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  • She could turn Texas purple

    CNN.com - Politics
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    While Wendy Davis garners headlines, Texas Democrats think lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte can motivate an apathetic Democratic electorate to vote.
  • Putin Is Using WWII for Propaganda Because It's the Best Memory That Russia Has

    New Republic
    Tikhon Dzyadko
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A joke is making the rounds among Vladimir Putin’s opponents in Moscow: His two main accomplishments as Russia's president are Yuri Gagarin’s trip to space and Russia’s victory in World War II. This biting bit of sarcasm, which takes a swing at Pupin's populist rhetoric, actually gets at somet
  • The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    ABC NEWS
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza  WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE ABC News’ Chris Good: “Obama...
  • Morning Plum: What does ‘running on Obamacare’ look like?

    The Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Ever since President Obama seized on the announcement of eight million Obamacare sign-ups to urge Democratic candidates to run proudly on the law, commentators have been debating whether Dem candidates should — or would — listen. The media storyline has been that, No, Dems are uniformly running from the law — proof, once again, that […]
  • Landrieu: I’ll put GOP foe on defensive on health care

    The Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
      Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable of red state Democratic incumbents, and her reelection challenges — like those of other red state Dems — are said to be all about Obamacare. But in an interview today, Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, […]
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    The Atlantic

  • Was Shakespeare a Good Actor?

    John Paul Rollert
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, today, will bring an outpouring of written appreciations for his works. Many, though, will likely omit or only fleetingly mention one fact: Shakespeare’s first acts of creation were not poems or plays, but the characters he gave life to as a struggling actor. This is no small omission. The stage is where Shakespeare taught others to lose sight of him, where he taught himself to lose sight of Shakespeare. The first lesson served him as a player, the second as a playwright. Omit the stage, and you omit the origin of William Shakespeare. The widespread disregard…
  • How Going to Space Can Mess With the Astronaut Brain

    Adrienne LaFrance
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first astronauts who set foot on the moon were quarantined for three weeks when they returned to Earth. Scientists weren't sure what kinds of lunar germs they might have brought back with them.  That level of caution may sound absurd today, but a new study shows trips to outer space can still mess with astronauts on a physiological level.  New research from Johns Hopkins finds that long-term deep space missions can alter brain proteins and cause cognitive deficits like lapses in attention and slower reaction times. Researchers came to this conclusion by exposing rats to high-energy…
  • Study: Bullied Kids at Risk for Mental Health Problems 40 Years Later

    Julie Beck
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Problem: Getting shoved on the playground, or swirlied in the toilet, called mean names behind your back, or to your face—bullying takes many forms (even more of late thanks to the Internet), and is an unfortunate part of life for many children. Some have argued that it’s just an unpleasant rite of passage, but many others, including government officials, feel otherwise. Some kids may “bounce back,” but we hear many stories of bullying gone too far, of teasing that ends tragically. And research shows that bullying victims have higher rates of self-harm, anxiety, and depression during…
  • Is the Tablet Market Growing or Shrinking?

    Alexis C. Madrigal
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    1. What's up with tablets these days? Apple's earnings report today will tell us a little something: how many iPads they've sold and whether that number is growing or shrinking. "In fact, nearly half of the 34 Apple analysts we've heard from so far -- 21 Wall Street professionals and 13 amateurs -- expect the company to report next week that unit sales in fiscal Q2 2014 declined year over year. The consensus estimate, at 19.3 million, would represent a 0.7 percent decline, with the pros slightly more optimistic (at 19.4 million) than the amateurs (19.2 million). Dragging down the…
  • The Problem With Sonia Sotomayor's Affirmative-Action Assumptions

    Conor Friedersdorf
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Michigan voters did not violate the U.S. Constitution when they banned racial preferences in admissions to public universities. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented. In doing so, she made several assumptions. Her dissent is predicated upon her insistence that: Affirmative action in higher education benefits minorities. Minorities favor affirmative action in higher education. Minorities in Michigan will find it harder to reinstate affirmative action at the ballot than they would've by lobbying appointees who govern state colleges.  It may be that she is…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • New York Times poll shows close Senate races in four southern states

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Republican dream of a Red Senate is in peril New Senate numbers from a survey conducted for The New York Times by The Kaiser Foundation of registered voters in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and North Carolina from April 8-15, 2014 with a margin of error of ±4 percent ((pdf): Arkansas Mark Pryor 46 Tom Cotton 36 Kentucky Mitch McConnell 44 Allison Lundergan Grimes 43 Louisiana (multiway primary) Mary Landrieu 42 Bill Cassidy 18 Paul Hollis 5 Rob Mannes 4 North Carolina Kay Hagan 42 Thom Tillis 40 These sorts of numbers underscore what kos wrote last week when he showed why it won't be as…
  • Cartoon: Indefinite internment

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
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  • Mitch McConnell wants to take away insurance from 400,000 constituents

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The crimp in Mitch McConnell's reelection plans. I've consistently maintained that the Affordable Care Act will be an electoral plus for Democrats this November as the law's initial success lifts both its approval ratings and those of the president (who just hit their highest number in Gallup's daily tracker since September 2013). But there is also the rhetorical cul-de-sac Republicans are trapped inside: They've made much hay of the president's promise that no one would lose their existing insurance. Yet here they are, a few months later, running explicitly on a promise to take away…
  • Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes. Happy Wednesday and Joan McCarter day! Oh, you want to know more about what might be on the show? Why? Listen LIVE at 9:00 ET, here: The Daily Kos Radio Player Click this Link to Listen on your iTunes, Winamp or Windows Media Player Can't see the live stream and/or podcast players in these posts? Do you use NoScript or something similar to control Javascript? Want to? Remember to enable Libsyn and Shoutcastplayer, and you'll see our players every morning! Or if you prefer, why not download the Stitcher app…
  • Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Coming Attractions Premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday... Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. This documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time. The executive…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • Vertigo left man spinning for 138 days...

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Vertigo left man spinning for 138 days...(Second column, 3rd story, link)
  • Battle lines harden in Nevada...

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Battle lines harden in Nevada...(Third column, 4th story, link)Related stories:TEXAS WARNS FEDS EYEING LAND GRAB: 'STAY OUT'Harry Reid: 'Something Will Happen' To Stop Bundy...'Burning Man' organizer plans 30 days of anarchy next to ranch...CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend...
  • RUSSIA WARGAMES UKRAINE...

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    RUSSIA WARGAMES UKRAINE...(Top headline, 2nd story, link)Related stories:AMERICAN TROOPS ARRIVE IN POLAND...Pentagon moves to thwart...Putin plays chess...
  • COPS: Man Shot To Death For Driving Red Car...

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    COPS: Man Shot To Death For Driving Red Car...(Second column, 11th story, link)
  • Pentagon moves to thwart...

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pentagon moves to thwart...(Top headline, 3rd story, link)Related stories:AMERICAN TROOPS ARRIVE IN POLAND...RUSSIA WARGAMES UKRAINE...Putin plays chess...
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    Drudge Retort

  • China Takes Japanese Vessel for 1930s 'Debt'

    Diablo
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    China seized a large Japanese freight vessel, claiming unpaid bills from the 1930s when Japan occupied the country. Tokyo warned Monday that the seizure of Mitsui's Baosteel Emotion vessel threatened ties with China and could undermine their diplomatic relationship. Chinese and Hong Kong media said the seizure was related to a verdict by a Shanghai court that Mitsui must pay $28 million in relation to the leasing of two ships nearly 80 years ago. "China's set of policies on this issue could shake up in a profound way the spirit of normalizing diplomatic ties between Japan and China that is…
  • Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare: Obamacare Works

    rcade
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    Richard Kirsch, Politico: [Ted] Cruz's nightmare, and the left's long-held dream, has come true. Finally, after years of failed reform efforts, the U.S. government is actually trying to provide affordable health coverage for all. And it's working, despite Republicans' relentless attempts to deep-six the law. As a result, the politics of Obamacare will never be the same. The right's biggest fear was never really, as Cruz's comments revealed, that Obamacare wouldn't succeed. It was that it would.
  • A Wind of Freedom Blows Through North Korea

    Tor
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    After decades of absolute control, Pyongyang's iron grip on the lives of ordinary citizens is finally slipping. The Guardian interviewed North Koreans who slipped across the border to China so they could work and support their families. "Twenty years ago North Korea was better. Life was comfortable and people didn't have bad thoughts. Now everybody is angry," said one 50-year-old North Korean woman in China. "The biggest difference is that here they respect human rights. You can sell whatever you want and go to foreign countries and do whatever you want; everything is free here. There is no…
  • Albert Pujols Hits 500th Homer

    rcade
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols homered twice at Nationals Park Tuesday to become the 26th member of baseball's 500-home run club. In the first, Pujols crushed a 1-1 changeup from right-hander Taylor Jordan well over the fence in left field for a three-run homer that gave his team the early lead. In the fifth, he took a 1-2 sinker from Jordan and lined one to left-center field, just to the right of the Angels' bullpen, to give the Angels a 6-2 advantage. Pujols, the first player to hit 400 homers in his first 10 seasons, has now homered off 316 pitchers in 36 different…
  • Southern Baptist Pastor: 'Stop Spreading Falsehoods'

    ness_gadol
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Southern Baptist Convention is holding a major summit on sexuality and moral conundrums facing the Christian faith, a three-day conference intended to address changing social tides. At a panel discussion Monday night, five pastors spoke to faith leaders affiliated with the denomination, delivering some very specific pieces of advice when it comes to handling homosexuality. Those on the panel told pastors to "stop spreading falsehoods," and to consider becoming friends with gay people regardless of whether Christians believe their sexuality aligns with the Bible, according to Nashville…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Common Problems

    Kay Steiger
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ed Kilgore: Despite it's origins with business-minded Republicans, "opposition to Common Core is rapidly becoming a 'true conservative' litmus test, and a major factor in the 'invisible primary' leading into the 2016 presidential cycle."
  • Today in A La Carte Secession

    Josh Marshall
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Apparently Texas has its own "Bundy Ranch" situation. And the state's AG - also candidate for Governor - is ready to back up these new Bundys.
  • Must Read

    Josh Marshall
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    You've probably read about that Princeton University study that said that America transforming from a democracy into an oligarchy as politicians have become responsive only to the very wealthy. We talked to the scholar behind the study and here he explains what he thinks the study means.
  • More on the Fox Effect, Part 4

    Josh Marshall
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    TPM Reader BG hits on a point I've been thinking about a lot in this "Fox Effect" series. As we've noted, you don't just stand up a cable news network and suddenly everyone's a cranky racist sending Obama witch-doctor emails. If only it were so easy. But I also don't think it's just as simple as saying that Fox is a mirror of the political journey/worldview of one generation or cohort of the American population. It's clearly been a driver of political ideas and, for many, political identity, coupled with and growing out from conservative talk radio. One key in my mind has been to affirm and…
  • Aaaaand Resigned

    Josh Marshall
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Hometown Mayor who turned out to be a big supporter of guy who allegedly shot up that Jewish Community Center has resigned.
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    Political Animal

  • The New "Wedge Issues"

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you want a good illustration of why Democrats are pushing "economic fairness" issues like the minimum wage, pay equity, and even (in some states) Medicaid expansion, give a gander to a Public Policy Polling survey of Texas released last week. The polls shows Ted Cruz as far and away the most popular pol in the state. It also shows every named Republican beating Hillary Clinton in 2016 trial heats. But then there's this: There's no questioning that Texas is a conservative state but on a trio of hot button issues going on right now public opinion there sides with the Democrats. By a 55/37…
  • Public Opinion on Affirmative Action: All About the Framing

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    You can and possibly should spend a lot of time thinking through the broader judicial, political, institutional, and perhaps even psychological implications of yesterday's Supreme Court decision involving a voter-approved Michigan constitutional amendment as it affects race-conscious college admissions policies. But strictly speaking, the majority simply held states voters or state could place bans on such policies into their constitutions without violating federal constitutional law. While states vary significantly in the power of voters to initiate constitutional amendments, nearly all of…
  • The Slow Motion Riot Against Common Core

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    So in this week's column over at TPMCafe, I took a closer look at the abrupt abandonment of Common Core K-12 education standards by Republicans, who probably played a bigger role in their development than did Democrats. Since last year a majority of the people viewed as likely 2016 GOP presidential candidates have managed to come out against Common Core, some predictably (Cruz and Paul), some cynically (Rubio), some more in rhetoric than reality (Walker and Huckabee), and some just blatantly flip-flopping overnight without bothering to offer much in the way of explanation (Jindal). This "slow…
  • Daylight Video

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    For no reason at all, here's some Garry Moore, with "Still Got the Blues."
  • Day's End and Night Watch

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Have to say, I was a bit embarrassed on the first Earth Day when my high school's big celebrity speaker was Hal Holbrook, who was starring in some sort of environmentally-themed movie at the time. Now it seems like something from the Age of Pericles. Here are some final items of the day: * Headline from National Journal says it all: "Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010." Damn RINO Lamar Alexander did so in July 2010. * Small contingents of U.S. combat troops being deployed to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (150 each) in gesture aimed at Russia. * Two…
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Diagnosing David Gregory: Meet the Jerk

    Michelle Malkin
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Diagnosing David Gregory: NBC’s Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 I’ve always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree. According to The Washington Post this week, NBC News hired a “psychological consultant” to examine why flailing “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory has been bombing in the ratings. The overpriced shrinks (NBC prefers the euphemism…
  • Follow the money: This might help explain why Kathleen Sebelius is still hanging around HHS

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers In a world where Lois Lerner continues to be paid, news that taxpayers will probably be sending Kathleen Sebelius checks for the rest of her life is hardly surprising: Turns out, there may be a financial incentive for the former Kansas governor to take her time getting out of Washington. Next week, Sebelius becomes eligible to receive a government pension and continue certain taxpayer-funded health-care benefits when she hits her five-year employment mark with the federal government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policy indicates. Under OPM rules, Sebelius, who…
  • EPA chief spends Earth Week crop dusting country with carbon emissions in desperate attempt to stave off climate change

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
  • Somehow fitting: Taxpayers could be on the hook for $100 million worth of Obama presidential library construction

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers The Illinois House is expected to approve a proposal that would attempt to lure Obama’s presidential library to the state by offering $100 million in taxpayer funding towards its construction: The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next. Madigan said it’s appropriate for Illinois to commit public funds for the library even though the state is grappling with serious financial problems. “The state of Illinois will spend over $1 billion in construction this year alone, so $100 million is not out of line,” Madigan…
  • Dear Mike Pence: Don’t pull a Huckabee on Common Core

    Michelle Malkin
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    As you know from my coverage of Common Core, the Big Government and Big Business alliance that have colluded on this boondoggle have been partners on expanding the federal role in education for a long, long time. And as I’ve pointed out since day one, one of their core strategies has been to rename and rebrand — from Goals 2000 and School to Work to outcome-based education to No Child Left Behind. Flip-flopping Big Government Republican Mike Huckabee has led the “Rebrand it” strategy to take the heat off his Common Core buddies. Now, it’s Indiana Gov. Mike…
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    TIME » Sections » Politics

  • Barack Obama Just Ate The Best Sushi In The World

    Zeke J Miller
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed President Barack Obama to Tokyo Wednesday by taking him to the greatest sushi restaurant in the world, the three Michelin star Sukiyabashi Jiro. MoreObama Thinks He Can Rate Colleges. Can You Do Better? (Interactive)White House “No Comment” on Bieber Deportation PetitionMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostSee Katy Perry as an Elderly Burlesque Dancer, Clown and More in This "Birthday" Teaser…
  • Morning Must Reads: April 23

    Maya Rhodan
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Obama visits Washington town devastated by mudslide [TIME] From CNN: “”I just wanted to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you, and have throughout this tragedy,” the President said. “We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes.” The President landed in Japan this morning, kicking off his tour of the region. From Reuters: “Obama, who is making the first full state visit to Japan by a U.S. President since 1996, must assuage worries by Tokyo and other allies that his commitment to their defense in the face of an…
  • Obama Lands in Tokyo On First Stop in Asia Tour

    Sam Frizell
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday evening on the first stop in a four-country tour intended to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to its Pacific allies. Obama will be visiting South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in addition to Japan, CNN reports, as the United States tries to position itself as a counterbalance to China’s growing economic strength in the region. The President will seek to further progress on a trade deal with Japan, and will dine with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday at the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro, where food service lasts 20 minutes…
  • Obama Thinks He Can Rate Colleges. Can You Do Better? (Interactive)

    Chris Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Last year, the Obama Administration announced a plan to assess schools on how well they serve their students, based on metrics like graduation rate, tuition, and the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants, the federally funded scholarships for low-income families. For a system that has yet to be put in place, the White House’s college ratings have created a great deal of panic. To see how those ratings might play out, TIME gathered data for 2,500 college and universities and ranked them according to the proposed metrics. But we’ve left it to you to adjust how important…
  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Lie: Supreme Court Weighs Truth in Politics

    Massimo Calabresi
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    With the 2014 midterm elections fast approaching, the Supreme Court faced an urgent task on Tuesday: making it safe for America’s politicians to lie. MoreSupreme Court Cloudy on Aereo Streaming TV CaseFederal Suit Filed to Overturn Georgia’s Gay Marriage BanMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostSee Katy Perry as an Elderly Burlesque Dancer, Clown and More in This "Birthday" Teaser PeopleOhio and 15 other states have laws trying to prevent lies…
 
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • Can she turn Texas purple?

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    While Wendy Davis garners headlines, Texas Democrats think lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte can motivate an apathetic Democratic electorate to vote.
  • In Japan, Obama reassuring

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the first part of his Asia trip that started with reassuring Tokyo of U.S. support in its bitter territorial dispute with China.
  • Bergen: Obama's high-stakes drone war

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Peter Bergen says the latest strikes in Yemen are part of an aggressive U.S. effort to target militants, including a bomb maker
  • She could turn Texas purple

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    While Wendy Davis garners headlines, Texas Democrats think lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte can motivate an apathetic Democratic electorate to vote.
  • Supreme Court upholds Michigan's affirmative action ban

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, a key decision in an unfolding legal and political battle nationally over affirmative action.
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents.
  • High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices called on Congress to change the law to benefit victims.
  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.
  • Obama to seek fresh start with Malaysia in overdue visit

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Barack Obama will this weekend become the first US president to visit Malaysia for nearly 50 years, seeking to put decades of uneasy relations behind him as both cast wary eyes on a rising China. Mindful of America's perennial image problem in the Islamic world, Obama -- who visits Saturday-Monday -- is expected to tout the US friendship with the economically thriving moderate Muslim nation. As one of several rival claimants to parts of the South China Sea, Malaysia is also an important partner in the US "rebalance" of its strategic attention to Asia, where concern is rising…
  • Washington calls S.Sudan violence an 'abomination'

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    The White House has expressed horror at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan's civil war, where rebels have been accused of massacring hundreds of civilians. The rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations. "We are horrified by reports out of South Sudan that fighters aligned with rebel leader Riek Machar massacred hundreds of innocent civilians last week…
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    Political Irony

  • Cow Turd

    Iron Knee
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Cliven Bundy, the rancher from Nevada who refuses to pay grazing fees because he doesn’t believe the US government exists. Some people (like Fox News’ Sean Hannity) think Bundy is a hero. Jon Stewart trivially destroys that idea and shows the hypocrisy of Hannity: Related posts: Obamacare’s Blossoming Turd Fork You Donald Trump Fox Guarding the Hen House
  • Late Night Political Irony

    Iron Knee
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “A Colorado company has introduced the first marijuana vending machine. As a result, the vending machines around it are doing much better.” – Conan O’Brien “This year’s Easter Sunday happens to fall on the same day as the marijuana holiday, 4/20. Which means no matter what your religion, this Sunday you’re probably going to see a giant bunny.” – Conan O’Brien “Speaking of religion, the Pope let two 11-year-old boys ride in the Pope-mobile with him. Afterwards the Vatican told the Pope, ‘That’s not the kind of publicity…
  • Family Matters

    Iron Knee
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Charles Cooper was a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and was named “Republican lawyer of the year”, but he is more recently famous for defending California’s ban on gay marriage (Prop 8) in front of the Supreme Court. He lost. Ironically, Cooper now finds himself planning his daughter’s gay marriage. Cooper learned of his daughter’s engagement before he argued the case, but the news was only made public recently in a new book about the movement to legalize gay marriage. In the book, Cooper is quoted as saying that he came to admire the…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “A woman in Las Vegas was arrested after she threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton while Hillary was giving a speech. The woman was tackled, cuffed, and thrown into a police car. Then the cops said, ‘Normally, WE do that, Hillary, but thank you for the help.’” – Jimmy Fallon “A super-PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president says it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year. Said President Obama, ‘I’ll kick in another million if she’s willing to start early.’” – Seth Meyers “Congratulations to our pal…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Big news out of the White House. According to a new rule, Secret Service agents can no longer drink alcohol 12 hours before reporting to duty. The rule came at the request of President Barack O-Buzzkill.” – Conan O’Brien “Yesterday Hillary Clinton admitted she is thinking about running for president. Though it would be more shocking if she admitted to ever thinking about anything else.” – Seth Meyers “‘Captain America’ is currently the No. 1 movie in China. The Chinese say their favorite part is when Captain America asks Captain China for a…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • NASA Astronauts Spacewalk To Fix ISS Computer Problem (LIVESTREAM VIDEO)

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. The two Americans on board, Rick Mastracchio (muh-STRAK'-ee-oh) and Steven Swanson, stepped out Wednesday for the urgent repair job. The computer is a critical backup outside the International Space Station that failed nearly two weeks ago. The prime computer has been working fine, but NASA wanted to install a fresh spare as soon as possible. Mission Control waited until after the arrival of a capsule full of fresh supplies on Sunday…
  • A Tale of Two States: Hurricane Sandy's Toll on Voting

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    While New Jersey and New York continue to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, there are still many lessons to be learned from the disaster. Recently, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer, approved the Elections Preparedness Requires Early Planning ("Elections PREP") Act (S. 1937), which would require each state to develop contingency plans to address emergencies or natural disasters that threaten to disrupt the administration of federal elections. Each plan would contain alternative ways to notify the public of changes in election procedures and plans to…
  • Stephen Colbert's Latest 'Better Know A District' Gets A Little Uncomfortably Porny

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    After watching Stephen Colbert's latest edition of "Better Know A District," there's really only one thing you can say about Congressman Tony Cárdenas of California's 29th: he's an extremely good sport. Watch the ridiculous segment above where Colbert questions Cárdenas on everything from immigration to chicken to porn, and keep a sharp eye out for when the congressman can't hold in his laughter anymore, because it's adorable.
  • DPRK: Enemies are "Fabricating the Second Cheonan"

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    In its first official response to the sinking of a South Korean ferry boat, North Korea claims that its enemies are "fabricating the second Cheonan warship sinking case." Though no government has formally accused North Korea of being involved in the sinking of the ferry, the DPRK defensively referred to the Cheonan -- a South Korean ship torpedoed, some say by the North Koreans, in the Yellow Sea in 2010 -- in its first reference to the ferry that sank on April 16th. (As of this writing, many are confirmed dead and hundreds are missing in the waters near Jindo Island. In the Cheonan sinking…
  • There Is One Campaign Finance Regulation That Rand Paul Supports

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul detailed on Tuesday the one element of campaign finance reform that he believed would pass constitutional muster and that he, personally, could support. The thing is, it's already the law. In an appearance at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, the Kentucky Republican said he backed legislation that would prohibit the ability of federal contract recipients to plow money back into the political process. Though he kept his remarks broad (as he has in the past), Paul hinted that he supported prohibiting contractors from donating to campaigns and,…
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    NBC News Politics

  • 'That's Some Good Sushi Right There,' Says Obama in Japan

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    President Barack Obama dines with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the world famous Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo.
  • Raw Power: Obama Dines at World-Famous Tokyo Sushi Restaurant

    Carrie Dann
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    President Barack Obama landed in Tokyo this morning – and he’s already hit up one of the most famous sushi restaurants on the planet.
  • Obama Lands Table at World's Most Exclusive Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    President Barack Obama grabbed dinner at one of the world's most exclusive restaurants while visiting Tokyo on Wednesday.Sukiyabashi Jiro has no set menu and meals typically last 15 to 20 minutes - but 20 pieces of sushi will set you back 30,000 Japanese yen (about $300).
  • Southern Democrats Hang In There

    Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hanging in thereAfter a rough last four or five months for their party, Democrats can feel good about this important midterm development: The vulnerable Southern Senate Democrats are still hanging in there, according to new polling from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • First Read's Morning Clips

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    OBAMA AGENDA: Distractions in AsiaDisasters at home and abroad are complicating President Barack Obama's long-delayed Asia trip, writes the New York Times.
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • How Conservatives Helped Dinesh D'Souza "Get His Story Out There"

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative filmmaker and author charged this January with violating federal campaign finance laws, allegedly said that while he might eventually admit his guilt, he would initially plead innocent because it would give "him a window of opportunity to get his story out there." Conservative media have been happy to lend him a hand in doing so. In January, federal prosecutors announced that D'Souza was being charged with filtering excessive campaign donations through straw donors to Republican Wendy Long, a friend of his who lost her 2012 campaign to unseat Democratic…
  • Health Care Experts Rip Ben Carson's "Near Worthless" Health Care Plan

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Health care policy experts are speaking out against Dr. Ben Carson's proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a healthcare savings account and $2,000 annual federal stipend, calling it "near worthless" and a plan "for the very rich." Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor, is beloved by conservatives for his vitriolic attacks on Obamacare. He has received a raft of recent media attention due to the strong fundraising totals posted by the independent National Draft Ben Carson political action campaign, which promotes a Carson 2016 presidential run. In…
  • How Sensationalist Media Coverage Hurts The Fight Against HIV

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Significant steps have been taken in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the past several years, but media coverage of the issue all too often fixates on stories that sensationalize the spread of the disease and even encourage the criminalization of people with HIV. A new Equality Matters report examining evening cable news coverage of HIV/AIDS stories found that cable news networks largely ignored some of the most significant developments in the fight against HIV/AIDS in 2013: But even while news outlets have ignored major progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, many continue to…
  • Hannity Responds To Jon Stewart's Bundy Ranch Takedown: "He's Kind Of Obsessed With This Program"

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    From the April 22 edition of Fox News' Hannity:Previously: Watch The Daily Show Demolish Hannity's Hypocritical Support Of Rogue Rancher Cliven Bundy Hannity: "I Don't Apologize" For Touting Cliven Bundy's Standoff With Federal Agents Nevada Journalist Jon Ralston: Sean Hannity's Championing Of Nevada Rancher Is "Totally Irresponsible"
  • Hannity Continues Move Toward The Fringe As Guest Accuses Liberals Of Contributing To A "Modern Day Holocaust"

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Radio host and Fox personality Sean Hannity hosted TruthRevolt.com founder David Horowitz to engage in an unimpeded rant that described President Obama as a "menace to American security" and accused Democrats and the "American left" of pushing the nation toward a modern day Holocaust. Hannity's promotion of the extreme figure may have completed his transition from conservative mouth piece to right-wing fringe promoter. On the April 22 edition of his radio show, Hannity discussed the alleged growth of anti-Semitism around the world, comparing the…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Deteriorating Ocean Health Threatens Food Security

    yu sun
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    We must protect our ocean or risk significant impact on global food security, stated the Global Ocean Commission, an independent international panel of global leaders championing ocean health and high seas governance recently in Hong Kong. “Healthy high seas are fundamental to overall ocean productivity and resilience, yet we are pushing the ocean system to the point of collapse and putting long-term food security at risk. If we want future food security, we need to act now to restore a healthy ocean,” said Trevor Manuel, co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission. A healthy ocean is vital…
  • Earth Day: Promoting Urban Revitalization and Green Cities

    daniellenierenberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    April 22nd is Earth Day—an annual celebration of the planet’s biodiversity and an important opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Through more than one billion pledges to buy local produce, start composting, eat less meat, reduce energy consumption, and many other actions, the Earth Day Network is creating an international movement to protect the plant and secure a sustainable and healthy future for all. The focus of Earth Day this year is urban revitalization through the theme of Green Cities. According to the…
  • Climate Change Comes to the Caribbean

    Katharine Daniels
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    by Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy in Focus, USA - The future of our planet looks pretty bleak. The latest report released by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a dire picture: climate change is here to stay, and we’re not doing enough to prepare ourselves. Extreme weather events from hurricanes to floods and droughts will leave virtually no corner of our planet untouched. Climate chaos will undoubtedly inflict damage upon wealthier nations, but no one is more vulnerable than the world’s poor… Read More »
  • In Global Health, Abortion Bears the Scarlet A

    Katharine Daniels
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    by Jill Filipovic, Al Jazeera America, USA - At the Kamazu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, Dr. Grace Chiudzu, the head of the maternity ward, ticks off the most common issues her patients face: “One is bleeding, second is infections, third is abortion complications.” Malawi, a country where 60 percent of the population lives in poverty and 1 in 36 women dies while pregnant or during childbirth, has been something of a development darling. This is largely thanks to President Joyce Banda, who puts health high on the national agenda. Malawi’s donors, including the United States,…
  • Bangladesh factory victims get money ahead of anniversary

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    A fund created to compensate victims of Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster made its first payments on Tuesday as the country prepared to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse.
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    The Progressive

  • Everything Old West Is New Again, Only Better Armed

    Harriet Rowan
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    By: David HelvargCliven Bundy, whose family’s been ranching in Bunkerville near Las Vegas since 1877 thanks to the federal Homestead Act and whose hundreds of supporters, including armed supporters, recently won a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along Highway 15 in southern Nevada, doesn’t look like Bill Murray, but his scene strongly reminds me of Groundhog Day. When he tells Fox News that sheriffs across the country need to disarm federal agents and tells Glenn Beck that the federal government does not own public lands in Nevada because they belong to the State;…
  • Karen Lewis to Headline May 1 Rally To Defend Public Education in Madison!

    Harriet Rowan
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    By: The Progressive StaffDo you live in Madison, Wisconsin? What are you doing this May Day? Help us raise the roof at the Monona Terrace! Join The Progressive for the "Rally to Defend Public Education,"which will be headline by two compelling speakers.Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and John Kuhn, a Texas school superintendent. They have been fighting to save our public education system fro the privatizers and profiteers in two diverse corners of America. The main event is at 7:00 pm at the Monona Terrace, Thursday May 1st in Madison with a pre-event networking social from…
  • Wisdom from Gabriel García Márquez

    Harriet Rowan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    By: Gabriel García MárquezThe great Latin American novelist died on Thursday. Here’s an excerpt from his speech when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982: "On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, "I decline to accept the end of man." I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a…
  • Don’t Let Jeb Bush’s Moderation Confuse You

    Harriet Rowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    By: Jose Miguel LeyvaJeb Bush’s recent compassionate comments on immigration show how far apart he is from the far right of the Republican Party. At an event at the George H. W. Bush presidential library, the former Florida governor showed sympathy for people who come to the United States illegally. They come here, he said, because mothers and fathers are “worried that their children didn’t have food on the table.” He added: “They crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony.
  • Condoleezza Rice Is All Wrong on Ukraine Crisis

    Harriet Rowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By: Clarence LusaneCondoleezza Rice has reemerged in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and she is offering unhelpful advice. Rice, who served as national security adviser and then secretary of state under Pres. George W. Bush, is taking the neoconservative line on Ukraine. She is repeatedly criticizing Pres. Obama for not responding more aggressively to Vladimir Putin. This is reckless talk. Russia still has thousands of nuclear weapons. The last thing we need is to return to the days of a nuclear standoff. Several times during the Cold War we were lucky to escape global annihilation.
 
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    VALID | a TWiB! Publication

  • Dear White Sox Fans …

    David Von Ebers
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Photo: “Wrigley Field, Home of the Cubs,” by Paul Cogswell on Flickr Thank you for reminding us, again, that you’re fans of the South Siders. Although, it was kind of a giveaway, what with the matching jacket and cap. Not to mention the faded “2005 World Series Champions” bumper sticker on your pickup truck. And the Sox flag you fly off your front porch year-round, rain, snow, sleet, and dark of night. Oh, and your baseball jersey collection. The one that represents each time the Sox changed their uniform – and their team colors – during the 1970s and ’80s. Except for the…
  • Torture, Fort Hood, and the Legacy of War

    Rad-Femme Lawyer
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    By United States Air Force photo by Major Francisco G. Hamm [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 “…Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore, never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” -John Donne This week, we learned so much that we already knew, but did not want to know, from the Senate report on the CIA. The CIA used to run a…
  • Hobby Lobby’s Poorly Crafted 401(k) Plan Stirs Controversy

    Rad-Femme Lawyer
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    It’s delicious irony that Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) plan invests in pharmaceutical companies that provide contraception, while it’s been making headlines, and history, over the past year because it doesn’t want to give its employees access to health care plans that offer birth control. Notwithstanding, some say that this isn’t as devastating a tale of hypocrisy as people think. Forbes’ Ryan Ellis argues that, because 401(k) plans are only indirectly supported by employers, and the mutual funds therein are actually chosen by employees and plan administrators, Hobby Lobby is too…
  • CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Plays The Blame Game With Prescription Drugs, America Loses (VIDEO)

    Randle Aubrey
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Despite their numerous gaffes over the course of the last year, the journalists and pundits of CNN usually do a decent job of getting their facts straight. Unless, of course, those facts include telling you who to blame whenever something goes wrong. For example, daytime talk show host Dr. Oz hosted CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta last Wednesday for a discussion about the recent FDA approval of a new and potentially dangerous prescription drug called Zohydro. An opioid derivative similar to OxyContin but significantly more powerful, Zohydro was approved by the FDA…
  • GOP Condemn A Black Woman Over A Tweet: A Timeline | #StandWithJamilah

    Elon James White
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The morning of Thursday March 27, 2014, Jamilah Lemieux was tweeting about Kobe Bryant’s latest comments in the New Yorker Magazine. In the middle of that discussion, she tweeted: About 15 minutes later, @BETpolitichick responded to Lemieux and included @orlandowatson @Raffiwilliams @hugheynewsome on the tweet. Lemieux responded: At this point, Raffi Williams joined the conversation with: Lemieux responded: And the following exchange ensued: Lemeiux went on to say that though everyone has the right to their opinions, she is under no obligation to respect or engage them. About an hour after…
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    Digg Top Stories

  • The Rise Of The Mobile Addict

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    They open an app more than ten times per day. And chances are, they're female.
  • Mantis Shrimp Stronger Than Airplanes

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in airplanes.
  • Hedge Fund Boss: 'We Are Witnessing Our Second Tech Bubble'

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    David Einhorn's hedge fund — notable for shorting Lehman Brothers before it dry heaved out of existence — is ready to make it official: we are in the midst of another tech bubble.
  • A Good Hair Day Makes You Believe You're Classier Than You Are

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    New research finds that a good hair day does more than just make you feel physically attractive.
  • The Rights Of Man And Beast

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    What Tommy could never have anticipated, of course, huddled just up the road that morning in his dark, dank cell, was that he was about to make legal history: The first nonhuman primate to ever sue a human captor in an attempt to gain his own freedom.
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    Wonkette

  • S.C. Gov. Candidate Loves Punching Women In The Face, Or Was A Defense Attorney (Same Thing)

    giggle
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    A new ad implies that South Carolina’s Democratic candidate for governor, Vincent Sheheen, advocates punching your girlfriend in the face. Allegedly, Sheheen is not just soft on crime, he actually sides with criminals, supporting your right to rape and pillage. It must be true: the Republican Governors Association told us so. Rachel Maddow, and everyone else in the world with any sense, politely disagrees, because it’s possible that the RGA has forgotten how the U.S. legal system works. It turns out, the claims in the attack ad stem from the work that Sheheen did as a defense attorney.
  • Florida Rep. ‘Dane Eagle’ Arrested For Drunken Fratty 2 A.M. Taco Bell Run

    DDM
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Raise your hand if you have ever been to Taco Bell at 2 a.m., drunk. All of you, just like we thought. It’s kind of required if you read our mommy/warblog. Now raise your hand if you have ever been arrested at a Taco Bell. Oh, just you South Florida GOP state Representative Dane Eagle, whose manly name of ubermenschenpatriotism we kind of can’t get over yet? Do let us hear more. Court documents show Tallahassee Police first spotted Eagle (R-Cape Coral) pulling out of a Taco Bell on West Tennessee Street. He then made a U-turn in his black SUV, and police said he nearly hit a curb…
  • Mocking Mayor Of Peoria On Twitter Will Get You Raided, Arrested For ‘Drugs’

    giggle
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    The unknown mayor of Peoria, Illinois, has gotten the memo: Abusing power is super awesome, so everyone should totes start doing it, RIGHT NOW. Mayor Jim Ardis, whom no one outside of Peoria has ever heard of, would like everyone to know that he REALLY can’t take a joke and that he will send armed police officers to enforce the fake law that NO ONE MOCKS Jim Ardis, especially if they do it from a satirical Twitter account. Mayor Ardis was outraged, outraged, by this violation of his pretend right to not be mocked on the interwebs. Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard is equally outraged; he is…
  • Jon Stewart Has Feelings About Lady Politicians And Their Hysterical Emotions (Video)

    Doktor Zoom
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Jon Stewart gets at the very important issue of sexism in politics with “breaking news from the inside of another human being” — that is, Chelsea Clinton’s Politically Meaningful Baby, the grandchild that could make all the difference for Hillary Clinton’s possible campaign, or be completely meaningless — except to Darrell Issa, who “has already subpoenaed the baby to testify about Benghazi.” READ MORE
  • The NRA Is Scared Of Girls

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Here’s some very measured, very partial Nice Time for you nice people! The National Rifle Association, according to a piece by Laura Bassett and Christina Wilkie at the Huffington Post, is quietly backing away from one part of its “never restrict guns ever anywhere for any reason” agenda, and has actually dropped its objections to a law in Washington state that would require people to give up their firearms if they’re served with a protective order for domestic violence. And that’s after opposing the bill for over 10 years. The NRA has also not opposed similar…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Rand Paul on abortion: “We’re not changing any of the laws until the country is persuaded otherwise”

    Allahpundit
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    “I think the law will come down in between. I think the public is in the middle.” Via MFP, an eyebrow-raiser from yesterday’s chat with David Axelrod(!) at the University of Chicago. David Corn and Mother Jones are out with another gotcha piece on Paul this morning citing his (mild) criticism of Reagan in the past for not cutting spending more as president, but this clip is more interesting, I think. Knocking […] Read this post »
  • Video: Feds bust prep-school drug ring

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Risky business. Our best schools prepare young men and women for success in the business world with a classical education, but two men from a prestigious prep school in Pennsylvania tried cornering the drug market instead — and not pharmaceuticals. Neil Scott and Timothy Brooks masterminded a drug ring that attempted to control the trade in prep […] View the video »
  • Has al-Qaeda taken over a secret US base in Libya?

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Plus, a "citizens committee" on Benghazi. When losing ground in a war, it’s not unusual to see an enemy make use of one’s facilities and equipment. The report from Eli Lake at the Daily Beast only surprises because the US has insisted that we are not losing ground in the war against al-Qaeda, and still insists that the decapitation of the Moammar […] Read this post »
  • NYT poll shows Pryor up 10 in Arkansas

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Ahem. Republicans need to win six Senate seats to take control of the upper chamber, and most scenarios for victory include the Southern seats up for grabs. A poll out today from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that may be tougher than first thought. Mark Pryor, considered to be one of […] Read this post »
  • Lavrov: Russia will respond in Ukraine if interests “attacked” … like we did in 2008

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Plus, Soviet nostalgia on the rise. Time for another reset button? Sergei Lavrov’s latest warning to Ukraine makes it clear that the first model didn’t do much to change Russia’s ideas of sovereignty in its neighborhood. Speaking on RT, Lavrov said that Moscow will use the same strategy employed in 2008 in their reaction to Georgia’s lurch to the West if […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Kansas Residents To First Lady: Stay Out

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Guest restrictions and increased security measures are looming as Michelle Obama plans to appear at a Kansas high school graduation next month. Thousands have petitioned to revoke her invitation.» E-Mail This
  • Propronents Of Affirmative Action Losing The Battle?

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in public university admissions. Tell Me More looks at the internal debate within the affirmative action movement.» E-Mail This
  • U.S. Clears Egypt For Some Military Assistance

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.» E-Mail This
  • Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.» E-Mail This
  • One Month From Mudslide, Wash. Governor Takes Stock Of Damage

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee offers an update on the deadly mudslides near the town of Oso in March. President Obama is visiting Oso on Tuesday.» E-Mail This
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Get The Most Out Of Your Home Business Enterprise With These Tips

    Randy
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    TIP! Always put your customers’ needs first, and go out of your way to please them. Give customers free stuff when they buy your products, and let them know that you appreciate their business by thanking them for their orders. Online business allows you the opportunity to turn a profit from your own home. It’s important for your home based business to remain viable in order to preserve your working-from-home lifestyle. Follow the advice in this article to establish and maintain your home business. TIP! Always know how much you are spending to make the products you sell, so that…
  • Great Ideas For Purchasing Your New Home

    Randy
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    TIP! Have a moderate approach when you negotiate while buying real estate. Some people try to push for their own advantage in every possible way, but this can bring resistance from the other party. Purchasing a piece of real estate is daunting for a first time buyer. However, if you play your cards right, you can make quite a bit of money from it and make a huge improvement to your lifestyle as well. This article has some information to help you get started buying real estate whether you are a first-time buyer, or a veteran. TIP! All real estate agents need to be in touch with their previous…
  • Avoid Future Problems By Following These Essential Insurance Tips

    Randy
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    TIP! In order to save on your insurance cost, obtain fresh quotes prior to purchasing or renewing your policy. Each company is different in exactly how they price your quote. You may find it difficult to navigate through the many types of policies available. In this article, you will find numerous tips that will teach you about insurance, and how to get the best deals on insurance policies. TIP! Bundle your insurance policies to save money. Most insurance companies offer a discount to their clients who have all of their insurance polices with the company. Pay less on your insurance premiums…
  • Stock Market Advice You Need To Know

    Randy
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    TIP! Prior to placing funds with a professional broker, be sure you conduct sufficient research into their background. Carefully investigating before giving them your money helps you avoid unscrupulous and inexperienced brokers. Have you considered becoming part owner of a company? Perhaps the stock market is the place for you. Don’t just go out and buy a ton of stock; inform yourself with research and information. Below is some of the information that you will need. TIP! Remember to be realistic in what your expected return is when investing. Everyone knows that wealth through the…
  • Work For Yourself From Home With These Tips

    Randy
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    TIP! Any expense incurred by you for business purposes, such as lunch with a client, may qualify as a legitimate tax deduction. In these cases, these meetings are actual business expenses. There are a number a advantages that go along with running a home based business, including being your own boss, but there are a lot of things to watch out for, as well. If you don’t take the time to fully research how to run a work from home business, you may find yourself making mistakes constantly. This article contains some useful information that will help you to have a thriving business. TIP!
 
