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    Zennie62.com
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable - YouTube Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable I am still in disbelief that Andreas Lubitz the Germanwings pilot committed suicide and homicide by crashing the 149-passenger Airbus A320. But he did. How can be avoided is the application of some kind of artificial intelligence to take back contr Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable - Video Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable I am still in disbelief that Andreas Lubitz the Germanwings pilot…
  • The Obama Eligibility Question Revisited Again

    Bob McCarty
    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Originally published May 5, 2010, it comes several months after another piece raised hackles among conservatives, in part, because of it’s headline, Ted, Bobby, Marco and Rick Share Something in Common. Even if you disagree with Paul, this piece will make you think long and hard. President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in…
  • Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum.

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones
    Patrick Caldwell
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    In the nanoseconds after Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid announced Friday morning that he will give up his leadership post and retire in 2016, liberal groups raced to promote their go-to solution for almost any political problem: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Much like the movement to draft Warren for president, the idea of putting her in charge of the Democratic caucus was more dream than reality. Warren's office has already said she won't run, and as Vox's Dylan Matthews explains, putting Warren in charge of the Democratic caucus would prevent her from holding her colleagues accountable when…
  • Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo

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    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on “global cooling” to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. The Newsweek story, which did warn of a “cooling world,” has been criticized and largely debunked — by its own author. Cruz’s claim that “advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming” ignores the fact that there was no scientific consensus in the 1970s about global cooling. Cruz said that “satellite data demonstrate that there has been no…
  • George Washington, Father of His County?

    WSJ.COM
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Washington counties around the country are competing on the claim that they are first in the nation to be named after the Founding Father.
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    The Atlantic

  • How Sufjan Stevens Subverts the Stigma of Christian Music

    David Roark
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wikimedia In a 2003 episode of South Park, Eric Cartman sets out on a quest to make a platinum record, and decides the easiest route will be to start a Christian band. It’s pretty simple, after all. Just take a bunch of popular songs and copy them, but don’t forget to mention God a few times. Cartman does exactly that: He becomes famous by singing a number of mainstream ballads, inserting “Jesus” in place of “you”—only to discover that with the Christian music industry you can’t actually “go platinum,” you can only “go myrrh.” While clearly an exaggeration, like almost…
  • Are There Limits to Government Speech?

    Garrett Epps
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Beef Checkoff We the people love beef. Don’t believe me? Listen to the late Robert Mitchum, or whiskey-voiced cowboy star Sam Elliott: “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.” Did you see Uncle Sam’s lips moving? The “what’s for dinner” campaign was the creation of an obscure federal panel called the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which uses a $1-per-head tax on beef cattle to encourage Americans to eat lots of cow products. The spirit of the Beef Board hovered over the Supreme Court last week as the justices considered the Texas license-plate case, Walker v.
  • John Burns' Poetic War Zone Correspondence

    Matt Schiavenza
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    John Burns (R) is congratulated after learning that he won the Pulitzer Prize. (Chris Helgren/Reuters) On Thursday, the New York Times covered the burial ceremony of King Richard II, the 15th-century English monarch whose remains were found underneath a parking lot next to Leicester's Anglican cathedral. The article carried the byline of John F. Burns, a longtime Times reporter who, in spite of his British nationality, had spent most of his career elsewhere. As it turned out, it would be Burns' last. Later on Thursday, the Times announced that the 70-year-old Burns would retire after 40 years…
  • Amanda Knox's Ordeal Is Finally Over

    Matt Schiavenza
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Amanda Knox talks to the press outside her mother's home in Seattle, Washington. (Jason Redmond/Reuters) Seven and a half years after her implication in the stabbing death of Meredith Kercher—a 21-year-old Briton studying in Perugia, Italy—turned Amanda Knox into an international media sensation, her long, lurid, public saga is finally over. On Friday, Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation overturned the conviction of Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her then-boyfriend, in a decision that surprised both the prosecution and defense. The verdict concluded a wrenching judicial seesaw for the two…
  • Pilots on the Germanwings Murder/Suicide

    James Fallows
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    A memorial near the site of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps (Eric Gaillard/Reuters) After the Germanwings crash I argued that no single safety device or security protocol could protect the flying public against a pilot determined to do harm. A number of veteran pilots write in to agree, but also to suggest that this episode illustrates some structural problems within the modern cost-cutting air-travel industry. 1) "Low-cost pilots, low-cost lives." Adam Shaw, who has had a varied and interesting career as a writer and flyer and now leads an aerobatics team in Europe, writes as…
 
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    NYT > Politics

  • Indiana May Clarify Religious Objections Law

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Gov. Mike Pence said he would support legislation to “clarify the intent” of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns that it could allow discrimination against gay people.
  • Inside America’s Toughest Federal Prison

    MARK BINELLI
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    For years, conditions inside the United States’ only federal supermax facility were largely a mystery. But a landmark lawsuit is finally revealing the harsh world within.
  • Iran’s Top Negotiator Says Accord Can Be Drafted

    MICHAEL R. GORDON
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said Saturday that he had had productive discussions with his European counterparts about the remaining gaps in a nuclear accord.
  • To Avert Repeat of 2008, Clinton Team Hopes to Keep Bill at His Best

    PATRICK HEALY and AMY CHOZICK
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Bill Clinton wants to play a central role in his wife’s presidential run, though he was often a frustrated and unpredictable presence in 2008, this time, advisers are trying to harness his gifts and rein in his impulses.
  • White House Memo: Wanted at the White House: A Fence That Says Halt! (With Curb Appeal)

    MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The fence surrounding the White House is being temporarily altered, and is also being redesigned, after a number of intruders scaled the barrier and, in one case, made it inside the Executive Mansion.
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    Daily Kos

  • Pence defends Indiana hate law, refuses to say—six times—that law won't allow discrimination

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    "Yes or no, yes or no? That's a tough question ..." In the annals of damage control that did more harm than good, Indiana's Gov. Mike Pence has truly set the new standard. Appearing on today's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to defend and "clarify" Indiana's new right to discriminate law that he eagerly signed last week, Pence—and this is putting it kindly—crashed and burned. Six times Stephanopoulos asked if, under the law, it would be legal to refuse service to gay customers and six times Pence refused to answer. And when asked outright if "you [Pence] think it should be legal in…
  • What presidents can do: the Supreme Court

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    A President Warren or a President Clinton would have power, but not as much as you think. In his piece You Can't Make The Congress Do Anything, which reviewed the book "The Fierce Urgency of Now", Scott Lemieux writes: We don’t have to speculate how effective LBJ’s leadership would be without a rare functioning liberal majority in Congress. After suffering major losses in the 1966 midterms, Johnson’s legendary leadership capabilities were of little value. In his final two years in office, he was forced to accept huge cuts to domestic spending, and could only pass a watered-down version…
  • NRA targets Loretta Lynch

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Right-wing gun lobbies across the nation have made Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch the primary target of their animus. The National Rifle Association (NRA), is busting a cap to stop Loretta Lynch from becoming our next attorney general. Other "gun rights" lobbies like the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), which in the past has outspent the NRA as a lobby, has mounted a fax campaign. There are online anti-Lynch (oh the irony!) petitions galore, and "make phone calls to senators" groups. Senator Rand Paul is milking the #stoplynch twitter campaign for all it's worth, and…
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Totally non-judgmental edition

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Leonard Pitts thinks Starbucks has a Venti heart. Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz? The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jumpstart a national dialogue on race by having baristas write the words “Race Together” on customers’ cups of Cinnamon Dolce Light Frappuccino Grande or Caffe Misto Venti with extra coconut. On Twitter, the campaign was dubbed “patronizing,” “absurd” and “a load of crap.” On The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Rosie Perez said, “I don’t want to be forced to have a…
  • Sunday Talk: The father, the sun, and the holy ****!

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    "9/11 changed everything." Never in Earth's (roughly) 6,000 year history has that statement been more true than with regard to @TedCruz's musical preferences. Prior to that horrific day, like many of his fellow Canadians, Ted considered himself a fan of numerous (American) rock 'n' roll artists. But, after witnessing their response to the tragic events of September 11, he renounced his foreign citizenship (in June 2014), and devoted himself to God (Jesus) and country music. That (ultimately) set him on the path to Liberty University—Go Flames!—where, Monday…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • Meds found in home...

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Meds found in home...(Second column, 4th story, link)Related stories:Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture...'Heinous act that will be remembered forever'...'Everyone will know my name'...LUFTHANSA offers up to 50,000 euros per dead passenger...
  • 'Everyone will know my name'...

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    'Everyone will know my name'...(Second column, 3rd story, link)Related stories:Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture...'Heinous act that will be remembered forever'...Meds found in home...LUFTHANSA offers up to 50,000 euros per dead passenger...
  • US troops drive in eastern Europe to show defense readiness...

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    US troops drive in eastern Europe to show defense readiness...(Third column, 13th story, link)
  • Heartless visitors snap selfies at East Village blast site...

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Heartless visitors snap selfies at East Village blast site...(Third column, 12th story, link)
  • BOND GIANT: EUROZONE CAN'T SURVIVE...

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    BOND GIANT: EUROZONE CAN'T SURVIVE...(Third column, 11th story, link)Related stories:PAPER: Fears of new global crash as debts and dollar's value rise...
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    Drudge Retort

  • Meet Hillary's Wikipedia Page Babysitter

    sitzkrieg
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    In a piece on the wiki pages of Hillary and Obama, New Republic's Eve Fairbanks described [Jonathan] Schilling as "the man who protects Hillary's online self from the public's hatred." His dedication to the unofficial job is stunning: he estimated in 2008 that he spent 15 hours a week editing, with most of that, as Fairbanks says, "standing watch over Hillary's page." ... Leading up to Hillary's failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Schilling's significant role in the shaping of the image of the former first lady was the subject of several interviews and articles,…
  • No, Hands Up Don't Shoot Is Not a 'Lie'

    LarryMohr
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Frank Vyan Walton, Daily Kos: Headed by this article from Jonathan Capehart it is now claimed, without hesitation or pause, that the source for the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" movement was built entirely on a lie. ... The first issue to address is the sweeping scope of Capehart's statement. That essentially all those who claimed that they saw Michael Brown shot at while he was fleeing or while his hands were in the air, or that he ever put his hands in the air, are not simply mistaken or confused but are perpetrating a deliberate lie. ... The accusation that this was all a "lie" indicates that…
  • Arab League Agrees to Joint Military Force

    Doc_Sarvis
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. A 10-nation, Saudi-led coalition is currently carrying out air strikes against rebels in Yemen. The strikes are in support of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who fled after gains by the Shia Houthi rebels. Correspondents have described the conflict as a proxy war between Sunni Arab nations and Shia Iran.
  • George W. Bush Gets Intelligence Award

    reinheitsgebot
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Every winter for the past several years, the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation has held a glittering dinner around Washington attended by hundreds of top intelligence and corporate officials. This year's off-the-record event, officially the Ambassador Richard M. Helms Award Ceremony, honored former President George W. Bush; an odd choice, it would seem, given all the trouble his administration caused the CIA (and NSA) during its eight years in office. Whatever its accomplishments in Afghanistan and Iraq -- or theaters unknown -- the CIA seemed constantly in hot water under the Bush…
  • Biohackers Devise Night Vision Injection into Eye

    zack991
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Science for the Masses, a biohacker group in California, published an open-source research document detailing an experiment to give people night vision through an eyeball injection. The night-vision solution included a substance called Chlorin e6 (Ce6), found in some deep-sea fish, which has light-amplifying properties and has also been used for certain cancer treatments. Researchers used a miniaturized turkey baster to inject the Ce6 into the eyeballs of volunteer test subject Gabriel Licina, a biochemical researcher with the group. Specifically, the substance was dripped into the…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Eric Holder Not Done Yet

    David Kurtz
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Ole Miss student brought up on federal civil rights charges for hanging a noose and the Stars and Bars around the neck of the school's James Meredith statue. Alabama cop fired after body slamming a visiting Indian grandfather is also rung up on federal civil right charges.
  • Hoosier Beat

    David Kurtz
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Apple's Tim Cook laments Indiana's new anti-gay bill and urges Arkansas not to do the same thing. Yelp says it won't expand in states with anti-gay laws. San Francisco mayor bans city-funded travel to Indiana.
  • Be Happy They Are Acting

    Josh Marshall
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Years from now, whoever we decide was right or wrong in the context of US politics and foreign policy, I imagine we will see the current history of the Middle East as a story unfolding from the 9/11 attacks to the US invasion of Iraq to the Arab Spring and then moving on to the current many-headed conflagration in Syria, Iraq, Libya and now Yemen. Of course, history didn't begin in 2001. The 9/11 attacks were umbilically connected to the Gulf War and the Afghan insurgency. And we can go back before that to the creation of the modern Arab state system, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and…
  • Natan Sachs in The Hive

    Josh Marshall
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    We're hosting a Live Chat with Natan Sachs in The Hive (sub req). Sachs is a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Middle East Policy and he'll be discussing the recent Israeli elections, US-Israel relations and future of the two state solution. I'll be there. Get your questions in now.
  • It Took A While

    David Kurtz
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Corporate America slowly waking up to the Indiana anti-gay religious freedom bill that Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed into law today.
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    Political Animal

  • Gov. Pence Feels the Effects of Epistemic Closure

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Back in 2010, Julian Sanchez did us all a favor by defining something he called "epistemic closure." One of the more striking features of the contemporary conservative movement is the extent to which it has been moving toward epistemic closure. Reality is defined by a multimedia array of interconnected and cross promoting conservative blogs, radio programs, magazines, and of course, Fox News. Whatever conflicts with that reality can be dismissed out of hand because it comes from the liberal media, and is therefore ipso facto not to be trusted. (How do you know they’re liberal? Well,…
  • The Lack of Consensus on GOP Foreign Policy

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Over the last few elections, the centerpiece of Republican campaigns has been to blame President Obama and Democrats for the slow economic recovery from the great recession. But now that Americans are finally feeling the benefits of a stronger economy, that is going to be a tough sell. For now, it appears that the big issue Republicans want us to all focus on for 2016 is foreign policy. Step one in that process is to convince us all that the "world is on fire" and we are threatened by "Islamic extremists." Step two is to suggest that this is all President Obama's fault and he is doing nothing…
  • Daylight Video

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    I mentioned yesterday that my focus for these musical selections over the next few months is going to be my favorite feminist songs. So...of course we have to pay homage to the great Aretha.
  • Odds & Ends

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Earlier today I wrote about how the Obama administration has strengthened the Civil Rights Division at DOJ. This week they made some big announcements: *A four-count indictment against Independence, Missouri police officer Timothy Runnels for "violating the constitutional rights of a minor who was in his custody and obstructing the subsequent investigation into the incident." *An indictment against Graeme Phillip Harris on "one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African American students because of their race or color" when he…
  • Free Eric Holder

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    This one's good for a smile. A new fashion trend is sweeping the halls of the Justice Department for spring - “Free Eric Holder’’ wristbands, an inside joke among Attorney General Eric Holder‘s top aides and supporters about the months-long political standoff over his successor. The black rubber bracelets were the idea of Molly Moran, a senior Justice Department official, according to people who have received them. The wristbands, like the kind people wear to support various charities or causes, started appearing on staffers’ wrists a couple weeks ago, when it…
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    TIME

  • Hundreds Rally Against Indiana’s Religious Objections Law

    julieshapiro2015
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    (INDIANAPOLIS)—Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying “no hate in our state” signs, to rally against a new law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law’s supporters, however, contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations…
  • Hillary Clinton Permanently Deleted Her Emails

    julieshapiro2015
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    (WASHINGTON)—Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server “clean,” permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, said Gowdy was looking in the wrong place. In a six-page letter released late Friday, Kendall said…
  • 3 Surprising Facts About Senator Harry Reid

    Alex Rogers
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    When Harry Reid retires in 2017, he will have served as the Senate Democratic leader for 12 years—longer than all but two other senators in the country’s history. But while he’s well-known inside Washington, the Senate Majority Leader is a distant figure to many Americans. His dry speaking style and low-key persona has kept him from becoming a household name, even as he’s led Democrats and at times the Senate itself. But whether you approve of the job he’s done or not, Reid is actually fairly colorful. Here are three things you should know about the man from…
  • How Liberals Hope to Nudge Hillary Clinton to the Left

    haleysweetlandedwards
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Liberals have two recurring nightmares about the 2016 elections. In the first, they wake up on Nov. 9, 2016, to find that Americans have elected a Republican who has spent the past year and a half promising to dismantle Obamacare, undo the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air regulations and cut corporate taxes. In the second, they wake up on Nov. 9, 2016, to find that Americans have elected Hillary Clinton, who has spent the past year and a half promising them absolutely nothing and courting independents and moderates. The second scenario is obviously preferable to most…
  • Harry Reid’s Early Retirement Announcement Shows How Much He Likes to Plan Ahead

    Lily Rothman
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    By announcing early that he will not run for reelection next fall, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has freed up party resources that might have been spent on what would have been a tough race for other elections — a major reason behind his early decision, as he told the New York Times. That kind of planning ahead is not unusual for the minority leader. Reid’s personal background might not peg him as a super planner: as TIME explained in a 2004 profile, he was once an amateur boxer, the son of “a hard-drinking gold miner.” (His mother’s pay came from taking in…
 
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  • O'Malley: Presidency 'not some crown' families should share

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says the country needs new perspectives, and he's criticizing the prospects of another Clinton and Bush seeking the White House again.
  • Indiana governor: New law 'not about discrimination'

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.
  • Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran may accept new constraints on uranium enrichment but is pushing back about the length of limits on technology it could use to make nuclear arms, Western officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.
  • Indiana governor: 'absolutely not' a mistake to sign religious freedom bill

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday said it was "absolutely not" a mistake to sign the state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. "There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet," Pence said, speaking on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. "This isn't about disputes about individuals," he said. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Susan…
  • Former HP CEO Fiorina: chances of presidential bid 'higher than 90 percent'

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina on Sunday said the chances of her running for U.S. presidency were "very high" and she would announce her plans in late April-early May. Fiorina, speaking on Fox News Sunday, put the chances of her running for president in 2016 at 'higher than 90 percent' but said she could not yet announce the bid as she was working to establish her team, get "the right support" and financial resources. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh; editing by Susan Thomas)
 
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “In an interview with Playboy magazine, Dick Cheney criticized President Obama and said he’s quote, ‘the worst president of my lifetime, without question.’ Then Cheney said, ‘But enough talk. When do I take my clothes off?'” – Jimmy Fallon “During an interview with Playboy — that’s right, Playboy — Dick Cheney said President Obama is the worst president in his lifetime. Meanwhile, subscribers to Playboy said Cheney was the worst centerfold in their lifetime.” – Conan O’Brien “Dick Cheney said in a Playboy interview this…
  • Onward Religious Objections

    Iron Knee
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    On Thursday, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law. This bill is also known as the “Religious Objections” act, because it allows business owners to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, as long as they do it because of religious beliefs. The bill was opposed by the (Republican) mayor of Indianapolis, by the chamber of commerce and other business groups, which is ironic, because this law is supposedly protecting the religious freedom of business people. But what is really ironic is that…
  • The Latest News in Climate Denial

    Iron Knee
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    1984 is alive and well in Florida. And California is feeling the heat. Related posts: Climate Change Denial Jon Stewart Changes the Climate around Climate Change Changing the Climate of the Debate about Climate
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “Hillary Clinton was actually inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame yesterday. Hillary said she’s very proud of her Irish heritage, or her Italian heritage, or her Asian heritage. Whatever it takes to seal the deal with you guys. I’ve got to get into that Oval Office.” – Jimmy Fallon “The prime minister of Ireland will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the White House. So finally the Secret Service agents will have a drinking buddy.” – Conan O’Brien “St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth biggest drinking day in America.
  • In Summary

    Iron Knee
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Now that we have our first announced candidate, the presidential race (which somehow seems like it has been already going on for 53,000 years) is officially off and running! No related posts.
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Martin O'Malley: The Presidency 'Is Not Some Crown To Be Passed Between Two Families'

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    WASHINGTON -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) spoke about his potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, seeming to take a shot at the idea of another Clinton in the White House. "Let's be honest here, the presidency is not some crown to be passed between two families. It is an awesome and sacred trust to be earned and exercised on behalf of the American people," O'Malley said in an interview on ABC's "This Week." O'Malley, who was chair of Hillary Clinton's Maryland campaign when she was running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2007, said on…
  • Carly Fiorina Says There's A 'Higher Than 90 Percent' Chance She'll Seek The Presidency

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said on Sunday that she will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. During an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Fiorina said there is a "higher than 90 percent" chance that she will run for president and make an announcement in late April or early May. Fiorina, who has said that President Barack Obama does not deserve credit for boosting the economy, touted her executive experience in the private sector as what will set her apart from the rest of the GOP field. "I have a deep understanding of how the economy works, having started as…
  • Mike Pence Dodges Questions On Anti-Gay Discrimination In Indiana

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) refused to say on Sunday whether it should be illegal under state law to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Pence appeared on ABC's "This Week" to defend his decision to sign a controversial piece of legislation intended to protect religious liberties that critics say will enable discrimination in the state. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow individuals and corporations to cite religious beliefs in private litigation. Pence's decision to sign the bill into law has sparked backlash against the state. In the interview, Pence dodged…
  • Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls. "I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you," she added. "We have so much hope and dreams for you." Obama was not among the honorees at Saturday night's festivities, held at the New Jersey…
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Aden, Tikrit and the Battle for Arabia

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    The cities of Aden and Tikrit are roughly 1,500 miles apart as the crow flies. Between them the two cities frame the Arabian Peninsula. This week both cities were subject to an intense air campaign. The genesis of those two operations, and the consequences that they precipitated, speak volumes of the current realignment that is reshaping the political dynamic of the Middle East. The port city of Aden sits in the southwest corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It lies on the Indian Ocean, just kitty corner from the entrance to the Red Sea. It overlooks one of the busiest shipping lanes in the…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • ABC's Stephanopoulos Grills Gov. Mike Pence On Anti-LGBT Discrimination After Indiana "Religious Freedom" Law Passes

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    From the March 29 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:Previously: Fox News' Dishonest Defense Of Indiana's Anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" Law Alan Colmes Dismantles Fox's Defense Of Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law
  • Noticiero Univision Provee Necesaria Visibilidad A Organización Que Beneficia A Jóvenes Inmigrantes LGBT

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    De la edición del 26 de marzo del programa de Univision Noticiero Univision:Previamente: Medios En Español En La Florida Rompen Con Los Estándares Éticos De Periodismo En Reportaje De Homicidios De Mujeres Transgénero Fox News' Dishonest Defense Of Indiana's Anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" Law CBS Shows How Easy It Is To Properly Cover A Transgender News Story
  • WSJ Ed Board Should Read Journal 's Own Reporting On EPA Mercury Rule

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    A Wall Street Journal editorial contradicted the Journal's own news reporting by falsely claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) never considered costs when setting regulations on mercury and other toxic air pollution.  The Journal editorial also deceptively downplayed the public health benefits of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, and baselessly dismissed the dangers of mercury pollution.WSJ Editorial Contradicted Own Paper's Reporting By Claiming EPA Never Considered Costs Supreme Court Heard Oral Arguments In Case Challenging EPA's Decision Not To Consider Costs…
  • Hispanic News Media Blast Ted Cruz's Policy Positions

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Republican presidential-hopeful Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has faced criticism from Hispanic news media for his extreme conservative policy positions on health care and immigration, which are out of line with the majority of Latino voters.Ted Cruz Announces His Candidacy For President, Bringing Media Attention To His Extreme Policy Positions Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Bid For 2016 With Differing Spanish- And English-Language AdsOn March 23, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) officially announced his presidential bid at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz also announced his run via a…
  • Mark Levin: President Obama "Is The Greatest Threat The Jews Face ... Since The 1930's"

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    From the March 26 edition of Cumulus Media Networks' The Mark Levin Show:Previously:  On Hannity, Mark Levin Accuses Obama Of Being Anti-Semitic Mark Levin: Jewish Obama Donors Are "Self-Haters" Who "Despise Their Own Country" Fox's Tantaros Is Just Asking: "Is This White House Anti-Semitic?" Fox News Guest Ben Shapiro: Obama Administration Is "Borderline A Jew-Hating Administration"
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Indian Mothers Reject Overprotective Parenting

    Swati ST
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    by Swati Sanyal Tarafdar -India- “I always walked back home after school, mostly all by myself, and sometimes accompanied by a friend who might be sharing a part of the journey. And I have allowed my children to do the same ever since they were eight years old. What is wrong with that?” Parvati, a mother of three wonderfully independent children, wonders aloud. Bewildered, 40-year-old Parvati sits looking at the article that stares at her from the spread out morning newspaper. Young girls playing. India. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Jon Ardern and used under a Creative Commons…
  • Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle: magazine

    Reuters: World News
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has described in his first public remarks from prison how he "miraculously survived 50 lashes" as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.
  • Iran nuclear talks ‘enter endgame’

    BBC News - Home
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Talks aimed at restricting Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief enter their final days, ahead of an end of March deadline.
  • Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

    Reuters: World News
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    ABUJA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.
  • Pakistan militants deny 30 killed in renewed Khyber fighting

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    Pakistan security forces killed 30 militants in gun battles in the mountainous northwestern Khyber region on Saturday, a senior official said, but a spokesman for the militants denied suffering any losses.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #666 | And Rest …

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    #TeamBlackness recovers from the week by discussing the backlash from an Indiana that could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. the Germanwings plane crash explained, Vin Diesel pontificating, and Gloria Steinem’s assertion that Black women invented the feminist movement. 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 | PREMIUM The post #TWIBprime #666 | And…
  • Finally! Real Regulation For Payday Loans

    Shane Paul Neil
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    President Obama is slated to present the new regulations set forth by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for the ever-popular and often predatory payday loan industry. The speech, to be given today in Birmingham, Alabama, in addition to presenting the regulations will also tout the young agency that put them together. The CFPB was a part of the 2010 D0dd-Frank financial law. Their mission is to “make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other…
  • Back2Reality 286: Value Added

    shanepaulneil
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Suge Knight passes out when he hears how much walking free will cost, Mo’ne Davis shows she’s worth more than a nasty tweet, and Karrueche is about to get paid in-kind by the one and only Iyanla. ::praise hands:: Featuring: Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Tati B @TheTatiB  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 @GetBack2Reality? FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter [DONATE]The post Back2Reality 286: Value Added appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #What’s The Tea #91 | The Rough Side of the Mountain

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    On this episode we clock the tea on how we’re still listening to To Pimp A Butterfly, adult pre-school, Mo’Ne Davis, Uncle Snoop, the Empire finale, Meanwhile on Instagram, Hey Boo of the Week Sports Segment and much, much more. Featuring: Nic Ju @nicju Reggie White 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 @What’s The Tea?: FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter|[DONATE]The post #What’s The Tea #91 | The Rough Side of the Mountain appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #665 | You Are Not In Danger

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    #TeamBlackness recovers with a discussion about the abundance of ethnic castings in Hollywood, a lawyer in California pushing a ballot measure to legalize killing gay people, and Ted Cruz signing up for Obamacare. 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 #665 | You Are Not In Danger appeared first on #TWIBnation.
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    Wonkette

  • We Took A Week Off, Is Florida Still Dumb? (Yes): Your Florida Roundup

    Florida Correspondent
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Did you miss Yr Florida Correspondent? Of course you did. Who else would put up with this putrid morass of dumb, for your edification and amusement? No one, that’s who. (Make your checks payable to CASH, please and thank you.) Read more on We Took A Week Off, Is Florida Still Dumb? (Yes): Your Florida Roundup…
  • The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Furious At Tyrant Obama For Letting ISIS Win All Wars

    Dan Weber
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Sarah Palin Channel is running out of things to say. The former governor of Alaska published less than six full minutes of content this week, and her longest video (clocking in at 2:17) focused on a four-year-old tale about the muzzling of a conservative student newspaper at the University of Minnesota, blah blah blah, it is just the most boring story about “free speech” you have ever heard. Read more on The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Furious At Tyrant Obama For Letting ISIS Win All Wars…
  • Wingnut Alex Jones And Troll Army Declare WAR On Toymaker For Selling Hillary Clinton Dolls

    Doktor Zoom
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Jason Feinberg isn’t a political junkie. Sure, he follows politics in general. He votes. And in 2008. his little toy and novelty manufacturing outfit, FCTRY in Brooklyn, had something of a hit with a Barack Obama action figure, which sold around 200,000 units and allowed him to quit teaching high school English to be a full-time entrepreneur guy. But he doesn’t follow the political blogosphere with the obsessiveness of a Wonketteer, so he had no idea who “Alex Jones” was until he found himself being yelled at by the guy during a Skype interview for Jones’s…
  • Snake Oil Bulletin: Health Guru ‘Cures’ Cancer With Diet And Detox (And Not Having Cancer)

    Fare la Volpe
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Salutations, Sailors! Welcome back to the Snake Oil Bulletin, your premium blend of all the latest and greatest in quackery, hackery, and general chicanery. We’ve got a full schedule ahead of us, so let’s nose dive right in to it with some cancer woo. Read more on Snake Oil Bulletin: Health Guru ‘Cures’ Cancer With Diet And Detox (And Not Having Cancer)…
  • Willie Nelson Will Fulfill Lifelong Dream Of Smoking Out Entire US Of A, For Fun And Profit

    Kaili Joy Gray
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some 81-year-old pothead loser named Willie Nelson, who will never amount to anything because that’s what pot does to you, has a plan to open a chain of retail stores selling his own custom brand of the evil demon weed, and all necessary evil demon weed accessories like bongs and such, all over America. Read more on Willie Nelson Will Fulfill Lifelong Dream Of Smoking Out Entire US Of A, For Fun And Profit…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Marco’s moment: Likely mid-April campaign will launch in the shadow of global instability

    Noah Rothman
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    A time for action. For conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, the staging of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign announcement raised the bar considerably for the rest of the expansive slate of prospective Republican White House candidates. “His announcement Monday at Liberty University was a wow, really brilliant,” she wrote. “It’s giving future contenders announcement envy. They’re all going to […] Read this post »
  • Sunday reflection: Mark 15:1–39

    Ed Morrissey
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Behold, the man. “Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  For previous Green Room entries, click here. This […] Read this post »
  • On the truth of man’s rights under natural law

    Jazz Shaw
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Your natural rights are those which you can defend Yesterday, Ed wrote a lengthy essay on the subject of the rights of man as established by natural law. This was a companion piece to an article published by Matt Lewis speaking on the same subject. When the topic arose, I briefly mentioned my disagreement with Ed and promised to compose my own thoughts on […] Read this post »
  • Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

    Allahpundit
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Launch. Some of the slimmest pickings in recent memory on the Sunday shows this morning. If you’re up for Kennedy hagiography, Teddy’s widow will be on “This Week,” “Meet the Press,” and “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the opening of the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and to mouth some platitudes […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Legacy. Statement by the President on the Retirement of Senator Harry Reid Harry Reid is a fighter. In his five terms as a U.S. Senator, Harry has fought for good jobs, a safer environment for our kids, and affordable health care for all. He’s never backed down from a tough decision, or been afraid to choose […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

    Scott Neuman
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.» E-Mail This
  • Clinton Seeks A 'New Relationship' With The Press

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Some of Hillary Clinton's most vocal critics are from those in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Mara Liasson about Clinton's evolving relationship with the press.» E-Mail This
  • Week In Politics: Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement, Cruz's Appeal To Far-Right

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Harry Reid's retirement announcement and Ted Cruz's appeal to the far-right.» E-Mail This
  • In YouTube Video, Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement From Senate

    Brian Naylor
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not seek a sixth term next year and will retire after three decades in the chamber. He endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer to replace him as Democratic leader.» E-Mail This
  • Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.» E-Mail This
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Ways That Insurance Can Work For You

    Randy
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    TIP! Get a fresh quote to save on your insurance costs prior to renewing or buying a policy. Each provider uses their own criteria for determining rates. For most people, finding the right type of insurance can be an extremely aggravating experience. From auto and home insurance to health and life packages, the entire process can be maddening. However, frustration doesn’t have to be a part of this process. Using the right advice, you may buy a policy stress-free. Continue reading to find out what it takes to make this situation a lot simpler to get through. TIP! Insurance companies will…
  • Basic Guide On How To Be Successful In The Stock Market

    Randy
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    TIP! Be sure that you have a number of different investments. Just like the saying, it is wise to not have all of your eggs inside of one, single basket. People all over the world now realize it’s possible to invest money in the market, yet most have no clue as to what they are getting themselves into. However, many people are just flippantly throwing money in and are seeing no return whatsoever. Read this article to learn more about the market and how to make wise investments. TIP! Don’t think of stocks as something abstract. Think of them as money invested in a company. Before…
  • Smart Home Based Business Tips To Help You Succeed

    Randy
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    TIP! Be sure and order a separate line for your home business communications. When running a successful business, you need to have a dedicated line and message that pertains to the business. You should always be looking for ways to improve your business, whether you started it yesterday or ten years ago. These tips here are for your home based business needs, and hopefully they will help guide you. TIP! If you are drawing a blank when trying to figure out what to sell, think about whether there is a need in your life that is going unfilled. Selecting a product that will be successful involves…
  • Important Things To Know When Buying A Home

    Randy
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    TIP! If you are a real estate agent, you should seriously consider sending out cards during the holidays and on anniversaries you share with your clients. When your former clients receive a holiday card from you, they will remember how helpful your were when they purchases their home. The main issue of real estate is the risk that a property will lose its value. The following article contains some helpful hints and tips on all aspects of the home buying process. TIP! If you have kids, you need to make sure there is enough room for the family. Be mindful of safety also, especially if the house…
  • What Insurance Is Best For My Family And Kids?

    Randy
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    TIP! Purchasing more than one policy from any insurance company can equal money in your pocket. The most common bundle you will come across is discounted home and auto insurances sold together. Insurance can be hard to figure out. We all wish to have excellent insurance coverage in the event of an accident or illness; however, no one wishes to be overcharged. Learn from the following tips and gain confidence in handling your insurance matters. TIP! While running a business, big or small, all insurance options need to be covered. Make a list of the possible risks you might face and ask your…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Famous Friday Round Up   ROUNDUP PRESENTED BY FLYWHEEL SPORTS On March 31, Flywheel Sports, the indoor cycling brand rapidly expanding across the United States and abroad, is opening its first DC studio in the Dupont neighborhood. Occupying the former Visions Cinema space at 1927 Florida Avenue, NW, this will be Flywheel’s largest locale to date, featuring over 60 custom-made, high-tech […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Goodbye, Mr. Reid

    fdc
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    The post Goodbye, Mr. Reid appeared first on FamousDC.
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Congressional Baseball

    fdc
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Today’s weather makes you want to be out there on the field, doesn’t it? Throwing way back to Rep. Nicholas Longworth, 1915. Photo via the Library of Congress Digital Archive The post #ThrowbackThursday: Congressional Baseball appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton Can’t Park

    fdc
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    We wouldn’t have known this except that Eleanor Holmes Norton parked outside the wrong window, as you can clearly see below: The post Eleanor Holmes Norton Can’t Park appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Jason Dick and Fawn Johnson Make it Official

    fdc
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    We were thrilled to hear Roll Call’s Jason Dick and National Journal’s Fawn Johnson got engaged this week at The Inn At Little Washington, and immediately asked for more details. Jason gave us the scoop: “We went to the Inn knowing we would get engaged, but not the hows and whens. After we checked in, […] The post Jason Dick and Fawn Johnson Make it Official appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • Predicting the next crisis

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    HOW resilient are emerging-market economies? Many are struggling, thanks to the economic impact of a strong dollar. But what would happen if things suddenly got a lot tougher? A new paper, from Liliana Rojas-Suarez of the Centre for Global Development, a think-tank, offers some interesting data.Let’s imagine that something really bad happens. The Federal Reserve tightens its monetary policy too soon; some new global debt crisis begins; Russia launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ms Rojas-Suarez wants to understand which emerging-market economies are most vulnerable.To do so she…
  • South Korea's economy, a riposte to Piketty and skyscrapers

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:South Korea's economy: A tiger in winter (Finance)Milk and economic development: No use crying (Finance)Inequality and housing: Through the roof (Finance)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at whether skyscraper booms augur well for the global economy. 
  • The power of the almighty dollar

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    "THIS is a great time for Americans to travel internationally," the Washington Post proclaimed last month. The main reason? The strong dollar. Russia is now a much cheaper place for Americans than it was a year ago but, of course, there's less reason for business travellers to go there since the harsh sanctions were introduced. More significant is the dollar's strength versus most European currencies, in particular the Euro. But all is not as it seems, explains Evan Soltas, an economics blogger. A strong dollar, he argues, doesn't have much influence on Americans' travel habits. But it…
  • Gone shopping

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    “ITALIAN industrial policy is now made in Beijing,” lamented Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister, on March 23rd. His comment followed news the day before that China National Chemical Corporation (CNCC), a state-owned conglomerate, would buy Pirelli, an Italian tyremaker, for €7 billion ($7.7 billion). It will be the biggest Chinese investment in Italy so far, but just the latest in a string of acquisitions driven by China’s growing appetite for Europe’s brands and technology.CNCC agreed with Pirelli’s controlling shareholders to buy Camfin, a holding company which owns…
  • Mayday

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    THE British political system is noted for producing strong, stable governments. But that is changing fast. May’s general election may generate a chaotic result—something financial markets are being slow to recognise.As in other European countries, voters are turning away from the mainstream parties. Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system moderates the impact of this change. But the polls nonetheless suggest that both the Conservatives and Labour, the two parties that have dominated British politics for a century, will fall well short of a majority—as they did at the last…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • African Economist Samir Amin on the World Social Forum, Globalization & the Barbarism of Capitalism

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    As tens of thousands gather for the World Social Forum in Tunis, Tunisia, we speak to one of the most prominent radical thinkers in Africa — the Egyptian-born economist Samir Amin. He is considered one of Africa’s leading political economists and was one of the pioneers of describing modern human history from the perspective of the Third World, arguing that the countries of the South were not latecomers to capitalism, but were integrated into the global economy from the start in a position of dependency to the rich, industrialized North. He is presently director of the Third World…
  • The Yemen Crisis: Could Domestic Conflict Grow into Protracted Regional War?

