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Rubio only looks foolish when he tries to out-trump Trump

February 8, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Raul Reyes  

"On Wednesday, President Obama made history, visiting an American mosque for the first time during his presidency. Appearing at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the president described U.S. Muslims as part of 'one American family.' Although he received a warm welcome from those in attendance, the president reserved part of his message for non-Muslims, when he cautioned against bigotry. 'And so if we’re serious about freedom of religion -- and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country -- we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,' he said. Obama’s visit drew front-page coverage on newspapers from New York to London to the Middle East." [editor's note: Yep, the rest of the time MR just looks psychotic - SAT] (02/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/05/marco-rubio-president-obama-mosque-speech-religious-diversity-column/79829972  

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Enormous, humongous December; record yearly trade deficit

February 8, 2016
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the December goods and services trade deficit was an enormous, humongous $43.4 billion. Imports were up, exports were down. The cause was a 'stronger' dollar, decreased demand around the world thanks to 'austerity' policies that take money out of economies, and, of course, our job-killing 'free trade' policies. The 2015 goods and services deficit added up to $531.5 billion. This was $23.2 billion (4.6 percent) more than 2014. The goods and services trade deficit with China was a record $365.7 billion in 2015. That represents a billion dollars worth of jobs shipped to China every single day for a year." (02/06/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160205/enormous-humongous-december-and-record-yearly-trade-deficit  

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Rubio’s a robot, and other Republican revelations

February 8, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson  

"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie achieved his apotheosis in Saturday night’s Republican debate, settling happily into a role he was born to play. Christie is the bad cop in the interrogation room, slapping the detainee so silly that he’ll break down and say anything. His victim Saturday night was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, whom Christie accused not just of being an unready, callow youth, but of giving the same canned speech over and over again. Rubio was so rattled that he responded to Christie’s attack by delivering the same canned answer, verbatim, three times in the span of about a minute. It was not an effective reply." (02/07/16)

http://prospect.org/article/rubio%E2%80%99s-robot-and-other-republican-revelations  

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Condom-nation hits middle schools

February 7, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"The San Francisco Unified School District's board is poised to expand its Condom Availability Program for high school students into middle schools. The school district no longer offers Algebra I as an eighth-grade course -- Algebra I has been folded into a two-year, eighth-grade and ninth-grade class that is supposed to be more comprehensive. But the board is ready to bring a high school program to middle school by handing out condoms to sixth-graders. What could possibly go wrong?" (02/07/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/07/condomnation-hits-middle-schools-n2115593  

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A panic-inducing night for the GOP establishment

February 7, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler  

"The Republican establishment’s fondest hope before Saturday night’s debate was that Marco Rubio would deliver yet another solid (if unmemorable) debate performance, and that Donald Trump would fall on his face—compounding the damage he suffered in Iowa, and surrendering more, if not all, of his lead in New Hampshire over to Rubio, who’s in second place and climbing. Instead, the establishment got almost exactly the opposite." (02/06/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/129394/panic-inducing-night-gop-establishment  

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Republican 2016 hopefuls claim success following debate

February 7, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Republican presidential candidates fanned out across New Hampshire on Sunday following a debate that focused on Marco Rubio's lack of experience, Chris Christie's aggressive attacks on Rubio, and a relative lack of criticism of front-runner Donald Trump. Christie told Fox News Sunday that Rubio's awkward responses during Saturday night's debate (including word-for-word recitations of talking points) underscored his argument that the first-term senator from Florida is simply not ready to take on the Democrats and become president. 'You have to be prepared, you have to be experienced, you have to be ready,' the New Jersey governor said, arguing that he has these qualities and Rubio doesn't." (02/07/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/02/07/republican-debate-donald-trump-marco-rubio-chris-christie/79963602  

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SD: Low pay forces teachers to hold second, third jobs

February 7, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Second and even third jobs are the norm for many school teachers in South Dakota, where teacher pay ranks lowest in the nation, according to a state education task force. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed a half-cent sales tax increase to help raise teacher pay, but his plan needs two-thirds approval in both the House and the Senate -- a tough proposition in a legislature with an anti-tax lean. Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Education Association, said teachers often give up their evenings by grading papers and preparing lessons, and second jobs lead to burnout." (02/07/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Low-pay-forces-South-Dakota-teachers-to-hold-2nd-6813535.php  