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    FamousDC

  • H.R. 9.26.14 – The Most D.C. “Save the Date” Ever

    Marie Formica
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Our good friends Michael Mansour and Ginny Veatch are getting married this year, and last week they sent out the most epic DC save the date ever. Full text below. Presumably Michael, a Legislative Assistant in Congress, has experience writing bills and we believe this deserves bipartisan support. Ginny, a Manager in Corporate Relations at [...]The post H.R. 9.26.14 – The Most D.C. “Save the Date” Ever appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Hyper Hill: Wet and Warm

    Marie Formica
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    White House Easter Egg roll [has begun] D.C. snowy owl [got better] POTUS and FLOTUS go to church [dressed up for Easter] Good luck to Kerry Allen, Matt Lehner, Krysten Sinema [and all Boston marathoners today] Where to have a [tea party, not the political kind] At least it’s going to be warmer [albeit with [...]The post Hyper Hill: Wet and Warm appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Pharrell’s “Happy” Video Without Music is Kind of Weird

    Marie Formica
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Without music With MusicThe post Pharrell’s “Happy” Video Without Music is Kind of Weird appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    #NATIONAL If you like Cheerios, you can’t sue General Mills; #BostonStrong; there’s a hellfire twin Earth out there; How did 4/20 happen?; tax preparers flip the bird at responsible Americans as filing costs go up; “WTF??” –Scandal fans; Happy Friday; spoilers everywhere; Congrats Chelsea; God bless America; RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez; You think your apartment [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Capitol Hill Staffer Reality Show: Yes, Really

    fdc
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    …a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently in development, and one source said there’s already been a round of casting. Which bar will have stools open at happy hour? Will the HOB and SOB internets [...]The post Capitol Hill Staffer Reality Show: Yes, Really appeared first on FamousDC.
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    McClatchy DC -- Politics

  • Basketball diplomacy in Washington?

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Republican Curt Clawson, who won a GOP primary for a vacant Florida congressional seat Tuesday, immediately said he wants to duel with President Barack Obama on the basketball court.Click to Continue »
  • Obama dines at famous Tokyo sushi joint

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    By Lesley Clark McClatchy Washington Bureau…Click to Continue »
  • Obama arrives in Japan to begin week-long Asia visit

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Obama, who is making the first state visit to Japan by a U.S. president since former president Bill Clinton, arrived at Haneda International Airport shortly before 7 p.m. local time…Click to Continue »
  • Obama seeks to reassure Japan in China-Japan island dispute

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    President Barack Obama told a Japanese newspaper on the eve of his arrival here that the U.S. considers the small islands in the East China Sea subject to a bitter…Click to Continue »
  • Oddball bills stand out in Congress

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes - or their sponsors. Here…Click to Continue »
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    Democracy Now!

  • Toms River: How a Small Town Fought Back Against Corporate Giants for Toxic Dumping Linked to Cancer

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    Environmental reporter Dan Fagin joins us to discuss his book, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," which has just won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Fagin tells the story of how a small New Jersey town fought back against industrial pollution and astronomical rates of childhood cancer, and ultimately won one of the largest legal settlements in U.S. history. "We don’t look for patterns, we don’t analyze those patterns. That is a terrible tragedy," Fagin says of the failure to examine environmental and industrial data gathered by local, state and…
  • Jim Crow in the Classroom: New Report Finds Segregation Lives on in U.S. Schools

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    As the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a ban on affirmative action in Michigan and the country marks 60 years since the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education, we look at how segregation is still pervasive in U.S. public schools. An explosive new report in ProPublica finds school integration never fully occurred, and in recent decades may have even been reversed. Focusing on three generations of the same family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the story concludes: "While segregation as it is practiced today may be different than it was 60 years ago, it is no less pernicious: in Tuscaloosa…
  • Headlines for April 23, 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Affirmative Action in Michigan SchoolsUkraine Ends Easter Truce; Biden Visits KievSeparatists Kidnap Vice News Journalist in UkraineU.S. Deploys Troops for Exercises in Poland, Baltic StatesU.S. Resumes Military Aid to Egypt With Helicopter ShipmentEgypt Trial of Al Jazeera Journalists Adjourned to MayMonitors: Removal of Syrian Chemical Stockpile Nearly 90% CompleteAssad Regime Accused of Chlorine Bombardments on Rebel AreasAbbas Threatens Dissolution of Palestinian Authority if Talks FailMuslim Plaintiffs Claim "No-Fly" List Retaliation for Refusing to…
  • Earth Day Special: "Fierce Green Fire" Documentary Explores Environmental Movement's Global Rise

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    In an Earth Day special, we look at the history of the global environmental movement as told in the sweeping new documentary, "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet." We air extended highlights from the film — from New York housewives who take on a major chemical company that polluted their community of Love Canal to Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales, to the fight by Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubber tappers to save the Amazon rainforest. We also speak to the film’s Oscar-nominated director, Mark Kitchell. "We were really looking to tell…
  • Headlines for April 22, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Obama Admin to Widen Clemency Eligibility for Drug OffendersCourt Orders Release of Memo Justifying Targeted KillingsToll from U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen Tops 55U.N.: Hundreds Killed in South Sudan Rebel AttackUkraine Truce Falters as Armed Groups RemainU.N. Warns Assad Against New ElectionsReport: Admin Mulls Limiting Deportations for Immigrants Without Criminal RecordsPlaintiffs Challenge GM Bid to Evade Liability for Ignition DefectUAW Drops Challenge to Failed Unionization VoteIntel Director Issues Broad Ban on Media ContactOklahoma Prisoners Win Stay of Execution over Drug SecrecyPrison…
 
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 20

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    As runners prepare for the Boston Marathon on Monday, several lawmakers will discuss the new security measures at the race, one year after an explosion killed three people at the finish line.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 13

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, resigned this week, just weeks after the Obama administration announced seven million had enrolled in the health care exchanges.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 6

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    The tragic shootings at Fort Hood will dominate the conversation on the Sunday shows — particularly the treatment of mental health problems in the military.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, March 30

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Obama administration unveiled a legislative proposal to put an end to a controversial bulk phone records program this week, a topic that will dominate many conversations on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, March 23

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    Russia's decision to annex Crimea and the still missing Malaysian Airlines flight will dominate the conversation on the Sunday talk shows.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • GOP Candidate: Christians Should Pull Their Kids Out Of Public School

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    One Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in South Carolina doesn’t seem to like public education: A South Carolina candidate for lieutenant governor thinks Christian parents should pull their children out of the “godless” and “pagan” public school system. Addressing a crowd at an April 12 rally in Charleston, Republican E. Ray Moore said Christians currently face a culture war caused by the non-religious teachings of public schools. “We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate,”…
  • Social Mobility and Race in Higher Education

    James Joyner
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    The discussion thread on yesterday’s posting “Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Referendum Banning Affirmative Action In Higher Education” is uncharacteristically ugly, with more slinging of insults than thoughtful debate. A notable exception is a contribution from long-time commenter Stan, who I believe is a retired professor at the flagship University of Michigan campus. I understand the emotions of Michigan voters in banning affirmative action at UM, but when I’m on campus I’m disturbed by the small number of black and Hispanic students. Michigan is a state with…
  • From The “I’d Hate To Be This Guy’s Lawyer” File

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    A Kansas man on trial for murder has an interesting tattoo:  A Kansas man facing first-degree murder charges is trying to convince the government to let him do something about his giant “MURDER” neck tattoo before the trial begins. The first-degree murder case against Jeffrey Chapman is scheduled to begin next week. Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man in 2011, leaving the body behind in a roadside ditch for hunters to discover. According to the AP, Chapman’s defense attorney is now seeking to have the state bring in a tattoo artist to obscure or…
  • Majority Of Americans Don’t Believe In The Big Bang Theory

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A new Associated Press poll has yet more depressing news for those of us already distressed about the appalling state of science education in this country: A majority of Americans don’t believe in even the most fundamental discovery of 20th century physics, which 99.9 percent of members of the National Academies of Sciences do: that our universe began with an enormous explosion, the Big Bang. 51 percent of people in a new AP/GFK poll said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” that the statement “the universe began 13.8 billion…
  • U.S. Troops Headed To Poland, Baltic States

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In what is quite obviously intended as a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the United States is sending troops to Eastern Europe: The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff. About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), based in Italy, are heading to each of four countries — Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — in rotational deployments that the Pentagon says will be sustained until further…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy Will Save the World

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    By Juan Cole The research and development monies now going into solar energy are great enough to fuel innovation and bring down prices rapidly. Related Entries April 22, 2014 Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One April 22, 2014 Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted
  • Mexico’s Proposed Telecoms Law Would Bring In Censorship, Allow Surveillance and Kill Net Neutrality

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
  • Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    marsmett talahassee (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent (via Moyers & Company) The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom…   Related Entries April 22, 2014 Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One April 22, 2014 Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted
  • Unsurprising Affirmative Action Decision Is Bad News For Gay Marriage

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    By Bill Blum The current Supreme Court has consistently decided for states’ rights and majority rule, which could be a problem as same-sex marriage cases work their way through the judiciary. Related Entries April 22, 2014 Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One April 22, 2014 Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted
  • Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    By William Pfaff A correspondent of the conservative Le Figaro, Adrien Jaulmes in Donetsk, reports Tuesday that what is taking place in the contested Russia-speaking areas resembles a “Potemkin” war, waged in the press and social media and on wall posters, but that has yet to produce any discernible popular movement. Related Entries April 22, 2014 Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One April 22, 2014 Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    James Yeager is calling from Cliven Bundy’s front yard, where he’s one of several (he won’t say how many) providing 24-hour security to the Bundy family. He and his friend packed up “a full medical kit and a camera” and drove 26 ½ hours from their home in Camden, Tennessee last week to document what he calls “a tremendous overreach of federal power.” He’s been posting daily videos to his YouTube site. When asked if he also packed weapons, Yeager said, “of course. I’m always armed. This is not any different than any other day for me.” James Yeager with rancher Cliven…
  • Oklahoma Won’t Stop Trying To Restrict Women’s Access To The Abortion Pill

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Oklahoma lawmakers aren’t deterred when harsh abortion restrictions get overturned in court for violating the bounds of Roe v. Wade. They simply try again. For the third time, the state has approved a measure that will severely restrict women’s access to the abortion pill, a non-surgical method of ending an early pregnancy. The move comes less than a year after the courts prevented Oklahoma from enforcing a similar law that was passed in 2011. The Center for Reproductive Rights, the group that has repeatedly litigated against Oklahoma’s recent attempts…
  • Hours After Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban, Wisconsin Lawmaker Offers Copycat Proposal

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    CREDIT: (AP Photo/Al Behrman) On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan ballot initiative banning race-conscious affirmative action in that state’s university system. The decision surprised virtually no one, given this Supreme Court’s longstanding skepticism of affirmative action programs. Nevertheless, Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) waited only a few hours after the decision was handed down before taking a victory lap. Not long after Court delivered its opinions in this case, Grothman announced that he would reintroduce a similar ban on race-conscious admission in…
  • All Four Of North Carolina’s GOP Senate Candidates Are Climate Deniers

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Rev. Mark Harris, right, was one of the four Republican primary candidates for North Carolina’s Senate seat who denied the reality of climate change Tuesday night. CREDIT: AP Photo / Ted Richardson On Tuesday, all four Republican candidates vying for North Carolina’s Senate seat were asked if climate change is a fact. All four said no. It was the first televised debate of the primary campaign, and featured four candidates: State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), who is leading in funding and in the polls; physician Greg Brannon, a Tea Party member and Tillis’ main rival;…
  • South Carolina Town Defends Fired Lesbian Police Chief Against Anti-Gay Mayor

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    CREDIT: WBTW/Screenshot The Town Council of Latta, South Carolina took action Tuesday night in defense of recently fired Police Chief Crystal Moore, who many people believe Mayor Earl Bullard fired because she is openly gay. First, the Latta Town Council voted unanimously (6-0) on an emergency ordinance that blocks Bullard from replacing Moore for about two months. During that time, the town will have a chance to vote on a referendum adjusting the basic governing structure to grant more power to the council and less to the mayor. If that adjustment is made, council members say they will vote…
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    Slate Articles

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Sharan Shetty
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Some moviegoers will see Jim Jarmusch’s new vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive—being released nationally this Friday after a limited run in New York and L.A.—as too much like its characters: cold, distant, and technically lifeless. They will have a point. The director’s formal restraint can chafe—Stranger Than Paradise, which first won him indie fame back in 1984, cuts to black after every scene. Even his prior forays into genre—Ghost Dog’s samurai hijinks, Dead Man’s acid-western longueur—featured a compositional remove that gave the viewer little purchase. Jarmusch’s…
  • Work Suffering? Get a Hobby!

    Paca Thomas
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Do you want to be better during work hours? Concentrate on your free time creativity. A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology indicates that dedicating time to a hobby–be it crocheting or model building–can dramatically increase professional productivity.
  • The Easiest Thing to Forget

    Mary Gaitskill
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Slate music critic Carl Wilson's Let's Talk AboutLove was first published at the end of 2007 as part of the 33⅓ series of books on albums. Where most of the books in the series were tributes in one way or another to records generally agreed to be important to pop and rock history, this one was a look at the contrast between the mass global popularity of Céline Dion and the equally massive critical hostility toward her music—a case study in why people argue so much about taste. It quickly became one of the best-selling books in the series and certainly the most widely…
  • Rethinking Spring Cleaning

    J. Bryan Lowder
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Of all the emotions that can hobble spring cleaning, the worst might be sentimentality. I know, because I’m currently struggling with a bout of it myself. On my bedside table there is, inexplicably, a plush hoot-owl with a scarf and beanie hat that has been doing little except collecting lint and dust and cat saliva since I brought him home. In short, my hoot-owl is adding mess to my house, and if I aim to practice what I am about to preach, I should dispose of him immediately. For it is not dust or grime that is the main enemy of clean, during the spring or otherwise—that dubious honor…
  • Burned by Bureaucracy

    Brian Palmer
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power. The Honda Insight was about to become the first hybrid electric vehicle sold in the United States. Newt Gingrich had just resigned his speakership, and Sasha Obama had not been born. The Oxford English Dictionary accepted the word “bling.” Ricky Martin was on top of the charts with “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and he was still in the closet. The point is, unlike a lot…
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 23, 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, convoy their light armored vehicles across the beach as a Navy landing craft, air cushion with Assault Craft Unit 4 departs the beach of Sierra del RetÌn, Spain, during Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Exercise 2014 Feb. 24, 2014. Spanish PHIBLEX is an annual exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between U.S. forces and participating nations. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility…
  • How Taxpayers Subsidize the Multi-Million Dollar Salaries of Restaurant CEOs

    Stephanie Mencimer
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    As the fight to raise the minimum wage has gained momentum, the restaurant industry has emerged as the biggest opponent. This is no surprise, since the industry claims the highest percentage of low-wage workers—60 percent—of any other business sector. Front-line fast-food workers earn so little money that about half of them rely on some form of public assistance, to the tune of about $7 billion a year. That hidden subsidy has helped boost restaurant industry profits to record highs. In 2013, the industry reaped $660 billion in profits, and it in turn channeled millions…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 22, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise during Exercise Ssang Yong 14 at Su Seung-ri Range, Pohang, Republic of Korea, April 4, 2014. SY 14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations while showcasing sea-based power projection in the pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers/Released)
  • Can the Democrats Mobilize Voters Without a 47% Video Moment?

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    David Corn joined guest host Joy Reid on MSNBC's Hardball to discuss the Democrats' prospects in the upcoming midterm elections. Historically the Democratic coalition doesn't show up for midterm elections. Can the Dems use the Koch Bros to galvanize voters? How can the party attach the general issue of inequality to specific state races? David Corn is Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief. For more of his stories, click here. He's also on Twitter and Facebook.
  • READ: Conspiracy Theorist Dick Morris Blasts Clinton Conspiracy Theorists in Unsealed '95 Memo

    Andy Kroll
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Dick Morris, the one-time adviser to President Bill Clinton, has carved out a strange, multi-faceted career in recent years, engaging in questionable political dealings, pitching misguided punditry (he predicted Mitt Romney would win in a landslide in 2012), and peddling conspiracy theories. On his website, Morris argues that the CIA, FBI, and the mob were behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He co-wrote a book pushing right-wing conspiracy theories about the United Nations, international agencies, and the like. ("Black helicopters is the crazy word for the UN…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for April 23, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    If my cats had opposable thumbs I just know they’d be miming jerk-off motions every time I turned my back. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 22, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    My latest project: “The In-Law Josey Wales,” a comedy vehicle for Clint Eastwood and Alan Arkin. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April 22, 2014
  • Fargo: new Coen Brothers miniseries is Minnesota mean

    Guest Scrogue
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Less than a week after TV lost its greatest asshole (spoiler alert) the TV gods have provided us with a new reigning champion: Fargo’s Lorne Malvo. by James Brown Billy Bob Thornton’s Malvo is the protagonist of FX’s dark comedy … Continue reading →
  • Let’s camera

    Dan Ryan
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    A song like “Tokyo Storm Warning” is closer to real life than you think… You have to suck Tokyo into your lungs and let it rewrite your DNA. You have to piece together your own reality one combini at a … Continue reading →
  • From Grozny to Crimea: Russia learns to finesse military intervention

    Russ Wellen
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Ukraine crisis shows that Russia has come a long way from military operations in which casualties to civilians were of little concern. “Western experts,” reports Michael Gordon in the New York Times on April 21, see Russia’s military, “disparaged for … Continue reading →
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Visions of Gulf Security

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

    25 Jun 2013 | 9:33 am
                        Murat Menguc has invited you to join Twitter!       Accept invitation             Twitter helps you stay connected with what's happening right now and with the people and organizations you care about.     This message was sent by Twitter on behalf of Twitter users who entered your email address to invite you to Twitter. You can unsubscribe if you'd prefer not to receive these emails. Please do not reply to this message; it was sent from an unmonitored email address. For…
  • What do the Turks want?

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

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

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

  • A Rising Tide Lifts Some Boats

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy introduce the graphic above (click to enlarge): In 1980, the American rich and middle class and most of the poor had higher incomes than their counterparts almost anywhere in the world. But incomes for the middle class and poor in the United States have since been growing more slowly than elsewhere. The accompanying article goes into more detail: The findings are striking because the most commonly cited economic statistics — such as per capita gross domestic product — continue to show that the United States has maintained its lead as the world’s…
  • The “War” In Global Warming

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Last month, in an op-ed for Fox News, retired Navy Rear Admiral David Titley made a national security-based case for worrying about climate change. Eric Holthaus interviews Titley about his belief that the changing climate will be a main driving force for conflict in the 21st century: Q. What’s the worst-case scenario, in your view? A. … You could imagine a scenario in which both Russia and China have prolonged droughts. China decides to exert rights on foreign contracts and gets assertive in Africa. If you start getting instability in large powers with nuclear weapons,…
  • The Freedom To Marry And The Freedom To Dissent

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    I’m not much of a joiner, but I was more than glad to sign the joint statement by a wide array of supporters of marriage equality, gay and straight, declaring our commitment both to open and respectful, if robust, debate, and to ensuring that gay people have their fundamental constitutional right to marry. You can read the statement here. Money quote: As a viewpoint, opposition to gay marriage is not a punishable offense. It can be expressed hatefully, but it can also be expressed respectfully. We strongly believe that opposition to same-sex marriage is wrong, but the consequence of…
  • The $84,000 Cure

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Earlier this month, Polly Mosendz covered the debate over Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi: [I]nsurers cannot stand this life saving, revolutionary medication. That’s because it runs $1,000 a day and the average patient requires a 12-week treatment of Sovaldi.That’s $84,000 for one cycle. For patients with a strain that is more difficult to treat, the regiment is 24 weeks. That comes in at $168,000. It is projected to rake in between $5 billion and $9 billion in profits in the United States this year alone. There are an estimated 4 million Americans with Hepatitis C, and 15,000…
  • Cuteness In Captivity, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Unlike Bert Archer, Rachel Lu loves the zoo (joined by several readers below): I’m confident [our local zoo] will linger in my kids’ memories as one of the most beloved places of their childhood. I joke to my friends that we’re “zoo junkies” because we generally visit once a week. Those animals are like old friends to my kids, and I’ve outlined many an article from the bench of the monkey house on a quiet winter afternoon. When there are no other visitors, the monkeys will sometimes come down and interact with the boys from the other side of the glass. … When we see animals…
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    WSJ.COM

  • More Inmates Eligible for Clemency

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Thousands of federal prison inmates could seek early release under details of a new, long-awaited clemency program unveiled by the Obama administration.
  • Obama-Abe Meeting Could Set Trip's Tone

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Obama arrived in Japan for the first state visit by an American leader in nearly two decades, kicking off a weeklong tour that will give the U.S. a chance to reassert itself in Asia.
  • U.S. to Move Troops Amid Ukraine Tensions

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Pentagon said U.S. troops would be sent for exercises in Eastern Europe to reassure allies on Russia's border, after Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of killing two people and shooting at a military plane.
  • Court Backs Affirmative Action Ban

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    The Supreme Court ruled 6-2 states may end racial preferences without violating the U.S. Constitution, upholding a Michigan law that grew out of the state's long-running debate over affirmative action policies at public universities.
  • IRS Workers Disciplined For Misconduct Were Awarded Bonuses

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    More than 2,800 Internal Revenue Service employees who recently had been disciplined received performance bonuses totaling more than $2.8 million between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2012, a government audit found.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Do You Pass the Rothbard Test?

    Murray N. Rothbard
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Originally published in The Libertarian Forum, Vol. 10, No. 7, July 1977. I have been ruminating recently on what are the crucial questions that divide libertarians. Some that have received a lot of attention in the last few years are: anarcho-capitalism vs. limited government, abolitionism vs. gradualism, natural rights vs. utilitarianism, and war vs. peace. But I have concluded that as important as these questions are, they don’t really cut to the nub of the issue, of the crucial dividing line between us. Let us take, for example, two of the leading anarcho-capitalist works of the last…
  • 10 Ancient Origins

    Michael Van Duisen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When people think of ancient civilizations, a lack of technological advancement and a primitive lifestyle are usually the first things that come to mind. However, many of the everyday things that we take for granted were actually invented long ago. Here are 10 things which were first thought of hundreds or thousands of years in the past. 10 Our System For Measuring Time Sometime in the early second millennium B.C., the Babylonians invented their number system, and its influence still affects us to this day. Because of a limited amount of symbols (they only had two, along with their…
  • Lesson From the Nevada Stand-Off

    Ron Paul
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The nation’s attention has for the past few weeks been riveted by a standoff in Nevada between armed federal agents and the Bundys, a ranching family who believe the federal government is exceeding its authority by accessing “fees” against ranchers who graze cattle on government lands. Outrage over the government’s use of armed agents to forcibly remove the Bundys’ cattle led many Americans to travel to Nevada to engage in non-violent civil disobedience in support of the family. The protests seem to have worked, at least for now, as the government appears to have backed off from…
  • The 10 Most Overrated Movies of All Time


    No Author
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    10. The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) What They Said “The screenplay, by William Monahan, is simply sensational. Scenes play brilliantly. Feelings flow like molten lava. The dialogue overflows with edgy wit and acidulous arias of imprecation.” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal Awards Nominated for five Oscars and won four (Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing), and won Golden Globe for Best Director. What We Say The Departed is fun Scorsese, but is it great Scorsese? It feels like the film arrived buoyed up by the hope Marty might finally win some Oscars, and…
  • Fed Follies

    David Stockman
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    So far we have experienced 7 million foreclosures. Beyond that there are still 9 million homeowners seriously underwater on their mortgages and there are millions more who are stranded in place because they don’t have enough positive equity to cover transactions costs and more stringent down payment requirements. And that’s before the next downturn in housing prices—a development which will show up any day. In fact, another downward plunge is a positive certainty now that the buy-to-rent LBO speculators are rapidly pulling out of those “flash” bull markets in Arizona,…
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    ABC NEWS

  • Bashar al-Assad's Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    There's one potential chemical weapon the regime is not required to relinquish.
  • Obama's Asia Challenge

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES FOODIE ALERT – IN TOKYO, OBAMA DREAMS OF SUSHI: President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Japan today, apparently with an appetite for sushi, ABC’s DEVIN DWYER reports. After a quick refresh at the Hotel Okura near the U.S....
  • Obama Makes Beeline to Sushi at Tokyo's 'Jiro Dreams'

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    World-renowned sushi chef hosts Obama and Premier Shinzo Abe.
  • The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza  WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE ABC News’ Chris Good: “Obama...
  • Obama Surveys Mudslide Damage, Praises Community of Oso, Wash.

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    After surveying mudslide damage from Marine One and meeting for an hour and fifteen minutes with victims’ families behind closed doors, President Obama praised the community of Oso, Wash., as it recovers from the March 22 mudslide that so far has claimed 41 lives. “This...
 
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    town hall

  • Sometimes I feel bad because my kids are naughty...

    Stephanie
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    but, then sometimes I have to laugh because they are so clever in their naughtiness.It was my mom's birthday last Saturday, so my benevolent sister and her family hosted a party in honor of her that night at their house.And, of course we sang to my mom as she got ready to blow her candles out on her favorite banana cream cake purchased by my dad from Beaverton Bakery. And, while we were singing, I guess Alice hatched a little plan to get back at the younger cousins who always blow every one's birthday candles out before the guest of honor has a chance to.So, right as the little ones were…
  • tattered and torn

    Stephanie
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    (Family Home Evening Selfie)Although my words have been spare lately, my thoughts have been swimming.  Particularly about blogging, and what it means- to me, and to others.Blogging is a weird thing.  It's a relatively new platform in the grand scheme of things.  And, with it's newness, I struggle with a desire to continue writing unabashed and sort-of uncensored, and my desire to crawl in my cave and deliver soliloquies to my bedroom wall instead.  I've been known to do that before.I've been spending time this week reading a lot of critiques of popular bloggers (and I am…
  • dinner simplified: fancy grilled cheese sandwiches

    Stephanie
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Goodness friends, I'm sorry I've been such a spotty blogger lately.  We are at the height of busyness in our house at this very moment (ramping up to a high school graduation + another high schooler + middle school + track practices + my son + a bunch, bunch more).  I often stop myself during the whirlwind evening marathon and think about how this could possibly be the peak of our wild family-life roller coaster- these final six months of having all four of our kids still living under our roof.  So, instead of borrowing precious time to blog, I am simply enjoying the ride,…
  • San Francisco road trip 2014

    Stephanie
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    If you follow me, or my girls, on Instagram then you are well aware of our Spring Break road trip to San Francisco.  My mom and I had been itching to take my girls on a trip there for a while, so the last week in March seemed like the perfect time to make that happen.All three of my girls had never been to S.F., so they really had no idea what to expect.  We were staying in Concord, so each morning we drove into the city, and it wasn't until we drove them down Lombard St. did they really start to "see" what was in store.I had read up a bunch on where to eat while we were in the…
  • recess: an exercise in ridiculousness

    Stephanie
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Every day after school Spencer spends 10-15 minutes with me, sitting on the couch, telling me about every single injustice of his day.  It's like a daily police blotter wherein he covers all the wrongdoing of his elementary school life.  And, usually it's full of gripes about his teacher taking away part of their recess, or the obscenely short amount of time they get for lunch (10-15 min!) or how his friend got a "think sheet" for no good reason and so on.  I patiently listen, with intermittent head nods and "oh dear"'s given at appropriate moments.  Finally, when his…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Quiz: Match The Word to Its Creator

    Michael Mechanic and Brett Brownell
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you a literary muscleman or a munchkin? A word ninja or a spewer of malaprops? And who came up with these terms anyway? In Authorisms, out this week, Paul Dickson traces writerly coinages (a coinage of the Elizabethan scribe George Puttenham) of words and expressions ranging from assassination (Shakespeare's Macbeth) to zombification (the poet Andrei Codrescu). Dickson takes things too far sometimes—while Jane Austen may have been the first to mention base ball in print­, for instance, it wasn't the baseball we know. Yet I was fascinated to discover that sayings I'd mistaken for…
  • The "Knockout Game" Isn't a Real Trend. These Lawmakers Are Trying to Ban It, Anyway.

    Dana Liebelson
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Connecticut state Legislature's Judiciary Committee passed a bill last week that would ramp up penalties for people who commit assault as part of the so-called "knockout game." Reports of black teens randomly punching bystanders and then uploading videos to YouTube sparked a media frenzy last year. After the hype died down, it became clear that there was little law enforcement data to suggest the knockout game is a trend among black teens—or anyone else—and plenty of critics have noted that the obsessive media coverage perpetuates racist tropes. (Remember "wilding" and…
  • WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan

    David Corn
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ponders a presidential bid, he has lately made efforts to wrap himself in the banner of Ronald Reagan. In op-eds and speeches, the libertarian tea partier has increasingly invoked the Republicans' most holy icon, especially after being attacked by members of his party's establishment who have accused him of isolationism. Writing in the Washington Post last week, Paul likened his nuanced approach to foreign policy to what he claimed was Reagan's embrace of "strategic ambiguity." A few days earlier, at a so-called "Freedom Summit" in New Hampshire,…
  • How to Use the Bible to Save the Planet

    Chris Mooney
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    For a brief moment in Darren Aronofsky's hit religious epic film Noah, we see the great Flood from space. From that vantage point, it looks much like an atmospheric event of the sort that a NASA satellite might photograph, so we can all share it on Facebook. So what does biblical cataclysm look like from orbit? Beautifully, and yet terrifyingly, the entire Earth appears to be draped in a quilt of hurricanes, each cyclone nestled alongside the next. "There is a huge statement in the film, a strong message about the coming flood from global warming," Aronofsky told The New Yorker in an…
  • How We've Created a Booming Market for Border Security Technology

    Todd Miller
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. With the agility of a seasoned Border Patrol veteran, the woman rushed after the students. She caught up with them just before they entered the exhibition hall of the eighth annual Border Security Expo, reaching out and grabbing the nearest of them by the shoulder. Slightly out of breath, she said, "You can't go in there, give me back your badges." The astonished students had barely caught a glimpse of the dazzling pavilion of science-fiction-style products in that exhibition hall at the Phoenix Convention Center. There, just beyond their…
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    The Raw Story

  • Facebook gets antitrust approval to buy maker of Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

    Reuters
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said at the time that the proposed transaction reflected his company’s desire to bet on “the platforms of tomorrow.” The deal was on a list of several proposed transactions that have been cleared by the U.S.
  • Indiana man on synthetic pot allegedly punched out 4-year-old and threatened Obama

    David Ferguson
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    A Granger, IN man who claims the federal government used him as a sex slave is accused of brutally striking a 4-year-old boy and of threatening President Barack Obama. According to WSBT-TV, 25-year-old Eric Parks is charged with two class-D felonies, battery and intimidation. Parks went on a rampage in a Martin’s Supermarket in Granger last week and made his first court appearance on Monday. Police said that Parks attacked the boy in the checkout line at the grocery store, punching him in the face. The boy suffered a bloody nose, a knot on his forehead and another contusion where the…
  • A Barrage Of Bad Arguments In Defense of Teaching Boys To Sexually Harass

    Amanda Marcotte
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    The first rule of charm: Don’t pester clearly uninterested women. The wingnuts must be bored this week, because I am getting a shit ton of harassment on Twitter for this tweet: http://t.co/1YWyA0vZJR I really wish people would stop acting like it’s cute when teenage boys sexually harass older women. — Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) April 21, 2014   No big surprise, of course. People who enjoy harassing women tend to get particularly excited about harassing a woman who is on the record opposing harassment.  So blocking and moving on is what has to be done here. But while I…
  • WATCH: Rand Paul slagging Ronald Reagan, praising Jimmy Carter on the budget

    Scott Kaufman
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    David Corn at Mother Jones has located numerous videos in which potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul identifies Democrat Jimmy Carter as a better model for fiscal responsibility than Republican Ronald Reagan. In a number videos — recorded over a number of years — Rand Paul can be seen praising his father, Ron Paul, for voting against the first Reagan budget: In that video from Ron Paul’s failed 2008 presidential campaign, Rand Paul argues that “[t]he deficit went through the roof under Reagan. So how long did it take Ron Paul to figure out that the guy…
  • Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting controversial war shrine in Tokyo

    Agence France-Presse
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo. The troubled Canadian pop prince posted a snap of him at Yasakuni shrine on his Instagram account — tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers — with the message “Thank you for your blessings”. The shrine is seen across Asia as a symbol of Japan’s perceived lack of penitence for its imperialist past. An attached museum peddles a view of World War II deemed unpalatable by most mainstream…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Blair's speech on Islamic extremism generates strong reactions

    Julian Borger and Ian Black
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    International commentary focuses on former prime minister's credibility on the subject as much as the subject itselfTony Blair's speech seeking to rally global support for a confrontation with Islamic extremism generated a storm of reaction, most of it negative and much of it focusing on the messenger rather than the message.The director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, Chris Doyle, said the former prime minister had been right to underline the importance of the subject in his Bloomberg speech but was sharply critical of the way he went about tackling it. Continue reading...
  • Tony Blair's speech calling for global drive to fight Islamist extremism - reaction: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Tony Blair's speech - Summary Twitter reaction - from journalists and commentators Twitter reaction - from politicians Lunchtime summary 2.07pm BST Tony Blair, the former prime minister, has called upon the world to confront the challenge posed by radical Islam. In one of the most substantial speeches he has delivered in the UK since leaving office, he reaffirmed his long-held belief that Islamist extremists pose a severe threat to world peace and he set out a detailed, country-by-country interventionist action plan. It was a bold, confident speech, but it also contained multiple…
  • Paul Sykes: the man spending millions to make Ukip's posters visible from space

    Guardian Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    The multimillionaire, unmoved by claims that the Ukip posters he funded are racist, has vowed to spend whatever it takes to get Britain out of EuropeName: Paul Sykes.Age: 70. Continue reading...
  • Tony Blair: west must take sides against growing threat of radical Islam

    Patrick Wintour, political editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    In keynote speech on Middle East, former PM blames Islamic extremism for failures of western intervention in regionWestern military intervention in the Middle East has so far failed due to the distorting impact of an Islamic extremism so opposed to modernity that it could yet engender global catastrophe, Tony Blair warned on Wednesday in a keynote speech on the state of politics in the Middle East. Continue reading...
  • UK deficit falls to lowest level since start of financial crisis

    Angela Monaghan
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Government borrowing totalled £107.7bn in the fiscal year to end-March, just below the target outlined in last month's budgetGeorge Osborne just met his full-year borrowing target in 2013-14, with the UK deficit falling to the lowest level since the beginning of the financial crisis as economic recovery boosted tax receipts.Government borrowing fell to £107.7bn in the fiscal year to the end of March 2014 from £115.1bn a year earlier, scraping in just below the £107.8bn target outlined by the Treasury's independent forecaster, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), in…
 
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    The Plum Line

  • Morning Plum: Conventional wisdom about 2014 takes another hit

    Greg Sargent
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Upshot has just released a batch of new polls of key Senate races that really scrambles the conventional wisdom about 2014 once again. The polls, however, do suggest that Democrats do continue to have a serious Obamacare problem, though it is not what it appears. The polls find Mark Pryor leading Tom Cotton in Arkansas (46-36) and […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    * The United States used to have the wealthiest middle class in the world. But the New York Times’ new data journalism site The Upshot says that’s no longer true: While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens […]
  • Landrieu: I’ll put GOP foe on defensive on health care

    Greg Sargent
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
      Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable of red state Democratic incumbents, and her reelection challenges — like those of other red state Dems — are said to be all about Obamacare. But in an interview today, Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, […]
  • The Supreme Court and the reality of racial preferences

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court today struck down a challenge to a Michigan law forbidding state universities from considering race in their admissions. No one should be surprised, given that one of the main projects of John Roberts’ tenure on the Court has been the dismantling of affirmative action wherever and whenever it might be […]
  • Morning Plum: What does ‘running on Obamacare’ look like?

    Greg Sargent
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Ever since President Obama seized on the announcement of eight million Obamacare sign-ups to urge Democratic candidates to run proudly on the law, commentators have been debating whether Dem candidates should — or would — listen. The media storyline has been that, No, Dems are uniformly running from the law — proof, once again, that […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Twenty Sigma: Chaos and Order in American Governance.

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    1987's crash, Black Monday, shouldn't have happened. Yes, morally, that's true, but I'm not simply talking about that. I'm talking about in statistical terms, if we're dealing with things from a normal distribution. We should have been able to wait billions of years and never see a day on the stock market like this, the odds being 10 to the 50th power that things would ever turn out that way. To provide some perspective, last year, the scientists at CERN said they were certain they found the Higgs Boson within five or six sigma. It's a million to one chance, roughly speaking, that they were…
  • WatchBlog Joins Social Media! Like, Follow & Share with Us!

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    We're happy to announce that WatchBlog has plunged into the viral world of social media, where we can continue to grow and share the great community of WatchBlog. We hope we can bring more people to this brilliantly opinionated political domain. Thank you to all of the supporters, old and new! Like us on FACEBOOK Follow us on Twitter @RealWatchBlog
  • Hope is Optional. Change isn't.

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    Recently, I've started doing thirty-minute walks about every day, during my lunch hour in the city I work. For the sake of variety, I try not to take the same route too much. Having done so for a while, I've seen much of my city, many of the layers of change that it has undergone, and that it continues to undergo. More than ever, it leads me to see the necessity for actively dealing with our nation's change.I've been working in the city for almost a decade now. When I started making regular trips into the city, part of my trip went towards the southern part of the city, near the Astrodome. A…
  • Public Sector Still Slowing Job Gains

    10 Mar 2014 | 3:57 am
    Comparing public and private sector job growth to other recessions shows a pretty stark contrast.First of all before I continue, I apologize to anyone who might have been enjoying my monthly discussion of the BLS employment situation. I know there's one or two folks still around that like them and I really enjoy the comment threads that come from it. I've missed the last two months of reports because my life is so hectic right now. My wife and I have a foster home now with three kids ages 3, 2 and an infant. Going from zero to three kids in just a few months is about as good of an excuse as…
  • America Contradicts Itself, For it Contains Multitudes

    4 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    Glenn Beck's response to a Super Bowl Commercial that showed a diverse selection of Americans, and "America the Beautiful" in multiple languages is correct in almost every way, except the way that matters most. He says that one's reaction to such a commercial can set one apart, that if one doesn't like the diversity presented, that you won't feel like you fit in, that you'll feel like a racist or something. Well, if the shoe fits...The beauty of this country is in it's capacity to safely contain all the religions, the nationalities, the languages, the traditions and the races of the old…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Memos Through the Back Door

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    What does it mean to not possess legal status but still be not unlawfully present in the USA? It seems one has to wait for the latest lawsuit by the ACLU against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to see what definition issued by which department will confer what kind of status on someone who arrived in the country without following the law. And to see how any paticular State reacts with legislation or orders of its own. In this twilight zone, who is subject to deportation and who may not be is an increasingly baffling battle of rules and deadlines that makes one pity the officers…
  • Jeff Bezos Really Gets It

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Thank you Jeff Bezos for putting it so clearly. Pay to Quit, which offers unhappy workers from $2,000 to $5,000 to quit depending on how long they have worked for Amazon, is a great reminder that all employment is essentially a contract between employer and employee. It may not have the most attractive terms if the skill level is low and the available supply of labor is high, but it is a contract into which both parties enter. While the obligations and rights as detailed by labor laws are a very complex bundle of rules and taxes nowadays, the essence of what it means to seek and accept, or…
  • That Marxist at JP Morgan

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    As has been convincingly stated here, liberal guilt is a painless path to redemption for our society's problems for any individual who wishes to suffer just a little without actually doing much about the particular problem they feel a need to shed a few reptilian tears over. It's interesting to ask why this neccessary guilt, why do they believe we should feel guilty? The answer to this question tends to end up talking about inequality in some shape or form; most often it is economic inequality that seems to be the underlying issue in their minds. We have too much inequality, or too much lack…
  • Mexican Soldiers Drop in for a Visit

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    It's not an easy job being a U.S. Border Patrol official guarding the frontier with Mexico, say in Arizona where you have to confront heavily armed Mexican soldiers who draw their guns on you. In southern Arizona it seems to be an increasingly common occurrence to have soldiers from a neighboring country drop in on you for a visit. The question is, what exactly were those Mexican soldiers doing there when they drew their guns on the Border Patrol agents and faced off for a very tense 35 minutes or so? Chasing bad guys like drug smugglers they claim although some officials suspect they were…
  • Op-Eds in the Shadows

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    In Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's rhetoric, the Koch brothers are "a pair of shadowy billionaires" trying to rig the political system. Ok, no one can deny they are rich, having taken their father's company and increased it's value at an astonishing rate of about 18% a year by innovating, investing and producing products most of us want to buy and use. They also employ tens of thousands of people and while they may not be as hungry for a camera as say Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a fellow billionaire, it seems hard to describe as "shadowy" two business leaders who want…
 
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    Foreign Policy: Passport

  • Morning Brief: Russia Threatens Military Response in Ukraine

    Elias Groll
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Russia Threatens Military Response in Ukraine Top news: On the heels of Ukraine's decision to resume military operations in the country's east, Russia applied further pressure on the government in Kiev, threatening that if Russian interests are attacked then Moscow would have no choice but to respond. Comparing the current stand off in Ukraine's east, where it is widely believed Russian agents and special forces soldiers have deployed, to Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that "if we are attacked, we would certainly respond." He added:…
  • Morning Brief: Biden Warns Russia Against Further Provocation

    Jake Scobey-Thal
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Biden Warns Russia Against Further Provocation Top News: Vice President Joe Biden urged Russia to refrain from further "provocative behavior" during a joint press conference in Kiev with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Biden pushed Moscow to cease its alleged support for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine. Biden's remarks come on the same day as funerals for men shot during a raid on a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near the town of Sloviansk. The circumstances of their deaths remain unclear: Locals have said the attack was carried out by…
  • How to Translate a News Story About A Drone Strike

    J. Dana Stuster
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Over the past three days, more than 50 suspected members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been killed in a spate of mysterious attacks in Yemen. But what really happened? That very much depends on the news story you read. TheGuardian attributed the attacks to "several air strikes -- presumed to be carried out chiefly by U.S. drones." The Associated Press and Reuters both cited a statement from Yemen's Ministry of Defense announcing the attack before noting that the United States has been known to use drone strikes in the area targeted this weekend, but both stopped short of…
  • Everest's Sherpas by the Numbers

    Catherine A. Traywick
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    The Mount Everest avalanche that killed 13 mountain guides Friday may have an upside for the Sherpas who make their living guiding foreign trekkers up the world's tallest peak: A better safety net. Following the tragedy, the Sherpas are threatening a total boycott -- unless the government provides better insurance compensation and more emergency aid for guides. Friday's avalanche hit a group of 50 climbers -- mostly Nepalese Sherpas -- as they were preparing camps along one route, in advance of the climbing season. It's the worst accident on Everest since 1996, when eight climbers disappeared…
  • Russia’s Newest Fear-Mongering Tactic: Making Up Dolphin Wars

    Hanna Kozlowska
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The Russian daily Izvestia would like you to believe that the first direct confrontation between American and Russian forces could come in the form of clashes between the two countries' combat dolphins swimming in the Black Sea. According to the paper, the U.S. Navy plans to deploy 20 combat dolphins and 10 sea lions in the Black Sea, where they are to conduct exercises and test new gear. The detailed article even quotes a Navy official telling the paper that the dolphins will be testing a new form of armor developed at the University of Hawaii. There's only one problem: Almost none of it is…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • New Projects, New People

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here at Engage our team and our practice are expanding and I’d like to give you a quick update. First, we’re honored to have worked with House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the redesign of one of the most prominent websites on Capitol Hill – GOP.gov.  GOP.gov has long set the standard for Congressional websites on both sides of the aisle, and this latest release continues that proud tradition. House Republicans’ new home on the web features a sleek, responsive design aimed at making it simple to browse and share the Conference’s massive library of…
  • Engage Takes Gold at the 2014 Pollie Awards

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    This weekend, the American Association of Political Consultants announced their annual Pollie Awards, which honors the best work in political campaigns and advocacy. Engage took home four awards — including gold for International Best Use of Internet and Best Use of Social Media by a candidate. Our work for the Liberal Party of Australia won a Gold Pollie for the best use of the Internet by an international campaign. Engage was brought in to redesign and rebuild the party’s web platform for the 2013 Federal election, giving the party and its leader, Tony Abbott, a fresh and modern…
  • The Secrets of 5 Standout SXSW Talks

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Every year, SXSW is an incredible opportunity to learn, recharge, and connect with some of the best minds in the digital world. Our team was on the ground this year, speaking on a session about startup political strategy and co-sponsoring Innovation Policy Day with the Consumer Electronics Association, Motorola, Glen Echo Group, Yelp, and Uber. This year, SXSW Interactive featured more than 800 sessions. I thought I’d share five of the best I attended, highlighted in tweets and photos. [View the story "#SXSW2014 Highlights" on Storify]
  • Big Facebook Changes Via Small Words: How “set” & “and” will change how marketers use Facebook

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    There are big changes coming to Facebook and hardly anyone has noticed, yet. We take it for granted that major social platforms change a lot. As Katie Notopoulos of BuzzFeed has documented and others have noted, Twitter and Facebook are constantly trying out new layouts and designs. Once a new way of doing things improves the site, those platforms will roll out to all users. Whether it’s the latest version of the News Feed, the addition of imagery or big acquisition news, lots of ink (mostly digital) gets spilled covering major changes to platforms that we all use. But, what about the…
  • Leveraging Your Social Network: CPAC Targeted Sharing

    10 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Whether you are taking a road trip, going to the movies, or attending a conference, it’s always more fun with friends. At Engage, we understand the power of social connections and the important role they play in fostering memorable and meaningful interactions. That is why a key element in our partnership with the American Conservative Union is a targeted sharing application for CPAC 2014. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was named by Politico as one of the top political events of this year, and it will—as it has for decades—be the premier gathering of conservative…
 
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    Why Tuesday?

