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  • The Economic Case Against Trophy Hunting

    ThinkProgress
    Beenish Ahmed
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Outrage over the killing of Cecil, beloved lion by an American dentist multiplied after news that another lion, Jericho, had been killed by an American doctor. Reports of the death have since been refuted by researchers tracking that lion’s movements through its tracking collar. Still, the ongoing outcry over the death of Cecil have led to questions about the economic and environmental merits of trophy hunting. Walter Palmer, the man who paid $55,000 for a big game permit to shoot a lion in Zimbabwe, has gone in to hiding. Some argue that putting such high prices on the heads of animals…
  • Scott Walker unveils his Donald Trump debate plan

    CNN.com - Politics
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Monday his key to victory at Thursday's Republican debate means not engaging with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, or any other opponent, for that matter.
  • Fox News is Killing the GOP

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    A recent article in Salon starts with a headline that says it all: “Sean Hannity is killing the GOP: Fox News & conservative media have the party in a stranglehold“. At one point the Republicans might have thought Fox News was on their side, but one has to wonder what the GOP is thinking now that Hannity is cheerleading for Donald Trump. He even says that the other Republican candidates should learn from Trump. But the problem goes deeper than that. The Salon article points out that despite taking over both chambers of Congress, Republicans really haven’t gotten…
  • First Draft: New Polls Show Donald Trump Widening His Lead and John Kasich Holding His Own

    NYT > Politics
    MAGGIE HABERMAN and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Less than 24 hours before the candidates’ deadline to qualify for Fox News’s debate, polls by Fox News poll and by WMUR show Mr. Trump with a statistically significant lead over the rest of the field and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio squeaking into the tenth and final spot.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    * New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan takes a harsh view of the Times’s screw-up on the Hillary Clinton email controversy, concluding that complaints about the paper’s coverage of Clinton in general are legitimate: I agree with this sentiment from a reader, Evan Hannay, who is troubled by some of the Clinton coverage: “Hillary deserves […]
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    The Atlantic

  • How Cecil the Lion Is Making Airlines Change Their Ways

    Krishnadev Calamur
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Autumn Fuller, 10, places a stuffed animal July 29 at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in in Bloomington, Minnesota, in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe. (Eric Miller/Reuters) Delta announced Monday it would stop transporting hunting trophies in response to the worldwide outcry following the killing of a lion named Cecil by an American dentist in Zimbabwe.   Here is Delta's statement: Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.  Prior to this ban, Delta's…
  • The Politics of Obama’s Greenhouse-Gas Rule

    David A. Graham
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Jim Urquhart / Reuters President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is aimed at three major constituencies. First, there’s the plan’s immediate goal: significant decreases in the emissions in the U.S. between now and 2030. Second, the rule arrives as the world gears up for global emissions talks in Paris in December, and American action is seen as necessary to convince other countries to act. And third, Obama views the fight against climate change as an essential part of his legacy, alongside the Affordable Care Act. “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of…
  • The U.S. Quietly Expands Its Mission in Syria

    Micah Zenko
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    A graduation ceremony of the Free Syrian Army near Damascus (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) On September 16, 2014, there was a brief exchange regarding the nascent war against the self-declared Islamic State—totally unnoticed at the time—between the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the secretary of defense: Senator John McCain: We are now recruiting these young men to go and fight in Syria against ISIL [also called ISIS], but if they’re attacked by Bashar Assad, we’re not gonna help them? Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: They will defend themselves, senator. McCain:…
  • Why James Holmes Is a Step Closer to Facing the Death Penalty

    Krishnadev Calamur
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado. (Reuters) Updated on January 1, 2015, at 3:50 p.m. ET James Holmes will face either the death penalty or life in prison, after a jury declined today to take capital punishment off the table for the convicted Aurora, Colorado, theater shooter. In the second phase of sentencing, the Colorado jury found the mitigating factors in the case, such as Holmes’ mental illness, do not outweigh the aggravating factors—that he killed more than two people and he knowingly created a “grave risk of…
  • Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

    Alan Taylor
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The winners of the 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced. Winning first prize, Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Mexico, will receive an eight-day photo expedition for two to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for a photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale off the western coast of Mexico. Here, National Geographic has shared all of this year’s winners, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Captions by the photographers.This article was originally published at…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: State Department 'watered down' human trafficking report

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    attribution: REUTERS Workers in Alor Setar bury some of the 106 unidentified bodies found in a traffickers' camp in May, 2015 The State Department's removal of Malaysia from the annually constructed list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders comes at an opportune time, freeing the nation for inclusion in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. According to Reuters, Malaysia is one of fourteen "strategically important" nations whose assessments were elevated over analyst objections. A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign…
  • Pressed on whether Obama is 'Christian,' Scott Walker still says he doesn't know

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Leave me alone. Republican candidate Scott Walker made a few waves last February when he gave a conspicuously noncommittal answer to the simple question as to whether he believes President Obama is indeed a Christian, as he claims to be. This question is posed to Republican office seekers solely because a now-commonplace Republican conspiracy theory posits that Obama is secretly a Muslim, and reporters are curious as to which of the cottonmouths at the head of the party are or are not supporters of this particular lunacy. Reporters keep asking. Scott Walker keeps resisting giving a simple…
  • Planned Parenthood defunding bill fails first test vote in Senate

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Republicans' first foray into defunding Planned Parenthood failed in a cloture vote Monday, 53-46. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) was the only Republican to vote against it (excepting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted "no" on cloture for procedural reasons). And Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (Joe Manchin-WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN) were the only lily-livered, spineless Democrats to vote for it. Thanks, guys. Meanwhile, those great "pro-choice" and "moderate" Republican women, Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Kelly Ayotte (NH) voted against women's health. Great job. (Sen. Lindsey…
  • GOP candidates from Bush to Walker, but not Trump, will appear at Monday night forum

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Jeb Bush If you just can't wait for Thursday evening's Republican presidential debate(s), fear not. You can get a sort of preview Monday evening with the Voters First Presidential Forum. The event, held in New Hampshire and sponsored by the Union Leader, the state's leading, and historically Republican, newspaper, will offer candidates five minutes each to answer questions individually. That's right—it's not a debate with cross-talk and sniping, but there should be plenty of opportunity for the candidates to show themselves nonetheless. Fourteen candidates are slated to participate in the…
  • Reince Priebus asks the Republican contenders to please take it down a notch

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says there is entirely too much incivility happening among the Republican presidential candidates. Please tone it down, everybody. “The name-calling has got to stop from everywhere,” Priebus told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM 970. [...] “We just want our folks to concentrate on what they should do to make our country better,” he added. And good luck with that.
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Max Von Sydow Joins 'Game of Thrones'

    rcade
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Game of Thrones has just cast another acclaimed veteran actor. Silver screen legend Max von Sydow is joining the HBO hit. Sydow will play the Three-Eyed Raven, the mystical tutor of Bran Stark, who was briefly seen in the season 4 finale, and already is filming. Another recent hire on the show is the Deadwood actor Ian McShane.
  • Suit: Teacher Punishes Child for Not Believing in God

    HeliumRat
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    A lawsuit recently filed against a teacher at Forest Park Elementary School in Indiana alleged that a 7-year-old student was "banished" from sitting with other students at lunch after he revealed that he did not believe in God. According to the lawsuit obtained by the Washington Post, second grade teacher Michelle Myer interrogated the student, who was identified with the initials A.B., about his religious beliefs after he told his classmates on the playground that he did not go to church because he did not believe in God.
  • Florida Man Tries to Carjack Unmarked Police Car

    sitzkrieg
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    A knife-wielding Florida man who attempted a carjacking Thursday night quickly discovered that the vehicle he targeted was an undercover cop car occupied by a pair of armed plainclothes detectives, according to an arrest affidavit. Dominique Albert, 27, allegedly approached the car on a St. Petersburg street around 9:45 p.m. He was chased by the officers and caught, but did not stop fighting them until a backup officer deployed his Taser, police said. Albert faces charges of carjacking, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
  • 8 of 10 GOP Debate Invitations Set, 2 Up for Grabs

    rcade
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:44 pm
    With three days to go before the first GOP presidential debate, eight candidates are going to have high enough average poll numbers to be included: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. The last two slots are being contested by Chris Christie and John Kasich, tied with an average of 3.4 percent and included under present numbers, and Rick Perry, who would be excluded at 2.8 percent.
  • Senators Introduce CECIL Act After Outcry

    gracieamazed
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Four Democratic senators announced Friday that they will introduce a bill named for the beloved Zimbabwean lion Cecil, who was killed by an American trophy hunter earlier this month. The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act would extend current U.S. import and export restrictions on animal trophies to include species that have been proposed for listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Current law provides protection only for species whose status on the list has been finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Forget Everything Else. Look at Trump's Net Favorables

    Josh Marshall
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:03 pm
    We've all seen the polls showing Trump as the forerunner in the massive GOP field with around 20% support. It's early. His name recognition is sky high. And with so many in the race you can be a frontrunner with a big lead without a huge amount of support. But here's a number that is genuinely a big deal. We've assumed that Donald Trump is not only capped in a national race but also likely capped about where he is now in a GOP primary race because his negatives are so high and so many people that not only do they not support him but that would never support him under any circumstance. Read…
  • Times Has a Problem

    Josh Marshall
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    For decades, the customary and accepted way to dodge responsibility for mistakes on your watch was to say, "Mistakes were made." Now the Times has upped the ante to "Mistakes weren't made." If all mailbag is any measure, it's having an effect. From TPM Reader MT ... Quick comment about your Biden piece, but really my comment is about Hillary and the Times. You capture the increasingly bizarre Times coverage of Clinton’s campaign nicely. From a personal perspective, when I saw the headline about Biden considering a run in the Times I immediately dismissed it as being newsworthy because it…
  • Behind the Biden Bubble

    Josh Marshall
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I'm a big fan of Joe Biden's. I think he'd be a great president. I'm less certain he'd be a great candidate for president - and his first two runs provide some basis for that judgement. I'm also a bit suspicious of a groundswell or campaign of anonymous leaks in favor of a Biden campaign, all or most of which seem to emanate from The New York Times, which is grappling - or rather, not grappling - with its own institutional problems covering Hillary Clinton. But here's one thing I've been watching closely: Over the past two weeks, among some of the most active and opinion leading center-left…
  • The Search for the Iran Unicorn

    Josh Marshall
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    A good look at the increasingly flimsy arguments against the Iran deal.
  • Exactly

    Josh Marshall
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    Koch brother sees his investment of billions to roll back regulation on business as akin to civil rights movement.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I've decided not to live-blog tonight's GOP candidate "forum" in New Hampshire, but I will be watching it and will offer some comments in the morning. Here are some remains of the day: * Bobby Jindal cancels Louisiana's Medicaid services contract with Planned Parenthood even though neither of its clinics in the state perform abortions. Betcha he says: "Others talk about defunding Planned Parenthood...I just did." * Past state efforts to ban Medicaid dollars for Planned Parenthood have run afoul of program rules guaranteeing beneficiaries a choice of providers. * Texas Attorney General Ken…
  • Clean Air Regs Now Out: Back to the Legal Barricades!

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Today's final Clean Air Act regulations on greenhouse gas emissions by utilities are being treated by some observers as just another marker in a natural transition to a new energy regimen, and by others as a major U.S. contribution to an international climate change agreement just ahead. But at TNR Rebecca Leber points to another possibility: the promulgation of the regs will touch off a final conservative legal challenge to the Obama administration's climate change agenda: The coal industry has readied its legal attack since at least 2012, when Obama proposed carbon regulations for new power…
  • Rand Paul and the Scarlet "I'

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons As noted here last week, Rand Paul's campaign has fallen into something like a Slough of Despond, leading to all sorts of speculation that he's phoning it all in or that his minions are at each other's throats. But whatever the sources of the problem, the lost mojo seems to have convinced Paul to make a little more controversial noise. Now that the entire Republican Party is stampeding towards a confrontation with Obama over Planned Parenthood funding, it's not clear ol' Aqua Buddha's going to get much distinctive credit for going there first. So now the talk…
  • Tomorrow's Winnowing

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Perry: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia CommonsKasich: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia CommonsChristie: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons So tomorrow, perhaps after (though perhaps not) the release of one final poll of its own, Fox News is due to announce at long last the list of candidates allowed on-stage for the first official GOP presidential debate of the cycle. With the release of an NBC/WSJ poll over the weekend and a Monmouth survey today, the betting has now settled on Christie, Kasich and Perry battling for the last two spots on the stage, with Perry the most likely to fall off the edge of the earth.
  • Lunch Buffet

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    Sorry for the blogging lull this morning; we were taping the weekly BloggingheadsTV/Podcast episode without Paul Glastris, who was on business travel. So I had to initiate the call, which created some technical issues. But the conversation with WaMo colleagues Martin Longman (on camera) and Nancy LeTourneau (by phone) was quite good. It should be up some time early tomorrow. Here are some less technical midday news/views snacks: * Obama's final regs for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from utilities are out today, and they could make climate change a high-visibility issue for 2016. * Trump…
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    The New Republic

  • Sex, Lies, and the Internet

    Sam Tanenhaus
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In what seems an aeon ago, and perhaps was, Lionel Trilling conducted an interesting thought experiment by trying to envision a future for fiction. Since “social class and the conflicts it produces” were now exhausted as subjects, what if novelists turned instead to the new emerging fact of our
  • "I Am Cait" Divides Audiences Along Political Lines

    Andrew Vierra
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    On July 26, Caitlyn Jenner premiered her new reality show I Am Cait, reigniting the internet debate on the validity of the transgender identity. Which side of the debate one falls on correlates highly with one’s political position.Liberal
  • Camille Cosby’s Loyalty Confounds a New Generation

    Stacia L. Brown
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    By the time I was born, my great-grandparents had been married for 50 years. Their stoic, straight-backed photographs hung on the walls of the home where they raised ten children. I remember their daily bickering, how our family played it for laughs, and how many of my cousins aspired to long and de
  • How to Make Millennial Dads Less Gender-Traditional

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Would more generous paternity leave policies help millennial men live out their gender-egalitarian ideals? Quite possibly, according to a recent
  • The Last Defining Court Battle of Obama's Presidency

    Rebecca Leber
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    President Barack Obama will unveil his most ambitious climate change plan to date on Monday, setting off perhaps the last defining legal battle of his administration. As with Obamacare, his plan is opposed by most Republicans and likely to be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court. Will Chief
 
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    TIME

  • NBA Investor Backed Scott Walker Super PAC Before Stadium Push

    Alex Altman
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    On the day before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched a push this spring to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, the super PAC promoting Walker’s presidential campaign received a large check. The May 27 donation to Unintimidated PAC, for $150,000, came from a limited liability corporation connected to Jon Hammes, a Milwaukee-area businessman and investor in the NBA franchise, as first reported by the Capital Times. Hammes has since signed on as a national finance co-chairman of Walker’s presidential campaign. A Walker campaign aide noted the…
  • Senate Democrats Block Move to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Sarah Begley
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood Monday. The Republican proposal failed to reach a 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster in a 53-46 vote that fell mostly along party lines. Only two Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, backed the bill. The proposal came after a series of undercover videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress, a group of anti-abortion activists, which showed Planned Parenthood staffers and others who work with the organization discussing fetal tissue donations. The legislation was…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Favorite TV Shows Include Madam Secretary and The Good Wife

    Sarah Begley
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison in a slightly less formal seat than her regular venues: a rocking chair. Harrison’s “Chair Chats” series is meant to be a more personal discussion than the average presidential interview, acknowledging that politicians are people, too. It accordingly kicked off with plenty of talk about Clinton’s granddaughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, and how much fun the former Secretary of State is having as a grandmother. As for who’s the better diaper changer, Hillary…
  • Carly Fiorina Prepares to Miss the Cut for First Republican Debate

    Tessa Berenson
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    Two months ago, Carly Fiorina was dead set on breaking the top ten of national Republican presidential polls, so she could make it on the main Fox News debate stage Thursday night in Cincinnati. “I’ll be on the debate stage. I’ll be on the debate stage,” she responded in June, when asked by TIME what would happen if she did not make the top ten. Now, with the first debate just three days away, Fiorina’s campaign is preparing to miss the mark. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard has struggled in the polls since the beginning of her candidacy, still often clocking in…
  • Friends Of Starbucks’ CEO Want Him to Run Against Hillary

    rolandattimeinc
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Hillary Clinton is still the presumptive favorite to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency. But high-powered friends of Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz are reportedly eager to anoint him as a challenger to Clinton. The 62-year-old CEO has been urged by supporters to join the Democratic primary, with friends “thinking the time is right for someone who’s not a political lifer,” according to Maureen Dowd’s latest New York Times column. The idea, Dowd postulates, could “be a tempting proposition” for Schultz, and offers a worthy party…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • US uses air power to support beleaguered Syrian allies

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The United States said it has used air power in Syria in defense of allied rebel groups, signaling deeper involvement in the country's brutal four-year civil war. The Pentagon confirmed that an air strike was carried out Friday in support of the New Syria Force, a US-allied group. "We'll take action to defend the New Syria Force that we've trained and equipped," Pentagon spokesman Commander Bill Urban told AFP.
  • State workers' suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:15 pm
    JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman's bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the country's most competitive 2016 Senate races.
  • Texas attorney general accused of lying to investors

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had an investment opportunity: a tech startup making data servers. He told people he had put his own money into Servergy Inc., according to prosecutors, and helped persuade a state lawmaker and another wealthy businessman to buy more than $100,000 in shares.
  • Wild wallabies roam villages west of Paris

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Émancé (France) (AFP) - A tiny French village in Paris's leafy western suburbs is ringed by scores of wild wallabies, who now thrive in a nearby forest a world away from their native Australia. The colony of the red-necked Bennett's wallabies, which look similar but are much smaller than kangaroos, are originally from Tasmania and were brought into a zoological reserve in the village of Emance, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of Paris. "A neighbour asked me: 'Did you see the kangaroo?'" said Marylene, a grocer in the village of Hermeray, about 10…
  • GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season's first full-fledged debate.
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    Political Irony

  • Fox News is Killing the GOP

    Iron Knee
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    A recent article in Salon starts with a headline that says it all: “Sean Hannity is killing the GOP: Fox News & conservative media have the party in a stranglehold“. At one point the Republicans might have thought Fox News was on their side, but one has to wonder what the GOP is thinking now that Hannity is cheerleading for Donald Trump. He even says that the other Republican candidates should learn from Trump. But the problem goes deeper than that. The Salon article points out that despite taking over both chambers of Congress, Republicans really haven’t gotten…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:18 pm
    “Donald Trump’s not backing down. Yesterday he said he doesn’t need to be lectured by the other Republican candidates, who he says have no business running for president. Not to be confused with Donald Trump, who ran for president and now has no business.” – Jimmy Fallon “In a speech in South Carolina, Donald Trump responded to criticisms from Senator Lindsey Graham by giving out Graham’s personal cellphone number. Graham knew something was up when he saw he had more than one missed call.” – Jimmy Fallon “At a campaign event today, Donald…
  • Corruption

    Iron Knee
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Techdirt has a stunning article showing how corrupt we have become. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was trying to force Google’s search engine to stop linking to content that MPAA didn’t like. Search engines are supposed to search for websites, but the MPAA wanted the power to make sites they don’t like simply disappear from search engines, as if they didn’t exist. Of course, the websites still would exist (if you know their domain name or IP address), but you couldn’t search for them to find them. Unfortunately for the MPAA (and fortunately for…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Donald Trump got in some trouble for saying that John McCain is not a war hero, and said, ‘I like people that weren’t captured.’ Not good. In fact, Trump’s people are telling him to lay low for a while until this all combs over.” – Jimmy Fallon “On Saturday Donald Trump had some unkind words for Arizona Senator John McCain. Can you imagine being tortured 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison camp, and then a man whose greatest war-time accomplishment was brokering a peace treaty on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ between Gary Busey and Meat Loaf…
  • Out-Trumping Trump

    Iron Knee
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Republican politicians figured out a long time ago that running for president was a good way to get lots of publicity (often for free). This resulted in the 2012 Republican primary having a mind numbing total of 20 television debates and a slew of additional debate-like events, including a Twitter debate sponsored by TheTeaParty.net. The Republican party responded by changing their rules in an attempt to limit the number of politicians who could participate in an official debate to ten, based on their national polling results. But as we approach the first debate, the candidates who are in…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Speed-Dating The Republican Candidates

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    I just finished watching the first "candidates' forum" (don't call it a debate!) of the season, where 14 of the 17 Republicans running for president all appeared on the same stage in New Hampshire. The "one person on the stage at a time" format was an odd one, meant to get around the Republican National Committee's strict rules on how many debates they're going to tolerate this time around (it seems the more the public hears Republicans debate, the more it harms the Republican candidates). Still, it was a chance to see very short performances of almost all of the candidates, as entry was not…
  • 5 Ways Obama's Successor Could Undermine His New Climate Rules

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    The Republican presidential candidates gathering in Cleveland for Thursday's debate are sure to get questions about the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood, and immigration. All of those issues deserve attention. But maybe the first question should be about President Barack Obama’s latest effort to slow climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a final version of new regulations designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Technically, the regulations are part of the Clean Air Act, which became law in the…
  • Race in America: Meaningful Equality Remains a Distant Dream...

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    "The position of the negro today in America is the tragic but inevitable consequence of centuries of unequal treatment. Measured by any benchmark of comfort or achievement, meaningful equality remains a distant dream for the negro." - Justice Thurgood Marshall, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265 (1978) Neither the end of slavery in the middle of the 19th century nor the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s-70s heralded long fought for and awaited equality for the people this country formerly enslaved. Nor did they bring an end to racism in America. This truth exists…
  • Bernie Sanders, Open Borders, and a Serious Route to Global Equality

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Some progressives expressed dismay last week to discover that Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, doesn't favor a policy of open immigration. While such a policy would undoubtedly allow billions of people in the developing world to improve their lives, there are not many people in the United States who relish the idea of the country's population tripling or quadrupling over the next three or four decades. It is hard to justify people in the United States living so much better and longer lives than people in places like Bangladesh or…
  • Ben Carson: Replace Obamacare Before Repealing It

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Most Republicans want to scrap the Affordable Care Act in its entirety and start over. Famed neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson, however, says the law must be replaced with a viable alternative before it is repealed. "There’s no question it needs to be replaced before you repeal it,” Carson said Monday during a presidential forum at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. The presidential hopeful called the health care law "completely antithetical of the principles" of the Founding Fathers, and instead called for replacing it "with something…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Veteran Campaign Reporters Criticize Fox News' Control Over Republican Debate: "This Whole Thing Is A Sham"

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    Veteran presidential campaign correspondents and media experts are criticizing Fox News' unprecedented role as a gatekeeper in the Republican primary.  This week, Fox News will host the first primary debate of the cycle. The event is something of a coup for the network, which has been exerting increasing control over the Republican electoral process over the past decade. The debate will be limited to 10 candidates, based on their standing in a series of national polls that Fox itself is selecting. Fox News' debate rules have been criticized by several candidates and…
  • Fox's Tantaros Instructs GOP Presidential Candidates To "Follow Donald Trump's Lead"

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    From the August 3 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: Fox's Outnumbered Hosts Champion Donald Trump's Presidential Bid: "He Is A Winner" Fox's Napolitano Urges Candidates To "Take A Lesson From" Donald Trump And Say Exactly What They Think Fox News Pundits Laud Donald Trump's Candidacy For President Fox News Rallies To Defend Donald Trump After NBC Announces Split
  • Fox's Eric Bolling Is Donald Trump's Biggest Fan

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Fox News CEO Roger Ailes reportedly told network host Eric Bolling to defend Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on air. Bolling has repeatedly gone to bat for Trump, praising him as someone who "means business" and defending his controversial remarksRoger Ailes Reportedly Instructed Bolling To Defend Trump On-Air New York Magazine's Sherman: Roger Ailes Told Bolling To Defend Trump. New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported on July 22 that Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has told The Five co-host Eric Bolling to "defend Trump…
  • The Best Of Jon Stewart Taking On Fox News

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Jon Stewart has been one the most influential American voices in the last half-century, especially when it comes to calling out Fox News' lies. To celebrate his last week on The Daily Show, here are some of our favorite moments: The Best Of Jon Stewart Taking On Fox News Jon Stewart has been one the most influential American voices in the last half-century, especially when it comes to calling out Fox News' lies. To celebrate his last week on The Daily Show, here are some of our favorite moments. We're going to miss you, Jon! Posted by Media Matters for America on Monday, August…
  • CBS News Allows Frank Luntz To Defend Courting Donors At Koch Brothers Event Without Disclosing His Koch Ties

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    On the August 3 edition of CBS This Morning, CBS News allowed contributor and Republican strategist Frank Luntz to defend Republican presidential candidates courting donors at an event hosted by the Koch brothers without disclosing that he has previously advised Koch-affiliated groups. The Koch brothers have used Luntz as a messaging consultant for years, dating back to the 2010 election cycle, and including messaging advice for Americans for Prosperty and Freedom Partners.Related: Journalists Attend Private Koch Brothers Gathering, But Agree Not To Name Donors Previously: Frank…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • The WIP Editor Kate Daniels’ Farewell

    Katharine Daniels
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    In 2006, a handful of enthusiastic editors began a collaboration that would ultimately become The WIP. On our first day online, March 7, 2007, I posted my first editorial outlining our vision for The WIP. I imagined “a news website where women were the experts, the public intellectuals, the writers.” I shared with our new community “I am fascinated by the internet and by its potential ... by humanity and our potential,” and my thoughts on the media as force for social change. I value news because it is a source of education. I concluded, as purveyors of news, knowledge and insight,…
  • The Increasing Burden of Diabetes in China

    cesar chelala
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    China’s economic growth in the last three decades has dramatically transformed the nation’s economic landscape, removing 500 million people from poverty. This progress, however, has been accompanied by an increase in some diseases – such as diabetes – notably associated with increased urbanization and changed lifestyles. Twenty-five years ago, the number of people with diabetes in China was less than one percent. Today, China has more than 114 million people suffering from the disease, the highest number of any country in the world. It is estimated that 11.6 percent of Chinese adults…
  • Four Facts You Might Not Know About Housing Demolitions by Israel

    Caitlin Williams
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Annie Slemrod, IRIN, Switzerland - The small Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has been drawn into the international spotlight this week, as the US, the UK and the EU condemned plans by the Israeli army to demolish it. The US State Department said its destruction would be “harmful and provocative.” So far the Israeli government has shown no sign it will back off, and activists and locals are sleeping in structures in the village in case the bulldozers come. Susiya, which sits in an Israeli army controlled section of the West Bank called Area C, is set…
  • South Sudan army crushed civilians under tanks: HRW

    Al Jazeera English
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Report by rights group accuses government troops of committing war crimes in rebel-held parts of the Unity State.
  • Texas arrest video ‘was not edited’

    BBC News - Home
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Officials in Texas deny editing police dashcam footage showing the arrest of an African-American woman who died three days later in custody.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWiBprime #722 | I’m Tired

    Shane Paul Neil
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses the Samuel DuBose shooting, the public’s empathy in comparison to the death of Cecil the Lion, the extreme fatigue from battling opposition to the #BlackLivesMatter, and the actual killer of DuBose pleading not guilty. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Dara M. Wilson @daramwilson Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #722 | I’m Tired appeared…
  • #TWiBprime #721 | #EarnThisDamnVoteOrLose

    TWiB.FM
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses more stories from #TheEmptyChair, a ridiculous lion assassination, and why we must continue to demand more from those who call themselves “Progressive”. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady EAaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #721 | #EarnThisDamnVoteOrLose appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #720 | #TheEmptyChair

    TWiB.FM
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses the New Yorker’s interview with Bill Cosy’s victims, the #TheEmptyChair hashtag, and the disappointing attacks on rape victims. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Emily Epstein White @emeps Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #720 | #TheEmptyChair appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief

    TWiB.FM
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    #TeamBlackness recaps their time at Netroots Nation, the #BlackLivesMatter action, how Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley’s responses, and how to make the progressive space safer for people of color. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Emily Epstein White @emeps Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM   The post #TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #718 | Assorted Chicanery

    TWiB.FM
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses a judge sending children to jail, Attorney General Lynch being reasonable, Serena Williams being underpaid, and Feedback Thursday. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady and Dara M. Wilson @daramwilson Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #718 | Assorted Chicanery appeared first on #TWIBnation.
 
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    Wonkette

  • Which Parts Of Kraft Singles Are We Supposed To Eat? A Wonksplainer

    Kaili Joy Gray
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Hey you. Yes, you, dummy, standing there in the dairy section of your local Kwik Food Stuffs-R-Us-N-Go, about to put a package of Kraft Singles into your shopping cart. Don’t do that. Seriously, why would you do that? Because you like cheese? No you don’t, THAT’S NOT EVEN CHEESE: Read more on Which Parts Of Kraft Singles Are We Supposed To Eat? A Wonksplainer… The post Which Parts Of Kraft Singles Are We Supposed To Eat? A Wonksplainer appeared first on Wonkette.
  • Mean ACLU Sues Teacher For Trying To Shame Atheist Child Into Heaven

    Evan Hurst
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Get out your Teacher Of The Year ballots, we have a nominee to present! Meet Michelle Meyer, who teaches at a public school, Forest Park Elementary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her ass is getting sued by the ACLU, and here is why. One day, during recess, a 7-year-old boy named “A.B.” (his name is withheld in the lawsuit) was talking to a classmate, and according to the suit, she asked A.B. if he went to church. He said no, and also he doesn’t believe in God, and this made her cry, probably because, WE ARE GUESSING, her parents are fundamentalist Christian fucks, and she’s a…
  • Ted Cruz Would Like You To Think About His Penis Wrapped In Bacon

    Kaili Joy Gray
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    “In Texas,” says Canadian-born Cuban Ted Cruz, “we cook bacon a little differently than most folks.” How’s that, you’re not even wondering, but he’s gonna show you anyway. See, while other Americans might cook bacon the lazy way — on the stovetop or in the oven or maybe even the microwave — Texas-Americans drive to their favorite local gun range, wrap strips of bacon around the barrel of a machine gun, POW! POW! POW! at a target until the bacon grease collects in a pool on the ground, and voila! It’s both an efficient and hygienic…
  • Mike Huckabee Will Send Very Tiny Army Men Right Into Your Cooch

    Doktor Zoom
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Mike Huckabee, apparently still feeling the effects of that deep hit he took from the Trump Pipe last week, is saying some more insane shit. Not only is the Iran nuclear deal the Holocaust, now he’s hinting that, as president (HAH!) he’d maybe consider using the FBI and U.S. military to stop abortion once and for all. How’s that for your War on Women? It’s nice to see a candidate so willing to take a metaphor and drag it — by military force if necessary — into reality. Read more on Mike Huckabee Will Send Very Tiny Army Men Right Into Your Cooch… The…
  • Mormon Dad Forgot To Teach Son To Hate Gays, Will Never Get His Own Planet Now

    Evan Hurst
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Hey Wonk liberals, let’s listen to the NPR together while we drink our vegan kale lattes, shall we? Ooh, here is an NPR radio program about the Boy Scouts organization ending its ban on openly gay scout leaders. Is there a Mormon dad very upset about this, due to how the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints basically bought the Scouts a long time ago, and everything’s ruined now? There sure is! His name is Quin Monson, he teaches political science at Brigham Young University, and his son is a Boy Scout. Mr. Monson used to be one too! Let’s talk to him in our NPR…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:41 pm
    In? Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, which would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers say. Mr. Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to […] Read this post »
  • Real TIME headline: “Charles Koch Says U.S. Can Bomb Its Way to $100K Salaries”

    Mary Katharine Ham
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:11 pm
    You won’t be surprised to learn that the libertarian Koch said…exactly the opposite. What he was pointing out as a “monstrous measure” was the amount of spending, particularly government spending on among other things military endeavors, that goes into the GDP that might not be a great representation of the growth of our economy. The […] Read this post »
  • Democrats manning the walls to defend sanctuary cities

    Jazz Shaw
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Let's not criminalize the criminals, now. Last month, trying to strike while the iron was hot, some members of Congress – most notably Chuck Grassley – drafted legislation to reign in the so called “sanctuary cities” where illegal immigrants are regularly released back into the wild. This takes place in many cases unless there is some definitive indication that they are […] Read this post »
  • “True Detective” grumble thread: Playin’ out the string

    Allahpundit
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:41 pm
    One to go. In hindsight I’m embarrassed that I’ve pushed theories on you guys about huge twists to come as season two tumbled to its end. Between the complexity of the plot and the endless detours into humdrum personal drama, like Frank’s IVF treatment, watching the show has grown more numbing every week. The only justification for that, […] Read this post »
  • The Brits struggle to deal with their own illegal immigrant problem

    Jazz Shaw
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Giving the boot We make plenty of news here in the United States for our “hateful policies of exclusion” when it comes to trying to keep people from illegally entering the country, but we’re actually not the only ones dealing with the issue. In merry ole’ England they’ve been having some troubles of their own. Just recently we […] Read this post »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Great Business Tips For People Starting One At Home

    Randy
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    TIP! It is fun to start a home business, but it’s also quite challenging. You must first find the business niche that you want to pursue. A home business enterprise is appealing but it is also very intimidating. How do you get started? You may also wonder how you will make it all work. There are so many questions that demand answers. Thankfully, this article gives some solid direction as to how to make a work from home business work for you. Don’t forget to deduct part of your Internet connection expense. Some of the cost from this service can be written off when it comes to…
  • Check Out These Fantastic Stock Market Tips!

    Randy
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    TIP! Utilize an intelligent, long-term plan to help you make as much money as you possibly can from the stock market. You will also be more successful if you have realistic expectations, rather than trying to predict things that are unpredictable. Stock market investments can be an rewarding way to help make your monetary future brighter. However, the only way you can be successful at it is if you know what you are doing. This article contains advice and tips that will enable you to take your stock market investing to the next level. Simple, straightforward strategies are best when investing…
  • Real Estate Advice On How To Buy A Home

    Randy
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    Many homeowners worry about whether their property will retain its value over time. These tips are here to guide you. TIP! Consider what the future may hold when you are in the market to buy a home. While you might not have kids currently, for instance, it’s a good idea to check into the local schools near a potential house if you are planning to have children down the road. You need a business partner you can trust, when purchasing an expensive parcel of commercial property. This makes the loan qualification process much easier when you go to purchase the property. This partner can…
  • Get The Most Out Of Any Insurance Plan

    Randy
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    TIP! Buy more than one kind of insurance from the same company to save on all of your premiums. Typically, companies offer discounts if you have more than one type of insurance policy with them. If you’re shopping for insurance, you want correct and easily understood information to help in the decision-making process. There are many people that claim to have the inside scoop on lots of insurance information, but you really need a concise summary of the key points that can help you the fastest. You will probably find useful advice in the below article. TIP! In choosing the best insurance…
  • Solid Solutions To Running A Successful Online Business

    Randy
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    TIP! If your business requires lots of driving, be certain to keep gas and mileage records. Whether your trip is a short 15 minutes or as long as a full day, you can deduct the trip costs fully on your taxes. It is exciting and rewarding to run your own business, but it comes with its own set of challenges. You should know that going in. The tips below, though, can help you get a running start. TIP! It is important to have different phone lines for your business and home use. When running a successful business, you need to have a dedicated line and message that pertains to the business.
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    FamousDC

  • John Oliver (basically) Asks: WTF D.C.?

    Sarah Gunion
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    When Brits start defending D.C. and the city’s ironic lack of rights and representation though it is the most powerful space in the country- the outcome is bloody brilliant. In the wake of Jon Stewart’s departure, his British mentee, John Oliver takes on the role of comedically discussing America’s dynamic issues. The post John Oliver (basically) Asks: WTF D.C.? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Paige Gress
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #HALLOFFAME FamousDC launches: DC Intern Hall of Fame! Do you have the absolute best intern in Washington DC? Show your rockstar intern some love by nominating them for the DC Intern Hall of Fame. All you need to do is to email your submission to sarah@famousdc.com. Please include: name of Intern, company/ boss, […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • 20 Totally Free Things to do in DC

    Paige Gress
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Photo By: Michael Tompsett   #1: See one of the largest selections of portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. #2: Hit the books at the Library of Congress. #3: Rise sky high for the best view of DC at the Washington Monument. #4: Take in the unique works of art at The Phillips Collection Tuesday […] The post 20 Totally Free Things to do in DC appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sh*t DC Says

    Sarah Gunion
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    We pulled this from the vault because it’s too good not to repost. It can also be enjoyed as a drinking game- take a shot every time you’ve said one of these things. Be prepared to get sh*t-faced. The post Sh*t DC Says appeared first on FamousDC.
  • DC Intern Hall of Fame

    Sarah Gunion
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Interns are a unique breed in the human world. They’re at the bottom of the food chain, yet are crucial to its everyday functioning. They graduated with honors and are some of the brightest young minds in the industry, yet their hardest task of the day might be juggling 16 different Chipotle lunch orders while […] The post DC Intern Hall of Fame appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • How weak regulation is helping to build corporate kingdoms in America

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    "IF WE will not endure a king as a political power, we should not endure a king over the production, transportation, and sale of any of the necessaries of life." So said Senator John Sherman, who proposed the first American law against monopolies in 1890. Merging firms, however, argue that they will rule benevolently and lower prices. They claim that savings made from combining their efforts will be passed on to customers. The problem for regulators is that it is difficult to tell how much firms are fibbing. Prices can change for many reasons—higher costs, tariff changes, consumers’…
  • Switzerland's central bank makes a massive loss

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    ON FRIDAY, the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Switzerland’s central bank, reported second quarter losses of SFr20 billion ($20 billion). Following an equally bad first three months of the year, the SNB’s losses so far for 2015 now amount to a whopping SFr50.1 billion, equivalent to 7.5% of Switzerland's GDP.The SNB's losses were large but not unexpected. For years, the Bank has intervened in foreign exchange markets to prevent the Swiss franc from appreciating above its euro exchange rate cap, set at 1.20 francs per euro in September 2011. In January, the SNB abruptly abandoned its currency…
  • Moldova's bust banks, renewable energy and Turkey's flightless economy

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Moldova's economy: Gutted (Finance)Renewable energy: Puffs of hope (Leaders)Turkey's economy: Flightless (Finance)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at how ways of fighting poverty.
  • The bears growl

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    IT TAKES some guts to be a bear about the sector you cover if you are an investment strategist. Generally speaking, strategists are employed by banks and banks are in the business of selling securities, the clients are fund managers who do well when asset prices rise and thus tend to dislike a party pooper. Albert Edwards of SocGen is a long-standing bear of equities as a class and many owe his longevity to the entertaining way he phrases his opinions. Life is easier if you have independence. John Paul Smith was a strategist at Deutsche Bank but now gives advice from Ecstrat, a research…
  • Line up, line up

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    IN JUNE, a report revealed that undercover American government agents, posing as passengers, had repeatedly snuck weapons through security checks at the country’s airports. Of the 70 times they tried to smuggle fake guns and bombs past Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials, it was claimed, they were successful on 67 occasions. Unsurprisingly, an internal safety investigation prompted the ouster of Melvin Carraway, TSA’s acting chief. Peter Neffenger, Mr Carraway’s replacement, is pledging to tighten American airport security. Testifying before Congress this week,…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "The Look of Silence": Will New Film Force U.S. to Acknowledge Role in 1965 Indonesian Genocide?

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:13 am
    October 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the 1965 genocide in Indonesia that left over one million people dead. Human rights groups are circulating petitions calling for the U.S. government to acknowledge its role in the genocide and to release CIA, military and other governmental records related to the mass killings. The United States provided the Indonesian army with financial, military and intelligence support at the time of the mass killings. Today we look at the pursuit of one Indonesian man confronting his brother’s killers. In 1965, Adi Rukun’s older brother…
  • Headlines for August 3, 2015

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Obama Unveils "Strongest Action Ever" in U.S. on Climate ChangeCalifornia: Thousands Evacuated & Firefighter Killed amid WildfiresObama Authorizes Airstrikes to Defend U.S.-Trained Syrian RebelsTurkey: 2 Policemen & 1 Soldier Killed in Suspected PKK AttacksFrench Police Pepper-Spray Migrants Trying to Enter Channel Tunnel1,800 Migrants Rescued by Italian Coast Guard at Sea, 5 Dead AboardMexico: Thousands Denounce Murder of Photojournalist Rubén EspinosaU.N. Peacekeeper Killed in Attack in Central African RepublicTPP Critics Optimistic After Talks End Without Final DealEgypt…
  • Will Prosecutors Charge Officers Who Lied to Protect Ray Tensing After He Fatally Shot Sam DuBose?

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has been released on a $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to the murder of Sam DuBose. Tensing, who is white, fatally shot the 43-year-old African-American man on July 19 after stopping him for not having a front license plate. Two additional officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, have been placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, new information shows that Officer Phillip Kidd and another officer on scene during the DuBose shooting were involved in the death of an unarmed African-American man five years earlier.
  • Exposed: The Faces and Fake Names of the People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    As the Senate prepares to vote to defund Planned Parenthood, we look at the Center for Medical Progress, the anti-choice group behind the attacks on Planned Parenthood. The group was founded by David Daleiden who is seen in the undercover sting videos using a fictional name. We speak to RH Reality Check’s Sharona Coutts, who wrote the piece, "Exclusive: The Faces and Fake Names of People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos."
  • Are Undercover Attacks on Planned Parenthood Part of a Broader Effort to Outlaw Abortion?