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Volkswagen to offer compensation for US customers

February 7, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, the head of its claims fund told a German paper. The German car maker has still not decided whether vehicle owners will be offered cash, car buy-backs, repairs or replacement cars, Kenneth Feinberg told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Volkswagen in December asked Feinberg -- who earlier headed the compensation funds for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and General Motors' ignition switch crashes -- to create and administer the program." (02/07/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKCN0VG0MF  

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Report: Drought could be new normal for US Southwest

February 7, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Hang tight, Golden state. Californians longing for 'good old days' of steady rainfall might be waiting for a long time. California's current drought could become a more regular phenomenon, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters arguing that the storms that usually bring rain to the Southwestern states are becoming rarer. 'Droughts are occurring there more easily,' Andreas Prein, the study leader and a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told the Associated Press. The study, based on broad storm patterns rather than day-to-day rainfall, suggests the Southwest's rain and snow comes primarily from low-pressure storms in the North Pacific Ocean off the coast of Washington." (02/06/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0206/Why-drought-could-be-the-new-normal-for-the-US-Southwest  

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Why Sanders vs. Clinton is not a rerun of 2008

February 7, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor
by Linda Feldmann  

"If Hillary Clinton supporters are having a sense of déjà vu, they can be forgiven. Eight years ago, then-Senator Clinton was derailed in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination by another, more charismatic senator who came in to her left with a compelling, idealistic message. Now, yet another senator, with a different sort of charisma, threatens again to complicate Clinton’s path to the Democratic nomination. But 2016 isn’t a replay of 2008, for three reasons. The Clinton of 2008 isn’t the Clinton of today. Bernie Sanders isn’t Barack Obama. And the times have changed, in some ways dramatically. Thursday night’s Democratic debate demonstrated these differences." (02/06/15)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0205/Why-Sanders-vs.-Clinton-is-not-a-rerun-of-2008  

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UN Security Council vows new sanctions after N Korea’s rocket launch

February 7, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket. After an urgent meeting in New York, the council said it would soon adopt a new sanctions resolution in response. Pyongyang said it fired the rocket to place a satellite in orbit - but critics believe the real purpose was to test a ballistic missile. Sunday's launch comes weeks after North Korea held a fourth nuclear test - both acts violate UN resolutions." (02/07/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35518058  

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States taking action in name of keeping guns out of abusers’ hands

February 7, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns. Lawmakers and governors of both parties have supported bills stripping gun rights from those who have been convicted of domestic violence-related crimes or are subject to protective orders. The measures have been backed by victims' advocates, law enforcement groups and gun control supporters who see easy access to firearms as a major contributor to domestic violence killings. Similar proposals are expected to be debated in several states this year." [editor's note: There is some validity in keeping firearms out of the hands of people who have already been shown to initiate aggression; domestic abusers are a very small portion of those people - SAT] (02/07/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/states-taking-action-to-keep-guns-out-abusers-hands.html  

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Obama wants new tax on oil

February 4, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"U.S. President Barack Obama will launch a long-shot bid next week to impose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil that would fund the overhaul of the nation's aging transportation infrastructure, the White House said on Thursday. The proposed fee, which would be paid by oil companies and phased in over five years, was quickly met with scorn by lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Congress. In the last year of his presidency, Obama has said the country must stop subsidizing the 'dirty' fossil fuels of the past and focus on clean, renewable fuels that do not exacerbate climate change. 'By placing a fee on oil, the President's plan creates a clear incentive for private sector innovation to reduce our reliance on oil and at the same time invests in clean energy technologies that will power our future,' the White House said in a statement." [editor's note: You don't raise a tax, at least not until after you remove an existing subsidy! - SAT] (02/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-oil-idUSKCN0VD2Q7  

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Facebook removes legal cannabis dispensary pages