  • On Photo Social Security Cards

    WhyTuesday
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership. Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday?
  • An Alternate Take On Voter ID

    WhyTuesday
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    “It’s just an idea whose time may have come," said @AmbAndrewYoung of using SSA cards to push back on voter ID laws. pic.twitter.com/jU7TzuAcoI — Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) April 12, 2014 This week at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, our chairman and co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young proposed adding a photo to Social Security cards in order to push back on restrictive voter ID laws being enacted in the United States. Former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter endorsed the idea. President Clinton, as quoted in the Washington Post: The…
  • WT? Helping DC Vote

    WhyTuesday
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:26 am
    Our board member and resident scholar Norm Ornstein has a piece in today’s Washington Post all about increasing Washington D.C.’s voter turnout. Improving voter turnout, the great DC experiment: http://t.co/GVFTr3S7gH — Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 21, 2014 You probably will not be surprised by his first suggestion: Move Election Day to the weekend. Here’s what Norm has to say about weekend voting: As the group WhyTuesday.org has pointed out, the practice of holding elections on Tuesdays stems from an 1845 law meant to accommodate an agrarian society that…
  • WT? At Voting Summit 2014

    WhyTuesday
    30 Jan 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Thanks to our co-founder and board member Norm Ornstein for the shout out at the Overseas Vote Foundation’s eighth annual Voting Summit today. The Twitterverse is talking! To sign our petition to ask the President and Congress to move Election Day to the weekend, click here.
  • On The Obama Commission Report

    WhyTuesday
    22 Jan 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Why Tuesday? board member Norman J. Ornstein issued the following statement on today’s report issued by The Presidential Commission on Election Administration: “We applaud the Commission’s bipartisan consensus on the need to make voting easier and more accessible for all eligible Americans, but believe that many more steps can be taken beyond the Commission’s recommendations. While we favor more opportunities for voting before Election Day, Election Day itself needs to be changed from Tuesday – which reflects an antiquated law enacted in 1845 – to the weekend, which is a vastly…
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Preferences and Priorities

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The good folks at The Truth About Guns have published my article on the knife attack at a high school near Pittsburg that left 21 students and an adult injured, three critically. It’s titled “Knives vs. Guns: Deadly Distance.” I wrote the article in response to various media commentators and others who thought it a good thing that the attacker only had knives rather than a firearm. Their assumption was that the number of injured would have been much higher, and there would have been far more killed. Past attacks, and an actual understanding of the weapons involved do not bear that…
  • An Informed Ex-Progressive Viewpoint

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    My favorite Bookworm, who writes at Bookworm Room, is not only a friend, but a recovering Progressive. We met through her interest in learning about firearms and learning to shoot, and we maintain something of a writer’s mutual admiration society. She is one of the most lucid and convincing writers extant in explaining the progressive mindset (and other topics), a topic about which all must be familiar if preserving our constitutional republic is to be possible. In fact, her e-book “The Bookworm Turns,” is a collection of her essays chronicling her path out of progressivism. I’ve…
  • An Infinitely Flexible Definition of “Domestic Terrorism”

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    credit: thebulletwire.com Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has become a wealthy man while a life-long public servant. He did not come from money, but he has ensured that it has come his way, and the way of his family. He is well known for routinely slandering others from the Senate floor, where he is protected from the consequences of his slanders. Reid obviously doesn’t care if his wild accusations are even remotely true. During the 2012 presidential election he accused Mitt Romney of tax violations, admitting as he did that he couldn’t prove his wild accusation. Reid’s claims…
  • Fear, Loathing and the Second Amendment

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The good folks over at Bearing Arms have published my latest piece on ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the very definition of “Republican In Name Only” (RINO). Titled “Michael Bloomberg Or The NRA: Which Is Most Fearsome,” it addresses the struggles of Billionaire Bloomberg to remain relevant by rebranding various of his anti-Second Amendment astroturf organizations and dumping at least $50 million dollars into his “new” anti-gun efforts in the coming elections. Who is telling the truth? Is the success of the NRA actually due to fear? Can Bloomberg make politicians fear him to the…
  • It Was Worth It…

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    credit: www,businessinsider.com The Vice Presidency isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. This obviously heartfelt sentiment has been attributed to John Nance Garner and Lyndon Johnson. Both served as Vice President, though I suspect LBJ would surely have used the more colorful “piss” in place of “spit.” Our current VP, Joe Biden (D-State of Confusion), is famous for gaffes, syntactic car wrecks that would have destroyed the career of any lesser politician, or any Republican of any stature. The media, as one might expect, have carefully protected Biden, fostering an “Aw, it’s just…
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  • Report: Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Now Running US Training Base In Libya

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Smart power! In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later,...
  • Braying Jackasses Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    A concise portrait of every debate you've ever held with a Liberal. Facts do not persuade....
  • Top Headline Comments 4-23-14

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Happy Wednesday. Wow, I don't think anyone expected Vox to be quite so unprofessional. Partisan, yes, but even partisan hacks on the left like to preserve their illusions of professionalism. Here's a good recap of the Supreme Court action yesterday...
  • Overnight Open Thread (4-22-2014)

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Mark Steyn: Happy Erf Day Yuval Levin on Confirmation Bias and Human Nature A longish but worthwhile read. American progressives have long contended that as social science enables us to overcome some of the limits of what we know, it...
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    The Obama administration has tried to deny that any employer would adjust hiring behavior to make sure it didn't have to provide insurance for its employees. Tell that to the University of North Carolina system.Starting next year, large employers must provide insurance for all employees who work more than 30 hours a week. The UNC system has 8,586 visiting professors, graduate assistants and others who meet that threshold but don't qualify for coverage under the State Health Plan because they are considered non-permanent employees.Under the Affordable Care Act, the university system would have…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    These two maps show how ridiculous the objections are as they contrast the part of the proposed pipeline that Obama keeps postponing a decision on with all the pipelines that we already have in the United States. Now do you get it? The Keystone Pipeline would represent a .04% increase in U.S. pipelines. That’s 4/100ths of 1%, a comparison identical to 2 feet versus 1 mile, or 1 teaspoon compared to 3 1/4 gallons.I had no idea. It makes the objections even more ludicrous.Sadly, American universities have imposed their own hegemony over views that are considered anathema to the liberal…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Gosh, people don't seem so eager to belong to a union when they are no longer forced to pay for membership by the government. Such a surprise, no?Ann Althouse isn't too impressed with Obama's analogy of Republican resistance to Obamacare as going through the Kübler-Ross model for dealing with dying.The stages Obama failed to enumerate are: 3. bargaining, 4. depression, and 5. acceptance. Maybe he didn't want to say bargaining, because he doesn't want his party to have to bargain with the other side. He just wants the GOP to get over it. The analogy to dying is, once again, terrible. Because…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    So the President had another victory-lap press conference yesterday to announce that Obamacare is a success and the debate is over, done with, kaput. Has anyone ever had so many victory laps trying to convince the public what a success something has been? Of course, he had to mislead people right from the beginning was to say that 35% of the sign-ups were under 35. That might have been a truly meaningful statistic since it represents a big jump from previous estimates of how many young people were signing up, but, as Guy Benson points out, that number also includes children who are not paying…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    James Taranto ponders why the Democrats have intensified their demagoguery on race.Joe Biden does it again as he told Bostonians at a memorial for last years marathon bombing that "it was worth it."let me say to those 'quote survivors,' my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You're truly, truly inspiring."Does the man have no monitor on what comes out of his mouth and how it sounds? Can you just imagine if a Republican had been similarly inept in his remarks?IBD explains why you shouldn't have much faith in the…
 
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  • Several Influential Conservatives Favor Comcast Merger

    Dan
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    Via email. No particular dog in this fight myself; however, I prefer to see business decisions made by business people, not politicians. That sentiment would argue for Congress to stay out of the way and let them do the deal. There’s more detail at link. The submitted letter is here. Heavyweight conservatives and banterweight conservatives are lining up on both sides the Comcast/Time Warner merger. The heavyweights, which include Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Duane Parde at the National Taxpayers Union, have penned…
  • Why Did Dylan Byers Discreetly Change His Mike Rogers Cumulus Story?

    Dan
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    I’m curious as to why Politico’s Dylan Byers changed the text of this story without noting it, as I’m unclear how this all may bring House ethics rules into play. Here is how Byers story reads now. The Michigan Republican and longtime House Intelligence Committee chairman will join Cumulus in 2015, according to a press release. Cumulus is the second-largest radio operator in the country, with 460 stations in 89 markets. I didn’t screen cap it but I did copy and paste it in an email at 7 Am this morning. This version is also supported by an aggregated version of the…
  • Cue the Outrage Mongers: AmSpec – Michelle Malkin Is Wrong

    Dan
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:54 am
    Right-wing harpies are as, if not more annoying than the Left-wing strain due to their hypocrisy. And Twitchy often leads the pack when it comes to being the Twitter outrage police. This PC speech police nonsense is particularly sad to see on the Right. One can’t hypocritically claim the 2nd Amendment is inviolate, while standing the 1st Amendment on its head because you don’t like what someone else says. And this isn’t mere grievance mongering. This, ultimately, is a form of scalp hunting that can not help but silence speech through fear and intimidation. Those are Leftist…
  • Why Romney’s Attack On Obama Is Misguided

    Dan
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    I was going to let Romney’s misguided attack on Obama go by without comment; however, Mediaite’s Noah Rothman weighed in, so I thought I’d link that and add my two cents. … Romney marshalled every ounce of that authority when he mounted a multi-pronged attack on the president’s handling of America’s foreign affairs. Politically speaking – and Romney’s attack is all about politics – it’s a dumb move regardless of whether Romney is correct or not in his point of view. I’ve seen nothing to indicate that the American people are interested…
  • Dateline 4/11/2007: Why Chris Hayes was “quietly crying” into his sweater

    Dan
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Okay so we know this happened: Looking out the window and quietly crying into my sweater/ — Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 11, 2007 h/t  The Daily Caller. But what triggered it? Hm…. via Wiki here are the day’s key events. April 11, 2007 (Wednesday). Trade officials from the United States, European Union, India and Brazil meet in New Delhi, India, to revive the World Trade Organization‘s Doha round of negotiations. (Forbes)(BusinessWeek) The United States Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with the Defense Ministers of the United…
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  • The Anti-Intellectualism, Ignorance, and Intolerance at Our American Universities

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Since the 1960s the American University as an institution has ceased to be geared for education. It has, instead, become an institution geared to the indoctrination of an anti-American leftism that is wholly anti-intellectual. This is something that a member of the American Enterprise Institute recently saw first hand, but he isn’t the only one. […]
  • Lawless Seattle Democrats Make to Steal Woman’s Business

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    The city council of Seattle saw a pay-to-park lot owned by a private landowner and businesswoman and collectively thought to itself, “ya know, it would be nice to have the income from that parking lot for our own.” And so, in the typically lawless way that Democrats operate, the city council sent the woman a […]
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was massive success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (David Robertson) – “Raise your hand if you have been a lousy President.” 2) (The_Weege_99) – “I’ve had it. Even I’m tired of my bullshit.” 3) (guido81_MA) – “Try as he […]
  • Clinton Papers: Bill and Hillary Feared the Internet

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Clinton Library has released over 7,000 pages of documents from Bill’s presidency, likely hoping that what ever is in them will be “old news” by the time Hillary announces her bid for president. But one of the documents is very interesting and shows that Bill and Hillary really feared and hated the free flow […]
  • Chicago Math: Three is Only Two

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    -By Warner Todd Huston On WLS AM 89 radio in Chicago political reporter Bill Cameron featured an interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that shows just why math is soooooo darn hard for politicians. The interview was about Rahm trying to get hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to be set aside and wasted–er, […]
 
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  • Climate change denialism is a tribal marker for old white Republican males, by @DavidOAtkins

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Climate change denialism is a tribal marker for old white Republican malesby David AtkinsGallup is out with a new poll on climate change. It turns out that while climate denialism spiked in 2010, acceptance of climate science has increased such that only 1 in 4 Americans are climate deniers today. That's still far too high a number, of course, but more interesting is the demographic skew of the denialist rump:These are fairly astonishing numbers. There is no particular reason for this to be an issue so radically divided by age and gender. While Gallup doesn't touch on race here, we know from…
  • The American Dream is dead. Long live the American Dream

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The American Dream is dead. Long live the American Dreamby digbyThe New York Times reports what we all know:The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in…
  • QOTD: radical Republican edition

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    QOTD: radical Republican editionby digbyYou'll recall that the wingnuts in the House charged Eric Holder with contempt of congress:Gohmert suggested Republicans consider passing “a resolution directing the Sergeant at Arms to detain anyone who is in contempt of Congress.” “There is a cell there on Capitol Hill,” he added.This is the kind of crazy talk they were throwing around in the late 90s. You know, stuff that could never actually happen. Like impeachment. .
  • The cradle of the confederacy offers up a couple of winners

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The cradle of the confederacy offers up a couple of winnersby digby...well, there isn't really such a thing. Via Mother Jones, here's a Rand Paul endorsed candidate running for Senate in South Carolina:John, caller: I'm a 9/11 truther. And I had a friend of mine…tell me, look on the internet, Google "the Pentagon" and show me where the plane hit the Pentagon. Where is the plane? There's all kinds of pictures of that building smoldering, and fire trucks everywhere. There's no plane. So I did research on the size of planes, of the engines that ran this plane. These things are 12,000 pounds,…
  • Big Swinging Manhood

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Big Swinging Manhoodby digbyYes, they're coming right out with it nowadays:DAVID BROOKS: And, let's face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a (I'll say it crudely) but a manhood problem in the Middle East: Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there's an assumption he's not tough.That's correct. A president with a Big Swinging Manhood would have taken a bull horn by the handle and invaded a country by now. Just to prove how Big his Big Swinging Manhood really was. And then…
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  • Bus Wankers

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    I don't know enough about Seattle politics or transportation, but service cuts are going to hurt and increase congestion.
  • Advanced Trolling

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
  • Controversy Unleashed

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    Lead story in the hometown paper.Followed by a moose controversy.There has been good Obamacare coverage. Tailor-made subject for local newspapers--anecdotal stories about people helped by the program.  Early on, of course, stories about people having trouble signing up. And, lately, coverage of Medicaid expansion, up to the governor's veto.
  • Late Night

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • Evening Thread

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    enjoy
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  • Top Ten At Ten 4/23/2014

    DSWright
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten. * Jamie Kirchick’s Strange Stories On Serbia * Americans think owning a home is better for them than it is (WaPo) * Happy Krauthammer Day (Crooked Timber) * #myNYPD Twitter campaign backfires, promotes photos of police brutality (NY Daily News) * Poll Shows Tight Senate Races in Four Southern States (NY Times) * Cenk Uygur: NBC Will Fire David Gregory Just Like They Fired Me (Mediaite) * The Revolt of the Cities (Prospect) As always if you see a story worth looking at please leave it in the comments section or tweet me.  
  • US Moves Troops Into Eastern Europe

    DSWright
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Pentagon has announced it is conducting joint exercises with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with a contingent of approximately 600 US soldiers. The exercises are bilateral with each country involved and are occurring outside NATO in a revolving fashion. The move comes after a peace accord in Geneva appears to have broken down with fighting breaking out in East Ukraine over Easter. There is no announced end to the deployment. About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), based in Italy, are heading to each of four countries — Poland, Lithuania, Latvia…
  • The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    How are you doing today? International Politics Overall - Egypt has announced it is close to purchasing 24 fighters jets from Russia; Interesting deal amid Western-Russian tensions - The UN said the massacre in Bentiu, South Sudan caused by rebels was a “game-changer” in the civil war - A committee in the U.N. has decided not to bring the recent decision to bar the Iranian ambassador to the U.N. to other U.N. members to discuss if it is right to do - The entire situation in Ukraine is an interesting game of chess between the West and Russia and for Russia it is becoming more…
  • Hey, the trick is to do this…without knowing you’ve done so

    Attaturk
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    So when, leading up to their election someone in India says this: At a dinner party in one of this city’s wealthy enclaves recently, the subject had turned to the Indian election, and the elegant, accomplished woman sitting beside me explained why she had decided to back Narendra Modi. “What India needs right now,” she said, “is a benevolent despot.” Don’t brag India, we’ve already done this — and skipped the hypocrisy of benevolence: While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and…
  • Late, Late Night FDL: Big Yellow Taxi

    CTuttle
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell Happy 44th Earth Day…! For Earth Day, NASA wants you to take a ‘global selfie’ NASA is asking for everyone’s help in celebrating the 44th anniversary of Earth Day — by taking a selfie. Marking the five NASA missions planned to take place this year, and as part of its “Earth Right Now” campaign, the space agency is encouraging everyone to step outside today and take a picture of themselves, wherever they are on Earth, and post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA’s encouraging participants…
 
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  • Tuesday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    It's time for El Capo. How will he escape the guerrillas in Colombia? This is an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President of Colombia: War on Drugs a Failure

    Jeralyn
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the War on Drugs has failed and we need a new approach to drug trafficking. In an interview on Monday with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Santos noted a softening of hard-line antidrug policies both in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action

    Jeralyn
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    In a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions. The full opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action is here. The opinion holds that Michigan voters had the right to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Aereo Case

    Jeralyn
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Here is the transcript of today's oral argument in the Supreme Court in the case of ABC v. Aereo. Aereo is a broadcast tv streaming service that for a small monthly fee, allows computer and mobile device users to access their network of antennas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Federal Marshal Kills Defendant on Trial in Utah

    Jeralyn
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    A U.S. marshal shot and killed a defendant on trial for racketeering and gang-related charges in Utah federal court after he lunged at a witness with a pen. The witness, 31-year-old Vaiola Mataele Tenifa, was a cooperating gang member testifying... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How Obamacare Could Get Unelectable Republicans Nominated In Senate Races

    Brian Beutler
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Conservatives want you to believe that Democrats are running away from Obamacare everywhere, despite mountains of evidence that a). it's just not true, and b). the politics of Obamacare are complex, and changing before our eyes. Here is a particularly intricate contortion, in response to a new radio ad from Senator Kay Hagan. "The point is to accuse [GOP Senate candidate Thom] Tillis of hypocrisy in attacking her over something he allegedly 'praised,' but the first time I listened to it I thought she was attacking him simply for calling O-Care 'a great idea' in the first place. And no doubt…
  • Conservatives Miss the Main Liberal Argument on Unemployment Benefits—The One That's Proving Correct

    Danny Vinik
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Many conservatives think unemployment benefits discourage people from working. That’s one reason they were happy to let an emergency extension of benefits, dating back to 2008, expire in December. Once the program ended, they predicted, more people would start working. They expected a particularly sharp change in the long-term unemployed—people who have been out of work more than six months. On Fox News in December, Senator Rand Paul argued that extended benefits do a "disservice" to the long-term unemployed and cause “them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our…
  • The Second Episode of 'Fargo' Is Even Stranger Than the First (And Not In A Good Way)

    Isaac Chotiner
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Derivative, erratic, and occasionally brilliant: how else to describe the whiplash-inducing second episode of FX's "Fargo," which aired Tuesday night? My concern after the superb first episode was that the show would eventually come to feel like a mish-mash of too many genres and styles. Simultaneously creepy and light in a manner both startling and eventually tiresome, Episode 2 was Exhibit A.The comedy, for starters, was simply not as crisp or funny. The off-handed callousness of Episode's 1's almost Evelyn Waugh-ish humor was replaced by less subtle, more standard fare, starting with the…
  • Liberals Should Be Happy About the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Decision

    Jeffrey Rosen
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    When the Supreme Court handed down yesterday’s decision upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action, the initial round of hysteria on the left didn’t last long. By afternoon, liberal bloggers and commentators were stressing that the decision in the Schuette case won’t mean the end of affirmative action as we know it. Above the Law, for example, offered 3 reasons affirmative action will still be okay. (1. “It’s up to the Voters”; 2. “College Admissions Committees are Smarter than Voters”; 3. “Private Schools will still be Awesome.”)These commentators are right: The…
  • If That Crazy Nevada Rancher Had Cried Religious Liberty, the GOP Would Have His Back

    Brian Beutler
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    One of the most heartening developments in recent weeks is a recognition on the part of many conservative opinion makers that Cliven Bundy—the tax-protesting Nevada cattle rancher, who has refused to pay federal grazing fees applicable to him and other ranchers—is not within his rights to just ignore the law because he doesn't agree with it. Just today, the conservative Weekly Standard described Bundy as "a rancher gaming the system to his own financial advantage, and disguising his scheme in populist rhetoric: refusing to pay a tax which others must pay, and “tying up the…
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  • Tom Steyer suggests $100 million might not be enough in 2014

    Sean Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer plans to spend big money making an impact in the 2014 midterm elections. Like $100 million big, according to a report. But in an interview Tuesday, Steyer suggested that elevating the most crucial climate and environmental issues of the day in the eyes of the public might require even more […]
  • Why almost everyone hates the trade deal Obama’s negotiating in Japan

    Jaime Fuller
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    As President Obama spends his first day in Asia Wednesday, one of the big topics will be the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement that his administration has spent years negotiating. It's a giant unwieldy treaty that has inspired many strong opinions at home and abroad. Here'a quick guide to what's going on and what […]
  • Black voters could decide who controls the Senate in 2015. Here’s how.

    Aaron Blake
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Black voters played a huge role in delivering Barack Obama to the White House in 2008 and 2012. And in 2014, they will play a huge role in determining whether the president's party can stop Republicans from taking the Senate. Why? Here are four reasons: 1. Black voters are hugely influential on the 2014 map Six […]
  • Stephen Colbert gets to know California’s 29th district (VIDEO)

    Sean Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) sat down with the Comedy Central host to talk immigration, family and insults.
  • Doubt the Big Bang? You’re not alone.

    Scott Clement
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A recent Associated Press-GfK poll found that just one in five Americans are confident the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with the Big Bang. Scientists were despondent, blaming religion and politics for a lagging adoption of what they believe to be a settled debate. But, the poll also revealed a dynamic that has larger implications […]
 
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  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Earth Day Earth Day message: Scrap power plant plans, block Pinelands pipeline. Here's what happened when activists showed up at the state Ethics Commission yesterday: The takeaway: NJ unions going on offensive against Christie. Thanks, John Connelly, for this first-hand account. Embattled Ethics Commission confirms Samson probe. NJ ethics commission clears union leader, acknowledges complaint against Samson. Union members confront NJ ethics panel over Samson complaint, 'persecution'. Jerseynomics Christie vetoes raises for DRBA employees, gets howls from Delaware commissioners and Gov. Jack…
  • Rush Holt: Not Goodbye

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    My old boss sent this out to supporters tonight, so I thought I'd post it here. The possibilities in the next crop of CD12 hopefuls - our first Indian-American to Congress from NJ, or the first woman in ages or our first African-American woman ever - are better than OK. It's still going to be a charmed district. But losing Rush Holt's voice in the House? Big. The arc of his years in Congress gave the 12th a representative of unusual intelligence (particularly since the Tea Party moved in), clarity, thoughtfulness and good judgement. When we lose his voice in the House, I hope we hear it…
  • Drewniak, Renna, Schuber and Foye - latest 4 subpoenaed by legislative SCI

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The legislative joint committee investigating the swirl of scandal around the 5-day North Jersey traffic snarl intentionally created by top Christie flunkies in both his inner office and at the Port Authority, has readied its next 4 subpoenas. It is calling: Christina Genovese Renna - May 6 at 10 a.m. William "Pat" Schuber - May 6 at 2 p.m. Michael Drewniak - May 13 at 10 a.m. Patrick Foye - May 13 at 2 p.m.   Co-chairs Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Sen. Loretta Weinberg issued this statement: "With these subpoenas for testimony, the joint committee is moving to a key stage of its…
  • Activist pressure on the State Ethics Commission on David Samson

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    UPDATE: Commission clears Dudley Burdge of wrongdoing, and acknowledges it's looking into the David Samson case. Burdge expressed anger, saying he suspected it was the Christie administration's way of forcing CWA, his union and one Christie has made a politicslenemy, to bleed money and resources on his defense. He's probably right. NJ Working Families, CWA and other social justice and pro-labor activists are putting pressure on the NJ State Ethics Commission to use their powers to investigate David Samson. This morning, they showed up to press that case in person. What the Commission focused…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Today - NJ Working Families at the State Ethics Commission This morning, NJ Working Families will be at the Ethics Commission to advocate they turn their attention to David Samson, against whom they've filed formal complaint, instead of a 5-year old case against union rep Dudley Burdge, which they call a persecution. Also today - very different crowd - the Chamber of Commerce 'Walk to Washington' trip. Is NJ under Christie still a good place to do business? Campaigns Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC…
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  • Bringing a fire extinguisher to a flood

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    A few days ago,  a friend sent me a 297-word graduation speech by economics Nobel laureate Thomas Sargent, delivered in 2007, that's been making the rounds. The speech consists of twelve precepts, delivered with economists' economy, that have been hailed as a distillation of "everything you need to know about economics," as Ezra Klein -- too fond of such sweeping overstatement since launching Vox -- put it.The piece rubbed me the wrong way, not because its precepts are not true, but because their uber-message seems out of step with our slow-growth, post-meltdown, austerity-hog-tied…
  • In December 2008, support for ACA linchpins was broad and shallow

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    As the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment season wraps up with a major surge, the law's implementation remains as polarized as public opinion and party rhetoric. States that ran their own exchanges and accepted the Medicaid expansion reduced their uninsured populations by three times as much as states that abstained on both counts, according to Gallup polling. California and Connecticut reached 175% of the CBO's projection for first-year private plan signups; Oklahoma, just 28%, according to Charles Gaba's spreadsheet. Meanwhile, as Obama declared, "the repeal debate is and should be…
  • Liberal Dem, Conservative Doc

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a front-page blogger at Daily Kos and creator of the site's popular Daily Pundit Roundup, Dr. Greg Dworkin (f.k.a.DemFromCT, now blogging under his real name) is a high-profile political liberal.  On Twitter, he is an enthusiastic if scrupulously evidence-based proponent of the Affordable Care Act, defending the efforts it embodies to extend access, control costs and improve quality in healthcare delivery. As a pediatric pulmonary physician with nearly 25 years in private practice, however, Dr. Dworkin spontaneously describes his approach to systemic change in the medical delivery…
  • Program note

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    Blogging has been slower here because I'm working on two reported pieces. One, which I'll post tomorrow morning, is an interview with  Dr.Greg Dworkin, pediatric pulmonary physician and headline Daily Kos blogger, exploring what efforts to control healthcare costs look like from a physician's standpoint. While obviously politically liberal, Dr. Dworkin, like most doctors, is an empiricist and therefore "conservative" in the sense of requiring evidence before crediting any given reform measure.Happy Easter, everyone. I gather it's all about "chocolate eggs and Jesus risen," as C.S. Lewis…
  • Racism in service of plutocracy: Beutler's response to Chait

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Jonathan Chait's two-front argument that 1) the Republican policy platform has deep roots in slavery and racism, but 2) Democrats are too quick to ascribe racism to individual conservatives, their policy positions and utterances, angered a lot of progressives, who see false equivalence as well as neglect of the real effects of conservative policies on African Americans and other minorities.On the false equivalence front, Brian Beutler argues that Chait has mischaracterized progressives' case that the Republican gestalt is racist: The left's racial analysis of conservative politics might lend…
 
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  • Basketball diplomacy in Washington?

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Republican Curt Clawson, who won a GOP primary for a vacant Florida congressional seat Tuesday, immediately said he wants to duel with President Barack Obama on the basketball court.Click to Continue »
  • Obama dines at famous Tokyo sushi joint

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    By Lesley Clark McClatchy Washington Bureau…Click to Continue »
  • Obama arrives in Japan to begin week-long Asia visit

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Obama, who is making the first state visit to Japan by a U.S. president since former president Bill Clinton, arrived at Haneda International Airport shortly before 7 p.m. local time…Click to Continue »
  • Obama seeks to reassure Japan in China-Japan island dispute

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    President Barack Obama told a Japanese newspaper on the eve of his arrival here that the U.S. considers the small islands in the East China Sea subject to a bitter…Click to Continue »
  • Oddball bills stand out in Congress

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes - or their sponsors. Here…Click to Continue »
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    Opinionator

  • The Lives of Emma Edmonds

    By CARL SENNA
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The amazing story of a woman who went undercover as a man to spy for the Union.
  • The End, or Something

    By KRISTOPHER JANSMA
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I knew what was going to happen, I just didn’t write it down – like George Costanza in a board meeting, know when you’ve peaked and get out fast.
  • To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families

    By JUDITH WARNER
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Bipartisan agreement about making daily life easier for working parents could have a profound effect on long-term economic trends.
  • Abandon (Nearly) All Hope

    By SIMON CRITCHLEY
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Faith and optimism can be forms of denial that only prolong our suffering.
  • Passover in the Confederacy

    By SUE EISENFELD
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Why did many Southern Jews fight for the right to own slaves?
 
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    Hendrik Hertzberg

  • Is Bloomberg’s Aim True?

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association. That’s the lede on a Jeremy W. Peters story in Wednesday’s Times. If you saw it, did your heart leap? Mine did. But then I read the second graf: Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those…
  • The Late Stephen Colbert

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    One’s first reaction to the ascension—or descent—of Stephen Colbert to the helm of the CBS program soon to be formerly known as “Late Show with David Letterman” is grief: uncomprehending, possibly inconsolable grief. Why? Because, according to more than one news bulletin, the move means “the end of the character Colbert made famous on ‘The Colbert Report.’ ” What? What? How can that be? What does that even mean? ...read more
  • Renaming Names, or Welcome to FDR

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Apart from hopeless dysfunction, K Street excess, and mindless Republican nihilism, the most annoying thing about Washington, D.C., is its airports. Not the facilities—they’re all right, pleasanter and more navigable than the sprawling, Mumbai-like chaos of New York’s. The names.The other day, deplaning at the older and closer of the two portals, I (along with everybody else) was met at the gate by a young woman with an official-looking uniform, a bored look, and a rote greeting: “Welcome to Reagan National Airport.”“Ugh,” I said. “Let’s…
  • Nobody Said That Then! (Continued)

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    25 Feb 2014 | 1:38 pm
    After complaining recently about language anachronisms in Showtime’s (otherwise excellent) “Masters of Sex,” I lamented thusly: “There are no production designers for language, but there ought to be.” I’ve since learned that there are some: one is Ben Schmidt, a thirty-three-year-old historian at Northeastern University. Schmidt managed to get paid for performing this service for the makers of “Vegas,” starring Dennis Quaid, which ran on CBS for twenty-one episodes, in 2012 and 2013....read more
  • Nobody Said That Then!

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:34 pm
    More than ever before, the makers of movies and television shows set in the historical past take care to get period details right. What we see on the screen tends to have been conscientiously researched. Medieval peasants, Civil War-era soldiers and politicians, and Old West cowboys and Indians no longer wear obviously machine-sewn clothes made of obviously synthetic fabrics. Houses and streets contain furnishings and vehicles actually in use in the era portrayed. There is some recognition of the fact that, in days of yore, men wore hats year-round, often got dirty, and didn’t…
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

    timothy
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    An anonymous reader writes "The embattled founder of VK, Russia's largest social networking site, said this week that the company is now 'under the complete control' of two oligarchs with close ties to President Vladimir Putin. In a VK post published Monday, Pavel Durov said he's been fired as CEO of the website, claiming that he was pushed out on a technicality, and that he only heard of it through media reports."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    New submitter Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes "Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal mandates to ramp up ethanol production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    An anonymous reader writes "The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a Scientology front group, has received a 'grant from Google in the amount of $10,000 per month worth of Pay Per Click Advertising to be used in our Orange County anti-psych campaigns.' CCHR believes that ALL psychiatrists are evil. They believe that psychiatrists were behind the holocaust, and these shadow men were never brought to justice. CCHR also believes that psychiatrists were behind the 911 attacks. Scientologists believe that psychiatrists have always been evil, and their treachery goes back 75 million years…
  • Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    theodp (442580) writes "'The government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be rigourously examined,' writes The Telegraph's Katherine Rushton. 'Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check. It has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that its chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a White House advisor. In Britain, its executives meet with ministers more than almost any other corporation. Google can't be blamed for this: one of its jobs is to lobby for laws that benefit its…
  • Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline possibly delaying the final determination until after the November midterm elections. In announcing the delay, the State Department cited a Nebraska Supreme Court case that could affect the route of the pipeline that may not be decided until next year, as well as additional time needed to review 2.5 million public comments on the project. Both supporters and opponents of the pipeline criticized the…
 
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  • Looking Back at Hollywood's Pre-Code Era

    Jesse Walker
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg takes a tour through Hollywood's pre-Code era, recommending movies left and right—some of them because they're good, some of them because they're weird and interesting even if they aren't exactly "good" in any normal aesthetic sense. To give you the flavor, here's her list of "Less Well-Known Remakes": The Letter, 1929—SLUTTIER THAN THE BETTE DAVIS REMAKE. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931—SLUTTIER THAN THE SPENCER TRACY REMAKE. Mädchen in Uniform, 1931—LESBIANER THAN THE 1970S REMAKE. The Maltese Falcon, 1931—GAYER AND SLUTTIER THAN THE HUMPHREY…
  • Twitter's Take on #MyNYPD Not Exactly What NYPD Hoped For

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    It's always a bit entertaining to watch misguided social media moves backfire. But there's a particular poetic justice when the moves are made by conceiveable villains like politicians or J.P. Morgan or...the New York City Police Department (NYPD). On Tuesday, @NYPDnews asked people on Twitter to post photos of themselves with officers, using the hashtag #MyNYPD. You can probably imagine how this went ....  After a few friendly posts, the response quickly shifted to folks using the #MyNYPD hashtag to highlight police brutality and abuse.  @MoreAndAgain: You might not have known this, but…
  • A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage

    A. Barton Hinkle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant. So the Cato Institute has done a great service by filing a brief in Virginia's gay marriage case that makes a conservative argument for the liberal position. Bostic v. Rainey tests the constitutionality of Virginia's amendment banning same-sex marriage. Cato is a libertarian think tank that infuriates and delights liberals and conservatives in roughly equal measure—by arguing for huge cuts in both…
  • A. Barton Hinkle: A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage

    Reason.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant. So the Cato Institute has done a great service by filing a brief in Virginia's gay marriage case that makes a conservative argument for the liberal position. What's the argument? In short, writes A. Barton Hinkle, the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause demands equal treatment for same-sex couples. View this article.
  • Kurt Loder Reviews Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Reason.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Neil Patrick Harris hurls himself into the title role in the new Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opened last night at the Belasco Theatre on West 44th Street. As the "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig—also an intersexual train wreck—he flounces across the stage in wild spangly drag-wear, high-kicking his gold platform boots, wisecracking through a face full of glittery makeup. He also, writes Kurt Loder wears a big feathery Farrah Fawcett-style wig very well. View this article.
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    Politics » Political Punch

  • Latest White House Gatecrasher a Real Fox

    Katie Kindelan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    While President Obama deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin abroad, the groundskeepers and Secret Service agents who guard the White House are trying to combat an equally wily opponent at home. The latest gatecrasher to show up at the president’s home uninvited is not a “Real Housewife” but a real, live fox. The little red fox was first spotted on the White House grounds last fall, just before the government shutdown. According to The Wall Street Journal, while White House staffers found themselves at home during the furlough, the fox made himself at home at the White…
  • IRS Defends Agency ‘Obamacare’ Official

    Abby D. Phillip
    17 May 2013 | 11:10 am
                    (Image Credit: Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images) Despite her congressional testimony, the Internal Revenue Service today denied that the former commissioner of tax exempt and government entities – now running the agency’s health care office – was in charge of the unit’s day-to-day operations after Dec. 2010. Sarah Hall Ingram retained the title of commissioner, with oversight over tax-exempt groups, but the IRS says she moved to the agency’s…
  • IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

    John Parkinson
    16 May 2013 | 3:15 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation. Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today. Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at…
  • IRS Asks for Reading List, Tea Party Group Sends Constitution

    Abby D. Phillip
    14 May 2013 | 11:31 am
                                                    (Image Credit: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) When Marion Bower decided to start her tea party organization in 2010, she didn’t know that it would take nearly two years for the Internal Revenue Service to approve her request for tax-exempt status. The Ohio woman also did not expect that providing…
  • New NRA President Jim Porter Knocked ‘Fake President’ Obama

    Abby D. Phillip
    3 May 2013 | 12:41 pm
                                                                                              (Image Credit: NRANews/YouTube) The NRA has a new president,…
 
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • What is This Thing?—-Separation of church and State

    Randy Toman
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    All cultures with advanced intellect will have attraction to some authority and the only questions that need be ask are: What will be it’s religious authority?—-and/or—-What will be its Philosophy and Worldview? These types of questions are not being ask today—-as if the Constitution of old and this era of time did not hinge on any consideration of—or—formulation by a fixed thought process with a “Worldview” that guided the individual citizens and it’s culture. Was the United States formed with it’s “Constitution” as a Christian nation…
  • What did Happen?

    Randy Toman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Where there is no Justice there is no State” St. Augustine Bishop of Hippo “City of God” With no justice—no state—and I say—there can be no social compact without that—–nor is there social justice within the culture. And because of none of the above we have no “liberty” but rather a self rule with little respect for anything or anybody. There is nothing but “Might” makes right—–through some kind of government and with a deception of what should be and is called “Liberty”. So what did happen to Liberty and the Constitution we once…
  • Will Reason Work?

    Randy Toman
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    Have we reached a point in governing were “Reason” or the art of reasoning in guiding the government process is not working. If that is true we must ask—–Why is that? Reasonable men have differ in the past—-yet governed—-what is making these times so different that I can ask—-Is the reasoning process working? Has it never been that men have ask—–What reason is? Has reason and the use of it drifted past the simplicity of being able to solve problems—-will the art of reasoning be restored to its proper place? I do not believe the saying…
  • Is It time To Resist (Part 3)

    Randy Toman
    20 Feb 2014 | 6:41 am
    In the the first article: http://www.lehighvalleyconservative.com/is-it-time-to-resist/ I begin my case: “This Slavish doctrine of Non-Resistance now exhibits itself here in America and must be looked at with great concern and as one of the great Biblical errors of the time.” I set the tone of the inquiry, with back ground, saying there will be no security in the land. “The citizen has no security against a magistrate who wishes to do evil to his people.” Because the citizen has been: “We have today a citizen that is dumb down not understanding what is or has happened to him and his…
  • Is it time to Resist? (Part 2)

    Randy Toman
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:50 am
    We have as our text Roman13:1-6 and with that we find it difficult to recognize how the Christians here in America do not understand their duty to the “Higher Authority”. Note what the apostle Paul says: “… the power that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1 (KJV 1611). Those powers that are to be used by the the magistrate are put in place by God’s authority to have a government—–placing Biblical law over us for our good. Nowhere does it say the magistrate has the “Authority” to do what be wants—-to his subjects—especially if that what the…
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    The American Prospect

  • Justice Sotomayor's Powerful Defense of Equality

    Scott Lemieux
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    AP Photo/Steven Senne Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld a provision of Michigan's constitution that bans the state or any of its subdivisions from "grant[ing] preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." The Court was fractured; the six justices who voted to uphold the amendment did so for three independent reasons. Written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority decision—to which Chief Justice John…
  • Today In American Exceptionalism

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We're going to talk about rich people and government spending, but first, some context. At some point you may have wondered about parliamentary systems like they have in Great Britain, in which the party that gets the most seats in the legislature also installs its leader as chief executive. With complete control over government, why don't they go hog-wild and completely remake the entire country after every election? The simple answer is that they know they'll have to stand for another election before long. But the other key factor is that a transition from, say, Labour to the Conservatives…
  • Future of Television at Stake at Supreme Court Today

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in ABC vs Aereo, a case that will (cue drumroll) decide the future of television. Or maybe it won't, but it's a fascinating case, involving the intersection of technology with political and market power. There's a comprehensive explanation here, but the short version is that Aereo is a service that allows you to get broadcast TV, i.e. the major networks and a few others that send signals over the air, through an internet connection instead of a set of rabbit ears on top of your TV. The broadcast networks and the big cable companies want to shut it…
  • Too Big to Fail. Not Too Strong

    David Cay Johnston
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    From Andrew Mellon’s nearly 11 years as Treasury secretary under Presidents Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover to our time, when Timothy Geithner went from financial regulator at the New York Federal Reserve to Treasury secretary to investment executive, journalists have often employed the image of a revolving door to describe the flow of bankers between Wall Street and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. But few know that the White House and the Treasury are, arguably, a single building. A tunnel connects 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue with 1600. Presidents use this…
  • How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws

    Virginia Eubanks
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    iStockPhoto Big Data will eradicate extreme world poverty by 2028, according to Bono, front man for the band U2. But it also allows unscrupulous marketers and financial institutions to prey on the poor. Big Data, collected from the neonatal monitors of premature babies, can detect subtle warning signs of infection, allowing doctors to intervene earlier and save lives. But it can also help a big-box store identify a pregnant teenager—and carelessly inform her parents by sending coupons for baby items to her home. News-mining algorithms might have been able to predict the Arab Spring. But Big…
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  • Justice Sotomayor's Powerful Defense of Equality

    Scott Lemieux
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    AP Photo/Steven Senne Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld a provision of Michigan's constitution that bans the state or any of its subdivisions from "grant[ing] preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." The Court was fractured; the six justices who voted to uphold the amendment did so for three independent reasons. Written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority decision—to which Chief Justice John…
  • Today In American Exceptionalism

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We're going to talk about rich people and government spending, but first, some context. At some point you may have wondered about parliamentary systems like they have in Great Britain, in which the party that gets the most seats in the legislature also installs its leader as chief executive. With complete control over government, why don't they go hog-wild and completely remake the entire country after every election? The simple answer is that they know they'll have to stand for another election before long. But the other key factor is that a transition from, say, Labour to the Conservatives…
  • Future of Television at Stake at Supreme Court Today

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in ABC vs Aereo, a case that will (cue drumroll) decide the future of television. Or maybe it won't, but it's a fascinating case, involving the intersection of technology with political and market power. There's a comprehensive explanation here, but the short version is that Aereo is a service that allows you to get broadcast TV, i.e. the major networks and a few others that send signals over the air, through an internet connection instead of a set of rabbit ears on top of your TV. The broadcast networks and the big cable companies want to shut it…
  • Too Big to Fail. Not Too Strong

    David Cay Johnston
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    From Andrew Mellon’s nearly 11 years as Treasury secretary under Presidents Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover to our time, when Timothy Geithner went from financial regulator at the New York Federal Reserve to Treasury secretary to investment executive, journalists have often employed the image of a revolving door to describe the flow of bankers between Wall Street and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. But few know that the White House and the Treasury are, arguably, a single building. A tunnel connects 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue with 1600. Presidents use this…
  • How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws

    Virginia Eubanks
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    iStockPhoto Big Data will eradicate extreme world poverty by 2028, according to Bono, front man for the band U2. But it also allows unscrupulous marketers and financial institutions to prey on the poor. Big Data, collected from the neonatal monitors of premature babies, can detect subtle warning signs of infection, allowing doctors to intervene earlier and save lives. But it can also help a big-box store identify a pregnant teenager—and carelessly inform her parents by sending coupons for baby items to her home. News-mining algorithms might have been able to predict the Arab Spring. But Big…
 
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  • Wonkbook: The Supreme Court deals a blow to affirmative action

    Puneet Kollipara
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: One in two U.S. newborn babies is a minority, a new report says. Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: These charts show the continuing racial disparities and growing income disparities in higher education. Wonkbook's Top 5 Stories: (1) The Supreme Court's affirmative-action ruling; (2) On Earth…
  • How Medicaid forces the disabled to be poor (but some bipartisan help is on the way).

