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  • Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed Yesterday

    Editor's Blog
    Josh Marshall
    22 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Josh Duggar's police records were destroyed yesterday according to spokesman for the Springdale police.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

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    Paul Waldman
    22 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    * Haven’t had enough Benghazi? Well here you go: The State Department on Friday released nearly 900 pages of e-mails on Libya and the Benghazi attacks from the private account Hillary Rodham Clinton used while she was secretary of state. The messages have been turned over to a select House committee investigating the Sept. 11-12, […]
  • Reich: Small-Business Republicans Are Revolting

    Drudge Retort
    Corky
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Robert Reich: Can it be that America's small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they're being screwed by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big businesses lobbies. They've contributed to the same Republican candidates and committees favored by big business. ... But now small businesses are breaking ranks. They're telling congressional Republicans not to make the deal at the very top of big businesses' wish list -- a cut in corporate tax rates. ... The fight is significant, and not just…
  • Don Draper goes to summer camp, Joan hits the road: The 8 “Mad Men” cast projects we’re most excited to see

    Salon.com
    22 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Here's where to see Elisabeth Moss, January Jones and the rest of the gang in the near future
  • Senate blocks measures to extend NSA program

    CNN.com - Politics
    23 May 2015 | 12:15 am
    The developments, coming in a rare overnight session, leave in doubt the ability of Congress to keep alive a program many feel is critical to national security but has also alarmed privacy advocates for its sweeping nature.
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    The Atlantic

  • The Weird End of the NSA's Phone Dragnet

    Conor Friedersdorf
    23 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Jonathan Ernst/Reuters In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate played host to a moment that took mass surveillance on the phone records of Americans from outrage to farce. The NSA’s phone dragnet had already been declared illegal. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ruled that while the surveillance agency has long claimed to be acting in accordance with Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the text of that law in fact authorizes no such program. The Obama Administration has been executing a policy that the legislature never passed into being. But the law that doesn’t…
  • Will Congress Let the Spying Stop?

    Russell Berman
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Carolyn Kaster / AP On June 1, the spying stops. Not all of it, of course, but after the stroke of midnight on that Monday morning the National Security Agency must halt some of the spying programs it launched in the months and years after September 11, 2001. And not because it wants to, either, but because several key provisions of the Patriot Act will expire without congressional action, and lawmakers can’t agree on how much of the surveillance state to keep in place. (June 1 is, of course, still more than a week away, but much like the objects in car mirrors, deadlines in Congress are…
  • All Unhappy Families: The Downfall of the Duggars

    Megan Garber
    22 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    TLC On Thursday, news broke that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of the Duggar family's 19 children, had, as a teenager, allegedly molested five underage girls. Four of them, allegedly, were his sisters. The information came to light because, in 2006—two years before 17 Kids and Counting first aired on TLC, and thus two years before the Duggars became reality-TV celebrities—the family recorded an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Before the taping, an anonymous source sent an email to Harpo warning the production company Josh’s alleged molestation. Harpo forwarded the email to…
  • A Nuclear Nightmare, Averted

    Graham Allison
    22 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Library of Congress / Reuters This week, with little fanfare, one of the world’s key restraints on the spread of nuclear weapons came under scrutiny, as a month-long review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) concluded at the United Nations. Negotiated over the 1960s, the NPT was signed in 1968 and became international law in 1970. As specified by the treaty, members hold a conference every five years to assess the agreement. The exercise offers insight into our nuclear age, and perspective ahead of the coming debate about a deal to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.   In the…
  • Photos of the Week: 5/16-5/22

    Alan Taylor
    22 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    This week we have photos of an 80-foot-high tire in Michigan, dozens of Siberian students smashed into a car, two volcanic eruptions, yet another nail house in China, synchronized swimmers in a pond at the Chelsea Flower Show, a view from the top of the 104-story One World Trade Center, cows on the beach along the Mediterranean, a solar halo above Mexico, and much more.This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/05/photos-of-the-week-5-16-5-22/393953/
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Republicans and their base

    23 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    WaPo: Democrats say they are happy to see Republicans race to the right, since they believe it will put the eventual GOP nominee out of step with the general electorate. Some Republicans are nervous about that possibility. “You have to be careful when you are doing this — that you don’t so embrace your base that it becomes impossible to move and have some flexibility or nuances in your position moving forward,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said. Brent Budowsky: A brief word about the dark side of the Internet and social media. The Friday New York Times reported how there are some — a…
  • Open thread for night owls. OECD: Growing global inequality gap 'has reached a tipping point'

    22 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Nadia Prupis at Common Dreams, writes Growing Global Inequality Gap 'Has Reached a Tipping Point':  With the gap between the rich and poor growing worldwide, a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published Thursday suggests that the only way to reverse such rampant inequality is by implementing government measures aimed at balancing the playing field Chief among those measures: Tax the rich and push for gender equality. In its 34 member states, income inequality has reached record highs, the OECD found in its study, In It Together: Why Less…
  • When is a campaign not a campaign? When it's Jeb Bush's!

    22 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The chair of the Federal Elections Commission has crying "uncle" in the face of a deadlocked commission. Which is really too bad, because 2016 is shaping up to be one long exercise in candidates skirting the edge of campaign finance laws, such as they are. As the 2016 campaign unfolds, Hillary Rodham Clinton will benefit from one rapid-response team working out of a war room in her Brooklyn headquarters—and another one working out of a "super PAC" in Washington. Jeb Bush has hired a campaign manager, press aides and fund-raisers—yet insists he is not running for president, just exploring…
  • Obamacare got 12 million insured, now Congress has to fix the system for all the underinsured

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Healthcare reform is not done. Not by a long shot. While Obamacare has gone a very long way toward getting people insured, and in creating some good reforms and regulations on private insurance, private health insurance can still be pretty sucky. And according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund it's pretty sucky for nearly a quarter of the population which has private insurance. The Commonwealth Fund counts adults as underinsured if they meet one of two conditions: their out-of-pocket costs totaled 10 percent or more of their income or if their deductible was 5 percent or more of…
  • Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

    22 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Rhetorical Candles on the Birthday Cake Pearls of wisdom and piles of horse dung from various political types born in May: "Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance." ---President John F. Kennedy "I’m not a scientist, man." ---Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) "The foundation of a strong economy and job creation begins with providing every child in America with the best possible education, including students with disabilities." ---Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Nickelback Wanted for Crimes Against Music

    kanrei
    23 May 2015 | 4:31 am
    Trashing Nickelback may be one of our great American pastimes, but this Australian police department just took hating the band to a whole new level. The Queensland Police Service issued a tongue-in-cheek BOLO (Be On The Lookout) warning to locals via Facebook that the much maligned Canadian group would be bringing their crimes against music to the area. The faux wanted poster mocks the band for "impersonating musicians."
  • Memorial for Michael Brown Put On Ferguson Sidewalk

    boaz
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    A plaque and a bronze dove dedicated to Michael Brown Jr. were installed Thursday in the Ferguson, Missouri, sidewalk not far from where he was fatally shot by police, taking the place of makeshift memorials of stuffed animals that were removed Wednesday. The bronze plaque bears his birth date, the date he was killed and a depiction of Brown. Funding was arranged by the family, a Ferguson spokesman said. "I'd like the memory of Michael Brown to be a happy one," the memorial states. The plaque and dove replace makeshift memorials in the street that had been judged a traffic hazard.
  • Reich: Small-Business Republicans Are Revolting

    Corky
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Robert Reich: Can it be that America's small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they're being screwed by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big businesses lobbies. They've contributed to the same Republican candidates and committees favored by big business. ... But now small businesses are breaking ranks. They're telling congressional Republicans not to make the deal at the very top of big businesses' wish list -- a cut in corporate tax rates. ... The fight is significant, and not just…
  • 7-Year-Old Chicago Boy: 'I Got Shot, I Got Shot, I Got Shot'

    rcade
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    A first grader walking home from elementary school with his older brother Wednesday afternoon on Chicago's south side didn't realize he'd been shot until his brother saw a hole in his jacket. "I was like, 'Did you have that before?' " the older brother said "He's like, no. And then when I opened his jacket, he say, 'I got shot, I got shot, I got shot.'" Elijah Dace, 7, was wounded in the shoulder. He had surgery Thursday and is hospitalized in good condition. Police believe he wasn't the target in what looks like a gang incident.
  • 'Science' Study on Gay Marriage Used Fake Data

    boaz
    22 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    A study published in the journal Science that showed people's views on gay marriage could change simply by meeting homosexuals has been retracted following revelations that its data was faked. According to the study, people who were against gay marriage could have their opinions shift dramatically after spending just a few minutes speaking with a gay person who canvassed their neighborhood promoting gay marriage.The study also claimed that there was a spillover effect, making not just the people themselves more pro-gay but also other people who lived in the same household. Columbia University…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed Yesterday

    Josh Marshall
    22 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Josh Duggar's police records were destroyed yesterday according to spokesman for the Springdale police.
  • Introducing 'My Conservative Inbox'

    David Kurtz
    22 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Today we launch a new semi-regular TPM feature: My Conservative Inbox. It's the best of the emails from the right-wing fever swamps, unredacted and unedited. These won't be emails from random trolls, but actual emails from various organizations, committees, advocates, and hustlers engaged in raising money, inciting action, and generally perpetuating The Crazy. The first installment in the series is a real doozy. Take a look, my fellow patriots.
  • Live Chat: Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, Thursday May 28th, 2:30 PM Eastern

    Joe Ragazzo
    22 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Elizabeth Green is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a news site devoted to educational change. Elizabeth has years of experience in education reporting, having written for The New York Sun, New York Times Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Last year, she published Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). Elizabeth will be answering questions about her book, the Common Core, teacher evaluations, and the opt-out movement. Drop your questions here (sub req) before or at 2:30 PM EST on Thursday 5/28.
  • Fun To Watch

    David Kurtz
    22 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    GOP Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, and John Kasich are dealing with serious, largely self-created, state budget shortfalls (tax cuts for everyone!) that are putting a real crimp in their 2016 presidential ambitions. And Grover Norquist is happily holding their feet to the fire as they try to wriggle out of their fiscal jams.
  • How Could This Be?

    Josh Marshall
    22 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    President Obama's new personal twitter account overwhelmed with racist tweets in event that surprises no one.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Weekend Watch

    22 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
    We'll be on the Major Federal Holiday Lite Blogging Schedule Monday for Memorial Day. Hope you have plans both to remember and to relax. Here are some remains of the day: * Irish referendum on marriage equality could generate highest turnout since adoption of the country's Constitution in 1937. No exit polls, though. * TNR's Rebecca Leber points out Jeb Bush appears to have a higher evidentiary threshold for believing in climate change than in starting a war. * 900 HRC emails released by the State Department this afternoon. The right-wing shrieking will begin momentarily, no matter what they…
  • Young Clintonistas Fired Up, Ready To Go

    22 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    No matter how much we read, think and talk to other people, it's impossible entirely to remove the impact of personal (which mean generational) experience in perceiving events as they happen and people as we encounter them. That's why I found Suzy Khimm's TNR piece on a generation gap among Hillary Clinton's supporters quite interesting: For Clinton’s younger supporters—many of whom...were Barack Obama campaign volunteers—their memories of the scandals and pseudo-scandals of the Clinton years are hazy at best, filtered through the soft focus of childhood. In sharper relief…
  • Fast Track Really Comes Down to the Filibuster

    22 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    This thought has been nagging the back of my mind for a while, so I'm glad Greg Sargent has clarified it for me. In a detailed discussion of what will happen to TPP (and future trade agreements) if Trade Promotion Authority (a.k.a. "fast-track") is passed, Greg reaches the conclusion that the only real difference between "before" and "after" fast track is the inability to filibuster. Perhaps the TPP should not be subject to a filibuster — after all, many Dems want filibuster reform. Perhaps it should be easier for Congress to pass the deal than to revisit it — after all, that…
  • Another Plan B for ACA If SCOTUS Strikes

    22 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Having considered some pretty bad scenarios yesterday for what would happen politically if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare subsidies for states that haven't set up their own insurance purchasing exchanges, there was an interesting straw in the wind about possible developments at the state level, per a report from Sarah Ferris at The Hill: A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. That mainly has to do with a pending phase-out of federal subsidies for state exchanges--a phase-out…
  • Lunch Buffet

    22 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Looking forward to a semi-long weekend. Hope you don't mind me sleeping in until 5:45 or so on Memorial Day. Here are some drowsy midday news/views treats: * Mike Huckabee makes some pretty thin excuses for the Duggar family's behavior in the sexual abuse case involving son Josh and certain of his sisters. Soon he'll be claiming it's another act of persecution of Christians. * Krugman argues Obama administration is being uncharacteristically dishonest in case it's making for TPP. * At TNR, Aoife Moriarty reviews the public opinion research on the Irish marriage equality referendum, which…
 
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    TIME

  • Hillary Clinton Unloads on GOP Over Export Bank

    philipelliotttime
    22 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Hillary Clinton is out of patience for her Republican rivals and their opposition to an export-assistance program. But she still isn’t taking a position on a Pacific trade deal that has become politically linked to the Export-Import Bank’s renewal. The Democratic Presidential candidate on Friday unloaded on her GOP foes, calling them cowards who do not make up their own minds and default to the loudest and most extreme voices in the party. The former Secretary of State told an invite-only crowd in Hampton, N.H.. that Americans’ jobs are in the balance, and Republicans would…
  • State Department Releases Hillary Clinton’s Emails on Benghazi

    Sam Frizell
    22 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    The State Department released hundreds of emails Friday that were stored on Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as Secretary of State. The emails, which pertain to the Benghazi terror attacks in September 2012, do not change the official assessment of the incident in which a U.S. ambassador was killed, the State Department said. “The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks, which have been known since the independent Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi attacks was…
  • Why Josh Duggar’s Past Will Hurt Social Conservatives

    Elizabeth Dias
    22 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    As a reality TV star famous for being part of a large conservative family, Josh Duggar had a public visibility that made him attractive to advocacy groups hoping he could spotlight their shared opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Now, as he responds to accusations of child molestation as a teenager, that same visibility could hurt the cause. A police report detailed grim accusations against Duggar, one of the stars of TLC’s series 19 Kids and Counting. According to the newly released report, Duggar, the oldest child, allegedly sexually molested five minors, when he was 15. Jim…
  • Mike Huckabee Stands By Josh Duggar

    Sarah Begley
    22 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee supported Josh Duggar on Friday in the wake of reports that the reality TV star had molested five children when he was a teenager. The former Arkansas governor wrote on Facebook that members of the Duggar family have his support, and that “today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand… that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature.” He stressed Duggar’s young age at the time of the incidents and that “the victims wanted this to be left in the past.” “No one needs to defend…
  • Obama Restates Support of Israel in Synagogue Speech

    ryantbeckwith
    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    President Obama sought to reassure American Jews that he fully supports the state of Israel while reiterating the need for a two-state solution at a Northwest Washington synagogue on Friday. “Our commitment to Israel’s security and my commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakable,” Obama said, adding that not doing so would be a “moral failing.” Obama spoke at the Adas Israel Synagogue on the inaugural “solidarity sabbath,” a holiday meant to consolidate support for Jews amid rising anti-Semitism that falls toward the end of…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

    23 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritise saving the lives of those still stranded at sea. Most are Muslim Rohingyas from the western Rakhine state in Myanmar, where they are not recognised as citizens and instead referred to as "Bengalis" or illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. More than 3,500 migrants have swum to shore or been rescued off the coasts of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh since a Thai crackdown on human-trafficking in…
  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    23 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.
  • After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

    23 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.
  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    23 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
  • Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding

    23 May 2015 | 1:29 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.
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    Political Irony

  • Fifty Shades of Grayson

    Iron Knee
    22 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I usually try to stay out of the personal lives of politicians. In addition I will admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for Alan Grayson, who as a Congressman was willing to say things that other politicians would not dare. But what can I do when his big mouth blurts out something crazy about his personal life? Grayson is likely running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat, but has been going through a nasty divorce. In case you haven’t heard, Grayson was married to a woman named Lolita (you can’t make this stuff up), who was still married to someone else when she married…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    22 May 2015 | 11:19 pm
    “People are being really picky about the upcoming election. I read that Americans do not want the next president to be a first-term senator, be over 65, or have a former president in the family. Then the Secret Service said, ‘Hey, whoever slips through slips through. No promises.'” – Jimmy Fallon “A new poll finds that the majority of GOP voters say they can’t see themselves supporting Chris Christie. The trick is to lift with your legs, not your back.” – Seth Meyers “According to a new poll, 48 percent of Americans believe that Hillary Clinton is…
  • You Win, You Lose

    Iron Knee
    21 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Republicans are in real danger of getting something they badly want. Except that they are just realizing that if they get it, it will backfire badly on them. Rock, meet hard place! One of the cornerstones of the Republican party over the last 6 years has been to oppose everything Obama does (even if it was their idea in the first place). There is nothing they have fought against harder than the ACA, which they have derisively labeled Obamacare. They filibustered it, but it passed anyway despite dire predictions that it would destroy the country. They have voted numerous times to repeal it and…
  • Patriotic Filibuster

    Iron Knee
    21 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Rand Paul (R-KY) took to the Senate floor for 10 hours and 30 minutes to protest the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which would continue the widespread spying on ordinary Americans by the NSA. There was some discussion about whether this actually constituted a filibuster under Senate rules, but at least he actually got up and spoke nonstop (lately, often just the casual threat of a filibuster was enough to kill a bill), and it will have the effect of bringing attention to the spying bill. Paul began by saying: There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    20 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
    “Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Las Vegas yesterday. She said she wants citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But after seeing Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday, immigrants said, ‘You know what, we’re good. We’re gonna head back now. We’ve had enough.'” – Jimmy Fallon “Today Secretary of State John Kerry visited the small African nation of Djibouti. Or to use the official diplomatic term, he made a Djibouti call.” – Conan O’Brien “The birth certificate of the royal baby lists her parents’ occupations…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • GOP Calls For 'Honoring' Troops By Funding A War Congress Won't Vote On

    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- It's Memorial Day weekend, and congressional Republicans are using their weekly video address to the nation to call for "honoring our commitment" to U.S. troops. But they're making a curious argument on how to show that commitment: They want President Barack Obama to support a House-passed defense authorization bill that provides more funding for the war against the Islamic State -- the same war that Congress hasn't taken the time to debate, authorize or vote on. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered this week's GOP address. He…
  • Senate Blocks NSA Reform Bill

    22 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act. The back-to-back votes left lawmakers without a clear fallback, although current law doesn't expire until midnight May 31. The White House has pressured the Senate to back the House bill which would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review. The vote was…
  • Rand Paul Amendment Would Increase Executive Branch Power

    22 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday proposed an amendment to legislation to give President Barack Obama fast-track trade authority that would shift budgetary power from Congress to the executive branch. Senators didn't vote on the amendment as they rushed to finish work on Trade Promotion Authority -- the fast-track measure -- before a holiday recess. Paul’s “Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act” would have empowered federal agencies to identify “any potential surplus funds” and return them to the treasury. Employees who tip off agency inspectors general to the surpluses would be eligible for…
  • Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate

    22 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president's plans. The Senate approved a bill to "fast-track" trade agreements negotiated by the president. The agreement will prevent Congress from amending or filibustering Obama's controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The TPP deal would have a hard time surviving without…
  • U.S. Senate Approves 'Fast Track' For Obama's Trade Deal

    22 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total of 48 Republicans supported the bill, but only 14 the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their own party on legislation near the top of his second-term agenda. A separate measure to prevent parts of…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • AP's Own Report Undermines Claims Of "Ethics Concerns" Around Nonprofit Exemptions

    22 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    The Associated Press suggested it was unethical for then-first lady Hillary Clinton to push for tax breaks for those who donated to nonprofit organizations while the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for the Clinton administration's presidential library -- but its own article later undermined those claims, outlining how the proposed measure had been building momentum since 1997, three years prior to the alleged conflict of interest. In fact, as the AP admitted, the proposal in question would provide no "direct" benefit to the foundation.  Hillary Clinton endorsed a…
  • Watch This Atlanta TV Station Expose ALEC's Influence On Local Legislators

    22 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    From the May 21 edition of WXIA-TV's 11 Alive News Tonight:Previously On the Ropes: Inside ALEC's Annual Meeting The ALEC Problem Is Even Worse Than John Oliver Thinks
  • "War On Cops": Fox News Abandons Its Catchphrase When Bike Gangs Threaten Police

    22 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    After African-American communities in Baltimore and Ferguson, MO came together to demonstrate against the deadly and racially disparate policies of law enforcement, Fox News branded the protests a "war on cops." But when the story became a mostly white Texas biker gang plotting to kill police with grenades and car bombs, the network took a decidedly less sensationalist approach in its reporting. Fox host Sean Hannity declared on May 12 that there is a "war on police in America" and tied recent statistics on law…
  • Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, And The College Mental Health Crisis Media Coverage Ignores

    21 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan criticizes the "Trigger-Happy Generation" in her latest column, adding to the increasingly wide range of media figures questioning the merits of "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But her attacks in particular reveal a troubling element largely missing from this debate: an honest assessment of the crisis of mental health support for students.  Trigger warnings and safe spaces, in theory, attempt to warn and shield students from material that might remind them of past trauma or reinforce…
  • Fox's Geraldo Rivera: The Freddie Gray Case Will Mark "The Decline Into Irrelevancy Of The Modern Civil Rights Movement"

    21 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    From the May 21 edition of Fox News' Hannity: RIVERA: It seems that, I believe the Freddie Gray case will mark the decline into irrelevancy of the modern civil rights movement. It seems that they are only interested, black lives matter, black lives matter only when they're killed by cops, particularly white cops. Where is the outrage of the 100 Baltimore citizens who've been shot dead this year? There is none. And I think now you have the cops backing off, arrests are plummeting, Baltimore will become, you know Mark used the term a blood bath, it is a killing zone right…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Afghan Graffiti Artist Risks Her Life to Challenge the Burqa Under the Taliban

    Kim Amador
    22 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    by Katie Booth, Women in the World, USA - Malina Suliman began her career as an artist on the streets of Kandahar, Afghanistan, armed with only a can of spray paint, and the fierce conviction that the burqa, and the oppressive rules imposed by the Taliban, were stifling and silencing Afghan women. Facing threats to her life for her subversive street art, Suliman relocated to the Netherlands in 2013. She continues to explore the highly charged clothing item in her new exhibition, Beyond The Veil, opening in London at Art Represent Gallery on May 28. The exhibition, which combines video…
  • Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

    Reuters: World News
    22 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalizing homosexuality, with a strong early turnout likely to favor the 'Yes' side.
  • EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece

    Reuters: World News
    22 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries.
  • Islamic State Reportedly Seizes Last Syria-Iraq Border Crossing

    Scott Neuman
    22 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    The checkpoint at al-Tanf, known as al-Waleed in Iraq, has been seized, according to a British-based monitoring group that says ISIS fighters now control half of Syria.» E-Mail This
  • Nepalis return to quake epicenter to rebuild stone by stone

    Reuters: World News
    22 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    BARPAK, Nepal (Reuters) - Dressed in his brother's old British army fatigues, Mohan Ghale is rebuilding his mother's home stone by stone, after returning to Barpak village, high in the Himalayas, which was demolished by last month's earthquake.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • TWIBprime #695 | Now Add Oppression

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    21 May 2015 | 7:01 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses topless activists in San Francisco, the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case indicted, Jay-Z and Beyonce paying protestors’ bail, and we read reviews for Feedback Thursday. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post…
  • TWIBprime #695 | Now Add Oppression

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses topless activists in San Francisco, the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case indicted, Jay-Z and Beyonce paying protestors’ bail, and we read reviews for Feedback Thursday. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post…
  • Academic Shade #16: The “Altercation”

    TWiB Staff
    21 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Dr. Butler discusses the “altercation”, the “fracas”, the “incident”, the “argument” in Waco, Texas, Jay-Z becoming mortal again, and our summer movie highlights. Featuring: Anthea Butler @antheabutler 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! Want more @AcademicShade: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE] The post Academic Shade #16: The “Altercation” appeared first on…
  • #TWIBprime #694.5 | #ThrowbackEp: Michael Eric Dyson

    TWiB.FM
    20 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    #TeamBlackness is scattered. Elon is out. Imani is sick. And all we have is an old episode of Blacking It Up from the Leadership 500 conference in 2013 where Elon had a sitdown with then nemesis Michael Eric Dyson. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post…
  • AfterDARK #56 | Still Children

    TWiB.FM
    20 May 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Jaila and Aaron discuss attempts to police sex workers on the internet, starting with Twitter and ending with its refusal to deal with harassment, cannabis and moisture, and what qualifies as lubricant. Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch 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! Want more @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE] The post AfterDARK #56 | Still Children appeared first on #TWIBnation.
 
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    Wonkette

  • TLC Pulls Gross Duggars Off The Air Because Honey Boo Boo’s Mom Wanted Equal Molesting Time

    Evan Hurst
    22 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    It would seem that TLC, which revels in taking weird, fucked up people and making them teevee stars, isn’t too keen on sex criming kids. They cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after it was revealed that the show’s matriarch, Mama June, was shacking up with a dude that child-molested one of her kids. And now TLC has pulled all scheduled airings of 19 Kids And Counting, after revelations that Josh Duggar molested his sisters. We don’t know if TLC is looking for a new slogan, but Wonkette is willing to sell them “Standards: They’re Low, But We Have Them!”…
  • Huckabee: That Duggar Boy Made A Mistake, Just Like When My Son Murdered That Dog

    Evan Hurst
    22 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    Expressions of wingnut support for Josh Duggar and his molesty past are starting to drip in, now that they’ve remembered that the focus of the narrative is REDEMPTION, because they have Jesus and you don’t. They are saved, you are going to hell. They can fuck kids, and you don’t fuck kids in the first place, but they said sorry to God, so ALL BETTER. Read more on Huckabee: That Duggar Boy Made A Mistake, Just Like When My Son Murdered That Dog…
  • Pervy Virginia Dem Who Won Election From Jail Will Marry Teen Secretary, Rule Galaxy

    Doktor Zoom
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    In a pleasant change of pace, here’s a reminder that there are lots of gross people out there whose last name doesn’t rhyme with “fugger”: Weird former member of the Virginia House of Delegates Joe Morrissey is getting married to the teenaged receptionist with whom he fathered a babby. Despite pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor last year, Morrissey insists that he and his bride-to-be, Myrna Pride, never did the nasty until she was very definitely of age. Ms. Pride also said, at a press appearance where they…
  • Mean California Dems Won’t Let Fake Abortion Clinics Lie To Ladies And Call Them Whores :(

    Evan Hurst
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    These things exist, called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC’s). They like to set up in the inner city, and they act like they’re just trying to help the pregnant ladies who want abortions, but in reality, women who go there get fed whole lines of incorrect medical “info” (aka “lies”) about how abortion causes breast cancer and abortion causes ladies to be depressed forever, and so on. Sometimes they just tell ladies they’re whores, and that they’ll never be able to get pregnant again if they get ‘bortions. Most of them don’t even have…
  • Josh Duggar Touches GOP Presidential Candidates With Same Hands What Touched His Sisters

    Evan Hurst
    22 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Josh Duggar and the entire Duggar clan are Family Values People. They believe in things like Traditional Marriage and No Trannies In The Little Girls’ Room, because apparently that’s more dangerous than Josh Duggar In The Little Girls’ Room. The family’s record of open wingnuttery and anti-gay/anti-trans hate landed young Joshua a sweet position with the Family Research Council hate group, which is headed up by Tony Perkins, who started his career off by purchasing David Duke’s mailing list. Yes, THAT David Duke. Read more on Josh Duggar Touches GOP Presidential…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    22 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Again? Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that she sees “no role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground to go back” to Iraq as the Islamic State terrorist group makes gains… “I think it’s a very difficult situation and I basically agree with the policies that we are currently following,” Clinton said. “And that is, American […] Read this post »
  • Obama at synagogue: I’ve been called the first Jewish president, you know

    Allahpundit
    22 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Dude. This is a bit like Reagan calling himself the first Soviet president. But fair enough, it’s true. Jeffrey Goldberg did once call him the first Jewish president — three years ago, and not for any policy reason but because Obama had absorbed large doses of American Jewish culture from his Jewish friends and colleagues over […] Read this post »
  • We sure spent a lot on those awful TSA naked body scanners

    Matt Vespa
    22 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Some are being auctioned for $10. Others haven't even been opened. Earlier this month, Jaie Avila of News4 San Antonio discovered that those full body scanners that were scrapped by TSA over privacy concerns in 2013 are being sold for a little as ten dollars, whereas the government spent $40 million, meaning a huge loss for taxpayers. To make matters worse, some scanners are brand new. […] Read this post »
  • This Central Florida food bank is conducting a worthy anti-poverty experiment

    Matt Vespa
    22 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    A good venture... In Orlando, Florida, the Community Food and Outreach Center (CFOC) is looking for a solution to break the cycle of dependency and making sure Americans, who might be down on their luck, have full bellies, a sense of self-worth, dignity, and have the training capable to putting themselves back on the right track towards a better […] Read this post »
  • The “trigger-happy generation” a passive-aggressive stalking horse for thought police

    Ed Morrissey
    22 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The feint of the fainting couch. Are universities and colleges turning out the kind of fragile snowflakes that some students claim themselves to be, or are more hard-nosed than they admit? Peggy Noonan delightfully skewers what she calls the “trigger-happy generation,” but makes one fundamental error. She takes them at their word: Life gives you potentials for freedom, creativity, achievement, love, […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

    L. Carol Ritchie
    23 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.» E-Mail This
  • Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

    The Associated Press
    22 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.» E-Mail This
  • Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

    Christopher Dean Hopkins
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.» E-Mail This
  • Politics Rewind: The First Cut Is The Deepest

    Jessica Taylor
    22 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    GOP presidential debate rules will exclude many candidates or relegate them to a second-tier debate, but nobody wants to be playing in the NIT while the big dogs are in the NCAA tournament.» E-Mail This
  • Week In Politics: U.S. Policy On Islamic State, 2016 Presidential Race

    22 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review about U.S. policy on the self-declared Islamic State and the 2016 presidential race.» E-Mail This
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • What You Need To Know About The Stock Market

    Randy
    22 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    TIP! Before handing any money to an investment broker, you need to make sure that they have a good reputation. You can investigate the reputation of various brokers by using free online resources. A lot of people would like to invest in stocks, but it shouldn’t be done on a whim. In this article, you will find helpful tips and tricks to make the most out of your investments. Keep reading to further your understanding of this fascinating topic. TIP! Stay realistic with your investment expectations. It is widely known that success and riches from the stock market do not happen overnight…
  • Use These Tips To Help You Buy Your Next Home

    Randy
    21 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    TIP! Use the Internet to your advantage by studying up on your new neighborhood online. Using the web, you can nearly become an expert on the area without even leaving your home. Most people let real estate agents make decisions for them when buying a home. These are the very same people who were present during the housing crash. Check out these tips to help you navigate the waters of the real estate game. TIP! Oftentimes, homes that need major improvements are offered at lower prices. This enables you to pay less initially, while letting you decide how best to upgrade your new home. If you…
  • Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Insurance Polices

    Randy
    18 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    TIP! Get fresh quotes before buying or renewing an insurance policy, and save money. Each company is different in exactly how they price your quote. Buying insurance can be frustrating, whether it’s for your home, vehicle or your apartment. Fortunately, it can be less stressful than you think. Some helpful advice can make it much easier to find the right policy for your needs. The below article will get you in the right direction. TIP! Insurance companies will usually lower your premiums if you use them for your life, home and auto insurance. A lot of insurance companies give discounts,…
  • Sick Of Your Boss? Try These Solid Work From Home Business Ideas

    Randy
    16 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    TIP! Joining home business discussion groups is a great way to learn more about running a home business. Search the internet and you will find a lot of great forums that you can become a part of. More and more people find financial independence through home businesses. Although this definitely happens, most people have no clue where to start. Remember, if you want your business to succeed, you need to learn everything there is to know about operating a successful work from home business. This article can help you learn how to get started. TIP! Don’t get too distracted, but you do want…
  • Investing Advice To Improve Your Stock Market Success

    Randy
    15 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    TIP! One account you should have, is a high bearing account containing at least six months’ salary. If you experience any financial hardships, the account will help you pay for the cost of living. Buying stocks can be both exciting and profitable. The market offers a number of ways to invest your money, so you can choose investments that meet your tolerance for risk and your overall goals. Regardless of the investment method you choose, a fundamental understanding of the stock market is essential. The following tips will help you learn more about stocks. TIP! If you are targeting a…
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    22 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #WEEKEND If you’re staycationing in DC, beautiful days ahead: Saturday 72 °F and sunny; Sunday 83 °F and sunny; Monday 91°F and sunny;   #NATIONAL Beautiful places that could soon disappear forever; ICYMI Letterman’s final top 10; you can now officially play the word “LOLZ” in Scrabble; Does color even […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sir Michael Steel Send-Off

    fdc
    22 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Last night Washington, D.C. royalty gathered together at Bobby Van’s Grille to send off Michael and Mary Kathryn Steel as he takes his talents to South Beach. From the desk of Mary Kathryn Steel: “Michael and Mary Kathryn want to thank everyone who came out last night, especially the all-star host committee of B-Buck, Xtine, […] The post Sir Michael Steel Send-Off appeared first on FamousDC.
  • President of JAM Strategies Also Jams, Acoustically

    fdc
    21 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    John Murray of JAM Strategies had an amazing acoustic set with the band entertaining at S-3 Group’s party last night, and let us tell you, this guy can sing. For a bonus, check out the box bongo action going on in the photos below. The post President of JAM Strategies Also Jams, Acoustically appeared first on FamousDC.
  • America’s Pastime is Serious Business

    fdc
    21 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Jonathan Grella, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs at the U.S. Travel Association censured the Presidents’ Race to let D.C. know that travel is more than just a pastime, as their ginormous new Nats Park ad says. It’s also serious business. As part of a massive, multi-year industry positioning campaign, you’ll be hearing more about the […] The post America’s Pastime is Serious Business appeared first on FamousDC.
  • S3 Rocks Stanton & Greene

    fdc
    21 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    S-3 Group out does themselves again for their 4th annual firm party welcoming Rob Collins by turning Stanton and Greene into a rock venue featuring Detached Retina Music.  Ask John Murray when he is going on tour with Pearl Jam. Jeff Gordon can’t parallel park on Pennsylvania Avenue. Spotted: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chief […] The post S3 Rocks Stanton & Greene appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Financial crime, Ukraine's economic mess and "basic income" policies

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Why America's approach to punishing financial crime is muddled, lenient and self-defeating (Leaders)Why the West should do much more to help Ukraine's economy (Leaders)And don't forget to take a glance at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at why introducing a "basic income" for all is unaffordable.
  • Slipping away from the West

    21 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    IN A LEADER this week we argue that the West should treat Ukraine like it treated Poland in the early 1990s. Poland has had bucketloads of aid and economic assistance thrown at it since the 1990s, its economy booming as a result. Ukraine, on the other hand, has recieved hardly any at all. Now both its politics and its economy are in a mess.Here are a few charts that show how the West has got it wrong with Ukraine. Firstly, as we argued in this week's leader:In the early 1990s Poland wanted a European, not a Russian, future. The West saw its chance. From 1990 to 2000 Poland received a…
  • America the not so brave

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Weil walkedCRACKING down on tax evasion “has been a core piece of President Obama’s agenda” since before he took office, according to a spokesman. His administration’s campaign to that end has been a “groundbreaking” success, according to the Department of Justice, the agency that has led it. Indeed, the DoJ considers it nothing short of “historic”.There is some truth in all this. In 2010 Congress knocked a hole in the once-impregnable secrecy of Swiss banks by passing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). It forces financial firms around the world to disclose their…
  • Managing partners

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    IN THE run-up to the British election this month, it was taken for granted that politics was entering an age of alliances. No party would win a majority; that much seemed certain. The question was whether the Conservatives or Labour could put together a winning coalition. David Cameron’s surprise victory on May 7th put paid to this talk. But in many industries it is still May 6th: companies are casting around for alliances that can complement their strengths, make up for their defects, hedge their bets, add to their store of knowledge or extend their reach.There is nothing new about…
  • Unsettling settlements

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    THE scene was familiar: regulators meting out vast penalties to banks, scathing statements about gross misconduct, yet no individuals charged with any crimes and some confusion as to what exactly the banks were admitting to and what effect that would have. On May 20th a consortium of American and British government agencies announced settlements with six international banks regarding claims that they had manipulated currency markets. The six—Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS—agreed to pay $5.6 billion in penalties. All but Bank of…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Legendary Native American Singer-Songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on Five Decades of Music, Activism

    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, Buffy Sainte-Marie returns to the Democracy Now! studios. Her song "Universal Soldier" became one of the classic antiwar songs of the 1960s. Buffy Sainte-Marie once said, "It’s about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all." Buffy Sainte-Marie wrote the song in 1964. A year later, just months after U.S. ground forces invaded Vietnam, the British singer Donovan turned it into a hit. She has also written and sung about the struggles of Native American and First Nations people for decades.
  • State of Emergency in California as Santa Barbara Cleans Up from Another Major Oil Spill

    22 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    A cleanup effort residents say was slow to start is now underway off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, where crude oil from a broken pipeline leaked into the Pacific Ocean and washed ashore at Refugio State Beach. The company that operates the pipeline first said 21,000 gallons had leaked, but then increased their estimate to 105,000 gallons. On Thursday, The Santa Barbara Independent revealed the ruptured pipeline operated by Plains All American is the only pipeline in the county that is not required to be equipped with an automatic shutdown valve in case of a leak, because it operates…
  • Neil Young Premieres New Anti-GMO Song "Rock Starbucks" from Forthcoming "The Monsanto Years" Album

    22 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Watch an excerpt from Neil Young’s newest video for his song "Rock Starbucks" from his forthcoming record, "The Monsanto Years." Young recorded the album with Willie Nelson’s sons, Micah and Lukas. "I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO," Young sings on "Rock Starbucks." "I love to start my day off without helping Monsanto."
  • Indicted: Grand Jury Brings Charges Against Baltimore Police Officers Tied to Freddie Gray Death

    22 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    A grand jury has indicted six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, clearing the path for a criminal trial in the Maryland courts. Freddie Gray died on April 19 from his injuries suffered in police custody. The indictments came nearly three weeks after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby first announced her decision to bring criminal charges against the officers. While some of the charges have been amended, the most serious ones — second-degree murder against Officer Caesar Goodson and involuntary manslaughter against four of the officers — remained…
  • Headlines for May 22, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    ISIL Seizes Last Government-Run Border Crossing in SyriaU.S. Admits Strike in Syria Killed 2 ChildrenYemen: Saudi Shells Kill 5 Ethiopian RefugeesReport: Both Sides in Ukraine Committing War CrimesTPP Fast-Track Bill Clears Hurdle in the SenateSenate Scrambles to Act on Bulk Phone Spying Before It ExpiresIreland Holds Historic Same-Sex Marriage ReferendumBoy Scouts President Calls for End to Ban on LGBT Scout LeadersBaltimore Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Freddie Gray's Death"Say Her Name" Protests Nationwide Honor Black Women Killed by PoliceAkai Gurley's Partner Sues…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Los Angeles Makes A Risky Bet With Its Minimum Wage Increase

    Doug Mataconis
    22 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Earlier this week the City Of Los Angeles became the latest major city to approve an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour: LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest city voted Tuesday to increase its minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far for labor groups and their allies who are engaged in a national push to raise the minimum wage. The increase, which the City Council passed in a 14-to-1 vote, comes as workers across the country are rallying for higher wages and several large companies, including…
  • Ukraine Heads Down The Authoritarian Road With New Restrictions On Speech

    Doug Mataconis
    22 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    The government of Ukraine seems to be slipping into some of the same authoritarianism that we saw from its pro-Russian predecessor: Two new laws that ban communist symbols while honouring nationalist groups that collaborated with the Nazis have come into effect in Ukraine, raising concerns that Kiev could be stifling free speech and further fragmenting the war-torn country in the rush to break ties with its Soviet past. The first law “on the condemnation of the communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes” forbids both Soviet and Nazi symbols, making something as trivial as selling a…
  • Clinton Foundation Discloses $26 Million In Contributions It ‘Forgot’ To Disclose Before

    Doug Mataconis
    22 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Yesterday, the Clinton Foundation revealed yet more previously undisclosed payments that it has received from corporations, foreign sources, and elsewhere, and once again it appears as if much of this material involve things that should have been disclosed long ago: The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups. The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its…
  • President Of Boy Scouts Of America Calls For End Of Ban On Gay Scout Leaders

    Doug Mataconis
    22 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Robert Gates, who served as Secretary of Defense for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama (among other high-level government positions) and now serves as the President of the Boy Scouts of America, said on Thursday that the BSA’s blanket ban on gay scout leaders should be repealed: The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as…
  • Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments Against Police Officers In Freddie Gray Case

    Doug Mataconis
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Late yesterday, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore announced that the six police officers involved in the April 9th death of Freddie Gray in police custody that set of protests and riots in the city had been indicted by a Grand Jury on a long list of charges, several of them more series than those they were originally charged with: A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted six police officers on homicide and assault charges in the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured last month in police custody, the city’s chief prosecutor said Thursday. The charges announced by Marilyn J.
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Amtrak’s Spectrum Gap

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    By David Sirota While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company’s internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years. Related Entries May 15, 2015 The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows May 8, 2015 Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation
  • An Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Trade Is War’

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    In his new book, subtitled “The West’s War Against the World,” international trade expert Yash Tandon challenges the notion that free trade helps countries develop. Instead, he finds, it often fosters poverty and violence. Related Entries May 15, 2015 The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows May 8, 2015 Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation
  • Student Loan Calculator

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    By Mike Luckovich Related Entries May 15, 2015 The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows May 8, 2015 Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation
  • Chasing Miracles in Iraq

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Eugene Robinson The Islamic State was supposed to be reeling from U.S.-led airstrikes. Yet the group was able to capture Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and is now consolidating control over that strategically important city. Related Entries May 15, 2015 The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows May 8, 2015 Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation
  • Boy Scouts Unprepared

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries May 15, 2015 The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows May 8, 2015 Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation
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    ThinkProgress

  • Report: Fossil Fuels Receive $5.3 Trillion A Year In Subsidies Worldwide

    Samantha Page
    22 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos/ThinkProgress The world pays $5.3 trillion a year in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is in addition to the $492 billion in direct subsidies offered by governments around the world — write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes. In case these numbers are too big to imagine, $492 billion is enough to buy every taxable property in the city of Boston nearly five times over. Basically, governments buy oil, gas, and coal producers five Bostons every year. It’s hard to…
  • Ugandan Singer Faces 10 Years In Prison For A Nikki Minaj-Inspired Music Video

    Beenish Ahmed
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    A screenshot from singer Jemimah Kansiime’s music video for her song, “Ensolo Yange.” CREDIT: YOUTUBE A new video by singer Jemimah Kansiime has the sort of risqué sex appeal characteristic of her idols Rihanna or Nikki Minaj. But for the 21-year-old Ugandan singer, gyrating in a bikini could be grounds for 10 years in prison as per tough anti-pornography laws passed the African country signed into law last year. “I was aware that there are some sections of society that are conservative,” Kansiime told Agence France-Presse, adding that she had no idea that…
  • 2015 Is Crushing It For Hottest Year On Record

    Joe Romm
    22 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    This was by far the hottest four-month start (January to April) of any year on record. CREDIT: NOAA Last week NASA reported that this has been the Earth’s hottest January-April on record. This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that finding with its latest monthly report on global temperatures. Separately, NOAA released its monthly report on “Global Ocean Heat.” It makes clear that the ocean’s heat content down to 2000 meters (1.24 miles) has been soaring this century — and nearly gone off the charts this year: It’s…
  • America’s Housing Developers Are Almost Exclusively Building Luxury Units

    Alan Pyke
    22 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    CREDIT: AP America’s housing developers have been hard at work in the past three years. But their labor has only exacerbated the affordable housing crisis that afflicts most of the country’s population centers. Out of every five multifamily rentals built in the country’s biggest cities from 2012 to 2014, four were luxury apartments “that command rents in the top 20 percent of the market,” the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The 82 percent figure that real estate researchers at CoStar Group came up with in its analysis for the newspaper is an average of…
  • New EPA Rule Reduces Pollution In Communities Located Near Power Plants

    Katie Valentine
    22 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    CREDIT: shutterstock The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a new rule on power plants and other industrial facilities Friday that advocates say will drastically improve the quality of life of people living near industrial zones. The EPA’s new “Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction” rule targets just what it sounds like: the emissions produced when power plants start up, shut down, or malfunction. Until now, a loophole in EPA regulations meant that power plants could unleash unlimited pollution during these times, meaning that the communities that live near power plants…
 
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  • The off the Books Edition

    Cardiff Garcia
    22 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Listen to Episode No. 54 of Slate Money:
  • Why Karaoke Carries a Torch for 1984

    Mike Pesca
    22 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Listen to Episode 263 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • The Strong, Loud Type

    John Dickerson
    22 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    OKLAHOMA CITY—Chris Christie doesn't give speeches so much as engage in performance art. How he speaks is as much a part of his message as what he says. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on Friday, after explaining his plan to manage the growth of entitlements, the New Jersey governor said he knows that Social Security is a “third rail of American politics,” but that's why he's meddling with it. “I just grabbed it and hugged it, everybody, because that’s what leadership is.” 
  • How to Green the U.S. Government

    Daniel Gross
    22 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Big defense contracts awarded to big defense contractors are usually a big cause for concern. They tend to go over budget, often for things we don’t really need (like a certain type of fighter plane). But a couple weeks ago, the Pentagon announced a contract with a big-time defense contractor that good-government and energy-efficiency types should cheer—and demand grow more common. Honeywell Building Solutions, a unit of the conglomerate Honeywell, got a $22.4 million contract to overhaul the energy system at Rock Island Arsenal—an ancient military outpost on an island in the…
  • Ironic Misandry Claims Its First Victim

    Amanda Hess
    22 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Last month student union leaders at Goldsmiths, University of London, organized a meeting for minority students to chat about their stake in the student protests being staged at schools across London over the high cost of tuition. Bahar Mustafa had just been re-elected to her post as welfare and diversity officer for Goldsmiths’ student union, and she eagerly recruited her Facebook friends to help spread the word. Oh, and “if you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME,” she wrote in a note. “Don’t worry lads we will give you and allies things to do.”
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Kansas Republicans Have Come Up with a Disgraceful New Way to Screw the Poor

    Inae Oh
    22 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Starting in July, a new law in Kansas will restrict the amount of cash a welfare recipient can take out of ATM's to just $25 a day—a move that critics say introduces a whole new host of financial burdens—including high ATM fees and travel costs—when they access cash. Max Ehrenfreund at the Washington Post explains: Since most banking machines are stocked only with $20 bills, the $25 limit is effectively a $20 limit. A family seeking to withdraw even $200 in cash would have to visit an ATM 10 times a month, a real burden for a parent who might…
  • Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council Amid Molestation Allegations

    Edwin Rios
    21 May 2015 | 7:56 pm
    On Thursday, Josh Duggar resigned as head of the Family Research Council's lobbying arm amid allegations from a sealed police report obtained by In Touch Weekly that he sexually molested multiple underage girls when he was a teenager. Duggar, the eldest son of the reality TV family on TLC's 19 and Counting, expressed regret for his actions in a statement on the Duggar family's Facebook page: Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took…
  • Could LA's $15 Minimum Wage Sweep the Nation?

