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Harry Reid, poster child for term limits

March 29, 2015
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Wayne Allyn Root Fox News Forum
by Wayne Allyn Root  

"I am a proud citizen of beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada. I escaped New York for 'the Monte Carlo of America' -- beautiful weather and sunshine all year long, with no personal income taxes, no business income taxes, no capital gains taxes, no inheritance taxes and the 9th lowest property taxes in America. What does a conservative call a place like that? HEAVEN. And things just got even better. Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid just announced his retirement. Around the country there is shock. In Nevada there is only relief." [editor's note: I rarely post this guy's stuff, but he got this one dead right - SAT] [additional editor's note: We already have ironclad term limits. They're called "don't re-elect the guy" - TLK] (03/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhxafab  

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Kenya: Religious coexistence feels pressure of stronger Muslim identity

March 29, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"On a steamy day on the Kenyan coast, a tall student stands at the courtyard water pump at her school filling a wheelbarrow during a class break. Her arms, bare to above her elbow, poke out from beneath her blue hijab. Her attire speaks to a series of compromises between her Christian-funded school and its Muslim students. The hijab is permitted – but must match her blue skirt. The shirt, on the other hand, is regulation short-sleeve, and tucked into the fitted waist of her skirt. This is the trade-off for attending Malindi Central Primary School, one of Kenya’s many church-sponsored public schools." (03/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4gqwc3  

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Senate budget votes reveal same old “party of NO”

March 27, 2015
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Our Future
by Isaiah J Poole  

"The series of votes that will shape the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2016 federal budget won’t be until Friday morning, but we already know how this drama ends, with Republicans keeping true to being the 'party of NO' when it comes to actions that would help raise wages, empower workers and advance the goal of shared prosperity. The Senate today launched into what’s known inside the Beltway as a 'vote-a-rama,' a marathon series of votes expected to last well into the night. But the tone was arguably set on Tuesday, with a little-noticed vote on a budget amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders [I-VT]. The Sanders amendment would have accomplished something that should have been noncontroversial: make space in the budget for funding a long-term surface transportation bill." [editor's note: I can't think of any congressional action other than self-dissolution that would "help raise wages, empower workers and advance the goal of shared prosperity." And somehow I'm thinking that's not quite what Poole has in mind - TLK] (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qg3b64k  

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Stop using college students as political pawns

March 27, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Elizabeth Stoker  

"Judith Shulevitz’s contemplative March 21 New York Times essay on the purported oversensitivity of college undergraduates provoked paroxysms of anxiety among the commentariat, eliciting responses from Slate to the Washington Post and beyond. Among other collegiate eccentricities, Shulevitz details the somewhat infantile soothing materials set aside in a private room for Brown University students who felt upset by discussions of sexual assault. The walls of this room took on a near apocalyptic metaphorical significance for the chattering class, with the Foundation For Individual Rights in Education worrying that 'universities cannot fulfill their vital function as places where students learn how to think, research, and debate if community members strive to avoid speech that makes them uncomfortable.'" (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qaufglx  

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GOP road to White House runs through Israel

March 27, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Keith Koffler  

"As Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX] announced on Monday that he is running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world. Cruz riffed, unimaginatively, on an 'imagine' theme, asking the young audience to 'imagine a president' who would repeal Obamacare and perform other feats. There was applause throughout. But one line prompted the students to erupt into a roaring, 30-second, standing ovation." (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvsjapc  

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Trey Gowdy’s bad Benghazi hand

March 27, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Ari Rabin-Havt  

"Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has become that poker player." (03/25/15)

http://prospect.org/article/trey-gowdys-bad-benghazi-hand  

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Russia heads to “America’s backyard” to find salve for sanctions

March 27, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Russia took its global charm offensive to Latin America this week, as the Kremlin seeks to counter Western sanctions over its policies in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Over the past few days, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reassured Cuba of ongoing support, denounced US sanctions against Venezuela, and even suggested Russia might be willing to take part in building a Nicaraguan rival to the Panama Canal. Rumors of Russian arms supplies to several countries in the region have prompted expressions of alarm in Washington. Mr. Lavrov's four-country visit, the latest in a series by top Russian officials, is part of a major diplomatic campaign to blunt US-led efforts to isolate Moscow for its policies in Ukraine." (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oox6k75  

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CA: Court rules Sun Worshipping Atheism “not a religion”