    Harold Pollack
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Veronica Perrone Pollack and Vincent Perrone blow out candles. Photo by Harold Pollack. Imagine that you are a young woman expecting your first child. Then you get into an awful crash that leaves you in a wheelchair. Or imagine that you suffer a high school wrestling injury that results in quadriplegia. Or imagine that you are intellectually disabled or living with severe mental illness, and you require long-term services and supports. If you have been reading my work, you might do more than imagine, since each of these stories involves real people who have experienced the best and the worst…
  • What you’d need to make in every county in America to afford a decent one-bedroom

    Emily Badger
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Last month we wrote about a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition on how much a worker would have to earn to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers "fair market rent" in local communities across the country. The government sets these housing rates, which include rent plus utilities, based on the local market for decent-quality apartments of different sizes -- neither dumps nor luxury flats. These are also the rates that HUD uses to establish local housing subsidies. The National Low Income Housing Coalition took those fair market rents and…
  • Here’s an unlikely bestseller: A 700-page book on 21st century economics

    Jia Lynn Yang
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    The bestseller of the season is "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty and translated into English by Arthur Goldhammer. (Belknap Press) The new book by economist Thomas Piketty, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" is a runaway hit, perched at the top of Amazon.com's bestsellers chart and temporarily sold out on the Web site. The book has sold about 48,000 hardcover copies and 8,000 to 9,000 e-book versions, according to Susan Donnelly, sales and marketing director at Harvard University Press, the publisher behind the English-language version of the book. (The book was…
  • The Volkswagen case shows why American labor law is broken

    Lydia DePillis
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    An ill-fated campaign. (By Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post) Ten days after losing a historic union election at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., in mid-February -- more than enough time to figure out its chances of actually winning -- the United Auto Workers vowed to seek redress from the National Labor Relations Board, citing "outrageous" interference by politicians and outside groups. In the months since, new revelations surfaced that Tennessee offered Volkswagen a $300 million incentive package allegedly contingent on the outcome of the vote, and the UAW's appeal was seen as a…
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  • Ill. Republicans warm to legal status on immigration

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Two young Illinois GOP lawmakers, Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger, have announced they support some form of legal status for immigrants living in the United States illegally.Another Illinois Republican, Rep. John Shimkus, 56, has also...
  • Support for gay marriage lags in Southern states

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Support for legalization of gay marriage in a number of red-leaning, Southern states lags far behind the national average, according to a new poll. Support did not rise above 44 percent in North Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky or Arkansas,...
  • Kentucky voters unsure of Paul for 2016

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
     Voters in Kentucky do not know enough about Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to say if they would like to see him run for president in 2016. According to a New York Times-Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday, only 31 percent of voters...
  • Holmes Norton skeptical of hearing on DC pot

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    The lone congressional delegate from Washington, D.C., warned that a House hearing next month could be the first step in an attempt to overturn the district's decriminalization of marijuana. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is slated to testify...
  • Obama vows to stand by mudslide victims

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    President Obama vowed that the nation would be "strong right alongside" the victims of the Oso, Wash., mudslide after touring the area where a hillside gave way last month and wiped out a small neighborhood, killing at least 41 people."The country...
 
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  • Relist Watch: What Does the Court’s Relist Streak Mean?

    John Elwood
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    John Elwood reviews Monday’s relisted cases. We begin this week’s edition with speculation about a possible shift in Supreme Court practice that may launch scrutiny of Supreme Court relists from its current tidal eddy of obscurity into . . . well, a slightly larger but equally obscure eddy.  One swallow does not a summer make, but with apologies to Aristotle, Cervantes, and suchlike paragons of the Western Literary Tradition, a dozen hirundines in a row may at least suggest a warming trend. Earlier this week I remarked that all of this week’s grants came from among the ranks of the…
  • Petitions to watch | Conference of April 25

    Maureen Johnston
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    At its Conference on April 25, 2014, the Court will consider petitions seeking review of issues such as the vesting of retiree health-care benefits in collective bargaining agreements, the liability of police officers who failed to stop a sexual assault, and certification of a civil RICO class action based on alleged fraud. 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. …
  • Breaking News

    Andrew Hamm
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    The opinion in Paroline v. United States is here. The opinion in White v. Woodall is here. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Live blog of opinions (Sponsored by Bloomberg Law) (Updated: Completed)

    Kali Borkoski
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    We are live blogging this morning as opinions are issued. Please click this link to be taken to the live blog page. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Divided Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action: In Plain English

    Amy Howe
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Yesterday, the nine Justices of the Supreme Court convened in a packed courtroom to hear oral arguments in two high-profile cases.  But the real drama came before the oral arguments even started, when Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Justice Anthony Kennedy would deliver the Court’s decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the challenge to an amendment to the Michigan constitution that bans the use of affirmative action by public universities there.  (My earlier Plain English coverage of the case is available here.) Justice Kennedy began by explaining what…
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Kay Hagan: Says North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis "called Obamacare ‘a great idea.’ "

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Kay Hagan says GOP rival Thom Tillis called Obamacare 'a great idea' In her quest to win a second term, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has been hit hard by attacks over her vote for Obamacare. In a recent radio ad, she fights back, charging that her potential Republican opponent, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, actually said he liked the health care law. Here’s a portion of the narration in Hagan’s ad: "Politicians. These days, you’ve got to watch them close. Real close. Here’s Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis describing…
  • Americans For Tax Reform: "Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes since taking office."

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes, says anti-tax group President Barack Obama is no stranger to the charge that he likes to raise taxes. But a new report from an anti-tax group says he’s actually proposed raising taxes more than 400 times. "Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes since taking office," said Americans for Tax Reform in an April 14 press release. "History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do,’" said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, in the…
  • Democratic National Committee: "One thing that is much more unpopular than the Affordable Care Act is repealing the Affordable Care Act."

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Which is more unpopular: Obamacare or repealing Obamacare? Searching for painted eggs. Brunch with the family. Heading to church dressed in Sunday best. Debating health care. Maybe not all of those fit in your Easter morning routine, but when you're a spokesman for one of the two major parties in this election climate, even when people are celebrating a holiday, you’re talking Obamacare. As was the case April 20, 2014, on CNN’s State of the Union, where Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee and Republican National Committee…
  • John Kerry: "In the last couple of days, notices were sent (by officials in Ukraine) to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews."

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | John Kerry says Jews in eastern Ukraine told to register Editor’s note: After receiving reader feedback on this rating, we expanded the "our ruling" section on April 21, 2014, to more fully explain our reasoning for the rating. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke from Geneva on Thursday with appalling news about religious intolerance in the Ukrainian-Russian crisis. "In the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews," Kerry said. "In the year 2014, after all…
  • Gary Peters: Says opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act is part of the Koch brothers’ agenda.

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Gary Peters says Koch brothers oppose Paycheck Fairness Act Criticizing the Koch brothers and hitting Republicans for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act are two key tenets of the Democratic midterm playbook. So when we found the Democrat in Michigan’s open Senate race combining those attacks against his Republican opponent, effectively killing two birds with one stone — er, press release — we thought it deserved another look. Here’s the backstory: Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is a co-sponsor to the House version of the Paycheck…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Hoist with His Own Teaturd

    Betty Cracker
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    I’m not sure tribble-topped presidential aspirant Rand Paul recovers from this: In a variety of campaign appearances that were captured on video, Paul repeatedly compared Reagan unfavorably to Carter on one of Paul’s top policy priorities: government spending. When Paul was a surrogate speaker for his father, then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), during the elder Paul’s 2008 presidential quest, his sales pitch included dumping on Reagan for failing to rein in federal budget deficits. Standing on the back of a truck and addressing the crowd at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers…
  • Open Thread: Gaps

    evolved beyond the fist mistermix
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought of this when I heard “Jindal Gap”. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • We Must Not Allow A Jindal Gap!

    evolved beyond the fist mistermix
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Another example of good campaign strategy in a tough race: But in an interview today, Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, offered a spirited defense of the law — while acknowledging it has some problems — and even insisted he’d be at a “disadvantage” over the issue. This week a state legislative committee in Louisiana is expected to consider a measure that would put a constitutional amendment before the voters this fall that, if approved, would direct the state to accept $16 billion in Medicaid…
  • Wednesday Morning Open Thread: (No) Herding Cats

    Anne Laurie
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Apparently, some animal behavior scientists now understand the origins of the phrase "herding cats." http://t.co/57lzObX39m — billmon (@billmon1) April 23, 2014 As those of us who live with cats can attest, it’s not impossible, just more complicated. David Grimm, in the Slate article: … Miklósi, I was surprised to learn, had also conducted the pointing test with felines. Like Agrillo, he had a hard time getting cats to cooperate in his laboratory—so he went to their homes instead. Even then, most of the animals weren’t interested in advancing science;…
  • Still Crazy After All of These Years

    John Cole
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    Can’t sleep, and neither can Shawn, so I have been corrupting him with the Grateful Dead all night (sorry, haters, he likes them, although he really likes the Jerry Garcia Band better), and we just listened to the Dead live at Buckeye Lake on 1 July 1992. That was a big concert for me, because I got out of the Army and Germany just three days before, and went to the show with my brother, both sisters, and Jesse, my brother’s buddy. As soon as I got there, I ditched them, and this was pre cell phone days, so I just let my freak flag fly all day and was off on my own doing my own…
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • The Paranoia Paradox: Sometimes They Actually Are Out To Get Us

    LOGAN PENZA
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The debate over Joe McCarthy just won’t die. The conventional narrative is that he was unmitigated evil, a nasty label to be pasted on political opponents to tarnish them beyond repair. The revisionist narrative, emerging right on cue 60 years later, is the McCarthy was an unsung hero, the only person who truly understood the threat America was under during the early years of the Cold War. As seems to be the case with all things political, neither purist stream has its monopoly on truth. But both have important elements of it. Joe McCarthy was a bad person. He was a drunk, he was…
  • Ukraine Crisis: U.S. Moves Troops into Baltic Region

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    As the diplomatic agreement reached last week to calm things down in Ukraine unravels, the U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe to “strengthen NATO’s defense plans and capabilities, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to collective defense in reinforcing our NATO allies in Central and Eastern Europe,” says Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, who attributes this renewed “resolve” to “Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.” The Pentagon reports that a company-sized element of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team…
  • The Downside of Democracy (5)

    ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Guest Voice Columnist
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    There are so many negative aspects of democracy that it is difficult to focus on one particular problem as being responsible for the failure of democratic elections to produce good government. However, virtually all of the problems with the democratic process result from one aspect that appears to be resistant to correction- the unwillingness of the electorate to study the policies and values of the candidates running for office, to have a better understanding of how they will perform once they are elected. This failure on the part of the voters in many nations to learn about their candidates…
  • A Jamaican-Style Black Bean Recipe To Die For

    SHAUN MULLEN, TMV Columnist
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Kiko’s House, my home blog, can now certainly be considered middle aged. After all, it has been eight and a half years since it toddled into the blogosphere. One of the things of which I am most proud is that on an average day nearly half of all visitors to the blog are as a result of Google searches for a particular topic of interest. The leading search topic by far is this post on the cancer epidemic in American Golden retrievers, which gets over 100 pageviews a day and has generated nearly 200 comments since its initial publication in 2006, most from people who have lost their…
  • T Is For Tip O’Neill

    PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Although I do not agree with much of what he stood for politically, I do find Thomas “Tip” O’Neill to be one of the best sources for good political stories and analogies. He is of course famous for adopting the mantra ‘all politics is local’ But for me a story he used to tell about his first campaign is telling to all candidates in 2014 (as well as the rest of us). When he first ran for the local town council (while still in college if I recall correctly) he and his friends worked the area trying to get votes. The day after the election one of his neighbors, a stereotypical Irish…
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  • No Republican president since Eisenhower has been legitimately elected, says Thom Hartmann

    Gaius Publius
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Has treason been behind many of our presidential election results — real treason? The fishyness, for want of a better word, involved in the election of our modern Republican presidents is both well understood and under the radar, but for those who dare look, the implications are stark. In 2003 I myself wrote a piece making the same point for a web site I won’t name, because the piece was rejected. It’s just too bold a truth. A strong case can be made that indeed, no Republican president since Eisenhower has been legitimately elected. And if sabotaging the negotiations of the…
  • Cliven Bundy is a seditious liar, not a patriot

    Becca Morn
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a resident of the American Southwest — New Mexico to be exact — I’ve become familiar with complicated interplay of federally-owned lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), state lands, reservations, and even this interesting notion of ‘land grants’ which sometimes date back to before there were states in this part of the country. We also have more than our share of radical libertarians and wingnuts. So I’ve been watching the Cliven Bundy situation in Nevada with a fair amount of interest because all of these elements are in play. Long story short:…
  • How Ethiopian drivers navigate huge intersection with no lights (video)

    John Aravosis
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    A pretty cool video of a huge intersection in Ethiopia in which drivers, and pedestrians, do amazingly well with no traffic lights. Check out about 40 minutes into the video, when a whole bunch of pedestrians start crossing the intersection, including one couple that cuts right through the middle, coming from the bottom. Follow @aravosis NOTE FROM JOHN: Please share our content on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest and beyond. As I explained the other day, when you share our stories, you help bring us visitors, which increases our ad revenue and…
  • Aaron Schock: The continuing saga of Congressman Codel and his merry men

    John Aravosis
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    What do you do when you find out your Instagram account is gay? That’s the dilemma facing confirmed-bachelor and consummate world-traveler Aaron Schock.  You wouldn’t know it from many of the social media posts, but in addition to incessantly visiting exotic locations around the world and meeting lots of cute young guys, Schock is also the “conservative” seriously-anti-gay Republican congressman from smalltown Peoria, Illinois. To great fanfare, Schock’s Instragram account and Twitter feeds came out earlier this year in what, to many, was not a terribly…
  • Ingenious new attack ad from Oregon GOP

    Chris Trejbal
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    A radio advertisement in Oregon’s GOP Senate primary between Monica Wehby and Jason Conger set a new standard for insidious genius. It’s no “Boats ‘N Hoes” scandal, but it’s a template for underhanded campaigning in the future. The winner in the May primary will face Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in November. The spot targets Conger, a state representative with support among hard-core conservatives. Monica Wehby Establishment-favorite Wehby, a Portland pediatric neurosurgeon, did not purchase or produce the ad. It was an independent expenditure by a political action committee. It…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Volunteers For Simd School Shooting with COCKPUNCHER!

    chingalera (/politics/member/chingalera)
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    This is to all you Hollywood "stars" who have already become involved in making PSA's on shit which you are wholly unqualified to pop spit about, but were told by your agents and executives that OWN you that it would be essential for your future (you wanna stay in Hollywood making money?) , short-lived careers...
  • Moyers | P. Krugman on how the US is becoming an oligarchy

    radx (/politics/member/radx)
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    "A new book that’s the talk of academia and the media, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, a 42-year-old who teaches at the Paris School of Economics, shows that two-thirds of America’s increase in income inequality over the past four decades is the result of steep raises given to the country’s highest earners." -- Moyers & Co
  • "Not Now, Not Ever!" (Gillard Misogyny Speech)

    dag (/politics/member/dag)
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    From Youtube: From the composer, Rob Davidson: "When I heard Julia Gillard's parliamentary speech addressing misogyny, it struck me that behind the politics there was a lot of personal feeling being communicated. I wanted to put a frame around this slice of time, to heighten my perception of what was being said behind the words, in the intonation of the voice, and in the dynamics of what was being said in interjections and reactions. The resulting choral piece, in which the singers echo and support the Prime Minister's speech melodies, is initially quite humorous, as we are confronted with…
  • Broken lives of immigrants deported from US to Mexico

    oritteropo (/politics/member/oritteropo)
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    YouTube Description: Almost two million undocumented immigrants have been deported from the US since Barack Obama entered the White House, more than under any previous president. Many of those sent back to Mexico have to walk through a door in the fence separating California and the Mexican town of Tijuana. Some were caught trying to enter the US illegally, others had lived in the US - without papers - for years. The BBC's Valeria Perasso reports from both sides of the border on what happens to deportees once they pass through this door.
  • The Unstoppable Walk to Political Reform

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Justice Sotomayor's Powerful Defense of Equality

    Scott Lemieux
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    AP Photo/Steven Senne Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld a provision of Michigan's constitution that bans the state or any of its subdivisions from "grant[ing] preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." The Court was fractured; the six justices who voted to uphold the amendment did so for three independent reasons. Written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority decision—to which Chief Justice John…
  • Today In American Exceptionalism

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We're going to talk about rich people and government spending, but first, some context. At some point you may have wondered about parliamentary systems like they have in Great Britain, in which the party that gets the most seats in the legislature also installs its leader as chief executive. With complete control over government, why don't they go hog-wild and completely remake the entire country after every election? The simple answer is that they know they'll have to stand for another election before long. But the other key factor is that a transition from, say, Labour to the Conservatives…
  • Future of Television at Stake at Supreme Court Today

    Paul Waldman
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in ABC vs Aereo, a case that will (cue drumroll) decide the future of television. Or maybe it won't, but it's a fascinating case, involving the intersection of technology with political and market power. There's a comprehensive explanation here, but the short version is that Aereo is a service that allows you to get broadcast TV, i.e. the major networks and a few others that send signals over the air, through an internet connection instead of a set of rabbit ears on top of your TV. The broadcast networks and the big cable companies want to shut it…
  • Too Big to Fail. Not Too Strong

    David Cay Johnston
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    From Andrew Mellon’s nearly 11 years as Treasury secretary under Presidents Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover to our time, when Timothy Geithner went from financial regulator at the New York Federal Reserve to Treasury secretary to investment executive, journalists have often employed the image of a revolving door to describe the flow of bankers between Wall Street and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. But few know that the White House and the Treasury are, arguably, a single building. A tunnel connects 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue with 1600. Presidents use this…
  • How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws

    Virginia Eubanks
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    iStockPhoto Big Data will eradicate extreme world poverty by 2028, according to Bono, front man for the band U2. But it also allows unscrupulous marketers and financial institutions to prey on the poor. Big Data, collected from the neonatal monitors of premature babies, can detect subtle warning signs of infection, allowing doctors to intervene earlier and save lives. But it can also help a big-box store identify a pregnant teenager—and carelessly inform her parents by sending coupons for baby items to her home. News-mining algorithms might have been able to predict the Arab Spring. But Big…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • The Fallacy of Taxes v Services

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Field poll shows voters want lower taxes and services, just not any of the services they like By Brian Leubitz The Field polling organization occasionally asks voters how they feel about the balance of government services versus taxes. And in the most recent such poll, by a 54% to 35% margin, most California voters say they prefer lower taxes and fewer government services to higher taxes and more government services. But if you are a Republican, you are going to want to stop reading there. You see, voters aren't really sure what they want. They say they want fewer services, but when it comes…
  • Gov. Brown looks to fix Rainy Day Fund measure

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Looks to fix 2010's ACA 4 that will appear on November ballot by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown has always been fond of the concept of a rainy day fund. He's included the concept on many occasions, speeches, budgets, etc. Add "special session" to that list: Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to replace the "Rainy Day Fund" measure on November's ballot with a dedicated reserve to let the state to pay down its debts and unfunded liabilities. "We simply must prevent the massive deficits of the last decade and we can only do that by paying down our debts and…
  • The Problem with Polling and Top-2

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Flawed polling in SoS race by Brian Leubitz With Sen. Yee dropping out of the Secretary of State's race, the media and the polling operations have been in something of a frenzy to figure out how that will impact the race. And, so, you would think that a poll that was being conducted during that mess could have some very interesting data. It could, but the Field Poll that was being conducted while Yee was arrested has a few very serious flaws. First, here are the up-front numbers after the Yee arrest: Peterson-R: 30%, Padilla-D: 17%, Curtis-G: 5%, Schnur-NPP: 4%, Cressman-D: 3%,…
  • Butte County Considers Fracking Ban

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    County concerned about water and seismic risk by Brian Leubitz Butte County doesn't actually have any fracking operations right now, and isn't likely to become a hotbed of fracking anytime soon. But the Board of Supervisors is making a preemptive statement this week: Tuesday the Board of Supervisors voted to have county staff prepare an ordinance that bans fracking. Documents prepared by county staff for Tuesday's meeting described fracking as "a common term for hydraulic fracturing that is a technique of well stimulation used to increase petroleum production," At request from the county's…
  • Field Poll: Governor Up, Legislature Down

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Yee arrest shifts legislative numbers by Brian Leubitz It turns out having one of your members arrested for involvement in a gun running scandal hurts your approval numbers. Who'd have thunk it? Following Yee's arrest, voter sentiment of the legislature has turned negative. The proportion of voters expressing disapproval jumped six points from 40% to 46%, and now is greater than the proportion approving (43%), which declined three points. Thus, voter opinions of the legislature swung a net nine points in the negative direction in the days following news of Yee's arrest.(Field poll PDF) Now,…
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Obama Skipped Aunt's Funeral; Went Golfing Instead

    Daniel Halper
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    President Obama did not attend the funeral of his late aunt Zeituni Onyango. Instead, he went golfing. The New York Times reports: After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall. Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president’s father, as “the spirit of the Obama family” and talked about raising…
  • GOP Savages Harry Reid: 'If at First You Don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again'

    Daniel Halper
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    The Republican National Committee has released a brutal memo on Senate majority leader Harry Reid, savaging him for repeatedly lying. The memo, under the name of press secretary Kirsten Kukowski, is titled "Nothing’s Too Unethical for Harry Reid." "Harry Reid is having a bad month," the memo begins. "He was caught funneling campaign money to his relatives. His Senate Majority PAC was caught lying to voters. And he was caught hypocritically accepting money tied to people he calls 'un-American.' As he desperately clings to power, is there anything Harry Reid…
  • Graham, Ayotte, McCain: Don't Repeat 'Fatal Mistakes' in Afghanistan

    Michael Warren
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    In response to a report that the Obama administration may cut U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan to below 10,000, senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, and John McCain have released a statement. Read it below: We hope a recent press report that the White House is considering a post-2014 force in Afghanistan well below the recommendations of our military commanders is incorrect. After 13 years of sacrifice and investment, success in Afghanistan is now within our grasp. The last thing we should do in the coming years is increase the risks to our mission unnecessarily. We believe the…
  • Charles Murray Event 'Postponed' at Azusa Pacific University

    Daniel Halper
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Charles Murray says an event he was scheduled to speak at was postponed at the last minute because the university was worried about "hurting our faculty and students of color." The event was supposed to take place tomorrow at Azusa Pacific University. Murray responds with this open letter, posted at the American Enterprise Institute's website:  I was scheduled to speak to you tomorrow. I was going to talk about my new book, “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead,” and was looking forward to it. But it has been “postponed.” Why? An email from your president, Jon…
  • Will of the People

    Geoffrey Norman
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This ought to be an easy one for the White House which has been petitioned to take action in a matter of national importance that ought to be a political slam dunk. The people on one side are all too young to vote and those on the other are full of passionate intensity (to borrow a phrase) in support of … the deportation of Justin Bieber. But as the Hillreports, Bieber is: … not going anywhere. The White House is refusing to weigh in on a petition that gained the support of more than 273,000 people to deport the Canadian-born pop star. In an official response titled "Believing…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Beer Notes From All Over, Starkville Edition

    James Fallows
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Here we see the on-draft menu from the Beer Garden in Starkville, Mississippi -- the kind of place where recently you might have expected to find Bud, Bud Light, and Corona. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more You probably can't read the beer list, so I'll clarify that on draft it offers beers from: Crooked Letter brewery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg; Bayou Teche/ LA 31 brewery in Louisiana; and Yazoo Brewery in Nashville, Tennessee. Plus Sierra Nevada and Green Flash from California. This is the new America. Also, as a big IPA…
  • A Song of America's Downtowns

    James Fallows
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last weekend my wife and I had three young software developers from Uzbekistan staying with us at our house. (It's a long story.) They were charming young men—Pavel, Igor, and Roman—who had come to America for a tech meeting in North Carolina and had driven from there up to Washington, to spend a little time touring before their flight back to Tashkent. We mainly wanted to hear about Uzbekistan, but inevitably we had to ask: What's surprised you most in what you've seen in America? "I am surprised that it can be hard to know where a city ends," one of them said, describing his trip north…
  • The Spirit of Easter, Small-Airport Edition

    James Fallows
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    It has been a full and interesting day in the air, from Maryland to Mississippi, and a longer day than expected for a surprisingly touching reason.  Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more By chance, en route from KGAI, Montgomery Country Airpark outside Washington, to KUBS, the Lowndes County airport in Columbus, Mississippi, we ended up stopping for gas and a break in a place we hadn't expected. It wasn't the site I'd had in mind in Tennessee (because that would have meant going over the mountains near Asheville while the winds turned out to be stronger than I would have…
  • A Report With Slightly Encouraging Environmental Implications

    James Fallows
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In the current issue, I have a brief story based on an interview with Steven Chu and Yi Cui, now both of Stanford, about advances in the seemingly boring but actually exciting world of battery technology, and why that is essential to lower-carbon, cleaner-fuel power systems.  The discouraging signals in the race for less destructive paths toward growth keep piling up. For instance, the recent charts about air pollution in China*. Yet like every systemic problem human beings have created for themselves and then tried to correct, this is an all-out race, between destruction and creation. On…
  • 6th and I Program on C-SPAN Tonight

    James Fallows
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more This week the Atlantic's editor in chief, James Bennet, interviewed Deb Fallows and me in an evening program at Washington's historic Sixth and I Street Synagogue. The topic was our "American Futures" trip around the country, and what we've learned and been surprised by so far. At least from our perspective, the discussion was a lot of fun, including in hinting at some of the changes wrought even in a long and happy marriage that has seen its share of other odd locales, once you start trekking around the country in a little plane. Tonight…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Memories and memorials

    liberal japonicus
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    by liberal japonicus Whether it is nature or nurture or both, I am achronic. Don't know if that is a word, but within me, there seems no clock or calendar organizing my time, which is why I enjoy the doctor's posts about solstices, and holidays. As my wife and daughters will tell you, my memory of anniversaries and birthdays is pretty hopeless. With memories of losses, rather than bounding the grief in the walls of 24 hours, it seems to color all the rest of the days. So if you are someone who is tied to memorials as events that take place on a date, apologies, but hilzoy noted that…
  • Gay marriage and Obama

    liberal japonicus
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    by liberal japonicus Not quite an open thread, but definitely open thready (something coming up on Saturday, I promise). This NYT piece on the back stage events about Obama and gay marriage is fascinating. It is amazing to me the number of Republican stalwarts (Melhman, Olsen) that appear in this narrative. I suppose that if you didn't like Obama and Biden, this will only solidify your dislike, but for me, the attempt to cope with what they see and how they are (and they think they are) expected to behave is compelling. 
  • Life is skittles and life is matzah

    SuperUser
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    by Doctor Science (Obligatory Tom Lehrer reference) It's that time of year again! Two male cardinals are working out a territory boundary in the back yard, we had windows open all night, daffodils are blooming their bloomin' 'eads off, and I've spent all day in the kitchen: A page from the Rylands Haggadah. If the Hebrew-literate can read the marginalia, please speak up and let me know what is says. See that person in the red tunic? That would be me. Fortunately, I don't have to slaughter my own lamb, but I have made Brisket with 36 Cloves of Garlic, Charoset (basic Ashkenazi style, though I…
  • Your friday open thread (courtesy of wj)

    liberal japonicus
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    by liberal japonicus Outsourcing at its best. wj suggests On the general topic, we might profitably have a discussion of whether or not it is even possible for someone to take a wrong position and later change it. Is it possible to have that change accepted as a good-faith change? Especially if one is a public figure or a politician. And if someone does have a change of position, how much do they have to do to demonstrate that it is something more than a gesture of convenience? Presumably that would depend, in part, on whether they merely agreed publicly with something, or argued for it, or…
  • What we do for science open thread

    liberal japonicus
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    by liberal japonicus A little early for yet another open thread? Not after you check this one out! Smith is a graduate student at Cornell University, who studies the behaviour and evolution of honeybees. In this line of work, stings are a common and inevitable hazard. “If you’re wearing shorts and doing bee work, a bee can get up there easily,” he says. “But I was really surprised that it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.” That got him thinking: Where’s the worst place on the body to get stung? link Discuss what you have done for science lately.
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • What to Do When Government Fights Back?

    Jay
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    This post was written by Albert van Zyl, Manager, Learning and Knowledge Development at the International Budget Partnership. Indian civil society organization Samarthan monitors the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the state of Madhya Pradesh. MGNREGS obliges government to provide work to poor people or to compensate them when, or where, no work is available. Samarthan informs eligible workers of their entitlements, works with government to unblock administrative problems, and blows the whistle on corruption. Initially, Samarthan…
  • Links Roundup: News and Publications on Open Budgets

    Alec Simantov
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    IBP News Latest IBP Newsletter (Jan-Feb) with articles on citizen participation in Latin America, technology and open budget data, as well as new publications, job postings, and more. New brief and infographic on Kenya’s Division of Revenue Bill for 2014 featuring tables with sectoral breakdown of revenue allocations. New blog post on whether sub-Saharan African governments are publishing the comprehensive budget data that CSOs need to carry out independent and credible analysis. News from Around the World The Good Governance Summit held by the Philippines in January brought…
  • Transparency for What? Do Governments Publish the Budget Information that CSOs Need?

    Jay
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership. Access to budget information is a fundamental precondition for civil society budget work. When governments do not release detailed budget data to the public, it is impossible for civil society organizations (CSOs) and other actors to carry out independent analyses which can be used to influence government policy. In order to overcome this major obstacle and put pressure on governments to publish more budget information, the International Budget Partnership…
  • ¿Dónde Van Mis Impuestos? (Where Does My Money Go?): How Political Will Can Answer This Question

    Jay
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    This post was written by David Cabo, Director of Fundación Ciudadana Civio When we started ¿Dónde Van Mis Impuestos? ­– the Spanish version of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Where Does My Money Go? (a website that graphically “visualizes” how tax money is spent in countries around the world) – in December 2010, the platform quickly became the model for tax visualization in Spain. This is true even though the platform presents only a high-level summary of the national budget. However, there is no other similar resource in Spain, which demonstrates both the scarcity of publicly…
  • Lessons Learned from Water and Sanitation Budgets Analysis in Pakistan

    Jay
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:28 am
    This post was written by Muhammad Zahoor, Executive Director of the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability. In July 2013 the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) and Integrated Regional Support Program (IRSP), two civil society organizations based in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan, analyzed the water and sanitation budgets for the area to better understand allocations and spending on these services. The two groups were concerned that water and sanitation service delivery was inadequate and that the public did not have enough opportunities to…
 
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  • Articles: Obama's Minimum Wage Fallacy

    Blue Salami
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    It’s a shame that we have a President so willing to divide our nation and a greater shame that he’s do so using completely false information. Not misleading, not half-truth – false. By opposing minimum wage hikes the Republicans are actually the ones protectin …
  • Scalia's plain truth on affirmative action | New York Post

    George Hayduke Sr
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Good news!  Affirmative Action was never the best solution!
  • GOODWIN: Obama's Lies Have Led to Global Mistrust - Fox Nation

    Mars-ax
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Consider that it’s been three years since Obama first declared a “pivot” to Asia as part of a strategic rebalancing of American interests, but the promise proved hollow. Asia is not alone in feeling misled. Ask the Syrians about Obama’s promise to act if  …
  • Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy gives birth to new conspiracies | Hadley Freeman

    Ms CYPRAH
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Exciting news from the American political scene: birtherism is back! No, not birtherism as in the nonsensical conspiracy theory about Barack Obama actually being born in Kenya, once so popular among political geniuses including Donald Trump. Please – that kind of birtheri …
  • With Eyes on a Possible Clinton Run, Debate on a 2-Woman Ticket

    Ms CYPRAH
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Few doubt that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nomination for president would be good for women. But her candidacy would also probably block the paths for other women running for the White House, and, notably, for those who would like to be vice president. Never has there been  …
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    FactCheck.org

  • American Encore

    Rachel Finkel
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Political leanings: Conservative/Republican Spending target At least $10 million American Encore, formerly known as the Center to Protect Patient Rights, is an Arizona-based 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that has ties to billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch. CPPR was formed in April 2009 in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Its stated mission was to “protect the rights of patients to choose and use medical care providers, promote the relationship between patients and their medical care providers, [and] advocate the rights of patients to independence and…
  • Tillis Response Ad Cries ‘False’

    D'Angelo Gore
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    A TV ad from GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis says that a recent attack ad about him from the Senate Majority PAC is “false.” We don’t think so. The Tillis campaign’s response ad says, “Seen those ads attacking Thom Tillis? They’re false. Tillis fired the staffers.” That’s a reference to an ad from the liberal Senate Majority PAC that says two of Tillis’ former top aides had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists, later “resigned” and then were “rewarded” with “taxpayer-paid bonuses.” Based on news…
  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

    Robert Farley
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not true for the same reason Democrats have been wrong when they’ve said women in the U.S. earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work. Neither is a direct comparison of pay for doing the same job. Blackburn’s claim was based on an analysis of White House staff members’ pay by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that concluded female…
  • More Weak Claims on Cotton’s Insurance Ties

    Robert Farley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Another liberal group is attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas by saying Cotton has experience in the insurance industry and is attempting to undermine Medicare. Cotton’s insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency. Last week, we fact-checked an ad from Senate Majority PAC that claimed Cotton, who’s running for Senate in Arkansas, “got paid handsomely working for insurance companies.” Now, Patriot Majority USA, a 501(c)(4) that is allied with Senate Majority PAC, is airing an ad that says Cotton once “bragged about his…
  • Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

    Brooks Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts. The fact is that the economy added just over 16.1 million jobs under the tax-cutting Reagan, but it added nearly 22.9 million under Democratic President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes. Supply-side Myth Paul’s misinformed recitation of economic history came during an April 12 “Freedom Summit” gathering of 2016 Republican presidential…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: The Fire This Time

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    The New York City Police Department sets off a social media firestorm; how to address your "pipeline problem"; battling "online thought police" in the GLBTQ world; and much, much more.
  • Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for…
  • Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.
  • Founder Durov On Being Ousted From "Russian Facebook": "Some of What We Managed Is Already Impossible to Undo"

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    On Monday Pavel Durov, the founder of “Russian Facebook” VKontakte, announced that he was fired—and that he learned of the dismissal from the news media.
  • First POST: Tony Meow Now

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The New York Times' Upshot embraces citizen journalism; Australia's Prime Minister fears a web plug-in; HHS pays a lot for email; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Peterson/CBO Beat for Austerity Goes On!

    letsgetitdone
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Body:  Recently, I've been writing about oligarchs advocating for entitlement cuts and austerity. I've discussed attacks on entitlement benefits for the elderly from Abby Huntsman (of MSNBC's The Cycle) and Catherine Rampell (a Washington Post columnist), both the children of well-off individuals. These posts have come in the context of the English language release of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and the more recent pre-publication release of a study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page using quantitative methods and empirical data to explore the question of…
  • Scott Horton interviews The Other Scott Horton on the White-House-CIA-torture-and-homicide complex

    transcriber
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Body:  Other Scott Horton: Well, and conversely, Dianne Feinstein in the speech she gave, she said, you know, “This is a death of the republic sort of issue.” And that may sound melodramatic. It’s absolutely correct. Writers about these issues going back to people like Max Weber writing at the end of World War I, he said basically the test of whether a republic stands up in the modern age includes whether the Parliament, whether Congress exercises mastery over state secrecy. If they don’t do that, and then they don’t perform or discharge their oversight function, you’re not a…
  • Horse race: How many Correntians are there, really?

    lambert
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Body:  I don't mean our tiny readership, obviously, but people who, when presented with the 12-Point Platform, would go "Heck yeah! But does it go far enough?" There's no polling done on such a question, for obvious reasons, but this article in The Cook Report could provide a proxy: Anyone who knows me well knows I am usually eyeing the oven for the next fresh batch of in-depth public-opinion data from Democracy Corps, a partnership between legendary Democratic strategists Stan Greenberg and James Carville that just celebrated its 15th anniversary. It gets even better when the two team…
  • Horse race: Class warfare from one "Jordan Kaplan," Finance Director, Democratic National Committee

    lambert
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Body:  I get letters. And then I annotate them!
  • Obama Didn't Get Memo re False Flag Anti-Semitism Leaflet?

    libbyliberal
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Body:  Let’s address just one more of the latest US foreign policy fresh hells before it, too, disappears into the American citizenry’s memory hole among so many other Orwellian scenarios from both Bush and Obama regimes. One more willful, false flag for propaganda and provocation operation, this time on the part of the illegitimate junta in Ukraine and the western imperialism addicts going for “full spectrum dominance”, both groups willing to chance a nuclear war with Russia. Yes, that is right!
 
