on complex managed hosting, we invested early in developing our AWS practice, including an extensive team of DevOps and AWS-certified cloud engineers.  As a result of our expertise in both traditional IT and AWS, Logicworks […] The post Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    As more healthcare organizations and software applications move to the cloud, each must discover the right use of resources, networking features, and security protections to protect ePHI and address HIPAA compliant hosting requirements. However, the HIPAA Security Rule is not specific about the exact set of best practices and tools to protect data at rest; […] The post How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    The vast majority of healthcare organizations are migrating some IT infrastructure to the cloud in 2015. Unfortunately, the risk of bungling the transition has never been greater: A new round of HIPAA audits are on their way, the healthcare market is more fiercely competitive than ever, and IT departments are feeling pressure to capture smarter […] The post Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Monday, April 29 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
      Town’s government officials oppose fallen soldier memorial because … GUN! Veteran detained for protecting American flag from protesters Ebola lives in semen MUCH longer ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, April 29 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
      US and Iran having showdown in Middle East over Yemen Ben Affleck has PBS whitewash his family’s slave owning history Everyone else is now ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, April 29 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
      South Bend school’s blacks only field trip is now a national story Blacks enroll in college in larger percentages than whites   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    White Students Excluded From College Trips | The Daily Caller Public school officials in South Bend, Ind. are segregating elementary schools students by race and ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, April 17

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Indiana bill banning powdered alcohol sent to Pence – 953MNC.com A proposal to ban powdered alcohol in Indiana is heading to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • On The Historical Prescience of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Dutch
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    One of the best motion pictures made with the original cast of Star Trek was the 1991 classic Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The film is filled with fantastic space battles and political intrigue, and essentially mirrored the ending of the Cold War. But this film seemed to have foretold perfectly the dynamic of […] Related posts: TSE Chat Room: Star Trek vs. Star Wars TSE Top Ten Movie Countdown: #4 Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan On Historical comparisons: Iraq and The Philippines
  • I’m Sorry I Don’t Understand Your Little Brian Williams Dance Party

    Dutch
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    I’ll admit I’m a little puzzled by the gleeful reaction of conservatives to the news that Brian Williams made up a story about taking fire in a helicopter over Iraq. Lets begin by stating the obvious, that there is no defense for a national news anchor making up a story regarding his experiences in a […] Related posts: Robin Williams, Carlos Mencia, and a range of other thievery On the costs of the Iraq war, for the Republican party. The Time Has Come, I’m Leaving The Democrat Party
  • Anti-Intellectualism Naturally Leads To Conservatives in Bed with San Francisco Liberals

    Dutch
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    It’s very important to follow people who are on the opposite site of the political spectrum as you because it offers insight as to what they are secretly concerned for. If the consultants are riding a subject particularly hard you can bet they see the trends beyond whatever the frothing base are talking most about. […] Related posts: An Anti-Romney Remains For Conservatives Even After Texas Primary Results Why Liberals Really Hate Sarah Palin Anti-Americanism, and Football
  • Super Brave Of You To Hate On Olive Garden, Food Hipster!

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Food hipsters are amusing to me. The same people who will argue with you about how Olive Garden isn’t authentic Italian cuisine, are the same ones who accept Braveheart as authentic Scottish history. Scanning the social media today and reviewing the reaction to news that Red Lobster’s parent company is selling the chain and keeping […] Related posts: Midnight Empire: On Fast Food, Condi, and Flag Pins Notes from the aftermath of Super Tuesday Part II Super Bowl Sunday in America
  • Conservative Legal Test For Background Checks Never Seems To Extend To Voter ID Laws

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    There are conservatives I like. This is not some matter of the Venn diagram of our sets of beliefs have a large overlap. It’s a matter of intellectual consistency. Our friend Biggus Rickus is one, and another is National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke. Cook is an Englishman with deep love for the Second Amendment. […] Related posts: Conservatives Hide Their Past By Throwing The American Legal System and NYC Under The Bus Racist Race Baiter In Chief? Or Conservative Troller In Chief? The Culture Of Conservative Bravado And Pissing-Match Primaries
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

    Liberal Fix
    24 Apr 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.
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE Victor Pickard, Author of Americas Battle For Media Democracy

    Liberal Fix
    17 Apr 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. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.  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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest John Sheirer

    Liberal Fix
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features, John Sheirer, friend of the show, and author of Tales of a Real American Liberal. Keith and Naomi will join John in discussing the hot political topics of today. 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 HIV/AIDS Dr. Susan Ball

    Liberal Fix
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features a pre-recorded interview with Medical Doctor Susan Ball. She is author of Voices in the Band: a Doctor, her patients, and how the outlook on AIDS care changed from doomed to hopeful. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio: Indiana Gov Signs Anti-Gay Law, Sen. Reid To Retire and More

    Liberal Fix
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the fallout from Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing the state's anti-gay law. They will also discuss Harry Reid retiring, and other important news from the week. 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:…
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    21st Century Wire

  • STAGECRAFT: ISIS Video ‘Execution’ of Ethiopians in Libya Appears Fake

    Shawn Helton
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Shawn Helton21st Century Wire A newly released ISIS video allegedly depicts some 30 Ethiopians being ‘executed’ in two separate locations in Libya. However, one should take note, that this highly produced propaganda video  fails to provide any conclusive, or remotely credible evidence of a crime scene.The terror installment said to have been carried out by ISIS militants entitled, “Until There Came to Them Clear Evidence,” was reportedly released by Al-Furqan Media, a media arm linked to the notorious Al-Hayat Media Center, the official media outlet for all…
  • Operation Fast and Furious Goes Global, As U.S. Floods Middle East With Arms

    21wire
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    21st Century Wire says…“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and…
  • Inside David Lynch: An Esoteric Guide to Twin Peaks

    21wire
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    Jay Dyer2st Century Wire “‘I learned that just beneath the surface there’s another world, and still different worlds as you dig deeper.’ – David LynchIf you’ve ever sensed the flimsy, thin veneer of what parades itself as the good ole US of A, and felt a bit like you’ve been sold a fake, then David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is series you must see.The sacrificial victim, Laura Palmer.More like an initiatory experience than a mere television series, Twin Peaks functions as a hilariously terrifying vision of the real America lurking in the seedy underworld beneath the façade of white…
  • SMOKE SCREEN: Does New FBI 9/11 ‘Saudi’ Report Deflect From Clandestine Realities?

    Shawn Helton
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    21st Century Wire says…As the crisis in Yemen continues to unfold, a controversial report detailing Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11 comes forward…Is this latest 9/11 disclosure just another propaganda ploy, meant to deflect from other perpetrators involved in planning and executing the attacks of Sept 11, 2001, while creating confusion around real US proxy partnerships in the Middle East?Nothing happens by accident in US politics, and this latest ‘release’ is no exception…‘BBC Deception': It’s already common knowledge that certain…
  • Episode #81 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Faux News and The Fascist Spring’ with host Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Episode #81 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday April 19, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 2.5 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting live with 21WIRE host Patrick Henningsen covering the world’s top stories this week. In the first hour, Patrick takes a look at the latest debutante entrants in the 2016 Electoral Ball, the latest propaganda from CNN, Ashton Carter’s…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Diverse Internet Cannot Be Dichotomised

    guanyinmiao
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Reading about how “the Internet has brought out the best and worst in Singaporeans” (TODAY, Apr. 18) – with the sparking of positive societal change on one side and the proliferation of lynch mobs and vigilantes on the other – was disappointing, because this dichotomised characterisation of the Internet space in Singapore is hardly accurate. Moreover such diversity in opinions is not unique to the Internet too. Stringing together disparate anecdotes the commentary also provided few valuable insights, besides a survey which reaffirmed the high rates of Internet penetration and usage in…
  • Ridiculous Sponsored Awards At The Star Awards

    guanyinmiao
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The first show of the 2015 Star Awards – which “affirms and recognises the contributions” of artistes and production members – happens this Sunday, and at the event two of the three sponsored awards will include the “BottomSlim Gorgeous Legs Award” and the “Tokyo Bust Express Sexy Babe Award”. Unlike the other competitive categories which are (at least) contingent upon the acting abilities of a performer or the skills of a crew member, as well as the critical acclaim garnered, these two awards are just lazy attempts to appease its sponsors. In addition, individuals who vote…
  • An Education System Which Embraces Risk

    guanyinmiao
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Two insightful pieces in TODAY - the first on the need for the Singapore education system to embrace risk and the second on making examinations in the country more flexible - present constructive calls for change, but comfort with the status quo implies knee-jerk resistance to these perspectives. Oftentimes when there are similar proposals, proponents point to a history of success purportedly undergirded by meritocracy (even if this political philosophy has been threatened by growing inequality), arguing against these recommendations with evidence of high scores at the Programme for…
  • To Move Beyond CMIO, Dismantle Government Structures

    guanyinmiao
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Few would disagree with criticisms that the traditional racial categories of “Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Other (CMIO)” oversimplifies the diversity within each domain and is increasingly incompatible with the ubiquity of inter-racial, inter-ethnicity unions, but beyond calls for Singaporeans to abandon “stereotyped presumptions and expectations [so as to] treat people as individuals and not categories” per se government structures should be dismantled if we were to move beyond the antiquated CMIO model. Continue reading →
  • Advertisers Must Understand Social Media

    guanyinmiao
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As industry players “proactively craft guidelines on appropriate conduct when engaging social media influencers” (ST, Apr. 2), and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is still investigating whether regulation concerning competition, consumer protection, and advertising practices were breached by telco Singtel and social media agency Gushcloud, advertisers and consumers should strengthen their comprehension of how the Internet works. The recent controversies have also encouraged more to be sceptical of online content. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Iran Deal Reached with Congress

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    A framework agreement was reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran two weeks ago regarding their nuclear program. Immediately after the agreement was announced all eyes turned to the US Congress and what role they would play in approving or rejecting the deal. The administration warned that any effort by Congress to scuttle a broad agreement would be met with a presidential veto. But a deal was reached this week, with broad bipartisan support, that would allow Congress to play a role in the negotiations but still allow the administration the space and time they need to reach a final…
  • How Far Can Marco Rubio Go?