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    The Senate is planning to vote as soon as Monday to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in federal funding. The vote comes as Planned Parenthood is coming under fire from anti-choice activists after the release of a series of undercover sting videos were published online. The heavily edited videos suggest the organization profits from supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Planned Parenthood said it broke no laws, because abortion providers are allowed to charge costs to cover expenses associated with fetal tissue donation. We speak to Dr. Willie Parker, a physician,…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Harper Calls Canadian Elections For October 19th

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Over the weekend, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper started the process that will lead to national elections in October: OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada called federal elections on Sunday, hoping to extend his Conservative Party’s decade-long hold on power despite questions about its ethics and a struggling economy. By law, Mr. Harper had to hold a vote in October. But he broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer during what is a holiday weekend in most of the country. The move appeared designed to give…
  • Donald Trump Continues To Expand His Lead In Latest Republican Poll

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Another national poll shows Donald Trump in the lead among Republicans, and Rick Perry seemingly shut out of the main debate this Thursday: The identities of the 10 Republicans likely to be on stage at Thursday’s presidential debate are coming into focus after another poll on Monday shows Donald Trump running away from the rest of the field and Rick Perry lagging behind his competitors for the final spot. A new Monmouth University poll has Trump at 26 percent, easily topping his competitors. The next-closest candidates — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker…
  • American Public Turning Against Iran Nuclear Deal According To New Polls

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    A new poll from Qunnipiac has some bad news for the Obama Administration and the Iran nuclear deal: A majority of Americans opposes a recently reached international accord lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for new limits on its nuclear program, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Nearly six in 10 Americans, 57 percent, oppose the nuclear deal, while 28 percent voice support for it in the national poll released Monday, a 2-to-1 margin against the deal.Republicans strongly oppose the deal brokered by the Obama administration, 86 to 3 percent, while Democrats support the top…
  • Trump as Perot 2.0

    James Joyner
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    Bill Scher argues that “Republicans Shouldn’t Fear a Third-Party Trump.” Today, Trump looks like a populism-spouting insurgent with the potential to split the party, giving Republicans cause to keep him in the fold. But that’s because for the moment, he’s running in a Republican primary, solely focused on conservative base voters. Running as an independent, Trump’s calculus changes. He would then want to pick off votes wherever he could find them, regardless of party affiliation or ideological bent. He would look more like the last billionaire populist to…
  • OTB Caption Contest

    Rodney Dill
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:14 am
    Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) 24/38 Winners for this contest will be announced next weekend.
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    By Eugene Robinson Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on. Related Entries August 3, 2015 Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void August 3, 2015 Medicare and Medicaid
  • Julian Assange: The Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    By John Pilger The persecution of Julian Assange is about to flare again as it enters a dangerous stage. On Aug. 20, three-quarters of the Swedish prosecutor’s case against Assange regarding sexual misconduct in 2010 will disappear as the statute of limitations expires. Meanwhile, Washington’s obsession with Assange and WikiLeaks has intensified. Indeed, it is vindictive American power that offers the greatest threat—as Chelsea Manning and those still held in Guantanamo can attest. Related Entries August 3, 2015 Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void August 3, 2015 Medicare and…
  • Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    By Jeffrey St. Clair Pull the Sandersmobile into the garage for inspection, pop the hood and you’ll soon discover the vacuous truth: no engine, just an exhaust pipe, pumping out rhetoric. So much talk, so little action. The deeper you look at Sanders, the less substance you see. Related Entries August 3, 2015 Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void August 3, 2015 Medicare and Medicaid
  • Truthdigger of the Week: Breaking the Silence

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    By Roisin Davis The Israel Defense Forces veterans’ group has provided the world with testimonies from more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers about atrocities committed in the Palestinian territories. Related Entries August 3, 2015 Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void August 3, 2015 Medicare and Medicaid
  • If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Wikimedia  Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. The Clean Power Plan is designed to expedite the retirement of the nation’s coal-fired power plants and has been described as equivalent to taking 70 percent of American cars off the road. As meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes for Slate, although the president’s statement may be true, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.” He continues: As I wrote last…
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    ThinkProgress

  • The Economic Case Against Trophy Hunting

    Beenish Ahmed
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Outrage over the killing of Cecil, beloved lion by an American dentist multiplied after news that another lion, Jericho, had been killed by an American doctor. Reports of the death have since been refuted by researchers tracking that lion’s movements through its tracking collar. Still, the ongoing outcry over the death of Cecil have led to questions about the economic and environmental merits of trophy hunting. Walter Palmer, the man who paid $55,000 for a big game permit to shoot a lion in Zimbabwe, has gone in to hiding. Some argue that putting such high prices on the heads of animals…
  • Memo To Media: Obama’s Clean Power Plan Is Not Primarily About Politics

    Joe Romm
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The most important benefits of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan do not involve either President Obama or his “legacy” — seriously, New York Times? The Clean Power Plan is primarily about public health and preserving a livable climate by reducing carbon pollution from the dirtiest coal plants. It is directly aimed at improving the health of tens of thousands of Americans — and enabling a global treaty that might ultimately save most of the country from turning into a near-permanent Dust Bowl. At one time, the New York Times was considered the pinnacle of…
  • Chris Christie Wants To Punch Female-Dominated Teachers Unions ‘In The Face’

    Kay Steiger
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that it was teachers unions who deserved a “punch in the face” on the national level. Tapper asked the Republican presidential contender about previous statements he’d made about two ways one can treat bullies: “During your first term as governor, you were fond of saying you can treat bullies in one of two ways, ‘saddle up to them or you can punch them in the face.’ you said, ‘I like to punch them in the face.’ At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?”…
  • Obama Reveals His Most Ambitious Plan To Tackle Climate Change

    Ryan Koronowski
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited final rule to regulate carbon pollution from existing power plants on Monday afternoon. This is the most significant action any American president has ever taken to rein in climate change. Addressing a crowd of scientists in the East Room of the White House, President Obama ticked through a list of threats that confronted the world since he took office: economic calamity, terrorism, nuclear weapons. “But I am convinced that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a changing…
  • An Obscure Lawsuit Could Skew Polls In Favor Of Republicans

    Ian Millhiser
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:41 pm
    A $12 million legal settlement could send tremors throughout the polling industry, significantly increasing the cost of conducting an accurate poll — or potentially even causing pollsters to release results that do not account for nearly half of the nation. The lawsuit concerns how pollsters are allowed to contact voters who rely exclusively on a cell phone to make and receive telephone calls from their homes. Forty-four percent of American adults live in cell phone-only households, according to a recent survey, and these voters behave very differently at the polls than the rest of the…
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    Slate Articles

  • Trump’s Star Begins to Dim

    Mike Pesca
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Listen to Episode 311 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Raw Emotion

    John Dickerson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A discussion about whether Vice President Joe Biden should run for president gets deep pretty fast. Any talk about ambition, a life’s purpose, and the end of a career must take into account of all the woe Biden has had to face in his life. At age 30, a few weeks after he was elected to the Senate, his wife and 1-year-old daughter died in a car accident. Eighteen days later, he took the oath of office standing at his 3-year-old son Beau’s hospital bedside, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash. In 1988 Biden had two surgeries to address the effects…
  • Has Kendrick Lamar Recorded the New Black National Anthem?

    Aisha Harris
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Last week, video of Black Lives Matter protesters in Cleveland made the rounds, and they were chanting the chorus to one of the most acclaimed songs of 2015 so far: “We gon’ be alright! We gon’ be alright!”
  • We Don’t Really Care About Car Accidents

    Kevin Klinkenberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    This article originally appeared in the blog Walking the Walk: Urban Design From the Front Lines
  • Broken Windows Theory

    David Auerbach
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    Windows 10 is the operating system Microsoft needs. In other words, it’s not Windows 8, a Frankenstein’s monster of a tablet-plus-desktop OS that alienated everyone from PC manufacturers to corporate users. Instead, Windows 10 is an incremental improvement on Windows 7, one that is faster, slicker, and has some new bells and whistles, like virtual desktops and functional tablet support. One of Windows 10’s leaps, unfortunately, is straight into your personal data.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Donald Trump Was Totally Right to Skip the Big Candidate Forum in New Hampshire

    Tim Murphy
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
    So this is what it looks like when Donald Trump stays home. The businessman and board game magnate, who is currently leading the Republican presidential field by a mile, skipped the first full candidate forum of the 2016 presidential race on Monday in New Hampshire. His official reason: the host newspaper, New Hampshire's Union-Leader, had already signaled that it wasn't interested in endorsing his campaign. But maybe he had an inkling of what we know for certain now—14 candidates racing against the clock to recite canned talking points makes for a total snoozefest. The moderator, Jack…
  • State Department Officials Overruled Their Own Human Trafficking Experts

    Samantha Michaels
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The State Department inflated the grades of diplomatically sensitive countries in its yearly assessment of human trafficking around the globe, according to an investigation published by Reuters on Monday. A negative ranking in the department's annual "Trafficking in Persons Report" can shame offending nations, and even lead to sanctions. And while it isn't unusual for the rankings to be reviewed by officials outside the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons—the State Department unit home to analysts who investigate countries' trafficking records—Reuters suggests…
  • Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans for Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Inae Oh
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    As the Senate convened on Monday to vote on a bill seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the floor to issue a fierce defense of the health organization. "Do you have any idea what year it is?" Warren asked. "Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950's or the 1890's? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women's health care centers. You know, on second thought, maybe I shouldn't be that surprised. The Republicans have had a plan…
  • Huckabee Says He'd Consider Using Federal Troops to Stop Abortions

    Tim Murphy
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told supporters in Iowa on Thursday that if he were elected president he would consider using the FBI or National Guard to end abortion by force. Per the Topeka Capital-Journal: "I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this," Huckabee said at the event, where a Topeka Capital-Journal correspondent was present. At his next stop, in Rockwell City, Huckabee answered follow-up questions from the correspondent, saying: "All American citizens should be protected." Asked by another reporter how he would stop abortion, and whether this…
  • A Supermarket Tabloid Company is Funding Chris Christie's Super PAC

    Tim Murphy
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    The pro-Chris Christie super-PAC America Leads raised $11 million in the first quarter of 2015, according to filings released by the Federal Election Commission on Friday. Controversial hedge-fund manager Steven A. Cohen gave $1 million. Cleveland Cavaliers owner (and Quicken Loans chief) Dan Gilbert gave $750,000. Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone and WWE magnate Linda McMahon each dropped $250,000. New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon dropped $100,000 that his team's fans dearly wish he'd spent on an outfielder. Oh, and it's hardly the biggest donation on the list, but America Leads also got…
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  • Jon Stewart Rips Howie Kurtz And Fox One Last Time Before Leaving The Air

    Heather
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    The Daily Show's Jon Stewart gave Fox's Howard Kurtz and his network the treatment they deserve one more time before leaving the air this week. As we already discussed here, Howie and his buddy David Zurawik were bashing Stewart once again, with Zurawik calling Stewart a "tool" of the Obama administration for visiting the White House and having a discussion with President Obama that they were not made aware of right away. Stewart got his evens this evening, and as Arturo Garcia at Raw Story explained, it was awesome: ‘Adios, motherf*ckers!’: Jon Stewart torches Fox News one more time —…
  • Jon Stewart Makes A Mockery Of Republicans Sucking The Teat Of The Koch Brothers

    Heather
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The Daily Show's Jon Stewart opened his show this Monday by ripping the GOP 2016 candidates who made an appearance at this weekend's forum hosted by the Koch brothers. Five of them showed up to kiss the Koch's rings, among other areas and as Stewart noted, they've pledged to give almost a billion dollars to buy the next election. STEWART: Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio worked the talking points and cradled the special interests in the hopes of one of them after a period of forty five minutes to an hour, would induce... the money shot. And really they didn't…
  • Open Thread - Cemetary

    Bluegal aka Fran
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Vilma Palma E Vampiros

    Ryan Pressman
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    In the video, they're walking around in broad daylight, so I'm not buying that they're actually vampires. They sure do dress the part, though. Plus, I can still get into the music, which is always a good thing with bands. Seriously, though, Vilma Palma e Vampiros have got some tunes, so if you're looking for some rock with a bit of early '90s, look no further. What are you listening to tonight?
  • 'Cuckservative:' Trump's Code Word Is A Study In Racism, Misogyny

    Karoli
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Joan Walsh breaks down the origins of the new hot word to describe milder-mannered but no less evil conservatives than Donald Trump: Then “cuckservative” started showing up in my Twitter mentions last week, after I suggested Donald Trump supporters might not be the brightest bulbs. As I clicked around, I came to a shocking conclusion: I’ve been uncharacteristically downplaying the amount of racism and misogyny powering the right today. The spread of the epithet “cuckservative” is a sign that the crudest psycho-sexual insecurity animates the far right. “Cuckservative,” you see,…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for August 3, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    I just bought a tablet because what I really needed was a second device to pick up and immediately forget why I picked it up. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich … Continue reading →
  • Hidden in drops of water

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
  • Go Set a Watchman: Historically Important – Literarily, Not So Much…

    Jim Booth
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Go Set a Watchman, to use a tired description, is what it is: a sixty year-old first novel that its author, with guidance from a thoughtful editor, revised into a beloved classic of American literature. I wrote about Harper Lee’s … Continue reading →
  • Mike Huckabee is tired of your constitutional bullshit

    Frank Balsinger
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Forget Jade Helm and America’s invasion of America under Obama, this is how you do it This just in: Mike Huckabee: As president I wouldn’t rule out using federal troops and the FBI to stop abortions Appearing at a Pizza … Continue reading →
  • The night Reg Dwight stopped by

    Patrick Vecchio
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was sitting in the living room one night watching wrestling on TV when someone knocked at the front door. When I opened it, I didn’t recognize the guy at first. But when he said, “Hello again, Pat,” I realized … Continue reading →
 
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    Salon.com

  • The radical “Jurassic World” we didn’t get to see: When “starting from scratch” means “starting from white”

    Erin Keane
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Universal Studios recently announced a release date for the inevitable "Jurassic World" sequel, just two days after the sci-fi adventure passed "The Avengers" to take the No. 3 spot on the all-time list of box office successes (now trailing only "Titanic" and "Avatar").Returning for "Jurassic World 2" are Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, meaning the fifth installment in the franchise will likely again center on the lives of people who look like Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. Because despite the relatively diverse supporting cast in the current chapter — including important parts…
  • Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway tease “Transparent” season 2: “We’re taking the gloves off”

    Anna Silman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    At today’s “Transparent” panel at TCA, star Jeffrey Tambor spoke about how he thinks his character, Maura, would react to Caitlyn Jenner’s very public transition.“I think Maura loves a party,” Tambor said, according to Variety. “I think Maura would be very empathetic or empathic to that. Unlike me -- I’m a little shy -- I think Maura would welcome people in her closet.”Tambor added that he and the "Transparent" team have met Jenner and feel very fondly towards her. “We have met Caitlyn, and on a personal level, may I speak, we love Caitlyn," he said.Creator Jill Soloway…
  • Unemployed Darren Wilson living off donations, only shopping “with like-minded individuals — where it’s not a mixing pot”

    SKaufman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Darren Wilson is the subject of a fascinating profile in the New Yorker this week, in which he reveals what his life was like in the days after he shot Michael Brown dead, as well as what his life is like now.Throughout Jake Halpern's piece, Wilson seems somehow both keenly aware of the racial dynamics of his statements and insensitive to the point of defiance when it comes to the implications of them. For example, when discussing the possibility that members of the black community don't trust police officers because of a legacy of brutality, he quickly dismissed the validity of such claims.
  • “The Daily Show” wasn’t all politics: A look back at Jon Stewart’s war against pop music

    Colin_Gorenstein
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    During his 16 years on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart has made a name for himself as an "eviscerator"/"demolisher"/"slammer"/"skewer-er" (etc.) of political nonsense. But let us also not forget that his legacy has enveloped far more than that: Stewart has also offered up some biting pop music commentary through the years, inviting high-profile teen sensations and idols onto his program for candid -- and occasionally, incriminating -- conversations. As Stewart gears up for his last day on "The Daily Show" August 8, our look back:Britney Spears (2001)Britney Spears had just debuted her single…
  • A distressed-baby-shaming CEO: What you can never expect when you’re expecting

    davedaley
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    When I became pregnant with my first child, my in-laws immediately gave me a copy of "What to Expect When You’re Expecting." I couldn’t help scoffing. They had represented the book as literary agents, and their apartment walls were lined with all the infinite editions. "What to Expect: The First Year," "What to Eat When You're Expecting," "What to Expect at Bedtime," "What to Expect Before You're Expecting," "Qué Puedes Esperar Cuando Estás Esperando." I wasn’t about to submit to an entire industry banking on my clueless anxieties as a first-time mother.Then my brain became hostage to…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Capital Journal: Five Ideas Worth Debating on the GOP Stage

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Thursday’s Republican presidential debate has been about Donald Trump and who will qualify for it, but Gerald F. Seib writes that candidates have put out several ideas that are worthy of discussion.
  • Donald Trump Leads GOP Field, New Poll Finds

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Donald Trump has jumped to the front of Republicans’ 2016 presidential candidate field, holding that position even after a spate of incendiary comments, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.
  • Unhappy Voters Shake Up Presidential Race

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    An unhappy and unsettled electorate is giving a lift to antiestablishment candidates and changing the dynamics of the 2016 presidential contest for both parties, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
  • Obama Unveils Rule to Cut Carbon Emissions From Power Plants

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    President Obama’s aggressive plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants launched what will be a monthslong push that the administration hopes culminates in a global climate accord this year.
  • Amy Schumer Pushes Gun Control

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Amy Schumer appears alongside Sen. Charles Schumer—the comedian’s second-cousin, once removed—at his Manhattan office to argue for a variety of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Was the NSA Tracking the 911 Hijackers?

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    New revelations about the National Security Agency’s ability to track phone calls in pre-9/11 America are raising the specter of a massive government cover-up. One that could have been used to hide intelligence failures, and fuel arguments for mass domestic spying. In 2000, Khalid al-Mihdhar was living in San Diego. One year later, he would go on to be one of the five hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 77, steered into the Pentagon on September 11. But in the months leading up to that horrifying day, al-Mihdhar made a number of phone calls to Yemen from his California…
  • Equality Nonsense

    Walter E. Williams
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A particular act or policy might not have a discriminatory intent, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. If it has a disproportionately negative impact on so-called protected classes, it is said to have a disparate impact and risks being prohibited by law. The uninformed assumption made by judges, lawyers and academics is that but for the fact of racial and sex discrimination, we all would be distributed across occupations, educational backgrounds and other socio-economic characteristics according to our percentages in the population. Such a vision is absolute nonsense. There is no…
  • Corn in Your Tank

    Eric Peters
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If something’s desirable it ought not to be necessary to force people to buy it. Chipotle, for instance, doesn’t need to spend millions in de facto bribes (“campaign contributions”) to wheedle Congress into passing burrito subsidies. Nor are you forced to eat at Chipotle if burritos and bowls are not your thing. The market has voted – freely, without being prodded or pushed – that Chipotle is a good place to eat and so people go there willingly, part with their money gladly. Why doesn’t the same standard apply  to “renewable” fuels, specifically – ethanol and biodiesel?
  • 1,1 Million Drug Prisoners in the US

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Of the 2.2 million Americans in prison right now, about half are there for drug-related offenses. It’s a tricky number to determine because felonies such as murder, assault, burglary, arson, robbery, and even kidnapping can still be linked to the drug war. The Bureau of Justice Statistics claims, “Between 2001 and 2013, more than half of prisoners serving sentences of more than a year in federal facilities were convicted of drug offenses.” There are no prominent right-wing politicians today condoning legalization, but can we at least start with pot? Making teenagers play videogames for…
  • The Plot To Destroy Nixon

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In his new biography “Being Nixon: A Man Divided,” Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, “was not paranoid; the press and the ‘Georgetown set’ really were out to get him.” Carl Bernstein’s review found Thomas’ book deficient in its failure to chronicle the “endemic criminality” of the Nixon presidency. Yet, recent revelations suggest that “endemic criminality” is a phrase that might well be applied to the newsroom of The Washington Post when Bob Woodward and Bernstein worked there. Consider. In…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    “The first thing I’m probably going to do is catch up on my sleep. I’ll probably do that for a couple of months.” — President Obama, quoted by The Hill, on his post-presidential plans.
  • Rick Perry Unlikely to Make Debate Cut

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Politico: “It appears increasingly unlikely that Rick Perry will get a chance to atone for his disastrous 2012 debate performance — or attack his 2016 nemesis, Donald Trump — when Republicans spar for the first time Thursday in Cleveland.”
  • GOP Candidates Shrink in New Hampshire Forum

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    New York Times: “After weeks of preparing for a smash-mouth debate with Donald J. Trump, 14 Republican candidates found themselves instead Trump-less but sandwiched into a constricting format on Monday night, delivering strikingly uneven performances just days before the first big test of the presidential primary contest.” “Rather than making the other contenders look more presidential, however, the event, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., seemed to shrink the candidates. Assembled in the front row, the Republicans gawked as each rival took his or her turn on stage,…
  • Planned Parenthood Fight Splits GOP

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:49 pm
    “Republicans are divided over whether they should use this fall’s government funding bill to attack Planned Parenthood — and risk a high-stakes shutdown fight — after Senate Democrats blocked a standalone bill to defund the organization on Monday evening,” Politico reports. “On one side is presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who’s pushing Republicans to do everything within their power to strip the organization of federal support after Monday’s bill failed to clear a filibuster, 53-46. But a group of veteran Republican legislators is urging a more cautious…
  • Two More Polls Shows Trump in Front

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    A new Fox News poll finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race with 26%, followed by Jeb Bush at 15%, Scott Walker at 9%, Ben Carson at 7%, Mike Huckabee at 6%, Ted Cruz at 6%, Marco Rubio at 5%, Rand Paul at 5%, Chris Christie at 3% and John Kasich at 3%. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Trump leading with 19%, followed by Walker at 15%, Bush at 14%, Carson at 10%, Cruz at 9%, Huckabee at 6%, Paul at 6%, Rubio at 5%, Kasich at 3%, Perry at 3% and Christie at 3%.
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Here's Donald Trump's Cell Phone Number

    Miles E. Johnson
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Two weeks after publicly releasing a Republican presidential rival's cell phone number, Donald Trump got his comeuppance on Monday. Gawker’s Sam Biddle published Trump’s phone number in a story, responding to Trump's public reading of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s phone number during a campaign speech in South Carolina on July 21. Biddle argued that the release of Graham’s number was important to maintaining open and direct channels of communication between voters and candidates, and felt that Trump should be held to a similar standard. But before you pull out your own…
  • Planned Parenthood Survives Congressional Assault—For Now

    Becca Andrews
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:19 pm
    A Republican effort to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding came up short in the Senate Monday, with a Democratic filibuster leaving the bill from Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seven votes shy of the 60 needed for passage. But the failure of the measure, which aimed to take awaymore than $500 million in federal funding from the organization, is likely just a prelude to a fiercer debate to come. Republican presidential candidates such as Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are threatening another government shutdown if federal money for the reproductive…
  • "Lawless and Radical": What the 2016 Candidates Think of Obama's New Climate Change Plan

    Miles E. Johnson
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    President Barack Obama just unveiled the final version of rules that crack down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants—the most significant contributor to global warming in the United States. "Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore," Obama said in a video released on Sunday. But not everyone agrees. Here's what some of the leading 2016 presidential candidates think of Obama's Clean Power Plan: Marco Rubio On Sunday, at an event hosted by the Koch Brothers, the Florida senator slammed the plan. "So if there's some billionaire somewhere who is a…
  • This Video Shows a Police Officer Handcuffing an 8-Year-Old Boy With a Mental Disorder

    Jaeah Lee
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    A Kentucky police officer has been named in a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleging that he illegally handcuffed and restrained two elementary school students with disabilities. According to the lawsuit, Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer assigned to the Covington Independent Public Schools district, used handcuffs last fall to restrain an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, placing the cuffs on their biceps behind their backs. Sumner allegedly did so after the students failed to comply with directions given by school authorities. Both students had…
  • Totally Not Desperate Ted Cruz Now Eating Bacon Off a Gun Barrel

    Pema Levy
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Lindsey Graham put his cell phone in a blender. Rand Paul stuffed the tax code into a wood chipper. And on Monday, Ted Cruz became the latest Republican presidential contender to resort to a viral video to distinguish himself from his rivals. The new video produced, by IJ Review, the conservative media outlet that brought you such hits as "How To Destroy Your Cell Phone with Lindsey Graham," features Cruz demonstrating how to cook bacon the way he claims they do it in Texas. In the video, Cruz wraps a strip of bacon around the barrel of a machine gun, covering it in tin foil, then shooting at…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him | Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Many of us share the Labour leadership frontrunner’s core beliefs, but tactically the best chance lies with Yvette CooperNothing about Jeremy Corbyn’s surge suggests a blip. Few at Labour HQ, busy checking credentials of new signers, think people are flocking to sign up to vote for anyone but him – some 60,000 new voters as of Monday. JC is a phenomenon.Neil Kinnock warns of “Trotskyite forces with malign intentions” and entryists from the “Telegraph right”. But evidence from overflowing Corbyn meetings pumping with passion is that these are not resurrected Militant but…
  • Jeremy Corbyn: Osborne's northern powerhouse plan is 'cruel deception'

    Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Labour leadership candidate will say chancellor’s devolution proposals give local authorities no power to prevent cuts, as he sets out vision for the northGeorge Osborne is guilty of a “cruel deception” over his plan to create a northern powerhouse, which involves little more than devolving the ability to impose public spending cuts, Jeremy Corbyn will say as he sets out his economic vision for the north of England. The Labour leadership candidate will pledge to end “central government diktat” to help deliver a “deep-rooted regeneration” of the British economy, as the Corbyn…
  • Government starts public consultation to stop fall in sports activity

    Press Association
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    • Government admits to challenges to UK sport as participation declines• Sports minister, Tracey Crouch, announces focus on 10 themesThe increasing cost of funding success for Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes is “at odds with the current financial climate”, the Government has warned.Sports minister Tracey Crouch has launched a public consultation on sport in the UK which will be fed into the Government’s spending review - expected this autumn - and which is likely to lead to wide-ranging public sector cuts. Continue reading...
  • Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership bid gathers pace as supporters flock to rally

    Robert Booth
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Ken Livingstone and Brian Eno join 1,500 activists in Camden to hear Corbyn talk about investing in the NHS and the economy as campaign snowballsExcitement over Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to become Labour’s next leader reached a new peak as around 1,500 supporters flocked to the leftwinger’s biggest rally yet amid intensifying Blairite attacks on his campaign.So many people attended a rally in Camden on Monday night that the 66-year old MP for Islington North had to address several hundred supporters in the street standing on top of a fire engine. He then rallied hundreds more in two spillover…
  • Ted Heath: police appeal for victims to come forward over child abuse claims

    Vikram Dodd
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Metropolitan police detectives have spoken to a man who came forward more than two years ago and claims he was a victim of Heath when he was a teenagerPolice have launched a public appeal for victims to come forward after allegations emerged of child sexual abuse by the late former prime minister, Sir Edward Heath.The appeal was made as the police watchdog announced that it was investigating claims that officers dropped a prosecution against a man in the 1990s after he threatened to name Heath as a child abuser. Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    * New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan takes a harsh view of the Times’s screw-up on the Hillary Clinton email controversy, concluding that complaints about the paper’s coverage of Clinton in general are legitimate: I agree with this sentiment from a reader, Evan Hannay, who is troubled by some of the Clinton coverage: “Hillary deserves […]
  • What does the American public really think of the Iran deal?

    Greg Sargent
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    In the least surprising development ever, today’s Quinnipiac poll finding a majority against the Iran deal generated a whole bunch of twitter traffic from political commentator types. But a new NBC News poll also came out today, and thus far (also shockingly) it’s getting less attention: It finds 35 percent of Americans support the deal; […]
  • Sorry, folks: Joe Biden is not running for president

    Paul Waldman
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    I have some bad news for the media: Joe Biden is not running for president. Okay, so maybe I don’t know that with 100 percent certainty. After all, he’s free to do what he wants, and there’s little doubt he’d like to be president, as would most politicians. But what I do know is that […]
  • Morning Plum: Get ready for another ideological death struggle, this time over climate

    Greg Sargent
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Today, President Obama will roll out the final version of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, an ambitious effort to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels by 2030. This seems likely to set in motion an ideological death struggle that will rival the one over Obamacare — but with arguably even […]
  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:36 am
    Enjoy.  
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Final Deal with Iran Announced

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the final agreement reached by the 6 negotiation partners with Iran. I have not had time to look at the agreement itself nor have I read much commentary regarding its details, so I am withholding judgement for now.Back in April, I discussed the announced parameters regarding the current negotiations with Iran. I still hold the same opinions that I did then. Most important in my approach is the fact that in the absence of a deal, economic pressure on Iran is probably going to be decreased. Note what the British, French and…
  • A Vote For Bernie Sanders Is A Vote For the GOP Nominee

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Any armchair political observer can tell you that a long, drawn-out primary challenge only hurts the eventual nominee's chances in the general election. Even though a primary challenge has doomed many, many candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders supporters never got the message.In 1980, Jimmy Carter faced an already-uphill battle for re-election before Ted Kennedy announced he would challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination. This mobilized over 7 million liberal Democrats to the Kennedy camp, which eventually proved to be the final knockout punch to Carter's chances of a second term. In…
  • Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    The last legal challenge to the PPACA has been cleared. People will receive subsidies regardless of whether their exchange was established by the Federal Government or by a State. Secondly, people will no longer be discriminated according to their gender when applying for a civil marriage.These are both huge wins for liberty. My heartfelt congratulations are extended to the winning sides in both cases as well as the millions of Americans who have had their freedoms restored by their tireless work.
  • No "Off with her head" for the Queen of Nuts

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Honestly, I can't say I have much love for Pam Geller. In fact, when I heard this news... to be honest with you, I laughed at the thought of it! The poetic justice of a provocateur getting much more than they bargained for struck me as funny. But would I want it to actually happen? Not for a second.Being a bad person is not a capital crime, nor is being a bigot who pushes her luck trying to lure in terrorists to attack her. The latter certainly demonstrates faulty judgment and morals, but it doesn't amount to the kind of atrocity that ISIS commits. I got particularly annoyed when I read about…
  • Paranoia Bites The Hand that Feeds It

    9 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    When I see things like these conspiracy theories get taken seriously, I worry for this country. The Framers founded the Republic on the notion that people could rationally manage their own affairs, that we wouldn't need "gently" born aristocrats to manage the great unwashed masses. We've come along way, but there's always going to be somebody who wants to mess things up.When it comes to conspiracy theories, I dislike them all. Wasn't always that way. between about the age of 8 and 13, I was a big believer in things like UFOs, government conspiracies, and all those other things I'd lump under…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Is Hillary Happy Running for President?

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Mark Steyn is absolutely right: Hillary is wooden and dull and Democrats need a romance. They can forgive scandals - whether financial or sexual - as long as they have a crush on their candidate. Look at Bill and Barak. So while the email scandals may energize the Republican base and erode Hillary at the margins, she's doing a pretty good job herself with a campaign that makes Jeb Bush look like as exciting as Trump. And that means that Bernie Sanders may actually achieve critical mass and start to threaten Hillary's campaign. If he hasn't already. Would Hillary debate Sanders? Perhaps not,…
  • The Spotlight Is on Majority Leader McConnell

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Since Harry Reid began filling up the amendment tree on a regular basis - a procedural tactic that converts the Senate Majority leader into the near-absolute gate keeper of amendments and thus debate in the upper chamber - the Senate has been transformed from a forum for open debate to a less democratic institution with emphasis on party discipline. The Senators' two traditional freedoms: unlimited debate, and unlimited opportunity to offer amendments, are now carefully controlled by the majority leader. Now, because current majority leader McConnell has recently engaged in similar tactics,…
  • Bring Back Kasich's Root-Canal Fiscal Policy

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Does anyone remember when Kasich - House Budget Committee Chairman at that time - threatened to eliminate the Commerce Department back in the 90's? Live on TV? In the heat of the budget battles that the new crop of GOP House members had with Clinton's White House, Kasich suggested the nation could get by fine without the services of the Commerce Department. Right next to him was Pete Domenici, at that point already one of the longest serving senators from New Mexico. And Domenici tried to rein in the - then - feisty young fellow Republican before some serious budget cuts actually did away…
  • You want to ban this flag?

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    They lost, sure, ban it. Then you must accept the consequences. He lost. NO MORE MONUMENTS FOR YOU! He went to war against the U.S. Government. He killed many Americans. He resisted Government tyranny. He lost! His monument must GO! Mexico went to war with this country! They lost! We Won! It's flag must never fly in this country, either! BAN IT! BOYCOTT products from Mexico! Japan brutally attacked the U.S. They starved many soldiers protecting our homeland. It's fanatical, suicidal tactics terrorized this country for 5 long years! BAN all products that have "MADE IN JAPAN" on them. The same…
  • Thanks to the Iran Deal, the Middle East Is Now M.a.D.

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Israel's nuclear ambiguity is no longer a sustainable policy, thanks to the Iran deal. The so-called "bomb in the basement" needs to be brought above ground, both metaphorically and literally, and Iran has to know the consequences of any action it may take at some point in the future against the state of Israel. That's where Israel, it's leaders, and it's people now find themselves thanks to the Obama administration and it's partners in the recently announced deal to ease sanctions and provide some sort of control over Iran's nuclear program. The Middle East is now entering a period of…
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    Salon.com

  • The radical “Jurassic World” we didn’t get to see: When “starting from scratch” means “starting from white”

    Erin Keane
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Universal Studios recently announced a release date for the inevitable "Jurassic World" sequel, just two days after the sci-fi adventure passed "The Avengers" to take the No. 3 spot on the all-time list of box office successes (now trailing only "Titanic" and "Avatar").Returning for "Jurassic World 2" are Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, meaning the fifth installment in the franchise will likely again center on the lives of people who look like Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. Because despite the relatively diverse supporting cast in the current chapter — including important parts…
  • Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway tease “Transparent” season 2: “We’re taking the gloves off”

    Anna Silman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    At today’s “Transparent” panel at TCA, star Jeffrey Tambor spoke about how he thinks his character, Maura, would react to Caitlyn Jenner’s very public transition.“I think Maura loves a party,” Tambor said, according to Variety. “I think Maura would be very empathetic or empathic to that. Unlike me -- I’m a little shy -- I think Maura would welcome people in her closet.”Tambor added that he and the "Transparent" team have met Jenner and feel very fondly towards her. “We have met Caitlyn, and on a personal level, may I speak, we love Caitlyn," he said.Creator Jill Soloway…
  • Unemployed Darren Wilson living off donations, only shopping “with like-minded individuals — where it’s not a mixing pot”

    SKaufman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Darren Wilson is the subject of a fascinating profile in the New Yorker this week, in which he reveals what his life was like in the days after he shot Michael Brown dead, as well as what his life is like now.Throughout Jake Halpern's piece, Wilson seems somehow both keenly aware of the racial dynamics of his statements and insensitive to the point of defiance when it comes to the implications of them. For example, when discussing the possibility that members of the black community don't trust police officers because of a legacy of brutality, he quickly dismissed the validity of such claims.
  • “The Daily Show” wasn’t all politics: A look back at Jon Stewart’s war against pop music

    Colin_Gorenstein
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    During his 16 years on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart has made a name for himself as an "eviscerator"/"demolisher"/"slammer"/"skewer-er" (etc.) of political nonsense. But let us also not forget that his legacy has enveloped far more than that: Stewart has also offered up some biting pop music commentary through the years, inviting high-profile teen sensations and idols onto his program for candid -- and occasionally, incriminating -- conversations. As Stewart gears up for his last day on "The Daily Show" August 8, our look back:Britney Spears (2001)Britney Spears had just debuted her single…
  • A distressed-baby-shaming CEO: What you can never expect when you’re expecting

    davedaley
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    When I became pregnant with my first child, my in-laws immediately gave me a copy of "What to Expect When You’re Expecting." I couldn’t help scoffing. They had represented the book as literary agents, and their apartment walls were lined with all the infinite editions. "What to Expect: The First Year," "What to Eat When You're Expecting," "What to Expect at Bedtime," "What to Expect Before You're Expecting," "Qué Puedes Esperar Cuando Estás Esperando." I wasn’t about to submit to an entire industry banking on my clueless anxieties as a first-time mother.Then my brain became hostage to…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Better, Faster, Stronger

    12 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    2015 has been one of the most exciting years in Engage’s history.  We’ve settled in to our shiny new Old Town offices, we’ve continued to add to our diverse roster of clients, and today, we’re greatly expanding our core capabilities as a firm. I’m thrilled to announce that David Almacy has joined Engage as partner.  David brings two decades of experience in public affairs, media and digital from the White House and Congress to C-SPAN, and most recently as senior vice president at Edelman Public Relations.  Most importantly, he is an old friend and one of the most widely-respected…
  • Engage Announces the Launch of Two House Committee Websites

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The Internet has become the primary source for citizens to learn about and communicate with Congress. That’s why now, more than ever, simple, streamlined design that accurately represents a member or committee’s mission and goals is key. We’re proud to have contributed design and development services to help advance the mission of two key committees on Capitol Hill: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Ways and Means. The newly redesigned sites connect citizens to the work of each committee through beautiful, intuitive design. With an active…
  • A Culture of Possibilities

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

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

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

  • Sex, Lies, and the Internet

    Sam Tanenhaus
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In what seems an aeon ago, and perhaps was, Lionel Trilling conducted an interesting thought experiment by trying to envision a future for fiction. Since “social class and the conflicts it produces” were now exhausted as subjects, what if novelists turned instead to the new emerging fact of our
  • "I Am Cait" Divides Audiences Along Political Lines

    Andrew Vierra
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    On July 26, Caitlyn Jenner premiered her new reality show I Am Cait, reigniting the internet debate on the validity of the transgender identity. Which side of the debate one falls on correlates highly with one’s political position.Liberal
  • Camille Cosby’s Loyalty Confounds a New Generation

    Stacia L. Brown
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    By the time I was born, my great-grandparents had been married for 50 years. Their stoic, straight-backed photographs hung on the walls of the home where they raised ten children. I remember their daily bickering, how our family played it for laughs, and how many of my cousins aspired to long and de
  • How to Make Millennial Dads Less Gender-Traditional

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Would more generous paternity leave policies help millennial men live out their gender-egalitarian ideals? Quite possibly, according to a recent
  • The Last Defining Court Battle of Obama's Presidency

    Rebecca Leber
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    President Barack Obama will unveil his most ambitious climate change plan to date on Monday, setting off perhaps the last defining legal battle of his administration. As with Obamacare, his plan is opposed by most Republicans and likely to be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court. Will Chief
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him | Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Many of us share the Labour leadership frontrunner’s core beliefs, but tactically the best chance lies with Yvette CooperNothing about Jeremy Corbyn’s surge suggests a blip. Few at Labour HQ, busy checking credentials of new signers, think people are flocking to sign up to vote for anyone but him – some 60,000 new voters as of Monday. JC is a phenomenon.Neil Kinnock warns of “Trotskyite forces with malign intentions” and entryists from the “Telegraph right”. But evidence from overflowing Corbyn meetings pumping with passion is that these are not resurrected Militant but…
  • I won't stand by while toxic, personal racism poisons our public debate | Mehreen Faruqi

    Mehreen Faruqi
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As a member of parliament, I receive plenty of racist comments. But the tone of abuse has recently changed. I believe racism is becoming legitimised in AustraliaOn Saturday night, I was walking alongside the beautiful Brisbane River with my 19-year-old daughter, enjoying the views and an increasingly rare moment of time catching up with her. I casually tweeted a couple of photos of this lovely scene. A short time later an anonymous Twitter user responded:@MehreenFaruqi @GreensNSW Before your husband blows it up? Continue reading...
  • If even Ai Weiwei can’t trust our visa system, who can? | Mary Dejevsky

    Mary Dejevsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The Chinese artist’s tussle with the Home Office shows how frequently it fails those who need it mostThanks to some adroit footwork on the part of the home secretary, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will receive the six-month UK visa he applied for, and the government has largely avoided the battering it would otherwise have sustained from that potent alliance of human rights campaigners and global glitterati. The scandal left the headlines almost as soon as it had landed there.In a way, though, the speedy resolution of this incipient quarrel is a pity. For the initial refusal that the artist…
  • The Guardian view on climate change: Obama’s plan is overdue but welcome all the same | Editorial

    Editorial
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions faces many hurdles, but it could make a critical difference to the world’s chances of containing global warmingPresident Obama on Monday set out a plan to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions. His proposals are neither new nor radical, but deserve to be strongly supported, both in America and across the globe. Explicitly, the statement was a challenge to state governors, to Republican senators and congressmen, to fossil-fuel barons, to entrepreneurs who want to invest in renewable sources of energy, and to citizens who want to hang on…
  • Brian Adcock on Barack Obama's clean energy plan – cartoon

    Brian Adcock
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Chattanooga: The New First Responders 4

    Mike McDaniel
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    credit: newstimeafrica.com The Scenario: Saturday, 1110, the local shopping mall. You and your wife are walking along the wide, main concourse of the single story mall when suddenly, you hear popping sounds. Most people aren’t reacting immediately; they don’t associate those sounds with danger, not quite yet. But you recognize them as gunfire, more specifically, pistol fire and rifle fire. Then you see them; two young men. They’re wearing Islamic clothing, with tactical vests. Bearded, dark-skinned, they are about 25 yards away, and approaching from the opposite side of the wide, open…
  • Sticking With The Truth

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: ufhealth.org Mitch Pearlstein, President of the American Experiment, recently wrote an interesting article upon which I’d like to briefly comment. As you read, keep this question in the back of your mind: who is responsible for a given person’s education? Another year of tepid-to-lousy Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results in which key players, once again, have studiously steered clear from saying and asking what cries to be said and asked, with two omissions above others. Pearlstein is obviously of the belief that state mandated high-stakes tests are useful in telling us…
  • Rejuvenation

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Kim Brooks’ fiction has appeared in Five Chapters, Glimmer Train, One Story, Epoch, and other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches writing at Story Studio Chicago, and is at work on a novel. credit: alqalamuae.com Ms. Brooks also bills herself at Salon.com as a teacher of college English, and from her description of what she teaches, I suspect that means freshman composition, something I have also done. As another year of school approaches with ludicrous speed, I thought it worthwhile to comment on Brooks’ concerns. She begins by speaking about her…
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 16: Delivering The Goods

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    credit: baltimoresun.com The Freddie Gray case (the archive is available here), like the Trayvon Martin case, is turning out to be another black hole for prosecutorial competence and ethical behavior. In reporting about and analyzing such cases, I strive to provide perspective that can’t be found elsewhere, based largely on my police experience. In that pursuit, I do my best to explain the “between the lines” motivations and actions of all involved, hopefully so that readers can learn what is actually happening. Usually, this is best accomplished by explaining what one would expect to…
  • Plain Old Gropin Joe: Democrat Saviour?

