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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Boycotts or rainbow flags (via The Economist)

AMERICAN pronouncements on Russia always seem to involve carrots and sticks. In an interview Monday, Chuck Schumer shrugged off the idea of exerting pressure on Russia over its legal and social mistreatment of gay people by using the stick of a boycott…


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Why does America have such a big prison population?

Why does America have such a big prison population? (via The Economist)

“TOO many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law-enforcement reason.” The person who said that was neither a defence lawyer, nor a prisoners’-rights advocate, nor a European looking down his nose across the…


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US, allies were near peace deal in Egypt

US, allies were near peace deal in Egypt: report (via AFP)

The United States and its European and Gulf allies were close to a peace deal two weeks ago between Mohamed Morsi supporters and Egypt's military, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The deal called for supporters of the ousted president to abandon…


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Creationist radio ad: Evolution cannot be debunked with reason

Creationist radio ad: Evolution cannot be debunked with reason (via Raw Story )

You cannot convince people that evolution is false with logic, according to the founder of the Creation Museum in Kentucky. In a 60-second radio ad released Thursday, Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham admitted there was no scientific evidence that…


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Colbert on fracking: Why can’t my car just run by burning the innocence of children?

Colbert on fracking: Why can’t my car just run by burning the innocence of children? (via Raw Story )

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert took on the permanent gag order placed on an entire Pennsylvania family whose health and family farm were wrecked by a nearby natural gas drilling operation. Range Resources…


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Priebus throws Romney under the bus: Policies were ‘racist’ and ‘horrific’

Priebus throws Romney under the bus: Policies were ‘racist’ and ‘horrific’ (via Raw Story )

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday shocked reporters by blasting his own party’s former presidential nominee’s immigration policies as “racist” and “horrific.” According to Business Insider’s Brett LoGiurato…


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ALEC’s Attempts to Thwart Obamacare

ALEC’s Attempts to Thwart Obamacare (via Moyers & Company)

As part of our ongoing focus on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, we checked in with health insurance executive turned industry whistleblower Wendell Potter to learn about ALEC’s efforts to influence the health care debate and undermine…


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Fox News guest [and lying sack of shit]: ‘No question’ that polar bears are ‘thriving’

Fox News guest: ‘No question’ that polar bears are ‘thriving’ (via Raw Story )

A Fox News guest on Friday said that there was “no question” that polar bears were now “thriving” and should be taken off the endangered species list. “The polar bears are thriving as you said,” Pacific Legal Foundation President Rob Rivett…


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Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ (via Moyers & Company)

Representative Chris Taylor is a Democrat elected to the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. Last week, she attended the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual conference in Chicago. Writing about her experience at The Progressive magazine’…


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‘Tell him to stop lying!’: Watch another GOP lawmaker get called out over Obamacare

‘Tell him to stop lying!’: Watch another GOP lawmaker get called out over Obamacare (via Raw Story )

A Florida lawmaker became the latest Republican to be loudly questioned by constituents over his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. According to Think Progress, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) was booed and heckled during a town hall event on Thursday…


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'Hillary Can't Be President Until al Qaeda Has a Woman Leader' says Misogynist Shitbag @DonnyDeutsch

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Cash and Congress: The Tie that Binds

Cash and Congress: The Tie that Binds (via Moyers & Company)

“I miss Congress like an abscessed tooth.” That’s what former Rep. Steven LaTourette told National Journal the other day. He was quoted in an article that asked the question, “Is Congress Simply No Fun Anymore?” No, it isn’t. Not that it…


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Republican: White Collar Crime Doesn't Exist Because They Don't Use Guns

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Chris Christie vetoes weapons ban out of concern for ‘law-abiding’ assault rifle owners

Chris Christie vetoes weapons ban out of concern for ‘law-abiding’ assault rifle owners (via Raw Story )

In a move swiftly criticized as a concession to gun advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) issued a veto Friday night against two gun safety measures, including a ban on .50-caliber long-range rifles, a measure he initially supported. The Washington…


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Gag Order Bans Two Children From Ever Talking About Fracking (via @MajorityFM)

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Dozens Killed in Cairo's 'Day of Rage'

Dozens Killed in Cairo's 'Day of Rage' (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Pro-Morsi demonstrators clashed with security forces Friday in this week's second day of bloodshed.