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Marco Rubio has declared himself a candidate for president in 2016. He has been labeled a rising star in Republican politics since his arrival in the US Senate in 2010. What are his chances in the 2016 presidential election? Did his participation in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” group on immigration reform irrevocably harm his chances with the conservative base of his party? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • How Do You Beat Hillary Clinton?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Hillary Clinton has announced her intention to run for president of the United States in 2016. Shortly after her declaration most republican 2016 hopefuls released statements on why she is wrong for America. What is the republican game plan for Hillary Clinton? Will talk about past scandals dominate the GOP message? In today’s episode we discuss why concentrating on Hillary Clinton’s message for the future may be the best way to go for the GOP. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Hillary Clinton Declares for President

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Hillary Clinton declared herself a candidate for president in 2016 yesterday through the release of a short campaign video as well as announcements on social media. She declared that “everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” In this episode we discuss the announcement, how it differed from her announcement in 2008 and the reaction from GOP contenders now that she has made it official. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Will Obama and Castro Meet?

    Mike Dakkak
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    President Obama is flying to Panama this weekend to take part in the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of western hemisphere nations that takes place every 3 years. For the first time in the history of the summit Cuba will be a participant. The US recently established relations with the Caribbean nation after a 50-year estrangement. What are the issues surrounding a possible meeting between the two leaders at the summit and what are the positions of other countries in the region on the diplomatic thaw between the US and Cuba? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Duck Dynasty Musical & News Headlines

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Forgive Your Enemies, A Marathon, 168 in Oklahoma, Duck Musical, Patriot or Crazy Man?, Jon Stewart Says Enough! Out Loud News, Comment… and Occasional Outbursts. Brought to you by ClosetsbyDesign.com. This is Malcolm Out Loud. President Abraham Lincoln once said... "The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend”.
  • 70+ is now Middle Age, Radio Headline Awards

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Out Loud News, Comment… and Occasional Outbursts. Brought to you by ClosetsbyDesign.com. This is Malcolm Out Loud. Here are my weekly radio awards right from the headlines of the week. The Life is Beautiful AWARD goes to...  The Mad as Hell AWARD goes to... The David vs Goliath AWARD goes to...  The Whistleblower AWARD goes to... The Anger Management AWARD goes to...  The Traitor AWARD goes to...  The PR Move of the Year AWARD goes to... Get Involved. Get Loud America!
  • I Like BIG Government

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    I have to come clean. I need to confess. I like BIG government. In fact I believe our founders liked BIG government as well. Listen in... It’s time to get Out Loud America. This is Malcolm Out Loud. I’ve been reporting across our great nation about the dangers of not protecting our borders, our water supply, our electrical grid, our dams, our nuclear facilities, our food supply, our ports – not protecting the future of America.
  • We Salute The Boston Marathon & More, Radio Awards

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    What seemed like just another day in a beautiful American city - was instantly transformed into a life changing experience for hundreds of innocent people! The 'AWARD of Courage' goes to... the families and friends of the Boston Marathon. Just as the Iranian nuclear agreement appears to be falling apart - that's if it ever was together in the first place - a tweet is sent around the world mocking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using a cartoon bomb. The 'Juvenile AWARD' goes to... the White House. Have you heard about the white cop who shot the white man? How about the black cop who…
  • NYC Is Targeted Again & More, Radio Awards

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    They called Osama bin Laden their hero and said they were "citizens of the Islamic State." Two New York women were arrested on charges they plotted - a Boston Marathon-type attack - to wage violent jihad by building homemade bombs to detonate in NYC. The 'Keeping America Safe AWARD' goes to... the FBI and Law Enforcement Officials. With a focus on terrorism and chants this past week of “Death to America” and repeated promises to “wipe Israel off the map” make it the #1 news story in the world. Some are calling it the deal of the century, others have it pegged as the deal with the…
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    Citizens News

  • What Uber has to do with the net neutrality debate

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics AP Is Uber’s success an argument for or against regulating the internet? Depends on who you ask. As of this week, prominent policy advocates on both sides of the debate have used Uber’s revolutionary business model as an argument for their position. In many cities, taxis have been left struggling to […]The post What Uber has to do with the net neutrality debate appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Video: Why You Should Love Fossil Fuels

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Written by Dollars & Crosses “Every year on Earth Day we learn how bad humanity’s economic development is for the health of the planet. But maybe this is the wrong message. Maybe we should instead reflect on how human progress, even use of fossil fuels, has made our environment cleaner and healthier. Alex Epstein of […]The post Video: Why You Should Love Fossil Fuels appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Climate Idiot: Fracking Only Creates Jobs For Hookers And Hotel Maids

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Written by “The Lid”  Now I understand why the climate change crazies try to cut off all debate on their unproven hypothesis. So many of their leading supporters are frothing at the mouth, over the line, nucking futz! Witness biologist Sandra Steinberger, the woman who receives some the credit for convincing Cuban traveler, NY Governor […]The post Climate Idiot: Fracking Only Creates Jobs For Hookers And Hotel Maids appeared first on Citizens News.
  • What a Hillary Presidency Means for China

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton adresses a joint press conference with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in Jakarta. Picture: AFP Source: AFP With the announcement of a presidential bid by Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton on April 12, […]The post What a Hillary Presidency Means for China appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Earth Day Pigs Trash National Mall

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by Moonbattery Ever wonder what the earth would look like if we were all too self-indulgent to show any sense of responsibility toward our environment? You can find out by reviewing the aftermath of an Earth Day Concert: [Saturday] was Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, which was celebrated with a concert and other festivities […]The post Earth Day Pigs Trash National Mall appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • How come Sen Mike Duffy is charged with ACCEPTING a bribe yet no one in the PMO was charged with MAKING a bribe??

    leftdog
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    ... just sayin'
  • "We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)

    leftdog
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Canada drops out of top 10 most developed countries listThe United Nations human development index now ranks Canada as 11thCanada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a…
  • Sask Premier Brad Wall May Use 'Notwithstanding Clause' To Sidestep Supreme Court Decision On Right To Strike ...

    leftdog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Premier Brad Wall continues to hold firm to the base ideology of a 'businesses over persons' ideologue and says he may invoke the Canadian Constitution's 'notwithstanding clause' to suppress a working persons right to strike in Saskatchewan. CBCThe notwithstanding clause was used previously in Saskatchewan by Wall's former employer, disgraced Conservative Premier Grant Devine.  "In 1986, the Saskatchewan legislature introduced back-to-work legislation to end a strike by public service employees. The government introduced the legislation based on the grounds it needed to…
  • Sask Premier Brad Wall Trivializes Supreme Court Ruling That Protects A Person's Right To Strike In Canada ...

    leftdog
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    "... while Friday’s ruling could embolden the union moment, Wall senses that the rest of the public will be indifferent or even resentful of the unions’ legal win. At least, that sure seemed the case Friday afternoon, when he quite literally laughed off the potential multi-million loss by posting on Twitter that re-signed Rider Weston Dressler “was one essential service the Supreme Court can’t take away.”It was an ill-thought tweet, considering Wall’s own political game-playing and anti-labour partisanship may have just cost us millions. But he’ll likely get away with it.If…
  • 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 !!!! :(
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Europe, Security and Terrorism

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:16 am
    An Interview with Walter Schwimmer taken by Giuliano Luongo (IsAG, Italy), April 14, 2015In the framework of the studies of IsAG (Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Science) on current security issues in Europe and abroad, Giuliano Luongo – Director of the “Africa” Research Programme at IsAG – interviewed Dr. Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary-General of the Council of Europe (1999-2004) and current Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” (WPFDC).
  • Security Council Resolution on War in Yemen not Conducive to Peace

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    I.P.O. Information Service, Moscow / Vienna, April 17, 2015RE/25453c-isPresident of International Progress Organization addresses expert meeting at Peoples' Friendship University of RussiaIn a televised speech earlier today, Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), told a seminar on the theory of international conflicts in Moscow that Security Council resolution 2216, adopted on 14 April 2015, has further exacerbated the conflict in Yemen. Instead of imposing an inclusive arms embargo on all warring parties, the Council chose to ban the sale and…
  • Global Protest over TTIP ahead of Fresh Talks in New York

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    By Chris Harris, Euronews, April 16, 2015Activists will take to the streets on Saturday (April 18) in what is expected to be one of the biggest protests against the EU-US trade deal.A huge alliance of groups have come together to organise a global day of action (#A18DoA) against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
  • Democracy and Solidarity, not Austerity and the Troika! For a Radical Change in Europe

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    A Speech by Hans-Jürgen Urban, Executive board member of the German trade union IG Metall, for a rally of the DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, Confederation of German Trade Unions) as part of the Blockupy protests, March 18, 2015It is quite obvious that Greece is being made an example of. Those who dare escape from the prison of austerity will be hunted down.Read the SpeechSource: http://www.hans-juergen-urban.de/
  • For Europe, a Relationship with Russia is of Vital Importance

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    An Interview with Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization, Russia Direct, April 14, 2015The big problem is whether the U.S. will mentally be prepared at some stage to accept that it has to share power with other centers of power. Will the U.S. be ready to accept that structures of power, for instance in Europe, will develop independently of its influence?
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Digital Advocacy Webinar Series