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    Dependable Renegade

  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is not one to doubt that Sweet Baby Jeebus communicates to us through the miracle of pancakes. Numbers don't lie - But infamous hate group (Southern Poverty Law Center designate) Family Research Council does. Anyway, they commissioned a poll of Republicans that shows 80+% of 'em are bigots opposed to marriage equality. Whodathunkit? (Family Research Council) This over-the-top lie from Rafael Cruz, father of Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz: “All we have to do is…
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Your Daily Gohmert: Screwie Louie wants Congress to arrest (walking dead?) US Attorney General Eric Holder. Rev. Fishsticks again is thinking about what goes on when gay Boy Scouts pitch a pup tent. So to speak. (American Family Association) Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is upset that he never got a thank you note from The Stench. (The Blaze) Let us sing the praises of waterboarding enthusiast Sean InSanity just like his greatest fan, should-be evicted, deadbeat renter Cliven Bundy. (Media Matters) --Tengrain
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Drink-up, Bitchez! babyghazi! Babyghazi! BABYGHAZI!!1! Just make sure you get the baby's birf certificate notarized so they cannot accuse it of being Kenyan. Grifters Gotta Grift - The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $2.4 million over the past three months, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, outpacing far more prominent rivals. The odd thing is, they have no actual affiliation with Carson. Oopsie! (Time) Comings and Goings - Tea Party Express Chairman and bus scheduling Mepe Amy Kremer resigned Friday to join the campaign of…
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is adding 'prophet' into his long list of attributes. Shark jumping in our time - Dr. Greg Brannon, a candidate for the GOP Senate nomination in the officially now crazy state of North Carolina, says that U.S. property taxes are central planning, and notes that the Holocaust and Soviet Union as other examples of central planning. 0-to-Godwin's law in under 60 seconds, so that's a land-speed record. (BuzzFeed) Speakers Announced - Crazee-eyed Minnesota Congresswoman and the pride of Oral Roberts University, One-L has…
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  • Bygones

    susie
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Just one of those crazy mixups that results in an innocent person getting shot by police! Bookmark It
  • Yay, Digby

    susie
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    She won the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism! Bookmark It
  • Prepping

    susie
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Yes, it does seem that the powers that be, restless after a few months without war, are now methodically prepping us for another one. While I do not pretend to know exactly what’s going on in Ukraine, I know enough about my own country and its craven media establishment to be deeply suspicious. Robert Parry: Between the anti-Russian propaganda pouring forth from the Obama administration and the deeply biased coverage from the U.S. news media, the American people are being prepared to accept and perhaps even cheer a massacre of eastern Ukrainians who have risen up against the coup regime…
  • The local fight to save the Chesapeake Bay goes national

    susie
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    As you already know, I love the Chesapeake Bay. I remember how the waters were far too frequently too tainted for swimming, and how a moratorium on construction in the watershed brought the bay back to life. Now the contamination is creeping back, and of course big business will have its way: So, in 2009, the Obama administration stepped in with an executive order, requiring the EPA to use a provision of the Clean Water Act to put together the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The Blueprint would set a “Total Maximum Daily Load,” or TMDL, an upper limit for the amount of nitrogen,…
  • Love is a losing game

    susie
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Amy Winehouse: Bookmark It
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Guest Voz: The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color

    Latina Lista
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color by Latina Lista By Vanessa Cárdenas LatinaLista How much does a full-time worker earning the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour make in one year? This worker earns only $15,080, which is $4,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of three. Most people would agree that this is not a livable salary anywhere in the nation, especially for families with children. Raising the minimum…
  • New Jersey’s Hinchliffe Stadium Reveals Baseball’s Hidden Latino History

    Latina Lista
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New Jersey’s Hinchliffe Stadium Reveals Baseball’s Hidden Latino History by Latina Lista By Adrian Burgos, Jr., Professor, U.S. History, University of Illinois Preservation Nation Years before Jackie Robinson stepped across the white lines and onto Ebbets Field to make history as major league baseball’s integration pioneer, decades before Roberto Clemente displayed his hitting prowess, graceful fielding, and powerful arm on North American baseball…
  • Supreme Court rejects Arizona’s appeal of law on harboring immigrants

    Latina Lista
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Supreme Court rejects Arizona’s appeal of law on harboring immigrants by Latina Lista By Mauro Whiteman Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling Monday that blocked an Arizona law that would make it a crime to harbor, transport or conceal an illegal immigrant. The high court denied, without comment, Arizona’s appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the law was too vaguely written and was…
  • National Minority Health Awareness Month: A Time for Action to prevent or manage diabetes

    Latina Lista
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. National Minority Health Awareness Month: A Time for Action to prevent or manage diabetes by Latina Lista By Judi Bonilla LatinoElders Earlier this year NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health released a poll that found Latinos see diabetes as the biggest health problem for their own families. It was about the familia that caught researchers’ eyes. In previous polls, Latinos reported cancer was their primary health…
  • Chicago – a hotspot for Latino theater companies

    Latina Lista
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Chicago – a hotspot for Latino theater companies by Latina Lista By Silvia Foster-Frau Extra News! Chicago may not compete with the theater scene of Los Angeles or New York City, but the Latino theater scene is a different story. There are over 25 Latino theater companies of varying sizes in Chicago. Performance groups like Dominizuelan, Salsation, and MARIA as well as theater companies such as Teatro Luna, Aguijón Theater, and Teatro Vista continue to bring in…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • A Saint, He Ain’t

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The rush to canonize John Paul II and John XXIII is clearly a case of two popes and one halo.
  • It’s All About May 25

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The revolution that started in Tahrir Square in Cairo has moved to the Maidan in Kiev. The first big test for Ukrainians will come with their presidential elections next month.
  • An Odd Hostility in the Americas

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Brazil and the United States should be natural allies. They are not.
  • The Leadership Emotions

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Political leaders have come to rely primarily on consultants’ carefully crafted, poll-based political advice, which can obscure the moral impulses necessary for leadership.
  • The Real Port Authority Scandal

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Should we be financing empty office space in a half-filled building or upkeep on our roads and bridges?
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    New York Observer

  • Eataly Part Duex: Italian Mega-Store to Open Second New York Branch at WTC 4 Base

    dispatches
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Well, buongiorno there. (Eataly.com) Good news for downtown New Yorkers who believe there really is no such thing as too much cheese and olive oil. Eataly, the Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich helmed Italian mega-store, will open its second New York branch at the base of 4 World Trade Center in the summer of 2015, the New York Post reports. The WTC edition will join its 50,000 square foot cousin at 200 Fifth Ave., which premiered in 2010 to block-stretching lines. It’s not yet sure if Eataly NYC Version 2.0 will match the square-footage of its predecessor, but it will have some fancy…
  • Back to the Future: Exploring Queen’s ’64 World’s Fair Grounds

    dispatches
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    One borough’s ruins are now the country’s treasure. And for a fleeting fifteen minutes yesterday, the Observer got to explore the rubble. The New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, site of the historic 1964 World’s Fair, has been closed for some 30 years since a shot roof and cracked floors forced its closure to the public. But from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the exhibition’s 50th anniversary, park and borough officials flung open its freshly repainted gates to a crowd of thousands, who came in and out of the pavilion, snapping…
  • Academic Censorship Season in Full Bloom

    kkursonobserver
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Getty Images) Brandeis University, the characterlogically Jewish but academically non-sectarian institution of higher learning, is still preening about having reneged on the honorary degree it was to award Ayaan Hirsi Ali in mid-May. It shouldn’t be.  After all, she is the scholarly human rights crusader who has been living under threat of death since her comrade, filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, was murdered on an Amsterdam street by Muslim fanatics. On his bloody chest was inscribed the same end for her. Her transgression is to be the most articulate explicator of the bitter…
  • On the Market: Roommate Speed Dating and Other Indignities of Renting in New York

    kvelseyobserver
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
      Werner Kunz/flickr DNAinfo offers advice to recent grads looking for a roommate to move into a big city apartment with: pick someone with similar habits and preferences who you like, but maybe not too much, and be explicit about financial expectations (who will buy the toilet paper?!). Or you could just try roommate speed-dating, as featured in The Wall Street Journal, which has taken the concept of roommate meet and greets to the next level. Because New Yorkers love organized type-A events. “Quite frankly, it was a circus,” Mr. Kurland said of the unstructured meet and…
  • Clark Terry’s Irrepressible Spirit

    mkasselobserver
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Clark Terry, jazz trumpeter extraordinaire. (Illustration by Paul Kisselev) The wise and joyful trumpeter Clark Terry, 93, has quite possibly made more jazz than anyone else on the planet. Mr. Terry’s bright, round tone is instantly identifiable on close to 1,000 recording sessions, including with Charlie Barnet, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Though he doesn’t play much music anymore, Mr. Terry still teaches as much as he can. And he’s optimistic, as always. His irrepressible spirit is showcased in a new documentary, Keep On Keepin’ On, about Mr. Terry and his relationship with…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Problem With The Old Hawkishness

    Daniel Larison
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Cathy Young makes a tedious argument against the “new isolationism.” Here she repeats a common hawkish claim: If the United States scales back its presence on the international scene, others will step up to fill the gap. This is meant to sound menacing and dangerous, because the assumption behind it is that authoritarian regimes and terrorists will be the only ones willing or able to “fill the gap.” This already overstates the danger, since it greatly overestimates the ability of what Young calls “anti-freedom regimes” to project power, but it also ignores…
  • Thoughtless Rhetoric and Foreign Crises

    Daniel Larison
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Josh Rogin reports on Bob Corker’s unhappiness with administration policy on Ukraine: For Corker, the administration’s approach of talking tough but then not backing it up with action is a repeat of what he has seen in the administration’s policy toward Syria. It would be more accurate to say that Corker is unhappy with the actions that the administration has taken and wants an even more aggressive policy than the one that the U.S. is pursuing. This is as predictable as it is wrongheaded. If the problem is the gap between “tough” (i.e., careless) rhetoric and mild…
  • Cameron’s Terrible Foreign Policy Record

    Daniel Larison
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Freddy Gray tries to make sense of David Cameron’s political career. Here he comments on Cameron’s recent eagerness for military intervention: One day, we may look back on Cameron as a heroic figure who only went to war reluctantly for the noblest causes, while at the same time pulling off massive political, economic and cultural reforms at home. But Cameron’s obvious impulsivity in foreign affairs suggests a far different verdict—a meretricious figure who would rush to war for the sake of his own conscience, or just some good headlines. Cameron had the good fortune to become…
  • Fixing the U.S.-Brazil Relationship

    Daniel Larison
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Roger Cohen makes the case for an improved U.S.-Brazilian relationship in a somewhat confused way: There may be more perplexing international relationships in the world than the troubled one between the United States and Brazil, but there are not many. A natural friendship has fissured under unnatural strain [bold mine-DL]. Relations with Brazil have certainly worsened since the revelations about NSA surveillance of Rousseff, but the relationship had been neglected and mishandled long before that. The Brazilian government thought that it had been shabbily treated by the administration when…
  • The Hawkish Need To Take Sides (II)

    Daniel Larison
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Andrew Stravers makes an unconvincing comparison between the Ukraine crisis and the July crisis of 1914: The lessons of WWI are clear here. When powerful players in the international scene play a game of vague commitments and uncertain neutrality, the slow march toward a wider war continues. The comparison inevitably suffers from the major differences between the two periods and enormous changes to the political landscape of Europe in the last ten decades, but it is also marred by overemphasizing one aspect of the July crisis–Britain’s delay in declaring its position–to the…
 
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    RollingStone.com: All News

  • Inside 'Game of Thrones': Kit Harington, George R.R. Martin Speak Out

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    With its many beheadings battles and betrayals Game of Thrones has fast become the most anticipated hour of television for millions of Americans each week The new issue of Rolling Stone – covered by actor Kit Harington who plays the show's long-haired steely-eyed hero Jon Snow – goes behind the...
  • 'MST3K' Creator Hints at Online Reboot

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Thanks to Mystery Science Theater 3000 laughing at terrible movies has become a pop-culture institution Now 15 years after its last cancellation the series might be revived for a new generation of snarky critics with an "online incarnation" In Wired's recent MST3K oral history creator and original host Joel Hodgson hints at a possible...
  • 8 Things We Learned From the Tribeca Film Festival's Bob Weir Doc

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Anyone making a movie about a member of the Grateful Dead would naturally gravitate toward Jerry Garcia But director Mike Fleiss best known for co-directing the 2011 doc God Bless Ozzy Osbourne had other ideas “I wanted to give Bob [Weir] his moment to shine” Fleiss says “I wanted to...
  • Latin Music Label Fania Celebrates 50 Years With New Compilations

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Iconic Latin music label Fania will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with decade-specific digital compilations of its greatest hits and the first Latin music app for Spotify It has also teamed with SummerStage in New York City for a series of concerts dance performances and film screenings including a...
  • Lily Allen Makes Bid for 'Sheezus' Title, Praises Pop Divas in New Vid

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    "The game is changing" a yellow-eyed Lily Allen declares early in the colorful video for her latest single "Sheezus" which will appear on the album of the same name next month Now she's ready to join the pantheon of pop divas who have established themselves since she put out her...
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    TIME » Sections » Politics

  • Barack Obama Just Ate The Best Sushi In The World

    Zeke J Miller
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed President Barack Obama to Tokyo Wednesday by taking him to the greatest sushi restaurant in the world, the three Michelin star Sukiyabashi Jiro. MoreObama Thinks He Can Rate Colleges. Can You Do Better? (Interactive)White House “No Comment” on Bieber Deportation PetitionMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostSee Katy Perry as an Elderly Burlesque Dancer, Clown and More in This "Birthday" Teaser…
  • Morning Must Reads: April 23

    Maya Rhodan
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Obama visits Washington town devastated by mudslide [TIME] From CNN: “”I just wanted to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you, and have throughout this tragedy,” the President said. “We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes.” The President landed in Japan this morning, kicking off his tour of the region. From Reuters: “Obama, who is making the first full state visit to Japan by a U.S. President since 1996, must assuage worries by Tokyo and other allies that his commitment to their defense in the face of an…
  • Obama Lands in Tokyo On First Stop in Asia Tour

    Sam Frizell
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday evening on the first stop in a four-country tour intended to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to its Pacific allies. Obama will be visiting South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in addition to Japan, CNN reports, as the United States tries to position itself as a counterbalance to China’s growing economic strength in the region. The President will seek to further progress on a trade deal with Japan, and will dine with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday at the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro, where food service lasts 20 minutes…
  • Obama Thinks He Can Rate Colleges. Can You Do Better? (Interactive)

    Chris Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Last year, the Obama Administration announced a plan to assess schools on how well they serve their students, based on metrics like graduation rate, tuition, and the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants, the federally funded scholarships for low-income families. For a system that has yet to be put in place, the White House’s college ratings have created a great deal of panic. To see how those ratings might play out, TIME gathered data for 2,500 college and universities and ranked them according to the proposed metrics. But we’ve left it to you to adjust how important…
  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Lie: Supreme Court Weighs Truth in Politics

    Massimo Calabresi
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    With the 2014 midterm elections fast approaching, the Supreme Court faced an urgent task on Tuesday: making it safe for America’s politicians to lie. MoreSupreme Court Cloudy on Aereo Streaming TV CaseFederal Suit Filed to Overturn Georgia’s Gay Marriage BanMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostSee Katy Perry as an Elderly Burlesque Dancer, Clown and More in This "Birthday" Teaser PeopleOhio and 15 other states have laws trying to prevent lies…
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    The Brody File

  • Rand Paul’s Winning Presidential Ticket Is All in the 'Jeans'

    David Brody
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Let’s be clear: Anyone who thinks Rand Paul can’t win the GOP nomination for president of the United States is foolish. He can. And if he wins, his “jeans” will be the reason. The jeans symbolize something that no other potential candidate for president possesses. Let’s explore. You see, Rand Paul likes to wear jeans. While other politicians are wearing a suit and tie, Paul is different. At the recent CPAC event, all the other politicians went with the traditional look. Not Paul. Jeans were in order. Some conservative commentators were upset. Peggy Noonan remarked that, “it’s…
  • The Brody File Show: Colorado: The Beauty and the Battle

    David Brody
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    This week on the Brody File we hit the road and head to colorful Colorado. We explore the Rocky Mountain State's battle over gun control, drones and the legalization of marijuana.
  • The Brody File Show: Huckabee and the Selfie

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    This week on The Brody File, we go one-on-one with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and get his take on the battle for Ukraine. Plus, we take a look at the "selfie craze." What's up with all the "selfies"? We bring you the latest in pop culture and politics with another edition of "Pop-Litical."
  • Pop-Litical Alert! Rick Santorum Makes An Appearance

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    It’s a Brody File segment worth watching. What do you get when you cross pop culture and politics? You get, “Pop-Litical” with our new contributor Amber Strong. It’s a must watch.
  • Mike Huckabee's Warning: Evangelicals Will Stay Home If GOP Ditches Social Issues

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Watch Mike Huckabee's interview on The Brody File show this week. When asked what would happen with evangelical voters if the GOP ditches and downplays social issues, he tells me, “It just leaves them at home. They just don't go vote." And when it comes to his view on traditional marriage? "I'm not going to change my view just to win your vote." Watch.
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Why We Struggle to Accept the Dual Nature of Addicted Criminal Offenders

    Keith Humphreys
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    An elderly man is found unconscious at the wheel of his idling car in the median strip of a busy interstate. Miraculously, he struck no other vehicle when he careered off the highway. When roused by the police, he blows a blood alcohol level of .18, leading to his third DUI arrest. A young meth-addicted woman thinks her reflection in a store window is watching her, so she hurls a brick at it. A terrified customer calls the police, who arrest her for shattering the window and spraying the store’s customers with glass shards. In some people’s eyes, the millions of people like the…
  • Some actual bipartisan legislation to help people living with disabilities

    Harold Pollack
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    My latest at Wonkblog. Veronica Perrone Pollack and Vincent Perrone, blowing out the birthday candles. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow people with disabilities and their families to establish 529-style accounts for education, transportation, and other expenses. Identical versions are co-sponsored by seventy senators and by 359 members of the House. It’s amazing to see Senators Bernie Sanders, Jay Rockefeller, Mitch McConnell, and James Imhofe co-sponsoring the same bill. In an era so disfigured by mean-spirited and polarized gridlock politics, this is no little…
  • Thomas Piketty’s other book

    James Wimberley
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Americans think the French don’t work hard. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the XXIst Century has 970 pages in the French edition before me. That’s with merely a table of contents. Following the annoying and backward French habit, there’s no index. The scholarly apparatus – bibliography, data tables, and more – is shifted to a website. You can download the lot in a zip file of a mere 13 MB. It matters that Piketty has written a doorstopper not an article. The book is very accessible to the general reader with stamina; in fact it’s too leisurely and repetitive for my taste, more…
  • Talking cannabis: Kilmer, Sterling, DuPont, Volkow

    Mark Kleiman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Beau Kilmer, Eric Sterling, Robert DuPont, and Nora Volkow discuss cannabis legalization on the Diane Rehm show. Volkow’s presentation is a masterpiece of jumping to conclusions. She assumes that the net effects of cannabis legalization are negative, without even mentioning the costs of prohibition (arrest can be hazardous to your health) or the possibility that cannabis might substitute for alcohol. DuPont jumps from the correct obsevation that alcohol use and cannabis use are positively correlated across individuals to the unjustified conclusion that they are complements. Kilmer is…
  • Soft Signs of Economic Revival in the Developed World

    Keith Humphreys
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    2013 was a painful year for developed economies, particularly those in the Eurozone. Finland, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain all saw their GDP shrink. France and Germany just barely avoided the same fate. But the latest International Monetary Fund projections for 2014 economic growth are better news for those ailing economies, as well as for the non-Eurozone G7 nations. The chart below ranks these countries from greatest projected 2014 growth (The United Kingdom) to worst (a tie between Finland and Slovenia). Although none of them has a red-hot economy, neither…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • IA-04: Democracy for America endorses Jim Mowrer

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Democracy for America announced this morning that it has endorsed Jim Mowrer, Representative Steve King's Democratic challenger in Iowa's fourth Congressional district. I've posted the official statement after the jump. The progressive advocacy group Howard Dean created after his 2004 presidential campaign has 1 million members across the country, including 9,589 members in Iowa. Some of them may be more likely to volunteer for Mowrer knowing he has DFA'a backing. The group's endorsement should also help Mowrer raise more money from inside and outside Iowa--although he's done quite well in…
  • Tom Harkin endorses Ned Chiodo in Iowa Senate district 17

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Iowa politics junkies, help me out here: Has U.S. Senator Tom Harkin ever endorsed a candidate for an Iowa legislative district in a competitive Democratic primary with no incumbent? I can't think of any prior examples, but it happened yesterday. The full text of Ned Chiodo's press release is after the jump. Money quote: "I am proud to support Ned Chiodo for State Senate," said Harkin. "I have known him for many years, and without question he has the integrity and experience to lead Iowa forward." Chiodo certainly has a lot of political experience: five terms in the Iowa House, one term as…
  • IA-Gov: PPP poll shows cronyism/hush money scandal hurting Branstad

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I've been meaning to catch up on the various Branstad administration scandals involving alleged politically-motivated firings, cronyism affecting state contracting and hiring for certain public positions, "hush money" paid in exchange for non-disclosure agreements with fired state employees, blacklists that prevent former employees from gaining other state jobs, interference in what should be non-political work, and possible misuse of federal funds by the Department of Administrative Services in order to make some of the unauthorized secret settlement payments. Governor Terry Branstad…
  • Democrats, give up hoping for Elizabeth Warren in 2016

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Democrats hoping for a progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race need to look somewhere other than toward U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Appearing on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday to promote her new autobiography, Warren couldn't have been more emphatic about not running for president. "I'm not running for president," Warren, 64, of Cambridge, told reporter Mark Strassmann. Her autobiography, "A Fighting Chance," hits bookstores Tuesday. Strassmann persisted, however, noting that President Obama wrote "The Audacity of Hope," like Warren, two years into his first…
  • Weekend open thread: Easter, Passover, and late spring edition

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. A joyous Easter to those who celebrate today and a happy Passover to those who observe. Last year I posted lots of Easter and Passover-related links here. I'll just add a couple more: 2014 is one of those years when Eastern Orthodox Christians and those of other denominations celebrate Easter on the same day. Most of the time those holidays fall on different weekends because the churches use different calendars. Reform Judaism magazine published a fascinating interview with Biblical scholar Richard Elliott…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Why Obama and the Left are Hated

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    There are many reasons of course, but in part it's because media platforms such as Fox News incite hatred against many Americans merely because they do not march to the Fox drumbeat. They deliberately include "guest speakers" to make outrageous and absurd claims to engender hatred and anger, such as Hannity's recent guest, David Horowitz, who alleged Obama will trigger another Holocaust and is responsible for the white supremacist who killed innocent people in Kansas, because he loves Muslims and hates the Jews: On his Tuesday radio show, Hannity pointed to the president’s “support” of…
  • Will Democrats Be Rewarded?

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) right that people will be addicted to the sugar of ObamaCare subsidies? Will people reward Democrats for giving them access to affordable health care insurance? That's really the key question to understanding how the midterm elections will go. Many Americans are barely impacted by the Affordable Care Act at all because they already had health insurance through their employer, so the Republicans can hope to turn those folks against the law by arguing that it resulted in an increase in their premiums. It doesn't matter whether the allegation is true as long as a lot of…
  • We Need Progressive Anti-Rebels

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    I am just a lowly blogger, not a master savant like David Foster Wallace (pdf). Yet, I think he identified what I don't like about much of the liberal blogosphere. I am not saying that I am a paragon of sincerity, but I am totally disinterested in ironic finger-pointing. When I snark on the right, I'm not doing it because I am above it all. I'm in the arena, not the stands. "The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and…
  • The Roots of Selective Admissions

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    It's pretty interesting to read about the history of selective admissions at Ivy League schools. Having grown up in Princeton, I had many Jewish and half-Jewish friends, so I'd heard about the history of Anti-Semitism in admissions but didn't know exactly how they'd implemented their screening process. And I especially didn't realize that they began giving preference to geographical diversity as a way to avoid letting Jews test into too many open slots. It always seemed odd to me that I'd meet Princeton students from Oklahoma or Alaska who were smart but who wouldn't have been in the top…
  • Wanker of the Day: Robert Samuelson

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Robert Samuelson actually wrote the following as the concluding paragraph of his column today: Still, the present concentration of income and wealth instinctively feels excessive. It understandably stirs resentment. We’d be better off if the rich were less so and other Americans were more so. But it’s doubtful that political action to force this transformation would be similarly beneficial. Class warfare is bruising; today, it would degrade the confidence needed for a stronger recovery. Let's look at this: Premise A: less income inequality would be better. Premise B: political action to…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Rep. Michael McCaul Expresses Concern Over Potential Marathon Terrorist Copycat

    Benjamin Bell
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    This morning on “This Week,” House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, while noting the increase in security in Boston ahead of the marathon tomorrow, expressed concern over the potential that someone may try to replicate the attack last year on the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and hundreds injured. “I do believe it’s very ramped up security wise, cameras, personnel, canines, all sorts of bomb detecting equipment. So I do think it’s very well fortified. It’d be difficult to penetrate that,” McCaul said on…
  • ‘This Week’ Panel: Are Evangelicals Out of Touch With Mainstream Views?

    MaryAlice Parks
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of perhaps the most famous American preacher of all time, Billy Graham, reiterated his strong opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption today on ABC’s “This Week.” As a part of a special Easter week discussion on religion, Graham told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that gays could go to heaven if they repent. “Maybe gays that are watching want to know, ‘Can God forgive me? Or can I go to heaven as a gay person?’ Absolutely. But the same for any of us. We have to repent of…
  • John Paul Stevens: Okay to Consider Politics in Retirement Decision

    ABC News
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    ABC’s Adam Teicholz reports: In an interview with George Stephanopoulos airing today on “This Week,” retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens revealed that he believes it is appropriate for justices to take “politics” into account in deciding when to retire. “I think so… It’s an appropriate thing to think about your successor, not only in this job,” Stevens said on whether to take into account which president will choose a successor. “I’m just finishing the book by former Secretary [of Defense Robert] Gates. He thought a…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Boston Marathon Security

    ABC News
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Charles Krupa/AP Photo House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and former New York City police commissioner and ABC News contributor Ray Kelly discuss security for Monday’s Boston Marathon Sunday on “This Week.” Plus, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on his new book “Six Amendments,” only on “This Week.” The powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, CNN “Crossfire”…
  • Excerpt: Justice John Paul Stevens’ ‘Six Amendments’

    ABC News
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Little, Brown and Company Excerpted from: SIX AMENDMENTS: HOW AND WHY WE SHOULD CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION by John Paul Stevens. Copyright © 2014 by John Paul Stevens. Used by permission of Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group. All Rights Reserved. Prologue According to its preamble, the Constitution of the United States was established by “the People” — not by the states — “in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Greg Palast: Exclusive Investigation Uncovers How BP Uses Bribes To Do Business

    dandelionsalad
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    with Greg Palast Writer, Dandelion Salad www.gregpalast.com Apr. 22, 2014 TheRealNews on Apr 22, 2014 Four years after 200-million gallon BP oil spill, TRNN speaks with investigative journalist Greg Palast about BP’s collusion with government officials to get dodge safety regulations. * Transcript Greg Palast investigated fraud charges against Exxon and BP in the grounding of the […]
  • Fact Sheet: U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine

    dandelionsalad
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Dandelion Salad Propaganda Alert! The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 22, 2014 President Obama and Vice President Biden have made U.S. support for Ukraine an urgent priority as the Ukrainian government works to establish security and stability, pursue democratic elections and constitutional reform, revive its economy, and ensure government […]
  • My Garden 2014: Spring is Here by Lo

    dandelionsalad
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    by Lo editor, Dandelion Salad April 22, 2014 Spring has finally arrived. Lots of dandelions! The lilac bushes have many buds and should be blooming later this week, hopefully. The strawberries are just beginning to have some blossoms. The red raspberry bushes are leafing out nicely. The blackberry plants are beginning to leaf out. I […]
  • Ralph Nader Radio: Airline Security, Safety, and Smoke; Tax Day; Electoral College and New Zealand

    dandelionsalad
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Dandelion Salad by Ralph Nader The Nader Page April 21, 2014 With Ralph in DC, David in LA and Steve in New Zealand, Ralph tells us how one airline made the mistake of bumping him from a flight, how Paul Ryan lives in a corporate bubble, how he might tweak our system of government, and […]
  • Ralph Nader: The U.S. is Teetering on the Verge of Being a Police State

    dandelionsalad
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    Dandelion Salad with Ralph Nader strugglevideomedia on Apr 18, 2014 Ralph Nader speaks at a meeting about whistleblowers in Yale Law School, April 1, 2014. As Jim Shelton reported in the New Haven Register, “Political firebrand Ralph Nader tore into the Obama administration’s claims of transparency Tuesday at Yale University, saying government spying and unchecked […]
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    The Best Defense

  • Welcome to Spartanburg!: The dangers of this growing American military obsession

    Thomas E. Ricks
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    By Jim Gourley Best Defense culture correspondent There are 25 Spartan-branded obstacle course races in the United States. Microsoft's Halo game series, whose protagonist is the last member of an elite group of futuristic super-soldiers known as Spartans, is a multi-billion dollar franchise. Recently named one of the "hot 100" companies by Internet Retailer and profiled in the Army Times, Ranger Up apparel company made approximately $4 million last year on sales of over 300,000 t-shirts. Sixteen of their 150 designs feature images of Spartan warriors. They're so popular they've been…
  • Sherman (VIII): Individual replacement is a better personnel system than rotation

    Thomas E. Ricks
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    It turns out that William T. Sherman, one of the best American generals ever, was no fan of the practice of rotation that the Army follows today. Rather, like retired Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Robert Rush, he favored the World War II method of sending in new men to seasoned units. Sherman wrote that, "I believe that five hundred new men added to an old and experienced regiment were more valuable than a thousand men in the form of a new regiment, for the former by association with good, experienced captains, lieutenants and non-commissioned officers, soon became veterans, whereas the latter were…
  • A letter to the West Point Class of 2014: No combat patch? That’s no problem!

    Thomas E. Ricks
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Maj. Crispin Burke Best Defense guest columnist An article in the New York Times the other day examined the West Point class of 2014, which faces the dubious distinction of being the first class in nearly a dozen years to enter a peacetime army. It's a daunting experience for a new lieutenant to lead soldiers twice their age, even more so to do it as a as a "slick sleeve" -- the derogatory term given to soldiers who lack the distinctive "combat patch" on their right shoulder. Let me offer the Class of 2014 two pieces of advice. First, take a few lessons from West…
  • I think this is the fundamental problem in U.S. civil-military relations these days

    Thomas E. Ricks
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    The other day I was speaking on an Army base to a bunch of bright officers. Talking and listening, I came away with this thought: The fundamental problem in 21st century American civil-military relations is that we need presidents willing to listen and learn from dissenting generals -- and generals who know how to dissent in strategic discussions, and are willing to do so. This is not just a hit on President Obama, though I think he has stumbled in this area with Admiral Mullen and General Mattis. Think, for example, of Tommy Franks, unable to see that Phase IV of the Iraq war was his…
  • Hunter: Wash Post obit of Gen. Mundy was a shamefully disguised editorial

    Thomas E. Ricks
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    By Duncan Hunter Best Defense guest columnist Using an obituary to editorialize against a man is the worst of bad taste.  Matt Schudel's obituary for the Washington Post on former Marine Corps Commandant General Carl Mundy appeared to be more of an editorial espousing liberal views on gays in the military and women in combat. The column served neither the truth nor the legacy of a great Marine general.  Schudel excoriates Mundy for his stand against allowing homosexuals into the ranks and resisting the movement to place women in combat positions. Further, he takes Mundy to task for refusing…
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    Bill Starr's Blog

  • Sharpening the saw for liberty

    Bill Starr
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    In recent discussions, the questions has been raised as to the best actions a person living in the United States can take to improve our society.For those with a bent to liberty, it is important to remember that sharpening the saw is as important as using it. (Thanks to Stephen Covey).One of the advocates for freedom whose writings have been influential on me is Leonard Read, and in particular, his book "Elements of Libertarian Leadership". I highly recommend this book to any who would make themselves more effective in the cause of liberty in this world. In his closing remarks, Read…
  • Some thoughts on the Jim Irsay arrest

    Bill Starr
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I read an Associated Press article in the paper today that says police found multiple prescription drugs in the vehicle of Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, during a Sunday night traffic stop.The AP also reports that Irsay acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago.I know little about Mr. Irsay, but I have trouble understanding why either of these things amounts to a case for government action against Mr. Irsay.The article gives no indication that the prescription medicines were not legally obtained, nor whether Mr. Irsay caused any injury or property damage while driving,…
  • Two Hours Before the Sun, Jim Burdsall

    Bill Starr
    17 Mar 2013 | 5:49 pm
    A shorten version of the following was published in today's Sunday Indianapolis Star newspaper.Two Hours Before the SunWhat are Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma afraid of? Why won’t they permit a summer study to review Indiana’s time zone? Is it because there is no social, commercial, or geographical reason for any portion of Indiana to be in the Eastern Time Zone? In 2005, the leadership of the General Assembly killed a proposal for a time zone referendum to be placed on the 2006 ballot. It is obvious that Big Brother believes Big Brother knows what…
  • Tragic accident related to Indiana's time zone

    Bill Starr
    12 Mar 2013 | 5:34 am
    From: Bill StarrTo: Tom Jekel <tjekel at therepublic.com>Cc: Susannah H. Dillon <shdillon at indy.rr.com>; Dr. John B. Quick <bcscsupt at bcsc.k12.in.us>; Barry Wright -- WCSI News <news at wcsiradio.com>Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:24 AMSubject: Fw: News releaseHello, Mr. Jekel.This is not a letter to the editor for publication, but I encourage you to run the attached letter from my friend, Sue Dillon, as a guest column. Sue is president of the Central Time Coalition, an organization of Hoosiers, including myself, who would like to see Indiana restored to the…
  • My two cents on Indiana's quirky time zone

    Bill Starr
    9 Mar 2013 | 12:52 pm
    Wow. A year since my last blog post, and this one is the same subject as the last one.Indiana's quirky time zone
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • POTUS Dreams of Sushi

    Roberto
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • It's War!

    Roberto
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.[Former mayor] Michael Bloomberg has declared war (again) on the National Rifle Association, pledging to spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grass-roots network he hopes will be able to fight the N.R.A.
  • As Good As Any Other Explanation

    Roberto
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:57 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.It probably didn't happen this way, but this is ... as good as any other explanation.
  • Judgment Day

    Roberto
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Word has it Fred Phelps, Sr., merchant of hate and prejudice, is at death's door.I can't imagine what Hell for Fred Phelps would look like, but I bet it will be nicely decorated, and that all the boys at the gym will be wearing short shorts.
  • Jan

    Roberto
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she will not run for re-election, ending speculation that she might seek a third term.Chances, are, though, that when Jan rides off into the sunset, there will be plenty of guns left in the valley.
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    The Left Coaster

  • Re-Activate the 12th Fleet

    Steve
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    From the moment Vladimir Putin starting referring to eastern Ukraine as “New Russia” last week, Obama needed to abandon any notion that Putin needed off-ramps from his behavior, and instead needed to acknowledge that Putin looked for an opening to implement a sophisticated effort to swallow Crimea and then Ukraine. No one should think it will stop here. As such, after seeing people like Bob Gates, Dick Cheney, and Hillary Clinton be proven right about Putin, Obama is taking a clear-eyed view of Putin and his true ambitions, and has now recast the relationship as one of containment rather…
  • Of Course They'd Shut Him Down

    Steve
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    With increasing talk of the GOP retaking the Senate this fall, even if only numerical control and not operational control, why after watching the full range of Republican obstructionism these last five years do members of the media question how far the GOP would go once they seized control of both houses? Would the GOP tie down the White House into endless congressional hearings and investigations by both houses? Of course they would. Would a GOP Senate stop Obama's ability to make appointments and get lower-court justices confirmed for the remainder of his term? Of course they would. Do you…
  • Paul's Real Target Is Jeb

    Steve
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    While Democrats focus on avoiding any more losses in 2014, a major civil war is shaping up within the GOP for 2016. As Mother Jones reported today, Rand Paul is opening a new front against the GOP establishment not on domestic policy or fealty to Tea Party dogma, but rather foreign policy. And Paul is choosing his targets carefully, and in a way that some beltway pundits have yet to see. While Chris Matthews and others were focusing on how Paul is directly going after the Bush/Cheney foreign policy record and asserting the need for an isolationist course, they never went a step further to…
  • Rand Paul: Compliment Caterpillar for Tax Avoidance and Corporate Welfare

    Steve
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Now lost in the blizzard of news this morning from the Roberts' court latest destruction of our democracy was yesterday's silliness between Carl Levin and Rand Paul about Caterpillar's $2.4 billion in federal tax avoidance through permissible Swiss shelters. Yes, as Levin said it was an outrage. Yes, as Paul said, it was permissible and the tax code should be on trial here. I agree Senator Paul, so let's put the tax code on trial, and ask you as a likely 2016 presidential candidate why a company with billions in profits since 2000 should be allowed to use schemes like these to avoid paying…
  • Go On Offense

    Steve
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    A week can be a long time in politics. Just a week ago, things looked bleak for Democrats and Obama for 2014. But then the Paul Ryan Vanity Project collided with 7 million new signups under the Affordable Care Act, and now the Democrats have the makings of a winning ticket for this year: Go on offense. One of Karl Rove’s basic tenets of politics was to attack from your area of weakness. In the same vein, Congressional Democrats and Barack Obama need to treat the next seven months as a sprint, an all-out attack campaign against their GOP opponents, day in and day out to push the GOP on…
 
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  • 62-Year-Old Bully Picks On Disabled Kids, But He's The Real Victim

    The Young Turks
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    62-Year-Old Bully Picks On Disabled Kids, But He's The Real Victim "An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair an... From: The Young Turks Views: 83389 2682 ratings Time: 04:03 More in News & Politics
  • Rare Good News For Gender Rights In India

    The Young Turks
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Rare Good News For Gender Rights In India "India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gend... From: The Young Turks Views: 38600 1130 ratings Time: 03:27 More in News & Politics
  • Sensitive Mayor Sends SWAT Team After Fake Twitter Account

    The Young Turks
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Sensitive Mayor Sends SWAT Team After Fake Twitter Account "Police trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria's mayor have raided a home and seized computers. Three people a... From: The Young Turks Views: 47008 1482 ratings Time: 08:11 More in News & Politics
  • Why Did Snowden Ask Putin The Surveillance Question?

    The Young Turks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Why Did Snowden Ask Putin The Surveillance Question? Edward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to... From: The Young Turks Views: 41011 1291 ratings Time: 07:57 More in News & Politics
  • The Best/Worst Part About Obama's Immigration Talk With Cantor

    The Young Turks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The Best/Worst Part About Obama's Immigration Talk With Cantor President Barack Obama said Thursday he was "surprised" by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's strong-worded attack on Democrats' immigration reform push af... From: The Young Turks Views: 31927 915 ratings Time: 11:22 More in News & Politics
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  • In drought areas, the big problem is grass – lawns, golf courses, parks

    Bob Morris
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Xeriscaping. Low water usage doesn’t mean barren or drab. In Las Vegas, as well as in other drought areas, lawns and grass use 70% of the water. Grass in semi-arid areas and deserts can no longer be tolerated. There are too many people and not enough water. Xeriscaping creates attractive landscaping in homes and parks and conserves water use. Grass is not needed. Neither are golf courses in deserts. They just aren’t. The real water hog is not people, many say, but grass: About 70% of Las Vegas water goes to lawns, public parks and golf courses. A rebate program has already ripped…
  • Bundy Ranch. The underlying issue. Too much federal land

    Bob Morris
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Officials from nine Western states met recently in Salt Lake City to discuss ways to take back control of federal lands within their borders, saying the feds mismanage it. Utah lawmakers have passed a resolution demanding the federal government cede title to federal land. This not a fringe movement. It’s going mainstream in the West, propelled by the highly visible Bundy Ranch confrontation. “What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” [Utah House Speaker Becky] Lockhart said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The West historically has never had…
  • Rise of corporate Democrats, beholden to business not people

    Bob Morris
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Credite: vimeo.com/laane Faux progressives, pretend liberals, and corporate Democrats are increasingly taking power, especially in California. You know the type. They mouth platitudes about supporting the environment and helping the poor then consistently vote against any such measures, preferring instead to shovel in corporate money. And there is plenty of corporate, PAC, and special interest money available to them. Those who whine about how the Koch Brothers control politics through money are being deliberately evasive. Democratic politicians also have access to huge amounts of money. Both…
  • Golden Retriever rescue from Taiwan. Love and second chances.com

    Bob Morris
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Oscar (and his new buddy behind him) This is Oscar. He was rescued in Taiwan by Love and Second Chances, spent 21 hours on a flight to SFO, and is now in his forever home at my friend Jim’s ranch. Too often in Taiwan, dogs are neglected, abused, and abandoned. Oscar had been chained to a post in a tiny back yard for three years. He needed medical attention when he was rescued in Taiwan. His fur was heavily matted. His back legs are weak from lack of exercise and need strengthening. That will come with time. Jim says Oscar is super friendly, fit in immediately with his three other dogs,…
  • European media publisher fears Google power

    Bob Morris
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Many news sites are highly dependent on ad revenue from Google. Yet Google’s Borg-like control over search, video, email, and mobile, as well as advertising is making media giants nervous. The chief executive of Axel Springer, one of Europe’s largest media publishers, has said that his company is afraid of the power that Google has accumulated, and worries that the search giant is becoming a “superstate” immune from regulation. There are real conflict of interest questions when Google also competes against such a company. He refers to a case where a change to…
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  • The 2014 Business License Compliance Handbook

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Almost every business operating in the United States of America is required to maintain multiple business licenses, permits, and tax registrations with the government. That’s a tall order when you consider that there are 55 states and territories, over 3,000 counties and parishes, approximately 36,000 municipalities, and over 35,000 special purpose districts that overlay these governmental authorities. Every one of these entities has the authority to require a license, permit, or registration. They often do. Consequently, a comprehensive business license portfolio often includes 4…
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  • Buyer's Guide to Electronic Medical Records Systems

    11 Oct 2013 | 12:00 am
    EMR systems replace paper patient charts with computer records: they store physicians' notes, x-rays, prescriptions, and any other medical information usually found in paper records in electronic form. This makes searching and retrieving data easier, improves efficiency and accuracy, and allows doctors to access patients' information remotely.Electronic medical records systems also provide benefits such as reduced mistakes caused by bad handwriting, drug interaction precautions, and improved billing and insurance handling. They're also required by law to meet certain security and privacy…
 
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  • Is Radical Islam Un-American?

    BobMcCarty
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Guest writer Paul R. Hollrah reminds us there is no place in a democracy for those who want to abolish [it], even with a peaceful vote and there is no place in a democracy for Islamists who acknowledge no respect for U.S. constitutional principles or the rule of law. Continue reading →
  • Why Can’t Elected Officials Force DIA to Comply With the Law?

    BobMcCarty
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I stand amazed at how much the responses I've received from Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner have varied since Jan. 13 when I contacted the offices of these people who purport to represent me and my fellow citizens in the Show-Me State in the U.S. Congress and asked for help in dealing with officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Continue reading →
  • DIA Continues to Stonewall Freedom of Information Act Request — 639 Days (So Far)

    BobMcCarty
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Unless something unexpected happens during the next two days, a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency will turn 639 days old Wednesday, and a citizen's access to unclassified details about government purchases of polygraph machines will continue to be squelched. Continue reading →
  • WE’RE CLUCKED: Obama’s ‘Chickens’ Have Come Home

    BobMcCarty
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Since the first day that Barack Obama occupied the White House, he has extended the hand of friendship to the most brutal and intolerant people on the face of the Earth, writes guest writer Paul R. Hollrah. In doing so, he has denied the Judeo-Christian origins of our great nation. He has caused the gloom of a declining culture to fall across the face of America; his chickens have come home to roost. Continue reading →
  • Third Book Nears Finish Line

    BobMcCarty
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Three weeks ago, I began editing the 400-plus pages of the final draft of my still-untitled first fiction novel (a.k.a., "book #3). Today, I finished the process! I think you'll like it when it's released this summer. Continue reading →
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  • Switching to South Beach Smokes to Help my Husband’s Career

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

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

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

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

    admin
    8 Sep 2013 | 10:21 am
    We are just days away from watching the United States Congress take a vote on whether or not to take military action in Syria. Our president is adamant that this is the best decision, but the vast majority of Americans vehemently disagree. I have spent a lot of time studying the situation in Syria and I thought I would share my thoughts on it from a Christian perspective. First of all, let’s look at what’s happening in Syria right now. The Assad regime is undeniably cruel and no one doubts that this leader is not good for either Syria as a nation or for relations in the Middle East.
 