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:06 pm
    credit: lifenews.com Reports on the political scene are becoming even more interesting than usual of late, “interesting” in the sense of the ancient Chinese curse: ‘may you live in interesting times.” We live in obscenely interesting times. Democrat sources suggest that her magnificence and inevitableness, Hillary Clinton, is becoming worried that Vice President Joe, “the Sheriff,” “Shotgun Joe,” “the Groper” Biden is seriously considering a presidential run. This is plausible because Bernie Saunders, the only open socialist in the Democrat party, is currently kicking…
 
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    I had a lovely short trip to Washington to visit my daughters. Every time I visit there, I'm struck at how different it is from 40 years ago when my husband and I were undergraduates at George Washington University. One big difference - there were only about two or three places around campus to get something to eat on a student's budget. Now the area there is really hopping. And students can use their dining card to eat at some of the surrounding restaurants. Back then, when we talked about "Freshman fifteen" it was about the weight we lost at school because the food was so awful and the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    The new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History course is out and, of course, College Board submitted it to Newsweek before teachers. We have to wait our copy in the mail. One thing they've done is cut down on the learning objectives from 50 to 19. That's good, because it was ridiculous before. And they've responded to conservative critics by adding more on the Founding and American exceptionalism.The new framework significantly pares down last year’s framework, simplifying and condensing the course’s Thematic Learning Objectives from 50 to 19, according to an official at the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Myron Magnet writes about what has happened to New York City under Mayor de Blasio as he describes a couple of random attacks on tourists.A few more incidents like this will stop tourists from coming to Gotham and choke off a rich growth industry, as top cop Bill Bratton recognizes. So while Mayor Bill de Blasio blathers about raising taxes on “the rich” to fight his chimera of inequality (which some days seems like his version of Kryptonite), his heavy anti-cop rhetoric, and the ongoing efforts of his city council allies to decriminalize quality-of-life offenses like fare-beating and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Steven Groves of Heritage explains what John Kerry doesn't understand about what a treaty is and what the role of the Senate is.At a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked why the administration did not submit the Iran nuclear agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent as an Article II treaty.Kerry responded that the agreement wasn’t treated as a treaty “because you can’t pass a treaty anymore.”So, since getting 2/3 of the Senate is difficult and needs consensus, the solution is just to ignore the Constitution. It's no…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
    We still don't know how Chuck Schumer is going to vote on the deal with Iran. Yet, by his own standards, the deal fails five of the issues he laid out in May that should be necessary for a deal. We'll see if Schumer was just saying what his audience of Orthodox Jews wanted to hear or he really meant what he said.And I'd be fascinated to hear the logic by which any Democratic senator would defend this.Pompeo says they asked whether they could see those agreements. He says IAEA officials replied, “ ‘Oh no, of course not, no, you’re not going to get to see those.’ And so everybody on our…
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    Wizbang

  • The DNC’s Sergeant Schultz

    David Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn’t seem to know the answer to an important question about her own party. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • A World Turned Upside Down

    Rodney Graves
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    So even before the news and social media degraded and humiliated themselves by going into hysterics over the death of Cecil the lion while covering up or excusing Planned Parenthood’s butchery and sale of human babies, I’ve had cause to reflect on human-animal relationships.
  • Wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dead At The Age Of 61: Or is it Fake?

    Michael Becker
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Would a pro wrestler like Rowdy Roddy fake his own death? Well, as someone who always viewed pro wrestling as entertainment and not sport, I’d say, “Of course he would!” Take a peek at Rowdy Roddy at the peak of his career … Now then, after watching that (or even some of that) what do you think? Dead or alive? Personally, I’m expecting a match in the next month or so with the Resurrected Roddy Piper against Hulk Hogan. They’ll bring Piper in on a morgue table and he’ll pop up and enter the ring and the fight will be
  • People v. Obama: “No” to the Iran Deal

    David Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    “There’s not a lot of love for the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Only a bare majority of Democrats support the pact.” – Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Will Hillary Clinton be in trouble with political Independents?

    David Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “As I have written recently, it is Independents who will decide next year’s election outcome, and as of today they are slightly leaning voting Republican up and down the ballot …” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • "I can't read. I like to watch TV"

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    "I can't read. I like to watch TV"by digbyChance the Gardner goes to New Hampshire: @SabrinaSiddiqui @billmon1 here, adjusted the exposure for you pic.twitter.com/kHaQvzrNf1— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) August 3, 2015That's one of your top-tier candidates the billionaires auditioned this week-end. Here's another one:They both have people writing them million dollar checks..
  • Keeping the door to that smoke filled room closed up tight

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Keeping the door to that smoke filled room closed up tightby digbyThink Progress has just published the list of "rules" the Koch's demanded of the press before they allowed them to cover their very transparent and open little event this week-end. It's not pretty. They might as well have tugged on their forelocks and bowed and scraped to their betters.Journalism ethics experts are appalled:Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said in a email that she found the agreement “outrageous — on the part of…
  • Those wacky zealots and their crazy ways

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Those wacky zealots and their crazy waysby digbyBrian Beutler very astutely sussed out a growing problem for the GOP around these Planned Parenthood videos. I thought they might be able to ACORN this, but it turns out that everybody's a little less prone to panic over wingnut hoaxes than they used to be. And unfortunately for the Republicans, the activists are believing their own hype:The emotional power of the Planned Parenthood videos lies in the images they evoke, but their political power stems from broad, intense conservative opposition to abortion generally—not to fetal tissue…
  • Booing the bully boy

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Booing the bully boyby digbyPoor Christie. To think people actually used to believe he could be president:It was not a good day at the races Sunday for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).The Republican presidential candidate was on hand for the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey, where he presented a trophy to first-place finisher American Pharoah's handlers. While the crowd of more than 60,000 cheered for the Triple Crown winner, the governor elicited "long," "loud," "sustained" booing, according to NJ.com.The record-setting crowd booed yet again when Christie's…
  • "A different 'culture'"

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    "A different 'culture'"by digbyI know that I am racist in a million different ways.  I'm a white woman of a certain age who grew up in America.  It's inevitable that my attitudes were shaped by my own privilege and that my racism is so deeply a part of my personality that I can't see it.This person, however, has more of it and much closer to the surface than that. He shouldn't have been a cop:I asked him if he agreed with Randolph that the neighborhood’s main problem was the absence of jobs. “There’s a lack of jobs everywhere,” he replied, brusquely. “But there’s also…
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    Eschaton

  • Monday Evening

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Enjoy.
  • So Many Grifters

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    It is really funny.
  • The Very Serious People Go To London

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    It's all so familiar, this branding of anyone vaguely to the left of whoever UK's equivalent of Joe Lieberman is as being silly and childish.As Jones suggests, the truth is that all the more Blairite New Labour people need to do is embrace the genuinely good things that Labour did while they were in government. But since they decided not to battle the Tory "ZOMG LABOUR SPENT ALL THE MONEYS" narrative, they can't do that. At least Miliband could muster up the "not quite as evil as the other guys" narrative reasonably well. Post-Miliband, Labour can't even manage that. As useless as a marzipan…
  • I Wonder What Econ 101 Could Tell Us About This

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    I always get amused when people point to certain jobs - usually public sector ones - and complain about how they pay and benefits are too generous. You know, bus drivers, teachers, etc. If it's such a good job, you go drive the damn bus! My local transit authority has had job listings for bus drivers every time I've looked.Make it a crappier job with crappier pay and people will leave. It's true that job security is an enormous perk in a society in which few people have it. It's also true that job security is an enormous perk which allows school districts to pay their workers a lot less. Take…
  • Ruh Roh

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Grand old police blotter.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been booked at a Dallas-area jail on felony charges alleging that he misled investors before becoming the state's top lawyer....Questions about Paxton's financial dealings have shadowed the tea party conservative since he took office in January.
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    Firedoglake

  • The Last Late Late Night FDL: When The Music’s Over

    Suzanne
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Doors — When The Music’s Over, live in Copenhagen, 1968. What a long strange trip its been, eh? I’m so thankful to Jane for allowing me to host Late Night/Late Late Night lo these past many years. I’d also like to thank Tut for stepping up and hosting so I didn’t have to host every night. Thanks dood!!! I can’t forget RBG, Lurk, Ellie, Dakine, EG, and the rest of the backstage crew who toiled so hard behind the scenes to make these front page posts look effortless. Finally, I want to thank you, the lurkers and commenters, for everything —…
  • Arizona Apache Mobilize Against Bill Which Hands Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company

    Derrick Broze
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Originally published at MintPress News.   OAK FLAT, Arizona –— The San Carlos Apache Tribe held a celebratory dinner on July 27 to welcome back members of the Apache Stronghold caravan after a two-week journey from the tribe’s reservation in Bylas, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. The dinner menu featured a traditional Apache acorn soup and juice squeezed from skunkbush sumac berries — both of which are threatened by a proposed $6 billion mining operation. The Apache Stronghold formed in December in response to a last-minute legislative provision included in the the…
  • Media ……. my last entry at FDL

    cmaukonen
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Nurse listening to a radio during World War II John Atherton – Flickr creative commons From the very first the media – newspapers and such – has been first and foremost about selling stuff. And that means advertising. And the more people read these first newspapers and then magazines, the more advertising could be sold and the more could be charged for it. It’s as simple as that. Even as the technology improved this aspect of the media – in this country at least – has not changed. And to get people to read and in the case of broadcasting watch and/or…
  • An Appreciation of FDL Contributors

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As Firedoglake goes offline this weekend, those of us who are launching Shadowproof would like to take the time to show appreciation for all the contributors, who helped make FDL special through the years. Keeping FDL online and filled with daily content during hiatus was a struggle. It would have been even more impossible without the regular contributions of Ruth Calvo, Crane-Station, Frederick Leatherman, Lawrence Hudetz, and CTuttle. Ruth kept up the “Saturday Art” series, which has highlighted something wonderful and magnificent each weekend. Lawrence continued his weekly…
  • Camera Work: Some FDL Final Thoughts

    Lawrence Hudetz
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Since this will be my last post on FDL, and at the encouragement of folks on Ruth’s Saturday Art, I decided I would run it. The photo shown is a pivotal image, and has been my splash screen on my Desktop since 2008 or 09. It is there because the look evolved while I was listening to an opera aria: “Marietta’s Song” from an opera called “The dead City” by Eric Korngold. Now Korngold is mostly known for his music accompanying Errol Flynn sagas, and others as well. I discovered it quite by accident, and was listening to it while I was working on this image. I…
 
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  • Joe Biden's Plans Have Long Roots

    Jeralyn
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    The latest news about Joe Biden considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is hardly a surprise. Joe Biden has always considered running for President in 2016. A year and a half ago, in February, 2014, he told ABC he couldn't... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • El Chapo's Lawyers Obtain Suspension of Arrest Order for Extradition

    Jeralyn
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A court in Mexico has granted a request filed by El Chapo's lawyers to suspend the order of detention for purposes of extradition entered Wednesday. (Use google translate). The request for a writ of amparo against the detention order was filed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Morning Open Thread.

    Big Tent Democrat
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    All persons welcome here. Open Thread. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hillary Clinton Letter to New York Times

    Big Tent Democrat
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Clinton campaign writes letters: I feel obliged to put into context just how egregious an error this story was. The New York Times is arguably the most important news outlet in the world and it rushed to put an erroneous story on the front... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mexician Court Approves Detention Order for El Chapo's Extradition

    Jeralyn
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Mexican Attorney General's office (PGR), issued a statement today (available here in Spanish) saying that a federal judge has approved an order of detention for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman-Loera for the purposes of extradition to the U.S. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Re: Unsigned bills

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Dear Governor Christie, I regret interrupting your busy out of state schedule, but the Office of Legislative Services informed me today there are 116 bills on your desk for which you have taken no action. Most are important and sensible and some require immediate attention. The legislature sent you a package of five bills, including the PILOT Plan, in late June to aid Atlantic City. Time is running out for AC and for you to take action. As another example, in late June you received a bill that would take away guns from domestic violence offenders and revoke their purchaser identification…
  • News Roundup And Open Thread For Monday August 3rd

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    A Tale of Two Reactions Governor Christie went to Monmouth Park where he was booed mercilessly -- twice -- at the Haskell yesterday by fans apparently telling it like it is.On the opposite end of reactions, just under 61K people were in attendance to cheer on Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah. Punch Them In The Face Nothing makes you sound Presidential quite like telling people you want to punch the teachers union in the face.Following his punch them in the face comment, the NJEA called on Christie to resign. Presidential Candidates Using The Bank Of Monmouth County So far 4 Presidential…
  • News Roundup and Open Thread for Sunday, August 2, 2015

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20): who has served in the legislature since 1983 says he will not run again for state senate, but with sufficient support he will campaign to become governor. An articulate, out-spoken senator who has led on many social and economic issues and currently has advocated strongly against the Exxon settlement, serves as chair of the Senate Economic Growth Committee and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Christie PAC Revenue: America Leads which recently reported $11 million in contributions got $2 million from Steve Cohen and his wife. Cohen recently pled guilty to…
  • Science Policy Friday: Eyes of the Skies, Drones on the Rise - Part 2

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is the second in a series of articles or news gathering of science and technology policy issues facing New Jersey or the nation. Thanks to my science and environment intern Arcadia Lee for research and drafting this article.  Cross-posted at DanBenson.com Last week, I discussed my legislation (A-1039/S-2310) that sets standards for law enforcement and other government agency use of drones.  This week, I'm highlighting legislation (A-4344) sponsored by Assembly Homeland Security Chair Annette Quijano and myself that seeks to protect infrastructure from drone surveillance and…
  • Burning House: A Parable

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    From Rosi: I'm grateful to my friend, journalist and poet Hank Kalet, who posted this short parable at his own excellent blog Channel Surfing. The words are his: As the fire trucks screamed down the road heading toward the burning house, she ran out to the curb hoping to flag down at least one. Her house was quiet -- neatly cut lawn, roses adding a touch of red to the picture. Quiet. Clean. Her block a model of stability. She could smell the fire, the burning wood. It was faint, wafting in from at least two blocks away. "Stop!" she screamed. She waved her arms. The trucks whizzed past. Police…
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  • Dealing With Mass Killings in the US: Funding Our Children, Not Our Wars

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Imagine that you're in the FBI and you receive a tip - or more likely, pick up information through the kind of mass surveillance in which the national security state now specializes. In a series of tweets, a young man has expressed sympathy for the Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda, or another terrorist group or cause. He's 16, has no criminal record, and has shown no signs that he might be planning a criminal act. He does, however, seem angry and has demonstrated an interest in following ISIS's social media feeds as they fan the flames of youth discontent worldwide. He's even expressed some…
  • Keystone XL Hits New Turbulence as South Dakota Permit Hearing Implodes

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Holes too big to fix were poked in TransCanada's narrative that its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built. And questions were raised about the company's financial dealings during hearings in South Dakota last week, where state regulators are tasked to decide if the company is capable of following the rules.Also see: TransCanada's Keystone XL Permit Renewal Hearing Sheds Light on Serious Pipeline Risks Holes too big to fix were poked in TransCanada's narrative that its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built. And questions were…
  • Pro-Choice for Christ

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Rev. Debra Haffner is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She is also the cofounder and president of the Religious Institute, a multi-faith organization that advocates for sexual health and education - including abortion and contraception access - in religious communities and beyond. The Religious Institute is just one of numerous organizations advocating for contraceptive access, abortion rights and LGBT rights.(Image: Comforting hands via Shutterstock) "When I introduce myself, I tell people I'm a sexologist and a minister. The most likely response is that people laugh," says…
  • Workplace Diversity Still Lacking in Most US Newsrooms

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    United Nations - Although the United States as a whole is becoming more ethnically diverse, newsrooms remain largely dominated by white, male reporters, according to a recent investigation by The Atlantic magazine. It found that just 22.4 percent of television journalists, 13 percent of radio journalists, and 13.34 percent of journalists at daily newspapers came from minority groups in 2014. Another new census, by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), found just 12.76 percent minority journalists at US daily newspapers in 2014. While the percentage of minority…
  • Will New Film Force US to Acknowledge Role in 1965 Indonesian Genocide?

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    October 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the 1965 genocide in Indonesia that left over one million people dead. Human rights groups are circulating petitions calling for the US government to acknowledge its role in the genocide and to release CIA, military and other governmental records related to the mass killings. The United States provided the Indonesian army with financial, military and intelligence support at the time of the mass killings. Today we look at the pursuit of one Indonesian man confronting his brother's killers. In 1965, Adi Rukun's older brother was killed by…
 
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  • Rejoice, Uticans! A shower of silver shall rain upon you in 2016.

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I'm afraid I have to retract the gist of this post, which comes mainly near the end.  Looking at the spread between the silver-plan prices posted by the different insurers, it escaped me that a given insurer could put up the cheapest and second cheapest silver plan in a given area -- so the difference between insurers' average silver prices, as reported by the state, is not the spread between benchmark and cheapest silver. The posted averages do not reveal the benchmark. I apologize to anyone who absorbed the misinformation.P.S. I discovered the error when I went to check…
  • New York's ACA exchange publishes takeup rates for Cost Sharing Reduction

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    NY State of Health, the state's ACA health insurance marketplace, released detailed enrollment data today (hat tip to who else but Charles Gaba?). With regard to my own little preoccupation -- the degree to which those private plan buyers eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies access the benefit by buying silver plans -- New York is (as far as I know) the first state to do the basic math for me:The majority of QHP consumers who completed the enrollment process and were eligible for APTC with cost-sharing reductions chose Silver plans in which they can use costsharing reductions.
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion enrollment jumps; have newly Medicaid-eligible 2014 private plan enrollees jumped with it?

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Pennsylvania's somewhat rocky Medicaid expansion, for which enrollment began on December 1 and coverage on January 1, seems now to be firing on all burners. The state's Department of Human Services reported last week that enrollment is up to 439,000, more than two thirds of the state's target of 605,000.The expansion began slowly. After Pennsylvania declined to expand in 2014, then-Governor Tom Corbett negotiated with HHS to create the kind of "private option" expansion popular with Republican governors. The "Healthy Pennsylvania" plans that were hastily constructed in fall 2014 had different…
  • Some sidelights on Covered California's modest rate increases for 2016

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Covered California, the state's ACA health insurance exchange, is boasting today with some justice that the state held 2016 rates down to an average weighted increase of 4%. Other talking points: the average (unweighted) increase of the cheapest silver plan in each region went up just 1.5%, and the average consumer can save 4.5% if she switches to the cheapest plan in the same metal tier.That last point is somewhat...selective: the apples-to-apples question is what will happen to current holders of the cheapest plan in each metal tier if they switch to 2016's cheapest plan.  On the other…
  • The source of Huckabee's Holocaust porn

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    President Obama quite rightly read Mike Huckabee's disgusting, inflammatory assertion that the nuclear deal with Iran "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” as "an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines. "  Most observers see it in that context: Trump is leading GOP contenders on a dive to a new bottom.But where did the hysteria compressed in Huckabee's sound byte come from? Who writes the GOP's tune on dealings with Iran and middle east policy generally?Netanyahu, natch.To mark Holocaust Memorial Day back in April, "in a speech," The Washington…
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  • Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him | Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Many of us share the Labour leadership frontrunner’s core beliefs, but tactically the best chance lies with Yvette CooperNothing about Jeremy Corbyn’s surge suggests a blip. Few at Labour HQ, busy checking credentials of new signers, think people are flocking to sign up to vote for anyone but him – some 60,000 new voters as of Monday. JC is a phenomenon.Neil Kinnock warns of “Trotskyite forces with malign intentions” and entryists from the “Telegraph right”. But evidence from overflowing Corbyn meetings pumping with passion is that these are not resurrected Militant but…
  • I won't stand by while toxic, personal racism poisons our public debate | Mehreen Faruqi

    Mehreen Faruqi
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As a member of parliament, I receive plenty of racist comments. But the tone of abuse has recently changed. I believe racism is becoming legitimised in AustraliaOn Saturday night, I was walking alongside the beautiful Brisbane River with my 19-year-old daughter, enjoying the views and an increasingly rare moment of time catching up with her. I casually tweeted a couple of photos of this lovely scene. A short time later an anonymous Twitter user responded:@MehreenFaruqi @GreensNSW Before your husband blows it up? Continue reading...
  • If even Ai Weiwei can’t trust our visa system, who can? | Mary Dejevsky

    Mary Dejevsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The Chinese artist’s tussle with the Home Office shows how frequently it fails those who need it mostThanks to some adroit footwork on the part of the home secretary, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will receive the six-month UK visa he applied for, and the government has largely avoided the battering it would otherwise have sustained from that potent alliance of human rights campaigners and global glitterati. The scandal left the headlines almost as soon as it had landed there.In a way, though, the speedy resolution of this incipient quarrel is a pity. For the initial refusal that the artist…
  • The Guardian view on climate change: Obama’s plan is overdue but welcome all the same | Editorial

    Editorial
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions faces many hurdles, but it could make a critical difference to the world’s chances of containing global warmingPresident Obama on Monday set out a plan to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions. His proposals are neither new nor radical, but deserve to be strongly supported, both in America and across the globe. Explicitly, the statement was a challenge to state governors, to Republican senators and congressmen, to fossil-fuel barons, to entrepreneurs who want to invest in renewable sources of energy, and to citizens who want to hang on…
  • Brian Adcock on Barack Obama's clean energy plan – cartoon

    Brian Adcock
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
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  • Illegal immigration a dominant theme at Republican forum even without Trump

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme on Monday for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a New Hampshire forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail.
  • Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse.
  • Obama administration faces criticism over human trafficking report

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several U.S. politicians sharply criticized the Obama administration on Monday over an annual global report on human trafficking in response to a Reuters article chronicling how senior U.S. diplomats had watered down rankings of more than a dozen strategically important countries.
  • Federal judge strikes down Idaho law banning documentation of animal abuse

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:42 pm
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday struck down an Idaho law that banned documentation of animal abuse at livestock operations, ruling that it violated freedom of speech and other constitutionally guaranteed rights.
  • Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:26 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women's health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.
 
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  • Microsoft Taps PBS To Advance Its National Talent Strategy With 'Code Trip'

    timothy
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    theodp writes: You don't have to be Mitt Romney to question PBS's announcement that it will air the Microsoft-funded 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark will send students across the U.S. for a "transformative journey into computer science." Of the partnership, Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner said, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the…
  • Clinton Promises 500 Million New Solar Panels

    Soulskill
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Hillary Clinton, widely regarded as most likely to win the Democrat nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has unveiled her campaign climate plan. Speaking at Iowa State University, Clinton said she would set up tax incentives for renewable energy to drive further adoption. She also set a goal of installing half a billion new solar panels within her first term, if elected. Her plan would cost roughly $60 billion over 10 years, and she intends to pay for it by cutting tax breaks to the oil and gas industry. According to The Guardian, "Clinton has…
  • EU May Become a Single Digital Market of 500 Million People

    timothy
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    RockDoctor writes: The Guardian is reporting that the EU is becoming increasingly vociferous in its opposition to "geo-blocking" — the practice of making media services available in some areas but not in others: "European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channel of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU." That adds up to a block of nearly 500 million first-world media consumers. They don't necessarily all speak the same language, but English is probably the most commonly understood single language. And the important thing for American media companies to…
  • The Science and Politics Behind Colony Collapse Disorder; Is the Crisis Over?

    samzenpus
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:33 pm
    iONiUM writes: An article at the Globe and Mail claims that there is no longer any Honeybee crises, and that the deaths of the Honeybees previously was a one-off, or possibly non-cyclical occurrence (caused by neonics or nature — the debate is still out). The data used is that from Stats Canada which claims "the number of honeybee colonies is at a record high [in Canada]." Globally, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization says that "worldwide bee populations have rebounded to a record high." The story reports: "I have great news for honey lovers everywhere. The Canadian honeybee…
  • IT Workers Training Their Foreign Replacements 'Troubling,' Says White House

    Soulskill
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    dcblogs writes: A top White House official told House lawmakers this week that the replacement of U.S. workers by H-1B visa holders is 'troubling' and not supposed to happen. That answer came in response to a question from U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that referenced Disney workers who had to train their temporary visa holding replacements (the layoffs were later canceled. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said if H-1B workers are being used to replace U.S. workers, then "it's a very serious failing of the H-1B program." But Johnson also told…
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  • Her Outdoors: August is here

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Last weekend I put down my Japanese razor hoe and went to judge other people’s plots in the finals of Britain’s Best Allotment. The results will be revealed during National Allotment Week next week, so I can’t say too much here, apart from thanking the lovely people who invited me and my fellow judges onto [...]
  • Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighbouring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, for the two countries to swap [...]
  • Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    In my last post I wrote about picking the last of the peas and broad beans from the central bed and removing the spent plants. Normally I would cut the plants down to the ground and leave the root systems in place because legumes, particularly the broad beans, develop nodules on the roots of mature [...]
  • Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    There have been big cuts in poor areas and lighter cuts in well-off districts. If there was localised dissatisfaction at the impact of these cuts on services a national poll would not necessarily pick it up.
  • Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Until a few weeks ago, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was regarded as one of India’s most successful and responsible chief ministers. During the ten years that he has held that post in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, he has transformed its agriculture, cared for the poor and for minority groups such as Muslims, and displayed [...]
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  • Rand Paul's Massive Immigration Contradiction

    Shikha Dalmia
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There is no functional difference between the war on drugs and the war on immigration. Both use the power of the state to go after the supposed perpetrators of victimless "crimes" (actually, in the case of immigration, the "crimes" are not only victimless, but have only beneficiaries) while running roughshod over civil liberties and decimating minority communities. This is why it's so baffling that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)—who is trying to position himself in the GOP presidential field as a new kind of Republican who cares about civil liberties and minorities—wants to wind down the drug war…
  • Time Smears Charles Koch in Headline; Changes Headline, Still Misses His Point

    Brian Doherty
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    The venerable, doddering Time magazine ran a ridiculously misleading headline designed to make billionaire financier of conservative and libertarian causes Charles Koch seem like even more of a monster than they doubtless assume their audience already thinks he is. (Koch's brother David Koch is on the board of trustees of the Reason Foundation, which publishes Reason.) It read: "Charles Koch says U.S. can bomb its way to $100,000 salaries: Building bombs and using them is one way to growth, the billionaire suggests to allies." What James Bond supervillainy he's up to, and right in front of…
  • Drug Task Force Encouraged College Student to Go Deeper into Drug Trade, Then He Turned Up Dead

    Anthony L. Fisher
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:17 pm
    On his 20th birthday, Andrew Sadek sat down with a drug task force agent and agreed to become a confidential informant to "clear up" the felony charges against him for selling a small amount of marijuana on his college's campus. About seven months later, his body was found in the Red River bordering North Dakota and Minnesota, shot in the head and wearing a backpack filled with rocks.  As I reported for Reason TV, the authorities have publicly stated they do not suspect foul play and tried to convince Sadek's parents that their son had committed suicide, even though he had never previously…
  • How Bad Does Alleged Pro-Security Legislation Have to Be to Get DHS to Oppose It?

    Scott Shackford
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Privacy experts have been warning all along that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) wasn’t even trading citizen privacy for security. The legislation would give private companies legal immunity for sharing customer data with the feds in order to fight cybersecurity threats, hackers, et cetera. The justification was that more information and more sharing would lead to better cybersecurity. But cybersecurity and privacy experts insisted this was simply not the case. As Andrea Castillo explained at Reason back in May, the federal government has a poor reputation when it comes to…
  • Study: Yes, Student Loans Are Making College More Expensive

    Robby Soave
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Long have liberals vowed to make higher education more affordable by offering ever more generous loan subsidies, and long have conservatives and libertarians argued that federal aid merely gives colleges license to drive up the price. A study by the New York Federal Reserve offers some new evidence that the latter group is correct. According to the study’s authors: We find that institutions more exposed to changes in the subsidized federal loan program increased their tuition disproportionately around these policy changes, with a sizable pass-through effect on tuition of about 65 percent.
 
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  • Trump Hits a Nerve

    Randy Toman
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is a must read article : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3343/Donald-Trump-Is-Right-About-John-McCain.aspx The Republican Party had better wake-up to what is really going on these past 30+ years—-even as I might add—it’s been going on for a Hell-of a lot longer.   I would suggest people——take Trump seriously—-for he holds a couple of Trump Cards—-(no joke meant)——if in fact the Republican Party wants to play hard ball.  This thing could get real serious—–real quick. I believe the question coming into play…
  • WHEN?

    The Outsider
    2 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    In view of the recent riots across the country—-When are the blacks going to be held responsible for their criminal behavior? When are they going to marry the women they impregnate? When are they going to pay for their children they are responsible for? When are they going to act civilized instead of living as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago? When are they going to stop killing their own and destroying our cities? And when is the mainstream news media going to cover those unreported stories? When is Al Sharpton going to stop working for the Democrat party to keep racial…
  • 2015 Something Isn’t Right

    Randy Toman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I have been going through my past articles in an attempt to see if I was close to getting anything right——as I looked into the future back then.  What I find is things had moved forward with a smoothness that is surprising to me—-even as the same symptoms seem to be prevailing in the culture today as they did then.  The indicators with symptoms and issues seem to be worse today than in the past but somehow things and life seem to move along with smoothness and not seem that bad.  Therefore few notice anything of a serious nature that is wrong and few seem to care one way…
  • What is to Happen?

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

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

    Amanda Teuscher
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    (Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Attendees to the Movement for Black Lives Convening that took place in Cleveland July 24-26 gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference. An estimated 1,200 organizers and activists participated in the meeting. It would be tempting to say the timing was surreal, if it didn’t happen so often. Less than an hour after the close of last weekend’s conference of Black Lives Matter activists, attendees were pepper-sprayed by a Cleveland transit police officer while they were protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)…
  • Why the Koch Brothers Are Heroes In Their Own Minds

    Paul Waldman
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, December 10, 2012.  When Charles E. Wilson appeared before a Senate committee in January 1953 as President Eisenhower's nominee to become Secretary of Defense, he was asked whether his large holdings of stock in General Motors, where he had been president and chief executive, might cause some conflict of interest. "I cannot conceive of one," he replied, "because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The…
  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
  • Racism on Camera

    Peter Dreier
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    AP Photo/Matt Rourke Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project, Thursday, December 11, 2014.  If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans…
  • Can the University of Cincinnati Police Learn From the City's Police?

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    (Photo: AP/John Minchillo) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell speaks with a protester outside the Hamilton County Courthouse following the announcement of murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing on July 29. The Cincinnati Police Department has taken long strides since 2001. Once infamous for provoking a riot that rocked the city for days, the department has created a civilian review board that handles complaints against police officers, and has made citizen engagement the number one priority for police officers. In recent years, the…
 
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  • The Inclusive Strength of #BlackLivesMatter

    Amanda Teuscher
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    (Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Attendees to the Movement for Black Lives Convening that took place in Cleveland July 24-26 gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference. An estimated 1,200 organizers and activists participated in the meeting. It would be tempting to say the timing was surreal, if it didn’t happen so often. Less than an hour after the close of last weekend’s conference of Black Lives Matter activists, attendees were pepper-sprayed by a Cleveland transit police officer while they were protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)…
  • Why the Koch Brothers Are Heroes In Their Own Minds

    Paul Waldman
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, December 10, 2012.  When Charles E. Wilson appeared before a Senate committee in January 1953 as President Eisenhower's nominee to become Secretary of Defense, he was asked whether his large holdings of stock in General Motors, where he had been president and chief executive, might cause some conflict of interest. "I cannot conceive of one," he replied, "because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The…
  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
  • Racism on Camera

    Peter Dreier
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    AP Photo/Matt Rourke Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project, Thursday, December 11, 2014.  If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans…
  • Can the University of Cincinnati Police Learn From the City's Police?

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    (Photo: AP/John Minchillo) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell speaks with a protester outside the Hamilton County Courthouse following the announcement of murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing on July 29. The Cincinnati Police Department has taken long strides since 2001. Once infamous for provoking a riot that rocked the city for days, the department has created a civilian review board that handles complaints against police officers, and has made citizen engagement the number one priority for police officers. In recent years, the…
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  • There’s a surprisingly simple way to convince anti-vaxxers they’re wrong

    Carolyn Johnson
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Cataracts in the eyes of a child with congenital Rubella syndrome, a preventable disease. (Credit: DC) Here is a depressing fact about facts: in the face of beliefs, they often have little power. Fixing falsehoods  -- whether it's the closely-held conviction of a birther or an anti-vaxxer -- doesn't tend to work nearly as well as it seems it should. But maybe we're going about the business of changing people's minds all wrong. A new study found that while it may be tempting to lecture someone that they're just wrong about vaccines and autism, it may be more powerful to simply tell and…
  • Cristiano Ronaldo bought his agent a Greek Island as a wedding gift

    Jacob Bogage
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    Remember a month ago when Greece was about to fall off a fiscal cliff into the Mediterranean Sea? Remember when it had to raise 50 billion euros ($55 billion) to pay off debts, so it decided to sell off public assets? Of course you do. And so does soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who decided to buy an island the country put up for sale, and gifted it to his agent as a wedding present on Sunday, according to Portuguese news Web site Move Noticias and Spanish sports news site Mundo Deportivo. To reiterate: Cristiano Ronaldo REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Bought this (or something like it) via…
  • What raising the minimum wage to $15 would actually mean in every state

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Look around the country, and you'll find the same impassioned argument about pay for low-wage workers is taking place. The $15 minimum wage was approved in Seattle last year, and is currently being proposed in New York City. Bernie Sanders is pushing for a federal $15 floor. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate leading the latest polls, would prefer it remain as is, at $7.25 an hour. But raising the minimum wage carries a different significance depending on where you live. A dollar goes a lot further in the South than it does in New England, as my colleague…
  • Why this Austin cafe owner is helping food trucks sell to his customers

    Gillian Brockell
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    On a hot, sticky morning in July, a sleepy Austinite may head over to the Beware Coffee truck for a morning fix. This being Austin, she can opt for hemp milk or coconut oil add-ons to the brew, before heading over to the good seating at Spider House Patio Bar & Café to drink it. And if you think the owners of Spider House wouldn’t appreciate customers bringing in outside purchases, think again. Beware Coffee is parked on Spider House’s front lawn, and the owners invited them to be there. To hear co-owner Conrad Bejarano tell it, this is just the latest way he’s doing his part to…
  • What’s across the ocean from you when you’re at the beach, in 7 fascinating maps

    Weiyi (Dawn) Cai and Ana Swanson
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    When you're hanging out at the beach and you gaze off into the horizon, do you know what is across the ocean from you? In ancient times, many people used to think that the world simply ended at the horizon, perhaps after a ring of dangerous dragons or sea monsters. Today we know better — but perhaps not that much better. The following maps, inspired by a map by Eric Odenheimer, show the cities and countries that are at the same latitude across the ocean, for anywhere in the world. The map below shows the Western Hemisphere. The colored bands on the right side show European countries in…
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  • Ethics panel opens probe into indicted House Dem

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    The House Ethics Committee is opening an investigation into whether Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) violated House rules related to the alleged bribery and money laundering charges for which he was indicted.In a Monday evening announcement, the House...
  • Jury refuses to rule out death penalty for Aurora movie shooter

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A local jury in Colorado took its final step Monday toward potentially sentencing James Holmes to the death penalty for the 2012 shooting at a Denver-area movie theater.Jurors said Monday that attorneys for James Holmes had not presented a strong...
  • Gawker publishes Trump phone number

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Media outlet Gawker has published what it says is businessman and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s cellphone number.Gawker published the New York City phone number Monday “[i]n the spirit of open and fair political debate”...
  • Jimmy Carter has mass removed from liver

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Former President Jimmy Carter underwent a procedure Monday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to remove a "mass" from his liver, according to his nonprofit center.The operation to remove the mass, which was described as small, "proceeded...
  • Planned Parenthood chief: Defunding vote 'all about politics'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on Monday said the Senate’s planned vote to defund her organization is “about denying women access to healthcare in this country.”In an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Richards said the...
 
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  • Round-up of recent news

    Andrew Hamm
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Although the Court is in recess, coverage of and commentary on the recently ended Term continue.  Sullivan & Cromwell LLP reviewed the Court’s business cases, providing “concise summaries of key cases in the commercial sphere” for the Term.  For Bloomberg BNA, Kimberly Robinson reports on Jay Wexler’s tracking of how many laughs each Justice garnered with his or her jokes this past Term.  And in a post at The WLF Legal Pulse, Mark Chenoweth argues that “the fact that free enterprise did not fare well this term had comparatively little to do with the decisions the Supreme…
  • Justice Ginsburg discusses the just-ended Term

    Andrew Hamm
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    On Wednesday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke with one of her former clerks, Neil S. Siegel, before Duke Law alumni and participants in Duke’s DC Summer Institute on Law and Policy, which Siegel directs. Ginsburg offered general comments the law and her career, as well as specific insights into several key cases from the recently concluded Term. Before getting into the cases, the conversation opened light-heartedly with a question from Siegel about Scalia/Ginsburg, a new opera about the two Justices.  After simply answering that no, she and Justice Antonin Scalia had not yet seen the…
  • Symposium: Evenwel v. Abbott and the Constitution’s big data problem

    Nathaniel Persily
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford University Law School. (For a more developed version of the argument presented here, please see Nathaniel Persily, The Law of the Census: How to Count, What to Count, Whom to Count, and Where to Count Them, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 755, 775-81 (2011).) The plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott deserve credit for highlighting an unappreciated feature of our system of representation and exposing a gap in the jurisprudence of one person, one vote. Their constitutional argument, however, is academic, at best, and at worst, dangerous…
  • Symposium: Ideology, partisanship, and the new “one person, one vote” case

    Richard Hasen
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Richard L. Hasen is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He blogs at Election Law Blog. It is tempting to think of the plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott as conservatives. After all, the brainchild behind this new “one person, one vote” lawsuit, Ed Blum and his Project on Fair Representation, brought us the demise of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder case and continued attacks on affirmative action in the second coming of the Fisher case. But the theory the Evenwel plaintiffs…
  • U.S. appeals major insider trading case (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    UPDATED Monday 6:14 p.m.   This case has been docketed as 15-137. —————- Seeking to overturn a major setback in its power to punish trading of stocks based on insider tips, the Obama administration on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to revive one of the highest-profile prosecutions in years on Wall Street.  The petition in the case of United States v. Newman was sent to the Court just days before a filing deadline.  (Attached to the government’s petition is the December ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.   That court refused a…
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  • Facebook posts: Say President George W. Bush " ‘borrowed’ $1.37 trillion of Social Security surplus revenue to pay for his tax cuts for the rich and his war in Iraq and never paid it back."

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Did George W. Bush 'borrow' from Social Security to fund the war in Iraq and tax cuts? Evoke George W. Bush, his income tax cuts and the war in Iraq, and you’re sure to arouse some liberal ire. Suggest that Bush financed those projects by plundering Social Security’s retirement coffers, and you’ve got yourself a popular meme. "Next time a Republican tells you that ‘Social Security is broke,’ remind them that Pres. Bush ‘borrowed’ $1.37 trillion of Social Security surplus revenue to pay for his tax cuts…
  • Martin O'Malley: "97 percent of the work that Planned Parenthood does is about mammograms and preventative health."

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | 97% of Planned Parenthood's work is mammograms, preventive care, O'Malley says The vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s work goes toward mammograms and preventive care, said former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Since an anti-abortion group released videos Planned Parenthood officials talking about aborted fetal parts, Republicans have pushed to take away federal funding from the women’s health organization. Democratic presidential candidates, on the other hand, are showing their support, if subdued. O’Malley said he hadn’t…
  • Rick Perry: Says Donald Trump is for a single-payer health care system.

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Is Donald Trump still 'for single-payer' health care? For all his success firing up the GOP base, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump may be a Republican in name only when it comes to health care, says former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry -- at 11th place in the polls and currently just shy of making it into the first Republican debate Aug. 6 -- has been trading jabs with Trump for weeks. Trump mocked Perry’s glasses in July, and Perry responded by calling Trump "a cancer on conservatism" and challenging him to a…
  • Donald Trump: Under President Barack Obama, income levels and unemployment numbers "are worse now than just about ever" for African-Americans.

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump: Black income, unemployment 'worse now than just about ever' Just days before the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, billionaire real-estate developer and current polling leader Donald Trump  criticized President Barack Obama’s record on ABC’s This Week. At one point, Trump zeroed in on Obama’s status as the country’s first black president, arguing that he had failed his black constituents. The topic came up when ABC’s Jonathan Karl referred to a tweet by Trump that said, "Sadly,…
  • Harry Reid: Planned Parenthood is "the only health care that a significant number of women get. About 30 percent of women, that's their health care."

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Harry Reid is way off on claim that 30% of women rely only on Planned Parenthood for health care An anti-abortion group recently released several secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue, and that has given opponents of the abortion-providing health organization new momentum to shut off federal funding. During Senate floor debate on July 30, 2015, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged lawmakers to focus on consequences for women who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care beyond abortions if the…
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    Balloon Juice

  • DC Statehood

    John Cole
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    John Oliver is a genius. I love the DC statehood song at the end (sorry, Betty). Share
  • Open thread

    Tim F.
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Serious question: someone tell me who the hell cares enough to commission oppo research about Lindsey Graham. Although life often proves me wrong, I have a hard time with the idea that some compelling national interest moved a reporter to spontaneously scan through the Air National Guard service records of the lowest polling Republican candidate for President (nutshell version: not much service to record). It seems more likely to me that someone cares enough about a guy who would lose the Republican nomination to Chelsea Clinton that they spent what must have been a couple thousand dollars to…
  • Oh, Maaaan….. (As Joe Would Say)

    Anne Laurie
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:13 pm
    "We shouldn't be talking about Trump because he'll never win. Let's talk about Biden's possible run." Your very serious media. — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 3, 2015 I’d forgotten which “reporter” had her fingerprints on this old hit piece… That time Maureen Dowd destroyed Joe Biden's presidential hopes http://t.co/rj4rgtzEr9 — Paul Blumenthal (@PaulBlu) August 2, 2015 … On this side of the Atlantic, many Presidential campaign strategists of both parties greatly admired the way it portrayed Mr. Kinnock, who subsequently…
  • Open Thread: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

    Anne Laurie
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    #RobotLivesDontMatter https://t.co/DnSaT95ZUN — Billmon (@billmon1) August 3, 2015 Americans destroy poor, sweet Canadian robot that was trying to hitchhike across country. http://t.co/uuO08Ffsh5 — Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) August 3, 2015 And just after Scott Walker came through Philly unscathed… The Washington Post reports: The team behind hitchBot, the talking, tweeting, hitchhiking robot that tries to traverse continents on the kindness of strangers, had always thought of their project as a social experiment. After all the bad press and post-apocalyptic stories…
  • A Brief Pause for Some Temporary Good News

    John Cole
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    For now: Facing three felony counts of securities law violations, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was arrested, fingerprinted and photographed Monday morning for alleged violations that took place when he was a state legislator. Indicted by a Collin County grand jury last week, Paxton surrendered at the county jail in his hometown of McKinney, avoiding assembled reporters by entering through a side door. He posted three personal-recognizance bonds for a total of $35,000 — no money was required to change hands — before being released about 20 minutes later. “Attorney General Ken Paxton…
 
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  • Kim Richards Arrested For Shoplifting At Target

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Kim Richards Kim Richards, one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has been arrested for shoplifting at a Target store. Richards, 50, was reportedly booked at 7:30 PM on Sunday August 2 after being apprehended at a Target store in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Her alleged haul was for various items worth over $600. She was arrested earlier in the year after a drunken scene at the Beverly Hills hotel. As a child, Richards appeared in Disney’s Witch Mountain series of films, and other movies as a child actres. Richards was let go from Real Housewives in June. The…
  • WATCH: “Adios Motherfuckers!” Jon Stewart’s Amazing Final Week Takedown Of Fox News

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Jon Stewart built his brand on deflating Fox News, and in his last week as host of The Daily Show, he kept the tradition going. Responding to Fox whining that he’s supposedly in the pocked of President Obama, Stewart once again uses Fox’s own words to make a case against the right wing propaganda network. Stewart, still enjoying dismantling the network that backed Bush long past his expiration date, lets his rivals know: “Adios, motherfuckers.” http://oliverwillis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/tds-adios.mp4 The post WATCH: “Adios Motherfuckers!” Jon…
  • PHOTOS: Taylor Swift Vanity Fair Cover September 2015

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Taylor Swift appears on the cover of Vanity Fair‘s September 2015 issue. Swift is featured in a photo shoot by photographer Mario Testino. The feature is headlined, “Captain Of The Girl Squad And The Most Influential 25-Year-Old In America. Why The World Is Her Apple.” Taylor Swift Vanity Fair Cover September 2015 Swift talks about her famous letter to Apple that persuaded the company to change its royalty payments to artists during the trial period of Apple Music: “I wrote the letter at around four A.M. The contracts had just gone out to my friends, and one of them…
  • Taiwanese Animators On Jon Stewart’s Daily Show Exit Is Weird

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Taiwanese Animators take on Jon Stewart’s exit from the Daily Show and of course it’s weird like everything else they do. It includes a diss of Craig Kilborn, something about The Onion, 3D Stephen Colbert, people getting kicked in the crotch, Darth Vader Dick Cheney, George W Bush, Fox News tilting the scales, Samantha Bee as an actual bee, Glenn Beck, and of course Obama. The post Taiwanese Animators On Jon Stewart’s Daily Show Exit Is Weird appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • This Woman Survived An Atomic Bomb

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Kimie Mahara is one of the people to survive the impact of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. About 140,000 people were estimated to have died in the attack, which was followed with the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Japan’s surrender, which ended World War II. Here is Mahara, speaking about the bombing: The post This Woman Survived An Atomic Bomb appeared first on Oliver Willis.
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  • GOP Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood Fails

    Guest Voice
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm
    WASHINGTON — An effort to revoke federal funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of controversial videos taken inside the organization failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate. Democrats successfully blocked the legislation with a 53 to 46 vote; 60 votes were needed to advance the legislation in the chamber. The bill, authored by… graphic via shutterstock.com The post GOP Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood Fails appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Finding Neverland

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    As a 69 year old male I hate movies that make me cry.  I watched one of those movies tonight, Finding Neverland.  It is the story of James Barrie who created the classic Peter Pan. It stared Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and was a wonderful movie in spite of being a real tear jerker at the end.  I recommend it although have lots of tissues close at hand. The post Finding Neverland appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • The DNC’s Sergeant Schultz

    David Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn’t seem to know the answer to an important question about her own party. Here is an excerpt from the transcript of the 08/02/15 edition of Meet The Press. If Reince Priebus were to refuse to answer an important question about the GOP asked by journalists, then he would be raked over the coals by Democratic pundits. It remains to be seen if the latter will do the same to Schultz.
  • Trump is Upping the Ante on Crazy

    Ballard Burgher
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Josh Marshall breaks down Donald Trump’s redefinition of crazy on Talking Points Memo. Several days ago, perennial presidential candidate Mike Huckabee charged that President Obama was ready to lead Israeli Jews “to the ovens.” A few days later, he said he might use not only the FBI but even the US military to prevent abortions. And around the same time, Ted Cruz called Obama the world’s biggest funder of Islamic terrorism. There was a day when cracks like these would have stopped the political world in its tracks, spurring transgressive glee from supporters and…
  • Keystone Pipeline Irrelevant

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Still a lot of talk about the Keystone Pipeline. I see oil today is a $47 a barrel.  That is over $30 a barrel less than is required to make the Alberta tar sands economical which is why any new projects have been cancelled and why production at existing projects is slowly being shut down.  The result is the Keystone  pipeline is now effectively irrelevant. The oil price is not expected to improve in the next year and probably longer.  I see that the conservative prime minister, Harper, has called for new elections in October and I assume it’s because he hopes the resulting economic…
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  • “Eggs Benedict” art installation portrays former pope using 17,000 condoms

    Jon Green
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Last week, the Milwaukee Art Museum unveiled “Eggs Benedict,” a depiction of former Pope Benedict XVI made entirely out of colorful, high-end condoms. The installation is meant to highlight the former pontiff’s assertion that condoms were not the answer to the spread of HIV and AIDS. According to the museum’s director, Daniel Keegan, the installation was scheduled to be unveiled later this year, but was moved up due to overwhelming interest from museum guests: We’ve had thousands of people come to the museum expecting to see the art work when the story first broke…
  • What’s the big deal about undocumented immigrants voting?

