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Why the feds are fed up with the NFL

November 19, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by Dave Zirin  

"Let’s be clear: the recent raid on five NFL teams by the Drug Enforcement Agency to see if teams were doubling as illegal painkiller dispensaries has little to do with concerns about how our nation’s Sunday heroes Novocain themselves for gridiron glory. The fact that the NFL and their teams of doctors and nurses give out prescription pills like Halloween candy and break out syringes to top off sessions of physical therapy has been public knowledge for over forty years. ... The real story here is that these raids happened at all. The NFL employs twenty-six full-time lobbyists and spends about $1.5 million per election cycle to make sure that the feds leave the league alone and no one looks too closely at how the sausages are made." (11/18/14)

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SC: Federal appeals court won’t issue stay on marriage equality

November 19, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a District Court ruling from last week that struck down the gay marriage ban in South Carolina, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a statement his office would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the District court’s ruling. 'This issue has not yet been resolved nationally,' he said in a statement. 'Today’s ruling by the Fourth Circuit does not end the constitutional obligation of this Office to defend South Carolina law.'" (11/18/14)

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Health: Germ-killer found in soap may cause liver damage

November 19, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"A chemical found in most antibacterial soaps may be fighting off germs at the cost of causing liver damage. There have been question marks around triclosan for some time—the FDA warned last year that antibacterial soap could be harmful, and Minnesota banned the ingredient this year, but new research finds it could be a lot more dangerous than thought, the Atlantic reports. The study linked the chemical to liver damage and tumors in mice, the Independent reports, and though it wasn't found to actually cause cancer, the changes observed in the mice's bodies 'resemble the environment within which human liver cancer forms,' the researchers say." (11/18/14)

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When judges say too much

November 19, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Alison Frankel  

"As I reporter, I love when federal judges say provocative things outside of their courtrooms. It’s news if U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of Manhattan publishes an article chastising the Justice Department for prosecuting corporations instead of individuals or if his colleague Shira Scheindlin gives interviews about her willingness to stand up to prosecutors. The public benefits when brave judges like U.S. Magistrate Stephen Smith of Houston, who highlighted the government’s secret use of electronic surveillance in a 2012 paper for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, call attention to what they’ve observed from the bench. I also understand that judges, just like ordinary people, want to share (or occasionally overshare) their thoughts in a forum aside from judicial opinions." (11/18/14)

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Hong Kong protesters break into government building

November 19, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"A small group of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters broke into the city's legislature via a side door early on Wednesday, and police stopped others forcing their way in as tensions in the Chinese-controlled city escalated following a period of calm. The flare-up came just hours after court bailiffs managed to clear part of a protest camp in the heart of the city that has been occupied by pro-democracy demonstrators for nearly two months, while leaving most of the main protest site intact." (11/18/14)

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Kansas: Supreme Court allows more marriages

November 19, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for additional gay marriages in the state's most populous county while declaring that it would defer to the federal courts on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriages is constitutional. The Kansas court also declined to say whether all of the state's 105 counties fall under a U.S. Supreme Court order last week blocking the state from enforcing laws and a provision in its constitution against gay marriage. The nation's highest court acted in a lawsuit filed over the denial of marriage licenses to lesbian couples in two counties." (11/18/14)

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Ferguson’s ISIS allies?

November 19, 2014
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Salim Muwakkil In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil  

"As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted this summer over the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, radical Islamists tried to co-opt the protests for their own cause. Many right-leaning media outlets jumped on the story, quoting Ferguson-related tweets by supporters of the Iraq- and Syria-based group the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Those tweets should not be surprising. Events in Ferguson offer a golden opportunity to showcase the flaws in American justice, and America’s enemies are determined to use it." (11/18/14)

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Think Obamacare’s affordable? You’re stupid

November 18, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Before he became the Obama administration’s least favorite overpaid expert, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was its darling. He appeared in an Obama campaign ad saying, 'I helped Gov. Romney develop his healthcare reform, or Romneycare, before going down to Washington to help President Obama develop his national version of that law.' The false portrayal of Romneycare and Obamacare as practically identical fueled the Democratic delusion that Congress drafted the Affordable Care Act to appeal to rascally Republicans. Now Gruber is in the doghouse because he was captured on video being brutally honest." (11/18/14)

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Asian students suing Harvard, UNC for affirmative action policies

November 18, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The role of affirmative action in college admissions is under fire once again this week as two new lawsuits filed Monday call into question whether Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill give sufficient priority to use race-neutral admissions criteria. The cases, brought by some of the same individuals behind the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case that made its way to the Supreme Court last year, this time highlight the injustices that Asian-Americans may suffer through race-based admissions policies, and also seek to enforce the Supreme Court's Fisher decision that race should only be used as a criterion after other means of achieving diversity have been tried." (11/18/14)