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    As Saudi Arabia and Egypt threaten to send ground troops into Yemen, we look at the roots of the crisis. While many analysts have described the fighting as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, journalist Iona Craig says the fighting stems from a domestic conflict. "People try to frame this as an Iran versus Saudi kind of battle, which it has now become. But it is very much because of domestic politics," explains Iona Craig, who recently spent four years reporting from Sana’a. We also speak to Brian Whitaker, former Middle East editor at The Guardian, about the…
  • Yemen Does Not Need Another War: Report from Sana'a as Saudi Attack Enters Second Day

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    A Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign has entered its second day in Yemen. The Saudi-led airstrikes are intended to thwart the advance of Shiite Houthi rebels after they seized control of the capital Sana’a last year and deposed President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi last month. On Thursday, Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia. At least 39 civilians have reportedly been killed so far in the airstrikes. Amnesty International reports the dead include at least six children under the age of 10. Saudi’s bombing campaign has been backed by the United States, Gulf states, Egypt,…
  • Headlines for March 27, 2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yemen: 39 Civilians Killed in Saudi-Led BombingsU.S. Airstrikes Cause Shiite Militias to Leave Tikrit FightReport: Co-Pilot Who Crashed Plane Had History of DepressionHouse Passes Medicare Bill in Rare Bipartisan MoveReport: U.S. Soldiers, Contractors Sexually Abused 54 Children in ColombiaMexico: Parents Mark 6 Months Since Disappearance of 43 StudentsIndiana Enacts "Religious Freedom" Bill Seen as Anti-LGBTIndiana Allows Needle Exchange in Response to HIV OutbreakKentucky Overhauls Approach to Heroin AddictionOhio Lawmaker Discloses Her Abortion, Denounces "Inhuman"…
  • Why Is Climate Denier David Koch on the Board of Top Science Museums? Letter Urges Cutting of Ties

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    The nation’s top museums are facing calls to cut ties with billionaire funders who profit from global warming. In an open letter, a coalition of climate scientists, museum experts and environmental groups says science and natural history museums should stop accepting money from fossil fuel corporations and individual donors like the Koch brothers. Koch Industries has extensive energy industry holdings and has funded climate denial. David Koch is a board member of both the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One of the most…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Marco Rubio To Enter The Race For President, But His Star Has Dimmed

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    With Ted Cruz entering the Presidential race last week, and Rand Paul expected to do so on April 7th in New Hampshire, the 2016 Presidential race is moving forward fairly quickly. While candidates like Jeb Bush may hold off announcing until later in the spring, it’s looking like April will see several candidates get into the race. The latest name to fall in that category is Florida Senator Marco Rubio: Senator Marco Rubio plans to announce his campaign for president on April 13 in Miami, two Republican sources confirmed to Bloomberg Politics on Saturday. That could make…
  • George W. Bush Gets CIA Award

    James Joyner
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    President George W. Bush had a running battle with the CIA throughout his eight years in office. Now, they’ve given him an award, Jeff Stein reports for Newsweek (“Bush Gets Intelligence Group Award“): Every winter for the past several years, the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation has held a glittering dinner around Washington attended by hundreds of top intelligence and corporate officials. The stated purpose of the event, where the cost of sponsor tables ranges from $12,000 to $100,000, is to help raise money for the spouses and children of agency operatives killed in the…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    The Nun Of The Above Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. AP Photo/Andrew Medichini ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First: Tillman – Ooh, Sister Theodosia is applying her signature Annunciation lock! No pontiff has escaped from that since John XXIII at Bergamo in 1961! Second: Franklin – In a clever non-denial, the pope states that he shall continue to uphold his oath of celibacy, bar nun! Third: Moosebreath – Sister, that is not what I meant when I asked you to “lay hands on me”. HONORABLE MENTION JWH – “It’s still not too late for you to…
  • Tammy Duckworth To Run Against Mark Kirk In 2016

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who defeated Republican Congressman Joe Walsh in 2012, will run against Republican Senator Mark Kirk in 2016: WASHINGTON – Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., will announce a 2016 Senate bid likely on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. She is aiming to win the Democratic nomination to run against Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. On Monday evening, Duckworth gathers some of her top donors at a home in the Hancock Center in Chicago to discuss securing the Democratic nomination to run against Kirk, who is seeking a second term. In the letter to…
  • The New Republican Orthodoxy On Israel

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    More than it ever has in the past, uncompromising support for Israel has become an article of faith inside the Republican Party, to the extent that dissenting opinions are being squashed: WASHINGTON — When former Secretary of State James A. Baker III accused Israel’s leader this week of undermining the chances of peace in the region, he said nothing more than the kinds of things he had said at times when he was in office a quarter-century ago. But the instant backlash from fellow Republicans that prompted Jeb Bush, the son of Mr. Baker’s best friend, to distance himself…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Egypt’s President Backs Proposal for United Arab Military Force

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
        A portrait of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. (Abode of Chaos (CC BY 2.0)) Egyptian President and former defense minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has backed calls to create a unified Arab military force capable of opposing regional security threats and called the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen the “inevitable” result of meddling by a foreign power, namely non-Arab Iran. The Guardian reports: Speaking at an Arab League summit, [Sisi] said that the military campaign against Shia Houthi militias in Yemen, which has been led by Saudi Arabia, aimed to “preserve…
  • Truthdigger of the Week: Carmen Aristegui

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
    By Natasha Hakimi The highly regarded Mexican radio show host said that her recent firing was a case of repression of press liberties and that if privileged journalists can be attacked, “imagine the level of vulnerability for other journalists in Mexico.” Related Entries March 28, 2015 ‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video) March 26, 2015 America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia
  • Germanwings

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries March 28, 2015 ‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video) March 26, 2015 America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia
  • Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Joe Conason While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.” Related Entries March 28, 2015 ‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video) March 26, 2015 America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia
  • Could Drones Put Out Forest Fires With This Sound Wave Device?

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    George Mason University engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson have discovered a way to extinguish flames with low-frequency sound. Related Entries March 28, 2015 ‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video) March 26, 2015 America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia
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    ThinkProgress

  • Governor Becomes Frustrated When Asked If ‘Religious Liberty’ Law Will Be Used To Discriminate

    Kay Steiger
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot via The Week Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) defended a “religious liberty” law he signed on Sunday, saying that tolerance was a “two-way street” and the law was about protecting religious people from government overreach. Pence had said he was going to appear on the Sunday news show to “clarify the intent” of the law. Instead, he refused repeatedly to say if the law would greenlight discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation in the state. Pence told This Week host George Stephanopoulos it was “absolutely not” a mistake to…
  • TSA Agrees To Stop Targeting Black Women’s Hair In Airport Security Screenings

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock After reaching an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), officials at the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) have agreed to stop racially profiling black women with natural hair and subjecting them to extra security screenings. The agency will also provide conduct trainings for TSA employees emphasizing “race neutrality” and specifically focusing on how to approach black women’s hair during security pat-downs, according to an announcement from the ACLU. Novella Coleman, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California who…
  • Ellen Pao Lost Her Gender Discrimination Suit. Here’s Why Silicon Valley Might Actually Get Better.

    Lauren C. Williams
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Ellen Pao, center, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco on Friday. CREDIT: AP Reddit CEO Ellen Pao lost a landmark gender discrimination case against her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist firm. A jury ruled Friday that Pao, who was passed over for promotions and ultimately fired from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, wasn’t discriminated against, and was dismissed because of her job performance. But the 2012 lawsuit’s outcome doesn’t have any bearing on its significance for women in tech. Pao’s suit, which was filed in 2012, sparked a…
  • Teen Was Kept In Solitary Confinement For 143 Days Before Even Facing Trial

    Kay Steiger
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    A federal review conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice found that Baltimore City Detention Center was illegally putting teens in psychologically damaging solitary confinement as they awaited trial for adult charges. One detainee was kept in solitary confinement for 143 days. The report, released on Friday, found that in addition to a detainee identified as RC who was detained for 143 days, another detainee, EM, spent 53 of the 105 days spent in detention in solitary. Furthermore, the rules at the facility mandated that violators must spend 7 to 14 days for a first offense and must wait…
  • Mexico Commits To Reduce Emissions 22 Percent, Peak By 2026

    Gwynne Taraska - Guest Contributor
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Gwynne Taraska is a Senior Policy Advisor specializing in energy and climate policy at the Center for American Progress. CREDIT: Shutterstock On Friday, Mexico announced that it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 22 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030 and peak its emissions by 2026. It registered these commitments, among others, with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, making it the first developing country to formally submit its post-2020 emissions reduction goals. Mexico’s announcement follows climate commitments from several other major economies. In October…
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    Slate Articles

  • Amicus: Mercury Rising

    Dahlia Lithwick
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Listen to Episode 14 of Slate’s Amicus:
  • One Shrimp, 12 Retinas

    Jim Festante
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    A deep-sea shrimp, paraphronima gracilis, sports a pair of compound eyes with a single row of 12 red retinas each—a system so large it takes up nearly half the tiny shrimp's body.
  • The Podcast Podcast

    Cathy O'Neil
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Listen to Episode No. 46 of Slate Money:
  • Patty Murray Should Be the Next Senate Minority Leader

    Jamelle Bouie
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    In Washington, there is a cottage industry of progressives who want Elizabeth Warren to do something besides represent Massachusetts in the Senate. For the past year, that something has been a presidential run. Every few months, she’s asked if she’s running for president, and each time, she says no. Now, pro-Warren progressives have a new option. On Friday morning, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his retirement. Almost immediately, progressive groups pushed Warren for the job.
  • The Pit Boss of House of Cards

    Mike Pesca
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Listen to Episode 224 of Slate’s The Gist:
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum.

    Patrick Caldwell
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    In the nanoseconds after Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid announced Friday morning that he will give up his leadership post and retire in 2016, liberal groups raced to promote their go-to solution for almost any political problem: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Much like the movement to draft Warren for president, the idea of putting her in charge of the Democratic caucus was more dream than reality. Warren's office has already said she won't run, and as Vox's Dylan Matthews explains, putting Warren in charge of the Democratic caucus would prevent her from holding her colleagues accountable when…
  • Harry Reid Announces His Retirement

    Inae Oh
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    Update, 12:26 p.m.: Shortly after announcing his retirement, Reid endorsed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to replace him. "I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” he told the Washington Post in an interview at his DC residence.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced on Friday he will not be seeking reelection when his term comes to an end next year. He announced his retirement in a YouTube video: My life’s work has been to make Nevada and our nation better. Thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity. https://t.co/dwy2rDWYhO — Senator Harry…
  • This Lawmaker Publicly Discussed Her Rape and Abortion. And Some Dude Laughed.

    Inae Oh
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    While speaking out against a proposed bill in Ohio that aims to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) revealed on Wednesday she had been raped during her time in the military and chose to have an abortion. "You don't respect my reason, my rape, my abortion, and I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice," Fedor said before the state senate. "What you're doing is so fundamentally inhuman, unconstitutional, and I've sat here too long." Her testimony comes just weeks after an Arizona…
  • Wondering What Happens in the Cockpit of a Crashing Plane? Read This Story.

    Tim Murphy
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    An international airliner falls out of the sky, seemingly for no reason. A cryptic recording from the cockpit voice recorder. The crash of Germanwings flight 9525 on Tuesday has, at least in the early going, left investigators with a lot of puzzling questions. It's also drawn obvious parallels to an earlier incident—the 1999 crash of EgyptAir 990 off the coast of Massachusetts. That crash, which killed 217 people, was ultimately chalked up to "manipulation of the airplane controls," according to the National Transporation Safety Board. But that euphemism left a lot unsaid. In a…
  • "Everything Could Be Taken Away From Me": Watch This Woman Bravely Fight an Anti-Transgender Bill

    Inae Oh
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    As Florida lawmakers continue to consider a bill aiming to make it a criminal act for transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, we'd like to direct your attention to Cindy Sullivan, who spoke out against the bill in incredibly brave and emotional testimony earlier this month. "I see this bill as effecting not just my business but my partner's business," Sullivan said. "If I go to use the restroom, everybody in that restroom has the ability to sue me and my family, affect my child, affect my reputation. Everything could be taken away from me." "You could put me in jail for being…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • America's Oligarchs Want It All, And They Want It Now

    Steve M.
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Jeb Bush would seem to be the near-ideal presidential candidate for the billionaires who own American democracy -- he wants what they want and believes what they believe. But now they're making it clear that he's not sufficiently deferential on one particular issue: The warnings trickled in soon after an announcement began circulating last month that James A. Baker III, the former diplomat who is now a foreign policy adviser to Jeb Bush, would be a featured speaker at a conference hosted by J Street, the liberal pro-Israel advocacy organization. It could be problematic, conservative donors…
  • Mike's Blog Round Up

    Jon Perr
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Blue Jersey: The disappearing Chris Christie. The Florida Squeeze: How to fight back against Republican sabotage of health care in the Sunshine State. Eric Foner: Why Reconstruction matters. Balloon Juice: In Indiana, haters gonna hate you for hating their hate. Speaking of which, your quote of the day: “To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.” (Justice Antonin Scalia, in Employment Division v. Smith, 1990) Guest blogging Mike's Blog Round for the last…
  • Mike Pence... Job Creator

    Heather
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If Indiana Gov. Mike Pence decides to throw his hat into the 2016 GOP clown car, he'll definitely be able to claim that he was a "job creator." Just not in his state. As we already discussed here, the leaders of the Disciples of Christ church sent a letter to Pence telling him they would be forced to reconsider holding their 2017 convention in Indianapolis if he signed the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. Now that he's signed it, the hits just keep on coming. Thousands turned out to protest the law in Indiana over the weekend. The popular local business review and search…
  • Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

    oresmas
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy Sunday Morning to you all! Friday was director Quentin Tarantino's birthday. To celebrate, I attended the double screening of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction on Friday night. As a tribute, I went with this song. Ok, here's what's on today's menu: Fox News Sunday Big guests: Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Carly Fiorina. High on the agenda: Negotiating with Iran, opposing its proxies in Yemen and fighting ISIS together in Iraq --U.S. tactics and tumult in the Middle East. Plus, the 2016 presidential contest. The pundit panel: Carol Lee, Matt Kibbe,…
  • Open Thread - MAD Magazine Takes On Indiana

    Bluegal aka Fran
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    MAD Magazine explains the Indiana Seal for you. Open Thread below....
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Nuclear Talks With Iran Enter Endgame

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    Nuclear talks with Iran were set to resume in Switzerland, with negotiations entering the endgame, but it was unclear if the sides can meet a March 31 deadline for a political understanding on parameters of a nuclear deal.
  • Clinton Emails Deleted Late Last Year

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time in government were deleted off her server late last year, her attorney says.
  • George Washington, Father of His County?

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Washington counties around the country are competing on the claim that they are first in the nation to be named after the Founding Father.
  • Schumer's Rise in Congress Would Be a Boon for New York

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    The retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid could come with a gift to New York: the possibility that Sen. Charles Schumer may succeed him in a role almost certain to bring increased influence to the state.
  • Reid Won't Run for Re-Election

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Minority Leader Harry Reid won’t run for re-election in 2016, ending a three-decade career in the Senate. Sen. Charles Schumer appears to have lined up votes to become the chamber’s top Democrat.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Prepare for Martial Law

    No Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians. Operation Jade Helm begins in July and will last for eight weeks. Soldiers will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado where some of them wil drop from planes while carrying weapons loaded with blanks in what military officials have dubbed Realistic Military Training. But with residents of the entire states of Texas…
  • Why Do Walmart Haters Hate Customers?

    Bionic Mosquito
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Why do they Hate Customers? One-hundred percent of the people on earth are customers.  Well, except for those who live totally and completely off the grid and grow or kill everything they eat and make everything they wear from materials they find in nature, etc.  In other words I doubt there are more than three exceptions on the entire planet.  So, just say 100% for rounding. I recently had some feedback, bashing Wal-Mart – the typical stuff: they aren’t fair to suppliers, they aren’t fair to employees, they are cut-throat with competitors. I will caveat my comment: Wal-Mart, like…
  • Organized War Criminality

    Paul Craig Roberts
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Professor Michel Chossudovsky is the author of many important books. His latest is The Globalization of War: America’s Long War Against Humanity. Chossudovsky shows that Washington has globalized war while the US president is presented as a global peace-maker, complete with the Nobel Peace Prize. Washington has military deployed in 150 countries, has the world divided up into six US military commands and has a global strike plan that includes space operations. Nuclear weapons are part of the global strike plan and have been elevated for use in a pre-emptive first strike, a dangerous…
  • How To Survive a House Fire

    No Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As I write this, a four-story building in New York City is reported to have collapsed during an explosion and subsequent fire. Although details are sketchy at present, it made me think about what you should do in a circumstance like this to protect your family. Every year, thousands of people are killed or injured in fires in the U.S. Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented with knowledge of the nature of fire. You must understand the following: 1) Most people who die in fires don’t die because of burns as much as from asphyxiation (suffocation). Fire consumes available oxygen…
  • Lose 1/3 of Your Waistline in 1 Month

    Joseph Mercola
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    By Dr. Mercola When it comes to shedding stubborn belly fat, exercise alone is not the answer. The master key really lies with what you eat, and perhaps more importantly when you eat, followed closely by the type of exercise you engage in. Scheduling your eating to a narrow window of time each day is the version of intermittent fasting I recommend for those struggling with insulin resistance and excess body weight. Other healthy lifestyle habits such as sleep and stress reduction are also helpful, as they help keep your cortisol levels low. Cortisol is a stress hormone that, when elevated,…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    “My base is really beyond just evangelicals. I think the untold secret is a lot of the support that I have, and that I anticipate I will have, is from the working-class, blue-collar people who grew up a lot like I did – not blue-blood, but blue-collar.” — Mike Huckabee, quoted by The Hill, brushing off the challenge to his base in the GOP presidential race from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
  • The Hinge Moment

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Doug Sosnik: “Next year’s election is the midpoint between 1992 when the current phase of presidential politics began and 2040, which is around the time that most projections have us approaching a majority-minority country, one in which no race will constitute the majority of Americans.” “While the 2016 presidential election is likely to reflect the last remnants of this bygone era, the candidate running for president in 2016 who best understands how the country is changing and runs a campaign based on the America of the future rather than the America of the past is most…
  • Ex-GOP Official Says Cough Medicine Made Him Do It

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Former South Carolina Republican Party chief Todd Kincannon was accused of threatening his wife but he blames the medicine he was taking for a respiratory condition, the Charleston City Paper reports. Said Kincannon: “I’m the kind of guy who never goes to the doctor. I finally went and was prescribed something called Benzonatate for my cough. I’d never taken it before, and took it for the first time last night. Basically, I went completely crazy after taking it. I don’t even remember all of it.”
  • O’Malley Remains Mostly Unknown

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is in Iowa again but “almost everyone… said they knew very little, if anything, about O’Malley,” CNN reports. “That confusion crystallizes the central challenge O’Malley faces if he decides to pursue a long-shot run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He must find a way to dent the Clinton political machine and prove that he’s a competitive candidate — not just a backup for progressives who would rather see Elizabeth Warren in the White House.” “And it’s in Iowa where O’Malley…
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    “Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes.” — RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, quoted by The Hill, blasting Hillary Clinton for wiping her private email server and permanently deleting all emails.
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Health Secretary Shona Robison confirms vaccine for meningitis B will be made available for babies in Scotland.
  • SNP backs 50p rate of tax across UK

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    The SNP will support the introduction of a 50p top rate of income tax across the UK after the general election, the party's conference is told.
  • Alexander: Labour majority 'doable'

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    A Labour majority in the general election would be "difficult but doable", the party's election co-ordinator Douglas Alexander says.
  • Benefit cuts 'not yet decided'

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The work and pensions secretary says the Conservatives are not keeping plans for £12bn of benefit cuts secret - saying no final decisions have been made.
  • Cameron 'would give new leader time'

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    The Conservatives will have to choose a new leader before the end of the next Parliament if David Cameron wins a second term as PM, Iain Duncan Smith says.
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Book Review: Chasing the Scream

    AJ Vicens
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    Chasing the Scream By Johann Hari BLOOMSBURY The drug war is viewed by many as a 40-year-old waste of resources. But in this beautifully written book, British journo Johann Hari shows that its roots extend as far back as the early 1900s, when young Harry Anslinger heard the shrieks of a neighbor in withdrawal; he grew up to lead the Bureau of Narcotics, the DEA's precursor, pioneering ruthless drug policies that endured for decades. Knowing his work would be scrutinized due to a past plagiarism scandal, Hari spent three years meticulously researching and footnoting the book, which puts a…
  • Book Review: The Powerhouse

    Josh Harkinson
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    The Powerhouse By Steve LeVine VIKING Arguably no existing technology holds more potential to slow climate change and reboot the economy than the lithium-ion battery. Quartz reporter Steve LeVine chronicles the global race to develop a battery cheap and durable enough to supplant the internal-combustion engine. The field is littered with hype and people left in the dust—including LeVine, whose book, in its slow march to press, didn't get to the solid-state battery technology that's now at the cutting edge. Even so, he offers a revealing deep dive into the challenges of creating a killer…
  • The Often Overlooked Role of Natural Gas in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    Michael Schwartz
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Known oil and gas fields in the Levant Basin US Energy Information Administration/Wikimedia This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises. Amid the many fossil-fueled conflicts in the region, one of them, packed with threats, large and small,…
  • Ellen Pao Loses Her Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Silicon Valley VC Firm Kleiner Perkins

    Hannah Levintova
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    This is a breaking news story. We'll be updating this post regularly. Ellen Pao's $16 million lawsuit against her former employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, has captivated Silicon Valley for the past month. Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit, sued her former employer on charges of gender discrimination and retaliation. Many have called the trial Silicon Valley's version of the Anita Hill hearings, in part because it offers a rare glimpse into the challenges faced by women at the Valley's elite companies, where cases of this rank usually settle rather than go public. At 2 PM…
  • We Could Stop Global Warming With This Fix—But It's Probably a Terrible Idea

    Jeremy Schulman
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Mount Pinatubo erupting in 1991 Bullit Marquez/AP Back in the late 1990s, Ken Caldeira set out to disprove the "ludicrous" idea that we could reverse global warming by filling the sky with chemicals that would partially block the sun. A few years earlier, Mount Pinatubo had erupted in the Philippines, sending tiny sulfate particles—known as aerosols—into the stratosphere, where they reflected sunlight back into space and temporarily cooled the planet. Some scientists believed that an artificial version of this process could be used to cancel out the warming effect of…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Geoffrey Robinson says he won't quit as MP for Ed Miliband strategy chief

    Frances Perraudin
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Coventry North West MP had reportedly told Labour party members he would step down six weeks before election for Greg Beales to contest safe seat Continue reading...
  • Election 2015 live blog: Sunday 29 March, as it happened

    Mark Tran
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Labour under pressure to provide details on deficit reduction Tories refuse to say where to cut to save £12n in welfareSNP says Mililband must clear Queen’s speech in advanceDavid Cameron plans new tax cuts for married couples Prime minister renews vow to cut migration to below 100,000 a yearA YouGov poll gives Labour a a four-point lead over the Tories Continue reading...
  • Sadiq Khan: on the Tooting trail with Labour's London campaign man

    Dave Hill
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    The bus driver’s son who helped Ed Miliband become Labour leader insists the general election is his top priority despite his interest in becoming the capital’s mayor Inside the Sadiq Khan campaign HQ were parcels of flyers and posters half unpacked, milling volunteers, many stacks of sandwiches, a woman making a joke about “a paper plate crisis” and a great deal of pent up energy. It was Saturday lunchtime in Tooting constituency, the only one of three in the firmly Conservative borough of Wandsworth that Labour holds, and not by all that much. Labour MP Khan’s winning margin in…
  • Tories may not reveal details of £12bn welfare cuts until after election

    Rajeev Syal and agencies
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Iain Duncan Smith says Conservatives will talk about where axe should fall when party is ready, as IFS director warns of ‘pretty dramatic’ cutsThe Conservatives may not reveal details of plans to slash £12bn from the benefits bill before voters go to the polls on 7 May, Iain Duncan Smith has said. The welfare secretary said it may not be “relevant” to explain where the rest of the cuts will fall until after the election. Continue reading...
  • SNP pledges backing for Labour's 50p income tax rate

    Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Deputy first minister contradicts Alex Salmond on tax and party deputy issues fresh demands about terms of an SNP-Labour allianceThe Scottish National party has pledged to vote in favour of Labour’s plan for a 50p top rate of income tax, as it sought to bolster its appeal to disenchanted Labour voters.John Swinney, Scotland’s deputy first minister, announced that the party would back the measure in the Commons, as other senior SNP figures issued fresh demands about the terms of an SNP-Labour alliance at Westminster. Related: Nicola Sturgeon calls on Labour to work with SNP to keep Tories…
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    Plum Line

  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    Enjoy.  
  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    All yours.  
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    * Across the land, a million voices cried out in anguish and were silenced: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has already taken herself out of the running to succeed Harry Reid as minority leader, despite an early push from progressives. Warren’s office told National Journal the first-term Massachusetts lawmaker will not run for the position to succeed […]
  • Scott Walker immigration mess captures GOP’s broader dilemma

    Greg Sargent
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    You may have heard that there has been some confusion around Scott Walker’s position on immigration, in the wake of a report that he told a New Hampshire audience that he’s for citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. The amount of attention paid to this has been way out of proportion, given the […]
  • If conservatives really support ‘equality of opportunity,’ here’s an Obama proposal they can get behind

    Paul Waldman
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    If you ask conservatives what they think government should do about inequality, their usual response is that government can’t produce equality of outcomes, but it can help foster equality of opportunity. Government shouldn’t give handouts (which sap the will required to tug firmly on those bootstraps and lift yourself up to grasp the American Dream), […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • "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…
  • Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

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

  • Campaign Finance On Steroids

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    A good article in today's WaPo relating to campaign fiance. Contains quotes from millionaires like "you know, we just don't count anymore" and from a large ex-donor, " I just think it's morally not right. It's corrosive on our democracy." There is this growing feeling that the money influence needs to be reined in. Here is a repost of an old post that still has merit, IMO.People are becoming more frustrated with their government as time passes. Most believe, as I do, that a third party, as we know it, is not seen as a viable solution. But, what about a party with a different political…
  • Sequester Tap Dancing in DC

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Americans for Prosperity want the GOP-controlled Congress to pass is a "budget that genuinely caps discretionary spending at sequester-level numbers", in the words of AFP president Tim Phillips. His next words in that interview back on March 15 were, "That's going to be a huge challenge for them." No kidding Tim. In the Senate, for example, GOP and Democrat lawmakers are hoping to put together a budget plan that would lift sequester caps for a couple of years, like the way they lifted spending caps back in 2013. It truly is a wonderful thing: Budget making in Congress. You craft legislation…
  • Sinful Behavior in Hotel Room Showers

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The EPA, according to media reports, is spending $15,000 to create a device that will somehow fit on the shower head of your hotel room and as well connect to a wireless system. All to monitor how long you spend in the shower and to develop an app for your cellphone that will help you see the evil in your habits and start taking short efficient showers, like in the armed forces. This appears to be absolutely ridiculous and beyond all belief. There is no way in the world that the EPA will spend less than $15,000 on recycled stationary, never mind developing a wireless system to control…
  • Florida Schools, Guns, Life, and Liberty

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Perhaps two Harvard Law School grads sniping at each other might not seem like a life and death situation. But when it's David Frum vs. David French and the topic is gun control, then guns, life and liberty are all in play. As the Florida House passes a bill allowing School Superintendents to designate individuals to carry concealed weapons on school premises, the spat between the two last year comes to mind. Concealed weapons are a right in all 50 states but, as in the Florida legislation which will have to pass through an apparently not very enthusiastic State Senate, the details concerning…
  • Hillary Shmillary

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    What is it about this woman? It absolutely blows my mind that people still view Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. Her hands are so dirty and her reputation so tarnished, does it really even matter what these emails say? This is political suicide for Democrats no matter how you look at it. I truly think that even the most devoted Democrats have genuine concerns about a Hillary run no matter how party loyal they may be. Her husband is one of two ever impeached presidents, and 16 years later she's a solid option? If Hillary Clinton were so qualified to be President why hasn't she won…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • 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…
  • Meet Colleen: Engage’s Operations Intern

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As a Georgetown student, I think it’s sometimes difficult to venture out of what we affectionately call “the Georgetown bubble.” Stepping off the King Street metro for the first time to come to my new internship, I knew I had finally done it. Engage is located in Old Town Alexandria, and this area is indisputably beautiful. One of the best parts of coming to Old Town for work is the walk home. At night, as the sun begins to set, trollies pass by and the trees that line the brick sidewalks glow with festive lights. This nighttime walk has become a perfect opportunity for me to reflect…
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    Why Tuesday?

  • Obama: Maybe Mandatory Voting?

    WhyTuesday
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Yesterday President Obama floated an idea our cofounder Norm Ornstein previously proposed in 2012 and 2006: mandatory voting might be the best way to increase America’s lousy voter participation. Should voting be mandatory? @BarackObama suggests it might be time to make it a requirement: http://t.co/iQIkJhPSB6 pic.twitter.com/lAzQz8jql2 — CNN (@CNN) March 19, 2015 Here’s what Norm said back in 2012: In my view, the best way to ameliorate this malign dynamic is to find ways to enlarge the electorate in primaries and general elections — to move our politics to where…
  • A #Selma50 Message To You

    WhyTuesday
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    The Obamas join hands with Laura and George W. Bush and @repjohnlewis at #Selma anniversary commemoration. #MarchOn pic.twitter.com/UEbeAqHOhb — AJ+ (@ajplus) March 7, 2015 It’s been a big week for Why Tuesday? and the entire election reform movement. Saturday witnessed the bipartisan commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights. It was a reminder of how far we have come but also how far we have to go,…
  • Believe Us Now?

    WhyTuesday
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A staggering 69% of people who didn’t vote in the 2014 midterm elections, which had historically low turnout, didn’t vote because they were stuck at school or work, or were too busy, out of town, sick or forgot, according to Pew via Wonkblog. WOW → 2/3 of 2014 nonvoters didn't cast a ballot bc voting is inconvenient. Ready for weekend voting? via @Wonkblog pic.twitter.com/d35thW1Z51 — Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) November 12, 2014 If you need more evidence Tuesday voting is outdated and it’s time for a change to protect our right to vote, click here.
  • #LetsFixIt With The Roots

    WhyTuesday
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    It’s not every day our team gets together with Martin Luther King III, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Questlove and The Roots to rally to get out the vote and protect the right to vote. But that’s exactly what we did this week. See photos of the Roots, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Martin Luther King III and more from last night's #LetsFixIt event: http://t.co/hAYfnp7hqc — Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 3, 2014 The fathers of Bill Wachtel, our founder, King III and Kennedy Jr. all fought together for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Each of them took turns…
  • Our #LetsFixIt Challenge

    Tom Rossmeissl
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Win $64,000 by predicting this year’s turnout As usual, 2014 voter turnout is going to be low. How low? Predict this years turnout correctly and you could win up to a $64,000 cash prize. Check out the challenge here.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • It’s Jazzy!

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    credit: cutestpaw.com Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something like this comes along. Last week at the Nation Union of Student’s women’s conference, in England–it’s a feminist affair, you know, pip pip!–apparently things were getting a bit out of control, so: Applause. Applause was triggering anxiety. Really, what’s left? Walking? Breathing? Looking vaguely in someone’s general direction?  Mere existence? How do such pale flowers manage to get out of bed in the morning, or are they generally trapped there by the cruel, heteronormative, patriarchal oppression…
  • My God…

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    credit: en.wikipedia.org My God, gentle readers, in electing Barack Obama, in taking a vacation from history and responsibility, what have we done? From Arutz Sheva:  In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the…
  • Bowe Bergdahl: How Far Have We Fallen?

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    credit: cnn.com In the case of Bowe Bergdahl, I’ve written a number of articles. Foremost among them: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Why This, Why Now? Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Why This, Why Now? Answers Social Reintegration For Dummies Everything Barack Obama says, or his minions say for him, has an expiration date. Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, June of 2014:  Susan Rice Lying (her lips are moving)credit: politico.com National Security Advisor Susan Rice defended the prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the June 1, 2014 brodcast of ABC’s ‘This Week’ by saying…
  • Well, Is He A Jew?

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Let’s review: Russia is poised to invade and conquer its neighbors, plunging the world into another cold—potentially hot—war. The Middle East is in chaos, and Barack Obama, The One, is ignoring, insulting and/or threatening our allies and all but providing flowers, candy, prostitutes and massages for our enemies. Oh yes, and the viability of NATO hangs by a thread. So what does Mr. Obama do when the new Secretary General of NATO comes to Washington?   President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty…
  • Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part III

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    credit: insanemedia.net The first article of this series, “Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part I,” was posted two weeks ago. The second part, Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part 2was posted last week. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report that is the basis for these articles is available here. This final article of the series discusses the final portion of the mental health section of the Commission’s report, wherein we learn that mentally ill people aren’t violent, but put a gun anywhere near a sane person, and “gun violence” is going to ensue. And as we learned in…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Sorry for the delay in posting, but it's Spring Break and I get to sleep extra late instead of my usual 5:30 AM wake-up call. And one must have priorities and with three Triangle teams in the Sweet Sixteen, I am spending a lot of my free time reading NCAA analysis and watching videos. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for NC State and Duke tonight well enjoying UNC's loss last night as well as a somewhat forlorn hope that the Irish can down Kentucky tomorrow night. Well, good riddance. Harry Reid will not run for reelection next year. He was probably going to have a lot of trouble winning…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    So just about everything that Obama administration tried to tell us about his trade of Gitmo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl was false. Tom Bevan writes,So, far from the fairy tale of a hero’s homecoming that President Obama tried to spin for the American people that Saturday morning 10 months ago, this story doesn’t have a happy ending for America. In his effort to empty the Gitmo detainee facility, the president traded five hard-core terrorists for a man who now stands officially accused of abandoning his fellow soldiers. He very may well be court-martialed and spend a good deal of his life…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    This is really one of the funnier efforts by the administration to demonize Israel. The WSj reported yesterday that Israel had spied on the nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. And the administration is just so very angry. Not that Israel might have been spying since we all know that countries spy on each other. If we hadn't known that, Edward Snowden surely made it clear that the U.S. spies on our allies. And Israel denies that they spied on either the U.S. or its allies. As the story states, they say they got their information through other means.Israeli officials denied spying directly…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    On its fifth-year anniversary of the passage of Obamacare, IBD reminds us of the five biggest lies and exaggerations made by the Democrats about the bill.Daniel Greenfield refutes the "myth of Bibi Netanyahu's racism." In the media's horror over Netanyahu's warning about arabs being bused in, they ignored all the arab communities that did vote for him. The residents were uninterested in any of the accusations of racism being aimed at Netanyahu by the media. Instead they were interested in housing. As one resident put it, “I used to sleep in a cave with my goats. Now I ask my daughter what…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Mark Leibovich has fun with what he calls "Hillary's eternal quest for relatability."“Relatable” is one of those perfectly awful words that has colonized the American vocabulary over an alarmingly short period of time. Writing in The New Yorker last year, Rebecca Mead described its rapid ascent in art and popular culture, but nowhere is it more perfectly at home than in the vacuous vernacular of campaign politics. It perfectly distills both the futility of the most famous woman in American politics embarking on a project to convince everyone that she can in fact relate to their everyday…
 
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  • Obama’s Future Meeting With Pope Francis

    David Robertson
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Both men will discuss their “shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues,” … press secretary Josh Earnest said …” No word yet if there will be mud wrestling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Those Against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law are Either Ignorant or Liars

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    I have to be straight forward right at the outset on this faux controversy over the new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Those losing their tiny minds about it are either wholly ignorant of what is in the law, or know full well what is in it and are lying about the law in order to push their anti-Christian, gay-supporting agenda. There can be no other choice, here. Firstly, before we even get to the case in Indiana, to act as if this whole idea is “new” is specious. Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) have been around since President Bill
  • From the “Dumb Criminal” Files: Cockiness Causes Criminal’s Capture

    David Robertson
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Over the past few weeks, since our press release looking for the public’s assistance in locating him, Mr. Wallace had become cocky. Which led to his downfall.” – County Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • OPEN THREAD: Would You Let YOUR Kids Climb on a War Monument?