    Campaign Workshop
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Campaign Workshop Launches Digital Advocacy Webinar Series Sponsored by EveryAction We are happy to announce that we are launching The Digital Advocacy Webinar Series sponsored by EveryAction. This four part webinar series will cover advocacy topics ranging from digital ad buying, developing a winning advocacy strategy, and goal setting for digital advertising campaigns. The first webinar in the series will be on content marketing for advocacy campaigns. These webinars will take place from April – June 2015, with the first on April 21, 2015 at 1pm EST. Each webinar will also be…
  • Don’t Let Proofing Errors Derail Your Direct Mail

    Michele Hermanson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Using the best practices to make sure your Direct mail is accurate. Printing errors can turn your message into a crisis overnight. Whether it is a mailing of your company holiday card or official ballots in an election, it is imperative to implement the best protocols and practices to ensure that your direct mail job gets into mailboxes without a hitch. This election saw several high profile printing errors that probably could have been prevented with better planning and proofing—one example was a ballot printing problem in Arizona that cost the state tens of thousands of dollars. With…
  • The “Why are you running for office” question

    Joe Fuld
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Why are you running for office? For some, “why are you running for office “is an easy question to answer because you feel innately passionate about your political pursuit. For others, they may have a murkier answer. But knowing why you are running for office and what you want to do when you get there is critical to being a successful candidate. And having a canned answer to the question is not good enough. Ted Kennedy’s famous non-answer to the why he was running for office in his 1980 presidential campaign is a historical lesson about not having your heart in the race. …
  • What is paid canvassing and do I want some?

    Margo Scott Dunn
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Spoiler: You PROBABLY want paid canvassing This may come as a shock to many people, but not every political campaign has people lining up to volunteer like Pres. Barack Obama’s. In fact, that is the rare exception, and for many campaigns, getting more than a handful of volunteers is a miracle. We know that high-quality, face-to-face voter contact is the best tool in our arsenal for both persuasion and turn out, but not every campaign has the footprint to cover a robust field operation using volunteers or campaign staff alone. In fact, many won’t. That’s where paid canvassing comes in.
  • Harnessing the Power of Negative Keywords

    Ben Holse
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Negative Keywords Can Help Prevent A Whole Lot of Confusion Do you know what a negative keywords are? As anyone who has ever used Google can attest, what comes up in your search is not always relevant to what you were actually looking for. Negative keywords are very specific words or phrases that you want to block from your target keyword list in an ad campaign to ensure that your ads will not be shown around those specific words. These words often share grammatical similarities to keywords you would like to target, but have a vastly different meaning.  For instance, a few months ago I was…
 
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • US Moves USS Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier Off Yemen Coast

    Eurasia Review
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    The US has moved a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier off the coast of Yemen, the US Navy said Monday. According to the Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), escorted by the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), transited the Strait of Hormuz from its station in the Arabian Gulf to the Arabian Sea, […] The post US Moves USS Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier Off Yemen Coast appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Bipartisan Group Of Senators Beginning Push For Big Increase In US Military Spending – OpEd

    Eurasia Review
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    By Adam Dick There is no doubt that the US government engages in extraordinary military and “national security” spending. In February, a Washington Post article cited an International Institute for Strategic Studies report ranking US “defense spending” at four and a half times that of China (the next biggest spender), close to matching China and […] The post Bipartisan Group Of Senators Beginning Push For Big Increase In US Military Spending – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Strategic Direction Of The PLA Navy: Capability And Intent Assessment – Book Review

    IPCS
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar* Title: Strategic Direction of the PLA Navy: Capability and Intent Assessment Author: Kamlesh K Agnihotri Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt Ltd New Delhi (2015) China has historically held that a state’s comprehensive national power (CNP) is the index of its sway in the global order. Amongst the various attributes […] The post Strategic Direction Of The PLA Navy: Capability And Intent Assessment – Book Review appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Azerbaijan: City Of Julfa, Home Of Alinjagala Castle

    Peter Tase
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The Julfa region of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan is the home of the Alinjagala Castle that rests atop the mountain that bears the same name. The fortress is located on the right banks of the Alinjachay, and  according to ancient sources this historic landmark has been identified with the names of: “Erinjag”, “Erinjik”, “Alanjik”, […] The post Azerbaijan: City Of Julfa, Home Of Alinjagala Castle appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • India’s Aspiration For A Permanent Seat At UNSC – OpEd

    A38
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Almas Shaikh India’s PM Narendra Modi has been making waves in the global news for his strong pitch to get India the Permanent seat in the Security Council. Commemorating United Nation’s 70th year this year, Modi has brought out India’s trump card of peaceful coexistence with other nations while demanding the seat. Throughout history, […] The post India’s Aspiration For A Permanent Seat At UNSC – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Selena, We Will Always Love You

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    For me, it still feels like it was yesterday. I clearly remember the radio DJ announcing it in a somber tone: "Selena Quintanilla, the queen of Tejano music, has just died in Corpus Christi. May she rest in peace." I had just seen Selena a few months ago. It was in Montemorelos, where she, Pete Astudillo, and the rest of the Quintanillas gave a great performance at Parque Almazán. Her voice was just as beautiful as that of a singing bird. She also had a charisma that charmed everyone at first sight. Selena was, and still is my idol. For months, her tragedy filled many of us with grief.
  • Selena, Siempre Te Amaremos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Para mí, todavía parece que solo fue ayer. Recuerdo claramente al locutor de la radio dando el anuncio con un sombrío tono: "Selena Quintanilla, la reina de la música Tejana, acaba de fallecer en Corpus Christi. Descanse en paz."Yo acababa de ver a Selena solo unos meses atrás. Fue en Montemorelos donde ella, Pete Astudillo, y el resto de los Quintanillas ofrecieron una gran presentación en el Parque Almazán. Su voz era tan hermosa como la de un pájaro cantante. También tenía un carisma que conquistaba a todos a primera vista. Selena fue, y aún es mi ídolo. Por meses, su tragedia…
  • Eduardo Medina Mora: The #FastAndFurious Mexican Ambassador

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Embajador Eduardo Medina MoraBeginning in 2005, the DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) began a strategy to fight Mexican drug cartels that sounds like taken out of a movie: Under operation"Gun Runner," they  used straw gun buyers to sell arms to cartel members to try to get to their leaders. The operation later became "Fast and Furious," and it expanded to arming criminals in exchange for their information.Thousands of weapons were smuggled across the Southern border, and Mexican authorities knew about it, but some are flatly denying it. One of them is Eduardo…
  • Eduardo Medina Mora: El Embajador #RapidoYFurioso Mexicano

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Ambassador Eduardo Medina MoraComenzando en el año del 2005, la DEA y el Buró de Alcohol, Tobacco y Armas de Fuego (ATF) emprendieron  una estrategia para pelear a los carteles mexicanos que suena como sacada de una película: Bajo el nombre de "Gunrunner", usaron informantes encubiertos para venderles armas a miembros de los carteles para tratar de llegar hasta sus líderes. La operación mas después se renombró "Rapido y Furioso", y se expandió al grado de armar a criminales a cambio de su información.Miles de armas fueron escabullidas a través de la frontera sur, y las…
  • En el Amor no Existe el Género - Love Has no Labels

    Tomás Guerra
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Advocates criticize new Malawi marriage law

    Michael K. Lavers
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Parliament Building of Malawi (Photo by Achipungu; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)Advocates contend a new Malawi law designed to curb rates of child marriages will subject LGBT people in the African country to additional discrimination. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill of 2015 that Malawian President Peter Mutharika signed last week before traveling to the U.S. raises the minimum marriage age in his country to 18. The statute also reiterates the definition of marriage in Malawi as between a man and a woman. “Two persons of the opposite sex who are both not below the age of…
  • Snyder opposes recognizing terminally ill gay man’s marriage

    Chris Johnson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder opposes the recognition of a terminally ill gay man’s marriage. (Photo by Major.guy2012; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced in a legal brief filed late last week he opposes state recognition of the marriage of gay man in the Wolverine State who’s terminally ill. In a five-page brief dated April 16 and submitted to the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan, Snyder argues Michigan shouldn’t be required to recognize the marriage of Bruce Morgan, an East Grand Rapids, Mich., resident who’s suffering…
  • Commonwealth Dinner

    Michael Key
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) spoke at the Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Equality Virginia held its annual Commonwealth Dinner at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on April 18. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)  
  • O’Malley’s amnesia on marriage

    Kevin Naff
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) There he goes again. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who once extolled the virtues of centrism, now wants us to believe — in an unintentionally hilarious rewriting of history — that he’s more liberal than Hillary Clinton and a “profile in courage” when it comes to fighting for marriage equality. In a not-so-subtle jab at Clinton, O’Malley in a February speech said, “History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience. The dignity of every person tells us that the right to…
  • Rubio: Homosexuality is something ‘people are born with’

    Michael K. Lavers
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Bob Schieffer of CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he feels homosexuality is not a choice. (Washington Blade file photo by Lee Whitman)U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said during an interview that aired on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he feels homosexuality is not a choice. “The bottom line is that I believe that sexual preference is something that people are born with,” the Florida Republican told Bob Schieffer during the interview that took place at a community college in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 17. Rubio spoke to…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • New Study: Why Zebras REALLY Have Stripes

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Why do zebras have stripes?” is more than just the lead-in to a corny punchline – it’s a question that’s perplexed us, well, probably since the first human ever laid eyes on one of these fascinating cousins to the horse (and did you know that each zebra’s stripe pattern is as unique as a fingerprint?). Even zoologists have long been stymied. And while we don’t have a definitive answer quite yet, we do have a very probable cause for these black-and-white striations, coming from new study by researchers at UCLA. The research team wanted to know if environmental factors were…
  • Watch: The Myth of the American Dream, Explained with Legos