    Jon Green
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    Next year, the Supreme Court will hear Evenwel v Abbott, a case that could redefine what we mean when we say “one person, one vote.” The issue at hand is the fact that some legislative districts contain more non-citizens than others. The plaintiffs in Evenwel are arguing that these non-citizens distort the apportionment process: When people who aren’t eligible to vote are counted when determining district size, they argue, it gives voters in those districts greater electoral weight. There are a number of reasons why the Court could rule against the plaintiffs. For starters, the Census…
  • Obama administration to test Pell Grants for prisoners

    Jon Green
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    On Friday, the Obama administration announced that it will experiment with allowing some prisoners to receive Pell Grants from a select number of colleges, the Washington Post reports. The Second Chance Pell Pilot will allow inmates with less than five years left on their sentences to work toward a college degree while incarcerated, improving both their mental wellbeing while behind bars and their job prospects once released. According to a 2013 study commissioned by the Department of Justice, inmates who participated in educational programs were 43 percent less likely to return to prison…
  • President Obama unveils sweeping emissions reduction plan

    Jon Green
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    Earlier today, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, a set of rules for states that, taken together, will lead to a reduction in fossil fuel emissions from power plants of 32 percent compared to their 2005 level by the year 2030. The rules are a step beyond the original version of the plan, which was put forward last year and then revised. They set individual carbon reduction goals for each state, which can be achieved through a variety of options that include increased renewables, greater efficiency or simply building fewer coal-fired plants. As the Washington Post notes, many of…
  • It’s time to revoke the Boy Scouts’ congressional charter

    Jon Green
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would allow gay troop leaders, following up on their previous decision to accept gay scouts. It was a major victory for the LGBT community, the culmination of years of advocacy that sends a message to millions of children that being gay isn’t a valid reason to exclude someone from a group. It’s a fantastic development. However, as Rachel Witkin at The New Civil Rights Movement pointed out, last week’s victory is incomplete. And as numerous other observers pointed out when the organization decided to allow gay…
 
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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Washington DC Statehood

    mintbbb (/politics/member/mintbbb)
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    YT: Washington DC experiences taxation without representation. It's also missing from rhyming state songs. John Oliver and a group of singing children fix one of these problems.
  • Bernie Sanders Talks to Vox

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In a wide-ranging discussion, Bernie Sanders discusses his views on socialism, single payer, open borders, Zionism, and more with Vox Editor-in-chief Ezra Klein. 0:00 – Socialism 3:20 – Universal health care 5:50 – Global poverty & open borders 9:29 – Unions 11:31 – Grassroots organizing 16:04 – Race 17:56 – Oligarchy and campaign finance 21:14 – Foreign policy 23:10 – Iran 25:12 – Rwanda 26:04 – Zionism & Israel 27:24 – Climate change 31:33 – China 34:04 – Greece 35:24 – Universal basic income
  • Graham 1, Trump Nil

    bareboards2 (/politics/member/bareboards2)
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    Trump gave Graham's personal cell phone number to the public. Graham's response.
  • american empire:an act of collective madness-trailer

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    An expansive and provocative documentary covering the Federal Reserve, U.S. foreign policy, corporate collusion and destructive agriculture, weaving together interviews with top thinkers to deliver an urgent yet hopeful message.
  • 6Months in Jail For Disagreeing With Feminists on on Twitter

    bobknight33 (/politics/member/bobknight33)
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Published on Jul 15, 2015 Man Faces 6 Months in Jail For Disagreeing With Feminists on Twitter A Canadian man faces 6 months in jail for disagreeing with feminists on Twitter, a case that one journalist warns "could have enormous fallout for free speech."
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  • The Inclusive Strength of #BlackLivesMatter

    Amanda Teuscher
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    (Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Attendees to the Movement for Black Lives Convening that took place in Cleveland July 24-26 gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference. An estimated 1,200 organizers and activists participated in the meeting. It would be tempting to say the timing was surreal, if it didn’t happen so often. Less than an hour after the close of last weekend’s conference of Black Lives Matter activists, attendees were pepper-sprayed by a Cleveland transit police officer while they were protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)…
  • Why the Koch Brothers Are Heroes In Their Own Minds

    Paul Waldman
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, December 10, 2012.  When Charles E. Wilson appeared before a Senate committee in January 1953 as President Eisenhower's nominee to become Secretary of Defense, he was asked whether his large holdings of stock in General Motors, where he had been president and chief executive, might cause some conflict of interest. "I cannot conceive of one," he replied, "because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The…
  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
  • Racism on Camera

    Peter Dreier
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    AP Photo/Matt Rourke Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project, Thursday, December 11, 2014.  If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans…
  • Can the University of Cincinnati Police Learn From the City's Police?

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    (Photo: AP/John Minchillo) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell speaks with a protester outside the Hamilton County Courthouse following the announcement of murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing on July 29. The Cincinnati Police Department has taken long strides since 2001. Once infamous for provoking a riot that rocked the city for days, the department has created a civilian review board that handles complaints against police officers, and has made citizen engagement the number one priority for police officers. In recent years, the…
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  • Progressives Didn't Cause the San Francisco Housing Crisis

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you know that San Francisco is facing an affordable housing crisis. This crisis is not new. It's been around for at least 40 years, and the city has faced a housing shortage for at least 70 years. The question that many are asking is not only "how do we fix this?" but, in order to jockey for position in how to answer it, they're also asking "whose fault is this crisis?" Too often, the SF housing crisis is used to attack progressives from the right, in the service of free market solutions - even though, as the historical evidence makes clear, this…
  • Gov. Brown quickly signs Vaccines Bill

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Bill eliminates most non-medical exemptions by Brian Leubitz While SB277 may have drawn a lot of attention and vocal minorities to the Capitol (and anywhere else legislators congregated). But after the recent passage of the legislation, Governor Brown wasted no time in signing the bill yesterday. SB 277 requires all children entering day care, kindergarten or 7th grade to be vaccinated, although the legislature included a specific exemption if a child's physician concludes that immunization is not recommended for reasons including family medical history. ... Sen. Pan, speaking on KPCC's…
  • Justice Kennedy Pens 5-4 Decision for Marriage Equality

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Decision makes marriage equality the law of the land across the nation. by Brian Leubitz You can find many words on the marriage decision plastered all over the interwebs. But I wanted to point out the closing of Justice Kennedy's decision in the 5-4 Obergefell decision. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.
  • Budget Deal Reached?

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Legislature passed bill yesterday with $750mil over Gov.'s budget by Brian Leubitz Yesterday, the Legislature passed a budget as was required by the Constitution (and 2010's Prop 25) to keep their paychecks coming. Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno acknowledged there's no deal yet with Gov. Brown but says he'd challenge anyone who calls this spending plan a "sham." "This budget, fiscally responsible, pays down more debt - faster; puts more money in our rainy day fund; puts more money into public education; and begins - if minimally - to reinvest in the needs of the people of the state of…
  • Legislative Recap on Health: #Health4All; Out-of-Pocket Costs; Medi-Cal, Etc.

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Senate and Assembly adjourned Thursday, one day ahead of the June 5th deadline to pass all bills out of the first legislative chamber. The good news is that most key bills of interest to health care consumers have passed out of the house of origin, while one bill, opposed by public health groups, was defeated. Bills moving forward deal with limits and protections against unfair out-of-pocket costs; efforts at improving Medi-Cal; and most notably a significant expansion of access to coverage for all regardless of immigration status. These bills now head to the second half of the…
 
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • An Iran-Deal Skeptic Becomes a Supporter

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Charles Dharapak / Associated Press Earlier this year, California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told me he had serious doubts about Iran’s intentions as it pursued a nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers. He also said he was somewhat worried about the scale of possible American concessions during the talks. Schiff, who I described in a post at the time as a “moderate’s moderate,” suggested to me that he wanted to see President Obama achieve an important foreign-policy success, but as a Jew, he wanted to make sure…
  • Is There a Viable Alternative to the Iran Deal?

    Peter Beinart
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters How to make sense of the nuclear deal with Iran? Is it a necessary compromise that’s preferable to the alternatives and potentially beneficial for the Middle East? A feeble and indefensible sop to Iranian leaders bent on further destabilizing the region? A practically satisfying but morally troubling gamble, born of bad options? The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, David Frum, and Jeffrey Goldberg debate the new agreement—and the swift and fierce reaction to it. Peter Beinart: David and Jeff, the thing that strikes me most about the reaction to the Iran deal is that…
  • Israeli Opposition Leader: Iran Deal Will Bring Chaos to the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    A billboard featuring Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Baz Ratner / Reuters) Last December, when I interviewed the leader of Israel’s left-leaning Labor Party, Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum, he said, in reference to nuclear negotiations with Iran: “I trust the Obama administration to get a good deal.” In a telephone call with me late last night, Herzog’s message was very different. The deal just finalized in Vienna, he said, “will unleash a lion from the cage, it will have a direct…
  • The Single Most Important Question to Ask About the Iran Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this.” – President Barack Obama, May 21, 2015 The theocratic regime that rules Iran—a regime that is a committed and proficient sponsor of terrorism, according to John Kerry’s State Departmentwill be more powerful tomorrow than it is today, thanks to the agreement it has just negotiated with the Obama administration, America’s European allies, and two U.S. adversaries as well. This sad conclusion is unavoidable. The lifting of crippling…
  • A Former Israeli Ambassador Takes Aim at Obama—and American Jewry

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Benjamin Myers / Reuters In a recent post, I suggested that the intervention of two men, the former U.S. national security advisor Tom Donilon and the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, might help improve the dysfunctional relationship between the Obama administration and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the time I wrote this, both men had reputations as people who were concerned about preserving the extraordinarily complicated, and extraordinarily close, U.S.-Israel relationship, and both had spent a good deal of time calming the…
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  • Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: Some Thoughts From the Military Side

    James Fallows
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Aerial view of the Naval War College in Newport, RI. ( US Naval War College ) I am storing a batch of recent incoming email in the digital counterpart of a cooling-off tank. The messages have arrived in response to the items I ran last month on the tragic episode in which an Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed into a civilian Cessna 150 single-engine propeller plane near Charleston, South Carolina. The Air Force pilot ejected to safety; the two people on the Cessna both died. The previous items are: Why Would an F-16 and a Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?Why an F-16 Hit a CessnaCivilian…
  • Summer Evening Beer Update

    James Fallows
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Beer in foreground; in background, bamboo (James Fallows) Back in the Golden Age of Blogging, running from maybe a dozen years ago to maybe the past two or three years, personal sites often consisted of informal, incremental personal chronicles. Andrew Sullivan captured this spirit of this form, at its prime, in his 2008 Atlantic story “Why I Blog.” There’s less of that now, and the rise of social media is the main explanation. No one has time to follow items other than what someone else points out on Facebook or Twitter. Those items are more likely to be circulated if they offer a…
  • An Innovative Library in Oregon, and Other Reports From the Road

    James Fallows
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Ever wonder how the bison got its hump? Wonder no more. Explanation of this creature, shown at the American Prairie Reserve in Montana, coming up soon. (James Fallows) Over the past three months my wife Deb and I have been doing a lot of traveling, interviewing, and reporting for our American Futures series, for a set of posts that we haven’t published yet but will roll out in coming weeks. We’ve been (briefly) in Chico, California; then for an extended period in the Bend/Prineville/Redmond area of central Oregon; then along the Columbia River and Snake River gorges toward the twin towns…
  • What an F-16 Pilot Sees—and Misses

    James Fallows
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    Cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, shown in a ground trainer. ( Wikimedia ) For background discussion of the tragedy early this month, when an Air Force F-16 hit a civilian Cessna 150 at low altitude near Charleston, South Carolina, please see: “Why Would an F-16 and a Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?”, “Why an F-16 Hit a Cessna,” “Civilian and Military Aviation Styles,” and “Can the ‘Right Stuff’ Become the Wrong Stuff?” For now I intend to wrap this discussion up, until the National Transportation Safety Board or other authorities offer additional facts or news,…
  • The Real Test of the Iran Deal

    James Fallows
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who like other GOP presidential candidates opposes the Iran nuclear deal, with anti-deal protesters in Washington (Jim Bourg / Reuters) A week ago I volunteered my way into an Atlantic debate on the merits of the Iran nuclear agreement. The long version of the post is here; the summary is that the administration has both specific facts and longer-term historic patterns on its side in recommending the deal. On the factual front, I argued that opponents had not then (and have not now) met President Obama’s challenge to propose a better real-world alternative to the…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Breaking Bad and Smallville: Tragedy as a TV genre

    SuperUser
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    by Doctor Science I never saw Breaking Bad -- it's really not my kind of thing, too morally dark and too realistic (no dragons, no spaceships) -- but I could hardly avoid being aware of it. This was especially the case as it built to the finale in September 2013. The reaction to the "Breaking Bad" finale on my social media sites (Tumblr, Livejournal/Dreamwidth, Facebook), both while it was airing and immediately afterward, was: "I'm weeping for the characters. What a great, satisfying ending." As I saw viewers' reactions, it was clear to me: "Breaking Bad" is tragedy in the classical sense.
  • It's getting better all the time?

    liberal japonicus
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    by liberal japonicus A strange title, considering all the crap that is coming down, but this, from an interview with Nancy Lieberman, who is being hired as the second female NBA assistant coach, had me thinking about that: You’ve been an instructor at Grgurich’s camp in the past. You had the Texas Legends job. You visited with Mike Tomlin. What are some of the other things you have done to prepare yourself for this job? I can give you the list of coaches I’ve called. Alvin Gentry let me come in with thePhoenix Suns before I started to coach (the Legends). Vinny Del Negro let me…
  • BRICS and SCO and AIIB! Oh my!

    liberal japonicus
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    by liberal japonicus Another article that flirts with the tl:dr boundary, but it was pretty interesting to me. Sadly, I'm not getting to Bishkek this year, but the SCO mentioned took place when I was there 2 years ago, and it certainly seems plausible. I give you the first graf: Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: From now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of…
  • Bottom of the Barrel, Scraping the

    Ugh
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    by Ugh Just when you thought it was safe to go take a peek at the GOP Primary Presidential candidates after Trump's, uh, comments about immigrants, we have former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) saying this about his Commander-in-Chief/Leader of the Free WorldTM: He would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. Golly.   Also, too, Trump's spokespersonthingie ("special counsel at The Trump Organization") saying that "And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse."  By definition. So, I ask you,…
  • Weekend Open Thread

    SuperUser
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    by wj This was just too good not to share: "We wouldn’t get on a plane if there was a 5% chance of the plane crashing, but we’re treating the climate with that same level of risk in a very offhand, complacent way." -- Nick Robins Also: “Investors currently face a stark choice. Either they will experience impairments to their holdings in fossil-fuel companies should robust regulatory action on climate change take place, or they will face substantial losses across the entire portfolio of manageable assets should little mitigation of climate risk be forthcoming." -- Brian Gardner Mr…
 
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    International Budget Partnership

  • Reflections on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

    Jay
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    After months of intense negotiations, world leaders have finally agreed to an agenda for financing global development over the next 15 years. A non-binding but critical agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, was finalized late last week at the third Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Ethiopia. It is the culmination of an intergovernmental process that began in October 2014. The conference set out to assess the challenges and the progress made in the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2001 Doha Declaration, and to address new and emerging issues in development…
  • The Road to Addis Ababa: What’s Next for Budget Transparency and Participation?

    Ryan Flynn
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    This year has been an exciting one so far. We’ve been working with civil society organizations around the world to ensure greater accountability in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development and Financing for Development (FfD) agendas. Credit: Flickr/UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe What has the work entailed? We’ve been engaging governments, UN bodies, and other players, including debt relief campaigners and private-sector investors, to call for greater budget transparency and participation. We’ve drawn on a rich body of evidence, including lessons from the Millennium Development Goals and multiple…
  • Bridging the Gap between Opening Budgets and Transforming Lives

    Deidre
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report IBP’s tagline is “Open Budgets. Transform Lives.” We believe that if citizens have access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process, they can better engage with their governments and hold them accountable for their management of public resources. This, in turn, can lead to better budgeting and better service delivery that improves lives. Our country work tests this theory by providing deep and sustained support to specific CSO efforts to influence  government budgets in three pilot countries:…
  • Budget Analysis: A Tool for Effective Advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    For years, governments throughout the world have adopted commitments to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of millions of women, men, and youth. But governments have not always followed up these commitments with the policies and funds needed to effectively implement them. As a result, maternal mortality and teen pregnancy rates are still unacceptably high. As citizens, we must hold our governments accountable to their commitments. Budget analysis is a powerful tool to determine whether governments have allocated sufficient financial resources to fulfill their promises and…
  • What Have We Learned from Tracking Budget Transparency More Frequently?

    Deidre
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report. Since 2006 IBP has published the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the only independent, regular, and comparative assessment of budget transparency and participation worldwide. Over the years, users of the OBS — including civil society, donors, and the private sector — have asked us to update it more frequently. However, producing the full Open Budget Survey in less than the current two year schedule would be challenging, given the investment of time and resources required to conduct such comprehensive research. That said, IBP recognizes…
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  • FactChecking the GOP Candidate Forum

    Lori Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3. Among them: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he cut the state budget by 26 percent, but that drop is due to a decline in federal funds. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he was “leading Hillary Clinton in five states won by President Obama.” His numbers are within the margin of error in four states, and Clinton leads him in the fifth. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said workers’ wages “have flatlined for 20 years,” when the average real…
  • Sanders Overstates Unemployment Rate

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes from a think tank report on underemployment — which includes not just the unemployed, but also part-time workers who want full time work. The Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made youth unemployment a key part of his populist campaign, frequently citing statistics from a June report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. In a recent Vox interview, Sanders referred to the EPI report…
  • Wisconsin’s Trumped Up Deficit

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Donald Trump says that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion budget deficit. It doesn’t. Actually, the state finished its most recent two-year budget cycle with a small surplus. And the new cycle that began July 1 is covered by a bill providing for another balanced budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law. It’s true that state fiscal officials had earlier projected that revenues would fall about $2.2 billion short of what agencies were requesting for the new cycle. But agencies don’t always get what they want. The current budget cuts $250 million from the University of Wisconsin…
  • Mistaken Tax Facts

    Brooks Jackson
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    In a TV ad attacking GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the League of Conservation Voters claims the average Wisconsin family pays $7,500 a year in federal income tax. Not so. For the family pictured in the ad with the income specified by the league, the tax would be $724. Dragging Anchor We offer this as an example of how political groups sometimes lose their anchor in reality as they strain for partisan effect. The league could have made a respectable argument by citing accurate information. But instead, the very first words in this ad are wildly inaccurate and based on a gross…
  • Huckabee’s Hot Air on Volcanoes

    Dave Levitan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined. In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo News (beginning at the 5:14 mark), the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate said he thinks “the climate’s been changing over the entire history of the earth.” Couric asked him if he believes that…
 
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    Corrente

  • In the garden: Sunflower!

    lambert
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Body:  I noticed the first sunflower bloomed late yesterday evening, so here it is. There are others coming along. This year, the deer didn't eat them!
  • Sunday Train: The New Gulf Wind, NOLA to Orlando

    BruceMcF
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Body:  In this September's Trains magazine, Bob Johnston looks at the history and current state of play of the eastern section of the Sunset Limited route, running from New Orleans through to, most of the time, Orlando Florida. This is a live topic since both houses have passed Amtrak funding bills, which are currently awaiting reconciliation, and both include language setting up a group to study re-establishing intercity rail service on the Gulf Coast. This also ties into three issues previously examined on the Sunday Train. The Orlando terminus offers the possibility of connecting rail…
  • Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?

    libbyliberal
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    Body:  I remarked to a coworker the other day about the tragic death of Sandra Bland. She agreed but hastened to add, “That is why I try to stay away from watching the news as much as possible.” Before I had time to re-raise my jaw, she launched into an analysis of an impending work project, clearly closing the door to further discussion.
  • In the garden: Sky

    lambert
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Body:  I grant that, with cherubs, this sunset would be appropriate for Louis XV's bedroom ceiling at Versailles, but still, it is beautiful, isn't it? Here's another:
  • Anti-TPP "Activists" blow 400 Conch Shells, Defeat TPP Henchmen Representing 40% of World GDP

    metamars
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:31 am
    Body:  The Anti-TPP "Activists" have totally redeemed themselves, by taking the fight to TPP's evil Henchmen, right in their (temporary) home town.
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Peru’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History opens its doors in ‘Museums Online” website

    Latina Lista
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Peru’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History opens its doors in ‘Museums Online” website by Latina Lista LatinaLista — If visiting Peru's National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History (MNHAAP) has been on your bucket list, you may be able to check that off sooner than you thought. The MNHAAP opened its virtual doors to cyber-museum goers in May when they joined the Peruvian national Museums Online website, joining…
  • PadreCare: Legal Needs for Seniors

    Latina Lista
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. PadreCare: Legal Needs for Seniors by Latina Lista By Loida Casares LatinaLista A couple of years ago when my dad came to live with me, I found out he had written a new will that he didn’t tell me about. For whatever reason, my dad had decided to change the will he’d written eleven years earlier. He still lived alone when he did this and was still very independent despite being in his late eighties at the time. I was more concerned than hurt about the fact that…
  • Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) adopts ‘Santana Resolution’ to encourage mobile video use to document important events

    Latina Lista
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) adopts ‘Santana Resolution’ to encourage mobile video use to document important events by Latina Lista Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council Broadband & Social Justice (MMTCBBSJ) The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) announced the adoption of the Santana Resolution, in honor of Feidin Santana, encouraging MMTC members to become proficient in using mobile video to…
  • Geek Squad Academy engages San Antonio youth in tech

    Latina Lista
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Geek Squad Academy engages San Antonio youth in tech by Latina Lista By Natalia Bobadilla La Prensa SAN ANTONIO — More than 150 local students between the ages of 10 and 18 spent two days out of their summer delving into the realm of technology at San Antonio’s very own Geek Squad Academy. The free summer program organized by Best Buy partnered with local nonprofit Family Service Association in the West Side as a part of an effort to bridge the digital divide.
  • Crowdfunder: Getting mattresses to Philadelphia’s Rescue Mission before Papal Visit

    Latina Lista
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Getting mattresses to Philadelphia’s Rescue Mission before Papal Visit by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Mattresses at Philadelphia's Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission 180 men call Philadelphia's Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission home each night. It is for these men that the mission needs 100 new mattresses in their emergency shelter. Hundreds of men and women come to Sunday breakfast to receive three meals a day on every day of the year.
 
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    Salon.com

  • The radical “Jurassic World” we didn’t get to see: When “starting from scratch” means “starting from white”

    Erin Keane
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Universal Studios recently announced a release date for the inevitable "Jurassic World" sequel, just two days after the sci-fi adventure passed "The Avengers" to take the No. 3 spot on the all-time list of box office successes (now trailing only "Titanic" and "Avatar").Returning for "Jurassic World 2" are Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, meaning the fifth installment in the franchise will likely again center on the lives of people who look like Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. Because despite the relatively diverse supporting cast in the current chapter — including important parts…
  • Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway tease “Transparent” season 2: “We’re taking the gloves off”

    Anna Silman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    At today’s “Transparent” panel at TCA, star Jeffrey Tambor spoke about how he thinks his character, Maura, would react to Caitlyn Jenner’s very public transition.“I think Maura loves a party,” Tambor said, according to Variety. “I think Maura would be very empathetic or empathic to that. Unlike me -- I’m a little shy -- I think Maura would welcome people in her closet.”Tambor added that he and the "Transparent" team have met Jenner and feel very fondly towards her. “We have met Caitlyn, and on a personal level, may I speak, we love Caitlyn," he said.Creator Jill Soloway…
  • Unemployed Darren Wilson living off donations, only shopping “with like-minded individuals — where it’s not a mixing pot”

    SKaufman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Darren Wilson is the subject of a fascinating profile in the New Yorker this week, in which he reveals what his life was like in the days after he shot Michael Brown dead, as well as what his life is like now.Throughout Jake Halpern's piece, Wilson seems somehow both keenly aware of the racial dynamics of his statements and insensitive to the point of defiance when it comes to the implications of them. For example, when discussing the possibility that members of the black community don't trust police officers because of a legacy of brutality, he quickly dismissed the validity of such claims.
  • “The Daily Show” wasn’t all politics: A look back at Jon Stewart’s war against pop music

    Colin_Gorenstein
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    During his 16 years on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart has made a name for himself as an "eviscerator"/"demolisher"/"slammer"/"skewer-er" (etc.) of political nonsense. But let us also not forget that his legacy has enveloped far more than that: Stewart has also offered up some biting pop music commentary through the years, inviting high-profile teen sensations and idols onto his program for candid -- and occasionally, incriminating -- conversations. As Stewart gears up for his last day on "The Daily Show" August 8, our look back:Britney Spears (2001)Britney Spears had just debuted her single…
  • A distressed-baby-shaming CEO: What you can never expect when you’re expecting

    davedaley
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    When I became pregnant with my first child, my in-laws immediately gave me a copy of "What to Expect When You’re Expecting." I couldn’t help scoffing. They had represented the book as literary agents, and their apartment walls were lined with all the infinite editions. "What to Expect: The First Year," "What to Eat When You're Expecting," "What to Expect at Bedtime," "What to Expect Before You're Expecting," "Qué Puedes Esperar Cuando Estás Esperando." I wasn’t about to submit to an entire industry banking on my clueless anxieties as a first-time mother.Then my brain became hostage to…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Nuclear Deal and “Iranian Imperialism”

    Daniel Larison
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Michael Gerson makes a typical hawkish criticism of the deal with Iran: This agreement will fund Iranian imperialism — while creating disincentives for the United States to confront it. This is one of the more disingenuous and misleading complaints against the nuclear deal. Iran hawks pretend as if there were a simple choice between depriving Iran of extra resources and going ahead with the nuclear deal. The reality is that Iran would soon gain access to additional funds one way or the other. The question is whether Iran will agree to limit its nuclear program or not. In the absence of an…
  • Obama’s Many Abuses of the 2001 AUMF

    Daniel Larison
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Micah Zenko marvels at the Obama administration’s absurd legal reasoning behind its decision to use force to defend U.S.-backed Syrian rebels against their attackers: WH claims 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda covers airstrikes against anyone attacking DOD-trained rebels that are fighting ISIS. #dizzying — Micah Zenko (@MicahZenko) August 3, 2015 As we approach the first anniversary of the start of the illegal war on ISIS, the fact that the administration continues to abuse and distort the 2001 AUMF shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. If they can get away with using this…
  • The Cruel and Indefensible War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Matt Purple describes the effects of the Saudis’ “unconscionable war” on Yemen. He concludes with a question: So the pointless carnage in Yemen will drag on, but how much longer can America stomach it? Unfortunately, it seems that our government can “stomach” the horrific effects of its client’s reckless war for a long time. For more than four months, the U.S. has enabled the pummeling and strangling of another country so that it can indulge the excessive and largely unfounded fears of a group of despotic governments. There is no sign that this is going to…
  • Obama’s Ongoing Folly in Syria

    Daniel Larison
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The U.S. keeps getting more deeply ensnared in the Syrian civil war: President Barack Obama has authorized using air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups, raising the risk of the American military coming into direct conflict with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. and Turkey had agreed in principle to do this over two months ago, and U.S. officials had talked about defending U.S.-backed rebels long before that, so this doesn’t come as a great surprise. Like every other step the…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The British Empire and WWII. William Dalrymple reviews Yasmin Khan’s The Raj at War (a.k.a. India at War). Will Republicans fall for the Iran trap? Robert Merry warns the GOP of the pitfalls of opposing the nuclear deal. The costs of the nuclear deal debate. Michael Cohen fears that the benefits of the deal will be obscured by a “torrent of hand-wringing and threat-mongering.” Yemenis starve, and Saudis are accused of war crimes. Vice‘s Samuel Oakford reports on the latest developments in the war on Yemen. The return of the Venezuelan boundary dispute. Nick Miroff…
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  • NBA Investor Backed Scott Walker Super PAC Before Stadium Push

    Alex Altman
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    On the day before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched a push this spring to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, the super PAC promoting Walker’s presidential campaign received a large check. The May 27 donation to Unintimidated PAC, for $150,000, came from a limited liability corporation connected to Jon Hammes, a Milwaukee-area businessman and investor in the NBA franchise, as first reported by the Capital Times. Hammes has since signed on as a national finance co-chairman of Walker’s presidential campaign. A Walker campaign aide noted the…
  • Senate Democrats Block Move to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Sarah Begley
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood Monday. The Republican proposal failed to reach a 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster in a 53-46 vote that fell mostly along party lines. Only two Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, backed the bill. The proposal came after a series of undercover videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress, a group of anti-abortion activists, which showed Planned Parenthood staffers and others who work with the organization discussing fetal tissue donations. The legislation was…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Favorite TV Shows Include Madam Secretary and The Good Wife

    Sarah Begley
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison in a slightly less formal seat than her regular venues: a rocking chair. Harrison’s “Chair Chats” series is meant to be a more personal discussion than the average presidential interview, acknowledging that politicians are people, too. It accordingly kicked off with plenty of talk about Clinton’s granddaughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, and how much fun the former Secretary of State is having as a grandmother. As for who’s the better diaper changer, Hillary…
  • Carly Fiorina Prepares to Miss the Cut for First Republican Debate

    Tessa Berenson
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    Two months ago, Carly Fiorina was dead set on breaking the top ten of national Republican presidential polls, so she could make it on the main Fox News debate stage Thursday night in Cincinnati. “I’ll be on the debate stage. I’ll be on the debate stage,” she responded in June, when asked by TIME what would happen if she did not make the top ten. Now, with the first debate just three days away, Fiorina’s campaign is preparing to miss the mark. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard has struggled in the polls since the beginning of her candidacy, still often clocking in…
  • Friends Of Starbucks’ CEO Want Him to Run Against Hillary

    rolandattimeinc
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Hillary Clinton is still the presumptive favorite to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency. But high-powered friends of Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz are reportedly eager to anoint him as a challenger to Clinton. The 62-year-old CEO has been urged by supporters to join the Democratic primary, with friends “thinking the time is right for someone who’s not a political lifer,” according to Maureen Dowd’s latest New York Times column. The idea, Dowd postulates, could “be a tempting proposition” for Schultz, and offers a worthy party…
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  • Pro-Family Leader Releases Marriage Report Card

    David Brody
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    The respected and widely acclaimed pro-family leader Maggie Gallagher is out with her report card on how the presidential candidates handled the gay marriage decision by the Supreme Court. You can check it out at "The Pulse 2016." The winners? Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz. Everybody else didn’t get a sticker. Read the report card here. Below is how Gallagher came up with her criteria for presidential grades. By the way: don’t dismiss what Gallagher has to say. If you want a pulse on the pro-family movement, Maggie Gallagher usually has her finger right on it.
  • Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Defies Party: Will Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

    David Brody
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    Senator Joe Manchin has bucked the Democrat Party on the abortion issue. He’s voting to defund Planned Parenthood when the vote comes up Monday night. His statement below. “Like many West Virginians, I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion. Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those funds should be sent to other health care providers,…
  • Rand Paul: Time for Media to Get Serious with Donald Trump

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul tells The Brody File that the media will eventually correct themselves after giving Donald Trump plenty of attention in the presidential race. “I think eventually the media will come back to covering some of the issues of the day and if people want to complain that it’s not serious and we are not having a serious debate, then the media needs to be out there asking serious questions and talking about serious issues," he said. "I think the debates will help to focus that.” Watch the answer below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE
  • Cecil The Lion vs. Cecile The Planned Parenthood President

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    It’s Cecil vs. Cecile. Cecil, the African lion vs Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. Surely these horrifying undercover videos of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies would receive more media coverage than a famed lion right? Yea, right. The lion wins and isn't Cecile Richards jumping for joy? Read below from the Media Research Center. The headline of the article is titled: Nets Covered Cecil the Lion More in 1 Day Than Abortion Videos in 2 Weeks America’s anchors have spoken: the shooting of one lion vastly outweighs the…
  • And Then There Were Four....

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    And then there were four…. Yet another undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies. Watch below. You would think the bill to defund Planned Parenthood coming up for a vote in the Senate this Monday would have the support of EVERY Senate Republican. Not so. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk will vote no. Why you ask? Here is Kirk’s explanation: “I do not plan to cut access to basic health care and contraception for women, the majority of whom have no other resources.” Here’s the problem with that theory: the bill in front…
 
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  • My response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the world and Me

    Harold Pollack
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Atlantic allowed me to write a short response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the world and Me. I’m not qualified to evaluate the book’s literary merit, let alone to engage celebrity-gossip regarding Coates’ rank in the pantheon of African-American public intellectuals. I read this book for my own reasons, as one of many researchers who study interventions to reduce youth violence. So much of Between the world and me underscores the necessity and the inherent limitations of our efforts. I make two points. First I note the sad strategic dilemma in which urban youth…
  • Pub Quiz: Political Quotes

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Some Sunday afternoon fun for political mavens. Below are ten quotes and an alphabetic list of the political figures who said them. Match the quote to the quoted. Answers after the jump. Please post your scores and any comments (including if I misattributed anything — very possible with quotes). 1. The people have spoken…the bastards 2. I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived 3. Something is wrong with America. I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about or if they’re thinking at all. 4. Take criticism seriously, but not…
  • Peace March, North Lawndale Chicago, Illinois

    Harold Pollack
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pretty awesome pic See if you can spot Joakim Noah   Cool tee-shirt   The original Sears Tower in Homan Square
  • The Iron Bank

    James Wimberley
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    The European Central Bank is failing abjectly in [update: what should be] its core mission to protect the common currency through shared prosperity as well as price stability. It no longer deserves its name and logo. So here are my proposals for a new name and logo. The new logo: And new name: There is a fine episode in The Game of Thrones where Stannis and Davos travel to the Iron Bank of Braavos and are forced to sit on low benches at the end of a huge and intimidating hall apparently designed by Albert Speer. They beg for a loan, in vain. The ambience would be familiar to Tsipras and…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Game Change

    Johann Koehler
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    The most remarkable thing about Tina Fey’s SNL skit about Sarah Palin’s notorious Couric interview wasn’t the accuracy of her impersonation. It was the fact that the joke spoke for itself so plainly in the verbatim repetition of Palin’s words. If there’s a joke in this week’s film recommendation, it’s of a similar form. Julianne Moore plays Palin in Game Change, the HBO adaptation of the “high risk, high reward” selection of a running mate capable of shoring up the McCain campaign’s lack of popularity with younger—and especially female—voters. A skin-headed Woody…
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  • Filibuster blocks Joni Ernst's bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:58 pm
    U.S. Senator Joni Ernst's bill seeking to end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to reach the 60-vote threshold today to pass a cloture motion for proceeding to debate. Background and details on today's vote are after the jump, along with the full text of the legislation and some Iowa political reaction to the Planned Parenthood funding controversy.   Two Democrats joined 51 Republicans to support the cloture motion, while two Republicans and 44 Democrats voted "nay." However, Mark Kirk of Illinois is the only GOP senator who genuinely opposes Ernst's bill. Senate Majority…
  • Where are they now? Mariannette Miller-Meeks edition

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    GOP county leaders in the second Congressional district elected Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks to the Republican Party of Iowa's State Central Committee on August 1, the Iowa GOP announced in a press release. An Army veteran and ophthalmologist, Miller-Meeks was the Republican challenger to Representative Dave Loebsack in IA-02 three times: in 2008, 2010, and 2014. She also served as director of the Iowa Department of Public Health in Governor Terry Branstad's administration from January 2011 to January 2014, when she stepped down in preparation for her third Congressional campaign. She…
  • Weekend open thread: Implausible Hillary Clinton narratives edition

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? Ten days after the New York Times published a train wreck of an exclusive about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, the fallout continues. Kurt Eichenwald walked through many factual errors and "fundamentally deceptive" frames in the report about a "criminal referral" that never existed. The Times' Public Editor Margaret Sullivan dug into how a story "fraught with inaccuracies" ended up on the front page. Matt Purdy, the "top-ranking editor involved with the story," told Sullivan, "We got it wrong because our very good sources had it…
  • One pro-choice Democratic woman's question for EMILY's List

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon was the first Congressional candidate endorsed this cycle by the influential political action committee EMILY's List. The PAC's mission is straightforward: "We elect pro-choice Democratic women to office." EMILY's List did not get involved in the 2014 primary to represent Iowa's first district, in which three of the five candidates were pro-choice women. But the PAC's leaders have signaled they will fight to help Vernon win the IA-01 nomination in 2016. As in the last election cycle, Vernon's main competition for the right to face Republican Rod…
  • State Senator Mark Chelgren "seriously" considering IA-02 campaign

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    State Senator Mark Chelgren is looking "seriously" at running against five-term Representative Dave Loebsack in Iowa's second Congressional district, he told Bleeding Heartland yesterday. He said he has no timeline for making a decision. If he runs for Congress, his key issues would include: • The economy. Chelgren said our country's manufacturing base "has been deteriorating over the past 50 years." He added that he doesn't support how the U.S. has negotiated trade agreements. Asked whether he would support giving the White House trade promotion authority, which Congress passed last month,…
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  • The radical “Jurassic World” we didn’t get to see: When “starting from scratch” means “starting from white”

    Erin Keane
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Universal Studios recently announced a release date for the inevitable "Jurassic World" sequel, just two days after the sci-fi adventure passed "The Avengers" to take the No. 3 spot on the all-time list of box office successes (now trailing only "Titanic" and "Avatar").Returning for "Jurassic World 2" are Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, meaning the fifth installment in the franchise will likely again center on the lives of people who look like Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. Because despite the relatively diverse supporting cast in the current chapter — including important parts…
  • Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway tease “Transparent” season 2: “We’re taking the gloves off”

    Anna Silman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    At today’s “Transparent” panel at TCA, star Jeffrey Tambor spoke about how he thinks his character, Maura, would react to Caitlyn Jenner’s very public transition.“I think Maura loves a party,” Tambor said, according to Variety. “I think Maura would be very empathetic or empathic to that. Unlike me -- I’m a little shy -- I think Maura would welcome people in her closet.”Tambor added that he and the "Transparent" team have met Jenner and feel very fondly towards her. “We have met Caitlyn, and on a personal level, may I speak, we love Caitlyn," he said.Creator Jill Soloway…
  • Unemployed Darren Wilson living off donations, only shopping “with like-minded individuals — where it’s not a mixing pot”

    SKaufman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Darren Wilson is the subject of a fascinating profile in the New Yorker this week, in which he reveals what his life was like in the days after he shot Michael Brown dead, as well as what his life is like now.Throughout Jake Halpern's piece, Wilson seems somehow both keenly aware of the racial dynamics of his statements and insensitive to the point of defiance when it comes to the implications of them. For example, when discussing the possibility that members of the black community don't trust police officers because of a legacy of brutality, he quickly dismissed the validity of such claims.
  • “The Daily Show” wasn’t all politics: A look back at Jon Stewart’s war against pop music

    Colin_Gorenstein
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    During his 16 years on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart has made a name for himself as an "eviscerator"/"demolisher"/"slammer"/"skewer-er" (etc.) of political nonsense. But let us also not forget that his legacy has enveloped far more than that: Stewart has also offered up some biting pop music commentary through the years, inviting high-profile teen sensations and idols onto his program for candid -- and occasionally, incriminating -- conversations. As Stewart gears up for his last day on "The Daily Show" August 8, our look back:Britney Spears (2001)Britney Spears had just debuted her single…
  • A distressed-baby-shaming CEO: What you can never expect when you’re expecting

    davedaley
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    When I became pregnant with my first child, my in-laws immediately gave me a copy of "What to Expect When You’re Expecting." I couldn’t help scoffing. They had represented the book as literary agents, and their apartment walls were lined with all the infinite editions. "What to Expect: The First Year," "What to Eat When You're Expecting," "What to Expect at Bedtime," "What to Expect Before You're Expecting," "Qué Puedes Esperar Cuando Estás Esperando." I wasn’t about to submit to an entire industry banking on my clueless anxieties as a first-time mother.Then my brain became hostage to…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Jeb Bush's Message: Tough Luck, Suckers

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Do you think there is too much money in politics? Tough luck. “You are officially certified as the $120 million man,” Politico’s Mike Allen said to Bush during an on-stage interview at a summit of GOP mega-donors. “What’s the question?” Bush deadpanned. “How much is too much?” Allen pressed. By now, hopefully, you are familiar with the fact that Jeb Bush pretended not to be running for president for a good long while for no other reason than that it allowed him to raise money for his Super PAC. This is called a violation of the spirit of the law, and lawyers can always help…
  • They Booed a Longshot at the Track

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The worse heckling I’ve ever witnessed occurred during an exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies the day before they officially opened Citizen’s Bank Park in April 2004. Then-mayor John Street, who is black, was on hand to preside over the pregame ceremonies, and the booing he took from the mostly white suburban audience was something to behold. It went on and on and on, and there was a real rage about it. I lived in Philly at the time and I wasn’t a supporter of Mayor Street, but I almost wanted to race out onto the field and shield him…
  • Here's How They Should Do the Debates?