    Warner Todd Huston
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    Consider this the weekend’s open thread, but first…. This week many were incensed when a website revealed a photo of some idiot parents allowing their kids to climb on the a Vietnam war memorial, WHILE veterans were there visiting it. If these were your brats, would you let them climb on a war memorial? Anyway, what do you guys want to talk about?
  • Reid Admits That He Is Bad For The Nation

    David Robertson
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    “We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. And as a result of that, I’m not going to run for reelection.” – Harry Reid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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    Hullabaloo

  • Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren? by @BloggersRUs

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren? by Tom Sullivan "It will not work," Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said bluntly after reports last week that some Wall Street banks may withhold campaign donations from congressional Democrats over tensions with her: "They want a showy way to tell Democrats across the country to be scared of speaking out, to be timid about standing up, and to stay away from fighting for what’s right," Warren wrote. "... I’m not going to stop talking about the unprecedented grasp that Citigroup has on our government’s economic policymaking apparatus ... And I’m…
  • Saturday Night at the Movies by Dennis Hartley - People they do bad things: "Serena"& "Ride the Pink Horse"

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Saturday Night at the Movies      People they do bad things: Serena and Ride the Pink Horse By Dennis HartleyOff the rails: Cooper and Lawrence in SerenaIt’s a damn shame to see a good cast wasted. Such is the case with Danish director Susanne Bier’s curiously off-putting period melodrama Serena, which gets inextricably bogged down somewhere between torrid soap opera and watered-down Shakespearean tragedy. It appears Bier, despite having several acclaimed films to her credit (including 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, In a Better World),…
  • Funny headline 'o the day

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Funny headline 'o the dayby digbyI know. It's a cheap joke. I just couldn't resist. He received an award from the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation:Every winter for the past several years, the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation has held a glittering dinner around Washington attended by hundreds of top intelligence and corporate officials. The stated purpose of the event, where the cost of sponsor tables ranges from $12,000 to $100,000, is to help raise money for the spouses and children of agency operatives killed in the line of battle since the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. But it also…
  • When bigotry costs you

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    When bigotry costs youby digbyEvidently a lot of Indiana businesses are upset that the state government just legalized discrimination. It's bad for business:Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has made good on a threat tweeted Wednesday evening, warning that the $4 billion company would “dramatically reduce” its investment in Indiana in response to a religious freedom law that critics say is a “license to discriminate” against LGBT individuals.On Thursday, just hours after Gov. Mike Pence signed the legislation, Benioff announced his firm was “canceling all programs” that require its…
  • A rare indictment for a taser assault

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A rare indictment for a taser assaultby digbyThey did manage to indict this police officer, so that's something. We'll have to see if a jury thinks he's guilty:A federal grand jury has indicted a former Independence police officer who used a stun gun last fall to subdue a 17-year-old driver who nearly died during the encounter.The four-count indictment unsealed Friday stems from an FBI investigation into whether Timothy N. Runnels used excessive force after he pulled over Bryce Masters of Independence on Sept. 14 at East Southside Boulevard and Main Street.The indictment charges Runnels with…
 
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    Eschaton

  • America's Worst Humans

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Mike Pence.
  • And Pay Off My Student Loan And Save For A Downpayment

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Such helpful advice.People who start early can get away with saving a tiny portion of their pay and still have a decent chance at having enough money in retirement (in other words, their money won’t run out before they die). But those who put it off need to save dramatically more to catch up.
  • Nap Time

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Seems like several young children need a time out.
  • Morning Thread

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:34 am
    Here's a link to Echidne's post on IS and Women: Part 3: The Western Female IS Militants. I highly recommend you bookmark it and read it when you have some time to think it over. As usual, important stuff that needs to be examined.
  • Saturday Night

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Rock on.
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night FDL: Black Magic Woman

    CTuttle
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Santana – Black Magic Woman Gregg Rolie has rejoined Carlos on tour… Original Santana singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie has reunited with Carlos Santana on the legendary guitarist’s current tour of Mexico which kicked off on Saturday (March 21st). The tour began on Saturday at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and continues tonight in Veracruz, Mexico at the Cumbre Tajin Festival: Parque Takilhsukut. Thursday and Friday will find Carlos and Rolie sharing the stage with their former Santana bandmate Neal Schon when they play co-headline shows with Journey in Guadalajara…
  • How The Flood Wall Street Trial Changed The Game Of Policing

    CTuttle
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    “By ordering protesters to leave the entire Wall Street area, police violated protesters’ First Amendment right to carry their message directly to its intended recipients: the Wall Street bankers who bankroll climate change,” Judge Mandelbaum said in his decision. By Shawn Carrie It was an unwinnable case. The motley pack of defendants making up the “Flood Wall Street Ten” didn’t even deny the charges against them. Hoping to catalyze the momentum of the historic People’s Climate March in New York City into a radical environmentalist movement decidedly targeting Wall Street for…
  • Savannah Great Horned Owls – Branching/Fledging; Decorah Eagles – First Hatch 2015

    Crane-Station
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Savannah, Georgia Great Horned owlets are exercising their wings and visiting branches as they learn to fly. The first fledge was on Wednesday: The Savannah Great Horned Owl Cam  is hosted by Skidaway Audubon. In Decorah, Iowa, on the Decorah Bald Eagle nest, eaglet D-21 hatched yesterday: The Decorah Eagles Live Cam is hosted by Raptor Resource Project.
  • State Department Now Just Making It Up to Explain Away Clinton’s Excesses

    Peter Van Buren
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    State Department spokesdrone Jen Psaki is now just straight out making things up to explain away the questions surrounding Clinton and her email, and the State Department’s complicity. Her “misstatements” can now be debunked with a click of a mouse, which we will do in a moment. The devil is in the details on these things, as no one expects to find a notarized document that reads “Yes, I did it all to hide embarrassing stuff from the Freedom of Information Act because dammit it is my turn to be president, signed, Hillary”). So let’s drill down. The OF-109 Form Outgoing State…
  • The Roundup

    Brandon Jordan
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    With this week officially over, we await the next one (and I am one step closer to spring break) International Politics Overall - Part one of three with the parents of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American killed by a bulldozer in Israel in 2003, about the pain they still feel - A new study found, as a result of Western intervention, at least 1.3 million people overseas died starting from 2001 onward - The British foreign minister praised Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen as it stopped the rise of an Iranian-backed government. He will also be a part of the P5+1-Iran…
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    TalkLeft

  • Amanda Knox: Justice At Last in Perugia

    Jeralyn
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    It's over, for good. Amanda Knox can finally put this horrific 8 year ordeal behind her. Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation has fully exonerated both Amanda and Raffaele Sollecito of murder. The supreme Court of Cassation panel deliberated... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    An exhausting week at work. I'm so glad it's Friday. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • OIG Report on DEA Agents' Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Jeralyn
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Via Politico, the Office of Inspector General has issued a report on sexual misconduct allegations against agents in four law enforcement agencies in the Department of Justice, including the DEA, FBI, ATF and Marshals Service. The full report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Time for a new open thread. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Another Judgment Day for Amanda Knox

    Jeralyn
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    The Supreme Court in Italy will rule Friday on yet another appeal in the Amanda Knox case. If she loses, will she be extradited? Will Italy even file the request? I don't think given the unique and twisted history of the case, disputed facts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Assembly races are just around the corner

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Although there is much talk about presidential elections in 2016 and gubernatorial elections in 2017, there will be important New Jersey races this year, and they have already started. Elections for all 80 assembly seats (not the senate this year) will take place in November. The signature-filing deadline for primary candidates is Monday, and the primary is only two months away on June 2. Already 104 individuals are on the Division of Election's Unofficial List of primary assembly candidates. Some races will be close so it's not too early to get involved. To put it all in perspective, below…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Marc 28-29, 2015

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    Port Authority Thanks for playing: Tom Kean Junior, sponsor of a piss-water Port Authority reform bill, attended his very first ever PA board meeting, sitting in the public section. Christie's yes-man on Sandy relief takes his leave Star-Ledger editorial gives Richard Constable the send-off he deserves. "Presidential" Christie, in Michigan, accuses Obama of "attacking" Israel. Pssst, Gov, I think Sheldon Adelson has moved on ... Chris Christie is not master of his own domain: ChrisChristie.com doesn't lead to Governor Downgrade's still-unlaunched campaign or his PAC, but to a computer…
  • Christie in New Hampshire, adding insult to injury

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    In today's New Hampshire Suffolk University poll of prospective Republican presidential candidates Gov. Christie is tied for fifth place with 5 per cent, down from 11 per cent in Suffolks' prior poll. He is behind Jeb Bush (19%), Scott Walker (14%), and Rand Paul (7%). Adding insult to injury he is even behind Donald Trump (6%). This is the state where Christie's former senior campaign operative Matt Mowers took on the role of Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican Committee, presumably there to help Christie's prospects. How has that worked out? Mowers resigned his post in…
  • Let's celebrate the 5th anniversary of the ACA

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Patrick Murray's Monmouth University Polling Institute held a panel discussion yesterday on the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Its ominous title was: "Is it working in New Jersey?" Apparently not so well according to three businessmen on the panel - the presidents of Meridian Health, Monmouth Medical Center, and NJ Association of Health Plans. There was no ACA representative (such as  U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director Jackie Cornell-Bechelli who manages ACA locally), nor advocates who advise and help people enroll and who are more aware of of the…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, March 26, 2015

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Hungry for Spring? Me too. So, this will be good news for future Springs - more lovely pink trees. We're at the 1-year anniversary of the taxpayer-funded Mastro Report At the time Christie was "fully embracing" the report, which called for a series of reforms to make sure nothing like Bridgegate could happen again. So have there been any actual reforms? Matt Katz takes a look. Racial bias, cronyism tearing apart NJ National Guard, senior officers allege Internal records show the Guard has at least four senior officers, including two top minorities, alleging a "toxic command climate," fueled…
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    Truthout Stories

  • France: Hatred a la Mode

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Éric Zemmour's Le Suicide français was the second-best-selling book in France last year, and the most argued over. In the book, Zemmour adopts a prosecutorial tone, and one thing becomes very clear the deeper one gets into his book: He does not give a damn about his Muslim fellow citizens. He has contempt for them - and wants his readers to share his view.(Image: French and European Publications Inc.)Le Suicide français By Éric Zemmour, Paris: Albin Michel, 534 pages, 23 euros (paper)   1. For three days the sirens never stopped in Paris. They began on the morning of Jan. 7 right…
  • Sustainable Living Means Making Big Changes; Why Can't We Face Up to It?

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Get used to bike riding - cleaner cars won't be enough. (Image: Riding bicycle via Shutterstock) Despite the significant risks for human and non-human life, greenhouse gas emissions (GhG) are still rising. Something has to give – and that something would appear more significant than those with the power to stimulate change are willing to admit. The UK government’s Global Calculator is a good example. This recently released tool allows us to model the compatibility of our food, travel, housing and work environment with national targets to limit climate change. The climate secretary, Ed…
  • Radical Walt! (Whitman, That Is)

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Walt Whitman had a craving for a society so different from our own, the opposite of the dog-eat-dog morals that govern neoliberalism quite as much as neoconservatism. But the negatives that seem so powerful today and need so desperately to be overcome would, in the eyes of Whitman and his scholarly personal disciple, John Marsh, surely be overcome.(Image: Monthly Review Press)In Walt We Trust, By John Marsh, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2015, 229pp, $25   It is always a bit of a surprise when Americans learn that a poet or any writer taught in basic literature classes was…
  • How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends on Where You Work

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    At the time of their accidents, Jeremy Lewis was 27, Josh Potter 25. The men lived within 75 miles of each other. Both were married with two children about the same age. Both even had tattoos of their children’s names. Their injuries, suffered on the job at Southern industrial plants, were remarkably similar, too. Each man lost a portion of his left arm in a machinery accident. After that, though, their paths couldn’t have diverged more sharply: Lewis received just $45,000 in workers’ compensation for the loss of his arm. Potter was awarded benefits that could surpass $740,000 over his…
  • Sorry, Monsanto: The Science Is on Our Side, Not Yours

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    A few weeks ago, I spoke by phone with Cathleen Enright, executive vice president of the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO). (Long story). During the course of our conversation, when we touched on the subject of the science behind the debate over whether or not GMOs are "safe" (me arguing that there's no scientific consensus) Enright said, "Then you must not believe in climate change, either."  I glossed over that accusation, though it struck me as odd. And random. Until less than a week later, on March 9 (2015), an article appeared in the Guardian under this headline: "The anti-GM…
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  • In Washington State, too many low-income bronze plan buyers

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Washington HealthPlanFinder, the state's ACA exchange, has set the standard for enrollment data reporting, providing a more detailed and complete account of private plan buyers' demographics and behavior than any other state to date. Washington is a wealthy state, with a median household income (2013) of $60,106, compared to a national median of $51,939.   Its buyers of private plans on the exchange (known as Quality Health Plans, or QHPs) are accordingly a much wealthier group than the average among the 37 states that used the federal exchange, healthcare.gov.Only 12.5% of…
  • "Obamacare, Obamacare! stay a little. Ha!*

    Andrew Sprung
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    As Greg Sargent never tires of reminding us, Republicans have been promising an ACA replacement plan for 50 months now and haven't been able to deliver. Ergo, Sargent asserts, claims by Republican legislators that they are developing a plan to replace the ACA and keep premium subsidies flowing should the Supreme Court rule for the plaintiffs in King are a ruse, designed to convince swing justices that chaos won't erupt if the court invalidates subsidies credited through the federal exchange.That is probably at least partially true, as Republicans have long proven themselves unable to unite…
  • Israelis read Obama right. Well, half right.

    Andrew Sprung
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    I have been arguing that the Obama administration's promise to reassess its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in light of Netanyahu's late-election disavowal of a two-state solution is not an expression of pique but the seizing of an opportunity. A report from the New York Times' Jodi Rudoren suggests that a lot of Israelis agree with me:Several Israeli analysts said the administration’s criticism of Mr. Netanyahu seemed like a pretext for a longstanding plan to change the United States’ policy of protecting Israel in international forums, which the administration has said it…
  • Chastising Netanyahu: Fury or cold calculation?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Characterizing the Obama administration's reaction to Netanyahu's late-election comments denigrating Arab voters and promising to prevent formation of a Palestinian state, the New York Times' Jodi Rudoren and Julie Davis echo a comment them in assertingthe White House issued a new signal that it remained furious with Mr. Netanyahu for campaign comments that also appeared to close the door on a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict.andthere was no sign of any softening from the administration over its anger with Mr. Netanyahu over his comments about the Palestinian question.Perhaps…
  • On U.S. support for Israel, Obama is turning the battleship a few degrees

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    As Obama discussed U.S. policy with respect to Israel in his recent sit-down with Huffington Post's Sam Stein, there were a couple of surprise turns -- at least, surprising to me as a transcript reader.First, this:OBAMA: Well, I had a chance to speak to Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday, congratulated his party on his victory'Congratulated...his party.' Not Netanyahu himself, not for the campaign he ran. Every word that Obama has said in response to Netanyahu's late-stage campaign comments and the election results has been calibrated to pressure the prime minister to prove by deeds, not…
 
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  • Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

    timothy
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    schwit1 writes Because it has concluded that they make it impossible to have a fair competition for contracts, the Air Force has decided to phase out taxpayer subsidies to the United Launch Alliance (ULA). The specific amounts of these subsidies have been effectively buried by the Air Force in many different contracts, so we the taxpayers really don't know how much the are. Nonetheless, this decision, combined with the military report released yesterday that criticized the Air Force's over-bearing and restrictive certification process with SpaceX indicates that the political pressure is now…
  • Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

    timothy
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Earthquake Retrofit writes The Washington Post reports the governor of Iowa denying he uses e-mail, but court documents expose his confusion. From the article: "Branstad's apparent confusion over smartphones, apps and e-mail is ironic because he has tried to portray himself as technologically savvy. His Instagram account has pictures of him taking selfies and using Skype... 2010 campaign ads show him tapping away on an iPad. 'Want a brighter future? We've got an app for that.' Earlier this month, the governor's office announced that it had even opened an account on Meerkat, the live video…
  • Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

    samzenpus
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    An anonymous reader writes Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Intercept show the extent to which Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) cooperates with the NSA — and perhaps most interestingly details CSEC's "false flag" operations, whereby cyberattacks are designed and carried out with the intention of attribution to another individual, group or nation state. The revelations come in the midst of Canadian controversy regarding the C-51 anti-terrorism bill.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

    timothy
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    HughPickens.com writes Bill Davidow And Michael S. Malone write in the WSJ that recent rains have barely made a dent in California's enduring drought, now in its fourth year. Thus, it's time to solve the state's water problem with radical solutions, and they can begin with "virtual water." This concept describes water that is used to produce food or other commodities, such as cotton. According to Davidow and Malone, when those commodities are shipped out of state, virtual water is exported. Today California exports about six trillion gallons of virtual water, or about 500 gallons per resident…
  • Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

    timothy
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    New submitter PensacolaSlick writes that [Patrick Moore a], co-founder of Greenpeace, and seven-year director of Greenpeace International, with other very pro-environmental credentials, has come out with a brief rationale for why he is "skeptical that humans are the main cause of climate change and that it will be catastrophic in the near future." He argues instead that in a historical context, human activity has saved the planet, declaring that "at 400 parts per million, all our food crops, forests, and natural ecosystems are still on a starvation diet for carbon dioxide." (Consider the…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Cathy MacPhail’s ever-expanding cabinet of book awards is a physical testament to her enduring popularity amongst teenage readers, with the most recent addition being her third Scottish Children’s Book Award. We caught up with her in the midst of launching her latest books, Devil You Know, an action-packed teen thriller with a sensational twist and The Stars Shall Be Bright, a moving story of a family caught up in the consequences of WW1.
  • That hung parliament scenario in full

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely pointed out that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act meant that votes on a Queen’s Speech (a government’s programme for a new session of Parliament) or a Budget could no longer be declared matters of confidence and therefore could not [...]
  • Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Watford based Lost in the Riots have released 2 albums and an EP in their relatively short four year career. Having already played prestigious up and coming festivals such as StrangeForms and ArcTanGent, the post-rock four piece are already making great strides. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss community, persistent rumours and [...]
  • Her Outdoors: Wasabi and chips

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Even though they take up a lot of space on the allotment, I wouldn’t stop growing potatoes each year for two reasons – first, because the taste is so much better than shop-bought, and second, because they are prolific. Potatoes do need a lot of compost for earthing up, but this just takes some planning [...]
  • Barking Blondes: ‘Dangerous Dog’ sentencing

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    This week, the Sentencing Council, drafted a new guidance for courts, on  ‘dangerous dogs sentencing’. Last year we saw the maximum sentencing for an owner, whose dog kills a person, increase from two to 14 years. The much-anticipated new guidelines, have now been sent to experts for public consultation. They will follow on from the changes made [...]
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  • Did Hillary Clinton Wipe Her Private Email Server Clean?

    Peter Suderman
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    That's what Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina), who is running the House GOP's Benghazi investigation, said over the weekend. Via The Hill: “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement Friday. He said while it’s “not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the…
  • Michael Malice on North Korea

    Reason.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Did Kim Jong-Il really kidnap a South Korean actress and director to film a communist Godzilla movie? Not exactly, Michael Malice reports, in a review of Paul Fischer's book A Kim Jong-Il Production. But what did happen was still strange and horrifying. View this article.
  • Kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il

    Michael Malice
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power, by Paul Fischer, Flatiron Books, 339 p., $27.99 Reading a book about North Korea is like reading a story out of Oz. The ways people act, the way society is organized, the things that are presented as truth: All strain Western credulity. Add the fact that American reporting is often too credulous about the country—they're going to nuke Austin!—and it becomes even more difficult to strain fact from fiction, propaganda from mythology, and deceit from…
  • Hundreds Line Up in D.C. For Free Marijuana Seeds

    Joshua Swain
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    On Saturday, March 28, the Cannabis Campiagn hosted second seed-sharing event out of their DC-based office. Check out Reason TV's coverage of their Thursday seed exchange above! "Hundreds Line Up in D.C. For Free Marijuana Seeds": Produced by Joshua Swain. About 90 seconds. Original release date was March 27, 2015 and the original writeup is below. Washington, D.C.—On March 26, hundreds of people lined up for blocks outside of Libertine bar in the city's Adam's Morgan neighborhood to get totally legal—and totally free—marijuana seeds. "This is the end of the Cannabis…
  • Sheldon Richman: 'We Have Only One Right'

    Reason.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Critics of the libertarian philosophy often complain that libertarians see rights violations all around while denying the existence of things like welfare rights. So, libertarians, how many rights do people have? One (say, the right to life)? Three (life, liberty, and property)? Or an unlimited number (the right to do this, that, and the other, ad infinitum)? Sheldon Richman argues that people have only one right: the right not to be aggressed against. All further rights are simply applications of this fundamental right. View this article.
 
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  • What is to Happen?

    Randy Toman
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place?  The question with its answer has history to look to. Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”  The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”. Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a…
  • Is Reason Enough?

    Randy Toman
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    I have attempted to look at this thing called “Reason” and the reasoning process.  Why do conservatives not come together with a sound force in that “Right-ness”?  Herman Dooyeweerd  in his book  “In The Twilight of Western Thought”  gives us this insight with this quote. “If all philosophical currents that pretend to choose their starting points in theoretical reason alone, had indeed , no deeper presuppositions, it should be possible to settle every philosophical argument between them in a purely theoretical way.  But the factual situation is quite different.  A debate…
  • Ignorance Plus

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
  • Amateur or Enemy

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

  • The Feds Are Finally Moving to Regulate Payday Lending

    Sean McElwee
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Payday loan businesses, some of them open 24-hours a day, advertise their services in Phoenix, Arizona.  This article originally appeared at Demos.org.   Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a blueprint for new regulations pertaining to payday loans and car title loans. The regulations will not include an interest rate cap, the holy grail for advocates, because industry allies watered-down the provisions (I discuss the fight over payday lending in my recent Atlantic article). These regulations are still important. The proposed regulations…
  • Legions of Women Workers in U.S. Still Lack Minimum Wage and Labor Protections

    Caroline Fredrickson
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II In this Dec. 2014 photo, Eileen Merize, left, helps 93-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Harold Utsler look through some of his paper work at her home in Katy, Texas near Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports Utsler is one of three veterans who live in Merize's home through the Medical Foster Program, which helps disabled elderly veterans live with "foster families" rather than in large nursing homes.  It’s Women’s History Month—what a nice idea to recognize that women actually make history and aren’t just along to make dinner for the…
  • Trey Gowdy's Bad Benghazi Hand

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Why won't the chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee show his cards? Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has…
  • Chart: The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

    David Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This article was originally published on the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour—an amount that has not been raised since 1991—provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage. Consequently, tipped work is overwhelmingly low-paying, even after accounting for tips. In 2013, the median hourly wage for tipped workers, including their income from tips, was $10.22 per hour, compared with a…
  • Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns

    Sue Sturgis
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    © Coalition of Immokalee Workers On March 22, students and activists from across the U.S. came together in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Concert for Fair Food. There the group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), announced a nationwide student boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain for its refusal to join in an agreement designed to protect the farmworkers who harvest the produce used by the chain. This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Students from colleges and high schools across the U.S. declared a…
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  • The Feds Are Finally Moving to Regulate Payday Lending

    Sean McElwee
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Payday loan businesses, some of them open 24-hours a day, advertise their services in Phoenix, Arizona.  This article originally appeared at Demos.org.   Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a blueprint for new regulations pertaining to payday loans and car title loans. The regulations will not include an interest rate cap, the holy grail for advocates, because industry allies watered-down the provisions (I discuss the fight over payday lending in my recent Atlantic article). These regulations are still important. The proposed regulations…
  • Legions of Women Workers in U.S. Still Lack Minimum Wage and Labor Protections

    Caroline Fredrickson
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II In this Dec. 2014 photo, Eileen Merize, left, helps 93-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Harold Utsler look through some of his paper work at her home in Katy, Texas near Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports Utsler is one of three veterans who live in Merize's home through the Medical Foster Program, which helps disabled elderly veterans live with "foster families" rather than in large nursing homes.  It’s Women’s History Month—what a nice idea to recognize that women actually make history and aren’t just along to make dinner for the…
  • Trey Gowdy's Bad Benghazi Hand

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Why won't the chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee show his cards? Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has…
  • Chart: The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

    David Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This article was originally published on the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour—an amount that has not been raised since 1991—provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage. Consequently, tipped work is overwhelmingly low-paying, even after accounting for tips. In 2013, the median hourly wage for tipped workers, including their income from tips, was $10.22 per hour, compared with a…
  • Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns

    Sue Sturgis
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    © Coalition of Immokalee Workers On March 22, students and activists from across the U.S. came together in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Concert for Fair Food. There the group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), announced a nationwide student boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain for its refusal to join in an agreement designed to protect the farmworkers who harvest the produce used by the chain. This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Students from colleges and high schools across the U.S. declared a…
 
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  • Chart: the average cost of room service in 15 U.S. cities

    Ana Swanson
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    If you're thinking about ordering a club sandwich through room service in New York City, perhaps you should think again. The graph below by Dadaviz's Jody Sieradzki charts the average price of a sandwich, water, peanuts, soda and vodka through hotel room service and mini bars, using data from TripAdvisor. All of the charges are pretty exorbitant, but especially in New York City, Las Vegas and Honolulu. A club sandwich costs an average of $24 in New York City, while a vodka is nearly $17. A bottle of water is the most expensive in Los Angeles ($6.80), and a package of peanuts can set you back…
  • No, inequality actually doesn’t help everyone

    Matt O'Brien
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images) People tend to think about inequality in Manichean terms. It's either all good or all bad, when reality is a lot more banal than that. Some inequality is good, but that doesn't mean more is always better. Now, if people can't make money, then they won't make the things that make our lives better. Why invent the iPhone or the PC or the car if you can't get rich off it? Incentives matter, and, as my colleague George Will might say, inequality is the price of progress. But that doesn't mean we should have a wholly positive attitude about it. Even though, say,…
  • Why it’s not enough for fast food companies to “give consumers what they want”

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What people want. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg) Fast food companies, time and again, talk about "giving consumers what they want," particularly as a way of explaining why they don't sell healthier foods. "We don't make what we want to sell," said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer for CKE Restaurants, which owns both Carl's Jr and Hardee's, at the Washington Post's Changing The Menu conference on food on Thursday. "We make what people want to buy." Carl's Jr. recently launched an "all-natural" hamburger, which comes with grass fed, antibiotic free beef. But Haley admitted that the chain…
  • White kids are winning San Francisco’s school lottery, and the data proves it

    Max Ehrenfreund
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    (Courtesy of Priceonomics) White students are no longer the majority in U.S. public schools this school year for the first time ever. It's a sign of things to come, to be sure. Families from all over the world are immigrating to the United States, and the white share of the population as a whole is declining. It's also a reminder of the past. For decades, a combination of discriminatory housing and zoning rules and underinvestment by government in certain schools and districts has meant that even where white children go to public schools, they still attend different schools than do…
  • The U.S. has been losing out on foreign investment. A bunch of multinationals are trying to change that.

    Lydia DePillis
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Earlier this week, the U.S. Commerce Department put on a big show for foreign investors at the Gaylord National hotel, just outside Washington, D.C. President Obama showed up for a lunchtime keynote, followed the next day by Secretary of State John Kerry; the luminaries beamed out from a Jumbotron to a cavernous ballroom filled with delegations all over the world. Their message: The United States is an island of safety in a sea of…
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  • Boehner's goal? Keeping '218 frogs in a wheelbarrow'

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touted a surprising deal reached with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an interview aired Sunday, but downplayed the close collaboration between their staff."No, it was an opportunity that presented itself....
  • Widow: Kennedy wanted to inspire future generations

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    The widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is preparing for the upcoming opening of the institute named after her late husband.Vicki Kennedy invited “Fox News Sunday” to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston days before...
  • Boehner: Obama treatment of Netanyahu 'reprehensible'

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
     Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted President Obama on Sunday for his treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  "I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is...
  • Boehner vows sanctions if Iran talks fail

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday promised fresh sanctions on Iran should the Obama administration fail to secure a deal over the country's nuclear program."The sanctions are going to come, and they're going to come quick," Boehner said on CNN...
  • Netanyahu aide predicts wave of money in future Israeli elections

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign manager is predicting a wave of outside spending in future Israeli elections.   "I think in every election campaign from this point onward, you'll see external groups slugging the market...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    The petition of the day is: Vaughn v. United States 14-921Issue: Whether the minimum required culpability state for denying a bankruptcy debtor a discharge of a tax debt based on the debtor's participation in a disallowed tax shelter, and spending decisions in light of a known or potential tax debt is: (1) negligence (i.e., the debtor should have known better than to participate in the tax shelter or spend money on something other than a present or potential future tax bill), per the analysis of several circuits including the Tenth Circuit in In re Vaughn; (2) specific intent (i.e., the…
  • Argument preview: Mental disability and death sentencing

    Lyle Denniston
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    At 10 a.m. Monday, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument on the procedure to be used to determine if an individual is mentally disabled and thus cannot be given a death sentence.  In Brumfield v. Cain, arguing for the Louisiana death-row inmate will be Michael B. DeSanctis of the Washington, D.C., office of Jenner & Block LLP.  Representing the state warden will be Premila Burns of Baton Rouge, an assistant district attorney for the East Baton Rouge Parish.  Each lawyer will have thirty minutes of time. Background Over the years, the Supreme Court has created a fairly…
  • This week at the Court

    Andrew Hamm
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    On Monday the Court will hear oral argument in Brumfield v. Cain. The Court will also issue orders from the March 27 Conference. On Tuesday the Court will hear oral argument in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises and Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems.  We also expect one or more opinions in argued cases; we will be live-blogging at this link at approximately 9:45 a.m. On Wednesday the Court will hear oral argument in Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank and Harris v. Viegelahn. This is the final week of the March sitting.
  • Relist Watch

    John Elwood
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    John Elwood reviews Monday’s relisted cases. After a customary mid-March break to allow all sentient life on Earth time to research and complete its brackets (history may view picking Villanova for the championship game as more Millard Fillmore than Abraham Lincoln), the Court is back in session, and so is the Watch.  Let’s take a look at how the unstoppable favorites and plucky underdogs did this week. We start, as usual, with victors.   DIRECTV v. Imburgia, 14-462, pulled off an upset in double overtime.  After years of talking trash about whether an arbitration agreement requiring…
  • Petitions to watch | Conference of March 27

    Maureen Johnston
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    At its Conference on March 27, 2015, the Court will consider petitions seeking review of issues such as equitable tolling in habeas proceedings, First Amendment rights of students, and a court’s denial of a criminal defendant’s constitutional right to testify. This edition of “Petitions to watch” features petitions raising issues that Tom has determined to have a reasonable chance of being granted, although we post them here without consideration of whether they present appropriate vehicles in which to decide those issues.  Our policy is to include and disclose all cases in which…
 
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Bernie Sanders: "From 2013-2015, the richest 14 Americans increased their net wealth by more than $157 billion, yet the Republican budget would not require these Americans to contribute one penny to deficit reduction."

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Bernie Sanders: GOP budget does not ask ultra-wealthy to contribute 'one penny' to deficit reduction If the Republicans’ proposed budget reduces the deficit, the country’s ultra-wealthy won’t have anything to do with it, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders, who is an Independent but caucuses with Democrats, tweeted a meme March 23 that said, "From 2013-2015, the richest 14 Americans increased their net wealth by more than $157 billion, yet the Republican budget would not require these Americans to contribute one penny to deficit…
  • Bloggers: Say Michelle Obama "mandates" weighing children in day care.

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Social media posts say Michelle Obama is mandating that all day care kids be weighed First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative on healthy eating and physical activity may have been intended to be noncontroversial, but it hasn’t turned out that way. She has faced pushback from critics who assail her call for healthier school lunches as forcing kids to eat unappetizing meals and who say she’s second-guessing parents who know what’s best for their kids better than the government does. Now, a new front against her has opened in the…
  • Rand Paul: Says according to recent polls, no Republican candidate "is doing better against Hillary Clinton than myself."

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Rand Paul says polls show he has the best shot at beating Hillary Clinton Among the potential Republican contenders, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he is best-positioned to take on likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. In an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who asked about his chances at a win, Paul said, "I think when you see my polling, the polling that's out there so far, nobody is doing better against Hillary Clinton than myself." "Also though, when you poll people not just against each…
  • Ted Cruz: "Small businesses (are) going out of business in record numbers."

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Ted Cruz: Small business are going out of business 'in record numbers' Republican Sen. Ted Cruz became the first big-name politician to announce a 2016 presidential bid during an address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, of Texas, asked the audience to "imagine" (a word he used 38 times) what he believed a conservative administration could accomplish. "Think just how different the world would be. Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth," Cruz said. "Instead of small businesses going out of business in…
  • David Simas: Job growth in the United States is now at the "fastest pace in this country's history."

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | White House aide says job growth now at 'fastest pace in this country's history' With the economy finally seeming to turn a corner, the Obama administration has been more aggressive recently about touting its accomplishments in creating jobs. But a claim made by one White House official recently was novel enough to catch our attention. The claim was made on CNN’s New Day by David Simas, the assistant to the president and director of the White House’s office of political strategy and outreach. "We're more than happy to compare the record of…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Sunday Garden Chat: Things Change

    Anne Laurie
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    From commentor Stan of the Sawgrass: This is is our mango tree, blooming, when there are already fairly large mangoes growing from a previous blooming this year. This is NOT normal. Like most other fruiting trees, there is only one bloom/fruit cycle per year. I’ve noticed over the past few years that the trees are blooming earlier– during the winter, as early as New Year, and then again after a month or two (right now is about the normal time for this tree.) You might think, “Oh boy! That’s TWICE as many mangoes as before! In yer face, Al Gore!” but the yield on…
  • Today in Family Values

    John Cole +0
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Serial asshole and former SC GOP head is exactly the man you thought he was: Todd Kincannon, a Columbia attorney and former executive director of the S.C. Republican Party, has been accused of threatening his wife and refusing to let her out of his car Thursday night, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He has not been arrested or charged with any crimes, according to a sheriff’s department spokesman. The report states that on Thursday at about 10:21 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy responded to Kincannon’s house in Columbia “regarding a possible domestic…
  • Open Thread: Go Seastead Yourself, Thiel

    Anne Laurie
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Along with his residual fondness for Ron Paul’s kid, world’s loudest Libertarian Peter Thiel is a Ted Cruz admirer, per McKay Coppins at Buzzfeed: … The question of Thiel’s loyalties looms large in the Republicans’ heated 2016 fundraising race. The gay, libertarian tech tycoon has funneled millions of dollars in recent years to a diverse array of causes and campaigns, from marriage equality advocacy groups to insurgent Tea Party candidates. In an era when a single motivated billionaire can prop up a presidential candidate all on his own, Thiel’s endorsement would be a…
  • It’s Always Important To Remember Who the Real Victims Are

    John Cole +0
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    The sheer capacity of people to self-delude is quite astonishing, although not so much as it is amazing how bible thumpers are always turning themselves in to martyrs when they get caught doing something evil: Reaction to Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law has come fast, hard and loud. And the public firestorm has been fueled almost exclusively by critics — from gay rights activists to business leaders to celebrities— who see the law as a license to discriminate under the guise of religion. Oddly and conspicuously missing has been a strong counter-show of public…
  • Open Thread: Be Prepared

    Anne Laurie
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    smdh http://t.co/pFVBnW8nHg pic.twitter.com/8QV8grrxXd — daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 27, 2015 From the Capital Times article: … The Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate spoke on Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona. The event was closed to press, but video of Walker’s conversation with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt was recorded by the opposition research group American Bridge and released by the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now. According to the video, the final question Hewitt asked Walker was, “Does…
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    Oliver Willis

  • The Problem Of Fairy Tale History

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    In order to have a dialogue and frank exchange of ideas, you have to operate from some sort of baseline. In the context of politics in America, that often relies on a common ground of history. This is yet another area in which the modern conservative movement has run smashing into actual facts. One of the reasons conservatives hate President Obama is the way in which he speaks about American history. Obama often discusses U.S. history from the idea that while founded with high ideals, America is continually in a fight to live up to those ideals. There is ample factual evidence to back up…
  • New Study: Republican States More Dependent On Government

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Based on the mantra we hear over and over again, job-creating Republicans are subsidizing the lavish lifestyles of liberals asking for handouts in blue states. Double points if they’re minorities, of course. Another study shows it isn’t true. According to WalletHub’s ranking of states based on their level of federal dependency, the majority of the most dependent states are in red territory: Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Montana, West Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and South Dakota. The only blue state in the bottom 10 is Maine. The post New Study: Republican…
  • Right Wing Fantasy Tales #1: The Plot Begins

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Barack Obama sat at the Resolute Desk with his shoes – purchased at exorbitant taxpayer expense – disrespectfully placed on its surface. He was unusually happy. “Everything is going according to plan,” he said out loud, relishing yet another display of narcissism, for a party of one this time. “Thanks to my allies in the mainstream media and ACORN, I’ve been elected to a second term. I’ve imposed socialism in the form of health care reform, and I still have three years left to destroy America from the inside.” He reached into the top pocket of his jacket and pulled out…
  • Netanyahu Needs To Be Reminded Israel Is America’s Junior Partner

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The longstanding relationship between America and Israel is very different between the alliance between America and countries like England, France, and Germany. Ostensibly our connection to the European powers are equal to equal. Despite our superpower status, these nations are looking us directly in the eye.
  • We Are At War And Patricia Arquette Is Not The Enemy

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    “Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that “we are holding our position.” We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose!” – Patton, (1970) Patricia Arquette was way off base…
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • A New Era of Televangelists

    Guest Voice
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star A New Era of Televangelists By Tina Dupuy This week, the junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, kicked off the 2016 Republican primary season at a university founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell. Liberty University’s students were mandated to attend Cruz’s announcement speech, so Senator Cruz enjoyed a packed house of attentive students accustomed to being preached at. “Imagine,” he asked, “a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel!” The launch of the GOP’s bid for the White House was…
  • Positives in Saudi/Yemen Military Actions

    Ballard Burgher
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Josh Marshall offers a thoughtful take on independent military action recently taken by Saudi Arabia and others in the Middle East on Talking Points Memo. We now see this Saudi-led military operation in Yemen which is being joined by Egypt and possibly other Arab states. Earlier, we saw the Jordanian attacks against ISIS after the immolation of their captured fighter pilot and the Egyptian strikes in Libya. Each of these broke the model of US-led operations supported by nominal or secondary contributions by allied Arab militaries. They were genuinely independent actions. In the new case of…
  • For God’s Sake, Open The Door’

    Guest Voice
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    ‘For God’s Sake, Open The Door’ Transcripts of the black box recordings from the doomed Germanwings flight 9525 have revealed Captain Sondenheimer shouting “Open the goddamn door!” as he tries to break into the locked cockpit. According to the transcripts, published in German newspaper Bild, the recordings begin normally, with Captain Sondenheimer apologizing to passengers for a 26-minute delay in Barcelona. The… The post For God’s Sake, Open The Door’ appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Yemen: Saudi actions are destabilizing for the global UN-based order

    BRIJ KHINDARIA, Foreign Affairs Columnist
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    The Saudi intervention in Yemen as the lead military power in a Gulf coalition opens a Pandora’s Box that could be the first fatal step in unravelling the United Nations security system set up after World War II. The UN system prohibits military intervention in any foreign country without Security Council authorization and the UN’s founding principle, considered sacrosanct by many, is non-interference in the internal affairs of another nation. The US, former Soviet Union and Russia have regularly flouted these UN principles but no middle sized regional power has dared to do so. The Saudi…
  • ‘The Walking Dead’: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Watching Season 5 Finale [SPOILERS]

    Guest Voice
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The Walking Dead season 5 finale will be bloody and fans are preparing themselves for the inevitable deaths. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s going on in Alexandria with minimal comic book spoilers. 1. Deanna’s exiled members Deanna has repeatedly stated she’s exiled people from Alexandria before and she’d do it again. She’s never… The post ‘The Walking Dead’: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Watching Season 5 Finale [SPOILERS] appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Voter registration deadlines suppressed up to 4 million votes in 2012

    Jon Green
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    New analysis conducted by a team of political scientists, led by Carroll College professor Alex Street, shows that an alarmingly high number of American citizens want to vote, but can’t due to voter registration deadlines. The study was fairly straightforward: the researchers looked at the number of times people Googled “register to vote,” along with a few other related queries, during the weeks leading up to Election Day in 2012. They then compared those searches to data on when and how many people actually registered to vote, finding that “daily web search volume…
  • Indiana legalizes “straights only” economic discrimination

    Jon Green
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a purportedly anti-discrimination bill into law that legalizes discrimination against LGBT consumers. Senate Bill 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, prohibits the government from unnecessarily burdening anyone’s ability to exercise their religious beliefs. Seemingly forgetting that this protection already exists, as established under the First Amendment, the bill can be more accurately described as establishing a “right to discriminate” in Indiana — one in which businesses can refuse service to LGBT…
  • Republicans are trying to legally rig elections: Ohio Edition

    Sam Whipple
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By now, Americans no strangers to the variety of inventive and ill-conceived ways that Republican state legislators have found to build barriers to the ballot box. AMERICAblog readers already know about the attempt to tweak the rules for electoral votes in Michigan and Nebraska, along with poll taxes in North Carolina and voter ID laws in around the country — laws that have altered electoral outcomes in Mississippi and Virginia. But now Ohio Republicans are pushing a new kind of voter suppression – one specifically targeting students in the Buckeye State. Late last week (and…
  • Anti-herpes drug to treat HIV?

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Research is continuing to discover new drugs to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The research isn’t just for drugs; it’s also for vaccines and some other techniques to try to prevent the transmission of and, finally, cure AIDS. Valacyclovir is a drug primarily used to treat people infected with Herpes Simplex virus (HSV). It has also been used to treat patients with chickenpox, patients infected with Epstein-Barr virus and to prevent cytomegalovirus infections. It’s been available to use for quite some time and often works well to treat people with HSV infections like genital herpes,…
  • In defense of bloody primaries

    Edward Visel
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    As Hillary Clinton begins to run into friction in her next attempt to win the presidency, Democrats are — to differing degrees — losing enthusiasm for the headlining race of 2016. At the same time, GOP candidates are facing any number of scandals-of-the-day, but Republican enthusiasm is as boisterous as ever. Why? It’s quite simple: Democrats have one serious contender for the presidency; Republicans have around a dozen possibilities. When a Republican candidate hits a snag, like Christie’s bridge-related problems, support shifts to other candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Last Week With John Oliver - Lesson In Democracy

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
  • David Cameron exposed

    dag (/politics/member/dag)
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Great little kooky piece. Watch to the end.
  • Barack Obama interviews creator David Simon of The Wire

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    "As a former journalist, The Wire creator David Simon probably had some pretty tough questions lined up for his visit to the White House. Well too bad, because Barack Obama is asking the questions here!" --www.vulture.com
  • The Daily Show - The Future of Gender Wage Equality

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    YouTube: Kristen Schaal reports on gender wage equality and discovers that some sci-fi fantasies are more likely to come true than equal pay for women
  • Is Obamacare Working?

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    ... the Affordable Care Act five years later YouTube: 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 care in the United States more generally, and the limited scope of the Affordable Care Act relative to the size of the overall health care system in the U.S.
 
