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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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