March 27, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A California court ruled that atheism is not a religion based on a three-point checklist to determine 'the sometimes subtle distinction between a religion and a secular belief system.' Marshel Copple is the sole follower of 'Sun Worshipping Atheism,' a belief system the former corrections officer created that advocates sleeping at least eight hours a day, daily fresh air, frequent exercise, having a job, social interaction, and skepticism. However, his beliefs on sleep conflicted with his work as a corrections officer, which required him to be available to work eight hours of overtime if needed and up to 16 hours in the event of a prison riot, reported The National Law Review." (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbk94kv  

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White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

March 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters. The 60-page report is the first ever to tackle antibiotic resistance so broadly. It was compiled by a government task force led by the administration's top officials for health, agriculture and defense. Administration officials were not immediately available to comment." (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nv9r54j  

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Local economies to save the land & the people

March 26, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Wendell Berry  

"As often before, my thoughts begin with the modern history of rural Kentucky, which in all of its regions has been deplorable. In my county, Henry County, for example, as recently as the middle of the last century, every town was a thriving economic and social center. Now all of them are either dying or dead. If there is any concern about this in any of the state’s institutions, I have yet to hear about it. The people in these towns and their tributary landscapes once were supported by their usefulness to one another. Now that mutual usefulness has been removed, and the people relate to one another increasingly as random particles." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt8akuu  

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Dark matter “ghosts” through galactic smash-ups

March 26, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"By observing multiple collisions between huge clusters of galaxies, scientists have witnessed dark matter coasting straight through the turmoil. Dark matter is the mysterious, invisible stuff that makes up 85% of the matter in the cosmos -- and these results rule out several theoretical models put forward to explain it. This is because it barely interacts with anything at all, including the dark matter in the oncoming galaxies. The work appears in Science magazine." (03/26/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32066013  

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NC: Senate unveils more tax cuts, House backs targeted break

March 26, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Republican legislators who cut North Carolina income taxes in part by eliminating special treatment for targeted groups said Friday they're going further, while others feel pressure to change course and restore some breaks. A trio of state senators unveiled legislation they said will cut personal and corporate income taxes by $1 billion a year. At the same time senators were floating their plan, the House was voting overwhelmingly to restore one of the targeted tax breaks previously discarded -- one designed to encourage investors to rehabilitate old buildings." (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5hz8lp  

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Cloaking device could protect soldiers from shock waves

March 26, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A researcher at the defense company Boeing has filed a patent for a sci-fi-esque cloaking device that would protect soldiers from intense shock waves generated by explosions. The just-issued patent to Boeing envisions stopping shock waves using a veil of heated, ionized air. Such a 'shield' would damp the force of explosions. It doesn't build an invisible wall of force, but rather makes shock waves bend around objects, just as some high-tech materials bend light and make things invisible. Brian J. Tillotson, a senior research fellow at Boeing, said the idea occurred to him after noticing the kinds of injuries suffered by soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan." (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oa79ek2  

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This is what a “people’s budget” looks like

March 26, 2015
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John Nichols The Nation
by John Nichols  

"A proper budget is a moral document, which well expresses the values and aspirations of a civil society. As such, the measure of any budget is its combination of fiscal and social responsibility. By this measure, there was only one proper budget proposal floated in the current Congress. And it did not get very far. Only 96 House Democrats voted Wednesday for the People’s Budget, as it was proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The budget was opposed by 330 House members, including 86 shame-on-them Democrats and 244 Republicans." [editor's note: Not sure whether to laugh or cry at Mr. Nichols' faith in the Dems to do his bidding - SAT] (03/26/15)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/202633/what-peoples-budget-looks  

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My license plates, my free speech

March 26, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Ben Jones  

"A case before the Supreme Court has again brought the issue of the Confederate battle flag onto the public radar screen. At issue is whether a state-issued specialty license plate is an expression by the state government or by the individual who purchases it, and therefore protected by the First Amendment. Many legal experts believe the court will uphold the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans to allow a specialty license plate that honors the heritage of those tens of millions of Americans whose ancestors fought for the Southern cause 150 years ago." (03/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw6fhur  

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No, the college your kids go to won’t decide their destiny

March 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Rob Cox  

"New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, himself a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, thinks it’s time to take much of the anxiety out of the college admittance process. His new book, Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be, gives some pretty good reasons to relax, at least a little. Right now, letters from colleges are flooding into kitchens across America, crashing hopes and buoying dreams, but Bruni points out that of the 10 biggest U.S. companies, only one is led by an Ivy League graduate. Even looking at past presidents, Bruni argues, what people see is deceiving. Did Yale prepare the Bushes for the White House, or was Yale merely a stop on the way to destiny? He points out that George H.W. Bush’s father, Prescott, had already served in the Senate." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxow5mb  