    Josh Harkinson
    21 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    On Tuesday, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance. Though the law won't fully go into effect until 2020, it's a huge deal. LA is larger than San Francisco and Seattle, the two other $15-an-hour cities, combined. It also has a much larger contingent of low-wage workers. The ordinance will give a raise to an estimated 750,000 Angelenos, or about 46 percent of the city's workforce. LA's wage hike points to the potential for a major minimum wage boost to sweep the country. Although experts disagree about the LA measure's impact on growth and…
  • Job-Seeker Hillary Clinton Posts Resume on LinkedIn

    Inae Oh
    21 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Have you heard the news? Hillary Clinton is on the hunt for a new gig. And in an effort to attract prospective employers, the former secretary of state just joined LinkedIn with her very own profile. She even dressed up her page with an article on how to "jump-start small business."  Enjoy the imminent deluge of spammy messages, Hillary! Everyone deserves a distraction from "sensitive but unclassified" emails.
  • Here's What Osama bin Laden Wrote About Climate Change

    Jenna McLaughlin
    20 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    On Wednesday morning, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a trove of newly declassified documents discovered during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Among the many letters, videos, and audio recordings is an undated document apparently written by bin Laden discussing the "massive consequences" of climate change, a phenomenon he describes as having more victims than wars. The newly released document is very similar in content and language to a recording released in 2010, in which the Al Qaeda leader expounded on climate change and criticized the…
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  • Reports: Marriage Equality Vote In Ireland Headed For Landslide Win

    Karoli
    23 May 2015 | 2:06 am
    Early returns indicate that Ireland's marriage equality referendum is on track to win by a 2:1 margin. Impressive, Ireland. Very impressive. Reuters: Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a referendum, the country's equality minister said on Saturday shortly after counting began. "I think it's won. I've seen bellwether boxes open, middle-of-the road areas who wouldn't necessarily be liberal and they are resoundingly voting yes," Equality Minister Aodhan O'Riordain told Reuters at the main count center in Dublin. Independent.ie is tweeting results…
  • Open Thread - Fukushima Energy Drink!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    22 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    A group of Berlin art directors make a film promoting "Fukushima energy water," a 'hot' new product that is literally 'flooding' the market. And it has a totally reasonable amount of radioactivity to keep you radiated all day! Via The Guardian. Open thread below.
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Mac DeMarco

    Ryan Pressman
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    It seems like Mac gets better with his production skills with every new release. Each song he puts out is a big jump in quality from the last. He's definitely on his way to mastering the DIY approach to recording music, so his next album, Another One, should be a real treat once it comes out this August. Looking forward to some new material from Mac. What are you listening to tonight?
  • Matt Taibbi On How Journalists And Politicians Were Cheerleaders For Iraq War

    Heather
    22 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Democracy Now's Amy Goodman's web only interview with Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi on his recent article "Forget What We Know Now: We Knew Then Iraq War Was a Joke," which he wrote in response to Jeb Bush's interview Megyn Kelly on whether he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq, and subsequent flip-flopping. Matt Taibbi on the Journalist & Politician Cheerleaders for Iraq War, Then & Now: AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh, as we bring you part two of our conversation with Matt Taibbi of Rolling…
  • Jeb Bush's Stunningly Idiotic Stance On Man-Made Climate-Change

    LeftOfCenter
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We knew it was coming: that inevitable, science-hating, pandering that must be part of the platform of any GOP candidate with a chance at the nomination. Jeb Bush, in a New Hampshire town hall meeting on Wednesday, showed his disdain for 'arrogant' folks who happen to value the findings of reputable scientists. After a citizen asks on day one, how will climate change shape Jeb's foreign policy, he replies: "First of all the climate is changing. Um, I don't think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. I just don't-- it's convoluted and for the…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Eight seconds — why the NYT caves, and Facebook wins

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    22 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    An impatient audience wielding smartphones says, ‘We want it NOW.’ Eight seconds. Count with me, please: one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four, one thousand five, one thousand six, one thousand seven, one thousand eight. … Continue reading →
  • End of the semester writing professor blues

    Patrick Vecchio
    22 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Here’s how it feels at the end of the spring semester for a longtime-journalist-turned-college-writing instructor: I love working with college students, and I hope the feeling is mutual, for at least some of them, anyway. There’s no workplace I’ve ever … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for May 22, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    22 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Hot Singles In Your Area Are Waving At Someone Behind You So Put Your Hand Down You Look Like An Idiot Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for … Continue reading →
  • Solitude in the sand

    CJ Newlife
    22 May 2015 | 8:31 am
  • NC Senator Bob Rucho Stabs Democracy, Leaves It Bleeding On Senate Floor

    Joshua Booth
    21 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The following is a Facebook post from NC Senator Josh Stein. Senate Finance Committee Chair Bob Rucho flouted the democratic process yesterday to ram an anti-clean tech bill through committee. We considered a House bill to curtail the development of … Continue reading →
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    Power Line

  • Is ISIS crazy?

    Paul Mirengoff
    22 May 2015 | 8:54 pm
    ISIS’s capture of of Palmyra has aroused fears that the terrorists will smash the archaeological treasures of this ancient Semitic city. The fears of justified, given ISIS’s conduct in places like Nimrud, Khorsabad, and Mosul. But according to Nicolas Pelham, writing in the New York Review of Books, even as ISIS forces made a great show of destroying some antiquities on display in the museum in Mosul, the leadership was planning to sell others: The video that ISIS circulated of its demolition job on Mosul’s antiquities museum in February 2015 was designed to market what it did…
  • Democrats Say: We Fear Marco!

    John Hinderaker
    22 May 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The New York Times headlines: “Prospect of Hillary Clinton-Marco Rubio Matchup Unnerves Democrats.” As well it should: They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy. An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida:…
  • Today’s Energy Unicorn: The Scent of Musk

    Steven Hayward
    22 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    What is it about Elon Musk? People must think his name is “Steve Jobs” in some obscure Slavic language. Sure, I think the Tesla is cool, and think they might lead to something useful some day, but right now they’re a boutique toy for affluent people. (A friend who drives a Tesla in a Midwestern state has a custom bumper sticker: “How do you like my coal-powered car?”) And I like Musk’s enthusiasm for private space travel, since NASA has gone the way of all government monopoly bureaucracies. Not much hope for the “final frontier” when the agency head says, as NASA’s new chief…
  • Is Hillary’s Candidacy Just Another Business Deal?

    Steven Hayward
    22 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Jennifer Rubin notes this morning that Hillary’s obviously terrible campaign skills are getting noticed in the mainstream media. It’s so bad that Hillary is actually going to launch her campaign a second time next month with a big public rally. It is said that a lot of second- and third-tier Republican candidates (Carson, Huckabee, Fiorina, etc) are only running to enable them to get nice post-campaign media contracts from Fox News, and in a similar vein I’ve been wondering whether Hillary’s entire candidacy isn’t basically the same thing, just on the Clinton scale. And apparently…
  • Obama expounds the limits of Iran’s anti-Semitism

    Scott Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    In the course of his recent interview of President Obama — painful reading from beginning to end — Jeffrey Goldberg asked a somewhat challenging question regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. “You have argued,” Goldberg observed, “that people who subscribe to an anti-Semitic worldview, who explain the world through the prism of anti-Semitic ideology, are not rational, are not built for success, are not grounded in a reality that you and I might understand. And yet, you’ve also argued that the regime in Tehran—a regime you’ve described as anti-Semitic, among other…
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Fighting High Blood Pressure?

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    High blood pressure is experienced by nearly 68 million adults in the United States alone — that’s 1 in 3 adults. Often accompanied by excess weight, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and the leading killer — heart disease. If you are someone who has high blood pressure, the mainstream medical industry wants nothing more than your eternal business, buying their pharmaceutical drugs that never really cure anything. But instead of doing that, try utilizing one of these home remedies for high blood pressure. Natural Alternative…
  • Political Theatre Is Back!

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
  • Remember the Thrill of Getting Your Driver’s License?

    Eric Peters
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Well, maybe hate is too strong. But they sure seem not to like them very much. As evidenced by the fact that a record-high percentage haven’t even got a driver’s license – and have no intention (according to what they tell researchers) of ever getting one. How high? Pushing 30 percent (and upticking each year) of present-day 19-year-olds. As contrasted with almost no 19-year-olds back in the ’90s and before. They are opting out. Of the hassle. Cars – and driving – are no longer a ticket to ride, for teenagers or otherwise. But especially for teenagers, who’ve been singled out…
  • Will Hans Hoppe Be Banned in the UK?

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    You May No Longer Think Wrong Thoughts, Citizen Shortly after the election victory that probably surprised no-one more than himself, David Cameron launched into explaining to the hoi-polloi what further transmogrification of the State is in store now that he’s got a free hand. He inter alia elated the audience with the following zinger: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism…
  • 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Nikola Tesla is finally beginning to attract real attention and encourage serious debate more than 70 years after his death. Was he for real? A crackpot? Part of an early experiment in corporate-government control? We know that he was undoubtedly persecuted by the energy power brokers of his day — namely Thomas Edison, whom we are taught in school to revere as a genius.  He was also attacked by J.P. Morgan and other “captains of industry.” Upon Tesla’s death on January 7th, 1943, the U.S. government moved into his lab and apartment confiscating all of his scientific…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The U.S. Senate “passed major trade legislation that would pave the way for President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade deal, marking a victory for the Obama administration and Republican leaders in Congress and sending the bill toward an uncertain fate in the House,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The Senate voted 62-37 to approve so-called fast track, which would help conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Japan and 10 other countries and ensure that the Pacific deal and others would get an up-or-down vote in Congress without amendments.”
  • Does Hillary Clinton Fear Marco Rubio Most?

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The New York Times notes an “incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: ‘Marco Rubio scares me.'” “What is so unnerving to them at this early phase of the 2016 presidential campaign still seems, at worst, a distant danger: the prospect of a head-to-head general-election contest between Mr. Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Yet the worriers include some on Mrs. Clinton’s team. And even former…
  • Lawmakers Tell Jindal to Pay for His Own Travel

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Louisiana legislators clipped Gov. Bobby Jindal’s wings “by inserting wording into the state budget that would require the governor’s office to pay the out-of-state travel expenses of his security detail,” the Baton Rouge Advocate reports. “Jindal spent almost 45 percent of 2014 outside Louisiana attending political events. He has kept up the pace so far in 2015 and since forming a presidential exploratory committee early this week, is likely to continue his aggressive travel schedule.”
  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    “Well, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (as I have rationalized for years).” — Hillary Clinton, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, in a 2012 email released by the State Department.
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” — Mike Huckabee, writing on Facebook, on Josh Duggar admitting to molesting children, including his own sisters.
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Breaking: California Farmers Agree to Water Cuts

    Julia Lurie
    22 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    As California endures its fourth year of grueling drought, officials are getting more serious about mandatory water cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown imposed the state's first-ever water restrictions last month, ordering cities and towns to cut water by 25 percent. But the vast majority of water in California goes not to homes and businesses but to farms, which so far have suffered minimal cuts. Today, the state's Water Board approved a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in which some farmers will voluntarily reduce water use by 25 percent in exchange for assurances…
  • These Are the Jobs Robots Will Take From Humans, According To Researchers With Jobs…For Now

    Dave Gilson
    22 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The coming robot invasion is suddenly a hot topic again. This week, Fresh Air interviewed Martin Ford, whose book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future was just reviewed in the New York Times by Barbara Ehrenreich. The Harvard Business Review published a long article with advice for protecting your career from super-smart robots. And NPR's Planet Money has been producing a series of stories on how machines are getting really good at doing tasks from serving food and writing news articles to reading emotions. As MoJo's Kevin Drum, who's been following this rapidly…
  • These Photos of Sea Creatures Soaked by Oil in California Will Break Your Heart

    Tim McDonnell
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Volunteers fill buckets with oil near Refugio State Beach. Michael A. Mariant/AP On Tuesday, an oil pipeline burst near Refugio State Beach west of Santa Barbara, California, sending an estimated 105,000 gallons of oil onto the beach. Up to a fifth of that oil is believed to have reached the ocean, Reuters reports. Now, volunteers and private contractors are racing to clean up the oil. About 6,000 gallons have been collected so far, according to the AP. But damage has already been done. At least two pelicans have been found dead, and five more pelicans and one sea lion were sent for…
  • How Scott Walker and His Allies Hijacked the Wisconsin Supreme Court

    Pema Levy
    22 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    For three years, Wisconsin prosecutors have been investigating whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker broke campaign finance laws as he battled a 2012 recall effort sparked by his push for a law that undercut the power of public-sector unions. Prosecutors allege that Walker and his aides illegally coordinated with conservative groups that were raising money and running ads to support Walker and his Republican allies. At least one group at the center of the probe, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, has gone to court to stop the investigation. Its fate now rests with the Wisconsin Supreme Court,…
  • Does Mike Huckabee Know Where the Ark of the Covenant Is Buried?

    Tim Murphy
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Harry Moskoff wouldn't immediately strike you as the guy to discover the true location of the Ark of the Covenant, the chest that supposedly once held the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. He was born in Canada, studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, worked in IT, and started a company that specialized in copyright infringement claims when he moved to Tel Aviv 10 years ago. But in his free time, the ordained rabbi has dabbled in biblical archeology, poring over ancient texts and contemporary works, in search of any unturned stone that might help him track down the…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Alistair Carmichael urged to quit as MP for leaking anti-Sturgeon memo

    Damien Gayle
    23 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    SNP MP Stewart Hosie tells former Scottish secretary to ‘consider very seriously stepping down’ after he admitted leaking potentially damaging memoPressure is mounting on the former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael to resign as an MP over the leaking of a memo intended to damage Nicola Sturgeon.Stewart Hosie, a Scottish National party MP, called for the Westminster standards watchdog to investigate Carmichael, a Liberal Democrat, and said he should “consider very seriously stepping down”. Related: Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael admits responsibility for anti-Sturgeon leak Continue…
  • New law will force councils to merge services to improve adoption rates

    Press Association
    23 May 2015 | 1:40 am
    Schools and adoption bill will require local authorities to merge services in effort to increase pool of potential adopters and reduce waiting timesPlans to force councils to merge services in order to speed up adoption rates are to be announced in next week’s Queen’s speech. Adoption is “happening at too small and localised a scale”, the Department for Education said, and mergers would increase the pool of potential adopters, reducing waiting times. Continue reading...
  • Yvette Cooper warns against Labour lurch to the left or right

    Damien Gayle
    23 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    In apparent swipe at her leadership rivals, Cooper says there need not ‘be blood on the floor for the Labour party to rise again’Yvette Cooper has hit out at leadership rivals who believe “there needs to be blood on the floor for the Labour party to rise again”.In an apparent swipe at Andy Burnham, the unions’ likely choice, and the Blairite Liz Kendall, Cooper said the party couldn’t afford to “flail about” between right and left. Instead, she said Labour must make decisive changes to win elections next year in London, Wales and Scotland. Related: Ed Balls to give up politics…
  • After many decades of neglect, perhaps the real ‘northern powerhouse’ has been and gone

    Ian Jack
    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Northern England has produced generations of the great and the good – but barring a surprising reversal, it seems inevitable that the eminences of the future will hail from the south Continue reading...
  • Canadian three-way split might enable Harper to pull a Cameron in election

    John Barber in Toronto
    22 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Conservative government has got through a tough spring and could, like its UK counterparts, achieve a majority unless Liberals and New Democrats cooperate Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    23 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    All yours.  
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    22 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    * Haven’t had enough Benghazi? Well here you go: The State Department on Friday released nearly 900 pages of e-mails on Libya and the Benghazi attacks from the private account Hillary Rodham Clinton used while she was secretary of state. The messages have been turned over to a select House committee investigating the Sept. 11-12, […]
  • Getting past the noise in the raging debate over Fast Track

    Greg Sargent
    22 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    As early as today, the Senate may vote to grant President Obama the “Fast Track” authority he’s seeking to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. From there it’s over to the House, where its prospects are uncertain. So what’s the real deal with the Fast Track process? My view: While some concerns about the […]
  • The political media don’t like Hillary Clinton. But what if she doesn’t need them?

    Paul Waldman
    22 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    Hillary Clinton doesn’t like the media, and they don’t like her. Both have legitimate reasons for feeling as they do, but there’s no getting around that simple fact. Clinton’s grievances go back two and a half decades, and what has reporters agitated at the moment is that Clinton is making it difficult for them to […]
  • Morning Plum: How Republicans will try to blame Obama if the Court guts subsidies

    Greg Sargent
    22 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Senator Chris Murphy is getting lots of attention because he delivered a speech on the Senate floor while brandishing a poster bearing a “shruggie.” That, he says, is the actual GOP contingency plan for the millions who might lose health care if the Supreme Court invalidates subsidies in three dozen states. But Senator Murphy is […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • 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…
  • A Problem of Identification

    4 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    At a recent Staff Development event, we had a speaker from the Federal Reserve over to talk about the Demographics of the city we serve. What he had to say was pretty astounding, even to someone like me. This report contains much of the surprising information about Houston and it's Metropolitan area, and it should suprise you, too.The speaker's presentation, which went beyond the information in there, said that the current reality of Houston, with it's incredibly diverse population, reflects the future of our country. He backed what he said by showing us the percentage of Americans in terms…
  • Iran Deal Parameters Reached

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

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

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

  • Give Josh Earnest Another Job

    20 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    As Ramadi falls to Islamic State militants - or ISIS or ISIL or whatever the next name they think up is - one hears cautious detachment and outright concern from the Pentagon. The worry is that Iranian-backed Shiite militants might pre-empt other groups in re-taking Ramadi and have Iraq finally fall under control of it's long time rival Iran. Or that fighting between anti- Islamic State groups will be as bad as the fighting against Islamic State itself. So, according to the Pentagon, the latest fall of Ramadi is merely a case of a small percentage of the city not already under IS control…
  • GOP Debates - March Madness??

    15 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The GOP is starting to worry about how to have a series of televised debates with an estimated 16 contenders having announced or expected to in the next few weeks or so. How can you squeeze all these people in during, say, a 90 minute televised debate? Some are frankly hoping that more than a few drop out before the debates even begin. But perhaps there is another solution that Republicans haven't considered: March Madness. Think about it. If the NCAA can handle 68 teams in a little over a month and keep a substantial portion of America fixated on the celebrated annual tourney, maybe they can…
  • The Glorious Core of Academic Freedom

    12 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    While it's hard to argue against the overall success of charter schools at the elementary and high school levels, one wonders about tenure at the post-secondary level. Is academic tenure at a junior college, or university, a vital defense against those who would erode academic freedom? Or is it a nice cozy union benefit for very well paid workers? Furchtgott-Roth and Meyer's book Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America's Young certainly takes aim at teacher unions at the first two levels of schooling and how they protect mediocre, incompetent, or outright abusive teachers who may do…
  • Federal Officials Assault Times Square!

    7 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    When you have a federal transportation bill called MAP-21, you can imagine more than a little ambition on the part of it's creators. The 2012 bill seems to be saying they're going to upgrade everything until it's as 21st century as feasibly possible. And you will comply with whatever that means. The full name is the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act - which has a nice Maoist or Stalinist tone to it. It just needs a 5-Year-Plan attached as a final amendment to make it perfect for a central planner. It's a funding and authorization bill that takes care of federal surface…
  • No One Wants to Own Spending Cuts

    1 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    No one really seems to want to cut spending. A bipartisan deal to lift sequestration, spending caps in other words, is soon coming to the halls of Congress. The 2011 Budget Control Act which is an attempt at reasonably significant cuts to government spending spread out over a decade, will soon be eroded and/or evaded as Republicans and Democrats in the House work out an agreement on spending bills. No one wants to own spending cuts it seems. And in part, voters share some of the blame. Because it's way easier for the GOP to own tax cuts as an issue, and they do, than to own spending cuts. The…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Getting Comfortable With Marco Rubio

    19 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    At the Weekly Standard's Broadmoor Summit, Marco Rubio's name supposedly stood out along with Scott Walker's. This may be interesting in as much as attendees at the so-called Summit reflect the views of GOP money men and women. Because as a statistical poll, the sample in Colorado Springs is just a touch small. But the available cash that might flow from those predisposed to give the young Florida senator an earnest listen, is another matter. So the question is: can Rubio start to attract anywhere near the kind of cash that his erstwhile mentor Jeb Bush has been able to? And the reasonable…
  • Pollsters: Let the Voters Speak

    14 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Is the end of polling at hand? Perhaps not, but polling seems to have entered a slow and steady decline in accuracy and in participation rates. Apparently less than 10% of those who receive a call from some organization doing a poll actually answer the call. And moving from landline and cellphones (where people are even less likely to respond) to online surveys brings up serious credibility problems as to how accurate online polling results are. Pollsters nowadays seem to be frantically adjusting their methodology and hoping to present more accurate polling results - look at the May 7 (or…
  • A Shy Sociopath From Birmingham UK

    11 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    A once shy kid in Birmingham England, make that a loner and soon-to-be psychopath, fled the UK in 2013 after jumping bail over charges of cyber mischief to put it politely. Where did he go? Syria. And yes, he's now another ISIS recruit. That he is apparently married to a much older ex-rocker also from the UK who now vows to cut Christians heads off with a blunt knife is just another detail in the increasing litany of unhinged people who are joining the terrorist group. ISIS recruits in places like the UK and Texas in fact don't even fit the term recruits. They are anyone crazy enough to heed…
  • Will Jeb Have a Debate on Immigration?

    6 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Jeb Bush thinks America needs millions of skilled workers and that his ideas on immigration reform are the right ones. In an interview with National Review's Rich Lowry, he did not seem overly flexible on this issue. As if he has thought the thing through and come to a well-reasoned decision, and he just needs to explain his reasoning for voters to get it. Jeb Bush did not respond with many specifics to Lowry's baiting of him - justified baiting by the way - when stating how much of the Gang of Eight's immigration plan he agrees with. But Jeb Bush's own ideas on immigration reform are quite…
  • Ben Carson Better Speak Up in Detroit

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Less than a week before his planned speech in Detroit, Ben Carson gave an interview to GQ magazine and the topic was Baltimore. Carson spent 36 years in the city of Baltimore working as a surgeon and becoming an inspiration to African-Americans there for his life story and his work speaking in inner-city schools and conveying a message of the possibilities that exist and one of hope. But if Ben Carson had to speak this weekend say, before heading to Detroit, at a Baltimore inner-city school, what would he say? The GQ interview was perhaps one way to reach those kids, even if the specific…
 
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    Roll Call: Politics Archive

  • Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

    22 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.
  • What Happens If Coffman Says No

    20 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016.
  • Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst

    20 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Long shut out of statewide office, Southern California Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week, when Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced a bid for the Golden State’s open Senate seat.
  • Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

    20 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana’s open Senate contest, has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.
  • NRSC Raised $4.2 Million in April

    20 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee will report raising more than $4.2 million in April and ending the month with $5 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 6: Our Time Is Now

    Mike McDaniel
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    credit: time.com In the Freddie Gray case, little of import will likely be known for some time. As I noted in past articles, Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby would be likely to bunker up, desperately trying to find evidence that could possibly support her hastily concocted and preposterous charges. Previous articles in this series are: The Freddie Gray Case: Initial Impressions  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 2  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 3: Ludicrous Speed  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 4, Belt Me The Freddie Gray Case, Update 5: Probable Causeless  And so she has. Mosby has, hilariously and…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 14: Monument To A Lie

    Mike McDaniel
    21 May 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Why do we build monuments? What purpose do they serve? credit: dcmetrophotography.com Consider the Lincoln Memorial. In its dignity and power, it reminds us of the worth of the man, the right man for the right time. It shows us what we might accomplish, to what we must aspire, and for what we have to be grateful—that such a man lived and perhaps, when we need them most, such men will rise once again to the occasion. Above all, it reminds us of what it is to be an American, of the legacy of the rule of law, mercy, altruism and acceptance of responsibility, the responsibility to preserve…
  • Our Disarmed Military

    Mike McDaniel
    20 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    credit: mcconnell.af.mil When I served in the USAF as a security policeman in the early 70s, I was one of the few. Not only did we wear berets, we were among the very few that ever carried firearms while on duty, and among the very few that were required to regularly train and qualify with those arms. What we did not do, what no one did, with the exception of Office of Special Investigations agents, was carry concealed weapons. Every day, I collected my handgun and ammunition from an armory before I went on duty. At the end of my day, I turned them back in. Virtually nothing has changed since…
  • Watchin’ TV In A Burning House

    Mike McDaniel
    20 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    credit: washingtonpost.com With Barack Obama, it’s scandal overload, 24, 7, 365. We’re watching our own demise on TV in a house he has set on fire.  Mr. Obama is desperate in his determination to establish a lasting legacy. He need not worry.  He’ll have a legacy to rival the worst despots in history. Can you remember, gentle readers, when we had presidents who had the occasional scandal, and those scandals were months, even years apart? In those days, a scandal was actually scandalous.  Now it’s scandal piled on top of scandal, day after day, so many people can’t keep…
  • “I’m An Old Ex-Marine And I Try To Do The Right Thing.”

    Mike McDaniel
    19 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    credit: abcnews Occasionally, I come across a story, usually quite by accident, that renews my faith in humanity. From ABC News (which virtually never renews my faith in humanity): It didn’t take long for Emil Knodell, of Bellville, Texas, to buy a chest for $100 that he soon discovered had a hidden drawer of treasure. On Saturday, Knodell, a retired marketing director whose buys antiques and collectibles as a hobby, went to an estate sale of a man who had died in Missouri City, Texas. He quickly decided to buy a chest of three drawers with a marble top that had been discounted on the…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Well, all right then. The President doesn't think we're losing in the struggle against ISIS. In fact, losing Ramadi is just a setback in what President Obama says he's always thought would be "a multiyear campaign." While Obama isn't worried, the Islamic State is moving successfully across the region. As the WSJ writes,Meanwhile, back on Planet Middle East, an opposition monitoring group estimates that after taking Palmyra Islamic State now controls about half of Syria, including most of its oil fields. The West is fretting about Palmyra because of its 2,000-year-old cultural treasures, and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute sums up what Obama's real approach to foreign policy is. In his memoirs, Duty, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates tells a story that could only have occurred in the Obama White House. In February 2011, as crowds occupying Tahrir Square in Cairo demanded the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a debate swirled over the proper American response: should the U.S. force Mubarak to abdicate, or support his plan to manage an orderly transition of power over the next seven months?On one side stood Gates and the other principal members of the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Hillary gave her irritating phony laugh yesterday as she assured reporters that Sidney Blumenthal was simply an old friend with whom she enjoyed staying in contact while she's in the bubble of public life. This was in response to the NYT story that he was sending her more than two dozen memos while she was at State advising her about Libya while he was receiving money from groups in Libya and being paid by the Clinton Foundation, Media Matters, and the liberal Super PAC American Bridge. The WSJ isn't buying her "he's just an old friend" defense.The Blumenthal memos also deserve Justice…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    Marc Thiessen argues, quite reasonably, that we shouldn't be spending so much time asking candidates impossible hypotheticals about what they would have done in 2003 if they knew then what we know now and start asking about what to do now that we're losing so much ground in Iraq to ISIS. Meanwhile, Kimberly Kagan and Frederick Kagan argue that the fall of Ramadi was not inevitable.This defeat was avoidable. Neither the Islamic State nor any other al-Qaeda offshoot has ever taken a major urban area actively defended by the United States in partnership with local forces. This is what happens…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    John Fund reminds us of George Stephanopolous's long history of using his perch as a supposed "journalist" to serve the Clintons. Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, whose interview on ABC by Stephanopolous revealed the hypocrisy of the former Clinton operative for attacking Schweizer on possible conflicts of interest in his biography while ignoring Stephanopolous's own conflicts of interest writes in the USA Today, What I did not expect — what no one expected — was the sort of "hidden hand journalism" that has contributed to America's news media's crisis of credibility in…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Crackpotism in the GOP

    David Robertson
    22 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    “Republicans have their own problem: They tolerate far too many crackpots.” – Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Did Mike Huckabee just go out on a limb?

    David Robertson
    22 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    “Huckabee slams media for ‘blood-thirsty’ coverage of Duggar molestation report.” – TheHill.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • OPEN THREAD: Ted Cruz SLAMS Idiot Gay Obsessed Reporter [VIDEO]

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Consider this the weekend’s Open Thread, but first…. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently had the best series of slams on an idiot reporter who was obsessed the “teh gays.” That was fantastic! More Republicans need to do this.
  • Did Jerusalem Post writer incorrectly quote President Obama?

    David Robertson
    22 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    When one incompletely quotes a politician, one can give others a false impression about what that politician said. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
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    Hullabaloo

  • Deadly oil killers

    22 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Deadly oil killersby digbyI normally take this space to show you some cute animals to make you feel better after a long week. Unfortunately, I can't do it this week because this is happening right up the coast from where I live and it's breaking my heart:That is a beautiful pelican drowning in fucking oil!!! I won't show you the pics of the sea lions. It's too much. This part of the California coast is like the northern galapagos, tons of unusual species all living together usually pretty undisturbed.This oil company undoubtedly figures this is the cost of doing business:Plains All American…
  • Here comes Hucky boo-boo

    22 May 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Here comes Hucky boo-boo  by digbyMike Huckabee, proving that he's the one true social conservative, came out in support of Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the "19 Kids and Counting" clan who has admitted to molesting young girls (presumably his sisters among them) and who reports indicate was never treated or even really punished for his behavior:"Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family," Huckabee wrote in a Facebook post. "Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.'"Earlier…
  • Rand's "Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act for 2015"

    22 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Rand's "Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act for 2015"by digbyOh, this is a sweet scam.  Rand Paul may actually get a vote on his proposal to allow employees of agencies to get bonuses for identifying "surplus funds" which will be sent to general funds and used for specifically for deficit reduction. Golly, what could possibly go wrong with that?This is a very, very sneaky way of impounding congressionally mandated funds to use for purposes for which they were not intended. The bonus part is especially savvy --- it takes away the incentive some agency employees might have to properly do their…
  • The banality of torture

    22 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The banality of tortureby digbySo torture works, which is why the supporters of the torture program insist they were right to do it. Well, it works on lily-livered terrorists, anyway.This is the citation for Medal of Honor winner Lance Peter Sijan:While on a flight over North Vietnam, Capt. Sijan ejected from his disabled aircraft and successfully evaded capture for more than 6 weeks. During this time, he was seriously injured and suffered from shock and extreme weight loss due to lack of food. After being captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, Capt. Sijan was taken to a holding point for…
  • Christie lets fly. Again.

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Christie lets fly. Again.by digbyI'm guessing Chris Christie has pretty much figured out that he isn't going to be president:New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) gave a speech on Wednesday full of vulgarities directed at reporters over the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey's finances, and his travel history."We don't give a s--- about this or any of you," Christie told a crowd of 350 people at the Hamilton banquet hall on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg Politics. The event was an annual event in New Jersey which features a roast of the sitting New Jersey governor. Elected…
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    Eschaton

  • Morning Thread

    23 May 2015 | 2:18 am
  • Late Night

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • Summer in the City

    22 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    The summer parks are proliferating again and people are out and about in the urban hellhole.Such misery.
  • Happy Hour Thread

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    enjoy
  • Reckless

    22 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Yes, yes, cyclists and pedestrians can behave badly sometimes, but they're unlikely to kill anyone but themselves when they do. More police need to take car "accidents" which are often not accidents more seriously. If you drive unsafely, you run the risk of killing someone. Don't do it.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • Saturday Art: Jean-Baptiste Oudry

    Ruth Calvo
    23 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Henri Camille, Chevalier de Berenghen by Oudry Misse and Latine by Oudry A painter known best for his portrayal of animals, Oudry studied and showed expertise from an early age and began as a portrait artist.   He showed mastery in art featuring animals and attracted interest from members of the court of Louis XV and support that gave him a solid profession in a comfortable life. Through his friend, Jean-Baptiste Massé, a portrait-painter and miniaturist, Oudry was introduced to the Marquis de Beringhen, hereditary master of the royal stables,[3] for whom he painted a pair of paintings in…
  • Late Night FDL: Amused to Death

    CTuttle
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Roger Waters – Amused To Death Roger will be headlining this year’s Newport Folk Festival… Roger Waters will headline the opening night of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 24. Waters says he plans to deliver “an intimate appearance specifically crafted” for the event, set for July 24-26 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. The former Pink Floyd bassist will top a bill that includes Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, the Watkins Family Hour and others, while The Decemberists will perform on Saturday and First Aid Kit will…
  • The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

    CTuttle
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    By Richard Eskow The Justice Department’s latest settlement with felonious big banks was announced this week, but the repercussions were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. We need to understand that our financial system is not merely corrupt in practice. It is corrupt by design – and the problem is growing. Let’s connect the dots, using news items from the past few weeks: The Latest Sweetheart Deal Four of the world’s biggest banks pleaded guilty to felony charges this week, agreeing to pay roughly $5.6 billion in fines for fixing the…
  • As Patriot Act Expiration Looms, Critics Hope for Sunset on Mass Surveillance

    CTuttle
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With a deadline for the USA Patriot Act fast approaching, Congress has little time to decide how to proceed—but the call to ‘sunset’ the law is growing. (Photo: Dan Cook/flickr/cc/with overlay) ‘Together we will end the Patriot Act, and the sun can rise on a new day filled with freedom and privacy for all.’ By Nadia Prupis and Deirdre Fulton With the fate of the USA Patriot Act still hanging in the balance late afternoon Friday—and lawmakers eager to leave Washington, D.C., for Memorial Day barbecues and campaign stops in their home states—the chance to see the…
  • Shameful Texas Court of Criminal Appeals wimps out in Keller day care case

    Frederick Leatherman
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals embarrassed itself recently by refusing to find Dan and Fran Keller innocent of charges that they sexually molested children in their Austin day care center in 1992. Fortunately for the Kellers, however, the court finally did overturn their wrongful convictions after they had served 22 years in prison. It had little choice since there was no credible evidence that any of the children in their care had been sexually abused after Dr. Michael Mouw, the ER doctor who provided the only physical evidence corroborating the accusers, recanted his testimony after…
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    TalkLeft

  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Interview on ISIS, Iraq and Syria

    Jeralyn
    22 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    The Atlantic has a new interview with President Obama on ISIS, Iraq and Syria. He doesn't think "we're losing." He calls Ramadi a "tactical setback." ISIS continues its attacks today. It is also taking credit for a suicide bomb attack at a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Six Officers Indicted for Freddie Gray Death

    Jeralyn
    22 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    The six officers allegedly involved in the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury. The charges are similar to those brought by Maryland proscecutor Marilyn Mosby. For the most part, the indictments closely track the charges the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ireland Rejects Extradition of Terrorist Due to Supermax Conditions

    Jeralyn
    22 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    A court in Ireland has refused to extradite accused terrorist Ali Charaf Damache to the United States finding that the conditions of Supermax are overly harsh and would violate his rights under Ireland's constitution. The Court ordered him... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • "El Chino Antrax" Pleads Guilty in San Diego

    Jeralyn
    21 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Jose Rodrigo Arechiga-Gamboa, aka "El Chino Antrax", the young, flashy alleged "sicario" for Sinaloa (Zambada faction) and logistics coordinator (El Chapo Guzman), pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in San Diego to conspiracy to import more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Biggest Student Walkout in Newark History - and All of New Jersey Should Be So Proud

    22 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    "Look, If Governor Christie can disrupt traffic to make a political point, well, so can we."                                                          - Walkout participant "The schools in Newark are in chaos."                                                          - Mayor Ras Baraka It is refreshing to the…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, May 22, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Shortened Roundup this AM. What are YOU reading, Blue Jersey? Just read it. Nuzzi: Dear Chris Christie: Sorry We Did Our Job. More of what President Obama wasn't briefed about before he came to Camden and proclaimed Camden County Police a model for the nation A list of the new police force's "dubious" selling points. "Presidential" Ledger editorial: Christie's (latest) big lie on Bridgegate. Christie's latest rationale for why he should be the GOP's guy is pretty lame. TPM: Why On Earth Is Chris Christie Still Pretending To Run For President? Christie loses it trying to be funny in a room of…
  • When is a gift not a gift?

