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Could French flicks derail a US-EU free trade pact?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Could French flicks derail a US-EU free trade pact? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The US and Europe hold deeply differing attitudes on things such as data privacy or genetically modified foods that have long caused trade disagreement. But the two are attempting to put those aside to forge the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would be the largest free…


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America’s Exceptional Food Insecurity

America’s Exceptional Food Insecurity (via Moyers & Company)

Millions of American families say they have trouble putting food on the table and the economic recovery has done little to provide them with relief. Despite our relative prosperity as a nation, the percentage of Americans who, at some point in a given year, cannot afford to eat sets us apart from other…


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Another US-UK 'special relationship' - between intelligence services

Another US-UK 'special relationship' - between intelligence services (via The Christian Science Monitor)

A week on from revelations about the secret US eavesdropping program called PRISM, the British government has warned international airlines not to allow former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden to board flights to Britain. The effective labeling of Mr. Snowden as a “persona…


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Denying a Head Start in Washington State

Denying a Head Start in Washington State (via Moyers & Company)

To get a sense of just how foolish and shortsighted the $85 billion across-the-board sequester cuts are you don’t have to look any further than Head Start. The federal government’s only pre-K program, Head Start provides comprehensive, high-quality early education and support services to children…


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Did Bill Clinton goad Obama into stepping up in Syria?

Did Bill Clinton goad Obama into stepping up in Syria? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Of all the elements that fed into President Obama’s decision to send small arms to the Syrian rebels, the most intriguing possibility is the sharp criticism he faced earlier this week from the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton. At a private event, former President Clinton said he agreed with…


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‘Rich States, Poor States,’ Red States, Blue States

‘Rich States, Poor States,’ Red States, Blue States (via Moyers & Company)

Last month, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a corporate lobbying group that Common Cause says is masquerading as a nonprofit charity — published its sixth annual “Rich States, Poor States” report. The publication is coauthored by Dr. Arthur Laffer, often called the father…


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East Antarctic ice shelves melting at surprising pace, study suggests

East Antarctic ice shelves melting at surprising pace, study suggests (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Several small ice shelves along the East Antarctic coast appear to be melting at surprisingly high rates, some at rates comparable to those of shelves in West Antarctica, long a center of concern over the impact of climate change on the region's vast ice sheet and sea-level rise. This is an unexpected…


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Congress Turns Its Back on Rural America

Congress Turns Its Back on Rural America (via Moyers & Company)

For fifteen years in Neodesha, Kansas (population 2,486) there were only two options for early childhood education services in town: a program for at-risk 4-year-olds operated by the school district, and a Head Start Center for children ages 0 through 5 run by the Southeast Kansas Community Action…


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Jeb Bush: ‘More fertile’ immigrants needed to care for aging Americans

Jeb Bush: ‘More fertile’ immigrants needed to care for aging Americans (via Raw Story )

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told a conservative conference on Friday that comprehensive immigration reform could be turn around a trend of lower birth rates in the U.S. because “immigrants are more fertile.” “Demography is destiny,” Bush explained to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s…


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ALEC’s (Non)Disclosure Policy

ALEC’s (Non)Disclosure Policy (via Moyers & Company)

Last week, The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed suit against Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir for failing to release documents as required under the state’s public records law. CMD alleges that Sen. Vukmir possesses materials pertaining to her involvement with the American Legislative…


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Harvard professor tells Moyers: Snowden’s fear nothing will change ‘is the most likely outcome’

Harvard professor tells Moyers: Snowden’s fear nothing will change ‘is the most likely outcome’ (via Raw Story )

Harvard professor Laurence Lessig told Bill Moyers on Friday that former defense contractor Edward Snowden’s concerns about popular apathy regarding his revelations of government data gathering are well-founded. “I think the thing he most fears is the most likely outcome,” Lessig said on Moyers…


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Orangutan Spawn, Donald Trump, Slams 'Modern Family'

Donald Trump Slams 'Modern Family' (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Donald Trump is never one to hold back an unsolicited opinion, but to be fair he has been quiet with the insults lately. At least he was, until he let out this little gem on Twitter.


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Maine man arrested for shooting dog with BB gun 100 times

Maine man arrested for shooting dog with BB gun 100 times (via Raw Story )

A man in Maine has been arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly shooting a dog with a BB gun over 100 times, WGME reported on Friday. The Waldoboro Police Department announced on Thursday that Aaron Armstrong had been charged with class C felony aggravated animal cruelty. Earlier this week, the…


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Maher rips Pat Kennedy’s anti-pot crusade: ‘This is like global warming denying’

Maher rips Pat Kennedy’s anti-pot crusade: ‘This is like global warming denying’ (via Raw Story )

Noted marijuana enthusiast Bill Maher had little patience on Real Time on Friday for former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s (D-RI) campaign against legalizing the drug. “It just seems so un-Kennedy like to be against what I said a couple of weeks ago was the new gay marriage,” Maher told Kennedy in a…


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Texas Democrats accuse Perry of vetoing equal pay bill

Texas Democrats accuse Perry of vetoing equal pay bill (via Raw Story )

Democrats in the Texas legislature accused Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday of vetoing a bill that would have given women more chances to fight pay discrimination, the Dallas Morning News reported. The measure, HB 950, would have allowed women to sue their employers in state court beyond the current 180…


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Is Kraft's 'Let's Get Zesty' Print Ad Too Sexy?

Is Kraft's 'Let's Get Zesty' Print Ad Too Sexy? (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Kraft's provocative 'Let's Get Zesty' print ad has upset Christian advocacy group One Million Moms.


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Ohio abortion bill would require women to share income data with doctors

Ohio abortion bill would require women to share income data with doctors (via Raw Story )

Women’s health advocates in Ohio are furious over a new bill that would require a 48-hour waiting period before abortions and for women seeking the procedure to go over their financial situation with their doctors. According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the bill would mandate that women looking…


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Flatulent Cop Leads to 'Cannabis Factory' Discovery

Flatulent Cop Leads to 'Cannabis Factory' Discovery (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Police in Leicester, England stumbled upon a 'cannabis factory' after the officers had to roll the windows down in the car because one of the officers was farting. The windows being put down led to cops smelling marijuana instead. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) says that's…


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Social Security allows transgender people to change gender listing without surgery

Social Security allows transgender people to change gender listing without surgery (via Raw Story )

Transgender men and women will be better able to reflect their identity on their Social Security records following a ruling by the Social Security Administration (SSA), Think Progress reported on Friday. The SSA’s new policy will now allow a person to change their gender listing if they provide either…


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