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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The New 'Gay Pride' In Pro Sports (via Jive in the [415])

Robbie Rogers, Brittney Griner, and Jason Collins are blazing an exciting new trail as gay activists in professional sports. Coming out and fey gay stereotypes I was so thrilled to hear that Robbie Rogers, who is a GREAT footballer/soccer player, wasn’t ready to hang up his cleats just yet. He’…


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Supreme Court denies Indiana bid to cutoff Planned Parenthood funding

Supreme Court denies Indiana bid to cutoff Planned Parenthood funding (via Raw Story )

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked an Indiana law aimed at stopping Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds to provide cancer screenings and other services for the poor. The Supreme Court justices gave no indication why they had rejected Indiana…


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Michael Kinsley Claims Anti-Gay Bigots Aren't Monsters. I Say Bullshit!

Michael Kinsley Claims Anti-Gay Bigots Aren't Monsters. I Say Bullshit! (via Jive in the [415])

In a column for The New Republic, Michael Kinsley wrote an opinion piece that’s entitled “Being against marriage equality doesn’t make you a monster,” and I disagree with him wholeheartedly.   Kinsley makes excuses for the anti-gay forces who don’t support gay marriage, and defends the conservative…


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White supremacist resigns from Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign

White supremacist resigns from Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign (via Raw Story )

An aide to the re-election campaign of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has resigned from his position over connections to a white supremacist group. According to Mediaite, Cuban-American conservative activist Roan Garcia-Quintana stepped down after days of intense pressure on the campaign. The…


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What Bridge Collapse in Wash. State Says About Health of U.S. Infrastructure

What Bridge Collapse in Wash. State Says About Health of U.S. Infrastructure (via PBS News Hour)

GWEN IFILL: The recent collapse of a vital but aging bridge in the Pacific Northwest is raising some big questions about just how safe other bridges and structures are in this day and age. Vehicles plunged into the water, beams collapsed, and three people were injured last week when this bridge over…


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Nebraska lawmaker’s ‘biggest mystery’ is women: ‘They don’t even understand themselves’

Nebraska lawmaker’s ‘biggest mystery’ is women: ‘They don’t even understand themselves’ (via Raw Story )

A Republican state senator in Nebraska says that his “biggest mystery” is women because they “don’t even understand themselves.” In responses to a questionnaire published by the Journal Star on Tuesday state Sen. Bill Kintner (R) explained that he applies the “moral absolutes of Christianity…


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How Do Low-Skilled Workers Fit Into Equation of Immigration Reform?

How Do Low-Skilled Workers Fit Into Equation of Immigration Reform? (via PBS News Hour)

GWEN IFILL: Next: a look at some low-skilled workers in this country, as we continue our series on the immigration bill now making its way through the U.S. Senate. It's part of our ongoing focus inside immigration reform. Ray Suarez has tonight's conversation. RAY SUAREZ: The U.S. has used unskilled…


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Republicans get three times more ‘false’ ratings from PolitiFact than Democrats

Republicans get three times more ‘false’ ratings from PolitiFact than Democrats (via Raw Story )

An analysis of PolitiFact ratings suggests Republicans are significantly less credible than Democrats. The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found Republican’s had made three times as many false statements as Democrats this year. PolitiFact examines a variety of political…


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Is the U.S. Overreaching Abroad?

Is the U.S. Overreaching Abroad? (via PBS News Hour)

JEFFREY BROWN: Finally tonight, the second of two conversations about America's role in the world. Last week, Margaret Warner talked to former State Department Vali Nasr, who offered a behind-the-scenes critique of policy-making in the Obama administration. Tonight, Margaret gets a different view.…


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Facebook agrees to work on removing gender-based hate

Facebook agrees to work on removing gender-based hate (via Raw Story )

Facing a growing boycott from advertisers, Facebook on Tuesday said efforts to remove content that trivialized or incited violence against women would be increased. “In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would…


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The 5 characteristics of global warming consensus denial