    Lady Freethinker
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    What’s your chance of striking it rich in America? Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves will tell you — using Legos. Colorful toys aside, the message here is pretty grim. If you’re born poor – particularly if you aren’t White – the American dream is probably out of grasp. “We have a big problem,” says Reeves, ” and we need big solutions.” Agreed. The post Watch: The Myth of the American Dream, Explained with Legos appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Activism Worked! An Anti-Whistleblower Bill, Defeated

    Lady Freethinker
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s not often that I get to post a happy update, so this is pretty special. If you’ve been following my blog lately, you know that the Arkansas House proposed a bill to block audio recording in the workplace. That’s not just bad news for employees needing evidence of discrimination, harassment or safety hazards – It would spell doom for organizations like the one I work for, Last Chance for Animals, which relies on workers’ recordings to expose brutal abuse at factory farms and other horrifying places. This little-known bill was moving fast, so we rushed to create a…
  • What Animated Alpacas Can Teach us About Income Inequality (From the Director of Anchorman)

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Watch cartoon alpacas explain what’s so very wrong about our economic system. Confession: I find the squeaky creatures in the cartoon kind of annoying. But not nearly as annoying as the fact that our system is so backward that we need videos like this in the first place. Hats off to director of “Anchorman” for putting his storytelling skills to such important use. The post What Animated Alpacas Can Teach us About Income Inequality (From the Director of Anchorman) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • The Censorship Law Walmart REALLY Hopes WIll Pass

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like an ag-gag bill on steroids, this sweeping new censorship bill is music to the ears of the execs at Walmart, Tyson Foods and other corporations cited for abuse to workers, animals or both. Quietly passing the first two readings in the state House, Arkansas HB 1774 is now in committee and open to public comment before a recommendation and vote take place. The bill would make it illegal to record any “oral communication” between people with a working relationship unless all parties give consent. So whether your boss calls you “sweet ass” or tells you to get to work…
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  • The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio

    Harry Enten
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign, which officially kicks off Monday, has so far attracted paltry support from Republican voters, according to polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as nationally. He’s down near Chris Christie! Yet, when we talk about him in the FiveThirtyEight office, we usually put Rubio in the top tier, in front of everyone except Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, the two candidates at the top of the polls.Why? Rubio is both electable and conservative, and in optimal proportions. He’s in a position to satisfy the GOP establishment, tea party-aligned voters…
  • Clinton Begins The 2016 Campaign, And It’s A Toss-up

    Nate Silver
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    There’s already plenty of bad punditry regarding the chances of Hillary Clinton — who officially announced her candidacy on Sunday — to become the 45th president. You can find Democrats boasting about their “blue wall” in the Electoral College and how hard this will make it for any Republican to win. Or Republicans warning that the Democratic Party rarely wins three elections in a row.Most of this analysis is flimsy. So is the commentary about the ups-and-downs in early swing state polls. And when you see some pundit declaring a minor misstep to be a “game changer,” find…
  • The Hillary Clinton Steamroller Rumbles To Life

    Harry Enten
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Let’s do something a little unusual. Instead of going through all the reasons that Hillary Clinton is so likely to win the Democratic nomination (and she is) and then tucking a caveat-laden paragraph at the bottom of this article, let’s start with one big caveat:Presidential elections aren’t baseball. They take place just once every four years, so we don’t have thousands of at-bats to analyze. Clinton, who will reportedly officially announce her campaign Sunday, could lose the primary. Perhaps there’s some scandal we’re unaware of. Perhaps she’ll have…
  • Why The SNP Is Poised To Win In Scotland

    John Curtice
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    At first glance, it undoubtedly seems very odd.Last September, the Scottish National Party (SNP) invited people in Scotland to vote to leave the United Kingdom and become an independent country. The proposition was clearly rejected, with just over 55 percent voting against and fewer than 45 percent in favor.Yet far from heralding a period of nationalist anguish and introspection, little more than six months later, the SNP is looking forward to the prospect of winning an electoral landslide in the U.K. general election scheduled for May 7. According to the latest polls, the party could win as…
  • The Billionaire Baron Who Has Transformed How We Understand The U.K. Election

    Carl Bialik
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    A conservative British tycoon and aristocrat is not the typical profile of a man of the people. But Lord Michael Ashcroft has done more than anyone else to find out who the people want to represent them in Parliament. In the lead-up to next month’s big national election in the U.K., Ashcroft has surveyed people in more than 100 electoral districts about who they’ll vote for and why. That may not sound radical, but in British polling, it is. Even more radical: Ashcroft isn’t doing it to bolster his own campaign (he just resigned from his unelected office) or because someone is…
 
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  • Is Germany’s AfD Party Self-Destructing?

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Not yet, but they are working on it. What’s The Matter with the AfD? In my research paper on the AfD party’s 2014 EP manifesto, I argue that the AfD will have to face a choice between their current mix of social conservatism/economic liberalism on the one hand and right-wing populism proper on the other. That time is now, and the choice seems to tear apart the party. Since its inception in early 2013, the AfD has rolled out six campaigns at the federal and state level. It is arguably the most successful new party in Germany since the Greens, but the media coverage of the last three weeks…
  • Lehrbuch “Strukturgleichungsmodelle” erscheint bald

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Lehrbuch Strukturgleichungsmodelle Mein seit langem geplantes Lehrbuch “Strukturgleichungsmodelle” erscheint demnächst bei Springer VS. Viele politikwissenschaftliche Beispiele illustrieren die Anwendung gängiger Modelle auf Daten aus dem ESS und dem Allbus. Gezeigt wird jeweils, wie sich die Modellschätzung in Stata, MPlus und Lisrel realisieren läßt. Zu allen Beispielen ist die vollständige und kommentierte Syntax für alle drei Programme enthalten. Ich danke Sabrina Mayer, Benjamin Sack, Jasmin Fitzpatrick, Daniela Herrmann, Daniel Weber und Dagmar McCaslin für…
  • Linkfest: Comics, Views on Immigrants & HIV, Consolation for Rejectniks

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Math Joke, anyone? Answer to “Immigrants are a burden on the welfare state” by voting intention in the 2015 General Election Things to remember when your manuscript is rejected Self-referential comic: Self-Description Majority of Germans now support a Grexit. (52% compared to 41% in Feb) (Pro tip: Opinion bounced back again) Ukip parliamentary candidate forced to apologise after attacking HIV-positive Lib Dem over ‘costly’ NHS treatment The post Linkfest: Comics, Views on Immigrants & HIV, Consolation for Rejectniks appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on…
  • Interview with Handelsblatt Global on Gauweiler’s Resignation

    Kai Arzheimer
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Peter Gauweiler’s resignation created quite a stir, but in this interview with Handelsblatt Global, I argue that it does not matter for Europe or the government. May or may not be pay-walled, so I reflect on some of these points on the blog, too. Photo by blu-news.org The post Interview with Handelsblatt Global on Gauweiler’s Resignation appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Gauweiler’s Resignation Does Not Matter for Merkel or the Euro

    Kai Arzheimer
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    For an hour or so, even the international press was mildly excited – “resignation of one of Merkel’s senior Christian Democrats from government over Greek bailout” or something along those lines. They got it wrong. Gauweiler is a member of the CSU (not Merkel’s party), and he held no government office. He had a long political career centred around right-wing policies and controversy. He has voted time and again the bailouts, and has made various attempts to stop them via the Federal Constitutional Court. In other words, he rebelled, and he sued his own government. In return, he…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-20, Monday

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, April 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into how support for gun rights toppled gun control in a latest poll, how armed National Guard troops conducted exercises near a public playground and how a cop shot at a dog in a crowded area, narrowing missing innocent people. We also look into how Monsanto and other major corporations are paying Internet trolls to attack activists fighting against corporate abuse of the public. We also take your calls on today's show, but if you can't call into the show, feel free to tweet your questions or comments to @RealAlexJones or with…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-19, Sunday

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, April 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Other topics include the state of Texas ready to approve open-carry legislation in defense of the Second Amendment, Rand Paul’s remarks about challenger Hillary Clinton, the funding and cronyism fiasco of the Clinton foundation, and the latest on the FBI seeking to glean intelligence on ISIS in Mexico from Infowars reporter Joe Biggs during his recent trip to Mexico to find out the truth about reported terror camps along the border.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-17, Friday

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, April 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, footage out of California shows armed National Guard troops patrolling residential streets and practicing traffic control.Helicopters and tanks “scare” residents in Texas ahead of the Jade Helm military exercises, and American protesters are referred to as “enemy forces” and “adversaries” in National Guard documents. The authors of Confessions of a DC Madam, Henry Vinson and Nick Bryant, join today's show. Also Keith Johnson, the man behind footage of the National Guard training to take on political dissidents, highlights…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-16, Thursday

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, April 16 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we take a look at our aerial footage of the U.S./Mexico border after Infowars reporters Joe Biggs and Josh Owens flew in a Cessna to investigate the reported ISIS bases near El Paso, Texas. Former State Dept. insider Michael Springmann explains how the CIA backed and trained al-Qaeda fighters by giving them illegal U.S. visas to travel freely around the world. We also look into how the military is labeling patriot groups and the militia 'domestic terrorists,' how Attorney General Eric Holder's gun ban list targets veterans and how…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-15, Wednesday