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  • Looking Back at Hollywood's Pre-Code Era

    Jesse Walker
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg takes a tour through Hollywood's pre-Code era, recommending movies left and right—some of them because they're good, some of them because they're weird and interesting even if they aren't exactly "good" in any normal aesthetic sense. To give you the flavor, here's her list of "Less Well-Known Remakes": The Letter, 1929—SLUTTIER THAN THE BETTE DAVIS REMAKE. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931—SLUTTIER THAN THE SPENCER TRACY REMAKE. Mädchen in Uniform, 1931—LESBIANER THAN THE 1970S REMAKE. The Maltese Falcon, 1931—GAYER AND SLUTTIER THAN THE HUMPHREY…
  • Twitter's Take on #MyNYPD Not Exactly What NYPD Hoped For

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    It's always a bit entertaining to watch misguided social media moves backfire. But there's a particular poetic justice when the moves are made by conceiveable villains like politicians or J.P. Morgan or...the New York City Police Department (NYPD). On Tuesday, @NYPDnews asked people on Twitter to post photos of themselves with officers, using the hashtag #MyNYPD. You can probably imagine how this went ....  After a few friendly posts, the response quickly shifted to folks using the #MyNYPD hashtag to highlight police brutality and abuse.  @MoreAndAgain: You might not have known this, but…
  • A. Barton Hinkle: A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage

    Reason.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant. So the Cato Institute has done a great service by filing a brief in Virginia's gay marriage case that makes a conservative argument for the liberal position. What's the argument? In short, writes A. Barton Hinkle, the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause demands equal treatment for same-sex couples. View this article.
  • Kurt Loder Reviews Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Reason.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Neil Patrick Harris hurls himself into the title role in the new Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opened last night at the Belasco Theatre on West 44th Street. As the "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig—also an intersexual train wreck—he flounces across the stage in wild spangly drag-wear, high-kicking his gold platform boots, wisecracking through a face full of glittery makeup. He also, writes Kurt Loder wears a big feathery Farrah Fawcett-style wig very well. View this article.
  • A.M. Links: U.S. Troops in Poland, IRS Awards Tax Delinquent Employees, Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Suing

    Ed Krayewski
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    U.S. troops arrived in Poland for multi-country military exercises scheduled after the Russian annexation of Crimea. An American journalist with Vice, meanwhile, is being held hostage by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. President Obama's attempt at an "Asia pivot" received a response from China in the way of a massive military buildup. A million dollars in bonuses have been awarded by the Internal Revenue Service to employees who owe back taxes. A study by Verizon found that 34 percent of all data breaches in the public sector are due to "miscellaneous error." Cheerleaders for the…
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  • John Anderson, Helen Garner & racial offense

    Geoff
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    I am writing a book with the working title of Australia after socialism that explains the Australian intellectual left since the early 1990s. Tim Rowse in a review in Arena Magazine No. 4 of Meaghan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Parliament worthwhile? Further thoughts

    Geoff
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    I have an article in The Conversation on controversies around the performance of the Speaker of the Australian federal parliament.  A veteran MP from the conservative wing of a conservative party she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The end of Catholic reconservatism: reblogged from 2010

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:20 pm
    The appointment of George Pell to a position in the Vatican (as a budget-cutting manager) reminds us of the interminable debate about the power of Catholic conservatism in Australia. Back in 2010 I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Class in Australia: further comments to my article

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 9:48 pm
    I have an article in The Conversation examining conservative responses to class in Australia. My inspiration was the rather clunky Anglo-Marxism of John Strachey and Harold Laski in the 1930s. They... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Alfred Chandler and Amazon

    Geoff
    4 Jan 2014 | 7:08 pm
    What parallels can be drawn between contemporary transformations in the Internet and the corporate reconstruction of capitalism (to use Martin Sklar’s phrase) in the past? Says Xavier Rizos The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 7 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As promised on Tuesday, today, on Freedom Friday, I am wrapping up sharing the video series, "Questions of Influence", NewsChannel5 ran concerning the questionable dealings of the Haslam Administration. Part 7 is basically a summary of the first 6 parts, but it does add some new information, too. The video for Part 7 is embedded below, or can be watched by clicking here.Below today's video, I review what we've learned.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather NewsChannel5 brought out the following in this investigative report :The state's motor pool was turned over to Enterprise Rental Car…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 6 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today, we're into the stretch run of the video series detailing the questionable dealings of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's Administration. Part 6 is about five-and-a-half minutes long and can be summarized with one simple question - "What's the big secret?"I plan to wrap the series up on Friday. So, don't miss it. Segment 6 is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - www.NewsChannel5.com investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide -…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 5 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    "Unfair advantage"? Competiveness? Bids?We don't need no stinking competitive bids! Fuhgeddaboutit.Today is Part 5 in the series about the dealings of The Haslam Administration. The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - NewsChannel5.com's investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7 (thesecondchancesheepdog.blogspot.com)The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today's video segment is Part 4 of NewsChannel5's investigative report, "Questions of Influence", about the questionable wheelings and dealings of Bill Haslam's Adminstration. I plan to run Part 5 later in the week and wrap the series up next week.The interesting thing about this segment is that, like in Part 3, I find myself once again agreeing with someone, Steve Gill, that I'm not a fan of. When he says that if a Democrat was in the governor's office with this sort of stuff going on, the Republicans would "be pitching a hissy fit," he's absolutely right. They would. So why are they…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Today is Part 3 of the video series on the "dealings" of the administration of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and the series starts picking up some steam. The segment shared today is just under six minutes and will likely get your blood pressure up a bit.Normally, there is very little that I agree with Democratic Tennessee State Representatives Sherry Jones and Mike Turner about. However, this is one of those times. Rep. Jones nailed it on the head when she referred to these real estate dealings as "conflicts of interest."Part 3's video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking…
 
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  • Why Obama Must Be in Asia

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
  • Keystone Uncensored

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
  • Sotomayor's Legally Illiterate, Logically Indefensible Dissent

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
  • The High Cost of Liberalism

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business DailyLiberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives.Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind of world that liberals envision has costs that will not go away just because these costs are often ignored by liberals.One of those costs appeared in an announcement of a house for sale in Palo Alto, the community…
  • Obama's Lies Have Led to Global Mistrust

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Michael Goodwin, New York PostAs a young reporter, I once expressed shock at how routinely and reflexively government officials lied to the press. A savvy newspaper vet who overheard me just smiled and told me not to take it personally.“Why shouldn’t they lie to you?” the late, great Murray Kempton asked. “They lie to themselves all the time.”
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  • An interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    NEW YORK Last Wednesday afternoon, I interviewed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in his office at New York’s City Hall. Here is a transcript of the interview, which is the basis of my Monday column on de Blasio and the city. My questions have been shortened and I have included some background on issues that might not be familiar to those who live outside New York. My thanks to Ross Tilchin and Jeremy Waldron for helping me put together this transcript. Read full article >>
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stays on offense

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    NEW YORK To say that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. Read full article >>
  • Jeb Bush’s optimism school

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    NEW YORK The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. Read full article >>
  • A program conservatives should love

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    We are at a point at which we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie. Don’t laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation’s extraordinary network of civic and religious charities. Read full article >>
  • On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, politicians should follow LBJ’s way

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been building for many years now: a thoroughly justified revival of Lyndon B. Johnson’s standing. Read full article >>
 
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  • Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    James Yeager is calling from Cliven Bundy’s front yard, where he’s one of several (he won’t say how many) providing 24-hour security to the Bundy family. He and his friend packed up “a full medical kit and a camera” and drove 26 ½ hours from their home in Camden, Tennessee last week to document what he calls “a tremendous overreach of federal power.” He’s been posting daily videos to his YouTube site. When asked if he also packed weapons, Yeager said, “of course. I’m always armed. This is not any different than any other day for me.” James Yeager with rancher Cliven…
  • Oklahoma Won’t Stop Trying To Restrict Women’s Access To The Abortion Pill

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Oklahoma lawmakers aren’t deterred when harsh abortion restrictions get overturned in court for violating the bounds of Roe v. Wade. They simply try again. For the third time, the state has approved a measure that will severely restrict women’s access to the abortion pill, a non-surgical method of ending an early pregnancy. The move comes less than a year after the courts prevented Oklahoma from enforcing a similar law that was passed in 2011. The Center for Reproductive Rights, the group that has repeatedly litigated against Oklahoma’s recent attempts…
  • Hours After Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban, Wisconsin Lawmaker Offers Copycat Proposal

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    CREDIT: (AP Photo/Al Behrman) On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan ballot initiative banning race-conscious affirmative action in that state’s university system. The decision surprised virtually no one, given this Supreme Court’s longstanding skepticism of affirmative action programs. Nevertheless, Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) waited only a few hours after the decision was handed down before taking a victory lap. Not long after Court delivered its opinions in this case, Grothman announced that he would reintroduce a similar ban on race-conscious admission in…
  • All Four Of North Carolina’s GOP Senate Candidates Are Climate Deniers

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Rev. Mark Harris, right, was one of the four Republican primary candidates for North Carolina’s Senate seat who denied the reality of climate change Tuesday night. CREDIT: AP Photo / Ted Richardson On Tuesday, all four Republican candidates vying for North Carolina’s Senate seat were asked if climate change is a fact. All four said no. It was the first televised debate of the primary campaign, and featured four candidates: State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), who is leading in funding and in the polls; physician Greg Brannon, a Tea Party member and Tillis’ main rival;…
  • South Carolina Town Defends Fired Lesbian Police Chief Against Anti-Gay Mayor

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    CREDIT: WBTW/Screenshot The Town Council of Latta, South Carolina took action Tuesday night in defense of recently fired Police Chief Crystal Moore, who many people believe Mayor Earl Bullard fired because she is openly gay. First, the Latta Town Council voted unanimously (6-0) on an emergency ordinance that blocks Bullard from replacing Moore for about two months. During that time, the town will have a chance to vote on a referendum adjusting the basic governing structure to grant more power to the council and less to the mayor. If that adjustment is made, council members say they will vote…
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  • Dems Self-Inflicted Wound: Weak Leadership for Retirement Reform

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    If you had to pick the Democratic Party's most harmful blind spot, a good choice would be its general indifference to retirement policy. We're so busy chasing after young voters and other constituencies that we have apparently ceded the senior vote to the conservatives, who gleefully accept it as a freebie, offering seniors nothing but fear-mongering about government spending and tax cuts for the wealthy in return. Yes, I know senior voters tend to cast their ballots for the GOP, at least the ones who show up. And show up they do in the midterm elections in more impressive numbers than any…
  • Lux: How Warren's Challenge Can Help Dems in 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Mike Lux, author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be, is cross-posted from HuffPo: Conventional wisdom is congealing. Too many Democrats are becoming locked in a defensive crouch, fearing that a 2010-style monsoon season is upon us because Obamacare is unpopular, Republicans will be fired up to vote and Democrats won't. And they could be right, although if they are, it will mainly be because of their own fears. But it doesn't have to be this way. There is still plenty of time to change the dynamics in the 2014 race,…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    "House Democrats, battered by Koch brothers ads and facing a grim outlook for the midterms, are providing the clearest indication yet of how they plan to respond: By shoring up imperiled incumbents and only the most promising challengers, but most likely leaving some of the party's upstart hopefuls to fend for themselves...House Majority PAC, a leading Democratic super PAC and one of the biggest players in congressional races, will begin placing its first round of TV ad reservations, according to an outline first shared with POLITICO. Of the 24 districts the group is reserving commercial time…
  • The Real GOP "Civil War"

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Every time you turn around, some primary fight or rhetorical tussle involving Republicans is labeled a "civil war," which typically inflates arguments over strategy and tactics into matters of deep principle (and also creates a misleading impression of "moderation" when less extreme strategy and tactics are adopted for the same ideological agenda). At TPMCafe this week, I continued an ongoing critique of "phony wars" within the GOP, and noted one area where the not-so-friendly-fire is real: The phony-war dynamics of intra-GOP disputes is apparent just under the surface on a remarkably wide…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Greg Sargent notes at The Plum Line that "Brian Beutler has a good piece documenting the GOP's "grand swindle," in which Republicans claim to support Obamacare's goals but still refuse to own up to the actual implications of repeal, which shows they don't actually support those goals. As Beutler notes, it's partly on Dems to make sure this swindle fails: 'The good news is that it will fail if Democrats are prepared to remind the public that Obamacare created these benefits; Republicans voted against Obamacare, to a person; they are still trying to repeal it; and they have a long record of…
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  • Election expenses for five years cross Rs 1.5 lakh crore

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    As ongoing Lok Sabha polls reach the sixth phase, a new study has found that the total money spent on all elections in last five years has crossed Rs 1,50,000 crore and over half of these funds have come from “unaccounted sources”. The study, conducted by think-tank CMS, comes at a time when various political parties are accusing each other of using alleged black money in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, which began on April 7 and will continue till May 12. So far, voting has taken place in 232 Lok Sabha seats across five phases, while a further 311 constituencies will go to polls in…
  • Kejriwal slams Modi, Rahul for “massive poll spending”

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Pitching his ‘aam-aadmi’ credentials, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit out at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for their “helicopter democracy,” while projecting himself as an “honest” alternative. On his way to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls from this holy city, the AAP leader highlighted the “massive” spending in the advertisement campaigns for Mr. Modi and Mr. Gandhi and asked people to decide what kind of democracy they want. “Somebody was saying that Modi is spending Rs. 5000 crore…
  • Jharkhand court issues arrest warrant against BJP leader Giriraj Singh

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    BOKARO (Jharkhand): A court here on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against former Bihar minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his inflammatory speech during a poll meet in the district. Sub-divisional judicial magistrate Amit Sekhar issued the warrants against Giriraj Singh for his alleged remarks that people who do not vote for Narendra Modi will have to find a place in Pakistan. Singh is facing charges under IPC sections 153 A (promoting enmity between classes), 295 A (maliciously insulting religion or religious beliefs of any class) and 298 (uttering any word or making any sound in…
  • Akhilesh blames Cong, says Third Front to form govt

    Alka Anand Singh
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Mumbai : The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav came to Mumbai on last leg of North Central candidate of Samajwadi Party, Farhan Azmi’s campaign. Yadav was dismayed the way Congress was pointing fingers at a particular business house and the BJP for being supported by them. “Congress is pointing fingers at a businessman for supporting the BJP, but till few years ago Congress was being supported by the same business house,” said Yadav. “The environment should be to encourage entrepreneurship and good business and not have monopoly. The way Congress allowed certain…
  • Shiv Sena’s Ramdas Kadam targets Muslims at a rally as Modi looks on

    Alka Anand Singh
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Mumbai: The targeting of specific communities is on the rise with a few right wing leaders pouring vitriol in their election speeches. Confident of a BJP-led NDA victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam said on Monday that “Muslims” who vandalised police vehicles, damaged public property and attacked women police personnel during the Azad Maidan riots in August 2011, “will not be spared”. Kadam added that Narendra Modi will also avenge the attacks on Indian soldiers by Pakistan once he became the Prime Minister. “Within six months of…
 
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  • The Gain in Spain

    Michael Spence
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Spanish economy is beginning to attract investors’ attention – and not only because asset prices are depressed in the current climate. While there are huge problems that must still be overcome, there is also a clear sense on the ground that the economy has passed a turning point, roughly at the start of this year.
  • The Road to Slovyansk

    Yuriko Koike
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Ukraine crisis has demonstrated that one person alone can endanger world peace. And, given the weakness of the US response so far, that one person might not be only Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. If US President Barack Obama demonstrates that he can order the use of force in circumstances other that secret drone attacks or covert operations, the result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo.
  • Israel’s Ukraine Dilemma

    Itamar Rabinovich
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As if relations between Israeli and the US were not strained enough, Israel has refused to join the US in condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea. While Israel’s decision to turn its back on its most important ally is risky, it is not surprising, given that the US lacks an effective policy toward Russia's presence in the Middle East.
  • The Great Global Bazaar

    Esther Dyson
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Traveling to new places – near or far – can help cultivate the ability to form meaningful connections with people of different backgrounds. The most interesting lessons often lie in the mundane – the aspects of everyday life that locals take for granted and tourists tend to overlook.
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  • Remembering Rubin Hurricane Carter..Our Hard Knock Radio Interview

    mrDaveyd
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Rubin Hurricane Carter Hard Knock Radio 04-21-2014: We talk with the two reporters who were on the scene last year in Boston during the bombings that took place at the conclusion of the marathon.. Chris Farone and Dart Adams share their thoughts on what was going on then and now and how the response to those bombings impacted our civil liberties .. Later on in the show we give a throwback interview featuring former HKR co-host  Weyland Southon speaking w/ Rubin Hurricane Carter who passed away over the weekend.. The former celebrated boxer turned prison rights activist was someone who showed…
  • MSNBC Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom Breaks Down Trayvon Martin Case

    mrDaveyd
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    Lisa Bloom Hard Knock Radio 04-16-14: We speak NBC legal analyst, lawyer and author Lisa Bloom about the her book Suspicion Nation which gives keen insight into the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman trial which she feels was botched by the prosecutors.. During our conversation Ms Bloom lays out 5 key egregious mistakes and oversights about the trial which led to its messed up outcome. Among the points raised is the mistreatment and harassment of  the only non white juror, Maddy, who for weeks felt singled out, demeaned, and belittled by the five white jurors. Things got so bad that she…
  • Reflections on a Good Friday… Are We Crucifying or Stopping Crucifixions?

    mrDaveyd
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Thinking about Jesus and the sacrifice he made this Good Friday..In doing so, its noted that he was chased down, unfairly prosecuted and crucified. And while we all know the story of his resurrection in which there is joy, the question for us as Christians, who are we chasing down, unfairly prosecuting and symbolically, literally crucifying?? Is it the poor and homeless who we point fingers at and scorn because they do not have the material trappings and economic security we have been blessed with, so we chase them out of our neighborhoods? Do we recognize their humanity and try to be…
  • Can We Trust the Uber Rich like Michael Bloomberg on Gun Control?

    mrDaveyd
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Was peeping Michael Bloomberg on the Today Show talking about all the money he’s set to lay out and the new tactics he set to deploy to enact what he describes as sensible gun control legislation.. He’s gearing up to launch NRA type organization that pushes for gun control. His goal is to have this organization be such that if politicians don’t follow its dictates they pay a hefty price at the ballot box. He intends to use the same political strong-arm bullying approach as the NRA.. Like most of the folks around me, I can’t stand the wanton violence that frequently…
  • A Tale of Two Mothers in America in a Post Racial Society

    mrDaveyd
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    A tale of two mothers…. The one with red hair on the left, Catalina Clouser decided to get high and drove for 12 miles with her 2 month old baby on the roof of her car..By the time she realized her baby wasn’t in the car, it was too late.. The baby fell off and was found still in his car seat in the middle of busy freeway.. fortunately unharmed…Clouser was just sentenced and got probation..http://nydn.us/1m7ogNE Meanwhile in the woman on the right Shanesha Taylor was homeless and trying to get her life on better footing. She had a job interview and could not get anyone to…
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  • Federal Judges Order Obama Administration to Release Memo Justifying Assassination of Americans

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Obama administration has been ordered by a panel of federal judges to release its legal justification for assassinating Americans suspected of terrorist ties.   Critics of the controversial program have sought the legal memo in question since the 2011 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who died in Yemen following a drone strike.   The Obama White House has insisted that the government can lawfully assassinate Americans who join up with terrorist organizations. In the case of Awlaki, his purported ties to al Qaeda justified the decision to target the man from New…
  • Oklahoma Legislators, Bowing to Big Business, Raise Rates for Small Producers of Solar and Wind Power

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Lawmakers in Oklahoma have decided to help utility companies by opening the way for them to charge higher rates to homeowners and small business owners who generate electricity through wind and solar power.   Senate Bill 1456 (pdf), which cleared the legislature and now awaits a decision from Republican Governor Mary Fallin, permits utilities to approach the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to charge a higher base rate to customers who generate solar and wind energy and sell their excess power back into the grid.   The legislation—which passed in spite of opposition from solar…
  • Cold War could Turn into Wet War if U.S. Navy Dolphins Deploy to Black Sea

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Only two nations in the world use dolphins for military purposes—the United States and Russia—and this summer the two sides may wind up bottlenose to bottlenose in the Black Sea.   A news report out of Russia says the U.S. Navy plans to deploy its specially trained dolphins to the Black Sea during the summer months.   The Izvestia story quoted an American official, Tom LaPuzza with the Navy’s Marine Mammal Program, as saying 20 U.S. dolphins and 10 sea lions will travel from their home base in San Diego, California, to spend up to two weeks participating in NATO…
  • Sale of Post Office Properties Ignored Historical Importance

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
      As mandated by Congress, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been selling off many of its properties, including post office buildings, to help reduce its budgetary problems. But USPS officials failed to abide by federal regulations governing the preservation of historic public property while carrying out sales of important structures and art.   As of last June, the Postal Service had sold 22 historic properties during a period of two-and-a-half years, according to the agency’s Office of Inspector General (IG). At that time, officials planned to put another 25 historic…
  • Nebraskans Want Colorado to Share Cost of Prosecuting Citizens Caught with Marijuana in Nebraska

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Six states share a border with Colorado, one of the first in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use, and one of those neighbors, Nebraska, is clamoring for Colorado to help cover the costs of prosecuting Nebraskans caught bringing pot home, where it is not legal.   In western Nebraska, the part of the state closest to Colorado, local law enforcement has noticed an increase marijuana arrests. Police and sheriffs attribute the increase to Nebraskans going over the border and buying pot in Colorado, which sells up to a quarter ounce to out-of-state residents who are 21 or older…
 
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  • Legislative lineup card: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    cpmaz
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Note: During the writing of this post, the “Farley Report” , a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Capitol from State Sen. Steve Farley hit my email inbox; per his report, Wednesday may … Continue reading →
  • Theocracy is a sweet deal in Arizona

    Donna Gratehouse
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com Center for Arizona Policy is hosting its annual shindig, featuring renowned Fox News gasbag Charles Krauthammer as keynote speaker, at the Sheraton in downtown Phoenix on May 3rd. I thought about buying a ticket and trying to … Continue reading →
  • AZ Court of Appeals revives GOP legislators’ challenge to Gov. Brewer’s Medicaid (AHCCCS) expansion

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The real “Obamacare death panel” — 36 Arizona Tea-Publican legislators and their lawyers at the “Kochtopus” Death Star, The Goldwater Institute — in their quest to overturn Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid (AHCCCS) expansion plan to deny health care to tens … Continue reading →
  • ‘Ancestral rights’? Welfare cowboy Cliven Bundy is a fraud

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The conservative media entertainment complex-invented wingnut hero of the moment is welfare cowboy Cliven Bundy of Nevada, who does not recognize the U.S. government because he claims “ancestral rights” to the federal land on which this freeloader grazes his cattle … Continue reading →
  • The myth of the ‘swing voter’ – it’s base voter turnout, stupid!

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Pay attention media villagers! Your “swing voter” conventional wisdom (CW) reporting is total B.S., as I have pointed out several times here over the years, and political scientist Lynn Vavreck reaffirms today in the New York Times.  The Myth of … Continue reading →
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  • They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate

    Rachael Stoeve
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Supporters of detainees on hunger strike the Northwest Detention Center gather during a demonstration on April 5. Photo by Alex Garland Photography. At 6:30 in the morning on February 24, Maru Mora Villalpando and eight other people locked their arms together and formed a human chain across the driveway of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. A cold rain drizzled down as they stood in the path of a bus departing the facility, which held immigrants being considered for deportation, asylum, or residency. Through the tinted windows of the bus, Maru could just make out the silhouettes…
  • Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today

    Mark Engler
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This article originally appeared at Wagingnonviolence.org. Photo by Brett Tatman/ Flickr. Although Saul Alinsky, the founding father of modern community organizing in the United States, passed away in 1972, he is still invoked by the right as a dangerous harbinger of looming insurrection. And although his landmark book, Rules for Radicals, is now nearly 45 years old, the principles that emerged from Alinsky's work have influenced every generation of community organizers that has come since. The most lasting of Alinsky's prescriptions are not his well-known tactical guidelines—"ridicule is…
  • How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All

    Imara Jones
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at Colorlines.com. Photo by Kanaka Menehune / Flickr. As the enrollment date for Obamacare came to an end this week, one overlooked fact is that the law could have a dramatic impact on the job security and earnings of the working poor. More than one out three people who’ve signed up for coverageearn below the poverty threshold qualifying them for Medicaid, with the incomes of millions more eligible for subsidies to help pay insurance premiums. Disproportionately, people of color are clustered in jobs that pay by the hour and these individuals are more…
  • Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone)

    Kristin Moe
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Photos courtesy of National Workers Alliance, Matthew Black, and Minnesota AFL-CIO./p> "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." –Audre Lorde Here’s the scenario: This year’s epic drought devastates agriculture in California. Water use is rationed, so the cost of grain goes up, and, because cattle eat grain, the cost of beef goes up too. To cut expenses, the owners of a fast food restaurant cut a worker's wages and benefits by a couple bucks an hour. Next month he won’t be able to send money to his wife and kids back in Mexico,…
  • The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement

    Fran Korten
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Photo by Jim Kuhn / Flickr. After the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, we all learned a new political term: "super PAC." Now, after the court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FCC on April 2, get ready for another one: "Joint Party Committee." Why? Because such a committee makes it easy for someone with a lot of money to influence our elections—with just one check. The good news is that the momentum for a constitutional amendment is growing Here’s what’s going on. The court left in place the limit of $5,200 that you can give directly to a single candidate in a single…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

    Don Yonker, Contributor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Image courtesy indecisionforever.com One can only wonder if the phrase, “et tu, Brute” ran through Fred Phelps mind when the congregation he nurtured and, in most cases, literally spawned, excommunicated him from the Westboro Baptist Church.  The sense of betrayal must have been crushing. As Fred’s estranged son Nathan Phelps said, “They took the one thing that meant everything to the man…That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”  Nathan Phelps also reported that prior to his father’s death he had been moved to a new house and watched over so he would not harm…
  • Twisting Freedom of Religion Into Religious Freedom

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Image courtesy thinkprogress.org If there is a single unifying theme that spans the entire career of the late, great comedian George Carlin, it is the importance of the words we use.  As far back as his original list of the seven words you can’t say on television, he spoke of the power of words, and warned us all that those who would manipulate language can easily manipulate thoughts. I was reminded of the relevance of Carlin’s warnings during the recent fight over the nameless Arizona SB 1062 bill, which Governor Jan Brewer (thankfully) vetoed.  This was the bill that would have…
  • A Dying Fred Phelps Will Be Silent — Let’s Keep It That Way

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images In the mid-1990s, I was one of the owners of the Humor listserv centered out of the University of Georgia, which was dedicated to sharing humorous anecdotes and jokes of all kinds, via email, in those early days of the Internet.  There were two groups of people in this particular listserv: those who received the humor emails, and those authorized to post the jokes.  My responsibilities included monitoring the traffic and analyzing and reporting on statistical trends associated with the subscribers.  This position made me…
  • AHA Forces Removal of Memorial Cross — Atheist Community Divided

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Image courtesy of Christian Post On March 6th, AnnMarie Devaney of Riverside, CA was forced to remove a 5-foot tall cross from a Lake Elsinore roadside — a memorial to her son that had been in place for almost two years.  The cross was on government property and had been ordered to be removed in January but, as of early March, was still in the place where Devaney’s son, Anthony, was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street in 2012. After receiving complaints from residents, the American Humanist Association wrote to government officials in Lake Elsinore, urging them to…
  • FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    He’s at it again. Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth And Helen Mirren.  (Chance are, those of you who clicked that Buzzfeed link saw the picture and then thought…
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  • The Tories are planning a defensive election strategy - and that's bad news for Labour

    George Eaton
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    With little chance of winning an overall majority, the Conservatives are focused on remaining the largest single party.  David Cameron and George Osborne during a Q&A session at the construction company Skanska in Rickmansworth today. Photograph: Getty Images. The news that the Tories have selected just 34 candidates in the 50 most marginal seats (compared to 48 for Labour) has led to renewed questions over the party's commitment to achieving a majority at the general election. It's worth noting, as ConservativeHome's Mark Wallace does, that the Tories have selected candidates in all 40 of…
  • How Ukip is turning left on the economy

    George Eaton
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    The party now favours strict limits on zero-hour contracts, the abolition of the bedroom tax and progressive taxation.  Nigel Farage arrives to speak at Ukip public meeting at Old Basing Village Hall on April 9, 2014 in Basingstoke. Photograph: Getty Images. For most of its existence, Ukip has positioned itself well to the right of the Conservative Party on the economy, advocating a radically smaller state, significantly lower taxes and a major programme of deregulation (albeit not in the area of immigration). But as the party rises to greater prominence, it is beginning to moderate its…
  • All is not what it seems with Venice’s separatist vote

    Anna Cento Bull
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    A flash in the pan, or the start of something big? In an unofficial referendum in March, 89 per cent of Venetians voted yes to independence. Photo: Getty Between 16 and 21 March an unofficial referendum took place in the Veneto region of Italy, supported by a plethora of pro-independence groups. The question put to residents was direct and straightforward: “Do you want the Veneto to become an independent and sovereign Federal Republic?” According to the organisers, the number of voters amounted to 2,360,245, representing 73 per cent of the regional electorate. Of these, 2,102,969 (89 per…
  • Why I say Ukip posters are racist

    Mike Gapes
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    The party's new campaign is designed to win votes by whipping up animosity against foreigners living and working and contributing to this country. One of the new Ukip posters released for the party's European election campaign. Far-right and nationalist parties have often sought power by blaming and scapegoating ethnic minorities and immigrants. We saw it in the 1930s with the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in Germany, and the similar unsuccessful activities here of Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists. Similar campaigns waged in the post-war years by the National Front and the…
  • Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign

    George Eaton
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.  Gordon Brown addresses Scottish Labour activists at St Josephs on March 10, 2014 in Glasgow. Photograph: Getty Images. More significant than the content of Gordon Brown's speech at a Better Together event today is the mere fact of it at all. At the outset of the Scottish independence battle, Brown refused to join the unionist umbrella group in favour of working with the single-party United with Labour. This reflected both his unremitting anti-Toryism and his reluctance to join…
 
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  • Rand Paul: Feds Caught David Petraeus Affair by Spying on His Email

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose affair was revealed by an investigation into his mistress, was a victim of the government's intelligence overreach. “They currently say that your emails after six months has no protection at all,” Paul said. “That’s how they got Petraeus having an affair - they looked at his emails after six months but they didn’t even need a warrant to look at his emails.” Paul made the remarks to former White House senior advisor David Axelrod ina discussion at the University of Chicago about…
  • Colorado Democrats Abandon Bill to Ban State Regulation of Abortion

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Last Wednesday, Colorado Democrats abandoned a NARAL-supported bill that would have banned any state regulation of abortion. The proposed legislation was dropped after the Democrat state senator who is the deciding vote publicly expressed his concerns about the proposal, making it evident Democrats might not have the votes to pass it in a chamber in which they hold only a single-seat majority. As the Associated Press reported, state Sen. John Kefalas said he, the deciding vote on the state’s Reproductive Health Freedom Act, had misgivings about voting along with the other members of his…
  • 'Chiraq': Chicago Becoming More Dangerous Than Terror-Torn Iraq

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    During the first two weeks of nice temperatures in Chicago this year--which included Easter weekend--the city was beset with some 100 shootings with nearly a dozen dead. This intense violence has earned the Windy City a brand new nickname bestowed by its own citizens: "Chiraq." Over Easter weekend, there were 45 separate shooting victims in Chicago, four of which died. The previous weekend saw 35 shootings in only 36 hours that resulted in several more deaths. There were even more shootings and deaths during the intervening days between the weekends, as well. All this violence has turned…
  • Despite Rollout Failures, Federal Obamacare Employees Awarded Big Raises

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Last year employees at the federal office in charge of implementing Obamacare were given raises despite the massive failures of the rollout of the president's takeover of our healthcare system. A recent Freedom of Information Act request made by the Washington Examiner discovered that employees of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were paid substantially more in 2013 compared to their 2012 salaries. The CMS is Obama's "ground zero in launching and managing Obamacare." The Examiner found that the payroll total for 2013 was $76 million, up from $69 million the previous year.
  • Colonoscopy Patient Sues Doctors for Making Fun of Him While He Was Unconscious

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va., April 22 (UPI) -- A Virginia colonoscopy patient has filed a lawsuit in Fairfax County Court alleging that doctors defamed him and inflicted emotional distress by mocking him while he was unconscious. In the suit, plaintiff D.B. alleges that Drs. Tiffany Ingham and Soloman Shah of Safe Sedation and Safe Sedation Management began making fun of him as soon as the anesthesia put him under. The plaintiff allegedly captured the doctors joking about shooting a gun up his rectum on a cellphone recording. "On April 18, 2013, during a colonoscopy, plaintiff was verbally…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Enasarco and the pension money used to play financial roulette

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    “Contributions paid in by workers for their pensions that are happily played on the roulette wheel for the joy of financial speculation. A Foundation like Enasarco that gets money from 250,000 active members including commercial agents and financial advisers, and then invests the money in funds located in tax havens, including one called “Anthracite”, a structured bond that was guaranteed by the failed Lehman Brothers, that has been subject to an array of different financial restructuring all of which were very opaque. We are waiting for responses about this. But above all, and here is…
  • Renzie and La Repubblica without shame

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    “After the “80 euro”, the “Jobs Act” for a lifetime spent as a “precarious worker” and other “clever talker“ promises, Renzi even goes on about the dark heart of Italy: the slaughters for which no one has yet been found guilty. In his revelation to the newspaper La Repubblica, he said "We have decided to remove the stamp of secrecy from the documents relating to the main happenings that struck our country and we’ll transfer them to the State Archive. To be clear: we’re talking about all the documents relating to the slaughters of Piazza Fontana, of Italicum and the…
  • Passaparola - The Italicum is unconstitutional - Attorney Besostri

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Italicum is unconstitutional(11:00) Your videos on : "Passaparola - The Ital ..." (4)Send in your video Last January (it seems like eons ago) the political parties and the official media were explaining to the Italians that without a new electoral law this Country was headed for disaster. One had to be devised immediately if not sooner and it wasn’t important with whom, even with someone that had been expelled from Parliament, like Berlusconi. In the interests of the poor dear souls (where do they live? Are they there or are they screwing us?), the M5S had to go and take a look at the…
  • Renzie’s promises pulled apart by The Economist

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    “When a politician of populist inclinations takes office, forms a government and unveils his programme, he usually has something to please everyone. So it seemed at first with Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi. Eight of the 16 ministers he announced on February 21st were women. They included Italy’s first female defence minister, Roberta Pinotti, and Federica Mogherini, who at 40 will be its youngest foreign minister since 1936. The average age of his cabinet (47) is even lower than that of his predecessor, Enrico Letta. It included choices to reassure employers and investors:…
  • The M5S will get rid of the Fiscal Compact

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Meet the M5S spokesperson in your city! Find out the weekend appointments! #VinciamoNoi {We’ll win!} "Giulio Tremonti has put forward the draft of a constitutional law that sets out the modification of articles 97, 117 and 119 of the Constitution relating to the issue of having a balanced budget constraint. Articles were immediately published with alarming headlines like: “Tremonti wants to get rid of Europe from the Constitution”, that makes people think there’s going to be the umpteenth mutilation of the text of the Constitution. In reality that’s not how things are at all, and…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid....
  • Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the...
  • HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE THAN...

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE THAN YOU It’s tax time again, April 15, when our minds turn toward paying the taxes we owe or possibly getting a tax refund.But what we don’t think about enough is whether our tax system is fair.The richest 1 percent of Americans are now getting the largest percent of total national income in almost a century. So you might think they’d pay a much higher tax rate than everyone else.  But you’d be wrong. Many millionaires pay a lower federal tax rate than many middle-class Americans. Some don’t pay any federal taxes at…
  • WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN...

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN HOUR Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action  — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00 Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation raising it nationally to $10.10, from the current $7.25 an hour. All this is fine as far as…
  • Today's Jobs Report and the Supreme Court's "McCutcheon" Debacle

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    What does the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” decision this week have to do with...
 
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  • It's Constitutional for Voters to Stop Their Government from Discriminating Based on Race

    Ilya Shapiro
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Ilya Shapiro Today the Supreme Court finally ruled on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, in which Cato filed a brief last summer. This is the case involving a challenge to a voter-approved Michigan state constitutional amendment that bans racial discrimination (including racial preferences) in higher education. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit had somehow manage to conclude that such a law violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, which … requires that state governments treat everyone equally, regardless of race. The ruling…
  • Justice Scalia on Anonymous 911 Tipsters

    Tim Lynch
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tim Lynch Today, the Supreme Court decided Prado Navarette v. California, a Fourth Amendment search case.  The Fourth Amendment limits the government’s power to stop and search people and the question in this case was whether the police overstepped their authority. Highway patrol pulled over a pick-up truck and the police smelled, and then found, marijuana.  The men arrested later challenged the legality of the stop in court.  If the stop was illegal, the marijuana would not be admitted into evidence, and the men would probably go free. The police said the stop was…
  • Central Africa’s Spreading Religious War

    Doug Bandow
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Doug Bandow Although the Middle East is most known for religious conflict, sectarian violence is spreading ominously across Africa.  The only good news is that so far the conflicts appear to be national rather than regional.  Sudan long has suffered from a complicated religious-ethnic conflict.  In Mali France was drawn into a religious-infused civil war.  Nigeria is a divided nation where long-standing sectarian antagonisms increasingly have been amplified by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.  Thankfully, fighting in the first two has ebbed.  Nigeria’s…
  • Gas Prices Are Pinching Again, and You Can Thank U.S. Trade Policy For Some of the Pain

    Scott Lincicome
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Scott Lincicome The summer driving season is still weeks away, but rising U.S. gas prices are already back in the news.  Last week, the average price for regular gasoline at U.S. gas stations hit $3.6918 a gallon – the highest since March 22, 2013 and up 43 cents this year.  Much of this price depends on global supply and demand, but certainly not all of it.  In fact, two archaic, little-known U.S. policies – vigorously defended by the well-connected interest groups who benefit from them – restrict free trade in petroleum products and, as a result, force American…
  • Chinese Company 3-D Prints a House for $4,800

    Marian L. Tupy
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Marian L. Tupy To paraphrase Lord Peter Bauer, the first recipient of the Milton Friedman prize, each child comes to this world not only with an empty belly, but also with a brain. Put differently, people are not parasites living off finite resources (though exception needs to be made in the case of most politicians and bureaucrats). They are discoverers and innovators, who look for ways to achieve more with less. They are the creators of wealth and drivers of human progress. As a reminder of human ingenuity, consider that a Chinese company was able use a massive 3-D printer to print 10…
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    A View from the Right

  • Torn-Curtain Call

    sirrahc
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    I have something different for you this Easter season. A real treat! A Facebook acquaintance of mine is Tom Graffagnino, Esq. (I added the “esquire” bit. Just sounded right.) Like me, Tom is a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, who is also quite concerned about the moral decline (among other things) in this nation and […]
  • The Growing Commercial Spaceflight Industry

    sirrahc
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    The following guest-post is from a young man trying to grow his essay-writing business. He contacted me and offered to research/write an original post on a topic of my choice. Since I had been meaning to return to the subject — well, some aspect of it, anyway — of commercial spaceflight, I decided to let […]
  • Response to a YEC about Creation and the Bible, part 2: Plain Readings and Explanatory Power

    sirrahc
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Unless you somehow missed it (and how could you?!), the previous post was the first part of my response to a Young-Earth Creationist, who expressed several concerns about my Old-Earth Creationist comments at the STR blog. I don’t recall the exchange being contentious, but “Doc” sure did think I was in danger of compromising the […]
  • Response to a YEC about Creation and the Bible, part 1: Biblical Truth and Scientific Theory

    sirrahc
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Earlier this month, I posted (in 2 parts) a response I gave some years ago to a skeptic who questioned the cosmology represented in the Bible. The exchange occurred in the comments section of the blog for STR, and there were others involved in the larger conversation. One of them in particular was a Young-Earth […]
  • The Tea Party Needs to Get Its Act Together

    sirrahc
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”  — Alvin Toffler I would like to share an excerpt from a lengthy article I read recently. It was in the January 2014 issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis magazine. The author, Charles […]
 
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  • Oman's Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

    Najlaa Habriri
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    The Middle East Economy: Between Oil Wealth and Youth Unemployment Quality education is fundamental to boost a country's economic performance. Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman has maintained an increasing growth rate and registered a mounting budget deficit against a backdrop of rising oil prices. As a middle-income economy, Oman relies heavily on energy revenues, which constitute as much as 45% of government revenues and around 50% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). In turn, unemployment is considered as a significant problem in a country of 3 million…
  • Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent: Herald of Contemporary Terrorism? (Part 1/2)

    Matthew Feldman
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    What can a 1907 novel teach us about contemporary terrorism? The modernist author Joseph Conrad "can be read," British philosopher John Gray provocatively argued, "as the first great political novelist of the twenty-first century." The case set out for this agonistic view in his 2002 "Joseph Conrad: Our Contemporary" departs from Conrad's 1907 novel The Secret Agent, which is based upon an "actual terrorist attempt on the Royal Observatory in 1894, when a French anarchist accidentally blew himself up in Greenwich Park before reaching his…
  • The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

    Nikita Sud
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    History in the Making: A Guide to the 2014 Indian Elections Transparency and accountability are hardly Narendra Modi's forte. India's Hindu Right is associated with the color saffron. The saffron flag, or bhagwa dhwaj, adorns the offices of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS or Sangh for short), which is at the core of the Hindu nationalist movement. The Sangh stands for an India of "one nation, one culture, one people." Under this philosophy, the Muslims and Christians of multi-religious, multi-cultural India must either depart the country's shores, or live as…
  • The New Cold War: Helping Ukraine

    Shawn Donnelly
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Ukraine's Crisis Explained Ukraine can and should be helped with a coordinated response from the EU and NATO. Russia's attempt to incorporate Ukraine into a new Russian sphere of influence or into a new Russian Empire poses clear and pressing challenges to the West in general, and the European Union (EU) in particular. While one may hope that sanctions deter future aggression from Moscow, Vladimir Putin's self-appointed guardianship of Russian-speaking minorities outside his country's borders suggests otherwise; as do Russian troop build-ups on the…
  • Malaysia in 2014: A Perspective from Thailand

    Pavin Chachavalpongpun
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Political Unrest in Thailand: The Crisis Explained Unrest in Thailand could influence political developments in Malaysia. Thai-Malaysian relations have in the past decade been predominantly shaped by the situation in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand. In 2004, under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, an Islamist insurgency re-erupted, seen in the incidents at Krue Sae Mosque in Pattani, where 32 Muslim militants were executed, and at Tak Bai district in Narathiwat, where 78 Muslim detainees suffocated to death while being transported to a military camp. But the real…
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  • American Encore

    Rachel Finkel
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Political leanings: Conservative/Republican Spending target At least $10 million American Encore, formerly known as the Center to Protect Patient Rights, is an Arizona-based 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that has ties to billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch. CPPR was formed in April 2009 in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Its stated mission was to “protect the rights of patients to choose and use medical care providers, promote the relationship between patients and their medical care providers, [and] advocate the rights of patients to independence and…
  • Tillis Response Ad Cries ‘False’

    D'Angelo Gore
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    A TV ad from GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis says that a recent attack ad about him from the Senate Majority PAC is “false.” We don’t think so. The Tillis campaign’s response ad says, “Seen those ads attacking Thom Tillis? They’re false. Tillis fired the staffers.” That’s a reference to an ad from the liberal Senate Majority PAC that says two of Tillis’ former top aides had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists, later “resigned” and then were “rewarded” with “taxpayer-paid bonuses.” Based on news…
  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

    Robert Farley
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not true for the same reason Democrats have been wrong when they’ve said women in the U.S. earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work. Neither is a direct comparison of pay for doing the same job. Blackburn’s claim was based on an analysis of White House staff members’ pay by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that concluded female…
  • More Weak Claims on Cotton’s Insurance Ties

    Robert Farley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Another liberal group is attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas by saying Cotton has experience in the insurance industry and is attempting to undermine Medicare. Cotton’s insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency. Last week, we fact-checked an ad from Senate Majority PAC that claimed Cotton, who’s running for Senate in Arkansas, “got paid handsomely working for insurance companies.” Now, Patriot Majority USA, a 501(c)(4) that is allied with Senate Majority PAC, is airing an ad that says Cotton once “bragged about his…
  • Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

    Brooks Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts. The fact is that the economy added just over 16.1 million jobs under the tax-cutting Reagan, but it added nearly 22.9 million under Democratic President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes. Supply-side Myth Paul’s misinformed recitation of economic history came during an April 12 “Freedom Summit” gathering of 2016 Republican presidential…
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  • Earth Day – High Holy Day of Paganism

    J.D. Longstreet
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Let me be clear at the outset of this commentary.  I am not making an attempt to impress you with my piety.  Heck, I’m just another old Pharisee trying to make my way through my remaining days on this confused, baffling, wondrous, puzzling, and often enigmatic little mud ball floating in third place from the sun. I’m as confused as the next guy, but then, occasionally, there’s a spark somewhere deep down in that place that passes for my mind.  It’s an idea that I feel compelled to pass along to my companions on this brief journey we call life. There’s nothing stellar or…
  • Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line

    Michael R. Shannon
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    This December it will be 42 years since the last male was drafted into combat, but it looks like the fun is just starting for women. Not that they will be going to the post office to register anytime soon. Instead woman already in the military — who thought they were being all they can be by typing 130 WPM or checking PowerPoint presentations for typos — will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wide–load Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month. Still, they won’t be seeing the elephant overnight.
  • Obama’s War on U.S. Energy