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    A lot of people seem really disturbed that polls are going to be used to determine who will and will not be on the stage for the first couple of Republican debates. I’ll admit that there are a number of problems with this approach, but the only other viable solution I can think of would be to have several debates and randomize which candidates will appear in each one. Let’s start with a basic premise. It’s not worth having a debate at all if no one has more than a few minutes to talk. I think ten people is already too big, and I actually think five participants is pushing…
  • No Tolerance for Fear

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Does this crap go on in your community? This isn't my neighborhood, exactly, because I live in a modest log cabin in the woods, not a million dollar home next to the County Club. But it's basically my hood because it's close enough that I pass through the township almost daily and my son interacts with these parents' kids everywhere from school to summer camp to in his sports leagues. We don't really have the option of freaking out whenever a black kid rides a bike on our street because the family across the street is black and they ride their bikes all the time. But, then, we're not looking…
  • Open Thread

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    What's on your mind? Discuss
 
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  • Why Not Joe Biden?

    Deacon Blues
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:40 pm
    I have no doubt that Joe Biden will run for president, because I’m certain he and Beau talked about it on Beau’s death bed. Whatever fundraising or organizational disadvantages he has compared to Hillary will matter little. Just as Bush 41 ran as Reagan’s third term in 1988, Biden will run as Obama’s third term, but have the benefit of doing so without Hillary's baggage. And make no mistake; Biden will have a shot at pulling it off. Yes, he is an endearing gaffe machine, but in an age where Donald Trump can insult millions of people and still be deemed a credible presidential…
  • Hillary Needs to Hit Jeb Harder

    Deacon Blues
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Yes, Hillary preemptively kneecapped Jeb Bush today in a speech before the National Urban League, before Bush himself took the stage to give his whitewashed speech. And yes, Jeb's boys were seething afterward. Good. But until Hillary reminds black audiences that it was Jeb who signed "Stand Your Ground" into law, ushering in a slew of white vigilante scum like George Zimmerman, and reminds black voters that Jeb and Katherine Harris aggressively purged black voters from the rolls to help elect his brother back in 2000, then she's just pussy-footing with him.
  • What Email Scandal?

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Several short items of note: The Email Scandal That Wasn’t Commenter Ten Bears somehow dismissively labeled my concerns about anti-Hillary bias by the New York Times as a mea culpa. Please note the Times’ Public Editor yesterday castigated the NYT for bad work in that story. Bernie’s Poll Numbers As we’ve been asking and demanding for weeks now, it’s about time Bernie Sanders be treated as a legitimate presidential contender, and be included in national head-to-head polls. Finally, CNN is the first media outlet to report the results of such head-to-head matchups, yet they did their…
  • The New York Times Reveals Its Bias Once Again

    Deacon Blues
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Now that we are on Day Two of the alleged Clinton classified information scandal, let's peel the onion back a bit before any more hot air comes out. In its breathless, headline-grabbing story Friday, the lead paragraph in the New York Times' story stated: Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems. Then buried down in Paragraph 7 is this: The two…
  • One Stupid Decision May Knock Her Out

    Deacon Blues
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    I suspect that with developments like this, Joe Biden is quietly preparing to run for president.
 
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    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    BART, ACTransit, SamTrans Make Oakland - SF Bus Bridge - YouTube To cope with the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge Shut Down, BART, ACTransit, and SamTrans have teamed up to make a "bus bridge" from Oakland to San Francisco and back. Here's a look. Art & Soul Festival Oakland Pretty Cool Time Downtown - YouTube The Art & Soul Festival Oakland Pretty Cool time in Oakland. Lots of good food and fun too, especially for kids. Right at Oakland City Hall! BART, ACTransit, SamTrans Make Oakland - SF Bus Bridge BART, ACTransit, SamTrans Make Oakland - SF Bus Bridge - Video To cope with the SF-Oakland Bay…
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    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Eric Grubman Met With Raiders Officials Just Now - YouTube NFL EVP Eric Grubman just met with Oakland Raiders Officials at Raiders Headquarters. I caught up with him at Oakland Airport Southwest Terminal where he politely said "no comment". It seemed like a small meeting and Raiders President Marc Badain gave Grubman a ride to the airport. I didn't see any c Eric Grubman Met With Oakland Raiders Officials Just Now Eric Grubman Met With Oakland Raiders Officials Just Now - Video NFL EVP Eric Grubman just met with Oakland Raiders Officials at Raiders Headquarters. I caught up with him at…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • US orders airstrikes against Syria if our pathetic 50 person “army” threatened

    Bob Morris
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    The Pentagon has labored mightily to train Syrians to fight Assad. The result is a bizarre little 50 person contingent, which just had its leader kidnapped by al-Nusra. Rather than admit the obvious, which is the U.S. hasn’t a clue what is happening in Syria and attempts to intervene invariably backfire, Obama is now huffing and puffing, saying any Syria attempts to threaten this wee little ragtag army will be met by airstrikes. This would be comical except Pentagon attempts to intervene make things worse for the U.S. because, wait for it, the locals don’t like being bombed. The…
  • Flooding alfalfa fields to recharge aquifers

    Bob Morris
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo by TepeyacFarm When the rains return to California and the Southwest, and they will, a promising way to recharge aquifers is by deliberately flooding alfalfa fields, as well as fallow fields. Deliberately recharging groundwater allows aquifers to be managed more like surface reservoirs, and has the potential to increase the state’s water storage capacity by millions of acre-feet. During periods like the current drought, there’s little or no extra water available for groundwater recharge. But in wet years, it may be possible to devote substantial volumes to replenishing…
  • Parowan UT Half Marathon

    Bob Morris
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s 7 AM in Utah and the Parowan Half Marathon just started. This will be my fourth time running it. Don’t be fooled by the sylvan scene in the photo with the level road. The course starts at 8,200 feet elevation and goes down a steep canyon road for 13.1 miles ending in Parowan at 6,000 ft elevation. The scenery is spectacular much of the way, with big red cliffs on both sides. Woo-hoo!
  • Robotics and AI are taking over, not necessarily a good thing

    Bob Morris
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    What could possibly go wrong with autonomous killer robots? Robots do many useful things. However, they are replacing jobs once held by carbon-based lifeforms. This may be one reason the employment rate isn’t recovering. The standard argument here is those displaced people will find new jobs created by new technology. However, jobs making robots just aren’t going to be that plentiful. This trend emerged during the most recent recession (February 2008 – February 2010) and isn’t stopping any time soon. According to data from the Associated Press on the labor market during the…
  • Grexit requires immense software changes. It took EU 11 years

    Bob Morris
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    Photo by quapan Grexit, with a return to drachma, cannot be done overnight or even within months, especially not for a financially devastated country like Greece that has no extra money. A primary reason is ancient software needs to be studied line-by-line to look for references to euros and then to make sure the code will reflect the new drachmas. This, to non-coders, may seem easy. It’s anything but. References to euros may be hardcoded or difficult to find because the programmer used cryptic variable names. Worse, if there is data in tables referring to euros, then the data may need…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Last Post on Trump Before the Debate

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    My previous post on Trump, “Serious Discussion on Trump,” basically said that the upcoming debates on August 6 could make or break Trump’s candidacy and I warned him to be prepared. Ben Stein posted an article today in The American Spectator, “My Thoughts on Iran and Trump.”  He perfectly outlines some examples of the issues […]
  • Huckabee: Snake Oil Salesman and RINO

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is highly likely we will be spared a Huckabee presidency, for which I can only give thanks.  There are however, about 6% of Republicans that poll for him and he did pretty well in a few areas the last time he ran. His religiosity is the center piece of his rhetoric.  While commendable, that […]
  • A Serious Discussion on Trump

    indianaoracle
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The Basics Donald Trump: leads the Rep polls by a good margin; excels at staying in the news; speaks bluntly and loudly about things considered taboo by the Rep establishment as his mentor Roy Cohn would have done; and is fearless and self-funding I could go on a bit, but the key point here is […]
  • The End of the Climate Change Flimflam

    indianaoracle
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The Climate Change Movement (or whatever it is called these days) to save the planet from man and to, of course, “remake world economies,” is dying.  Another loss for Marxism. Al Gore, call your office. Martin O’Malley: Man of the Moment Martin O’Malley, Democrat candidate extraordinaire for POTUS, apparently did not get the memo.  In […]
  • Democrats Trying to Rollback Voter ID

    indianaoracle
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    As mentioned in a previous post, “The Illegal Immigrant Sham”, July 9, 2015,   Democrats are using illegal immigration to import their own voting bloc because they are consistently unable get a majority of American citizens to vote for them in national elections. In conjunction, they are actively attempting to rollback state voter ID laws in […]
 
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  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Protect Your Organization from Cyber Attacks with New Technology: Device FingerprintingWhy You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big DataThe Cost of Doing NothingRP Data Technical Case Study: Converting Real Estate Property Data into Actionable InformationRequest Free!
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • Data Gov Event Programme

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the UK Government’s first ever Chief Data Officer taking the lead, it's clear that data driven transformation is the path to radically improved processes and services across the Public Sector.For local governments, Big Data insight has already proved to have a huge impact across diverse projects and smart city applications. In the UK, Harrow Council have already announced savings of over £4m using Big Data mapping information to streamline waste collection and grounds maintenance.The government’s digital revolution is now turning from focusing on individual online…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    26 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • Integrating Compliance with Business Strategy

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Compliance training is a necessity to reduce the liability and legal risks businesses face on a daily basis. But how do businesses integrate compliance training with their business strategy? Skillsoft has developed the Skillsoft Compliance Maturity Model to help organizations identify the right learning content and approaches that will enable a shift from a training-focused approach to one focused on behavior and culture to reap the full business benefits of investments in compliance programs.Request Free!
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  • American Cat Confirmed as Cecil the Lion’s Distant Cousin!

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Although I rarely discuss family matters of any kind on this site, I decided to make an exception today after receiving confirmation over the weekend that one of my cats is a distant relative of the late Cecil the Lion who died last month in Zimbabwe. Though distant cousins, Cecil the Lion and Butters the House cat bear uncanny resemblance. Seven-year-old Butters the House Cat (a.k.a., “Butters, my office assistant”) is, according to Miz Lize Terre Blanche, Zimbabwe’s High Chancellor of Feline Affairs, the 215th cousin of Cecil the Lion. Cecil the Lion is, according to media…
  • Paul Hollrah Analyzes Upcoming GOP Presidential Debates

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Editorial cartoon courtesy David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com. The Republican National Committee plans to conduct at least nine debates in the 2015-16 presidential primary season, the first of which will be…
  • Off-The-Radar Presidential Candidates Placed in Spotlight

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    As of today, more than 500 candidates — many more than the nation’s major news outlets are telling you about in articles like this one and this one — have filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork necessary to run for president of the United States. Included among them are some very colorful characters as well as several top names who are not eligible to serve. Below, I offer a glimpse of some of those male and female candidates from across the political spectrum who have, for the most part, remained off the radar of most Americans. Click on image above to see the…
  • Joe Biden Misses Opportunity for Another ‘Big F—in Deal’

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com On Friday evening, the Fox News Channel interrupted regular programming for a short newsbreak. In one of the news briefs, the Fox reporter announced that Barack Obama had arrived in…
  • Military Injustice: Remembering Michael Behenna’s Story

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Though I lost many of the dozens of articles I wrote about a Soldier from my home state of Oklahoma and the tragic situation that consumed his life (See paragraph six of this piece for details about the losses), I managed to save the article below which I share again, only slightly modified since being published three years ago today. Please read and share. Then-1st Lt. Michael Behenna I’m on the road right now, but when I came across some terrible news this afternoon that I simply had to share:  The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the appeal of Michael C.
 
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  • Ignoring The Christian Persecution

    admin
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The world we live in is a maddening place. We live in a place where we have to tip toe around every single thing. We are not supposed to call a spade a spade. We are instead asked to consider the possibility that the spade is actually a clover and that what we perceive to be black is probably yellow. Obviously I am speaking about the politically correct garbage that we are all subjected to on a daily basis. When did it become okay to ignore the facts? We live in a nation where we are asked to console and befriend the Muslim. We are asked to overlook the atrocities their faith pulls off and we…
  • Teaching Kids about Religious Persecution

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    When I had kids, I knew that there would be many things that I would have to teach my children. From riding a bike and tying their shoes to how to drive and fill the car up with gas, I knew the list was long. But there was one thing that I guess I never expected to have to talk to my kids about and that is religious persecution. We should learn in our history classes about how many different religions were persecuted in the past and how it still takes place in a lesser form today. But is it really any less of an issue today. I thought so, but I am learning that that may not be the case. What…
  • Avoiding Religious Persecution

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    How can it still be that a person cannot practice their religion freely without someone else telling them what they believe is not correct? And that is not even the extent of how badly some people are treated because of their beliefs. Certainly times have changed and things have gotten better in many ways, but it is not even close to being a safe world for every kind of religious group. There are so many different religions out there that it is hard to believe that any religion is right in what they think. Of course it is not important who is right in their beliefs, just that we all have the…
  • Christian Rights Around The World

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    We live in a day where the average religious person is required to follow a certain standard. What I mean by that is that the religious people of the world, especially the United States, are asked to keep their faith quiet and their ideas to themselves. In the United States the rights of Christians are typically left alone. However the past few years have seen a huge spike in the number of religious liberties that are being denied. However the bigger issues that we find in the United States have to deal with the Islamic faith. In the United States it is a problem for many folks if you share…
  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This ISIS thing is out of control and we as Christians need to do something about it. The Christian persecution by ISIS is bad and is getting worse. The Pentagon has issued a statement warning of the severity of this issue and the danger that ISIS poses. This group by the name ISIS is much more than a terrorist group and they are letting everyone around them know that. They are beheading Christians, men, women and children. No one is off limits to this group of horrible people. I hope that they will be stopped before it is too late. I have heard rumors that ISIS members are crossing American…
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  • Time Smears Charles Koch in Headline; Changes Headline, Still Misses His Point

    Brian Doherty
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    The venerable, doddering Time magazine ran a ridiculously misleading headline designed to make billionaire financier of conservative and libertarian causes Charles Koch seem like even more of a monster than they doubtless assume their audience already thinks he is. (Koch's brother David Koch is on the board of trustees of the Reason Foundation, which publishes Reason.) It read: "Charles Koch says U.S. can bomb its way to $100,000 salaries: Building bombs and using them is one way to growth, the billionaire suggests to allies." What James Bond supervillainy he's up to, and right in front of…
  • Drug Task Force Encouraged College Student to Go Deeper into Drug Trade, Then He Turned Up Dead

    Anthony L. Fisher
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:17 pm
    On his 20th birthday, Andrew Sadek sat down with a drug task force agent and agreed to become a confidential informant to "clear up" the felony charges against him for selling a small amount of marijuana on his college's campus. About seven months later, his body was found in the Red River bordering North Dakota and Minnesota, shot in the head and wearing a backpack filled with rocks.  As I reported for Reason TV, the authorities have publicly stated they do not suspect foul play and tried to convince Sadek's parents that their son had committed suicide, even though he had never previously…
  • How Bad Does Alleged Pro-Security Legislation Have to Be to Get DHS to Oppose It?

    Scott Shackford
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Privacy experts have been warning all along that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) wasn’t even trading citizen privacy for security. The legislation would give private companies legal immunity for sharing customer data with the feds in order to fight cybersecurity threats, hackers, et cetera. The justification was that more information and more sharing would lead to better cybersecurity. But cybersecurity and privacy experts insisted this was simply not the case. As Andrea Castillo explained at Reason back in May, the federal government has a poor reputation when it comes to…
  • Study: Yes, Student Loans Are Making College More Expensive

    Robby Soave
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Long have liberals vowed to make higher education more affordable by offering ever more generous loan subsidies, and long have conservatives and libertarians argued that federal aid merely gives colleges license to drive up the price. A study by the New York Federal Reserve offers some new evidence that the latter group is correct. According to the study’s authors: We find that institutions more exposed to changes in the subsidized federal loan program increased their tuition disproportionately around these policy changes, with a sizable pass-through effect on tuition of about 65 percent.
  • Obama Attempts to Sell His Energy Program, Lawmakers Target Planned Parenthood, Trump Used to Oppose Drug War: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    President Barack Obama started selling his emissions reduction and energy consumption regulatory plan to the public today. Conservative lawmakers have started their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood with a procedural vote tonight that is expected to fail. Today in Trump: Donald Trump used to be in favor of calling off the drug war back in the day. Also: Gawker published his cell phone number. A cop in Memphis was shot to death after apparently interrupting a drug deal. Authorities seek Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, for killing Officer Sean Bolton Armstrong. A monitoring group estimates U.S.-lead…
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  • Do You Love Your Husband?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.Here are some of the replies:Who…
  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

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

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

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business DailyWith Hillary Clinton's multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by "The Donald," who can turn out to be their Trump card.Donald Trump has virtually no chance of becoming even the Republican Party's candidate in 2016, much less being elected President of the United States.The reason is not hard to understand: Republican voters simply do not trust him, as the polls show. Nor is…
  • Nuclear Deal Won't Change Iran

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Michael Barone, Washington Examiner"Faute de mieux." That means "for want of something better" in Secretary of State John Kerry's second language. It's also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. Or to be more exact, for rallying 34 votes in the Senate or 146 votes in the House to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional vote to disapprove.It's a measure of the weakness of the deal that such a grudging argument is needed to rally such an unimpressive proportion of members of Congress.New York Times reporter…
  • Fighting Climate Change For Real

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Froma Harrop, Seattle TimesTime to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming.No, the Clean Power Plan will not ruin their local economies, because coal has already done that, certainly in Appalachia. Look at those barren flats where majestic mountains once stood. The coal industry lopped off the mountaintops and fouled the streams, depriving West Virginia and eastern Kentucky of a key recruiting tool for modern employers prizing a healthy environment.But let's not go overly negative…
  • The Inclusive Strength of #BlackLivesMatter

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Amanda Teuscher, TAP
  • Hillary Clinton's Summer Slump

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
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    The New Republic

  • Sex, Lies, and the Internet

    Sam Tanenhaus
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In what seems an aeon ago, and perhaps was, Lionel Trilling conducted an interesting thought experiment by trying to envision a future for fiction. Since “social class and the conflicts it produces” were now exhausted as subjects, what if novelists turned instead to the new emerging fact of our
  • "I Am Cait" Divides Audiences Along Political Lines

    Andrew Vierra
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    On July 26, Caitlyn Jenner premiered her new reality show I Am Cait, reigniting the internet debate on the validity of the transgender identity. Which side of the debate one falls on correlates highly with one’s political position.Liberal
  • Camille Cosby’s Loyalty Confounds a New Generation

    Stacia L. Brown
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    By the time I was born, my great-grandparents had been married for 50 years. Their stoic, straight-backed photographs hung on the walls of the home where they raised ten children. I remember their daily bickering, how our family played it for laughs, and how many of my cousins aspired to long and de
  • How to Make Millennial Dads Less Gender-Traditional

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Would more generous paternity leave policies help millennial men live out their gender-egalitarian ideals? Quite possibly, according to a recent
  • The Last Defining Court Battle of Obama's Presidency

    Rebecca Leber
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    President Barack Obama will unveil his most ambitious climate change plan to date on Monday, setting off perhaps the last defining legal battle of his administration. As with Obamacare, his plan is opposed by most Republicans and likely to be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court. Will Chief
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  • Only losers out-Trump Trump

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    The Fox News debate this week ought to be an occasion for the Republican Party’s presidential candidates to put new and innovative ideas on display. At the center of the discussion should be Friday’s report about the historically anemic wage growth during this year’s second quarter. Read full article >>
  • The GOP is one heck of a dysfunctional family

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can’t even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John Boehner from the speakership.Read full article >>
  • Americans are polarized but ambivalent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.Read full article >>
  • Trump has the GOP establishment’s number

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.When Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number on Tuesday at an event in the South Carolina senator’s home state, he did it to show he wasn’t backing down after his outlandish attacks on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) status as a war hero. But he was also making clear to the Republicans assailing him that he really does have their number.Read full article >>
  • Walker, Kasich and the GOP’s Midwest bracket

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.Both won reelection in 2014. The one from the state with more electoral votes won with 64 percent of the vote with wide appeal to Democrats and independents. The one from the smaller state got just 52 percent of the vote after a divisive campaign.Read full article >>
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. (H. Keller) — Don’t let the earthbound clip your wings! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is no trap so deadly as the one you set for yourself. (R. Chandler) — No one knows your weaknesses as well as you. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015

    Ramona
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Man never gets too old to be stupid in some new way. (H. Prochnow) — Sapiens and their infinite capacity for dumbassedness! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015

    Ramona
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s easier to fight for one’s principles than live up to them. (A. Stevenson) — Harder to be a example than a mouthpiece! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-31-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Nothing is so exhausting as indecision. (B. Russell) — Committing to a course of action is like a shot of Red Bull! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-31-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • Political Strategy Notes

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    Following what HuffPo's political commentaors Michael McAuliffe and Christine Conetta call "The GOP's Epic Month Of Dysfunction," Michael Tomasky puts the Republicans' current situation in perspective with his Daily Beast post "The GOP: Still the Party of Stupid," which calls the current GOP pack of presidential wannabes "an astonishingly weak field." Tomasky notes the GOP field's "hostility to actual ideas that might stand a chance of addressing the country's actual problems," and adds, "The Democratic Party has its problems, but at least Democrats are talking about middle-class wage…
  • NYT grossly libels Hillary Clinton on front page, runs inadequate corrections on back pages and then tells Clinton campaign: "we don't plan to comment further." Perhaps they should change their corporate slogan to "all the smears that fit the print."

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:02 am
    The New York Times screwed up badly on July 22nd, when 'the newspaper of record' ran a disastrously-flawed story saying that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been targeted by criminal referrals from two inspectors general relating to her e-mail usage during her tenure as Secretary of State. The Times report included some astounding errors, and the newspaper's clumsy walkback compounded the mess exponentially. Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri responded with a devastating letter to executive editor Dean Banquet. The Eric Wemple blog at The…
  • Clinton's Wide Net Strategy to Win Labor Support

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Those who follow the role of American labor unions in politics will find "Hillary Clinton's multi-step strategy to woo labor: Before winning over AFL-CIO, she hopes to gain backing of individual unions" by Brian Mahoney and Gabriel Debenedetti of interest. Writing in Politico, the authors explain: ...The Democratic front-runner's machine is turning its attention to individual leaders one by one, looking to methodically win over unions as she faces off against an insurgent Bernie Sanders -- a longtime union ally whose fiery rallies have riled up rank-and-file labor members across the country.
  • Let's Debate Mass Deportations

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:19 pm
    One of the frustrating things about the immigration debate is that many conservatives have gotten into the habit of complaining about any solution to the problem of 11 million undocumented people that involves citizenship or even legalization. But when it comes to an alternative the Right typically changes the subject to "securing the border," which does nothing about the 11 million already here. Mitt Romney articulated the implicit position of many Republicans in 2012--"self-deportation"--favoring harassment of suspected undocumented people and immigrants generally until they choose to go…
  • Political Strategy Notes - Medicare 50th Anniversary Edition

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    It was fifty years ago today (July 30, 1965) that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law. Pictured above with LBJ are: fellow Democrats former President Harry S. Truman; Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey; First Lady Lady Bird Johnson; former First Lady Mrs. Bess Truman and other Democrats: "At the bill-signing ceremony President Johnson enrolled President Truman as the first Medicare beneficiary and presented him with the first Medicare card." From a DCCC e-blast: "Before Medicare was signed into law 50 years ago, fewer than 50% of seniors had insurance; 35% of seniors lived in…
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  • A Marshall Plan for the United States

    Dambisa Moyo
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    When a major highway bridge in California collapsed last month, the impact on the entire southwestern United States once again highlighted the country’s serious infrastructure problem. Indeed, in a sense, the world’s largest economy is falling apart.
  • The Government the Eurozone Deserves

    Yannos Papantoniou
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    A move toward fiscal and political integration is the price that Europe must pay to maintain its unity and global relevance. The alternative is inconsistent – if not arbitrary – enforcement of the current rules, inducing divisiveness among member states, and eventual fragmentation.
  • Clowns on the Campaign Trail

    Ian Buruma
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Disaffected voters can be found everywhere, whether in the US, Europe, or India. But they are not only turning away from mainstream political parties and following populists who promise to clean out the corrupt elites from the centers of power; they also share a taste for entertainers.
  • Can the Euro Be Repaired?

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    When Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, recently tabled the option of a Greek exit from the euro, he wanted to signal that no member country could abstain from the monetary union's rules. But his initiative triggered a much broader discussion of the euro’s governance and the very rationale for its existence.
  • The Profit-Sharing Economy

    Laura Tyson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    As the income of the top 1% of US households soars, wages for the majority of American workers continue to stagnate, which is undermining long-term economic growth and prosperity. The introduction of more broad-based profit-sharing arrangements could be a key step toward ameliorating this trend.
 
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    News - AllGov

  • Federal Court Rules 2-1 that Florida can Punish Doctors for Talking to Patients about Guns

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A federal appeals court for the second time has affirmed a Florida law that forbids physicians from asking patients about gun ownership.   The Florida Firearm Owners Privacy Act prohibits doctors from asking patients whether there are guns in their home. It also bans recording information about gun ownership.   Public health experts urge doctors to ask about gun ownership, in part so they may recommend safety measures if children are in the home or if there is someone mentally ill present. Doctors also ask about household chemicals and swimming pools, but those don’t have the…
  • 73% of Inmates who Die in Jail Haven’t been Convicted of a Crime

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Being arrested for a crime isn’t supposed to be the same thing as being convicted, yet many people awaiting trial suffer the ultimate penalty—death—while they’re in custody.   A report (pdf) by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) shows that 73% of those who die in jail haven’t been convicted of a crime. In addition, 29% of those who die are African-American, more than double their percentage of the U.S. population at large.   Studies have shown that black people are more likely to be held while awaiting trial, partly because they are assigned higher…
  • Federal Judge says Prisoner must Stay at Guantánamo because U.S. is Still at War in Afghanistan even if Obama Says War is Over

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    As long as a single bullet is fired between the Taliban and American forces in Afghanistan, Muktar Yahya Najee al Warafi may continue to languish in a prison cell in Guantánamo Bay.   Warafi has been in the custody of the U.S. military at Guantánamo since 2002. The U.S. says it has evidence that Warafi fought for the Taliban, making him a prisoner of war.   Warafi’s lawyer, citing declarations by President Barack Obama that the Afghan war is over, tried to get him released. The government has an obligation to release all POWs at the end of a conflict.   But…
  • Georgia Claims its Laws are Copyrighted and Publishing them is an Act of Terrorism

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    The State of Georgia has played the terrorist card in response to a threat from a lone actor—who wants to make the text of that state’s laws freely available to all.   Carl Malamud has made it his life’s work to ensure that the nation’s laws are available to anyone. His website, public.resource.org, is a go-to resource where federal and state laws may be accessed for free. It’s this effort that the state of Georgia has labeled a terrorist act.   Malamud’s site gives access to the state’s Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A). The…
  • Divided Federal Court Rules Agriculture Dept. Improperly Exempted Nation’s Largest National Forest from Roadless Rule

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    The Tongass National Forest, a vast rainforest covering much of southeastern Alaska, will remain a wilderness thanks to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.   The entire court voted 6-5 on Wednesday to toss out a George W. Bush administration attempt to exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule, which limits road construction and logging in national forests. The ruling (pdf) overturned an earlier vote by three members of the court to uphold the exemption.   “We applaud the court for striking down the misguided Bush-era plan to exempt the Tongass National Forest from…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Be a Republican’s Nightmare

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:50 pm
    The US Senate voted tonight to discard proposed legislation to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization who assists Americans with family planning and health care services, including birth control and abortions.  GOP politicians are foaming at the mouth after videos have surfaced allegedly proving that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal body parts.  While various claims made by The Center for Medical Progress, the agency who released the videos, have been debunked, Republicans and their Christian Right comrades have been moving full steam ahead with what…
  • Sour Grapes of Wrath: After Marriage Equality Case, the Christian Right is Calling for a Theocracy

    Kevin Davis
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    “The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being” That’s the message that was quickly churned out from Mike Huckabee’s campaign for President in the form of a graphic that was shared by thousands over Facebook and other social media sites, following the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.  Huckabee, the candidate of choice thus far in polling of the Christian Right, is boldly asserting that the rules of his religion trump the laws of the United States, and should be followed in place of the laws of the land.  It certainly isn’t much of a stretch to…
  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
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  • Monday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    Hillsborough Business Owner Indicted For Tax Fraud A Hillsborough business owner appeared in a San Francisco federal court on tax fraud charges Friday after allegedly concealing a bank account from his accountant and filing false tax returns between 2008 and 2010, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Brian Peter Stallings was the president of a painting business known as Stallings Painting, Inc. from 2008 to 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney. From 2008 to 2010 Stallings maintained two bank accounts where he made business-related deposits, but he only disclosed one of…
  • BART Riders: Prepare for Weekend Transbay Closure

    Andrew Cullen
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    If you are planning on crossing The Bay this weekend, bad news: BART will not be an option. After some months of warning, BART will close the Transbay Tube this weekend in order to conduct major track maintenance. Service will be halted from West Oakland Station to the Embarcadero station in San Francisco and vice versa all day this Saturday and Sunday. West Oakland BART will also be completely closed during that time, according to BART officials. Closures will be in effect from the end of service on Friday, and Monday service is scheduled to resume as usual. While transportation will be…
  • Friday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    BART TRANSBAY CLOSURE TO AFFECT 80,000 WEEKEND RIDERS Plans to head across the bay this weekend? Unfortunately, Saturday and Sunday commuters will have to count BART out as a transit option. BART will be halting service from its West Oakland Station to the Embarcadero station in San Francisco and vice versa all day this Saturday and Sunday for critical track maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. The West Oakland BART will also be completely closed during that time, according to BART officials. Closures will be in effect from the end of service on Friday, and Monday service is scheduled to…
  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Jail Inmate Dies In Apparent Suicide An inmate in the San Francisco County Jail died Tuesday evening in an apparent suicide, Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday. Sheriff’s Department officials identified the inmate Wednesday afternoon as Alberto Carlos Petrolino. Petrolino is 50 years old and does not have a listed city of residence, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office. Petrolino’s family has been notified and an investigation by San Francisco police, the Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and the San Francisco…
  • Wednesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Firefighters Extinguish 2 Small Fires Today at Residential Hotel in Telegraph Hill San Francisco firefighters responded to the Golden Eagle Hotel in the city’s Telegraph Hill neighborhood twice Tuesday afternoon to extinguish small fires, a fire spokeswoman said. A small grass fire was reported at about 2:40 p.m. in a backyard behind the residential hotel at 402 Broadway, according to San Francisco spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge. Firefighters responded to the hotel and brought the small blaze under control, Talmadge said. But at 3:21 p.m., firefighters responded to the hotel for the second…
 
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Will Your Social Networking Past Hurt Your Political Future?

    Online Candidate
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    More and more candidates running for office today are dealing with the issue of social networking activities coming back to haunt them. Will it hurt you, too?
  • Keep Your Campaign Material Original – And Avoid the Consequences

    Online Candidate
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Here's a reminder to make sure that you have rights and permission for anything you use on your political campaign website.
  • Have You Seen Our New Download Store?

    Online Candidate
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    We updated our Download Store this month. Completely re-designed in design and layout, the updated store makes it easier to find our political campaign-related downloads. It features a variety of campaign e-books, political print and campaign logo templates available for immediate download. The categories include: Campaign E-Books Word Political Print Templates Political Logo Templates Special […]
  • 7 Things About Starting A Political Campaign That You Want To Know

    Online Candidate
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Whether running for federal, state or even local office, starting a political campaign is no small undertaking. A political campaign committee must be created, hiring a campaign staff, putting together a campaign budget and crafting the right message and strategy to win. As online has emerged as a pillar of successful campaigning, here are some […]
  • What’s Your Big Question?

    Online Candidate
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We get a lot of questions from clients looking to get their campaigns started online. Some are experienced with working online while others are brand new to the idea. While we provide articles and resources to help navigate the world of online campaigning, there’s always something new to cover. We want to put together a […]
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  • The Greens can't be all things to all people - just ask Nick Clegg

    Adam Ramsay
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Greens can succeed by saying one thing in London and another in the Highlands - but as the Liberal Democrats show, it's the road to ruin.  Next year will bring the most important elections for the Green party in its history. For the first time ever, all of the devolved parliaments and assemblies in the UK will be elected on the same day. There are significant chances of Green gains in each of them. On top of that, May 2016 will bring see Mayoral elections in not just London, but also Bristol and Liverpool, and mayorless Sheffield will hold a one-off all-out vote for every councillor in…
  • What happens if Jeremy Corbyn wins?

    Stephen Bush
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    Would Labour split? Would Jeremy Corbyn last a week? In reality, he would likely stay in place for longer than you expect. The new boss? Photo: Getty Images What  happens if Jeremy Corbyn wins? A lot depends on the scale and manner of the victory. If Corbyn wins a victory among “full” members and trade union affiliates – and not just thanks to the £3 registered supporters – then his leadership will be significantly more stable, at least in the short-term.  There is a feeling among the parliamentary Labour party that the “registered supporters” scheme – where people can pay…
  • Police watchdog investigates response to child sex abuse allegations made against Edward Heath

    New Statesman
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into how the police handled allegations made in the Nineties about the former Prime Minister. Former PM Ted Heath, pictured in 1990. Photo: Getty   The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will investigate allegations concerning the Wiltshire Police force’s handling of an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the Nineties against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.   The IPCC's announcement: The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate allegations concerning Wiltshire Police’s…
  • Burning the Daily Mail with Sisters Uncut

    Barbara Speed and Helen Thomas
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    Sisters Uncut occupied Kensington High Street this weekend, and were met with anger  - and even violence - from onlookers. “The swarm on our streets” burns on Kensington High Street. Photo: Sisters Uncut. This Saturday, a group of 50 or so feminist activists wearing green and purple marched through Kensington’s leafy streets to the offices of the Daily Mail. The subject matter - and location – of the protest  was a new direction for Sisters Uncut, a feminist collective formed in November to protest cuts to domestic violence services. But as one activist told us,  the…
  • The Home Office deports thousands of migrants on secret flights from a private jet centre

    Daniel Trilling
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Some passengers will have been living in the UK since childhood; others might never have set foot in the country to which they are being deported. People are deported on night-time charter flights. Photo: Flickr/STML, by James Bridle In late July, we received word that two Home Office charter flights were set to deport hundreds of men to West Africa, on the evening of the 28th. One was scheduled to leave from Stansted Airport, so we went to have a look. At Stansted, where a charter flight is set to deport scores of migrants en masse tonight. https://t.co/bOX13EBbUJ pic.twitter.com/Oyblu1f7kL…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Passaparola - The Cuddle Farm, by Guido Gerletti

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    New Twitter Gallery The Blog met up with Guido Gerletti and Bianca Tagliabue at the ”Fattoria delle Coccole” (literally: “The Cuddle Farm”) and the “Alpeggio delle Coccole” (literally: “The Cuddle Pasture”). Here the animals are not exploited for their milk and their meat, instead they are loved and cuddled! Two incredible, stupendous projects that are a part of Guido Gerletti’s big dream called Ingaia. "Life is a gift. For a long time now, we humans have behaved like sleepwalkers, taking advantage of all the gifts that nature has given us. But now the time has come for us…
  • The plan to destroy the National Health Service

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    from Saluteinternazionale, by Gavino Maciocco A vast and complex game is being played out in relation to the health service and this has little to do with the health of the citizens (well - no - - it has a lot of relevance to the people’s health given the unpleasant outcomes that are likely to result. It’s a game that is connected with the third sector reform, already approved by the Lower House, and underneath it sees the colossal interests of intermediation in the world of finance and insurance at a national and international level. All this has to go on in silence, far away from…
  • Live: Inauguration of 5 Star Track #Trazzeraora

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    AT 11:30 WE ARE INAUGURATING THE FIRST ROAD BUILT USING THE MONEY FROM THE REDUCED SALARIES OF THE M5S SPOKESPERSONS: FOLLOW THE LIVE BROADCASTS ON LA COSA Our “bulldozers” have just finished the road. It was built in Sicily to join the island back together again after the umpteenth collapse of a bit of motorway. We financed it. It was the M5S deputies of the Sicilian Regional Council that put up the money - 300,000 euro - by cutting their own salaries. To build it, we entrusted the work to Sicilian companies. We promised that it would be finished by the end of July. Well here we are…
  • The 5 Star green lane that mends Sicily #TrazzEraOra

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The inauguration takes place tomorrow, 31 July starting at 11.30 in Caltavuturo. Luigi Di Maio will be with us too! Bring friends, relatives, and misbelievers!” “It’s well known that the problem in Sicily is “traffic“. That’s been especially true for the last 4 months after a pillar supporting the Palermo - Catania motorway gave way and thus literally split the island into two. Straight away (well it’s a way of speaking) the government was to be seen in action. Minister Delrio went to inspect the scene and promised that in three months they would have resolved the problem and…
  • Committee of Enquiry into MPS in Tuscany

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Yesterday morning, the regional councillors of the 5 Star MoVement, together with the 5 Star spokespersons Carlo Sibilia and Carlo Martelli and the M5S councillors for the city of Siena, held a press conference in the Sala Affreschi in the building of the regional council. The press conference presented the Committee of Enquiry into the Monte dei Paschi Foundation, the Monte dei Paschi Bank and the murky connections between these organisations and the Region of Tuscany. We announced this during the election campaign and we have set it up. For the first time ever, the regional council of…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Revisiting Kasich's Record on Spending

    Nicole Kaeding
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Yesterday, Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich appeared on Fox News. During his interview with host Chris Wallace, Kasich was asked about his “D” in our 2014 Governors Fiscal Report Card. Here is a transcript of the exchange: WALLACE: Unemployment down from 9.1 percent to 5.2 percent. And the top income tax rate has been lowered from 6.2 percent to 4.9 percent. But the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, gave you a “D” on its government’s [sic] report card just last year, noting the budget grew 13.6 percent in 2014 and that over your time as governor,…
  • Federal Subsidies Miss Target

    Chris Edwards
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Wall Street Journal today discusses how the growth in federal subsidies for college has contributed to the growth in college costs for students. Cato scholars have been arguing for years that rising grants and loans are not so much helping students, but causing bloat in college administration costs, including wages, benefits, and excess building construction. It is a similar story in other policy areas. Federal subsidies cause unintended effects that undermine the stated purpose of interventions, and often end up lining the pockets of people not targeted. Farm subsidy advocates want you…
  • #Cato2016—Cato Scholars Ground National Debates in Solid Policy Analysis

    Kat Murti
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    As my colleague Jeff Milyo wrote somewhat recently, the national sport isn’t baseball; it’s politics. With Americans across the nation loyally cheering on either Team Red or Team Blue (or, for a growing few, Team Purple), the discussion around key political events can seem somewhat superfluously shallow. That’s where the Cato Institute comes in. Throughout the 2016 campaign season, Cato scholars will be injecting insightful commentary and hard-hitting policy analysis into the national conversation using the Twitter hashtag #Cato2016. We’ll be off to a running start with not one, not…
  • Jailed for Pamphleteering?