    21 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    promoted by Rosi Answer: When You're the Governor of New Jersey. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, a trusted Christie insider, issued a formal legal opinion this week in which he determined that Executive Order 24 - which requires annual disclosure of gifts, etc. by the governor - only requires Christie to disclose gifts "received in return for performing some service, such as speaking at an event." The effect is that the Governor doesn't have to reveal gifts from his many "friends," including Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and Jordan's King Abdullah and doesn't have to suffer the…
  • Legislating Bad

    21 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    If you're a fan of the television series Breaking Bad, you know that 20-something Jesse Pinkman did not have to worry about holding a job. He was gainfully employed, along with teacher/chemist Walter White, in the production of methamphetamine. So, while Pinkman led a life fraught with danger, he was rolling in cash and didn't have to stand in the unemployment line. Now, what Pinkman did was illegal. Why? Because it caused harm to other people and in many cases ruined their lives. But so what? At least he had a job. The point here is that creating jobs is a good thing. But they have to be the…
  • Is our governor wealthy? You betcha! Is he delusional? Seems that way.

    21 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Of course, wealth is not everything. Bob Marley said, "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." We can safely say our governor is wealthy. We can let history determine whether he has integrity and has affected people positively, although recent polls do not augur well. As to whether he is delusional, read on. At an April New Hampshire event Gov. Chris Christie said, "I don't consider myself a wealthy man." Really? His just released Public Employee Financial Disclosure Statement indicates he and…
 
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    Truthout Stories

  • The High Cost of Low Taxes

    22 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Earlier this month, I arrived in San Diego following five days of driving across the country from Wisconsin. I pulled into my friend's driveway, brought my things inside, and went back to my car to park it on the street. Almost immediately, a cop's siren and flashing lights went off. I'd left my license in my friend's apartment, so I was in trouble no matter what. But I was in even more trouble because, the cop told me, my license had been suspended since September. My jaw dropped. "I take it from the look on your face that you didn't know that," the cop ventured. No. I didn't. The state of…
  • Boondoggle HQ: The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed

    22 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    From start to finish, this 64,000-square-foot mistake could easily have been avoided. Not one, not two, but three generals tried to kill it. And they were overruled, not because they were wrong, but seemingly because no one wanted to cancel a project Congress had already given them money to build. In the process, the story of "64K" reveals a larger truth: Once wartime spending gets rolling there's almost no stopping it. In Afghanistan, the reconstruction effort alone has cost $109 billion, with questionable results. The 64K project was meant for troops due to flood the country during the…
  • Matt Taibbi: World's Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, but Escape Jail (Again)

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Five of the world's top banks will pay over $5 billion in fines after pleading guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of US dollars and euros exchanged in the $5 trillion FX spot market. UBS pleaded guilty for its role in manipulating the Libor benchmark interest rate. No individual bank employees were hit with criminal charges as part of the settlements. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Body Cameras Are Not Pointed at the Police; They're Pointed at You

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Civil rights advocates say body cameras are no substitute for comprehensive police reform and could even threaten civil liberties if proper safeguards are not in place.  Something unusual happened during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday - the committee reached a consensus, at least informally. Although they admitted that there is no "silver bullet" for restoring the public's faith in law enforcement in the wake of several high-profile cases involving killer cops, lawmakers from both parties, along with every witness called in to testify, agreed that police officers across the…
  • Why One of the Wealthiest Countries in the World Is Failing to Feed Its People

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On May 8 2015 I awoke to discover that not only were we not looking forward to a new coalition government in the UK, but that the overall collapse of the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party had given the Conservative government a mandate. At an individual level I'm likely to see some benefits from the strong neo-liberalism that underpins this government's ideology, but I'm concerned about a further deepening of the division between those who have and those who have not. This will mean the continued exponential growth in the numbers of people requiring emergency food assistance and…
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  • Commonwealth and Kaiser on underinsurance

    Andrew Sprung
    22 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    This week, the Commonwealth Fund put out a new survey of underinsurance among American adults under age 65, while Kaiser released a new survey of buyers in the individual market, both on- and off-exchange. Over at healthinsurance.org, I find that Kaiser indirectly indicates that Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies are somewhat leveling the underinsurance playing field. CSR is a leaky vessel, but it's carrying maybe 6 million souls across the underinsurance chasm. Hope you'll have a look.
  • Your money or your life

    Andrew Sprung
    20 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Last September, the Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal spotlighted the manifold ways in which hospitals impose out-of-network billing charges on patients even when the patients have contracted with an in-network physician in an in-network hospital.Rosenthal documented how hospital ORs and EDs operate as free-billing zones in which an array of doctors, physical therapists and other service providers can insinuate themselves in a procedure without the patient's prior knowledge or consent, whether they're in the patient's insurance network or not -- and then relentlessly pursue either the insurer or the…
  • Post-King fallout: Waiting for Superwaiver?

    Andrew Sprung
    18 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    I have a post up at healthinsurance.org that recounts opposing forecasts from two moderate conservatives about likely Republican behavior if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell.  invalidating subsidies credited through healthcare.gov.First up is Stuart Butler, generally considered the father of the individual mandate, long at Heritage, now at Brookings. The other is Christopher Condeluci, a former Republican Senate Finance Committee staffer who was involved in that committee's efforts to report out a bill with bipartisan backing (he has said that there was…
  • Obama and Warren: A contrast in rhetorical styles

    Andrew Sprung
    16 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Over the years, I've on several occasions been moved to summarize Obama's economic master narrative. Here's one more pass:America has at various key points in its history committed itself to investments in shared prosperity and to widening the circle of opportunity to groups previously excluded. These include Lincoln's investment in railroads and infrastructure, FDR's in social welfare and education, and Eisenhower's in the interstate highway system.  In the Reagan years -- or in some speeches, in the Bush Jr. years -- the country took a wrong turn and the gains of economic growth…
  • Barbara Pym's quote-happy Brits

    Andrew Sprung
    16 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    My wife has taken to constantly rereading Barbara Pym, and sometimes when I grab the Kindle I tool read a few pages. When I did so a few minutes ago, I was struck, again, by Pym's rather sardonic relationship with the English canon. Here is an alter ego of sorts -- a pragmatic, unassuming writer of fiction and nonfiction for women's magazines, pausing over a pinch of high Victorian sentiment:She imagined women under the drier at the hairdresser’s, turning the pages lazily and coming to ‘The Rose Garden’ by Catherine Oliphant. They would read the first page, the one that had the drawing…
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  • Senate passes trade bill

    22 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate voted 62 to 37 Friday night to pass a bill that would give the White House fast-track trade promotion authority, approving…Click to Continue »
  • Clinton “glad” emails being released

    22 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Hillary Clinton said Friday she was “glad” her emails were out and “I want people to be able to see all of them.”Click to Continue »
  • Fed gets subpoena on leak docs

    21 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Back and forth with Congress over leak probe triggers congressional subpoena.Click to Continue »
  • NSA spying powers on brink of lapsing

    21 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives leaves for a 10-day Memorial Day…Click to Continue »
  • Congress largely silent on unfolding Islamic State crisis

    21 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Senators were so eager to put their imprint on the Iran nuclear deal that 47 Republicans wrote a letter about it to that country’s leaders before any deal has been…Click to Continue »
 
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  • Senate votes spell uncertain fate for domestic surveillance program

    22 May 2015 | 11:21 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A measure to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records was blocked in the U.S. Senate early on Saturday, leaving the fate of the program uncertain days before it expires on June 1.
  • Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch

    22 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season.
  • Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track power on trade deals

    22 May 2015 | 6:56 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him "fast-track" powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia.
  • Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

    22 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed.
  • Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling

    22 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.
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  • Bank of England Accidentally E-mails Top-Secret "Brexit" Plan To the Guardian

    timothy
    23 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    schwit1 writes: The first rule of "Project Bookend" is that you don't talk about "Project Bookend." In retrospect, maybe the first rule should have been "you don't accidentally e-mail 'Project Bookend' to a news agency," because as the Guardian reports, one of its editors opened his inbox and was surprised to find a message from the BOE's Head of Press Jeremy Harrison outlining the UK financial market equivalent of the Manhattan project. Project Bookend is a secret (or 'was' a secret) initiative undertaken by the BOE to study what the fallout might be from a potential 'Brexit', but if anyone…
  • NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

    timothy
    22 May 2015 | 11:39 pm
    New submitter Steven King writes with a link to The Daily Dot's report that the U.S. Senate has rejected the controversial USA Freedom Act, thus "all but guaranteeing that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire"; had it passed, the bill would have allowed continued use of some mass data-collection practices, but with the addition of stronger oversight. From the article: The Senate failed to reach agreement on passage of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to reauthorize and reform Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which the government has used to conduct bulk surveillance of Americans'…
  • California Votes To Ban Microbeads

    timothy
    22 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    New submitter Kristine Lofgren writes: The California Assembly just passed a vote to ban toxic microbeads, the tiny flecks found in toothpastes and exfoliants. Microbeads cause a range of problems, from clogging waterways to getting stuck in gums. The ban would be the strictest of its kind in the nation. As the article notes, the California Senate would need to pass a bill as well, for this ban to take effect, and if that happens, the resulting prohibition will come into place in 2020. From the article: Last year, Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to pass a ban on the usage of…
  • WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

    timothy
    22 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    PvtVoid writes: The Wall Street Journal now has a page up that encourages readers to sift through and tag Hillary Clinton's emails on Benghazi. Users can click on suggested tags such as "Heated", "Personal", "Boring", or "Interesting", or supply their own tags. What could possibly go wrong? I'm tagging this story "election2016."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

    timothy
    19 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    New submitter jeffengel writes: The push to regulate services like Uber and Lyft has spread through state legislatures nationwide. At least 15 states have passed ridesharing laws in 2015, joining Colorado, California, and Illinois from last year. More could follow, with bills pending in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, and others. All this activity has led to new clashes with companies, city leaders, and consumers. Ridesharing bills have stalled or been killed off in Texas, Florida, New Mexico, and Mississippi. Meanwhile, Uber has exited Kansas and is threatening to leave New Jersey…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Scottish Book Trust: Ask the Illustrator with Debi Gliori

    22 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Most parents with children under the age of five, and every librarian, will be familiar with award-winning Scottish author and illustrator Debi Gliori’s work.  Born in Glasgow, she is well known both for her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award [...]
  • The Reluctant Vegetarian: Caponata

    22 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    Instagram – @annabarnettcooks This is my version of the traditional Sicilian aubergine and vegetable stew. Typical serve as a warm side dish or served cold as an antipasto which means it keeps really well if you want to make a big batch and serve it across several meals. This is such a delicious dish packed full [...]
  • Appleblim and Second Storey, also known as ALSO

    21 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    ALSO is an alias that has been adopted by Appleblim and Second Storey, AKA Laurie Osbourne and Alec Storey respectively. As a duo they started out with a release back in 2010, and moved create a live set, which they debuted at Space in Ibiza. Out of the many studio sessions and live performances that [...]
  • A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an

    21 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    Just last week I caught with Ralph Lawson and Subb-an ahead of Ralph’s 20/20 Vision party here in London this weekend.  The party runs through the day and night and is FREE entry, thanks to a sponsor getting involved! Find out more here. I began by quizzing them about their first meeting and, right away, [...]
  • Modi needs to Make Things Happen so that Chinese and other investors Make in India

    18 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Make in India has been the main slogan drummed out by Narendra Modi and his ministers and bureaucrats for many months, but it is surely time for that to be turned around into a reality by India’s prime minister adopting a personal slogan to Make Things Happen. There are few significant results from the Make [...]
 
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  • Senate Rejects USA Freedom Act, But Also Rejects Extending NSA Collection Authority

    Scott Shackford
    22 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was right. The Senate did not have enough votes to pass the USA Freedom Act, the compromise law that would have restrained, but not eliminated, mass data collection by the National Security Agency (NSA). The vote was 57-42 late this evening (technically early this morning), just three votes shy. But Sen. McConnell didn't get his way, either. There were even fewer votes in favor of extending Section 215, which has been used to justify the controversial bulk metadata collection of records of Americans, for another two months.  That one failed…
  • Maryland Governor Vetoes Asset Forfeiture Reform, Marijuana Decriminalization Bills

    Scott Shackford
    22 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has capitulated to the war on drugs in a pack of vetoes today. The governor has vetoed two bills that would restore voting rights to felons who have been released from prison, a bill turning public smoking of marijuana into a civil offense and decriminalizing possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and a bill that would significantly reform civil asset forfeiture reform to reduce police abuse. For the voting rights bill, Maryland has previously restored voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences, including any terms of probation or parole.
  • Missouri's Governor Commutes a Marijuana Offender's Life Sentence

    Jacob Sullum
    22 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Today Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon commuted the life sentence of marijuana offender Jeff Mizanskey, who will now be eligible for parole. Mizanskey, a 62-year-old grandfather who has been in prison for 21 years, was arrested in 1993 after he drove a friend to a motel where the friend bought several pounds of marijuana from someone who turned out to be a police informant. Mizanskey, who said he had no idea what his friend planned to do, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute. Because he had two prior convictions for selling marijuana, he received a mandatory sentence of life without…
  • Ireland Votes on Gay Marriage, Trouble for Duggar Family, a Nungesser Accuser Speaks: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    22 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Police shot two unarmed black men who stole beer from a grocery store. Connecticut state Senate approves affirmative consent standard for colleges. Ireland could become the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular referendum. Josh Duggar in hot water over molestation scandal. President Obama will announce executive action aimed at water regulation. Cathy Young debunked one of the Paul Nungesser accusers who talked to Jezebel, but Jezebel scored an interview with a different accuser. Does Christina Hoff Sommers need a safe space? The Wall Street Journal on "the trigger happy…
  • David Harsanyi on Why It's OK There's No Such Thing as an Unbiased Journalist

    Reason.com
    22 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you're an intellectually curious person—and if you're a journalist, let's assume that you are—you are likely to have embraced a number of notions about how the world works, how it should work and who should be running it. This is natural. It's inevitable, then, that most journalists have formed some opinions about partisan politics. It's unrealistic, writes David Harsanyi, to expect that even the most conscientious journalist can wholly divorce his or her professional work from his or her philosophical positions. View this article.
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • 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…
  • Ignorance Plus

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

  • How Solar Is Lighting the Way for Recovery in Nepal

    Tara Lohan
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Photo: Milap Dwa) Milap Dwa and Chij Kumar​, technicians from Gham Power​, installing a 120-watt solar PV system kit on top of one of the few houses in Barpak, Gorkha, that are still standing. In the days following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, as massive power outages complicated relief efforts, Sandeep Giri and his coworkers were shaken but determined to help. Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a solar company that’s been operating in Nepal for the last five years. After the earthquake, Gham Power’s employees sprung into action to…
  • It's All About the Money

    David L. Kirp
    21 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    AP Photo/Orlin Wagner A student in line for his diploma wears a cap decorated with the cost of his education during graduation ceremonies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, May 16, 2015. This is a pivotal moment in American higher education—a crisis, you might say, if the term hadn’t been debased by overuse. The criticisms come from every corner and the bill of particulars is lengthy. The financial cost gets most of the attention. Since 1980, tuition has more than doubled at private universities and tripled at public institutions. Students have accumulated more than $1.2…
  • Elizabeth Warren on The American Prospect and the Prospects for America

    The American Prospect
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Joe Gallant On May 13, Senator Elizabeth Warren keynoted our 25th anniversary celebration here in Washington, D.C., where she laid out her vision of American economic policy that that works for all Americans. Introducing herself as a longtime reader and one time writer for the Prospect, Warren praised the magazine for its foresight and boldness. She declared: "When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing." Warren reminded her audience that in the postwar era we had both growth and equity, and we…
  • How Big Money Lost in Philly’s Mayoral Race

    Justin Miller
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum) Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning Tuesday's primary election in Philadelphia. Broad union and progressive support gave the former city councilman more than half the votes in the six-candidate race. On Tuesday, Philadelphia city council veteran Jim Kenney won the Democratic mayoral primary with 56 percent of the vote—a commanding victory in a crowded campaign of six candidates. Kenney’s win is not only a step in the right direction for the progressives who supported his candidacy; it’s also a refreshing reminder that heavy…
  • The Radical Inclusiveness of Black Lives Matter

    Sam Ross-Brown
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group at its headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s…
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  • How Solar Is Lighting the Way for Recovery in Nepal

    Tara Lohan
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Photo: Milap Dwa) Milap Dwa and Chij Kumar​, technicians from Gham Power​, installing a 120-watt solar PV system kit on top of one of the few houses in Barpak, Gorkha, that are still standing. In the days following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, as massive power outages complicated relief efforts, Sandeep Giri and his coworkers were shaken but determined to help. Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a solar company that’s been operating in Nepal for the last five years. After the earthquake, Gham Power’s employees sprung into action to…
  • It's All About the Money

    David L. Kirp
    21 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    AP Photo/Orlin Wagner A student in line for his diploma wears a cap decorated with the cost of his education during graduation ceremonies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, May 16, 2015. This is a pivotal moment in American higher education—a crisis, you might say, if the term hadn’t been debased by overuse. The criticisms come from every corner and the bill of particulars is lengthy. The financial cost gets most of the attention. Since 1980, tuition has more than doubled at private universities and tripled at public institutions. Students have accumulated more than $1.2…
  • Elizabeth Warren on The American Prospect and the Prospects for America

    The American Prospect
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Joe Gallant On May 13, Senator Elizabeth Warren keynoted our 25th anniversary celebration here in Washington, D.C., where she laid out her vision of American economic policy that that works for all Americans. Introducing herself as a longtime reader and one time writer for the Prospect, Warren praised the magazine for its foresight and boldness. She declared: "When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing." Warren reminded her audience that in the postwar era we had both growth and equity, and we…
  • How Big Money Lost in Philly’s Mayoral Race

    Justin Miller
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum) Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning Tuesday's primary election in Philadelphia. Broad union and progressive support gave the former city councilman more than half the votes in the six-candidate race. On Tuesday, Philadelphia city council veteran Jim Kenney won the Democratic mayoral primary with 56 percent of the vote—a commanding victory in a crowded campaign of six candidates. Kenney’s win is not only a step in the right direction for the progressives who supported his candidacy; it’s also a refreshing reminder that heavy…
  • The Radical Inclusiveness of Black Lives Matter

    Sam Ross-Brown
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group at its headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s…
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    Wonkblog

  • Fed chair affirms plans for rate hike this year

    Ylan Q. Mui
    22 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economic Conference on Inequality of Economic Opportunity in Boston in October. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday reaffirmed the central bank’s plans to raise interest rates this year despite new concerns that the nation’s economic recovery may be slowing down. In a speech in Rhode Island, Yellen dismissed disappointing data from earlier this year. Government figures showed growth came to a halt during the first quarter, and many private economists believe the revised numbers…
  • France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away edible food

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    22 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Just because it's ugly doesn't mean it isn't edible. (Mario Proenca/Bloomberg News) Leave it to France to lead the way again in the food world. In an effort to curb food waste, which accounts for roughly one-third of all food produced worldwide, France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away any food that is considered edible. The European country's parliament voted unanimously for the new law, which will force grocers to either donate the food to charity or make sure that it is used as animal feed. "It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along…
  • With victory in L.A., the $15 minimum wage fight goes national

    Lydia DePillis
    22 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Supporters applaud this week as the Los Angeles City Council votes to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes ) On Labor Day last year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti went to a celebration in a park on the south end of the city and announced what he called “the largest anti-poverty program in the city’s history”: boosting the minimum wage to $13.25 per hour by 2017. It was an ambitious move for a town that hadn’t recovered quite as strongly from the recession as two of its northern neighbors — Seattle and San Francisco. Legislators in…
  • Everything that’s wrong with high heels

    Danielle Paquette
    22 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    (istock) Earlier this week, a group of women in their 5showed up at the Cannes Film Festival in France and were turned away. The reason? They weren't wearing high heels. One woman's partial foot amputation prevented her from following the black tie dress code. The festival director later apologized and then further irritated critics by asking why people don’t get mad about fashion expectations at the Oscars. Some film stars angrily spoke out. “We shouldn’t wear high heels, anyway,” British actress Emily Blunt declared at a news conference. “I prefer wearing Converse sneakers.”…
  • Banks say practices that led to conspiracy charges will continue

    Max Ehrenfreund
    22 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    (AP/Mark Lennihan) Several major banks pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to manipulate currency prices this week, agreeing to pay some $6 billion in fines. In letters to their clients Thursday about the plea, those banks then said that they would keep right on doing the very same things they'd been fined for. The banks are permitted more or less to do what they want -- as long as  their clients know they're doing it, explains Bloomberg's Matt Levine: Whenever a wave of bank scandals breaks -- mortgage-backed securities, Libor, FX, "bond lies" -- an important theme is always the mutual…
 
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  • Jindal: Liberals, big business bullying states on religious freedom

    22 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
     Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal defended his decision to issue a religious freedom executive order during a speech Friday, bashing liberals and corporations for teaming up to “bully” conservative governors on similar proposals. “The left...
  • Clinton joked about ‘cracked head’

    22 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Hillary Clinton joked in one of the emails released by the State Department on Friday that she had a “cracked head” thanks to a fall and ensuing concussion that forced her to skip a Capitol Hill hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attacks.  “I’m...
  • Email calls Clinton 'public face of US effort in Libya'

    22 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is referred to as the “public face of the U.S. effort in Libya” in a 2012 memo written by Jake Sullivan, a top Clinton aide at the State Department.The email was written months before the attack on the U.S....
  • Senate fails to reach deal on trade amendments

    22 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Rank-and-file senators are objecting to a package of trade amendments hashed out by Senate leaders in both parties.As a result, it looks all but certain that there will not be a deal on amendments to the fast-track trade package and the Senate will...
  • Clinton aides downplayed post-Benghazi statements on link to video

    22 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
     Hillary Clinton’s aides sought to downplay concerns over whether she ever blamed the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on an anti-Islamic Internet video, according to new emails released Friday by the State Department. “You never said...
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  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    22 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    On Monday the Court will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the Court’s May 20 Conference, followed by one or more opinions at 10. We will begin live-blogging shortly before 9:30.
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    22 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    The petition of the day is: Evenwel v. Abbott 14-940Issue: Whether the three-judge district court correctly held that the “one-person, one-vote” principle under the Equal Protection Clause allows States to use total population, and does not require States to use voter population, when apportioning state legislative districts.
  • Updating the Court on the birth-control mandate

    Lyle Denniston
    22 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    The Obama administration notified the Supreme Court on Thursday of two more of its appeals-court victories in the running legal battles over religious groups’ protests against the new birth-control mandate in the federal Affordable Care Act.   It did so in a letter submitted in two cases that have been in a kind of legal limbo at the Court for the past month. The letter by Solicitor General Donald F. Verrilli, Jr., noted new rulings by two federal appeals courts that extended a trend of decisions rejecting claims that the government is trying to coerce religious groups such as…
  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    22 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    Briefly: At his eponymous blog, Lyle Denniston reports that a “federal judge in Mobile ruled on Thursday that same-sex marriage must be available throughout Alabama, for any gay or lesbian couple wishing to apply for a license — but not yet.” At the Special Education Law Blog, Jim Gerl discusses this week’s denial of review in Ridley School District v. M.R., a case involving the “stay put”provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. At ACSblog, Gene Nichol criticizes the Court’s campaign finance jurisprudence. At his eponymous blog, David Boyle discusses the…
  • Relist Watch

    John Elwood
    21 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    John Elwood reviews Monday’s relisted cases. Well readers, it’s come and gone. This week’s Mad Men finale signified “the end of an era,” and was, depending on your point of view, ironic, clever, pat, ambiguous, happy and cynical, existentially brilliant, or disturbing, unsettling, and thrilling (presumably all at once). Or, if you didn’t see it at all, perplexing. (For those who missed Sunday night’s episode, you can watch an abridged version here.) That unhappy news, coupled with Letterman’s sign-off this week, is probably going to leave an entertainment void in your lives…
 
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    Balloon Juice

  • Saturday Morning Bonus Flower Chat

    Anne Laurie
    23 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    From valued garden commentor Stan of the Sawgrass: Ellen and I decided to actually WALK to the grocery store yesterday, and I pointed out some night-blooming Cereus pods that were about to bloom. They have a weird, alien pod-people look before they open. I forgot about it until about midnight, when curiosity got the better of me, so I grabbed my camera and headed over, just in case there was a bloom I could get a picture of. And, just… wow: I ran back to get Ellen, so that she could see them, too. The blooms are enormous– about the size of a child’s head. The blooms were all…
  • Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: “Go Nuts. On Camera. Please.”

    Anne Laurie
    23 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    (Jack Ohman via GoComics.com) . Guess there aren’t enough non-political reality shows already on the air. At Bloomberg View, Jonathan Bernstein: We’re about to see some wild behavior from the Republican presidential candidates. At least that’s what the cable networks are trying to arrange. To understand why, look at how Fox News and CNN have set their debate rules for the first GOP debate, which will take place on Aug. 6 on Fox… We’re going to see gimmicks, stunts and every attention-grabbing device the campaigns can think of, all timed to maximize poll standings…
  • Food-Related Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    22 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    No Recipe Exchange this weekend (everybody hold a positive thought that TaMara finds her new home & a kitchen that doesn’t “repel” her very soon!), so here’s a couple food-related stories. First, a minor consumer alert from the NYTimes: With avian flu devastating a significant portion of the nation’s egg-laying hens, major food companies and restaurant chains are bracing for shortages and scouting the country to find alternative supply sources. Roughly 87 percent of the birds stricken with the disease are laying hens, according to the Department of Agriculture,…
  • Open Sports News Thread: Sam Goes to Canada

    Anne Laurie
    22 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    I may owe somebody a hat tip for this. From ESPN: Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. “With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a release. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.” The Alouettes have held the exclusive CFL rights to Sam since his senior year at…
  • Friday Evening Open Thread: Sham-Wow

    Betty Cracker
    22 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Will the Old Country approve marriage equality by referendum? I don’t know. I hope so! The Beeb says polls are now closed and turnout was high. Time to go have a pint and await the outcome. What are you up to this evening? Share This space reserved for your ad.
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    Oliver Willis

  • My Mom And The Gift Of Knowledge

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    17 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    I am a voracious reader, to the point of near-addiction and compulsion. This is thanks to my mother. One of mom’s favorite stories is how she started to teach me words when I was still in the womb. She read the dictionary to me, and we always joked that she said, “A is for agnostic.” This was even more ironic because my mom was extremely religious and faithful. Throughout my entire life, Mom was the biggest backer of my reading and writing. While some parents looked askance at comic books, Mom believed that if it was something I was reading, what difference did the medium…
  • Paulette Willis, 1951-2015, My Mom

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The world needs to know who Paulette Rosemarie Lowe-Willis was. She was my mommy, first of all, but she was also a kindhearted, loving, giving, sensitive, caring, intelligent, funny, brilliant woman. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. Sometimes when someone passes away, you have to dig deep to see what their legacy is, wondering if they left the world better off than they found it. You don’t have to do that with my mother. Her giving heart touched the lives of hundreds, and through the ripple effect, thousands. My mother made this world of ours better off in her 64 years…
  • What Percent Of America Supports Abortion Rights? Really.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    For years the right has tried to claim that the Democratic Party’s position on abortion is more out of touch with the American mainstream than the Republican Party’s. They make this claim even though an unabashed supporter of a woman’s right to choose has won a plurality of the votes in five out of the last six presidential elections. WASHINGTON – JANUARY 22: Pro-choice advocates participate in protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Activists from across the nation gathered to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Roe…
  • Operation Jade Helm 15: A Letter From Behind Enemy Lines

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    My dearest Eliza, It has been three days since Barack Obama authorized the invasion of the Republic of Texas using the U.S. Army in Operation Jade Helm. At first, our loosely organized band of open carry patriots held off the attack. We set up our forward base camp in the parking lot of Whataburger, and while Buford lost a toe due to improperly holstering his weapon, we were otherwise without casualty in the first hour. Upon awakening to the traditional sound of Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” we were immediately ambushed by a squadron of New Black…
  • More Truth Files

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    1 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Some more research for your reading, sharing pleasure. Make sure you check out the Jeb Bush file. All the Truth Files are here. John Kasich: The Truth The Death Of Freddie Gray: The Truth Conservatives & The Military: The Truth Conservatives & Big Business: The Truth Bernie Sanders: The Truth Democrats & The Poor: The Truth Hal Heiner: The Truth The Commonwealth Foundation: The Truth Ben Carson: The Truth Conservatives And Abortion: The Truth Big Oil: The Truth Hillary Clinton: The Truth Greg Abbott: The Truth The post More Truth Files appeared first on Oliver Willis.
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Ireland Has Voted to Legalize Gay Marriage

    DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
    23 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    In a country that was once the womb of the Catholic Church, incubating incredibly young Irish men into celibate priests, and then exporting them to the USA and other parts of the world… In a country wherein the Head of the Irish nation publicly condemned the Catholic church’s coverups of sexual abuse of children and women in Ireland and environs, shaming the powers that be in the cossetted Vatican of John Paul II and Ratzinger’s time, as well as Ratzinger-Benedict. In a nation that gave the USA some of the best of her kith and kin in immigrations during famine as well as…
  • Will social media ever be the primary driver in electing a president?

    Richard Barry
    22 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
    A piece by Ryan Cooper in The Week raises an interesting, if overstated, point that 2016 could be the first election in which the political press is sidelined. He argues that politicians are becoming so adept at using social media that they can effectively get their messages out unaided by the reporters who typically follow them around, literally and metaphorically. He adds that “no journalist has the kind of media celebrity and cultural credibility (as Tim Russert used to have) that once made interviews mandatory for aspiring presidents.” On this view, political stars can be…
  • Republican Governors

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    22 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Popular Republican governors were thought to be the Republicans best hope in 2016.  But a funny thing happened, those Republican governors are no longer all that popular in their own states as TPMs Tierney Sneed points out: All four of the GOP governors with 2016 ambitions are facing budget shortfalls back home that their critics would argue are disasters of their own doing. It puts them in a politically difficult position: consider tax increases that put their fiscal conservative credentials on the line, or move forward with ugly cuts that risk high-profile showdowns with their legislative…
  • Jeb Bush Set to Become an Instant Foreign Policy Wonk

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    22 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    It looks like Jeb Bush will take part in what has become a traditional GOP pilgrimage abroad around elections time and will visit Europe soon to “bolster his foreign policy credentials ahead of his official announcement.” CDANews.com calls this trip “a chance for Jeb Bush to distinguish himself on foreign policy” Of course this three or four-day foreign policy total immersion trip will more than trump the knowledge and experience his potential rival for the presidency amassed in her four years as Secretary of State. As mentioned, Jeb is not the first GOP candidate to attempt to become…
  • Mike Huckabee Backs Josh Duggar Calls Child Molestation “Inexcusable” but “Forgivable”

    JANET SHAN
    22 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is in full hypocrite mode, affirming support for Josh Duggar, saying the child molestation incidents a “regrettable.” Huckabee wrote on Facebook:  “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” Here’s Huckabee’s full statement on Josh Duggar: Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described…
 
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    AMERICAblog News

  • The next American revolution has already begun

    Raghav Sharma
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    There is a phenomenon in political philosophy described as a “revolutionary wave.” Time and again throughout history, revolutions in one country have spread beyond its borders and influenced upheaval in neighboring lands. The Enlightenment ideals of liberty and justice which so famously motivated the American Revolution of 1776 did not remain constrained within America’s borders. Rather, they spread to Mexico and Haiti and Argentina and Bolivia, liberating much of Latin America from Spanish imperialism. The year 1848 is often referred to as “the Spring of…
  • Scott Walker and the return of the physiocrats

    Skye Winspur
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    “The descendants of the first slaves, attached at first to the cultivation of the ground, change their condition. The interior peace among nations, not leaving wherewithal to supply the consumption of slaves, the masters are obliged to take greater care of them. Those who were born in the house, accustomed from their infancy to their situation, revolt the less at it, and their masters have less need to employ rigour to restrain them. By degrees the land they cultivate becomes their country, they become a part of the nation, and in the end, they experience confidence and humanity on the…
  • Irish referendum on gay marriage underway

    James Neimeister
    22 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    At this very moment, voters in Ireland are headed to the polls to determine whether same-sex marriage will be a constitutionally protected right for all citizens. If the referendum passes, it would mark the first occasion ever for same-sex marriage to be approved by a national referendum in any country. That means that this represents a historic test to advance the rights of LGBT people that should command attention whether or not one follows politics on the Emerald Isle. Voting in Ireland ends at 10pm, which means preliminary exit polls may be released as early as 5pm EST. We’ll…
  • Democrats’ path to victory in the House: Illinois 10

    Jacob Hopkins
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This post is the first in what will be a series of articles on Congressional Democrats’ best chances for gains in the 2016 election cycle. The first step to any Democratic majority in the House of Representatives runs through Illinois’ 10th congressional district. The seat, located in the suburbs of Chicago, voted for President Obama by a remarkable 17 point margin in the 2012 election. However, the seat has always proved more difficult to win on the congressional level. Prior to 2012, the seat had been reliably Republican since Ronald Regan’s election in 1980. 2012 was the…
  • Looking back on the benefits of a liberal arts education

    Charles Kinnaird
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s been over 30 years since I received my first graduate degree, and I have no regrets about the liberal arts foundation of my higher education. While the question “How can I get the best job?” has encouraged much of higher education to become glorified technical schools, to limit one’s education to employability for employability’s sake is to miss out on what education is supposed to be. What’s more, even in the context of employment, it limits ones opportunities down the road. In my professional life, I have been involved in teaching, social services and…
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    VideoSift.com

  • TRNN-sy hersh talks about the lies of the bin laden capture

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    22 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    sy hersh's controversial book on the capture of bin laden has been widely criticized by both the obama administration and the CIA.hersh has also been criticized by people in his own profession:investigative journalists: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30828-the-misfire-in-hersh-s-big-bin-laden-story the main criticism is hershs use of anonymous sources and his refusal to reveal who they are,but when we consider that the obama administration has declared war on whistleblowers,prosecuting more than any other president combined,hershs decision to keep his sources anonymous makes perfect sense…
  • everything about the drug war and addiction is wrong

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    21 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, we talk to British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong. Over the past four years Hari has traveled to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Portugal to research his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs." His findings may surprise you — from the U.S. government’s persecution of Billie Holiday, to Vancouver’s success in addressing its heroin epidemic, to Portugal’s…
  • 300 Foreign Military Bases? WTF America?!

    newtboy (/politics/member/newtboy)
    19 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    The US has about 800 military bases in other countries, according to David Vine in his forthcoming book Base Nation. And it costs a lot of money to keep them open. Why are they there in the first place? Why are we so afraid of nations that are our allies that we are willing to bankrupt ourselves to keep watch over them?
  • mass incarceration-why does the US jail so many people?

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    17 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. With 2.2 million people behind bars and millions more on probation or parole, 1 in 35 American adults is caught up in the prison system. For people of color, it’s even worse, with 1 in 3 African-American males expected to go to jail or prison at some point in their lives. AJ+ teamed up with the Marshall Project to find out why.
  • Black Man Vs. White Man Carrying AR-15 Legally

    Nephelimdream (/politics/member/Nephelimdream)
    17 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    From YouTube: What happens when a white guy walks down the street with a AR-15 versus what happens when a black guy walks down the street with same gun and same laws.
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    The American Prospect

  • How Solar Is Lighting the Way for Recovery in Nepal

    Tara Lohan
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Photo: Milap Dwa) Milap Dwa and Chij Kumar​, technicians from Gham Power​, installing a 120-watt solar PV system kit on top of one of the few houses in Barpak, Gorkha, that are still standing. In the days following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, as massive power outages complicated relief efforts, Sandeep Giri and his coworkers were shaken but determined to help. Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a solar company that’s been operating in Nepal for the last five years. After the earthquake, Gham Power’s employees sprung into action to…
  • It's All About the Money

    David L. Kirp
    21 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    AP Photo/Orlin Wagner A student in line for his diploma wears a cap decorated with the cost of his education during graduation ceremonies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, May 16, 2015. This is a pivotal moment in American higher education—a crisis, you might say, if the term hadn’t been debased by overuse. The criticisms come from every corner and the bill of particulars is lengthy. The financial cost gets most of the attention. Since 1980, tuition has more than doubled at private universities and tripled at public institutions. Students have accumulated more than $1.2…
  • Elizabeth Warren on The American Prospect and the Prospects for America

    The American Prospect
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Joe Gallant On May 13, Senator Elizabeth Warren keynoted our 25th anniversary celebration here in Washington, D.C., where she laid out her vision of American economic policy that that works for all Americans. Introducing herself as a longtime reader and one time writer for the Prospect, Warren praised the magazine for its foresight and boldness. She declared: "When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing." Warren reminded her audience that in the postwar era we had both growth and equity, and we…
  • How Big Money Lost in Philly’s Mayoral Race

    Justin Miller
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum) Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning Tuesday's primary election in Philadelphia. Broad union and progressive support gave the former city councilman more than half the votes in the six-candidate race. On Tuesday, Philadelphia city council veteran Jim Kenney won the Democratic mayoral primary with 56 percent of the vote—a commanding victory in a crowded campaign of six candidates. Kenney’s win is not only a step in the right direction for the progressives who supported his candidacy; it’s also a refreshing reminder that heavy…
  • The Radical Inclusiveness of Black Lives Matter

    Sam Ross-Brown
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group at its headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s…
 
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    1 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    An average of four surveys taken from April 1 through April 22 found that 60% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, while 28% of us think the country is on the right track. The official BLS unemployment rate for March 2015 is 5.5 %, showing no change from February. The rate is down 1.1% points from a year ago. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full-time work, the rate is 10.9 %. This is down from 11.0% in February 2015. 2.4% have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer, down from 2.6%…
  • President Obama

    1 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on President Obama’s job approval (as found by Gallup 4/24) is 47% approval/48% disapproval. His approval rating did hit 50% in January of this year. When Obama took office, his approval rating among Republicans was 23%. At the end of the Presidents 6th year in office it was 10%. Here are other approval scores going back 2+ years. Date NBC/WSJ WP/ABC CNN/ORC NYT/CBS FOX April 2015 xxx xxx 48/47 xxx 42/53 Mar. 2015 46/50 46/49 46/51 45/46 (CBS) 45/50 Jan. 2015 46/48% 47/48% xxx xxx 45/51 Nov. 2014 44/50% xxx 44/53% xxx   2014 Election Oct. 2014 xxx 42/56%LV 45/53%…
  • Congress

    1 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Based on the Real Clear Politics average, currently 72% of Americans disapprove of the job being done by Congress, while 18% approve. This represents a tiny change since a year ago, when 77% disapproved and 13% approved. The public’s confidence in Congressional leaders “to do or recommend the right things for the economy,” is also up. Confidence in the Republican Congressional leaders is up by 14 point, to 38%, and of Democratic Congressional leaders it is up by 9 points, to 44%. [Gallup 4/15] Since 2001, the number of women in the Congress as a whole has grown from 73 (13.6%) to 104…
  • Looking Ahead to 2016 – Contest for President

    1 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    The 2016 election seems “a long way off” or “just around the corner,” depending on your point of view. If you are a sports fan, the election seems “a long way off,” given that before the 2016 election you will experience two World Series of baseball, one Super Bowl of football, and two National Basketball Association finals. If you are not into sports, or even if you are, between now and the election there are over 550 bedtimes, wake-ups, breakfasts, lunches and dinners to be had; 4,400 hours of sleep; and over 13,200 hours of news on the 24-hour news channels. If you are a…
  • Restaurant: Marcel's

    1 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Marcel's 2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20037 202-296-1166The two restaurants written about in this issue of WW very much operate at opposite ends of the dining spectrum, from formal to informal, fancy to plain, and expensive to inexpensive. Yet, each in its own way offers an enjoyable dining experience. Marcel's opened in DC in 1999. I have driven past it hundreds, if not thousands of times. Yet, until March 26th of this year, I had never gone there for a meal. That was a mistake. Karen, Larry, Debbie, and I had dinner at Marcel’s, the only meal for which the restaurant is open.
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • Fast Food Owners and Workers Unite to Strengthen Jobs, Business

    13 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    By Kathryn Slater-Carter and Jon Youngdahl News headlines often depict the growing economic divide in our nation as a tug of war between workers and business, but in one critical sector of our economy - franchise enterprises -- entrepreneurs and workers are both being pushed into economic peril.  Workers and franchise business owners are both being squeezed by giant corporations like McDonald's, having critical decisions that affect their livelihoods and their dignity forced on them by a faceless corporate headquarters.  Workers and franchise owners alike face retaliation and the…
  • State Budget Preview: Medi-Cal, #Health4All, other health investments needed

    12 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    The annual state budget process, which began in January, comes into focus later this week when the Governor releases the May Revision of his proposed 2015-16 budget. Health and community advocates are urging the Governor and the Legislature to include funding for critical health programs in upcoming budget negotiations. These investments continue the Affordable Care Act's momentum by removing barriers to coverage, ensuring those covered in Medi-Cal get access to care along with important benefits, and extending coverage to the remaining uninsured. The deadline for the Legislature to pass and…
  • What is Carly Fiorina Running for?