    Alan Caruba
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    A nation without adequate energy production is a nation in decline and that has been the President’s agenda since the day he took office in 2009. He even announced his war on coal during the 2008 campaign even though, at the time, it was providing fifty percent of the electricity being utilized. It’s useful to know that the U.S. has huge coal reserves, enough to provide energy for hundreds of years and reduce our debt through its export to nations such as Japan. It increased coal-fired power generation by ten percent in 2013 while Germany’s coal use reached the highest level since 1990.
  • Tower of Pisa policies

    Paul Driessen
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Using lies to shore up policies built on shaky foundations of climate, peak oil and sustainability. Built on a foundation of sand, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would have toppled over long ago, if not for ingenious engineering projects that keep it from tilting any further. The same thing is true of ethanol, automobile mileage, power plant pollution and many other environmental policies. Not only are they built on flimsy foundations of peak oil, sustainability and dangerous manmade climate change. They are perpetuated by garbage in-garbage out computer models and a system that rewards activists,…
  • Try to Ignore Earth Day

    Alan Caruba
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
      Try to ignore Earth Day, April 22. It won’t be easy. The print and broadcast media will engage in an orgy of environmental tall tales and the usual end-of-the-world predictions. It will scare the heck out of youngsters and bore the heck out of anyone old enough to know that we have had to endure the lies that hide the agendas that have driven the Greens since 1970 when the event was first proclaimed. The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is the third planet from the Sun and fifth-largest of the eight other planets that orbit it. It is the only planet in our galaxy that has life on…
 
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • Kuhl Pants are Kewl

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    If you can, try to ignore this guy's bulging forearm veins and take a look at these pants.  They remind me of Charharts, without weighing thirty-five pounds.  They are made of some synthetic material that allows you to bound up mountains without chafing, as well as more standard activities. The Desperado and Exile seem to me as the best-looking of the Kuhl line, with the 'tactical" look. "The Law" pants (desperados)Price:50-90$Site: http://www.kuhl.com/kuhl/mens/pants/desperado/
  • Guide to Badass Backpacks

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Last month I said to myself, "Hmm, I need a backpack."  An innocent enough thing, that slowly turned into an all-consuming quest to find the best one. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but more and more I feel a need to ditch the old junk and just invest in something that fits my personality.  Call it vanity if you must, but really I think its a basic interest in personal apearance.  A Jansport or bargain bin backpack just screams "derelict," and when I see a grown man with one I can't help but view him a bit unfortunate, possibly homeless.  And no, duct tape doesn't…
  • Ember Tactical Backpack

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    When I started looking for a backpack last month I had already figured out my criteria for it.  I wanted something that had pouches on it that were easy to access, rather than digging around in the main compartment.  I wanted something that stood out and didn't blend in with all the other North-Face-style yuppie-wear. Then I saw this...The Ember backpack is fully customizable.  You can add a slew of pouches, snaps, handles and more.  The bag features fleece lining to keep your precious lil' gadgets precious.  It's got waterproof lining...yada...yada...whatever it…
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  • Texas Ranchers And Officials Fear Federal Government May Seize Private Land

    Jared Keever
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Texas Ranchers And Officials Fear Federal Government May Seize Private Land Texas Ranchers And Officials Fear Federal Government May Seize Private Land Nation Politics Has Been Optimized Officials in Texas are concerned that the Bureau of Land Management may have its eye on 90,000 acres of land along the Texas-Oklahoma border.  State Attorney General Gregg Abbott, who is also running for governor, seems convinced that if the BLM tries to seize the land it could lead to a standoff similar to the recent battle over grazing rights between rancher Cliven Bundy and federal officials in…
  • Obama Administration Further Blocks Intelligence Officials From Speaking To Press

    Jared Keever
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Obama Administration Further Blocks Intelligence Officials From Speaking To Press Obama Administration Further Blocks Intelligence Officials From Speaking To Press Nation Politics Has Been Optimized The Obama administration has clamped down further on intelligence officials’ interaction with the media. A recent Associated Press story indicates that director of national intelligence, James Clapper, issued a March 20 directive stating that only certain intelligence officials are authorized to speak to the media. Violating the directive could result in an employee losing his or her security…
  • Democrats Split Over Possible Action On Deportations By Obama

    Jared Keever
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Democrats Split Over Possible Action On Deportations By Obama Democrats Split Over Possible Action On Deportations By Obama Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized President Obama may alienate moderate Democrats if he chooses to halt deportations of illegal immigrants through executive action.  The president is facing increased pressure from some of the more liberal members of his party to reduce the number of deportations currently being conducted by his administration.  A comprehensive immigration reform bill was passed by the Senate last year that would do that. But efforts…
  • Missouri Rep. With Agriculture Ties Hopes To Block Public Access To Animal Health Records

    Jonathan Wolfe
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Missouri Rep. With Agriculture Ties Hopes To Block Public Access To Animal Health Records Missouri Rep. With Agriculture Ties Hopes To Block Public Access To Animal Health Records Food and Beverage Industry Politics Missouri HB 2094 Has Been Optimized The Freedom of Information Act is widely viewed as a successful piece of legislation that helps increase government transparency. But if Missouri State Rep. Jay Houghton (R) has his way, residents of his state will soon have significantly less access to the financial and health records of Missouri’s meat and agriculture businesses. Houghton is…
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Vows to 'Never' Legalize Marijuana (Video)

    Michael Allen
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Vows to 'Never' Legalize Marijuana (Video) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Vows to 'Never' Legalize Marijuana (Video) Health Legal Local Politics New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Marijuana Has Been Optimized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republican, recently said that he would "never" legalize marijuana as the state of Colorado has done. During an appearance on the "Ask the Governor" radio program on New Jersey 101.5 yesterday, Christie was asked by a caller if he supported making marijuana legal (video below). “I am not going to be the…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Lauren Mayer: Rebels Without A Cause (Or A Dictionary)

    Lauren Mayer
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    When I first started publishing my weekly political comedy videos on youTube, I knew I was tackling some fairly sensitive issues.  But I still wasn’t prepared for the deluge of hate comments I would get, calling me horrid names, casting aspersions on my character, and wishing all sorts of misfortune on me.  At first I was quite distraught – until I realized that the meaner the comments, the worse the spelling and grammar. In the immortal words of Mark Twain, “All generalizations are false – including this one.”   But it’s hard not to jump to general…
  • Why Obama needs to ‘Build Baby Build’ the Keystone XL pipeline

    Michael Steele
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In a speech before the 2008 Republican National Convention, I unveiled the “Drill Baby Drill” battle cry to reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign sources of oil and to encourage more domestic oil exploration and increase oil refining capacity. However, since the 2008 election, our nation remains dependent on foreign petroleum sources while the Obama administration continually blocked exploration and drilling which in turn would have helped lower the cost of gasoline. Once the long-awaited State Department’s final environmental analysis of the $5.4 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: New Laptop Equipment

    John Y. Brown III
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    New laptop equipment. I am thinking of going to the Apple store –but not to get a new laptop. I often decide after 6 or 9 months with a laptop that I need a new one because I am not getting the most out of my current laptop. No….This time I am going to see if the Apple store is selling a cool, hip and tech -savvy user that I can buy to  operate my laptop. That would solve my real problem–which isn’t having an inadequate laptop but having an inadequate user using my laptop. I know such a Macperson would be expensive–especially at Apple and with the Apple Care…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: Indonesia

    Erica and Matt Chua
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Indonesia has a little something for everyone.  It is known for beaches, partying and diving, but there is so much more.  Heading east, the hard-partying ends in Lombok and the party gives way to nature’s best in Komodo, Flores and all the way to Papua.  Head north from Bali and Lombok and you’ll find much of the same in Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sulawesi.  In all of these places you’ll find one of the most diverse ecosystems anywhere.  This ecosystem extends to the sea, with some of the best diving in the world.  Culture buffs, don’t worry, there are thousand-year old temples and…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Random Thoughts

    John Y. Brown III
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our planet’s one great differentiator. If there are other–and more advanced planets–in our universe, they may well be smarter and more technologically advanced and may even have wiped out disease, but there is no way that any planet has faster drive-thru service at fast food restaurants than we do here on planet Earth. Today is April 20th. And I am really excited. Why? It’s not a holiday or my birthday or anyone else’s birthday who is really close to me. In fact, nothing special has ever happened to me on April 9th –in 50 years. But it’s about time…
 
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Call for Submissions: Class in America

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    The focus of the June 15, 2014 issue is Class in America. The nation is divided, with class at the forefront. Who has voice in America? In terms of class divisions, where are we heading? We are particularly interested in under-told stories and lived experiences.
  • Ain’ts

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

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

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:13 pm
    As a boy, I watched mothers of classmates spit on a crucifix held up by our parish priest as he attempted to lead a little black girl to a waiting car the day my Catholic school was integrated in New Orleans. But I witnessed incidents of racial prejudice that shocked me just as deeply in summer visits to my mother’s hometown of Brooklyn.
  • The Borderland

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:12 pm
    There are times this love, like all love, makes me feel stupid and ridiculous—giving a piece of my heart to a man born a lifetime ago a thousand miles away. I know what I look like. I know the sound of my voice. I know that a four-story walk-up is not a shotgun shack and the BQE is not the crossroads and that the Key to the Highway was never really mine.
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  • Charlie Crist Launches Spanish Language Website

    Kevin Derby
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    As he battles former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich for his party’s nomination to challenge Gov. Rick Scott in November, former Gov. Charlie Crist is launching a Spanish language website. Crist is the favorite for the Democraticread more
  • Vern Buchanan Looks to Stop IRS from Collecting Old Overpayments

    Kevin Derby
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., said he would introduce a bill next week to ensure the federal government doesn’t go after Americans whose families received overpayments from Social Security and other programs over the last 50 years. Social Security estimates more than 400,000 Americans received overpayments of around $714 million.read more
  • Pam Stewart: With Server Glitch Resolved, FCAT May Resume

    Allison Nielsen
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart sent an email to superintendents Wednesday addressing a server issue that plagued certain school districts on Tuesday, leaving many unable to take the FCAT.Stewart's email read:"The department has been working with Pearson throughout the night and this morning on the issues that affected online testing in Florida yesterday. Pearson has put into place a mitigation strategy that includes redundancy in access to its production servers."read more
  • Sorry, Everglades, Feds Postpone CEPP Money Approval

    Nancy Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board, scheduled Tuesday to approve paying for half of the $1.9 billion Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), instead postponed completing its review -- a needed step before it can get Congress's final funding approval.read more
  • Curt Clawson Wins Republican Primary in CD 19

    Kevin Derby
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Republicans in Southwest Florida hit the polls on Tuesday to find a replacement for former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., and selected businessman Curt Clawson who prevailed over Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, former state Rep. Paige Kreegel and conservative activist Michael Dreikorn in the primary. Radel resigned earlier this year after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.read more
 
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  • Earth Day 2014: Time is Short

    Blaise Zerega
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Just a few weeks ago, in time for Earth Day 2014, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stern report warning that time is short to curb global warming. With only a few decades remaining to stave off environmental catastrophe, FORA.tv asks, what steps should be taken? Earth Day: Our Fragile Planet Our Earth Day video series focuses on sustainability and the ways nations, states and individuals might slow climate change: Whether it’s green tech like electric cars and smart thermostats or environmental efforts like conservation and de-extinction.
  • New York World’s Fair at 50: Is the Future Here Yet?

    Zain Iqbal
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Fifty years ago, the 1964 New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows in the borough of Queens; a showcase of the consumer age and modernism as well as the strength of innovation–in particular, American innovation. Automakers displayed sleek new car designs, including the debut of the Ford Mustang. The Bell System introduced a videophone concept, which is now commonly-used technology on most smartphones. IBM and other technology pavilions demonstrated the power of the personal computer. So what can we expect in the next 50 years? A Pew Research Center survey queried what…
  • 420 National Weed Day as Pot Goes Public

    Blaise Zerega
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Around the world today at 4:20 pm, the marijuana community will celebrate “420,” or National Weed Day, which takes place annually, appropriately on 4/20 — April 20. Another milestone as “Pot Goes Public.” 420 Celebrations With Colorado and Washington having passed marijuana legalization, and medical marijuana lawful in more then two dozen states, expectations are high for large turnouts in public 420 gatherings everywhere. In 2013, for instance, approximately 15,000 people gathered in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in appreciation of cannabis. With…
  • Want to Upload Your Brain? How Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Comes to Life

    Zain Iqbal
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    In his new movie Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster– an artificial intelligence researcher whose consciousness is uploaded onto the Internet. Will, who becomes the target of luddite extremists, lays dying after being shot by a radiation-laced bullet. But with the help of a neurobiologist, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) transfers his brain to a supercomputer that Will created called PINN. Is it firmly the stuff of science fiction, or is there some plausibility to the Transcendence plot? First, take a look at the movie’s trailer. Then, watch this Commonwealth Club of…
  • According to Princeton Study, America is Now an Oligarchy

    Zain Iqbal
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier this month when the Supreme Court struck down yet another major provision in campaign finance law in FEC v. McCutcheon, many critics called the ruling the beginning of the end of democracy. In a interview with NPR, Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 said the decision would “create a new American political oligarchy.” While lamenting that the United States is no longer a democracy is a popular argument to make, is there evidence to back such a claim? Two Princeton researchers, Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, say they have the research to back up such an argument. They…
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Lebanese Next President: White Paper

    Ang Lebs
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Few minutes ago, the first round of attempting to elect a Lebanese President led to the following results: 52 White Paper, 48 votes to Samir Geagea, One vote for Amine Gemayel and 7 cancelled ballots. Samir Geagea didn’t get the 50 plus votes that he said he will get and he was beat by the White paper. Next Wednesday will witness the second round of elections.
  • What is wrong with Geagea run for Presidency

    Ang Lebs
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Lebanese Forces announced on April 04 its leader, Samir Geagea, as its candidate for the presidency. “The Lebanese Forces Executive Body unanimously agreed to nominate party leader Samir Geagea for the presidential elections,” LF MP George Adwan said following a party meeting. On April 16, Samir Geagea announced his 24-point platform. It highlights the importance of central government authority, particularly in terms of the control of arms. As any Maronite, Samir Geagea has all the right to run for the presidential position. What I don’t like is how the head of the…
  • Who is more important?

    Ang Lebs
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    Russian President Putin called American president Obama to discuss the situation in Ukraine. According to the White House, Putin called to talk about an American proposal “for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis” and the two presidents agreed that their respective top diplomats “would meet to discuss next steps.” In Lebanon presidential race, for the moment, there are two major candidates: Samir Geagea and Michel Aoun. Geagea belongs to March 14 group and Aoun to March 8. If the House Speaker calls election today, each side will back its own candidate. Which mean…
  • A “strong” president

    Ang Lebs
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    In accordance with Lebanese constitution, the president of the country must be from the Maronite community.  If we look at the names that are circulating around in the media as possible future president are: Michel Aoun, Samir Geagea, Amine Gemayel, Ziad Baroud, Suleiman Franjieh, Boutros Harb, Robert Ghanem, Gen. Jean Kahwaji, Jean Obeid and Riad Salameh. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing and reading Lebanese Christian politicians as well as religious figures stating that Lebanon needs a “strong” president. Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun…
  • Another victim of domestic violence

    Ang Lebs
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:45 am
    This time, it was the 24 years old Rakya Mounzer. Last week, in Bourj Barajneh, a suburb of Beirut, Rakya wanted a divorce. Instead, the pregnant young woman was shot an killed by her husband. According KAFA , a Lebanese NGO involved in the fight against domestic violence, Rakya husband was arrested . The same source indicates that the medical examiner issued a brief report does not mention the bruises that were on the body of the victim . The NGO also states that the family of the young woman asked that his body be exhumed and examined again. Rakya is a chain of live dramas that been hitting…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • President Obama Meets Washington Mudslide Survivors, Says "We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes"

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The March 22 mudslide killed at least 41 people in a tiny community about an hour northeast of Seattle. President Obama got an aerial tour Tuesday of the devastating Washington state landslide that struck the small town of Oso one month ago. Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Wash., on Tuesday. AP The March 22 mudslide buried dozens of homes and killed at least 41 people in a community about an hour northeast of Seattle. An aerial view seen from a helicopter traveling behind Marine One shows the aftermath of the mudslide. AP While the president flew…
  • Entire North Carolina GOP Senate Primary Field Says Climate Change Is Not A Fact

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    According to NASA, 97% of scientists agree on climate change being due to human activity. View Video › At a North Carolina Republican Senate debate Tuesday, all the Republican candidates vying for their party's nomination — Greg Brannon, Heather Grant, Mark Harris, and Thom Tillis — said climate change was not a fact.
  • 13 Things You Won't Believe The Man Who Could Be North Carolina's Next Senator Said

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “He believes in a socialist government. He plays class warfare. Dictatorship is what he’s trying to do…” Greg Brannon For Senate Facebook / Via scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net Greg Brannon is a doctor and former tea party activist running for Senate in North Carolina. Brannon, who is most likely headed for a Republican Senate primary run with North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis, led incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan 42-40 in an April Public Policy Polling poll. Brannon, who previously led an organization called Founder's Truth, has a history of making…
  • What Happened When The U.S. Dropped Drones On Al-Qaeda In Yemen This Weekend

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    The U.S. and Yemen launch the biggest offensive against al-Qaeda in four years. Tribesmen stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a U.S. drone air strike that targeted suspected al-Qaeda militants in the southeastern Yemeni province of Shabwa in February 2013. Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters The United States and Yemen pounded al-Qaeda targets for three days earlier this week across governorates in southern Yemen, in another controversial escalation of the U.S. drone campaign against al-Qaeda in Yemen. The operation, which is the most sustained in more than four years, included…
  • Video Shows A Different Story Of Dustin Lance Black's Speech Than Marriage Equality Book Presents

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Author Jo Becker writes in her new book, Forcing the Spring , that the screenwriter didn’t recall any applause when talking to a room of LGBT donors about the need for full federal LGBT equality. A video obtained by BuzzFeed, however, shows applause interruptions during the speech and a standing ovation by some at the end. View Video › WASHINGTON — On March 21, 2009, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black gave a speech at the OutGiving conference for LGBT donors held by Tim Gill's Gill Foundation warning against gradualism and calling for full federal equality for LGBT people.
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    visionandvalues.org

  • TheBlaze Q&A: An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor

    Paul G. Kengor
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this Q&A first appeared at TheBlaze.com. What do you most hope that readers take away from your book? Kengor: I want Republicans and conservatives to understand the difference between conservatism, libertarianism, and progressivism. As to progressivism, when readers look at my 11 principles of Reagan conservatism, they will immediately recognize those principles as not just Reagan principles but the very antithesis of progressive “principles,” assuming we can really ever define progressive principles. (I won’t get into that here.) I want…
  • STREAMING VIDEO – Faith, Family & Federated

    Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    What’s it like to manage $350 billion, including a quarter-trillion in money market funds that countless people depend upon on a daily basis … especially during a financial crisis? It’s a huge responsibility that requires a high degree of financial expertise and an even higher degree of institutional ethics. And, that’s why Grove City College invited Mr. J. Christopher Donahue, the chief executive officer of one of the nation’s most important and respected financial institutions, Federated Investors, to deliver the 2014 J. Paul Sticht ’39 Memorial Lecture in Business and Ethics.
  • The might and majesty of the risen Savior

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior. Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever to grace this earth. He was the supreme example of both meekness and might—widely different qualities that often are mutually exclusive in a typical human being, but were a divinely natural and necessary combination in the Savior. Indeed, as both Son of God and Son of Man—as both divine and human united in one individuality—Christ Jesus was…
  • Forgiveness Incarnate

    Gary L. Welton
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate. Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, the failure to forgive is described by Christ in the most serious of terms. “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). Hence the statement by Fyodor…
  • Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Four) – Obama and Recess Appointments: NLRB v. Canning

    John A. Sparks
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have been unfair. Since 2008, it had been without the three of the five members that are required to conduct business. Just a month after the new appointments, the board determined that a bottling firm, Noel Canning Company, had committed an unfair labor practice in its dealings with the Teamsters Union. The company appealed the NLRB’s decision to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, maintaining that…
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    Politic365

  • Clarence Thomas: Affirmative Action Heir Stands Against It Again From High Court

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    On affirmative action, no one is likely confused by John Roberts or Anthony Kennedy or Sam Alito.  They likely don’t have a clue of what it is to be a minority in America.  In American life one can be in the racial majority and drift along convinced that racism is over.  And in there life, it probably is. But how does that explain Clarence Thomas?  Thomas grew up in deep poverty in Georgia.  He then went to Yale Law. He likely benefited from affirmative action — there very program he stands against every time the issues comes before the Supreme Court. Thomas was six when…
  • #MyNYPD: NYPD Hashtag Blows Up Into Embarrassing Social Media Fiasco

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    #EpicFail.  Want to see a social media disaster? Go visit the hashtag #MyNYPD — if you dare. Today someone in PR-land at the New York City Police Department put on an unintended tutorial on how not to do social media.  A request was made for photos to be sent to the Department using the hashtag #MyNYPD.  What rolled fourth next on twitter was a a wave of negative images of members of the New York City Police Department. Even with the understanding that police work at times involves justifiable physical force, many of the images were truly embarrassing.  In an age where everyone has…
  • On Racism, Justice Sotomayor Slaps John Roberts in Affirmative Action Dissent

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action by upholding a ban on the policy. In a lengthy dissent, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor added a particularly interesting passage on racism.  This would appear to be directed at Chief Justice John Roberts, who apparently believes there is no racism in American society. Sototmayor’s words were pointed to say the least. Sotomayor wrote: “In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination.” “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race…
  • National Popular Vote gains momentum with New York joining the interstate compact

    Adriana Maestas
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    On Tuesday, April 15, the state of New York joined the National Popular Vote interstate compact after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote bill. The National Popular Vote would make it so that the voting public elects the President and the Vice President instead of the electoral college. Because of the electoral college with 538 electoral votes and the winner take all system, some states continue to be uncompetitive in presidential election years. The National Popular Vote would eliminate the concept of “battleground states” and also prevent a 2000 presidential…
  • 8 Million Sign-ups: Obamacare enrollments exceed expectations

    Adriana Maestas
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Yesterday President Obama announced that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, his signature piece of legislation have hit eight million. While the official enrollment period ended on March 31, the government allowed people to finish signing up in April. Young people in particular signed up in greater numbers in March and April. According to Think Progress: “Just over two weeks ago, the administration announced that Obamacare enrollment had reached 7.1 million — surpassing expectations after HealthCare.gov’s rocky rollout in October. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)…
 
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • 3 documentaries that every Police probationer must see

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Here are 3 documentaries that i think every police officer should be. They'll show how the actions of individuals can damage relations with the public, but they will also show a human side to policing.
  • National Crime Agency and their Special Constables

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Today i was just casually browsing the website of the new National Crime Agency (NCA), as i so often do, and came across something that initially took me by surprise. The NCA has it's very own Special Constabulary, but it looks like they have a very different job to Specials you might be used to, and they may have struck gold!
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    In the News with Terrance McAndrews

  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
         Do your parents owe the federal government money?  If so, the Treasury Dept. may target your tax refund to try and retrieve those funds.  Thanks to a change made to legislation 3 years ago the 10-year statute of limitations on such debts have been lifted clearing the way for the federal government to come after you in search of such debts.  The change affects nearly 400,000 people to the tune of $714 million.  We’ll talk about the program today and why it plays right into the hands of the caricature of a nameless, faceless bureaucracy abusing…
  • Cuban Twitter, Supreme Court McCutcheon case…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
         The AP recently revealed that the US gov’t, through foreign aid organization USAID, funded a secret Twitter-like program to stir political unrest in Cuba.  We discuss the revelation and the details of the program.  We also discuss the consequences these revelations of secret programs are having on national security and on the credibility of the US government. The Supreme Court ruled last week that overall limits on campaign donations were unconstitutional.  The Court, in its opinion, stated that it was not a legitimate objective of government to…
  • Ft. Hood, Unemployment, Obamacare Meets its Goal…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
         Unemployment benefits expired for about 2.2 million people at the end of December 2013.  Republicans and Democrats are currently debating whether to pass, and how to pay for, an extension of those benefits.  We discuss why the current bill making its way through the Senate should pass.  We then broaden the discussion out to why we, as a country, need to differentiate between good and bad types of spending, and between government spending and government investment.  Obamacare to the surprise of many has reached its goal of 7.1 million enrollees…
  • NSA Spying, Hobby Lobby Case, and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
         The Obama Administration has proposed changes to the NSA surveillance programs that aim to assuage the fears of most Americans.  Under the proposal telephone companies would keep the information and the NSA, if need be, would have to obtain a court order in order to analyze specific phone records.  It was also revealed this week that the NSA has been trying to hack the network of Huawei, the Chinese global telecomm giant, after years of accusing the company of doing the same thing to us.  We discuss the week’s developments and discuss the broader…
  • Obamacare, 2014 Political Landscape

    Terrance McAndrews
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
         With only 2 weeks left to go in the open enrollment period in Obamacare all eyes are on whether the Obama administration is going to meet its goal of getting 6 million Americans enrolled in the law.  In this episode we discuss the enrollment numbers for Obamacare for the month of February.  We also discuss the details of a new survey that points out that the majority of Americans are still not aware of the subsidies that are available to help them bring down the cost of Obamacare, as well as another finding that shows that the majority of new enrollees in…
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • The Great Democratic Deception

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2013 | 9:48 pm
    Though the situation of the recent deployment of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict seems to be fading into the background with the self-serving arrangement orchestrated by the Russians, I want to address those that said the United States had a moral obligation to intervene.  While I understand how the scenes of people writhing in pain and suffering the disturbing effects of poisonous gas on the human body incite a primal, or for some, a political reaction, we must go beyond instinct to that which supposedly separates us from all other life on this planet, reason.  When we…
  • The Tragedy of Self-Rule

    28 Aug 2013 | 10:17 pm
    It is absolutely disgraceful what we have allowed to happen in this country.  Self-rule is a most noble concept and the greatest leap of faith in humanity, but it becomes the greatest tragedy when the people prove unworthy of the supreme challenge it presents.   Unfortunately, this is the point we have reached.  Knowing what is best is really not very hard; it is doing what is best that proves more difficult for many because of things like desire and denial clouding one’s judgment.  The current state of our nation and society show that our moral compass seems to be…
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Retailers Address Minimum Wage Increases

    brionnamuyco
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    By USDR     The National Retail Federation today called Senate legislation aimed at increasing the federal minimum wage by 40 percent an anti-job tax that would lead to higher labor costs for employers and fewer opportunities for young and entry-level workers. NRF will include votes on the minimum wage as “Key Retail Votes” in its annual voting scorecard used to measure legislative support for the retail industry’s public policy priorities. “Policymakers have other tools, such as increasing the earned income tax credit, fixing the tax code, education improvements,…
  • Americans and the Koch Brothers

    brionnamuyco
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    By USDR Last week, MRCTV’s Dan Joseph decided to ask tourists in Washington D.C. if they ever heard of the Koch Brothers.  They’re the billionaire brothers that have drawn the ire of liberals, specifically Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for their supposed political influence via their donations.     While a few people knew who they were, many thought that Reid and company should focus on trying to run the country.  ”There’s a lot more bigger items that Congress needs to accomplish, like balancing the budget, putting people back to work than…
  • America’s Disproportional Tax Burden

    brionnamuyco
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    By USDR     Taxpayers earning $100,000 or more a year pay 71.6% of the nation’s share in individual federal income taxes, according to the latest data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).     These data do not include corporate income taxes, or taxes on capital gains or dividends, or payroll taxes for Social Security and other programs.     In 2011, the IRS collected $1,088,559,743,000 based on taxpayers’ taxable income. From that total, 71.6%, or $779,547,834,000 came from those taxpayers earning six figures or more. Only 28.4%, or…
  • Is the Ryan Budget a Game Changer?

    brionnamuyco
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    By USDR     Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) praised House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget Resolution that was released on April 1, 2014. The budget blueprint eliminates waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement by reforming welfare programs, devolves power to the states, removes special interest loopholes from the tax code, lowers individual tax rates to promote economic growth and create jobs, and repeals Obamacare. Chairman Ryan’s plan would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over the next ten years, pay…
  • April’s Porker of the Month

    brionnamuyco
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    By USDR     Today, Citizens Against Government Waste honored Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) as its April Porker of the Month for his gob smacking statement on April 3, 2014 that members of Congress are “underpaid.” Had the statement been made earlier in the week, CAGW would have assumed that it was an April Fool’s joke. Instead, it appears that Rep. Moran is just behaving like the fool he has become, in April. If there is an upside to the statement, it is that it perfectly encapsulates the attitude of a significant number of members of Congress, a group characterized by their…
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    The Americanist

  • Progressive Obama apologist blogger attacks Sharyl Attkisson

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    There are no depths or limits that these progressives jerks will not go to, just to defend that marxist moron in the White House. Via Gateway Pundit, who I rarely, if ever, link to anymore for some very good reasons. But this one warrants mentioning: Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of the leftists media site Talking Points Memo, attacked former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson in an article published Monday morning that reeks of sexism. Attkisson is in the news for her interview with CNN on Sunday in which she revealed that the Democratic Part front group Media Matters for America…
  • Happy Resurrection Day 2014! #Easter #Jesus #God #Christianity #Church #Christian

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. – (Matthew 28:5-7 KJV) Some Music: What happened on this day, according to the Word of God: In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the…
  • Is the collapse of China’s economy beginning?

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I have written and posted videos of the situation of China’s economy. Now, it seems that the real estate bubble in China is finally starting to pop. Gordon Chang over at Forbes reports the following: Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China. Thanks to the world’s largest retailer, another large block of space in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will go on the market at a time when there is generally…
  • Video: Tucker Carlson speaks the truth about the Clive Bundy situation

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Yes, I was following it yesterday on twitter. I was worried sick that this situation was going to get very ugly. However, I did read the Fox News report and it seems that Clive Bundy was breaking the law. Here’s Tucker Carlson saying exactly what I was thinking myself: (Via The Right Scoop) Tucker is absolutely correct. If he is using public land, he has to pay; if he does not like that, he should sell his current ranch and move somewhere, where he will have his own land to use. I, as well, do not like the law that is on the books; but Conservatives are about rule of law; and if Bundy…
  • The straight truth about Frazier Glenn Cross

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    First of all, I want it to be perfectly known; I am not defending the actions of this horrible man. What he did is beneath contempt and he deserves the death penalty for his actions. However, I feel the need to put out the truth about this person, because it seems there is a good deal of bad information being published. I am referring to Frazier Glenn Cross, who just committed one of the worst acts of cowardice ever. It seems that some of the blogs are not reporting the truth about the man. Here is the truth about the man, and his assocations with the White Nationalist/White Separatist/Klan…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Social Media Takeover: Connecting with the News

    Alison Shafer
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Image from: Social Media Connnectivity / Shutterstock Social Media is becoming a pathway to news for a significant portion of the U.S. population.  We can clearly see the relationship between news outlets and social media sites growing through multiple avenues. For example, most articles posted online now have a “Share This” option – with icons linking to social media sites, promoting and facilitating constant information sharing. Compete PRO data also confirms the growing relationship between news websites and social networking sites—specifically Facebook. In March, one of the…
  • March’s Top 50: Spring Black Friday, News Sites, and more

    Johanna Gunawan
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Image from: Home Depot / Shutterstock March’s Top 50 sites are an interesting array of companies from the web. Fast movers included Home Depot, news sites, and quite a few Microsoft websites as well. Want to know more? Keep reading! Home Depot saw a remarkable MoM UV growth of 17.72%, bringing it up into our Top 50 for last month. Why is that? Spring is the season for home renovations (especially for gardens and yards), so Home Depot launched their own “Spring Black Friday” sales to be rolled-out across the continent based on regional climate. Their press release describes…
  • Sunday Series: Theme Parks’ Not-So-Smooth Ride

    Johanna Gunawan
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image from: Theme Park / Shutterstock This week’s mention for March fast movers is hopefully one that will have you thinking about summer vacation. Read up on why the Theme Park category made its way to the top — but also how a variety of reasons can impact online traffic. March marks the ideal time to start building summer travel itineraries, so it’s understandable that all of the top ten sites saw month-over-month growth in unique visitors. More intriguing is the category’s performance year-over-year, as several of the top ten actually saw YoY declinesin unique…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Johanna Gunawan
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s been a weird week for our Boston office, with snow returning for a day. But not to fear! Like postmen (you know, neither rain, snow, sleet, etc), very few things will stop us from reporting the most interesting digital marketing tidbits. Here’s a round-up of the articles our followers (and we) liked most — enjoy! If a Picture is Worth 1000 Words, What’s the Value of a Video in Marketing? SocialMouths brings us a great read on the importance of video content in your marketing strategy. So why should you start filming? There are three major reasons outlined in the…
  • Putting the ‘Star’ in Starbucks: Getting Digital Right

    Johanna Gunawan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image from: Starbucks Coffee / Costa Developers Coffee: the drug of choice for busy professionals, sleep-deprived college students, Twitter bio writers, and me. The caffeinated landscape is filled with brands, brews, and beans — but it’s safe to say that nobody has quite the stronghold over the cafe market than Starbucks. How does Starbucks get digital right? Let’s take a look. Cultivating a Cultural Phenomenon through Email Marketing The first digital strength is holiday-specific, but Starbucks’ seasonal success is anything but temporary. The coffee…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Dramatic Change

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Five years ago, Palestinian factions oppose the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) announced what so called  'Damascus Alliance', and decreed announcement against the PLO policy regarding negociation with Israel and what so called 'peace process'. The alliance included Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Palestinial Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine - General Comnand (PFLP-GC) and other small factions like Popular Struggle Front.Now a days, There is no presence of this alliance due to Syrian Crisis which divided the previous stances. More specifically, PFLP-GC which is the…
  • Exploiting Nietzche's political views

    Mohammad Tomazy
    22 Dec 2013 | 2:07 pm
    The great german philosopher, Friedrich Nietzche introduced political views alongside morals, religions and existance. However, many different, even contradictory ideologists exerted efforts to engage Nietzche's writings within their ideology.Nazis exploited some of his quotes to spread their racist ideology among germans by removing them out of the texts and chronology.In the context of magnifying 'individualism' within (production cycle), Max Weber used Nietzche's 'aristocratic' theory. Liberals utilize Nietzches elitist view and his few early writings about his appreciation to the Reich's…
  • Behind Morsi Ousting

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Dec 2013 | 6:03 am
    Muslim Brothers reached the power through free elections in Egypt, despite strong opposition. In percentile language, The Islamist president had 51.7 % while the other Mubarakist candidate had 48.3%.The other secular parties supported Morsi in elections to drop-down Ahmad Shafeq, one of toppled regime figures.Army leaders were worry because Mubarak kept wide-spectral privileges for them.Magdi Abdelhadi says: "The resort is complete with a hotel and other facilities, including an impressive five-lane motorway, a flyover and a tunnel to ease potential traffic congestion on the way to a vast new…
  • Update: The Conflict in Syria

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Dec 2013 | 5:28 am
    Undoubtedly, the conflict in Syria has internal and external elements, however, it is no longer an uprising against tyrant regime. The Syrian social texture has been profoundly 'de facto' teared in which Sunni majority maintains support for the various opposition forces against the pro-regime 'alliance of minorities' including Alawis, Shia and Druze.Two Shiite villages northern Syria (Nubbul and Az-Zahra') are constantly being attacked from the surrounding villages by mortar and different missiles.Qatar and Saudi Arabia support al-Qaeda-affiliated opposition fighters, meanwhile, Iran supports…
  • Israel to apply racist 'Prawer Plan' in Naqab

    Mohammad Tomazy
    13 Jul 2013 | 11:31 am
    Prawer is pronounced as 'Praver' (German W)"In September 2011, the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan for mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) desert. If fully implemented this plan will result in the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the destruction of 35 “unrecognized” villages. Despite the Arab Bedouin community's complete rejection of the plan and strong disapproval from the international community and human rights groups, the Prawer Plan is happening now. More than 1,000 homes were…
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    BizPac Review

  • Female GOP Senate candidate ad has a good laugh crushing libs’ ‘war on women’

    Joe Saunders
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Terri Lynn Land, the Republican candidate to flip Michigan Senate seat now held by retiring Dem. Carl Levin, turns the “war on women” table on her lib opponent with 15 seconds of silence that speaks volumes. The ad is funny, but Land is a former Michigan secretary of state and a deadly serious candidate. In a recent column, George Will called her probably the Republicans’ best defense against the “war on women” attack. Her opponent is Gary Peters, a liberal, Obamacare-breathing congressman whose biggest claim to fame so far is branding one of his own potential constituents a liar…
  • Professor’s recorded rant: Colleges will close if ‘racist, misogynist, money-grubbing’ Republicans retake Senate

    Tom Tillison
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    A professor at Eastern Connecticut State University went on a rant Monday about how evil Republicans are, telling his class they are “racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people” and that “colleges will start closing up” if they re-take the U.S. Senate. And it was all captured on audio. Professor Brent Terry was recorded telling his Creative Writing class that Republicans “want things to go back—not to 1955, but to 1855,” and that they do not want minorities and young people to vote, Campus Reform reported. ‘Disturbing new evidence’: Bundys tell Greta what they…
  • IRS employees who didn’t pay their taxes got staggering bonuses

    Michael Dorstewitz
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    According to a government watchdog, the Treasury Department doled out $2.8 million in bonuses to IRS employees having disciplinary problems — and more than a third of that amount went to 1,146 employees who didn’t bother paying their own taxes. The report was announced Tuesday by the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration, according to USA Today. Tax cheating IRS agents weren’t just rewarded with bonuses. USA Today reported: The bonuses weren’t just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about…
  • Backfire! The NYPD hashtag that went terribly wrong

    Michael Dorstewitz
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    The New York Police Department turned what they thought would be a social media blitz into a public relations nightmare with a Twitter hashtag campaign #myNYPD. The idea was to get residents to take snapshots depicting positive encounters they’d had with New York’s finest and post them on Twitter — the best photos would then be posted on the NYPD’s Facebook page. Here’s the tweet that started the ball rolling: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook. pic.twitter.com/mE2c3oSmm6 — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April…
  • Florida Five: Clawson wins GOP primary, Crist: I’m pro life ‘by my definition’

    Michele Kirk
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Curt Clawson just the latest outsider to win a GOP primary in Florida: Curt Clawson’s win on Tuesday night in a special congressional primary is just the latest example of how the tea party movement has changed the Republican Party in Florida. Clawson didn’t win because he’s a conservative. Every candidate who ran in the primary claimed to be a conservative. Sure, some big-name conservatives like Rand Paul and Michele Bachmann were on the Clawson bandwagon, but other prominent Republicans stood against him. Lizbeth…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Countering the Right: Two Ludicrous Op-ed Claims by Conservatives for the Day

    Paul Phillips
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Oh, the things the right will say to fool people! First up, Robert J. Samuelson gave us his take on a new book detailing the perils of economic inequality by, of course, pretending like it isn’t a problem.  Buried in his critique was this ridiculousness: As for the power of the super-rich, they hardly control most democracies. In the United States, where about 70 percent of federal spending goes to the poor and middle class, the richest 1 percent pay nearly a quarter of federal taxes. Saying that 70% of federal spending goes to the lower classes does seem to back his first point on the…
  • Human Rights Before Animal Rights

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    An op-ed in The Guardian by Sadhbh Walshe brings up a point I’ve been thinking about lately, namely, why does it seem violations against animal rights are becoming more more important than abuses of human rights. Read Here. 
  • Sign-Up GOP, Win A Gun

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    An article in the NYT reports that GOP candidates for Congress are conducting “gun sweepstakes,” i.e., running “gun giveaways” (like raffles) for those who sign up on their website with names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, etc. It’s an attempt by far-Right politicians to reach gun nuts who are insane about protecting their second amendment rights. It reports that the NRA has been conducting these “giveaways” since the 80′s but it is a new phenomenon amongst political candidates. Unbelievable… Read Here.
  • The Working Poor and Raising Minimum Wage

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A powerful argument by Charles M. Blow in the NYT on why the minimum wage should be increased with the rising numbers of the working poor in the “Land of Opportunity.” He argues that it is about dignity and not being in a state of constant worry over paying one’s bills. He also makes the good argument that the working poor cannot afford to donate to political campaigns and can only reach the voting boot on election day with great effort. Read Here.
  • Will Iraq Fracture?

    Kleier
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A great piece in the CSM asking will the country of Iraq fracture into separate nations that will be determined by ethnicity, religion, or simple economic interests. The piece goes through all of the contributing factors and is well researched with quotes from analysts and Iraqis themselves. Read Here.  
 
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    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News from The Heritage Foundation

  • Bill Clinton Is Concerned and You Should Be, Too

    Amy Payne
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    What do Bill Clinton, The Washington Post, and The Heritage Foundation have in common? They are all wary of a big transition that’s happening with the Internet. Today, representatives of countries from around the world are meeting in Brazil to start discussing the Internet’s future. It’s in dispute because the U.S. is preparing to transfer the oversight it has had—oversight that has helped keep the Internet open and free. “A lot of people…have been trying to take this authority from the U.S. for the sole purpose of cracking down on Internet freedom and limiting it and having…
  • Filmmaker on Why Media Didn’t Cover Gosnell Case: ‘It Asks Too Many Awkward Questions’

    Havilah Steinman
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Filmmaker Phelim McAleer. (Photo: Pawel Supernak/EPA/Newscom) Producer Phelim McAleer talked today at The Heritage Foundation about his new project, “Gosnell,” a movie that examines the case of criminal abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Speaking at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing, McAleer mused about why the media had largely ignored the Gosnell case: They just find more interesting stories when a story puts abortion in a bad light. It comes too close to the moral choices they have made. And shines a spotlight on their opinions and beliefs. It asks too many awkward questions. “I’m not saying…
  • This Ohio Law Bans Campaign ‘Lies.’ Today Supreme Court Heard a Challenge Against It

    John G. Malcolm
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Photo: Getty Images Today, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving a constitutional challenge to an Ohio law that makes it a crime to make a false statement about a candidate during a political campaign. During the 2010 elections, Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life advocacy group, criticized members of Congress, including Rep. Steven Driehaus (D–Ohio), who voted for the Affordable Care Act. When SBA List sought to put up billboards in Driehaus’ district that read “Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion”—a reference to…
  • Pence OKs Education Standards for Indiana; Hit as Common Core Remix

    Alicia M. Cohn
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Protesters confront the Education Roundtable yesterday. Photo: Hoosiers Against Common Core Indiana Gov. Mike Pence yesterday signed off on new education standards for Indiana schools despite protests from Hoosiers who say the standards are a rebranded form of the much-disputed Common Core program. “We have clearly become not only the first state to step out of the Common Core but in the aftermath of that we have become the first state to literally go through thousands of hours to develop our own standards, and I am grateful to everyone that was involved,” Pence told the Indianapolis…
  • Supreme Court Win for Equal Protection

    Elizabeth Slattery
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images Today the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that banned the consideration of race in college admissions. Six members of the Court recognized that the voters have the right to mandate equality under the law and ban unjust discrimination. In 2006, the voters of Michigan passed Proposal 2—an initiative that amended the state constitution to prohibit the use of race in public education, employment, and contracting. This came after the Supreme Court’s decision in Grutter v. Bollinger that publicly funded schools may use race and ethnicity…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Mississippi man accidentally Second Amendments himself at safety checkpoint

    Anomaly
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    The Mississippi Highway Patrol says a man accidentally shot himself at a traffic safety checkpoint in Pontotoc County over the weekend, according to WTVA.  Troopers had a roadblock set up on Saturday night. According to authorities the super-smart man had a firearm stuck down next to the seat of the car and when he attempted to push it farther down, it discharged.                       The bullet travelled through the man’s arm, hit the side of his face then exited through his ear. ‘Sources say’ that in addiction to…
  • Watch as Rand Paul criticizes Ronald Reagan saying Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget

    Cosmic Surfer
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
      Rand Paul – successor to daddy in political hypocrisy; the “great white hope” of “libertarians” as well as over the top and off the rails “conservatives” throughout the US.  A  legend in his own mind claiming his right to walk in the hallowed footsteps of deified King Ronnie Reagan all in order to be the right hand of said god. Ayn Rand’s namesake stands firmly with both feet planted on opposing sides of every issue assuring a quick retreat accessible for fast walk back of position – Cliff Notes version of Constitution in hand…
  • Come Celebrate Bundy Fest 2014!