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    The American Prospect

  • The Feds Are Finally Moving to Regulate Payday Lending

    Sean McElwee
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Payday loan businesses, some of them open 24-hours a day, advertise their services in Phoenix, Arizona.  This article originally appeared at Demos.org.   Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a blueprint for new regulations pertaining to payday loans and car title loans. The regulations will not include an interest rate cap, the holy grail for advocates, because industry allies watered-down the provisions (I discuss the fight over payday lending in my recent Atlantic article). These regulations are still important. The proposed regulations…
  • Legions of Women Workers in U.S. Still Lack Minimum Wage and Labor Protections

    Caroline Fredrickson
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II In this Dec. 2014 photo, Eileen Merize, left, helps 93-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Harold Utsler look through some of his paper work at her home in Katy, Texas near Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports Utsler is one of three veterans who live in Merize's home through the Medical Foster Program, which helps disabled elderly veterans live with "foster families" rather than in large nursing homes.  It’s Women’s History Month—what a nice idea to recognize that women actually make history and aren’t just along to make dinner for the…
  • Trey Gowdy's Bad Benghazi Hand

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Why won't the chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee show his cards? Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has…
  • Chart: The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

    David Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This article was originally published on the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour—an amount that has not been raised since 1991—provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage. Consequently, tipped work is overwhelmingly low-paying, even after accounting for tips. In 2013, the median hourly wage for tipped workers, including their income from tips, was $10.22 per hour, compared with a…
  • Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns

    Sue Sturgis
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    © Coalition of Immokalee Workers On March 22, students and activists from across the U.S. came together in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Concert for Fair Food. There the group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), announced a nationwide student boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain for its refusal to join in an agreement designed to protect the farmworkers who harvest the produce used by the chain. This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Students from colleges and high schools across the U.S. declared a…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • 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…
  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

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

  • Israel's Dangerous Predicament

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Jason Reed/Reuters Last year, I interviewed President Obama about, among other things, the nature of the U.S. commitment to Israel. He talked about strong security ties between the two countries, and the unbreakable nature of their relationship. But he also suggested that, should the peace process break down in dramatic fashion, America's ability to manage the international ramifications for Israel—in the United Nations Security Council, and elsewhere—would be limited. "[I]f Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within…
  • Bibi Deploys the Southern Strategy

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Amir Cohen/Reuters The chairman of Israel's Central Election Committee, Salim Joubran, a judge on the country's Supreme Court, is an Arab Israeli. In other words, the man who just supervised the Jewish state's latest election (and who also, by the way, sent a former Israeli president to jail), is not Jewish. This, of course, is a good thing. Arab Israelis (or Palestinian-Israelis, as many prefer to be called), suffer from various forms of discrimination as a minority group, but they have the franchise (17 members, out of 120, of the next Knesset will be Arab), and they are playing…
  • Netanyahu Dodges the Cross

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    The Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters) Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is fond of recalling Vice President Joe Biden's suggestion that he nail himself to a very large cross. It was 2011, and they were in Jerusalem, in Netanyahu's office. Biden was encouraging the prime minister to make a bold leap for peace, and not to waste time on half-measures. "My father always said, 'Don't crucify yourself on a small cross,'" Biden said. Netanyahu laughed. Only Joe Biden, he would tell people later, would travel to Jerusalem to encourage a Jewish…
  • Bibi's Opponent: 'I Trust the Obama Administration to Get a Good Deal'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Isaac Herzog interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg at the Brookings Saban Forum (Peter Halmagyi) Of the many differences between Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and the man who may unseat him, Isaac "Buji" Herzog (I'll post separately on the ridiculousness of Israeli nicknames), none strikes me as more immediately consequential than the contrasting ways in which they view President Barack Obama. Yes, Netanyahu and Herzog differ stylistically and dispositionally, and yes, their views on a range of economic, security, and social issues are miles apart, but it is their diverging…
  • Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Davide Monteleone “All comes from the Jew; all returns to the Jew.” — Édouard Drumont (1844–1917), founder of the Anti-Semitic League of France I. The Scourge of Our Time The French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, the son of Holocaust survivors, is an accomplished, even gifted, pessimist. To his disciples, he is a Jewish Zola, accusing France’s bien-pensant intellectual class of complicity in its own suicide. To his foes, he is a reactionary whose nostalgia for a fairy-tale French past is induced by an irrational fear of Muslims. Finkielkraut’s cast of mind is generally dark, but…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Pilots on the Germanwings Murder/Suicide

    James Fallows
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    A memorial near the site of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps (Eric Gaillard / Reuters) After the Germanwings crash I argued that no single safety device or security protocol could protect the flying public against a pilot determined to do harm. A number of veteran pilots write in to agree, but also to suggest that this episode illustrates some structural problems within the modern cost-cutting air-travel industry. 1) "Low-cost pilots, low-cost lives." Adam Shaw, who has had a varied and interesting career as a writer and flyer and now leads an aerobatics team in Europe, writes as…
  • Downtown Fresno Kicks Off Its Campaign

    James Fallows
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    A shot from the Downtown Fresno Partnership's video last night ( DowntownFresno.Org ) An unexpected satisfaction of following cities in our American Futures travels has been watching plans and projects unfold in real time. For instance, last fall we were in Allentown, Pa., with our Marketplace colleagues, as the city was racing against the clock to get a big new downtown arena ready for a sold-out debut concert by The Eagles. Could they possibly get the construction finished and the roads repaved and the restaurants ready and the parking snarls worked out in time for an event on which the…
  • Could the Germanwings Crash Have Been Avoided?

    James Fallows
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Leonhard Foeger/Reuters As I write I am listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's announcement that the Germanwings crash in France this week was apparently a deliberate act of suicide/murder. The ramifications: 1) Has anything like this ever happened before? Yes it has. For instance, back in 1999, EgyptAir flight 990, shortly after taking off from Kennedy airport in New York en route to Cairo, disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod. In 2001, my friend and then-Atlantic-colleague William Langewiesche, who has spent all his life around aviation, wrote a celebrated story for our…
  • What Hypoxia Could Do to Pilots

    James Fallows
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    A U.S. physiological technician on-board a C-17 Globemaster III ensures that crew members do not succumb to hypoxia. (Reuters) No one knows the cause of the latest airline disaster, the Germanwings crash yesterday in Southern France. As is usually the case after crashes, most first-day speculation is wrong or implausible. Also as is usually the case, Patrick Smith of AskThePilot has debunked many of the most fanciful cable-news theories, for instance that the plane might somehow have been remotely controlled, like a drone, or victim of "hacking" of its flight software. Without getting into…
  • If You're in Northern Mississippi This Weekend, Check Out 'The Blue and the Gray'

    James Fallows
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Historical re-enactment by students at Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus, MS, site of this weekend's concert everts (James Fallows) Last May, Deb Fallows wrote an account of a historical coincidence that linked The Atlantic Monthly of 150 years ago with the American Futures project we're doing for The Atlantic these days. In the town of Columbus, Mississippi, part of the "Golden Triangle" of Mississippi we described in more than a dozen posts last year, a few Union soldiers killed at the battle of Shiloh were buried in the local cemetery along with the much larger number of…
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    The American Scene

  • Caesaropapism is Our Greatest Strength

    Gabriel Rossman
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    A few months ago I read TAS alum Alan Jacobs’ book The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and it was truly fascinating. Probably the most entertaining bit was how early on the English attempted to impose their (high church) liturgy on the Scots and a Scotswoman hurled a chair at a priest, after which the bishop of Brechin “read his first service from the prayer book, he did so with two loaded pistols placed on the desk before him, in plain sight of the restive congregation.” Less entertaining, but ultimately more worthy of reflection is the story of George C. Gorham, a priest…
  • Evolutionarily Stable Strategery

    Gabriel Rossman
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Yesterday somebody asked Governor Walker if he believes in evolution and he ducked the question. As Ramesh argued, this was a mistake, and there was a fair amount of snark directed at this. Then there was a wave of counter-snark, stemming from the same impulse as Cooke’s recent NR cover story about how the NdGT “I love science” fan club is really about mood affiliation, much of it semi-sublimated anti-clericalism, and not really very much about scientific knowledge. I totally understand the impulse to call out the extent to which affirmation of science is 99% mood…
  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

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

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

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

  • How to tell Classical from Neo-Classical sculpture

    SuperUser
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:39 pm
    by Doctor Science This picture has been going around tumblr: sparking a discussion of "how do sculptors even *do* that?" and many pictures of Bernini works. Along the way, someone labeled this one "a Vestal Virgin, carved during the Roman Empire". I immediately recognized that this was wrong. The work is by Raffaelle Monti, a 19th-century Italian sculptor who created it in 1846-47. I'm not sure what, exactly, makes me say the Monti sculpture is obviously 19th-C, while the Louvre statue of Aphrodite aka Venus Genetrix, also discussed in the thread, looks more authentically ancient. Cut for…
  • Learning From Experience -- Friday Open Thread

    SuperUser
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    by wj Writing about the current mess in Yemen, Fareed Zakaria says, in part: This is the pattern that has produced terrorism in the Arab world. Repressive, secular regimes — backed by the West — become illegitimate. Over time they become more repressive to survive and the opposition becomes more extreme and violent. The space for compromise, pluralism and democracy vanishes. The insurgents and jihadists have mostly local grievances but, because Washington supports the dictator, their goals become increasingly anti-American. Since we have learned little from this history, we are now…
  • that thing that margaret said...

    russell
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    by russell for some reason, I recently found myself looking into the famous Margaret Thatcher quote.  You know the one: There is no such thing as society. It's a sort of counter-intuitive, and maybe disturbing, thing for the Prime Minister of a major nation to come out with.  So, I wanted to understand what she was on about. The quote comes from a much longer interview (which is worth reading) with Woman's Own, a UK lifestyle magazine.  I'd like to present the original quote in a slightly larger context: There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men…
  • Ted Cruz Signs Up For Obamacare!

    SuperUser
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    by wj You just can't make upstuff like this. At least, my imagination can't manage it. The Des Moines Register reports today that Senator Cruz will be signing up for Obamacare. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/24/ted-cruz-health-insurance-obamacare/70384334/ It seems that his wife is taking leave from Goldman Sachs to support his campaign. So he can no longer be on her health care plan. (Doesn't the Senate give its members health care??? Since when?)
  • Limes and Planes

    SuperUser
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    by Doctor Science Mister Doctor and I were driving down a winding road the other day, and he asked me what the beautiful shade trees along it were. "Sycamores", I said, "what in Europe are called plane trees." He confessed that when he was young and heard of "plane trees" he was befuddled, not knowing if the grownups were talking about "just plain trees", or trees that had something to do with airplanes, or if they were flat, or grew on the plains, or what. We also talked about how confusing it can be when British and American English have two different words for the same thing, and I said I…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

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

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

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

  • Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on “global cooling” to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. The Newsweek story, which did warn of a “cooling world,” has been criticized and largely debunked — by its own author. Cruz’s claim that “advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming” ignores the fact that there was no scientific consensus in the 1970s about global cooling. Cruz said that “satellite data demonstrate that there has been no…
  • Inhofe on Fracking, Water Contamination

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Sen. James Inhofe says there has never been “an instance of ground water contamination” caused by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for oil and natural gas. Inhofe’s office told us he is referring only to “the physical act of cracking rocks through hydraulic fracturing.” But drilling operations that involve fracking include other actions that have caused contamination. A peer-reviewed study published in 2014 found that drinking water wells near fracking sites in Pennsylvania and Texas were contaminated with methane that had the chemical signature of…
  • FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts. Far from being stagnant, the U.S. economy has chalked up five straight years of growth, gaining nearly 11.5 million jobs since early 2010. It is actually new business establishment openings that have recently posted the biggest gains on record. The number of business establishment deaths is currently well below the record — which was set in late 2008 . When Cruz announced his…
  • Chicago School Fight

    Alexander Nacht
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all students tuition-free. Emanuel and Garcia will face off in an April 7 runoff for mayor of Chicago, after no candidate gained a majority of votes in the Feb. 24 election. Emanuel, who served as the first White House chief of staff to President Obama before resigning in 2010 to run for mayor, has made the expansion of charter…
  • Ted Cruz’s Presidential Eligibility

    D'Angelo Gore
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Q: Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president? A: Most likely. The legal consensus is that Cruz qualifies because he was born to a U.S. citizen living abroad, making him a U.S. citizen at birth. FULL QUESTION Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for president based on the fact he was born in Canada but his mother was American? Exactly what does the Constitution and our other laws say about this? FULL ANSWER Sen. Ted Cruz announced on March 23 that he will seek the Republican nomination to be president of the United States in 2016. But, as some readers were quick to…
 
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Net Effects

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Ballooning digital campaign teams; early registration deadlines kept millions of people from voting in 2012; love letters to Obamacare; and much, much more.
  • In Utah, Participatory Democracy Powered by Loomio and NationBuilder

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Earlier this week, The People's Lobby launched their first participatory democracy experiment in Provo, a city of just over 115,000 people in north-central Utah. Incorporating tools from both Loomio and NationBuilder, the process is meant to foster increased community participation in city government.
  • First POST: Data-Driven

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Get to know Clinton's digital team even better; Ted Cruz election announcement-related fundraising offers peak into the coming data-driven campaign arms race; New York City launches online community engagement pilot program called IdeaScale; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Too Much Information

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Will Facebook become the Walmart of News?; Hillary Clinton's digital team; how easy it is to get your hands on 4.6 million license plate scans; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Firsts

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Political reporters use Yik Yak to pep up stories about Ted Cruz's campaign announcement; The New York Times, Buzzfeed and National Geographic may agree to let Facebook host their news on its servers; Google fiber users to soon get targeted television ads; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Transit Advertising

    DCblogger
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Body:  Russia Today is running a very aggressive advertising campaign on DC buses. A large banner asks "what happens when you don't have a second opinion" with a very sinsiter picture of Colin Powell holding the infamous vial, and another banner saying "get a second opinion" RT,com. Clearly Putin has learned from Radio Liberty and Voice of America and wants to give us a taste of our own medicine. Personally, I am all for it.
  • When Will CBO and the House Budget Committee Ever Learn About Sector Financial Balances?

    letsgetitdone
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Body:  It never ceases to amaze me that those who offer budget plans and projections never take into account the reality that their projections must be consistent with implications of trends in sector financial balances for their projections. This is a simple lesson that those playing the fiscal responsibility game never seem to learn. Certainly this is true of the Republican House Budget Committee, as we'll see. The Sector Financial Balances (SFB) model is an accounting identity, and these are always true by definition alone. The SFB model says: Domestic Private Balance + Domestic…
  • US & Its Axis of Evil Now to Bloodbathe Yemen!!!

    libbyliberal
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Body:  So once again, international law is the enemy of the US and its Axis of Evil which includes Saudi Arabia and Egypt. One more country on the bloody clipboard of US hegemony is doomed for criminal and savage destruction. Niles Williamson in “The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination”:
  • The New York Times Covers the TPP: A Commentary

    letsgetitdone
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Body:  Wikileaks did us all another service yesterday by releasing the “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): Investment Chapter Consolidated Text,” and collaborating with the New York Times to get the word out. Jonathan Weisman wrote the story for the New York Times. Apart from providing a very high level and very selective summary of what the chapter says, the article contains talking points used by proponents and opponents of the TPP. I think a close commentary on the article and associated issues would be useful. So here it is.
  • Return of the Firing Squad!!! WTF???

    libbyliberal
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    Body:  In “The firing squad returns to America” Barry Grey rails against the re-institutionalization of the firing squad for capital punishment in the state of Utah this week. How is this systematized sadism and violence to be explained? Can we expect to see demands for the return of other practices? What about drawing and quartering, evisceration, garroting?
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • ESPN’s Hugo Balta Views Sports as Universal Language

    Latina Lista
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    By Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews.com Regardless of income, ethnicity or skin color, sports fans speak a universal language. So says Hugo Balta, senior director of multicultural content at ESPN. The wide world of sports is a unifying force, and Balta sees it as his mission to involve a growing, multicultural audience for the global sports network. Working at the “worldwide leader in sports” is the perfect marriage of Balta’s professional and personal interests: developing and producing news and sports-related content and educating and informing an increasingly diverse audience. The…
  • Anglo bilingual rapper unites his passions for music and bilingualism in Bilingual Nation U.S.A.

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    By Kristal Bivona Language Magazine GueroLoco wears many hats: he’s an award-winning hip-hop en español artist, an activist for immigrant rights and language rights, and an inspirational speaker for students and teachers. He united his passions for music and for bilingualism in his project Bilingual Nation U.S.A., which he started with his high school Spanish teacher. This year, he and Bilingual Nation U.S.A. are in the running for four Chicago Music Awards, and he will be hosting the fifth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee. Language Magazine caught up with GueroLoco to find out what…
  • Crowdfunder: Creating a mural to bridge the gap between Puerto Ricans in New York and on the island

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: RAICES… A MURAL IN PUERTO RICO Three artists from New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico, a trio with Puerto Rican ROOTS are on a mission to use the language of visual arts to bring community together and bridge the gap between the Puerto Ricans in New York and on the Island. Using art to document, preserve, educate, and bring awareness strengthens and empowers its people. “Without my Roots, there is no story”/” Sin Mis Raices, No Hay Historia” is a design created by the artist Mia Roman a NuyoRican born in Brooklyn NY from Puerto Rican…
  • Farmworker Uprising Shakes Baja California

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Frontera NorteSur BAJA, CA — Farmworker leaders, farm employers and Mexican government officials have initiated talks aimed at resolving a massive labor conflict connected to the U.S. food industry that’s rocking the border state of Baja California. Long-simmering labor grievances exploded into the open March 17 when thousands of farmworkers blockaded the Trans-Peninsula Highway between the agro-export region of the San Quintin Valley and the coastal city of Ensenada, a popular destination of U.S. tourists. Led by the independent Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for…
  • Peru’s beautiful and ancient Vilavilani cave paintings left unprotected

    Latina Lista
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week A cave containing some of southern Peru’s most beautiful, ancient paintings is unprotected and hardly known by the public. The Vilavilani cave, located in the Palca district of the region of Tacna in southern Peru houses cave paintings dating back to approximately 7,000 B.C. Archaeologist Jesus Gordillo told El Comercio that, although scientific analysis has not dated the paintings, the symbols, style, and medium provide answers to their epoch. Gordillo claims that “we could be talking about paintings taking back 7,000 years B.C., since they have very…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The GOP’s Absurd Israel Litmus Test

    Daniel Larison
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The panic over James Baker continues: But the instant backlash from fellow Republicans that prompted Jeb Bush, the son of Mr. Baker’s best friend, to distance himself underscored just how much their party has changed on the issue of Israel. Where past Republican leaders had their disagreements with Israel, today’s Republicans have made support for the Jewish state an inviolable litmus test for anyone aspiring to national office. This is fairly accurate, but the story makes it sound as if this were a new or recent development. Republican leaders have had disagreements with Israel in the…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Our unrealistic foreign policy. Christopher Preble asks why the public should be expected to pay for a global “leadership” role they don’t support. Seven questions for Benjamin Schwarz. Jeremy Beer talks with TAC‘s new national editor about foreign policy, conservatism, consumer capitalism, and Churchill. Behind Netanyahu’s win. Brent Sasley analyzes the political trends in Israel that gave Likud and its allies another victory. The folly of outside intervention in Yemen. Adam Baron warns against more interference in Yemen’s conflicts. Saudi Arabia’s…
  • Bolton and the MEK

    Daniel Larison
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Re-reading part of John Bolton’s op-ed calling for war with Iran, I noticed something that I had overlooked the first time: An attack need not destroy all of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, but by breaking key links in the nuclear-fuel cycle, it could set back its program by three to five years. The United States could do a thorough job of destruction, but Israel alone can do what’s necessary. Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran’s opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran [bold mine-DL]. Peter Beinart objects to Bolton’s op-ed in part…
  • The U.S. Should Stop Enabling Reckless Clients

    Daniel Larison
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    James Poulos proposes having a U.S. Israel relationship that is mostly the same as the one that already exists: This ought to result in an attitude of care and forbearance toward Israel — aid and friendship mixed with quiet thankfulness that its burden is not our own. Unfortunately, in America, it’s easy to view others through the lens of our favorite abstract principles. In Israel, at any rate, the Israeli predicament is not an abstraction. That’s why Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election, and that’s why politicians like Netanyahu aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
  • Walker and Iran Hawks’ Phony Concern for Nonproliferation

    Daniel Larison
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Rejecting any achievable nuclear deal with Iran seems to be the latest litmus test for Republican presidential candidates. Scott Walker told Hugh Hewitt that he would repudiate a deal that the U.S. made that permitted Iran to retain some enrichment: HH: Would you reject that deal if you took the Oval Office? SW: Absolutely, on Day One. I mean, to me, it is, the concept of a nuclear Iran is not only problematic for Iran, and certainly for Israel, but it opens the doors. I mean, the Saudis are next. You’re going to have plenty of others in the region. People forget that even amongst the…
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    TIME

  • Hundreds Rally Against Indiana’s Religious Objections Law

    julieshapiro2015
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    (INDIANAPOLIS)—Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying “no hate in our state” signs, to rally against a new law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law’s supporters, however, contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations…
  • Hillary Clinton Permanently Deleted Her Emails

    julieshapiro2015
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    (WASHINGTON)—Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server “clean,” permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, said Gowdy was looking in the wrong place. In a six-page letter released late Friday, Kendall said…
  • 3 Surprising Facts About Senator Harry Reid

    Alex Rogers
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    When Harry Reid retires in 2017, he will have served as the Senate Democratic leader for 12 years—longer than all but two other senators in the country’s history. But while he’s well-known inside Washington, the Senate Majority Leader is a distant figure to many Americans. His dry speaking style and low-key persona has kept him from becoming a household name, even as he’s led Democrats and at times the Senate itself. But whether you approve of the job he’s done or not, Reid is actually fairly colorful. Here are three things you should know about the man from…
  • How Liberals Hope to Nudge Hillary Clinton to the Left

    haleysweetlandedwards
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Liberals have two recurring nightmares about the 2016 elections. In the first, they wake up on Nov. 9, 2016, to find that Americans have elected a Republican who has spent the past year and a half promising to dismantle Obamacare, undo the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air regulations and cut corporate taxes. In the second, they wake up on Nov. 9, 2016, to find that Americans have elected Hillary Clinton, who has spent the past year and a half promising them absolutely nothing and courting independents and moderates. The second scenario is obviously preferable to most…
  • Harry Reid’s Early Retirement Announcement Shows How Much He Likes to Plan Ahead

    Lily Rothman
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    By announcing early that he will not run for reelection next fall, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has freed up party resources that might have been spent on what would have been a tough race for other elections — a major reason behind his early decision, as he told the New York Times. That kind of planning ahead is not unusual for the minority leader. Reid’s personal background might not peg him as a super planner: as TIME explained in a 2004 profile, he was once an amateur boxer, the son of “a hard-drinking gold miner.” (His mother’s pay came from taking in…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Video Only Seen On The Brody File: Rand Paul Tells Pastors: Our World Is Spiritually Broken

    David Brody
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
      In video you will ONLY see on The Brody File, soon-to-be presidential candidate Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private pastors’ breakfast that the world is spiritually broken and that is a big reason behind America’s financial woes.  “It’s a spiritual problem as much as it is any other problem. All the other problems kind of stem from a brokenness that is out there.” The focus of the prayer breakfast was a chance for Senator Paul to discuss his views on religious freedom, the church & U.S.-Israel relations, faith & public life, and the essential role…
  • Video Only On Brody File: Rand Paul Tells Pastors: “I will beat up and hold the Clintons accountable for all their shenanigans"

    David Brody
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
      In video you will ONLY see on The Brody File, soon-to-be presidential candidate Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private pastors’ breakfast that he will take on Hillary Clinton's lack of integrity. “I will beat up and hold the Clintons accountable for all their shenanigans and I’m leading the charge on the email scandal as well as what’s going on which probably will outrage everybody once they know what’s going on in the Clinton Foundation.” As for the Clintons integrity factor, Paul quips, “:  “I don’t think they’ll be an uptick in integrity in…
  • Only On Brody File: Video: Rand Paul At Pastors' Breakfast: Says It's Time For Revival

    David Brody
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    In video you will ONLY see on The Brody File, soon-to-be presidential candidate Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast that ultimately Washington DC politicians won’t solve America’s problems and instead a spiritual revival is what is needed. ““We need a revival in the country. We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.” This event took place at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington DC Thursday morning. Our camera was the only one in the room. This…
  • Poll: Donald Trump in GOP Top Tier for President

    David Brody
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Donald Trump in the top tier of GOP presidential candidates? Read on doubters... A new Suffolk University Poll: With the Republican Primary in New Hampshire 10 months away, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the early favorites in the Granite State. Bush was the first choice of 19 percent, followed by Walker (14 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (7 percent), and businessman Donald Trump, who was testing the waters in New Hampshire last week, (6 percent). Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who on Sunday night tweeted his intention to run for president, and New Jersey Gov. Chris…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ted Cruz Says "We are to be watchmen on the wall"

    David Brody
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    In my one-on-one interview this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, he tells The Brody File that evangelical voters should look to his proven record when distinguishing him from other GOP presidential candidates who will seek after their vote. "For too long politicians have said one thing and done another. And every one of us should ask, any candidate that shows up in front of us, you say you believe these principles, show me," he said. "When have you stood up and fought for them? When have you bled for them and what have you accomplished? You shall know them by their fruits." Cruz’s strategy will be…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Please Share Your Modestly Useful Advice With the RBC Community

    Keith Humphreys
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Good advice makes life easier, and therefore it should be shared. This post is intended to encourage the sharing of “modestly useful” advice among RBCers, i.e., keep it practical but not too heavy, not when to divorce a violent spouse or how to disarm a live nuke. To kick us off, here are three suggestions from me. 1. If you work in an office, keep a Swiss Army knife in your desk. You might think you wouldn’t ever need it, but then one day you will be trying to screw in a computer cable with your key, or biting a piece of loose string from the hem of your jacket, and you…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Lola Rennt [Run Lola Run]

    Johann Koehler
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    In this week’s movie recommendation, Tom Tykwer’s independent German film Lola Rennt [Run Lola Run], you’re corralled through one of the most frenetic and high-octane interpretations of the butterfly effect conceit ever put to the screen. The story begins with Lola, a fiery red-headed woman played by Franka Potente, receiving a phone call from her distraught lover Manni (played by Moritz Bleibtreu). Manni has botched an assignment that he hoped would initiate him into Berlin’s organized crime gang headed by Ronnie (played by Heino Ferch). In particular, Manni has misplaced a bag that…
  • Pot stings in school: But what about the children?

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Sam Hampsher asks an excellent question: Do we want to send police into schools to set students up for marijuana stings? It’s not easy to imagine what could justify that practice, other than the relentless pressure to “make cases.”
  • Graduated re-entry and the rhetoric of reaction

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This country has about five times as many people in prison and jail (per capita) as it ever had before 1975, and about seven times as many as other economically and socially advanced countries. Unfortunately, and contrary to current myth, most of those people aren’t innocent, and aren’t harmless “NonNonNons.” More than half are currently serving time for a violent offense, and many of the rest have prior convictions involving violence. So we can’t escape the mass incarceration trap by releasing “low-risk” offenders; to get back to a civilized rate of…
  • The most important book of 2015

    Michael O'Hare
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    I have wrung my hands in the past, in this space and elsewhere, about the collapse of a workable market for digital goods.  I find it hard to get people as excited about this as I am–if I still had enough hair for anyone to notice it would be on fire–but I have some help from Scott Timberg now  so I am going to try again.  Short version: buy this book, Culture Crash, and read it. Now. I believe it is the Piketty of 2015, and the first book I’ve stayed up to read straight through at one sitting–sometimes literally in tears, both of pain and of rage– in years. …
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • IA-01: EMILY's List backing Monica Vernon

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    A leading political action committee for pro-choice Democratic women has endorsed Monica Vernon in Iowa's first Congressional district. EMILY's List announced their support today in a statement I've posted after the jump. The PAC didn't endorse any of the three women who sought the IA-01 nomination in 2014, but donated $10,000 and bundled another $233,283 to Staci Appel's campaign in IA-03. Vernon finished second in the 2014 primary and is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination this cycle. However, she may not be the only pro-choice woman in this race. Former State Senator Swati…
  • Newest Iowa Utilities Board member may have conflict on Bakken pipeline

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Geri Huser may need to recuse herself from the Iowa Utilities Board's upcoming decisions regarding the Bakken Pipeline proposal, according to a report by Ryan Foley for the Associated Press. Earlier this month, Governor Terry Branstad appointed former Democratic state lawmaker Huser to the three-member Iowa Utilities board for a term beginning on May 1. She is not expected to have any trouble being confirmed by the Iowa Senate. Speaking to Foley about Huser's appointment, Branstad's communications director indicated that the governor wanted to have every Iowa Utilities Board member able to…
  • Iowa voting and reaction to the House Republican budget

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    The U.S. House approved a draft budget yesterday with some drama along the way. Details on the important budget provisions and how the Iowans voted are after the jump. A week ago, prospects to get any budget through the Republican-controlled House looked dicey. The Democratic caucus has been united against the GOP approach to budgeting, which calls for a balanced budget in ten years without any new revenues. That same old story would reduce taxes for the wealthiest Americans while slashing spending on discretionary programs that benefit low-income and middle-income people. Within the GOP…
  • Mid-week open thread: Pregnancy discrimination edition

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    All topics are welcome in this open thread. What news stories captured your attention lately? Although Congress acted during the 1970s to ban employers from discriminating against pregnant women, both attorneys and women have told me over the years that pregnancy discrimination remains common in the workplace. The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in today in the case of Young v. United Parcel Service. I enclose below some links about this important ruling. SCOTUSblog posted links to all important documents related to this case here. Click here to read the full text of the majority opinion,…
  • School Start Dates Have Nothing to Do With Tourism

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Dave Swenson  We have a debate in the Iowa Assembly on constraining early school starts.  It arose after the Iowa Department of Education indicated it would no longer routinely approve school starts prior to the week containing the 1st day of September.  Governor Branstad weighed in as well indicating that early start dates negatively affected attendance at the State Fair and threatened tourism.   School districts squawked, and the legislature weighed-in. The current Iowa House bill wants no starts prior to the 23rd of August, which is around the time when the State…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Casual Observation

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence is taking the brunt of the abuse for signing a bill that supposedly protects religious freedom, but there is a much bigger right-wing movement that is getting slapped in the face with the reality that Jim Crow laws are still unpopular in this country. This rearguard action will not stand, and it won't be long before the nation looks back at the "religious freedom" laws and the voter ID laws and wonders how it was possible that a party could espouse such nonsense. Discuss
  • How Did the House Pass a Doc-Fix Fix?

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Ever since I first heard that the House of Representatives was passing a bill that would eliminate the need for the doc-fix, I’ve been wondering two things. First, how in the world did this House find a bipartisan compromise solution to a truly vexing problem? Second, was the answer that the bill is a horrible capitulation on the Democrats’ part? I’m generally pleased with the answers I found to both questions. Peter Sullivan’s column in The Hill provided a partial answer to how a compromise was reached. The key was really that the Democrats agreed not to insist on tax…
  • Rand Paul the Hawk

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Pretty much the only thing Rand Paul and his father have going for them is a willingness to question America's role as a global policing power and the budgets that sustain that role. If Rand Paul isn't going to stick with his position on those issues, he's basically worthless. In his first year in the Senate, Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a budget that called for a $164 billion cut to defense spending by 2016. “Military funding has often far outpaced not only our most likely enemies, but has often outpaced the entire world’s military spending combined,” he wrote at the time as he outlined…
  • Losing the Culture War

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence seems sincerely surprised that so many people think he’s a terrible person for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. At the same time, he appears to be kind of lost at sea because he thought acting like an intolerant anti-gay religious fundamentalist would be popular. This is probably partly because Governor Pence is a genuine jerk, but it’s also because he runs in almost exclusively right-wing circles and consumes almost exclusively right-wing media. So, he’s kind of an asshole and he surrounds himself with assholes and he gets all…
  • Harry Reid Won't Seek Reelection

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid won’t seek reelection when his term comes up next year. I’ll have a lot to say about that later, but I have some regular job work I have to do before I can ruminate about the Searchlight, Nevada senator’s career. Just as a preliminary, Reid and his wife have had some very serious health scares over the last few years and I think he’s wise to retire just so they can take care of themselves. As for the man, Harry Reid has disappointed and frustrated me over the years but I think he finally came around to my way of thinking on most…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion; A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian

    dandelionsalad
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Cornel West and Bob Avakian revcom.us Revolution Books on vimeo.com A film of the November 2014 historic dialogue on a question of great importance in today’s world between the Revolutionary Christian Cornel West and the Revolutionary Communist … Continue reading →
  • Stop Smoking the Democrack by Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

    dandelionsalad
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    by Cindy Sheehan Writer, Dandelion Salad Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog Mar. 28, 2015 and by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad warisacrime.org Mar. 28, 2015 The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in … Continue reading →
  • Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (#TPP) – Investment Chapter

    dandelionsalad
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    WikiLeaks Press Release March 25, 2015 WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and … Continue reading →
  • Dorothy Day: Our Problems Stem From Our Acceptance of This Filthy, Rotten System by Richard Sahn

    dandelionsalad
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    by Richard Sahn Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad First published at The Contrary Perspective March 24, 2015 In 1933 Dorothy Day, a progressive journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, a French peasant and philosopher, founded an anarchist-pacifist movement and newspaper … Continue reading →
  • Michael Hudson: Institutional Discontent

    dandelionsalad
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com March 22, 2015 TheRealNews on Mar 21, 2015 Economist Michael Hudson says China’s new international bank will be exempt from a US-veto, empowering other countries to lead development and perhaps challenge the use … Continue reading →
 
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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.
  • China Construction Daily

    Roberto
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
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    The Left Coaster

  • Reid Not Running for Re-Election

    Deacon Blues
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I’m not surprised at the news that Democratic (now) Minority Leader Harry Reid is not running for reelection in 2016. His recent injury and age were enough of a reason to take stock in life and think about the attractiveness of perhaps another six years in the minority, even though the conventional wisdom is that the Democrats have a good chance at taking back the majority in 2017. Having Chuck Schumer as the Democratic leader has advantages. He is better on TV and is a better advocate than Reid, and the fundraising would be better. It’s not at all certain that Illinois Democrat Dick…
  • Rubio: Give the Pentagon a Blank Check

    Deacon Blues
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    This is one reason why the GOP contest for president in 2016 will be so much fun to watch: the opportunity to see competing Senate Republicans trash each other on fiscal austerity and defense spending. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz all agree that we should spend whatever is needed to jack up the defense budget while Rand Paul wants any increased defense spending to be offset by corresponding cuts elsewhere. If it were up to Cruz, Graham, and Rubio, they would take the easy way out and hide behind the bloody shirt of terrorism to scare everyone into another decade of Pentagon blank…
  • Killing The Planet Out Of Ignorance

    Deacon Blues
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    There's been a little buzz in the media today about a just-released Gallup poll on the public's views regarding the environment. Gallup's spin on their poll was that the public is less concerned about air pollution, water pollution, and climate change in 2015 than they were in previous years. This same Gallup poll found that all Americans are more positive about the environment than at any time since 2001. Gallup notes that part of this is due to political polarization: A final factor is the politicization of environmental issues. This is exemplified by the sharp political polarization in…
  • Dangerous True Believers

    Deacon Blues
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    It would be fun to criticize the chutzpah of a first-term United States senator who thinks they are presidential material after only being in Washington a couple of years. It would be easy to criticize those same senators for thinking they were God’s gift to democracy and the tonic to what ails the country, when their constituents just months earlier thought they were sending a representative of their state to the Beltway who reflected their views. But then the rest of us commoners don’t live in the world of delusion that many ambitious politicians live in, many of whom know before they…
  • Friday Quick Hits: Dealing with Israel and Lynch’s Nomination

    Deacon Blues
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Backtracking Bibi So Bibi tried yesterday to walk back his pathetic pre-election comments about Arab Israeli voters and rejecting a two-state solution, as if he can now say “never mind.” Well, f*ck him and the Likud leadership. The White House is correct to send messages to Netanyahu and Likud that we’re reassessing our relationship and strategic priorities. I’m hopeful that Obama said as much to Bibi in their call yesterday, that in light of Likud’s public comments towards Arab voters and the two-state solution the United States can no longer maintain blanket support for Israel…
 
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  • The First Lady on The First Family

    TheEllenShow
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The First Lady on The First Family Michelle Obama was in our studio and caught up with Ellen on her husband and their girls! From: TheEllenShow Views: 306721 6488 ratings Time: 04:02 More in Entertainment
  • 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: 21591466 148780 ratings Time: 02:19 More in Comedy
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler

    Top Trending
    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: 1138826 16923 ratings Time: 03:13 More in Education
  • 22 Photos That Will Give You Some Peace

    BuzzFeedVideo
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    22 Photos That Will Give You Some Peace Take a deep breath and relax. Check out Buzzfeed's new Cute Or Not app! http://bit.ly/1LDoO7H Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Prunes... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 1220500 28342 ratings Time: 01:41 More in Entertainment
  • Civilians Guess Military Phrases

    BuzzFeedYellow
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Civilians Guess Military Phrases These poor civvies don't stand a chance with these military terms. Check out Buzzfeed's new Cute Or Not app! http://bit.ly/1LDoO7H Check out more awesome BuzzFeedYellow videos! http://bit.ly/YT... From: BuzzFeedYellow Views: 683296 14111 ratings Time: 04:58 More in Entertainment
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    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable - YouTube Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable I am still in disbelief that Andreas Lubitz the Germanwings pilot committed suicide and homicide by crashing the 149-passenger Airbus A320. But he did. How can be avoided is the application of some kind of artificial intelligence to take back contr Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable - Video Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot Suicide Unthinkable I am still in disbelief that Andreas Lubitz the Germanwings pilot…
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    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ted Cruz Running For President 3 Year Old Scared - YouTube Ted Cruz is running for President, scarring 3 year olds everywhere. Today, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he is running for President. His platform will be a collection of all of the lies he told about President Obama. Nothing more. Stay tuned. Ted Cruz Running For President 3 Year Old Scared Ted Cruz Running For President 3 Year Old Scared - Video Ted Cruz is running for President, scarring 3 year olds everywhere. Today, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he is running for President. His platform will be a collection of all of the…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Las Vegas Wash. 85% of this water is already reclaimed

    Bob Morris
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Las Vegas Wash Las Vegas has complete toilet-to-tap water. Indoor water is reclaimed, cleaned up, then filtered through various wetlands. 150 millions gallons of water a day come through the Las Vegas Wash, next to the Clark County Wetlands Park, on its way to Lake Las Vegas and then Lake Mead, where it will be reused over and over. 85% of water coming down this wash has already been reclaimed at least once. Wetlands help clean the water further, as does Lake Las Vegas. During a flash flood in 1999, 4.5 billion gallons came down the wash in 24 hours. That’s why the wash is so wide.
  • Red Acre Farm CSA in Cedar City UT needs help

    Bob Morris
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    The Patterson family has been operating Red Acre Farm, an organic, bio-dynamic farm and CSA, for ten years. Symbria and her daughter Sara are pillars of the local food movement in Utah, and recently spearheaded the successful effort to make herd shares legal in Utah. However, their work would not have been possible without the constant support of Symbria’s husband Lynn, who built their infrastructure and worked as a contractor to help support the growth of the farm. Lynn Patterson passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday night, March 24. Friends have started a GoFundMe site so…
  • Western states to California. Fix the Sacramento Delta now

    Bob Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Hoover Dam, March 2015. Photo: John Fleck Pat Mulroy, former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, says California must fix Sacramento Delta water problems now, because the western states are in this together, what happens in the Delta affects Colorado River water usage, and vice versa. However, so far, the Colorado River community has been way more proactive, dare I say “awake”, than California has been. The regional water situation is bad and getting worse. Yes, things are better in the Colorado River basin this year, but are much worse in California. Southern California…
  • Wall Street technology will run new bitcoin exchange

    Bob Morris
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Photo by PerfectHue Small exchanges and independents in bitcoin are about to get steamrollered by well-financed big players. Nobel, which has tentacles from our favorite vampire squid deep within it, will be powered by NASDAQ technology. Another deep-pockets exchange, Coinbase, is partially backed by NYSE and is the first regulated US bitcoin exchange. I’m guessing neither exchange will allow money to mysteriously vanish, as has already happened on too many other bitcoin exchanges and marketplaces. However, regulation and anonymous transfer of money do not play well together. At some…
  • Marketeers. Take a tip from Boyd Gaming (and all casinos)

    Bob Morris
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Main Street Station. Photo by Ken Lund There’s plenty of good money to be made by having a niche. Casinos are expert at this. They appeal to their particular demographic. Boyd Gaming has three casinos in Downtown Vegas; Main Street Station, The California, and Fremont. 60-65% of their revenues come from visitors from Hawaii. It’s been this way for decades. Boyd markets in Hawaii, offers package deals, and makes sure Hawaiians can get superb Hawaiian food while visiting. Not surprisingly, Hawaiians keep coming back. There’s a lesson here for anyone selling a product or…
 
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  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Essentials of Government Technology, 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:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationProtecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against AttackPreparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Big Data NetworksAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Request Free!
  • New Cyber Security Federal Regulations: How This Is Impacting Application Network

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Chief among the respondents were CIO/CTOs representing the financial services industry with global annual sales of $5 billion or more.DOWNLOAD THIS SURVEY NOW to read how new federal regulations on Cyber Security lead to:Revenue LossBusiness DisruptionLoss of ProductivityIt is imperative that companies, not just the financial services industry, do everything in their means to not only mitigate cyber threats, but also to comply with emerging industry regulations in order to optimally protect their networks, applications and data – and most importantly, their customers.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…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • 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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  • The Obama Eligibility Question Revisited Again

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Originally published May 5, 2010, it comes several months after another piece raised hackles among conservatives, in part, because of it’s headline, Ted, Bobby, Marco and Rick Share Something in Common. Even if you disagree with Paul, this piece will make you think long and hard. President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in…
  • The Founders’ Worst Fears Coming True

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. It comes several months after another piece raised hackles among conservatives, in part, because of it’s headline, Ted, Bobby, Marco and Rick Share Something in Common. Even if you disagree with Paul, this piece will make you think long and hard. Click on image above to read Paul R. Hollrah’s previous piece on four prominent GOP hopefuls who are ineligible to serve as…
  • Saint Louis Police Admit to Using Illegal Surveillance Tech

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department official confirmed today that its officers are using cell phone simulator technology many believe is illegal and violates citizens’ privacy. This screenshot shows the text of an email I received today from Schron Jackson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. As a follow-up to a piece I wrote and published Nov. 17 and as a result of reading several articles (see examples here and here) about the technology, I fired off two questions to SLMPD spokesperson Schron Jackson Feb. 23: 1) Has the department purchased, or obtained via any…
  • Barack Obama Following in Brother-in-Law’s Footsteps

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to a Washington Free Beacon piece published today under the headline, Michelle Obama’s Brother Left Oregon State’s NCAA Basketball Program in Shambles, I was reminded of a piece I published about the first lady’s brother’s coaching adventure five years ago in advance of the “Big Dance.” I share it again below. Click on image above to read article. Craig Robinson, the 47-year-old Chicago native and brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, just completed his second season as head coach of the Oregon State University Beavers men’s…
  • Missouri’s Justice Problems Extend Beyond Municipal Courts

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Especially in the St. Louis metropolitan area, the state of Missouri’s municipal court system has been in the news a lot lately — see here and here — for all the wrong reasons. The state’s family court system, however, has not received nearly as much attention; therefore, I decided to fill the void. Largely due to the almost-nonexistent news coverage about it, family court was a place foreign to me until a few years ago when, at the request of a friend, I attended a child-custody hearing involving a thirty-something couple who had recently battled…
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  • McKellen vs. The Hotel Bibles

    Kip Hooker
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Ian McKellen vs. Hotel Bibles McKellen comments on cutting up Gideon Bibles he comes across in hotels: “I’m not proudly defacing the book,” he asserts, “but it’s a choice between removing that page and throwing away the whole Bible. McKellen says his actions have inspired others to do the same. “I got delivered a package of 40 of those pages that had been torn out by a married couple I know. They put them on a bit of string so that I could hang it up in the bathroom.” Using tolerance as the battering ram by which you smash books, excise thoughts and suppress opinion? Now…
  • Obama Invades Golf Course, Bravely Continues 18-hole Jihad (With Booze!) While World Implodes

    CO2Insanity
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Obama Invades Golf Course, Bravely Continues 18-hole Jihad (With Booze!) While World Implodes. Most likely the tab for this trip will be about $1 million when it’s all said and done (including hookers for the Secret Service).
  • Disabled Veteran has Firearms Confiscated After Neighbor Makes False Allegations

    CO2Insanity
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Disabled Veteran has Firearms Confiscated After Neighbor Makes False Allegations. The new rule of neighborhood conflict in California? Make sure if you’re going to get into it that you hide your guns someplace first.
  • Lights out as world observes Earth Hour

    CO2Insanity
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Lights out as world observes Earth Hour. Earth Hour rolls across the globe at 8:30 PM today. Make sure you turn on everything in the house, lights, appliances, TV’s and anything else you have.
  • Allies No Longer Trust USA Enough to Share Military Plans

    CO2Insanity
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Allies No Longer Trust USA Enough to Share Military Plans. The enemy of my enemy is a friend of my enemy so he’s not my friend, or something like that.
 