February 4, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Legal marijuana dispensaries throughout the nation have had their Facebook pages abruptly deleted this week, NJ.com reports. A handful of dispensaries from Maine and Washington have taken to the Facebook community forum to complain about the removal of their fan pages. But New Jersey seems to be the most affected, as three of the states five dispensaries have had their pages removed from the social media site. ... NJ dispensaries Breakwater Wellness and Treatment Center and the Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center said their business pages were shut down on Tuesday." (02/04/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/04/facebook-removes-legal-marijuana-dispensary-pages  

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Bernie’s Army is running for Congress

February 4, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by David Dayen  

"Bernie Sanders’s political revolution is predicated in part on mobilizing the public to change the direction of the country. Naysayers carp, and not without reason, that this is impossible, with Republicans having a lock on the gerrymandered Congress for the near future. But to change that state of affairs, you need Sanders Democrats: progressive leaders willing to compete for marginal seats and battle from inside the Capitol Building." [editor's note: It's hard to decide whether this roster is good for oppo research or recruitment; some could go either way - SAT] (02/03/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/129047/bernies-army-running-congress  

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Iowa reminds: Have faith in the voters

February 4, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Iowa was like a rainstorm that cleared away some of the nasty pollution clogging the air. Those last 10 polls that predicted Donald Trump would finish in first place? Wrong. The conventional wisdom about a high turnout sealing the deal for Trump proved -- repeat -- wrong. I am not a fan of the winner, Ted Cruz, but I appreciate how he used Trump's decision to skip the last debate to puncture the billionaire's balloon. If there's one thing I've learned in my years of column writing, it's to have faith in voters. Sometimes they see something in a candidate I don't see. Sometimes there is a gulf between what they tell pollsters and what they do in the voting booth. The closer the election, the more sober the assessment." (02/04/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/04/iowa-reminds-have-faith-in-the-voters-n2114400  

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How Sanders has transformed the Democratic race

February 4, 2016
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The Nation The Nation
by staff  

"It is little less than astonishing that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (a politician who, not long ago, was widely branded as almost irrelevant, a marginal gadfly from the left) secured a virtual tie with establishment favorite Hillary Clinton in the Iowa Democratic primary. There is no longer any question that
 the Sanders movement—led not so much by the candidate but by the thousands of young people who first turned out for his rallies and are now turning out to vote—is transforming the Democratic race. Indeed, Clinton eked out a razor-thin victory in Iowa because she veered left and finished her campaign with calls for wage hikes to address income inequality and new taxes on the rich -- what The Des Moines Register referred to as 'populist fire.' But the result gave Sanders a chance to declare: 'I think the people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment and, by the way, to the media establishment.'" (02/04/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/populist-fire-in-iowa  

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An emerging new narrative for education

February 4, 2016
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"The big news about education policy in the presidential race is that there is no news. As Laura Moser writes for Slate, 'None of the candidates are talking about education. Like, at all.' At Salon, parent and public school activist Bertis Downs argues that even the few times Democratic Party candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have mentioned education, their 'words don’t seem to resonate with many of the largely untapped public education parents and teachers who are in search of a candidate.' (I’d submit the one candidate who has made education prominent in his campaign is Jeb Bush. But his weak showing in the Iowa caucus and bottom-feeder status in polls might be enough evidence to convince other candidates to see Bush as less of a role model and more of a warning sign.)" (02/04/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160204/an-emerging-new-narrative-for-education  

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UN panel: Julian Assange being “arbitrarily held”

February 4, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A UN panel will conclude Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being 'arbitrarily detained' in the UK, the Swedish foreign ministry has said. Mr Assange, 44, claimed asylum in London's Ecuadorean embassy in 2012. He wants to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies. The Met Police says Mr Assange will be arrested if he leaves the embassy. Swedish prosecutors said the UN panel's decision would have 'no formal impact' on its ongoing investigation. Mr Assange earlier said his passport should be returned and his arrest warrant dropped if the UN panel, due to deliver its findings on Friday, ruled in his favour." (02/04/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35490910  

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UT: State to consider “porn epidemic” as “public health” crisis