    Tim Lynch
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    Mark Iannicelli has been charged with 7 counts of jury tampering.  He did not pressure jurors in a case to vote one way or the other.  All he did was set up a booth near the courthouse and distribute pamphlets that contained information about jury nullification–the idea that jurors should be able vote according to their conscience.  Prosecutors were so outraged by this that they want Mr. Iannicelli imprisoned.  Free speech is nice, but they apparently think the supreme law does not apply as you approach the, er, courthouse.  Hmm. Are the prosecutors aware that judges in other…
  • Sen. Tim Kaine at Cato: A Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War

    Gene Healy
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    This week marks the first anniversary of our latest war in the Middle East, but after some 5,000 airstrikes in two countries, and with 3,500 U.S. troops on the ground, we’ve yet to have an up-or-down vote in Congress on authorization for the use of military force against ISIS. We’re recognizing—“celebrating” isn’t the right word—that unhappy anniversary at Cato with a talk by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who holds the unfashionable view that Congress ought to vote on the wars we fight, and has been waging a (sometimes lonely) battle to get his colleagues to live up to their most…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Science, Politics, Public Perception, and Wasted Money

    sirrahc
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    I am still slowly working my way through Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, 4th ed. I don’t think I expected the topic of air/water pollution to come up in a tome on economics, but it does make sense, as you’ll see. Cries for increasing efforts toward environmental (i.e., ecological) purification are common — all in the […]
  • To Bee Worried, or Not to Bee Worried

    sirrahc
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    “By engaging in simplistic and sometimes misleading environmental narratives — by exaggerating the stakes and brushing over the inconvenient facts that stand in the way of foregone conclusions ­­ — we do our field, and our subjects, a disservice.”  — Hannah Nordhaus, environmental journalist and author of The Beekeeper’s Lament No one likes to get […]
  • Executive Actions, Orders, Memos, and Proclamations

    sirrahc
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    “And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to […]
  • Sustainer of the Universe

    sirrahc
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I published “The Right to Refuse Service” a day earlier than usual this week, so I decided to do a “bonus” post today. Besides, I hadn’t done anything science apologetic-y in a while. This is an excerpt from The God Abduction: How Scientific Discovery Strengthens the Case for a Creator by Ron Londen, writer, photographer, […]
  • The Right to Refuse Service

    sirrahc
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” – signs posted on restaurants nationwide I’m sure you have all heard about the “Sweet Cakes” case, in which Aaron and Melissa Klein were recently ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to a lesbian couple because they refused to […]
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    Fair Observer

  • The Democratic Platform: Bernie and Hillary

    Veena Trehan
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Much work lies ahead for US presidential candidates to define American values and identify credible policies. Any presidential candidate faces broad challenges in illuminating the harsh injustices of America and endorsing specific policies to fix them. Yet this is precisely what our leaders must do to create a nation of justice and opportunity. We live in […] The post The Democratic Platform: Bernie and Hillary appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Europe Should Look Beyond Ukraine’s Short-Term Gas Supply

    Nathan Dabrowski
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The European Union looks to strengthen Ukraine’s energy security, but Brussels forgets to put its house in order first. On July 15, when the European Commission’s Maros Sefcovic met with representatives of ENGIE, OMV and Europe’s other gas companies, all eyes were on Ukraine. The meeting to discuss the country’s gas supplies and storage capacities comes on […] The post Europe Should Look Beyond Ukraine’s Short-Term Gas Supply appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • El Salvador’s Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

    Michael Avender
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    As Latin American women continue to struggle for autonomy over their bodies, freeing the “Las 17” is critical. “We are here to speak for them, to call for their release. When there is an injustice, silence is complicity,” said Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch and a decades-long advocate for human […] The post El Salvador’s Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose

    Fair Observer
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    In Russia, Putin’s image is carefully crafted to make him appear both loveable and powerful. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a big fan of the photo op. Here he is cuddling a tiger, feeding a fawn, riding a horse shirtless, uncovering ancient artifacts beneath the Black Sea waves, guiding birds on their migration patterns. While […] The post Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The World This Week: Israeli Settlers and Turkey’s New War

    Atul Singh
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Just as Mill believed that Indians did not deserve liberty, most affluent nations believe that Palestinians do not have the same rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Few remember that John Stuart Mill, the author of On Liberty, worked for the British East India Company from 1823 to 1858. Mill refused to […] The post The World This Week: Israeli Settlers and Turkey’s New War appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • Neputinta in fata timpului

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:10 am
    Surasurile sunt o povara voluptuoasa pentru cel ce le imparte si pentru cel ce le primeste. O inima atinsa de delicatete greu poate supravietui unui suras duios. Tot asa, sunt priviri dupa care nu te mai poti hotari pentru nimic. Un fulg ratacitor prin aer este o imagine de zadarnicie mai sfasietoare si mai simbolica decat un cadavru. Tot asa, un parfum neobisnuit ne face mai tristi decat un cimitir, precum o indigestie — mai ganditori decat un filozof. si mai mult decat catedralele, nu ne face mai religiosi mana unui cersetor ce ne arata drumul de urmat intr-un oras mare si-n care ne-am…
  • Ulei obtinut prin presare la rece sau ulei rafinat?

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Ce tip de ulei de susan este mai bun? Atunci cand cumparam un anumit tip de ulei nu prea ne gandim la modalitatea de procesare si tindem sa credem ca toate uleiurile sunt la fel. Gresit. Uleiurile obtinute prin presare la rece sunt mult mai santoase, au substante nutritive si pot fi folosite si in alimentatie, in terapii de tot felul si in cosmetica. Uleiurile rafinate sunt mult mai periculoase decat cele obtinute prin presare la rece pentru ca se folosesc tehnici chimice si substante sintetice. De regula, intalnim pe piata o gama mult mai mare de uleiuri rafinate si destul de putine…
  • Reciclare

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    Cei doi oameni, un barbat si o femeie, betivi notorii, au casa langa un tomberon in care arunca resturile, gunoaiele, oamenii de la blocuri. Dimineata, inainte de rasaritul Soarelui, cind nimeni nu misca in zona (nici macar oamenii strazii!) cei doi rascolesc tomberonul de-a fir a par, recuperind coji de piine, fragmente alimentare si diverse lucruri. Femeia pune cojile de piine intr-o galeata, adauga apa, un pachetel de drojdie, apoi framinta totul pina obtine o pasta similara cu aluatul. Cuptorul, in care introduce tava cu acest continut, este incins cu lemne gasite tot la gunoi. Dupa o…
  • Denimul, un material care se poate asorta usor

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    Haina il face pe om, spune o vorba din popor. Modul in care alegi sa te imbraci si felul in care iti asortezi hainele poate spune multe despre cat de mult tii la tine si la imaginea pe care si-o pot face ceilalti despre tine. Cand e vorba de un barbat, hainele sunt cu atat mai importante cu cat garderoba sa nu e asa de bogata ca in cazul doamnelor, evenimentele la care participa fiind diferite, drept pentru care se preteaza si tinute in trend cu nota definita de acestea.Stilul casual pe care il adopta majoritatea barbatilor, in afara momentului cand merg la o intalnire foarte importanta, pare…
  • Jenant

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:49 am
    Gratiela, venise la intilnire (era foarte suspiciosa in privinta barbatilor! ) cu verisoara sa Marta, sperind sa nu-mi treaca prin minte alte idei. Demobilizat ( dar si incintat, pentru ca Marta era mai frumoasa decit dinsa! ) am mers cu ele la o terasa. Ospatarul ne avertizase ca nu serveste afara, motiv pentru care mi-am luat in serios ( cum altfel!) rolul de chelner, mergind inauntru restaurantului si intorcindu-ma ( destul de nesigur!) cu o tava cu sucuri, prajituri si alte delicatesuri. Operatiunea ar fi decurs perfect daca la usa de la iesire n-ar fi existat un prag inalt ( pe care nu-l…
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    FactCheck.org

  • FactChecking the GOP Candidate Forum

    Lori Robertson
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3. Among them: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he cut the state budget by 26 percent, but that drop is due to a decline in federal funds. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he was “leading Hillary Clinton in five states won by President Obama.” His numbers are within the margin of error in four states, and Clinton leads him in the fifth. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said workers’ wages “have flatlined for 20 years,” when the average real…
  • Sanders Overstates Unemployment Rate

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes from a think tank report on underemployment — which includes not just the unemployed, but also part-time workers who want full time work. The Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made youth unemployment a key part of his populist campaign, frequently citing statistics from a June report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. In a recent Vox interview, Sanders referred to the EPI report…
  • Wisconsin’s Trumped Up Deficit

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Donald Trump says that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion budget deficit. It doesn’t. Actually, the state finished its most recent two-year budget cycle with a small surplus. And the new cycle that began July 1 is covered by a bill providing for another balanced budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law. It’s true that state fiscal officials had earlier projected that revenues would fall about $2.2 billion short of what agencies were requesting for the new cycle. But agencies don’t always get what they want. The current budget cuts $250 million from the University of Wisconsin…
  • Mistaken Tax Facts

    Brooks Jackson
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    In a TV ad attacking GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the League of Conservation Voters claims the average Wisconsin family pays $7,500 a year in federal income tax. Not so. For the family pictured in the ad with the income specified by the league, the tax would be $724. Dragging Anchor We offer this as an example of how political groups sometimes lose their anchor in reality as they strain for partisan effect. The league could have made a respectable argument by citing accurate information. But instead, the very first words in this ad are wildly inaccurate and based on a gross…
  • Huckabee’s Hot Air on Volcanoes

    Dave Levitan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined. In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo News (beginning at the 5:14 mark), the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate said he thinks “the climate’s been changing over the entire history of the earth.” Couric asked him if he believes that…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Eli Mitchell: Harvard Football Doesn’t Stop

    RP Nation
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Harvard’s football players have been challenged for over 100 years to balance not only academic excellence, but excellence on the field as well. Even during the summer, over 40 players stay in Cambridge to work out and either attend summer school or work a full-time job. “There’s something special about the history of playing for Harvard football, it’s one of the first college football teams to ever exist, to think about the guys to come before you, who put in the same kind of hard work and dedication,” said senior defensive back Sean Ahern. “It’s nice to see the rewards…
  • Josh Bowen: How to Really Read a Food Label

    Josh Bowen
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    A couple of years ago it became crystal clear to me. A concept that I had taken for granted for so many years as a trainer. It was not until I sat down at my parents’ dinner table, with the intention to discuss nutritional habits and my mother (who has been a nurse for like 90 years) drops a bomb on me. “I have no idea what the labels that are on the back of foods, no clue what it means.” WHAT! “You don’t know how to read a food label?” “You are a nurse!” Now before all the nurses out there decide to bomb my house, I am in no way saying that nurses lack knowledge in any way.
  • Josh Bowen: Death by Stress

    Josh Bowen
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Stress kills, and here are the statistics from the American Institute of Stress: Stress increases the risk of: Heart disease 40% Heart attack 25% Stroke 50% Also… 44% of overstressed people overeat and 44% lose sleep every night. Extreme stress events (i.e. divorce, jobs loss) reduces grey matter in regions tied to emotional and psychological functions leading future psychiatric problems. And finally…stress causes up to 60% of all human diseases. Wow. Our stress is killing our bodies. So lets look at the main culprit in our physiology that is causes havoc on our bodies, cortisol.
  • Eli Mitchell: Patrick Towles – the Key to Kentucky’s Success

    RP Nation
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Throughout the year, Mark Stoops has been adamant that the quarterback competition is still ongoing. The competition features redshirt freshman Drew Barker and redshirt junior Patrick Towles. Throughout UK’s fifteen spring practices both quarterbacks took reps with the first and second teams. Coach Stoops has admitted that Towles has the advantage over Barker but would still not name him the starting quarterback. If Stoops wants to see improvement in SEC play, he needs to name Patrick Towles the starting quarterback. Patrick Towles comes from legendary Highlands High School where he started…
  • Josh Bowen: Your Stubborn Shoulders

    Josh Bowen
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    My blogs/newsletters/fit tips/whatever you want to call it, are usually meant to educate and inform and not concentrate highly on the technicalities. It is difficult to show form and function of movements in an email and have them received on a great level. However, today I thought we would try it and see how it turns out. So here we go. This week I shot a video on proper shoulder warm-up. My friend and chiropractor Dr. Tim Rogers has been working with my left shoulder for months now to get it to behave. We have put these distinct shoulder warm-ups into my workouts to ensure my shoulder…
 
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Karen Greenberg: The Mass Killer and the National Security State

    Katharine Herman
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    Why mass shootings have remarkably little to do with Islamic extremism and why the government doesn’t care.
  • Robert Reich: The Revolt Against the Ruling Class

    Katharine Herman
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    In two very different ways, Trump and Sanders are agents of this revolt against the ruling class.
  • Woven

    Sarah Levy
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Every story I have ever told has a kind of breach to it, I think. You could say that my writing isn’t quite right. That all the beginnings have endings in them.
  • Burrow Down

    Josh Tranen
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    The Welsh novelist on badger baiting, human resonance in the natural world, and why he holds his breath while writing.
  • Waving, Not Drowning

    Greg Nissan
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The New Yorker writer on the politics of surfing, reporting from war zones, and the “weird game” of memoir.
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  • All Aboard Florida, Finance Board Colluded: Residents, Expect the Brick-Wall Treatment

    Nancy Smith
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:52 pm
    By: Nancy SmithDate: August 3, 2015 - 11:00pmIf ever there was a ferociously fishy foregone conclusion, it's Florida Development Finance Corp.'s impending decision to approve $1.75 billion in tax-exempt, private activity bonds so All Aboard Florida can get funding. FDC has already gleefully included its share in its draft budget for the current fiscal year. Check out the $1.8 million under "pending revenue." (All Aboard Florida on June 19 received a six-month extension to sell the tax-exempt bonds.)
  • Obama Bets Nuclear Deal Will Change Iran's Regime; Few Agree

    Caitlin
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    By: Michael BaroneDate: August 4, 2015 - 7:00am"Faute de mieux." That means "for want of something better" in Secretary of State John Kerry's second language. It's also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. Or to be more exact, for rallying 34 votes in the Senate or 146 votes in the House to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional vote to disapprove. 
  • Who Invited Him?

    Caitlin
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    By: Jerry HolbertDate: August 4, 2015 - 2:00am
  • Voting-Rights Groups Want Districts Drawn in Public

    Chris Moran
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of FloridaDate: August 3, 2015 - 7:30pmTwo voting-rights organizations that led the legal battle against congressional districts later found to be unconstitutional called Monday for a new map to be drawn in public -- a demand swiftly rejected by legislative leaders. The League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause Florida released a letter to Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, taking issue with the top lawmakers' announcement that legislative staff and lawyers would be secluded as they draw a map intended to…
  • Tampa Bay Pounded By Rain, Floods Close Roads

    Allison Nielsen
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:17 pm
     Tampa Bay could become Florida's very own ground zero for Noah's Ark 2.0 after 22 straight days of rain have left most of the area flooded and underwater. 
 
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  • All Aboard Florida, Finance Board Colluded: Residents, Expect the Brick-Wall Treatment

    Nancy Smith
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:52 pm
    By: Nancy SmithDate: August 3, 2015 - 11:00pmIf ever there was a ferociously fishy foregone conclusion, it's Florida Development Finance Corp.'s impending decision to approve $1.75 billion in tax-exempt, private activity bonds so All Aboard Florida can get funding. FDC has already gleefully included its share in its draft budget for the current fiscal year. Check out the $1.8 million under "pending revenue." (All Aboard Florida on June 19 received a six-month extension to sell the tax-exempt bonds.)
  • Obama Bets Nuclear Deal Will Change Iran's Regime; Few Agree

    Caitlin
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    By: Michael BaroneDate: August 4, 2015 - 7:00am"Faute de mieux." That means "for want of something better" in Secretary of State John Kerry's second language. It's also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. Or to be more exact, for rallying 34 votes in the Senate or 146 votes in the House to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional vote to disapprove. 
  • Who Invited Him?

    Caitlin
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    By: Jerry HolbertDate: August 4, 2015 - 2:00am
  • Voting-Rights Groups Want Districts Drawn in Public

    Chris Moran
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of FloridaDate: August 3, 2015 - 7:30pmTwo voting-rights organizations that led the legal battle against congressional districts later found to be unconstitutional called Monday for a new map to be drawn in public -- a demand swiftly rejected by legislative leaders. The League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause Florida released a letter to Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, taking issue with the top lawmakers' announcement that legislative staff and lawyers would be secluded as they draw a map intended to…
  • Tampa Bay Pounded By Rain, Floods Close Roads

    Allison Nielsen
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:17 pm
     Tampa Bay could become Florida's very own ground zero for Noah's Ark 2.0 after 22 straight days of rain have left most of the area flooded and underwater. 
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Ambassador Tom Fletcher’s Farewell Letter to Lebanon

    Michel
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The following is the farewell letter of British ambassador Tom Fletcher to Lebanon. Too bad he is not Lebanese Maronite, I would have supported him to become the next Lebanese president. Dear Lebanon, Sorry to write again. But I’m leaving your extraordinary country after four years. Unlike your politicians, I can’t extend my own term. When I arrived, my first email said ‘welcome to Lebanon, your files have been corrupted’. It should have continued: never think you understand it, never think you can fix it, never think you can leave unscathed. I dreamt of Beirutopia and Leb 2020 , but…
  • No one picking up the garbage?

    Michel
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It seems that Lebanese people are feeling the effect when you elect the wrong person to do the job. They are feeling the effect of electing people because they belong to their sect, town, political party … Without checking their history or how this person can help the country. They feeling it not because the deputies can’t elect a president, appoint an army commander, …. They feeling it because there is no one picking up the garbage from the streets. Do I need to repeat why the country reached this low-level? I wouldn’t. I just leave you with what George Orwell once…
  • Quote of the day or best Lebanese quote

    Michel
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Five minutes after your birth, they will decide your name, your nationality, your religion and your sect. You will spent your entire life stupidly defending things that your never chose.
  • Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction

    Michel
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Travel section on CNN website, there is a photo article by Jacopo Prisco, published on July 1, 2015 . You can figure out what’s about from its title: “Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction”. Picture # 11: Old Buildings of Beirut: “As if decades of civil war and bombardments weren’t enough, the remaining old buildings of Beirut are now under threat by property developers who are looking to create new luxury blocks on real estate currently occupied by traditional structures. Many have been hastily deemed unfit for living,…
  • No respect ….

    Michel
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Couple of days ago, I attended a dinner fund-raising for my friend Faycal El-Khoury who is running on the Liberal party ticket in the region of Laval-Les Iles in the next Canadian elections. Faycal is originally from Lebanon. He settled in Canada in 1976. Faycal graduated from Concordia University as civil engineer. He led a great career in Canada and abroad. My friend Faycal is a soft-spoken man, who enjoys laughing and serving the community. I was amazed of the turn-out of the fund-raising. It was a melting pot: Quebecers, major key players in the Liberal party, Lebanese from all sects,…
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • The Surprising Instagram Accounts Each Presidential Candidate's Followers Most Commonly Follow

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Chris Christie’s followers most commonly follow Khloe Kardashian. Who do the followers of the 2016 presidential candidates on Instagram follow the most in common? The answers might surprise you. Instagram offered BuzzFeed News a look at their data results analyzing the candidates. Take a look at the results below (or skip to the bottom for the full results!). Followers of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush most commonly follow... Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Followers of The Donald most commonly follow... Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images View Entire List…
  • Bobby Jindal: Mayors Of Sanctuary Cities Should Be Arrested

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    “I would hold them as an accomplice. Make them criminally culpable.” Stacy Revere / Getty Images Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told Boston Herald Radio on Monday morning that mayors of sanctuary cities should be arrested. "Absolutely, I would hold them as an accomplice. Make them criminally culpable," the Republican presidential candidate said when asked if he'd arrest mayors of sanctuary cities . "I'd also make them civilly liable so that families, victim's families could sue. Especially if the prosecutor isn't taking action or the mayor's not changing their…
  • RNC Chair: Gore, Biden, Kerry Looking At Bernie Sanders And Thinking "Why Not Me?"

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    “Well I think those guys are looking at it and thinking ‘wait a second, why not me?’” Alex Wong / Getty Images Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he believes Bernie Sanders' poll numbers and large crowds may inspire Joe Biden, Al Gore, and John Kerry to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. "Well, I think she's in trouble now," Priebus told radio host John Catsimatidis on his program Sunday. "Whether that amounts to Hillary Clinton being in trouble to not be the nominee, that's doubtful, but you never know what…
  • Bernie Sanders Discovers His Inner #BlackLivesMatter

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Dominick Reuter / Reuters HOOKSETT, N.H. — This time, when Bernie Sanders got a direct question about what he can do to assist the growing Black Lives Matter movement, the Vermont senator was ready.“As a white ally, what should we start doing tomorrow?” asked a young woman in the large and overwhelmingly white crowd at a town hall, held at Southern New Hampshire University. “In terms of political revolution?” she added.Without a beat, Sanders ticked off the kind of focused answer that eluded him at Netroots in June. He spoke of fighting against the…
  • Bernie Sanders Has "No Magical Solution" To Fox News And The "Corporate Media"

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:13 pm
    In New Hampshire, Sanders tells a worried supporter that Fox News is a problem, but it isn’t the problem — that’s “the mainstream corporate media.” Dominick Reuter / Reuters EXETER, N.H. — Near the end of a packed, sweaty, boisterous campaign meeting in the historic and un-air conditioned Old Town Hall here, a Bernie Sanders supporter stood and told the candidate he was scared. "I'm deeply worried about your candidacy and I'll tell you why. Fox News will come out and attack you in every conceivable way. Those billionaires own the media. And they own NBC…
 
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • Reaganism 101 Seminar at the Reagan Ranch Center

    Paul G. Kengor
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Reaganism 101 Seminar at the Reagan Ranch Center   This breakthrough seminar is taught by Dr. Paul Kengor of Grove City College. Dr. Kengor is the professor you wish you had on your own campus! He is one of the country’s foremost Reagan scholars and frequent speaker at Young America’s Foundation events. His recent book, 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, will be the backbone of the Reaganism 101 course. The seminar will answer questions such as: What is a Reagan Conservative? What does “peace through strength” mean in the context of a 21st century foreign…
  • You Can Trust Scientific Research Reports (We Think; We Hope)

    Gary L. Welton
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    A recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, has fabricated data for another journal article. Science magazine has retracted the article, due to “the misrepresentation of survey incentives, the false sponsorship statement, and Mr. LaCour’s inability to produce original data.” Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a long string of integrity issues in research publications. The scary reality, though, is not the articles that have been found to be questionable, but the possibility of many other fabricated articles that have…
  • Is Obama to Blame for Weak Economic Growth?

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. A political science colleague sent me an article documenting President Obama’s dismal economic record, and he asked me for added details and perspective. Here goes: True, economic growth under Obama has been sluggish, fitful, faltering, historically weak, etc. However, if you look at the charts in the article—especially the second and third—you can see that U.S. economic growth has been trending downward for several decades. Conclusion: Our economic woes did not begin with Barack Obama. However, he has done nothing to reverse…
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Raisins: Court Invalidates Antiquated Raisin Grab

    John A. Sparks
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    Laura and Marvin Horne are raisin farmers. Early one morning in 2002, a truck appeared at their business and the drivers demanded a whopping 47 percent of their raisin crop. The truck was sent by the federal government and those demanding Horne’s raisin crop claimed to be operating under a “marketing order” first put in place in 1937 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s effort to shore up agricultural prices. Amazingly, this antiquated scheme lasted for over 65 years—well past the agricultural crisis of the Great Depression. By 2002, the Hornes had endured enough of these…
  • “The Righteous Mind” – Understanding Conservatives and Liberals

    R.B.A. Di Muccio
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has cracked the code on why it’s so hard for liberals and conservatives to find common ground. That’s a big deal. But an even more important benefit of his book, “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” is its value in helping conservatives understand liberals, and vice versa. Haidt’s book and the body of work it encompasses are all that’s good and noble about true social science. In seeking to understand the roots of moral reasoning, it integrates a huge swathe of disciplines, is meticulously empirical, and…
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    Politic365

  • The New Rules of Campaigns: 2015 Art of Political Campaigning Conference

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Campaigns & Elections Magazine holds several annual events that you’d be crazy to miss if you’re a political operative.  The first is a conference called The Art of Political Campaigning.  The second is Campaign Tech.  Campaign Tech West is coming up again on September 25th in Denver.  In April 2015 there was a Campaign Tech East Conference in Washington.  There is also a Campaign and Marketing Summit coming up at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on November 13. In the age of digital technology and super PACS almost everything has changed for political…
  • Denise Rolark Barnes, New NNPA Chair: Black Press Critical to America & The World

    Kristal High
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Whether the focus is income inequality, unemployment and educational disparities, one-dimensional portrayals of minorities on film and television, or the over-policing and criminalization of Black bodies, the crises facing Black America are not new. But in 2015, as mainstream media increasingly covers the disparities our communities face, the role of the Black Press is more important now than ever before. “We serve as the voice for the black community; we speak truth to power, we influence legislation and I think when folks see that we’re still an integral part of our community because of…
  • Gifts From LaDavia: Hillary Clinton Mows Down Jeb at the Urban League

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Why couldn’t Jeb Bush say the words “racism” or “discrimination” at one of the blackest conventions of the year — the National Urban League’s National Convention? As to be all too careful to tip-toe through the tulips of not pissing off bigots — Jeb just couldn’t bring himself to do it.  What voting block he’s afraid of losing by saying “racism” is anyone’s guess.  I suspect that block is voting R anyway.  That being viewed as someone who cares about the concerns of Black Americans is soooo calculated and tricky…
  • On Dems Who Say They’re Against Mandatory Minimums But Keep Voting For Them

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    So what have we long known — based on studied facts and data — about mandatory minimums?  That they are, 1. Racially applied, 2. Waste tax money, 3. Drive over-incarceration.  These facts are well established.  And now we’ve got the Koch Brothers and the NAACP agreeing to justice reforms.  But for too many Democratic lawmakers, the “it” thing right now when it comes to criminal justice reform, is to do interviews and fly around the country saying you’re against mandatory minimums while repeating — without details — that you favor much needed…
  • Trump: deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants

    Adriana Maestas
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered some specifics about what his immigration policy would be after launching his presidential candidacy last month insisting that many undocumented Mexican immigrants were “rapists.” Trump told CNN that he would deport all of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. and that he would consider letting “the good ones” back into the country. As for undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as infants and children, Trump expressed that he was unsure if he…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Obama strikes deal with Iran but U.S. and Israel lose

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    President Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration had reached a deal that prevents Iran from building nuclear weapons and defended its provisions for verifying Tehran’s compliance. “Every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When the wheels came off the Supreme Court

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage A key tenet of jurisprudence is that no judge ruling on a case should have a personal bias or have taken a personal role in a matter before a court. Such an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Allies run out of bullets, but there’s always time for golf

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration’s lead-from-behind strategy doesn’t work. Even if you think there’s some validity to the strategy, you’d have to acknowledge that it could only work if while hiding in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

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

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

  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for other GOP…
  • Obama Goes to Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The US and its coalition partners finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program last week. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for provisions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international community’s re-alignment…
  • Super-Duper PAC’s

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    In the 2010 Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court decided that campaign contributions were a form of free speech and that corporations and labor unions were allowed to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates of their choosing. A separate court decision two months later allowed for the creation of “independentexpenditure-only” groups which have become commonly known as Super PAC’s. Super PAC’s raised about $700 million in the 2014 election cycle, a staggering sum for an off-year election. More staggering yet is the sum some people estimate is going to be raised in the…
  • Our New Partner Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    In the 1950’s US and British Intelligence agencies overthrew the democratically-elected government in Iran and replaced it with the government of the Shah of Iran. The Shah’s government, one of the most corrupt and oppressive in recent memory, was overthrown in the late 1970’s by a religious revolution. The revolution culminated in the hostage-taking of US Embassy personal for 444 days. The US and Iran have been estranged since. There are intense negotiations going on between the US and Iran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Delays notwithstanding, an agreement seems more…
  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
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    US Daily Review

  • Mother Jones vs. John Lott

    usdr
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:41 pm
    By USDR. Mother Jones magazine has written a controversial article on economist John Lott, who is a leading authority on issues related to guns and crime.  John Lott Jr. is a Former Chief Economist for the United States Sentencing Commission and the President of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He is a World Recognized Expert on Guns and Crime, President of Crime Prevention Research Center, and Author of “Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench.” He offers some extraordinary view points on Gun Control and why this country is constantly…
  • Calls to Lithuania to Halt Excavation and Desecration of WWII Mass Graves

    usdr
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    ByUSDR Jewish groups are appealing to the Lithuanian Government to halt the excavation and desecration of WWII era mass grave in Siauliai. Local authorities were quoted in the press that they decided to excavate the remains – found during road construction – and conduct anthropological testing, which is prohibited under the Halachah. “In accordance with Halacha — Jewish Law — and indeed, common human values of all humankind, and the ethical standards of the European Union, the people murdered by the Nazis deserve to be left intact where they perished,” Rabbi Chaim…
  • SixtyFive Bar & Cocktail Lounge Named New York City’s Tallest Rooftop Terrace Bar

    usdr
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    By  SixtyFive, Special for USDR SixtyFive, a premier Manhattan bar and cocktail lounge perched atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the 65th Floor, is proud to announce it has been named the tallest rooftop terrace bar and cocktail lounge in New York City, a distinction given by The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Standing at nearly 800 feet (240 meters) high, SixtyFive offers sweeping views of Manhattan’s stunning skyline from 65 stories above street level. Its wraparound terrace, open for the warmer months, allows guests to dine and drink outdoors on the 65th floor of…
  • Old Laws Cripple US Energy Competitiveness

    usdr
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    By ACCF, Special for USDR The United States is missing an opportunity to become a global powerhouse as antiquated federal laws that limit energy exports are undermining our long-term foreign policy interests while violating our international trade commitments, according to a new paper released today by the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF). “With the Obama Administration’s announcement of a nuclear agreement with Iran that will lift oil sanctions, it’s now more critical than ever that we remove our energy trade restrictions as soon as possible.  If the United…
  • Disney Unveils Detailed Look at Shanghai Disneyland–Its First Theme Park in Mainland China

    usdr
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:07 pm
    By The Walt Disney Company, Special for USDR Today The Walt Disney Company unveiled key creative elements of Shanghai Disneyland, including its six themed lands filled with world-class attractions and live entertainment spectaculars – many of them a first for a Disney park. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed a scale model of the world-class theme park and displays showcasing key highlights of unique attractions, entertainment, dining and hotels at a presentation held today at the Shanghai Expo Centre. “We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only…
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  • Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake calls it a day

    The American Patriot
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This is a surprise. Via FireDogLake: As many of you know, Firedoglake has been on hiatus for eight months while I recovered from hip replacement surgery. During that time I’ve been contemplating what the next chapter should be for the website. After some personal reflection, I have decided to pass the torch on to Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, who will launch their own media organization called Shadowproof that will build on the success of FDL. […….] The dogs and I have really loved being a part of the FDL community for over a decade, and are so very thankful for all of…
  • If you came looking for the #cuckservative posting

    The American Patriot
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    I pulled it. Family issues, that I cannot discuss. Sorry.
  • Yeeeessh………..again?

    The American Patriot
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This is starting to become a regular thing. Another “lone wolf” has howled and his name was John Russell Houser. The stories: Medium:Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of Hitler, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies Associated Press: The Latest: TV host says theater gunman advocated violence David Weigel / Washington Post: TV hosts remember alleged Lafayette gunman as anti-tax, anti-feminist ‘gadfly’ Saeed Ahmed / CNN: Gunman kills 2, then himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater *sigh* I just do not understand it, I really do not. Look, I am as ardent of a gun…
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder lands well

    The American Patriot
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Well, who says being a progressive or should I say in this man’s case; a corporatist, Internationalist Democrat does not pay well? I will let a well-known populist explain, take it away Jim Hightower: A snippet of Hightower on the subject, But please, go read the rest: Novelist Thomas Wolfe famously wrote: “You can’t go home again.” But Eric Holder has proven him wrong. Holder, who was President Obama’s Attorney General until stepping down earlier this year, recently returned to his old home place – Covington & Burling. Where’s that? Well, it’s…
  • Mixed feelings about Donald Trump’s comments about John McCain

    The American Patriot
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    First what “The Don” said: (via Youtube) Now, the reactions: Montel Williams: Jazz Shaw at HotAir: I will not pretend to know what’s been up with Donald Trump from the beginning of this road show he’s currently on. Perhaps he truly wanted to be President. Perhaps it was all part of his ongoing circus. Only the man himself can know which when he looks in the mirror each day. But this is one gigantic bridge too far. Whether he said that out of ignorance, a desire to cause a stir or – and I pray this isn’t true – because he really feels that way, I am done with him.
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • June Top 50: Movies and Media Make Their Mark

    Brian Murphy
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Image from: Movies / Shutterstock Get Out Your Popcorn: Everyone loves a good movie – especially when it includes a trip to the theater with cushy seats and an overwhelming amount of popcorn! Let’s dig in: For the month of June, IMDB.com (24) grew 15% month over month (MoM) in Unique Visitors. With several major movie releases, I don’t think the growth comes as a surprise to anyone. Films like Jurassic World, Ted 2, Entourage, Insidious, and others had fans running to their nearest theaters, but not before some quick research into the films. The hype around Jurassic World was big…
  • Domino’s Dominates The Social Game

    Brian Murphy
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Image from: Pizza / Shutterstock In today’s digital environment, we crave convenience, simplicity, ease of purchase (and pizza, of course). Brands are challenged to provide a convenient experience and ultimately simplify the path to purchase for consumers. Demonstrating the importance of an easy purchase process, pizza delivery powerhouse Dominos.com saw a large spike in Unique Visitors for the month of June: +14% over May, and +37% YoY (year over year). That increase may stem from a recent social media campaign which has made the Domino’s ordering process nearly effortless. Take a look…
  • Amazon Prime Day Grabs Consumer Attention

    Katie Hrdy
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Image from: Ecommerce / Shutterstock Was Amazon Prime Day successful? As we mentioned last week, many products sold out but there was still a largely negative reaction on social media, leaving some confusion as to whether or not the promotion was a success. As is often the case, the answer depends on how success is defined. One measure is to look at how many people Amazon reached and how well it captured consumer attention. Looking at how many people visit Amazon as a percentage of all US users online in a given day (reach) and how much time was spent on Amazon as a percentage of all the time…
  • Will Amazon Prime Day Be Seen As A Success?

    Aaron Peterson
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    Image from: Ecommerce / Shutterstock Is Amazon Prime Day going to be deemed a success? That might depend on your perspective, given that many products sold, but consumer outcry on social media has been mostly negative. Jason Caine, VP, Client Services-CPG/Retail spoke with Bloomberg Radio on “Prime Day” and provided a perspective based on what Millward Brown Digital has seen from years of tracking Amazon’s activity via our Compete Clickstream data. https://blog.compete.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/0715-Poonam-Goyal-and-Jason-Caine.mp3 Check out the recording, and share your thoughts…
  • YouTube’s Targeting Potential is Higher Than You Think

    Matt Redmond
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Image from: Videos / Shutterstock When I think of “Moms using YouTube” my first instinct is to think of my mom and, to be completely honest, I have a hard time imagining her turning to this platform with any degree of regularity. But then I realize that, as the father of two, my wife is also a mom! With that in mind the pieces start to fall into place around how this platform could provide unprecedented reach into this extremely important demographic group. Moms Really Do Use YouTube A recent research piece from Think with Google highlights the opportunities for brands as more and more…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Washington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

    Editorial Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    ~by James Still~ In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, "doo-cane"].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and the chief told the story of the “great” battle at Fort Duquesne: “I…
  • Ted Cruz for President Fundraiser June 30th

    Editorial Staff
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    You are invited to the Ted Cruz end of quarter Final Fundraising Bash on June 30th, 2015! Venue is Warehouse Live at 813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003. The main event kicks off for VIPs at 6:30 p.m. and General Admission starts at 7:30 p.m. Where: WAREHOUSE LIVE 813 St Emanuel St Houston, TX 77003 Dinner and refreshments served. Printable PDF Invitation RSVP to lreichert@tedcruz.org
  • Washington: Commander in Chief (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:15 pm
    ~ By James Still ~ By the summer of 1775, it was increasingly clear the Colonies needed an army and General.  Was there anyone who could both unite the Colonies and command an army?  John Adams suggested Washington: “… I had no hesitation to declare that I had but one Gentleman in my Mind for that important command… a Gentleman whose Skill and Experience as an Officer, whose independent fortune, great Talents and excellent universal Character, would command the Approbation of all America, and unite the cordial Exertions of all the Colonies better than any other Person in…
  • Texas Legislature Running Out the Clock? #txlege

    Editorial Staff
    21 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    For Immediate Release – May 21, 2015 As grassroots conservative leaders from across the Lone Star State, we hear the clock ticking down on the 84th Legislative Session, tolling a death knell for many important bills that should pass. If these liberty-advancing, government restraining bills die, once again, we will get excuses rather than results. If leadership expects to get high marks from us on this legislative session, they have a lot of heavy lifting to do. Frankly, we don’t care how hard or how long they have to work to get the job done, either.Too many evenings, Fridays, and…
  • The Capture of Ticonderoga (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    3 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ Fort Ticonderoga was located on a key military corridor between Canada and the Hudson River.  Military supplies captured at Ticonderoga were later used to force the British to evacuate Boston.  Ethan Allen recorded the event: “… the first systematical and bloody attempt at Lexington, to enslave America, thoroughly electrified my mind, and fully determined me to take part with my country[.]…  directions were privately sent to me… to raise the Green Mountain Boys, and, if possible, to surprise and take the fortress of Ticonderoga.  This enterprise…
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    The Nationsmith

  • Arctic Central to Russian Grand Strategy

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    What: According to BBC, the Russian Navy has a new naval doctrine that will focus on the Arctic for its rich mineral supply and utilize Icebreakers in the Arctic to allow Russian ships to access both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Russians will seek to continue their important partnerships with both the Chinese and Indian naval forces in both the Pacific and Indian Ocean respectively. Furthermore, the Russians will develop strategies to counter NATO in the Atlantic and develop a naval presence in Mediterranean. Why: It’s no secret since the Russians had annexed Crimea and its naval…
  • Donald Trump, the Political Icarus

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Donald Trump, whether people like him or not, may be the Kingmaker (or the Queenmaker) for the 2016 US Presidential elections. Gruff, confident, and obnoxiously persistent Trump has been the thorn at the side of the Republican establishment and its favored son Jeb Bush’s ambitions to capture the presidency. Because of his business success or his infamyy, Mr. Trump is leading among conservative, likely voters, a constituency whose blessing is needed by anyone wishing to be anointed as the party’s candidate. Trump has threatened the establishment that if they don’t play nice…
  • Political Culture in the United States and the Eleven Nations that Define It.

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Political culture is something many Americans choose not to make as an observation in their everyday political thinking. In this Tufts Magazine article the author strikes that America isn’t simply about red versus blue states but a greater divide between eleven political nations with their own culture, history, norms, value systems, and level of political tolerance. I’ve always said one of the hardest parts of making centralized legislation or public policy decisions or implementation is that the one-size fits all model isn’t optimal at the Federal level and this article…
  • The Political Ostriches

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    7 Oct 2013 | 11:39 am
    The political ostriches on the Hill need to get their heads out of their holes and resolve their playground antics maturely. I’d even wager to say our Federal Government looks to be run by King Joffery – both viciously and stupidly. WARNING – Political gut-check here and in essay form: House Republicans need to understand their mathematics, it’s impossible to repeal Obamacare or defund it with a Democratic President and Senate. Instead of fighting political battles of the past every year look for ways they can match or relate with Obama on domestic policy. It’s…
  • “The Shutdown” or “Retards in the Legislature”

    P. Voelp
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:06 am
    I am not a fan of Obamacare. It’s not its much-vaunted permanency problems, nor the hesitant start-up the initiative has been going through. It’s something else. Jesus, it’s like every week since they passed the damn bill into law there has been some weighty challenge to it. There’s no doubt it’s been pushed this way, that way, up and down, left and right, “blather blather blather” (to take a quote from Ted Cruz). But that’s not it. I don’t care for it because it seeks to penalize people who don’t have healthcare. It destroys a…
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Navy shoots down rumor officer will be charged for using gun during terror attack — for now

    Joe Saunders
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    A man mourns at a temporary memorial site outside the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., that was attacked by a terrorist in July. Responding to a wave of social media criticism over accusations that the Navy plans to bring charges against an officer who fired a gun during the terrorist attack on a Tennessee Navy operations center in July, the Navy on Monday said the stories aren’t true. And if public opinion is any guide, they better stay that way. “Stories of Navy personnel being charged with an offense are not true,” a Navy statement said. “There is still a long…
  • BizPac Review is hiring writers

    BizPac Review
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
      BizPacReview.com, an online publishing company offering news and commentary, is seeking part-time and full-time news writers to report on trending news topics, especially qualified entry-level writers and more experienced professionals who can write quickly, cleanly and according to AP style. Excellent writing, grammar, reading comprehension and proofreading skills are required, as well as an eye for detail. Experience in Word Press a plus. BPR offers flexible hours and the choice to work from home or in our Palm Beach County office. BPR provides business leaders, political leaders,…
  • Knockout beauty UFC fighter Ronda Rousey gets her sexy on – but with a sailor’s mouth

    Carmine Sabia
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Before her impressive victory in 34 seconds at UFC 190, social media “critics” started to body shame Ronda Rousey for having a figure that’s “too masculine” for some tastes. But, like she does with her opponents, the Queen of the Octagon pulled no punches when she fired back at them on the YouTube blog series UFC 190 Embedded. “Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f*****g millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine,” she said. “I think it’s femininely bad**s as f**k because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a…
  • Gossip site Gawker posts Donald Trump’s cell phone number; but joke was on them

    Joe Saunders
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The guys and gals at Gawker probably thought they had a real good scoop on their hands Monday morning when the gossip site published a post with a cell phone number it claimed belongs to billionaire Donald Trump. And it did it with a cute graphic. But Trump’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination says: Wrong Number. “It’s a very old number,” the campaign wrote in an email, according to Breitbart. “This is not one he uses. Mr. Trump has several numbers so he has not experienced any issues.” What got Gawker going, of course, was Trump’s decision last month to…
  • CNN’s Chris Cuomo does some epic White House boot-licking; aw-shucks, at least he tried

    Michael Dorstewitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    CNN “New Day” co-host Chris Cuomo started out playing hardball with White House chief spokesman Josh Earnest about the administration’s continued blind support for Planned Parenthood. But the hardball turned into a wiffle ball by the end of Monday’s interview. “Is this a moment in time to take a look at what Planned Parenthood does and say selling fetal baby parts for science or for whatever reason is not good?” Cuomo began, referring to recent undercover videos depicting the organization’s senior staff haggling over the price of organs harvested from aborted babies.
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    Sparking The Left

  • What Obama Says, What the Right Hears

    Paul Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
  • 9 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm

    Kleier
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    If anyone here is living in the Kentuckiana area (Louisville and the surrounding area), here is something your interested in. Some friends and I will be meeting at Shelby Park in Old Louisville at 1:30pm, Sunday, for a General Assembly of the new Louisville Socialists​ political group. Come for a great discussion of some new ideas for collective action. You can RSVP at Meetup.com and become a new member. Hope to see you there!
  • Social Protest Lit.: Carlos Marighella, Brazilian Guerrilla Fight

    Kleier
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A short excerpt from the “Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla” by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella, died 1950. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” It is necessary to turn crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mao Tse-Tung

    Kleier
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A writing by  Mao Tse-Tung, the late Chairman of Chinese Communist Politburo. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” The revolt of the peasants in the countryside disturbed the sweet dreams of the gentry. When news about the countryside reached the cities, the gentry there immediately burst into an uproar. When I first arrived in Changsa, I met people from various circles and picked up a good deal of street…
  • McKinney PD Should Award Commendation Medals, Just Not to Their Officers

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    As the situation in McKinney continues to play out over the disgusting and disgraceful assault on a minor by former officer Eric Casebolt, I couldn’t help but notice there was an act of bravery seen in the now viral video.  No, it wasn’t Casebolt and he clearly was not in danger of losing his life, as one recently removed principal suggested.  It was a reflexive reaction of courage.  It just wasn’t performed by any of the people in uniform. The country has watched the number of incidents of police brutality continue to mount across the country as cellphone and security…
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    The Daily Signal

  • What 14 Republican Presidential Candidates Said at New Hampshire Forum

    Kate Scanlon
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Republican presidential candidates gathered at Saint Anselm’s college in Manchester, N.H., Monday night for the Voters First Forum. The forum took place only days before the first national debate. Participants included Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. Sens. Marco Rubio,…
  • The Truth About Defunding Planned Parenthood and Women’s Access to Health Care

    Sarah Torre
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Supporters of Planned Parenthood claim that an end to federal funding of the organization will limit women’s access to family planning services and preventive care. In reality, Planned Parenthood itself has decreased cancer screenings and other preventive care since 2004, all the while increasing the number of abortions its affiliates perform by about 70,000 every year. Indeed, Planned Parenthood performs about 1 out of every three abortions in the United States, performing 327,653 abortions during its last reporting year alone. And despite some supporters’ statements to the contrary,…
  • Why the Defund Planned Parenthood Vote Matters

    Genevieve Wood
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Serious questions have been raised as to whether Planned Parenthood is selling tissue and body parts of unborn babies for profit. So serious that Congress is planning to hold investigations this fall. But apparently not serious enough to get 60 members of the U.S. Senate to be willing to vote Monday to take taxpayer dollars away from the abortion giant and redirect them to other health clinics that don’t perform abortions. There is some good news. The fact that there were 53 votes to defund Planned Parenthood Monday will be a very important number when Congress returns in September.
  • Did Your Senator Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood? See Here.