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    Hit & Run

  • Michael Malice on North Korea

    Reason.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Did Kim Jong-Il really kidnap a South Korean actress and director to film a communist Godzilla movie? Not exactly, Michael Malice reports, in a review of Paul Fischer's book A Kim Jong-Il Production. But what did happen was still strange and horrifying. View this article.
  • Hundreds Line Up in D.C. For Free Marijuana Seeds

    Joshua Swain
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    On Saturday, March 28, the Cannabis Campiagn hosted second seed-sharing event out of their DC-based office. Check out Reason TV's coverage of their Thursday seed exchange above! "Hundreds Line Up in D.C. For Free Marijuana Seeds": Produced by Joshua Swain. About 90 seconds. Original release date was March 27, 2015 and the original writeup is below. Washington, D.C.—On March 26, hundreds of people lined up for blocks outside of Libertine bar in the city's Adam's Morgan neighborhood to get totally legal—and totally free—marijuana seeds. "This is the end of the Cannabis…
  • Sheldon Richman: 'We Have Only One Right'

    Reason.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Critics of the libertarian philosophy often complain that libertarians see rights violations all around while denying the existence of things like welfare rights. So, libertarians, how many rights do people have? One (say, the right to life)? Three (life, liberty, and property)? Or an unlimited number (the right to do this, that, and the other, ad infinitum)? Sheldon Richman argues that people have only one right: the right not to be aggressed against. All further rights are simply applications of this fundamental right. View this article.
  • Moonshine: The American Rebel Spirit

    Anthony L. Fisher
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    What unites Appalachia mountain people with NASCAR drivers and Brooklyn hipsters? Moonshine, of course! "Moonshine: The American Rebel Spirit": Produced by Amanda Winkler and Anthony L. Fisher. Camera by Jim Epstein and Dan Rogenstein. About 8 minutes.  Original release date was March 25, 2015 and the original writeup is below. Moonshine evokes imagery of outlaw distillers practicing their craft by the light of the moon to evade the law. But Prohibition ended in 1933. Why are illegal moonshiners still a thing? "To make this liquor on your own is really exciting to a lot of people. It's…
  • Draft Joe Biden, Real Man of Genius

    Anthony L. Fisher
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As the Draft Joe Biden 2016 campaign gets into full swing, we thought it an appropriate time to revist this early Reason TV classic. Here's to you, Mr. Plagiarizing, Gaffe-Prone, Hair-Plug-Wearing Vice President. For Reason on Joe Biden, go here. "Real Man of Genius": About 1.30 minutes Original release date was February 24, 2009.
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or pull punches – ISIS is straight up a scourge in the Middle East. It needs to be eliminated. They are barbaric and have no respect for human life, even the lives of their own people. They are like rabid dogs, and there is only one way to deal with such an animal – you put it down. Source : Wikimedia.org - NearEast.pngObama, Congress, and the rest of the civilized world are currently debating what the best course of action is. Is it bombing? Is it troops on the ground? Or, is it a combination of both? Considering that our military has been fighting…
  • 8 Years .... and Counting

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my heart transplant. It amazes me how fast the last 8 years have flown by. It seems more like only 8 days. However, I'm thankful for every one of the last 2900+ days. I haven't taken any of them for granted.The last 8 years have given me an opportunity to spend additional time with my wife, friends and family, and more time doing the things I enjoy. It has now dawned on me that I am not alive today because of anything I have done. I'm still here because of the love of friends and family who supported and prayed for me during my long…
  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
  • An Open Letter to Mr. Rooney, Coach Tomlin, and the Rest of the Steelers' Organization

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear Steelers' Leadership,I've been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was old enough to know what a football was, so my support of the team is nearing the 40 year mark. Terry Bradshaw was, and still is, one of my heroes. I had the privilege of meeting him once many, many years ago. I'll never forget that day.Terry Bradshaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last few years have been, to say the least, frustrating to be a Steelers fan. We missed the playoffs in both 2012 and '13 and then were one and done this year after getting man-handled by the hated Ravens at HOME. One playoff game in three years…
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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • Monday on the Yaron Brook Show: Obamacare’s Endgame, the Middle East Ablaze

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Tune in Monday, March 30 for an all new episode of The Yaron Brook Show. Elan Journo will once again guest host. Topics will include: a wide-ranging conversation with Rituparna Basu about what Obamacare is doing to American health care five years after its passage, and where it is taking us in the years ahead; what’s causing the wars raging across the Middle East.
  • Upcoming Event: The FDA Should be Abolished

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    If you’re in the New York City area, join me this Tuesday, March 31 for a panel discussion on the future of the FDA. I will be arguing that the FDA is a threat to our health and should be abolished. I will be joined by the Manhattan Institute’s Yevgeniy Feyman, who will argue that the FDA should be reformed but retained.
  • What You Missed on This Week’s The Yaron Brook Show

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    On the last episode of The Yaron Brook Show, ARI’s Elan Journo filled in for Yaron, who is traveling in South America. If you missed the episode, listen below to hear Elan’s take on the latest foreign policy issues in the Middle East.
  • Live webinar with Don Watkins: “How to Think About Inequality”

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    On Wednesday, March 25, 7 PM ET, ARI and The Undercurrent invite you to a live webinar with ARI fellow Don Watkins. In this webinar, Don will briefly dissect the inequality debate, touching on issues like CEO pay, middle-class stagnation, poverty and the philosophy of egalitarianism. An extensive Q&A follows.
  • Monday on the Yaron Brook Show: American Medicine Flat Lining Under Obamacare

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Tune in Monday, March 23 for an all new episode of The Yaron Brook Show. Elan Journo, ARI’s director of policy research and an expert in foreign policy, will guest host. Monday marks five years since Obamacare was signed into law. Elan will interview Rituparna Basu, ARI’s health care policy analyst, about the passage of Obamacare, its effects so far and where American health care is heading. Elan will also talk about the latest foreign policy issues in the Middle East.
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • What Ted Cruz knows about the battle for 2016

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have.Read full article >>
  • This is no way to ease inequality

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality.Read full article >>
  • The high cost of Netanyahu’s comeback

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals.Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s Likud Party trailing Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union, the main opposition that allies Israel’s historic center-left Labor Party with the smaller centrist party of former foreign minister Tzipi Livni. Read full article >>
  • The Senate’s 47 percent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    In September 2002, three Democratic congressmen visited Iraq in an effort to prevent a war they thought was a terrible idea.Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) said very little there, explaining afterward that his sole purpose was to tell Iraqi officials that, “if they want to prevent a war, they need to prevail upon Saddam Hussein to provide unrestricted, unfettered access to the weapons inspectors.”Read full article >>
  • Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s e-mail saga

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Open letters are the next new thing, so let’s imagine Hillary Clinton sending a simple note to all voters:Dear fellow American,I want to offer you what has always been the Clinton deal. You get peace and prosperity. I put up with endless scrutiny, countless attacks and bottomless mistrust. It’s a good deal for you, and I can handle the rest.Read full article >>
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. (J. Kabat-Zinn) — When a storm hits, grab your wetsuit and hang ten! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Love consists in this: 2 solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. (R. Rilke) — Connection is as vital as oxygen. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Courage doesn't roar. It's the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Radmacher) — Softly refusing to give up. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Forever is comprised of nows. (E. Dickinson) — Immortality comes from always living in the moment. Siempre vive! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. (A. Einstein) — You get an A+ for questioning authority! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • For many Neo-Cons the real objective of bombing Iran's nuclear sites is to build support for an invasion. For this, a failure could be more useful than success. That's why they seem untroubled by the unrealistic assumptions on which they rest their case.

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    America is now witnessing the beginning of a mini-boomlet of calls for a large scale aerial bombing campaign aimed at crippling or destroying Iran's nuclear installations. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Joshua Muravchik, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies have taken to the editorial pages of the New York Times and Washington Post to press the case that a bombing campaign is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. As it happens, both of these authors have advocated exactly this same course of action at various times in the past, a…
  • "Flat Tax" Redux: a Primer

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    It occurred to me yesterday that we were hearing less about "tax reform" on the GOP presidential campaign trail than we were about that old chestnut, the "flat tax." So I figured I'd do a quick explainer at the Washington Monthly for those confused by the various forms of this bad idea: Technically speaking, all a "flat" tax means is that whatever is being taxed will be taxed at uniform rates. So the very concept pretty much rules out progressive taxation. "Flat" tax advocates who also emphasize "simplicity"--you know, a tax form you could print out on a post card--are generally alluding to a…
  • Obamacare Diss Ploy Backfires Big Time

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Republican Congresswomen Cathy McMorris Rodgers apparently had nothing better to do with her time than hatch a facebook scam bashing President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act. So she requested her constituents to submit Obamacare slams. But Jen Hayden reports at Daily Kos that it didn't go quite as planned. Some examples: I work for cancer care northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I'm a die hard conservative and I'm asking you to stop just slamming Obamacare. Fix it, change it or come up with a better idea!
  • How Cruz's Sour Tea Fuels GOP Agenda

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    From TPM Cafe's "How Bush-Appointed Ivy Leaguer Ted Cruz Became A Tea Party Darling," by Vanessa Williamson, co-author, with Theda Skocpol, of "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism": Ted Cruz, who has become one of the Tea Party's most prominent voices, has officially announced his bid for president. But how is it that a graduate of Princeton and Harvard, a Bush appointee, can pass muster as the standard-bearer for a movement that is supposed to represent anti-elitist, anti-establishment, "real America"? To understand Cruz's role in 2016, one must recognize that the Tea…
  • Christian Right May Be Splintering in 2016

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    I'm second to no one in warning against wishful-thinking claims that the Christian Right (or for that matter, its Siamese Twin, the Tea Party) is dying or losing influence. But it does appear these folks are in a strategic muddle that could limit their impact on the 2016 Republican nominating contest, as I speculated at Washington Monthly: One emerging irony of the 2016 GOP presidential nominating cycle is that the Christian Right may have too many options for its own good. There are no likely candidates who dissent--as did, say, Rudy Giuliani in 2008--from the Christian Right's core…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • ‘Lack of transparency in AAP alienating workers': Mayank Gandhi’s dig at leadership

    Gautam
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    AAP leader Mayank Gandhi contended on Saturday that the lack of transparency within the party was alienating workers, a reflection of the growing rift between him and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Gandhi had earlier said in a post on his blog that Kejriwal insisted on the ouster of senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the Aam Aadmi Party’s political affairs committee at a national executive meeting on Wednesday. He contended their removal went “against the overwhelming sentiments” of AAP volunteers. In another post on his blog on Saturday, the leader from…
  • Kejriwal to step down as AAP convenor?

    Gautam
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:56 am
    Amid the last-ditch efforts to tide over the differences within, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is learnt to have offered to step down as Aam Aadmi Party national convenor ahead of the party’s national executive meeting on Wednesday. Owing to ill health, the Mr. Kejriwal will be leaving for Bengaluru in the evening for 10 days’ naturopathy treatment, and may not attending the national executive meeting, during which the fate of two senior party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav would be decided. Both the senior leaders are expected to attend the meeting. While Mr.
  • NDA hits out at Nitish, Cong says Manjhi quit as BJP panicked

    Gautam
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    NDA today accused JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar of “sacrificing” a Mahadalit while Congress saw BJP’s “panic” behind Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s resignation hours before a trust vote in Assembly and said it will pay the price for its “conspiracy” in Bihar elections. “Nitish Kumar will have to answer the people of Bihar and convince them on why he made Manjhi the Chief Minister eight months back. “Kumar keeps on playing such games for his political opportunism. People of Bihar are seeing all this. He has no principles. He keeps on…
  • Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

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

    Gautam
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    BJP today strongly denied “borrowing” Kiran Bedi to win Assembly elections in Delhi and played down the controversy over the charge that she had asked India Against Corruption movement leaders to go soft on the saffron party. “BJP has been in favour of including eminent personalities from different walks of life into the party and Kiran Bedi is one such example,” BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in Patna. To a question regarding controversy over the charge that Kiran Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption to go soft on BJP, Shah said, “India…
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  • Why Sanctions on Russia Don’t Work

    Andrei Kolesnikov
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    The Western approach to Russia assumes that continued pressure on the country will cause President Vladimir Putin’™s regime to make concessions or even crumble. But, as recent opinion polls suggest, such an approach is less likely to undermine the regime than to cause Russians to close ranks in Putin’s defense.
  • What’s an Industry?

    Lucy P. Marcus
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Once upon a time, analysts could easily categorize companies and tell the markets what they were worth, boards could oversee firms with a view to shareholders’ happiness, and all was right in the world. But that world is disappearing before our eyes.
  • China’s Credit Overdose

    Zhang Jun
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    Despite rapid credit expansion in the last two years, China's GDP growth has decelerated sharply. This disparity reflects the accumulation of massive debts, which require an ever-increasing amount of liquidity to service.
  • Britain by Itself

    Chris Patten
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    It is unfortunate that some of the most important issues facing the UK are being ignored in the country'€™s current election campaign. British politicians may not be speaking much about international affairs, but the next government will have to deal with Russian aggression, European security, and a possible vote on EU membership.
  • Death and Hope on the High Seas

    Derek Tittensor
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Given the many ways human activity threatens marine life, it is easy – perhaps even rational – to be pessimistic. Yet this year could mark the beginning of a more robust approach to safeguarding ocean ecosystems.
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Raw-G Drops a Hard Hitting New Song ‘Sangre’

    mrDaveyd
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    No More War.. Love Flows Through these Veins… This is the hook to an incredible new song called Sangre from Oakland based artist Gina Madrid aka Raw G and singer Nikila aka MamaWisdom1. They represents a growing breed of artists who unapologetic about using their music to make hard hitting political statements. Glad to see so many Oakland artists stepping up and doing incredible music that helps shift our thinking and get us to be more conscious.. Shout out to Raw G and Nikila for delivering an heartfelt song in such troubled times.. We Need more music like this.. salute‬…
  • Some Thoughts on the DOJ Ferguson Report

    mrDaveyd
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:50 pm
    A couple of things to keep in mind about the DOJ’s Ferguson Report. First, all it does is confirm many of the things that independent media has long been reporting and what folks from Ferguson had long been articulating.. Sadly for more than a few folks, what was being asserted is now legitimate because the DOJ says so… I’ll let folks think on that for a minute.. Because folks may have dreads, not speak the king’s English or have a fancy degree or title next to their name, important truths were ignored.. and when I say ignored, I don’t mean folks didn’t…
  • Khan: A 9/11 Every Other Day

    mrDaveyd
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Freelance Journalist Nida Khan In early 2010, I was engaged in an interesting discussion with a cab driver on the bustling streets of Karachi, Pakistan.  Like any good cabbie, he was in tune with the pulse of the city, and could articulate the general mood and climate of the area.  We talked at length about U.S.-Pakistan relations, but one statement he made in particular will stick with me perhaps forever:  “We have a 9/11 every other day,” he said. Still trying to process the immense tragedy of last Tuesday’s attack at the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, Pakistan…
  • Christmas Eve: Protests, Drama & Cop Shootings

    mrDaveyd
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    So it’s Christmas Eve, a time when we are supposed to have good will toward one another and spread peace. Sadly there is much turmoil across the land. First we have in Houston, Texas a Grand Jury decided NOT to charge a Houston police officer named Juventino Castro who shot and killed an unarmed man named Jordan Baker earlier this year.. Castro who was off duty at the time, but in uniform saw Baker riding his bike and mistook him for wearing a hoodie. He said Baker fit the description of a robbery suspect. He said when he approached Jordan, he ran away and then turned around and charged…
  • A Tale of 2 Cop Killers and the Movements Attached to Them

    mrDaveyd
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Hope folks are paying close attention to whats playing out right now.. Police departments all over the country have put themselves on high alert and talking about safety concerns and how they can handle things differently… Many of these departments will be sending officers to NY for the funerals of the two were ambushed… Its important that folks look back at how police departments publicly responded in the aftermath of two ambushes that took place in June of this year (2014).. The most notable one involves convicted felon Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda who hung out at Cliven…
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  • Indiana Gov. Pence Signs Bill Allowing Discrimination against Gays (and also Declares an HIV Emergency)

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    On the same day the governor of Indiana approved a bill that critics say will sanction discrimination against members of the LGBT community, Republican Mike Pence also declared an HIV emergency in the southern part of his state.   Pence’s private, no-press-allowed signing of Senate Bill 101 (pdf), the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), came Thursday despite lobbying from celebrities, tech leaders, and convention organizers who objected to the new law.   The new law prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person’s ability to exercise…
  • Obama and Agriculture Dept. Agree that White Potatoes are Nutritious for Poor People

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is meant to provide nutritious foods for low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their children. Since 2009, one item that hasn’t been on its list of approved foods is the white potato. That omission has stuck in the craw of the potato lobby, but now the Obama administration may be handing that industry a big gift.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture commissioned a review by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to reevaluate its 2006 determination that white potatoes should not be included on the…
  • Israelis Killed more Palestinians Last Year than in any Year since 1967

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The year 2014 was a dangerous one to be a Palestinian. More Palestinians were killed by Israel than in any year since the occupation of Palestinian territories began in 1967.   According to a report (pdf) by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in 2,314 Palestinians were killed last year and an estimated 17,125 were injured in fighting with Israeli forces. That compares to 87 Israelis killed in the hostilities. Israeli injuries totaled an estimated 2,629.   Most of the deaths came in the fighting in Gaza between July 7 and August 26. During those…
  • Cold-Blooded Participant in Rwandan Genocide, Caught Lying to Gain U.S. Citizenship, Loses Appeal

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    A woman who singled out members of a minority tribe in Rwanda for death lied on her application for U.S. citizenship, an appeals court affirmed last week, and must complete her sentence for the crime.   Beatrice Munyenyezi’s husband, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, led the Interahamwe militia of Rwanda’s then-ruling party, the National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (MRND). Ntahobali, a member of the majority Hutu tribe, operated a checkpoint outside a hotel he managed in Butare, Rwanda. Munyenyezi was found to have “kicked off the killing frenzy there by…
  • Chair of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: Who Is Vanessa Allen Sutherland?

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    President Barack Obama nominated Vanessa L. Allen Sutherland to lead the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board on March 3, 2015. If confirmed, Sutherland will replace Rafael Moure-Eraso, who drew the ire of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for what was called “toxic leadership” of the board and then resigned on March 26.   Sutherland graduated from Drew University in New Jersey in 1992 with a B.A. in political science and art history. While at Drew, she also studied at the University of London. After earning her undergraduate degree, Sutherland worked in the…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Political Calendar: Week of March 29, 2015

    AZ BlueMeanie
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    The Political Calendar is posted on Sundays. Please send us notice of your political events prior to the Sunday before your event (7 days would be most helpful). See the calendar icon in the right-hand column of the blog page … Continue reading →
  • Cartoon of The Week

    AZ BlueMeanie
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
  • So Long, Rex

    Bob Lord
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    How many dogs make it into their third decade? I’ve only known one: our terrier, Rex. Rex passed his 20th birthday last year and was going strong. I had just commented how he’d probably be around another 5 years. I … Continue reading →
  • Bipartisan agreement in House for ‘Doc fix’

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Something unheard of since Tea-Publicans took control of Congress in January 2011 occurred on Thursday. Congress overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill to actually fix a long-standing problem. The GOP gave up an annual hostage, the “Doc fix,” in a deal … Continue reading →
  • Free Eric Holder campaign

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The Wall Street Journal reports on a new fashion trend sweeping the halls of the Justice Department for spring – “Free Eric Holder’’ wristbands, an inside joke among Attorney General Eric Holder‘s top aides and supporters about the months-long political … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • 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…
  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
 
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  • Friday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Panel To Look At Concealed Carry Restrictions A federal appeals court in San Francisco announced Thursday that a special 11-judge panel will reconsider whether counties can restrict the carrying of concealed weapons by law-abiding citizens. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the expanded panel will review two decisions in which a three-judge panel of the court last year struck down concealed-carry restrictions in San Diego and Yolo counties. The court said the 11-judge panel will hear arguments on the two cases during the week of June 15, on a date to be announced later. A California…
  • SFPD Headquarters Moving to New Building to Escape Infrastructure Issues

    Andrew Cullen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The SFPD headquarters is moving into the newly constructed Public Safety Building in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood this week, leaving behind a seismically deficient Hall of Justice building suffering from recurring power outages and HVAC problems. The new $243 million Public Safety Building, located on Third Street, about two blocks south of AT&T Park, is the first step in a ten-year city plan to move occupants of the Hall of Justice to secure and safe buildings. On Saturday, the police department’s Southern station will become operational out of the new building. The…
  • Thursday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Inmates at SF Jail Say Deputies Forced Them to Fight Gladiator Style Jail inmates held in San Francisco’s Hall of Justice allege sheriff’s deputies have forced them to fight “gladiator-style,” San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said today. Adachi said today that his office was alerted to the allegedly deputy-orchestrated fights through the father of an inmate via email on March 12. Adachi interviewed the man’s son, Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, who confirmed that he had been forced to fight twice and that the deputies were planning another fight. Garcia, who is…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Internal Investigation Launched into How Jail Inmate Escaped An inmate facing federal trafficking and weapon offenses who escaped custody at the county jail in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood late Monday remains at large, according to a San Francisco sheriff’s spokeswoman. The 26-year-old inmate, Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, was not handcuffed and was not in a secure part of the jail when he escaped, according to San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Kathy Gorwood. Gorwood said the inmate was taking out the trash under the watch of a sheriff’s…
  • New Raiders Stadium and A’s Venue Right Around the Corner

    Andrew Cullen
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Alameda County supervisors hope new negotiations between the county, the city of Oakland and a development firm yield a plan to keep all three Oakland sports teams at the existing Oakland Coliseum site without spending taxpayer money on stadium construction, the supervisors said at their meeting today. The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with New City Development LLC to come up with a development plan for the Coliseum area that includes a new Raiders stadium as well as a potential new venue for the Oakland A’s. New City is an investor…
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  • 25 Years Ago Madonna's Truth or Dare

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    I remember going to the theater to see this first-of-its-kind (not really), documentary Truth or Dare. It's hard to believe it was 25 years ago - holy cow! Am I really that old? Oh yeah.I was definitely a Madonna fan but, as the years have gone by, I guess you could say my interest in her has generally faded. However, there are times when her name comes up and I will read an article or watch a performance (The Super Bowl being the last). This last week, I had come upon a recent interview that Madonna did with Howard Stern.The English accent of hers was gone and while the interview by itself…
  • Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I have nothing to add. This video says it all.
  • The Fall of Brian Williams

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    ALEX WONG/GETTYThe recent story where Williams made claims to being in Iraq and nearly shot down have led to him being suspended for six months without pay.It turns out that he has been telling a version of this story for quite some time but none of the versions appear to be remotely truthful. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," has been suspended without pay for six months following his continued misrepresentation of events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War, NBC said Tuesday night.Just prior to his suspension, he did make an attempt to apologize:A…
  • Why I Cannot Believe Amanda Knox

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    Amanda Knox SourceThis article is written with the assumption that the reader has a general understanding of the case. If you are one of the lucky ones who currently know little to nothing about this case, it might behoove you to just continue ignoring it. I will not be held responsible for any reader being sucked into the Knox-vortex. It is time consuming and life-sucking.Read more »
  • Quick Post Update

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I know I've been busy lately.So far 2015 has been quite busy for me... life seems to be moving pretty fast. I am working on a very large post concerning Amanda Knox.I will be doing more updates soon but, just wanted to get a post out there and let people who read know I have not meant to ignore my blog.Hope everyone is having a great New Year!Love,Tuesday
 
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  • Britain's wage crisis: what's the problem?

    Simon Wren-Lewis
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    An essay by Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford University, which appears in the latest collection from the Resolution Foundation. Britain's jobs miracle? Photo: Getty The unprecedented size of the fall in real wages in the UK since the Great Recession has been well documented. Part of this fall – perhaps more than you might think – is a result of a failed macroeconomic policy. I want to argue that this points to a fundamental flaw in the macroeconomic consensus that has governed policy in…
  • Have Labour pulled ahead? It's complicated

    Stephen Bush
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    The first post-debate poll has good news for Labour. But don't get too excited.  Is this his moment? Photo: Getty Labour are in good spirits this morning after the first post-debate poll showed the party taking a four-point lead, and putting the party a point ahead in our rolling poll. It’s worth remembering that it’s only one poll. David Cameron will surely not be so underwhelming in the next debate, this Thursday on ITV – in the Sunday Times, Tim Shipman and James Lyons report that the Prime Minister is studying the performance of Hilary Clinton and Mitt Romney in their…
  • Happy Mondays star Bez on the revolution, standing in Salford, and why he didn't join the Greens

    Ashley Cowburn
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:29 am
    The distinctive dancer and 2005 Celebrity Big Brother winner has joined the battle to become MP for Salford & Eccles. Does he have what it takes to become an MP? Bez 4 prez? Photo: Christopher Furlong Bez is jetlagged. He’s just returned from creating music with an indigenous tribe in Panama, followed by a whistlestop tour of Mexico and a gig in the city. To help them "live the lifestyle they live", all of the money raised from the music made in South America will be donated to the tribe. “A well-deserved two week break from politics,” he laughs. Bez answers the phone in his…
  • Labour's anti-immigrant mug: the worst part is, it isn't a gaffe

    Stephen Bush
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    The party is under fire for its latest round of mugs. But the problem is bigger than a bargain-basement bit of crockery. Better buy one quick. I hear there's a quota. Labour has come under fire from its own activists after releasing a branded mug that promises “Controls on immigration”. The troublesome cup is being condemned as unspeakably naff at best and outright racist at worst.  The worst part is, it isn’t a gaffe. A Labour spinner tells ITV News, not unreasonably: "Labour has five election pledges. This is one of the election pledges." To which the only response is: yes.
  • Social democratic Scotland: a country that doesn't exist

    Tim Wigmore
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Attitudes north of the border are almost identical to attitudes in the rest of the UK Scotland: not as different from England as you think. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid There is a great myth that Scotland is bursting with left-wingers. 45 per cent of its population plumped for independence from England because it is a nicer and more generous country. Scotland’s political views are why it could never elect a right-wing government.  It is certainly a seductive notion. But there is nothing exceptional about Scotland: the political views of the Scots are remarkably similar to those of the English,…
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  • Just one man in command #FermiamoRenzie

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    There are worrying parallels between Andrea Lubitz, the copilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that smashed into the French Alps, and Matteo Renzi who is crashing Italy. In each case there is just one man in command. Both of them have closed themselves inside, eliminating any outside interference. While inside the cockpit, Lubitz locked the cockpit door; Renzie has eliminated the Senate and any internal opposition and he has reduced parliament to being a ratifier of legal decrees. The Airbus passengers only understood at the last moment that the copilot was taking them towards disaster, after…
  • Words are no longer enough

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Words are no longer enough. Denunciation is no longer enough. Against thieves and corrupt people it’s no longer enough. The lies of the Government and of its third-rate huckster, no longer hold water. Outrage is no longer enough. Institutional respect is no longer enough. Parliament no longer exists, it no longer represents anything, unconstitutional roulade of appointed people. Words are no longer enough. Corruption is never enough for them. Organised crime is no longer enough. Everything’s overflowing. Words, our words, demonstrations, elections, are no longer enough. We have to invent…
  • No one must go thirsty: water in public hands is a right

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    “Why is the water bill so high? In the last few years, have you ever tried to understand why something that should be a right is now something that makes a big hole in your savings? Someone would like to ruin the results of the 2011 referendum, in which a massive majority of the Italian people said “no” to every law that could place the handling of public water into private hands. However, in Italy, strange things are happening: water is cut off indiscriminately and without warning on a regular basis, the price of water has gone up by 95.8% in the last few years, the profits of the…
  • Let’s save Milan’s trees! #573alberi

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The city of Milan is cutting down loads of trees (they’ve already brought down more than 700 in piazza Dateo and Corso Plebisciti) because "they are not compatible" with Milan’s M4 Metro project. But this project isn’t yet accurately defined and nor is it sure to happen. What’s more, it’s being managed by Stefano Perotti’s company called SPM Consulting. And Stefano Perotti was arrested less than a week ago together with Ercole Incalza, accused of being involved with kickbacks related to the big public works. Hands off the trees! Today the M5S city councillor, Mattia Calise,…
  • #Passaparola: Expo, the trade show of corruption - by Gianni Barbacetto

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    New Twitter Gallery "Hello to all the friends of Beppe Grillo’s Blog. Today we will be talking about the Expo. There are only a few weeks left now before the official opening of the event but the works are still behind and they are paying for all the delays that happened over the past 6 years, almost three of which were lost because the politicians were fighting amongst themselves about who was in charge, who was running the event and who was dishing out the money. The Passaparola of Gianni Barbacetto, co-author with Marco Maroni of the book entitled "Excelsior - Il gran ballo dell'Expo"…
 
 
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  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    Ilya Shapiro
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Ilya Shapiro Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like déjà-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a…
  • More Executive Overreach, This Time from the EPA

    Ilya Shapiro
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Ilya Shapiro The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in Michigan v. EPA, asking whether it was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore costs in determining the appropriateness of regulating mercury emissions from power plants. The EPA’s proposed regulations are expected to cost the coal industry a whopping $9.6 billion, but only offer a meager $500,000 to $6 million in public health benefits.  Cato filed an amicus brief in the case that focuses on why the EPA chose to ignore costs in developing these regulations. It turns out that EPA could achieve its goal…
  • You Ought to Have a Look: Climate Sensitivity and Environmental Worries Are Trending Downward

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger.  While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic.  Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. More evidence this week that high-end forecasts of coming climate change are unsupportable and Americans’ worry about environmental threats,…
  • The 4th Amendment Is Another Victim of the Drug War

    Adam Bates
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Adam Bates Over at the Washington Post, Radley Balko details a recent Fourth Circuit ruling overturning an award for a father whose son was shot and killed in a military-style SWAT raid after marijuana residue was found in an outside garbage bag. A jury awarded the father $250,000 after it was shown that the police failed to comply with their obligation to knock and announce their presence before barging in and that they lied about several aspects of the raid. Without repeating the entirety of Balko’s excellent analysis, a particularly troubling aspect of the ruling is the nonchalant way in…
  • Steep Drop in Colorado Marijuana Arrests

    Adam Bates
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Adam Bates A new report from the Drug Policy Alliance details a steep decline in the number of marijuana arrests in Colorado and remarks on the beneficial effects. The key points: Since 2010, marijuana possession charges are down by more than 90%, marijuana cultivation charges are down by 96%, and marijuana distribution charges are down by 99%. The number of marijuana possession charges in Colorado courts has decreased by more than 25,000 since 2010—from 30,428 in 2010 to just 1,922 in 2014. According to raw data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System, drug-related incidents are…
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    A View from the Right

  • Why People Believe and Why People Kill: Countering Dennett and Harris

    sirrahc
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    A few weeks ago, I said I would be sharing a few more passages from Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book Atheist Delusions. In this citation from early in the book, Hart is in the midst of pointing out some of the bad arguments, poor understanding of both religion and history, and sanctimony in the anti-religious […]
  • In Favor of the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

    sirrahc
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    “You have to go to the doctor. You have to be diagnosed with the debilitating disease or medical condition. You have to get that diagnosis in writing. You have to send that written diagnosis to the Department of Health and wait for the department to send you an identification card in order to become a […]
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things

    sirrahc
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  — John Adams, Esq., Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, Dec. 4, 1770. We all, at some time or another, are guilty […]
  • Primer on Net Neutrality

    sirrahc
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    “Title II regulation of the Internet is a solution in search of a problem.”  — Logan Albright, Research Analyst at FreedomWorks I confess, I have been putting off taking the time & effort to get up to speed on this whole “Net Neutrality” thing. I mean, I had the gist of it but didn’t know […]
  • On Ethical Monotheism and Friedrich Nietzsche

    sirrahc
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, influential 19th-century philosopher and cultural critic Late last year, I posted excerpts from the Introduction to Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book, Atheist Delusions. I finally starting reading the rest of the book — slowly, now and then — and am really appreciating Hart’s […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Data Dependency and Murky Waters for the Fed

    Daniel Currie
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Economic data points to September 2015 as a good time for the US Federal Reserve to increase interest rates. Dominating the news headlines has been the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) timeline for raising interest rates from the current range of 0% and 0.25%. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), a branch of the Federal Reserve […] The post Data Dependency and Murky Waters for the Fed appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Bombing Yemen is Not the Answer

    Omar Mashjari
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Amid poverty and water shortages, bombing Yemen will not solve the country’s problems. The last few days have marked a new distinctive chapter for Yemen’s slow descent into oblivion. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of the willing continue their attacks on Houthi Shiite rebels and their foe-turned-ally, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen […] The post Bombing Yemen is Not the Answer appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The World This Week: Yes, It’s Complicated

    Atul Singh
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Conflict in Yemen complicates negotiations between the US and Iran. The conflict in Yemen escalated this week. Shiite Houthi rebels seized Aden airport and tightened their grip on the southern port town. They already control Sana’a, the capital city, and large parts of the country. President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has fled to Riyadh, the […] The post The World This Week: Yes, It’s Complicated appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Germany Needs To Get Its Economic Act Together

    John Bruton
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Citizens of the eurozone should pay close attention to economic policy debate about Germany. Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for Economic Reform, has some critical things to say about Germany’s economic policy in a recent publication. He says Germany is not serving its own economic interests by running a large balance of payments […] The post Germany Needs To Get Its Economic Act Together appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • India Doesn’t Need a Nanny

    Ashok Malik
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Indian society benefits from a meaningful and frank dialogue on women’s rights, not censorship. It was in the mid-1980s that Margaret Thatcher famously spoke of denying terrorists the “oxygen of publicity.” True, this was and is easier said than done. Terrorists — or even everyday criminals — resort to actions that are newsy by their occurrence, and a […] The post India Doesn’t Need a Nanny appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Remedii si idei de tratamente interesante sunt de gasit in produse naturiste online

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Tratamentele facute de pe ureche au fost inlocuite in timp cu vizitele la medic si cumpararea de produse din ce in ce mai bune, in special naturale, alternative pentru diverse boli si pentru ficat. Si pentru ca deplasarea la farmacie nu prea e placuta si nici nu incanta pe nimeni, farmaciile mari si-au deschis si magazine online, de unde pacientii pot cumpara tot ce au nevoie, atat medicamente de sinteza, cat si cele naturiste.Avantajele produse naturiste online sunt multiple, dintre cele mai importante amintim rapiditatea comenzii, documentarea online inainte de cumparare, diversitatea de…
  • Progrese importante facute gratie berii

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    Succesul Americii Coloniale. Inflorirea Americii coloniale nu ar fi fost posibila fara istoria bauturii favorite, berea. Europenii din acea perioada nu prea erau fani ai apei obisnuite. Considerata nesigura, oamenii preferau sa bea bere. Cu cat inaintau spre sud, colonistii incepeau sa dea de apa infestata cu bacterii si plina de microbi, asa ca berea era pe lista de prioritati.Pe vase, berea nu li se dadea pasagerilor si era pastrata pentru echipaj, care se temea sa consume orice fel de apa. In colonia Virginia, prin 1630 a inceput sa se produca bere. Pentru ca numarul celor care au murit in…
  • Prelungeste viata echipamentelor automatizari apeland la servicii service automatizari

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Pentru ca o automatizare facuta pe orice tip de echipament sa functioneze in parametri normali trebuie sa se asigure service automatizari in ideea intretinerii si prevenirii defectelor. Pe masura ce se agraveaza, defectele si imprefectiunile duc la degradarea mecanismului care sta la baza automatizarii si se pierde orice posibilitate de actionare a acesteia. Daca defectiunile sunt remediate la timp, echipamentele nu vor fi inlocuite, se va face economie de bani si acestea vor functiona timp indelungat.Firmele specializate in asigurare service respecta termenele, actioneaza rapid si au…
  • Primul concert

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Adolescent fiind, mi-am invitat prietena la un concert de exceptie, tinut de o filarmonica din afara, interesat mai mult de ea decit de muzica clasica, despre care nu stiam mai nimic. Dupa ce se stinsera luminile si orchestra ataca primul scherzo, am inceput sa-i bijbii sinii, sfirsind prin a-i baga mina pe sub fusta, lucru care o scadaliza si iesi afara.- Orice ai spune, ma apar, interesant sa n-o pierd, toti fac la fel!- Stiu, zice, dar niciunul nu mi-a facut-o in timpul unui concert, care este sfint pentru mine! De data asta te iert, dar sa nu se mai intimple!
  • La ce sa fiti atenti cand cautati un restaurant nunti care sa fie pe placul tuturor

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Mancarea este, cum stie fiecare mireasa, cea care poate cuceri inimile invitatilor la petrecerea de nunta, facandu-i sa se simta bine si sa se bucure de fiecare moment petrecut in restaurante nunti. O modalitate foarte simpla prin care te poti asigura ca invitatii vor avea parte de o experienta de patru stele este sa cauti restaurante bucuresti a caror bucatarie o cunosti deja si o adori. Alegerea de restaurante nunti este la indemana pentru cuplurile care nu vor sa-si bata capul cu detaliile organizarii si asta pentru ca toate aranjamentele vor fi facute de personalul restaurantului…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on “global cooling” to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. The Newsweek story, which did warn of a “cooling world,” has been criticized and largely debunked — by its own author. Cruz’s claim that “advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming” ignores the fact that there was no scientific consensus in the 1970s about global cooling. Cruz said that “satellite data demonstrate that there has been no…
  • Inhofe on Fracking, Water Contamination

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Sen. James Inhofe says there has never been “an instance of ground water contamination” caused by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for oil and natural gas. Inhofe’s office told us he is referring only to “the physical act of cracking rocks through hydraulic fracturing.” But drilling operations that involve fracking include other actions that have caused contamination. A peer-reviewed study published in 2014 found that drinking water wells near fracking sites in Pennsylvania and Texas were contaminated with methane that had the chemical signature of…
  • FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts. Far from being stagnant, the U.S. economy has chalked up five straight years of growth, gaining nearly 11.5 million jobs since early 2010. It is actually new business establishment openings that have recently posted the biggest gains on record. The number of business establishment deaths is currently well below the record — which was set in late 2008 . When Cruz announced his…
  • Chicago School Fight

    Alexander Nacht
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all students tuition-free. Emanuel and Garcia will face off in an April 7 runoff for mayor of Chicago, after no candidate gained a majority of votes in the Feb. 24 election. Emanuel, who served as the first White House chief of staff to President Obama before resigning in 2010 to run for mayor, has made the expansion of charter…
  • Ted Cruz’s Presidential Eligibility

    D'Angelo Gore
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Q: Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president? A: Most likely. The legal consensus is that Cruz qualifies because he was born to a U.S. citizen living abroad, making him a U.S. citizen at birth. FULL QUESTION Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for president based on the fact he was born in Canada but his mother was American? Exactly what does the Constitution and our other laws say about this? FULL ANSWER Sen. Ted Cruz announced on March 23 that he will seek the Republican nomination to be president of the United States in 2016. But, as some readers were quick to…
 
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  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Flip-Flops On Needle Exchange Program

    Michael Allen
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Flip-Flops On Needle Exchange Program Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Flip-Flops On Needle Exchange Program Health Local Politics MikePence Has Been Optimized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) opposes needle-exchange programs, but issued an executive order yesterday that will allow a short-term needle- exchange program in Scott County, Indiana. There have been 79 new cases of HIV cases since December 2014, which have all been linked to Scott County and drug use with needles. Gov. Pence said that he was advised by the Centers for Disease Control that the temporary needle-exchange…
  • Could Elizabeth Warren Be The Next Senate Democrat Leader?