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, April 15, federal tax day broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, we look into reports of two ISIS camps on the U.S. border and terrorists entering the country with the help of Mexican drug cartels. Infowars reporter Joe Biggs reports from the border. We also cover the mysterious closing of Walmart stores, the CPS grabbing so-called “free range” children, more insane and perverse behavior by the frontline police state agency the TSA, a noted communist tutoring Obama on racism, and other important and breaking stories. On today’s transmission, we talk with Lucas Jewell, the…
 
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  • The sad story of how Hillary Clinton got addicted to Game Boy

    Phil Edwards
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Earlier today, the William Jefferson Clinton Library released a picture of Hillary Clinton playing a Nintendo Game Boy, dated April 6, 1993: A photo posted by William J. Clinton Library (@wjclibrary42) on Apr 20, 2015 at 7:47am PDT The Clinton campaign has been sharing new images of an approachable Hillary, like the family trip to Disney featured on her website's error page. But the Game Boy picture comes from a surprisingly difficult time in her life. As recorded in an April 23, 1993, interview transcript with Time's Margaret Carlson, the Game Boy became somewhat of an addiction…
  • Report: The Koch brothers want Scott Walker to be president

    Andrew Prokop
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    On Monday, industrialist David Koch told a group of donors that he and his brother Charles want Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) to be the GOP's presidential nominee, Nick Confessore of the New York Times reports. However, David Koch also said that while he and his brother might personally donate to Walker, they'll support whoever the GOP nominee turns out to be, and "suggested" that their political network will not intervene in the primaries, Confessore writes But in a statement later Monday night, Koch said he is "not endorsing or supporting any candidate for President at this point" —…
  • Weed is not more dangerous than alcohol

    Ezra Klein
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
  • All of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners

    Kelsey McKinney
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The winners of the 99th Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday, April 20. The Pulitzer Prize is one of the highest awards given in journalism and the arts. At the presentation, Pulitzer administrator Mike Pride said that almost 3,000 entries had been reviewed to decide this year's winners. Here are the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners: Gold medal for Public Service The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC Breaking News Reporting Staff of the Seattle Times Investigative Reporting Eric Lipton, New York Times Staff of the Wall Street Journal Explanatory Journalism Zachary R. Mider, Bloomberg News…
  • Tampa police's racially biased "bicycle blitzkrieg" shows there are Fergusons everywhere

    Jenée Desmond-Harris
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    A Tampa Bay Times investigation concluded that Florida police are targeting people riding bikes in poor black neighborhoods for minor — and sometimes, imaginary — offenses, as an excuse to question what a department memo called "potential criminals." In practice, "potentials criminals" translates to "African Americans." According to the Times, officers have figured out a way to use "an obscure subsections of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on a bike, like riding with no light or carrying a friend on the handlebars." The resulting statistics are striking. Eight…
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  • 10 Amazing Weather Phenomena

    No Author
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As a follow up to Cedestras brilliant list of 20 amazing and unusual weather phenomena, I have decided to make a list with 10 more items. Our atmosphere shows off so many strange and wonderful displays, but often times these brilliant phenomena happen so rarely, and in places all over the world (insert lame ‘once in a blue moon’ pun here). Now then, onto the list! 10 Lunar Corona Formation This item, a personal favorite of mine and one that’s amazing in itself starts off the list. A Lunar Corona formation is formed through a mix of thin cloud and small droplets in the air. These small…
  • Attacks on Free Speech

    Walter E. Williams
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    What’s the true test of one’s commitment to free speech? It does not come when he permits people to be free to say or publish ideas with which he agrees. Not by a long shot. The true test of one’s commitment to free speech comes when he permits others to say and publish ideas he deems offensive. In March, a video surfaced of a racist chant by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers at the University of Oklahoma, a public university. It has brought widespread condemnation and the fraternity’s suspension. Two fraternity students have been expelled. The University of…
  • Assisted Suicide

    Laurence M. Vance
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A good friend who is a pastor asks a sincere question about libertarianism and assisted suicide. The fact that he even asked shows that he is a thinking man who is not quick to accept the traditions and talking points that pass for sound doctrine in too many conservative churches today. Before continuing, since some conservatives—and especially conservative Christians—are already stammering, stuttering, and spluttering because of what they think I might say, I should say that I don’t want anyone to commit suicide, I don’t think anyone should commit suicide, I don’t think doctors…
  • Noo Yawk, Noo Yawk

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    New York  – “Gimme a BLT on rye and hold da mayo” is a great Noo Yawk sound. So is boid for bird, and toerty toird for 33rd street. True working class accents no longer exist in the Bagel, and one is far more likely to hear “Deme un BLT y guarde la mayonesa,” by our Dominican or Puerto Rican cousins. The fire escape is also going fast, and as some wit pointed out, the next time Tony woos Maria in West Side Story he’ll have to text. The outdoor fire escape is a classic piece of Noo Yawk architecture, especially in the tenements of old on the Lower East Side, now the…
  • Abolish Cash!

    Gary North
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The world’s central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy. In a new piece, Citi’s Willem Buiter looks at this problem, which is known as the effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal interest rates. Fundamentally, the ELB problem…
 
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  • More Pensions Plan to Use ETF’s in 2015/16 : Survey

    Ted Ballantine
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    A significant chunk of institutional investors plan on increasing their use of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded notes (ETNs), according to a survey released today by Pensions & Investments. The results, from P&I: Some 34% of officials at defined benefit plans, foundations and endowments say they use ETFs or ETNs, and of those, one-quarter plan to increase their usage, a new Pensions & Investments survey shows. Among non-users, about 14% of those surveyed say it’s “somewhat likely” they would begin to invest via exchange-traded funds and notes within the…
  • Top NY Pension Official Urges SEC to Enforce Climate Change Reporting Rule

    Ted Ballantine
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer have both sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, urging the agency to enforce a rule that forces fossil fuel companies to disclose potential financial risks stemming from climate change and related regulation. DiNapoli serves as sole trustee of the state’s $176.8 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. Stringer serves as an investment advisor to the boards of the city’s five pension funds. More from the Times Union: In a letter Friday to the Securities and Exchange Commission, both state…
  • Canada’s Caisse Invests $200 Million In Mexican Toll Roads

    Ted Ballantine
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    The Quebec pension Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing nearly $200 million in a handful of Mexican tollroads, according to Investments & Pensions Europe. From IP Real Estate: The North American institutional investor said it is taking a 49% stake in a joint venture with local firm Empresas. CDPQ said it will pay MXN3.013bn (€185m) for the interest. The platform will invest in dedicated transportation projects in Mexico. Four projects – the Acapulco Tunnel, the Mayab Tollroad, the Río Verde to Ciudad Valles Highway and the La Piedad Bypass – have been identified…
  • Norway Pension Invests $6 Billion in U.S. Industrial Properties

    Ted Ballantine
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global has acquired a $6 billion portfolio of industrial properties and land in the United States, according to Investments & Pensions Europe. From IP Real Estate: Prologis and Norway’s sovereign wealth fund have bought a massive industrial real estate portfolio by acquiring KTR Capital Partners for $5.9bn (€5.49bn). The deal is part of an existing joint venture between Prologis and Norges Bank Investment Management, manager of the NOK6.94trn (€824bn) Government Pension Fund Global, to invest in US logistics property. Prologis US Logistics Venture,…
  • Pension Pulse: Diving Into CAAT’s 2014 Returns

    Leo Kolivakis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Pension Plan announced an 11.5% net return  for the year ended December 31, 2014, which increased the Plan’s net assets to $8 billion from $7.1 billion in the previous year with a going-concern funding reserve of $773 million: The CAAT Pension Plan today announced a 11.5% rate of return net of investment management fees of 77 basis points for the year ended December 31, 2014.The Plan’s net…
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    Message President

  • Asking for help.

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Your Excellency,Prayut. Sir,My name is Daniel sailo.My country is India.I am from the north- east part Mizoram state.I belonged to the Mizo chief's council here in my local state. Sir, I need to asked you your goverment help for being I was detained unconstitutionally and wrongfully by the Indian goverment.Sir I need to get free from this in-human condition,DETAINING. Sir,If your goverment are willing to help me I can make an arrangement to assure a huge diplomatic ties in economic and Political regards. The local state goverment has also failed completely in moral regards.On this ground me…
  • زيارتكم القادمة لألمانيا ا

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم فخامة السيدالرئيس / عبد الفتاح السيسي رئيس جمهورية مصر العربية تحية من عند الله مباركة طيبة .............. وبعد يتشرف بتقديم هذه المذكرة لسياديكم : لواء مهندس (بالمعاش) : علي أحمد سيد علي ، الدفعة 20 مهندسين (43 أ حربية) أتشرف بعرض الآتي : التأهيل المدني : بكالوريوس كلية الهندسة جامعة القاهرة 1965 بتقدير جيد ، المشروع…
  • save your people

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Mr President, im a constant viewer of t atrocities of iraq n syria wawar.the whole world r grieved by t atrocities n gruesome killings especially of t beautiful children. Their patetic cries n pains in losing their whole family, hhomes, without food n water.Ru protecting your people? No! Youas the leader of your country r also the father of your nation.its uour responsibility yo see not only the safety if your family but your nation comes first.That is Gods rule.Everyone is fighting in t name of God but is anyone ruling according his teaching.You repeatedly say you love your peoppeople.how…
  • Hillary 2016

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Hey President Clinton, Excited to see Hillary run in 2016. Good luck to her and your family. Thanks, Kevin
  • Your message for April 24th