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Bad reporting about education harming schools & students

March 26, 2015
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"Be afraid, be very afraid, any time you see a reporter in the business media turn his or her attention to education and public schools. What will likely follow is a string of truisms used to prop up a specious argument, steeped in biased notions that were themselves picked up from ill-informed conversations promoted by other clueless business news outlets. All of this chatter would be something best to ignore were it not for the fact that reporters and pundits from these outlets are often raised to prominence, labeled as “experts,” and lionized by political leaders and policy makers, while real authorities on education are overlooked or completely drowned out in the babble." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pwobhmj  

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Obamacare and its discontents

March 26, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by AW Gaffney  

"Promising new treatments and techonlogies abounded, but the rising cost of healthcare was squeezing the finances of families throughout the nation. A research group, the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care, was assembled to study, and perhaps change, healthcare financing and delivery in the United States. The year was 1927, but the Committee’s final report, released five years later, remains quite timely." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2pgrcc  

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Takei encourages boycotting Indiana over “religious freedom” bill

March 26, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) now faces the prospect of a wider boycott from sci-fi and gaming fans with the involvement of actor and activist George Takei, the Huffington Post reported. Takei criticized both Pence and the Republican-controlled state legislature online over Senate Bill 101. Supporters have said that the measure would protect residents’ freedom of religion from state scrutiny, while opponents counter that the bill would legalize discrimination against same-sex couples." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nr487a7  

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PA: Catholic high school requires pre-approval for prom dresses

March 26, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Girls attending a Pennsylvania Catholic high school may be opting for demure rather than daring prom dresses since a new policy requires their garments must be approved in advance. Delone Catholic high school in McSherrystown, PA, warned its female students they must submit a photo of their prom dress to be pre-approved by faculty before the May 1 dance. The plan states that gowns may not be extremely short, have an extremely low cut front or back, or be 'inappropriately revealing.' Girls who show up in unapproved attire would be turned away at the door." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nv5ahn9  

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Jeb Bush & the two types of electability arguments

March 26, 2015
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Not that it matters much now, with all the fascinating campaigning still to come, but I still think that Jeb Bush is the most likely Republican nominee, for reasons I outlined here. Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal, however, says that one of the cornerstones of Jeb's appeal to Republican primary voters (that he's the electable candidate) isn't something they're buying, partly because there isn't a whole lot of evidence for it, other than the fact that Jeb is the kind of candidate who would seem to be more able to appeal to a general electorate." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pwb2sg4  

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Afghanistan: As US draws down, can Ghani brake economic slide?

March 26, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"For almost two years now, Javed Jami has watched business evaporate. His logistics company once employed 350 drivers and 150 administrative workers to operate a fleet of 500 trucks that delivered fuel and supplies to foreign forces throughout Afghanistan at the height of the war. But like countless other businesses that depended on foreign troops, when the drawdown began Mr. Jami watched his customers leave the country. Jami has since fired about 85 percent of his staff and is trying to sell 400 of his trucks, most of which he expects to let go for half price. By downsizing Jami hopes his firm, Faisal Mohammedi Group, can survive on the few remaining contracts to support international troops." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obkd9y8  

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SCOTUS: Justices press Obama administration on mercury pollution rule

March 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration’s refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, based on questions he asked during a 90-minute oral argument, could be a possible swing vote on the nine-justice court, with its four liberals appearing to back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rationale for the regulation. The case marks the latest legal test to President Barack Obama's environmental agenda to reach the high court. Industry groups and 21 states led by Michigan challenged the rule, announced in 2012 and due to go into effect this year." (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwumtyd  

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Magna Carta messed up the world

March 25, 2015
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Noam Chomsky The Nation
by Noam Chomsky  

"In a few months, we will be commemorating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta -- commemorating, but not celebrating, rather mourning the blows it has suffered. The first authoritative scholarly edition of Magna Carta was published by the eminent jurist William Blackstone in 1759. It was no easy task. As he wrote, 'the body of the charter has been unfortunately gnawn by rats' -- a comment that carries grim symbolism today, as we take up the task the rats left unfinished." (03/25/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/198513/killing-commons  

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Saudi Arabia launches military operation in Yemen

March 25, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Saudi Arabia has launched a military operation (including air strikes) in Yemen against Houthi Shia rebels, the Saudi ambassador in the US has said. Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia acted to 'defend the legitimate government' of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. The Iran-backed rebels have made rapid gains in recent months, forcing Mr Hadi to flee the capital Sanaa. Residents said explosions could be heard in Sanaa and the city's airport after the Saudi announcement." (03/25/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32061632  

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