    Cosmic Surfer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Come Celebrate Bundy Fest 2014! (via http://crooksandliars.com) By John Amato April 21, 2014 1:00 pm –  Cliven Bundy’s anti-government act has inspired a counter-event from one of the guys involved in Burning Man (who are known as burners). Welcome to Bundy Fest! Cliven Bundy’s anti-government act has inspired…
  • Rhode Island man armed with a potato tries to rob a convenience store

    Anomaly
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Police say a Rhode Island man carried a potato in order to pretend it was a gun while trying to rob a convenience store and a dry cleaners on Monday. The cops arrived on the scene around  2:00 p.m. and the store manager said he chased the suspect off with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” to the cashier. According to WPRI, the suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male and was about 5’7” tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.                 It was just minutes later that police…
  • Child star-turned-’sovereign citizen’ sentenced in tax scam following bizarre Jesus diatribe

    Cosmic Surfer
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    A former child star-turned-“sovereign citizen” was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for scamming the Internal Revenue out of $36 million. Glenn Unger, who performed on Broadway as a child, filed 14 false tax returns seeking IRS…
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    Niti Central

  • Knight Riders face tough challenge in unbeaten Royal Challengers

    Niticentral Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Unbeaten so far, Royal Challengers Bangalore would be eyeing a hat-trick of wins to go to the top of points table even as Kolkata Knight Riders look to shake off their last match’s disappointment when the two sides clash against each other in an IPL match at Sharjah on Thursday. The star-studded Bangalore, which boast of some of the most feared Twenty20 batsmen in their line-up, have won both their games so far. The results have come…
  • Lok Sabha poll: Dimple Yadav faces tough fight in Kannauj

    Mona Parthsarathi
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Coming from the ‘first family’ of Uttar Pradesh politics has not always been a cakewalk for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple, who is trying to shed the dynasty politics product tag and is banking on her “personal” rapport for a win in this seat. The electoral debut of the daughter-in-law of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was unsuccessful when she lost the by-election for Firozabad in 2009 against actor-turned politician Raj…
  • RJD candidate Prabhunath Singh goes missing after arrest warrants

    Niticentral Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Maharajganj sitting MP and RJD candidate Prabhunath Singh has gone missing apprehending arrest after issuance of two non-bailable warrants against him in election related cases. Earlier, he was caught on camera threatening a Saran’s District Magistrate-cum-returning officer Kundan Kumar. “The police is looking for Singh to execute the warrants, but he is not present in the district. As per our information he has gone to New Delhi,” said…
  • Bombay HC pulls up Maharashtra Government, asks why separate parole rules for celebrities, others

    Niticentral Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Expressing concern over rampant misuse of parole by celebrities, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court while granting parole to a rape convict pulled up Maharashtra Government saying it seems to have two different rules for celebrities and ordinary prisoners. The remark was an obvious reference to several parole granted to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt recently and some other Bombay blast convicts. Sanjay Dutt gets parole for sick wife but…
  • Lok Sabha poll: Dasmunsi’s wife, brother in fight for supremacy in Raiganj

    Pradipta Tapadar
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    An unfulfilled dream of former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, bedridden for the past six years, of setting up an AIIMS-like hospital here continues to dominate the election contest between his wife and his brother in this constituency that has been a Congress stronghold since 1999. Apart from being a three-cornered fight among Congress, Trinamool and CPI(M), nearly 14 lakh voters in this Lok Sabha seat on Thursday will be…
 
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    Logicworks Gathering Clouds

  • Understanding Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3…What Changes?

    JG
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    ‘Meaningful Use Stage 2’ is the second phase of the ‘meaningful use’ incentive program that defines the second phase of requirements for the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems by healthcare providers.  This builds on stage 1, and is the second list of criteria and regulations established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]The post Understanding Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3…What Changes? appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results

    JG
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    My doctor now uses an iPad to jot things down during my exam. In the old days, it used to be clipboards and folders, ‘old days’ meaning 2012. With the use of automation, physicians can now leverage technology to better their ability to provide care. It’s easier to spot drug compatibility issues, validate diagnosis, even […]The post EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS

    JG
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    On May 6, Logicworks will be hosting a webinar with AWS to highlight some of the innovative approaches to enabling High Availability (HA) that a managed approach to utilizing AWS can yield for a business looking to ensure that mission critical applications and websites never go down. We encourage you to register for the HA […]The post Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014

    IL
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    This week has been bubbling with news on the affliction of Heartbleed and data security. If you haven’t already, please take the appropriate measures in protecting your business as well as yourself on the internet. Check out how security experts are addressing this widespread computer bug. Tony Bradley - “What you need to know about Heartbleed […]The post Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014 appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future

    JG
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Healthcare providers and payers that utilize cloud platforms to store and access personnel records (and like data) are probably storing protected health information (“PHI”), which is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Rules now in place govern the use of cloud computing to store health-related data, including personnel-related data.  […]The post Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Lawbreaker Harry Reid: ‘Something Will Happen’ To Cliven Bundy, ‘We Are A Nation Of Laws, Not Of Men And Women.’

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    The hypocrisy, and dare I say irony, of Harry Reid saying we are a nation of laws is staggering. More on that in a minute. Reid: ‘Something Will Happen’ To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy « CBS Las Vegas. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Interview: James Hamilton

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
      Author James Hamilton, Health Futurist, joins us to discuss his new book A Short Treatise for a Common Sense Framework for Health Care Reform [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, April 22 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
      John Hanlon joins us to review the Samsung Galaxy S5 Parents opted child out of standardized testing, were met with police for trespassing Gov. Pence urges Obama to keep promise on building Keystone Pipeline   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, April 22 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Ethanol 7% worse for environment than gasoline Greenies coming for your meatballs   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, April 22 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
      How to stop the violence in South Bend Abiding by the rules of debate club is now labeled as racist   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Freedom Seeker

  • Mark Fisher's lawsuit against the MassGOP wins expedited trial status

    Jon Norsu
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Breaking News in the Mark Fisher lawsuit against the Mass GOP is in. Conservative Republican Mark Fisher has been granted an expedited trial. The judge has fast tracked the trial, which could start as early as next week.Suffolk Superior Court Justice Douglas H. Wilkins also said said that Fisher is free to continue to collect signatures on his nomination papers while the case is continued. Nomination papers with 10,000 signatures must be turned in by May 6th.  This is a setback for the Plaintiffs, Kirsten Hughes, Rob Cunningham and the MASS GOP who now face full discovery,…
  • Conservative Mark Fisher poised to make noise in September Mass GOP primary for Governor

    Jon Norsu
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The Mass GOP's plan for anointing Charlie Baker as their Governor nominee via "backroom politics" and machine party top down intimidation tactics has run into a problem. Mark FisherThe Teaparty Conservative alternative to the status quo liberal candidate Baker, Mark Fisher has sued the Mass GOP over a Convention vote that didn't follow its own rules, lacked transparency and reeked of "back room politics".  The case has been continued twice and Mark Fisher is poised for a stunning legal victory that would force a September primary with Charlie Baker. Baker's Pro abortion, Pro gay…
  • Freedom Seeker endorses Mark Fisher in Massachusetts GOP primary for Governor

    Jon Norsu
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The editorial Board at Freedom Seeker has enthusiastically endorsed Mark Fisher for the Massachusetts GOP primary nomination. In reviewing Mark's platform side by side with Charlie Baker it is very clear that Mark Fisher is the Conservative choice for Governor. Fisher is running as a full spectrum unapologetic Republican, refreshing in a state that meekly runs left leaning GOP candidates looking to appease and assimilate the liberal Democrats. Mark Fisher will work to hold failed liberal politicians and government accountable. Mark is also the only candidate to sign the no new taxes…
  • When GOP MSM media gets questioned in Mass - they attack and slander Conservative activist

    Jon Norsu
    5 Jan 2014 | 9:39 am
    Case in point - Ex 96.9 WTKK Talk Host Michael Graham who now has a part time AM radio gig and is a part time writer for the Boston Herald. If you have caught his schtick - he loves to attack some Mass Rino's yet turns around and endorses his sanctioned Mass Rino's then gets all worked up when he gets called out on it.Graham loves to 24/7 bash former #MAsen Primary winner Gabriel Gomez (Pro Life) but doesn't like to talk to the fact he actually endorsed Liberal Republican Dan Winslow in said #MAsen race. His epic endorsement of Winslow on 2/6/13 on his blog lives on in infamy > "All I…
  • Support Ted Cruz and his Jobs Growth & Freedom Fund

    Jon Norsu
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:47 pm
    We need to REPEAL Obamacare and Support true Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Check out the latest update from the Cruz backed Jobs Growth & Freedom Fund below!Patriot, It seemed like a simple promise. "If you like your health care, you can keep it. Period."President Obama would not have been able to pass Obamacare without guaranteeing Americans they could keep their health insurance.Now, we all know that promise just isn't true.  The President’s broken promise has left millions of American families without health insurance. Experts are predicting millions more will…
 
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • Billionaire Kleptocracy Or Two Dudes On A Wedding Cake

    Dutch
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The fundamental differences between the two wings of American political thought are fairly plain to see. We’re often told that Democrats and Republicans are either Siamese twins or water and oil. But it’s telling if you look to what reasons both feel the American republic is doomed. Ask any progressive and they will tell you […] Related posts: Conservatives Forget Democracy To Spite Their Favorite Boogie Man From Towels You Can’t Use To Cake You Can’t Eat Obama Says Sorry For Bush, Not America
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #60: Putin Invades Ghostbusters II

    Dutch
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Walk along with me in a world where conservatives have enough breathing room from their Iraq debacle to knock Barry on a conflict in Eastern Europe older than America itself. Also my sister joins the show to fight me on who knows more quotes from Ghostbusters. MP3 File Related posts: Sunshine Empire Podcast #52: Rickus LIVES! and CRUZAPALOOZA! Sunshine Empire Podcast #55: Never LOL Your Own Material The Sunshine Empire Podcast #57: Gays, Football, And Legos
  • Shouldn’t The Promised Man-Animal Marriage Movement Have Started By Now?

    Dutch
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    Big Gay is in the news again this week with the firestorm over Arizona’s newly passed gay discrimination law. All across the fruited plain and on Twitter the arguments have again erupted over acceptance of our LGBT brothers and sisters. With discrimination and marriage equality, when the religious arguments are exhausted the discussion always goes […] Related posts: Marriage Equality Issue Is A Choice Between The Constitution And Sharia Law A Random Thought On The Present State Of The Occupy Movement The political ramifications of poll movement and commentary aside
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #59: Game Of Quotes Season Two

    Dutch
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Shocked by developments in Ukraine and the death of comedy legend Harold Ramis, we celebrate the return of Quotegame Empire and Biggus Rickus. It's a full crew game show podcast. MP3 File Related posts: A Game Of Quotes As We Wait For Beryl On Podcast Episode 17 Horribly Great Movies And Quote-Game Empire On Podcast #12 Episode 50: It’s The Season Finale Podcast Cliffhanger
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #58: Why Is Florida So Florida?

    Dutch
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:00 pm
    With the aftermath of the Michael Dunn trial here in Duval, a Florida man rambles about what makes Florida so damn Florida. Then our friend Jolemite joins us from his basement beneath a snow covered Portland to discuss the news of the day and to say hi to my baby. MP3 File Related posts: Sunshine Empire Podcast #54: Don’t You Dare Hold The Door! Sunshine Empire Podcast Season Premier: Who Shot The Rick? Podcast Empire #56: Tasteful Paul Walker and Mandela Jokes
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Wednesday with Keith Brekhus - Apr 24,2014

    Liberal Fix
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. Wednesday night's episodes are hosted by writer/sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and will typically focus on Electoral Politics. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show…
  • Liberal Fix w/ Sociologist, Author and Activist Betsy Leondar-Wright - Apr 22,2014

    Liberal Fix
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature a live discussion with Betsy Leondar-Wright author of Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures. Betsy is an economic justice activist, sociologist, and author, who writes on class and economic inequality. She has a PhD in Sociology from Boston College and she is a former Communications Director for United for a Fair Economy. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. Monday…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- w/ ND State Rep Kylie Oversen (D- Dist 42) - Apr 19,2014

    Liberal Fix
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    An interview with North Dakota State Representative Democrat Kylie Oversen (ND-42). A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose, sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the three of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
  • Liberal Fix: Judge Strikes Down ND Anti-Choice Law and More - Apr 17,2014

    Liberal Fix
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss todays ruling by a federal judge striking down North Dakota's anti-abortion law. They will also remember the 7th Anniversary of the VA Tech shootings and discuss the launch of the new organization Everytown for Gun Safety Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal…
  • Liberal Fix discusses Cliven Bundy ranch dispute and KS shootings - Apr 15,2014

    Liberal Fix
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. Monday night's episodes are hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose and sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana. This Monday's episode Keith and Dan will discuss the dispute between Cliven Bundy and the BLM in Nevada and the Jewish…
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    21st Century Wire

  • BLM Shame: Shocking ‘Animal Auschwitz’ left behind at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada

    21wire
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    SEE ALSO: EXCLUSIVE: Evidence of BLM’s Deadly Abuse of Animals Taken from Bundy Ranch(WARNING: Article contains graphic images of severe animal abuse and mutilation)SPECIAL REPORT21st Century WireAfter being forced to vacate public lands by ranchers and peaceful protesters, Uncle Sam left the most disturbing calling card of all at the Bundy Ranch. This week farmers and public officials have unearthed more fresh evidence proving the existence of US taxpayer-funded mass animal graves – left behind at the Bureau of Land Management’s field operations compound.So far, it is believed…
  • Chinese Takeaway: Globalist Gangsters Use Agenda 21 for Nevada Land Grabs

    21wire
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    SARTRE21st Century WireThe Agenda 21 model is evident for the entire world to see as the ChiComs and their treasonous political class partners, collude to drive off Cliven Bundy and his family, who have been ranching in the area since the 1800s. Forget about the dodge about the endangered tortoise, those trumped up $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees, or even water rights. Federal Court property rights decisions and the court order in the Bundy case, only muddy the water about what is really going on. Fundamental civil liberty protections against a tyrannical bureaucratic government gone…
  • Episode #30 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Boston Blow Out and the Bundy Ranch’ with guest Dan Bidondi

    21wire
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Episode #30 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show with host Patrick Henningsen resumes this Sunday April 20, 2014 with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music broadcast live on GMN…This week’s theme: “Boston Blow-out and the Ballad of Cliven Bundy”LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PST This week’s special edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE covers the hottest news stories of the weekincluding an update on the Bundy Ranch crisis as Harry Reid ups the ante by claiming thousands of law-abiding Americans are…
  • MSNBC and Chris Hayes: The Toilet Bowl of Broadcast Journalism

    21wire
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    21st Century Wire says…As partisan media outlets go, none are more blatantly over-the-top as the White House’s broadcast media arm MSNBC. Broadcasting from New York City’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza, seldom is any attempt made to provide viewers even a morsel of fair or balanced discourse on any topic, especially if the debate involves the activities a Democrat Party controlled US federal government. MSNBC’s mantra: ‘we will do whatever it takes to demonize anyone critical of this administration or its left-wing agenda’. By definition, this is state-controlled…
  • Dr. Strangelove is Back: Washington Pulling NATO’s Strings in Ukraine

    21wire
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Not a day goes by now that we do not hear the following words coming out of White House or NATO’s head office: “The Russian threat”.What is clever turn of words, seeing that the only entities moving eastward right now are the US and its world police force, NATO. The whole idea of the ‘Russian threat’ was devised during the last century by propaganda merchants in the United States and incredibly, survives to this day, and is still effective on a section of society: the truly stupid and intellectually challenged, which (unfortunately…
 
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    MutantRambler

  • Six things that are wrong with me

    VincentWhite
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I was thinking about bringing back some content that’s easy to write and something that’s more thematic than the usual bullshit that gets posted on here, something similar to the how to succeed at life posts that we used to do a long time back and the only thing that I could really come up with was jumping on the lists bandwagon. I present to you what will be more ‘regular’ content from here on in. Regular in the sense of when I can be arsed, if I can be arsed. I felt it was pretty unfair to start picking on other things and other people without first actually being…
  • The EU can also suck my dick.

    VincentWhite
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:52 pm
      These fucking genius things. Do you know what they are? I sure do. This ladies and gentlemen, is an electronic cigarette, or a ECig, whatever the fuck you want to call it, it doesn’t really matter. The main point here is that this device, this genius little device is the greatest breakthrough for smokers since the lighter. What this little device does, in case you’re trapped in a cave somewhere, is provide you with vapourised nicotine from the little tank in the device, atomised and then sent into your lungs. Essentially its a cigarette. BUT, with one important difference.
  • PETA can suck my dick.

    VincentWhite
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. 2014 seems to be going so quickly, yet nothings being done. Such is life. Here is some stool water that I’ve had wrangling around in my brain for a while now. PETA blows. PETA really blows.   In case you’re unaware, PETA, is an acronym for: “People for the ethical treatment of animals”, an American animal rights organisation and one that’s been running since the late 1980s onwards. You’ll probably know it best from the I’ll never wear fur adverts with poncy women declaring their disdain…
  • Its been a funny old start to the year.

    VincentWhite
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:32 pm
    So. 2013 was a pretty shite year on reflection. I seem to recall I had a few relationships that failed in the usual way and a few jobs that lasted about as long as a premature ejaculator with a really beautiful woman. I spent the last three months of 2013 working for a mobile phone company, selling phones to people who already have mobile phone contracts with them. A truly worthwhile and interesting job as you might imagine. One that really pushed the limits of my intellectual capacity. I made a conscious decision, in a manner that alcoholics might refer to as a moment of clarity, that 2014…
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    The Politic

  • For YCC Vice President

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Politic endorses Maia Eliscovich-Sigal for YCC Vice President.
  • For YCC Finance Director

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Politic endorses Connor Feeley for YCC Finance Director.
  • For YCC President

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    The Politic endorses no candidate for YCC President.
  • For YCC Events Director

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    The Politic endorses Jaime Halberstam for YCC Events Director.
  • Bush portraits shed little light on anything

    Azeezat Adeleke
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The man is chilling after eight years of doing the most stressful job on the planet – leave him alone with his watercolors.
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Along The Streets Of Helsinki

    guanyinmiao
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    On a few occasions I have tried to strike up conversations with a beggar after I had dropped a one or two euro coin, but the language barrier meant we rarely went beyond the pleasantries. The stories – if some of the cardboard signs in Finnish, Swedish, and English are anything to go by – are similar: the need to support a large family back home without steady income, to pay for hefty medical bills, or to get enough money for food, transportation, and shelter. Photographs of young children and families often accompany these signs. The beggar sits or kneels gingerly on cardboards,…
  • Petitioning In Vain

    guanyinmiao
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    It would however be naïve to think that these unfortunate incidents are the result of the Internet, even if the medium does perpetuate them. In real life we might be less likely to make disparaging remarks or spout nasty things, but sometimes we remain quick to cast aspersions or castigate others for their shortcomings. I am guilty too, for my cynicism clouds my perceptions and interactions with others. The proposals for education and media literacy programmes may be clichéd, yet they are reasonably the most sustainable solutions. Learning about the consumption of content and ascertaining…
  • The Finnish Model United Nations

    guanyinmiao
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    On my hundredth day in Finland I was seated as a Chair in front of a Security Council of 15, engaged in a discussion over a fictitious scenario of cyber-attacks against the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. My final examinations had ended. In some sense I was in my element: keeping track of proceedings, … Continue reading →
  • Finnish Lessons

    guanyinmiao
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Finnish university student is not too different from a Singaporean one. My five months at the Aalto University School of Business – perhaps given the universality of the business education and degree – have been similar to the experience in Singapore. Juha is a marketing major at Aalto, and his fascination with Korean popular culture has brought him to Yonsei University at Seoul, South Korea for an exchange programme. The 20 year-old was the vice president of the sub-committee for international students of the school’s student union, and is very into machine dance gaming. He has…
  • The Reform Of Finland’s Universities

    guanyinmiao
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The most recent reforms in Finland came in 2010, when it was deemed that the higher education landscape – with two parallel sectors of the polytechnics and the universities – was too scattered. There were mergers, and consequently the existing and new universities also became more autonomous. After the new Universities Act was passed in 2009 the institutions became independent legal entities, the government relinquished the ownership of university buildings, and there were new governance arrangements on university boards. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Terrance McAndrews

  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
         Do your parents owe the federal government money?  If so, the Treasury Dept. may target your tax refund to try and retrieve those funds.  Thanks to a change made to legislation 3 years ago the 10-year statute of limitations on such debts have been lifted clearing the way for the federal government to come after you in search of such debts.  The change affects nearly 400,000 people to the tune of $714 million.  We’ll talk about the program today and why it plays right into the hands of the caricature of a nameless, faceless bureaucracy abusing…
  • Cuban Twitter, Supreme Court McCutcheon case…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
         The AP recently revealed that the US gov’t, through foreign aid organization USAID, funded a secret Twitter-like program to stir political unrest in Cuba.  We discuss the revelation and the details of the program.  We also discuss the consequences these revelations of secret programs are having on national security and on the credibility of the US government. The Supreme Court ruled last week that overall limits on campaign donations were unconstitutional.  The Court, in its opinion, stated that it was not a legitimate objective of government to…
  • Ft. Hood, Unemployment, Obamacare Meets its Goal…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
         Unemployment benefits expired for about 2.2 million people at the end of December 2013.  Republicans and Democrats are currently debating whether to pass, and how to pay for, an extension of those benefits.  We discuss why the current bill making its way through the Senate should pass.  We then broaden the discussion out to why we, as a country, need to differentiate between good and bad types of spending, and between government spending and government investment.  Obamacare to the surprise of many has reached its goal of 7.1 million enrollees…
  • NSA Spying, Hobby Lobby Case, and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
         The Obama Administration has proposed changes to the NSA surveillance programs that aim to assuage the fears of most Americans.  Under the proposal telephone companies would keep the information and the NSA, if need be, would have to obtain a court order in order to analyze specific phone records.  It was also revealed this week that the NSA has been trying to hack the network of Huawei, the Chinese global telecomm giant, after years of accusing the company of doing the same thing to us.  We discuss the week’s developments and discuss the broader…
  • Obamacare, 2014 Political Landscape

    Terrance McAndrews
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
         With only 2 weeks left to go in the open enrollment period in Obamacare all eyes are on whether the Obama administration is going to meet its goal of getting 6 million Americans enrolled in the law.  In this episode we discuss the enrollment numbers for Obamacare for the month of February.  We also discuss the details of a new survey that points out that the majority of Americans are still not aware of the subsidies that are available to help them bring down the cost of Obamacare, as well as another finding that shows that the majority of new enrollees in…
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • Jon Stewart Lashes Out At The Media’s Sexist Treatment Of Hilary Clinton And Female Politicians

    Nkorni Tankwa
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    A few hours ago Jon Stewart, weighed in on what he sees as sexiest treatment of female politicians in the media. He began the segment by noting the amount of sexist commentary Hilary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presumptive nominee, has … Continue reading →
  • Jon Stewart Slams Hannity Over Cliven Bundy Hypocrisy

    Nkorni Tankwa
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    A few hours ago Jon Stewart weighed in on the Cliven Bundy situation and called out Fox News’ Sean Hannity for being a hypocrite. After pointing out that Bundy has, for twenty years,  accrued a bill of about a million … Continue reading →
  • Here Are 25 Things You May Not Have Known About U.S Presidents

    Nkorni Tankwa
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    So far we’ve had 44 presidents, actually 43 since Grover Cleveland served as the 22nd and the 24th, and while we know a lot about them, thanks to the fact that historians have and continue to document facts about their … Continue reading →
  • How To Know If You Have ADHD

    Nkorni Tankwa
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I think by now it’s safe to assume that most people have heard of the psychiatric disorder that’s commonly referred to as ADHD, which is short for Attention Deficit-hyperactivity Disorder. While there is no doubt that the condition is real … Continue reading →
  • Just Because You Can’t Reason With Babies Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Try

    Nkorni Tankwa
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The video of the dad who decided to air-out his grievances, over laundry duties, by explaining them to his adorable baby, has been making the rounds on web and social media sites. Most fathers who find themselves stuck at home … Continue reading →
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    MalcolmOutLoud

  • Heroic and Horrific Acts Define Us

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Human nature has both tendencies for heroic and horrific acts, but what defines this? How bad does one have to be to inflict pain and death upon others? As long as a culture or a society accepts an act as normal then it becomes acceptable, but does that make it good? What if society had no concept or definition of right and wrong? Attacks, mass murders, evil acts… what provokes people and is there more crime in the world today than at any other time? We’ll bring the conversation back to the time of the Centurion named Longinus, and the spear that pierced the side of Christ.
  • Doctor Prescribes Obamacare Truth

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We hear a great deal about the Affordable Care Act from politicians and the media elite…. but what about our doctors? How do they feel about government managed medicine? You are about to find out… meet Dr. Alfred Bonati. He revolutionized the field of spine surgery through the use of patented minimally invasive techniques. “Governmental medicine all over the world has failed,” says Dr. Bonati. Studies indicate that government run medical services, such as the VA, are inferior. “Our government is corrupted, they are elite, they don’t work for us, they work…
  • Venezuelan War of Propaganda

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is grasping at any and everything he can do to remain in power. Maduro is trumping up charges in his attempt to silence those that are standing up to his authoritarian aggression! He wants to portray the opposition as a small minority that wants to undo Venezuela's socialist policies aimed at helping the poor. Venezuela's high unemployment, high violent crime rate, government price controls and widespread food shortages have lead to months of unrelenting protests. How can the opposition fight this “Propaganda War?” Col EJ Otero is an expert in…
  • Gun-Free Zones Invite Crime

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Americans reacted with shock and horror from reports of an additional attack at The Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Similar to the attack in 2009, a lone gunman entered the gun free military base firing randomly in a mad rampage. Have we inadvertently created targets with GUN FREE ZONES instead of protecting the ones we love? Col EJ Otero and Col Jim Waurishuk join me to discuss this tragedy. While we may never know what prompted the attack what we can review and debate is whether or not gun free zones invite a higher degree of violence and result in greater loss of life.
  • The Resurrection Of Russia?

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Is this a repeat of the old Soviet Union days? Might the intentions of Vladimir Putin be positive? Is it even possible to think on those terms? A message from God back on October 20, 1992 reads “Russia will govern the rest of My children in holiness.” An eye opening conversation with Vassula Ryden, author of the bestseller "Heaven is Real But So is Hell." It appears Vassula Ryden’s prophecies are coming to pass in a most interesting way on the world stage. I’ll ask Vassula to explain this 1992 message from God. If Russia does become the head of many nations, what will…
 
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Bundy Ranch Woke Up Conservatives to Police Abuse

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Before the recent incident at the Bundy ranch, it was easy for conservatives to ignore the issue of police abuse. Not anymore. Police brutality in America has gone largely unnoticed by the general, unaffected public for years. There was a …
  • Do We Really Want Gender Equality?

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    Gender equality, and how to implement it in modern society, has been on people’s minds for several decades. We’re supposed to want it. I know I do. I can’t wait for the day when all humans enjoy equal rights to …
  • Is U.S.-Russian Rivalry Only for Show?

    Alon Starkman
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    The United States and Russia put on a good display of being at each other’s throats. But what if that rivalry is nothing more than a show? As I covered in my last article on the relationship between the Russian …
  • The Walking Dead vs. the State

    Miguel Duque
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    ***SPOILER ALERT: Please, do not read any further if you have not completed watching the entirety, including the season finale, of Season 4 of the AMC television show The Walking Dead and you don’t want anything spoiled for you.*** The …
  • The Desert Lynx Joins the Rebel Love Show

    LynxFreeorDie
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Desert Lynx joins forces with the Voluntaryist Rebel to create the Rebel Love Show, a new show documenting the march of freedom in New Hampshire.…
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    Citizens News

  • Newsbusted: Obama Announces He Will Decide on Keystone (As Soon As Cubs Win World Series)

    Liberty Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Written by “The Lid” Despite the fact that it will stimulate the economy, and that every study has shown it will not hurt the environment, President Obama has been avoiding giving a final answer about the Keystone Pipeline. As part of a Good Friday news dump, we learned that once again the administration is delaying […]The post Newsbusted: Obama Announces He Will Decide on Keystone (As Soon As Cubs Win World Series) appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Ukrainian official confronted by masked men hours before his body is found

    Liberty Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Written by World news Horlivka city deputy Volodymyr Rybak is confronted by masked men, just hours before his body is found in a river near SlavianskThe post Ukrainian official confronted by masked men hours before his body is found appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Marine’s Premiums Spike Due to Obamacare

    Liberty Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Written by Washington Free Beacon An ad from Americans for Prosperity details the sad story of a Marine whose health insurance policy premium costs “went way up” due to Obamacare. Christopher Schiff, a Marine Corps veteran, explains his disappointment after Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) broke her promise that Obamacare would improve healthcare for Americans […]The post Marine’s Premiums Spike Due to Obamacare appeared first on Citizens News.
  • ‘Intelligent’ UKIP Poster Parody Actually Backs UKIP’s Position… If You Bother Reading the Report

    Liberty Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Written by Breitbart Feed One parody of UKIP’s recent poster that has received a lot of attention over the past 24 hours is this:  Most intelligent UKIP poster parody » @DuncanStott: Check out http://t.co/JVM4LiSKyh for more info: pic.twitter.com/u2qOEGLilU — Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) April 22, 2014 The authors and sharers on Twitter want to hammer home […]The post ‘Intelligent’ UKIP Poster Parody Actually Backs UKIP’s Position… If You Bother Reading the Report appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Congressional Budget Update From Laurence Vance

    Liberty Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Written by The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat By Laurence M. Vance According to the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, the president must annually submit a proposed budget to Congress for the next fiscal year by the first Monday in February. Although he was late, as usual, President Obama did submit his budget […]The post Congressional Budget Update From Laurence Vance appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • The Foul Odour Of Corruption That Comes From The Office Of The Prime Minister Of Canada ..

    leftdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    The Canadian Progressive hits the nail on the head with this article.....New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. For Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, the documents show that Harper, who came to office in 2006 promising to clean up Ottawa, is "guilty of corruption“.The documents, filed in court on Wednesday, allege that Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, violated the Criminal Code when he cut a $90,172 cheque to cover up Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent…
  • The Demise Of The Parti Quebecois - 'A Bad Campaign' by John Conway

    leftdog
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Regina's alternative newspaper, The Prairie Dog, has an excellent article by retired Political Science professor, Dr. John Conway:A Bad CampaignThe party invented by René Lévesque in 1968 is in troubleby John F. Conway The Parti Québécois (PQ) was founded with two missions: bringing about an independent Quebec and creating a social democratic nation-building project, rooted in the great achievements of the Quiet Revolution. The goals were popular, and the Québécois working class became a fortress of support for the PQ. And while there were zigs and zags over the years, after…
  • $$$ Why Is High Spender June Draude Still Sitting At Brad Wall's Cabinet Table? $$$

    leftdog
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    REGINA — Saskatchewan Social Services Minister June Draude came under fire Wednesday after it was revealed her expenses for an overseas trip last summer included more than $3,600 for a car service and over $200 for lunch with a friend. [...]There weren’t any reports produced as a result of the trip and Draude struggled to list any specific benefits for Saskatchewan resulting from the meetings she had.BY THE NUMBERSWhat was taxpayer money spent on during Draude’s overseas trip?$3,634.33 — car service for Draude and (staffer) Mantey while in London$4,366.43 — Mantey’s flights to…
  • Fuddle Duddle 2.0

    leftdog
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Liberal leader Justin Trudeau used some decidedly un-prime ministerial language when speaking publicly at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Que. on Saturday night.Invited by the ring announcer at the Hilton Lac Leamy, Trudeau climb through the ropes and took the microphone to say a few words about the event at which, two years ago, he thrashed a much larger Sen. Patrick Brazeau. (The two mens’ career trajectories since the fight are documented in a Citizen piece this weekend.)“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into…
  • I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today ...

    leftdog
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today http://t.co/md8U85ZUbn #RevFredPhelps— leftdog (@leftdog) March 20, 2014 Anti-gay hate monger, Rev Fred Phelps dies ...(I'm not even going to put his ugly pic up on my site ...)Montreal Gazette
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Haute Rain Boots for Politicians

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    Tis the season for flood tourists, i.e. government officials clad in Savile Row suites and Wellingtons that descend upon the peasants for a campaign photo op.Do not be mistaken though, flood tourists are not limited to the United Kingdom. No, in fact they manage to spring up everywhere a tragedy can be exploited.April showers bring May voters? Isn’t that how the old adage goes?
  • The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Say what you will, but clearly the former President George W. Bush has come a long way from his bathtub portrait days, showcasing his lastest works until June at an exhibition held at the Southern Methodist University called, The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Michelle on Moms Grocery Shopping

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    Do you find grocery shopping to be a terrible and perplexing experience, and not just on holidays when some stores have limited hours? Well, Michelle Antoinette Obama seems to think you do.
  • Genius Idea: 9 Rules For Dealing with the Government

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Another Friday, and another genius idea brought to you by those teaching the next generation of fine citizens. Zeman Elementary School (in Nebraska, not related to, or to be confused with the inebriated Czech President Zeman) students were recently sent home with an informational flyer on how to best handle bullying, which reads a bit like an abuser’s manifesto.As with every genius idea from whistling to rapists, and banning bossy, let’s have some fun.
  • Easter Highlights

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    With the scourge of the sequester and the Easter Bunny unionizing long since forgotten, Easter is back on at the White House. If you’d like to skip watching Obama throw up brick after brick on the court, and the egg roll, but you still want to embrace the holiday then we have few suggestions.The fashion gods tell us that Easter is a time for pastel, pearls, floral, and of course the obligatory one to two rabbits or ducklings.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Naomi Klein, April 22nd, 2014 Climate change, meanwhile, is busily adding to the ranks of the rootless every day, as natural disasters, failed crops, starving livestock and climate-fueled ethnic conflicts force yet more people to leave their ancestral homes. And with every human migration, more crucial connections to specific places are lost, leaving yet fewer people to listen closely to the land.
  • International Conference “Europe: Lost in Translation?”

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    An international conference for European and Non-European NGO representatives, political leaders, economists and experts in social sciences with a focus on the future of a wider Europe as a unique space for inter-civilizational dialogue and coexistence will take place in Berlin on May 14-16, 2014. The conference is organized by consolidated efforts of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" and "German-Russian Forum". 25 years after the end of the Cold War, Europe is still in search of an identity beyond the old divisions. Culturally and socially, there is a great deal that…
  • Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A Transcript of the Interview with Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman conducted by journalist Bill Moyers, April 18, 2014 Paul Krugman: Piketty is telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy. A society of inherited wealth.
  • What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change’ Could Mean

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Andrés Cala, Consortiumnews, April 15, 2014 For 15 years, the economic keystone of Latin America’s growing independence from U.S. domination has been energy-rich Venezuela’s willingness to provide discounted oil to many of its neighbors, a project now at risk amid violent opposition protests at home and threats of destabilizing sanctions from Washington. The preferential financial terms for oil was the brainchild of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez who understood that the only way that he could counter America’s economic might was to use his nation’s petroleum to stabilize the…
  • Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
    An Article by Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, 14 April 2014 There is no sign to show that political violence in Egypt is abating. Political violence has become even more pronounced since the ouster of the democratically elected President, Dr Mohamed Morsi, on the 3rd of July 2013. The ouster is in fact one of the primary causes for the increased violence. They are inter-linked for two reasons. The suppression of Morsi’s movement, the Ikhwanul-Muslimin, by the military backed interim government has been violent. Peaceful protest…
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • 15 GOTV Myths Busted

    Joe Fuld
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Know the facts about your GOTV plan! There is no cable show dedicated to busting myths about political tactics, but if there was, GOTV myths would surely be a topic.  Over the years, there have been a lot of notions about GOTV that I believe are wrong. Here is my attempt to dispel these myths and show GOTV for what it is: a cornerstone in the foundation of any campaign plan. 15. You can start planning for GOTV after Labor Day. A real GOTV plan should be a part of your campaign plan from day one.  It is something you should be planning for a year out, not a couple of months out. 14. GOTV is…
  • SMS for non-profit advocacy

    Sophie Thurber
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Non-profits engaged in advocacy should be texting. If you’re a non-profit working in the advocacy arena, you should be thinking about incorporating SMS (or texting) into your communications program.  Texts are, in many ways, a very personal way of communicating – a quick way to touch base with friends, family, colleagues, etc.  But as people increasingly depend on mobile phones they turn to SMS as a way to communicate (as of 2010 – four whole years ago – data use outpaced actual phone use for Americans with cell phones), it’s important to adapt and incorporate text into your…
  • A Glossary for Political Direct Mail

    Sophie Thurber
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Political direct mail cheat sheet The world of political direct mail involves a lot of terms you don’t hear in everyday.  This post will take you through the acronyms, strange words and technical terms that you need to be a pro when it comes to your political direct mail program. Mail Panel The mail panel is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s that (usually) white space where return address, mailing address and postage can all be found.  The USPS has certain specifications for the mail panel (e.g. on oversize flats, it must be placed at the top of the mailer) and your production person…
  • 5 ways to help your Democratic direct mail stand out

    Sophie Thurber
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Make all the other Democratic direct mail jealous! “Nasty, brutish and short,” doesn’t just sum up Thomas Hobbes’ feelings about the state of nature – it also applies to the often-lonely life of a piece of Democratic direct mail. It’s tough to get noticed and stand out from the other items stuffed in the mailbox, and even if it does get noticed, it’s usually quickly tossed out and forgotten. Sad stuff if you’re a piece of Democratic direct mail. But your Democratic direct mail doesn’t have to exist in a Hobbesian nightmare (extra points if you’ve slogged through…
  • Micro Targeting Online Advertising Can help your budget.

    Lizzie Kendrick
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Micro Targeting Online Advertising is a buzz word the days. We’ve talked a lot about targeting online, but lately targeting has gotten even more specific and it can really help boost your online advertising campaign. It’s common knowledge these days that online advertising can get the same type of sophisticated targeting that direct mail can. One way advertisers are using micro targeting online advertising is with geo-fencing. With geo-fencing, you can build a virtual “fence” around a geographic location (for example, an office building or sporting arena) and serve ads to people on…
 
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    Patriots Movement

  • Krugman And His Hypocrisy.

    Christopher Grear
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    So Paul Krugman the Liberal Economist has made a little news this week. Krugman a big advocate on income inequality in America has shown what a hypocrite he truly is when it comes to his preaching.   Krugman who was made famous from his New York Times column is leaving his professor’s job at Princeton University. Why is he leaving his more lucrative Ivy League job. Well it would seem that he was offered a job at CUNY (City University of New York). I know what you maybe thinking well what is the problem he is leaving to be a professor for this University. Well I would concede if you…
  • Is Cliven Bundy Right?

    Christopher Grear
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    There are several things I have to say about this whole ordeal. This set of events was 20 years in the making.   So lets get the rundown on what happened and why.   The Federal Government last week Friday I believe though last week none-the-less started seizing one Cliven Bundy’s cattle. Why because he was grazing on Federal land and has failed to pay the grazing fees for over 20 years. So the government did what it does best shows up in force and takes. Which they did with Cliven Bundy.   Now this sparked a standoff between the Bundy family and the Fed. As it played out…
  • IRS Scandal Takes A New Turn.

    Christopher Grear
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Well it would seem this scandal is never going to die down for the Obama Administration. Yet it took a strange and interesting new twist. Though to be fair to the Administration no evidence has been found linking it to the IRS scrutiny of Tea Party type groups. Also to be fair the Investigation by the House Ways and Means Committee has been hampered with stonewalling by the IRS on documents it has requested. So for now there is no evidence linking the Obama Administration to the IRS.   Now this new twist in this scandal came last week. An attorney for True the Vote who was one of this…
  • Gohmert vs. Holder

    Christopher Grear
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    This has got to be the best thing I seen in quite a while. What did I see you ask well let me tell you.   Last week our AG Eric Holder went before Congress yet again. Though I don’t think he quite expected what he got from Rep. Louie Gohmert. Gohmert laid into Holder about his withholding of evidence to help them advance the F&F (Fast and Furious) investigation.   It would seem Holder did not like it and for a few minutes the discussion between the two was heated. Now last time I looked Holder would be below the Congressmen in the chain of command. Congress is appointed by…
  • Mayor Dana Outlaw should resign.

    Christopher Grear
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tobias posted this article on a forum we are a part of so I know he has some issues at the moment so I will make a commentary about it. I actually felt compelled to because this bothers me that much.   Dana Outlaw Mayor a Democrat of  New Bern, North Carolina has done something I never in a million years thought someone would do. So let me explain what an idiot this man is and why he should not hold the office he was newly elected too.   On March 28th of this year the city of New Bern had a terrible incident involving two police officers. The two officers Alexander Thalmann, 22,…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
  • The Night I Dreamt of Emil Cioran

    George T. Sipos
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:16 pm
    Emil M. Cioran, Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade. Paris, 1986.Photo: Louis Monier/RDA/Lebrecht Music & Arts I don’t really remember when it happened, but it must have been a few nights ago. I had completely forgotten my dream by the morning, but then I remembered it suddenly. Something must have triggered it, maybe the fact that I was telling J. about the comments my latest article about Romania got during the night—the time difference makes me wake up to the abstract symbols of Balkan written injuries dancing in front of my clouded eyes on the smartphone display, oh, the sweet…
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    Michael Tomasky

  • SC GOP Snubs Desegregation Judge

    Michael Tomasky
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Julius Waties Waring, a challenger of ‘separate but equal,’ finally got a statue, but Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, and Mark Sanford had better things to do than attend the dedication.
  • Krugman Is a Steal at $225K

    Michael Tomasky
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    The only thing hypocritical about acclaimed economist Paul Krugman’s CUNY salary is the right-wingers suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.
  • How to Win the War on Inequality

    Michael Tomasky
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    If only Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would pick up Thomas Piketty’s book. Failing that, Hillary Clinton should heed his findings about wealth and inequality—and take on the crisis head on.
  • Yes, Some Republicans Are Racist

    Michael Tomasky
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.
  • What Plantation Is He Living On?

    Michael Tomasky
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Jim DeMint’s ludicrous claim about who ended slavery in America is just his latest effort to destroy the federal government—past or present.
 
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United Stat