    5 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Pundits already discounting the failed Senate candidate by Brian Leubitz It is never good when an officer in your own party in your home state says this about your candidacy: California GOP Vice Chairwoman Harmeet Dhillon said Monday she could envision Fiorina's campaign propelling her to a cabinet post or even a vice-presidential nomination. "But I don't know a single person who thinks she'll be our presidential nominee," Dhillon said. (Josh Richman/BANG) Perhaps she is using the campaign as a way to elevate her national profile for a cabinet gig. But that seems an awfully expensive and…
  • A Sunset Fit for Earth Day

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    by Brian Leubitz Because I love the beauty of this state, how about a series of photos of a coastal sunset.
  • STUDY: Prevailing Wage Adds 17,500 Jobs to California Economy

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Prevailing Wage policies add 17,500 jobs and $1.4 billion in output across California's economy, according to a new study released by Smart Cities Prevail - a leading construction industry education and research organization.   Entitled, Building the Golden State-The Economic Impacts of California's Prevailing Wage Policy, the first-of-its-kind report was co-authored by Colorado State University-Pueblo Economist Dr. Kevin Duncan and Smart Cities Prevail Researcher Alex Lantsberg. The study was conducted using IMPLAN software (the industry standard for analyzing the effects of government…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • 'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Pedro Santana / AFP / Getty On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry. “A majority of American Jews want to support the Iran deal,” I said, “but a lot of people are anxiety-ridden about this, as am I.” Like many Jews—and also, by the way, many non-JewsI believe that it is prudent to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of anti-Semitic regimes. Obama, who earlier in the discussion had explicitly labeled the supreme leader of Iran,…
  • The Dangerous Myths About Charlie Hebdo

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    5 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Eric Gaillard / Reuters Two recent eventsthe spectacle of Garry Trudeau, the Doonesbury creator, attacking a group of murdered cartoonists for offending his sensibilities, and the protest organized by a group of bien-pensant writers against the PEN American Center for planning to honor those cartoonists tonight in New Yorkhave brought the Charlie Hebdo controversy back to public consciousness. So has the failed attack Sunday in Texas on a group of anti-Islam militants staging a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, though, unlike Charlie Hebdo, the organization that sponsored the Texas event is…
  • A Skeptic's Guide to the Iran Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    AP / Cliff Owen As the great (and not-so-great) powers approach a June 30 deadline—putatively the mother of all deadlinesin the march toward a final nuclear agreement with Iran, I find myself relying on the analysis of a handful of experts to help me understand the intricacies of the technical and political aspects of the so-called framework agreement“so-called” because the framework agreement has appeared, so far at least, to be more framework than actual agreement. These experts include Gary Samore, formerly the Obama administration’s chief Iran nuclear expert (now at Harvard’s…
  • David Cameron on Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

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

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

  • 'Mayday! Emergency Landing. We're on Fire.'

    James Fallows
    22 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    At this instant, the pilot of a World War II-vintage plane was turning to fly past the Lincoln Memorial. Five seconds later, his plans entirely changed. (YouTube) Two weeks ago today, on the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, workaday life in downtown Washington came to a momentary halt during a dramatic flyover by World War II-era aircraft right along the National Mall. It was surprisingly moving to see wave after wave of these large, ungainly-but-graceful antique aircraft lumber through the capital’s skies. I was not in range to hear any of the official announcer’s commentary, but with no…
  • San Bernardino Votes to Move Past Bankruptcy, Plus Pandas and the Finale to the Boiled Frog Saga

    James Fallows
    20 May 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Pandas at the former Wolong Panda Reserve in Sichuan Province, later destroyed in an earthquake. Were these pandas eating what they really liked? Read on to find out. (Reuters) A harvest of updates: - On Monday I described the choice that the city council of San Bernardino, California, faced in considering a plan to move out of its current bankrupt status. That evening, the council voted 6-1 to approve the plan. More coming up, on Friday, about people trying to improve prospects in the town. Congrats on this step! - In our chronicles of Fresno, California, we’ve mentioned the role that…
  • The Right and Wrong Questions About the Iraq War

    James Fallows
    19 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    George W. Bush with part of his national security team at Camp David on September 15, 2001. "Knowing what we know now," the decision to invade Iraq can be traced back to that day. (Reuters) First some operating principles, then a little history lesson. The principles: 1) No one ever again—not a news person nor a civilian, not an American nor one from anyplace else—should waste another second asking, “Knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq?” Reasons:     a) It’s too easy. Similarly: “Knowing what we know now, would you have bought a ticket on Malaysia Air flight…
  • Today a Bankrupt City Votes on Its Next Steps

    James Fallows
    18 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Max Whittaker / Reuters Last week I mentioned that a civic-bankruptcy drama was about to reach a climax in the beleaguered city of San Bernardino, California. At 4 p.m. today Pacific time, 7 p.m. in the East, the city council will vote on a formal “Plan of Adjustment” to present to the federal judge overseeing its bankruptcy. City logo, suggesting brighter days aheadHere’s a little salt-in-the-wound aspect that San Bernardino officials will not have missed. Their city was once the center for state and federal legal activities in this “Inland Empire” region of southern California.
  • How Fox News Is (Still) Hurting the Republicans

    James Fallows
    17 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    January 30, 1995, the beginning of modern media political history: Rupert Murdoch (right) announcing that Roger Ailes will run the newly launched Fox News. (Peter Morgan / Reuters) Let me recommend for your weekend reading, or for your weekday reading if you’re seeing it then, a detailed study by Bruce Bartlett called “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.” You can download the 18-page PDF from this site of the Social Science Research Network. The idea that Fox News operates with different aims and by different norms from those of, say, the BBC is familiar. But…
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    The American Scene

  • Lacedaemonia: Disrupt

    Gabriel Rossman
    13 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I was reading the house rules of Startup Castle and thought it sounded familiar. And then I realized the reason was because this. is. Sparta. Here’s a comparison of a few Startup Castle house rules (in bold) with parallel passages from Plutarch’s Life of Lycurgus (in plain text). Prefer organized systems and common rules Things being in this posture at his return, he applied himself, without loss of time, to a thorough reformation and resolved to change the whole face of the commonwealth; for what could a few particular laws and a partial alteration avail? He must act as wise…
  • Caesaropapism is Our Greatest Strength

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

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

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

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

  • It's The Stuff You Know That Ain't So -- Friday Open Thread

    SuperUser
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    by wj “There is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these [factual] questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” [emphasis added] If you're thinking that was written by stalwart Democratic partisan, you can be forgiven; but you are flat wrong. Bruce Bartlett is a veteran of the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations. It appears he may have moved beyond the GOP, but only as far as "independent". A Democratic partisan he simply is not. What makes his paper fascinating is that his conclusion (above) applies even after controlling for…
  • Pure invention

    SuperUser
    19 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    by liberal japonicus The title is a shout out to Oscar Wilde, who wrote "The whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people." This article "Is Japan becoming extinct?" may prove him right. Two grafs: After years of paying limited attention to academic and media warnings about the declining birthrate, aging population and complaints from the rest of the country about the overconcentration of people and resources in Tokyo, political and corporate leaders in Japan were jolted by the conclusions of a 2014 book by Hiroya Masuda, a former Iwate prefectural…
  • Appliancing myself

    SuperUser
    18 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    by Doctor Science Ugh, we're at the point in the kitchen-design process where we have to pick appliances. We need a new fridge, probably a bottom-freezer, a dual-fuel range (stove-top+oven), and a dishwasher. Our kitchen designer doesn't do appliances much, she hands you off to an agent she works with at one of the two good local independent appliance stores. I spent like an hour and a half talking to him, and he's sent me two groups of suggestions: one set of Jenn-Air appliances, and one set of GE Cafe Series appliances. I guess you get better prices when you buy them as a…
  • The Demolished Puppy

    SuperUser
    15 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    by Doctor Science Last week, before I went on my road trip, the ongoing Hugo Awards wank led to the single most surreal conversation of my internet career -- which goes back to about 1990, years before the World Wide Web even existed, so that's a *lot* of surreality. The setting: An Account of Juliette Wade's Withdrawal from Sad Puppies 3, at File770. Background: Juliette Wade's story "Mind Locker" was on the Sad Puppies 3 slate when Brad Torgersen first announced it, but she quickly asked for her story to be removed, and it was. There've been all kinds of rumors about how she got on the…
  • Synergy

    SuperUser
    14 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    by wj Synergy can be defined as the interaction of two inputs to produce a greater impact than either alone. Or, to put it another way, as two phenomena which reinforce each other. Earlier this week, there was a Conversation on Poverty panel discussion at Georgetown University. It included religious leaders, who seem to be making a push to make the problems of poverty back into the kind of moral issue that they were in the past. (At least joining abortion and gay rights as one of their publicly raised moral concerns.) It included liberal and conservative thinkers. Rather uniquely for a panel…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Why Finance Ministries Should Be Good Story-Tellers

    Jay
    22 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    This post was written by Shakira Mustapha, Overseas Development Institute If government ministries were characters in a play, the ministry of finance would likely be cast as the villain. Far from being the underdog, the finance ministry is often at the center of modern government, wielding a great deal of (formal and informal) power and influence over a country’s public resources by virtue of its control over the budget. Given this critical role, it is often the finance minister who becomes collateral damage when things go bad. Yet some finance ministers and ministries have managed to…
  • Monitoring Spending in a Post-2015 World: How Can It Work?

    Ryan Flynn
    7 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership. Two big meetings related to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place in the coming months: the Financing for Development conference, and the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This has shifted focus to the short-term negotiations that will decide the shape and content of the SDGs, what the targets and indicators will look like, and what resources will be available to try and achieve them. We have been following this debate very closely at IBP, calling for transparency,…
  • More Than Numbers: Open Budgets and the Data Revolution

    Jay
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    This post was written by Jamison Crowell and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership Last week hundreds of representatives from governments, CSOs, and academia met up at the Cartagena Data Festival to discuss ways to implement a “data revolution.” The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which jointly hosted the event, also published a new report which takes a comprehensive look at what the data revolution means for sustainable development. ODI’s report has a welcome emphasis on the imperative of data serving the needs of citizens. Drawing on IBP research, the report also…
  • Developing Social Audit and Citizen Monitoring Practices in South Africa

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

    Ryan Flynn
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    **This post was updated on 20 May 2015 to reflect updated links and language. Please contact the authors if you have any questions about these changes. This article was written by Claire Schouten and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership. Source: Flickr/Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are now more or less finalized. However, two big questions remain: How will the SDGs be paid for? And how should progress towards their achievement be measured? In the last few weeks, two draft documents speaking to each of these questions have been…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Clinton’s ‘Secret’ Email Accounts

    Eugene Kiely
    22 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secretary of state. It doesn’t. The RNC made its claim in a May 18 blog post hours after the New York Times published copies of emails that Clinton had sent and received when she was secretary. The emails displayed two accounts: hdr22@clintonemail.com and hrod17@clintonemail.com. That seemed to clearly contradict Clinton’s claim that she used only hdr22@clintonemail.com while in office, which was from January 2009 to February 2013. But the…
  • Jeb Bush Off on Contributions to Warming

    Dave Levitan
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Jeb Bush claimed that the science is unclear as to how much humans contribute to global warming. The United Nations climate change research organization, however, has deemed it “extremely likely” that more than half of the observed temperature increase since 1950 is due to human activities. At an event in New Hampshire, Bush was asked about climate change. He acknowledged that climate change is occurring, but questioned its causes. Bush, May 20: I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. I just don’t —…
  • Clinton Misuses Stat on CEO Pay

    Robert Farley
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    Hillary Clinton said the “average American CEO” makes 300 times more than the typical worker, but she was referring to a study that looked at pay disparity between CEOs and average workers only at the top 350 companies — a fraction of the 246,240 chief executives in the U.S. Clinton is a repeat offender on this statistic. Our colleagues at the Washington Post Fact Checker dinged Clinton in April when she said, “There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker.” And the Wall Street Journal noted that two days earlier, Clinton had…
  • FlackCheck Video: Fiorina on Student Loans

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    This FlackCheck.org video summarizes our May 7 story “Fiorina Misleads on Student Loans.” Carly Fiorina, a Republican presidential candidate, claimed that the government had “nationalized” the college loan industry and was charging 6.5 percent interest on loans.
  • FlackCheck Video: Huckabee Announcement

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Mike Huckabee is making another run at the presidency after a failed attempt in 2008. This video from FlackCheck.org looks at some of the old, discredited lines on the economy, health care and tax cuts that he repeated during his May 5 announcement speech.
 
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    TechPresident

  • Hello, World! Civicist Is Born

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We’re very excited to announce the launch of Civicist, a hub for news and analysis of the civic tech world. We will cover the growing ecosystem of people and projects using tech for civic purposes, building on the community-organizing and network-weaving we’ve done every June since 2004 during Personal Democracy Forum, and now year-round at Civic Hall. With this announcement, we’re also going to mothball techPresident, the group blog and news site that we started in 2007 to focus on how tech is changing politics. If you are a loyal techPresident reader, don’t worry—we are still…
  • First POST: Catalysts

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Bernie Sanders is running for president; will the sun set on the Patriot Act June 1?; legacy media and technology platforms have crawled into bed together and nobody knows what will happen next; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Bubbling

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Social media is for news (in case you didn't already know); glimpses into our bright, shiny future; also, Bernie Sanders expected to announce his run soon; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Rising

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Why #FreddieGray hasn't trended nationally on Twitter, yet; American whistleblowers support the Surveillance State Repeal Act; dueling foundations on transparency; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Targeted

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    The digital humanitarian response to the earthquake in Nepal; the NYPD monitors children as young as age ten on social media; how Wikileaks crossed the line between transparency and an invasion of privacy by posting the Sony Pictures emails; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Good news on TPP, as Senate passes Fast Track bill with human trafficking poison pill

    lambert
    22 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Body:  Remember, passing Fast Track in the Senate was supposed to be the easy part, and not only did Fast Track get rejected on its first try -- "Welcome aboard the S.S. Lame Duck, Mr. President!" -- now we get this. Ryan Grim explains:
  • Yet another mid-70s inflection point

    lambert
    21 May 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Body: Strategist: This is the chart that keeps me up at night http://t.co/a2KcDzlLMq pic.twitter.com/qrypcYxQ36 — Bloomberg Business (@business) May 21, 2015
  • Clinton turns over campaign Twitter account to supporter

    lambert
    21 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Body: Hi there! I’m Mary Jo—a mom, small business owner, and Granite Stater—and I’m taking over this Twitter account today. Welcome to Portsmouth! — Mary Jo for Hillary (@HillaryClinton) May 21, 2015
  • Bernie does a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything")

    lambert
    20 May 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Body:  Original; coverage by Matt Yglesias. Unfortunately, Bernie really put a spoke in my wheel, here:
  • Tweet of the Day

    lambert
    20 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Body: There may be 19 GOP candidates for President - not one of them could carry @dick_nixon 's jock pic.twitter.com/hKUFJJxX3l — Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) May 21, 2015
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • China, India overtake Mexico as top source of immigrants to the U.S.

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. China, India overtake Mexico as top source of immigrants to the U.S. by Latina Lista By Obed Manuel LatinaLista Mexico no longer occupies the top post as the largest provider of immigrants to the United States, according a 2013 U.S. Census Bureau project published earlier this month.  Of the 1.2 million recent immigrants counted in 2013, China and India were the top two immigrant-sending countries with 147,000 and 129,000 immigrants, respectively. Mexican…
  • International Day for Biological Diversity highlights global challenge to conserve biodiversity in pictures

    Marisa Treviño
    22 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. International Day for Biological Diversity highlights global challenge to conserve biodiversity in pictures by Marisa Treviño LatinaLista — These days, it seems among the daily news headlines there's always one about how some species of animal, insect, plant or marine animal is under attack from the environment, climate change or man. A report in the journal Nature estimates that "approximately 41 percent of amphibian species, 26 percent of mammal species and 13…
  • New pre-Inca tomb discovered in Peru

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New pre-Inca tomb discovered in Peru by Latina Lista By Corey Watts Peru This Week Archaeologists, road workers, and villagers have discovered what they believe to be a pre-Inca burial site made of hewn stone, inland from Chimbote. Residents and officials of the Moro district, inland from Chimbote, believe they have found a pre-Inca tomb with unique properties. Engineer Ramon Cribillero Almonds who led the team that made the discovery consulted with archaeologist…
  • Guest Voz: Former criminal judge — Rehabilitation is the key to turning lives around

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Former criminal judge — Rehabilitation is the key to turning lives around by Latina Lista By Hon. Lena Levario LatinaLista I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was one of the most horrific crimes perpetrated on a child I had ever encountered. The child I was reading about was now an adult, who had a criminal case pending in my court. The report I was reading had been prepared by the Dallas County probation department. The county has counselors…
  • Crowdfunder: Helping Heydi keep her pupusa business in El Salvador

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Helping Heydi keep her pupusa business in El Salvador by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Kiva loan to Heydi from El Salvador Kiva provides micro loans to the indigenous in developing countries. Heydi is 27 years old and owns a house where she lives with her husband and three children. She works hard to pay for their studies. Four years ago, she realized she needed to start selling pupusas [thick corn tortillas] to help her husband with the home…
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    Observer

  • Advice to Graduating Seniors: What I’d Tell Myself If I Could Go Back

    22 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    A map is great if you want to go where people have been before. A compass, even though uncertain and unpredictable, will cause you to pave new paths, and lead you to unexpected and amazing places. So for the last 7 years, I’ve trusted my compass. It hasn’t always been fun. It hasn’t always been easy. But it’s always been interesting.
  • Queens Councilman Claims Ties to Liberal Speaker Help His GOP Minority Leader Bid

    22 May 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Eric Ulrich said his relationship with Melissa Mark-Viverito made him the best suited to replace Vincent Ignizio as GOP minority leader.
  • Kanye West and Childish Gambino’s Advanced Web Marketing Techniques

    22 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    While I’m far from the most informed hip-hop head, I consider myself a huge fan of the art. I also work with companies on their content marketing and strategies. So naturally, I love watching how musicians use the web to command attention. Here are some interesting techniques that I’ve seen musicians execute on in recent months.
  • An Instagram Journey Through Today’s LVMH Prize Event

    22 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Once the schmoozing and selfie taking was over, the judges took their seats to review the eight designers who were in the running, including Arthur Arbesser, Off-White's Virgil Abloh, Craig Green, Faustine Steinmetz, Marques’Almeida‘s Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia, and Jacquemus’ Simon Porte Jacquemus. The jury also got up close and personal with the designer’s latest collections.
  • How to Be Resilient: 8 Steps to Success When Life Gets Hard

    22 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    I see a lot of stuff about resilience, persistence and grit. What I don’t see is a lot of legitimate info on how to actually increase those qualities. How can we be more resilient? How can we shrug off huge challenges in life, persist and — in the end — succeed? So I looked at the most difficult scenarios for insight.
 
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    Gawker

  • Bobby Jindal Is Less Popular Than Even Barack Obama in Louisiana

    Adam Weinstein
    18 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Bobby Jindal launched a presidential exploratory committee today, because hey, that’s what you do. Presumably he’ll be exploring outside the state he governs, because as much as Louisianans hate Democrats and Obummer, they hate Bobby more, a new poll shows. Read more...
  • The Three Ways Marco Rubio Proved He's a Corrupt Loser Idiot This Week

    Adam Weinstein
    18 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Faithful Gawker readers and generally literate Americans already know Marco Rubio is a mouth-breathing spoiled moron who will not be president . But do they know the glorious ways in which he illustrated his crass ineptitude and cynicism this week? Let us count them:Read more...
  • John Bolton Doesn't Wanna Be the President of You Weak-Ass Nancies

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Adam Weinstein to Gawker
    14 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Come on, America, you knock-kneed purty little princess. Did you really think you could handle being ruled by a POTUS so potent he grows surplus pubes on his stiff upper lip? Read more...
  • Does Anybody Know How to Fix This Busted Protocol Droid?

    Adam Weinstein
    1 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    “I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish,” Mike Huckabee, once and future presidential pork product, told a Hispanic group in a speech Wednesday night. “But I do speak a common language. I speak Jesus.”Read more...
  • Rand Paul Will Gay-Marry a Drone If That's What You Really Want, America

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Adam Weinstein to Gawker
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Rand Paul, the great white hope, presumed enemy of extrajudicial killings from the air, shocked and disappointed his libertarian disciples today by embracing drone warfare and defending President Obama’s use of flying death machines to immolate two hostages held by Al Qaeda.Read more...
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    22 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The new lie about Iraq. Jon Basil Utley recalls how the Bush administration made its deceptive case for war. Why soldiers lie. William Lind describes the problem of institutional lying in the U.S. military in the current issue of TAC. The real Iraq war debate’s lessons. Michael Cohen explains why the invasion was a terrible idea based on what was known at the time. Time to sober up about the Iraq war. A.J. Delgado refutes the arguments of Iraq war dead-enders. Why the Iraq war happened. James Fallows explains that the “WMD claims were the result of the need to find a case for the…
  • Why Congress Shouldn’t Authorize the War on ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    22 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    The New York Times calls for passage of an authorization resolution for the war on ISIS: As the war intensifies, it is more urgent than ever for Congress to approve a new Authorization for Use of Military Force that would provide adequate oversight and clearly articulate the long-term strategy for the fight against the Islamic State. The new mandate should replace the ones the administration is currently relying on and set clear limits that would preclude future administrations from using military force around the globe, anytime, anywhere, without consulting Congress. The editorial makes a…
  • Yemen and “Humanitarian” Interventionism

    Daniel Larison
    21 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Four years ago, the U.S. and a handful of other governments launched an air war in Libya that eventually led to the collapse of the old regime and contributed significantly to the ongoing violence and disorder in that country over the last few years. The official justification for the intervention was the “protection of civilians,” which was supposedly going to be secured by escalating a foreign civil war into an international conflict. As far as I’m concerned, “humanitarian” military intervention is a contradiction in terms, as the Libyan war has shown.
  • The Strangling of Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    21 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Lama Fakih reports on the cruel strangulation of Yemen by the Saudi-led blockade: The harsh and arbitrary restrictions imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on importing vital supplies, including fuel, have slowed to a trickle the flow of life-saving assistance and basic goods needed for survival. The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has managed to ship some 300,000 liters of fuel and other supplies into the country during the humanitarian ceasefire. But this shipment is only a fraction of the amount needed for the WFP’s operations in one month. In a rare joint public statement, the…
  • Graham’s Odd 2016 Campaign

    Daniel Larison
    21 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Jim Antle considers the effect that Lindsey Graham’s odd presidential bid could have on the race: Yet Graham is, in some respects, a perfect foil for Paul. It’s a lot easier for a libertarian-leaning presidential candidate to make a case against aggressive military intervention when the poster boy for the neocon cause is a cartoonish, blustery senator who never met a hyperbole he didn’t like. Graham’s candidacy is an unusually odd one, since he is running mainly to promote the hard-line foreign policy views that are already overrepresented in the current field. It…
 
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    TIME

  • Hillary Clinton Unloads on GOP Over Export Bank

    philipelliotttime
    22 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Hillary Clinton is out of patience for her Republican rivals and their opposition to an export-assistance program. But she still isn’t taking a position on a Pacific trade deal that has become politically linked to the Export-Import Bank’s renewal. The Democratic Presidential candidate on Friday unloaded on her GOP foes, calling them cowards who do not make up their own minds and default to the loudest and most extreme voices in the party. The former Secretary of State told an invite-only crowd in Hampton, N.H.. that Americans’ jobs are in the balance, and Republicans would…
  • State Department Releases Hillary Clinton’s Emails on Benghazi

    Sam Frizell
    22 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    The State Department released hundreds of emails Friday that were stored on Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as Secretary of State. The emails, which pertain to the Benghazi terror attacks in September 2012, do not change the official assessment of the incident in which a U.S. ambassador was killed, the State Department said. “The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks, which have been known since the independent Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi attacks was…
  • Why Josh Duggar’s Past Will Hurt Social Conservatives

    Elizabeth Dias
    22 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    As a reality TV star famous for being part of a large conservative family, Josh Duggar had a public visibility that made him attractive to advocacy groups hoping he could spotlight their shared opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Now, as he responds to accusations of child molestation as a teenager, that same visibility could hurt the cause. A police report detailed grim accusations against Duggar, one of the stars of TLC’s series 19 Kids and Counting. According to the newly released report, Duggar, the oldest child, allegedly sexually molested five minors, when he was 15. Jim…
  • Mike Huckabee Stands By Josh Duggar

    Sarah Begley
    22 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee supported Josh Duggar on Friday in the wake of reports that the reality TV star had molested five children when he was a teenager. The former Arkansas governor wrote on Facebook that members of the Duggar family have his support, and that “today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand… that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature.” He stressed Duggar’s young age at the time of the incidents and that “the victims wanted this to be left in the past.” “No one needs to defend…
  • Obama Restates Support of Israel in Synagogue Speech

    ryantbeckwith
    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    President Obama sought to reassure American Jews that he fully supports the state of Israel while reiterating the need for a two-state solution at a Northwest Washington synagogue on Friday. “Our commitment to Israel’s security and my commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakable,” Obama said, adding that not doing so would be a “moral failing.” Obama spoke at the Adas Israel Synagogue on the inaugural “solidarity sabbath,” a holiday meant to consolidate support for Jews amid rising anti-Semitism that falls toward the end of…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Jeb Bush Iowa Style

    David Brody
    22 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    The Brody File sits down one-on-one with future presidential candidate Jeb Bush in Iowa to talk about the battle over religious freedom. Plus, we also talk with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., about the GOP's so-called war on women, as well as the 20-week abortion ban recently approved by the House. Finally, Kirsten Powers talks with us about her new book, The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech. Watch below:
  • Ted Cruz To Liberal Reporter: "Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? "

    David Brody
    21 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    The video below explains perfectly why many evangelicals like Ted Cruz as a presidential candidate. He’s bold and has no problem taking on the liberal media and defending traditional values. Video and transcription below. Ted Cruz:  “Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left -- and I am going to put the media in this category -- that is obsessed with sex? OK, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're reading questions from MSNBC, that you're wincing. You don't want to talk about foreign policy. I recognize that you want to ask…
  • Donald Trump Says He Will Compete in Iowa Straw Poll if He Runs for President

    David Brody
    20 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says he’ll compete in the Iowa Straw poll if he decides to run for president. “I would do that. Absolutely. I believe the straw poll. I think the straw poll is a terrific thing. It’s an institution in Iowa. All over the world, people are waiting for the Iowa straw poll. So I assume they’re going to have it and we would certainly participate," he said. Watch below with full transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY; CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE David Brody: If you do decide to run and you compete here in Iowa, an Iowa straw poll, would…
  • Donald Trump's Presidential Promise to America: 'We’re going to become rich again'

    David Brody
    20 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says if he’s president of the United States he wouldn't cut social security, Medicaid or Medicare and says under his leadership America will "become rich again." Watch below with a transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE Donald Trump: You know this better than anybody. I get the biggest standing ovations. Last week in South Carolina, on Saturday, I get by far the biggest crowds and standing ovations than anybody. I don't think it's because they like me. They like what I am saying. They like my message. Nobody is…
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump on Southern Border: 'Nobody can build a fence like me'

    David Brody
    20 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    In an exclusive interview, Donald Trump says he would build a top notch fence along the southern border and have Mexico pay for it. “Nobody can build a fence like me,” Trump tells The Brody File. “I would build a wall like nobody can build a wall. And nobody comes in illegally anymore…I build great buildings all over the world. I would have Mexico pay for it. Believe me. They will pay for it because they have really ripped this country off,” he said. Watch below with a transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE Donald Trump: Now the southern border everybody comes…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Keith Humphreys
    22 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Political paranoia month continues with my recommendation of a film that is at once a sci-fi chiller, a B-movie classic and an utterly unnerving destruction of any ability you may have to trust the people around you. It’s the legendary original adaptation of Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Made for peanuts in 1956, the film tells the story of a seemingly peaceful small California town where nothing ever happens. In the only starring role of his career, Kevin McCarthy plays town doctor Miles Bennell, who begins encountering a number of patients claiming that their…
  • Water

    Michael O'Hare
    21 May 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Nestlé, for whom I have no brief regarding any of their businesses, is being attacked for bottling water in California during our historic drought; right perp, wrong charge.  I guess water conservation needs symbolic, inconsequential rituals, but I worry that doing silly things in the name of a good cause can be ill-advised. Restaurants are making a big show of not serving water unless requested; this isn’t completely off-base, considering the additional water used to wash the glass, but it’s totally de minimis. Every drop of water that Nestlé doesn’t bottle in our…
  • Templeton Prize for an Advocate for People with Disabilities

    Keith Humphreys
    19 May 2015 | 3:53 am
    At a joyful and moving ceremony last night at St Martin-in-the-fields, the extraordinary Jean Vanier accepted The Templeton Prize. I have heard a number of people say that after meeting him they wanted to become a better person. I now understand why. Over a half century ago, he visited a horrid psychiatric institution in France, and a resident with intellectual disabilities asked him “Will you be my friend?”. What would you have done in this situation? I think I would have engaged in an awkward interaction and then moved on. Vanier in contrast invited two residents to come live with him,…
  • Gunpowder and alcohol don’t mix

    Michael O'Hare
    18 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    That was a bromide the NRA spammed around in its literature back when I was learning about firearms as a pre-teen.  Having no interest in or experience with booze, I found it confusing; now it makes a lot of sense, whether or not the slogan actually affects anyone’s behavior.  Gun violence is mostly just one form of alcohol violence. Why is this relevant? Well, those carefree college years in Texas are about to get a lot more bracing and focused, as the state is ready to allow guns everywhere on campus, open and concealed.  I take my opinions about firearms and risk from Mark, pretty…
  • I do love a good economics midterm crib sheet….

    Harold Pollack
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This crib-sheet is better than yours.
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    Krusty Konservative

  • The Iowa Statesman Pisses Me Off

    12 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Let's be honest, every once in a while we are all guilty of kruising through neighborhoods that we would not necessarily want to been seen in.This morning as I was perusing the internet I stumbled upon a post on The Iowa Statesman that was written by me, Krusty Konservative. I didn't even read the diatribe, which I'm sure sucked, because I DIDN'T WRITE IT. Needless to say I'm a little worked up over this.To kope with my frustration I decided to publish the top ten reasons why Krusty would NEVER EVER EVER write for the pathetic Iowa Statesman.10. Why would a ever publish an article on a…
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  • Two Face Chet Culver

    25 Mar 2009 | 8:38 am
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  • Kevin McCarthy’s Night Court

    20 Mar 2009 | 8:28 am
    Many times leaders prophetic, they have an uncanny ability to see into the future. Iowa has its own prophetic leader, Democrat Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.You see, last fall Leader McCarthy was so concerned about the safety of people at the State Capitol he alerted the Des Moines Register by giving them every speeding ticket and misdemeanor committed by various Republicans seeking office.Read More Here.
  • I’m with Chet, Bring on the Sponsors!

    19 Mar 2009 | 6:54 am
    I know a lot of Republicans want to make hay over Culver wanting to sell sponsorships to cover the cost of Obama’s Health Care forum. I say, have at it. Why should my tax dollars be used to pay for what is basically going to end up being a Democrat rally for socialized medicine?In fact, I’m so supportive of Culver’s sponsorship idea; I’m going to offer a few more suggestions.
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  • Iowa Senate confirms all but one Branstad appointee during 2015 session

    22 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Iowa legislature's 2015 session drags on amid unresolved conflict over various budget issues, especially K-12 school funding. But one aspect of the lawmakers' work is complete for this year. The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate has confirmed all but one of Governor Terry Branstad's more than 200 nominees. The overwhelming majority of those votes were unanimous or nearly so. In recent years, senators have voted against confirming one or two Branstad nominees. This year no nomination failed on the Iowa Senate floor, and only one department head was ever in real danger of not being…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Bishop's cap (Two-leaved mitrewort)

    20 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Iowans who venture to wooded areas this Memorial Day weekend will likely see many mid-spring wildflowers. Wild geranium and Virginia waterleaf are still going strong in my corner of the world, and you may find False rue anemone, May apples (umbrella plants) or Columbines in bloom. This week I saw the first flowers on black raspberry plants. If you see those, check back in late June or early July to pick the berries (technically, compound drupes). Wear jeans to avoid getting torn to pieces by the thorns. This week's featured wildflower was new to me on a recent visit to Dolliver Memorial State…
  • Fantastic new resource launched on Iowa Administrative Rules

    20 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Iowa policy wonks have every reason to be discouraged lately about the frozen-in-place, do-little state legislative session. Looking on the bright side, a fantastic new resource on state administrative rules appeared this week. The Office of the Chief Information Officer launched the Iowa Administrative Rules website on Monday. The site is easy to navigate. A FAQ page explains the basics about the rulemaking process and public comments. Rules currently open for comment are right there on the front page. Clicking on any specific rule brings up the full text, contact information for the…
  • A Steve King triumph over DREAMers and how the Iowans voted on Defense Authorization bill

    19 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Catching up on Iowa Congressional news, on May 15 the U.S. House approved a $612 billion Defense Authorization bill for fiscal year 2016 by 269 votes to 151 (roll call). Not surprisingly, all four Iowans supported the bill on final passage. Votes on several amendments were the most interesting part of the process, as was the case during House debate of the first two spending bills to clear the lower chamber this year. Follow me after the jump for details on last week's defense-related votes by Iowa Republicans Rod Blum (IA-01), David Young (IA-03), and Steve King (IA-04), and Democrat Dave…
  • Ed Fallon arrested after sit-in at governor's office over Bakken pipeline (updated)

    18 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Former state lawmaker Ed Fallon is in police custody tonight after he refused to leave Governor Terry Branstad's office at the close of business today. Fallon went to the governor's office this afternoon demanding a meeting to discuss "eminent domain legislation that would help landowners along the path of the Bakken Oil Pipeline." More details are in a press release I've enclosed after the jump. Branstad's legal counsel Michael Bousselot came out to talk with Fallon, who insisted on a meeting or phone conversation with the governor himself. Brianne Pfannenstiel reported for the Des Moines…
 
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  • Hillary wants to be our “Champion”!! \o/

    commontater
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Hillary wants to be our Champion! She’s gathering her breakfast of champions, one flake at a time. Perhaps some people say she’s looking for a slogan for use on the campaign trail (mix) . Well, let me take the first stab at it and  hereby offer her my slogan for her personal use. Since dog-whistle politicking has found favor among demoreps alike, my slogan should escape being misconstrued by diehard analysis-paralysis practitioners. *tricksy titters* Welcome back, Tater!  Filed under: Bite me!, Daily dare, Humor Tagged: campaign slogan nominee, demoreps, dog whistle for…
  • NEWSWEEK vs. The Atlantic: Dueling Data wonks

    commontater
    25 Oct 2013 | 8:19 pm
    Newsweek‘s “Hit the road, Barack: Why we need a new president” written by conservative historian Niall Ferguson vs. The Atlantic‘s article “A Full Fact-Check of Niall Ferguson’s Very Bad Argument Against Obama” by senior associate editor Matthew O’Brien are good reads. The only problem going on here is with me and my frustration in knowing who to believe anymore without having to do my own research to ferret out the truth.  If I have to devote one more minute to fact-checking the supposed ‘fact-checkers’ on facts (not to mean the…
  • Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate, vice-president of CGI Federal, the Healthcare.gov contractor

    commontater
    25 Oct 2013 | 6:31 pm
    Michelle-O’s Princeton classmate, Toni Townes-Whitley, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, the no-bid contractor that built the $678 million Healthcare.gov according to The Daily Caller. This is my answer to those, myself included, who wondered why in the he!! would our .government give a no-bid contract of that size to a non-American contractor when so many Americans are out of work. And by the way, what’s up with the no-bid contracts these days?Filed under: Change we can deceive in, Current events, Mock-n-Obamasnare, The Unscrupulous Amongus, Unbelievable!, Wordpress…
  • NSA website down

    commontater
    25 Oct 2013 | 3:04 pm
    Oops.  RT reports NSA down, Friday afternoon, due to DDoS (distributed denial-of-service attack).  Unbelievable.  But true?Filed under: Current events, So you know Tagged: BREAKING NEWS!, NSA down Friday afternoon, NSA website down
  • House votes to delay Health Care Law out to 2015

    commontater
    28 Sep 2013 | 10:58 pm
    U.S. House votes to delay the Health Care Law for One Year, 231-192. The House also voted to continue military pay during any possible shutdown, making it very clear they don’t want a shutdown. Filed under: Current events, PoliGov.co Tagged: House votes to delay Health Care Law until 2015, Votes to continue military pay in the event of possible shutdown
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  • Why Rick Santorum Isn't Next in Line

    23 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    I think that one of the things that made the 2012 presidential election so unusual was that there was a very large, persistent plurality of people on the right who could not stand Mitt Romney and wanted anyone else to be their nominee. It wasn’t so much that it was unheard of for the frontrunner to attract less than a majority in the early primaries. That’s actually a common occurrence when there are a lot of candidates to choose from. The novelty was that there really wasn’t anyone who was ever seen as an alternative to Romney. So, what happened was that voters kept…
  • Who Cares About The Duggars?

    23 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    So, I saw this thing from Ed this morning and I was surprised that some people, notably Sarah Posner, think that it’s a very big deal that one member of the enormous Duggar family was a sexual predator as a teenager and has, as a result, had to resign as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council. Now, when I say it like that, it makes it sound like I don’t think molesting kids is something to get concerned about. That’s not what I mean, obviously. What I mean is that I didn’t realize that the Duggar family was anything more than some reality show novelty act. I never…
  • Casual Observation

    23 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    I try not to agonize too much about parenting decisions like whether or not or where to send my son to summer camp. I understand what these so-called Slow Parenting moms and dads are saying, but they sound like they’re trying to justify saving their money. In my case, my child is used to a lot of stimulus because he goes to school for six hours a day during the week. If I try to entertain him for eight weeks while he basically does nothing, we’re both going to get angry with each other. If I had the time to spend all day doing arts and crafts and lesson books, going for long walks…
  • Casual Observation

    23 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    I suppose we should all get familiar with Palmyra before the Islamic State militants destroy it. Thanks, Bush. Discuss
  • Odds & Ends

    23 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Well, if I had any time, which I don't, I'd write about Hillary Clinton's decision to make the drug and mental health epidemic a front and center part of her campaign. I'd also write about Bill O'Reilly's family values. I don't write about Bill-O very often, but this one is worthy of a mention. Okay, I gotta scoot. See y'all later. Discuss
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Ellen Brown: Real Wealth – A Future We Can Bank On + Vicki Robin + Donnie Maclurcan + Helena Norberg-Hodge

    dandelionsalad
    21 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    with Ellen Brown Writer, Dandelion Salad The Web of Debt Blog May 21, 2015 The Economics of Happiness on May 21, 2015 Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web … Continue reading →
  • Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 7

    dandelionsalad
    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on May 19, 2015 Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer conclude their conversation about Scheer’s latest book They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy. Transcript from the … Continue reading →
  • Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 6

    dandelionsalad
    19 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on May 18, 2015 Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. American culture. Transcript from the archives: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 1 Robert … Continue reading →
  • Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 5

    dandelionsalad
    18 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on May 15, 2015 Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer discuss the Founding Fathers, FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the persecution of Chelsea Manning in this sweeping conversation. Transcript from the archives: … Continue reading →
  • Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 4

    dandelionsalad
    17 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on May 15, 2015 A debate emerges between Bob Scheer and Chris Hedges on whether the state can reform its own surveillance practices and whether it can be held accountable by appealing to constitutional … Continue reading →
 
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    The Diary of a Geek in Oxfordshire

  • Cameron Is Sending in the Jackbooted Fascist Thugs

    15 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    ....which headline is a direct quote from this article. The other day I wrote about soundbites, and how they can be divisive and misleading, drawing you away from the truth of something towards the impression the user wants to convey.And clearly politicos and journalists aren't listening to me, because they're using exactly the same methodology to try and convince people that the NASTY EVIL TORIES are coming to TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.The quote in question, currently being wailed throughout a lobby that have suddenly become devoutly pro-freedoms despite trying to introduce ID…
  • Labour Leadership Campaign: Staggerers and Fallers

    13 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So today brought us news that in the 'rats in a sack' race that is the 'Labour Leadership' election, we have two new runners - Andy Burnham, and Yvette Balls Cooper. Well, that's a challenge of all the talents there. But in the spirit of political blogging, one has to assess the chances of the various contenders and their chances for capturing the 100-odd seats (an 11% swing) from the Tories they would need to win back power in 2020.Andy Burnham:Leaving aside that increased media appearances would pay off the national debt in mascara purchases, prepare yourselves for five years of…
  • Guess Who's Back...

    11 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    So today brings the news that having resigned on Friday morning, UKIP's Nigel Farage has this afternoon un-resigned. Apparently he's so awesome that UKIP can't do without him.This puts a song in my heart....Nigel Farage: Without Me"Nigel Farage/Real Name No Gimmicks" two illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsidetwo illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsideGuess who's back, back againNigel's back, tell a friendGuess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's backguess who's backGuess who's…
  • It's the Ideology, Stupid

    11 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    There's a reshuffle under way as David Cameron constitutes his first majority Cabinet, but if you listen to Radio 4 or watch the news you wouldn't hear about it, as all the discussion is about the future of the Labour Party. And I guess that makes sense, because they'll have 5 years to talk about the Government and the Labour leadership is going to be far more dramatic in the short term. As all the analysis, navel-gazing and careful positioning of potential candidates so far shows, what we're seeing is a massive ideological schism within the Labour Party. Back in the 90's, the big discussion…
  • Soundbites make Hate

    10 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Normally by this point after a General Election, we'd be seeing the Internet returning to normal sanity levels, with the return of the usual banalities and cat videos. Obviously this one's been slightly different with three Leader resignations so far* (plus Harriet Harman) and the speculation about the next Labour Leader, whether we'll have New New Labour or New Old Labour etc etc...And yet it hasn't calmed down. Quite the opposite, in fact. In the short span of hours since the Prime Minister went to the Palace, we've had outraged screams that the Election result wasn't proportional AND…
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    The Left Coaster

  • Losing the Best Reasons to Watch TV

    Deacon Blues
    20 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    My television viewing habits are already quite limited to begin with. I hate reality TV shows and avoid them, and I only watch certain news programs on broadcast and cable TV, staying away from the propganda seen on Fox "News". And my type of television dramas aren't the flashy or trendy ones, but the ones that do stories and characters well, even if they are considered boring by others. And I greatly appreciate comedy along the lines of John Oliver, John Stewart, and especially David Letterman. So you can imagine the disappointment I feel over the last week with "Mad Men" and "The Late Show…
  • Is Jeb Up To It?

