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No, Millennials are not all libertarians

July 24, 2014
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The Nation
by Alex Holt  

"I was 9 years old when President Clinton was impeached. I distinctly remember the news anchor’s discomfort when he tried to explain that he was interrupting regular programming to begin coverage of the Senate’s consideration of perjury charges. When I asked my dad what the president had done and why everyone was mad at him, he told me that Clinton had 'kissed another woman,' and married people weren’t supposed to do that. To me, it didn’t seem like a big enough deal to warrant canceling Saturday morning cartoons. A few years later, I watched the Supreme Court pick our president after we learned just how poorly a ballot could be designed." (07/23/14)

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Hillary’s Sister Souljah moment

July 24, 2014
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Our Future
by Robert Borosage  

"The 2016 election is two-and-one-half years off, but already Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is getting pummeled. Her book tour, designed to provide soft interviews burnishing her record as secretary of state, has been plagued by missteps. She’s criticized for having no 'big idea,' for being out of touch after earning enough in the last year to be part of the .001 percent, even for underwhelming book sales. Her foreign policy hawkishness has stirred the embers of progressive doubts. Worse, she seems on the wrong side of the divide between the Wall Street and the Warren (after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, darling of progressives) wings of the Democratic party. The adversarial press seems a lot more 'ready for Hillary' than Hillary is for the fray." (07/23/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140723/hillarys-sister-souljah-moment  

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Nationalize the Ivy League

July 24, 2014
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In These Times
by Chris Lehmann  

"Higher education in the United States is the scapegoat of first resort for the country's lagging indicators of prosperity, individual achievement and civilizational excellence. The American university had it coming. It has pillaged the pedagogy of the liberal-arts tradition in favor of corporatized research, trustee courtiership and legacy big-donor admissions. And contrary to the myth that a degree from an elite college is a port of entry to access the American good life, higher learning accelerates the scourge of economic inequality. For all the resources and pious rhetoric showered on the American university as an engine of opportunity and upward mobility, the numbers tell a different story." (07/23/14)

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Gunmaker Beretta moving from Maryland to Tennessee

July 24, 2014
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Raw Story    

"Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland’s strict new firearms law, the company said. The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $45 million Gallatin site is scheduled to open in 2015. Beretta said on Tuesday it was concerned that during debate on the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 the Maryland Senate had voted to bar the company from being able to manufacture, store or import firearms, as it had done since 1977." (07/23/14)

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Report: Social Security spent $300 million on “IT boondoggle”

July 24, 2014
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Fox News    

"Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five years later, it was still two to three years from being done, according to the report by McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm. Today, with the project still in the testing phase, the agency can't say when it will be completed or how much it will cost." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n7l59nz  

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Israel, looking for hope in a sea of bad faith & despair

July 24, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side?" (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owcooxm  

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Study: Uninformed consumers waste money on name brands

July 24, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A new study, writes Harvard behavioral economics Prof Cass Sunstein, shows that 'the more informed you are, the more likely you are to choose store brands.' Tilburg University Prof Bart Bronnenberg analysed data from more than 77 million shopping trips from 2004-2011, matching the items purchased with the consumers' occupations. For example, pharmacists were more likely to choose store brands of headache meds over national brands, and chefs often selected non-name-brands of salt and sugar compared with non-chefs." (07/23/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28451696  

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Western wildfires burn through firefighting budgets

July 24, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"As 26 major wildfires currently rage across the American West (8 of them in Oregon and Washington) they’re rapidly burning through firefighting budgets as well. As a result, experts warn, firefighting agencies such as the US Forest Service and the US Department of the Interior have to raid other fire-related programs -- forest management and fire preparedness, for example -- to battle the blazes. The reasons for this are multiple and complicated." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ofj6hts  

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$18 billion in job training = lots of trained unemployed people

July 24, 2014
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Reuters
by Peter Van Buren  

"President Barack Obama told Americans in his July 19 weekly address that every worker deserves to know that 'if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.' A nice sentiment -- and politically safe. It’s just the wrong answer. Those 'better jobs' don’t exist, and training doesn’t create jobs. Despite all that, every year the U.S. government spends billions of dollars on job training, with little impact. In 2007, then-candidate Obama visited Janesville, WI, location of the oldest operating General Motors plant in America." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q48r6cn  

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MT: Senator blames PTSD for plagiarizing thesis

July 24, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder. The apparent plagiarism first reported by The New York Times was the second potentially damaging issue raised this year involving the Democrat's 33-year military career, which has been a cornerstone of his campaign to keep the seat he was appointed to in February when Max Baucus resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o937exh  

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Widen: Companies must be stopped from moving offshore

July 24, 2014
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Reuters    

"Immediate government action is needed to stop U.S. corporations from avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas through deals known as inversions, the head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee said on Tuesday. Nine inversion deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are being considered. The transactions are setting a record pace since the first inversion was done 32 years ago. Washington is increasingly concerned about this. 'Let's work together to immediately cool down the inversion fever ... The inversion loophole needs to be plugged now,' said Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, finance committee chairman, at a hearing." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m7z6894  

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Surge to the border: Crisis or reunion?