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AR: Governor Mike Beebe’s son gets drug arrest pardon

November 18, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"When Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe's son Kyle was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (two ounces of marijuana) with the intent to deliver in 2003, the governor said: 'If he broke the law, he needs to pay for it. He needs to be treated like everybody else -- no better, [or] worse.' The son was sentenced to three years of probation, which he served without incident. Eleven years later, Mr Beebe says he will pardon his son, expunging his felony record. Some are wondering whether 'everybody else' will be pardoned for what the governor calls 'stupid stuff' they did in their youth." (11/18/14)

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Hillary’s “connection” to white voters

November 18, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"In an interview published yesterday at Talking Points Memo, Mitch Stewart, an adviser to the nascent Hillary Clinton quasi-campaign, argued that Clinton could expand the map of states that Barack Obama won, putting more places in play. The reason, he said, that 'Secretary Clinton has more appeal than any other Democrat looking at running is that with white working-class voters, she does have a connection.' The idea of Clinton's 'connection' to the white working class is something you hear now and again, and I think it's worth examining in some detail. Because it raises some uncomfortable questions that I doubt the Clinton campaign wants to confront." (11/18/14)

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Feinstein goes to war against Airbnb

November 18, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"As a Republican, I am loving watching an old-guard Democrat take a stand against one of the most popular startups in the sharing economy. Airbnb is an apple-pie platform for many Millennials. Feinstein wrote that Chiu’s measure 'would destroy the integrity of zoning through San Francisco.' She sees her role as protecting residential neighborhoods from 'commercialization.' Young voters take note: This is what happens when governments get too big and too self-important: people who rent out a spare bedroom or a backyard cottage become expendable." (11/16/14)

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And the world’s favorite country is … Germany?

November 18, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Alan Posener  

"Germany, it appears, is the most respected country in the world. According to the Nation Brands Index, Germany deposed the hitherto reigning champion, the Unites States. The home of Audi, Mercedes, Siemens, Bosch and Co. now tops the charts. Now before I discuss the ranking process, in which over 20,000 people in 20 countries were asked to rank 50 developed and emerging countries according to 23 categories, I have to say that I’m amazed that the United States was number one up until now. Anti-Americanism is rampant and I would have guessed that Switzerland or Sweden or some other rich but harmless country would top the list instead." (11/17/14)

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History shows Hillary unlikely to win in 2016

November 18, 2014
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John B Judis The New Republic
by John B. Judis  

"Republicans did well in the midterm elections, but there is widespread agreement that they face a demographic disadvantage in 2016 presidential election, when many of the predominately Democratic younger and minority voters, who stayed home in 2014, will return to the polls. It’s true that an expected increase in turnout will benefit the Democrats, but may not be enough to elect another Democratic president. The chief obstacle that any Democratic nominee will face is public resistance to installing a president from the same party in the White House for three terms in a row. If you look at the presidents since World War II, when the same party occupied the White House for two terms in a row, that party’s candidate lost in the next election six out of seven times." (11/17/14)

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Some “old” news for a newly elected Congress

November 18, 2014
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Sam Pizzigati Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated either. How, for instance, do we define income? Everyone agrees, of course, that anything anyone collects from a paycheck should count as income. As should any interest collected from a bank account or any profits from the sale of an asset. But what about the money an employer shells out to cover an employee’s health insurance premiums? Or contributes into an employee’s 401(k)? Should these dollars be counted as income for the employee?" (11/17/14)

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Kenyans protest attacks on women for wearing miniskirts

November 17, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"Nearly 1,000 people stormed the streets of Nairobi Monday to protest several recent incidents of men publicly attacking women and stripping them naked for wearing a miniskirt. Both male and female protesters -- some dressed in miniskirts -- held signs and chanted 'Shame on you,' as they marched to the site of one of the attacks and then to police headquarters, demanding an end to violence against women, the BBC reported. The mother’s group Kilimani Mums organized the demonstration after a video of one of the attacks on a busy street in Nairobi went viral on social media last week, inciting anger across the country." (11/17/14)

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Judge: Cohen’s ex-wife can ask him about insider trading

November 17, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Billionaire Steven A. Cohen can face questions about insider trading at his hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors from lawyers representing his ex-wife in a civil lawsuit against him, a U.S. judge said on Monday. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska at a court hearing in Manhattan ruled that lawyers for Patricia Cohen can ask Steven Cohen during a Dec. 10 deposition about any 'prior bad acts that are alleged to be untruthful,' including any alleged role he had in fraudulent schemes." (11/17/14)

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MA: Man, 79, charged in pot bust challenges search

November 17, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992. The driver, Marshall Dion, told police he was a retiree from Tucson who was living off his $690-per-month Social Security check. He also said he had left his drug-dealing days behind, but federal authorities say he was still going strong at age 78 as a key player in a large marijuana operation. In his truck, police found $828,220 in cash. Now, Dion's lawyer is arguing that the police stop and search of his truck were illegal, and everything found as a result cannot be used against him." (11/17/14)

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How badly do Republicans want tax reform?