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Republican: Obamacare Will Cause My Kids to Have Sex! (via @MajorityFM)

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Texas politician’s homophobic remarks caught on tape: ‘It’s just disgusting to even think about’

Texas politician’s homophobic remarks caught on tape: ‘It’s just disgusting to even think about’ (via Raw Story )

San Antonio mayor Julian Castro (D) quickly criticized one of his city council members on Friday after homophobic remarks by her came to light. Council member Elisa Chan’s statements finding homosexuality “disgusting,” Castro told KENS-TV, were…


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Via @MajorityFM: Conservatives Fear Megyn Kelly Will Turn Fox News Gay

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Egypt's Crisis Threatens Foreign Aid

Egypt's Crisis Threatens Foreign Aid (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Bhalla explains the strategic interests driving foreign aid to Egypt and how ongoing unrest could affect the country's relationships with international donors.


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Maddow mocks the idea of Limbaugh hosting a GOP debate: ‘Seem like a plan?’

Maddow mocks the idea of Limbaugh hosting a GOP debate: ‘Seem like a plan?’ (via Raw Story )

A somewhat amused Rachel Maddow noted on Friday that the GOP’s move to ban CNN and NBC from its future presidential primary debates ran counter to its own advice from earlier this year to be more inclusive and to “stop listening to itself.” “…


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Illinois man pays $150,000 legal settlement in truck full of quarters

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Illinois man pays $150,000 legal settlement in truck full of quarters (via Raw Story )

A man in Williamson County, Illinois pulled a truckload of bags of quarters up to a law office on Wednesday, delivering his share of a court-ordered payment in a wrongful death suit. When asked why he was paying the $150,000 in quarters, Roger Herrin…


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Makers v takers, by state

Makers v takers, by state (via The Economist)

I'M NOT quite sure how Chris Christie and Rand Paul imagine that insulting each others' states will smooth their respective paths to the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but it certainly makes interesting political theatre. The hostilities…


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Republican candidate: Obamacare ‘as destructive’ as slavery

Republican candidate: Obamacare ‘as destructive’ as slavery (via Raw Story )

Republican congressional candidate Bill O’Brien on Thursday said that the Affordable Care Act was as bad as slavery laws in the United States. “And what is Obamacare?” he said at an Americans for Prosperity event in Concord, New Hampshire. “…


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How will Uruguay’s marijuana law work?

How will Uruguay’s marijuana law work? (via The Economist)

ON JULY 31st the lower house of Uruguay’s congress narrowly voted to legalise the production, sale and consumption of marijuana (cannabis). The bill has passed to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved with a comfortable margin. If it does…


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Florida education chief resigns after fixing charter school grades for GOP donor

Friday, August 02, 2013

Florida education chief resigns after fixing charter school grades for GOP donor (via Raw Story )

Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett resigned on Thursday after he was accused of changing a grading system while serving as Indiana school superintendent so that a Republican donor’s charter school would not receive bad marks, according…


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Changing the Culture of Sexual Assault Against Female Service Members

Changing the Culture of Sexual Assault Against Female Service Members (via PBS News Hour)

By: Cindy Huang Female Marine recruits stand in formation following hand-to-hand combat training during boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Even as combat roles begin to open up for female marines, many of them feel marginalized and discriminated…


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North Carolina officials shut down Asheville abortion clinic

North Carolina officials shut down Asheville abortion clinic (via Raw Story )

Even as state legislators in North Carolina wrangle over new proposed statewide restrictions on abortion, health officials shut down one of the state’s few remaining abortion clinics on Wednesday. According to Asheville’s ABC Channel 13, FemCare…


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Did Bradley Manning Get a Fair Trial?