July 24, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Why isn't Mexico doing more to deter unaccompanied minors from Central America from traversing Mexico to cross the U.S./Mexico border? If this is a humanitarian crisis, then shouldn't Mexico be taking in its neighbors? Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade met with The Chronicle Editorial Board on Tuesday, so I had a chance to ask him." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pv6wuzs  

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

July 23, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8rctzm  

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Petty: “No one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians”

July 23, 2014
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Raw Story    

"Veteran rocker Tom Petty isn’t pulling any punches with his new song 'Playing Dumb.' In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said that he wrote the song about the decades of child sex abuse in the Catholic church and the elaborate lengths that priests and their leaders have gone to cover up the crimes. 'I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have,' Petty said, 'but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t abuse children systematically for God knows how many years.' Petty went on to say that he doesn’t understand why people continue to donate to the church, which has paid out millions of dollars in legal settlements to the victims of child-molesting priests." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lbytp7c  

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TN restaurant owner: “Business exploded” since welcoming guns

July 23, 2014
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Fox News    

"A Tennessee restaurant owner has placed a sign in the window of her business welcoming gun owners -- a move she says has brought in more customers and saved her business from closing. Shiloh Brew and Chew owner Sharma Floyd says put up the sign after seeing a news account of a business being robbed after posting a sign saying guns were not allowed in the building. The Maryville restaurant owner opted to go in the opposite direction." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l2e6cvk  

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How Silicon Valley millionaires stole progressivism

July 23, 2014
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The Nation
by Zelda Bronstein  

"On a Saturday afternoon in early February, more than 600 residents of San Francisco gathered at the Tenderloin Elementary School for a citywide tenants’ convention. The attendees (an eclectic mix of old and young, veteran activists and political newcomers) came from neighborhoods all over town. They joined together to fight the soaring rents and mounting evictions that have accompanied the tech incursion into San Francisco, and that are threatening to turn a city famed for its inclusive, liberal character into an enclave of wealth and privilege." [editor's note: What? Somebody has co-opted a movement -- just as the socialists co-opted the peace effort some 40-50 years ago? I am truly shocked - SAT] (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pj8dz9e  

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ND: Race for agriculture commissioner “all about oil”

July 23, 2014
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Reuters    

"North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that meets only every two years, North Dakota has given an unusual amount of power to the agriculture commissioner and two other members of the state's Industrial Commission, charging the triumvirate with oversight of permitting and other issues critical to the oil industry, which hopes to drill 35,000 new wells within 15 years. North Dakota produces 1 million barrels of oil each day -- more than any state except Texas and even some OPEC members." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mwpdjj8  

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Note to TW stockholders: Listen to Murdoch’s muzzled minorities

July 23, 2014
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Reuters
by Rob Cox  

"Time Warner shareholders pondering whether to surrender to Rupert Murdoch would be well advised to listen to the media mogul’s muzzled minorities. Most Twenty-First Century Fox believers are relegated to owning non-voting stock in the entertainment conglomerate, the same second-tier paper on offer as part of the $80 billion takeover bid for the owner of HBO, CNN and Warner Bros. studios. Despite broad investor overlap in the two companies, the record shows a clear distaste for Murdoch’s imperialism." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m27t257  

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YouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright

July 22, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A leading YouTube entrepreneur is facing legal action for alleged copyright infringement in her videos. Ultra Records, which has musicians Kaskade, deadmau5 and Calvin Harris on its books, is suing Michelle Phan. The label and its publishing arm claim she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website. But one of the artists whose work she is alleged to have used has said he supports Ms Phan." (07/22/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28418449  

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Let’s get our politics above the snake line

July 22, 2014
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Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"We’ve got to make our way to higher ground. We’ve got to get our politics above the snake line. People came to Netroots Nation to see Senator Elizabeth Warren speak, and discovered Rev. William Barber when they got here. If you are not yet tuned in to Rev. Barber you absolutely have to watch this speech (or a speech the prior week, at the American Federation of Teachers convention; I actually recommend watching both. After you watch this you will want to watch the other.)" (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/krl3rmz  

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Are the media reporting the Gaza war fairly?

July 22, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Are the media finally getting the Israeli-Palestinian story right? It's a difficult question to answer, particularly when it would be hard to agree on what 'right' means. But it does look like we're seeing and hearing more about what's happening to Palestinian civilians than we have in previous flare-ups of this endless conflict. That's what Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues in a piece saying that Israel is losing the PR war in the American media." (07/21/14)

http://prospect.org/article/are-media-reporting-gaza-war-fairly  

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Indonesia: Widodo wins presidency, but rival won’t concede

July 22, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo is the winner of Indonesia's presidential race, the country's election commission confirmed Tuesday. The former furniture salesman with a popular everyman touch will lead the world's third largest democracy. Mr. Widodo won 53 percent of the vote, according to the Election Commission, confirming early predictions that he had bested former Gen. Prabowo Subianto in the country's third direct presidential election." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lub2f5m  

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FAA to US airlines: Don’t fly to Tel Aviv

July 22, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement. 'Due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza, all flight operations to/from Ben Gurion International Airport by U.S. operators are prohibited until further advised,' the FAA said in its notice to airlines. The rocket strike landed about one mile from the airport." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lxg2w5u  

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All aboard for net neutrality

July 22, 2014
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In These Times
by Cole Stangler  

"The future of net neutrality (the idea that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all content equally) has never been so uncertain. In the absence of new federal action, telecom behemoths like Verizon and Comcast could soon ask deep-pocketed websites to pony up for speedier delivery of their content, leaving everyone else in the dust. Smaller sites could suffer from frustratingly slow loading speeds. Technically, there’s nothing on the books to stop this." (07/22/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16935/all_aboard_for_net_neutrality  

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NV: Talk on cracking Internet anonymity service Tor canceled

July 22, 2014
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Reuters    

"A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor was withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference, a spokeswoman for the event said on Monday. The talk was canceled at the request of attorneys for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where the speakers work as researchers, the spokeswoman, Meredith Corley, told Reuters. Tor is a double-edged sword that has given dissidents living under repressive regimes a way of communicating safely. But it has also enabled criminals to take advantage of its cloak of anonymity. " (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/np3vogg  

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