    Kelsey Harkness
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    A Senate bill to strip Planned Parenthood of its $500 million in federal funding fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance, gaining the support of 53 senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., voted no, which allows him to bring it back for a vote at a later time. Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., was absent for the procedural vote held Monday night. Click the below link to see the 53 senators who voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, and the 46 who voted against it. >>>Roll Call Vote The legislation, led by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; James Lankford, R-Okla.; and…
  • Obama’s New Energy Plan Could Cost $2.5 Trillion in Lost Economic Growth

    Nicolas Loris
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The Obama administration unveiled its climate change regulations for new and existing power plants, calling the plan “the biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.” It may be the most “important” from a top-down, regulatory mandate for high energy prices, but it won’t accomplish much, if anything, in terms of combating climate change. Even though electricity generation accounts for the single largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, the estimated reduction is minuscule compared to global greenhouse gas emissions. Climatologists…
 
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    FreakOutNation

  • Gawker Publishes Donald Trump’s Cellphone Number

    Anomaly
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Gawker just d0xed Donald Trump weeks after the Republican presidential candidate publicly shared Sen. Lindsey Graham’s own personal cellphone number.                           What goes around comes around. Gawker reports: Since Trump, in his considered political judgment, has decided that opening up a direct, personal […]
  • Watch: Scott Walker Gets Hilariously Punk’d At New Hampshire Campaign Event

    Anomaly
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-Koch) has been punk’d before and he’s still as moronic as he was when he took the phone call from blogger Ian Murphy who feigned to be billionaire donor David Koch.                         At a campaign stop at a pizzas restaurant […]
  • Chris Christie Booed Mercilessly At American Pharoah’s Latest Victory

    Anomaly
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Apparently NJ Gov. Chris Christie isn’t as popular in his home state as he’s trying to make you believe. OCEANPORT – It was one long happy celebration at Monmouth Park for the great American Pharoah’s latest victory. At least, that is, until Gov. Chris Christie stepped into the Winner’s Circle to present the trophy. And […]
  • Try Not To Laugh: Charles Koch Compares Efforts Of His Political Network To Civil Rights Movement

    Anomaly
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    While Charles Koch spoke on Sunday to 450 wealthy conservatives who gathered in the ballroom of a lavish oceanfront resort, he compared the efforts of his political network to the fight for civil rights and other “freedom movements.”                     This isn’t satire. He urged the wealthy donors […]
  • Man Open Carrying Reaches For Gun On Confederate Flag Rally Counter-Protester

    Anomaly
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Armed Confederate flag supporters, including militia members, gathered at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia, on Saturday.  Many of them Openly Carried rifles. One of them almost pulled a gun on a counter-protesters who burned a Confederate flag.                                 The gun nut […]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Petulant Sonia wants a dysfunctional Parliament

    Niticentral Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Even as 25 Congress MPs were suspended yesterday for disrupting the Lok Sabha, the Congress today continued with its agenda of not letting the Parliament function. Led by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leaders today made the suspension of the MPs an issue and are protesting against it. Here are the latest updates: Congress MPs assemble at Gandhi statue in Parliament premises to protest against suspension of Congress MPs pic.twitter.com/4SBPegpF5E — ANI (@ANI_news) August 4, 2015 Congress MPs wear black arm bands in a protest against suspension of Congress MPs, in Parliament…
  • Defence Pension Adalat at IAF command a big success

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Nagpur, Aug 4 (PTI) A two-day Defence Pension Adalat (DPA) was successfully conducted by Headquarters Maintenance Command, (HQMC) Indian Air Force at their campus here. Organised under the aegis of Controller of Defence Accounts (CGDA) New Delhi for on the spot redressal of grievances of Defence Pensioners including Defence Civilians, the DPA was inaugurated by S S Mohanty , Controller General of Defence Accounts while Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force was present on the occasion. There…
  • Secunderabad Mob Attack – KCR losing his grip ?

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Hyderabad, Aug 3 (PTI) A group of people tonight attacked a police station at Secunderabad city here over death of a man, who was earlier detained in connection with a scuffle. Bannappa was taken to police station following the scuffle which took place during the local ‘Bonalu’ festival yesterday, a police official said, adding that he was later sent away. The man, however, died today, after which the residents of his locality damaged the Marredpally police station here alleging that police was responsible for his death. Hyderabad Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy said an…
  • 8 killed in Thane building collapse

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) Eight people were killed in Thane district when a 50-year-old three-storey-building collapsed in the wee hours today. Fire Brigade officials said seven people were also injured when the building – Krishna Niwas – in D-Cabin area of Thane collapsed. Fire Brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were engaged in the rescue operation. Thane Municipal Corporation had issued notices to residents of the Krishna Niwas building as it was in a dilapidated condition, the officials said. While some families had evacuated the building a few others…
  • Breaking – Pakistan fires across Border

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Pakistani troops violate ceasefire and resort to heavy firing and mortar shelling on 12 border out posts along International Border in Jammu district today: BSF. PTI AB VMN KIS . The post Breaking – Pakistan fires across Border appeared first on India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central.
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS)

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    “Most industries compete on value. U.S. healthcare does not. But that is about to change.” -Tom Main and Adrian Slywotzky, The Volume-to-Value Revolution . Traditional health IT is failing — and this is good news.  Ten years ago, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems were heralded as the great cost-saving revolution in healthcare IT. By most […] The post Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS) appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry

    Gathering Clouds
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 revolutionized the concept of technology infrastructure. AWS Marketplace is marching along the same path to transform the way software is sold and deployed. As Amazon consistently pushes out innovative products on AWS, the enterprise software world sees the AWS Marketplace as a thriving environment for their […] The post Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise

    Gathering Clouds
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise. While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security […] The post Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT. While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, […] The post Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last 9 months. “The infrastructure […] The post Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
      Colorado spending $50 million to subsidize housing for artists Cool kids end up being losers according to a new study who apparently didn’t know ... The post Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 3 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
      CEO who paid everyone at least $70k is in financial trouble after only 3 months Paychecks are growing at slowest pace in over 30 ... The post Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 2 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
      Goshen may get money for Native Americans to change mascot New allegations against former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle Lawyer for guide in Cecil the ... The post Monday, Aug. 3 – Hour 1 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Mon, Aug. 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Goshen officials take inventory of Redskins references ahead of mascot retirement – Elkhart Truth That is how they came up with the estimate that it ... The post Show Prep: Mon, Aug. 3 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, July 31

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Malaysian Officials: Part Number CONFIRMS Debris From Boeing 777 Was Flight MH370 – The Gateway Pundit “From the part number, it is confirmed that it ... The post Show Prep: Fri, July 31 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with guest Allan Johnson

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

    Liberal Fix
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Eve Spangler is a sociologist and a human and civil rights activist. She is the Assistant Chair of the Boston College Department of Sociology.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Irene Hernandez-Blair

    Liberal Fix
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Chino Valley Unified School District (CA) President Irene Hernandez-Blair. We discuss local politics and the need for school board officials to value inclusivity and to put children first. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Ira Chaleff

    Liberal Fix
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Ira Chaleff’s Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong: Torture at Abu Ghraib. Corporate fraud. Falsified records at Veterans Administration hospitals. Teachers pressured to feed test answers to students. These scandals could have been prevented if, early on, people had said ‘no’ to their higher-ups. In his timely book, Chaleff—one of Leadership Excellence magazine’s “100 Best Minds on Leadership”—uses dozens of vivid examples of historical events and everyday situations, and offers advice on judging whether intelligent disobedience…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Duane Burghard

    Liberal Fix
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our guest is Duane Burghard. Duane is a former U.S. Navy Officer and two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri. He was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Missouri's 9th Congressional District in 2006.  Duane has started over 15 businesses and is a self-proclaimed "recovering serial entrepreneur". He is an effective and entertaining writer and public speaker. Duane's written essays can be read at duaneburghard.blogspot.com. He is also the author of GOPTO, his first novel. He currently lives with his family in Tucson, Arizona. In this episode, Duane…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Lafayette Shooting: Echoes of Theatrical Mass-Killings & Emergency Drills

    Shawn Helton
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Shawn Helton21st Century WireAnother day, another ‘mass-shooter’ or so media would have you believe these days…There’s been a series of apparent mass-shooting attacks cascading across the country as of late and the most recent high-profile incident is said to have taken place in Lafayette, Louisiana.‘Mass Hysteria’ –  Police during a local press conference following a shooting in Lafayette. (Photo nola)According to officials, the incident took place at the Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette the identity of the apparent shooter was 59…
  • War By Deception: Obama Reboots Old ‘No Fly Zone’ Scam, Bombing For Regime Change in Syria

    21wire
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:35 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Get ready for Libya 2.0. Looks like the Pentagon will be getting its illegal regime change war in Syria after all…Finally this week, President Barack Obama appears to have sprung his own trap for the next big war, now promising to intervene the Syrian Civil War if, “if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups.” You can translate that into a fait accompli for war.(Image Source: Salem News)This latest deceptive militarist scam is buttressed by lies like, “the newly trained [moderate rebel] force has committed to fighting…
  • FLASHPOINT: Palestinian Youths Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

    21wire
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    21st Century Wire says…As 21WIRE reported last week, Israel’s IDF just happened to stage a massive “drill” just before Jewish settlers carried out a savage arson attack which burned a Palestinian child alive. Other Palestinian youths were also shot and killed in Gaza and the West Bank. Now hostilities have spread to the frontline – at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.Could this be a provocateur action by Israel’s hard right to stir up the native Palestinians – as a pretext for another brutal IDF ‘human cull’ like we witnessed last summer? As…
  • SUSPICIOUS: Bin Laden Plane With Top Guidance System, Crashes Under Perfect Conditions

    Stuart Hooper
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Catastrophic accident or foul-play? You decide.Watch a video of this report here:The Saudi-registered Embraer Phenom 300 private jet carrying Osama bin Laden’s stepmother, half-sister and her husband crashed into a number of vehicles parked at a car auction site adjacent to Blackbusche Airport in Surrey, England killing all on board.The jet was a regular visitor to the airport, coming to-and-fro a number of times in recent months. It was also fitted with a highly sophisticated, ‘fly-by-wire’ flight guidance system, which is synonymous with…
  • Episode #95 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Brzezinski’s Odyssey’ with host Patrick Henningsen and guest Jay Dyer

    21wire
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Episode #95 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this Sunday August 2, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from the American Heartland, as host Patrick Henningsen returns this week to cover the planet’s increasingly audacious news and global affairs. In the first hour, we’ll discuss this week’s leading stories, explore the mind of GOP…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Culture Of Pragmatism Fuels Risk Aversion

    guanyinmiao
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    A more realistic outlook is needed. A young, pragmatic generation of Singaporeans may make logical decisions based on a risk-return trade-off, but these higher returns do not necessarily take the form of generous benefits or remuneration. To compensate for the risk of working in a smaller company or within a disruptive industry, many wish to be nudged out of their comfort zones, and to benefit from exposure, mentorship, or growth. Although employers should empathise that in a country where the cost of living - and raising a family - is high, the occasional focus on monetary gains also stems…
  • Visit Berlin

    guanyinmiao
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the German city of Berlin? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
  • Throwback: My First And Last Marathon

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Did my first and last marathon in December last year, right before our annual Model United Nations conference. Was quite the experience. Continue reading →
  • Reach Employees – Not Just Employers – To Boost SkillsFuture

    guanyinmiao
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet, absent in this discourse is the role of the employee, who - to a large extent - determines the success of the SkillsFuture initiative. If the workers are not convinced of the importance of the initiative, and as a consequence use the credits or sign up for activities because they are obligatory, then any undertakings, however ambitious, will come to naught. Continue reading →
  • Inevitable Disruption Of Department Stores

    guanyinmiao
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    While the department stores in Singapore are eager to keep up with its rivals on the Internet, the advent of these disruptive technologies may be the preface to an inevitable elimination of these big players in the long run. "Retail experts believe department store chains should differentiate themselves from online competitors" (ST, Jul. 18), but the inherent business advantages held by the latter - for instance, of convenience, the absence of lease challenges (especially in geographically constrains Singapore) and perhaps the low inventories necessary) - might be too hard to overcome.
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for other GOP…
  • Obama Goes to Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The US and its coalition partners finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program last week. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for provisions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international community’s re-alignment…
  • Super-Duper PAC’s

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    In the 2010 Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court decided that campaign contributions were a form of free speech and that corporations and labor unions were allowed to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates of their choosing. A separate court decision two months later allowed for the creation of “independentexpenditure-only” groups which have become commonly known as Super PAC’s. Super PAC’s raised about $700 million in the 2014 election cycle, a staggering sum for an off-year election. More staggering yet is the sum some people estimate is going to be raised in the…
  • Our New Partner Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    In the 1950’s US and British Intelligence agencies overthrew the democratically-elected government in Iran and replaced it with the government of the Shah of Iran. The Shah’s government, one of the most corrupt and oppressive in recent memory, was overthrown in the late 1970’s by a religious revolution. The revolution culminated in the hostage-taking of US Embassy personal for 444 days. The US and Iran have been estranged since. There are intense negotiations going on between the US and Iran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Delays notwithstanding, an agreement seems more…
  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
 
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • Discovery of Earth 2.0 - Weekly News Awards

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    After major discoveries from the New Horizons spacecraft this past week from Pluto. Now It seems we may have a sister planet. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Not Sleeping at the Wheel’ AWARD goes to… The ’Humanitarian’ AWARD goes to… A Special AWARD for Bravery, Loyalty and our Heartfelt Thanks’ goes to… The ‘Kids will be Kids’ AWARD goes to… ’There’s No Place Like Home’ the AWARD goes to… The ’Quote of the Week' AWARD goes to… The ’Extinction of Life' AWARD goes to… …and for the…
  • OUT LOUD NEWS & COMMENT

    18 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Raisin Farmers in California Investigation in to 1969 Moon Landings FIFA Investigation related Amazon informs Congress of intent to deliver with Drones Presidential Race Health Care Crisis Tele-medicine
  • Happiness Comes From....

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Ever notice that when a well-known, respected personality has a run of bad luck – the news media will turn on them in an instant! People are attracted to brutal and violent movies and television shows. Reality shows that focus on defeat. A culture of violent video games are feeding young minds. All of these sources feed the negative mindset. Now - Scientists have created a four-step, 10-week program that changes your mindset. Dr Sood led the research for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the program uses a series of exercises that help train people’s minds into choosing happiness.
  • Amazon’s Postmodern Experiment - Weekly News Awards

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    They were calling it 'Prime Day’… Consumers were using other descriptive words to explain it! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Mountains of Trash’ AWARD goes to… The ’Olive Branch’ AWARD goes to… The AWARD of ‘Determination & Courage’ goes to… The ’No Comment' AWARD goes to… The ‘Failed Grace’ AWARD goes to… The ’Pay-Back Humanitarian' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Get Loud America!
  • Grande Not So Grand - Weekly News Awards

    11 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Are military cuts weakening America? Licking donuts to flying balloons! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Superiority & Contempt’ AWARD goes to… The ’Dismantling of American Leadership’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Blame Game' AWARD goes to… The ‘Wreaking Havoc on Commerce’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Flag of Consequences' AWARD goes to… The ’Flying High Trip of a Lifetime' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Out Loud America!
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Trump Is Ron Paul’s Real Successor

    Joël Valenzuela
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Ron Paul started a revolution, a mass movement of Americans fed up with politics as usual. That movement survived both of Paul’s recent presidential campaigns, and is alive and stronger than ever in the 2016 election, under the banner of …
  • Death Musings

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Some ask, “What is the meaning of life?” I ask, “What is the meaning of death?” Is it the end of flesh and breath and blood? Or is it the conclusion of spirit? Is death absolute and solid, or a …
  • Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

    Joël Valenzuela
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day? No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could …
  • Why Liberty Attracts Scumbags

    Joël Valenzuela
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I …
  • The 5,000-Life Question

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the …
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    Citizens News

  • They Come to America 3 (video)

    Liberty Bell
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia Is there a mosque on one of our northern borders?Filed under: Arizona, Creeping Sharia, Immigration, Legal, Media, News, Obama, Politics, Religion, Sharia, Texas, VideoThe post They Come to America 3 (video) appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Thursday Is 70th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

    Liberty Bell
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Written by Al Jazeera America US and East Asia build cooperation over decades following end of WWIIThe post Thursday Is 70th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Huge Benefits of the Sharing Economy, by David Henderson

    Liberty Bell
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Written by EconLog There has been a lot of excitement recently over what many people call the “sharing economy,” in which new firms such as Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and other website businesses are increasing the value of capital assets. Uber and Lyft allow people to make productive use of their cars when they would otherwise […]The post The Huge Benefits of the Sharing Economy, by David Henderson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • They’ll Get You Coming and Going

    Liberty Bell
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Written by GayPatriot Another Planned Parenthood video has come out and it pretty much demolishes all the people who claimed the first videos were deceptive, and that no way was Planned Parenthood making money from harvesting baby parts, because the new video demonstrates clearly that Planned Parenthood is making money from harvesting baby parts. “We […]The post They’ll Get You Coming and Going appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Revisiting Kasich’s Record on Spending

    Liberty Bell
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Written by Cato @ Liberty Yesterday, Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich appeared on Fox News. During his interview with host Chris Wallace, Kasich was asked about his “D” in our 2014 Governors Fiscal Report Card. Here is a transcript of the exchange: WALLACE: Unemployment down from 9.1 percent to 5.2 percent. And the […]The post Revisiting Kasich’s Record on Spending appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Stephen Harper 'Gaming The System' Says Former Chief Of Elections Canada

    leftdog
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The former head of Elections Canada says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is "gaming the system" with an early election call and the result is parties with less money are politically disadvantaged."What it does is completely distort everything we've ever fought for, everything we've established as rules," Jean-Pierre Kingsley said in an interview on CBC Radio's The House."What should be happening right now is very simple — the prime minister should not call the election. He should wait for the 37 days to count towards the 19th of October, political parties should stop…
  • Stephen Harper Makes A Mockery Of Our Democracy - Tell Your Grandma !!!

    leftdog
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is nothing nice about Stephen Harper.  I am sure his mom still speaks well of him, but for the rest of us he is a vile, sneaky, conniving little weasel of a man. His arrogance and petty vindictiveness is stunning in scope. He has achieved the office of Prime Minister of Canada while in possession of utter disgust for most of his fellow Canadians. He does not deserve re-election because he has not served Canadians in any way that has improved the nation and the lives of its citizens during his watch.And yet your own mother or father, perhaps your grandma or grandpa are going to cast…
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research PROVES 'Trickle Down Reaganomics' Do NOT Work !!!

    leftdog
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
     The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released detailed research that proves a pillar of right wing economic theory DOES NOT WORK !!! Huffington Post"The International Monetary Fund just blew a big hole through trickle-down economics. You’ve probably heard of trickle-down economics: It gained popularity in the 1970s and was a major part of the pro-business “Reaganomics” agenda of the 1980s. The theory is simple enough: If you concentrate capital (money) at the top of the economic ladder (among the wealthy and corporations), that money will be more productive than it would…
  • How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......

    leftdog
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    In a May, 2013 Buckdog post, I told you how the Duffy/Harper mess got started ...May 20, 2013:When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal.For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces.While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. Saskatchewan's…
  • How come Sen Mike Duffy is charged with ACCEPTING a bribe yet no one in the PMO was charged with MAKING a bribe??

    leftdog
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    ... just sayin'
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Memory Lane Monday: Jumpin’ Joe Jumping into 2016

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    So, you might be thinking, “Alright, it is Day 1 of a more positive PD and they’re doing an article on Joe Biden running in 2016? What is uplifting about that?”
  • Genius Idea: San Francisco Tackles Public Urination

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    San Francisco might be onto something when it comes to public urination. It’s not just the Tenderloin that carries a waft of homeless and/or strung out eau de toilette, but now San Francisco’s Public Works Department is all over the stench.
  • July Recap: Looking for an Optimistic August

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    July, like June, didn’t do much for fighting our collective apathy. What can we say? Statists stated. Nothing new there.
  • Fall Fashion 2015: German Modesty

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Sounding like something stitched together by the writers of Allo’ Allo’ Martin Thalhammer, the Head Teacher of Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium in Pocking, Germany issued a decree that due to the sensibilities of the Syrian refugees in their area, all female students should take extra care to not appear provocative in their school wear.
  • Ace Marries OPI with Clark+Kensington

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    If you, like Michelle Obama, love conducting a remodel, and unlike Michelle do not have $600,000 in taxpayer funds for new curtains and paint, then you might want to check out OPI’s inexpensive new venture.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Economics vs. the Economy

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By William Rees, Great Transition Initiative, June 2015Economic theories, though social constructions, can reflect reality to varying degrees. In the face of dire environmental challenges, adopting a realistic theory is key to the survival of global civilization. The neoliberal emphasis on limitless growth and monetary flows, a relic of nineteenth century thinking, abstracts away from biological conditions. By contrast, ecological economics—as distinct from environmental economics, which remains wedded to the neoliberal growth paradigm—understands the economy as a subsystem of the…
  • Security Council Resolution, Building Block for Lifting of Sanctions

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    An interview with Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, published at Iranian Diplomacy on July 23, 2015Based on the statement made by Dr. Zarif, “For the first time, the Security Council has recognized the enrichment program of a developing country”. Peaceful use of nuclear energy by Iran is also mentioned in the draft of the proposed resolution. Through this resolution, Iran’s enrichment is no longer considered as an activity which threatens international peace and security and could not be used to impose sanctions against Iran.The adoption of the…
  • The BRICS Grouping Launches Its New Development Bank

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    By Oliver Stuenkel, Post-Western World, July 25, 2015Less than a month after the signing ceremony of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing, another global financial institution was launched 1200 kilometers further South. Based in Shanghai, China's financial hub, the New Development Bank's creation marks a remarkable step in the history of the BRICS grouping. After being a mere investment category between 2001 and 2007 and an informal platform between 2008 and 2014, the launch of the NDB is the beginning of a new era for an unlikely grouping that has been…
  • Crises and Discord Undermining European Project

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    By Nat Parry, Essential Opinion, July 22, 2015The near collapse of the Greek economy and the harsh austerity package forced on Athens by the European Union has led to increasing commentary in recent weeks on what the developments might mean for the “European project” – the one-time seemingly inevitable drive on the European continent for an “ever closer union” based on principles of economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity among EU member states.
  • 10 Life Lessons We Learned from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
    The Times of India, July 27, 2015Former President of India and eminent scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday. Kalam collapsed during a speech at IIM Shillong.Here are some of Kalam’s inspirational sayings through which he will be remembered forever…“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”“My message, especially to young people is to have…
 
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    thecampaignworkshop.com

  • Campaign Website: How to Rank in Google Searches

    ngpvanadmin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Using SEO to Boost Your Campaign Website So, you’ve put together a flashy new campaign website. You’ve written all of the content and made it live. But a couple days later, you discover that your campaign website still isn’t showing up in Google searches, or it’s so far down in the results that it barely registers on the first page. How could this be? Well, making it to the top of Google searches can be a tricky business and there’s no set formula that works for every campaign. We do have a few tips to help you get your website to show up in Google searches.
  • What USPS Mail Form is Right for You?

    ngpvanadmin
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What Mail Form Do You Need to Get Your Direct Mail Out? The USPS can be confusing on many levels. One area where mail lingo gets confusing for people in direct mail is in dealing with the USPS mail forms.
  • My Employee is Leaving—What Now?

    ngpvanadmin
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    How to Act With Class and Style When an Employee Is Leaving When an employee is leaving your business, as the proprietor, there is an instinct to feel rejected and think “I must have done something to make them leave."  When people leave my business, I have these thoughts as well. An employee moving on is never easy, but having good employees ultimately means opportunities will come knocking. With that said, here are a few tips I have used over the years when an employee is about to leave.
  • Campaign Job Descriptions

    ngpvanadmin
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before you start your campaign for office, be sure to hire the right people for the job. But even before that, it’s important you know the campaign job descriptions for all of your staff. Below, you’ll find a complete list of campaign job descriptions that you might find in a race of moderate size.
  • Non-Profit Web Presence

    ngpvanadmin
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Your Non-Profit Web Presence and Learning from Big Think Tanks CAP, Urban Institute, the Economic Policy Institute, and others are well-respected organizations that have a lot of authority with the press and on the web. We can learn a lot from big think tanks when it comes to your non-profit web presence.
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    RINF Alternative News & Media, Real Independent News & Film

  • Video: Mexico ‘Volcano of Fire’ spews huge ash cloud 3 kilometers into the sky

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Colima volcano, known in Mexico as the ‘Volcano of Fire’, has spewed a huge ash cloud reaching 3 kilometers up into the sky. Video courtesy of Webcams de … Via Youtube
  • Reporter Wins Fifth Amendment Case

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    The U.S. government’s recurring threats to prosecute journalists who receive classified documents may have created an avenue for some reporters to evade testimony at least in civil cases – by asserting a Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, says Marcy Wheeler. By Marcy Wheeler An appellate decision on the long-running dispute between a former prosecutor and the ...
  • Video: Who Wants to Crackdown on Immigration Freeloaders?

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been hit in the pocketbook for daring to exercising his freedom of speech. He has lost tens of millions of dollars in … Via Youtube
  • US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Imagine a US senator publicly calling the Chinese “evil people.” Imagine a governor saying African leaders are “animals.” Imagine a presidential candidate claiming Latinos are “liars.” In each of these cases, the media would rightfully explode, condemning the politicians for their overt racism. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) believes Iranians “are evil people. They’re dangerous.” A ...
  • Confronting a Very Dark Chapter

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    This week marks the 70th anniversary of a very dark chapter of human history, the U.S. incineration of tens of thousands of Japanese civilians by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a war crime that has been rationalized in popular U.S. history, writes Gary G. Kohls. By Gary G. Kohls August 6, 2015, is ...
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Top 6 Myths Driving Oil Prices Down – Analysis

    OilPrice.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    By Leonard Brecken “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  — Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings I start with that quote because once the media, as well as politicians for that matter, have no accountability for actions or words then liberty will … Continue reading Top 6 Myths Driving Oil Prices Down – Analysis To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The New-Born Citizens Of India – Analysis

    South Asia Monitor
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:50 pm
    By Preety Sahu* It is a happy beginning to the process of ending an old nightmare. Finally an end to the disputed Enclaves between India and Bangladesh, called the ‘Chitmahal’ that have kept thousands of its residents to live a life of hell for last many decades. Historically, the enclaves have been the result of … Continue reading The New-Born Citizens Of India – Analysis To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Gurdaspur Terror Attack: India Caught Napping Again? – OpEd

    South Asia Monitor
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    By Brig. Anil Gupta* The recent terrorist attack in Gurdaspur has confirmed three things beyond doubt. Firstly, in Pakistan it is General Raheel Sharif who calls the shots and not Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as far as India-Pakistan relations are concerned. Secondly, the script of India-Pakistan relations does not fall in the realm of foreign … Continue reading Gurdaspur Terror Attack: India Caught Napping Again? – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Kyrgyzstan Bares Teeth At Washington

    IWPR
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    By Timur Toktonaliev* Kyrgyzstan’s president has defended a decision to cancel tax exemptions for United States assistance and withdraw diplomatic immunity from aid programme staff. The move is direct retaliation for a US human rights prize awarded to jailed activist Azimjon Askarov. The US government has expressed regret at the Kyrgyz decision, pointing out that … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan Bares Teeth At Washington To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Let Syrians Decide Their Future – OpEd

    Arab News
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    By Abdelelah Alkhatib, Amr Moussa, Mohammad Al-Sabah and Turki Al Faisal* Four years ago, the Syrian people burst into the streets in a courageous quest for a future without tyranny, corruption or repression. Sadly, their quest led them into an infernal existence. The civil war brought on them by Syrian regime has slaughtered over 300,000 … Continue reading Let Syrians Decide Their Future – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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  • President Obama in Kenya

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    President Obama made a historic trip to Kenya this week where he visited his fathers homeland for the first time as sitting President.  Not long after touching down in Nairobi, he was taken to a hotel where he met fellow Obamas including his half-sister and step-grandmother. The President was seen smiling at a table between Mama Sarah Obama, whom he calls ‘granny’, and Auma Obama, who was born to his father’s first wife. For the president, the mission to encourage growth in Africa is a personal one, he said while speaking at a business summit in Kenya designed to help…
  • Daddy Daughter Weekend NYC

    Barack loves Michelle
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    President Barack Obama is enjoying a father-daughter weekend in New York with Sasha, Malia (who has an internship for the hit TV show, ‘Girls” and some of their friends. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was “looking forward to a rare opportunity he’ll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York.” The President’s sister Maya and her husband also joined the family while in NYC. According to reports, the trip to Daddy Daughter weekend was President Obama’s idea as he’s talked about how the girls…
  • The Evolution of Malia Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The daughters of Barack Obama have been in the public eye their entire lives, but nothing can compare to the pressure they must feel as children of the President of the United States. It’s been four years since the historic election of President Obama, in that time we have watched Malia go from a young 10 year old girl to a now 17 year old young lady entering that “coming of age” phase in her life. The First Lady has said in the past that their girls understand that when in front of the media, they are to be “seen and not heard” – so we can only imagine and…
  • First Lady Covers More Magazine & Europe

    Barack loves Michelle
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A little over a year ago, we started tossing around ideas about how we could collaborate with Mrs. Obama. At the time, having her serve as the first-ever guest editor of More seemed like a crazy dream, but it was at the top of my list. We knew that partnering on an issue would be a lot of work—I’m not sure the White House understood exactly how much!—but we were thrilled when they said yes. This is truly the First Lady’s issue. From the beginning, she said she didn’t want the whole magazine to be about her. It was hard to take off my editor’s hat and not focus all of my attention…
  • First Lady King College Prep High School Commencement

    Barack loves Michelle
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an emotional commencement address to the graduating class of King College Prep High School in Chicago’s South Side. Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year old young lady who was shot dead in 2013 was also a student at King College Prep High School, she would have been a graduating senior this year. The school won a contest promoting student applications for financial aid and according to reports all 177 of the schools graduating seniors have been accepted to college. See the full video of First Lady’s speech below. MRS. OBAMA: Wow! (Applause.)…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Bet Mishpachah condemns Jerusalem Pride attack

    Michael K. Lavers
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:25 pm
    An LGBT synagogue in D.C. has condemned the July 30, 2015, attack against a Jerusalem Pride march that left a teenager dead and five others injured. (Photo by Wayne McLean; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)An LGBT synagogue in D.C. on Monday condemned last week’s attack on a Jerusalem Pride march that left a teenager dead. Congregation Bet Mishpachah President Stuart Sotsky in a statement to the Washington Blade described the attack as a “horrific terrorist attack and homophobic hate crime that injured and killed innocent Israeli marchers.” He added the incident “contrasts strongly with the…
  • Obama urges young African leaders to support gay rights

    Chris Johnson
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    President Obama spoke out for gay rights during the YALI summit. (Image courtesy of YouTube)President Obama made comments Monday similar to public remarks he made in favor of gay rights during his recent trip to Africa, telling a group of young African leaders anti-gay discrimination is the same as racial discrimination. Obama made the remarks in the Omni Shoreham Hotel in D.C. during a town hall as part of a three-day summit for the Young African Leaders Initiative, which brings together selected young individuals from sub-Saharan Africa to meet with the U.S. president as well as American…
  • Capital Tennis wins Atlantic Cup

    Kevin Majoros
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Capital Tennis players celebrate their weekend triumph. (Photo courtesy the team) Last weekend, 22 players from Capital Tennis Association brought home the team trophy after narrowly defeating the Boston team at the 2015 Atlantic Cup. The event has been held annually since 1992 and LGBT players of all skill levels (Open to Division D) from D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and New York City compete for the team trophy. This year’s tournament was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., and D.C. clinched the Cup in the very last match of the tournament. D.C. holds…
  • Equality Maryland to remain open, curtail operations

    Michael K. Lavers
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Equality Maryland maintains it will still be able to advocate on behalf of the state’s LGBT residents in Annapolis after it’s board on Aug. 2, 2015, voted to curtail operations amid a growing budget shortfall. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Members of the Equality Maryland board of directors on Sunday voted to curtail the organization’s operations amid a growing budget shortfall. Equality Maryland in a statement said the board elected a transitional board that Larry Jacobs will chair. Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein will chair the Equality Maryland Foundation’s board of…
  • Teenager stabbed during Jerusalem Pride march dies

    Michael K. Lavers
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed during a Jerusalem Pride march last week, succumbed to her injuries on Aug. 2, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jerusalem Open House)A 16-year-old teenager who was stabbed during a Jerusalem Pride march last week has died. The Jerusalem Post reported officials at a local hospital announced that Shira Banki passed away on Sunday afternoon. The newspaper said Banki’s family has agreed to donate her organs. Banki died three days after Yishai Shlissel allegedly stabbed her and five others with a butcher’s knife as they were taking part in a march that…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Video: Lego-Style Houses May be The Answer to Disaster Aid

    Nina
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Rubble, made into liquid concrete, made into Lego-style blocks? Brilliant. This video from the Mobile Factory shows just how smart disaster aid can be. Whether it’s a war zone or a hurricane-ravaged shore, building new homes is a cinch with this system. The group is in Haiti now, but look for them soon around the world. The post Video: Lego-Style Houses May be The Answer to Disaster Aid appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Zimbabwe Government to US: Hand Over Walter Palmer

    Newsedge
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Press Association The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a “foreign poacher” who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, the country’s environment minister Oppah Muchinguri has said. In Harare’s first official comments since Cecil’s killing grabbed world headlines this week, Ms Muchinguri said the process to have 55- year-old Walter Palmer extradited from the US had already started. Ms Muchinguri, a senior member of President Mugabe’s ruling ZANU- PF party, described Cecil – well-known to tourists…
  • Cake is the New Arena for Political Debate in America

    Newsedge
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Associated Press It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with a specific design or for a particular event, baker makes it, everyone’s happy. But sometimes customers and bakers have clashed over what goes on the cake, or whether to make it at all. An Oregon bakery was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. A baker in Colorado earned a customer’s ire because she refused to write anti-gay messages on his cake. A Louisiana man posted a video to the Internet lambasting a local Wal-Mart for not making a cake with a…
  • After Cecil, Walter Palmer Wanted to Kill an Elephant

    Nina
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    The more we learn about the bloodthirsty dentist Walter Palmer, the less there is to like. According to The Telegraph, Cecil was just one in a string of exotic animal shootings. Next on Palmer’s agenda? An elephant. But thankfully for these gentle animals, he couldn’t find one large enough to fit his ego. Palmer reportedly asked his guide, professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, to find him an elephant that had tusks weighing at least 63 pounds each. That’s a “very large elephant,” Bronkhorst said. But Bronkhorst couldn’t find an elephant of that…
  • Watch: A Baby Elephant Meets a Flock of Swallows, and Wants to Fly, Too

    Nina
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Here’s your daily dose of adorable. In this video, a baby elephant is surrounded by a flock of low-flying swallows, and seems to want to join in the aerial fun. Maybe if he flaps his ears hard enough… The post Watch: A Baby Elephant Meets a Flock of Swallows, and Wants to Fly, Too appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
 
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  • Joe Biden’s Schrödinger’s Cat Campaign

    Nate Silver
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Pundits — bored with the prospect of a Hillary Clinton coronation — have conjectured for months that Joe Biden might run for president, but the vice president has remained on the sidelines. So you’d be right to indulge some skepticism toward the latest round of speculation about Biden running.But let’s consider Biden’s position from our outsider’s view. Does it make sense for Biden to enter the race? Not so much for Biden himself, but does it make sense for the Democratic Party to have Biden run? That’s the relevant question from the “The Party Decides” paradigm,…
  • There’s No Perfect Way To Sort The Candidates For A Primary Debate

    Harry Enten
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    At this point in past presidential primary campaigns — about six months before any voting is scheduled — it was easy to mostly ignore early polls. This year is different, because the Fox News debate this Thursday is using national polls to sift a top 10 from the 17-strong GOP field.That’s led to some outcry. Some candidates are upset the network isn’t using state polls, and some political analysts (including yours truly) have argued that national polls aren’t necessarily the best barometer of the primary’s eventual outcome; there’s also, for example, the endorsement…
  • Urban Resurgence Is A Double-Edged Sword For Democrats

    David Wasserman
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    For the first time in the post-World War II era, cities are growing at about the same rate as their suburbs, which for decades grew at a much faster clip. That’s good news for Democrats (especially Hillary Clinton) nationally: Their party’s recent Electoral College victories have been fueled by huge vote margins in urban cores.But presidential success may come at the expense of Democratic candidates at the congressional and state legislative levels: The increased clustering of Democratic votes in central cities has diminished the party’s fortunes in the large swath of…
  • How The NYPD Abused Citizens In The Name Of Data, And How One Cop Exposed It

    FiveThirtyEight
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Exposing police misconduct can be risky, even for a cop.“Crime By The Numbers,” a short documentary directed by Don Argott for FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ Signals series, tells the story of Adrian Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft, as a New York Police Department officer, blew the whistle on the NYPD’s abuse and misuse of CompStat, a system to track crime trends in New York City.But in trying to fix the injustices of New York’s policing system, Schoolcraft experienced that injustice personally.
  • John Kasich: A Jeb Bush In Jon Huntsman Clothing

    Harry Enten
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    It reads like a dream résumé for a Republican presidential candidate: nine-term congressman, six-year Fox News host and now twice-elected governor of a crucial swing state. His record puts him snugly in the mainstream of the Republican Party. Oh, and he won re-election as governor in 2014 by 31 percentage points.And yet, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who officially kicks off his campaign today, is currently in 12th place in national primary polls with a net favorability rating of just +3 percentage points, according to the latest Monmouth University survey. Kasich’s problem: Voters who have an…
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  • The Assets of Lucke’s New Alfa Party

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Athos fotografias A mere two weeks after being sacked as the AfD’s supreme leader, Bernd Lucke is back as presumably undisputed chair of the new “Alfa” (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch ~ Alliance for Progress and a New Beginning) party. Apparently, he already envisions a resounding success in the 2017 election and a possible role for Alfa/himself in a new centre right coalition. Taking a more short-term view, what are Alfa’s assets? During the first week after the Essen conference, about 10 per cent of the AfD’s 22,000 members have left the party. Let’s assume that…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    BBC News: Varoufakis ‘taped confidential EU meeting’ Interesting, but a wee bit pricey: “France and Fascism” monograph RT @BarnabyEdwards: Mum… Dad… I can’t keep it secret any longer: I’m Chinese. The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Public Radio International has an interesting segment on Greek migrants living in Germany. I’m quoted on German public opinion towards Greece & Greeks. The post Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Aljazeera America did some digging and found support for Syriza amongst members of Germany’s LEFT party. I provide some perspective on the LEFT, and on Germany.   Photo by Abode of Chaos The post Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • What the Upcoming AfD Conference is About

    Kai Arzheimer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In my recent article on the Alternative für Deutschland party, I stress the fact that the AfD is built on an alliance of assorted right-wingers. With no upcoming election campaigns in sight, things have come to a head over the last months, and the various factions have set up Photo by pilot_micha within the party. The fault lines run mostly along the lines of state-level parties, with the Eastern parties and Hesse taking the most clearly xenophobic/immigration sceptic positions, Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein subscribing to Lucke’s “liberal” line, and the very large NRW…
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-03, Monday

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, August 3 edition of the Alex Jones Show the Infowars team continues its coverage from Europe. We also cover the ongoing Planned Parenthood scandal, Hillary Supporters calling for a repeal of the cornerstone of American liberty, the Bill of Rights, and a range of other important issues, including Joe Biden and the 2016 presidential race, Obama’s plan to cover illegals with government mandated healthcare, the emerging EMP threat, the addition of Windows 10 to the surveillance grid and more.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-02, Sunday

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, August 2 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we examine the ongoing situation with Planned Parenthood, including a judge's decision to block the release of more undercover videos, and the move to defund the organization. Then, Alex will break down the slow erosion in Europe and discuss the passing of wrestling legend and American patriot Rowdy Roddy Piper.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-31, Friday

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, July 31 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into a study confirming what we've been telling you for years: cell phones can cause cancer. The meta-study reveals that holding a phone up to your head for several minutes a day can drastically increase the risk of brain tumors. We'll also discuss the numerous gruesome ways a baby is aborted with knives, chemicals and forceps. Alex also reports live from Spain to reveal just how totalitarian the country is, and how it can happen here in the U.S. You don't want to miss today's show.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-30, Thursday

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, July 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the ongoing war against American culture as the University of New Hampshire attempts to encourage censorious codes of political correctness on campus and activist journalists responsible for exposing the tissue and organ harvesting activity of Planned Parenthood announce they have nine more videos ready to release. We also cover an MTV documentary encouraging white guilt, the failure of immigration laws to protect Americans, a move by the United Nations to clamp down on private schools, and a sick “contest” by Los Angeles…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-29, Wednesday

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, July 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, the media works liberals into a frenzy over the death of a lion in Zimbabwe, while outrage over Planned Parenthood's reported sale of aborted fetal tissue is still relatively tepid. Also, New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie vows to perpetuate the failed war on drugs, and stay tuned for a special classic report from the Infowars vault. On today's show, we'll check in with radio host and authorSteve Quayle discusses the fallout over the Planned Parenthood sting videos and the overarching eugenics…
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  • Vox Sentences: Puerto Rico had a $58 million debt payment due. It paid $628,000.