Did Bradley Manning Get a Fair Trial? (via PBS News Hour)

JEFFREY BROWN: And we come back to verdict in the court-martial of Army Private Bradley Manning and get reaction from Jeffrey Smith, former general counsel for the CIA and the Senate Armed Services Committee. He's currently in private practice and serves…


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North Dakota judge blocks law designed to close state’s only abortion clinic

North Dakota judge blocks law designed to close state’s only abortion clinic (via Raw Story )

A North Dakota judge has placed a temporary hold on a law designed to shut down the state’s only women’s health clinic that offers abortions. According to a press release from the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), North Dakota Senate Bill 2305…


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Samantha Power confirmed as US envoy to UN

Samantha Power confirmed as US envoy to UN (via AFP)

The US Senate confirmed Samantha Power as ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, giving bipartisan approval to President Barack Obama's nominee. The genocide expert and human rights champion sailed through on a 87-10 vote. Power, 42, replaces…


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D.C. ex-gay rally draws fewer than 10 attendees

D.C. ex-gay rally draws fewer than 10 attendees (via Raw Story )

In spite of organizers’ predictions of thousands of marchers, a rally for the ex-gay movement drew fewer than 10 attendees on Wednesday. According to Right Wing Watch, Sandy Rios of American Family Radio and “ex-gay lobbying day” organizer Christopher…


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Brazil president ratifies sex abuse law slammed by Church

Brazil president ratifies sex abuse law slammed by Church (via AFP)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday ratified a law aimed at protecting victims of sexual abuse which has been condemned by the Catholic church as a first step toward broader legalization of abortion. Four days after Pope Francis ended a week…


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Czech Pastafarian wins right to wear pasta strainer hat

Czech Pastafarian wins right to wear pasta strainer hat (via Raw Story )

The Czech Republic is now the second country in Europe to recognize pasta strainers as religious headgear. The Daily Mail reported Thursday that Lukas Novy from Brno in the Czech Republic has won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head at all…


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US bill targets French rail SNCF over Holocaust

US bill targets French rail SNCF over Holocaust (via AFP)

US lawmakers have re-introduced legislation that seeks to hold France's state-owned rail company SNCF accountable for its role in transporting Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust. US Senator Chuck Schumer led a bipartisan group of sponsors in…


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Georgia State student: Opposing ‘White Student Union’ is ‘ignorant and closed-minded’

Georgia State student: Opposing ‘White Student Union’ is ‘ignorant and closed-minded’ (via Raw Story )

The student who is responsible for creating a controversial “White Student Union” at Georgia State University has accused opponents of the group of being “ignorant and closed-minded.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday reported that…


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Huawei lashes out at ex-CIA chief over spying claims

Huawei lashes out at ex-CIA chief over spying claims (via AFP)

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has hit back at allegations by a former CIA chief that the company spies for Beijing, labelling them "defamatory" and "baseless". Michael Hayden, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency in 2006-09, was quoted two weeks…


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Armed Wisconsin agents bust into animal shelter to kill baby deer

Armed Wisconsin agents bust into animal shelter to kill baby deer (via Raw Story )

Armed agents with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources raided an animal shelter on the Kenosha-Illinois border and killed a fawn two weeks ago, according to WISN-TV. The Society of St. Francis told the TV station that nine DNR agents and four…


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Modern luxury meets Soviet retro chic as GUM turns 120

Modern luxury meets Soviet retro chic as GUM turns 120 (via AFP)

In Soviet days, people queued to buy Romanian boots or East German bras, but Moscow's vast GUM shopping arcade, which turns 120 this year, is now a luxury emporium that plays on Soviet nostalgia. The official 120th birthday celebrations will take place…


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Jay Smooth explains how Don Lemon’s ‘respectability politics’ internalizes shame

Jay Smooth explains how Don Lemon’s ‘respectability politics’ internalizes shame (via Raw Story )

Hip hop activist Jay Smooth ripped into CNN’s Don Lemon in video released Thursday, mocking his “f*cking terrible” claim black men could alleviate poverty by avoiding saggy pants. Smooth said Lemon’s advice wasn’t actually intended to seriously…


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***NERD ALERT*** New Doctor Who to be revealed

New Doctor Who to be revealed (via AFP)

The new Doctor Who will be unveiled in front of a live audience at a special show on Sunday, the BBC announced. Presenter by Zoe Ball will conduct an interview with the new Time Lord, who will replace Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor. "The decision is made…


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