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The Honorable Barack H. Obama April 17, 2015 President United States of America Dear Mr. President: The people of Turkey, as well as the Turkish Americans in the United States, will be closely following the statement you will be making on April 24th this year, pertaining to the tragic losses of Ottoman Armenian civilians during World War I. We hope and expect that your statement would show equal sensitivity, recognizing also the tragic losses of Turkish and other Muslim subjects of the Empire during the war, and promoting the cause of reconciliation. Recognising the sufferings of a particular…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Dear Future Generations: Sorry (Prince Ea)

    Ben Maloney
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This new video by Internet poet Prince Ea is extremely poignant. It speaks to every fiber of my feeling as a human being that we must do better to leave this planet livable for those after us.  It reminds me that my job as a member of the human race is not to live just for my own enjoyment—I have a bigger mission at hand. For those of you who are younger, I am on your side. No, we didn’t get left the easiest start. We have a planet that’s falling apart seemingly beyond repair. Though I think it’s time for fewer excuses. Yes, these are the cards we were dealt.
  • A Bizarre Incident

    Monica Song
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Mainland official media reported that an armored truck suddenly burst into flames on April 16 about 1 mile from Guangxi Liuqin Jiulong toll station. Escorts said they tried to use the fire extinguisher, but it had expired. The fire was so strong that it ignited the slopes on either side of the road. The armored car burned down to the frame, and 11 boxes of cash were incinerated. Qinzhou Public Security has started a criminal investigation. People from the mainland have questioned why official media under-reported the news. One blogger said: “Only an idiot will believe this. It is so…
  • Beijing’s Large-Scale Land Reclamation in South China Sea Continues at Rapid Pace

    James Burke
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    China’s reclamation work in the contested waters of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea is one of those thorny issues that isn’t going to go away anytime soon, no matter how some would hope it to. Recent satellite images show Chinese reclamation work west of the Spratly Islands region continues at breakneck speed, and on Fiery Cross Reef they’ve built a 3 km. runaway suitable for military use. You can see details in the above video about China’s continuing work turning reefs into islands. In late 2014, satellite images showed that work on Fiery Cross Reef was well…
  • Respected Chinese Journalist Gets Seven Years Jail

    James Burke
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Gao Yu is a rare type of journalist in China. She braved working outside of what’s considered mainstream media in China (that being state-controlled), and suffered for her work on more than one occasion. Along with other prominent intellectuals, Gao spent 15 months in jail following the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. She spent a further five-and-a-half years in jail during in the 1990s for sending party documents, including a speech by then-Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin, to a Hong Kong newspaper, reports the BBC. On Friday, the highly respected 71-year-old was given a 7-year…
  • Would You Defy the U.S. Government to Run a Race in North Korea?

    Ben Maloney
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    About 100 U.S. citizens defied a travel warning issued by the State Department and visited North Korea earlier this month to run a marathon celebrating the birthday of the regime’s founder Kim Il-sung. The Americans who went to Pyongyang were thankful for their experience to engage with North Koreans who have lived under a totalitarian system for over 70 years. The U.S. citizens who participated in the half marathon live in Beijing and around Asia. Nicholas Bonner is co-founder of the Beijing-based company Koryo Tours, which brought in 300 foreign runners to the event. This is only the…
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    The National Memo

  • 7 U.N. Workers Dead As Bomb Blast Rocks Somalia’s Puntland

    Mohamed Odowa and Kristin Palitza
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By Mohamed Odowa and Kristin Palitza, dpa (TNS) MOGADISHU — Seven U.N. workers were killed when Islamist militants planted a bomb in a U.N. Children’s Fund bus in Somalia’s Puntland state, local police said by phone on Monday. Somali authorities suspected the attack was caused by a suicide bomber traveling inside the bus in Garowe, the capital of Puntland, a semi-autonomous region of Somalia with a government that works largely independently of the central administration. Initially, authorities had reported 10 deaths but later corrected the number to seven. “It took us…
  • Cartoon: The Trans Pacific Partnership

    Jeff Danziger
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The post Cartoon: The Trans Pacific Partnership appeared first on The National Memo.
  • Endorse This: The Sacred Jedi Vows

    Eric Kleefeld
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The new Star Wars trailer has everybody buzzing. But one young boy in California was worried to find out something about the mythos: Jedi don’t get married — which was especially alarming, seeing as he wants to be one. Click above to see how this young fan got an answer — and from a very authoritative source. Then share this video! Video via KCRA Get More to Endorse Delivered to Your Inbox Close Thank you for subscribing! Email Zip Code Submit The post Endorse This: The Sacred Jedi Vows appeared first on The National Memo.
  • CNN Poll: Hillary Clinton Way Ahead Of GOP Field

    Eric Kleefeld
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Hillary Clinton is starting off her presidential campaign with huge leads over all her potential Republican opponents, according to a new CNN poll. Of the eight Republicans tested, Florida senator Marco Rubio currently comes in closest against Clinton — but even he is trailing by a 14-point margin. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson both perform the worst, each trailing the Democrat by a whopping 24 points. The trial heats are: Clinton 56 percent, Jeb Bush 39 percent. Clinton 58 percent, Chris Christie 39 percent. Clinton 55 percent, Marco Rubio 41 percent. Clinton 58 percent, Mike Huckabee 37…
  • Murdoch Empire Colludes With ‘Liberal Media’ To Promote ‘Clinton Cash’

    Joe Conason
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Today’s New York Times reports that the paper of record — along with the Washington Post and Fox News — will follow “story lines” from a forthcoming book to be published by Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins imprint titled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. Strange bedfellows, those two “liberal media” outlets and the Murdoch empire — except for the smoldering grudge that both newspapers have nurtured against the Clintons ever since their “Whitewater is Watergate” obsession…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Room for Regret

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Plastic flowers on a mantelpiece with ivory elephants where a clock chimed each quarter hour of a best forgotten time where ageing memories of children playing are revived in fading pictures on an angry wall boxed in by banalities and routine activities distracted by voices that echo inside the mausoleum of the mind while yesterday […]
  • Silhouettes of Severed Heads

    Ken W. Simpson
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
    There were few jobs after I graduated but after applying I was accepted as a temporary art teacher and sent by train to a technical school in the countryside. It was bureaucratic brick with a bitumen yard flanked by classrooms and a staffroom occupied by strangers including me a misfit sipping a cup of tea. […]
  • Programmed

    Ken W. Simpson
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    The mind aged around twenty-three is purportedly free and qualified to choose a fulfilling career by successfully applying for a job as a wage earner to commute and predictably marry arrange a loan for a home routinely raise a family responsibly, respectably patriotically every dogmatic, manipulated day.Filed under: Articles
  • The Morning Sting

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:24 pm
    One dull summer Sunday morning I went swimming in the bay on my back out to sea gazing at shredded clouds like cotton wool broken by jagged rents peeping through of white, brilliant sunlight. I passed a yellow buoy bumped into something lumpy just beneath the surface changed course and began swimming back to shore […]
  • Contented Breezes

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    A glorious summer dawning over the awakening bay serene blue wavelets rolling, foaming a canoe slides by speeding launches head out to sea the sky peers down through wispy clouds wafted by a caressing breeze a tanned lady strides resolutely by her long dark hair flying behind a determined face preceded by a Labrador regally […]
 
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    Political Wire

  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    “We have a woman running who got fired from a company; now she’s running for president. She got fired from a company in a vicious manner. They eventually walked her out. And she also lost an election, not by a little bit, by a landslide. I won’t use names. Now I turn on the television, and she’s running for president. I don’t know.” — Donald Trump, quoted by the Washington Post, talking about Carly Florina.
  • Top Christie Adviser Defects to Bush Camp

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Joseph Kyrillos, who chaired Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign and ushered his agenda through a Democratic-controlled legislature, is backing Jeb Bush in the GOP presidential race with a $10,000 donation, according to the Washington Post. “The defection of Kyrillos to Bush’s camp is a blow to Christie, who places a premium on loyalty and had hoped to keep his network of allies in New Jersey with him, should he decide to seek the Republican nomination.”
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    “I think it’s worth noting that Republicans seem to be talking only about me. I don’t know what they’d talk about if I weren’t in the race.” — Hillary Clinton, quoted by Politico.
  • Koch Brothers Signal Support for Scott Walker

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Charles and David Koch, “the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin,” the New York Times reports. David Koch “told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House.” “The remark — made before dozens of top New York donors who had gathered to hear Mr. Walker speak at the Union League Club — could…
  • Clinton’s Low Key Campaign Continues

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    “Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is about to get really boring—at least, if everything goes according to plan,” Bloomberg reports. “For anyone who paid attention to her trip to Iowa last week, the former secretary of state’s agenda for Monday and Tuesday in New Hampshire looks strikingly similar: two small roundtable conversations open to the press but not to a larger audience of voters, a few carefully-staged photo ops at coffee shops and restaurants, plus private meetings with party activists and elected officials.” “The biggest differences…
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    OpedSpace

  • OpedSpace Needs YOU!

    OpedSpace
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    “10 Ways The Media Is Letting You Down… Number 7 Will Blow Your Mind!” Don’t you hate yourself when you click on those headlines? Soundbites and listicles are taking over media, dumbing down complex issues like inequality, foreign policy, climate change and immigration. We can’t afford to be wrong on these issues and we need your help to change that by contributing to our Indiegogo Campaign.  CONTRIBUTE NOW We want to build the premier media company for our generation. We have spent the last few months building an incredible community of the most talented young…
  • What are you “Committing to Start” After Graduation?