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Could Elizabeth Warren Be The Next Senate Democrat Leader? Could Elizabeth Warren Be The Next Senate Democrat Leader? Has Been Optimized Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) announced today that he won’t seek reelection next year, leaving both his seat and position as Senate Minority leader open. Many have thrown their support behind Sen.Charles Schumer (D-New York), who’s currently the third most powerful Democrat in the Senate, but others are championing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), a progressive lawmaker. Democracy for America (DFA) has pushed for Warren to run for president, but…
  • Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement Opens Seat For Progressive Democrats Like Elizabeth Warren

    Will Hagle
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement Opens Seat For Progressive Democrats Like Elizabeth Warren Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement Opens Seat For Progressive Democrats Like Elizabeth Warren Has Been Optimized Sen. Harry Reid announced his retirement today, ending his nearly 30-year career in Congress. His departure also marks the end of his 10-year run as leader of Democrats in the Senate. Reid’s retirement opens up not only the 2016 Senate race in Nevada, but also a seat as Senate Minority Leader. In announcing his retirement, Reid endorsed New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer to take…
  • Aaron Schock Compares Himself To Abraham Lincoln In Farewell Speech To Congress

    Arthur Kogan
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Aaron Schock Compares Himself To Abraham Lincoln In Farewell Speech To Congress Aaron Schock Addresses Congress Before March 31 Resignation Date Aaron Schock Compares Himself To Abraham Lincoln In Farewell Speech To Congress Politics Aaron Schock, Rep. Aaron Schock, shady accounting, taxpayer money, accounting, Congress, Politico, Has Been Optimized “This is not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter,” said Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock in his farewell speech to Congress as he prepares for his official resignation on March 31. Schock has compared his current…
  • Lawmaker Tells Colleague His 18-Month-Old Baby Is Scared Of Her Because She Is Black

    Jonathan Constante
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Lawmaker Tells Colleague His 18-Month-Old Baby Is Scared Of Her Because She Is Black 'He's Scared Of Me Because Of My Color': Lawmaker Tells Colleague About His 18-Month-Old Son Lawmaker Tells Colleague His 18-Month-Old Baby Is Scared Of Her Because She Is Black Indiana, Democrat, Republican, Lawmakers, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, House, Debate, Vanessa Summers, Jud McMillin, 18-month-old baby, scared because she is black, scared because of my skin color, baby cried and turned away, Brian Bosma, Unfortunate, Statehouse Has Been Optimized A Democratic lawmaker made a…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: Pour a Little Sugar…Out

    Josh Bowen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Humans have been using sugar since the 5th century. And since that time, humans have been consuming it in record amounts. In fact in 1801, historians estimate each American consumed 8.4 pound of sugar each year. In 1909, Americans consumed 85 pounds of sugar a year (6 lbs of corn sweeteners, 80 lbs of cane and beet sugar). In 1999 Americans consumed 151 pounds of sugar (84 lbs from corn sweeteners). Oh and by the way a person dies from Type 2 Diabetes every 7 seconds and it wasn’t officially discovered until 1935! Wow! There is a direct relationship to the amount of sugar one ingests to the…
  • Greg Harris: The Kase for Kasich

    Greg Harris
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Speculation about a Kasich presidential run is still very much alive and well, and deservedly so. By any objective measure, Ohio’s economic situation has improved greatly under his leadership, which was affirmed in his landslide re-election. Kasich has emerged as somewhat a maverick at a time when other presidential contenders are sounding very much alike in making appeals to a small base of the Republican party (with some exception for Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul). Governor Kasich stands out for a track record that no other contender can offer: a track record of effectiveness at the state…
  • Lauren Mayer: Schadenfreude, Downton Abbey-style

    Lauren Mayer
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I don’t generally take pleasure in the woes of others, but every now and then it is delicious to see someone get a much-deserved come-uppance.  Like when that speeding shmuck who cut you off 2 miles ago gets pulled over by a cop, or when a morality-preaching evangelical gets caught with his pants down.  So you can’t blame people for gloating a bit about the spectacular (and quick) downfall of resigned Congressman Aaron Schock – he used taxpayers and donors to finance a glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle having nothing to do with his district, and flaunted his exploits…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: March Madness Mittyism

    Jonathan Miller
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Call it pre-spring fever but every year in March (just before the basketball Madness begins), I break out with a serious case of roundball Walter Mittyism (James Thurber’s meek and mild-mannered fictional character with a daring and vivid fantasy life.) Growing up in Kentucky means the usual childhood dreams of grown-up greatness inevitably include, at some point, imagined greatness as a basketball player. For the vast majority of us, basketball greatness never goes beyond the dreaming phase. But it’s a dream that continues to linger posthumously. Kentucky basketball in March is a…
  • Josh Bowen: 12 Steps to Eating on the Go

    Josh Bowen
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Life is busy. We live in a world that goes a hundred miles per hour, everyday. Eating healthy can sometimes get put to the back of the line. From day to day travel to business trips to flying on airplanes, learning the best ways to eat better when we are busy can be challenging, but they can be done.  From the appendix of my book 12 Steps to Fitness Freedom here are 12 steps to eating on the go: Preparation 1. You either prepare to succeed or fail. Preparing your lunch ahead of time would ensure you didn’t stop for fast food on your way back to the office. 2. Knowing what restaurants are…
 
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  • Rick Scott: Florida Unemployment Rate Dropped to 5.6 Percent in February

    Kevin Derby
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that almost 15,000 jobs were added in Florida last month, lowering the state unemployment rate from 5.7 percent in January to 5.6 percent in February. read more
  • Jeanette Nuñez Chosen to Lead Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus

    Kevin Derby
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus named its leaders for the next two years on Thursday. State Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, R-Miami, was chosen to serve as chair while Sen. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, is the vice chair.read more
  • Alcee Hastings Endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate

    Kevin Derby
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Democrats keep hopping on U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s, D-Fla., bandwagon as he runs for the U.S. Senate in 2016. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., announced on Thursday he was backing Murphy.read more
  • Ron DeSantis Hits Obama Over Bowe Bergdahl

    Kevin Derby
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    With the U.S. Army planning to try Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who served in the Navy, was a military prosecutor and currently chairs the U.S. House National Security Subcommittee, slammed the Obama administration negotiating to release him in exchange for five captured terrorists.read more
  • Gus Bilirakis Honored by U.S. Travel Association

    Kevin Derby
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., was honored by the U.S. Travel Association on Wednesday with its “Distinguished Travel Champion Award." Bilirakis was joined by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Prtitzker; U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.read more
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  • Loyalty Takes Longer in Florida

    Nancy Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Nancy Smith Posted: March 28, 2015 12:01 AM read more
  • Weekly Roundup: Nearing the Halfway Mark

    Nancy Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida Posted: March 27, 2015 7:41 PM read more
  • Better Douse It, Mr. President

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
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  • Death to America

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Mona Charen Posted: March 28, 2015 7:00 AM Maybe I'm too sensitive, but when a foreign autocrat leads his people in chants of "Death to America," I take it personally.read more
  • The Dean's List

    Nancy Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Ed Dean Posted: March 27, 2015 6:00 PM Welcome to "The Dean's List" -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.read more
 
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  • Hariri, Erdogan and moderate voices

    Michel
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Former Prime Minister Saad Harriri and Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed their support for moderation in the face of Islamist extremism roiling the Middle East during a meeting Wednesday in Ankara.The meeting, which took place at the newly constructed presidential palace, discussed the situation in the Middle East, the need to coordinate efforts to address regional threats and the importance of “strengthening the moderate majority of the Arab and Islamic world,” according to a statement released by Hariri’s media office. (Source: Daily Star ) Hmmmm interesting…
  • Follow Up: Human Rights defenders on trial for denouncing torture in Lebanon

    Michel
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    The first public court session of CLDH representatives Marie Daunay and Wadih Al-Asmar was held Yesterday in front of Judge Elias Khoury (Publication Court of Baabda) in the presence of NGOs,  the European Union, embassies and United Nations representatives, showing their support to the two human rights defenders sued for denouncing allegations of torture in Lebanon. The session was a questionning by the Court and the lawyers of the two human rights defenders who face up to one year in jail and a fine in case they are convicted for defamation. Both insisted on the role of human rights…
  • Surprise Surprise

    Michel
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    According to Times of Israel, an annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats. The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 26, 2015 (PDF), noted Iran’s efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide. The document cites Iran and Hizbullah’s endeavors to…
  • Another example of Lebanese racism …..

    Michel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Mother day is coming up and what a Lebanese should buy his mother as a gift? According to a Lebanese company, the best gift is a slave and they have deals on Kenyans and Ethiopians maids. A friend of mine wrote about it on blogbaladi . Lebanon is known for its bad records when it comes to Human Rights and respecting people of a different color. Racism is widespread in the country on every single level, specially in the sector of migrant workers. Don’t let the high rises, the flashy stores, the crazy parties fool you. Lebanese, in general are racist. You will be subjected to racism if…
  • Human rights defenders on trial for denouncing torture in Lebanon

    Michel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Then following is from Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH): First public court session against CLDH for denouncing torture Date: March 17, 2015 Time: 09:00 am Place: Baadba Palace of Justice (Publication court) Dear colleagues and friends, Since its inception in Beirut in 2006 CLDH has been systematically documenting and denouncing the practice of torture in Lebanon. We strongly believe that the practice of torture is unacceptable, whatever the reason is, and whoever the perpetrators are. In 2011, CLDH published, in partnership with other NGOs a comprehensive report on torture in…
 
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    Washington Wire

  • Sunday Talk Preview: Yemen, 2016 Race

    WSJ Staff
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The latest on the turmoil in Yemen, the crash of the Germanwings flight into the French Alps and the 2016 presidential race are expected to be discussed on this Sunday's news shows. Plus, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, will discuss the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. Here are the guest lineups, as compiled by the Associated Press:
  • In Reid Retirement, Questions for Top Super PAC

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s retirement at the end of his term, announced Friday, raises a question about a key element of the Nevada senator’s legacy in Washington: What becomes of a Democratic super PAC that spent more than any other PAC in the 2014 election.
  • The High Price of U.S. Cooperation With Iran

    Aaron David Miller
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Aaron David Miller: The United States is not admired, respected, or feared as much it needs to be in a region where it has vital interests, partly because it’s perceived to be playing footsies with Iran's mullahs.
  • House Republicans Weigh Next Steps in Clinton Email Investigation

    Byron Tau
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    House Republicans are pondering the "next steps" in their investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account for government business after a recent subpoena returned no new documents or evidence.
  • John Kerry Asks State Department Watchdog to Review Records Practices

    Byron Tau
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry has asked the State Department's internal watchdog to review the department's transparency management practices after disclosures his predecessor Hillary Clinton used a personal email account for government business.
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  • Indiana Governor Says Controversial Religious Freedom Law May Need To Be Clarified

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Gov. Mike Pence told the Indy Star he still supports the legislation, but wants to ensure its “intent” is clear. Michael Conroy / AP Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Saturday that a controversial religious freedom bill he signed into law last week may need to be clarified to ensure it doesn't discriminate against the LGBT community. Pence said that he would support new legislation that would "clarify" the intent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has been decried by LGBT activists across the country. "I support religious liberty, and I support this law," Pence said in…
  • Which 2016 Republican Is Libertarian Billionaire Peter Thiel Going To Back?

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    One of Silicon Valley’s biggest political donors hasn’t committed yet. Yes, in the past he’s poured millions into Rand Paul’s father’s campaigns — but he’s also written big checks for Ted Cruz. Tristan Fewings / Getty Last October, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel sat in the cavernous Dallas movie studio from which Glenn Beck broadcasts his radio show, and laid out for the listeners at home his vision of the coming economic apocalypse. In keeping with his devout libertarianism, the Paypal cofounder argued that inflation and artificially low interest…
  • Benghazi Committee: Clinton Wiped Server After Emails Deleted

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server,” says Rep. Trey Gowdy. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Hillary Clinton permanently deleted emails from her personal server according to her attorney, the chair of the Benghazi Select Committee said Friday. "Not only was the Secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest," Gowdy said…
  • Four States Defend Same-Sex Marriage Bans At The Supreme Court

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    “Michigan’s definition of marriage is based, as the public institution has been for millennia, on the fact that children are born only to opposite-sex couples,” lawyers for the state tell the justices. Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee lawyers also filed briefs defending similar bans on Friday. People wait outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015, in hopes to gain admittance for oral arguments. Molly Riley / AP WASHINGTON — The four states defending bans on same-sex couples' marriages and recognition of those marriages at the Supreme Court are due to…
  • Harry Reid: The Senate Institutionalist Who Burned Down The Institution

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    The retiring Nevada senator and minority leader wielded incredible influence over the last decade — and helped tear up the rules. Alex Wong / Getty WASHINGTON — It was well past midnight on Election Night 2004 when my phone rang. Posted up in a corner of the watch-party-turned-political-wake for Minority Leader Tom Daschle, I walked out to take the call. "You'll never believe what Dodd is doing," said the Democrat on the other side, before claiming that Sen. Chris Dodd was already making calls to colleagues to lobby them for the job of Minority Leader. Daschle's political…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • Five Elections that Mattered for Conservatism

    Samuel G. Casolari
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    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 | 5:38 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.”…
  • Grove City College: A Rarity in Higher Education

    John A. Sparks
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    In 1965, Russell Kirk, a man of letters and conservative commentator, wrote an essay entitled “The Rarity of the God Fearing Man.” He lamented the fact that we as creatures generally no longer take our Creator-God seriously enough to have a proper reverential fear of Him. He observed that sadly, God-fearing men were a diminishing and “scattered remnant” including—and perhaps especially—in higher education. Kirk knew Grove City College well, having come to the Western Pennsylvania school beginning in 1960 on numerous speaking engagements. Were he alive today, Dr. Kirk would be…
  • To Win or Not to Win: THAT is NOT the Question

    James Thrasher
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Winning has commandeered the high calling of sports and coaching. I walked into a Nike store with my kids and noticed the youth T-shirt table. I was shocked by what I saw: “Crushing You Will Be A Pleasure.” “Thank You for Being Such a Gracious Loser.” “I Promise to Help You Up After I Knock You Down.” And “Good Game: Maybe Next Time You Will Actually Score.” Do you find a consistent message amongst these T-shirts from one of the biggest sports retailers in the world? The slogans on the shirts give a sense of our nation’s obsession with…
  • What Did My Parents Ever Do to the Federal Reserve?

    Shawn Ritenour
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    In September 1993, President Bill Clinton reassured his radio audience that “if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be rewarded with a good life for yourself and a better chance for your children.” Picking up that theme over 18 years later, President Barack Obama affirmed that “Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same.” The trouble is neither the government nor the financial system backed by the Federal Reserve rewards people like my parents, who have worked hard and played by…
 
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    Politic365

  • Black Women Leaders March on McConnell’s Office on Loretta Lynch

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    TheRoot: Black Women March to Senate Leader’s Office in Protest Over Loretta Lynch.  “We will not be moved, we will not go back, we will not stop,” said Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner as she led a prayer outside the door of the U.S. Capitol office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as staff and U.S. Capitol police officers stirred nearby. About 20 prominent black women arrived at the ornate office suites of McConnell Thursday morning, asking to meet with him—even if for only a few minutes in the hallway—over the delay in confirming Attorney General-designate…
  • Rand Paul Puts Out Anti-Loretta Lynch Video

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch maybe the only Attorney General in recent memory who is facing opposition because she refuses to criticize the President who nominated her.   That rarely-heard-of-before criticism has been leveled by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul.   Sen. Paul asserts he can’t support Lynch because she won’t go against the President’s immigration policies and agrees with President Obama’s policy of “executive amnesty.”    See the video at the link below: https://amp.twimg.com/v/6782a32f-6830-4fca-bde2-67f212add9d3
  • The Sunny Side of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Budget

    Politic365 Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    It’s budget time, and while the members of Florida’s Legislature evaluate competing plans in the state House and Senate, the Sunshine State’s Governor, Rick Scott, is championing a $77 billion proposal he insists will “Keep Florida Working.”  Although there’s a $4 million gap between the legislative budgets, owing in large part to disagreements between health and human services spending, Governor Scott’s proposal to significantly cut taxes on communications services may see the light of day. According to Governor Scott in an oped published in the…
  • Senator Harry Reid announces retirement, eyes turn toward Nevada’s Latino electorate

    Adriana Maestas
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Today Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced his retirement. The Senate Minority Leader insisted that this announcement had nothing to do with a recent eye injury, and it is being reported that Reid had made this decision privately before sustaining the eye injury in January. You can watch Senator Reid’s video announcement of his retirement here: Latinos, who are a growing and influential part of the Nevada electorate, were credited with helping Senator Reid retain his seat in a tough re-election campaign in 2010 against Sharron Angle. Will a Latino candidate for senate in Nevada help…
  • Butterfield: Politically Driven Open Internet Debate Should Not Slow Sound Broadband Policy

    Kristal High
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hailing from Wilson, North Carolina, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Congressman G.K. Butterfield understands well the challenges facing many Americans today. Comprised of roughly three-quarters of a million people, 53% of the residents of North Carolina’s first district are women, 26% are 20 years old and younger, 34% are between 20-44, and 40% are over the age of 45. In the district where nearly 80% of the residents have obtained at least a high school diploma and 20% have at least a bachelor’s degree or higher, the average income is $46,290. Butterfield’s district is…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Harry Reid Retires and Vote-A-Rama

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    There was some surprising news this morning: Democratic Senate Minority leader Harry Reid will be retiring after a 30-year career in the Senate. He had been battling an injury incurred from a fall that broke bones around his eye and ribs since January, but says his decision was made prior to that. His retirement opens up discussion about his successor both in the Senate and in Democratic leadership. The Senate passed a budget proposal yesterday at the end of a marathon voting session that lasted until the early morning hours. What were the 2016 implications of the process and what are the…
  • The House GOP Budget Passes

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The House adopted a budget resolution yesterday by a vote of 229-199. The budget would balance in nine years and would, among other things, partially privatize Medicare and turn Medicaid into a block grant program. It would also increase our emergency war fund by more than $100 billion, a provision that some on the right have a problem with both in terms of process and amount. What are the main points of contention between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the budget and what are the chances of its passage in the Senate? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • The Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, in a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation and leadership taking, have come together to strike a $200 billion Medicare reform deal. The deal, among other things, comes up with a permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix.” But abortion language inserted into the bill threatens to block its support on the Democratic side. What are the issues holding it up and what are the broader implications of the leaders of the respective parties working together directly on broad reform? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In…
  • The GOP House Budget

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    The GOP controlled House released their budget proposal last week. It’s a document that lays out the GOP’s plan to dramatically cut spending across social programs and the full repeal of Obamacare. Perhaps the most controversial element to the proposal though is its funneling of billions of dollars into a war contingency fund to circumvent the mandatory spending cuts known as Sequester. The provision sets up a showdown between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the Republican side in Congress. Which group has the better chance of prevailing? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show…
  • Ted Cruz is Running for President

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    One of the questions I like to ask myself during election cycles is whether candidates for president actually believe they can win. Herman Cain, in 2012, ran for president and actually became the frontrunner for a time. Subsequently though it became clear, at least to some, that his candidacy was more a career move and about book sales than a realistic quest for the White House. Does Ted Cruz actually believe he can win the presidency or is his candidacy more about advancing his own brand and becoming an influencer in the campaign and the national dialogue? We discuss in today’s episode.
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    US Daily Review

  • How to Start Spring Cleaning

    usdr
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    By USDR This year, over 72% of American households will engage in spring cleaning according to the American Cleaning Institute. But to be effective in cleaning, start by cutting clutter. Clutter in a home makes it more difficult to clean effectively and makes cleaning take significantly longer. Getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of housework in the average home, according to the National Soap and Detergent Association. Below are four tips on de-cluttering from The Cleaning Authority to make spring cleaning easier: Sort it Out. Begin by sorting, room by room, into the following…
  • Former Lebanon President on Middle East Christians: “Think the Unthinkable”

    usdr
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    By CSI, Special for USDR “I have never in my life witnessed Middle East Christians in such extreme danger,” Amine Gemayel warned on Wednesday. Speaking at a public lecture at Boston College, the former president of Lebanoncalled 2014 “a year of existential crisis” for Middle East Christians. He raised “the specter of genocide,” in the context of atrocities suffered by Christians and other religious minorities in the region at the hands of the Islamic State and other extremists. “If present negative trends continue to intensify,” Gemayel said,…
  • Japan Battles for Dubious Economic Position

    usdr
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    By CNS News, Special for USDR The Japanese, who increased their holdings of U.S. government debt from $1,201,400,000,000 to $1,238,600,000,000 in the year between January 2014 and January 2015, are poised to surpass the Mainland Chinese as the top foreign owners of U.S. government  debt. In contrast to the Japanese, the Mainland Chinese decreased their holdings of U.S. government debt from $1,275,600,000,000 to $1,239,100,000,000 during the same period, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury this  week. That leaves the Chinese and the Japanese neck-to-neck in their ownership of…
  • Obama Loves America Just Like Castro Loves Cuba

    usdr
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    By Wayne Allyn Root, Special for USDR When Rudy Guliani said he thought “Obama doesn’t love America,” it set off a media firestorm. You know, those same fine ultra-liberal Americans now running the mainstream media who, while in class with me at Columbia University, cheered the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan…and who today no doubt support students at California college campuses who voted to remove the American flag…criticized Guliani for simply stating the obvious. Naturally, the media decided to play “gotcha” with GOP presidential candidates and ask them if…
  • CIA Chief John Brennan: Deceptions about Islam?

    usdr
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    By Raymond Ibrahim, Special for USDR By constantly projecting Western standards on Islamic jihadis, CIA head John Brennan has come to epitomize the U.S. intelligence community’s intellectual failures concerning the true sources of the jihad. Last Friday, March 13, Brennan  insisted that Islamic State (IS) members are not Islamic. Instead, “They are terrorists, they’re criminals. Most—many—of them are psychopathic thugs, murderers who use a religious concept and masquerade and mask themselves in that religious construct.” Note his usage of terms familiar to Western people…
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    American Patriot

  • See ya Harry, and thanks for the fish…

    The American Patriot
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Now this is very interesting…. The video: The Story: WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance. Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident…
  • Washington Times: Congress must repeal and replace the Patriot Act

    The American Patriot
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    This is very good. Via The Washington Times: The Patriot Act was fashioned with good intentions, but it has been dragooned to serve bad purposes. It was enacted during the national panic that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to protect Americans from the enemy. Now it’s employed by government busybodies to treat Americans themselves as the enemy. Fed up with the abuse, certain lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation to repeal the act. While we share their outrage, repeal without a workable substitute could leave the nation vulnerable to a new generation of evil.
  • Video: One funniest interviews I’ve seen in a long time

    The American Patriot
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    This is Bill O’Reilly interviewing Glenn Beck. Now, at first, it’s a little slow. Bill talks about Glenn’s leaving the Republican Party; of which, Glenn back straightens him out on that little matter. Now the towards the end of this video is when the funny stuff starts. Give it a watch, you’ll love it. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com With all the depressing news in politics as of late, it’s good to see a little lighthearted humor on Fox News. (Via Bill O’Reilly HQ)
  • Jonathan Capehart admits that “Hands up, don’t shoot” was based upon a lie

    The American Patriot
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    I have to give this man props for being an honest man. It takes a real man to admit that He was wrong. Getting down to the meat and potatoes via WaPo: The DOJ report notes on page 44 that Johnson “made multiple statements to the media immediately following the incident that spawned the popular narrative that Wilson shot Brown execution-style as he held up his hands in surrender.” In one of those interviews, Johnson told MSNBC that Brown was shot in the back by Wilson. It was then that Johnson said Brown stopped, turned around with his hands up and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop…
  • The old “If you don’t support Zionism, you’re a Jew Hater!” trick

    The American Patriot
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Just wanted to show you how the neocon propagandists work. I’m going to post a few links, and I am going to use the google URL redirector, because I don’t want the neocon trolls coming here and giving me trouble. But, I wanted to show how these people work. Go Here, Here, and here to see how they work; it is the same thing that Al Sharpton and his ilk pull, every time there is a so-called ‘Racist” incident. All the neocons have to do is holler, “Jew Hatred!” and the discussion is shut right down and the Semite-Baiters win. I mean, after all, where do you…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Attention Marketers!

    Aaron Peterson
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Attention Marketers: For the 2nd year, Millward Brown Digital is conducting our “state of digital” study, and we want to hear from you. This study focuses on exploring the pain points, priorities, and preferences of marketers today. In 2014, we laid the foundation of establishing best practices for marketers and tactical advice on how to run a top-notch digital strategy. For 2015, be part of the conversation! We want to capture your perspective, and invite you to participate and share your expertise. The survey only takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and as a thank you, you’ll…
  • Search Share: Radio

    Drew Katz
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Image from: Radio / Shutterstock Last week we unveiled the Search Share Add-On, a new Compete PRO tool that provides high-level keyword analysis of a list of up to 40,000 keywords. With this new functionality, we wanted to continue to bring you insights on how to utilize the new data to advance your marketing efforts. In this piece we will discuss a list of the top 500 keywords from the search referral tab in the Radio category. For reference, this list includes keywords such as “Pandora,” “iHeartRadio,” “8tracks,” and “klove.” Radio is a particularly interesting grouping to…
  • Hotel Suppliers Dominant Online Despite OTA Growth

    Steve Solinsky
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Image from: Travel / Shutterstock Aggressive spending in the Hotel space has created much greater awareness for Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) in recent years. However, consumers are still looking to suppliers when the credit card is in their hands. Millward Brown Digital analyzed the hotel path-to-purchase to highlight how OTAs are utilized in the consumer journey, and how they can grow their share of consumer attention by reaching them at the start. OTAs Grow Their Share of Hotel Shoppers with Advertising Throughout 2014, OTAs spent aggressively on advertising, both digital and traditional,…
  • Environmental “Green” Websites in the Red?

    Drew Katz
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Image from: Environmental / Shutterstock We hear the term “Going Green” constantly these days. Be it from a personal or business perspective, more people and companies are striving to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” as environmental changes and impacts from increased industrialization are becoming more evident. With green initiatives becoming increasingly important, I thought it would be worthwhile to explore the digital landscape for websites devoted to the Earth’s landscape in the “Environmental/Green Information and Advocates” category on Compete PRO. The total category does see…
  • Search Share: Shoes & Accessories

    Drew Katz
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Image from: Shoes / Shutterstock In case you missed our last blog, the Compete PRO Search Share Add-On is up and running! This add-on allows you to quickly assess the share of paid vs. natural clicks and to see which brands benefit the most from each, for any list of up to 40,000 keywords. We have decided to add a brand new installment to the Compete Pulse to discuss trends, topics, and insights regarding the top 500 keywords for a category on Compete PRO. In this piece, we will analyze search share data over the month of February for the Shoes & Accessories Category with keywords like…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • They're Palestinians, not 'Israeli Arabs'

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Submitted by Sydney Barakat,Follow @sydneybarakatAuthor: Saree Makdisi,Can you imagine reading an editorial in a respected newspaper today discussing the rights of "Negroes" or "Chinamen"? Probably not. And yet, like other newspapers in this country, The Times continues to use the generic term "Arabs" or "Israeli Arabs" to refer to the Palestinians who live inside Israel, falsely distinguishing them from the Palestinians who live in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 or those who were driven into exile during the destruction of Palestine in 1948.The term is, at best, an archaism from…
  • Cartoons of the Day

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The #Saud'i attack on #Yemen by @LatuffCartoons pic.twitter.com/Myzgxpwoaq— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) March 28, 2015The founding fathers. pic.twitter.com/728tw1VIni— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) March 28, 2015
  • The 'Moderate Axis' Attacking 'Axis of Resistance' in Yemen

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, together with Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan launched a military operation against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at 7pm Eastern time.Air strikes in #Yemen by Saudi Arabia. Picture in The capital Sanaa. pic.twitter.com/bTwROJebGW— Yemen Post Newspaper (@YemenPostNews) March 26, 2015Houthis captured city of Aden in the…
  • Israeli Delegation Heads To France Ahead of Final Round of Iran Nuclear Talks

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    A senior Israeli delegation traveled to Paris Sunday afternoon to discuss the nuclear deal coming together between Iran and world powers. The meeting between Israeli and French officials is set for Monday, two days before the final, decisive round of nuclear talks gets underway in Switzerland, where the sides will try to determine a framework for continuing the nuclear talks.The Israeli delegation includes National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz and other senior figures in the Foreign Ministry and intelligence community. They are…
  • Israel To Build A New Barrier

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Sydney BarakatIsrael to build a new barrier in ​only ​border­-free zone in the regionIsrael continues to build ­ versus break ­ barriers. The Israeli government’s most recent ambitions, which seek to build yet another wall, show how little Israel is concerned with desegregating itself from other countries in the area.According to RT.com and PressTV, the Israeli government’s latest plan is to build a brand new fence along the Jordan border in order to protect an Airport that will be constructed in the area.The suggestion has already been approved by Israeli officials…
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    BizPac Review

  • Weed and seed: Potheads mass in DC for marijuana seed giveaway

    Tom Tillison
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    The latest sign that the country’s going to pot was on display last week in the nation’s capital. With the District of Columbia having recently joined the limited ranks of locales in America that have legalized marijuana, the DC Cannabis Campaign held a seed giveaway at a local bar and people lined up around block for the free offering. Being that it is Washington, D.C., the legalization of weed came with a few stipulations. Residents are allowed to possess marijuana, grow up to six plants at home and give away as much as an ounce for free, according to public radio station…
  • Iranian defector blows the whistle: Obama-Kerry are scheming to help Iran

    Michael Dorstewitz
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    A defecting Iranian journalist seeking asylum in Switzerland is accusing American officials of inappropriate dealings in the 5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. Source: www.cnn.com Amir Hossein Motaghi, a former media aide for Iranian President Hassan Rouhan’s election campaign, claims the United States is acting in Iran’s interests, not on behalf of Western powers, according to a breaking story in The Telegraph. “The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Motaghi told a TV station…
  • Classless and heartless: Gawkers, Dem spokeswoman turning NY disaster site into selfie show

    Carmine Sabia
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Tasteless showboats with more money than brains are showing up at the site of the Thursday’s building explosion in New York City to snap photos of themselves in front of the wreckage — and locals are getting steamed. In New York City’s East Village Thursday a building exploded due to an apparent gas leak leaving 25 people injured, two missing and devastation in it’s wake. And while authorities search for the two missing victims who may have perished in the blast heartless people came by the site to revel in the disaster and snap photos of themselves at the scene causing anger…
  • Judge Jeanine skewers Obama on Iran: Why are we sleeping with the enemy?

    Carmine Sabia
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro scorched the Obama administration for its love affair with the Iranian regime. “Why are we sleeping with the enemy? Writing them love letters. Dining with them in Swiss palaces while they chant, ‘Death to America?’” Pirro demanded Saturday on Fox’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “Why are we so desperate to put a ring on Iran’s finger?” Pirro wondered if Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was so enamored with Obama that he would initiate his own “Khamenei Care” in Iran. “Reports are this year that they will have intercontinental ballistic missiles…
  • Golfing Obama bans press corps from the course; reporters in the wood shed?

    Tom Tillison
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Give President Obama credit — he may finally be catching on that perceptions matter. Despite sectarian war breaking out in the Middle East, the commander in chief was eager to hit the links in sunny Florida. So to provide some cover, the White House called for a “news lid” Saturday, requesting that the press pool return to the hotel, according to the Washington Examiner. Why risk a damaging photo of Obama teeing off while bombs fall in Yemen, right? The president flew to Palm City, Fla., for a weekend of golf, so shutting down the press may have been a good move with…
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    Sparking The Left

  • SAE’s Racist Chant & Colleges As Liberal Re-Education Camps

    Kleier
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Short Post: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma, after being taped performing a racist chant on a bus that was headed for a formal event, has had two members expelled from the University, 25 students disciplined, and the chapter has been closed on campus. Now, conservatives say that universities are bastions of liberalism. Really? If so, how can something so intolerant happen at any one of these institutions. The Left is the side of acceptance and understanding, not hate-speech. But that’s beside the point because colleges are not used to produce liberal…
  • New Twitter Account

    Kleier
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Hello and thank you for visiting, Here at STL we have changed our Twitter account so that both Paul and I can post to the same feed. You can now find us over at @SparkingTheLeft or you could just hit the “Follow” button on our Twitter window found on the right side of our blog screen. Hope you will follow! Thank You Very Much, Kleier
  • In Response to My Latest Rant

    Kleier
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Yesterday I posted a rant on the “American exceptionalism” worldview I now find quite out of step of what we try to do here at STL. So I removed the post and am sorry if it offended anyone for when I read it later, I found parts of it offensive. Therefore, I have removed the post. But this does not mean that I will stop posting rants here and there but the next ones will be better thought out. Thank You from Kleier and Sparking The Left.
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mark Twain “The Two ‘Reigns of Terror'”

    Kleier
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Taken from “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” “The Two ‘Reigns of Terror'” is by Mark Twain, “America’s greatest humorist”, 1835-1910. 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.” There were two “Reigns of Terror,” if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought with murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Abigail Adams “Ladies in Rebellion”

    Kleier
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Taken from “Ladies in Rebellion” drafted by Abigail Adams, the wife of one President of the United States and the mother of another, 1774-1818. This is from a letter to her husband written in 1774, during the Continental Congress. This piece of an essay is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And in the new code of laws of which I suppose it will be…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • What Exactly Congress Is Spending Your Dollars On

    Ed Feulner
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Let’s say you were a financial adviser, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the United States—$52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That’s right, $9,000 more than they’re making, and it all went on the family credit card. That’s bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you say they have a problem? I wish I could say this family was made up. Actually, this particular household isn’t real. But the “family” in this scenario is the federal government, and the amounts at stake are in…
  • How Wisconsin’s Right to Work Laws Could Boost Union Members

    James Sherk
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Many wonder how right-to-work laws will affect Wisconsin. To see how, consider another question: Do monopolies help or hurt customers? Until now, unions have had a monopoly in many Wisconsin workplaces. They didn’t have to persuade workers to purchase their services; they could force them to. Anyone who didn’t pay dues—averaging about $700 a year—lost his or her job. A lack of competition leads to complacency in any organization, whether a business or a union. It is customers’ ability to shop elsewhere that gets them better service. Federal anti-trust law prohibits…
  • How a Pastor Reacted to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

    Jamie Jackson
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:22 am
    On Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, creating a firestorm in the Hoosier State. The legislation allows residents to freely practice their religious beliefs while opponents believe it will allow businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian patrons. >>> Read More: Mike Pence Signs Religious Freedom Bill In recent days several organizations have threatened to boycott the state over passage of the bill. Some continue to question why supporters of religious freedom have remained “silent” over the issue. According to a…
  • A Woman Accused of Removing a 7-Month Baby From a Mother’s Womb Is Not Being Charged With Murder. Why That Has Sparked a Legal Debate.