February 4, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Utah lawmakers are considering making it the first state to declare pornography a public health crisis, similar to cigarettes. State Sen. Todd Weiler (R) recently introduced a legislative resolution that would recognize a range of 'societal harms' from the pornography 'epidemic.' ... 'I'm hoping this will start educating people that pornography is actually addictive, that it's harmful to families and relationships,' says Senator Weiler in a phone interview. Weiler acknowledges First Amendment rights to make and view pornography. Although the resolution does not put forward any particular policy solution, he says he ultimately 'would like to see the US work toward an Internet that is porn free unless you opt into it.'" (02/04/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0204/Is-porn-a-public-health-crisis-Utah-may-be-first-state-to-weigh-in  

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Rand Paul would have enlarged GOP tent

February 4, 2016
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David Boaz USA Today
by David Boaz  

"Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign has ended, like most presidential campaigns, short of the White House. The Republican debate will be poorer without him. Polls show substantial support for libertarian ideas in the Republican Party. Gallup found that libertarian strength in the GOP had risen from 15% in 2002 to 34% in 2012. In surveys in 2012 and 2013, David Kirby, then at FreedomWorks, found libertarians had grown from 35% to 41% of the party. Paul obviously didn’t capture that vote." (02/03/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/03/rand-paul-ends-presidential-campaign-2016-libertarians-gop-column/79755372  

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Bloomberg’s White House hurdle is Wall Street

February 4, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Rob Cox  

"Hillary Clinton’s schedule, the rhetoric from Bernie Sanders and the entanglements of Ted Cruz will be especially instructive for one person: Michael Bloomberg. Three times this week, Clinton repudiated her ties to the financial-industrial complex. She put off a visit to mega-fund manager BlackRock and a fundraiser hosted by a Bain Capital affiliate in Boston. The former U.S. secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady also backed away awkwardly from town-hall questions about paid speeches she made to Goldman Sachs. Clinton is struggling to fend off accusations by her chief rival for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, that she is a slave to the billionaires and Wall Street titans who brought the world to the brink of apocalypse only to emerge with more of its spoils." (02/04/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/02/04/cox-bloombergs-white-house-hurdle-is-wall-street  

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Report: Arctic sea ice sets January record low

February 4, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The amount of Arctic sea ice set a record low for the month of January, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Thursday. January 2016 was a remarkably warm month there, the data center said. Air temperatures were 13 degrees above average across most of the Arctic Ocean. Just before New Year's, a slug of mild air pushed temperatures above freezing to within 200 miles of the North Pole, according to Weather Underground meteorologist Bob Henson. This was due in part to a strong negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation for the first three weeks of the month, according to the data center. (The Arctic Oscillation refers to variations in pressure patterns over the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.)" (02/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/02/04/arctic-sea-ice-january-record-low/79844578  

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Ex-CEO Shkreli smirks, pleads Fifth at Congressional hearing

February 4, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The former pharmaceutical executive who generated national outrage after he raised the price of a once-cheap life-saving pill to $750 was unapologetic and showed his contempt for lawmakers Thursday -- invoking his Fifth Amendment rights and rolling his eyes, as one congressman asked if he was 'even paying attention.' After his brief appearance on Capitol Hill, Martin Shkreli even took to Twitter to call lawmakers 'imbeciles.' Known for speaking his mind, the usually talkative 32-year-old declined to answer questions at the House Oversight Committee hearing, invoking his Fifth Amendment right at least a half dozen times. At one point, he chuckled, rolled his eyes and turned his head, prompting Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to demand, 'Are you even paying attention?'" [editor's note: Anyone else as anxious as I am to see this little creep held accountable for extortion, fraud and a few other things (even if his assessment of most Congressthugs is spot on)? - SAT] (02/04/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/04/ex-ceo-shkreli-smirks-pleads-fifth-at-hearing-on-drug-price-hikes.html  

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CA: Doctors’ group formally supports cannabis legalization

February 4, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"An influential lobbying group representing more than 40,000 practicing California physicians is officially supporting a leading initiative to legalize marijuana. The California Medical Association (CMA) on Monday announced its endorsement of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the state’s most financially and politically supported initiative to legalize marijuana, the Sacramento Bee reports." (02/03/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/03/california-doctors-group-formally-supports-marijuana-legalization  

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