    Wyatt Smith, US
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    As the spring semester nears a close, many of us approaching graduation are thinking about how our time at school will impact our lives moving forward. As an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, my classmates and I aspire to our institution’s challenge to be “leaders who make a difference in the world,” a goal easily lost in the tumult of post-graduation life, especially as we experience new careers, unfamiliar cities, and the busyness accompanying reentry into professional life. With this in mind, a group of classmates and I have spent the last several weeks working to launch…
  • How a Scandal in Petrobras Threatens to Bring Down Brazil’s President

    Igor Medina de Souza, Brazil
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Last month’s protests in the main cities of Brazil brought 2 million opponents of Dilma Rousseff’s administration to the streets. The profile of the demonstrators ranged from former constituencies of the ruling party, proponents of President Rousseff’s impeachment and even a few radicals that demanded military intervention. They combined an anti-corruption mood with broader discontent over the deterioration of the political situation and economy of the country. Mrs. Rousseff (Worker’s Party) was reelected last year with 51.6% of the votes in the second round against Aécio Neves…
  • Is Egypt the One Bright Spot in the Middle East?

    Patrick Elyas, Egypt
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Last month, the long-anticipated Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) wrapped up in the resort city of Sharm el Sheikh with announcements of $38.2 billion in committed investments, part of a total of $92 billion in signed agreements and MoUs. The most ambitious new project announced at the conference, which is intended to become an annual event, was the creation of an entirely new capital city in Egypt to be located between Cairo and the Suez Canal. The Capital City Project is a $45-billion, 7-year effort to create a city for 5 million people east of Cairo. While the project has its…
  • Greece: Syriza is Playing With Political Fire

    Agamemnon Koutsogiorgas, Greece
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    With Greece expected to run out of funds by April 9th, the clock is ticking for a new financing agreement that will prevent a default and a potential “Grexit.” The negotiations this far have demonstrated the unwillingness of Germany and the rest of Greece’s creditors to provide liquidity without a strong commitment by the Greek government to continue economic reforms and servicing its debt obligations. Despite an agreement to rename the “Troika” the ”Brussels Group,” the distance between the two sides remains significant. Expenditure cuts in wages and pensions and a continuation…
 
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    Raajneeti.guru

  • Rampur : Valmiki Conversion Drama to Save Houses

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    RAMPUR: More than 800 Valmikis Pretend “Converting to Islam” to save their illegal houses from demolition thinking government will spare them if they belong to minority.They said they have no option but to change their faith, they choose Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary to embrace Islam. Panic had gripped the Valmiki families here after civic authorities allegedly painted red marks on their houses a few days ago. According to them, demolition of their houses would pave the way for building a shopping mall which is said to have the backing of UP minister and Rampur…
  • Amit Shah : 0+0=0 On Lalu And Nitish Allaince

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Patna: BJP will form the next government in Bihar, said party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday while launching his party’s campaign for the assembly polls scheduled for later this year.”BJP is going to form the next government in Bihar. It is clear from the upbeat large gatherings of party booth level workers here,” Shah said in his short speech in Hindi after formally sounding the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll bugle in the state. “Zero plus zero is nothing. Nitish and Lalu by joining hands would have no impact on BJP’s goal to form the next government in…
  • Save the Internet

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The internet’s success in fostering innovation, access to knowledge and freedom of speech is in large part due to the principle of net neutrality — the idea that internet service providers give their customers equal access to all lawful websites and services on the internet, without giving priority to any website over another. Due to intense lobbying by telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to allow them to block apps and websites to extort more money from consumers and businesses — an extreme violation of net…
  • GHMC Elections

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad high court on Monday gave a week’s time to the state government to come out with a revised schedule.Refusing to give time till December, 2015, as sought by Telangana authorities for conducting the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, The bench, comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Sanjay Kumar, issued the order while hearing a plea by M Padmanabha Reddy of the Forum for Good Governance who challenged the state’s decision to postpone the elections even though the Constitution allows for no such provision. The…
  • Greenpeace Foreign Funds to India Blocked

    admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
    NEW DELHI: Greenpeace’s registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act or FCRA has been suspended. Sources said it has been asked to explain why that penalty should not be made permanent. Seven of its bank accounts have been frozen with the government alleging that the organization deliberately under-reported foreign contributions and used them in part to fund legal cases. The government has barred Greenpeace India from receiving foreign funds, alleging that it has “prejudicially affected the economic interest of the state”. An internal report of the Home…
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    Time To Change

  • Perihal Masyarakat Yang Gemarkan Hal Bersifat Runcitan

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Dalam buku “Islam dalam Sejarah dan Kebudayaan Melayu”, Al-Attas ada menyebut tentang perkara ini. Tetapi, beliau mengarahkan maksudnya pada bagaimana kita melihat sejarah dan keperluan untuk kita tidak menyamakan hal-hal runcitan sebagai catatan sejarah. Runcitan yang dimaksudkan, adalah perkara yang remeh-temeh, tetek banget, kontang makna dan hakikat.Tidak dinafikan, perkara ini telah lama menjadi tumpuan dalam pemerhatian saya terhadap gelagat masyarakat di negara ini, tentang bagaimana mereka menanggapi isu, bersikap dalam hal kritikal dan keutamaan dalam perkara yang “really…
  • Masalah Sebenar Negara Malaysia

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Kita bukanlah bermasalah sangat dengan politik yang membodohkan. Kita juga tidaklah bermasalah sangat dengan Ahmad Maslan. Atau, bermasalah dengan baju Melayu hipster. Juga, kita sebenarnya tidaklah bermasalah soal sistem pengangkutan awam. Atau, masalah media kita seumpama monyet. Semua ini, bukan akar masalah yang sebenar.Masalah yang sebenar, yang dihidapi oleh kita adalah, masalah penyakit merosakkan sistem pendidikan negara termasuklah penyelidikan universiti, pembangunan sekolah rendah dan menengah, silibus pengajaran dan pembelajaran, juga termasuk pembangunan masyarakat melalui…
  • Perihal Manusia Mahu Menjadi Tuhan

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Isnin lepas, giliran saya menjadi pembentang untuk aktiviti perkumpulan kami di UKM. Ya, saban minggu kami bertemu dan berdiskusi tentang buku. Kami bergerak secara tertutup, cuma sesekali menjemput pembentang luar. Jika pernah terserempak dengan status Facebook dari akaun yang bernama +‘Tidak Selain Buku’ Book Café, itulah kami.Dijadikan cerita, kami memilih untuk lari sebentar dari buku. Kami memilih untuk membentangkan dan membahaskan sebuah video pendek, syarahan tentang konsep manusia sekarang sudah pun bertukar menjadi Tuhan. Saya si tukang bentangnya. Tajuk video itu, We Are The…
  • Perihal Seni dan Sejarah

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Sepagi ini, saya berborak dengan seorang pelukis sepenuh masa. Kami berborak tentang seni dan buku. Nampaknya, benarlah kata Noam Chomsky bahawa pascamodenisme ini banyak meruntuhkan, berbanding membina. Dalam seni itu sendiri, buta pada sejarah menyebabkan penggiat seni zaman pasca-moden mengambil aliran seni abstrak secara membabi buta, buta sejarah dan buta seni.Jadinya, seni menjadi seolah-olah perbincangan eksklusif orang-orang seni, bahawa seni hanya orang seni yang faham. Tiada lagi sorotan realiti, renungan-renungan sosial masyarakat. Bahan seni menjadi kayu ukur kekayaan borjuis dan…
  • Si Anak Yatim

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Bahawa engkau bertuah, wahai adik. Engkau diuji sebegitu, engkau tahu dan kenal erti bersyukur. Sedang aku yang tidak begitu, aku jahil erti syukur. Aku seronok dalam nikmat begini. Maka engkau beruntung wahai adik. Engkau beruntung sekali.Hidup ini palsu. Tiada apa yang boleh dibanggakan pada kehidupan yang serba palsu begini. Mengapa aku kata ianya palsu, wahai adikku? Kerna, segala kerja buat di sini, segala harta yang melimpah ruah, segala wang yang bertaburan memenuhi poket, segala rasa bangga dan pujian ramai – langsung tiada nilai selepas nyawa berpisah dari badan.Wahai adik, engkau…
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    The Political Insider

  • Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Is Calling on All Americans to DO THIS to Stop Obama (WHOA!)

    TPIWriter
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is a patriot and proud American who always stands up for our military. From sounding the alarms on Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s wrongful imprisonment in Mexico to focusing a spotlight on Americans’ being held captive in Iran, Van Susteren has always been the Obama Administration’s worst nightmare. Now, with an epic Facebook post, Greta is not holding back! She is tired of the lawless Obama administration and is calling people in all 50 states to start a massive rally against Obama’s tyrant actions. America’s foreign policy…
  • VIDEO: These Dogs Are Sent To Prison; What Happens Next May Surprise You

    Rachel Mullen
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Rescue dogs throughout the county are finding a new leash on life in an unusual place – behind bars. Prisons are opening up their doors to dogs. Many of these dogs are from shelters, discarded by their owners, or rescued from puppy mills or abusive situations. Described by many as a win/win situation, the dogs and inmates all benefit from the program. The inmates learn unconditional love from the dogs and must follow the rules in order to be accepted and continue in the program. The dogs get one-on-one attention and training in an environment that will prepare them for their new lives.
  • Student Contradicts School’s Info on a Drug… Guess What Happens Next?