    Kelsey Harkness
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    The decision not to charge a Colorado woman with murder for the death of an unborn seven-month-old baby has reinvigorated a debate over when states should legally recognize a fetus as a human being. Dynel Lane, the woman accused of cutting and removing a seven-month-old baby from a mother’s body, will not face murder charges, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office said on Thursday. Michelle Wilkins was brutally attacked on March 18 when she responded to a Craig’s List advertisement in Longmont, Co., from a woman selling baby clothes out of her apartment. Investigators say…
  • The Big Picture: Why Yemen Matters

    Peter Brookes
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    While the United States moved out of Yemen last week, this week a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of a reported 10 mostly Arab states moved into Yemen with airstrikes aimed at the continuing chaos there. The immediate—but not the only—target of the coalition air campaign is the Houthi rebels who recently swept out of northern Yemen, captured the capital, Sanaa, and are moving to push the recognized Yemeni government into the sea in the south. While the conflict is currently an air campaign, seemingly designed to punish the aggressors, slow their advance and perhaps push them back to the…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Ex-GOP Official Blames Cough Syrup For Abusive Behavior To Wife

    Anomaly
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    The behavior involved threatening his wife. Because we all know that cough syrup causes you to be nasty to the one you love. Former South Carolina Republican Party chief Todd Kincannon was accused of threatening his wife but he blames the medicine he was taking for a respiratory condition, the Charleston City Paper reports. Said [...]
  • Wiccan Priestess To Give Invocation To Iowa House

    Anomaly
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Deborah Maynard, a Wiccan priestess, has been invited to give the invocation to the Iowa House of Representatives on April 9th.                       Maynard, a member of the People’s Church Unitarian Universalist, was invited by Rep. Liz Bennett (D). “I didn’t really think it was that [...]
  • Wackadoodle GOP Lawmaker Suggests Law Forcing People To Attend at Church

    Anomaly
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Republican Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen wants a ‘moral rebirth of this country’ and suggested lawmakers should debate forcing people to attend church services once a week.                     That’s worked out so well for pedo-priests “How we get to back to a moral rebirth of this country, [...]
  • Kroger CFO Says Openly Gun Humping In Stores Isn’t Disrespectful. We Beg To Differ

    Anomaly
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A CNBC host asked Kroger’s CFO why his stores still allow open carry, and he seems to be of the notion that the giant chain store has had no issues and that the activists have been totes respectful. We disagree.                         In fact, I’d [...]
  • Shocker: Another White Anti-Government Gun Nut Arrested – And Lives!

    Anomaly
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    A Montana man was arrested on a federal firearms charge after buying a converted fully-automatic gun from an undercover FBI agent, but there’s much more to the story and it’s not good.                             William Krisstofer Wolf, 52, of Bozeman was arrested by Federal [...]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calls for building classless society

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
      Rohtak, Mar 28 (PTI) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat today said the country remained firm over the centuries in the face of adversities because of its rich heritage and called for building a classless society.   "India remained firm in the face of adversities because of its rich heritage and now the task was to make the country a world leader," Bhagwat said at a function here.   "We are known for our rich heritage and pluralism," he said, adding that in various fields, be it agriculture, science or…
  • US charges ex-cop in confrontation with Indian man

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
      Birmingham (US), Mar 27 (AP) A former police officer in Alabama has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation, authorities said today.   Former police officer Eric Sloan Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel partially paralyzed. The 57-year-old from the western Indian state of Gujarat doesn't speak English. He was slammed face-first to the ground in the Feb 6 confrontation, which was captured on video.   Alabama Gov…
  • TN fishermen not to use high power boats, banned fishing nets

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
      Rameswaram (TN) Mar 26 (PTI) Fishermen of this island today resolved to cooperate with their Sri Lankan counterparts and not use high power motor boats and banned fishing nets.   A meeting of the fishermen here also postponed their planned agitation, scheduled to be held here, demanding action against those who used banned fishing nets.   They also resolved to launch a state wide stir if fishing boats seized by Sri Lankan navalmen were not released, said N J Bose and T Jesudass, the two main functionaries of the fishermen's association.
  • China’s mega Maritim Silk Road – Kolkata is the lone Indian link

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
      From K J M Varma  Beijing, Mar 28 (PTI) Kolkata was the lone Indian port to figure in the final blueprint of China's ambitious Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project.   Inspired by the historic 2,000-year-old Maritime Silk Route, Kolkata was shown on the map released today as part of the MSR.   The eastern port formed part of China's strategic initiative, partly serving landlocked Nepal and Bhutan.   The MSR is connected to Colombo port in Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean while the China-Pakistan corridor passing…
  • Lee kuan Yew helped in financial development of ethnic Indian community

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
      Singapore, Mar 29 (PTI) Singapore's founder and first premier Lee Kuan Yew had helped the Indians in the country, especially women members of the community by encouraging them to work and help their families financially, a prominent Indian-origin trade union leader said today.   Paying tribute to Lee, trade unionist G Muthukumarasamy said the late prime minister helped in the financial development of ethnic Indian community and upliftment of women from the group.   91-year-old Lee, the city-state's prime minister for 31 years…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose?

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective way. This is […] The post Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Hardware fails. Versions expire. Storms happen. An ideal infrastructure is fault-tolerant, so even the failure of an entire datacenter – or Availability Zone in AWS – does not affect the availability of the application. In traditional IT environments, engineers might duplicate mission-critical tiers to achieve resiliency. This can cost thousands or hundreds of thousands of […] The post 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    When you migrate a legacy application to the cloud, a thorough audit of your app will reveal a number of elements or procedures that either do not scale well or are not compatible with your new cloud infrastructure. Unfortunately, quick “lift and shift” cloud migration tools do not always solve these issues. Our ultimate goal […] The post Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation 

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Good order is the foundation of all things. – Edmund Burke The benefits of DevOps are widely known: seventy percent (70%) of senior IT leaders believe the need for DevOps has never been greater — and the risk of manual, undocumented, slapdash procedures has also never been clearer. The pressure to deliver software applications quickly will only […] The post DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation  appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Edward Snowden has unleashed a torrent of activity in the name of […] The post Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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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 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:…
  • Liberal Fix With Guest Lou Colagiovanni

    Liberal Fix
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In this episode, Guest Lou Colagiovanni from Ruthless Politics, will join Keith Brekhus in discussing modern policing and the current conflict between police department policies and independent journalism. 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 ENCORE: Perspectives on Current Politics

    Liberal Fix
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss contemporary politics including the GOP presidential hopefuls, the race to replace Barbara Boxer in CA 2016, gun politics, the Tea party debacle in Brownback's Kansas, climate change, and more. 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: Week In Review

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

  • Episode #78 – SUNDAY WIRE ‘The Friendly Skies’ Patrick Henningsen with guest Field McConnell

    21wire
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Episode #78 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday March 29, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 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 including Washington’s new proxy War in Yemen, and the Iranian nuclear negotiations. In the second and thrid hours, Patrick invites special guest,…
  • FULL-SPECTRUM CYNICISM: Yemen and the Art of International Subterfuge

    21wire
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Daniel Spaulding21st Century Wire Encapsulating his view of the essence of politics, Vladimir Lenin famously asked “who, whom”, that is to say, what matters in power relationships is who does what to whom. Under the elaborate trappings of abstract, supposedly universal morals, this brutal and obscene maxim has long been the West’s primary operating principle in international affairs.This week’s Washington-backed Saudi attack on the country of Yemen is a reminder of this cynical practice. Saudi warplanes, supplied with US intelligence data, began bombing Sanaa, the Yemeni capital,…
  • MEDIA BLACK-OUT: US Proxy War in Yemen Underway, Saudi Stooges Do Initial Dirty Work

    21wire
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…US media giants have been very clever to hide what could easily be another catalyst towards a WWIII scenario in Yemen. Instead of allocating their multi-billion dollar media resource at the unprovoked bombing and pending invasion of Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its ‘Arab coalition’, CNN, FOX News and the other usual suspects have spent the last 5 straight days conducting an unprecedented global character assassination of deceased Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and spinning a media circus around the plane crash which we’re told killed 150…
  • Parasitic Elite: Deliberately Trashing our Planet

    21wire
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Zen GardnerUltimately those who awaken invariably come up against a very big question; why would the so-called “elite” self-appointed rulers of this planet bring the house down around their own ears? Don’t they get irradiated, chemtrailed and ultimately modified like the rest of us? Aren’t their children in peril just like ours?Underground bunkers or not, the rapid deterioration of our environment is leading toward a dead planet if their machinations aren’t halted some time very soon.What these manipulators are up to is not life giving, it is death dealing. For humanity and all of…
  • Little St. James: Bill Clinton and Epstein’s Exotic Operation

    21wire
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    21st Century Wire says…   21WIRE reported back in January about the bizarre leisure nexus of rapacious President Bill Clinton, TV’s most annoying attorney Alan Dershowitz, international playboy Prince Andrew – all connected by one common thread: purveyor of pleasure and facilitator of fantasies, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. What’s Epstein really up to? The answer to that question is contained in author Daniel Halper’s book, Clinton Inc. : The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,  which details exactly how Israel (and even Bibi himself) may be using…
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    The Politic

  • Funding the Future

    Carter Helschien
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    The land of the free, the home of the brave, and a country where education is not a luxury. Last month, during the State of the Union, President Obama announced that any student who is willing to attend school at least half-time and maintains a 2.5 GPA would qualify for fully subsidized tuition for community...
  • Incivility? Examining the Controversy Behind Civil Forfeiture

    Joanna Lee
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    An underground marijuana operation. A former high school teacher. An unsuspecting wife. The scene resembles something from Breaking Bad, but for Kathleen von Hofe, the situation became a reality when the Branford, Connecticut police department raided her home in 2001. While Harold von Hofe admitted to growing and distributing marijuana in the basement of their...
  • Plastic Paradise: Brazil’s Cosmetic Surgery Boom

    Ian Garcia-Kennedy
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    A surgeon penetrates the bridge between your two nostrils. Tweezers enter the space created by the incision, lifting the skin off your nose as if it is the hood of a car. Now comes the scalpel, cutting bone and transforming cartilage until the nose takes on its desired shape. This disquieting and quease-inducing procedure—rhinoplasty—should be...
  • A Bloody, Contested Anniversary: The Armenian Genocide A Century Later

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    “Don’t let them take me! Don’t let them take me!” Satenig cried. She gave Edward, another Armenian trapped in the schoolhouse basement, the little money she had in exchange for his protection. Each night, Ottoman authorities would raid the basement and remove the Armenians that were either dead or weak. Satenig was weak. She could...
  • How to Build Your Own Political Dynasty: An Instruction Manual

    Madeleine Colbert
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    So, you want political power? You can picture your name on elementary schools and highways; you dream of a crowd chanting your name under raining red, white, and blue confetti. In America this means you have to run a top-notch, cutthroat campaign while also remaining likeable to voters. This requires hiring the best strategists, making...
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • The Trouble With Seminars

    guanyinmiao
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    When I was in high school seminars were hard to come by, and students clamoured for seats to hear insights from guest speakers. Even greater fuss, if these speakers were parliamentarians or international personalities. Realising that the management of such sessions is not difficult organisations nowadays – schools and grassroots organisations in particular – hold … Continue reading →
  • Poor Influence

    guanyinmiao
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Telcos StarHub and M1 may have accepted a public apology by Singtel for a smear campaign ran last year, with the Infocomm Development Authority still investigating whether the company “breached the Telecom Competition Code” (ST, Mar. 21), it should also be determined if regulations concerning consumer protection and advertising practices were contravened. Especially if social media agency Gushcloud is cognisant of its legal responsibilities, it should not get away with a manicured apology which provides no guarantee against future transgressions. Marketing standards may now be tightened,…
  • Poor Foreign Worker Meals Symptom Of Exploitation

    guanyinmiao
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The poor meals offered to foreign workers – revealed by a study by the National University of Singapore and HealthServe of 60 Bangladeshi workers living in the Tai Seng area (TODAY, Mar. 21) – is a symptom of broader exploitation in Singapore, made more evident by the responses of their employers and the food-catering companies. More concerned with their financial performance or low-margin operations and pushing the blame around, the welfare of foreign workers appears to be the least of their concerns. Continue reading →
  • “I Am Talented”, From The Heart

    guanyinmiao
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    I met David five years ago, when we joined the new youth council of the United Nations Association of Singapore (UNAS). And despite working on a few projects together (including a sustainable development conference in Sarawak, Malaysia) we had few chats, and I only heard his story at the first “I Am Talented” (IAT) event in February 2011. Back then the intent of IAT was for participating students to acquire new skills and be inspired by the accounts of adversity and triumph, and today the initiative – in its third edition – maintains the same philosophies, anchored even more firmly by…
  • Farm Group Faces Uphill Task

    guanyinmiao
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    As well-intentioned as the initiative by the coalition Kranji Countryside Association (KCA) may be, to “launch a youth wing to help uproot the stereotype that farming is just about feeding animals and planting vegetables” (ST, Mar. 15), its effectiveness is limited not only by perceptions of the industry, but also by the aversion against blue-collared occupations and the corresponding unwillingness to get their hands dirty. With a diploma or degree in hand, why work so hard in exhausting circumstances which may not provide adequate remuneration? Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Harry Reid Retires and Vote-A-Rama

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    There was some surprising news this morning: Democratic Senate Minority leader Harry Reid will be retiring after a 30-year career in the Senate. He had been battling an injury incurred from a fall that broke bones around his eye and ribs since January, but says his decision was made prior to that. His retirement opens up discussion about his successor both in the Senate and in Democratic leadership. The Senate passed a budget proposal yesterday at the end of a marathon voting session that lasted until the early morning hours. What were the 2016 implications of the process and what are the…
  • The House GOP Budget Passes

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The House adopted a budget resolution yesterday by a vote of 229-199. The budget would balance in nine years and would, among other things, partially privatize Medicare and turn Medicaid into a block grant program. It would also increase our emergency war fund by more than $100 billion, a provision that some on the right have a problem with both in terms of process and amount. What are the main points of contention between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the budget and what are the chances of its passage in the Senate? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • The Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, in a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation and leadership taking, have come together to strike a $200 billion Medicare reform deal. The deal, among other things, comes up with a permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix.” But abortion language inserted into the bill threatens to block its support on the Democratic side. What are the issues holding it up and what are the broader implications of the leaders of the respective parties working together directly on broad reform? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In…
  • The GOP House Budget

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    The GOP controlled House released their budget proposal last week. It’s a document that lays out the GOP’s plan to dramatically cut spending across social programs and the full repeal of Obamacare. Perhaps the most controversial element to the proposal though is its funneling of billions of dollars into a war contingency fund to circumvent the mandatory spending cuts known as Sequester. The provision sets up a showdown between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the Republican side in Congress. Which group has the better chance of prevailing? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show…
  • Ted Cruz is Running for President

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    One of the questions I like to ask myself during election cycles is whether candidates for president actually believe they can win. Herman Cain, in 2012, ran for president and actually became the frontrunner for a time. Subsequently though it became clear, at least to some, that his candidacy was more a career move and about book sales than a realistic quest for the White House. Does Ted Cruz actually believe he can win the presidency or is his candidacy more about advancing his own brand and becoming an influencer in the campaign and the national dialogue? We discuss in today’s episode.
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Cruz For President? & More, Radio Awards

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the final week of March 2015. Running for President of the United States requires great sacrifice... along with ample love and attention from the media elite. The 'Warm Embrace' AWARD goes to... Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Having “sex parties” with hookers in Colombia isn't just for the Secret Service. Another government agency wants in! The 'Too Much Free Time' AWARD goes to... Drug Enforcement Agents. If you tell people what they want to hear enough times - chances are they begin to believe it - right? The 'Campaign Rhetoric' AWARD…
  • The Keystone Cops & More, Radio Awards

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the third week of March 2015. They say leadership starts at the top. The whole country was watching, he never blinked and was surprisingly polite. The head of the 'keystone cops' AWARD goes to... Joseph P. Clancy. Proving once again that elections do have consequences. The 'smart politician' AWARD goes to... Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When you lie, cheat, and mess up big.... confess quickly, and then ask for everything back. The Determination or Stupidity AWARD goes to... Lance Armstrong. They always say you can't pick your…
  • American Sniper & More, Radio Awards

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    What is a life worth? This one man is responsible for singlehandedly saving hundreds! The Medal of Honor 'Patriotism AWARD' goes to... United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Ferguson erupts again! Two police officers shot after the Department of Justice report points to the Ferguson Police Department as racist. The 'Inflaming Racism in America AWARD' goes to... Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama. 47 Republicans Senators sent a letter to Iran's leadership regarding their dealings with President Obama on a nuclear Iran. The 'I'm Not Impressed AWARD' goes to... the Ayatollah…
  • The Petraeus Plea & Much More, Radio Awards

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    From the most successful and well-known military officer in the nation to a plea deal and struggle to stay out of prison. The 'Fall From Grace AWARD' goes to... General David H. Petraeus. No one likes their picture taken, but this one is especially hated! The 'Shadow AWARD' goes to... Photographer Nelson Shanks. Tensions couldn't be higher this past week when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress - against President Obama's wishes. The 'Lemons to Lemonade AWARD' goes to... Former Governor and VP Candidate Sarah Palin. Probably the most controversial…
  • Conan In Cuba & Much More, Radio Awards

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    It hasn't happened since 1959 when Jack Paar took to the island nation. The 'I need to improve my ratings' AWARD goes to... For confusing everyone... the doublespeak AWARD goes to... Nothing like a good old fashion game of chicken. The AWARD for who blinks first goes to... If only renaming your town could improve the quality of life! The creative thinking AWARD goes to... If you say something enough times, doesn't that make it true? The convincing yourself AWARD goes to... Think about all the possibilities if we could transplant heads! The saving mankind AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
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    Citizens News

  • In Kenya, religious coexistence feels pressure of stronger Muslim identity

    Liberty Bell
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    Written by Christian Science Monitor | World Kenyan Christians have long dominated political and social institutions. But an increasingly devout Muslim population is pushing for a greater voice, testing the ability of religious leaders to sustain longstanding religious harmony. The post In Kenya, religious coexistence feels pressure of stronger Muslim identity appeared first on Citizens News.
  • More Executive Overreach, This Time from the EPA

    Liberty Bell
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Written by Cato @ Liberty Ilya Shapiro The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in Michigan v. EPA, asking whether it was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore costs in determining the appropriateness of regulating mercury emissions from power plants. The EPA’s proposed regulations are expected to cost the coal industry a whopping $ […]The post More Executive Overreach, This Time from the EPA appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Russ Roberts on Adam Smith’s Rules for Living, by David Henderson

    Liberty Bell
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Written by EconLog The prudent man, claims Roberts, does not smoke, is “physically active and keeps his weight under control,” and “works hard and avoids debt.” On debt, I must part company. It was by taking on what seemed like a massive debt at the time–1986–that my wife and I managed to buy a house […]The post Russ Roberts on Adam Smith’s Rules for Living, by David Henderson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Video: Islam in America Today

    Liberty Bell
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia A compilation via @EricAllenBell And quotes from CAIR, the largest Muslim advocacy group in America: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future…But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going […]The post Video: Islam in America Today appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Lee’s Ghost Sister: An Abortion Storybook

    Liberty Bell
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    Written by The American Conservative Mary Walling Blackburn, a professor of art at Southern Methodist University, has written and illustrated a free online storybook for children, in which the child protagonist, Lee, comes to terms with the fact that Mommy and Daddy chose to abort his little sister. Excerpt: Lee’s uncle asks: “Why is your […]The post Lee’s Ghost Sister: An Abortion Storybook appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Leave It Up to the Pentagon

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:44 am
    If you want to feel super secure in those watching out for you and your family, perhaps you’d better start your weekend early and not read on.
  • Beard Taxes Through History and Senator Chambers

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Big Razor and Barbasol might be pushing the public to abandon the beard craze, but as seen with Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers’ beautiful white whiskers, beards are simply too great an accessory. Besides, for the moment we live in a glorious time where men aren’t forced to pay taxes on their facial hair. Again, that’s for the moment.
  • Merkel’s Rug

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    It’s officially Spring time for the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s not just Daash doing some redecorating. In fact, might we suggest that even you give your carpet a good balcony beating or two?
  • POTUS and FLOTUS Frequent Flier Miles

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Last week, President Obama and Michelle Obama were both compelled to make public appearances (for the good of the country, of course) in Los Angeles, California.
  • Just Sayin’: Shocker---An Angry Mob Got it Wrong

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    You might have heard about the mob justice doled out by the men of Afghanistan last week, when they beat, burned and basically killed a 28 year old woman, they suspected of burning a Quran.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Hans Koechler: Saudi Assault on Yemen ‘Clear-Cut’ Breach of International Law

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Sputnik, March 26, 2015On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia launched a series of airstrikes inside Yemen and reportedly deployed 150,000 troops supported by over 100 fighter aircraft targeting Shiite Houthi rebels who are embroiled in a vicious civil war with the majority-Sunni-run Yemeni Government.EDINBURGH (Sputnik), Mark Hirst – A major Saudi Arabian military intervention in Yemen is an outright breach of international law that could have serious consequences for the entire region, Dr. Hans Koechler, President of the International Progress Organization (IPO) in Austria, told Sputnik on Thursday.
  • Ours to Master

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Our challenge is to see in technology both today’s instruments of employer control and the preconditions for a post-scarcity society.By Peter Frase, Jacobin, March, 2015Is Google making us stupid? Is Facebook making us lonely? Are robots going to steal our jobs? These, it seems, are the anxieties that afflict many today.Capitalism is defined by the drive to maximize profits, and one of the surest paths to that goal has always been reducing the cost of wage labor. Hence, the constant push to increase productivity through new production techniques, automation, and now computerization and…
  • Richard Falk on ISIS and Islamic “Essentialism”

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:31 pm
    An Interview with Richard Falk, Truthout, March 19, 2015It is crucial to understand the diversity of understandings and interpretations that are authentically present within each and every world religion.
  • First Expert Meeting on the Implementation of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    UNESCO, Paris, France, March 24-25, 2015The Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures was adopted by UNESCO's Executive Board in April 2014 and approved by the UN General Assembly in December 2014. Its implementation will be the focus of an Expert meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 24 and 25 March 2015.Being the lead agency of the United Nations system for the Decade, UNESCO is called upon to mobilize different actors to set the basis for promoting mutual understanding conducive to the harmonious coexistence between peoples and countries.This expert…
  • Thomas Piketty on the Euro Zone: ‘We Have Created a Monster’

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    An Interview with Thomas Piketty taken by Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Pauly, Spiegel, March 10, 2015SPIEGEL: You publicly rejoiced over Alexis Tsipras' election victory in Greece. What do you think the chances are that the European Union and Athens will agree on a path to resolve the crisis?Piketty: The way Europe behaved in the crisis was nothing short of disastrous. Five years ago, the United States and Europe had approximately the same unemployment rate and level of public debt. But now, five years later, it's a different story: Unemployment has exploded here in Europe, while it has…
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Great Tips for Canvass and Phone Scripts

    Sophie Thurber
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    What makes great canvas or phone scripts for voter outreach? A great canvas or phone script can mean the difference between gaining and losing a supporter – it’s the key to creating quality voter outreach. Canvas and phone scripts for campaigns come with a variety of goals and content, but there are a few best practices that will help you to develop effective scripts for any context. Here are some quick tips to make your voter contact and advocacy scripts stand out: Keep it short Brevity is key. Respect people’s time. You’ve got just a few short seconds to chat with them and give…
  • Innovative Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    Michele Hermanson
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Innovative consumer direct mail and marketing campaigns to inspire your creativity. Here at The Campaign Workshop, we’re always on the lookout for innovative direct mail and marketing campaigns to inspire our creativity. We often look to the commercial world for ideas that could translate to the political or advocacy direct mail world. Here are three campaigns we love: World Water Day in Belgium secret message mailer. This really innovative mail campaign is only visible when you put the card under water to reveal the message. This mind-blowing creativity comes to us from Belgium and we’re…
  • Designing an Effective Campaign Logo

    Joe Fuld
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    A Campaign logo should be simple, clean and clear. A campaign logo is something that many candidates obsess about.  The color, the font, the stressing of the first vs. the last name, incorporating a candidate photo or a sprit animal, we’ve heard it all. I like a good campaign logo, but this is a time in which many first-time candidates get taken advantage of.  Yes, the campaign’s brand is undoubtedly important and it is worth some conversation, but it should not be a long, arduous, drawn-out process. With that said, here are a few important items to consider when you’re designing…
  • Your PowerPoint Slides Suck – Please Fix Them

    Joe Fuld
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    great PowerPoint slides in 7 easy steps. Every year during conference season, I get aggravated about how badly most PowerPoint slides are.  PowerPoint is supposed to help a presentation  but in many cases the slides hurt  the presentation.  10-point type; 100 words on the screen; no images; and bullet points with a font that looks like it came with Windows 95.  On top of that, the presenters talk really, really fast. As someone listening to you, how is it possible for me to read all those words and listen to you at the same time? The truth is, I can’t understand your presentation…
  • Climbing the Campaign Job Ladder

    Margo Scott Dunn
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Making the most of a campaign job. When you first start to work on campaigns, everything is new and exciting. For many of us, we didn’t care what kind of grunt work we did; we just wanted to be in the fight. But, if a long-term career in politics interests you, there are some smart steps you can take early on that will help advance your career. Think of each department on a campaign as it’s own set of railroad tracks. There is a communications/new media/press track, a field track, a fundraising track and a support track. Switching from track to track will slow down your career, just as it…
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    Political Debate Blog

  • Liberal Media Blunder or Bias?

    Kyle Zsasz
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:24 pm
      It's been a long time since I've allowed myself to stretch my mind throughout the political currents of today. I was actually enjoying my hiatus. Of course this all ended and the dream of avoiding politics ended when I was the cover of the New York Times today. Of course the inspirational 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches was a hot item but it didn't create as much waves as the New York Times itself did. Unfortunately the virtues and lessons being taken away from the historical civil rights march was overshadowed by one of the most blatant examples of…
  • Getting Back on Track

    Kyle Zsasz
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    As the only writer on the blog as of now it becomes a tough struggle when I can no longer blog. The site slows down, comments stop flowing in, and people like to dismiss the place as dead or inactive. This is of course not true. Over the past few weeks I have been having health problems that have landed me in the hospital frequently. I have been unable and unmotivated to blog (or pay much attention to politics in general for that matter) and let it go for awhile. After all the blog is still rather new and has not built up a viewership. I plan to upgrade this community to something much more…
  • Building the Political Web

    Kyle Zsasz
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Lately I've been trying my best to keep a schedule of putting out a blog post daily. I'm on a late schedule right now with the Midterm elections happening so I'm going to take a moment to discuss the political movements on the internet and how a political blogger can succeed. You might not know this but I have been a political blogger for years and I have worked from project to project with some amazing people. My last blog was very successful and I only stopped using it because a friend, who had also taken the time to blog and build it up, wanted it and felt he could put the…
  • Two Days Until the Future

    Kyle Zsasz
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    In just two days the long awaited midterm elections of 2014 will end with the citizens voting and the candidates biting their nails in anticipation. By the end of the night we will know who will lead the Congress and the Senate for the  next two years. Personally I'm excited because like many watching the the election I am hopeful for a Republican win in both the Senate and the Congress. I like many Americans are tired of the Democrat's destructive and often unamerican policies and agendas. I'm tired of seeing them bring down America, turn our international interests…
  • Into the Political Fray

    Kyle Zsasz
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I've often thought about politics and whether I should toss my hat into the proverbial ring. I've always held myself back thinking that I am too young to consider it. I have to build my reputation, work on my background, and most importantly gain experience. The political arena after all is run and lorded over by the elderly and outdated. As I waited I gained a new idea and it placed me at a certain cross road. At one time I dreamed of holding office and being recognized as a leader in America. This dream met reality as I got older and realized that being one of…
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • EU Could Pass New Air Safety Measures Following Germanwings Tragedy

    EurActiv
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    (EurActiv) — The European Commission will propose new air safety measures after the Germanwings crash earlier this week, an EU official said on Friday. A plane flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 144 passengers on board crashed in the French Alps on 24 March leaving no survivors. Preliminary investigations suggest the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed […] The post EU Could Pass New Air Safety Measures Following Germanwings Tragedy appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Georgia Appoints New Envoy To NATO

    Civil.Ge
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    (Civil.Ge) — Alexander Maisuradze has been appointed as Georgia’s new permanent representative to NATO, replacing Levan Dolidze. Dolidze, who is brother of opposition MP from Free Democrats (FD) party Victor Dolidze, announced about intention to resign in November when FD quit the Georgian Dream ruling coalition; he stepped down in late January. Georgia’s new ambassador […] The post Georgia Appoints New Envoy To NATO appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Uzbekistan: Presidential Election Being Held

    Trend News Agency
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By Demir Azizov The presidential election kicked off in Uzbekistan on March 29. The polling stations throughout the whole country opened at 06:00 (UTC/GMT +5 hours) and they will operate till 20:00 (UTC/GMT +5 hours). In total some 9,060 polling stations, including 44 ones at Uzbekistan’s representative offices in other countries have been created. Precinct […] The post Uzbekistan: Presidential Election Being Held appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • China Li Keqiang Promises ‘Full’ Support For Sri Lanka Government’s Initiatives

    Eurasia Review
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    While commending the process undertaken by the new government in Sri Lanka, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang reiterated his and his government’s fullest cooperation towards it. The Chinese Premier said his government’s decisions did not depend on individuals but on correct policies which are important national economies. Prime Minister Keqiang made these comments during a […] The post China Li Keqiang Promises ‘Full’ Support For Sri Lanka Government’s... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Ecuador: Silence, Fear And Coercion

    Latinamerica Press
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    By Luis Ángel Saavedra The Ecuadorian government has decided to confront the social organizations opposed to its political project by taking the organizations’ leaders to court to imprison them or restrain them with indefinite trials in order to silence them. Likewise, the government seeks to close down the organizations through a decree that threatens their […] The post Ecuador: Silence, Fear And Coercion appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • 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
  • Kayla is My Valentine #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerShe has beautiful, dreamy eyes, and she is very down-to-earth. She loves animals, and you can clearly see that her puppy is quite the personality as well. She loves to help people, and she would give her life for yours in a life or death situation. But, more than anything, I love her warm and welcoming smile. Kayla, You are my Valentine. We will all miss you so much. ♥Kayla died last week while hostage of the terrorist group Islamic State, in Syria. She was reportedly killed during an airstrike conducted by Jordan in revenge for the murder of one of its pilots, who was burned…
  • Kayla Es Mi Valentina #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerElla tiene unos ojos hermosos y soñadores, y es una chica muy sensible. Le encantan los animales, y tú puedes claramente ver que su perrito también es toda una personalidad. A ella le encanta ayudar a la gente, y daría su vida por la tuya en una situación de vida o muerte. Pero, más que todo, a mi me cautiva su acogedora y cándida sonrisa. Kayla, tu eres mi alma gemela en este Día de San Valentín. Todos te vamos a extrañar. ♥Kayla falleció la semana pasada mientras era cautiva del grupo terrorista "Estado Islamico", en Siria. Según se dice, murió durante un…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Ind. governor seeks to ‘clarify’ religious freedom law

    Michael K. Lavers
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on March 28, 2015, told the Indianapolis Star he is working with lawmakers to “clarify” his state’s religious freedom law that critics contend targets gays and lesbians. (Photo public domain)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday said he is working with lawmakers to “clarify” his state’s religious freedom law that critics contend allows business owners to discriminate against same-sex couples. “I support religious liberty, and I support this law,” Pence told the Indianapolis Star in an interview two days after signing Senate Bill 101 or the…
  • Volunteer for Australian HIV/AIDS group dies in French plane crash

    Michael K. Lavers
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Greig Friday (Photo courtesy Facebook)A man who volunteered for an Australian HIV/AIDS service organization is among those who were onboard Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed into a mountain in the southern French Alps on March 24. The Star Observer, an Australian LGBT newspaper, reported that Greig Friday, a volunteer for the Victorian AIDS Council in Melbourne, and his mother, Carol Friday, were onboard the flight that was to have flown from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The newspaper reported that Greig Friday, 29, began volunteering with the Victorian AIDS Council in 2007 after completing…
  • Blaze destroys hotel, homes on Fire Island

    Michael K. Lavers
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    The Grove Hotel on Fire Island, N.Y., in August 2013. A fire destroyed the iconic structure and several adjacent homes on March 27, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)A fire destroyed a hotel and several adjacent structures on New York’s Fire Island on Friday. The Fire Island News reported the fire that completely engulfed the Grove Hotel in Cherry Grove was first reported around 1:30 a.m. Dozens of firefighters from the gay resort community and other fire departments on Fire Island and adjacent Long Island contained the blaze about five hours later. The Fire Island News…
  • Arkansas Senate approves anti-gay religious freedom bill

    Michael K. Lavers
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he will sign into a law a religious freedom bill that critics contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination. (Photo public domain)The Arkansas Senate on Friday approved a religious freedom bill that critics contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination in the state. Lawmakers by a 24-7 vote margin approved House Bill 1228 that state Rep. Bob Ballinger (R-Hindsville) introduced. The Arkansas House of Representatives last month overwhelmingly approved the controversial measure. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he will sign HB 1228 into law once it reaches…
  • Kramer calls AIDS scourge act of ‘genocide’

    Staff reports
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    ‘Normal Heart’ playwright Larry Kramer. (Photo by David Shankbone; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) NEW YORK — The Gay Men’s Health Crisis honored Larry Kramer, the legendary AIDS activist and playwright who was a founding member of the agency in 1982, at its spring gala Monday night. Upon receiving the Larry Kramer Activism Award, Kramer gave a blistering speech that criticized U.S. elected officials for neglect. It was originally posted on Facebook by Peter Staley and was reproduced in several news outlets including the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. “HIV/AIDS has been…
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  • 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…
  • The Calculator is Here! See How Many Animals You Save When You Don’t Eat Meat

    Lady Freethinker
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you observe the occasional Meatless Monday or haven’t let flesh pass your lips for decades, it’s hard not to wonder exactly how many lives you’ve spared by opting for plant-based meals. And now, thanks to the Vegetarian Calculator, you can get an answer. Yes, it’s a rough estimate (it takes a lot of chickens to reach the caloric equivalent of a cow, after all, and not everyone eats the same portion sizes), but the system seems reasonably sound. The data comes from USDA statistics, and represents an average more than a customized calculation. I hung up my…
  • Tell BP: Clean Up Your Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast!

    Lady Freethinker
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
                        You made the mess, BP, now please clean it up. The Deepwater Horizon spill was the largest offshore oil spill in United States history, killing and maiming hundreds of animals and ravaging the environment. Without BP’s gross negligence, this disaster would have never happened – and now they’re putting greed over  responsibility by refusing to clean up their mess. A court ordered BP to pay $18 billion dollars for the damage they caused, but the conglomerate is trying to weasel out of the debt. They recently…
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  • A Brief Political History Of The United Kingdom

    Ben Lauderdale
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    We could make a case for starting a story on the historical context for the 2015 U.K. general election with the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s decision to build a wall across the neck of Great Britain in the year 122 or with the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. But we are reasonable people and will try to make do with just the past five centuries. Even that might seem a bit mad — what does the 16th century have to do with the 2015 election? It is not so much that it’s directly relevant, but that it shaped the parties and institutions of the U.K., which are very much at…
  • What Do U.K. Voters Want And What Are The Parties Promising?

    Mona Chalabi
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Even for a Brit, it’s not easy to decipher the key issues in the May 7 general election. There’s what politicians talk about and then what voters actually want from the next government.Because voters don’t get to have their say very often, I’d like to start by understanding what they see as the country’s problems. To do that, I looked at the issues that were the most frequently cited when the British electorate was most recently surveyed by Ipsos MORI.When asked in a face-to-face interview what they would say “is the most important issue facing Britain today,” 27…
  • Let’s Be Serious About Ted Cruz From The Start: He’s Too Extreme And Too Disliked To Win

    Harry Enten
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s newly minted presidential campaign is the media equivalent of a juicy rib-eye that robbers use to distract a guard dog during a heist. He’ll get a ton of media attention, and he’ll get to spread his message — which may be all that Cruz is after — but Cruz almost certainly has no shot of winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries.First, Cruz doesn’t have enough support from party bigwigs. To win the Republican or Democratic nomination, you need the backing of at least some of the…
  • How Israel’s Exit Pollsters Missed Right-Wing Rally For Netanyahu

    Carl Bialik
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The headlines Wednesday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swept to a surprising and convincing victory in the Israeli election Tuesday after his Likud party won at least five more seats in parliament than its chief rival. But the victory wasn’t really that overwhelming because of the subtle nature of the surprise.The reality is that Likud won only a quarter of the Knesset’s 120 seats and along with its closest allies won about as many seats as most pre-election polls indicated. That’s because even while Likud gained seats relative to the last pre-election polls, other…
  • Why Israel’s Election Is Too Close To Call

    Carl Bialik
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    There are two phases to the Israeli election that starts Tuesday. The first: electing some politicians. That’s the relatively easy part to forecast. The second: Figuring out who’s going to govern with whom.That is what’s really hard to predict.In the first phase, no party is likely to win a majority of the 120 seats in the Knesset, the country’s parliament. But the two main parties are still jostling to hold the most seats. Likud, the party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is in a tight race for the most seats against the Zionist Union, the center-left leading opposition…
 
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  • How Demographic Change is Saving German Parties (3)

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    35 years’ worth of Politbarometer data show that partisan dealignment in Germany has slowed down considerably over the last decade. One reason for this is the increase in average levels of formal education: Somewhat counterintuitively, formal education is now positively linked to partisanship. The other reason is demographic change. Demographic Change in Germany To the average German, demographic change is something that will happen in some unpleasant but distant future, preferably to someone else. But the nasty thing about demographic processes is that they are sneaky, slow-running beasts.
  • A Semi-Official Split in the (Thuringia) AfD

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Various media report this morning that the AfD caucus in the Thuringia state parliament has asked two of their MPs – Jens Krumpe and Oskar Helmerich – to resign their select committee memberships and/or has withdrawn the whip from them. Both had refused to sign the “Erfurt Resolution” that was initiated by their leader Björn Höcke (heavy Ümlaut alert), but had rather given their support to the competing “Germany Resolution”. Meanwhile, Spiegel Online has unearthed a blogger who claims that Höcke has written pseudonymously for a party paper of the right-wing extremist…
  • Why Germany’s NPD Might Not Be Banned After All

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Banning the NPD – What is at Stake? Germany’s NPD may be a racist, if not neo-Nazi outfit, but it enjoys the full protection and privileges the German constitution grants to parties. While the party is legal, it is entitled to state funding proportional to its (puny) electoral results. It can only be banned if six of the country’s eight supreme judges agree on a ruling, and only three institutions – the federal government, the federal parliament, and the federal council (the assembly of minister presidents) – can instigate this legal procedure in the first place. The…
  • Is Germany’s New Right-Wing Party AfD Falling Apart?