November 17, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"If there's one major issue on which everyone in Washington seems to believe the White House and congressional Republicans might be able to agree to do something ambitious in the next two years, it's tax reform. A significant overhaul of the tax code hasn't happened in many years, and there are some areas of agreement between the two sides. Republicans supposedly want to show they can govern as the party in control of Congress, and President Barack Obama would like to obtain at least one significant legislative achievement in his second term. Big business, which has the ear of both parties, is eager for it. So is it going to happen?" (11/17/14)

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Syria: Assad regime faces renewed scrutiny for Hariri assassination

November 17, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"An international tribunal in The Netherlands is hearing testimony this week that, once more, seeks to implicate Syria in a high-profile assassination nearly a decade ago that changed the political landscape in Lebanon and continues to reverberate today. As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struggles to remain in power amid a grueling civil war of more than three years, the ghosts of the past could yet emerge to link his regime to the assassination of Rafik Hariri, an iconic former Lebanese premier who died with 21 other people in a massive truck bomb explosion in central Beirut on Valentine’s Day 2005." (11/17/14)

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Zimbabwe: Joyce Mujuru denies plotting to kill Mugabe

November 17, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Zimbabwe's vice-president says she is taking legal action against state-owned media for linking her to an alleged plot to kill President Robert Mugabe. Joyce Mujuru said she had ordered her lawyers to restore her "political standing" after being falsely accused of treason and corruption. The Sunday Mail newspaper reported that a hit-man had planned to kill Mr Mugabe so that Mrs Mujuru could take power. Last month, Mr Mugabe, 90, said he did not plan to step down." (11/17/14)

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DEA thugs troll NFL teams for painkillers

November 17, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"US federal agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team doctors and trainers on Sunday as part of an ongoing probe into painkiller drug abuse, the US media reported on Sunday. The inspections included questioning and bag searches of medical staff by the Drug Enforcement Administration in co-operation with the Transportation Security Administration. DEA officials were expected to question a half dozen teams on Sunday, including the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Washington Post reported. Some of the searches were conducted at US airports." [editor's note: The DEA monitoring overuse of Big Pharma's painkiller poisons, instead of busting pot smokers? A step somewhat in the right direction, but ... - SAT] ((11/17/14)

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This isn’t the mass grave you have been looking for

November 17, 2014
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The Nation Blog
by Greg Grandin  

"They have found many mass graves. Just not the mass grave they have been looking for. The forty-three student activists were disappeared on September 26, after being attacked by police in the town of Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. A week later, I set up an alert for 'fosa clandestina' (Spanish for clandestine grave) on Google News. Here’s what has come back: On October 4, the state prosecutor of Guerrero announced that twenty-eight bodies were found in five clandestine mass graves. None of them were the missing forty-three. On October 9, three more graves. None of them contained the missing forty-three." (11/17/14)

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You can’t build a better Internet out of red tape

November 17, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Jack Shafer  

"The net neutrality crowd’s fundamental worries can be boiled down to this: They believe that if the Federal Communications Commission leaves the Internet largely unregulated, the leading Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon will take advantage of their growing powers to: (1) fleece customers and websites (and services) with new charges and fees; (2) reduce commercial innovation and competition by ghettoizing new sites and services that won’t pay their new tolls; and (3) censor content that doesn’t serve their corporate masters. ... And the great Internet dream will die." [editor's note: A good analysis, and without the hysteria on either side of the discussion - SAT] (11/14/14)

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Nancy Pelosi forgot about fact-checking

November 17, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Comrade Carolyn Lochhead has an interesting blog about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi railing that reporters ask her about whether she should retire because he’s a woman. From the blog, Pelosi asks, 'What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell, when they lost the Senate three times in a row, lost making progress in taking back the Senate three times in a row, "Aren’t you getting a little old, Mitch? Shouldn’t you step aside?"' The reason it didn’t come up, the San Francisco Democrat said, was that McConnell is a man. But really, reporters have every reason to ask Pelosi about retiring because the minority leader either was caught in a lie or has a very bad memory." (11/14/14)

 

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