    Deacon Blues
    14 May 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Jeb Bush backtracked today from his statement earlier this week, wherein he said that knowing what he knows now, if president himself he still would have invaded Iraq, just as his brother did in 2003. Republican Jeb Bush reversed field on Thursday after a week of criticism and said that based on information known now, he would not have launched the Iraq war carried out by his brother, former President George W. Bush. Jeb's flip-flop baffled Rick Santorum, after Bush's original statement raised eyebrows amongst other GOP contenders. Clearly, Jeb isn't ready for prime time. But if the GOP…
  • Obama Loses Senate Democrats on TPP

    Deacon Blues
    12 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    This is what happens when a 7th-year president spends too much time pleasing the opposition and Wall Street in getting a trade bill rammed through the Senate without full disclosure of what the hell is in it, and then commits the cardinal sin of slamming an expert and conscience of his own party for opposing him. Senate Democrats stopped the TPP from proceeding today, forcing Mitch McConnell to cut some deals to get it out of the Senate and on to a House that already wasn't sold on it. Obama should have known better, and his shots at Warren were sexist and dismissive of someone who knows this…
  • The Shrinking Jeb

    Deacon Blues
    12 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    The only reason for independents and crossover Democrats to vote for Jeb Bush was his (alleged) appeal as the “smarter Bush”, the adult who wouldn’t do his brother’s stupid stuff. Well after yesterday, that reason is now gone, no matter how much Jeb tries to walk it back today. When Laura Ingraham can see right through your flaws and thinks you’re stupid, she’s usually attacking Democrats. Not now with Jeb, who made the asinine statement that he like his brother would still invade Iraq today even with what we know now about WMD’s and what the toppling of Saddam has done to world…
  • We Need A Twelfth Fleet

    Deacon Blues
    11 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    I’ve said this before, and I will continue saying it, in the hope that Hillary Clinton or a GOP president act upon it: we need to re-commission the Navy’s Twelfth Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean. I suggested such a thing months ago in the immediate aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and backdoor attempt to turn Ukraine into a client state, and it’s even more necessary now that Russia and China are engaging in joint naval maneuvers in the region. Of course, neither country has any coastline in the Mediterranean. Not only would a Twelfth Fleet in the Eastern…
 
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    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Preston Smith Washington Redskins NFL Draft - YouTube Preston Smith Washington Redskins NFL Draft. NFL Draft Bible on location in Chicago for the 2015 NFL Draft. The Washington Redskins select Preston Smith in the second round. Be sure to follow @NFLDraftbible for more updates! Visit our blog Zennie62.com here: http://www.zennie62blog.com TJ Yeldon Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Draft - YouTube TJ Yeldon Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Draft. NFL Draft Bible on location for the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago. The Jacksonville Jaguars select TJ Yeldon in the second round. Be sure to follow @NFLDraftBible for…
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    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
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    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    NFL Spring League Meeting Update - YouTube NFL Spring League Meeting Update I am in the lobby with a gaggle of media at the NFL Spring League Meeting's second day. The Raiders and Chargers are presenting this morning and the session is to end at 11 am. NFL LA Oakland St Louis SD Stadium Report By Eric Grubman - YouTube NFL LA Oakland St Louis SD Stadium Report By Eric Grubman This is a report from NFL SVP of Business Affairs Eric Grubman. This is part one from the NFL Spring League Meeting in San Francisco. Roger Goodell Says Oakland Has Not Submitted NFL Stadium Proposal - YouTube Roger…
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    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
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    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown's Policies Chase Blacks Out Of California - YouTube Gov Jerry Brown's Policies Chase Blacks Out Of California California Governor Jerry Brown has in acted policies that have gotten rid of affordable housing programs, and redevelopment law, and as a result caused blacks to leave the state in large numbers. Oakland Raiders Future In Oakland Topic Of NFL Owners Meeti - YouTube Oakland Raiders Future In Oakland Topic Of NFL Owners Meeting The San Francisco NFL Owners Meetint is this Tuesday and Wednesday. The Oakland Raiders future in Oakland is one of the topics of the gathering…
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  • Obama delusional, says US not losing to ISIS

    Bob Morris
    22 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    In the fantasy land of D.C. spin and optics, two major cities falling to ISIS as they march towards Baghdad and control 50% of Syria, is not losing but merely a “tactical setback.” These wee little speed bumps, the talking heads of DC assure us, will be overcome by more training of militias and course, shipping in more weaponry and ammo. Some of the weaponry will fall into the hands of ISIS when the Iraqi military and militias retreat yet again. This will please the diseased twisted hearts of defense contractors in the US, as they’ll just have to ship in more weapons,…
  • Mongols Nation trial. Can feds revoke trademarked name?

    Bob Morris
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    First they came for the motorcycle club patches and I said nothing because I was not a biker. A Mongols Nation trial starts soon, with a key issue being whether the US government has the right to revoke the Mongols trademarked name just, because. The prosecution seems arbitrary, selective, and deliberately punitive. If the government wins, then maybe “Tea Party” or “Socialist Worker’s Party” will be next to be prosecuted for having a name deemed Unacceptable by the government. Among such hideous crimes mentioned by the government were some Mongols armed…
  • Government as protection racket for corrupt banks

    Bob Morris
    20 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Oh goodness, more fines for banks that engaged in criminal behavior. Surely some of their executives will be going to prison, right? Ha ha ha. Of course not. With our pretend justice system, federal and state agencies pretend to enforce laws against banksters but instead settle for fines. No one is inconvenienced by criminal prosecutions, governments gets a steady cash flow, the corrupt institutions pretend to reform, and nothing changes. This is a protection racket. The government gets paid off and allows criminal behavior to continue. Citi, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, RBS plead guilty to…
  • Waco bikers were killed by police, not other bikers

    Bob Morris
    19 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    The Aging Rebel, a site for 1% bikers, says the bikers killed in Waco were shot by police. His article on Waco and the comments are intelligent, if sometimes heated, and show how 1% clubs view what happened. The fight started in the bathroom and spilled over into the parking lot. Law enforcement said bikers pulled guns. If so, then IMO, police were justified in shooting. I do find it curious though so many different law enforcement agencies, including federal, were on the scene when it happened. The scuffle became a knife fight and several men were stabbed. When one of the combatants produced…
  • Tesla Powerwall will mostly disrupt taypayers subsidizing it

    Bob Morris
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tesla’s Powerwall is way too expensive and underpowered to do much of anything except provide a wee bit of power to your house, assuming the sun has been shining, that is. Plus, Tesla is getting huge subsidies, so forget about it being an example of scrappy capitalism bootstrapping new products to market. But does all the messianic talk of battery-powered “disruption” and solar triumphalism stack up? Hardly. For all their ballyhooed price reductions, Tesla batteries are still way too feeble and expensive to come even within hyping distance of neither a reliable power supply, nor an…
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  • Does your code of conduct program hit the mark?

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    To compete in today’s global marketplace, employees at every level of your organization need to understand the risks associated with a broad spectrum of compliance issues and feel empowered to make the right decisions — even when no one is watching. Many companies struggle to meet this challenge, but an effective compliance training program can foster a culture
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  • 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!
  • Government Web Security and the OWASP Top 10: The Big Picture

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Security on the web is becoming an increasingly important topic for organisations to grasp. Recent years have seen the emergence of the hacktivist movement, the increasing sophistication of online career criminals and now the very real threat posed by nation states compromising personal and corporate security. The Open Web Application Security Project gives us the OWASP Top 10 to help guide the secure development of online applications and defend against these threats. This course takes you through a very well-structured, evidence-based prioritisation of risks and most importantly, how…
  • Why You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big Data

    18 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    At a time when public sector resources and budgets are shrinking and citizens are demanding improved services, big data promises much needed relief for government agencies. Now is the time for your agency to capitalize on its data.Read the newly published report “Why you Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big Data”, for an overview on:How big data is reshaping governmentThe challenges agencies face in extracting value from this informationHighlights solutions to help organizations leverage their data in new waysHow managing big data can be used to mitigate the risks of insider and…
  • Gain Situational Awareness Needed To Mitigate Cyberthreats

    18 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Despite world-class technology, cyber attacks and breaches on government networks are inevitable. To become more resilient against cyberthreats, agencies must improve visibility and understand events happening on their networks.The report introduces you to a platform approach to connecting disparate data to gain the desired network visibility. By understanding all your data, you gain a complete operational view of organizational data, to improve your organization's security posture. Specifically the report provides insights to:Help organizations find value from their data to reduce the impact…
 
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  • Educate Yourself About Memorial Day

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As an Air Force veteran, I’m convinced that what I did while wearing the uniform of my country pales in comparison to the sacrifices made by those who truly deserve recognition on Memorial Day. If you don’t get my point, please educate yourself about Memorial Day. Memorial Day is NOT just another holiday to provide business owners a collective excuse for holding a three-day extravaganza sale and offer 10 percent discounts to military veterans and their families. Memorial Day is NOT a holiday during which we should thank all veterans. Memorial Day IS a day of remembrance to honor those…
  • ‘Winning Life’s Lottery’ Requires Hard Work

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico 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. Westward view of St. Louis skyline in September 2008, 75 years after Paul Hollrah’s birth. I realize that it may be a bit uncool to dwell too much on one’s own life experiences, but I have a point to make and I hope…
  • ‘The Financial Coach’ Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Federal Judge Ronnie L. White sentenced Bryan C. Binkholder to nine years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release during a sentencing hearing Friday at 10:30 a.m. inside a 10th-floor courtroom at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. In addition, the judge ordered Binkholder to make full restitution of more than $3 million the court said he owes his victims . If the name rings familiar, it’s because Binkholder hosted “The Financial Coach Show” on Saturday afternoons on FM Newstalk 97.1, St. Louis’ only conservative FM radio…
  • Gone Writing, But I’ll Be Back

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again. I’m taking a break from writing online in order to focus on my “bread and butter” — that is, writing more fiction and nonfiction books and more screenplays. Don’t worry, though. Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the 1984 film, The Terminator, “I’ll be back.” Though I won’t be online much, I’m still open to hearing from you. If you have an idea for a book, a question about something I’ve written or something else, send an email message to me at…
  • Who’s Telling Truth About Nation’s Job Numbers?

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Today, I ran across conflicting numbers about the nation’s employment situation. You decide who’s telling the truth. One set of claims (above) comes from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). In a graphic on her Facebook page. She shares this: “ICYMI: The economy has added 12.3 million private sector jobs in the last 62 months.”  In case you missed it, Claire, the economy is in the toilet thanks to you and your president’s misguided and dangerous policies and actions. A second set of claims comes from the popular website, Zero Hedge, and is accompanied by the an…
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  • Why Is A Retroactive Shield Being Thrown Over Some Hillary Emails By Classifying Them?

    CO2Insanity
    22 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Why Is A Retroactive Shield Being Thrown Over Some Hillary Emails By Classifying Them? Because Kerry is CHA (covering Hillary’s ass) so he can be the new Ketchup Czar?
  • State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf still stupid

    J.P. Travis
    22 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf: still stupid. This week she complimented Iraq army troops who fled Ramadi in disarray, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “The Iraqi security forces have held their lines on the outside of the city.”
  • California Governor Prepares Citizens for Coming ‘Toilet to Tap’ Concept

    CO2Insanity
    22 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    California Governor Prepares Citizens for Coming ‘Toilet to Tap’ Concept. This is a new variation of the “Tax Dollars to Toilet” concept California government has used for years. This is now needed because for decades California government has kowtowed to the greentards and pretty much refused to do anything about increasing water storage even though the population has increased. In 1975 when Jerry Brown started his first term as governor the population was 21.54 million, as of 2014 it is 38.8 million. Now all of a sudden Jerry’s worried about it. Jerry’s last name…
  • Health insurers seek hefty rate boosts

    CO2Insanity
    22 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Health insurers seek hefty rate boosts. Yet another thank you due to Obama for screwing giving us Obamacare. Oh by the way, we’re still waiting for that $2,500 per year savings.
  • Former UN Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate

    CO2Insanity
    22 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Former UN Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate. Yet more proof Global Warming is the biggest scam, ever. Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author.
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  • Teaching Kids about Religious Persecution

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    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…
  • Why Is Christian Persecution Ignored?

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You hear all sorts of things on the news these days but none of them have anything to do with Christian persecution. You may wonder why this is true and so do I. The fact is that the world seem to care more about what gadget is hot and who is dating whom than who is being killed for their religious beliefs. It’s sad but true that neither the media nor anyone else these days cares about you, but it’s time to shed some light on things. The fact is things like a seven year old slave boy in Sudan being crucified on a board and left for dead by his owner simply because he snuck out to go to a…
 
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  • Senate Rejects USA Freedom Act, But Also Rejects Extending NSA Collection Authority

    Scott Shackford
    22 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was right. The Senate did not have enough votes to pass the USA Freedom Act, the compromise law that would have restrained, but not eliminated, mass data collection by the National Security Agency (NSA). The vote was 57-42 late this evening (technically early this morning), just three votes shy. But Sen. McConnell didn't get his way, either. There were even fewer votes in favor of extending Section 215, which has been used to justify the controversial bulk metadata collection of records of Americans, for another two months.  That one failed…
  • Maryland Governor Vetoes Asset Forfeiture Reform, Marijuana Decriminalization Bills

    Scott Shackford
    22 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has capitulated to the war on drugs in a pack of vetoes today. The governor has vetoed two bills that would restore voting rights to felons who have been released from prison, a bill turning public smoking of marijuana into a civil offense and decriminalizing possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and a bill that would significantly reform civil asset forfeiture reform to reduce police abuse. For the voting rights bill, Maryland has previously restored voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences, including any terms of probation or parole.
  • Missouri's Governor Commutes a Marijuana Offender's Life Sentence

    Jacob Sullum
    22 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Today Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon commuted the life sentence of marijuana offender Jeff Mizanskey, who will now be eligible for parole. Mizanskey, a 62-year-old grandfather who has been in prison for 21 years, was arrested in 1993 after he drove a friend to a motel where the friend bought several pounds of marijuana from someone who turned out to be a police informant. Mizanskey, who said he had no idea what his friend planned to do, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute. Because he had two prior convictions for selling marijuana, he received a mandatory sentence of life without…
  • Ireland Votes on Gay Marriage, Trouble for Duggar Family, a Nungesser Accuser Speaks: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    22 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Police shot two unarmed black men who stole beer from a grocery store. Connecticut state Senate approves affirmative consent standard for colleges. Ireland could become the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular referendum. Josh Duggar in hot water over molestation scandal. President Obama will announce executive action aimed at water regulation. Cathy Young debunked one of the Paul Nungesser accusers who talked to Jezebel, but Jezebel scored an interview with a different accuser. Does Christina Hoff Sommers need a safe space? The Wall Street Journal on "the trigger happy…
  • David Harsanyi on Why It's OK There's No Such Thing as an Unbiased Journalist

    Reason.com
    22 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you're an intellectually curious person—and if you're a journalist, let's assume that you are—you are likely to have embraced a number of notions about how the world works, how it should work and who should be running it. This is natural. It's inevitable, then, that most journalists have formed some opinions about partisan politics. It's unrealistic, writes David Harsanyi, to expect that even the most conscientious journalist can wholly divorce his or her professional work from his or her philosophical positions. View this article.
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • 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…
  • 8 Years .... and Counting

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

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

  • The United States Was Right to Fight in Iraq

    22 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    William Kristol, USA TodayWe were right to invade Iraq in 2003 to remove Saddam Hussein, and to complete the job we should have finished in 1991.
  • A Rundown of the 2016 GOP Primary Schedule

    22 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    John Roberts, FOX NewsLast night we announced the first GOP debate of the presidential season, August 6th in Cleveland, 11 weeks from now.Fox News and Facebook will host. Tonight, how the primary calendar is shaping up.
  • Climate Alarmism Goes Bipolar

    22 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Rupert Darwall, National ReviewThe good news for global-warming alarmists is that they can pretty much be guaranteed that there will always be something happening somewhere in the world to get alarmed about.
  • Protecting the Arctic From Global Warming

    22 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Brzezinski & Lyrvall, PoliticoNiila Inga, a Sami leader in that part of Sweden that is above the Arctic Circle, has this to say about the impact of climate change on the future of his reindeer herding society: “If this climate change keeps going at this rate, I’m pretty sure that the reindeer won’t survive it."
  • Clinton's Flaws Guarantee 2016 Will Get Ugly

    22 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Jonah Goldberg, NY PostThere are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here’s one more.Bloomberg Politics convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats. Nearly all loved Hillary. “She’s a bad mama-jama,” said one female participant. Bad mama-jama is good, by the way. The woman explained that Clinton is “not afraid to step up” or “afraid to say, ‘No. I don’t want to do it that way. I’m going to do it this way.’”
 
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  • Progressive frenemies

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    You probably think there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party’s soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that’s what the media talk about incessantly, often with a lot of help from those involved in the rumble.Read full article >>
  • Jeb Bush’s brotherly bind

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Am I the only person outside the Bush family who has a smidgen of empathy for Jeb Bush’s roller-coaster ride in trying to answer a straightforward question: Was going to war in Iraq the right thing to do?Read full article >>
  • Something is stirring in the religious world

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will the focus groups continue to tell politicians of all stripes to talk only about the middle class because mentioning the poor is politically toxic?Read full article >>
  • Watch President Obama discuss the costs of poverty

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., I will be moderating a discussion of poverty with President Obama as part of Georgetown University’s Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty. Also on the panel will be Harvard professor Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks. You can watch the livestream below or check back later for video of the event. I invite you to join the discussion by responding to the panel’s thoughts down in the comments section.Read full article >>
  • David Cameron’s wizardry

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time.Read full article >>
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The way I change life is to act as if I'm the person I want to be. (A. Montague) — What I assume about myself becomes true. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015

    Ramona
    21 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate to buy shit we don't need. (Fight Club) — Had enough? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015

    Ramona
    20 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one less traveled by. That has made all the difference. (R. Frost) — No highways! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-19-2015

    Ramona
    19 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Many of us spend money we haven't earned to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like. (K. Blanchard) — Why? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-19-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-18-2015

    Ramona
    18 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. (R. Bach) — Or attached to the same bloodlines! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-18-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • GOP Winnowing Field By Debates

    22 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Want to know one reason GOP presidential candidates are not rushing to participate in this year's Iowa Republican Straw Poll, traditionally the first "scorable" event of the cycle? Other ways are emerging to "winnow" the very large field, as I discussed today at the Washington Monthly. I first quoted Craig Robinson of The Iowa Republican: There is...another dynamic at work here that didn't exist in previous cycles. The large field of 2016 Republican candidates is making the debate stage really crowded. Both CNN and FOX News recently said that they would limit the debate stage to the top ten…
  • Sanders, Krugman: Why Overreaching TPP Should Be Defeated

    22 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Imagine for a minute that you don't really have a strong opinion one way or the other about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). You are concerned about trade agreements in general, and you get it that the TPP is an especially big deal. But you are keeping your mind open, recognizing that in economic theory, at least, there is a chance that expanded trade can actually add to the stock of stable jobs in your country. It's likely that many Americans feel this way, and are waiting for a good briefing which touches on all of the key points from both sides of the argument. For the time-challenged,…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    21 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    The meme that Hillary Clinton is too centrist/moderate for progressives gets a thrashing from Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky, who writes: "If you are a 40-something Democrat who has voted over the years for Bill Clinton and Al Gore and John Kerry and Barack Obama, it's looking like you are about to cast a vote next year for the most liberal Democratic nominee of your voting lifetime." Tomasky then reports that Hillary Clinton's positions on the minimum wage, immigration, family and medical leave, criminal justice reform, child care, and hedge fund taxation loopholes are substantially…
  • The Earliest-Ever "Brokered Convention" Fantasy!

    20 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    It arrives every four years, so long as there is any chance of a competitive nominating process: the primaries could be inconclusive and we could have a Brokered Convention! With that phrase comes an array of more distinct fantasies, mostly from fictionalized or dimly remembered conventions of the past when multiple ballots or smoke-filled rooms full of deal-makers or wild gyrations on the floor between rival coalitions produced a dramatic outcome. It's kind of important, however, to get real about "brokered conventions," particularly in a year when the odds of it happening seem higher, as I…
  • Overexposure and Peaking Too Soon vs. Advantages of an Early Start

    20 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    The media, traditional and otherwise, are all abuzz with discussion of Hillary Clinton's huge lead in the polls in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. What seems to be lurking in the shadows of the chatter is a concern that Clinton may peak too early or become boring from overexposure. Indeed, her campaign seems to be aware of the problem, carefully limiting her appearances and statements. It's probably a wise strategy. American voters can be pretty fickle. Plus the more public participation, the more opportunities for a momentum-destroying gaffe or blunder. There's also a…
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  • Capital Markets for Development

    Ethiopis Tafara
    22 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity in the developing world are noble goals; but they are also expensive ones, requiring financing on a scale far greater than what governments in developing countries can provide. But if the proper conditions are created, capital markets will be well positioned to meet those needs.
  • New-Model Development Finance

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    China’s establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is the latest sign of a broader move away from the view that aid to developing countries is best provided in the form of massive government-to-government transfers. Ironically, it may be the US, which opposed the AIIB’s creation, that is leading the shift.
  • The Return of the Balkan Question

    Dominique Moisi
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The recent violence in Macedonia is a reminder that the Balkans region remains a volatile mix of nationalism and economic frustration, underpinned by disillusionment about progress toward membership in the EU. But the EU continues to be the only alternative to a future as bad as the worst of the past.
  • Global Finance and Global Warming

    Naina Lal Kidwai, et al.
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    Since 2008, financial reform has been among the top items on policymakers’ agendas. But, as leaders move from fixing the problems of the past to positioning the financial system for the future, they must also grapple with new threats to its stability, particularly those stemming from climate change.
  • Thailand’s Stunted Transition

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak
    21 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    One year after its 12th military coup in 83 years under constitutional rule, Thailand is beset with more questions than answers. The country will regain its footing only when, through compromise and mutual accommodation, it reshapes its contested political order to reflect the principles of an electoral democracy.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • A Look Back at Consolidated & Their Song ‘Friendly Fascism’

    mrDaveyd
    11 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    This song Friendly Fascism, comes courtesy of one of my favorite groups Consolidated, who released this song back in 1991 or 1992… The song back then was pretty powerful, although at the time it went over many people’s heads especially with the defeat of George Bush Sr and the election of Bill Clinton.. With the 92 election, many thought that the worse which was personified via 12 years of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr were behind us…Unfortunately the fascist direction this country was headed continued just with a friendly face, starting with Clinton who was dubbed the…
  • The Baltimore Curfew…Was an Abuse of Power

    mrDaveyd
    4 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    One of the most important things folks can and should be doing with regards to the Freddie Gray situation is pay close attention as to how and why a city wide curfew was allowed to be imposed on the entire city of Baltimore… That’s serious biz. It was a the manifestation of a police state.. It was an over reach that last night (Friday) resulted in abuse of power and gave those institutions responsible for killing Freddie Gray, who expressed open and public hostility at the indictment of its officers, a working blueprint on how to contain folks in 2015. These police agencies now…
  • What LBJ Really Said About Selma

    mrDaveyd
    4 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    For those who saw the movie Selma, this clip may give a bit more insight into the thinking of President Lydon Johnson (LBJ). There was a bit of controversy when the movie dropped because some felt that Johnson was shown as being too deferential to Martin Luther King. Others saw King as a strong leader who pushed aggressively and didn’t compromise..people should listen to the clips provided in the documentary above..     The post What LBJ Really Said About Selma appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
  • Which Side Are You On? REMIX – Rebel Diaz ft. Dead Prez and Rakaa Iriscience

    mrDaveyd
    1 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    The homies from Rebel Diaz team up with dead prez and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples to go in on their hit song Which Side Are You On? Nice intro from the Blastmaster KRS-One.. The post Which Side Are You On? REMIX – Rebel Diaz ft. Dead Prez and Rakaa Iriscience appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
  • Thoughts on the Baltimore Mom & Youth Fighting Police Terror

    mrDaveyd
    1 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    There are a number of folks who have been critical of the Baltimore mom (Toya Graham) who stepped to her kid after she lost it and swapped him in front of nationwide cameras..The mom said she lost it when she realized it was her son and went after him.. She said she didn’t want him to be the next Freddie Gray.. Since this happened, I’ve heard all sorts of folks say the mom was wrong and she was ‘killing the revolutionary spirit’ of her son who had ‘righteous anger’ and was standing up to the police.. Lets just say for the moment that was true.. From the…
 
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  • Four Banks Guilty of Currency Manipulation but, as Usual, No One’s Going to Jail

    22 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Four major banks—Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, and the Royal Bank of Scotland—have agreed to plead guilty in a Connecticut federal court to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the foreign currency market. But instead of sending those responsible for the crimes to prison, various government entities are fining the institutions a total of about $5.5 billion, the cost of which the banks will pass on to shareholders.   “For more than five years, traders in ‘The Cartel’ used a private electronic chat room to manipulate…
  • Release of Warren Report on U.S. Labor Protection Failures Aims to Counter Obama Fast Track Authority for TPP Passage

    22 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement being negotiated by the Obama administration won’t protect workers’ rights in signatory countries, according to a report by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).   The report (pdf) is an attempt to convince members of Congress not to grant President Barack Obama’s request for fast-track authority to help speed the TPP’s ratification in the U.S. Warren points out that language promising fair labor practices in previous free trade agreements (FTAs), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has…
  • Millions Donated to Cancer Charities Paid for Online Dating, Caribbean Cruises, Hooters Meals and Victoria’s Secret Shopping

    22 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and attorneys general (AGs) from all 50 states have accused the managers of four related cancer charities of spending millions of dollars in donations on themselves instead of helping cancer patients.   The lawsuit targets the Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and Cancer Support Services—all of which are tied to one man, James Reynolds Sr.   Reynolds Sr. runs Cancer Fund of America and Cancer Support Services, while his son, James Reynolds Jr., is the CEO of the Breast Cancer…
  • West Virginia Court Allows Illegal Prescription Drug Addicts to Seek Damages from Healthcare Providers

    22 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Healthcare providers can be sued for enabling addicts who abuse prescription drugs, according to the West Virginia Supreme Court.   The ruling stemmed from the case of Mingo County’s Mountain Medical Center, which was raided by federal agents and later shut down for improperly prescribing painkillers. Nearly 30 patients of the facility sued Mountain Medical claiming doctors there helped feed their addictions with prescribed medicines.   One clinic physician, Dr. Katherine Hoover, was charged with illegally issuing hundreds of thousands of prescriptions for pain medications.
  • DEA Operatives Accused of Secretly Operating New Jersey Strip Club

    22 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Two longtime Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) employees have been found to be operating a strip club in New Jersey.   Like other DEA employees, Glen Glover and David Polos were required to disclose any outside employment as part of their work and having a government security clearance. But neither revealed on a national-security form that they owned and operated the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in South Hackensack, which featured “scantily clad and sometimes topless women,” according to the criminal complaint filed against them. Had they told superiors about the strip club,…
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  • Fast Track trade bill clears procedural hurdle, headed for passage in the Senate

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    The Senate voted on Thursday to end debate on fast-track trade legislation, handing a significant victory to President Obama and moving the bill a step closer to passage. Senate takes key step toward passing fast-track for Obama: Senators voted 62-38 … Continue reading →
  • Competing USA Freedom Act vs. USA Patriot Act extension votes this weekend

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    When last we checked in on Senator Aqua Buddha, Rand Paul (R-KY), he was conducting a not-really-a-filibuster of the USA Patriot Act extension, which was not the bill under consideration on the Senate floor at the time. As filibusters go, … Continue reading →
  • U.S. District Court upholds Tucson’s electoral system

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Back in April I posted about Republicans sue to overturn City of Tucson electoral system, once again. A hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction to prevent the City of Tucson from going forward with this year’s mayor and council … Continue reading →
  • A Hero’s Salute on Memorial Day Holiday

    Carolyn Classen
    21 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    The 2015 A Hero’s Salute will be held at the Pima Air & Space Museum May 25th at 3:00PM 6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85706 $20/person Ticket price includes admission to the A Hero’s Salute event AND Pima Air and … Continue reading →
  • Senate filibuster of USA Patriot Act extension underway

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Last week, the House overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 338-88 the USA Freedom Act, which would prevent the NSA from collecting metadata about the phone numbers people dial and when their calls are placed. House overwhelmingly passes USA Freedom … Continue reading →
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • #SayHERName: SF Demonstration Brings to Light Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women

    Christo Lopez
    21 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Protestors gathered in San Francisco’s Financial District early Thursday morning blocking traffic to speak out against the ongoing police controversies across the United States as part of a string of Black Lives Matter protests crossing the nation. The protest began at 8:30 a.m., blocking off Market Street, one of San Francisco’s busiest streets, during morning rush hour traffic. Protestors stood united across Market Street between Davis and Front Street for two hours, causing city wide commute and public transit delays. Muni buses and trollies were trapped behind the group, unable to…
  • Thursday News Roundup

    Reset Team
    21 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH APRIL HOMICIDE San Francisco police arrested three people early Wednesday on suspicion of homicide and other offenses for allegedly striking and killing a woman during a pursuit in the city last month. Robert Pelesauma, 19, Hunter Sagaiga, 19, and Faavesi Koka, 18, all San Francisco residents, were arrested on suspicion of homicide, conspiracy, evading police, possession of a stolen vehicle and multiple counts of robbery, police said. Police said the trio had committed several armed robberies in the days before April 10, when they were fleeing police shortly…
  • Wednesday News Roundup

    Reset Team
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    ROUTING PROBLEM CAUSES SYSTEMWIDE BART DELAYS BART trains are experiencing major systemwide delays this morning because of a routing problem between the West Oakland, Lake Merritt and 12th Street Oakland City Center stations. The problem was first reported shortly before 6 a.m. and is causing delays of up to 20 minutes. Trains traveling from San Francisco to the East Bay are particularly affected, according to BART officials. Because of the delays, there will be no connection between Richmond and Pittsburg/Bay Point trains at the 19th Street station. BART officials said they will not send…
  • Monday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    18 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
    MAN IMPERSONATING CITY EMPLOYEE BURGLARIZES WOMAN’S SUNSET HOME A man impersonating a city employee stole valuables after conning his way into the home of a 75-year-old woman in San Francisco’s Sunset District on Saturday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. The suspect, described as a man in his mid 40s, went to a home in the 1500 block of 23rd Avenue around 4 p.m. Saturday and told the elderly resident that he was a city employee and needed to check on a gas leak, according to San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan. The man quickly went inside the home,…
  • Thursday News Roundup

    Reset Team
    14 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    ATTORNEY GENERAL SETS NEW GUIDELINES TO HANDLE UNIVERSITY SEXUAL ASSAULTS California Attorney General Kamala Harris Wednesday released new guidelines for the handling of campus sexual assault cases spelling out the need for universities to notify and collaborate with local law enforcement in all such cases. The model memorandum-of-understanding, released with University of California President Janet Napolitano, victim advocates and law enforcement officials including Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, is intended to help universities and local law enforcement coordinate…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Why Your Domain Name(s) Really Matter

    Online Candidate
    19 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    To paraphrase The Bard, “What’s in a name?” When it comes to acquiring domain names for political campaigns, it can mean a lot. Choosing the wrong name or failing to get the right name can cause problems for many candidates. Cybersquatting is pretty common, with speculators hoping to cash in buying domain names. Sometimes this […]
  • Why Running Your Campaign From Your Facebook Page Is A Bad Idea

    Online Candidate
    5 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    “Everybody’s on Facebook. I can just run my online campaign through my Facebook Page.” We’ve heard that idea before. But as online strategies go, it’s not a good one. Social media is important for political campaigns in creating an online presence and building support. However, a social networking profile is not a substitute for a […]
  • 5 Misconceptions About Local Online Campaigning

    Online Candidate
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    Q: My political campaign is very small, it will be over fairly soon, and our voter turnout is low. Do I really need to bother with online campaigning? A: Absolutely. In fact, online campaigning can more important for smaller, local elections. Using the web to get out the vote can make all the difference when […]
  • What Local Candidates Can Learn From Botched Presidential Launches

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

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

  • Jameis Winston Files Counterclaim in Rape Case

    17 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
  • Jameis Winston Rape Case Dropped Due To DNA, Witness Claim Accuser Was Sexual Aggressor

    17 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Jameis Winston Rape Case Dropped Due To DNA, Witness Claim Accuser Was Sexual Aggressor
  • I'm Calling Fraud - Until It's Confirmed

    2 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    This photo was posted on a friend's social media account and while it's interesting, something screamed out fake to me. See for yourself.I say it's fake and here's why:1) The position of this officer's arm is not one that would facilitate a full force swing that would be required to break glass. His arm is not even fully extended and his other arm is not being utilized.2) Glass does not go flying on a car window like that. It is a matter of safety and it's required by law that windows on vehicles meet certain standards. Side and back windows have tempered glass.Watch for yourself what glass…
  • A Look Back - William F. Buckley vs. Hugh Hefner

    2 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    A debate in 1966 between Buckley and Hefner discussing the "Playboy philosophy" turns out to be quite intriguing.Buckley does his best toward the end of the interview by pointing out the seemingly contradictory way in which Hefner instructs his bunnies to refrain from sexual relations with patrons and what Hefner advocates in general as it pertains to sexuality or sexual behavior.What are your thoughts as you watch this debate and compare with the current world we live in? How much has changed? What do you feel has been positive vs. negative?
  • Baltimore Mother Disciplines Son For Participating in Riots

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    I want to know more... is she really doing the right thing here? I don't know. Did her son think violence was okay because he gets beat at home normally or did he turn to riot because he is a follower? Did this woman not discipline her son enough? Why or why not? Where is the father? Why are so many young men lacking wisdom to know these types of actions are destructive, not just for their own lives but for the lives of their community? How do we repair this? How do we break this mentality? There seem to be no simple answers.How do we teach people or compel them to become involved in their…
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    Politics

  • "I had hours of uncertainty": Ed Balls recalls the pain of his election night defeat

    Anoosh Chakelian
    22 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former shadow chancellor reflects on Labour's defeat and losing his seat. Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab Labour's former shadow chancellor Ed Balls has given an exclusive interview to the BBC about Labour's defeat and losing his seat. He recalls how he came to realise his precarious position on election night, when he eventually lost Morley & Outwood to the Tories after an agonising recount: I didn’t know that I was actually going to lose my seat until the returning officer gave us the result at 7.30 in the…
  • Mark Field MP on the Tories' failings in London, and why they need a "quasi-celebrity" for London mayor

    Anoosh Chakelian
    22 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster on why his party's message didn't work in London, and how it can enhance its prospects in the capital. Mark Field on BBC News urging the PM to drop his net migration pledge. Photo: YouTube screengrab It may be cold comfort to the party, but Labour bucked the national election trend in London. It gained seven seats, increasing its number of London MPs to 45 out of 73. The Conservatives have 27 seats in London, and are down one MP since the last election. It is rare that the party that wins the election loses London. In 1992, the Tories were…
  • Why we're backing Sadiq Khan to win for London

    Oona King and Margaret Hodge
    22 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Margaret Hodge and Oona King explain why they're backing Sadiq Khan for Labour's mayoral nomination Sadiq Khan on the campaign trail in Battersea. Photo: Getty Images In order to change our country for the better, Labour needs to win elections. That applies to every election we fight – whether for local government seats, devolved Parliaments, city Mayors or general elections. The first opportunity we have to show that we have learnt the lessons of the past five years is next May, in elections to Scottish parliament, the Welsh Assembly and of course for…
  • Labour must ensure the widest possible debate, or the party will lose again

    Ben Bradshaw
    22 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Labour avoided the wide-ranging debate it should have had in 2010. If it does the same in 2015, it will be defeated again. Harriet Harman addresses the press. Photo:Getty Images Harriet Harman, Labour’s acting leader has, not for the first time, risen to the occasion. Allaying the concerns of many, that we might rush to judgement, close down the debate and not allow enough time for the candidates to become better known, we are now having a longer leadership contest that will be “open and inclusive”. It is vital, as Harriet says, that the wider Labour family and the public are “let in…
  • The feminist history of surrogacy: should pregnancy give a woman rights over a baby?

    Glosswitch
    22 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Surrogacy rates are rising in the UK, and 95 per cent of these births are taking place overseas. Glosswitch looks at decades of feminist thinking on surrogacy to see how women’s labour and female lived experience can be incorporated in this complex ethical debate. Pregnancy is one of life’s most untouchable, personal experiences. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/AFP/Getty Surrogacy is not a new idea; indeed, there is a precedent in the book of Genesis, with the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, the slave who bears Abraham’s son Ishmael. There have always been people (usually men) who have sought…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Anti Equitalia Help points

    22 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    In Cagliari we have started up the place to “Get help dealing with Equitalia”. This is the first of many in Italy. Anyone who feels oppressed by the burden of taxes can turn to one of these places. A place where tears can be brushed away and people are given the strength to start again. Carlo Sibilia, M5S spokesperson in the Lower House: OK. Here we are at last. We have set up this first listening point that we’ve called an "Anti Equitalia Help point". It’s here where citizens can come with their queries about their tax demands and learn about how to decipher what’s written and…
  • Salvini and the Citizen’s Income - #RedditoDiCittadinanza

    21 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    In the last few days Salvini has been making proclamations worthy of an election campaign and last week he came out against the Citizen's Income, but now he has changed what he’s saying and has declared: "I’m in favour of the Citizen's Income, but only for Italian citizens". We’d like to thank Matteo Salvini for this bit of "assistance" that allows us to give a bit more clarity about certain aspects of how the Citizen's Income will work in practice. The restriction of the Citizen's Income to only Italian citizens would be in violation of international treaties and so would open up Italy…
  • 22 May, at 6:00pm, Padua, piazza delle erbe: #NotteDellOnestà - Night of Honesty

    20 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    "Second #NotteDellOnestà Night of Honesty: first - Rome, now - Padua. Words are no longer enough. Now it’s up to us to administer the region. About four months ago, on 24 January at the same time as the Night of Honesty in Rome’s piazza del Popolo, the 5 Star MoVement in the Veneto region also organised a Night of Honesty. Hundreds of us marched to the chant of "honesty“and we went as far as Galan’s villa in the village of Cinto Euganeo, to shout out "resign". OK, since then, four months have gone by. But the former governor of Veneto Galan has done a plea bargain and has received a…
  • Everybody out in the streets with the M5S for Education!

    19 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Today, Tuesday 19 May, starting at 11:00 am, we’ll be in piazza Montecitorio to say "no" to the “Destruction” draft law. The live broadcast is in streaming on La Cosa. You are all invited to participate: teachers, students, head teachers, parents and all of you that hold public education close to your hearts. Come along - but without banners and logos and let’s make sure they can feel our breath down their necks. Out there in the square, we want a single protagonist: the world of education. “Above all, we want to remind everyone that they are messing around with public education.
  • Passaparola - The big rip-off of the precompiled 730 Income Tax Return Forms, by Carlo Garbarino

    18 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    New Twitter Gallery The precompiled 730 tax return forms are a money making machine, as stated by the M5S on numerous occasions. This is proven by the disheartening figures published by the INPS. The reality is that the taxpayer only has three possible options to choose from. The first is to accept the information on the 730 tax return form, as precompiled by the Department of Inland Revenue, which will not be audited by the Department at all but also doesn’t allow for many deductible expenses at all, such as medical costs, and therefore means that the taxpayer will end up paying more tax.
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent...

    21 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent EducationSenator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public colleges and universities tuition-free.I couldn’t agree more. Higher education isn’t just a personal investment. It’s a public good that pays off in a more competitive workforce and better-informed and engaged citizens. Every year, we spend nearly $100 billion on corporate welfare, and more than $500 billion on defense spending. Surely ensuring the next generation can compete in the global economy is at least as important as subsidies…
  • Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #4: Bust Up Wall Street When...

    18 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #4: Bust Up Wall Street When Americans think of how the economic rules are stacked against them, they naturally think of Wall Street.  When the Wall Street bubble burst in 2008 because of excessive risk-taking, millions of working Americans lost their jobs, health insurance, savings, and homes. But The Street is back to many of its old tricks. And its lobbyists are busily rolling back the Dodd-Frank Act, intended to prevent another crash. The biggest Wall Street banks are also much larger. In 1990, the five biggest banks had 10 percent of all of the nation’s…
  • The Revolt of Small Business Republicans

    18 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being...
  • Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #3: Expand Social SecurityAmerica...