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Strife within the AfD In my recent West European Politics Article on the AfD (ungated pre-print still here), I argue that the party’s official position (i.e. their EP 2014 manifesto, their website and their social media activities) is soft-eurosceptic and not right-wing populist: For them, the enemy is Athens and the profligacy of the Greeks, not Islam, Turkey, or the Roma. I also argue that this official party line is very much shaped by party co-founder and co-chair Bernd Lucke, and that others disagree, not least because many AfD voters are (or were) not particularly concerned about the…
  • Elsevier, Cameron, Wolfinger: Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    ElsevierValentines are a thing David Cameron: why not drop in for a ‘chaterama’ while you ‘chillax’?  Ray Wolfinger obituary The post Elsevier, Cameron, Wolfinger: Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-27, Friday

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, March 27 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, we look at Senator Harry Reid's legacy and the missteps that may have spurred his decision to retire. We'll continue covering the controversial Jade Helm military exercise with Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson, and break down how the kamikaze co-pilot responsible for the Germanwings crash in France may have been taking SSRIs. On today's worldwide broadcast we'll also probe the partnership between the NSA and Facebook, review new criticisms of industrial chemical producer Monsanto and take your calls.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-26, Thursday

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, March 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into how the domestic military drill Jade Helm will employ role players to practice infiltrating U.S. towns, how cops confiscated a firearm from a legal gun owner and how a Texas bill would force children to undergo mandatory mental health screenings, which may deny them their constitutional rights later in life. On today's show James Knox, a telecom insider with deep connections, goes into detail about the NSA revelations whistleblower William Binney brought up on the show last week. You don't want to miss this explosive…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-25, Wednesday

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, March 25 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we continue our coverage of the ongoing attempt to acclimate the American people to the idea that it is perfectly normal to have a standing army in its midst. We also look at the absurdity of political correctness as it continues to normalize and make socially acceptable obesity, the effort to make trendy real-time GPS tracking and the move to control the news flow on Facebook, and a vote in the House to send lethal aid to Ukraine as tension increases between NATO and Russia. On today’s global transmission we talk with Sheriff…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-24, Tuesday

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, March 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, the war on cash intensifies as the Justice Department encourages banks to file “suspicious activity reports” on customers withdrawing $5,000 or more. Also, Army veteran Joe Biggs responds to fallout from Infowars' coverage of Operation Jade Helm, a joint military training exercise that will encompass seven states and utilize civilians. We'll also examine allegations by George Zimmerman that Obama is “pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.” We'll also continue breaking down the latest election news and take…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-23, Monday

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, March 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover how presidential candidate Rick Santorum was questioned on missing nuclear warheads and how Democrats have not given up on an illegal ammo ban. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also announced he is running for president. On today's show, radio host Steven Crowder talks about his video in which he entered a Planet Fitness dressed as a woman to test the company's transgender bathroom policy. And Dr. Edward Group explains the benefits of vitamin D in your life and how it kills depression and boosts your mood while also helping to prevent…
 
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  • Life in orbit: 16 surprising things NASA astronauts have revealed in Reddit AMAs

    Joseph Stromberg
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Very few people know what it's like to live in space. Only 538 people — out of a population of more than 7 billion — have had the chance to orbit Earth, and an even smaller number have spent an extended period of time there. So what have they learned? In recent years, five astronauts have done AMA interviews on Reddit, answering questions about subjects both profound (the life-changing experience of looking down at the Earth from above) and utterly mundane (what it's like to sweat, fart, and sneeze in space). Together, their answers provide one of the most candid accounts of what it's…
  • Under pressure from businesses, Indiana could clarify controversial religious freedom law

    German Lopez
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) told the Indianapolis Star's Tim Swarens that he's in discussions with legislators to potentially clarify a controversial religious freedom law so that it won't promote discrimination against LGBT people. The law, which Pence signed on Thursday, could legally protect employers, landlords, and business owners who discriminate against LGBT people on religious grounds. "[T]his law is not about discrimination," Pence told Swarens. "It's about protecting religious liberty and giving people full access to the judicial system." Businesses and public figures…
  • The 7 best songs of March

    Kelsey McKinney
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    March sent the music world into high gear with the release of great rap albums by Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt and heavy, emotional hits by Sufjan Stevens and Courtney Barnett. Here are the seven best songs of the month: Kendrick Lamar, "King Kunta" "I got a bone to pick." That intro line to "King Kunta" could be the thesis statement for Kendrick Lamar's sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly, an incredible collection of songs about the black experience and Lamar finding his way in the world. Based on Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century slave in Virginia whose life forms the basis of the book…
  • The Bay Area economy is booming. So why aren't more people moving there?

    Timothy B. Lee
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Census Department published new population figures for 2014 this week. KQED says that "The Bay Area Is Getting Way More Crowded," and they made this map to show the trend; the reddest areas are the places where population is growing fastest. KQED isn't wrong. The population of the Bay Area grew 1.3 percent last year, which is a lot better than the 0.7 percent average annual growth rate the Bay Area has seen since 2000. But it's also important to keep a sense of perspective. 1.3 percent is not a very impressive growth rate. The population of the Houston metropolitan area grew by 2.4…
  • Is Jeb Bush actually a moderate, or does the media just think he is?

    Andrew Prokop
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    In an excellent profile in the Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson reviews Jeb Bush's record in Florida and concludes that, overall, he's much more conservative than both the national press corps and right-leaning activists think. He posits at the end that Jeb could be "a self-conscious, deep-dyed conservative who for the moment feels the need to look like a moderate, especially before an admiring press and in the company of the wealthy Republicans who these days are his constant companions and marks." I've been exploring similar territory for a forthcoming piece on Bush's political history, and…
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  • Prepare for Martial Law

    No Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians. Operation Jade Helm begins in July and will last for eight weeks. Soldiers will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado where some of them wil drop from planes while carrying weapons loaded with blanks in what military officials have dubbed Realistic Military Training. But with residents of the entire states of Texas…
  • Why Do Walmart Haters Hate Customers?

    Bionic Mosquito
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Why do they Hate Customers? One-hundred percent of the people on earth are customers.  Well, except for those who live totally and completely off the grid and grow or kill everything they eat and make everything they wear from materials they find in nature, etc.  In other words I doubt there are more than three exceptions on the entire planet.  So, just say 100% for rounding. I recently had some feedback, bashing Wal-Mart – the typical stuff: they aren’t fair to suppliers, they aren’t fair to employees, they are cut-throat with competitors. I will caveat my comment: Wal-Mart, like…
  • Organized War Criminality

    Paul Craig Roberts
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Professor Michel Chossudovsky is the author of many important books. His latest is The Globalization of War: America’s Long War Against Humanity. Chossudovsky shows that Washington has globalized war while the US president is presented as a global peace-maker, complete with the Nobel Peace Prize. Washington has military deployed in 150 countries, has the world divided up into six US military commands and has a global strike plan that includes space operations. Nuclear weapons are part of the global strike plan and have been elevated for use in a pre-emptive first strike, a dangerous…
  • How To Survive a House Fire

    No Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As I write this, a four-story building in New York City is reported to have collapsed during an explosion and subsequent fire. Although details are sketchy at present, it made me think about what you should do in a circumstance like this to protect your family. Every year, thousands of people are killed or injured in fires in the U.S. Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented with knowledge of the nature of fire. You must understand the following: 1) Most people who die in fires don’t die because of burns as much as from asphyxiation (suffocation). Fire consumes available oxygen…
  • Lose 1/3 of Your Waistline in 1 Month

    Joseph Mercola
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    By Dr. Mercola When it comes to shedding stubborn belly fat, exercise alone is not the answer. The master key really lies with what you eat, and perhaps more importantly when you eat, followed closely by the type of exercise you engage in. Scheduling your eating to a narrow window of time each day is the version of intermittent fasting I recommend for those struggling with insulin resistance and excess body weight. Other healthy lifestyle habits such as sleep and stress reduction are also helpful, as they help keep your cortisol levels low. Cortisol is a stress hormone that, when elevated,…
 
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  • Validity and Soundness

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    My newest youtube masterpiece . . .
  • Five Reasons to Prefer a Basic Income to a Welfare State

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    In the above discussion on Same Seder’s The Majority Report He asks Karl Widerquist about why we should prefer a basic income to the welfare state if it is likely that even with a basic income we would likely need to keep many social programs like social security and medicaid in place. I thought it was a […]
  • Intro to Philosophy Videos

    gaurarader
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    I’ve been working on some videos, which will ultimately be part of a full online course that I’ll use for the classes I teach and will just be available for those interested online (www.philosophyintrocourse.com) . Eventually they will also be accompanied by a text book that I’ve been working on. I’ve got the manuscript for an […]
  • Sitting All Day is Killing You and What You Should Do About It

    gaurarader
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Check out my latest post on Medium.com
  • A Response to Paul DeGrauwe’s “A Universal Basic Income is not Affordable”

    gaurarader
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Here’s a link to recent article on medium.com.     to receive notification of new posts via email and here about the latest updates on my book projects and other supercool awesome stuff.
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  • Kansas House Approves $1.5 Billion Pension Bond Plan

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    The Kansas House on Wednesday approved a plan to issue $1.5 billion in pension bonds in a bid to pay down a portion of the liabilities accrued by the state’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). But the bond issuance is far from a sure thing; the Senate last month passed its own version of the plan, which only includes $1 billion in bonds. Now, the two sides must come to the negotiating table – although nobody seems particularly enthusiastic about either plan. From the Associated Press, via the Winfield Courier: Kansas is moving closer to issuing $1 billion or more in bonds to…
  • The Chicago Pension Fix That Neither Mayoral Candidate is Talking About

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Chicago officials are leaving few stones unturned in their search for extra sources of revenue to help pay down the city’s pension debt. But over the course of the city’s ongoing mayoral election, two words have been conspicuously absent from the mouths of the candidates: property taxes. In fact, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped nearly a half-dozen lesser sources of revenue – taxes on cigarettes, telephones, and parking, among others – in a bid to avoid having to raise property taxes. The city’s mayoral candidates debated again on Thursday night, and it was again made clear that…
  • Video: The Retirement Crisis Is Real – Here’s How to Fix It

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    The words “retirement crisis” have been appearing in print more and more in recent years. But is the phenomena real, or imagined? In this video, Professor Teresa Ghilarducci discusses why she thinks the retirement crisis is very real – and how the dream of retirement can be restored for Americans. From the video description: The retirement crisis is anything but imaginary. According to research conducted by Professor Teresa Ghilarducci, head of the Department of Economics at the New School in New York City, only 44% of workers in the United States have access to a…
  • Massachusetts Police Pension’s Decision to Remain Opaque Spurs Controversy

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s police pension fund has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for its refusal to open its books and reveal the benefits it is paying out to its retired members. Stephanie Pollack, the state’s transportation secretary, said the fund “owe[s] it to the public” to reveal the benefit data. But the fund’s books remain closed – and its opaqueness may be protected by a Supreme Court ruling for over 20 years ago. From the Boston Herald: Sidney Chase, the police fund’s executive director, said the decision to release the information is up to…
  • In Washington State, Dueling Bills Aim to Change Pension Benefits

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Lawmakers in Washington state are considering two separate bills that aim to tweak pension benefits for new government hires. One proposal would cap the amount of income that can be used in the pension benefit formula. Another proposal would add two years to the retirement age required to receive full benefits. The first measure, Senate Bill 5982, deals with retirement ages. Explained by the Bellingham Herald: Senate Bill 5982 would add two years to the normal retirement age for people who enter most public employee pension plans in Washington after July 1, 2015. That would mean a standard…
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  • GROUP HOME FOR THE DISABLED FORCED TO CLOSE BY THE STATE UNJUSTAFULL

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Dear Barack Obama: I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU COULD INTERVENE IN THIS SITUATION. I HAVE A MISSION WITH THE HANDICAP AND FOR OVER 7 YEARS I HAVE ADMINISTERED SOCIETY OF ST. AGNES AND NOW THE STATE WANTS TO CLOSE ALL FOUR HOMES BY NOT PROVIDING ME WITH THE FUNDING AS IT AS BEEN IN THE PAST. I COULD LIKE FOR YOU TO READ THE ARTICLE THAT ONE OF THE PARENTS CALLED IN TO THE LEDGER OF SATURDAY 03. 2015. AND I WOULD LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND MY PART OF THE REASONS OF WHICH I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING TO STAY IN COMPLIANCE I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO ALL OF MY GROUP HOMES WHILE THE CLIENTS…
  • Валютная ипотека

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    Уважаемый Владимир! Как же так ? уже пол года в государсвенной думе не погут довести до спаведливого решения проблему с валютными ипотечниками. Вы сами сказали, что то что рубль так обесценен это результата спекуляции, по вашему поручению должно было пройти расследование. Но виновных нет, а платят по счетам население. Банки…
  • MS. Jan Costanzo-Billings

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Dear Mr. President Obama, I got THIS in My email today :My Name is Lake William Sr,from the Federal Government Grant we have to know if you are here to get your grant so that we can show you what grants are available and how to apply.My Name is Lake William Sr,from the Federal Government Grant we have to know if you are here to get your grant so that we can show you what grants are available and how to apply.My Name is Lake William Sr,from the Federal Government Grant we have to know if you are here to get your grant so that we can show you what grants are available and how to apply.My Name…
  • Honorable Leader and President of the Free World

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Dear Mr. President: When and if you propose a two state solution for Israel can you please consider a wise idea. Give the Palestinians a piece of land either in the north or the south, NOT Gaza or Jerusalem. This makes the most sense for both sides. You will be a wise man and a successful leader if you can accomplish the above. Thank you , Mr. President. Laura Weinshel
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    1 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
  • Poverty Redistribution: Economics 101

    Bill Gelwick
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    We hear a lot about “Wealth Redistribution”. I’m here to tell you, that is an inaccurate statement. You CANNOT redistribute wealth, and in trying to do so, all you do is spread the poverty. Hence, the term used should be changed to “Poverty Redistribution”.   The truth is, When you confiscate money from a producer, and hand it over to someone who produces nothing, the odds are very high that nothing will be done with it. This money will be spent either on bills or on a frivolous purchase of some sort. The odds are almost zero that it will be invested in…
  • The Excellent Eighties

    Bill Gelwick
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    One of my most popular posts was on The Nostalgic Nineties, so why not follow it up with The Excellent Eighties? At first, it was to be a rant on how annoying 90’s kids could be when being all nostalgic for the decade of their teen years. But, as it turns out, the 90’s saw a lot of pure awesomeness. Well this one is starting out a little differently. I was a teen in the 80’s, so starting from my perspective, the 80’s were  “Excellent Dude” (Thank you Bill and Ted). Welcome to The Excellent Eighties The 1980’s were, in my opinion, one of the greatest…
  • What is Responsible Social Commentary

    Bill Gelwick
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Social Commentary can take on many forms. From talk radio and editorial TV shows to single frame cartoon images in newspapers or floating around the internet, taking a stand on social issues is what it’s all about. Often times this process devolves into baseless propaganda, but not always. For this site, I can assure you, we will stick to facts. Junk science and nonsensical rhetoric have no place here. So then, just what is social commentary exactly? Dictionary.com defines it as: Social Commentary - noun – a spoken or written act of rebellion toward an individual or group;…
  • What Does NOT Cause Cancer

    Bill Gelwick
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    These days, a list of things that do NOT cause cancer would be much shorter than the things that are said to cause it.   It SHOULD be common sense that talking on a cell phone is not going to cause brain cancer, but every once in a while you still see someone posting something to that effect on social sites. This is the sort of thing I want to shed some light on. Many thing, over the years, have been said to cause cancer. In truth though, most of the stats are, at best, skewed, and at worst, completely false. Image courtesy of professional.sweetnlow.com Saccharin   This one was big…
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Fortune Names Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong as One of the World’s Greatest Leaders

    James Burke
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I agree with some of Fortune’s choices in their annual list of the world’s greatest leaders, and I disagree with others. Among those I thought were solid was the inclusion of Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong, who comes in ranked at number 10. Here’s what the American business magazine has to say about Wong: “Slight, and with a bowl cut and black-framed eyeglasses, the 18-year-old Wong doesn’t look like Hollywood’s idea of a charismatic rebel leader,” they said. “But Wong, a co-founder of the student-activist group Scholarism, was one of the most compelling figures in…
  • See Why ‘Made in China’ Tops the EU’s Most Unsafe List

    Ben Maloney
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every parent assumes the plush doll they bought for their child at the mall is safe, but if it has a “Made in China” label, you should think twice. A European Watchdog agency issued 2,435 notifications of unsafe products in 2014, which range from children’s toys, clothing, and even appliances. Sixty-four percent of the unsafe products were made in China and Hong Kong, which was the same amount as in 2013. Věra Jourová, the European commissioner for consumer affairs, issued a warning to parents: “For me, as a mother and already a grandmother, the high number of…
  • Could You Win a Climate Change Debate With Any of These Memes?

    James Burke
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Many a keyboard warrior has used a meme to express a particular view. Some memes are great, some are awful and nasty, while others are really, really witty. If you frequent social media, you’d be well aware how posting a simple meme can bring on a storm of comments, especially if it’s about a particularly controversial or divisive issue. As far as the West is concerned at least, not many issues are as divisive as climate change, a.k.a. global warming. Well, unless you want to discuss race, religion, gender issues, or several other push button topics that now come to mind. So for the sake…
  • Former British POW Describes the Horror of the Dresden Fire-Bombing

    James Burke
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seventy years ago, an estimated 25,000 people were killed in the fire-bombing of the German city of Dresden, one of the most controversial acts carried out by Western allied forces during WWII. In the above 10 minute report, the BBC spoke with several eyewitnesses, but predominately with a former British POW, Victor Gregg, who was greatly affected by what he saw on Feb. 13, 1945. As a soldier, Gregg had seen a lot of deaths before the bombing, but what he witnessed at Dresden shook him to his very core. “It dehumanizes everything, anything you have experienced before. I had been through…
  • This Nail House Is Being Swallowed Up by Development… Literally (Photos)

    Cecilia Kwan
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    A nail house is the popular Chinese name given to homes belonging to people who refuse to give into real estate developers due to poor compensation. Their places end up looking like nails sticking up out of the development that continues around them. For the majority of these cases, developers typically offer relatively low compensation to the residents, reflecting only the pre-development value of their properties or the cost of obtaining alternative housing elsewhere. Should residents resist, powerful developers can persuade local officials and courts to order residents off their land. In…
 
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    The National Memo

  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Cockpit Confidential’

    National Memo Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    In the wake of the recent tragedy of the Germanwings crash, it is natural and understandable to be apprehensive about air travel. The incident has already caused officials to reassess security protocols; surely another wave of reforms is in store for travelers. The best you can do is stay informed. In his 2013 book Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections, former pilot Patrick Smith pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of air travel, including the misconceptions, practices, and culture of the industry. You can…
  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The Good Fight’

    National Memo Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    This past week, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that his current term would be his last, bringing to a close one of the more remarkable political careers in recent memory. The former amateur boxer and indomitable Democrat from Nevada has served in public office for over four decades, building a reputation as a fierce and effective politician. His 2009 memoir, The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington, chronicles his journey from poverty to the Senate floor. You can purchase the book here. The post Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The Good…
  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘To The Stars’

    National Memo Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” recently signed into law in Indiana has been correctly called out as a nasty piece of anti-gay legislation. Social media responded loudly and proudly with the #BoycottIndiana hashtag, enjoining companies and consumers alike to take their business out of Hoosierland in protest against a state government that would discriminate in the name of religion. Among those who got the ball rolling was George Takei, the former Star Trek cast member who has been a forceful and charismatic presence at the intersection of social media activism and LGBT…
  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Going Clear’

    National Memo Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week sees the premiere of the HBO documentary Going Clear, inspired by Lawrence Wright’s immensely thorough and disquieting Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. The 2013 book has its origins in a New Yorker profile Wright wrote in 2011 about Oscar-winning filmmaker and Scientology apostate Paul Haggis. Wright’s investigation into the Church of Scientology’s origins, evolution, and alarming tactics for strong-arming the feds and quieting its dissenters is an overdue and much-needed reckoning. You can purchase the book here. The post Top…
  • Weekend Reader: ‘American Epic: Reading The U.S. Constitution’

    National Memo Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The word “Constitution” gets tossed around a lot. Pols invoke it as a crucible to challenge opponents’ patriotism. Cable news guests bandy it to batter each others’ points. Just say “First Amendment,” full stop — as if that’s an argument. Who has actually read the whole thing, and who claims to understand its meaning fully?  As law professor Garrett Epps demonstrates in American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution, “meaning” can be a pretty elusive thing. His book is a close reading of every last word, and if listening to a…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Complicity, Duplicity

    Ken W. Simpson
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    Crowded clouds in a grubby sky when yesterday died mourned by lonely ladies and manicured men melancholy as cellos soulfully hoping with artificial equanimity for the bliss of salvation. Revelations and expectations contradict predictions resentfully expressed that echo disrespect incredulity and disbelief and sink ignominiously into the ubiquity of disintegrating dreams. Offensive is the concept […]
  • Inspiration

    Ken W. Simpson
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    Ideas sprout like mushrooms after rain fading as echoes that merge as memories or thoughts thriving and twitching like leaves before they decompose in someone else’s clothes.Filed under: Articles
  • Seascape

    Ken W. Simpson
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    The Sky was cobalt blue where seagulls flew floated or landed on damp sand beside the sea lapping back and forth dissolving the footprints of passing feet. Dark filaments of weed lay drying near tiny shells and jellyfish blobs below the lumpy beach where bodies of varying shapes lay supine and somnolent in the heat.Filed […]
  • Dress Rehearsal

    Ken W. Simpson
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Depictions of depravity and blissful beauty were portrayed as murals on the auditorium walls of the concert hall where animated faces on stage mimed discontent straining to remember lines as parodies of pleasantries through choreographed repetitive steps to the tinkle of piano notes played by nimble fingers in the orchestra pit.Filed under: Articles
  • The Emptiness of Entropy

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    Disinterested time ticks apathetically in the negativity of silence. Cocooned inside rooms on elongated days without vanity or aspirations. Momentary moods meander between boredom and the futility of hoping for anything other than storms the loneliness of the night and anonymity in the darkness.Filed under: Articles
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • A Bicommunal Cyprus Dialogue Forum is launched

    Miguel Atanet
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    Turkish Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Özdil Nami. Photo credits: Bruno Mariani & UNDP UN SGSA Cyprus Espen Barth Eide: optimism growths on the possibility of Cyprus talks restarting in spring. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen visited Nicosia on Monday.     Negotiation delegations under the presidency of Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ergün Olgun and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis attended the press meeting held in the Cypriot buffer zone on March 12th, 2015 to launch a dialogue forum on the Cyprus conflict. The process to establish this forum has…
  • Less than 2 out of 10 non-executive board members are women in Europe

    Miguel Atanet
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the EWL When executive boards are included, female representation is a lot lower.     Last week, the European Women's Lobby (EWL) launched its Second Progress Report about Women on Boards in Europe titled 'Cracks in the glass ceiling or just a trick of the light?'   The report tracks developments, progress and stagnation regarding women on company boards in 11 European countries, 2 of them, Iceland and Norway, non-EU member states.   This Second Progress Report is part of the EWL's ongoing work to ensure that gender parity at all levels…
  • EU donates vehicles to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine

    Miguel Atanet
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    EU donates vehicles to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Kyiv. The EU is ready to work further on guaranteeing full implementation of Minsk agreements at several different levels, most notably through support for OSCE. As part of this effort the European Union has donated 40 unarmoured vehicles and 24 armoured vehicles to the SMM. 15 of the armoured vehicles have now arrived in Kyiv. Five more SUVs are on their way. This completes the number of the armoured vehicles, as four cars have already been delivered prior to these new arrivals. The fleet will be officially handed…
  • The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh

    Miguel Atanet
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh – on Feb.22 claimed responsibility for bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli earlier in the day. The group published photos of the bombings outside the Iranian embassy in central Tripoli earlier on Feb.22 on its Twitter account. Other photos broadcast by the group also showed destruction produced by the bombings in a parking lot attached to the house of the Iranian Ambassador in Libya, which is adjacent to the embassy headquarters.
  • Georgia Joins Creative Europe EU program

    Miguel Atanet
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:45 am
    Freedom bridge - Tbilisi (Georgia) Georgia joins the EU program Creative Europe – On February 18, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection hosted a briefing dedicated to this event.  The briefing was presided by the Minister of Culture Mikheil Giorgadze and was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tamar Beruchashvili, State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze and the EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman. On February 24, in Brussels, 16:00 local time, Georgian Minister of Culture and Monument Protection Mikheil Giorgadze and the European…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    “My base is really beyond just evangelicals. I think the untold secret is a lot of the support that I have, and that I anticipate I will have, is from the working-class, blue-collar people who grew up a lot like I did – not blue-blood, but blue-collar.” — Mike Huckabee, quoted by The Hill, brushing off the challenge to his base in the GOP presidential race from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
  • The Hinge Moment

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Doug Sosnik: “Next year’s election is the midpoint between 1992 when the current phase of presidential politics began and 2040, which is around the time that most projections have us approaching a majority-minority country, one in which no race will constitute the majority of Americans.” “While the 2016 presidential election is likely to reflect the last remnants of this bygone era, the candidate running for president in 2016 who best understands how the country is changing and runs a campaign based on the America of the future rather than the America of the past is most…
  • Ex-GOP Official Says Cough Medicine Made Him Do It

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Former South Carolina Republican Party chief Todd Kincannon was accused of threatening his wife but he blames the medicine he was taking for a respiratory condition, the Charleston City Paper reports. Said Kincannon: “I’m the kind of guy who never goes to the doctor. I finally went and was prescribed something called Benzonatate for my cough. I’d never taken it before, and took it for the first time last night. Basically, I went completely crazy after taking it. I don’t even remember all of it.”
  • O’Malley Remains Mostly Unknown

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is in Iowa again but “almost everyone… said they knew very little, if anything, about O’Malley,” CNN reports. “That confusion crystallizes the central challenge O’Malley faces if he decides to pursue a long-shot run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He must find a way to dent the Clinton political machine and prove that he’s a competitive candidate — not just a backup for progressives who would rather see Elizabeth Warren in the White House.” “And it’s in Iowa where O’Malley…
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    “Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes.” — RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, quoted by The Hill, blasting Hillary Clinton for wiping her private email server and permanently deleting all emails.
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    JoelMDavenport

  • Episode 5 – (Not) The Shortest Episode Ever

    Joel
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Despite the early announcement, this is not the shortest episode ever. Enjoy our discussion of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, as well as movies in general.
  • Is Kickstarter the Future for Business?

    Joel
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve spent much time online, odds are you’ve heard of the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Kickstarter is essentially a place for people and businesses to gather capital from individuals interested in their product. These products range from movies to physical products like you’d find in an […]
  • New Indy Eleven Stadium in Downtown Indianapolis?

    Joel
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:33 pm
    This story is a bit more related to local news than my usual stuff here, but it’s a topic I’ve been discussing with people for the last several weeks and feel I should touch on a little. If you’ve read the About Me section or you know me at all, you’ll know I grew up […]
  • Episode 4 – Education

    Joel
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:29 pm
    A short episode in which we discuss the failures of the education system, and what could be done to change it. Sure we’re not qualified to teach or anything, but we’ve been through high school…which apparently makes us qualified?? Scratch that…we’re not qualified at all, but oh well.
  • American Democracy — An Introduction

    Joel
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Well, this post is going to be the start of a new post series here on the blog. I’ve been doing a lot of news related editorials lately, and while those are a blast to write and even better to research, I just kind of feel like I should branch out a bit more into […]
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    OpedSpace

  • When Silicon Valley eats Wall Street

    Dimitri Dadiomov, US
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    “There is an old joke that Wall Street has a river at one end and a grave yard at the other. Yet, this is strikingly incomplete. It omits the kindergarten in the middle.” Fred Schwed, Jr. The magic of Silicon Valley is not only that entrepreneurs take on ambitious startups—it’s that they often take on ambitious startups they know little about. They pick opportunities that seem promising even if they are outside of their own personal core competencies, and they figure it out. Move fast and break things. Throw ideas on the wall and see what sticks. Stay scrappy and iterate. Iterate.
  • Iceland: Fronting or Fighting Corruption?

    Lilja Jonsdottir, Iceland
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Recently, four Icelandic businessmen were sentenced by the Icelandic Supreme Court to a total of 19 years in jail for artificially inflating the stock price of Kaupþing (the bank they owned and managed) in the months leading up to the financial crisis in 2008. With each serving four to five years in jail, these sentences for “white collar crimes” are unprecedented in Iceland. “I believe that the judges first decided what the outcome should be and then afterwards wrote the verdict,” said Ólafur Ólafsson, one of the convicted, to Reuters shortly after being sentenced. His…
  • What These Business Icons Have To Say About U.S. Inequality

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In September 2014, Professor Michael Porter and Professor Jan Rivkin released a seminal report on the state of the U.S. economy titled “An Economy Doing Half its Job.” In it, they argued that years of underinvestment in K-12 education, vocational skills training and infrastructure combined with the forces of globalization and technological change have resulted in the hollowing out of the Middle Class, rising inequality and an economy that is structurally underperforming. Below are excerpts from a conversation we had with them:   Can you briefly explain what the U.S. Competitiveness…
  • Bosnia: How A Nation Recovers Post Genocide

    OpedSpace
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Written by Michelle Ratpan Photos by Cindy Blažević As voyeurs and consumers of visual media, we see daily images of the seemingly unending conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Libya and the Ukraine, to name a few. These dark images are captioned with stories of atrocities, death and despair. What is often lost in visual and print media is the story after the conflict, the story of a people restored. In publishing this photojournalism essay, our hope is to commemorate the anniversary of a conflict which began nearly 23 years ago and to provide a narrative of hope for…
  • Iran Will Get Nukes And The World Better Deal With It

    OpedSpace
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    “The most common form of human stupidity is forgetting what one is trying to do.”  -Friedrich Nietzsche Arabs often say that Iranians are so patient that they prefer slaughtering their sheep with cotton, not with knives. Contrary to western politicians, whose attention spans rarely exceed the next elections, Iranians do not measure history in months or years, but rather in decades and centuries. They perceive themselves as the proud descendants of a great civilization spanning thousands of years. Why are the Iranians ready to pay such a dear price to get nuclear weapons? One…
 
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    Anarchant

  • AntiWar and Eric Peters Play Victim, Ask for More Donations

    Ethan Glover
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I used to be a major fan of AntiWar.com. I’ve donated to previous campaigns to keep the site running. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to publicize some issues they’ve had with Google Adsense. And they seem to be using it as drama fodder to get more donations. They’ve lied about what Adsense is asking them to do. Maybe they did this on…Read moreThe post AntiWar and Eric Peters Play Victim, Ask for More Donations appeared first on Anarchant.
  • There is No Scientific Consensus

    Ethan Glover
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    The post There is No Scientific Consensus appeared first on Anarchant.
  • Bet On America?

    Ethan Glover
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Bet On America Pre-Debate Post-Debate Points Moved For The Motion 49% 64% 15% Against The Motion 23% 27% 4% Undecided 28% 9% -19% Intelligence Squared has the best debates, and this one was no exception. With the broad subject of Bet on America there is bound to be some great arguments. It was a pleasure…Read moreThe post Bet On America? appeared first on Anarchant.
  • The Truth About College

    Ethan Glover
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    This summer I’ll be looking for a job in New Hampshire so I can drop out of college. I only have a year left, but I have yet to get anything valuable out of attending. My knowledge and skills are beyond what I need to get started in the industry I want to get started…Read moreThe post The Truth About College appeared first on Anarchant.
  • The Vaccination Controversy is not a Libertarian Controversy

    Ethan Glover
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    How would a libertarian society deal with vaccinations? When presented with this question, the asker requested to assume that vaccinations are always good. But he also asked how a libertarian society would incentivize people to take vaccinations for the good of all. Even if it is harmful to the individual. I’m not going to talk…Read moreThe post The Vaccination Controversy is not a Libertarian Controversy appeared first on Anarchant.
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    Raajneeti.guru

  • Andhra Pradesh Capital To Be Named after N.T.Rama Rao

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    ANDHRA PRADESH: After deciding to name the new capital as Amaravati, many TDP MLAs and ministers urged Naidu to somehow associate the name of the TDP founder with the capital region. They want a new district to be carved out from Guntur and Krishna districts, which would be named after NTR. In fact, the revenue department has reportedly readied plans and is waiting for a go-ahead from the CM. A.P Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is considering a proposal to create a new district for the capital region and name it after party founder Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao (NTR). According to sources,…
  • Sri RAM NAVAMI Celebration in Hyderabad

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    HYDERABAD: A procession, led by Goshamahal BJP MLA T. Raja Singh, started from Rani Avanti Temple at Gangabowli of Mangalhat, with scores of youth adorning the saffron sindhur on their foreheads and waving huge flags taking part. Thousands came onto the roads to watch the processions which were joined by another rally taken out from the Magara area of Mangalhat with a convoy of trucks. Shobha Yatra procession, which marks Sri Ramanavami, and similar rallies in the city passed off peacefully on Saturday while police kept a tab on them with live video streaming.Hundreds of youngsters carrying…
  • ASADUDDIN OWAISI on Hashimpura verdict

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    HYDERABAD: AIMIM Supremo Speaking to the mediapersons on the sidelines of a press conference at MIM headquarters in Darussalaam held to announce the victory of students of Deccan College of Engineering in the International Series of Karting (ISK) Championship held in Bengaluru, Owaisi said, “Justice delayed is justice denied. The judgment itself says that the investigation was botched up. So many people were picked up and killed.” The Hyderabad parliamentarian continued to describe the killings as those “done by the state” even as he noted that the “main…
  • Kejriwal Speech at National Council meeing

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP released a video of Arvind Kejriwal’s 45-minute Speech addressing to the 250-odd members at the meeting.Accusing Mr Bhushan and Mr Yadav of playing the party false, Mr Kejriwal is heard in the video saying, “I say this with sadness that at a time when the public supported us, our own friends stabbed us in the back.” Arvind Kejriwal AAP chief  asked delegates at the party’s National Council meeting on Saturday to choose between him and dissident founder members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Moments later, the two leaders were voted out of the…
  • Vocational Courses Which can Build your Career

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    CAREER: Students in this era has an vast number of career options. If you do not find mainstream courses interesting, you can explore some of the vocational programmes available today. Here are five such popular programmes. 1. Multimedia & Animation:Multimedia and animation is an extremely popular field today. Because of its vast applications, animation and graphics experts can find a range of opportunities in production, gaming and technology.Aspirants can pursue a diploma course right after they complete 10+2. Institutes: Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA) and Maya Academy of…
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    Time To Change

  • Kepada Tok Guru

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Almarhum Tuan Guru Nik Aziz 1931-2015Aku tahu lewat berita sedih ini, Tok Guru. Maafkan aku. Aku demam teruk, sesudah Jumaat barulah ketahuan akan pemergian mu, yang pergi itu adalah untuk selama-lamanya. Aku cuma mampu mengirim sepucuk doa, menulis dan menangis, memusing kembali kuliah-kuliah Tok Guru. Tok Guru, sehingga ke sudah, tuhan tak izinkan aku bertemu dengan sosok mu, bersua muka dan mendengar celoteh nasihat mu dari dekat. Aku ini bukanlah produk jemaah yang baik, aku masih belajar dan belajar dan sebenarnya, pandangan Tok Guru lah yang banyak memandu aku dalam politik.Dulu, aku…
  • Selamat Tinggal, Putrajaya!

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Minggu ini, adalah minggu terakhir saya di Putrajaya. Juga coretan ini yang terakhir di tulis di Putrajaya, pada hari terakhir. Saya akan tinggalkan bandar masa depan ini setelah hampir 4 tahun menikmati sipu-sipu tiupan anginnya, kedinginan lorong-lorong pejalan kaki di pagi Ahad, pedih tercucuk kemuncup kala ke As-Syakirin Presint 14.Minggu ini juga, saya sibuk berkemas barang. Mengisi berjilid-jilid buku dalam kotak-kotak kosong, mencuci rumah yang bakal ditinggalkan, melipat baju-baju berkedut usang yang saya miliki dalam beg galas, mencicip seberapa boleh kenangan di sini, sebelum…
  • Raison d'être PAS

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    Satu fakta yang tidak dapat disangkal adalah, hudud ini merupakan raison d’être (sebab kewujudan) PAS. Jika tiada hudud, PAS tidak akan wujud. Jika tidak lagi memperjuangkan hudud, apa lagi yang PAS boleh perjuangkan pada laras untuk diterima khalayak hari ini. Saya tidak pernah menolak dakwaan bahawa hudud ini juga dipergunakan PAS untuk terus bernyawa. Mungkin frasa mempergunakan hudud itu kedengaran agak keras, atau lancang, seolah-olah menuduh PAS sebegitu jahat, akan tetapi itulah realiti yang PAS dan penyokongnya perlu akui.PAS adalah jemaah Islam, sebuah organisasi yang cita-citanya…
  • Mengapa Bukan Islam Tidak Dikenakan Hudud?

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Banyak lagi sebenarnya perkara yang kita boleh persoalkan seputar hudud yang diluluskan sebulat suara oleh DUN Kelantan. Saya membuat beberapa bacaan, mengikuti setiap tulisan-tulisan yang tidak bersifat populis, kritikal dan paling penting, bukanlah bertujuan sensasi yang membodohkan semata-mata.Pertama, sehingga sekarang saya masih tidak dapat menerima logik bahawa hudud ini taklukannya hanya pada mereka yang Muslim dan bukan Islam tidak dikenakan hudud. Saya tidak faham keadaan ini, di mana logiknya sehingga boleh terfikir di sana boleh wujud 2 set perundangan untuk 2 jenis kepercayaan…
  • Hudud, Balak dan 1MDB

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Satu soalan yang menarik seputar hudud adalah, mengapa tiada hukuman hudud pada jenayah rasuah? Seeloknya, persoalan ini dijawab dengan terang dan jelas agar keraguan ramai terhadap struktur integriti pelaksanaan hudud kelak terlerai.Dulu saya menulis perbualan dengan kariah di Surau As-Syakirin (kini sudah tinggal kenangan), perihal isu ini. Dulunya tentang hudud dan balak. Jika hudud terlaksana, saya berharap mereka yang memberi kebenaran balak diterokai sebegitu zalim di Gua Musang, dihukum secukupnya.Dan kini, kita berdepan dengan krisis 1MDB – sebuah krisis gergasi yang juga menjadi…
 
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    The Political Insider

  • Guess Which Three Words Hillary Clinton Supporters Want to BAN You from Saying!

    TPIWriter
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    I sure wish conservative Republicans had this much control over the mainstream media. Could you imagine what would happen if someone who supported smaller government and lower taxes started to tell the media which words they can and cannot use when describing them in news articles for the 2016 campaign cycle? Well, a powerful group of Hillary Clinton supporters are so arrogant, they assume the left-wing New York Times will follow their command. Steer clear of describing Hillary as polarizing, calculating or disingenuous. Otherwise, you are “SEXIST!” When it comes to reporting on…
  • AWESOME! Chuck Norris Announces MAJOR Plan to Save America’s Military from Obama

    TPIWriter
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    There is no question that Chuck Norris, who just turned 75 years old, is perhaps the most patriotic American to ever live. He is tough, no-nonsense, and stands up for traditional Christian values. But since Chuck Norris can’t take on every single terrorist personally, he needs the US Military to be at full strength to help keep our country safe. However, President Barack Obama, who is a left-wing, anti-military ideologue, has found that the military is perhaps the only part of government which he wants to slash. In his latest column, Norris discusses The A-10 Warthog, which the U.S. Air…
  • It Took Just ONE QUESTION for Famous Actor Gary Sinise to DESTROY OBAMA (Awesome!)

    TPIWriter
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Gary Sinise, the man who played Lt. Dan in the mega-hit “Forrest Gump,” is demanding that President Barack Obama explain his actions in trading five top level terrorist Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Sinise has dedicated his life to taking care of our injured troops who often lose limbs or suffer from mental problems after traumatic battle experience. He is a true patriot in Hollywood, and a rare conservative in the entertainment industry. Thankfully, the Army has had the courage to stand up to Obama by charging Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
  • WSJ Reporter: Why Does Susan Rice Still Have a Job?

    Rusty Weiss
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Riley recently discussed the Bowe Bergdahl desertion charges and blasted National Security Adviser Susan Rice for once again “deliberately misleading the public.” Riley told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that this also applies to the Benghazi debacle, in which Rice repeatedly told the American people that the terrorist attack was a spontaneous reaction to an obscure YouTube video. He added, “I don’t know how Susan Rice still has a job.” We’ve previously covered one of Rice’s biggest lies, as well as several others…
  • BREAKING: Extra Prayers for Duck Dynasty Family Needed… TODAY!

    TPIWriter
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    As reported earlier, Mia Robertson, one of the most beloved stars of A&E’s hit-show Duck Dynasty, is undergoing yet ANOTHER surgery to repair a cleft palate and lip. The surgery is taking place TODAY, and they are asking for prayers via their Facebook page:   The post says: Mia goes into surgery tomorrow. Please keep her in your prayers as she starts the long journey of recovery. To show your support, please wear her necklace (http://www.missyrobertson.com/mia-moo-jewelry). Your purchase goes to Mia Moo Fund, which helps pay for cleft palette related surgeries for other children.
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  • 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
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