    Dara Lind
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    President Obama unveils finalized power-plant regulations; Puerto Rico is officially in default; and the plan to train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS has a 50% casualty rate weeks after it started. Vox Sentences is written by Dylan Matthews and Dara Lind. TOP NEWS Incumplidos Washington Post / Matt McClain As of this moment, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico is officially in default on its $72 billion in debt. [Commonwealth of Puerto Rico / Melba Acosta] The island had a payment of $58 million due today. It paid...$628,000. [WSJ / Aaron Kuriloff] It's not like we didn't know this was coming.
  • This American Life explains why school segregation still exists — and is so hard to change

    Libby Nelson
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    School integration has shrunk steadily for nearly three decades: ever since 1988, the number of black students and white students who attend school together has decreased. And the achievement gap between black and white students has grown. Sunday's This American Life provided a potent look at how hard it is to reverse that trend, and how strong the resistance to school integration still is. Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine reported from Missouri's Normandy School District, where Ferguson's Michael Brown went to school before he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson…
  • The Puerto Rico crisis, explained

    Matthew Yglesias
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    On August 3, the government of Puerto Rico missed a $58 million payment on debts that it owes mostly to residents of Puerto Rico. That's bad news for those who were expecting a check, but it's also consistent with what the island's governor has been saying for months — the island faces a "death spiral" of debt and economic stagnation unless the foreign creditors to whom it owes billions of dollars will agree to some form of restructuring Related Why Puerto Rico's financial crisis is back in the news Some mainland politicians including Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have proposed…
  • Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, explained in 11 basic facts

    Dara Lind
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    On August 3rd, the island of Puerto Rico officially went into default on its $72 billion in debt. The announcement is the culmination of several years of economic woes, but the island's debt has now become an urgent problem for the US territory — and therefore, for the US. The problem is especially tricky because US bankruptcy laws don't allow government institutions in Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy, as those in US states can. US policy did a lot to create the problem, and people on both sides of the debate — Puerto Ricans and the creditors who own their bonds — are Americans. The…
  • Obama wants to pay for prisoners' college education — and it could save taxpayers money

    German Lopez
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    The Obama administration is proposing a program that seems simultaneously completely obvious as a matter of policy and completely impossible as a matter of politics: Why not subsidize college education for prisoners? The benefits are clear: Research suggests the program could cut prison re-entry and, as a result, the overall cost of prisons. And if the point of prison is to take criminals and make them productive members of society, helping them afford the education needed to win a good job after release seems almost core to the mission. Related How America became the world's leader in…
 
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  • Was the NSA Tracking the 911 Hijackers?

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    New revelations about the National Security Agency’s ability to track phone calls in pre-9/11 America are raising the specter of a massive government cover-up. One that could have been used to hide intelligence failures, and fuel arguments for mass domestic spying. In 2000, Khalid al-Mihdhar was living in San Diego. One year later, he would go on to be one of the five hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 77, steered into the Pentagon on September 11. But in the months leading up to that horrifying day, al-Mihdhar made a number of phone calls to Yemen from his California…
  • Equality Nonsense

    Walter E. Williams
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A particular act or policy might not have a discriminatory intent, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. If it has a disproportionately negative impact on so-called protected classes, it is said to have a disparate impact and risks being prohibited by law. The uninformed assumption made by judges, lawyers and academics is that but for the fact of racial and sex discrimination, we all would be distributed across occupations, educational backgrounds and other socio-economic characteristics according to our percentages in the population. Such a vision is absolute nonsense. There is no…
  • Corn in Your Tank

    Eric Peters
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If something’s desirable it ought not to be necessary to force people to buy it. Chipotle, for instance, doesn’t need to spend millions in de facto bribes (“campaign contributions”) to wheedle Congress into passing burrito subsidies. Nor are you forced to eat at Chipotle if burritos and bowls are not your thing. The market has voted – freely, without being prodded or pushed – that Chipotle is a good place to eat and so people go there willingly, part with their money gladly. Why doesn’t the same standard apply  to “renewable” fuels, specifically – ethanol and biodiesel?
  • 1,1 Million Drug Prisoners in the US

    No Author
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Of the 2.2 million Americans in prison right now, about half are there for drug-related offenses. It’s a tricky number to determine because felonies such as murder, assault, burglary, arson, robbery, and even kidnapping can still be linked to the drug war. The Bureau of Justice Statistics claims, “Between 2001 and 2013, more than half of prisoners serving sentences of more than a year in federal facilities were convicted of drug offenses.” There are no prominent right-wing politicians today condoning legalization, but can we at least start with pot? Making teenagers play videogames for…
  • The Plot To Destroy Nixon

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In his new biography “Being Nixon: A Man Divided,” Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, “was not paranoid; the press and the ‘Georgetown set’ really were out to get him.” Carl Bernstein’s review found Thomas’ book deficient in its failure to chronicle the “endemic criminality” of the Nixon presidency. Yet, recent revelations suggest that “endemic criminality” is a phrase that might well be applied to the newsroom of The Washington Post when Bob Woodward and Bernstein worked there. Consider. In…
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    Pension360

  • Kansas Pension Bonds Rated By Moody’s

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Kansas will likely issue $1 billion in pension bonds in the coming months, and Moody’s this weekend assigned those bonds an Aa3 rating, with a stable outlook. In a bid to improve funding levels of the state’s major pension system, the proceeds from the bonds will go straight into the portfolio of the Kansas Public Employees’ Retirement System. Pension360 recently covered how at least some officials were wary of the bond plan. More on the Moody’s rating from KSHB: Moody’s Investors Service this week assigned a rating of Aa3 to the bonds, which the state hopes to sell next month.
  • Teacher Experience Varies: An Example from Maryland

    Kirsten Schmitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Years of service is one of the most important variables in determining pension benefits. But as the following analysis by Kirsten Schmitz shows, experience levels vary dramatically between schools, even in the same state — and that has implications for schools trying to grapple with pension costs. This article was originally published on TeacherPensions.org By Kirsten Schmitz Teacher experience levels can vary dramatically state-to-state, but experience levels vary even more within states. To show what this looks like, I’ve analyzed a dataset from the state of Maryland showing how…
  • Pension Pulse: Risk On, Risk Off?

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Lawrence Delevingne of Reuters report, Hedge fund Elliott eyes fresh market turbulence: Paul Singer’s $27 billion hedge fund Elliott Associates is worried about Europe’s prospects and is bracing for fresh market turbulence. In a letter to investors dated July 23 and seen by Reuters on Thursday, the New York-based firm told clients that it has returned 2.8 percent in its Elliott Associates, L.P. and 2.2 percent in…
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Will Hear Frozen COLA Case

    Ted Ballantine
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Did New Jersey act illegally when it froze cost-of-living adjustments as part of a 2011 pension overhaul? The state’s high court will soon decide — it was announced on Thursday that the state Supreme Court will hear the lawsuit, brought by retirees, that challenges the legality of the frozen COLAs. The central question is whether cost-of-living adjustments are part of public workers’ contractual rights; a lower court in 2012 said no, but an appeals court later said yes. More from NJ.com: The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the state violated hundreds of…
  • Pension Pulse: The Changing Landscape of Private Equity

    Leo Kolivakis
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Devin Banerjee of Bloomberg reports, Rubenstein Says Private Equity’s Fees, Investors Have Changed: The private equity industry has changed the most in decades as its investor base evolves and clients demand more fee concessions, Carlyle Group LP’s David Rubenstein said. “The industry has changed more in the four or five years since the crisis than in the previous 45 years,” Rubenstein, Carlyle’s co-founder and co-chief executive officer,…
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    Message President

  • Help me understand

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:25 pm
    my son was locked up in Attica correctional facility , while in the facility I received a letter from an inmate saying my son was violated by one of the guards there, January 22,2015. on my deceased mother's birthday. may she rest in peace. me being who I am I wrote the warden of the jail I inbox the governor I placed post on my Facebook page and share it on your page and every one else who claim to want things to change. I spoke to my son's counselor at the time at the jail also explaining to him the letter I received from the inmate other then my son. they was more concern about the name of…
  • Thank You & More

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Thank you Mr. President for all you've gifted us throughout your administration. I have only one request of you. Well, actually two. Please tell SSA to grant me the ACCURATE amount of disability monies they owe me ASAP. & then please do spend some time reviewing my FB Notes. https://www.facebook.com/notes/ani-kaspar/ani-rising-illegal-surveillance-torture/10153584739304653?pnref=story I've done all I can to end the mayhem, but it is quite clear, I need your power to end this terrible course of events I never would expect of my life or our country. Thank you, Ani Kaspar 607.279.0045…
  • Detention of Immigrant families

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Please do not appeal the federal district court order rendered on July 24, 2015 ending the detention of immigrant families. In addition, act to reverse this government policy.
  • BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from the dead. DO YOU KNOW CHRIST JESUS? KING of the JEWs & KING of the UNIVERSE As GOD's gift of LOVE to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. Through them came CHRIST JESUS, The HOLY BIBLE, the patriarchs, The Priest the Law, the Prophets, Promises & the HOLY SPIRIT. For the JEW first for SALVATION is from the JEWS. than the gentile. According to HIS sound doctrine. My one & only GREAT & GLORIOUS Uncorruptible KING, HIGH PRIEST, LORD, SAVIOR, CREATOR, HEALER, DELIVERER,…
  • BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from the dead. DO YOU KNOW CHRIST JESUS? KING of the JEWs & KING of the UNIVERSE As GOD's gift of LOVE to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. Through them came CHRIST JESUS, The HOLY BIBLE, the patriarchs, The Priest the Law, the Prophets, Promises & the HOLY SPIRIT. For the JEW first for SALVATION is from the JEWS. than the gentile. According to HIS sound doctrine. My one & only GREAT & GLORIOUS Uncorruptible KING, HIGH PRIEST, LORD, SAVIOR, CREATOR, HEALER, DELIVERER,…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Former British Prime Minister Subject of Child Sex Abuse Investigations

    James Burke
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    British police are conducting investigations into whether allegations of child sexual molestation made against Edward Heath, a former British prime minister, were covered up. The original abuse claims were made in the 1990s against Heath, who led Britain from 1970 and 1974, reports the BBC. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said they are now investigating claims made by a retired senior officer who said the allegations against Heath were not acted upon by the territorial police in Wiltshire, in England’s southwest. “It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not…
  • Is This an Example of the Moral Standard in China Today?

    Hermann Rohr
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Only recently, a picture went viral on the Chinese Web, making people both sad and angry.   An old lady has to squat in a bus next to a young girl. After going viral, the image shocked and saddened many. It apparently mirrors the moral attitude that many people struggle with in China today. (Image: Chinese Network/SecretChina) The picture shows a old lady squatting next to a young lady in a filled bus. One would think that moral conscience might suggest that one should make space for older people. Many commenters say that what happened in the this bus is an unfortunate moral…
  • ‘Educational Poster’ Gets People (Sorta) Talking About Race in Thailand

    James Burke
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Hmmmm. Racism. Tricky thing to cover. But it’s big thing, at least in the West where it is now pretty doctrinally loaded these days—i.e., political correctness. One thing about Thailand, there’s no such thing as P.C. here. That can be seen as good or bad depending on your standpoint. As opposed to P.C., Thais have their own codes on how to live and view the world. Both good and bad, again depending on your own world views. But according to the 2007 World Values Survey, 28 per cent of Thai respondents said that they would not like to people of another race as next door neighbors.
  • Criminals Beware! Lt. Clay Higgins is the Real Deal, and He’s Gone Viral

    James Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    If I had to choose any man to be my local police officer, it would be Lt. Clay Higgins. I can only say that the people of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, are lucky to have him as one of their local law enforcement officers. He’s like something out of a John Wayne film, but better. The 54-year-old is the real deal, and as you can tell by the above video, he has an old school way with words. Lt. Higgins also served as a SWAT officer for 11 years. His weekly Crime Stoppers segments on ABC affiliate KATC have quite a following where he calls out criminals wanted for local crimes, such as…
  • Are These the Safest Countries to Be in If World War 3 Breaks Out?

    James Burke
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    This is probably something you don’t ponder on much, but if World War 3 was to break out, where would you feel safe? Or for that matter, how safe would you be in your home country if things got nuclear? The above video offers a list of 10 countries that they think would have a good chance of surviving an apocalyptic nuclear war. While this is not the most cheery of subjects, if you currently live in any of those places listed, I rate you already as being pretty lucky—war or no war. Fiji, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland. They’re pretty special places to live in. I don’t think the…
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    The National Memo

  • Illegal Immigration A Dominant Theme At Republican Forum Even Without Trump

    Reuters
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:19 pm
    By Steve Holland MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme on Monday for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a New Hampshire forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail. Facing their first face-to-face debate on Thursday in Cleveland, the candidates got in some warm-up action at the Voters First Forum. The event lacked the punch of an actual debate but allowed participants to talk up their policy beliefs in answer to questions from a moderator. Senator Lindsey Graham of South…
  • Battle For Final Spot In GOP Debate: Chris Christie Vs. Rick Perry

    David Lauter
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — With Fox News due to announce Tuesday which candidates will be onstage for the first debate of the GOP primary season, the fight for the final slot seems to be a battle of governors — Rick Perry versus Chris Christie. The GOP has 17 candidates who have announced that they’re seeking the nomination, so debate sponsors have to find some way to cull the field. Fox, the broadcast sponsor for Thursday’s session, announced in the spring that 10 candidates would get to debate, picked based on who has the highest average…
  • Amy Schumer Promotes Gun Check Legislation With Cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer

    Eric Kleefeld
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Comedian and actress Amy Schumer went to Capitol Hill on Monday, teaming up with a famous cousin of hers — Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — to promote legislation to strengthen background checks for gun purchases. A visibly emotional Ms. Schumer highlighted the matter’s relevance, after the mass shooting late last month at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. “For me, the pain I share with so many other Americans on the issue of gun violence was made extremely personal to me on Thursday, July the 23rd when John — I’m not even gonna say his name — when this…
  • The Monday Polls: Trump Up With Fox Debate Umps

    Eric Kleefeld
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Two new national polls out Monday further confirm the likely lineup of Thursday night’s Fox News primetime debate — and also confirm that Donald Trump is dominating the wide field. In the new poll from Fox News itself, Trump has 26 percent, Jeb Bush 15 percent, Scott Walker 9 percent, Ben Carson 7 percent, and 6 percent apiece for Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. In addition, the poll out Monday from Monmouth University was nearly identical: Trump 26 percent, Bush 12 percent, Walker 11 percent, 6 percent each for Cruz and Huckabee, and 5 percent for Carson. Both polls also show the same…
  • Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood Exposes Republicans’ Lack of Coherence

    Stephanie Schwartz
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Monday’s Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood was a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party, and just another example of how the GOP has lost its way; continuing to flail with a series of dramatic gestures, rather than govern. There was virtually no way that the vote to deprive Planned Parenthood of federal money – the vast majority of which goes to women who need cancer screenings, birth control, and routine gynecological care – would actually pass. The Senate needed 60 votes, and with no Democrats and a number of Republicans standing against the measure, the vote was seen as…
 
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Artificial Empathy

    Ken W. Simpson
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Under each leaf hiding away from the light camouflaged caterpillars chew. In silhouette a guileless face against a bland background radiates unctuous urbanity. Pretensions of honesty and fake bonhomie by predatory politicians with minds designed to lie. A concert for the deaf enigmatic ethics shotgun blasts to the head and each one a suicide.Filed under: […]
  • Ghoul Days

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Beckoned by a phobia fear appears inside the mind where images of trampled earth mix with melancholy in a playground filled with children. Life shies away from myths of eternity and bliss distracted by thoughts that float away careless of ambiguity before they decay compromised by lies in alcoves where alibis hide. The avenue to […]
  • Dealing with Demons

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Thoughts escape as silent echoes of wistful yearnings that ebb and flow pause then slip back again fretful and forgetful. Waves grow with the wind currents change and passions incandescence begins to fade a fragile love that failed to last and passed with the coolness of a kiss. The glittering strobe mouths open and close […]
  • Flashbacks

    Ken W. Simpson
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    I remember the fear and the cold inside an old annex at a guesthouse with a long corridor made of wood. I hoped to ride a horse while we walked down a track bordered by tall eucalypts to a shop made of logs. At a golf house Mrs Renee Sullivan screamed with laughter and talked […]
  • Digital Lives

    Ken W. Simpson
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    A bird sings in the tranquillity of a moment as the sun rises over canned compliments alienation scrambled egos and lonely words. Deliriously domesticated ordinary people collectively deluded and programmed by propaganda and the dirty tricks of politics. Ideas sprout like mushrooms after rain and fade like echoes that merge as thoughts or memories before […]
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    Political Wire

  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    “The first thing I’m probably going to do is catch up on my sleep. I’ll probably do that for a couple of months.” — President Obama, quoted by The Hill, on his post-presidential plans.
  • Rick Perry Unlikely to Make Debate Cut

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Politico: “It appears increasingly unlikely that Rick Perry will get a chance to atone for his disastrous 2012 debate performance — or attack his 2016 nemesis, Donald Trump — when Republicans spar for the first time Thursday in Cleveland.”
  • GOP Candidates Shrink in New Hampshire Forum

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    New York Times: “After weeks of preparing for a smash-mouth debate with Donald J. Trump, 14 Republican candidates found themselves instead Trump-less but sandwiched into a constricting format on Monday night, delivering strikingly uneven performances just days before the first big test of the presidential primary contest.” “Rather than making the other contenders look more presidential, however, the event, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., seemed to shrink the candidates. Assembled in the front row, the Republicans gawked as each rival took his or her turn on stage,…
  • Planned Parenthood Fight Splits GOP

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:49 pm
    “Republicans are divided over whether they should use this fall’s government funding bill to attack Planned Parenthood — and risk a high-stakes shutdown fight — after Senate Democrats blocked a standalone bill to defund the organization on Monday evening,” Politico reports. “On one side is presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who’s pushing Republicans to do everything within their power to strip the organization of federal support after Monday’s bill failed to clear a filibuster, 53-46. But a group of veteran Republican legislators is urging a more cautious…
  • Two More Polls Shows Trump in Front

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    A new Fox News poll finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race with 26%, followed by Jeb Bush at 15%, Scott Walker at 9%, Ben Carson at 7%, Mike Huckabee at 6%, Ted Cruz at 6%, Marco Rubio at 5%, Rand Paul at 5%, Chris Christie at 3% and John Kasich at 3%. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Trump leading with 19%, followed by Walker at 15%, Bush at 14%, Carson at 10%, Cruz at 9%, Huckabee at 6%, Paul at 6%, Rubio at 5%, Kasich at 3%, Perry at 3% and Christie at 3%.
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    OpedSpace

  • A Journey Into The Central African Republic (PHOTO ESSAY)

    William Clowes, UK
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Arguably the most striking aspect about the violence that the Central African Republic has witnessed in recent years is the extraordinary levels of demographic upheaval. The bloodletting which stretched from late 2012 to early 2015 has led to the displacement, both within the CAR and beyond its borders, of almost 1 million Central Africans. The population of the country is only about 4.5 million! These Central Africans have been the victims of a conflict which unfurled in several stages. First, in December 2012, a mainly Muslim alliance of rebel groups – the Seleka – ripped through the…
  • Central African Republic: What We Can Learn From Civil War

    William Clowes, UK
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    A reporter with a license to report should probably do some reporting. After only six weeks, I didn’t yet feel equipped to take on Kinshasa, a pretty unfathomable metropolis of more than 10 million. The political complexity, the mix of Machiavellianism and crude oppression, the relationship between the restless streets and the seats of power were still way beyond my grasp. I needed something unsubtle, something more event-driven, something where the sides were more clear-cut, something fewer rivals had already covered. The answer I came up with was the war in the Central African Republic…
  • Why California’s New Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea

    Patrick Elyas, Egypt/USA
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    On Saturday June 13, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, following the success of similar legislation in San Francisco and Seattle. Few people seriously dispute the principle that those who choose to work (as opposed to simply collecting benefits) should be rewarded by earning wages that afford them a minimally decent life. However, an increase to $15 an hour over just a few years is a radical move that will irreversibly hurt small and medium-size businesses and result in perverse incentives for…
  • A Case for ‘Europe’

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    Today we stand on the precipice of a European implosion. A popular referendum on July 5th may determine if Greece will leave the monetary union, and perhaps, according to its Central Bank, also the EU. A Syriza look-a-like party, Podemos, has captured the hearts of voters in Spain and now rules its two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona. Britain’s Tory party, bowing to its rightist fringe, threatens a “Brexit.” Anti-immigrant, far right parties are winning elections from Denmark to France to Italy. In the face of these twin populist insurgencies of the far-left and the far-right…
  • Why Removing The Confederate Flag Is Not Enough

    Sebastian Johnson, US
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    “Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” Psalm 74:4 For months, the events have gathered, scattered ominously across the landscape like dark foreboding clouds, pregnant with the force of an awful history, a terrible miasma. Each name, each place a peal of sorrowful thunder. And last week, another muzzle’s flash and a hail of bullets. Nine dead at Bible study. Nine empty seats at dining room tables. The vacant spot in a pew; the silent desk in the well of the state senate; the stolen dreams of a community, carefully and lovingly tended,…
 
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    Time To Change

  • Perihal Buku dan Kemanusiaan

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Kisah seorang posmen membantu impian seorang budak lelaki di Utah, Amerika memiliki buku untuk dibaca, sementelah si posmen yang bernama Ron Lynch telah bertemu dengan Mathew Flores yang sedang membaca keratan iklan-iklan lama ketika dia menghantar bungkusan ke apartmen Mathew, menjadi begitu viral.Si Mathew meminta pada si posmen itu kalau-kalau dia masih punya keratan-keratan akhbar lama untuk dia baca. Terkesima dengan permintaan Mathew, posmen tersebut terus menulis sepotong permintaan umum kepada rakan-rakan Facebook untuk membantu Mathew mendapatkan buku-buku yang mampu memenuhkan…
  • Mengapa Peduli Politik?

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    Sering kali kita mendengar luahan rasa kecewa, benci dan menyampah pada politik dan segala permainan sekitarnya, terutamanya oleh golongan belia sekarang. Politik Malaysia yang serba caca merba, siapa yang tidak rasa menyampah. Rasa begini adalah normal. Kalaulah saban hari media tidak putus menayangkan segala kebodohan orang politik, siapa tidak sakit jiwa.Barisan Nasional memang pun sudah lama gila, kini Pakatan Rakyat pula menjadi gila meroyan. Rasa menyampah dan benci itu bertitik tolak apabila kita merasa mual pada setiap kali kata janji dan kepercayaan yang dipertaruhkan telah…
  • Angkuh

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    Najib Razak adalah contoh terbaik untuk kategori politikus angkuh. Angkuhnya bertingkat-tingkat. Dalam pada dirinya begitu terhimpit kiri kanan atas bawah, dia masih lagi merasa bahawa dunia ini dia yang punya. Sebab itu tiadalah pelik dengan segala macam kenyataannya yang begitu angkuh kedengaran selepas peristiwa kudeta beberapa hari lepas.Kamu boleh lagi mendendangkan rasa bangga dengan barisan kabinet baru itu, yang kata kamu akan lebih diyakini rakyat jelata. Siapa rakyat jelata yang begitu bengap, yang masih lagi boleh meletak barang setitik pun rasa yakin pada kepimpinan kamu lagi,…
  • Impian Muzik di Malaysia

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    Tahun pertama bergelar mahasiswa di UKM, saya tinggal sebilik dengan seorang rakan dari Kelantan yang terlibat aktif dalam sebuah band muzik. Daripada beliaulah, saya mengenal dunia muzik dengan lebih dekat. Kalau sebelum ini cuma tahu genre muzik dan beberapa nama alatannya, tinggal sebilik dengannya membolehkan saya merasa petikan jari sendiri pada tali gitar miliknya.Daripada dia juga, saya berkenalan dengan dunia muzik bawah tanah. Perihal wujudnya band muzik bawah tanah, yang bergerak sendiri, dengan tiada campur tangan produksi besar, atau penerbit popular. Mereka merancang acara-acara…
  • Kunang Pesisir Morten

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Tulisan Kak Raiha Bahaudin membuatkan saya melekat dengan buku ini sepanjangan hari raya ketiga, sehinggakan beberapa kali disiku abang kerana tidak betah untuk berenggang dengannya walaupun tika itu sibuk melawat rumah saudara ke sana ke mari. Saya fikir, orang lain melekat dengan telefon pintar mereka, maka biarkan aku melekat dengan buku serba cinta ini.Mengapa disebutkan cinta?“Apa di belakang kau tu, Adi?” Lim sudah tidak sabar.Aku mengeluarkannya. Tabung ayam seramik itu walaupun hodoh amat telah menyimpan keringat lelahku berbulan-bulan. Simpanan upah menolong ibuku menjual kuih…
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    The Political Insider

  • Three Girls Asked ISIS for Money to Join Terrorist Network, Then Things Got WILD!

    TPIWriter
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    It’s always embarrassing when people are fooled online. Known as “catfishing”… It happens to millions of internet users, where people pretend to be someone they are not. From email scammers to online dating, it’s too common. But this is the best story of catfishing ever, and it will leave you cheering. These ladies scammed the Islamic State (ISIS) into giving them money for travel to join their terrorist network… Then kept the money! If you’re low on funds for that big vacation, you could always ask to borrow money, make a Kickstarter campaign … or…
  • Remember CEO Who Set Minimum Wage to $70,000? THIS is What Happened NEXT!

    TPIWriter
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    For the past few months the CEO of Gravity Payments – Dan Price – has become famous across the world because he promised to pay ALL his employees $70,000 annually. That means they earn $70,000 if they are executives or if they are hourly, beginner jobs. No matter how hard his employees work or produce, everyone earns $70,000 each calendar year. Now, as you might have guessed, Price is having a difficult time! In fact, with such a low income placed on himself and his business falling apart, he has been forced to sell his house. And employees are leaving the company in massive…
  • Recently Discovered Photo of Trump Changes Everything- Spread This All Over Facebook!

    TPIWriter
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    There is so many reasons why millions of Americans are saying, “I Support Donald Trump!”  The Washington, D.C. political class can’t stand him, and are desperate to smear Trump as he maintains record-breaking leads in EVERY poll. Talking to supporters of the political establishment, you first heard, “Trump is too liberal.” Now we are hearing, “Trump is way too conservative!” They have called him racist, thrown around the “rape” word, and have attacked his incredibly successful real estate business. But throughout it all, Trump is winning.
  • This Image BRILLIANTLY Explains Why Public Schools are a DISASTER (BOOM!)

    TPIWriter
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Across America, children are struggling to get proper nutrition from the strict and low quality food mandated to them by First Lady Michelle Obama. On top of reduced calories, vending machines are being banned in thousands of school districts. Progressives can’t wait to ban our favorite soft drinks. But when it comes to sex education, that’s another matter. Birth control and condoms are passed out to students often, regardless of parents’ wishes. This is a glaring example of the fools who run taxpayer-funded schools. Via Liberal Logic:   Please share this and help us…
  • BREAKING: Obama Admin GAVE Terrorist the Gun Used in THIS Attack in America!

    TPIWriter
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder is no longer in office, but America continues to pay for his corruption and failures. Holder’s “Fast and Furious” gun operation was illegal and a mess. It ended up with high caliber firearms in the hands of America’s enemies. Now, according to a new media report, we can confirm just how serious that disastrous operation was. As it turns out, Nadir Hamid Soofi, one of the two terrorists shot dead by police during an attempted attack on a “Draw Mohammed” event in Garland, Texas had a weapon from the…
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    The Grapevine

  • What’s the (Green) Deal?

    Ian Keyte
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    Ian Keyte explains why the scrapping of green initiatives is literally throwing money out of the window. The Conservatives used the last couple of days before the Parliamentary recess to quietly pull the plug on the Green Deal, its much troubled energy efficiency retrofitting scheme. This comes hot on the heels of a spate of cutbacks in green policies that has seen on-shore wind and solar subsidies cut, zero-carbon homes standards scrapped and plans to largely privatise the green investment bank. It is very clear that the next five years of a Cameron-Osborne led economy will hit environmental…
  • What is the sound of no MPs clapping?

    Evan Byrne
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    Evan Byrne argues that Mhairi Black’s attack on one of Westminster’s more arcane rules is misguided. Mhairi Black doesn’t seem to like that “you’re not allowed to clap like an ordinary person, but you’re allowed to bray like a donkey” in the House of Commons. The SNP have been called out on clapping several times now. The SNP are doing a fantastic job of being the anti-Westminster establishment party. They keep breaking all the rules, including -funnily enough- actually showing up en masse. Mhairi Black in particular has become quite prominent – she’s only 20 years…
  • The Greek financial crisis – what the Eurozone and Greek philosophers illustrate about European freedom and democracy

    Jack Longman
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
        Jack Longman demonstrates there’s more than one way to look at contemporary events, here applying the work of ancient philosophers to the Greek crisis. It is perhaps fitting, like many commentators have suggested, that a turbulent crisis at the heart of Europe – transcending more than just economics – should involve a nation that’s known as the cradle of democracy. Of course this refers to Greece, the Mediterranean nation whose tumultuous bailout and debt reforms, sought after by the far-left incumbents of the Greek government Syriza, has captivated the attention…
  • How do you solve a problem like The Donald?

    George Reeves
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
      George Reeves considers the potential threat Donald Trump poses to the Republicans’ credibility, and what they can do about it. It’s crunch time for the Republican Party. After six years of railing against the Obama administration whilst aimlessly drifting around the political spectrum, American conservatives must now work out where they want their party to be heading, and next year’s presidential election offers Republicans the perfect opportunity to revitalise their ailing brand and regain the White House. 2016 is a must-win election for Republicans – failure…
  • The Future of the Euro

    Scott Hutchings
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
      Scott Hutchings argues radical reform of the Euro is the only way to save the single currency and the European Union. It’s safe to say that when the Euro was first introduced it had its critics -quite a few in fact- and over the years that number has increased significantly. But their voices were drowned out, with the proponents of the Euro promoting the single currency as a symbol of European enlightenment. There seemed a time when the Euro was the future and any nation that shunned the single currency like the UK was made to feel very much like the odd-one-out in the European…
 
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Report: Samuel DuBose had Two Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Stop, So?

    Joy Blake
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Report: Samuel DuBose had Two Pounds of Marijuana, Thousands of Dollars in Car Former NYPD officer John Cardillo said Samuel DuBose had two pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in his car when he was pulled over by former University of Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing. The problem is that this was not in the police report. Still, he didn’t deserve to be shot in the head. Cardillo, who made the comments on HLN’s “Dr. Drew,” also said DuBose was a drug dealer, though there was no evidence that Tensing had any knowledge as a basis for pulling him over. Of course,…
  • Darren Wilson: Michael Brown Murder “Makes Me Unemployable”

    Janet Shan
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Darren Wilson: Michael Brown Murder “Makes Me Unemployable” Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, said he had interviewed for police positions but was told he would be a liability. He told the New Yorker, “It’s too hot an issue, so it makes me unemployable,” he said. Um, he’s more employable than Michael Brown will ever be! Humanizing Darren Wilson won’t do much to appease his critics. In fact, he’s trying to paint himself as the victim and clearly he’s not. During our conversations, Wilson typically sat in a recliner, holding…
  • Donald Trump Calls Koch Bros-Backed GOP Candidates “Puppets”

    Janet Shan
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Donald Trump Calls Koch Bros-Backed GOP Candidates “Puppets” (Photo Credit: Villains.Wikia.Com) “I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?” — Donald Trump, on Twitter. I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2015 Separately, Trump promised to go on the attack against any GOP candidates who attack him, The Hill reports. Um,…
  • Ex-Con Tremaine Wilbourn Wanted for Memphis Cop Sean Bolton’s Murder

    Joy Blake
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Ex-Con Tremaine Wilbourn Wanted for Memphis Cop Sean Bolton’s Murder A warrant has been issued for Tremaine Wilbourn in the shooting death of Memphis police officer Sean Bolton during a traffic stop Saturday night. Police director Toney Armstrong said during a press conference on Sunday that Bolton interrupted a drug transaction when he approached a Mercedes Benz because it was illegally parked. He was shot by a passenger in the vehicle, who was identified as Wilbourn. Tremaine Wilbourn is on supervisory release on a bank robbery charge. A $10,000 reward is being offered by the U.S.
  • Donald Trump on Black Lives Matter: “Give Power Back to the Police”

    Mira Hutchinson
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Donald Trump on Black Lives Matter: “Give Power Back to the Police” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey) After slamming President Obama as doing very little for black Americans, Donald Trump said we “should give power back to the police,” when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement during an appearance on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. This is the GOP 2016 frontrunner who said he’s going to win the black vote. CHUCK TODD: And, again, I know we’re going to get into a lot more issues with you in a couple weeks. But I want to ask you about Black Lives…
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    The Mandarin

  • Rethinking a contemporary social justice in government

    Pradeep Philip & Vishaal Kishore
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    If the public sector is to achieve the task of innovation, integration and improvement in social services, we must learn from our social policy experience, writes Dr Pradeep Philip, secretary of the new Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and his chief of staff, Dr Vishaal Kishore. Click here Rethinking a contemporary social justice in government to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Antarctic director on a career as a public conservationist

    Stephen Easton
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Tony Fleming steps down this week as the Australian Antarctic Division's director. He spoke to The Mandarin about why a conservationist joins the public sector. Click here Antarctic director on a career as a public conservationist to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Environment portfolio appointments for Antarctic, climate science

    Stephen Easton
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
    There's movement in the Environment portfolio, with the Antarctic Division's chief scientist taking on the directorship and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority chief going to the top of the department. Click here Environment portfolio appointments for Antarctic, climate science to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Tim Soutphommasane: vilification of Adam Goodes damages everyone

    Tim Soutphommasane
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Adam Goodes has been a public figure not afraid of challenging prejudice; not afraid of asking questions about Australian history and society. He has done it in ways that have made some people feel uncomfortable, writes race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. Click here Tim Soutphommasane: vilification of Adam Goodes damages everyone to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Thousands of senior officials swept into expenses review

    Harley Dennett
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Bronwyn Bishop may have the last laugh at the expense of senior public servants she once terrorised over use of taxpayer's money. The entitlements review announced on the weekend will look at bringing statutory officials into the same system with independent oversight of their travel and personal expenses. Click here Thousands of senior officials swept into expenses review to read the full article on The Mandarin.
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Lyric Meets Liberty Sharpe!

    Jim Sharpe
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
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  • The 52 GOP Presidental Candidates

    Marina Sharpe
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Ok. We don’t have 52 Republican candidates seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2016. But we have not had a race this crowded since 1863 – the year President Lincoln won during the Civil War. How will candidates distinguish themselves and what actually makes them different. Read more at Jim Sharpe On Point
  • Racism Is Okay…If It’s Coming From The Left

    Jim Sharpe
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    At a time we are trying to stamp out racism in this country, we’re told by liberal voices that an old, white woman of privilege is the leading voice on issues of race and that a conservative candidate of color can have his ethnicity questioned. Who knew? Racism’s ok – if you have the right political ideology. Read more at Jim Sharpe On Point
  • McKinney,Texas: Everything’s Racist Part 2

    Jim Sharpe
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Beńet Embry, a black resident of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas said he didn’t think an incident involving a white cop and black teens was racial in nature. In case you need your memory jogged, Craig Ranch is the community where that cop went nutso (even doing a shoulder roll) on some pool-party-crashing teens. When Jim Sharpe tried to interview Embry on America Continues, he declined – citing death threats made against him. Welcome to America 2015, where an African-American who doesn’t view an incident as racist – at least one that the race baiters do –…
  • Jim Sharpe Returns to the Phoenix Airwaves

    Jim Sharpe
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    (PHOENIX, AZ) June 1, 2015 – Jim Sharpe, a longtime Phoenix radio talk show host, who started his broadcast career in Arizona, is set to rejoin the Phoenix media landscape this week after a seven-month absence. Phoenix radio station Independent Talk 1100 (KFNX) will begin carrying Sharpe’s nationally-syndicated show, America Continues with Jim Sharpe, starting Monday, June 1. The show will air from 9 to 11 PM weekdays in Phoenix. “Crazily, we had already been in talks with KFNX about the possibility of carrying the show when I randomly ran into the station’s owner,…
 
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    Yabberz: Top Stories

  • Why Americas Constitutional Rights Might Be Americas Downfall

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Check this video shot by an American man in Texas who knows his first two Constitutional rights inside out Watch him use those rights to aggressively provoke a confrontation with police over his right to exercise his rights to the letter of the law Watch him scream ....
  • New Hampshire Voters Explain The Appeal Of Donald Trump Bloomberg

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Donald Trump is a brand and his New Hampshire supporters are itching to buy it A Bloomberg Politics focus group of 12 Republican and independent voters who are supportive of Donald Trumps presidential candidacy shed light Wednesday night on the billionaires swift rise ....
  • ​Iran If The Deal Fails

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Iran If The Deal Fails By Ray Cunneff July 29 2015 There’s now a good chance that Congress will reject the nuclear agreement with Iran and a fair chance they can muster enough votes to override the President’s promised veto so it’s worth ....
  • A Newspaper Ran An Article Trump Didn’t Like So He Took Revenge In This ‘Unusual’ Way Tea Party Crusaders

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    http//www teapartycrusaders com/u-s-politics/a-newspaper-ran-an-article-trump-didnt-like-so-he-took-revenge-in-this-unusual-way/ Quote Donald Trump’s counterpunch to a Des Moines Register editorial lambasting the Republican presidential candidate is being denounced by the Iowa newspaper as a low blow The paper reported Friday that Trump’s campaign would not issue press credentials to a Saturday campaign event in ....
  • Jack Black And Morgan Freeman Just Made A Video That Will Upset A LOT Of Conservatives

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Talk about fear mongering this video is a joke The really funny part is they claim a congress veto will lead to war and allow Iran to one day get nukes and fry us The reality according to obama is in ten years Iran will have nukes ....
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    Let Freedom Ring » Let Freedom Ring

  • Satanic statue secretly unveiled in Detroit, drawing Christian protest

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    Satanists secretly unveiled a nine-foot, one-ton statue of Baphomet, the horned devil god of satanic practice in an undisclosed location in Detroit this past weekend. This has spurred on heavy protest from the city’s Christian community. Hundreds gathered at Detroit’s St. Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit in protest. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – “Dedicated to Satanic practice and the promotion of Satanic rights,” the Satanic Temple that organized the unveiling did so in an undisclosed location. There had been threats to blow up the statue. “Baphomet…
  • Meeting Unions, Clinton Offers Support for $12 Minimum Wage

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn’t have enough support. Congressional Democratic leaders have backed legislation sponsored by Washington Sen. Patty Murray that would increase the rate to $12 an hour by 2020, which is several dollars less than the $15 backed by labor and anti-poverty activists. “Whatever (Murray) advocates I pay a lot of attention to, because she knows how to get it through the Congress,” Clinton said…
  • Information in classified Clinton emails came from multiple intelligence agencies, source says

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Classified emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from multiple intelligence agencies in addition to data connected to the 2012 Benghazi attack, a source familiar with the investigation told Fox News. The information came from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National-Geospatial Agency, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, the source said. A random sampling of emails by the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General has…
  • Man Cited for Playing the National Anthem on the Fourth of July Rejects Community Service Deal: ‘To Me, That Is Admitting Guilt’

    Let Freedom Ring
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:25 pm
    On July 4, Lane Pittman was issued a citation to appear in court after police said he ignored their request that he stop playing his electric guitar on public property in Neptune Beach, Florida. Pittman, who amassed a large crowd while he played “The Star-Spangled Banner” argues he did nothing wrong and received permission from another officer to move his performance from the street to the sidewalk.  Pittman rejected a plea deal in court on July 27 that would drop charges if he agreed to do community service.  “To me, that is admitting guilt. I would be admitting a guilt that is…
  • Judicial Watch: Kerry Stalling in Clinton Email Response

    Let Freedom Ring
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 pm
    (Newsmax) – Secretary of State John Kerry asked for a delay of nearly 40 days regarding his required response to a lawsuit surrounding the Hillary Clinton email scandal, according to newly released information. Judicial Watch reports Kerry, who already had been given 60 days to respond to a lawsuit filed by the organization, sought to extend that by 38 days. The lawsuit asked for Clinton’s emails during her time as secretary of state (2009-2013); she has admitted to using a private email address and a private, home-based server to conduct her official government business, a breach of the…
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    The Illogical Seminary

  • ‘Til Death Do Our Parts

    Ron
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Today’s read: It’s about organ donation. Evidently certain religious sects are telling their parishioners and anyone else who will listen to not be a donor. They seem to believe that death is being hastened in some cases by doctors who want parts. They also say that brain death is reversible and should not be considered a signal that the rest of the person is dead. Jerry Coyne explains that they are nuts.
  • Full Court Press

    Ron
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I was reminded by an astute reader that we are a pluralistic society. And our government reflects this hodgepodge of competing interests. The problem with this is nothing gets done because we fucking fight over everything. Pluralism has devolved into partisanship, and that is why our government doesn’t function. Perhaps that was the plan all along. There is a fair amount of writing on this subject in the Federalist Papers. Our republic may have been designed to check the power of the people by widening the sphere of participation in the national dialogue. What can you expect from a…
  • Bombs All Over Baghdad

    Ron
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    The other Republican with bad hair, Ron Paul, is in the middle of a shit sandwich. Oh sure, he’ll probably get to sit at the big kids table come August 6, but he hasn’t exactly been lighting up the crowds out there. He’s supposed to have a little gravity as the “libertarian” in the race, but he’s been hard at work disabusing people of the idea that he is one. This makes you wonder what his use in this contest is. He’s even crankier than Chris Christie, and who the fuck needs that? I have no idea what makes people want to run for president when they…
  • Not To Nitpick, But…

    Ron
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I think Bernie Sanders is a mensch. But even the “left” wing in this country is sometimes, well, right-wing. It appears that Sanders is an isolationist and a protectionist: As Sanders has climbed in the polls… the (more) pro-capitalist and nationalist content of his politics (have) become increasingly clear. An interview with Sanders released Tuesday by former Washington Post writer Ezra Klein for the Vox web site is particularly revealing in this regard. About halfway through the interview, Klein asks Sanders about his attitude towards immigration. “You said being a…
  • Tyranny Of The Majority

    Ron
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Those who do not have a god are not often taken seriously. My own family has insinuated that I am going through “a phase”. I’m 43. I don’t have any phases left. I don’t even think I will go through an easy listening or country music phase as I get longer in the tooth. I’m about the most complete me I can be. And you can go get fucked if you don’t like it. I have said that no one, if given the choice, would sign up to be a minority(unless you have the chutzpah that say, a Rachel Dolezal has). However, I guess that’s what I have done. And maybe I…
 
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    Only Slightly Biased

  • New Website Could Finally Democratize the Legal Process

    Daniel
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You can find anything on the Internet, right? With a seemingly infinite supply of cat videos and a surprising bounty of freestyle canoeing exhibitions, it’s safe to say the entire breadth of the human experience gets a chance to shine somewhere on the ‘net. But despite being the greatest compendium of knowledge ever assembled, the Internet still has gaps. You just wouldn’t think that one of those gaps would be something as critically important as the law. Justice is (Mostly) Blind The basis of the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage can be summed up with one of the more…
  • Bernie Sanders on Trickle-Down Economics and Other Lies

    Daniel
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is on the warpath. Not against Hillary Clinton—who he both likes and respects—but against America’s aristocracy. And if he has his way, this all-out class war will become one of the defining moral issues of our time. It’s been clear for quite a while that something’s not quite right in America. The divide between the middle class and the ultra-wealthy casts a long shadow, but it’s probably not something that the average citizen witnesses o