    14 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #3: Expand Social SecurityAmerica is on the cusp of a retirement crisis. Millions of Americans are already in danger of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement, and the problem is getting worse.You hear a lot about how corporations are struggling to make good on their pension promises, and how Social Security won’t be there for you in retirement.Baloney on both counts. Corporations are awash in money, and they could afford to provide their hourly workers with pensions when they retire. Years ago, they routinely provided “defined…
  • Nike, Obama, and the Fiasco of the Trans Pacific Partnership

    8 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    On Friday, President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Oregon to deliver a defense of his proposed...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • You Ought to Have a Look: The Case Against Modern Science

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    22 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger. While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. In this issue of You Ought to Have a Look, we focus on what we think is an extremely important article, written by Richard Horton, long-time editor of The Lancet—a British medical journal considered…
  • Follow Panama: Dollarize

    Steve H. Hanke
    22 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Most central banks do one thing well: they produce monetary mischief. Indeed, for most emerging market countries, a central bank is a recipe for disaster. The solution: replace domestic currencies with sound foreign currencies. Panama is a prime example of this type of switch. Panama adopted the U.S. dollar as its official currency in 1904. It is one of the best-performing countries in Latin America (see the accompanying table). In 2014, economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean was a measly 0.8 percent. In contrast, Panama’s growth rate was 6.2 percent. Not surprisingly, it was…
  • Social Liberalism in the U.S. on the Rise, Fiscal Conservatism Remains Strong

    Emily Ekins
    22 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Gallup’s latest report of American ideology shows the public is becoming increasingly socially liberal but not more economically liberal. Putting these trends together, you have an increasing number of Americans who are both socially liberal and fiscally conservative. This is probably why pundits are talking about a libertarian impulse trending in the United States. America is not becoming more liberal across the board, we are becoming more libertarian on social issues. In sum, the country is more libertarian today in 2015 than it was 10 years ago. Social Liberalism on the Rise Since the…
  • Jeb Bush Almost Criticizes His Spendthrift Brother, Again

    David Boaz
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    In New Hampshire yesterday, Jeb Bush found something to disagree with his brother’s presidency—sort of: “I think that, in Washington during my brother’s time, Republicans spent too much money,” Mr. Bush said Thursday when asked to describe where there was a “big space” between himself and his brother George W. Bush. “I think he could have used the veto power. He didn’t have line-item veto power, but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, D.C.” As Peter Suderman noted in Reason, there’s some weaseling in there—it’s “Republicans” who spent too much,…
  • The Folly of Ex-Im, Export Promotion Agencies, and Export Promotion in General

    Daniel J. Ikenson
    22 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    On May 19, I testified at a hearing titled “Trade Promotion Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy,” which was held by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommitee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. The subject agencies were the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The focus of my remarks, which follow, was on Ex-Im and the myth that exports are the benefits of trade. Good morning, Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and members of the subcommittee. I am Dan Ikenson, director of the Herbert A.
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    A View from the Right

  • When Minimum Wage Laws Hit Home

    sirrahc
    17 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    “It would be comforting to believe that the government can simply decree higher pay for low-wage workers, without having to worry about unfortunate repercussions, but the preponderance of evidence indicates that labor is not exempt from the basic economic principle that artificially high prices cause surpluses. In the case of surplus human beings, that can […]
  • Florida as an Example of Free Trade

    sirrahc
    10 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I confess, I am still getting caught up with “things” since returning from my recent vacation and am not able to complete my planned article for tonight. (For one thing, it’s Mother’s Day, and I have to pick up my mother at the airport.) So, instead, I would like to share a few facts about […]
  • Christianity and the “Modern” Society

    sirrahc
    3 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    “[T]he history of modernity is the history of secularization, of the retreat of Christian belief to the private sphere.”  — David B. Hart, author and professor I am a bit pressed for time this week, as I prepare to drive up to Maryland to spend several days with family. (Hiding from the downtown riots in […]
  • Collins and Chesterton on The Fall

    sirrahc
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    “Man’s greatness is so obvious that it can even be deduced from his wretchedness…. Man’s greatness and wretchedness are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us that there is in man some great principle of greatness and some great principle of wretchedness. It must also account for such amazing contradictions.”  — Blaise […]
  • The Case Against Jeb Bush

    sirrahc
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    “Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is today’s mushy moderate candidate who may well follow in the footsteps of a whole string of similar losers, from Mitt Romney and John McCain in recent elections, all the way back to Thomas E. Dewey, who managed to lose even in an election where three different Democrats were on […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • The Foreign Policy Bazaar With Ian McCredie

    Landon Shroder
    22 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Ian McCredie, a former senior British foreign service official. Any conversation with Ian McCredie reveals that he has been at the epicenter of world events, many of which continue to captivate our collective imagination. Whether it was developing sources in Zambia at the height of […] The post The Foreign Policy Bazaar With Ian McCredie appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Cutting the Flab From Delhi’s Polluted Air

    Hem Dholakia
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It is time for cities like Delhi to cut their pollution so that India can become a cleaner country. Cutting air pollution is akin to losing weight. Everyone wants it, many make New Year resolutions, but few do anything about it. In India, Delhi’s new government could take a leaf out of exercise routines to […] The post Cutting the Flab From Delhi’s Polluted Air appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Problem With Young Dictators

    John Feffer
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon. The classic image of the dictator clinging to power, resisting the world’s entreaties to resign and fending off internal attempts at ouster is that of an old man, stubborn and long past caring what others think. He’s been on the throne for […] The post The Problem With Young Dictators appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Qatar Backtracks on Engagement With Critics

    James Dorsey
    19 May 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Will Qatari backtracking squander the Gulf state’s unique opportunity with the 2022 World Cup? After four years of engagement with its critics in a bid to turn its hosting of the FIFA World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the Middle East’s tendency to intimidate those who don’t […] The post Qatar Backtracks on Engagement With Critics appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • As Ramadi Falls, US Fails to Take Key Islamic State Figure Alive

    Paul Rogers
    18 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    With the war in Iraq and Syria going nowhere, the US has tried to spin a failed attempt to capture an Islamic State leader as a success. In the space of two days, developments in the war against the Islamic State (IS) apparently saw both a devastating loss and a major success. The fall of Ramadi, […] The post As Ramadi Falls, US Fails to Take Key Islamic State Figure Alive appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Despre Grecia Turistica si Culturala

    22 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Pentru multi dintre noi, vara a fost departe, insa avand in vedere ca luna Mai devine tot mai scurta si de domeniul trecutului, trebuie sa ne gandim la concediul de vara, care se apropie. Pentru unii simplul fapt ca vine caldura este un lucru bun si PonticTour Grecia vine cu oferte de vacanta tot mai favorabile.In Grecia nu numai ca ai ce vedea ca si peisaje si te poti distra de minune pe plajele incredibil de curate, cu marea azurie, insa daca ajungi prin luna Iunie, s-ar putea sa ai parte si de evenimente impresionante, extrem de frumoase, evenimente specifice lumii grecesti sau lumii…
  • Sistemul limfatic functioneaza mai bine daca luati TOTAL CLEANSE LYMPH 60CPS

    15 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Omul este o fiinta foarte fragila, simpla, dar in acelasi timp complexa. Este un paradox pe care-l intalnim la nivelul fiecarui organ al corpului uman. Sangele si limfa sunt doua lichide circulatoare care asigura functionarea optima a fiecarui organ din corp. Daca despre sange s-a tot vorbit si se cunosc mai multe decat ne-am fi dorit sa stim vreodata, limfa nu este chiar asa de comuna in studiile despre lichidele din corpul nostru.Limfa este deosebit de importanta pentru imunitate si detoxifierea organismului, pornit din ganglionii limfatici, un fel de depozite de limfa. Ea sta la baza…
  • Azi. 15 Mai. Nicolae Grigorescu

    15 May 2015 | 9:45 am
  • Ai probleme cu parul? Aplica un tratament cu keratina

    14 May 2015 | 12:50 am
    Ca orice organ din corpul nostru, si parul are nevoie de o ingrijire speciala pentru a rezista cat mai mult timp si pentru a ne ajuta sa aratam bine in orice situatie. In timp, din cauza varstei, mediului in care ne desfasuram activitatea, spalarilor prea dese cu sampoane pline de chimicale, vopsirilor repetate, parul incepe sa se usuce, firele de par devin fragile, iar rezistenta sa scade.Singura metoda naturala testata care poate regenera parul distrus este un tratament cu keratina, o modalitate revolutionara de a reface structura si compozitia firului de par fara substante chimice.
  • Ape tulburi

    14 May 2015 | 12:43 am
    La citeva zile dupa despartire, Bogdan, reflectase indelung daca era bine sa-i duca sau nu hainele, care ramasesera la dinsul. Lucrurile acelea ii faceau rau, ii aminteau despre ea, traisera clipe de neuitat impreuna (nu puteau fi sterse, asa, deodata, cu buretele!), trebuia sa se descotoroseasca cit mai repede de ele, fie ca i le ducea el, fie ca venea ea, nu mai avea nicio importanta.In cele din urma se hotarise sa i le duca el. Sunase la usa (destul de emotionat!), ea ii deschise degajata, distrata chiar, si-l privise intr-un fel ciudat, ca pe un un strain (ca pe baiatul care-i aducea…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Clinton’s ‘Secret’ Email Accounts

    Eugene Kiely
    22 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secretary of state. It doesn’t. The RNC made its claim in a May 18 blog post hours after the New York Times published copies of emails that Clinton had sent and received when she was secretary. The emails displayed two accounts: hdr22@clintonemail.com and hrod17@clintonemail.com. That seemed to clearly contradict Clinton’s claim that she used only hdr22@clintonemail.com while in office, which was from January 2009 to February 2013. But the…
  • Jeb Bush Off on Contributions to Warming

    Dave Levitan
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Jeb Bush claimed that the science is unclear as to how much humans contribute to global warming. The United Nations climate change research organization, however, has deemed it “extremely likely” that more than half of the observed temperature increase since 1950 is due to human activities. At an event in New Hampshire, Bush was asked about climate change. He acknowledged that climate change is occurring, but questioned its causes. Bush, May 20: I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. I just don’t —…
  • Clinton Misuses Stat on CEO Pay

    Robert Farley
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    Hillary Clinton said the “average American CEO” makes 300 times more than the typical worker, but she was referring to a study that looked at pay disparity between CEOs and average workers only at the top 350 companies — a fraction of the 246,240 chief executives in the U.S. Clinton is a repeat offender on this statistic. Our colleagues at the Washington Post Fact Checker dinged Clinton in April when she said, “There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker.” And the Wall Street Journal noted that two days earlier, Clinton had…
  • FlackCheck Video: Fiorina on Student Loans

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    This FlackCheck.org video summarizes our May 7 story “Fiorina Misleads on Student Loans.” Carly Fiorina, a Republican presidential candidate, claimed that the government had “nationalized” the college loan industry and was charging 6.5 percent interest on loans.
  • FlackCheck Video: Huckabee Announcement

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Mike Huckabee is making another run at the presidency after a failed attempt in 2008. This video from FlackCheck.org looks at some of the old, discredited lines on the economy, health care and tax cuts that he repeated during his May 5 announcement speech.
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  • Sen. Ted Cruz Brags About Defeating Homeless Atheist In Court (Video)

    Michael Allen
    22 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz Brags About Defeating Homeless Atheist In Court (Video) Sen. Ted Cruz Brags About Defeating Homeless Atheist In Court (Video) Legal Politics TedCruzHomelessManSpeech Has Been Optimized Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas recently boasted about defeating a homeless atheist man in the U.S. Supreme Court. Cruz recalled the joyous moment during his speech to the Family Research Council’s "Watchmen on the Wall" event on Thursday, noted RawStory.com (video below). Cruz stated: Before I was in the Senate, I was the solicitor general of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state in front…
  • Harry Reid Would Rather Be Caned Than Be a Lobbyist

    Ethan Brown
    22 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Harry Reid Would Rather Be Caned Than Be a Lobbyist Has Been Optimized Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who will retire at the end of his current term in January 2017, said that he would rather be physically hurt than become a lobbyist after he leaves the Senate. “I would rather be taken to Singapore and caned,” Reid said to Politico. The outgoing Senator was also asked about his public disagreement with President Barack Obama over the Trans-Pacific Partnership legislation that would enforce stricter rules on foreign nations who have manipulated their currency to…
  • Republican Representative From Texas Makes History By Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    22 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Republican Representative From Texas Makes History By Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Optimized Texas Rep. Sarah Davis of West University Place is the first Republican to openly support same-sex marriage in the state’s history. Davis, who had previously endorsed civil unions, decided against signing an anti-gay marriage letter which was issued by House Republicans. “I just don’t agree with the sentiment of the letter,” Davis told the Texas Observer. “I don’t feel the need to pass legislation or vote for legislation that prohibits two adults who love each other to be able to…
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘No Role Whatsoever’ for American Troops In Iraq

    Ethan Brown
    22 May 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Hillary Clinton: ‘No Role Whatsoever’ for American Troops In Iraq Has Been Optimized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is speaking out on America’s current policy in Iraq, saying she supports President Barack Obama’s administration for using diplomatic relations rather than boots on the ground. Clinton clearly stated her views on U.S. troops returning to Iraq in the wake of the Islamic State (ISIS) making significant gains in the region and moving closer to controlling the largest city in the country. After a campaign stop in New Hampshire on May 22, Clinton told…
  • Missouri Governor Pardons Prisoner Doing Life In Prison For Marijuana

    Ethan Brown
    22 May 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Missouri Governor Pardons Prisoner Doing Life In Prison For Marijuana Missouri Governor Pardons Prisoner Doing Life In Prison For Marijuana Has Been Optimized Democratic Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri has commuted the life sentence of 61-year-old Jeff Mizanskey who is currently serving prison time for three marijuana convictions. Mizanskey’s third drug arrest occurred in 1993, when he was caught involved in a sale of six to seven pounds of the drug to Mexican drug cartels. Due to Missouri’s Prior and Persistent Drug Offender law, which has since been repealed, three-time drug offenders go…
 
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  • Unemployment Rate Back Down to 5.6 Percent in Florida

    Kevin Derby
    22 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the state unemployment rate stood at 5.6 percent in April as 25,800 new jobs were created. The rate had been at 5.6 percent in February before moving up to 5.7 percent in March.read more
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: DNI Should Release Bin Laden Documents

    Kevin Derby
    22 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a leading congressional Republican on foreign policy and the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, thinks the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) should release documents seized during the raid when American forces killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.read more
  • Florida Chamber Pushes Tax Cuts for Special Session

    Kevin Derby
    21 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    While Medicaid expansion will be front and center in the special legislative session next month, the Florida Chamber of Commerce offered a reminder on Thursday that legislators should also cut taxes.read more
  • Ted Yoho: End Mandatory COOL Labels on Meat Products

    Kevin Derby
    21 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who sits on the House Agriculture Committee, backed a bill on Wednesday to end mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements on meat products. The World Trade Organization (WTO) noted earlier this week that COOL requirements violate trade agreements and Canada and Mexico have threatened to retaliate against the U.S., leading to a possible trade war. The House Agriculture Committee passed the bill on a 38-6 vote on Wednesday and Yoho weighed in afterward.read more
  • Marco Rubio Introduces Florida Fisheries Improvement Act

    Kevin Derby
    21 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought out the “Florida Fisheries Improvement Act” on Wednesday. As Congress plans to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act on marine fishing, Rubio’s proposal gives the Regional Fishery Management Councils more flexibility, will ensure the Commerce Department reports to Congress on collecting data and speeds up declaring fishery disasters and provides more transparency. read more
 
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  • Survey: Obamacare Strains Emergency Rooms

    Nancy Smith
    23 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Jim Waters Bluegrass Institute Posted: May 23, 2015 7:30 AM Three-quarters of the 2,099 doctors responding to the nationwide survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians indicate they have seen an increase in emergency room (ER) visits since Jan. 1, 2014.read more
  • Weekly Roundup: Feds Give the Word on LIP

    Nancy Smith
    22 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida Posted: May 23, 2015 12:30 AM read more
  • Who's the Studliest of Them All?

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    22 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Kathleen Parker Posted: May 23, 2015 7:00 AM WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.read more
  • Tell It Like It Is

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    22 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Posted: May 23, 2015 2:00 AM read more
  • FSU Researchers First to Use Drones to Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Nancy Smith
    22 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Sunshine State News Posted: May 22, 2015 7:00 PM read more
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  • Friday Fox Follies – Comedy Club Crisis

    Headly Westerfield
    22 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    The news that Fox's Greg Gutfeld To Host His Own Comedy Show has caused crisis of confidence. Heretofore Friday Fox Follies treated all of Fox "News" as a meta-comedy/reality show -- a cross between The Colbert Report and the short-lived The Joe Schmo Show. Maybe only Greg Gutfeld is in on the joke. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Senators May Extend Illegal Patriot Act Spying Because They Want To Go Home For Memorial Day

    Jason Easley
    22 May 2015 | 6:25 pm
    In a sign of the Senate's misplaced priorities, the Senate may extend a number of illegal Patriot Act spying programs because they are anxious to get home for the Memorial Day holiday. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Editorial Cartoon: Whacko, TX

    Bill Day
    22 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Whacko Wayne and his Texas open-carry.. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Washington State Out Of Reach For GOP As Hillary Leads All Candidates By Double Digits

    Keith Brekhus
    22 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    A PPP poll released on May 21st, finds Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead over all potential GOP opponents in Washington State. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hypocrite Mike Huckabee Criticized Obama’s Parenting But Supports Molester Josh Duggar

    Jason Easley
    22 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Hypocrite Mike Huckabee criticized President and First Lady Obama's parenting because they allow their daughters to listen to Beyonce, but he is supporting Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents who covered up their son's acts of sexual abuse. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Violence against Women: He shot her 20 times

    Michel
    19 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    She filled charges against her husband for allegedly beating her over 20 years so he emptied 20 bullets in her body. Ali al-Zein killed his wife, Sara al-Amin, using an AK47 in the suburb of Dohat Aramoun, about 10 kilometers south of Beirut. One of the sons told Al-Jadeed TV his father had kicked his mother out of the house over the weekend following a quarrel presumably linked to her pressing domestic violence charges against him earlier this month. He said his mother returned overnight before the murder and got into a fierce argument with her husband, adding that he and his siblings woke…
  • Under Pressure: the impact of Syrian refugees on Lebanon

    Michel
    15 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    The continuous deterioration of the security in Syria as a result of the ongoing crisis has forced thousands of Syrians to flee to Lebanon. According to UNHCR estimates, by December 2015 Lebanon will host 1,846,150 Syrian refugees. In 2014, UNHCR had 1,435,840 Syrian refugee registered with them. Lebanon population is around 4.3 million. By the end of 2015, the Syrian refugees will represent around 43% of Lebanon population. The figures can be higher, many refugees sneak into the country without getting registered by the authorities. Recently, the Lebanese government has established an…
  • My Two cents on Samaha Verdict

    Michel
    14 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    The Lebanese military court on Wednesday convicted former minister Michel Samaha on charges of plotting a wave of bombings at the behest of neighboring Syria and sentenced him to four-and-a-half years in prison. The court also stripped former Information Minister Michel Samaha of his civil rights in its verdict, meaning that after serving his sentence he cannot take up any government jobs or run in elections. Lebanon’s intelligence chief, Wissam al-Hassan, who helped uncover the bombing plot, was assassinated in a car bomb in Beirut only months after Samaha’s indictment. I am…
  • رسالة إلى المسيحيين – الجزء الرابع

    Michel
    12 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    الجزء الرابع والاخير من “رسالة الى المسيحيين” التي كتبها الاستاذ أنطوان نجم سنة 1992. في الأسلام أن النصارى واليهود وسائر الذين يعتبرهم القرآن أهل كتاب هم من ” أهل الذمة “. ولكي لا نذهب بعيدا ً في التاريخ ندعو إلى الإطلاع على النصوص الدستورية في بلاد الإسلام، اليوم، لتتضحلنا الصورة جلية عما يمكن أن يؤول اليه وضعنا يوم نخسر…
  • رسالة إلى المسيحيين – الجزء الثالث

    Michel
    11 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    الجزء الثالث من “رسالة الى المسيحيين” التي كتبها الاستاذ أنطوان نجم سنة 1992. مثلما يستحيل على الإنسان أن يقفز فوق ظله، كذلك من غير الممكن ان يقدم تصور وطني مستقبلي لشعب ما يتناقض وحقيقته وما يحركه في أعماقه من دوافع وهواجس وتطلعات واعتقادات واقتناعات … ولا بد من أخذ كل هذا بالإعتبار ليرسو المجتمع على قواعد تؤمن له الإستقرار…
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  • Watch McConnell Try To Extend Patriot Act To June 8, June 5, June 3, June 2... And Rand Paul Object

    22 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    “I object.” The Senate blocked an outright extension of the Patriot Act, and failed to pass the bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which would change some of the surveillance program early Saturday morning. Sen. Rand Paul is getting his way on Capitol Hill, as the Senate leaves without extending the Patriot Act. View Video › The Senate will not return until May 31st, a day before the key provisions of the law expire. buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com It was a lot of this, basically. vine.co
  • Two Actual Everyday Americans Walk Into A Hillary Clinton Event...

    22 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Gary Patton, center, and his wife Lenore Patton, to his right, as the center of the press scrum with Hillary Clinton that held them captive for 10 minutes on Friday in New Hampshire. Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed HAMPTON, N.H. — When they heard Hillary Clinton would be here on Friday in Hampton — a small coastal town just south of the Maine border — Lenore and Gary Patton contacted the campaign. They wanted to lend a hand as volunteers.The morning of the event — a roundtable discussion about small businesses at the locally owned Smuttynose Brewing Company — the Pattons…
  • Rand Campaign Slams Scott Walker For Willingness "To Trample The Constitution"

    22 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    “It’s a shame to see that the Washington machine has co-opted Gov. Walker on” the Patriot Act. Scott Olson / Getty Images Rand Paul's presidential campaign is firing back at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over comments he made about Sen. Rand Paul and NSA surveillance. Walker, the likely presidential contender said on Wednesday that if he were in the Senate he would not have supported Rand Paul's Senate floor protest against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and the the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. "It's a shame to see that the Washington machine…
  • Ben Carson Would Send Ground Troops To Fight ISIS Now

    22 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    “I haven’t had a chance obviously to talk with all the military experts that I would respect but from what I can see and from the information that I have, absolutely.” Mark Humphrey / AP Ben Carson said Thursday that he would "absolutely" put American troops on the ground in the Middle East to fight ISIS now, "from the information that I have." The Republican presidential candidate made the comments a day after he said he was "never in favor of going into Iraq" and in a week when other Republicans have come out in favor of sending ground troops to fight the Islamic State. On…
  • Scott Walker: I Don't Stand With Rand

    22 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    “We need to have the capacity to collect information that can be used to identify individuals who are linked to enemy combatants who are gonna do us harm.” w.soundcloud.com Likely 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker said on Wednesday that if he were in the Senate, he would not have supported Rand Paul's protest against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and the the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. Paul held the Senate floor for almost eleven hours earlier this week to object to the ongoing collection of Americans' telephone records. Speaking to talk radio…
 
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  • Seven Brothers? A Remarkable World War II Story

    Paul G. Kengor
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    This time last year I did a commentary on five brothers who served in World War II. Very impressive. Imagine my surprise when someone who caught the commentary sent me a package with this note: “Dear Professor Kengor: Your [commentary] about the family whose five sons served in WW II was interesting. You might be interested to know about families who had more than five sons who served in WW II.” Well, Ted Walters of Uniontown, Pennsylvania certainly had my attention. He continued: “My mother, Stella Pietkiewicz, had seven sons serve in WW II. She had the honor to christen the plane,…
  • Memorial Day: Remembering Loyce Deen of Altus, Oklahoma

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    20 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    I’ve written in the past about how my Pop carried with him a haunting memory from his time aboard the aircraft carrier Essex in World War II. Anti-aircraft fire had killed a turret gunner during a sortie. Pop, whose job it was to repair and prepare planes for the next mission, went up to inspect the plane as soon as it landed and saw the gunner’s body. At Pop’s recommendation, the captain of the Essex gave the order to bury the man in the plane in which he had given his life for his country. This burial at sea was unique. It was the only time during World War II that a valuable plane…
  • Joe McCarthy: Despicable or Prophetic?

    Paul G. Kengor
    15 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    A recent column I wrote on communism in Hollywood in the 1940s elicited strong reaction toward the person of Joe McCarthy. This was somewhat perplexing, given that McCarthy was not the front-and-center figure investigating Hollywood communism. Yet, it wasn’t surprising, given that any mention of the Stalinist sympathies of American communists prompts liberals into reflexive accusations of McCarthyism. For the record, the investigation of communism in Hollywood was led by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which (for most of its existence) was chaired by anti-communist Democrats.
  • Iran: The Gulf Region Bully

    Earl H. Tilford
    13 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Iran acts like a Persian Gulf hegemon because it can. Tehran’s military, while capable of making a less-than-concerted attack costly, would be overmatched by the armed forces of the United States and those of the Persian Gulf states and crumble quickly along with its regime. The window of opportunity is closing with Russia’s announced intention to deploy S-300 anti-aircraft, anti-ballistic missiles. Furthermore, if Tehran bamboozles Washington into a nuclear arms deal involving the lifting of economic sanctions look for Russia, China, and some European defense companies to provide a…
  • The Triumph of Supply-Side Politics: Where the Supply-Siders Totally Blew It

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at RealClearMarkets.com. If you’re hoping for an unremitting anti-supply-side diatribe, you will be disappointed. There is, indeed, a major flaw in the supply-side approach and I’ll get to that presently, but first, let’s give credit where credit is due. Supply-side economics emerged in the late ’70s and was the dominant theme in economic policymaking during the Reagan presidency in the 1980s. It was a timely and much-need alternative to the prevailing Keynesian orthodoxy that placed government in the role of trying to manage “aggregate…
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  • Some CBC Members Find WH Gifts for Their #TPP Votes Laughable

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    21 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Summer jobs money alone isn’t going to do it.  If the White House wants to mount a serious campaign to turn Black Caucus NOs into YESes on trade, it won’t happen easy.  An informal poll of over 20 Black Caucus members found more hard NOs and a load of indignation at the notion that votes could be switched over one summer of temporary jobs.  Several members also mentioned past trade deals that have hurt American workers. The moment is noteworthy in the often strained relationship between the first Black President of the United States and the African American members who have…
  • Reps. Butterfield, Lee, Waters Talk on Black Caucus Tech Diversity Initiative

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    20 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The Congressional Black Caucus launched an effort to spur diversity in hiring at technology companies.  The effort mirrors the work started by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.  Rev. Jackson’s work resulted in several tech companies, included Google and Apple, revealing the diversity data of their workforce.Now members of the Black Caucus want to formalize the process and work to make diversity a priority in silicon valley.  At an event on Capitol Hill yesterday, members told a large audience they would be pushing for hiring and retention of African American workers, education and training of…
  • 420 House Members Vote YES to Mandatory Minimums, Only 3 Vote Against

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    20 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    When Electeds Won’t Take the Tough Vote to Stop Bad Policy.  Supposedly it’s “CBC policy” to be against mandatory minimums.  All I know is, 41 members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted YES to mandatory minimums today.  Did they even notice the mandatory penalties were in the bill? In all, 420 members of the House voted YES to expanding federal mandatory minimum sentences that were added to a sex trafficking bill, S. 178. The bill passed 99-0 in the Senate on April 22. So even Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY), who went on a media tour last year…
  • Congressman Turns Clarke Testimony Into Chat on White on White Crime

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    19 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
    The testimony of Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke was just as devoid of strategic substance on policing as his appearances on Fox News.  Clarke had tons to offer when it came to his views on black on black crime and federal over reach and any other topic that had nothing directly to do with police brutality. In responsel, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) had a few things to offer back the other direction.  The exchange between Clarke and Jeffries, though mildly intriguing, is a primary example of why entertainment complex driven witnesses are a waste of everyone’s time because they lead the…
  • Congressional Black Caucus Launches CBC TECH 2020 to Diversify Tech Sector

    Politic365 Staff
    19 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Today at 4:00 p.m. EST, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will launch CBC TECH 2020, a new initiative aimed at increasing African American representation and inclusion in the tech industry.  CBC members will encourage industry leaders to use the same entrepreneurial spirit they use when creating new technologies to become innovators in diversifying tech.  Ben Jealous, Partner at Kapor Capital and former NAACP President, will moderate the Member-led panel discussion, which will be followed by remarks from Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. Members of the CBC Diversity Task Force will take…
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  • Why is Obama Down with TPP?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    President Obama has for the last several years been pushing Congress to approve a massive 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and related Trade Promotion Authority. The trade deal has caused consternation on the left side of the aisle that sees the trade deal as NAFTA on steroids. The rift deepened over the last two weeks as a war of words between the President and progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) became public and personal. What is the TPP and why is it causing so much strife within the Democratic Party? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
  • ...Like it’s 1998

    Mike Dakkak
    18 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
         The year was 1998. Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” was on top of the pop charts. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the “X-Files” movie that was coming out that spring. I was a year out of school. I found myself sitting in front CNN. They were discussing awkward details of a stained blue dress. The dress belonged to a 25-year-old former White House intern. An independent prosecutor had taken an interest in the intern because it was believed that the then President of the United States, Bill Clinton, had convinced a good friend, Vernon Jordan, to give her a job in…
  • Will it be 1998 for the Next Five Years?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    In 1998 the country was inundated with news about the investigation of the affair between President Bill Clinton and White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. The coverage was incessant, continuous and sordid. Clinton controversies seem to serve as political Rorschach tests, with the observer making of them what they are predisposed to. Recent questions raised about the Clintons, Hillary Clintons use of a private email server and the finances of the Clinton Foundation for example, have once again put controversy over Clinton controversies front and center. What is the cost to the national…
  • Special Announcement – Show Format

    Mike Dakkak
    11 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    As many of you know I have been doing the show on a daily basis since around October 2014. Unfortunately it has taken a toll on my income stream. So I am announcing a few changes to the show. I’m excited (and a little scared) about this next step but am hopeful that I will be able to report some good news to you in the weeks and months ahead (don’t worry, the show isn’t going anywhere!). I discuss this special, exciting and scary news in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Is Chris Christie’s White House lane closed?

    Mike Dakkak
    5 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    In September 2013 two of three access lanes that connect Fort Lee, NJ to the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed for 4 days causing extensive and desperate traffic delays. Elected officials insisted that the lane closures were the result of a traffic study. Others, including the Mayor of Fort Lee, insisted the closures were political retribution for the Mayor’s failure to endorse Christie in his gubernatorial reelection bid. The State Attorney’s office has been investigating the lane closures since. Last week indictments were brought against two of Christie’s former top aides…
 
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  • Barack Obama on Poverty

    usdr
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By MRCTV, Special for USDR. People don’t like being poor,” Pres. Obama declared at a “Conversation on Poverty at Georgetown University” yesterday. And, one of the worst things about being poor is the time it takes, Obama said: “People don’t like being poor.  It’s time-consuming it’s stressful.  It’s hard.  And so over time, families frayed.  Men who could not get jobs left.  Mothers who are single are not able to read as much to their kids. So all that was happening 40 years ago to African Americans. And now what we’re seeing is that those sametrends have…
  • New Trend in Auto Insurance Consumer Behavior

    usdr
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Auto Insurance rate increases have many customers shopping for a new insurer, but few are actually switching insurers, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Insurance Shopping StudySM released today. Now in its ninth year, the study measures insurance shopping and purchase behavior, and purchase experience satisfaction among customers who recently purchased insurance across three factors (in order of importance): price, distribution channel and policy offerings. Auto insurers increased rates by an average of 2.1 percent nationwide in 2014, following an increase of 2.5 percent in 20131.
  • How People are Using Their Gas Savings

    usdr
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Bankrate, Special for USDR Four in 10 Americans spent savings from lower gasoline prices on necessities such as groceries or rent, according to a new Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) report. Necessities were the leading answer among all age, education and income groups. “In a testament to tight household budgets, more Americans spent the savings from lower gasoline prices on necessities than anything else,” said Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate.com’s chief financial analyst. “The percentage of Americans earmarking this money for everyday necessities outpaced those using it…
  • Ten Coolest Cars for Under $18,000

    usdr
    22 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    By USDR There’s great news for car shoppers who want something fun that won’t break the bank: Cool and affordable can coexist in a new car, as detailed in this year’s list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000, hand-selected by the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. The redesigned Mazda3 is No. 1 once again for 2015, and it notably has been featured on KBB.com’s annual affordable “cool cars” list every year of the vehicle’s 12-year existence. Two…
  • 97 Percent of American Workers Receive Paid Memorial Day

    usdr
    22 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    By Bloomberg, Special for  USDR. With Memorial Day rapidly approaching, ninety-seven percent of American employers will provide a paid day off for Memorial Day giving workers the opportunity to spend the day at the pool and barbequing with friends and family while taking time to remember those who served in our country’s armed forces, according to a Bloomberg BNA survey of over 100 human resource professionals.  However, over two in five employers, 43 percent, indicated that they will require some employees to work on the holiday. “Along with Christmas, New Year’s Day,…
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  • Duggar Family’s eldest molested his own sisters

    The American Patriot
    21 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    UPDATE: Some of you might not understand why I am taking such a hardcore stance against this man.  Allow me to explain. When I was 9 years old, not long after I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal saviour; I had a young man, by the name of Mark Bloom, who lives in Melvindale, Michigan attempt to sexually molest me in the bathroom of Open Door Baptist Church, which used to be in the Delray district of Detroit. So, yes, this one is very personal to me.  This is sick as heck and it totally cheeses me off! The story via InTouch Weekly: This is a perfect example of the issues that I have…
  • Good news from the illegal immigration battlefront

    The American Patriot
    19 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    This is a good thing here: Prof. Robert George’s group, American Principles in Action, has released an “immigration reform” plan calling for enforcement followed by amnesty and increased guestworker admissions. The plan (really more of a brief outline) shows the power of the demand for Enforcement First and the importance of rejecting compromise on core principles. Perhaps the most important sentence in the outline is this (the emphasis is mine): “After we have secured the border and toughened up interior enforcement, we should then provide undocumented immigrants a path to legal…
  • The Sunday Afternoon Music Express Presents: Steve Camp

    The American Patriot
    17 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    This one takes me back to simpler time in my life, in the 1980’s. When I was stronger, when I was hardcore for the Lord. This was my feelings about the Church World, at the time. Still is, to a degree. Maybe even more so now. Fun Fact: Steve Camp was a Baptist, He is now a hardcore Calvinist. Lyrics: I feel sick when I look at the sin in my life I can’t take it any longer All along I’ve known what to do–what is right But my heart wasn’t stronger Why do I do the things I don’t want to do ? Do you ever feel the same way? Like sin has got it’s hold over…
  • Cathy Young tells the obvious truth about Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer

    The American Patriot
    17 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is very good. Here’s what I think about activist Pamela Geller’s recent “Draw the Prophet” contest in Garland, Texas, where two wannabe jihadists were killed trying to carry out a terror attack: Geller had every right to organize that contest, and she should not be chided for supposedly abusing that right. When extremists use deadly violence against speech that offends them, tut-tutting “just because you can do it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea” is unseemly and misguided.JihadWatchI also believe that, as I argued recently in The Daily Beast,…
  • NAACP continues to attempt to stifle the first amendment right of southern Americans 

    The American Patriot
    16 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Yeah, good luck with that one guys. These are Obama’s people; never forget that. The video: The story:   For the past few years, the NAACP has rapidly accelerated their war on Confederate symbols. They are now protesting Confederate symbols at cemeteries and museums. In South Carolina they want several entire monuments destroyed that surround the Statehouse. They even cover up a monument of George Washington, when they have their statehouse rallies.A memorial to Confederate veterans is being constructed on private property in Orange, TX. Multiple black city council members, who are…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • 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…
  • Lexington & Concord (1775)

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

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

    Terrell AronSpeer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The dietary requirement of swans does not include herring, yet I intend to expose a few red ones in this article.  First, l commend my fellow Tea Party 911 writers.  This is a nearly thankless task and a constant struggle to extend our reach beyond the choir to which we usually wind up preaching.  My readers already embrace the conservative philosophy and Founders’ viewpoint which is the bedrock of my writing.  My readers also tend to be informed on the issues of the day.  Therefore there is little I write about which they do not already know or cannot figure out on their own.
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    The Arab World 360°

  • What The Media Didn't Report About Houthis

    21 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Yemeni civilians are suffering under the Saudi-led airstrikes and the sea and air blockade on Yemen.Moreover, Saudi-led airstrikes used banned cluster munitions according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). And 25 million Yemenis face risk of starvation.Morocco participates in the Saudi-led coalition against Houthis. The coalition which formed in relatively short time after Iran-backed Houthi movement captured the Yemeni capital. Wreckage of the Moroccan F-16 fighter jet, in the the Wadi Nushur area in the north Yemen's province of Saada (WSJ)Yemen’s Houthi militants said they had shot…
  • NY Times Headline in Nakba day

    18 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    For Palestinians, Israel's independence day is their Nakba day (syn. catastrophe). A large number of Palestinians became refugees in the surrounding Arab states, and their lands occupied by the Zionist gangs.Here is the NY Times headline in Nakba day, May 15, 1948The NY times in may 15, 1948 #nakbaday #nakba #NAKBA2015 #NAKBA2015 @nytimes pic.twitter.com/x8uza6ZqBi— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) May 18, 2015
  • British Troops Could Be Deployed On The Ground In Libya

    14 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    British troops could be deployed in Libya in a military offensive to stop the flow of migrants headed for Europe.Leaked EU papers yesterday revealed plans for an air and naval blitz on the people-smuggling networks responsible for putting migrants on boats making perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.But the document also suggests ground operations might be needed to destroy the smugglers’ vessels and assets, such as fuel dumps.The papers say: ‘The operation would require a broad range of air, maritime and land capabilities. These could include: intelligence, surveillance and…
  • Why Iran Must Remain A U.S. Enemy

    4 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    by Gareth PorterSince the start of the US nuclear negotiations with Iran, both Israeli and Saudi officials have indulged in highly publicised handwringing over their belief that such a nuclear deal would represent a fundamental strategic shift in US policy towards the region at the expense of its traditional alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia.But the Obama administration is no more likely to lurch into a new relationship with Iran than were previous US administrations. The reason is very simple: The US national security state, which has the power to block any such initiative, has…
  • Gaza Through My Eyes - An American Journey to Gaza

    3 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Episode 1Episode 2On March 29, 2014 Denny Cormier, 68 and retired and an American activist, began a journey to Gaza in search of the truth about Palestine and about the Palestinians.He had visited Gaza for a month in 2013 to meet the people with whom he had been chatting and Skyping - people who he been following on Facebook and Twitter for many months. He wanted to meet them face to face - to learn more about them - to hear and to share their stories.He set out to discover for himself what was not being reported by Western media - to reconcile what he had been hearing for months from friends…
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • The Truth About Standardized Tests

    9 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    As a current high school student in Oklahoma, I have to say that standardized tests are very important to me. I will be voting in our next presidential election, and one of the most influential factors in my decision is going to be whether the candidate supports the massive amount of testing we students receive.
  • What Baltimore, Ferguson, And The Middle East Have In Common

    6 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    For years the United States has tried to dictate the fate of nations around the world; from Korea to Vietnam, Cuba to Grenada, and Afghanistan to Iraq; all of these attempts have failed so far with the exception of South Korea. The most devastating effects of these "interventions" have been felt across the Middle East.
  • What UK Leaders Coalition children would look like!