The 5 characteristics of global warming consensus denial (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 28 May 2013 by John Cook, dana1981 All movements that reject an overwhelming scientific consensus show 5 inevitable characteristics. They celebrate fake experts, cherry pick the data, argue using misrepresentation and logical fallacies, indulge in conspiracy theories, and demand impossible…


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North Carolina Chamber of Commerce says ‘ag-gag’ bill isn’t an ‘ag-gag’ bill

North Carolina Chamber of Commerce says ‘ag-gag’ bill isn’t an ‘ag-gag’ bill (via Raw Story )

The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce claims animal rights activists are misrepresenting a bill regarding the filming of animal cruelty at factory farms. In a news release issued Tuesday, the Chamber of Commerce said Senate Bill 648 — the NC Commerce Protection Act of 2013 — would actually strengthen…


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'Obama' surfs Internet from Chinese cafe: report

'Obama' surfs Internet from Chinese cafe: report (via AFP)

President Barack Obama appears to be a regular customer of a Chinese Internet cafe, reports said, after the manager forged an identity card in the US leader's name to help surfers avoid China's web rules. The card has a full-face picture of Obama, lists his correct birthday and gives his address as…


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Activists mock Georgia ‘mind control’ senator for nonexistent radio show

Activists mock Georgia ‘mind control’ senator for nonexistent radio show (via Raw Story )

Activist group Better Georgia said on Tuesday it is calling on Gov. Nathan Deal (R) to fire the former state senator he allegedly steered toward a radio broadcasting job for not actually doing any programs since taking the position. “Chip Rogers started his taxpayer-funded job 128 days, 18 hours,…


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Chinese hackers spying on US weapons programs

Chinese hackers spying on US weapons programs (via AFP)

Chinese hackers have gained access to secret designs for a slew of sophisticated US weapons programs, officials said, possibly jeopardizing the American military's technological edge. The breaches were part of a broad Chinese campaign of espionage against top US defense contractors and government agencies…


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American Taliban leader, Pat Robertson, threatens ‘nasty’ progressive group with ‘full-scale exposé’

Pat Robertson threatens ‘nasty’ progressive group with ‘full-scale exposé’ (via Raw Story )

Television preacher and one-time Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson warned on his “700 Club” show Tuesday that he’s inclined to run a “full-scale exposé” on a web publication that he refused to identify, calling them a “nasty group” that focuses on “embarrassing conservatives…


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'French San Francisco' braces for first gay wedding

'French San Francisco' braces for first gay wedding (via AFP)

International media have begun converging on the "French San Francisco" where the country's first official gay wedding is due to take place Wednesday amid tight security and fears of protests after months of opposition that saw tens of thousands take to the streets. Vincent Autin, 40, and Bruno Boileau…


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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes rips Gov. Chris Christie for dismissing climate change

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes rips Gov. Chris Christie for dismissing climate change (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Chris Hayes sharply criticized New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday night for dismissing climate change following Hurricane Sandy. “Chris Christie is too busy preparing to serve up red meat to bother with that,” he said. “With his approval rating high and his political strength…


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Darrell "Arsonist" Issa subpoenas State Dept emails on Benghazi

US lawmaker subpoenas State Dept emails on Benghazi (via AFP)

The head of a congressional oversight panel demanded Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry hand over communications detailing the Obama administration's handling of last year's deadly attack on the US mission in Libya. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's powerful chairman Darrell…


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Priebus has ‘good feeling’ Darrell "Insurance Fraud" Issa will have ‘quite a summer’ investigating Obama

Priebus has ‘good feeling’ Issa will have ‘quite a summer’ investigating Obama (via Raw Story )

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday promised that “this is just the beginning” of Republicans in Congress investigating President Barack Obama. Priebus explained to Fox News host Gretchen Carlson that Republicans like Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) would continue their probes…


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US drone strike kills six in Pakistan

US drone strike kills six in Pakistan (via AFP)

A US drone strike killed at least six suspected militants in Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, the first such attack since President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for the controversial tactic. The attack on Chashma village near Miranshah, the main town of lawless North Waziristan district…


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