    Wayne Dupree
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    By now we’re sure you’ve heard of the ‘free-range’ parents in Maryland who are being targeted by the state for their parenting choices. Now a Kansas boy has been taken into custody and his home raided after expressing his views in school on the medical use of marijuana. The story starts when the11-year-old student seemed a little too well-informed on the benefits of marijuana during a drug education class held at his school. School officials became suspicious and contacted the authorities, who then took the boy into custody and raided his home. The student disagreed with the…
  • BREAKING: Christian QB Tim Tebow Signed by THIS NFL Team

    TPIWriter
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Quarterback Tim Tebow is a class act who always stands up for Christianity in the public square and improves peoples lives through tireless charity work. Now sources have confirmed that the rumors are true, and Tim Tebow will leave the commentary desk and start playing as a quarterback again. This time, with the Philadelphia Eagles! After being selected 25th overall in the 2010 draft, Tebow quickly became the Denver Broncos, and won the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Subsequently, he was traded to the New York Jets to work on special teams, and but that wasn’t a good fit…
  • Cruz Mocks Obama: If Only Terrorists Had Attacked a Golf Course

    Rusty Weiss
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    “You can not defeat radical Islamic terrorism with a President and an administration unwilling to utter the words – Radical. Islamic. Terrorism.” Such was the claim of Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz. In a speech in New Hampshire recently, Cruz blasted the Obama administration’s foreign policy to combat terrorism and the threat that ISIS poses in the Middle East. Cruz explained that the country needs a President not simply willing to ‘degrade’ ISIS but rather, completely and utterly ‘destroy’ them. What would it take to get…
 
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    The Outraged American

  • 'Shameless': Indiana Gov. Defends Controversial Religious Freedom Law

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continued Sunday to try to counteract the deluge of criticism against a controversial law aimed at protecting people's religious freedoms, saying it wasn't intended to make it easier for them to discriminate against same-sex couples. Pence said the backlash was fed by "shameless rhetoric" and "a tremendous amount of misinformation and... 'Shameless': Indiana Gov. Defends Controversial Religious Freedom Law
  • Hundreds Rally Against Indiana Law, Say It's Discriminatory

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading "no hate in our state," gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against a new state law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation, as... Hundreds Rally Against Indiana Law, Say It's Discriminatory
  • Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, to retire

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he won't seek reelection in 2016, a surprise move that's certain to open a fierce battle for his seat as well as a fight to lead the Democratic party in the chamber. The fifth-term Nevada Democrat had denied retirement rumors for months, which grew louder after he suffered serious injuries in an exercising accident on New Year's Day. He said in a... Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, to retire
  • Bergdahl charged with desertion, faces Article 32

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, officials announced Wednesday. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a captive under the Taliban before he was freed in a May 31 prisoner swap, will face an Article 32 preliminary hearing, said Col. Daniel... Bergdahl charged with desertion, faces Article 32
  • Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it is recalling 212,911 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 because a spring that controls the interior door handle may... Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues
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    The Grapevine

  • What the SNP could do for an incoming Labour government

    Scott Hutchings
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Scott Hutchings argues that the SNP should be welcomed, not feared, for their possibility in helping Labour produce a new line of progressive politics. In recent weeks we’ve heard a lot of the brimstone and fire about the threat that the SNP pose to the future of the UK, but what would actually be the impact of the SNP supporting and influencing a minority Labour government? Would it really be so bad, as bad as the doom mongers maintain? I’m going to put myself out on a limb here and argue that actually we have nothing to fear from the SNP. On the contrary the SNP could prove itself…
  • Insurgency in Southern Thailand

    Nick Flintoff
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Nick Flintoff details the cultural and religious conflicts afflicting the Thai government and people. Shortly after returning itself to power via a coup last year, Thailand’s military government vowed to bring peace to the country’s restive southern region within twelve months.  Today the prospect of peace seems further away than ever, with regular reports of attacks against the security forces and civilians followed by retaliation from the authorities.  It is a conflict which has claimed the lives of more than 5000 people to date, with a death toll that is rising by the week. …
  • Voter Uninterest and the Close of Parliament

    Finian O Mahony
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    Finian O’ Mahony argues there is a close link between our falling interest in politics and the growing digitalisation of our lives. Parliament ends and election season begins. At the closing of parliament one can hear the collective groan of a disinterested nation casting a shadow over the clowns of the closed circus. This week a Poll by Yougov shows that only 48% of the electorate have committed themselves to voting in this election.  Such low figures do not surprise: the nation is barely interested in the work of our rulers and legislators. Compare the post war elections of 1983 when…
  • The poor direction of Conservative strategy

    Will Fremont-Barnes
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    Will Fremont-Barnes argues that, in order to succeed, the Conservative Party must do more than smearing their opponents and focusing on the contentious issue of economics In his book ‘In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government’, Matthew D’Ancona tells the story of a seething Boris Johnson during the 2010 general election campaign, exclaiming to anyone willing to listen that “they’re not giving people a reason to vote Tory”. The Mayor of London was right. Presented with the electoral equivalent of an open goal, David Cameron spooned the ball high over the bar,…
  • A Coalition of Convenience – Why Anti-Tory Sentiment Will Dominate the Forming of the Next Government

    Adam Fletcher
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Adam Fletcher mulls over the  outcome of the election and any possible coalition. History is littered with unlikely partnerships. Whether it be the Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939 that brought together the extreme right and the far left; or the unlikely coalition of partners that now tackle ISIS in the Middle East; or even a Tory-Lib Dem coalition that has endured for five years, political circumstances have often thrown together unusual marriages of convenience. The 2015 British General Election will undoubtedly witness such a coalition of interests emerge once again. Due to the unpredictability…
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Donald Trump Slams Carly Fiorina Fired from Hewlett Packard in “Vicious Manner”

    Mira Hutchinson
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Donald Trump Slams Carly Fiorina Fired from Hewlett Packard in “Vicious Manner” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia) Donald Trump slammed Carly Fiorina in an epic takedown of her presidential aspirations as being “fired from a company in a vicious manner.” He was referring to Fiorina being forced out as CEO of Hewlett Packard. Trump told the Washington Post:  “We have a woman running who got fired from a company; now she’s running for president. She got fired from a company in a vicious manner. They eventually walked her out. And she also lost an election, not by a little…
  • Week 6: Patti LaBelle Voted Off “Dancing With the Stars”

    Joy Blake
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Patti LaBelle Voted Off “Dancing With the Stars” Patti LaBelle voted off “Dancing with the Stars” Patti LaBelle was voted off “Dancing With the Stars” in Week 6. She had a good run and brought a lot of entertainment week after week. It’s sad to see Patti LaBelle leave, but she did her thing…one shoe and all doing the quick step to Martha and the Vandellas “Heatwave.” Patti LaBelle’s tweet: #DWTS has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life! Artem & I thank you for all of your love & support!
  • Cissy Houston: Bobbi Kristina Brown Has “Irreversible Global Brain Damage”

    Joy Blake
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Cissy Houston: Bobbi Kristina Brown Has “Irreversible Global Brain Damage” (Photo Credit: Instagram) Bobbi Kristina Brown suffered “irreversible global brain damage” Cissy Houston disputes Bobby Brown’s claims that Bobbi Kristina Brown is awake. She told TMZ that her granddaughter has “irreversible global brain damage and is completely unresponsive.” I didn’t jump on the bandwagon after Bobby Brown made the revelation during a performance last weekend. It is virtually impossible to recover from such an injury. It’s irreversible.
  • Patti LaBelle Rocks “DWTS” to “Heatwave,” One Shoe and All

    Joy Blake
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Patti LaBelle Rocks “DWTS” Again, One Shoe and All Patti LaBelle voted off Dancing with the Stars Patti LaBelle is a true entertainer and she knows how to work a crowd. She rocked “Dancing With the Stars” to Martha and the Vandellas “Heatwave.” LaBelle lost one of her shoes and didn’t skip a beat. In fact, she has been known to kick off her shoes during concerts, so I am not sure if that was accident or deliberate. But it worked. She did the quick step in one shoe! You go Patti! She got 29 out of 40 from the judges, who were pleased with her…
  • Police Report: Freddie Gray Arrested for Having a Switchblade Knife

    Janet Shan
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Police Report: Freddie Gray Arrested for Having a Switchblade Knife Freddie Gray, whose spine was reportedly 80 percent severed at the neck, was arrested for having a switchblade knife. Six officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. Gray died on Sunday after falling into a coma following his arrest. The account is provided in charging documents filed in District Court, where officer Garrett Miller wrote that Gray was stopped because he “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.” When Gray, 25, was stopped, they found a knife clipped to the inside of his front…
 
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    The Mandarin

  • Protected: Government not ready to respond to digital says Deloitte study

    Tom Burton
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: Government not ready to respond to digital says Deloitte study appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Merit-based selection preferable to current superannuation safety net

    David Donaldson
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    The government should set up a merit-based tendering process for default superannuation accounts to save customers billions, says a report from the Grattan Institute. The findings reinforce conclusions from the Cooper Review, Productivity Commission and the Financial System Inquiry. The post Merit-based selection preferable to current superannuation safety net appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Gary Sturgess: contestability with uninterrupted service

    Gary Sturgess
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Contestability in the public sector requires there be viable alternatives for genuine competition. That means encouraging alternate providers, or having an alternate management team. ANZSOG’s Professor Gary Sturgess explains the options. The post Gary Sturgess: contestability with uninterrupted service appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Former British radio spy joins cyber security review

    The Mandarin
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    The former chief of Britain's GCHQ, Sir Iain Lobban, will help shape Australia's response to cyber security threats. He joins BCA head Jennifer Westacott and others in providing advice to the government's Cyber Security Review. The post Former British radio spy joins cyber security review appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Course correction for air safety co-operation

    Stephen Easton
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    CASA and the ATSB -- both regulators who pick up the pieces after air crashes -- were in a dogfight ten years ago. The new director of aviation safety says there is no reason for antagonism between their complementary roles. The post Course correction for air safety co-operation appeared first on The Mandarin.
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door

    Jim Sharpe
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    The post Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. Hillary Clinton is trying to make everyone believe she is the average Joe, errr Jane. Let’s be honest: if you are running for President, you are