    4 May 2015 | 8:08 pm
    In the run up to the UK General Election an online voucher code website has imagined what the party leaders coalition children would look like. The possibility of another coalition government seems likely as voters go to the polls on Thursday 7th May 2015, with 7 leaders to choose from it leads them to some amusing results.
  • A Letter to Socialists

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:16 am
    The 1990s was a decade without enemies for The United States. The Soviet Union fell, China was now our friend and Cuba was just an afterthought in the minds of most Americans. In this world without war capitalism evolved.
  • Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    From the 24th of April to the 2nd of May, you can experience 9 days where science and technology will come to life in Las Vegas. You can join this fantastic show, which offers something for everyone and it's a free event.
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Robert De Niro gives grads jolting NYU commencement address: ‘You’re F***ed’

    Tom Tillison
    23 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    Robert De Niro acted as if he were talking to a room full of mafiosos instead of fresh-face college graduates, and at least one parent was none too pleased. New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts selected De Niro to give this year’s commencement speech, and the Oscar winning actor who starred in a number of mob movies, including “The Godfather II,” put on quite a performance. “Tisch graduates, you made it,” he began. “And, you’re f–ked.” De Niro explained how graduates of other disciplines will go on to find employment, good or bad, but Tisch…
  • Krauthammer says ‘scrubbed’ email release a farce: ‘Clinton’s are secretive and deceptive, but they’re not stupid’

    Michael Dorstewitz
    23 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said that the State Department’s release of nearly 300 Hillary Clinton emails amounted to “a farce,” given that she hand-picked those she gave to the Department of State. “There isn’t a shred of evidence,” of any wrongdoing on Clinton’s part, he said on Fox News’ “Special Report” Friday, “because she shredded the evidence. This whole release is a farce.” Because Clinton controlled the data, “we are getting the cleaned up version,” he continued. “And I think they are succeeding, the Clinton people. Because everybody is…
  • Vets rally for students furious their teacher stomped on an American flag

    Nicole Haas
    22 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Wanting to replace the image kids witnessed when their teacher had a meltdown and started stomping on the American flag, veterans in an Illinois community gathered this week for a grand show of patriotism. “I’m very proud of these kids that have stood up for what they believe in,” Nicholas Gibson, father and Marine Corps veteran said. “It should have never happened,” Gibson told WTHI News Tuesday. An unidentified Martinsville teacher has been accused of trying to demonstrate America’s freedom by desecrating the flag earlier this week. The teacher found out that while he may have…
  • Ferguson makes a permanent memorial to the THUG who put it on the map; social media mockery follows

    Carmine Sabia
    22 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    File this under absurd. Michael Brown, who was shot and killed while attacking Officer Darren Wilson last August in Ferguson, Mo., will now have a permanent memorial at the spot where he was killed. Brown became such a symbol for the anti-police movement that has been sweeping the country that radicals have come from far and wide to create a make-shift memorial by leaving flowers and teddy bears at the spot where he was shot. However, the memorial kept getting vandalized, possibly because the classy people leaving flowers for a thug weren’t exactly pristine. So the city decided to…
  • EMBARRASSING: NYC Guerrilla art targets Clinton and her ‘PayPal’ Stephanopoulos

    Nicole Haas
    22 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    George Stephanopoulos was treated to some New York City street art aimed at his chummy relationship with Hillary Clinton and his hefty $75,000 secret donations to the Clinton Foundation. The image depicting Stephanopoulos and Clinton as “PayPals” was spotted on Thursday hanging outside the ABC studios where he works. Spotted near @GMA‘s studios in NYC. pic.twitter.com/jqfFvqJQjk — Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) May 21, 2015 Stephanopoulos’ political bias and non-disclosure of the sizable contribution obviously didn’t sit well with the artist. While Stephanopoulos’ loyalty to…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Frontline Must-See: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”

    Kleier
    22 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    This episode of Frontline entitled “Secrets, Politics, & Torture” is a must watch. It covers the entire CIA torture history since September 11th, 2001, and all that surrounded it in the political world. It explains how torture techniques did not lead the CIA to any actionable intelligence and how the film “Zero Dark Thirty” is a piece of propaganda portraying torture methods as effective. Must Watch! Here’s the link. Frontline: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”
  • Social Protest Lit.: Paint Creek Miner “‘Gunmen’ in West Virginia”

    Kleier
    13 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    “‘Gunmen in West Virginia” by an anonymous Paint Creek Miner written during the terrible strike of 1911-1912. This is one of my favorites in the “Social Protest Lit.” series. 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 hills are very bare and cold and lonely; I wonder what the future months will bring. The strike is on-our strength would win, if only– O, Buddy, how I’m…
  • Sorry For Inactivity

    Kleier
    13 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    I would like to apologize for us here at STL for not posting much as of late. There has been a death in Paul’s family and I have been very ill over the past couple of weeks. Please bear with us. We hope to be more active shortly. Thank you for reading!
  • #FreddieGray

    Paul Phillips
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Just to put things into perspective…
  • On Yesterday’s Riot in Baltimore

    Kleier
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    – Short Post and Rant: Yesterday Baltimore’s Finest’s victims of police discrimination and brutality, namely, the poor African-American population of the city’s West End, took a violent stand against their oppressors. And all I hear from yesterday to today is the condemnation of the violent actions and the damage it has done to the movement’s image and goals. But what about the emotion? What about the anger and the rage? Should it not be expressed through these actions? When you hear everyone criticizing the rioters’ actions they assume that they are…
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    The Daily Signal

  • He Was a GOP Congressman for 14 Years, Then Went to Work for Obama. Ray LaHood’s Take on Politics.

    Genevieve Wood
    23 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    While doing a fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, I sat down for a chat with Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman who represented Illinois’ 18th congressional district for 14 years before becoming President Obama’s secretary of transportation in 2009. We begin our conversation with LaHood’s take on why the increasing polarization between the two political parties is creating a dysfunctional Washington. You can watch the full five and a half minute interview or see his answers to each of my questions by going to the time codes in the…
  • A Big Win: Army’s Delta Force Killed Islamic State’s Top Money Man

    Peter Brookes
    23 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    As we roll into Memorial Day weekend, commemorating America’s fallen service members—but really all our troops—you can’t help but feel a sense of pride about the U.S. Special Ops raid last weekend that took down a senior Islamic State leader. In case you missed it: In a daring airborne assault, the U.S. Army’s Delta Force flew from Iraq into eastern Syria and killed the Islamic State’s “chief financial officer,” a Tunisian who went by the nom de guerre, Abu Sayyaf—or “bearer of the sword.” Abu Sayyaf was the Islamic State’s money man, responsible for running its black…
  • Should Cars Be Recalled Over Peeling Labels? Looking at How Regulations Affect Our Lives.

    Ed Feulner
    23 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Say you got a recall notice for your car. You’d naturally be alarmed, especially after reading that the problem involved Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208—“Occupant Crash Protection.” Is something wrong with the brakes? The air bags? The seat belts? Nope. You know the airbag warning label on the sun visor? It might peel. That’s why you have to bring your vehicle in. You may scoff, but this hypothetical is something that actually happened to tens of thousands of owners of Chevy Camaros (model years 2013 and 2014). General Motors also had to issue a stop delivery order to…
  • 5 Steps the Next President Could Take to Boost Our Relationship With Latin America

    Ana Quintana
    23 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    For much of the last century, Latin America has seldom been a major focus for U.S. foreign policy. Yet President Obama’s controversial Cuba policy appears to have brought the region back into play. But Obama’s days in the Oval Office are numbered. How will the next occupant of the White House treat our neighbors to the south? Here’s a five-step approach the next president should take to get Latin American relations on a positive track. Support a principled, human rights-based policy toward Cuba. President Obama stunned many when he announced his intention to normalize relations with the…
  • Newly Released Emails Cast Doubt on Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Claims

    Sharyl Attkisson
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Newly reported emails indicate Hillary Clinton was personally made aware of security dangers in the months leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. That’s according to the House Benghazi Committee, which has obtained 300 long-sought emails from the State Department among tens of thousands under subpoena. The Benghazi Committee says there are a number of emails in which State Department personnel specifically passed along security issues to Clinton in 2011 and 2012 before the attacks. An August 2012 email to then-Secretary of State Clinton…
 
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    FreakOutNation

  • Police Find Maryland Woman Pushing Her Dead 3-Year-Old Son On Park Swing

    Anomaly
    23 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    According to authorities, a Maryland woman was found by police pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a swing early Friday morning in La Plata.                         Police said they received a call just before 7:00 a.m. saying the 24-year-old woman had been pushing the toddler [...]
  • Democrat Summarizes GOP’s Alternative To Obamacare: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Anomaly
    22 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
    In case you were twiddling our thumbs on this, you can keep twiddling. The New York Times reports: At precisely 3:56 p.m. on Thursday, Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, introduced a popular Internet symbol for a careless shrug of the shoulders – ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ – into the Congressional record, holding it up on a placard [...]
  • Black Customer Gets Receipt From New Orleans Restaurant With A Side Of Racism: ‘Ni**er’

    Anomaly
    22 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    The daughter of one of the Neville Brothers, a famous band in New Orleans, ordered a Cajun burger but she was given something extra on her receipt. She got a side of racism with her order after dining at Huck Finn’s Cafe in the French Quarter.                   [...]
  • Mama June To TLC: Not Fair, You Support Duggar Molestation And Not Ours

    Anomaly
    22 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    If TLC allows one child molester on their network, why not others, asks Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June Shannon.                     Shannon is referring to TLC’s inaction after the revelation that Josh Duggar, star of ’19 kids and Counting’ confessed to molesting young girls, including his sisters, [...]
  • Gov Scott Walker Fired From His Own Job Creation Agency

    Anomaly
    22 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) was going to be the feather in Scott Walker’s cap as he prepared to run for president. It was with this quasi public/private entity that Walker was going to create the 250,000 jobs that he had promised while campaigning for governor. Even though this type of program has failed [...]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Nainital to launch solid waste management system for rural

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 May 2015 | 3:19 am
      areas  Nainital, May 23 (PTI) Nainital will soon become the first district in Uttarakhand to launch an effective system of solid waste management in rural areas.   The third State Finance Commission has allocated a sum of Rs 25 lakh for taking up solid waste management in rural areas of the district, District Board Chairperson Sumitra Prasad said here today.   Under the rural solid waste management programme to be formally inaugurated in the district by Cabinet Minister Indira Hridayesh on May 26, the district board will…
  • Sonia’s Congress passes the buck on appealing Jayalalithaa verdict

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    Bengaluru, May 23 (PTI) Demanding that BJP should make clear its views on filing an appeal in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is silent on the matter.” Those people who are asking the state (Congress) government (in Karnataka) to appeal, I want to remind the original petitioners are BJP leaders. Why are they using Karnataka government to shoot,” Ramesh told reporters here.” They are using the shoulders of a…
  • Siddu wakes up to #365AccheDin

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today termed the one-year rule of Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre as “a total failure”.” It’s a total failure in one year,” the Congress Chief Minister said here while responding to queries about the performance of BJP led government at the Centre during the last one year. He further said that the Narendra Modi government did not keep up the promises made to the people of the country.” Modi’s government has not kept up the promises, which they have made to people of the…
  • Swacch Bharat – Doctors sweep Patna roads

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    Patna, May 23 (PTI) Hundreds of doctors today took brooms in their hands and swept roads as part of a cleanniess drive in the city. The campaign was part of nationwide cleanness drive by medical fraternity in 135 cities across the country in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. The campaign has been organised by Pharmaceutical company Alkem Laboratories with the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Some citizens also joined the doctors and cleaned the premises of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (IGIMS). Two doctors — B P Singh…
  • Rahul’s latest “rent a cause” photo-op features Ex-Servicemen

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) Attacking the government over non-implementation of ‘one-rank-one-pension’ scheme, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said he will “pressurise” the Centre to act on the issue at the earliest. After meeting a delegation from the ex-servicemen cell of the party, Gandhi said the UPA government had made provisions for the scheme and had even allocated money but the Narendra Modi government failed to implement the scheme.” One year has passed of the NDA government, of the Modi government and it has not proceeded ahead with the issue.
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    21 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes. In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination […] The post Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Oracle RAC and AWS: A Hybrid Cloud Solution

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Amazon has developed many services to facilitate the migration of enterprise database systems to the AWS cloud. This includes services that allow for the relatively simple migration of both Oracle licenses and databases into AWS. However, AWS has yet to develop the shared block storage required to run Oracle RAC, a popular clustered database service. […] The post Oracle RAC and AWS: A Hybrid Cloud Solution appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • 7 IAM Security Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    In sophisticated enterprise AWS deployments, Amazon’s Identity Access Management (IAM) service controls access, enforces protections, and provides granular control over hundreds or even thousands of account users. IAM policies are the bedrock of security in any AWS environment. In HIPAA-compliant hosting environments, the use of IAM security is essential. HIPAA required central identity management and […] The post 7 IAM Security Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • 3 Key Issues in Managing Hybrid Clouds for Legacy Applications

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    14 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Hybrid clouds often present a significant challenge to enterprise IT teams. This is not because the technology is inherently difficult, but because the integration between bare metal, private and public environments frequently results in complex, attenuated lines of dependency, partially rebuilt legacy applications, and multiple monitoring interfaces that have the potential to lead to inefficient […] The post 3 Key Issues in Managing Hybrid Clouds for Legacy Applications appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • 5 Ways to Monitor and Control AWS Cloud Costs

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    12 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Many IT teams find that their AWS cloud costs grow less efficient as “clutter” builds up in their accounts. The good news is that both AWS and a small army of 3rd party providers have developed tools to help engineers discover the cause(s) of these inefficiencies. While there are several “easier” fixes, such as Reserved […] The post 5 Ways to Monitor and Control AWS Cloud Costs appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Just a Common Soldier: A Moving Tribute for Memorial Day – (Updated With Audio Link)

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    UPDATE: For some reason the video below has been taken down. Here’s a link to another reading of the poem. I hope to have an ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Tues, May 12

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Police body camera proposal sent to full Elkhart City Council – 953MNC.com After about two hours of debate, the Elkhart City Council’s Finance Committee of ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, May 11 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 11:37 am
      Jameis Winston counter-sues woman who alleges he assaulted her Amother is upset her daughter is required to pose naked to pass class The NFL ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, May 11 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 11:33 am
      Did a family have their 10 kids taken from them because they life ’off grid’? A man only has to pay child support for ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, May 11 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 11:11 am
      Local bar’s dress code angers some patrons Hispanic owned restaurant cancels ‘white appreciation day’ amid threats George Zimmerman involved in another shooting   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • Leno Won the Battle, Letterman Won the War

    Dutch
    16 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    As America says goodbye this week to a beloved late night icon, I’m reminded of the great battle fought in the early ’90s for Johnny Carson’s chair. David Letterman was Carson’s heir-apparent and Jay Leno hid in a closet as Helen Kushnick pilfered it for him.  Jay Leno went on to astounding ratings and success […] Related posts: Jay Leno Is A Backstabbing Worm Assorted Media Thoughts Even Letterman Sees It
  • On The Historical Prescience of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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

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

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

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Food hipsters are amusing to me. The same people who will argue with you about how Olive Garden isn’t authentic Italian cuisine, are the same ones who accept Braveheart as authentic Scottish history. Scanning the social media today and reviewing the reaction to news that Red Lobster’s parent company is selling the chain and keeping […] Related posts: Midnight Empire: On Fast Food, Condi, and Flag Pins Notes from the aftermath of Super Tuesday Part II Super Bowl Sunday in America
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

    Liberal Fix
    29 May 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 Mike McCabe

    Liberal Fix
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Guest Mike McCabe brings a farming background and a professional lifetime of experience in politics, journalism, public sector management and nonprofit leadership to his work as he exposes government corruption and works for reforms that make people matter more than money in politics.  Mike is one of Wisconsin’s leading whistle blowers and is among the nation’s best political money trackers. His efforts have attracted the attention of national news networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR and Al-Jazeera English, as well as newspapers including The New York Times, Washington…
  • Liberal Fix Radio Encore with Guest Allen Clifton of Forward Progressives

    Liberal Fix
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will include a pre-recorded interview with special guest Allen Clifton. Allen  is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Hollye Dexter

    Liberal Fix
    8 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hollye Dexter is author of the memoir Fire Season (She Writes Press, 2015) and co-editor of Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press)-- praised by bestselling author Gloria Feldt (former CEO of Planned Parenthood) as “…a brilliant book that just might change your life.” Her essays and articles about women’s issues, activism and politics have been published in anthologies as well as in Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire and more. In 2003, she founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running arts workshops for teenagers in the…
  • Liberal Fix Radio w/ Guest Professor Joel Westheimer

    Liberal Fix
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is University of Ottawa Democarcay and Education Professor Joel Westheimer, author of What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good. 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…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • Incredible: 3.3 MILLION Year Old Stone Tools Found in Kenya

    Stuart Hooper
    22 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    21st Century Wire says…To think we know everything about our origins as a species would be an incredibly arrogant and incorrect view to hold.Watch a video of this report here:The oldest stone tools previously known were 700,000 years old. New artefacts discovered in Kenya, however, make those seem like a relatively modern discovery.These stone tools are 3.3 million years old, an almost unfathomable length of time, and are ‘sophisticated enough’ to not be the first instance of such tools. Scientists who made the discovery believed they were used for tasks such as chopping…
  • ‘War is a Racket': Forbidden History on Memorial Day

    21wire
    22 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    21st Century Wire says…It’s Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.A. and there’s another important part of history, dare we say Forbidden, that will not be televised. Lest we forget…Retired Major General Smedley Butler was onto something in 1933, when he was recruited to be a “gangster for capitalism” by a group of wealthy Americans calling themselves the “American Liberty League”. Damn interesting, indeed.Brasscheck TVIf you know your history, you know that in 1934 there was an attempted coup in the United States that was thwarted largely due to…
  • More Racist Google Maps Results Discovered This Week

    21wire
    22 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    21st Century Wire says…As we reported earlier this week, the disturbing trend of “third party digital vandalism” has seen Google Maps being overrun with a number of racist and otherwise unpleasant pranks.After further research by The Switch, other examples have since turned up – more evidence of America’s declining culture perpetrated by those who seek to ruin the internet… (Image from Google Maps)The SwitchIf you search for the N-word on Google Maps, you get the White House.You also get Howard University, a historically black institution, and the Capitol…
  • Security Threat: Police Concerned With STAR TREK Fans

    Stuart Hooper
    21 May 2015 | 1:38 pm
    21st Century Wire says…No, this story is not a joke.Watch a video of this report here:British police were apparently concerned that fans of Sci-Fi shows like Star Trek could have started a cult, revolted against society causing anarchy, instigated cyber-attacks or committed suicide. Fans of Star Trek, the X Files, Dark Skies and Roswell were considered potential security threats.Security officials believed the turn of the millennium could have been the point at which the gloves would come off for Sci-Fi fans.The Telegraph reports that, “An undated confidential report to the…
  • Power Beyond Scrutiny: Texas Governor Abbott To Make Local Bans on Fracking Illegal

    21wire
    21 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    21st Century Wire says…Fascism comes to Texas…One definition of fascism is where big corporate and big government interests meet. Big business has been lobbying the government of Texas to pass a law to remove any legal obstacles to the dangerous and destructive practice of fracking.They may just get their wish…Texas residents want to ban fracking in their town, but Governor Abbott hopes to railroad their local democracy (Image Source: CTV News)Texas gov Abbott sued feds at will before squashing local efforts to ban frackingRT.comTexas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new law…
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Rohingya Exodus Evidence Of ASEAN’s Impotence

    guanyinmiao
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    While the practice of destination countries to push the migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar – the “boat people” – is deplorable (ST, May 16), the present humanitarian crisis highlights not only the responsibility of the Myanmar government, but also the impotence of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). In fact the Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore has taken a similar stance on these migrants, arguing on Friday that because of limited land the country “is not in a position to accept any persons seeking political asylum or refugee status, regardless of their…
  • The Beauty Of Routines

    guanyinmiao
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This new routine has been refreshing: over breakfast I go through my news feed and articles in the online newsletters, at work if there are small pockets of time I reply to personal emails (mostly about the UNASMUN training programmes), and on alternative days after work I head to the gym for a run and some strength training for my dislocated shoulder. There is also the occasional meet-up with friends over lunch and dinner. On the weekends the training programmes have become more regular (even before preparation for the December conference commences) and penning posts like a charlatan has…
  • Internships A Remedy To Uncertainty

    guanyinmiao
    17 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    At first glance a seemingly superficial attempt to provide its students with “greater support for meaningful learning at the workplace” (TODAY, May 16), the Structured Internship Programme (SIP) offered by Nanyang Polytechnic sets a good precedent for the other polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education. Simply doing well in academics is no longer adequate. These programmes are already well-established in the universities, providing undergraduates with opportunities to improve their career prospects. Continue reading →
  • That First Field Camp

    guanyinmiao
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    My first field camp was a disaster, and when the cyberpioneer Facebook page quizzed readers about interesting field experiences during their basic military training (BMT) I thought back to the week in February 2010, to the moments on Pulau Tekong when I felt like falling out and when I struggled to complete my shell scrape. Before enlistment my fitness was hardly a priority, so that eight-week physical training phase was no surprise. I was the only one in my junior college class. And while this additional time made future route marches as well as infantry exercises less taxing this first trip…
  • Goodness Gracious, Singapore

    guanyinmiao
    12 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Higher scores on the Graciousness Index commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) might be worth celebrating, but should be tempered by other social barometers measuring actions, not just perceptions of “graciousness”. Perceptions – guided by random anecdotes for instance – could be distorted as a result. Furthermore as the Ministry of Education (MOE) is called upon to do the obvious of “fostering character development” (ST, May 6) SKM general secretary Dr. William Wan stops short of the recommendations. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Why is Obama Down with TPP?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    President Obama has for the last several years been pushing Congress to approve a massive 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and related Trade Promotion Authority. The trade deal has caused consternation on the left side of the aisle that sees the trade deal as NAFTA on steroids. The rift deepened over the last two weeks as a war of words between the President and progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) became public and personal. What is the TPP and why is it causing so much strife within the Democratic Party? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
  • ...Like it’s 1998

    Mike Dakkak
    18 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
         The year was 1998. Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” was on top of the pop charts. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the “X-Files” movie that was coming out that spring. I was a year out of school. I found myself sitting in front CNN. They were discussing awkward details of a stained blue dress. The dress belonged to a 25-year-old former White House intern. An independent prosecutor had taken an interest in the intern because it was believed that the then President of the United States, Bill Clinton, had convinced a good friend, Vernon Jordan, to give her a job in…
  • Will it be 1998 for the Next Five Years?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    In 1998 the country was inundated with news about the investigation of the affair between President Bill Clinton and White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. The coverage was incessant, continuous and sordid. Clinton controversies seem to serve as political Rorschach tests, with the observer making of them what they are predisposed to. Recent questions raised about the Clintons, Hillary Clintons use of a private email server and the finances of the Clinton Foundation for example, have once again put controversy over Clinton controversies front and center. What is the cost to the national…
  • Special Announcement – Show Format

    Mike Dakkak
    11 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    As many of you know I have been doing the show on a daily basis since around October 2014. Unfortunately it has taken a toll on my income stream. So I am announcing a few changes to the show. I’m excited (and a little scared) about this next step but am hopeful that I will be able to report some good news to you in the weeks and months ahead (don’t worry, the show isn’t going anywhere!). I discuss this special, exciting and scary news in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • Is Chris Christie’s White House lane closed?

    Mike Dakkak
    5 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    In September 2013 two of three access lanes that connect Fort Lee, NJ to the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed for 4 days causing extensive and desperate traffic delays. Elected officials insisted that the lane closures were the result of a traffic study. Others, including the Mayor of Fort Lee, insisted the closures were political retribution for the Mayor’s failure to endorse Christie in his gubernatorial reelection bid. The State Attorney’s office has been investigating the lane closures since. Last week indictments were brought against two of Christie’s former top aides…
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • David ‘Top 10’ Letterman - Weekly News Awards

    22 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    The man who perfected the ‘Top 10 List’ said goodbye from the Ed Sullivan Studio in NY for the final time while 13.76 million viewers tuned-in. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘Originator’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Lack of Transparency' AWARD goes to… The ’Taking a Stand on Principle’ AWARD goes to… The ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ AWARD goes to… The ‘living life and doing it my way' AWARD goes to… The ‘Crazy Dictator of the week' AWARD goes to… The ‘I don’t need you quite yet’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Doing it…
  • Creative Accounting at the VA - Weekly News Awards

    15 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The VA health care system is being described as a culture of “lawlessness and chaos”. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘$24,999 Creative Accounting’ AWARD goes to… The 'Foreign Cash Sweepstakes' AWARD goes to… The ‘Hand in Cookie Jar’ AWARD goes to… ‘Realigning Young Attitudes' AWARD goes to… The 'I’ll Be Whoever You Want Me To Be' AWARD goes to… The AWARD for ‘Inexperience has Consequences' goes to… The ‘Resiliency of Nature' AWARD goes to… …and then there’s the ‘Tip of a Lifetime’ AWARD and that goes…
  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall - Weekly News Awards

    8 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Mirror Mirror on the Wall… who has the best looking city of them all? It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall' AWARD goes to… The Deny Deny Deny AWARD goes to… The ‘Pulling One Over on You’ AWARD goes to… The Handyman AWARD goes to… 'It’s Our Turn’ this AWARD goes to… The ‘Risking Your Life’ AWARD goes to… The ‘In Over My Head’ AWARD goes to… The Quick-Wit 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!
  • Don’t Stomp on MY Flag - Weekly News Awards

    2 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    The first amendment guarantees all Americans freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The Don’t Stomp on MY Flag AWARD goes to… The Bridge of Arrogance AWARD goes to… The Liberals No Hillary AWARD goes to… The Inspirational AWARD goes to… The Stand up for Women AWARD goes to… The Criminals Rejoice AWARD goes to… The Apology Wink Wink AWARD goes to…  The ClassAct Real World Statesman AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see…
  • The Blind Eye. The Deaf Ear. The Silent Mouth.

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Clashes with police, chaos in the streets and a city burns. It has become a scene all too often repeated across America the Beautiful! Race hustling? Racial Profiteering? Ethnic Exploitation? There are many ways to phrase the problem, and just as many ways to exaggerate the circumstances!  Malcolm Out Loud takes the conversation upwards to 35,000 feet in a big league discussion on what is happening in America's cities.
 
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    Citizens News

  • Hillary Clinton is on LinkedIn to show you how to ‘jump-start small business’

    Liberty Bell
    23 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics Image via AP/Mark Lennihan Hillary Clinton is attempting to use LinkedIn to brand herself as a small business candidate. The presidential hopeful announced her arrival to the professional social networking site on Thursday with a post listing “Four Ways to Jump-Start Small Business.” Clinton proposes some conservative ideas, such as […]The post Hillary Clinton is on LinkedIn to show you how to ‘jump-start small business’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • What Michael Caine Knows About … Ayn Rand

    Liberty Bell
    23 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Written by Dollars & Crosses From This much I know: Michael Caine, actor, 76, London | Life and style | The Guardian: The book I return to is Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. My first daughter was named after its heroine, Dominique Francon.The post What Michael Caine Knows About … Ayn Rand appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Dearborn: Muslims jailed in $29 million Medicare fraud scheme

    Liberty Bell
    23 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia An update on this case. via 3 receive prison, restitution in $ 29 million Medicare fraud scheme – Crain’s Detroit Business. h/t Dee An adult day care center operator and two former home health care company owners face prison and more than $ 10 million in restitution payments after a federal […]The post Dearborn: Muslims jailed in $29 million Medicare fraud scheme appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Liberty Bell
    23 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    Written by The American Conservative The new lie about Iraq. Jon Basil Utley recalls how the Bush administration made its deceptive case for war. Why soldiers lie. William Lind describes the problem of institutional lying in the U.S. military in the current issue of TAC. The real Iraq war debate’s lessons. Michael Cohen explains why […]The post The Week’s Most Interesting Reads appeared first on Citizens News.
  • FOMO vs. the Power of Gratitude

    Liberty Bell
    23 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Written by The American Conservative There’s irony in the juxtaposition of two recent Pacific Standard articles—one discussing our deep social fear of “missing out,” the other speaking of the empathy that grows from experiencing a moment of awe. These two excerpts help demonstrate the contrast: First, Chris Colin argues that we need not fear or attempt to […]The post FOMO vs. the Power of Gratitude appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: DOD Misplaced $1.3B in Afghan Aid

    22 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    You know with all of the Genius Idea Friday segments that get devoted to the United States Government misplacing large sums of cash, you’d get the impression that perhaps Uncle Sam isn’t all that good with money.
  • Iran Working to Stop White Marriages

    21 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    One of the most recent casualties in Iran’s epic struggle to stop the scourge of white marriages in their country (hey, clearly they have a good chance since they did a nice job of getting rid of homosexuality) is the Zanan-e Emrooz women’s magazine, only 11 issues back in the market from their previous 8 year ban.
  • Bye Bye to the Beard

    20 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    With Anders Breivik and the basic fashion brigade having ruled it is high time to move away from the beard, Daash, ever trend conscious, is following suit.
  • Tolerant Twitter: Saudi Arabia’s Haia Logs On

    19 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    From earlier this month, Twitter got a heck of a lot more tolerant when Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (i.e. Haia, the religion police) signed up with the handle @PvGovSa.
  • Muslim Bro-hood’s Morsi Sentenced to Death

    18 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    Well, it looks like we’ll definitely be needing to get a different gynecologist, because on Saturday (the 16thof May) Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death along with 100 plus other Muslim Brotherhood members, this time for his role in that 2011 mass prison break. Talk about a guy who is having a rough year.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Vatican Cardinal: Christians, Muslims ‘Still Don’t Know Each Other Well Enough’

    21 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service, May 21, 2015“Despite 50 years of ‘Nostra Aetate,'” the Second Vatican Council’s document on interreligious relations, “we still don’t know each other well enough,” said French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.Speaking May 19 about Catholic-Muslim relations, Cardinal Tauran added, “Most of the problems we face are problems of ignorance.”
  • The Secret Corporate Takeover

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Project Syndicate, May 13, 2015The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the US and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,”as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But they are not partnerships of equals: the US effectively dictates the terms. Fortunately, America’s “partners” are becoming increasingly resistant.
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

    20 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    “In a diverse world, the destruction of cultures is a crime, and uniformity is a dead-end: our aim must be to enhance, in one movement, the diversity that enriches us and the human rights that bring us together.”Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCOIn 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to…
  • UNESCO Director-General Calls for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Palmyra

    20 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    UNESCOPRESS, May 20, 2015The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called for an immediate end to hostilities in Palmyra (Syria) following reports from several sources that armed extremist groups have infiltrated the World Heritage site, where fighting is now ongoing.“I am deeply concerned by the situation at the site of Palmyra. The fighting is putting at risk one of the most significant sites in the Middle East, and its civilian population,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
  • The New World Disorder

    20 May 2015 | 1:18 am
    By Tariq Ali, April 9, 2015Three decades ago, with the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the South American dictatorships, many hoped that the much talked about ‘peace dividend’ promised by Bush senior and Thatcher would actually materialise. No such luck. Instead, we have experienced continuous wars, upheavals, intolerance and fundamentalisms of every sort – religious, ethnic and imperial. The exposure of the Western world’s surveillance networks has heightened the feeling that democratic institutions aren’t functioning as they should, that, like it or not, we are living…
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Guide to Hiring a Campaign Manager

    Andrew Collier
    21 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Guide to hiring a good campaign manager. Picture yourself. You’re on the road after an extremely long day of campaigning. You woke up at 6am, it’s now closer to 9pm, and you haven’t eaten all day. You pull into an Applebee’s and sit down for your first meal of the day. You look up and sitting across from you is your campaign manager. He or she has been with you all day and you’re both tired. Now, if you hired the right person for the job, you’ll be able to strike up a conversation – whether it’s work related or not – even though you’re exasperated. If you can’t because…
  • Fundraising For Your County Democratic Party

    Andrew Collier
    18 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    In our last blog post, we discussed the GOOD Method and how to run an effective County Democratic Party. One of the takeaways from that post was development – primarily fundraising. Beyond organizing, there is no better way to not only grow your County Democratic Party, but also wield it more power and influence than fundraising.   This post will examine the steps to take to optimize your fundraising potential for your County Democratic Party. Starting off, you’ll have to envision your fundraising plan and agenda like a web. Every person who donates to your County Democratic Party has…
  • A County Democratic Party and The GOOD Method

    Andrew Collier
    14 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Running a County Democratic Party can be a difficult task, but if you’re willing to dedicate some (smart) time to it and you’re passionate, you can really make a difference. Before we dive down into the dos and don’ts, lets take some time and talk about what a County Democratic Party actually should do. County Democratic Party’s are in existence to do one thing: elect Democrats. No matter the size, scope, or influence of your County Democratic Party – this is your only objective. Now, how you do this is a different story. Using what we call the GOOD Method, you can take your County…
  • Political Scheduling Is An Art Form

    Andrew Collier
    11 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Learn the dos and don’ts of political scheduling as well as why it’s such a tough profession. For anyone that has done scheduling for a political candidate or even on a professional level, you’ll truly appreciate this post. Political Scheduling isn’t easy – it’s an art form. Most people think, “Well all you do is just put events on a calendar, so it can’t be too hard.” Well truth is, it is. When working for a candidate, so many factors have to be considered when scheduling: travel time, bathroom time, time alone with their significant other, time alone to just think,…
  • Twitter for Your Political Campaign

    Joe Fuld
    7 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Twitter is a useful and cost-effective resource to quickly communicate your message to supporters in a political campaign. There are also many reporters’ and members of the media on Twitter, so using it can even help to generate earned media. While I am far from a Twitter expert, I use it enough to have strong grasp of the basics. That’s why, regardless of if you’ve never used Twitter or if you have only used it in your personal life, it’s important for political campaigns to utilize Twitter. Here are a few of my tips to get you started on the road to Twitter domination. Link accounts…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media

  • Why Elites Love Drones

    Robert Burrowes
    22 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new ‘terrorists’. See, for example, ‘The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they create’. However, this analysis completely fails to understand what is driving elite military policy, carried […]
  • Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    At least one small slice of the American public looks forward to the non-stop, sleazy political advertisements set to inundate viewers during the 2016 elections: media executives and their investors. Peter Liguori, the chief executive of Tribune Company, said earlier this month that the next presidential campaign presents “enormous opportunity” for advertising sales. Speaking at […]
  • They Say “Peace” But Really, It’s War

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    They say “may peace prevail on earth”, but every night, there are fires burning in the terrible slums of Nairobi, Jakarta, Guatemala City and Mumbai. The World Education Forum is now taking place in Seoul, South Korea. UNESCO and Korea organized this colorful event. Everyone is talking, others are singing, and a few are dancing. […]
  • The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    (Campaign for America’s Future Blog) – The Justice Department’s latest settlement with felonious big banks was announced this week, but the repercussions were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. We need to understand that our financial system is not merely corrupt in practice. It is corrupt by design – and […]
  • Why One of the Wealthiest Countries in the World Is Failing to Feed Its People

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    On May 8 2015 I awoke to discover that not only were we not looking forward to a new coalition government in the UK, but that the overall collapse of the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party had given the Conservative government a mandate. At an individual level I’m likely to see some benefits from […]
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Afghan Taliban’s Islamic State Dilemma – Analysis

    RSIS
    22 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Islamic State’s (IS) growing influence in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region coupled with the pressure on the Afghan Taliban to reconcile with Kabul has put the Taliban leadership in a quandary. A political compromise with the government can divide the jihadist group, which will benefit IS in the region. By Abdul Basit* With the emergence of the self-styled Islamic State’s (IS) local affiliate, the Khurasan Shura in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the jihadist landscape in the two countries has become a... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Learning Lessons Of Ebola: Why Spread Of Disease Is About More Than Just Health – Analysis

    ISN Security Watch
    22 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    What lessons should the international community learn from its handling of West Africa’s recent Ebola crisis? Levi Maxey and Brian Finlay think that there is a growing need to 1) “think horizontally” across the health-security divide, and 2) anticipate more participants in complex global health emergencies. By Levi Maxey and Brian Finlay* By September 2014, a full nine months after the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges of assistance sat stranded in... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • TIRAMISU Demonstrates New Demining Tools

    Eurasia Review
    22 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    Observing demining tools in action is, luckily, a rare thing in Belgium. However this is precisely the kind of spectacle stakeholders, policy-makers and curious citizens were offered on 5 and 6 May on the occasion of the 5th European Civil Protection Forum in Parc du Cinquentenaire, Brussels. Outdoor demonstrations of TIRAMISU’s unmanned rotorcraft and Teodor UGV were organised, showcasing the full potential of these technologies. Two specific capabilities of the project tools were successfully... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • China-Sri Lanka Buddhist Links Seen Flourishing Under Maithripala Leadership

    Eurasia Review
    22 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    The Sangha Nayake Thero of Guangzhou, China said that is fully confident that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Buddhist links between Sri Lanka and China would become stronger. This was stated when a 30-member Buddhist delegation from China headed by Most Ven Ming Sheng, the Sangha Nayake of Guangzhou in China and Ven Piao Yang Head of the Hong Kong World Buddhist Peace and Development Association met Sri Lanka President Sirisena at the President’s official residence... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Spain Sees Rise In Foreign Citizens Registered With Social Security

    Eurasia Review
    22 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    The number of foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system stood at 1,607,883 in April, an increase of 2.85% – or 44,540 National Insurance contributors – compared with the previous month. The increase in contributor numbers to the system was the largest for the month of April in the last 10 years. According to the Spanish government, when compared with 2014, the number of foreign workers has increased by 2.83% – equivalent to 44,262 more NI... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Barack loves Michelle
    22 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Good morning BLM community! Quote of the day to leave you inspired: Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.- Franz Schubert   It looks like SOMEONE isn’t as excited to be in the White House with the President and First Lady as I would be! I caption this one “When your parents drag you to the White House but you’d rather be at home watching Peppa Pig!” On the first anniversary of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama greets Gerard Contee during a mentee lunch in the…
  • Happy Mothers Day

    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Happy Mothers Day ladies! “When I get up and work out, I’m working out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a mother who loves them dearly, who invests in them, but who also invests in herself. It’s just as much about letting them know as young women that it is okay to put yourself a little higher on your priority list.” “My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.” “As a mom, I…
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    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a segment of The Chew in New York, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2014. Participants with the First Lady from left are: Michael Symon, “Let’s Move!” Executive Director Sam Kass, Mario Batali, Daphne Oz, Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with designer Rory Duffy and students in the State Dining Room of the White House during the Fashion Education Workshop, Oct. 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House with participants of a mentee résumé workshop,…
  • First Lady Chic: Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to Suck

    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Michelle Obama, in her book “American Grown”, sheds light on the many advantages of healthy living. She maintains a garden in the grounds of the White House which produces food of its own. Obama advocates the cause of eating healthy by growing fresh food on your own. She believes that gardens help us in reminding what the common thing in all of us is, and help us make stronger and better connected communities. Unfortunately there are many  American families that live in what is often referred to as “food deserts” – these are communities lacking or which have inconvenient…
  • First Lady Chic: Fitness, Health & Beauty Inspired by Michelle Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    Healthy living and a happy life go hand in hand. When you have a healthy body that is fit and free from diseases, then it automatically enhances the quality of life that you live. Basically, if you feel good about yourself, you are likely to have a happy and positive outlook toward life. This blog series is about ensuring that you stay in good shape even during the busy schedules of your day-to-day lives. Inspired by the First Lady Michelle Obama and her vibrant and healthy style and outlook, this blog series delves into the secrets behind the 51 year old, mother of two’s beautiful skin…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Ireland same-sex marriage referendum passes

    Michael K. Lavers
    23 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny voted in support of same-sex marriage on May 22, 2015. (Photo by the World Economic Forum; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)Local media reports indicate a referendum to allow same-sex marriage in Ireland appears to have passed by a wide margin. “It is about removing discrimination,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told NBC News during an interview after voting in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Friday. “It is about removing inequality. It’s historic, and that’s why I’ll be voting yes.” Ireland is the first country in the world to…
  • Jindal faces backlash over religious freedom order

    Chris Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) is facing backlash after signing a religious freedom executive order. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is facing backlash — both within state and elsewhere — after signing a religious freedom executive order this week seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination. One prominent voice is opposition to the directive is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who signed his own executive order intending to reaffirm the city’s non-discrimination ordinance prohibiting anti-LGBT bias in employment, housing and public accommodations. “With…
  • LGBT rights factor into normalized relations between U.S., Cuba

    Michael K. Lavers
    22 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Administration officials on Friday responded to the Washington Blade’s interview with Leodan Suarez Quiñones, a Cuban transgender rights advocate who says her country’s government is out to “destroy us.” Her comments coincide with the latest round of talks between U.S. and Cuban officials to re-establish relations between their two countries. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)Administration officials on Friday stressed Cuba’s human rights record that includes the treatment of LGBT advocates who publicly oppose the government remains a serious concern as…
  • Booker, Brown introduce resolution against ‘ex-gay’ therapy

    Chris Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced a resolution against “ex-gay” conversion therapy. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats led by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have become the latest to speak out against widely discredited conversion therapy for LGBT people. The lawmakers introduced on Friday a resolution, S. Res. 184, that condemns the practice and calls for states to enact laws prohibiting its use on minors. In a statement, Booker said conversion therapy for LGBT people is “damaging and…
  • Moving forward and giving back

    Valerie Blake
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    RED Day (renew, energize and donate) is a Keller Williams extravaganza of charity work in which offices throughout the nation participate each year on the second Thursday of May. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Blake) You see our signs in the community all the time. Shades of red, black, blue, yellow, green and purple tell potential customers which firm we are associated with and how to reach us, but what they don’t tell people is who we are when the real estate workday is done. This past week I got to wear a red T-shirt with a Keller Williams logo on it twice. For the time being, I’ll wash,…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Watch: 92-Year-Old (Female) Veteran Flies a Spitfire Again

    Lady Freethinker
    22 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Share on Tumblr   It would be amazing enough to see any 92-year-old WWII vet take to the skies 70 years after the war’s end. The fact that she’s a woman makes it even better. Share on Tumblr The post Watch: 92-Year-Old (Female) Veteran Flies a Spitfire Again appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Study: The Government Cares “Near Zero” About What You Think

    Lady Freethinker
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Share on Tumblr From Princeton comes even more proof that America is not a democracy. In fact, your opinion has “near zero” weight when it comes to public policy – unless you’re part of the top 10-percent, that is. The rich spend billions of dollars making sure their paid lobbyists talk congress into passing laws that make them richer. And it costs the other 90 percent of us trillions of dollars. In the United States, wealth talks and the common good suffers. This video breaks it all down: Share on Tumblr The post Study: The Government Cares “Near Zero” About…
  • Why the NRA is Secretly Backing an Elephant ‘Conservation’ Group

    Lady Freethinker
    20 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Share on Tumblr It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that hunting animals vulnerable to extinction is the opposite of saving them. But the National Rifle Association wants us to believe otherwise. The organization has recently tried to pass itself off as an ally to elephant lovers everywhere, valiantly fighting for the survival of these gentle giants. But to the NRA, the best way to save elephants is to fight laws that remove the “right” of hunters to kill them for ivory. Of course, this would be far more shocking we weren’t talking about the NRA, an organization…
  • Abercrombie to Start Hiring Ugly People

    Lady Freethinker
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Share on Tumblr Abercrombie & Fitch has a big announcement about their hiring policy: Ugly people are now allowed. Are we supposed to be clapping right now? Their previous policy of only hiring attractive workers – calling them “models” rather than staff to skirt discrimination laws – was insidious, but so are their apparent motives for now allowing mere ordinary people to grace their cash registers. Sales are down, so they’re trying a new tactic. Oh, and there’s that pesky Supreme Court case against them for denying a job to a Muslim woman because her head…
  • Study: Pollution May be Shrinking Your Brain

    Lady Freethinker
    14 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Share on Tumblr Is pollution damaging your brain? The latest research shows a scary link between high levels of air pollution and a reduction in brain size. Yes, your brain may be shrinking because of the air you’re breathing. This comes from a study conducted on 943 patients, published the May 2015 issue of Stroke. “On average participants who lived in more polluted areas had the brain volume of someone a year older than participants who lived in less polluted areas,” said Dr Sudha Seshadri, Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. It gets worse over…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • SurveyMonkey Was The Other Winner Of The U.K. Election

    Carl Bialik
    13 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    To more than one pundit, last week’s election in the United Kingdom looked like it would be the closest in a generation. But at SurveyMonkey’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters, thousands of miles away, things looked very different: Respondents to an online poll conducted by the Internet survey company from April 30 to May 6 showed the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, as poised for an unexpectedly comprehensive electoral triumph.1Jon Cohen, who joined SurveyMonkey as vice president of survey research after stints at ABC News2 and The Washington Post, wrestled with…
  • There Is No ‘Blue Wall’

    Nate Silver
    12 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    If you were browsing campaign coverage at this point in advance of the 1992 election, you’d be reading a lot about the Republicans’ impregnable “red wall.” OK — it wouldn’t have been called the “red wall” (the association of Republicans with red states and Democrats with blue states came about more recently). But you’d have been reading a lot about Republicans’ supposed “lock” on the Electoral College.The argument was something like this. During the past six presidential elections, from 1968 through 1988, 21 states voted Republican every time. These included almost…
  • Baltimore’s Toxic Legacy Of Lead Paint

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    7 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    The red brick rowhouses on Inez Robb’s block in West Baltimore feature ornate cornices and detailed carvings above the doors and windows. Leaves are beginning to fill the trees along the median that divides the pristine block, though slender trunks betray their young age. Robb moved into her home in 1987 with a first-time home buyer’s grant from the city, just a few years before Freddie Gray and his family would move to a building that looks remarkably similar from the outside, just over a dozen blocks away.Both blocks are located in Sandtown-Winchester, a neighborhood less than a…
  • Are We Right About The U.K. General Election?

    Ben Lauderdale
    6 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    Forecasting elections is great fun right up until the results come in. As the results of the U.K. general election are reported in the early morning of May 8, we will learn a lot about whether our forecasts were close. But how will we know if we did a good job?This is not like a U.S. presidential election, where there’s enough polling and few enough states that it’s possible to correctly predict the winner in every state, as several forecasters did in 2012. Last year, FiveThirtyEight published a guide to assessing 2014 Senate forecasts, and here we’re going to assess our own U.K.
  • Huckabee May Be Doomed To Rerun His 2008 Campaign In 2016

    Harry Enten
    5 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    What on earth should we make of Mike Huckabee’s 2016 candidacy. He’s announcing Tuesday that he’s running for president — we know that much. And the polling says he is a legit contender for the Republican nomination. Yet there’s evidence that the fatal flaw of his 2008 run — namely, an inability to widen his appeal beyond born-again and evangelical Christians — hasn’t gone away.So we’re left with a “on the one hand … on the other hand” situation. I tend to think the argument against Huckabee is stronger than the argument in his favor. But let’s go…
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    kai arzheimer

  • The AfD … [I’m running out of catchy titles]

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I would not normally recommend acting on any of my predictions, because I have an amazing track-record of being wrong a long time in advance. But once in a blue moon, I get it right. In my WEP article on the AfD’s EP 2014 manifesto, I have pointed out that there was a rift between Lucke’s polite market liberalism on the one hand and more radical shades of right-wing populism on the other, and that the party would have to chose between the two. Evidence for this has been coming in in large quantities over the last couple of months, and things are moving really fast now. The party seems to…
  • Linkfest: Far-right infighting, electoral systems, comics, and more

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    An update on the far-right infighting in the European Parliament: A far-right confederacy of quarrels Lucid: The system used to favour Labour, now favours the Conservatives. Welcome to the lottery: The new “skew” of the electoral system in 2015 Going down Memory Lane: OTDI 1981 Roy Jenkins, David Owen, William Rodgers & Shirley Williams launched the Social Democratic Party Bit of bug-bear spotting with @peterlevine, who hates one phrase in particular: ‘a deep dive on deep dives’ This is pure gold: ‘ General election campaign battle buses, in pictures’ via…
  • Interview with Handelsblatt Global

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Interview with Handelsblatt Global on right-wing activism and right-terrorism in Germany: A Clear and Present Danger Photo by editor64 The post Interview with Handelsblatt Global appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Secret Services had 11 Informers in the NPD’s Leadership

    Kai Arzheimer
    15 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Photo by ubiquit23 If you are following the latest attempt to have Germany’s right-wing extremist NPD declared unconstitutional, you might be disappointed by the lack of news. Today, the federal states that push for such a ban have submitted four folders with additional evidence requested by the Federal Constitutional Court – evidence corroborating the states’ claim that they have “switched off” their many informers in time for the new trial. Last time round (in 2002/3), a qualified minority of judges had refused to hear the case against the NPD, because in their view, the…
  • AfD: Lucke vs Höcke

    Kai Arzheimer
    12 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Welcome back dear friends / to the show that never ends: In the latest instalment of the great AfD soap,  national leader Lucke is trying to remove Höcke as leader in Thuringia over Höcke’s friendly words towards the NPD. Contrary to some reports, Lucke is not (yet)  trying to kick Höcke out of the party but rather wants to ban him temporarily from holding offices within the AfD. Here is a link. The post AfD: Lucke vs Höcke appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
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    Conservative Read

  • Republicans Lose Faith in Party Leadership

    chris
    23 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    Jeff Crouere, A new Pew Research Center poll shows that America is unhappy with the GOP led Congress. In fact, Americans are disgusted as Republican congressional leaders only registered a 22%... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Liberals Can Learn About How To Succeed At Life From Female UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

    chris
    23 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    John Hawkins, “People love the idea of winning an Olympic medal or a world title. But what few people realize is that pretty much every second leading up to the actual win is uncomfortable,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Violent crime surges as arrests drop in Baltimore post-riots

    chris
    23 May 2015 | 4:11 am
     Crime is rising in Baltimore, and some law enforcement experts suspect an anti-cop climate stemming from the racially charged case of Freddie Gray is at least partly responsible. Homicides in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Maryland woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

    chris
    23 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    A Maryland woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours. Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman with the Charles County... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Small food makers on fast path to U.S. store shelves, threatening big producers

    chris
    23 May 2015 | 3:51 am
     Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. Now, an increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-22, Friday

    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, May 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the protest outside a Planned Parenthood abortion mill on Thursday. During the protest, radical and racist Marxists from Red Guards Austin repeatedly attacked the Infowars crew, stole private property and attempted to shut down free speech while announcing their love for Satan and killing babies. We also cover remarks made by a former lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) denouncing the socialist climate change agenda and its junk science. Other topics covered today include an admission by the FBI…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-21, Thursday

    21 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Thursday, May 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show, the Senate votes to give the president sweeping trade promotion authority, despite a marathon 11-hour filibuster by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and others. Also, billionaire and Nazi collaborator George Soros warns the planet is on the “threshold of a third world war,” and does anyone actually believe Osama Bin Laden was reading “conspiracy theory-themed works?” We'll also check in with Infowars' Black Lives Matter protest today at the Planned Parenthood in South Austin, and take your calls during this global broadcast.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-20, Wednesday

    20 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, May 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show we cover further efforts to outlaw cash and impose a cashless control grid along side a surveillance grid. We also look at efforts by the establishment to stoke a race war as a member of the Five-Percent Nation, a militant offshoot of the Nation of Islam, demands white people bow down to black people and a Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff tells a House Judiciary Committee it is a “myth” that police kill more black males than any other race. On today’s broadcast we talk with Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., the senior pastor of…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-19, Tuesday

    19 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, May 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into the very real possibility that something big is about to happen. What does the future have in store for humanity?Tucker Carlson, Fox correspondent and founder of the Daily Caller, gives his take on the latest world developments and pro-life activist Mark Crutcher talks about the public backlash against 20-week abortions. Also, Dr. Edward Group reveals the latest on health news they don't want you to know. In other news, aFrench mayor was forced into a mental institution over quite possibly his political beliefs and a leaked…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-18, Monday

    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Monday, May 18 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert calls for changes to the upcoming Jade Helm military exercise, and says it's “suspicious” that red states like Utah and Texas were labeled “hostile.” Also, new documents obtained by Judicial Watch conclusively prove the Obama administration lied and engaged in spin over the Benghazi attack, and more on the biker gangs battle in Central Texas. Survivalist expert, author and radio host Steve Quayle joins the show today to break down the latest on geo-engineering, Jade Helm and more. We'll also take your calls…
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    Vox - All

  • What the resurfacing of Sidney Blumenthal says about Hillary Clinton

    Jonathan Allen
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Old Clinton hands don't fade away. They always resurface. That's the case with Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton scandal veteran and purveyor of opposition research who turned up in a trove of Hillary Clinton e-mails at the center of the House Benghazi Committee's investigation into the attack that killed four Americans in Libya in 2012. As the New York Times first reported, Blumenthal sent Clinton a big batch of memos about the situation on the ground, many of which she forwarded to other State Department officials and many of which were deemed off-base by the agency's own experts. According to…
  • Vox Sentences: What the Hillary Clinton emails tell us about her handling of Libya

    Dylan Matthews
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's the email, the email, what what, the email. Hillary Clinton tours the Smuttynose Brewery on May 22, 2015 in Hampton, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images) The State Department has released 296 emails from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. [ABC News / Michael Falcone, Justin Fishel, and Erin Dooley] The Wall Street Journal has the full release here. [WSJ] It also liveblogged the release, including a number of highlights from the emails. [WSJ] While the emails don't contradict her contention that she didn't…
  • Harvard Business School study proves the humblebrag is a useless waste of time

    Margarita Noriega
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you are going to brag about what you did this weekend, here is a tip to pull it off, which comes to us via a Harvard Business School working paper: brag, complain, or be humble, but do not humblebrag. The humblebrag is not humble: an origin story Comedian and writer Harris Wittels (who passed away in February 2015) coined the term as a reference to celebrities on Twitter who complain and brag at the same time. But let it be known that the humblebrag is not humble. The humblebrag is more akin to a complag or a bragplaint: I realize humblebrag is easier to say than complag or a bragplaint.
  • This Clinton email about Libya looks terrible in hindsight

    Zack Beauchamp
    22 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Libya today is a total disaster. And even during the US-led intervention, State Department officials "heard no good answers" from top Libyan officials on one of the country's biggest problems, according to an email sent to Hillary Clinton's private account released by the department on Friday. Huma Abedin, a key adviser to Clinton, forwarded the secretary a bleak assessment of the country on August 21, 2011 — when the US-backed rebels were taking control of Tripoli, Libya's capital. The official's assessment of the National Transitional Council (TNC), the organization tasked with putting…
  • Irish expats are traveling home in droves to vote for same-sex marriage

    Libby Nelson
    22 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Ireland is voting Friday on legalizing same-sex marriage. Among the voters are about 60,000 Irish expatriates who left the country within the past 18 months and are coming back, most of them to vote yes. They're tweeting their journeys back with #hometovote. The hashtag has been tweeted more than 48,000 times. The #hometovote is like when you're watching The Hobbit and an army of elves you'd forgotten from earlier in the film arrive over a hill. — Colm O'Regan (@colmoregan) May 21, 2015 Many of the voters are coming back from the United Kingdom: This is the scene on the 9:10…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • Fighting High Blood Pressure?

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    High blood pressure is experienced by nearly 68 million adults in the United States alone — that’s 1 in 3 adults. Often accompanied by excess weight, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and the leading killer — heart disease. If you are someone who has high blood pressure, the mainstream medical industry wants nothing more than your eternal business, buying their pharmaceutical drugs that never really cure anything. But instead of doing that, try utilizing one of these home remedies for high blood pressure. Natural Alternative…
  • Political Theatre Is Back!

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
  • Remember the Thrill of Getting Your Driver’s License?

    Eric Peters
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Well, maybe hate is too strong. But they sure seem not to like them very much. As evidenced by the fact that a record-high percentage haven’t even got a driver’s license – and have no intention (according to what they tell researchers) of ever getting one. How high? Pushing 30 percent (and upticking each year) of present-day 19-year-olds. As contrasted with almost no 19-year-olds back in the ’90s and before. They are opting out. Of the hassle. Cars – and driving – are no longer a ticket to ride, for teenagers or otherwise. But especially for teenagers, who’ve been singled out…
  • Will Hans Hoppe Be Banned in the UK?

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    You May No Longer Think Wrong Thoughts, Citizen Shortly after the election victory that probably surprised no-one more than himself, David Cameron launched into explaining to the hoi-polloi what further transmogrification of the State is in store now that he’s got a free hand. He inter alia elated the audience with the following zinger: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism…
  • 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla

    No Author
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Nikola Tesla is finally beginning to attract real attention and encourage serious debate more than 70 years after his death. Was he for real? A crackpot? Part of an early experiment in corporate-government control? We know that he was undoubtedly persecuted by the energy power brokers of his day — namely Thomas Edison, whom we are taught in school to revere as a genius.  He was also attacked by J.P. Morgan and other “captains of industry.” Upon Tesla’s death on January 7th, 1943, the U.S. government moved into his lab and apartment confiscating all of his scientific…
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Big is Beautiful (and Possible): A response to the Economist’s Recent Piece on Basic Income

    gaurarader
    22 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    The Economist recently ran a short article on why a large basic income isn’t possible, which of course totally not true. But it highlights the fact that as the basic income movement grows we are going to have to fight for our right to a decent basic income. Once corporate powers concede the idea of […]
  • Why Should I Work to Pay for Someone’s Basic Income

    gaurarader
    20 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    In this video I discuss a little about a common objection to basic income which is “Why should I work hard to fund a basic income so someone else doesn’t have to work?”
  • Bernies Sanders Comes Out in Favor of Basic Income

    gaurarader
    20 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    From a recent Reddit AMA: Stack0verfl10w: What is your stance on Universal Basic Income(UBI)? Bernie Sanders: So long as you have Republicans in control of the House and the Senate, and so long as you have a Congress dominated by big money, I can guarantee you that the discussion about universal basic income is going to go […]
  • Why Bernie Sanders Will Be the Next President

    gaurarader
    18 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Here’s a great article from NY Times about Sander’s Social Media Influence (which was published after I recorded the video).         
  • Religion and Violent Extremism and More on the Harris Chomsky Exchange

    gaurarader
    8 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    In this video I talk about why I find claims that religion is the primary driver in violence and terrorism implausible. I also talk a little more about Sam and Chomsky debate. Here’s the Karen Armstrong Interview: Here’s Jerry Coyne’s response:      
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    Pension360

  • San Diego Pension Taps New CIO After Long Search

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    A months-long search has ended as the San Diego County Employee Retirement Association (SDCERA) has hired a new chief investment officer, according to a report from Pensions & Investments. This time around, the CIO is a single person, as opposed to a firm. In November, SDCERA voted to terminate its-then CIO, Salient Partners. (The firm still has a role in the fund, but this new hire will likely erode Salient’s responsibilities.) More from Pensions & Investments: Stephen Sexauer will join San Diego County Employees Retirement Association as chief investment officer on May 29,…
  • CalPERS: ESG Factors to Play Bigger Role In Manager Hiring, Evaluation

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Investment managers working with CalPERS will soon have to follow a series of ESG-focused guidelines and expectations, according to a new report from Top1000Funds. All managers will have to articulate how ESG factors figure into their investment strategies, and ESG will play a bigger role in hiring of new managers as well as evaluation of current managers. Reported by Amanda White at Top1000Funds: CalPERS staff led by Anne Simpson, senior portfolio manager and director of global governance, presented the ESG manager expectations, and draft sustainable investment guidelines, to the investment…
  • Canada Pension Scouring Energy Sector For Deals

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is currently scouring the energy sector for attractive deals, according to CEO Mark Wiseman. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wiseman said the fund is looking to make energy-related purchases of up to $1 billion. From Bloomberg: Lower oil prices have resulted in large haircuts for energy stocks, making them attractive to some asset managers. “It’s our home market. We have a bullish long-term view on energy prices, and so I think you will see CPPIB continuing to put the focus on potential investments in the Western Canadian basin,” Wiseman…
  • Canada Pension Posts New Single-Year Record With 18.3% Return

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) returned 18.3% net of fees in its fiscal year 2015, setting the fund’s record for single-year return. The fund beat its internal benchmarks, as well. From the Wall Street Journal: The performance exceeded CPPIB’s internal benchmark return of 17.0%. Canada’s pension funds measure themselves against internal benchmarks incorporating a mix of assets classes given the diversity of their public and private holdings. “Everything worked last year,” Chief Executive Mark Wiseman said Friday. He noted that the fund’s 10-year return of…
  • Illinois House Advances Plan For Cook County Pension Changes; Reforms Could Test Court Ruling

    Ted Ballantine
    21 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    An Illinois House committee on Wednesday approved a proposal that would bring a series of changes to Cook County’s pension system. But the proposal serves another purpose: if enacted, it will test the extent to which pension reforms can be implemented in the wake of the state Supreme Court ruling that struck down Illinois’ pension law. More details on the Cook County plan, from the Associated Press: A House committee approved the measure Wednesday by a 5-4 vote along party lines which would call for a roughly $147 million increase in the county’ annual contribution to the pension fund…
 
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    Message President

  • Thank You for your Leadership

    22 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Dear Mr. President, I just wanted to say that we are disheartened by the wave of hatred that seems to be coming over the country. Yet, we are uplifted by you leadership and dedication. We are also inspired by your family's example of what America truly stands for. Thank You! Devoted Constituent, Teri Haas
  • Mosque Construction Funding

    22 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Dear President Hassan Rouhani, We are much honored to present you the facts below. We are members of a civil association (called «Gaal-Gui» - the Boat) from Thiaroye Sur Mer, a centennial village located 15 km from Dakar, the capital city of Senegal (West Africa). We are desperately looking for some personality or institution that would be ready for funding the constructions' works of our village’s Grand Mosque that is being built since more than 50 years. The construction works are long-lasting due the poor social conditions and lacking financial means. You should be doing us a very big…
  • President of the German Bundestag and terrorism support

    22 May 2015 | 4:49 am
    This article is written by Journalist Nashwa El-Hofy in Arabic language, published by elwatannews website on 20/5/2015, and translated in English language by Hey Egypt website, Eman Nabih. I followed up the president of the German Bundestag (German parliament), Norbert Lammert‘s declarations about his refusal of meeting president Sisi, during his visit to Germany on the 3rd and the 4th of next June. Lammert claimed that the violations of human rights in Egypt and the death sentences against Muslim Brotherhood were behind his decision. The Egyptian embassy in Berlin responded to Lammert’s…
  • I saved your life on June 18, 2011, I am supposed to be a federal agent with FBI. they are trying to

    22 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    My name is Charletta R. Paige. I am the world's yordey Ha Merkaveh. I am psychically inclined and psionic and have a 6th sense. My children are sunni orthodoxed Muslims and attend Bilal Mosque at 11815 Adel Road in Houston Texas. I am African American and Indian. I am supposed to be a federal agent for FBI. I went to FBI headquarters took the test and everything. You know me and thought I was going to be married to Michael Vick. However I did not marry Michael Vick. They did not tell you that I was to be a fed. I am the one that saved your life on June 18, 2011 and stopped you from being…
  • I saved your life on June 18, 2011, I am supposed to be a federal agent with FBI. they are trying to

    22 May 2015 | 2:02 am
    My name is Charletta R. Paige. I am the world's yordey Ha Merkaveh. I am psychically inclined and psionic and have a 6th sense. My children are sunni orthodoxed Muslims and attend Bilal Mosque at 11815 Adel Road in Houston Texas. I am African American and Indian. I am supposed to be a federal agent for FBI. I went to FBI headquarters took the test and everything. You know me and thought I was going to be married to Michael Vick. However I did not marry Michael Vick. They did not tell you that I was to be a fed. I am the one that saved your life on June 18, 2011 and stopped you from being…
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Does This U.S. Grandpa Know He’s the Most Popular Ad Spokesman in China?

    Iris Lu
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    To attract more clients, many Chinese businesses like to fake themselves as a foreign company. They use an English brand name, and put a western face on the product packaging. An Internet user posted these photos showing the face of an elderly gentleman from Chicago who seems to have gained preference with many Chinese businesses. In Chinese cities, you may see the same photo of this American grandpa in a variety of adverts, each with a different title for him. The original photo. (Image: Weibo.com) The photo was taken by Chicago photographer, Barbara Penoyar, though there is no more…
  • What’s It Like When Falun Gong ‘Takes Over’ New York? Pretty Peaceful, Actually

    James Burke
    21 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    If you live in New York City, you may have recently noticed a parade in the city’s heart with lots of smiley people wearing yellow T-shirts and carrying banners saying ‘Falun Dafa is good’. Kinda like this: Falun Dafa practitioners from the United Arab Emirates participate in a parade in New York City to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. (Image: Facebook/Edward Dai) But if you’re like me and don’t live in the Big Apple, you’ll get an insight from China Uncensored’s Chris Chapel, who spent a day with practitioners who came from around the world to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. So…
  • What Did This Young Woman Do to Get Sent to Prison in Turkey?

    James Burke
    20 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Twenty-something-year-old Nûdem Durak used to sing and teach Kurdish folk songs to children in Turkey, until it got her imprisoned. And that’s why it is a somewhat unnerving experience watching this video above about her life before prison. She’s a shy young woman who only wants to sing and express herself through art. Going by what little information is available about her case, Nûdem might not be free for another 10 years. Her lawyer told The Kurdistan Tribune that she has been charged by the Turkish authorities with “promoting Kurdish propaganda by teaching Kurdish folk songs to…
  • Will the European Union Fall Apart?

    Ben Maloney
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The major question we have to ask when looking at the issue is, is it really worth it to be in the E.U? This question needs to be asked because Greece is in serious debt right now, and they may pull out of the union, which many believe could cause another major recession. Before we can address the more serious questions, maybe it’s easiest if we start at the beginning. What is in the European Union? Currently, the E.U. has 28 members, though it started in the 1950s with only 6. The original reason for the partnership was as an economic cooperative in post World War II to promote peace…
  • NSA and BND, Who Is Spying on Whom?

    Hermann Rohr
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just as the news of the U.S. spying on Germany is becoming a faint whisper in the minds of many, a new case pops up. This time, it’s Germany’s BND that’s being accused of helping America’s NSA spy on European politicians. Some fear that the coalition between U.S. intelligence agency NSA and Germany’s BND might have also been used to commit industrial espionage. Chancellor Merkel defends German intelligence cooperation with NSA. (Screenshot/Youtube) Just recently, chancellor Angela Merkel defended the German intelligence agency against spying for NSA claims.
 
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    The National Memo

  • Honor Our Armed Forces By Avoiding Unnecessary Wars

    Cynthia Tucker
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    With recent military victories by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, President Barack Obama’s critics are once again ratcheting up their rhetoric, blaming him for the spreading violence in the Middle East. Beginning his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) chimed in: “If you fought in Iraq, it worked. It’s not your fault it’s going to hell. It’s Obama’s fault,” he said. That’s been more or less the tack taken by all the declared and potential candidates in the Republican presidential field: Pretend that George…
  • Southern California Saying Goodbye To Lawns

    Bettina Boxall
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered Californians to reduce urban water use by 25 percent, he declared war on the ubiquitous manicured lawn that — more than palm trees or pools — has for more than half a century been the beloved badge of Southland suburbia. Among the early casualties is the expanse of green turf that Tom Beck and his wife planted around their Arcadia home 26 years ago. “I have mixed emotions,” Beck said recently as he watched a gardening crew scrape up the grass in his backyard and cart it to a…
  • Meet The Duggars: Reality TV Stars And Moral Hypocrites

    Bridget Hughes
    22 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    The Duggar family, of TLC’s popular reality series 19 Kids and Counting, has admitted their oldest son had a undisclosed history of molesting his own sisters. Josh Duggar, now 27 years old and father to three young children, has since made statements regretting his “inexcusable” actions. The Duggars are known for their unusually G-rated show, in which they espouse a conservative, Christian lifestyle. Birth control is discouraged (obviously), women wear modest clothing, and contact between the sexes is strictly monitored. Despite their moralizing, Josh, the oldest in the long line…
  • Obama Vows No Bad Deal With Iran: ‘This Deal Will Have My Name On It’

    Christi Parsons
    22 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama took his case for nuclear talks with Iran to a local synagogue Friday where he promised he would not make a bad deal with the Islamic Republic in part because he wouldn’t want to bear the shame. “This deal will have my name on it,” Obama said, “so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise. “I want a good deal,” he said, adding he will only agree to terms that would block all of Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons capability…
  • Suspect Arrested In Washington, D.C., Mansion Killings

    Michael Muskal
    22 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Daron Dylon Wint was a welder with a violent past who sometimes worked for American Iron Works. Savvas Savopoulos was the company CEO and head of a family that lived in a mansion in Woodley Park, a wealthy and especially safe neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where guards and police are a frequent sight because the official residence of Vice President Joe Biden is nearby. But that security didn’t protect the Savopoulos household: Savvas, 46; his wife Amy, 47; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57. Three of the…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Holidays at Home

    Ken W. Simpson
    14 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    Plastic rainbows men in fancy dress faces damaged by derision and snide jibes. Pretty girls in curlicues dressed in white counting the spaces between paces while playing games beneath a chiaroscuro sky.Filed under: Articles
  • Campaign Launch

    Ken W. Simpson
    3 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Blasphemous benedictions meek and bleak atrophied disposable as smiles. In remembrance of adulation congealed tears and the pleasures of profanity. Corrupt caresses curtseys in contempt congealed tears and the pleasures of profanity. Corrupt caresses curtseys in contempt effete but discrete by girls in gauzy gowns.Filed under: Articles
  • Indifference

    Ken W. Simpson
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:17 am
    Gradations of grey and shadows stretch into twilight when darkness intervenes. The mind matures like grapes manipulated and squeezed to bleed internally. Silent evocations come to mind of parental indifference and brotherly animosity. My father a stranger to me laughed uproariously at Charlie Chaplin. Obscure days of Sunday ways tacitly prejudiced and pretentiously pious. My […]
  • Dolly

    Ken W. Simpson
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    Aged five or six a city child I was driven to the countryside for a holiday on a dairy farm. Looking back at bits and pieces of faded images blurred and indistinct like squashed insects on a windscreen. Flattened paddocks rushing by pale diffused washes of warm evening colours satiated by the summer heat. My […]
  • Rearranged Days

    Ken W. Simpson
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Silence inside a train is the only sound of the outside. Along a road a melody grows flirting with the countryside. The river wide and turgid flows to a relentless rhythm. Sometimes a flute plays to the rays of sunshine and whispering winds. Clouds swell in a darkening sky to the groans of a sombre […]
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    Political Wire

  • Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The U.S. Senate “passed major trade legislation that would pave the way for President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade deal, marking a victory for the Obama administration and Republican leaders in Congress and sending the bill toward an uncertain fate in the House,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The Senate voted 62-37 to approve so-called fast track, which would help conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Japan and 10 other countries and ensure that the Pacific deal and others would get an up-or-down vote in Congress without amendments.”
  • Does Hillary Clinton Fear Marco Rubio Most?

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The New York Times notes an “incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: ‘Marco Rubio scares me.'” “What is so unnerving to them at this early phase of the 2016 presidential campaign still seems, at worst, a distant danger: the prospect of a head-to-head general-election contest between Mr. Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Yet the worriers include some on Mrs. Clinton’s team. And even former…
  • Lawmakers Tell Jindal to Pay for His Own Travel

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Louisiana legislators clipped Gov. Bobby Jindal’s wings “by inserting wording into the state budget that would require the governor’s office to pay the out-of-state travel expenses of his security detail,” the Baton Rouge Advocate reports. “Jindal spent almost 45 percent of 2014 outside Louisiana attending political events. He has kept up the pace so far in 2015 and since forming a presidential exploratory committee early this week, is likely to continue his aggressive travel schedule.”
  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    “Well, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (as I have rationalized for years).” — Hillary Clinton, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, in a 2012 email released by the State Department.
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    22 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” — Mike Huckabee, writing on Facebook, on Josh Duggar admitting to molesting children, including his own sisters.
 
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    OpedSpace

  • Modi’s One-Year Anniversary: Where Are The ‘Good Days’ He Promised?

    Shashank Shukla, India
    22 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Nearly a year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode to power on a wave of high expectations and a slew of promises that were destined to bring “Acche Din” — “Good Days” — for the common Indian. Yet, a year in, the very same rhetoric is being used by Mr. Modi’s critics who claim that the promises are yet to be translated into reality. Even the staunchest of Modi’s critics praise him for his foreign policy agenda thus far. Enhancing India’s image, Modi started by inviting all SAARC leaders during his swearing in ceremony and engaged in constant…
  • How The Southern Front Could End The Syrian Crisis (VIDEO)

    Lara Nelson, UK
    21 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army believes they are the only force that can come to a political agreement with the Assad regime that will put an end to the Syrian crisis. A coalition of 35,000 based in southern Syria, they say that the exertion of military pressure around Damascus will yield such a solution. Major Issam Al Reis, the FSA spokesman for the Southern Front and a defected officer who previously spent 20 years in the Syrian Arab Army, discussed the Southern Front’s hopes and needs in this war moving forward. Founded in February 2014 when over 50 moderate groups in…
  • Europe’s Extremist Parties Unite Over The EU’s Failures

    Arnaud Favry, France
    19 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French extreme-right party, the Front National, was eager to see Syriza, the Greek far-left party, win Greece’s parliamentary election. She was not alone. Joined by other heads of national parties and some communist leaders, Le Pen expressed her support for the leftist party on January 20, five days prior to Syriza’s victory: “Yes, we hope for the victory of Syriza!” How is it possible that parties on opposite sides of the political spectrum agree on what type of government Greece should need? Political parties in Europe on both extremes are…
  • Keep The Future Here: Why America’s High-Skilled Immigration Policy Fails Us All

    Alexandra Schuster, US
    18 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    America’s current immigration policy is designed to provide international students with the best higher education in the world. Upon graduation, however, their visas expire, and they are faced with the possibility of deportation or enduring the long and uncertain process of applying for an H-1B visa. The irony: many of these students are ready and eager to put their education to use in the U.S. and contribute to its economy in industries from technology to finance to engineering. Yet despite broad bipartisan support to mend this broken system, very little has been done, resulting in nearly…
  • Explaining an Unlikely Victory – the 2015 UK Election

    Fred Spring, UK
    18 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Two weeks ago every major pollster, pundit and journalist predicted that the UK general election on May 7th would produce a hung parliament, a parliament where no party commands an overall majority of 326 seats. Indeed, the odds on a hung parliament in mid-April were 1/16 with bookmakers favoring the opposition leader, Ed Miliband as the eventual Prime Minister by a margin. The odds on a Conservative majority were just 10/1. The major parties had been busily planned for coalition negotiations and polling had consistently put the opposition Labour party and the Conservatives within 2 points of…
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    Raajneeti.guru

  • 17 year old dies during street wrestling bout in Hyderabad

    admin
    10 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    In a tragic incident, a 17-year-old died during a wrestling match organised by a group of local boys in Hyderabad. The incident occurred in Panjesha in the old city of Hyderabad on May 3 in which the teenager died on the spot after the fight where nearly 15 youngsters were reportedly present but it came in news when the boy’s father insisted to investigate the matter. The boy’s father, who works in Dubai, rushed to Hyderabad when he came to know about the incident. However, the teenager’s father filed a complaint and a case of suspicious death was registered. After police interrogation,…
  • Army ammo reserves may last just 20 days of intense fighting

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    In its report critical of India’s defence sector, the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) on Friday warned that the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) Mark-I could prove to be the air force’s Achilles’ heel in battle. A second CAG report on ammunition management pointed that the army faced a massive ammunition shortage with reserves that would barely last 20 days of intense fighting. The army needs to build up its war wastage reserves for 40 days of intense fighting. “Stocking of ammunition even at ‘minimum acceptable risk level’ was not ensured, as availability of ammunition as…
  • Shaadi Mubarak Scheme by Telengana Govt

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Telangana Government modified a few guidelines for the ‘Shaadi Mubarak’ scheme. As per the modified orders, the application should be submitted at least one month in advance from the date of marriage. While no changes have been made in the eligibility criteria, some relaxations have been given in the procedure for application and processing. The unmarried girls of minority community should be a resident of Telangana State and should have completed 18 years of age at the time of marriage. The combined income of the Parents shall not exceed Rs. 2,00,000/- per annum. The applicants…
  • A-Z of Rahul Gandhi’s speech

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Rahul Gandhi’s speech, in case his speech paper gets lost.      
  • Rampur : Valmiki Conversion Drama to Save Houses

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    RAMPUR: More than 800 Valmikis Pretend “Converting to Islam” to save their illegal houses from demolition thinking government will spare them if they belong to minority.They said they have no option but to change their faith, they choose Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary to embrace Islam. Panic had gripped the Valmiki families here after civic authorities allegedly painted red marks on their houses a few days ago. According to them, demolition of their houses would pave the way for building a shopping mall which is said to have the backing of UP minister and Rampur…
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    Time To Change

  • Berapa Berat Mata Memandang, Berat Lagi Bahu Memikul

    23 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Setiap hari kita gigih menatal halaman Facebook atau mana-mana laman sosial yang kita punya. Setiap hari juga bermacam cerita dan berita akan kita tatap, baca dan kadang kala banyak membuatkan kita mengeluh kebimbangan. Kita sering kali bimbang jika terbaca berita-berita yang menggugat keselesaan yang kita punya sekarang, contoh mudah, berita kenaikan harga barangan.Kita akan mengamuk. Kita akan mengkritik. Kita akan mencari jalan untuk meletakkan kesalahan itu dan ini pada mana-mana pundak. Kita senang begitu, kerana kita in manusia yang serba lemah. Tapi, jika kita fikirkan dalam-dalam,…
  • Perihal Manusia Mahu Menjadi Tuhan

    17 May 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Isnin lepas, giliran saya menjadi pembentang untuk aktiviti perkumpulan kami di UKM. Ya, saban minggu kami bertemu dan berdiskusi tentang buku. Kami bergerak secara tertutup, cuma sesekali menjemput pembentang luar. Jika pernah terserempak dengan status Facebook dari akaun yang bernama +‘Tidak Selain Buku’ Book Café, itulah kami.Dijadikan cerita, kami memilih untuk lari sebentar dari buku. Kami memilih untuk membentangkan dan membahaskan sebuah video pendek, syarahan tentang konsep manusia sekarang sudah pun bertukar menjadi Tuhan. Saya si tukang bentangnya. Tajuk video itu, We Are The…
  • 45 Tahun Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

    17 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    4 tahun menuntut ilmu di perbukitan ilmu UKM, apabila ditanya seseorang apakah perkara yang paling tidak digemari, dijawab rata-rata oleh para graduan adalah, menulis tesis dalam Bahasa Melayu. 4 tahun di universiti yang ditubuhkan pada aspirasi untuk memartabatkan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa keilmuan, graduannya boleh memberi jawapan sebegitu.Di mana silapnya Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia? Silapnya itu, di pundak mahasiswa ataupun di pundak pengaturcaraan universiti sendiri? Untuk berlaku adil, kita memberi telahan, salahnya itu pada sesiapa sahaja yang berhajat kepada universiti ini,…
  • Bagaimana Menjadi Machiavelli

    17 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Kita sering dimomokkan, atau disuap, bahawa falsafah politik yang diasaskan oleh Niccolò Machiavelli, dalam frasa yang cukup popular iaitu ‘matlamat menghalalkan cara’, adalah bersalahan dengan ajaran Islam. Bahawa tuhan tidak melihat akan hasil, atau matlamat, tetapi melihat pada cara yang bagaimana kita berbuat untuk mencapai sesuatu.Rasanya bukan sedikit manusia umumnya yang berbicara tentang ‘cara’ itu. Oleh kerana falsafah ini cocok pada politikus dan segala macam dunia politik, maka dampak tempias banyaknya terkena pada orang-orang politik. Tidak ramai yang membincangkan…
  • Projek Perpustakaan Awam Mini

    15 May 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Kawan saya bertanyakan jumlah buku yang saya miliki, saya tidak pasti berapa. Cuma, saya yakin ianya sudah melebihi 500 buah buku, yang semuanya bertimbunan di dalam bilik kecil di kolej kediaman UKM. Sebenarnya, soalan itu membuatkan saya terfikir untuk memulakan sebuah projek – atau nama lainnya, segmen artikel – dalam blog kecil ini dengan memfokuskan pada buku dan kemaskini senarai buku bulanan.Saya membaca blog The Personal Libraries Library yang diusahakan oleh Abra Ancliffe, di mana beliau membina sebuah perpustakaan awam mini, di rumahnya yang bertujuan menjadi sebuah komuniti…
 
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    The Political Insider

  • What This Shooting Suspect Does in Front of a News Camera Is Outrageous (WATCH!)

    Rusty Weiss
    22 May 2015 | 11:02 am
      Wherever would this guy get the notion that faking an injury would immediately put police officers on the defensive and possibly lead to a brutality case down the line? Oh that’s right — Marilyn Mosby, President Obama, Al Sharpton, and on and on. A Baltimore man arrested on suspicion of shooting five people – one fatally – was being escorted away by police when he spotted a news camera. Almost immediately, the suspect, who had been walking just fine up until that point, collapsed to the ground and started screaming about his back. Via The Blaze: A Baltimore…
  • A MASSIVE Duck Dynasty Announcement was Just Made – This Changes Everything!

    TPIWriter
    22 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Duck Dynasty is perhaps the greatest show on television. Loyal fans of the A&E reality show have watched for seasons, and want to know what the Robertson clan is up to. From hunting, to fishing, to thriving in a duck-call business, their antics are always hilarious and inspiring. We love Duck Dynasty. But the family happens to be Christian, and the positive examples they set for how to live a happy (happy, happy) Christian life make the liberals angry! That’s why Phil Robertson was temporarily kicked off the show last year, because he believes in the Bible’s teachings on…
  • Street Art Stephanopoulos and Hillary Will Hate Is Hanging Up All Over NYC

    Rachel Mullen
    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos isn’t having a great week. His lack of journalistic integrity was highlighted when it was exposed that he donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation yet failed to disclose this information when he was reporting on the Foundation’s woes. There have been calls for his resignation. To add insult to his injuries some posters were put up in Manhattan close to ABC News’ Good Morning America studio. The posters have pictures of Stephanopoulos with Hillary Clinton and contain the words “Pay Pal” and “Donate.”…
  • Lazy Obama Voter Makes Excuse for Leaving Family – The Judge SHREDS Him!

    TPIWriter
    22 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Judge Lynn Toler saw this thug coming a mile away, and she was ready for him. Watch (below) as the Judge confronts this guy about his endless excuses for leaving his family. The Judge, in a brilliant rant, makes flawless points about what it takes to be a father and a man. Dads should be role models, not losers. This is fantastic! “I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know who caused it. All I know is that at some point of in time, the definition of manhood shifted way to the left and down. It is no longer what it was when my father was young or alive. It is no longer what it was…
  • NCAA Told Fans “DON’T SING NATIONAL ANTHEM!” – But the Fans Fight Back (VIDEO)

    TPIWriter
    22 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Recently at a college baseball game at Lamson Park between Louisiana and Lafayette, fans were told that there would be no national anthem sung before the game. Why? Because it was the third part of the game, and so there was no time to show respect to this great American tradition. But fans would not accept this order! They are tired of the recent stories about veterans not being allowed to fly flags outside of their homes, and how teachers are telling children that displaying the flag can be considered racist! They had enough, and took action… After fans repeatedly demanded the…
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    The Outraged American

  • Alcohol we're excited about what the

    13 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Alcohol we're excited about what the Alliance for consumer education is doing in this effort whose legacy the inhaling Abuse Prevention kid this kid contains everything Elite Test 360 that school counselor for community leader needs in order to talk to parents caregivers about the risks associated with the neon abuse the symptoms and the interventions possible we did not know about inhalants we were totally in the dark about in Highlands... Alcohol we're excited about what the
  • Muscle building tips Mental madness

    6 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Mental madness the more clearly you name it and describe it the morning effective your magnet will be left good to him that you were what a good new load a ride car say the one you have the bucket a bucket refer to our beat-up beater clunker ever say spartagen xt you can expand that car so you want your magnet to a minute attract new work I do you think got like new car that's what you could do or you can't do it the right way by... Muscle building tips Mental madness
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    The Grapevine

  • An answer to the West Lothian Question?

    Evan Byrne
    22 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    Evan Byrne reviews the West Lothian Question in light of the election results. In his speech upon returning from the Palace, David Cameron announced as part of his intention for government that he would implement as fast as he could further devolution for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He also stated that no constitutional settlement would be complete if it did not offer, also, fairness to England. Is “fairness for England” a long awaited solution to the West Lothian Question? The West Lothian Question was first raised in the 1970s, and the term coined by Enoch Powell in 1977, over…
  • Upheaval and unrest in the Land of Smiles

    Nick Flintoff
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Nick Flintoff details Thailand’s vicious cycle of coups, protests and elections. Friday the 22nd of May 2015 marks the first anniversary of Thailand’s most recent military coup, the twelfth time that the army has successfully seized power in the country’s history.  The coup came at the end of a turbulent cycle of elections followed by street protests followed by government downfall – be it at the hands of the military or the judiciary – spanning more than a decade.  The situation came to a head last year after months of political turmoil, with the army leadership…
  • Will Labour learn its lesson?

    Will Fremont-Barnes
    19 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    Will Fremont-Barnes looks to  Labour’s past and speculates on its future. Within minutes of an exit poll that confounded politicians, pollsters and pundits alike, the Labour inquest was well underway. How, agains